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!


Gracefully Vintage

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


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!


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.


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 🙂

Alberto Vargas

Alberto Vargas

When I think “pin up”, the first thing that comes to my mind is Alberto Vargas’ pictures. His iconic style was my definition of this look for a very long time.

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In 1940s, especially during World War II, Vargas became known for being a pin up artist. He painted using watercolours and airbrush. The works he created for Esquire magazine often served as inspirations for nose art of many WWII planes.

Alberto Vargas

Due to parting ways with Esquire and legal disputes over the use of his name, Vargas’ career dimmed in the 50s. It was in the 60s, when he began his cooperation with Playboy, that his popularity boomed. This is how the famous Vargas Girls section originated. One of his Playboy paintings was sold in a 2003 Christies auction for $71,600.

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After his wife, Anna Mae’s death in 1974, Vargas stopped creating. Her death was a great shock to him. Anna Mae was not only his model but also his manager. The publication of his autobiography in 1978 renewed the interest in his works which resulted in The Cars album cover.

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Alberto Vargas died in 1982, aged 86. Many of his works are in the Spencer Museum of Art in University of Kansas. The annual award given by Airbrush Action Magazine for achievements in airbrushing is called the Vargas Award.

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The Vanities Girls

Vanities Girls

Since January 1994 American magazine Vanity Fair dedicated a section called Vanities to young, aspiring actresses and actors. A picture on the first page of this part of the magazine was like a second cover. In September 2006 they decided to spice up this column and the actresses presented in it were shown in 50s pin up stylized pictures. Here are some of my favourite shots:

Isla Fisher November 2006

Isla Fisher – November 2006 (photo: Michael Elins)

2. Mary Elizabeth Winstead December 2006

Mary Elizabeth Winstead – December 2006 (photo: Michael Elins)

4. Alice Braga January 2007

Alice Braga – January 2007 (photo: Michael Elins)

4. Hayden Pennettiere February 2007

Hayden Pannetiere – February 2007 (photo: James White)

5. Emily Blunt March 2007

Emily Blunt – March 2007 (photo: James White)

6. Kristen Stewart April 2007

Kristen Stewart – April 2007 (photo: James White)

7. Rachael Taylor May 2007

Rachael Taylor – May 2007 (photo: Michael Elins)

8. Leslie Mann June 2007

Leslie Mann – June 2007 (photo: Michael Elins)

9. Jess Weixler August 2007

Jess Weixler – August 2007 (photo: Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele)

10. Alexa Davalos September 2007

Alexa Davalos – September 2007 (photo: Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele)

11. Alice Eve October 2007

Alice Eve – October 2007 (photo: James White)

12. Lymari Nadal November 2007

Lymari Nadal – November 2007 (photo: Michael Elins)

13. Giovanna Mezzogiorno December 2007

Giovanna Mezzogiorno – December 2007 (photo: Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele)

14. Jurnee Smollett January 2008

Jurnee Smollett – January 2008 (photo: Matthew Rolston)

15. Malin Akerman February 2008

Malin Akerman – February 2008 (photo: Matthew Rolston)

16. Carice Van Houten March 2008

Carice Van Houten – March 2008 (photo: Wayne Maser)

17. Summer Glau April 2008

Summer Glau – April 2008 (photo: Mark Seliger)

18. Kristen Bell May 2008

Kristen Bell – May 2008 (photo: Mark Seliger)

19. Meagan Good June 2008 Meagan Good – June 2008 (photo: Patrick Demarchelier)

20. Amanda Seyfried July 2008

Amanda Seyfried – July 2008 (photo: Mark Seliger)

21. Carla Gugino September 2008

Carla Gugino – September 2008 (photo: Matthew Rolston)

22. Mila Kunis October 2008

Mila Kunis – October 2008 (photo: Matthew Rolston)

23. Teresa Palmer December 2008

Teresa Palmer – December 2008 (photo: Jason Bell)

24. Vinessa Shaw February 2009

Vinessa Show – February 2009 (photo: Matthew Rolston)

25. Freida Pinto March 2009

Freida Pinto – March 2009 (photo: Micaela Rossato)

All pictures from
Vanity Fair

Pin-Up Story

Pin-Up Story

“Pin-up Story” editorial appeared in the French edition of Grazia in February 2013. I must say I was absolutely captivated by the cardboard accessories and a slightly comic-like atmosphere of the photo shoot. My favourite shot has got to be the one with the dinosaur and the one with a giant drink.

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model: Jenny Knoch
photos: Marc Philbert
styling: Stephanie Brissay
hair: Marc Orsatelli
make-up: Carole Lasnier
manicure: Kamel