Saturday, 28 February 2015

Middlesbrough Does Vintage...

God knows I love a vintage fair, and today my home town of Middlesbrough was lucky enough to host its very own #middlesbroughdoesvintage event run by Britain Does Vintage and I was lucky enough to help out!

I arrived early for a briefing but i immediately just wanted to shop! There were so many stalls selling clothes, accessories, jewellery etc but also a tea room, a live singer and the chance to get a full vintage makeover. I could've spent all day looking around but I was quickly sent out into the town to do my job of promoting the fair along with 3 other girls.

Handing out flyers is actually stressful, having only a couple seconds to "sell" the fair to people was tricky as everyone is busy going about their day, but the reaction was great. So many people were really genuinely interested. I felt like i saw a totally different side of my hometown, a much more diverse side. Being out and about all day let me see so many people and different styles, and the interest people expressed in the fair, and the questions I was asked made me feel a sense of pride in my town. I had the best conversation with one woman about our love of the 50s and how vintage never really goes out of style.

Spending hours handing out leaflets and carry a huge sign to promote the fair was so worth it when people started saying to me that they'd been to the fair and loved it, and when i returned to the hall to get some more leaflets it was buzzing, such a good atmosphere. I managed to catch a second of the live singer, Claire Louise's set and wowza what a voice. Her singing gave the whole fair such a lovely vibe, i was sad to have to leave again to go hand out more flyers.

Find Claire Louise on facebook HERE

Who knows how many flyers we handed out! Interest was expressed towards the fair right up until closing time and I hear that it was busy from start to finish.

At the end of the day I finally got some time to have a real look around and I fell in love with so much! My favourite stall was Ginger Nut Vintage which had all my favourite things- cut off denim shorts, plaid shirts, beautiful coats and lots of cute vintage blouses. I loved the range this stall had from 50s dresses to true 90s grunge shorts and shirts. They also had some beautiful vintage handbags and broaches.

Find Ginger Nut Vintage on facebook HERE

Its a shame that I didn't have more time to spend shopping, but it truly was a privilege to be able to help out and promote such a great event. I love vintage fairs so much as they really do help promote local and independent businesses which I'm all for, and vintage really is timeless, I love the idea of taking an old piece and making it work today or taking a vintage piece and giving it a modern twist in an outfit. Also i think icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy, Brigitte Bardot and celebrities like Alexa Chung and Taylor Swift, make sure that vintage style never dies, constantly keeping it relevant and lusted after.

I just love vintage, and apparently so does Middlesbrough!

Like the Britain Does Vintage page on facebook HERE to keep up to date and find vintage fairs in your area.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Get Ready With Me~ My Everyday Look...

Its been a while since i showed you all my everyday make-up/hair look so i thought it was time. I do change my make-up a lot, especially my eye make-up, dependant on my outfit. But this is my go-to look, hope you like it.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
Freederm Perfecting Moisturiser
Body Shop Instablur Primer

 Before even starting on make-up i need to prep my skin. After washing my face i like to use this micellar water to make sure my skin is super clean and its really refreshing. I then moisturise and prime my skin. Since adding a primer to my routine my make-up has been staying on way way nice and I'm left with a much nicer finish so i really recommend using a primer if you don't already.

Collection lasting perfection concealer in 01
Yves Saint Laurent foundation in BR10
Rimmel stay matte power in 001
Real Techniques expert face brush
Avon powder brush
My face make-up is always the same and I've been using these same products for as long as i can remember. The collection concealer matches my skin tone perfectly so i use that to cover blemishes and my (massive) dark circles and blend it all in with my real techniques brush. Then i like to use a little bit of foundation; which i tend to apply with my hands as it blends better, just to illuminate my skin a little bit. I set it all with the rimmel powder that pretty much everyone has.

Rimmel Brow This Way in dark brown
Rimmel Brow pencil in dark brown
After my face make-up i move onto brows. I like to use both a pencil and a powder to make my eyebrows thicker and look fuller as i want to look like Cara D (obviously) If you want me to do a post all about my eyebrow routine, just ask.

Miss Sporty Studio Lash Eyeliner
Loreal Super Liner Perfect Slim
Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl in 001
Avon Palette
No7 Lash Impact mascara

Winged eyeliner is my go to (when i have the time). I use a matte, nude eye-shadow as a base to conceal to redness of my eyes, then start off using my loreal liner to map out my wing. I then go over it with the miss sporty liquid eyeliner which is much darker and more intense and stays on forever. I use a kohl liner to line my waterline and then add lots and lots of mascara, especially on my bottom lashes. I'm always going for a graphic, 60s vibe with my eye make-up so that means a LOT of mascara on bottom lashes.

If I'm feeling lazy or have less time I'll use the kohl liner to line my waterline and then smudge a little bit along my lash line and maybe at a bronze eye-shadow just to darken my eyes. Then I'll apply even more mascara than normally would to really open up my eyes.

Sleek Face Form Palette in light
MUA Undress Your Skin highlighter
Cath Kidston angled blush brush
Finally i lightly contour my face, adding a little bit of bronzer in the hollows on my cheeks, jawline and temples. I use a little bit of blush on the apples on my cheeks to give me some colour, then highlight my cheekbones, brow bone, Cupid's bow and the bridge of my nose. My favourite make-up product ever ever is this MUA highlighter, its so beautiful and pearly. Its only £3.00 and leaves such a pretty glow, i really really recommend trying this.

Models Co illusion lip liner
Avon "pout" lipstick
I've been loving super nude lips recently. I use this nude lip liner to outline and fill in my lips then layer a pinky/nude lipstick over the top. I've kinda gone off statement lips recently, its a shame! But nude lips are so my thing right now.

And this is the finished look! very very simple, with (hopefully) glowy skin and nude lips.

Since cutting my hair I've been loving having it all curly. I use the Nicky Clark Ceramic Waving wand to create messy waves . I don't like my hair to be too neat so i just wave it the best i can then mess it up with my fingers and I'm done.

Striped Polo Neck-River Island
Denim Skirt-George
Boots-Garage Shoes
On this particular day i was just going out for dinner with my family to celebrate my mum's birthday so i went pretty simple. I love this top/skirt combo, its so Parisian and made me feel super classy and chic and happy. I paired it with a massive oversized coat and chunky boots to add an edgier, more boyish vibe and that's it! This sort of outfit is my go-to, super simple but looks like you've put loads of effort in.

What's your go-to look?

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Wardrobe Rediscoveries...

Apologies for my brief absence, coursework, school work etc etc. But its half term and here i am!

Choosing an outfit everyday can be so stressful as I'm the sort of person that really just rotates between my top 5 outfits, but college is forcing me to rediscover lost items in my wardrobe. Here's two outfits I've been loving lately containing rediscovered pieces...

Black top-H&M
Boots-Garage shoes
 I used to wear this pinafore loads and it cost me a bomb, but then i suddenly just forgot about it and lost the ability to know how to style it. Then one day i was looking at Stockholm and Norway street style and loved the oversized silhouettes  and this outfit was born. I paired it with a tight black top to balance out the shape and then kept the colour scheme really simple (a lot of black obviously) and some chunky heeled boots to elongate my legs and that's it!

Basically i was super comfy all day and felt super cute. I still think its a tricky piece to style but I'm definitely going to try and work this piece back into my regular wears. If you have any styling suggestions pleeeaasee let me know!

Coat-Charity shop
Boots-As above

This coat is my greatest charity shop find ever. I was desperate for a camel coat and then i stumbled across this one for £7 in a charity shop in Durham. But then i got my lovely black coat and i fell into all back everything mode and kinda neglected this coat but recently I've been loving it again. I tend to wear this only with all black outfits like this one where i layer my black jumper over a playsuit. Its so simple and classic and the shape is so beautiful. I think its just such a nice piece, so happy to be wearing this more!

If you're looking for a camel coat i think the best place to go is ASOS, they have loaads!

What items have you rediscovered? Or what are you guilty of neglecting in your wardrobe?