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Halloween – trick or treat?!

Halloween Zombie Hand Fascinator

Halloween – trick or treat?!

Halloween is always a great time of year for ghoulish fun. Here at it’s always a good time for dressing up. These days Halloween is all about extravagant fancy dress and an excess of sweets… but look back at the origins of this holiday and you’ll see that it’s about so much more than fancy dress and treats.

Halloween, or Samhain as our celtic ancestors called it, is the time of year when the veil between the worlds of the living and dead are thinnest. Traditionally this means that the spirits of the dead are closer and more accessible than usual. Gifts of food were given to appease hungry spirits and to show that the ancestors are venerated and respected. The tradition of dressing up can also be traced back to our celtish ancestors. The Celts wore costumes made from animal hides to aid them in their ceremonial predictions for the coming year.

Halloween – trick or treat?!

Whether you are dressing up for fun, to scare the locals or to commune with the spirits of your ancestors…The Headonista has you covered! Is your inner Goth just screaming to get out?! Are you zombie curious, feeling mystical, supernatural or just downright horrific? Anything is possible. With one of my headdresses all eyes will be on your head!

Day of the Dead, El Día de los Muertos Fancy Dress Fascinator

Dressing up is always fun and Halloween is the perfect time to explore your dark side. This Halloween why not trick others or treat yourself at

Check out my Halloween collection here or get in touch if you want to order something bespoke

…and with the Day of the Dead —  El Día de los Muertos to celebrate on the 2nd of November it’s only a couple of days before you can wear your creation again!

Halloween Spider Fancy Dress Fascinator

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The Fun of Fancy Dress at Festivals

One of the things I love about going to festivals is the fancy dress. There’s something so liberating about putting on a costume and becoming someone/something else for a while. I have had some fantastic interactions with other people whose costumes matched or related to mine. The joy that that spreads is very infectious.
Some festivals in particular excel at creating an immersive theme, so here’s my shortlist for 2019.

Shindig – Get Fruity

Shindig is one of the first festivals of the season and takes place in a beautiful location in Somerset. Voted best boutique festival by The Guardian last year, this is definitely a festival to keep an eye on. This year’s ‘Get Fruity’ theme saw some great costumes paraded. My personal favourites were the lady riding a banana and the plethora of pineapple helmets. I saw a lot of fantastic homemade costumes, from crates of fruit for hats to balloons worn as bunches of grapes. There was even a swarm of wasps, which was a fun ‘out of the box’ approach to the theme.

Shambala – Extinction Carnival
Well known for their eco-friendly attitude to putting on events, Shambala’s theme this year invites participants to celebrate those species now extinct, or on the edge of it. The quality of peoples’ costumes always blows me away at Shambala, they have a strong reputation for attracting people who love to go all out with their fancy dress…I can’t wait to see what people will come up with for this fabulous theme.

Nozstock – The Wizard of Noz
Now in it’s 21st year, this festival in Herefordshire is small but perfectly formed. With a broad range of music styles and a great attention to detail on the decor front, this a fantastic festival for those who love things a little freaky and wild. This years’ theme is a big nod towards the iconic film ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and I’m sure will see some pretty outlandish costumes – expect flying monkeys and evil witches galore, if past years are anything to go by!

El Dorado – Jungle Boogie
Another festival in Herefordshire, this one nestled in the grounds of Eastnor Castle Deer Park, El Dorado actually have 2 dress up themes this year. Opting for ‘Gold’ as their theme for Saturday, which is nice and broad, with scope to take it as subtle or all encompassing as you wish. Their Sunday theme is ‘Jungle Boogie’ which is a fun nod to The Jungle Book and I’m sure will see costumes inspired by Jungle music fashion too.

Competition – Would you like to win a pair of rainbow heart hair grips? I have three pairs up for grabs! Simply leave a comment on this blog with the most fantastical fancy dress theme you can think of and I’ll pick my favourites on the 15th July. Only one entry per person, so choose carefully!

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How to look sexy for Valentines

Feeling stressed about the pressure to look hot for your date on Valentines? Want to know how to instantly transform into a sexier you, without spending a penny or watching what you eat? Then read on…

If you want to know the miraculous way you can cling film yourself skinny, the perfect make-up technique to keep you looking young, the right words to say to make anyone swoon at your feet…

Then you’ll have to read a different blog, because the truth is all of that is bullshit! There is only one thing you can do to make a significant impact on your sex appeal…and it isn’t about forcing your body to be a certain shape, or scripting the perfect chat up line. The single most important thing you can do to look sexy this valentines is…

Whatever sparks your confidence! It may sound cliche but it’s true. When you feel good about yourself it shows. It gives you a glow that no highlighter can mimic.

We all have things we don’t like about our appearance. But when we focus on those things, we magnify them out of proportion. So my advice for looking sexy is really to create a moment of self care…Putting on sexy clothes and doing your make-up may help, if that makes you feel good, but it certainly isn’t essential. What really matters is how you talk to yourself in your head, how you feel.

So, whatever you’re wearing this valentines, I hope you have a smile to go with it, ‘cos you really are worth it.