Friday, 31 July 2009

Beauty has many colours..

It´s been difficult to find vintage fashion pictures of women of colour. But there is always the exquisitely beautiful Lena Horne !

Thursday, 30 July 2009

A transforming product - lipstick !

Lipstick is a great invention ! :) It really can change your appearance !

   Although I think Dita looks very 
sweet without make up too !

A lot of vintage girls use Mac. I love Mac ( although I´ve recently discovered Bobby Brown ! ) Mac has a lot of pigments in their products which is why they have such a vivid colours. They also have a good range of matte lipsticks which is great, as they stay on longer. Then, if you want a little shine, you can simply do so by adding  a litte lip gloss. Just dab a bit on the middle of your upper and lower lip for a nice "sexy "pout" ! ;)

Mac  has two great "reds"  - Ruby Woo  (left) and  Russian Red (right) 
( the images does not do the two colours full justice ) 
I have Russian Red which is a great colour when you want a lipstick that has blues in it, yet works well with warm olive toned skin.

Here is a sweet 1940s tutorial on make up !

Make your own Cold Cream !

The lovely Fleur de Guerre wrote a post about that most classical of creams - cold cream. This was such a staple ware in the the lives of the 1940s woman. She would use it to clean her face with or use it as a face mask in the evening. Read Fleurs post here.

For those of you vintage lovers that want to try making your own I found the below recipe. I made one little addition, some rose oil for fragrance. If any one of you ladies give it a go, please let me know how it went.

Also, if you like making your own skincare products, you might want to try the recipe for Floral Water that I posted on my other blog.


1/4 teaspoon borax

1/4 cup distilled water

1/2 cup oil that is liquid at room temperature (Almond is nice)

1/2 ounce (by weight) grated beeswax ( about 2 tbs )

If possible work with glass containers as it can get a little messy.

1. Dissolve the borax in the water. Set aside.

2. Mix together the oil and beeswax.

3. Heat the oil/beeswax mix in a microwave until the beeswax is melted in and the mixture is clear. Or you can put the beeswax in a container that you then put in a pot of water. When the water starts boiling the wax will slowly melt.

4. Heat the borax/water mix in a microwave or on the stove for a minute - almost to boiling.

5. Slowly pour the borax/water mixture into the oil/beeswax mixture, using a stick blender to mix as you pour.

6. Beat very well with the stick blender until the mix is glossy white and slightly thick. If you wish you can put a few drops of essential rose oil into a little almond oil and mix in for fragrance.

7. Pour the (hot) cold cream into a jar with a lid and let it cool to room temperature.

NOTE: If you don't have a stick blender you can beat the cold cream with a whisk or in a regular blender, but the cleanup will be much more difficult.... By using glass containers and a stick blender you will be able to simply wipe most of the excess off with paper towels, then wash in hot soapy water. Cleaning plastic measuring cups, and a whisk or (worse yet) a blender of this wax-containing product is difficult and a pain in the neck....

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

How to refill a vintage powder compact

Another great beauty recipe ! I have several compacts that it would be nice to be able to use.

You will need
A vintage compact
Some loose face powder
Rubbing alcohol
A small bowl and something to stir with
A spoon

1. Remove the net from the compact ( if there is one ), as well as any powder left inside.

2. Clean the compact with rubbing alcohol.

3. In a a small bowl, mix loose powder of your choice with a small amounts of alcohol, a little at a time. Stir to make a smooth creamy paste.

4. When your done, fill the base of your compact with the paste. You can use the back of an alcohol dipped spoon to smooth out the mixture. Or you can use something that will leave a fine imprint, like a piece of cloth.

5.  Let the compact dry opened overnight. Then your´re ready to go !

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Morning becomes me... ;)

Ms Rosina Lee wrote a really neat post on gloves on her blog. It´s great - check it out ! Here is as promised, a picture of my vintage 1940s much loved dressing gown.

Monday, 27 July 2009

Sweet dreams are made of this ...

I love a fabulous dressing gown. I have one myself that I bought (for far to much money... ) on eBay. Will post a pic. tomorrow. Goodnight ladies !

Housecoats - a modern days morning robe ?

A housecoat or a duster, was worn when women in the 1940s were cleaning their house in order to protect what they were wearing for the day. Housecoats, long buttoned robes of light fabric ( but could also be made of warmer material ) became popular since they covered more than aprons or pinafores. A housecoat was an informal evening wear, usually roomy with buttons or a zip in front. Lengths were knee length or longer. Another way to use it was as robe over ones underwear, for instance when you needed to do hair or put on makeup.

Blouses of the 1940s

Blouses in the 1940s were worn losely over shirts or tucked in.They could also be worn with a belt.

Sleeves could be long with wristbands or cuffs that were buttoned or they could be short & puffed at the shoulders.

Saturday, 25 July 2009

To Dream about...

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ve wanted a corset for a long time, but feel I need to loose some weight first... On the other hand that IS the whole idea with a corset, I mean to hold in what you already have ;) My favourite shop is "What Katie did" - I LOVE everything I see there ! This pink corset is another little daydream of mine !

Here´s how you put on a corset correctly.

Friday, 24 July 2009

Perhaps I´m a little blog addicted, hm... ?

I must admit I think I´ve been seriously bitten by "the blog bug"... :) No truly. I have far too much fun posting and collecting images. I´m afraid I am quite behind with everything else that I need to do...

So, I leave you now with this quote from the exquisitely beautiful Marlene Dietrich !

Pink Polyvore

Trashy Diva Shows The Way

A New Moment in Time !

This is an attempt to create a research blog where all who love vintage (especially the 1940s) can find inspiration and how and where to acquire modern items with a vintage look.

But I will also post links to, what I think, are some amazing vintage retailers where you may get lucky and find the dress of your dreams !

If you want to read my more about my own personal journey from "a modern to a more vintage lifestyle" please check out my other blog "Vintage Me".

With much love Diva