Aug 03

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Oh, so another race week has come and gone and all the locals of Galway can breath a sigh of relief. Phew. Yes, of course it brings in a huge amount of people and creates a bit of a ‘buzz’ if you will, but, for those of us working in the hospitality trade, it is a nightmare of the most hellish kind.  Lots and lots of idiot drunks, puking in the streets, fighting, urinating in public and in fact one couple was spotted having sex outside a restaurant one evening. Oh the sophistication of it all.

Not that its all drunken misbehavior on the streets(that only comes much much later). Early in the day, its all men in suits and ladies dressed up to the nines, (to the nines is an odd expression, anyone know where it came from?) no make up smudges, still wearing the heels, the men still have their ties on and no one is stuffing their face with a burger (yet, as if I can pass judgement on that, my diet that day consisted of a pizza slice, a half a subway sw, a burger and 2 bottles of prosecco, bleugh) What do you call that? The diet of champions I believe.

So in an effort to keep up with the level of class, I donned this flipping fabulous 1980s dress and 1940s hat from the shop. Not going to lie, I was feeling rather glam. I was joined by some good friends of mine Ailbhe McMahon and  Sarah O’Neil who is the designer of her own clothing label, Harlow and Harvey.

Sarah and Ailbhe were both wearing designs from Sarah s most recent collection. While I didn’t get into the best dressed competition(shock!horror!) Sarah did get a nomination for best hat and the lady who won best dressed for the day was actually wearing a dress that she purchased from my moms shop, so over all I’d say it was a big, fat win! Delighted and we had a great day. Thank you ladies for being such wonderful company….

If you want to see more races fashion and the picture of Suzanne McGarry winner of the best dressed, here is a link to a local photographers facebook page and his ladies day pictures, you’ll have to like his page first!

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Jul 26

Vintage Style in the AW collections

So, summer hasn’t even arrived and already Im thinking of  the onset of Autumn. It is with out a doubt, my favorite time of year for shopping. The A/W shows so far have not disappointed. While there are a few new trends I shall definitely NOT be trying (see the “new native” and “the future”) I was happy to see (as always) the influence of other decades in this seasons A/W collections.

Just so that we are clear btw, I am not really a trend follower. I buy what I like and what I think looks good. Whether it is considered this season or last seasons trend is of no concern to me really. I just love to see what  the designers come up with next and how the high street will try and rip it off….

Up first Louis Vuitton. I can totally see Kate Winslet wearing this in Mildred Pierce, but, without the leather gloves… obvs. While I wasnt too taken with the dress or Kate Moss strutting and smoking (again, yawn) I was a wee bit in love with some of the shoes… gimme

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and this bag… cause I cant help it, its gold plus it would be damn near impossible to lose, no?

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Then we move over to Bottega Veneta doing the 1960s thing. Hello Mad Men anyone?
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Then, then, then we have Frida Gianni and her genius skills at Gucci, working 1970s to perfection. Love. Pretty much all of it, especially the shoes… those teal snakeskin ones… yes please.

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The most beautiful for me was this stunning sequin dress my Mui Mui. Its an updated version of the long 1930s-esque dress worn my Michelle Williams last year. This one is more 1940s,, but, I love them both.

Not quite sure how I feel about the shoes though… what do you think?
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 The Italian in me that loves sparkle says yes… the rest of me ….well….. crap it says yes too. I know… I know…

 Stop Judging me. Im off to the races in 2 days. I get to play dress up! Yippee! Cant wait to show you all what Im wearing, so stay posted! X

Jul 19

Vintage Hats for the Races

So, the Galway races are fast approaching and while I am not really a fan of gambling, I do love an excuse to get dolled up. (any excuse really. Im mad excited about my dress this year, but I wont tell you about it just yet, lets leave it a surprise!  I promise to take plenty of photos, so you’ll get to see it soon enough…
I haven’t decided what hat to wear yet and I suppose Im leaving it a bit late, but, Im not overly concerned. My moms store has well over a hundred hats to choose from, so Im sure I’ll figure it out. I love vintage hats, my favorite ones are small with  a veil, like the one below which I wore for one of my outfit posts. I dont think this particular style however, would go with my dress dejour, Im thinking something a little larger… heheheheh.
Lord, Im giddy.
Please excuse me while I continue my plan to conquer ladies day in fabulous fashion and enjoy these vintage ads and photoshoots of gorgeous hats.
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Im kind of in love with this picture. Too fabulous.

 

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That red hat. Gimme.

 

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My favorite one by a mile. I love this whole image. The hat, bag, suit, pose... I think you get it.

 

 

 

Jul 13

FTF Blog Event Seaside Inspired

A few weeks ago I actually did a vintage inspired seaside shoot, and it is with hind site I realized I probably should have saved it for today, but, its done know and today instead Ive gathered together some vintage swimsuit images to keep you amused instead. BUUUT in case you missed my shoot here is a little taster or for the rest go here

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The old me, as in, ah hem “the younger me”  would never have appreciated the cut of a vintage swimsuit. I remember thinking how horrible they were in comparison to the high cut skimpy swimsuits worn on the likes of Cindy Crawford and Elle McPherson, who were the models of the moment when I was growing up (part of the original ‘Supers’, they dont really come like that any more)

However, my opinion has changed a great deal since then (thankfully, or I would still be wearing lacy socks,scrunchies and a side ponytail) What strikes me the most about these images, is that, yes, they are posing in swimsuits, but it doesn’t seem to scream SEX at you like the swimwear pictures you see today. I dont know maybe its just my imagination but these images just strike me as classier. That said, Im sure back when they were taken, they weren’t considered classy. Perhaps in 60 years someone will be saying the same thing about things like this

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Pam Being Classy.. phbbtt

I jest. I cant see this ever being considered classy. Bikinis that dont cover boobs. NOT classy. But all of these images are….

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I have a feeling she was the Pamela of the 50's

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The gorgeous Rita

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One of my favorite Marilyn shoots

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Elizabeth Taylor, Class with a capital C

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Rita. A girl after my own heart, stuffing her face!

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Lana Turner

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and lastly, one more Marilyn pic... guilty pleasures!

Jul 08

Not another grey sky

I feel like this dress is really more of a spring dress, than a summer dress. Not that it matters since the season we call summer is currently playing hard to get. Im so sick of looking at the washed out grey/white sky. Blah. Uninspiring it is.

So here I am in gorgeous patterned late 1950s early/60s dress from our vintage store. I absolutely love the color combo in it as they aren’t colors you see very often, I probably should have done a 1960’s hairdo to go with it but, I was being lazy. Lazy as in, the dress was quite tight in the arms and in actual fact I couldn’t lift my arms up to do my hair and I didn’t feel like taking the dress back off to fix it. If I was going to keep the dress, I would have to get the sleeves removed…. so as you can imagine my movement in the photographs was a touch…stiff. A bit like a dummy if you will. (no smart comments please)

My hat, (purchased in primark) you may have seen before, in my vintage seaside pictures, and the vintage ring you see is actually mine, its an ivory rose and it was passed down to me from my aunt. While I have a ton of jewelry (both new and vintage)  I hardly ever get to wear anything other than a necklace as wearing rings and bracelets just gets in the way at work!

(A note:  Posing while trying to balance on wet, slippery rocks, with limited movement in your arms,not ideal.Falling on your face on rocks not the best for fashionable photographs)

 

 

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Jun 13

Vintage Seaside

Its Monday and  I have a post up to go along with it. Yup. Im feeling pretty darn pleased with myself. I WILL be organized this week. Oh yes, yes, I will.

Ok then, now that the self affirmations are finished on to this weeks ‘erm’ vintage  look of the week. There was an unusually strange light streaming through the curtains on Saturday morning and after confirming it was in fact the sun and that I wasnt dreaming, I lured the photographer out of bed with the promise of  buying him breakfast in exchange for his picture taking skills. It was not in fact as warm as it looked and as soon as we finished shooting, I went back home to put on some more layers. Airy trousers and a backless swimsuit inst ideal for windy 13 degree weather!

Now for my confession, this is not in fact actual vintage, Im kind of cheating. No actually, Im cheating, but, in my defense, I was inspired by a picture I have in one of my many vintage books. It was taken in the early 1920’s and shows 2 women walking the promenade wearing wide legged trousers and tops with a low back. You cant see their faces, as they are walking away from the photographer but you can see everyone else’s faces and they all looked shocked at the sight of women in trousers.

Quite the scandal back then, women in pants. These day’s even the sight of  women wearing no pants isn’t a scandal anymore…. (which is just as well, because I may have been guilty of such a thing on one or two occasions, shhhh)

 

 

 

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Jun 10

Vintage Hairstyles

I am doing a WOEFUL job on keeping up with blogging and working. It was much easier before when I had a desk with computer in front of me all day. Yikes. I now know  how hard it is for the majority of the blogging community and have new found respect for all of you guys out there. I cant believe its Friday and I haven’t gotten a post up until now. Embarrassed. I apologize (again) and I promise next week to have 3 whole posts up! I just need to get into rhythm that works for me and the blog and the job. In theory it shouldn’t be that tough…. hmmm

Anywho I while back I did a post on vintage make up looks and I thought I would do another on vintage hairstyles or rather some of my favorite vintage hairstyles….

The 1920’s

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While Im not too gone on the Louise Brooks hairstyle, I love the 1920’s style that Drew Barrymore is wearing. The 20’s was definitely all about being rebellious and chopping your hair off. Im glad I wasnt aroud then because for me it would be a bit like chopping your nose off to spite your face.  (ie not the best idea) It might have worked for good ol’ Coco Chanel but it would not be a good look on yours truly. I tried to locate a picture of  a 1920s hairstyle for longer hair and I kept hitting on spam sites looking to offer me a free ipad… so I gave up.

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As I mentioned before, I love looking at videos on youtube to help me style my hair. 2 of my favorite channels on youtube for hairstyles are Iris, (ridiculously gorgeous hair, prepare to be jealous and Thepinupsweetshop, great tips on vintage hairstyles and makeup!

Enjoy! X

 

 

Jun 03

The Vintage Fair some ramblings and iphone pictures

So, the vintage fair is coming up in a few weeks and I’m rather excited!  Obviously, I dont have the shop anymore but my mom does and she will be setting  up there and I will be there to give a hand and ah hem…. (shop). Last year we had a great time at it, and for those of you living in Ireland, I suggest getting to Galway for the 19th of June! The fair is on in the Radisson check this link to find out more.

I have officially started my new job as FOH manager in Eight, bar and restaurant. I’m back to what I used to do and Im loving it. While I am a die hard fan of  vintage, the shop wasnt really working for me. I missed the more social setting of the bar/restaurant trade. Who knew? I’m sure a lot of it was down to the fact that it was just so quiet. Galway is really struggling at the moment, especially the retail side of things. A lot of business have shut down over the last 6 months, so at least I know we weren’t alone in our struggles. Anyway, onwards and upwards! The  vintage website is still going strong and without the stress of overheads, it was a bit of a no brainer to make the decision to close the shop.

So here we are no worse off and looking forward to what the summer brings!  I’m still trying to get into a routine that works for me and the blog, while trying to figure out the best way to take the blog forward. Im thinking perhaps some videos, on vintage make-up and hair styles? What do you think? Id love some suggestions!

Until then, I thought Id share with you some of my recent snaps taken with my i phone! Yes, thats right, Ive turned into one of them.  I am no longer interested in communicating with you unless you can tell me about the latest app. I’m kidding. Seriously….. Its a bank holiday weekend and Im mad excited!! Im going on a boat party, yippee …. enjoy your weekend folks, I know I will! X

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what its been like in Galway the last 6 weeks... well maybe not this bad..

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The view from my new work place...

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My cat looking somewhat sinister.. shes not really... no really..

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Got these in Penneys for 3.50... well worth it!

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the walk home

May 31

Almost Summer

I can practically taste it. The last 4 or 5 weeks have been BRUTAL. Wind, rain, charming thick grey clouds and the occasional hailstone. The sun peeped out this morning and apparently, better still, we are about to experience…. wait for it….. a heat wave. Bah hahahhahahhahaha. I’ll believe it when I see it.

Either way, at the first glimpse of sun, I grabbed my ‘ah hem’ willing photographer and ran outside for some quick snaps of this gorgeous pale pink, very summery dress before the sun could do a disappearing act… again. Look at how happy I am, positively giddy with the arrival of the sun (notice dark clouds looming over head) Either way, sorry it took so long, with the promise of good weather I should be able to get a few more done in the next few days!

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Oh yes, not a care in the world….

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strolling through the grass

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and posing….. cause I just cant help myself.

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Dress 1950/60s. Bag 1950’s kit bag. Necklace 1950’s all for sale. Contact me for details if your interested!

May 25

Vintage Make Up Looks

 

It occurred to me this morning, that Ive never done a post on vintage make up looks before. Which is surprising because I love make up and I do a lot experimenting with it myself. (a die-hard devotee to Mac makeup I might ad) I was going to talk about the changes in make up through the 1920’s to the 1950’s, but….. when I got all of these pictures together, I noticed more similarities than differences.

The one thing that was a definite constant, was red lippy. Yes, the shape of the mouth shifted, from cupid’s bow, to a slightly longer line, to almost no noticeable dip in the upper lip, to full and pouty, but, the red lip remained a solid makeup feature. As was black eyeliner. In the 1920’s it was fully ringed around the eye, from then on it was generally only used on the upper lash line.

So just how easy is it to get started selling vintage items? Foundation habits definitely changed. In the 1920’s it was all about the pale face, a look that slowly disappeared with the growing popularity of  the tan in the 1940s. The most dramatic change I noticed was the shape of the eyebrows. Good god, they were thin in the 20’s and 30’s. Pencil thin and lightly arched around the eye. Thankfully, by the 1940’s the shape had changed from thin and curved to a thicker, straighter line.

The 1950’s make up look is by far my favorite. The complexion is more healthy and natural, the lips are fuller and the brows full and arched. This is the look I generally go for when I want to create a vintage make up look on myself. Do you ever attempt vintage makeup styles? If so Id love to see them! Please mail  them to me and I’ll feature the best ones on my blog in the next few weeks!

 

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all about the eyes in the 20’s

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the ultimate 1920s look on Clara Bow

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Greta Garbo working her thin eyebrows.

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Notice Marlene’s brows arent quite as curved as Garbo’s

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Judy’s make up ad for Max Factor in the 40’s

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1930’s make up ad.. again with the brows, notice the difference between this one and Judy’s

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Notice the nails are painted in red in this ad one but clear in the 1930s ad

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Dita working the 1940s look to perfection.

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Rosy Complexions in the 1950’s, check out that hat!

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Dont you think the last 2 pictures of Marilyn and Liz are rather similar? Right down to striped tops!

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My 1950’s look for work, when I was in the shop.

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