Gentle readers,

Allow me to introduce you to our blog's new home:
We'll be blogging our little hearts out from there from now on.
Bon voyage Blogger!

Vena Cava


Images from Irina Werning's photo project Back to the Future.
Childhood photos are meticulously recreated with the all of the same details and reenacted by the original subjects. More images at
Simple, effective, beautiful!


Looking lovely in Vena Cava...
She digs are threads. We dig her dude.
Could she be our next look book model?


Stock photography speaks volumes. Images courtesy of



or are we??

Our good friend Lucio (and honorary VP of Blogging at the Vena Cava HQ)
passed this one along to us. I had nightmares.


I just found out everyone's least favorite Beverly Hills 90210 alum Gabrielle Carteris turned 50!
Excited to have cake and ice cream later.
Does that mean our generation is old? Or rather that we're young comparatively?
Its very, very confusing.


While back at home going through old photo albums, I found these gems of my mom Suzanne. Her 80's and 90's style continues to inspire. Check out the evolution of her blonde hairstyles and the incredible poses. At my childhood house there is an armoire in the basement where she houses the "archive". The archive consisits old clothing she never threw away.. Betsy Johnson bra tops, Chanel gows from Loehmans, Ozbek from Loehmans, Norma Kamali jumpers, and Op tennis skirts, among other things. Thanks for all the cool outfits mom... keep em' coming.

Nice Perm.

This is pretty straight up 90's. Check out our matching BCBG dresses, I think we were listening to Suzanne Vega while this was taken. Great choker mom.

She got married in Paris in a Mondrian Suit. And my dad wore sunglasses.

This is her outfit when she gave birth to me. I would kill for those red Espadrilles.

Great maternity look; fedora, fur, flannel.

80's hair and Mexican jewelry.

Pizza eating crop top.

Betsy Johnson 80's look. This looks like the new Fall stuff we're making... nice leotard top!

This is my personal fav... Betty Davis glasses, french twist, and a black sports bra. Now let's bring that back.


The NEW pony tail... watch the instructional video.


Slayer just knows how to make it feel like Christmas!
Tom Araya, Jeff Hanneman, Kerry King, and Dave Lombardo- I thank you for helping us get into the season. Im still waiting for the Pantera Hanukkah bush....


Oh best 90's actresses... where did you go?
We would love to cast any of you as the Vena Cava poster girl..


Stendhal Syndrome is a psychosomatic illness that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to art, usually when the art is particularly beautiful or a large amount of art is in a single place. The term can also be used to describe a similar reaction to a surfeit of choice in other circumstances, e.g. when confronted with immense beauty in the natural world. The illness is named after the famous 19th century French author Stendhal (pseudonym of Henri-Marie Beyle), who described his experience with the phenomenon during his 1817 visit to Florence, Italy in his book Naples and Florence: A Journey from Milan to Reggio.

Although there are many descriptions of people becoming dizzy and fainting while taking in Florentine art, especially when it was described by Italian psychiatrist Graziella Magherini, who observed and described more than 100 similar cases among tourists and visitors in Florence.

Paris Syndrome is a transient psychological disorder encountered by some people visiting or vacationing in Paris. It is similar in Nature to Jerusalem syndrome and Stendhal syndrome, which are all classified as forms of Voyager syndrome (Syndrome du voyageur).

Japanese visitors are observed to be especially susceptible. It was first noted in Nervure, the French journal of psychiatry in 2004. From the estimated six million yearly visitors the number of reported cases is significant: according to an administrator at the Japanese embassy in France, around twenty Japanese tourists a year are affected by the syndrome.

Paris syndrome is characterized by a number of psychiatric symptoms such as acute delusional states, hallucinations, feelings of persecution (delusions of being a victim of prejudice, aggression, or hostility from others), derealization, depersonalization, anxiety, and also psychosomatic manifestations such as dizziness, tachycardia, sweating, etc

Principal to the diagnosis is that the experience symptoms did not exist before the trip and disappear following a return to the sufferer’s familiar surroundings. This differs from a ‘pathological voyage’, in which psychiatric disorders are preexisting.

Language barrier- few Japanese speak French and vice versa. This is believed to be the principal cause and is thought to engender the remainder. Apart from the obvious differences between French and Japanese many everyday phrases and idioms are shorn of meaning and substance when translated, adding to the confusion of some who have not previously encountered such.

Cultural difference- the large difference between not only the languages but the manner the French communicate on an interpersonal level in comparison to the rigidity formal Japanese culture proves too great a difficulty for some Japanese visitors. It is thought that it is the rapid and frequent fluctuations in mood, tense and attitude, especially in the delivery of humor, which cause the most difficulty.

Idealized image of Paris – it is also speculated as manifesting from an individual’s inability to reconcile a disparity between the Japanese popular image and the reality of Paris.

Thanks Wikipedia!


For Halloween check out this great double feature...

Betty Blue 1986
Starring Beatrice Dalle

The Pumpkin Eater 1964
Starring Anne Bancfroft




This song is in my top five all time favorites for sure. And whenever Ive loved something that much and then seen the music video, Im bummed for a week. This is a really good exception. Note the amazing dance by Perri Lister, the platinum blonde that begins at 3:30.

My obsession with Lister's dance led me to some videos of her dance troupe, the Hot Gossip. This one is called "Small Pants and Large Maracas". Its kind of like the dance that the Dude's landlord does in the Big Lebwski, but really sexy and 80s.


Im completely mesmerized by the shapes and finishes on these furniture pieces
and rooms by Eileen Gray and Joe Colombo. Especially the first image of Gray's - holy shit!
She was working in the 20s and early 30s- Joe in the 60s, but their work is weirdly really similar, except her work is clearly designed by a woman, and his feels blatantly male.