Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Stylin' at Miss DixieBelle's Vintage Parlour

One of the first things you notice when you walk into vintage boutique Miss DixieBelle’s is the fabulous vintage style of the ladies who run the shop. Yes, their collection of vintage-inspired dresses is divine and yes, there is some pretty luscious 1950s lingerie on show. There are even the cutest leopard print hats you’ll find in Edinburgh, but golly, it's the exquisite girls who first take your eye.  They really do live the vintage lifestyle and it shows. What’s more, they’re willing to help you find your own inner vintage goddess by offering hair styling and make up in the downstairs parlour. 

When I rang to make the appointment I was asked if I had a hairstyle in mind so I could be best matched with one of their stylists. I only had a vague idea of what I wanted (something a bit curly),  but this was fine and quite usual for them – a lot of people go in not really knowing what they’re after. You can, of course, have a specific style request or bring in a picture of a hairstyle. There are also books of old movie stars to flick through to gain some inspiration. 

I decided on some Lana Turner-style tumbling curls. I have tried to attempt this at home, but not really having patience or mad curling tong skills has always resulted in a pretty limp effort. Thanks to the very lovely stylist my hair was expertly curled, pinned and sprayed with a special setting lotion, “like your nan would have used”. Once dried, my hair fell into ringlets which were then brushed into super glamorous curls and then a shower of hairspray went on. My stylist’s top tip for doing this at home? Follow online tutorials (ex-DixieBelle stylist Kay has excellent tutorials on her Hairball Alley blog) and practise all the time. Sadly, my morning routine has had sleep priority maximised, but I have been trying some curls in the morning and am going to try some victory rolls when the weekend comes around. 

After my hair was set, it was time for the make-up. I wanted a full-on 1950s look with flicky eyeliner and cherry lipstick as it’s a look I have always really liked, but don’t wear very often. Illamasqua foundation was painted on to give a flawless base and Besame cosmetics were used throughout – the gold packaging is lovely and adds to the retro vibe.  You can buy these at the shop too. I convinced my boyfriend to take me out that evening and my hair & make up lasted all night. My hair lasted another day too – the setting lotion really works!
The ladies at Miss Dixiebelle were so welcoming and put this vintage newbie at ease. The cost for hair and make-up styling is £40 each and it’s definitely worth a visit if you feel like transforming yourself into a vintage vixen for a day - there’s the option to have a pin-up style photoshoot to show off your new style should you be so inclined. 

A visit to Miss Dixiebelle's parlour is totally recommended for this party season, whether you want to try a new style or just want to impress!


  1. Your hair and make-up look gorgeous. I'm definitely going to book in for a makeover before one of my Christmas nights out!

  2. Thanks Chiara - it was so much fun! I can't wait to go back.

  3. You look absolutely stunning! I've been wanting to try the Besame lipsticks, they're meant to be great and the packaging is just so pretty.

    1. Thanks Astrid! Besame have the best packaging, it's super vintage glam. Really nice retro colours too!