31.12.13

Shocking Bodies? Body Image and The Press

Today's post was all scheduled to be a light hearted look at the year that's gone, but yesterday a tweet by Lili la Scala  made me write this instead. I can honestly say I never thought I'd be sharing some of these moments with the world, but this story has made me want to push myself out of my comfort zone. Right out of it....

I'm tired of walking past magazines and seeing 'papped' images of women (and men) who are exercising in the park, messing around on the beach or doing an activity where they are actually just going about their business. 

How many of us would want to be photographed running down the beach and then have those motion shots splashed all over the press? A Now Magazine  cover this month promised 21 'shocking' bodies that will 'make you feel normal'



Thank you Now Magazine, thank you for this, don't we all feel better now? Thank god I'm 'normal' in your eyes, what shocking images indeed! .....Oh but hang on.......maybe I actually relate more to some of these women you've added to the shocking body list than the 'normal' you speak of? Whatever that definition of normal actually is....

Maybe you're reading this and think you do too? Does it make you feel good to know that someone has effectively pointed the finger at many of us and basically told us our bodies are 'shocking'?..... As shocking as the bodies on this cover which are so disgusting, that ridicule is actively encouraged? 

I could ask for some clarification on what is normal? However I think the question should be - What is the real shocker here? 

Is it the bodies on the cover or is it the attitude of this magazine?

We're too fat, we're too thin, we're not toned enough, we're too toned, there's no thigh gap, omg there's too much thigh gap! Our rears are too big, too small, to flat, too saggy and then there's the constant 'exposing' of stars with cellulite and stretch marks. 

Now I'm not going to lie, I've seen the photos of celebrities with stretch marks and have felt almost relieved that they have them too. 

Yes I said 'they have them too' ........I have them......... Something I feel completely uncomfortable saying. I still don't accept them as part of me even though there's some I've had more than half my life. I've known them longer than the I did the smooth skin they invaded. I high five any woman or man who has a positive relationship with theirs, but I don't like mine. I don't see them as 'stripes' I've 'earned'. I wish I could be that positive about them, but I can't. 

 I hope this confession of dislike for my own stretch marks isn't received with negativity. This how I feel about mine, and I don't think I'm alone on this but I repeat I high five any woman or man that has them and has a positive relationship with theirs, be that a sense of acceptance or even appreciation of what their body is capable of. They might not even be a big deal to you, your hang ups may lay with other body parts, but these are mine.

But although part of me may feel a slight sense of relief when a celebrity seems to have skin that can't stretch whilst maintaining flawless perfection, I don't think it's right that the press 'outs' these people. If someone wants to talk about their body (as I am now) or they want to pose those scars or dimples to the camera then that's up to them, yes? Do we need the paper to point out in a picture that Lady Gaga has stretch marks on her breasts with implied gasps and shock? All that does is give society a totally unrealistic view of what bodies 'should' look like. 

I was once out with a friend and a man commented about stretch marks on her breasts, yes he was a total pig and he has probably forgotten ever making that comment at all, but that will stay with her forever. A waiter on holiday once commented on some stretch marks on my hips. I'd just told him I wasn't interested in him and this was his reaction to rejection. 

Again, he probably got a 100 knock backs that season. He won't remember me at all. But I remember him, and the heavy, pounding feeling behind my eyes as I refused to give in to tears and shock whilst hoping the ground would open up and swallow me - I was young too, too young to call him out. If someone said that to me now, I really don't know how I'd react! 

Don't get me wrong there's other parts of me I'm more than fine with,  but there are certainly areas I dislike and I wouldn't want a magazine editor, or anyone else for that matter deciding it's their duty or right to label my body 'shocking' for public mockery.


Now I don't want to go too far down the whole airbrushing road - most people who use instagram will add a filter, including me, and that's really a form of airbrushing, but that's a different post....... But it's not fair for these magazines to spread such body hate with a feature like this because those are human beings on the cover. They are made of flesh, they are REAL people regardless of whether they have fame to their name. 

Feeling that you have imperfections is one thing, but having someone point them out in public is a totally different matter. Hating on yourself is bad enough, to be hated on and to actively see others encouraged to hate on you is even worse. 

What's shocking and what's ugly? Well let me tell you what I think is shocking and ugly. This magazine.


To the Now Magazine Editor - I invite you to explain why you think this feature is acceptable?  

I'm not for censorship of the press, but this has got to be tackled, if that means talking with your purses then do it. Don't buy the magazine and go tweet and Facebook about how you feel about this too. Use what ever platforms you have to be heard, even if that means writing a good old fashioned letter! 2014 could be the start of something more positive when it comes to body image and the press. 

This is NOT a 'real women have curves' story. This is a 'real women have a heart and a vagina story'. There's beauty in diversity and it matters not whether you have curves or are straight up and down, we do not deserve to be ridiculed because we don't fit a magazine editors idea of 'normal'.

To those those who feel all this is just giving Now Magazine more publicity and that all publicity is good publicity I have four words for you...

News of the World
 
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24.12.13

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Day 12! An Elchim Hairdryer from Salon Secrets

Happy Christmas Eve!! The big day is almost here, I hope you're all ready. December has been crazy for me, and I haven't written nearly as many blog posts as I'd planned. I have a head full of ideas but can't quite seem to get them all out with the amount of hours in the day. Next year I'm going to try and see how I can make more of the time I have. Or find a machine that can give me more...... wish me luck!

But I digress! The final giveaway is here, and I'm excited to see this one get added to what is (if I say so myself) a great collection of goodies.  Salon Secrets want to help you create a salon worthy blowdry with this amazing Elchim 3900 hairdryer worth £95!


I've tried out the Elchim 3900 dryer and it's a great tool to help you really make the most of your hair. When I worked in a salon several years ago, there would be a lot of women who would come in just to have a wash and dry because they were off out, but I think less of us do that now because we're watching what we spend. Investing in some decent tools and products to use at home really can help you make the most of your hair cut in between appointments. 

Used in salons, the dryer feels nice and light, which is so important when you're blowdrying your hair. No one likes achy arms and if a dryer is heavy and cumbersome it's just a pain to use and you're less likely to get the salon finish because you'll probably just find it too much like hard work!  

It's not as loud as other dryers I've used before, it feels easy to handle - important when you're trying to use it to blow dry with a brush rather than just finger drying. 


This is a fab investment to help you achieve a great finish on your hair. If you want to treat yourself to one (hello and goodbye Christmas money!) then pop over to the Salon Secrets website. If you click here you can see lots of hair video tutorials from the Salon Secrets guys, with tips and demonstrations on blowdrying  and curls - so a good site to bookmark for help with creating your party looks! 

For your chance to win this yummy blue Elchim dryer just use the Rafflecopter widget. Just Like Salon Secrets on Facebook and then you can unlock another easy ways to enter by following @missy_vintage on Twitter. If you already do one or both of these things, great! Easy entries for you! You just click on that option on the Rafflecopter Widget so I know.


The Rules
This giveaway is open to the UK only

You must be aged 18 or over please. 

This giveaway closes at  midnight 31/12/2013 (UK time) 

The winner will be randomly selected and  notified. The winner will have 5 working days to contact me following the winner being announced, failure to do so will result in another winner being picked.

No cash alternative. Editors decision is final. 

Haven't entered the other Missy Vintage giveaways yet? Don't panic! They all stay open until midnight 31/12/2013 (UK time) so shimmy on over and good luck!


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24.12.13

Missy Vintage at Spitalfields

Last Saturday I took my styling services to the award winning Pop Up Vintage Fair at Old Spitalfields and I had such a great day! This fair is well worth a visit (the link takes you to the Facebook page with all the various dates and locations) as there is such a variety with good prices too. 

Despite the horrid weather, lots of people turned out and I just want to say a huge thanks to hair and makeup student Dy who came to assist me on the day, despite it being an early start on a Saturday and the fact that not only does Dy study, she also has two jobs and two small children! Super woman! 


I had a really fab day. I'll be back at the fair with the styling services at some point in 2014 so just keep an eye out for updates.



Some more pictures courtesy of Pop Up Vintage Fairs London



I ended the day with a glass of wine (or 2) and a gourmet burger before hopping a train home where we popped a bottle of fizz and toasted to the start of Christmas.


It's been an amazing year for me, and I'll write a separate highlights post but just to say thank you for anyone who has supported me along the way, whether I've styled you, you've read the blog, you've given words of encouragement or shared your wisdom with me!

x  

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23.12.13

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Day 11! Besame Lipstick


Day 11 is a gift from me to you! One Missy Vintage reader has the chance to get the perfect pout for the new year with a Besame lipstick.

The Besame range is designed with a nod back to the glam times of the past, with the shades being reproductions of those worn by some of our favourite Hollywood stars like Marilyn MonroeIt's a semi matt lipstick, so it looks matt on your lips but you still get a lovely creamy feel and it glides on beautifully. The shade up fr grabs is the Besame Red, my personal favourite for a gorgeous pop of colour. I use a lot of the Besame shades in my makeup artist kit. They are highly pigmented and last really well through the day or night!


To enter just use the Rafflecopter widget. You just need to follow Missy Vintage by email, and you can then earn a bonus entry but Liking Missy Vintage on Facebook and Following on Twitter. If you already do some or all of these things, that's fab! Just log it on the rafflecopter so that I know!


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21.12.13

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Day 10! A Copy of Retro Makeup by Lauren Rennells

Day 10 is a helping hand to assist you on your vintage style with a copy of Retro Makeup by Lauren Rennells.

Packed with not only step by step guides for vintage style through the decades. but lots of historical references to back it up, this is a fab makeup guide.


If you can't wait to get your hands on this, pop over to Amazon  but be warned this is always going out of stock. Lauren Rennells is a genius. This book really is amazing.

To enter just use the Rafflecopter Widget below to do any or all of the following

Like Missy Vintage on Facebook 
Following Missy Vintage on Twitter
Follow Missy Vintage on Blog'lovin
Follow Missy Vintage on Goggle Friend Connect
Follow Missy Vintage on Instagram

(if you're already doing any of these, perfect! Some super easy entries for you then! Just click that option on the rafflecopter widget so you let me know!)



This giveaway is open to the UK only

You must be aged 18 or over please. 

This giveaway closes at  midnight 31/12/2013 (UK time) 

1 winner will be randomly selected and  notified. The winner will have 5 working days to contact me following the winner being announced, failure to do so will result in another winner being picked.




No cash alternative. Editors decision is final. 
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20.12.13

12 Days of Christmas Day 9! 4 Fashion Books from Carlton Books

Day 9 is brought to you by Carlton Books,  they're very kindly offering one lucky Missy Vintage reader a selection of books that will keep you busy in the new year! With a combined value of £104.99 the titles are...................

1940s Fashion: The Definitive Sourcebook (£30) (I've reviewed this one here)
Lifestyle Illustration of the 50s (£30)
The Print Revolution (£25)
Kate's Style: Smart, Chic Fashion from a Royal Role Model (£19.99)


To enter just use the Rafflecopter Widget below. You MUST like Carlton Books Facebook AND Twitter then you'll be able to earn 2 super easy bonus ways to enter by:

Like Missy Vintage on Facebook 
Following Missy Vintage on Twitter
(if you're already doing this, just click that option on the rafflecopter widget so you let me know!)

The Rules

This giveaway is open to the UK only

You must be aged 18 or over please. 

This giveaway closes at  midnight 31/12/2013 (UK time) 

1 winner will be randomly selected and  notified. The winner will have 5 working days to contact me following the winner being announced, failure to do so will result in another winner being picked.

Carlton Books will be responsible for dispatching the books to the winner. 

No cash alternative. Editors decision is final. 
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19.12.13

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Day 8! A Rustic chalkboard from Sylvester Oxford

Day 8 of the Missy Vintage 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways is brought to you by Sylvester Oxford. I know that sounds like a dashing gent but it's actually a fab online boutique offering gorgeous vintage and French inspired furniture and homewares, perfect for adding a stylish touch to your rooms. It's a site well worth bookmarking if you're planning to do some decorating in the new year.

It's about this time of year that we might start wondering what we'd like to do/change/try in the new year. One of my things is to be more organised, life has been so so busy this year, which I'm not complaining about but I think with a few tweaks I could save myself some time and stress. One thing I seem to do far too many times (many, many, many) is say : "OMG where are my keys???!" 

Sylvester Oxford would like to help one Missy Vintage reader start their new year with a splash of style and a dash of organisation by offering offering this lovely solid wood rustic chalkboard and keyholder.

 To enter just use the Rafflecopter Widget below. You MUST like Sylvester Oxford on Facebook then you'll be able to earn 2 super easy bonus ways to enter by:
 Following Sylvester Oxford on Twitter 
Like Missy Vintage on Facebook (if you're already a fan, just click that option on the rafflecopter widget so you let me know!)



The Missy Vintage 12 Days of Christmas giveaway rules

This giveaway is open to the UK only

You must be aged 18 or over please. 

This giveaway closes at  midnight 31/12/2013 (UK time) 

Sylvester Oxford will dispatch the prize to the winner 

The winner will be randomly selected and  notified. The winner will have 5 working days to contact me following the winner being announced, failure to do so will result in another winner being picked

No cash alternative. Editors decision is final

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18.12.13

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Day 7! Win a vintage inspired dress from Tatyanna!


Day 7 of the Missy Vintage 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways is brought to you by Tatyanna, an online boutique that offers to bring "vintage inspired glamour to the modern woman"  - sounds just my thing! 


I'm happy to be very honest with you and say that I am DEEPLY jealous of whoever wins this Betty P comic print dress that Tatyanna have kindly said they will give to one very lucky Missy Vintage reader, because it is just amazing, I love it!


The dress comes in sizes 10-18 and is normally priced at £99. A gorgeous wiggle dress to hug your curves (I'm a firm believer that pencil shapes look great on straight AND curvy) I also love the length of the sleeves on this dress, great if you don't want to expose the tops of your arms. This is definitely a statement dress with a fun quirky twist! 


To win this fab-tasticly gorgeous Betty P dress just use the Rafflecopter Widget below. You MUST like Tatyanna on Facebook then you'll be able to earn 2 super easy bonus ways to enter by:
 Following Tatyanna on Twitter 
Following Missy Vintage on Twitter (if you already follow, just click on that option on the rafflecopter widget so you let me know!)

**There's currently a 20% winter sale on everything until 24th Dec so  pop over to the website for a browse/shop! It's free UK delivery when you spend over £100 and they will deliver worldwide too!** If you have some winter sun planned, take a look at the swimwear, it's always a pain to find decent summer stuff at this time of year, but they have some stunning high waisted bikinis.



The Missy Vintage 12 Days of Christmas giveaway rules

This giveaway is open to the UK only

You must be aged 18 or over please. 

This giveaway closes at  midnight 31/12/2013 (UK time) 

Tatyanna Ltd will dispatch the dress to the winner 

The dress is subject to availability and should the style/size not be available an alternative may be provided

The winner will be randomly selected and  notified. The winner will have 5 working days to contact me following the winner being announced, failure to do so will result in another winner being picked

No cash alternative. Editors decision is final

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17.12.13

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways day 6! A Vintage Style Turban Headband by Rosie Alia

The amazing thing about appreciating vintage style in 2013 is that you can use as much  influence from the past as you wish or as little as you like to create the look you want. Day 6 brings you a gorgeous velvet turban headband handmade by Rosie Alia Designs. It gives a definite nod to the 1930s/1940s but if your style is more rockabilly or even more modern, this is going to give you a glam addition to your look. I'd probably wear this prize with a pair of skinny jeans, DMS and and my cosy 50s faux fur winter coat! 



Rosie is designer and creator of her designs, with a keen eye for period detail, her creations are inspired by images of the past. She also makes beautiful delicate hair flower corsages.

Rosie's story
"Having a love of hats and hair accessories deep rooted, fuelled by my wonderful Nan who taught herself millinery 15 years ago because she didn't much fancy retiring, I have always dabbled in hair accessories. 

Then back in August of 2012 I started Rosie Alia Designs because I was fed up with searching high and low for hair flowers that were both delicate and seasonal. Being a vintage enthusiast myself, I wanted flowers that would go with each outfit all year round and that were different to the ones available on the market already."  Read more over on Rosie's Etsy Shop

To win this gorgeous green turban headband just follow the instructions on this Rafflecopter widget.

You must Like Rosie Alia Designs on Facebook, then you'll be able to unlock bonus entries by following Rosie on Instagram and Twitter. 

Super easy bonus entries are also there for the taking by Liking Missy Vintage on Facebook and following Missy Vintage on Instagram (so if you already do those things, just log it on the Rafflecopter so I know!)



The Rules
  • This giveaway is open to UK residents only. 
  • You must be 18 or over please. 
  • This giveaway closes at midnight 31st Dec 2013 (UK time) 
  • 1 winner will be randomly selected and notified. Winners will have 5 working days to contact me following the winners being announced, failure to do so will result in another winner being picked.
  •  No cash alternative. Editors decision is final
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16.12.13

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway DAY 5! 3 copies of My Little French Kitchen by Rachel Khoo

Classic French dishes from all over the country with Rachel Khoo’s trademark modern twists

The star of BBC2’s The Little Paris Kitchen is back with her second book.Rachel Khoo became an overnight sensation when her first book and television series launched last year. Her show was viewed by over 1.5 million and viewers and the book sold in excess of 100K copies. 

Coveting her Parisian lifestyle, vintage style and, more importantly, her accessible, delicious recipes cooked up in her tiny kitchen, the nation took her to their hearts and now they can receive second helpings.

Taking her ‘Little Paris Kitchen’ on tour, Rachel leaves the capital city to travel to the four corners of France in search of the very best recipes the country has to offer. From the snow-topped mountains and Christmas markets of Alsace to the winemaking region of the Dordogne, the dreamy vistas of Provence and the well-stocked larders of Brittany and Normandy, Rachel visits some of the best-known foodie places as well as uncovering some hidden gems to share with you. 


Recipes include: pork and clams with cider and butter beans, spicy aubergine sticks with couscous, baked figs with walnuts, beer-glazed ham hock, caramelized apple bake and spiced almond biscuits.

Penguin have kindly give me 3 copies to giveaway to Missy Vintage Readers! Just follow Missy Vintage by email and then you can unlock 2 bonus entries by following in any of the ways listed to gain an entry. 

Even if you are already following in one of the ways shown, just use the Rafflecopter widget to confirm that you do. You don't have to be a new follower, if you've been with me a while then you've earned some easy entries!


If you can't wait to see if you win, or think it would be a fab Christmas present for someone the book is available online and from all good bookshops. RRP £20

The rules

This giveaway is open to the UK only

You must be aged 18 or over please. 

This giveaway closes at  midnight 31/12/2013 (UK time) 

3 winners will be randomly selected and  notified. The winner will have 5 working days to contact me following the winner being announced, failure to do so will result in another winner being picked.
Only 1 book per person. Should the same winner be drawn twice, another winner will be drawn.

Penguin Books will be responsible for dispatching the hat  to the winner. If this hat design is unavailable for dispatch an alternative design will be received.

No cash alternative. Editors decision is final. 

Have you seen the other giveaways so far? Click here to see/enter!
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16.12.13

Missy Vintage Styles at the Pop Up Vintage Fair, Old Spitalfields, London


I'm super excited to announce that I'll be at this fair on Saturday 21st December offering hair and makeup services to help glam up the weekend.

I've included some mini services for the busy girl on the go or those watching their pennies, so for £5 you can have a quick styling session of a victory roll, a quiff or a fringe.

For £10 I'll be offering half head styling, so half up/half down styles, such as beehives or victory rolls. I've also included buns and bows in this category as they are speedier than fully styled up do's.


If you'd like full hair styling I'll be available to create waves, curls and full hair ups for £20. I'm really looking forward to it. I'll happily talk you through the styles as I do them so hopefully you will pick up some tips along the way to recreate the look yourself another time. I'll be assisted on the day by Dy, so between us we'll be on hand to help you get your Christmas glam on!


If you've got hair flowers or scarves you'd like to dress your styled hair with then bring them along and I can help you add these to your finished look.

Visit the Facebook page for Pop Up Vintage Fairs London

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15.12.13

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Day 4! Win a corset from Corsets UK

If there's one thing that can make you feel gorgeously glam it's a corset. Perfect for creating curves on straighter figures or enhancing the silhouette of those blessed with curves already. The lovely glamour fiends at Corsets UK have kindly offered to send 1 lucky Missy Vintage a fab corset as part of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.

If you can't wait until the new year and want to add a corset to your party outfit, I highly recommend a look at what Corsets UK have to offer because the range is HUGE and there's something for all budgets from the fun corsets to the serious steel boned ones. 

The prize is this darling red brocade corset. The winner's details will be passed on to Corsets UK who'll then get in touch to arrange sizing and delivery.




To enter just use the Rafflecoper widget, and simply follow @corsetsuk on Twitter. You can then earn 2 bonus entries by following @missyvintage on Twitter and following via Google Friend Connect. If you're already following you've just earned easy entry but you still need to log in to the rafflecopter widget so I know! Good luck! 


If you want to see more details for the Corsets UK or fancy a browse of the website click here

The rules

This giveaway is open to the UK only

You must be aged 18 or over please. 

This giveaway closes at  midnight 31/12/2013 (UK time) 

The winner will be randomly selected and once the entry had been verified they will be notified. The winner will have 5 working days to contact me following the winner being announced, failure to do so will result in another winner being picked.

Corsets UK will be responsible for dispatching the corset to the winner. The winners details will be passed on to Corsets UK to arrange size requirements and delivery. If this design is not available Corsets UK may offer a substitute to the same value.

No cash alternative. Editors decision is final.

Have you entered the other 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways?

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14.12.13

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways! Day 3 - Hand knitted Hat from Ricefield Collective

12 days of Christmas Giveaways 
DAY 3!

Day 3 of the Missy Vintage 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways, is brought to you by Ricefield Collective


Ricefield Collective, crafts handmade knitted accessories that provide a fulfilling means for Philippine indigenous people to stay on their ancestral land. Training, employing, and empowering women from the Ifugao region of the Philippines, Ricefield Collective has become a global social enterprise but started with an idea from Meredith Ramirez Talusan when she visited Ifugao for her dissertation research. 

After learning that in recent years locals have been been forced to abandon their communities in order to seek higher wages in big cities, she thought that the women could supplement their income if they learned how to knit then sold their products to the tourists who visited the Rice Terraces. So when Meredith returned to Ifugao, she brought with her extra knitting needles and plans to explore teaching the workers how to knit. 

The project has now grown to the point where a team of knitters are actually directly employed thus enabling them to earn a wage to support themselves and their families whilst at the same time bringing women of the community together.


What's also amazing is that the website features each of the knitter story and you can meet the team (and the founders) by clicking here 

To help spread the work of Ricefield Collective, they've kindly offered 1 Missy Vintage reader the chance to win this fabulous red slouchy hat. Perfect for the cooler months, roomy enough to either hide your hair away or cover your pin curls and it's totally made by hand.




To enter, just use the Rafflecopter Widget. You MUST Like the Ricefield Facebook page, and because they're are super keen to get their story out there, they'd love it if you could follow their work on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram too, so I've made these bonus entries, so there's several chances to be the proud owner of this fabulous hat. Please show some support to this truly inspiring project!




The rules
This giveaway is open to the UK only
You must be aged 18 or over please.
This giveaway closes at midnight 31/12/2013 (UK time)
The winner will be randomly selected and notified. The winner will have 5 working days to contact me following the winner being announced, failure to do so will result in another winner being picked.

No cash alternative. Editors decision is final.


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13.12.13

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway! DAY 2 - A Fabulous Hair Flower by Curious Cat

Day 2 brings you the chance to win an amazing oversized hair flower that's been lovingly handmade by Curious Cat


The days may be grey but your style doesn't have to be. Hair flowers are the perfect way to inject some colour in to your wardrobe and they'll liven up the simplest of hair styles and this gorgeous one will really make a statement!


Curious Cat is a Brighton based business with an online one-stop shop offering Rockabilly, pin-up and tattoo inspired hair accessories, handmade gifts, decorations and sometimes some amazing vintage finds by creative director and designer Lou. 

Lou herself is a girl with her own sense of style, she designs some beautiful hair flowers with a bold Rockabilly edge, perfect for either embracing or releasing your inner pin-up!  

Click here if you fancy visiting the shop - the last posting date before Christmas is 18th Dec!

How to win this gorgeous yellow hair flower......

I'm using Rafflecopter for this giveaway and to enter you MUST like Curious Cat on Facebook.

Bonus entries can be earned by:

Following Curious Cat on Instagram
Following Curious Cat on Twitter 
Liking Missy Vintage on Facebook
Following Missy Vintage on Twitter



The 12 days of Chrismas giveaway rules are
  • This giveaway is open to UK residents only 
  • You must be 18 or over please 
  • This giveaway closes 31st Dec 2012 (UK time) 
  • 1 winner will be randomly selected and notified. The winner will have 5 working days to contact me following the winner being announced, failure to do so will result in another winner being picked
  • Curious Cat will be dispatching the hair flower to the winner
  •  No cash alternative. Editors decision is final 

Have you entered Day 1 to win a pair of Dr Martens yet? Click here!
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12.12.13

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway! Day 1 - Up to £200 to spend on a pair of Dr Martens



Yes! The Missy Vintage Christmas Giveaway is here and there are some fabulous goodies up for grabs. A huge thanks to all the Missy Vintage readers for supporting my blogging and styling adventures and a thank you to the brands who've kindly offered some *amazing* prizes, it's going to be an exciting countdown to Christmas! 

So on to DAY 1!


How do you fancy up to £200 to spend on a pair of Dr Martens? Are you a boot or a shoe person? Well here's your chance to add some truly iconic footwear to your wardrobe. A classic British brand that has stood the test of time and remains a key staple to many a shoe collection.

The latest Dr Martens campaign is all about you as an individual. With the hashtag #standforsomething over on Twitter being used a lot - we've decided that part of entering this giveaway simply has to be about you letting us know just what you stand for! So to enter you must do TWO things

Using the Rafflecopter widget just follow the instructions. You simply need to follow @drmartens and tweet what you stand for, I'll be looking at these personally and I'm really looking forward to seeing what you all say! 

The tweet :  I stand for [insert your answer here!]    

So remember, to qualify for entry you have to follow @drmartens AND tweet using the above to qualify for entry! You must do both to be in with a chance of winning! 

You can earn a bonus entry by following @missy_vintage too!




What do I stand for? 
 I stand for embracing creativity     


If you need some inspiration then watch this Dr Martens video (which I just love!) It takes you through the history of the brand and shows what a broad range of appeal the footwear really has. Has there ever been a shoe in history that is worn by so many but still encourages individuality?




You must be aged 18 years or over to enter the Missy Vintage 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

This prize is provided by Dr Martens.

The giveaway closes at midnight 31/12/2013

The winner will be randomly selected and notified once the entry has been verified as meeting the rules as set out

The winner will have 5 working days to contact me following the winner being announced, failure to do so will result in another winner being picked

No Purchase necessary for entry. By entering the 

Competition you are accepting these terms and conditions


• The winners will be allowed to select a pair of Dr. Martens footwear from our 

available range, up to the value of £200.

• Any collaboration product, or product from our ‘Made in England’ or ‘For Life’ range 

is excluded. 

  • The winner can either order their chosen footwear via the Dr Martens website OR in the Norwich Dr Martens Store only (if you wish to choose in store you will only be able to do this in the Norwich branch. Travel and accommodation should you wish to travel to Norwich to claim your prize is NOT included and is your responsibility) 
• The selected prize must be in stock in the regional warehouse.

• Winners are asked to provide 3 choices – Dr. Martens will aim to fulfil the first 

choice, but reserve the right to supply the second or third choices if there are 

problems in fulfilment.

• If there are problems supplying the first choice, Dr. Martens reserves the right to ask 

for a second choice.

• Please allow up to 4 weeks for prize delivery.

• Winners must be a UK resident

• By participating, you agree for Dr. Martens to re-use your image and text (if they 

choose) in subsequent marketing and promotional campaigns

• If your image and text are used by Dr. Martens, there will be no links back to your 

Facebook or Twitter page or any personally identifiable information used (other than 

what you choose to share in the photo and text).

• Use of an image does not indicate that you are a prize-winner.

Good Luck!! 
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