Megan Amey
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Vignette Journal

A lifestyle blog and photo journal by Megan Amey

Posts tagged vintage
1940s Style Workwear

Finally! A pair of 1940s style jeans that arent over-styled and too-long legged! I haven't enjoyed wearing skinny jeans for a looong time now but haven't been able to find a pair of semi smart looser fitting ones, vintage or otherwise. Until I came across these on Asos. I'm not usually one for spur of the moment purchases, but these were bought within 5 minutes of seeing them. Looking at these photos now, I guess I was kind of half inspired by the latest episode of Westworld - the high waisted loose fitting jeans, brown belt, striped shirt & neckerchief are pretty similar to what Dolores wore in episode 5...WHOOPS!

1. Shirt - Gap, old 2. Neckerchief - vintage, found in Brighton years ago 3. Jeans - ASOS 4. Belt - John Lewis, old

Aldeburgh Beach

For me, summer is never complete unless I've had a day at the beach. I don't even mind if it's not warm enough to wip my bikini out, or if my freshly cut hair gets a tad swept up by the wind. It's just such a good feeling to have sand underneath my feet and a sea to dip them in to. It actually wasn't as cold as it looks, either!

Harry's brother is back home for a few days, so we decided to squeeze the entire family in to the car, picnic and all, and drive down the Aldeburgh for the day. It's was a bit grey and windy, so I decided to go for a loose-ish pair of jeans that I could roll up if I wanted to paddle in the sea, and layers that I could easily shed if it got warmer. All of the clothes I'm wearing are at least 3 years old, apart from the scarf that was a birthday present. Someone take me shopping, stat!

All in all it was a lovely day out, aaand I got my beach fix. For now.

  1. Grey denim jacket - Monki
  2. black spotty top - H&M
  3. Jeans - asos
  4. Sandles - Salt Water Sandles
  5. Scarf - birthday present, vintage
Sun and Life

These vintage Mexican embroidered 'peasant' tops always remind me of Frida Kahlo. Whenever I wear this one that I bought in Amsterdam a few weeks ago I feel like I'm sort of channeling the most positive aspects of her personality - strong, creative, independent & in love. Im also wearing my new favourite lipstick mentioned a few posts before this one - Urban Decays Vice cream lipstick in Bang. It's so hard to capture on camera, it's super bright in real life!

  • Vintage embroidered Mexican blouse - Laura Dols, Amsterdam
  •  Jeans - Asos, years and years old, similar
  • Belt - John Lewis, old
  • Shoes - Clarks, in the sale now!
  • David Bowie cat earrings - Oolala Design, a perfectly thought out gift, aren't they the best?!

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Amsterdam Day 3

Our final day and a half in Amsterdam! I honestly wasn't ready to leave, there is so much to do and see you could easily go for a week and not get bored. We spent the day wandering the streets, looking at the architecture, eating lots of yummy food and generally soaking up our last day on holiday. We went to what is now I think officially my favourite cafe by the advice of Betty magazine; Coffee & Coconuts. I wish I could just completely copy it and have it closer to me because I would honestly be in there almost every day working on my iPad, drinking coffee and eating the most amazing coconut pancakes ever (and becoming penniless & fat). It was in an old Art Deco cinema (AHHH), plants everywhere, bean bags to lounge on, everyone was really nice. It was perfect! Also, if you are a lover of GOOD QUALITY clean, well cared for and well curated vintage, with actual nice/not intimidating people in store, something I feel is very lacking in the UK right now, Amsterdam is a must for you. Especially Laura Dols. I had been here once before when I was around 19 on an art foundation trip and remember buying a grey knitted tank top. This time I could have come out with an entirely new wardrobe, but I was on a budget (not that this place was expensive,AT ALL), so I just bought a cute little embroidered "peasant top" - I don't really know what else to call it? But it's cute. And it was only €25. I bet the exact same top would have been £35+ in the UK.

And thus concludes our time in Amsterdam. If we go again I'd like to be a little more 'cultural' and visit more museums and things, but we were just so happy wandering that before we knew it, it was time to go home!

Makeup Through the Ages; 1920s

This is the beginning of a series of classic/typical makeup looks from the 2os to the 70s, and maaaybe be the 80s, not sure yet. The 1920s and 30s are my favourite eras. I remember my mum being quite obsessed with Art Deco interiors when I was little and I guess it's rubbed off on me! If I had endless amounts of money I would own solely 1920s and 30s dresses and loungewear (and Edwardian cotton and lace, hah!). I just want to say, I am in no way a makeup artist, or a historian. This is just something that I'm really interested in. I concealed my eyebrows so I could make them thinner and elongated them towards middle of my ear which was classic for the 20s. Plucking became popular in the 20s and eyebrows got much thinner, but not as thin as the 30s! I made my eyes dark using a dark brown and a black eyeshadow and black pencil liner, this is another typical look of this era. It was now acceptable for women to wear makeup in public, and some of the more adventurous would have their eyes very dark (I like to think I would have been one of them). I then used my beloved Besame lipstick to recreate Clara bow's iconic cupids bow lip. This under drawn but very shaped lip was popularised by actresses, filtered down to the public and soon enough, everyone was doing it! Cake mascara was also hugley popular, but I've just used my normal mascara here. And finally, blush. Blush was generally applied in a circle, just on the apples of the cheeks, as a rounded face was the most sought after face shape at the time. I would have fit right in! Makeup used:

  • NYX matte but not flat foundation - I am not getting on with this! Need to find a cruelty free CC cream. My favourite was bourjois 123 perfect cc cream, but alas, they aren't cruelty free.
  • NYX HD Concealer - I'm not actually finding this too bad, it doesn't crease under my eyes as easily as some other concealers and lasts a long time. I'll probably re-purchase this once I run out. I don't think anything will help my dark circles but some proper sleep at the moment though.
  • Makeup Revolution Iconic3 palette, second from last dark brown/grey colour (they don't have names...)
  • Kiko Milano single eyeshadow in 178 (black with silver glitter)
  • Revlon length+volume mascara. Again, this came in a beauty box I used to be subscribed to. Need to find a good cruelty free alternative.
  • Sleek blush in Flushed
  • Besame brightening violet powder
  • Besame lipstick in Cherry Red