Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Quest for the Perfect Pink Lipstick


Recently, Fashionable Reader, I had a horrible lipstick experience.



I was super unhappy with the way this pink looked on my recent FB Live, so I started hunting for a darker pink.

* Before we start I'd like to state the following:

I'm a colorstay girl. I've been wearing it since Revlon first introduced it. I know EXACTLY how to apply a long wear lippy. I can put it on at 8am and it won't have budged by the time I go to bed - with three meals and snacks in between (so long as I avoid oily meals).

This blog post here contains my full makeup routine as well as step-by-step instructions on how to apply a no budge color stay.

Round 1




So I tried these two (Maybelline SuperStay Matte, Believer on top and Covergirl Outlast, Deep Burgundy on the bottom). Taken in direct sunlight, much darker when indoors. With these I felt I'd gone too far in the opposite direction, these are far too plum & dark for my taste.

So I picked up this one: Maybelline Superstay All Day Cherry.



This one is way less red than it looks on my computer (I find this is common with the word "cherry"). I like it OK.



Still I'm not totally happy with the application and finish (it's a little thin for a matte), and I'd like something a mite more saturated and more vintage looking, so the hunt persists.

Round 2


NYX's Prague & Lime Crime's True Love. Both suggested in the Retro Rack Facebook group.



Both of these are new brands to me. NYX's Prague is on my upper lip, it's pretty thick and sticky and I'm not wild about the applicator (or the scent) but you can't beat the price point. It's still leaning a little plum, although it certainly has a vintage look.

Lime Crime's True Love is on my bottom lip. What a GREAT lipstick. It goes on smooth, the applicator is lovely and the saturation in the color is fantastic.

If the Lime Crime stays on, I may have a new lipstick brand love affair in the making. It ain't cheep at $20, but what a joy to work with!

DISASTER

 Neither one is ADVERTISED as color stay. Both easily wiped off after lunch. Curses! I knwo there are some of you out there who believe the Lime Crime velveteens are color stays, but for me they his one did nto work.

(See starting point above, yes I know ALL THE TRICKS for keeping a colorstay in place. This one came off when I drank a soda water half an hour after application! That's not a good sign.)

Round 3


So I went back shopping for one advertised as color stay:


Maybelline SuperStay Matte since this looked like it might be similar in tone to the Lime Crime above. I keep gravitating towards plum tones, when I just shouldn't, so I forced myself to try these instead.

Success!!! 

Top lip: Maybelline SuperStay Matte, Pioneer
Bottom Lip: Maybelline SuperStay Matte, Romantic

You can see I had a tough time with the application and that's my complaint. The brush charges too much and I don't like the shape at all, also the formula is really sticky. BUT the sucker stayed on and the two colors look like they will work for my outfits. We shall see how they photograph!

Wait, but you've worn pink dresses before?


So what did I wear previous to this hunt, when I wore pink? Maybelline SuperStay Wine. And if I can't figure out a new option, I'll go back to that one.



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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Pearls: Multiple Strand Faux Pearl Necklace & The Names of Necklace Lengths


I have this multi-strand stacked mock pearl necklace that I bought on a whim from a retro fair and wear all the flipping time.

 

Here's your names for the different lengths...

via antique-royals tumblr

Collar, choker, princess lengths are my favorites. I will occasionally wear a rope. The other two don't work with the Rack. Not on me, anyway.


This kind of stacking has been around a long time.

Queen Margherita of Italy via antique-royals tumblr

1840 antique-royals tumblr

1870 fawnvelveteen tumblr stacked pearls

Mine I'll wear for daytime or evening because of the style of bead.


Although in the past with real pearls it does tend to be MAJOR formal events.

Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh then Grand Duchess of Russia

After the Turn of the Century

1925  Christie’s

via sala66- Clara Bow, 1927

Christian Dior 1948 Hat, Philippe Pottier, Fashion Photography  (Source- hprints.com)

 “More is More” Hilary Rhoda by Roe Ethridge for W Special Edition May 2014
via Glamorous Vintage Soul tumblr


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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Spot the outfit in the book! Clothing Featured in How to Marry a Werewolf: Hats, Dresses and Men in Uniform


Want to play a rousing game of spot that outfit in Gail's book?

In How to Marry a Werewolf I feature a number of fashionable items, I thought you might want to see them ahead of time so you can try and spot them as you read.

So with the book releasing this weekend, here you go!

On Faith...


Walking suit, American, circa 1890-95. Wool, silk taffeta.
Mint Museum

1890 ca. Boater Hat English Straw, silk, by Lincoln Bennett and Company's Hats.
museumofcostume.co.uk

Raudnitz & Co. evening dress, 1897
From the Musee Galliera

Punch 1895 - History of the bicycle
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Rouff ca. 1897 | French
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
I love this last one because it so perfectly goes with How to Marry a Werewolf.



On Teddy...

Walking dress L'Art et la Mode 1894 N°47 Marie de Solar

1895 Ballgown by House of Worth Paris,
the Bruce Museum



On Channing (in the past)...


Player's Cigarettes "Regimental Uniforms, Second Series" (issued in 1914) #52
Coldstream Guards ~ Light Infantry Company, 1793

Peninsula 1812 1_The Honourable W Dawson 1st Foot Guards 2_Daniel Mackinnon,
Coldstream Guards 3_The Honourable Orlando Bridgeman 1st Foot Guards



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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Excellent Article & Podcast on Feathered Hats & MURDER


Hello fashionable readers, here's something fun for you!

Fun article:
Murderous Millinery: A brief look at the fashion for feathered hats in the early 20th century


And a companion podcast on the subject:  Murderous Millinery

I do love hats, despite their murderous intentions.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Felted Hat from the 1890s


I'm kinda obsessed with felted hats. Sadly, Fashionable Reader, I usually can't wear them (wool allergy). I love a vintage felted and folded cloche and I do tend to associate this kind of hat with the 1920s-1940s. Yes I am aware they hung around.

I have a couple pretty nifty ones from the 1950s.





I suppose I knew they must have felted hats in the Victorian era but I don't often encounter elaborate folded versions in my fashion wanderings. So you can imagine my delight when I saw this little beauty at a recent exhibit!

Image taken by Gail Carriger, do not share without attribution
Image taken by Gail Carriger, do not share without attribution


Isn't it just fabulous?


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Thursday, April 19, 2018

New Acquisitions: Oxfords, Silk Blouse, Turbans, Gloves, & Chokers


It's been a while since I've done one of these blog posts, partly because I haven't been shopping much recently.

Now I don't *think* there is anything wrong with me.

So here is what I haev added to my wardrobe over the past few months or so...

Brown oxford wedge

Why I got it? I've been looking to add a closed toed heel to my brown shoes collection for a while. This one isn't exactly vintage but it is super comfortable and has great tread for the rains and is both a wedge and a platform (two loves of mine). I wish it had come in black as well, as my favorite black platform booties died recently. I mourn them!

cream silk and lace blouse

I added this beautiful cream silk and lace shirt to my steampunk costume collection. This one has the right cut and shape to go under one of my more difficult corsets, the Fancy.


The Fancy has double cross-back princess straps and is a bit of a challenge to find shirts for. The one you see pictured here is very warm and also on its last legs (or should I say arms?) so I have been trying to find a replacement. 
This new one is not only lovely for a foundation piece with several of my corsets, but will also look pretty on its own. I'm planning on taking to to RWA Nationals with me in July. 

red velvet turban
Been wearing a lot of turbans recently and I like these velvet ones a lot. I also got this one in green. The bow isn't quite as big as pictured, but it is lovely, $6-8 depending on color.

More recently I hit up an antique store that was going out of business and picked up a few cuties that I really didn't need but couldn't resist...

green leather gloves





I just purged all my gloves. Yet I saw there hunter green leather ones and... had to have them. They are green. And leather. And have a button!

pear choker


 A pinkish tan pearl strand (faux, I think, but very good quality). These I will like wear doubled up with on of my favorite steampunk necklaces as it's choker length. 

jet choker




Jet choker. This one actually kind of goes with another jet set I already owned, the one I have is a longer tassel necklace that doesn't always work with my necklines so this will make a good substitute for dresses with higher necklines. And I love jet.



jet tassel set

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