I had the absolute pleasure of spending the pre-Valentine’s Day weekend with a group of lovely ladies in Tampa for a Galentine’s tea date at the Oxford Exchange. I don’t normally celebrate Valentine’s day but this gave me the perfect chance to wear my newest purchase from Sara USA.
This lovely dress was on Amazon for only $12 and my vintage love letter clutch (also from Amazon) was only $10. I wore a corset as part of my foundation to keep my waist cinched and I felt absolutely lovely in it.
The gals brought gifts to participate in a White Elephant exchange and I came home with a lovely tea set. I am an enormous fan of tea and I’ve always admired fancy china like my grandmother has in her home so this was the perfect gift for me.
I had a wonderful time despite the traffic I encountered on the way back home. The icing on the cake was the surprise on my husband’s face when he saw the look of the day. Though I normally don’t celebrate Valentine’s day, it was a great day and a perfect way to celebrate with a group of lovely ladies that share the same love for all things vintage.
Since changing my style, I’ve found the most difficult part of dressing vintage is my hair. I am a mix of Mexican and Black and my hair is a unique texture of curl. For a very long time, I convinced myself that the only way to achieve proper vintage style was to straighten my hair.
Though I still use a flat iron to straighten my hair when the weather permits, I have found that there are other styles I can produce without spending hours burning the curl from my hair. It hasn’t been easy, mostly due to the fact that there aren’t many curly hair tutorials out there.
The easiest style I’ve come across are hair combs and bumper bangs. I use a bun roll that I’ve cut to create a straight hair rat. I use the hair rat to help form perfect bumper bangs and I use Suavecita Pomade to smooth them out. For the rest of my hair, I roll and tuck the hair back using bobby pins (though hair combs can achieve a more secure set). Sometimes, I leave my curls out, or I tuck them in and finish with a hair scarf.
The typical classic pinup look involves pin curls. However, with the texture of my hair, traditional pin curls do not form correctly. Instead, I do a twist and pin my hair using setting lotion in 1″ sections and set in place with bobby pins. I usually do this before bed and sleep with them in. I take the my hair down in the morning or when dry, finger brush them out and use pomade and a boar bristle brush to smooth out any parts that have become unruly.
I also love to use pillow rollers to achieve a vintage style. Using the same brush out technique as with the twists, only my hair comes out in much softer waves than with the twists. This is the closest look to the traditional pin curl brush out using no heat element to straighten my curls.
Though I still straighten my hair when I want a more classic look, I like these styles the most for every day looks and outdoor events. Vintage hairstyles always seem a bit daunting when you first try them, but once you get to know your hair texture, it gets much easier!
I decided to spoil myself this holiday season and order myself some items from Too Faced Cosmetics. I don’t usually purchase items directly from cosmetics brands as I am not very particular on which brand I use. Over the holidays, I kept hearing about a few things from Too Faced that I had to try.
Everyone was going wild about the Peach palette but the colors were not what I normally find myself wearing. Instead, I ordered the Totally Cute Eyeshadow Palette and the Selfie Powders.
First off, these are my first ever branded palettes, and I’m hooked. I absolutely love the looks I can create with the Totally Cute palette. There are unique colors (My favorite is I<3TF and Shooting Star) that I love to use to accent my eyes.
The Selfie powders are absolute magic. They keep my makeup looking matte and they really do create a beautiful glow to my face in both natural and artificial lighting. (Below are the selfie powders taken without flash and with flash – From the top: Sunrise, Totally Toasted, Moon River)
On a recent trip to Ulta, I grabbed a few Liquid Suede lipcolors from NYX that were in the clearance rack. I don’t normally go for wild colors but purple is my husband’s favorite color so I had to take a chance.
I love matte lipcolors, they tend to keep me from biting my lips and they make my lips look fantastic. I immediately swatched the colors to see how they looked on my caramel skin tone.
The colors come out pretty opaque with one swipe and they dry matte within a few minutes. I personally like the pink color “Respect the Pink” but “Sway” and “Subversive Socialite” also look amazing against my skin color. I can’t wait to wear these out with a wild vintage look.