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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.

1980s Vibe for Paris Fashion Week: Fall/Winter 2018-2019

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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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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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 the 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 on how to have a successful blog I am just happy that I have made it this far and will continue to develop my skills.  Two months ago, I met a wonderful woman named Sharon at my local Starbucks, who is a hospice nurse (I think nurses are 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 are 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 many coffee shops 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 many business meetings there.  It was particularly crowded and I found a single table with an outlet nearby of course! I started working on changing my Twitter/IG handles to signify my new career venture.  As a sidebar, 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 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.

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Relaxed Black Shorts-Old Navy.

Black striped shorts: Old Navy, $20

Sharon’s white sleeveless fringe vest 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.

Such a cute fringe vest.

Straw fedora hat with black band: Old Navy.

LLBean Straw Fedora.

I found a similar one at LLBean for $15.

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, including a black, navy, or brown Wilson leather jacket.

•Multiple scarfs in different patterns and colors.  Yearly 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

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Pinup and Rainbow Glam Makeup by Miss Mouse

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 I live for. 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 here for a 3-minute brown smokey eye tutorial! For a simple brown smokey eye, use Too Faced Chocolate Bar eyeshadow 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 article on how to get the perfect winged eyeliner!
When in doubt wing it out!  Miss mouse adding the winged eyeliner.

When in doubt wing it out! Miss Mouse adding the winged eyeliner.

The Rainbow eyeliner!
Rainbow eyeliner how-to. 

1. Add the yellow eyeliner to the inner corner on top of the black wing you just created.

2. Next, add the bright pink eyeliner next to the yellow eyeliner.

3. Next, go over a little bit of the yellow eyeliner to mix in with the pink to give you an orange color.

4. Now add the light blue eyeliner all the way to the end of the wing.

5. For the final step, mix the blue eyeliner with some of the pink to get a pretty purple shade.

Eyeliner Details:
The Yellow gel liner is from Inglot in 84. For a budget-friendly option, I found a yellow eyeliner pencil from Yves Rocher in Lemon Yellow.
The blue gel liner is also from Inglot in 88. For those on a budget,  I suggest Essence’s long lasting eyeliner in TurquoiseLast but not least, is the pink gel eyeliner from Tarte in Bubblegum Pink. For the budget conscious, I would go for Nyx’s Vivid Brights Crème Color in Love Overdose.

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Complete Rainbow Cat eye look. Super glam!

Completed rainbow glam eye look. Love!

For the finishing touches, and to complete the look add eyelashes (which give this look more drama), use a black pencil liner to your waterline, and then add two coats of your favorite mascara and voilà your done! 🙂

Lips:

For the lips, Miss Mouse is wearing her favorite red lipstick (a retro matte lipstick) in the shade All Fired Up.

The Finale!

Hair:

Next, curl your hair with a wide barrel curling iron to complete this retro-modern look and don’t forget to throw on a cute pinup print dress. 🙂 You can find some really cute ones on Modcloth. Lastly, I was able to find an article on 42 pinup hairstyles, a must read if you ask me. 

Thanks for reading our first #retromodern beauty post! Stay tuned for more posts like this. 🙂

Keep smiling,

~Ruth

Don’t forget to tag me with your #retromodern beauty looks on Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest.

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Featured small business: Megan’s Beaded Design. :-)

Hello retro modernistas,

I’m feeling like I needed to make up for lost time since I made a promise to myself that I would post on Sundays and a few times during the week…So I decided to post another special feature. Hopefully, you read my previous post: my fashion friendly interview with Megan from Megan’s Beaded Designs.  I love supporting small businesses 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 do 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 Black & White Vintage drop necklace.

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Gorgeous vintage gold and white crystal necklace.

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Goregous beaded pearl earrings.

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Vintage hand beaded cameo hair pins.

I also found some of my personal favorites as well.  I can’t help adore owls and unique 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’m in love this black tie earring and choker set.

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

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

Keep smiling, 🙂

~Ruth

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Retro Summer! Thrift Store Adventures.

Happy Friday! I’m finally get into the groove of being a fashion blogger. I’ve decided that all my posts are going to be centered around retro with a twist of modern, retro modern. So I can see your ensembles, Please tag on my Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with your retro inspired outfits with the tag, #retromodern. Retro fashionistas unite! Remember to dream big start small.  I will be posting my thrift store adventures at an eclectic thrift store.  I was able to score some awesome 50s style glasses that I will be making over. Stay tuned!

Stay beautiful,

~Ruth

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Collaboration with the Drag Queen: Burlesque Elephant!

Hello Lovelies,
 
Happy Friday! I got a chance to collaborate with the lovely Burlesque Elephant aka Aimee Coffland. She is a lady drag queen from Cali. She loves retro fashion like I do and drag. Two of my favorite things. 😉 She hails from Sacramento, CA but her family hails from the Midwest as I do! Anyway, during her free time, she gets to release her creative energy as a drag queen. You can find her on Instagram.  Below is her fashion shoot as Aimee and as her alter ego Burlesque Elephant.  Without further ado, here’s our collaboration. 
Fashion warm up!
Me: Which decade is your favorite for fashion inspiration?
Burlesque Elephant:  My favorite decade is the ’60s because they had the best peace, love, and Rock n’ Roll!  But for fashion, I think it is the 1920s because there was a lot of regal gem encrusted couture and dark black dramatic eye makeup.  Especially in France.
Me: Where did the name Burlesque Elephant come from?
Burlesque Elephant:  I’ve always been obsessed with burlesque because their fashion seems so delicate, thin, and glamorous.  Plus, I love elephants.  I mean who’s ever seen a burlesque elephant? Also, I’m representing the not so thin woman (which is awesome), by displaying myself as if I was a wispy woman! My drag name is a body beautiful name.  🙂
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 I noticed when I read Burlesque Elephant’s description of her outfits she screamed fashion dreamer!  I love this about her. 🙂

“I am going to start with one of my favorite pieces, it’s called the Wicked Black Burlesque Pony.  I made this piece from a red witch hat I found at a Halloween store.  The exterior is made mostly from a pair of old leather gloves that I repurposed. It took a lot of hot glue, spare jewelry, and a wild and loving imagination to put this hat together.  This piece is near and dear to my heart because it is what I imagine a spooky old Hollywood witch would wear if she were to perform in a Halloween burlesque show (very cool). It’s sexy and magical.  This hat would make anyone feel romantic and dominating.”

“My show pony is my Ziegfeld follies hat, it’s my pride and joy.” For those who don’t know, Ziegfeld Follies was an elaborate series of Broadway productions in the 1900s.  Aimee continues, I purchased the faux fur hat in an antique shop in Old Auburn. The moment I saw it I knew I could make something amazing out of it. I had pink champagne pearls, light pink cellophane fabric, a gem-encrusted feather broach, and some big pink sequins, that I just needed to use to awaken my couture. It was a lot of fun making it because everything I did to this hat inspired me to be more regal and fantasy inspired.   When I wear my hat I feel like a Russian ice princess wandering through a frozen pink castle in the winter night. I have worn this hat to a finale party for Ru Paul’s Drag Race for a show pony look that was inspired by Fruit Stripe gum and My Little Pony.  Fantasy and fun are alive and well within my fashion!”

Aimee continues, talking about her favorite animal, elephants!“I have been in love and adoration with elephants all my life. I made my Elephant Empress headdress in tribute to the danger that they are subjected to every day.  They have to be strong and brave to survive the conditions poachers and big industries/corporations subject them to.  I believe that elephants still rule their land despite the extinction they face every day.  When I wear my headdress, I am overcome with honor and pride.  Sometimes elephants need horns or tusks to fight for themselves, so I’ve included a pair of purple ones that illuminate this look.   This look is an Asian elephant inspired piece that gives me pride when I wear it.”

Burlesque Elephant’s handmade drag couture.

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Ready to take on the night!

Lovely hat handmade by Burlesque Elephant.

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The eyes say it all!

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Aimee’s #Retromodern 1920s Inspired Look

“My 20s inspired red dress and earrings are one of my favorite vintage-inspired looks. I got this red dress from the SPCA thrift store years ago in Roseville. When I saw it I couldn’t believe anyone would want to let this dress go because it was such a perfect dress for its era.  I had a flashback to the Roaring Twenties and felt that I could transform myself into a starlet by dawning this dress.  It is vintage and makes me feel beautiful. I paired it with glitzy red ruby earrings that sparkle and shine like red hearts of the ocean.  I also pinned up my hair to make the whole look complete and cute.” I absolutely love this outfit and the ’20s is such an inspiring decade for fashion!

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Who doesn’t like a Paris inspired look? This outfit was worn to see a Peaches Christ production of The Witches of Eastbay.”

I hope you enjoyed this collaboration as much as I did, it was a lot of fun working with Aimee. I loved that she was so willing to share her creative outlet.  I  also love, love working with unique and creative women like Aimee who have something to say!  

All my best,

~Ruth 🙂

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