Monday, 26 January 2015

1960s make-up tutorial - video

A few years back I was lucky enough to have my make-up done for a LOOK magazine shoot by the absolutely gorgeous and lovely Krystle Gohel.

I wish I had Krystle on hand this weekend as I'm doing my own wee shoot for the new-look Fashion Detective (I had a sneak preview of the refreshed site today, by the way, and it's looking slick).

Unsurprisingly, I'm going to be styling myself in full-on sixties mode for the photo session and I'll be needing some dramatic-ass 60s make-up to seal the deal.

Now I may not have Krystle to help in person, but thankfully she's just done this awesome "basic sixties makeup tutorial" that I'm going to use for inspiration.

Here it is if you fancy giving it a go youself....

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Sixties Sunday - winter layers

Here's a new little feature that I'm planning to keep up regularly once the new-look blog launches (behind the scenes work is furiously going on, honest).

Every Sunday I'll try to post my latest sixties look. The aim of the game is to inspire you and show you that you can rock a sixties look at any age, for all occasions and across the seasons.

The first look I've popped together is an interesting one because it doesn't contain a single piece from the actual 1960s.

You could say, however, that the complete look is "vintage" because it's all past season - but everything I'm wearing was new when I bought it.

The dress is from Miss Selfridge (circa 1999), the polo neck is an Orla Kiely print number from Uniqlo, a couple of seasons ago, and the cardigan is about nine years old, originally from Primark (from the days before I popped that particular store on my banned list).

I love a clash of 60s style prints - and the little Buddha necklace (by Sam Ubhi) is a nice touch

The thigh high boots were a bargain buy from just before Christmas (£24.99 from H&M) - and an absolute fix-all when it comes to wearing 60s mini dresses.

I love this layered sixties-inspired look for the winter; come spring I'll be losing the extras and wearing the dress with mustard tights and Mary Jane shoes.

All this goes to prove, I guess, that if you invest in a few vintage-inspired pieces from the high street, you could still be wearing them in a decade. High street fashion isn't fast if you choose wisely and stick to styles and prints that are influenced by your fave decade.

So there you have it. My first Sixties Sunday. I'm looking forward to the next one already!

Thursday, 15 January 2015

60s fashion video - must watch

I showed this to my styling students today and it's just so brilliant I wanted to share it with you too...

Thursday, 8 January 2015

60s style Stacey dress by Louche

Check out this inescapably 60s-esque mini dress by Louche @ Joy - it's reduced from £65 to £40 in the sale: and if you like your midcentruy fashion with a touch of the contemporary, the diamond cut out at the back keeps it modern.

Black tights, over the knee boots, sharp bob and a smile. Sorted.

Image from JOY

Monday, 5 January 2015

Topshop does the 60s

Not all my 60s outfits are compiled by raiding eBay: I'm just as fond of a high street purchase that is inspired by the era.

I was in Topshop last week, rummaging through the sale rails for jacquard trousers to wear on New Year's Eve (practical and stylish, don't you know) and I was impressed by the number of 60s-esque pieces in the latest collections.

Number one fave is the daisy print shirt dress (above, £55), brand new and sooooo beautiful. I'd be wearing it with mink knit tights and my over-the-knee flat boots from H&M.

As it's not the only slice of late-60s/early-70s inspired loveliness at Toppers right now, here's my edit of the best of the rest...