Beyond Retro Wedding Wonderland.

Elvira and I looking every inch the happy newlyweds. Photo: Face Stockholm Vintage Studio

Those of you who follow my Instagram will have seen lots and lots of wedding-related stuff recently. Both my Insta and Facebook are filled to the brim with white, froofy dresses! Now, I’m not getting married anytime soon, but I’m a sucker for beautiful garments. The reason for the wedding bonanza is that Beyond Retro are arranging a Wedding Special, for which they’ve put out hundreds (literally hundreds) mind blowing vintage wedding gowns! To commemorate this I have been shooting 1960s wedding fashion (on which there will be a post soon) with my friends Elvira and Mia of the Face Stockholm Vintage Studio, borrowing some of Beyond Retros garments.

I was also lucky enough to get an invitation to the Zinkensdamm Beyond Retro store for a dress-preview breakfast yesterday, so I brought Mimmi of The Retro Army and got an incredible opportunity to take a look at the dresses, and boy, did we try a few. I even purchased some for myself, so that when someone get’s on his knees to propose – I’m ready!

If you’re interested in your own gown (or maybe two, or three, or… ten), just pop over to the Zinkensdamm Beyond Retro-store in Stockholm before January 25th! There’s everything from 40s to contemporary styles. Don’t miss this.

DRESSES. HUNDREDS OF THEM. Photo: Louise Sundell/Beyond Retro

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1980s and 1960s.

In my 60s space princess dress. Photo: Beyond Retro

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From my shoot with the girls at Face Stockholm Vintage. 1960s dress.

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The 1950s dress of my dreams that unfortunately sold.

Late 1950s dress out in the cold. Photo and styling: Face Stockholm Vintage Studio.

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Me and my matching bridesmaids.

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The whole gang.

Annonser

Look what arrived in the mail!

Today my recently purchased snoods arrived.
These hand knit hair nets were all the rage in the 40s when curls needed to be protected from weather and wind, or unsightly straight hair hidden away for the day. They’re all in all a very versatile, period correct and over-all fun accessory, and will save you a lot of time! Just pin your hair up in a little pompadour, bouffant or victory roll in front, and pin your snood over the hair in the back! Very vintage, very practical, and very stylish.

I got these from Ebay, and you should be able to find similar ones simply by googling ‘hand crocheted vintage snood’ or something similar. I purchased several colours to be able to mix and match with my outfits. A gray or brown to match a suit, or a red to spark things up a little. They are available in all sorts of patterns. Flowers, diamonds and grids are popular. Mine are a grid.

1940s snood. Note raised front.

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Navy, Chocolate, Mint, Gray, Red and Beige.

Detail.

Detail.

A heap of snoods!

A heap of snoods!

Detail of ribbon that allows for size adjustment.

Detail of ribbon that allows for size adjustment.

Grid pattern.

Grid pattern.

Sale finds, and the importance of buying a new brush every now and then.

Having been trying to avoid boxing-day sales, I’ve limited my shopping to essentials. Here are a few items I picked up the other day.

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Eyebrow Pencil in ‘Dark Brown’, BB-cream brush, IsaDora contouring kit, and two different bristle brushes. All purchased at H&M.

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Unboxed.

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My favourite type of brush for brushing out pin curl or roller sets.

Regarding brushes, I often get asked why I prefer cheaper brushes to more expensive alternatives such as Mason Pearson or the likes. It’s quite simply a question of efficiency and economy. With daily use, my brushes simply get clogged up, worn out and dirty. I tend to replace these every few months, as they get grimey and are almost impossible to clean. This is part due to setting lotion, hair-spray, oils, mousses and other producs I use on my hair, but mostly due to dust! When you leave victory rolls in over night, wear a snood or hair net, or even spray the heck out of a pin curl set, your hair will seem to suck up a fair bit of dust as you go about with your day (and night). This dust all comes out when you brush it through, and as if by magic always manages to cling to the hair brush. So instead of splurging, I prefer buying a cheaper brush that is always in stock, very replaceable, and does a great job. Now for the palette.
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I’ve never done a lot of contouring when doing my makeup. It wasn’t done to any great extent in the 1940s and 50s, and I have thus avoided it for obvious reasons. Being a very trendy make up technique today it is frequently seen on celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and the likes. Contouring has a striking, but quite contemporary feel, and thus isn’t something I’d naturally move towards incorporating in my look. But curious as I am, I thought I’d experiment a little, and see if I could contour gently and invisibly without going full Kardashian. So if my face all of a sudden starts looking completely different – you’ll know why! Ha.

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Palette swatches. Here in artificial light.

Outfit January 4th.

Blouse: H&M, Skirt and scarf: Vintage

Today’s outfit. My pardons for the radio silence over the last few weeks. I’ve taken Christmas off to spend time with my family, and stay away from computers, stress and the likes. A belated Merry Christmas, and a very happy 2015 to you all! New Years’ post and 2014 resume coming soon.

Having spent lots of time at home, I’ve obviously not put too much effort into my outfits. Here’s a typical day at home. Toned down makeup, hair in a scarf, comfy blouse, loose fitting skirt. This, a good book, and a cup of tea, and my happiness is made.

Triple victory rolls and print cotton headscarf.

Triple victory rolls and print cotton headscarf.

In front of my wall of wonders.

In front of my wall of wonders.

-Magdalena