Avert your eyes from the unfinished floors in this room.
I got ahead of myself when I ripped up all the carpet from the room I'd repainted. Until I get round to finishing it up let's just pretend there is lovely hardwood there.
Now only concentrate on the dress.
We are heading out to that 1940's dance this weekend and I tried out one of my possible outfits here with my Sweet Trash vintage 1940's hat, gloves and Ruche shoes. I won't be wearing the shoes for dancing, but might use them to make my *grand* entrance.
I've never really "played" with makeup styles but I had to go all out for this. Without the bold lips this wouldn't look the same.
Plus I'm kind of digging it now. My lips look bigger.
Also…my hair has body and curl.
It's a miracle.
It only took me watching an endless series of You Tube videos showing how to create pin curls and me swearing aloud in the bathroom for over an hour and a half with my arms crying out in pain while I tried to recreate the perfect curls without being able to see the back of my head.
Then they had to set for like 5 hours. Yes I walked around all day Saturday looking like this…
Thank heavens the only things I had to do was run to the bank, buy groceries and see all of the neighbours with my hair like this (only much messier).
At this rate I will need to start getting ready for the dance at 8 am on Saturday. How did the gals of the 40's manage?
Hat, gloves and dress are all from Sweet Trash. Hangbag is also vintage.
The dress is hand sewn.
The gal that made it must have had a tiny shrunken head because the opening for it is super small and my dressing assistant (aka slightly annoyed husband) needs to help me in and out of it.
So this is outfit possibility #1.
I have 2 other possibilities.
Can you tell I'm getting excited?
Also I made this little hair comb for my girlfriend's outfit yesterday…
She is going to wear this fancy number…
Super sweet right?
Handmade dress by Blackbird Studios not too far from where she lives. Yay for local fashion!
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You look glorious! Love the makeup and the hair and of course, the entire outfit! Aren’t you clever, making your friend’s fascinator? It’s stunning!” xxx
So cute. I love everything about your presentation. The makeup is great (and has the ability to enlarge lips to our advantage); the dress is adorable; the fishnets are fun; and your hair rocks. Back in the old days, women put more time and effort into their appearance than most do today. I miss those days…
I love that outfit! And your curls are lovely! I like your friend’s dress too, I would totally wear that! I think the theory behind pincurls was to sleep on the set, comb it out and make it last for a couple days before your next set. Or else go into the salon and sit under a hood dryer while you got your weekly set! I’ve considered pincurls a few times just to see if I could get a more orderly curl out of my hair with them, but thus far I’ve never had the ambition to try it. (plus my hair has been quite short for a while)
Omg you look amazing. Beauty is pain. Or a pain in the neck or arm. Can’t wait to see the other options. I’m loving your commitment to looking the part. Gloves are awesome. Xx
I just love the bright pink/red tones of this dress. Really festive and gorgeous! X Jane http://janeheinrichs.blogspot.com
Tamera the Menopausal Supermodel says
STUNNING!!! You look like you stepped out of a fortie’s movie!!!
Sue @ A Colourful Canvas says
OH! OH! OH! Beautiful! Very well done Suzanne…I’m already envisioning the dance…in black and white, of course…and you making a grand entrance!
I am totally loving the last one with cherries, AMAZING DRESS! It is a keeper, would like to see you in this one!
Happiness at Mid Life says
I can’t wait to see the other looks. Both of your dresses are amazing! Your attention to details on this outfit – wow!
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This is a beautiful post. I love 40s styling and you look so perfect. I’m looking forward to following your blog.
Love Liz xxx
two birds says
you look stunning! i love the dress on you, and your hair and lips look great. i can’t wait to see the other looks!
Sherry in WA says
Tie a scarf around your head and sleep on those pincurls. That’s what gals from the 40s did. That’s what my aunt still does …
Bella Q, The Citizen Rosebud says
Both dresses are gorgeous- I love your whole look! And wait, there’s more- can’t wait to see what 1940s part 2 is going to look like.
Val Sparkle says
You look amazing – really the bees knees! That whole outfit looks great on you. That style is so fun. I would love to have some dance shoes that look like ’40s style.
You definitely seem to have hit the 40s style perfectly here.
PS I think Rachel is right, the idea was to sleep on the pincurls and then make the curls last for a few days. It helped that their hair was generally shorter and cut for curls. I think they also utilized scarves to cover their curlers if they needed to keep the curls till the evening. Katie of Butterflies love Snapdragons wears vintages and does that all the tme.
Have fun at the event; can’t wait to read/see all about it!
Vicky Haynes says
I adore the cherry dress and it gets my votes! Something I would enjoy wearing even now.
You look like a stone cold fox straight from the 40’s! I can’t imagine how your other two choices can top this. And how about that hair? It looks gorgeous all bouncy and curly!
Glorious. Fantastic. LOVE the sweet pattern on that dress, and the way the waist nips in, and those shoes, and the fishnets, and your hair, and….and…it is all fabulous. Have a swell time at the dance, mamacita!
Patti @ NotDeadYet Style says
Major wow! You look like a 40’s movie star on a publicity tour for her latest flick. Love the red lips and curls. xoxo
Well that is my girlfriend’s dress…so I won’t be wearing the same on as her. She did choose a nice dress though.
The actual dancing shoes I’ll take with me look like proper brogues…so more 1940’s style but they don’t elongate my legs as much.
I will let my girlfriend know that everyone is picking the dress she will be wearing. LOL Ah well. At least mine are vintage.
kendra kay says
the lipstick is a must. plus you look amazing in that color. love the whole look!
You look prettier then ever. The outfit, of course, is fab. It suits you totally! Then the hair and the lips; just gorgeous!!!! Your friend will look cool too, with her fun dress and hairpiece. Wow!
No Fear of Fashion says
Strange… i was sure I had commented… But cannot see it.
I think this dress is also gorgeous. And the hair piece is so good. What a wonderful job. Hope you will show pictures of the two of you at the event.