DIY Moonicure

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The ‘Moonicure’ has taken the nail art world by storm the past few months and it gives such an instant vintage feel to your talons, which is why I love it! I’m all about minimum effort with maximum results when it comes to my hair, my wardrobe and most definitely my nails, so this super simple DIY Tutorial should help even the most messiest nail painters perfect a Moonicure that put’s Dita to shame…(I live in hope)

What You Will Need;

  • Paper Reinforcement Stickers (or sometimes known as hole punch stickers – got mine for about £1 from Ebay
  • Base Coat & Top Coat
  • 2 colour nail paint’s of your choice – 1 for your half moon shape and 1 for the rest of your nail
  • Rapid Dry Spray – Available from most Superdrug’s or Boot’s
  • Nail file to shape your nail’s into nice elegant oval shapes

1) Apply a clear base coat to your nail’s and spray with a rapid dry nail spray. (Repeat after every coat of varnish) Rapid dry spray is a MUST HAVE for manicure’s, it means you really do have time to paint your nails and be ready to fly out the door in under 5 minutes flat!!

2) Apply the ‘half moon’ colour of your choice – This will be the semi circle shape underneath your top coat. I prefer a nude colour and use Barry M Nail Paint in ‘Nude’. Spray!

3) Once nail’s are completely dry and not tacky, apply the Reinforcement stickers to the base of your nail’s to form the semi circle shape. I gently push the sticker down either side of my nail with my thumb nail to ensure no varnish leaks underneath.

4) Paint the rest of your nail’s in the top coat colour of your choice – for the ultimate Vintage Vixen look this has to be Red! I use Barry M Gelly Nail Paint’s for top coats.

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5) Spray and apply a 2nd coat and spray again!

6) Gently peel stickers off when nail’s are dry and look in awe at your awesome work! I always seal with a clear top coat to give them a nice shine and ensure they stay chip free for as long as possible.

So there you have it, simple yet so effective and perfect for when your on a budget.

Good Luck Girls!

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Polka Dot Peplum

So the Louis Feraud finally made it’s debut after a long and lonely year in the dark confines of the wardrobe!

The day I brought this suit home was a memorable one and I can honestly say it;s the only vintage clothing I have ever justified a dry cleaning bill on….

Walking down Leigh on Sea high street (Essex Coast) one sunny afternoon my partner spotted a sign outside a restaurant that said ‘Vintage Sale Upstairs’, curious we went inside and the entire top floor was packed out with the owners wardrobe spanning 3 decades. Then I spotted it, hanging up right out of the way….as I slipped into it both the previous owner and I gasped at the same time (true story) and she said I just had to have it!

I said to her it even felt well made, being 100% silk with hand finished hems and it must have cost her a fortune, she replied with ‘Oh it was it cost me a £1000 back then’….I nearly fell over! Fast forward 30 minutes and I strolled out into the sunshine with my beautiful polka dot, pencil and peplum suit, all for a mere 25 quid! I cut out the shoulder pads and wore it with my Soft in Step Marta Jonssons’s, which are the comfiest heel’s I have ever worn, transforming this 80’s power suit into a 50’s dream. Accompany with hot sticked hair, one messy night at Madame JoJo’s and lot’s of Rock n Roll…one happy girl!

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Bettie Bangs for Life

This post is quite simply about how one hair cut has changed my life forever!

After a serious hair disaster 5 years ago (Peroxide, Scissors and one serious blunt cut involved) I have been growing my locks, dodging any kind of sharp instrument or heated iron and skipping the hairdressers for almost 2 years.

I have always been incredibly fascinated by Bettie Page, her story, her life and her endearing naivety, ultimately it’s her style we all aim to recreate and what better way to ooze that pin up glamour than the Bettie Bangs! I have yearned for a Bettie fringe for a long time but have always been to scared to take the plunge, that is until my Dad booked me into Rockalily Cuts as a surprise and changed my life as a knew it!

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Although I have mastered the victory roll and quite confidently roll without the aid of a mirror, I am not quite what you would call ‘a morning person’! Creating a a glamorous up do for work every morning is just too much for me to bare so I need a hair style that requires the minimum amount of effort with maximum results, my Bettie bangs gives me just that! Walking out the salon I Instantly felt sexier, more confident and more beautiful than I ever had before, there’s something about by gone era’s that just make me feel more naturally attractive and this hair style has given me a much needed boost of confidence.

Now I can go to work every day feeling a million dollars and also feeling that little bit more authentic, whether I add a flower, a bandanna or just curl my hair, instantly I appear to have recreated an effective vintage style. Thanks to Rockalily, my daddy and thanks to Bettie…whose Bang has officially changed my life!

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Saturday Night at the Spiegeltent!

If you’ve walked past the Southbank Centre in London recently then you wouldn’t have missed the huge sky swing that’s towering over a beautiful vintage fun fair! Priceless London Wonderground festival has been showcasing the most marvelous Cabaret, Circus and Sideshow acts London has ever seen this summer, with magical mushroom seating under a fairy lit sky to top it off.

Hibiscus Flower Dress: Collectif
T Bar Dance shoes: Vintage

I booked tickets for Saturday Night at the Spiegeltent as I absolutely loathe that I don’t live in a time of good old variety shows and Saturday nights at the circus! The show was in a circus tent, top marks already, and the night was filled with comedy and burlesque acts. My partner thought the comedians were brilliant which was good because being the prude I am found them rather offensive! However the Nigella Lawson burlesque act was both modern and imaginative with just the right amount of naughtiness to get a laugh from everyone, I must say I’m not sure I will ever watch one of her shows in the same way again though, think cucumbers and cream if you get my drift…

Navy Trousers: Next Shirt: Charity Shop
Brogues: Office

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Pin up of the Month – April

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I feel awful that I have neglected my blog for so long and after burying my head in books for my dissertation, I hadn’t realised March had past! I know it’s terrible of me but I’m going to skip March and do an extra special April instead – so here is my Pin up of the month who I’m sure you will all enjoy – Bettie Page.

I decided to celebrate Bettie as not only is she the most iconic pin up of all time but the new groundbreaking documentary “Bettie Page reveals all” premieres at the film festival Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender this week! (I have racked my brains for ways to escape the UK and all this work to jet off but alas with no success!)

After being totally obsessed with finding any biographical information I can on Miss Page after watching “The notorious Bettie Page” years ago I am very excited to see this film. I love everything about this woman, from her innocence to the controversy that surrounded her which eventually lead to her to the Lord. No other pin up had quite so much mystery about them and her iconic image still influences so many women today, from rockabilly rockers to burlesque beauties.

God Bless Bettie Page!