June 30, 2014

Vintage Link Love: June 2014


After several years of blogging experience, I can tell you with complete certainty that there are two times of the year in particular, more than any other, when the internet turns into a bit of a ghost town. One is Christmas (as discussed in this 2012 post), the other is the start of summer, with a general reduction in the amount of activity seen on the blogging front throughout the duration of the season.

My online availability most often boils down to the state of my health, not the weather, so I wouldn't say that I go MIA quite as much as some folks come June, but even I've been known to spend more time offline when the mercury is skyrocketing well past 30C, there's an absolute abundance of things to do outside, and my sandals seem to be all but beckoning me to slip them on and hit the warm pavement.



{Glam and glorious, summer is a time for getting outdoors, shaking off the last vestiges of winter's heavy mood, and painting the town red, as they say! Image source.}


It's extremely important, perhaps in ways that with the internet and its impacts on peoples' lives still being so relatively new (in the grander scheme of human history, I mean) we haven't even fully realized or acknowledged yet, to spend time offline, doing all the sorts of wonderful things our ancestors, as well as most of us ourselves in our younger days, did before the web came along, and rarely does that ring more true than when summer is here in all its sun drenched glory.

That said however, most of us still spend some time, perhaps even a lot of time, online during the roasty-toasty months, myself included, and while we're here, it's wonderful to have some engaging stories and blog posts to fill our time with. To cap off June, I've wrangled up twelve diverse, enjoyable, and informative links that I hope you'll enjoy whether you're reading them on a tablet at the beach, your laptop in the backyard, your desktop at work, your phone on the go, or anywhere else you happen to find yourself as we dig our heels into the hot sand at the beach and gear up for what promises to be another awesome summer!




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Quick Tutorial: Do you do the moon? (Half moon manicure): In recent years, amongst both vintage and contemporary fashionistas alike, the half moon manicure has seen a steady rise in popularity once again. Most instructions for creating this elegant look yourself call for the use of binder ring circle stickers, nail tape, or similar products, but not this easy-as-pie, flat out fabulous how-to that Bex shared recently. One read and, if you're like me (I find the adhesive in most stickers and nail tape gives my sensitive skin a rash), you'll never go back to doing your half moon manis any other way again.


What If Famous Paintings Were Photoshopped to Look Like Fashion Models? (*Warning may not be safe for work*): In a post that does a superb visual job of illuminating just how much our general perceptions of beauty and body size have changed over the decades, this piece highlights several immensely famous paintings and alters the women in them to have figures that are more akin to those of today's super models. While I do adamantly believe that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, I for one much prefer the original versions of these pieces and wish that our culture would keep a more open mind when it comes to the unbeatable loveliness of a womanly figure like those in the original versions of these timeless masterpieces.


Cecil Beaton: costume balls and country house decadence from the 1920s to the 1970s: Unquestionably one of the most successful fashion photographs of the twentieth century, Cecil Beaton shot for the likes of Vogue and Vanity Fair and produced thousands upon thousands of incredible, beautiful, and strikingly appealing images during the span of his lengthy career, including several especially swanky and glamorous ones that are highlighted in this photo filled piece from British newspaper, The Telegraph.






Don't believe everything you see: It's not everyday I read something online that I would, no joke, rise to my feet and wholeheartedly applaud, so when this stellar, spot on post from Daffny over at A Vintage Nerd elicited that very response in me, I knew that I'd be sharing in come the end of this month. Delving into a topic that doesn't get a fraction of the blogging press coverage that it should, this fantastic post is an important reminder of why we should curb our negative feelings, envy very much included, of other people that we see and interact with on the web.


How the Cold War Shaped the Design of American Malls: Ever wonder how and why many American (and, I'd venture to guess, by extension, Canadian) malls of the last century came to look and be laid out the way they are? Well, whether you have or haven't, if you're a history buff, I'd venture to guess that you'll get an informative kick out of reading this cool post on the subject from Curbed (which I discovered via my dear friend Janey, aka the Atomic Redhead, who posted it on Facebook recently).


Deadly Victorian Fashions: This article, from acclaimed Canadian news magazine Maclean’s, takes an engrossing and educational - gander at some of the frighteningly dangerous fashions that our Victorian foremothers subjected themselves to all in the name of looking chic and trendy.




Vanity Unfair -- What's Up With Modern Sizing?: By way of the blog over at fantastic vintage clothing seller Better Dresses Vintage's site comes a thought provoking, well written, and highly engaging piece that focuses on the absurdity of vanity sizes and how it relates to the modern woman today. Anyone who has ever wondered why you're closet has three to five different 21st century sizes in it is sure to appreciate and find themselves nodding along the whole time in agreement with this terrific post.


Career advice from Linkedin's founder Reid Hoffman: Though he wrote it with college and university graduates in mind, the extremely helpful and encouraging advice laid out in this PowerPoint style slide presentation from Linkedin's founder Reid Hoffman is amongst the best I've ever read on the topic. By the end of the 113 slides in this presentation, it was all I could do to hold back the tears, because I truly felt like so much of what this wise man said resonated deeply with me, a new business owner, as I navigate the ups and downs and many exciting new challenges of running my Etsy shop. Regardless of where you're at in your educational and/or professional life, this is a must read for one and all.


7 Iconic Hairstyles That Endure Time: From Twiggy's famous pixie to Jane Birkin's bangs, Harper's Bazaar rounds up and takes a quick peak at seven hairstyles that are both beautiful unto themselves and for their timelessly lovely staying (and styling!) power.




Why You Should Make An Effort To Look Your Best Every Day: Recently Lottie Ryan, a fellow vintage lover and chronic illness fighter, launched an important new website called Who’s That Lady?, the aim of which is to encourage, support, and help women from the around the world continue to feel good about themselves and their appearance, even when battling serious health problems of all sorts. Though geared towards this demographic, Lottie's writing is detailed, fluid and upbeat, and is sure to find favour with those who are blessed to have good health as well.

I've lapped up and very much enjoyed each caring, thoughtful post Lottie has written so far and found that this one about the importance of trying to look your best every day jumped out at me in particular, as its core message is one that I've tried my best to put into practise as often as possible every day of my life, but even more so since becoming chronically ill twelve years ago. If you or a loved one is a chronic illness and/or disability warrior, I can't encourage you strongly enough to checkout and share Lottie's excellent new site.


How to make ric-rac rose jewelry: I, like many people, adore a great craft that doesn't take oodles of supplies or advanced skills to make and which can help bolster our wardrobe once its complete. The immensely beautiful, timelessly stylish, and just plain fun ric-rac rose jewelry in this post from Australian blogger Bonita of Lavender and Twill delivers on all those fronts and will have you making a made dash for your sewing notion stash on the double!


In Living Color: The Forgotten 19th-Century Photo Technology that Romanticized America: From the fine folks at Collector's Weekly, one of my favourite sites on the web, bar none, comes a detailed, educational, and highly appealing look at some of the earliest forms of colour photographs (such as Photochroms and Phostints), which will have you feeling almost as though you've stepped back in time and are really experiencing the world as it really was in colour back during the nineteenth century.





{All images throughout the list of links above come by way of the post that they are displayed directly beneath the write up of here. Please follow the links provided to learn more about these images.}


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Tomorrow is Canada Day, the birthday of my nation's confederation (all the way back in 1867), and a grand celebration from coast to shining coast. Four days later, my lovely neighbours south of the 49th celebrate their country's founding anniversary as well, and then just six days after that, my own birthday rolls around on July 10th. On top of these three important and fun filled events, this is a month that's teeming with excitement, activity, and enjoyment, both online and off, and one that would be my very favourite for the year, were it not for October, which holds that grand title.

There are scads of simple pleasures that are not to be overlooked during the seventh month of the year as well, from chasing down the ice cream truck to sitting outside on a sublimely warm night and counting the stars to the pulsating energy that fills this season, baked in golden light and the scent of sunscreen. I'm extremely happy that July is here and look forward to delighting in countless wonderful elements of this time of the year with you here in the weeks to come.

Here’s wishing you each an amazing, beautiful, and endlessly fun filled July, my dear friends!!!


*PS* 

IT'S SALE TIME!!! 




Have you heard? To celebrate Canada Day, the 4th of July and my own birthday (on July 10th) everything in my Etsy shop is currently on sale for 25% off! All prices have been marked down already to reflect this discount, so there's no need to worry about coupon codes. Happy vintage shopping!!

26 comments:

  1. these are great links! ive been planning on getting a half moon manicure and I cant wait to check out th rest and the jewelry look slike tons of fun, though I am devoid of crafting talent

    retro rover

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  2. You're right -- the blogosphere is a ghost town right now. That always unnerves me. Yes, it's good to spend time away from the Internet but I don't follow the herd and do it when everyone else does. Thanks for another fine post, entertaining and with useful resources. Happy Canada Day!

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  3. Oh thank you mama for sharing the link to my post! I am very proud of that post and very glad I did it. Thank you again! Now I am off to read all these amazing links!!! xox

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    1. You're sincerely welcome, dear Daffny. I truly loved that post (to the point of discussing it with Tony) and must say again how happy I am that you wrote it. There are certain truths in there that need to be said far more often in the online fashion (be it vintage or contemporary) sphere, and you did an excellent job of doing just that.

      Big hugs & tons of happy end of June/start of July wishes!
      ♥ Jessica

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  4. thank you for the great and inspiring post!!!!!
    especially love the cecil beaton pics - pure glamour!!!!
    happy canada day for you and tony!!!!!
    <3

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  5. I've only checked out a few links thus far, but what I've seen has been fantastic. Those Cecil Beaton photos are divine! Soon after looking at that vintage mani link, I poppped over to one of my favorite historical photo sites, and lo and behold, the most recent post was a 1957 photo with a lady who had a half moon manicure on her tips.
    If it's ok to share the link, here you go:
    http://www.shorpy.com/node/18023

    ok, off to explore some more...thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Maya, my pleasure, thank you very much for sharing as well. Great spotting on the half moon mani in that wonderful slice-of-business-life photo. I loved that zooming in to check out the woman's nails also ensured I got a great view of all the other details (including the yummy selection of candy) in that image.

      ♥ Jessica

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  6. Goodness, you are right! My blogging depends on my work more than anything. Last year I only cranked out 84 so/so blogs.This year with valiant effort I am trying to at least reach 100. That 265 other days to live off line! As for this heat, I love the image from the Saturday evening post, and I envy our friend to the north that can comfortably wear formals in the dead of July. Here in our hamlet of North Texas we just spontaneously combust! The article about Victorian and the lengths they went to for fashion make me think of Icons Scarlett O'Hara (holding on to the bed post as Mammy binds her corset) and Vera Ellen (who had ribs removed to achieve a tiny waist.) One of the many joys (and pitfalls) of the Casablanca's location is that it is out of reach of cell phone service, which makes it wonderfully secluded and peaceful. Wishing you the happiest of summer days!

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  7. I love those links. That article from Subversive Femme about how to do a half-moon mani makes me wish I was at home to give it a try right now, and I'm definitely going to have to check out more of her blog. I also love the old hand tinted photos - such a fantastic glimpse of the past! It's nice to be reminded that the past was actually just as vibrant as the present, since we usually see it in black and white.

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  8. So many fabulous links! And thank you for the shout out, lovely!!

    xoxo
    -Janey

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    1. You're very welcome, my dear friend! Thank you for sharing that cool story. As someone who spent a chunk of their teen years working in Calgary's largest mall, I was especially intrigued to learn more about the history of why so many earlier malls were designed and structured the way that they are.

      Big hugs & happy start of July wishes!
      ♥ Jessica

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  9. That Deadly Victorian Fashions article is so interesting! I can't imagine wearing something knowing that it would likely cause me harm, much less giving those articles to children to wear! The high cost of vanity! Thank you so much for sharing it. I enjoyed the famous paintings article also, so many of the women n the paintings look gaunt and unhealthy in comparison to their usual fuller figures, definitely an eye opener!

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  10. Hope you have a wonderful July too. Great set of links, I have just read them all. The deadly Victirian fashion is particularly interesting!

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  11. I clicked on a few of these so far and they were really interesting I plan on reading more when I have time. I especially was amused by the what if famous painting were made to look like models, it was both funny and sad, if that can be.

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  12. The Deadly Victorian Fashions link is fascinating! I'm really glad you shared it.

    Happy countdown to your birthday, my friend! And a happy Canada day, too!

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  13. Every month you do your absolute best to give us amazing link, Jessica!
    Some of them I have seen, but majority I haven't. And the truth is: I'm glad you've directed me to them. It is a magnificent thing about this web-thing we got here, isn't it? It makes us able to reach out to so much more.

    Happy Canada-day, Jess!

    Hugs
    Marija

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  14. Oh my, I am actually incredibly honoured to have my wee tutorial included in this post ~ thank you, thank you so much for linking it up! I hope you are really enjoying your summer days, and have a very happy Canada Day! ♡

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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    1. You are wholeheartedly welcome, dear Bonita. It's a brilliant tutorial and idea and I look forward to creating both jewelry and scrapbook page/handmade card embellishments with it when I finally get a moment to craft again this year (I said to Tony recently, and only half jokingly, that between how busy I am now with my blog and Etsy shop, I'm going to have to take actual holiday time just to get in some crafting and relaxation this year).

      Our summer and Canada Day are off to a fabulous start! I hope that winter has begun on a similarly positive note for you guys as well.

      Big hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  15. ooh sale.... I love the hair-cut one and the post about sizing. It also makes it difficult when UK, Aus and USA sizing is all different. I am a ten in australian sizing, yet i have clothes that range from 8- 12 (and i think i even have a 14 and a 6 lying around somewhere). Now I try on pretty much everything before purchase or I look up the measurements if I am online.

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    1. Yes, ma'am, a big sale and it's still on for several more days. I wanted it to run for two weeks to give as many of readers a chance to purchase as possible. Flash sales are great and have their place, but if one isn't in a position to shop on the fly and needs to wait, say, for payday, I want those folks to still be able to avail of the sale as well (especially because that's how I usually operate myself, being a vintage loving lady on an uber strict budget).

      I hear you there, my dear!!! I have items ranging in size from a Canadian/US 3/4 to a ten, with 4s and 6s being most common on top and 6/8s on the bottom. I've longed stopped caring in the slightest what number is on a tag. So long as I'm moderately happy with my weight, getting a good fit from a garment trumps a tiny size number any day of the week. (I always look of measurements online, too - it's amazing how different one brand is from the next a lot of the time.)

      Big hugs & many thanks for your great comments this week,
      ♥ Jessica

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  16. how wonderful! I love all these interesting links. i too wonder what the heck is up with all these modern sizes. which is why i always go by my measurements. sometimes i have to go up three sizes and then others i go down one. ::shakes head:: that's why vintage measurements were so much better than what we have in today's standards.

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    1. Goodness, do I hear you loud and clear!!! I have a range of modern sizes in my closet, from 3/4 to 10s, with 4s and 6s being the most common for tops and 6/8s for bottoms. I've long stopped worrying about what the number on a tag says though. So long as I'm essentially okay with my weight, fit trumps a tinier tag number any day of the week, because a great fit is actually one the best ways to actually look your true size in a very flattering way.

      Big hugs & many thanks for the outpouring of awesome blog comments yesterday,
      ♥ Jessica

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  17. Jessica, I have to scould you! Now you have stolen more than an hour of my time again! ;) I simply adore your vintage link love posts! They open my horizon to so many new things I would never have found myself. This time I really loved the post about don't believing everything you see (and I had to leave her a comment), the sizing post (ditto) and the photoshopped paintings, the latter being quite scaring. And thank you for the warning, super service, since I very often read your blog posts as a break at work. I hope you never stop making this series, since I'm a true addict. And btw, I also noticed last summer that my Etsy shop was extremely quiet, but then it me that everybody was out in their gardens. I love to read on my iPad, and I blog (planned post) on a rainy day, so I'm still here. We get a lot of rain in Denmark. ;) Wishing you a fab day, dear.

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    1. Scold away, if you must, but know that I'll still be a repeat offender! :D Tee-hee-hee! :)

      I'm truly thrilled to know that you enjoy and get a lot of our these monthly vintage link love posts, that Is exactly why I started the series in the first place. The web is huge and no matter how many blogs, FB pages, online magazines, etc we follow, no one can see every story that might appeal to them in a month (or ever!). My hope is to connect my readers with some of those that they haven't seen and which they'd really want to in the first place.

      I too found the Photoshopped classic paintings to be jarring and and even a bit disturbing. They speak volumes about what society as a whole these days sees as the ideal standard of beauty and of how off track, sometimes at least, we've gotten on that front.

      Thank you for your wonderful comment - I hope you have a sunny summer with very little rain so that you can enjoy the season all the more, my dear friend.

      ♥ Jessica

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  18. I loved the link to the McLean's article about Victorian fashion. I wish I could see the exhibit.

    Lisa.

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    1. Me, too, sweet dear! That would be awesome. What a shame it isn't headed to Winnipeg (or Vancouver), so that you (and/or I) could visit it in person. I think it would spur many a blog post on, if we could.

      Wishing you a gorgeous Sunday,
      ♥ Jessica

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