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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.
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.
Happy Friday! So glad, it’s the weekend. 🙂 Anyway, I did a makeup look awhile back that I think would work great as a makeup look for Valentine’s Day. Feel free to recreate this fun and sparkly look.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Pretty in Pink and Purple.
Recreate this look:
Eyes: First off, I started with a neutral brown color in e.l.f’s brightening quad eyeshadow ($1), all over the lid. Second, I used Profusion’s Absolute Eyes Palette and used the dusty rose color at the corner of my eyes with e.l.f’s contouring brush. Next, I used NYX‘s Primal eyeshadow in Hot Pink for $5 (a steal!) Again, I used a contouring brush and swept the hot pink shadow above my crease, I also took this color and lined my lower lashes with a damp angled brush. Make sure to blend the hot pink in the crease with an eyeshadow brush, to blend out the color. Finally, I used a gel liner and winged out my eyeliner! *Tip: I like to use an angled brush to apply gel eyeliner. Oh and don’t forget to curl your lashes and use your favorite mascara.
The eyes say it all!
Face:First, I primed my face with NYC‘s Perfecting Primer (I like that it has a shimmer to it). I found it at Walmart for just under $4.
I’m not a fan of heavy foundation so I opted for a BB Cream. I used Covergirl’sTinted Moisturizer in fair to light. I also sometimes wear concealer, go ahead choose your favorite one. I personally like e.l.f.’sCover Everything concealer. Don’t forget to powder your face with a big fluffy brush, I used e.l.f.’s flawless face powder in Ivory. Next, I used a pink blush, I chose what I had which is Mary Kay’sduo cheek color in Juicy Guava. *Tip: I like to use the neutral shade as a highlighter above my blush, under my nose, on the chin, and by the hairline.
Lips: For the lips, I used products from Sally’s Beauty Supply. The quality of these products wasn’t the best, but it was some of the makeup I had left over from my Jem and the Holograms look from Halloween.
Truly, Truly Outrageous!
First, I used Beautique’s Jumbo Lip Crayon in Shocking all over my lips. Next, I put on Sally girlmini mood lipstick in Magic Pink. Finally, I put on Sally Girl’sSparkle Effects loose glitter in Princess Pink all over my lips with my finger.
I love bright pink lips that sparkle!
Pretty in Pink and Purple.
There you have it, a fun and flirty Retro Inspired Valentine’s Day makeup look! Let me know if you recreate this look and tag me on my social media with the hashtag #retromodern so I can see your look. 🙂
Hope everyone is enjoying their February. I’m excited that I will be rocking it this month with blogging three times a week. I’m also planning to feature small businesses that I really connect with. 🙂
Today, I’m featuring Tessa Shearer from the House of Wonderland who I found via on #TheGirlGang on Twitter. I’m 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 extra 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
Where 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 (same to the latter :-D). 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 mostly plain black, white, and gray 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 overdo it! 😉
If you could only wear clothing from one particular decade which one would it be and why?It has to be the 1950’s! I adore the silhouettes, styles, and class!
What are your favorite accessories to wear, i.e brands, homemade, 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!
How does makeup play into how you dress? What is your favorite makeup looks and where do you buy your makeup products?I’m 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 makeup 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.
Hmm… 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 😀
Well, that’s a wrap on today’s post! I can’t wait to chat with you guys in the comments, below.
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.
Unique gray top by Vera Wang for Khols.
Fun floral leggings I scored at Target.
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.
Leggings: There are so many fun prints to chose from when you wear neutral colors. I found some adorable floral leggings fromZulily. 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 oneBay,Etsy, or NOVICA(associated with National Geographic) Below is my favorite one!
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.
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.
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 Smartto 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.
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!
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.
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.
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. 🙂
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!
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!
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.
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, 🙂
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