A Vintage Weekend for the Winter Blues

After the holiday season, we are often left with a long and dreary winter ahead of us. The falling snow that we were so grateful for on Christmas Day now seems daunting. With a brand new calendar for the New Year, all too often January engagements are sparse, with nothing on the agenda to look forward to. I can’t help but feeling a bit blue at the start of January. Over the past couple of weeks, I find myself resenting the cold weather, but also feeling nostalgia for the time spent with friends and family over the holidays.

Throughout the winter season, I’ve decided to make more of an effort towards embracing the cold weather through making time for the great outdoors, adding some adventure, and marking dates on the calendar so that there are events on the horizon to look forward to. In this process, I’ve created a new feature to the blog titled A Vintage Weekend, which will be shared on Fanciful Impressions every second month.

It’s so important to get out of the routine every once in a while and get a change of scenery. For me, it’s capturing those vintage moments in a new part of town, a new city or venue. Recently, I went on a weekend day trip to Buffalo, New York. It was a sunny winter’s day and it was great to spend time exploring a town rich with history. Here are some highlights:

The Grindhaus Café located in Allentown is a rustic venue to escape the cold weather. You can enjoy a hot cup of apple cider and one of their delicious vegan dishes seated at one of their vintage dining tables. The vibe at this coffee spot is friendly, calm and cozy.

One of my favorite things to do in new cities is check out the town’s history by capturing its architecture and landscape. Going through the town’s theatre district felt like a time warp back to the turn of the twentieth century when the city of Buffalo was booming.

The design of this 1920s candy store was beautiful and felt exactly like an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Though I didn’t try a float at their ice cream stand, I did manage to pick up some of their chocolate truffles!

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Eye Shadow Trends of the Disco Era

Let’s start the year with one of my favorite decades in history. In looking at makeup trends of the disco age, there is something unapologetic and bold about its style. The seventies incorporated elements of previous decades using eye shadow techniques that were highly popular in the twenties. The era also built new makeup techniques that would be widely used in decades to come. Bronzer, a product which was used greatly in the seventies so as to create a healthy glow, reappeared twenty years later in the early 2000s. Looks of the disco era also used bold lines of blush, applied to the cheek bones and temples, a trend that became increasingly popular in the 1980s. What I love about the makeup trends of the disco era is that it achieved a look that was equal parts classic and futuristic, much like disco music itself.

With the New Year begun, I decided to incorporate some of the daring makeup trends of the disco age into three monochromatic eye shadow looks. Each look is inspired by the makeup trends of the seventies era.

Look 1 

For this look, I went for a heavily applied mixture of both cream and powder eye shadow for an eye that was reflective of the 1920s-inspired trends of the disco era. Using a cream eye shadow as a base in a light violet colour, it was applied all over the eye lid and served well as an eye shadow primer.

Secondly, a deep purple powder eye shadow was used. Using an eye shadow brush, the powder was pressed onto to cream eye shadow and up to the brow bone in the outer corner. Lastly, a sparkly eggplant coloured powder eye shadow was applied to the outer corners of the lid, stretching the shadow out to achieve an elongated look similar to the droopy and sooty eyes that were originally popular in the twenties, but were then modernized in the seventies. Instead of drooping the shadow down wards, the shadow was lifted outwards, making it more reflective of the disco era, with an angled effect that almost reached the outer edge of the eyebrow. Lastly, a mix of black and the eggplant eye shadow were applied to the lower eye lid to give the monochrome eye a more dramatic finish.

Look 2 

The seventies era introduced new formulas of makeup, including, cream-based eye shadows that were available in a wide variety of pastel colours. Using a baby blue liquid eye shadow with a metallic finish, it achieved a heavily pigmented eye shadow look similar to the colours and formulas of the seventies era. The liquid eye shadow was applied to the eye lid and then softened around the edges with a beige powder eye shadow. In the crease of the eye, I blended a navy blue powder eye shadow to increase definition and to give the eyes a more rounded shape. Lastly, using an eyeliner brush, a thick coat of gel liner was applied to the top and bottom eye lid to give the eyes a sleek look, winging the eyeliner out at the outer corner. While this look today is quite dramatic, in the seventies, pastel colours ranging from pinks to greens were often used for an everyday look.

Look 3

For the last look, I tried to incorporate some of the more fresh, tanned and dewy trends of the disco era through using warmer tone eye shadows that are popular today (reds, oranges and corals). For this look, I went for a structured and defined eye, with heavy blush applied high on the cheek bones and temples, to demonstrate some of the more futuristic trends of the era. Using a light coral eye shadow as a base on the eye lid, I added a deep orange shadow to the outer half of the lid. For the crease, a deep terracotta colored eye shadow was used and then finally, a shimmery coral for the brow bone, so as to bring the eye shadow all the way up to the brow. This was a trend that started in the seventies, but was further embellished in the eighties.

I hope the bold use of color in these three looks adds some inspiration to your favorite vintage looks. Do you have a bold eye shadow color that is your go-to for a more dramatic look?