Monday, February 11, 2013

Vintage Q & A

1. Who are your style icons?
I really love looking at vintage photographs from the '40's and '50s. It always nice to see what women wore on a day-to-day basis and on special occasions.

2. What is your favorite way to get inspired?
Sometimes I watch fun vintage movies. I tend to like more what the wpomen are wearing a comedy versus a drama. ALthough a lot of the outfits in drama movies are glamorous and beautiful.

3. What's your most-used hair tool? 
I would have to say my foam curlers. I've never been very good with the curling iron and I try not to damage my hair anymore than I need to.

4. What's your favorite hair tool?
Again I wold have to say foam curlers and bobby pins. Bobby pins are a great tool to have around. So much so that I will randomly stash them around the house: behind the sofa, around the bathroom, in the dining room. Lol. I don't really stash them but they have ended up in all of these places. Does not please my husband.

5. Updo, down, or half-and-half?
I love wearing my hair up first and half-half second. Now that I've been  getting hair cuts regularly I have been wearing my hair down. To be honest, I love having my hair in curls so anyway will work.

6. Is vintage something you do every day, on weekends, or for special occasions? 
I'd love to wear vintage everyday but my casual wardrobe is still being built up.  As of now, I wear it mostly on the weekend and on special occasions. I do wear my vintage jewelry around the house.

7. What's your favorite blush and lipstick?
I actually don't wear blush. I have never been able to get it too look natural. I always end up looking like a cheap tart. My favorite lipstick is MakeUp Forever in Moulin Rouge. It has staying power and is the perfect shade of red for my skin.
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8. Dress, skirt, or pants? Heels or flats? 
I love my jeans. On my off-days I wear a pair of jeans and a tee shirt. When I dress up I love wearing skirts and dresses with a fluffy petticoat. As for shoes I feel the most comfortable in flats do to my random loss of balance and back problems. I really like wedges too. It gives you the height of heels without the peril .
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I have this pair of wedges and I totally love them. I'm always son the look out for more wedges.

9. Off-the-rack or homemade?
I have made most of my wardrobe but have bought a few off-the-rack items like petticoats and girdles. I truly enjoy making my own clothes and am trying to make items that I can wear on a day to day basis .
I've been sewing since I was 8 years old and haven't stopped. I started off making Barbie clothes and now I make my clothes.

10. Do you swing dance?
Sadly I do not. I've wanted to learn but since moving to Nevada have yet to find a place close by that the hubby and I can learn at.
11. Extreme vintage or subtle touches? 
When I can I try to dress all vintage which is usually on the weekends and special occasions.  On other occasions or days I just don't feel up to it I do add subtle touches: a pair of earrings here, some bangles there. It's a good balance.

12. Favorite perfume?
I am on of those individuals that can't seem to hold a scent for long. I do like classic scents like Ralph Lauren's Romance and some of the perfumes that are simple scents like rose or lilies. I do need to be careful what fragrances I wear since some of them can trigger Jesse's migraines.

13. Favorite skincare product?
My favorite skincare product hands down is Aveeno  Positively Radiant daily moisterizer. It's great for sensitive, provides SPF coverage and helps even skin tone. I've been using it for a cople of years and since moving to a higher altitude has proven a great help.

14. What does your family think of your style?
My family has always known that I like to dress to please me and not fall into what fashion trends dictated. Not that  don't buy modern clothes but a lot of them time it just doesn't suit me. My younger brother thinks it's cool that I dress rockabilly and he says that it's really me. 

15. Favorite accessory?
My favorite accessory has to be my flower clips. I love adding flowers to my hair even if it's not done up all fancy. It makes me feel all special and pretty to see the flower in my hair.

16. Do you find the vintage community welcoming or snobby?
So far I've had a good a good experience but like in real life there will always be people who think they are better than you. I try to avoid people like that on the internet and real life.

17. What drew you to vintage style?
Since I was a little girl I was always drawn to the tiny waisted ladies in giant dresses and miles and miles of petticoats. I used to love watching the old TinTan movies is Spanish and watcing they women dance around in beautiful dresses. 

It really comes down to the elegance, beauty and modesty that these clothes offer. I love showing off some cleavage but some of the clothes out there are too clingy and uncomfortable. I like being able to look like a lady .

18. Favorite places to shop vintage?
I LOVE me some thrift stores. I've always loved thrift stores and doubt I will ever stop going. I've also had good look at rummage sales and  estate sales.

19. What vintage eras are your favorite?
I've been in love with 50's fashions since I was a teenager. I also love the 40's but the clothes are very flattering to my frame
. I love the these two eras to pieces because the shoes, the accessories and the hair are just fabulous!

20. Most glamorous film stars?
In my mind Marilyn Monroe will always be a glamorous lady. She was sexy,smart, and  knew how to use both to her advantage. She could pull off jeans and a jumper with the same elegance and sexiness while wearing a clingy dress.

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21. Favorite vintage object that you own?

My purses!. I have quite a few purses and they all make me happy whenever I see them it makes me happy to know that I don't have to use the same purse everytime.

I hope everyone enjoyed reading this and learning a little bit more about me. I leave you with a young, handsome Sean Connery. 

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  1. Darling, this is a wonderfully satisfying post for us nosey types!!! I'm obsessed with bobby pins, incidentally, and find them all over the house.....but not conciously stashed!
    Sean!!! Swoon........
    I can't wear many commercial fragrances, just Loulou, as far as I know. They mostly smell like hospital disinfectant on me! And give me headaches. I use jasmine frangrant oil.

    1. I still find Sean sexy. He's is one good looking man. That's interesting. My fragrances just fade within a couple of hours. Maybe I'll have to try to essential oils.

  2. Love your answers!
    I am your new follower. Would be great if you follow me back:-)
    hugs from New York,
    Ask Erena

  3. Stealing this! I'll get it filled out in the next day or so

    1. Go for it. It's always fun to know more about people.

  4. Mariela, loved reading your answers. About wedges, have you tried ebay for some vint insp style wedges or flats?? I am constantly ebay shopping!!

    I have to comment on the Sean Connery pic at the end of your post. It's so funny because I was actually named after him. My dad was a huge James Bond and all around Sean Connery. :-D

    1. I actually bought the wedges from eBay but man retro/repro shoes can get really pricey. I just bought another pair of "old Lady" shoes from AmeriMark for $12. The look like 1940s wedges.I'd love to get a pair of remix wedges but that's half the car payment and my husband would shit a brick if he even knew how much shoes go for.

      That is so flipping awesome! I love that.
      If I have a girl I'd love to name her Isis Leona. Of course we're nowhere near that stage in our lives.My sister was named after my mom's favorite novela character: Mayra Alexandra.

  5. Thanks for sharing a bit of you with us.
    Those shoes you have are so cute.
    And I have to agree with you on the bobby pins. I found I have been using them almost daily now. I was in a simple pony tail slump for a good while so the past couple weeks I have been switching it up to some messy up-do's (Change is good) =D

    1. Your welcome. I'd love to get a pair of those shoes in every color but I don't think and just go and spend $200+ on shoes. My husband would kill me. I'll keep my eye out for shoes at thrift stores.