Thursday, September 11, 2014

Casual Friday...

The weather has been so divine today, its making me want to put all my jackets away for the coming warmer months but the mornings still have a cold chill.

This jacket has been a staple for the Winter just gone i am so glad i found it smuggled away in Lucy in Disguise, they have the cutest pieces every now and then!

I am travelling up to see my mothers art exhibition tomorrow i am so proud of her, she has always been an incredible artist and i always wished i had just a smidge of the talent and that something was passed on to me, but no..alas not! (i can draw a mean stick figure though) i will be sure to post a few pictures of my trip onto Instagram so add me as a buddy if you dont already @allyvintage.

I hope you all have a swell weekend planned, with lots of coffee and solid belly laughs!

Happy Friday Xx

(Wearing: Vintage coat, op shopped dress, Rivers shoes & Coffee)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Products of Choice...

I have had a few lovely readers ask me what products i use on a daily basis both on my face and hair, i have a very select range as i try not to overload my body too much and i always try and pick brands that are either organic or shy away from chemical content. This of course is just a personal preferance but i figured i would share my picks with you!

Face Products 
I wash my face with a soap free product, but sometimes i even just use bi-carb soda and a little water, it makes an amazing face scrub and lifts the day off your face easily. I then swap between the two products below on my face after i have washed it so one day oil, next day moisturiser.

It smells divine and absorbs amazingly i also use it as a hand moisturiser too. Plus they only use essential oils and 100% natural botanical extracts which means its Paraben free!

I cant express my love for this product enough, all i can say is get it and put it on your face, you will love me for it!! I had such a fear of slathering oil on my face before bed thinking my pillowcase would absorb it all, but take the plunge i urge you! It absorbs quite quickly and has an easy applicator it clears your blemishes, fixes dry patches and balances your oily sections too. It quite literally is a fix-it oil for your face and you will never look back!

Hair Products 
 As i am lucky enough to be surrounded by hair products every day it took awhile but o eventually found a cleansing set that i really do love and feel good about putting in my hair, i stress to you all its not just about the delicious smell your shampoo provides the nutrients and repair agents are so important too especially if you are using heating tools and putting your hair through rough elements on a daily basis!

Its quite a concentrated shampoo so you only use a small amount (which means it last longer hooray!) but it really clenses the gold tones out of your hair and cleanses it thoroughly too!

I dont go too crazy on the conditioner, i just use it on the ends of my hair and sparingly through the roots, i find if my hair is too soft after washing my sets wont work as well and its difficult to style for a few days, this conditioner is great for that as it does wonders with a small amount.

Once in a blue moon i treat my hair to a masque, it helps my poor disheveled ends with some nutrients and i usually leave it in for a good half an hour. You can almost hear my hair singing in glee, this one smells incredible too!

This is the only hairspray i use, its a strong hold and dosent get all up in my throat and chest when im spraying, its a tried and tested brand that has lasted the years. I have attempted to use others but i always come back to this one! Its also great for keeping those pin curls in place.

After my pin curl sets i will always spend time brushing out the curls, in the final stages of the brush out i apply an amount of pomade to my hands and work it through the sections, it tames the fly aways and frizz that always comes with a set and always gives it a beautiful shine. There are many pomades out there but i do like this brand in particular as it holds well.

The setting agent that i love the most..da da dahhh!!! I love won't turn my hair crispy, it holds without being too obnoxious and it smells pretty too. When applying it to my set i spray from roots to ends and roll the pin curl. It also lasts quite well, i go through a bottle once every three months which is pretty good considering!
I always love reading what everyone else uses, so if you have any recommendations feel free to pop them in the comments! Xx

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Hair Roundup...

Last week i was on a roll with my hairstyles, so much so i thought i better take photos of a few of them just to store in my "good hair day" file. When i have a frazzled hair day its always helpful to look back at previous styles to get a little inspiration!

On Saturday morning i was so happy to run another Vintage Valley hair how-to class, we had a good giggle and perfected our pin curls while surrounded by the amazingness that is Many6160 in Fremantle. I always love doing these workshops i end up meeting some pretty wonderful ladies. I Also managed to pot some new succulents that hopefully i dont kill too quickly and delved into the new Peppermint Magazine over a hot coffee, not a bad weekend i say!!

Image 1 - Betty Grable Inspired Up-Do

Image 2 - Vintage Wave with a Gibson Tuck and 1950's headpiece

Image 3 - Secretary French Roll with Pin Curl Detailing

Thursday, August 28, 2014

For The Love Of Mint...

Occasionally I seem to develop a crush on a certain colour without realising and then I wake up one day with a closet full of mint green clothes, mint TV cabinet and mint home wares…whoops! I suppose there are worse things to be addicted to than a colour palette and isn’t it just the dreamiest of them all though? It makes me think of sorbet and warm spring evenings (which I might add are just around the corner)

I found this incredible pleated skirt at the Polka Dot Vintage Market a few weeks ago, they usually don’t have the best range of vintage clothing but I managed to score a few pieces and this one just fit like a glove. I really had to dig in through the racks but for $10 you can’t go wrong really! I paired it with an op shopped blouse and my favourite vintage woven bag.

I have a huge weekend planned, lots of dancing and lunch plans but I also am so excited to be running another vintage hair how-to workshop tomorrow morning, its always so nice to meet new people and spend a few hours talking hair!!!

I hope you have some amazing fun things planned! Happy Friday Xx

(Wearing: Vintage Mint Skirt, Op Shopped Blouse, Vintage Purse, Op Shopped Belt & Sportsgirl Sunglasses)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Vintage Hair Inspiration...

Yesterday i was so excited to see Vintage Valley was featured on Buzz Feed alongside 26 other incredibly inspiring vintage lasses and their hairstyle tutorials!

Click HERE to have a browse and see if you can spot me ( number 21) Xx