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 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.
You can always rely on a pair of pretty red shoes to lift the spirits on a Wednesday morning – and aren’t these just peachy? These Chia Mihara Osmo sandals (yes, really!) cost £225 and I found them on a rather nifty little online vintage-inspired boutique called Ruby Plum. Choc full with gorgeous dresses, knits and bags, the only problem is deciding what to keep in my basket!
I have had my eye on this Marianne bag (£130) for some time and may have to start dropping some p-r-e-t-t-y heavy hints soon to the other half. Surely I deserve it?!?!!
If you want some cute vintage-inspired jewellery, look no further than Elsie Belle. I came across this little lovely at a craft fair last Christmas and meant to blog about it then, but never got around to it. From lockets to rings, I love the cute attention to detail, the delicate woodland-creature-adorned necklaces, a nod to the current obsession in interiors for animalia.
I have picked out a couple that caught my eye – and they are really well priced to boot! At the top is the Florence pendant – a 1950s Japanese pearlised porcelain cabochon mounted onto a raw brass floral locket. Fill with keepsakes or photos of your loved ones. £16.95
Here are a few sneaky pix from last weekend’s photoshoot at Elsie Riley. We sweltered in the heat down in the basement and I feared the make-up I’d so carefully applied was going to melt off, but the models, Katrina and Rhea were just brilliant, helped of course by the excellent photographer of Elena Goodrum. I hope you enjoy them!
Above: Rhea models some vintage-inspired work wear…
Above: Katrina channels the spirit of Audrey Hepburn…
Above: One of my favourite images from the shoot.
I have been swooning over some new purchases that are set to make me feel like a queen this season and to give me a little boost as the nights start to draw in.
Take this delectable pocket mirror which I found on Plumo – it’s only £6 and will be a welcome addition to my handbag.
I shall also be wearing these super cute ballerina shoes as sported by the lovely Mischa Barton – they can be found on good old ASOS.com
Team it with this rather fetching 30s silk cape located on saucy Coco de Mer’s site – it was £280 – eek!
I have also bid on this oh-la-la lovely 80s clutch on Whats Mine is Yours.com– a fab auction site definitely worth checking out – hands off the clutch though!
But of course, the outfit is not complete without a bit of sparkle: enter my new buy, a delectable and unique piece from quirky Etsy shop, Untamed Menagerie. I have bought this necklace (called Whatever Lola Wants) and I just can’t wait for it to arrive! If you like it, be quick, as there is only one left in stock (only £17 all in with P & P from the States – bargain.)
And as any princess knows, along with quaffing champagne while wearing a beautiful dress, one simply must also partake of a luxurious chocolate – and joy oh joy, I found the perfect ones to round off the super-luxe effect…yum! Well, there are the same choco makers that the HRH the Queen uses!
After an evening of dancing and other such delights, a lady should retire to her room, and what better way to relax than to slip off your shoes and pop on some comfy slippers. Toast does some rather sleek blue suede babouche numbers and they are described as ‘buttery soft’ – yup, that does it for me!
Styling, make-up & hair – Verity Gough
Photography: Heidi Gough
Models: Charlotte Coombes, Zsofia Gyimesi
Did you know…
That there are so many web pages on the internet that even if you had hundreds of people scanning the internet 24 hours a day for the rest of their lives, you would never read them all, you wouldn’t even read a squillionth of them? That is why today has been good. The search engines were creaking and rattling in my favour, lady luck was smiling and I managed to find some super little sites that I may not have otherwise ever have seen.
As usual, this is a resource, so please go ahead and see for yourself how fab these little online stores are – and of course, if you do buy something, let me know how it goes!
I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: all the best fabric sites are in the US! Ok so it’s massively bigger than the UK but c’mon people! Honestly, I see a site, bookmark it, then quickly check the contact details, and hey ho, it’s never in the UK. This is my call to arms! We need more fabric sites in Blighty!
Back to the good stuff:
I have located two new textile resources – and yes, they are in the US – but they are wonderful! Shipping costs aren’t too bad either (thank God for the weak dollar!)
This little site specialises in both modern and vintage textiles from the 50s, 60s and 70s. With Jetson-inspired fabrics, there is no mistaking their quality and authenticity. I am itching to get my hands on some the gorgeous salmon gingham below and I just adore this cute kids fabric
or the uber cool ‘cross town’ design (below) – I can just see myself swinging a cute shoulder bag around town in this fabric. They also offer vintage lace trims too…
Melina’s vintage reproduction fabrics, bags, wallpaper and accessories are great. She also does a modern range but it’s her vintage designs that catch my eye.
The best thing is she sells swatches with all 17 fabrics in for only $18 so if like me you use them for small projects it’s a steal!
Other sewing bits
I have also come across Glitter and Grunge which hosts profiles for a number of unique little artists, most of which have their own websites or etsy page. I particularly like Vallen Queen’s vintage-inspired tea cosies (above)
Likewise, Silly Boodilly’s designs are a unique combination of folk art and victoriana – a new favourite of mine!!
And finally….some vintage eye candy…
Janet Lauer is a mosaic artist and creates under the name of Grindstone Mountain – her work is amazing. Do have a look at her website if you want to see more these wonderful items.
Sleepy Hollow Crafts just makes me happy. I love this little vintage doll.
And lastly, we have feasted our eyes, so now, let’s see what our tummies say to the rather splendid offerings of a little Somerset farm shop called Godminster who sell a range of ‘vintage’ goodies for foodies. They are so fab, they have won an award…
Now, wouldn’t you like these to clutter up your pantry?