1950s light blue swiss dot dress with applique 3D lace flowers with rhinestones and pearl beads at the collar – Costume Party, SF
white heels: MIA via Bunny’s Shoes, Santa Cruz
silk seamed stockings: estate sale
1950s rhinestone hair comb: Sacramento antique fair
This is the dress!! I wore this a while back to a party at a restaurant. When I walked into the restroom this little girl about 7 years old looked up at me and said, “OHHHHH, Pretty!!!!” That totally made my day. I like appealing to 7 year olds. It was great too because that day was around Homecoming for the local high schools and there were all these high school girls there wearing those modern “party” dresses that just look like clubwear. You know what I mean? Strapless, mini skirts, skin-tight emerald green satin with too much going on plus clonking around on platform high heels too high for them. So I was happy to be this alternative vision of what “femininity” could be. And that opens a whole ‘nother can of worms, so I’ll just can it for now.
I attempted pin curls again! I found VividMakeup on Youtube and her tutorials are by far the best I’ve found because she really explains the setting pattern, almost in a scientific way with drawings and reasonings… really good stuff. I watched her pin curl waves videos. I wanted a Rita Hayworth look. Here are some photos in the bright sun so you can see my hair better:
I used lottabody setting lotion on wet hair and set the pin curls. I slept on them and brushed them out in the morning. I probably could’ve brushed them out more, but as someone with naturally curly hair there’s a fear to overcome with that because we usually only brush our hair when we want to make our friends laugh at how big and frizzy we can make it.
But the hair came out pretty well and I was pleased with the outcome. It’s about the same amount of time/work for straightening my hair, so it’s a nice alternative. I’m going to test out what I can do to replicate this look without doing pin curls and using my preexisting naturally curly hair, so we’ll see how that works.
I’ve been feeling pretty bad lately with taxes coming up, finances… career… all that mumbo jumbo, so dressing up, doing my hair and makeup while listening to happy music, it really helped me feel better. So if you’re feeling bad get out of those pajamas and get fabulous! It helps big time!