It’s been an odd couple months with my plantar fasciitis and piriformis syndrome impeding my ability to shoot outfits as regularly as I usually would, so I thought I’d share with you some of the new things I’ve been trialing or enjoying lately that have become some of my new favourites. From makeup and skincare to footwear and audiobooks, it’s a mixed bag of fun!
Once upon a time the only hairstyle I rocked as a pinup was my brushed out pincurl sets. It worked for me well enough and it was something I was so comfortable with that I didn’t want to dedicate any time or effort into experimenting with different hairstyles and accessories. That changed in 2016 when I experienced a brief brush with Alopecia (here’s the full post about my experience.)
Here we are, fellow wizards, we’re over halfway through the Houses. I’ve already styled Hufflepuff and Slytherin in a vintage Amy style, and today we look at Gryffindor, along with my story of how the series lead me to face up to some of my deepest anxieties and how it resulted in my flying across the world to attend the wedding of someone I’d never met.
If you missed last week’s posting kick off my Hogwarts Houses Vintage Style series, you can find it here. I began by styling a Hufflepuff themed outfit and by telling the story of how I got into the Potter series. This week I’m focusing on Slytherin, the house for which I would be most ill-fitted, and touching on how the series lead me to make new friends and deal with my dad’s death.
I suppose it’s possible there could be regular readers of this blog who don’t know that I’m a big Harry Potter fan, but following this post that won’t be likely. Because after at least a year of having this idea sitting in my drafts folder, I’ve finally carved out the time to create this styling series that was suggested by my good friend Mand; the Hogwarts houses, vintage style.
Once a week for the next four weeks I’ll be creating a vintage style outfit in the theme of each of the Hogwarts houses, and dedicating each post to sharing some of my own Potter story; how I got into the series, the friends I’ve made along the way, how my dad’s death entwined with my love of the books, why these books meant I traveled across the world to attend the wedding of someone I had never met, and, of course, which Hogwarts house I’m in. I’ll also be adding in snippets about my favourite characters, favourite book, and which parts of the story have most touched me.
Today, we’re going to start with Hufflepuff, the house of kindness, patience, hard work, loyalty and fair play. And, kind of more importantly, the house of yellow, because hello mustard!
I’m off work this week and wanted to get ahead on blogging, after a manic Spring/summer review season that left me unable to get more than a week ahead at a time in my scheduling. I wanted to do something fun and different with some of the blogs I’m writing, so I asked my followers over on Instagram and Facebook to ask me anything they wanted, whether it was about my style, the blog, or perhaps anything about my life they’re curious about. These are the questions I received.
What is your favourite dress?
The Apple Tart dress by Trashy Diva
How old are you?
Reluctantly 31 >_<
That’s like asking me to choose my favourite child (which I don’t have, but still.) Um…chips/fries?!! Also Lasagna. Continue reading
Sometimes the postman teases me for how many parcels he delivers to me, and the man at the Royal Mail office I have to go to pay my customs fees likes to comment that I sure do like my customs payments–yeah, because everyone just loves paying extra money for their goods. But in all honesty I don’t shop as much as I used to, and I certainly don’t shop abroad that often anymore. A lot of that is down to trying to be better at saving in general and not buying things just for the sake of it, but in terms of not buying from America as much as I used to it’s simply a case that it just stopped being so practical.
The British Pound took a nosedive (thanks Brexit!) after a long period of slowly weakening against the dollar, and trans-Atlantic shipping has never been cheap anyway. Combining all those things with the saving mentioned above meant quite often I’d put items I wanted into my cart on various US websites, see the shipping rate rocket up the cost of my order, then forlornly close out the window, order abandoned. If the item I was looking at was only small or light, and/or cheap, and something I knew therefore wouldn’t actually cost too much to ship internationally, that was an increasingly frustrating experience.
There are plenty of things I love that don’t get covered here on the blog because I don’t feel they warrant a full blog post or I just haven’t found any other place to sensibly ‘put’ them, so to speak. But since they’re things I adore and feel others would enjoy, it seems a shame they never get any share time. So, considering that, I’ve decided it might be nice to create a series for them on the blog in which I can occasionally share my favourite things of late, from books and movies to new websites I’ve discovered, music I’m obsessed with, accessories I’ve been wearing to death, maybe even food I can’t stop eating (no, don’t worry, that last one is super unlikely. Or is it?) Continue reading
As a vintage style lover, I’m always drawn to beautiful hair accessories, whether that be vibrant hair flowers or twinkly combs and barrettes, but I realised towards the end of last year that I actually rarely worn any adornments in my hair. The realisation surprised me somewhat, so I made a non-official new year’s resolution (more a goal, than a resolution, really) to make more of an effort to do new things with my hair and to accessorise more, both in my hair and elsewhere on my outfits. It was perfect timing, therefore, when I was contacted for collaboration by Tegen Accessories, a small UK company specalising in handmade and luxury pretty things for, you guessed it, your hair.
I’d been aware of Tegen Accessories before as they have a store in Brighton, a city not very far from where I live. They carry all many different styles of accessories, from hair flowers and crystal barrettes, to bandanas and garlands, beaded headbands, bridal accessories, and straight-up attention-stealing stunning fascinators. They even carry some jewellery, not just for brides.
The selection of products they sent me was varied. The capettes are perfect accessories for a 20s inspired look, the hair comb and barrette are timeless twinkling glamour; the sparkly brooches function two-fold as hair clips as well, and the french pleat comb is handmade in France in a painstaking 10-step process to provide the most flexible and durable comb possible that will stay in place all day without your hair drooping.
Cardigans are a wardrobe staple in this day and age, but for a pinup it can be hard to find a cardigan that hits the waist at the right point. With swing skirts and dresses in particular, you don’t want a cardigan that swallows your waist and falls too long, masking part of your skirt and ruining the clean, crisp lines of your carefully selected outfit. That’s why a cropped cardigan in particular is the real staple for your average pinup, but finding them can be difficult. Continue reading