Friday, June 28, 2019

Top Ten (10) Reasons to Live a Fabulous Vintage Lifestyle




When many people compliment me on my vintage style and appearance, there tends to be small-talk activity on how I love to engage in the vintage lifestyle. They usually ask me “what does that mean?” Although I dread small talk, I simply reply back that I’m not too concerned with the latest gadgets and try to remain traditional as much as possible. Being a modern soul that they are they tend to convince me that modern times is better simply because of the convenience of technology and the freedoms we have today, unlike back then. I beg to differ.


Vintage lifestyle often gets misconstrued with fashion style and hairstyles in the current modern times. Many individuals enjoy replicating the fashion styles and beauty of the vintage times without quite being connected to history, values and lesser reliance on technology. The fundamental reason of engaging in vintage lifestyle is the relief of modern pressure, less technology and embracing traditions. Vintage fashion, accessories and hairstyles are only a reflection of the non-modern lifestyle.

Below are ten fabulous reasons to live a vintage lifestyle. In the video below I discuss the top four reasons which are also listed below. Thanks for watching!


1. Save money – Thrifting and hand-me-downs was a popular value during the vintage times, especially during the 1930’s depression. It was common to give a friend, relative or neighbor an item that was not wanted anymore. Housewives shopped at thrift stores to help save money on clothes and small appliances. Today, shopping at popular major stores is popular. Back then, it was almost a luxury to shop department stores. They were mostly marketed towards upper class citizens.

2. Older is simple – The older times required manual labor to get work done in everyday life such as laundry, cleaning, hairstyling, cooking and much more. Today with the help of technology work is done more quickly and conveniently. Although it is quite easier, we find that we don’t use as much hard work anymore and often technology fails on us. Isn’t it annoying when we make a mistake at the self-checkout counters in grocery stores?

3. Less obesity and overweight issues – Because of the heavy duty work that was required back then, physical labor was often needed. Today, we tend to sit more often and let technology do the work for us.

4. More resourceful – Today, if we need to learn or look up something we can quickly grab our smartphones and type a question into Google. Back then, a person needed resources to get something done. Heading to the library to grab a book about a topic required to take the train or bus. And that required learning about train schedules. Then that required learning how to call a local station to hear the train times over the phone (no Google remember?) And then that required using manners and courtesy while speaking to a customer service representative. Today, we leave out the important parts and rely on a machine to do the work for us.

5. Appreciation of homemakers and housewives – The stigma is today’s society is that a housewife, homemaker or stay-at-home mother is lazy and less ambitious. Women today are expected to work careers and are celebrated when work is done outside of the home. Back then women were expected to work within the home – just like today women are expected to have full fledge careers outside the home. Expectations of women have always been a controversial matter. But during the vintage times, the idea of homemaking and motherhood was appreciated and celebrated unlike today.




6. Less pressure of modern society – Today, we only have one choice or one way of doing something. We’re pressured to spend a lot of money on modern gadgets. The cost of living is higher than ever before. Being independent is the way to go. Back then, living with family and saving money was ideal (more info in the video below).

7. Understand history – As I grew more into living a vintage lifestyle the more connected to history I’ve become. I learn the ugly and the pretty sides of history. I have a sharp sense of using perspective while researching and studying history. Time traveling is also a feel-good sensation. Engaging in a vintage lifestyle connects you with being in tune with history, as of course vintage is history! (More info in the video below)

8. Embrace femininity and masculinity – In the modern times today, the appreciation of femininity and masculinity is diminished. Women are expected to engage in masculine energy to compete with men. A strong feminine woman is seen as weak, conceited and unintelligent. A masculine man is seen as toxic (more info in the video below).

 
9. Less technology – Let’s face it – technology is a strategic component for corporate monetary gain. Using less technology allows you to read more, engage in nature and be more resourceful. You can actually enjoy life (more info in the video below).


10. Vintage fashion & style – We all know vintage fashion was well crafted, durable, very charming, fashionable and beautiful. Clothes today are built more cheaply with less feminine and masculine charm. 


In the video below I discuss the essential four reasons on living a vintage lifestyle. Can you think any more? In what ways do you live a vintage lifestyle? Leave a comment via the YouTube video.





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Monday, June 17, 2019

1940's Inspired Blue & White Pin-Striped Dress | ELLE (Kohl's)




Hello! Welcome back to my blog! This post will be a review about a lovely 1940’s inspired dress by ELLE, a brand at Kohl’s department store. It’s not often that we come across dresses or other styles of clothes with a modest, conservative feel. This dress definitely has both! I’ve always wanted a pin-striped dress and this fits the vision I’ve had of a pin-striped dress perfectly. When I first laid eyes on this dress I immediately tried it on. The dress has the perfect shade of a medium blue – and since blue is one of my favorite colors, I loved it even more. Continue reading to learn more about this feminine, modest dress and how modest outfits can still be found.










This dress can pass for a 1940’s vintage inspired look due to its pin-stripe pattern and “shirt dress” construction. The dress features a built-in white slip underneath and standard size short sleeves. The dress falls right below my knee, giving it a modest feel and look. I like how the collar has an open V-neck style which allows for accessorizing with necklaces easy. The dress features standard functional buttons that gives it to the perfect T-shirt dress appearance. It also features a subtle pleated skirt. Too bad it doesn’t come with pockets!



 




The dress is 60% cotton and 40% rayon and has a strong durable texture. It has a bit of a “heavy” feel to it – unlike a typical average summer dress. Don’t let this fool you – it can still be “flowy” and blow in the wind like a typical summer dress. Living near Lake Michigan I had plenty of breeze flow thru the dress while doing the photo shoot! But I do like how this dress is built durably as it will last many years. It can definitely be worn in the spring, summer and early fall.

This dress can be styled 1940’s or even 1950’s. It can be matched with pretty yellow, white, red, pink or black heels or flats. You can evens switch out the tie-sash for a white, red or yellow belt.

Overall, this dress certainly has a modest, vintage inspired feel and appearance with feminine charm. It’s very comfortable and runs true to size. I’m wearing size medium and have just a little wiggle room to breathe. I remember having to drive nearly 40 minutes to another Kohl’s store in my area as they had one more size medium left. I was happy they were to keep it on hold for me at the customer service desk until I picked it up. After a few discounts, it’s worth the price!




I’m honestly surprised I found this beautiful dress at Kohl’s. I usually see modest-style clothes at a few department stores but they’re usually not to my satisfaction with style, patterns or availability in size. I’m surprised overall that some stores still sell simple, modest-like clothes. There is hope!


This dress can be found at Kohl’s store or Kohl’s online.




   Full Outfit Details


Dress: ELLE

Year: Modern (1940's Inspired)

Heels: Chase + Chloe

Handbag: Betsey Johnson

Location: Zion, Illinois

Photos by: Benjamin Scott


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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Pin Up V.S. Rockabilly Style | The Difference Between Pin Up and Rockabilly Modeling





Often when we attend classic car shows, pin up contests or visit Instagram model profiles we see an edgy, flamboyant modern twist on the classic pin up girl. We start to believe that the pin up girl must have been an edgy, liberal woman within rockabilly culture especially for those who are new to pin up modeling and vintage culture. 

Modern rockabilly has integrated the classic pin up into their culture of different social aspects including punk rock, feminism and liberalism. So what’s the difference between the classic pin up and rockabilly pin up? There’s a huge difference – keep reading below! You can also watch the video below where I explain more valuable information on the two vintage elements. 




The History of Classic Pin Up & Rockabilly


The history of pin up started in the 1890’s and became extremely popular in the 1940’s and then stuck around in the 1950’s and faded out towards the end of the 1960’s when women’s rights started embedding itself in society. The military used pin up modeling for propaganda messages on persuading young men to join the service to help fight World War II. The 1950’s continued using the pin up girl for advertisements and visual pleasure.

The history of Rockabilly started in the early 1950’s in the South. Rockabilly is a combination of rock ‘n roll and hillbilly music with influences of bluegrass, rhythm and blues and country.

Classic pin up modeling is older than Rockabilly culture.



What's the Difference Between Classic Pin Up & Rockabilly?

Classic pin up modeling was intended for advertisement usage and to display informally in a room or space. We often see pin up posters and photos in garages, office spaces, bedrooms and other informal places. I used to tear out interesting posters and photos out of magazines and pin them up in my locker when I was junior high and high school.

The pin up girl was known for her subtle tease. She was innocent, cute and very feminine. She was usually in a bad or happy situation. The pin up girl uses her sexuality, sensuality and feminine charm to help sell a product, brand or just for visual pleasure to brighten a room or space.

On the other hand. . .

Rockabilly music genre became a culture – alike most popular music genres. Rockabilly attracted plenty of rebellious, liberal-minded souls who viewed Rockabilly as a lifestyle. Rockabilly enthusiasts tend to have heavy tattoos, piercings, bright colored hair and distinctive 1950’s fashion style. The word "rockabilly" became popular after it was mentioned in a press release featuring Gene Vincent. 


Although they are engaging in a cultural aspect of the 1950’s, a majority of Rockabilly enthusiasts are not entirely interested in history as a whole, conservatism or the overall values of vintage culture. In my experience of meeting modern Rockabilly fans, I observe how they are immensely passionate of the Rockabilly culture due to its rebellious nature, but tend to not quite be interested in real historical conversation or matters.


The Different Styles

Pin up modeling style is about advertising using looks and sensuality to persuade the viewer to purchase the item, or just for visual pleasure. It gives opportunities for models to add to their portfolio work as well.

Rockabilly style is more about celebrating the 1950's classic rock 'n roll and appreciating the rebellious, liberal nature that came along with it.

Pin up style is associated with mimicking what a 1940's or 1950's woman would've worn, garter belts and showing legs. Rockabilly is associated with heavy tattoos, piercings, a flamboyant patterned style and dramaticized hair and makeup.




Below is a video where I discuss more valuable information on the difference between classic pin up style and rockabilly style. Be sure to share and drop a comment on your thoughts!






Saturday, June 01, 2019

The History of 1940's Victory Roll Updo Hairstyle & Technique Tutorial




The victory roll is the most popular hairstyle known among vintage hair styling enthusiasts. The victory roll hairstyle is a beautiful, sculpted hairstyle that got started in the 1940's. It features small to medium size rolls of hair that is structured that gives height and frames the face. 


The History of Victory Rolls - 1940's


This hairstyle has lots of unique history behind it. The style began roughly after 1941 during World War II. It’s also rumor that women would create victory rolls in their hair when their husbands or family returned back from the war in 1945 – as a gesture of victory. Did you know the hairstyle was named after an aviation maneuver where a fighter plane would "roll" itself over in the sky. The video below has a shot of this maneuver in the beginning.



Victory Rolls - The Tutorial


Although the victory roll is the most popular vintage inspired hairstyle, many individuals find it difficult to create. This is due to not quite mastering the structuring of the rolls. Trust me, when I first learned how to do victory rolls it looked like a squashed roll! It does take time to practice rolling, and once this is achieved the hairstyle can be recreated in any variation – there isn’t any “official”  or “standard” way of doing victory rolls. Once you get the hang of it – you can get creative and make it your own style! You can make one, two, three or more victory rolls. 






I personally like to create asymmetrical victory rolls and also have loose curls in the back. 






There is a technique that goes with learning the victory roll. The technique is mostly how the hair is rolled down and how the hair is parted.

In the video below I discuss the brief history of the victory roll as well as a step-by-step tutorial on mastering the technique of creating the style. In the video I used basic victory rolls as an example - that way it is clear and understandable to follow along. 

Thanks for watching!