Thursday, 12 November 2015

Prepare yourself, It's Coming. Wrapping.

6 Weeks to go till the big day and this week we're thinking about something that isn't normally given any thought and, though might seem insignificant, can make or break a good present. It's...




Wrapping!



Notice how we didn't say wrapping paper there, but more on that later. The packaging of a present really does mean a lot. A well wrapped and finished present not only shows you've taken time and care over their gift (even if you actually haven't) it can also add to the intrigue. We're sure we aren't the only ones who get a little flutter of excitement when we see an item is in tissue paper with a bow.

Now first off, before you even get down to the folding and finishing, you need to decide what you are going to use. Now you might think this is a bit obvious but as we hinted at early you don't just have to used the conventional paper to wrap up your gifts. You can use head scarves as we talk about in last weeks blog, vintage wall paper, posters of the persons favorite band or actor, old comic books, vintage sheet music and even newspaper, anything can look quite pretty with a bow. It's all about make do and mend with us at HQ and the suggestions before fit into that perfectly, it's all about saving the world and look fabulous at the same time. If that's all a bit much for you, have you thought about printing your own? All you need is brown kraft paper, a potatoes and some shape ideas and your away. We made a very lovely Christmas tree one last year, if we do say so ourselves.

Now once you've got your wrapping of choice, we've gone for a comic book for our demonstration, you can begin our five step guide to the most awesome present finishing.


Step one: Preparation.



This might sound obvious but remove all the price tags, it saves your embarrassment. Next box your present, it will really make your life easier and look so much better. We didn't but you can wrap your gift inside the box with tissue paper or an extra treat to add to it's loveliness. 
Lay your paper on to a flat service, again making life easier, and get out your scissors and sticky tape. Now your ready to being.




Step two: 
Place your gift in it's box in the centre of your paper, making sure you have enough around the sides to cover easily. Remember you can taketh away, you can't giveth. You might like us need to attach two bits together, remember to have the frayed edges on the inside. Finish by placing your item upside down in the middle.

Step three:
Take your paper at the longest side and fold it over the box, making sure you crease the paper. Let go, and then fold the paper at the crease. It will make the present look smarter and tighter. Refold the paper putting a small amount of tape on the crease. If, like us, the paper still doesn't quite meet, you can steal a bit off the side to add in an extra panel.

Step Four:
Next work one side at a time. Fold the side of the piece of paper into the middle, making sure you have a nice tight crease and cut off any excess. The fold the other side in, tucking in any loose pieces. Next fold up the bottom, making sure it is even and doesn't go over the top, cut if you need to then stick down, again only using a small amount of tape.




Step Five:
Now for the fun bit, finish off you gift with ribbons, notes, sweeties and more. These bits will hide a multitude of sins so even if your wrapping isn't great, *cough* a little bits like ours, your gift can look fabulous. This is where you can make it really personal and pretty. Have a look at our Parday Time board on Pinterest for more ideas. http://www.pinterest.com/whatsyourtale/parday-time/ 




And your done! All you need to know now is the last posting dates from royal mail so you can make sure your gift gets there:


Latest Recommended Posting Dates
ServicesDates
International Services 
 International Economy (formerly known as Surface Mail)
Monday 28 SeptemberAll non-European destinations (except Canada, Far East, Middle East,
South Africa and the USA)
Tuesday 29 SeptemberFar and Middle East (except Hong Kong and Singapore)
Tuesday 13 OctoberCanada, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa, USA
Tuesday 3 NovemberCyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece, Iceland, Malta, Turkey
Tuesday 17 NovemberWestern Europe
 International Standard (formerly Airmail) and all
International Tracking and Signature Services
(formerly Airsure® and International Signed For®)
Friday 4 DecemberAfrica, Middle East
Monday 7 DecemberAsia, Cyprus, Far East, Japan, Eastern Europe (ex. Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia
Tuesday 8 DecemberCaribbean, Central & South America
Thursday 10 DecemberGreece, Australia, New Zealand
Monday 14 DecemberCzech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland
Tuesday 15 DecemberCanada, Finland, Sweden, USA
Wednesday 16 DecemberAustria, Iceland, Ireland, Portugal, Spain
Thursday 17 DecemberFrance
Friday 18 DecemberBelgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland
 Contract Surface Air Lift
Friday 13 NovemberSouth America, Central America, Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Far East, New Zealand, Australia
Friday 20 NovemberUSA, Canada, Middle East
 International Standard HM Forces Mail -
British Forces Post Office® (BFPO)
Friday 27 NovemberOperational BFPOs
Friday 11 DecemberStatic BFPOs
UK Services 
 UK Inland Services
Saturday 19 December2nd Class and Royal Mail Signed For®
Monday 21 December1st Class and Royal Mail Signed For®
Wednesday 23 DecemberRoyal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®

And your away. Have a look at our wrapping page on our website here for some ideas, have a gander here at our ties if you liked the one in the box and for more info about posting times have a look at the royal mail site here

This blog falls into our It's a Modern World series which is all about lending your hand to the little things to make the big things happen. Find out more about this series and our others at on our Overview blog or find more in the same series by pressing the "It's a Modern World" tab at the top of the page. 


Monday, 26 October 2015

Make Do and Mend: The Innocent Smoothie Big Knit

The leaves have started showing off their golden colours, scarves are being dug out from the bottom of the wardrobe and some of us have even dared to put our heating on. Winter is approaching. But it's not all doom and gloom, the start of the chill also means Innocent restart their Big Knit campaign, hurrah! and this year we want you to get involved too.

The colder months can be tough for a lot of people, as many as 25,000 older people's lives are at risk because of the cold and the lovely lot at Innocent just couldn't have that. Back in 2003, they had an idea. They asked some older people, and some younger people, to knit little woolly hats which they slipped onto their smoothies, and for each one sold they made a donation of 25p to Age UK.


The idea snowballed and so far the people of the UK have knitted an astonishing 5 million hats, which is amazing. And have raised over £1.7m, and raised awareness of the great work done by charities like Age UK.

Some facts and figures for you:
Last year the Big Knit raised over £215,ooo which could fund...

40,000 blankets
helping vulnerable older people to stay warm despite the winter chill.

or


20,000 hot meals
to be delivered by friendly volunteers to older people who would otherwise struggle to cook for themselves.

or


10,000 emergency heaters
for older people at serious risk of the cold.

or


21,511 essential Winter Warmth packs
which contain:
• A fleecy blanket
• Thermal socks
• Thermal cup
• Hot water bottle 
• Thermal hot water bottle cover
• Room thermometer 
• Soup packets

Or
10,755 days at a local Age UK centre
with a hot lunch, activities and the chance to meet new friends

Phew that's a lot. We love this campaign, you get to do your bit whilst being all crafty and it gives you something to do with those devious fingers. All you need to do to get involved is to log on to http://www.thebigknit.co.uk/ print yourself off a pattern and begin. They have a wide range of designs ranging from beginner bobbles to expert foxes and all manor of ones in between. We're only beginners here at HQ but have added a fruity theme to our first little pile...



Once you've knitted your pile, just put them in a envelope with a note stating how many you've knitted, the date and your name and address and send them along to:

The Big Knit 2015
Innocent Drinks
342 Ladbroke Grove
London
W10 5BU

All hats needs to be in by the 11th December and they will be in stores from the Feb 2016. If you've got any questions, send them over to bigknit@innocentdrinks.co.uk or call them on 0207 993 3311.

We would love to see what you've been knitting, send us a picture on our Twitter or Facebook page and we'll show you off. We might even dazzle you with out designs every once in a while. 

This blog falls into our Make Do and Mend series which is all about sewing, making and mending. Find out more about this series and our others at on our Overview blog or find more in the same series by pressing the "Make Do and Mend" tab at the top of the page. 

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Prepare yourself, It's coming: The Preparation

We know mentioning Christmas will make so many of you groan and cries of "But it's only October!" will drift over to us from all 4 corners of the globe, but with only 10 weeks to go on Friday you just can't avoid it, the festivities are coming. We like to help and put your plans in place and your preliminary parts preped, so each year we bring out our Prepare Yourself, It's Coming blog series, all about giving you what you need to make this Christmas your best yet. Some of the post are rehashes from the years before as their topics are just timeless and some, like this one, are new

We wanted to begin our 2015 stint with a over all preparation blog. The way we see it is, some stitches in time now can make sure you aren't having to do it all at once and can fully enjoy the frivolities, safe in the knowledge you're nice and organised. We all have different ways of doing it, when we ask about it in our office, we have a dead split; one half not thinking about it till December whilst the others starting in July and one has even got half of their shopping done already, but no one likes a show off.



The Smug face of Early Present Buyers. (Image from Reddit)
Prep has 3 main perks. 1. It should stop you getting stressed, 2. It will save you money and 3. It means you can be enjoying the season as you've got all under wraps and you aren't stuck in a sorting office queue when you should be stuffing your face with mince pies. So hush your grumbles, take off your Bah Humbug hats and have a read of our handy preparation guide so you too can be smug, we mean, prepared come December.


The dreaded Post Office queue. (Image from Google)

Lists are your friends

You can't talk about preparation without talking about lists, these babies were born for getting you ready for anything. The best way to start is with an overall list and then breaking that down into smaller more manageable ones. Think:

  •  Food lists, what food do you like eating? What recipes do you know will go down well? What snacks are always a must?
  •  Presents lists, our head honcho keeps her present list going all year round so when a present idea pops into her head for Miss "I'm the hardest person to buy for" she jots it down so there is less of a panic when it comes to start buying
  • Making list, are you going to be crafty this year with some decorations and gifts? When do you need to start them so you're not frantically glue gunning your fingers on Christmas eve.
  • That "Christmassy Feeling" list, write down all the things that give you that festive glow so you make sure you get them all in. It could be a certain film, a distinct biscuit or even a certain place.
  • A Card list, so you know how many to buy and who to send to

Top Tip: Use an app like Wunderlist to compile all of the above so you don't have millions of bits of paper floating around.

Listen

Being so far in advance with your Christmas head means you can pay attention to what people are into so you can buy them a better present. You won't need to panic buy gift sets for Aunty and Unc if you've already picked up on the fact that the first is really into crime thrillers and the second managed to loose their favourite scarf last year. The thought of how many gifts are unwanted each year makes our blood run cold, it's such a waste of money and goes against the true meaning of it all, no one ever said Christmas to them is 4 boxes of unopened Lynx sets.

Tip Tip: A lot of sites, like Etsy and Not On The High Street already have their gift section set up (cough Our's is here) Have a look through them and see if anything reminds you of something a giftee said, ie You see a red hat and then remember Great Aunt Mildred has a thing for red berets.

Pinterest for the Win

If your memory is anything like ours, remembering what type of wrapping paper you want to make or that perfect table layout is going to be near impossible 70 odd days before you need it so this is where Pinterest comes in. Find a picture of said thing, pin it, forget about it, then look at it all again once you are full of mulled wine and minced pies and actually need it. It's also a great place to get ideas from gifts to outfits so put it into your prep to save some of your brain power. 

Top Tip: Make your board secret because a) you don't want everyone stealing your ideas and b) it's less irritating for everyone else.


This is our Christmas Pinterest board

Food Trials and Tricks
Food is one of the main reasons the festive season is just so brilliant. Whenelse are rich, sweet, delicious foods so ready available and no one judges you when you eat enough for a family of four. Use the few months you have ahead of you to perfect those recipes you want to wow everyone with at Christmas, its a win win, you fine tune your menu whilst you get a little taste of the festivities early.

Top Tip: In these pre months, you can pick up bits that last for ever like crackers or After Eights whilst they are a little cheaper and more importantly, in stock.


Pennies and Pounds

The best bit about being organised? You. Will. Save. Money. Having the extra time means you can search around for the cheapest deal on eBay, Amazon, Groupon and have the extra breathing space to buy things from further afield, knowing you have plenty of time for it to arrive. Buying in advance is also normally much cheaper for experiences or days out like Spa days, especially with vouchers. Most place offer deals and discounts pre December to get people in but with long expiry dates so they can be used whenever.

Top Tip: Sign up to voucher sites or just search the website you are on before you pay at the checkout. You'd be surprised at how much you can save.


Extra Places

There are some great websites that are great for helping, our favourites being:

101daystochristmas.com - This site has been running since the 15th September and aims to give you a tip a day on getting ready for the holiday season. They range from clearing out old toys to setting up a gift closet and being daily means you don't feel to overwhelmed by it.


christmas.organizedhome.com/printable/christmas-planner - All of this website is good but we especially love their printable planners

And one finally bit, don't worry, starting your preparations this early isn't about starting Christmas early, the reason its such a magical time of year is because it's only once a year and all you are doing is just getting all the loose ends tied up. Christmas, like life, is what you make, so being organised just means you've got more chance to make it fabulous.


This blog falls into our It's a Modern World series which is all about lending your hand to the little things to make the big things happen. Find out more about this series and our others at on our Overview blog or find more in the same series by pressing the "It's a Modern World" tab at the top of the page. 

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Do Your Bit: Project Ocean

When one thinks of Selfridges & Co, the first things that spring to mind are pretty shoes, exquisite clothes and more pretty things in their shop or website. We doubt the ocean life and plastic waste are in your top ten but its something that means a lot to them, so much so they started Project Ocean.


In its fifth year, Project Ocean is retail activism in action, it's a long-term partnership between Selfridges and The Zoological Society of London to protect our oceans. When launched in 2010 they focused on endangered fish, ensuring that only non-endangered ones were sold and served at Selfridges and began producing the fish guide to help customers work out which fish were sustainable to eat, they also helped to create the Marine Reserves Coalition and raised money to develop the 50-hectare Selfridges Marine Reserve in Philippines. In 2013 they fought against the stereotypes around sharks with a 'Save Our Sharks' exhibition, and committed to ensure all the products in their Beauty Hall are free from shark oil and shark-by products.



In 2014, Project Ocean took centre state at the once-a-decade World Parks Congress in Sydney. A Zoological Society of London delegation spoke to a global audience of charities and government officials about the importance of Project Ocean in shifting consumer perceptions.
2015 sets out to raise awareness of the harm plastic causes to our oceans. In the next decade, our oceans could hold one kilogram of plastic for every three kilograms of fish and 8 million tonnes of plastic are dumped in the ocean every year - equal to five grocery bags of plastic on every foot of coastline around the globe. Selfridges wants to highlight the dangers of single use plastic, encouraging everyone to reduce, reuse and recycle plastics. They are removing all plastic carrier and all still and sparkling plastic water bottles from our store, which will amount to approximately 400,000 bottles a year. Also, not afraid to get their hands dirty, Selfridges team members came together in June to clear plastics from shores of the Thames by Island Gardens.

How you can help.
  • Donate as you dine at their restaurant or cafe. Funds raised will help the Zoological Society of London expand the selfridges Marine Reserve by 5 times, restore the UK's oldest oyster beds and clean up 200 UK beaches.

  • Avoid Single Use Plastics. Soon there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans, so it's time we all reduced our use of single-use plastics, Selfridges have banned all plastic carrier bags and plastic water bottles. To help you see through the plastics problem in true Selfridges style, they have brought together an edit of the most fashionable re-usable water vessels in store.


  • Say No To Eating Endangered Fish. If we carry on eating fish in the way we currently do, there will be no more fish in the sea. That's why we never serve endangered fish at Selfridges. Find out with fish you should take off your menu on the Marine Conservation Society Website. http://www.fishonline.org/



You can pledge your support with the hash tag #ProjectOcean.

This blog falls into our Do Your Bit series which is all about lending your hand to the little things to make the big things happen. Find out more about this series and our others at on our Overview blog or find more in the same series by pressing the "Do Your Bit" tab at the top of the page. 

Friday, 21 August 2015

On Your Bike: Fashion on the Ration at the Imperial War Museum London #RationedFashion

We are a little slow off the mark with this one due to our hiatus but better late than never, we say. Last week, we packed our little knapsacks and bundled ourselves onto a train for an office outing to the Imperial War Museum in London to take in their current exhibition Fashion on the Ration, looking at the clothes and styles which shone through in World War 2. 

Clothes and how they were worn were greatly effected in the 5 years of the Second World War. The austerity caused by lack of materials and movement of labour meant that clothes and accessories were hard to come by and then rationed with coupons restricting what you could buy.  Then, what was normally bought for a season, suddenly was needed to be worn for much longer and adapted if you wanted something new. These restrictions meant if one wanted to make their wardrobe feel fresh, a level of ingenuity was needed and ingenious some people were.


Fashion on the Ration has over 300 exhibits all beautifully organised and gives a glimpse of the reality of rationing and living in a war time austerity Britain. It is split into six sections:

Into Uniform.
Around 25% of the country were wearing uniforms throughout the war which ranged from, full kit to just arm bands or hats. On display, they have a few key pieces of uniform, one being the W.R.E.N.S uniform, which was the highly favoured at the time and played a big part in the fact it was the most popular service for women to join. They also have a land girl uniform with its thick jumpers and striking boots, which we definitely have a soft spot for.




Functional Fashion. 
Here looked into how the war effected what people wore at home and at work. Clothes needed to be harder wearing and needed to last longer, so items like housecoats became more popular as they protected your outfit for wear. The risk that you would need to get up in the night unexpectedly bought about a need for an outfit you could sleep in that you could ask hunk down in your air raid shelter in and in came the Siren suit which they have a few on display. The war also meant that accessories needed to have multi purposes such as keeping you seen in the black out or disguising your gas marks, and you can see a selection of these as well.




Ration and Make do and Mend.
This section is all about why clothing rationing was introduced in 1941 and how it changed the way people shopped. Buying new clothes had their limits due to your coupons so people were encouraged to become creative with their old wardrobes. People were also encouraged to make their clothes last longer by mending, altering, knitting. This is where the ingenuity came through with new clothes being made from the oddest things. On display are bridesmaid dresses made from parachutes, a wedding dressing worn over 15 times, bracelets made from aircraft components, a bra and knickers set made from RAF silk maps for Countess Mountbatten and some brilliant Make do and Mend videos.




Utility Clothing
This was introduced in 1941 to tackle unfairness on the rationing scheme and standardise production so it was easier for the factories to make and helped the war effort. The fashion range was made from a limited range of quality controlled fabrics and were limited by regulations to how many pockets and pleats they could have. The exhibition includes several dresses which all have a similar shape and style but very different colours. We found it quite amazing that some of the styles felt quite modern or at least 1970's/80's which shows how fashion comes around.




Beauty as Duty
There was alot of pressure to maintain a good personal appearance and many women went to great lengths to get it. It was felt that if people were looking drab is would show a lack of morale and this was why make up was never rations. Cosmetic and clothing often had a patriotic edge to them, like scarves and compact boxes and by wearing them you could show you were doing your bit for the war effort. On display here are adverts promoting make up with a real war time feel like Lips in Uniform. 

Peace and the New Look?
The last section looks how the end of the war impacted fashion. There was a VE dress worn by comedienne Jenny Hayes to celebrate end of the war, also demob suits. The launch of the Christian Dior's New Look shook the fashion world in 1947, who desperate for something new after the bleak fashion years through the war years. Exhibition ends with a special film capturing the thoughts of leading fashion commentators, such as Great British Sewing Bee's Patrick Grant, Wayne Hemingway and fashion historian Amber Butchart discussing the legacy of the WW2 upon fashion.

We absolutely love it and would definitely recommend it if you are into home front fashion, even if you go just for some fabulous outfit ideas.

The exhibition costs £10 or free to members. You'll need to be quick if you want to catch this as it is in its last few weeks with it closing on the 31st August. For more information, take a look at their website at http://www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-london/fashion-on-the-ration-1940s-street-style, their Facebook: www.facebook.com/iwm.london.

All facts and figures are off the IWM site or their press release for the exhibition. No pictures are our own due to photography restrictions but all we have used are linked back to their original site.

This blog falls into our On Your Bike series which is all about adventures whether it's out on your bike, a vintage train day or even a themed day. It also has bike maintenance, hair styles for your adventures and more. Find out more about this series and our others at on our Overview blog or find more in the same series by pressing the "On Your Bike" tab at the top of the page. 

Friday, 19 June 2015

On Your Bike: How to Keep Vintage Hair Whilst On The Move

Many of you know our head honcho has travelled the world and her plan when she left was to back pack around with her usual vintage style that she had at home, see her blog for more. Knowing this dilemma would be one other vintage styled ladies would have we thought we would share with you her top 7 hair styles she utilised whilst she was away and wanting her vintage look. These are the perfect styles for when you are away from your amities, including holidays but also think festivals, camping trips or even just the moments of "I can't be bother" on a Monday morning.

Before we begin...
There are a few things you will need in your tool box to make sure you can do these styles, they aren't not much but they will become your very trusty companions.

You will need:

  • 100 or so Kirby Grips/Bobby Pins. These will be your most loved and hated tool. Loved as they can really do any style you need, hated as you will never be able to find them, that's why we've said bring 100
  • 10 Hair bows/ties. Again great for most styles and also brilliant for a quick "I don't care what it looks like" pony tail. Number is again for losses.
  • Vintage Head Scarves. We've got a lot of love for these as they hide a multitude of sins and instantly vintage up an outfit. You can never pack too many.
  • Dry Shampoo. Perfect for freshening up your hair when its looking a bit lank, and you can get little travel sized ones which are perfect.
  • Hair Spray. This is great for finishing off styles and just making sure all your hard work stays. Again you can get it in small bottles.
  • A mirror. It doesn't have to be a big one, a compact can do but you just need to check all the bits are in place, a trusted friend could also do this job.
Other bits to note before we share the styles, we would recommend practising these before you leave for the trip of a life time or a weekend festivalling as although they are simple enough, it can take time and repetition to make them perfect and you don't want to be doing that in a damp tent without a large mirror.

The Styles
Pin Curls
These are a must to learn if you want curls without heating wands and magical electronic things. They are also great if you're lazy like us in the office and don't want to space the hour in morning with the curling tongs but still want beautiful vintage locks.

Pin curls are probably the oldest form of hair curling but they hit it big in the 1930's when everyone wanted the wave look. The number one reason, we think, they have survived so long is the fact they are so easy and relatively quick once you know what you are doing.

Step by Step:



The picture above is one we found on the net (originally from the book Vintage Hairstyling) and we've used it instead of doing our own step by step for the first part as it really is a comprehensive list to getting a good curl. Though we couldn't miss out adding a few pictures of our boss with her prep and curls.



At the end of the steps above:
Once your curls are set its really up to you how you style them. If you loosely brush the curls with your fingers you will get some tightish ringlets that look great swept to the side, like below to the left or you can brush them a little more vigorously and give yourself a perfect 50's wave which you can tease or add victory rolls to, like the right.

Note to remember:
These do take practise to make sure the curls are uniform and you don't make odd shapes, but do stick at it as once you've got it, these babies will become your lifesaver.

The Quiff

This style has certainly come back in fashion the last few years. From the catwalk to the high street, everyone is wearing one and its ease has got to be one of its perks.



It looks great mixed in with victory rolls (we're coming to victory rolls in a bit) but also with a pony tail, bun, hair down...the possibilities with this one are a bit endless. We love it because it's a great way to very, very quickly vintage up your hair.

Step by Step:
1. Section off the front of your hair. How we normally do it is to take the hair in between your temples and about an inch or so back. Or if you have a fringe normally, your whole fringe.

This next bit will be split in to two parts for long and short

Long: 
2. Brush your hair upwards and hold it vertical. Start to wrap the end around two fingers, making a circle and then take out your fingers.
3. Roll the circle towards your head, it will widen as it goes down but you want that so your quiff is a good size.
4. When you have hit your head, pin into place with some kirby grips and hair spray if needed, voila. 

Too Short to roll?:
2. Brush your hair upwards, and back comb slightly to give you some shape.
3. Twist the end slightly and then pin back to your head, making sure you don't pull it too tight so the quiff isn't flat. Voila.

Note to remember:
This style actually works better on slightly dirty hair as its got a bit more give. If you need some more strength to it, don't be afraid to use some hair spray.



Victory Rolls up and down dos

You can't talk about vintage hair styles without mentioning victory rolls. They became popular in World War 2 and they are said to have got their name from two things, one from a manoeuvre from the fighter planes, where they rolled in the sky causing an exhaust trail in a roll behind then and two, that the style looks like a Victory V on ones head causing patriotic people to don them in their droves.


They are a such an easy way to vintage up your hair once you know how to do them, they are definitely the ones that need most practise but once you have them you will use them in so many styles that you won't know how you survived without them.


Step by Step:
There are so many videos online for these that we thought we would include our favourite beginner one instead of fumbling around and doing our own. 

Now you don't need to curl your hair for these, it just makes it a little easier, like she says, in the beginning. If you haven't got curled hair, you still start the same with making a loop around your finger. 



Notes to Remember:
Try to keep your rolls small or tight and higher up on your head to stop looking like Minnie Mouse or that you've got a set of bear ears on.


The Rolled Head scarf style

This is our favourite style for early morning fairs and it never fails to get a compliment. It can be done in a matter of minutes and looks fabulous. It's got a definite 30's/40's feel to it but will look good team with any era, even 70's or later styles.

Step by Step:
1. Brush your hair flat and then place a pre rolled scarf (see later tips on rolling your scarves) on your head, bowing it at the top.
2. Take a 2 inch section from the front of you hair on the left hand side and loop it over and through the scarf. Do the same for the other side.
3. Now comes the fun bit, stuff the rest of your hair over the scarf so it all curls around, giving a roll effect.
4. Make sure you have no gaps and then secure into place with kirby grips/bobby pins, putting them in at a horizontal angle. Voila.

Note to remember:
Silker scarves make this style a little harder so try to use chiffon or cotton if you find it slipping too much.

The Rolled Beehive
This is a bit of an alternative to a beehive which still gives you the same height but its a little more eye catching. It's also a good way to practice your pin curl rolls or make use of curly hair that's become a little too wayward to leave down.



Step by Step:
1. Start with your hair down.
2. Grab your hair into a pony tail about 3/4 of the way down your head, and twist it for a couple of turns in your hands. Then turn it up so the end of the pony tail is now sitting on top of your head and pin it into place.
3. This will now leave you with an unruly mop on top of your head, perfect. 
4. Start by taking one piece of hair about half an inch thick, from the back section of your head. Pull it lightly away from your head and then curl it like you would a pin curl. Wrap the hair around two fingers and slowly roll in to your head. Don't pin it to your head like a pin curl though, just place it on the head, pinning it at the bottom so you can see the loop.
5. Continue this process for the rest of the hair, it's best to work from the back to the front and making the back slightly larger so you create a layered effect.
6. Once you are finished and you are happy the curls have made an even shape, pop on a head scarf and voila, your finished.

Note to remember:
This style is easiest when your hair is curly as the rolls are easier to make. It's a good style to do once your pin curls are looking a bit tired.

The bow bun
This style for us in the office has replaced the pony tail in our hearts for our favourite lazy day style. It's simple but effective and makes your look like you've made an effort when you haven't. We love it!

Step by Step: 



1. Put your hair up like you are going to do a pony tail but don't pull the hair right through so you have a bit at the end that's about 2-3 inches long and wide bun at the top.
2. Split the bun down the middle so you have two buns each side.
3. Take the end of hair that you have left out and pull in back in between the two buns and tuck it into the back under the hair tie you have used for the bun. Pin if needed. Voila.

Note to remember:
Make sure you don't pull the middle bit too tight as the shape of the bow will be off.

Head Scarves
This is for when all else fails and you just need an edge without having to give yourself one. The vintage scarf!

Not only will it hide a multitude of sins with any of your styles, it also has so many other uses (see the second on headscarves in our head honcho's blog about How to Stay Vintage Whilst Backpacking) and they can be teamed with so many of the styles above to add an even more vintage edge to them.

We have compile a picture board below for inspiration of all the different styles you can have with head scarves.




Our step by step for this one is how to roll a good head scarf thinly and thickly for all the styles above.

Thickly Step by Step:


1. Start by laying out the scarf on a flat surface.
2. Fold the bottom left hand corner into the square but not completely to the end.
3. And voila, your thick scarf fold is complete. Place the folded side on the base of your head with the 3 corners meeting just above your fringe and tie together.

Thinly Step by Step:


3. Start with step 1 and 2 of the thick scarf. Fold the top right hand corner into the middle.
4. Fold the scarf in half and then voila, you are ready to tie it. Just remember to have the fold edge at the bottom when you place it on your head.

Note to remember:
Iron your scarves in the folded shapes so they are easier to do when you need them, though only do this with material that won't melt under heat (chiffon is a no no).

And there you have it, 7 simple styles (well 6 and the scarves) that will help you look vintage and spectacular whilst on your travels or just in a rush. We would love to see you with these styles, either email them to shop@whatsyourtalenightingale or tweet us at @WYTNightingale with your stylish snaps.

We have tried to credit all the pictures we have used and link back to the site we got them from. If we haven't its or haven't done it right, let us know at shop@whatsyourtalenightingale.com and we will correct it straight away. 

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