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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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Outfit: Goldsmith Shop


plus size vintage 1940s fashion via Va-Voom Vintage

Although I've lived in St. Charles, Missouri my entire life and explored many of the little shops and restaurants on historic Main Street, there are still a few nooks and crannies that I haven't been to.

 This little goldsmith shop sits off the beaten path, near the Missouri River and on a walk recently, the little cottage caught my attention

The goldsmith is still open for business, by appointment but she wasn't in on the day I visited. I enjoyed exploring her doorstep anyway and admiring the beautiful keyhole and wondering if there is still an antique key that fits it. 

The rippling glass window showcases pieces of a silver tea service and pieces of coral, little boxes and things that look like they've been in that window for 200 years. I wonder if this place was always the home of a smith, working in the yard behind the building during the days of the Lewis and Clark expedition, which began right here. 




plus size vintage 1940s fashion Emmy Design Sweden Susie Q Cardigan via Va-Voom Vintage

plus size vintage 1940s fashion Emmy Design Sweden Susie Q Cardigan via Va-Voom Vintage




Outfit:
vintage white blouse- estate sale
Susie Q Cardigan- Emmy Design 
70s plaid skirt- thirfted
loafers-Clarks via Amazon*

plus size vintage 1940s fashion Emmy Design Sweden Susie Q Cardigan via Va-Voom Vintage

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Outfit: Lounge Day (with coupon for The Victorian Trading Company)


sheer embroidered rosy posy socks from The Victorian Trading Company

My little ones will be home for summer vacation next week so I thought I'd soak up the last day of the school year by lounging around in the quiet, flipping through old magazines and watching a few favorite movies.

Being a housewife, some days I don't get out of my nightgown so its important to have a small stash of beautiful pajamas, not just sweats. Today I slipped into a vintage sheer black peignoir with gold and black pom pom trim around the neckline and to match, these beautiful sheer Rosy Posy socks that were sent to me by The Victorian Trading Company.

Va-Voom Vintage readers can get free shipping on orders over $60 from The Victorian Trading Company with code VAVOOM

I wear a size 10 shoe so I wasn't sure if these would fit me or have any stretch for wide feet but they slip on beautifully and even though they're sheer, are much warmer than I thought they would be.

 The black toe and heel are reinforced and are hand washed with pantyhose and stockings. The slid across the kitchen floor while I danced around making lunch for myself this afternoon. I can't wait to wear them with pretty heels or sandals this summer.

This pair is embroidered in beautiful tiny purple flowers, which looks a little like a needlepoint pattern up close but there are several other styles at The Victorian Trading Company.



sheer embroidered rosy posy socks from The Victorian Trading Company

sheer embroidered rosy posy socks from The Victorian Trading Company

sheer embroidered rosy posy socks from The Victorian Trading Company


sheer embroidered rosy posy socks from The Victorian Trading Company


Free Vintage Knitting Pattern: 1952 Cape Collar Blouse

1950s cape collar sweater blouse free vintage knitting pattern from Va-Voom Vintage

It's been a while since I shared a knitting or crochet pattern so here's a beautiful summery blouse, because knitting and crochet is not just for winter time!

 Be sure to check out my free patterns page for sewing and millinery and my free patterns category for vintage knitting and crochet patterns.



Stay tuned on the 20th of the month for a new free vintage knitting or crochet pattern.








Tutorial: Cat Eyeliner for Heavy Lids



I've had a lot of questions about how I do my eyeliner so I thought I'd share a video with a nifty trick on how I always get the angle of my liner to match and how I work around heavy eyelids. I've used a lot of different eyeliners over the years but my current favorite is NYX Epic Ink Liner.

 I'm not a makeup artist by any means but this is how I do my daily liner so I hope you enjoy my little tricks!


Watch the tutorial on my Instagram makeup highlights @vavoomvintage or on your desktop




Outfit: Schoolhouse Red

plus size 1950s vintage pencil skirt and beret via Va-Voom Vintage

I can't believe that school is almost out for the summer. My little ones have a week left! I've been planning some fun, free activities to keep everyone busy this summer but I'm sure we'll also enjoy going on walks around the neighborhood and nearby woods. 

The city just renovated our local playgrounds and swimming pools so the kids are excited to check out all of the new facilities. 

A few decades ago, the closest elementary school was actually right across the street from my house! One day I ran into a man who used to attend this school and he told me about the building, the playground (Which is now a parking lot) and an empty corner lot nearby that was once a little general store where kids would buy candy on the way home from school.


 The school building was sold and is now owned by an artist who leases one side out for a church and the other half is her art studio. Since I love to take outfit photos here, I made sure to pop over and say hello and ask if she would mind if I come take pictures for my blog. 


When taking photos in front of buildings, I always try to use businesses that are currently closed or vacant spaces.  When one so pretty is so close to home, I thought I better just go say hello and explain why I'm dancing in their parking lot in front of a tripod.  Of course she said yes and promised a future tour of the neat old building. 


plus size 1950s vintage pencil skirt and beret via Va-Voom Vintage

plus size 1950s vintage pencil skirt and beret via Va-Voom Vintage

plus size pinup girl vintage pencil skirt and red heels from bait footwear via Va-Voom Vintage



plus size 1950s vintage pencil skirt and beret via Va-Voom Vintage


 Outfit
blouse- made by me using Simplicity 1692
beret- amazon*
cardigan- thrifted
vintage plaid skirt- thirfted


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Unboxing from The Victorian Trading Company




Recently I received a beautiful box in the mail from The Victorian Trading Company to review and share with you here.

 The Victorian Trading Company specializes in antique style fashion, home decor, garden accessories and gifts. Each heirloom quality treasure comes beautifully wrapped.

Opening little ribbon tied boxes and antiqued tissue paper really reminded me of sorting through my great great grandma's jewelry at my grandma's house as a teenager.


The Victorian Trading Company is offering free shipping for orders over $60 for Va-Voom Vintage readers

Use code VAVOOM in checkout to redeem offer- ends 6.30 11:59 EST- not valid in combination with other offers








I'll be sharing more details of each beautiful item over the next few weeks so check back here or follow along on Instagram or Facebook.


Outfit: Breakfast by the River

plus size 1950s fashion green cardigan and button up white blouse from Va-Voom Vintage

    It was supposed to rain all afternoon so Pj was off work but it turned out to be a beautiful sunny day. After we got the kids on the bus and off to school, we picked up breakfast sandwiches and iced coffee.

 We were going to head home to get some chores and lawn work done but Pj thought it would be nice to take our breakfast to the river and enjoy the quiet morning.

We spotted some geese waddling through the park to the water and grandparents taking a little boy on a walk. It was a gorgeous day and my iced coffee had extra caramel in it.

plus size 1950s fashion green cardigan and button up white blouse from Va-Voom Vintage

Missouri River at St. Charles, Missouri from Va-Voom Vintage

train station at St. Charles, frontier park from Va-Voom Vintage

Plus size 1950s vintage fashion from Va-Voom Vintage

I wore a green wool pencil skirt I made from vintage fabric and one of my favorite cardigans. I'm trying to wear all of my favorite cardigans and jackets before the weather is too hot. I also picked a funny little squirrel brooch I haven't worn in a long time.



Plus size 1950s vintage fashion from Va-Voom Vintage




Outfit:

vintage white blouse- estate sale
green wool skirt- made by me with vintage fabric
green cardigan- thrifted
squirrel brooch-?
shoes- Amazon *




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