Have you ever had a bridesmaid dress that you thought, “I can shorten it and wear it again!” If so, I’m sure that it is still in the back of your closet, collecting dust. How about that prom dress? Attention: You will probably NEVER wear them again.
To keep your closet looking from like it’s straight out of the movie 27 Dresses, check out the website www.donatemydress.org. Donate My Dress encourages girls to donate their prom and special occasion dresses to others who really need them. It’s the first national network to bring together local dress drive organizations across the U.S. Once you’ve had your dream night in your dress, you can give another girl hers! It’s so easy, too. You just look up the closest place to you to drop off your used gown, and voila–someone else will soon have a chance to feel as beautiful as you did in your gown.
xo, Amanda Terry, UV Blogger
This past weekend one of my friends threw a “Mad Men” themed birthday party. Everyone had to dress up in their best 1960′s duds and the hostess served authentic, pre-hippie martinis and appetizers. It was such fun I wanted to share with everyone how to throw your very own 1960′s Martini Party (otherwise known as a “Mad Men” party if you’re looking for something catchy to write on the Evite).
Unique Vintage carries some of the most varied selections of buttoned-up 1960′s style dresses, so naturally when choosing my costume I turned to them. Below are a few tips to help you achieve the look of the women of “Mad Men” at your own party. Each has their own unique style, while staying true to the constructed 1960′s aesthetic across the board.
Betty is the most girly. Pastels, florals, and light fabrics dominate her wardrobe. Her silhouette is usually a cinched waist and a full skirt with a form fitting - but never revealing - top. Betty’s look is completed with perfectly coiffed hair and make-up, cute but sensible heels and minimal jewelry.
Peggy is no-nonsense career woman, and her style reflects that. Checked prints, simple color combinations such as black and white or cream and red and and simple accessories define her style. To finalize your Peggy costume, comb hair back into a ponytail, then add a small circle hat and wrist-length gloves.
Joan is ambitious and not shy about getting what she wants. As the most voluptuous of the three women, her hourglass figure is emphasized with pulled in waists, solid color schemes and heavy fabrics such as wool and tweed. A long gold chain, power heels, a sweep of red lipstick and a chignon complete Joan’s signature style.
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Don’t forget no Martini Party would be complete without strong cocktails, mayo-filled appetizers and everyone’s favorite retro-dessert, a Jell-O mold! Here are some of my favorite throwback appetizers…
October 1st marks the first day of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to statistics, there will be 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer in 2011. One in 8 women will be diagnosed in the U.S. It is a real and upsetting statistic. You will most likely have a family member or friend who will get breast cancer at some point in your life. My grandmother is a breast cancer survivor and it wasn’t until we found out that she had cancer, that we decided to become educated.
This month, however, isn’t a time to be sad. It is a time to empower women to take control of their health and become educated about breast cancer. Here are some basic breast health steps from the Susan G. Komen website:
*Know your family health history
*Have a mammogram every year starting at the age of 40
*Have a clinical breast exam at LEAST every 3 years starting at 20
*Self Exams- know how your breast look and feel and report changes to your doctor right away
Most insurance companies cover mammograms and some places such as a local health departments offer screenings at a low cost or for free. Here is a link for centers: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfMQSA/mqsa.cfm
Early detection and screening is key to lowering the risk of dying from breast cancer. Screenings can find cancer early on and most cases, it is treatable. Let’s stand up and support breast cancer awareness, and most of all, find a CURE!
Check out Unique Vintage’s Breast Cancer Awareness items to help the cause (click on umbrella):
Looking back at American history, the 1950s were a period of domesticity. The man went to work and the wife took care of the household chores; cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the children. This domestic life was often perceived of as “perfect” and actually molded the fashions during this era (the perfectly cinched waists and the appropriate knee-length hems).
What gave these styles a sense of whimsy were the exuberant excess of florals, crinolines and lady-like qualities that fashions from years past had actually been starving for.
During this time, women were at their most beautiful and image was everything. The 1950′s woman was put together at all hours of the day; from matching accessories to perfectly poised pumps.
In the ’50s, women felt a sense of security within the domestic life they created and their clothes reflected that.
The 1950′s created some of the most iconized silhouettes in fashion history. It’s no wonder so many fashion designers today are constantly paying reference to these beautiful, perfectly pulled together, domestic fashions of the past.
Stan Salas-Unique Vintage Customer Service Connoisseur
“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”
- Coco Chanel