I’m a Vintage Girl, in a Corporate World

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This week I started a new job as an executive assistant at a rather large and successful healthcare management company. I am one of two executive assistants for the president and vice president of the company. I am enjoying it so far, and I get along with my coworker swimmingly. I hope to keep it that way! πŸ™‚

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Because of this new position, I have to dress much more conservatively than any other job I have held previously. This means covering up my tattoos on my chest and arms, wearing “appropriate” makeup, having proper hair (no hair flowers!), and nothing too crazy or flashy.

“But my style demands showing off my tattoos and being flashy! Whatever shall I do?” I asked myself. I really wasn’t sure what to do about my new and sudden requirement for a change in wardrobe. I understood it, and honestly with a coworker I actually like being around so far and makes work bearable I’m willing to deal with it. I also want to keep my vintage style, however. I still want to be the vintage/pinup girl in the office if I have to not be the rockabilly side of me, at least.

I checked my wardrobe – nothing seemed to fit the bill. Too low cut (I have to practically wear turtlenecks to cover my chest tattoos!), needs longer sleeves, the print is too crazy, the skirt is too short. Whatever was I to do?

GO SHOPPING!

Yes, that was it. I need to go shopping. I need to find elements of my style that fit in with my new need for a conservative corporate wardrobe. And if any of you know me, you know I turn to the interwebs first for shopping. I rarely shop for clothes “outside” anymore, as I can never seem to find my style or anything that’s my size if I do.

My first stop? ModCloth!

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On the very first page I saw this little number – the Coach Tour Dress! It has a high cowl neck collar so I can hide my tattoos, and despite it being sleeveless that can easily be remedied by wearing a cardi πŸ™‚ And only $50? Yes, please!

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Next is the Greeting Postcard Dress for $95. I kept scrolling in dresses because that’s what I mostly intend to wear (a vintage girl’s staple ensemble!), and I thought this was beyond adorable. I know the neckline is a little low (yes my tattoos are that high), but I can easily remedy that with buying some Cami Secrets to attach underneath and voilΓ  – good to go! I never thought I would ever need Cami Secrets in my life though! LOL.

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This California Sunset Dress hits all the right notes for me – nice bright print, cute collar, high neckline – and an affordable $90! And as you can tell, I think florals will be a big part of my attire πŸ˜‰

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Yes. Yes yes yes yes. I will certainly be adding this Dance Floor Date Dress to my wardrobe! I love the 40s/50s flair of it and y’all know I love me some red. And only $60? You don’t have to ask me twice!

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This Beach Home Office Top had me at hello. It just screams 1950s, right? And that collar will cover up my chest tattoos perfectly πŸ™‚ Only $45! Worth every penny!

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This Modern Madeline Top is just entirely too cute. I love the blue colour and it should cover my tattoos. $40, you say? Sure!

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This is the Partake in Peppermint Skirt for $70. I love the stripes, and I absolutely adore the now accent at the waist. Perfection!

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This Binnacle of Excellence Skirt has red and blue anchors on it! I need this! It’s entirely too perfect for me. There will be $60 gone from my paycheck for this.

Okay, I think ModCloth consumed too much of my time. But they seem to have such lovely work appropriate and vintage inspired pieces!

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The Erika Dress from Pinup Girl Clothing is necessary, I think. So cute and it should cover most everything if I wear the Cami Secret πŸ™‚ $120.

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I absolutely adore the colouring of the Birdie Dress from PUG with its rich mustard and gorgeous purple pairing. And very affordable at $118!

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This Monique Dress for $92 is amazing. To me it keeps the style I love but looks completely professional at the same time. I would just need to throw a black cardigan over it to cover my arm tattoos and I would be ready to go!

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OMG this Summertime Polo Top is just so freaking cute – I need this in my life! I’m going to have to have PUG take my $72 ASAP. I can’t not have this and be okay with it.

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These 1940s Style Swing Trousers from Heyday are based on actual vintage patterns and come as close to the real thing as possible. They have so many colours, too! Of course I will need the basics like grey, black, et cetera – but you know I am getting them in red, pea green, blue, and more as well! Gotta still retain some personality at work, oui? πŸ˜‰

I am just embracing the reason to shop and buy new clothes for the job. I figure it’s worth it if I have a decent work environment and I make good money to find my vintage tendencies and go on trips and get more tattoos and more and more!

Do any of you have conservative corporate jobs? How do you retain your style at work?

June Status Update

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Hey y’all! I am sorry for being so horrid on posting lately, I have had a lot of drama lately, as well as working on trying to get back into the military and my new job I just started. But I wanted and promised myself that I would certainly write a post this weekend to let you all know that I am still around and this blog is still poppin’!

I just started a new job this week as a production coordinator at a printing and marketing firm. It is a very laid back environment, and that very wig you see me sporting I wore on my third day of work! I can keep my nose ring, keep my naturally unnatural hair, and let my tattoos hang out and proud. The office is very laid back – for example, my boss swears all the time and makes fun of everyone, and I love it! We had a barbecue at her house last night, and she made us all margaritas and daiquiris where we all got a little buzzed. How can you not love that?! I am looking forward to working with everyone and really knocking things out of the park πŸ™‚

In other news that may be a little more exciting to everyone, I am having an Etsy summer sale! I will be adding more items over the weekend, and the sale extends through 06 July for a hefty 28% off. You’ll find such lovelies like this late 1940s novelty print pinwheel dress:

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Be sure to use the code SUMMERSSWEET28 at checkout!

Also keep your eyes peeled for a guest post I will be doing on the blog Va Voom Vintage. It will have to do with how to do a great pinup/vintage eye, and the fine art of blending and using multiple colours. I plan to have this post done within the next few days, so stay tuned to Brittany’s amazing blog for when it goes live! I will post a link here when it does as well.

I have several new ideas for posts floating around in my cranium, such as a hair tutorial, showing some new dΓ©cor I acquired, new clothes, a movie and documentary review, and much more. Now that I have a new full time job, I will probably feel more active and engaged in doing things again. I’m a weird one – I can work and have a full day and I feel energized and I want to do more; I can sit on my arse all day and it just feeds into itself. I can sleep 10 hours and feel totally lazy; I could sleep 4 hours and be hard charging the whole day. What hath the military wrought upon me?! πŸ˜‰

Stay tuned for all the new and exciting things coming up for Veronica Vintage!

Veronica Vintage Photo-A-Day on Instagram!

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I’ve been seeing these “Photo-a-Day” challenges for months now and I have gotten in on the fun quite often. I really enjoy it, and the limits of the word or two makes you really think outside the box about what could fit those parameters. I look forward to what the new challenge is each day!

That’s when I decided – why not do a photo-a-day myself?! I have the one up above all ready and set for April, and I hope that you will enjoy participating as much as I will. We can all be battle buddies and learn and grow from each other. What a better way to make more friends while having fun exploring your creative side!

Of course, I will be following my own photo a day as much as possible (everyday, really), and I hope you will join me. And if any of you have any requests or ideas for a topic for next month’s photo a day, please let me know by contacting me by clicking the link on the above bar.

I am excited to start this fun journey and exciting hobby with you. Let’s go!

*Don’t Forget, Dolls!* – only THREE more days to enter my Shabby Apple giveaway!

St. Patrick’s Day Etsy SALE!

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In honour of St. Patrick’s Day (although I am not the least bit Irish) I am having a sale in my Etsy shop! You can receive 17% off (for the 17th, get it? LOL) only until Monday! I have added a whole bunch of cool new items to the shop, including some of these gems…

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This beautiful 1940s lace detailed blouse! It is a harder to find larger size, and looks very delicate and beautiful. A separate that will match nearly anything.

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These totally amazing 1950s Vintage Cat Eye Rockabilly Eyeglasses are in wonderful condition and are just awaiting your prescription to be put in them! You can even have non-prescription lenses put in if you have 20/20 vision (jealous!) or wear contacts most of the time. I have a referral for a good place that does the lenses for you for $25 as opposed to the much higher amount you would spend at an optometry store if you would like to do that.

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This 1940s celluloid palm tree brooch has amazing detail and is in mint condition considering its age! It is perfect for the upcoming spring and summer months to add a little tropical flare to your wardrobe (or help remind you that warmer weather is coming if it is as cold near you as it is here in NYC today!).

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I also have this wonderful 1960s embellished and beaded sheath dress available. It is a very high quality dress, and feels very sturdy and has a good weight to it. It is fully lined and has the most amazing beading and embroidery detail that I wish I could capture on photos properly!

The coupon code to use at checkout for 17% off is: STPATS17

There are a bunch more items available in my Veronica Vintage shop and I may be adding even more this weekend, so check everything out and treat yourself to some wonderful vintage πŸ™‚

I hope everyone has a wonderful & fun St. Patrick’s Day weekend! But not too fun, otherwise you’ll be waking up with a headache Monday morning! πŸ˜‰

Liebster Award Recipient

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I am one of those typical bloggers who love to check out their stats, and when I did, I noticed a lot more referrals from a friend’s site more than usual. Being my typical self, I was inclined to investigate.

It turns out that my fellow blogging buddy Eclectic Epherma has himself won the award, and has been ever so kind enough as to pass it on to me! Thank you dear Bruce, for not only being wonderful in awarding me, but for also answering with my blog as your recommendation to follow as the answer of a question from the blogger who awarded you. I am very happy and humbled you thought highly enough of my blog to pass it along to others!

If any of you have not visited Bruce’s blog Eclectic Epherma, please do yourself a favour and do so now. He covers a little bit of anything in the range of the Victorian era right through to the Fabulous Fifties. Quite work a look if I do say so myself!

Now, if you are not well acquainted with how this award “works”, I have been given eleven questions by the blogger who bestowed this honour upon me to answer, then I must give eleven random facts about myself, as well as nominate eleven other blogs and create a list of eleven questions they must also answer if they choose to accept the award. So, let us get to these questions, shall we?

Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because I felt I wanted to share my journey into the realm of everything vintage with others right from the start. I also felt like I had a lot to offer others in terms of my knowledge of both history as well as hair and makeup, so that I could help people to understand the eras they loved and their context of it, as well as how to achieve the proper look and keep my readers looking as beautiful as they can be. I feel as if my blog is not aimed strictly at women (I feel being awarded by a member of the male gender displays that much), but being a woman I naturally have a knack in writing about more of the feminine perspective of things. I try not to have one dominate the other overly so, but sometimes I can’t help it πŸ˜‰

Is your family understanding about your love of vintage and your desire to blog about it?

My family tends to be most understanding of the things I do. Most know that when I speak of my family, I mostly mean my Mom – she is the only family member I am very close with, and it was her mother (my grandmother) who ignited my love of vintage, although little did she know at the time.

What country would you most like to visit?

Since it is one of my life’s ambitions to move there someday, I think the best answer to this question is England πŸ™‚

When did you discover vintage?

As I had mentioned before, it was my maternal grandmother who ignited the passionate fire of vintage within me at a very early age. I remember being only single digit in age and hearing my grandma regale me with stories of her younger days from the 1920’s even up into the mid-1960’s, often stopping to say, “Oh, I should probably quit babbling on, you are probably bored to death hearing any of this”. Only I would hop up and down to deter her from stopping, almost screaming at her to keep going. I could never get enough. When she came out with the boxes of old photo albums, I instantly felt like I was home, as if it were my life she were recalling instead of her own. I never felt so much excitement yet so soothed as when my grandma would do a show & tell of her earlier days. I realize now that is where my love of vintage began. I so wish she were still alive to see how I dress and style my hair, and to keep hearing those same stories she used to tell me dozens of times over, because I’m sure even still hearing them dozens of times more would still never be enough.

What’s your favourite vintage shop?

I can’t honestly say I have one. The selection of “vintage” in NYC is so poor that you would be appalled at how such an “everything” town could be so lacking in good vintage. Unfortunately, a good many hipster has changed the stock of “vintage shops” into concert tees from the ’70s or ’80s and maybe a few ’50s or ’60s skirts that are woefully paired with Doc Martens and one of those concert tees. I mostly shop for my vintage online, at either eBay or Etsy.

Is there a lot of vintage in the city where you live?

Vintage clothing from the eras I love, no. If you hit the jackpot and do manage to find some decent vintage, then it is grossly overpriced. You want $300 for this plaid 1950’s day dress, you say? No thanks. I could just sew one myself from a vintage pattern with vintage fabric for much cheaper πŸ™‚ For vintage culture/history, NYC is top rate. This area is just so rich in history that even if you lived here your entire life you still could never take it all in. I am currently reading (or trying to read – damn you school and all your required reading!) a book entitled “Over Here! New York City during WWII” by Lorraine B. Diehl, and it has been such a breathtaking look into my city during one of my eras of most piqued interest. I would suggest the book to anyone even though I haven’t finished it yet – you would be both disgusted and amazed by what you discovered within its pages.

Did you discover new hobbies or interests after you discovered vintage?

Of course I did! I never used to be too interested in fashion history, but now I have read up so much on it (as well as beauty, but I believe that falls under the umbrella of ‘fashion’ for all intensive purposes) that immediately upon seeing a dress listed on eBay or Etsy I can tell you as to whether or not it is indeed to decade it is being flaunted as being. Sometimes I see some dresses being advertised as being from the 1940’s when just a glance makes me laugh because I can instantaneously ascertain that those shoulder pads are way ’80s, as is that peplum. Just the pattern alone screams “AQUA NET!” I’m all for saving a few bucks and buying an ’80s-does-’50s or ’70s-does-’40s frock now and then, but that’s only when I myself can genuinely be a bit puzzled as to its decade of origin. If it is apparent that Molly Ringwold may have worn it in “Pretty in Pink”, then it’s a total no-go for me.

I have also become more of a dΓ©cor aficionado, and although I do not have much to decorate as of right now, I am currently trying my best with my ’50s barkcloth curtains, kitsch collection, pin up girl sheets, and the like. I am also aiming high in hoping to learn how to knit soon; I bought myself an original 1941 beginner’s guide, and I have already inquired about a class to take soon. Let us just see if school will allow it – that’s another question!

What famous person from the past or present do you think you look like?

I’ve been told that I look like Marilyn Monroe a lot. I have no idea how, but I think the fact that it comes from guys who want to go out with me and already are aware of my love of all things Marilyn tells you all you need to know on that front. Other than that, I have no idea. Does anyone think I look like an Old Hollywood actress? I get told that I look a lot like a young Kirstie Alley, and if here in NYC the 80’s is considered vintage, then there’s your answer LOL.

I have also gotten told I look a lot like Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, as well as Katy Perry more often than not, like I had mentioned in my Campus Katy Perry post a few days prior.

Who is your favourite author?

It really depends on the genre we are talking about. But a pretty good bet for me usually is D.H. Lawrence, whether in poem, short story, or novel format.

When you sit down to compose a blog post do you plan/think ahead or just write off the cuff?

I tend to write mostly off-the-cuff. I believe my best writing is done that way, as it allows for a free flow and and genuineness to come forth that “structured” or pre-planned posts just really don’t offer. I like to offer my readers information and new ideas, but also I think the best way for me to put all of that forth is to write without some silly outline nearby like I have to follow a GPS map to a destination. That is also how I write songs. I enjoy writing the most that way, and I believe my best work comes from that style. I’m not saying outlining and planning is a bad thing, because for other people that is how they work best. I am just saying that for me it is cumbersome, and therefore it feels more like “work” to me, which I have never wanted.

Sometimes, I have ideas for posts I plan ahead on, such as for tutorials and the like, but I never pre-plan it every step of the way. Everyone has a method to their madness and that is mine πŸ™‚

If you could be a fly on the wall for any event in history, what would that be?

Oh my word, that is such a great question but just entirely too open-ended. Maybe I’d like to be a fly on the wall when FDR gave his “Date Which Shall Live in Infamy” speech, or when my great grandfather came through Ellis Island all by himself in 1896 at the barely grown age of 19. Maybe I would be interested in seeing how the Olympics were back in 1936 when they were held in Berlin, or to be in Times Square during VE Day. Maybe I could be behind the scenes of the filming of “Gone With The Wind”? Maybe in Hitler’s bunker during his last few moments in 1945? Or on Lexington Avenue during the filming (or fake filming, as it was just a publicity stunt) of Marilyn’s famous skirt scene? Or just see how an everyday housewife made it day-to-day through the war knowing half of her heart was in grave danger fighting for his country half a world away, constantly afraid of receiving a telegram or uniformed officers at her door? There is just too much to choose just one moment. Way too much!

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And now, here’s 11 facts and little tidbits about yours truly. It’s hard for me to think of anything so sorry if some of these are kind of boring πŸ˜›

1. I cannot sleep unless I am in a room where it is almost completely dark, fairly cold (65 degrees Fahrenheit is perfect), and totally silent except for a white noise machine. I also need to wear earplugs.

2. I must have my closet organized by type (pants, then capris, then sweaters, long sleeve shirts, 3/4 sleeves, short sleeves, then dresses), with all garments facing in the same direction. I can’t hang an item up and just leave it if it’s not according to this rule.

3. I always start out sleeping on my stomach.

4. I am the tallest in my family at 5’11”. The rest of my family (mother, father, and sister) are either 5’9″ or 5’10”.

5. I am related to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on my father’s side.

6. I was born and raised in New Jersey.

7. I have had 4 orthopaedic surgeries – three on my right knee, one on my left shoulder.

8. I love the movie “Kingpin”.

9. I am 75% Dutch, 10% English, 10% Swiss, and 5% Scottish. Yes, I have it down to percentages πŸ˜‰

10. I speak French fluently.

11. I don’t own a car. Owning a car in NYC is more of a hassle than it is worth! LOL.

And now, I shall bestow the Liebster Award unto the following blogs:

Delancey Dame Vintage
Bunny’s Victory
Chronically Vintage
Va Voom Vintage
Atomic Redhead
Lost in the 1950’s
A Thrifty Mrs.
Oh So Lovely Vintage
Fat Mum Slim
The Rockabilly Girl Next Door
Retro Chick

Here are my 11 questions for them to ponder over:

1. What started your romance with all things vintage?
2. What made you start a blog about it all?
3. What is your favourite vintage item you have acquired so far?
4. If you could own one item of clothing from an Old Hollywood film, which would it be and why?
5. Would you rather live back in your favourite era(s) or would you prefer to stay in present day? Why?
6. If you could be a female historical figure, who would you be and why?
7. Same question, but as a male historical figure and why.
8. How do you come up with topics to write about?
9. What nationalities/heritages are you?
10. Do you pre-plan posts of write off-the-cuff?
11. Where do you see the future of your blog? What would you like to see it as being in about one year? What about five years?

I tried to come up with original questions, and ones that could help you as well as your blog, as well as other bloggers out there who may need some guidance. Plus it is just kind of fun to see how others work πŸ™‚

Thanks again to Bruce of Eclectic Epherma for bestowing me with this award! He has a fabulous blog that I would have awarded him with this award again, but then it would just be redundant and a never ending circle LOL. I hope my question answers and 11 factoids were interesting at least – I tried to keep it vintage or rockabilly related but without having too narrow of a scope. Congratulations to all of the winners I chose to give this award to! Some of you may have received this award before like I had a few months ago (and I was just too busy to accept to do the whole post, blargh), so it is your option as to whether you want to do another post or not. I just wanted to let all of you know that you are amongst a small group of my favourite blogs that I read consistently and love. I don’t have much time to read many blogs because of school and a new study I am involved in, but I think the 11 blogs above epitomize the vintage/pinup/rockabilly blog world and have tons to offer its readers. I also love the theme of this award, because it is a “feel good” award, allows your readers to know more about you, and the best part is you get to pay it forward. All of you are great and are what keep me going and striving to make my blog the best it can be!

Vote for Me as Ms. February at Dressed to Kill Clothing!

Hi there dolls!

I have some exciting news – I have made it to the voting stage of being Ms. February 2013 for Dressed to Kill Clothing!

Here is the photo in the contest, taken by the wonderful Jodie King Photography:

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If you think I should win, please click the “LIKE” button for me and help me to knock it out of the park! I love all of my readers, and I hope the same of you for me and you can help me win this fun contest!

What do you have to do? Just go here and look for my picture, then click “LIKE”. That’s it!

I love each and every one of you, and I can’t wait to see what happens! πŸ™‚

Second Photoshoot with Jodie King Photography

After we finished up with Rebecca Danielle’s shoot, we got to work on mine. That weekend I wasn’t feeling 100%, but I think Jodie worked around that wonderfully. I had such a great time that part of the time I wasn’t paying attention to the shoot sometimes! LOL.

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I seriously don’t think Jodie King can do anything wrong with that camera! Go check out some of her other work and find out how to contact her here.

Makeup, hair, and styling by yours truly.