My Unconventional Life: This woman lives every day like it’s 1958

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From her vintage dresses to her authentic mid-century kitchen appliances, Laci Fay lives every day like it's 1958. And it's not just her home and car that are influenced by the decade: even her makeup is all vintage. 

"I really honed in on the 1950s because of my grandparents," Fay explained to AOL Lifestyle. "They got married in 1955 and her [grandmother's] stories...just made it sound like the best time ever." For Fay, it was really the happiness and color that drew her to that decade and inspired her to live identically.

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Happy Saturday friends! I managed to squeeze in a little thrifting this morning and found a few little things. Yay! Outfit details: Cardigan- @mak_sweater Dress- made from vintage pattern Lipstick- @besamecosmetics Forever Red • • • • • • • #1950sstyle #1950sfashion #vintagebeauty #vintagegirlnextdoor #vintagehair #vintagemakeup #1950sdress #maksweater #lilac #redhair #pinup #retro #vintagevibes #1950s
Is that you weekend? 😊 Today is my day off and I’ve been busy busy. Laundry, floors, and maybe a little filming is on the list for today. I’m trying to get back on track with YouTube! Between getting the house ready for the TV show, vacation, and work, I haven’t been able to upload any videos in over a month. 😬 You can only do what you can do right?? ——- Swipe for a back view of this cute vintage hat and my first blue-seamed stockings from @whatkatiediduk I think I need them in every color now!! • • • • • • • #1950sstyle #1950sfashion #vintagegirlnextdoor #vintagebeauty #vintagehat #retro #truevintage #truevintageootd #vintagehair #whatkatiedid
There’s nothing like taking time to stop and smell the roses. Literally! 🌹 Can you believe how huge this rose is?? They were just gorgeous. If I thought I could keep them alive, I would plant roses all around my yard. Unfortunately, I have a bit of a black thumb 😂 How about you?? Do you have a green thumb? Makeup details: Lashes- @houseoflashes Iconic Lite Lips- @besamecosmetics Mickey Mouse Red 💄 • • • • • • • • • • #redlipstick💄 #besamecosmetics #besamegirl #1950sstyle #1950smakeup #vintagehair #vintagegirlnextdoor #vintagemakeup #rosegarden #retro #maksweater
Let’s go on an adventure! One of my favorite things to do is to go explore new places, even if those places are close to home. Simply by taking a different route home, you can discover things you’ve never seen before. A beautiful old home, a cute shop, even a pretty tree or flowers. I love things like that! We took the scenic route yesterday instead of the freeway, and drove through the most beautiful desert landscape! Do you like to go on little “adventures”? What do you do to find adventure in your day to day? • • • • • • • • • #1950sstyle #1950sfashion #vintagegirlnextdoor #vintagejewelry #vintagebeauty #vintagehat #vintagehair #truevintage #besamecosmetics #besamegirl #adventureisoutthere #scenicroute
Hanging out with my dream car this week 😻1955 Chevy that my grandpa restored! ❤️❤️❤️ Thanks so much @kennyfruend for letting me borrow this beautiful gem for a bit! What’s your favorite classic car?? • • • • • • • • • • #1950sstyle #1950sfashion #vintagefashion #1955chevy #classiccars #pinup #retro #vintagegirlnextdoor #vintagelove #vintagehair #chevy
One thing I love about dressing vintage is the conversations it opens up with people. I’ve met and talked to so many interesting individuals that probably never would’ve approached me if not for my love of vintage. Case in point, was the day we took these photos. We drove by this amazing mid century building, and decided it would be perfect to shoot photos of this 1940’s suit. We were only inside 2 minutes when a guy approached us and asked if we needed help. We told him we just wanted to take a few pictures. Turns out, this was the city office building and the man was the city planner. He proceeded to tell us all about the building and take us on a tour of the behind the scenes areas including the old prison cells, and employee bathrooms with some awesome mid century rainbow tile. He had the original building blueprints complete with coffee cup ring, hanging on his wall. We were quite disappointed that the fallout shelter had been turned into offices. 😂He clearly had a love of mid century architecture, and it was so fun to get a private tour from the city planner himself. So cool! -• • • • • • • • • • #1950sstyle #vintagegirlnextdoor #vintagelady #1940sstyle #vintage #retro #1950s #midcentury #midcenturystyle #vintageglasses #vintagefashion
Happy Easter my friends! No Sunday Easter outfits for us today. We’ve been working on installing an amazing Kelvinator stove in our kitchen. Shoutout to @daynefay for putting up with my vintage stove obsession 😊 Pictures to come as soon as it’s all in! (We had to take out a side cupboard for it to fit) • • • • • • • #1950shair #1950sstyle #vintageclothing #beachlook #vintagebeachwear #retro #vintagegirlnextdoor #vintagelady #vintagehair
You know I couldn’t go to Mexico without debuting this amazing Mexican circle skirt I got last fall for $5 at my local antique store! It’s complete with sequins and roses and all the colors. This is a special one 🌹 I paired it with this #memade purple top. It was the perfect outfit for adventuring through the paths at the resort. Also, check out my awesome new sandals I got downtown. 😊 • • • • • • • • • #1950shair #1950sstyle #vintageclothing #thriftqueen #mexicancircleskirt #truevintage #truevintageootd #retro #pinup #pinuphair #1950s #50sfashion
💛🧡💛when you’re on vacation and Monday’s don’t matter! 🙌 Makeup details: Eyes- @besamecosmetics Treasures of the lagoon pallet- orange & yellow shades. Lips- @besamecosmetics Mickey Mouse Red • • • • • • #1950shair #1950sstyle #vintageclothing #thriftqueen #vintagegirlnextdoor #besamegirl #retro #poodlehair
We went downtown to the boardwalk for a bit today and did some shopping. I found some super cute huarache sandals and of course some Mexican vanilla 😉 Swipe through to see my attempt at a silhouette artsy shot 😊 Tomorrow the plans include pools and beaches! • • • • • • #1950shair #1950sstyle #vintageclothing #thriftqueen #truevintage #truevintageootd #vintagegirlnextdoor #retro #pinup #pinuphair #pinupstyle #poodlehair
I finally took this amazing 1940’s dress on its maiden voyage and it was everything I dreamed it would be 💗 I thrifted this dress a few weeks ago for $6!!! Mint condition 1940’s silk rayon peplum goodness!!! Can you believe it?? Me either. I don’t know guys. The 1940’s are growing on me......what’s your favorite era?? • • • • • • • • #thriftqueen #1950sstyle #truevintage #truevintageootd #1940sstyle #1940s #vintagegirlnextdoor #thrifted #vintagethriftgang #vintagehair #1940shair #1950shair
Sooo is it Friday yet?? I feel like it’s a bad sign when it’s been a long week and it’s only Wednesday. 😂 Here’s a little quote in case your week is feeling like mine. “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow”. -unknown Do you have a favorite inspirational quote? Leave it in the comments and let’s lift each other up! • • • • • • • • #1950sstyle #pinuphair #ootdsocialclub #1950smakeup #vintagegirlnextdoor #vintagelady #1950sfashion #1950s #vintagehair #vintagemakeup
Happy Saturday friends! I hope wherever you are and whatever you are doing, that you have a wonderful day 💗 I thrifted this jacket a few weeks ago, and even though it’s not vintage, I thought it looked very 40’s. What are you guys up to this weekend?? • • • • • • • • #1950sstyle #pinuphair #ootdsocialclub #pinuplife #1950sfashion #1940s #1940sfashion #vintagegirlnextdoor #retro #1950s #1950smakeup #vintagemakeup
Happy St Patrick’s day my friends! I don’t really celebrate other than wearing green, but you know me, I’m a sucker for a theme 💚 I layered my #memade skirt over top of this beautiful @heartsandfound Bonnie dress to create this lucky look. 💚 Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!! Do you have any Irish ancestry? • • • • • • • #1950sstyle #pinuphair #ootdsocialclub #pinuplife #1950sfashion #kissmeimirish #vintagegirlnextdoor #vintagelady #1950s #heartsandfound #retro #weargreen #vintagehair
That one time when a twirl photo actually worked! 😂 What are you guys doing this fine Wednesday?? We just got a huge storm, so I’m trying to stay inside and cuddle my kitties as much of possible. • • • • • • • #1950sstyle #pinuphair #ootdsocialclub #pinuplife #1950sfashion #vintagegirlnextdoor #retro #vintagelady #1950s #truevintage #vintagestyle #redhair
Oh hey winter. You’re back. 😂😭 Swipe to see a photo taken on the same day, 30 minutes south, (and about 30 degrees warmer) of where the first shot was taken. That’s the beauty of living where I do. The Desert and warmer weather isn’t too far away. Which shot to you like better?? 1 or 2? 🥶😊 • • • • • • • • • #1950sstyle #pinuphair #ootdsocialclub #pinuplife #1950sfashion #fourseasonsinoneday #1950s #retro #vintagegirlnextdoor #vintagefashion #winterorspring #memade
Happy Saturday!! I was able to do some thrifting before I have to go in to work today, and I found some treasures!! Check my stories for a mini thrift haul. 😊 Swipe 👉for makeup details! What are you doing this fine day? • • • • • • • • #1950sstyle #pinuphair #1950sfashion #vintagefur #vintagestyle #retro #vintagehair #winterlook #vintagegirlnextdoor #vintagelady #truevintage #truevintageootd
Have you ever been to an old fashioned soda shop? We found the cutest little shop with all the old bottled sodas and old fashioned candy! Celery soda anyone?? 😂I was too chicken to try the celery one this time, and went with my fave Cheerwine (kindof like cherry Dr Pepper). We also picked up some candy cigarettes and some Long Boys Coconut. What’s your favorite vintage soda and candy? • • • • • #1950sstyle #vintagegirlnextdoor #vintagestyle #vintagehair #pinuphair #vintagesoda
Happy Wednesday friends!! Fun fact about me- I wear glasses everyday! I started wearing glasses in elementary school and my eyes got so bad as I got older that even the big “E” on the top of the chart was blurry. Then about 15 years ago I had lasik eye surgery and had 20/20 vision for about 10-11 years. Alas, my vision started to regress and now I’m sitting around 20/40. I take my glasses off for most photos, but if you see me in real life.....🤓 Luckily I found these awesome vintage frames at a thrift store and had my prescription put in! What are you favorite places for repro vintage glasses?? • • • • • • • #1950shair #1950sstyle #vintagegirl #vintageclothing #vintageglasses #foureyes #beret #1950sfashion #pinupstyle #thriftstorefinds #thrifting
Even though I really don’t like the cold, there’s something so magical about being on a snowy mountain ❄️we went on a lovely drive today. It was so refreshing to enjoy nature and slow down. Do you love the mountains? Or the city? • • • • • • • #1950shair #vintagegirl #vintageclothing #1950s #vintagevibes #winterfashion #snowymountains #redhair #vintagegirlnextdoor #vintagelady #retro #vintagejacket #vintagebrooch
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"As soon as I put on my first 1950s dress with my hair and my makeup done, that's when I felt like I was finally me. I found my authentic self and I've never looked back since then," she told us.

The only part of her home that's not decorated in a classic way? Her son's room. With his hat and trousers, even Fay's husband lives like his wife. "People will just stop dead in their tracks," explained her husband, Dane. "Their eyes are fixed on her as we walk by."  

"I think everybody is weird in their own way," Fay concluded. "Everybody is nerdy about something and it might as well be something that you love." 

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(Original Caption) Jayne Mansfield wears one of the creations shown in today's "Garden of Spring Fashions" in the 12th Annual March of Dimes Fashion Show in the Waldorf Astoria. The dress by Oleg Cassini is black crepe with halter neckline. With it Miss Mansfield wears a Maximimilian-of-New York chinchilla wrap. The show featured the fashions of the couture group of the New York Dress Institute.
(Original Caption) Kitty Carlisle, wearing a black and white butterfly print silk shantung with red silk-lined cape by Scaasi, is shown at the rehearsal for the March of Dimes Fashion show at the Starlight Roof of the Waldorf-Astoria.
Fashions, Ambassador Hotel, for Babbette, 3 March 1958. Charles Knowles;Ashley Cowan. (Printed for daily for Carter Ludlow) Sleeve reads: S-12301).;Supplementary material reads: 'Lou Mack - Fashions. Ambassador (Babbette);3/4: Charles Le Maire creates this costume for Suzy Parker, soon to be seen in 'Ten North Frederic'. Full-length wool coat is in 'hunting pink', the dress a combination of a white Alencon lace and slim black crepe skirt. Adding atmosphere is Charles Knowles, Pipe Major of the Royal Highlanders, who appear in Paramount's 'The Buccaneers'. 51/50: Addie Masters, noted California designer creates a dramatic at-home costume of red printed satin and red chiffon. The first of the 'chemise' hostess pajamas, the chiffon back is bloused, with floating panels to the floor. Admiring the model is Ashley Cowan, who plays 'Mouse' in Paramount's 'The Buccaneers'. All of these fashions were seen yesterday for the first time at the 'Fashionations' show in the Embassy Room of the Ambassador Hotel. 29/30: Irene, world famous California designer created this lovely evening ensemble for 'Fashionations' of imported white lace over silver lame, the sheath gown flowed into a short train. 'Wrap' is a cloud of tulle, depicting the balloon silhouette'.. (Photo by Los Angeles Examiner/USC Libraries/Corbis via Getty Images)
A model wearing a Carosa dress made of checked terital and wool fabric in shades of grey by the Alfredo Pria wool factory with flared skirt and open pleat and black umbrella by Aimo. 1959. (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Model seated on multi-colored striped chair wearing yellow suit; short tapered jacket with large black buttons and fitted skirt to below the knee with black shoes, black hand bag, holding black hornrimmed glasses, white gloves, also wearing pearls, and black turban with white polka dots. Suit is from Vogue pattern S-4867. Also pictured: multicolored striped rug and black and white tiled floor. (Photo by Henry Clarke/Condé Nast via Getty Images)
Chapeau en velours noir et plumes d'autruche blanches, création Simone Mirman pour la Collection Automne/Hiver 1958/1959, à Londres, Royaume-Uni, le 29 septembre 1958. (Photo by KEYSTONE-FRANCE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
9th December 1957: Film star Ingrid Bergman ( 1915 - 1982) in London to shoot scenes for her film 'Indiscreet'. She is wearing and black and white Dior dress and coat while she studies a script in her dressing room. (Photo by Chris Ware/Keystone/Getty Images)
27th September 1957: A white bra and suspender belt in nylon net and French lace (left) and a black high wasted corset and bra with a cross over corded front from Christian Dior London. (Photo by Reg Birkett/Keystone/Getty Images)
Fashions, Ambassador Hotel, for Babbette, 3 March 1958. Charles Knowles;Ashley Cowan. (Printed for daily for Carter Ludlow) Sleeve reads: S-12301).;Supplementary material reads: 'Lou Mack - Fashions. Ambassador (Babbette);3/4: Charles Le Maire creates this costume for Suzy Parker, soon to be seen in 'Ten North Frederic'. Full-length wool coat is in 'hunting pink', the dress a combination of a white Alencon lace and slim black crepe skirt. Adding atmosphere is Charles Knowles, Pipe Major of the Royal Highlanders, who appear in Paramount's 'The Buccaneers'. 51/50: Addie Masters, noted California designer creates a dramatic at-home costume of red printed satin and red chiffon. The first of the 'chemise' hostess pajamas, the chiffon back is bloused, with floating panels to the floor. Admiring the model is Ashley Cowan, who plays 'Mouse' in Paramount's 'The Buccaneers'. All of these fashions were seen yesterday for the first time at the 'Fashionations' show in the Embassy Room of the Ambassador Hotel. 29/30: Irene, world famous California designer created this lovely evening ensemble for 'Fashionations' of imported white lace over silver lame, the sheath gown flowed into a short train. 'Wrap' is a cloud of tulle, depicting the balloon silhouette'.. (Photo by Los Angeles Examiner/USC Libraries/Corbis via Getty Images)
Ensemble de lainage en tweed noir et blanc, porté avec une blouse de flanelle jaune, création Chanel pour la Collection Automne 1958, à Paris, France, le 19 août 1958. (Photo by KEYSTONE-FRANCE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Beth Rogan, actress of the Rank Organisation, has been under contract one year and has appeared in several films. Beth has worked as a model and an art teacher, she still sketches in black and white when she has the time, 30th March 1957. (Photo by Bela Zola/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
6th March 1957: Pagan Grigg wears 'Casino', a black and white window pane check organza dress and waist length jacket with a matching sou'wester hat, from the mid season collection at Christian Dior London. (Photo by Terry Fincher/Keystone/Getty Images)
Model wearing an open-jacket suit in navy and white tweed with a necklace from S. G. Barnett, black bag, and taupe leather gloves. Suit by Davidow. (Photo by Frances McLaughlin-Gill/Condé Nast via Getty Images)
The skirt comes in many colour combinations and is, in our picture, white on black. The price of the skirt is around £3.10s. Miss Laurence is about to appear in pantomime in Newcastle-on-Tyne where she will play "Goldilocks". This title goes very well with her seeing as she has got golden red hair, blue eyes and a freckled face. November 1956 P021907 (Photo by Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
5th January 1957: Two young Fulham football fans Freda and Frank Hearn dressed in their club's colours of black and white, wait to board an 'Ipswich Special' at Addison Road station, London. Fulham are playing Ipswich in an FA Cup tie match. (Photo by William Vanderson/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
"A model wearing a black acetate silk afternoon dress by Simonetta Ravizza. Venice, 1950s (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)"
OCT 29 1956, OCT 31 1956 snow packed ski trials will glow with colorful new costumes to be modeled by a bevy of collegiate ski club members in a ski fashion show scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the second floor ski shop of The May Co. styles include the knit pullover, black garbardine pants and cap worn (left) by DU Pioneer member, Miss Yvonne temple. the hooded Italian windbreaker (center ) is modeled by Miss Mary Jean Goldsborougth, CWC skier. Miss Pris Wright of DU wears red and white German design with knit helmet wool lined mitts and fur trimmed boots. Credit: Denver Post (Denver Post via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 15: Posed with dachshund, model wearing suit of beige-and-white rayon tweed, with short jacket and narrow skirt over chiffon throated blouse. Worn with duochrome shoes of black and brown leather, white felt hat and pigskin belt. (Photo by Karen Radkai/Conde Nast via Getty Images)
OCT 29 1956, OCT 31 1956; snow packed ski trials will glow with colorful new costumes to be modeled by a bevy of collegiate ski club members in a ski fashion show scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the second floor ski shop of The May Co. styles include the knit pullover, black garbardine pants and cap worn (left) by DU Pioneer member, Miss Yvonne temple. the hooded Italian windbreaker (center ) is modeled by Miss Mary Jean Goldsborougth, CWC skier. Miss Pris Wright of DU wears red and white German design with knit helmet wool lined mitts and fur trimmed boots.; (Photo By Dave Mathias/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 01: Model Joanna McCormick in black and white tweed suit with fur collar (Photo by Karen Radkai/Conde Nast via Getty Images)
Watched by onlookers outside, French child poet and prodigy Minou Drouet practices on the runway prior to a fashion show, Paris, France, September 1956. She is dressed in a black velvet dress with a white ermine collar. At the show, Drouet showed off a line of clothing she designed with help of French design house Enfantillage. (Photo by John Sadovy/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower has succumbed to the new spring fashion for bigger hats. Her Milliner, Sally Victor, reported today that the First Lady has chosen a spring hat wardrobe featuring medium-sized bonnets and brims. Usually, Mrs. Eisenhower prefers the tiny pillboxes. Model Suzanne Erichsen poses with seven spring bonnets from the First Lady's hat box. The model is wearing a flower pillbox of pink, blue and yellow forget-me nots and holds (left) a white ballibuntal sailor, medium brim, with a white organdy drape around the crown and a single pink rose and right, a white ballibuntal sailor with a medium sized, fluted brim. White lace decorates the edge. On the table left to right: a white cotton lace pillbox on a black velvet base; a four-leaf clover pillbox entirely covered with yellow mimosa; a small cap of white straw in rouching effect and a black straw
Westinghouse TV commercial star Betty Furness clad in navy blue form-fitting dress featuring a sailor-like collar trimmed w. a wide white border embellished w. black pinstripes which also outlines each side of this knee-length fashion; one of 28 newoutf. its for her CBS-TV ads (Photo by Yale Joel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Madame Herve Alphand in her New York apartment. Posed in the blue and white living room, Madame Alphand wears a simple black dress by Dior. (Photo by John Rawlings/Condé Nast via Getty Images)
Childrens' fashions based on Hans Christian Anderson's Fairy Tales and childrens' clothing of Denmark. Little boy; black wool flannel shorts with suspenders over white shirt and knee high black socks with black laced oxfords, holding yellow bouquet. Girl far left; Bell shaped apron of white pique banded with black rickrack over puff sleeved yellow cotton dress. Girl in center; white party dress with dainty yellow flower print and matching bonnet. Girl to far right; Yellow polished cotton satin pinafore over sleeveless yellow cotton dress. All dressed designed by Helen Lee for Youngland along with girls' black paten leather shoes. (Photo by Roger Prigent/Condé Nast via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) 2/28/1956-Los Angeles, CA: Marilyn Monroe is shown as she returned to the film capital Sunday wearing a black suit and mannish type black shirt and tie. The outfit set fashion conscios Hollywood ago, it is reported. Marilyn clarified the situation by declaring she was the same Marilyn in a new suit, Miss Monroe also told newsmen she has become a book worm during her 14 months exile from Hollywood; and that she will begin work on a picture in March following a happy compromise over the contract dispute with her studio. (Original Caption)
1956: CZ Guest, in white shorts, standing by her Palm Beach swimming pool, with white poodle, posing on black pool-side sphinx. (Photo by Sharland/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
1956: A ceremonial Balinese dance being performed by two women wearing ceremonial costume and ornate headdresses decorated with jewels and flowers. In black and white book (Photo by Ernst Haas/Ernst Haas/Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Oestergaard, Heinz * 15.08.1916-10.05.2003+ Modeschoepfer, D- schwarz-weiss gestreifte Jacke ausWollsatin, darunter ein Kleid ausschwarzem Woll-Leinen- 1956Foto: Haenchen (Photo by Haenchen/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
American actress Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) wearing a brocade evening gown and black evening gloves, and lying with her head resting on a white fur coat, 1955. (Photo by Gene Lester/Getty Images)
Socialite Mrs. William C. Breed wears a white blouse, black slacks, and sunglasses with other unidentified travelers aboard the cruise ship Achilles. (Photo by Henry Clarke/Condé Nast via Getty Images)
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