Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Christmas Ethical Gift Guide!

Hello dolls!

While I am aware we are fully in the midst of Autumn now and Halloween is a mere week and a half away! However, hot on Halloween’s pointed tail, is the festive season, the run up to Christmas. I am that annoying person, who come mid-November is planning out her gifts, playing christmas music and eating mince pies, because no, one month is not long enough to fully embrace the Christmas spirit in all it’s tinselly tacky glory!
Gift giving is that one aspect of Christmas that I have a love/hate relationship with. On one hand, I love choosing the perfect gift, going completely overboard with wrapping and watching someone look utterly gleeful opening it. On the other hand, I hate the pressure of choosing said perfect gift, worrying if I have got it right and suspecting said recipients’ gleefulness as being disingenuous. It is a stressful existence to say the least so gift guides always come in handy this time of year, get the stress out the way early, so December can be spent eating Christmas goodies and drinking mulled wine.
I was contacted by Uncommon Goods earlier this month about featuring their pieces in a Christmas gift guide. Upon checking out their website, I instantly fell in love with several of their products and their ethical message as a company. Uncommon Goods are a business focused on using their profits and reach to make a positive impact in the world. They are also a founder of a larger conglomerate of B Companies; companies that are striving to improve the world through funding projects in developing countries. So every time you purchase something, a portion of your money is going towards a better cause. Fun fact about myself, I was actually chair of the Fairtrade organisation in school, so Fairtrade and ethical trading products are definitely worth investing it. Also, they make awesome unique gifts, that one wouldn’t be able to buy on the high street!

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Halloween Reads

Hi y'all!

Well, this is a different opening isn't it! I was so happy with the response to my last post, all the support I received made me so happy and really appreciate the blogging community as a whole. I think a lot of people think it is so elite and secluded but in reality on twitter especially, it is an amazing community!

As promised, welcome to my new blog and all the wonderfully sparkly new content I have coming your way! I am also writing some guest bits for other blogs so keep an eye out for those as well! Anyway enough of the gushing, it's Halloween goddamit not Valentines, and on that note, let's fall down the rabbit hole of Halloween reads!!

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Act 2...

Hi there,

Not my usual opener, but this won't be my usual post. Recently I have been feeling very eh about the whole blogging and social media world, and very uninspired by my own presence and blog. I feel when I started this blog, I started it with the intention of writing about budget pinup and vintage fashion. However, 'budget' and 'vintage' rarely go together, especially in the eras I like. Furthermore, I work 5 days a week and have to dress smart so investing in expensive clothing seems mildly wasteful. Added to this, I don't have anyone to regularly take pictures of these outfits and no way of doing it alone...basically my big idea has pretty much gone down in flames.

Pinup fashion is also a niche interest and thus most people don't care about it, therefore, getting engagement on these posts is...trying to say the least. It also means my presence in blogging is far more of a slow burner, and it's disheartening. I don't know where this blog is heading, and I don't know if I'm sticking around to see it out, it's hard enough finding time to write and knowing my content is not being read, makes the effort less than worth it.


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

An Evening with Taste | Beauty and the Beast Dinner

Hello Darlings,

As I have started working full time now, my weekends are sacred. However, I always get antsy if I haven't made plans, and although this morning I am on the brink of exhaustion it is for good reason. Last weekend I had the delight of attending a themed dinner, themed on Beauty and the Beast with a company called Taste films.

The story of Taste films emerges from three questions:

"Have you ever watched a film that made you hungry? Have you ever wished to be part of the filmic world you are seeing on screen? Been so immersed in what you are watching that you want to experience every aspect of the film?"


Thursday, 14 September 2017

Super Easy Quick Pinup Everyday Waves

Hi Darlings!

So I have something to admit...while I love pinup and gothabilly fashion, I cannot do pinup hair for shit! Furthermore, the only thing I can do, which is a pin curl set takes literally two hours and....I like sleep/I'm so fucking lazy hahahahaha! *maniacal laughter* However, on one of my swish swishes through Instagram, I came across one of my favourite bloggers Modern June Cleaver and her quick pinup waves. When I say I was enlightened, I am not joking! She had taken inspiration from Vintage Vandal (another total girl crush) and followed this tutorial, which I did watch but once you get the hang of it, this look is very easy!

Now I have very thick dark brown hair that currently falls just above my boobies, (I will get my long swishy hair back!!) so ideally this would work on hair that is slightly longer than mine. Having said that, it would also look killer on short hair and really embody that 1920s flapper look! If you want to know how to achieve this super easy, but it looks like you made a load of effort 'do! Then read on....


Thursday, 7 September 2017

The Lust List | Psychobilly/Gothabilly Style

Hi Darlings,

Autumn is well and truly here, we have had quite a few cooler days, rainy nights and chilly winds so in my mind, Autumn has well and truly arrived. A few months ago, I decided to put aside my black clothing and pip for a florals and bright colours for summer. However, Summer is over and thus I am ready to revive my gothabilly and psychobilly style for Autumn. Gothabilly and Psychobilly style is similar to rockabilly and pinup but with a gothic edge.

It is in essence, my style to a T!! While, for summer, I do like the odd floral here and there, my penchant for spookiness and victorian decadence always brings me back to my gothabilly roots. So whack on your black flicks and dark red lips and let's delve deeper into this style!

I have decided to kick off Autumn by doing some 'Lust Lists!' These will be a fun selection of accessories and clothing that are sat on my to-buy list (although now I have a job, my money will all be gone!)

First up is bags! The easiest way to start incorporating psychobilly/gothabilly style is accessories! That means investing in some feminine, slightly gothic handbags, shoes, hair accessories etc! Above are a few of my favourites from Attitude Clothing Co (a website I regularly lust over) and all of these bags are under 50 pounds. The first one is a very snazzy, more retro looking bag, in a classically gothabilly striped pattern. The next one is my personal favourite, a book clutch bag, but the bag has a classic Lucifer sigil, yknow that ever so slightly satanic symbol. Third across is the funko cat bag, after all why have a cat bag when you can have a satanic cat shoulder bag! An ideal Halloween, gothabilly bag, and cats!! Finally is one that I wouldn't say is gothabilly, but it's certainly kitsch and has a vibe of 50s pastel goth. This adorable seashell bag is the ultimate ariel accessory for all you landlocked mermaids out there!

Next up we have shoes! Now I am a self-confessed shoe-aholic so I am always on the lookout for quirky slightly vintage shoe styles. I know with gothic shoes, they tend to be clunkier; if like me you lean towards more of a vintage aesthetic then never fear, I am here with suggestions! Vintage style shoes are hard to find on the cheap, so a lace up brogue or heel in black or brown is an utter staple! If like me you have a flair for the dark and dramatic, then step away from the black suedette and let's talk!
Here is a selection of a few shoes that are perfect for you psychobilly, or gothabilly girls out there; and just look at them! Are they not wonderful?! Shoes, glorious shoes! The flats are the far left are just a classic ballet flat but with a glorious bat applique at the front, which instantly makes them better! Why have just black, when you can have bat? Next up are some moon studded ankle boots. When boring black ankle boots get you down, whack some metal moons on them and boom witchy realness! The calf length boots with butterflies are literally the boots of my wet dreams. I am so tempted by this style and honestly, they may be joining my winter wardrobe! Lastly, are the slightly LITA-esque boots. This is a very classic gothabilly look and although ridiculous heel height, not that hard to walk in due to the platform at the front! 

This is just the first of many Lust List's coming up, and as we draw closer to Halloween, I will be exploring more gothabilly and psychobilly style! Let me know if you see any favourites in this list or indeed if you have your own alternate style!

Until next time

Sunday, 3 September 2017

An ode to my bingo wings and thunder thighs

Hi darlings,

It is September 2nd and thus in my opinion, the end of summer. While it is still stupidly humid outside in London, I am more than happy to put away my shorts and t-shirts and revert to my all black halloween aesthetic. Before I do however, I want to talk about summer, and what it's like as a curvier girl during the hotter months. When I was younger, wearing shorts would provoke this feeling of nausea and anxiety, because after all, fat girls couldn't wear shorts...could they? I had memories of wearing a pair of shorts and going cycling; on the way back, I remember a couple staring at me and laughing. I felt humiliated and wanted to curl in a ball and cry, I utterly loathed having to show my body off and thought I was the ugliest hippo going.

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