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’re here! Lulu Guinness Poodle, Cameo and Lips Powder Compacts!

After almost a month of powder puff delays, they’ve finally arrived! I’m so excited about the three Lulu Guinness powder compact designs… and here they are! My favourite’s still the … Continue reading

December 4, 2011 · 1 Comment

Gratuitous photos of my little boys

Tripping over myself with energy today as my darling husband has started nights! For the last three evenings I’ve slept, slept, slept… my first full nights of sleep in over … Continue reading

November 27, 2011 · Leave a comment

The Use, Care and Repair of Vintage Stratton Powder Compacts

If you’ve read just one or two of my posts, you’ll realise I’ve a big thing for Stratton powder compacts. The vintage compact I first fell for was a Stratton, … Continue reading

November 27, 2011 · 22 Comments

My powder compacts in the Leeds Christmas Gift Guide!

A lovely surprise today – two of my powder compacts made the Christmas Gift section of The Leeds Guide! The pink quilt Stratton compact is my favourite, and the one … Continue reading

November 16, 2011 · 2 Comments

Valuation: How much is my Stratton / KIGU / vintage powder compact worth?

In this, the second of my FAQ posts, I’ll take on the trickiest of questions – “Can you value my compact?” or “How much is it worth?”. (See also my … Continue reading

November 9, 2011 · 2 Comments

Restoration: Can you repair my vintage powder compact?

I’ve been meaning to write around a number of the Frequently Asked Questions arriving in my inbox… so here’s the first of three. And it’s the big one – “Can … Continue reading

November 8, 2011 · 3 Comments

Halifax locations for a magazine photoshoot!

I was completely thrilled last week when a national magazine asked if they could profile me and VanRoe. Of course, yes!!! Then the dread set in. Where on earth could … Continue reading

November 3, 2011 · Leave a comment

My photo archive of vintage powder compacts

Every vintage compact I’ve restored is lovingly photographed, and it would be a shame for these images to disappear into my iphoto chaos. So, here it is – the beginnings of … Continue reading

October 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

Which vintage or new powder compacts fit Max Factor Creme Puff?

I’m often asked which compacts can be filled with Max Factor’s Creme Puff pressed powder. It seems that there’s a brilliantly loyal following for this brand, which is one of … Continue reading

October 24, 2011 · 1 Comment

Stratton powder compacts – my whistle-stop history of a vintage brand!

For stylish ladies of a certain age, British company Stratton needs no introduction. In the powder heydays of the 1950s and 60s, Stratton was the most recognised and prolific of … Continue reading

October 22, 2011 · 17 Comments

A sneak preview of Lulu Guinness powder compacts!

Emerging from my baby-fug as Christmas hurtles into view, and I launch a brand new range by a wonderful British designer! VanRoe Compacts will be stocking the latest vintage-style powder … Continue reading

October 19, 2011 · Leave a comment

How to make a sifter for your vintage powder compact

As most pre-1960 vintage compacts were made for loose powder, all too often they have lost their original “sifter” – the little gauze sieve to hold the powder safely in … Continue reading

October 19, 2011 · 11 Comments

News from the baby days

Phew. Both boys are in bed, the husband’s on a well-earned night out, and we’ve reached the magic 5 weeks old milestone. From past, and this, experience the 4th week … Continue reading

September 9, 2011 · Leave a comment

Pictures of baby Joseph, our newest, loveliest arrival!

A whirlwind this week! Catching breath now to post pictures as a very proud new Mummy! Joseph Johnston arrived on Friday, after surprising us all with his mysterious Macavity-esque birth … Continue reading

August 10, 2011 · 3 Comments

My powder compacts reviewed by Penny Dreadful Vintage!

I’m addicted to vintage style bloggers. The enthusiasm, expertise and, damnit, sheer stylishness of their authors is far above standard fashion mag fair. And then there’s the photographs… the photographs! … Continue reading

July 27, 2011 · 2 Comments

A beautiful wedding, and my Yorkshire Dales 30th

One of those wonderful weeks you look forward to for months, and they go in a second. My sister’s beautiful white wedding on Saturday with a night, with-William, at the … Continue reading

July 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

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