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Creating the perfect liquid eyeliner flick, landscaping the long-lasting, reddest of lips and creating the perfect base to place them on was all on the agenda at the Emily Rose Vintage make up tutorial last month.
Emily Rose Vintage is a vintage clothing and artisan shop situated in Griffithstown and is packed with one of a kind pieces, handmade trinkets and generally little must have gems that you wouldn’t find anywhere else.
Myself and a friend went along for the vintage makeup tutorial night and being my first time in the shop I was really impressed and taken in by the look and feel of the place. It is the perfect venue for such an event I feel as it was unlike a shop and particularly in the back changing room area, felt more like a vintage style dressing room at home. Very cosy, comfortable and relaxing.
With two rails of clothes, nicely spaced and easy to browse (all worth a try on may I add!) and jewellery, trinkets, scarves, hats, brooches, hairbands and all the other bits and pieces you can imagine to add vintage glam to any outfit were delicately draped and dressed out. It was more like a personal shopping experience with friends on the evening and despite not knowing the other ladies attending the atmosphere was relaxed, open and fun which I hope is what the staff at Emily Rose aim for as they achieve this down to a tee.
The makeup tutorial took place in the salon at the back of the shop which was decorated with Marilyn Monroe on the walls and two vintage style dressing tables with huge mirrors. Not only that the beautiful dressing tables were filled with tutorial makeup free for participants to use, a much welcomed variety of cupcakes and cups with cloudy lemonade with stripy straws. The little touches always make a difference when attending events like this.
The tutorial itself was hosted by Sophie aka Rusty Cherry who herself looked just about as vintage as it gets. The thing I liked most was that although looking vintage can be daunting she gave it a day to day look which could be achieved by most and the owner of Emily Rose convinced me that anyone can do vintage, they just need to make it their own.
What I really liked about the ladies hosting the evening was how they differed and brought their own personal touches to their individual vintage look as well as offering great advice on re-creating their own looks as well as adapting to suit yourself. Be it toning it down or adding more they really knew their stuff and tailored the evening to individual needs.
The small group of 5 I think was a perfect number for the evening in having enough time to find out more, ask one on one questions, and try out different techniques with the help of Rusty Cherry. It was also a great number for socialising with other attendees as well as having the chance to have a quiet browse around the shop with a cloudy lemonade in hand.
All in all the Emily Rose Vintage Make Up Tutorial was a great evening, very nicely put together and well organised. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the following hair tutorial which took place two weeks later though it is certainly on my to do list and I am really looking forward to it already.
You can’t have the vintage look without the hair! Pin curls and Victory Rolls here I come!
I recently visited Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair in Cardiff with a friend. Having never been to a vintage fair before to say I was excited would be a bit of an understatement.
Despite it being a rainy and miserable day, the Town Hall in Cardiff was the ideal setting to make me forget about my soaking wet clothes and dishevelled ‘hair-do’. I had high expectations as soon as I arrived and it seemed I was not alone as a long and laborious queue of vintage lovers waited eagerly to enter the room accommodating the fair. Paying just £2 for entry we were also told of the next event to be held there the following month. A stamp on our hand and we were on our way past the desk ready for a good rummage.
From reading the website Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair usually visits Cardiff four times a year however with two being held in the space of two month demand must have been high. When we got into the room (after a short wait due to some very efficient Lou Lou workers) the high demand was certainly apparent. I was quite staggered by the busyness, the crowds and the amount of vintage attire and items in what felt to be a small space. My initial thoughts were that a bigger room may have been a bit more comfortable and easier to shop, there were some dancers with not much space to dance and quite often myself and my friend found ourselves lost in the crowds or straining our necks to get a good view at stalls. Despite this in a sense it did add to the atmosphere and the buzz of the day and it wasn’t too far from a usual Saturday shopping day in the City Centre.
That room had everything you can imagine. It was literally a treasure trove of all things vintage. I wish I had taken more photos but quite honestly and despite my good intentions for the purpose of this blog I was too wrapped up in gazing at the reasonably prices goods that the various stalls at Lou Lou’s Vintage fair had to offer. I was particularly attracted to the Welsh wools and with a trip coming up to Berlin thought it a ‘sensible’ purchase. Being a ‘sensible’ purchase of course made it a perfect excuse to whip out the credit card however I couldn’t find any left in my size much to my actually sensible minds relief. Tip to any future visitors of Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair, get there early!
Though I describe the room as ‘small’ this was certainly not the case on reflection. We managed to spend a good 2 and a half hour rooting around often finding that stalls had replenished sold items with new vintage gems. This was the case when I found the leather, vintage bag which is now in its rightful place, where it should have been for a long time prior….on my arm.
If there was one thing missing from my day it was the chance to sit with a cup of tea and some delicious cupcakes. I perhaps put myself under the impression that there would be a chance to do so there and don’t get me wrong there was a stall selling very tempting looking cupcakes but I imagine walking around the Fair on that day with a hot cuppa in hand would be a serious health and safety hazard. A spot to sit and reflect with tea in one hand and cake in another would have topped the day off perfectly.
Overall we had a lovely day at Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair in Cardiff. The perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon in my opinion and we will definitely be returning in the near future to get our vintage on again!