Tuesday, July 24, 2012
May Queen (in July)
For some reason I always really wanted an antique wax flower bridal tiara - I'd been idly stalking them on ebay for like a year, then eventually found one in my favourite Chichester haunt, Squirrel Antiques, some months back. I've been saving it for a sunny day, picturing myself wearing it May Queen style, all Midsummer night's dream. Well that sunny day finally arrived, so out it came! I kind of wanted to wear it with a floaty 1930s silk nightie, 1910s lace evening jacket and Edwardian boots, but then I realised I am not the Bright Young Twins and instead of looking ethereal and elfin would probably have more resembled an escaped Miss Havisham character. So I went with a 1940s day dress instead.
I actually built the hairstyle around the tiara, starting with yesterday's pincurl set. After positioning the tiara I arranged the curls at the front and pinned them loosely in place. Then I created the faux bob effect at the back by curling the ends up and pinning them in place (I think it's more usual to curl the ends under for a faux bob, but this worked fine for me).
1940s dress, Dead Man's Glory; Celluloid brooch, gift from mother; Vintage bridal tiara, Squirrel Antiques Chichester; Shoes, purchased in Thailand; Gloves, can't remember; Necklace, Topshop; 1940s handbag, etsy.
Pictures taken at Osterley Park.