Sunday, September 15, 2019

1960's Matilda Peplum Wiggle Vintage Inspired Dress Review | Heart of Haute

I debated very hard on purchasing this dress. I left it in my online shopping cart for a few weeks. I kept changing my mind constantly on why I don’t need it or why I should just buy it. Ordering a dress online anyway is a little bit of a gamble at times – you never know how it’s going to fit or really appear until it arrives and you try it on. Not with this dress! After a few weeks of eyeballing it online, I finally placed the order and it arrived a few days later. I tried it on and to my surprise it fits perfectly and looks authentic!

Welcome back to another dress review! In this post I will be discussing about the lovely vintage inspired 1960’s Matilda Peplum Wiggle Dress by Heart of Haute (formerly Heartbreaker). This dress can be dressed up 1950's style too!

I ordered this dress back in December 2018 and didn’t get a chance to wear it due to the wintertime here in Illinois. I figured I’d start wearing it as soon as it warms up. I wore it for the first time to a dinner for Mother’s Day back in May. I dressed it up 1950’s style.

I spent the afternoon back in the spring with a friend capturing these photos at The Inn at Market Square of Zion.

The dress comes in black, blue and red-wine. It features an adorable neck tie-bow that can be styled in many ways. The dress has a comfortable wiggle fit with lots of room to breathe and accentuates curves naturally without appearing too obvious. I'm wearing size medium.

This dress is practical and can be worn for many different occasions – if dressed up the right way for that particular occasion. You can give it a complete vintage look with a vintage hat and gloves for a photo shoot or a day out in vintage-style. It can be worn to church or to work with a simple pair of flats or heels. This is definitely a dinner date dress!

I like to say that it appears 1960’s due to its above-the-knee length, which became a trend in the early 1960’s. It has a very fitted wiggle style which feels very 1950’s. The cute neck tie-bow definitely states 1960’s as little bows were popular in fashion and hair accessories. It also feels like a boat neck style of the 1950’s as well.

The dress features an invisible zipper in the back which gives an authentic feel. 

Has a very feminine, adorable appeal. It doesn’t even need many accessories to make it stand out. It can be worn in any season, especially the black colored version. 

You can search for Heart of Haute 1960's Matilda Peplum Wiggle Dress to see what's available out there for purchase. This dress is from the Teresa Marie Studios collection by Heart of Haute

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Four (4) Ways to Reject Modernism (Progression)

When we think of rejecting modernism, we often think of technology. Technology isn’t the only entity to reject from modernism. As I mentioned in the video below, there are hundreds of things that can be rejected from modernism to make life simpler and wholesome. Perhaps I may make a list of these things in a future post.

In a previous blog post I discussed the meaning between modern and traditional. You can check out the post here. To sum it up, modernism seeks to intentionally break and destroy tradition in terms of politics, religion, art, literature, architecture, ways of living and ways of thinking. In other words, modernism introduces new innovation, new ideas, individualistic thinking, social expression and advancement of society while tradition sticks to a dominant pre-destined way of life.

Rejecting progressive modernism is not accepting what the world has to offer. Progression in society happens rapidly causing us to advance in new ways of thinking and technology at high-speed rate. This has been going on over the decades; modernism isn’t a “new thing” in the 2000’s. Traditional folks who reject modernism acknowledge if it’s in God’s Will or humanly to do so of what they’re rejecting. The modern world offers so much convenience, excitement and communication than ever before. However, what we’re embracing can be defacing. Convenience can lead to complexity. Simplicity leads to less stress.

Rejecting modernism can be tough especially for the younger generation. We’ve been ingrained to utilize technology and machinery from such an early age that dismissing it would be like losing an arm. It takes practice and patience to get used to using less of technology. The key to rejecting modernism is using less or not using at all. The less; the better. One rule of thumb to remember is that in order to fight modernism one must use modernism. It’s like fighting fire with fire.

Below is a video where I discuss four overlooked ways to reject modernism. Remember, the less the better!

Monday, September 09, 2019

10 Valuable Tips for New and Aspiring Housewives | Traditional Living

Hello wonderful readers! Welcome back to another blog post. In this article I wish to give some helpful insight to new and aspiring homemakers on starting their new lives in the traditional sense of being a homemaker.

The key to preparing to become a homemaker and understand motherhood is by practicing. Yes practice! There are many ways to start practicing homemaking. You can definitely practice while being single. You can start by doing small chores in your apartment or house daily, babysitting or working at a daycare. If you live at home currently, you can help your parents or grandparents at home too.

I’ve been blessed to have experienced being somewhat of a “homemaker” in my younger years as well as over the years as I helped my parents and taking on homemaking jobs.. I've had lots of years of practice. I learned important tasks and ways of managing the home that I hope will help you in your own home. Some of us have never managed or have taken care of a home or family before...and it’s alright! There are lots of resources to help you get started.

The reason you are a homemaker is not only because of God’s Will for you, but because you also possess the skills and talent to create a clean, well-organized, happy sanctuary for your family and guests. Remember, a home is a place that is prepared and a house is just a structured building.

Before I begin, I’d like to also mention that as a new or aspiring homemaker it’s not about showing off our lifestyle or vintage-inspired living. It’s so easy to get caught up with snapping and posting photos of our lives and communicate with followers and friends throughout the day. Being a homemaker isn’t about just shopping, being bored and perfection like how modernity depicts it. In reality, a homemaker deals with order, home management, child care and combating clutter. Your days will never be “perfect” but should be well-managed and prepared. You will develop a sense of “order” of the home as time progresses. 

I hope these valuable tips help you dearly! Well – continue reading below for the 10 tips on how to "practice" and get ready for your new Godly calling. . .

1. Buy cookbooks and practice creating meals – Preparing meals is the most essential role of the homemaker. You want your food to be well prepared and to taste good of course! If you’ve been used to cooking for yourself, grab a couple of cookbooks and practice making healthy, delicious meals. It’s also a good idea to have someone “taste test” your food just to be sure it’s tastes good – or not too salty – or needs more seasoning! Have this person be a trusted friend or relative that can sincerely help.

2. Take a shower right before bed – This might sound generic, but most of us have been guilty of skipping a shower in our single lives. Now that we’re sharing our space with a new family, it’s a good idea to take a shower right before getting into the bed to help eliminate trapped odors from the bed in the morning.

3. Don’t make up your bed right away after getting up – This tip sort of correlates with the last tip. Opening the windows first thing in the morning before making up the bed helps with eliminating trapped odors from the bed and room from overnight. Allow lots of sunshine, natural light and fresh air to flow through. I usually make my bed up about an hour after opening up my windows. If you've been use to making up your bed right away after getting up, get into the habit of this chore.

4. Keep your drawers well organized – Organize clothes and items in dresser and chest drawers about once a week. Since drawers are used often clothes start to become disorganized overtime, especially clothes sitting at the bottom or in the back. You can do this daily as well.

 5. Consider wearing an apron – For the modern housewife, this may seem old-fashioned but to the vintage lifestyle housewife this may seem like a golden ticket. Well you both are considered “old-fashioned” either way in the modern world! Wearing an apron helps with cleaning off hands in between dirty jobs, as well as cleaning up spills or stains. Aprons were a significant treasure in the homemaker’s life during the old-fashioned days.

6. Wash the walls and baseboards – This is important step that may be overlooked by newbie homemakers. Cleaning the walls and baseboards are important to eliminate dust, dirt and stains overtime. Trust me; this is where dust collects and hides the most unknowingly.

7. Clean the fans – If you have a fan (standing, oscillating, table top or box fan) clean it regularly. Fans collect a ton of dust each day that blows back around the space which can cause allergies and more build-up of dust. Most fans are easy to take apart to clean. I recommend cleaning the fan outside if possible, so that way the dust falls outside.

8. Learn budgeting and finances – Budgeting will be an important component in your homemaking life. I suggest creating a simple filing system for budgeting and finances such as coupons, receipts, savings, cash envelopes, and expenditures. It will be imperative to understand how the finances are being handled to live a simple life. The last thing you’d want is stress due to overspending. It’ll also relieve your husband from less work to do. If you are currently single and have no clue about finances - it's best to pick up a book or reputable online resource to help you manage budgeting and spending.

9. Consider gardening or growing your own food – Growing your own food is such a wonderful blessing from the Lord and nature. You can be able to know what goes into your food practically and it can also boost healthier eating. You can create a small indoor or outdoor garden with your favorite veggies. Plus gardening is such a relaxing, nurturing process.

10. Create a schedule – Creating a schedule around cleaning, errands and shopping for supplies and groceries will help tremendously with organizing your day. You can create a schedule of different tasks for each day, or stick to the same tasks for each day – whichever you perceive needs the most attention in the household. Do what works best for you!

This list can go on and on and on…but I figured it’s the little things that matter as I created this list. I’d love to create more helpful tips in the future as well. The older women in our generation as well as vintage and historical women are the best resources to starting off as a wife and mother. Be sure to let not modern society discourage you in any shape or form in your new life! Always continue to learn and grow. Best wishes! xoxo

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Is it Real or Fake? How to Identify Authentic Vintage Clothes or Reproduction Vintage Clothes

Picture this scenario: You walk through an antique shop or thrift store among racks of vintage attire – or what appears to be vintage attire. You spot a dress or blouse that catches your eye and you can’t help but gaze over its color, pattern and uniqueness. You immediately fall in love with it. After trying it on you start to question if it’s truly, authentically vintage or is it some reproduction garment someone donated. You start to examine its quality and even ask the sales associate questions – but he or she doesn’t quite know. Feeling oh-so attracted to it, you go ahead and purchase the item and hope for the best that it’s authentically vintage along with some other vintage treasures you picked up along the way. You hope maybe another vintage enthusiast on Facebook or Instagram will point out if it’s authentic or reproduction in the comments.


Does this sound familiar? Surprisingly, many people get confused when it comes to identifying rather a vintage garment is authentic or reproduction, especially individuals who are new to wearing vintage fashion.

In this blog post, I’m going to explain ten easy ways to identify whether a vintage garment is authentic vintage or reproduction. I want to first explain the difference between the meaning of “authentic” and “reproduction”. . .

Authentic means the vintage garment was actually made during a vintage time period. It’s truly vintage and may be between 50-100 years old before being considered antique. It’s basically history! Reproduction refers to the garment being recreated to appear and feel vintage. In other words it’s inspired by a particular vintage time period. Another word for reproduction is “vintage inspired”. Reproduction attire is manufactured during this current time period.

I’ve been wearing and shopping authentic vintage and vintage inspired clothes – especially dresses – for many years and have picked up on the ways of identifying a garment. I use this method whenever I shop for vintage. Continue reading to learn how to use these methodstoo!

1. Observe the Zipper & Buttons

This may be an observation that many people may miss. With authentic vintage clothing, there may be a heavy-duty metal zipper in the center of the back of the dress, as the same with buttons. This is due to the fact that the vintage times embraced the value of helping one another and a majority of women received help from their husbands or relatives of zipping and buttoning their dresses from the back. Of course, it’s only in human nature to help one another. Asking to help zip up an outfit or fasten a button in the back was seen as a norm, whereas today someone may perceive it as “do it yourself” as the value of helping one another is declining. 

Observe closely how there may be a well-hidden metal zipper in the back, or a button that’s placed in the upper back as well. Look for the coloring of the buttons - they may appear yellowish, dull and "older". 

A strong, durable metal back zipper on an
authentic vintage dress I own

The buttons in the left photo are on a reproduction dress 
and the buttons in the right photo are from a 1950's authentic vintage dress. 
Notice the dull, fading look on the buttons on the vintage dress.

A majority of reproduction dresses may have a side zipper made of plastic. With modern society shifting away from the “helping” value and embracing independent culture, the idea of putting a zipper on the side makes it easier for a person to zip themselves up easily. With a reproduction garment, there will most likely be a plastic side zipper and less buttons in the back.

A back button on an authentic 1940's wrap dress that I own

2. Observe the Overall Appearance

This is may be an easy tip to acknowledge while browsing authentic vintage or reproduction vintage clothes. Real vintage clothes tend to have a more “vintage” or “older” look to them of course. If it appears outdated, it’s most likely real vintage. Reproduction clothes tend to have a more charming and modernized look of the original vintage style. It tends to have a more refreshing look and doesn’t appear to be completely outdated.

This is the 1940's inspired "Charlotte" dress from Lindy Bop with courtesy. 
It definitely has a vintage appearance but doesn't appear overly outdated.

3. Check out the Craftsmanship

With real vintage clothing, you will notice the strong “heavy” material, metal zippers and elaborate detailing such as lace, buttons, belts and loops and embroidery. Reproduction clothes may have craftsmanship, but appears to be more modernized and not as intricate. It may possibly tear or fall apart. This is because modern clothes are not built to last long like their vintage counterparts. During the vintage times, the value of “building to last” and keeping an item for a long time was practiced.

4. Size

A significant difference between authentic vintage and reproduction is the sizing. True vintage tends to be smaller as women were smaller during the vintage times from dresses, skirts, shoes and even gloves. True vintage can run very small especially around the bodice and waist area. Reproduction vintage clothes tend to run all sizes from XS to XXL to favor a diverse audience of sizes. Of course there were larger sizes during the vintage times, so you may come across a “larger” vintage dress, skirt or blouse. The sizing number may be a little “off” though.

5. Length

During the vintage times modesty and femininity was encouraged, and wearing a skirt or dress past the knees was very common especially adult women’s fashion. If you pick up a vintage dress or skirt that happens to fall far below the knee, don’t get alarmed. As the 1960’s approached, dresses and skirts became shorter. We can always identify a 1960’s dress anyway!

Reproduction dresses and skirts typically fall above the knee, but you may come across some reproduction dresses and skirts that may fall right at the knee or slightly below. Still, check out the other identifications as well.

6. Antique / Vintage Smell

This is a funny but helpful one! Of course if you’re shopping around an antique or thrift store there’s always that “antique smell” that lingers in the environment. A vintage garment may have a stronger “vintage” smell to it. If it makes me sneeze, I definitely know it’s vintage (insert laughing emoticon). Reproduction of course tends to have a newer, almost “plastic” like smell. 

7. Hand-Stitched V.S. Machine-Stitched

This is an obvious one that may be overlooked by some. Authentic vintage clothes may tend to have original hand-stitched sewing and reproduction definitely has machine-stitched development. As you’re examining your garment, take a close look at the stitching. If it appears hand-made, the stitching will not be so perfect. If it’s machine-made the stitching will be faultless. This is because a majority of women during the vintage times sewed their own dresses to save money. Of course, lots of vintage garments were manufactured as well. Check out other identifications to be sure. 

The stitching in the above picture is of an authentic 1940's dress.
Notice how it's handmade style. 
Pictured here is stitching on a reproduction 1950's style dress.
Notice how it's machine-made with "perfect" stitching.

8. Pricing
Authentic vintage tends to be pricier due to its historical, unique nature. Designer authentic vintage tends to be even more expensive than non-designer. Reproduction clothes tend to be more affordable. Vintage inspired fashion can be a bit pricey when it comes to well-known online boutiques – but this is only due to sustaining profits for the business. An authentic vintage garment is unique and is sold as the only “one” available for sale.

9. Research the Label
The label "International Ladies
Garment Workers Union" 
Be sure to check the label on a vintage garment. This may seem like a no-brainer but many new folks in vintage fashion tend to pass up this action. You may come across a popular label titled “International Ladies Garment Workers Union”. I have a 1960’s authentic vintage dress that has this label that I blogged about in a previous post….you can read more about it here.

10. Check out the Material
This may be obvious to the well-experienced vintage shoppers…authentic vintage is always made of a strong-quality material such as cotton. It will most likely have "Made in America" tagline on it too. New-age vintage inspired fashion tends to be made of polyester, rayon, and more polyester with a possible blend of cotton.

Well that's all! I hope this blog post will help you on your next adventure of haunting down your next authentic vintage garment. I'm sure there are lots of other unique ways of discovering a true vintage item. Feel free to leave a comment below on one of your tricks!

Monday, August 19, 2019

World War 1 Reenactment Show and Photoshoot - Midway Village Museum

Welcome back fabulous readers! Today’s blog post is about my adventure of attending the annual World War 1 reenactment show at Midway Village Museum in Rockford, Illinois. Midway Village Museum is an outdoor Victorian-era style village where you can walk about and visit many facilities designed with Victorian-era features and observe the traditional way of living during this time period. The battlefield is located outside the village section.

It was a day filled with action, networking, capturing beautiful photos and witnessing a part of true history. I brought my parents along in honor of my my grandfather (my mother’s father) serving WWI in France from 1916 until 1918. We asked plenty of questions about his service and found out interesting information such as he was assigned within the pioneer infantry department, in which many African-American soldiers were assigned this department. They worked on building bridges and trenches – which explains why she still has his original trench blanket from the war!

Throughout this blog you will find photos from an impromptu photo shoot I did during my adventure at the museum. Below is also a video I created of shots I captured during the WW1 reenactment. At first, I didn’t think about filming the reenactment, but then something inside told me I should. Although I wasn’t prepared and didn’t know what to expect next on the battlefield, I tried my best to capture as much action as I could!

Visiting historical museums – especially in this style – can be beneficial with living a vintage and traditional lifestyle. It helps create a better understanding of true history through reliving and witnessing actual historical moments, sites, facilities and information. It’s not only fun, but educational, to immerse yourself into history and observe how much life was so much more different from the overly-convenient, emotional and technology-driven society we live in currently. 


Something surprisingly happens while I was capturing the reenactment show. Watch now and find out what happens! Click the video below to begin watching.

Check out more photos via my Instagram!