Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Exciting opportunities ahead!

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Hi everyone! Birthday weekend came and went, along with World War 1 Days at Rockford, and I must say it was a big hit! Not so much my pet era, but I loved helping out with my girlfriends at the French Cafe. So many giggles, nerdy inside jokes with reenactors, and lots of full hearts you could just about burst!

I decided to attend the Kennekuk WWII Days at Danville, IN. I was provided a great opportunity to set up V is for Victory Rolls at a barber shop building! I also did a short interview which is going to be featured and I am just in a daze. This is all happening so fast and I don't even have everything together, gah! It is crunch time indeed.

For those of you that don't know, which is like pretty much everyone because I kept this project in my little hope chest, away from negative feedback and discouraging comments. V is for Victory Rolls is a service that I provide period, historically accurate hairstyles mostly focusing on like 30's and 40's, but upon request I do anywhere from 20's through the 60's. I also will be providing period moon manicures of the time, and doing hairstyle workshops and educating on how women played their part on the home front during WWII.

In a hobby that is overwhelmingly dominated by male participants, I remember entering the reenacting world 3 years ago. I remember being very disappointed by the lack of women. Sure, you have a handful of women who do WAC impressions or Red Cross Nurse, but it's not exactly the best thing to join if you are starting out and just need to dip your feet in the water. Firstly, understanding how fashion, culture, and mannerisms is a whole other ball game and trying to understand that on top of learning proper uniforms, insignia, ect can be very overwhelming and discouraging. Secondly, some of the men have, well, not given me the warmest of welcomes. Some of them, even, feel threatened by the increasing amount of women joining within the last couple years. Oh gosh, god FORBID we women threaten your weekend away from "bitchy, catty" women! Bah let us drink beer and say sexist, derogatory things in peace! You get the idea... -rolls eyes-

So doing V is for Victory Rolls is not only about the glamour, the hair and make up. It's about finding a place to hide away if you find yourself, new and fresh faced. Feeling awkward, and full of anxiety wondering if you're dressed right and who the heck you can talk to to pass time. Well, that's what I'd like to be there for! Not ridicule my fellow ladies. Everyone was a newbie at once. And I know I had to deal with some snotty people. I don't want anyone else to have to go through that. Not to mention give the credit all these bad ass women should entirely deserve who did their part on the home front, whether they enlisted into the service, worked in factories, or stayed as a home maker with their children doing everything they can.

In other great news, I submitted my painting called Insert Dramatic Music Here, oil on canvas, into our Student Show and McHenry County College. And I got in, yay!

Lots of good things going my way and I can't be more thankful.

Thanks for reading, until next time!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Smoothed Out

Lately I've been obsessing over the hair do's of the 30's. The side part, smooth crown, and tussle of curls at the ends make my heart beat fast! Maybe it's because my bangs have finally grown long enough to touch my chin (!!) and there is no use for trying to think of creative ways to incorporate them into my hair when many styles were too long for my awkward, grown out Bettie Bangs. Here are some pins from my Pinterest board of hairstyles that I have been totally digging and trying to convey in my everyday hair.

I just love how effortless the hair do is to do. I think this will become essential during the summer on those hot, humid days when I could just slick back my hair and not have to fuss with pin curls piled on top on my head.

If you would like to follow me on Pintrerest, please click here! I pin all swoon worthy 1940's, 30's, and 20's images that usually involve me wiping drool of my chin, ha! As of late you will probably see some 1910's fashion in the mix. Next weekend I will be attending the World War I Days event in Rockford, IL and working in the French Cafe along with my good girl friends! Nothing beats hanging out with reenactors. What a good feeling it is to hang around people for the entire weekend, who are just as insane as you are and totally nerd out. It also helps that my birthday will be that weekend too, so getting hammered with them is like, the best.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Blog Makeover!

I'm so happy that my little corner of the internet had received a much need make over. Hopefully this will be of great motivation to me to post more now that it's not such an eyesore. I used to dabble in HTML back in the ol' Livejournal, MySpace and Xanga days, so it'd be nice if I can get back into the swing of that and not have my blog look like an armature's haha.

In other news, I'm excited to announce that I will be starting a little booth at WWII reenactments where I will be doing period half moon manicures and up-dos! And of course cutting gentlemen's hair. I've seen many men, sheepishly grin at their unit commanders as they quickly try to disguise the fact that their hair is far too long, therefor inaccurate. Then get pinned down as the guys clumsily hack off their locks, resulting in some embarrassing bald spots. After getting lots of compliments on cutting my mister's hair and receiving requests to cut theirs too, I thought I would include the service in my booth.

(This is a haircut I do a lot since the mister's in a German unit and a lot of my friends are as well. The part where the hat doesn't cover is cut very short, while what is hidden under the hat is extremely long as you can see in this picture. Picture found here.)

I've been busily searching for old nail polish bottles, vanity sets, pretty handkerchiefs, and images online of amazing 1940's dos and practicing on myself. Pretty soon I'm going to need to recruit some of my friends to do their hair so I can take pictures and create a portfolio. I'm just bursting with excitement, reenacting season couldn't come any faster!

Thanks for reading!