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

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… 😉

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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’s 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

Lurex Glam

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 “Lurex is the registered brand name of The Lurex Company, Ltd. for a type of yarn with a metallic appearance. The yarn is made from synthetic film, onto which a metallic aluminium, silver, or gold layer has been vaporised. “Lurex” may also refer to cloth created with the yarn.” (Source Wikipedia https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lurex)
I actually thought that the fabric was called Lurex, but it turns out it’s the name of the company that makes that type of yarn. So I don’t know if my dress was made with their yarn, but I will call it Lurex anyway…
It was quite popular in the 1950’s and the 1960’s not just for evening wear, but also in movies and tv shows (Catwoman’s suit in the 1960’s Batman tv series was made of Lurex). I love it because it is so glamorous and elegant and makes even the simplest dress design look special. It is quite sensitive though, as it’s very easy to accidentally pull one of those metallic threads!
I found this beautiful green Lurex dress at the Midcentury market, which takes place twice a year in London (Camden). I love the fit of the dress, even though it doesn’t leave me a lot of room to eat (or breathe lol), but who cares, I just had to grab this unique piece! I’ve only worn it once so far, at a fancy restaurant in London, where I got a lot of stares and a couple of compliments at the ladies room!
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 My shoes are Sergio Rossi (similar here) and I’ve had them for quite a few years, but this classic shape never really goes out of fashion. My gloves are vintage (similar here) and they were my grandmas and the vintage clutch I bought from the Classic Car Boot Sale in London for £5 or £10 if I recall correctly! The brand is Salisbury’s and I don’t think it exists anymore (just used ones on ebay).

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 Take a look at my YouTube video, where I show this outfit and tell me if you like the song I chose 😉
Thank you for visiting my blog and hope to see you again on my next post!
xxx

Make up for Redheads

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Hi sweethearts! I just made a Make up tutorial on my Greek youtube channel (don’t worry there are English subtitles!), inspired by this lovely photo.[more…]

Of course I’m not a redhead, but since I’m not a platinum blonde anymore (sigh!), I thought it was the perfect time to do this tutorial. There have been quite a few requests for me to do a make up look for redheads and I hope the lovely ladies that asked me are pleased with what I chose to do.

This is mostly for copper tones and strawberry blondes and I’ll try to do another one for mahogany and cherry reds soon.
The products used in the tutorial are:
– Mac LE blush Flower Fantasy
– NYX For your eyes only, Beautiful Green Eyes palette (I got that from www.cherryculture.com)
– Elf professional eyeshadow brush (www.eyeslipsface.co.uk)
– Mac angled brush 275 SE
– Mac omega eyeshadow
– Mac eyelash curler
– Estēe Lauder Projectionist mascara
– Mac Korean Candy Sheen Supreme lipstick
– Mac Redd lipliner
For the face I had already applied (before filming):
– Mac Studio sculpt foundation
– Rimmel Stay matte powder
– The Body Shop Bronzer
and some Mac omega eyeshadow combined with MUFE aqua brow to fill in my eyebrows.I’d love to read your comments about this tutorial and take any requests for anything that you’d like to see!Γειά σας αγαπημένοι/ες μου!
Μόλις ανέβασα ένα βίντεο tutorial στο κανάλι μου στο youtube, για το οποίο εμπνεύστηκα από την παραπάνω όμορφη φωτογραφία-σκίτσο.
Φυσικά δεν είμαι κοκκινομάλλα, αλλά μια και δεν είμαι πια πλατινέ ξανθιά (μπουχού!), σκέφτηκα πως ήταν η κατάλληλη στιγμή να κάνω αυτό το μακιγιάζ, που μου έχει ζητηθεί αρκετές φορές. Ελπίζω να ευχαριστήσω τις υπέροχες κοκκινομάλλες που μου το ζήτησαν τόσο ευγενικά! Βέβαια, αφορά περισσότερο σε χάλκινες αποχρώσεις και όχι τόσο σε μπορντώ-βυσσινί κόκκινα μαλλιά.

Τα προϊόντα που αναφέρονται σε αυτό το βίντεο είναι:

– Mac LE blush Flower Fantasy
– NYX For your eyes only, Beautiful Green Eyes palette (την αγόρασα από το www.cherryculture.com)
– Elf professional eyeshadow brush (www.eyeslipsface.co.uk)
– Mac angled brush 275 SE
– Mac omega eyeshadow
– Mac eyelash curler
– Estēe Lauder Projectionist mascara
– Mac Korean Candy Sheen Supreme lipstick
– Mac Redd lipliner

Στο πρόσωπο είχα ήδη εφαρμόσει (πριν το γύρισμα):
– Mac Studio sculpt foundation
– Rimmel Stay matte powder
– The Body Shop Bronzerκαι στα φρύδια μου χρησιμοποίησα την Omega (σκιά) της Mac με το Aqua brow της Make up forever.

Ελπίζω να σας αρέσει το βίντεο και περιμένω τα σχόλιά σας, καθώς και να μου πείτε αν θέλετε να δείτε κάτι συγκεκριμένο από εμένα (χρωστάω ένα βίντεο με απαντήσεις κ ένα με tutorial για εφαρμογή eyeliner!).xxxx