When Everything Old is New Again

The fashion trends of the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s are back, but this time you don’t need to have lived through the era to get the look, as a fabulous new video series, All About Vintage, shows. To win a copy of the video, enter the competition at the end of this article. (This competition has now closed, but please feel free to post your beauty tips)

WINNING TIP: Congratulations Melinda M! You have won the DVD…
My Best Beauty tips came from my mum who I adore is such a strong woman in everyway and is my best friend. She always told me to stand tall and be confident even if you don’t feel that way wear a smile, treat people the way you would like to be treated,be a lady of class and people will respect you.Be modest, wear clothes of class not arse. lol. She also taught me to set hair,normal sets and hot rollers she used to set and do her mums hair every week.Skills I still use to this day & of course teasing & back combing. This inspired me to become a hairdresser something she’d always wanted, My dad’s grandmother was big on pin curls never was her hair out of place even till 90yrs when she died and these skills helped score me top marks at tafe when having to do a full whole head set with pincurls. I would love to learn these styles you do I would consider them a taste of how my mum used to go out with gloves hat and all.

 

If you’ve always preferred Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn to Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, then you can breathe a sigh of relief—the fashion trends of yesteryear are back, according to renowned vintage stylist, Miss Chrissy Keepence.

Vintage Styling

Thanks to shows like Downton Abbey, Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men and The Great Gatsby, Miss Chrissy, who runs popular vintage styling school, The Lindy Charm School for Girls, has seen a popularity surge in vintage style.

A professional stylist, specialising in the vintage looks of the 1930s through to the 60s for the past 17 years, Miss Chrissy regularly holds vintage styling hair, makeup and fashion workshops overseas and in Australia. Having recently returned from Las Vegas where she was presenting, demonstrating and teaching the American vintage lovin’ gals at Viva Las Vegas, Miss Chrissy admits it’s hard to keep up with the demand!

“Trying to get out and teach all those budding fashionistas face-to-face is impossible,” Miss Chrissy says.

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But never one to leave her fellow vintage lovers in the lurch, she has enlisted the help of a high-end production company to put together a series of styling DVDs called All About Vintage.

TAAV Flyerhrough the series Miss Chrissy aims to inspire women to live ‘vintage’.

“I encourage women to bring the style into their everyday lives,” she says, “not just on special occasions.”

The easy-to-follow instructional videos take viewers through each step in achieving the vintage look, literally from head-to-toe.

“Viewers are able to easily achieve the look of the era from hair and makeup right through to clothing and accessories”, she says.

“I hope they will reach many other women looking to enhance their own natural inner and outer beauty through the best vintage styling and etiquette,” she says.

To find out more about the All About Vintage videos or to start creating your own vintage style head to www.allaboutvintage.com.au

WIN YOUR OWN COPY OF ALL ABOUT VINTAGE!
Simply share a beauty tip from the past that you still use today… and Miss Chrissy will reward the writer of the best beauty ‘gem’ with a copy of Series One of her styling videos, valued at $47!
To enter: Write your tip in the comments area below. Enter before 5pm, May 8 to be in the running to win. Enter as many times as you like.
The winner will be announced in next month’s newsletter.

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26 thoughts on “When Everything Old is New Again

  1. Elspeth

    Focus on what makes you feel beautiful – if you’re feeling under- or over-made up, it’s only going to get worse when you leave the house and can’t fix it!

  2. angela

    Do not conform to be like others and to fit in. Instead do not be afraid to be yourself! This is when your beauty can be seen!

  3. Peachy Keen (Kristina)

    Here is a simple beauty tip I find useful when I’m a ‘pin curl’ mood. Before bed, I’ll squeeze a small amount of my favourite scented moisturiser into a dish. I’ll place a tiny amount of moisturiser on the ends of my hair, just as I am about to roll a pin curl. After doing this for each curl, I wrap my head in of course, a vintage silk scarf.

    The moisturiser will help reduce frizzy ends when you take the curls out, and additionally you will have a pleasant scent to your hair. The silk scarf will allow you to sleep with your pin curls, and toss-and-turn freely throughout the night, because we all know beauty sleep is important too.

    In the morning, you’ll end up with stunning curls!

  4. Mia

    My dear gran gave me a beauty tip 40 years ago which I’ve used every night since then. Just before you turn the light out, smear a thin layer of cheap-as-chips Vaseline over your eyelashes and you’ll have the longest, glossiest, silkiest eye-lashes imaginable. It works so well that lots of my girlfriends think I wear false eyelashes! Thanks Gran!

  5. Naomi Dwight

    after years of using expensive makeup removal products my mum suggested what her Mum had always used which was simply Sorbolene cream, washed off with water. Interestingly enough our doctor had suggested it as a soap alternative for my daughter with eczema. So I gave it a try and have been using it now for ten years. People consistently think I’m ten years younger than I am so it must be working! Thanks Mum

  6. Jessica

    A good old-fashioned warm smile from the heart, makes every woman instantly more attractive. That’s the most fundamental beauty tip. Everything else is the icing on the cake! Xx

  7. Leah Tame

    As any artist knows, a great painting starts with a perfectly prepared canvas.
    Every one knows about moisturising their face, but the whole body is your canvas.
    For decades (in the hopes that I might age gracefully!) I have not only
    moisturised my face, but have given everything that gets sun exposure
    the same treatment. So with my face moisturiser I do my neck, décolletage,
    hands, wrists, and in summer I do my arms and my feet because I ware sandles.
    This way I hope that no one will guess my age from my neck or my arms
    in years to come!

  8. Kristina SAvka

    For my eyelashes to look naturally curled I use a teaspoon which i gently heat with my blowdryer and with the concave side facing out I rub my lashes on the edge gently and press into the spoon and instantly I have beautiful lashes that flick up and out

  9. Melinda M

    My Best Beauty tips came from my mum who I adore is such a strong woman in everyway and is my best friend.She always told me to stand tall and be confident even if you don’t feel that way wear a smile,treat people the way you would like to be treated,be a lady of class and people will respect you.Be modest,wear clothes of class not arse.lol.She also taught me to set hair,normal sets and hot rollers she used to set and do her mums hair every week.Skills i still use to this day & of course teasing & back combingThis inspired me to become a hairdresser something she’d always wanted, My dad’s grandmother was big on pin curls never was her hair out of place even till 90yrs when she died and these skills helped score me top marks at tafe when having to do a full whole head set with pincurls.I would love to learn these styles you do I would consider them a taste of how my mum used to go out with gloves hat and all.As I’ve never learnt all the upstyles of that era.Please consider my entry.I would lovve to win.

  10. Liz R

    Being incredibly pale with deep eye sockets and high cheekbones it’s been pretty important for me to reduce the dark rings around my eyes or risk looking a bit like a comicbook villian. When I was a teenager my nan, knowing that I don’t like using makeup or chemcials, told me that all I needed to do was use cold water or ice water on my face and around my eyes in the mornings and not to rub it. These days I ritualistically wash my face with cold water or use a cold compress when I’m particularly tired when I first get up and I have to worry less about the skeletal appearance.

  11. Denise

    Buy witch hazel at the chemist and use it as a toner. It’s cheaper than many, works fabulously, has a pleasant natural smell and because it is unperfumed the smell disappears quickly and won’t compete with your scent.

  12. Denise

    Whatever you do to your face (skincare, moisturising, sun cream, makeup) continue down your neck and décolletage if necessary. There’s no point looking fabulous only to have it stop at your jaw bone. Nanna used to particularly despair beautifully maintained faces with dry, wrinkly, over-tanned necks as being far too common in the Queensland of my childhood.

  13. Cathlyn Woollard

    Hi Young ladies would pinch their cheekswith their fingers to make them flush with colour for a natural blush look.

  14. Paula Wiles

    Elbow softening cups like my mum used….once per month on my pamper day, I cut a lemon in half and smoosh the pulp about….I then add some virgin olive oil and course salt….voila, a lemon cup to rest your elbows in, move them about and the end result is lovely soft elbows.

  15. Collette Fergus

    I like to use a traditional setting lotion made from boiling a tablespoon of flax seeds with 3/4 cup of water for 10 mins then draining and using the remaining gel. This is an old time recipe that has been around for years but my modern touch is to add a couple drops of lavender essential oil to make it smell delicious too! It leaves my hair feeling like its naturally curly, not crunchy or hard and the curls last for ages!

  16. Robynne McIlwaine

    A tip from my Gran:- No matter how exhausted you are when you come home after a night on the town before going to bed always remove all eye make up with a good eye make up remover and all facial make up with a good facewash. Then use a good toner and moisturiser and you will always wake up with glowing skin. In the morning have a hot shower followed by a cold shower and your skin will be revitalised even more. If eyes are tired and a little puffy lie down for 5 minutes with tea bags over your eyes. Works wonders!

  17. Tracey Robertson

    Whatever you are doing, put on your red lipstick and ALL will feel better. Whether it’s scrubbing dishes, cleaning bathrooms or working 24/7, a little red goes a long way!!!

  18. Jenny

    Here is a simple beauty tip:

    One teaspoon of sugar mixed with a small quantity of olive oil and rubbed well into the hands will remove stains and soften nicely.

  19. Marcia Oksanen

    Slice the end of a cucumber and wipe it on your face as its a natural toner. Slices can also be placed on your eyes when applying a face mask to reduce puffiness to the eyes.

  20. Silvia Carballo

    This is an old South American beauty tip passed down to me from my aunt. Cut an Aloe Vera leaf, peel the outer skin and rub the gel and flesh onto tips of hair. Its a wonderful treatment for dry ends and doesn’t cost much as a small plant when potted into a large planter will grow quite hardy very quicky in Australian climate. I still use this beauty tip and sometimes even use the Aloe gel as an astrigent from my face.

  21. Carolyn Greig

    When applying any type of cream or makeup under and/or around your eyes, use only your ring finger as it has the softest and most gentle touch of all of your fingers – sounds strange but I think it’s true!! – have been using this “rule” for decades.

  22. Carol Kovacs

    I learned this tip from the Australian Home Journal (1951). When removing your make up, firstly apply Cold Cream to damp skin, rub in small circles to loosen make up (while cold cream does remove waterproof make up be careful not to get in into your eyes) then tissue off. Secondly, reapply cold cream and gently massage into your face and neck, tissue off. Thirdly, splash face with cold water this freshens the skin up so it glows.

    As I found this to work on my face I tried finishing my shower with cool water and it works on the body as well as it does on the face. Give it six weeks and you will never go back to finishing your shower with hot water. What I find that as I step out of the shower I feel cold but within a few minutes I have warmed up and my skin feels nice and soft.

  23. Kirsten W

    Use beer for shiny hair. The hops in beer add smoothness and shine. After shampooing, simply rinse with a bottle beer. Leave it in for 5 minutes, then rinse again (which helps get rid of the beer scent). Once hair is dry, it will have a glossy finish!

  24. Lesley Needham

    Pearls of wisdom from my Meema: Always finish off an outfit with the correct accessories and makeup. The extra few minutes to get ready can make an outfit go from average to special. Unfortunately I often fail in this area. Though I did take on board her advice to look always look after the skin on my hands and face as these areas quickly show signs of aging.

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