Recent Additions to My Closet

Over the past few weeks one could say I have had a minor addiction to eBay. I have several searches saved and I check them every day. I have come across some gorgeous dresses recently, and have gotten them for much cheaper than they are actually worth! And I needed some more dresses in my closet anyway. I think I have about 26 vintage dresses now 😉

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This beauty I just won about two days ago. It is a fabulous 1940s novelty print dress that I could not resist. I can’t wait to get my mitts on this and get to wear it! I clinched it for only $33.

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This is another gorgeous ’40s dress that I managed to snag for only $40! It fits me perfectly and the print is so cute. It’s from around the war, and you can feel it’s a little dainty now that all of that time has passed – 70 years! But still amazing nonetheless.

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This ’50s dress was just too perfect for fall to ignore! I was bidding on this during the hurricane with the power being out so I would turn my phone on once in a while to check that I was still the high bidder LOL. It is made of a rayon silk fabric, which feels amazing and rather luxurious – all for $31!

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This little number is obviously more rockabilly than vintage but I still love it nonetheless. As you can tell, it has more of a spring/summer vibe to it, which is probably why no one else bid on it and I got it for only $20! That’s a good little trick for the rest of you too – buy off season and you will tend to get better deals. And hey, with vintage clothing you will never have to worry about being “off-trend”, because it’s all classic and timeless!

What do you all think? Have any of you gotten any great finds lately?

Passion for Fashion with Wildfell Hall

On Election Day I had the honour of working with the fabulous Amy of the Etsy shop Wildfell Hall. If you all don’t know her, I suggest you go check out her shop pronto!

Amy has such a delicious selection of dresses and other items that it is really hard not to just blow your hard earned paycheck on the whole shop! I am an advocate of buying an item or two, especially since she has a baby on the way and she spends a great deal of time on road trips out vintage hunting for items for her customers! And her items are all high quality – I can tell because I modelled a good 5 or 7 of her items!

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This is a fabulous ’40s dress that is original new old stock! It has already been purchased, as a few minutes after she posted the picture, it sold! That makes me feel good like I am doing my job as a model LOL 😉

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Isn’t this dress amazing? It’s vintage but it has this badass leopard belt and detail on the buttons. It’s also rather warm, so it is fabulous for these colder months of the year to keep you warm without extra bulk. It has a bust of 46″, a waist of 38″, and costs only $82.00. Check it out further here. Oh, and before I forget – LAYAWAY is available now in her shop for the holidays for most items 🙂

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Isn’t this dress just stunning? The print, the peplum, the shape – it all just screams forties. It has a nice drape-y crepe type fabric, and the coloring is great for fall and winter (or even spring and summer – it’s very versatile!). I believe it sold already though, sorry! 😦

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I love this 1950s dress! The shelf bust is amazing and the print is perfect for fall. It fit me like a glove too! The waist measures 34″-35″, and if you are smaller you can use the matching belt that comes with to cinch it in a bit more with no problem. Investigate this stunner more here.

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Those big hands you see there my friends are my hands. And that purse is an amazing 1940s green alligator wristlet-type purse. So cute and such a rich colour! Check it out here.

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Another amazeballs purse modelled by the claws of yours truly. This 1950s purse just feels so amazing, like such a soft and smooth suede! Perfect to match with anything, really. And a great size that is not too small and not too big, for just $30.00. Take a gander here.

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This coat, oh my my, this coat! If I could buy it right now I would. This 1930s duster coat is just stunning in the amount of detail that stands out yet is also subtle as well. This coat has a nice weight to it and I’m sure whomever buys it will be a very happy gal! Check ‘er out over yonder.

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Amy also has another fabulous shop called The Slipperie which contains tons of fabulous unmentionables such as vintage bras, nightgowns, dressing downs, bed jackets, slips, garter belts, and more. This 1930s yellow nightgown has such a great silky feel to its rayon. Quite the way to indulge after a long day! Go examine closer here.

Quite some fabulous items, n’est-ce pas? And she always has more great items that she finds and posts all of the time. Go check for yourself – I’m sure you will find something that will strike your vintage-loving fancy 🙂

Easy Breezy Beautiful ’40s Half Moon Nails

I apologize for being missing in action for a bit, I just got my cat spayed and I feel like such a bad furbaby mommy! I know it’s the best for them, but it’s just hard to see my little stinky in a cone collar and all cut into having had surgery 😦 I am trying to make sure she just relaxes and rests so she can not rip open her incision and heal. I let her sleep where she wants, and I have been giving her special treats to eat, and I still feel bad! LOL.

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I decided it was high time for a tutorial! I figured out a great way to do my nails in the gorgeous 1940s half moon style that so many of us love. Since this look does not look so swell on short nails, I haven’t been able to pull it off on my natural nails that just decide to say a big screw you and break off before they get any longer than about 2-3 millimeters. So I figured out a way to get the look without the natural length, and to have it look professionally done (without the price!).

Lets see what we are dealing with here:

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Looks great, huh?!

Here is what you need to get started:

-Undecorated full cover glue on nail kit (There is a Kiss brand available at most drug stores like CVS that offers a good rounded vintage-like shape, see below)
-Red nail polish (or colour of your choice)
-Top coat polish
-Hole punch reinforcer stickers (see below)
-Nail file
-Nail glue

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1. Open your nail kit and measure each nail size to yours for an adequate fit. Place them to the side.

2. Take out your reinforcers and attach them to the bottom of each nail, taking in account for each nail’s size and what size of half moon looks proper. Each nail should look like this:

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3. Take your red nail polish and start painting each nail, just going slightly below the sticker line but never touching further below. When you paint, start with a soaked brush from the middle and then work out to each side – this helps the polish to look even.

Your nail(s) should look like this:

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4. After you have completed this step on each nail, put them off to the side in a place that they will not be disturbed and let them cool for at least an hour or two. The drier, the better. I waited six hours with mine. The beauty is they are not on your nails yet so you don’t have to be terrified of fudging them up!

I put mine on top of some books I had on my desk so my cat wouldn’t get them:

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After waiting a proper time…

5. Make sure your nails are DRY. You are going to be taking the stickers off now, and any residual tackiness will mess up the half moon you are looking to achieve.

When you are taking the stickers off, be sure to pull them off from the bottom of the nail up to the top, NOT from side to side. This allows for a cleaner line.

6. Take another bunch of reinforcement stickers and put them on the back of the nail just like they were on the front, like this:

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7. Hold your nails by the sticker as I have done in the last pic. Take your top coat now and start putting it on top of each nail just like when you put the polish on. After you are done, return them to their drying place for another couple of hours.

8. Check to make sure the nails are completely dry after a few hours. If they are, take the reinforcement stickers off of them. Get your nail glue and begin to glue them on, applying the glue to the back of the nail and sliding it down to the base so it gets adequately bonded and covered to your nail.

After you have finished that, then you are really finished! They look pretty good huh? I intend to do this on most of my manicures now, and my nail kit comes with 10 sets of nails, so I have 9 more to work on 😉

I hope this works as well for you as it did for me!

Review: Style Me Vintage: Step-by-Step Retro Look Book

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A little over a week ago, I received an email from the lovely Amelia of IPG about whether I would like to review the upcoming book, Style Me Vintage: Step-by-Tep Retro Look Book. Of course, how could I say no to that?!

Some of you may be familiar with this series, as they have a few books out already. This is a meshing of all of them, which is great for anyone looking for a wonderful all-around foundation to begin your retro, vintage, pinup, or rockabilly style. This guide can help take you from know-nothing novice to a savvy shopper. Mind you, this is not the be all or end all, nor are other books – there are just some things you have to learn and experience yourself based on your body shape and a number of other factours.

Now, when I do reviews, I like to give full disclosure on what I received. My disclosure is this: I have the Style Me Vintage: Hair book that I bought about a year ago, and upon inspection, it seems to be very alike, like this picture tells:

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The top book is just for the hair and the bottom is this book I am reviewing. I just felt the need to let everyone know about this, so there are no surprises when you receive your book.

The makeup section if this book is fabulous. As a makeup artist, a lot of tricks and tips are put into this section that will help many women to achieve their best looks.

You can go from a Marilyn Monroe look here:

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To an eighties Madonna or an extreme Siouxie Sioux look as seen here:

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They provide a variety of looks, starting from a 1920s Clara Bow all the way to the 1980s Madonna look and everything in between. Also, in the back of this book there are more beauty tips about how to get the perfect manicure, including the famous ’40s half moon look, as well as getting your brows perfect and nailing false eyelashes and the cat eye look. All of it is explained very well, and helps you to achieve the best look you can.

My absolute favourite part of the book is all about the clothing. If you were to buy this book, just the clothing section alone is well worth the price! It goes through each decade from the twenties through to the eighties, and lists the must have day and night looks and staples of the period. A history of each period is given to explain and rationalize why the fashion was the way it was during that time. Included in each section are amazing tips to help boost your period look, and some definitions of things you may see in the book or have heard of before, such as what a bias cut is.

This section has incredibly useful extras including a whole portion on shape wear and underwear as well as swimsuits of different periods. The most helpful are the sections dedicated to how to make easy repairs to damaged items, from tears, washing, stains, drying, and storage. This is so important for any vintage lover to know, so you can keep your fabulous frocks in the best shape and to help them get even better if need be.

There is also a great section about how to get into vintage clothes. I know this may sound ridiculous to some, but there are different ways to put on different items without tearing them or thinking they don’t fit when in actuality they will but just need to be put on correctly. This will help so many gals get into those amazing and to die for dresses without being disappointed that they can’t get in it when all it needs is a little battle planning! It also includes a “vintage shopping necessity kit” that you should always bring when shopping, such as a tape measure and a wide belt. It also guides you on how to properly inspect items for any flaws and how to get chummy with the sales people to get the first dibs on good items. Another area is a quickie list on how to date vintage, which is helpful to know that what you are pining for is indeed a fifties frock and not an eighties knockoff.

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I found this book to be quite an amazing addition to my collection, and is something I will surely go back to reference from time to time. The layout of the book is gorgeous, as is the cover with its vintage inspired fabric cover. I read this in its entirety, and it just has a wealth of fabulous facts and information on every page that I think will serve all of my readers on numerous levels, from the beginner to the more advanced. It is gorgeous to look at, put together well, and will serve as your go-to reference book quite often!

Style Me Vintage: Step-by-Step Retro Look Book is available for $29.95 (US) or $32.95 (CAN) November 2012 at bookstores everywhere or through Trafalgar Square Publishing. This book is also available on Amazon as well.

Do yourself a favour and go for it – it will be worth it, I assure you 🙂

Hurricane Sandy

Hi all.

I have made it out of one of the worst weather events my area has ever seen – Hurricane Sandy. We were all warned of potentially how bad this storm would be, but no one, not even government and weather officials, expected it to be as bad as it was. The last I read the damage was estimated to be between $30 billion to $50 billion, when it was originally thought to be $20 billion. But the cost on people’s lives has been way beyond a dollar amount. Lots of people have lost their homes, and some even lost their families. One woman in Staten Island was trying to rescue her two sons, 2 & 4, from rising flood waters from her car when she lost them due to the raging waters, and they still have not found those babies. I could not imagine going through that as a parent.

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I live in Queens, and we got hit pretty hard, but that has become the norm in this area unfortunately. Breezy Point, a coastal area in Queens, had horrible flooding but yet a huge blaze took out 19 houses. Can you imagine that? You have your house, your LIFE burning while being filled with flood waters. Just unimaginable.

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This is Seaside Heights at the Jersey Shore – it is completely decimated. My grandmother used to take me there all of the time in the summers when I would visit for a week or two and we would go walk on the boardwalk, go to casino pier with the amusement park rides, and go to the arcades to play skeeball. All of it is destroyed. If anything were to make me cry in all of this, it was seeing that picture. I feel like a big part of my childhood is gone, and a big connection to my grandmother (whom I consider the only grandparent I ever truly had) has vanished. Yes, they will rebuild, but it will never be the same.

As for me, I have been without power for what will be a week tomorrow. ConEd, the power company for most of the five boroughs of NYC, estimates I will not have power back until 10 or 11 November, if not longer. I had been shivering for three days straight since the storm, and the combination of having no heat, no power, and no hot water makes life beyond miserable to just downright inhuman. My Mom lives at the Jersey Shore, and she had power throughout the whole storm. I decided to head down by her for a hot shower and just basic heat. Literally fifteen minutes after my bus started heading her way, her power went out as well. You can’t make this stuff up. So my Mom and I toughed it out here, layering on multiple sweatshirts and terrycloth robes. We played I don’t know how many games of Yahtzee by candle light, and went to Dunkin’ Donuts by her house to get warm drinks and most of all charge up my phone. I at least have a radio app we could listen to, and just to be able to have some connection meant a lot. We talked to numerous people we met at our time there, and all of us came to the same conclusion: we are so thankful that we are even alive and still have our loved ones and homes, despite having no power and freezing. I have seen numerous people helping other people, from something as simple as a guy at Dunkin’ Donuts unplugging his cell phone so I can charge mine, to people taking in neighbours that do not have power so that they don’t freeze. It has been amazing how everyone has pulled together for everyone else, and we all have each other’s backs. This area has been through a lot, from 9/11 to this, but we are very resilient and we always pull through, stronger and better than ever. We are also so thankful for everyone’s help and prayers, they really do help at times like these. Although it may take a while, we will recover, better than ever.

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