Thursday, 9 November 2017

What Katie Did - Nutmeg Stockings

Ladies the wait is over!

Not long ago the team at What Katie Did announced they were experimenting with nylons to find a shade we women of colour have been craving...

Behold the glory that is Nutmeg!

Nutmeg/Black Seam on the gorgeous Velvet Jones


They're available in the usual black and nude seam, PLUS glamour seams! On the website there are Claret, Green, Nude and Black seams available - shop here.

We know it's difficult to establish if a shade will work for you from a screen, so we've got a hold of the stockings to show you what they would look like on me and Eva, plus we're not forgetting that WKD has a coffee shade available and the lovely Elora is wearing those for us also.

Wearing the Nutmeg/Green Stockings
also ft. my dress from Gingermegs Vintage and coat from a local charity shop

 
Wearing as above on left and Nutmeg/Claret Stockings on right
also ft. rayon jersey dress as a top and skirt from The Walk in Wardrobe

Wearing the Nutmeg/Claret Stockings
also ft. Office brogues and skirt as above

Wearing the Nutmeg Glamour Stockings
also ft. suit via Etsy, deadstock berry broochHammersmmith Vintage Fair and Miss L Fire Heels

Elora wearing Coffee Seamless Stockings Eva wearing Nutmeg/Black Stockings
also ft. Miss L Fire


The Verdict

We are beyond happy with the mid-tone brown that means we can now wear nude stockings from one of our favourite brands!

The welt is fantastic quality as are the toe and heel reinforcements, which should ensure endurance if you continue to stick to the usual care routine for stockings (see them here).

We can't wait for the team at WKD to give us more glamour seams in this glorious new nutmeg shade. Keep an eye on our instagram to see more photos of the stockings and any updates on collections; feel free to pop us a comment on here or a DM in instagram if you have anymore questions about the stockings or want to share your verdict.

Until next time,

The VG xXx



Saturday, 4 November 2017

There's nothing Mental about Mental Health


In recent days there has been a lot of buzz around Mental Health and of course the importance of it.

Really it's about looking after yourself and putting yourself first. Which can sometimes be difficult as it's viewed as selfish, but you must throw away that stigma because to function and be able to help others you first need to make sure you are caring for yourself.

Mental Health affects so many people in the Pin Up / Rockabilly and vintage scene. I can't count how many people I have spoken to over the years who all suffer from mental health issue in one form or another. The most common I have found to be is anxiety.




The marvelous Chereeka better known as @cacaopapow on Instagram at our latest event (The Pin Up Picnic in the Park / bar) back in July staged a little Gillian Wearing inspired project for her blog. She bought along a whiteboard and markers (showing the true teacher inside of her) and approached lovely ladies (and I'm sure some gents) at our event to ask about anxiety.
She also has a wonderful post (HERE) that has ways to cope with anxiety and where to seek help. It's a great read and really really informative. 

Mental Health concerning the BB's 




Charlotte:

I have suffered with mental health issues for many, many years.
From anxiety (which I always find amusing as I run the events we hold and have so many people attend) to really low lows of depression. 

I also have boughts of loneliness - this is something we posted about the other day on our facebook to do with the elderly and as one of our lovely followers pointed out you don't have to be elderly to be lonely.

I feel very lucky to have a wonderful family and a few very close friends but sadly we all moved around the country and it's difficult to see each other now.

When we originally set up the BB's I felt elated, it was so nice to have a group of friends who enjoyed the same scene, clothes, music as myself. Who talked in a group chat on a daily basis and ladies to meet up with for a weekend or just for a drink or lunch.
Sadly when the group broke up due to other commitments, ladies changing their style and mind about the scene this all went with it. It was very unfortunate and also caused me to have quite a few lows. 

I believe a lot of the time you can not tell who is suffering with an invisible illness, loneliness, anxiety and depression can be destructive to anyone and it is easy to blame yourself. 

The best advise I have is to focus on the positive, try to put yourself out there and try new things.

Since moving in to my first house with my partner I've started dance lessons, it's only once a week but it gets me out, gets me learning something new and most of all I get to meet new people. This has been a really big deal for me and after those two hours of dancing I feel wonderful. I sometimes have to force myself to go and it can get close to 8pm and I think, no I don't want to talk to strangers or just feel awkward but when I manage to get he courage up to force myself to go by the end I feel silly for working myself up. 

I've also signed up to befriend an old person, you can do this in your spare time when it suits you through Age Concern. I have dedicated myself to once a fortnight currently to see how it goes. This can be a home visit or call just to make someone feel less alone and to give them something to look forward to.

If you would like information on this please let us know. 

And remember:

You are good enough

Don't feel bad for having a bad day, a bad week or a bad month it happens to the best of us 

Never feel alone in this



Lois:

I suffer from severe anxiety and I have done so for about two years now. I've always been a bit of a worrier, but it really kicked off about two years ago when I went to uni. I find it difficult to adjust to change, which I know is inevitable, but it was such a big change I just couldn't cope.

I have periods of depression as well, as I know many of you also do. Not 'Oh, I'm having a bad day', but 'I'm so inexplicably sad I can't even function'.


I've also been diagnosed with bulimia, which initially started as a way to relieve the anxiety (it made sense to me!). I didn't think it was that bad - I'm slim, but I'm not underweight so there's nothing wrong, right? It was my mum who helped me to see that I had a problem - you don't have to be a certain size or age to have an eating disorder. I looked fine, but I really wasn't.


Acknowledging that you have a problem and asking for help is a big deal, but it's so important. Never underestimate how powerful even just having someone to talk to can be.


I'm not saying it's easy to get help and I'm not saying that, when you get it, recovery is easy. It's not, as I'm sure so many of you will know. I still have so far to go, but I've come so far from where I was.


Appreciate the people you have in your life. Doing things for others, spending time with the people you love and being there for those who need you brings happiness to both you and them. The support of friends, family and my faith have been so important along my path of recovery and I'm so grateful for them.


And appreciate yourself as well! Do more of what you love and take care of yourself. I enjoy a variety of things: modelling; coffee with friends; bubblebaths; family holidays; attempting to dance ... just give things a go and do what makes yourself and others happy. You are strong for your perseverance and you've already come such a long way, so keep going!











Monday, 11 September 2017

Pinup Picnic 2017

Hi lovelies,

So it's been a couple of months since our annual Pinup Picnic and I swear it feels like an age ago! Especially with the autumnal weather well on the way.

It was a brilliant day though and we're so thankful that so many of you came along and showed your support. And a huge thank you to those of you who donated (congrats to our raffle winners too!).

Due to typical British weather, the event was more of a Pinup Picnic in the Bar, held at Barrio Shoreditch. As the other new Belles were yet to be announced, Charlotte, Minky and Zoe did an absolutely fantastic job organising the event ... for my part I just got lost before stalking a couple of you gorgeously dressed people in the hope that you were headed to the bar!

The venue certainly didn't let us down. The food and drink was great - some of us may have had a little more to drink than others! - the company was of course fantastic and the lighting was perfect for all our selfies!











It was so wonderful to meet so many lovely people, some of whom had travelled quite a way just to be here. The effort that everyone made to get to know people and make for a fantastic time was just brilliant and we want to thank each and every one of you for creating such a positive vibe.

As many of us as possible will be attending and organising other events, from mini meetups to more picnics! We'll also be reporting from other events (as you may have seen from our live stream on instagram) and we'd love to see more of you there.

Lots of love,
The Belles
Lois Loren xx

I've included a number of photos from the events that I've just gathered from some of you who were there!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Review - Sarah's Doo-Wop Dos Hair Turbans

Hello ladies,

An Introduction

It's Zoe here aka The Vintage Giraffe , a new Belle and content contributor for this here blog of pink-ness! Most of my posts will be written on behalf of The British Belles so I'll mostly be using "we/our", you'll know a post is by me by the signature which will read "Love, the VG xXx".

The British Belles have been very busy in the last couple of weeks organising our 3rd super successful Pinup Picnic event, appointing 5 new Belles to our ranks (keep an eye out for an upcoming blog post), as well as lots of planning to give you all some fantastic content and mini meet-ups in the next few months. If you have a venue idea for a mini meet-up please do contact us as we'd love to reach as many of you as possible!

The Review

Sarah's Doo-Wop Dos Hairbands and Turbans are very well established products in our ever-stylish community and for good reason as this review will discuss.

Vintage Style Turban/Headband Style
The first product we'll review is the Vintage Style Turban/Headband Style. The headbands are made to order with a few options for knot shape:


Photo courtesy of Sarah's Etsy page


My one is in a Pumpkin Orange or Sienna colour jersey and "wrapped" knot style, which I will refer to as a diadem.

 


I am a frequent wearer of turbans, hair wraps and scarves myself whether in cultural or historical styles. So, having a "ready-made" turban has always been appealing to me; add the fact that they're available in many colours and styles and this turban gets a YASSSS from me!




Technically this hairband is very well made - despite the permanent stitches there is room in the stretchy jersey material to adapt the diadem to your preferred shape and style. The jersey material makes wearing this turban very comfortable and breathable for those rare warm days! Also, the turbans/headbands are hand washable which is perfect for me, as I have regular batches of hand-washing what with delicate vintage pieces and hand-wash only reproduction pieces.


Summer Headband Turban
The second product is a custom knot version of the Summer Headband Turban in Pale Yellow Stripe.




I strongly recommend grabbing one of these summer headbands while the material stock last, they're so bright and perfect for any holidays you have planned, whether it be Cornwall or La Riviera!


Photo Courtesy of Sarah's Etsy page


I would suggest the Summer Hairband as a good starter point for those who perhaps have worn scarves as hairbands for a "landgirl" or "rockabilly" look but aren't ready to go full turban yet as this hairband is an easy read-to-wear version. This hairband, as with the Vintage Style Turban/Headband, is very well stitched and is laid out in a way that can be adjusted to suit your want for each use. For example, as I have an oval shaped face and the knot is flat I decided to wear mine to the side.




It's worth mentioning here too that Sarah has made one-off custom turbans and hairbands using velvet or lurex materials and other patterns too. So do contact her if you'd like something specific for a special event or to match a favourite dress!

Concerns

My one concern is one of the current benefits: the stretch. I do worry that frequent stretching over my masses of hair and - what I perceive to be - large head, will stretch the fabric to the point that it doesn't sit on my head in a flattering way. I'm aware that this is a concern that won't be relevant for a while and perhaps you ladies have a solution for this?


 The Verdict

Go forth and purchase! We'd love to see you in your turbans/headbands, especially if you've had one custom made, so please do tag us in your photos on Instagram and Facebook!




I hope you enjoyed the review ladies; if you have a product you'd like us to review please contact us and feel free to pop us a comment below if you enjoyed the review and/or have any suggestions regarding the stretchy concern!


Until next time,


Love, the VG xXx
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