Friday, 31 July 2009
Thursday, 30 July 2009
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.
HOMEMADE COLD CREAM
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
Another great beauty recipe ! I have several compacts that it would be nice to be able to use.
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Monday, 27 July 2009
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.
Saturday, 25 July 2009
I´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
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