Thursday, May 29, 2014

Vintage Muse Series: Recreating the Look Challenge: Breakfast at Tiffany’s


        I think it’s safe to say that there are a few movies that will forever be considered the Holy Grail for us Vintage Dolls. Gentleman Prefer Blondes, Funny Face, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s to name a few are at the top of the list. So when I was trolling through Netflix on my roku this past Saturday and came across Breakfast at Tiffany’s it wasn’t any surprise when inspiration seemed to just jump up and hit me over the head. Not only is this movie not one of my favorites for obvious reasons but the styling was some of the best ever and in my opinion has yet to be topped. So once I was properly inspired I went on google to look for a picture of the exact ensemble in the movie I was looking to replicate. 
inspiration outfit
inspiration hat
       Now like I tell you Dolls all the time remember to make things work for you specially; you don’t want to walk around stiff and uncomfortable or feeling daft once your in the light of day cause you feel all costumey. So I decided that even though I liked the hat Audrey Hepburn wore with the dress in the movie scene I choose I didn’t think it would flatter me so after coming across this amazing picture on pintrest; I found this gorgeus vintage hat from an vintage ebay retailer (who was amazing by the way).  
So I figured what better challenge for myself than to combine the two looks and see what we come up with. And even better I'd love to see what you come up with too, so send me you inspiration and end result pics for me to share.

totally fabulous end result


                          Fashionably Speaking…Joie Cuentista

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Vintage Muse Series 1: Style Icons: My My Frieda

Style Icons:

            Frida Kahlo born 1907, died 1954; a famous self-taught Mexicana painter best known for her stunning self-portraits which have survived to become cultural icons in their own right;
During her lifetime Kahlo created at least 140 paintings fifty-five of which were self-portraits in addition to drawings. Mrs. Kahlo led an utterly fabulous life she was infamously known to be bisexual (which was thoroughly supported by Mr. Kahlo) and even had an affair with Josephine Baker (wouldn’t have loved to be a fly on that wall). Kahlo and her husband we also openly active communist and were even friends with Leon Trotsky (sounds like a woman that knew how to live huh?)

           In addition to being known for her amazing art, through the years Kahlo’s exotic beauty was also undeniable. She held true to being who you are no matter what, whether that meant accentuating her uni-brow, or playing up her hooded eyes and wide brow. Frida made the choice to be who she was and make that work for her, dainty, ultra-femme, or glam didn’t work for her it wasn’t who she was. She made the unconventional her signature, making herself known by the men’s suits, traditional Mexican skirts and blouses, and her infamous flower headpieces.

            Frida Kahlo is a icon for the ages not just for you Dolls like me who have an apprication for the arts but because her spirit is timeless. If you’re not familiar with her actual work please do yourself a favor and look her up you’ll be greatly enriched. But as a style muse her message is even more enriching because she teaches you to be yourself, whoever that is.

                     Fashionably Speaking…Joie Cuentista

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Vintage Muse Series Intro: More than just a Victory Roll

     I like you follow quite a few blogs, pinterest boards and YouTube channels for beauty and style advice, but it came to my attention this week on the Born too late- Fashionably Speaking Facebook page by a very nice Doll that as fun as these articles are to read and watch and look at; they don't exactly help everyone. The fact is we love and appreciate quite frankly nearly everything to do with the past but our only connect with it is from stories told to us by our grandparents or those classic movies and television shows we're all so fanatical about. With that said when it comes to style for anyone people generally look to someone (i.e. a celebrity, model, stylish family member) they admire for whatever reason to model aspects of their personal style after. For us members of the Vintage community that seems to be especially so; generally the old Hollywood starlets' , actors, crooners, etc... tend to be our foothold into the past. We search for pictures, look for their movies, read their books, listen to music the list goes on and on.
Many Dolls strive to emulate their chosen's look to the tee, while others use them for a muse to incorporate within their own personal style. This method seems to work for many Dolls but I hate to generalize but the truth is not everyone is a glamour doll, pinup or as I like to refer to myself a bombshell. Some Dolls are just regular girls not so average girls that have no desire to walk around all the time so dressed up all time ( I mean really you must wonder did people ever go casual other than greasers?)
    I would like to call this ongoing series the "Vintage Muse" series, it will be dedicated to bringing you style inspiration from everyday America more than just victory rolls and full skirts. I will be bringing you Style Icons as well, however I plan to introduce you Dolls to little know and forgotten old icons. You'll be able to flip through this section when you need inspiring, before you head out to the thrift or vintage shop or log onto your favorite online vintage store. 

Sunday, May 11, 2014


Here's a quick DIY project to do with all those roses you've gotten for Mother's Day.

Rose Water:

  1. Gather the petals off of the roses, there's not a limit you can do this by eye. But you do need to get a good amount. ( you want petals only; no stems or leaves)
  2. Gently but thoroughly wash the petals making sure you rid them of any dirt or pesticides that may be on them (the finished product will be used on your skin, face, this step is extremely important. Don't skip it)
  3. Grab a large sauce pot place your rose petals inside, then pour in just enough water to cover the flower. You want to pour enough water to give yourself a good amount of rosewater however if you use too much water you'll be left with heavily diluted rosewater. (distilled water is preferred however filtered water is just as good)
  4. Put a lid on the pot and place it on simmer to low heat. You don't want it to boil at all, its important for it to not overheat.  (you never want the water to reach a boil so its important to watch it)
  5. Allow the water and petals to steam until the water has taken on the color of the petals and the petals are either translucent or clear. (rose oil will be floating on the surface. its great for a million uses you can scrape it off the surface bottle it future use)
  6. Strain the water into a container or bottle. To make it last longer store it in the refrigerator.


  • Toner : Rosewater makes an amazing toner, it does amazing things for your skin including acting as an anti-inflammatory, a source of antioxidants, also helps increase skins elastin fibers just to name a few of its amazing qualities.
  • Hair treatment: after your shampoo and conditioner regimen try adding this to your routine. Add two tbl. rosewater to a cup of water. Pour it in a spray bottle and drench your locks with the solution.
  • Skin care: boost up your favorite lotions by adding a bit of your rosewater to them. You can also add your rosewater to your scrubs, and essential oils
  • Food: I know that one can take you back for a sec, but stay with me. It actually really adds a great additional level of flavor to your foods, salads, and drinks.


Friday, May 2, 2014

OOTD: The 60's How Utterly inappropriate

   A big issue that keeps a good many of you pinups at heart from joining the club is how utterly inappropriate walking into a room dressing this way can seem (at least surface wise). However it doesn't have to be that way. Like you have outfits set aside for church, dances, special occasions, trips to the theater, etc.. its the same with your vintage wardrobe. Your not always going to go guns blazing every time you step out the house. A good way to help you feel a bit more confident in your wardrobe choices is go for classic wardrobe staples when your shopping things like your LBD, high-waisted trousers, cardigans. Except your going for the authentic pieces not modern day versions, or inspirations, when you do it this way you will always maintain your vintage look; yet always be appropriate and fashionable (if your a Doll whom that kind of thing matters).
   Todays outfit of the day is an example of this, it's actually from this past Sunday I wore it to church. Though I personally am a person that wears whatever the hell I want...this particular Sunday I wanted to go for a more traditional look. So feeling a little sixties that day I finally got to pull out this really fun vintage travel dress I'd brought some months back (it came in the original packaging and everything :) ) and a great vintage hat from Egypt. It was a great look