Thursday, October 17, 2019

How To: 1900's Victorian Edwardian Knot Updo Hairstyle Vintage Hairstyle Demonstration






Hello dear readers! I hope you all are having a fabulous week. In this blog post I want to share my attempt on doing a 1900's Victorian knot updo hairstyle. This hairstyle was very popular during this time period and I've always been fascinated by this style for its uniqueness and feminine charm. I’ve practiced a few times and I thought I’d share with you the basics on how to create this updo and to further practice until it’s mastered!


This is the image I used for inspiration. . .





Below are the steps I used to create this hairstyle. I also created a video to help visually.


1. I pin curled my hair up the night before using medium to large sections of hair. I used light moisturizer as I curled.

2. Before I take down the pin curls I spritz my hair with oil sheen, to give it some shine and moisture.

3. I comb out the curls and then brush out the curls using a wide tooth comb and the Miracle curl brush.

4. I create a section in the front part with a split behind the ears. I then section off other parts out of the way. I then section the front part into three more individual sections.




5. I use a makeup brush – you can use any wide object – to help roll (towards the head) the hair tightly. I tightly secure it with lots of bobby pins inside the roll. I do this for the other two remaining sections near the ears.

6. In the back I section the bottom part into three sections like the front. I repeat using the makeup brush to create the rolls – but be sure to rolls upwards this time (not under).

7. After all the rolls are completed, I brush out and twist the top section to create the “knot” look. I secure it with a hair tie and bobby pins.  I add a ribbon around it for a polished look. This is optional though.

8. I start to merge – or blend – the rolls together so they appear seamlessly rolled around the head to give it that bouffant look. I finish it off by spraying holding spray.

TIPS:


1. The more hair you use in the section, the higher the bouffant (rolls) will be. The more height the better!

2. Use your fingers (not a comb) to merge the bouffant (rolls) together. This may take lots of practice!

3. I don’t mind having that “messy” updo look with flyaways and strands floating about. I’m not sure why – I feel it completes the updo look!



Check out the video to learn more. Keep practicing and have fun!





Wednesday, October 16, 2019

1950's Authentic Vintage Floral Housewife Style Dress Review | Village Square




Hello! Welcome back to another fabulous dress review! I have a beautiful authentic vintage dress I received from Real Vintage Swag (located in Volo, Illinois) that I’d like to share today. This is a 1950's casual dress manufactured by Village Square. This dress definitely has summertime written all over it. It also has that 50’s housewife feeling within it too. I remember wearing this dress to the fullest back in the summer. I even wore it to the 2019 Route 66 Raceway Miss Classic Pin Up Contest and made Top #5! As the autumn sets in, I must sadly retire it until the next warm spring or summer day arrives!


 


What drew me into picking out this dress was its very authentic, original style - almost appearing to be housewife style. It has the perfect circle skirt that can swing effortlessly and will look even classier with a petticoat underneath. I matched it with a teal belt from the store that fits it perfectly and creates that classic 50’s “hour glass” shape, with a tiny waist and flat, round bottom. 

 


What drew me into picking out this dress was its very authentic, original style, almost appearing to be housewife style. It has the perfect circle skirt that can swing effortlessly and will look even classier with a petticoat underneath. I matched it with a teal belt from the store that fits it perfectly and creates that classic 50’s “hour glass” shape, with a tiny waist and flattened, round bottom. It features belt loops and front functional buttons. 


 

I accessorize this dress with standard pearl earrings, pearl necklace and bracelet. I added matching teal-green gloves to give it a complete 50’s finer look. I love matching it with yellow heels to bring out the green, blue and violet floral pattern designed onto the dress. The background of the dress is a light blue. I’m going to need to alter this dress sometime in the future as it has some extra wiggle room. Overall, it's easy to move around in. 

I adore this dress for its modest, feminine charm! 





Full Outfit Details


Dress: Village Square

Year: 1950's authentic vintage

Heels: Chase + Chloe

Hat & Gloves: 1950's authentic


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Friday, October 11, 2019

What Are Traditional Values? The Rapid Decline of Traditional Values




Often when many people hear the phrase “traditional values” they not only freak out, but they relate it to negative misconceptions of the historical and vintage times such as gender roles, sexism, racism, intolerance, lack of freedom for women and men abusing power. Modern progression has conditioned a majority of people that traditional values are terrible and evil and should embrace progressive values to be much happier and free. Little do most people know that the old ways of thinking allowed for freedom. Wait, really? So…what are traditional values?

Traditional values refer to the practice of customs, beliefs and conservative ways of living that has been passed down for many generations. The significant attribute of traditional values is that they have been practiced and proven to work ideally over many centuries. Traditional virtues refer to the code of conduct that Americans lived by from its beginning and during its history that has made America a strong, great nation. Traditional living can vary upon nation, culture, religion and worldly views across time periods as well.

Traditional values, in a historical sense, include a strong faith in God, the Bible and prayer. Old America pursued the ethics of Judeo-Christian culture based on the Bible which assisted with civilizing and maturing individuals in society. Thus, Biblical views played a major role in traditional values. Traditional values include:


·         the total understanding of right and wrong (strong moral code)
·         love, honor and respect for family
·         building and maintaining a loving family with both parents as guidance
·         honesty in business practices
·         respect towards authority (yes sir, yes ma’am)
·         women view their role in life is to build a family and become keepers of the home
·         men engage in hard work and provide for family
·         a strong, work ethic and embrace hard labor and skills (work with hands)
·         modesty and dressing your best (this explains the such charming and pretty vintage and historical fashion styles)
·         simplicity (lack of technology, no desire of fancy luxurious life, blissful of science)
·         marriage is seen as a prerequisite and a Godly union to bear children (less wedlock cases)
·         courtship, rather than dating
·         help someone sincerely and genuinely
·         embrace love, compassion and thoughtfulness
·         grow your own food and learn basic gardening and agricultural skills
·         protect yourself when needed


And plenty more.


Traditional values allowed society to behave properly, practice good manners, contain good morals, remain honest, unselfish, generous and thoughtful of others. This is why when we view the historical and vintage times it comes off as “proper and prim”. It’s also why many of us long for that sincere, compassionate romance they experienced during the historical and vintages too. (I admit, I love browsing through those black and white vintage love photos too!)




Believing in Judeo-Christian views led to Biblical views being taught in school to ensure traditional values are instilled in everyday life. Religion being taught in school was removed sometime around the 1960’s.

So why is learning about traditional values important, especially with vintage lifestyle?

Because apparently the rapid rise of immorality and lack of family structure is causing the fabric of society to loosen and crumble. We can see how modern society is tearing apart at the seams with:



·         the lack of family structure (family values) and celebrating single parenthood
·         disrespect of authority
·         heavy drug and alcohol addiction
·         meaningless, senseless crimes such as mass school shootings
·         a strong desire for fame, attention and riches
·         unwed mothers and deadbeat fathers
·         abortion (dehumanizing babies which are a Godly gift)
·         lack of discipline in schools
·         overvaluing social movements and social causes
·         increase of sexual assault and "rape" cases
·         lack of honest education; educating “harsh” history and progressive information
·         encouragement of gender confusion and gender roles
·         push for consumerism and high living rates
·         technology and machines replacing human work, socializing and activities
·         disregard and disrespect towards religion


And plenty more.

To many people, it appears that society is progressing towards freedom and expression of one’s choice. However, modern liberal progression is a fairly new ideology since its brink of prevailing in the late 19th century (late 1800’s). Therefore, modern progression hasn’t had the chance to have been practiced, tried and passed down to the next generation alike traditional values. We can see during the course of the last century the majority of social movements failed and has transformed the current modern millennia generation into entitled, attention-seeking, out-of-control, easily offended, insecure, lack of discipline, disrespectful young individuals (not all, not all, but a majority).

The current generation perceives traditional values and conservative views as the enemy, but in fact – there’s a much higher power that’s conditioning us and deceiving us for control most likely for monetary gain and power. The higher power must convince us that traditional values must be let go in order to enjoy an exciting, free life that in reality leads more to disappointment than happiness.




People wonder why things are strange and chaotic nowadays such as dating, communication and sincere thoughtfulness. Little do they know it’s due to lack of values and morality of the traditional sense. It’s no wonder our grandparents and great-grandparents got to experience true romance and fell in love so wonderfully. Meanwhile, the current generation is depressed and drained from ghosting, meaningless dates, casual hook-ups and swiping instead of meeting folks in person.

I’m fully aware that traditional values are not for everyone. Not many people will understand the Old America; its history and what it was built for. However, if moral values aren’t restored back into America it will become further corrupted, destroyed and will cease.

It’s pretty fascinating knowing why traditional values are strongly disregarded nowadays. I will explain this in a future blog post!

America needs lots of healing. God Bless America.

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

How to Learn and Understand the Vintage Times (1920's - 1960's)





Hello! Welcome back to another fabulous blog post! In this article I’m going to share with you how to learn and understand the vintage times. As modern progression keeps rapidly growing itself, it furthers destroys and backlashes traditional values. The higher power convinces us that the historical times including the vintage times is intolerant, oppressive, harsh and overall bad. America as a nation no longer embraces traditional values like the old world did, but instead persists to pursue “progressive” lifestyles. As a result, it has caused many people to dislike the actual culture of the vintage times. Many people are afraid to engage in vintage living because they believe the traditional values of the time were oppressive, intolerant and simply bad. This is not true.



the vintage times


In the video below I discuss several ways on how to fully become aware of the vintage times and actually learn the real deal of how they lived back then. I feel I write better than I speak, but I figured it would be best to teach this lesson over video as well. Learning about the vintage times through entertainment, magazines, stories from the elderly and removing the social constructs placed upon us can surely help us learn more on how they lived during this simpler time.


I understand traditional values and old ways of thinking are not for everyone. This is especially great for those who are looking to adapt into a true vintage lifestyle and adapt the old ways of thinking for a happier, freer life.


I hope these tips are helpful!


Enjoy the video and look out for the next blog post! Xoxo






Friday, October 04, 2019

Here's Why I Wear Vintage Fashion and Vintage Style





I remember one day in high school another classmate asked me why do I wear so many skirts to school. At the time during my younger years I was blissful of how modesty and feminine attire is very much uncommon in the modern generation. I didn’t know how to quite respond back to the question, but through the energy of the question I felt as if it was normal for high school kids to be curious of others’ individuality and I tried not to take it too personal. If I can remember, I think I replied about not liking jeans like most girls. Little did I know that dressing modestly and femininely comes natural to me.

I always opted for dressing modestly and vintage style especially during my high school days. I never felt comfortable wearing modern, trendy styles of the current times. Modern styles had never fit my personality and I’ve never been comfortable wearing “revealing” clothes that are more popular. Some trendy styles were alright – but most – nah.



Over the years I've noticed something interesting in the vintage fashion world - mainly online. It never dawned upon me that vintage fashion can also come off as feminist. I either missed the memo or have been truly blissful! It appears that a majority of feminists stray away from modern fashion trends as well – as they believe the patriarchal system controls fashion infrastructures. Many feminists may also wear vintage fashion in rebellion to the modern idea of what a woman “should” wear. This has caused a clash with true old vintage souls who embrace vintage fashion for its traditional values of modesty and exerting feminine and masculine characteristics. (This is a fascinating topic that I would like to tackle in a future blog post). I never imagined wearing vintage fashion as an act of social rebellion, radical ideology or a feminist act because vintage and historical fashion contains the values of dressing modestly and embracing femininity through clothing which comes natural to my old-fashioned thinking. I view it as simplicity of a woman’s wardrobe. Better yet, what completes an old soul than wearing a vintage outfit or accessory?  =)

But anyway – I created this blog post because I wanted to share why I wear vintage fashion and style. I do asked why do I wear such a style, and I always answer that I enjoy showing my followers how to wear vintage fashion through example such as how I piece my outfits together. 

Firstly, I wear vintage fashion for its modesty. You’ll hear me say this a million times especially across my social media platforms. I’m attracted to how vintage clothes cover up most parts of the body while still remaining charming and feminine. Being a reserved, conservative person I can relate to the traditional value that many women during the historical and vintage times abided to – that is – not flaunting too much skin and body parts and remaining respectful of your body as a woman. As I’ve transformed back into my Christian faith, I’ve been absorbing more Biblical views on how God commands women to dress modestly. This value also helps with not over-sexualizing the female body with revealing clothes.



Secondly, I love how vintage style clothes contain more personality and character. I love the effort and craftsmanship vintage clothes possess. Modern clothes are manufactured more cheaply and designed to be replaced more quickly with new clothes, going along with the high consumer rate that’s happening currently. Vintage fashion was built to last for many years. It’s unfortunate that modern clothes lack the detailing that vintage clothes contain such as buttons, lace, ruffles, metal zippers, embroidery and not overly busy patterns. 

Don’t get me wrong, many off-rack clothes contain buttons, lace, ruffles, zippers, etc. But it doesn’t contain that well-constructed, unique charm that vintage clothes have. Many modern clothes break down in the washer and dryer overtime, buttons pop off, zippers get worn out and stuck in place, the fabric rips easily and stains are harder to remove. Don’t get me started on how some expensive brands become worn out overtime too!


Thirdly, and lastly, since wearing vintage style clothing gives a push in femininity it gives a sense of respect and makes it feel to be taken more seriously. (I can't forget about all the wonderful compliments I receive!) In the current modern world, many women are conditioned to believe “wear what you wanna wear” but fail to realize that most men are attracted to a woman who has respect for her body. It’s understandable to wear something “short” and “revealing” once in a while, especially on a hot, swithering summer day or an occasion. Continuously wearing immodest clothes because it’s a trend is just a personal statement. I understand not many women will agree with dressing modestly as it's not encouraged anymore and therefore comes off as controlling her choice and a lost value. 

Being raised in an old fashioned household gave me a significant advantage to learning about vintage fashion and how to dress modestly and femininely. I view my authentic vintage clothes as historical treasures. I understand this isn’t the case for many people – not many people grew up among vintage items and clothes to experiment with so dabbing into vintage fashion may seem like a new adventure to some people. 

Overall, my reasoning for dressing vintage style is my appreciation and attraction to modest, conservative clothing.