Category: Advice

BeautyHair Inspiration: Dita Von Teese

I am in love with the seemingly effortless glamour and flirty waves of Dita Von Teese’s hair style in the above pic. Inspired by hair of the 1940’s, Dita has perfected this look on her own, which in turn, inspired me to give it a try.

Dita recently tweeted on her Twitter page that she uses “Hot rollers in small+med sizes,” and sometimes “iron+clips” in order to set her hair into retro glam waves. I found the perfect YouTube tutorial which goes over how to style and set the rollers to achieve a similar look.

Now all I need are some good hot rollers. Any suggestions?

BeautyFast and Glamorous: The Simple Chignon

If you’re like me, rainy weather has you neglecting any attempts at hair styling and sporting a variety of caps all week instead. Now, while hats can be fun, it’s nice to change up your look every now and then. But while there’s so much moisture in the air, I find it pointless to spend time blow-drying and straightening when it’s all going to end up a frizzy mess.

That’s where the classic chignon comes in extremely handy.

A low bun pulled to the side of the head, a chignon is a simple style that can be as glammed up or as casual as you wish. I prefer it loosely gathered and pulled slightly off center. Add any clips or accessories, red lipstick, and those rainy days won’t look so daunting after all.

FashionTrend to Try: Retro Fascinators

Retro style is making a comeback as girls of the 21st century look back to the days of Hollywood glam for inspiration. The hair and the makeup were always flawlessly and artfully done, and the accessories were ever present.

I love that I spotted a couple retro fascinators paired with cocktail dresses on New Year’s Eve (myself included).  :)  Fascinators can be found in so many fun styles and colors, whether true vintage or just vintage-inspired. And if you need a little example of how to rock the look, Dita Von Teese never fails to impress. As a woman who lives and breathes vintage, she has got the look down.

Feeling inspired? Go ahead and give our Retro Reminisce Fascinator [sold out!] a try for the next time you want to stand out in a crowd.

FashionCurrently Channeling: A Fun & Funky Twist on Dressing in the New Year!

Our in-house stylist, Cara, came up with some new inspiration for getting dressed in the new year! We’ll post one sweeeeet style idea a day for the next three days, so keep posted!

Currently Channeling: The Brat Pack
I love finding new creative ways to dress by referencing old movies, television, cartoons, and magazines. Once of my recent inspirations came from discovering a YouTube video from one of my favorite bands this year,
Phoenix :

Here are some simple ways to channel your favorite member of the Brat Pack while still looking fresh! We’ll begin with John Bender from The Breakfast Club!

John Bender (The Breakfast Club)

From left to right below: the Celebrity Pink Rambler Jacket in Blue Denim [sold out!], The Cabana Button Up by Element, Miss Me Sunny Skinny Jean in Seattle View, and top the outfit off with the Jeffrey Campbell All Studded Black and Brass Distressed Boot [sold out!].

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FashionBaby It’s Cold Outside

After all the holiday cheer has passed and January’s bitter cold sets in, we fabulous and stylish girls may find ourselves in need of some extra layers to keep us insulated from the chills that convince us to stay in bed with the covers pulled over our heads.

For me, winter used to be a long, dreary season during which I didn’t really care about what I wore. My old college sweatshirt, go-to blue jeans, and a humongous, unflattering old coat would do just fine.

What I know now is that layering a winter outfit is an art in itself. An art that, once mastered, can have you looking quite put together and weather-appropriate whether you’re going to work, school or running a couple of errands.

My new favorite blog to visit for fashion tips is The Freelancer’s Fashionblog. This vintage lovin’ lady, (whose drawing is featured above), teaches the art of layering in her newest post, “The Anatomy of Dressing When It’s Really Really Cold.”

I love the use of the word “Anatomy,” because that’s really how technical layering can be. The Freelancer’s Fashionblog advises to use buildable layers of warm knits, wool and handy accessories to not only keep you looking cozy but cute. I’ve already borrowed some of her tips to help me out on my teeth chattering passage to work.

Accessories are my favorite part of the layering process. A hat like the Sunny Disposition Cap in Black [sold out!] will help keep your body heat from escaping. We pretty much all own this hat at the office and wear it every day, so it works!

I love layering my Argyle Addict Knee High Socks under my long john pants and skinny jeans. They go great under boots too. Last but not least, my most recent find are the High Five Arm Warmers in Purple [sold out!], which allow my hands to defrost and get typing happily again. Yay!!