Yes, I am a Traitor…

I have left the Apple family. I’ve been thinking about upgrading my iPhone 3gs for a long time now – it got to nearly 6 months before my contract was due to finish and was starting to throw a few hissy fits and tantrums, which isn’t really what you want from a phone supposedly designed to last 2 years worth of a contract. It was getting really buggy, and I wasn’t too convinced about simply upgrading to the next iPhone, considering how ridiculously expensive they are, for a load of stuff I simply wouldn’t use. Face time is all very clever, but everyone I know and love lives within 10-15 minutes, so I’ll just go and see them. I decided I wanted a change.

I looked into the Nokia Windows Phones, because I have a Windows 8 laptop and love the configuration, and Nokia has been getting back on track recently. I looked at a few Lumias – the 520 didn’t have a good enough camera, the 925 was massive, and the 820 was just right! The interface is so easy to use once you’ve pried yourself away from Apple thinking, I love being able to have everything in one place with my contacts and social networking in the People hub – updating both twitter and Facebook in one fell swoop! Photo sharing is so user friendly too, again can all be done from the Photo hub instead of using the social network app you need, and the camera is fantastic. There’s no zoom, but if there was it would only be crappy digital anyway. I’ve taken some amazing scenic shots with it, and it does better than most camera phones in mixed lighting (although that was a draw of the 925, supposed to be amazing in mixed light). And I swear I keep finding things that make it more awesome, like Nokia’s Mix Radio – at first I was a bit dubious about having random songs played, but once you select the mix you want to listen to, the variety and quality of the songs is incredible! I’m listening to ‘Have a Good Day’ and have gone through the Gorillaz, Katy Perry, The Eagles and now Kings of Leon has just come on! I’m having a very good day!

There are a few little kinks in the software as it is still pretty new – but these will be sorted in good time. There is also the issue of the lack of apps on Windows Phone (I haven’t been able to Instagram for weeks!!! Wah!) but this will also be remedied as more companies see that Windows Phone isn’t a fad, it is here to stay! For example, Windows have made their own instagram-esque app, as a campaign to show the good people at instagram how much we all want them to create the software for us. #2instawithlove 😀 But the lack of apps is also a good thing, as I only download stuff I actually need, and those useful apps are easier to find instead of having to wade through the endlessly pointless creations on the appstore. So every cloud has a silver lining!

I’m not saying everyone should drop and abandon Apple – my sister has an iphone 5 and loves it. But i would recommend at least giving Nokia’s Window Phones a go, if you’re looking for something a bit different, user friendly and beautifully colourful. I’m never looking back!

Yours,

The Vintage Housewife x

The Big Chop!

Well, I’ve finally done it! After years of growing my hair out, getting fed up at various in-between stages, falling in love with vintage and resolving to grow my hair to better aid victory rolls, I’ve cut it all off. The thing is, I’ve never been very good at styling my hair. I know these things take practice, particularly vintage hair styles, but I really don’t have the patience, or quite frankly the interest. Even in the fashion magazines, I’ll read the whole thing pretty much cover to cover, but I’ll always skim through the hair sections. So, as my hair was getting unhealthier and unhealthier, I finally made the decision to start afresh – give it a rest from the intense heat of curling, and the harsh treatment of dying.

The tricky part was what style to go for – this was a massive decision and whilst hair grows back, I needed to get it right. I considered pixie crops, bobs, and everything in between, which is what I ended up going for. As I was desperately Google-ing short hairstyles, I realised how important it was to me that my hair would still make sense with my vintage style. I’m not one for going for the full ensemble everyday, but the pixie crops I was looking at just wouldn’t ‘do (excuse the pun!) So I started searching for short vintage hairstyles, and came up of course with Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby. Of course! Why didn’t I think of that!

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The problem with choosing hairstyles from movies however, is you’ve got to think about the hours of preparation and constant touching up the hair goes through to achieve that perfect look. So, I started looking at Carey Mulligan photos in general, because whilst she does still have a hair stylist for the red carpet events I’m sure, it’s going to be a bit more achievable. I didn’t want to go as short as her Twiggy-esque look, and eventually I settled on this photo – it’s lovely and choppy, which my flat hair desperately needs, and is also the length where she often has it wavy, which was great. I was decided.

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A few of the people around me were  bit wary, but it was really sweet because they were largely worried that I wouldn’t be able to do my vintage thing. So after reassuring them I had it all worked out, I booked the appointment and went for it!

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I am chuffed to bits with my new style, I absolutely love it. There’s not much quite as satisfying as going to flick your hair back and finding it’s not there! So refreshing, and I’ve had so many compliments – I’ve decided it’s the hair style that’s suited me the most for a very long time. I think I’m probably going to keep it this way! I can wear scarves and headbands with it for a fifties or thirties look, depending on the scarf, and when it’s grown out a little bit I should be able to get some hair rollers and go for a fifties set, or if I’m feeling really brave try my hand at finger waves! It seems to me that I now have more options than when my hair was long, and there will be no more getting frustrated and fed up and just throwing it up in a pony tail! Hello to happy hair!

(This picture also shows the red 24hr Maybelline lip colour mentioned in my last post, which is amazing!!!)

Yours,

The Vintage Housewife x

Must have Makeup!

As I work vintage styling more and more into my everyday lifestyle, I’m finding that as makeup is one of the simplest yet most effective ways of doing this, there are a few essentials that I absolutely cannot be without. There are a few tricks that require a bit of practice, like the classic eyeliner flick, or perfect contouring eyeshadow; but with certain makeup must haves, achieving a basic vintage look is becoming part of my everyday routine.

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I did mention that the eyeliner flick requires a bit of practice, so the must for beginners is a good eyeliner pencil – cheaper and easier to practice a steady hand, but smudging is definitely a problem. Once you feel like you’re ready for the next step, gel liner is the way forward. I was a little dubious at first, but as I’ve tried my luck with liquid and felt tip with no luck, I didn’t have any other option if I wanted to avoid panda eyes by dinner. I opted for Maybelline, and being truthful the draw to this brand in particular was the special offer in Boots (well you’ve got to start somewhere!) I love this stuff. The precision brush means you can get so close to the lash line, and it goes on so smoothly and cleanly there’s not even a hint of a wobble. There’s no mirror line when you open your eyes and you lid sticks to your eye socket, and low and behold, there’s no drooping smudge at the end of the day! It’s a miracle! I will still be keeping trusty pencil liner for the bottom of my eyes, but gel liner is an absolute essential for a sleek, classy eyeliner flick.

I am completely in love with Benefit’s Fine One One. In the form of a twisty block of soft, creamy blush, this is a total wonder product Largely used as a highlighting cheek tint, with three colours creating the perfect mix – coral, rose and champagne pink – this can also be used on lips, blending the colours or using one colour in particular, and the pale pink can also be used as a brow highlighter. The best thing is, as the colours mix onto your cheeks with a light mix of the finger, the colours blend perfectly with your skin, meaning different skin tones elicit a different shade. Some may come out fresh and rosy, others bright coral, or even refreshing pink. This creates instant vintage cheeks with so little effort, and Benefit’s gorgeous vintage packaging is an added bonus!

Lastly, the most important weapon in any vintage gal’s arsenal, is the perfect, long lasting red lippy. I do think it’s a good idea to have a few in your makeup box, to suit different occasions and outfits, but my must have is Maybelline’s 24hr range. i was in Boots with my sister, who was recommending them too me, and wasn’t convinced until she put a tester of the scarlet red on her hand, and no amount of smudging, spitting or licking would make so much as a dent in the colour. Suffice to say, it was still on her hand the next day, and I bought two colours. The red is a gorgeous, bright orange-tone (which I have a photo of in an upcoming post) that is perfect for the typical forties look, or a vibrant rockabilly style. The more natural colour I’m wearing here is so lovely, it works with anything and everything just to give lips that subtle hint of colour, that lasts and lasts throughout the day. I love it!

Yours,

The Vintage Housewife x