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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.

(not sure why it’s blurry!)

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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Grand Vintage Ball inspiration part two – 1950s

So, to recap: next month I’m hoping to go to the Grand Vintage Ball, and I need to plan an outfit. In my experience, most people are more suited to some decades or styles of dress than others, so I’m looking at the best options for me. And, the best part, showing you some of the best clothes, accessories and jewellery sellers around! Last time I put together a 1920s style outfit, this post will be a little different. But I hope you like it all the same.

1950s fever!

I loved watching Grease with my sister when we were young (I still love it now!), but it wasn’t just the soundtrack that permanently set up residence in my brain, the clothes did, too. There were several different styles in the fifties, but each is still easily recognised as being from that era. Rather than putting together a complete outfit, I’m going to show some of my favourite fifties inspired pieces out there at the moment. They’re straight from the fridge, girls!

First stop is the wonderful Vivien of Holloway, whose vintage style clothes and accessories are rockin’ and rollin’. Dresses such as this beautiful blue polka dot number (£59) are the epitome of 1950s fashion, and you can even get matching boleros (£25)!

Or how about a Friday on my Mind halter neck top (£34) , exclusive to dollydagger.co.uk?

Team it with a pair of fifties style black capri pants from the amazing Tara Starlet (£56), and you’ll be ready to jive!

Then there’s the ever sexy fifties pin-up playsuit! Though you might want to wait for the weather to warm up first. I love this little number from Topshop (£28)


No fifties outfit would be complete without some gorgeous shoes. I’d go for these Vivienne Westwood and Melissa ‘Lady Dragon’ peep toes (£78). Retro style with a very modern conscience!

It’s difficult finding a great fifties style bag (if anyone knows a place to find them, please let me know in the comments box!!). However, I do think this shopper (£25)  from Accessorize has a real 1950s kitsch feel to it, with the embroidered flamingos!

So there we have it! I hope you see something you like amongst these pieces, whether you want a full fifties ensemble, or just a touch of retro.

Let me know below!

xx




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Grand Vintage Ball inspiration – 1920s

Last week I happened across an advert for something called The Grand Vintage BallThis was a very exciting find for three reasons:

1) I love vintage and vintage style clothes and accessories

2) It’s at The Rivoli Ballroom, one of my favourite places in the world

3) It falls on one of my best friends’ birthday, and she is a vintage vixen!

Obviously, my outfit is all important! Authentic vintage clothes rarely fit me well, so I’m going to look at vintage style pieces. Having had a good think, three eras are open to me and my shape, and I’ll show them in this and the next two posts.

First up…..
1920’s – flapper fashion!

Fashion-era.com describes flapper fashion thus:
“The costume history image in our minds of a woman of the ‘Roaring Twenties’ is actually likely to be the image of a flapper. Flappers did not truly emerge until 1926.  Flapper fashion embraced all things and styles modern.  A fashionable flapper had short sleek hair, a shorter than average shapeless shift dress, a chest as flat as a board, wore make up and applied it in public, smoked with a long cigarette holder, exposed her limbs and epitomised the spirit of a reckless rebel who danced the nights away in the Jazz Age.”

That’s definitely a bit of me! Except for the cigarette…maybe I could have a chocolate one?

This dress from Goddiva is perfect, at only £35!

I’d wear it with headpiece like this headband/fascinator from PegasusMaiden‘s Etsy shop ($32 approx. £21.31)

And maybe some long beads, like these ones – £4 from New Look

Completing the look with some black mary-jane or t-bar shoes. I love these by Miss KG –  £50 from asos.com

So what do you think to this outfit? Let me know below!

xxx

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