Compact Mirrors & Powder Compacts

Jane Vanroe on collecting vintage powder compacts and compact mirrors. You can find Jane's designs at and on Amazon in the EU & USA

They are here! First delivery of my William Morris Stratton compacts!

At last! We’ve had delivery of the first run of William Morris powder compacts, specially designed for Stratton by… me! :) Two designs have arrived from the complete Stratton Heritage … Continue reading

October 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

A restock, planning for the future and designing powder compacts

As many of you may have guessed from my seriously low stock at Vanroe, we’ve had a challenging summer. The company I have been working most closely with, Stratton, seem … Continue reading

October 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Powder Compacts and Classic Film – The Very Glamorous Lady Penelope

In this month’s Face Facts, the excellent newsletter by the British Compact Collectors Society, I asked for members to share their favourite “powder puff moments”. These are those classic cinema … Continue reading

June 4, 2012 · 3 Comments

Our Queen & Princess Margaret – Vintage Photos for The Jubilee

In my collection of vintage fashion books, there (rather regally) sits Princess Margaret’s Wedding Book from 1960. What better weekend to share some of the beautiful photos with you? The … Continue reading

June 2, 2012 · 1 Comment

How to start a powder compact collection – Part 2 of my interview with Weranda

A little more from my recent interview with Polish magazine, Weranda. If you’re starting out as a vintage compact collector, these answers might be of interest… and if you’re an … Continue reading

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Collecting vintage powder compacts – My interview with Weranda magazine

I’ve just caught breath after two busy weeks working on my new compacts for Stratton. In the middle of all the preparations, a lovely email arrived from a journalist for … Continue reading

April 29, 2012 · 3 Comments

A brilliant Yorkshire Post feature on my business and powder compacts

I can officially say I’m a cover girl this week as the Yorkshire Post printed a brilliant article – and popped my head on the front page. Lucky my top … Continue reading

March 17, 2012 · 3 Comments

Mothers’ Day preparations with a teething baby

March has arrived with a cry in the Johnston household, as Joji’s first teeth seem to be breaking through. Poor chap isn’t sleeping properly at all, meaning that Mummy’s time … Continue reading

March 2, 2012 · 1 Comment

Help me choose the new Stratton powder compacts we put into production

After almost a year’s thought and research, the first samples of my own range of powder compacts are finally here! I wanted the range to reflect my two loves, Stratton … Continue reading

February 25, 2012 · 5 Comments

Designing your perfect powder compact?

This year, touch wood, I’m developing my own range of powder compacts. I’d like to be able to offer a range inspired by the glamorous designs of the 1930s to … Continue reading

February 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Stepping out with my babies, and meeting my knights in shining armour at the Mini dealership

My usual afternoon runs as follows: Pack orders while babies sleep, feed smallest baby, play with largest baby, bundle both up against the recent biting cold, manouver large pushchair outside … Continue reading

February 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

Vintage beauty tip – Apply lipstick like a 1930s film star

Ever wondered how Clara Bow or Carol Lombard achieved their perfect 1930s pouts? Well, the wonderful “A Book of Make-Up” would love to show you how. Written in 1930, this … Continue reading

February 1, 2012 · 2 Comments

I’m impersonating a VIP in this month’s Homes & Antiques Magazine

Happy New Year! I hope you’re having a wonderful 2012 so far. It’s been a lovely start for us, with a feature in Homes & Antiques Magazine. The first time … Continue reading

January 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

In The Chap’s “Mistress List” Gift Guide! My 1930s-style Stratton powder compact…

OOH! This month’s issue of The Chap Magazine has just landed on my doormat… and the lovely Fleur de Guerre has recommended VanRoe Compacts in her “Mistress List”. This is … Continue reading

December 16, 2011 · Leave a comment

My two under-twos “help” with Christmas orders

On days like today when lovely husband’s renovating our house, my two under-twos help Mummy with the Vanroe Christmas orders. No babies were hurt in the taking of these photos.

December 13, 2011 · Leave a comment

Vintage beauty tip – Make a 1930s face pack!

My shelf of vintage beauty manuals is now groaning, and quite literally it seems, crying out to be shared! So here’s the first of what I hope will be a … Continue reading

December 4, 2011 · Leave a comment

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