It wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to Carnaby street, I headed to London for the last weekend of the seasons lights to see what this years design would be, and as always I wasn’t disappointed , here’s the Pics ….. 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
I don’t know about you but a question I often find myself asking lately is what do we define as Vintage? At what point in the timeline do we say vintage stops here from this point these items cannot be classed as vintage. For an item that is very old to be classed as an antique it is defined to be over 100 years old, but for what we call vintage there are no boundaries. We are already seeing a creeping line of items from the 1990’s onwards lining the vintage fairs, we all appreciate that as the years move on these decades are becoming further away from us, therefore should hold a certain stake in the vintage world or should they? A few years ago if you grazed a vintage fair you would see the era of the 60’s and former years, maybe the occasional 70’s attire, but nowadays we see an array of all eras extending right up to the late nineties.
I suppose this could be classed as quite a controversial subject, I think if you speak to anyone that has been for many a year into the vintage scene, they would say that the 80’s and thereafter is not vintage! Whereas someone of a younger generation they would think differently, yet if anything they have been born closer to these eras so that doesn’t give any conclusions as to why they would call this vintage either, and let’s face it they are the next generation to be attending and buying at the vintage fairs, learning swing dance, and styling their hair and makeup to re create a certain era, so who am I to say.
I suppose when I pick a, shall we say vintage item, I like to transport myself back to that era, be intrigued by who might of worn it? Think about the occasion they may have worn it for? Feel an emotional connection with what may have been happening in society at that time, it just doesn’t seem the same picking up something from the recent years that hasn’t had time to have gained any history, and has no stories to tell and nothing to conjure up the imagination, but I’m certainly in no position to conclude what is right and wrong, it just my opinion and my passion for keeping true vintage along the right path,without it being pulled out of its niche, it’s certainly too special to lose that . . . X
Well what a currant trend brows have become over the last couple of years! They are making such a statement at the moment, but when we look back brows have always made a statement throughout the decades, they truly are just as important as our other facial features and should therefore be looked after, enhanced and premed as part of our daily routine. We can enhance our own natural brow by gently darkening the natural brow shape with a brow pencil or eyeshadow but to create a defined new vintage brow shape we have to appreciate that unless your happy to shave your eyebrows off and pencil them on it’s not going to happen overnight! We firstly we need to find a picture of the vintage brow shape we would like to aim for, then we need to patiently work with our tweezers or ask your beautician to work towards this certain brow shape, plucking threading or waxing approximately every 2-3 weeks to start creating this shape, some of us will need to grow the hair in some areas, some of us will need to have them removed.
Once that brow shape is achieved we can then look at suitable products and colours that define that brow shape even further to give us our perfect vintage brow, again depending on the look you want you may want to use a colour close to your natural brow colour or you may want to go darker for a more dramatic look, bare in mind using a eyeshadow type product will have a softer edge on your shape and a pencil will give you a more defined stronger look. Good luck with those brow shapes!
Saturday the 24th of October 2014 saw the annual Burlesque Jems Cabaret Evening. Founder and feathered facilitator of The Burlesque Jems “Jem” and her tutors showcased their lovely burlesque dancers at a beautiful venue in Essex.
Betty’s Rock & Rollers were there on the night offering vintage makeovers for the ladies performing.
The ladies looked amazing, the atmosphere was buzzing within the dancers and the audience. There were feathers and fun, tease, and of course a bit of naughtiness, a great evening was had by all.
The burlesque Jems classes are at various locations over Essex and Hertfordshire. If you want to build confidence, learn a dance routine, have a chance to dress up and meet some other fabulous women, get in touch at
http://www.burlesquejems.co.uk for more details …. X
Well I’m glad to see that for this season the sixties style shift dress is hitting the high street . It was my increasing love of vintage attire that brought me to my first purchase of an original sixties dress that I bought back in the nineties. Purchased from a quaint vintage boutique in Camden my exciting first purchase has led me on to an ongoing love for vintage clothes the sixties style of dress being a favourite.
I shall certainly be grazing the shops to see what sixties style dresses I can find . A flattering A-line shape that can be so versatile to wear , it can be teamed with tights or leggings, tops underneath or jumpers on top, and the look complimented with an array of different style boots or shoes, can also be worn alone with sandals for a simple summer style. I still have to stick to my guns that nothing beats the find of an original vintage dress, as I’m not just buying a vintage dress I’m buying an interesting piece of history, but it’s great to hear that the mainstream shops will be sporting the modern look sixties dresses this season as they will have new materials and colours and inspiration on the classic style of the sixties shift dress…. Time to go shopping I think…. Vintage Love….. Betty….. X
I had the pleasure of teaching another vintage hair & hair workshop for The Burlesque Jems in Cambridge in September. There is always a lovely atmosphere in the group, we have lots of laughs and fun while the ladies create their own vintage makeovers with help and guidance from myself. We do a step by step demonstration starting with makeup then moving onto hair and the ladies get to try the looks using the products provided. It’s always nice to hear the positive feedback so let’s hope the workshops inspire the ladies with their hair & makeup when they get glammed up for their burlesque events….. Until the next time lovelys ….. 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
Well what a lovely day yesterday i went up to Cambridge to style 9 lovely ladies for Laura’s 1920’s themed Hen do, the ladies had a Charleston Dance lesson in the morning followed by afternoon tea, I then styled each lady with their 1920’s look throughout the afternoon, meanwhile the ladies made their own headpiece
to compliment their look, and played games, all organised by the lovely company Hope & Glorious Vintage, they all looked amazing I’m looking forward to seeing the photos…. X