Category Archives: Fashion Interviews

Fashion Interview with Tessa from House of Wonderland

Hello Lovelies,

Hope everyone is enjoying February.  I’m excited that I will be rocking it this month with blogging three times a week.  I’ve decided to blog Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Mondays will be retro fashion history aka Decades of fashion,  Wednesday will be retro beauty tips and tricks, Fridays will be OOTD Fridays.  I will also be featuring small businesses that I love as well! I’m excited to share new content with you every week.

Next, I got to connect with the lovely and talented Tessa Shearer from the House of Wonderland via #TheGirlGang on Facebook.  I am so glad I found her and this group of amazing women to connect with.  Below is our fashion interview.  🙂

Why is fashion important to you?
Fashion is so important to me as it’s what got me started in my job the first place! I was always inspired by designers, singers, and other famous icons.  It made me work really hard to pursue a career in fashion.  My earliest memory is creating a pair of shoes made from paper! 😀 I drew around my foot, cut out a strip for the strap and scrunched up a bit of paper for the high heel! I think I looked completely daft but I was so proud of myself 😀
 
How does it make you feel?
One word… Freedom
Wear do you go to buy your clothes or which websites do you buy from?
I make some of my clothing as well as buying plain items from cheap stores(Me too!). I do however love investing in key designer pieces, but a big splurge like that only comes once or twice a year due to my poor bank funds(I hear that!) 😀
What is the most important thing you consider when you are shopping?
The thing I think about most is coordinating clothes! I hate to spend too long getting ready so I buy lots of plain black, white, and grey clothing so whatever I put on will match! *Style tip: Doing what Tessa does gives you a chance to show off your personality with your accessories whether it be a bold necklace, leggings, or other jewelry. It will help you stand out but not over do it! 😉
If you could only wear clothing from one particular decade which one would it be and why?
It has to be 1950’s! I adore the silhouettes, styles, and class!
What are your favorite accessories to wear, i.e brands, home made, local, Etsy etc.
House Of Wonderland jewellery(I love her vintage inspired pieces) of course! 😀 But I am a sucker for Tiffany & Co!  I love long simple necklaces although I also love rockabilly necklaces too!
Side note:  Below are my faves from HOW.
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HOW-Hey Sailor Earrings.

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HOW-super cool Betty Paige necklace.

How does makeup play into how you dress?  What is your favorite makeup looks and where do you buy your makeup products?
I am so boring! I wear the same stuff every day! I usually wear foundation-liquid, powder, bronzer, blusher, 2-3 eyeshadows, eyeliner, eyebrows, eyeliner, and mascara! I love 1960’s eye make up though! I couldn’t go anywhere without my eyebrows though! Obsessed about eyebrows! I’m weird like that!
Please describe one of your favorite outfits and if possible the links to where you got the items and or descriptions.
Hmmm… My favourite outfit is one I got agggggggeeeeesss ago! I think the shop actually closed down now! But it’s a 3/4 length sleeve black top and a wrap around asymmetric black wiggle skirt? I’ll try and find a picture and enclose it 😀
TessafromHouseofWonderland
Well, that’s a wrap on today’s post!  I can’t wait to chat with you guys in the comments, below.
 Cheers,
~Ruth
Make sure to stay in touch with me on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook!
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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.

Sharon's Boho vest.

Sharon’s Boho vest.

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

White crocheted fringe vest.

White crocheted fringe vest.

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

LLBean Straw Fedora.

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.

Featured small business: Megan’s Beaded Design!

Hello retro modernistas,

I am feeling like I needed to make up for lost time, since I made a promise to myself that I would post on Sundays and few times during the week… So I am writing two posts in one day, whoo hoo. Hopefully, you read my previous post: my fashion friendly interview with Megan from Megan’s Beaded Designs.  I love supporting “local” business that have a passion for creating one of a kind items whether that be jewelry, handmade cards,  paintings, and clothing that are one of a kind.  Please let me know if you would like to be featured on my blog!  I prefer to feature businesses that have at least some throwback or vintage feel to their products. 

Me: Why did you get into making jewelry?

Megan: My grandfather introduced me to Native American style bead weaving at a young age, when I was about 5, and it’s stuck with me since.   As I have developed my technique and design skills, I gradually began to form a style and brand that was all my own.  I find that jewelry can be a powerful source of self-expression.  We can’t always wear clothes or makeup that show off the person we feel we are inside, but our jewelry and accessories can almost always provide such an outlet.  I strive to create pieces whose wearers can confidently don as a symbol of who they truly are.

Me: How does it make you feel when somebody is interested in buying your stuff?

Megan: It doesn’t matter how many jewelry pieces I sell, it is always such an honor and remarkable feeling that someone would choose my work to adorn themselves with.  I feel that jewelry is very personal – and that my creations can resonate with others is extraordinarily touching to me. I strive to honor their choice by creating the best experience and highest quality I can in return.  It is very special that something I craft becomes the thing that someone uses to express themselves to the world with.

Me: Where do you draw your inspiration?

Megan: Ideas are never-ending, and I draw my inspiration from everywhere. Fashion, fine art, pop culture, music, suggestions and requests from my customers, and more.  There will never be enough time in the 24/7 cycle for me to create everything that pops into my brain, but I embrace the overall abundance of the ideas that come to me.  My favorite thing is when I get a custom order request from a customer, and I am able to create exactly what she wanted from me (or even better!) I love the give and take of ideas and creativity that happens during the custom order process.

Below are her stunning one of a kind vintage creations.

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Hand Beaded B&W Vintage Drop Necklace.

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Gorgeous gold with white crystal vintage necklace.

Megan's Vintage Hand Beaded Creations.

Megan’s Vintage Hand Beaded Creations.

Hand beaded cameos-Hair accessories.

Hand beaded cameos-Hair accessories.

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Vintage Hand Beaded Cameo_Hair Accessory.

I also found some of my personal favorites as well.  I am a sucker for owls and cool rings!

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Unique Brass Owl Earrings.                                            I am obsessed with owls!  You can buy them here.                        

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Black twinkle earrings and choker set                                I am love this black tie earring and choker set.

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This “evil eye” ring is so cool.  You can find it here!

Well there you have it!  Don’t forget to tag me with your #retromodern ensembles on Instagram or Twitter.

Keep smiling, 🙂

~Ruth

P.S. Stay in the fashion “know” on my BlogLovin’ page.

 

Fashion Interview with Megan from Megan’s Beaded Designs.

Hello retro modernistas,

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, I have come up with an original hashtag #retromodern that I will be using on all of my fashion posts!   Please tag me on either of my accounts, so I can see your outfits!

I got the chance to chat with another fun, fashionable, creative, talented, and friendly business owner Megan! Below is my interview with Megan from Megan’s Beaded Designs.  She runs her jewelry business out of Spokane, Washington.  She sets herself apart from the crowd by making one of a kind jewelry that you can order online including, hair accessories, necklaces, earrings(she even offers clip on earring options), and bracelets.  You can read more about her business here: Megan’s Beaded Design business.

Why is fashion important to you?
I believe that what makes us different is what makes us beautiful, and fashion is the ultimate way to express our individuality. By choosing pieces that speak to us, we get to feel more like ourselves, while at the same time telling on-lookers, “Hey, this is me. Take it or leave it.”

How does it make you feel?

I’m drawn to fashion that makes me feel empowered, sexy, and glamorous… all with a sense of humor mixed in. I think that when we get to choose and wear pieces that are distinctly “us” we feel more complete. I know that’s a profound thing to say about–as an example–wearing a new blouse or necklace, but it’s true.

Wear do you go to buy your clothes or which websites do you buy from?
When I can I like to support smaller businesses or artisans. It not only feels good to know your money is going straight to an individual who needs it to pay the bills and not some bloated corporation who manufactured everything overseas, but these sources usually produce much more unique items that you would find in the big box stores. That being said, I am definitely not above fast-fashion, and indulge in the occasional splurge from Nasty Gal or ModCloth when I get an inkling for something fresh and trendy.

What is the most important thing you consider when you are shopping?
Really, I’m all about buying pieces that speak to me. I’m kind of known for always having the “coolest shoes” and the “prettiest dresses.”  It’s because I don’t settle for what the big box stores are hawking to the masses. I want something different and more suitable for me personally.

If you could only wear clothing from one particular decade which one would it be and why?
Marilyn Monroe is my fashion icon. I love, love, LOVE everything about mid-century style.  It’s so classic and pretty, while being professional at the same time.  It’s my go-to style for office-wear and networking events. That being said, a lot of my jewelry draws inspiration from the 60s and 70s inspired boho/gypsy style, partially because I work in beads, but also because I’m drawn to the whole overall idea of free-spirited expression.

What are your favorite accessories to wear, i.e brands, home made, local, Etsy etc.
I’ve never been a big fan of brand logos plastered on my stuff (I don’t want to be a walking advertisement, thank you), but that being said, I’ll opt for anything that suits my personal style. I shop local boutiques, craft fairs, Etsy, small business websites, and more popular fast-fashion websites, and even the occasional department or outlet store–but it’s all about finding the right individual pieces. For example, if I find a pair of black spike-covered stilettos with glittery, hot-pink soles: it doesn’t matter whose selling them, those darlings are going in my closet. Side note: I did find some that matched Megan’s description.  They are stunning: Christian Louboutin sparkly shoes.  

How does makeup play into how you dress?  What is your favorite makeup looks and where do you buy your makeup products?
I buy some home-made brands, but I will confess to an uncontrollable Sephora addiction. That place is like my candy store. I never feel like an outfit is complete without jewelry and makeup. The two just go hand-in hand together. Usually this means colored eyeliner or shadow to match the color of my shoes, or a bright red lip to contrast against an all-black ensemble. With a necklace, bracelet, or some earrings, it’s the finishing touch that completes an outfit and makes it totally “me.”

Please describe one of your favorite outfits and if possible the links to where you got the items and or descriptions.
I am always adding new sets to my Polyvore collection: http://megansbeadeddesigns.polyvore.com/, and posting outfit ideas and tips on my blog: http://www.megansbeadeddesigns.com/blog

Thank you,
Megan Petersen
Owner/Designs
www.MegansBeadedDesigns.com
contact@megansbeadeddesigns.com

You can also follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

Hope you liked this interview.  Please take care of yourselves and remember to keep smiling. 🙂

~Ruth

Keep updated with what I’m doing on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.  Also, you can follow me on BlogLovin‘ where you can keep updated on my current fashion feed.

Feed Your Head Vintage: Collaboration.

Hello everyone,

First off we made it to Friday! Whoo hoo. 🙂

Anyway, I am excited to share to share my first collaboration with Feed Your Head Vintage. They are online retailer based out of Leeds Yorkshire. They specialize in one of a kind quality vintage Bohemian, festival wear, from the 60s, 70s, 80s: some 40s and 50s and even the naughty 90s!  Below is their exclusive SS15 fashion shoot.

According to Mags from Feed Your Head Vintage, “The scenes in Leeds are about festival culture, which is why there’s a focus on friendship. Festivals there are about having fun, letting your hair down and being with your closest friends.” The outfits featured here include:

Look #1: Festival

Purple Flower Power

The 1st model, is wearing Lilac Dungarees, Over Sized Purple Floral Headress, with a fabulous 70s boho waistcoat (Click on the links to buy)

Festival, friends, fun!

The second model, is wearing a 90s vintage Wallis floral Maxi dress with the model’s own vintage headscarf. 🙂

Look #2: Leeds Vibes

Mags says, “this is very much a local look which is shot in our local area of Leeds City in the UK. Here we have a great music scene of house/techno, indie and rock and the look is very much based on our love for good music and how to score these summer looks!”

Below the model is sporting an Oskosh Denim Pinafore Dress, with a reworked vintage fabric crop top (Click here to buy: Vintage Red and Navy Bandeau Crop Top)

Feed Your Head-Fashion Shoot

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The model on the left is wearing  her own red crop top with a vintage pleather skirt!

You have made it to the end of this post!  I hope you enjoyed this photo shoot!

All my best,

~Ruth

Feed Your Head Vintage: Collaboration.

Hello everyone,

First off we made it to Friday! Whoo hoo. 🙂

Anyway, I am excited to share to share my first collaboration with Feed Your Head Vintage. They are online retailer based out of Leeds Yorkshire. They specialize in one of a kind quality vintage Bohemian, festival wear, from the 60s, 70s, 80s: some 40s and 50s and even the naughty 90s!  Below is their exclusive SS15 fashion shoot.

According to Mags from Feed Your Head Vintage, “The scenes in Leeds are about festival culture, which is why there’s a focus on friendship. Festivals there are about having fun, letting your hair down and being with your closest friends.” The outfits featured here include:

Look #1: Festival

Purple Flower Power

The 1st model, is wearing Lilac Dungarees, Over Sized Purple Floral Headress, with a fabulous 70s boho waistcoat (Click on the links to buy)

Festival, friends, fun!

The second model, is wearing a 90s vintage Wallis floral Maxi dress with the model’s own vintage headscarf. 🙂

Look #2: Leeds Vibes

Mags says, “this is very much a local look which is shot in our local area of Leeds City in the UK. Here we have a great music scene of house/techno, indie and rock and the look is very much based on our love for good music and how to score these summer looks!”

Below the model is sporting an Oskosh Denim Pinafore Dress, with a reworked vintage fabric crop top (Click here to buy: Vintage Red and Navy Bandeau Crop Top)

Feed Your Head-Fashion Shoot

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The model on the left is wearing  her own red crop top with a vintage pleather skirt!

You have made it to the end of this post!  I hope you enjoyed this photo shoot!

All my best,

~Ruth

Catching up with Jemma aka Dorkface! The Interview.

I got the chance to chat with the lovely Jemma: Dorkface from Twitter.  This is my first fashion interview and I am excited to share this with you all. 🙂  My goal when interviewing people is to figure out why people wear what they do and how it makes them feel! Without further ado, here is our interview. 

Hi Jemma,
I’m starting a new blog that focuses on fashion, particularly retro fashion and the history behind what we wear in the current time. Here are some questions:
R: Why is fashion important to you?
J: A great outfit can instantly change my mood, and make me feel amazing. Plus being able to express myself through what I wear is pretty awesome 🙂
R: How do clothes make you feel?
J: It depends. If I find something flattering, in my style, I’m extremely happy! I feel as if my true self is being represented. However I also experience a lot of bad feelings often, as I can’t find anything which feel like ‘me’.
R: Where do you go to buy your clothes or which websites do you buy your clothes from?
J: All over! I like to collect clothing from anywhere and everywhere. At the moment I absolutely LOVE everything from Lazy Oaf, and ASOS is always brilliant.
R: What is the most important thing you consider when you are shopping?
J: Comfort, and being able to wear it more than once. If it does neither of these things, then it’s pointless. It sounds quite boring but honestly I’ve wasted so much money on crap in the past that I’m not entirely comfortable wearing, and I never wear them again. 
R: I noticed on Twitter that you are rocking the Pink hair. How does this affect your clothing decisions?
J: I tend to avoid red now!! I love red, but I feel it clashes with the pink of my hair. But I’m now loving wearing matching clothes and accessories. Pink is one of my favourite colours and now that my hair is pink, I feel more confident wearing it too which is ace.
R: If you could only wear clothing from one particular decade which one would it be and why?
J: This one! I love everything modern, bright, holographic. 90’s throwbacks are also AMAZING as a lot of it appeals to my colourful, kawaii side. But yep I’d stay here to be honest.
R: What are your favorite accessories to wear i.e brands, home made, local, Etsy etc.
J: I love unique, one of a kind Etsy stores. I’m a huge supporter of small business and I always try to buy there first 🙂
R: How does makeup play into how you dress?  What is your favorite makeup looks and where do you buy your makeup products?
J: I love a bright lip, and a subtle but smokey eye. I do love anything super girly, bright, and kawaii. Lipsticks are one of my favourite makeup products, especially MAC. It feels like such a treat to wear them.
R: Please describe one of your favorite outfits and if possible the links to where you got the items and or descriptions.

J: At the moment it would be my very bright coloured dungarees-

These are only from Primark but I love them! Very ME. Unfortunately I can’t link them though!  *Check them out below, love the bright and fun floral pattern, ooh la la!*
Jemma's favorite outfit for summer 2015!

Jemma’s favorite outfit for summer 2015!

Please check out her fashion blog and follow her on Twitter! Thanks Jemma for letting me interview you. 🙂
~Ruth
Be my friend on Instagram and Twitter. 🙂 
P.S. There will more fashion interviews stay tuned!