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I’m Ready for My Close-up

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When I was a child my two favourite things to play with were Barbie dolls and the costume bin. I loved Barbie’s because I got to dress them up, and I loved the costume bin, because I got to dress up.

Now that I am grown up. . .  actually, I haven’t changed a bit. I still love to dress up.

Last year for Christmas I received a Barbie doll from my parents (it was the 50th anniversary reproduction Barbie, okay?), I have a suitcase full of costumes for random dressing up needs, (doesn’t everyone have costumes at the ready? Who knows when the need may arise! ) and my entire closet is full of what most people would consider costumes, but us vintage lovers know and recognize them to be perfectly acceptable everyday wear. (I have come to the conclusion that these two childhood favourites foreshadowed my love of vintage, long before I had ever thought of it, because vintage is basically dress up every day!)

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So, both my sister and I still love to dress up in costumes, and taking that a step further, we love to turn the costume-wearing into a photo shoot (inspired by whichever fashions we are sporting).

I am always so inspired by the fashions on the runway, and the spreads in the magazines: the ensembles that are so fabulous, but so over the top, they don’t make it to the street. This basement wall, which has a great industrial, urban decay feel to it, immediately made me think of those images of couture fashions in abandoned buildings. My sister and I decided that it would be the perfect backdrop for the crazy over-the-top Vogue inspired look we were dying to create, complete with wigs, exaggerated makeup and flamboyant costumes. These are outfits that we would probably never wear as styled, (no I am not going to wear that Halloween wig in public!) but they really suited the mood, and I like how they turned out. They are definitely different than what I would wear in real life, but sometimes it’s just so fun to veer in a different direction.

Do you ever dress up in a costume just for the fun of it?

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This is absolutely my favourite photo of my sister and I. It’s just such a great capture of the moment 🙂

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Making Your Own Makeup Organizers

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I’m not super into makeup; for that department you’d have to talk to my sister. However, despite the fact that I never used to wear makeup, and I still don’t even wear it daily, over the past few years I have apparently managed to build up a bit of a collection, as my rather disorganized makeup cupboard was clearly showing me.

I used to have a drawer to store all my lotions and potions, so three old kleenex boxes fit neatly into the drawer and were a perfect (and free!) organizing solution. I’ve since moved though, and now have a medicine cabinet to hold my makeup. The kleenex boxes just weren’t cutting it anymore, so I decided that it was time for my non-organized cabinet to get an overhaul. I grabbed some spare glass jars to hold my brushes and mascara etc. and found a few small boxes and containers to hold the rest. However, the two items that still didn’t have a good home were my lipsticks and my new eyeshadow colours.

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About a month ago, I invested in some nice, Canadian made, mineral eyeshadow, by Pure Anada. I became aware of the fact that many of the ingredients in makeup are not all they seem when I read Wear No Evil a few years ago, and so I have slowly been switching my makeup over to pure, natural and organic makeups ever since. The last step in that process was the eyeshadow. The cool thing about Pure Anada is that their pressed eyeshadow powders are in metal containers, and their palettes are magnetized, so it makes it very easy to create a custom palette and to replace them when you run out of a colour. However, the case was designed to hold 8 colours and I only had 5, so this left the palette almost half empty. I may be slightly obsessed with how things look (ok maybe a lot obsessed), so a half empty palette just wouldn’t do. I thought, how hard could it be to make one myself? Well, with a bit of trial and error, I ended up with a pretty good case. (And I gave the original palette to my sister, who had bought more colours than me!)

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The other thing I needed an organizing solution for, was my lipstick. My first thought was to get a vintage lipstick stand, however my internet search didn’t bring up any that 1.) were big enough to hold 10 tubes, and 2.) I liked the look of. (See, there is my obsession with how things look again!) The next thought was to purchase one of those acrylic lipstick organizers. I love the look of those as they remind me of the accessories of the Art Deco and Mid Century eras, however, no one in our town sells anything like that, and as I am not the most patient of people when it comes to organizing things (get it done!!) I didn’t want to wait until I next time I went to the city. I also thought that, since I had had success in making an eyeshadow case, I might as well try my hand at a lipstick organizer too. (You may be wondering, also, why a self professed non make-up wearer has 10 tubes of lipstick. Well, I had a few colours, and one day, when I was going to buy some new colours, there was a buy 2 get 1 free sale, so I bought 4 and got 2 free! Sometimes these things just happen. . . )

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Anyways, here is, sort of, how I made the two organizers.

Sorry I was so excited to reorganize and get started, I forgot to take a before picture. And I tried to take pictures of the process of making the makeup organizers, and then I got busy and forgot to take them along the way. Oops.

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The first thing I did was lay out the eyeshadow, and measure the size needed. It just so turned out that they fit perfectly onto an old magnet I had. (You know the kinds that realtors or museums etc, hand out to you? Usually they are business card size.)

I measured the magnet and cut out pieces of stiff cardboard to create a little box. I glued and taped the pieces together.

I decided to cover the cases in some vintage clip art. As this project was just for my own personal use, I googled “vintage hats Sears catalogue” and came up with these images that I printed out onto some 8.5×11 scrapbook paper.

Once I had the decorative paper, I traced the box and lid, cutting it all out in one piece, making sure to add a bit of an allowance to wrap around the edge. Then I decoupaged the paper onto the box. One of the errors I made was to not allow enough to wrap the lid (oops!), so I had to cut separate pieces to finish the inside of the lid. That’s why it is made of a few pieces. It gives it more of a decoupage-y, collage-y feel though right? 😉

Then I glued in the magnet, and put the eyeshadow inside. The only thing I do not like about it, is that the lid doesn’t close tightly, as the paper gives it enough bounce to pop open easily. I think I am going to find another small piece of magnet to attach to the lid so it will stay closed. Right now it’s fine when it’s in my cupboard, but if I am traveling I have to put an elastic around it to keep it shut.

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As for the lipstick holder, I followed the same method of measuring the lipstick and determining how large each cubicle needed to be, and then cutting out the cardboard and making a box. Then I measured the inside of the box, and cut the divider pieces, two for the length and three across the width.

These I cut halfway up at one inch intervals across, (which I conveniently don’t have a picture of) so that the pieces would slide together to create a grid. I hope you know what I mean?

Then I covered and decoupaged the box and the grid pieces individually. Once dry, I slid the grid into the box, and added the lipstick.

Perfecto! Actually, the one thing I didn’t remember was that I should have cut my grid pieces a bit shorter, as they stick up just a smidgen above the box. This is because I cut them at the same height as the box, the decoupage added a bit of height, and the grid doesn’t fit tightly. Maybe someday when I am feeling ambitious, I will take it apart and cut them down a bit. But, in the meantime it works perfectly.

So, how do you organize your makeup? Do you like the insides of your cupboards to be as pretty as the outsides too?

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Happy Spring

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Happy First Day of Spring! Although the weather may not realize what season it is, knowing that Winter is officially over makes all the difference don’t you think?

And now it is time for the sundresses! Which I am very glad about, as my winter wardrobe was starting to feel stretched a little thin (“like butter scraped over too much bread”- as Bilbo would say).

This is a great dress I found in a thrift store last year. That was a lucky day- it was like a vintage blogger had just cleared out their closet, there were so many wonderful dresses. Not all of them fit, but I found this lovely gem, which fit as perfectly as if it had been made for me.

Paired with some black tights, boots, and a white faux leather jacket- it was a perfect ensemble for a warm day we had last week.

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the artyologist- image of spring outfit vintage 1950's shirtwaist dress

Hopefully it is starting to feel like Spring wherever you are- and you are able to enjoy the coming season!

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A Nautical Touch

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Wow, I seem to be on a 40’s kick lately, judging by the outfits I have been wearing lately. This may or may not be directly related to the fact that I have been watching a decent amount of Foyle’s War lately. (The 2nd time around!) I love period films, and the costumes in that show are on point!

Do you ever do that? Match your clothing choices to whatever outside influences, such as films or books, that are inspiring you at the moment? Right now, for me, it’s the 1940’s war years. Before that, I was reading Sense and Sensibility and I wanted everything to be soft and romantic. Before that I was watching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, and I wanted to wear only silk, feather trimmed robes, coordinating cloche hats, beaded evening dresses and outrageous furs. (The fact that I do not own these things, made it a tad more difficult!)

I am so glad that I live in this era. I think we have it best: we can pretty much choose whatever style we want to wear, from any era, and incorporate it into our dress. Vintage dressing is, after all, just as varied as the people who lived before us. There is not, and never will be, only one particular way of dressing, because even within the fashion trends, style dictates the ability to wear it the way we want.

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So regarding this outfit, I found this WWII sailor’s uniform in an army surplus store. They have the greatest things in old surplus stores! It’s in great condition, missing only one button, which I replaced, and it is great to wear in the winter as it is a very warm wool. What a great testament to quality, that a garment that is at least 70 years old, is still being worn today! I love the craftsmanship that was shown to even a mass produced item: the meticulously sewn white ribbon detail, the star embroidery on the back, the bound edge on the pocket, and the fact that it still has the manufacturing label intact, which makes it all a bit more exciting to realize that some young man was fighting for his country!

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