Times They Are A Changing: My Drastic New Hair Style

Hello Lovelies,

So, what have I been up to lately? Well, I was poorly for a couple of weeks though I’m much better now but that’s boring information so I’ll just cut to the chase. I got my hair cut. ‘Wow! Big deal!’ I hear you say. Well, when I say cut, I mean CUT, like, a lot. I’ll let the photos do the talking…

New Hair 01 New Hair 02 New Hair 03 New Hair 04 New Hair 05So, yeah, it’s a big change for me. I felt that I really needed a drastic change and a fresh image, as I had been growing my hair out for nearly a year in order to film vintage hair tutorials (which I never did) and so I could have lots of hair to play with when I go to Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender next spring but got so bored with it and it just felt so ‘meh’ to me. So I headed over to see Emma at Rockalily Cuts and explained what I wanted. I want to thank her for her extreme patience with me and her dedication to getting it just right, Emma, you are amazing! It’s basically a pixie crop with some length kept on the top because I still wanted to be able to do pomps and quiffs at the front of my hair. I LOVE it. I don’t think I have ever been this happy with a hair cut in my life! I kept waiting for the shock to hit me but it never came, I just feel super happy about it, there was something very liberating about seeing all that hair fall to the floor. When I first had my hair cut from the middle of my back into a bob seven years ago, I came home and cried for an hour because I couldn’t believe what I had done and didn’t know if it suited me (and even though it grows back, it’s not like you can glue it back on). I like how vibrant the colour came out too, I love me some orange hair dye. I’m really looking forward to learning a new way of styling my hair and dealing with the challenges it brings. I imagine I’ll be getting more adventurous with my hair once again now that it’s short. Have you had a drastic hair cut/colour change lately or been thinking about having one?  Does shorter hair look more grown up? Does having shorter hair make you want to play around with it more? When I had my hair in a bob, I was always playing around with the shape of the cut and my hair went through every colour of the rainbow. Comment below and let me know your thoughts. That’s all for now, as always, thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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Style Build: Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- Tough Girl

Hello Lovelies,

Well, Autumn feels like it’s really here now. The thermometer has finally dropped below 20’c and it’s been raining on and off for the last few days. With the season change in mind, I’m going to answer a question I get asked a fair amount. How do you take the Rockabilly style through autumn and winter? I have to admit, I struggled with this a lot when I was younger, I was always trying to make my spring and summer items work for me through the winter with a bit of layering but it never always looked right or I was just freezing all the time. With time and experimentation comes experience and, after rocking the retro vibe for over half my lifetime, as well as a background in fashion, I feel I’m suitably qualified to give a little advice on this matter. These are by no means hard and fast rules, as always, dress for yourself, make sure you feel comfortable and forget about what other people might think! So, here are my autumn/winter rockabilly basics…

Style Build: Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Baiscs

Style Build: Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Baiscs by misshoneybare featuring a wide belt

CLOTHING:

Black and white or navy and white striped long sleeve tee- A classic basic for all wardrobes.

White and/or black tee- A classic basic for all wardrobes. Fitted but not too tight.

Plaid flannel shirt- In a colour that suits you; red, navy and emerald are the classic colour options. Make sure it is super soft and not too tight.

A few pieces of knitwear- Fitted knitted cardigans, sweater sets and turtle neck, slash neck or round neck sweaters.

Zip up college style jacket- Can be layered under a warmer jacket/coat or worn alone as a jacket on the warmer autumn days.

Tailored, lined wool pencil skirt- A classic basic for all wardrobes. Go for plain black, tartan or leopard print.

High waisted turn up jeans- dark, black or mid wash denim- Freddies of Pinewood are my fave.

Tailored high waisted trousers or comfy swing trousers- Suitable for the office and super comfy. Go for black, navy or grey flannel or a even plain bold colour, such as red.

A versatile full skirted dress in a jewel tone that suits you- Something smart enough for evenings. This will double up as a full skirt.

A stretchy sleeved sweater/t-shirt dress in black, leopard print or a jewel tone that suits you- Sleeve length dependent on personal taste. Comfy AND sexy, bam!

Leather biker jacket- A classic basic for all wardrobes. Comfortable, chic and edgy. Every bad girl’s staple.

Full faux fur or faux fur trimmed coat- Depending on how brave you’re feeling. Some tailored coats come with a detachable furry collar trim for versatility.

Boots in a couple of different styles- Biker boots, lace up boots or furry lined ankle boots, depending on personal taste.

Some smart shoes- Creepers, brogues or saddle shoes work well. Again, depending on personal taste, or a pair of each.

Converse high tops- leather ones are better in wetter weather than the canvas ones. Buy a pair in a neutral colour like black, grey or brown.

A pair heels- Be them wedge heels or low heels, just as long as they are comfortable enough for daytime.

ACCESSORIES:

Bandana- Classic paisley, polka dot, leopard print, stripes. You can never have too many of these.

Hat or earmuffs- Furry leopard print ones are my personal choice for earmuffs. I also have a few berets. Something to keep your head/ears warm in the bitter cold.

Hair accessories- Bows, flowers, jeweled clips etc. Poinsettias and holly for xmas are a fun choice. Bows and sparkles add a little extra something. Get ones with the brooch fastening on the back for pinning to outfits and hats.

Braces/Suspenders- Plain black always work. They can be smart, fun or tough looking depending on how you wear them.

Woolly tights- In various colours, prints and patterns. Have fun with these, they really can make a difference to an outfit.

Skinny Belt and a wide belt- One of each at least. I love waist cinchers and obi belts at the moment.

Of course, a woolly hat, scarf and gloves should be on your winter wardrobe list too. Especially if it snows like it does here in England these days.

Now, you may think that the above pieces may not look overly rockabilly to you but remember, these are the basic items for your wardrobe. Everything else will be built off of and around these. They are fairly plain and neutral for the most part, this means they will mix well with other items. Also, it’s totally down to how you put them together and of course, the finishing flourish, your hair and makeup! So, here are some outfit examples using just the basic pieces above…

The High Waist Turn Up Jeans

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The High Waist Turn Up Jeans

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The High Waist Turn Up Jeans by misshoneybare featuring short sleeve knit tops

The Jersey Wiggle Dress

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Jersey Wiggle Dress

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Jersey Wiggle Dress by misshoneybare featuring collar tops

The Tailored Pencil Skirt

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Tailored Pencil Skirt

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Tailored Pencil Skirt by misshoneybare featuring a red handkerchief

The Tailored Trousers

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Tailored Trousers

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Tailored Trousers by misshoneybare featuring purple tops

The Full Skirted Dress

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Full Skirted Dress

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Full Skirted Dress by misshoneybare featuring logo shirts

That’s 30 different outfits right there. I didn’t even include the outerwear or hosiery, which would mix things up even more. Think how many more outfits you could create by adding in an extra pencil skirt, sweater or shirt! The key to winter wardrobes is always in the layering when it gets really cold. So layer a long sleeve tee over the check shirt and then a cardigan or a sweater over that. Wrap a scarf around your neck, add a woolly hat and the furry coat and you’ll be nice and cosy. I hope that you found this post helpful, let me know how you carry your style through the winter, I’m always interested in new ideas. In the meantime, thank you kindly for reading!

MHB

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Look of the Day: Slimy Pyschobilly Shimmers

LotD 09Hello Lovelies,

Quick Look of the Day post. This was the hair and makeup I wore to last week’s Death Jam, complete with creepy accessories.

I primed my eyes and dusted them with a bit of translucent powder. I then used a shimmery lime green all over my lid and up to the crease. In the outer corner of the crease I blended in a pearly sea foam blue/green. Using the brush with the translucent powder on to blend out at the brown bone.

LotD 04I lined my eyes with black liquid liner ending in a wing. I used a long wearing black eyeliner to line my lower waterline. I finished off my eyes with two coats of jet black mascara.

LotD 02I penciled in my brows using a taupe colour and gave them a slight flick up at the ends. I blushed my cheeks with a wash of pink creme blush and added a beauty mark with the liquid liner.LotD 03 I then used a bright juicy pink lipstick on my mouth and blotted it back slightly so that my eyes were the emphasis.

LotD 05I piled all of my hair up on top of my head in neat little barrel curls and stand up pin curls. I made a little side rolled fringe and tied in a lime green chiffon scarf. I added a few creepy accessories for good measure. LotD 07 LotD 06 LotD 01LotD 08 Although the shimmery green shadow is quite a bright colour, it hasn’t shown up as well on my photos (bad lighting, tsk!). Although this makeup and hair was for an evening event, it’s a look I like to wear in the day too. Bright colours cheer me up, especially in the depths of winter!

Well, that’s all for today, as always, thank you kindly for reading. Until next time. <3

MHB

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Nails: A (kind of) Leopard Print Nail

Hello Lovelies, just thought I would do a quick post on the nail look I wore to go with my Flaming EyesLotD. It kind of looks like leopard print which I was very excited about as it was really quick and easy to achieve. I used one coat of the Barry M Instant Nail Effects foil varnish in ‘320’ gold. I then added one coat of the Barry M Instant Nail Effects crackle varnish in ‘311’ black.

I topped it all off with a coat of Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat to seal it all in. It doesn’t look too leopard print like up close, but from a distance it kind of does and in a pinch, that is good enough for me. I love leopard print but I don’t always have the time (or patience) to paint on a proper 2 or 3 colour leopard print nail design.

Look of the Day: My Birthday Style

Hello Lovelies. Last week it was my birthday and the boy took me out for a day of adventures at the Natural History Museum. We then had some cake and then Thai food in the evening, bliss! Here is the make-up and hair style I wore for the day.

I applied eye shadow primer to start. I used a silver shadow from the upper lash line to the crease. I then placed a small amount of black shadow to the outer crease.

I then used a fluffy blending brush to diffuse it slightly. Blending into the crease and upwards. I then used a matte nude shade from the brow bone and blended it down to the crease to soften.

I brought the silver shadow to the lower lash line. I used the black shadow on the outer corner of the lower lash line and blended them together. I lined my lower waterline with white. I finished my eyes off with a flick of black gel liner and black mascara.

On my mouth I used a bit of soft pink lip stain with some lip balm over the top. I wanted my eyes to be the focus of this look.

My brows were defined using a taupe pencil, I extended them slightly and flicked them up a touch at the ends. I used a rose pink blush on my cheeks and used the black gel liner to create a small beauty spot on my upper cheek. I set the spot with black eyeshadow to make it last longer. I wore my hair in a sleek 50’s bob with an antique coloured rose on the side I had pinned back.

I painted my nails with two coats of a metallic Navy Blue from Barry M (colour 292). I stuck a skull and crossbone nail sticker (from Andrea Fulerton Nail Boutique) on each pinkie. I topped the whole thing off with a coat of Seche Vite to seal it.

I had a great day geeking out and goofing off with Simon. Here’s to another fab Birthday! Thank you kindly for reading. x