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I just love big sweaters, don’t you? This is a vintage 80’s Liz Claiborne Sport (which I call “Rainbow Tron” because of the pattern) in a small size! I usually wear a medium (US 6-8) in today’s clothes. This, however, fits like a large, but it was designed to be loose—just like many of the clothes around the 80’s and 90’s. Though we still have clothing designed to be baggy nowadays, a lot of trendy girls seem to like to pair anything loose with something tight, like it’s some kind of requirement or must. I know it works well for the self-esteem to at least show off something, but it really doesn’t always have to be that way!

I’ve just at this point in my life realized that a loose top and loose bottom paired with some dainty heels can look oh so good. I’ve been watching classic Hollywood movies for a few days straight now, and I picked up a style perspective that I could apply to modern clothes. Big puffy sleeves and dresses are usually paired with dainty heels.

Back to the modern world, I’ve been inspired seeing girls wearing ragged & ripped boyfriend jeans with a classy loose button-down top or an executive-looking blazer with stilettos and just rocking it. The boxy shape isn’t necessarily bad or frumpy. Think 60’s shift dresses or straight-legged or boyfriend jeans with baggy sweaters and skinny heels. The contrast is so awesome, so it’s a win situation for the modest crowd. For the dainty part, I wore short grey socks with my 90’s Mary Janes to get that tasteful Japanese schoolgirl look ;-)

Be a loosey goosey.

You might not want to be a loosey goosey according to its typical definition! However, I found another definition for it on Urban Dictionary that is ironically quite notable: “not following prescribed guidelines or general societal expectations.” Absolutely! That is exactly how we must live our lives, especially if you’re either a Christian or just a red-blooded human being. So regardless of the pattern you choose to wear on your clothes (Rainbow Tron or otherwise), “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” -Romans 12:2

Wearing: Liz Claiborne sweater (selling on Etsy)- Kosher Casual shell dress – vintage 90’s pumps

 


 

goodbyesummer It’s been a few weeks since summer officially ended. If the NSA were to print out my search history, they’d find things like “plaid” and “cool sweater” in a lot of my Google search terms! Though I’m excited that Fall has begun, part of me still wishes summer was around.

Why? Besides the warmth and light that longer sunny days bring, I also missed out on a ton of styles and clothes I forgot to add in that may have been best done in the summer.

Here are a few on my list. Please do share yours!

1. Lady like & playful dresses and skirts

For most of the summer, I was either teaching yoga classes or spending time literally spread out on the floor (or the ground) doing everything else from eating to working. Practically, my outfits mostly involved stretchy yoga pants. My style died this summer, but it was an experience well worth it. However, I do miss wearing dainty clothes, dresses, and skirts. I missed out on the playfulness of poodle skirts with bandanas, a sort of modest Bordot-Hepburn combo! Below are some really cute dresses from ReoRia on my “1950’s Clothing” wish list! Of course, my inspiration was Bridgit:

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2. Accessorizing

I did have my fair share of multiple rings and chokers this summer, so I’m not really talking about those. I did miss out on extensively wearing my beloved straw hat as pictured below! I barely wore any hats or sunglasses at all this summer, because I was accessory lazy in general. I also just landed on these things called Skin Candy Tattoos that make temporary tattoos look 10x cooler! So if doing yoga all summer made it impossible to wear hats and jewelry, something like this would be very appropriate!

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3. Biking

My husband just bought me a shiny red Schwinn bike with 21 gears for my birthday last May, and I have not used it on the road! For shame. Maybe this Fall would be better, for the scenery anyway! How often do you see bikes and dresses? Not very often. Maybe I’ll pose pics soon. I could’ve have been having fun like Rita Hayworth and her gang of gals…

 

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4. Going to the Beach

Rob and I have only been to the beach once the entire summer! It’s been hard looking for decent and quiet family beaches with salty water, but that one spontaneous trip to Ocean City was so worth it. No one was barely there, but the weather was gorgeous. We had our fair share of the outdoors in general from “grounding” as often as we could, but there’s nothing like the sand and sea…

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What are some things you think you may have missed out on this summer?

If you’d rather not think about it, what are you looking forward to this fall?

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Although I haven’t consumed a bottle of bubbly in a long time due to avoiding sugar, I can’t help but share these wonderful Art Nouveau advertisements from the 1890s-1910s! Most of these are by the iconic Alphonse Mucha and some are from other wonderful artists such as Henri Privat-Livemont (above photo). Which one is your favorite?

Liqueur Bottles and Ladies’ Bodies

I do like the fact that Mucha emphasizes curves all over on his models’ bodies, on most if not all of his artwork (not just the alcohol ads). They’re obviously not today’s ideal body standards. Looking through art history is a good reminder that all types of body shapes have once been the perfect body type. It is nice to see that these women’s bodies could belong to any one of us today! If you’d like to see the above photo in its full bodied, belly out glory, you may do so.

Sounds Français?

If the word “champagne” sounds French to you, that is because you are correct. Champagne is sparkling wine originating from the Champagne region in France. So, if it’s not from France, technically it shouldn’t be called champagne! However in recent days, we’ve used the words “sparkling wine” and “champagne” interchangeably.

Pros and Cons

Champagne and some other types of wines are actually somewhat Paleo or Bulletproof diet in nature, because they are not made from grains. It is definitely gluten free. Although there are many, many health benefits to drinking champagne as they say (as red wine due to its antioxidants), let’s not forget that it is still a fructose drink. Consuming a lot will spike the blood sugar and cause you to break out or weaken your immunity in general. It is fine however in occasion if your body has not been greatly compromised, especially while celebrating… Happy Memorial Day!

 

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I am wearing a vintage hat, face silhouette top that looks so pop art, and “Gucci” style purse which are all on my Etsy if you are interested in purchasing them! The high waist skirt with suspenders sown on is from SammyDress, and I love it! I can’t get enough of high waist skirts.

So last month, I got to see Casper and the Cookies along with my brother’s band Balkan Falcon at the Windup Space in Baltimore. Kay Stanton was wearing the shirt below.

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Look familiar? I asked her where she got hers from, and she said at a thrift store in CA. Ha! I told her I found mine at a thrift store as well. It was truly bizarre to see someone else wearing a rare vintage shirt I haven’t seen on anyone else! I told her I’d stop a stranger on the street if I saw someone wearing something I have (or like), which I have done before… So if you’re a size small/medium and want this top, head over to my Etsy!

Do check the Casper and the Cookies out. They are awesome. If you remember, I included them on my Valentine’s Day mix playlist with a few other bloggers a few years back! Add C&C’s Jason & Kay to your cutest-couples-in-bands-together list. They’ve been married since 2000. Hallelujah…

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I was surprised to see that the crappy quality video I uploaded on Youtube of my live teaching for Bodyflow three months ago has racked up 25K views and 130 subscribers! I’m only saying this because I rarely put up videos on Youtube (let alone check my statistics), and I was just really thrilled to see mostly the comments and e-mails requesting that I make more workout videos! I really appreciate your responses! heart emoticon

I am currently going through my Yoga Alliance certification, so I am hopefully in the near future be making my very own originally choreographed material (this time, not with Les Mills and with my very own choice of music) and putting them up freely on Youtube!

Do you have favorite workout channel(s) on Youtube, yoga or not? What are they? Do share!

 

 

 

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It’s wedding season, and I’ve got three weddings to attend this summer…phew! It just hit me that I don’t have any semi formal (or formal) dresses that are floor length. If you aren’t a diva on the red carpet or a Russian socialite, chances are you don’t have many of those types of dresses either.

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For me, here are some of the reasons why I personally don’t own any floor length and high neck gowns:

1. Hard to find long gowns that are within my budget. Not that more material to cover the skin equates to a higher price tag, because we all know that’s not always the case! It would make more sense, though.

2. Long and high neck gowns are not wearable casually or on more than one occasion. In other words, they are not that versatile. You can’t easily layer a fully covered gown that’s not a shell with another piece of clothing on top and make it something else. For instance, I could easily transform my tunic or a short dress into a shirt by tucking in. You can’t do that with a long gown.

3. Modestly made gowns are often too medieval looking for my taste. Don’t get me wrong. I love vintage, but I don’t like frump.

4. More material on a piece of clothing automatically makes you think of being warm. Not hot, in the shallow sense of the word. Since prom and most weddings happen when the weather gets warm, you want to feel cool in your semi formal attire.

 

So to summarize it for many gals, long and high neck gowns are either too expensive, non versatile, frumpy, too warm—or a combination.

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However, if you’ve got an eye for style and know that conservatism (modest but not necessarily minimalist) doesn’t always mean frumpy, then you know that long and high neck gowns can be just as or even more attractive on a woman’s physique!

The Oscars type gowns don’t always have to be that expensive that only a Hollywood actress can afford it either. There are non high end brands that are very affordable.

As far as being warm in long and high neck gowns, there are dresses that are made to be breathable and light weight enough to be worn in the summer!

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Just take a look below at some of my personal picks from Victoria’s Dress. They are breath taking! Looking for Long Prom Dresses? Which one is your favorite?

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If I could do it all over again, I’d definitely pick from these if I was looking for Cheap Prom Dresses!

 

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I immediately thought of a torero (bullfighter in Spanish) when I saw these photos. I had the perfect gold bolero to go with it too that I didn’t wear, which would’ve matched the gold color in the scarf. I have both the vintage blue velvet dress and the vintage gold bolero up on Etsy if you’re interested! A lot of my personal wardrobe is on sale, even if it’s not up on Etsy, so don’t be afraid to ask! There’s no reason to hold on to things I can’t wear a lot anymore. I find myself buying and wearing a lot of sport tops and leggings 90% of the time now ever since fitness instructing!

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ANNOUNCING GOOD DEEDS

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Speaking of toreros, their extravagant outfits are usually very bold and are meant to proclaim who is in charge in the arena with the bull! We see some “torerors” on a daily basis in the manner in which people call for attention.

Lately, I’ve been noticing more and more people announcing their good deeds in public, especially on social networks. Some may  say that there is no good deed, because it is almost always accompanied by the pursuit of good feelings. That’s not always the case, because the effort, time, or resources spent on a good deed sometimes outweighs the elation of doing good, including making someone happy. Of course, that is based on perspective.

Setting that aside, let’s suppose that all good deeds inevitably go hand in hand with good feelings—the earthly reward from God for humanitarianism, regardless of religion. God cares for all people even if they don’t care back. So in this case, wanting more attention for the good deed you’ve done, even if it is in the church setting, seems to me a bit greedy and self righteous. Why want more good feelings when it has already come to you now, such as in the form of gratitude when you once performed the act, or later in Heaven from God?

Besides the proclamation of piety, there is also the chance to vent about someone else’s bad deed in public masked by a veil of holiness. This is nothing short of gossip. When someone does this, I often see support and praise for the gossiper—how patient and gracious they were in the presence of that other “mean” person. Again, fishing for compliments. Never “holy.”

I don’t really blame a lot of folks outside the church for doing this type of thing, but I believe the people within the church should know better. If it’s not accompanied by the urge to ask for more help in this area of service, then I don’t see why there is a point to announce what you’ve done good for others—especially on an empty platform full of people such as Facebook.

Here’s a passage from the Bible that specifically says not to announce your good deeds:

Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.

But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

– Matthew 6:1-4

Sadly, I personally feel I must announce my good works, because I get judged for doing “nothing.” Some others may feel the same. It is not always the case that someone is doing nothing good if they don’t talk about it. You can see it by the way they deal or talk with others on a regular basis, what they choose to wear or buy with their money (this might be hard to judge, because a lot of us may look wealthy but buy second hand), what they do in their free time, etc. These in the Christian community are called “fruits.” These fruits are the evidence of a person’s character. They don’t need to talk about their fruits, but they must simply act.

I guess in the presence of trusted friends and family, announcing your good deeds is okay. There’s nothing wrong with sharing everything with people you already share everything with and love. However when you seek for more attention outside this sphere, especially without humbly encouraging others to follow suit, then this essentially reverses the good deed you’ve done.

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Do you sometimes feel tempted or pressured to announce your good deed to others?

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Oh my, check out these lovely “pin up” style dresses from Pin Up Darling. The cut and length on these dresses flatter any body type and can even give the illusion of having an hourglass figure. What a dream! There’s nothing more attractive than the art of subtlety, which we seem to have lost through the years. Vintage fashion 101: Not all high fashion clothes then were burlesque. In fact, the majority of them weren’t and very rarely burlesque.

Back in the day, it was convenient to throw around the labels “lady” and “tramp” to classify a woman based on their clothing. Of course, both the words “lady” and “tramp” can be subjective and one judgmental, and the eyes can deceive—that is why to be a lady, her clothing must be accompanied by good manners as well. Boy, that woman would be hard to find now and “more precious than gold.” I definitely enjoy partaking in bathroom jokes often myself. ;-) I am my father’s daughter after all!

Although it’s quite easy to transform a regular outfit to look pin up, or should I say 50s just by simply working on your hairstyle, not every girl knows or has the time to primp glamorous hair right before going to work or school. To me, it’s easier to do that with clothing like with these modern conservative pin up dresses or with actual vintage , but every woman is different. Check out my past outfit below similar to the light grey dress above! I didn’t do anything special with my hair, as you can tell! Free flowing hair without victory rolls makes this look a bit more laid back and less stiff, eh?

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See more of these outfit shots on my Mad Men outfit post. The pillbox hat is for sale on my Etsy.

A vintage gal with the perfect combination of retro hair, makeup, clothing, accessories, ideals, and not to mention pop culture knowledge is an A+! I think I’ve only got the clothing, ideals, and pop culture knowledge part from that checklist. It might be something to live up to, but I think I’m happy with where I am right now. Here are some of my “throw back Thursday” photos from 2010 below. I was so incredibly thin then. I love the curves I’ve developed from my new lifestyle now = happier, healthier, and ironically, fitter! Moving back to the diet they had in the 50s is a step closer to what our bodies are meant to eat. I myself take it back to the paleo times. You won’t need a corset once you start eating like this!

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 Links to original posts: Rosie the Riveter red and yellow outfitBeige office vintage outfitBlue sailor outfit

Vintage with modern elements is more my style. I don’t really want to recreate the common past, but I also don’t want to recreate the pin up past (which a lot of vintage fad followers seem to fall into). I just want to take elements from yesteryears that catch my eye that are both artful and flattering to my body type. I like the conservative but curvy 50s woman paired with the free spirited and fun loving nature of the 60s.

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How about you? What particular vintage style do you like to wear or admire?

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