Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pin Curls

I wanted to share this video with you guys. Its from Ashley Marie on You Tube. She does a pin curl from start to finish. I, for one, suck at pin curls! I have more hair than a normal person so even when it is long it is insanely difficult to do all the pin curls. Even my hair stylist is amazed at how much hair I have. Anyways, I thought I would share because I think she does a really good job at showing how to do the set, and also how to brush it out and style it. She has other good vintage hair styling videos too so you should go and subscribe to her as well.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Few of My Favorite Things

I want to start a bit of a regular series, maybe weekly, showing you guys just a few of my favorite things. It will be things that I am currently using/wearing/loving and it will include just about anything from cosmetics to clothes to food to movies. Basically whatever I feel like sharing!

Lets get started!

Coty Airspun

Coty Airspun has been around since 1935. I remember my grandma using this loose powder that came in the cardboard container with the gold fans on it. What I remember most is the smell. I never tried it though because I was never a big fan of loose powder. As I've gotten older though I have tried to wear less makeup. Well, not really less, just not as heavy. As you age makeup can get cakey, gathering in the lines on the face. I don't feel that I have 'aging' skin just yet though. Actually, I feel pretty good about my skin and don't feel I need to cover it up as much! Yes, I have some crows feet that I wish would magically disappear, but besides that I like how my skin looks. I have been using lighter foundations and powders for a while now and decided to finally try this classic cosmetic.

I bought the color Honey Beige and have been using it for about a week now. I dust the powder all over my face after applying foundation, then set it with a spritz of MAC Studio Fix. So far I am really loving this powder! I love that it is light and gives me just enough coverage. Its perfect for work and weekends spent in the sun. 

Physicians Formula Tinted Moisturizer SPF 50

I purchased this from Big Lots for $4.50 in the color Fair to Light. I bought it for a few reasons: 
1-I like Physician's Formula.
 2-It has SPF 50.
 3-I tested it on my hand and really liked the consistency. 
I actually buy a lot of cosmetics from Big Lots because you just never know what they are going to have and its fun to try new things. I wore this foundation to the flea market on sunday and to work on Monday and today. Its a light foundation, yes, but it still has color and coverage to it. It doesn't separate throughout the day or gather in lines and I love that it has an SPF 50 to it. If you are looking for a light foundation with sun protection in it I highly recommend this one! Its not discontinued either, as so many products that I get at Big Lots are.

Funny Movies

I saw two movies recently that had me laughing so hard my stomach hurt:

1-For a Good Time Call...

This movie is about 2 girls living in New York that start their own phone sex company. Even though it has a raunchy story line, it is done in a really quirky, interesting way. I want this movie on DVD when it comes out!

2-Pitch Perfect

This movie is about a college glee club. Its like Glee but without any serious, tear jerking messages. Its just plain funny and Rebel Wilson is my new hero.

So there you go. Just a few (or four) of my current favorite things. How about you guys? Do you have any thing you are currently obsessing over??

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A Lucky Day at the Thrift Store

There's a thrift store down the street from my work and I go by there a few times every week. They have awesome sales every day and I usually find something I think is cute. Its usually more modern things though.

Today I went there out of boredom and picked out a couple modern shirts. Before getting rung up I looked in the jewelry case and spotted something that you don't ever see at thrift stores: Bakelite!!

There it was, a yellow honeycomb Bakelite bangle, peaking out of a bag of mixed bracelets. I'll take it, please! Oh you'll give it me for half off?? What luck!!

I decided I should have a better look in that jewelry case before leaving the store. There was another bag of jewelry with a red bangle that I needed to see up close.

There was a hole in the bag so I slipped my hand in and felt it. Yup! Thats Bakelite!! I'll take this one as well. Half off? Sure, why not?!

Upon better inspection I was quite happy to discover a third Bakelite bangle in one of the bags, a brown one. All in all I paid $8 dollars for 3 carved Bakelite bangles. 

This is by far the luckiest trip to the thrift store I have had since leaving Denver! What's your luckiest thrift store find???

Monday, October 8, 2012

October Spookfest 2012-The Queen Mary

The Queen Mary was built in 1930 to be a luxury cruise liner. The builders spared no expense and decided to name her after England's greatest queen-Victoria. King George, however, assumed they meant his wife Mary, so that is how she wound up with her name. She had her maiden voyage in 1937 and for 3 years she was the premier ocean liner to stars and dignitaries alike. In 1939, with the start of WWII, she took on a new role: she became a troopship, transporting soldiers fighting in the war. This was her job until 1947 when the war ended. After her military service she was restored to her previous glory and went back to being a cruise liner. In 1967 she made her final voyage, docking for the final time in Long Beach, CA to become a hotel.

The Queen Mary has a long and interesting history, not only as a cruise liner and hotel, but as a WWII vessel. With all the deaths that occurred on her decks, rooms, and pool, it is no wonder she would be classified as one of Americas's most haunted hotels.

War Ghosts
The Queen Mary is reported to have 49 ghosts and most of these were troops. When she was enlisted into military service, the Queen Mary was stripped of her luxurious adornments and painted gray. Nicknamed "The Grey Ghost", she definitely earned her nickname!
Sailing home after the war.

One such reported ghost is a young seaman named John Henry who lied about his age to procure a position on the Queen Mary.  He worked in the boiler room and was soon crushed to death while trying to flee a fire. The haunting activity includes knocks and bright lights and even a vortex. Ịt's even been reported that the door to the engine room is sometimes hot to the touch.

Another ghost sounds like an old wives tale, but one that I can not disprove. Apparently the troops killed a chef because they did not like his cooking.  They stuffed him into the oven and burnt him alive as a lesson for bad cuisine. His screams still echo his horrible death to this day.

During its most deadly mission, "The Grey Ghost" had to zig zag to avoid enemy ships. Instead, she crashed into her companion ship, nearly cutting it in half and sending 239 men into the sea to either drown or be eaten by sharks. It is reported that mysterious pounding on the side of the Queen Mary is those men trying to signal to come on board. It is also said that men screaming and the sound of metal crushing against metal can be heard below decks at the extreme front end of the bow. Those who have heard this believe it to be the screams of the sailors at the moment the light cruiser was split in half by the liner.

Civilian Ghosts
Even though most of the Queen Mary's ghosts are military related, there have been a few deaths related to her luxury liner and hotel years. 

Superstition says that 13 is an unlucky number. On the Queen Mary is most definitely is! In 1942 John McKenzie was crushed to death by door #13 in shaft alley. The rumor is that he was actually held there as the door closed on him. In 1967 Crewman John Pedder was either caught there during a fire drill, or was playing chicken and lost. Now people often see shadows walk through the closed door

Door 13. The door has long been removed.

One of the most haunted spots of the ship is Cabin B340, which is no longer rented out due to the extreme paranormal activity, believed to be the result of the murder of an 8 year old girl named Dana. Some stories even say that Dana's murderer, her father, also killed her two sisters, mother, and also himself.  Cabin B340 is bigger than it originally was because the wall dividing room B338 and room B340 was removed. When the Queen Mary became a hotel, visitors kept sending complaints about sleeping in room B340. They were woken up in the middle of the night by the light turning on and off, the sink turning on and off, coat hangers floating above their heads, and bedspreads undoing themselves. The Queen Mary staff decided to not rent this haunted room to the public. It is, however, still used for research by paranormal experts..

Daniel is a little boy of 5 or 6 years of age people like to call the Blue Boy. He is often witnessed on the Promenade deck near the stairway and shops and has been seen in the observation bar. He seems to be looking for his parents and is always wearing blue, Edwardian clothing. It is believed he roams other areas of the ship as well.

The Pool
The Queen Mary actually featured two pools, one of which has been turned into a theater. The 1st class pool is still intact and open to tours. Though it is not filled with water it does house a few ghosts. 

A little girl named Jackie from either broke her neck or drowned. She now wanders the pool area and nursery looking for her doll or mommy. Jackie is sometimes accompanied by Sarah, another little girl that drowned in the pool in 1949. Visitors often hear the sound of splashing and children giggling. There are also lots of EVP's of little Jackie crying and talking.

There is also a lady wearing a 1930's bathing suit seen around the pool. She sometimes leaves wet footprints, even though there hasn't been water in the pool for decades. Apparently there is a second vortex in the pool area that was caused by the murder of a woman in locker 20. People will often see shadow people in the hallways of the dressing rooms.

The Queen Mary is an Art Deco beauty filled with history, secrets and obviously a few ghosts. If you have never visited it I highly suggest you do, even if you don't believe in ghosts. Hopefully I can take one of the ghost tours one of these days. It would be great to see all the haunted areas of this beautiful ship.

The Observation Bar

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Cancer Sucks

Nick Curran died today. Its very sad. He battled cancer for the past few years and it just kept coming back. The last time I saw him play was in Austin at the Continental Club while his cancer was in remission. He was so skinny but he could still play a mean guitar. He wasn't singing at that show. He was supposed to play Denver a few months later but his cancer had returned. Its sad to hear now that it claimed him.

Cancer sucks. It keeps taking great people too soon. Thats the second musician to die from cancer in the past few moths. Adam Yauch of The Beastie Boys died too. That one really, really sucks. The Beastie Boys were my childhood and my teen years and I never got to see them live, and now I never will.

Fuck you cancer! RIP Nick and Adam.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Etsy Sale

Hey guys! I just wanted to let you know that I am having a sale in my Etsy shop from now until Monday. I am offering 15% off everything!!!

Coupon code:

Here are a few things I have to offer:




Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Non Vintage Thrifting Finds

This past weekend Fernando and I went thrifting. He bought records and I bought clothes. I didnt buy any vintage (sad) but the things I did buy will be good things to mix in with my vintage wardrobe or wear to work. I'll tell you guys a secret: I don't always wear vintage. I know, I know, thats crazy talk! But seriously, I love going to thrift stores and finding modern clothes with a vintage feel to them. Its nicer on my wallet too.

Love this purse :-)


Forever 21 dress. Woven brown belt and ankle tie sandals will make for a cute, summer look. Yes, it is still very much summer here in San Diego.

A beaded cardigan, good for winter. American Eagle.

My attempt at getting a close up picture of the bead work.

Striped crop top. 

Wool cardigan with rhinestone buttons.

Cute basic!

Stretchy, polka dot dress. This will be good for work.

Cute plaid top. This will be great with jeans.

This Bebe top is going to get a bit of a makeover. I want to switch out the buttons to give it more of a vintage  look. It will be good with skirts.

Another polka dot dress for work.

Shopping grand total--$25.

Monday, October 1, 2012

October Spookfest 2012-Memorial Photography Take 2

I wasn't too sure what I wanted my first October Spookfest post to be. I decided I would go ahead and share with you guys the creepy Victorian practice of post mortem, or memorial, photography. It is literally the act of taking pictures of the dead.

Childhood mortality rates were extremely high and photography quite expensive, which is why so many children were photographed after death. It was the only chance most people had to memorialize a loved one. The 'subject' was usually made to look as if they were still alive. That is why they were sometimes propped up with a living family member, eyes wide open. It is really sad, and creepy, that most photos are of babies and children. The really sad pictures are of multiple members of the same family.

If photos like this bother you than please don't continue on. If you have a morbid curiosity like I do however,  then by all means, enjoy...!

Anyone notice the random hand on the left?? Mom maybe?

This ones looks much newer, maybe from the early 30s.

Not all post mortem photos were of loved one:
The Dalton gang after a failed bank robbery.

This one is the saddest. An entire family with obvious head injuries. I can only guess that they suffered a fatal  accident of some sort.

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