Sunday, December 23, 2012

Happy holidays!

Heartful holidays from Harlean's Heyday!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Have a very Fintage Christmas!

On last Saturday the Fintage association held a Christmas dinner at the Lasipalatsi restaurant here in Helsinki. A total of 21 vintage enthusiasts, dressed to the nines, showed up to wine and dine in good company. 

The restaurant opened in 1936 and still bears the original, Functionalist style interior and furniture, restored to their glory, which makes it the perfect setting for the occasion. We had a cabinet of our own and spent the evening sipping vanilla flavoured champaign and enjoying a three course menu, including crème brûlée and chocolate truffle deserts. Mm! 

Best of all, of course, was the company. And you can be sure that plenty of double entendres and laughter ensued!

The photos were snapped by Jirina Alanko and Tuomo Lampinen. Be sure to view the full set over at the Fintage blog, in case you missed them before!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

How to maintain red hair

The large majority of the inquiries that I get stem from my red hair. Red is certainly one of the hottest colours - but also one of the hardest to maintain.

Here are my tips on how to keep your dyed fiery strands looking radiant longer!

When you first go red, I would warmly recommend having a professional do it. I only dyed my hair professionally for the first few years and used a semi-permanent colour to keep my colour fresh in-between the dyes.
 After dying your hair, do not wash it for at least two days.

Avoid daily washing of hair in general - I tend to wash mine every two or three days. If your hair gets oily quickly, use a dry shampoo instead. Note that it might take a bit of training to go several days without washing if you're used to daily hair cleansing - but it is definitely worth it.

  Don't use harsh shampoos. You'll probably spend quite a bit of money on your hair colour, which means that you should also invest in a good shampoo specially designed for colour treated hair.

 Some use shampoo and conditioner for red hair. However, the only one that I've found to actually make a difference is KC Professional Color Mask in Pepper. Regardless, I use it quite rarely these days.

  Wear hats, scarves or UV protection on your hair in the sun during summer to prevent fading. 
Dye your hair often. Unfortunately you just can't get around this if you want to constantly maintain a truly vibrant red. I dye my hair every three to four weeks. You can use a semi-permanent colour instead of always using a permanent dye. Wella Color Touch is a good one and has some nice reds. 

I would like to add that whilst the colour red has an almost infamously bad reputation in fading very fast, in my experience the first six or so months are by far the trickiest. It takes quite a few dyes for the colour to really set properly and for a fresh fake redhead to learn the tools of the trade in maintaining the shade. After that, it really does get easier - and it is most definitely worth it, if you ask me!

How do you keep your colour fresh? If you have any additional tips to share, I would love to hear them!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Three years of Harlean's Heyday!

I launched Harlean's Heyday on December 8, 2009 to document my fast growing vintage collection and my love of the history of cinema. Today is December 8, 2012, which means that this baby is turning 3-years old!

I am by no means a professional blogger and my blogging tendencies are oftentimes sporadic at best due to the bumpy roller coaster ride called life. But I am proud of the fact that I've been able to keep this blog of mine, which started as a "fun project for the long and cold Finnish winter," going for three years. 

The most valuable thing that I have gained through blogging is, without a doubt, your friendship. Back when I started this blog, it probably never occurred to me that it would lead to so many new and amazing friendships. Thank you so much for sticking by me, many of you for several years, for reading, for commenting, for your emails, your letters and long talks over a cup of tea. 

I'll leave you with a handful of fun images from the past couple of years of blogging, which were taken in the different cities I've in through these years: Helsinki, Tampere and London.

Here's to perhaps another three years of blogging - and surely all of the new friendships waiting to be made!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Baby it's cold outside

The temperature here in Helsinki plummeted substantially over the weekend. On Friday alone, it snowed half a metre of snow as freezing weather gripped the city. I'm actually quite loving it this year... Although my opinion will very likely be entirely different after a couple of months of swimming in the snow! But after weeks of rain, darkness and meh, snow and all of the light it brings is warmly welcomed in my end.

This year I've been surprisingly well prepared for winter. I bought a 1940s winter coat from my Fintage friend Mirva at Helsinki Vintage back in October. It is a heavy Rothmoor-patented, deep blue swing coat with a soft mink collar, over-sized cuffs and three giant buttons in the front. It is a gorgeous coat and warm enough for Finnish winter, which is saying quite a lot! Oh, I do love my new coat.

Jirina and I were on our way for a night out on the town when we stopped to snap these photos. Jirina is wearing a lovely 1950s coat, which she found from a flea market. In addition to the 40s coat, I'm wearing a felt hat, which is one of my dumpster diving finds, leather gloves and 1930s inspired shoes, which are an ASOS bargain from a few years back. This is actually the very first time that I wore them since they were a bit too warm for London and then I forgot that I even had them. Oops. Oh and I'm also wearing thick wool vintage stockings, which I got from another Fintage friend, Alex. I have three pairs of them in various colours and they're truly perfect for a vintage winter!

Hope you're all well on this freezing Tuesday and keeping warm over a cup or two of hot chocolate.

Oh and by the way, you can now like Harlean's Heyday over at Facebook to hear about new updates, photos and whatnot!

Monday, December 3, 2012

The Liebster Blog Award

Both Jannie of Vintage Window and Debora of The Black Pinafore recently awarded me with the nifty Liebster Blog Award.

Before answering a total of 21 questions and passing on the honour, here are the rules of the award in a nutshell:

1. Link and follow the blogger who awarded you
2. Blog about the award
3. Give the award to 5 other bloggers - preferably bloggers with less than 200 followers
4. Answer the 11 questions I asked you and create 11 questions to your 5 awarded bloggers

Here are the questions asked by Debora:

1.  What is your favorite painter?
Edward Hopper, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo are, perhaps, my favourite painters above all. I also love Watteau, Moreau, Whistler, Munch et all as well as Rococo and American Modernist art in general. I did my undergraduate degree in both art history and film studies, and I'm interested in the history of art as a whole; the progression of art throughout history.

2.  You go to the theatre?
Not as often as I'd like to, I'm afraid, but I do have great appreciation for the theatre. My grandfather was a stage actor and my grandmother a prompter.

3.  The book you are reading?
I'm re-reading The Lord of the Rings trilogy in preparation for The Hobbit film adaptation and I'm still on The Fellowship of the Ring. And I always have a big pile of books related to film history and theory that I'm reading.

4.  Disc vinyl or compact disc?
I wish I could say vinyl but my music collection is definitely dominated by CD.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

November via Instagram

Happy December, everybody! Can't believe the end of the year has snuck up like this, once again.

Here's a little round up of the gay ol' time I had in the month of November, via none other than Instagram.

I had cake. Lots of cake.

I experimented with make-up a bit.
Here's an Anita Page inspired look
from Lauren Rennell's Retro Makeup.

My hair grew long enough for rolls again.

Had fun a plenty with my gal Jirina.

I had a most amazing week in London,
filled with dining, dancing and debauchery.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Last night I dreamed

I am most excited to present this film noir inspired photo series by Jirina Alanko, titled Last night I dreamed.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Hair inspiration: Cheveux Courts by Gerda Wegener

I found myself very inspired when I stumbled upon this illustration by Gerda Wegener, titled Cheveux Courts (for Fantasio magazine), which dates back to 1925. Just look at those swoon-worthy bobs and waves! I quite fancy the hair off that redhead on the right handside.

Gerda Wegener was a Danish artist best known for her erotic Deco era illustrations - and quite an artist and woman she was! As you may perhaps have heard, her partner and muse, artist Lili Elbe (born as Einar Wegener), had the first publicly known sex reassignment surgery in history in 1930. You can read more about Gerda and Lili's fascinating love story over at Coilhouse - and take a peek at Gerda's amazing works.



Friday, November 9, 2012


Jirina and I bought a krembo, which is a yummy chocolate-coated marshmallow treat (nom!) that was apparently invented some 200 years ago in Denmark. How vintage of us!

In Finland we call them "suukko", which translates to a kiss. One of our friends has a tendency to ask people if one wants a "suukko" and, instead of handing over the treat, she gives you a kiss.

Instead of simply eating our kiss, we started smearing it on each others' faces and snapping photos. Makes perfect sense, no?

Happy Friday, everyone!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

October via Instagram

I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon and show you what I was up to in October, via my Instagram feed.

I stole my girlfriend's blouse and
felt like a secretary from the 40s.

I spent many hours researching this beautiful lady.
Her name is Lia Lae and she was a Finnish actress during the
silent film era. This portrait, which dates to 1927,  is from an
exhibition held at the National Audiovisual Archive.

I had a pretty adventurous Saturday. On the morning I dumpster
dived tens of vintage hats from various eras, 1930s and onwards.
I have since cleaned, repaired and passed on about half of them to
my friends. I kept two 40s hats for myself.

... And then I glammed up and went to a
burlesque gala on the same evening. Here's Jirina
looking mighty dapper in Lassi's top hat.

I wore a lot of plaids and a lot of greens.
Oh, and my Miss L Fire Havanas, of course.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Fintage takes on Helsinki Vintage!

For the past couple of weeks Elina, Jirina and myself have been planning a Fintage fashion show, which bowed on Sunday's Helsinki Vintage.

This wasn't just your regular, average fashion show where you strut, pose and walk away - but one that combines the aforementioned with a storyline or two. We had a total of 12 models of which most modelled several outfits, plus a host. Love, death and vintage fashion a plenty ensued! We had a blast and are very happy with how it all turned out.

From dusk till dawn, the three of us spent all day at the event. We had a table where we sold the Fintage calendar as well as vintage goodies from our own collections. Of course, we did a bit of shopping ourselves too! I ended up buying a pair of 30s shoes, a 40s winter coat, Lauren Rennells' book on vintage style make-up and, of course, our calendar to grace our wall come next year.

I had such a lovely time and, well, what else can I say except that my friends are the bestest!

Here is quite a batch of photos that we snapped on the day. Several more photos can be found on the Fintage blog if you're still hungry for more. Last but not least, thanks to Minna and Jirina for taking on the photographer duties!

Team Fintage

Oona and Markus, always prepared to serve - and pose

One of my many outfits of the day

My, that is one handsome calendar!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The owls are not what they seem

On Friday, Minna and I held a David Lynch themed Halloween / housewarming party. Inspired by Oona's Lynch-lunch from earlier this year, it gave us and our lovely friends the perfect excuse to dress up as our favourite Lynchian characters.


Audrey Horne via Twin Peaks High School

Audrey Horne via One Eyed Jacks

Donna Hayward

Mystery Man