Thursday, August 26, 2010

Vintage Vixen: 60s Eyes in Six Simple Steps

If I could have chosen the era I was born in, I would have chosen the sixties. I would have loved to grow up at a time in fashion when dresses were mini, fringe was in, and every boy dressed like a total babe.

One of my favorite trends from the sixties is eye makeup. Bold lashes, bright white shadow, and thick liner made every girl's gaze pop. With the right cosmetics, you can bring this look back in just six easy steps!

Here's what you need, along with my recommendation of the brands I love best:

Liquid Eyeliner: Make Up For Ever, $22

Mascara: Rimmel Eye Magnifier, $8

White Shadow: Urban Decay Cream Shadow in Moonshine, $17

White Eyeliner: Make Up Forever, $17

Foundation: Max Factor Pan Stik, $9

Step 1: Apply foundation over your eyelids as a base for the shadow.

Step 2: Apply white cream shadow over the foundation.

Step 3: With the liquid liner, line each eyelid as close to the lash line as
possible, starting from the inner corner of your eye to the end. Once
dry, go over the line again, but brush the liner so that the line
becomes thicker as it reaches the outer corner of the eye.

Step 4: Apply mascara. Start at the base of your lashes and slowly
wiggle the wand from side to side so that each lash is heavily
coated. Apply mascara to bottom lashes also.

Step 5: Once dry, apply another heavy coat of mascara. Try to
coat your lashes so some will stick together.

Step 6: Finally, line the inside corner of your eyes with the white
eyeliner to acheive the wide, doe-eyed look that set sixties
beauty apart from the rest!

Fine Lines: Mary Quant

Queen of the mod scene in London's swinging sixties era, Mary Quant set the style with her bold geometric designs heavily influenced by pop art that was popular at that time. She is most famous for being credited with inventing the mini skirt, which she made in an attempt to liberate women because in a skirt so short "it's easier to run for the bus". If only a mini skirt were still considered practical! I have yet to come across one of Quant's pieces as many are in private collections, but it's okay to dream so here are some of my favorite looks created by this lovely lady:

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Inspiration From Our Buyer

The buying car broke down on Tuesday afternoon while I was on my way to one of my favorite Goodwill stores. As I was sitting on the highway for two hours waiting for the tow truck, it gave me some time to think about what I should be on the look out for on my next buying trip. I came up with a small list of items that I think every girl should own in their fall/winter wardrobe. Here are some of the items that popped into my head:

1. Fur Hats: Always a classic cool weather accessory.
2. Capes: Plaids, solids, hooded, fur trimmed; I'm in love with them all!
3. Equestrian: A neutral color riding coat or a pair of soft chocolate
leather gloves are a must for the fall.
4. Motorcycle Boots, Leather Jacket, and a Flannel Shirt:
Wear together or separate to give your outfit a bit of an edge.

Tiny Treasures: Available Now

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Retro Playlist: The Get Real Gang

Jefrey's band, The Get Real Gang, stopped by before their show tonight at the North Star to sass up their act with some sweet vintage duds! Go and check them out tonight! If you can't make it, check out their myspace page for upcoming shows!

Special Delivery

This morning, we received a package from sunny California:

Thanks, Sarita! It was delicious!!
Love, Retrospect

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Code Red

For decades, red lipstick has been the quintessential make-up must have for every glamour girl. From Marilyn Monroe to Gwen Stefani, this look has graced iconically beautiful women in every realm of fashion. When choosing a red, you must first determine which hue works best for your skin tone as well as the style that you wish to achieve.

Here is a list of my personal picks:

NARS lipstick in "Flamenco" is a deeper, berry colored red that is slightly sheer and super easy to wear.

For just a hint of red, Benefit's rose-scented lip and cheek stain called "Benetint" is as sweet and subtle as it smells.

My current red, Rimmel's Moisture Rich Cream Lipstick in "Temptation" is a classic red with a very vintage feel to it. Rimmel is so wonderful as a cosmetic line because their products never fail to make a statement that saves. I picked up my lipstick at Walgreen's for under seven dollars!

Friday, August 20, 2010

School's In!

Pens and Pencils: Vintage Leather Bag, $14.
Team Spirit: Screen Printed Tee,(various sizes) $12.
Extra Credit: Oversized Cardigan (sz S), $18.
Dress Code: Tiny Tassle Loafers (sz 7.5), $15.
Recess Bell: Houndstooth Jacket (sz S/M), $34.
Top of the Class: Tie, $5.
Revenge of the Nerds: Glasses, $10.
"Best Dressed": Dress Shoes (by Stacy Adams, sz 12), $28.
Class Crush: Buttondown (various sizes), $14.
A is for Argyle: Sweater (by Paul Stuart, sz. M),$38.
Study Hall: Vintage Trig Book, $3.

Knitpicking: Favorite Fall Sweater Trends

Get set for the season with some sweet knits!

short sleeved
eighties printsclassic cardigan pockets

Thursday, August 19, 2010

It's Time To Go Camping!!!!

Plaid wool cape to keep toasty warm...
Multi color woven bag used for collecting feathers and wild flowers...✓
Olive green leather multi pocket vest to hold bug spray and band aids...✓
Suede boots with sassy red laces to keep your feet comfy...✓
Funny t-shirt to make your friends smile...✓
Thermos for tasty beverages...✓

Find all these fashionable camping items at RETROSPECT now!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

Style Inspiration From Our Buyer.

"Every girl needs a little pinch of toughness."

vintage harley t shirt -
vintage field jacket -
vintage saddle bag -
vintage necklace -
beaded belt -

booties -
scarf - topshop

Retro Fun in Rhode Island

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Hello Friends,
I'm leaving Philly with and heading up to Rhode Island for a rippin' weekend vacay with the dream team. We won't be posting over the weekend, but when we get back, we'll be sure to put up cool photos and update you on our best new pieces in the shop.
Stay Sassy!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

OMG Shoes!

Choose vintage for the trendiest shoes of Fall 2010.

Eskil's Swedish Clog, $22 (sz7)

Chelsea Oxford, $38 (sz 7)

Petwer Peep Toes, $22 (sz 8)

Don't see your size or your style? Come in and check out the shop.

We get new shoes in Monday through Friday!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Retrospect Loves the Phils!

I met the Phillies' new first baseman, Mike Sweeney, today while sitting at a bar and he is a super nice dude. Go Phillies!