Death Jam: Review

Death Jam 05Hello Lovelies,

Earlier in the week I attended the Death Jam, organised by Els of Cookie Von Stir. This event is similar to her Deathless Death Cafes, in that there is cake and talk of death but with guest speakers and a slightly (only slightly!) more formal setting. I baked some death themed cakes to add to the collection of goodies being made by various attendees (I’ll be posting the recipe later in the week) and made my way to The Crypt at St Mary’s Parish Church in Islington.Death Jam 01Death Jam 07

The two guest speakers for this first event was Alom Shaha, author of The Young Atheist’s Handbook (a great read, highly recommended), science communicator and film maker and Peter Cave, philosopher, lecturer and fellow of The Royal Society of arts among other things.Death Jam 10

After a quick introduction from Els, Alom kicked off the evening by reading a chapter from his book, a chapter that dealt with death and his rejection of god; the story of the death of his beloved mother at the age of 13. As Alom read and at some times faltered, I was teetering on the edge of tears, despite having read the book before and knowing what was coming. Once he had finished reading, nothing more needed to be said or asked.Death Jam 11

Peter Cave stepped up next and lightened the mood with his power point presentation on philosophy and death. Funny and irreverent, his presentation certainly gave me food for thought and left me wanting to go away and read all of his books.Death Jam 12

After the talks the chairs were cleared away so people could mingle, discuss death and eat copious amounts of home made treats*. There was a wide range of attendees, both young and old, curious and skeptical, religious and atheist; and it was a pleasure to stay and talk with them about their views and feelings on death and why we are here.Death Jam 14

I very much look forward to the next Death Jam which I believe is on the 28th March, though I will post closer to the time when I know for sure. I highly recommend attending, as eating cake and discussing the macabre side of things are a fine and interesting way to spend an evening. Death Jam 03 Death Jam 02The next Deathless Death Cafe (similar thing, minus the guest speakers) is at Pogo Cafe as usual and is being held on Thursday 28th February. That’s all for now, thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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*Els made a delicious treats too. Here are the recipes for her amazing chocolate fudge cake, chai coconut flapjacks/cherry bakewell flapjacks.

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Birthday Fun.

Birthday Fun 01Hello Lovelies,

It was my birthday last week and I think I have only just fully recovered. I had 4 days of fun and frolics with family, friends and my beau. My actual birthday was on a Thursday, so me and the Mr set off for some gruesome fun at the London Museum’s ‘Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men’. A wonderfully macabre and interesting look at the practice of body snatching/grave robbing and the surgeons who pioneered medical research through nefarious means. On display were a vast array of surgical and post mortem equipment, pickled body parts and skeletons among many other great things. Highly recommended.

Birthday fun 02Birthday fun 03That evening we went for dinner with my mum at Mestizo in Euston. They have a vegan menu and I stuffed my face. My boyfriend had secretly ordered me a birthday cake from Ruby Tuesday, blueberry and lemon flavour, my favourite! The waiting staff brought it out to me with loud music, clapping and cheering. They proceeded to plonk a massive and very heavy sombrero on my head and handed me a double shot of their finest mescal. The food was amazing (I had mole for the first time, it’s delicious) and the atmosphere was great, I can’t wait to go back.Birthday fun 04

Friday the boy and I went to the V&A for the Hollywood Costume exhibition. It was packed because it was closing a couple of days later. I bumped into Honey Wilde and her Beau while there. It took a while for me to register that she was trying to get my attention as I was mesmerised by the Darth Vader costume looming over me. There were two Monroe costumes and they brought me to tears. It was the best exhibition I have seen since the Barbican’s Warhol review in 1997!

Birthday fun 05That evening we went home and had a good home cooked meal and watched a film as I had to be up early the next morning for a pin-up shoot with Tigzy and Ava Bonham Carter.
I hightailed it home from the shoot to get changed and get to my favourite pub, Big Red in Holloway for drinks with friends. Much dancing then ensued at the Buffalo Bar, calling it a night at 2am ‘cos I was broken.

Sunday morning I enjoyed a lie-in, cooked breakfast and lazy afternoon. My boyfriend and I then headed down to Brixton where we met some more friends for Thai food, drinks and a My Bloody Valentine gig at the Electric (yes, it was LOUD!).

Phew! What an amazing time. I was so pooped that I could barely move from the sofa on Monday and Tuesday. Thank you to everyone who made my birthday so special! That’s all for now, thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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Halloween Hi-Jinks

Hello Lovelies,

How was your Halloween? I love Halloween! This year, once again, I celebrated it at The Buffalo Bar at Highbury & Islington. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a small underground venue, known on the indie scene for it’s great gigs, as well as holding various other fun events and club nights. It’s a home from home for me and my Mr.

I got ready in the early afternoon (I went for Bride of Frankenstein) and then made my way to the bar to do the makeup for the event manager Paul. He had a Mariachi costume and wanted Sugar Skull makeup to compliment the Day of the Dead theme of the party. The sombrero was the perfect finishing touch to his outfit, fetching, no?

I also ended up doing some creepy FX on the other members of staff who wanted in on the Halloween action. Rory was given a bloody cut on his cheek and a black eye. Tamara was made to look Ghoulish and gaunt with bleeding eyes and grey toned contouring.

Finally, The Monster was given a bullet hole in the middle of his forehead, as he had to high tail it to the party straight after work and didn’t have time for a full blown costume like last year. Still, pretty gross huh?

The doors opened and a steady flow of weird and wonderfully dressed punters arrived for the fun and music. First up on stage were The Nuns, an all female cover band of The Monks (see what they did there?), suitably clad in creepy costumes. I missed their set as I spent a good while on the door swapping ghost stories with Tamara, but I could still hear them rock out.

Next we had Scream Themes (usually Dream Themes) who played a selection of tv themes, including some creepier ones especially for Halloween. My all time favourite being The Munsters! Rhodri had a hilarious costume, simply a sign around his neck with ‘Dracula or whatever’ written on it. Paul finished off the theme song to Crimewatch by unsuccessfully whacking a pinata. He ended up having to tear it open with his bare hands!

Finally, Mr Solo (Minty Polo) and his backing band tied up the gig with a selection of his best songs (I love his song ‘Blackberries’). Alas, he wasn’t wearing his usual sparkly jumpsuit, I imagine he decided to dress down for Halloween as he dresses up the rest of the year.

Debbie (The Nuns) as The Phantom

Debbie (The Nuns) as The Phantom

Delia (The Nuns) the Spider Queen

Delia (The Nuns) the Spider Queen

Lolo (The Nuns) Sparkly Sugar Skull

Lolo (The Nuns) Sparkly Sugar Skull

Mariachi serves Tequila

Mariachi serves Tequila

Monster and The Bride

Monster and The Bride

Mr Solo & his backing band

Mr Solo & his backing band

Rhodri's AMAZING Costume

Rhodri's AMAZING Costume

Silly Skele

Silly Skele

Sugar Skull Bottle Toppers

Sugar Skull Bottle Toppers

The Bride

The Bride

The Bride of Frankenstein is ALIVE!

The Bride of Frankenstein is ALIVE!

Sugar Skull Mariachi

Sugar Skull Mariachi

Rory's Bloody Cut

Rory's Bloody Cut

Tamara looking Ghoulish on the door

Tamara looking Ghoulish on the door

Gross Out!

Gross Out!

I had a great time celebrating Halloween and the launch of my new website. Tequila, nachos, creepy music and great costumes. All in all a successful night which ended up with me and Monster going home in the same car as Paul from Franz Ferdinand, who was playing with plastic skeletons in the front passenger seat…don’t ask.

That’s all for now. Thank you kindly for reading!

MHB

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Look of the Day: #ZOMGBloggersBash Style

Hello Lovelies, just thought I would do a quick LotD post for the #ZOMGBloggersBash (I blogged about the actual event yesterday, read it here). I had asymmetric victory rolls in my hair but you can’t really tell in the photos. Oh well. I’ll just stick to the make-up.

I used silver shadow to my crease, added in a purple to the crease and blended out. I used black shadow at the outer crease and blended out to add depth. White shadow at brow bone.

Added purple/silver glitter to centre lid. A slick of black gel liner to top lash line. Silver shadow on lower lash line blended to black on outer edge. Corner false lashes for a fluttery effect.

Lots of black mascara. Finished off with a slick of true red lipstick, a matte brown shadow to contour the hollows of my cheeks, a beauty spot and strongly defined eyebrows. I chucked a load of hair accessories in for extra oompf and glamour for the evening. Glitter was my theme for the night and my sparkly spider hair clip topped it off nicely.

I painted my nails with two coats of Rimmel’s 60 seconds in 310 Red Carpet. I then dipped each nail into the same glitter I used on my eyelids and finished off with two coats of Seche Vite to ensure the nails were smooth to the touch.

I felt super glam with all that glitter. I think I will wear it more often from now on! That’s all for today lovelies, thank you kindly for reading! x

#ZOMG!BloggersBash

Hello Lovelies, just a quick post about the #zomgbloggersbash on Monday night. The event was put together by Ree Ree Rockette of Rockalily and ZoZo of London Lipgloss to promote the new Rockalily lipstick shade ‘ZOMG!’; a collaboration between Ree Ree and Zoe. I was at the event to style hair and my goodness, did I coiff a ton of tresses! I hardly took any photos because I didn’t stop from start to finish. It was hard work but a lot of fun.

The ladies of Historical Sauces, Glamourologist, Missy Vintage & Retrochick

I wish I’d had a chance to mingle and meet a few more people. I did get to chat to the ladies from Collectif, Illamasqua and L.Figment, who’s purple hair was so much fun to play with!

L.Figment's hair from the sideIt was great to see so many Wonderful Women (#wwmoob) helping out/working the event. Tigz Rice was there with a pop-up studio, Little Miss B with hats for people to try on, Pip Jolley and Ruff Mutts helped with setting up and making sure things ran smoothly. BBLoungerie was there with her glamorous wares as well as some Wonderland Wigs donated by Sam (who has just given birth to twins, so she couldn’t be there. Congratulations Sam!). The lasses from the Historical Sauces were also there with their vintage library and the Rockalily Lipstick testers for people to try on.

Cake decorating by Temptations Creations, card making from Strange Fruit and burlesque from Rubyy Jones (NSFW) and Banbury Cross (NSFW) was also part of making the event so much fun. To top it all off there was a competition and winners were announced at the end. There were so many great prizes that I wish I could have won, but being part of the event I was not allowed to compete.

The night was being documented by the lovely Kristy Noble who was taking lots of photos and Genna McWhinnie who was filming all the goings on. Looking forward to seeing what they captured!

It was a great night and I am so proud of Ree Ree! So much hard work and dedication had gone into making the event a success, it was a pleasure to be involved. With around 150 bloggers in attendance there was no chance I would have got to talk to everyone but those I did meet were lovely and I can’t wait to see all the #ZOMG!BloggersBash posts. Here’s to the next event, hurrah!

 

The Enfieldian Vintage Fair: Make Do Christmas!

On Saturday 10th December I will be at The Enfieldian Vintage Fair’s ‘Make Do Christmas’ event with my pop-up parlour. I will be offering hair and make-up sessions as well as miniature one-on-one tutorials. Teaching you how to apply false lashes, getting the perfect cat eye flick, which shade of red lipstick suits you and more! I shall also have with me lots of different hair accessories to buy, (including snoods, bandanas, combs and hair flowers) to finish off your retro do for the festive season. Email or call me to make a booking. For more info/prices check out Enfiedian Vintage Fair event page.

I won’t be the only one there though. The event offers a whole range of vintage treasures from clothes, jewellery, hats, shoes, furniture, kitchen wares, china ware, books, records and tons more. There will be a gourmet food hall this time round, selling all sorts of delicious home made treats. There will also be crafting workshops for you to try your hand at. There’s also a space to put your feet up and have a cup of tea and a slice of cake if you need a rest from all the shopping! So come and get your unique Christmas gifts and have a jolly good old time too. Hope to see you there lovelies!

Stow Vintage Lifestyle Fair: Full List of Services and Prices

Hello Lovelies. Not long now until The Stow’s Vintage Lifestyle Fair: Christmas Gift Emporium(This Sunday 20th November, 12pm-5pm). So if you want to find something different or special as a gift for your family and friends (or even yourself) come and peruse the array of vintage treasures available to buy.

I’ll be the offering mini tutorials as mentioned in my previous post but you will also have a chance to sit back and be pampered if you want. You can have your hair coiffed or your face given a vintage touch. I’ll also be selling hair accessories to pretty up those do’s including hair flowers, bandanas, snoods and hair combs.

Hair & Make-Up: Sit back, relax & be pampered.

*Quick Hair £15 (15-20 minutes)

*Quick Make-Up £15 (15-20 minutes)

*Mini Make-Up £5 (5 minutes)

*Quick Hair & Make-Up £25 (30 minutes)

Mini Tutorials: Learn how to re-create vintage looks at home.

*How to apply fake lashes (strip lashes or individual). Lashes included. £10
*How to create perfect brows £7
*How to get the perfect red pout (covering which shades suit you & how best to apply) £7
*Drawing the perfect flicked cat eye liner £7
*How to tie a retro bandana (covers 2 ways of tying ‘do-rags’ & head scarves). Bandana included £8

To book an appointment with me:

*Contact me via Facebook
*Call 079 868 0911
*Email misshoneybare@heydayhoney.com

The Stow’s Vintage Lifestyle Fair: Mini Tutorials

I’m going to be at The Stow’s Vintage Lifestyle Fair this Sunday (20th November) with my pop-up hair and make-up parlour. I will be offering a new service this time; mini tutorials (as well as quick hair and make-up sessions). Below is a list of the tutorials available and prices.

Mini Tutorials: Learn how to re-create vintage looks at home.

*How to apply fake lashes (strip lashes or individual). Lashes included. £10
*How to create perfect brows £7
*How to get the perfect red pout (covering which shades suit you & how best to apply) £7
*Drawing the perfect flicked cat eye liner £7
*How to tie a retro bandana (covers 2 ways of tying ‘do-rags’ & head scarves). Bandana included £8

To book an appointment with me:

*Contact me via Facebook
*Call 079 868 0911
*Email misshoneybare@heydayhoney.com

Events: The Stow’s Vintage Lifestyle Fair

On Sunday 20th of November I will be at The Stow’s Vintage Lifestyle Fair with my pop-up parlour. I will be offering hair and make-up sessions as well as a new feature; Miniature one-on-one tutorials. Teaching you how to apply false lashes, getting the perfect cat eye flick, which shade of red lipstick suits you and more! I shall also have with me lots of different hair accessories to buy, (including snoods, bandanas, combs and hair flowers) to finish off your retro do. Email or call me to make a booking. For more info/prices check out The Stow’s Vintage Lifestyle Fair page.

But of course, I won’t be the only one there! The event offers a whole range of vintage treasures from clothes, jewellery, hats, shoes, furniture, kitchen wares, china ware, books, records and tons more! There’s also a space to put your feet up and have a cup of tea and a slice of cake if you find yourself overcome with excitement. So come and get your unique Christmas gifts and have a jolly good old time too. Hope to see you there lovelies!