Getting to know you…or me rather

Q & A with The Glambassador

Is there something about me or my blog that you’d really like to know? Well, here’s your chance. I realize that you all might not know much about me personally or you may have questions about my blog, my style or my inspirations. So I’d like to open up a Q & A session and then gather some of those questions and share my answers here on my blog.

So…what would you like to know about me?

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THE Best Paris Trip Ever!!!

We traveled to Paris once again…this time specifically to see Dita Von Teese perform in The Art of the Teese. If you haven’t seen this show yet, run – don’t walk to get tickets. It is truly a spectacular show! Of course Dita is an enormous inspiration for me, and for many others in the vintage world, and being able to see her in Paris makes it extra special.

I had so many amazing experiences on this trip and I wanted to share them with you.

For the show I choose the Lana dress from Vivien of Holloway in a beautiful rust/orange color. I paired it with black accessories (hoping I didn’t look like a pumpkin) and a huge statement brooch.

Dress ~ Vivien of Holloway
Hat ~ Vintage
Gloves ~ Vintage from Prima Mona
Handbag ~ Vintage from Staghorn House
Brooch ~ Vintage from Maudes Vintage Ware
Shoes ~ Rocket Originals 

When I was sitting in my seat waiting for the show to start, a lovely gentlemen came over to our table and tapped my arm. He said to me “Excuse me, madame, but I had to tell you how beautiful you are and I love your look.” As I thanked him for his wonderful compliment I realized who I was talking to…none other than Jean Paul Gaultier!!!!!!

He was so lovely and personable. We chatted for a little longer and I got this fantastic photo with him.

I also finally met Ella aka Miss Victory Violet. She is so sweet and lovely and is just as stunning in person as she is in her photos. We exchanged information and the next day she contacted me and asked if I was able to sit in as a hair model for her vintage hair class the next day as the scheduled model was unfortunately was no longer available. Of course I jumped at the chance!

If you ever have a chance to take a vintage hair class with Miss Victory Violet, I urge you to do it! She is super talented, lovely and patient. She has a lot of great tips and tricks and helps you figure out the right techniques for your hair type.

Look at this hair! How amazing is this????

 

Autumn Sunshine

It’s the middle of October, yet its 75°F (23°C) outside. As much as I adore the chill of Autumn, I’m enjoying the warmer weather and the chance to continue to wear these lighter frocks. The colors in this dress are so lovely and I think it will be be a great frock for Spring as well. This is the first time I’ve worn this hat, and although it really works well with this dress, I’m not sure how I feel about this hat on me. What do you think?

Hat ~ The Vintage Hat Shop on Etsy
Dress ~ eShakti
Necklace ~ ChatterBlossom on Etsy
Brooch ~ The Jewellery Cloud
Handbag ~ Target
Shoes ~ Greta shoes from Remix Vintage Shoes 


A Return to Paris

We are in Paris once again. I’m here this time to attend a “Makeup through the Decades” class put on through The Paris Institute for Critical Thinking. The first evening featured makeup looks from the 1920s and 1930s and the last evening was 1940s and 1950s. Of course I wanted to dress up for this class, the first evening I did a more 1930s look (I didn’t get photos sorry) and the last evening I tried for a more 1940s style.

I knew I wanted to wear this dress but I didn’t really have a hat that worked perfectly with it. So I contacted Karen at The Heritage Milliner and we came up with this style and color scheme for the dress. I think it turned out perfectly. Earlier in the day we went shopping at Chez PouPoule and I picked up these gorgeous earrings which ended up looking amazing with this outfit.

Hat ~ Custom made by The Heritage Milliner
Dress ~ Vivien of Holloway
Earrings ~ Chez PouPoule in Paris 

Casual Charm

I sometimes struggle with casual styles. I do try to dress in a fairly casual way when just running errands or doing simple daily tasks. Most of time, I still feel overdressed compared to the general population, but I’m trying to change my mindset a bit on what I feel could be considered casual. I’m not a jeans a t-shirt kind of gal and I do try and dress appropriately for whatever activity I’m performing. I’m always most comfortable in dresses and skirts and they do not inhibit me in my daily life.

So moving forward, I’d like to share more of my casual styles here on my blog and hopefully get feedback from you, my followers on your own favorite casual styles.

Today I was simply running errands…picking up my mail, running to IKEA and bit of grocery shopping. The style of this dress is maybe on the high end of the casual scale (with the tux pleating and key hole front), but since it’s a comfortable cotton material, I feel like that makes it more appropriate as a day dress. And with adding a tan belt and tan low oxfords, it really creates a comfortable casual style. I’m also always trying new hairstyles out and this is one I love. As we are heading into Fall now, I can wear my hair down more without sweating down my back.

What are some of your “go-to” casual pieces?

Dress ~ eShakti
Belt ~ Amazon
Shoes ~ Rocket Dogs (sadly no longer available)

My new favorite hairstyle ~ Tutorial

So about month ago, I started playing around with my hair and trying different ways to achieve a specific silhouette I was wanting. I love finding old photographs and puzzling out how to imitate the style. Here are a few photos of the silhouette I was striving for. I wasn’t really looking for the height so much, but the most important thing was that lovely wave in the fringe. 

So this is what I’ve come up with

TUTORIAL

To create the wave in my fringe I set my hair like I normally do, aside from my fringe – (see my set here) – and then I put a hair net on and slightly push it back along with the rollers. This was a total accident by the way, I always put a hair net on to make sure my rollers stay put while I sleep, but for some reason one night the net got pushed back and also pushed the rollers back and it created the most beautiful wave. So now I make sure that this “accident” happens each time.

For this set I rolled my fringe all down, away from my part, and I move the plastic bar around and secure it with a pin curl clip. This helps to stop that dreaded bend you can get with sponge rollers.

I usually do this style on day two or three of my set, so I’ve already brushed it out for a few days. So you just need to section off your hair in three sections. From your part down behind the ear (small side), From your part across the crown and down behind the ear (big side), I usually pull the rest of my hair back into a ponytail just to keep it out of the way.

Take the small side and start to twist it backwards (towards the back of your head). Nudge it forward to create a little bit of height and then pin it down with 2 bobby pins X’d to secure. Leave the tail end out for now.

Now take the big side and basically do the same twist, but make sure you are setting the twist behind that front wave, again pin it down with two bobby pins X’d. You should have a curl at the tail end of both sides.

Now at this point you can just secure the tails with bobby pins making them into a curl right at the part. Or you can tuck them back into the twist if you don’t want the curl.

I hope this was helpful, please feel free to ask me any questions about this style or tutorial. 

Strolling in a Baroque Garden

Just an hour and fifteen minutes from our house, is this beautiful 17th century Baroque Palace, Schwetzingen Palace. We took a tour of the palace and stunning formal gardens this weekend. Unfortunately photos inside of the palace were not allowed, however outside in the colorful formal gardens, it was all fair game.

It was quite hot and there were about 20 weddings/photo shoots going on in the gardens, so we were a bit limited to where we could shoot. But since its so close, we will be going back for more.

Hat ~ Vintage from The Vintage Hat Shop
Dress ~ eShakti
Brooch ~ Vintage Jade Butterfly, gifted from my Mom
Necklace ~ Jade and silver from Morocco, gift from my Gentleman 
Umbrella ~ Vintage 
Purse ~ Vintage
Shoes ~ Rocket Originals