Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Flashes From The Ocean Deeps - A Lightless World

Paintings by Else Bostelmann
Published in The National Geographic Magazine
December 1934


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Those 70's Blouses...

You know how music sparks a memory?  That's what polyester blouses do for me. I'm not kidding! These blouses were all the rage when I was a young high school girl.  I use to spend hours at the now defunct D & L department store going through the racks of Huckapoo shirts and matching slacks.  All my extra babysitting money went to buying what was essentially different colors of the same shirt and pants {still do that!}. Boys liked them too because they were always popping open at the most inappropriate and embarrassing times!

Shirts above available here and here

The one I kept for myself
Vintage 70's Polyester Shirt {no wardrobe malfunction yet}
"Hand me up" bootcut jeans from my younger sister

Sunday, January 22, 2012

I'm tempted to keep this one

I think I'm having a love affair with vintage polyester dresses from the 60's and 70's. I have a bunch in my shop and planning to add more this week.  Today I listed this black beauty and after trying it on I'm SO tempted to keep it for myself. Classic 60's and oh-so-comfortable!!  Tempting, I must say!

Vintage Polyester Dress available at Duncan Loves Tess on Etsy 
Boots - Matisse
Costume Charm Bracelet - Thrifited

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Perfect Fur Coat For Life In Suburbia

Vintage Gray Wool and Fox Fur Coat

Okay, I'll admit it, I love furs! I own several vintage pieces which I wear once or twice a year.  Mainly I live in my black Northface down coat, which is far more practical for life in suburbia.  That is, until I came upon this vintage beauty - I think I'll wear her out on the town tonight!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

In 2012 I'm Embracing My Curls!

Yes, I am semi-retiring my flat iron for a curling iron and my wild kinky curls are sending me sweet kisses thru my scalp! But, since my hair has already enjoyed a long bohemian life I am most decidedly not giving it free reign.  With help from my stylist, lots of product, and a blaster of a curling iron,  I'm keeping my curls from spiraling (well really its frizzing) out of control!  Here's how its done,

The secret to styling curly hair is a good layered cut and lots of conditioner.  Some people recommend leaving the conditioner in after a shampoo. Since I have very thick and very curly hair, I prefer to rinse the conditioner out completely, towel dry my hair and then use a little Moroccan Argan oil.  I use One 'N Only Argan Oil which I purchase at Sally's Beauty Supply for $8.  A small bottle lasts almost a year. Next using a 2"-3" round brush I blow dry my bangs, around my face, and the crown. The rest of my hair I allow to dry naturally or in a hooded dryer.   Secret #2  - to avoid puff and frizz do not touch your curls while they are drying. Once your hair is dry use a 1" curling iron and curl over your curls.  I use a Hot Shot Tool that  heats up to 450 degrees.  You can add styling products as you curl depending on the look you are seeking.  Once your spirals are in place loosely pull your fingers thru them to create the desired look. Finish with hairspray.

For a curlier look blow out just your bangs and let the rest of your hair dry naturally (or in a hooded dryer).  It's tempting but don't touch your hair while its drying!  This look requires a bit more curling and product than the first look. Secret #3 - to maintain a smooth curl sleep with your hair pulled up in a scrunchie.  In the morning just shake out your hair and you should be good to go!