Omo makes whites bright!

In the summer I did a photo shoot with the amazingly talented Louise Holgate at the Avoncroft Museum. We released a sneak peek back in Aug but due to our busy schedules we have only just got around to editing them. Included in our final selection is one where our model Helena is showing off a packet of OMO washing powder which is definitely shouting out to be made into one of these amazing adverts ….







Watch this space to find out how we get on trying to recreate our own vintage style OMO advert!


Bella Rox

When Sam from Bella Rox asked me to join this amazing team of creatives I couldn’t resist. We designed the shoot to be a romantic romp through the decades from the 1920s through to the 1960s. Victory rolls and big beehives were teamed with beautiful vintage dresses, styled by Jessica Williams, and stunning floral creations, by Blush Floral Design. Creating the perfect show case for Bella Rox’s new range of hair accessories and jewellery and Liz Rose van Bokhoven was there to capture it all on camera and produce this mesmerising collection of photographs. And not forgetting our gorgeous model Frankie Holah.

Here are just a few of my favourites …

Bella Rox

To see the full collection of photographs see my Portfolio pages.

We have also been lucky enough to for the photographs to be featured on the award winning Love My Dress Blog. You can see more details of this on my Press pages.

Recreating the look

For you 1960s lovers – if you want to try and recreate the beehive at home here is my how-to-get-the-look guide. If you prefer the glamour of 1950s here is my guide to getting the glamourous 1950s makeup look.

Let me know how you get on!

Summer of Love

In order to combat the dark dingy days I thought it was about time to bring back a little sunshine into our lives. We have been lucky with ‘The Summer of Love’ shoot as the photographs have appeared on the front cover of Unique Bride Magazine as well as in The Boho Wedding Blog but now I get to share MY favourite shots with you all.

Summer of Love. Photograph by Louise Holgate
Summer of Love. Photograph by Louise Holgate

Summer of Love. Photograph by Louise Holgate
Summer of Love. Photograph by Louise Holgate
Summer of Love. Photograph by Louise Holgate
Summer of Love. Photograph by Louise Holgate
Summer of Love. Photograph by Louise Holgate
Summer of Love. Photograph by Louise Holgate
Summer of Love. Photograph by Louise Holgate
Summer of Love. Photograph by Louise Holgate

Photography: Louise Holgate

Hair & Makeup: Sarah Russell from SGR Vintage Hair & Makeup

Dresses:  LuxeBridal 

Flowers: Fusion Flowers 

VW campervan: Kathryn Marsh

Models: Nathan Bennett and Meghan Howard

To see the press coverage for the shoot check out the Boho Wedding Blog press page and Unique Bride press page.

1950’s Makeup – How to get the look

If you have picked up the Oct/Nov issue of Your West Midlands Wedding Magazine you may have noticed that they had a new addition to their panal of beauty experts …. ME!

Your West Midlands Wedding Magazine Beauty Panal
Your West Midlands Wedding Magazine Beauty Panal

The question I was asked was how to create a glamourous 1950s makeup look at home, for a 1950’s inspired wedding.

Here’s the low down on ‘how to get the look’ …

  1. Chose a matt foundation a shade lighter than your natural skin tone and set with a powder.
  2. Blush was used very subtly to contour the face, choose either a peach or pink to compliment your skin tone. The aim was to achieve a peaches and cream complexion with a velvety smooth finish.
  3. Eye shadow was also very subtle. Chose a colour to match your eye colour or your outfit, pastels and browns were popular choices, but make sure it’s matt. Keep the shadow concentrated to just above the lashes and blend upwards and sidewards.
  4. Line the lash line with an eye pencil, keeping it very soft on the lower lashes. You can add an eye ‘accent’ by adding a small flick at the corner of each eye. However a more modern ‘50s inspired’ look can be achieved by using a black gel/liquid liner to create a more striking line and flick.
  5. Curl your lashes and then use mascara to enhance the upper outer corner lashes and you can also use fake half lashes to really emphasise this winged eye look.
  6. The eye brows of the 50s were shaped and penciled. Start by brushing your brows up into an arch, tweezing stray hairs if needed, then darken with a powder or pencil (a shade or two darker than your hair colour) and shape into an arch extending them at the outer corner if needed. Set in place with a brow gel.
  7. For the lips russian reds were still popular but pinks, purple-reds and orange-reds were also starting to appear by the early 50s. Chose a colour to match your outfit and then use a liner to define the shape of your lips, creating a soft rounded cupids bow and then fill in with your chosen lipstick colour, blot and add a touch of gloss if required.
  8. Add a touch of glamour to your look and draw on your own beauty mark or emphasis one you already have with a brown eye pencil.

All you need now are painted nails to match your chosen lipstick and a great pin-curl set coiffure and you’ll be the belle of the ball. Let me know how you all get on …

Only a day to go …

…. Until the Stoke Vintage Fair!

Stoke Vintage Fair

The Stoke Vintage Fair

Sunday 11th November 2012

12pm – 5pm


The Stoke Vintage Fair is back and this time for a big Autumn/Winter special!

Make room in your wardrobes because they’re bringing 40-50 vintage traders to fit you out with a new wardrobe from the 1940s-1980s. Throw in a little homeware, accessories and jewellery for good measure and then rest your weary feet in our scrumptious tea party…

And best of all I will be there running the Vintage Hair & Makeup Salon

 Email me on for an appointment/booking details.

Walk ups may be available but an appointment will mean less queuing!

Price list:

Quick Hair Up £15 (20mins) [ie minimal heat styling]

Quick Makeup £15 (20mins)

Quick Hair & Makeup £25 (40 mins)

Liner & Lips £5 (10mins)

Lashes, Liner & Lips £10 (15 mins) [Fake strip lashes]

Add Lashes to any appointment for £5

Looking forward to seeing all you vintage lovelies there!

Stand UP to Cancer

Stand UP to Cancer Campaign. Photograph by Elizabeth Melvin
Stand UP to Cancer Campaign. Photograph by Elizabeth Melvin

Back in September I donated my time to help an amazing group of ladies from the West Midlands Cancer Research team get their hair to stand up on end for their Stand UP to Cancer campaign this October. The team were hoping to raise awareness and get volunteers involved in raising money for their Stand UP to Cancer campaign which involved a week of programmes on channel four culminating in the live fundraising show on Friday 19th October. Cancer Research are hoping that with the extra funds raised will help the break throughs seen in the lab turn in to break throughs in our hospitals. A cause I’m sure we all want to support.

For more information on this campaign, Cancer Research or details on how to donate, click here.

To see all the local press coverage that the Cancer Research team managed to get from their hair raising stunt then see my press pages.

However I thought I would share with you a couple of the pictures, from what I can only describe as one the most fun photo shoots I have done. Its not every day I get to go crazy with this much hair spray! And I can confirm that that the Schwarzkopf Got to be Glued range lives up to its name.

Stand UP to Cancer Campaign. Photograph by Elizabeth Melvin
Stand UP to Cancer Campaign. Photograph by Elizabeth Melvin


Should you want to recreate any of these looks at home all you need is a hair dryer and Got to be Glued blasting freeze spray then follow this youtube video:

Stand UP to Cancer Campaign. Photograph by Elizabeth Melvin
Stand UP to Cancer Campaign. Photograph by Elizabeth Melvin

Let me know how you get on …

The Summer of Love ‘How-To-Get-The-Look’ Guide

Unique Bride Issue 3 Editorial Page 3 – Featuring SGR Vintage Hair & Makeup

If you have managed to bag yourself a copy of Issue 3 of Unique Bride you will have seen that they featured a ‘summer of love’ spread and we were also lucky enough to be put on the front cover. For more details on the photo shoot see my previous blog post

And now on to the most important part! Within the article there was a ‘how to get the look’ guide by yours truly. Its a very simple and easy to follow guide to achieve the romantic wispy waves featured. As I don’t want any of you lovely vintage ladies to miss out I am going to go over it again here …

Unique Bride Issue 3 Editorial Page 4 – Featuring SGR Vintage Hair & Makeup

“As the brief for this shoot was to portray the hippie 70s and a couple eloping to get married in a camper van we decided that hair and makeup should be kept very natural and relaxed. The main focus for the makeup was to enhance what was already there, so the brows were defined, a light eye liner was used and a natural lip and blush.

As for hairstyles – As the high structured of the bouffant and beehive styles of the 1960s got less and less popular the more relaxed and natural hair of the hippie movement started to develop.  A lot of these looks were long, straight, flat hair with centre partings, which can be quite a severe look so create a more special wedding day look we incorporated a more modern twist with loose waves and here is the how-to guide in achieving it:

Hair how-to-get-the-look

1. Day old hair is much easier to style but if you need to wash your hair every day then a quick blast of dry shampoo, after your blow dry, stops the hair being so slippy, so its easier to work with.

2. Working from the top of your head take sections of hair and spray on a setting spray before curling with a conical wand,  this gives a much more natural curl than rollers or a curling tong. Pin each section, into a barrel curl, to the head and leave to cool.

3. Work through the rest of the head, sectioning off hair and curling. The smaller the section taken the curlier the hair will be, larger sections give more gentle curls. For this look larger sections were used although some varying sized sections were included to give the hair a more natural appearance.

4. Once all the hair has been set, leave to cool completely and give a quick spray with a flexible hold hairspray.

5. Rub a small amount of hair serum between your fingers before letting down each of the curls. The serum on your fingers helps reduce frizz and fly aways as you let out the curls.

6. Run your fingers through your hair to break up the curls, you can flip you head upside down and give a quick spray of hairspray if you want more body. Use a shine spray or more serum if needed. But don’t over do it as you still want a few wispy bits.

7. If you find your hair is too curly then brush through the curls firmly and lightly backcomb each wave to hold the strands of hair together. This will flatten those bouncy curls into gentle waves.

This style is great as it is but can be used as a great starting point for a relaxed up-do, so all you’ll need now is some pins, grips, hairspray and a little creativity.” – SGR Vintage Hair & Makeup for Unique Bride Magazine, Issue 3.

Let me know how you all get on …

Calling all vintage brides …


Cherish Wedding Fayres -Vintage
Sunday 30th September 2012
Harborne Golf Club.

Just a quick reminder that the Cherish Wedding Fayres are having a Vintage Fayre at Harborne Golf Club, 40 Tennal Road, Harborne, Birmingham, B32 2JE tomorrow.

Its free to attend but if you register in advance then you can get entered into a prize draw.

The givaways include:

  • free spray tan and a blow dry from Cascades Hair & Beauty
  • free on-the-day wedding co-ordination. Banish your pre-wedding stress and relax – let Cherish Weddings finalise and confirm all your arrangements and act as your personal on-the-day wedding co-ordinator, liaising with the event staff at your wedding venue  to ensure everything runs smoothly on your special day
  • free taster session from SGR Vintage Hair & Make-Up – the ideal way to find the perfect hair-do for your big day (free within 15 miles of Solihull – there will be a small charge for travel further afield)
  • gift voucher for a box of mouthwatering bakes from The Little Loaf Company
  • hen party special offer – Betty Rose Vintage and Loving Cupcakes have combined to offer you and your bridal party an afternoon tea party complete with cakes, sandwiches and goodies, served up on some beautiful vintage china

I will be offering a special 1940′s promotion during the show so makeup sure you visit the SGR Vintage stand to get your Victory Rolls for £10. Walk-ups will be available but if you would like to pre-book your appointment please email

I look forward to seeing you all there. Sarah xx

Summer of Love

Friday saw a milestone in SGR Vintage Hair & Makeup’s history. We made a very big update to our Press section of the website.

Here is what is was about …
We’ve been keeping the ‘Summer of Love’ photo shoot under wraps for months but now we can share the love as they have now been published in issue 3 of Unique Bride Magazine, available from 30th August 2012.

The shoot took place on a very breezy summers day in kings norton, close to Solihull in the West Midlands. With LuxeBridal providing the stunning vintage wedding dresses, Louise Holgate taking all the photographs, Fusion Flowers creating beautiful arrangements, Kathryn Marsh bringing along the star of the show Pumpkin the VW campervan and not forgetting our two models Nathan Bennett and Meghan Howard who brought it all to life.

We had to contend with the wind, muddy bogs left by the torrential rainwe’ve been having an the fact that Pumpkin the VW camper wouldn’t fit under the entry gate to the shoot location! But we all rallied round and due to all our hard work we pulled off a successful shoot. So successful in fact that Unique Bride Magazine have put us on the front cover!

So here you are for you all to enjoy …

Unique Bride Issue 3 Cover – Featuring SGR Vintage Hair & Makeup
Unique Bride Issue 3 Editor’s Letter Page – Featuring SGR Vintage Hair & Makeup
Unique Bride Issue 3 Editorial Page 1 – Featuring SGR Vintage Hair & Makeup
Unique Bride Issue 3 Editorial Page 2 – Featuring SGR Vintage Hair & Makeup
Unique Bride Issue 3 Editorial Page 3 – Featuring SGR Vintage Hair & Makeup

And even more excitingly the editorial includes a ‘How to get the look’ section written by yours truly. Learn how to do your own relaxed wispy waves …

Unique Bride Issue 3 Editorial Page 4 – Featuring SGR Vintage Hair & Makeup

And last but not least SGR Vintage Hair & Makeup has very first advertisement in print!

Unique Bride Issue 3 – Featuring SGR Vintage Hair & Makeup Advert

Recreating the 1940’s …

Last thursday saw the fruits of our labour come together at our 1940s inspired vintage photo shoot at Avoncroft Museum, near Bromsgrove, Birmingham, West Midlands who let us use some their amazing buildings, we especially loved the 1940’s prefab.

Our photographer was the amazing Louise Holgate  who spent the day snapping away at our model, Helena. I created her 1940’s vintage look by creating Faux Betty Bangs and victory rolls in her hair and a simple 40s makeup. I will be doing tutorials on each of these looks in the near future so watch this space.

Louise quickly worked her magic and has produced some amazing pictures for us to have sneaky peek at while we wait for the collection to be put together.

I would just like to say a big thank you to Helena, my model, whose beautiful face graces our photos (you really can’t take a bad picture of this girl. Stunning!), to Louise for agreeing to be our photographer and taking these gorgeous photographs, to Simon from Avoncroft Museum, who stood patiently by as we set up shots in the prefab and lastly to Giulia Scrimieri, costume designer extraordinaire, who came to my rescue and raided her costume collection to provide me with an original 1940’s outfit.

We found out on our visit you can also get married at Avoncroft so if you’re planning a wedding, especially a vintage wedding, Avoncroft is well worth a look.