Perfecting Your Winged Eyeliner

Perfecting your winged eyeliner is one of the most difficult and frustrating things for a new pinup. I first began dressing in vintage styles 7 years ago, but before that my makeup routine only ever included eyeliner when applied as smudged dark brown eyeshadow or very thin gel liner. Needing to master winged eyeliner, therefore, was a whole new challenge for me compared to any other new-pinup who might have been more practised in the skill of applying eyeliner in general.

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A Scarlett Leopard [Deadly is the Female x Alexandra King]

Look, I know it sounds a bit like a broken record to once again say that I’m in love with a new release from the Alexandra King for Deadly is the Female line…but I am, once again, in love with one of their new releases. And to be honest I don’t even think anyone would have a right to roll their eyes, should they wish to, because JUST LOOK AT THIS BADASS BEAUTY. SERIOUSLY, LOOK AT IT! There is no way you can tell me that you don’t think this dress is amazing because it so very, very clearly is. So now that we’ve got that out of the way, shall we enjoy some swooning over it together, yes? Yes, good. Let’s hold hands digitally while we do so. 

Plus size pinup Miss Amy May wears the Leopard Print Scarlett dress by Alexandra King for Deadly is the Female for a fit size review

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Quick and Easy Pinup Hairstyles – Quarantine in Style

For a lot of us right now wearing our favourite sweats and only paying attention to our face and hair for long enough to keep them clean is as much as we can be bothered to do on a daily basis. For plenty of people, though, keeping to their usual daily routine as much as possible or making an effort to put themselves together is the way they best cope during all this weirdness. And then there are people like me, the middlegrounders, who love their sweats 80% of the time but feel sometimes, often suddenly, the urge to do one’s makeup and wear something nice Just Because.

But if you’re like me then you also maybe aren’t that great at making the effort to style your hair. That might be because your skill level means it takes a long time and a lot of grunts of frustration to even get vaguely close to what you were aiming for; maybe it’s because your natural hair means most styles don’t work like they do for those blessed with frizz-free straight locks, and styling always includes an extra pre-step of setting or straightening your hair; or maybe it’s because you just don’t enjoy it and it feels too much like work. All three of those apply to me, and that’s why normally when I’m feeling lazy I cheat with wigs and clip-in pieces as much as possible. I wanted to use my extra at home time to broaden my hair-styling horizons though, so I’ve come up with a handful of options that are quick and easy to do, even for those of us who suffer The Dreaded Three. Let’s do it! Continue reading

The Epitome of Spring [Miss Candyfloss]

Considering how out-of-the-ordinary everything is these days I can’t tell you how much it means to me to be able to still enjoy the building sunshine, fresh breezes and blooming flowers of spring. Spring is my favourite season anyway, and only a tiny bit because my birthday is in May, but right now? Right now all my favourite parts of the sweetest, lightest season feel even more beautiful and uplifting. Sun peaking through the curtains in the early morning, the chance to open your windows without it being an immediate mistake because of freezing air or insistent insects, and, let’s face it, right now especially, the chance to wear something that feels and looks just plain happy and floaty and lovely. This new dress by Miss Candyfloss definitely counts as the latter.

Bassie-Regina dress gifted by Miss Candyfloss plus size pinup fit size review Miss Amy May

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March Outfits Round Up–Sort Of [Covid-19 Update]

So, uh…things are pretty different these days, huh?

I used to give a little summary at the start of my monthly outfit round ups, but I stopped after a while because I just didn’t think it was a necessary component of those posts. Now, though, it would be weird not to address what’s going on in the world, which is obviously the rapid and wide spreading of Covid-19. I know different countries are and will continue to be in varying levels of isolation and lockdown; here in the UK we’ve been officially social distancing since just before the middle of March, with a more extensive ‘essential work and travel only’ lockdown beginning shortly after.

As such, I obviously didn’t socialise in March as I usually would have, and since I only dress up in my vintage style lovelies for socialising that means the chance to get pinned up as usual evaporated a few weeks back. What you likely don’t know, though, is that I’m often anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks behind in uploading some of my outfits, because I’m lazy and the whole process involves a tedious transfer from camera to computer, then to the cloud, then on to my phone in order to even post an OOTD on Instagram. So for the remainder of March after social distancing began I had been posting old outfits I had accumulated in an accidental backlog.

Meanwhile, in reality, I moved in with my brother’s family, where I will be living for the duration that this virus remains a threat, and until the middle of last week I’d been continuing to go to work because by day I’m a full-time warehouse supervisor at a warehouse that is part of the supply chain. Now that I’ve been furloughed, I’m sure there will be days that I decide to dress up just to have something fun and remotely normal to do, but these outfits below are some of my last ones I have banked and once they run out you and I will both have to get used to sporadic outfit shots taken against a new background (!!)–where exactly that will be, I haven’t figured out yet. I tried to take a couple of my outfits over Easter weekend but my first choice had dubious lighting, so it’s back to the drawing board on that.

All of this is to say that I don’t currently intend to shut down the blog entirely during the duration of this pandemic–for now, I’ve had messages saying that for those quarantined at home or struggling to cope with the sudden changes we’ve all had to make they’ve found that it’s nice to still be able to keep up with others in our vintage community online and to still share pictures, outfits, chat, etc. While that remains a joyful and helpful outlet for myself and others I’m more then happy to keep Instagramming and blogging when I can.

Please be assured that any photos taken outside are done so within the safety of my garden. I want to focus as much as I can on promoting small businesses that will need extra help to stay afloat during this crisis in the hopes that we can help them make it out the other side of it, so where possible I’ll be doing garden-shot reviews for that purpose. Overall, I just want to be totally honest with you that I’m abiding by any government guidelines, I’m doing my best to supply and care for the vulnerable and elderly within my community, and that, just like everyone else, I don’t know where this is all going and will likely make adjustments as needed as time goes on. All we can do is care for one another, be vigilant, and do our part in being a supportive, proactive community.

I hope you and all your loved ones are safe and well, and continue to remain so. If you care about looking at pretty outfits please scroll down to enjoy 3 minutes of mindless vintage oblivion, but if not thank you for reading this update. Stay home and stay safe!

All my love

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Bangle Lovin’ [Bow & Crossbones]

You surely know by now how much I love vintage-inspired bangles, so I’m happy to spotlight another small business today by featuring Bow & Crossbones, another woman-owned vintage inspired jewellery brand that produces gorgeous pieces I can’t help but collect.

Miss Amy May features vintage inspired rockabilly jewellery small business Bow and Crossbones, carved bangles, bangle stacks

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Time For Kalani [Hell Bunny]

It’s so nice to be getting consistent sunshine these days, which means I can finally share with you this tropical treat of a dress from Hell Bunny, the Kalani 50s dress. It’s been hanging on the back of my closet door for weeks now, taunting me as rain fell repeatedly, every weekend, daring me to even wistfully consider whether it was possible to shoot it yet. But no more! The sun is here, and so is the chance to shift into spring wardrobe mode! What better way than with a floral print as lush as this one?

: Black Kalani 50s dress gifted by Hell Bunny Discount code Amymay20!% for 20% off hellbunny.com plus size pinup fit size review Miss Amy May

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Leafy Goodness [Belbeina Lee]

I often ruminate that millinery is one of those art forms that people (wrongly) think must be a lot easier than it really is. The skill required to craft a hat, fascinator or cap that looks perfect in its beauty and lasts well is immense, which is why I’m continually grateful for the day that I discovered Belbeina Lee. A one-woman business, it functions solely through the love, skill and craftsmanship of designer and maker Katie, a New Zealander mum who, as far as I’m concerned, is incapable of producing anything other than the most beautiful headpieces of the highest quality. Today, I’m thrilled to share with you one of her more recent pieces, the Ella Leaf Cap.

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