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My Retro Style with a twist of modern part 1: Mixing the decades.

Hello retro fashionistas,

It’s almost the end of summer, where did July go? Anyway, today we are going to explore my retro style with a twist of modern! I love to mix patterns and I even like mixing the different decades of fashion. Below I’m rocking a 1920s makeup with my clothes having a 1980s vibe with a pinch of modern thrown in. I was told when I wore this outfit it reminded them of the actress Molly Ringwald from the iconic 80s movie the Breakfast club! 🙂

One of my favorite 80's movies. The Breakfast Club.

One of my favorite 80’s movies. The Breakfast Club.

Molly Ringwald (R) in the classic  80s movie Pretty in Pink!

Molly Ringwald (R) in the classic 80s movie Pretty in Pink! Photo credit: Maegan Tintari on Flicker.com

First off, let’s start with the makeup, I was told to check out the awesome YouTuber and fierce body painter-Madeyewlook who creates amazing characters using body paint. I immediately loved her videos especially her makeup tutorial about ketones, which are substances that are made when the body breaks down fat for energy when carbohydrates are low. She is a diabetic and I love how she is getting out awareness through her makeup.

Made up artsist Youtuber: MadeYouLook

Body Painter: Madeyewlook’s ketone tutorial.

My 1920s Makeup:

Moving onto my 1920s makeup, I recreated Madeyewlook’s flapper-inspired makeup.

My 1920s makeup with a 1980 Molly Ringwald retro fashion look!

My 1920s makeup with a 1980s Molly Ringwald inspired look!

This makeup took a lot of blending, it took me multiple tries to get the eyes just right.  The pics with my hair down are my 1st attempt with this look.  I modernized this makeup by adding some sparkly pink eyeliner on the bottom of my lower lashes to give it a modern twist, plus I love glitter!

Makeup Details:  For the eyes, I used Hard Candy’s sparkly pink eyeliner on my lower lash line (I think this color is discontinued).  My black eyeshadow is from the Balm’s face palette: Balmbini Volume 2, but you can use any black eyeshadowMy eyeliner is Mary Kay’s black gel liner.  For my eyebrows, I used the black shadow from Balmbini with an angled brush. For my lipstick, I used Rimmel’s Red Diva lip liner all over. You can also use NYX‘s lip pencil as well.  I made sure to blot my lips and then reapply to get more payoff. Next, I used Revlon’s bold red lipstick.  To add a hint of shine I dusted NYC’s sparkly pink eye dust on my lower lip. For my base, I used e.l.f.’s Concealer to touch up any imperfections after filling in my eyebrows with black eyeshadow. I don’t use foundation so I skipped that part and went straight to powder, again I used e.l.f.’s  pressed powder with a fluffy brush!  For blush, I used Mary Kay’s duo mineral cheek blush in Juicy Guava to finish the look.


1920s makeup inspired by Madeyewlook.

1920s Makeup Take 1!

1920s Makeup Take 1!


1920s Flapper Makeup. Take 1! Gold Bracelets, Forever 21.

Rockin' the 1920s makeup!


Below is my 1920s makeup version 2!


L: are my purple DIY Duct Tape Feather earrings from Brit+Co!

Check out my fun nails. 🙂 My floral nail art is Revlon’s 3D Jewel Appliques-Wildflowers, Vintage Vibe.  I love this product because you get 18 nail stickers including a nail file, buffer, and cuticle stick. My red nails are from Sally’s Red Fire! Fire! nail polish.

My scent:  I like mixing scents, so I sprayed on my signature scent: Davidoff’s Cool Water in the air and walked into the mist.  I then dabbed on MaryKay’s scent Belara on my pulse points.  In the morning, I used Bath & Body Works Wild Honeysuckle body lotion.

My Molly Ringwald Inspired Outfit.

My grey lace top is from Kohls that I scored last fall.  I found a similar one from H&M and a higher end version from Dillards on Shopstyle.

H&M's White Jersey Lace Top.

H&M’s white jersey lace top.

Dillard's Heather Gray Lace Top.

Dillard’s heather gray lace top.

My skirt is from Forever 21.  I love their clothing and accessories.  The quality isn’t the best but I love that you can rock current or flashback looks inexpensively!  I couldn’t find my exact skirt but I found a similar one on H&M. This skirt comes in purple or black. I personally like the purple version. 🙂 After digging, I found a cute black lace skirt from Forever 21.  If you truly want to go vintage I found an awesome blue lace skirt on Etsy.


H&M’s Purple lace skirt: This skirt also comes in black!


Blue Lace Vintage Skirt sold by jeansdavenport on Etsy.

My Tights:

I scored mine at Target, which is one of my favorite stores.  I found some similar ones on Amazon from Hue.

My Earrings:

My duct tape purple earrings are my DIY from the inspirational Brit from Brit+Co.  Brit is an original DoitGurl contributor.  She now runs the DIY site that shows you how to decorate your house, teaches you fashion and beauty hacks, as well as style inspiration. You can buy kits on Brit+Co if you don’t have the time to spend shopping for DIY supplies.  I highly recommend them! Below is the how-to video on how to make your own duct tape feather earrings.

My brown feather earrings I found at Fuego ages ago.  This is one of my favorite stores. 🙂 I couldn’t find them online but I found MySoulAfire‘s Etsy shop. She handcrafts them and I love supporting artists this way.

Handmade brown feather earrings. Made by MySoulAfire on Etsy.

Handmade brown feather earrings. Made by MySoulAfire on Etsy.

Rocking my DIY earrings and brown feather earrings.

Rocking my DIY earrings, brown feather earrings, & H&M’s braided bracelet.

My Bracelets:

I found my braided bracelet on clearance from H&M.  Again, I couldn’t find the exact one but I found some other cool bracelets that would work to recreate my outfit! First, I wanted to shout out Forever Tied Together on Etsy.  This shop is run by a young lady named Ana, she is currently on a mission to Honduras.  Ana makes one of a kind friendship bracelets. Please visit her shop. 🙂  I also found another cool place for handmade bracelets on Facebook.

Shot by Gillian Stephanie Uang from ByDetails fashion blog. Bracelets: BraidsandBonds Bracelets.

Shot by Gillian Stephanie: Braids and Bonds Bracelets.

FTT handmade friendship bracelets.

Forever Tied Together handmade bracelets.

I hope you enjoyed this retro fashion post with a twist of modern as much as I did.  I will be posting more of my eclectic style…stay tuned!

Before I leave you, I found an awesome female artist called AmbivalentlyYours, who you can find on Instagram. She also sells her art on Society 6!

Please remember to be yourself and not to “look at yourself through their eyes”!


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Photo credit: ambivalentlyyours.

The ’80s and What it Means to Me.

Hello fashionistas, friends, and fellow bloggers,

This post is going to dive into what the ’80s means to me!  Let’s jump into the culture, the fashion, the history, and why I LOVE the ’80s! First of all, I was born in the 1980s and grew up in the 1990s.  I grew up watching all of the ’80s cartoons such as the Care Bears, My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake, and my all time favorite Rainbow Brite.  I loved watching Rainbow Brite as a little girl and I even had my own Rainbow doll with her friend and Leader Sprite Twink.  Below are all Rainbow Brite’s friends the color kids. Which one are you?  Growing up I was like Shy Violet, who loved to read and was quiet, believe it or not. 🙂 Now that I’m an adult, I want to spread joy and love like Rainbow Brite did!L to R. Rainbow Brite: the leader of Rainbow Land.   Red Butler: He is responsible for the color red. Red Butler's personality is adventurous and daring. Lala Orange: She is responsible the color orange. Lala Orange's character is romantic and stylish. Canary Yellow: She is responsible for the color yellow. Canary Yellow's character is upbeat and optimistic. Shy Violet: She is responsible for the color violet (and warmer shades of purple). Shy Violet's personality is intellectual and resourceful. Indigo: She is in charge of the color indigo and the lighter shades of purple. Indigo's personality is dramatic and creative Buddy Blue: He is responsible for the color blue. Buddy Blue's character is sporty and valiant. Patty O'Green: She responsible for the color green. Patty O'Green's character is mischievous and spirited.L to R- Rainbow Brite: Leader of Rainbow Land. Red Butler: He is responsible for the color red. Red Butler’s personality is adventurous and daring. Lala Orange: She is responsible for the color orange. Lala Orange’s personality is romantic and fashion forward. Canary Yellow: She is responsible for the color yellow. Canary Yellow’s personality is cheerful and sees the glass half full. Shy Violet: She is responsible for the color violet (and warmer shades of purple). Shy Violet’s personality is intellectual and resourceful. Indigo: She is responsible the color indigo (and cooler shades of purple). Indigo’s personality is dramatic and creative.  Buddy Blue: He is responsible for the color blue. Buddy Blue’s personality is athletic and valiant.  Patty O’Green: She is responsible for the color green. Patty O’Green’s personality is mischievous and spirited. Excerpt from Wikipedia.

Women Fashion Icons: Fashion during the ’80s was an awesome time for colorful clothes, hair, and makeup. I especially loved Madonna’s music growing up. Check out Madonna’s iconic look in the ’80s! Below is when she debuted in the movie, Desperately Seeking Susan.

Desperately Seeking Susan Movie! 1983

Desperately Seeking Susan Movie, 1985.  This shot is so totally ’80s I love her outfit from head to toe!

(Sound Track from Desperately Seeking SusanGet into the Groove)

Cindy Lauper: “I see your true colors and that’s why I love you..” “Don’t be afraid to show your true colors”…I don’t know about you, but I was and still am in love with the ’80s sensation female music star.  I love that she is still going strong and is active in the LGBT community. Below is Cindy in all of her glory.

80's Cindy Lauper. Photo credit: Neal Preston

’80s Cindy Lauper. Photo credit: Neal Preston

Plus, a lot of ’80s makeup was inspired by her! I personally loved her appearance in Goonies. “Goonies never say die” My all time favorite movie. 🙂

Photo credit from Flicker: veganstraightedge

Photo credit: Flicker@ veganstraightedge

Photo Credit @Wikipedia

Photo Credit: @Wikipedia.

Above is the flag for the fictitious character Hector Barbossa from Pirates of the Caribbean.  A lot of people use this image to put the “Goonies never say die” phrase on it!

Photo credit: Flicker. From @Stéfan. Toyko Action Figures!

Photo credit: Flicker. From @Stéfan. Toyko Action Figures!

’80s Hairstyles: The look that I rocked as a kid was crimped hair, shown below. I had a pink Conair crimping iron. I remember sitting for hours trying to get my hair just right!

Wild Crimped hair!

Wild Crimped hair!

Who remembers these products?!


1980s-Hair-Gel’80s Hair Staples.

I also have fond memories of rocking a spiky hairdo with tons of L.A. Looks hair gel in elementary school.

Fashion Looks: In the ’80s, the fashion fitness craze started with Actor and Activist Jane Fonda, she made working out look cool and fashionable.  Also, the actress Jennifer Beals starred in the iconic movie Flash Dance about a woman who worked in a steel mill during the day and danced in bars at night.  Although, it was her dream to be a professional dancer. “She’s a Maniac on the floor and she’s dancing like she never danced before”.  I loved how she rocked the leg warmers!

Jane Fonda-Fashion and Fitness guru.  Flash dance Actress-Jennifer Beals and over coming creative obstacles

Left-Jane Fonda: Fashion and Fitness guru.  Middle-Jennifer Beals: Flash Dance actress.

The 80s a decade where big hair and loud clothing ruled!

The ’80s a decade where big hair and loud clothing ruled!

Women’s Fashion: I don’t know about you, but growing up I rocked the jelly shoes. Jelly shoes came in an assortment of colors and were plastic. I also had hair scrunchies which are still popular today. I also loved slap bracelets which were so much fun. I especially loved my satin lime green one and my holographic one too!

Jelly Shoes.

Rainbow Colored Hair Scrunchies!

Rainbow Colored Hair Scrunchies!

Slap Bracelets.

The ’80s wouldn’t be complete without neon clothing! This is something that both men, women, and kids wore. At least I did! 🙂


Neon Clothing Galore!

Also in the ’80s, an outfit wouldn’t be complete without slouch socks, this is also something I rocked. I remembered layering hot pink and lime green slouch socks. SlouchSocks80s

Men’s Fashion: So according to liketotatlly80s.com. Z Cavaricci’s or “Z-Cav’s” as they were casually called were the very trendy European pants that fashion-forward men wore in the late ’80s.  These pants came in a variety of colors and even came in acid wash, another must have in the ’80s.  These pants were high waisted, flared in the thigh area, and were tapered in the ankle.  You could also “Peg” them, which means roll them up tightly.  Z Cavaricci’s also made women’s jeans and sweatshirts.  The Z Cavaricci brand is still around today, even though they are not currently making new clothes, what a shame!

Z Cavaricci's Pants. Image Taken from liketotallythe80s.com

Z Cavaricci’s Pants. Image: liketotallythe80s.com

Don’t forget to pair your Z Cav’s with your favorite collared shirt and a Piano Tie, another fashion must-have for men in the ’80s.

Rap Fashion Icons:

The famous rap group, Run DMC had a major influence on fashion!  Check them out.

Rocking the Bucket Hats and Cazals.

Rocking the Bucket Hats, Big Gold Chains and Cazals.

Run DMC wore bucket hats (see above), gold chains (see above) and Cazals, plus huge glasses.

Worst 80s Fashion goes too..

Okay I saved the worse for last!  Drum roll please!  Unfortunately, I thought it was cool and so did others luckily to sport wait for it….fanny packs, ugh.

Worst 80s fashion trend.

Worst ’80s fashion trend.

Finally, I want to leave you with my favorite Halloween costume I made myself in college, my homemade Rainbow Brite costume. Remember at the beginning of this post I told you I loved Rainbow Brite?  Well, I decided to go as her with the inspiration from a girl named Katy Cartee Haile who runs the Rainbow Brite website. I loved her website (still do!) and as a result, I was able to win Value Village’s national Halloween costume contest. 🙂

Me as Rainbow Brite and Hubby Greg as Charlie Brown!

Me as Rainbow Brite and my husband Greg as Charlie Brown.

All my best,


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