October 25, 2011

Trick or Treat!

 

If you are anything like me, you have waited till the last minute to figure out what to be for Halloween. I am currently bouncing back and forth between one of the Kardashian sisters (probably Kourtney), a “Pan Am” stewardess, or a flapper. You can see the major trouble I am in, since I have picked some ahh-mazing choices. But it is not just about the costume, you also have tons of other things to consider: Shoes? Where am I going so I won’t kill my feet? Accessories? Are more better? And one that I always have the most trouble with…make-up!

Halloween is a night where you can really take a risk and try something you wouldn’t normally do! Therefore make-up research is something that is very important to enhance your perfect Halloween costume. My hairdresser told me about this Youtube channel by a girl named Kandee Johnson. I have to tell you, she is the definition of fabulous. She teaches step by step instructions on how to achieve the perfect winged eyeliner (which actually works!!), as well as specific looks like Barbie and Marilyn Monroe. The second I watched the Marilyn Monroe one, my first thought was to blog about it!! It is just too good: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyv05hmcbU0

Well, whatever you decide to be for Halloween this year, just remember to have FUN! And check out Unique Vintage’s awesome selection of costumes to go along with the fab make-up for a look that will put you on the best-dressed list of any spooky party!

 

 

 

 

 

xo, Emily Fogarty, UV Blogger

 

 

October 14, 2011

What to Get the Girl Whose Got it All

 

Do you have a friend who seems to have absolutely everything, so when their birthday approaches, you have absolutely no clue what to get them? And do they make it even worse when you ask them what they want and they say, “I don’t know? I’m sure you will figure out something!” UGH. Don’t you just hate that girl? Well, unfortunately, I have been told I am that girl However, I have figured out the solution to this agonizing gift giving process. Start collecting something! I began collecting books, fashion coffee table books to be exact. I LOVE fashion and they are always coming out with new ones, so I figured this is a fool-proof gift that I will actually enjoy! My coffee table is going to be quite crowded once I add these beauties to my collection:

Hint, hint, wink, wink!

xo, Emily

October 11, 2011

It’s Time to Let Go…

 

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 

October 7, 2011

How To: Throw A Mad Men Party

 
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
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
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
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.
Unique Vintage’s “Mad Men” Style
Eat Like a “Mad (Wo)Man”
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 3, 2011

THINK PINK

 

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):