The 10th Annual New York Burlesque Festival: The Teaser Party – Part One

The New York Burlesque Festival is an annual event over several days which celebrates this art in Gotham. Not many people are aware that there is much for burlesque here, but there is! When I first heard about this event a couple of months ago, I just knew I had to go. I wanted to go to every single night, but unfortunately being a student, a lack of funds has limited my ability to do such things. But Time Out magazine must have known my predicament and I was chosen as the winner of two tickets to the Teaser Party at the Bell House in Brooklyn. They must have known I was a desperate blogger! πŸ˜‰

The venue they held the first night of the tenth annual festival in was quite perfect for the event and had great atmosphere – I may have to frequent the Bell House more on my own, it has a great rockabilly vibe!

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The warm up act was a fabulous old school Naw’leans jazz band, complete with a tap dancer. They are called The Hot Sardines, and man were they killer! Check out some of the videos I took below and judge for yourself!

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Amazing, n’est pas? They really fired up the crowd and had a hot jazz sound. Check them out on Facebook!

Before the festival could begin, the Bishop of Burlesque had to bless it πŸ˜‰

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The host for the evening was Albert Cadabra. Now usually I find the host to be quite corny and kind of exhausting, but this one was quite funny, energetic, and entertaining! He swallowed a three foot ballon right at the beginning of the show, like it was nothing at all.

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He was giving out some free PBR to the front row of people, so we snagged some and guzzled up! The go-go dancers came out for a few minutes, then it was on to the performers!

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How’s that for only being part one?! I have so many fabulous pictures from all of these wonderful performers that I couldn’t share all of them in just one post. So stay tuned for the next installment coming in the next day or so!

Veronica Vintage’s 1 Year Anniversary & Giveaway!

I can’t believe it has been a year since I came back from my trip to Las Vegas this time last year with my intense love of all things vintage and rockabilly blazing and I started this blog. It has been a crazy year, but this blog has grown exponentially and blown up over the past few months especially. I could not have gotten this far without all of you!

Sometimes it may be hard for me to write due to my pain levels, school, or otherwise, but I still make the effort because this is a passion of mine, and a passion of my readers as well. I always aim to have more informational writing content rather than the frilly picture-laden outfit posts that most have – that way my readers can learn and embrace the look themselves. I love to share my knowledge and views with others, and I hope you have enjoyed reading as much as I have enjoyed writing. I intend to keep this blog going for a long time, and with your help we can make this one of the best vintage blogs out there.

I want to say thank you to my readers and celebrate my blog’s birthday, so I will be having a giveaway!

The item up for grabs is a fabulous black 1960s clutch purse from Fresh Hot Vintage. I myself have ordered a wonderful dress from Nicole, and I just love it! She is a fabulous seller, and will sell her products with truth behind her descriptions.

Here is the bag up for grabs:

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Black crepe with black and gold satin lining. Convertible cord handle can be tucked in our out to hang on the wrist. Gold tone hardware. Charming and versatile, suitable for a range of styles.

Tags:
Brand: “Ande’ ”
Size: 8 x 6″ with 9.5″ handle
Content: crepe, satin.
Condition: Very good – minimal frame patina and few expected scuffs to lining.

This bag is great for every day or special nights out, and everything in between!

Here is how to enter:

1. “Like” Veronica Vintage on Facebook if you have not already.

2. Visit Fresh Hot Vintage on Etsy and let me know what your favourite item in her shop is by commenting on this post.

3. For another shot to win, post on your Facebook page about this contest containing the link to this post/site.

Please Note: Fresh Hot Vintage is having a little contest of their own: you can win a $50 gift certificate for commenting on their Facebook page. The contest ends 30 September. What’s to lose? Nothing! Go for it!

That’s it! Easy as pie πŸ™‚ The contest will end on Saturday 6 October, and I will announce the winner via my Facebook page (which you will know about if you liked my page, naturally πŸ˜‰ ) and you can send me your address so Nicole can send you your goodies!

Good luck ladies!

To Dye For

Are you looking to add some spunk to your hair? So am I!

For the past few months, I have been putting all sorts of strange colours in my hair, and I love it. I have gotten nothing but amazing compliments since I started, and I relish being so unique and apart from the others. At first I went subtle with two strips of red in the under layers of my hair; but now I have graduated to the full show, dying my bangs and the adjacent strips of hair turquoise. I am proud to be totally different from anyone around, and to stand out in such a unique and individual way.

But how do I get my hair my teal colour? Today is the day I spill my secrets!

Dying your hair a unique shade can be a bit laborious, but the results are stunning. You need to bleach your hair at least once, if not twice. If you do need to bleach twice, please space out the time and deep condition after each time. I dyed my hair a platinum blonde in 2010 and I bleached it twice in the span of a few hours. Needless to say, my hair was breaking off in clumps! But if you remember to space it out and deep condition afterwards, you’ll be golden (literally). Learn from my mistake!

Also, you may encounter some brassiness, which is common. In order to avoid this, I recommend using a product called Red Gold Corrector Plus by Ardell. They have a powder form as well as the drops, which I use. When you deposit it into the bleach, make sure you get it to be a eggplant purple colour. And NO, it will not dye your hair purple! If you look at the colour wheel, you will notice that yellow/orange is exactly opposite of purple – the purple then helps to cancel out these tones. There is a science behind all of it!

Also, make sure you do your research when you pick up your developer. I use a 40 developer, since most of the hair I bleach is near my roots and healthy with no colour, and I can bleach it once and be good to go. However, if you have damaged or dry hair, I would go with the lowest level developer as possible. I would say to ask your stylist or a knowledgable worker at your local beauty supply store for help deciding which level you should go with. I also just dye a section of my hair not only for the cool look of it, but also to not have all of my hair fried to bits! Keeping it at small sections like I do minimizes damage to your entire hair.

After allowing your freshly bleached hair to dry, next is to apply your Adore hair colour. I have used Adore on my hair since I started putting unnatural colours in it, and it is a fabulous dye that lasts a long time before needing a touch up. It is also vegetable based, so it is great for rehydrating your hair after the bleaching; my hair is always silky soft after using this dye. And they have quite the range of colours as well!

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They have even more colours besides these! I currently am using 112 Aquamarine, which is a rather self descriptive name LOL.

What you need to do is apply the dye rather generously, and wrap the hair soaking in dye with plastic of some sort. I have used saran wrap as well as plastic shopping bags for this, so there is no need to go on an all out hunt for some professional wrap. The directions say to let it sit for 15 minutes and use heat, but since this is a vegetable dye you can leave it longer. I leave it for about 30 to 45 minutes, and I blow dry it for about 10 minutes. After that, just wash out (no shampoo or conditioner), and you are set!

Your hair will have a great vibrant colour for a good while. I went two plus months before I needed to reapply, and even then it wasn’t horribly faded. Adore costs about $4 in beauty supply stores (not at Sally’s), and the amount will last for a while as well. It is a great investment for some great looking hair!

Etsy is Up and Open for Business!

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It’s finally here!

I have gotten around to posting some items in my Etsy shop, and there will be more to come for sure. I already have posted three items – two dresses and one fabulous circle skirt. I already have shirts, jewellery, dresses, and more that I will be posting soon, so check back often! And I have reasonable prices to help make attaining vintage attainable for you.

I can only post on a PC, and since I only have an iPad and iPhone to work with myself, I had to borrow a friend’s computer to post. Shame on Etsy for not having the ability to add items to your shop in the app! LOL. But I will access a computer as much as possible when I have items to sell. And I only want to post the best and most pristine items as possible to offer all of you – it makes you happy and me as well πŸ™‚

So head on over to my shop by clicking the link below, and check back often for updates and additions!

Veronica Vintage’s Etsy Shop

Fashion Femmes: Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese was born Heather RenΓ©e Sweet on 28 September, 1972 in Michigan. She is known as “The Queen of Burlesque” and was also known for being married to Marilyn Manson from 2005 to 2007. Her style is quintessentially that of a glamorous forties screen siren. I will outline her style to help you achieve her fabulous look.

Dita initially had beach blonde hair that she was born with, but dyed her hair a raven colour to give her more mystery, sultriness, and sex appeal. Having dark hair helps, but it is by no means a requirement. As long as you style your hair with rollers in a retro wave, you will be golden πŸ™‚ For her makeup look, you need perfect matte skin, black liquid liner in a cat’s eye shape, and a fabulous red lipstick. Add some rouge and define your eyebrows, possibly adding a beauty mark, and you are set!

Now, let’s look at some of Dita’s outfits and outline her general style:

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As you can see, Dita’s style is quintessentially forties, with a tad of the fifties. Look for anything that gives you an hourglass shape. The more fitted the better. I know some ladies may think wearing a big baggy shirt or jeans will “cover up any issues’, but it only just makes you look so much bigger and bulkier than you really are. Also, wearing a size of so too small makes you look chunky as well; dress for your real size, and you’ll look so fabulous people will be double checking you! I can’t over emphasize the importance of a tailor for this look – you literally want everything to hug those curves! Also, foundation garments such as waist clinchers are a great way to start off on the right foot.

Pencil skirts are a must have for this look. Think vintage sexpot, and you will know what to look for. Also, notice how she really only has one focal point of her outfit, and nothing that competes for the attention of your eyes. This is an important thing to remember, as even the sultriest of sexpots during that time never went too over the top. There is sexiness in being understated! I remember reading in a magazine that you look “sexiest” showing only 25% of your skin – this is definitely a good rule to live by.

One of the things I love most about Dita’s style is that even with the most mundane of tasks like grocery shopping she still tries to look pulled together (and she does it damn well!). You don’t have to go all out, but at least make an effort – no one likes to see others shopping in their pajamas like they just rolled out of bed ten minutes prior. She isn’t wearing much makeup except for some mascara and red lipstick – a great five minute routine, if that. She has a tendency to wear cardigans and capris for a more down time look, so be on the hunt for your basic capris and some cardigans with vintage elements. She most likely is wearing heels, but I would say if you can’t wear heels every time you go out of the house you should invest in a good basic pair of black flats.

Dita’s style is so sexy yet very subdued compared to most of Hollywood’s elite. You can’t go wrong dressing in this look!

Elements of Rockabilly Style

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Hi all!

Today I wanted to spend some time on the basics of rockabilly style. I know there are some of you out there who are just getting into this specific sense of fashion, so I am here to help!

Leopard Print

This is quintessential rockabilly. If it’s in a leopard print, it’s something worth investing in for this look. For instance, I have leopard print shoes, leopard print jeans, a leopard print dress, a vintage leopard print coat, a leopard print purse, and numerous shirts. You can’t get anymore rockabilly than this. Just make sure to only wear one piece of leopard print at a time – that way it still looks stylish without looking trashy or gaudy.

Nautical Anything

This is also another rockabilly must-have. It is one of my favourites, and I have quite a few pieces that have this style. Nautical means anything sailor/navy inspired, such as anchors, stripes, stars, and red/white/blue colour combinations. You can go all out in a head to toe inspired look, or just incorporate one element in your outfit.

Swallows

Get your mind out of the gutter, I’m talking about the bird. These little guys are most frequently found playing a supporting role in jewellery, but can also be found as elements of shirts and other articles of clothing. I have yet to get a piece like this, best rest assured it will happen!

Atomic Prints

Atomic prints are basically anything abstract and bring a “space age” vibe to mind. Most of the time these prints are “busy” looking, so just like the leopard print, keep it at a max of one piece, and letting that be your centerpiece item. Try to match your accessories or other clothing such as pants or cardigans with one of the secondary prints in the pattern – you’ll look way pulled together πŸ™‚

Dia De Los Muertos

The best way I can describe this is as Hispanic skeletons LOL. There tends to be an enhancement of the mouth and you will usually find this accompanied by flowers such as roses. Again, this will be a focal point piece so let the rest of your attire be more subdued. I love this look as more of a badass rebellious look!

Cherries

You will have to have at least one thing bearing cherries if you want in on the rockabilly scene. I have cherry earrings, and I wish I had more to be honest. My collection is ever growing though! You can find fabulous cherry prints on dresses, cardigans, bandanas, shirts, jewellery, and even shoes. A great basic!

Red Lips

It is a rockabilly woman’s uniform, no matter what. I wear red lips all of the time, all day every day. I don’t think I really own any other colours now; but I make up for it in a whole wide range of shades of red! BΓ©same offers a great sample kit of six lipsticks for what I believe is $16 now. They last you a long time – I ordered mine a whole year ago now nearly, and I’ve barely made dents in any of them although I use them habitually! Bomber Betty has some fabulous lipsticks as well.

Cat’s Eye Liner

This is like the second makeup necessity for you ladies. It can be as subtle or dramatic as you like. Mine tends to be more dramatic, but for days where I have to be “subtle” (UGH!), I do a slight flip at the corner of my eyes. Liquid liner is always best for this, and I have found L’OrΓ©al’s liners to be top notch and offer great pigment and control.

Circle Skirt & Wiggle Dresses

These staples will give even the most boyish figure curves for miles! I own 16 dresses (and 1 pair of jeans – hah!), and most are these two types. I wear wiggle dresses for adding some sexual oomph to my look, and I wear circle skirt dresses to make my waist look small and look a little more cute and wholesome πŸ˜‰ You can get pure vintage or retro inspired here and you’re good to go!

Snoods

Snoods are hair nets that you see a lot of women working in World War Two factories wearing to keep their hair in line. This trend during that time was borne ultimately out of Gone With The Wind when you saw Scarlett donning them. It’s great for a bad hair day too! Just haphazardly curl your hair so it fills out the snood well.

Bakelite

Bakelite is a type of plastic that was commonly made into jewellery such as earrings and bangles back in the day. I have a few pieces now, and I wear them at any opportunity given. I love the “end of day” Bakelite (it has a marbled quality), but I intend on getting more solids soon. Match them to your outfits and you’ll look smashing! But be careful – sometimes they can run a tad pricey, so be sure to do your research first.

That’s all I have for now! I’m sure that this is a good base for all of you to start with and begin to mold yourselves with. Define yourself and define your style – don’t let it define you. If you don’t like something, then don’t wear it just because it’s a part of the “rockabilly uniform”. Experiment and see where it takes you!

YouTube Q&A!

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Hello there dolls! I just wanted to pop in and let all of you know that I am intending to do a YouTube question and answer video as an intro to a series I intend to do in the near future. I also want to let all of you know more about me as well. So get those minds cranking, and think of some questions you all would like to ask. It can be anything – how tall I am, what my makeup routine is, what I use to wash my face, how I do my wet sets, what my go-to outfits are, how I colour my hair, to what I do on the weekends and what I enjoy to do besides blogging. If you have a question, I’ll give you an answer! Please don’t be shy, I love to hear from my readers πŸ™‚ Just leave a comment below or click on my “Contact” tab above to either email, tweet, or post your question to me on Facebook. As soon as I reach a decent amount of questions to answer, I’ll make the video and post it for your viewing pleasure πŸ™‚

I look forward to all of your questions!