Style Icon: Cher

Cher's style in the 1960s was iconic. Check her out with this great cat eye eyeliner reminiscent of the Cleopatra makeup worn by Elizabeth Taylor.


A little charity event we're putting together...

LUPEC Denver’s 6th annual Prom event to benefit The Prom Dress Exchange charity

On Saturday, February 22, 7pm at the Arvada Tavern (5707 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada) LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails) Denver is proud to present Sweetheart Prom, their 6th annual benefit for The Prom Dress Exchange, a local non-profit that offers hope to needy high school kids in the form of ball gowns and cummerbunds: they provide gently used formal wear to kids who otherwise would not be able to afford to attend prom. LUPEC Denver thinks this is a great cause and for the last 6 years they have thrown their annual Prom to help raise donations (clothing and cash).

LUPEC Denver is asking attendees to raid their closets for unneeded formal wear (and accessories) and bring it down to The Arvada Tavern for an evening of dancing, cocktail specials, and fun as LUPEC helps The Prom Dress Exchange make prom happen.

A Prom King and Queen will be announced, DJ Marc Hughes will keep the prom tunes spinning and attendees can help the charity by buying beautiful corsages, having their picture taken at our Prom photo booth, bidding on fabulous silent auction items or sending a Cupid Note to their sweetheart. The $5 suggested donation at the door will also benefit The Prom Dress Exchange. http://www.promdressexchange.org/


Magazine for the Vintage Sewing Enthusiast

Vintage Made Magazine is a very new publication on sewing vintage style clothing with only 2 issues coming out so far. The most recent issue I received from the publisher Artwear Publications because I wrote a marcel wave tutorial to appear as part of a Jazz Age article series they were working on.

The magazine hales from Australia where the country is booming in its love of all things vintage with more and more Australia based vintage/retro companies popping up weekly. 

This new magazine is really special not only in its content, but in the free dress pattern that comes with the semi-yearly subscription. Yes…that is a free vintage dress pattern in modern sizes in each issue! 

No more taking that size 32 bust vintage pattern from the antique store and making a whole new pattern to fit your 38 bust that you then have to make a mock up of out of muslin to make sure you got the alterations right. This pattern is size 32-40 inch bust with full instructions.

The current issue has a dress called the Lauren Dress (no relation). 

I have to say that this is the most useful vintage geared magazine I have yet to come by. I'm all about utility. I love things that not only bring me happiness, but also that I can use in my everyday life. Of course knowing how to sew makes this magazine a little more useful, but honestly, even if you just love vintage fashion, this is a great magazine. 

It includes articles about fashion, an interview with the costumer for Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, and many other appearance focused subjects. It really is a lifestyler magazine.

One of the many articles in the current issue includes a DIY for a Peter Pan collar.

And an article about vintage embroidery.

Oh, and here is the tutorial I did for the Marcel Wave. I hope they ask me to do something for them again. It is such a great publication to be a included in.


It's witchcraft I tell ya!

The English Parliament passed an act in 1770 decreeing that any woman who sought to betray one of His Majesty's subjects into marriage by "scents, paints, cosmetic washes, artificial teeth, false hair, Spanish wool (rouge), iron stays, high-heeled shoes, bolstered hips and like misdemeanors shall incur the penalty of the law in force against witchcraft and that marriage shall stand null and void."


Giving props to your favorite retro hairstylist...

I've been doing a little Spring cleaning and recently went through the blog post listing retro stylists available today. Click here to see the post Vintage Salons and Stylists.

There were some broken links and such on a couple that made me think that the listings were no longer valid, so I deleted them to keep the list fresh and easily googled.

But it has been a while and I wanted to open the discussion back up for anyone who wanted to be listed on the entry. It has had thousands and thousands of hits, so people are searching for you and your talents in recreating vintage beauty. Wouldn't you like to be seen in as many places as possible?

Please email me at info at hrstbooks.com with the name of your business and location, qualifications, a portfolio image, and contact information.

If you are just a customer and love your stylist, leave a comment about her and tell us where she is!


Easy Vintage Hairstyles for Natural Curly Hair Look #3

Here's my last tutorial for this series on easy vintage hairstyles for naturally curly hair. 

As I wrote before in the first Natural Curly Hair Tutorial, there is no need to make yourself insane trying to copy the curl level or texture of a vintage style. For a finished vintage hairstyle to look great, I believe the most important thing is to get the silhouette and form right. The silhouette or form in hairstyling refers to the outer shape of the hairstyle. Manipulate your curls to emulate the silhouette and you are ready to go. 

Look #3 - Madmen – 1960s

For this style, the silhouette I'm going for is the bouffant look of the early and mid-1960s. 

01 Section a small piece at the bang area and gently comb it forward over the forehead. For just this one look it might help to use a large barrel curling iron or straightening iron to get the front section to swoop over to the side nicely.

02 Direct it forward and to the right with your fingers. Roll the ends into a small pin curl.

03 Pin the curl at the hairline.

 04 Pull the rest of the hair back into a ponytail leaving the hair loose on top of the head.

03-05 Flip the curly ponytail up on top of the head and push it forward to add height to the style. Pin everything in place.


Easy Vintage Hairstyles for Natural Curly Hair Look #2

Here's another easy vintage hairstyle for naturally curly hair. It's my second tutorial for this series and I have one more to come. 

As I wrote before in the first Natural Curly Hair Tutorial, there is no need to make yourself insane trying to copy the curl level or texture of a vintage style. For a finished vintage hairstyle to look great, I believe the most important thing is to get the silhouette and form right. The silhouette or form in hairstyling refers to the outer shape of the hairstyle. Manipulate your curls to emulate the silhouette and you are ready to go. 

Keira's curl will be an amazing base for vintage hairstyles that were all based around curl.

Look #2 – Atomic Era – 1950s

01 The first step is parting the top section. The side part of the 1950s lined up usually with the peak of the eyebrow. This also helps with getting height in the bang area. After the hair is parted, set aside the top section of hair.

02 With the section of hair directly below the part on the left side of the head, pull the hair back and pin it against the scalp so you have a nice sweeping back of the hair behind the temple.

03 Most women in the 1950s had hairstyles that fell above the shoulders. It was considered the modern look after the longer styles of the 1940s. To copy this, take sections of the hair that hang longer and twist up into little bun shapes.

04 Pin the hair against the scalp around the hairline at the nape of the neck to stay short. Do this in sections all the way around the back of the head.

05 Using a wide tooth comb, comb out directly above the forehead to smooth the hair a little, but do not continue the comb through the section of hair. Only comb about 1 inch worth of the hair length at the scalp.  Curly girls know how disastrous it can be to put a comb through their hair. Friztown! This step is only designed to smooth and get some height right above the forehead to get the wave over bang effect.

06 Using your fingers, direct the hair on the right side that is still hanging down forward toward the face.

07 Use pins throughout the hairstyle to control the natural curl into the form you want.