Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Feeling Spring-y

I'm so excited because the weather has finally started to be warm consitantly!

So I thought it would be a great day to pull out my springy green sweater to wear!

It's such a nice fun color and it looks great with my 50s atomic circle skirt.

Skirt: me-made

You'll have to pardon my hair. It was quite windy today plus I did this with a heated set and it was kind of crazy by the time I got to take pictures.

What spring pieces have you been wearing lately?

Monday, April 29, 2013

And the winner is......

The winner of the Red Apple Lipstick is......

Paige P

Thanks to everyone who entered. For those of you who didn't win, check out their Lipstick Exchange program to get a discount on a tube of Red Apple Lipstick.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

A Tale of Woe

Oh, what a lovely hand sewn hem on a giant circle skirt. I lovingly stitched you through Pirates of the Caribbean 4 and then some. Why did you end up so unwearably long? *sigh* Now to cut, and pin and press and sew again.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Youtube: The Mystery of Hair Styling

Today's tutorial is an experiment from the book The Mystery of Hair Styling, a 1950s hairdresser's text. I recently purchased it on Amazon and have been playing around with the setting patterns ever since. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Pinspiration: 1917 Paper Doll

I've been in Costume College mode ever since I got my class packet in the mail this weekend! I spied this cute paper doll with fashions from 1917 that I just had to share!

Check out here lovely corseted form! I also love the flowers at the waistband of the dress.

Some really lovely evening wear! I love the simplicity of the black and white drawings since it's so easy to see all of the details!

Check out the great beach wear! Polka dot swim suit love!

Love the pockets on the two more casual dresses! And matching hats!

Scrumptious outer wear and hats!

More dresses and some capes.

Look at this divine wedding dress! And I believe the other one might be a bridesmaid's dress since it also has a bouquet.

Monday, April 22, 2013

HSF#7&8: Accessory and By the Sea

I've been doing some historical sewing! :D

Between the Stripes and the By the Sea challenges, I knew I had to make something nautical!

I made the Middy blouse for challenge #8 and the belt for #7 though I didn't get around to taking pictures of it till now!

The hat is one I retrimmed to go with my Lady Mary's garden party dress. It's not a perfect match but I didn't really have anything else to wear.

 I took these photos by a river since there wasn't a near by beach handy and we had some flooding so the water level was quite high!

The Challenge: By the Sea
Fabric: Green poly cotton and striped poly cotton (because I couldn't find any cotton in the right shade of green!)
Pattern: Folkwear Middy Blouse + self drafted patch pockets
Year: 19-teens
Notions: Self-covered buttons
How historically accurate is it? Wish I could have found something with less polyester! Nautical ensembles were very popular during this period and I'm really happy with the silhouette I got.
Hours to complete: 4 or so
First worn: April 2013 just for a photoshoot
Total cost: ~$25

I had a lot of fun running around taking pictures!

I just adore the peplum-ish length of the back! It made the whole outfit so fun.

Can't wait till I get to wear this outfit again! My inspiration/research is located here.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Red Apple Lipsitck

Not too long ago, I was contacted by Red Apple Lipstick to see if I'd be interested in doing a review for them. Of course, I said yes! They're products are gluten free, paraben free, toxin free, animal byproduct free, lead free and soy free plus they list all of their ingredients on their website so you now exactly what you are putting on your face. They also don't test on animals and everything is made here in the USA. My sister has Celiac Disease so I know how hard it can be to find safe products when you are allergic to something very prevalent.

 The lipstick came packaged in this cute little bag. I'm a sucker for cute packaging! The lipstick came in a black tube with a little apple on top. It's nice but nothing super special. Their website is clean and easy to navigate. One thing I really loved is that they showed each shade on three different models with different skin tones.

I really wanted to put these lipsticks to the test so I set out to wear them every day for a week. I work in a chemistry lab where some times I do research and some times I teach so I'm talking a lot but I can't reapply my makeup to prevent my makeup getting contaminated by whatever I'm working with in the lab. If I'm going to wear lipstick, it needs to be tough and not leave those icky red rings!

I asked to try their Strawberry Lips shade. I wanted something that would give me a pop of color but that would be not so loud that I couldn't wear it to work. And this shade certainly fits the bill! The website describes it as a brown-kissed red but on me it looks like more of a mauve-red. I really love this shade! It blends really well with my natural lip color. 

I wore the Strawberry Lips color on days I was working. I was immediately impressed by the consistency of the product. It felt amazing on my lips! Not dry or sticky at all. It lasted ok but it faded really nicely so I didn't have to walk around with awkward remnants of lipstick on for the rest of class.

They also sent me a tube of the Red! shade to try. It's a really nice bright true red. One thing I noticed about these lipsticks is that they blend really well with whatever other colors you wear on your lips. So without liner, the Red! looks pinker on my lips because they are naturally a rather pink shade. With red lip liner, it stays much more the color in the tube. I think this is a really cool feature because you can tailor the shade to your preference by using other lip products with it.

The Red! color I wore on the weekend. It lasted about as long as I'd expect a red lipstick to last. Red lipsticks are notoriously high maintenance. It didn't bleed even without lip liner which is great. I did need to reapply after eating but I've not yet found a red lipstick that can make it through a meal unscathed.

I noticed something rather odd about halfway through the week-my lips felt amazing and my winter chapped lips were gone! My lips chap very easily even when I'm good about using chapstick. My lips have been in fabulous condition since I started using the Red Apple lipsticks. Aside from keeping all sorts of yucky things out of their products, Red Apple adds vitamin E to their lipsticks and it works!

Even though my Red Apple week is over, I keep reaching for these two colors! I know there will be more Red Apple lipsticks in my future! And there could be some in yours!

Red Apple sent me two tubes of Strawberry Lips so that means one for one of you!

To enter the giveaway,
  • Be a follower of my blog
  • Pop over to Red Apple and check out their lipstick
  • Come back and leave me a comment with your favorite shade and your email
This giveaway is open to international followers too! The giveaway will close on Friday April 25th at midnight EST.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sweet Tooth

I love sweets! And sweet dresses are even better! So when a local bakery owned by my a friend had it's grand opening, I couldn't resist wearing my cherry Bernie Dexter dress!

The bakery is Dream Bakery in West Alexandria, Ohio. They have the most amazing red velvet cake. Nom nom nom.

The barber shop next door was the perfect backdrop for some outfit shots.

I just adore a nice sun shiney day after a long gray Ohio winter!

The grand opening was very fun. I ate way too many samples and brought some more goodies home!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Youtube: Audrey Hepburn

I just adore Audrey Hepburn! She has such a cute chic look and looks amazing with short hair! I think I've finally cracked her style from Sabrina.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

What Real People Wore

It's quite easy to get wrapped up in the frilly party dresses and high fashion couture of the past and to forget what real people wore in their everyday lives. Today's outfit is not the most flashy or exciting but I feel it makes a great everyday outfit!

Last week I rotated my wardrobe and packed away most of my winter pieces so I went for layers on this chilly morning.

Blouse: me made
Cardigan: Ann Taylor
Skirt: 40s vintage
Hat and brooch: vintage

Can you believe that until recently, I had not one single basic white blouse?

Fabric: white rayon
Pattern: Du Barry 5909
Year: 1940s
Notions: 4 vintage buttons
First Worn: April 2012
Wear again: Yes! I imagine this will get a lot of wear!

I also added a vintage pin to my outfit! I really want to start wearing brooches more often but I have difficulty knowing how to wear them.

And of course, a hat is a must!

My husband got some new camera equipment recently and he decided to snap a few shots of me helping clean up at church after lunch.

I've really come to the realization lately that in order to really wear vintage all the time, I need more practical garments. Ordinary people didn't wear fancy or frufru all the time. They had to run errands and clean house and do all of the other day to day things that we do.

This outfit was quite practical and still cute!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Pinspiration: Hair flowers

I adore hair flowers! Spring has finally arrived and some of the early blooming plants are already flowering. It's put me in quite a mood to bedeck my hair in flowers.

Shelley Winters with several flowers perched in a fluffy do.

Lenore Aubere accents her pretty face with one flower atop her pretty waves.

Adele Mara with a cascade of flowers down one side of her face.

Olivia de Hallivand sports an entire row of flowers.

Not to be out done, Rita Hayworth has flowers draped all over her hair.

Personally, I prefer a simpler look like Anne Shirley wears.

And if you need a bit more hair flower inspiration, just check out this 40s magazine page!