Victory! Vintage hair-styling to dye for…


Photo credit to Jessie Clark (JRCPhotographic)

Hair and Make-Up by our kid, Jennifer (Curly Woo Hairdressing)


Recently, my babe of a hairdresser, Jennifer, who styled me for my Golden Girl post, did me up like a Vampire-Pin-Up-Badass! After she’d made me into a Jean GreyRogue hybrid, that is. I didn’t get super-powers, but I did get a sweet little cinammon swirl on top of my head which is all I’ve ever wanted in life, really. So I decided to write about hair, glorious hair…

No matter how good your outfit is, a kick-ass coif will kick up your whole look into transcendence. It is the ultimate accessory and it’s right there on your bonce. You can be anything you want, too – beekeeper, poodle… you name it.

I’m a novice at more complicated styles, like victory rolls, and tend to keep things simple with a Marilyn swoop and a pin curl or two. If I’m going for a more casual style, a pompadour or bandana makes life easier. For a quick fix: add hair flowers for instant hula goodness, you Tiki princess super-star!

My favourite way of styling is a wet set, because it feels much more authentic and holds well for a day or two. It gives as much volume as you could possibly want, too. It can take a hammering from the paddle brush until you get the curls just right. A setting spray or lotion makes for a strong hold, if your hair tends to lose curl easily. My issue is frizz-control – it’s a little unruly at the best of times! Serum and spray are the way forward for wayward curls, although I’m not a fan of the overly sleek vintage look, partly because its so much effort, partly because it doesn’t feel authentic to me. I take it easy for the every day. I save back-combing for special occasions…


Top tips for vintage dos:

  • Call in the experts: Find a hairdresser that specialises in vintage styling – it all starts with the cut!
  • Patience is a virtue: Getting used to doing a wet-set takes practice but you will get quicker at it, and re-setting the second day is a doddle, but at first it’s a right pain in the pompadour. Muscle memory, baby. If you’re using a heat tool for pin-curls, it’s important to let the curls set until they are completely cool so get the kettle on.
  • Tips and tricks: If you’re a beginner (like me!) or are starting to try more difficult styles, watch Cherry Dollface’s Do’s and Don’ts video.
  • Girls just want to have fun: Enjoy it! If you’re not used to teasing your hair or wearing it up, it feels weird at first. I did a bit of a suicide roll the other day and it felt HUGE! But it looked awesome!



Life is Lush (and vice versa)

Anyone who knows me, knows my deep love of Lush Cosmetics. I am a lover of all things Lush. What’s not to love? Their products are all natural, cruelty free, fantastically fragrant and have witty names. What more could an ezcema-prone, allergic-to-everything, literary lovin’ lady want in her hygiene routine?  (Rhetorical question: the answer is nothing)

Here are 10 of my favourite Lush products and why I think they are the bee’s knees:

  • Skindrink: A rich moisturiser that is perfect for winter when your skin needs a bit of extra TLC. Great for really dry skin, but the scent is an acquire taste. If your skin is very sensitive/ allergic, try Celestial – a little lighter and good in summer.
  • Angels on bare skin: My cleanser of choice. Gentle but gives a little scrub to feel that deep clean. A little bit faffy to use at first, but you’ll soon be a pro paste-maker.
  • Soft coeur: This smells amazing, like honey and chocolate and everything beautiful. Although it’s primary use is as a massage bar, I also use it as perfume and I keep one in my underwear drawer, too. Winter aches and pains call for Wiccy Magic Muscles, with its cinnamon and peppermint cosy smell.
  • Vanilla puff: My favourite of the dusting powders that must have been discontinued (WHY?!). Also good is Silky underwear. As well as on my body, I like to sprinkle these  magic fairy dusts in my shoes to keep them smelling fresh and in my bed-sheets so I wake fresh as a vanilla pod.
  • Honey trap: Lip care at its most luxurious. Nourishing without being sticky, pretending not to be food but clearly smelling good enough to eat and contains chocolate. Winner on all counts.
  • VanillarySo good they named it unoriginal-ly. One of the Lush Gorilla perfumes. Karma is my other favourite, perhaps for a clandestine rendezvous. Vanillary is my everyday, never-leaves-my-side-kind-of-vibe. I like it in solid form.
  • Jackie OatesColour supplement for all over coverage. Sensitive skin friendly and lovely mixed to make a tinted moisturiser. Makes you feel as fresh as an English Rose.
  • Feeling youngerUse this as a highlighter/ primer/ eye-brightener. If you’re feeling a little bit 90s, maybe get a shimmer on your shimmy shoulders for a Big Night Out.
  • Creamy Candy: Bubblegum baths for all! Chuck a few crumbs in your washing, too, for a scent kick on a sad day.
  • Fantasy: Bright gold eyeliner to blow a few minds. It’s big and bold and it’s not going anywhere.


Not only are the products at Lush incredible, but the staff are always gorgeous, friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about finding the best product for you.

A few final tips and tricks:

  • Try me: Ask for samples and make sure you find your one.
  • Open-ended: Lots of Lush’s cosmetics are multi-purpose, so think about other ways you can use your new toy. Ultrabland is a good all-rounder to have – it serves as a make-up remover, cleanser, barrier to henna/ dye, general smoother of chapped skin.
  • What’s in this?: Don’t be squeamish about asking about ingredients – it might help you to identify any allergens or scents that don’t make you feel like a unicorn which, let’s be real, is the aim of the game. Plus, if one product really works for you, you and your Lushie guide will be able to find other products that will also make good things happen.


Happy hygiene routine!


Pick-Me-Ups for Pin Ups and other magical beings


Pick-me-ups we could all use now and again:


  • Piece of quiet: Half an hour of carefully cultivated silence might do the trick.


  • Roller-set: Waking up to a done ‘do is some people’s idea of heaven. Definitely mine.


  • Prep-set-go: Get organised for the week. Make lunches, pack bags, iron clothes… Future you is going to love you!


  • Me-day: Give yourself a bank-holiday. Book a day off, get rid of the dog, kiss your significant other goodbye and plan a day of unadulterated ME time. Get lost in an antique emporium, eat ice-cream by the tub-load, book into a craft workshop, go to a sex shop, whatever it is, it’s yours!


  • Selfie-love: Taking that one perfect, crafted self-portrait gives you a buzz. Take a hit.


  • You scrub up well: It might be something as small as lip-liner, it might be a bobby-dazzler of a fur coat – dress up to the nines and shine!


  • Take me down to the paradise city: Day trip to a nearby city you don’t see nearly enough of… have a love affair there. With the city. Obviously.


  • Vital signs: Take a few minutes to scan your body and put anything right that you can right away. Take your vitamins, drink a glass of water, put a wheat bag on that niggly shoulder, put on some lip balm and hand cream. Note down anything that might need more attention when you have more time.


Disclaimer: There are other ‘Pick-Me-Up’ lists  on the market.

Vintage Vloggers

I like to catch snippets of ideas whilst I’m doing other things, like styling my hair, or doing my make-up. If I’m not watching a TED talk, I’ll be fan-girling over a vintage vlogger or two.

Here are my favourites and the reasons why:

  • Cherry Dollface: An all-round nice broad. Funny and genuine, she does a lot of life-hacks, day in the life, OOTD and make-up tutorials. Also has excellent hair.


  • PinupDollAshleyMarie: Voluptuous, immaculate and stylish. Excellent at wardrobe envy. I love her haul/ styling videos and cute bloopers.


  • A Vintage Vanity: Adorable geekery to be had! Jennifer is a crafty lady, handy with a sewing machine as well as a curling tong. Retro ramblings and tea-time are not to be missed.


  • Vintagious: Lots of great hair tutorials and a ‘What Would Marilyn Do?’ beauty section with helpful quick tips.



Get inspired!