Sunday, September 18, 2016

Winter Beauty Favourites

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Hi Everyone, 
Well winter is over already. I can't believe how quickly it went. Winter didn't get very cold at all and I managed to get through it without buying any new knitwear or jeans. I feel like this was the most eventful part of 2016 yet. It rained a little bit (which is not the usual weather for this season) and I went out a fair few times. I also turned 23, which is something that wouldn't be included in this post if I had of written it on time...

I had a pretty good birthday and I celebrated a few other peoples birthdays too. 

 I feel like I've changed a bit this year and my attitude towards going out has changed (the kind of time you have really depends on where you are and what kind of people you are with). I've had a lot of fun nights and I've made some new friends that I otherwise might not have met. I went to Karaoke at one of the local pubs whenever it was on and it is the most fun I've ever had.

I also decided to spend a little bit more time on some of my hobbies such as guitar. I ordered a new guitar and promised myself I would make more of an effort to learn guitar if I spent more money on it. My guitar hasn't arrived yet, but all the other bits and pieces (pedals, amp, case etc) are here.

I hope you have all enjoyed your winter (or summer if you are from the Northern Hemisphere) and that there is something in this list of favourites that is helpful or entertaining to you in any way. I have decided to include some favourite links to cool videos etc as well. Please note, because this post is late, some of the favourites are very recent early spring discoveries rather than favourites.

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BEAUTY:

- I bought two new lipsticks this winter and I have been wearing them a lot. Revlon Superloustrous in 'Ravish Me Red' is an orangey red, and Loreal Color Riche in 'Carmin St Germain' is a pinky red. They are both very creamy and perfect for this sort of weather.

- I really like the Australis Eyeshadow Primer it isn't completely crease proof, but I think it does an alright job.

- I am in love with the NYX Pin-up Tease Mascara. At first I thought the name was a bit gimmicky, but it really is the nicest mascara I have ever tried. And it is water proof too. 

- I recently got a bottle of the Taylor Swift 'Incredible Things' Perfume and I have been wearing it every day.


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STYLE:

- Since I am trying to grow my hair, I have started wearing hair flowers more often. I managed to get some nice ones on sale from ASOS.

- I have really gotten into wearing short shirt-dresses (button up dresses with collars). I really like the way they look with a cardigan and ballet flats. I think they are fun and comfortable, but they are also respectable enough to wear to work.

-I didn't manage to buy any new pairs of jeans  this winter, so I spent most of the colder days (luckily it doesn't get too cold here) with stockings or footless tights on under my dress/skirt. 

-I have been getting a lot of wear out of a black round neck cardigan I bought from Target. I love the 1960s look you get from buttoning the first button on a round neck cardigan.


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MUSIC:
- 'DNA' by The Kills
- 'Impossible Tracks' by The Kills
- 'Dark Necessities' by Red Hot Chilli Peppers
- 'There Goes That Song Again' by Roy Orbison
- 'One' by U2
- 'Only One' by Sarah Blasko
- 'Nothings Gonna Hurt You Baby' by Cigarettes After Sex

MOVIES:
- Pal Joey
- An Affair To Remember

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YOUTUBE FAVOURITES:

The Kills is one of my favourite bands, so I was pretty stoked to find this video of Jamie Hince talking about his guitar collection. 

Some musicians cover 'Blue Monday' using musical instruments that would have been available in the 1930s, plus a few "alternative" musical instruments (such as wine glasses or playing a saw) I think it is the most inventive cover I have ever seen.

One of the most honestly done Pin Curl tutorials I have seen. 

I think this video was intended for people who want to dress up as Marilyn for a costume party, however I think some aspects of this make-up look could be used everyday if you wanted. I have adopted the under-eye line that she does to fake a "shadow" from the eyelashes.

It says "Lyric Video" but this is actually like a second music video. I think the concept for this clip is awesome.

This is a really lovely cover.

This is a short video of the famous Guitarist The Edge (from the Band U2) playing the intro to 'Where The Streets Have No Name' and talking about the use of a delay pedal in the song.

OTHER:

- I really love the sound of the "Slap" setting on my new TC Electronics Flashback Delay Pedal. (guitar effects pedal)

- I am in love with my new Joyo Ironman 'Space Verb' Reverb Pedal. (guitar effects pedal).

- My parents bought me some Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers movies which I am really looking forward to watching.

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I'm looking forward to the warmer spring weather and getting to wear some of my patterned skirts again. I'm also looking forward to getting my new guitar (hopefully it is suitable for what I want) and some other online purchases. My travelling friends might be coming back this way in a month or so and it should be good to catch up with them. 

What are your beauty favourites this season?

Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Pretty Picture Post: Vintage Hair Envy

Hi Everyone,

After having a short pixie cut for so long, I have decided it is time for a change. No I'm not giving in to all those people that say they liked my hair when it was long. I'm just wanting to grow it a tiny bit longer into a short Marilyn style. I think I would like to experiment with my hair a bit more and try out different ways of styling it.

While I was looking up pictures of different hair cuts on the internet, I came across some really cool and unique looks from a few different eras. I thought I would share them on here as it has been a little while since I did a picture post. I included some longer hair pics as well. I would also like to do a shout out to a new favourite Youtuber Dizzymakeupgirl who has some great tutorials on styling short hair.

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There are so many different hair cuts and hair styles for vintage style enthusiasts. Don't be fooled into thinking you can't have a vintage hair style because you don't have long hair, or because you don't know how to do some of the trickier styles like victory rolls. 

I hope you all enjoyed this post. Let me know if you'd like to see more of this kind of thing,

Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Autumn Favourites

Hi Everyone,
I can't believe it is June already! We didn't really have much of an Autumn in this town. The skies started to get prettier in the afternoons than usual and the sun took longer to come out in the morning, but other than that, it has been pretty summery through most of the season. I would say that the season has been very up and down for me personally. I had some pretty low moments, but I also had a couple of really good moments. I feel like I don't want to jinx anything, but maybe things are getting a lot better.

I had a really awesome time at our local Rock n' roll dance (Sorry there won't be an outfit post this year, but I might do a 50s playlist in honor of the event instead), I became an Aunty (which was really exciting), And, I made a new friend (which is a big deal for me). I hope the weather wherever you are has been kind to you. Here are my seasonal favourites for Autumn:

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BEAUTY:
-I like both the lip colours from the Colourpop Alchemy range by Jaime King. 'Polite Society' is an awesome pink colour that is not too bright and not too pale. I adore 'JuJu Rouge' which is quite similar to the 90s Grunge collection lippiestix in 'Dazed', but a little brighter.

-I love using the Colourpop Lip pencil in 'Aquarius' as an alternative to nude lip liner.

-I tried out some new brow products and I really like them. I've been using Colourpop Brow Colour in 'Black n' Brown' or Ardell's Brow Pomade in the same shade. 

-I tried out the Nivea Mens Sensitive After Shave Balm as a make-up primer (the one that NikkieTutorials on Youtube raves about) and it is actually pretty decent.

-I have been loving Loreal Elnett hair spray (the volume one) for fixing my hair into place. I'm trying to grow it a little bit ,so its in a weird phase that requires a few miniature bobby pins and strong hair spray.

STYLE:
-I have been loving my Cotton On Shoes. If you are in Australia and you are looking for some affordable and vintage appropriate flats, Cotton On has an awesome range.

-I recently bought a pair of Metal Sunglasses (Kind of like Aviators, but with the horn rim on the top) and I'm obsessed with them. 

-I feel like I've been taking more risks with my wardrobe, by buying things that are a little more fitted and wearing things I have never worn before. 

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MUSIC:
- 'One' by Johnny Cash (U2 Cover)
- 'Life Fades Away' by Roy Orbison 
- 'Power' by Kanye West
- 'I Wanna Be Your Man' by Sarah Blasko
- 'Empty' by Garbage

MOVIES:
-Inventing the Abbots
-Beastly
-The Wedding Singer

OTHER:
-I have been trying different wines out and I think McWilliams Fruitwood Red is a favourite. It is cheap, it is not too dry and not too sweet. 

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Please Note: I do not own any of these images. If you would like to see the original image source, please click on the "*" underneath the picture.

Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie

Thursday, May 19, 2016

5 Cool Instagram Accounts: Vintage Style

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Hi Everyone,
While I don't have an Instagram for my blog, I do have a private personal Instagram account where I follow heaps of cool vintage enthusiast ladies, make-up artists, art artists, quote sharers and people I know in real life. I recently saw a really cool article about an instagram account doing the rounds on facebook that inspired me to share some of my favourite accounts with you guys. If you are anything like me, you probably only find new accounts to follow through what your friends like, blogs/pages you follow on other social media and what instagram recommends... 

I think instagram is a great place to be inspired, waste time and share images. I have so many favourites, but I thought I would limit it to five. That way, I can write more posts in this series and share some more of my favourite accounts as time goes by. 

I am going to embed posts here, so I apologize in advance if it goes a little funky on any devices you might be using to read this...

Here they are :-) 


A photo posted by Ruby (@missrubyrabbit) on

A photo posted by Ella (@missvictoryviolet) on

A photo posted by Ida Cathrine (@idacath) on


I decided not to write my own captions, because I feel like these pictures speak for themselves.

I think it's cool to follow other vintage enthusiast accounts because I like to see how different ladies put their own spin on the retro style. It's also cool to see how different people make the style work for them in their climate/location, career/lifestyle and with different colouring/body-shapes. It's a great place to get outfit ideas and to find out about repro brands and online stores.

Feel free to share your favourite instagram account names in the comments.

Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Good Stuff

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Hi Everyone,

I have decided I needed something a little bit more positive on here to balance out the last blog post. I'm still feeling very much the same, but I am trying to focus on "the good stuff". My favourite kinds of moments, my favourite kinds of people and things that I find beautiful. These are some of the things that make me a little bit more enthusiastic about life. There are so many more things that could be added to this list, but for me at the moment these are the main ones. 

  • I love it when people start out all dressed up, but because they are having so much fun, they get a little disheveled. I think people look more beautiful at the end of the night when a couple of strands of hair have come loose from their up-do and their make-up gets a little shiny. I was thinking this the other night when I was watching Jimmy Fallon dancing to Styx. He was shaking his head and his styled hair was getting a little messed up. 
  • I like those moments that remind you just how big and expansive the universe is. As a small town girl I often forget that the world is a much bigger place than I think it is. When I am reminded of this fact, my problems don't seem so big anymore. Also, the opinions of small-town people aren't a big deal in the grand scheme of things. 
  • As a person who often feels misunderstood, moments of understanding are golden. Even if it is over trivial stuff, I love the feeling that someone else just gets it. I love this aspect of music too. Certain lyrics depict the way I feel better than I could articulate it myself.
  • The best people are the people you can ponder the universe with. I love theories and quotes and metaphors. I like having in-depth discussions and I enjoy talking to people who can show me how to see things from their perspective (without being condescending about it of course).
  • One of the best feelings is when something inspires you to do better in life. It could be a touching movie that made me want to do a good deed. It could be a new CD I got that inspired me to express myself artistically. Or, it could be a person I know that inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and try something new. 
  • Small adventures are my favourite kind of adventures. I don't really get that wanderlust thing, but I like the kinds of adventures that you can have pretty much any day of the week. I like going for a walk or a drive. I live in a beautiful place and I try to appreciate it as much as I can.
  • I like to make plans on the condition that the plan actually goes ahead. I love it when I can get excited about an event. I love having something to look forward. I try not to let my expectations get too crazy though because I have been let down plenty of times in the past. Plans make me feel hopeful and give me something good to think about.
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  • Those rare moments where you forget to think or care are so good. I usually feel this way when I'm mucking around, singing or dancing. 
  • It is a great feeling when all of your hard work pays off and you can say that you have achieved something. I love it when I finish an artwork, that I am at least 90% happy with. 
  • I love the feeling of absolute comfort. Isn't it great when you can slip into your pajamas, sit down for a good movie and enjoy a nice glass of wine? I do like going out, but sometimes there is nothing better than relaxing at home. I also love comfortable clothes that are suited to just about anything. A casual day dress for example. 
  • Call me vain, but I love the feeling you get when your hair looks how you want it to look. I recently changed hair dressers and I am really happy with that decision. 
  • I love it when someone can restore my faith in the idea that there is still good in the world. I've been pretty down on the idea of humanity and where we are all headed for a while now. I haven't exactly had the best luck with anything people related either. So when someone can surprise me by doing something positive it really uplifts my mood.  
  • If it weren't for comedy I would probably feel a lot worse. I love to laugh. I think a lot of people would be better off if they watched some comedy every once in a while. 
So there you have it.

I'm trying not to let everything get to me. I'm trying to replace all of the negatives with positive things...

What things would be on your "Good Stuff"  list?

Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie