Photoshoot w/ Scarlett Keane (Jodie King Photography) – “The Lioness”

Hi dolls!

I recently had the good fortune of working with Miss Jodie of Jodie King Photography again, this time with a glorious model, Scarlett Keane. We did several different looks, about five in all, which I will be posting over the next few days for all of you to enjoy and imbibe. I have done all of the hair and makeup for this shoot.

This section of shots I have entitled “The Lioness”. It is fierce and artistic, and I hope you enjoy!

Stay tuned over the next few days for the rest of this five part series!

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Movie Mania: “The Artist”

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I had the good fortune to see this movie on Friday night, just in time for the Oscars. From the minute the movie started, I was in love. I was oohing and ahhing at all of the sets, the clothes, the hats (cloches!), the shoes, the cars – everything! Just stunning. To all of those people who are not sure if they would be able to stay interested in a silent film, let me assure you – that will not be a problem here!

Right from the get go this movie sucks you in. It begins with a movie starring the dashing George Valentin, a silent movie star at the height of the era. Peppy Miller is among the audience, drooling over him. Outside the theater, she accidentally bumps into him when she drops her autograph book for her to sign. They look at each other, and then begin to laugh after an awkward silence.

Peppy wants to get in on the movies, and she starts out being picked as an extra dancing in a film. From there, she has a meteoric rise to the top, and has become the new hot star of the hot new way to view movies – with sound. George, on the other hand, is left in the dust by talkies, paralyzed by his fear of losing his career and also thinking that talkies are just a fad.

He begins a downward and lonely spiral, and Peppy sees that he needs help. She tries to help him after he is injured (I’m not giving away the whole movie, dahlings! ;-), and after a discovery he makes inside her house makes him run away, and contemplate suicide. When Peppy runs into his apartment and sees him on the brink, she talks him out of it and explains everything. She plans for them to collaborate together in a new movie, which they are able to sell to the studio head, and in the last scene there is the last little bit of actual sound you will hear, including George’s one line of two words.

And by the way – the dog in this film is so adorable, you will fall in love!

After having seen this movie, I was rooting even more for Jean Dujardin to win for Best Actour and for “The Artist” to win Best Picture at the Oscars. I usually have a favourite, especially for Best Picture, but this time I think I would have gone beserk if they didn’t win. I think it really takes a lot of talent to be able to act like that, get your point across and keep the audience captivated like they did in this movie, without the ability of speaking and having sound. It is two hours of fun, and I just loved everything about it. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, shut down your computer, grab your keys, and go – NOW! 🙂

Vintage Adverts from the 1940s

Hi dolls!

Over the past few days I have been looking through some vintage ads from the 1940s, and I must say, they are rather interesting. I chose a few of my favourites to share with you, with some commentary to go with.

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Notice all of the colour options? Red, red, and more red! That was de rigeur for the time, though. The shade differences were rather slight, but each had their own place for skin tones and day or evening wear.

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I like how this ad caters to all of the different uniforms that were worn during the war. I was in the military, so I am familiar with how anal retentive the dress codes and restrictions are 😉

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I chose this ad just because of this having Rita Hayworth in it. Having celebrities in cosmetics ads is still very common today, just look at Beyoncé and Eva Longoria in L’Oréal ads.

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A soda ad again with Ms. Betty Grable. She looks great here, just beautiful.

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I think this ad is a great showcase for how makeup was like back in the ’40s. Mascara came in a little rectangular box, with an area that the mascara itself came in, and a little brush to dip it in and apply it. You can see how it was packaged in the lower corner.

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I personally love cold cream, and I try to always use it to help remove my makeup at night before I actually wash my face. I use Pond’s. The reason I use it? Because that’s what ladies back in the ’40s did 🙂

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It was very common during the war to see ads specifically targeted to women who were serving. Being in the service back then was a lot different than it is now (although us ladies still cannot be in infantry or artillery positions), and women were expected to look a certain way and wear makeup a certain way. I saw an old WWII ad that catered to women in the Marine Corps that their lipstick shade will match the red in their chevrons in their service uniforms. I thought that was pretty funny, but was the time back then.

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Classic pinup girl in a classic cigarette advert. ‘Nuff said.

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I love this ad, but kind of hate it too. I like that it is sentimental, but I don’t like that it almost blackmails you because of it! Oh well, it was a war, any help was good help.

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I like this ad as well. I like how it has the American soldier, fighting for his country, and seeing that Coca Cola sign and thinking of back home, and what he is fighting for. It’s also effective for the home front as well I think because it reminds people that their boys are fighting for them, and that they can honour them and feel closer to them by having one.

What ads have you seen from the ’40s that have stuck in your mind?

Review: “1940s Style Guide” by The Vintage Dancer

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I ran across this book in the midst of what seems like endless time spent researching vintage fashion and beauty, and I lusted after it for a while and caved in to buying it. And must I say, I am so glad I did buy this – it is a book I intend on having in my vintage reference library for a long time!

The author’s real name is Debbie Wells (A.K.A. The Vintage Dancer), and she divulges into every aspect of the fashion of the forties as much as possible. She talks about dresses, the styles of them, what fabrics they are made of, and their shorter length during the war and its rationing that had an effect on everything; she goes into the intricacies of swimsuits, and talks about when the bikini came out and how that affected the world. She goes into shoes, hair, makeup, popular colours, undergarments/foundation garments, hats, where to shop, sewing from a vintage pattern, and so much more. I was so interested in what this book had to say that I just kept picking it back up every time I would put it down because I wanted to know more.

The photographs are a great supplement to this guide as well! She offers a lot of images for you to inspect, and to see examples of exactly what she is talking about. Not sure about something she is talking about? Surely there is an image on the side that illustrates it, and it will help you understand. It enriches the whole book, and seemingly every image is advertising a work of art.

What I love about this book the most is that Wells gives you websites and ideas about how to get the look yourself. There are websites aplenty, and in every price range as well. I still haven’t gone through everything, and I don’t know if I ever will! I was very impressed with her section on vintage sewing, how to approach vintage patterns, and where to find vintage fabrics and patterns. I intend on beginning to sew my own clothes based on vintage patterns at some point in the near future, and her suggestions in the book really gave me some great insight and ideas. I am excited to execute them and see what happens.

Of course, you know what I am going to say – go buy this book! You can buy it on The Vintage Dancer’s site for $21, or you can find it on Amazon. Also, if you buy the print book I saw that if you e-mail Wells she will send you the PDF of the book as well for free for you to have as a reference. You will keep checking back to this book for reference or ideas, and surely you will be marking pages and checking sites that she has made note of. A great find, a great book!

Curls, Girls!

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Hi dolls!

Today I decided I wanted to write further about the differences in curls you get with different types of curling/rolling methods. A lot of this can be confusing, especially to those who are new to the vintage lifestyle, so I am here to sort it all out for you!

Hot Rollers

I use hot rollers more often than not, especially after having had my shoulder surgery and recovering from it. These tend to give more of a looser wave, and can look great for a sexy ’40s or ’50s look. However, there is a drawback – as with any heated curlers, the curls have a tendency to “fall” after a few hours. Now, if you use a thermal styler spray it can help to hold your curl more (as well as protect your hair – frizzy crazy hair is never sexy!), as well as using hair spray. Make sure your rollers cool completely before taking them out!

Foam/Sponge Rollers

These are great for an authentic wet/cold set. I have a lot of hair, so I’ve found I need a bunch of them in order to be able to get the look I need. You will need a settling lotion like Lottabody to help set and hold your curls. This method tends to make for easier curl forming with a brush or your hands. They are also good for sleeping in as well. The only thing I don’t like about them is they tend to give me too small of a curl, like a ringlet, and I don’t intend on looking like Shirley Temple!

Curling Iron

Curling irons can set the same way as hot rollers, but they offer more versatility in the shape of your curls. What I like to do is to curl with the iron first, roll like a traditional pin curl in whatever shape and diameter you like, and to pin it with double prong pin curl clips. Let them cool, spray lightly with a hair spray, and wait for them to cool. If you are feeling a little impatient or are strained for time, go out in the cool weather or use a hair dryer on a cool setting to close the shaft of your hair faster and make your hair set sooner.

Pillow Rollers

I am excited about this method. I have not tried it yet, but I am working on my own handmade set of pillow rollers for my hair. Like I had said before, with foam rollers I tend to get tiny ringlet curls, which is not my most desirable look, so I am making larger diameter pillow rollers for my hair. They are used in the same way as foam rollers, also with a setting lotion. They are much better to sleep in, and often don’t leave dents in your hair like foam rollers can. It can take a little bit longer to have your hair dry as the rollers are not as porous as foam rollers are. I will be doing a post about my first set with my handmade rollers after I am done with them (I am making about 20 rollers), and if I feel like they are sufficient enough and give me what look I am after, I may make more of them to sell in my Etsy store. Stay tuned!

Pin Curls

Pin curls offer the most authentic vintage look, but can be daunting for most newbies. There are all sorts of different ways to shape the curl, the axis to put it on, directions of the curl – oh my! I have found Lauren Rennell’s “Vintage Hairstyling” book to offer a good explanation of how to use pin curls. I use double prong pin curl clips to set my pin curls, but you can also use bobby pins that are crossed in an “x” shape to hold the curl as well. This is also a wet set, so use a setting lotion to help hold your curl. I would not recommend sleeping with a pin curl set – ouch! Use this setting method during the day, and you can really go vintage housewife and wear a nice scarf to cover your set as you go about your daily routine. I would recommend trying pin curls after you have done some research on how to set them, as doing a set in a haphazard way will result in your curls not turning out like Marilyn’s!

So that’s about it, ladies! There are tons of different ways to try and curl your hair, but you may need to experiment to see which methods work best for you. I am also waiting on a curling system called “Magic Leverag”, which s a cheaper version of the popular Curlformers, and I want to see how this works for doing a vintage set. It seems so easy to do a wet set, so I am hoping it works out like I hope! I will post my review after I try it, as well as with my handmade rollers.

What have you found that works for getting a decent vintage set?

“Why Yes, Mr. Sterling…”

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I have just recently (yes, I know, I was late jumping on this bandwagon) become obsessed with watching “Mad Men”, and have absolutely fallen in love with Christina Hendrick’s character, Joan Halloway. To me, she is the epitome of a woman – sexy and strong, sensual and sarcastic, no-nonsense and beautiful, supportive and sassy. Every time she is on the screen it seems like she just steals the scene. I think she is one of the best female characters to come around in quite a few years, with her many facets and many curves. I love to see a real woman portraying a real woman!

Her style is fabulous also. I am not 100% into ’60s fashion, but for some reason I most always seem to love what Joan has on. I think why I like it so much is because there is a classic sexiness mixed with the demureness of even a time before then. That sexy and classy look is what I always try to achieve with my style, so I naturally felt a connection with her style. Her dresses hug every curve of her body, but they do not “choke” it. Instead of using the boxy silhouettes that were starting to be popular during this time, her curves are celebrated in pencil skirts, wiggle dresses, and waist cinching belts. She dared to wear colour, and some gorgeous ones at that. Deep reds, fuchsia, teal, navy blue, emerald greens, and the like were always on the menu for Joan. No drab, boring black and whites for her!

Joan always had her hair immaculately dressed, and had enviable accessories to boot. I absolutely adore her red hair, and have put serious consideration into dyeing my hair Hendricks’ colour. I still think about it, but I need more affirmatives to go forward with it before I actually jump off the deep end about it. I did, however, jump off the deep end with another Joan Halloway accessory – her infamous gold pen necklace! I thought it was an amazing marriage of form and function, and felt like that would be a perfect little addition to my wardrobe to have a little “Joan” in my life 😉

It did not take me long at all to find a replica, which is made by the 1928 Jewelry Co., who specializes in vintage-inspired jewelry, particularly an art deco look from the 1920s and ’30s. I drool over a lot of their items! But when I saw this necklace. there was no doubt about it – I had to have it. But a lack of funds tend to put a kink in things sometimes 😦 I still filled out the order form anyway, but navigated away from the page for something else in another window in my browser. When I returned, clicking on the tab, it reloaded the page. Little did I know that 6 days later I would be receiving the necklace in the mail today! I was completely shocked, but happily so – it was almost like finding $10 in your jacket after having it in storage all summer. I tried it on, and have worn it ever since slipping it on my neck for the first time. It looks so classy, but yet is a great little “subtle hint” for your décolletage to get a little attention 😉 And mighty useful too! How can one not like style and substance in one product? And all for $20 too, natch!

Joan Halloway “Mad Men” Inspired Pen Necklace

Go, purchase, and be merry!

And just a reminder to all – “Mad Men” Season 5 returns in 37 days!

Some Vintage Fun in Queens & Giveaway WINNER!

WARNING: Another pic heavy (and awesome) post ahead!

Hi dolls! Today I have a great entry about my “vintage voyage” on this past Friday to random areas in Queens. I initially told my boyfriend I was going to take HIM on a date to the Jim Henson/Muppets exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image. We got there, and ended up getting side tracked on the first floor, which contained a whole exhibit on makeup, hair, and the costuming/dress in movies and television. I got pulled in immediately when I saw a whole wall blanketed in actors of the Old Hollywood era.
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Not too long after that quilt of quality, they had an amazing assortment of tools of the trade during this time, from Bette Davis’ wig holder to vintage hair rollers, bobby pins, and styling irons from around 1945:

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There was a bunch of great vintage memorabilia from the 1910s through the 1960s and ’70s, including this card of Rudolph Valentino, and magazines with Betty Grable & Rita Hayworth on the covers:

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There were also a bunch of great pictures of movie legends (I had to take a picture with Mr. Cary Grant!) as well as some old nickelodeons that you can actually view. You can even make your own flip book and buy it in the gift shop (which I did! LOL), making your own personal little nickelodeon movie. It was a very cool and very interactive display, allowing you to interact when it comes to movie editing and many other things:

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There is also a whole room dedicated to vintage televisions, from some of the earliest that were available to the 1980s. It was really amazing to see how absolutely massive the TVs themselves were, and how comparatively small the screens were to the rest of the appliance – in some cases only about 4 or 5 inches!

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Most of these were from the 1940s and 1950s that I took pictures of, with the exception of the next to last picture, being from the 1970s. It had such a different design to it that I had to take a picture of it!

I also had the chance to go to a thrift store that was within walking distance, and spent a lot of time digging through the vast amount of clothing they had there. It was a lot of work, especially after just having had shoulder surgery, but I found two vintage blouses that I nearly screamed out of excitement at having found them! I never tried them on, because I figured that if they didn’t fit me, I could always sell them on my online stores on eBay and Etsy. But when I tired them on, I was beyond elated yet again to find out that they fit! I would date these shirts at around the ’30s or ’40s. Both for around $7 a shirt! How can you resist?! It takes a lot of work to find anything at thrift stores, but when you find something it can be one of the best moments, and feels so exciting finding these great pieces at great prices.

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All in all, a very fun day, leaving me with a huge smile on my face!

GIVEAWAY WINNER

And now, what you have all been waiting for – the giveaway winner! I would like to thank everyone for their entries, and I hope you all go and buy something from Michele!

And the winner is…Frances Veenstra!

Congratulations Frances! All you need to do now is just send me an e-mail to holly (at) veronicavintage.com with your address so the bag can be shipped out to you. I just need your information within 2 days, or otherwise I will be forced to choose another winner.

Thank you so much to everyone involved! And keep checking back for more giveaways!