Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Modern Woman In Vintage Clothing

A woman wrote a post about her being a modern woman that wears vintage fashion,
And it really made me think about how I felt about wearing vintage fashion and the vintage lifestyle.
The Modern Woman In Vintage Clothing I've always loved the vintage aesthetic, both in terms of fashion and interior design. A lot of the older consumer products were built to last, instead of fall apart like the modern versions. I also admire - and sometimes attempt to emulate - certain aspects of vintage life, such as social adroitness, simple living, and a slower-paced lifestyle.

But that being said, I still consider myself a modern girl, mostly because I don't really believe in tradition-for-tradition's sake. Rather, I believe in picking and choosing whatever traditions add value to your life, and letting go of all the others. I love the convenience of modern technology, consume (mostly) modern media, and identify more with modern values of equality, individuality, and tolerance.

Modern society is quite possibly more tolerant than any other time in history. We can walk around wearing 40's hairstyles and 50's frocks, and while we might get a few weird looks here and there - people generally let you do your thing. But what if you were living in the 50's and wearing clothes from the 1890's? I can imagine the social repercussions would be pretty harsh!

Even though I love vintage aesthetics, I'm glad to have been born in the 80's, and I wonder how many other vintage-styled people feel the same? Or, do you feel like you were born in the wrong decade? Do you hold traditionalist views on issues like family, community, and gender roles? And do you find people make assumptions about said views, based on your appearance?
Can't wait to hear your thoughts!"
She made a good point about how much more tolerant it is now than in let's say the 1940s.
Imagination wearing crops tops and high-waisted shorts in the 1920s. Even though we may face some backlash and scrutiny for wearing vintage fashion. It's not as bad as if it were the other way around.
As for my lifestyle, and mindset. It's very modern.
I do find that people make assumptions about my views because of the way I dress.
But it's been very mixed, some people think I must be stuck up and with outdated values. While others think I'm wild and crude. And some people just get outright offended when you dare to wear something different. and make fun of me for no reason.
But, I mostly get compliments on how I dress. Refuses to let the opinions of a few irrelevant people get to me.

What's your experience being a modern woman in vintage clothing?
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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Woman Gets Offended When Recommended A Drink With An Image Of A Pin-up Girl On It

Perhaps the picture was to spicy for her to Handel...
A man recommended Sailor Jerry's rum to a woman and she declined. Stating She'll never buy the brand because the image of the pin-up girl on the bottled was terribly offensive. I don't know why she would feel this way maybe perhaps the way the pinup was dressed in the picture?


I wonder how she reacts when she goes to the beach and sees a woman in a bikini than...

Honestly, I don't see anything offensive in the picture. She's just wearing a hula outfit.

But maybe you'll be able to point it out to me.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Man Who Claims To Be a Part Of The Vintage Community Claims He's Never Lusted After Another Woman Because His Wife Was A Virgin

A Woman was speaking to a man (By email) who claims to be part of the vintage lifestyle.

Here's the email he sent her on his views on the modern woman's wardrobe and lifestyle.

A Woman was speaking to a man (By email) who claims to be part of the vintage lifestyle. Here's how it went
Marilyn Monroe 
You spend any time in this world and you learn something very quick.



Men lose all respect for a woman when she walks around half naked catering to their egos and giving into their desires. Simply put men tend NOT to respect a damn thing they didn’t have to work hard to get. Additionally, a man refuses to grow up and be a mature responsible adult unless he’s forced to by his parents.


If you want proof of what I’m saying then open the door to your home and go for a walk. There number of people already practicing what the author is pushing by far surpasses the number of people that aren’t. And look at how downright dysfunctional and rotten today’s society is.



My wife was a virgin when I met her and so was I. I’ve never disrespected my wife and I’ve never lusted after another woman and I never will. I have nothing but respect for anyone that holds themselves to a high standard. But I had the benefit of having been raised by parents that were tough as nails. They set the demands high for their children and they punished us when we tried to be anything less than those standards.





And religion had NOTHING to do with our moral compass.



Now I see why some people assume if you wear vintage clothing and are part of the vintage community assume you have the same views as this man. If this man was really in the vintage community he would know that they're a variety of women in the past such as Pin-up girls, Flapper girls, Gibson girls, etc. Who weren't holly virgins who wouldn't dare to even show their collar bones.


My problem with this is if you're happy with your wife and have quote and quote "Never lusted after another woman" why do you have such a problem with what other women choose to wear and express themselves? Is your solution to cheating to be a virgin before you meet your lover? For a woman to be respected has to dress a certain way? I'm glad you and your wife are so happy Sir. But no need to disrespect women who aren't the way you prefer them to be.


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Does It Make You A Bad Or Anti-feminist If You Like To Wear Vintage Fashion?

Should women admire vintage fashion?one of the common Questions women who wear vintage/vintage style fashion get asked frequently is "If you're wearing vintage fashion you must want to go back to that era right?" My retort is something along is "What in the actual fudge cake?" said in a much more eloquent way. Frist of all I'm black women so I know how much harder it would be for me than a woman from a non-ethnic background if it was the 1940's or 1950's so I'm not just going just be like "Oh yeah let's go back to the way it was in the 1930s!" I happen to see a post on Reddit of a woman who claimed that a man told her she was a bad feminist  because she took a liking to 1950's style fashion (I recommend checking the post out some of the comments had me rolling)  one comment that caught my eye is one from a user called mompants69  "Literally every fashion trend from that past (and present) Happened in that "patriarchal" era so he can go kick rocks!"  I understand where this user is coming from, but I also understand where a man (or woman) is coming from because the common attire Housewives wore is often 1950s style. Now is there a problem with a being a housewife? no. But back in the 1950s, that's all women were really expected to be. But with that said, just because you admire a style of clothing from a certain era, doesn't mean you want to go back to it nor does it make you a bad feminist. Women should be able to be whoever they want to be So you wanna be a housewife? be one! want to focus on your career? get it, girl! To me, it's very anti women's rights to tell a woman what she should wear or not to wear. But Enough of me blabbering, what do you think? Do you think women should stop admiring vintage fashion because it comes from a time when women were oppressed? or do you think that women should do and wear what they want?

The REAL Hight's And Weighs Of 5 Old Hollywood's Most Iconic Actors


Ever wonder about your favorite old Hollywood actors weight and height?  Sometimes us women focus a lot on our weight and wonder what our favorite actresses are doing to stay slim or at their goal weight with modern actors a quick google search will do,  But for actresses who have long past, you have to surf through rumors and speculations but I stumbled upon a post on reddit. A user claimed to have stumbled across an album of old heights and weights of old Hollywood actors. Here are five that might surprise you.

Dorthy Dandridge
How Much Did Female Old Hollywood Actors weigh?


Veronica Lake
How Much Did Female Old Hollywood Actors weigh?


Lauren Bacall
How Much Did Female Old Hollywood Actors weigh?


Marlene Dietrich
How Much Did Female Old Hollywood Actors weigh?



Joan Crawford
How Much Did Female Old Hollywood Actors weigh?

Which one surprised you the most?

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Things You Didin't Know About Three Of Old Hollywood's Most Iconic Actors That May Surprise You

With everything coming out about Harvey Weinstein, It really opened my eyes and made think differently about Hollywood. and made me realize that everything that glitters isn't gold. I don't know about you, but when I think about the actors from the golden era I think there're some perfect beings that could do no wrong. So it's safe to say I forgot that they're humans that have flaws just like anyone else. So here are some things that may surprise you about Old Hollywood's most iconic actors.

Clark Gable
Secrets about old Hollywood's most iconic actors
Photo Credit: oldtimeradiodownloads.com
Yes, this handsome dreamboat Knew he was handsome and used his fame and looks to get in the pants of Hollywood's most beautiful women And also impregnating them. Yes, he allegedly impregnated actors such as Joan Crawford and Loretta Young  Joan eventually had an abortion. Loretta, on the other hand, was a devout Catholic and refused to abort her baby. Instead, she disappeared from the public and resurfaced with a supposedly "adopted" baby girl. That was rumored to actually be Gable's  child. The rumors were finally confirmed to be true after the release of her memoir, after her death. But it gets even messier, Loretta's daughter in law Linda Lewis tells a troubling story after Loretta's death on how Loretta and Gable conceived their daughter. In an interview with Buzzfeed Linda says while Loretta was watching Larry King Live, Loretta heard the term "date rape" she became curious and asked Lewis about it. Once Lewis explained,  she said that it sounded a lot like how she conceived her child with Gable. Since Loretta was a devout Catholic, who wanted to save herself for marriage. But, after shooting a movie together, Gable went to Loretta's compartment and they did the deed, afterward Loretta felt guilty. But after learning what date rape was, and seeing the similarities in what happened to her, she didn't feel guilty anymore and gave her a new mindset on things. But the question everyone asking is "Why wait all these years to come forward?" Lewis replied, "I realized that it's almost every day, all these rapes, and the men just keep getting away with it."

So after reading this, I realized that what Harvey has "allegedly" done is nothing new it's just, been hidden. There are probably tons of women Like Loretta who been raped or harassed but are afraid that people won't believe them or don't know what different forms of rape are. Thankfully women are taking a stand against workplace harassment and coming out publicly with their stories with the hashtag "Me too" and hopefully, these men will no longer be getting away with it.

Kathern Hepburn
Secrets about old Hollywood's most iconic actors
Photo credit: tvguide.com

Imagine finding your brother's dead body after he committed suicide, Well that's what happened to Hepburn. Her brother Tom, who was only sixteen at the time, hung himself and Hepburn discovered the body. Years later,  after her death, her troubled grandson Andrew Embiricos was found dead in his apartment, he was battling drug addiction and had already attempted to commit suicide on a separate occasion. His body was discovered lying on his bed, with a plastic bag on his head. Talk about history repeating itself.

Rita Hayworth
Secrets about old Hollywood's most iconic actors
Photo Credit: oldtimeradiodownloads.com

Rita was one of the most popular and beautiful actors of all time, she even popularised wearing red nails. But would you believe it if I told you she suffered extreme mental abuse from the hands of multiple men such as her first husband? and was forced to de-latinize and whitewash herself to become a star in Hollywood?  Racism is still alive and well industry but thankfully, you don't have to pretend to be another race to be a star anymore.


What was the most surprising thing you found out on this list?

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Top 5 Vintage Style Gifts For The Modern Women

Shopping for a classic lady but don't know what to buy? or maybe you just want to treat yourself but just don't know where to start. whatever the reason is, here are 5 must-have vintage style gifts for the modern woman!

1. 1940's Swing Pants
Photo credit: shopatchristines.com

The most comfortable and stylish pants a girl could own. 
just trough on a striped long sleeved shirt and some flats and bam! you vintage casual look that will turn heads.



2. Red lipstick
Vintage gifts for the modern woman
Photo credit: Youtube

We can never have enough red lipstick, it boosts your self-esteem and makes you look good at the same time! 


3. 50's Style Sunglasses
Vintage gifts for the modern woman
Photo credit: Aelida
Stayed up and partied too much? now you've got bags under your eyes? no worries! just slap on some cat eye sunglasses and you instantly look put together!

4. Chanel No. 5 (Or a cheap substitute)
Vintage gifts for the modern woman
Photo credit: davidjones.com
It's a classic perfume must-have, But if you're on a budget, a cheap knockof-I mean reasonably price substitute should do the trick.

5. Capris
Vintage gifts for the modern woman
Photo credit: veronicavintageblog.com

I can't travel anywhere with bringing a pair of capris with me, not too short if it gets a little chilly. and not too warm if it gets a little hot.

Whats your favorite vintage style gift?
Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

How To Look Like A Pin-up Girl (And Save Money While You're At It!)

Just a day ago I was talking to a friend about vintage fashion, and she said the following: "I would love to dress like a Pin-up girl, but I can't afford it!" Most Pin-up girls aren't rich by a long shot. Sure we might buy a pair of Louboutins to treat ourselves once in awhile, but most of it is knowing what to pair your clothes with what flatters your body shape, taking time to put together your outfits and some sewing skills it's like the quote said:"it's not what you have, it's what you do with it." You could all have the designer clothing in the world. But what good is all that if you don't know what to do with it?  In this post, I'm going to show some of my fashion hacks that will still have you looking glamorous and keeping your wallet happy at the same time.


  1. I Ain’t Too Proud To Thrift
Some people feel embarrassed to be seen in a thrift store, Because of the stigma that only Lower class or (for lack of a better word) poor people shop in them. Well, first of all. I know very wealthy people that go thrifting. And second of all I’m not exactly scraping pennies together (Yet) and I go at least three times a month and let me tell ya' you'd be pleasantly surprised what gems you can find in one.


   2. A Drugstore Is A Girl's Best Friend.

Some girls pay top dollar for their lipstick. Other girls go to the drug store for basically the same thing. (Or better yet, Amazon. I once got 10 bottles of lipstick for 12 bucks on there)


  3. Don’t Believe The Hype

See all those perfect looking pin-up girls that seem to have an unlimited amount of money to buy all cute (but expensive) retro style clothing they could ever want? Well, it’s time for a reality check. Most of the clothing they own is from brand deals or sponsorships they pay them in clothing in return for them promoting it to their followers (The more you know)


4. Me?  Pay Full Price For A New Designer Product?

Uh, no. Money doesn't grow on trees, Honey. I shop on eBay or Poshmark for most of the things I wear. (I 'm not gonna make rich people richer and be left penniless)


5.  It’s Time To Call Your Grandma That Has Trying To Teach You For Years How To Sew.

I don’t know about your Grandma, But mine always wanted me to learn how to sew. And I always lied to her and said I would learn. Till this day I still don’t know Jack about sewing (but I heard it helps) So I'm currently trying to learn how to sew.

Whelp, thoughts are my tips. take 'em or leave 'em.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Step Into Another Era: Royal Vintage Shoes [Interview With Lauren Stowell]


I know what you all may be thinking: "Step into another era? What exactly does she mean?" No, I'm not showing you some kind of magical portal that takes you to some bygone era and all you have to do is step into it. I'm showing you shoes, I know what you're thinking "You wrote that fancy title just to talk about shoes? Clickbait much?" Just hear or read. (Yeah, read. That's better grammar.) me out.

Look at these Shoes:

Peggy 1940s Spectator Pumps by Royal Vintage (Brown/White)



I wanted to talk to the magicians - I mean designers who created these works of art. and see if it's really magic or just hard work and talent.


So I interviewed one of the designers, Lauren Stowell owner of americanduchess.com and
one of the designers of royal vintage shoes and asked her various questions concerning the brand.


Q: How/why did you get into designing?

A: "I started designing historical shoes when I wasn't able to find quite the right style or accuracy in the market. At the time, I was making these big, extravagant, fancy ball gowns from the 18th and 19th centuries and the only options for historically accurate footwear were heavy, black, unattractive shoes that were better suited to a working class impression than an aristocrat.


I thought that others in the historical costuming world may have had this issue too, so I did a lot of polling and testing to see if there was a market, then developed a single style - a dyeable satin 18th-century shoes - to present to the online community. We did a crowd-funding campaign and that one shoe self-funded overnight!

From that point onwards we just brought out one new design here, a couple there, until six years later here we are doing whole collections twice a year for Spring and Fall, full of different styles from various centuries and time periods. It's very important that we're plugged into our community at all times because we always want to make what our fans and followers are needing to complete their outfits. It's a very "social" business."


Q: Of All of the things you could recreate/design what made you want to focus on shoes?

A: " I find the history of footwear particularly interesting. Shoes are so personal and they changed greatly through time. They reflect the daily lives or major life events of women and answer a lot of questions about how people lived and worked in the past.



As a product range, shoes are a piece of a historical ensemble that cannot be easily made by the end user. Shoemaking is and was a skilled trade. It requires special training and specialized tools and, today, machines that the average person will not have access to, whereas those in the historical and vintage dress communities can make nearly everything else they wear, such as dresses, corsets, hats, gloves, etc. While vintage and antique shoes are available, they're almost never wearable, so there is a great gaping hole in this niche for footwear that is accurate, comfortable, and modernly sized."

Thursday, September 14, 2017

How To Turn Your Closet Into One Of Your Best Sources Of Income


You've heard of the success stories of women cleaning out their closets finding clothes that they don't want anymore or buying clothes for cheap at their local thrift store. and selling them on Poshmark, eBay, or Amazon and going on to own their own their own clothing companies and even having their own movies based off of their success. But how did they do it? Well, whether you're struggling to get your online store off the ground or thinking about starting one and just don't know where to start in this article I'm going to show you just how these women built their online clothing empires.
How to start an online clothing business.

Do Your Research.
Make sure you do your research on lesser known designer labels (I said lesser known labels because people will obviously know the worth of a Chanel or Louis Vuitton) People in thrift stores tend not to pay attention to the labels. Take advantage of that, and do your research.

Don't Be Afraid Of The Thrift Store.
A lot of women don't shop at thrift stores because they think that they don't have good quality clothing. But you'd be surprised at what you could find in one. One girl once bought a fur coat for 4 dollars and sold it for 1,000 

Invest In Real Vintage Pieces.
Look into investing in authentic vintage pieces one woman bought a vintage dress for 750 dollars at an auction and it's now worth thousands. But beware of the fakes, that's why it pays to do your research before hand. If not, someone could scam you out of a pretty penny.

Wash, Clean, Iron Repeat.
Make sure the items you're trying to sell are thoroughly cleaned and always read the instructions on the label before cleaning so you don't ruin the piece of clothing you're trying to sell.


Make Your Photos Look As Professional As Possible
Try to make your photos as professional as possible. Don't just take a blurry picture of shirt you trying to sell in your closet. Take photos where there's good lighting and position the item so it shows off its best features. don't list the item if it's something you wouldn't buy yourself.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

5 Black Pin-ups That You Have To Know About [Interviews]

When pin-up girls became popular there wasn't much diversity, But now, the fashion industry is embracing women of all different colors, shapes, and sizes. But is it really diverse and accepting as it seems? - I asked five Black pin-up models that are taking the fashion world by storm, questions concerning their experience being Afro American pin-up models and the advice they had for aspiring pin-up models of color.



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" I've been Pinup modeling for 7 years, but regular modeling since I was a younger teen and burlesque for 4 years on and off. I don't look at color honestly, it's more about having that confidence as a woman and the many looks that we can pull off.


Working with the right photographers, designers, and businesses. I love the concept and the style and a lot of my inspiration comes from my grandmother and her stories It's really easy to get into it.

As far as advice, be confident in all you do research your work, network properly and add your own style too if you want."




"I found that the vintage world has shown less prejudice than any other society, I'm not sure if my debut came at the right time, when society is moving to a more exceptant space or my ethnic diversity has just simply been embraced but it has been nothing but love, my modeling career is really starting to take off and I'm getting a lot of bookings.


I'd advise all Afro-American pin-ups and generally, all pin-ups believe in your magic, stay true to yourself, work hard, and educate yourself in the field you want to dominate and never give up.

My pin-up modeling has honestly organically happened a lot of my recognition came through my social media, I was approached by a few different companies, for both modeling and promotional work. It just keeps getting better I'm so grateful for these opportunities, it's amazing industry exposure. The response has been great."





Black Pin-up Models
"Being an African American Pin-Up model, as well as being plus sized has served as an exciting learning experience for me. I made my way into this world as a means of boosting my own self-confidence, never even considering the impact my images may have on other women similar to me. Just the other day, a woman commented on one of my photos saying that she was so happy to see a beautiful black woman who wasn't a size two, being featured. I would never have imagined that someone would say anything like that about me when I look to so many other women in this community (such as Angelique Noir and Jenny Rieu) in that same light. For me, my Pin-Up experience and journey has allowed me to appreciate my own individual beauty as well as all of my quirks that add to the Susie Dahl package. I'm still paving my own way in this world, but I'm having so much fun in the process! "


"Please don't be afraid to make your way into this subculture! Sometimes we get so much pushback from our community for doing something that may be considered to be "strange" or "different", but don't let the opinions of sheep deter you from what could be your calling or lifestyle. I've gotten so much support not only from other Pin-Ups of Color but from mainstream gals as well! I believe that if you are passionate about this world and let your personality shine, you can take this ride as far as you want to. Also, utilize your resources and don't be afraid to ask questions! Your network can be a huge help in your Pin-Up journey, I know that The Luscious Ladies, Black Pin Ups, and Pinups of Colour have all be such great resources for me personally! If anyone out there is aspiring to get into Pin-Up, please don't hesitate to reach out to me! I'd love to pay it forward for all the love I've received.

I was actually encouraged to start getting into Pin-Up modeling by Sophie Spinelle of Shameless Photography. Back in 2013 when I was first doing makeup for Shameless during one of her photo tours to New York, Sophie for some strange reason saw something in me and said that I eventually needed to be in front of her camera instead of just being behind the scenes. A couple of months later when Sophie was interviewing a new photographer for the New York branch of Shameless, I was asked to be a test model for the practice run. I only had a couple of pieces of Pin-Up style wardrobe, and I hadn't been in front of a camera professionally since I was 7, so I didn't know what to expect from myself. Would I know the right way to pose? Would I shrink away from this process? Would I be able to properly execute all of those classic Pin-Up expressions? I admittedly had a lot of self-doubts (and I still do, if I'm being honest), but Sophie was so encouraging and gave me such a boost of confidence as I was shooting. I've been hooked ever since!"


Black pin-up models
"My experience with being a black/afro American pin-up has been interesting. I wish I could be more apart of the culture but it's hard finding clothing of the era in my size and a lot of the pinup clubs are exclusive. So I just do my own thing a lot of the time. People love seeing a fat pinup and I love bringing the diversity to a genre of modeling I love!


The advice I would give is to just keep going. It's easy to get discouraged. But the end result is seeing more women of color in this genre. We need to see diversity and change the standard of what is considered beautiful in pinup. "
"To be honest, I live in the more *cough* "rougher" parts of London so it's always funny to see the different reactions I receive - especially considering my cartoon proportions. (Can't tell you how many car crashes I've almost caused XD). No, but on a real note, it's always so positive. People are always intrigued by not only the style but the way I add my own flare to it and the fact that I throw a bit of color into the mix- it's something people barely see and was barely showcased in media both at the time and now so yeah, it's all good.

The best advice I ever received was: "Restes comme tu es" meaning be true to you! (Well, actually it means to stay as you are but you know what I mean) There's no right or wrong way to be a "pin-up model"- the pin-up field is filled with such a large range of styles and even within that, there are no rules. you honestly just gotta get out there - as scary or nerve-racking as it may first seem- we're such a nice supportive community, we've got your back! join the social media sites, showcase your beauty, reach out to people. And let me tell you now; an iPhone with good lighting can deliver some fire photos! All things happen in the right time, just keep going and get to know people! You never know where opportunity will come from.


I once had a bet with an old boyfriend to see who could take better pictures - and so the challenge began. We went all out and found a photographer, planned our own shoots and everything (we took challenges very seriously (we took challenges very seriously lol.) Anyhoo, I went with a retro concept as it's something I have always wanted to try and the photographer spent the whole time on me! (Haha I won the bet). But on a serious note, I found the whole process enjoyable but more importantly empowering so I eventually joined social media. I started to put out a few of my pictures as well as create small opportunities and of course, annoy my poor little sisters in the dead of winter to get those perfect-imperfect pictures (haha) and the rest is well, to be honest, it's still the present. I've still got a long way to go and loads to learn but I sure do have fun with it."

It seems like Black women to face too many opticals when trying to get into the industry anymore. But, there's always room for you're opinion! do you think that the pin-up industry has become more accepting or do you think it still has a long way to go?

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