Saturday, April 30, 2011


Success! Ok well not that I haven't ever successfully put a victory roll in my hair but today is about the best victory rolls I have pulled off to date.  I also just had 4 inches taken off my hair (as well as touching up those roots boy did that need to get done).  So I have been try to figure out what I can do with it since it was cut on Thursday.  My timing may not have been the best as retrorama is coming up on the May 12 and well I bought a 40's  rayon dress to were do I was looking for a good 40's style for my hair to go with it and well what is more 40's than Victory rolls.  I always find them challenging as I am sure many of you do.  I will have to continue to practice so that I can repeat it when I want to.  Have a great weekend everyone.
front view

 From the Top

 Right side

Friday, April 29, 2011

Wedding Dresses and the Royal Wedding

Well it is hard not to fall in with all the excitement of a royal wedding, so as I watch Kate in her 1950's inspired dress; it remind me of Grace Kelly's wedding dress.

I found this McCalls dress pattern from the 1950's that has a very similar look to it.

I have seen many predictions among the vintage community about what the dress will look like and I have to say that most the predictions I have seen were right on the money. Covered shoulders and a chapel length train check check I love how on the money these predictions are.  My son as we watch this wedding wants to  know if they don't do "you may now kiss the bride".  My son has a teacher from Plymouth on a Fulbright exchange so he has been hearing lots about the Royal Wedding (I am guessing more than most American 9 year old boys do). In fact my son is having a royal wedding party in his 3rd grade classroom today.  The kids have been encouraged to dress up but he said he would prefer not to but would like to wear his Mohawk up.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Retro Make Up by Lauren Rennels

OK Ladies get your copy now.  This book is a must have for anyone interested in vintage styling.  I received my copy earlier this week and finally had some quality time with it and I am so excited about it.  The book starts with a brief history of make up use.  Them moves into tools of the trade as well as techniques. Then goes through some make up looks era by era.   I have to say that so far my favorite part is when she shows how to do a drawn brow without removing your natural brow that was truly an eye opener for me.  If you already have the Lauren Reynolds Vintage Hairstyling book this would be a great companion book for it.  My only wish is that it was a ring format so it would be easier to leave the page open when trying to reproduce a look. If you are not already following Miss Rennels blog I do recommend it as well, Bobby Pin Blog.  The photo below is straight from the blog as I do not have a good scanner at present.  Hope you all had a fine Easter and take care.

Happy Easter

Have I told you that I love gnomes?  I have a collection in my garden must be my German ancestry.    I hope to get caught up and be able to post a bit more this week as I did visit my favorite vintage clothing shop this last week in search of a dress to wear to a event called retrorama. Oh and I might have accidentally on purpose bought a ordered a few items from Heyday.  More on all this later. Hope you all have a fabulous day.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Its time to roll

So we finally went into the garage and got the vintage bikes out of storage.  The first is a mid sixties (we think) womens Space liner.  The second is badly in need of some work in fact it is now taken apart but I got a good  picute before we deconstructed it.  Its a Columbia and we think its a Fire Arrow maybe 59 but not sure. It needs new rims, and tires, new gears new pedals well and while we are at it we are going to sand down the body and have it painted.

Well hope you are all having a fabulous Sunday, take care

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Trailer Time

Ok so Mr Living Vintage and I bought this trailer 3 years ago we got a lot of use out of it the first summer as out his parents had bought a not so habitable lake place (which has since been torn down and replaced with a lovely new cabin) so we parked our camper at the lake and used that summer on weekends as our cabin on the lake.  It is a 1969 Silverstreak  we have have plans to fix it up but money has been tight so we haven't done as much as I would like yet.  It needs some holes patched, new skylight, new plumbing, new backsplash, new flooring in the back and a really good airing out.  I have bought some lovely atomic print barkcloth fabric to make new curtains but am afraid make and hang as the fabric was not cheap and am waiting for it to be a bit more sealed from water and mice before hanging.  Anyway here is the exterior for now I don't have any interior pictures right now but will post some later.

This last one is my 59 wagon that I think would be perfect for pulling the Silverstreak.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Lions and Tigers and Flowers, Oh My

Ok its been a really long week.  Last Sunday night Mr Living Vintage and I took our 3 year old to the circus.  I don't think it gets much more vintage than the circus.  We saw trapeze artist, lion and tiger tamer, clown of course, jugglers, a dog act and my favorite a quick change act and that was just the first half then our son got tired and wanted to go home right when the bare back rider was coming out.  Oh well I will definitely make an effort to take him again it was fun and honestly I don't think I have been to a circus since I was his age.

I love these vintage Ringling Bros Posters although we went to a Shiners circus and I checked but the Ringling Brother/ Barnum and Baily circus do not come to our city.

And here we all are at the circus.

And on last thing is that if finally felt like spring this week despite still having some big piles of snow around it has been in the sixties the last couple of days and look what I have in my front yard. Yeah crocus flowers I think they are my favorite just because the winters here can be so long and they are the first flowers I have seen in a long time.

Finally a package arrived for me today, it was my Bell Blossom flower of the month.  Lisa Freemont Street has mentioned this on her blog and I decided to take the plunge.  I almost don't want to open the package when it arrives it is so pretty.

This month was a beautiful pink azalea.  Love it I will have to set my hair tonight and wear it tomorrow!!

If you haven't  checked out Lisa Fremont Pages blog here is the link and here is the link to the Belle Blossom website
hope you all had a good week good bye for now

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

1939 and 1940 Fashions

I think the late 30's and early 40's are my new favorite fashion era!!! A lovely lady by the the screen name of Stray Cat has been posting scans from her German Fashion magazine on the Fedora Lounge.  Here are a few of my favorites (sorry I tend to be a bit partial to separates so it might be a bit weighted that way). Hope you enjoy!!!