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Carnaby Street Christmas


Carnaby Street sits amongst the 13 streets in London’s Soho shopping area.  It is found behind Liberty in Regents Street, the nearest underground station being Oxford Circus. The area boasts 150 shops, bars and restaurants. The shops display cutting edge designers talents and trendy street ware, clothes, shoes, bags and jewellery. There are also boutiques selling vintage clothing and well known cosmetic shops.

Although the street has been there since the 16th century, it was in the 1960’s that Carnaby Street came to life and became a fashionable shopping street. It was the place to shop and to be seen and if you were very lucky or hung around long enough you might have seen a famous person or two shopping there.

Now many people gather each year for the switching on of the Carnaby Street Christmas Lights which feature some of the most unusual Christmas decorations to be seen in London. The shops stay open late, many giving discounts and there is a general festive party atmosphere. The lights always have a different theme each year.

2010 was the 50th Anniversary of the start of the “swinging sixties” so the theme that year was Love, Hope, Joy and Peace- reminiscent of throughout the sixties in fact.
2011 saw giant illuminated Mistletoe across the street with Holly chandeliers swinging in between.
2012 had a Rolling Stones theme celebrating 50years of their music. The year of the Robin was the theme for 2013.
The distinctive theme for 2014 was to celebrate Carnaby Street’s reputation as a unique shopping destination, with enormous headphones and sunglasses with ” I love Christmas” on.

2015 ….. I won’t spoil the surprise as you might be planning to go to see the Carnaby Street lights for yourself!!

Love Betty…. X



Dame Commander Mary Quant

Well said 🙂


Mary Quant, famous for her miniskirt designs as well as popularising hot pants in the late sixties cements her place as a fashion icon. Now, at the age of 80, she has become a mary quantdame in the new year honours list.   Pictured in her London Flat, 1967.

Vivienne Westwood got it years ago.  I’m not sure why Mary had to wait so long.

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Uncategorized, Vintage Hair & Makeup

Vintage Photoshoot …. X

Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of collaborating on a Vintage Photoshoot at Wakehurst Mansion In Sussex organised by Ingrid of Fine to Fabulous Hair & Makeup. A large team of specialist Hair & Makeup artists were brought in to style and dress a group of talented models to be photographed at this stunning backdrop
for a 1920,s and 1940’s/50’s theme. Here are a few shots behind the scenes I can’t wait to see the final shoot pics…. X






Vintage In Brighton …… X

A trip to Brighton in my eyes is not complete without a visit to the North Laine’s, the Vintage district of Brighton and I was lucky enough to visit again at the weekend.
Exciting streets packed Full of vintage treasures and Antiques, a mixture of what I would call traditional rummage vintage shops with some mainstream retro shops, intertwined with of course coffee shops with sweet & savoury treats. Of course a few purchases were made to add to the collection!
If you haven’t visited before and you are down that way it’s a must!
I’m already looking forward to the next time and I’m sure it won’t be long before I’m back …. X Continue reading


Get The Look – All About The Eyes

Creating that perfect vintage eyeliner line is crucial to create iconic looks from the 1940’s onwards, therefore finding an eyeliner that’s consistency is easy to work with and that you trust to be long lasting is imperative. Having tried many different eyeliners from the lower to higher end of the market, my personal choice and recommendation is MAC’s Liquid Last liner at £15.00. I must admit that I use my own eyeliner brush rather than the brush it comes with as I feel this brush is a little wide for my liking, but it glides on effortlessly, dries quickly and once it’s on, it won’t be going anywhere! It needs to be removed with a oil based eye makeup remover otherwise it still won’t budge. Definitely worth a try if you have never quite found that right eyeliner that suits you, or if after a few hours of wearing your existing liner you get that line print on your upper eye Lid! . . . . X



70’s Vintage?

As we are making our way into 2014 we are already seeing clothes and trends from the 70’s on the catwalk….will this lead to a 70’s influence on our vintage hair and make-up? Seventies make-up bought a big change from the dark smoky eye liners from the 60’s, shimmers and iridescent powders came on the scene, eyelids were full of bold colours with a pearly shimmer under the brow creating an altogether softer look. Hair also became more softer and natural looking with a free spirited side, gone were the bouffant styles of the 60’s although hair still had volume and body, softer waves were the trend…..lets watch this space to see if 70’s become a big part of 2014. 


Keeping Busy With Vintage

Hi Vintage Lovers

I will be at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair this Sunday (13th Oct) from 10:30 – 4:30 doing Vintage make overs so come and see me and I will transform your hair and or make-up into Vintage style. I will have Dita Von Teese make-up on sale with a 20% discount so you can perfect the vintage look yourself at home along with Jessika Hill hair flowers to complete the vintage hair style or 40’s head scarves when you want the vintage look for minimum effort with maximum effect. for more details please visit the website www.judysvintagefair.co.uk 




I am so excited to be doing a retro photoshoot on Tuesday 22nd Oct and I am busy deciding which clothes and ideas to use. I have one place available for a model so if you are interested please email me jenny@bettysrockandrollers.co.uk

I look forward to sharing the pictures from both events soon….

Betty x