My 5 Favourite Retro Bloggers Right Now

Because I am interested in basically everything retro, it’s natural that I read as much as I can on the subject – and I look for inspiration from other retro bloggers!

Check out this list of my 5 favourite retro bloggers I’m following now and tell me if you knew them before or if you’ve just discovered them! Do you have your favourite retro blogs? Let me know in the comments!

B is For Brittany

I found Brittany on Instagram and immediately fell in love with her style. Her blog isn’t as active as her Instagram account but I still highly recommend it to everyone interested in early 20th century retro fashion!


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Gracefully Vintage

Kayla is an Australian vintage fashion blogger with some very enviable wardrobe! I like her consistency, elegant outfits and pretty pretty pictures.


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Flashback Summer

Oh man. This girl’s style is everything I love. Emileigh is serious goals for me. Hair goals (#straighthairproblems), outfit goals, and most importantly, sewing goals. That’s right! This girl sews almost everything she wears!


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Vintage Gal

This blog is a MAJOR inspiration for me. Cate is another blogger who prefers the style of 1930s and 1940s with enviable wardrobe and sewing skills. She also writes about vintage lifestyle, movies & books, art, designs, and provides fashion roundups. Wow! Her blog is basically what I want my blog to grow into.


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Curve Creation’s Closet

Missi’s presence on this list may surprise some since she is very much into 1940s and 1950s looks which are not really my cup of tea. While stylistically I tend to lean more towards 1920s and 1930s, I sincerely admire Missi’s dedication to her blog, her openness about her lifestyle and quite simply, the girl’s character. Her social media posts inspire me to do better, and to do it while looking FABULOUS

And that’s my favourite 5 retro bloggers right now! Would you like to see more of my favourites? Drop me a comment and let me know 🙂

“You Can Do Anything, You’re a Princess!” – or, how I went to burlesque summer camp

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The idea of burlesque-themed vacation may seem a little risky. Burlesque’s natural habitat is rather the city, the club, the night. Meanwhile, a group of burlesque fans (both female and male!) under the leadership of our burlesque mother, Betty Q, went to New Kawkowo for a burlesque summer camp.

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Relaxing in a hammock.

Program

I have written many times that burlesque is not a dance style. And, as I expected, there were no dance classes during this trip. There was a series of workshops on a variety of topics, very widely associated with burlesque – from a mind map, through history and discussion on scientific text (there are such in existence!), though classes on body awareness and coordination, and of course a YouTube party with watching the most interesting burlesque performances from all over the world. In addition, a short instruction class on tassel twirling was a must. Everyday we could (but were not obliged to) participate in a morning warm-up and typical sports class conducted by Vila Vanilla. Another interesting addition was a presentation and discussion about the art of drag and how it connects to burlesque, led by two drag performers (Yalla Yalla and Chirusska). In short, there was no way we could complain about being bored!

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Modern Cindy Crawford, our Vila Vanilla

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Vacation meaning dolce far niente? Not here 😀

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We learned about the benefits of cooperation by dressing ourselves in a boa, gloves and petticoat and by eating chocolate… really! 

Participants

I really, really liked how diverse a group we were. Our group had people of all ages, with varying degrees of stage experience and knowledge of burlesque, but also with a whole range of own interests and skills that could be useful in burlesque and in everyday life. As a result, we were also extremely self-sufficient – we cooked out own (delicious!) food, organized all our activities and trips to the nearby lake. The sense of community between us all was very, very nice.

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Eating meals in the open air, at one table (well, we added a second one) – BEST <3

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This is more or less how we all looked together 🙂

Place

The house were we were staying was great. At the end of the post I put a link to its website so that you can find more information, but let me just write that a place where in each room you can find a record player with a collection of vinyl records, a swing (sic!) or a huge bookcase, has my seal of approval.

Most classes took place either in the living room or in the barn. The barn was very spacious and equipped to have physical classes there, so we used it almost every day, no matter the weather. We also had two improvised showcases there – one was the culmination of a burlesque challenge, during which we had to create acts-tributes to the burlesque legends. The other was a presentation of acts on which we wanted to get feedback from the audience.

Let me tell you, performing in a barn is a real school of life for any performer. Zero backstage, no stage, one spotlight – in such circumstance the strength of the performance is everything. I don’t think it’s possible to have this intimacy with the audience on a club stage – but maybe it’s also the matter of the fact that we performed for each other. We were, however, joined by the house owner and his friends, as well as a team of yogins who were also staying in the house.

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View from the doorstep. Just lay down on a blanket and enjoy!

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Vila Vanilla taking a sun bath.

Was it worth it?

The program of the trup was planned in such a way that both the people who are completely new to burlesque and those who already have some experience, had something to do. It somehow happened that in the group I was the one with the longest “seniority” after Betty (it’s been… 4 years already?) but I too learned something new, both about burlesque and about myself as a performer.

It is important for me that one of the aims of the activities was to make the people who often make up our audience realize that there is something more to burlesque than just attractive visuals. I don’t think I will forget the discussion about whether burlesque and striptease are different, how, and whether they are feminist. The same goes for biographies of some of the burlesque starts who I knew by their names but did not know anything about their personal stories.

The whole experience was a great pleasure for me and I will be most happy to repeat it. Anyway, even before leaving this magical place we agreed with the owner for a date for the next year! Who knows, maybe next time I will play the role of the teacher?

The house in New Kawkowo

Akademia Burleski Betty Q

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Beautiful little lake whose name I don’t know but I went skinny dipping in it 😀

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Last but not least, me on vacation – without makeup but stylish nonetheless 🙂

Retro Glamour – my favourite playlist on 8tracks

What is retro glamour? For me it’s the inspiration taken from the past, a bit nostalgic, very polished, idealized even. Glamorous. But always fun.

Music has always been a big, big part of my life. I went to music school, I always dreamed of performing in musicals on stage, I love jazz. So in daily life I also look for this jazzy, retro touch in, well, everything. Especially music. Hence, this playlist. I’m not much of a Top 40 person, but I gathered a collection of tunes with that retro feel that I like listening to, and decided to share it with you. Please tell me what you think and give it some love on 8tracks!

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Retro Glamour from lolanoir on 8tracks Radio.

If you enjoy this mix, please like it or leave a comment here 🙂 Want me to create another playlist? Let me know!

30 by 30

30 by 30

So here’s the thing. When I was young, I thought I’d have my life figured out by 25. I’d be married, have kids, a job, a flat/house and whatnot. Or generally, I’d have my life together. The early 20s were hard for me (for many reasons). I increasingly felt bad about not having anything together. It was only around age 27 when I started to actually figure out what I wanted to do, who I wanted to be and who I wanted to spend time with. And that’s OK!

I’m not scared of turning 30. I think it’s going to be the continuation of my wonderful adventure. But since it is a bit of a turning point, I decided to make a “30 things to do by 30” kind of list. I always start writing bucket lists and then forget them, so this is a project to actually go and do things.

  1. Get a driving license
  2. Travel to a different continent
  3. Bungee jump
  4. Have a retro-themed birthday party
  5. Unplug for a whole day
  6. Declutter my closet
  7. Nude photo shoot
  8. Get a tattoo
  9. Pay off debts
  10. Host a cocktail party
  11. Sleep in a hammock
  12. Do 10 proper pushups
  13. Plant a tree
  14. See a sunrise with someone
  15. Go vegetarian
  16. Fix the smile
  17. Go to an escape room
  18. Spend a weekend at spa with a friend
  19. Do a 100 days challenge
  20. Reach a 1000 likes on FB / 1000 twitter or instagram followers
  21. Play in a movie
  22. Finish a dance / fitness instructor course
  23. Go to my high-school reunion and have fun
  24. Write a handwritten letter to someone (and actually send it)
  25. Learn to dance in a pair
  26. Swim in an ocean
  27. Write a letter to my future self
  28. Attend a wedding (not necessarily my own, but who knows?)
  29. Be individually invited to perform in a show
  30. Be a headliner in a show

4 Things

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Some time ago Jessica from ChronicallyVintage posted a fun tag post with 4 answers to different questions about herself. I rarely post stuff about myself on this blog but it’s my birthday this week so I thought it’d be fun to do  something more personal in between the more substantive posts 🙂 I’m not going to post yet another wishlist, because how many of these can a gal have, right? (although *hint hint*, you know, you can still check out my previous ones)

If you feel like doing it, I encourage you to do so, it’s fun!

4 Places I’ve Lived

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  • my mom’s flat
  • a shared flat in Warsaw for a year
  • student campus in Crewe, UK
  • my friends’ flats (well, that one’s a stretch, but there was a time when I had emergency keys and frequently house/cat-sitted for no less than three different groups of friends)

4 Jobs I’ve Had

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  • movie theatre employee
  • translator/interpreter
  • office clerk
  • English tutor

4 Things I Don’t Eat

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  • seafood
  • dairy (except cheese sometime, because life without cheese would be pointless!)
  • bananas
  • cauliflower

4 of My Favourite Foods

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  • lemon sorbet
  • strawberries
  • sushi
  • jasmine green tea

4 Films I’ve Watched More Than Once

(more like 4 films I’m too embarassed to admit how many times I’ve watched…)

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  • Casablanca
  • Singin’ In The Rain
  • Amadeus
  • Cabaret

4 TV Shows I Watch

  • Marvel’s Agent Carter
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • Penny Dreadful
  • Hannibal

4 Things I’m Looking Forward To This Year

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  • recording music
  • learning how to take photos
  • making an act I’ve been dreaming about for a year now
  • spring (I’m always looking forward to spring, especially that moment when lilies of the valley are in bloom)

4 Things I Can’t Live Without

  • coffee
  • Internet
  • the color red
  • hugs

4 Celebrity Crushes

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  • Alan Cumming
  • Eva Green
  • Tom Hiddleston
  • Vivien Leigh

4 Pet Peeves

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  • spelling mistakes
  • cute clothes not designed for busty girls #bustygirlproblems
  • warm toilet seats
  • the color beige

4 Things I Wish I Could Do

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  • play piano and sing at the same time
  • do my hair like Mama Q
  • a split
  • speak another foreign language fluently (preferably French)

4 Subjects I Studied At School

(that means university, right? or at school in general? I’m going to assume the latter and pick the most interesting stuff)

  • Golden Age Hollywood Cinema
  • eurhythmics (SWEET DREAMS ARE MADE OF THIIIIS)
  • 20th Century Art
  • English (since age 4)

4 Things Near Me Right Now

  • coffee
  • my phone
  • a notebook for all my burlesque and blog ideas
  • perfume

Favourite Quotes of My Vintage Idols

I think everyone needs a little inspiration from time to time. I definitely need it, especially on Mondays, which is why for quite some time now I’ve been posting inspirational quotes tagged #motivationmonday on my fanpage.

I also look for inspiration in the people I admire. Personally, I find that even decades ago the women who are my idols today had some wise things to say. Their quotes remind me to stay focused on making my dreams come true and on being kind to myself. And since I’m a big believer in karma, today I want to share these inspirations with you!

What about you, do you have your favourite quotes that you like to come back to?

Mae West quotes

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. (Mae West)

Audrey Hepburn quote

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years. (Audrey Hepburn)

Eartha Kitt quotes

It’s all about falling in love with yourself and sharing that love with someone who appreciates you, rather than looking for love to compensate for a self love deficit. (Eartha Kitt)

Marilyn Monroe quote

I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together. (Marilyn Monroe)

The last quote is by a contemporary star, but hey, very vintage-inspired!

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You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches. (Dita Von Teese)

Quick Christmas Wishlist!

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Christmas is right around the corner, so I thought I’d create a quick wishlist (although I’ve already treated myself to two early presents* – everyone knows the best presents are the ones we give ourselves!)

Greta Vintage Store – Burlesque Garter Belt

Why? Several reasons… but mostly why not!

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A ticket to Dita’s Crazy Show at Crazy Horse Paris

What a dream trip it would be! Plus a chance to meet my Parisian showgirl friends!

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Besame Cosmetics Lipstick 

In any colour really… although Noir Red sounds just like the shade for me 🙂

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Rago Open Bottom Girdle 9357

In black, obviously. Worn as a costume rather than underwear, obviously.

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A high heel chair

…I’m not even going to try and justify that. I’d pick a different colour scheme though. Maybe something red and black, to fit the rest of the gifts 😀

 

* If you’re curious, this is what I gave myself:

Dita Von Teese “Your Beauty Mark”

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Rebel Madness Pure Red Underbust Corset (that just begs for some bedazzling! ^^)

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(all  product photos taken from original sites, none belong to me and everything was for informational purpose only)

Happy birthday to me!

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It’s my birthday today, so I took a little liberty of preparing a wish list of gifts I will perhaps give to myself one day 🙂

1. Maya Hansen corset. I liked the Cake line the most but unfortunately it’s mostly unavailable now. However, after seeing the corset available in LiParie, I’d gladly have any of them. They’re beautifully made.

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2. A Lady Carotta dress. Again, when I look at them, I’d gladly have them all 🙂 But the houndstooth one would be great both for work and for a retro party.

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3. Burlesque and the Art of the Teese / Fetish and the Art of the Teese. Dita Von Teese’s albums do not need a justification.

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4. A ticket to London Burlesque Festival. One of the biggest burlesque festivals in the world. 10 evenings filled with shows from stars such as Catherine D’Lish, Marianne Cheesecake, Eliza Delite or our own Betty Q! I think this one doesn’t really need a justification either 😉

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5. In a year from now , perform onstage with my own act. Oh, I wish.