Five Things Inspiring Me Lately: February 2018
Hello again readers! It's time for a new installment of FTIML. So much has inspired me these past few weeks and I can't wait to share with all of you so let's jump right in.
1. Losing? More Like Winning!:
So if you're like me and millions of others, the new year brought a new opportunity to start again. For me, it's fighting the battle against the bulge, a.k.a. losing weight. I've tried for many years to lose weight, whether it was for a boy I was trying to impress or because I started feeling way too out of breath. I'm getting older, and with a long history of Diabetes running in my family, there's no better time than now to start. Don't get me wrong, I do love my body and love how body positive our society is getting, but going on this journey is more of a personal one as well as a health oriented one because it can prove that once and for all, I conquered one of my biggest hurdles.
A healthier version of an pineapple upside-down cake...this gives me retro vibes!
I drank the shakes, eaten 100 calorie cereals and protein bars, woke up at 6 to work out, but somehow it never stuck. What I've noticed from all these attempts is that I didn't see results fast enough and that made me incredibly frustrated. Why did I not feel different? Was all of my hard work for nothing? This time around, I will give myself time to get the results I want and not feel pressured to stick to my diet 100% of the time. This means I can still eat what I want, and have a cheat day or two every so often. I check out Pinterest and websites like Hungry Girl to get inspired and make food that I crave but make it healthier. For a creative person like me, this becomes a fun challenge to find ways to reimagine some of my favorite foods into healthier options.
My version of a Catina Bowl from TB...looks meh, tastes 100!
I did have a goal weight in mind but I think when the time is right and I feel amazing in my own skin, that's when I'll know that I've reached my goal. Once I do, I'll dedicate a blog post to the whole process. Fingers crossed!
2. Breathing That Fire Again:
A few years ago, I got to see one of my favorite actors perform my favorite play. Last year, I saw one of my major fashion influences perform some of her world famous acts. This month I am beyond elated to say that I FINALLY saw The Killers perform live. If you're like me, you'd know how hard it is to get tickets for their shows because you can literally blink and all the tickets would be gone. I was literally shaking when I bought these tickets last year and wished February 1st would be here soon. I had to make an outfit of course, and like typical me, I made it the day before. It was a simple blue skater skirt, paired with an orange velvet top with their logo ironed on to it (I honestly thought the iron-ons wouldn't stick to velvet, but they do!)
And after! I have such a good poker face, you can't tell how excited I really am.
With bestie and cute outfit in tow, we arrived at the Staples Center. We were incredibly early, which gave us time to eat and shop band merch (but who could eat with so much excitement?) We sat through some good opening acts, ate some snacks, and me being my impatient self, wriggled in my seat until, finally, the lights went out and the sound of a guitar reverberated throughout the venue. You bet I jumped the hell out of my seat.
Lookin' and feelin' like SNACKS!
They mixed songs from their new album Wonderful Wonderful as well as some of their classics. There was confetti, dancing, gyrating (from Brandon Flowers), and a stadium filled with happy fans. This whole experience was like a dream come true; Hot Fuss was one of the first cds my preteen self bought, which soon became the soundtrack to my oh-so-simple tween life. Sam's Town came out a little after I bought that cd and I would replay the music videos for When You Were Young and Bones over and over again. For some dumb reason, I just stopped listening to their music after that, but it wasn't until my best friend Julissa and I opened our store in San Pedro in 2015 that I rediscovered how freaking FANTASTIC all these songs I missed out on were. We would jam out to these songs on the way to and from work and sing our hearts out to their music. Later that same year I travelled to London by myself, and guess what I had on my playlist the whole time? It had to be one of the best feelings in the world, just walking around and seeing beautiful sights with amazing music as your accompanying soundtrack (and you feel a little less lonely too.) Whenever I would design a new line, their music would be in the background, helping me think and get inspired to come up witn new and exciting ideas. Honestly I can keep gushing about how much I love the Killers, but just to put simply, their music brings up many wonderful memories and reminds me of all the people I've met and all the places I've been to and all things that I've done (see what I did there?).
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier...
3. Make Waves:
Ever since I became obssesed with vintage and the pinup culture, I wanted to replicate those gorgeous hairstyles, including one particular hairstyle. Yes, it's those gorgeous, glamourous waves everyone wears when going for an Old Hollywood look. Like a loose Marcel wave, this hairstyle was incredibly popular in the 40's and 50's, with Veronica Lake popularizing a more relaxed version of this look, and Rita Hayworth sporting a more volumizing version of the hairstyle. Nowadays, you can see this hairstyle make waves on the red carpet; from Jessica Chastain to Blake Lively, these waves aren't going anywhere anytime soon.
My latest attempt at the wave...ended up looking like a pageboy but I'm not complaning...
When I started my pinup journey, I researched high and low for vintage hair tutorials, and this one was one of the more popular ones. I started experimenting with different techniques, and this is what I found (at least for me, my results might be much more different than yours):
Pin Curls: I feel you have more control with these, and with a good setting lotion you'd get better results. I feel it tends to be a bit flat so the pull out direction is very important when doing it this way. Also the Denman brush and some duck bill clips will come in handy when brushing out your waves. Best method if you're doing the brush out the next day (and you can sleep on the curls too!)
Hot Rollers: More relaxed curls and softer waves will be your result if you use hot rollers. This method doesn't hold very long with my hair so I stay away from heat for my curls.
Sponge Rollers: I keep going back to this method since its easier than pin curls but takes SO LONG to dry so I recommend more than 9 to 12 hours for these puppies to fully dry. You get more volume with this method, which I use for 1940's inspired looks.
Curling Iron: Tends to hold on a bit more to my hair, depending on what size barrel you're using (I usually go for a smaller barrel.) I stopped using this method since I started damaging my hair and sadly, I couldn't sleep in these curls.
While watching some current methods, I found that getting your hair cut into a middy cut might help out more than just styling your hair with even hair. You definitely need an expert to cut your hair in a middy, but I wonder if cutting your hair in layers would also suffice? I don't know if I could take the plunge into the middy since you have to style it every day, or else it would kind of look like a mullet. To my pinups out there, what's your favorite method of waving your hair? Does it matter if you have layers or not? let me know in the comments below!
A bit of work but worth it!
4. Qué Calor!:
Last year, I had plans to make a Spring/Summer capsule collection, including some playsuits and peasant tops, but I honestly was not feeling inspired and shifted my focus to my Halloween collection. This year, I wanted to just focus on custom Dapper Day inspired looks but I wasn't feeling that either. So now what you might ask? For a long time now I've been wanting to make a collection based off my Mexican culture and all the beautiful things that make Mexico so wonderful. I want to create a line inspired by the clothing and style that vintage women would wear, with a modern twist, of course. Everything is a bit hush-hush right now so I won't say too much, but I can't wait for you all to see! Stay tuned!
I need sandals like that.
This whole look is giving me VIDA!
5. Love Is...:
For some reason I keep thinking Valentine's Day is coming up even though it will be a week since it passed (lol). But with recent events, it made me rethink things like how we take so much for granted, including our loved ones. So I ask all who read this blog, please let your loved ones know that you love them. Yeah I know sometimes it's not all pink and rosy sometimes but just let them know because you never know what might happen next. Also, please be kind to others; from the salesperson ringing you up, to the barista making your latte, a simple "thank you" does go a long way (I should know!). Love is incredibly powerful, and kindness is everlasting.
And that's a wrap! Make sure to check the blog for more fun posts! Till next time! ♡ - Daniela & Premier Amour Follow Premier Amour through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and make sure to join our mailing list!