If you’re a retro revival sort of girl, you’ll love Marianne’s blog, Esme and the Laneway. Her outfits will steal your heart with their nostalgic silhouettes from eras past, and, after perusing her posts, you’ll be searching your makeup bag for that perfect shade of red lipstick and practicing your old-school updos so you can get her look. So peek at her perfect pin-up namesake dress and her fabulous ModCloth faves before you read our interview with this vintage vamp.
In your wardrobe, you seamlessly blend styles from various decades. What’s your favorite era of dress?
Thank you! At the moment I love 1940s dresses, and the 1930s, too. I love the prints of the ’40s and the glamourous, longer line of the ’30s. But now is a good era too, in that we can pick and choose form the past and mix it with amazing new things!
You have a covetable collection of vintage — any tips for keeping your wardrobe in tip-top shape so you can get wear after wear?
Well, I handwash a lot of my vintage things, and take care to dry them flat, out of the sun. Hanging wet clothes can be bad for them, stretching the shoulders and stressing seams, and the sun here can damage them within an hour! I also hang them on smallish hangers that don’t push into the shoulders, and try to find plenty of room for them so they aren’t all squashed onto a rack!
How did you learn to do your amazing retro hair and makeup?
Practice, and watching tutorials on it! I am only starting to put tutorials up now. Here is a link to my everyday makeup video. I will be putting up a couple of hair tutorial videos in the next week or two.
Do you blog full-time, or do you have a day job?
I have a day job! Blogging full-time — and all the work around blogging, such as writing, photography and styling — would be fantastic though!
If you could live on the set of any movie, what movie would that be?
Hmm. That’s hard to chose! I think the Marie Antoinette set would be pretty special, maybe with some Tim Burton rooms down unexpected corridors!
What are your favorite blogs to find inspiration from?
At the moment I am really enjoying Elsa Billgren’s blog Need Help Dressing, as I love her vintage wardrobe and beautiful photos, and always feel happy after a visit — something I love in blogs! I am also reading The Cherry Blossom Girl, one of the first blogs I ever found and a favorite from the start.
Marianne styled her namesake dress for a summery Sunday brunch in Melbourne.
How would you style her namesake dress?