Monday, 22 December 2014

6 of My Current Picks of Retro Red* Lipsticks

(*Okay, and a couple of pink ones, I guess).

I really like using lipsticks which cover a range of prices - I have cheaper ones which I use for everyday, and more expensive ones which get saved for special occasions. Here are some which I use most days, or which I have been grabbing for recently. There's a huge difference in price between the cheapest and most expensive. My most used from this selection is probably the Max Factor (#3), it's such a perfect vintage-y shade for everyday.

I've been wearing a lot of more purple-y and brown-toned shades for this Autumn/Winter, but I decided to stick with reds and pinks for my list:

6 retro lipsticks for any budget via lovebirds vintage


6 retro lipsticks for any budget via lovebirds vintage


Under £5

1) Laval Moisturising Lipstick in Evening Red, £0.95 - glossy, semi-sheer bright red which layers to form a slightly more opaque texture

2) W7 Fashion The Reds Lipstick in Chestnut, £3.95  - glossy opaque dark burgundy red


Under £10

3) Max Factor Colour Collections Lipstick in Rosewood, £6.99  - demi-matte rose pink

4) Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick in Hollywood Red, £6.99 - dark rose pink, slightly glossy


Under £30

5) Lime Crime Opaque Lipstick in Retrofuturist, £12.99 - highly pigmented and very opaque true red

6) Bésame Cosmetics 1945 American Beauty Lipstick, £22.00 - demi-matte blue-based red

Friday, 19 December 2014

Vintage Leeds: Twit-Woo Vintage Boutique


Twit-Woo Vintage Boutique
Loft (through Casa Colombiana),
Grand Arcade,
Leeds,
LS1 6PG

Twit-Woo Vintage Boutique, Leeds

Twit-Woo Vintage Boutique, Leeds

Twit-Woo Vintage Boutique, Leeds

Twit-Woo Vintage Boutique, Leeds

Twit-Woo Vintage Boutique, Leeds

Twit-Woo Vintage Boutique, Leeds

Twit-Woo Vintage Boutique, Leeds

When I went to stay with my brother back in August, we visited a lot of the vintage shops in Leeds centre. I put together a Vintage Leeds list with the shops that we'd been to. The lovely people from Twit-Woo Vintage Boutique contacted me to say that I should pop in and have a look at the shop the next time I was in Leeds, so this time we went on a bit of a wander to find it.

Twit-Woo Vintage is located in the Grand Arcade; we were a little confused to begin with but you have to go through Casa Colombiana, which is the café on the ground floor, to reach the shop.

The boutique has a great range of vintage clothing for both men and women, as well as accessories and a few knick-knacks, and a small amount of dresses from Lindy Bop. Although I didn't find anything I wanted to buy this time, I can imagine using this shop a lot if I actually lived in Leeds. It's not the biggest vintage shop I've visited in the area, but it has one of the best selections of vintage clothing that actually suits my tastes (no 50s dresses reworked/upcycled into micro-mini dresses, for example*).

The prices also seem to be very reasonable, and accurate for the type of items on offer. I'm sure I'll be visiting this shop again next time I'm in Leeds.

Thanks to Twit-Woo Vintage for letting me know that you exist!



*Not that there's anything wrong with that, it just doesn't suit my personal style. 


Last but not least, here are a couple of quick outfit snaps from the day we visited. I wasn't joking about the beret thing!


outfit

outfit

Monday, 15 December 2014

Christmas Sparkle

Last week was really the start of the Christmas period for me as I stayed for the week with my brother in Leeds. We kicked off the week watching a concert given by the jazz orchestra that my brother plays in, who did several jazz standards followed by a medley of music from West Side Story. I didn't take many photos this time (though there will be another post later on with a few photos from a particular outing), but here are a few snaps of things we got up to. 

leeds christmas via lovebirds vintage

Late 1950s suit, faux fur coat and gloves from Marks and Spencer, shoes from Deichmann, beret and bag from Primark and stockings from What Katie Did.

The weather was pretty bad this week with a lot of rain and wind, so my hair was tucked up inside my beret for almost all the time.

leeds christmas via lovebirds vintage

Max sends letters sealed with sealing wax.

leeds christmas via lovebirds vintage

leeds christmas via lovebirds vintage

These reindeer are all over the place at the moment. They are similar to these elephants which were exhibited in Nottingham earlier this year

leeds christmas via lovebirds vintage

leeds christmas via lovebirds vintage

leeds christmas via lovebirds vintage

We also visited the Christmas market which was pretty, but we caught it at a quiet time which made for a more subdued atmosphere than last year.

Also on the agenda (not photographed) was shopping, museum visiting, and Christmas dinner.