Tuesday, 30 August 2016

August Pinup Picks

It's the end of August, which means that September is looming and its basically Christmas! Amirite! I love the Winter, but I also hate it at the same time. I love nothing more than snuggling up at home with a hot cup of Earl Grey, watching a rubbish film while it pours down with rain outside. However, as I am 117 years old, I also suffer really badly from Chilblains in the Winter! This is mainly due to my inability to find a pair of 50's inspired boots which are both practical and stylish (we will move onto this momentarily!). So with Winter just around the corner and at the forefront of my mind, I though my picks for this month's blog post should focus on AW2016 and all the delightful new goodies coming our way! 

Vintage Style Winter Boots

I have been looking for a considerable time for a pair of winter boots which are delicate, pretty, sensible, waterproof and of a vintage style. Oh and I don't want to pay a fortune either, because, you know, I'm tight. From my limited amount of research, I've found that Winter boots in the 50's often had a fur trim and a delicate block heel. The block heel is crucial here as I am extremely heavy footed (Spencer often calls me 'Stompy'). So when I came across these Victorian Style Ankle Boots from Alternative Footwear, I fell in love. The PVC bit isn't great, but everything else about them ticks all of my boxes. I am pretty sure I will be snapping these up in the coming months.

The Victorian Style Ankle Boots retail at £48 and are available from www.alternative-footwear.co.uk

Collectif Look Book AW2016

Collectif have some AMAZING items coming in store in the coming months and I cannot wait to get my hands on some of them! The Penny Vegas Pencil Dress is a must have on my list; perfect for a Christmas party!

50s style Penny Vegas Pencil Dress Collectif

Collectif also have a lovely range of jackets coming out this Autumn, with the Cheyenne Tai Tartan Gab Jacket being on my list of favourites. It has a really cool Rockabilly edge to it and is bound to keep you warm while flinging those sparklers around in a few months time! 

Rockabilly Style Cheyenne Tai Tartan Gab Jacket Collectif

'Ethel' Brogues from Lindy Bop

OK. Lindy Bop now do shoes, which we need to talk about. Lindy Bop are great for super affordable, everyday Pinup and Rockabilly looks. They have a huge range of affordable outfits and now they do shoes! The Ethel Brogues are super cute and would look perfect with a Swing dress while tearing up the dance floor at the office party, or with a pair of Freddies Jeans while you sip mulled wine by the fire. OK, I need to stop talking about Winter. I love it too much! 

The Ethel Brogues retail at £28 and are available from www.lindybop.co.uk

Lindy Bop Vintage Style Ethel Brogue Shoes

Turquoise Bamboo Style Bangles from Lady Luck's Boutique 

Last on my list but by no means least are the new bamboo style bangles from Lady Luck's Boutique. I had the pleasure of meeting Jade, the owner of Lady Luck's Boutique last week and she is a super lovely lady. These new bangles which have just come in are a lovely, more colourful alternative to bamboo and add a little bit of sparkle, which is nice for a more dressy, evening outfit. 

The Turquoise Bamboo Style Bangles retail at £3.95 each and are available from www.ladylucksboutique.com

Turquoise Bamboo Style Bangles Lady Lucks Boutique

- x - LMDW - x -

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Pinup Q&A with Haili Hughes aka Coco Fierce

On the blog today as part of my Pinup Q&A Series, we are finding out about stunning retired pinup model, Features Editor for Vintage Life Magazine and Teacher, Haili Hughes, aka Coco Fierce. 

Pinup Q&A Haili Hughes Coco Fierce

When did you start to get into Pinup and why? 

I've been wearing 40s/50s clothing for almost twenty years but did not become a pin up model until I was in my late twenties.

How did you get into modelling? 

It was a bit of a crazy story really...I had been very overweight since university and then after I had my son I decided that it was time for me to do something about it. So I really knuckled down and managed to lose 6.7 stone in eight months! In my head I was still the big girl who nobody noticed but I was being tattooed for the full day at a tattoo convention and somebody from a modelling agency who had a stand there approached me and asked me to send them some pictures. I thought they were joking! So I tentatively had a shoot done, sent it off to Spirit Models (who were the biggest alternative modelling agency in the country at the time) and was signed! The rest is history.

What was it like modelling for so many well known designers and brands? 

Unbelievable really. I think I modelled for 200 brands at one point! Everytime it happened I pinched myself. I think the biggest moment for me was modelling for Freddie's of Pinewood and Rocket Originals as they are my absolute favourite brands but working on shoots with VoH, Collectif, Irregular Choice and Miss L Fire was pretty mind-blowing. Modelling at London Edge for Miss Candyfloss was an amazing experience also.

You started modelling 7 years ago. In your opinion, what has changed about the industry during that time? 

I think what has changed is the sheer number of "models" that are around or girls that call themselves models. Now a lot of girls who are trying to make it on Instagram as models will use the hashtag pinupmodel and brands will send them things to be photographed in at home, rather than paying proper models. There were also hardly any bloggers compared to now as well and a lot of bloggers now shoot things for brands rather than models as well...I suppose my point is that nobody is being paid. I feel models are less valued now really. The pin up look is now hugely mainstream and there are a plethora of make over experiences where anybody can be a pin up. It's all a little over saturated in my opinion.

Haili Hughes Pinup Model

What is your favourite pinup look?  

I wouldn't really say I have a pin up look at all! I'm not really into repro rockabilly style stuff unless it looks very authentic. I do like tiki and Mexican style but I'd say I'm into more authentic style and the 40s. I hate the whole petticoat, polka dot thing. Women in this country did not look like that in the mid century. I also have a massive love for dramatic hats, accentuated shoulders and novelty prints.

What is it like being the Features Editor at Vintage Life Magazine? 

I regularly write features for the magazine and love it. It brings me massive joy. I was a journalist at several national newspapers in London before I became a teacher so writing has always been my life.

Haili Hughes Vintage Life Magazine Cover Girl

Which do you prefer – modelling or writing? (Sorry, tough question!) 

Hands down writing. I rarely model now and don't enjoy it. I much prefer judging competitions, making guest appearances and hosting events - I would like to develop this.

How did you come up with your Pinup name, Coco Fierce? 

I'm a bit of a contradiction really...I'm classy like Coco Chanel and a bit of a ball breaker so that's where it came from.

What do you like to do in your spare time? 

I collect anything 40s/50s and this is pretty much a full time hobby! I also love to read, write for 4-5 magazines a month and am writing a book. I'm studying for my third Masters degree in September and also go to the WI and knit. I'm also learning the double bass.

What is your favourite film? 

This is a very difficult question. I'd have to say Gone With the Wind. I even have a tattoo of Rhett and Scarlett on my shin.

If you could go back in time to one era, when would it be and why? 

Probably the 60s as you could pick up 40s and 50s stuff for pennies! I'd have hated to live during the war years. In the 60s women were beginning to be able to have careers and I'm a really career centred person.

Who is your favourite Pinup and why? 

Modern wise, I love Natalia Fox as she has such a unique face. I'm also obsessed with Rita Hayworth. I prefer femme fatale in film noir than pin ups - they had more brains.

Which clothing labels are your favourite and why? 

I love anything that looks authentic. As I mentioned above Freddie's and RO are favourites. I also love Morellos, Miss Bamboo and Trashy Diva. I love Bernie Dexter's prints and Love Ur Look have some prints to die for at the moment. I get most of my clothing made for me though by Melanie of Retropoodles. Girl in a Whirl does incredible custom skirts too. I only wear Rocket Original, Miss L Fire and Johnsons shoes. I don't mind admitting I spend a fortune on clothes. I recently spent almost £400 on a Lilli Ann coat but it's worth every penny. My collection is my pension!

Do you have any advice for anyone starting out in pinup?

Pay somebody like Nicola from My Boudoir so you can get a decent portfolio rather than working with sub-standard people TF. You need to stand out.

You can keep up to date with Haili on InstagramFacebook and Twitter

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Pinup Q&A with Dolly Daydream

Today's blog post is the third installment in my Pinup Q&A series. Today we are finding out about the mouthwateringly stunning and self proclaimed YAP (Young Aged Pensioner) Dolly Daydream.

Pinup Q&A Dolly Daydream Pinup
Dolly Daydream. Photo by Terry Mendoza of Retro Photostudio 

When did you start to get into Pinup and why?

It all blossomed from my love of fashion I would say. I always dressed a bit “quirky”, or so my classmates would say when I came in on non-uniform day. During my late teens I developed a love for 80’s fashion and music, which you’ll find takes a lot of influence from 50’s style. Then when I turned 20 my style really started to evolve. I realised I didn’t need to dress like everyone else or look like a Topshop model, and when I wore things that actually flattered my curves I felt much more comfortable and confident.

Victory rolls started to creep in my cropped hair and I got braver with headscarves and hair flowers. I always had my Grandma to help too. Growing up, I was round at my grandparents every week, and she had an unhealthy obsession with buying clothes, and no qualms about a bargain, so it’s clear where I get my charity shop eye from!

As a kid I was always fascinated with history and used to do school projects on World War 2. Being in the WAFs, my Grandma had some great stories to tell, from helping build spitfire planes, to flirting with Canadian guys to get some chocolate or nylons. The tale that I always remember though, is her trips to London. Her and pals would hop on the tube and see where it took them. And in the evening they would get dolled up and go to black out dances (they couldn’t have any lights on – obvs!). When I started to dress with a more retro theme, it was this that I channeled. They still had a ball and found glamour even though times were tough. Keeping this glamorous normality was their morale booster. And now it’s mine too.

How did you get into modelling?

After entering Miss Pinup UK, I put myself on PurplePort. Coming from a performing background I’d already been a part of websites like Model Mayhem before, so wasn’t going into it totally blind. But meeting people at the Tattoo Convention who were already established meant I could pick up tips and chat about the pinup modelling scene.

I started with a bit of a bang as Collectif messaged me on there after just a couple of weeks to go and do a casting with them. I went along, tried on some things, hit some poses and the rest is history. It also helped that we were Insta friends and they knew I was a genuine fan of their stuff already. From there, it was all so dreamy. Lindy Bop and Victory Parade followed and I have so many more I intend on working with. The best part is I get to try before I buy, and all the brands are run by the most babein’ people ever!

What is it like modelling for such well known vintage clothing companies?

So fun! Albeit long old days and so many costume changes which can be tiring. But I’m yet to model for a brand where anyone is anything but lovely.

Fellow models, designers, photographers, makeup artists, everyone! It seems to be a community that is all about supporting others. Which is why I obviously keep doing it, I enjoy it!

What is your favourite pinup look? 

I think I’d have to say classic, mid 50’s pinup. I don’t have any tattoos or piercings (I change my mind far too quickly and am scared of commitment!) and the lines of the garments of that era really suit my figure. I just sat so comfortably in that bracket. It’s almost like it found me and I didn’t even realise it. Tiki is a close second though as I have major wanderlust for Hawaii. So if I dress it, I’m basically there, right?

What was it like competing for Miss Pinup UK?

As corny as it sounds, I’d say a life changing experience! I toyed with entering for months before taking the plunge. I’d just given up the performing lifestyle about a year earlier and was changing career path, I did it as my last hoorah really. Getting up and performing again (I tap danced) was nerve racking but something I did to prove to myself I still had it. Another reason was to meet like minded pinup people, and that I did! Taking the title was just the cherry on top!

I met some friends for life, and the Class of ’14 still have a Facebook group today. We talk nearly every day and share all sorts of secrets, advice and general funny tales. Some days just that bit of a shoulder to lean on really gets you through a rubbish time.

What was it like doing your first photo shoot?

I had done some hair modelling, and photo shoots back when I danced and performed so I wasn’t shy when it came to being in front of the camera (also helps when you and your pals are absolute posers!) But pinup posing was slightly different. You have to find your own persona and own it. I just threw myself straight in and found that the poses I would do day-to-day were the ones that came out the best, and from there, Dolly got her own pinup personality for everyone to see.

What is it like working with the girls at The Pinup Academy

All I can say is we’re all crazy cats! Of course I got to meet October when she was judging Miss Pinup back in 2014. And even then, her questions were thought through and really got me thinking about why I was up on the stage and what pinup really meant to me.

A shoot or event is always super fun. I think the key is that we constantly take the mickey out of each other and willing to make a show of ourselves at any moment. Every girl is so different and brings something unique to the girl gang (plus Mr Pinup Pictures, Simon!)

I’m known as the granny because of my silver hair, love of gin and Jessica Fletcher inspired wardrobe. Don’t be fooled though, I’m first to flirt with the boys and last the night on the dance floor!

What sort of music do you like?

I’m a bit of a sucker for old school R’n’B and current chart hits. No sad songs allowed! I find these keep me jazzed and ready to take on the day. With a love of old films though I can’t resist hearing Fred Astaire sing Cole Porter or Gershwin. And my favourite tones come from Doris Day or Johnnie Ray, if I could bottle their voices and keep them I would!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Living in London I am super social as there is always so much going on. Gins festivals, street food, bottomless brunching, strolls around all the beautiful parks. Luckily all my pals live close to me in east London and we always have our ears to the ground on the next fun thing to do together. We all have different styles and musical tastes but luckily all open minded and spontaneous. Big fans of getting invited to something last minute, sending out a text and seeing who comes along- those are the best nights!

When we’re not doing this though, I often bake and we grab M&S snacks, prosecco and head to someone’s flat for a gossip. So basically, I heart my friends!

What is your favourite film?

This is a tough one. Growing up I was made to watch all sorts with my family.

Aladdin is the go to, to cheer me up.
The Sweetest Thing is my ultimate chick flick.
Dumb & Dumber and Anchorman are comedies I could recite to you.
And Top Hat is one of my favourite old school song and dance movies, which is still makes me laugh out loud today.

If you could go back in time to one era, when would it be and why? 

I think it would be the end of the 1940’s, post WW2. I’d love to experience the uplifting feeling spreading across the world once the war was over. It would be fascinating to see make-do fashions from wartime become actual trends too. However, I’d be single for life- ain’t nobody keeping me at home to do the cooking and cleaning!

What is the best part about being a pinup?

The community. I’ve always surrounded myself with great friends, but since immersing myself in that world I have met so many beautiful humans. Everyone is so supportive of each other, sees the beauty inside and out of people, and no matter whether you’re Insta pals (like us) or have met in real life, no one thinks twice about helping a girl out!

Who is your favourite pinup and why?

Another tricky one! I get a lot of likeness to Marilyn, which is so flattering, beyond belief! She is one of my style icons of course. But I have big love for the squeaky clean, animal loving, ever changing talent of Doris Day. And the sex appeal, intelligence and ballsy nature of Jane Russell. Modern day though has to be Mosh. Hair goals that I will never achieve, and she has the perfect balance of sex pest and classic pinup. Me in a nutshell basically- ha!

What clothing labels are your favourite and why?

Collectif will always be my go to. Their measurements fit me perfectly. They were the first modern day, vintage inspired clothing range that I found to fit my curves. I no longer felt bad for not being able to get my boobs in a size 10 when the waist would usually drown me. 

Before this though, I was always finding my stuff in charity shops or Beyond Retro (because they are affordable!) And again, it’s because the old school stuff was a better fit, and the choice is just out of this world.

Vintage shoes though are always a struggle as they are often smaller or very slim fitted. Rocket Originals are the comfiest and a true reproduction. If I could have every pair I would. I’m also a fan of super massive high heels! Finding a comfy pair means I can be the giantess I was destined to be!

Do you have any advice for anyone starting out in pinup?

Go for it! Throw yourself in the deep end now!
Go to every little pinup meet up you may see on Facebook! 
Discover girls and styles you may think suit you and ease this into your wardrobe slowly.
You’ll soon get used to embracing your body, or seeing 3 big flowers in your hair when you look in the mirror.
You definitely won’t look back, that’s for sure. Maybe just pre-warn anyone you live with that you’re going to need a lot more storage space!

You can keep up to date with the wonderful Dolly Daydream on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.  

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Pinup Q&A with John Bellingham aka Portraits & Pinups

Today's blog post is the second installment of my Pinup Q&A series. Today we are finding out about pinup photographer and all round lovely guy, John Bellingham, aka Portraits & Pinups.

I had the pleasure of doing a photo shoot (my first photo shoot!) with John back in 2015. He was so wonderful to work with and extremely well educated on the subject of photography and modelling, so I knew he would be a great candidate for a Q&A. John has his own photography studio and has worked with many well known pinups, such as Vintage Doll Laura, Stephanie Jay and Lola Diamond to name but a few. But if you have not heard of John before, read on to find out a little bit more about him!

Zee pinup model by Portraits & Pinups
Zee - Photo by Portraits and Pinups

When did you start doing photography? 

I started doing photography when I was at school and a few years later bought a developing kit (black & white only) as I really enjoyed playing around with images & getting different results. Sadly whilst I was at university, my camera was stolen & being a poor student, I wasn’t able to replace it at the time. Fast forward quite a few years and whilst I bought the occasional new digital camera, I felt they were fairly rubbish, however I was lucky enough to visit a friend in Alaska who convinced me to buy a DSLR and everything changed – I was totally hooked.

What is your studio like?

I’m very lucky, I had an attic in my house that was totally untouched and after a few years of shooting in studios, with their inherent costs, I decided it would make sense to convert the attic into a studio. The studio is now the entire top floor of my house (the changing room & makeup area is the bathroom) and it is wide enough to have full-width paper on rollers suspended from the ceiling like any proper studio is. It’s quite full of ‘stuff’ due to my doing a lot of vintage Pin Up - I have a large collection of props & backgrounds to get the most out of this genre.

You operate under TFP (Trade for Print). Can you explain what this is?

TPF at it's most basic level means that a photo shoot is done with no money changing hands. The model, photographer, makeup artist etc all provide their time and skills for ‘free’ but with the aim of everyone getting finished edited photos (usually done by the photographer) that they will all be able to use for their portfolios.

Do you provide hair and makeup for your models?

I certainly can do. I work with 3-4 HMUA's (hair and make up artists) mainly, but equally I’m happy for someone who is skilled in this area to do their own. I would say that a good makeup/hair artist can really raise the quality of results above those by someone who is simply ‘OK’ at doing their own makeup. So saying, I have worked with some models who are able to do their own makeup to a very high standard and could be makeup artists themselves.

How do most of your models get in touch to shoot with you?

Previously almost all of my shoots came from a portfolio website I use that helps get photographers and models together. However, since I joined Instagram just over 18 months ago, I now find I get most of my shoots this way. Some are established models who are also on my portfolio website, but who have found me on Instagram, whereas others have no experience of photo shoots, but would like to give it a try.

How long does a photo shoot usually take?

It really does depend on if makeup and hair are being done in the studio before the photo shoot. At the weekends I roughly plan for 4-5 hours so we can get the best possible results without being rushed (including a break for lunch etc) whilst ensuring everyone has enough energy to keep things creative. However, as I don’t have to pay studio fees, it’s possible to shoot for up to 8 hours if necessary. On a weekday evening where time is a bit more limited, I usually shoot from around 6-9 ish, which in the right circumstances is plenty of time to cover quite a lot.

Do you work with props and different sets?

For Pin Up shoots, I work with a lot of props as unlike most other genres, this style really requires a wide range of items to bring the results to life. I’m also constantly trying to improve the quality of sets as well, which include a nautical set that I’ve had for about a year and a Tiki set that I’ve just starting using for shoots that I’m really very happy with.

How long does the post production and editing process take?

Tough question! I endeavour to send the photos to all involved on the day or day after the shoot for them to choose their favourite images. Based on the number and complexity of the editing required, I try to get as many of the finished photos completed and sent within a 2 week window as possible. Of course this does depend on the number of edits requested to which I would say that it’s better to have a smaller number of images edited well, then 50+ ones where time simply cannot permit the same high standard across all.

Has any of your work been published? If so, where?

Yes, I’ve been published 3 times so far. Twice in Vintage Life (Jan & May 2016 issues) and the Summer (no. 7) issue of In Retrospect magazine. I’m also hoping that another set of images are published soon, but I don’t want to jinx it, so I won’t say any more at this point!

What is your favourite music?

I try my best to listen to (nearly) all styles and take the best of each. If I could only listen to one style, then I guess it would be indie, but I’m happy listening to pretty much anything. On a photo shoot I try to encourage others to bring music as I think it helps them relax and also helps widen what I listen to.

What is your favourite film?

Simple – Withnail & I. When it was originally released it didn’t do all that well in the cinema, but it is an absolute gem of a film & I simply cannot remember how many times I’ve watched it.

What makes a good model, in your opinion?

I’ve shot with a wide range of people, from established models who’ve been working from years to those who’ve no experience but want to give it a go. I’d say for me, a willingness to research what you will be shooting, practicing at poses (more difficult than it sounds), genuine enthusiasm, good communication and a willingness to really give it a go and throw themselves into a shoot gets the best results for everyone and is most fun to work with. I totally understand that for some people who have never done a photo shoot before it can be a bit daunting, but hopefully once any initial nervousness has been overcome, just go for it as it will show in the resulting images.

Modelling can sometimes be a risky business. What should new models look out for to help them stay safe?

Sadly it can be risky – try to find out as much about the person/people you’ll be working with (this is where a portfolio website that has references from other models can be very useful). Whilst many photographers might not like chaperones, I’d say that certainly for your first shoot you should strongly consider bringing one – especially if the photographer sounds reluctant at the idea! There are some who insist you come on your own or that you’re dropped off and picked up at the end of a shoot, that’s not a chaperone, that’s a taxi driver and these photographers should probably be avoided. Other advice I’d offer is always make sure that at least 1 person knows exactly where you’ll be. Also, get a mobile number from them in advance of the shoot and check it works (a friendly ‘Hello’ text to illicit a response can’t hurt) and lastly, try to meet in a public place even if the shoot is somewhere a bit of a distance off.

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of doing a photo shoot for the first time? 

What I’d say is that you get out of a photo shoot what you put in. Some of the best shoots I’ve ever had have been with people with no prior modelling experience. I’d say that for Pin Up this is especially true as unlike some other genres if you have done some research by looking through existing images on Pinterest or general web searches, then you’ll get a real feel for what’s required. I’d say it’s important to understand that this style of shoot has its roots in wartime when those away from home wanted something fun and even dare I say, a bit ‘flirty’ to look at, so it’s worth keeping this in mind. Also, do try out Pin Up poses prior to the shoot, as believe it or not, even experienced models can fail at making these poses convincing if they only work in other genres. Try to get together as many co-ordinated outfits as possible and ensure that each has its own ‘personality’ so that you’re able to do specific poses in them (i.e. a wiggle skirt isn’t great for trying to do some elaborate leg poses). Lastly, stay in contact with all concerned as much as possible, turn up on time on the day, show lots of enthusiasm & be willing to try out ideas (as long as you stay within the limits of what you’re comfortable with). The camera can only capture what’s put in front of it, so give it your absolute best.

You can view John's Portfolio on Purpleport

To keep up to date with John or to book a shoot, you can contact him on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter

If you have any questions for John, please put them in the comments box below.

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Monday, 1 August 2016

Hair Flower Haul - Lady Luck's Boutique

Hair flowers have the ability to completely transform an outfit like no other accessory. Their beautifully bright petals and accents of fruit can take even the most perfect outfit to a whole new level. Established in 2008, Norwich based Lady Luck's Boutique make THE best pinup and rockabilly style hair flowers around, as well as bamboo jewelry and Tiki inspired pretties to complete your vintage look. I have a number of LLB hair flowers, which I thought I would review and share with you. 

Pinup and rockabilly hair flowers from Lady Luck's Boutique

Tallulah Hair Flower

So lets kick off the review with my favourite flower in my collection - the Tallulah hair flower. This little beaut is of a medium size (approx. 15cm at widest point) and features 3 separate flowers, as well as little tiny fruit pieces. It is a real tropical piece, with green, red and yellow accents, so will compliment any Tiki inspired outfit perfectly. This is the flower that I wear the most, just because it is so versatile and, well, wearable! As with all Lady Luck's Boutique hair flowers, it fastens securely with a crocodile clip which has been strategically placed to ensure that it is not on show when it is in place. Unlike other flowers I have tried, no glue or adhesive is visible on any part of the flower (which is a real pet hate of mine!). 

Talullah Hair Flower - Lady Luck's Boutique

Talullah Hair Flower - Lady Luck's Boutique

Talullah Hair Flower - Lady Luck's Boutique

Debra Hibiscus Hair Flower

My second favourite flower is the Debra Hibiscus flower. Again, this is one of my favourites as it is of a nice, petite size (approx. 14.5cm at its widest point) and easy to wear, featuring two small royal blue flowers. The blue colour is perfect for nautical inspired pinup outfits. Again, it is secure when fastened using the single crocodile clip and there are no nasty gluey bits on show. I like to wear this flower with one of my many red and black ensembles! Cost: £12. 

Debra Hibiscus Hair Flower - Lady Luck's Boutique

Debra Hibiscus Hair Flower - Lady Luck's Boutique

Debra Hibiscus Hair Flower - Lady Luck's Boutique

Paloma Double Yellow Lilly Hair Flower

The Paloma Double Yellow Lilly hair flower is slightly larger than the previous flowers (at approx 16cm at its widest point), with 2 large, vibrant yellow lilies. The single crocodile clip is more than sufficient to keep this flower in place. Again, the bright yellow petals and red anther render Paloma the perfect flower to complete any Hawaiian or Tiki inspired outfit. Cost: £8.95

Paloma Double Yellow Lilly Hair Flower - Lady Luck's Boutique

Paloma Double Yellow Lilly Hair Flower - Lady Luck's Boutique

Paloma Double Yellow Lilly Hair Flower - Lady Luck's Boutique

Gigi Double Lime Green Orchid Hair Flower

The Gigi Double Lime Green Hair Flower is again of a nice size (14cm at its widest point) with two small lime green flowers. Held in place with a single crocodile clip, this flower is super wearable and quite understated, as far as hair flowers go! If I am after a bit of something extra for my outfit, but don't want to go all out, I usually grab for the Gigi or the Debra Hibiscus flower. Cost: £8.50

Gigi Double Lime Green Hair Flower - Lady Luck's Boutique

Gigi Double Lime Green Hair Flower - Lady Luck's Boutique

Gigi Double Lime Green Hair Flower - Lady Luck's Boutique

Paloma Double Pink Lilly Hair Flower

The Paloma Double Pink Lilly hair flower is the same in terms of spec as the yellow version, coming in at roughly 16cm at its widest point. Held in place with a single crocodile clip, this baby pink flower is perfect for pastel coloured outfits. Cost: £8.95

Paloma Double Pink Lilly Hair Flower - Lady Luck's Boutique

Paloma Double Pink Lilly Hair Flower - Lady Luck's Boutique

Paloma Double Pink Lilly Hair Flower - Lady Luck's Boutique

And Finally, the Daddy of them all...

Queenie Stargazer Lilly Hair Flower

The Queenie Stargazer Lilly hair flower is a BEAST! The largest flower in my collection (measuring 20cm at its widest point), the Queenie Stargazer is show stopping. Due to its size, it features two crocodile clips, one on the base (as per the other flowers) and one on the end of a petal, to ensure that it is kept in place securely. It is a beautiful bright, vibrant pink; much more pink that the Paloma Lilly, which is more of a baby pink shade. The Queenie Stargazer is perfect if you are a fan of big hair, as this large flower needs a suitable large doo to nestle into. Cost: £10. 

Queenie Stargazer Lilly Hair Flower - Lady Luck's Boutique

Queenie Stargazer Lilly Hair Flower - Lady Luck's Boutique

Queenie Stargazer Lilly Hair Flower - Lady Luck's Boutique

All hair flowers are available from www.ladylucksboutique.com 

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