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Friend Friday: spring trends (and I’m looking for some make up advice please)

This week’s Friend Friday, Katy has asked us to list our top 5 Spring trends that we are looking forward to seeing/sporting this season. As regular readers will know, I’m not much for trends, I don’t follow them and usually don’t notice anything is a trend until everyone wears it, but which point it is pretty much in its last death throes. But I do have a few things I know I’m going to be wearing and trying out over the next few months.

1. My beautiful new United Nude shoes

United Nude Fold Mid

I got these United Nude Fold mid height shoes in Amsterdam. Aren’t the amazing? I had seen them on people’s feel before but never in a shop until then. They were ludicrously expensive by my standards (165 Euros), but I had some cash left over from my birthday and Christmas (my parents always give me Euros as a present, and I never convert them into pounds, so I saved up a bit) so I went for it. They’re made from a sort of woven plastic fabric, all one piece wrapped around the shoe. And the company was co founded by architect Rem Koolhaas, how cool is that! I love them, though they’re not my usual style, so I’ll have to have a think about how to build them into my wardrobe.

2. A navy Cambridge Satchel Company bag

I’ve been wanting Cambridge Satchel Company bag for ages, and have asked for a navy from my girlies for my birthday in June. I was also considering getting the smallest size in yellow. Maybe at some point!

3. Cropped trousers.

I was just saying to Dave at the weekend, how I never liked cropped trousers for ages, but suddenly I’ve come to covet them. It’s funny how that happens sometimes. I was the same with skinny jeans. Anyway, I really want a pair now! Not sure if a classic dark colour or a summery yellow like the River Island ones shown or some pinkish red Zara ones I’ve seen in a magazine. Or these royal blue capri trousers from Vivien of Holloway?

4. A 1940s style tea dress

I’be been all 150s ahoy in my vintage style pilfering recently, but I am keen on 1940s shapes too. I love the dress shown from Tara Starlet – that whole shop is just too tempting for words! Anyone know of any other good sources of repro 1940s dresses?

5. A wedding reception dress

As you probably know, I’m getting married in September. Our celebrations will be over two days. I have my outfit for the ceremony day all ready, it involved this 1950s dress, a 1930s clutch bag and a 1950s hat/headpiece donated by the lovely Sarah of Misfits Vintage. But I still need a dress for the reception. My initial plan was to get a white satin Vivien of Holloway one, but then I decided I don’t want anything even remotely wedding dressy (I want to wear it again!), so then we picked a floral VoH one, which then turned out to be sold out (it is the third one along on this page). I also liked one at Tara Startlet, but the size I need was gone. I then bought the pale blue dress shown in the picture above from Penny Dreadful Vintage on a whim on Monday. It’s probably a little too similar to the Friday one, so I’ll probably just wear it as a wedding guest dress. So the search continues! My criteria are dressy, with a big 1950s skirt (preferably big enough to wear a crinoline underneath) and ideally a colour that goes with red.

Plus, I’m adding on a sixth thing, which isn’t a spring trend, but something i will have most definitely have to buy!

New foundation

My foundation is about to run out, and my powder has lost its lid and crumbled all over my makeup bag, so I’ve decided to splurge on some posh stuff. I was always going to go to a make up counter in a department store for advice and a trial in preparation for the wedding, but it makes sense to bring it forward rather than buy some cheaper make up that I wouldn’t use. I’m thinking I may try Clinique and MAC.

What would people recommend? I am looking for something with a medium amount of coverage, and something matte not dewy. I am not opposed to powder. My skin is very awkward, its spotty, lots of open pores and gets oily quickly, but anything especially for spotty skin tends to dry it out too much and it gets all tight feeling. I’d rather be shiny, at least that’s just the way I look and not the way my skin feels. My current foundation is Max Factor Age Renew, which is ok, though a little too covering, and the shade is not quite right (though the best I could find in the cheaper high street brands).

Anyway, if you have any fave brands, tell me!

Wowee, that was a very shopping heavy post today! Please excuse the lo-fi approach to the pictures, I’ve spent far too much time editing Amsterdam pics this week and have briefly fallen out of love with photoshop. Pictures 1, 2 4 and 5 are from the respective shops, 3 is from the guardian and 6 from the Life magazine google archives.

For a roundup of this week’s Friend Friday posts, visit Modly Chic.

Happy Friday all!

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  • Moniquezuman 8 April 2011, 9:04 am

    I am loving that satchel bag!!

    Monique xx


  • Kate 8 April 2011, 9:10 am

    I highly recommend Bobbi Brown for all makeup, but particularly foundation. It's well worth getting them to do your makeup – you have to pay a deposit of about 25 quid, but that's redeemable against whatever you then buy. I did this ahead of my wedding, and they did such a lovely natural, but kind of 50s, look for me. Their gel eyeliner is also excellent, if all but impossible to remove!

    On dresses, Wallis is about to launch (on 18th April) a range of dresses that are repros of dresses they sold in the 50s and 60s, which are just lovely and v. bright. I want them all.

    Heyday (www.heydayonline.co.uk) do repro 40s dresses, though many seem to be out of stock at the moment. Their stuff looks lovely, though I've never bought any.

    There's a seller on e-bay who does repro vintage and copies of designer dresses, made to your measurements, for about 70-80 pounds. The seller is oriental_treasure and the shop is called TopRunway. She's in China and she's absolutely fantastic, really responsive and helpful, and such good value. The fabric isn't the most amazing quality ever, but it's not bad, and the fit is so good and that always makes things look more expensive. She will also do custom work if you ask her to.

    Finally, Shebycindy (has her own website and is on etsy – etsy is cheaper) does repros of dresses worn in Mad Men and some other, again made to your measurements (though she also does standard sizes for less money) which are worth a look.


  • Veshoevius 8 April 2011, 9:10 am

    I love your shoes! I was thinking that the colour blocking and brights trends would be giving you lots of cause for temptation in the shops! It's so funny how blogging and interacting with other bloggers has played such a big part in your wedding wardrobe plans!
    I would try MAC's mineral range – it really makes my skin look like it glows! There is a MAC mineral foundation in every finish – powder, cream, satin, dewy – you name it. They do bridal makeovers and the booking fee is refundable against purchases – or you can just rock up to a counter and get them to help you choose – the assistants can usually end up giving you a free mini makeover if you want to try a product on and they are free.

  • Rhianne 8 April 2011, 11:04 am

    Oh my, a 1950's wedding dress, how lovely, I'm dreaming of one after seeing my Nan's wedding dress. and I love the satchel, I've seen them everywhere lately!

    I've actually been using the colour supplements from Lush for my face lately, its really light and my skin is oily too and I haven't had any problems, it may be worth popping in and testing it…

  • tricia 8 April 2011, 11:08 am

    great score on the shoes! i've been e-stalking those for a long while myself. 🙂

    as for makeup, i've been wearing MAC for years (since the early-mid 2000s). it sounds like we have similar skin. they've got several levels of coverage…for a long while i wore what amounts to a medium coverage foundation (their "select spf 15) but just recently started trying their light coverage face/body foundation, and i really like it. i also recently started applying it with a foundation brush, and i find that makes for a lighter, less heavy-handed application and feel. the brush is kind of expensive (bought it from MAC) but will last years so i justified the expense.

  • Rochelle 8 April 2011, 11:42 am

    Franca I can't wait to see you sport these all summer long. Those shoes are fierce and so unique! For over a year I've liked Revlon foundation (I like too try different make-up). Their photo ready make-up offers a good amount of coverage, and it is buildable. It also never looks cakey and I love that it actually matches my skin. (Which very few make-up companies do because they don't make them that light). I also like their powder foundations in the summer. They offer a lighter coverage which I like in the summer.

  • Magatha May 8 April 2011, 11:56 am

    my recommendation is for Smashbox mineral foundation. 🙂

  • Fashnlvr 8 April 2011, 12:46 pm

    Hi! I did a whole post recently on Chanel makeup. I think you would really like it. My girlfriend and I both got mini-facials and a foundation match for free! You can read all about it here: http://fashnlvr.blogspot.com/2011/03/chanel-experience-with-sonicare.html She and I both really enjoyed it. The makeup coverage is "enough" and doesn't dry out my skin. My other "go to" product is MAC StudioFix – it lasts all day, doesn't cake and covers just right.
    Love these dresses you have chosen. Those shoes are to die for!! Love them!!
    Happy Friend Friday!!

  • Penny Dreadful 8 April 2011, 12:51 pm

    I really need new foundation too, let me know if you get any good advice! I'm on the hunt for a reception dress for you now 😉 xx

  • LinZ 8 April 2011, 2:07 pm

    Ooh, I really want a 1940s tea dress too! I feel like so many people find items like this when they are thrifting, but maybe I just haven't found a great thrift store yet.

    For make-up, I fell in love with Smashbox's Camera Ready Full Coverage Foundation when I was make-up shopping for my wedding last year. I don't wear it all the time, but I will buy it 2-3 times a year because it just looks so smooth on my skin!

    I talk about it here: http://tartlemondrop.blogspot.com/2011/03/fbff-beauty-products.html

    I thought it was perfect for my wedding day and it was so easy to have it sitting there and just touch up my make-up every now and then while doing photos. I had that and my lipstick onhand at all times! I did my make-up myself that day – I just couldn't trust my face to another person, haha!

  • Marie 8 April 2011, 2:13 pm

    Gorgeous pics, and your wedding dress is beautiful. I need to explore more makeup options myself, but I do like mineral makeup most days.

    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

  • SACRAMENTO 8 April 2011, 2:32 pm

    O yes, I forgot that you were getting married in September Franca, wowwwwwwwwwwwwww.
    I love everything you have chosen: shoes, bag, wonderful dresses, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

  • two birds 8 April 2011, 3:56 pm

    i love that satchel! i am now on the search for one like it! i wish i could help you with your foundation search, but i don't wear any (although i probably should). good luck!

  • mavenhaven 8 April 2011, 4:53 pm

    Those shoes are INCREDIBLE.
    I highly recommend checking out Beautypedia.com for extensive recommendations on products. Foundations have come a long way in the last 10 years and there are lots of drugstore brands that are very good. I don't really wear foundation except for stage, but I trust Paula Begoun's recs. I suspect the site is US-centric (don't have time to look) but so many brands are available in the UK it's probably not a problem.

  • Fashionforgiants 8 April 2011, 8:14 pm

    I love how your really personalized this week's questions. I especially love the tea dresses – absolutely gorgeous.

  • Danni 8 April 2011, 8:42 pm

    I have two wonderful satchels, and yet I can't help but be tempted by the classic cambridge one! I love the yellow one too – you should def go for it! x

  • Kate Olmstead 8 April 2011, 11:15 pm

    So I am one of those people who is a Mineral Foundation evangelist. I used to never wear make up for two reasons. One, I didn't want to clog my pores, as my skin is quite sensitive and temperamental. Two, I am lazy, and the idea of having to spend a lot of time and effort doing foundation, only to have it need to be touched up every hour, yeah now. However, about 3 years ago I decided to take the plunge and I tried BareMinerals by Bare Escentuals. I will never ever use anything else. The coverage is medium (though you can do light if you prefer), and I only need to touch up with a bit of powder once or twice during the day. They have two kinds of foundation, regular and Matte. I use the Matte because I have combination skin and I hate hate the shiny/dewy look. It has SPF 15 in it, and is made of virtually all natural products. Plus, since using it, I have noticed that my skin is A LOT healthier. The best part of it is that it is super easy to apply and can be done in 2 minutes flat. I know mineral makeup is not for everyone, but if you are looking for something new, definitely give it a try at least. Its a little on the pricey side, at $28 USD for 6grams, but depending on how much coverage you would like, that can last up to 2-3 months.

  • frumpfactor 9 April 2011, 1:42 am

    I enjoyed this post. I didn't jump into the fray this week because I just don't feel like this year's trends "speak" to me. I like to see your fresh approach to the whole trend issue!

    And man, do I LOVE that blue bag! (drooling)

  • Marissa 9 April 2011, 3:31 pm

    I love your new shoes! And I'm so glad you finally you that Cambridge bag. I remember you posting about it a long, long time ago. Enjoy it!

  • Marissa 9 April 2011, 3:35 pm

    Forgot about makeup advice! I'm also a huge fan of Bare Minerals, especially if you're not looking for heavy coverage. It feel very comfortable on.

  • oranges_and_apples 9 April 2011, 3:36 pm

    thanks! so do I!

  • oranges_and_apples 9 April 2011, 3:56 pm

    Wow. Thanks Kate those tips are great! I might do a post on repro vintage
    dresses now, I'll credit you of course for introducting me to shebecindy and

  • oranges_and_apples 9 April 2011, 3:57 pm

    thanks! MAC seems to be a good choice!

  • oranges_and_apples 9 April 2011, 3:58 pm

    Thanks! I've recently started using lush stuff, so i'll have a wee peek next
    time I'm in!

  • oranges_and_apples 9 April 2011, 3:59 pm

    They are great shoes! I don't even know what a foundation brush is…

  • Red Boots 9 April 2011, 4:17 pm

    I don't use foundation but I do use powder, and I am a big big fan of MAC's Mineralize Skinflash/Natural (http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/spp.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CAT20863&PRODUCT_ID=PROD71030).

    It's really light and long-lasting and natural looking, and is great at making my slightly oily skin non-shiny. Because it's mineral based I don't suffer any spots from it either, which is always a plus point!!

    I got mine at Harvey Nichols in Edinburgh, and the girls there are really helpful in finding the shade that suits your skintone.

    It is £18, but I've had mine since September, and there is still lots left, so well worth it. x

  • laura 9 April 2011, 5:32 pm

    hach, viele der dinge finde ich auch ganz wunderbar! (: besonders diese satchel-tasche. so eine in klein und gelb habe ich jetzt in einer zeitschrift gesehen – von new yorker! mal sehen, ob ich sie irgendwo finden kann, die war wundervoll (und nicht teuer).

    liebe grüße & viel erfolg beim finden deiner frühlingsbegleiter!

  • Emma at Daily Clothes Fix 9 April 2011, 10:45 pm

    Great selection of items. I love the shoes and those cropped jeans. I'm hoping to get a yellow pair on eBay. Oh, and congrats on your forthcoming wedding.

    As for make-up, when I wear it I am a committed Clinique girl.

  • lorena 11 April 2011, 2:00 am

    I am all over that gorgeous satchel bag.
    If I must recommend a brand for oily skin, such as mine AND that IS NOT expensive (i do not like spending on make up) I would try the PALLADIUM RICE powder and the PALLADIUM rice papers…

  • chantele cross-jones 11 April 2011, 3:11 am

    OMG I adore your shoes!! And its such a pity that the dress you wanted from VOH is sold out as It is stunning, every dress on there is actually!

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  • Pullyoursocksup 12 April 2011, 3:16 am

    I'm definitely with you on the 1940s tea dress – I can see you styling one up beautifully! How insanely gorgeous are those shoes?!!!! Coveting them big time. I've been thinking about your wedding lately – thought it was getting closer – eeeeep!!!! I use Maybelline foundations – I love them. I've just checked the one I'm using now, it's Super Stay makeup in liquid form (colour – Nude). I find their shades are realistic-looking. Good staying power and cheap too!

  • MrsBossa 12 April 2011, 7:13 am

    My advice is – ditch the Max Factor and go for Clinique Superbalance foundation. I have never looked back. It covers beautifully without looking too 'done', and is so much easier to apply. If you're bothered about pores and things, I'd also recommend Clinique's pore minimizer – just pat on a tiny amount and go…

  • fleurdelisarah 25 April 2011, 6:21 am

    Colette Patterns has a dress pattern like the ones you've featured here. And I managed to make it, so it must be doable for normal folk (I'm pretty good at messing up sewing projects). =) I think Sarai even has instructions for making a matching belt if you want!

    I use Stila's sheer colour tinted moisturizer when I bother with foundation at all (and with the stress of grad school + oily skin from my dad's native american heritage, I am still breaking out at 30, bah), mostly because it's just enough to even my skin tone in photos and from afar, but I don't feel like I'm wearing a facemask. Also, it's the first foundation I've tried that matched the rosy undertones in my untanned skin – everything else is always too yellow for me!