It’s that time of year again, when we wrack our brains for ideas of what gifts we would like to find nestled under the Christmas tree…
So I’m going to be awfully helpful to you ladies, and infuse your day with some divine inspiration in the form of these elegant, beautifully designed, British made items of lingerie. I guarantee, they will not only make you feel like a bonefide Hollywood screen siren, but if you have one, they will most likely go down pretty well with your other halves. Drop those hints, ladies!
I’m a bit late to the party on this one, as I wrote this post back in September but life got in the way and I didn’t get around to publishing it. That said, this trend is not going anywhere! Whether it’s panda pillows, budgie bedding, polar bear pottery or elephant…well everything, animals are HUGE in interiors. Here is my pick of some lush lovelies I’ve seen around and about….
I love me some vintage ( as you know) but it’s not always easy (or cheap) to source original items – and makeup from the 1940s, for instance is certainly not something we can use *shudders*. So I keep my eye out for new brands that are embracing the old vintage glamour. One such favourite is Bésame Cosmetics. Based in the US, they finally ship to the UK (hurrah!) and sell all manner of makeup in authentic vintage colours, plus limited edition items, such as the Mickey Mouse Lipsticks and Mirror set below.
In celebration of the 90th Anniversary of Mickey Mouse, they have collaborated with Disney and created two brand new lipstick shades called Mickey Red and Ink. Plus the packaging is decorated with artwork pulled from classic Mickey animation from the 1930s. Neato!
RMS Beauty is another brand that has a product I love that will help recreate vintage looks. The Beauty Vintage Cake Liner is everything! Not only can it be used as a matte shadow (think 20s smokey eyes) but with water and a brush, it creates a flawless cat flick. It has lovely coconut and jojoba oils in it to keep it gliding smoothly and is gluten free, essential oil free, GMO free, and soy free (in case you needed to know). Plus the brand is the creation of celeb makeup artist Rosemary Swift so she knows her onions.
Next up in Pretty Vulgar, a new(er) brand on the block but oh! the packaging! Think whimsy, edgy, floral, glamour, feminity and edge all in one! Above are a few examples: Matt lipstick, blusher, foundation and glitter body spray…click on the link to explore the gorgeous products!
Finally, above is my selection from The Balm – another super cute vintage inspired brand. The Mary-Lou Manizer is a makeup artist must-have, as is the bronzer. L-R: Model wearing the Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter next to the product itself – $17; Bahama Mama Bronzer is $10 for the travel size; Life’s a Beach nude palette is $36; Schwing liquid liner is $17; Meet (Matte) Hughes lipgloss in Trustworthy – $17. See the full range here.
So there you have it! If you want to add some style to your face and makeup bag, I totally recommend checking these brands out and let me know what you think.
Wedding season kicked off last month big time for The Blusherettes. We have had some gorgeous vintage-loving brides, lots of hair and makeup trials and August is shaping up to be our busiest month for weddings.
Last weekend we were at Twist Wedding Fayre at The Flaxmill Maltings in Shrewsbury. This alternative wedding event allows different suppliers that work with brides and grooms who are certainly not vanilla in their tastes. We fitted in perfectly. Here are a smattering of the looks we created for the event…
I love cats (we have one called Bourneville) despite being allergic to them! So when this little darling popped up on my Instagram feed (@vintageverity) I was drooling! This little lady costs £59.99 from kit-cat.co.uk (there are lots of other colours too).
Another find was this poster from Indieprints on Etsy (I bought the last one, sorry!) but you can source similar elsewhere…
Lastly, this pretty peter pan collar blouse by Sugarhill – ain’t it just the cat’s whiskers?
If you are ever after something unique to brighten up your work clothes or simply want to add a touch of whimsy to your wardrobe, then do pop over to Etsy to see the handiwork of the very talented Emma Morgenthaler of Fairytale Collars. I just adore her creations. From mermaids, to pizzas, she does quirky perfectly! I’ve picked a couple of her gorge collars and a funky little pin that I really should be sporting as a bonefide red lipstick wearer.
We created a hair and makeup look for a recent editorial shoot for Alison Moore of Hobbits Vintage Creations. It was inspired by Mexican artist Frieda Khalo. Our look channelled this icon with a smattering of Jane Russell thrown in for good measure, courtesy of our model, Saffron.
We spent a sunny afternoon in Bishop’s Castle (or thereabouts!) with Alison and her son, fashion photographer, Reuben Moore who has worked for Vogue Japan, Vogue Thailand, Glamour Russia, Tatler Russia, FashionToMax, Harvey Nichols to name but a few. The images featured here were actually shot by my partner in crime, Charlotte, who has a real eye for photography.
Alison creates stunning headpieces, veils, corsages, bags, hat and more from vintage fabrics and the shoot was intended to bring the colour and vibrancy of Frieda and her work to illustrate the different styles Alison’s work encompasses. We think it did her justice.
So it’s been a while since I posted (long story) so why not kick off a new one with some colour? I adore rainbow anything so I’ve been looking around for a myriad of rainbow accessories an’ ting, and lookee what I found…
There you have it. A small but colourful selection of things to brighten your day!
Here are a few images I took yesterday at the Oswestry Wedding Fair of our model Charlie who we styled in a 1960’s style, complete with bouffant, heavy liner, lashes and peachy hued cheeks. Image taken in the gorgeous original 60s campervan supplied by Split The Difference Vintage Campervan Hire.
Make-up used: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, Becca Backlight Primer, MAC Prep and Prime Powder, My Winkies Lashes – Lola, Milano Baked Blush, MAC Lipstick in Teddy, Anastasia Beverley Hills Highlighter.
We loved creating the hair and makeup for this wonderfully gothic yet whimsical editorial shoot which we shot last November and it has just appeared in Your West Midlands Wedding magazine – out now!
Hair and Makeup: The Blusherettes
Dresses: Bridal Reloved
Floral displays and vintage props: Hello Petal
Photography: Indie Love
Models: Alana Deane and Alisha Griffiths