Keeping up with the vintage whilst on vacation!


I have just got back from a fabulous vacation with my husband and whilst I was there I was able to keep up with the vintage hair, makeup and outfits by using a few simple tricks and tools which didn’t take up a lot of room in the suitcase!

Leopard print is something I am a fan of and has a real 1950s kinda vibe to it. For my “travel outfit” I wore a leopard print top with some cropped jeans and leopard print ballet pumps. I wore my hair in a simple 1950s quiff which only took five minutes to do which is great when you are up at 3am to get to the airport!

I took my Vivien of Holloway dress with me minus the petticoat as that would have really taken up room in the suitcase. I wore this dress with a pair of black peep toe ballet shoes. I put a side parting in my hair and twisted the sides and secured with bobby pins to create “quiffs” on each side of my parting.

For during the day, one look I easily achieved was faux Bettie Bangs where I used a donut ring that I had cut in half and rolled the front section of my hair around it, securing in place with standard size bobby pins and large bobby pins. I then tied my hair in a messy bun at the back and finished the look with my leopard print headscarf and my Marilyn Monroe style shades!

For the beach I wore a emerald green swimsuit which I bought online. I quiffed the front of my hair and tied it up at the back to keep the sea and sand out of my hair! I also bought a blue polka dot swimsuit from Amazon and it looks great when you team it with vintage hair and big shades. It has a great pinup look to it!

Scunci Foam Rollers are great to take in your suitcase as they as squishy and do not take up a lot of room. I also took my Lottabody Setting Lotion and one afternoon I put my hair in rollers and then secured with a headscarf.

After sleeping in the rollers, the next day I teased them with Murrays Pomade and finished the look with hairspray. Despite the heat and humidity this look lasted all day!

A simple black vest top and a patterned skirt teamed with ballet pumps and a wide belt is a classic vintage look that helps to keep you cool!

As you know, I am a firm believer of body confidence and body positivity and I was so happy to see that pretty much everyone of all shapes and sizes were rocking the body confidence on the beach. Nobody cared, stared or batted an eyelid at other people, they were all just happy to enjoy time with friends, family, soak up the sun, play in the waves and make memories!

My hair is very thick and heavy and I often have to have layers cut into it. To keep the thickness down, I have to straighten my hair which also manages to keep it looking smooth and tames the frizzyness and flyaways. I didn’t take my hair straighteners and only washed it once whilst I was away so by the end of the week, my hair was feeling a bit like “cotton wool”. But one easy way to combat this whilst managing to look classy was backcombing a front section into a big quiff, putting my hair in a messy bun and pinning into place, then finishing the look with a polka dot headscarf.

Red nails, red lips, big earrings and Marilyn Monroe shades are always a winner too and of course, these don’t take up any room in your case!

I bought a blue halterneck dress from a market stall in Portugal and I love it. The colours are gorgeous, the style and cut is flattering, it is great for the beach and keeps you cool whilst looking fabulous!

I had a fabulous time in Portugal, it is one of my favourite places and I was able to keep up with my vintage attire very easily by just using the tips and tricks above. I often mix and match my outfits (wearing them more than once) so that you don’t end up taking too many clothes!

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Love Liberty and Lip Gloss radio interview

My friend John Ricciuti of Radnor Studio 21 put me in touch with Daria Anne and Lisa Tarves of Writestream Radio Network who host a show in America every Thursday called “Love Liberty and Lip Gloss”.

I was lucky enough to be featured on their show where I was chatting about vintage glamour, vintage events and my blog feature “Together we are body confident”.

The link to the show can be found here –

You can listen to the interview here –

The Yanks are back in Saddleworth 2015

The sun shone on the quaint little village of Uppermill, Saddleworth for “The Yanks are back in Saddleworth” weekend.

The streets were lined with people who had come to join in the fun and to be a part of another fantastic 1940’s weekend which celebrates the fact that Uppermill was part of the beautiful and scenic filming location for the 1979 movie “Yanks” starring Richard Gere.

The weekend was action packed with military vehicles, a parade through the village, vintage clothing stalls, face painting, re-enactments and lots of entertainment in the village and at the school.

A Churchill lookalike gave the famous speech, the crowds were in awe at the Spitfire flyover and George Formby was part of the musical entertainment.

“Perfect Vintage” went down a real treat getting the crowd to sing-along and encouraging people to have a go at learning how to dance.

It was fantastic to see everybody enjoying themselves, mingling, discussing their outfits and happily posing for photographs.

There was something for everyone and the organisers really put in a lot of hard work. The event was another fantastic success, uniting people and bringing them together  – 1940’s spirit was in full force!

*Photograph credits  to my fabulous and talented brother who has kindly let me use his photographs for this blog feature. Original copyright rules apply.















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Review of the Vivien of Holloway 1950’s Halterneck Floral Noir Dress

This Vivien of Holloway dress retails at £89 from the website – Vivien of Holloway 1950’s Floral Noir Dress

This dress is simply gorgeous and has so many bright colours in it which means you can wear any of those colours in the accessories such as a green hair scarf or some lilac shoes.

I wear this dress with the purple frothy petticoat which I also got from VOH. The petticoat retails at £59.

The halterneck section of this dress also means you can wear this dress as a skirt by tucking the halterneck part down inside and securing at the back with a safety pin and covering up with a wide belt. This is a versatile way of utilising your wardrobe!

This dress has a boned bodice and a full circle skirt which gives you that “nipped in” waist effect. Wearing a wide belt also adds to this look.

The VOH size guide helps you to ensure you order the correct size as VOH sizes are not the same as the high street so you may find you may have to go up a size or two.

This dress is hand wash or dry clean only and is made from 50% polyester and 50% cotton.

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Review of the Lindy Bop “Ophelia” dress

The Lindy Bop Ophelia dress in turquoise is simply stunning! It retails at £34.99 from Lindy Bop – Lindy Bop website

This dress runs small across the bust and waist so you may have to go up a size as Lindy Bop sizes are not the same as the high street.

This dress has a lined fitted bodice and a flared skirt which looks fantastic when being twirled on the dance floor! You can team this dress with a petticoat for “extra flare”.

It has a beautiful “sweetheart” neckline, a hidden side zip and hidden pockets.

This dress is made from 97% cotton and 3% elastane and can be washed in the washing machine.

I like to wear red accessories with this dress as the red really compliments the turquoise.

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Review of the Lindy Bop “Deanna” dress

This glamorous 40’s & 50’s style dress currently retails for £29.99 direct from Lindy Bop – Lindy Bop website

This dress is made from a stretchy cotton fabric to create that “wiggle dress” look. It has a flattering leopard print collar and button detail on the front to the bodice. It has a hidden zip at the back and 3/4 length sleeves.

This dress is made of 97% polyester and 3% spandex and can be washed in the washing machine. This dress is also true to size.

This dress is great for the office or glammed up with some earrings, big hair, seamed stockings and a pair of heels for a night on the town!

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