Mad Men: Lets join the debate … Fat Betty


Since Betty‘s series 5 debut it seems all that the bloggersphere and twitter have been talking about has been Betty’s sudden weight gain.  Even ‘Fat Betty’ themed Twitter accounts have appeared along with what seems to be an awful amount of hate for the character.

The story line was prompted by January Jones’ real life pregnancy and so to get around building that into the story line they have whacked her in a fat suit and ‘fat Betty’ was born. In my opinion she is still stunning. And a quick note on the makeup other than a few dodgy scenes Betty’s ‘fat’ makeup was immaculate. A big thumbs up to the prosthetics team!

At the start of the episode we see her struggling to get into one of her many beautiful dresses. She then crawls into bed and feigns illness to get out of going out to dinner her husband. Cut to megan effortlessly getting dressed to go out with Don.

We then see Betty sitting on the sofa, in her dressing gown, munching her way though a box of ‘Bugles’. She’s depressed.

She even goes to the doctors to get a diet pill and has a brief thyroid tumor scare, which is found to be benign and then swiftly goes back to the eating. 

I get it, I really do. We all feel down occasionally and often turn to a bar of chocolate or a tub of icecream to get us through and then realise that we’ve pilled on few too many pounds and then struggle to get it off again. So shouldn’t we all be feeling a little bit of sympathy towards her and willing her on? 

But unfortunately for Betty, as the series’ have gone on, her character has got less and less likable all she seems to do is to get stressed, shout and moan and this hasn’t changed. Now she’s stressy, shouty, moany AND keeps blathering on about how depressed she is that she’s fat. Would we be friends with a real life Betty? No, probably not and that’s not because she’s got fat, its because that’s all she’d talk about.




Now on to the other characters and my favourite quote of the episode, Peggy, in a an amazing pixie like outfit, is in a meeting with Roger and Don about a new client, Mohawk Airlines. Peggy volunteers to take on the work but …

Don:  “You’re plate is full and frankly Mohawk is going to insist on a regular copy writer…”

Roger:  “… someone with a penis”

Peggy:  “I’ll work on that”

Just showing women are still not completely accepted in the work place and how hard Peggy has had to work to get where she has.



And last but not least Megan is turning out to be the style icon of the series. Her ever changing outfits, hair and makeup are showcasing the cutting edge trends of the period. I’m not sure she’s always puling them off though … you decide …









Megan at a work dinner date with Don and Heinz beans. High hair and monochrome eyes and nude, matte lips.  


Watch out for this weeks tutorial were I’ll show you how to get Megan’s cool monochrome eyes.

Madness for Mad Men

Madness for Mad Men

This week saw the return of Mad Men to our screens and I was very excited to welcome back Joan, Peggy, Betty and Megan in to my living room.  I’ll be discussing what the women of the series were up to in the 1960s but more importantly I’ll be looking at the amazing hair and makeup and giving a quick tutorials you help you recreate the look at home.

Sky Atlantic and Blackberry start off the proceedings with their own vintage style adverts and during the ad breaks we saw all the old adverts from milk tray, co-op, kit Kat and flake to name but a few.  A lovely touch Sky, thank you.

Previous series of Mad men have been praised for its historical authenticity and visual style. From the set, to costumes, to the hair and makeup it is a 1960s treat for the eyes.  The last series took us to October 1965 and when we return in the fifth series there has been a small time jump so we are probably now well into 1966. So skirts have got shorter and the beehives have got taller!

‘ A Little Kiss’ 

This double part episode is a beautifully gentle re-introduction to all the characters.

Don and Megan are now officially Mr & Mrs swiftly followed by her promotion from secretary to copy writer.

Joan now has given birth to baby Kevin and trying to juggle the new born with trying to get back to work. But with her husband away she is struggling. Her mother is also putting on the pressure for her to not go back to work because if “your husband is a doctor you don’t need to work.” But Joan is determined. She comes back into the office with the baby to try and find out what’s happened to her job. She misses work and even with the baby and her mother at home she feels alone.

Peggy, in contrast to Megan, has put in the hard graft to earn her place as a copy writer.  We see her in this episode pitching to Heinz beans.

Now for the most important part … The hair!

Megan sporting the typical voluminous 60s bob …

Peggy has a flicked out bob – a far cry from her high 50s pony and bangs in the first series. Her hair, makeup and clothes have all matured as we see her climb the career ladder.

And last but not least our favourite of them all … Joan played the wonderful Christina Hendricks (I want to be her!) Even though she’s frazzled in this episode she still looks amazing, although we see her with her hair a little more relaxed than her usual perfectly coiffed hair do (bottom photo).

Keep an eye out for our my next post where I’ll attempt to do a how-to-guide to show you how to do you own hair a la Mad Men!