In case you haven't heard, CHC will be open for business at the 2018 Pittsburgh VegFest! If you're in the area, come see us on Saturday, August 4 from 11:00-5:00 at Allegheny Commons Park. All customers will have the chance to browse our selection of dresses and jewelry in person and even try things on. See something you like? Take a quick moment to subscribe for a subscription box of items that we will hand-pick just for you.
This is a really exciting event for CHC, as we love meeting and interacting with our customers face-to-face. This is one day that all of you can get in on the fun and see so many dresses and other vintage goodies in person!
The VegFest is always filled with so many kind-hearted and compassionate people who are looking to do good in the world--whether you're there as a vegetarian, vegan, or as someone who is simply interested in looking around, we can't wait to be part of such a happy and driven crowd. The perks of shopping vintage fashion are not far at all from the benefits of eating cruelty-free. Together we are building a kinder and more environmentally-friendly future that we can all be proud of!
2018 PITTSBURGH VEGFEST
Saturday, August 4, 11:00-5:00
Allegheny Commons Park
We can't wait to see you there!
Happy Sunday! Ever wonder why that blue shirt just never goes well with your skin tone? Here's a breakdown of colors that compliment and do not go so well with your skin tone for a great day out!
If you have a lighter, paler complexion:
- Bold black
If you have a medium complexion:
- Primary colors
If you’re a darker skin tone:
- Blacks sometimes
- Gray occasionally
A trend that seems to have made it's way back into modern times is statement sleeves.
This type of trend is most popular in the fall and winter time due to the colder weather. It's a way for people to only wear one layer of clothing, in their workplace, schools, and even in the comfort of their own homes, while still making a statement. They can easily be paired with a bold statement necklace.
In the 1930's, a popular trend that took place was bringing attention to the shoulders. Whether that be through shoulder pads, butterfly sleeves, banjo sleeves, etc., people loved bringing attention to their shoulders.
This trend took place directly after World War II, when fashion, for both men and women, pointed directly at the exaggerated shoulder.
Something that I have noticed in modern day fashion, is that this trend has never really gone away. While prancing through a thrift store, or even popular modern-day vogue clothing stores, these trends have never truly died. Ruffles on shorter sleeves has made it's statement in fashion, as well.
For some ideas on how to bring Stevie Nicks' style into your modern wardrobe, have a look at the outfits below! These ensembles are created using many pieces that most of us already own. Incorporating looks like this into what you wear every day will have you dancing to your favorite Fleetwood Mac songs in no time.
A generation of young Western women who wore their hair in bobs, wore short skirts, and listened to jazz.
Who are these women? Yes -- they are known as the flappers.
The Flappers were relevant in the 1920's, and their fashion still does carry on today, but it is now known as vintage clothing.
1920's fashion, also known as the "Great Gatsby" time period, is a fashion era people will never forget. Many weddings are themed "Great Gatsby" today, and people seem to love events that are style after the black tie affair.
The 1920's fashion era was a prominent era in history due to the fact that this is when fashion entered the modern era.
So, what exactly were trends, in fashion and otherwise, that took place in the 1920's?
Although it did seem that their fashion sense changed based off of who they were with, where they were going, and what time of day it was, these are some general fashion tips from the 1920's.
- Cloche hats
- Women had bobbed hair
- Small beaded purses - to hold cigarettes & makeup
- Long pearl necklaces
- Beaded or feather headbands
- Below knee length, dropped waist dresses
- Loose, straight fit dresses
- Fur coats/fringe wraps
Most clothing, that they wore, involved a mix of bright colors and geometric designs.
People in the 1920's loved going to illegal speakeasies, and because this was a time period where people started having more money, they would spend there leisure time going to sporting events.
The pop culture in the 1920's involved nightclubs, jazz, automobiles, and sports.
The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio is a terrific movie that represents the 1920's spot on.
Walking through the aisles of drug stores, department stores, and beauty stores while shopping for makeup can be utterly overwhelming--the bright lights, endless brands, and uncountable products can turn a quick trip to buy a lipstick into a confusing and frustrating process. Deciding between brands, products, and colors is hard enough, but recently one more layer of consideration has become important to many shoppers--ethics.
"Cruelty-free" cosmetics are becoming more and more popular, yet some brands are still falling behind. Here are five drugstore brands that you can be sure do not test on animals and create products that you can always purchase completely guilt-free.
2. wet n wild
3. Pixi Beauty
4. e.l.f. Beauty
She was glamorous, sophisticated, and the embodiment of grace. For decades, she has been a style icon and has served as inspiration to women all around the globe. She's known for her LBDs and strands of pearls, and during her lifetime, she dazzled on and off the screen. She is Audrey Hepburn, and this is how you can dress like her.
Let's start with some dresses--notice that each of these four dresses share similar lengths & form-flattering silhouettes. Although dresses like this may be too dressy to wear to the office, each of them would be great for a date night or any formal event.
Inspiration behind these dresses? Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany's. With that being said, however, Audrey Hepburn was known for bringing her own style into the lives of the characters she played.
If taking Audrey to the office with you is what you want to do, this is the way to do it. Perhaps as much as the dresses she wore, Audrey was often photographed wearing pants and loafers. Comfortable, chic, and elegant, but simple and clean-cut. Here are a couple of ways to do just that with clothes that you most likely already have in your closet. These are timeless pieces that can be mixed & matched and worn through most seasons.
Bright colors were not often Audrey's first choice. She tended to stick to a neutral color palette, which offers effortless sophistication and the ability to easily mix and match just about any clothing to create endless ensembles.
However if color is something you cannot go without, rest assured--you can still easily achieve the Audrey Hepburn look, but with a little more pizazz. The prints & patterns are up to you; what we're really looking to Audrey for is silhouettes and accessories. Above are two very different dresses with very different accessories and shoes. Both dresses, however, could be mixed and matched with any of the accessories & shoes. If there's one thing that we should learn from Audrey, it's how to mix and match.
With most outfits, Audrey wore very minimal accessories. They were usually simple and classic, like a pair of diamond earrings. However, the occasional bold accessory, like a wide-brimmed hat, always went effortlessly with whatever outfit she was wearing. There were never any forced mixed prints or clashing silhouettes.
Last but certainly not least, this is a fun and casual way to dress like Audrey. Sticking to classic silhouettes, like straight-cut jeans and a simple quarter-sleeve shirt would do the trick, but why not have fun with some playful styles? Although vamped up a bit, these clothes still give very classic impressions. One thing that Audrey often wore is a pair of espadrilles. Have fun with a cute & summery pair, or stick to something a little more muted like a pair of suede mules. A pair of flats would be great, too! One thing that you absolutely can't go wrong with these days is a small scarf or bandana tied around your neck, which is a favorite look of ours that has been carried through decade after decade without a glitch. (Check out our YouTube channel for videos (like this one, and this one) about how to style scarves!)
Whether it's what you wear every day or if you're just looking to add a few pieces to your wardrobe at a time, you can never go wrong with Audrey Hepburn-inspired style. For decades, women have been looking to her for inspiration, and for many decades more, she will continue to serve as a style icon for anyone interested in a little black dress or elegant, Parisian-esque style.
What are your favorite ways to wear Audrey Hepburn style? If you have any classic looks or try any of these, let us know! We'd love to see.
Also take a few minutes to check out our Pinterest boards dedicated to style icons of the decades, and scroll through Miss Hepburn's personal board for even more inspiration!
As humans beings, we were given the capability of learning and stretching our minds. As students, and even everyday learners, we come across obstacles that can take us away from our focus of learning.
Whether you want an A+ on your next test, or you want to just be able to say the phrase "I learn something new everyday", here are a few study tips that will help you be successful in/out of the classroom:
1. Plug your study session into a schedule
Whether that means the first thing you do in the morning is studying, or after you eat lunch you study, make sure you fit a convenient spot into your schedule that you believe would best benefit you.
2. Avoid distractions
In this day-in-age, we come across distractions constantly due to technology. When you get into study mode put your phone, computer, iPad, etc. away, so then you can distance yourself from the things that would keep you distracted. If technology does not distract you as much as in-person conversation, make sure you go to a quite place that is safe from distractions.
3. Get a study buddy/study group
Sometimes it is super helpful to have someone right next to you studying the same things. Then there is a sense of reassurance that can be happening, and you can teach each other things that the other may not know.
4. Create a game for each studying session
Memorization games tend to help a lot. If that means buying a stack of notecards and writing information on them, then so be it. I am sure your study buddy would love to create a game out of that with you!
5. Find a studying method that best suits you
Every person is different, so the information that we all take in is done in a way that best suits us individually. Whether that be studying through hands-on methods, visual aids, verbal encoding, the buddy system, or otherwise, make sure you figure out the methods that best suits you
HAPPY STUDYING :-)
Sunday Funday is here! Whether you are going on vacation this week, next week or the next months here are some pro tips and must have during your trip!
On the Way Down:
- If you driving or flying to your vacation spot:
- Summer music playlist
- Yummy snacks
- Marathon of movies
- Cozy clothes
- A nice pillow
- Headphones is a must!
- Comfortable position in the car
- If you driving or flying to your vacation spot:
During the Trip:
- Board/Card game nights
- The Boardwalk
- Sports on the beach
- Souvenir shopping
- Swimming in the ocean
- Watching the sunset/rise
- Go Karting
A lot of attention has recently been turned toward the waste that is carelessly & irresponsibly left behind by humans (most notably plastic) and its devastating effects in nature. Many people have joined the effort to boycott plastic straws and alternatively either opt for reusable straws or straw-free drinks. This is an awesome step for everybody to take, and even if it feels pretty small, every single effort like this will add up and create a cleaner, healthier, and much happier planet.
Here are three other small & easy plastic-free changes you can make in your daily life to produce huge changes.
1. Use Reusable K-Cup Pods
If you're a regular coffee drinker, think about how many cups you drink per day, per week, per month, per year, and so on. Imagine all of your K-Cups sitting in a landfill, and then imagine your friends, family, and neighbors adding all of theirs. Like all plastic objects, K-Cups are not biodegradable, meaning that these hypothetical mountains of K-Cups will be around longer than we will.
But there's an easy fix that also happens to save a lot of money: reusable K-Cup pods. These can be found at most grocery stores, drug stores, and online. Each pod is only a few bucks, and they can be used for months and months. After getting one of these, forget about ever having to buy expensive packs of plastic K-Cups again, and get a bag of coffee grounds instead. These grounds will last you much longer, and they can be half the cost.
(FYI: Reusable K-Cup maintenance couldn't be easier--simply dump out the coffee grounds after each use, rinse out the cup, and use it again.)
7 Reusable K-Cups for $8 on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Reusable-Coffee-Filters-Keurig-Brewers/dp/B06WWFTQLC/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1529443129&sr=8-5&keywords=reusable+k+cups
2. Buy Plastic-Free Toothbrushes
Once you start paying attention to the amount of plastic you use every day, you see it everywhere. One really simple fix that everyone can make is toothbrushes! Sure, we don't go through as many of these as K-Cups, but think of all of the (again, non-biodegradable) toothbrushes that get thrown away every year. For nearly the same price as the plastic ones that we pick up at drug stores, why not give a plastic-free, wooden toothbrush a try? There's literally no difference, other than that it's not made of plastic. Who wouldn't love that?
(FYI: You can even buy these with charcoal in the bristles for time-saving whitening while you brush!)
Wooden Toothbrush for $2 on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Myhouse-Eco-Friendly-Bamboo-Handle-Toothbrush/dp/B075KQ4XND/ref=sr_1_12?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1529443718&sr=1-12&keywords=ecofriendly+toothbrushes
Wooden Toothbrush with Charcoal for $7.70 on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/MAZIMARK-Home-Eco-friendly-Toothbrush-Charcoal-Bristles/dp/B0719TDCD1/ref=sr_1_3?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1529445691&sr=1-3&keywords=eco+friendly+charcoal+toothbrush
3. Try Shampoo, Conditioner, & Soap Bars
Believe it or not, your shampoo & conditioner don't have to come in plastic bottles. We all know that soap can be plastic-free, but you can also buy various types of shampoo & conditioner in bar-form. And they are really nifty. Since shampoo & conditioner is something that most of us use rapidly and consistently, this is a really great way to eliminate huge amounts of plastic waste. And let's face it, most empty hair product bottles probably don't find their way into a proper recycling system.
Speaking as somebody who has thick, curly hair, I was a bit nervous that shampoo & conditioner bars wouldn't give me as much hydration as liquid products. However, I have been using them for weeks now and I can genuinely say that my hair is healthier and more hydrated than ever before. Not only do these little guys cut out plastic, but they are also made naturally and don't contain all the processed ingredients that most name-brand products do. Better for our hair, and definitely better for our earth.
Visit a LUSH store to try these for yourself! Each bar is about $12 and will give you 60-80 washes.
Shampoo Bar for $15 on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Ethique-Eco-Friendly-Solid-Shampoo-Wrangler/dp/B07572ZHB9/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1529444062&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=shampoo+bar&psc=1
Conditioner Bar for $18 on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07572RXKP/ref=sspa_dk_detail_0?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B07572RXKP&pd_rd_wg=qIeDl&pd_rd_r=KEYMZQQEAFX64PYT4PR5&pd_rd_w=M6lW3
LUSH bars: https://www.lushusa.com/hair/shampoo-bars/
Maybe these switches don't seem like much, but the more we each attempt to reduce our "carbon footprint," the bigger the changes around us will quickly be. These products are just three super simple switches that you can make to sincerely help the earth. Spread the word to family & friends! The more, the merrier.
If you have any eco-friendly products that you love, or if you give any of these three a try, let us know!
Last week, the CHC Internship Team did a photo/video shoot to start up their summer lookbook. These outfits included how to style bathing suits and dresses a particular way to fit any occasion.
the internship team was not alone.
A furry friend tagged along during the majority of the photo/video shoot, protecting the girls and being extremely loyal to them.
No collar. Not microchip. This dog was a stray.
The internship team could not leave the dog knowing the danger he could be in.
They exhausted every single option possible and luckily, after the very last resource available was able to take in the dog, a happy ending occurred. A woman accepted the dog into her home where she decided she would keep him until the owner was found.
Unfortunately, stray dogs usually do not have happy endings. So, today I will be sharing safe places to take a stray dog.
NO-KILL PET SHELTERS:
1. Animal Friends
2. Association for Needy and Neglected Animals
3. Action For Animals Humane Society
4. All 4 Paws Rescue Inc.
5. Animal Appeal
Help support your local stray animals & offer a helping hand every change that you can because you really could save a poor, innocent life.
Happy Sunday and a happy Father's Day as well! Recently, the team did a photo shoot with dresses and swimwear! However, the whole release of photos will not be out until next week! The team went to Millvale Riverfront Park and everything flowed nicely. If you like our blog, check out our Instagram to see the some photos of this photo shoot!
In every little town, and even big city, there is always a cute diner that has absolutely delicious food. Most of the time they are big on their breakfast foods, but they are also very hip on serving lunch/dinner foods. Something that I have come across is that each diner is famous for their desserts and milkshakes.
Milkshakes are something that have always carried with us over time. They just have something about them that is hard to forget and extremely hard to replace.
There is just something about them that does not make any diner want to take them off of their menu. Are they hard to pass up because of their taste? Or is it the fact that you can drink it at any time of the year? Or, maybe, is it because it is a drink that replaces a dessert?
Whatever the reason may be, the Classic Chocolate Milkshake will never go out of style. Some even refer to it as an old-fashion, vintage drink; hence the term "classic".
So, today, I decided it would be a great day to share with you all on how to make a classic chocolate milkshake.
HOW TO MAKE A CLASSIC CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE:
Well, first you need to have all of the ingredients . .
It's pretty simple, all you need is: 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream, 1 cup of milk, chocolate syrup (and obviously, a blender). You can add some toppings; which include: whipped cream and cherries (the classic way).
Check out our youtube video "HOW TO: Chocolate Milkshake" for a quick tutorial on how to put it all together (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg49jxnFTLI&t=8s).
Whether you are part of the CHC subscription services for fun or to save you some time, one super important detail we need you to tell us is who you look to for style inspiration. We absolutely love working with our customers and introducing unique and special vintage garments to your wardrobes, so we ask these questions to make sure we're sending each of you clothes that you're comfortable wearing.
The good news is that we're here to help! Choosing personal style icons out of thin air can be difficult to do, especially when you like certain aspects of multiple people's style. And sometimes, different people have very different perceptions of a fashion icon's most well-known style. We want to provide a tool to ensure that we are always on the same page as our customers when discussing style icons.
We are excited to say that we are now featuring different style icons of all eras on social media, and particularly on Pinterest. Check out our Style Icons board to view some of the most famous style icons through history, and take a few minutes to go through each of their folders to see some of their most famous looks. As a new feature, we have begun adding various outfit boards as examples of how to make each of their styles into modern outfits. See Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy, Stevie Nicks, and many more to come soon. Learn about some of their most iconic fashion moments, and use their outfit boards to inspire your own wardrobe!
While you're on our Pinterest, check out our fashion decades boards, which currently range from the 1940s through the 1990s. See dozens of fashion pictures on each to get a good feeling for each decade. Use these to inspire your own outfits, and discover what you really love about fashion in history. Who knows, maybe these will even change what styles of vintage clothing you'd like to order from us in the future!
We want to connect with all of you! Follow us for style inspiration, vintage fashion ideas, and so much more.
Pinterest: CHC Vintage
Facebook: CHC Vintage (@chcvintage)
Running out of ideas on this rainy Sunday? Well text your friends, spend time with your family or grab your umbrella to make this stormy day pass just a little bit faster than just sitting on your phone all day!
- Reading books/poetry
- Binge watching TV shows
- Shopping in stores or online
- Taking a nap
- Home Decor
Out With Friends/Family:
- Playing board/cards
- Going to the movies
- Playing sports/activities in the rain
- Video game tournament
- Going out to eat
Scarves are an item that has been around for quite some time, but it is an item that is apart of what would be considered "vogue" right now. This trend is quite a vintage trend, and many fashion icons have brought this item back as an iconic item. There are many different ways to style a scarf, and a singular scarf can honestly become a staple in your wardrobe if you are aware of all of the ways that it can be worn.
Here are a few ways you can style a scarf (bandana):
1. You can wear the scarf as an alternative for a necklace.
2. You can wear the scarf as an alternative for a bracelet.
3. You can tie the scarf to your bag to add some pizazz.
If you would like to see some other styles, watch our YouTube video "HOW TO: Styling Scarves". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9skbNNf26ck
And check out our instagram page: @CHC_Vintage
“Art Deco” is the name of a style era that bloomed after World War I. Everything from fashion to interior furnishings and household appliances to cars were influenced by this glitzy, high-tech style. The aesthetical intent of this era was for people to believe in a technologically-advanced future of glamour and luxury. The Art Deco look is heavy with geometric patterns, dark colors like satin black and emerald green, and lots of gold. Velvet is very prominent, as are shapes and tones of jewels, which give the appearance of wealth and tangible success.
Today, Art Deco is still a very popular style in both fashion and interior decorating. The last few years in particular boasted trends of gold, velvet, and glittery details that seemed to be as fresh and prominent as they were in the early 1900s. At this point, the ultra-flashy parts of Art Deco have arguably fallen to the wayside a bit, and a softer and more relaxed "retro" has filled in the gaps. Softer color palettes with more subdued and velvety hues have replaced harsh shapes and flashy textures. The glitzier parts that were in our faces for so long have had their time and are now retiring into a more mature and elegantly-sophisticated look. Currently, my favorite trends and ways of decorating include simple, classic, modern, and somewhat minimalist bases with Art Deco-inspired details and flares throughout. The "Millennial Pink" fad has lent itself perfectly to this trend.
Now, Art Deco feels fresh and sweet, yet it remains a very unique and retro style. New trends have come into play, but for as long as "Art Deco" lives, its characteristics will be unmistakable. In fashion, interior decorating, and every other aspect, this is one trend that I truly hope never dies.
Always wondering why you keep breaking out on that one spot on your forehead or near your lip? These tips will help you to prevent and understand these breakouts!
- If your always on your phone or touching your face, your face may be breaking out quite frequently. Wiping down your phone every couple of days or washing your face every night can reduce breakouts.
- Heart or Blood Pressure could be an underlying issue. In your diet are you eating more sugary foods? Cutting back the sugar can help as well. Allergies or polluted air could be effecting your heart and your skin. Even adding some plants to your home could make a difference.
- Unfortunately, breakouts here cannot disappear forever, but they can be minimized. If it is that time of the month of close, chances are that is why your face is breaking out. Your hormones are spiraling out of control. Try to eat better foods and take care of your skin more during this time to help yourself regulate.
- If the pimples show up here, this is connected to your digestive system. Your body is not breaking down the foods properly. So, by eating foods that contain more enzymes, could help your body digest properly.
- This can show a liver problem due to stress and irregular sleep. This can be prevented by getting about eight hours of sleep and balancing out your week.
- Between the Brows/Lips:
- Had greasy food last night or the past couple of days? Then that might be the reason for the breakouts. Sometimes drinking lots of alcohol could make you breakout in these areas too. This can be a easy fix by choosing healthier foods and cutting back on the bad ones.
Happy Memorial Day, and happy summer! As the hottest and most invigorating season kicks off, fashion really comes alive with bright, bold colors and festive prints. Why not add a little pizzazz to one more small but mighty part of your look: your nails! Solid colors are sweet and simple, but here are six ideas to try this summer to give your busy fingers a little boost.
1. Picasso Faces
2. Groovy Flowers
3. Real Flowers
4. Geometric Free Draw
5. Glitter Galore
6. Dainty Diagonals