Cicada Club

March 25,2013

Last night my boyfriend and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary at what we think is the swankiest dance & dinner club in Los Angeles, Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club.

When you enter you feel that you are stepping back in time and you are … the Cicada Club was a high-end men’s clothing store/haberdashery back in 1928. It is situated in the famed Art Deco Oviatt building in downtown Los Angeles.

They offer fine dining and talented dance orchestras that bring you back to the the golden days of Hollywood. Last night, one of our favorite bands was playing, Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys. They perform lovely, naughty and obscure music from the 1910’s, 1920’s and 1930’s. They play Old Time Jazz, Blues, Ragtime and Novelty songs. Janet is always adorable and a hit on the ukelele!

The Cicada Club is often featured in movies (“Pretty Woman“, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith“, “J. Edgar” & “The Artist“) and television (“Madmen“) and print (Vogue). It is such a rare gem to have such a gorgeous glamorous place in our fine city. If you are in the LA area you should stop by … but don’t forget to overdress!

The Parlor Boys.

Dining and dancing at the Cicada.

Me & my friend Carolyn enjoying the atmosphere.

Ron, Karyn, Carolyn & Greg – celebrating their nine year wedding anniversary.

Janet Klein with a fan in similar chevron dresses.

The deco glamour begins at the entrance.

The details are amazing.

Look what we found! Rusty Frank, swing teacher and tap dancer, wearing Classic Hardware
at the Cicada Club with the likes of William H Macy and Cicada Club owner, Maxwell DeMille. Photo courtest of

We love Trashy Diva

July 2,2012

It was recently brought to my attention that there is an overseas company operating a website in England, who is knocking off many of the vintage repro dress designers here in the USA.

In the case of Trashy Diva they not only stole their designs, they also used Trashy Diva’s pictures straight from their website.¬† Please read their blog here for more details.

We love Trashy Diva clothes and their stores in New Orleans, LA. Their quality is impeccable and their designs are gorgeous. Plus they are super sweet!  At Classic Hardware we produce and believe in US made products  and admire our friends and business associates that do the same!

Me with Candace the lovely owner and designer of Trashy Diva

Tips & Tricks with Class & Sass …

April 30,2012

I was recently teaching someone how to assemble jewelry by using jump rings via Skype. This was kind of funny since it’s not super easy to see such tiny objects such as jump rings through a computers camera eye. I figured it would be a good time to start doing some short instructional videos an repairing jewelry, creating display items and other things I’ve been asked about through the years. I spent years teaching jewelry making and craft projects to kids, so let me know what other jewelry related things you’d like to know about. Here’s our debut video of “Tips & Tricks with Class & Sass: The Perfect Jump Ring”

The Pheonix Hotel San Francisco

December 6,2011

This weekend we were up in my old stopping grounds of San Francisco. Classic Hardware did a trunk show at the Wak Shack Salon and then the Annual 3rd Street Warehouse Sale. It was great to see old friends and meet new jewelry fans.

We stayed at The Pheonix Hotel in the always interesting Tenderloin area of town. This is known as the rock n’ roll hotel because for many years (including today) many young bands stay there due to their central location and great prices (and the heated pool doesn’t hurt!).

When I was still living in SF years ago they renovated it and it continued to grow in popularity. The restaurant/bar, Chambers, that is attached to it has changed names and hands a couple of time but I was pretty amazed to see how hugely popular it was this weekend. When we arrived on Thursday night it was very quiet, but I fell in love with the decor. They had thousands of vintage albums lining the walls on bookshelves with tube lighting built in. This gave it just enough light to see the display, but still keep it dark and groovy. This is such a great decor idea because you can constantly change the theme by just displaying a different record. Since it’s holiday time, they had all the Christmas albums showing. This is right up my alley as I still have many of my own albums from over the years and recently have done a retro-style necklace line of 45RPM records using some of my favorite songs as part of the art. I love that the record is making a comeback in style and design!

Inside The ChambersThe record lined walls in Chambers Bar

The view from our room!

A sampling of our new 45RPM record necklaces.


And the icing on the cake, 7×7 is having a contest, you can win tickets to Pink Mammoth’s New Year’s Eve Party at the Phoenix Hotel!