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Hallowe’en Hangover

Hello ghouls,

Oops, I mean girls! Hallowe’en has been and gone, and now we have the firework bangs and whizzes ringing in our ears, and jaw ache from munching toffee apples!

So, did we all have a good Hallowe’en? For the first time in years, I actually had a reason to get dressed up, and I relished it somewhat. Unfortunately, time and cash put some restrictions on me, but that just reminded me of why it’s always worth having a very varied wardrobe!

I’ve had a bit of a circus obsession for quite sometime, and really love the ringmaster (or should I say ringmistress?) look. All of the fancy dress shop costumes were a bit too revealing for yours truly (who has little to reveal!), so I had to go down the DIY route.

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It got a good response, and I felt good in it. A success! Where did it all come from? I shall tell you…from top to bottom

The gorgeous mini top hat was made the wonderful Little Miss B (at short notice, I might add!). It’s beautifully made, and held on by an alice band (my choice over elastic). You can find Little Miss B’s shop on Etsy here, which is full of millinery marvels, or contact Miss B for a commissioned piece via Twitter or by email at littlemissb@live.com I can’t wait to have more hats made by Miss B, and we’re already discussing designs!

Next, the jacket, which I’ve had for about eighteen months. The skull is made of a vinyl material, and unbuttons completely, while on the back there is a big red bow. I just love the way I feel in it, and it is amazingly tailored. This gorgeous piece was made by the owners of Dollchops

The tops underneath were a past season ASOS lace, low back number, and a good old Marks and Spencer black cami. The shorts were from H&M at the start of the year (they feature in another of my posts), and my tights were from Tabio.

The shoes were a little indulgence, but I rarely find glam shoes that are good for me (excuses, excuses!). The beauties were £50 from Office

And, they matched my shorts and bag perfectly! My bag was £28 from Topshop

My eye make up was by the always wonderful Urban Decay – shadow in ‘Jinx’, liner in ‘Binge’ (each only available within sets). Bright red lippie was courtesy of Nars, and their gorgeous ‘Cruella’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. Obviously, bright blue and bright red together are strictly fancy dress fodder, but individually they look gorgeous for any night out. Though I can rarely carry them off, and have to stick to neutrals *sob* My fine moustache was created using an Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in ‘Bourbon’. I must say that I go without wearing make up for weeks, hence how I can afford these brands!

Lastly, for those who might be interested, my faux leather riding crop was from In Tack Shop, and cost £9.99.

I hope you all had brilliant Hallowe’ens, and didn’t have any apple bobbing mishaps! I’m already planning next year’s outfit…

Treats to all,

Missy xx

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Grand Vintage Ball inspiration part three – 1960s

This is the last in my little vintage series, though certainly not the last time I will write about vintage clothes and styles! Sorry it’s been such a long time coming.

1960s – swingin’styles

I’m sure I inherited my love of Sixties style clothes and accessories from my dad, who was a little mini Mod back in the day. I love the cuts and tailoring of 1960s shirts, suits and dresses in the Mod mode, and the fabric patterns that were circulating back then. Not to mention the amazing accessories, make-up, and hair cuts!

Ben Sherman is a brand that is definitely in my blood! And I’m so glad it is, because their clothing is often simultaneously Sixties and timeless.

Their Eaton’ jacket mixes Mod tailoring aesthetics with a ‘Sgt Pepper’s’ edge. It only costs £50, and trust me, Ben Sherman pieces are built to last!

Of course, I can’t write about Ben Sherman without featuring one of their shirts! My current love is this Reigate’ style, perfect with slim, straight leg jeans or trousers, and the above jacket. And it’s a mere £20. It might be Mod, but it definitely rocks, too!

I’d wear both of the above with a pair of slim/skinny leg black trousers like these, £22 from asos.com

And finish off with a pair of pointed toe flats. These Fred Perry ‘Gabby’ shoes are a great contemporary take on a Mod style (and Fred Perry know all about Mods!). They are £45, available exclusively from Office

If you want something a bit more feminine, I adore this mini dress by Silk & Sawdust. It might not be cheap at £105, but something this gorgeous is worth splashing out on. Get it at notonthehighstreet.com now!

Team it with a pair of black kitten heels, like Office’s ‘Ginger Rogers’ design (£55), to enhance your Sixties styling.

Chunky, plastic or perspex bracelets were all the rage back then. I tend to prefer things with a little detail, so I think this carved bangle from New Look bridges the gap nicely. It’s an incredible £6, and they currently have a ‘buy on get one free’ offer on all women’s jewellery. So why not snap up these triple hoop earrings (£4)? Sixties gals loved big ear adornments. Groovy!

And ladies, don’t forget the all-important black eyeliner, to complete any 1960s style outfit! In my opinion and experience, Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner pencils are the cream of the crop! A dream to apply, with tons of staying power. They might be £11 a pop, but my word are they worth it! Grab one inZero’ (creamy black) from Debenhams.com

I hope you’ve all liked my Sixties style post. Please let me know what you think (all comments, good or bad are welcome!) below.

Until next time…. xx



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