#MostStylishRaceGoer at Newbury Races?

ladies day at newbury races

I was invited to Ladies Day at Newbury Racecourse this weekend, as a fun bloggers' day out. Having never been to the races, the sunshine scheduled in, I set about buying a hat!

I started the train journey in a traditional fashion - with cocktails in a can! There really is no other way to travel.

I wore a Horrockses Fashions dress, a vintage brand that has just relaunched with a new range. It was originially £125, but is currently on sale at £87. It definitely feels expensive to wear, the material is thick, which means it hangs without flying up in the wind, always a plus with this style of dress.

We were given a free bet, and having never bet on a horse before I found the staff helpful, but sadly we didn't win anything. Our horse didn't even place. Whoops!

The lure of an £8000 trip to the Seychelles meant that I entered the #MostStylishRaceGoer competition, but yet again, we didn't even place. I'd better get saving for my own holiday!

The hashtag for the day was #WinInStyle, and although I didn't win anything, I definitely felt I had fun in style. Winning.



Rockalily Style: Vintage Silk Dress Destroyed

One of my best friends is getting married today (well married legally today, and a wedding ceremony next week too), and I'd planned on wearing this vintge silk dress for it. Sadly when I got it out yesterday, I noticed it has been ruined. Something has enjoyed eating it, and the silk has deteriorated all over. So sad. I've decided to try and give it one outing (it isn't fixable), so please keep your fingers crossed that it doesn't fall apart during the ceremony!

The faux fur stole is to keep me warm and to hide the holes on the shoulders!


Bouffants, Beehives and Bobs: The Hairstyles That Shaped Britain

Last year I took part in this BBC documentary, and I've finally found it all online, so you can watch it if you missed it. It documents the history of hair in the 20th century, from the beehive to the invention of the blow dry. It's really watchable, but full of great titbits of social history. I really recommend it, even though my bits in it embarrass the heck out of me! No one likes themselves on film do they?!

Flamingo Amy at Rockalily Styles - amazing vintage hair styling

I'm excited to have our first guest hairstylist at Rockalily Styles (our blow dry and styling bar a few doors down from the main salon Rockalily Cuts) - the bleedin' fabulous Flamingo Amy.

Despite having never met Amy, she's one of the online people who I feel like I know, having chatted online for years, and her work has always blown me away.

She has worked for brands such as Tatty Devine and Tara Starlet, and people like Gizzi Erskine, William Vintage and Vogue Italia.com.

It's been pretty tricky finding a date that we could arrange, as Flamingo Amy is a busy lady, but we finally settled on Saturday October 18th, so if you fancy the opportunity to have Amy style your hair in London (she works in Norwich) then do book in asap to avoid disappointment.

Amy specialises in vintage hair naturally, but definitely has a beautiful knack for 20s and 30s hair, if you've ever fancied trying that for a special occasion.

Amy says: "I love my job as I am always doing something different and it's great to help someone feel amazing for a night out or other event and this is when I find my job the most satisfying. I am really excited about guesting at Rockalilly and have followed ReeRee's journey with the salon (and her lipstick brand before that!) from the beginning. I can't wait to bring my own style of hair-up to East London."

And we'd love to see you there!

1960s Beehive Hair Tutorial

I recently blogged a quick victory roll tutorial, and today I thought I'd show you how to create a quick 1960s beehive at home.

1. My hair is dirty, and unstyled. Clean hair is tricky to style in most vintage hairstyles, so you may want to use some dry shampoo to dirty it up.

2. Roughly section the front of your hair.

3. Clip or use a hair band to keep this section out of the way. I've used a band.

4. Back comb the rest of your hair, leaving the front bit that you've tied out of the way. Don't be shy!

5. Take about half of the back combed section and twist it. This is going to create the majority of the height and shape of your beehive style. 

6. I've used 2 kirby grips to secure this twist in place. It will be hidden away so it doesn't need to be that neat.

7. Take the loose bottom section of hair, and twist up into the first twist. This is hard to explain, and actually makes sense when you're doing it. Promise!

8. Now we're dealing with the front section that we'd kept out of the way. This will be the smooth covering to your beehive. I like to softly smooth it a bit before placing it over the backcombed section.

9. You can play around with placement a little bit here, making the beehive shape bigger or smaller.

10. When I'm placing the section to the back, I create a little swirl. This looks more fiddly that it seems. It creates a nice little shape at the back of the beehive.

11. I've added a headband, which makes it look much more 1960s cutiepie, and also makes the beehive shape a bit more obvious. I've used a little school headband from HeyHoLetsSew which I have folded in half.

Do let me know if you give it a go!