Thursday, 26 May 2011

Kitchen Beautician - Home made beauty remedies!

As a young girl I remember my grandmother sharing some of her best home made facials with me, and they have never failed! So now I'm going to share some of these secrets with you! Trust me they might surprise you.

Coffee Facial Scrub:
No it's true! This coffee facial scrub wakes my skin up instantly as well as making it really soft and smooth. The recipe is SO easy and simple it takes seconds to make. This is best for normal to dry skin.
1. Take one tea spoon of instant coffee, one tea spoon of brown sugar and half a tea spoon or so of olive oil.
2. Scoop some of the scrub onto your finger tips and rub into your skin in circular motions.
3. Rinse off and voila! Beautiful awakened skin!

Olive Oil Hair Mask:
This is a mirical worker for very dry hair and I often use this remedy to keep my hair full of life and shine. I usually keep the oil in over night placing a towel over my pillow as the oil penetrates your hair and scalp leaving it moisturised and healthy. You don't really need to leave it in that long you can leave it in for an hour or so and still see results.
1. Take a small bowl of olive oil and heat it so it is warm to the touch (not hot! It does have to go on your scalp!)
2. Massage the warm oil into your scalp spreading it evenly through the hair, leave in for about an hour or so.
3. Wash the olive oil out of your hair (this may take a while but it is worth it.)

Lip Scrub:
I've noticed benefit selling a lip scrub which I have tested and to be honest I had the exact same results as when I used my home made lip scrub.
1. Take one tea spoon of brown sugar and one teaspoon of honey or vaseline.
2.Mix the brown sugar with the honey or vaseline.
3. Spread the mixture onto your lips and scrub until the dead skin has gone, rub the excess off.
4. Put on some lip balm and you have kissable lips.

I hope you enjoyed my beauty tips and get to try them out. Also remember to eat healthily and drink plenty of water and fruit juices.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Laced With Velvet Vintage

The make over and re vamp for my brand has arrived! The name has been changed from 'Bugs Boutique' to 'Laced With Velvet.' I've gone through ALL my stock (which took forever by the way) so I know I have the BEST vintage and designer stuff. I really had no idea how much vintage I actually had! Laced With Velvet is sold mostly at stalls but if you see something you have to have on our facebook group  you can message me and we can work something out. 
I have had experience selling vintage since around August 2010 and I love it! I've been wearing vintage jewellery since I was 15 and I remember the moment when I saved up and bought my first vintage dress at the age of 16. It was a magical moment and I useto get this magical buzz from vintage stores, so it's great that I can re create this experience for others. Vintage is timeless and will always have a place in my wardrobe and home. The pieces are classical and beautifully made which I feel is often lost with todays modern clothing.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Sound of the Sixties

So the sixties weekend is over and I'm so sad! I had so much fun with Tessa and met alot of people interested in vintage and the vintage way of life. I was so nervous  (especially when I saw people I knew) but then I pulled together my inner Kate Moss and worked the stage like a pro. The place was buzzing and I was impressed to see people had made an effort to dress up for the occasion. There were live bands playing 60's music and a milkshake bar! The models got changed in these amazing old train carriages with really comfy sofa style seats. After my first show there was  a massive adrenaline rush as we were all rushing around backstage trying to get our next outfit on. I had 5 outfit changes and each outfit was amazing. The first was an early 1960's Susan Small prom dress, the next a khaki green shift dress, a silver space age dress with silver gloves, a white embroided dress and an amazing maxi dress with orange and brown flowers. Everyone in the show was really nice and we all supported eachother.
With two hours inbetween each show I got to know some of the people. We would sit in the carriage and try and figure out the personalities of the women who owned these gorgeous gowns.
We particularly liked the space age silver mini dress and gloves and had alot of fun trying to figure out who owned it. When it was time for the last show I was really sad! I didn't want it to end! I did buy some amazing dresses from Tess though, a dog toothed black and white mini and that floral maxi dress I wore. I really could have bought everything! I had such an amazing experience and I really hope to be part of it all next year.

Friday, 20 May 2011

My Vintage Life

I was minding my own business walking down the high street when I entered my local WH smith. Then a magazine caught my eye, Vintage life. I could not believe my luck as just the other day I was complaining to a fellow vintage loving friend the lack of magazines catering to those who love vintage. The cover shows a naturally beautiful girl made up to look like she had just stepped out of the 1950's. It was like love at first sight! For just £3.70 the magazine was mine which I felt was reasonable since it's the only one of it's kind I have seen. The small size is also ideal as I could easily fit it into my little vintage bag.

Once I got home there was no stopping me! I got to reading the magazine straight away. The magazine stands for everything I as a vintage loving girl stand for. I really feel proud to be part of the revival of vintage and the vintage way of life. The thing I enjoyed most about the magazine is the classiness of it all. Not once was there an article about any kind of celebrity gossip. It offers a ton of hints and tips on vintage fashion and style. What also sealed the deal for me (and this might seem a tad strange to you) was the article about AGA! I am obsessed with AGAs and it will be the first thing I buy when I have my own home. I also really enjoyed the article about  a girl owning an online vintage store as I could really relate to it. I myself sell vintage clothing in stalls and am completely re vamping the whole image of my business.

Not only is the magazines content amazing, it looks amazing! It fit right in with my afternoon cup of tea resting on the antique dining table. I really do recomend running to your local WH smith right now and buying one  as, just like all things vintage, the content and values within the magazine are timeless.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

The fabulous life of...

...ME! So as you may or may not know I'm taking part in a local vintage 60's fashion show as a model! I'm both very excited and nervous! The show has been organised by the lovely and very fabulous Tessa Fallon the owner of Vintage Vanity ( and I was lucky enough to have a fitting last night! The gowns are beautiful I can't even begin to describe the whirlwind of colours and textures I experienced. Tessa's room was like a vintage treasure trove and I felt very honoured to be part of it all. I also got to meet other girls who will also be taking part both experienced and new. Everyone was so welcoming and passionate about vintage it was so nice to meet like minded people. Here is one of the stunning gowns I will be modelling on the night:

Susan Small Prom Dress: £70

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Oh Boy!

Nothing is cuter then a girl in a boyfriend blazer. I personally LOVE this trend! I got my first navy blue boyfriend blazer in a sale from newlook and I fell in love. So much so  I had two more hand made for myself out of two types of tweed. They are a great way to add instant style to an outfit when the weather isn't sure what it is doing.

Getting the tweed blazers hand made did cost me a small fortune but it is totally worth doing if you are able to. I love the fact I can throw on one of my handmade blazers and instantly my outfit is unique.
Another great fact about the boyfriend blazer is you can dress it up or dress it down. For a casual day time look I like to throw a blazer over a red silk top tucked into high waisted jeans with pumps and layers of necklaces. For a more dressy look I like to pair a blazer with a really cute super feminine dress and  a fabulous string of pearls.

Monday, 16 May 2011


I've spent a long long time trying to make the PERFECT wardrobe only to discover, there IS no perfect wardrobe! Your wardrobe should say something about yourself and your sense of style. It should make you feel powerful, sexy and classy all at the same time. For me it's all about the mix! I personally LOVE vintage and mix vintage into my everyday wardrobe most days!
Putting an outfit together can be difficult but don't panic! I'm here to help by showing you my go to pieces from my personal wardrobe as well as wardrobe essentials we should ALL have!

My Must have dress:

Asos: £40
As I said before I love vintage and vintage inspired clothing. This beautiful 1950's inspired dress from ASOS is a definate on my must have list. I can pair it with a white pair of pumps or brogues in the day or some cute heels for a more polished look at a dinner party. A cute sensible dress is essential for the summer and it should say something about YOUR style.