Natural Mumma Magazine January 2018

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VINTAGE MATTERS Stylish, Collectible & Ethical

The Inside Story

Period Looks For Your Home

All Made Up

Retro Makeup Looks

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Contents 6

The Rag Trade Seeking out the best in vintage fashion

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Face Oils The natural way to more radiant skin

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Kiss & Make Up Makeup looks through the ages

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Natural Mumma Makes... Luxurious Eve’s Pudding

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The Inside Story Retro styling tips for your home

This month has been a real treat, we’ve been able to truly indulge our love affair with all things vintage. Delving into what makes vintage clothing ethical – and how to ensure your retro habit is genuine slow fashion, we’ve played about with some beautiful natural facial oils which left our skin ready for every era of makeup from the 1920s to the 1970s as identified in our makeup feature. We raided the cupboards to create a modern take on the classic Eve’s Pudding and came up with something a little more indulgent and discovered how best to

Photo by Gerard Hughes Contact: holly@ naturalmumma.com

kit out your home with a proper retro vibe. I share my personal tips for achieving vintage glamour and let you in on some of my favourite lipstick shades. We also reveal some of our favourite ethical brands and delve into the fascinating stories behind a couple of them. Many thanks to Merv Parnell for access to his collection and his insight into vintage interiors and fashion (as well as the best photoshoot playlist we have had yet). NMM January 2018

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Natural Mumma Loves... LIORA

Casablanca Captured - experience enriching Moroccan argan oil blended with exotic patchouli essence in this age-defying chocolate. Argan oil is known as ‘liquid gold of Morocco’, is rich in vitamins, fatty acids and antioxidants. The cultivation of argan trees is also environmentally important in the struggle against desertification. Patchouli essential oil (Pogostemon cablin) is exotic, sensual and soothing with a host of therapeutic actions including reducing inflammation. It acts as a general tonic, boosting energy levels, and may help to release negative emotions. Patchouli is extremely beneficial for the skin, reducing any wrinkled or chapped appearance. Liora’s is sourced in Indonesia. www.liora-chocolate.com

Yours Sustainably

Perfect for the cold winter weather these slipper socks are made from sheep’s wool and the textured cable design is lined with black fleece for comfort and extra warmth. The slippers have been hand-knitted in a Nepalese factory that employs local people, some affected by disabilities, providing an income for themselves and their families according to fair trade principles. Guaranteeing cosy toes whatever the weather! www.yourssustainably.com

Dai

Dai is performance wear for women who mean business, combining innovative, eco-certified technical fabrics with elegant tailoring and minimal aesthetic. Beyond pieces that feel like yoga but wear like a powersuit, the brand advocates for sustainability and social impact that empowers women. https://daiwear.com

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Visible Clothing This vintage-style dress is perfect for spring days ahead! Add a white sweater and you’re set! It’s made by Visible Clothing Company, a fair trade clothing company and online marketplace that provides total visibility because it owns its tailoring centre. Visible’s tailors make exquisite products for children and adults. Photo: @sassawreford https://visible.clothing

Kay Reed These wildlife pendants and bracelets are perfect for family-lovers of nature. Ecosilversmith, Kay Reed, uses recycled metals to create animals that need our help. Designs include dolphins, elephants, tigers, gorillas, wolves and sea turtles, all of which are encapsulated by their vulnerable habitats including floating ice-caps and silky grasslands. Made in Nottingham, Kay ensures that all of her packaging comes from sustainable sources, while donating 12 per cent of profits to fantastic wildlife conservation charities including The World Land Trust and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Educational messaging and inspiration on how you help each species is at the heart of each purchase. Which animal will you chose to be an ambassador for? Which necklace will you wear to show off your wildlife passion to your children? www.kayreed.co.uk

Love Heartwood If you are looking for a special gift to welcome a little one into the world then this rattle is the perfect choice. Liz from Love Heartwood was inspired to make them after all her children chose a wooden spoon over modern, plastic teethers and rattles. Liz hand turns them in the traditional Shaker style from a single piece of hard wearing beech wood. These popular rattles conform to the latest Toy Safety Regulations and the wood is reclaimed English Beech. To make it a gift to treasure each rattle can be hand engraved with the name, initials and even the date of birth. The rattle comes in a natural cotton bag for keeping it safe and clean when you are out and about. www.etsy.com/shop/loveheartwood

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THE RAG

TRADE

The popularity of vintage fashion is easy to understand, and there are many reasons to have at least some vintage pieces in your wardrobe. It appeals to the collector, to the ethically minded and, perhaps more traditionally, the thrifty.

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efore the 1950s and 60s, there was no vintage clothing market. Old clothes were just old clothes, bought only by those who couldn’t afford to buy new in the world of the pawn shop and the hand-me-down. There has always been a trade in rags - and until relatively recently, the rag and bone man was a fixture on the streets of most towns and cities. And even at the one-man-and-his-cart level, the fabrics collected would be sorted. Good quality clothing would be sold on to be re-worn, whereas items no longer fit for clothing could be sold as rag. Even the most threadbare could be sold on for use in a variety of industries

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including rag paper making. The number of rag merchants has declined since their heyday in the 19th century, and like so many industries, has become much more centralised and operating on a much grander scale. Vintage can be the most ethical way to shop, and is at the zenith of slow fashion. Incorporating preworn clothes into your wardrobe prevents them going to landfill, and we should always be looking to reuse, recycle and repurpose goods that have any kind of life left in them. It also reduces the need for the manufacture of new fibres, consuming both natural raw materials and petrochemical based manmade

fibres which carries considerable environmental impact even before you add in the additional processes of dyeing, finishing and the need for factories. It is worth considering the channels by which vintage clothes reach you, as this may seriously damage their ethical credentials. The trade in second hand textiles is now a global market, and much clothing within the rag trade is bought and sold by the kilo. Secondhand clothing and fabric is just a commodity like any other, and it’s here that the business model starts to resemble fast fashion. International traders dealing in huge quantities, crossing the globe to satisfy a


“Slow fashion comes with a story, making each garment in our wardrobe a piece of art...”

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consumer demand. One trader in the United States is reported to sort 35 tonnes of printed T-shirts every day and dispatches nearly 8 million kg of vintage clothing every year. That vintage jacket starts to carry quite a carbon footprint. Buy well, buy only what you know you will wear until it falls to pieces, pieces that you love and that love you, if possible buy quality pieces in good fabrics that can be worn and will look even better as they age. For those who just can’t bear to wear something fresh off the sewing machine, there are some classics still being made like Pendleton shirts and Levi’s jeans. They will give you that classic look,

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and taken care of, they’ll serve as a wardrobe staple for many years and will never go out of fashion. They’re classics for a reason. There are many reasons to buy vintage – the quality tends to be superior, vintage clothing was built to last, vintage garments are unique - you’re unlikely to meet anyone else wearing the same item. Also, each piece has its own story – whether it’s the origin of the garment or where you sourced it, vintage clothes offer a far more interesting answer to that standard question “where did you get your dress?” If you choose to buy vintage then it makes sense to carefully look into where you buy clothes

from. If you are buying from an aesthetic viewpoint then it pays to know how to identify cuts, fabrics, sewing techniques and styles from bygone eras. When anything older than five years can be labelled vintage, it is easy to get duped into buying recent preworn clothing at vintage prices. If you have chosen to go vintage because of the ethical credentials, then it is worth your while going to local dealers who can tell you the origin of each piece. If your vintage attire has been shipped across the ocean, carrying with it a large carbon footprint and a lot of rag that is heading for landfill then you are clearly supporting an unethical practice. With a little


research and thought, you can avoid these sorts of purchases. It is also worth restricting the number of items you have in your wardrobe. Limit yourself to a strict one-in, one-out policy, if something isn’t getting worn then pass it on to charity or a friend. To fully embrace the vintage mentality (and for a far more ethical approach) you might consider learning to repurpose clothing. Customise your outfits with simple embellishments and tailor the fit to suit your shape to ensure that you get the maximum wear from each piece. You might even go on to start creating your own clothes, this will give you a greater appreciation for clothing

as you understand more about manufacturing processes. If you choose to go vintage it is worth putting a few gentle rules in place. Firstly, only buy items that you absolutely love. If something doesn’t suit your shape, or you only intend on wearing it once then it isn’t especially ethical. It can be hard to resist the lure of inexpensive, unusual pieces but if you don’t intend on getting your wear out of a piece then simply don’t take it home. Fast fashion is designed to be disposable. Based on trends that fade quickly each item is not intended to stay in our wardrobes and this is often clear from the cheap manufacturing processes.

All ethical clothing is about story. Vintage garments can carry stories that span back several decades, but more contemporary slow fashion items also come with their own narrative. Good ethical retailers will know exactly where their clothes are produced and can track the whole process. This can give us a real connection with items of clothing, and through wearing them we can also weave our own lives through the fibres of each piece. So whether you go for genuine vintage or clothing that is timeless, classical and set to stand the test of time – slow fashion comes with a story, making each garment in our wardrobe a piece of art - a costume that connects us with the greater global narrative.

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Natural Mumma Loves...

House Of Khadi House of Khadi presents a set of unisex shirts, made with integrity. The current range comprises six classic-cut 100 per cent non-GMO, fairtrade khadi cotton shirts - hand spun, hand woven and hand dyed in various finishes. The shirts include recycled plastic and half-shell buttons and come wrapped in fully recycled packaging, making them as ethically and sustainably sourced as possible. Khadi is a sanskrit translation of cotton and means ‘hand woven’ and ‘hand spun’. In India, khadi is not just a cloth - it is a whole movement initiated by Gandhi who sought to stimulate the economy by encouraging the growing and spinning of local fabrics rather than the punitive import of foreign cloth. Ghandi himself took to the charkha (the spinning-wheel which became the symbol of the movement) and inspired millions of Indians to literally ‘follow suit’. To this day, the Village Industries Commission in India promotes the production of khadi, for the purpose of ‘creating self-reliance amongst people and building up a strong rural community spirit’. The traditional handloom technique is not only intrinsically sustainable, but creates a high quality, soft and luxurious fabric. After a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign in

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November 2016, House of Khadi was launched. Using only the very finest khadi personally selected from a handful of small villages in West Bengal. The cotton is grown on the village outskirts and then received by the first home in the village where it is transformed into khadi thread. The next house spools the thread, the following house spins the cloth with traditional wheels and weaving machines and so on from house to house until in the last our khadi shirt fabric emerges, fully finished. The entire process involves the whole village community, creating a strong sense of satisfaction and pride in the exquisite hand made garment just as Gandhi envisioned as he led India toward independence. Khadi embodies the essence of ‘slow fashion’. It takes at least 3 months from harvest to fabric completion for enough for 500 shirts. With time, patience and many skilled hands, the end result is a heavenly, high quality and visibly fine, soft and luxurious cotton fabric described by legendary 12th Century adventurer Marco Polo as ‘finer than the spider’s web’. House of Khadi’s timeless, exceptional quality, unisex shirts are favourites of celebrities such as Brett Anderson and Jade Jagger. https://houseofkhadi.co.uk


“When I slip on my house of Khadi shirt, I feel scrubbed up and dressed down, all in one.” Jade Jagger

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Saving Face Our pick of the best natural facial oils

ila Beyond Organic Face Oil for Glowing Radiance With damascena rose otto, sandalwood and wild-grown argan oil this beautiful face oil illuminates the skin. The seductive, luxurious scent makes every application of this treatment feel like a ritual. It is quickly absorbed, leaving the skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated. Packed full of powerful natural antioxidants and essential fatty acids, this oil will feed the skin and fight the signs of ageing. This oil adds a luminosity and radiance when worn under makeup but also works its magic as a pampering and nurturing night time treat.

Balance Me Radiance Face Oil

This 100 per cent natural facial oil is rapdily absorbed leaving your skin feeling wonderfully soft, with a light dewy finish. Your skin will feel as healthy as it appears with this plumping, soothing face oil. Ideal to use when your skin feels a little lack lustre, dry and tired. It will add instant radiance as it hydrates and feeds the skin. Formulated to balance out an uneven skin tone, it can be worn underneath makeup or alone.

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Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or

This multi purpose dry oil can be used on the face, body and hair. It leaves a refined shimmer to the skin and has light moisturising properties. This product can be used alone for instance radiance or combined with your foundation to enhance the effects and add an overall sheen. For more concentrated illumination apply to the cheekbones and eyelids to accentuate and highlight your features. This dry oil isn’t as intensely moisturising as the other oils, but it is a great way to add luminosity and brilliance to your appearance all year round.

Soveral Forever Young Rejuvenating Face Oil

Enriched with multi vitamins and organic antioxidants this powerful oil comes with daily face massage routine instructions so you can fully embrace your skincare regime. Carrot seed, rose and patchouli encourage cell renewal while fennel seeds encourage collagen production. Formulated from 100 per cent organic ingredients, this is a lightweight oil that gives instant hydration as it soaks into the skin. NMM January 2018

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Natural Mumma Loves... AllShapeUp AllShapeUp is an online community, built for individuals to help them become fitter, healthier and more confident, through exclusive workout programs and original recipes. Founded by young entrepreneur and former infantry soldier, James Hesling, AllShapeUp makes exercise and a healthy lifestyle accessible to hundreds of people across the globe. AllShapeUp’s workout programmes can be completed anywhere, 24 hours a day and workouts range from beginner to advanced, covering everything from Yoga, HIIT, Body Sculpt, Kettlebells and Dumbbells.

Promoting a balanced lifestyle is at the core of AllShapeUp’s mission; the platform provides members with hundreds of healthy recipes, including smoothies and salads, dinners and desserts. All of which are quick and easy to follow with a simple ingredients and method list. AllShapeUp has some exciting plans for 2018; including the launch of its new pay monthly plan, making getting into shape that little bit easier for AllShapeUp members.

To celebrate the launch of pay monthly, AllShapeUp is offering new members a 14-day free trial; providing access to more than 100 workouts and wholesome family recipes. Only available in January 2018, use the code JANPASS to see for yourself and make 2018 your healthiest year yet! www.allshapeup.com

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WUKA WUKA Period Wear means you can have ultra-hygienic and luxuriously comfortable periods. Their Period Wear combines a hi-tech absorbent layer with anti bacterial properties with ecofriendly fabrics that are incredibly soft to the touch, kind to the environment and comfortable to wear. Leak free – even for even the heaviest period. WUKA use a high tech absorbency layer that can absorb 200x its own weight in water and lock it in. Ultra Hygienic – Anti bacterial treated fabric fights bacteria and odours. Machine washable – Most reusable products need to hand washed. Eco friendly – Micro Modal high tech fabric, designed in the UK and manufactured to the highest standards. Comfortable – Super soft and body hugging with plenty of coverage for reassurance. Panties also allow a woman to freeflow avoiding the internal drying and health risks of tampons. Less Waste – Reusable panties, it’s in the name, no more bins full of menstrual products. Combining their skills of fashion and technology WUKA wanted to create the perfect period pants by combing the earth for the most high tech fabrics. Combining anti bacterial treated fabric (that also fights odours) and Micro-modal fabric that is as gentle to the planet as it is to your skin.

Ruby Raut is the CEO and Co-Founder of WUKA Wear. She is a passionate environmental scientist who combines her scientific knowledge and passion for lean startup methodology to solve the problems that surround disposable menstrual products. “I was born and brought up in beautiful Nepal where, upon turning 12, I saw a different side to my culture. Nachune, the Nepali name for period literally translates as ‘untouchable’, which is what women are told they are when they start to bleed. I also had to practise (the dreaded) Chaupaddi for my first period. It’s a social tradition in Nepal for women, which prohibits them from participating in normal family activities during menstruation, as they are considered untouchable. It’s different in each region so I didn’t go and live in the cow shed like some do, but was sent to my aunt’s house where I stayed for a week. I was not allowed to go out in the sun, not to look at men, not to touch any plants - which would die if i touched them of course. I had my own bowl and cup which I ate and drank from as I was ‘dirty’. Thinking of it now, it makes me cross, like a deep scar that itches now and again. My sister and I used to use my mum’s old saree as reusable menstrual pads which on the plus side, was eco friendly and cheap, but on the negative side i always used to worry it would fall down when running! I’ve since grown up a bit, gained a science degree and a love of travel. My aim with WUKA Wear is to bring science and design together to make menstruation hassle free and little bit luxurious.”

Photos © WUKA ltd. 2017 The first batch of WUKA period pants will be available from the end of February, you can pre-order now: www.wuka.co.uk

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KISS &MAKEUP When it comes to makeup, updating your look should never be dictated by passing fads and trends. You want to find something flattering and beautiful that accentuates your features and can be worn with a variety of different outfits.

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intage inspired makeup looks are ideal for giving you a beautiful edge. They can be played up or down depending on your mood and can offer a versatile, timeless beauty. From the 1920s to the 1970s there is a whole array of stunning looks out there that can be adapted to suit everyone. Whether you are a vintage devotee and want a look that finishes off your retro aesthetic, or are after something sophisticated that will suit a more contemporary style then drawing inspiration from bygone eras is a sure way to add a welcome dash of glamour to your appearance.

THE 1920s In the 1920s the flapper dress was massive, there was something androgynous about the style and hair was cropped and saucy. The makeup from this era radiates classic Hollywood glamour. The

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ideal 1920s base is matt porcelain foundation to create the silver screen starlet look. Red lips were very popular in the 1920s, but rather than a shocking shade of poppy think more crushed raspberry or blushing rose. Lip stain is ideal for creating a 1920’s vibe. If red is too strong for you, then perhaps opt for a plum or claret coloured lip stain. Smokey grey eyes were very popular in the 1920s, and coal was often used to create this smouldering effect. Luckily these days we can use eyeshadow, kohl liner and some careful blending to pull off the look! Finish off with coquettish eye liner flicks. For the blush, a healthy flushed glow was order of the day. You need to look like you’ve been dancing the Charleston!

THE 1930s The glamour and feeling of luxury continued into the 1930s

but things were a little less theatrical and dramatic on the makeup front. When people think of the 1930s then the style epitomised by the screen sirens often carries more appeal than the attire of the average girl of the era. The economy was in crisis, but Hollywood was all about silk, diamonds and cocktails. Think Art Deco, think luxury, think sexy slinky figure-hugging dresses. As for the makeup, a more natural shade of foundation was preferred, enhanced with a touch of pale pink rouge. In the early 1930s no rouge or blush was used at all, but later on, a subtle accent in soft purple or raspberry became fashionable. The smoky eyeshadow look evolved, with a darker shade used in the eye socket to give a deep-set effect. Popular eye shadow colours were bright blue, violet, green and brown. Eyebrows


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were plucked until they were very thin and pencilled in with long exaggerated lines, they would then be slicked down with petroleum jelly. Drawing in a fake elongated cupids bow was fashionable, and lipstick shades such as pale pink and raspberry were popular at the beginning of the decade, but by the latter half rich reds became favourable again.

THE 1940s The war had a massive impact on the fashions of the 1940s, and wardrobes tended to be very minimalist because of it. The makeup of the 1940s evolved to become much more natural. Powder was still popular, but a heavy base wasn’t as coveted as it had been in previous decades. Bright flushed cheeks warmed up the more natural skin palette, and grey and brown eyeshadows were favoured under a neat application of eyeliner. The over plucked eyebrow was fading and a fuller,

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more natural look was preferred. The natural shaped brow was still well shaped and defined. Lips were made to look full and soft, often by drawing in a fake top line. Shades of red were very popular in lipstick, from the brightest blood red to tangerines, deep scarlets and crimsons.

THE 1950s The post-war austerity was over, making way for a new lease of glamour. The 1950’s face used a thick creamy foundation base, set with just a dusting of flesh coloured powder. Eyebrows were neatly tapered and defined with pencil and eyeliner was winged. The length and depth of the wing depended on personal choice and just how glamorous you wanted to be, with filmstars opting for a dramatic look and the average woman opting for a softer style. Striking red lips were hugely popular in this period, most women followed their natural

lipline while stars of the silver screen exaggerated the cupids bow with a false line. Pastels were very popular, especially pinks and peaches. Eyeshadow was subtle, serving as a clean palette to bring out the lashes and eyeliner. The whole look was set off by a tiny application of subtle blush swirled onto the apple of the cheeks.

THE 1960s The overall style of the 1960s is rebellious and coquettish, think cropped hair, mini skirts and vibrant colours. The makeup that epitomises this era was sexy and liberated. Some girls favoured the natural look, but for others makeup was used to make a bold statement. The foundation was formed from pressed powder, finished with peachy natural blusher. Pastel eyeshadows were very popular, shades such as baby blue or a light shade of golden green really sum up this era. Dramatic eyeliner was


Products we love... still popular, but rather than the elegant flicks of the 1950s, the 1960s look was heavier with a blunter line. False eyelashes were the order of the day, and really created the doe-eyed look that is associated with this period. Eyebrows were thick and welldefined, yet neat and well-kept. The most popular lip look was to use a pale pink or nude lip liner to define your natural lipline and then to fill in your lips with a shell pink lip gloss or pale pink shimmery lipstick.

THE 1970s The sense of freedom and selfexpression that started in the 1960s was even stronger by the time the 1970s came into play. For the makeup, like the 1960s, there were still those who embraced the natural look. These were the girls who were rebelling against the immaculate idea of the 1950s housewife that their mothers had been. On the other hand, there was a different type of rebellion going on. Think disco culture and avant garde punk. The disco look used glitter and gloss and an abundance of shimmer. The punk look involves serious helpings of rock chick style, lashings of glossy red lipstick and smudgy smoky eye makeup. The makeup of this time was very expressive and individual. Gone were the soft pastels and delicate tones of former decades, replaced instead with harsh strips of blusher, strong colour palettes, unnaturally pale skin and dramatic brows. Lipliner was out, but making a statement was certainly in. Each decade had its own distinct style. Whether you choose to draw on aspects on a particular era, or embrace it fully; choose a more modern take on it, or opt for an authentic vintage look; go retro with just your makeup, or your full attire. There is something in the vintage makeup world for everyone, and it’s a wonderful way to refresh your current look and get creative.

Lipsticks and nail polish from Mia Cosmetics

Both matte and moisturising lipsticks from Mia Cosmetics offer the perfect finish for the polished vintage look. Leaving your lips smooth, nourished and flawless they also provided lasting coverage. I adore their Crimson Carnation, it is the most beautiful true red that is ideal for 40’s and 50’s style glamour whereas Sassy Saffron has an earthier tone for more understated vintage appeal that was popular in the 1920s. Dark Dahlia and Goji Glam are ideal for the 30’s look, whereas Calm Camellia is the perfect 1960’s nude and with shades such as Caramel Coral and Fresh Freesia you can add a real pop of psychedelic colour to your look. This exciting colour palette extends to the nail polishes too offering you every look imaginable from vivid brights to soft neutrals to the classic and contemporary French manicure. With products packed full of natural ingredients you can be sure you are nourishing your lips and nails while avoiding nasty chemicals. https://www.mia-laurens.com/uk NMM January 2018

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Top Picks For Vintage Glamour The Silke Hair Wrap from SILKE London If there is one surefire way to make you feel like a silver screen siren then sleeping with your hair wrapped in luxurious silk has to be it. Protecting your hair from the ravaging effects of cotton, this ingenious invention protects your tresses from breakage, thinning, split ends and frizz. From the first day, your hair will feel softer, more manageable and more in control. It is also the perfect way to preserve your style making it ideal for vintage curls. Simply wear the chic silk turban to bed and your blow dry will be as immaculate as it was when you woke up. Available in an array of colours from rich jewel tones to refined neutrals, this hair wrap is the ultimate in vintage glamour. www.silkelondon.com

Alchemy Grapefruit I am completely in love with this hair oil. It smells divine - the light, fresh fragrance is subtle but uplifting – and is an all-round wonder product that works with your hair. When used as a pre-wash mask this oil nourishes the scalp, feeds the hair and provides deep conditioning. Applied to damp hair it acts as a serum, taming frizz and adding definition. On dry hair, a small amount adds shine and tames fly aways. I love how this product gives the traditional Ayurvedic practice of oiling the hair a contemporary twist. Formed from all natural ingredients, there is a beautiful sense of ritual to this product. Well nourished hair will be easier to style as well as looking and feeling healthier. www.alchemyoils.co.ukÂ

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Thirsty Work from Angela Langford

Whether you opt for a barefaced natural look or go for a full foundation and powder you will need a flawless base. Many vintage looks rely on a heavier foundation and the use of powder, this can highlight imperfections and bring out any dryness and flakiness. Thirsty Work is the perfect way to ensure you have smooth, nourished and radiant skin. I love how it instantly improves hydration from the first application, and within weeks dramatically improves the texture and appearance of your skin. www.angelalangford.com

Über Balm from Our Tiny Bees

Petroleum jelly was used to maintain sleek eyebrows in decades past, but this all-natural balm is the perfect chemical free alternative. This tiny pot of goodness is a great all-rounder not only ideal for smoothing and taming wayward brows it will also soothe and heal dry skin making it perfect for banishing flaking skin and ensuring smooth lips – giving you the perfect canvas for a strong vintage lipstick look and a flawless base. Containing almond oil, coconut oil, beeswax, honey, rosehip seed oil, vitamin E and oat oil – your skin will feel soothed, moisturised and protected. www.ourtinybees.co.uk

Extreme White Toothpaste from SPLAT For that Hollywood smile, you need brilliant white teeth. Lipstick in shades of red and pink can bring out the yellow tones, so if you are looking to try stronger lip colours then it makes sense to whiten the teeth. Chemical teeth whiteners can weaken tooth enamel, as well as being packed with toxins. SPLAT Oral Care offer a range of pastes and mouthwashes that are full of natural ingredients. Their Extreme White Toothpaste is a gentle yet effective way to give you a brighter smile. www.splatoralcare.uk

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“...the addition of lemon cuts through the rich buttery caramel...”

You Will Need: For the apples 75g butter 100g caster sugar 4 apples (sliced and soaked in a bowl of cool water with a squeeze of lemon to preserve their freshness) For the cake

“We were able to add our own slant to this popular family treat...”

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natural

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125g butter 125g caster sugar 2 eggs 125g self-raising flour The juice and zest of one lemon 200 ml double cream 1 tbsp whisky A shallow cake tin (if the tin is too deep the cake won’t cook through) Preheat your oven to gas mark 4 (180)


natural mumma makes

Luxurious Eve’s Pudding I

nspired by a timeworn cookbook of my grandmother’s we decided to celebrate our vintage issue with a good old fashioned pudding. Without the restrictions of rationing, we were able to add our own slant to this popular family treat. Eve’s Pudding is a classic, a simple combination of soft stewed apple and feather light sponge. Traditionally served with custard, it was an austerity Britain staple and much loved by the school dinner lady. It’s easy and quick to make, and is best served hot straight from the oven. Of course, we couldn’t resist giving it a more decadent twist.

To fully embrace the spirit of the era we decided to make this dessert dish purely from ingredients that we already had knocking around the cupboards. We toyed with the idea of adding sea salt to the apples for a salted caramel, and considered cinnamon too – but eventually decided on something simple and the end result was divine. The combination of sticky sweet apples and light sponge is simply mouth watering, and the simple addition of lemon cuts through the rich buttery caramel. The whisky cream brings an additional decadence, and like a Pucci velveteen box bag with a Mary Quant shift dress it complements the main item to perfection. NMM January 2018

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1Tip!

To caramelise your apples, first add the butter and sugar to the pan. Heat gently until dissolved and a light caramel is formed.

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keep stirring until the fruit softens and the mixture starts to thicken and bubble.

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Arrange the sticky apples in the base of a well greased cake tin, ensuring there are no gaps and put to one side.

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Now to make the cake! In a large bowl, beat your butter and sugar until you have a light, fluffy mixture.

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Gradually fold in the flour and beaten eggs until smooth. Add your lemon zest and juice, stirring to combine well.

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If the mixture feels stiff you may need to add a dash of milk.

Carefully spoon the mixture onto the apples and smooth out with the back of a spoon, taking care to not knock the air out of it.

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Bake in the centre of your oven for 45 minutes. The cake will rise, turn a light golden brown and feel springy to touch.

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Gently turn the cake over onto a large plate or cake stand.

Drizzle the whisky into the cream and stir until combined. Serve the cake warm with a generous helping of whisky cream.

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So there you have it a delicious contemporary take on a classic pudding. This simple dish is perfect for family meals, sharing with friends and adding a dash of indulgence to your week.

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Collecting vintage pieces can be fun and can add a unique feel to your home. And it need not cost the earth, if you know where to look and learn how to haggle...

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nce bitten by the vintage bug people quickly find themselves hunting down quirky oddments to add character to their living space. In your locality there may well be vintage furniture suppliers, you’ll also find that many vintage clothing shops sell a healthy stock of kitsch ornaments and accessories for the home. Charity shops can be a gold mine of curios and junk stores and flea markets are always worth a rummage. Buying from charity or junk stores means you will pay a fraction of the price which can add to the excitement of a purchase. Decorating your home in this manner requires some patience, it will take some time before you have enough to really cement the vibe that you are looking for. If you are happy with the idea of a home that evolves with you as your family grows or your life changes, then this approach to home furnishing may carry a lot of appeal. There is also the added charm of collecting ornaments which all come with a story attached. Friends will delight in asking where you sourced certain items and there will be plenty of interest in your home. The simplest way to achieve a strong vintage look is to invest in a couple of large, key items of furniture to create an immediate draw. You can then slowly build interest in the remaining space with smaller items that you gather on your travels.

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S It can be hard to achieve a united theme when things are all sourced from different places. If you are after a more put together look, you may want to pick a colour scheme. Opting for a statement sofa and desk with a rug, curtains and paintwork that are part of the same colour palette means that

you can be more experimental with knick-knacks. Don’t let colour restrict you too much or you will end up with a look that is too contemporary – instead opt for items with character and visual appeal that will stand out. Another way of achieving a more united aesthetic is to bulk


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buy a roll of fabric and use it to cover cushions etc. In French flea markets you can often pick up a roll of retro fabric (30m) for under ÂŁ10, which will really help to pull the space together. Once you have exhausted the shops and outlets close to home, you may decide to venture a little further afield. Vintage items tend to be overpriced in the UK so you may do better off visiting

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Europe. The United States is also a treasure trove of well priced vintage and retro memorabilia. French brocantes (flea markets) are far more affordable than their British counterpart and often result in the most fascinating yields. Unfortunately, eBay is starting to eat away at this tradition, yet the flea market culture in France is still vibrant and exciting. If you can base your holiday around junk shops you will not only return home with some fascinating souvenirs, but you will also eat well and get chance to soak up some sun. In France the street markets also allow for some people watching while enjoying some wine or coffee in between perusing the wares. Buying vintage for your home not only gives a deliciously striking aesthetic but it also makes great ethical sense. Giving items a new lease of life can be highly rewarding, it might

even spark your creativity if you decide to use items for a whole different purpose. Mannequin hands for light fittings, suitcases for end tables, shelving made from ladders and cable spool coffee tables will all become a talking point in your home. As well as making use of something that was manufactured long ago, you can adopt an


approach to your interiors that immediately stops the current predisposition to disposing of items after little use. Make a rule that anything that enters the home has to stay for the long haul, or else it gets swapped for something else. Only buy items that you love. One of the key aspects of giving your space a genuinely vintage look is to not get stuck on one specific decade. If you adore the 1950s, you have to remember that people who lived in this era would have had items in their homes from previous decades. In the days of make do and mend it was usual to hold on to objects, and treasured artefacts would be delightedly passed through the generations. To achieve a truly vintage vibe you’ll want to source items that span several decades. If the idea of a complete vintage overhaul leaves you cold, then you might like to devote a corner of your home to a more retro vibe. Use an old printers drawer to display tiny treasures or pick out a few choice items to add interest to your more contemporary home. You may choose to devote just one aspect of the room to vintage. For instance, interesting lighting sources can immediately create an impact without you having to redo a whole room. If the idea of buying from brocantes and flea markets appeals to you then you’ll need to refine your eye and hone your haggling skills. The best way to embrace these sort of purchases is to go with an open mind and buy what you like, rather than going looking for something specific. You’ll soon realise that if you like something it is worth buying it, as it is unlikely you’ll see it again. You’ll soon develop a feel for fairly priced items and understand the buzz of picking up something for a good price. When it comes to finding treasure for your home, the most valuable items will quickly become the unusual ones that come with a good story.

To find out more about French brocantes: Enquire at the local tourist office and keep an eye on the events pages of the local papers. French flea markets are also referred to as marché au puces, braderie, rederie and vide grenier. L’Agenda des Brocantes www.agendadesbrocantes.fr www.brocabrac.fr

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