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An Outfit For A Rather Windblown Autumn Day

An Outfit For A Rather Windblown Autumn Day, the artyologist

Well, that turned into an unexpectedly long absence. I didn’t intend to take two weeks off, but here I am again! A few things have changed since my last post, two weeks ago. I have moved and am now settled into my new home… I have turned another year older… The leaves are mostly gone now, and it has tried to snow several times… and I’m sure there are other things, but I can’t think of any others. ūüôā

Anyways, here I am today with an outfit post- I have been itching to get some Fall outfit photos for the blog, but seriously every time I try, something goes wrong- mainly the weather not cooperating. For someone whose favourite season is Autumn, it has not been a very good one, so far. We’ve only had a few pleasant days, and many bitterly cold ones. Finally my sister and I were able to go¬†out last weekend (on my birthday) for some outfit photos. As the title suggests, it was very windy the day these were taken. And cold. And raining.¬†And trying to snow. But- we persevered and I finally got my Fall photos- although they are nothing like the cheery photos from last year!

This year, my seasonal “uniform” is this coat, I think. You never get to see my autumnal hued outfit underneath, because it is too cold to not wear a coat. At least I do have a vintage styled coat- and scarves always make everything a bit more cozy, right?

An Outfit For A Rather Windblown Autumn Day, the artyologist, cashmere scarf

Actually, this¬†outfit is full of my favourite seasonal¬†“must haves”:

1. Trenchcoat– keeps you warm and dry whatever the weather is trying to do.

2. Scarf– preferably a big, soft and cozy one!

3. Tights– got to keep warm!

4. Cognac coloured leather– warm tones are always nice for this season.

5. Brogues/ Oxfords– something about this style of shoe seems especially appropriate to autumn, doesn’t it?

Some of my other falltime favourites would be: my dresses made of rayon and wool fabrics, anything in mustard yellow, boots, cardigans and a beret.

Any combination of these items and you are sure to have a fairly autumnal themed ensemble ūüôā

An Outfit For A Rather Windblown Autumn Day, the artyologist, clarks oxford shoes

Well, I’ll stop rambling now. I hope your Fall (or Spring!) season has been a lovely one wherever you are, and that it has been infinitely better (weather wise) than mine has.

Do you like dressing for Falltime? What are some of your seasonal staples?

An Outfit For A Rather Windblown Autumn Day, the artyologist, autumn outift, hell bunny trenchcoat

An Outfit For A Rather Windblown Autumn Day, the artyologist, throwing-leaves

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An Outfit For A Rather Windblown Autumn Day, the artyologist, cognac leather crossbody purse

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An Outfit For A Rather Windblown Autumn Day, the artyologist, mustard yellow scarf and autumn hued outfit

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An Outfit For A Rather Windblown Autumn Day, the artyologist, throwing leaves

Modern Girl Goes Vintage

Modern Girl Goes Vintage, the artyologist

This is the sort of outfit I would imagine a “modern” girl wearing, if¬†she were¬†trying to dress in a vintage style. Or the sort of thing that Vogue magazine would style, if they were doing a series on classic styles of the past. It has¬†a sort-of vintage feeling, with the full skirted silhouette, the structured handbag, the classic button down shirt, and even to some extent the head wrap, but at the same time, it feels very¬†inauthentically “vintage”. The style of the shirt, with the contrast placket, the geometrically patterned silk scarf from India, the feather earrings and the strappy¬†sandals, all expose¬†it as a modern ensemble that¬†is pretending to be vintage.

Modern Girl Goes Vintage, the artyologist, feather earrings

I have come to realize in the past year or so, especially since starting my blog, that I am not a diehard vintage wearer. It sounds¬†kind of bad when I say¬†it like that (especially since this is supposed to be a “vintage” blog, after all) but I think it is completely true of where my style has evolved to. A few years ago, I did the whole vintage thing- every outfit was easily recognizable as a specific era. I wore hats to coordinate with every outfit, and always made sure that my purse and shoes matched. Even when I worked in a¬†hardware store, I would wear 1940’s workwear inspired ensembles, and styled my hair to coordinate. However, in the past year or so, I have started drifting away from that.

Margaret of Denise Brain Vintage recently featured me in a post on her blog, about different kinds of vintage wearers. You should hop over and read both of her posts, here and here, as they are very¬†good reads. When I read her post; I had a revelation! She had completely hit the nail on the head! Her description of my vintage style was spot on correct! (are there any other analogies I can use here? . . .) But really, isn’t it funny how someone else can see so clearly¬†what you haven’t been able to successfully articulate yourself?

I have come to discover, that while I absolutely love styles of the past, and have ever since I was a child, I will never be that person who is always dressed head to toe vintage. Sometimes I just happen to dress in all vintage, or vintage inspired and you can pick out a¬†discernible¬†era, but the majority of the time, I feel most comfortable in clothing that nods towards vintage, but isn’t necessarily representative of one entire era or look. I’ll easily throw a 1960’s pillbox hat, with a 1950’s skirt, and a modern shoe. Or a 1950’s¬†skirt, with a t-shirt, loafers and no hat or hair accessory. Almost everything I wear could be described as “classic”, but I don’t necessarily pair things together that “should” go together. Sometimes I put¬†things together and discover that it was¬†an absolute failure.

I want fashion to be fun.

Modern Girl Goes Vintage, the artyologist, navy blue and tan skirt

While I admire those who wear vintage, or vintage inspired looks, like the “time travelers” mentioned in Margaret’s post, I am not 100% comfortable wearing that. I don’t feel like me when I do. Instead I feel trapped in¬†a box, being forced to choose between vintage and modern, instead of happily marrying them together like I am wont to. And, this doesn’t mean that I don’t love vintage- I do!

I love fashion, both vintage and modern, but my main concern with choosing an item should¬†not be whether it is vintage, and fits into the “vintage aesthetic”. It should be whether I personally love¬†it. I used to buy things just because they were old, without truly thinking about whether I actually liked them. (and then I ended up with a lot of things in my wardrobe that I didn’t actually like.) There is a lot of terribly ugly vintage out there, and¬†just because something¬†is old does not mean that it is instantly valuable. It might be valuable to¬†someone else who appreciates¬†it, but that doesn’t mean it is valuable to me.¬†There is also a lot of vintage and reproduction that is quite nice. . . for someone else. Just because everyone else likes something¬†doesn’t mean you should too.

Modern Girl Goes Vintage, the artyologist, brown leather purse

I guess the main point of what I want to say is, at the end of the day: fashion should be fun. What is fun for you, is not necessarily what is fun for everyone else. But, if you choose to wear what you love, without worrying about where it falls on¬†the “vintage spectrum” it will end up being¬†great. Or at least you’ll be very happy with it! If your closet is full of things that you love and enjoy wearing, whatever “era” they are, you can¬†grab anything out of your closet and be pleased¬†with¬†it.

Like this shirt I am wearing here, I saw it at the thrift store and I thought it was pretty. The rayon fabric is nice, and the navy blue with the lighter blue goes surprisingly well with a lot of what I have in my wardrobe. Just because it isn’t a true vintage style, didn’t mean that it wouldn’t work in my wardrobe. I wasn’t going to pass it up, just because it is modern!

So, I guess this post is a bit rambly; it’s just been something I’ve been thinking of lately. Am I going to “give up vintage style”. Nope- and I don’t see myself ever doing so. In fact, I suppose I have been dressing this way for a long time, and I’ve touched on it before too, I just didn’t realize that there was a term for it. But now, thanks to Margaret’s post, I know I’m a proud vintage mixer! ūüôā

Do you like to mix modern and vintage? Or do you tend to dress strictly either vintage style or modern style? Maybe you don’t fit into either- hop over to Denise Brain Vintage and read her posts- what kind of “vintage wearer” are you? I’d love to know!

Modern Girl Goes Vintage, the artyologist, vintage style

Modern Girl Goes Vintage, the artyologist, vintage style turban

Modern Girl Goes Vintage, the artyologist, vintage look

Modern Girl Goes Vintage, the artyologist, feather earrings and collar detail

Modern Girl Goes Vintage, the artyologist, 1950's look

One Last Look at #MyVintageCover 2017!

One Last Look at #myvintagecover 2017, the artyologist

And just like that August is over, and with it the #myvintagecover 2017 too! But no challenge would be complete without a round up of participants, right? So today, I share with you the covers recreated by our lovely challenge participants. I was completely blown away by the creativity and attention to detail these ladies put into their cover reproductions. We had 11 participants, and I truly enjoyed seeing each of their reproductions. . . so I will quit rambling here, and let you see their covers!

First up is Tanith, my co-host, and the mastermind of this entire challenge- without her, there wouldn’t have even been a challenge! She did three covers this month, and I truly enjoyed seeing each one. The first cover she did, with this yellow polka-dot turban (which she made especially to wear for this challenge) completely blew me away. I thought it was the original cover at first, when I saw it on her Instagram!

tanithrowan polka-dots, #myvintagecover 2017

tanithrowan illustration, #myvintagecover 2017

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Next up are two ladies who made vintage garments like the pattern envelopes. I thought that this was a fun way to take part, and still end up with something for your closet at the end!

Liza of @liza_made sewed a 1919 dress and turned it into a top. She has perfectly executed that original pattern illustration pose!

liza_made, #myvintagecover 2017

Carmen of @vintagedreamblog¬†and Vintage Dream Blog¬†reproduced a 1940’s pattern, complete with a red rick-rack bow! You don’t often see someone sew a garment exactly like the pattern cover, so that is quite fun.

vintage dream blog, #myvintagecover 2017

Next is¬†a cover that must have taken a lot of time to recreate. Robin of @auntieestablishment¬†chose one of my favourite Vogue covers. I was hoping that someone would do this cover, but didn’t think anyone actually would. Her attention to detail with the pose, the makeup and even the ring, is quite amazing!

auntie establishment, #myvintagecover 2017

One of the first covers to be tagged in the challenge is this lovely summery one from Margaret of @denisebrain_vintage (and Denise Brain Vintage Fashion). So many vintage magazine covers involve hats swathed in flowers, and I was really hoping that someone would do one! Her version, with that perfect winged liner, entirely lives up to the original!

denisebrain_vintage, #myvintagecover 2017

I love seeing reproductions of illustrations, because they¬†can sometimes be very unrealistic and it can be difficult to achieve the same “look”. This vintage Cosmopolitan cover by @the_fondant_fancy¬†(of Nought of Fifties Blog) is such a good recreation of an illustration. I don’t know how she did it, but it is so very similar to the original- she’s even got the expression down pat!

the_fondant_fancy, #myvintagecover 2017

Becca of @tobeadorned used one of her own lovely handmade flower crowns to recreate a Vogue wedding themed cover from 1956. I love that she did such a great job of imitating the original, right down to the pink lipstick and pearl earring. It’s the details that make the covers so fun to do!

to be adorned, #myvintagecover 2017

Another cover with a custom made piece of clothing is this one by @ruanne77. Back in July, she asked on Instagram which cover she should recreate, and shared two different covers she was¬†choosing between. I was excited¬†to see that she decided to do this fabulous colour¬†block¬†1960’s dress; and she even shared a behind-the-scenes photo of the dress,¬†which she did a wonderful¬†job making.¬†I was waiting with bated breath to see the final reveal, and we were not disappointed with it!

ruanne77, #myvintagecover 2017

This wonderful¬†cover was created¬†by Casey of @noirgirl39¬†(and Casey Koester blog). She chose¬†this dramatic¬†Harpers Bazaar¬†cover, and at first glance, you would think it was the original cover! She’s¬†got the pose, the makeup and hair, the scarf- and those killer sunglasses!

noirgirl39, #myvintagecover 2017

This cover was done by my sister Sarah, of @therougedgirl. Since she loves makeup, (her Instagram is dedicated to it!) she decided to choose a cover with a distinctive makeup look to recreate. This 1970’s cover was a very good choice. Not only did she do an excellent job on the makeup- even getting the shimmer and shine in the same place- but her curly hair worked out perfectly too!

the rouged girl, #myvintagecover 2017

And the¬†last cover,¬†but certainly not the least, is this one¬†by Kelly of @seamracer (and Seam Racer blog). It is rather perfect that it was Kelly who recreated this one, because it is a 1955 McCall’s pattern book featuring none other than Grace Kelly! She shared in her post, that¬†the dress in this image is the one Grace¬†wore when she met Prince Rainier. The outfit¬†is definitely princess worthy, and not only does she now have a gorgeous new dress; she also was able to recreate a cover at the same time!

seam racer, #myvintagecover 2017

Edited to add¬†Kate’s (of @thelonghairedflapper) cover recreation! For some reason this cover, which she did early in the month, is not showing up under the tag on Instagram, and so it got missed when I published this post. But it is too great¬†to be missed, and so I am adding it now. As for the recreation, I love her idea of dressing up her cat. And, strangely enough this lady in this cover¬†actually looks like a cat! ūüôā

the long haired flapper, my vintage cover 2017

Well, this was certainly a very fun month! I truly enjoyed seeing all of these cover recreations. Back in July, when Tanith and I announced the challenge, I didn’t know if anyone would join in with us, and I am so glad we had so many wonderful participants! Not only did I get to see their magazine covers; I also got to discover some new lovely vintage ladies to follow ūüôā

So what do you think; should My Vintage Cover become an annual thing now?

Photo Shoots with Friends

photo shoots with friends, chantelle-and-i, the artyologist

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 ūüėČ 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.

photo shoots with friends, the artyologist, chantelle-hat-detail

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!

photo shoots with friends, the artyologist, chantelle-and-i-standing

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 ūüôā 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. ūüôā

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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?