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Fashions Revisited: A Talk on Period Clothing (and Food!) with April Thomas

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I first met April Thomas 3 years ago when I started attending the Fort Frederick Market Faire in Maryland. I instantly fell in love with her work and it has now become a little tradition of mine to always make her sutler tent my first stop when at Fort Frederick. I and many others are out there sporting her designs at historic events, and her work has also been seen in films and tv productions on PBS, BBC, History Channel, and Discovery Channel. And as a side note, I love the Keep Calm and Wear Your Stays bumper sticker that she has available in her store (because don't you dare try to tell me that my stays - or corset as they are more known as - are making me suffer as they crush my ribs into nothing...because I'm not and they're not...sorry, I had to get that out :P ). But without further ado, check out my interview with April and learn of her experiences in the world of period clothing (and food!).


TA: First, thank you for being here! How about introducing yo…

PRODUCT REVIEW: The Lovely Rose Apothecary (Vintage Skin Care!)

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Well hello!

I am really excited to bring you this product review.

Months back, I came across a cool company on Instagram, one that immediately piqued my interest. Their objective is to make vintage inspired skincare, and all of their products are inspired by those used and manufactured during the 1910s through the 1940s.
Most that follow my work definitely know of not only my love of history and the influence that it has on my music and writing, but also the vintage world and lifestyle.

Now I'm not one who dresses in a vintage style 24/7 (though I very much enjoy those that do!). Sometimes I will, but honestly whether I do or not depends on my mood, what's happening currently in my life, etc. Sometimes I just like wearing modern clothes while other days I might be feeling the 1940s or 1920s more and I'll gear my style more toward that particular era. However, even if I don't necessarily don the attire all the time, I do incorporate it into many other aspects of my li…

Fun with Halloween Makeup! Scary Stories Trilogy Inspired...

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Greetings!

So with Halloween right around the corner, you might be scrambling for some last minute costume ideas. Might I suggest the following. An fx look inspired by the very creepy Stephen Gammell illustration from the story "The Dream", a story featured in every 80s and 90s baby's favorite childhood memory, the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark trilogy.

Seriously, I had nightmares about this woman slithering out from my closet at night.

The makeup artist in this video is awesome and I just might be trying out this look for one of the Halloween week podcast episodes!


The look is actually quite simple to do and I look forward to scaring the crap out of you by sporting it in an episode next week. Which episode will it be, you ask? Well, you'll have to wait for it... :D

xo,
Tiffany

PRODUCT UNBOXING: Besame Cosmetics and Young Living Essential Oils

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Hey there!

I know it's been a solid minute since I last posted here. I've been getting my podcast episodes done and uploaded, and also there is a lot going on at the music front along with other projects. I've been wanting to make my next post about creating a look out of Besame's 1937 Snow White and 1946 Agent Carter lines, but that isn't something I wanted to 'fake my way' through.

Now with the Halloween season now upon us, it would be a perfect time to do something like that, so I will later in the month (perhaps I will create the looks for future podcast episodes). But today's posting will be an unboxing.

If you want to see the video version of the unboxing, visit my Instagram (I did it at 2am after coming in from hanging out with friends :D ). Otherwise, here is my most recent order from Besame Cosmetics and Young Living Essential Oils.

 opening the boxes....Young Living is on the left and Besame is on the right

Beginning with Besame Cosmetics:
 Fo…

PRODUCT REVIEW: Eddie Funkhouser's LuxLight Glow Drops and Revitalizing Foundation

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Hey there!

Time for another makeup product review! I am returning with two more Eddie Funkhouser products. This time it's the LuxLight Glow Drops (which I was SO excited about trying) and the Revitalizing Foundation.



First I will start with the Glow Drops.



When packaged, the Luxlight Glow Drops come in liquid form in a tube and the product is meant to give the user (according to the website) a lit-from within glow, illuminate facial features, and act as a diffuser and create a brighter and more even skin tone.
There are many ways it can be used, including using alone, or mixing into a moisturizer, liquid foundation or body lotion. Basically, it's supposed to help you achieve that "JLo Glow".

One nice thing about Eddie's website is that tutorials on how to use the makeup is included. Here is one on different ways of using the Glow Drops. This is a great video where Eddie demonstrates and explains the product. :)




I LOVE this product. I was excited to try it and wa…

PRODUCT REVIEW: Besame Cosmetics (An Introduction to Vintage Cosmetics)

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Hey hey!

Most who follow my blog and social media and maybe even have been to my website probably have an idea that one of my greatest inspirations is history and much of the vintage style, along with home decor, comes with it. A few years ago, I had a strong desire to seek out makeup that was inspired by the days of old. I don't recall what exactly I typed into the search engine (probably "vintage makeup" is a safe guess, though), Besame Cosmetics was the first to pop up. Upon clicking on the website, I was hooked.

Besame is the brain child of artist, cosmetic historian and designer Gabriela Hernandez. She founded the business in 2004 with the intent of creating a line of cosmetics to bring back a fun, luxurious, and elegant experience in applying makeup. Which is something I'm all for. Besame translates from Spanish to English as kiss me , which is befitting because the line started out with their historically inspired lipsticks before growing from there.
To my de…

PRODUCT REVIEW: Grandma's Soap and Stuff Shampoo Bar

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Many that follow my social media and read my blog posts know by now that I am a bit of a history nerd. Among the history subjects I enjoy studying are the cosmetics and beauty rituals, some of which I have tried and will say do work quite well. Yes, some are on the questionable side and you might have to substitute some of their old ingredients with some modern ones that are similar or have a similar effect. But I always say don't knock it til you've tried it. I have a few 18th century cosmetic recipe books, including a new one called The New London Toilet that I purchased at Fort Frederick back in April. I will be trying some more old recipes and reporting to you how they worked (or didn't work).
Since there are so many cosmetic, health and beauty manuals from that era, they apparently cared a lot more about hygiene than people tend to think. Now of course as it is with anything else, just how well they kept up with it varied with circumstance, culture, region, etc, but …