Our New Guest Blogger – Molli Edwards
OMB! is extremely excited to introduce our very first guest blogger – Molli Edwards. Molli is a savvy shopper who effortlessly blends vintage finds with high street fashions to create her own unique yet chic style. However, not all of us are blessed with this ability to work vintage so Molli has written a ‘How to Guide’ to inspire vintage virgins to flock to their nearest Oxfam.
As the great philosopher, Dolly Parton once said ‘it is amazing how much it costs to look this cheap’ but in the world of the charity shop and vintage store, the opposite holds true. If you know where to look and what to look for, any wardrobe can be given a new lease of life by an item that has seen many more before yours. Trawling the shelves of your average vintage emporium or charity shop however differs greatly from browsing the high street, so here is a ‘how to guide’ for finding yourself some pre-loved bargains.
First things first, it is a good idea to have a mental picture of the kind of item that you are looking before you embark upon your second-hand scavenging. Don’t get me wrong, it can be great fun to wander round with no clue what you are looking for, but you are far more likely to be successful if you have a goal in mind. Whether it be the hunt for a roughed-up leather jacket or a new dress to wear out on the town, know what you want before you start looking. Having said this, it is equally important to keep an open mind. If you see a skirt in a fabric that you adore but at a length that you just don’t think you can pull off, don’t dismiss the item immediately. Consider how much effort it would really take to turn it into the perfect piece. If it will only take a couple of snips and stitches and it costs a mere few pennies, then why not put the effort in?
Molli’s Vintage Wedding Outfit
Talking of effort, charity and vintage shopping takes a lot of it. Unlike high street or designer stores, items are not organised according to style, and sometimes not even divided into item type. You have to hunt and forage like there is no tomorrow if you want to find a gem. When you do find this gem though, don’t think the journey is over! With second hand clothing, whether it be from a charity shop or a vintage store, it is important to check the quality and the price. You may find, especially in the vintage shops, that an item in relatively poor condition may be being sold for quite a hefty sum and it is in cases like this that you need to be careful. More often than not however, the opposite will hold true and you will find unique items at incredibly affordable prices, particularly in the knitwear and accessories departments. If there is one thing that second hand shops do well I tell you, it is knitwear!
Rocking a Vintage Jumper and Sheepskin Jacket
Finally, enjoy it! Shopping for ‘old’ clothing can be great fun and a good trip will invariably provide you with some hideous shirt to laugh at while you root around for diamonds in the scruff
By OMB!’s Amy.
I’m in love…with a handbag (again). The Céline Boston Tote is the perfect bag. Phoebe Philo – the mastermind behind the Chloé Paddington – first presented the tote at the Céline S/S 2010 show. The bag was an instant hit with fashion editors and celebrities alike.
Leighton Meester has been spotted with a large Boston Tote
The Boston Tote is structured, oversized and modern. But the tote is still simple in shape. Some critics have stated that Philo’s creation looks like a robot’s face. Yet, this adds to be appeal for me. This self-confessed accessories lover genuinely thinks it looks cute.
Céline have since realised the tote in five sizes, which all come in a variety of colours and fabrics – from blue suede to leopard print.
The only downside – this bag isn’t cheap or even vaguely affordable. The price tag for the medium tote is around £1400. My new savings account a.k.a. ‘The Céline Boston Tote Fund’ has been opened…only £1100 more to go before this bad boy is mine…sigh.
OMB!!! Our very own Beauty Ed Amy is featured in this week’s Look Magazine!!!!! So grab yourselves a copy to read her reviews on the latest hair dryers to hit the market.
The Perfect Bright Pink.
Our current obsession with Twilight (and True Blood) is having a knock-on effect in the beauty world. The fashion pack has recently been embracing the pale skin tone of the Cullen clan. The porcelain complexion is back.
Kristen Stewart looking beautifully pale at the Twilight Breaking Dawn Part I Premiere in L.A.
Twilight is not the only factor contributing to the pale skin trend. Sun worshippers often forget that there is a high price to pay for a ‘healthy’ glow. The escalating number of people being diagnosed with skin cancer is the key motivation behind people ditching their super bronzed looks. Furthermore, an increased awareness of the aging effect of UV rays is yet another contributing factor. In a world fixated by youth, nobody wants to look like a well-worn leather handbag.
The cast of The Only Way is Essex have stopped the fashion forward from reaching for the fake tan or rushing off to the sun beds. It seems that a very tanned complexion (surprisingly) no longer denotes sophistication. Alexandra Shulman, editor of British Vogue, agrees. ‘Deep tans have become incredibly naff due to the overuse of self-tan and the TOWIE/WAG connotations. Now it’s so easy to be tanned, the opposite has become more desirable and there are enough pale role models, such as Nigella Lawson, Scarlett Johansson and Kristen Stewart, to inspire people.’ The new W Magazine cover of Elle and Dakota Fanning highlights the ethereal beauty of a pale complexion.
Scarlett Johansson – Pin Up Girl for the Pale
Elle and Dakota Fanning shot by photographer Mario Sorrenti
And according to scientists being pale is sexy. A recent study by the University of Toronto showed that men found the purity and elegance of the porcelain look more alluring than a tanned complexion. Scarlett Johansson, Kristen Stewart, Rachel Weisz, Dita Von Teese, Lily Cole, Anne Hathaway and Keira Knightley (to name a few!) are all proof that you can be beautiful with pale skin. So I think it’s time we all ditch the fake tan and embraced our natural skin tones.
Twitter has been buzzing with numerous #hashtags (from beauty bloggers and make up fanatics) about Vaseline’s latest variation of its classic Petroleum Jelly. The limited edition Crème Brûlée Lip Therapy Vaseline is currently only available at Selfridges Oxford Street and Manchester Exchange Square. But luckily for the rest of us, it goes nationwide on 3rd November.
Ok folks…I have the finest and flattest hair known to mankind so I have spent most of my life trying to add volume to it. My desire for the tousled surfer girl Olsen twin look means I frequently use Sea Salt Spray to add much needed texture. So I am putting the premium priced Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray to the test against the reasonably priced Lee Stafford Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray.
Hair Envy – The Chic Tousled Olsen Twin Look
Lee Stafford Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray – £7.49 for 150ml
This product smells amazing compared to the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray. It gave me the wavy tousled look I desired by adding lots of volume. Plus, the waves lasted all day! But it did give my hair a really sticky texture…bit odd for a Sea Salt Spray.
Bumble And Bumble Surf Spray – £19 for 120ml
I’m in love…with an inanimate hair product. The Surf Spray transformed my naturally poker straight locks into tousled beach waves effortlessly. I sprayed it on my damp hair and then put it in a tight top knot. About 10 minutes later, I took the top knot out and the waves were ready to go! It creates a very matte textured effect on hair without leaving a sticky residue.
Save vs Splurge
SPLURGE…in this case the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray wins hands down.
WEEK 1: Tom Ford Violet Blonde
Sophisticated yet Sexy…Violet Blonde is everything a girl should look for in a fragrance.
Violent Lips Temporary Lip Tattoos (just like the ones we used to wear as children, but obviously not on our lips) are definitely a bold make-up statement. Generally, the product has provoked a ‘marmite reaction’ amongst my friends – let’s face it, only the more daring beauty junkies are going to be happy sporting these striking designs on non-fancy dress nights out. The tattoos come in a variety of different and daring designs. I love the glittery red and pink leopard print designs but at the same time, I loathe the tacky rainbow and fishnet prints.
Red Zebra Temporary Lip Tattoo
It seems that temporary tattoo inspired make-up is currently having a mini beauty moment. Chanel started the trend with the release of their temporary tattoo collection in Spring 2010. Even Dior have jumped on the temporary tattoo bandwagon with their recently released Velvet Eyes Adhesive Eyeliner Patches (exclusively available at Selfridges).
The Verdict – There is no denying that the concept is fun and striking. However, I do think they should be strictly reserved for fancy dress purposes only… unless you are Lady Gaga/Kitty from X Factor.
Beauty editors and bloggers are constantly searching for ‘the perfect foundation’ but the perfect foundation does not exist – FACT. The search is even tougher for those amongst us who have problematic badly behaved skin, as discovering a foundation that provides coverage without looking like we have the whole MAC counter on is difficult to find. And it seems advice on this issue from beauty journalists is practically non-existent…until now.
My skin saviour (along with L’ Oréal Infallible Concealer) is Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation. It provides UNBELIEVEABLE coverage as it contains 30% more pigmentation than standard foundations. The foundation blends beautifully when used with a brush and has duration of 6-8 hours. It seems Vichy have come pretty close to providing a solution for serious imperfections such as acne scars, rosacea, uneven skin tone and sun spots. The only downside…a very limited colour range.