How To Successfully Pull Off Vintage Fashion

They say history repeats itself and it’s true, especially when it comes to fashion. Vintage era clothing, in particular, has made a comeback in a big way in recent years. From the everyday gal to the red carpet, it seems that vintage is what’s “in” and doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon. Newbies that are thinking about incorporating this style into their wardrobe should be warned that without the right know-how, introducing vintage the wrong way could end up setting your style sense back further than when vintage was first created.

Throwing on a vintage outfit doesn’t necessarily mean you’re sporting this fashion trend properly. There are a style and strategy to wearing these types of clothes. With practice and time, anyone can become a vintage fashionista and draw attention for all the right reasons.

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One of the biggest things you’ll want to avoid is looking like a retro pin-up girl that is dressed to the nines in complete vintage. What makes wearing older eras of fashion so acceptable today is pairing it with the right accessories. While the clothing is vintage, the accessories you put with it shouldn’t be. “Modern” is going to be the keyword when it comes to your jewelry, purse, shoes, etc. But don’t over accessorize. These items are only supposed to highlight and complement what you’re wearing, not compete for the spotlight. The idea of blending a modern look also applies to your makeup and hairstyle. The best result should be an outfit that is the perfect balance of vintage and modern.

Newbies should first experiment by purchasing one dramatic vintage piece, such as a dress or coat and then building a more modern look at it. By playing around with your accessories, hair, and makeup, you’ll be able to determine how dressed up or dressed down you need to be in order to make your outfit work.

It doesn’t hurt to learn from the pros, either. Many celebrities have learned to wear vintage well and those are the style icons you’ll want to take notes from. Look up online photo galleries of vintage worn right and be observant about the reasons why a celeb’s particular outfit is a winner. Maybe it’s the choice of a purse that sets off the outfit, or maybe her shoes and jewelry are just the right combinations. Don’t forget to refer to the hairstyles and makeup techniques/colors used as well. This will help newbies learn which types of vintage fashion go properly with the right occasion.

On that same note, it is vital that newbies to vintage fashion understand that sporting this look at the office is doable but comes with much stricter rules. Depending on how your job’s dress code is laid out, you’ll more than likely want to avoid wearing super vintage dresses in bright colors and distracting patterns. Such an outfit is appropriate for a party or daytime wear but in an office setting, it’ll make you stand out like a sore thumb. Instead, opt for a plainer vintage style dress and pair it with a trendy blazer and scarf along with the right shoes.

How To Stay Beautiful On Long Road Trips

Going on a road trip can be the perfect idea during the summer. No matter where you’re headed, being in a car with friends can be quite the adventure. However, hours of driving can wear on many people’s nerves and sanity. On top of that, being concerned with looking good from point A to point B can be a hassle when you don’t have the comfort of your bathroom.

There are plenty of things to think about when it comes to getting ready to go on a road trip. But while most people fuss about what clothes and shoes to pack and how much money to bring to spend on snacks, gas, and souvenirs, beauty and skincare can often be forgotten. It’s one thing to put on a face of makeup to look pretty but your complexion isn’t going to stay flawless throughout the trip. Instead, learning certain tips will help you look and feel refreshed from the beginning of your road trip until you reach your destination.

Unless you plan on staying at a hotel somewhere along the way, chances are you won’t have the comfort of a nice bathroom to get ready in. This means dealing with pocket mirrors and gas station bathrooms. The best way to keep your skin looking great while on the road is by using sunscreen. Sitting in a car can expose you to hours of driving in the sun so applying a light coat every two hours can keep you from harmful UV rays. Whether you’re driving or riding in the passenger seat, the atmosphere inside the car can be an uncomfortable one for your skin. Using the air conditioner and heat can cause your skin to become dry and dehydrated. To remedy this, carry hand cream and moisturizer with you at all times. This will keep your skin soft, supple and fully hydrated no matter how you’re cooling down or warming up.

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While it can be grimy to use gas station bathrooms, use those breaks during the road trip to freshen up your complexion. Bring along a travel size kit of your favorite skincare products: cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. Try to cleanse when you can throughout your trip and go light on the makeup so your complexion is clean and clear by the time you get to your destination. Bring a small towel with you to the bathroom as well as disposable gloves so you don’t have to touch any of the public facilities. Instead of splurging on soda and snacks at the gas station, buy plenty of water and throw in some fruits and healthy snacks if possible.

It’s highly unlikely you’re going to be able to curl your hair during your trip so keep your hairstyle as simple as possible. Throwing your hair up in a ponytail or in a secure bun will keep your strands from being exposed to the elements and keep you from being obsessed with how to style it. However, do make sure your hair stays moisturized and conditioned. Give yourself a good deep conditioning the night before your road trip so your hair is good to go no matter how long the drive is.

How To Spruce Up Your Face “The Morning After”

It’s been the night of your life: you`ve spent hours dancing, enjoying drinks, conversing with friends and making new ones and the last thing you’re thinking about as you hit the bed, couch or – in some cases – the floor, at the end of the night is going to work the next day. You fall into a blissful, deep sleep and don`t have a care in the world… until your alarm goes off. Waking up with a start you realize that you’ve got to be at the office. The problem: you’re not at your house. Now you`re stuck walking into work with that “morning after” look that’s sure to be the hot subject of conversation at the water cooler.

While this scene is a bit exaggerated, many women can`t deny that they can relate to the situation described above. The morning after look isn`t always very flattering, especially if you have to be at work the next day. While suffering from the morning after look doesn`t always have to indicate that you`ve spent a wild night in the hay, you don`t want to give your coworkers something to talk about. Whether you actually spent a wild night in the hay or simply had too much fun the night before and passed out at a girlfriend’s house, having the perfect plan for the morning after look will prevent any office gossip and no one will be the wiser.

If you plan on going out on a work night, you absolutely must put together the morning after emergency pack. Depending on the nature of your work, dress code and other lifestyle factors, the items you choose to include may vary. Generally speaking, the first thing you’ll want to throw into your morning after the emergency pack is a change of clothes for the office. Make sure you’ve got a clean top, pants/skirt, shoes, undies, and accessories. Don`t forget your favorite perfume and deodorant if you don`t have time for a quick shower. But it takes more than dressing the part to combat the morning after look.

Your face is often the telltale sign of pulling an all-nighter. Some party gals commit the biggest crime by falling asleep with all of their makeup on, which can wreak havoc on your face the next morning. Others may cleanse the night before but still wake up with dark circles or bags under the eyes from lack of sleep. Tackle this problem the morning after by adding a two-in-one cleanser and makeup remover to your morning after emergency pack, as well as the toner to get rid of excess residue from the night before that your cleanser may miss.

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You can find travel size versions of your skincare products or purchase clear, empty travel size bottles to squeeze a small amount of your cleanser and toner into. Don`t forget the moisturizer! Now to cover up the morning after signs: light concealer for the eye area and foundation to give your complexion an overall uniform appearance. You don’t have to go overboard on the foundation, either. One thin layer should do the trick. Add a touch of mascara to make your eyes pop and a dab of gloss to your lips and you`ve got a face that indicates anything but the morning after an experience.

While makeup is the main fixer-upper, you should also include hair products in your morning after emergency pack. Add a brush/comb, butterfly clip and smoothing serum to your pack to give yourself a sleek and clean hairstyle for the office.