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16 June 2019

Vintage/Retro Influencers I Follow

June 16, 2019 0 Comments

I recently have experienced a discovery of new vintage YouTubers and bloggers to follow and adore, and I thought it would be nice to share them with you in case you were looking for your own inspiration for vintage-inspired fashion and all-round lovely stuff!

I love Rachel's sense of humour; she never comes across like she's taking herself overly seriously, which makes her informative and inspiring videos all the more enjoyable. On her YouTube channel, she shares vintage hairstyles, hauls, and tips and tricks for achieving vintage style creatively on a budget. She transforms modern items from websites like SheIn into a vintage outfit seamlessly, and I love her more earth-toned and muted retro looks.


I've loved Ella's content for a while without even realising it. If you scroll through my vintage Pinterest board, you don't have to look far before you come across one of her beautiful outfits! She always looks so elegant and put-together, with perfect hairstyles, precise makeup, and of course extraordinary 1950s-style dresses galore. Her content is the perfect inspiration for someone who wants to enjoy a glamourous pinup look!

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bvr5-thBRpS/

Karolina's fascination with authentic fashion history is honestly a joy to behold. She's so witty and insightful, and shares videos debunking historical fashion myths (and critiquing people's oversimplified approach to retro, vintage, and antique fashion styles), tutorials for hair and fashion styles, and Get Ready With Me videos from various eras. I really love her approach, with her focus on authenticity and the variety of eras she celebrates.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BqNx8NzhE8Z/

Sara's content makes me overwhelming happy. Her outfits are so vibrant and colourful, packed with 1950s-inspired joy! She always writes very candidly about body positivity, which I really appreciate. No one, not even yourself, has the right to make you feel inferior because of your weight or size, and I love that she makes such a point of bringing that message to the vintage-loving community.


Jessica's videos are all about raising awareness for chronic illnesses and disabilities, alongside LGBTQ+ awareness which typically include her wife, Claudia. As well as all that, she shares fascinating information about famous historical figures, and helpful and inspiring videos about vintage hairstyles and fashion. Her content is laced with so much wit and well-researched information, and she's a YouTuber I really recommend adding to your subscriptions.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu-_Q_AjxN6/

 I enjoy reading sewing blogs, and I enjoy reading vintage fashion blogs, so I was delighted when I came across The Crafty Pinup. Abi has a whole section of her blog dedicated to sewing retro items of clothing, including (but not limited to) 1960s nightwear, 1950s shirt dresses, and 1940s overalls! She's so skilled, and I adore her choice of fabrics and patterns more and more with every post.





I hope you have enjoyed this post, and I hope you've found some new bloggers and YouTubers to follow that you haven't come across before! If you'd like to see more of my content, be sure to follow me using the links in my sidebar!

12 June 2019

Mabon for Beginners

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My American readers will be familiar with Thanksgiving. It’s a time when families and friends get together to share a large meal and be grateful for everything they have. But did you know that Wiccans and Pagans everywhere have their own version of this tradition?


It’s called Mabon, and it happens at the same time as the Autumn Equinox. For those who are unsure, that means that the lengths of night and day are close to equal, and that happens twice a year: once in Spring, and once in Autumn. Wiccans celebrate that equality, and apply it to other principles: just as night and day are equal, so are dark and light, masculine and feminine, and many other things. We like to link things like that.


At this point in the Pagan calendar, we have almost completed a full turn of the Wheel of the Year, and we’re about to return to the period of darkness that we started in. Nights are about to grow longer, days will be shorter and colder, the vibrant greens of summertime will give way to the flaming oranges and reds of autumn. And, as we always do when the seasons are about to change, Wiccans and Pagans everywhere are having a celebration!


As I mentioned in my post about Lammas, in Pagan mythology, the Sun God is supposed to have given his power to the grain, and at the time of Mabon, he is said to have made a huge sacrifice. When we cut the very last grain of the season, the Sun’s power has finally come to end for the year, and we are truly moving towards winter. The Moon Goddess reigns as the Harvest Queen, and Wiccans thank Her for everything she has provided us with, and thank the Sun God for his sacrifice for us.


At this time, fruit and vegetables are in abundance, so of course we celebrate that with a feast, making sure to remind ourselves that the food we are given is a gift that we should be grateful for, since without it we stand no chance of survival. In order for the coming winter months to be a time of peace and reflection, many Pagans also choose this time to do a bit of ‘autumn cleaning’, and declutter their homes of unwanted things. Mabon would be the perfect time to begin the KonMari method of tidying made famous by Marie Kondo!


There are plenty of things to be thankful for at this time. Think about your friends and family, and how lucky you are to have their love, support, and company. Reflect on your good health, and the good health of the people you surround yourself with, if a healthy mind and body is something you’re lucky enough to have. Be thankful for a source of income you have so that you can provide yourself with food to eat and a roof over your head. Be aware of your hobbies and pass-times, and the things you enjoy doing. If you’re Pagan, thank the Gods and Goddesses you believe in for everything they’ve done for you. And if you’re not Pagan, be grateful for the things that you believe in, and your conviction in those beliefs, even if your belief is that there’s nothing to believe at all.


Big or small, I’m sure there’s at least one thing that you are lucky to have. By bringing awareness to it, and respectfully being grateful for it, you’re sure to bring good vibes with you into the winter months, and that’s a huge part of what Mabon is all about.


Have a lovely day, and blessed be.

9 June 2019

Lammas for Beginners

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In between the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox, Wiccans celebrate the Sabbat of Lammas, or Lughnasadh.


Lammas marks the start of the Harvest season, as it’s when the first grains will start to be harvestable, and fruits are just reaching their perfect ripeness and dropping off trees left right and centre.


At Litha, we realised that the Sun God’s power is starting to wane, and some ancient Pagans believed that He infused the grain with his power, and that when we harvested the grain, we were metaphorically sacrificing Him to keep ourselves fed. The main thing people often think of when they hear the word ‘Pagan’ is worshipping the earth, and I have a funky feeling that that sort of idea came directly from the respect that Pagans must have shown their crops if they believed they had been infused by their God.


In Pagan and Wiccan tradition, the first grain harvest of the year is used to bake a loaf of bread, which historically was taken to a Church to be blessed. Christians and Pagans historically cohabited quite well, and the word ‘Lammas’ is actually taken from this tradition; broken down, it means ‘loaf mass’.


As with every cultures’ harvest festival, the best way to celebrate Lammas is with a feast. Wiccans will decorate their homes with the colours of the season: rich yellows, oranges, and browns. They might also add harvest imagery such as scythes and baskets (please note, a drawing of a scythe would suffice, there’s no need to go hanging blades all over your dining room). Then they’ll serve up some bread, late summer vegetables, bread, seasonal fruits, bread, grain-based dishes, bread…


Many Wiccans also make corn dollies to decorate their altars or to use in spells if that Wiccan identifies as a Witch. If I had some corn I’d show you how easy they are to make, but there are tutorials available online if you’re interested.


On a spiritual level, Lammas is all about productivity and gratitude: we’ve got to work hard to get the harvest in, but we also are extremely grateful for everything that we have been provided with this year, and in the years to come. By respecting and being grateful for the food, shelter, and clothing we’ve been given, we are already celebrating Lammas in the best possible way!


Have a lovely day, and goodbye!

5 June 2019

Litha for Beginners

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On or around the 21st of June is the time of the Summer Solstice, which is the longest day of the year. At the same time, Wiccans are celebrating their Sabbat of Litha, or Midsummer.


Litha is a pivotal moment in the year. The Wheel of the Year has turned us from the darkness at the time of Yule, all the way to the height of summer, where everything is warm, bright, and vibrant. The world is full of light and life, and we celebrate that.


However, in Wicca, the Sabbat is tinged with a hint of sadness, and that is because those of us who believe in the Sun God believe that he is now at the height of his power, and that means that the only place we can go from here is down. Once you’ve reached your peak, you can’t keep rising, and once we’ve had the longest day, the days can only get shorter and darker from there. That said, it’s still a wonderful time of year, and we still have a lot to celebrate, so we can choose to look at Litha with sadness about the future, or with joy about the present, or, if you’re a fan of paradoxes, with a little bit of both.


Like in Beltane, fires are often lit at this time of year, and people choose to jump over them for blessings and purification. Offerings of food are also often presented to allies in energy, so Wiccans who also identify as Witches may offer their familiar their favourite meal, or leave bread and milk for faeries that can either help or hinder them in their practice depending on how generous the Witch in question is! You can also offer food to friends and family, or people and pets who share your home, as a sign of goodwill and to bring abundance and harmony into your home.


The turn of the wheel is inevitable, and it’s important to Wiccans to be aware of it. We’ve been rising to Summer since Yule, and now we’re going to start to fall back into Winter, but for Wiccans, whether it’s light or dark, warm or cold, we’ll still find something to celebrate!


So this year, at the Summer Solstice, remember the paradox of joy and sadness that this time of year brings. But while you’re reflecting on that, don’t forget to celebrate the warmth, light, and life that summer brings us.


Have a lovely day, and Blessed Be.