How to marry a millionaire ‚Äď Inspired outfit #3

Hello lovelies,

So this is my final post with “How to marry a millionaire” inspired outfits. I don’t know about you, but I was drooling over that fabulous bath robe that Marilyn Monroe was wearing in the movie. So I asked a lovely lady that makes vintage inspired lingerie and loungewear to make one for me. It wasn’t easy as she told me, as she couldn’t find a band so thick for the waist, so we settled for a thinner one. We also decided to make it pink, instead of white, which I think goes better with my skin tone and hair. Also, she put hook and eye instead of a zip, but I think a zip would cinch the waist better actually. Nevertheless, she did an amazing job (she even made me a turban) and I’m very grateful! She wishes to remain anonymous since she quit the sewing business and I have to respect her wishes… (sorry ladies!).

My eyeglasses again are from Retropeepers!

So what do you think? Did I get it right? ūüėČ

xxx

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Why I had to cut my hair – Confessions of a vintage lady!


Dress: Dolly and Dotty
Bag: Revival Retro
Shoes: Bershka (old)
Gloves: Revival Retro

Hey lovelies, how’ve you been? It’s been a while since my last post, but I thought I’d write something about my new haircut and also take the opportunity to show you a beautiful new dress by Dolly and Dotty.
I wore this dress on my birthday dinner and I felt like the hostess with the mostess. I’m usually either an 8¬†or a 10, depending on the stretch of the fabric. I got a 10 in this one, because it’s not very stretchy. And it turns out it fits perfectly.<3
My hair was a bit longer then and I styled it my usual Marilyn-esque way. It looked very historically accurate.

So why did I decide to cut my hair? I made a big mistake a few months ago when I first cut my hair. It was shoulder length and I was able to do a lot more vintage styles, like the “pageboy” or even a “poodle”. But I was going through some stuff in my personal life and as per usual I took it out on my hair. And even though I was still able to do a vintage hairstyle with my shorter hair (the Marilyn style), I felt it looked a bit “old lady” on me. I think short vintage hairstyles have that effect. So my hairstyle was making me look older and I definitely don’t want that. If I was in my twenties maybe I wouldn’t mind, but I’m clearly not, therefore I had to change my hair!

My favorite eras are the 40’s, the 50’s, and early 60’s. Sometimes I like to mix and match and I may even add a modern touch to my style. I tried to think outside the box and find a short hairstyle that would look good on me and still look “vintage”. And then Jean Seberg and Leslie Caron came to my mind. They had that stylish “gamine” haircut (French word, meaning a boyish looking girl), but they were still wearing beautiful and very feminine dresses, full skirts or pedal pushers. So there we go, I found my new hairstyle!
Actually this haircut isn’t new to me, I had it a few years back, only a tad more modern. That’s how I knew that it would suit me. I kept the fringe longer than in the original gamine style, but I think next time I’ll trim it more.

So what do you guys think, does this suit me more or not? And do take a look at the Dolly and Dotty site, they have some fabulous pieces at very affordable prices!

xxx

Pedal pushers – a wardrobe staple for vintage and pinup style!

Top: Zara (old) (both the light blue and the animal print)
Pedal pushers: Vivien of Holloway
Shoes: Zara (old)
Brooch: Vintage

If you’re trying to build a vintage style or pinup wardrobe you have to start with the essentials. And what other than the pedal pushers?! It is something you can wear everyday, mixing and matching with different¬†sweaters and tops and you can create many styles for the day or even for the evening. I found my favorite pedal pushers at Vivien of Holloway and I have been wearing them all the time. They’re high waisted and kind of loose fitting, in a non stretchy cotton fabric.¬†

For a more authentic look, you can combine them¬†with a slash neck top¬†, a¬†sweater or a shirt you can tuck in or maybe a twin set. I also always pair it with a wide¬†belt for extra cinching at the waist. For shoes, you can choose from high heeled pumps, ankle boots, brogues, ballerinas or even sneakers (50’s style).¬†

Photography by John @portraitsandpinups at his studio. Here I am playing with his cat Chili, who is so cute and funny!

This is the last of my shoots in London. I’d like to thank John for collaborating with me and taking¬†such amazing pictures! I’ll miss London and all the wonderful and talented people I met! <3

xxx

The Red and the Black

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Coat: Hell Bunny from Top Vintage
Dress: Vive Maria
Gloves: Revival Retro
Retro seamed tights: What Katie did
Shoes: Zara (old)

Apart from a¬†well known novel by Stendhal, Red and Black is a popular (and favorite)¬†colour combination, that makes a statement. Especially if we’re talking about these two beautiful garments: the black Hell Bunny coat from Top Vintage and the red Vive Maria dress!

The coat, I fell in love with, as soon as I saw it at the Top Vintage site (although admittedly I had a very hard time deciding between all those beautiful coats). It is quite warm and quite heavy, but it’s perfect for London weather. I got a size 10, and even though it fits perfectly on my shoulders,¬†it’s rather big on the waist. But I chose not to return it because I think the 8 might be too tight on the sleeves and back. So I’ll make sure I get the waist tailored to accentuate the hourglass figure. Other than that, it’s just perfect. I felt very glam prancing around in the cold and I really appreciated the fur lined hood, that protects you from the rain and the horrible wind! I also like that it’s long enough to cover my circle¬†skirts or swing dresses and actually has the shape of a full skirt.¬†

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As for the dress, I love the lace detail on the heartshaped cleavage and the fabric is soft and high quality. This shade of red is my favorite and goes perfectly with my Feels so Grand retromatte liquidlipstick from MAC. I would like the dress to be a tad longer, to cover my knees, but even as is I think it’s a very elegant, timeless dress!¬†

Needless to say, I froze when posing with just the dress! Ahhh, the life of a blogger… ūüėČ

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Btw, do you like my new hair?

xxx

We can do it! Inspired by Rosie the Riveter!

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Who doesn’t know the famous image of Rosie the Riveter?!¬†This poster, produced by Westinghouse during World War II for the War Production Co-Ordinating Committee, was part of the national campaign in the United States to enlist women in the workforce. In the face of acute wartime labor shortages, women were needed in the defense industries, the civilian service, and even the armed forces. Publicity campaigns were aimed at encouraging those women who had never before held jobs to join the workforce. Poster and film images glorified and glamorized the roles of working women and suggested that a woman‚Äôs femininity need not be sacrificed. Women were portrayed as attractive, confident, and resolved to do their part to win the war. Of all the images of working women during World War II, the image of women in factories predominates. Rosie the Riveter–the strong, competent woman dressed in overalls and bandanna–was introduced as a symbol of patriotic womanhood. The accoutrements of war work–uniforms, tools, and lunch pails–were incorporated into the revised image of the feminine ideal. (Source, World Digital Library)

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I was inspired by Rosie to do this photoshoot, wearing my Collectif dungarees, which are the most feminine dungarees I’ve ever had! A bit of an oxymoron maybe? Not at all, I think women can be very feminine in terms of how they look and behave and they can be strong and in touch with their masculine side at the same time. I’ve never been a tom boy, I was¬†always¬†quite girly, but on the other hand I love cars and I know how to change a tyre or even fix a leaking toilet flush (weird I know, lol). And like Rosie, I know “We [women] can do it”!

Women are actually very strong, stronger than men in many¬†cases. Not in physical strength, but in their ability to get through difficult times. But life is not nice¬†when you constantly have to rely only on yourself. There’s nothing more precious than having someone in your life that wants to¬†be there for you. And that doesn’t make us weak, it just makes us feel loved and appreciated!

Now back to the fashion bit of this post, these dungarees are my favorite ever. They have the perfect shape and I love the sweetheart neckline, as well as the cinched waist. They have a good stretch, but the waist can feel a bit tight if you go smaller than your size (or if you eat too much!). They also have front and back pockets, which are always very useful, and the straps are adjustable. 

Dungarees: Collectif
Shirt: Zara (old)
Shoes: old from random store

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Photography by John at Portraits and Pinups

Hope you liked this post as Rosie inspired me to be a bit more philosophical! 

See you at the next one!

xxx