1920s inspired look on a budget

Dressing up in  a 1920s inspired look is not something I do every day. May once a year and it has been several years now since I last did it.
Although I don`t feel the same kind of love and appeal towards 1920s fashion it is fun to do it from time to time, put all that glitter and sparkles, feathers and pearl strings and just enjoy the glam era like a boss.

1920s inspired look on a budget

When I think about 1920s (that was almost 100 years ago) Great Gatsby parties come to mind. But there was a lot going on besides just crazy good parties in dashing outfits.

The 1920s were an age of dramatic social and political change. For the first time, more Americans lived in cities than on farms. The nation’s total wealth more than doubled between 1920 and 1929, and this economic growth swept many Americans into an affluent but unfamiliar “consumer society.” People from coast to coast bought the same goods (thanks to nationwide advertising and the spread of chain stores), listened to the same music, did the same dances and even used the same slang! Many Americans were uncomfortable with this new, urban, sometimes racy “mass culture”; in fact, for many–even most–people in the United States, the 1920s brought more conflict than celebration. However, for a small handful of young people in the nation’s big cities, the 1920s were roaring indeed. – History channel

1920s inspired look on a budget
 
When you got the dress all you need is a headband, glitter, feathers and gloves and lots and lots of pearls. For the purposes of my little 1920s inspired look photo shoot I had all that already at home, so it was a cost free project but I guarantee that if you get a bit creative you can totally do it on a budget. I always do!
 
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So my dress was actually not flapper/charlston/gatsby/1920s inspired at all. It has open back decorated with strings of black “pearls” which is very nice, works as a nice toned down, demure decoration if like to keep it low key or you dont want to wear regular pearls (in the front). The most fun part of the dress is that it is actually a mini dress that has a “puffy” top part and tight bottom part. I stretched it all the way down to my knees to get that 1920s dress silhouette. A headband, 1920s inspired makeup (but I kept it pretty light and low key) and pearls – et voila!
 
Vintage 1920s gatsby girl pearls
 
Usually the makeup is much more intense but I was in the mood for something gentle and subtle. Go for darker colors, statement on eyes and brows but lips too (baby doll lips). Might seem a bit much at first and against all makeup rules, but that was the way women did their faces back then. I think there are a many examples of truly beautiful ways to do your 1920s inspired makeup, stay close to modern ages and still ooze that vintage flapper vibe. Pinterest is your friend!
Vintage gatsby flapper girl look
 
If you follow the link to the 1920s board I made for this post, you will see all the different looks I pinned for inspiration. Some are more intense, some totally low key, there more contemporary ones and true vintage makeup looks – see what you like, what is closer to true you or what would you like to try and just – do it! Play. Enjoy.
 
Halloween is approaching – FAST! Have you decided what you are going to be? If you are still deciding on your costume – here and here, decor and food click the links for some inspiration. If you are just looking for some Halloween inspired but regular clothing (not a costume per se) check out this posts – #1 / #2 I made few weeks ago.
 
 

Vintage Zagreb festival 2016 edition – Retro nostalgia and pinup girls

October started in the most fabulous way here. On the October 1st, Vintage Zagreb festival started taking us back all the way back to 1940s to 1970s. Festival of true vintage/retro nostalgia and pretty pinup girls.

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Vintage Festival is a unique blend of culture from the 1940s, 50s and 60s, a period rich in great music, fashion, film, art, dance and design. It is Zagrebs response to a large number of similar festivals recently launched across the whole Europe and aimed to remind people of the best of this interesting period of the mid-twentieth century.

Vintage festival  presents a series of artists who cherish the retro culture, visitors can see the exhibition of old cars and engines as well as hand-made bikes from SentiMental Bikes.

We have also organized  sales of old vinyl records. All interested visitors can participate in dance workshops, led by a renowned team Back to Swing and attend make-up and hairstyle courses. There are also retro barber shop services whose barbers evoke old Zagreb craft shaving that is, unfortunately, already somewhat forgotten.

During the festival there are also fashion shows where Croatian designers present creations inspired by fashion of the 40s, 50s and 60s. For the musical part of the Vintage Festival we have engaged the best local retro bands and DJs. – the organizer.

Last year I wasn`t able to attend so I was super excited when I was asked to participate this year as a pinup hostess. With few other girls we really did have fun and took lots of photos with many visitors and I have to say I enjoyed it very much and was sad when it all came to an end.

Unfortunately the weather was quite bad but it didn`t stop us from having a good time. The music, beauty and fashion booths, dance classes and mini vintage “flea market” made it all into one wonderful experience.

You can check it all out by visiting Vintage Zagreb festival Facebook page and this album, there are so many great amazing photos that truly take you back and you can feel the vintage vibe taking over.

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Pink hair rockabilly

As you can see through these few days on Vintage Zagreb festival, I had the chance to play with looks and outfits, wigs and my “natural” mint green hair style. Not all the looks made the cut so here are some of my favorites.

The pastel pink wig is from Lush wigs, I recommend it with high praise and love, and if you need more info and details about it you should read my review here.

Vintage Zagreb festival pink hair rockabilly

Although I wish Zagreb had a vintage festival as big as the one in UK or Viva Las Vegas, but I will take what I can get. It will always be too short and too good so we can at least make the best of it and enjoy it to the max.

And here is a lovely video so you can taste the vibe as if you were really there.

All photos and the video, except from the wig ones and the VW are property of Vintage Zagreb festival.

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Little red riding hood pin-up photo shoot

For the past four years I have been toying with the idea of doing a Little red riding hood pin-up photo shoot. And after those long 4 years, I did it.

The idea was to chase the spooky and gloomy autumn sun rise and take advantage of all the fog hugging the sleepy surroundings. That was the idea, but the reality was – there was no fog in sight. At least not at the place we picked for our photo shoot.

That didn`t discourage us, we had fun and so did by-passers, fishermen and squirrels I guess. We ended up shooting in the forest, near the lake and on one 19 century tomb that served as a perfect, bit dark (one photo screams Assassins Creed) backdrop that went great with my red outfit.

Onward to Granny`s in the heart of the wood, she marched through the trees with basket and hood…

I have seen so many lovely Little red riding hood pin-up photos, not to mention cosplay themed ones, and countless illustrations inspired by the story.

My interpretation is somewhere between pin-up and weird, goofy and a bit dark me. Costume was made by me (cape and skirt), originally I intended to wear a white skirt but then I felt like a bride with a red cape so I changed to this red skirt.

Little red riding hood pinup photo shoot

Spooky red ridinghood pinup

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Pinup version of Little Red riding hood

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Pinup little red riding hood in the woods

Pinup costume cosplay

Little red riding hood behind the scenes pinup

Pinup in the woods cosplay

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Pinup fairytale riding hood behind the scenes

Apple Little red riding hood costume

Little red riding hood apple eating costplay

Once upon a time..

The ending of this photo story just might be leading to another with a simplest of details.
Who knows?
Would you like to see it?

… and if you are searching for a Halloween costume, this just might be it.

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Halloween inspiration part #2

Hello October you ghoulish month

The most ghoulish of all months is upon us and along with the pumpkin (spice latte) season, preparations for Halloween are in full mode. Halloween inspiration takes a new level each year and I always look forward to next season to see what will people (and clothing brands) come up with.

All I can say, I am never left disappointed.

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Zombies, Demons and Witches too

Do you remember my last post about Halloween inspiration? This year I decided to browse the pretty dresses, skirts and everything pin-up fashion related instead of Halloween inspired costumes and decor like I did last year. If you need it, click it and check it out.

Here I have for you a sum of my favorite Halloween themed dresses and accessories, starting from British retro, then Sourpuss clothing, HellBunny and then some Erst Wilder to make your outfit really pop!

All the outfits are Halloween inspired, which means we have lots of dead and/or undead prints, hellish and devilish details, and of course it wouldn`t be Halloween without a drop of blood.

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  1. British retro
  2. Sourpuss clothing
  3. HellBunny
  4. Erst Wilder + Sourpuss pomade

And, there is no escaping stripes, right?
I know who is the king of stripes, I have only three words for you – Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice. Or PUG, PUG, PUG!

What did you decide to wear?

Fall comes in Carnival colors

Luna parks are not my kind of Carnival

As we all know fall is here and the colors begin to change.
But before my surroundings become gray, dull and lifeless, I decided to do a carnival themed shoot. Sunday afternoon felt like a perfect opportunity, especially since it was the last day this cute little Luna Park was nearby.

Unfortunately, it was more of a Luna park, modern and flashy themed than nice vintage looking with a true vibe and colors.
I was very disappointed, and looking back now, honestly – what did I expect?
And I almost gave up, but in the end we managed to take few photos, so the trip there wasn`t a total failure.

Stripes and red for a true Carnival vibe

If you ever browsed the word carnival then you know the staple colors of all the decor and visuals are – red and white. More importantly, the true carnival visual is red and white stripes.

Of course, nowadays you can see lots of carnival themed parties that can be, for example, pastel and let me tell you, they are pretty and have their own special vibe.

But, the old true vintage carnival vibe with red and white stripes, along with black lettering was what I was in the mood for. So, naturally I dressed up accordingly.
Added a bit of Disney vibe with a red scarf and a bow.

Carnival candy Pinup red bow Bettie wig

Can you tell I am wearing a wig?
It is my Bettie wig from Annabelles wigs, I had de-shined it a bit, and it turned out better than I expected. But it needs a bit more work.

How to de-shine a wig? I will tell you that in one of my upcoming posts so, stay tuned.

Red striped pinup hairbow carnival shoot

Carnival carousel

Carnival black hair pinup

Carnival art pinup minnie mouse stocking

Carnival colors red lips blue eyes pinup

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Writing this post made me think of a vintage carnival even more. So I browsed Pinterest and decided that first I should save my likes in this board (you are welcome) and that I should make a DIY carnival themed shoot. I am not sure if that will happen in 2016 since I would like to do it outside and by the time I finish with all the props, it will be too cold, gray and rainy outside. Possibly even covered in snow.
But it will happen.
Next spring/summer, guys.

carnival pinterest board
The board if full of wonderful images, just amazing visuals and photography. Also I included DIY tips and tricks both for the general decor and food/prints.
I hope you like it and find it useful.
 
Cant wait to shoot that DIY-ed shoot! Spring come soon.
Until then, dont forget to come back for Halloween tips.

 

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Halloween inspiration – part #1

`TIS THE SEASON TO BE GHOULISH

It is that time of the year. Time for layers, pumpkin spice latte (not me!) and Halloween inspiration posts and overall holiday preparation.
Last year I started with costume inspiration and I really went all out with so many choices and styles.Halloween is, alongside Christmas, and first day of spring, and summer and fall and winter, and of course my birthday – my favorite holiday of the year. Favorite day ever!
 
In fact I made two additional posts regarding Halloween inspiration, one as a costume inspiration sequel and one about food and home decor. If you missed them last year or need to refresh your memory (or pick something else for this year) go and check those posts out.
You can also do further research via my pinterest boards – one and two. Yup, I got you.
The boards contain lots of resources for an amazing Halloween experience, tutorials and how-to`s, DIYs and so much more than I initially posted last year.
 
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Halloween outfits for your sinister afterlife

So, this year I decided to go in a different direction. It wouldn`t make any sense to repeat posts from last year. This year I will share my Halloween inspiration through outfit collages with garments that are currently available in our favorite vintage/pin up stores.
And let me tell you, the offer is huge. HUGE!
 
First I opened Lady V London`s shop and found out that although they don`t have a Halloween inspired dresses they have one that made my day and made the top of my list for next purchases. The CAT dress. And the cat is wearing cat-eye glasses. In my book, that is a must.
 
Back to the Halloween inspired outfits.
I opened few shops, silently making bets in my head which will have the best offer.
Do I need to say which one won?
Can you guess?
 
I will just say that after seeing what I saw, there was no way I could focus on anything else.
Needless to say I fell in love. So much I had to give this outfit a separate post.

Enter the PUG perfection.

There are no words to describe my awe.
Nor there is a need for them.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
But, if I were to pinpoint it I would say it is the stripes and the cut, but most of all, the one and only, goddess Micheline. `nuff said, right?
 
What do you think?
I got your attention and you want more? Stay tuned for my next post where I will share more Halloween inspiration. Many excellent and drool worthy outfits coming your way.

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Cutie Pie candy floss pink wig from Lush wigs

It is here! Cutie Pie candy floss  pink wig

Cutie Pie candyfloss pink wig from Lush wigs

There is nothing more exciting than waiting for mailman and your parcel. You keep picturing it, how it will feel and look. I was so excited and now, finally it is here, my Cutie Pie candy floss pink wig from Lush wigs. And I am beyond words. I have looked for a perfect pink wig for some time now, and what I found was OK but not really what I was looking for. Honestly, I wasn`t even sure what I was looking for, but I knew what I found so far was not it.

The truth is, the “selling” photo of this wig was not the one that made me buy it. It was the one a customer posted on her Instagram and Lush wig’s re-posted it that in fact made me jump up and down from joy screaming – MINE!
I found it! Finally this is it and I need to have it. But it was out of stock. Sure I was annoying to the people at Lush wigs, but they were so kind and wonderful with me. It took them few weeks to put it back in stock and I was like a hawk, waiting for it.

Wig feels

The wig is simply wonderful. I like the quality much more than the wigs I purchased before from Annabelle`s wigs. It is sleek and rich, does not tangle so much just by looking at it (my copper Kelly is really prone to tangles). The wig feels so heavy but is really nice and comfortable on head and does not feel heavy while wearing.

What I liked the most on the photo that made me buy it was how rich this wig looked. Beyond words. Simply enchanting.

Details:

Cutie Pie candy floss pink wig, made from synthetic high temperature fibre is perfect for making alterations like straightening it or making it more curly. I love it just the way it is.

The color is – special. Cream and pink, blonde with dipped ends, but at the same time it looks like it is pink all the way. I say – magic!

The wig is 65 cm long, perfectly bouncy and endlessly seductive. It comes with a fringe (blunt cut, that you can alter) that is quite long so I chopped it of to a version of Bettie bangs.

Cutie Pie wig from Lush wigs

This photo is with original longer fringe, and it still looks really good. I decided on cutting them because they were a bit too long for me and were getting in my eyes. Maybe my head is a bit funky sized so they ended up longer for me than they would be for someone else.

Good thing we can alter them, cut a bit to fit them to your specific needs. Just don’t cut too much. There is no coming back from an over cut fringe.

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What is the verdict?
All in all my experience with Lush wigs was beyond great even before my wig arrived. They have an amazing supporting system for buyers,w where you can track your purchase daily and know exactly what is happening. It is an UK based company so my wig came really fast (I am EU based).

I will be ordering another wig from Lush wigs soon. Currently I have my heart set on few designs – Caramel, Cherry Lipgloss, Natural Angel, Apple, Fortune Teller, Crystal Ball.
It looks like I am going to go bankrupt soon. I am free for any wig donations. Kidding. But seriously.

To end this review, I am very satisfied with my purchase. The ratio of price and quality is, in my opinion the best so far. The wig is more than affordable, and the overall feel, texture and wear-ability of the wig is superb. I would highly recommend it. 

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Bettie page wig up-do

Bettie Page wig up-do

Wigs are amazing accessories due to their versatility. Even though that is not your natural hair it does not mean you are limited to just one hairstyle. With the bought-wig-style, you just need to get a bit creative. Look at my Bettie Page wig  up-do. Of course, I am not saying you can do everything with your wig, but there are a few options more than just the look you bought.

The thing with wigs is that they can be styled “off head” so you can really see the hairstyle you are creating from different angles. Additionally you can observe and learn, you become more aware of the limitations and how your wig breathes. This is no rocket science – just go with the flow. Only thing you have to keep in mind is – watch for the “holes” and any parts that would rat you out, showing to the world you are – wearing a wig. Which is not bad at all, but just style wise.

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What I did was, I just scooped all the hair up, doing a version of a vintage poodle hairstyle (but not really, I left it much more messy) and put the hair scarf to hide the part on the nape of my neck where it would be visible that I am, in fact wearing a wig.

Don`t be scared to experiment with your looks, with wigs or with your own hair. It is fun and you never know what will inspire you and what you will discover style wise. I have a huge problem with growing my hair long. I always find some new crazy haircut, or a color so, it mostly stays short.

Pinup Bettie bangs hair

Some days you just don`t want to wear your hair down, even though it is a wig in question, right? The fact you are able to play with different looks while wearing a wig makes them even more appealing and awesome. At least in my book. Bettie Page wig up-do is basically only the second alteration, a styling I did to any of my wigs. And you can do so many styles, it just takes some time, researching and a positive willing attitude and I guarantee you will love it!
Just remember be careful and gentle to your wig. Be aware of the heat limitations – if your wig is made of heat resistant fibers.

I am wearing a Bettie wig from Annabelle`s wigs, my moms vintage porcelain rose brooch, thrifted scarf and pearls.

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New in Bettie wig from Annabelle`s wigs – channeling my Bettie Page

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It is here!! My new Bettie wig, is here!
I was so happy and so thrilled it came I could not wait to do a proper shoot, so I channeled my inner Bettie Page with make up on, all the poses ready but in my sweat pants.

Kind of a mix of a modern and pin-up, right?

The Bettie wig

The wig feels amazing, it is super light wight and soft, gentle but fierce-looking. In one word, it is perfect. I like it very much. I was worried about the bangs but they are perfect!

The curls on the wig are just the right size, and the length is surprisingly awesome. When I was choosing the style I was thinking “But it is so short”, since I do like the long hair falling down my back (although I never in my life had my hair so long), but no need to worry, I can almost say I like my Bettie wig better than the Kelly. Guess I have favorites, right?!

And who knows which one I will order next. You never know. Maybe something totally now, crazy and unexpected.

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Wearing wigs is super fun, but living in a climate that has hot summers, I wonder how will I be able to wear them, if I will at all?! I need to say that Bettie wig feels more light and it is less how under than Kelly. SO I even might get to wear her after all. We will see.

I cant wait to try an up-do with my Bettie wig. Wonder how it will look and how will I be able to style it. As everything, it takes practice and persistence.

I hope you liked my Bettie Page inspired looks. For any questions and suggestions drop me a comment or an email, I would love to hear from you.

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Polka dot pin-up

“You are either as beautiful or as ugly as you believe you are. You define your beauty. That’s not a power anyone can have over you.”

 

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Hello lovelies!

Today is not a bright, sunshiny day. Rainy and gloomy depressingly grey and so cold.

I was playing with my camera and some pretty clothes to bright up my day, but my lighting did not turned out the best way. Well, practice makes perfect, right?

This is one of my favorite print combinations ever – black and white polka dots paired with red and white stripes. It does not get any better, right?
Here I am wearing a skirt I made and a lovely and comfy top from Calliope. Of course my fabulous hair is a wig from Annabelle`s wigs.
Are you getting tired of my copper red wig? I could never, but I did order a new one. Also from Annabelle`s wigs. I ordered a black one. A real Bettie Page style wig, and I am super excited to wear it! Soon my lovelies, soon! If you want to check out all my red copper wig posts go here.

Do you remember my Dorothy shoes?
My so uncomfortable red bow beauties?

I love them so much, can`t stop wearing them although they are super painful and uncomfortable. I got them from eBay but they are originally from Primark. I have considered of buying one Primark pair, the black and white pair, this stripes, so pretty – but they did not have them in my size. Now thinking about all the pain these are causing me, maybe it is better they didn’t.

Greetings from your polka dot pin-up!

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