Modern Pin Up

The thing I love about modelling is the versatility, some models identify in to a set category be it fashion, glamour, fitness, pin up, alternative or one of the many other divisions and to start out with, I very much fell in to the glamour classification but during my time at drama school, I took a break from modelling and after I graduated, I found that with the meteoric rise in social media and girls posting all kind of images for free, the glamour industry had almost died out with the end of the ‘lads mags’.

After a couple of years concentrating on trying to be a ‘serious’ actress, I missed being in front of a stills camera so I got back in to shooting lingerie and swimwear, I shot a lot of horror to coincide with the fact that I’d somehow fallen in to being predominantly a horror actress (scream princess) and although I still shoot all of these things, I’ve over the past year or so found myself shooting more and more pin up.

I’ve always loved vintage styling and it’s no secret that I feel like I’ve been born in to completely the wrong era, I love old fashions, mainly from 1940’s and 1950’s (but also have a soft spot for 1970’s), vintage and retro decor and generally the way of life (it’s also not a secret that I’m no feminist).

I love the way so much effort was put in, from housewives to pin up girls and the measures that were taken by all in getting ready each day, the hair, the make up, the lingerie, stockings, suspenders and petticoats, the dresses and of course no ensemble was compete without a matching hat and gloves and a coat of red lipstick.

As much as I’d love to live the vintage lifestyle the whole time, I have no idea how these women did it, or the women who embrace the vintage way of life fully today. 

Firstly, I’m still trying to master the art of putting in rollers, I really should have paid more attention to my Nana who put them in every night and wrapped her hair up in a headscarf without fail before she went to bed every night, and how is it even comfortable sleeping in rollers?

You’d literally have to get up at the crack of dawn everyday just top perfect your brush out or your victory rolls and that’s before you’ve even painted on your face or fiddled about trying to fasten your suspenders.

These women not only had to go through these rituals every day, they were also expected to run a perfect house, make sure their kids were fed and their husbands were kept happy! It must have been exhausting.

I have to admit, there’s no way I could do it every day, I love lounging around in jeggings and a t shirt too much.

Instead I’ve adopted a more modern pin up style but I have got the red lipstick bit down, it totally makes any outfit look that little bit more glam!

Photography by Portrait’s & Pin ups.

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Guilt Free Glitter

It’s Christmas, and if ever there was an excuse to wear glitter (not that I need an excuse) it’s Christmas!

I’ve always been drawn to anything that sparkles, maybe because I was a unicorn in a past life, all my friends have come to accept that when they see me, they will somehow end up finding glitter on themselves for days and I have to admit, up until now, I’d never really given much thought to where glitter came from and what harm it could do to the environment, I mean something so pretty could hardly be bad right? Well, apparently, that’s not the case.

I guess with it’s metallic facade, I thought it was probably tiny little flakes of metal, I definitely never thought about it being a microplastic getting in to the ocean and putting marine life at risk.

Glitter in cosmetics, when washed off, in the same way as microbeads for which a ban will come in to force by the end of June 2018 find their way down plug holes and in to the ecosystem, it seems glitter is litter!

I can’t imagine my life without glitter, and  thanks to my friend Zoe Disco (yes that’s really her name, I was at her wedding when the new surname was revealed) a life without glitter isn’t something I had to contemplate for long!

Her company eco twinkle stocks ethical, biodegradable glitter made from sustainable plant derived film and contains no plastic. Packaging is recycled and refillable.

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Fine and chunky glitter comes in lots of different colours and is available in 5mm or 10mm pots. A little bit really does go a long way so depending how many Christmas parties you go to, the pots should last for a while .

For this look I have the chunky silver glitter underneath the eye and the fine on the brow bone.

For more details check out http://www.ecotwinkle.com

Hunting For Fairies

When one of my girlfriends sent me a message to see if I wanted to go fairy hunting, of course my immediate reaction was a great big YES!

Next thing I know, train tickets are booked (Little did I know at this point that this expedition was going to be a 2 hour train journey from Paddington) and three of us are off to The New Forest, Furzey Gardens to be precise. Luckily, we somehow managed to get a First class upgrade on the train and there was Prosecco so along with good company the journey actually wasn’t that bad.

Now I love trees, I even downloaded an Woodland Trust app a few weeks ago to try and identify a tree in my garden and was more than overjoyed when I was successful.

So what’s better than trees? Let me tell you, trees with fairy doors hidden in them, that’s what!

Living in London for the past 10 years, I do love to get back out to the countryside and appreciate nature, the tranquility and the colour.

Did we find fairies? No (Surprising actually considering the Prosecco) but walking through this enchanted forest, we did find lots of the hidden doors spinkled with fairy dust.

Definitely worth a visit if you find yourself in The New Forest. 

I’m not sure about Blood. Sweat & Glitter though, it was more MUD, Sweat & Glitter, I ruined a pair of leopard print pumps, it you go, wear wellies!

 

 

Miss Dani Teeze

Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m quite partial to a cocktail or two whether it’s out in a bar or at home experimenting so imagine my delight when High Roller Cocktails created a cocktail and named it after me!

Introducing the ‘Miss Dani Teeze’ featuring some of my favourite flavours and of course completely vegan.

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Of course I had to go out and get ingredients to make it straight away, and as I couldn’t get the Malibu with passion fruit, I added Passoa in to the mix (which actually probably made it a little bit more alcoholic, but that’s not a bad thing right?).

 

Nothing Quite So Sad As A Girl Who Can’t Shop!

Imagine the excitement when I woke up a couple of weeks ago to an email saying that one of my favourite online retailers, Lindybop was having a flash sale – one problem, I’d lost my bank card, a replacement card was on order but with it being a bank holiday weekend it had taken longer than usual for my new card to arrive.

I found four dresses I really liked and added them to my shopping basket ready for when my new card arrived, I waited for what felt like forever, and then the day came that my new shiny piece of plastic arrived in the mail, I excitedly went online ready to complete my purchase only to find out two of the dresses were no longer available in a size 8, I bought the other two that were still available and went off to work, but no matter how hard I tried to convince myself that two dresses are better than none I couldn’t seem to shake the feeling of discontent.

I got as far as my first break and went back online and managed to find two more dresses, one in the sale and one new stock that had flamingos on it and after purchasing both of those I managed to get through the rest of the day feeling less traumatized.

Moral of the story, take better care of your bank card!

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Burlesque

So one lazy afternoon somewhere on the middle of 2016 I was curled up on my sofa with the dogs watching the movie Burlesque, I’d seen it before numerous times but for some reason that afternoon I felt inspired to look online for burlesque classes, I’d done a few drop in classes in the past at Pineapple Studios but was looking for something more advanced and stumbled across an amazing deal with Burlesque Baby for their stage 1, six week course, before I’d really thought about it, I’d clicked the book now button and entered my payment details.

Six weeks flew by and once I’d finished stage 1, I’d been bitten by the glitter bug and soon booked up on the stage 2 and then stage 3 courses under the guidance or the amazing Peggy De Lune.

I graduated in December at Freedom in Soho with my first act, 2 Hearts (it was obviously always going to be a Kylie song) and have bookings already for the start of this year!

Coming up with a showgirl name was tricky, obviously you want something original, I tried Ruby Slippers but when I googled it, it was already taken so in the end I decided not to stray to far from my own name which I’ve used for both modelling and acting, keeps things simpler so Keep an eye out for Miss Dani Teeze!