Disney classics (predating most of the princesses!)

I’m going to preface this by noting that these are vintage Disney, some of them dating back to the early 40s. Not unlike Dumbo, some of the content is dated and potentially offensive for various political correctness issues (cultural stereotyping, patriarchal/sexist … this first one has a moment where a young lady is drawn with a large bottom and glares until the illustrator ‘corrects’ her ‘issue’).


Gemma Ven Detta: Vintage Hair and Makeup Artist!

I’m absolutely delighted to introduce you all to a new affiliate of Betty Le Bonbon – Gemma Ven Detta! Gemma’s a sassy, hard working lady who, following a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis in 2007, decided it was time to follow her dreams of working in recreating vintage glamour. She’s now an artist specialising in vintage hair & makeup for weddings, photoshoots, private functions, theatre and stage.

Points of awesomeness:

Gemma’s been working since 2007 as a self taught “talented amateur”! She only commenced study to become a qualified hairdresser and makeup artist this year (just imagine how awesome she’s going to be by the end of this year!).
She’s studying at the prestigious Vidal Sassoon recognised Clip Joint Education.
Gemma’s an advocate for natural, organic & chemical-free products – and is happy to make recommendations based on personal experience. Just ask her!
She also has a webstore selling beautiful Besame cosmetics (looove!) and Rago shapewear – you can shop here!
Gemma’s doing all of this and she’s a single mother.
She’s based in Adelaide, South Australia – my old stomping ground!


Have I introduced you to …

I had meant to do this much sooner and then things got away from me. But! Betty Le Bonbon affiliates!

Betty Le Bonbon affiliates are mostly other small/independent business women not unlike myself. With a couple of exceptions, they’re recent start ups and rely on the generosity of customers like yourself to make them a success.

Every so often someone will quietly ask why I promote other businesses – especially when they’re other women making clothes. Aren’t they competition? Aren’t I sending my supporters and potential sales elsewhere?

Maybe! I don’t know. I hope not! The way I see it, we’re all doing our own unique things in different styles, fabrics and mediums, and we’ll appeal to different women. I’d rather know I’m sending out positive vibes and helping other small business women than be a catty, defensive snob who tries to rob her peers!

So getting on with it. My affiliates!