It’s hard to believe how fast time is flying, but the Easter Parade 2016 was already a year ago! We posted our Easter Parade Video not long after the parade last year, but despite meaning to show you the lovely photos from the day I never did, so I’m sharing them with you now! We will be at Viva Las Vegas this year which falls on Easter weekend, so there won’t be any Easter Parade pictures from this year, so these will have to suffice for last year and this year! We hope you enjoy these and stay tuned for pictures from Viva Las Vegas in just a few weeks!

I found this dress at the Manhattan Vintage Clothing show a few years ago. The vendor told me it was once owned by a Dupont family member. It is, to date, my most expensive vintage purchase.

One of our spectacularly well dressed friends, Heidi Rosenau.

Another of our spectacularly well dressed friends, Gretchen Fenston, who is also a very talented milliner; she’s made many of the hats you’ll see in this and other posts!

 

Once again, too much time has slipped by since my last post, but we’re back! Matthew and I have been working on lots of fun videos and I’m excited to share this one from our very exciting day at the Hershey Car Show last year. If you have any interest in classic cars, this is the video for you! I’m honestly not much of a car person, but vintage cars are just SO beautiful I’m willing to make an exception! The highlight of the day was getting to sit in an impeccably restored Packard, as you’ll see in the video. It’s always such a pleasant surprise how nice and accommodating people are when you’re dressed in vintage!

I’ll be posting more videos here, but if you’d like to see all of them, please go to our YouTube channel and be sure to subscribe!

Stay tuned for more videos, posts and beautiful vintage!

 

We apologize for our tardiness in wishing everyone Happy New Year (and Happy Holidays!) but we have been traveling, as you can see from our holiday card, to Egypt! Stay tuned for pictures and a video of our adventures there, as well as videos and pictures from other events we’ve attended as well. Please stay tuned, and if there are any topics you’d like to see covered in our videos please comment below and let us know!

We look forward to bringing you more vintage goodness in 2017!

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The most satisfying moments in my life are when I get to combine the two things I love the most (and do the best)- vintage and makeup. Early in November, thanks to Erica Carr, I was able to do just that at her amazing week-long event CLASS:Where the Masters Teach, in Portland Oregon (my home town!)

Along with two of my colleagues, Chris Milone and Jessica Padilla, I taught a class entitled “What Vintage Is This?” where we covered the history of makeup and the specific looks of the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. We covered the history of each decade, how that influenced what makeup was used and how, and how the technology of film changed how makeup was applied, as well as the specific look of each decade. The 20’s and 30’s especially tend to be lumped together, and Chris and Jessica did a great job differentiating the look of each decade, and I covered the 1940’s.

My favorite moment was at the end of the presentation when the models put on their wigs, and we removed the makeup capes to reveal the beautiful and period appropriate dresses they had on underneath so the audience could see how the makeup was part of the entire look.  We were so gratified by the wonderful response from the students and the other instructors there, all of whom said they thoroughly enjoyed the presentation from start to finish!

You can find out more info about CLASS: Where the Masters Teach here. It is an event geared towards makeup artists but if you love makeup, it is worth attending. The lineup of teachers is full of legendary artists that are worth seeing. The tickets are already on sale for next year and we will be teaching the looks of the 50s, 60s and 70s!

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Before and after of each model so you can see the transformation!
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We brought a variety of vintage makeup and compacts, as well as books and magazines (ie a “mini-museum”) so students could see what makeup was used during these eras!

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Creating a beautiful 40’s makeup on my model Hazel, while wearing vintage, of course 🙂

 

We’re excited to bring you another My Vintage Love video, this one covering our trip up to the lovely Lyndhurst Castle to see the Defying Labels fashion exhibit, which covers the fashion lives of two women from the Gould family- Anna Gould and Edith Kingdon Gould.  Sadly, we weren’t able to film inside the exhibit but we did our best to give you an impression of what it was like. If you would like to read more about the exhibit, the New York Times wrote a lovely piece about it which you can read here.

We also visited the outside of the bowling alley that has been beautifully renovated since our last visit. They will be holding private events in the bowling alley starting next year so I hope we can bring you a video inside the bowling alley soon! We ended our trip with a visit to the lovely Rose Gardens and Conservatory. If you’re ever in upstate New York we strongly suggest checking out Lyndhurst Castle and the gorgeous grounds!

We both decided to wear light colors for our outing, and I’m wearing a 30’s blouse with button details, a 30’s hat and a 40’s pencil skirt. It’s an outfit I’ve pulled together from various sources over the past year and I’m so happy that it all came together so well! I was especially excited to wear the darling hat which I bought at the Pier show in January.

We hope you enjoy this video and stay tuned for a new video about our visit to the Hershey Car Show soon!

 

I’m excited to bring you another MyVintage Love video, this one of our lovely day at Rye Playland! See us ride the Whip, the Dragon’s Breath coaster, the Zombie Castle, the Gondola and the Carousel.  The weather was perfect, the outfits lovely, and it was a nearly perfect end of summer day. I hope you  enjoy watching the video as much as we enjoyed making it!

Rye Playland is now closed for the season, but be sure to go for a visit when it opens next Spring!

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My Vintage Loves, I am so very excited to share with you this article that was published today in Harper’s Bazaar Online. It is a comprehensive article about the New York City vintage community that was written by my wonderfully talented friend, Zoë Beery, and features photos of myself and some of my dear friends from the vintage scene, Gretchen Fenston, Vanessa Gualdron and Voon Chew. It covers not just the dressing aspect of the scene, but also the size, race and gender politics (as well as the occasional snark) of the scene as well.  If you’ve ever wanted to know more about the vintage world in NYC this is the article that will fill you in! It’s already been shared more the 5,000 times from the Harper’s Bazaar site, so if you enjoy it, please share!  Hopefully this will be the first of many articles of this size and scope about the vintage scene.  A huge thank you to Zoë and Harper’s Bazaar for having all of us be part of this story. I hope it inspires readers around the world!

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I’m wearing a 1940’s dress from Emily’s Vintage Visions.

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Beautiful photos by Tyler Joe.

 

I’m so excited to bring you one of our favorite videos so far, this one covering the Greater Boston Vintage Society’s Roaring 20’s Lawn Party! This has become one of my favorite events of the entire summer, because of the truly beautiful location, the Crane Estate.  It’s absolutely the most perfect venue, with a gorgeous mansion, rolling lawn and manicured garden and arcade. We also lucked out with nearly perfect weather; after some rain in the morning, the skies cleared up and we got a wonderful, cool day. (By contrast, the Jazz Age Lawn Party in NYC took place during the hottest, most humid weekend this year.)

As you’ll see from the video, the vendors were wonderful, there was room for a beautiful picnic, a leisurely stroll down the lawn to a view of the ocean, and a few dances.  All in all it was a perfect day. If you’re in Boston during the summer, I strongly suggest you attend! You can find out more about this event and lots of other fun events at Greater Boston Vintage Society’s website.

We hope you enjoy this video and there will be more posted soon!

 

On a very hot day in July, Matthew and I, with a small group of well dressed friends, braved the heat and went row boating in Central Park. It was a lovely day, and the lake was surprisingly full of fellow boaters. After about an hour of boating, with a small respite in the shade, we came ashore and walked over to EJ’s Luncheonette for a very refreshing break with lots of milkshakes and air conditioning.

This video is short and sweet but one of my favorites so far, and we hope you enjoy! Stay tuned for more!

 

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On June 25th, we lost one of the pioneers of street photography and one of the gentlest and kindest souls to ever live, Mr. Bill Cunningham. He was 87 years old. We were lucky enough to know Bill (or Uncle Bill as we liked to call him) not just as fans who were hoping to have Bill’s lens on us for a moment, but as someone we saw at smaller gatherings where we were able to chat and get to know him better. He was always smiling and kind, and seemed to be happy wherever he was, as long as there were interesting people around to photograph.

He was also one of the most upbeat and positive people I’ve ever met.  The best story to illustrate this happened last summer, on our way to the Jazz Age Lawn Party when we chatted with Bill on the ferry ride over. He would normally be standing, taking pictures of the attendees on their way to the Lawn Party, but this time he was sitting, due to a recent knee injury which occurred during a fall from his bicycle that he rode virtually everyday. He had a knee brace and was using a cane, and when I told him how sorry we were to see that he was injured he responded brightly, “Oh, it’s ok! It just gives me different angles to take pictures from!” I will never forget that moment. What a wonderful way to look at an injury that would stop some people in their tracks (especially at his age), and cause most people to complain. For Bill it was just another way to do his job that he loved so very much. He was the embodiment of the saying, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” I don’t think Bill ever worked a day in his life because he loved – truly loved – what he did. By doing what he loved he brought joy to thousands and thousands of people. As an artist I can’t think of a better way to spend your life.