Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Stop Staring!

I'm feeling really happy about this post shot in McKinney, one of my favorite historical towns. This dress from Stop Staring! is the perfect summer day dress. You can style it so many different ways and it's so lightweight that you won't burn up in the heat. I styled it with late 1940's accessories to make it as authentic as possible.

Stop Staring! was created by the talented Alicia Estrada. Like me, she shares a love for everything vintage which drove her to create this brand. Her vintage inspired dresses have been seen on every celebrity and in every magazine. They are known for the way they flatter and hug a woman's curves, and I feel like a million bucks in mine. Check out these gorgeous dresses at http://www.stopstaringclothing.com/ and find the one I'm wearing at http://www.stopstaringclothing.com/beila-fitted-dress-whiteblack-dot-1633.html.

Are my seams straight? Only authentic 1940's Cuban heel stockings for this outfit.  

My inspiration for this outfit comes from the "Polka Dot Girl", Miss Chili Williams herself, known for wearing polka dots.

Both the bag and heels are from the 1940's

I swear by Besame Cosmetics http://besamecosmetics.com/. Not only are they vintage inspired, down to color by decade, and packaging, but they are such long lasting lipsticks. I am wearing Besame Red, their classic color, and a favorite of mine.

I was lucky enough to stop at an estate sale one day, and unexpectedly found an Art Deco compact with my initials engraved on it. It's so beautiful and has the original rouge still inside it. It also perfectly matches my Besame lipstick.

At the end of the shoot this man walked up to me and was very kind enough to give us an amazing magic show. He performs at the local magic store in McKinney and he is no joke. I still have yet to figure out how he performed his tricks and that's what makes him a wonderful magician. His name is Mr. Stan. He is very talented and was a pleasure to talk to.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Factory Girl

While venturing through historic Denton a few days ago, my sweet boyfriend Sam Patterson became my guest photographer. We were taking photos at the TWU campus which began it's construction in 1903. It's a beautiful campus with a nice little park to visit.

It's not too often I post casual outfits anymore. The fact is we all have to dress casual, and life isn't one big tea party. But casual does not mean "go and fetch your baggiest sweatpants and loosest fitting t-shirt" either. There once was a time when casual still meant putting effort into how you look while you go out for the day. Back in the 1940's during World War Two, women had to go to work in the factories while the men were away at war in order to keep the country going. During this time the everyday outfit for women was built around their work duties. Women began wearing pants, and even overalls to work. The pants I am wearing are a great high waist 1940's inspired pair from https://www.stylewe.com that have cute little suspenders attached to them. You can find them at this link: https://www.stylewe.com/product/black-plain-vintage-overall-25359.html.

With these pants I have paired a 1940's blouse and a black velvet 1940's turban from Neiman Marcus. Turbans were an everyday accessory for women while working in the factories. They were vital to keep your hair out of your face while working, and also keeping your hair from getting caught in the machinery. Here are some photos to give you an idea of what their life was like.

Female factory worker, 1940s
Photo by George Marks
(photo by George Marks)

Photo from 1942 of a female worker from Sperry Gyroscope (an American electronics company#fashion #uniform:

Changing a few of the photos to black and white seemed fitting.

While we were taking photos this squirrel who is more photogenic than myself decided to steal the show. He was super friendly and I wanted to take him home with me. Look at that face!