Well Wedding season is certainly in full swing, every weekend lately has been early starts, hair and make-up for brides and bridesmaids. I’m not complaining though, it’s lovely to be involved with the wedding morning and helping the ladies get ready for the big day! I love hearing about the plans for the day and everyones personal touches to make it their own…. X
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
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Well… this weekend my stylist Maddison and myself had the pleasure of visiting the Happy Days Retro vacations campsite. Set in the beautiful countryside of Suffolk but not far from the coast sits this quirky retro site with several super airstream 1950’s caravans. A warm welcome awaited us from the proprietors Kevin & Jenni clearly passionate about their homely abode. Our reason for arriving was to spend the afternoon priming and styling 13 lovely ladies for a 50’s Hen party organised by the amazing Hope & Glorious vintage. We set to work in our fab retro salon for the afternoon ( usually the campsites reception). On went the 50’s music and the ladies arrived in their pairs and the salon came alive with victory rolls eyeliner flicks and laughter, meanwhile in the shelter the girls were having fun with afternoon teas & making crafty hair flowers to compliment there hair do’s, then glammed up the girls happily posed for shots for memories for keeps. What a warm and inviting setting I shall certainly be returning, cant wait! …. X