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Leopard print retro dress, flapper makeup & finger waves! 1920s Art Deco party in Miami.

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While I put together my Tokyo coverage, let’s pop back to Florida for an outfit post. I didn’t visit any Miami Goth clubs earlier this year, but glammed up for Art Deco Weekend’s Speakeasy & Gala.

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The invitation read: “Come as a Flapper, or come as you are. Dress like a Gangster, or a Silent Movie Star.” So I wore…

Leopard print retro dress: gifted by Bettie Page Clothing (I wrote about their fashion show)
White flapper-style coat: I.T store in Hong Kong

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The party was held in a secret location. These two coat-tails gave me a secret key, and I stepped through the speakeasy doors…

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… into a world of the Roaring Twenties. (With Amanda of Miami Design Preservation League).

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Above three images by Stephane Chiche.

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It was fun to people-watch; quite a few party-goers got into the swing of the era.

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We sampled wines, caviar and other delicacies.

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There was a silent auction…

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… and live music by the South Florida Jazz Orchestra.

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We goofed around by posing like the paintings. Zack gives a Marlene Dietrich stare-down.

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Can’t wait to show you our video, which involves funny dance scenes.

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Have you ever been to a 1920s themed party? Or dressed like a flapper?

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I leave you with this sunrise view of South Beach. You can see all my Miami posts here.

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And don’t forget to add my social networks (below) for sneak peeks of my Tokyo TV adventures. I ate Totoro sweets, hung with Bagelheads and Stormtroopers, went to a Pirate restaurant and steampunk party, made a drag queen film with Yukiro…

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Cute kawaii characters in Hong Kong: Kuromi cake, Rilakkuma bear toys. Miami, Florida for Art Deco Weekend!

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This is a cute and happy post. First, I’m thrilled to announce I’ll be in Miami Florida… for Art Deco Weekend (Jan 18-20)!

As you can tell from this site’s design, I’m obsessed with Art Nouveau and Deco design. The Miami Tourism Board is generously flying me in and hosting my trip, so that I can report on the annual celebration of all things Deco.

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Get ready for flapper dresses, Bettie Page fashion show, 1920s VIP gala, and South Beach architecture. Videos and photos to come, on La Carmina blog and Huffington Post. (Above photos by Shannon Cottrell, from my LA batcave shoot with Seby.)

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Since we’re talking art, let me share some of the kawaii designs I spotted in Hong Kong.

Adorably-decorated food is still big in Asia (remember my book, Cute Yummy Time?). This bakery was selling a $20 US cake in the shape of Kuromi, the rival of My Melody.

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On “Women’s Street,” you can buy cute accessories for ridiculously low prices. However, you can tell these are knock-offs… Doraemon and Hello Kitty are a tad deformed.

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My beloved New Town Mall in Mongkok has entire stores dedicated to Rilakkuma bear and friends.

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Sogo, the Japanese department store that carries the Hello Kitty fashion collection, also has a brand for dog-lovers.

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Cute-faces are as popular here as in Japan. A giant smiley is not an uncommon sight.

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Panda bears are a Chinese national treasure.

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You can purchase the very same Japanese brands in Hong Kong for lower prices. That’s my justification for going shopping-crazy here…

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Hong Kong’s a great place to pick up gifts for friends. The quality and design are outstanding for the price (these items are probably $10-20 US each).

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Don’t forget home decor. In K-11 art mall (Tsim Tsa Tsui), you can get an elephant stool…

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Or a wah-faced cat lantern.

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Bookstores carry adorable DIY craft guides. Since there are step-by-step photo instructions, it’s ok if you can’t read Chinese.

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Um. Sad robot pandas. Cutest recycling bin ever?

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If the makeup packaging isn’t cute enough, the store added happy Post-It notes. (My favorite cosmetics chain is SaSa; their pink signs are everywhere.)

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I bought Basil Farrow a rubber ducky from this Causeway Bay shop.

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Basically, if you’re into kawaii characters, you’ll go bankrupt in Hong Kong… they’re everywhere you go.

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I leave you with a peek inside the Bros Products boutique.

For more cuteness, check out my Hong Kong, China and Macau posts.

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Are you a fan of kawaii character design? Who’s your favorite cute character? I’d love to hear your Florida tips in the comments and on my Facebook — it’ll be my first time in Miami!

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