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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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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 😀
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Well, that’s a wrap on today’s post!  I can’t wait to chat with you guys in the comments, below.
 Cheers,
~Ruth
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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.

James bee's honey! Yummy. :-)

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

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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 even like mixing the different decades of fashion. Below I am rocking a 1920s make up look with an 1980s vibe with a dash 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

Let’s start with my makeup: I was told to check out the awesome YouTuber fierce beauty guru-MadeYouLook who is a fantasy makeup artist. I immediately loved her stuff especially her make up tutorial about ketones, which are substances that are made when the body breaks down fat for energy. She is a diabetic and I love how she is getting out awareness through her makeup.

Made up artsist Youtuber: MadeYouLook

Beauty Guru: MadeYouLook’s ketone tutorial.

My 1920s Makeup:

Moving on the 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:  Eyes-Hard Candy’s sparkly pink eyeliner, lower eye lashes.  My black eye shadow is from the Balm’s face palette: Balmbini Volume 2 found on Lovely skin, I highly recommend this palette. My eyeliner is Mary Kay’s black gel liner.  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.  I made sure to blot my lips. 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 face- I used e.l.f.’s Cover Everything Concealer to touch up any imperfections after filling in my eyebrows with black eye shadow. This concealer is awesome! I “erased” my eyebrows using this stuff. I don’t use foundation so I skipped that part and went straight to powder again I used  e.l.f.’s Ivory pressed powder with a fluffy brush!  Next, 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!

Rockin’ the 1920s makeup!

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Below is my 1920s make up look 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 black lace blouse 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.

Head to toe eclectic retro fashion! My style. :-)

Head to toe eclectic retro fashion! #retromodern.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 flash back 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 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 also come is black too.

 

 

 

 

 

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Blue Lace Vintage Skirt sold by jeansdavenport on Etsy.

 

My Tights:

I scored mine at Target which is of course one of my favorite stores.  I found some similar 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 hand makes her feather earrings, plus her feathers are handmade-bonus!

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. and H&M friendship bracelet.

My Bracelets:

I found my friendship bracelet on clearance from H&M.  Again, I couldn’t find the exact one but I found some other cool bracelets that would totally 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.  Anna makes one of a kind friendship bracelets. Please visit her shop. 🙂  I also found another cool place for handmade bracelets.

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

Shot by Gillian Stephanie Uang’s blog-ByDetails. Bracelets-BraidsandBonds Bracelets.

FTT handmade friendship bracelets.

FTT handmade friendship 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.


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

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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)

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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

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 Sacremento, CA  but her family hails from the Midwest, like I do!  Anyway, during her free time she gets to release her creative energy as a drag queen.  She currently resides in Roseville, CA.  You can find her on Instagram.  Below is her fashion shoot as Aimee and as her alter ego Burlesque Elephant.  With out further ado, here is 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 so much regal gem encrusted couture and dark black dramatic eyes.  Especially in France.
Me: Where did the name Burlesque Elephant come from?
Burlesque Elephant:  I’ve always been obsessed with burlesque because the 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 were a wispy women!  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 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 re purposed. 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, the Ziegfeld follies hat is my pride and joy.  For those who don’t know, Ziegfeld Follies was an elaborate series of Broadway productions in the 1900s.  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 dawn 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 finally 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 is alive and well within my fashion!

 

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 OOTD. Dark blue dress with marching band jacket and her fabulous chrome heels.

 

 

 

 

 

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“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 flash back 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.

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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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