I truly believe that I have started to unleash my inner vintage vamp. Although I have always loved the classic shapes and style, I’ve started to become a lot more confident when it comes to wearing the Rockabilly style clothes. A flared out midi skirt has become one of my favourite styles to wear and now, I seem to be going for more cinched in waists and swing skirts. Who would have thought it? Paying homage to the vintage ladies from the Silver Screen, Lindy Bop have brought out a range of dresses that wouldn’t seem out of place on ladies like Grace Kelly and Ava Gardner, whilst heading to flamboyant parties hosted by The Great Gatsby.
One of my all time favourite books happens to be The Great Gatsby and when I saw my Silver Screen Ritz white embellished dress, my first thought was of Gatsby so I had to try and emulate the classic hair and makeup that was popular in the 1920’s. The Ritz dress is in a classic flapper style, heavily beaded all over with beautiful sheer sleeves and with a modest hemline. I feel so elegant and sophisticated in it, and I can’t help but swish the dress around when it’s on. It does have a lining underneath the dress so a slip isn’t needed, and a double lining across the bust to hide your bra. For a fully beaded dress, it’s in now way heavy or bulky and unlike another beaded dress that I own, which is way to heavy to dance in, this one is quite light in comparison.
A pair of vintage inspired shoes had to be paired with my dress and as soon as I saw the Rita Pink Glitter Shoes, I had to have them. Peep toed, with a low enough heel to party through the night, they are stunning. Decorated with kitsch bows and with an ankle strap that would cater for all sizes of ankle, they are a beautiful shoe. Usually, I struggle with peep toes as the cut of the peep sits on the base of my nail causing pressure, however with the wider fit of the shoe, the comfort is second to none. I feel like I should be spinning around a ballroom in my outfit.
For a Gatsby inspired look, I’ve used my ghd Ultimate Styler to create soft curls. Once cool, using a paddle brush by Andrew Collinge, I brushed through the curls to make a subtle and sleek wave, and smoothed them down with the Andrew Collinge Definer. A heavy eye and lip are very reminscent of the 1920s, with a thinner, less full brow. As I didn’t want to mess my actual brows, I’ve gone through them and given them a straighter look with barely any product to fill them in. Using shadows in greys and blacks, I built up the colour on my lids, adding liner and mascara to give a heavy smoked look. On my lips, I used a MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick in High Drama. These liquid lipsticks are fab, and it took me a long while to try them, but now I have, I’m a convert. A beauty spot finishes off the quintessential vintage look and although it’s totally out of my comfort zone by having dark eyes, and dark lips and wearing them both together, I actually really like the finished look. It’s just a shame that you can see just how swollen my face is from having a viral infection. Ah well, needs must!
Hope you have a wonderful New Years Eve everyone and wishing you all the best for 2017. I’m going to be taking a short break from the blog for the first few weeks of January whilst I catch up on admin and all the other behind the scenes things that have piled up. See you all soon!
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