Thursday, March 21, 2019

༺ How to Wear Vintage Style while Traveling ༻

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Flying to Phnom Penh, Cambodia was the perfect holiday for us.

I had the best time exploring the city ~ I really enjoyed visiting the National Museum of Cambodia, and the Royal Palace. The Silver Pagoda was spectacular, and the architecture throughout the capital city is so stunning.

During our time away, I realised I’ve been a bit spoiled in Chiang Mai with the weather ~ one thing that was stood out to me was how much more humid Phnom Penh is compared to Chiang Mai currently. It was more like Koh Lanta, southern Thailand on-the-beach level of humidity, or Penang Island in Malaysia.

It also reminded me that I still haven’t written about all the tips and tricks I’ve picked up for dressing in vintage style while in the tropics from living here for the last two years. Some of this also applies for general travel, but obviously if you are heading to cooler climates layering with warmer clothing will be a must. Either way, here are my tips ~ please enjoy!

~ Tips for dressing Vintage Style while Traveling in the Tropics ~

    • Sundresses are your best friend. It might be an obvious place to start, but a light 1950’s style sundress will get you through hot weather and allow your legs to keep cool. Alternatively, a peasant blouse with a full skirt, or a 1940’s shirtwaist dress are great options as well.

    • Light clothing that isn’t confining is the goal, but remember that a vintage silhouette from the 1940’s and 1950’s always had the natural waist {just above the belly button} defined.

    • A belt will help to define your waist, and you can also try adding a sash, or knotted fabric belt for a less structure, but still accentuating a nipped in waist. If it’s super hot, a skinny belt is a good way to reduce the heat factor.

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    • Skip foundation garments ~ seriously, you have too ~ and go for a vintage style brassiere to keep the correct shape underneath. What Katie Did or Rago have amazing reproduction vintage styles, but if you’re a babe on a budget, go to Target or Kmart and skip the pretty bras for the wireless “granny” bras. Look for a ‘lift and separate’ shape give you just the silhouette you need without having to spend too much. If you’re still not sure what style you are looking for research old vintage lingerie ads to find out. From the 1930's through to the 1960's brassiere structure didn't change that drastically unless you are specifically looking for a bullet-bra, and the right style will cover all of those decades.

    • Cover up! The sun isn’t as harsh in the tropics as it is in Australia, but you will still get burnt. Especially if you are outside sightseeing all day. Borrow a tip from sun-safe Asian travellers and carry a light foldable umbrella. It really will save your skin and keep you cooler while you walk around. It’s also more convenient than a big hat to tuck away and get out of photos when you want to snap a picture.

    • It goes without saying, but invest in a really good sunscreen. My favourite out of all the sunscreens I’ve tried is Avène Sunscreen Emulsion SPF 50, which has a matte finish and goes beautifully under makeup, even through a day’s wear of “glistening”.

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    • Open sandals are a popular vintage vacation style, as well as being comfortable for walking in, but watch out for the tops of your feet getting burnt. Apply sunscreen before going out for the day. Go for styles that strap on so you don’t have to worry about them flopping loose. This will help if you find yourself walking on less than great pavement; or short rocky trails.

    • Carry a backpack. If you are traveling around a lot, carrying a purse isn’t always safe if it’s over your shoulder, and a large shoulder bag can hurt your neck after a long time. Backpacks balance the load and if you are looking for the perfect vintage style backpack – Anello do beautiful backpacks in different colours and sizes – my favourite is found here and here.

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    • Be prepared to have your hair up continuously. Even if your hair isn’t curly like mine, and can cope with the humidity, it will just be too hot and add extra sweat to have it down on the back of your neck if you are outside for any length of time. If you are inside, most places are airconditioned in the cities, so you can do your normal ‘dos.

    • For vintage style updos – poodles, ponytails, Gibson rolls and braids are great for getting your hair out of your face and off your neck. I love to add hair flowers, or a vintage nylon scarf for a cheerful holiday touch!

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    • Makeup can be tricky ~ a powder foundation will stay on longer through the sweat, pop it in your bag for touch ups. Try to let your face dry naturally before touching up, if you touch your face while it’s damp you will remove your base. Also, if you apply powder over the top of a damp face, it will get cakey. Wait if you can until it’s dry and then touch up.

    • For eye makeup ~ waterproof mascara is a must, and if you want to wear eyeshadow you will need a primer to help it stay. Try to set your brows with eyebrow powder if you use a pencil or pomade to fill them in, as that will help to prevent them sweating off. I haven’t found an eyeliner that will stay on for a cats eye flick, and so going for a 40’s makeup look will work better for the heat.

    • A good makeup setting spray is invaluable for all day glamour, so try out Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, or L'Oréal Paris Infallible Fixing Mist for a budget-friendly option that works brilliantly. 

    • If you are wearing red lipstick and drinking a lot {as you need to do to stay hydrated in the heat}, carrying a reusable straw will be handy to keep the lipstick off your face. It’s also great for the environment so that’s an added bonus. Alternatively, look for a reusable drink bottle that comes with a narrow drinking spout, or an attached straw.

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    • Carry a hand fan. Besides looking lovely and elegant, a hand fan can be your best friend besides your water bottle if you are stuck in a stuffy hot spot!

    • Try to avoid wearing true vintage if you can. You will start sweating as soon as you walk out the door, it’s like walking into a wall of damp heat, or a wet oven. My experience has been that you can only wear a garment once and then it will need washing to remove sweat stains. True vintage won’t hold up to continuous repeated washing, will fade from the sunlight faster, and could go permanently yellow. I’ve a couple of reproduction dresses go yellow even though I wash them after wearing, simply because of the constant sweat contact. The heat seems to set the yellowing into the fabric, so it’s really difficult to remove. If you think your true vintage will stand up to the harsh wear, then by all means go ahead, but personally I think it’s better to wear repro and save your vintage.

    • For the voluptuous ladies, some anti-chaffing precautions should be considered. I really love Dove’s Men + Care Extra Fresh Deodorant stick. I’ve tried other antiperspirants, but this is the first one that’s really worked for me and stopped thigh chaffing. My top tip for this is to go for one that has moisturizing properties, as well as being in stick form. Other types of antiperspirant won’t work, and can make the chaffing worse. I don’t know why, but men’s deodorant seems to work better for me than ladies, but you may need to shop around to find the one that suits you best.

    • Alternatively, you can wear bike shorts or lingerie shorts under your skirts to stop the rubbing, but beware as these can make the situation worse if they stop at the wrong spot on your legs {like the point of contact between your thighs}, or end up rolling up. Plus, the extra layer that will add to heat factor so that’s something to consider. 

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    • For style inspiration, look for vintage vacation outfits and advertisements, and go super light and relaxed. Linen and cotton are fantastic fabrics if you can find them, but you can’t beat a seersucker for being light and comfortable whilst remaining crinkle free throughout the day’s adventures.

    • Brooches and fun earrings are two of my favourite accessories to travel with. One, they are small and easy to pack. Two, they don’t add any extra layers to your skin as necklaces and bangles can do.

    • A pashmina or light cardigan will come in handy, as sometimes it is actually a little on the cool side if you are in air conditioning.

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    • When traveling, jersey knit dresses are amazing for a pyjama level of comfort whilst looking put together. Another favourite trick for flying is to bring wipes in your carry on for refreshing and cleaning ~ your face, body or your seat tray. And pop on a sheet face mask for overnight flights for moist, fresh looking skin when you walk off after that 14 hour flight.

    • A top tip for taking photos in all these exotic locations ~ find your favourite poses in the mirror and remember them! Once you have one or three poses down, you can be sure to take good photos.

    • Glamourous vintage style sunglasses are perfect for bright sunny days, so you don’t have to worry about squinting in the light. Cateye shapes look really good with 1950’s sundresses as they were the fashionable style for that era.


I hope you find these tips helpful ~ and if you have any tips or tricks for traveling yourself, let us know in a comment! Traveling is one of my favourite things to do, and I’m firmly convinced you don’t need to sacrifice personal style to do so, unless you wish to. Otherwise, go right ahead and look as fabulous as all those fascinating sights you are admiring!

xox,

bonita

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

༺ Manor of the Setting Sun ༻

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Oh hai, hey, hello… Yes, of course I like to dress like Scandinavian princess escaping from imminent beheading with her jewel box and her life by hiding out as a goose girl or a pony herder… Why ever do you ask?

…I even found some ponies to go along with my disguise…!

Haha ~ not really. Thai ponies are quite skittish, and these ones wanted nothing to do with the strange lady tottering around in high heels all over their paddocks. I really can’t imagine why!

I did convince one of them to come over to me and say hello, which was the highlight of this photo shoot as far as I am concerned. Nothing makes me happier than spending time with horses, but sadly I didn’t have any convenient carrots in my pockets. I was woefully underprepared for life in hiding as a peasant. Haha!

All the dress up and story telling aside, I really did enjoy this ensemble.  I wore it when the Mister and I had our Valentine’s Day date to see How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World, and I’d totally wear it again anytime I wanted an evening outfit or something a little fancy.

I do love wearing Bernie Dexter dresses ~ there’s something special in the way each one is designed, and the Amy Manor dress is no exception. It’s an older style, as it has been around for couple of years now, but it’s been at the top of my wish list for all of that time.

The delicate pink roses harmonize beautifully with the Renaissance inspired border print, and the puff sleeves combined with the corset waist creates an extremely flattering silhouette. The skirt has a fabulous amount pouf and holds its shape well without a petticoat, and add the fact that it has pockets ~ there couldn’t really be much more of a perfect frock in my eyes.

I styled it with a silk pashmina I picked up in Chiang Mai, and a lovely vintage box handbag that I found on eBay. The handbag isn’t labelled and I have no idea what era it’s from, but the lucite handle is lovely, and I do think you can’t get much more fun than a whole bunch of daisies and poppies on top of your purse!

The last element to this look was the petal pink ribbon with a vintage rhinestone dress clip as a choker ~ I adore these 1950s dress clips but I really, really love choker necklaces. I’m obsessed with how romantic they look, it’s forever a mood.

Of course, the reality of shooting in the heat is far less romantic. I was sooo hot and my water bottle emptied far too quickly! By the end of if, my shoes where off and I was walking around in the dust and leaf litter lugging my camera, tripod, and etcetera back to the car. Thailand is super dry at the moment ~ all the big trees are shedding their leaves faster than you can drop a hot coal. It makes for very crunchy leaf carpets, and a weird feeling that autumn is mingling with spring as the weather heats up after our cool respite for “winter”.

It’s interesting here with the burning season well under way much earlier than normal. It’s wrecking havoc with my asthma but makes for a very aesthetic haze, and loads of charming light. I know I was playing a bit too much with direct sunlight in this shoot, but what can I say ~ I love a good lens flare.

However, one of these days I’ll have to remember to stop playing with sunbeams and get some better detail close ups… Not that you really need to see how scuffed up my heels got running around in the dirt and stubble… All the same, I am curious ~ do you want to see more close up shots? I try to remember to get them, but I think I’ve done a pretty rubbish job this time, so let me know!

xox,

bonita

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1950s Crystal Dress Clip | eBay
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Vintage Poppy & Daisy Fields Box Handbag | eBay
Peach Fire Pashmina | Chiang Mai Market Stall
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Monday, January 14, 2019

༺ Sugar Doll ༻

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I’m so excited for this new year!

It does promise to be one of a upheaval, as we have plans that may see us moving back to Australia before the end of 2019. Although we are not at all sure when that will happen, I think we are all looking forwards to going home.

It’s not that we don’t enjoy living in Thailand still, as there are certainly things here that we really like and will really miss ~ I think it’s just that we are ready to move back. We have done what we set out to do, and we are getting to the stage where now we miss everyone back home, as well as our life there.

It’s been a grand adventure, but I guess missing Christmas back with our family has really hit home on how lonely it can be in a country where you don’t speak the language. I think we all have {but especially me} a good ol’ case of homesickness. Yes, we’ve met people we are friendly with {I’d call them acquaintances}, and we do have fun hanging out and chatting when we can, but you can’t really make friends easily.

I don’t think that’s necessarily the only reason we have for moving back though… We are also at the point in planning for the future where we’d either be committing to staying in Thailand for a much longer term, like five years or so, or we are coming back.

The long and the short of it is that we never wanted to make this overseas stay a permanent thing. Yes, we were open to it if it turned out that was something we really wanted as a family, but I don’t think that’s really happened. We’ve enjoyed our time here, but we haven’t really found an alternate home, if you know what I mean. We are so ready to move back.

It’s just time.

After a year and a half of our overseas adventure, it’s time to start the next one! While moving back to Australia might not look like an adventure on the surface, there’s definitely a lot of stuff coming up that will be keeping us on our toes.

Butttt, although that is where our minds are at presently, there is so much still up in the air as to when that might be happening! So we try to get on with it, and just figure out what we need to do in the meantime.

That seems to involve our usual weekly routines, like dressing everyone up on Sundays! We go out to Central Festival and have lunch at one of our favourite restaurants, either Panda Palace {not actually the name of the restaurant} or Sukishi {actually the name of the restaurant!}.

I wore this new-to-me Bernie Dexter dress a few weekends ago, and I’ve got to say, I am so obsessed. It was one of those ones that just make you feel special as soon as you put it on, like it’s total “end result of a movie makeover montage scene” moment. That’s when you know you really love something, when you feel like a million bucks wearing it…

The original cherry red belt was no longer with the dress when it came to me, but I substituted this cute scallop edged, shell-toned one instead ~ and made up for the lack of red with my 1930’s celluloid leaf necklace.

The necklace is a bit dusty and stained, even after a gentle wash, and a couple of the delicate spots have snapped. But you know how it is ~ you just can’t beat true vintage for those special details.

I was inspired by the gingham bow print fabric to wear a giant red gingham bow in my hair and I gotta say ~ I am into it. Hehe.

I don’t usually go for cherry prints ~ although I really adore cherries as they are my favourite fruit! I personally feel like they’ve become so ubiquitous to rockabilly and modern pinup {along with polka dots which I also don’t “do”} so much so, that no matter that they are found in vintage prints, I simply don’t like to wear them.

I had to make an exception for this dress however, as the gingham bow print is too perfect with the cherries and I really couldn’t resist! I’m glad I didn’t ~ I just love it!

Plus, how cute does my jelly purse look with this frock? I received a pink jelly purse for my birthday from the Mister, but when I was back at that shop later, I saw the blue one and knew it would go so well with so many dresses in my wardrobe that it came home with me too.

All in all, this ensemble is a totally eclectic mix of true vintage, modern pinup, and flat out high street-modern fashion, but I just don’t care. I love the look and that’s all that matters!

xox,

bonita

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Red Gingham Hair Bow | Star Avenue Market
1930’s Lacey Leaf Chain Necklace | FB Vintage Group
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Scalloped Shell Belt | Big C Extra
Blue Jelly Bean Purse | Pink Pvssy
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