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.BETTYBetty 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.PEGGYPeggy 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.JOANJoan 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" StyleEat 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...Your Golden Girl,OliveVisforOlive Creative Director and UV Blogger
Here are Unique Vintage headquarters in Burbank, CA, we're experiencing the season's first real rainfall...and we're loving it! There's nothing better than curling up on a cold, rainy day with big cup of cocoa and a good movie...except maybe a brand new winter coat and a pair of killer boots!
To commemorate this once in a blue-moon rainfall (local forecast says it's back to 90 degrees by Sunday!), we've put together some rainy day essentials that'll keep you fashionably dry and oh so cute.
PUT ON A COAT
When it comes to the art of getting dressed, clothes are obviously important. Picking out the right outfit can be frustrating and time consuming. Does it look good? Is it flattering? But there's another item that often gets overlooked...ACCESSORIES!
There's nothing worse than putting on my favorite outfit, only to look in the mirror and feel boring! Have you ever felt that way? But with the right accessories, it's actually simple to turn something plain into insane-ly fabulous!
Here are some of my favorite Unique Vintage items to help complete a look:
Feathers and hair pins, so fun! It's an easy way to add a little flare to your hair.
Jewelry, can liven up any outfit. You don't have to go overboard and wear every piece of jewelry you own. One bold ring or necklace can do the trick.
With the weather turning crisp, scarves are so cozy nowadays and can make a statement with a basic outfit.
And what girl doesn't like a new handbag. Purses can make or break an outfit, in my opinion! Here are some of my faves:
This red bag will give your outfit just the right amount of pop:
This Koret leopard clutch adds instant, effortless chic!
xo, Amanda Terry, UV Blogger
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):
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....
xo, Emily Fogarty, UV Blogger