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DIY Bettie Page Inspired Accessories for The Little Book of Bettie

5/31/18

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.

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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

5/28/18

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

5/26/18

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

5/23/18


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)

5/21/18


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

5/20/18

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

5/19/18



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

5/18/18

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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