Photo Shoots with Friends

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This post is coming to you pre-scheduled as I am on a holiday this week with friends, one of whom is my dear friend Chantelle, who is pictured in these photos today. I decided it would be a perfect time to share these photos, which I got back in June when I visited her, as they are too special to not post at all despite the lateness of them!

It is a bit of a tradition that when my friend Chantelle and I get together, we do a photo shoot- we did this even in my pre-blogging days. (Maybe sometime I will share some of those old pictures. . .) Sometimes our photo shoots are themed, and usually the theme is some kind of vintage style, because that is what I have for “costumes”. As in, it is a costume for her, and regular clothing for me 😉 We’ve done “model”, “wedding dresses”, “1940’s” and last year we did “1950’s“. This time, we didn’t have any theme planned- and as I was traveling, I didn’t bring extras in my suitcase. However, while I was visiting, I found this great straw hat at the thrift shop and Chantelle was able to borrow this lovely blue topper, so we figured that was good enough.

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The photos of both of us were taken with self timer and, as I didn’t have my tripod with me, we precariously balanced a pile of wood on top of a kitchen stool and placed the camera on top! It was a bit dangerous for the camera, and we had no way of knowing where we were in the frame, so the results were a bit interesting. Somehow we still managed to end up with these lovely shots though- and even with me running back and forth, I managed to not look too disheveled!

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I’ve shown both this skirt and shirt together before, but why mess with a good thing, right? I am not above repeating an outfit if it worked out well the first time. And, I wasn’t kidding last week when I said I have worn this skirt too many times to count. I even brought it on my trip this week, so I might be wearing it as we speak 🙂 However it is nice to share my new hat, especially since I have worn it a few times now. Sometimes, like in the case of this hat, thrifting can be very rewarding. I saw a hat very similar to this one, with an asymmetrical brim, and green ribbon and accent, for sale online, but it was quite expensive. It was a justifiable price, for a handcrafted piece of millinery, but I am so glad I found this secondhand one instead!

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She looks like she should be going to a Royal Wedding. 🙂

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And because you can’t have any photoshoot without silly ones. . .

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I didn’t realize I was so far away from Chantelle in this picture, and instead of hugging her, I am just creepily/awkwardly putting my hand on her shoulder! It doesn’t help that I have that strange expression either. . .

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These expressions, above, are just too funny. . .

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Do you enjoy doing photo shoots together when you meet up with friends? Have you ever been looking for something in a shop or online, only to find something similar in a thrift shop?

Crossing Over to the “Solid Separates” Side

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For the longest time I have had a “fear” of solid coloured garments. OK, I don’t actually run screaming when I see them, but I am always afraid that they will be too boring. Prints, no doubt about it, are fun and come in everything imaginable- from novelty prints featuring pineapples, to more classic stripes or dots. I have an abundance of patterns and colours in my wardrobe (and a weakness for a good floral pattern). For dresses, which are basically an entire outfit in one, it doesn’t matter much. But when you start trying to pair separates together, this can cause some problems when you look into your closet and see clashing stripes, florals, polkadots and geometrics staring back at you.

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So, here are three reasons why solid separates are great additions to your wardrobe; and are anything but boring if, like me, you are afraid of them!

1. They go with everything. I can’t tell you how many times I have worn my solid black t-shirts or my tan “Roman Holiday” skirt. They coordinate with patterns and they coordinate with other solids, as pictured here. A good neutral basic, such as beige, black or navy, will go with almost every colour. The options for mix and matching are endless. And solids don’t automatically mean they have to be neutral colours either- you can have just as much versatility with bright colours.

2. They are classic and “vintage”. Of course people have worn prints all through history- as soon as they discovered ways to dye, paint, embroider and weave patterns into fabric. However, looking through vintage images shows a lot of solid coloured garments. I think this is because of the simple fact that they are so versatile. Clothing cost more in the past, and good quality clothing costs more today, so investing in a solid coloured skirt is often a better investment than a print, which will only coordinate with a few other pieces in your wardrobe. Solid coloured garments also recede and allow your accessories and patterns to shine. Vintage style is made of accessories- whether it’s hats, gloves, purses or shoes- so it’s nice to let them take centre stage every once in a while.

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3. Solids don’t “date” as quickly and you don’t get as tired of them as quickly as prints. Although vintage/ vintage-inspired patterns and prints could be considered already “dated”, when you have pull out your hummingbird printed dress for the umpteenth time, it gets a bit boring. As much as I love my patterned garments, I do get a bit tired of them, if I wear them too often. Because they are more bold, I remember them more, and I feel like “I just wore that”, even if it has been a while. And although probably no one else notices, I do hate wearing the exact same thing too many times in a row. With solid coloured separates, you can wear them over and over, and each time change your garment pairing and accessories for a completely new look.

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I’m working on creating a more cohesive wardrobe palette, and this cream skirt I picked up a few weeks ago at the thrift store is a perfect example of versatile solid separates. It goes with nearly every colour I own, except a clashing colour of cream. I paired the skirt here with a solid black t-shirt, a belt, and simple jewellery for an “everyday” dressed down look, but the next time I wear it, I will style it with one of my patterned tops for a different look.

I think that slowly I am crossing over to the “dark side” of solid separates. . . how about you? Are you a prints and patterns person, or are you drawn to solids? And, how do you mix and match your clothing to keep it feeling fresh?

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This is my “oh I just happen to be nicely posed and you have a 50 mm lens pointed at me” blogger photo.

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My sister and I at sunset

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Now I know what I would look like with orange-red hair! 🙂

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Vintage Covers: Vogue, May 1952, Summer Blues

Vintage Vogue: Summer Blues, the artyologist

Blue is the colour of the season. A crisp, tailored buttoned dress is both classic and stylish, especially when accented with a pale blue platter hat and earrings. A swipe of bright blue eyeshadow, lightens the entire look, making it so very fresh and of-the-moment. Pair these summer blues with a simple black patent purse and gloves for a look that is instantly elegant. While the summer may be nearly spent, this ensemble is most certainly not.

Here is the first cover I am sharing this month for My Vintage Cover. Depending on how things go, I will attempt to do another (who knows, maybe I will be ambitious and share one a week. . . ) Anyways, I was planning on sharing this cover next week, but after a drama where I lost the flash drive that the edited picture was on, (I found it exactly where it should have been after two days of looking. Yes, I did look in that drawer, it was just between some papers!) and then getting a sinus cold this week which prevented me from doing any other blog post for today, I have decided to share the photos today. (Just in case there was anything else going to go wrong and prevent me!)

I was originally going to do a completely different cover, because I don’t have a blue hat, but then I decided to try photoshopping one of my white hats blue. While I wouldn’t say that it looks very realistic, it’s OK, because I do think it has that distinctive hand-tinted look of old photographs. And then, after seeing Tanith’s great cover a few days ago, I decided to add text in the same fonts to make mine look more like the actual vintage Vogue cover. So there you have it. It was fun to try and recreate a cover with all the details, for a change.

I hope you are enjoying seeing the vintage covers so far. There aren’t very many participants so far, but to see the ones people have done already, you can check out the Instagram tag here.

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My Vintage Cover Begins Today!

Happy First Day of August- and on that note- also the first day of the My Vintage Cover challenge!

I can’t believe that August is already here (really, where did July go?!) but I am so excited that My Vintage Cover is starting. To get you in the mood, here are some covers I have come across in my image searches, which I think might just be “easy” to replicate. And, if you have no idea what I am talking about, you can read all of the details here or scroll to the end of this post, for an abbreviated version of events!

This cover basically relies on a large amount of flowers. And they could be any flowers too- it’s the impact and vast quantity that makes this cover recognizable.

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Such an artistic and striking pose. Do you have a large hat? You could probably recreate this one!

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This one relies mainly on the blue makeup, a turned up collar and a simple hat.

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Blue eyeshadow and a beehive. If you do any of these two things, you are halfway there to recreating a look from the 60’s!

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This iconic cover would actually be really great to recreate, because it is black and white and you wouldn’t need to worry about colour matching your clothing! It’s all about the silhouette.

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Those of you with bakelite collections could probably pull this one off fairly easily. I thought about doing this one, but I don’t own any colourful bracelets!

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Some covers rely mainly on the creative makeup, like this one.

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Again, I think that this one could be easy to recreate, as long as you have a platter hat. It mostly relies on the pose.

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Another cover with striking makeup and hair, this time from the 70’s. You don’t have to pick a really old cover to recreate.

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A relatively simple cover with not too many exotic items or difficult poses.

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Recreating an illustration could be kind of fun. This one from the 1920’s features a relatively simple outfit- simple compared to most of the fantastical covers of the era!

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Two very similar covers, one from the 30’s and one from the 50’s, which consist mainly of swathing ones self in a fur.

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This cover from the 1980’s had Grace Coddington as creative director, and it is so simple yet striking.image source

Again this relies heavily on the makeup and hair. I think that my sister and I are going to try this one- she’ll do the makeup, and I’ll be the model!

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This one relies completely on the 50’s makeup. This is one of my favourite covers because it’s so artistic.

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Got a wicker basket? You can do this! 😉 haha!

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If you just happen to have a red ballgown, tall gloves and a fan lying around, recreate this one now because I want to see it.

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Do you have a bird? (I don’t even know what bird that is) If you do, then please feel free to recreate this one.

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Do you have access to a butterfly sanctuary? If so, then this might be a good one for you to recreate. 😉

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Well, I hope that these covers give you some inspiration and ideas- especially the last three 🙂 Tanith has also been sharing some covers, so if none of these seem to fit, hop over and check her post out. And if you’d like to see the covers I have done in the past, you can find them here.

Even if you aren’t planning on taking part in the My Vintage Cover challenge- I hope you enjoyed seeing all these great magazine covers!

Again, here is the condensed version of the My Vintage Cover challenge, being hosted by Tanith and I.

-Running August 1- 31, 2017.

-This is a non-competitive event; we just want people to have fun! 

-Tag your recreations with #myvintagecover on Instagram or post them on your blog.

-We may post a few “round-ups” depending on how many people participate

-You can recreate a vintage magazine cover (such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar or McCall’s) or an editorial vintage fashion image. Images with distinctive poses, or styles that are iconic to a specific era are great options.

-Repost & share your inspiration image, or link to it, so everyone can compare the recreations and originals

-Recreate as many images as you would like! There is no limit!