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Style Me Vintage

If you were looking for some step-by-step instructions or some inspiration on how to recreate and achieve vintage looks in clothing, makeup, hair or accessories then I suggest Style Me Vintage! Style Me Vintage are an excellent range of books to guide and teach you how to achieve some great looks. There are also editions focused on recreating a vintage home and hosting a vintage tea party or wedding.

 

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Inside each book you will find so many wonderful ideas! Here are my favourite examples from the five books that I have purchased:

1. Style Me Vintage Accessories…

If you need help to achieve your final polished authentically vintage look, this is the book for you! It provides a guide on how to correctly identify items to attain your look, in terms of sunglasses, jewellery, hats, gloves, scarves, bags and shoes. The book provides looks ranging from the 1920s right through to the 1980s.

 

2. Style Me Vintage Home…

This book is a fantastic guide to help you achieve the vintage home that you desire. It will guide you from the 1920s to the 1970s on what was the classic look of each era.

 

3. Style Me Vintage Clothes

This book has plenty of information on specific details of vintage clothing, from the 1920s to the 1980s, and how to recognise vintage labels. There is also some handy tips on how to repair and maintain vintage clothing, and some great tips on developing your own unique vintage style!

4. Style Me Vintage Hair

This book has some useful step-by-step easy guides on hair styles such as: finger waves, pin curls, 1940s waves, victory rolls, the poodle, and beehives. There are also great guides on how to incorporate accessories, such as headscarves.

5. Style Me Vintage Make-up

This book is FULL of fabulous tips to help you achieve your classic makeup look. It gives you the tools and step-by-step guides for all the classic makeup looks from the 1920s to the 1980s.

Whatever is your vintage style, I am sure that you will find the collection of Style Me Vintage books exceptionally useful as they are full of handy tips and information to guide you through. Let me know which Style Me Vintage books have helped you. I would love to hear!

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Fashion Icons of the 1950s

The 1950s saw a huge change in fashion. The transition from the 1940s post war fashion moved from the saloons to the streets. It was easy care fabrics with speedier manufacturing. This meant fashion was available for the masses! Designers such as Christian Dior, Givenchy and Chanel were influential designers in the 1950s.

1950s Fashion

Christian Dior nipped hourglass shapes which created a new era in women’s fashion. After years of fashion oppression and fabric rationing during the Second World War, the era of Womanliness was here.

1950s Dior

Designer Cue Hubert de Givenchy, a Parisian designer whose designs were worn by the likes of Audrey Hepburn. The most famous being the black dress worn by Audrey in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the famous gold embroiled gown worn in Sabrina.

1950s Givenchy

Coco Chanel was creating fashion since 1910 but in the 1950s she created the famous ‘Chanel Suit’ as we still know it now. It is a slim tweed jacket and skirt with contrasting bound edges. It is an elegant look.

1950s Chanel

Fashion icons of the 1950s were stars such as Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Sophia Loren, James Dean, Brigitte Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelley. They were the first to showcase the fashion.

Audrey Hepburn mainly wore Givenchy gowns. Audrey epitomised elegance and was an example of less is more. She always relied on her little black dress when out on the town. Her pixie haircut was her trademark.

1950s Fashion Icon – Audrey Hepburn

Marilyn Monroe was one of the greatest and most recognisable fashion icons of all time, she defined glamour for generations to come. She was famous for her platinum blonde hair, red lips and her beauty spot.

1950s Fashion Icon – Marilyn Monroe

Elvis Presley was the poster boy of the 1950s. He invented his own brand of preppy rockabilly. His style was biker chic, guyliner and high waisted trousers.

1959s Fashion Icon – Elvis

Sophia Loren made famous the fashion item eyeliner. Also her hourglass figure accentuated her feminine fashion style.

1950s Fashion Icon – Sophia Loren

James Dean was one of the most handsome and iconic men of the 1950s. Dean has an effortless fashion style with his leather jacket, blue denim jeans and collars always up.

1950s Fashion Icon – James Dean

Brigitte Bardot wearing a bikini in the Cannes Film Festival, 1953, stole the show. This secured the bikini as a must have fashion item.

1950s Fashion Icon – Brigitte Bardot

Elizabeth Taylor’s style was brave, admirable and inspirational. She loved elegant jewels. Elizabeth liked to push boundaries with fashion and start trends, with her plunging neck lines, fur wraps, feather boas and eye catching head pieces.

1950s Fashion Icon – Elizabeth Taylor

Grace Kelly both on screen and off screen outfits, were the most talked about and copied of the decade. Her wedding dress in 1956 was one of the most memorable and elegant wedding dresses of all time. Grace epitomised classic and timeless beauty with her wardrobe.

1950s Fashion Icon – Grace Kelly

1950s fashion was, without a doubt, one of the fashion industries favourite decades. What do you love about 1950s fashion? I would love to hear.

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My Number 1 Make Up Tip 

Eyelash extensions are a necessity to achieve a rockabilly look. You have no use for mascara anymore, and no more black smudges appearing under the eyes!

Let me show you.

The top photo is without eyelash extensions. The picture below shows with eyelash extensions. The difference is amazing!

The eyelash extension procedure consists of you lying on a bed for 1 hour with your eyes shut. I personally take it as an opportunity to take a 1 hour nap. It is not painful in any way. The only thing is you get a slight sting when you first wake up, sit up and open your eyes. Your eyes only water for a few minutes, then they go back to normal. It may feel a little bit strange and slightly heavier but that soon disappears once you are used to your eyelashes. If you are gentle with your eyelashes and look after them it will last about 4-5 weeks. It costs around $70 in Australia for the first time and around $45 each time you do refills.

Some old wives tales about wearing eyelash extensions:-

  • You can’t cry. I cried within the first week of getting my eyelashes from watching a movie and it had no effect on the eyelashes.
  • You can’t swim with eyelash extensions. I had my eyelash extensions for the whole of summer and I am like a mermaid! I swim as much as possible. I also spent 2 weeks in January on holidays at the beach so swam for 2 weeks all day. It had no effect on my eyelashes. 
  • False eyelashes make your real eyelashes fall out. This is not the case as they are actually glued onto your eyelids, not on your eyelashes. 
  • Eyelash extensions are high maintenance. I find they are easy. With no use for mascara there is no harsh cleaning. All I do is wet a small inter-dental brush and brush over eyelashes each morning to keep clean. The only other thing to consider is to be gentle when cleaning and drying face.

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Interdental brushes

Eyelash extensions are dynamic, whether you prefer the ‘no make-up’ look or the exaggerated rockabilly vibe. You can go for varying lengths: extra long, short and full, natural length or like me, a little longer than the natural length. I couldn’t go back to no eyelash extensions now, I love the look they achieve! They make my everyday make up job so easy with no messy mascara. I have been wearing them now for 1 year and now my daughter is also wearing them. We both love them!!

This is my everyday make up look. Just foundation and lipstick. With the eyelash extensions there is no need for any other makeup. Quick and easy!!!

Enjoy getting your eyelashes done. Send me photos of your before and after look. Looking forward to seeing them.

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