Musings of a Woman Exploring the Vintage Magic in our Lives

February 24, 2011

Vintage Glee Mash up

As most of you must know by now, one of the most popular shows on TV is Glee. Glee chronicles the adventures of a high school glee club and their challenges, triumphs etc. interspersed with life lessons and most wonderfully, vintage songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s as well as current hits. I could never understand why Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" or Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" became so popular among my high school students until I started watching Glee. It is the only show that really makes me feel good after watching it. It is like watching those old musicals from the 50s. The great thing is that each character on Glee has a definitive fashion look that I have tried to mash up with our own Witchery Vintage clothing. The meaning of the term, “mash-up,” is described as what happens “when you take two songs and mash them together to make an even richer explosion of musical expression.”  In other words, two songs that might not initially seem to belong together are blended, the process of which reveals unexpected connections between the songs and might even yield an even stronger work than either one is on its own.
Well, the Witchery Vintage has done just that! Even though some of the clothes may not be an exact match, the unexpected connections that it makes to the Glee character and to one's own unique tastes creates an even stronger look all its own! Enjoy!

Kurt's military look is covered here with Steampunk Army 1960s suit from the Witchery Vintage.

Rachel Berry's character is played by Lea Michele's red carpet look can be copied for a fraction of the price! Megan is modelling the Peach Queen prom dress on Etsy on sale now.

Emma Pilsbury, the school's guidance counsellor is single handedly bring back teacher chic with ruffle blouses and cardigans, Emma's look is so 1960s. I would love to see Emma is this Witchery Vintage item called Vampire's Kiss especially in a Twilight type episode!

Tina is so much fun and her goth look is so cool! Here I am channelling Tina and The Adams Family in a black jumper and white blouse called Night at The Museum

Santana's love of stripes and fur is evident is this episode outlining the dangers of drinking. The fur vest I had has been sold but this Bleu Nuit shirtdress is available now.

I love Sue and her sardonic approach to life. Even though The Witchery Vintage didn't have an athletic suits to offer, I picked this Nautical Sailor Dress for $42 as a fair compromise. Think Sue would approve?

Rachel is known for her feminine yet quirky looks and this plaid skirt offers just the right combination. Lindsay channels Rachel in thisvintage red plaid skirt called Boston Common from the Witchery Vintage.

Quinn is so feminine and truly beautiful that this dress called Betty visits Venice from the 1960s and named for Betty Draper from Mad Men would look absolutely gorgeous on her. Even without the orange piping, this dress offers up alot of similarities in the beauty of Quinn and vintage dressing.

Mercedes is a strong independent girl who loves her curves. I would love to see her in this 1960s mod maxi dress called Calinfornia Dreamin because it inspires and reflects all that she is.

Well, I hope you have enjoyed this little ode to Glee from the Witchery Vintage and hope to do more mash ups in the future. Megan is also very excited because as her Grade 8 Graduation gift, she and I are going to see Glee Live in Toronto in June!  Fun and fashion!

February 21, 2011

What Yonder Window Brings

Having fun the other day with a gorgeous mint green rosette fascinator that I purchased from a great Etsy shop called Cathy's Vintage Shop. This shop has wonderful vintage clothing but I really love the hats she sells. The model who models that hats is  absolutely stunning and has a gaze that reminds me of an Emily Bronte novel. It is said that the eyes are the window to our soul.  We often gaze out a window waiting or wanting something to happen. When you look out your window, what do you see? What do you want to happen? And who is looking back?

February 16, 2011

One Last Goodbye to Winter

Today as I returned home from school to melting snow and that hint of spring in the air, I wanted to share my last blast of fun with my girls last weekend. With an ode to winter and all that is good, Megan, Lindsay and I went out for lunch to celebrate Valentines Day and Lindsay's 15th birthday. On the way to our fav cafe, The Llama Bean, we stopped down an alley way that connects parts of old Simcoe. My big smile is in part that I have lost about 8 pounds so far! Yeah! Secondly, the last (hopefully) big snowfall of the year allowed us to create some magical shots with black and red plaid and fur! Enjoy!
Dress: 1980s black and red plaid dress with black velvet cuffs and collar~The Witchery Vintage
Coffee at the Llama Bean
Reading the paper !

Chicken Caesar Wrap~The girls' favourite

Lindsay in a Rabbit Fur Vest aka 70s
It was a great way to end the winter and the icy grip it has had on all of us. Spring, bring it on!

February 4, 2011

Reinventing Yourself With Vintage

This time of year it is quite common for all of us to look back on the year that has just past and pine for spring's return. Usually such goals as losing weight, saving money or changing jobs are high on a person's resoluation list. I think that by changing your look and in the end, improving your image, you can achieve these goals just by feeling better about yourself. Albeit, this isn't easy and often take deep reflection usually undertaken during long drives home or in a wine induced haze. Nevertheless, think about whether your clothes really reflect who you are? When you look in your closet do you find that alot of your clothes are unworn or purchased out of necessity such as for work. What about the mirror? When you look into it, do you like who looks back? It takes a risk to change your look. Many women just won't cut their hair or change their makeup and use excuses such as "my boyfriend likes long hair". You have to be happy for you before you need to make anyone else happy.
Flirting with vintage clothes and vintage looks in fun because you can go back in time and experiment with a look of the past but in the end its about being unique and taking a risk. Say yourself  "I don't care what people think" and see what happens....
I recently have opted to take some risks by going to a new hairstylist, changing my hairstyle and colour and following Weight Watchers on line to learn to eat healthier~all in one week! I'm pleased with the results. I hope you will be too!
New Louise Brooks Flapper inspired hair style~