The $13.99 Dress





 

Took a gamble on Amazon, and I must say I am really happy with this dress. It’s light, it fits perfectly, material is great…and it was $13.99!

It’s currently out of stock but here is the link for you to perhaps add to your wishlist: Halter Vintage Party Dress

This brand is known to carry a lot of vintage inspired dresses and they get great reviews.

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Dress: Collectif Clothing 

Shades: Jimmy Choo

Shoes: Solemate @ SM Department Stores

The Middy Cut: Vintage hair made easy (kind of)

So…..I chopped off my locks. About 5 inches, and in a very specific style. The pattern I followed was called the Middy Cut. This pattern was very popular back in the day, and it was this cut that made those beautiful curls look so sculpted. 

Talking to the stylist about this odd request, he was surprisingly helpful. Asking a lot of questions and we discussed on how the shape should be. Unlike most salons where you say what you want and they do whatever the hell pleases them. It turned out great! 

As you can see, the cut creates a ‘U’ shape from all angles. Coming high on the front with layers. 

I chose to do a wet-set with foam rollers (overnight) and they turned out so so so great. It was so easy now with the cut. I barley had do to any patterns. I just did a simple inward curl and a quick brush out. Still practicing, and needing some pomade to contain the frizz. 

If this is something you think you would want, go for it. However definitely think about it and make sure you and your stylist are on the same page. 

Needless to say, I am very happy with my new hair! 

What do you think of my new do? 
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

 

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

BenCab Museum: Abby Jocson bag, and a vintage belt

The BenCab Museum near Baguio City was so much fun. Aside from the vast collection of Ben, our guide Ryan gave us a unique experience through the museum. He himself is very artistic, taking our smart phones and incorporate the art into our photos.

 

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My photos are taken in the erotica section, where there are interesting works of art on the…well art of sex. It’s a very popular feature in this museum.

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Obsessed with mermaids, finding this bag was a dream. Abby Jocson has numerous quirky designs from pineapples to hearts. My belt is from Pattye’s Closet, a vintage boutique in Glendale.  It was a score (at just $10). The swallows are classic. Something from Sailor Jerry, or any flash tattoo design.

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Taken at the BenCab Museum,Benguet

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

 

 

Inspiration: Priscilla Presley

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Lady Presley as I know her. She is the wife of the late great King Elvis Presley. I won’t go into any details on how, when, where and every detail of her life . (You can watch her very very interesting history with Elvis and her special life here.) I just want to focus on her unique beauty and style. With all the research I’ve done about her, Elvis had a HUGE say in her fashion. I like to think of it as him helping her grow into the fashionable Priscilla she is today.

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Priscilla before Elvis’ fashionable guidance

Lana del Rey is the biggest modern day Priscilla (FASHION WISE!) From her hair, makeup, the lips and that lifted nose. Even some of Priscilla’s photos have been imitated by Lana.

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I love her baby doll face. Now, she isn’t necessarily ‘pin-up’ fashion so to speak. But, what I love about her style is it was the definition of the early 1960s and 70’s. Her make-up is my ultimate inspiration, and today I try to do her lethal cut-crease and winged eyeliner.  All rock n’ roll and glamour. Here are some of my favorite Priscilla looks and see how her style transforms :

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Fresh into Elvis’ life

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The wedding dress she wore twice. Once for their ceremony in Vegas, and another back in Graceland.

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Honeymoon Send-off. This is my ultimate favorite look. Elvis is a good accessory too.

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Hawaii times–Lots of floral prints and head pieces.

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To look this good just four days after giving birth–Priscilla Presley everyone.

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Transitioning into the 70’s

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Priscilla still on point at age 70.

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What is your favorite Priscilla look?

xx Kelsey