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Falling in Love with Fall.

Hello Fashionistas,

I’m 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 my #retromodern self (I’m making this post short and sweet).  As always I love showing you how to be retro with a modern twist.  Without further ado, I give you my falling for the fall look.

Simple Gray Top-Simply Vera by Vera Wang.

Unique gray top by Vera Wang for Khols.

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Fun floral leggings I scored at Target.

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How to get my fun and simple look!

Top: I this simple chic top on clearance at Khols (one of my favorite places to shop) The top is from Vera Wang’s Simply Vera Vera Collection. Here are a couple updated options to choose from: Gray Ruched Top and her Floral Applique Tee.

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 some funky leggings with a bright necklace.  I found a super cute navy blue linen skirt on Etsy for $40. If you wanted a more bodycon shorter skirt, go with the one I found on Forever21!

Eco friendly navy blue skirt found on Etsy.

Eco friendly navy blue skirt found on Etsy.

Leggings: There are so many fun prints to chose from when you wear neutral colors. I found some adorable floral leggings from Zulily. Need more inspo? Check out my modern style board on Pinterest.

Jacket: Okay, so I’m not wearing a jacket in my photos but I absolutely live in my denim jacket (this is a closet must-have!) in the fall.  I’ve had my current one for a while now, (I think got mine at Khols) I prefer a medium wash denim one but it’s up to you. American Eagle has an awesome selection.

Necklace: I found my retro bright pink pearl necklace on Etsy. I found a similar one here 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 one!

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I love turquoise jewelry.  I found an amazing conversation piece turquoise ring on Etsty

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 with your outfits and not to take yourself too seriously, which I’m totally guilty of.

Keep smiling, 🙂

~Ruth

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Local Beauty and Bees and Grease Fashion, Oh My!

Happy Sunday!  I have been falling behind on my blog posts since I had been fighting a nasty virus and sore throat, boo! Anyway, 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 beekeeper, 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 incorporate 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 eco-friendly 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 each purchase. Love the packaging!
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James the Beekeeper

James is a local beekeeper that is passionate about raising bees and raising awareness of 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.

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James talking about his honey bees.
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A beautiful shot of one of James’ bees.
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James’ bees honey! So good. 🙂

Fashion the “Grease” Way!

Interestingly enough, I happened to wear my vintage yellow Sandy dress to the bee event that day, which was an awesome 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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Love her bubblegum pink hair!
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Frenchy’s 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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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!

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Sweet Sandy : Yellow vintage dress on 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!
                     

AE Black Lace Leggings.
American Eagle :Black Lace Leggings. $15.

Blue Knit Star Leggings.
Target: Blue Knit Star Leggings. $12.

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

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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, 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 small business feature.

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.

Where 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, homemade, 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 who’s 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 homemade brands, but I will confess to an uncontrollable Sephora addiction (I can relate except for me it’s ColourPop!). 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

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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.

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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.

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1920s makeup inspired by Madeyewlook.

1920s Makeup Take 1!

1920s Makeup Take 1!

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

Rockin' the 1920s makeup!

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Below is my 1920s makeup version 2!

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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.

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

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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”!

~Ruth

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Photo credit: ambivalentlyyours.

Catching up with Jemma aka Dorkface! The Interview.

Hello Fashionistas,

I got the chance to chat with the lovely Jemma: Dorkface from Twitter. This is my first fashion interview and I’m 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’s 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. Below are my questions and her answers.
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 feels 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, homemade, 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, I 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
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P.S. There will more fashion interviews stay tuned!