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!


  1. I just got around to having a looksy at your blog gorgeous gal! There is a huge lack of female re-enactors in Melbourne (Australia) which is so sad but then there aren't that many opportunities for it here either. Hopefully this will start to change because I think it would be so fun! Until then I will live vicariously through you.