Hotter Shoes Style Series – A 1940s Look With Stephanie Heels

In my latest instalment for Hotter shoes, I style a late 1940s look with the lovely Stephanie heels. I knew as soon as I saw the Stephanie heels, that they would be perfectly suited to a 1930s or 1940s style. The lattice work across the shoe not only helps to keep the feet comfortably encased, but also reflects the innovations in materials and textiles during the 1930s and 1940s. Of course, use of elastic was restricted during the war years, but the innovative approach to using new, unusual materials in the light of austerity is definitely reflected here.

Whilst I found taking the pictures for my previous piece a tad frustrating, on the contrary, these pictures were so much fun! Kieren and I decided to take these pictures in the quiet hour before sunset, and there was barely anybody about. That, coupled with the fact that I had my glasses off, meant that I couldn’t see if people staring at me when I was holding poses, which made me feel generally more confident.

I decided to choose these shoes in black, (they are also available in maroon and navy suede) as I realised I didn’t actually own any black heels. I usually tend to get completely side-tracked by pretty colours instead! I have had these shoes for a while now, and I have to say I think they are my absolute favourite. Not only do they go with lots of outfits (the convenience of choosing them in black), but they feel as if they were literally made for my feet. Every pair of Hotter shoes feels amazing on, but with these they just feel extra-super comfortable!

For my Style Series piece, I decided to style the shoes with a suit I have based on a late 1940s style. The suit features black detailing, which I felt picked-up on the black of the shoes. To add a pop of colour – I always have to add a pop of colour! I opted for red accessories, which also matched the bright red Mac Ruby Woo lipstick I am wearing.

I styled my hair into a Betty Grable / Rita Hayworth poodle do. For this style, I set my hair as usual. I then brushed out my set, smoothed and clipped the sides and back sections out of view. I ensured any clips I used for this would be placed so as to hidden by the hat. I then created individual pincurls, pinning them randomly at the crown of my head, layering some as I went. I finished the look with my 1940s vintage hat, and of course a hat pin to secure.

I decided to leave my glasses off, as I just felt that none of my frames quite ‘went’ with the outfit. Of course, I only took them off for each individual picture, putting them back on as soon as I could to see! I am actually looking out for some rimless styles of frames to suit the 1930s era or earlier at the moment, and have come across some beautiful examples on Ebay. Although, frustratingly, most rimless styles seem to be Pince-Nez, which of course are completely impractical for me!

Anyway, to read and view the full piece, visit the Hotter Shoes blog, It’s a Shoe Thing here.

To view my previous Style Series posts for Hotter Shoes, check out this category here.

Until next time dears!

Besame Cosmetics: Delicate Rouge Blush Review

When it comes to make up, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with it. I love the way it can transform the face, enhancing features whilst concealing others. I also adore the way it can be used alongside a vintage look to further enhance that look. For instance, a classic red lip immediately finishes a retro 1950s style.

In some ways, I feel I should be more adventurous with make up, and question why this is not the case. I am adventurous with my clothing and hair, experimenting with different styles and genres. Maybe, when it comes to make up, I am a tad cowardly. Of course, I love a red lipstick. In fact, pretty much all my lipsticks are shades of red, from dark berry to bright corals. I tend to steer clear of pink, as I find it makes me look a tad unwell (perhaps I have just been using the wrong shades for my skin tone).

My usual make up products consist of: very light touch of foundation, powder, blush, eyebrow pencil and lipstick. Generally, I do not wear eye make up (as it usually ends up irritating my eyes or melted-off into the crease of my eyelids. Not attractive). But, on occasion I do  *and let it be noted, for these pictures I am indeed wearing eye make up – eyeshadow, mascara and a swipe of white liner in the inner rim*.

Anyway, whilst I may not be wildly adventurous when it comes to make up, I am of course interested in it. One such company that commands my complete attention is USA based Besame.

Launched in 2004, the company specialises in recreating authentic colours and formulations. Usually, when a cosmetics company focuses on vintage shades, they tend to hone-in on the 1950s or 1960s. Besame however, cover the entire first half and beyond of the twentieth century.

I was lucky enough to receive two matchbox testers of their Red Hot Red and Besame Red lipsticks from a make up masterclass with Vanessa Frankenstein last year (which you can read about here). Not only are the colours period appropriate, but the packaging is so beautiful.

So, onto the point of this rambling, long blog post. A few weeks ago, I had to go away for a few days. Upon packing my blusher, I accidentally dropped it, and it broke. So, I now found myself in need of a new blusher to replace my old one with. Immediately, I thought of Besame. But, there was a problem. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO ALL THE UK STOCKISTS OF BESAME? Seriously, if anyone knows the answer to this question, please let me know in the comments. I checked all the places that I had known did at one point or another, stock Besame – only to find them all no longer carrying the brand. Through an Instagram conversation with Eleanor (@valle_mortis) I discovered that Beauty Bay were stocking Besame in the UK. At this point, you may cry ‘but why did you not just purchase from the Besame website?’ – because they only ship to the USA. And even if they did ship to the UK, I dread to imagine the shipping and customs charges.

Now, onto the actual product. The sturdy outer cardboard box is beautifully illustrated, and lists all the ingredients, along with the shade number. Opening the box, a gorgeous round compact is revealed, that fits nicely into the palm of the hand. Unscrewing the lid, a little round mirror is contained affixed to the inside. The blush itself is generous, at 4.5grams. To attempt to put that into context, my previous blush – Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush only contains 2.5grams.

The blush features a beautiful Besame logo, which I know will eventually wear away with use. To apply, I dabbed my brush into the product. Initially, I was surprised at how loose the particles were. With my Bourjois blush, I had to work the brush right into it to get any product. However, with Besame Delicate Rouge, the product particles are very loose, so you only need to dab gently at the product with your brush. I then spotted the blush onto each cheek. Next, I used the back of my hand to swirl away the excess blush from the brush, then proceeded to work the brush into each cheek to blend the blusher.

The shade I selected was 1915 Rose, and I absolutely adore it. Compared to my previous Bourjois blush, the difference in tone when I compared the two side-by-side did disturb me initially (I used 74 Rose Ambre in Bourjois). However, the 1915 is a beautiful pink rose shade. It recreates a natural flush perfectly, putting me in mind of a heroine from a romantic novel (Room with a View anyone?)

I have a feeling this blusher is going to last me a very long time, not only due to the actual amount of product it contains, but also due to not needing to actually apply all that much. Initially it may seem lunacy to spend over £20 on a blusher, but providing I don’t drop this one(!) I imagine I will be using it for a good few years.


  • Blusher – Besame Delicate Rouge in 1915 Rose. Find via Besame’s website, or on Beauty Bay if in the UK
  • Brush used – Real Techniques Multi Task Brush (purchased as part of a set from Superdrug last year)

Where to find Besame Cosmetics in the UK

*This may be subject to change/edits in the future, but as of October 2016 this information is assumed correct*

If anyone knows of any additional UK stockists of Besame, do let me know in the comments!

Until next time dears!