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Fast Tip Wednesday: Headband Up-Do

11 Dec

Happy Wednesday Dolls!

With the holiday season in full swing, we are looking for ways to make the most of our time and our looks! We are currently in the process of putting together a look book for must-have Christmas presents to give or get! But until we share that little joy with you, we wanted to bring you another set of fast tips!

It has been a while since I have really thought about what is something that a vintage loving woman may need to know. We have done quick victory rolls, and how to wrap a bandana in your hair, today I decided to bring you the headband up-do.

While this style may seem more bo-ho chic, it really is just a throwback to the 1920’s and 1930’s. What this hairstyle really reminds me of is the lovely ladies of Downton Abbey.

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It is not my goal to look as stylized as the above, but to complete the look you really only need a headband, a few bobby pins and your hair! What really can be any better than that?


The above photo I found on Pinterest, and it looked simple enough, but if you are anything like me, I wanted someone to talk me through it. I found the following Youtube video that is a mere 3 minutes on how to recreate this hairstyle.

I was so excited to try this out, the first attempt was not as perfect as a I hoped for, but by the third attempt I seemed to have it down. The day I attempted this hairstyle I wore my FAVORITE Stop Staring! Flawless Fitted Dress, can I just say I got so many compliments in the office!

This really is an easy and fast way to make your hair look great without having to spend too much time on it.


Your Team at JBR Clothing



Fast Tip Wednesday Halloween Edition

16 Oct

Happy Wednesday Ladies! We are in the middle of the work week but dreaming of Halloween parties! This weekend will mark the start of many of the Halloween festivities and we wanted to be prepared!

Just like we did last year, we went through our inventory and came up with some quick costume ideas. All you need is the dress from JBR Clothing and the accessories from Target. Yes, we got all of our accessories from Target (and a majority from their Dollar Stop!).

We wanted to focus on dresses that we could wear to work during the day, then add a few simple items and stop in at a Halloween party. I can tell you this, Rachel plans on wearing the SPOILER ALERT Frankenstein costume!

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Our first costume is a simple witch! All you need is the Zombie Dress from Folter and a witch’s hat. We paired our dress with a purple hat to give you extra color and drama. We kept the purple theme going by adding the Acai Hello Kitty Loungefly Embossed Tote for the day look.

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This was our favorite look that we shot for this spread. Like I said, Rachel has already told us that she plans on buying the Bats 50’s Green dress from Hell Bunny to recreate this look for her Halloween celebration.  We added a green petticoat for extra volume in the skirt. For the day look we paired it with the Doomed cardigan from Hell Bunny  for those people who can’t wear a halter into their job. For the costume part we found a simple mask from the Dollar Spot and a set of glow in the dark vampire teeth. They looked less like vampire teeth and just scary monster teeth.

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To get a simple devil outfit we chose the H&R London Red Mini Polka Dot Halter Swing dress. Target sells a devil kit that comes with horns, bow tie, and tail. Instead of using the bow tie, we bought a capelet from the Halloween section of Target (costing approximately $20).  Accentuate this look with a powerful red lip and you are done. If you want to add more drama, we would suggest purchasing a pair of black cuff gloves (we thought the fingerless one would look great).


Our final costume idea is a simple black cat.  IDEA ALERT: If you and a friend are going out together, one of you can be the witch the other the black cat!  In order to get this look you need the Stop Staring! Nightlife Swing dress and either cat ears, or a cat mask like we used above. We added more feminine details by using a double strand pearl necklace and a black satin sash.

We hope that these ideas gave you a new perspective on how you can create a Halloween costume that can be worn after the one day holiday! If you have another way that you can create a costume from your JBR dress, please email them to us, Tweet us, post to Facebook or tag us on Instagram! We love to see how you are making our items uniquely yours!


Your Team at JBR Clothing

Fast Tip Wednesday: How to Wear Pearls

10 Apr

Happy fast tip Wednesday dolls! We hope all of you are making it through the week OK, and we are here to bring you your mid-week break up with our fast tip!

This week we are telling you to dress up your outfits with pearls! Pearls are oftentimes thought of as matron like, or costume jewelry, we totally disagree. We love pearls as an everyday accessory. Our favorite type of pearls are layered pearl necklaces.

The above photo of the wonderful Coco Chanel, shows her rocking a little black dress with multiple strands of pearls. We love how you can take a classic one colored dress and break it up with the necklaces. Not only does it help in terms of accessorizing, but when you add the different strands of different length, you are adding dimension to your look. You can also play with larger sized pearls and smaller sizes for your layered affect.

Our second favorite way to wear pearls are with blouses or tees. A lot of times we are scared to pair more casual looks with someone as sophisticated as pearls, but it helps give your outfit a more polished look. I personally enjoying wearing a pearly necklace with my Hell Bunny Retro Top, a pair of shorts, and chucks. It is a fun way for me to take my laid back look to a more feminine level.

Another way you can wear your pearls are with jeans. I am sure many of you rock jean items, whether it be jean pants, jackets, or tops, most people own some sort of denim. By adding either a pearl bracelet or necklace you are able to turn your outfit into something that can be worn for an evening dinner date. The whole purpose behind using pearls is to make your outfit seem more put together and classy. It is an easy way to make a look that can be seen as too laid back to casual chic.

Our final way to wear pearls are as everyday stud earrings. Our buyer Rachel wears a pair of stud pearl earrings everyday to the office. She makes the look effortless. Every outfit that she wears they match with- which can we say, wearing gym clothes and wearing pearl earrings may not seem like it goes, but she makes it work somehow. If you are not sure if you want to start pairing pearl necklaces with everything, you can always start small with pearl earrings.

Take a chance this week, bust out those faux pearls you have and try and wear them in a new way. Be sure to send us some pictures on Instagram or Twitter if you do! We love to see you using our tips!

With Love,

Your Team at JBR Clothing

Fast Tip Wednesday: Getting a Tattoo

3 Apr

Happy Wednesday Dolls!!!!

We are FINALLY back with more fast tips for you! I just want to apologize for the delay in posts. Between planning a wedding and working, it has been hard to find the inspiration for our posts. But I promise you, I will be more on top of it from here on out!

This week’s post is for all of you rockabilly/retro lovers who DO NOT currently have any ink on you! Many men and women who find themselves entering this scene, will undoubtedly start seeing many individuals around them with multiple tattoos. Tattoos and rockabilly have a long standing history, which you can read about in our previous post.

Trust me, once you are around people with ink, you begin to want a tattoo yourself. So here are some tips to help you make this choice a little bit easier!

1.Think About It!

OK, this seems simple enough, but there are a few things you need to ask yourself: what do I want this to represent? This is permanent. You are getting this because you want to show the world something about who you are. So how are you choosing to symbolize that? A friend of mine once told me, “Draw your concept or phrase and tape it to a place you look everyday. If you can stand seeing it for 2 months straight, you know that you will not get tired of looking at it on your body.” This goes for placement of the tattoo. Many business are not open to visible tattoos, so is your ink going to be in a place that may lead to you not getting a job? You want to place it so that you can cover it if necessary.

Another thing is this, although some people may say they have a few tattoos they just got because they felt the need to get inked, these rarely end up being tattoos you LOVE. You don’t want to settle for some design out of a book. Make this a mark that means something to you.

2. Know Your Artist

Your best friend is in training to become a tattoo artist? Great, let them practice on someone else! When you finally have decided what you want to enshrine on your body do your research on local tattoo artists. Ask your friends about their tattoos. Look at the work that has been done. Are the lines clean and straight? Does the memorial picture really look like their dead grandma? Don’t be scared to pass on using an artist who’s work you aren’t impressed with seeing on a friend. The other thing is meet with this person once before sitting in their chair. You don’t want to go into this cold. I am not saying ask the person out for a beer, but go in and ask for a consultation. Tell them what you are thinking about. Show them the picture and really get a feel for them. Just because your friends or yelp like this person, they may not be a good fit for you. The artist will also tell you whether or not they can do the design you are asking for. You want someone who is going to be confident they can give you what you want. This also gives you a chance to see the place you will be getting your tattoo in. You want to be in a clean and sterile environment. The artists working should all have clean stations and be sanitizing their equipment.

3. Prepare for the Pain and Aftercare

No matter where you are getting your tattoo, it is going to hurt. Some people may have a higher pain tolerance than you, so just because your friend said when they tattooed their upper back it hurt the least out of all their other tattoos doesn’t mean it will be the same for you. Again, a friend of mine told me this, “If you have survived childbirth pains, this is bearable, but still no walk in the park.” I think of that every time I am thinking about getting ink. Can I handle that level of pain? Am I ready for it?

The other think you have to think about is the aftercare of your tattoo. This is now an open wound on your body. You are going to need to make sure to keep it clean and dry so that you are not getting it infected. There would be nothing worse than spending all that money and time to then get your tattoo infect. Listen to everything your artist tells you to do. Some of the most basic things are using UNSCENTED soap and lotion to treat your tattoo, as well as making sure that you are not picking at the scabbing, or putting sunscreen on your tattoo after when you know you will be outdoors for long periods of time.

These are just 3 basic steps we suggest to all of you who are thinking about taking the leap and getting your first tattoo. If you have a tattoo(s), please leave us a comment with any additional tips you can think of sharing with our fans.


Your Team at JBR Clothing

Fast Tip Wednesday: 5 Essential Items to Vintage Living

28 Feb

Happy Wednesday Dolls! Welcome to another posting of Fast Tips brought to you by your team at JBR Clothing!

This week we wanted to bring you the 5 essential items every retro/pin up woman should have in her possession!

1. Red Lips

Every vintage loving woman should own a red lipstick or lip liner to use! I never knew the difference that a wonderful red could make until recently. I always felt that red would overpower me, but it really doesn’t. I tried using red lipstick one day when I did a lighter look for my eyes, everyone I ran into that day complimented me on the look. They said the red really made my skin glow! I will never be without one now!

2. Good Eyeliner

Now I personally like to use the MAC eyeliner pots and use a thin brush to get my preferred look, but if you prefer a liquid I would suggest the Kat Von D line through Sephora. A good eyeliner is essential to being able to make sure you can create the cat eye look that is so popular for a retro look. With the eyeliner pot I am able to make the winged portion of my eye as thin or thick as I like.

3. Shapewear

OK, I know this is a subject matter most women don’t want to talk about, but there is no shame in it! When I find a dress that I really love, regardless of if it is a swing style or wiggle, I like to wear it with a good set of shapewear! There is something about having it on that not only makes me feel more comfortable in my dress, but it makes me love the way the outfit looks. I feel it really is that extra touch to connecting it with the past. I can’t imagine that many women left the house without their best shapewear on. Maybe that is just me.

4. One Pair of Round Toed Pumps

Regardless of what color you like for your shoes, you must have at least one pair of round toed pumps. While many other styles may come into season (the pointy look is coming back to the mainstream if you care) a round toed pump is classic. It will go with any outfit, I promise!

5. Bobby Pins

Any vintage/retro/pin up or rockabilly woman will tell you this, you will need to use bobby pins if you plan on getting a true vintage look. Of course, many women will say this is universal, and it can be, but retro women know the truth; I live by my bobby pins. Bobby pins allow me to make quick victory rolls, I can do pin curls if I choose, there are so many things that are open to me.

Of course, all of this would be including the perfect retro dress! If you already have a dress, all of these items are things you will need in your arsenal of goods to complete your look. These are the essentials to start your retro lifestyle!


Your Team at JBR Clothing

Fast Tip Wednesday: Polishing Patent Leather Pumps

13 Feb

All right Dolls, it is that time of the week again, fast tip Wednesday!

This week we are bringing you one of our all time favorite tips; how to polish your patent leather pumps. Now ladies, I am not sure about all of you, but I LIVE in my patent leather heels. I have a pair of round toed pumps and a peep toe pump. They are my go to shoes.

Like any woman, the heels I love I wear the most frequently. Because of my love affair with patent leather, I am oftentimes left with shoes that get scuffed from my feet rubbing under my desk or walking.

I used to get so bummed out thinking that I would have to retire yet another pair of my favorites. What was worse was having to find a replacement pair that felt like the ones I had just given up (HA!). After going through this with three pairs of shoes I was lamenting to a girlfriend one day about my problems and she said to me, “Um, why haven’t you used a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser?”



How have I lived my life without knowing this!?!? This advice could not have come at a better time, my friend told me as I was preparing to take my engagement photos! I immediately went home and opened my cleaning closet to find a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

Now for those of you who have never used one before, I would recommend cutting a small piece. These things really are magic! I only ever use a small piece when I am cleaning, so I used a piece that was roughly an inch to a half inch off the top of the eraser. I then followed the directions on the box for cleaning. I wet the erase and went to town on my heels!

In a matter of five minutes my heels looked fantastic! Most of the surface scuff marks had been removed and they looked close to new. I will say that if you have deep scuffs or areas that have been worn and are rough, this will not work. This is for basic surface marks. I use an old hand towel to dry off my shoes after I have finished using the magic eraser. I swear, they look so much better!

After having done this myself, I felt that I had to share this tip as one of our posts. I know there are a lot of women who could save a pair of shoes they think are looking a little sad.

As always, try it out at home and tell us how it works for you! We love to hear what you think of our tips!


Your Team at JBR Clothing

Fast Tip Wednesday: Lip Liner

6 Feb

Hi Dolls, happy Wednesday to you all!

This week’s tip may be one of our fastest tips yet! Today we are bringing you lip liner as your lipstick!


OK, now this may seem like an old hat trick to many of you, but it was new to us here at HQ! We went to an all ladies dinner and while we were out we couldn’t help but notice one of our friend’s lipstick seemed to last all through dinner! When we asked her what she was using she said it was lip liner!!!!

She just finds the shade of red she loves and uses that to fill in her lips. She then coats it with either a Chapstick or a lip gloss and the color lasts up to three hours!


I did not believe it, so I had to test it myself. Sure enough it worked! Now mine didn’t last more than an hour and a half, but I drink a lot of water and rub my lips together out of habit.

I love this tip because lipstick can be pretty expensive and this is a good alternative. I also feel less upset if I lose a lip liner than losing a lip stick.

Try this tip out and tell us what you think! Or if you have done it before let us know your thoughts!


Your Team at JBR Clothing