OC Blogger Bash: What A Fantastic Party!


The OC Blogger Bash was an amazing event! There were hundreds of Southern California Bloggers in attendance (most of whom had donned period costumes), a rockin’ band played great music, the bartenders poured signature Orange Martini cocktails, waiters served up delicious appetizers, there were food stations to feed even the pickiest eater, Classic Cars were set up near a screen showing movies from 1961 as if it were an old-fashioned drive-in, there was a photo booth set up for instant fun, and to top it all off, a staggering list of prizes (nearly $60,000 worth) were given away during the course of the evening!

Thanks to Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau for hosting a thoroughly enjoyable party, and to All The Generous Sponsors for donating such wonderful prizes!


1961 Music Thursdays: Please Mr. Postman by the Marvelettes

Please Mr. Postman was the debut single for the Marvelettes, and was also the first Motown release to make it to number one on the Billboard chart. The song became a number one hit again in 1975 for the Carpenters when they performed their cover version.

The Carpenters’ official video was filmed right here in Anaheim at Disneyland!

1961 News Wednesdays: Peace Corps Established

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy issued an Executive Order establishing the Peace Corps,

To promote world peace and friendship through a Peace Corps, which shall make available to interested countries and areas men and women of the United States qualified for service abroad and willing to serve, under conditions of hardship if necessary, to help the peoples of such countries and areas in meeting their needs for trained manpower.

1961 Peace Corps logo

Kennedy saw the Peace Corps as an antidote to the “Ugly American” stereotype around the world and intended it as a way to ask all Americans to serve their country, each in their own way. Kennedy’s Brother-in-Law, Sergeant Shriver, was appointed to run it. Over 200,000 people have served in the Peace Corps since it began.

1961 Fashion Tuesdays: Menswear

Here is Sean Connery in Dr. No, which technically came out in 1962, but was shot in 1961. Nothing said fashionable gentleman in the 60’s like James Bond/Sean Connery. Here you see him in his Picking Up Girls At The Beach Ensemble. I think we all know the Tuxedo look. What else could a guy need to know about clothes in 1961?

Mad Men Yourself For the OC Blogger Bash

Mad Men Yourself is a great little icon-generator that’ll get you all inspired for the OC Blogger Bash coming up Sunday, October 9th. MomsLA co-Founders Elise Derby, Yvonne Condes and Sarah Auerswald have all used it to make their virtual selves over in social media in time for the Big Shindig.

Elise:Elise's Mad Men icon Elise Derby Elise's Ramblings MomsLA

Yvonne:Yvonne's Mad Men icon Yvonne Condes Yvonne In LA MomsLA

Sarah:Sarah's Mad Men icon Sarah Auerswald Mar Vista Mom MomsLA

Give it a try! And leave a comment below when you’ve done yourself over – or post your new icon on our Facebook page!

See you at the Bash!

Daily Hot Guys To Appear at OC Blogger Bash October 9, 2011

Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, The Daily Hot Guys will be attending the OC Blogger Bash on Sunday, October 9th!

The models, known from the Daily Hot Guy smartphone App, and shown here in contemporary attire, will be of course dressed in their Don Draper Best on the day in question, and will be mingling with the guests throughout the evening. Enjoy!Daily Hot Guy #1 Daily Hot Guy  Daily Hot Guy  daily hot guy

OC Blogger Bash Queen of Heartz Fashion Show Contest!

How would you like to have your Hair & Makeup done 1960’s style, get fitted for a great period-style dress (or two) and walk the runway in the Queen of Heartz Fashion Show at the OC Blogger Bash? Well, then enter the contest!

Queen of Heartz MomsLA 1961 Fashions Makeovers2 Lucky blogger winners will be chosen to be a part of the Fashion Show happening the night of the Bash and all you have to do to enter is leave us a comment saying why you want to be chosen. Easy peasy!

Here are the details:

• The winners must be available for a dress fitting on Thursday, October 6th at 12noon at Queen of Heartz headquarters in Anaheim, CA.

• The winners must also be available on Sunday, October 9th – the day of the OC Blogger Bash – for a dress rehearsal at 1pm and hair & makeup sessions beginning at 3pm.

So, if you’re up for it – and can be available for these fittings and hair & makeup times – please leave a comment below. Two Winners will be chosen at random on Tuesday, October 4th at 2pm PST.

If you haven’t already received an invitation to the OC Blogger Bash, please email OCBloggerBash@purry.com to request one!

Good luck!



The contest is now over and the two winners have been chosen and notified. Thank you all for entering!


Just to inspire you to enter, take a look at the fantastic fun it was for MomsLA co-Founders Sarah Auerswald, Elise Derby and Yvonne Condes to get 1960’s makeovers & wear some of Queen of Heartz’s fabulous dresses!

****** Please note: dress and accessories will be provided, but you’ll need to bring your own shoes.

1961 Fashion: Hair and Makeup Makeovers

MomsLA co-Founders Elise Derby, Yvonne Condes & Sarah Auerswald were recently transformed from mild-mannered Mom Bloggers from the 21st Century into 1960’s housewives ready for a night on the town, thanks to the talents of Irene Nava and Tony Medina (of His Vintage Touch Hair Styling)!

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Tony Medina and Irene Nava

Check out how much work went into all the hair & makeup! Tony and Irene Nava really did a great job! I don’t know how women did all this work themselves back in the day!

In case you can’t do it yourself, Tony Medina is offering to do 6 hair appointments for bloggers coming to the OC Blogger Bash on October 9th for $50 each! The appointments start at 9am that Sunday at the Hilton in Anaheim (right next door to the Bash). The first 6 bloggers to contact Tony can have the spots: hisvintagetouch20 (at) gmail.com. Start typing!

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Irene Nava, Letty Tennant, Sarah Auerswald, Elise derby, Yvonne Condes, and Tony Medina

Photos courtesy of Little Vixen Photography.