Category Archives: Decades of Fashion

Hello Lovelies,

I hope everyone enjoyed their Valentine’s Day♥ with a special someone or spent time with family or friends.  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 decided each week will be a new decade but it will feature dresses since it’s my favorite piece of clothing!
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Hello Lovelies,

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

Get this look:

Eyes: First, I started with a neutral brown color in e.l.f’s brightening quad eye shadow($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 eye shadow 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 eye shadow 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, chose 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 hair line.

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Lips: For the lips, I used products from Sally’s Beauty Supply.  The quality of these products weren’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 Lovelies,

How is everyone doing this lovely Monday, well actually almost Tuesday!  I promised to blog every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and I wanted to keep my promise.

Today, we’re going to dive into the 1920s fashion and I wanted to focus on one garment.  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, she made the two piece dress that were made out of stretchy jersey fabric that really flowed.  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 dress that was popular in the 1920s is the signature flapper style dress.  Shown below.

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A traditional flapper outfit.

Another popular dress style was 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 very elaborate and some had intricate beading.

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Silent movie actress Norma Talmadge.

In 1926, there was the straight dress, which is one of my favorite type of dresses of the 1920s!

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Actress Alice Joyce in a sheer beaded straight dress.

Okay, well that was a quick look at some 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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New Year, New Beginnings/Liebster Award!

Hello Lovelies,

Hope you all are well this winter of 2016. I took a hiatus from blogging,  but I am gearing up to have an epic year! At least that is what my planner says. 😉

If you follow me on Instagram you would of seen my post on my planner.  My goal this year is to bring my readership up and hopefully secure sponsorship!  Along, with this goal, as a reward for my hard work I will hopefully be able to go to Blogher 16 in L.A. this summer. I’m really excited because Myiam Bialik will be there.  I know she is now on the show Big Bang Theory, which is awesome, but I will always remember her as Blossom!  I used to wear the style of hats she was famous for wearing in the 90s.

A fellow blogger, #Lauretta nominated me for a Liebster award which made me happy to be recolonized!  For those who don’t know what a Liebster is, it is an award given to fellow bloggers who have a smaller following.  It’s also a great way to connect with bloggers and to discover great blogs.  The rules: you answer the 11 questions you are given.  You can write your own questions 11 questions or keep them the same.  Next, you nominate around 5-11 blogs and let them know you nominated them.  Make sure to upload the Liebster  logo and let the nominees know you nominated them. I hope to hear back from those I nominated, enjoy!

  1. In two words, how best could you describe your personality?  Fun and passionate.
  2. What is the first thing you do before putting up a blog post?  Make sure I have my photos before I write my blog post.
  3. How long have you been blogging? I’ve been blogging since June 2015. I took a few months off. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and start blogging regularly again!
  4. What are those two things people know you for/as?  I am known for my fun and quirky personality.  I consider myself a social butterfly.
  5. If you are to have a company, what would it be?  My company would be either to have a fashion line or be a fashion consultant.
  6. How do you see today’s world?  I feel that we have made a lot of progress but we still have some changes to make.
  7. How do you see the blogging life and how has it helped you?  I love being able to share my fashion tips/tricks and show that you don’t have to have a lot of money to be fashionable.
  8. How do you do away with bad comments on your blog post or any post?  Personally, I haven’t had to deal with bad comments. I find that being a blogger, that people have been really supportive so far.
  9. If you are to open a Youtube channel what would it be and why do you chose it?  I really would love to have a Youtube channel, but I’m really nervous on how my channel would come across.  There are so many talented people out there.  If I did, it would be a fashion and beauty channel.  I would also do street interviews with people about their fashion.  I would do it because fashion gives us a way to express ourselves!
  10. What is your style signature?  My signature style is retro with a twist of modern, #retromodern.
  11. What are those three things you love about yourself?  I love my ability to be able to try new things, my passion, and my dedication.
  12. My questions:
    1. What are your goals for 2016?
    2. What inspires you the most when blogging?
    3. How long have you been blogging?
    4. What is your favorite fashion decade or throwback fashion trend do like or still wear?
    5. What is your favorite pastime/hobby?
    6. If you could travel anywhere where would it be and why?
    7. How would you describe your personality?
    8. What is your signature style?
    9. What people do you draw your creative inspiration?
    10. What is your top 3 favorite foods?
    11. What is the best thing about blogging so far?

    I nominate

    lilfashionlover

    Miss Pebblesgirl

    Gluten Free Preppers

    thebostonbargainista

    Cheers! Here’s to an awesome year. 🙂

    ~Ruth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Falling in Love with Fall.

Hello Lovelies,

I am happy to report that fall is officially here!  It always takes me a couple weeks to let the cooler weather sink in.  Anyway, today we will be diving into one of my fall looks. In my next post, I will show you how I transform into #thatretroruth on my next post(I’m making this a short but sweet post).  As always I love showing you how to be #retromodern.  Without further ado I give you my falling for fall look.

Simple Gray Top-Simply Vera by Vera Wang.

Simple gray top-SimplyVera by Vera Wang.

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Fun floral leggings scored at Target.

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Top: My top I found on clearance at Khols(this is one of my favorite places to shop) The top is from Vera Wang’s SimpleVera Collection.  I found a heavier weight fabric top a shade darker than mine. I love the crossover design.

 

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Skirt: I wore a navy blue linen skirt which is a must have! With this outfit, I kept most of my outfit neutral but added funky leggings with a bright necklace.  I found a really cute navy blue linen skirt on Etsy for $40. If you wanted a more body con shorter skirt go with the one I found on Tobi!

Eco friendly navy blue skirt found on Etsy.

Eco friendly navy blue skirt found on Etsy.

How to get my fun and simple look!

Leggings: There are so many fun prints to chose from when you wear neutral colors. I found some adorable floral leggings from Forever 21-$8-19. Check out my modern style board on Pinterest.

Jacket: Okay, so I’m not wearing a jacket in my photos but I absolute live in my denim jacket(this is a basic must have!) in the fall.  I’ve had my current one for 5 years(I think got mine at Khols) Any way, I prefer a medium wash denim one but it’s up to you. Forever 21 has an awesome selection.

Necklace: I found my bright pink pearl necklace on Etsy. I found a similar one on Esty. Gorgeous darling!

Bracelet: My bracelet is an heirloom from my late Aunt.  You can either get one on Ebay, Etsy, or NOVICA(associated with National Geographic) Below is my favorite!

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Ring: I love turquoise jewelry.  I found an amazing conversation piece turquoise ring on Etsy for $34.50

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Well there you have it, a fun and simple fall look! I hope you got some inspiration for your fall wardrobe. Be sure to look for my post on how I achieved my hair and makeup for this look!. Remember to have fun and not to take yourself too seriously(like I do sometimes).

Keep smiling, 🙂

~Ruth

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End of Summer: Boho Street Style!

Hello Lovelies!

Can you believe summer is coming to an end?? I can’t.  I wanted to blog about my first fashion interview that I’ve been holding onto. I’ve been superstitious about it, since I didn’t know how successful writing a fashion blog would be. I know that I still have a lot to learn, and have a lot of work to do to have a successful blog. I am just happy that I have made it this far and will continue to develop my skills.  2 months ago I met a wonderful woman named Sharon at Starbucks, who is a hospice nurse(I think nurses area the best!) and she was gracious enough to let me interview her on the spot.  I love these types of interviews that are spontaneous and tons of fun!  Enjoy. 🙂

One of my favorite hangouts!

One of my favorite hangouts!

It was a nice summery June day and I decided to get some work done at my local Starbucks. I usually get distracted working at home. I have to admit there are not a lot of coffee places that I go to that give me the feeling that I should sit and stay awhile. I usually go to the local coffee stand and not even bother with going into a coffee shop to sit down.  But on this particular day, I decided that I wanted to give it another go. I went armed with my laptop and iPhone. The Starbucks I chose has a lot of regulars and is known for holding a lot of business meetings there.  It was particularly crowded and I found a single table with outlet nearby of course! I started working on changing over my Twitter/IG handle to signify my new career venture.  As a side bar, I have always loved fashion since I was young.  I have fond memories of reading Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, and Teen.

I happened to start chatting with a nice older couple and mentioned that I was a fashion blogger who wanted to interview people about their fashion, they said stick around here because there are plenty of fashionable people who frequent here.  I eventually met Sharon, a hospice nurse, a fun loving, quirky, and glamorous fashionista.  She graciously let me interview her and share her fashion tips! Below is her chic summery boho outfit.

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My favorite Starbucks even has trivia. Bonus!

Sharon's Boho Chic look.

Sharon’s Boho Chic look.

Sharon’s Boho Summer Chic Lowdown.

Pink Parisian Shirt: Walmart, clearance $1. Unfortunately, this shirt was out of stock online, I had trouble finding a pink Parisian shirt, but I managed to find one on Zazzle(I like that you can customize the color of your shirt) for $28 or a darker pink Love Amour t- shirt on Etsy for $21.

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Paris Amour Shirt-Zazzle.

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Love Amour Shirt-Etsy.

Leopard Print Tank Top: Walmart, $2.88 I found a similar one on Polyvore for $7.67.

Black Leopard Cami.

Black Leopard Cami.

Black striped shorts: Old Navy, $20.

Relaxed Black Shorts-Old Navy.

Relaxed Black Shorts-Old Navy.

Sharon’s white sleeveless fringe shrug was found in a local tourist town in Levenworth, WA.

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Sharon’s Boho vest.

I found an adorable crocheted white fringe vest on Esty for $35!

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White crocheted fringe vest.

Straw fedora hat with black band: Old Navy.  I found a similar one at LLBean for $15.

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LLBean Straw Fedora.

Bracelets-Old Navy, $8.99 I found some on Polyvore for $16.

Pink wrap bracelet with heart charm.

Pink wrap bracelet with heart charm.

Last but not least is Sharon’s Mossimo Purse: Target, $19.99.

Target Boho cross body purse.

Target Boho cross body purse.

Sharon’s Fashion Tips:

•Make a list before you shop.

• Buy basics that will coordinate with all of your outfits.

Sharon’s basics list:

Black jeans.

•Different colored tank tops.

White blouse.

•Classic jacket, such as a black, navy, or brown Wilson leather jacket.

•Multiple scarfs in different patterns and colors.  Every year Sharon buys a new scarf(I found some adorable ones on Modcloth!) and looks for pieces that go with it.

Thanks for all the love I have received on social media, I really appreciate it. 🙂

You can follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook!

Keep smiling, 🙂

~Ruth

P.S. Stay in the fashion know on my Bloglovin’ page too.

Local Beauty Products, Bees, and Grease Fashion!

Happy Sunday!  I have been falling behind on my blog posts since I had been fighting a nasty virus and sore throat, boo! Any way, today’s post is going to dive into bee awareness, what we can do to support this cause and natural beauty products you can buy. As always, I like to bring fashion into my posts, I will also show you how to rock the Sandra Dee look for the modern woman #retromodern.

My yellow Sandra Dee Grease dress!

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Bee Awareness
First off, bees are very important to our ecosystem, it basically boils down to no bees no food!  Bees help make our food by distributing pollen. Technically, we could live without bees to pollinate our food but there wouldn’t be as much variety.  The problems that bees face today are single crop farming, removing what we call “weeds”, and the increased use of pesticides.  This unfortunately causes bees to get diseases and pests.  The good news is, there are things we can do to help the bees.  You can plant meadows instead of grass. If this doesn’t work for you, you can plant a 3′ X 3′ area with flowers that bees can pollinate spring, summer, and fall.  You can download the app Bee Smart to help you choose plants that are bee friendly! Another app you can use is Grow Smart to help you limit pests safely in your garden. 

The people who made me aware of this cause was my local coffee shop NPCC.  I just happened to go for their yummy lavender latte and the event happened to be going on.  I love supporting local as much as a can.  I really enjoyed this event and I enjoyed being a part of this important cause.
While I was there I got to meet a lot of inspiring people, James a local bee keeper, Patricia Newton a local artist/photographer, and the woman(I forgot her name) who put on the event.
Patricia Newton: Local Artist/Photographer
Patrica is a local artist and photographer who loves to create paintings that incorporates nature and whimsy.  She goes to local art shows to sell her paintings. Patricia also takes beautiful pictures and has won photography contests.  She has a travel companion Peaches who is her rescue service dog that helps her with her disability.  I love that she doesn’t let her disability get in her way.
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Patricia in her element painting flowers with faces! Notice her outfit, she designed it herself.

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Happy Flowers by Patricia Newton

More happy flowers. A Patricia Newton original.

More happy flowers. A Patricia Newton original.

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Post cards by Patricia. She also makes one of a kind homemade cards.

Local Beauty Products: Bee Friendly.

There were local products from LemonBuzzz(you can buy their products online) made with local honey or beeswax.  They offer homemade soaps, baths bombs, and lip balm (my favorite) Their products are made with local raw honey without artificial dyes, fragrances, or chemicals. Lemonbuzzz boasts ecofriendly packaging as well.  I highly recommend them!

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Peppermint lip balm with local beeswax.

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They gave out free samples with purchase. Love the packaging!

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James the Bee Keeper

James is a local bee keeper that is passionate about raising bees and raising awareness on the problems bees are facing.  He suggested that we buy local raw honey.  He graciously handed out clover honey sticks, yum! He also handed out Burpee’s Bee Garden seed packets which encourage pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and birds.  See above for more ways to encourage pollinators.

James the Bee Keeper.

James the Bee Keeper.

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A beautiful shot of one of James’ bees.

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James bee’s honey! Yummy. 🙂

Fashion the “Grease” Way!

Interestingly enough, I happened to wear my vintage yellow Sandy dress to the bee event that day.. what an interesting coincidence.  I don’t know about you, but I love the movie Grease. It’s a classic that everyone should watch.  A year ago, after watching Grease for the 20th time, I wanted to find the dress like Frenchy wore during the beauty school dropout scene. I did find it here but it wasn’t my size, oh well.

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Frenchy’s look alike Beauty School Dropout Dress.

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Frenchy: Beauty school dropout scene. 

Luckily, I did find a beautiful yellow cotton dress like the one Olivia Newton John famously wore. I found both dresses on Esty from an awesome seller Karen.  Below is my mini fashion shoot, enjoy. 🙂

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My vintage cat pin from my childhood.

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Get the look.  To update “sweet” Sandy’s 1950s look, I found two yellow dresses.  The first dress, is a higher end vintage dress on Etsy, or for $35 a golden yellow dress on Modcloth, so cute!

Sweet Sandy Yellow Vintage dress-Etsy.

Sweet Sandy Yellow Vintage dress-Etsy. $294.

Sweet Sandy-Golden yellow dress by Modcloth.

Sweet Sandy-Golden yellow dress by Modcloth. $35.

 Sunglasses: I found some cute navy cat eye sunglasses on sale on Topshop for $12.  I love a good bargain.
Leggings: I wore black leggings with a lace pattern to modernized the look. You can wear different patterns and colors. Here are my top choices!
                     American Eagle 
AE Black Lace Leggings.

AE Black Lace Leggings. $15.

Blue Knit Star Leggings.

Target-Blue Knit Star Leggings. $12.

Forever 21

I found some super cute floral print leggings in cream/coral or black/pink. I think these are my favorite. 🙂

 

Jewelry:  Again I couldn’t find my exact jewelry, but I did find a beautiful silver cameo locket on Etsy to recreate my sweet Sandy look.  I also found a similar wooden bangle in a pack via Newlook.

Silver Cameo Necklace.

Silver Cameo Necklace. $22.

Wooden Bangle Pack-$11.

Wooden Bangle Pack-$11.

Pinup Hair Style:  I decided not to follow Sandy’s ponytail hairstyle but opted for a quick pinup hairstyle via Vintagious on Youtube. I don’t know about you but I’m always pressed for time when I’m getting ready.

Hope you enjoyed this post! I love being able to find cute #retromodern outfits. Remember to tag me on Instagram, and Twitter your favorite outfits. Don’t forget to like me on Facebook or join my professional network on Linkedin.

Keep smiling, 🙂

~Ruth

P.S. Stay in the fashion know on my Bloglovin’ page.