Sleep Easy, Heat Free [Curlettes]

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Hair set with medium Curlettes

If there was one part of adopting the vintage style that I would say was the most difficult for me, it was the hair. Weirdly, that is also the part of the whole look that I tackled first, without even really intending to adopt the entire look altogether. I just wanted to have nice curls again, achieved in a heat-free way, after extreme heat styling had damaged my natural curls beyond repair.

I began with pincurls. Over time they became my favourite method of setting my hair even after I branched out into trying different types of rollers, whether bendy, Velcro, or foam, but in the beginning learning the technique and achieving a good brush out was a laborious, long-winded and often frustrating experience. I don’t regret it, because eventually I learned the pincurling technique well, but if a Pinup Godmother had come to me then, back at the beginning, and said ‘here, you can achieve a lovely vintage set with these handmade crocheted rollers which are, by the way, also comfortable to sleep in,’ I probably would have cried. Baby Pinup Amy didn’t know about Curlettes, but Present Day Pinup Amy does, and she’s a fan.

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Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink City Edition Swatches + Review

Miss Amy May Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink City Edition review swatches Composer, Founder, Ground-Breaker, Dancer, Artist, Inspirer

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Maybelline’s Superstay Matte Ink liquid lipsticks are, hands down, my favourite lipstick. They are as close to infallible as I’ve ever found a lip colour to be, able to survive even eating a burger with only minimal wear-off on the inner lip, and their slightly tacky but transfer-proof feel keeps them comfortable all day.

Their original launch included 10 colours, followed by their Un-nude collection which included 10 more in, as the name suggests, both expected and unexpected neutral tones. Their latest expansion, the City Edition, adds 10 more shades to the range, but I struggled to find any swatches of the shades online when the colours launched. Impatient as I am, I did as much sleuthing as I could online before winging it with an order for the shades I thought most likely to suit me from Superdrug.com, where they were included in their famous 3 for 2 offer.

I’ve got 6 of the 10 new shades swatched and detailed for you below; Composer, Founder, Ground-Breaker, Dancer, Artist and Inspirer. Let’s go!

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Avoiding a Bad Hair Day: Wigs, Clip Ins & Turbans

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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.)

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August Outfits Round Up

It’s been a strange month. Starting off hot then dipping into cooler and wet weather that made it feel a lot like Autumn had arrived early, it’s been hard to decide a lot of the time what to wear. It’s also been a busy month, with 4 family birthdays being celebrated, and my schedule on the whole complicated by the fact that I’ve been nursing a foot injury for more than 4 weeks. I finally went to the doctor and was diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis, resulting in me being signed off work for 2 weeks to heal because my job was constantly irritating my foot into a worsening state that couldn’t heal. As such, there’s been several times this month I’ve had to abandon plans to shoot outfits for review on the blog because my foot has been too painful to stand or walk, which is why it’s been a quiet month on here. I’ve also had to abandon the footwear displayed in these photos several times during social events for a pair of memory foam slip-on trainers when the pain has become too much.

Foiled Outlaw jacket by Collectif, Panthera 50s dress by Hell Bunny (discount code AMYMAY20!%), self coloured and cut real hair clip-in bangs from eBay, Full lace front real hair Rosewood 99J wig by Irresistible Me, Velvet ballet pumps from New Look

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A Casual Leopard [Hell Bunny]

In my attitudinal warming towards leopard print in the last year or so I’ve noticed that most of the spotty little items I’ve acquired have felt largely sassy and not at that casual as far as clothing goes. The 50s styles I prefer, admittedly, are simply more dressy, and I don’t lean into the more relaxed rockabilly styles that do read as more laid-back to the styled eye.
Because of that, it was nice to come across this Hell Bunny Panthera dress, as it’s a gorgeous example of leopard print conducted in a truly casual way. That makes it a perfect piece for ladies who find sporting spots a bit too intimidating and who just want a dress that’s easy to wear which doesn’t require them to sport an attitude to go along with it–although the attitude is optional, should you want to partake in it.

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Photoshoot Bloopers & Outtakes [Round 10]

I always leave it way too long between blooper sets, often because I’m too backed up with collaborations, but also because they take so much longer to do than I think they do, so they’re not the easy-to-schedule posts that I like to tell myself they are. As a result, I have literally hundreds of bloopers stored up that I can share with you, so in this downtime between the end of the summer and before the AW18 season begins to really ramp up, I gift you now with another installment of me looking stupid and messing up shots. You’re welcome!

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Hogwarts Houses Vintage Style: Ravenclaw

This is is, kiddos, we’re at our final Hogwarts House styling post, with my OG house, Ravenclaw. While there’s endless stories I could tell about the way Potter has intersected with my life and vastly improved it, in an ode to Ravenclaw house I wanted to focus in this post upon the books more purely, and my favourite aspects and characters from them.

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Hogwarts Houses Vintage Style: Gryffindor

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.

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Hogwarts Houses Vintage Style: Slytherin

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.

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