Over the years music and fashion has changed but one thing that has never totally disappeared is our love and fascination for the 50’s and it’s lifestyle. Today, Miss Happ takes all these classic influences, mixes them & brings you a range of clothing for the girl with a desire to be an individual.
Miss Happ is a local, original, South African produced and designed clothing and accessory range. Find us at our retail store, Retrospective, 215 Long Street, Cape Town
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Red or dead. My perfect red lipcolour
So being the kinda chic that is very rarely seen without lipstick, and red lipstick at that, I thought I would share with you a few secrets....
I started off by making a list...here goes...
I remember when I first decided to start wearing red every day. I got my ass down to the (always awesome) MAC store as this is always my first port of call (Over the years I have always been a lipstick girl, but tended to go with the safer natural shades as most people do). After chatting to the fab girls I decided to try out the PRO LONGWEAR LIPCOLOUR in LASTING LUST which is a colour and gloss in one stick...and I have never turned back!
The best thing is that I only need to apply it once a day (although it works best if a very thick layer is applied to DRY lips) and then apply the gloss past once it's dry. The great thing is also that the colour part has a little applicator, so getting a good shape is super easy.
You will find that during the day, and even after eating they only thing you will need to touch up is the gloss part of the whole processes....and the BEST part about it all is that people don't have to be afraid to kiss you - you'll be able to pucker up in true Marilyn Monroe style without worrying about it coming off on him...or his clothes....or your face! Yes, I have seen (and done!) it all myself!!
Below is an older pic of me wearing my MAC Longwear....
I must admit, I loved this shade - it is a slightly darker and richer shade of red (when compared to the MAC). My only advise here is maybe use a lip liner to get that great lip shape - if you go skew with red it can be fatal.
And if the colour Red still makes you alittle nervous...try starting with a tinted lip gloss. I am not a big fan of gloss - living in Cape Town with all it's wind gloss just isn't practical. I don't enjoy my hair getting stuck to my lips, but it's a personal choice!!
So, go on girls! give a whurl! you might just enjoy it ;)
I get asked this often. "So what is this that you are doing?", "Why skulls?", "What's with the tattoos?"..so here goes..these are purely my views...in a nutshell :)
Rockabilly has it true roots in the rock n’ roll culture of the 50’s, but today girls and guys around the world have taken it to a new level. The look is edgy with strong tattoo influences and is very visible within the alternative community. Many a Rockabilly guy and girl is tattooed which only highlights their need to be an individual - it's a way to stand out from the crowd and is very reminiscent of the rebellious attitudes of icons from the era such as James Dean, Elvis Prestly and the notorious Bettie Page amoung others..
In South Africa we are seeing the subculture slowly gaining popularity and awareness amongst the younger 20 – 30 something’s, and for many it’s a natural progression from other small, niche subcultures such as Goth or punk. For the modern rockabilly guys and gals, …
Although the lines are not definite , there are a few little details to take note of here when looking at the pinup style....
The Pin Up style tends to be slightly more feminine when compared to the rockabilly style. This look is more vintage inspired with looks being very closely modeled on styles (mainly) from the 40’s and 50’s. For the Pin up style girls often revert back to vintage patterns to produce garments that are known as “vintage reproductions” circa 1950 as in our Miss Happ Vintage Dress (below), which was on original Vogue pattern from 1954.