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80s Retro everything made by me. Photo by Steward Noack

There was a decade when people dressed up, I mean really dressed up for exercise. The hair, the make up, the color schemes, the whole nine yard.  It’s another story what we think about the style of that era.  Mostly, people like to pick out some outrageous example, post it on Facebook to gather funny faces.  Yes, you guessed it, I am talking about the 80s! And yes I had in mind the recently going around video of  Jamie Lee Curtis and John Travolta crotch talking to each other in aerobic class.

However, those 80s people where onto something. Dressing up in your finest gear, combing your hair and yes, maybe putting on some lip gloss and eyebrow pencil can increase the possibility that in fact you will exercise.

When you dress up, you feel good about yourself and when you feel good about yourself, you want to feel even better about yourself and that’s all it takes to get your ass to workout. So ditch the old, stretched out sweats, the boring black legging, old T-shirt and find something pretty, you deserve it.

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photo by Steward Noack

 

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Top and Bottom both my own design

It is even more true when you exercise at home, like I have been doing the last few months.  Do you know how difficult is to make the “trip” from the couch to the yoga mat or to the pole in my case?  That 2 yards feels like climbing mount Everett.

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Photo by Steward Noack

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Top and Bottom both my own design

If you like my styles, some very limited quantity of my samples are available here.  I feel passionate about developing  new styles, restoring vintage sewing patterns etc,  but producing garments in large numbers? Not so much.  If you didn’t know, the process of creating a new pattern requires of me to make a sample in each size, sometimes multiple times. Because I want perfect. Then I am left with bootie shorts size XXS or L and bras B cup, which obviously, I can’t wear.  There comes my sample sales. I also, don’t buy more than 3 yards of the same fabric. When it’s gone it’s gone, onto something new! What can I say? I get bored easily.

However, if  you want to start making something but you feel unsure because you are a  beginner, then find an easy project to start with, it will give you enormous satisfaction when you wear something that you yourself made.  May I suggest for your DIY projects Pole shorts with Heart, or 80s Retro Bras Top ?

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Vintage 1970s Print Chiffon Dress

Well, summer is over and it’s time to get back to work.  Last week I interviewed with a very-very high end fashion house for a job.  Since I don’t own any very-very high end designer clothes (other than what I made myself, hahaha) I figured the next best thing would be wearing a vintage dress and I choose this one from the 1970s, my all time favorite vintage era.  This print and the colors are just amazing! Don’t you think?

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WHAT: Vintage 1970s black floral printed chiffon dress worn with a full length slip.

 

 

Model, Styling, Make Up/Hair, Photo & Graphic Design – Eva Pal © 2016

 

 

1969 Retro Dress

It’s September!  I love Fall and before it starts I wanted to show this summer dress I made from a Vintage Sewing Pattern from 1969.  I took these photos last summer (2015) in Central Park New York, but never posted them.  I modified the pattern for modern fit and stretch knit fabric, for example took off the zipper in the back.  DSCF5906-rt

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Model, Styling, Make Up/Hair, Photo & Graphic Design – Eva Pal © 2016

 

Vintage 1960s Psychedelic Romper

After a very long absence and only sporadic posts, I am finally feeling good again to take photos of myself.  I am kind of settled in my new home, but most importantly my closet is organized.  (Yaay!) So, on my way out the other day, I snapped some photos of that really bright fun printed romper with front skirt panels that make it look like a dress.  (I got photobombed by my dog who was looking for treats in my hand.)

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WHAT: Vintage floral printed woven romper, circa 1960’s.

 

 

Model, Styling, Make Up/Hair, Photo & Graphic Design – Eva Pal © 2016

 

Old is new again

New beginnings are exciting! I am reconnecting with a big and important portion of my past in the form of a new beginning.  It is coming back to Montreal enriched with experience and……tons of vintage clothes!  I can’t wait to start showing them.  It is also a revival of my half dead blog.

I am wearing a 1960s vintage psychedelic purple print button down shirt with an impressive jabot bell sleeves and pearl buttons.

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PORTRAIT   New beginnings are so exciting. reszlet2reszletPhotographed by Ramona Pal-Kovacs

Vintage 1960s Empire Waist Dress

When we go through difficult times, doing something creative is helpful to cope with it. While loosing yourself in the creative process you are present, your focus is in the now which gives you a break. No matter what medium you choose, drawing, music, writing or other you are pouring your heart into it and it is the expression of feelings that is always soothing for the soul. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t have to be beautiful it just has to be fulfilling for you and nobody else.

I include below the photograph this short text I wrote 4 years ago when I shared an apartment with the Devil and felt stuck, depressed and hopeless.  For the last couple of months I have been feeling pretty intensely challenged again caused by physical changes in my body and reading this old text I realize that I am handling this so much better now, my soul grew and expanded. Life is like an upward spiral even when we feel that we are going down.

WHAT: Vintage black empire waist mini dress with gold leopard print, circa 1960’s.

Model, Styling, Make Up/Hair, Photo & Graphic Design – Eva Pal © 2015

A JOURNEY TO HELL

“Toi qui entre ici abandonne toute espérance”  DANTE

When she woke up, almost immediately she started to feel the pull. By the time she came out of the shower, dark menacing clouds filled her head and the rain started pouring through her eyes. She was looking at herself in the mirror; everything was wrong.

She started noticing a faint static background noise, a low but constant vexing voice in her head. As she directed her attention toward, it became loud and obscene, telling her that she was an idiot, ugly and nobody loved her. She stared at her reflection and caught a glimpse of the dying light in her eyes.   Then with a last desperate attempt to bring herself back to reality she screamed: ‘STOP!” But it was too late.   Violent and unbearable pain invaded her whole being and there was darkness around her as she slid down on the floor with her back against the wall. And the walls started closing on her.

Suddenly the voice became nice, almost caring. “ You know there is a way out of here. This pain is so intense but you don’t have to suffer anymore. Everything will be all right, and you will be in peace.” It was soothing to hear that friendly voice yet she started sobbing again uncontrollably. “Yes, this is the only way out; I cannot suffer like this anymore.”

When it was over she felt like she just woke up from a horrifying nightmare. She had descended to and came back from Hell, a journey that left her body depleted of its vital energy.

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1960s Embroidered Velvet Vest

With a flower in my hair and a beautiful hand embroidered velvet vest, I feel like a Spanish Dancer.

DSCF5686-rt WHAT: Vintage 1960s Embroidered Velvet Vest, worn with all black and a flower in the hair.

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love+vintage Model, Styling, Make Up/Hair, Photo & Graphic Design – Eva Pal © 2015

 

Vintage1970s Jersey Paisley Shirt

Do I feel ready to go?  I feel torn between honoring what I am expected to do and my desire to return home.  It’s not time yet.

AmIreadytogoWHAT:Vintage 1970s paisley print jersey man’s shirt.

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Model, Styling, Make Up/Hair, Photo & Graphic Design – Eva Pal © 2015

 

1980s printed blouse

I feel happy every morning walking through Central Park on my way to work.  Winter is beautiful, cold and nature feels amazingly peaceful.  Dogs, big and small, shaggy and bundled up joyfully running around and sniffing each others’ butt.  But for those who are cold, here is a “souvenir d’ete” a memory of summer beach.DSCF5424

WHAT: Vintage 1980s printed woven blouse worn with a printed bikini I designed a few years back.

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Model, Styling, Make Up/Hair, Photo & Graphic Design – Eva Pal © 2015

 

1960s Print Shirt Dress

A year ago I was preparing my trip to Hungary to visit friends and family.  This year I am expecting my daughter for the holidays in my new home. I feel happier and stronger than a year ago.

 

DSCF5616WHAT: Vintage 1960s floral printed woven shirt dress, worn with black tights, flats and a fedora.  The only thing missing is a smile. 😀

love+vintageModel, Styling, Make Up/Hair, Photo & Graphic Design – Eva Pal © 2014