Retro Reimagined

A fun trend that’s coming up recently is reimagining retro items into unique pieces of art.  From photography to jewelry these items will bring a splash of retro to your life in a cool, modern and standout way.

Doll Shoe Jewelry 

When I was a kid I would lament losing all those little tiny Barbie shoes but artist Sara Gallo managed to find them and create standout, one of a kind jewelry pieces.   Seriously, check them out.  How fab are they?  I want them all.

From Sara Gallo’s website: “The Doll Shoe Jewelry Series was created for unique and fashionable women. Each piece in the series is entirely handmade from fashion doll shoes in a variety of styles and colors.”

Retro Inspired Paintings

I discovered Lisa Zador, an artist with a thoroughly captivating retro style, through a sale and fell for the quirky fun of her paintings.  Celebrating vintage toys, fancy animal portraits and a touch of creepy fun her art is truly special.

Check out all the great art in her etsy shop:  Curious Portraits

Barbie Photo Prints

Everyone’s favorite doll and fashion icon is the subject of Paul Jordan’s collection of photo prints from Hamburg Kennedy.  From the streets of Europe to a beach in the 1960s, you’ll forget that she’s a plastic doll and get transported on her adventures. 

So what do you all think?  Would you rock doll shoe jewelry or feature some retro inspired art in your house?

Red Hot

Red lipstick is a signature of vintage glam.  Popular in the 1930s and 1940s this is a must have item for all vintage lovers.  It’s also an easy and affordable way to infuse vintage style into your everyday routine.  

Now I’m not usually a bright lipstick girl and my work is pretty casual but some days you just need to break out that red lipstick and go for it.  It’s amazing how something that simple can change your outlook on the day and add a bounce to your step.  Similar to a great pair of heels, red lipstick gives you that “I am a strong, beautiful women so look out world” feeling.  And don’t we all need that some days?

“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick. “ – Gwyneth Paltrow

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I will admit that I was afraid of red lipstick for a while though.  It can be intimidating.  Do I go with cherry red?  Brick red?  A blue undertone or orange for my skin tone?  How do I keep it from smearing all over my face?  Never fear, we are here with a quick guide to all things red:

1.  Picking your shade:  This was always the most difficult part for me and there is lots of conflicting advice out there.  The best and most useful advice I found is that choosing a red is less about the shade (orange-red, blue-red, true red) but how bright that color is against your skin tone. So for instance if you have fair skin an orange-red will be a really bright pop on you.  Doesn’t mean it won’t work but it’s something to note and adjust the rest of your makeup accordingly.  More information and examples can be found in this article.

On a recent shopping trip to a local vintage store we were very excited to find this line of cosmetics.  The packaging alone is worth checking out Besame cosmetics.   I have their classic color lipstick in Red Velvet, described as a “deep, rich red flattering on most skin tones. Great for office wear or everyday red, neutral and not too bright.”  It looks great on my fair skin. 

2.   Keep the rest of your makeup simple and clean, especially for a day time look.  Personally I just do my basic foundation, blush, powder and mascara routine and let the lipstick be the star of the show.

3.  Prevent color bleed:  Find a lip liner shade that’s close to your natural lip color and use it to outline and fill in your lips.  This will help the color to not bleed and avoiding red liner will prevent a two-tone effect from mismatched shades of red.  An alternate option for preventing “bleeding” is to apply a little concealer around the border of your mouth.

Do you have any favorite red lipsticks or great tips for wearing red lipstick?  Sound off in the comments below.

“I said pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.”  

 ― Marilyn Monroe



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A little about us:
Kiana is a former English teacher, now a devoted wife and stay at home mom to the adorable and energetic George. 
Favorite decade: 1930s
Favorite movie:  The Thin Man
Devin is a California girl who recently relocated to Seattle and works in ecommerce as a website merchandiser. 
Favorite decade: 1940s
Favorite movie:  Casablanca
Together we are true kindred spirits.  We love shopping, literature, classic movies, food and of course all things vintage.