Saturday, 22 October 2016

Confessions of a Serial Petticoat Wearer: RollerWorld

It's been a busy week for a Serial Petticoat Wearer...we celebrated the other half of Lesley's Girls, Susannah's special birthday.  We can't say how old she is (she will probably strangle me with a vintage scarf if I do) but it was a special number!!

We celebrated by reliving our youth and headed to Rollerworld.  For those not local- Rollerworld is sort of a slippery hell where you voluntarily enter on your own two flat feet, and then PAY to have wheels attached to them and risk serious injury and/or death by hurling yourself round a super slippery floor repeatedly- swerving children of 8 who are more stable than you and the odd pensioner- who is again more stable than you with said wheels attached to their feet.
We lost one of our party immediately- floor met arse and she bowed out - an early defeat for the Birthday Celebrations.  Rollerworld 1-Birthday Celebrants 0.

If you want you can get a request from the DJ (yes that's right this wheeled health and safety hazard turns in to a disco past 7pm) you have to climb the stairs to the DJ your roller-skates. Worse, if you want an alcoholic beverage (even this was a mad idea to me a massive wine lover) you have to climb TWO flights of stairs to get to the bar....again in your roller-skates. And then come back down again, presumably more inebriated than you went up there and your are still wandering around with wheels attached to your feet.  I'm not sure whether it's a big ruse and they have video cameras set up there and send them off to "You've Been framed" every week thus supplementing their income #RollerworldConspiracyTheory.

Each of us succumbed to the a false sense of security declaring we had got it and we could skate perfectly.... at which point we each fell over. Me- off the toilet (yes you even wear roller-skates to the toilet), my partner fell over trying to go backwards (okay I may have helped him fall over a little bit..... okay so maybe I pushed him), and then there were various arse, elbows, faces meeting the floor thereafter. Rollerworld 7 - Birthday Celebrants 0

However, Susannah then showed us all up with her sweet skating skills and did not fall over once, she even managed to go backwards for a period.  So balance redressed in spades by the Birthday Girl Rollerworld 7 - Birthday Celebrants Susannah 100.  Health and Safety hazards aside it was a brilliant night and we had loads of fun and Susannah and I are already plotting another trip down memory lane there!

And for the record as a serial petticoat wearer I obviously upped the ante for the occasion and wore not one not even two but three petticoats while negotiating the roller rink.  Just because you are risking life and limb doesn't mean you can't be all swirly at the same time!

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Tор 4 Best Vіntаgе Hairstyles

Vіntаgе hаіrѕtуlеѕ аrе nоt only unіԛuе, but thеу are also easy tо mаіntаіn. If you аrе a vintage enthusiast, hеrе are unіԛuе hairstyles thаt уоu саn have:

It wаѕ vеrу рорulаr іn the 1700s аnd it's ԛuісklу making іtѕ mаrk аgаіn. Tо hаvе thіѕ style уоu nееd tо sweep your hаіr uрwаrdѕ frоm уоur face аnd рlасе it hіgh аbоvе your forehead. Yоu саn also upsweep it аrоund the ѕіdеѕ and back. Cеlеbrіtіеѕ whо lоvе thіѕ ѕtуlе are: Pink, Jenny McCarthy, and Mіlеу Cуruѕ.   Bette Davis did an updated version of this great style as well.

It ѕtаrtеd bеіng uѕеd in thе еаrlу 1920ѕ аnd іt gаvе thе impression thаt thе lаdу wearing іt was independent, ѕtrоng, and соnfіdеnt. To have thіѕ ѕtуlе уоu оnlу need to сut ѕhоrt уоur lоng hаіr. Thеrе аrе mаnу vаrіаtіоnѕ of thіѕ ѕtуlе. Fоr еxаmрlе, thеrе is thе sassy bоb (thаt wаѕ іntrоduсеd by Victoria Beckham) and many оthеrѕ.

Finger wаvіng 
It originated frоm thе bоb. Hеrе the ѕhоrt hаіr was made ѕоftеr аnd wаvу. It wаѕ very соmmоn іn thе 1920ѕ аnd wаѕ mоѕtlу worn by lаdіеѕ thаt couldn't рull off thе ѕhоuldеr length аnd rіgіd lіnеѕ оf thе bob.

Tо hаvе аn еxсеllеnt look you nееd tо mоld уоur wеt hаіr between your fіngеrѕ аnd соmb thе hаіr in alternating directions in order to mаkе a wave shape. Once уоu аrе thrоugh уоu ѕhоuld dry the hair wіthоut dіѕturbіng the wаvеѕ.

If уоu are рlаnnіng оf having thіѕ ѕtуlе, you ѕhоuld have a gооd ԛuаlіtу hаіrѕрrау thаt wіll hеlр уоu in giving уоur hair a реrfесt look.

Vісtоrу rоllѕ 
Thіѕ ѕtуlе got its name frоm thе Second Wоrld Wаr fіghtеr рlаnеѕ thаt tended tо create аn еxhаuѕt rоll оn thе ѕkу. The ѕtуlе іѕ сhаrасtеrіzеd bу іtѕ nаturе tо kеер hаіr оut of уоur fасе.
It was very соmmоn іn thе 1940s whеn mаnу women ѕtаrtеd wоrkіng thuѕ had tо keep hаіr out оf thеіr fасеѕ. If you fееl thаt the style іѕ too hаrd for уоu, уоu can soften іt by аdding a flower bеhіnd уоur ear.

Tell us which ones you have experimented with and send us in your pictures and we will share our favorites on our Facebook page.  These styles look great with original or reproduction vintage styled dresses.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

In praise of things

Things are so important.  Sometimes you feel you have no right to be so attached to them, that it is shallow or superficial, and that it says something about your personality you would rather not portray.  However, I'm going to buck the trend and say "things" are important. A relatively minor event sparked this chain of thinking.

As a mum of two one of the most dreaded fears I have is of loosing one of their "special toys".  You know what I mean - the dirty, ragged, lanky, manky teddy bear that has spent the last few years surgically glued to their head- especially at night time. So when my youngest lost Knight - a stuffing-less, smelly, fairly ugly but beloved black toy cat, the house was in turmoil. Turned upside down to search for him, internet scoured for possible replacements (which won't be the same because it will a- have stuffing b- not have scuffed up eyes and c- will smell clean).
Anyway, we found the little s@*t down the side of his bed (first place I had looked but it is so scrawny now it had hidden itself well), and the look of excitement and love on my son's face got me thinking about things (as well as making me love the bloody toy cat myself).

A thing- be that a favourite toy, a book or your favourite dress is not superficial.  Sure it could be replaced, it doesn't have feelings and it can't replace the love and connection you have with real people, but these things we surround ourselves with are endowed with stories and emotions from our daily life.  Just as my son associates Knight with warmth and comfort at bedtime, a favourite coat may be associated with the time you unexpectedly reunited with an old school friend, and every time you wear it you are reminded of that connection and of your youth, or that new car in the drive way is not just a super car which make you look flash but when you see it perhaps you see all the hard work and achievements you went through to get it.  Or that new phone your bought for yourself with your first ever paycheck which signifies your independence.

It is one of the reasons I adore vintage so much, a true vintage piece has layers of history, stories and emotions to it.  The previous owners and then your own.  There is something magical about the dress that was loving hand made in the 1940s with ingenious tweaks to get round rationing to make it beautiful, then it will have been worn through one of the most testing times of the owners life and become associated with all those emotions, in the intervening time who knows who owed it or wore it and then maybe one day you find it in a shop wear it for your own (far lass dramatic hopefully) testing or emotional occasion and a new emotion becomes attached to it.

These "things" in our lives do not have to be just symbols of wealth or status or superficiality as so many people believe, they are can be looked at as symbols of experience and living, of emotions the owner has with that item that by simply looking at them you would have no idea.  Of course it is unwise to put too much emphasis on them or to put thing desires before people, actual experiences or emotions, but we should never feel guilty for enjoying the things we have in our lives and admitting that actually yes that thing does make me feel happy!


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