Friday, December 21, 2018

My Polka Dot Parade Vintage Inspired Photo Shoot Details | Forever 21

Do you get excited to do a new photo shoot but feel confused and anxious? Did you know that thoroughly planning your photo shoot will lead to a successful photo shoot? Many people do not realize the importance of thoroughly planning a photo shoot, especially if it’s “on location”. Winging (or improvising) the poses and backgrounds can work, but it may waste time and you may not get the results intended. 

In this post, I discuss helpful tips to prepare for your next photo shoot as well as explain one of my favorite photo shoots where I was happy to plan out. Below is also a video I posted via my YouTube channel that explains in more depth about how to properly plan for a shoot. The tips can also work for regular (non pin up) shoots as well!

Now…more about the shoot…

I like to call this photo shoot “The Polka Dot Parade”. I just love polka dots! They add a simple feminine touch to any vintage garment. I like how polka dots changed over the vintage decades. I did this shoot back in 2015 in downtown Chicago. A photographer friend of mine helped with the shooting. This is very much a one of a kind dress from Forever 21. I was surprised it was made by F21. I sold it off on my eBay store a while ago. I figured I would pass it on to another pin up girl. I loved how it has a sweetie neck with a halter. The red belt adds a perfect classic touch among the black/white polka dots. Because of my petite frame it’s easy to pull off styles with short dresses. I didn’t have to worry about it riding up too short as it falls perfectly above the knees. I admit, the belt was a little too tight! But overall, I was very pleased with this shoot. I’m glad I had the opportunity of planning it out.

The worse feeling you could have is regretting doing something wrong in your photo shoot. As a pin up model you work hard to keep vintage glamour alive! This post will definitely help you with your next shoot. 

Full Outfit Details:
Dress = Forever 21
Shoes = M.P.S
Belt = Forever 21
Umbrella = Handmade

And now … click here for tips on planning & preparing for an upcoming shoot.

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Coco Chanel 1920's - 1930's Vintage Inspired Hairstyle Tutorial

Coco Chanel: "A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous". Do you love dressing up 1920's or 1930's style? Do you also adore Coco Chanel products? Why not try doing a Coco Chanel vintage inspired hairstyle? It'll be perfect for a Halloween costume look or party. 

Coco Chanel Vintage Inspired Hairstyle

As I research my vintage styles I can't help but notice Chanel's actual hairstyles and how she kept her own appearance; very chic and unique.

In the video below I demonstrate how to do a vintage inspired by the beloved boss-lady. I of course wanted to keep it authentic with a 1920's / 1930's touch so I used tighter, smaller curls since my hair is longer.

This tutorial is perfect for doing a Coco Chanel look for Halloween or a vintage themed party.

Thanks for watching!

Who Was Coco Chanel?

Coco Chanel (1883 - 1971) born Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel was a French fashion designer, dress
maker and business woman. Most of us can recognize her life story of going from riches to rags and building a successful brand. An interesting fact about Chanel was that she aspired to have a stage career and would sing in cabaret shows while not working as a seamstress.

Chanel propelled a more casual, chic look for women's fashion from the "tight corset" look during the post-World War I era.

Most women love the styles and fashion that Chanel created from the little black dress, handbags and suit sets. I admit I yearn for a Chanel handbag and dress once in a while!

View more vintage inspired photos via Instagram!

Saturday, December 01, 2018

My 1950's Vintage Hairstyle Recreation (My Favorite!)

As many people may or may not know, my favorite time period is the 1940’s and the 1950’s. I just love, love, love the classic, feminine fashion and hairstyles that the 40’s and 50’s contain. Of course other vintage time periods are classic, but being raised in an old-fashioned home that was primarily 50’s style contributed to this admiration!

I always found myself mimicking 1950’s hairstyles in high school unknowingly. This is how my love for vintage hair styling started to develop without me even knowing! It all came together and it all makes sense now. Unfortunately, my hair became short throughout junior high and high school due to damage. (My hair damages very easily). Since it was shorter the curls created a vintage-style look. I didn’t like that it was short; but yet I loved styling it girly-style with curls and hair pieces. It was a love-hate situation. Over the years, this has become one of my favorite go-to vintage hairstyles. I love to dress it up with different style side combs.

In the video below, I demonstrate how to do a basic 1950’s hairstyle that can be easily worn every day. I first did this demonstration in my early days of YouTube, and I decided to revamp (remake/update) the video to make it more current. Either way, I hope it helps! Thanks for watching!