Monday, July 19, 2010
Yesterday I went to the Long Beach Antique Flea Market and saw SOO many neat things! I told my friend, what some people might classify as "junk" I see as buried treasure! I was thrilled to see all of these great antiques out and about. Though I didn't buy much, I did make my rounds and see so many great things. These pictures aren't of fashion items BUT they are of very cool items that I found just lovely, and so interesting. My favorite is the gorgeous trunk! Enjoy!
Friday, July 16, 2010
Miss Camilla Belle appeared in an issue of Marie Claire back in October of 2009 and is completely dipped from head-to-toe in '40s attire. She has her gorgeous pinned hat, and a Dior twill jacket in one photo, and another Dior fur-collared jacket in another with the classic '40s look. Camilla is so lucky to be one of those girls who just captured that old-fashioned look to the tee; not only does she have that slender body type, but she also has that vintage girly look about her.
This hairstyle is very easy to achieve with a little KMS smoothing wax, Bumble "Does it All" hairspray, and a few hot rollers to really set that look. City Salon in Huntington Beach has every product one could ever ask for! Stop by and inquire about this look!
In the show Mad Men, the writers have their characters displaying the real "unsugar coated" lives that the people lead during the 1960s. They show the methods of abortions, the countless drinks during a regular work day, and the hidden secrets every family had. I find it so interesting how they have this show, without any cheesy, fabricated interpretations. In the current episode I'm watching for Season 2, Don Draper, the main character; "Ad Man" is at a doctor's appointment admitting to how much alcohol he consumes on a regular basis, and how naive the doctors were at this time. During this era, people would drink as many as five drinks a day without a moment's thought, and go through pack(s) of cigarettes a day.
I read in a book about Audrey Hepburn how she would drink scotch on a regular basis and smoke a pack of cigarettes a day, but of course never thought anything of it. I find this so fascinating how much our sciences and studies have improved with time, and how much more aware we are as to what harm these do to the body.
As much as I love this time, I can't even imagine having this many drinks a day, let alone cigarettes, especially given that I've never tried that. It's interesting to think of for a moment, isn't it?
I stayed at the Flamingo Hotel when I last went to Vegas and they redid the rooms to have a retro '50s/'60s look. I loved the look of the hotel room, and wanted to show everyone the awesome vinyl headboards they had on there. They were a white plastic feel, and would be such a neat look if there were vintage records on the walls. Here's our room.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
I am a huge fan of the '60s hairstyles, but I'm especially fond of the big back-combed, or teased hair that Nancy Sinatra fronts, or Doris Day, lovely Audrey in Breakfast at Tiffanys, Marlo Thomas, and anybody else.
A favorite technique that I love to do that is the easiest and is especially good for those days that your hair won't cooperate or you didn't have time to wash it, is to just playfully pin it up. Here are the steps I used to get my hair how it is in the photos that I'll try to post.
1. If you have bangs pin them down in front and mess with those later, or part your hair on the side if you want hair framing your face.
2. Take a rat-tail or turtle-tail comb and piece the first layer of hair directly behind your hairline with your bangs and pull them over your forehead to go back to later, along with the bangs or as your first layer.
3. Take the next layer that you pieced out behind that, spray the roots with Bumble and Bumble hairspray or Tresemme hairspray at the roots and comb your hair against the direction it grows towards your roots.
4. Begin backcombing either towards the end of the hair your holding up if you want a big tease, or just a little short backcomb at the roots for a smaller backcomb.
5. Do as many layers that you want until you get to about the crown or a little further behind and your hair should all be pushed over your forehead, so spray the back lightly to make it hold.
6. Then flip it back over and take a soft bristle brush and lightly comb over the top to make it perfectly rounded and soft.
7. Whatever you'd like to do with the front hair, pin it up too and spray, put behind your ear, or what have you.
8. Now take a bobby pin and pull your hair back as if to do a half ponytail and twist slightly and put bobbypin up towards the twist, then curl the bottom part if you'd like and randomly pin up the curls and spray. This will work better if it's curled because you can gently pull it up.
9. Do this until all of your hair is somehow twisted up and pulled back then top it off with a big bow on the side or a flower.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Though these looks are pretty different, they all seem to have slight, some more than others, references to retro clothing. Having a belt, or singed waist really began within clothing from the 1950s because people believed women should accentuate their curves in the most complimenting way.
Jessica Butler is a CSULB Alumni and she is a good friend of mine. These designs are stunning, and now she has the world by a string to create more visions that we need so badly!
Now, I know it's been a while, but one of my favorite websites: www.modretro.com features some of the CUTEST garments; all inspired but the vintage/retro look that I'm always aiming for!
Check out this hot swimsuit, perfect for just about any body type!