Saturday, July 26, 2014

Had to post this absolutely adorable article: Sea Glass: Bikini Boss by By Lily O'Gara | Jul 25, 2014  from the Block Island Village Soup.com Site.  This article is so "on target" I had to laugh and actually bought back memories from the past .... and present : )

"Next week, I’ll be on a Disney cruise in the Bahamas. And, while I’m really excited about the trip, I’m nervous, too.
I’m not nervous because I dislike Disney (I know every word of every song) or because I’m afraid of boats (I’ve been on cruises in the past). Rather, I’m anxious about the same thing I struggle with every year: wearing a bikini.
According to TIME Magazine, the modern bikini can be traced back to July 1946, when French engineer Louis RĂ©ard unveiled a garment “smaller than the world’s smallest swimsuit.” It caused such a fashion “bang” that it was named after the nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
Since that fateful July in 1946, the bikini has only gotten smaller and inspired feelings of inadequacy in women around the globe. These feelings, paired with today’s figure and beauty-obsessed world, are enough to make any woman feel like she’s not good enough.
I felt that way until very recently, and I still have my bad days. I didn’t wear a bikini all throughout my teenage years, for fear of judgment. I dreaded summer because it meant pool parties and also, I thought, that I had to limit my food intake to look good in a bikini. I’ve never been more wrong.
Still, it’s not easy to walk down a beach 80 percent naked, even if you’re a Victoria’s Secret model (okay, maybe then). No matter how many times I’m told I look “beautiful” or “fine” by family members and friends, it’s sometimes difficult to resist the thought that everyone is focused on my imperfections.
The reality, though, is that most people are too busy worrying about themselves to be concerned about fellow beach goer figures. Most women don’t look like supermodels, whose source of income relies on being toned and thin and beautiful. And Photoshop does not exist outside of glossy magazine pages.
Nor should it. Life would be pretty boring if everyone looked the same and I, for one, would really miss ice cream. And pizza. And also fries…
This is something that I’ve known my whole life, and embraced in on-again-off-again bouts of body empowerment and girl power. Now, though, I want to embrace it full-time, even on days that I don’t feel “bikini body ready,” especially since I now live in a beach community. The fact of the matter is that the only real way to get a “bikini body” is to put a bikini on your body; the rest is subject to interpretation.
There are many women who truly love their bodies, regardless of size and shape, who have felt this way for years. I think that’s a truly underrated and admirable trait, one that I’d like to cultivate within myself. I’m almost six feet tall and I have curves; I’m never going to be a size 2. I want to be okay with this, and spend more time focused on building the perfect sandcastle than worrying about if I have stomach rolls when I bend over. I also don’t want other women to miss out on life because they are scared of judgment. Rather, I’d like to help create a society in which every body is celebrated, in which no one is afraid to do something as simple as wear a bikini.
I’m embracing this mindset as soon as I step onto that cruise ship, and I’m going to show my bikini who’s boss."

Great article!  Says so much in so few paragraphs ... :)

(http://block-island.villagesoup.com/p/bikini-boss/1217309)


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Happy Birthday Ginger Rogers!

Born July 16, 1911; today is Ginger Rogers' birthday. Rogers originally wanted to become a schoolteacher. Upon seeing a traveling vaudeville act that came through town that needed a stand-in ... school teaching went out the window and the rest is history.

During her long career, she made 73 films.  it wasn't until she partnered with Fred Astaire as a romantic lead actress and dancing partner in a series of ten Hollywood musical films that revolutionized the genre, that her career skyrocketed. She achieved great success on her own in a variety of film roles and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Kitty Foyle (1940). She ranks #14 on the AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars list of actress screen legends. (wikipedia)

Fast Facts from the Official Ginger Rogers Website:
  • Ginger's grandmother on her mother's side was a relation of George Washington. 
  • She was given the name "Ginger" by her little cousin who couldn't pronounce "Virginia" correctly.
  • She did not drink: the bar at her house was stocked with ice-cream sodas. 
  • Ginger brought her cousin Helen Brown to Hollywood, renamed her Phyllis Fraser, and guided her through a few films. 
  • Miss Rogers was an accomplished artist and excelled at both sculpting and painting, but could never bring herself to sell any of her work. 
  • She enjoyed tennis, golf, swimming and skeet shooting and held several tennis cups and some high-card records at skeet.
  • The first Rogers and Astaire teaming, 'Flying Down To Rio', was her twentieth film appearance and only Fred's second. 
  • Ginger turned down lead roles in To Each His Own and The Heiress, both roles were made famous by Olivia de Havilland.
  • "Cheek to Cheek" - Words and Music by Irving Berlin, is a song written in 1935. Song performed by Fred Astaire. Dance performed by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - Top Hat (1935)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Even Kim Kardashian Loves the High Waisted Swimsuit!


Even Kim Kardashian likes the retro look with her High Waist Swimsuit.  Check her rockin' look on her Mexico Honeymoon with Kanye West. The suit is a simple black High Waist bikini.  Perfect for the pool or beach.  Non slip and you don't have to worry about keeping your bottoms on!  A little moderation but a lot of sex appeal.  She is not wearing a boy cut, but rather the high leg look.  If you can get away with it ... that's cute too.   At Get Go Retro we love the high waist swimsuit.
Bad Bettie

Check out our high waist swimsuit line.  Including our Bad Bettie High Waist : )












Wednesday, May 21, 2014

How To Look After and Get The Most From Your Vintage Clothes

The perception many people have of vintage clothes as being old and fusty, or somehow cheaper than hitting the high street actually couldn’t be further from the truth. Whether you have a silk 1920s gown that you treasure or a pair of 1950s Chanel shoes that once belonged to your grandmother, vintage garments are precious pieces (and in some cases, family heirlooms) that need to be looked after and cared for properly. So what is the best way to look after your vintage clothes to ensure they’re still in great condition for the next generation? Here are a few hints and tips:

Store Your Vintage Clothes Properly

Your vintage clothes need to be stored correctly to ensure they remain in the best possible condition. In fact, these same rules will apply to all garments you love if you want to ensure they remain in wearable condition for a long time. Keep your clothes in a wardrobe out of direct sunlight to prevent any patching or fading. You should also ensure that your clothing can breathe: dampness can lead to mildew (a smell that’s almost impossible to remove) and can also damage delicate fibers irreparably. For this same reason, you shouldn’t store your pieces in plastic garment bags: they don’t allow the pieces to breathe. Finally, choose wooden coat hangers rather than wire or plastic ones. Metal hangers can leave rust stains on your clothes and flimsy metal or plastic hangers will also pull at the piece leaving it permanently misshaped.  

Protect Your Investment

If you have several expensive vintage pieces in your collection then ensure you have a contents insurance policy that covers them specifically. Many home insurance policies don’t cover the contents of your wardrobe, so if you do have a sizeable vintage collection with a high retail value then you should mention this to your insurer when purchasing your policy. That way you know your protected, financially at least, should the worst happen. Serious vintage collectors should regularly take stock of the pieces they have and hold a written itinerary of their wardrobe: this is one of the best ways of ensuring you know everything is where it should be. Gals with sizable shoe collections that are constantly being borrowed by their girlfriends might want to consider doing the same thing!
Washing Your Vintage Clothes

Washing vintage clothes is a controversial subject, with many different schools of thought on the best way to proceed. A good rule of thumb is that anything produced before the 1960s (when the use of washing machines became widespread) should always be washed by hand. The best thing to do though is use your own judgment here: if you have a piece that is beaded, delicate, or made of a very  fine fabric then don’t put it in your washing machine. Either wash the piece by hand or, if you can afford to do so on a regular basis, take your most precious vintage pieces to the dry cleaners. Your dry cleaner is an expert who will know just the right way to look after your favorite vintage frock!

Making Repairs

One of the most valuable skills a vintage enthusiast can have is the ability to sew and repair her own clothes. If you notice any small imperfections in your garments then repair them immediately: beaded are relatively easy to stitch back on, and small rips are easy to stitch up, especially in lesser seen areas like underskirts and linings. For more complicated repairs look for a seamstress that specializes in repairing vintage pieces, particularly if the garment has a high value. Finally, don’t underestimate the importance of zipper lube in keeping your zippers loose and easy to use: you’ll be grateful for it when you’re trying to slip out of your favorite vintage dress after a night on the town!
Although vintage clothes may require slightly more maintenance than pieces made from newer more durable fabrics, the payoff is that you know you’re wearing something special and unique. If you love your vintage clothes and care for them, then in return they will give you untold pleasure for many years to come.            

Friday, May 16, 2014

Vintage Vacation Wear: Essential Clothing for Summer 2014

Bombshell Swoon Swimsuit
at GetGoRetro.com
With summer just around the corner, many of us will be busy planning our summer vacation and more importantly...our summer closet. As the long, cold winter becomes a distant memory we can ditch those layers and look forward to light fabrics, bare arms and colorful prints. With vintage trends once more prevalent on this season's catwalks, there are a number of essential items that you need in your summer closet this year that are timeless and stylish whilst also being practical for a summer of fun. Here are some of the things that you need to ensure make it into your suitcase for your vacation this summer.

Swimwear

Nothing says vintage like a high-waisted bikini or a halter neck one piece. These iconic swimwear garments have never really been off the market since they burst onto the fashion scene in the late 1940s particularly when icons such as Marilyn Monroe – who artsandcollections calls an influential posing for sultry photoshoots in them. Finding the perfect balance between sexy and sophisticated, these types of swimming costumes are perfect for all sizes with curvy women often opting for the flattering shape of the high waisted bottom and more revealing top. For full retro effect, a bikini with a polka dot or nautical print would be your perfect beach or poolside ensemble this year.

Lightweight knits

Despite the rising temperatures during the day, you will need something to keep the chill off on those summer nights and a Sandra Dee style sweater or cardigan will do just that. Versatile, flattering and practical a true vintage style lightweight knit can usually be identified by it's cut and color – figure hugging with a scoop neck and usually in a pretty pastel shade. Like many styles of the 1940s and 50s, these types of garments were designed to show off a woman's curves so don't be afraid of something a little clingier than that oversized sweatshirt in your wardrobe. A sweater or cardigan made from a light wool or cashmere will be your best bet and is something you can layer up and wear all year round when you get home too.

Occasion wear (if applicable!)
These days many people choose to combine their weddings with their vacations. That may mean getting married on a white, sandy beach or something a little different like a wedding at sea with Iglu Cruises classing this not just as a romantic notion but a reality with everything you need for your wedding under one roof (or ship!) Whatever your choice of summer wedding, there is an abundance of vintage bridal wear on the market nowadays with sophisticated, glamorous and often handmade garments from the past proving very popular with modern brides. The beauty of a true vintage wedding dress is that they are often unique and with a bit of tailoring they can often be restored magnificently and for a fraction of the price of a regular wedding dress (especially if you are fortunate enough to stumble across one in a thrift store). If you're luck enough to be invited to an destination wedding,  whether you opt for a slinky 1920s number or a fun, full skirted, halter neck frock from the 1950s, you can bet you will cut a stylish figure. 
Floral Tea Dress

Tea dress

A staple part of any summer wardrobe has to be the tea dress. This feminine, delicate style of dress is wonderfully versatile and can be dressed down for a day at the beach or glammed up with heels and jewelry for the evening. The history of the tea dress depicts it's versatility – a dress that was designed to be worn by ladies of leisure in the late 19th century when entertaining and taking afternoon tea in their homes. The dress was intended to be fancy enough to impress but comfortable enough to wear around the home and was often made from light, floaty fabrics with less structured lines and paneling. Move forward 150 years and the tea dress is as popular as ever with 1940's vintage patterns coming back with a bang – delicate ditsy print, bold florals, polka dots and birds can be found printed upon many a tea dress. The tea dress is timeless so do not leave this out of your suitcase this summer.

Accessories

Accessories can bring and outfit together and also protect you from the sun so don't neglect them this year. For several years fashion trends have been revisiting some major vintage styles when it comes to sunglasses – wayfarer, cats eyes and aviators have all made a comeback in recent years and can be teamed with a variety of outfits. For example, aviators are great with a pair of Levi shorts and slogan tee for a cool daytime look whilst cats eye sunglasses could be teamed with a more sophisticated ensemble for a day-to-evening style. Or you could mix it up Audrey Hepburn style and put a pair of wayfarers with your LBD and bling – it worked well for her with Huffington Post stating that she 'exuded cool' with this mismatched combination. A vintage sun hat is also an essential. Wide brimmed, colorful styles are great for the beach but if you want to try something a little different then opt for an Ava Gardner style turban cap. These headpeices were infamous during the 1950's and were as exotic and classy as they were practical. Make a statement this year while simultaneously protecting your hair from sun, sand and sea water.

Shoes

No outfit is complete without a pair of killer shoes but when it comes to vintage footwear, less is more. A subtle pair of nude or pastel colored patent court shoes are the perfect accompaniment to an evening outfit, once again balancing sweet with sexy. For the daytime, a pair of cut-out leather sandals in primary colors or tan slingbacks can be a casual yet stylish option. Or if you want a little 90's revival then purchase a pair of jelly shoes – cheap, cheerful and a little bit childish, these will make any outfit seem more fun.  

Friday, November 8, 2013

The Retro Housewife ... You Need an Apron!

Sabine Kelly in our
Sweetheart Apron
Like to mix things up? You need to wear a retro apron.  Whether you are an apron aficionado, like to cook or are new to the idea of wearing an apron, just know that vintage aprons have tremendous sex appeal all the whilst having a "use".  We always say that our aprons are for the girl who likes to stir things up in the kitchen.  Wear it with clothes (or not); with pearls (or not) ... depending on just what you plan on cooking up.

On a serious note ... vintage-inspired aprons are great for every type of mess, from flour showers to oil splashes and stains.  In addition, you can just grab a handful of apron when reaching for a hot dish, rather than hunting for those potholders yet again.  And, everyone still remembers the wonderful Donna Reed who is the epitome of the gorgeous housewife along with Barbara Billingsley of "Leave it to Beaver fame."

Looking for a great gift for the teacher, your daughter, a bride or even yourself ... check out the various aprons we have at Get Go Retro.

And to get you in the mood for cooking . . . check out this fabulous blog "Glamourous Housewife." They have a great no bake Thanksgiving desert that is easy to make; and I remember having as a kid.  Brought back a lot of memories.  "The filled" angel food cake (recipe is on her blog.)   This is a great site with tips on dressing, entertaining and inspiration (which we all can use a little of from time to time.)

For fun, check out the the May 1955 issue of Housekeeping Monthly, they published this list of how to be a good housewife:


  • Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have be thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they get home and the prospect of a good meal is part of the warm welcome needed.
  • Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people.
  • Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.
  • Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives. Run a dustcloth over the tables.
  • During the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too. After all, catering to his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.
  • Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Encourage the children to be quiet.
  • Be happy to see him.
  • Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.
  • Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first - remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours.
  • Don't greet him with complaints and problems.
  • Don't complain if he's late for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through at work.
  • Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or lie him down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.
  • Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.
  • Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.
  • A good wife always knows her place.




  • Thursday, November 7, 2013

    Rosie the Riveter's Factory at Risk! Group Hoping to Make it a WWII Museum


    Rosie the Riveter Poster
    For everyone out there who loves the "Rosie the Riveter" poster, or dons the head scarf style that Rosie wore; perhaps you went to your Halloween party as Rosie, why not try and help save the historic Bomber Plant?

    Let’s Save The Willow Run Bomber Plant! 


    The Detroit-area factory where 'Rosie the Riveter' showed that a woman could do a 'man's work' by building World War II-era bombers, making her an enduring symbol of American female empowerment, will be demolished if money can't be found to save it.


    The real Rose Monroe,
    who died in 1997
    The Willow Run Bomber Plant, a 332-acre former Ford Motor Company factory west of Detroit that churned out nearly 9,000 B-24 Liberator bombers during World War II, is slated to be torn down unless a group can raise $3.5 million by May 1, 2014;  http://SavetheBomberPlant.org/ to convert at least some of the structure into a new, expanded home for the nearby Yankee Air Museum. 'The younger generation needs to know what people went through and be able to go and see what they did and how they did it for our country,' Larry Doe, a 70-year-old Ypsilanti Township resident who has given to the cause, said recently before joining other donors for a trip on a B-17.

    Although women performed what had been male-dominated roles in plants all over the country during the war, it was a Willow Run worker - one of an untold number of women in its 40,000-person workforce - who caught the eye of Hollywood producers casting a 'riveter' for a government film about the war effort at home.

    Rosie the Riveter Pants
    available at Get Go Retro
    Although many Rosies were let go once the war was over and the soldiers returned home, they had shown that women were capable of doing jobs that had traditionally been done by only men. An illustrated poster of a determined-looking Rosie the Riveter rolling up her sleeve with the slogan, 'We can do it!,' became an iconic symbol of female empowerment for American women.

    The Willow Run factory went back to making automobiles after the war ended, and it did so for more than a half-century under the General Motors name before closing for good in 2010.Now, Doe and other donors are hoping to save at least some of the massive structure to convert it into the new home of the Yankee Air Museum. The museum's original headquarters burned down in 2004, and it is currently housed at Willow Run Airport in Van Buren Township, which is near Ypsilanti Township, where the plant is located.


    Yankee Air Museum backers are hoping to tap into some of that patented Rosie resolve in their efforts to transform Willow Run. The hulking facility currently is in the hands of the Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response Trust, which took over sites around the country left behind in the bankruptcy of GM.  Much of the plant has fallen into disrepair, including the portion the Yankee Air Museum is eyeing.

    'We now have the opportunity to actually take a piece of this plant. It's due to be demolished over the next two or three years,' said Dennis Norton, president of the Michigan Aerospace Foundation. 'There's no further use for it. It's too big. It's too old to be used in modern-day manufacturing.'



    Riveters at work

    So do your part… $50 saves 1 sq. ft. of the historic Willow Run Bomber Plant!
    If we fail, our part of the plant will share the fate of the rest of the building, and a valuable piece of our history could be lost in its entirety. But…
    Just as the Willow Run workers helped win World War II… together, we can do it!
    Do your part. Click on  “Donate”  and give generously…. and please tweet, post and share to spread the word!