Blue Banana Interview: Lovebirds Vintage
This week we turned back the clock to talk to vintage fashionista, Helen Mae Green a.k.a Lovebirds Vintage. Helen loves styles influenced by the 1940's and 50's so if these are your favourite clothing eras too then be sure to check out her blog here. She loves to share tips, outfits and lifestyle hacks from the past. She is also always keen to hear your opinions and top tips for vintage fashion lovers. We can't wait to share with you what we found out about Lovebirds Vintage.
How would you describe your blog to someone who has never read it before?
Lovebirds Vintage is primarily a personal style blog where I write about my love of vintage fashion and how I wear a vintage style on a daily basis. I wear a lot of original 1940's and 50's clothing, mixed in with vintage-inspired pieces from alternative retailers, as well as some modern clothing which I choose based on its ability to blend with the rest of my vintage wardrobe. I also sometimes blog about other things that interest me, often but not always on a vintage or historical theme.
I’m influenced by all sorts of different things but one of my main references is everyday fashion of the 1940's and 50s. I rarely dress in a 100. period-accurate way but my style is definitely designed to evoke the fashions of those decades in particular. Some other vintage fashion bloggers look like movie stars or prefer a modern pinup style, both of which look fantastic and I do draw on these styles occasionally, but for a day-to-day look I’m usually wondering “would my grandmother have worn something like this when she was my age?”. I’m much more girl-next-door than Marilyn Monroe.
We are so jealous of the amazing photos on Helen's Instagram. So we wanted to know how long does it take you to pick out an outfit for a photoshoot?
For blog photoshoots it depends on what I’m trying to achieve. Sometimes I put on my clothes in the morning and spontaneously decide to go and take some photos. Other times I might be trying to showcase a particular item which might take more planning especially if I need to source other items to go with it. Also because I’m not a full-time blogger, I might wear an outfit during the week that I decide I want to shoot, and then I’ll have to recreate it at the weekend so I’m able to get photos when I’m not working.
Finding Your Vintage 50's Style
We know many of you will be searching for your perfect style or just discovering your alternative fashion look so we asked how did you develop your fashion style? Was there a moment of discovery for you?
From a young age I’d been interested in old music, and I’d always be listening to rock and roll or swing. When I was at school I never really developed my own style properly. I dabbled in a couple of different subcultures but nothing really stuck.
When I started university I was suddenly exposed to a wider range of people and around the same time I discovered the vintage blogging community online, and something immediately just clicked for me. There were people who enjoyed the same kind of music I did and they also wore the clothes, bought the cars, and decorated their houses in the styles of the 1940's and 50's – so why shouldn’t I do that too? As soon as I started buying vintage clothing I realised that it suited my body shape better than a lot of modern clothing, and made me feel pretty and confident in a way I hadn’t really done before.
I’m still developing my style in a sense – I do have some vintage clothing from when I was just getting into the style that isn’t my style any more, but it’s definitely going to stay “vintage” for the foreseeable future.
Blue Banana Top 5
That’s a really hard decision, especially because although I love my vintage style, Blue Banana also has some gorgeous goth and steampunk items that I’m always really tempted by.
- Voodoo Vixen Ella Tartan Flare Dress (Grey) - It’s so classic and flattering
- Hell Bunny Isadora Coat (Black) - I love these glamorous 50's style coats that fit my swing dresses underneath
- Hell Bunny Jodie Stewart Skirt (Multicoloured)
- Banned Etienne Cardigan (Teal Blue)
- Banned Moss Garden Hound Heels (Black) - They look like they’d be really eye-catching with some of my outfits
We had one final question - Do you have any advice for people wanting to start their own fashion blog?
I’d say if you have something that you want to share with people, just go for it. There are several websites where you can start a blog for free, so you don’t even have to spend any money to get started. The other thing I think is important is to get into it for its own sake, and not because you want to become well-known or make a lot of money from it. It is possible to make money from blogging but there’s a lot of luck involved and it’s an oversaturated market. I also try not to compare myself too much to others. It’s difficult, but I’m much happier doing my own thing!