Inspirations: Iconic Fashion Designer Edith Head

Who and why is she so important in the world of design?  Click to read more!

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View Films featuring Edith’s designs in :

Rear Window

All About Eve

Roman Holiday

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Some Time with Henry London

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I have just received a special gift from Henry London, and I cannot be more excited about their launch here in the Philippines.

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If you’re not yet a watch enthusiast and haven’t heard of Henry London, here’s what you need to know:

  1. Henry London is definitely vintage inspired. It began when two designers found a 1960s vintage timepiece at the famous Portobello Road Market (in London’s vintage district.)
  2. Who is Henry?  The piece had the words ‘Henry, August 1965’ engraved on the case back. The designers then took it upon themselves to carry on Henry’s name in a line that exemplifies British design and heritage.
  3. Cutting-edge technology. Henry London’s collection is created with front line technology, but not skipping it’s mid-century style.
  4. Modern Day Vintage. Their collection is all about the essence of 1960s design, but with the dozens of colors for straps brings out the modern taste.
  5. Keeping it personal. Henry London is bringing back the tradition of engraving. Pens, notebooks, lockets…when it’s engraved it makes it so much more special. Henry London gives you that opportunity, with their contemporary precision and reliability in high quality stainless steel.

 

I don’t have a large collection, as I’m still learning, but watches are an essential accessory to anyone’s wardrobe. When I got this piece it was exactly my taste. Adding this next to my only other watch, a 1969 Cartier Tank Quartz which was a gift for my 25th birthday, is helping me find my way to a girls own watch collection.

I’ll be featuring the Henry London watch in a series of post, so watch out!

You can find Henry London at:

SWISSGEAR Boutiques, WRISTPOD Boutiques, Landmark Department Stores, and selected Robinson’s Department Stores. 

 

xxKelsey

 

Halloween Costume Ideas!

It’s finally Halloween season! Time to dress up, get that sugar high, and take lots of shots! You would be surprised how you can incorporate a pin-up vibe to any Halloween costume. Here are few ideas:

Morticia Addams

The queen of cutting off the roses, Morticia Addams is the baddest mom on the block. Her long black hair, silky white skin and demure look is a classic Halloween costume. All you’ll need is a long black dress, a wig (if you already don’t have luscious locks), and killer red lipstick.

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Sugar Skull (Day of the Dead)

The tradition of the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos is full of festivities. That includes the sugar skull face. Read more on the history of the sugar skull here on Idda van Munster’s blog. This is a really fun costume where you can put your makeup and face painting skills to work. A fun dress, and some flowers creates the look.

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Sailor

A really fun pin-up look giving a nod to the WWII sailors. Some shorts, a sailor top, red lipstick and curled hair and you’ve got yourself a costume. Accessorize with some necklaces such as anchors, swallow birds or even add a temporary tattoo and a sailor hat!

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Rosie the Riveter

Lastly, you cannot forget the iconic Rosie the Riveter. She is the poster woman representing the American woman who worked the factories during WWII. She is a pin-up icon! This costume is super easy, and watch out for my tutorial on how to recreate this look!

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What are your favorite Halloween costumes?

xxKelsey

 

Inspirations: Disney’s Cinderella (2015)

There’s been a hype now with Disney’s live-action remakes. With the upcoming Beauty and the Beast, which happens to be my dad’s favorite Disney movie, I have to write about another Disney classic which was made into a live-action film just last year. I had my doubts about the new take on Cinderella, but I was surprised that they kept the romantic fantasy alive. Recent movies carry a theme on topics such as sisterhood (Frozen), feminism (Tangled), and growing up (Toy Story 3). So, it was nice to have a film that was back in touch with Disney’s Once Upon a Time.

The fashion is the best part of Cinderella. Throughout the entire film I could not help but burst with excitement. Seriously, every piece Cate Blanchette wore, along with all the corsets and the silk fabrics…

The costumes were designed by Sandy Powell, and she executed the designs with the idea of  “a nineteenth-century period film made in the 1940s or ’50s,” (Click here to for more on Sandy Powell)

Here are some of my favorites from the film:

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Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce played an inspiration to the designs of the stepmother.

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Art deco jewelry and waist fitting belts. Along with jewel toned fabrics. Sculpted hair, and red lipstick to match. 

Something similar is Jean Harlow in her negligee. 

Comparing Lady Tremaine’s wardrobe to the structure of the design by Charles James c.1950

 

 

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I loved Cinderella’s dress, the colors were so pretty. The ruffled off-shoulder cut reminded me of this design by Balenciaga from 1952. 

You can’t forget the step sisters….I loved how their style represented their personalities. Over the top, loud and attention seeking. The ruffles, corsets and use of the wired petticoat isn’t quite mid-century fashion. Rather it’s more of the modern day goth. 

Left: Model is Lady Ophelia. Photo by Foto Art Retrosleep. Right: Model is @shadowmodel87. Photo by @juha_aman_photography.

Again, with a more 19th century cross modern-day goth, the Fairy Godmother’s dress is just as dreamy as Cinderella’s. And it’s Helena Bonham Carter who is the queen of corsets and lace. 

 

Lastly, the wedding gown. I have no words.  

Which of the Cinderella characters are your favorite?

xxKelsey

Vintage Waves: Tried & Tested from Vintage Vandalizm

I’m not going to lie, recreating vintage hairstyles is very difficult. It takes time and lots of patience. But, that’s what gives the glamour to the entire look, taking the time to perfect the hair and giving it the best potential. It’s not just a brush and go, it’s really about sculpting and styling. Finding the right technique can take years and I decided to check out the beautiful Vintage Vandalizm’s routine. I have to say that I am completely satisfied! Of course, I still need to practice and I am adding in a few of my own touches. Once I perfect it, I promise to share so keep a look out for my tutorial!

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xxKelsey

The 50’s Live On–50’s Diner in Baguio

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Old fashion or the latest thing? Burger joints are still well and alive. Creamy milkshakes and juicy burgers, all you need now is the whole gang on a Friday night.

Taken at the 50’s Diner in Baguio City.

 

xxKelsey

 

 

Kat Von D ‘Shade + Light’ Eye Contour Pallet Review and Looks!

 

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Kat Von D forever!!! I’ve been a huge fan of her’s since those Miami Ink days…

She is one of my idols in creativity, style and ambition. Seriously LOVE her. So, when she came out with her now famous make-up line through Sephora I died. Then, learning that her products would be cruelty free it couldn’t get any better.

I finally got my hands on the eye contour pallet. As some of you know, I have a huge eye for eye contouring. Pun intended. Her pallet consists of three quads: neutral, cool, and warm. As much as I love the Urban Decay Naked pallets….this beats it by light years.  The galaxy should only carry this product. It’s absolutely pigmented, carries all the necessary neutral colors, and it’s all matte. Also, the packaging couldn’t resemble Kat any better.

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Let’s be real, you end up buying an eye shadow pallet because when you see it all together you think “OOOOOHHH PRETTY COLORS.” But, what the heck, you end up only using the browns, whites and uhm…maybe the blue? We all know you will rarely dip your brush into that neon Easter pink everyday. (HEY! I praise you if you do that!)

I tried all the quads…as a quad. And I only did one technique for each quad to easily compare.

 

The Warm Quad: 

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The Neutral Quad: 

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The Cool Quad: 

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All three looks consisted of MAC Pro Long Wear Foundation, Tony Moly eyebrow pencil, and Chanel Compact Radiance Compact Powder. Photos taken with Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

Final Thoughts:

The Warm Quad– It deserves to be worn everyday. I would do this look for work, or for something that requires you to wear the color white and cover your tattoos. I love it for being super subtle.  Lipstick is Persistence by MAC.

The Neutral Quad– This quad is what I would definitely use when creating the pinup look. The white and the dark browns are exactly what I need in creating a deep crease in my eyes. Lipstick is Russian Red by MAC. 

The Cool Quad– Use use use for a night out! It’s dark, its smoldering, and its screams “you bitch”. I want this for gigs, a drunk night out or just to bring a little darkness on a sunny day. Lipstick is Copenhagen by NYX.  

 

 

Which look do you like the best?

xKelsey