Tag Archives: vintage fashion

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.

Chanel_N°5_Elixir_sensuel

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.

gloriaswanson

By Bain New Service, via Wikimedia Commons.

Another dress that was popular in the 1920s is the signature flapper style dress.  Shown below.

flapperidaho

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.

1923motherhandsfolded1

In the early in the 1920s, formal wear dresses were very elaborate and some had intricate beading.

normatalmadge_crop

Silent movie actress Norma Talmadge.

In 1926, there was the straight dress, which is one of my favorite type of dresses of the 1920s!

alicejoyce1926full

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. 🙂

P.S.S Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest!

Advertisements

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!

via Instagram http://ift.tt/1ICKem1
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.
PatriciaNewton_LocalArtist_Photographer

Patricia in her element painting flowers with faces! Notice her outfit, she designed it herself.

PatriciaNewton_Pink_Painted_Flowers.jpg

Happy Flowers by Patricia Newton

More happy flowers. A Patricia Newton original.

More happy flowers. A Patricia Newton original.

PatriciaNewton_Owl_Cat.jpg

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!

Local_Peppermint_Lipbalm,jpg

Peppermint lip balm with local beeswax.

LemonBuzzSoap

They gave out free samples with purchase. Love the packaging!

LemonBuzzSoap_LipBalm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

James_theBeeKeepers_Bee

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.

Frenchie's Beauty School Dropout Dress.

Frenchy’s look alike Beauty School Dropout Dress.

FrenchyBeautySchoolDropoutDress

 

 

BeautySchoolDropoutSingerScene

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. 🙂

Ruth_Cat_Pin

My vintage cat pin from my childhood.

Ruth_SandraDee_Yellow_Dress

Ruth_SandraDee_Glasses_3Ruth_SandraDee_WhiteBorder Ruth_SandraDee_Tree_3Ruth_SandraDee_B&W

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

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

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

Purple Flower Power

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)

Feed Your Head-Fashion Shoot

blog 4

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

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

Purple Flower Power

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)

Feed Your Head-Fashion Shoot

blog 4

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