Sunday, 20 December 2015

Casual Pin Up

Aloha my Cherrypies, if you follow me on Instagram (coco_vonvintage ;) ) you will have realised that I have a slight obsession with sweaters at the moment, you'll also have noticed that I'm wearing the heck out of my eyelash jumpers that I got for Select. I absolutely adore these sweaters, they are super comfy and really warm which is perfect in these chilly winter months.

I'm really feeling the casual Pin Up look recently so these sweaters are perfect for rocking that look, I love to pair my sweater with my Lady K Loves hug me baby jeans which are high waisted so its gives a great retro feel if you tuck the sweater into the jeans. These jeans are a massive favourite of mine and I'm sure you will have come across them online by now as they look super flattering and give you curves for days.

I completed my casual Pin Up look by adding a super cute novelty brooch and of course on this occasion it had to be a flamingo one as I'm sure you will have realised from previous blogs I'm gaga for flamingos! I also love rocking a headscarf, especially for those days when you can't be bothered with the fuss of doing a full Pin Up hair style. I love picking up cute kitsch head scarves at vintage fairs then all you need to do is do a cute barrel roll at the front and the rest you just put into the scarf, and voila you're ready to go!

So for all my lovely readers I thought I'd have some fun and take some picture of me in my favourite casual Pin Up outfit of the moment. P.S I'm not the greatest photographer in the world haha! I'm sure you'll spot the kitchen towel!

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Dolly and Dotty

Aloha my cherry pies, so recently I was lucky enough to be sent a beautiful dress by an amazing company that has recently come to my attention called Dolly and Dotty. I've been looking for a perfect 50s style dress and when I saw the Darlene dress it was love at first sight. It has a perfect 50s silhouette and the colours are to die and coral what a dream combination! I'm also loving the fact it has flattering sleeves which I find a lot of vintage style dresses I've gotten in the past lack. I also loved the unusual off the shoulder neckline and the dress is made of super comfy cotton so it's the perfect day dress, it would look amazing dressed up with a petticoat for a night event so that the circle skirt can have its full effect.

As soon as I opened the package I knew I wanted to wear it straight away and this Sunday was the Haigh Hall vintage fair hosted by Vibrant Vintage so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to whip out this gorgeous dress and take it for a spin.

If you've not had the pleasure of going to Haigh Hall vintage fair then I highly recommend it, the fair is hosted every couple of months and has the most amazing traders selling everything from home wares to clothing. If you're looking for anything vintage such as sparkling jewellery or the perfect vintage dress then you have come to the right place, I can never venture in without buying a few purchases for myself!
The fair also always has a table with the yummiest cake imaginable which is a massive bonus! The fair is held at the beautiful Haigh Hall which is a beautiful historic house in Wigan, the grounds of the hall are lovely and it's the perfect place for a stroll after a good shopping spree. I absolutely adore this fair and try and attend every time it's on, and it was so great wandering round in my Dolly and Dotty dress as I got so many compliments!

If you've not checked out Dolly and Dotty before now I certainly recommend you do as the Darlene dress is just one of many fabulous dresses for any occasion. 
Also below I grabbed a quick snap with the fabulous Victoria Claire of Vibrant Vintage, if your looking for an amazing vintage fair to attend then I whole hearted recommend hers.

Coco Von Vintage x

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Perfect Party Dresses!

 Aloha my cherry pies, so I've not felt too cracking these week so couldn't take any photos for you but as the party season is upon us I've been browsing the net looking for that perfect dress which I thought I'd share with all my lovely readers. 
The first dress that I love is the Cherry Dollface dress by Steady clothing, I've been after this dress for a while now and thought now would be the perfect time to get it. I love the red colour as I think it would go great with my newly blonde hair. I love how classy it looks too and the fishtail skirt is to die for!

The second dress that I'm loving is by Lindy Bop, I recently purchased some vintage long pink opera gloves and I've been searching for the perfect dress to accompany them, the baby blue Aleena dress would go fantastically with them! I also adore the lace detail of the dress, it's a beautiful winter wonderland dress.
For my third dress it had to be this gorgeous dress by Daisy Dapper. I've loved this dress ever since I saw Vanessa Frankenstein modelling it and have wanted it ever since. The yellow colour and Tulle skirt are absolutely stunning, I've definitely got Frenchie at the Prom vibes from this dress, I'd be a beautiful blonde pineapple haha! 

My last party dress is the amazing Darlene dress by Dolly and Dotty, I chose this dress because I adore the colours, mint and coral are just a dream! I love the 50s style cut of the dress and I'm the loving the fact it has sleeves which is a big bonus for me! This dress is definitely one my wish list for the party season.

And there you have it, four gorgeous party dresses to make you feel like the belle of the ball.

Coco Von Vintage x

Sunday, 1 November 2015

The Vintage Home Show

Aloha my cherry pies, so last Sunday I had the pleasure of working at the Vintage Home Show put on by the wonderful Keeley Harris. The show features traders selling top quality mid century home wares from the 1930s to the 1970s. So I thought I'd share with all my lovely readers some photos and a little review of the event.

The show was full of wonderful traders selling the most amazing vintage household items so I was absolutely in my element, I am actually purchasing my own house soon so it was great to have a wander round and see what was on sale so that I could get some ideas because of course my home is going to be decked out in vintage finery!

The show sold all sorts, from furniture and ceramics to textiles and art, everything was to die for and I had to pick up a few pieces for myself. I've recently discovered a fondness for mid century cat statues so I wanted to pick a Kitsch piece of my own and I found an amazing statue (which is in the photograph below) so naturally I had to have it haha, I’m also mad for poodles so the little guy photographed had to come home with me as well.

The show is hosted at Victoria Baths in Manchester (there are also shows held in Leeds through out the year) which is the most amazing venue. The building was built in 1906 and still looks pretty much the same as it did back then so its like stepping back in time when you enter. If you get the chance to visit its definitely worth a look around as the original 1st class, 2nd class males and female pools are all still in tact and the whole inside is decorated with amazing green tiles and stained glass windows. The whole event was amazing and traders tables covered both floors so you could go up to the top floor and look down where it was packed with the rest of the stalls beneath. The next show is being held on the 13th March in Manchester and on the 6th March in Leeds so if you get the chance I very much recommend going.

Coco Von Vintage x

Monday, 12 October 2015

Lust haves #3

Aloha my cherry pies, being my usual Coco self I have have been trawling the internet looking looking for things that I want to fall in love with and this month was no different so I thought I hadn't shared with you lovely readers in while and thought it was about time.

I came across this wonderful company called Little Arrow shop and fell instantly in love with this adorable little telephone pin. It's so suer cute and retro and I adore the mint colour , I also love how this can be used as a little cardigan clip which is an amazing bonus. They also sell other amazing pins as well D├ęcor and Stationary so I definitely recommend taking a a look at the website.

My second lust have is the amazing Pin up Powder by Le Keux Cosmetics. I have huge fascination with vintage cosmetics so I absolutely adore the packaging for this power, I've always wanted a pink puff as well so now is my perfect chance as one comes with the power which is a massive thumbs ups from me. From looking at the pictures this power looks like a dream and I'm super excited to try it out.

My last lust have has to be this amazing Pake Muu dress by Di Brooks, when I first clapped eyes on this dress I knew it was love. I mean what is not to adore about this dress, its fabulous! The print of the fabric is to die for and the whole dress design is made from true vintage styling. I would be in heaven with this dress and it definitely needs to be something I need to add to my collection as its absolutely stunning.

Well there you have it Guys and Dolls, I hope you have enjoyed reading.

Coco Von Vintage x

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Hell Bunny Karen Dress

Aloha my cherry pies, I finally got a tripod whoop! So I thought it was about time that I did some outfit reviews and show you how I style my look. It was mine and my boyfriends anniversary this weekend so it was a good chance to get dolled up and a perfect time to show you lovely people what I wore.

So for our date I chose to wear the beautiful Karen dress by Hell Bunny clothing. I absolutely adore Hell Bunny from way back in my "mosher" days when I used to wear their unicorn dresses to now when I wear their gorgeous swing dresses. The fabric of Hell Bunny clothing is really well made so you can wear them again and again unlike some dresses. They make some amazing day wear with gorgeous prints that are so versatile! If you haven't got yourself a Hell Bunny dress then I suggest you do so. The Karen dress drew my eye firstly because of the colour as mint is truly my favourite colour so I thought this dress was stunning. The length of it is prefect for me as I prefer my dresses to fall just below the knee. I loved the buttoned down front and the kind of shirtwaister style of it too, I felt like a cute little 50s housewife in this dress, and bonus its covered in polka dots and who doesn't love them right?

To style it up I added a cute white belt as I love a nipped in waist, I thought this would go perfectly since it matched the colour of the polka dots. I then added in my hair this beautiful hair flower from Lady Lucks Boutique, I have to say that this is the most gorgeous hair flower I have, the colour is beautiful and I love the size of it. For jewellery I wore these great yellow beads that I got in a box from Style By Portobello which is a monthly subscription box and you get surprise vintage items each month!

And there you have it Guys and Dolls, hope you enjoyed reading.

Coco Von Vintage x

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Cocos Vintage Wetset

Aloha my cherry pies, so I get quite a few compliments on my hair and people often ask how I style it so I thought I'd put together a little photo tutorial on all the steps I go through. Please do bare in mind though this is how I style my hair and not how everyone does it and that I'm not a professional.

The first thing you're going to need is the essentials. You will need foam rollers, a hair net, a big headscarf, a paddle brush, a teasing comb and stetting lotion. I used Lottabody setting lotion although I store it in a squirty bottle as shown in the picture.

I have added picture here so that everyone can see the length of my hair when it is just freshly washed and dried. I have a Middy which is an authentic vintage cut and does help create the desired shape when you have styled it.

For a Wetset the first thing you need to do is wet your hair. For my first set of the week I will always wash mine and then for other sets I generally use another squirty bottle full on water and spritz my hair before adding the rollers. (You will probably find that freshly washed hair is the hardest to mould as it quite slippery). You will need to have wet hair as the curl will not hold very well if not and will drop during the day, the curl needs to dry into the desired shape. But do remember you want your hair to be only slightly damp as if it is any wetter it will simply not dry and when you wake up you wont have curls you'll just have a mess (trust me I've done this plenty of times haha), There's a fine line and once you've got the hang of it you'll learn how dry your hair needs to be for it to work. I personally don't recommend blow drying your hair to the desired dampness as I just feel that it leaves the hair too dry and plus I'm not a big fan of damaging my hair with heat.

So once your hair is mostly dry its time to put in your setting lotion. I generally put it in my hands first then run them through my hair till I feel it has got enough in, you don't want to put too much in or it can feel kinda crispy. The next step is the putting the rollers in. I use foam rollers as I find them much easier to sleep in and they give a good curl. As you can see from the picture I did run out of rollers for the back so had to use pillow rollers which I don't really like as I don't feel they curl as well but needs must. I must say here that I am not the neatest at putting in rollers haha. Also always remember its important to tuck in the ends of the hair as if not they will not curl right and it wont look neat when you take out the rollers. (I have also done this a few times too haha)

Once your rollers are in what I recommend to do is put on a hair net, it doesn't look attractive but it does keep the rollers from coming loose when you're sleeping. I then add a big head scarf for good measure. Now its time to sleep!

So in the morning you need to gently take out the rollers, don't pull them out as this can cause unneeded frizz. Once they are out they should be quite tight curls.

What you need to do now is to separate the curls by running your hands through them. Some people panic now as this makes the hair become gigantic but don't worry it'll be fine when you start to brush.

Then you need to take your paddle brush, and using the palm of your hand put the hair in your palm and brush down. If you don't use your palm the hair wont smooth down and will just stay frizzy. Now its up to you on how curled you want it, some people brush for about 15 mins to get the desired curl but its up to yourself.

Next its time to sort out fringe/bangs. I take them out of the rollers then give them a good brush with the paddle brush. Then I part it into three sections, and each section I back comb and hair spray. The end result should look like my picture and be able to stand in the air on its own, this can worry some people but the more the back comb the better as its makes it more mouldable. What I do now is place my hand on forehead and use the teasing comb to smooth the fringe section over the back of my hand, you just need to smooth the top layer and it should create a nice swooping fringe effect, you can then play about with the ends of the fringe, I try to get them to swoop back to create an S shape fringe, but it depends on what your hair wants to do on the day, sometimes mine wants to curl on the ends so I let it.

Next you just need to hair spray all your hair and sometimes, like when I styled this, I pin back the side opposite to my fringe as it was a bit too curled for my liking. You could then add a little touch such as a hair flower and you're good to go.

And there you have it Guys and Dolls, I hope you enjoyed reading and found it useful.

Coco Von Vintage x

Friday, 11 September 2015

Interview with Miss Osiria Rose

Aloha my cherry pies, so the other day I decided I wanted to add an interview segment to my blogs, I thought not only will I get to talk to some truly inspiring people but I get to share it with all you lovely people, win win in my opinion! So I was lucky enough to snag an interview with the beautiful Pin Up Miss Osiria Rose who hails from sunny Australia, I've been following this gorgeous lady on Instagram for some time now and I thought it was about time I caught up with her.

1. How did you originally become interested in the Pin Up and Vintage scene?

I actually discovered retro styling around the time Christina Aguilera went through her retro phase. From memory this was also around the time Dita Von Teese came into the limelight. Both of these women inspired a love of retro in me that I nurtured in secret for years by following real retro girls online. It took me 7 years to take the plunge and get into retro myself.

2.What do you love the most about being a Pin Up?

Everyday is different. While the style is blanketed now days as ‘Pin Up’, I can look completely different 7 days a week by styling my outfit and my hair different. I love the versatility, the colours, the class. We live in a time when the art of looking polished and finished has been lost and I really like that my outfits look finished every day. Its my way of expressing myself and taking price in my appearance.

3. Your Pin Up name is Miss Osiria Rose which is a gorgeous name, what made you decide on that name?

My Pinup Name actually comes from an actual rose. Initially when I started modelling I had bright red hair, red lips and red nails. But I am quite pale. An Osiria Rose is a white rose with red tips!

4.What is your most treasured Vintage or Vintage style item?

Probably the evening wear dress I bought for the Miss Picture Perfect Pagent! Its one of the few true vintage pieces I own and its amazing! Its one of the items I cannot WAIT to fit into again!

5. You have some absolutely stunning outfits, which do you think is your favourite and why?

Oh wow, I have way too many! I tend to wear a lot of skirts and tops, purely because I find I can get a better fit than a dress. I wear a lot of jenny skirts, I own around 11 of them so I guess you could call them a favorite!

6.What do you think has been your biggest achievement so far?

Entering my first pinup pageant and placing. Most definitely! I have some pretty big anxiety issues and I was honestly petrified of getting up on a stage and being a part of a pagent. But I wanted to really wanted to enter and I pushed myself really hard. I worked my butt off to look my best, I invested in some amazing true vintage outfits and I managed to place 1st Runner up! The feedback I got was also SUPER positive that the only reason I didn’t win was because I didn’t speak long enough, which was amazing! I was SO proud of myself!

7. Who would you say inspires you the most?

I can’t say I really have anyone in particular who inspires me. I follow SO many amazing women online that I draw my inspiration from daily and I truly am thankful for the internet and its ability to be able to connect me with others like that!

8.From your Instagram I can see you have been pretty busy with Daisy Jean Floral, do you have any plans for 2016 to expand your business?

I’m constantly working to expand Daisy Jean! I’m currently working on more fascinator pieces, bringing bags on board as well as some other exciting additions. Daisy Jean is forever growing and I love working on it!

9. You hail for the beautiful sunny Australia, what is the Vintage and Pin-up scene like over there?

I do indeed! I’m based in Sydney where we have a relatively big scene! From what I can tell most of the major cities have their own scene. For the most part everyone is supportive of one another and we get along.

If you'd like to stay tuned into what Miss Osiria Rose is up to you can find her on Instagram under @curvecreation

Coco Von Vintage x