Va-Voom Vintage came to be several years ago after St. Louis blogger Brittany found herself in a bit of a style rut following the birth of her daughter. When she decided to trade in the pajamas and t-shirts for retro fashion, Brittany took to blogging to document her finds and share fashion tips with people of similar interests.
Brittany, who wears styles from the 1940's - 1960's almost every day, says she draws much of her inspiration from old photos:
I love photos of people from back then, just living their daily life. Ladies walking down the street, working in their gardens and hanging out with family. (Personally) I love easy cotton dresses, washable separates and lots of really strange novelty brooches. The weirder, the better!
Brittany has been an avid user of BeFunky's Photo Editor and Collage Maker tools, but since BeFunky's Designer Toolset came out, she's been using the software almost every day to get the perfect "Pinterest-Ready" look for her graphics.
Bloggers rely heavily on Pinterest-friendly images and BeFunky has been an invaluable time saving tool. There are so many wonderful Pinterest-Ready templates to choose from! I just drop my photos right in, add some text and it's done. I used to spend so much time arranging collages or creating layouts from scratch so the templates have been fantastic and I have more time to write!
Recently, it occurred to me that my Twitter page was pretty shabby. I hadn't ever uploaded a header image! Then I remembered that BeFunky has templates for just what I needed so I made a Twitter header and had it uploaded and centered in about 3 minutes!
For aspiring bloggers, Brittany recommends creating your own personal "style guide" to help you stand out from the crowd:
Definitely go the DIY route, if you can! It's easy for a blog to look exactly like every other but there's so much that you can do on your own to create a one of a kind blog design. I always start out with a style guide that includes my color palette, my fonts and some basic design elements like dotted or dashed lines, geometric shapes. Basically everything that represents your brand.
Ready to try your hand at designing your own Twitter header, blog graphics, and more? All you need is right here: