Monday, September 8, 2014

1950's Styled Portraits

At our church's recent missions conference & international dinner (read more about the whole weekend on our family blog, here!) several from my family ended up on team America. My first thought was that "this will be boring", because, after all, we live in America. What could we do for our international booth that would actually be interesting? 
Enter my Cassie friend, who is pretty much the world's most creative decorator/designer/planner extraordinare. She told us all that we were going to go back in time and recreate a 1950's America home, complete with food, furniture,, of course! We were going to be LEGIT.
And let me tell you, we went all out, and it was such fun. Pretty sure I could dress like this 
Well, except for maybe the heavy lipstick. That would get annoying. =)
Since we were all dressed up anyway, and since its not everyday that we dress this way, we took a few minutes to grab some fun shots.
Above is Rebecca, in a fun, polka dotted dress I found at goodwill and remade for her, and an adorable little hairstyle that we took from the Shirley Temple version of "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm".
(shh...don't tell that it was previously a women's size sundress  and waay too big for her. There's nothing that a sewing machine can't fix! With just a little work it was transformed into just her size.)
My shoes.
Once again, courtesy of goodwill.
Never mind that they were two sizes too small. They were 1950's after all!! So I wore them.
 I may or may not have had the sorest feet for a long time afterwards...but they were still worth it. 
My sister was aMAYzing!! She did her hair herself, which was super impressive. 
Her dress was borrowed from me (it was a dress I've had for a few years-got it at goodwill and added the black band at the bottom to give it a tad bit more length) her heels were her own, and I found the jewelry for her in a 1950's tote at a costume consignment store.
The magazine she was looking at was an antique womens fashion magazine. No clue how it happened to be open to a picture of a baby..whatever.
Vering from the fashion for a minute to..THIS STOVE. 
#Yay for discarded stoves that don't work and red spray paint and friends who are just genius like that. Oh, and REAL APPLE PIE.
Ah-she's just so FIFTIES!! =)
Liz and I grabbed a quick photo together. Poor child-she HATED that huge hairbow and tried her best to convince me that no normal child in ANY time period would have ever been caught DEAD in something like that.
Unfortunately for her, she's stuck with an older sister (me!) who is a fifties junkie. I KNOW this time period. The big bow was a must. End of subject. =)
Big bow and all-agree with me that she looks VERY darling?! Oh. And her dress was from goodwill too!
And then just a few of yours truly. I don't like posting pictures of myself of the guys had left their glasses on the table and I just couldn't resist trying them on and grabbing a few pictures.
And no, I haven't had a heart change-I still abhor coke. But a coke bottle really seemed fitting for the shot, so I compromised. =)
And my dress? On cue, all together now....Goodwill! =) Once again it was too short but I took the fabric belt and took out the seams and attached it to the bottom of the dress. (see the above picture-you will be able to tell where the lines contrast near the hem) I love how it turned out. 
Anybody else love the fifties, too? Have you ever dressed up fifties-style?