Hello, gorgeous! I’m so happy to meet you! I can tell we’re going to get along well – why, we have so much in common, don’t we? Hair styling, retro dressing, shoes, shoes, shoes… We love it all here. The vintage community is an inclusive, warm-hearted, passionate group of people and I know that I’m going to have the best time jumping into this.
So how about a little introduction? I’m Lauren, a young twenty-something who grew up on Frank Sinatra tunes and retro Palm Springs vacations with my family. This is me:
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My great-grandfather was a photographer for the Old Hollywood stars (yes, actually true! My family is cooler than me) and so it probably isn’t surprising that I was more familiar with Audrey Hepburn and Alfred Hitchcock than the average kid.
Following the example of the glamorous gals of the silver screen, I’ve always had a retro edge to my style (once my style developed, that is… let’s not count middle school, please). I’m completely self-taught when it comes to a vintage lifestyle, failing miserably along the way. I once took 2 hours to pin curl waist-length hair, only to wash it out the next morning because I looked like a poodle – yeowch. I didn’t know the power of a proper brush-out then!
I’m an avid seamstress and have been sewing since I was thirteen – it’s my greatest joy and passion! I intend to include a lot of information about sewing for yourself to make parts of your own pin-up wardrobe on a budget! As a (very) recent college graduate – seriously, as I write this my graduation ceremony looms in two days – I don’t exactly have the resources to purchase all of my clothing from vintage reproduction brands. Though I adore them (all hail Pinup Girl Clothing!), that’s just not in the cards for now. I admire those pin-ups who can get shipments of PUG and other brands and model them beautifully for the rest of us, but honestly? That’s not going to happen for me for a long time, and I still fully believe that I can live a gorgeously retro life on my not-so-gorgeous budget.
So this blog is for you – the students, the mothers, the youngsters, the penny-pinchers, and everyone in between. This is for those of you who, like me, also can’t always afford to splurge on the lovely pieces we drool over. This blog is for those of you who believe that achieving a stunningly glamorous, authentically beautiful vintage look is possible on a budget! Money sure helps, but in the end beauty can’t be bought, right?
You can look forward to seeing simple sewing projects, “cheat” ideas to fake it ’til you make it, reviews of budget brands, and regular posts of amazing eBay finds at a steal, among other things. What else would you like to see?
Please introduce yourself! I’m so excited to get to know all the pin-up dolls in this community and achieve glamour together ❤ Until next time!