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 1, 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!

Sunday, May 26, 2019

10 Beginner Vintage Hairstyling Tips for Black Women

Vintage hairstyling is a creative, feminine method for Black women to style their hair. From pin curls, victory rolls, short curly styles with natural coils and glamorous soft waves – there’s an abundance of classic hairstyles to achieve. Before engaging in vintage hairstyling it’s best to fully understand the techniques and styles in order to successfully sculpt, roll, curl, tuck and adorn your hair.

During the vintage historical times Black women kept their natural hair straightened. I discuss this topic more in the video below. This type of hairstyling would be ideal for women who like to style their hair while it’s straightened. I will be posting tutorials on creating vintage hairstyling using natural hair (non-straightened) via my YouTube channel.

Vintage hairstyling may take some time to adapt to. As I mention many times, it takes lots of practice! Below are some helpful tips for beginners looking to get started in vintage hairstyling.

In the video below I discuss 10 tips about vintage hairstyling for Black women who are new with vintage hairstyling or looking to get started with this historical endeavor. Below is also a list of accessories and tools that can help style and adorn your hair. Remember - the more feminine the better!

Hair Accessories:

Here is a list of ideas for accessories to obtain for vintage hairstyling. These items can be found at flea markets, vintage marketplaces, online such as eBay, Etsy and online vintage stores. Some items can be handmade too.

1. Hair flowers
2. Headbands
3. Side combs and barrettes
4. Scarfs (lace, silk or paisley standard)
5. Banana clips
6. Lots of bobby pins
7. Styling brushes (Denman, Miracle Curl Brush), rat tail combs
8. Bun and roll makers

Hair Tools:

Here is a list of ideas for hair tools to obtain for vintage hairstyling. These tools can be found at major stores or online.

1. Hooded dryer (or regular dryer depending on hair type)
2. Curling irons
3. Heat protection spray and curl holding spray
4. Pomade and gel
5. Sponge rollers, foam rollers, bendy rollers, pillow rollers, satin rollers or spiral rollers
6. Pin curlers, duckbill clips, wave clips
7. I think I mentioned bobby pins before
8. Hot comb or straightener. I don't recommend or suggest harsh chemicals!

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Betty Shabazz Vintage Inspired Hairstyle Tutorial & Info (Early 1960's)

In today’s blog post I will be taking you back into the early 1960’s. Many of you know I love recreating vintage hairstyles by historical figures and celebrities. I’ll be demonstrating and discussing a vintage hairstyle inspired by Betty Shabazz who was an educator, Civil Rights activist and wife of Malcolm X (one of my favorite leaders too!)

Who Was Betty Shabazz?

Betty Shabazz was born Betty Dean Sanders (May 28th 1934 – June 23rd 1997) in Pinehurst, Georgia, although she claimed to be from Detroit, Michigan. At age 11, Shabazz was taken from her home due to her mother’s abuse and was taken in by a  new family who were active members in the National Council of Negro Women, NAACP and help organized campaigns to support Black owned businesses.

Despite her new family’s activism they shielded her from racism. In a 1995 issue of Ebony Magazine Shabazz mentioned: “Race relations were not discussed and it was hoped that by denying the existence of race problems, the problems would go away. Anyone who openly discussed race relations was quickly viewed as a troublemaker”.

In my perspective, this sounds quite familiar in the modern generation!

Pictured: Malcolm X, his wife and 2 daughters

After high school Shabazz left Detroit and studied at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and then Brooklyn State College of Nursing in New York in 1953. While attending school, she was invited to a party at the Nation of Islam temple in Harlem. That’s when she met Malcolm X. She attended his services and converted to Islam in 1956 and changed her surname to X as well.

Malcolm and Betty were married in January 14th 1958. They together had six daughters. They left the Nation of Islam in 1964.

Unfortunately, Malcolm X was assassinated during one of his speeches on February 21st 1965. Betty was left to raise her six daughters alone.

She earned her doctorate in higher-education administration from the University of Massachusetts in 1970 and worked as an associate professor of health sciences in 1976.

Sadly, on June 23rd 1997, Betty passed away. She suffered burns over 80 percent of her body due to her grandson, Malcolm Shabazz, setting fire in her apartment. He was sentenced 18 months in juvenile detention for manslaughter and arson. She is laid to rest next to her husband in Ferncliff Cemetary in Hartsdale, New York.

Pictured: Betty Shabazz in the 1960's

Betty Shabazz Vintage Inspired Hairstyle

I created this hairstyle in recognition of Betty Shabazz. The style is very simple to do and appears to be early 1960’s. I wasn’t able to see the back of her hair in this particular photo, so I had to create my own style towards the back by securing it with a decorative bobby pin. 

This style can be done for class, errands, shopping or even a 1960’s style night out for the vintage enthusiast! It's perfect or all hair lengths too - especially medium to long hair. 

You don’t necessarily have to have under curls, but it helps to give that 1960’s authentic look. It does take practice brushing out the ends to create smooth under curls.

I hope you enjoy this vintage inspired hairstyle! Thanks for watching.

Click the video below to watch the full tutorial:

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Betty Shabazz speaking in 1971

Works Cited: U.S. National Park Services

Thursday, May 16, 2019

HOW TO: 1950's Vintage Brush Out Demonstration on Natural Straightened Hair

In my latest vintage hair styling tutorial, I demonstrate how to a 1950's style brush out. You may hear the word "brush out" often in vintage hair styling which refers to brushing out the curls set by either sponge rollers or pin curls into a classic style. The most important component to a brush out is to set your sponge rollers or pin curls in a specific pattern that will help manipulate the shape and style of the brush out. In this tutorial, I'm using sponge rollers - of course - set in a standard rolling pattern. 

It can take practice getting the hang of doing a brush out and keeping the hair smooth and the curls
curly and not slip out. It's all about the "brush" - literally! I use the Miracle Brush by Vintage Hairstyling by Lauren Rennells. I find that using a boar brush on Afro-textured hair will fluff your curls which will give you more of a 1980's style. If you don't have a brush designed for brushing out curls, I recommend using a small tooth comb or spiral brush.

There are many brush outs to do and some are done before doing a specific hairstyle - such as the 1940's Pageboy style. My favorite go-to brush out is a classic 1950's style as the one I demonstrate in the video below. It's very simple to do and take less time to do for a vintage hairstyle.

Below is a step by step tutorial on how to a classic 1950's brush out style. The video below gives a visual demonstration on the style.

Items You Will Need:

  1. Sponge rollers or pins (for pin curls)
  2. Rat tail comb
  3. Curl brush. I'm using the Miracle Curl Brush by Vintage Hairstyling
  4. Bobby pins (small and large)
  5. Holding spray
  6. A moisturizer. I use Africa's Best, olive oil and Cantu Oil Sheen
  7. Pomade. I use DAX vegetable oil base pomade
  8. Duckbill clips

The Brush Out:

1. Start by taking down your rollers or pin curls. Do not brush or separate curls just yet! Keep your curls intact as much as possible.

2. At this point I use my oil and moisturizer and rub throughout my hair as I gently separate curls with my fingertips.

3. I create a deep part on side of my hair. Then I create a medium-sized section of hair in the front and roll it up for later use.

4. I then start brushing out the rest of my hair, shaping it and manipulating it into a 1950's vintage style. I keep the back part curly and the crown of my hair very smooth. I add bobby pins towards the bottom of my hair.

5. Take down the front section that was rolled up earlier and begin brushing that out as well. I brush this out so it remains smooth but curly to frame my face. (It's okay if it turns into a wave.) I shape it with a high arch in the front.

6. I use duckbill clips around the hair to help frame and shape it around. I leave the clips in for about 10-15 minutes and spritz my hair with holding spray.

7. After 10-15 minutes take down the duckbill clips. Began smoothing down fly-aways with the back of a comb. Pin down any loose curl. I then spritz my hair with Cantu oil sheen spray for extra shine.

8. After any last minute touches - you're all done!

Below is a video demonstration on how to do a simple brush out. Of course you can style it as you wish and use different products that works for you. Thanks for watching! I hope this helps!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

What's In My Bag: The Grayslake IL Vintage & Antique Marketplace Shopping Haul - Spring 2019

1940's Vintage Authentic Dress with Berylanne

It’s been quite a while since I’ve last posted. I apologize for the dead air! In this blog post I’ll be sharing the wonderful vintage items I purchased from a local flea marketplace event. The Grayslake Illinois Vintage & Antique Marketplace takes place once a month and features an entire warehouse of vintage vendors from clothes, appliances, machines, books, cards, signs and just everything vintage! I’ll share another shopping haul post and video when I attend again in the future. I'm so happy to share these items with you.

The first item I’d like to discuss is this beautiful 1920’s sterling silver handheld mirror. I went to the event with wanting a vintage vanity mirror in mind. After checking out other authentic vintage style mirrors – nothing was to my liking. I then saw a vendor selling lots of vintage mirrors next to a vendor section where I was trying on a few dresses. She had been in the vintage mirror business for quite a few years and was deciding to sell off her remaining vintage mirrors. I negotiated this one for only $20 dollars.

Despite a few scratches and signs of age, this vanity handheld mirror features a floral design that flows down to the handle. It is estimated to be from the 1920’s due to its beveled mirrored design in the front.

The next item I picked up was a vintage fragrance atomizer made in Austria. I’ve always been interested in these vintage style bottles and later learned it’s called an “atomizer”!

There are lots of other vintage treasures including a 1940’s vintage dress, a 1950's cocktail hat with rhinestones and brooch as well as a 1950’s lace petticoat. I will be doing a separate blog post with a review about the 1940’s vintage dress.

The video below features more vintage items I bought. I usually find the items I really want while thrifting, more than modern shopping. I can’t wait to attend another flea market event again!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

1960’s Authentic Floral Lace Sheath Dress – Dressing Up Vintage Style | International Ladies' Garment Workers Union

In this blog post I will be discussing an authentic 1960’s formal floral sheath dress that I own manufactured by International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU). There’s so much history compacted into this charming dress – from its manufacturer to its design. I had the opportunity of doing this photo shoot along with another style at The Inn at Market Square Hotel in Zion, Illinois as well as in the town center. This day was a little chilly, will a slight Lake Michigan breeze. 

I bought this authentic dress from a local vintage flea market event that occurs monthly in my area called the Grayslake Illinois Vintage & Antique Expo. While browsing at a vendor’s table, I came across this beautiful dress hanging behind a few other vintage dresses. I was particularly drawn to the color of the dress – it appears to be a pinkish-nude or very light tan-brown. At first I was hesitant to purchase it because it didn’t have a size tag. I figured if it’s too big I could get it altered. It was only $18 and worth every penny!


To my surprise it fits comfortably. It has a little bit of room but it’s not too drastic. It’s made of heavy durable material aligned with subtle floral patterned lace and built-in slip underneath. It has a textured feel due to the lace pattern. Overall, I love the feminine floral charm of this dress without being too "showy". It's very graceful and has a classic sheath style. Notice the rectangular shape and circular neckline - which are a few 1960's dress traits. 

Below is a close up photo of the dress. Surprisingly I've been getting lots of compliments on how "yellow" or "gold" the dress appears! Interesting! As mentioned earlier, the color is very unique and a little hard to describe. It's of a light pinkish blush color with a little cream (yellowish) tone to it. This photo was unedited and no touch-ups!

A Brief History of International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union Tag

As you purchase authentic vintage garments, you may notice a tag on an item that says “International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union” or ILGWU. International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union is among the largest labor unions with predominately a female membership and immigrants. It formed in 1900 and dissolved in 1995. In the early 1970’s the tag changed to red, white and blue colors to promote Americans buying American-made garments and to save American jobs.

Pictured here is an image of the tag from the dress. It appears to be a greenish color. After research it appears to be an authentic vintage dress, dating from the very early 1960’s. Whoa! Talk about owning history!

By examining the stitching of the dress, I believe the dress wasn’t particularly handmade – but created with machinery. 


How to Dress Up Vintage Apparel – 1960’s Formal Dress 

If you have an authentic vintage dress of this style or something similar, I will offer some tips on how to dress it up either modern style or vintage style.

If you’d like to keep a vintage style with this style dress, you can wear vintage gloves and hat. Heels will definitely put a feminine touch to it too!

As pictured, you can see that I’m wearing a brown belt. I figured a belt would give it a nice feminine charm and plus it helps hold in extra space. Using a belt will help your waist look smaller as well.

Due to the unique color, I decided to wear white heels and white gloves to brighten the look. For the fall I would wear brown gloves and brown shoes. It would give it a lovely autumn look as well. Since spring is here and summer is approaching soon, it’s all about bright colors for now! I’ll definitely post a autumn look with this dress later this year. In the photo above I'm wearing a light spring coat by Jessica Simpson. The blush color of the coat matches nicely with the dress.

Since this dress is more formal style I’d suggest wearing gloves, jewelry and heels. This is a wonderful dress to wear to a formal event such as an exquisite dinner, fundraiser event, wedding, or a theatrical show.

Full Outfit Details

Dress: International Ladies' Garment Workers Union

Year: Early 1960's 

Gloves: Authentic 1950's

Heels: Leg Avenue

Coat: Jessica Simpson

Handbag: Guess

Location: The Inn at Market Square Hotel - Zion, Illinois

Photos by: Benjamin Scott

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Monday, March 25, 2019

"Jolene" 1950's Diner Inspired Dress Review | Heart of Haute (Formerly Heartbreaker)

Welcome back to another fabulous vintage-inspired dress review! In this blog post, I will be reviewing the beautiful dress “Jolene” by Heart of Haute – formerly known as “Heartbreaker Fashion” before changing its name. This dress boasts a classic 1950’s diner inspired look and feel.

I fell in love immediately with this dress after discovering it online. I believe Jolene came out back in 2014 or 2015. I didn’t have the budget to buy it right away as I was working on film projects at the time. I waited for it to go on sale but unfortunately, it was sold out. About a year later I found it via eBay but it was a size large. As I got it altered the seamstress suggested to keep it short as I’m “young”. Haha! I went along with it, but later regret it as it doesn’t have that 1950’s conservative feel.

What sold me the most of the dress is the lapel-style collar which is one of my favorite style of collars. I also like the red and black contrast. The floral pattern isn’t too loud either. I like how I can dress it up with black accessories to maintain a mature look. The skirt is A-line and isn't too flared so a petticoat isn't necessary. The dress comes with a belt with loops that blend in with the black waistline. The best thing is the belt is adjustable to any size and doesn't have any holes to adjust to. Other than that, you'll have leftover strap to tuck in.

Overall, the dress is very comfortable, has lots of appeal and feminine charm. This dress is truly a unique vintage reproduction that remains true to the time period. It also comes in a variety of styles including white, pink, light blue and even polka dot print.

I wore this dress for the 2017 Miss World of Wheels Pin Up Contest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is complimentary-worthy and blend in very nicely with 1950’s classic cars.


I believe this dress is no longer sold on the Heart of Haute official website. However you can find it on eBay, Poshmark, Amazon or Retro Vixens. Just search "Heart of Haute Jolene 1950's Dress".

Wear this dress for work, school, a meeting or even shopping. Dress it up with vintage gloves, heels or flats and a sequined 1950’s style handbag.

I can't wait to do more photo shoots with this dress. Perhaps a 1950's diner shoot again would work. For now I use it along with my reenactment series via Instagram and Facebook.

Dress: "Jolene" by Heart of Haute (Heartbreaker)

Heels: Kenneth Cole 

Gloves: 1950's authentic vintage handmade

Hat: Late 1940's authentic vintage handmade

Handbag: Hand-me-down item

Head over to my Instagram and view more photos of this wonderful dress!