May 25, 2022

1940s Varsity


I took these photos while out on a walk, they are just simple photos from my phone. I'm just happy its finally nice enough outside where I can walk around in a sweater or blouse. For this look I am wearing my long white pleated skirt, one of my closet staples! I thrifted it last year and its the most worn item in my closet. I paired it with this Juicy Couture blouse, it has a little peter pan collar with strings to tie a bow.  For my sweater I am wearing this white varsity sweater with a black H on it. I've always loved a varsity look, from any decade. I remember growing up and being obsessed with preppy looks, I think my style has always had that preppy/varsity influence to it (minus the actual sports part lol) I stayed on theme with the cream and black and wore these black cap toe shoes and a black purse!  

May 20, 2022

New 1940s Middy Haircut


I couple of days ago I got a haircut!  Believe it of not this is much shorter than it was before!  My hair was so long that after a couple of hours after brushing out my hair it would start to get weighed down and lose that vintage curl.  I also had more of a modified Middy, it didn't have as nice of a gradient on the sides so I decided to take the plunge and go for a shorter cut!  This was the first set after cutting it and I LOVE it!! Probably my favourite haircut to date! It's finally starting to look more authentic and giving me that 1940s look. I'm still playing around with the bang area and how to pin it but I really like my new haircut. Of course I got inspiration from some of my favourite old Hollywood starlets like Ginger Rogers, Vivien Leigh, Bette Davis among many others
If you want to see me brushing it out for the first time resulting in the photos above check out the video below! 

May 08, 2022

Toronto Vintage Clothing Show! Spring 2022

 

THE best event of the season is here! The Toronto vintage Clothing show is my Christmas!  I look forward to this event all year long (They have a fall show and a spring show). Follow them on instagram so you can get updates for the fall show! The spring show was this weekend and I spent  the entire day yesterday just walking around and shopping at the the show. If you are not familiar with the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show its an event where a bunch of vendors come together and they all sell vintage clothing, accessories and home decor.... Its basically a fantasy world! 


Its a great place to shop for all of those hard to find vintage pieces and to build your vintage wardrobe all in one place. It also helps support small and local businesses. This is the first vintage show since before the pandemic and the vendors were busy stocking up their inventory.... and it shows! The building came alive once the doors opened and all of the vintage lovers filled the room! 


Since its a vintage show, you see a lot of people dressed in a vintage style, myself included ! It's funny I posted a tips and tricks video on my Youtube channel (Check it out here) And one of my tips was to not over do it with the accessories...yet I showed up with a vintage hat and gloves (don't be like me) I mean, I felt great in the outfit! LOL but it was tedious to hold them when I wanted to try on other hats and gloves. As you can see in the photos above, I had to remove my black hat to try on that beautiful pink hat! Also please ignore my handbag being wide open lmao...


My first purchase of the day!  A black velvet hat from Sophie Dabishire. She said she thought of me when She put it out on display and a few minutes later I walked by and grabbed it haha ! It was such a coincidence! I know I'll get tons of wear out of it all year round! 


This was probably My favourite stand to look through because they has some amazing antiques! Tons of vanity pieces, and HAT STANDS! if you scroll up to the first photo in this post you can see some of the hat stands because its from the same stand.  The vendor is Vintage J and J 


You guys know I cant resist a hat and this one was calling my name ! Yes I bought it.... Don't worry a haul is coming to my Youtube channel in the next couple of days so make sure you are subscribed to me on there! (link here). These hats are from statement house! I love trying on vintage hats and seeing what works with my head shape. Not only is your face shape important for hats, the shape of you head is also important! For example My head is a bit more point-y at the top so flat hats (Saucer hats) don't work as well, but round hats  that sit at the back of my head work perfectly. 


I loved these vintage Talcum powder packages, I wish they will made beauty items with this type of design it looks so luxurious and beautiful on a vanity. And also that green hat stand... a dream!   


There was a stack of vintage magazines, patterns and prints. They were so beautiful to look through ! I wish I had a place to properly display prints and magazines. If I did I probably would've picked some up because there were some really beautiful ones in there.  


This was the full outfit that I wore... except I forgot to put my white gloves back on after I tried some on some gloves at the previous stand, but you get the idea. I wore a new-to-me vintage1940s wool dress.... Which I spontaneously decided to cut off the pockets and sew it back up at 11pm the night before. I RARELY alter vintage items but I hate dresses with pockets and I couldn't stand the bulkiness of them. It turned out perfectly and the silhouette is much nicer after removing the pockets. I got the dress from etsy (SeptembersSister) I paired the dress with some semi sheer tights with the seam at the back (Sorry I didn't get a photo of the back) and some black T-strap heels. To cinch in my waist I wore this little black belt with a rhinestone buckle. My purse was a little needle point/tapestry type bag, you can get a glimpse of it in my hand over my shopping bag.  And of course my black hat and white gloves. 


Ah this vendor had a bunch of bakelite handbags which I LOVE. I think they are so fun. Unfortunately they are always so pricey (Not from this seller specifically, In general they have a higher price point) I only own one because I found it at an amazing price but I dream of owning another. One day! I love that beige one at the front of the photo with the snowflake  design at the top. 


I stopped at Victory girl vintage I wish I would've had a chance to take more photos but It was SO crowded at the vintage show. I knew it would be busy at the show, since its the first in two years but WOW the vintage community turned up! I had to go to the car half way through the day to drop off shopping bags because it was so crowded I was hitting people with my bags. 


And the main culprit was statement house ! (Peep the logo on the shopping bag!) This was hands down my favourite stand for shopping and where I did the most damage! I went back to her booth 4 times and bought something every single time! I told her I needed to be cut off haha! Yet I kept bringing my friends to check out her booth! The most diverse items from numerous decades and at very reasonable prices. They actually have a store in Peterborough and I might have to take a trip there this summer to pay her a visit! 


Ah I was obsessed this corset! This year I've taken a bigger interest in undergarments to structure my outfits. What I love about vintage clothes (Pre-1960s) Is the importance of the silhouette. Of course before the turn of the century it was even more important and thats where you see the trends changing. But in the first half of the 20th century silhouette is still important. I realized that I wont be able to get an authentic look just by wearing vintage clothes and accessories, I need the right pieces to wear underneath. I've always worn dress slips and half slips under my dresses and skirts but I've started to explore corsets and garters! I haven't found many in my size YET but my search will continue! 


In this photo you can get a better idea of what my hat looked liked from the back, I really wanted to find a hat like this in white but I didn't see one.... but thats Ok I got 3 other hats! Overall I had an amazing day at the vintage show! I got to see some friends and meet so many of YOU which was so fun! You guys kept showing me your finds and wow you guys found some amazing gems! It also felt great to be around like minded people and just to feel the energy in the room! It was like a big reunion. I can't wait for the fall show on September 24th and 25th, and I hope to see even more of you there! 

May 01, 2022

April 2022 - Film and TV


Wow another month went by! It's time for another film and television post. If you are new here or have rediscovered my blog I started a new series were I share new or notable movies and Tv shows I watch every month.  I love movies and the film industry so I thought I would share that with you!  



9/10. I haven't seen this movie in AGES! I really enjoy Biographical films  (I also love reading biographies) I think as a society we don't take enough time to get to know one another. I have a theory that you can care very deeply about anyone if you just get to know them better. What makes them happy or sad, what makes them nervous, Seeing what they are passionate about, seeing the little quirks that makes them who they are. Everytime I watch or read a biography I have a soft spot for that that person. Does that happen to you too ??


 If you haven't seen La Bamba I highly recommend it, I think its wildly underrated. Its a biographical film about Ritchie Valens. Richie Valens was an American guitarist, singers and songwriter, he is regarded as a  rock and roll pioneer. However his career came to a tragic end when he died in a plane crash, along side Buddy Holly when He was only 17 years old. Although his career only lasted 8 months, his songs La Bamba, Donna, and we belong together are still classics to this day. The film showcases his rise to fame and his passion for music. 


Ritchie Valens came from humble beginnings, his mom was Mexican but living in Los Angeles, and they struggled to make ends meet. despite that, she was really supportive and its amazing to see him going after his dream of being a musician. There is brotherly conflict throughout the movie, and I think Esai Morales (Bob) did a phenomenal job in this movie, you really feel the hurt in his voice when he compares himself to Ritchie. Bob is not a good person and treats Rosie horribly, but its not hard to understand why he is the way he is. its quite heartbreaking.  


The movie is set in the 1950s and the costumes and set design really transport you back in time. There is amazing chemistry among the cast it feels like you are watching a real family. This is actually one of my favourite movies, I can't believe its been this long since I've watched it. I gave it a 9/10 ONLY because Lou Diamond Phillips doesn't look like Ritchie Valens and it slightly bothers me... I try not to think about it lol but other than that 10/10! 




10/10 Easter Parade is a masterpiece !  I mean.... Fred Astaire and Judy Garland ? You can't go wrong. If you read my history of The Easter Parade post  You saw that I mentioned this movie and its importance in bringing the Easter Parade into pop culture. I look forward to watching this movie every Easter its so charming and fun. A lot of the jokes are quite modern and their comedic timing is perfect. 


The Movie of course has many fun Easter Bonnets, especially a the beginning of the film. Actually the fashion in the movie is quite swell! The movie is set in 1912 so the fashion is from that time period with some 1940s references thrown in (the makeup is especially 1940s)


I highly recommend this movie to anyone who likes musical from this time period. They really don't make them like this anymore.  The colours, the dance numbers, the singing! It just doesn't compare. I mean of course we are talking about Fred Astaire and Judy Garland who are LEGENDS but you don't see that type of talent anymore. 




10/10. I watched this movie again after a few years of not watching it and omg its the most charming movie. Honestly if you haven't seen it I'm jealous because I wish I could watch it for the first time again.  The movie follows Toms life after his father tells him that all the men in his family can time travel after they turn 21. It has that science fiction element but the movie doesn't come off like a typical science fiction movie. It's more of a romance/joys of life type movie. I love the dynamic  between Tom and his dad (Played by Bill Nighy) they have great chemistry. 


However the main relationship is between Tom and Mary (Rachel Macadams). What I LOVE about this film is the way they show Tom falling in love, its written all over his face. In a lot of movies they just pair two people together and you assume they are in love and accept it. In this movie you feel it! One of my favourite scenes in the movie is the subway montage after they start dating. It's so cute! and so relatable to the average person.  


Another memorable scene is the montage where he relives his days, one normal, and the other one noticing life more. It's really eye opening and it makes you want to appreciate your everyday life more. But I think what makes the movie is Domhnall Gleeson he is SO perfect for this roll! He is so endearing and you cant help but smile when he smiles. He makes the movie, he is the movie lol. 




8/10. This movie is a much heavier topic, but before I get into the story I want to talk about how beautifully its filmed. They really captured the time period, the clothing/hair and the sets were perfect. The whole colour palette of the movie is amazing, tons of pastels and bright colours in the "before" portions of the movie and the cool tones and greys in the scenes in the concentration camp. The movie flips back and forth between the two time lines so it makes the contrast that much more jarring.


It's a dutch film but I watched it dubbed in english on Amazon Prime,  you can watch it in its original language with subtitles if you prefer. The film tells the story of the friendship between Hannah Goslar and Anne Frank.  It is told from the perspective of Hannah Goslar, the movie used the book Memories of Anne Frank: Reflections of a childhood friend, written by American author Alison Leslie Gold as reference. I haven't read the book so I don't know how accurate its portrayed on film. I assume some creative liberties were taken to portray the story but I just wanted to mention the source material. 


Of course we all know the tragic story of Anne Frank, But its refreshing to hear the story from another perspective. You almost dislike Anne for most of the movie. She can be a bit selfish and self centered and doesn't value Hannah as much as Hannah values Anne. however  in the movie they are 13 and most 13 year old girls are a bit selfish. The story mostly follows Hannah and its a testament of her endurance, strength and courage. It also shows what an amazing friend she is, something that I find rare (especially these days). Whats crazy to think about is that Hannah Goslar is still alive today! I'm glad she became a nurse!  Something she dreamed of becoming as a child.  The movie is heartbreaking but so beautifully done! Highly recommend it. 


These are all the movies for this month!  I want to have all new movies next month so if you have any movie recommendations let me know in the comments!  I've been a bit busy this month so I haven't looked for new movies to watch. The only new one for me was my best friend Anne Frank. Let me know if you've seen any of these movies!