Why Norway is amazing.

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I’m stepping away from ‘vintage’ in this post only because I went on a magnificent holiday and really want to do a quick blog post about my trip!

My 21st was in November 2015 and instead of having a big party I wanted to visit Norway to see the Northern Lights!

I was also booked into a dog sledding tour which came of a surprise. I love doggies, especially huskies – it’s my dream one day to own a Siberian husky called Norse :’)

Here are 9 reasons to why Norway is amazing, and why you should visit!

#1: The views. I did not get bored of the surroundings of Norway – the snowy mountains and calm crisp lakes and fjords. Not one bit.

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#2: There are less people. I am a self confessed introvert, in that I love to be by myself often. I’m a little shy but not anti social – I do enjoy company but I am perfectly content on my own. Norway is very rural, especially the North of Tromso which I went. Communities are staggered with lots of bare land in between and when there are houses there isn’t many, showing that people are in close knit with there neighbours. People are around but there is the easy option to be alone, surrounded by the beautiful views!

#3: You are connected to the modern world – the internet – however it seems easier to just shut it off and enjoy a peaceful life. It was nice to just sit round a open fire with a hot chocolate admiring the views on the top of a mountatin!

#4: People are genuinely nicer. I was only there for 4 full days but I definitely noticed the increase of lovely people. Everyone was so kind and caring. For example one of our guides was driving us to the resort from a city in snowy conditions – she stopped every time we came across a stopped car to check to see if people needed help!

#5: People are better drivers. I get anxiety over driving and other drivers in England because some people are absolutely crazy. The Norwegians are the safest drivers in the world – despite the snow and ice you feel alot safer (I want to invest in snow tyres)

#6: Dogs. Okay so there’s dogs everywhere but there’s huskies! The resort I stayed at, Malangen, had a kennel of about 40 dogs which they keep, train and look after. All the dogs are ace and have their own personalities and they are so loyal!

#7: The cold. So the weather is unpredictable, snowy and cold. Normally I feel the cold really easily, but when in Norway and layered up it’s not an uncomfortable cold. The wind isn’t as sharp and icy as expected, it’s a perfect condition!

#8: It was nice to not be conscious of how I was dressed or how my hair looked. I didn’t wear make up the whole time and my skin is a lot better! I began to appreciate nature and the place more rather than spending ages getting ready in the morning.

#9 Oh and how could I forget. You get the chance to see phenomenons like this:

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#1 Pearl Necklace!

Hello everyone, my next update on the Breakfast at Tiffany’s challenge is Holly’s signature necklace! I’ve found lots of replicas online, some better than others. However I thought it would be fun to put my unique spin on it – and make it myself!

It is a simple design out of a long chain of pearls and a brooch.

If you aren’t so keen on making you’re own unique version of the necklace as I said, replicas are available, however both the prices and quality may vary!

The pearl necklace was an amazon buy at £1.69. This 72″ chain allows three wraps around the neck. Obviously the longer the chain the more wraps can be created; four being the ideal number as it resembles the actual necklace.

The brooch was also from amazon, costing £1.40. The selection available are all beautiful, able to embellish almost anything clothes wise, hats or shoes. The brooch can clip onto the pearl wraps, or if this feels insecure it can be glued or fixed by stitching. I can also double as that hair piece to compliment Holly’s stylish beehive hair. Simply thread a double pin or too through the brooch and secure it to the hair. Similarly the hair piece can also a decorative hair slide or small tiara – anything elegant and silver would work to gain the Holly Golightly look!

Annabelles Wigs.

 

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Bob Wig, short and beautiful: Josie.

I love having long hair. I’ve been growing it for quite a few years now, after having quite short hair in Sixth Form. I tried many styles with it short, from normal bobs to the ‘Pob’ and asymmetric lengths.  Although I am very happy with my natural hair the way it is, I do long for my short hair back. However I am then reminded about how difficult it was to keep: my hair is very flicky and unbearable to style and keep up with when very short.

I think everyone goes through phases of wanting long/short hair from time to time. I would love my hair to be longer, and I’ve tried with extensions. My hair is too thick though and it just doesn’t look right, so I’ll have to be patient on that one.

I have days where I long for short hair again – after seeing beautiful photos of actresses in the 1920s with the prominant ‘flapper’ hairstyles – even the 1960s had the most beautiful short styles such as Twiggy’s iconic blonde cut. Although I wouldn’t go that short, it would be nice to at least experiment and see what I’d look like with hair that short.

I was a big fan of Strictly Come Dancing, and Georgia May Foot’s Charlston involved her wearing a flapper style wig. She suited it so well and it was a great style. I wanted to try!

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I found Annabelle’s wigs through a Google search when researching wig styles.

The wigs are synthetic hair. This is better for me personally as I had real hair extensions once and they were so difficult to keep up with. There was no need to worry about washing or styling this wig.

Before ordering my wig I was skeptical on the overall effect/look. I’ve had basic cheap wigs before and the plasticity was obvious. I knew I was paying more for the Annabelle wig, implying the great quality. This was even more evident on the photos of both the models and customer pictures uploaded onto the site – I couldn’t tell the difference!

I spent a good few weeks contemplating until the other day (20/01) I finally just ordered it. There were a lot of choices of lengths, styles, colours, each wig having a name of someone who had that particular style. There was a really beautiful short one, a proper 1920s style. It was named ‘Louise Brooks’ after you know, Louise Brooks:

 

 

As you see, Louise rocks this look however it is so extreme, especially if you have medium to long hair. I came to the conclusion that if I really wanted it, I’d have to ease into the lengths. So I went for a slightly longer one, a black bob named ‘Josie.’

The Josie wig seems like a popular choice, with Annabelle’s Wigs Twitter account modelling the wig in their profile picture. I’d recently dyed my hair from faux red back to my natural colour which too is pretty much jet black. So I knew this colour would suit me.

I ordered Josie on the afternoon of Jan. 19th. It was £25.99 with slightly over £4 extra for postage. Normally I go for either free or the longest delivery time to cut down the cost but there was no option of this – the cheapest being the next day delivery at £4.70. I realised this wasn’t necessarily bad – for one a good quality wig for under £30 was good in itself – as a wash, cut and dry at the hairdressers would be a lot more than that – and the wig lasts longer!

Josie came to next afternoon. She was there waiting for me, after beating my arrival. I was coming home from Hull to York and she was sat there on the kitchen island. I popped her on straight away. The way she was packaged was great – wrapped in a net which can also double as a net to keep your natural hair in place while the wig is worn over the top. (However I just went for the tuck method – putting my natural hair in a low ponytail and inverting it under the bottom of my head) There was even a short message explaining how to care for the hair, mentioning no heat appliances and to wash it (if need be) with water and waiting for it to naturally dry.

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The wig can be adjusted to headsize at the sides of the wig. What I love about the wig itself was that the elastic bars have gaps – allowing the natural hair to move through and breath. One of the problems with other wigs I’ve tried is that the hair follicles began to become strained or irritated by the scalp of the wig. With this one it was no hassle! If you have near enough the same colour hair as the wig, like me, this is even better because it all blends and there is no panic if the real hair escapes through the gaps :’)

I’d put Josie on in a rush originally due to excitement and my mum questioned whether it was supposed to be ‘lopsided’ and proceeded to pull and move the wig. Only this was my real hair, so I screamed a little :’) However this proves at how real the wig looks, in that it was easily mistaken for my real hair!

I wore Josie for the whole day today and at times I forgot I was wearing a wig! So comfortable, so soft, so shiny. Felt a lot better than my real hair hehehe.

I’ve also been getting lots of compliments online for my picture of short hair, with people being convinced I’d cut it off :’)

 

Great wig, I will definitely be purchasing more in the future!

Website: http://www.annabelleswigs.co.uk/

Twitter: @annabelles_wigs

A little Spring Clean…

I’m not the tidest person in the world. Not even close. However today my room put me over the edge and as I finally have a couple of days without any other commitments, it seemed like the perfect time to give it a good tidy.

I’ve been instagramming sections of my room all day, so I thought I would just do a blog post instead (mostly to prove to myself, and my mum, that it was tidy even if it is for just one day)

I thought I would give little details about certain vintage/general items too, just for background effect. I find my room is an intergration of different themes, including different areas and genres of vintage.

This was the state of the room before:

It might not look that messy; however there are clothes everywhere, a suitcase which has been sat for a month and isn’t fully empty, bags and shoes all over and just MEHHH. Nothing has a specific place, (everything seems to be shoved onto the dressing table) so I spent all day giving everything a suitable ‘home’ :’)

 

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I’ve always desired a proper vintage style dressing table, with the 12606798_10208578723768641_265743705_nbeautiful attaching mirror and all that jazz.  I am quite content with my wooden dressing table though, and perhaps one day when I have my own house (and a lot more money) I will be able to purchase my own 🙂 The table lays under the window, so I can fit the big mirror on the windowsill. My room is very dark, as it is at the back of the house, so I need all the natural light possible 🙂

For some reason this has turned into a 1920’s performance scene, with the bright colours decorating the mirror. I have 2 Venetian style masks, one actually from Vienna and the other a replica homemade mask which I purchased. The actual Viennese one is hiding behind the scarf, with only the feather visible.

And everyone needs flowers in their life! I can’t real deal with real flowers (I get too emotional when they die) so I have fake roses in different colours. I didn’t have a vase to hand so I stole one of my parents used Fortnun and Mason jars :’) It’s absolutely perfect for the long stems and the duck egg blue matches my feature wall 🙂

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I completely gutted the entire dressing table and went for simplicity. I put this in black and white to reflect the vintage tone.

I put a doily in each corner of the table separating different items. I love this shot because it shows my perfume alongside a cross stitch of Mary – my mum had done it for my late Grandmother and it got passed onto me 🙂

 

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Another heirloom I have is my maternal great grandmothers cabinet, formally known as the ‘Tallboy’. It’s in my room because my Dad isn’t one for sentiment like me and my mum are, are we were afraid he’d try to bin it so I rescued it and banned him from my room hehehe. For some reason it took me ages to set up this simple scene on the top of it. I wanted to put my two glass angels as a central focus. Again they were passed down to me from my Grandmother and they are
so pretty I want to always look at them 🙂

Obviously my idol Audrey Hepburn has to make an appearance and there she is, behind the biggest angel. On the other side is my name sake cross stitch explaining the Welsh origin of my name. In the middle is just a ceramic vintage style bowl. In it are all the spare bits of jewellery I have – I didn’t have the patience to sit through it 🙂
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My bedside table is a  little boring at the moment, however I have to mention my wonderful Buddha and even more wonderful first doggy, Alfie. I took that photo of Alfie a few years ago before he went to Doggy Heaven and it was the first photo, taken by me, which I 100% loved.

The Buddha came into my possession from an unlikely source. I have quite a few Buddha statues; all in different rooms so I never am without the guide of the Buddha. I’m not a Buddhist – however it reminds me to relax and be mindful. My sister’s partner had rescued this Buddha from a place he was working at, after finding it on a Cherry Picker, or ‘Genie’. (I think this was supposed to be a practical joke, however a Buddha and a Genie? Really? Well, whatever makes you laugh) The poor Buddha needed a lot of TLC, he has paint marks on him (some one had tried to give him rosy cheeks and lips) and he’s missing too middle fingers. But he’s happy.

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Here’s my jewellery station, along with my trusty hat (and now wig) model Angellica. The clock is from Dunelm – it was in the sale and I got it £9.99 🙂

My bed set is also from Dunelm, however this was more expensive. I love bedding sets, especially with matching pillows, throws and fashion cushions. I fell in love with this one ages ago, and I saved up specially to buy it :’)

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Finally, I jazzed up my door with pictures from an old calendar. I love war time ‘Propaganda’ with the bright colours and texts. I wish this still happened in the modern world. I hate the boring old newspapers and posters. People need to bring art back!

This was my rambly post and my description of my vintage style (and now tidy) room! 🙂 I would love to know your little vintage elements :)x

#1 Black Dress!

 

 

 

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So, a first update on my quest from Holly’s primary outfit!I began the hunt for a long black dress, having in mind a light material in order to incoporate both a casual wear and formal wear – which would be embellished by jewellery.

The maxi dress introduced an inner challenge within the project of an outfit of £25. My 5″3 and size 12 shape has always brought difficulty in finding a maxi dress with that perfect length. I always found searching in younger teen sections to find a dress with the ideal length, but never fit due to the lack of room for hips! Because of this I took a different approach to find a dress and researched different clothes websites for dresses which resembled the iconic dress. In find I had a straight black dress, thin straps and that tasteful slit up the side to give the illusion of a longer leg.

Dress from Boohoo

After numerous ganders on online shops of my usual choice I found a few options on Boohoo. The prices are very generous, plain maxi dresses sold at an average of £12! Similarly Boohoo also have a petite section where I discovered a perfect fit for a 5″3 height and every size from 8 to 16.  (Boohoo are also very nice to students with extra discounts and promo codes for discounted delivery.) The dress available suited my original checklist, a straight dress with an elegant and natural shape to the hips and waist, as well as a slit up the side and a scoop neck to highlight the future necklace. The dress was £12, just under half the maximum budget of £25. However I think so a maxi dress £12 is an absolute bargain! The dress was delivered a day after ordering, causing Boohoo to my new current favourite!

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If you’re feeling adventurous and want a dress near enough identical to Holly’s, the scoop neck and back of the dress can be altered in order to mimic the style of the back of the dress. it is possible to cut of the sides in order to create the back curve. However do not feel like this is necessary and only do it if you want to. The ordinary dress still looks elegant too! Also if you want to cut pieces of the dress please make sure you know what you’re doing, and if you’re younger, ask someone who is more confident and able at cutting and sewing!

Recreating the 80s…

I got bored….and ended up pretending to be Molly Ringwald. It all started when I pulled out a pink ‘burn out’ style top, originally from Topshop. I’d watched the Breakfast Club a couple of days before with my brother and instantly thought ‘this is similar to Claire’s outfit.’ I thought I’d team it with a brown skirt – the only one I have is a pleated midi length style I had bought from a vintage fair.

It’s quite far away from the 80’s suade wrap skirt, seen in the picture above but I felt it echoed it enough – it wasn’t a serious outfit anyway it was for a bit of fun, however it worked out okay!

Similarly my brown leather boots would definitely not go with this skirt, so I hoped for shorter brown lace up boots. For one, the colours of the shoes and skirt match, as my leather knee lengths are of a lighter shade and would be an absolute fashion disaster. Similarly the pleated style would not suit any shoe higher than than the middle calf.

 

With the hairstyle – my natural hair is quite long and unable to mimic Molly’s short thick waves. The best I could do to reflect the style was to use my ‘vintage roll’ – a hair technique I normally use to create a 1920s hair do!

I got my vintage roll from Claire’s Accessories for about £6! I gave my hair a more modern style instead of the slick back over vintage vibe; untucking my fringe to give it the side sweep similar to Molly’s beautiful short style.

I quite enjoyed this mini segment on a vintage fashion icon. I may make this a regular thing on this blog!

 

Breakfast At Tiffany’s – welcome

 

 

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I am a fashion lover, especially the vintage fashion from 1910s up to the 1960s. My passion for everything vintage has drawn me into creating a project which this blog will hopefully reflect. By the title of this blog you have probably guessed what the project involves.

Breakfast At Tiffanys:

I have always been intrigued by that iconic outfit on the posters; the elegant black dress complimented by the diamonds and the pearls. I saw the film was on TV one day and sat down and watched it. I instantly fell in love with it. Everything about it it was brilliant, the plot, the acting and characterizations, but especially the clothes. Every outfit Audrey’s character Holly wore was exquisite, every scene left me in owe in what the next outfit would be.
After using the internet to find replicas of these outfits I came across a lot of similar projects; girls creating their own versions of these outfits, and this inspired me to create my own challenge.  I will be posting a my own versions of outfits worn by Holly Golighty.

In some instances I will be saving myself money by creating my own versions of these outfits and the accessories, which will hopefully inspire others that it is possible to create these beautiful vintage looks from materials and clothes already accessible.I will also be creating Holly’s iconic hairstyles with step by step instructions to create the 1960s style.
The outfits will be in consecutive order from the scenes of the film, meaning that the first post will be that iconic outfit worn by Audrey as she gazes through the window of Tiffany’s. However, it probably won’t be including the crossiant and coffee! 😀