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Meet the Model: Megan

MEET: Megan Dawes

Megan is a dear friend of mine and is sweet enough to model some of my vintage wares from time to time. She is the owner of The Victory Parlor, an absolutely adorable little shop in downtown Herrin, Illinois, as well as one of the cosmetologists there.   One of my favorite things about Meg is her infectious optimism and sense of humor.  Meg is one of those people that is full of love and happiness at all times and it’s hard to resist her enthusiasm and laughter.  Not only is Meg a total sweetheart – she runs a business (which I’m learning is no easy feat) and has been cosmetologist and self-love advocate for six years, and she’s only 24-years old! Not to mention, she’s the only person that my extremely picky 15-year-old will allow to touch her hair!

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Occupation
Salon owner and cosmetologist at The Victory Parlor.

What is your favorite vintage style?

I love 1940’s pinup style.

Who was your first style icon?
Audrey Hepburn!

Who is your current inspiration?

Joan Jett!

How would you describe your personal style?

A mix of several different eras with my own twist.

What is something that you love about yourself?

I’m very ambitious! I set goals and then I make it happen.

Do you have a self-love moment to share with us?

Opening my own salon when I was only 23! It was a lot of hard work, but I knew it was what I wanted to do so I put in the work that was needed. It has been very rewarding.

What is the one thing that you really splurge on for yourself?

Whatever catches my eye! It could be clothing, jewelry, or food. I like rewarding myself for my hard work.

What is one way that you work to improve yourself?

Yoga was new territory for me and truly changed how I viewed my health. It’s an excellent way to keep stress down and to clear my head.

How do you practice daily self-care?

Most days at work, you’ll catch me in something cute and comfy without any makeup on. I think it’s extremely important working in my industry to show women that you don’t have to look like a barbie all of the time.

How do you help other women to embrace their own self-love?

I have been a licensed cosmetologist for going on six years. I’ve performed everything from makeup applications, to waxing, to hair transformations, to nails over the years. Opening my shop up has allowed me to reach out to individuals that are going through a struggle, which is my favorite way to help. We are always donating services to charity events and to those who really need a pick-me-up, regardless if money is an issue or not. The most rewarding feeling is bringing a smile to someone’s face and watching their confidence when they feel and look good.

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Style Files: the Nun Better Dress

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It’s hard to find the exact size that you are looking for when purchasing vintage.  Vintage sizing was extremely different from modern sizing.  There’s also the fact that many vintage items listed are the only ones that you will find of that style!  You don’t often find a vintage vendor who has a dress in small, medium, and large available.  With antique and retro clothing, you work with what you can find.

The Nun Better Dress was an exciting find because the cut is SO versatile.  This dress is too adorable for words.  I’ll try to put it into words any how.

On the hangar, this dress might appear shapeless and frumpy.  It is not, I assure you.

Meg and I styled it with a wide red belt and that alone changed the shape and appearance of this sweet little frock.

Cute, right?  I thought so too!

We headed south for this photoshoot.  Our original goal was the tiny town square in Anna-Jonesboro, Illinois.  I liked the shape of this olive green building and the retro light fixture above the entry.  Isn’t it great?  Little details like that grab my heart every time.  Around the corner of this house was a barn style garage in the same muted olive green.  It only took a moment to realize that I had Meg posing in front of a crematorium.  A little morbid, but still worth the shot!

nun 3This dress is truly a perfect piece and an exciting find for a purveyor of vintage goods such as I.  It’s a larger size which is sometimes hard to find, adorable with great details like double chiffon cuffs and a pussy bow on the front, and it can be styled to fit women of different sizes.  So happy to be able to offer this item on the Geek-Betty Vintage Etsy Shop.  This is a great example of how you can easily change the shape and style of a dress by simply adding a belt.
Vintage 1960’s dress, black with white collar and sleeves. Double chiffon collar and cuffs. Pussy bow at the collar. Snap in bib. Elbow length sleeves. Semi-sheer dress (shown with a slip under it). Falls below the knees. This is a LOVELY item in great condition, with a few smudges on collar. Additional info and photos available upon request.

No tags, appears to be handmade.

Measurements: bust: 21″, free from bust; length: 44″
Model wears a modern size 4; measurements 36-29-35, fits quite loosely on her without the belt

Price: $46.00 + s&H

 

Red Letter Day Belt available in etsy shop.  Vintage 1990’s wide red belt. A great accessory to punch up any look. Pleather-like curved buckle, silver rivets, very stretchy and adjustable. Shown on model, measurements: 36-29-36, fit on the 3rd adjustable hole.  Measurements: length: 38.5″ from end of buckle to other end, stretches to about 55″ (very flexible).  Price: $8.99.

 

My collection of antique cameras are up for grab as well!  Snip Snap Vintage Polaroid Camera on Etsy.  This is an antique 1960’s Polaroid Land Camera Swinger Model 20. This is a rare model that was only produced for a few years in the 60’s-70’s.
This item has been used as a home decor item since I’ve had it. I’m unsure as to whether it works. It appears to function okay, however I am not an expert on cameras and have never used it.
This listing is for decorative purposes. It MAY work, but I am making no claims.

 

Heart Of Gold – Class It Up For The Holidays!

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My friend, Megan, has been sweet enough to model vintage items for me on a few separate occasions.  This was my favorite photoshoot that we have done to date.  Meg is extremely patient with my amateur attempts at photography and instructions.

A photoshoot with me sounds something like this:

“Could you like turn this way a little but no more that way….uh no do what you were doing before.  Shit, the camera wasn’t on.  Could you pretend I said something really funny?  I mean, I could make up a joke or something.  Did you hear the one about the dog that wanted to be president?  Oh. Well, I don’t know it anyway.  Pretend to laugh. Har har.  Uh. No look serious. Yeah that’s better.”

Bless Meg’s sweet heart for putting up with me!

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This is a vintage evening gown that I bought many moons ago and wore to a schmancy New Years Eve party and then never found a reason to wear it again.  This dress doesn’t look like much on the hangar but OWEEE does it hang just so on a woman’s body.  It is elegant and slinky looking, even if you don’t have an “elegant and slinky” type of figure.  Trust me, I’m more of a short and round body type and it looked good on me as well!  I loved this dress BEFORE I ever asked Meg to wear it on a chilly afternoon on a street corner downtown.  We got a few funny looks but I think it was well worth it.  Doesn’t she look lovely in this dress?

The dress doesn’t have a belt with it, but it does have belt loops.  On our way out the door to the shoot, I snagged a silk tie from my boyfriend and tied it around her waist.  Not a typical look and maybe this isn’t something everyone would wear.  I like how it looks, don’t you?

My hometown has some great old brick buildings scattered here and there.  The building shown in the background of this photo is the Town Square market, just around the corner from our fabulous coffee shop Longbranch Cafe and Bakery.  Longbranch has evolved since it’s early days, when I used to show up to open mic nights and read my crappy teen angsty poetry to a few bored people chugging coffee and ignoring me.  Oh, Longbranch, how I loved my afternoons in your dark backroom, poring over the free library and gossiping with my friends.  It has now become a bright, cheerful, adorable cafe.  One of my favorite places to grab coffee to this day!

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The Heart of Gold Dress is perfect for the upcoming holidays.  This dress will instantly make you feel glamorous.

Here’s a playlist to listen to you as you get dolled up in this dress.

Vintage 1970’s Heart of Gold Evening Gown. Semi-sheer (needs a slip under it), glittery gold and cream interwoven together. This dress positively melds itself to your body and has great flow and twirl to it. The skirt loves to be lifted and twirl in the wind. Sleeveless with cowl neckline. Has belt loops but no belt. Shown with a silk tie used as a belt. Full length gown.

This dress is in fabulous shape and is SUCH a dream to wear.

Tags: J.T. Jody Dress Company

Measurements: Size 12; bust: 18″; waist: 12″-17″; free from waist.

Price: $57.00 + s&h

Midwestern Love Affair

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I live in the Midwest, right dead center in the heart of it, in a small town in Southern Illinois.  I have friends that have moved to other countries and big cities and states that are far more popular to live in.  The area that I live in is as far south from Chicago as you can possibly get and still be in the same state.  It’s economically depressed.  It’s a place that people talk about “getting away from”.

I’m not one of those people.  I am in love with and will always be in love with the beauty of the area.  Illinois is a plains state, however the area that I live in butts up against Missouri and is rife with state parks, forests, lakes, ravines, swampy areas, and cliffs.  We live in the most beautiful part of Illinois, in my opinion.  We have extreme weather in winter (cold as a witch’s teet) and summer (burn yer feet off heat) and the most gorgeous springs and autumns that you could possibly imagine.

Part of what I want to do with my photosets, when I can talk some pal of mine into donning vintage clothing and posing in public, is to show off the beauty of my area, my favorite spots, and the local businesses.  Here are a few of my favorite shots of my friend and model in the streets of my current hometown.

This funky little gate is just around the corner from The Practice pad, a great little music shop that offers a variety of instruments and music lessons.

Our initial destination for the shoot was down the street from this area, just outside of a local salon Hair Brains, but I had to stop and get a picture of Megan next to this quirky little tree.

I love that there are so many gorgeous little details on every street in my town.  I love the trees, the cobblestone streets here and there, the old brick buildings, the fences – okay, I love most all of it.  I hope you enjoy my Midwestern love affair as much as I do!  I’ll try to share a little about each place that I take pictures so that you can enjoy Southern Illinois’ beauty.

 

Oh, and the Bedazzle My Heart Pants and the Plaidurday Date Dress are available to purchase on the shop today!  Click the links to check them out.

Personal Style Files: Afternoon at the Winery

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What I Wore:
A sunny autumn afternoon at the winery, reading “Lord of the Rings”, and watching my boyfriend’s band play some tunes.  I’ve had this dress for years, as well as the belt.  The hat is a new addition and one that I think I’ll be wearing as much as possible this fall.  I love any opportunity to throw on a hat (and keep the sun off of my face).

What’s your favorite fall accessory?