Sunday, June 30, 2013

5th Annual 1940's WWII Era Ball

There were some drastic changes to this years 1940's WWII Era Ball. Some changes were wonderful while others left me yearning for years past. My biggest issue would be the location of the dance floor. It was in the middle of a field and so you had to traipse among random rocks, ruts, and dirt just to get to the dance floor.
 
This year I decided to wear pants in lieu of my normal choice, a dress. I had full intention on wearing my Whirling Turban black and white polka dot set but had to change my plans last minute due to the heat. Looking back, this was a very good choice as I was more than warm enough in my backup outfit.
 
I went with a Betty Grable inspired up-do this year because of the heat and a bad haircut back in March. I had a little assistance with my makeup and hair by watching Micheline Pitt's DVD; the instructions were so easy to follow and I think the overall look was wonderful.
 
With my hetero-life partner Tre
 
 
I made my hair butterflies and heavily retouched my shoes so they would light up when I moved.
 
 
This blouse exceeded all of my expectations and wishes.
 
 
Because Tre won the 1940's Christmas Ball Pinup Competition she received six free VIP tickets and so we were treated to a nicely shaded seating area by the dance floor and stage amongst all the WWII veterans. We were even seated with a lady who had been a nurse on the European front.
 


 
 
We spent the night dancing, drinking, and hanging out with our group of friends; the normal.
 



I love this picture. I am dancing with a 92 year old WWII sailor. He is so much fun. I always seek him out at this event.

With Mary Beth of Meteor Vintage




Unintentional twins






 
 
And as is tradition, I stalked down Mr. Blue Eyes for a photo.
 
 
I did make it on stage again for my authentic vintage attire but lost out to a girl that was proposed to on stage just as the judging began... That's my luck I suppose.
 
The emcee decided my name should be Dragon Lady.
 
Well that's it for the 1940's WWII Era Ball. I'll see you over on Technicolor Cutie's blog in a few days!
 
 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Unexpected Turns in Life

Ah the ebb and flow of life. These last few weeks during my absence there have been so many changes. Some good, some very sad.

So what have I been up to recently? If you follow me on Instagram you probably already know far too well what I am doing when I go MIA from HRF.

I went rollerskating for the first time since... honestly it's been so long I can't give you an answer but I am pretty sure I was holding my dad's hand for stability. What I can say is that I had a blast and managed not to fall, which I will amount to a complete and utter success!

A blurry celebration!

The primary reason for my absence has been that my brother decided to move to Virginia and I wanted to spend every moment I could with him before he departed. We hadn't lived in the same place since I was 17 years old, until he moved to Colorado five years ago. As is typical, I took his presences for granted and just assumed he would always be right down the street. I was heartbroken when I learned he was moving and angry with myself that I had not spent more time with him while he was my neighbor.

Part of our time spent together involved going to see Marilyn Manson and Alice Cooper with our mom at Red Rocks Amphitheater. An experience that I will not forget anytime soon!



I also wanted to spend some quality time with friends and do a little dancing. So I finally hit up Soul Night. I wore a beautiful blue hair flower and beyond gorgeous West German butterfly brooch sent to me from Joanna at Dividing Vintage Moments. I also carried my newly arrived and equally gorgeous purse from Mr. Tiny of Wacky Tacky!

Source



I have also been preparing for the 1940's Ball this Saturday. I sadly had to change my outfit last minute because it is supposed to be in the high 80's or low 90's (that's about 32 centigrade for my international readers). I couldn't go out in pants and a long sleeve shirt. I would melt! What's a girl to do other than revising her outfit? I was already in the middle of making items for my Carmen Miranda outfit and so I will wear as many of those elements as I possibly can.

The butterflies have approximately 40 Swarvoski crystals each.  The hair flowers were going to be my "turban" base.

These shoes have seen better days but by the time I am done they will look better than new. I found a pair of 1940's
white wedges with beading, crystals, and other adornments that I loved but wouldn't pay $400.00 for them. Instead
I have started to add Swarvoski crystals to make them look similar to the vintage set.

Small preview of my beautiful hand painted vintage blouse. I love whoever created this beauty!

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As a last note, I'll be doing a guest post over Technicolor Cutie's blog in the next few weeks! I'm going to let you pick what I right about. Here are your choices:

1. How to redo your modern shoes a la 1940's
2. How to do a good set when you hair was destroyed by your stylist

Let me know what you'd like to see!