Lablache Face Powder 1911

Lablache Face Powder

The Woman Beautiful
who owes her clear, fair complexion to Lablache, anticipates with pleasure the social functions of winter. No boudoir equipment can be complete without Lablache, the great beautifier, invisible though adherent, Lablache complexions retain that smooth, velvety appearance of youth and refinement. Its delicate fragrance is always a delight.

Refuse substitutes. They may be dangerous. Flesh, White, Pink or Cream, 50c. a box, of druggists or by mail. Send 10c. for sample box.

Ben Levy CO.
French Perfumers Dept E
125 Kingston St., Boston, Mass.

And I love that today's technology allows me to go to the address on old advertisements and see what it looks like now. It pleases me to know that in the building in this google image 100 years ago there was a cosmetics company devoted to classic beauty.

125 Kingston St. 
Historical home to Lablache Face Powder


Lessons in Fabulous Vintage Beauty Learned from Marion Cotillard

French Actress Marion Cotillard is so chic in my opinion. Her classic face and effortless, minimalist retro style are easy to mimic which makes her a fabulous modern vintage icon. She just does such a great job of nailing vintage in a contemporary world.

I feel like I can google her and find inspiration on how to wear my hair a different way everyday of the month. Here are just 3 of the many vintage chic lessons you can learn from her.


Nothing makes me feel sexier than having my hair up away from my ear and neck. This look of volume curl on the side and swooping hair away from the ear is a great form to feel like your hair is up, but not too formal. Styles like this have been worn by many actresses of the past including Jane Russell and Julie Adams.


Such a simple accent, this hair headband effect is still impactful. You could easily do this no matter your hair length with a slim strip of hair extensions. It would need to be 22-24 inches long to reach around your whole head, so be sure to check the measurement first.

I think this would even be cool with a fun color strip. My hair is red, so a pink or black strip could be an interesting effect. If you have black hair, maybe use a lime green or deep purple hair strip. And if your hair is brown or blonde pastels could look great like lavender or pale blue. Sally Beauty Supply...here I come!


Marion Cotillard looks like a walking piece of mid century modern art in this Christian Dior Resort 2014 dress. It reminds me of a cross between a Clyfford Stills and Piet Mondrian painting. The bouffant bump on top is the perfect clean lined hairstyle to go with the clean lines of the dress too. Bravo Marion, or your stylist, or who ever it was that said, "You should wear this."

She doesn't make it too complicated. It doesn't need to be. A couple of throwback hints in her hair and a Dior dress and she's instant simple retro.


We need cuter salon capes.

I think I bought this little number on Ebay. It was a few years back, so it is hard for me to remember. But I love this vintage pink poodle salon shampoo cape and I wish I had more capes like this.

Coming across vintage salon capes isn't easy. We hairstylists put these capes through a lot of stress and stains. Time wasn't good to them either. The old plastic discolors and deteriorates over the years. I was lucky to find this one. I also don't really have any intention of every actually using it on a client. I'm clumsy and could picture myself dropping red hair color on this and then I'd be really sad.

So I put myself on a little mission first to find cute capes available today. I didn't find anything that really made me go wow. I found these 2 cute styling capes from Betty Dane.

But other than that I was a little disappointed that with so many companies doing retro that there weren't more options. So I had an idea! The little pink poodle shampoo cape I have is a very similar fabric to a shower curtain. What if I took a shower curtains and using a contemporary cape to make a pattern and made my own cute styling cape?

Sourpuss Clothing has this amazing shower curtain that could make a cute retro barber cape.

This is another Sourpuss shower curtain, but it is discontinued and I found it here on Ebay.

And then there is this adorable collage of Marilyn pictures shower curtain. These would all make great capes!


My whole life is going through a remodel!!!

Wow. I just looked at my blog history and my last post was the end of February. That is really bad, but it makes perfect sense. That was when my entire world, both personal and business started a fantastic roller coaster ride that has landed me in a very different place than I expected to be in this summer.

The first big, big change…a new house and living situation. On the first week of March, my beau and I put in an offer on a house that we would move into together. And of course along with all of this came mortgage application red tape, packing, moving, unpacking, repairing, settling, and all the other fun (and stressful) things that come along with such a big change.

And during this whole time I was also working very diligently to start putting together my latest project…

Announcing the latest installment in the vintage beauty instruction arsenal…

Vintage Wedding Hairstyles!!!

This is a mock cover for now and I'm not even sure if this is going to be the exact title, but the images and steps are all photographed and I am really excited to put it all together! My goal is to have it off to the printer by the end of September.

The Bobby Pin Blog is also going to be going through some changes. For right now, it will be staying here as a Blogger blog, but I will be phasing it out slowly and moving it to its own website www.bobbypinblog.com using a wordpress site. My hope is that it will be a lot more user friendly and informative with extra additives to boot!

So hopefully in my absence my readers are still out there, because I am back on track and blogging and have so many plans!


Style Icon: Cher

Cher's style in the 1960s was iconic. Check her out with this great cat eye eyeliner reminiscent of the Cleopatra makeup worn by Elizabeth Taylor.


Magazine for the Vintage Sewing Enthusiast

Vintage Made Magazine is a very new publication on sewing vintage style clothing with only 2 issues coming out so far. The most recent issue I received from the publisher Artwear Publications because I wrote a marcel wave tutorial to appear as part of a Jazz Age article series they were working on.

The magazine hales from Australia where the country is booming in its love of all things vintage with more and more Australia based vintage/retro companies popping up weekly. 

This new magazine is really special not only in its content, but in the free dress pattern that comes with the semi-yearly subscription. Yes…that is a free vintage dress pattern in modern sizes in each issue! 

No more taking that size 32 bust vintage pattern from the antique store and making a whole new pattern to fit your 38 bust that you then have to make a mock up of out of muslin to make sure you got the alterations right. This pattern is size 32-40 inch bust with full instructions.

The current issue has a dress called the Lauren Dress (no relation). 

I have to say that this is the most useful vintage geared magazine I have yet to come by. I'm all about utility. I love things that not only bring me happiness, but also that I can use in my everyday life. Of course knowing how to sew makes this magazine a little more useful, but honestly, even if you just love vintage fashion, this is a great magazine. 

It includes articles about fashion, an interview with the costumer for Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, and many other appearance focused subjects. It really is a lifestyler magazine.

One of the many articles in the current issue includes a DIY for a Peter Pan collar.

And an article about vintage embroidery.

Oh, and here is the tutorial I did for the Marcel Wave. I hope they ask me to do something for them again. It is such a great publication to be a included in.


It's witchcraft I tell ya!

The English Parliament passed an act in 1770 decreeing that any woman who sought to betray one of His Majesty's subjects into marriage by "scents, paints, cosmetic washes, artificial teeth, false hair, Spanish wool (rouge), iron stays, high-heeled shoes, bolstered hips and like misdemeanors shall incur the penalty of the law in force against witchcraft and that marriage shall stand null and void."


Giving props to your favorite retro hairstylist...

I've been doing a little Spring cleaning and recently went through the blog post listing retro stylists available today. Click here to see the post Vintage Salons and Stylists.

There were some broken links and such on a couple that made me think that the listings were no longer valid, so I deleted them to keep the list fresh and easily googled.

But it has been a while and I wanted to open the discussion back up for anyone who wanted to be listed on the entry. It has had thousands and thousands of hits, so people are searching for you and your talents in recreating vintage beauty. Wouldn't you like to be seen in as many places as possible?

Please email me at info at hrstbooks.com with the name of your business and location, qualifications, a portfolio image, and contact information.

If you are just a customer and love your stylist, leave a comment about her and tell us where she is!


Easy Vintage Hairstyles for Natural Curly Hair Look #3

Here's my last tutorial for this series on easy vintage hairstyles for naturally curly hair. 

As I wrote before in the first Natural Curly Hair Tutorial, there is no need to make yourself insane trying to copy the curl level or texture of a vintage style. For a finished vintage hairstyle to look great, I believe the most important thing is to get the silhouette and form right. The silhouette or form in hairstyling refers to the outer shape of the hairstyle. Manipulate your curls to emulate the silhouette and you are ready to go. 

Look #3 - Madmen – 1960s

For this style, the silhouette I'm going for is the bouffant look of the early and mid-1960s. 

01 Section a small piece at the bang area and gently comb it forward over the forehead. For just this one look it might help to use a large barrel curling iron or straightening iron to get the front section to swoop over to the side nicely.

02 Direct it forward and to the right with your fingers. Roll the ends into a small pin curl.

03 Pin the curl at the hairline.

 04 Pull the rest of the hair back into a ponytail leaving the hair loose on top of the head.

03-05 Flip the curly ponytail up on top of the head and push it forward to add height to the style. Pin everything in place.


Easy Vintage Hairstyles for Natural Curly Hair Look #2

Here's another easy vintage hairstyle for naturally curly hair. It's my second tutorial for this series and I have one more to come. 

As I wrote before in the first Natural Curly Hair Tutorial, there is no need to make yourself insane trying to copy the curl level or texture of a vintage style. For a finished vintage hairstyle to look great, I believe the most important thing is to get the silhouette and form right. The silhouette or form in hairstyling refers to the outer shape of the hairstyle. Manipulate your curls to emulate the silhouette and you are ready to go. 

Look #2 – Atomic Era – 1950s

Keira's curl will be an amazing base for vintage hairstyles that were all based around curl.

01 The first step is parting the top section. The side part of the 1950s lined up usually with the peak of the eyebrow. This also helps with getting height in the bang area. After the hair is parted, set aside the top section of hair.

02 With the section of hair directly below the part on the left side of the head, pull the hair back and pin it against the scalp so you have a nice sweeping back of the hair behind the temple.

03 Most women in the 1950s had hairstyles that fell above the shoulders. It was considered the modern look after the longer styles of the 1940s. To copy this, take sections of the hair that hang longer and twist up into little bun shapes.

04 Pin the hair against the scalp around the hairline at the nape of the neck to stay short. Do this in sections all the way around the back of the head.

05 Using a wide tooth comb, comb out directly above the forehead to smooth the hair a little, but do not continue the comb through the section of hair. Only comb about 1 inch worth of the hair length at the scalp.  Curly girls know how disastrous it can be to put a comb through their hair. Friztown! This step is only designed to smooth and get some height right above the forehead to get the wave over bang effect.

06 Using your fingers, direct the hair on the right side that is still hanging down forward toward the face.

07 Use pins throughout the hairstyle to control the natural curl into the form you want.