Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Pin Curls and Perm Rollers ~

One of the basics for a vintage look are defintely curls. We live in a modern era with lots of material like a curling iron. But I do believe that the old-fashioned methods are still the best. Every method has it's advantages and disadvantages that's why I already tried some different ones. I've read and I've seen many tutorials and I tried to combine some different technics and methods to get one that works for my hair. I got really thick and also pretty long hair. These ladies have also long hair and they get those perfect waves and curls. So it was time for me to start practicing because summer is coming and I think we all try to do our best to look as good as possible on events. Whether you are wearing a vintage dress or a uniform.
Most tutorials say you need wet hair, I tried it but my hair just doesn't dry at all. So I had to search something else. I used a wet washcloth to moisten my hair a little bit so I could used the Curl Power spray from L'Oréal Paris. This spray makes sure you don't get frizzy hair. 
Once I tried pin curls but because my hair is so thick it's also heavy and the curls didn't hold. So I tried the perm rollers. They are probably from the 60s or 70s but why not using them? The problem was that they are very fine! So the curls were also very fine and that wasn't the result I was hoping for. 
Sometimes I can be very smart, so I tried to use two perm rollers instead of one. It wasn't so easy but after a little bit of trying I got them all in my hair. For the front section I did use pin curls. 
I wrapped everything in scarf and crossed my fingers for the result the next morning.
Before starting. 
Looks good enough for me!
You see the difference between the front section, where I used pin curls and
the back where I those perm rollers.
First I didn't want to comb my hair, I was afraid that all the curls would be gone like previously.
I was pretty happy about this first attempt.
This was the next day after I brushed it. 
Even the next day it still looked pretty good. I'm definitely trying this again! Hopefully next time will be as good or even better as this time. I'm sorry for not really vintage outfit. But this time it was all about hair.
What do you all thing about it? And if you have tips for me, I'd like to hear them!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

WAVES ~

Time flies! My last post was already a month ago... I've had a holiday, I've been some days in Germany and then there's still school. So, so much to do and the work keeps coming, just like the final exams. I'm trying everything I can just to get through them so there's not much time left for everything else. I even had to stop going to my circus school...

But there was one thing I couldn't resist! The militaria fair in Ciney last weekend. Summer is coming so time to see a lot of people again and what's a better place than such a big fair? And there are always interesting things for sale (sometimes the prices are crazy!) but apparently I was lucky! For a very good price I found the jacket and the skirt for the blue enlisted WAVES uniform.
I also found the matching enlisted hat with the white cover which means I'm still searching the shirt and the tie (and the shoes and bag but those are pretty expensive so I'll be using an other pair of 40s black oxfords or pumps). And I remained on the 'navy-path' because later that day I found a little booklet about the WAVES, it's postwar (1949) but why not buying it when it's almost for free?
The jacket and skirt are both named: E. Iker
The blog Hinges of History has lots of photos and information about the 
WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). 

And just before everyone was putting away their stuff I saw a sweetheart pillow, I had seen several that day but it's not possible to buy them all. But I took a look because you never know and I was really lucky that I took a look. It was still in perfect condition and it had the signal corps logo on it, together with 'Camp Crowder' so I had to have this one!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

De Vrouw: Introduction and Part I ~

My first love for an era in the past was the 1940s. And that's still my biggest love but some things have changed. Now it's not only 1940s but 1900s-1940s. Such an interesting period!
Just finding clothing from back then is so difficlt, so I'm just keeping it with photographs and other paperwork. 

Paper, old paper is something beautiful! After decades it has got it's own life and you can just see and feel it. I already had some early '50s Belgian magazines but some years ago my gave me a huge book. Huge and heavy. First I was like: "Hmm, ok.. An other piece of paper to add to that giant pile in my room." But then I started reading and looking in that book. I was amazed! Every page is a new world that opens it's gates to the past. 

The most famous Belgian/Dutch magazine from the past is probably 'Libelle.' But I never really found one neither one from 'De Vrouw'. I did know 'Libelle' but not the other one so I started searching things on the Internet about it. 'Vrouw' is the title of a modern Dutch magazine but I don't know if there's a connection with 'De Vrouw' because that one is Belgian... 
Enough about all that. Here's the first part: 
Practical information for your house. A page filled with little trics for cleaning, safety etc.
Recipes! Who doesn't love cooking? I should try this hot apple pudding once.
Trics for a good care for our legs and feets. 
Art! Such an important part in our culture. And they had to mention the wonderful and very inspiring Käthe Kollwitz.
Fashion! ''Swoon''
I already have 2 1930's sweaters but maybe I should give this pattern to my mom. And I wouldn't have to translate it.
Movies and other news about Hollywood.
'Where to go this week?' 
This is from the very first edition in that huge book.
Had to mention these artist (and look at their hair!) 
 It has everything a magazine needs: stories from their readers, fashion, Hollywood news, art, sewing and knitting information, publicity, movies and news about events that week. After 84 years some pages have disappeared, that's why this isn't really part I one because the first edition in my book only starts at page 5.

A little bit of translation: 
De vrouw = The woman