Snow White or The Wicked Witch

Last week, one of my friends tagged me in Vintage Life Magazine’s contest to be the October Cover Girl. I didn’t originally think I would do it, but the more I looked at the images the more I thought… maybe I can. Maybe I should. And it put a bug in my head to try. I’ve never modeled or shot for any sort of contest before, so it was entirely new and nerve-wracking, but when I came up with this outfit (with the help of some friends!) I started to get really excited.

I really wanted to capture the essence of Halloween and October without going too overboard or too hard in the direction of the stereotypical pinup/witch/kitschy look. And, I was glad to see that there were no other really fairytale-esque photos, so mine was the first one to really be vintage fairytale. I decided on this gorgeous Hearts and Roses dress and jacket combo because it looks very evil queen to me, and I used the styling to get a little bit of softness from the look.

I think it turned out very Snow White IS the Evil Queen, and I am really, really happy with the photos. Regardless of whether or not I win (and I don’t think I will, not witha ll of the other amazing photos in the contest!) I’m super happy that my friend tagged me and I decided to try. Over the course of hte weekend, somehow my photo has gotten up into 4th place for likes and it blows my mind that it has over 1k likes in less than a week.

I’ve just been staring at the likes and wondering if this is real, if that’s really me, if this is really happening.

I cried just seeing my photo added to the album for votes. I am currently at my heaviest weight, coming out of postpartum depression, and a stay-at-home mom who is, most days, wearing yoga pants covered in sticky little handprints. I have always, always wanted to be able to encourage and empower anyone in any stage of life, at any weight, with any lifestyle, to take the time to care for themselves and just WEAR their dream outfits even though they don’t think they can. I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve been told someone wishes they could wear what I wear, and I just want to say (and often do) “YOU CAN WEAR THIS TOO JUST DO IT.”

Clothing is such a small thing, but it packs a big bang. I don’t expect to win this competition, but if I can at least be in the top five for running, I will be happy. Because then I will feel like I can truly say… if I can get that far, YOU CAN WEAR THE THING. If I, a stay at home mom still struggling with body image and postpartum depression and still fighting to find ways to get dressed every day… if I can do this, you can literally do ANYTHING.

Because you are amazing. You are wonderful. You are strong. You are SO smart. And you are beautiful.

Go get that dream.

Below is the final image I submitted. If you want to vote for me, please do! You can click here and like the photo. Or, vote for any of the other amazing women who have submitted their photos to the contest! Help a deserving retro girl reach her dreams. <3

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The Perfect Hat

Chocolatier

This past weekend, I went to one of my favorite antique malls and scored several GORGEOUS vintage hats. I have been trying to build up my  hat collection with more hats that I’ll actually wear, and have discovered that I much prefer larger pillbox styles or wide-brimmed hats. I am not too keen on veils, unless they stay out of my face.

This beautiful black and pink floral number is one of the two that just blew me away when I saw them. I grabbed it and held it tight through the entire store!

This hat is definitely THE perfect hat to wear with this LindyBop Boutique Border skirt. I’ve had this skirt sitting in my closet for a little while, and was never quite sure whether I wanted to style it super sweet, with all pink everything, or more toned down. As soon as I found this hat, I knew I wanted to go with black as my main color.  

But of course, being addicted to pattern mixing, I had to choose these glorious White House | Black Market houndstooth heels for a little extra pizzazz. Every once in a while, my local Goodwill has some amazing unworn castoffs, and these heels happened to be my size, brand new, and around six dollars. I haven’t worn them much, as I sort of put them on a shelf and forgot they were there, but you can bet they’ll be my fall staple! I can’t wait to get into a fall color scheme, as you can see by my newly red hair!

Eyre House Vintage

This week I have been incredibly busy not only filming YouTube videos but also reinstating my Etsy shop, under a new name that stays within the Jane Eyre influence of my blog and channel. I’m so excited to reopen my shop! I had been enjoying Instagram, but I found that I just started to neglect the shop on Instagram and I honestly kind of hated having to type it all out on my iPhone. So, I’m steadily working to stock the shop with all of the amazing vintage pieces I’ve found lately and I’m incredibly happy with how it’s looking!

Once I have gotten a good stock up, I’ll have an official grand opening with a little discount to boot, so definitely stay tuned for that.

I hope you have all been having a good week!

Hat, 1950’s vintage | skirt, Lindy Bop | top, thrifted | heels, White House Black Market (some here )

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Ten Minute Vintage Hair

Quick Vintage Hairstyles

I’ve been a bit quiet around blogging this week, but if you pop over to my YouTube channel you’ll see I’ve been busy filming a lot of different videos! Today I wanted to share this tutorial I finally put together for one of the easiest vintage hairstyles I know. I use this method all the time, and I always get a million questions asking how I do it, how long it takes, and how it can be so easy. Trust me, once you get the hang of rolling you hair, it takes ten minutes or LESS.

Most recently, I wore this hairstyle to get my nails done. The nail technician did not believe me when I said it took ten minutes, and insisted I must have taken HOURS to do my hair.

At any rate, I hope you enjoy the tutorial and my awkward self trying to figure out how to intro and exit the video.

 

 

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F is for Fern and Fauna

Put a Wiggle in it

Because I have an 18″ difference between my waist and my hips, I don’t often wear wiggle dresses. Unless there is a good amount of stretch in the skirt of a bodycon dress, most don’t fit both my hips, my waist and my chest all at once. That’s why, when I found this gorgeous Donna Karan floral, I was over the moon to find it fit all three perfectly. It has the perfect amount of stretch, it has a back cutout, the pattern is beautiful, and I could not pass it up!

I’ve always wanted to be a person who could easily wear wiggle dresses, but even at my thinnest my waist-hip difference was 15″, so it’s always been a bit difficult to find a wiggle that fit. Most silhouettes like this only allow for about 10-12″ of difference between the two, which is incredibly frustrating as someone pear shaped who can never hope for an even hourglass figure.

But, in the last few months I have found three great wiggle dresses at Goodwill, so it’s a sign that I should definitely dress in this silhouette more often!

Today, I forgot to think of a character before I wore a color, but incidentally Fauna from Sleeping Beauty wears a fern-green color, so we’ll roll with that. 😉

Dress, thrifted | shoes, Modcloth | veil, vintage | necklace, belt, and earrings, gift | bracelet, thrifted

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Cinderella in Cerulean

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A Vintage Cinderella

I had so many options for colors today, but as soon as I thought of a character I knew I had to do Cinderella. As you’ll see, these character-inspired outfits won’t be full-on cosplays, but rather outfits that take a color or overall vibe the character has, and make that my own thing. I completely messed up yesterday and forgot that my character was supposed to start with a B as well, but it’s okay! I’m already planning tomorrow’s character, although I’m not sure if I’ll be able to figure out how to style it.

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Today, I finally filmed a sort of quick and dirty vintage hair tutorial. I’m still figuring out how to best film (and instruct) these videos, so it’s not perfect, but it’s a start! I had a lot of fun showing how I do my hair when I only have 15-20 minutes to spare. It’s totally possible to achieve a vintage style in a short amount of time, if you lower your expectations a little and just let your hair curl where it wants to curl.

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While I don’t have any glass slippers, I thought these silver glitter heels were the perfect stand-in! When in doubt, wear something shiny, right? They go so well with this gorgeous 1950’s dress and I added a contrasting-color hat to keep it from being too monotone.

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The natural cotton of this dress makes it a nice one to wear in the heat of the summer; I found myself changing from yesterday’s man-made fabrics to a vintage cotton dress, because it’s so much cooler to wear. Now I understand how they wore dresses all the time! I appreciate the convenience of man-made fabrics and the stretch of a good poly-spandex blend, but cotton is the best thing on hot days!

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I hope you area all finding ways to keep cool this summer!

Dress, vintage (similar here, here, and here) | shoes, thrifted | hat, vintage (similar here and here) | earrings, vintage (similar here)

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