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The Vintage Hashtag Library : 30+ copy and paste vintage hashtags for instagram


the vintage hashtag library 300+ vintage inspired hashtags for bloggers, vintage sellers, influencers and beauty gurus

For the past few weeks, I've been working on a vintage inspired hashtag library. This spreadsheet has over 300 vintage/retro hashtags that you can copy and paste right into your Instagram post and they're organized by category! I often spend a lot of time trying to think of hashtags and checking which ones actually have a decent amount of users. I thought, "Wouldn't it be great if I had a list on my phone by category and I could just copy and paste?" What a time saver that would be!


This library has hashtags for pinup girls, historical vintage girls, vintage bloggers, vintage sellers, beauty gurus and more. I also included 20 accounts that may share your post if you tag them, which can really help connect with new accounts and get some new exposure to your Instagram profile.

You can pick and choose from different categories or rank high in one. I also included some community hashtags created by other bloggers that are popular on Instagram and twitter as well. If you're into vintage hair, use my hashtag #pincurlclub and tag me @pincurlclub with your vintage hair looks.


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American Hairdresser 1940

1940 vintage hairstyle magazine from Va-Voom Vintage


I have a huge stash of vintage fashion, beauty and craft magazines and I like to share them here before they crumble one day. Here's a look inside American Hairdresser from 1940, a magazine for professionals in the beauty industry. 

This magazine is full of beauty shop ads, industry tips and of course, beautiful hairstyle tutorials and inspiration.  I love seeing some of the products and styling gadgets that were used and many are still in use today. 

Some of these pin curl sets are absolutely incredible! I love the use of beads, ribbons and other sparkly bits and bobs used to accessorize these styles. Take a look and also check out my past posts of my vintage magazines


1940 vintage hairstyle magazine from Va-Voom Vintage


1940 Grip Tuth comb hair ad from Va-Voom Vintage

1940 vintage hairstyle magazine from Va-Voom Vintage

1940 vintage hairstyle magazine from Va-Voom Vintage

1940 pompadour hairstyle vintage magazine from Va-Voom Vintage

1940 pin curl setting patterns from Va-Voom Vintage

1940 vintage hair style magazine from Va-Voom Vintage



1940 vintage hair style magazine from Va-Voom Vintage

1940 vintage hair style magazine from Va-Voom Vintage

Artful Blogging Magazine



Recently I had an article published in the summer 2018 issue of Artful Blogging Magazine called The Secrets of Batch Blogging. Lately, I've been so busy with everything in life that blogging has had to take a back burner but I started using batch blogging to get everything done and have time to do all of the things I enjoy.

You can see a flip through of the magazine on my Instagram stories










Outfit: Shirtwaist Dress Refashion

plus size vintage gingham check jumper dress thrift store refashion from Va-Voom Vintage

Over the winter, I picked up this cute black and white 80s shirtwaist dress at a thrift store. I loved the skirt and pockets and the light cotton fabric but, like many things it was way too small in the bust. I brought it home anyway, since it was only a few bucks. I figured I could do something with it. I tried it on again and it fit great in all areas except it wouldn't button up the front. I cut the sleeves off and turned them into straps and cut the bodice into an apron top, sewed the straps on and now have a cute apron-like dress. I made it to wear a blouse underneath, its open on the sides. I think it'll be really cute with a peasant blouse when its really hot this summer.

My father in law gave me this vintage camera in a box of stuff he had in his house for ages. I usually just sit it on a shelf in the living room for decoration but one day I opened it up and started playing with it. They don't make the film for it anymore but it turns out, you can buy film spools and roll your own film onto the spools and use it. I'm hoping to give it a go this summer and take it on some family picnics or road trips!



plus size vintage gingham check jumper dress thrift store refashion from Va-Voom Vintage

plus size vintage gingham check jumper dress thrift store refashion from Va-Voom Vintage



black and white gingham check dress and vintage camera from va-voom vintage

black and white vintage gingham check summer dress from Va-Voom Vintage





Outfit

apron dress- thirfted and refashioned
sweater- thrifted
shoes-amazon *


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DIY Bettie Page Inspired Accessories for The Little Book of Bettie

The Little Book of Bettie: Taking a Page from the Queen of Pinups by Tori Rodriguez

Last fall, I was contacted by Tori Rodriguez of Bettie Page Fitness to see if I'd like to write some Bettie Page inspired fashion crafts for a book she wrote. Of course, I said yes and I came up with 3 DIY Bettie Page inspired projects. The Little Book of Bettie: Taking a Page from the Queen of the Pinups is now available wherever books are sold from Running Press! My copy arrived recently and I was so excited to see my words and pictures in print.

how to make a tropical pinup hair flower

Bettie Page inspired pink pinup straw purse

The Little Book of Bettie includes Bettie Page inspired fashion, fitness, hair, beauty and a forward by none other than Dita Von Teese. You'll find my tutorials for a tropical hair flower clip, nautical pinup shoe clips and a fabulous pink straw handbag with no-sew animal print lining, inspired by Bettie's home made animal print swimsuits.  Tori also included by watercolor illustration, 10 Style Lessons from Bettie Page.

10 style lessons from Bettie Page by Brittant Sherman Va-Voom Vintage


Va-Voom Vintage Bettie Page Book

How to make pinup style shoe clips

Check out Tori's very fun and inspiring Bettie Page fitness dvd, which I've been using and enjoying for quite a while. Each workout move is inspired by one of Bettie's classic pinup poses. I love that the dvd includes workouts for all bodies and she keeps it very light, fun and encouraging.






  















Outfit: Factory Girl

plus size 1940s pants fashion and pendleton 49er jacket via Va-Voom Vintage



In 1899 this warehouse was the American car and Foundry building. It brought jobs and money to my home town, St. Charles, Missouri which sits along the Missouri River and is cut through by railroad tracks, which still run and can be heard in my home late at night. During World War II, this steel shop in my neighborhood switched from manufacturing  railway cars to making tanks for the war effort. 

Today the warehouse is a tennis club and also hosts local family events like wrestling matches and flea markets in the large space. Every time I walk by the building, I can't help but think about the people who worked here to bring prosperity to St. Charles in good times and to fight a war in bad. How many women took breaks and walked home through this alley during the war. Today these buildings are antique shops, a music shop and homes and apartments for my neighbors, probably much like they were back then. 


pendleton 49er jacket  v for victory 40s brooch via Va-Voom Vintage

plus size 1940s pants fashion and pendleton 49er jacket via Va-Voom Vintage


pendleton 49er jacket  v for victory 40s brooch via Va-Voom Vintage

plus size 1940s pants fashion and pendleton 49er jacket via Va-Voom Vintage

pendleton 49er jacket and 1940s scarf turban, v for victory 40s brooch via Va-Voom Vintage



 Outfit

silk scarf- thrifted
blouse- thirfted
Pendleton 49er jacket- warehouse sale
wide leg pants- thirfted
1940s V for Victory rhinestone brooch- flea market
assorted bakelite bangles

plus size 1940s pants fashion and pendleton 49er jacket via Va-Voom Vintage

Denman Hairbrush Pin Curl Brush Out Video

Denman hair brush review for vintage pin curl brush outs

I've always used any ol' brush to brush out my pin curls. I switched between bristle types sometimes but I've never been a slave to brands. For months, I've heard vintage girls rave about the Denman brush so I finally picked one up from Sally's and gave it a try. I wasn't expecting anything different than my Wetbrush or other plastic bristle brush but after trying it on a pin curl set, I'm definitely a Denman convert! You can find this brush at Sallys or on Amazon*

Denman hair brush review for vintage pin curl brush outs

It's the perfect tool for vintage styles but it also works beautifully on my daughter's easily tangled hair. The weight of the rubber bristle base feels great in the hand and I couldn't be happier with it. I posted a live brush-out video on the Va-Voom Vintage Facebook page so you can see how I brush out my daily pin curls and how the Denman brush works. Check my live video on facebook for questions and answers or leave a comment here!



Check out my tutorials page for more vintage hair and beauty tutorials

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