All You Need Is Lipstick and a Hairstyle

Dresses and stockings are great but some days you either can’t or simply don’t want to put so much effort into getting ready. The other day I had an improv show late at night and I’d just taken a shower after the gym. I didn’t particularly want to get all dressed up just for this hour-long show and then go back home and go to sleep, but I also know that when I don’t dress up at all I tend to feel unattractive. And why put myself through that?

I therefore introduce my patented look-great method of: All You Need Is Lipstick and a Hairstyle.

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Casual jeans and a hoodie I bought in the Target boys’ section suddenly become an outfit. (And it has a cute sailor vibe, don’t you think?) It’s by no means a dressy outfit but it allowed me to dress down without feeling schlubby.

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When I first started wearing vintage I noticed that no matter what I was wearing, if I was wearing lipstick and any sort of hat people would comment on how “fancy” or “dressed-up” I looked. It made me self-conscious at first but now it reminds me I’m doing something right.

 

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The bow is of my very own creation! I’ve been knitting like a madman recently and I made this for myself and I really like it. What do you all think?

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And thus concludes this extremely simple style lesson.

I Got a Haircut! Eek!

I got a haircut! I’d been frustrated by my bangs and I wanted them thicker and get a trim. When I got to the hairdresser, she said my ends were damaged and she needed to cut them off. My hair grows pretty quickly, so I wasn’t that worried about cutting it shorter than I wanted because it’ll grow back.

I told her I wanted Louise Brooks bangs:

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And the shape of Rita Hayworth’s haircut, with the U-shape in the back.

 

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It might be a weird combination, but I love having thick, blunt bangs and feel very myself with them. They’re not very forties (my preferred aesthetic) but I figure that I always style myself how I want, even if it doesn’t go along with current fashions, so if I lived in the 40s I’m pretty sure I’d have been the same way.

So I went from this:

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To this:

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This is the shortest my hair has ever been since it grew out originally. Eek.

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It looks pretty short in the front. (P.S. I took these pictures before putting my lipstick on and I can’t stop thinking how weird I look without it)

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But I guess when I see it from the back it really isn’t all that short.

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And I can’t stop getting compliments over it. It’s definitely easier to brush (and I’m going to start taking better care of my hair – putting anti-breakage serum on the ends, brushing more carefully) and really bouncy and fun.

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It’ll take some getting used to. Ideally I think I’d like it to be a couple inches longer, but I’m sure if I give it a few months it’ll get there. I am looking forward to trying new setting patterns and hairstyles and seeing just what this new shorter cut can do. I’LL KEEP YA POSTED.

New Years and Some Serious Hair

Happy New Year!

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Here’s my roommate and me!

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And some pals. We look drunk, even though I am stone cold sober.

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And the party we went to! I wore my 70s red shirtdress and my new espadrilles – perfect for dancing and I didn’t want to wear anything too nice to get that sweaty in. A ton of people told me that red is my color, so that was exciting.

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And one of my only pictures from my birthday (the night before, actually). I’m not a drinker so I had one and a half and then I was done. I probably have five drinks a year and that is quite enough.

It’s taken me four days into the new year to write a new post because I’m having trouble taking pictures during the daytime! I’m not what you would call an early riser and now that the sun goes down at four fucking thirty in the afternoon, I have precious few daylight hours. So please forgive me that all my photos are taken in the dark, as I didn’t get ready for my evening until it was dark out.

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When I got ready last night I realized I had a pretty “severe” look – pulled-back hair, buttoned up shirt, strong brows, strong eyeliner, bold lips. But I really like a severe look on myself, it’s a bit more fun to me than looking soft and feminine (which is also fun sometimes. I’m indecisive).

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I think it’s funny you can see my iPhone in this picture. The hair was very easy and took about ten minutes. I made a strong side part and brushed out my pincurls. Started twisting from the front of my hair, adding hair as I went and trying to keep it tight but not close to my head – twists can be very subtle and I wanted this to be a stronger look. I inserted bobby pins along the length horizontally – you open it up and hold it perpendicular to your scalp, push back a bit, and then push forward.

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I then twisted my hair at the back so I’d be able to form it into a perfect bun, then pinned it to my head with bobby pins all around (try and get hair on your scalp and hair in the bun).

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I have an antique pocket watch my grandma gave me – I’ve never worn it before and keep it in a box for safekeeping but I realized I really wanted to be able to wear it and enjoy it. I’m going to take it to a watch repair shop today to have it cleaned.

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I love cat-eye liner on myself. I also applied my lipstick with a brush, which makes it stay on longer. And when I was doing Today Is History, my makeup artist did my eyebrows with brown shadow first and then black on top. It was such a strong look (and kind of made me more “ethnic” looking – all of a sudden everyone was asking me if I was Italian) so I’ve been doing it on myself. My natural hair color is pretty close to black anyhow. All in all, it was a look I really liked. The only thing I’d change if I could is I was wearing my flowery jeans and I’d really like to have a pair of more classic jeans (like Freddie’s – ugh I might have to splurge and buy some).

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s and I’ll send you off with a few pictures of myself with my siblings and our donkey, Luke.

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Vintage Styles for Curly Hair: Layrite Review

I have long, thick, curly hair. It’s almost impossible to find good hairstyling advice for my kind of hair – any magazine I read full of hair tips will all be aimed at girls with straight/wavy short to medium length hair, with maybe a token hairstyle for Black women.

Until very recently, how I styled my hair was I took a shower at night and combed my hair in the shower, let it dry overnight, and then did nothing for five days and then repeat. Here’s my hair:

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It can be hard to really see my hair texture in pictures because it’s so dark, but it’s messy curly. Spirals that can turn into dreadlocks if I don’t do anything. I used to get mats in my hair when I was younger because curly hair likes to stick together. So even when I do a hairstyle, my hair will always clump back together. And my hair has always been long – usually halfway down my back, never shorter than my boobs. Partly it keeps the volume controlled on my hair a bit and also I just like long hair and feel like myself with it.

Because it is so hard to find resources for long curly hair, I have decided to become one. I’m working on a post about how I pincurl my hair but my first post will be a review of Layrite! I’ve heard the name on so many vintage blogs and got the idea that it could tame volume and frizz in a pincurl set, but nobody really demonstrated it for me. Volume and frizz are a huge issue any time I decide to comb/brush/move my hair, so I invested in a jar.

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This is what it looks like straight out of the jar. Sorry I couldn’t be bothered to flip my photo. Isn’t it weird looking? And it smells crazy. I read someone say it smells like cotton candy, which I wouldn’t have thought of but I guess it’s not far off.

I tried putting it on just the right side of my hair – I took about a dime-sized amount and rubbed it through my fingers, then tried to lightly streak it over my hair. FYI, this is a week-old set that hasn’t been brushed in five hours. Also keep in mind I took these pictures at midnight and I look sleepy.

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Big difference, huh? My right (your left) side is definitely sleeker.

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Here you can see the frizz differential. Then I tried brushing it out:

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Less of a difference. The left side still did have less frizz and pretty manageable volume, even though that side of the part had more hair.

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Oh yeah and I did this:

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That’s my Elvis.

I’ll have to continue using Layrite to experiment with it and see how it works, but so far it seems very cool and I’ll definitely be using it on days when my hair is huge and poofy (so many days! So many days!)

Outfit Post: Lady In Red & My New Vintage Hairbrush!

The pilot for Today Is History is shooting next weekend and I needed to buy a brightly-colored dress – my director requested yellow or cranberry. I went to Jet Rag, the only LA vintage store where I have ever actually found things I like – LA vintage stores seem very catered towards a hippie/hipster aesthetic with a lot of non-vintage clothes mixed in. And really high prices. I tried on a bunch of dresses and here’s the winner:

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I think it’s hilarious how miserable I look in that picture. That’s in their dressing room! I wore the dress the next day to make sure I wouldn’t hate it:

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It’s a pink/red 1970s shirtwaist dress with two pockets on the chest and button-up 3/4 sleeves.

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I look weird in this picture but I wanted to show you the length.

All in all my verdict is – it’s not necessarily what I would think of as “my style,” as it’s a bit more modern-looking than I prefer, but it was $22, it fits the bill for the show, and I like that it’s very easy to wear. I think it’s a perfect dress for a day when you don’t really have the energy to get all dolled up or wear anything constricting. I also love the length – it is SO hard to find a modern dress that length, everything is above-the-knee (which is generally too short in my opinion) or a maxi dress to the floor. And this dress swishes around so nicely that it makes you feel pretty and I think would be awesome to dance in.

It also matches my new hairbrush and comb:

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They’re deadstock from the 60s – I bought them on Etsy and she has two sets left! And best of all they only cost $5 with $2 shipping.

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I needed a new brush anyways and I just can’t buy something modern when I have the option of buying something vintage. It’s so much more fun.

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It has cute instructions on how to brush your hair 100 times a day. Which I have probably been doing just because I want to use my new hairbrush. Do you try and buy vintage items besides clothing? What about the stuff that you use every day, like my hairbrush?

New Sweater and Pin Curl Waves

I bought a new sweater at Jet Rag yesterday – my previous number of sweaters was zero! Unless you’re counting my leopard cardigan from Target, which you’re not. So my new sweater I wore today is waist-length, orange and white like a Creamsicle, and according to the Vintage Fashion Guild the Bobbie Brooks tag is from the late 50s-early 60s.

I also finally attempted pincurl waves – up til now I’d been using Super Kawaii Mama’s pin curl method, which doesn’t involve any brushing and really results in curls. But I’m nothing if not adventurous so today I tried brushing out my pin curl set into waves. I am of several opinions – I like curly hair on me better, probably because I have curly hair naturally so I like it on me, and brushing it out is more work and results in more frizz and I don’t have the tenacity to bother with hair frizz anymore. BECAUSE I ONLY DO FUN STUFF NOW.

TWINS! I figured out that I photograph myself standing next to my mirror instead of in front of it I don’t have to clean my room. I gots priorities.

Pushed the hair back so you can really get a load of this fucking sweet-ass sweater.

The only picture in which you can see the whole skirt – I bought it at Jet Rag for $12 and though my mom thought upon seeing it that it was 80s, I’m pretty sure it’s earlier based off of the hand-sewn hem (and side buttons). Unfortunately it doesn’t have any tags.

Check out the color on that sweater. I think this cost me $15? Pretty sweet deal, bros. P.S. German pride! It’s not weird anymore. And I was born there, I’m not a geneology freak. Though I AM an Elvis freak. What a lovely face.

Do you know why people used to photograph in black and white? Because it’s the cure for bad lighting. That was the problem – Old-Timey people had color photos, but terrible lighting. And here I am, all these years later, with the same problem. How does my hair look? Pretty goddamn wavy, huh? I think my hair might be too long for this style, really. And my ends didn’t look great. I’m not sure how they’re supposed to look. Ugh, I tried, you guys. Get off my back. I’M DOING MY BEST, EVERYONE.

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I took this picture of the back later – I think that looks like pretty legit pincurl waves, especially since I did not try that hard to make my set even (I have a lot of hair, it’s too much work to be precise). So let’s put this one in the WIN column.

First-Time Pin Curls

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Result of pin-curling my hair for the first time a couple weeks ago. Every now and then having naturally curly hair actually comes in handy. And oh yeah, I took that first photo at a stoplight. Because fuck da police. Also I texted my mom the second picture and she said it was a “keeper” so here you guys go.