Adoring all things vintage, whimsical and downright quirky

Category Archives: Vintage inspiration

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.

Saffy channelling Frieda!

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.

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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…

The rainbow’s on the wall: Rainbow Wallpaper Mural £36, by Garland muralswallpaper.co.uk
Serving Rainbows: Rainbow shaped plates £5.25 for 6 talkingtables.co.uk
Step into the rainbow: Striped white and rainbow trainers £80, Boden.co.uk
Beaches and rainbows: Rainbow-shaped beach towel by Sunnylife £32 amara.com
Snuggly rainbow: Whitestuff rainbow jumper £55, whitestuff.co.uk
Poster paint: You are my sunshine print, £4.93 (digital download) from My Dream Wall on Etsy.co.uk
Comfy rainbow: Pop Art Rainbow Cushion by Jan Constantine, £110, Amara.com

There you have it. A small but colourful selection of things to brighten your day!


Charlie campervan
Charlie eyes closed campervan
Charlie face on campervan PS BW
Charlie smile face on

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!

Credits:

Hair and Makeup: The Blusherettes

Dresses: Bridal Reloved

Floral displays and vintage props: Hello Petal

Photography: Indie Love

Models: Alana Deane and Alisha Griffiths


I’m not particularly vain, but I love mirrors. There seem to be so many gorgeous ones out there at the mo, so here’s my pick of the ones that have tickled my fancy. Note, some of these are waaaay out of my budget but they go into my ‘if I ever win the lottery’ compartment in my brain!

Anthropologie Riptide Mirror, £798 – more a piece of artwork than a functional mirror, but my, how tactile and pretty! The fish-scale look coupled with the clash of metals makes me very happy…sigh…

Riptide mirror

And another – Anthropologie Bird’s Nest Mirror, £498   this stunning wooden carved mirror comes in various shapes – all blooming marvelous!

Woodland nest mirror

Duck Feet Table Mirror, £29.95, Graham and Green  Tee hee, this would cheer you up of a morning!

Duck Feet Table Mirror

MiaFleur’s Brass Fish Mirror, £108 is pure fun!

Brass Fish Mirror Mia Fleur

Finally, not strictly a mirror, but a super-pretty mirrored table, I just love this. So delicate and quirky. You can get this Round Mirrored Bird Table for £129 from Primrose and Plum.

Round Mirror Bird Table Primrose and Plum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


It may be grey and miserable out there, and the snow we were promised never materialised, but hey, let’s not feel blue! Instead, let’s embrace this wonderful colour in all its glorious hues! Bring the blue skies of spring into your home with some of my picks…

 


Fornasetti plate

Well this is my first post of 2016 and one of my NY resos was to make sure I post more this year. At the moment, I am rather partial to collecting things, and plates are a passion. There are so many interesting designs out there but here are a few of my picks…enjoy!

Nimerology - Serenissima Dinner Plate - Blue

1 Nimerology Seranissima dinner plate – blue – £78, amara.com

Lisa paris plate

2  Lisa Bengtsson’s Tiillsammans small plate, Pierre, £24, royaldesign.co.uk

Amara windmill plate

3 Sebra Pink Farm plate, £8, amara.com

Amara fungi plate

4 House of Rym, Bakadish Big Dish – Shroomville, £20, amara.com

nature table dessert place Anthropoloige £16

5 Nature Table Dessert Plate, £16 Anthropologie.com

Fornasetti plate

6 Fornasetti Tema e variazione plate, £112.50, selfridges.com

People Will Always Need Plates 1940's Dinner Plates - Set of 4 - Yolk

8 People Will Always Need Plates 1940’s Dinner Plates – Set of 4 – Yolk, £72, amara.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orla Kiely Serving platter Elephant

9. Orla Kiely Elephant Serving Platter, £18, amara.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

requently! As January yawns on, the only thing that really piques my interest is the interior design wish list that I have for the next year…one thing I really want to do is find a place for the collection of plates that I have been adding to over the last few years, but here are a couple of lovely new additions that I plan to snaffle…

Animals still feature massively in accessories so I love the collection by Lisa Bengtsson.

 

Studio Lisa Bengtsson – Small Plate – Pierre

GBP 25.00

Katie Spragg – Essex Lion – Dinner Plate

GBP 29.00 Amara.com

Sebra – Plate – Pink Farm

GBP 7.00 Amara.com

At Home with Ashley Thomas Trinket Tray (set of 2)

GBP 12.00

House of Rym – Bakadish Big Dish Dinner Plate – Shroomville £20 Amara.com

Fornasetti Tema e Variazioni Wall Plate – No. 286 £120

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