Since about 2010 or so, it seems there's been a trend of...well, old stuff. TV shows like Mad Men, Downton Abbey, The Crown, and Netflix's Hollywood, or films like Hidden Figures, Belle, Emma (2020), and Sylvie's Love* all have cult-followings and although they rarely break the bank (except, of course, the super hit that is… Continue reading Fashion History, Historical Fashion, Historical Costuming, and Vintage: What’s the Difference?
New Year's resolutions can be a doozy any year but particularly after the flaming hot mess that was 2020, frankly I think we're all flat-out exhausted. However, sometimes we need a project to kick-start our optimism and I've settled on mine. If you've read some of my earlier work, then you know how important slow… Continue reading (Vintage!) Capsule Wardrobe Plans | 2021
Source: https://charmpatterns.com/shop/stanwyck-skirt/ Let's cut to the chase here: sewing can be intimidating when you're a newbie (okay, or even when you're not). It's so frustrating to follow guides who tell you something is beginner-friendly but they don't understand that you, my friend, have only just learned how to sew in a straight line, like, last… Continue reading Sew With Me! Pattern Review: the Stanwyck Skirt by Charm Patterns
We all know 2020 has been...tumultuous, so I won't spend too much time saying what's already been said about an utterly unrecognizable year. But since March, if you follow me on social media you have likely noticed some changes in my content. When I started The Vintage Guidebook, I did it to celebrate my love… Continue reading Where Have I Been? Changes at TVG!
Let's get right into it! Intros are for wussies. About the brand: Secrets in Lace was founded in 1984 in northern Virginia, USA. The brand offers a wide array of stockings and tights, bullet bras, and shapewear, all inspired by mid-century styles. Claim(s) to fame: Every possible stocking style you can imagine. A variety of… Continue reading Brand Spotlight: Secrets in Lace
Whether you're a vintage babe or not, we've all found ourselves in a situation where we want the lipstick look without the lipstick smudge. Sounds like Beauty Bakerie heard our cries. And yes, yes- I know these have been out for, like, ever and I'm late to the game buuuuuuuuuut... A lot of you have… Continue reading Review: Beauty Bakerie “Lip Whip” liquid lipstick
Oh, lingerie. The very word inspires images of calculated and sophisticated sexuality. These days, lingerie is almost exclusively associated with the bedroom or adult entertainment, but for women of previous decades, lingerie wasn’t only sensual- it was functional. With fewer items of clothing, pieces had to last, and one way to achieve that was by… Continue reading Brand Spotlight: What Katie Did
Complexion products are the unsung champions of the makeup world, if we’re being honest. Their goal is to make you look like you’re wearing nothing at all and when you have the right ones, that’s exactly what they do. They are not as glamorous as eyeshadow or highlighter but people will notice if you skip… Continue reading Review: Cover FX (a few complexion products!)
You know this is a style and beauty blog. I love talking fashion and makeup with you all, chatting about which colors to pair with which, and how to shop quality so you can look timeless and fabulous. But I chose to give this blog a vintage lean for a reason: one of the things… Continue reading How A Less Waste Lifestyle Helps Us All
Even if vintage fashion isn’t your thing, vintage attitudes towards fashion are something we could all use a little more of. Quality over quantity was the order of the day before the 1950s; women knew how to make the most out of a much more limited (by today’s standards) wardrobe whereas now we have closets… Continue reading How To: Be a Mindful Shopper (Find Your Core Look!)