Plaid Perfection

On cold days in winter, I love visiting our weekly Farmer’s Market. It helps remind me that delightful color still exists and the foods that are available during the colder season can be quite cheerful. Winter can be very grey and bleak at times, but we had a beautifully clear and sunny day today, although it was quite cold outside, so off to the market we went.

I love the Farmer’s Market in Kaiserslautern, we have our favorite stalls/sellers and usually grab a yummy krustenbraten sandwich or bratwurst as we walk around and shop.

Knit Beret ~ Lord & Taft
Blouse ~ Emmy Design
Cardigan ~ Yemak bought on Amazon
Earrings ~ Chez PouPoule in Paris
Necklace ~Vintage bought from Ivy Cottage 2 U on Etsy
Skirt ~ Voodoo Vixen
Coat ~ Hell Bunny
Shoes ~ Rockport Cobb Hill Aria 

I wanted to try and be as colorful as the fruits and veggies today. I saw this skirt on my friend Sarah Baker Day and absolutely fell in love with it. I jumped over to the Voodoo Vixen website and bought it immediately. I’m so glad I did, it’s a wonderful heavier weight wool and the colors are spectacular; and of course it has pockets!

I love plaid so much because you can pull from all the different colors in the pattern and even wear complementary colors that aren’t actually in the pattern itself. That’s what I did here today. My cardigan is a teal color, however there isn’t teal in the pattern, but it compliments it so well. I also matched the mustard and orange colors with my beret and necklace.

Here is my favorite cheese lady. She is always so kind and helpful, gives out samples and she knows exactly what cheeses we should take home with us.




 

Questions Answered

Thank you so much to everyone who sent in questions for me! Life got a bit busy, so it’s taken a bit longer to put this together, so sorry about that. With out any further ado… here are the questions and and answers.

Q: What a stunning lady you are and I love your feminine romantic style. My question to you is: do you usually bother with “foundation garments” as my mother would call them? I remember she felt that a lovely outfit required a “roll-on girdle” or “all in one bra/girdle” for her to feel and look her best. In recent years as I have gained weight, I remember her words but put them aside again when I consider just how hot our summers are here in Australia.
~Heather

A: This is a great question and my mother was very similar in her thoughts on the subject. I’ll have to say, it depends on the outfit. As a curvy gal there are some outfits that I’m just more comfortable in if I am wearing some sort of shape wear. I have different items for different silhouettes, such as corsets, girdles, longline bras (although I’m still searching for the perfect one), or shaper shorts to wear under trousers or tighter skirts/dresses. But I haven’t yet found the perfect item that feels comfortable to wear all day or that doesn’t smoosh and squish my soft parts into unfavorable directions. 

I do wear a slip or slip shorts everyday. I love the feel of a slip and I feel it helps keep me cool in summer and warmer in the winter. My slip shorts are essential for me during the summer to avoid the dreaded “chub rub” and they work as another layer for modesty as well. 

Q: Hi Christine! What first inspired you to wear Vintage? Were you a bit nervous about stepping out in your new Vintage Style? Did you start by wearing just a single vintages item or did you just go all the way with a complete outfit plus hair & make up?
Thanks
~Anita

A: Well I’ve been dressing in various versions of vintage style for over 25 years. My mother was a big inspiration for my general style. She was the most fabulous woman I’ve ever known and was always “put together”. She and I would go vintage and thrift shopping a lot in San Diego where I grew up. She was an actress/singer/performer and spent a lot of time with amazingly talented people in the entertainment industry. So that is what I grew up with. Later after my step-father passed away she met and dated a wonderful man who was a makeup artist for Warner Brothers Studios for almost 40 years. He was dear friends with some of the actors from Hollywood who I admired most from old films. I think being around that life and those people, really seeped into my soul. 

I was never one to follow the crowd or fall into fashion trends, so I think I was always a little different from my school mates and friends. I always loved the styles of the 1930s and 1940s and collected old magazines to gain inspiration. I was about 16 when I really started dressing in vintage style “full time”. As I mentioned before, my mom and I loved thrifting and vintage shopping so I already had some items in my wardrobe and I guess I just kept going with it. I was always interested in makeup in general and started working as a makeup artist when I was 19 or 20. My hair took a lot longer to figure out (I’m still learning). As I have naturally curly hair it took a lot of trial and error to figure out what to do with it and how to manipulate my hair to create the vintage styles and silhouettes I longed for.  

As for feeling nervous about my style, no that never really manifested. Of course I feel uncomfortable when people stare at me and I HATE it when they try and sneak photos of me – if you ask I will mostly likely say yes, but at least ask to take my photo, it’s just common courtesy. But I think having my mom as my mom really shaped how I feel about myself. She exuded confidence at all times and I’m so fortunate to have had her as a role model.

I will admit that I do feel a little “odd” when I’m out with my “muggle” friends – aka normal people who don’t dress in vintage – as I really stick out amongst them. But I’m not nervous or uncomfortable about it, just more aware of my existence, if that makes sense.   

Q: Do you also enjoy listening to the music of 40s-50s? Plus, do you furnish your home with vintage finds?
~Tracy

A: I do love music from the 40s and 50s, especially Jazz and Swing music. But I have incredibly eclectic musical tastes. I adore 80s and New Wave, Hard Rock, Irish Folk, Celtic, Showtunes, Pop, etc. Music has always been a big part of my life. My mother and grandfather were singers and performers and I even had a short stint as a singer in a duo when I was in my 20s. I pretty much have music on at all times when I’m at home. 

And for my home, yes I do furnish my home with vintage items. I live in a home built in 1904 with a lot of the original features. I do seem to prefer an older style for my home furnishings, and just like my musical tastes, it is very eclectic. I love the style of the Arts and Crafts movement and anything Art Deco. I also adore Art Nouveau, but it can be very expensive. I collect Disney items and memorabilia so a lot of my decor is also Disney related, but somehow it all works and looks great together. 

Q: What is your profession?
~Adalene

A: I am a licensed massage therapist, holistic esthetician and certified holistic health coach. I have been a massage therapist for 15 years and I have a small massage studio in my home where I see clients. Before I moved to Germany I owned and operated an award-winning holistic day spa in Baltimore, MD. Prior to becoming a massage therapist I worked in Marketing and Public relations for several firms in San Diego. I’ve worked in retail during all of my professions, usually having 2-3 jobs at a time. 

Most recently I have joined the team as the Features Editor for an upcoming online vintage magazine called, The Vintage Woman Magazine which will be launching in May 2019. I’m so fortunate to work alongside some amazing and inspiring women and I’m able to combine my talents with my passion for vintage style. 

Q: I love the way your photos look on your blog and Instagram. Who takes the photos for your blog posts? Are they a professional photographer or are you?
~ Julia

A: Usually for my blog photos, my darling (and patient) husband takes my photos. When he’s not available or I want to do a quick shoot, I just use my tripod in my backyard. Neither my husband nor myself are professionals when it comes to photography. We do have a great camera and have invested in a few really good lenses and we’ve learned a lot over the years about photography. We really enjoy learning about photography and hope to continue to take great photos. 

Q: How do you choose your photo locations?
~Celeste

A: Living in Europe there is no lack of amazing locations to shoot my photos. We generally bring a camera with us wherever we go and sometimes we just pull over when we see an especially beautiful spot just to take some photos. We travel quite a bit too so I’ll try and plan my blog posts around our travels or any events that we are attending. 

Q: We know that you are on the hunt for the perfect trouser, are there any other vintage items that you are searching for?
~Paige

A: Yes, the ever lasting search for the perfect trouser…I have a few now that I really like, but I’m still searching. I’m actually going to attempt to sew a pair for myself, we’ll see how that goes. 

I’m always on the hunt for true vintage items that actually fit me and flatter my shape. I recently found 2 Pendleton jackets on eBay in my size! I haven’t received them yet, so we’ll see how it goes. One thing that I would love to find (and honestly I doubt that it even exists) is a vintage knit set in my size. I have always loved the look of these sets and once I get good enough to knit one, I’m determined to make one for myself. 

This has been really fun, thank you again to all of you who sent in questions. Please continue to send me questions as they come up, I’m always happy to chat with you!!!

Love,

Christine

 

She’s Back!

As we don’t celebrate Christmas, we have an annual ritual of dressing up and going to see a movie. Can you guess what movie we saw this year????

You guessed it, Mary Poppins Returns. I have been (not so) patiently awaiting this movie. I loved the original and was really excited to see how they were going to continue the story. I’m not a fan of a “re-work” of original movies, especially Disney movies. But as this new movie is a sort of sequel or an additional tale, I was eager to see the movie and meet the new characters as well as be reacquainted with some old friends.

Also the movie is set in the 1930s, so of course I was looking forward to seeing how they incorporated the style into the movie. And I was not disappointed, the costumes were fantastic. So, today I decided to don an outfit inspired by the new Mary Poppins.

Hat ~ Vintage from The Mad Hat Lady
Blouse ~ Collectif
Bow Tie ~ Vintage from a large lot of ties on eBay
Sweater ~ Emmy Designs
Skirt ~ eShakti
Coat ~ Hell Bunny 
Gloves ~ Vintage from Prima Mona
Embroidered Purse ~ Vintage from Blackout 2, in London
Shoes ~ Hotter
Brooch ~ Kirbee Lawler


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?

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