Hello again! As many of you know, vintage fashion is a big part of our girls’ lives, both researching the past for inspiration for the present, as well as understanding the culture and lifestyles of those men and women who lived “back in the day.” I think one of the most fun parts about the 21st century is just how flexible and malleable the fashions are. I usually think of the mantra “anything goes” when I think of the modes of today. And though clothing usually leans more towards the less-than-principled and ostentatious in this mindset, it still gives those of us interested in the eras gone by the window of opportunity to step outside of the modern and into the old-fashioned.
One of the ways that I love to do this is to take bits and pieces of vintage inspiration and infuse modern pieces in it. So whether that be the fit-and-flare silhouette of the 40s and 50s exuded through a modern blouse and skirt, or an early 40s hairstyle paired with more modern hair accessories. Even the classic oxford made up in a bright blue material plays in this field. I like to call it “vintage fusion”, and it makes for a fun, practical stand-in style that I love to wear as I build up my more accurately-vintage wardrobe. Utterly and completely authentic fashions of the past have a character and quality all their own, which is so fun to bedeck and feel like you stepped right out of the silver screen. And yet, on occasion, it is equally delightful to splash in the puddle of modern-meets-vintage and tastefully play with colors and combinations which would not have been worn in the olden days.
On the note of vintage-infused fashion, I would love to introduce to you the new bobby pin sets from Lilla Rose! Our consultant Mrs. Ramm was so sweet and sent us the set of our choice (entitled “Hope” on the website) to review. Like I mentioned above, a creative way to wear a vintage hairstyle is to pair it with modern hair accessories. I rolled over the front of my hair in a simple, early 40s ‘do, and slipped in two bold, glimmery Lilla Rose bobby pins to complete the look.
The pins are wonderfully sturdy, and they stayed in my hair the entire time I wore them (about half a day), and felt like they weren’t going anywhere anytime soon. The unique designs of the sets are so delightful and whimsical, and each one has 4 individual pins to combine as you see fit. My only quibble with them is that they are very stiff, and thus a little hard to put in, and even more difficult to remove. You have to be very fiddly and gentle when taking them out, or else a few strands of hair might come along with them. Though this just gives credit to their all-day wearability that is quite functional and practical.
So guess what? One of you has the chance to win a set of Lilla Rose bobby pins all your own! You can choose from the “Hope” set that I featured in this post, or the “Lucky“, “Garden“, “Seaside“, “Critters“, or “Autumn“. Please note that this giveaway is only for the sets of 4 themed bobby pins, and not the pairs of identical bobby pins. The giveaway is open to both U.S and International readers (yay!), and runs from 11/13/15-11/20/15. Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below!
One last note: Mrs. Ramm is so generous, and is offering a special offer for the holidays exclusively to BFSB readers! Get the scoop below:
Special offer for The Boyer Family Singers’ readers only! Get a Free Surprise Flexi when you place an order for three or more items!* Get all your Christmas shopping done early! Think of all the ladies in your life who are tired of the plastic claw and would love a gift of comfort and beauty!
Which set would you choose?
-Charlotte, the youngest sister & singer
*Place an order for three or more items through Paula’s website (be sure the checkout page says you are a guest of Paula Ramm or Coastal Conservatory), thenmessage her to redeem your free surprise flexi! Say the Boyer Family Singers sent you! Offer expires December 31, 2015. This is for both new and Paula’s returning customers in the U.S. and international, but if you already have another Lilla Rose consultant, please stay with her; I’m sure she will appreciate it! Thank you!