have always loved fashion even as a little girl.  I have to admit fashion was an escape. My family didn’t have a lot of money, they both worked hard.  Even though I didn’t come from a rich family, I was always drawn to clothing with bright colors, fun patterns, different textures, shine, and glitter. I especially loved mixing patterns. I remember instead of playing in the dirt (ew!) I hung out with the adults in my family.  During the summers, I was hanging out with my grandmother Maxine (she was a super classy lady who always wore red lipstick) she would take me to garage sales to show me how to get a good bargain. I loved that she wasn’t just the typical homemaker- she was social, fashionable, and she kept everyone connected.  It was hard when she passed away. As an adult, there is a small part of me that wishes I would have played in the dirt, but I digress! Flash forward to the early ’90s, when I was about 10 or 11, I was reading high fashion magazines. One of my favorite magazines was Harper’s Bazaar.

I was always trying to recreate high fashion looks. Below is one of my pulled together fashion looks.

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Fashionista in training.

Okay, the shirt is iffy but remember folks, I grew up in a very conservative river town in western IL.  I think I was pretty fashion forward for the region.  Anyway, I don’t know if anyone remembers this, but for a short while in the ’90s, it was reported that bell bottoms were back IN!  I know some of you are like: “What bell bottoms?!”  In the small town I grew up in the latest fashion trends took a while to arrive. Anyway, I found these really cool black bell bottom leggings on the clearance rack at Bergner’s the local fashion inspiration go to spot! I paired it with a light denim chambray shirt tied up in the front, which screamed the ’90s.

My point is to use what you’ve got and flaunt it.

All my best,

~Ruth

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Pinup and Rainbow Glam Inspired Makeup by Miss Mouse!

Such a fun and colorful collaboration. I updated this post and made sure the products were current. Enjoy!

That Retro Ruth

Hello, Lovelies!

Today I am featuring a makeup artist from Texas that I found on Instagram, Mayra aka Miss Mouse. Check her out here. She has an amazing eye for makeup and I love that she is into the retro glam look that is in style right now. I asked her to do a retro inspired rainbow eye look ; a few of my favorite things. 🙂 Below is how to get her complete pinup glam look.

Miss Mouse’s #retromodern rainbow pinup look.

First you start off with a simple smokey eye look. Click herefor a 3-minute brown smokey eye tutorial! For a simple brown smokey eye, use Too FacedChocolate Bareyeshadow palette.
Next, add black eyeliner. I used NYX’s gel eyeliner in Jet Black.I don’t know if you’re like me but I Google everything! Check out wikihow’s…

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Hello Fashionistas!

I’m so excited to be writing this post about the ’80s theme I saw when researching #retromodern looks at the in-progress Paris Fashion Week.  I don’t know about you but I love following @evachen from Instagram to keep me updated with the latest fashion trends. She is a lot of fun to connect with and I love that she is down-to-earth and isn’t disingenuous.

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Big hair don’t care! This photo is from a vintage Cosmopolitan magazine from the ’80s. Credit: tiffany terry on flickr.

I found on Vogue Paris three looks that were totally a throwback to the 1980s.  I love it when fashion designers take what was done in the past and put a fresh spin on it. The first look was a strapless short black dress with a puffed sleeve that was paired with blue thigh-high fringe boots. The second look was a white satin shirt with pink, orange, and black accents as well as big shoulder pads (oh la la!) paired with black satin pants.  The final look was a black cold shoulder leather dress with metal grommets and a puffed sleeve. To see all three looks check out the link here.

I’m excited to see more #retromodern fashion looks for Paris Fashion Week.

Let me know which look was your favorite!

Cheers,

That Retro Ruth

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Hello Lovelies,

I hope you enjoyed your Valentine’s Day♥ spending it with your special someone or with friends or family. I got to enjoy a long weekend with my family. 🙂 Today’s post is going to be featuring fashion of the 1930s and we’ll be focusing on dresses. I love dresses especially ones that I can wear with leggings!
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Hello Beauties,

Happy Friday!  So glad, it’s the weekend. 🙂  Anyway, I did a makeup look awhile back that I think would work great as a makeup look for Valentine’s Day.  Feel free to recreate this fun and sparkly look.

Recreate this look:

Eyes: First off, I started with a neutral brown color in e.l.f’s brightening quad eyeshadow ($1), all over the lid.  Second, I used Profusion’s Absolute Eyes Palette and used the dusty rose color at the corner of my eyes with e.l.f’s contouring brush. Next, I used NYX‘s Primal eyeshadow in Hot Pink for $5 (a steal!)  Again, I used a contouring brush and swept the hot pink shadow above my crease, I also took this color and lined my lower lashes with a damp angled brush. Make sure to blend the hot pink in the crease with an eyeshadow brush, to blend out the color.  Finally, I used a gel liner and winged out my eyeliner! *Tip: I like to use an angled brush to apply gel eyeliner.  Oh and don’t forget to curl your lashes and use your favorite mascara.

Face: First, I primed my face with NYC‘s Perfecting Primer (I like that it has a shimmer to it).  I found it at Walmart for just under $4.

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I’m not a fan of heavy foundation so I opted for a BB Cream.  I used Covergirl’s Tinted Moisturizer in fair to light. I also sometimes wear concealer, go ahead choose your favorite one.  I personally like e.l.f.’s Cover Everything concealer.  Don’t forget to powder your face with a big fluffy brush, I used e.l.f.’s  flawless face powder in Ivory.  Next, I used a pink blush, I chose what I had which is Mary Kay’s duo cheek color in Juicy Guava.  *Tip: I like to use the neutral shade as a highlighter above my blush, under my nose, on the chin, and by the hairline.

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Lips: For the lips, I used products from Sally’s Beauty Supply.  The quality of these products wasn’t the best, but it was some of the makeup I had left over from my Jem and the Holograms look from Halloween.  

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Truly, Truly Outrageous!

First, I used Beautique’s Jumbo Lip Crayon in Shocking all over my lips.  Next, I put on Sally girl mini mood lipstick in Magic Pink.  Finally, I put on Sally Girl’s Sparkle Effects loose glitter in Princess Pink all over my lips with my finger.

There you have it, a fun and flirty Retro Inspired Valentine’s Day makeup look!  Let me know if you recreate this look and tag me on my social media with the hashtag #retromodern so I can see your look. 🙂

Cheers,

~Ruth

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1920s Fashion: Dresses.

Hello Fashionistas,
How is everyone doing this lovely Monday? Well, actually almost Tuesday!
Today, we’re going to dive into some of the1920s fashion and I wanted to focus on one type of clothing. I thought dresses of this decade would be fun to look back at.

The 1920s was a memorable decade for fashion since there was more freedom in women’s fashion (especially after the war) and the clothes definitely reflected that.   A notable designer of this era was the fabulous Coco Chanel.  I know if you’re like me, you think of her perfume.

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Sensual Elixir.

During this time, Coco Chanel also designed a two-piece dress out of stretchy jersey fabric that flowed against the body.  Below is the actress Gloria Swanson, a silent movie star rocking Coco’s design.

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By Bain New Service, via Wikimedia Commons.

Another popular dress in the 1920s was the signature flapper style dress.  Shown below.

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A traditional flapper outfit.

Below is another popular dress style, a dress with a dropped waist.  This style of dress was more of an everyday dress.

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In the early in the 1920s, formal wear dresses were extremely elaborate and some even had intricate beading.

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Silent movie actress Norma Talmadge.

In 1926, there was the classic straight dress, one of my favorite type of dresses of this decade!

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Actress Alice Joyce in a sheer beaded straight dress.

There you have it, a quick look at the history of the 1920s dresses worn during this fun decade!  I hope you enjoyed it.  Next Monday, there will be more fashion history.  Let me know which decade you would like to see next or a particular piece of clothing you would like me to feature.

Cheers,

~Ruth

P.S. Stay fabulous. 🙂

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