How to do Pinup Rolls, Part Two, Basic Hair Roll Technique

Ok so in Part 1, we went over on how to start doing a pinup style hair roll by teasing and smoothing. After you tease and smooth your hair and hair sections like part one, you’re now ready to create your actual hair roll. After learning this, you’ll be able to create many pinup and vintage inspired hair looks. Below I included different pictures of me and some of my past hair looks you can create with hair rolls. If you have any questions about anything, leave them in the comment section below here.

Tools you’ll need: Curling iron or wand, rat tail comb, smoothing brush, a lot of bobby pins, pomade or hair wax, and hair spray.

Here are steps to creating a basic hair roll.

First with the end of your rat tail comb, part your hair.  Next, with your curling iron or hair wand, curl just the ends of your hair section. You don’t have to do this step but it helps make it easier to curl the ends so the inner part of your roll doesn’t have any straight or frizzy bits sticking out.

Next thing is to TEASE AND SMOOTH using the steps I talk about in Part One. After teasing and smoothing, hold your hair section by the layer that is the shortest and roll the ends around your fingers, most people including me use the index and third finger for this. Keep rolling down using your thumbs to lay in place.

Last thing is with your bobby pins, pin your roll into place. Use as many bobby pins as you want but try to hide them as best as you can so you can’t see them through the front of your roll. Pin from the back of the roll to help hide them. Last step is to take your hair spray and spray your roll or rolls to keep them in place. Then you’re done.

To make sure your hair rolls will stay up and last, move your head around, (not crazy wild) but just enough to make sure nothing is moving. If you feel anything not secure, use more bobby pins.

It does take practice to create the perfect hair roll so don’t ever feel discouraged if your roll doesn’t look absolutely perfect the first time. It will happen. Just practice, practice, practice.

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My New Handbags

I love my handbag collection and wanted to show three new purses that I recently got within the last month.

If you read my past September article here on my favorite accessory brands and designers, “My Top Favorite Accessory Brands,” you definitely saw that Lux De Ville is one of my top favorite handbag brands. The first two bags below are from them.

My first new Lux De Ville purse  is the “Mini Lady Vamp Tote Venom” in Red Sparkle. Even though this bag is a mini bag, it is still a good size that still allows you to carry all your essentials. It comes with an attachable adjustable shoulder strap which can definitely come in handy. It also has small studded bullet feet which I absolutely love! I love purses and handbags with bullet feet! All Lux de Ville products come with cute detachable charms, and this red lady vamp one comes with a skull bauble with diamond rhinestone eyes.

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My other new Lux De Ville bag is the “Black Widow Hatbox” in all black. I love using hat boxes but don’t have any hat box purses so I was very excited to get this. It has really cool spiderweb stitching design which I love. It has a top handle and comes with an attachable adjustable strap also. It’s a very spacious bag with black and black leopard print inside. Like my red lady vamp tote venom, my black widow hatbox comes with the skull bauble. It has regular size bullet feet as well.

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My third new purse I bought myself is a different style than the first two but still just as fabulous. It is a purple colored vintage sequined clutch. It’s perfect for a night out and has a beautiful beaded and sequined design to it. It has an ornate metal detailing at the opening of this clutch with a short metal handle. It comes with removable metal shoulder chain also. It’s perfect for an evening out.

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Thank you for checking out my three new additions to my handbag collection. If you haven’t already, check out and read my article “My Top Favorite Accessory Brands” and definitely check out Lux De Ville’s website. Also if you’re interested in vintage handbags, there are plenty of resources online as well that can help you find a good one.

How to Make Your House Your Home

   I’ve been wanting to do this article for awhile now. I’m not talking about how your house will never be a home unless you have specific items. This article is about not listening to other people who are blatantly telling you what your home should look like, otherwise it wouldn’t be your home, it would be their’s.

To create an environment that you are comfortable and in love with here are a few tips and ideas. First, think about what your personality and interests are. Are you big into sports? Are you a music lover? Do you like Modern art, etc.? 

Also don’t feel that your house has to have one style such as contemporary, modern, etc. I love mixing different styles. I love being creative.

Using my house as an example, my style is not just one thing. I have mostly vintage pieces mixed with rock and roll, movie posters that have great significance to me, a sugar skulls, and a lot of magical pieces and hanging art that both my husband and I did. My house is very eclectic. Even though I have more than one theme to my home style, I’ve made it so it all coincides together.

You don’t necessarily need to have a lot of money when furnishing and decorating your house. If you can afford custom furniture, that’s great but if you can’t, you can still have really cool furniture pieces by DIY.

   For example, you can take a table, like a small TV tray table or a cheap nightstand from good will and decorate it with images that you love from magazines or clippings and then seal them with strong adhesive. I’ve done that in the past and have had great results with it. You can also paint and repurpose furniture. Goodwill, flea markets, Target, and consignment shops are great places to check out and search for hidden treasures if you’re on a budget. If you need help on doing DIY furniture, there are many youtube tutorials that can help you out. This image below is from a DIY youtube channel. You just need to explore different channels.

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Another tip is that if you have your home a particular style but find a piece of art, a special object, or something that doesn’t go with your decorative style, but you can’t live without it, definitely buy it. If you really love it, you’ll be able to incorporate into your decorations at your home.

Below are a few items from my home in different genres just to give you an idea how more than one  style can work in your home. 

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Hope these ideas, tips, and tricks help you create your own livable and lovable space.

New Fashion Favorites

I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year. This is my first post of 2018 and I wanted to show some new fashion items I bought for myself this past season. I think it’s important to treat yourself. You of course need to prioritize and make sure the important things in your life are taken care of and paid off first such as bills, rent, mortgage, car payments, etc. You can find similar things to these below items at most clothing stores or online. You just need to keep your eyes open which makes shopping more fun.

Hermes Scarf- Hermes is an extraordinary designer brand. If you don’t know anything about them, definitely look them up. What I can tell you quickly though is that Hermes is French and is one of the most expensive brands ever and screams luxury and classic.  They are famous for their hand stitched handbags such as  the popular, “Birkin”
and “Kelly,” which I will hopefully getting a red one soon”

   One of my favorite things from them are their scarves, which I eventually want to have a collection of, and was excited to buy a new one. They came in a variety of colors and patterns as well as sizes. They change the look of any outfit and you automatically feel luxurious when you wear one. I love how this reptile inspired pattern bright this scarf is with vibrant orange and red with a touch of blue. The pattern reminds me of a snake. Even if you wear it with an outfit in all black, it will pop and make a statement. One of the coolest things is when you buy an Hermes scarf is that they give you a set of mini cards with illustrations and pictures of creative ways to wear your scarf Like I said before, Hermes is in no ways cheap but will always be in style and the quality of their items will last forever.

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Leather shorts and Thigh High Boots- These two things are one of my favorite things I bought this past season. I’m obsessed. I had been wanting to buy thigh high boots for awhile, especially since my other black boots got completely worn out and was so excited I found this pair at Macy’s which was a surprise. They have a thick heel and are very comfortable and easy to walk in, even if you don’t wear  high heels a lot. I definitely recommend checking some cool boots out for yourself. I found these shorts online actually and they are so comfortable and can be worn during any season. I love pairing opaque stockings under my shorts and it keeps me nice and warm. Wearing my thigh high boots with my leather shorts is the perfect combination.

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New handbags- I have two new handbags to share which are the complete opposite of each other. One is a beautiful vintage embroidery handbag with floral detailing. It has dividing pockets inside it which is great at keeping your purse stuff organized. I saw a variety of color combinations in this purse but the gold and gray one was my favorite. The other one is a metal alloy abstract stone cut clutch. I was instantly drawn to this. It looks very high fashion and is made to look like an abstract cut gem. It reminds me of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” video. The best thing about this clutch is that it is small for a night out but big enough to fit my iPhone in which is something that I struggle with when small evening bags. It comes with a chain strap also so you can wear it different ways.

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Thank you for letting me share all of these with you. What are some of your favorite fashion items?

Vintage/Pinup Autumn/Winter Makeup Look

 

This look was really fun to create and even though it isn’t the classic vintage makeup look, it still has mostly vintage elements to it. Enjoy and below are all the products I used.

Primer: Bobbi Brown  Vitamin EnrichedFace Base

Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me, Matte/Poreless in 112 Natural Ivory

Concealer: Tarte Shape Tape in “Fair”

Setting Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder

Eye Shadows: “Tako” by Sugarpill and quad palette, “500 Addictive,” by Revlon Colorstay

Eyeliner: “Schwing,” by The Balm.

Mascara: Loreal Voluminous Butterfly in “Black/Noir 867.”

Brows: Dipbrow Pomade in “Chocolate,” by Anastasia of Beverly Hills.

Highlighter: Urban Decay Afterglow Palette in color “O.N.S”

Blush: Stila Convertible Color Compact in, “Lillium.”

Lipsticks: Jeffrey Star Cosmetics, velour liquid lip in, “Deceased,” and “Delicious.”

Brushes: For inner corner of eyes and under brow bone, I used the Rose Gold mini MAC Cosmetics brush in “535SE”

                 For base shadow, I used Morphe “M433”

For crease, I used Lab, Put A Lid On It, Angled Brush.

For my Highlight Brush, I used my fabulous smaller red rose highlight brush from Story Book Cosmetics.

Setting Spray: Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

 

Vintage Lingerie

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I love buying and collecting beautiful lingerie, especially vintage lingerie. My favorite photoshoots are ones where I don beautifully made lingerie so I’m very excited to write and share this article. This post is about what I think are some of  the more popular and main staples of vintage lingerie. I also included ideas and suggestions on how to wash, upkeep and store them. 

  I wanted to first say that finding One-hundred percent true vintage pieces is not always easy but it’s fun to look up and research possible speciality places where you have a better chance of finding them. 

 There are so many varieties of lingerie out there but these are some staples and must-haves if you’re interested in learning and/or trying out vintage and retro style lingerie.

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1. Corsets- I absolutely LOVE corsets. They are so beautiful and can be worn both under and over clothing depending on the style and look you are going for. They have a more Victorian look to them which is the era that corsets were first very popular in. Modern lingerie stores like Victoria’s Secret, sell “so-called corsets” but aren’t authentic on how they’re made and are imitations. They also don’t really give you the popular hourglass shape to your body like real corsets. Authentic and real corset’s main purpose is to shape the body’s figure and are made of whale or steal boning, which Victoria Secret’s don’t sell. I still remember the first corset I ever had fitted for me. I was so excited to buy and wear it and got a lot of use out of it. There are a huge variety of corsets out there but here are some of the more popular corset styles:

Underbust- These start right under the breasts (self-explanatory) and end at your lap. They obviously don’t offer any support for the breasts but do provide your body with an hourglass shape. They also provide back support and great posture. Another benefit of underbust corsets is that they are very versatile in how you wear them. There are an endless way on how to wear them and what to wear them with. Some popular types of underbust corsets include, longline, cinchers, wide-strap corsets, bodice and waspie. Underbust corsets are usually used in waist training which is modifying  your figure semi-permanently into the hourglass shape. I recommend researching waist-training if you have any interest in it.

Overbust- Overbust corsets usually begin just under the arms and end right above the hips. They lift the breasts and reduce the waistline at the same time. They also provide the beautiful hourglass shape and great support to the back.

   If you’re looking to buy a corset, I definitely recommend researching stores and knowledgeable designers to find where you can get well made pieces. They can definitely be a little on the expensive side but you need to remember that you’re paying for the authenticity and quality that will last you a long time, rather than buy a cheap imitation that will fall apart quickly.  Also I recommend getting fitted for a corset rather than just buying one in a store or online to guarantee that you get the perfect size and shape for your body.

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2. Garters- Also known as “Suspender Belts.” To me garters with stockings are one of the sexiest lingerie staples out there. I love wearing them. The most popular debate when it comes to garter belts are metal versus plastic clasps. Metal clasps are more vintage and hold stockings up extremely well. Plastic clasps can break easily and stockings tend to slip off the plastic more. Also make sure that they are adjustable.

   There are also different ways you can wear your garter belt with stockings depending on how long you plan on wearing them. For example, if you’re planning on wearing them just in the sexy privacy of your boudoir, then a garter with four straps are the way to go because you mostly won’t be wearing it for long. If you are wearing your garter and stockings on a daily basis, or know that you’re going to be wearing them for more than an hour, you’ll probably need six adjustable straps for more support. When looking to purchase a garter belt, especially if you’ve never worn one before, I recommend going to a shop with a knowledgeable staff, rather than just purchasing it online, to make sure you get one that fits you right and gives you the right support. The staff can also be a great help on how to wear them properly and how to take care of them.

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3. Stockings- There are a HUGE variety of stockings on the market, where you can find every color and style in the world. I definitely having a variety of stockings but in my opinion, I think that nylons with seams on the back are the most popular and the most vintage looking. Black stockings are also very popular. My favorite are nude stockings with black seams and a cuban heel which is in the picture below. Cuban heels are a square edge block of a darker color that is seen above the shoe heel.

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   If you want to wear stockings with an outfit but wearing a garter belt is not an option, for example (you are donning a short dress or a tight fitting dress when you can see the belt,) they make full tights with seams as well. 

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Cleaning and Storing Vintage Lingerie:

 There are many ways to clean your lingerie, some are more eccentric than others, which you can research online. This is just my suggestion and the way I personally wash and care for them.

When washing your lingerie, you have to be very delicate. You don’t want to throw your nice stockings or belt in a washing machine with your towels and jeans. They will get DESTROYED! Definitely read the wash instructions on anything you buy, especially if you are buying a more expensive piece. For my corsets or any tops with details such as sequins, crystals, bows, etc., I get them dry cleaned. And for stockings, nylons, and garter belts I always hand wash them with gentle detergent and then hang them up to dry. I also use cold water because hot water can be too harsh on your delicates and ruin them. 

   There are a few different ways to store your lingerie but here are some things that are always good to do and remember. For example, using regular and/or wire hangers or hangers with clips aren’t recommended because they can leave marks  or stretch out the fabric. You can buy lingerie hangers which are more soft and padded. It’s also good to keep your lingerie somewhere where it can breathe and to keep it out of the sunlight in a nice cool place.

   I hope these ideas and suggestions help you if you’re interested in buying or already have lingerie

   There are many shops and websites where you can purchase lingerie. Like I said above, if you’ve never worn any vintage style lingerie before, I recommend looking up places in your area that carry vintage pieces, like corsets, and can be fitted to your perfect measurements. Once you have a better idea, it makes it easier to shop online, even though now two brands are exactly alike when it comes to sizing. These are some of the sites that I like the most and have amazing lingerie. Definitely check them out.

 

http://www.darkgarden.com

http://www.whatkatiedid.com

http://www.secretsinlace.com

http://www.truecorset.com