Things to Remember when Shopping

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I love shopping, as do most people, and wanted to put down some tips, ideas, questions, and things to consider when you’re out shopping so you don’t feel overwhelmed, which can happen from time to time. These are just a few things to think about.

1.  PLANNING AHEAD: If you’re planning to go shopping for something specific, write it down on a piece of paper or in your phone to take with you. This way if you go to a huge store, you will be more focused on finding that specific item without getting side-tracked. 

2. WHAT TO INVEST IN: Depending on your style, you might want to invest more money on one piece than spending the same amount on another, depending on how often you wear or use something. Using myself as an example, I may spend more money on a vintage dress but not pay as much on a pair of jeans because I don’t wear jeans as much as my dresses.

3. DON’T BUY JUST TO BUY: This seems pretty obvious but I’ve known many people in the past that felt the need to buy something in a shop, whether they really liked it or not. Or they’ll purchase something just because it’s on sale. Do yourself and your wallet a favor, save your money and don’t buy anything unless you truly love it whether it’s on sale or not.

4. QUESTIONS: When seeing something you’re interested in, ask yourself these questions. Will you wear or use it on a daily basis and/or a lot? If you you’ll use it a lot, purchase it.

5. LUXURIOUS PIECES- I love luxury, whether it’s a fashion staple or a high end beauty product but only if it’s in my budget. I feel it’s better to buy one luxurious piece then five cheaper pieces that can possibly fall apart or if it’s a makeup product, have a cheap formula that can possibly mess up your skin.

6. ONE IN EVERY COLOR- If you find a piece of clothing that you absolutely love and you’ll know you get a lot of use out of it, get it in every color. For example, the lace gray dress that I posted on my instagram and in a previous post here, I also bought in lime green and rose. That way I have something that can be a “go to item,” and can rotate for any occasion. 

7. ONE OF A KIND- If you see something that catches your eye and you know is a one of a kind item, definitely get it. If you don’t, someone else may grab it and then you’ll regret not getting it first. Also you’ll have a fabulous stylish piece that is unique and that no one else will have.

 

*I don’t own the above photo image.

Vintage Springtime Pinup

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   A little under two weeks ago on a Saturday, I had a fantastic day of shooting with Jordan Giuliani. I’ve known Jordan for years and he’s such a great friend. We actually have done a few  photo shoots in the past where we BOTH were models and always had a lot of fun. He is a very creative and talented person and his photographic skills are wonderful. I can’t thank him enough for coming out to my neck of the woods to do this project with me.

   When we did our day of shooting we did a few different looks and styles and here is just one of themes we did. It’s a Spring Time Pinup theme that we did outside in my floral vintage dress, Cuban heel stockings, and tall black glitter high heels shoes.

   The weather was perfect for this shoot as well and had a lot of fun.

Here are my favorite photos from my Vintage Springtime Pinup shoot. I hope you enjoy then and stay tuned for the other theme we did.

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To see more of Jordan and his work you can go to these links.

https://www.instagram.com/shadowvox/

http://nullsection.deviantart.com/

How to do a Vintage Look with Drugstore Products

You don’t need to have expensive and/or high priced beauty lines to create your look. You can still create the look you want with drugstore makeup. In this video, you see how I apply and use ALL DRUGSTORE MAKEUP, plus a list of all the products I used.  Not one piece of makeup on me in this video is from any high end, expensive lines.

FOUNDATION:

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte PowderInfallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation in “Ivory 101”

CONCEALER: True Match

POWDER:  L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Powder in “Porcelain 101”

 

BLUSH: Cover Girl Cheekers in “Pink”

EYE SHADOW: Revlon 4 Shade Palette in “

EYELINER: e.l.f. Intense Ink Eyeliner in “Blackest Black”

 

 

EYE BROWS: Revlon Brow Fantasy Pencil and Gel in “Dark Brown”

MASCARA: L’Oréal Butterly Mascara in Black

LIPSTICK: L’Oréal  in “True Red.”

 

 

 

Back to my Bettie Bangs

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I grew up having some style of bangs until I was a senior in high school where I  let them grow out. Throughout the years later I’ve been off and on with having different bang styles, from long side swept bangs, to having a vamp widow’s peak, to fringe bangs but having “Bettie Bangs,” is my favorite style. Besides the obvious vintage and pinup look reason, I also love have Bettie bangs because of the way they look on me, how they frame my face, and how they lay beautifully. Not everyone can pull off having short baby bangs so I’m very happy that I can. The lovely and talented Lizzie Sandeman from Carlton Salon in Mission Viejo did an amazing job on my hair. A huge “Thank you!,” and hug to sweet Lizzie! You can check her out on her instagram under @lizziesandeman and under @carltonhairmv

With that said, there are definitely some pros and cons to having bangs;

 

Cons- If you get tired of your bangs, you have to wait for them to grow out. You also have to go through that awkward “growing out,” phase if you’re wanting to get rid of them. You’ll definitely go through the stage where you can’t do much with them except let them get to a length where you can push them to the side or pin them.

The last main Con is that if your hair grows fast like mine, you’ll have to trim them frequently. If you can do it yourself, there’s no real issue. If you have to get them cut professionally, the cost can add up depending how often you need them trimmed.

 

Pros- With bangs, any style you do automatically looks vintage and cute. They look great with having your hair down or in an updo.

Your hair can still look polished even if it’s a mess as long as your bangs are looking good.

You can also do most pinup/vintage looks with bangs. You just have to sometimes modify them. For example, you can do your victory rolls, but they can’t incorporate short bangs and you  just have to start the rolls a little more back than if you didn’t have bangs and did your rolls on the very front of your head.

The biggest Pro is that they look absolutely fabulous!

 

 

 

 

Bless the Vintage Magazine

Last summer I was part of a pole/burlesque show and won for the best pinup model and look. I actually wrote a long post about the show including hot vintage photos of me and my friends. The awesome photographer that shot the photos that night known as Bless the Vintage came out with a magazine this January and in the very first issue, I was published in it along with fellow performers and friends. I’m very grateful and excited I got to be shown in his first magazine. To check out more of his work, you can find him on Instagram under @blessthevintage.

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

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      I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!!!! Be blogging more soon but wanted to wish all my friends on here a very happy holiday season! 

Here are some of my holiday beautiful, pinup, burlesque looking photos from past holiday shoots since I didn’t have time to do a holiday shoot this year! Enjoy!!!

 

 

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Stay tuned for new blog post soon!!!!