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Winged Eyeliner and Statement Brows: 1950s Makeup Tips

Winged Eyeliner and Statement Brows: 1950s Makeup Tips

Woah, my article about 1920s makeup has been trending wildly for the past week – I’ve never seen traffic like it! I wonder whether 1950s makeup will be as popular…? It’s certainly a more wearable look for everyday, and it’s an easy one to learn how to do as well. Flicked eyeliner and a dash(…)

Vintage Fur: Know Your Mink from Your Muskrat

Vintage Fur: Know Your Mink from Your Muskrat

Wearing vintage fur is becoming increasingly popular at the moment. Recycling an old fur coat is not only environmentally friendly, it’s a great way of preserving these beautiful pieces of fashion history.

Vamps & Flappers: The Lowdown on 1920s Makeup

Vamps & Flappers: The Lowdown on 1920s Makeup

If you’re looking for an authentic 1920s makeup-look DON’T look at The Great Gatsby – it’s great for a general sense of style and decadence of the roaring Twenties but for some reason they made-up Carey Mulligan with great sweeps of 50s eyeliner which isn’t right at all! For 1920s make-up inspiration take a look(…)

Guest Post: A Brief History of Amber Jewellery

Guest Post: A Brief History of Amber Jewellery

I’d like to welcome a guest blogger on We Heart Vintage today, Kelly from Henryka, a smallshop in Herefordshire that sells silver and amber jewellery. Hi guys, I’m Kelly, it’s great to be here blogging on We Heart Vintage. As we’re talking all things Vintage here, I thought I’d take this opportunity to give you(…)

Vintage Perfumes: The Fragrances that Defined Each Decade

Vintage Perfumes: The Fragrances that Defined Each Decade

Nothing can transport you back in time like a fragrance. They say that your sense of smell is the most powerful and evocative sense, and it’s true: Chanel No. 5 will forever remind me of my mum, Armani pour Homme is my husband, and Brut – well that reminds me of staying out late as(…)

Screen Idols: Gary Cooper (Super-duper)

Screen Idols: Gary Cooper (Super-duper)

How can I talk about Gary Cooper without humming Irving Berlin’s Putting on the Ritz? Dressed up like a million dollar trooper Tryin’ hard to look like Gary Cooper (Super duper) That must have been the first time I heard Gary Cooper’s name, from the lips of Fred Astaire watching a Saturday afternoon movie on(…)

1940s Fashions: The Snood

1940s Fashions: The Snood

The snood (rhymes with food) is a type of hairnet or scarf which was particuarly popular with factory girls during World War II. It kept their long hair out of the way of machinery and was worn by lots of celebrities including wartime sweetheart Vera Lynn. You can even see the ever-glamorous Rita Hayworth wearing(…)

Top 25 Greatest Female Screen Legends

Top 25 Greatest Female Screen Legends

Some time ago the AFI (that’s the American Film Institute) released a list of the top 50 greatest screen legends from the Classic Hollywood era: 25 male and 25 female stars. I’m not sure exactly what their criteria were for reaching the top spot, but they classified a screen legend as an actor or actress:(…)

Vintage Lingerie: 50 Enticing Intimates

Vintage Lingerie: 50 Enticing Intimates

I have a real visual treat for you this week, a collection of the very finest in vintage lingerie. One of the things I adore about vintage underwear is that it incorporates such a wide range of styles. We’ve got everything here from Edwardian bloomers, to 1930s tap pants, 1950s bullet bras, not to mention(…)

How To Get a 1950s Silhouette

How To Get a 1950s Silhouette

Mid-century fashions are so popular at the moment, but the main reason more people don’t embrace 1950s fashions is because they dont naturally have a typical 50s hourglass figure.  It might surprise you to know that this isn’t a case of biology (although it’s true that women are getting taller and larger as the decades(…)

Classic Hollywood: The Art of the Eyebrow

Classic Hollywood: The Art of the Eyebrow

There really was an art to eyebrow shaping back in Hollywood’s Golden Era. When each young actress had their big Hollywood studio makeover their brows were plucked and teased (and sometimes even removed and pencilled in) in the process of turning them from a regular girl to a screen goddess. Each leading lady was able(…)

Ghost Stations and Gas Lighting: A Brief History of London Underground

Ghost Stations and Gas Lighting: A Brief History of London Underground

Oops, I’m slightly late to the party (the best people always are)!  London Underground turned 150 last year. Admittedly this passed me by at the time, my excuse being that I haven’t lived in London for 10 years now. Having said that I’ve kept a real fascination for the history of the Tube. When I(…)

50 Dazzling Vintage Wedding Dresses

50 Dazzling Vintage Wedding Dresses

Is your Facebook feed full of people announcing engagements at the moment? Christmas and New Year certainly seem to be popular times to pop the question, and if you’re one of the lucky people who now have a wedding to look forward to you’re going to need a dress. Vintage wedding dresses have surged in(…)

Tiny Waists and Steel Corsets: The Tough Body Expectations of the 1900s

Tiny Waists and Steel Corsets: The Tough Body Expectations of the 1900s

I love the blithe glamour of these vintage corset adverts. They remind me of the uber-glamorous Modess adverts of the 1950s (never before or since have feminine hygiene products been so aspirational). All of these adverts claim comfort (I guess that’s a relative term), and one even has a blissful cherub sleeping snuggled inside it(…)

My Blogging Secrets From 2013

My Blogging Secrets From 2013

And my plans for 2014… Missing 2013 yet? Nope, me neither! I’m excited about what 2014 will bring and what we’ll all accomplish in the next 12 months! I had my blogging annual report yesterday and I thought I’d share some of the highlights with you and my plans for the year ahead. These are(…)

In 2014 I will be…

In 2014 I will be…

Well, that’s the plan anyway! I may as well start off with the best intentions, right? I’ve just tucked into the most delicious New Year’s day brunch and I plan to spend the rest of my day slobbing out on the sofa watching movies (and new Sherlock! Yay!) with the family. Here’s wishing you all(…)

The Vintage Sale List

The Vintage Sale List

The sales are well and truly in full swing at the moment, and that goes for your favourite vintage stores too. I’ve collected some of the best vintage sales around for you so don’t forget to take a look before all the stock goes! If you are running a vintage sale at the moment and(…)

10 things you didn’t know about Ava Gardner

10 things you didn’t know about Ava Gardner

Gardner was born the youngest of 7 siblings in a farming community in North Carolina She was scouted for a Hollywood screen test aged 18 after her brother-in-law put a photo portrait he took of her in his shop window. Despite her almost incomprehensible Southern accent (incomprehensible to the studio execs anyway!) MGM loved her(…)