Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Extreme Sports: Skiing And Knitting

This will only be a quick "hello" today, I started with a sore throat on Monday evening, and now I think I'm going to loose my voice. I last lost my voice in January, the day of my Birthday, of all days! Apologies, I'm feeling sorry for myself today.

So I've been at home, watch T.V. and knitting, and of course, trying to get better - honey & lemon, fruit teas and some chocolate...
Monday was a pretty good day, I managed to get up and out of the house fairly early. I even pinned my fringe up!
Lady Cherry's comment on leopard print amused me so much that I decided to wear my leopard (faux) swing coat to keep me warm. Here's the proof, though I forgot to hold my 1960's gold/bronze bag for the picture, doh!

Jeans: Freddies of Pinewood
Reindeer cardigan: Hand knitted by my Gran
Vintage Leopard print coat: eBay
Beret: Charity Shop
60's bag (not shown): Boot Sale
60's Gloves: Boot Sale
Boots: Asda
I finally finished the skiiers pullover, the pattern is early 1950's. This is certainly going to be one of my favoured items in my wardrobe!
Skiing looks a bit of the dangerous side, so I'll stick to knitting skiing motifs!

Detail of Skiiers

Skiiers Pullover
 If I get to it, I'll be finishing a headscarf tonight, yay!

Happy knitting, Jenny xx

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Christmas Presents: What Every Glamourous Girl Needs

I wouldn't describe myself as particularly glamourous, my profile photo will confirm this, but it's nice to get into the role occasionally. So brush your hair and put on your clean slippers, we're going to be fancy today!

This is a small selection of perfect presents for a glamourous girl:

Dammenburg Selection Box - £9.30 - No Nuts, Just Chocolate
 Chocolate... From my favourite brand, Dammenberg. These are nut-free, which makes them all the better. I do have a nut allergy (lesbian jokes need not be sent, I've heard them all!), and finding decent chocolate was a nightmare. This selection box contains: rum-coffee (dark), cloudberry (milk) and green tea (white). And I can assure you, they are worth every penny, plus, the box is really handy for sewing threads (and retains a gorgeous chocolate-y scent!).

Reproduction Bakelite Cherry Brooch - £35.00 - Notorious Kitsch
Jewellery - Some may like a diamond ring, others may like a bakelite bangle. Personally, I love bakelite, so what better than a repro-bakelite brooch with cherries on? I think this is a the bargain of the day considering the prices of original pieces.

Besame Sweetheart Balm - £14.50 - Deadly is the Female
Cosmetics aren't always the best present as it can be down to personal choice, but this balm is surely perfect? Practical, pretty and we've found more cherries to add to the list!

Leopard Alice Fascinator - £35.00 - Deadly is the Female
Leopard print had to come into it somewhere, and this fascinator covers it well. Some find it hard to wear hats, myself included, and berets can appear too casual for a meeting with the bank manager, so a fascinator is the answer! Imagine all the wonderful outfits this is complete?

All you need now is to be good for the next 8 weeks, and Father Christmas may just bring you something special...

Jenny xx

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Christmas Presents - Hairstyling Books

Apologies. Once again, I promised a Monday post, and nothing came. When I get home on Mondays, I'm exhausted, uninspired and really cannot find the energy to anything other than drink tea and watch the Gilmore Girls. So no more promises for Monday posts, but if I do ever find that energy on a Monday, call it a treat.
I did, however, make a list of post ideas! So I have at least a month's worth of posts to write, but not on a Monday!
So enough of excuses and my ramblings, here are some present ideas:

I love recreating 1940's hairstyles, and so enjoy sitting down with a book or two and figuring out how I'm what I'm going to practice next. So these are books I really want this Christmas:

Style Me Vintage: Easy Step-by-step Techniques for Creating Classic Hairstyles
Style Me Vintage by Belina Hay - £7.49 (Amazon)

Stage and Screen Hairstyles: A Practical Reference for Actors, Models, Makeup Artists, Photographers, Stage Managers, and Directors
Stage and Screen Hairstyles by Kit Spencer - £15.54 (Amazon)

Vintage Hairstyling: Retro Styles with Step-by-Step Techniques
Vintage Hairstyling by Lauren Rennells - £27 (Pin Up Parade)

Vintage Hairstyling is a book I own, though mine's the first edition with a different cover. A really great book which is in constant use. My favourite thing about it, is that the styles are shown step by step, so you don't feel like you've missed a few steps. Plus, the pictures are in colour!

I was thinking of including 1940s Hairstyles by Daniela Turudich, but as it's out of print, I didn't think it would be fair. I don't own the original, but have a PDF copy. Again, a very good book, with some really useful cutting diagrams.

I'm getting my hair cut tomorrow! This is a big deal, I haven't had it cut for... months! This means that when I've restyled it, I can finally change that horrid profile photo!

Happy styling, Jenny xx