OK my hands are up, I am guilty. I have been meaning to write about this stunner of a dress for the longest time but thanks to a serious case of hyperemesis gravidarum (over the past four months – ouch), I just haven’t been taking as many outfit photos as I’d have liked. Thankfully, on a trip to beautiful York last week I was feeling in fine spirits and was able to swan around in what is, quite honestly, my favourite dress of all time. I promise to keep it a secret no longer!
This zoo print beauty is from She and Hem favourites Bryony* (formerly Poppy) and is aptly called ‘Walking Zoo’. It never ceases to amaze me how many people stop me in the street to ask were this frock is from – it’s definitely not one to wear when you’re feeling shy. On this particular day, no less than seven people complimented me and wanted to know where it was from! I can’t say I blame them.
It’s not just the stunning animal print that makes me love this dress so, oh no, it has a multitude of dress talents. Firstly, the bright red colour which is so eye catching and makes me smile whenever I see it hanging up in my wardrobe. It really is the loveliest colour and, having washed it many a time now, still looks as good as the day it arrived. I also love the long sleeves (although there is a capped sleeve version should you be so inclined) which guarantee i’ll be wearing it all year long! Finally, it’s has pockets. A true triumph.
I absolutely cannot wait to see what Bryony come up with next!
To celebrate Hairspray the Musical coming to town, we decided to see if we could bring the 60’s style into 2016. We do love a challenge! We grabbed our make up, hair straighteners and all the hairspray we could find and set about creating two 60’s inspired hair and make up looks.
The transition from the delicate ladylike looks of the 1950’s to the fancy-free 1960’s trends was epic, with the 1960’s giving us mini skirts, mods and brilliant bobs. Idols such as Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot and Edie Sedgwick introduced bold, graphic flicked eyeliner, pretty pale skin (hooray!) and nude lips. The soft nude lips were a real contrast from the popular red lip of the 1950’s and helped to emphasize the exaggerated eyes, which were heavy on the black mascara and fake lashes. A lot like today, the cheekbones were accentuated with a highlighter and a light rosy blush was applied.
In regards to hair, along with the famous beehives and bouffants, luckily for us hair was also worn long throughout the 1960’s, sometimes with a lift, thanks to some harsh backcombing and a ton of hairspray! I (Victoria) love a good ol’ beehive, but unfortunately I don’t really have the skills when it comes to updo’s, so instead I pulled the top of my hair into a small quiff fixed with an oversized gingham bow from Beau xoxo. To create the ringlet effect on the lengths, I used a really simple but effective trick and put my hair in a high bun for the morning, spritzing it with Rush hairspray to help add volume and twirling around my fingertips after taking it out of the bun. Bonza! Jo parted her hair into a gorgeous side parting, pulled the rest of the top of her hair back, and used Batiste dry shampoo to add volume. She then straightened the lengths to create a chic 60’s style.