Monday, 9 August 2010
Having recently listened to The Burlesque Podcast's interview with Jo Weldon, I brought her book! It really is brilliant, she uses a lot of her handbook for her School of Burlesque and there are some really nifty tips in there (including patterns and a how-to guide for making novelty-shaped pasties). It's a really nicely designed bit of work too, and only £6.99 (I think) from Amazon which is a real bargain.
One more for the bookcase, when I've finished reading it :)
Thursday, 29 July 2010
Friday, 28 May 2010
Start off with a pale face! I use Lush's Colour Supplement in 'Light Pink' mixed with a moisturiser and Dainty Doll concealer (not sure you can get that any more!) with a dust of Too Faced's translucent pressed powder as a base. Prime your eyes with something like Too Faced Shadow Insurance or Urban Decay's Primer Potion.
This is a really cheap makeup palette that I've probably had for too long - I recently dropped it and destroyed some of my favourite colours... for the next step I used these light and dark pinks.
Use the lighter pink on the top of the eye over the browbone, and the darker pink in the crease of your eye. I also used some along the bottom lid to give me a bit of a sickly appearance.
Line the top and bottom of your eyes with a black cream or liquid liner - I use a really fine paintbrush to do this with Clinique's Brush on Cream Liner.
Whilst the liner is still wet, use a thicker brush to smudge it over the lid, and under the eye for a smokey look. You need to go for quite a rounded shape.
Re-Line the eyes.
20s eyebrows extend quite far past the natural browline, these are a little thinner than my usual forties/fifties look. I use a wet, angled brush with a dark shadow to paint mine in.
All I did was add blush and a rosey-coloured Avon lipstick - I prefer a dark colour with this look really but it makes me look all mouth...
Thursday, 20 May 2010
Monday, 10 May 2010
I had a lovely trip into Birmingham (England - of course!) the other week, during my holiday of work (the joys of working in a college) and met up with my friend Zoe, who did very little to dissuade me from buying this cute pin pot from Kath Kidston in Selfridges.
I've been doing a lot of sewing lately, and popping pins into this beauty feels a little more vintage than my old, plastic thing that I bought at uni - rubbish! My mom has a really cute one actually that I think she's had since the seventies, I'll try to dig it out to show you at some point!
Sunday, 2 May 2010
Hopefully when I'm better and have the photos off various people's cameras you can have photos of my sailor party, and our outfits for Enchanted Burlesque (formerly the Silk Stocking) which we went to last Saturday - my friend Sam fell in love with the gorgeous Kitten Von Mew a little bit, poor lad.
There's not much left to report to be quite honest! I've been stitching away this afternoon, (sequins to knickers) but I've had to stop - I can't stop coughing long enough to pick up a sequin at the minute. Anyone got any remedies I can try?
Saturday, 17 April 2010
It was my birthday this wednesday (photos of yummy presents to come!) so yesterday we went out, dressed as sailors of course! Hopefully I'll post some pictures of everyone else's outfits, but they're still on cameras and what have you so there aren't any yet - The Dapper Man, my lovely boyfriend for instance dressed up as Captain Haddock complete with mascara'd beard, and embroidered anchor courtesy of yours truly. My own costume was a creation made by my mother from this pattern from Wearing History which was brilliant!
This morning I've been to the (opening?) of a new vintage shop in Stourbridge, and bought a lovely £4 jumper, I need to find some proper high-waisted trousers to wear it with as it is a tad short... and The Dapper Man bought a hideous tie and a pair of braces which I love! I'll have to post a picture of him at some point!
Thursday, 8 April 2010
I said I'd post a picture of my hair after I'd dyed it, so here it is! But I need to post one really when I've washed it - which I'm putting off because I really want this colour to stay in. Basically I've been trying to get back to brown, because I can't find a red that stays in and I'm really, really lazy. This colour pretty much matches my own, which is a bit unusual and a colour I haven't seen in years as I started to dye my hair when I started uni which was... a while ago! Naturally I'm a really dark brown, but it's a got a yellow tone to it rather than a red one so it appears lighter than it really is.
I've touched up my roots as well from my blonde streak which was a lot harder than I thought - I did try to put in a blonde streak in the side of my hair but it didn't take over the red dye for some reason... ah well! I'm not too bothered, as long as my roots are fine it's all good!
I have a pin up shoot scheduled for tomorrow - my second one ever... in the woods... eek!
Friday, 2 April 2010
What's occurring? Sorry for the lack of updates, there's been a lot of stuff going on lately that's taken up my time and I've not really had the energy to pose for photos. Hopefully be posting a bit more these two weeks, I've got time off for easter!
I don't usually have my fringe forwards, it's usually in a bit of a quiff... definitely needs dying though, my cowlick has major roots and I'd like to add another streak of blonde in the side - I miss my hairdresser! But he moved away, we're going to Enchanted Burlesque together in April though, much looking forward to that!
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
The listing is here if you're interested at all! I'll be putting some vintage dresses and vintage-style items up soon too, once I've got the photos all sorted.
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
Sunday, 28 February 2010
That piece of glitter in my eyebrow was just... there. All evening. I couldn't shift it! It was driving me mad!
In other news: there are no good locations in my house to take nice photos - how has this happened? The lighting is also horrible.
Friday, 26 February 2010
Similarly, that 'in' crowd had a style that I just didn't understand, and definitely had a lot to say about at the time (short skirts, logo t-shirts and brand name sportswear - what?) but have... kind of come to like in a way. For instance, a few years ago it was quite popular for that lot to wear skinny jeans or leggings with ugg-type (it was pre-ugg really) boots and hugely over-inflated puffa jackets, often with a fur collar. The silhouette was one that was really quite impressive, it was dominant, aggressive and animalistic and they had the attitude to match. Even with the mistake that is orange foundation and peroxide-blonde hair, I found similarities to our British ancestors after reading that the celts would tan their skin and bleach their locks. That whole fashion-culture, although not to my particular taste, has gained my respect in the same sort of bracket as goth, and punk. i.e. "Not my sort of thing, very nice though."
Lately I've noticed quite a lot of snobbery online in vintage circles - a general disdain for 'modern' fashion, or even just normal every-day dress, and at times, a mockery of it. This dislike of jeans, and sportswear as daywear, of miles of flesh on show is understandable, It's just not our cup of tea! But when we get treated differently, or are ridiculed by the 'norms' of society, we are up in arms about it. Should anybody comment negatively on our styles and tastes it stings - this is how we've chosen to present ourselves to the world, and if someone is rude about it then it feels as though your entire personality, your personal likes and dislikes are being rubbished and put down.
So why do we do the very same to them?
Live and let live you lunatics!
Saturday, 13 February 2010
I'm off to the pub so I'm opting for a more casual sixties-type look with dark eyes and pale lips (and a cute silk scarf worn as a headband!). I've bought some (more) false eyelashes after I lost the last brand new set... very annoyed about that. These are the Cheryl Cole ones that I think are made by Eyelure - I've worn the Nicola Roberts ones before and loved them, but these are more of an exaggerated look, very thick and fluttery.
More about my new job soon, and some rants and raves about beauty products too! x
Thursday, 11 February 2010
Two new things that I'll post more about a.s.a.p!
I got that job! I went to the interview yesterday, and I was really afraid that I'd fluffed it, but they phoned me later in the afternoon and offered it to me. I'm so pleased! I start March 1st and I'm really excited about it. Woo, and indeed, hoo.
I got my tattoo, I'll post pictures as soon as I can, I really love it. It's a bit scabby at the moment, and I've been reading a number of different things about the aftercare... so I'm a bit confused about it at the moment, if anyone has any advice then please comment, or email me - thanks!
I'll post as soon as my phoneline's working then, goodnight y'all!
Monday, 8 February 2010
I just stumbled across this - it's a short film my friend Klee Jane made last year at uni when I was still blonde(!), I'm top left, in the moody blues - I was 'Lust' although I think that might have just been because I already had the wardrobe. Not really sure what I'm doing in half of those shots... but it was a lot of fun to shoot :)
There are photos, too!
Tuesday, 2 February 2010
Just wanted to mention that I have a job interview lined up for next Wednesday! I'm one more step towards achieving one of my resolutions - quit my horrible job. Very excited about that one! It's with my friend's dad as well, which everyone says is great but worries me somewhat... I think I'll feel like a bit more of a cock-up in front of someone I know.
In other news, I'm flatsitting at the moment for my dapper boyfriend Jack's boss - we're looking after her two massive dogs (a lurcher and a whippet, Ellie and Freddie) and her two Lovebirds Elton and Dave. It's great fun, although the flat used to be a stable for the Georgian house (now a hotel) next door, and it's a bit creepy, cold and haunted-feeling. It's nice to have an en-suite restaurant though xx
Sunday, 31 January 2010
Something I like about this picture is that I've not gone for all-out vintage - the multiple piercings for instance, this is definitely something I need to do more now! I love people who do an exact re-creation of the look but for me I think I need that juxtaposition of old and new to keep my look fresh.
I miss my long hair!
I messed around with this in photoshop for giggles. xx x
Saturday, 30 January 2010
Monday, 25 January 2010
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
like... a nurse, or a vet or something. Then I wanted to be an actress, I was in this drama group for a while.
I still want to be a singer, or a burlesque star. I currently draw pictures and sell pies though xx
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
I look so moody here! It was the best of a bad lot of pictures, trust me!