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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

P.S. Stay in the fashion know on my Bloglovin’ page too.

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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.

James the Bee Keeper.
James talking about his honey bees.
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A beautiful shot of one of James’ bees.
James bee's honey! Yummy. :-)
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.

Frenchie's Beauty School Dropout Dress.
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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Ruth_Cat_Pin 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 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

P.S. Stay in the fashion know on my Bloglovin’ page.

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.

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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.