One Pair of Trousers, Two Different Ways.

Hello Lovelies,

A quick style post, showing you how I took one pair of striped trousers from day to night for my Mr’s birthday last week.

Look One: Daytime. We headed out to the Hayward Gallery to see the Light Show. I really recommend it, it was beautiful and immersive. Hurry though as it ends on the 28th of April, also, tickets tend to sell out each day so book online beforehand. I wore the trousers with a black slash neck, 3/4 sleeve sweater, black patent boots and a skull print scarf to keep the chill air off my neck. I kept my makeup pretty classic 50s and wore a red bandana in my hair. I topped off the look with some chunky skull rings and my sugar skull pendant.Stripe Trouser 01Look Two: Evening. After nomming some yummy Mexican food we headed back home for a short while. We went out for drinks in the evening so I switched up my outfit a bit. I took the sweater off to reveal the off shoulder tee I had been wearing underneath all day. Changed the boots for red suedette heels, added a red clutch bag, cocktail ring and pretty stud earrings, reapplied my red lipstick and I was all set.Stripe Trousers 02That’s enough about clothes for now. For you bakers out there, I’ll be posting my Beau’s birthday cupcake recipe soon, pear, almond and chocolate flavour, mmm! Thank you kindly for reading!

MHB

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Paris Trip: What I wore.

Paris Trip. Tiki BarHello Lovelies,

I arrived home from Paris a couple of days ago, me and my Beau had an amazing time. We mostly looked at dead stuff which was interesting, creepy and fun. It was pretty cold over there but it was dry and sunny at least. We did a lot of walking, I am still pooped out! Here’s what I wore from my capsule wardrobe…

Day 1: I totally forgot to take a photo but I wore my black Capri pants, indigo vest top, black sweater and boots traveling out there. Comfy and practical and yet still smart. We checked into our hotel and then went wandering up to the Bastille (well, where it used to be) and along the river before heading to a vegan Asian fusion restaurant for take-away to eat in our hotel room.

Day 2: Striped stretch pencil skirt, long sleeve black scoop neck top and indigo sweater. I wore my leopard print beret to keep my head warm. I wore my boots again because we were doing a lot of walking and I decorated them with my purple rose hair clips. We went to the Pantheon, ate vegan cake and went for drinks at the Pop In bar in the evening.

Paris Outfit 01Day 3: I wore my striped skirt again but this time I wore it with my off the shoulder tee and a red belt. I wore a red bandana too to tie the colours together. I wore my boots and added skeleton hands to my bandana. We went to Pere Lachaise cemetery to see the graves of Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison to name just a few. Paris Outfit 02Day 3- Evening: I changed into my leopard print wiggle dress and added red lipstick for the evening. I originally planned to wear my heels to my beau’s gig at the International but kept my boots on so I could have a proper dance.Paris Outfit 03Day 4: On the Sunday, we were heading off to the catacombs. It was freezing so I put on my Capri pants, leg warmers, boots, vest top, sweater and my convertible wrap with my fuzzy hat to boot. Not the most stylish of outfits but I was damned if I was going to freeze!Paris Outfit 04So, as you can see, I didn’t wear everything I packed. I didn’t wear my heels, all of my accessories, evening top or blouse but had we gone out for dinner somewhere fancy, I would have had something to throw on. It also meant I had plenty of choice without over packing. I managed to get my Mr’s clothes and toiletries into the same small case as my stuff! I’ll be posting more about my Paris trip over the next week, including a look at some of the vegan eateries and the creepy places we visited. That’s all for now though, thank you for reading.

MHB

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Paris Trip: Capsule Wardrobe

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Hello Lovelies,

I’m very excited because me and my Beau are heading to Paris for a four day break this week. Now, the holiday alone is great but I also really enjoy the pre-holiday ritual that is packing. I especially love putting together a small capsule of items from my closet, deciding what colours, patterns and accessories to use etc. Trying on outfit combinations and accessorising them in different ways and so on. Choosing the right number and combination of clothes and accessories to maximise outfit options can be tricky if you’re not quite sure how to do it. Here I’ll show you what I packed for my Paris break and some of the outfit combinations that can be achieved with those items.*

I recommend doing this a few days in advance, rather than the day before your trip. This way, if anything you wish to take needs washing, ironing, dry cleaning or mending, you can get it done in time. For me, my convertible wrap had a popper stud loose, my red belt buckle needed fixing and my favourite dress needed washing and ironing.

I decide what my inspiration is going to be. For this trip it is Disney (because of Disney Land Paris obvs’) and classic Parisian Chic. To me that means primary colours, bows, Minnie Mouse (Disney) and smart pieces like Capri pants, black and white stripes, beret’s, smart gloves (Parisian Chic). If you want to get really into it, you can make a mood board using Polyvore or Pinterest.

I then chose my colour palette. I chose black and white stripes, plain black and leopard print as neutrals (yep, leopard print is a neutral in my mind). I chose indigo blue/purple as my main colour and bright red as my accent colour to prevent the whole capsule being a bit too ‘flat’.

I’m going for four days and three nights so I need at least three whole day outfits, at least one evening option for Valentine’s evening and an outfit for traveling out, so that means I need at least five outfits. Even though I won’t be packing my traveling outfit, I still count it as it has to co-ordinate with the rest of the clothes. I like to make my holiday capsules as succinct as possible while also allowing a little wiggle room for sudden weather changes and my mood. If you pack exactly four outfits, that do not mix and match, then you’re stuck with them, even if you don’t feel like wearing them when you get there!

Here’s what I took…Paris Capsule Resized. The Pieces 01* 3 Casual tops (1 vest, 1 tee and 1 long sleeved).

* 2 Sweaters (1 bright long sleeved and 1 3/4 sleeved)

* 2 Bottoms (1 pair of Capri pants and 1 stretch pencil skirt)

* 1 Evening top.

* 1 Dress.

Paris Capsule Resized. The Pieces 02* 1 Blouse.

*  1 Warm tailored coat.

* 1 Convertible wrap.

* 1 Fluffy hat (as a little snow is forecast).

* 2  Pairs of shoes (comfy boots and a pair of heels).

I then picked out my accessories. These are what will add a little flair to the outfits and help to mix things up a bit.Paris Capsule. Accessories* 2 Scarfs (1 silky, 1 bandana).

* 1 Beret.

* 1 Pair of smart gloves.

* 2 belts (1 red and 1 black one that came with my coat).

* A load of hair accessories (Including bows, skele hands, flowers and Minnie Mouse ear clips).

* A load of jewellery (Some dressy and some more casual).

It’s worth taking lots of accessories as they take up very little space and they can really change up an outfit. Now, here’s the best bit, the outfit combos! I know I’m only going for four days but this little lot would see me through a whole month! I took photos of 25 outfits, I’m only posting 12 here as I think it may just be overkill to include them all. But I could have made more than 25 outfits if I had kept on going. I’m just showing this by way of example of how little you really do need to take. Here are some of the Capri pant combos…Paris Capsule Resized. Capri Outfit 05

Paris Capsule Resized. Capri Outfit 07 Paris Capsule Resized. Capri Outfit 02 Paris Capsule Resized. Capri Outfit 01Capri pants can be dressed up or down, they’re a classic item and a an alternative to jeans. Here are the skirt combos…
Paris Capsule Resized. Skirt Outfit 04 Paris Capsule Resized. Skirt Outfit 03 Paris Capsule Resized. Skirt Outfit 02 Paris Capsule Resized. Skirt Outfit 05This pencil skirt is stretchy, so comfy for sightseeing. I really don’t like the idea of hopping all over town in a rigid, lined, tailored version. Again, it can be dressed up or down and worn with the striped tee, it looks like a dress. Here are the dress combinations…Paris Capsule Re-sized. Dress Outfit 02 Paris Capsule Resized. Dress Outfit 06 Paris Capsule Resized. Dress Outfit 03 Paris Capsule Resized. Dress Outfit 08The dressiest item in the capsule. It can still be dressed down with boots, the convertible wrap worn as a draped cardigan and tough accessories. Worn with a sweater, it looks like a skirt.

So, as you can see, there are lots of ways to wear this small collection of clothes. I used items in different ways than intended too; hair clips on shoes, necklaces and belts. I turned the blouse upside down to make it into a draped front shrug jacket instead (over the leopard print dress), and used the same silky scarf tied different ways and used as a head band. Think outside the box! Of course, there are a couple more things required to take and that is an across the body bag (means you can be hands free and it’s harder to steal when you’re wearing it), a compact umbrella and a pair of sunglasses.

I wear my heaviest stuff on the journey out, so I’ll be wearing my boots, Capri pants, fluffy hat, chunky silver jewellery and my convertible wrap. Here’s my traveling outfit and everything packed. I haven’t included underwear, sleepwear, hosiery, toiletries etc as this is a wardrobe post, but even with all that extra stuff packed in my little wheelie case, it’s only 2/3 full. That leaves room for shopping!Paris Capsule Resized. PackingWell, that pretty much covers it. I know it’s a mammoth post but I wanted to share this with you. This is my last post before heading off to Paris, I won’t be posting while I’m away but I’ll be back with what I wore/got up to over there next week.

* I will be launching a new blog series when I return from Paris which will cover capsule wardrobes in depth. So if you’re confused by terms such as ‘accent colour’ ‘accessories capsule’ etc, all will be explained in the coming weeks. Consider this a taster. :)

That’s all for the next few days. Au revoir et merci pour la lecture!

MHB

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Christmas Gift Guide

Hello Lovelies,

Some of you may be super organised and have all of your Xmas shopping done already but some of you may leave it to the last minute or need a little help with picking the perfect gift. Here’s my recommended gifts guide. I’ve kept to UK based companies as I feel it’s important to support small, local and independent businesses. I see that more and more people are doing this each year and there’s also been a few other blogger’s bigging up Blighty (like Betty Bee of Betty Bee Towers).

Jewellery:

Little Miss Delicious– The adorable and colourful jewellery by Little Miss Delicious always brings a smile to my face. Each piece is lovingly  hand crafted and painted by the very talented Maxine.

LMD I Want Candy Cane Necklace £22. Image by Miss Rain Photography.

Pip Jolley– Gorgeous vintage inspired jewellery from this Crouch End lovely. Her pieces are truly unique and fun. I have been coveting her silver roller necklace for quite some time now.

Large Silver Roller Necklace by Pip Jolley.

For your barnet:

B Millinery– I love Ellen’s hats. She recently made a lime green netted skull hat that I want to badly. A fusion of vintage glamour and darker pieces for  more macabre maidens in your life.

Aqua Trimmed Leopard Print Pillbox Hat by B Millinery, £65.

Wonderland Wigs- Have someone in you life who loves to dress up and release their alter ego? Wigs are such a great way to achieve an entirely different look super fast. Sam of Wonderland Wigs has a range of styles to suit everyone’s taste and great customer service.

Clothing:

Conquer- Established by Sebastian Stobbs and recently opening up a flagship store, Conquer has gone from strength to strength over the years. Each top has artwork designed by Japanese designer Tomoya Hiramatsu. Always a little disturbing, always with a sense of humour. Every garment is made from fair trade cotton too. What’s not to love?

Friends Melange Grey T-Shirt by Conquer.

Betty Blues Loungerie– A bastion of glamour among a sea of frumpy and unflattering lounge wear. Each beautiful vintage inspire piece is made right here in the UK, now that’s a rare thing indeed!

Tempest Baby Doll by Betty Blues Loungerie.

What Katie Did– Something to buy the lady you love for sure! Little hint. If you’re buying a lingerie set that includes garter straps, make sure you buy some stockings too to ‘complete’ the gift. Again, made in the UK, the fully fashioned stockings are manufactured on original machinery How cool is that?!

Helene Atsuko in WKD Antoinette Extreme Corset. Photo: Tigz Rice Studios.

The Grand Gesture:

Tigz Rice Studios– Give the gift of glamour caught forever in photography with one of Tigz’s boudoir packages. Tigz is an established photographer on the burlesque scene and has shot the likes of Dita Von Teese and Vicky Butterfly no less! A truly indulgent gift and something you and your partner can both enjoy.

Kitty Crimson at Tigz Rice Studios.

Bags:

Nap-Sac– A range of sturdy yet stylish bags. A small, independent company run by Mark Knapp, who was fed up of riding his scooter to work all day with a less that stylish bag to carry his things in and decided to make his own.He believes men should be able to have nice bags too and that there should be more style choices the ‘Briefcase’ and ‘Satchel’ for the style conscious male. Not only that, they’re cruelty free too!

Oak with Coffee Trim Holdall by Nap-Sac.

 

Stocking Stuffers:

Rockalily Lipstick– Lipstick that stays put and doesn’t dry your lips out. Comes in several retro -inspired colours, I use these lipsticks in my mua kit, I love them! Poifect for slipping into a stocking or as a small gift for a girly friend.

Core collection of rockalily lipsticks.

Vx Vegan Boutique– An independent vegan haven based near King’s Cross. You’ll find all sorts of cruelty free goodies here, from freshly made cakes and snacks to shoes, accessories, clothes and most importantly (in my mind) vegan cheese and chocolates! YUM!

Lil3Birdy– Beautiful stationary and home wares designed by Clare Sheilds. Her notebooks are great for those who are always scribbling, sketching and writing and the perfect size for a Christmas Stocking.

Small Cute Bird Notebook, Orange and Green by Lil3Birdy.

Well, I hope that gave you some gift ideas and that you choose to support indie companies this year. That’s all for today. Thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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Brushing Out Pin-Curls.

Hello Lovelies,

So, this is my first ever YouTube video upload, I am very excited! I filmed it on my still picture camera as I don’t have a camcorder (yet). I had my hair cut at Rockalily cuts a couple of weeks ago and I love it but I hadn’t had a go at pin-curling it until now. I washed my hair and brushed through a bit of mousse for hold and then pin-curled it while it was still wet. I let it dry overnight (with a hair net over it, for that glamorous Ena Sharples look).

 

The next day, I removed all of my bobby pins and brushed the hell out of it until it stopped frizzing and resembled something akin to a 50s Monroe bob. I didn’t brush it out too much and kept a lot of curl in it. I find it makes the set last a little longer. I finished off with a bit of water soluble pomade (I used some Sweet Georgia Brown pomade I purchased at VLV15 earlier in the year) and a strong hold hairspray (Tresemme Freeze Hold).

I added a hair flower for the final touch. If you find that your hair doesn’t hold curl very well, you can re-pin your hair at night to make the set last longer. I tend to wash and set my hair one to two times a week when I have it cut short like this. I do have naturally curly hair which may be why it holds so well. The main things to remember when pin-curling your hair…

  • If your hair is really straight, wet set it as the curl will be more robust.
  • Use product to help it set e.g. mousse, setting lotion or spray gel.
  • Make sure your hair is completely dry before brushing out.
  • For speed, sit under a hood dryer if you have one (I don’t, so I let it dry overnight).
  • Brush, brush, brush! Keep going, it will frizz at first but then it will start to smooth out.
  • Brush your hair over your hand to smooth and shape individual curls. Or, use a round bristle brush. Whatever works best for you and your hair.
  • If your hair is frizzy or flyaway, use a tiny amount of pomade for control and shine. Too much pomade will weigh your hair down and can make it look greasy. I use a water soluble one to prevent too much product build up and it’s easier to wash out.
  • Always finish off with a strong hairspray but avoid spraying until your hair feels like a helmet. You still want your hairdo to have movement. Swish swish!
  • Re-pin at night for a longer lasting set.

I hope you like my first ever video. I know it’s not technically amazing but I’m super proud of it (I am such a techno-phobe!). I’ve kept it short and sweet and sped up the bit where I remove my pins as it would get pretty boring otherwise. Please feel free to message me with any questions you may have, either via the contact page or twitter. I have disabled comments for now, as I keep getting a ton of spam mail to my email inbox and am trying to fix the problem. I will hopefully be able to have comments activated again soon.

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

MHB

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Rockalily Cuts

Seriously crap hair situation. Halp!

Hello Lovelies,

Last week I went to Rockalily Cuts to have my hair cut. I wanted to go back to a more Marilyn Monroe-esque cut, something I haven’t had for a couple of years now as I’ve been doing the 60s thing a lot. Head Stylist Lucie Luella took into account my fussy requirements and cut in a modified midi for me. I felt a million times better when I left the salon, swishing my hair about like I was in a shampoo advert. I always feel a little weird when I change my hair but I love my new cut. It even looks cute when I wash it and let it dry naturally, with no styling. That NEVER happens! Still haven’t done a wet pin-curl set on it yet but I’m sure it is going to look great when I do.

Oh my…
…that’s SO much better.

I also took the chance to take photos of the salon. It feels like it’s been open longer than 7 months for some reason, maybe because it’s really taken off. No doubt to the friendly, informal atmosphere, specialist service and rock n roll music floating out from the stereo. I see a lot of gentlemen getting their hair done whenever I’m in there as well as some great, super glam hair makeovers on ladies.

Ree Ree at Her Desk

Ellington in his bed

Retro cuts, vintage sets and fabulous vivid hair colours are an every day occurrence at this salon. Ree Ree Rockette has in guest services on some weekends, such as Talonted nail artist, Lex. I’ve also had the opportunity to work in the salon a few times, along with Lucie, doing make-up on brides and pin-up model Sabina Kelley, with Lucie styling their hair.

Bridal makeup for Rockalily Cuts. Photo http://kiprice.com/

Shop dog Ellington flits between snuggling in his bed and searching for snacks and cuddles. The hair stations are lovely vintage dressing tables and there’s lots of fabulous and kitsch bits of paraphernalia everywhere. There’s a fab selection of books to read, it’s like a salon library, Ree will let you take a book away with you as long as you bring it back, I don’t know any other salon that does that.

Vintage Dressing Table Hair Stations

Knick Knacks

The hood dryer is covered in stickers that have been sent to Ree over the months, the bathroom door has been signed by many visitors (can you spot mine?) and I love the leopard print capes that customers get to wear. I also have to stop myself from devouring all of the lollipops that are left out on vintage china plates for people to help themselves to.

Men's hair poster by Layrite. My fave in the shop.

The singed door

Should you find yourself hankering after a retro cut and colour, I definitely recommend Rockalily Cuts. Check out the website for more info.

Leopard Print Capes

Stickered Hood Dryer

That’s all for today. Thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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Competion Time!

Hello Lovelies,

To celebrate my re-brand/re-launch today, I am setting a competition for a chance for you to win some prizes. These are as follows…

TigzRiceStudios_2012_Make_Up_Workshop1First Runner Up: Will receive a 1-2-1 retro hair and makeup lesson (the era of your choice) worth £150 PLUS a beauty package of Katy Perry False Eyelashes, a bottle of the recently launched Barry M Gelly nail varnish in Blood-Orange Red, Rockalily Lipstick, Miss Honey Bare Orchid hairclip and a paisley bandanna. This little kit will help you create that retro pin-up look!

Second Runner Up: Will receive a personal pamper session worth £65 PLUS a beauty package of Katy Perry False Eyelashes, a bottle of the recently launched Barry M Gelly nail varnish in Blood-Orange Red, Rockalily Lipstick, Miss Honey Bare Orchid hairclip and a paisley bandanna. You’ll be looking like a bombshell in no time.

Third Runner Up: Will receive a beauty package of Katy Perry False Eyelashes, a bottle of the recently launched Barry M Gelly nail varnish in Blood-Orange Red, Rockalily Lipstick, Miss Honey Bare Orchid hairclip and a paisley bandanna to help you re-create that vintage look.

Comp Prizes Halloween 2012All you have to do is search through my gallery to find the photo with a hidden Halloween pumpkin on it. Then, email me at meow@misshoneybare.com to tell me which photo it is (please do not post the answer in the comments section as you’ll be giving it away to everyone else!). All entrants with the correct answer will be put into a hat and pulled out at random.*

*Terms and Conditions Apply: Only one entry per person, booking dates for 1st and 2nd prizes will be at Miss Honey Bare’s discretion, entrants must be willing to travel to London at their own cost for 1st and 2nd prizes. 3rd prize will be sent to winner. Competition closes on Friday 16th November. Winner to be announced on Saturday 17th November. Good luck! :)

LotD: Turquoise Double Winged Eyeliner

Hello Lovelies, this is just a very quick look of the day post for a look I wore last weekend. I like to double line my top eyelids a lot. It adds a modern twist to a retro look. It’s not dissimilar to The Secretary look I posted a couple of months ago.

I used a little eyeshadow primer over my entire upper eyelids and applied a matte nude shade all over. Next I drew in a winged flick fairly thickly on my upper lash line.

Next, I used a black gel eyeliner to draw a second winged liner really close to my upper lash line to create a double lined eye. I also lined my upper and lower waterline.

I used a little black eyeshadow under the outer lower lash line and blended this into a turquoise eyeshadow at the inner corner of the eye.

I finished off with black mascara. I then applied my foundation, a sweep of pink blush and a bright pinky-red semi-matte lipstick. I’m going totry this look with an acid colour liner next I think.

That’s all for today, thank you kindly for reading!

Tutorial: How to create perfect winged eyeliner

Hello Lovelies and welcome to my first ever tutotial on Heyday Honey! Today’s post is all about getting the perfect winged eyeliner. I get asked this almost more than any other question, so I’m going to show you a quick and easy method of getting it just right (with a little patience and practice on your part).

Which type of eyeliner and appilcator you use doesn’t really matter. It’s all down to personal preferance. I suggest trying a few different products to find what works best for you. My favourite is Mac’s fluidline gel eyeliner and a Screenface lip brush! I like the brush because it is small, stiff and tapers to a point. This means I can get a very fine point on the outer edge of the flick but I can also turn it and use the thicker side for filling in and shaping the liner. I also like to break the process down into stages and work a little on each eye at a time to make it easier to achive an even look. Doing one whole eye and trying to recreate what you just did on the other side is more tricky.

Step 1: Line the upper lash line. Start from the centre and move outwards to ensure any excess product is used up first. Then draw from the inner eye to the centre to connect the line.

Step 2: Now you need to work out where to draw in the template line for your flick. Use a thin makeup brush handle or pencil and place it from the outer edge of the nostril, in line with the outer corner of the eye and towards your brow (your brow should also end at the end of this line according to modern beauty standards). Sketch in the template in line with your lower eye line….

…Like so. If your eyes are very hooded or deep set you may want to bring the line out a liitle more horizontally, otherwise your eyelid will distort the shape of the flick when you open your eyes.

Step 3: Now draw in a line from the outer corner to the tip of the flick. You will be left with an empty triangular shape.

Step 4: Fill in the triagle and voila! You are done! Now, you can leave it there or you can now work on the shape a little more, making the liner thicker or winging it out further etc. Have fun with it! There are other ways to do cat eye liner but this is just an easy method to teach and for people to practice until they get more confident with it.

Let me know how you get on if you give this method a go. I would love to see picture. In the meantime, thank you kindly for reading. x

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!