I think my proclivity for all things vintage began when I was kid and my grandparents would show me classic films on television like Singing In the Rain and Take Me Out to the Ballgame. I would sit too close to the screen, enthralled by the popular strains and the way the actors and actresses would express their emotions through their tap shoes.
My life-long devotion to these kinds of films is how I discovered my obsession with 1930’s and 1940’s music and it’s a love that’s steadily grown over the years. You’re likely to hear greats like Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, or Glen Miller echoing through my house on a regular basis. Recently, I’ve been frequently playing 1920’s Jazz when I’m in the kitchen or on the computer. Listening to smooth standards like Moonlight Serenade grants me the power to time travel to places I’ve never been. This is how my Midnight In Paris syndrome flairs.
My fondness for vintage only got worse when I started using Pinterest. I was able to dive deep into antique photography and art, which swiftly expanded my interest in the medium. One day, I hope to live surrounded by timeless snapshots printed in black and white. Or, perhaps, have Hollywood’s most famous faces adorning my walls.
The melodious and romantic ideals of the 1940’s and 50’s gave me an unbreakable admiration for designer dresses and elaborate evening gowns. This past year, I wanted to stop daydreaming about vintage beauty and fashion, and make it a modern day reality. I thought I’d slowly introduce myself to the aesthetic by searching YouTube for hairstyle tutorials.
This is how I discovered Rachel Maksy and her simple techniques to flawlessly flaunt that signature, vintage look. She won’t fool you and tell you it’s easy, but her down-to-earth personality and relatable awkwardness will make you believe that even you could pull off saddle shoes and skirts. Rachel will teach you how to take modern pieces of clothing and transform them into period accurate looks. You’ll learn how to create easy up-do’s and how to accomplish perfect victory rolls. Rachel’s cosplay costumes are ingenious, inspired, and incredibly artistic. Not to mention, her gorgeous make-up how-tos and unboxing videos. You’ll find a little bit of everything on her channel. She’ll make you want to make the switch to a vintage lifestyle even if it seems impossible.