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. 

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!

Monday, March 18, 2019

What's the Meaning of an Old Soul? Top 10 Traits of an Old/Vintage Soul

You've probably heard the social term "old soul" but haven't given it much thought of what it really means. Old souls are thoughtful, misunderstood, very much in tune with the vintage times, and have profound wisdom to share. I've always considered myself an old soul - or vintage soul. Fitting in was never on my agenda. 

Over the years I've experienced and observed interesting traits among true old souls. Not all old souls are the same, but they do share very strong, apparent characteristics that are easily identifiable. 

In this post I'm going to share with you the top 10 traits of an old soul. 

The biggest sign of an old soul is that they can't relate to people their own age. This is may be due to echoing the life of someone older - with wisdom and a different viewpoint of life. An old soul is someone who approaches life differently with a method of the olden days.

If you feel you have a plethora of wisdom that you find difficult to explain to people or they misunderstand you - perhaps you are an old soul. In the spiritual world an old soul is someone who may have reincarnated. 

In the video below I describe ten traits of an old. I sometimes use the term "vintage soul" interchangeably. Of course there are many traits that can be found in an old soul. These are the top ten that can best describe one.

Be sure to leave a comment via the video on YouTube on some other traits you notice with old souls.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

7 Tips on How to Prepare and Win a Pin Up Contest! | THE PIN UP SCHOOL

Miss Lady Liberty Pin Up Contest - July 2018

Participating in a pin up contest can be an exciting, fabulous but yet nervous event! Over the years of working as a pin up model, I've competed in several pin up contests where I observed and learned tips on how to increase your chance of winning the title!

Miss Throwback Pin Up Contest - September 2018

I surprisingly made it to Top 5 for the 2018 Lady Liberty Pin Up Contest in Oak Creek, Wisconsin last summer. I was shocked when my contestant number was called! I'm pretty sure my talent portion helped my score. Yes - some contests have talent portions! Don't worry, I'll create a video on fun, creative talent ideas to do for a pin up contest.

In the video below I discuss seven wonderful tips on how to increase your chances to successfully win your next pin up contest. If this is your first pin up contest - this information is definitely crucial for understanding what judges look for. It takes a great deal to get up on stage, show your poses and talk about yourself. It feels intimidating at first but once you experience the process it feels better and you catch on. Another helpful hint is to do more than one contest to get familiar with the process.

Remember - the judges critique on mainly on stage presence, authenticity, showmanship and vintage style.

Thanks for watching! Good luck and have lots of fun!

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Miss World of Wheels 2019 Pin Up Contest - Milwaukee WI

I'm beyond excited to share the time I spent as a contestant for the Miss World of Wheels 2019 Pin Up Contest! This was my second opportunity participating in the pin up contest.  I met so many wonderful pin up girls and vintage souls. I also learned much more information on pin up contests and classic cars. I can say I had fulfilling evening that day in Milwaukee!

Miss World of Wheels Pin Up Contest

I was contestant #7. I usually like to remember the number as most contests don't allow contestants to
keep competition pins. After driving through chilly, rainy-snow I arrived safely to Milwaukee from Illinois. It wasn't too far - just an hour across the state border. The contest was held on Saturday, February 23rd 2019.

My theme for the contest was 1950's and I wore my 1950's reproduction diner dress for the first time along with my new red t-strap heels I received for my birthday. We were judged on vintage style, authenticity, vocal/speech, poses and overall stage presence.

I will be creating a video on how to prepare and participate and win in a pin up contest. Look out for this upcoming blog post. Below you will find a brief video of the show as well as a few photos from the contest. This is a brief edit of the show - which originally ran 50 minutes to an hour. Be sure to follow via Instagram and my Facebook page for more exciting videos and photos!

Photos by Paul Zeien, BubbleHead Photography & Nikki Moulesong

Show video by Kat Hollister

Offcial Photos by BubbleHead Photography:




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Friday, February 15, 2019

Rosa Parks Vintage Inspired Hairstyle Tutorial

In my time of doing vintage hair styling of historical figures and celebrities, I have always had a deep interest in doing a vintage style inspired by Rosa Parks! This is a perfect tutorial for those who are cast as Rosa Parks for a stage play, movie or reenactment show - or if you just love Rosa Parks.

Rosa Parks Vintage Inspired Hairstyle

Well....before I dive into a brief history lesson about Rosa Parks, let's learn more about this vintage inspired hair style...

Instead of doing a traditional 1950's pageboy, I decided to roll the the backwards instead to give it a strong rolled look. If you have a rolling tool that would be helpful too!

As I mentioned in the video below, I'm not a huge fan of veil netting that is attached to vintage hats. I don't mind them peeking from the top area, just not over the face. The items needed are mentioned in the video. Go ahead and click play below to learn how to do this hairstyle step-by-step.

You don't necessarily need a vintage hat - it's okay if you don't have one. But it does give the hairstyle the perfect 1950's look. You can easily find a homemade vintage cocktail hat at a vintage flea market or expo event or even online. Be sure it's 1950's style if possible.

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

What You'll Need:

- Sponge rollers or curling iron (for creating random curls)
- Pomade or hair oil
- Small and large bobby pins
- Rat tail comb
- Vintage cocktail style hat (preferably 1950's style)
- Curl holding spray
- Gel for edges (if applicable) 

Who Was Rosa Parks?

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks - born February 4th 1913 in Tuskagee, Alabama - was an activist in the
Civil Rights Movement best known in the role of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. She's known as "the first lady of civil rights". After refusing to give up her seat for a White passenger on the bus, Rosa Parks was charged with a violation of Chapter 6, Section 11 segregation law of the Montgomery City  code, although she was in the "colored" section.

Although Rosa Parks was a champion in the Civil Rights Movement, not many Americans learn the other side of history that was hidden - nine months earlier, Claudette Colvin did the same exact thing. She refused to give up her seat to a White passenger. She was only fifteen years old. She was also pregnant. Because she was a pregnant teen, the media and Black leaders decided not to cover her story as much, as teen pregnancy was looked down upon during this time period.

Claudette Colvin's contribution to the Civil Rights Movement was largely forgotten. She usually sites the reasons as Parks was an adult and she was a minor. Parks was light-skinned and Colvin was darker toned. Colvin was from a poor neighborhood and Parks was from a middle class family (Women's History). 

Claudette Colvin as a teenager

Both Parks and Colvin can teach us the hidden side of history. Many people acknowledge this part of Black History, without fully understanding how Black history prior to the Civil Rights Movement still impacts Black economics and family structure today. This includes Jim Crow era and the Segregation Laws. I'm aware how the Civil Rights Movement was suitable for Blacks during this time period for the need of equality, but it still has some remaining holes to fill on how Black economics is still absent today.

Works Cited (Women's History) Blattman, Elissa. "The Girl Who Acted Before Rosa Parks." National Women's History Museum, 17 Feb. 2017, www.womenshistory.org/articles/girl-who-acted-rosa-parks.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

5 Effective Business Ideas to 
Start in the Pin Up Community 

Welcome to this lesson of The Pin Up School!

Are you looking to start a business in the pin up community? Do you want to make extra cash while pursuing your pin up modeling? In this lesson of Pin Up School I discuss 5 smart business ideas to start in the pin up modeling industry. 

Be sure to leave a comment via the YouTube video with your business (if you have one!)

Thanks for attending this session of the Pin Up School.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Anne Frank Vintage Hairstyle Tutorial

This is a great tutorial for theatre productions and reenactment shows that feature the story of Anne Frank. May this tutorial help you learn the basics of vintage hair styling for accurate portrayal!

Anne Frank Vintage Inspired Hairstyle:

I created this vintage inspired hairstyle in dedication to remembering Anne Frank. There are countless performances including theatre productions, stage plays, reenactment shows that exhibits the life of Anne Frank.

Properly portraying a character is an important factor in the performance industry. Vintage hair styling can take a moment of practice for those who are unfamiliar with it. In the video below, I demonstrate how to do a vintage hairstyle closely resembling Anne Frank's style. This is perfect for those who are cast as her character. I mention what is needed to create this style in the video. 

Also be aware that the style can vary due to different hair textures, length and curl type.

Thanks for watching!

What You'll Need:

- Sponge rollers
- Bobby pins
- Bobby pin with charm or small bow
- Rat tail comb
- Curl holding spray
- Pomade

Who Was Anne Frank?

Annalies Marie Frank was born on June 12th 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany. Among the highly discussed victims of the Holocaust, Anne Frank was a writer and diarist in which she documented her and her family's hiding from German occupied Netherlands from 1942 to 1944.

Anne Frank was an outspoken, dedicated writer who wrote candidly about her personal life including her hiding with her family, sexuality, family members and dreams of becoming a writer as an adult. Her diary was published in 1947 in the Netherlands and in the early 1950's in the U.S. and Germany by her father, Otto Frank.

Anne Frank passed away around February-March 1945 at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Countless memorials including museums, stage plays and reenactment shows honor her memory and legacy.

To learn more about Anne Frank and the Holocaust, please click here to visit the official Anne Frank website.

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

How to Prepare for a Pin Up or Vintage Style Photo Shoot | THE PIN UP SCHOOL

How to Prepare for a Pin Up or Vintage Photo Shoot 

Welcome to this lesson of The Pin Up School!

A photo shoot is like capturing your best moment. You want to stand out and capture your best side as much as possible! Having the correct props and items can help immensely. Over the years of doing photo shoots, I developed a personal system to help my shoots run more smoothly. I would always forget to bring something or would later regret not bringing something. It's a dreadful feeling! Preparation is key to making sure the day runs flawlessly. Click here to learn more about my "Polka Dot Parade" photo shoot (pictured). 

Below are a few tips on how to prepare for a pin up or vintage style photo shoot:

1. Envision the style that you are going for and conduct research on other photos to get an idea. Brainstorm and research the location. Don’t forget to save photos for reference. 

2. If you can, scout the location of the shoot. This means to either tour the studio or visit the actual location if it’s outdoors or at a building, home, office, etc. If you are unable to it’s okay. If it’s possible to obtain photos of the facility that would be better. This will help give you a mental visionAt this point, you also want to research outfits and purchase them if needed.

3. Secure and schedule the shoot date with your photographer. If you’re taking photos alone be sure to get all your gear together and make sure it’s in working condition. Be sure you have enough storage on your phone or camera for lots of photos and videos.

4. I usually lay out my outfits and prepare my accessories the night before so I don’t forget. Below I have a list of accessories and items you may find helpful to bring with you to a photo shoot.

5. I always bring lots of props, hair accessories, brushes, combs, sprays – just everything! You may run thru different ideas while shooting. Below I have a list of accessories and items you may find helpful to bring with you to a photo shoot.

6. It’s best to wake up earlier and get ready. Getting ready at your normal time may cause you to rush and forget items. Plus you need a good night’s sleep!

7. I like to practice poses either the night before or after I get ready the day of the shoot – that way the poses are fresh in my mind. 

8. Have fun! Be sure to capture as many photos as you can! 

Accessories & Items to Bring:

It’s always best to bring as much as you can. Even if you feel you may not need it – bring it! I always find myself regretting or forgetting to bring something. As cliché as it sounds – it’s better safe than sorry. Below is a list of items to bring...

1. Makeup:
Lipstick, concealer, lip gloss, false eyelashes and glue, mascara, eyeliner, lip liner, eye shadow, blush, setting spray and eyebrow pencil.

2. Jewelry:
Earrings (and backs), bracelets, necklaces and rings.

3. Hair:
Curling iron, curl holding spray, brush, comb, bobby pins (of course!), gel or pomade. I bring a curling iron in place of sponge rollers in case a curl falls out.

4. Props & Personal Items:
I always be sure to bring extra personal items in regards to the weather. I pack props the night before. Jacket, umbrella, snacks, water, cell phone charger, extra storage chip / flash drive.

Good luck and have fun!

1950's Inspired Makeup Tutorial | Featuring Revlon Creme Shadow Palette

1950's Revlon ad in Vogue
Makeup in the 1950's was all about subtle glamour, style, coordinating colors and feminine touch. Unlike the previous time period of the 1940's when it was all about minimum use of makeup, the 1950's woman used makeup to her full advantage that resembled full femininity and accentuated her natural beauty.

A 1950's woman's makeup would match her clothes, gloves, handbag, shoes and even appliances! It was all about class and coordination. Makeup wasn't only used to attract a husband, but it was also used to maintain her feminine looks after marriage as well. Who says makeup is for men anyway?!

Quick Breakdown of 1950's Makeup:

Red and pink were the essential colors of the 1950's. Maintaining femininity was important in daily life. As pictured above, the face can be contoured. I added foundation for a seamless look. Eyebrows were highly arched and darkened. Eyeshadow colors consisted of pinks, blues, purples, greens, browns and gold. Eyeliner is applied to the top lash line with a "tick" or "wing" at the end. Extra coats of mascara was used for extra glamour and lash extension. False lashes were used if needed. Facial powder is used to blend in the overall tone of the face. Loose facial powder helps settles in the foundation and blush. Blush wasn't used for a rosy, girly look but instead used to contour the cheeks. Blush can be added on with light-to-medium strokes. As pictured, I blended two blushes together for a light, natural look. Red or dark red lipstick ties the look together. Don't forget to do your nails with pink, red or dark red polish!

In the video below, I demonstrate a step-by-step tutorial with more details on how to create a 1950's inspired makeup look using the Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow palette. The shade I'm using is "Not Just Nudes".

Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow Palette - Not Just Nudes

I will be creating other vintage makeup tutorials including how to create the biggest makeup trend of the 1950's: the wing tip liner! Be sure to subscribe to stay informed. 

Be sure to leave a comment on YouTube with your thoughts!