Posts Tagged ‘Fashion’

I’m thinking of going on a crusade to bring ladies’ hats back into mainstream fashion.  Why did we ever stop wearing them in the first place?  They added so much glamor and style to a look, and they got to wear them every day.  Imagine looking glamorous on a daily basis!  Now, I know you have a Scarlet O’Hara from “Gone With the Wind” image in your head.  Erase it.  That’s not what I’m talking about.  I’m talking about looking chic, not ridiculous.  Here are a few examples:

Ingrid Burgman in 1942’s “Casablanca.”
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They even had it going on in Japan.
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Nicole Kidman in “Austrailia.”  Just imagine wearing that to a party today.
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1930’s style cloche.  Isn’t it gorgeous?
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1920’s flapper style.  The hat just makes it so much more glamorous!
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1950’s couture.  Yowza!
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I feel like I could put one of those hats on and walk out the door feeling like the most stunning woman alive.  And then everyone would look at me like I’m crazy and my dream would be shattered, right?  Wrong!  Remember, we can wear anything if we wear it with confidence.  So, lets bring hats back!  Who’s with me?

Here’s an example of how you can do it:

My latest creation.  Get it here.

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I realize that vintage clothing is not for everyone, but I really do think there are many people out there who can and should wear vintage that don’t simply because they are not sure how and they’re intimidated.  Let’s face it, few, if any of us, want to wear all vintage all the time.  That is a quick way to look pretty silly, though I have seen it work on some people.  However, for most of us, the trick is to find just the right touch of vintage.  Maybe it’s a vintage blouse with jeans and modern accessories.  Perhaps it’s a vintage dress with new shoes and jewelry. Those are fine options and I do them both regularly.  However, I would like to let you in on a style secret that will keep you looking great and keep money in your wallet:

Buy neutral clothing and stock up on accessories…in this case, vintage accessories.

Take my outfit today for example:

You’ll have to excuse my robotic face.  That’s what I get for using the 10 second timer…

Anyway, I’m wearing a plain white tee that I bought in a pack of 5 for about 10 bucks.  They are men’s undershirts…I just sew up the sides and…voila…cut little tee for me.  I have accessorized with a cute beaded necklace from the 50’s and a pretty little cameo brooch (I l-o-v-e cameos!).  Now I have a nice little touch of the 50’s that is by no means over the top.  Had I paired these accessories with a 50’s dress and pumps?  I’d look like I had just walked out of an episode of I Love Lucy…not cool.

Now this can be done in literally hundreds of different ways using the same white t-shirt.

I could have done it with this pin: And these earrings:

Or I could have tied this around my neck:

The possibilities are endless.  Go ahead, give it a shot.  You’ll look great.

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Ok.  I’m being totally honest here.  I have cringed as I have watched the 80’s trends creeping back into fashion.  I was a little girl in the 80’s.  All I can think of when I see those styles are my older cousins and their BIG hair.  I mean, a little bit here and there has always been fun, but when I look around me and feel like I’ve gone through a time warp…yikes!

At least that’s what I used to think.  In shopping for my Etsy shop, I have found myself mysteriously drawn to 80’s things.  For example, this unicorn bracelet:

Isn’t it awesome?  It doesn’t get much cooler than that.  Still, even though I found myself liking items such as this, I thought, “I’m still not giving into it.  A little 80’s flair is one thing, but the entire look?  No way.”

Then, along came yesterday.  I had picked up a little sweater that I thought I might 8o something fun with…maybe cut it up and make something out of it…who knows?  Well, then I got the bright idea to just try it on and see.  Here’s what I came up with:

As a sit here writing this, I am still shocked.  It looks good.  It looks really good.  So, I guess I have officially given in to the 80’s trend.  When done correctly, 80’s fashion can look really, really good.

To celebrate, my Ode to the 80’s–Done Right:

Geometric Blouse from Zachary’s Smile

80’s Strapless Party Dress from Zachary’s Smile

Vintage Andy Warhol Paint Splatter Tunic from Regal Vintage

Vintage 80’s Purple Leather Pumps from Classic Girl Vintage

*Sweater coming soon to The Funky Lamp Etsy Shop!

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I had intended to blog about my recent bedroom makeover and to share some photos of my beautiful new room.  I’m so proud of it.  However, today is an awful day for pictures…absolutely no sunlight coming through the windows.  So, I’m afraid it will have to wait.  I’m not quite finished with the makeover yet anyhow, but I’m just dying to share!

Anyway, on to my actual topic for today.  Many of you know that I had a my first baby a little over a month ago.  Since then, I have really been struggling with my body image.  That is something that I have always struggled with, but it has become more influential in my thoughts since giving birth.  I know that exercise will help, but no matter what I do, in many ways my body will never be the same again.  Ed is totally ok with that.  I wish I was.  I have been pondering this for months and it occurred to me recently that there is something wrong with our culture (well…probably a lot of things, but I won’t get into that).  There is something wrong with our culture when we despite the changes that occur in a woman’s body once she reaches motherhood.  Motherhood is one of the most noble things I can think of, yet we think it shouldn’t be displayed outwardly.  I am proud to be a mother.  That being the case, I should be proud of my post-partum figure.  So I made a decision.  I am going to be proud of it. I will wear my somewhat-larger hips proudly.  No one can stop me.  There.

I have also decided that I will never edit any of the model’s bodies in my etsy shop.  I refuse.  I hate those photo-shopped pictures in magazines that only serve as fuel for young people’s eating disorders.  I want my daughters to look up to real women with real bodies.  We are hurting the future of our nation and the world by offering them ideals that are simply impossible to obtain.  Every time I see one of  those ads I want to scream, “SHE’S NOT REAL!”  As it stands, The Funky Lamp only has one model…me.  I think it is more tempting to edit my own body than someone else’s, but I promise you I will not.  I may airbrush the occasional pimple from my face, but I will never edit the shape of anyone’s body.  Girl Scouts’ honor.

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The start of this blog marks a new venture in my life.  Contrary to everyone’s predictions about my “big news,” I am not pregnant.  However, it does concern my future children.  For several years I have thought, “If I ever get to be a stay-at-home mom, I’d like to open an online vintage clothing store.”  I always thought that it was something I would be good at and that it would be a great way to provide additional income for my family.  Fast forward a few years and Ed (my husband) and I are talking about our future as a family.  We know that our destiny is to be an ever-expanding family–bringing in orphans from this country and abroad.  We feel that while it is good to support orphanages, it is better to bring those children into a family.  Every child deserves more than three meals a day and a roof over their head.  Each child that is born into this world is a gift to all of us and they deserve a real family.  A mom and a dad who care for them, nurture them and guide them.  Siblings to love them, grow up with them, argue with them, and stand at their wedding.  Every child deserves to love and be loved.  So, Ed and I have decided to make our home a safe place for children.  We will be biological, adoptive and foster parents, but to the children we will simply be Mom and Dad.

Anyway, as we were discussing our future, we have decided that this year would be a good time for us to buy a home.  We currently live in a 2-bedroom apartment which limits our options for foster care and adoption.  We would love to have a home where we can settle in and allow our family to grow.  My husband has been blessed with a great job as a science teacher in a great school district, but in order to really do all that we want to do we need some additional income.  We had been pondering this for a few weeks when my lovely sister-in-law, Emily, called.  She asked me if I had ever considered selling the things I crochet.  She said a friend of hers makes a good amount of money every month doing that.  I told her I thought it would be too stressful.  Then we had a very nice conversation about other things.

Later that day, I just couldn’t get her suggestion out of my head.  Then I remembered my vintage shop idea.  Bingo!  I had honestly forgotten all about that idea.  So, thanks to Emily, I will be opening “The Funky Lamp” where I will sell one-of-a-kind and handmade fashion and home decor items.  I know it won’t be easy and the competition is fierce, but I’ve just got a feeling about this.  Keep on the lookout for my little store to open next week…and encourage me please!  This is so exciting!  …and intimidating.

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