The Bésame Cosmetics Series: A 1940s Makeover

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It’s been almost a YEAR since my first Bésame Cosmetics video where I made my little sister over in a classic 1950s style (head here to catch the video), so I figured, it’s about time to post the next one! If you follow me and have (somehow) escaped my love for the brand and don’t know anything about them, Bésame Cosmetics is a makeup company that specializes in recreating vintage formulas and colors from the 1920s-1970s. As a vintage lover, this is obviously something that appeals to me greatly. There’s nothing like applying cake mascara or cream rouge in front of your 1940s vanity to make a morning routine feel…right.

Since I wanted to use a variety of models for this series, I had my best friend sit for me for this one. For her heavy, stick straight hair, I opted for a new setting pattern from one of my 1940s hair styling books (which worked more or less successfully – more on this later), and then sat her down to do her up!

Here are some tips and tricks to help get the 1940s looks:

  1. Rule number one is there was no one way to do things. The tips mentioned below are simply 1940s-specific suggestions I’ve found through research (old commercials, magazines, etc.) that are a bit more unique.
  2. Choose a foundation a half a shade darker than what you would normally go with.
  3. Contouring WAS a thing! At least for the more glamorous. So take that darker shade and accentuate your jawline, cheeks, and nose all you want.
  4. Apply blush in three dots before blending out – under the pupil, by the cheekbone, and lower on the cheek. This results in the most universally flattering method, but there are also plenty of 1940s blush application diagrams showing different ways to apply based on face shape.
  5. Use plenty of powder (usually loose) to seal your makeup and give your face the right finish.
  6. Avoid strong cat-eye makeup. While a slight flick was often used – particularly for the film noir sort of look, it was nothing like the heavy dark line often seen in the 50s on.
  7. After applying mascara, while its still wet, press up lightly with a finger against your lashes to get them to curl without an eyelash curler.
  8. Match your eyeshadow to your eye color, and for night time, add a little gold or silver to amp up the look ’40s style.

Products Used in the Video:

Cashmere Foundation Stick in Bisque

Cashmere Foundation Stick in Medium Beige

Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs Storybook Palette: No longer being sold

Shadow Brush

Mascara Brush Set

1920 Brown Cake Mascara

1940 Cream Mascara

1938 Crimson Cream Rouge

Ever Translucent Pearl Powder

1941 Victory Red Lipstick

Travel Lip Brush

Hope you enjoy!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Spotlight Saturday: Review of Tatyana’s Havana Top and Annette Skirt

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As an Arizonan of 15 or so years, the burning heat of the desert causes a familiar struggle. My eczema flares up, and even such simple tasks as walking from my apartment to my car results in pain. Finding positives in my city can prove to be challenging, but I do have to admit that I’ve developed a type of grudging kinship with the atmosphere.

While other places might still be happy in their springtime temperatures (like in San Diego where I just managed to get the worst sunburn of my life in 60°)…

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…sometimes it takes a little bit of desert fashion to make your 9 months of summer seem acceptable. So today, up for review, is a gloriously summer friendly outfit from Tatyana, a reproduction clothing store I’ve yet to feature on my blog.

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The Havana Top and Annette Skirt from the shop are a classic retro pairing that’s a great start for anyone looking to start expanding their Western-wear closet.

The top itself is made from a swimsuit-like material that breathes and expands with the body, making sizing quite versatile, and eliminating any sweat stain problems that the heat could cause. As a lover of Le Bomb Shop’s Marilyn Tops, which have a similar design, I figured a comparison would be helpful.

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When comparing the Havana Top and Marilyn Top (pictured in purple right above) in photos, a few differences are obvious: the Marilyn is cut lower on the sides and the middle, and the Havana ties at the neck while the Marilyn ties around the waist. In person, a few more differences are apparent: the Havana is made of a much thicker spandex-y material, and features gathering at the sides on the waist.

These differences mean a few things in practice: the Marilyn is MUCH more revealing, but it’s also more curve-hugging. I never fear I’ll fall out of my Marilyn tops, but the Havana lays less like a second skin since it’s made of a thicker material, and so I had keep an eye on my bust to make sure I was staying fully covered. However, the flip side of the coin is that if you’re self-conscious of your nipples showing, the Havana will help smooth things out the way that Marilyn will not, and the fabric really does cover more surface area when in place.

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When it comes to the gathering at the side, my waist size hasn’t changed much since I wore the purple Marilyn in the image above, but it looks slimmer simply because there’s nothing bunching up and adding weight to my waist. And, the ties at the neck mean you really could have any length of torso and bust size with the Havana as long as your under-bust falls within a few inches of the measurements listed on Tatyana’s site. You also have the ability to choose how to tie the neck which adds versatility to the table that the Marilyn doesn’t have. I do wish that the ties weren’t made of the same thick material as the rest of the top because it bunched up at my neck so much, but I’ll probably just wear my hair up when wearing the Havana in the future so it doesn’t tangle everything up so much.

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The Annette Skirt, obviously the star of the show, is a 24″ circle skirt in a bright, olive-y chartreuse decorated with black, desert-themed line work along the bottom. It has plenty of fabric to fit a petticoat underneath (a requirement for most skirts in my book), but is incredibly lightweight. Again, a great option for hot weather. Although I do generally prefer my skirts a wee bit longer to properly fit my Malco Modes Cosette petticoats beneath, I don’t mind it in this case, and would’ve paired a black petticoat with it if I had one. Fit-wise, Tatyana’s smallest waist size is only a 26″ (while I’m a 24″,) so I definitely had to belt this guy, but I happened to have a belt that matched perfectly! Obviously meant to be.

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All in all, the pairing of the Havana Top and the Annette Skirt is perfect for summer time, whether you live in the desert or not. Heat-friendly styles are few and far between when it comes to true vintage, so I always turn my gaze to reproduction vintage instead when it gets too hot to bare. The Havana with its versatility and the Annette with its thematic novelty print are a perfect addition to the wardrobe of this Arizona gal.

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To purchase either of these items, you can head to the links below:

Havana Top: $56

Annette Skirt: $115

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

 

 

 

The Bésame Cosmetics Series: The Snow White Collection

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Hello, lovelies!

Remember that blog post I teased a little while ago? Well, it’s finally time! Many of you already know that I’ve been planning an in depth review of Bésame Cosmetics’ Snow White inspired line of cosmetics and artifacts, and here it is! From the first “Storybook” eyeshadow palette released, to their cosmetic travel bag, I’ve acquired (almost) the entirety of the collection thanks in part to Bésame for sending me free products to review, and to my pocket book because some items I just HAD to have right away. That being said, despite being a Bésame Cosmetics lover for many years, I wanted to give an in-depth review talking about the ins-and-outs of this collection. What you absolutely NEED, what you can do without, and let’s be honest, what looks prettiest sitting on the shelf.

For those who aren’t entrenched in the world of Bésame and all the beauty it brings, their Snow White collection was created in official collaboration with Disney for Snow White’s 80th anniversary. This meant that they could combine their stunning vintage aesthetic with Snow White’s 1930s color palette. After looking through and researching the original artwork and colors used for the animation by the Disney Ink & Paint Department, Bésame carefully chose colors to recreate, and proceeded to make the most beautiful Disney-inspired makeup line in existence.  

 

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Since this is such an extensive line of cosmetics and I don’t wish to overwhelm you, I’m going to take it one batch of products at the time.

The Eyes

While Bésame is famous for their lipsticks (this collection boasts 11 shades alone!), I want to start my review by focusing on their eyeshadow palettes since this is a realm less explored by the brand. I’ll start out with a caveat: I am personally not much of an eyeshadow wearer. My general routine is a soft, subtle brown on the lids, and white along the lashes and brows to brighten them. As such, my opinions might differ a bit from the gals who regularly experiment with shadow and take a more current approach with their makeup. I’m all about doing my best to recreate vintage images!

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The first item released from the line was the “Storybook” palette (which is sadly no longer available, and I’m lucky to have snagged to start my collection). Of all of the cosmetics featured in the Snow White collection, this item is by far the most beautifully packaged – easily the purest jewel in the mine. From start to finish, this palette is pure Snow White. Not only is the whole thing packaged in the book that opens the original movie, but inside houses a small mirror, a detailed diagram of where each of the 20 shades presented were used on Snow White for her original artwork, and suggestions on how to recreate her face with their products. 

The colors themselves range from nudes to bright blues, reds, and yellows, making this quite the versatile palette. As is my preference, all shades are matte. Since my palette has gotten quite a bit of use since I bought it and is no longer pristine, I linked an image from their Instagram showing off the colors. It’s an accurate depiction of the shades, albeit the tiniest bit more muted than they are in real life. The pigmentation on these, when applied, is on the softer side and very blendable. They can be built up if desired, but I personally stay away from extreme shadows. 

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My current go-to shades for daily use (and what I’m wearing in the picture above) are Pastel 105, a white with just a hint of warmth to blend out under the brow bone and line the eye, Saddle 104, a light nude brown for the lids and to blend out to the brow, and Saddle 106, a soft brown with the slightest red undertone for the crease. I also find myself reaching for this palette when I want a 1960s look. The blues work wonderfully for the era, and I find the formula never settles into my creases, so I don’t have to worry about the brighter colors becoming a problem. Of the 20 shades, the bright red is the only one I haven’t found a use for (although this might be a deeply intrenched aversion from the one time I tried red shadow in my mid-teen emo days and was told I looked injured).

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On the flip side of this first palette, is Bésame’s recent release of two new eyeshadow palettes (which were shown in the original sneak peeks of the collection, but didn’t drop until last month). Unlike the “Storybook” shadows, the “Keep Singing” and “I’m Wishing” shadows are presented like traditional palettes and simply decorated with a color snapshot of the moment that inspired each one. As such, they’re a bit sturdier, hold more shadow, and are easier to keep clean. Luckily, the wear seems to be the same as the first palette, so I never have to worry about crease problems or fall out.

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“Keep Singing” Palette

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“I’m Wishing” Palette

Of the two, I have found the “I’m Wishing” palette to be much more useful than its sister. Although I’ll dip into one color for a look, I don’t find that the primary colors found in “Keep Singing” lend themselves to a single, cohesive eyeshadow look. The only exception to this is that when I run out of my every day shades from the “Storybook” palette, I plan to use this one. The White as Snow and The Fairest shades from “Keep Singing” work nicely for a similar nude look. That being said, this is a great supplemental palette to “I’m Wishing” because it helps add depth to dark 20s and 30s looks, and the only unwearable color for me is the bright yellow Destiny shade.

 

 

 

 

 

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“I’m Wishing” easily features my favorite collection of colors of the lot. The stunning rosey hues and pigmented blues are great for anything from 20s to 60s (and beyond!) I used this palette to create my dramatic, 1930s look pictured straight above, and was incredibly happy with the blending of colors (we ignore the brows – too thick to be tamed without going the glue route!).  A few days before that, I was able to use the palette for a soft pink version of my normal 50s/60s look.

 

 

 

 

 

If the packaging is irrelevant to your decision, and you can only afford one palette, I would say “I’m Wishing” is the way to go for a makeup user like myself. At $38, it’s about half the price the “Storybook” palette was, and I would say just as useful (and a bit more unique) in the shades it offers. The “Keep Singing” palette can probably be skipped as a base palette, but helps serve as a supplemental palette and technically completes the eyeshadow collection. And, of course, if you can get your hands on the “Storybook” palette, just do it. Don’t even think about it.

To purchase the “I’m Wishing” palette, head here.
To purchase the “Keep Singing” palette, head here.

The Face

Two items were released in this category: the “Ever After” translucent pearl powder, and the “With a Smile and a Song” cream rouge.

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The “Ever After” translucent pearl powder comes in a pretty little compact showing an image of Snow White on top that was taken from an original Snow White trading card, a mirror inside framed by a pretty little bird and bunny (a frame style echoed on the mirrors in their two newer eyeshadow palettes), and a small puff to apply.

As someone who’s never opted for a pressed powder for setting due to her dry skin, I was nervous to try it when it arrived in my selection of items to review. I needn’t have been worried as this is a very soft powder and goes on smoothly. I can’t seem to discern much of the boasted “pearl” feature – on my face or in the compact, so this is a subtle addition at best, and shouldn’t be used as a reason to purchase. I do appreciate that it’s a tinted translucent, but it’s a very pale tint, and I wouldn’t suggest this product for those with darker skin. The puff, while cute, is quite thin and flimsy. Although I do use it in a pinch, I would suggest using something sturdier to apply.

It definitely mattifies my face, evens it more overall, and helps set makeup more than the loose powders I have from Bésame; however, I find the affects of the brightening powders to be more my taste for my skin type overall. I’ve been using “Ever After” regularly since receiving it, and I’m still undecided on whether I would purchase this for myself again at $35.

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The “With a Smile and a Song” cream rouge is one of my favorite Snow White items. I’m a sucker for Bésame’s cream rouges, so I was over the moon when I saw that they planned to include one in the collection. This one also has the best story of the lot. Before Bésame’s release, I had had no idea that actual blush was used for Snow White’s cheeks in the film. Since Bésame’s goal was to recreate real shades from the movie, using the “With a Smile and a Song” blush is essentially using the same blush that Snow did. Not that I’m a sucker for that type of thing, but…I definitely am.

This formula goes on just as smoothly as their previous two shades (Apricot and Crimson), and is just as easy to apply. I personally prefer applying it with my fingers and then blending it out with a blush brush as I find when the brush is used directly in the tin, it leaves it streaky in the jar and on the face. Bésame’s blush brush specifically works better with their powder blushes than their cream as it’s too soft. Color-wise, this shade is like the Apricot rouge’s lighter, pinker cousin. At $20, it’s more expensive than their current other two rouges, but “With a Smile and a Song” also comes in a much smaller container. As this formula of blush lasts for ages, I don’t really have a problem with it and would certainly repurchase if the need ever arose.

To purchase the “Ever After” translucent pearl powder, head here.
To purchase the “With a Smile and a Song” cream rouge, head here.

The Lips

And now, without further ado, we come to the lips. A whopping total of 11 shades of lipstick were released in the Snow White collection: the “7 Dwarfs” Mini Lipstick Set, “Snow White Red,” “Make A Wish,” “Love’s First Kiss,” and “One Bite,” as well as a trio of lip balms (the only item I’ve yet to acquire).

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Since I’m going to be releasing more youtube videos specifically reviewing and comparing their formulas like this one…

…I’m actually not going to go as in depth with the lipsticks, but more talking about the highlights of the products overall.

As a series of lipsticks, the Snow White shades generally lean toward pinks and peaches. Of the 11, only one is a red, two are darker brownish purples, and one is a shimmery top coat. My favorite of the lot is, of course, “Snow White Red.” I bought this one to add to my collection because I’m a red lipstick kinda gal, and I knew I had to have it soon as it dropped. It is also one of four full-sized shades sold individually, while the other 7 were released in miniature form as a set. It’s what I’m wearing in the images where I’m in my purple dress, and in my blue, and has become my go to shade along with their “Victory Red,” and “Bésame Red.” Its formula is comparable to the ones I reviewed in the video I just linked, so it comfortably lasts for ages without budging.

The same can be said about the formulas for their “Make a Wish” and “Love’s First Kiss” full-size shades. “Love’s First Kiss” (as worn right above) has fast become my favorite pink shade as it’s bright without being quite as…neon as shades like their “Exotic Pink.” I adore the subtle purple worked into the shade, and love the way it looks with my skin tone. “Make a Wish” (as worn right below) is a coral color with just the barest hint of rose to keep it from being a true orange shade. It’s softness makes it a very wearable coral, and would be a good option for those wishing to branch out from reds (or those who distinguish between day and night shades).

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“One Bite,” on the other hand, the final of the full-sized lipsticks released, wears closer to their medium-darkness shades (think “Merlot” and “Red Velvet”). Its formula leans toward the watery side making it easier to smudge, fade, and sink into lines than its sister lipsticks. Lipliner worn all over the lips is a must for this shade in order to keep an even look throughout the day. Although it looks thoroughly purple in the image below, it definitely has more of a brown tint to it, which is something new for me. I’m not 100% sold on how it looks, but I have a suspicion that when I get my hair touched up to pure black, I’ll like it better.

The “7 Dwarfs” minis are a perfect option for those looking to expand their lip color wardrobe without investing in a bunch of shades they might not use. For $35, you get to try 6 shades plus a top coat. The only negative with Bésame’s lipstick minis is that it’s QUITE easy for the lipstick to just…slip right out of their containers. They’re not housed in a particularly sturdy way, so one has to be a bit careful when applying. This is the case with all of their minis – not just the “7 Dwarfs.”

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Each color represents one of the dwarves, and each tube is decorated with the silhouette of the relevant dwarf. Of these shades, my favorite is Grumpy’s. It’s a beautiful color that doesn’t resemble any of Bésame’s other lipsticks, and is incredibly flattering on my skin tone. Sleepy, Bashful, and Happy work wonderfully for my brighter 50s and 60s looks, and I love Sneezy for 30s and cold-weather looks. My least favorites are Doc’s (I ain’t about that nude lip) and Dopey’s (I have difficulty actually using it as a top coat and never have a need for a pearly sheen by itself). I will say that it can be trying to remember which shade goes with which dwarf when trying to find the color I have in mind, but dang is the packaging idea adorable, making the slight inconvenience totally forgivable. Like the “Storybook” palette, I think these lipsticks show how this collection goes that extra mile in theming, and is a must-have for Snow White and Bésame collectors alike.

To purchase the “7 Dwarfs” mini lipstick set, head here.
To purchase the “Snow White Red” lipstick, head here.
To purchase the “Make a Wish” lipstick, head here.
To purchase the “Love’s First Kiss” lipstick, head here.
To purchase the “One Bite” lipstick, head here.

At the End of the Day

If you’re reading this review, you’re most likely one of three things: an avid Bésame Cosmetics fan (such as myself), an avid Snow White fan (such as myself), or a vintage cosmetics lover (such as myself). I can wholeheartedly say that this collection will satisfy all of the above.

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For those hoping to expand their cosmetics range, I would suggest the “7 Dwarfs” mini lipstick set, and the “I’m Wishing” eyeshadow palette. For those looking for key Snow White themed items, I would suggest finding the “Storybook” eyeshadow palette, the “7 Dwarfs” lipsticks, and the Snow White cosmetic travel bag (which you can find here for $35). And for those just joining the vintage-inspired cosmetics train, I would suggest the “Snow White Red” lipstick, the “7 Dwarfs” lipsticks, and the “With a Smile and a Song” cream rouge.

What are YOUR must haves from this collection?

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

A Very Potter Birthday Celebration

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If you’re familiar with my antics, you’ll know that my bff and I are all about themed nights and movie marathons, so when two of our not-so-local friends expressed an interest in a Harry Potter marathon, we quickly worked on making it happen. We decided on making it a birthday get together for yours truly and marked the calendar for February.

Preparations for the marathon went as usual: LOTS of Amazon Prime purchases and food planning. Once Amanda (a San Diegan Hufflepuff who played to her Gryffindor side for the photos), and Stephanie (a Long Islander Slytherin) arrived in Tucson, we set to spending an inordinate amount of time and money preparing our feast.

From good ol’ fashioned roasts to pumpkin pasties, we made our Hogwarts food dreams come true and naturally made far too much for four gals to consume in four days. It was almost more of a cooking marathon than it was a Harry Potter watching marathon! But we managed to squeeze a movie in here and there. Riddled with plenty of loving mockery and commentary, of course. In the midst of all that movie watching and food preparation, we also managed to find time for some playful photos.

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Being the resident Ravenclaw, I was excited to FINALLY get to wear the cobalt blue satin 1950s trousers my roomie gifted me for Christmas for the perfect Ravenclaw outfit. I paired them with a 1940s blouse I used for my first Ravenclaw-inspired outfit to create something a bit more sophisticated this time around. I sure didn’t look like a Hogwarts student, but perhaps more of a graduated Ravenclaw visiting visiting MACUSA? At least I matched platform 9 3/4! Either way, now the only problem is I’m out of new Ravenclaw outfits! Guess I just have to acquire more pieces – and perhaps branch out further into the silver and blue look of the movies. Bronze is such a hard find.

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Lauren, the resident Hufflepuff, whipped out her Hufflepuff dress and paired it with one of my favorite 1940s hats and her first pair of stockings from What Katie Did. It was fun getting to watch someone else pose with stockings and give suggestions since I’m the only one I know who wears them.

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Amanda, our visiting Hufflepuff-turned-Gryffindor for the night stepped outside the box and donned a pirate look befitting her adopted house. She really feels more like a Gryffindor to me anyway….That’ll be…Gryffinpuff!

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Stephanie, our visiting Slytherin (who’s Slytherin through and through), was decked out in my favorite outfit of the evening, and showed off her love for the Holyhead Harpies with the pin I lent her – the perfect addition to the ensemble.

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Of course, we had to make time for some friendly house duels…all in good fun.

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And it being my birthday, Lauren surprised me with Harry’s cake! A delicious concoction, butt print and all.

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After our quick photos, we hastily reverted back to our natural states – dressed in pajamas, chowing down on food while watching movies.

I should mention that although that corner of our apartment is permanently Harry Potter-ed up, we did make a few new acquisitions to up our Harry Potter game, the best of which was the Platform 9 3/4 shower curtain we used as a backdrop. (Again, thank you, Amazon Prime!) We also added a mini Hedwig, the Hogwarts banner, a crystal ball, and a few other details to help the mood – a few props that went unused due to the limited time we had for photos. Luckily, I anticipate plenty more marathons and “photoshoots” where our Marauders map and other such oddities will come in handy, hopefully with just as many friends by my side.

Have you had a Harry Potter themed party? Tell me how you did it! I’m always on the lookout for more ideas. But until next time…I leave you with a photo of our Albus Fiyero Dumbledore!

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Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Spotlight Saturday: Vivien of Holloway’s Katharine Trousers

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As someone whose body type has always easily fit into 1950s clothes, my dream of late has naturally been to expand out of my comfort zone into the 1940s and 1930s styles that don’t flatter me quite so easily. One of the key wardrobe staples from these eras is, of course, the swing trouser.

Watching actresses like Katharine Hepburn (my idol) in their films and seeing their photographs has always instilled a deep desire to replicate this menswear inspired ’40s look. Katharine’s straight-forward yet debonair fashion sense – a fashion sense frequently punctuated by beautifully tailored trousers – felt like an unattainable ideal given my proportionally small waist, large hips, and short, stocky legs. The likes of Katharine and Lauren Bacall had tall, lithe, lean bodies that perfectly accentuated the structure and look of trousers, and I could only imagine what such a flared fit would do to my strong, thick legs, yet my love for ’40s overpowered this fear enough that the search for the perfect vintage swing pants always hovered in the back of my mind and at my fingertips during every online (and in person) search. Despite this, nothing ever appeared, and so it remained a pipeline dream. At least, until I turned my gaze to reproduction clothing.

Several brands offer some version of a swing pant. My roommate greatly favors Pinup Girl Clothing’s Doris pants, which fall with a wonderful weight and basically have enough fabric in each leg to make two skirts:

But these have never been offered in a size small enough for me, and the amount I would have to pay to get the smallest size tailored made them not worth the search. So, I set my heart elsewhere still, and found myself continuously coming back to Vivien of Holloway, my favorite vintage reproduction brand. With several of their blouses in my arsenal as well as a dress and a pair of capris, I knew they were a reliable brand. Having tried both their capris and 1950s jeans, I knew they made a size with a small enough waist and ample enough room in the leg and hip, but fear of their 1940s trousers hugging my legs in an unflattering way (and/or being cut with less leg room) remained ever-present. It’s amazing what fear of the unknown coupled with self-consciousness can do. Add the factor that I had to order directly from them in the UK to the pot, and my fingers were officially stilled.

I never thought I would take the plunge until Viv had a 50% off sale on a sarong set and skirt I had been wanting for work. With the excuse of not wanting to order from an international shop out the door, I took a deep breath, threw in a pair of trousers in my dream shade of emerald green, and never looked back.

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When I received my selection of goodies (which arrived faster than shipments from many USA-based brands), I pulled out my Katharine trousers, nearly jumped for joy upon seeing the waist-to-hip ratio and the beauty of the pants, before setting them aside to try on later. In retrospect, the fact that my pants went untested for nearly 3 days (unprecedented for new clothes in my book), speaks to how self-conscious I was about my body. No matter how much self-confidence and self-love one develops, there will always be certain things that get to a person. My legs are certainly mine.

Yet somehow, I steeled myself. And I put them on one foot at a time. And I buttoned them up. As if I wasn’t just trying on a pair of pants, but facing some great obstacle from the fantasy novels I so adore reading.

When I finally looked in the mirror, I let out a breath of relief and confirmed that the trousers looked as good as they felt: perfect. The waist fit snuggly. The legs flared out softly and dropped after my hips without squeezing them. During the sitting test, I found that the rise didn’t cause them to ride up uncomfortably as high-waisted pants are wont to do when cut too short for me. They ran quite long on my 5’5, short-legged frame, but this was an expected problem, and I knew it would be an easy fix. The only real difficulty was that the crepe material used for this pair of trousers was very light – meaning panty lines were definitely a thing. I don’t have an aversion to skipping underwear, so it wasn’t a problem for me, but the more squeamish sort might want to invest in a pair with different material since Vivien of Holloway offers a good range of fabrics.

Finally, feeling like I really had just overcome a battle in a fantasy novel, I threw together an outfit, and out I went to show myself off!

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Since I now had the perfect pair of swing trousers, I knew I had to at least try to find some more 1940s blouses in my size, so my roommate and I headed to How Sweet It Was, the biggest vintage shop in Tucson.

I left with the PERFECT 1940s blouse for work, and a 1940s houndstooth cropped jacket with green detailing that matched my trousers exactly. I was definitely a happy camper.

Since we didn’t really want to end the day, we then perused 4th Avenue a bit, what Tucsonans consider to be their “cultural hub,” so to speak. After deciding on a few new books to add to my pile of “to-be-read” items, we went home, and I felt deeply contented with the day’s proceedings.

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Although these trousers still may not flatter me as much as some other options, the fact that I don’t mind speaks volumes for the pants. They’re comfortable, soft, casual, yet cool. The perfect option for work, lounging, or simply days when you can’t be bothered to shave your legs. I’m still undecided whether I actually want to get the pants hemmed since I prefer them a bit long, but I have few shoes with high enough heels to accommodate the length. Perhaps this is my excuse to add 1940s platform shoes to my ISO list, right? Now, to continue the hunt for 1940s shoulder-padded tops to match!

To purchase these trousers and view the myriad of colors and fabrics available, you can head here on Viv’s website. The pair I’m wearing are the crepe in emerald green in the size Waist 24 Hip 36. My measurements are 24″-39″, and I would definitely not suggest sizing down in the waist as there was no extra room and they fit true to size. The hips, however, fit with plenty of room to spare, so sizing down is perfectly fine. Now I just need a black pair for work! And…well…basically every other color, too.

Have you tried Vivien of Holloway’s Katharine trousers? What are your thoughts? I would love to hear opinions from gals with different body types!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

How to Brush Out a Wet Set (2.0), ft. a Baby Middy Haircut

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Welcome to the second half of my tutorial on creating the quintessential late ’50s, early ’60s hair do that’s my personal go-to. You’ll see gals like Elizabeth Taylor and Ava Gardner rocking a similar look.

 

Make sure you caught my tutorial on wet setting the hair and what pattern to use, as you’ll need to follow it pretty exactly (though a heat set will work just as well, depending on preference):

…if you did, then you’re ready to finally style your hair!

The products you’ll need are:

  1. Hair Pins and/or Duckbill Clips
  2. Hair Brush
  3. Teasing Comb
  4. Teasing Brush
  5. Hair Spray (or Pomade)

…and get ready to rumble!

I would love to see photos if anybody tried this wet set + brush out, so tag me on Instagram, Facebook, etc.! This is how mine looked out in the wild later that day:

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Stay tuned for a post showing the evolution of my wet set through the week!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

How to Wet Set (2.0), ft. a Baby Middy Haircut

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I’ve been promising a brand new hair styling/wet set tutorial for some time, so here it is! A few of you will have been following me long enough to have caught my original post and videos (head here for the original wet set tutorial and here for the original brush out tutorial), but I wanted to film it with more controlled light and, more importantly, I wanted to show you all how much faster and easier, and more controlled, the process is when one has the proper vintage haircut.

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Since the middy haircut is a crucial part of getting the proper 1950s look, I’ll save the truly in-depth discussion it warrants for another post. For now, I will simply say that I have the “Baby Middy,” and while the basic principles I use are applicable to all hair lengths and cuts, the process I’m going to demonstrate in the below youtube tutorial is very specific to that haircut. If you’d like an in-depth discussion of basic pincurling and wet setting, and are working with longer hair, or less of a “u” shape framing your head, I would suggest watching the “How I Wet Set My Hair” video previously filmed. The most important differences in the process are direction and size of the pin curls. But, if you have committed to the Baby Middy or something similar and are wondering how to achieve the hair do shown in my Instagram video here…

…then look no further!

Before you get started, you’ll need three or four basic things:

  1. Hair pins
  2. Setting lotion (I personally use Garnier Fructis Spray Gel as I find it holds best on this length of hair)
  3. Spray bottle full of water
  4. Comb (optional)

…and now, you’re ready to go! 

If you have any questions about wet setting, feel free to ask away, and stay tuned for part 2, how to brush out your wet set!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Disneyland After Dark: Throwback Nite

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What better way to start off my blog than with a post about the Happiest Place on Earth? My vacations to Disneyland are something I look forward to year around (no matter if one’s planned for the future or not), so when Disney announced that they would be hosting (aka capitalizing on) their very own version of Dapper Day, I was over the moon. As the first in what is supposedly to be a series of events that take place after park closing, we all knew little of what to expect – only that we knew we had to go; and since the first date fell only a week after my little sister’s birthday, my roommate and I took the opportunity to give her the proper Disney bash she’s never had because we always go a month later on my birthday.

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Disneyland’s first After Dark event was described as a “Step back in time to the ‘50s and ‘60s for a taste of the classic after-dark experience at Disneyland,” and so we approached the event as a replication of their 1950s “Date Nite” events where guys and dolls would dress their best to experience the park at night with swing dancing and bands adding that little extra something.

With excitement, anticipation, and a dash of worry, the three of us planned our outfits (opting out of in-your-face Disneybounds for the first time in years in favor of being era-accurate), and made the drive from Arizona to California. Morning of, I woke up at 4:30 am to brush out my roommate and sister’s hair to give them updos I had yet to practice on their hair, but came out beautifully: a poodle on on Lauren’s once stick-straight hair, and a half-poodle on Julide’s a la Annette in “Babes in Toyland.”

After a 30 minute standstill at the parking lot to get in, we walked up to the parks only to realize that it opened two hours after we had assumed (shame on us!). We decided it wasn’t such a tragedy (and I willfully ignored that I had just woken up at 4:30 am when we were going to be in the parks until 1:30 am) and took the opportunity to snap some photos.

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My roommate, Lauren, who’s fashion sense is modern (and generally leans toward ’40s when she goes vintage for an event,) ended up opting for the most beautiful silk taffeta 1980s does 1940s/50s gown that I still envy her for. While I’m not generally a fan of ’80s-does, this one won my heart and flattered her tall frame perfectly. It also easily made for the best photographs because of its long, full skirt, and reflective material. We topped her look off with a new 3-strand pearl necklace, gold heels, red lips, and a pair of my purple rhinestone earrings to give her that red carpet glow.

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My sister, Julide, who tends to lean towards 1950s found a perfectly fitting (and fitted) dress of black with pink embroidered flowers, and topped off the look with a pink satin 1960s hat, pink lips, pink 1950s gloves, a shrug from Pinup Girl Clothing, and the cutest flats around. While Lauren was the glamour gal in the group, Julide was definitely the epitome of the cute party girl who would’ve attended Date Nite.

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In my search for an outfit, I landed on a 1950s party gown in this stunning shade of green. Since I wanted it to feel more special than my usual Disney attire given the event at night, I added some perfectly matching green gloves to the equation, my own 3-strand pearl necklace, gold heels, and a little frog brooch to my glove to give a nod to Tiana.

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Of course, the direct sunlight proved too intense for the pale shade of green I was wearing, but that didn’t stop me from snapping more images!

After a good amount of time spent taking photos, we finally made our way into the Happiest Place on Earth.

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The day went swimmingly and aside from not going on Space Mountain (a definite first), it was the perfect day.

We met some of our favorite characters…

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…and even played hide and seek with Peter Pan (the love of my sister’s life) before she was swept away by Hook in a waltz (the new love of her life):

I threw in a fast outfit change (since the under bust of my dress was too tight, making the bodice shove my shoulders down painfully):

Saw the elusive Belle in her town gown rush by without being able to talk to her (as usual…how do I meet her, dammit??), so settled for second best and posed with her statuary and ate in her restaurant:

We went on Small World which was still decked out for Christmas and none of us had ever experienced it as such – and it was MARVELOUS. We, of course, rode the teacups – a feat my sister and I quickly realized was much more difficult when only two people were turning the wheel and one was practically useless due to gloves:

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And before we knew it, it was time to pick up our event passes and exclusive park maps, and reign in the normal operating hours by watching Fantasmic! (the first time we’ve seen the show since it was revamped). Side note: the map was absolutely adorable, and in retrospect, we missed out on a lot of things due to exhaustion.

I quickly changed back to my original outfit when I realized that my beautiful Belle gown had a large hole starting by the zipper in the hour between park close and the official start of the event, and off we went for a night time of fun.

Although we were exhausted after 12 hours already spent in the parks, being greeted by the peppy ’60s party tunes coming from a stage set up by Walt’s statue and seeing the decade-specific wardrobe put that bit of spring back in our steps. After wandering around Mainstreet for awhile greeting new chums and generally taking in our surroundings, we quickly shuffled through the huge crowd gathered in front of the castle to find a spot for Disney’s “Fantasy in the Sky,” a replica of the firework show that first started playing in Disneyland in 1958. It was a happy moment, being surrounded by fellow ’50s lovers, and although plenty of guests weren’t dressed up for the event, enough were to make it feel truly special. From Hairspray-inspired ’60s looks, to poodle skirts, to true vintage, all interpretations of the decades ran rampant and it felt like home.

After the fireworks spectacular, we branched out into other areas of the parks (primarily Fantasyland), and were greeted by the swing band playing near Small World. While we waited in line to ride the Storybook Land Canal Boats, we watched as varying levels of couples took to the dance floor, and then spotted an incredibly rare character greeting guests just off to the side – the Blue Fairy! Since we had picked up our wristbands and event brochures earlier in the day, we had known that the “classic” characters we were promised ahead of time would include people from “Sleeping Beauty,” “Pinocchio,” and “Sword in the Stone.” Although we were shocked that Snow White and Cinderella weren’t represented in the lot, seeing the Blue Fairy almost made it better. Once we’d made our way around a bit more, we finally found the Blue Fairy again and waited to meet her.

Her gown was absolutely stunning and I fell in love with her 60s bouffant and elegant hands. She was definitely one of the most beautiful characters in the parks, and waiting for the PhotoPass photographer to show up didn’t seem such a trial when we could watch Merlin wandering around giving sage advice to park guests.

Although we didn’t manage to meet Merlin (so little time!), we did manage to find Aurora again…and this time, with her Prince! I was bemused but happy to discover that in order to walk up to the pair, one had to ask permission for a photograph. With difficulty, I mustered up the will to do so, and we got our images. We’ll ignore how far away I was standing from Phillip because my nerves got the best of me! What can I say? I’ve never met a character wielding a sword before.

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After meeting characters, we decided to take advantage of the photo ops set up all around the park depicting original attractions:

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Even if we were absolutely exhausted by the time 1 am rolled around, we felt the usual sadness sink in as we had to make our way to the exit. The music still playing was difficult to leave behind – even more so than usual knowing that official 1950s events in Disneyland would be few and far between. We felt that the extra $90 spent on a mere 4 hour event was easily worth it, with the fireworks show, the rare characters, the dancing, and just seeing everyone wandering around.

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Next time, we plan on trying to find a way to go two days so that the previous day can be spent at the parks, leaving the day of the event free so we can recharge and move a bit faster when the event was actually happening, but this was a lesson we learned at Mickey’s Halloween Party and failed to follow through with already, so who knows? If you were unsure about investing in this event due to cost, I would say that it’s definitely worth it. While Dapper Day brings out more cosplayers and eras of vintage, being able to experience the 1950s IN the parks feels completely different. I doubt anyone would argue with a few extra hours tacked on at the end, a few more characters, and maybe even a mini parade (something closer to what the Halloween party does, and who knows, perhaps they’ll develop the event as time goes on,) but the immersive feeling was certainly unique and made it worth every penny.

Did you attend Disney’s Throwback Nite?  Let me know your thoughts!

Best,

Miss Lark Bahar

The Re-Launch of Miss Lark Bahar

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Welcome one and all!

It has been approximately HALF a year since I posted on my blog! Lots of changes have been happening in my life and without realizing it, my blog fell by the wayside. Since I work full time now in a position that doesn’t allow me to wear anything but black, white, and the odd pop of magenta or orange, it was difficult to find the energy to get dressed up just for a blog post on my days off, not to mention juggling setting my hair for images since my weekly set usually happens on said day off; however, I miss you all terribly and with nothing to look forward to vacation-wise since I’m now officially in “save up for beauty school mode,” I figure re-launching my blog might give me a little something to plan out.

With that said, first, let me send out a request for requests! Feel free to comment here or on my Instagram if you would like to see anything specific from my blog or my youtube channel as (per New Years Resolution,) they’re both back, baby! I have a brand new how-to-wet-set a baby midi haircut video coming next week, a blog review of a darling new brand, and a few other things on the schedule, but would love to hear from YOU.  Any questions you’ve always wanted to shoot my way? Hair styles you’d like to see replicated? It’s your call!

In the words of Frasier Crane, I’m listening.

Until next time,

Miss Lark Bahar