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The Essential 1940s Style Blouse

27 Jan

I have a wardrobe absolutely packed with lovely dresses, if in doubt I always wear a dress. However hanging unworn and neglected I also have a lot of vintage separates, mostly skirts and trousers. This year I decided to buy fewer dresses and start thinking about things I need to fill the gaps in my wardrobe and one of the things on my list was to get a few blouses. When Pretty Retro offered me a top of my choice to review on the blog, I took the opportunity to invest in one of their lovely vintage style blouses.

Pretty retro 40s style blouse reviewPretty Retro are the sister brand of House of Foxy and have a great selection of reproduction vintage items, including lots of basics and wardrobe staples. The blouse, is a simple 40s style blouse with an elegant v-neck and large tortoiseshell plastic buttons. It has gathers at the shoulders to give it that perfect vintage detail and darts for a great fit. It is made with viscose, so it hangs beautifully.

Pretty retro White Blouse ReviewIt is designed to be worn tucked in to swing trousers and pencil skirts, but I wanted to go for my own look with this one, so I wore it over a pair of original vintage wool trousers by Pendleton. I like creating a classic look, with both modern and vintage influences, which is what I tried to achieve with this outfit. I really like that the blouse is long enough to be worn tucked in or out of trousers.

Pretty retro 40s Inspired OOTDI paired the blouse and trousers with a vintage handbag, lots of bakelite bangles and a vintage plastic necklace. I also wore my trusty Orla Kiely shoes (which I wear with everything!) I put a pair of warm mustard socks underneath to fight off the winter chill.

I went for my usual size 14 and I think the fit is just right. I was really happy with the fit across the bust as there is no gaping and the darting and gathers help it to fit around the body perfectly. The website mentions that the blouse will shrink by about 3% in the wash, mine shank a little but not enough to alter the overall fit. It should be hand washed or dry cleaned to keep it looking its best.

Pretty Retro 40s Style Blouse ReviewThis is a great addition to any vintage wardrobe as it can be worn with so many different things. I’m already planning to wear it with everything from jeans to my high-waisted shorts in the summer. It would also be perfect for under a vintage suit, something I really want to get my hands on this year.

Price wise the blouse costs £39, which I think is excellent value for something of such lovely quality that I’ll wear a lot. The blouse is also available in black, which I would really like as well.

I am really happy with my new blouse and would definitely recommend it as a fantastic flexible garment. I love the fit and feel of it and that it will work very well with my original vintage garments. I’d really like to show some other looks that could be created with this, so if I can get a willing friend to take some more pics for me, I’ll show you some more outfit ideas soon.

View the full range of tops on the Pretty Retro website.

1920s Speakeasy Style – Lindy Bop Silver Screen Review

3 Dec

Recently I’ve been a little obsessed with the 1920s. Historically it’s one of my favourite eras to read about and everything from the roles of women to the drastically changing fashions fascinates me. I’ve been longing for a 20s themed outfit for absolutely ages, so when Lindy Bop launched their beautiful new Silver Screen range I was so excited to try one of the gorgeous dresses.

lindy-bop-silver-screen-reproduction-1920s-dress-reviewI chose the stunning Everly gold embellished dress. I absolutely love the colour and the classic sequin and bead details. It’s just so gorgeous and elegant. To go with it I chose a faux fur stole and some lovely t-bar shoes which are also from Lindy Bop. I finished off the outfit with a turban that I picked up recently at a car boot sale.

lindy-bop-silver-screen-everly-1920s-dress-reviewThe dress arrived beautifully packed in a box, because of the fragile glass beads it was carefully packaged with plenty of tissue and bubble wrap to protect it. As soon as I opened the box I was amazed at the beautiful quality of the dress. It has a sheer layer over a gold lining and the sequins and glass beads are firmly stitched into the fabric. The dress is quite heavy which makes it hang perfectly.

lindy-bop-silver-screen-1920s-beaded-dress-reviewI opted for my usual size 14 and the fit was absolutely perfect, so I’d say these come up true to size. The dress fastens with a concealed side zip, which really helps with the lovely fit.

lindy-bop-everly-flapper-dress-and-faux-fur-stoleThe fur stole went really well with the dress, it fastens with a hook and eye at the front. It adds a nice extra layer when its cold and wearing the two together was perfect for the season. This would make a great outfit for a Christmas party or winter wedding. If I go to any 20s themed nights or events, I’ll definitely be wearing this dress. 

lindy-bop-gene-shoes-reviewI was also really impressed with the shoes. They were beautifully made with quite a cushioned lining, making them quite comfortable to wear all day.

Overall I am really impressed with all the items I tried and I can’t wait to try more dresses from the Silver screen range.

Outfit Details

‘Everly’ Soft Gold Embellished Dress – £107 (currently on offer at £75)

Faux Fur Stole – £16 (currently on offer at £8)

Gene Round Toe Tap Style Shoes – £22 (currently on offer at £12)

Nude Seamed Hold Ups – £9

*I was gifted this outfit for the purposes of review. All opinions are my own. 

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Creating Vintage Curls with Curlformers

22 Nov

I use lots of different methods to create my vintage inspired hair styles. From heated rollers and curling tongs to pin curls and wet roller sets. I really enjoy experimenting with different tools to create that perfect vintage look. When I was recently invited to have my hair styled using Curlformers, I couldn’t wait to see how they worked.

Copyright © Tiffany Lin - www.tiffanylinphotography.com

Copyright © Tiffany Lin – www.tiffanylinphotography.com

I’d seen lots of videos and demonstrations online of these easy to use curlers, that appear to do all the hard work for you. My hair was styled at Taylor Taylor, a lovely hair salon on Portobello Road. Not only was I treated to hair styling, but also a lovely glass of bubbly and a manicure. It was definitely a much needed pamper session!

curlformers-1My hair is always quite tricky to curl, as there is just so much of it! It usually takes me around an hour to curl it. Anything that speeds up the process or makes it simpler is always good in my eyes! The idea behind Curlformers, is that they do the hard work for you. All you have to do is take a section of hair, and use the handy tool to pull the hair through the Curlformer. This then coils itself us and you just leave it to work its magic. You can then just pull off the Curlformer, leaving you with even, perfectly formed curls.

Copyright © Tiffany Lin - www.tiffanylinphotography.com

Copyright © Tiffany Lin – www.tiffanylinphotography.com

The Curlformers can be left in overnight or used with a dryer. Because they are made of mesh it is really easy to dry damp hair while it is inside the Curlformer.

Copyright © Tiffany Lin - www.tiffanylinphotography.com

Copyright © Tiffany Lin – www.tiffanylinphotography.com

Obviously I was having my hair done by a stylist, so it was really quick to get all my hair in. My hair was slightly dampened and sprayed with a little product and the curls went in, in no time. After ten minutes sitting under a hood dryer, they were ready to come out and the results were great. Even the next day after the curls had fallen a bit, my hair still had loads of volume and looked great.

Having given them a go at home on my own, they are definitely very easy to use. I got my whole head done in about 30 minutes, if you have less hair then me it would take a lot less time. I also think, as I get used to using them it will speed up a bit.

I would definitely recommend these, as a really easy was to create curls. They come in several different sizes, so suit your requirements.I’m planning to do a tutorial posts on using these very soon and also talking about brushing out the curls into a sleek vintage look.

See the full range of  products on the Curlformers website.

Whats in My November Birchbox?

11 Nov

So we’re now well into November and I can’t quite believe how quickly this year has passed. A new month means another exciting delivery from Birchbox. Having had a few slightly disappointing boxes this year, I was quite happy with this months offering.

birchbox-november-2016-reviewThe box itself is another pretty one. With its lovely peacock design, this one is another collaboration with Tatler. As I’ve mentioned before I really like the drawer boxes, as they are great for storing away vintage treasures and most of my jewellery collection is housed in my empty Birchboxes.

birchbox-november-2016-contentsAlthough I generally like a good mix of products in my Birchbox, the products I welcome most are usually skincare. I’m a big skincare addict and I love trying out new products. some of my all time favourite skin saviours were originally discovered through Birchbox samples. My box had some fab skincare products and I really enjoyed giving them a go.

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birchbox-november-2016-whats-insideThere was no bonus product in this months box, so there were only 5 items. However I rarely make much use of the extra product and I still think this box is pretty good value for money, with a great range. Here’s what I thought of all the products:

november-birchbox-lip-tar-primerFirst us was the Lip Tar Primer from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. I absolutely love this brand and have used their Lip Tars in several different colours in the past. I don’t really like that they have named themselves after an illness though – not cool. This product is a fab addition to my make up bag. It’s great for keeping my lipstick looking good all day. It contains hemp and peppermint oil, which I’ve found has really stopped my lips feeling dry while wearing lipstick. The RRP for this product is £15.

birchbox-november-2016-marcelle-bb-creamAnother product that I really enjoyed using was the Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow. I’ve used this a few times when I’ve wanted a lighter make-up look without foundation. It really does even out your skin tone and gives a lovely fresh-faced glow. It’s a great product for worn out mums like me, who don’t get nearly enough sleep! The RRP for the full-sized product is £22.50

birchbox-november-2016-nuxe-creme-prodifieuseI am always so happy when I get a moisturiser in my Birchbox, as it stops me needing to buy a new one that month! The Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse, is a really lovely face cream. This really boosted my tired skin. It smells absolutely divine and glides onto the skin really smoothly. The product is light and easily absorbed, while still giving my skin plenty of hydration. I think I will have to purchase a full-sized version of this one, as I was very impressed. The RRP for the full-sized product is £21.

birchbox-november-2016-ecotools-brushI have quite a few brushes from Ecotools, infact I picked up their brow brush kit earlier this week and its amazing. I was really pleased to see the Precision Blush Brush in this months box, as I know it’s something I will use a lot. The brush is made with synthetic bristles and recycled materials, which I think is awesome. I really liked the tightly packed, very soft bristles which made blusher application really easy. This is definitely one I would recommend. This would usually cost £7.99, so not a high-end product, but I don’t mind because its fantastic quality.

birchbox-november-2016-darphin-lumiere-essentielleLastly I tried the Darphin Lumiere Essentielle Serum. This is another excellent hydrating skincare product. It smells lovely too. I liked this product and although it was lovely to use, I don’t think it boosted my skin enough to justify a repurchase. The full-sized product costs £55.

birchbox-november-contentsAll in all this was a really good box and I thought it was excellent value for the £10 plus postage which I pay each month.

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October 2016 Birchbox Review

1 Nov

It’s been a while since I last reviewed a Birchbox. Although I was a little disappointed by my August box, the September and October ones have been really good. I didn’t get round to reviewing September’s box, but I’m including a picture of its contents at the bottom of this post. So before the November box comes in the next few days, I thought I’d pop a quick review of last months box up.

october-2016-fire-birchboxOctober’s box had a Fire theme as I’m a Sagittarius and was one of four different element designs for the month. I was pleased to have another drawer style box, as they’re always great for storing things in.

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birchbox-october-2016-contentsThe contents are pretty good this month and a good mix of products and price points. I always like a good mix of make-up, skincare, hair and body products and getting to try new brands.

birchbox-october-2016-lord-and-berry-matte-crayon-lipstickFirst up in the box was the Lord and Berry 20100 Maxi Matte Crayon Lipstick in the shade Intimacy. I really like pencil lipsticks, because you can use them as a liner and fill them in, giving a lovely neat precision look. This one has quite a creamy formula while still being solid enough to work with, so I found it really easy to apply. The colour is absolutely beautiful, much more pink than it looks in the picture, the shade is sophisticated and the perfect pink shade for winter. As with many matte lipsticks, despite the creamy formula it is a little drying after a few hours, but I still love it. This full-sized product would normally cost £12.

birchbox-october-2016-rituals-the-ritual-of-sakura-body-creamNext up was a Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Magic Touch Body Cream. This is a product I use all the time anyway and one of my favourite body creams. The smell is absolutely beautiful and really lasts. I’d highly recommend all the products from this range. I was also really impressed with the sample size of this. The full-sized product costs £19.50.

october-2016-birchbox-review-doux-me-pure-spring-mistThe only product in the box that I wasn’t that enthusiastic about was the Doux Me Pure Spring Mist. Although I like mineral water sprays, I do find them a little over priced and this isn’t a product I would really use at this time of year, although they are nice in the summer. This was very refreshing and I have been giving my face a spritz in the morning before applying my moisturiser, as recommended. I probably wouldn’t invest in this for the £16 rrp though.

birchbox-october-2016-which-renewing-mud-maskI really love a good mud mask, so I was pleased to see the Whish Renewing Mud Mask in my box. This exfoliating mask contains fruit enzymes to brighten and purify the skin. This is a great quick skin boost as you only leave it on for a short amount of time. I really liked the product and it definitely gave my tired skin a helping hand. The sample however was quite small, despite the tube not being tiny, the amount inside was just enough for one application. The full-sized product costs £29.

birchbox-october-2015-no-4-fluoro-elixir-restore-and-repair-oilAnother really useful product in the box, was the No4 Fluro5 Elixir Restore & Repair Oil. Recently I’ve been using more natural and silicone free shampoo and conditioners for my hair. I prefer products that don’t coat up my hair and leave build up. To stop my hair feeling dull and flyaway, hair oils are really useful. This product was really lovely and just a little bit run through the ends of hair, helped to moisturise and smother it. A little goes a long way, so this little sample has lasted me ages. The oil also smells really nice. The full-sized product costs £18.

birchbox-october-2016-eyebrow-brushThis months bonus item was an eyebrow brush. I found this one a little hard and scratchy on my brows, so it won’t be replacing the one I currently use.

october-2016-whats-inside-your-october-birchboxOver all this was a pretty good box and I’ve enjoyed using the products. I was also impressed with the overall value of the products and at £10 a box, I think I got my monies worth this time.

birchbox-october-2016-reviewAs I didn’t get round to reviewing the September box, I though I’d quickly show you the box and contents. This was one of my favourite boxes of the year so far, I really liked all the products inside and have used them all loads.

birchbox-september-2016-contentsIf you’d like to receive a monthly Birchbox too, I have a refer a friend link which adds £5 worth of points to your account when you sign up. These can be used to buy full-sized products in the Birchbox shop.

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