Dressing for Your Skintone

Ever notice how great you look in one colour but not another? Is there one colour that whenever you wear it you get noticed and complimented more? There’s a reason that is so: certain colours look best with your skintone. But how is a girl to know? Well I’m here to tell you!

The most important thing to knowing what colours look best on you is what type of skin tone you have. The best way to go about this is to look at the inside of your wrist – if your veins have a bluish tint, you have a “cooler” skin tone; if your veins have more of a green tint, then you have a “warmer” skin tone. Also, if you have a pinkish base or undertone to your skin, then you are cool also. A warm skin tone tends to have a yellow undertone. These are the basics you need to know in order to find colours that look best on you. There are also sub divisions being spring, summer, autumn, and winter tones which we will cover. Once you figure out your tone, look for it below and read on!

Winter Tones

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I have a winter tone myself. I have a western European heritage, so it makes sense. I remember when I was working and a drug rep came in and said, “Wow, you look amazing in that colour!” I was wearing a blue-based red. I always knew red looked good on me, but I had no idea it was that striking. Then I noticed my skin tone and understood instantly. Red is my favourite colour to wear. Other colours that look good are navy blue, black, cobalt blue, true purple, hot pink, and pure white. Your veins should have a blue hue, and your hair will have a cool tone to it as well, such as black, other dark colours, and even platinum blonde. Silver tends to look better on us rather than gold. Pastels do not jive too well on us either.

Spring Tones

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Spring girls all have golden or yellow undertones to their skin, and have red or golden undertones in their hair. Most have blue or green eyes of some sort. Bright, vivid, and clear colours work best on you ladies, such as sunshine yellow, creamy white, teal, spring green, lilac, and more. Dark, intense, and muted colours are not flattering either, and gold jewelry looks best.

Summer Tones

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All of you summer ladies should have blue or pink undertones to your skin, as well as more ashy type hair ranging from blonde to brunette., with no red or gold highlights. Blue, green, grey, hazel, and soft brown eye colours are common. What jewelry looks best? Anyone? Silver, that’s right, because of tour skin’s cool undertones. The colours that look best on you are cool. soft, dusty, and muted colours such as lilac, powder blue, dusty rose, mint green, and a soft grey. Try to avoid bold or rich colours.

Autumn Tones

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Autumn women have yellow or golden skin tones, consequently making gold jewelry match their skin better. Their hair ranges from red to brown, all with red or golden undertones, and their eyes are either golden brown, green, or dark blue. Spicy and earthy colours look best on you ladies. When you think of the fall, you tend to think of the colours changing on the trees and the abundance of colour that the earth is showing, all in spicy and golden tones. Those are the colours that look best for you: pumpkin orange, mustard yellow, ginger, peach, and cream. Avoid true pastels and bright colours.

What colours look best on you? What colours do you wish you could wear but they don’t go with your tone?

Back to School, Vintage Style

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Well, today is the day. It’s a day I have been waiting for since the spring, and it’s finally here. I am heading back to school! I will be going into the nursing program at a local college, and taking on a full-time course load – 13 credits. I haven’t been in school since I went for my bachelors at Rutgers University in New Brunswick five and a half years ago! It is a little bit daunting, so I am going to dedicate myself to school initially, until I get back into the swing of things. Then when I feel comfortable, and will relax a bit. This is something very important to me, and I intend to receive amazing grades, as this is one of the stepping stones on my way to going to medical school and ultimately becoming an orthopaedic surgeon.

I will be older than nearly everyone on campus, but I think of it more as an advantage than a disadvantage. I have the gift of my extra years of wisdom and experience to help me, as opposed to being so young and not really understanding the world and basically being kind of lazy and not willing to work too much for anything. I know there are kids that are exceptions to this rule, but most have this “entitled” attitude nowadays, which is disheartening. I don’t intend to really socialize, because in addition to being there to learn, I have never really had friends that were younger than me, or even my age. All of my friends have always been older, which I suppose comes from my maturity level and all of the things I have been through and seen in my life so far.

I also do not intend to dress like a good portion of college kids today, which is basically to just roll out of bed and head to class wearing your pajamas. I. Just. Can’t. I know I will be the odd one out being the vintage girl like I am, but I’m proud of that actually. While I may not dress up for every single day of class, I will at least certainly do my best to look put together with a vintage or rockabilly flair. I really believe how you dress shows how much you value what you are doing, and I’m going to dress the same way I value my education.

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I am writing this post mainly for the fact of letting all of my readers know more about me, as well as letting all of you know that I will still try and post as much as I can. Sometimes I may not be able to, but I promise this blog will not die. I will at least post a handful of entries a month. I love doing this blog, and being able to share my passion and knowledge with others as well as meeting others in this vintage/blogging community. I believe moderation is key, and immersing yourself completely into one thing is detrimental. This blog will serve as my sanity and escape when school gets crazy, and when I feel a little burnt out and I need an outlet. I have had a magnitude of wonderful things occur since I started this blog, such as being offered modelling jobs, having an author of a best-selling biography comment and thank me for my review, as well as meeting wonderful new friends such as Bunny Moreno from The Musings and Adventures of a Pinup Mama. I can’t just give that up, and I won’t. I will continue to be here, blogging away, and continuing to offer the same calibre of writing. I just ask that you understand when there may be a period of a week or two of no new posts. I will try to make that as rare an occurrence as possible, but I know it will happen at least once during exam time. But not to fret, you can’t get rid of me that easily! I’ll still be here for you, and I hope you will still be here for me.

Bomber Betty Cosmetics: A Review

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I recently heard of a new up-and-coming cosmetics company called Bomber Betty Cosmetics. The owner, Jessica Sawicki, is a Chicago-based makeup artist who has taken her craft to a whole new level with her own brand of mineral based makeup she makes herself that has a vintage, World War II, and rockabilly vibe all rolled into one.

Here is what is written on her site:

Why, hand-made mineral cosmetics of course! Chicago area makeup artist, Jessica Sawicki, does things the old fashioned way. She creates and hand packages her own line of lipstick, lip gloss, foundation, blush and concealer colors from the finest mineral ingredients available. Her products are natural, paraben-free and cruelty-free, so you can shop with a clear conscience.

I recently received a bunch of samples from Jessica, all of which I tested out today before going out for the day.

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I received three eyeshadows, a blush, a brow filler, a lipstick, and a lip stain, all of which you can see the colours of below.

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First, I applied the blush, which is shown second from left. It has a pinky peach tone, and offers a rather sheer coverage. I had to use a bit more than you would usually experience with a mineral blush, but that can be a good thing, as you don’t want to look like a Victorian doll (or at least I would hope not).

Then it was on to the eyeshadow. I always use an eyeshadow primer, which is Too Face’s Shadow Insurance. I applied Coal (furthest right) first in my crease, then Rose Gold (third in from right) from my brow bone to part of the lid, and finally Malt (second in from right). These are definitely shadows where you only use a sparse amount and it goes a long way. I had applied all I needed to, and it still looked like I hadn’t made a dent in the quantity! Another fabulous quality is that just like the blush, it is very layerable and blends very smoothly. But, please note, that mineral shadows are different from regular shadows, so you don’t need to go hoarding your brush with this stuff.

Next I applied the Julia Brow Wow. This has got to be one of my favourite items that Jessica had sent me. This brow filler has what looks like almost the consistency of a lipstick, but when you put it on it acts like a powder or a pencil. It also makes it look very natural, and not like you painted your brows on. Some like heavier brows, so let me assure you this is also layerable depending on what look you may want to achieve. I like this product so much that I may in fact have to buy this myself and add it to my kit, both professionally and personally!

Here is the after of my eyes:

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Lastly, I tried both lip products. First, I tried the cherry lip stain. the colour of this may look rather dark initially, but it goes on as a rather sheer, light red, and is great to wear for a daytime look or at the office. My only issue is that it dried out my lips, but then again every lip stain does that, so I would recommend a lip balm or gloss on top to moisturise.

A shot of me wearing the lip stain…

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Lastly, I tried the Cherry Bomb lipstick. Let me just say, WOW. I have been a Besamรฉ girl for the longest time, and their lipsticks were all I ever used or ever wanted to use. But this lipstick may have changed my mind, or at least made my scope of lipsticks wider. This lipstick colour has a bluish base, which works better on my type skin, and does well for most others as well as make your teeth appear whiter. This lipstick just melted onto my lips like butter, and was so smooth and creamy. It didn’t dry out my lips nor did it really fade a huge amount. This is also another product I will certainly be investing more in, and in more colours!

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Here is the finished look:

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Today was about a 94 degree day, and more humid than I would like. Being a New Yorker, we tend to walk more than most, and as such I was sweating a bit with the heat (no, sorry – I was glowing ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). After about four hours, I checked up on my makeup upon my return home. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the lipstick stayed, as well as the brow wow and the blush. The eyeshadow did crease a slight bit, but nothing too major to make it look off or like you had nothing on. With hot and humid days like this, you honestly can’t expect your eyeshadow to hold up through all of it. Considering this, I think it performed rather well overall!

After pictures:

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All in all, I would have to give a comprehensive score of an 8 out of 10 for this makeup line. I think it is certainly worth a look at by all of my lovely readers, so please check out her site Bomber Betty Cosmetics!

If you want to try the makeup line out for yourself, you can order three samples and a cute sticker all for a flat cost of $4 (shipping included!). So go ahead, search to your heart’s content, and try some of her samples here. I love to help out small, home-grown businesses with great products.

Disclaimer: I have not been compensated in any way for this review, and it is offered only to help my readers find out about new products and how they perform. I actually paid $4 for three samples and a sticker, and I let Jessica know I am a blogger and I would like to do a review. She was gracious enough to send me some extra samples to try, and here we are! A big thanks to Jessica!

A Flash Back In Time With Family Photos

These are all pictures I acquired from my grandmother, and are mostly of her and her mother, from around 1900 to the 1950s. I think these really give you a glimpse into the life of these times, and what styles were common in “real life”. They are immensely special to me, and I am very proud to share them with all of my readers ๐Ÿ™‚

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Above is a picture of my great grandmother Martha (whom my grandmother used to think I looked so much like, to the point of tears where she saw her in my eyes) holding my grandmother shortly after her birth in October of 1915.

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Above is my grandfather in 1928. Most of these are of or from my grandmother, but a few will contain him since (naturally) he was her husband.

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My grandmother won a “Most Beautiful Baby” contest with this very picture ๐Ÿ™‚

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My grandmother could wear hats like nobody’s business.

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These are pictures I intend to keep for the rest of my life. They also give me a sneak peek into that period in time that I adore so much, and gives me ideas and clues about the fashion and beauty of the time. Take a look at old family photos – you’ll find great fashion and beauty ideas as well as getting a great knowledge of your personal history, about who YOU are. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

The 7th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party

Today I had the pleasure of going with Miss Bunny Moreno of The Musings and Adventures of a Pinup Mama to the Seventh Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party, which is themed mostly in the ’20s and ’30s. It was held on Governor’s Island, which was an old Army installment from the turn of the century and gorgeous, might I add!

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They had several posts there of the history of the island, which is undergoing renovations in order to make exhibits more like a large museum due to open in 2013.

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We took a free ferry to the island from Pier 6 in Brooklyn, which Bunny’s husband drove us to, which was super sweet of him because he is an รผber-busy guy!

I did Bunny’s makeup and hair, but skimped a little bit on mine because my shoulder has been acting a hot mess, especially lately since I recently moved and did a bit too much myself ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I did a pin curl set on her the night before, and did very natural makeup to coincide with her dust bowl dress straight out of the ’30s.

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This is Bunny with a dress she has had in her Etsy cart for two weeks now, and it just so happens that the seller was at the event! We did some business hob-nobbing with the two ladies, and we are planning to go to their store opening on 15 September of Pin Up Queens on 22-03 Astoria Boulevard, which looks fabulous.

Then we got to the task at hand, and started walking around and investigating. Some people were really dressed to the nines, while others were totally off the mark or didn’t even try at all. But it was fabulous to hear a full orchestra playing classic tunes of the time, and feeling completely immersed in the life of 85 years ago!

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There were some great vendors there selling some b-e-a-utiful things, which Bunny and I drooled over.

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We even got to take a retro type picture by Tsirkus Fotografika, which will posted soon, as it needs to be posted by them. They had a cool vintage looking camera mixing the old with the new of a digital camera.

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We walked around the island further, and took some pictures of us with the beautiful houses all around there.

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After our fun time it was back to the present and we hopped on the ferry and took a gander at the beautiful views it had to offer, and took a picture of us together, of course!

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It was a fabulous time and well worth the trip, and I hope to go next year!

Review: “Marilyn Monroe: Private and Confidential” by Michelle Morgan

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I recently found out about the existence of this book from reading a recent issue of Vintage Life, and I immediately looked it up on Amazon. It is titled slightly different in the U.K. as “Private and Undisclosed”, while the title is different for the States. I saw all positive reviews, and I bought it thinking that maybe it might possibly come close to my favourite biography of Marilyn entitled “The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe” by J. Randy Taraborelli.

Coming in at 346 pages, it took me less than a week to finish it. This book offers details into Marilyn’s life from all sorts of people, even random acquaintances, that have never been public before for the most part. This is one of the things I enjoyed the most about this book in that you got to see the personal side of Marilyn from others who knew her and met her, and not just the same old facts and stories that are always rehashed in other books. Morgan also does her best to leave her personal spin and opinions out of it, which I appreciate because I would rather use my own brain for that, thank you very much!

The detail that Morgan goes into is really quite a feat and rather impressive. She even manages to dig up an old invoice for what was stated as an “x-ray of the nasal passages” from her gynecologist, and talks to the doctor’s daughter who indeed confirms that the x-ray had nothing to do with her nasal passages, and more likely was a procedure she had done just like many others for her endometriosis and to aid in her long standing desire to have children.

There are also several never before seen photographs included, which is very tare for me to say in that I have seen just about all of them. A few of the photos I did see before, but about half I didn’t, and it was a real treat to get to see them. When you view them over the course of reading the book, you look at her and think about all that she was going through at that particular time. Marilyn had one hell of a life, with tons of ups and tons of downs, and sadly one last down in which she would never recover from. But she always lives on in her films and in her legacy, and will remain the number one film legend of all time. This book does a superb job of helping you get to know who the real Marilyn was – or, more appropriately, who Norma Jean was.

Buy “Marilyn Monroe: Private and Confidential” on Amazon

Vintage Disney World – Part II

One of the best rides at Hollywood Studios for the vintage lover is The Great Film Ride. It takes you through famous movie scenes throughout the years, from Gene Kelly in “Singin’ in the Rain” to “The Wizard of Oz” and beyond. While you are waiting for your turn, you get to view great old movie trailers, and there is a wonderful clip montage at the end of the ride.

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At Epcot, my favourite part absolutely has to be the World Showcase, hands down. I went nuts buying stuff in “Great Britain”, being both an Anglophile and part Brit myself. I got a Union Jack iPhone case, “Keep Calm” shirt, Union Jack flag, and a London 2012 Olympics pin.

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We decided to eat in “France” at the aptly named “Chefs de France”. Our waiter was from Paris and was just plain awesome, and he was so excited upon hearing that we were from NYC! We left him a 33% tip ๐Ÿ™‚

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We also visited Germany, where we had the absolute best caramel apple ever. Very filling! Then we strolled past Italy.

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We also stopped into Magic Kingdom, where although most things were not my type, there was the Hall of Presidents that sucked me in. When FDR came on the screen, I squealed in delight, as we are related. Barack Obama was also included, and he also did a recording of his actual voice to lend to this show.

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After we returned from our journeys each night, we would spend time on the balcony to watch the fireworks and then retire for some slumber. I shall leave you with the fireworks I managed to get a picture of.

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