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  • 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):

    Amanda Terry, UV Blogger

     

  • Pucker Up, Ladies

    I pride myself on being quite the risk taker when it comes to beauty trends. Currently, I am sporting the “paint one nail a completely different color than the rest” fad, which I absolutely LOVE. I have done the cat-eye liner, the the super P-I-N-K blush, as well as the feather hair extensions. But one look I am absolutely terrified of is the red lip. This is such a classic look and can be used in a very modern way to add a pop of fun to your face, as well as a nod to the fabulous Marilyn Monroe days with the right accessories or hair style.

    I have tried to figure out where my red lipstick fear comes from and I think it’s simply because I do not want to look silly by wearing the wrong shade. Since I don't think I am the only one who wants to try this look, I researched some tips to help us all find our true shade of red lip:

    -Fair Skin: wear coral-red lipstick - this color won’t be as overpowering on your delicate skin!

    -Medium Skin: with your golden tone you can really do just about anything, lucky you! Bright red, cranberry or even the electric pink are your best bets!

    -Dark Skin: the deeper the better baby! Burgundy is your perfect shade!

    I do not know about you, but I am constantly looking to celebs for inspiration, as well as ways to rock a certain trend. Some of my favorites....

    Dita

    Lauren

    Emma

    Ashley

    Be bold!

    xo, Emily Fogarty, UV Blogger

  • Homecoming...Here I Am

    (note: that's not me)

    The year was 2005. I had long hair, an affinity for the color pale pink and George W. was still President. The first month of my senior year was coming to a close, and Homecoming was staring me right in the face; urging me to grab it and shake it.

    Up until this point, my usual routine for each dance had been to show up, dance and be fabulous. My senior year had gotten off to a quiet start, but was slowly coming to a boil. I wanted it to be special, but I couldn’t figure out how to make it differ from my previous experiences. How do you make something that feels stale feel vibrant again?

    Flash forward two weeks. I found myself riding into a football stadium sitting on the back of a vintage convertible Chevrolet. Black rimmed glasses, a 1960’s era tartan bowtie and a skinny suit. I had been chosen as part of the homecoming court, and I was representing all the fabulous gay teenagers who dreamed of the day they would have a reason to use that “British royal” wave they had been working on.

    My goal was never to be popular, nor was it to make high school the highlight of my entire life. But this, like other small moments in high school, was a little piece of myself that was able to shine through some of that adolescent fog.

    High school isn’t forever, but it’s important while it’s here.  I ended up winning Homecoming king. Not because I was popular, but perhaps because I was myself.

    -Stan Salas, UV Customer Service Connoisseur and Contributing Blogger

  • Dainty Dominatrix

    One of my favorite runway shows of Fall 2011 Ready to Wear was exhibited by Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton.  Inspired by the 1974 art-house film "The Night Porter" as well as a conversation Mr. Jacobs had with LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault about the obsession women have over their handbags, the collection was an interesting juxtaposition of militant and feminine.  Looks like the ones shown are a great option for those of us who like to retain our edge and our femininity.

    Frilly dresses with wrist-length leather gloves and chunky booties, military hats with masquerade embellishments, frothy evening gowns with tough-looking corsets over the bust and thick wool outerwear were the standout looks of this collection.  Any woman wearing these clothes knows what she wants and isn't afraid to ask for it.
    The "dainty dominatrix" look (as I like to refer to it) is easily attainable, even if your credit card gives you the stink-eye for even thinking about going into Louis Vuitton.  A few new additions to your fall wardrobe from the right source and voila!  You look like you've been styled by Marc himself.  In fact, I found all of the items below right here on Unique Vintage!
    STEP 1: ASSEMBLE YOUR FRAME
     Just like a house (okay well not really JUST like a house but bear with me here), an entire outfit can come crashing down into disaster-ville without a solid and properly constructed frame.  The dress and the shoe are the most important components of any ensemble, don't let anyone tell you otherwise.  To achieve the LV look via UV, go for either a body-conscious dress or a corset-top with a frilly skirt like the ones shown here.  Select your shoe in a sexy high-heeled style that contrasts the dress (for example, the girly corset dress would need a tough boot to balance out the look and add layers to the look).
    STEP 2: ADD EMBELLISHMENTS
    Put together your accessories based on the dress and shoe you've already established.  A sleek dress with a feminine high heeled Mary-Jane would need some more accessories to remind us the wearer is tough: a military-inspired police hat with a beaded mask attached over the front, or seamed stockings.  And maybe some brushed metal jewelry and a boxy purse.  If your look is super-girly already, go with some leather-wrist gloves and a small bejeweled tote.
    STEP 3: PROTECT YOUR CONSTRUCTION

    With the "dainty dominatrix" another layer is just another opportunity to add to the look.  I can't tell you how many times I've been disappointed in what passes for outerwear, but luckily Unique Vintage has an enormous selection of coats and jackets that are both femme and dom.  Remember when choosing the final piece of your ensemble, the favorite word of the "dainty dominatrix": juxtapose!  The jacket should be a stark contrast to your dress, but go well with the rest of your accessories.  That way, when you remove the jacket it will be a truly show-stopping moment (as if it wasn't already).
    Your Golden Girl,
    Olive
    VisforOlive Creative Director and UV Blogger
  • Upper-class Flea Market

    When you think about flea markets, the first thing that may come to mind is getting cool vintage things for cheap. I love flea markets, and that thrill of getting something for a bargain, keeps me coming back for more.

    So what does Bergdorf Goodmans and Flea Markets have in common ? More than you think! Bergdorf's is actually obsessed with flea markets (according to their blog), which is why they are hosting an indoor flea market.  The events theme is "Glam Rock Fest " and will be Sunday, October 2, 1-4 p.m. If you are in New York , this is definitely something you shouldn't miss, especially since admission is FREE!

    Bergdorf's is going to pay homage to vintage styles, bringing back vintage t-shirts, flannel and denim. Don't worry if you can't make it out, you can still purchase items from their website...or better yet...check out Unique Vintage's vintage-inspired styles:

     What's your favorite vintage-style look? 

    xo,
    Amanda Terry, UV Blogger
  • We’re Seeing Spots!

    From runways to the real world, the trend of mixing prints has taken another level. As a lover of all things printed, you can imagine my excitement when it became “on trend” to mix my favorites! The key to a successful print mixture is making sure that the color scheme is cohesive. In other words, both prints should have a common color throughout. This way your outfit doesn't look like you just rolled out of bed and got dressed in the dark. Another way to hit the mark with pattern mixing is keeping your prints super subtle, like a pinstripe or a polka dot. I have always had an obsession with Disney, Minnie Mouse in particular.

    Polka dots, whether they be large or teeny tiny, make a fabulous fashion statement. They are an easy way to bring a feminine touch to even the simplest outfit. During the fall runways of the Gucci, Stella McCartney and Marc Jacobs, these babies were everywhere!

    (Lanvin, Stella McCartney, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Dolce & Gabbana)

    There are many ways to incorporate this sassy retro print into your everyday wardrobe. Whether it be a fun and flirty dress, a retro-style bathing suit, or even your accessories! Never underestimate the power of a polka dot! Here are some favorites:

     

     

    Now go get spotty!!

    xo, Emily Fogarty, UV blogger

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