Get the look: Calamity Jane

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With the Calamity Jane party coming up as the next Birmingham Favourites event, our style columnist lassoes together some looks!

Stetson Hat

More commonly known as a cowboy hat, this is the easiest accessory to make an outfit for this event. Cliché, I know but you can’t go and watch a Western without it! Men and women don your cowboy hat and you’ll instantly feel transported back to the Wild Wild West.  Maybe accessorise and update it with some ribbon and rhinestones and you’re good to go!


It’s a cowboy classic and more importantly there’s a very high chance that you own, or have owned, an item in this iconic pattern so is a really inexpensive way to look the part. Men, wear your plaid shirt tucked into jeans with a rhinestone belt. Women, a plaid shirt tied at the waist and worn with a denim skirt will look super cute.

White shirt

Alternatively, if you’re not feeling the plaid, both Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok both look very smart wearing the white shirt with a black necktie. For the men this can be teamed with a waistcoat and for the ladies a high-waisted floor length skirt synched in at the waist with a belt. Women, you can also accessorise your shirt with a vintage broach or necklace.

Cowboy Boots

Along with the Stetson, these are a fundamental element in order to pull off the Western look. Fortunately, a few years back they did make it into the high street so they may be still available. In any colour, any style cowboy boots will have you itching to grab hold of a lasso and find yourself a horse! (Probably ill-advised inside the Crescent Theatre – The Ed)

These essentials give you the freedom to either present a cowboy in action with the plaid and denim combination or the smarter look of the white shirt.

Now onto the hair & makeup…

For ladies, hair in Western films was often feminine, flirty yet tidy. Tight curls can be achieved in a number of ways: curling with straighteners, curlers or thin rollers will leave you with tight ringlets which you can then either pin back or leave loose.

Make-up can be kept quite simple and minimal if you are channelling Doris Day’s character as she was quite the tomboy. However a bright red lip is always effective if you want to portray the more glamorous Katie Brown.  

Whatever you choose, make sure to pair it with good line-dancing action and a hearty “Yee-hah” and you will have a wonderful evening stepping back into the Wild Wild West!

By Tiffany Ratcliffe who can be contacted via @TiffanyInHeels

Photos courtesy of Debbie from Missfit Creations.

Debbie specialises in Pop Fashion,  dressing bands, entertainers and pop wannabes in a variety of designer vintage and custom-made design.  The clothing range is inspired by music and created for individuals. Find out more about the items featured here or other possibilities for the Calamity Jane night by tweeting @MissFitCreation or visiting the website.

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Neighbourhood Watch: Brindleyplace

With its opulent pillars holding up relatively low office blocks, the canal-side area has had a fantastic transformation in the last couple of decades. This is one area of Birmingham that has not been filled with glass towers.

It does have an abundance of eateries and squares so you won’t necessarily notice the eleven office blocks housing the likes of Lloyds Bank, Deloitte, BT, Royal Bank of Scotland and Free Radio and their 8500 employees.

Amid the big names such as Costa and Eat that bring comfort to the many tourists, especially due to the Symphony Hall, ICC and NIA located around here, there are some wonderful local businesses too.

One of Birmingham’s finest restaurants, Loves, is situated just outside, a pretty canal bridge away on Canal Square. Run by husband and wife, Steve & Claire Love and their excellent team, the place takes you away from the hustle and transports you into a blissful space of amazing food, five star hospitality and tranquillity, with zero pretentiousness.

If you’re after a more casual experience, JusJus is right there too or back into Brindleyplace, try Opus Café on the ground floor of Ikon Gallery. A little sister to the long-established Opus in the Colmore Business District. Another pre-theatre option is Edmunds, situated right in the heart of Brindleyplace and its just a few minutes’ walk to get you to your performance at ICC, NIA or Symphony Hall or even the nearby Birmingham Rep.

Brindleyplace houses the purpose-built Sea Life centre and the wonder that is the Crescent Theatre. This charity venue run partly by volunteers puts on its own productions in the mix and has its very own cinema showing classics.

There is decent sized Hilton Garden Inn hotel but there are thousands of beds in hotels nearby as you are just on the edge of the Convention Quarter here.

In the summer, take in the outside events including cinema, live music, the Chilli Festival and the food market. There are plenty of places to sit on the grass, along the fountain water feature or underneath the pillared walkways. There are car parks plus convenience stores include Spar, Sainsbury’s and Boots as well as Ethos Flowers for when you’ve forgotten your colleague’s birthday. There really is no excuse!

Finally, if you spend a lot of time in the area, it’s worth picking up a free discount card here. The offers varies but there are plenty of options to make it worth adding to the bulge of your loyalty cards in your wallet.

By Rickie, founder of Birmingham Favourites who can be reached on @BrumFaves or @RickieWrites or add your comments below.


Some Like it Hot on the Red Carpet!

Friday 20th September 2013 A big thank you to the Crescent Theatre for hosting Birmingham Favourite's Some Like it Hot on the Red Carpet event.

Before the film, the Crescent rolled out the red carpet for 44 Birmingham Favourites readers. In addition to the Crescent, the event supported four independent local businesses:

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With thanks to all the staff, volunteers and customers of the Crescent Theatre.

Special thanks to Tim Wilson of Indie Love who took all the photographs and supported the event on the night.