Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Mini makeover

Last week, I got to spend a lovely evening with a rather creative friend – there's a hint there about which blogger she is - mainly chatting about our love for sewing and for vintage styles, whilst sipping some wine. I definitely got the better deal out of the evening, ending up with a new hairstyle and a genuine vintage dress! 

I sat there like a good little customer, hoping that my friend (curious about her identity yet?) wouldn't get bored halfway through pin-curling my hair! I've always admired the vintage way in which she styles her hair and as I'm notoriously bad at styling mine, she agreed to help! Pin curling was so effective that I may even have to give it a go myself...they do say that practice makes perfect!

All pinned and ready for bed! Now that was an experience...sleeping with a full head of metal sure takes getting used to!



In the morning I unpinned and brushed thoroughly to get rid of the crispy mousse look and voila! Doesn't it look great?!?



Here's a full view of the vintage dress too, which is probably from the early 60s! My friend was going to sell it on Etsy, but then realised that it would be my size, so I got first dibs! I'm so glad I got to snap it up before anyone else, as the fit is near-perfect. I don't own any other vintage dresses, because I never find any I like that actually fit. So I'm over the moon with this Fred Howard number!



Back to the hair! The waves dropped a bit throughout the day, but even so it still looked tousled and voluminous. I genuinely loved it both ways. Here's what it looked like after a day at work.



Anyway, I bet you're dying to know who this amazing friend of mine is! Because I'm kind, I've arranged for you all to get to know her, so watch this space for an interview soon! In the meantime, I shall enjoy keeping you in suspense about her identity, but please do feel free to take a guess or two...

18 comments:

  1. Wow, that second dress is amazing! Is it vintage? I love it so much.

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  2. Gorgeous dress, and nice hairstyle, too! I've never really learned to fix my hair properly, so I am envious!

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  3. Marie the pin curls suit you perfectly, you look absolutely gorgeous. And the dress!!!!!! It's just to die for and fits like a glove. Sorry to be so gushing but you just look beautiful. x

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  4. Oh wow - your hair looks fantastic!!!! I've been wondering about pin curls recently...but my hair is so long at the moment it would probably take me all day to do!

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  5. Oh I so love your hair! I really must try pin curls. The dress is also fab - you look great.

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  6. What you need to do to get it to last all day is don't brush out quite as much and use hairspray in the morning.The curls will drop by themselves anyway so might be a tad too curly first thing but your style will last the day. the only thing is that you have to put up with a bit of mouse crispness but you'll look fantastic.

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  7. I love your hair!! It looks very pretty and the dresses are pretty too. I tried pin curls once but I wasn't as successful. You've inspired me to try it again. ^_^

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  8. Your hair looks awesome! I have never tried pin curls before but I would love to. I think you may have just inspired me to give them a go.

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  9. You're all too kind as always!

    Amy - the brown dress isn't vintage, it's from a British chain called Miss Selfridge, which often has vintage-inspired clothes.

    Andrea - I'm awful with my hair too, but my friend knew what she was doing ;o)

    Jane - wow, thanks so much! Please gush away ;o)

    Suzie, Kestrel, Nikell, Kat - do try pin curls, they're great! Good luck!

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  10. Oooooh secrets, fun fun! Both dresses are gorgeous, and your hair is lovely! I'd love to try and pin-curl myself, but wouldn't even know where to start. Perhaps your friend has a tutorial? ;)

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  11. Marie you look Lovely! Oh, I just love your hair and your style. You are the perfect vintage gal!

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  12. Eep! Love the hair and the dress! So perfect!!

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  13. OOh gorgeous hair - am going to give it a go!

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  14. You look so cute with your hair done and the dress.I'm doing a vintage fashion show for a charity and am trying to figure out the hairdos. Did any of the pins come out as you slept?

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  15. Reana Lousie - we might be able to stretch to a tutorial soon ;o)

    Sew Country Chick - thank you! None of the pins came out whilst I slept, but an extra preventative measure could be to wear a hairnet or shower cap maybe?!

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  16. Lovely photos and, oh my gosh, I love that vintage dress. You look beautiful.

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  17. Your hair looks fabulous!!! And that dress is divine :)

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