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Vintage Earrings | My Collection and Favourite Styles

Vintage Earrings | My Collection and Favourite Styles

It started with one pair of vintage screws on, on an overcrowded op shop rack. Then *poof*, I had a vintage earring collection! Read on for the stories behind my favourite vintage costume earrings.

As all collections do, it started with a single pair. A single pair of screw on earrings on a crowded op shop jewellery rack. And then suddenly, *poof* my single pair turned into a collection.

There’s something so special about vintage earrings. They have history, unique designs, that special something you don’t find on a department store shelf. They feel more… personal. Like the vintage earrings you choose say more about you than the modern ones. I don’t know exactly what my favourites say about me, maybe you can tell me?

So back to that first pair I bought. An unusual crowned skull design, with flowers around the eyes. Kind of weird and creepy looking, but impossible to walk away from. I’ve been carrying these around since I was 15, long before I fell in love with the style of bygone eras.

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Next were these glorious magenta earrings from Tock Tick Vintage.

Deep pink paste jewels with glinting rhinestones and faux pearls, they came with a matching necklace. An anniversary gift from my husband, these drop earrings brim with sentimental value, and I love imagining all the special occasions they’ve adorned before ours. ( Their romantic colorway inspired the lining and embellishment of my Orchid dress! )

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The glittering trays of Tock Tick yielded these beauties too ( Maybe I have a shopping problem?). The chartreuse frosted glass glows from within, and the gold tone leaved are dotted with tiny green gems. The contrasting textures make these my go-to for subtle glamour, plus their green and gold tones bring out my eyes! See ’em in action paired with my fifties inspired suit.

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High on my list of wonderful things? Fairytale forest earrings with cute teeny toadstools and flowers!

They look like miniature Alice In Wonderland gardens bursting out of their daisy shaped beds. Made in Czechoslovakia these dead stock earrings were still clipped to their original packaging card. ( Although time has taken it’s toll, so I’m very wary of worsening those pesky hairline cracks!)

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Bigger is better right? More is more! More rhinestones that is.

Once again my green obsession comes to the fore, and I snapped these up like a magpie at Very Vintage Day Out 2016. I haven’t even worn them yet, but their graduated leafy greens make me happy. ( If you know what these would look great with, please let me know! I haven’t found the right outfit yet.)

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These pearl clusters were a ‘new town’ gift to myself. After moving house for the seventh time in 10 years and feeling pretty sorry for myself, these were a grand total of $12 at the local vintage shop!

They’re just a classic, easy to wear style that works well with fifties and sixties clothes. Bigger clip on’s always make me nervous, but these faux pearls are light enough that I don’t stress about them falling off.
I prefer ivory and tea toned pearl jewellery to bright white, how about you?

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Community hall junk sale. $4. Vintage rhinestone clip on’s.
Need I say more?

These are my most recent vintage jewellery purchase. Winged shaped earrings are so elegant, sweeping upward and sparkling against your hair without crowding your jawline. Perfection! ( In my dreams I wear these with clear, rhinestone encrusted cat eye spectacles and feel infinitely glamorous )

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I hope you enjoyed this peek into my jewellery box. Please share your favourites with me by leaving your Pinterest profile below, so I can add you to my vintage earring board!

With style and sass,

               Velvet DeCollete

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Halloween Lookbook | Pinup Style Outfits for the Spookiest Month of the Year

Halloween Lookbook | Pinup Style Outfits for the Spookiest Month of the Year

It’s so close I can feel it ya’ll. Excitement is building like a sugar high as we approach the spookiest day of the year … All Hallows Eve. That delightful time when black and orange prevail, bats and spiders take centre stage and costumes are accepted as daily wear.

In honour of this celebration of spook, I dove head first into my wardrobe to make you a Halloween lookbook!
This is my first lookbook video, and my second video ever, so it’s got a (charming?) amateur-ity, but was so much fun to make. Created with clothes and accessories I already had, these outfits cover every occasion October might have to offer, from formal wear to haunted house visits. Fashion is fun, so watch the video for inspiration, push aside the monster in the closet and make your own Halloween style magic!

Pssst, I’ve included photos and info on the outfits below the video

Bride of Frankie

Forget lady killer, I’m a monster killer. Inspired by the Bride of Frankenstein’s distinctive black and white hair, the outfit is pure rockabilly badass. Black on Black speaks to my ex goth soul, and who doesn’t feel cooler in leather pants?

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a rockabilly look inspired by the Bride of Frankenstein

Outfit Details

Satin western shirt | Vintage deadstock
Faux leather pants | Neuw
Striped slingback heels | Pulp Noir
Bangles | Thrifted
Acrylic earrings | Ebay
Sunglasses | Kabella Baby
Adorable dog | Silverdale Animal Shelter – adopt don’t shop!

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a rockabilly look inspired by the Bride of Frankenstein
Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a rockabilly look inspired by the Bride of Frankenstein
Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a rockabilly look inspired by the Bride of Frankenstein
Shortly after my manical laughter, my dog Echo destroyed that monster head before pretending it exploded into a mountain of green fluff all on its own.

Puddin’

Okay so maybe I just wanted to pull my Harley Quinn  mallet out of retirement. I miss cosplay! Sans mallet, this outfit is super wearable and sassy. Put a wiggle in your walk and a giggle in your talk by dressing up a fitted dress with some red and black Halloween accessories. Easy!

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a pinup look inspired by the the bad girls of 1950's comic book culture, Harley Quinn, and modern pinup fashion

Outfit Details

Dress | Collectif Clothing Julliete dress
Shoes | A gift from the UK
Stockings | Voodoo Hosiery
Belt | Thrifted
Harley Quinn Mallet | Duke De Bonair + me!
Hair flower | $2 shop
Earrings | Aliexpress
( I know, I know, Aliexpress is bad but every now and then I can’t resist.  I couldn’t find another supplier of these earrings and I loved them!)

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a rockabilly pinup look inspired by the the bad girls of 1950's comic book culture, Harley Quinn, and modern pinup fashion

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a pinup look inspired by the the bad girls of 1950's comic book culture, Harley Quinn, and modern pinup fashion

The Pumpkin King

Or should I say the Pumpkin Queen? Inspired by my favourite Halloween movie The Nightmare Before Christmas, this outfit is pure haunted carnival fun. Orange, black and white is a classic Halloween colour combo, and always makes me think of candy corn, pumpkins and black cats!

Almost every piece of clothing in this outfit was thrifted or free. I think it cost about $40 NZD all up!

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses clothes and accessories from her existing wardrobe to create a spooky pinup look inspired by evil circus performers, Tim Burton and modern pinup fashion

Outfit Details

Velvet tap shorts | Thrifted
Wool Jacket | Pagani – thrifted
Striped bodysuit | Forever New
Brooch | Fant & Jack
Gloves | Vintage
Pantyhose | The Asockalypse
Shoes | Hand me downs from my Mum!
Hair flowers | Thrifted shoe clips

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses clothes and accessories from her existing wardrobe to create a spooky pinup look inspired by evil circus performers, Tim Burton and modern pinup fashion
I couldn’t resist the old “surprised by fruit” pose that fashion models pulled out in the 1950’s!

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses clothes and accessories from her existing wardrobe to create a spooky pinup look inspired by evil circus performers, Tim Burton and modern pinup fashion

Formally Frightening

If you needed an excuse to be a deliciously dark, gothic glamour oozing vamp, this is it. Morticia, Lily Munster and Elvira all knew the power of a slinky black dress. Is there anything more dangerously feminine?

It’ll come as no surprise that I love velvet. The way it drapes and absorbs light gives it a lush, deep appearance, perfect for seduction. As a texture loving person I adooooooore wearing anything this soft and strokeable.

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses clothes and accessories from her existing wardrobe to create a spooky pinup look inspired by vintage style, Morticia Addams and Tim Burton

Outfit Details

Vintage velvet dress | Thrifted
Vintage satin gloves | Tock Tick Vintage
Beetle ring | Diva
Dragonfly earrings and dragonfly brooch | Gifts
Parasol | Bought for my wedding, can’t remember where from!

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses clothes and accessories from her existing wardrobe to create a spooky pinup look inspired by vintage style, Morticia Addams and Tim Burton

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses clothes and accessories from her existing wardrobe to create a spooky pinup look inspired by vintage style, Morticia Addams and Tim Burton

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses clothes and accessories from her existing wardrobe to create a spooky pinup look inspired by vintage style, Morticia Addams and Tim Burton

Hell’s Belle

Your classic 1950’s comic book bad girl. Vixens in the 50’s were all curves, and so is this outfit. Designed by Micheline Pitt, the fetish print wiggle skirt pays tribute to the scandalous Bizarre magazines, John Willie and Bettie Page antics that inspire so many of my shoots. Paired with a pair of sharp batwing sunglasses and high shine black stilettos this witchy day outfit would be right at home on the cover of a pulp paperback emblazoned with “Sin Becomes Her”.

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a rockabilly look inspired by the the bad girls of 1950's comic book culture

Outfit Details

Top | Pinup Girl Clothing Lauren top – second hand
Skirt | Vixen by Micheline Pitt Frisky Fetish wiggle skirt
Brooch | Fant & Jack
Sunglasses | Wholesaler – limited rhinestoned versions will be available in my store soon
Faux patent stilettos | Thrifted
Hair scarf | Thrifted

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a rockabilly look inspired by the the bad girls of 1950's comic book culture

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a rockabilly look inspired by the the bad girls of 1950's comic book culture

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a rockabilly look inspired by the the bad girls of 1950's comic book culture

 

And there you have it! A lookbook of Halloween ready pinup and rockabilly outfits, mostly using thrifted or everyday clothes! Giving a look that extra creep factor can be as simple as pairing unusual colours or some oogie boogie accessories. Make the most of the Halloween spirit this October and have fun with your style!

Need a little more inspiration? Check out my Halloween in Technicolor post for non-black Halloween options, or my Spider Web Style post for some creepy crawly cobweb clothing.

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses clothes and accessories from her existing wardrobe to create a spooky pinup look inspired by evil circus performers, Tim Burton and modern pinup fashion

With style and sass,

     Velvet Decollete x

 

 

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Halloween in Technicolor | Spooky Style for Colour Lovers

Halloween in Technicolor | Spooky Style for Colour Lovers

I know it’s not October yet, but I can’t wait any longer. I need to pack as much Halloween as I can in before the Christmas decorations roll out!

Last week we coveted spider web style, this week it’s all about Halloween ready clothes in GLORIOUS TECHNICOLOR. That’s right, I’m talking spooky stuff that isn’t black! Reveling in graveyard ghoulishness doesn’t require dressing for a funeral and the afterlife has never looked so bright!

I’ve tried to showcase a mix of colourful Halloween fashion with clothes and accessories to suit all budgets, from big brands and of course my beloved small businesses. Please buy ethically this Halloween. It’s easy to buy cheap holiday themed items and throw them out afterwards, but please consider buying lovable pieces you’ll wear all year ’round!

Now grab a witches brew and scroll down for some Halloween fashion inspiration that’s downright cheerful.

Halloween ready clothes in ghoulishly bright colours1. Adorable twinning jack ‘o’ lantern jumpers | Hello Fashion      2. Frankenstein Manicure | Pinterest
3. Monster Mask skirt + Chartreuse Powder Puff top | Vixen by Micheline Pitt 
4. Rainbow Glitter Planchett necklace | CultBlack     5. You’re Batty makeup bag | Pins and Needles
6. Zombie colour block Shoulder bag | Oasap

Vivid greens, purples and oranges scream Halloween to me. As contrasting colours they pop when worn together, and pair well with neutral black or white. While the Vixen Ben Cooper skirt and chartreuse blouse is my absolute dream, it’s waaaaaay out of my budget. I’ll be
giving my witchy blacks a dose of colour with cheap and cheerful striped tights, monster themed manicures and cute accessories!
( If you’ve got dough to spend you should totally get it though, even if it makes me Bad Jelly the Witch. Get it? Cos I’ll be jelly as! )

Halloween ready clothes in terrifying colour!

 

1.Dripping Sky dress | Holley Tea Time      2. Maleficent manicure | Definitely Meg    3. Bat Cat brooch | Erstwilder
4. purple skull purse | Griffin Leather    5. Pastel Goth Bat Brooch | Tinsel Trinkets

Brooches and shoes are versatile Halloween fashion options. You can add them to almost any outfit, they’re “conversation starters” and in my humble opinion are wearable all year round without looking over the top… If you’re worried about that kinda thing.
Personally I like looking competitively overdressed, but that’s just me.
While I’ve heard Pin Up Girl clothing has dubious quality these days, I had to include the Gloria dress because I love green and the monster print. I adore some of their new Everyday is Halloween collection but I’m worried about spending so much on clothes that might fall apart! Has anyone bought some of the range yet?

colourful Halloween fashion inspiration to brighten up your tomb

1. Stitched Halloween manicure | Pinterest     2. Spooktacular cowboy boots | Rocketbuster Handmade Boots
3. Famous Monsters Gloria dress | Pinup Girl Clothing    4. Novelty spiderweb wool 1940’s dress | Vintage from Dorothea’s Closet
5. Striped tights and ballet flats | Tieks

With so many bright and bold Halloween -able clothes available, I couldn’t include them all! Pop over to my This is Halloween Pinterest board for more horror themed, monster printed, spooky, kooky style. Have a favourite source of Halloween goodness? Leave me a comment below or show me your kitschy killer style on Instagram or Facebook.

With Style and Sass,

Velvet DeCollete

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Spiderweb Style | My Top 5 Picks for Halloween

Spiderweb Style | My Top 5 Picks for Halloween

Ever since Cheryl Blossom rocked that gigantic spider brooch in Riverdale, creepy crawlies have invaded the pinup world. Now with Halloween lurking around the corner, there’s no better time to fall under the spiderweb spell.

I treat everyday like Halloween ( fancy dress and candy anyone?), so I’ve had plenty of time to narrow down my 5 favourite spiderweb inspired clothes and accessories. Whether you’re after an everyday option or some spooky glamour for the Blood Moon Ball, you’ll feel at home as an arachnid in these web embellished treats.

*  Just so you know, I wasn’t hired, paid, sponsored, bribed or blackmailed to talk about these items, they’re legit my favourites *

Oooh and keep your eyes peeled for a special Halloween discount code!

The Black Widow Skirt | Devel Branded

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Up first simply because I’ve been coveting it the longest, the Black Widow Skirt by NZ designer Devel Branded.

The Black Widow skirt ticks all my investment piece boxes:
Hardwearing? Check!
That spiderweb is heavy duty top stitching so it’s not going to flake  off in the wash or wear off over time like printed designs can do.
Versatile? Check!
I’ve seen this skirt rocked with a band tee and chucks, and glammed up with a blouse and heels. It really can go anywhere.

Ethical and made by a small business? Check!
Devel is passionate about creating ethical, quality clothing.  She makes every piece herself, I’ve seen her stuff first hand and it’s impeccable!

You can order yours now, or find more photos and backstory on the Black Widow skirt on the Devel branded blog.
Exclusive Halloween Treat : Devel loves Halloween as much as I do, so she’s treating you to 10% off Black Widow Skirts! Use the code VelvetDevel, valid until September 30th 2017.

Widow Weaver Gowns | Honey L’Amour

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Honey L’Amour just keeps getting better. Delivering gothic glamour in two styles the Widow Weaver dresses are Halloween ball ready.

Are you a pinup mistress of the dark? Or a cocktail sipping black widow? Made to order, these pin up worthy gowns offer a delectable buffet of choices.  Choose from stretch velvet or stretch cotton sateen, white or silver spiderweb embroidery, and of course cocktail or mermaid length.
Personally my favourite is the mermaid gown. I love how the spider web embroidery flares out from knee and sparkles on the bustline. Chic, darkly elegant, and showing off your curves in aaaaaalll the right places.

Even better, Honey is a local New Zeland based designer, when you buy from her you’re supporting a small business and an adorable pinup does a happy dance!

Both styles are available on Honey L’Amour’s website, but get in quick as there is a three week turnaround!

Carved Acrylic Handbag | Bubble Witch

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Are you seeing this? Or am I just imagining the world’s most perfect evening bag?

Ethically made by Bubble Witch, a small business based in Leeds, England, this acrylic clutch is inspired by 1940’s and 1950’s lucite purses.
That gloriously asymmetric spiderweb is carved in, then painted gold. It’s the kind of bag I imagine Vampira or Morticia Addams toting, so obviously I want it. Ideal for the pinup witch accessorising her evening gown, leather look wiggle dress or creepy cocktail ensemble.

While it’s pricier than I could normally justify for a bag, it brings me such ghoulish delight that it had to be in my top 5 Halloween picks. ( And let’s face it, I’d use it at every opportunity. )

You can pick the spiderweb purse up on the Bubble Witch Etsy store.

The Miss Muffet Skirt | Hell Bunny Clothing

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This freakin adorable skirt is the only mass produced item to make my top 5, modeled here by the drop dead gorgeous Teer of Curves to Kill .

We all go crazy for skirts with decent pockets, and the pocket detail is what sold me on this skirt! I love how the spider web design is worked around the pocket opening, and accented with the white hem piping. Super cute and wearable all year round.

Available in New Zealand from Napier supplier Two Lippy Ladies.
( The only reason I don’t already own this is that the smallest Hell Bunny size is too big in the waist for me, *sob* )

Spiderweb Sunglasses

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Within a somewhat more realistic budget are the cute cateye sunglasses with spiderweb pin striping below. Those are from Spitfire Interiors. I’ve seen various versions by different brands, so to be honest, they’re a completely do-able Halloween fashion DIY for those so inclined.

Like most of my top 5 spiderweb style picks, cobweb sunglasses are Halloween ready, but also a wearable wardrobe addition whatever the season!

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What do you think of my top 5 spider web inspired style picks? Have any favourites of your own? Drop me a comment and let me know!

I’m off to work on some Halloween goodness of my own for the Blood Moon Ball. Don’t forget to picks up your tickets, or dinner and ticket combo here and I’ll see you for a night of macabre madness on October 28th!

With Style and Sass,

          Velvet DeCollete

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Tui | A Bespoke 1950’s Cocktail Dress

Tui | A Bespoke 1950’s Cocktail Dress

This outfit didn’t make the cut.
The cut for my Miss Pinup entry video that is. I wear the heck out of it every where else!

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The Outfit

We shot the Tui dress as part of my glove styling video, but technical issues meant it didn’t make the cut! I absolutely love this formal pinup look though and I think you will too.

Like Tui feathers gleaming in the sun, this iridescent fabric makes for a next level little black dress. It was left over from my bridesmaids dresses seven years ago, so in true make-do style I designed a dress to fit the yardage I had left!  Based on a 1950’s wedding dress, the boned bodice features horizontal pleats reminiscent of lorica sementata ( who else loves the concept of an armoured evening dress?). Floral lace froths over the sweetheart shelf bust, hand stitched on for perfect placement. For the most economical use of fabric the skirt is a gathered rectangle – I’d prefer a gathered circle skirt but there just wasn’t enough fabric!

To complement the fabric’s pink highlights I accessorised with vintage white and magenta costume jewellery. The glamorous necklace and earrings set are especially sentimental to me, an anniversary gift from my ever patient husband. Matching magenta orchids and my favourite vintage satin gloves finish the outfit with a pretty elegance.

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Photos | James Beck
Tui vintage style dress | Velvet DeCollete
Hair flowers | Made With Love NZ
Vintage Gloves | I’ve had them so long I can’t remember!
Vintage Costume Jewellery | Tock Tick Vintage
Leather shoes | Alonso Andretti – thrifted

PS: I wore this dress at a Pinup Honey’s event before adding the lace, check it out!

With style & sass,

                   Velvet DeCollete

 

 

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Disney Princesses Pinup Style | Once Upon A Time by Honey L’Amour

Disney Princesses Pinup Style | Once Upon A Time by Honey L’Amour

” When we were small children we all played dress-up and everybody had a good time. So why stop? “
-Iris Apfel
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 Now you might notice a familiar face on Honey’s website, because I got to model the Belle dress!
The Beauty and the Beast inspired dress has a super full ( 5M circumference) two tone skirt with screen printed roses. This baby flares out like no other when you spin! The peasant style bodice has a gathered neckline ( no gaping!) and the sleeves can be worn on or off the shoulder. There’s also a sweet white lace trim on the bodice and skirt hem.
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As a brunette, green eyed gal who has more time for books than people, I feel like Belle and I are on the same page.
Yup, that was a book pun. Sorry not sorry.
Even so, the Arial wiggle skirt has to be my favourite princess inspired design. It’s just so GOSHDARN CUTE. Look at that scalloped hem! It’s so sassy.

Miss Monique Sweet looks like an underwater vixen in that shell bustier top, but I can see myself pairing this skirt with a cute tie front blouse or the Devel Bess tee for a more casual pinup style.

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You’ll need to prepare yourselves for this one.
Ready?
Okay.
Miss Charlotte Cake isn’t the biggest Disney fan, but you’ll die over her Snow White. It’s perfection. She could play Snow White at Disney land, amiright?
Honey LÁmour designed the Snow White inspired outfit as two pieces. A sweet peasant blouse and a full swing skirt with blue and yellow panels. The lightly gathered puff sleeves and the blue skirt border balance each other really well, creating the illusion of broader shoulders and visually enhancing an hourglass figure.
With classic pinup styling the Snow White outfit is a ready made retro style cosplay!
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 Luci Luxxe channels the original platinum princess with a rockabilly twist.
Cinderella might have to worry about her couch turning into a pumpkin, but she won’t have to worry about this dress. The Cinderella inspired pinup dress features alternating blue and white panels printed with specially designed pumpkin carriages. With contrast sleeves and silver screen printing the Cinderella dress is fancy enough for proms and balls, but comfy enough for full day events like Dapper Day!
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All the clothes in the Once Upon a Time range are made from comfy stretch cotton sateen or heavy weight cotton and are available in sizes XS – XL. Honey also offers custom made sizes.
Photos | Tony McKay
Pinup Disney Princess Outfits | Honey L’ Amour
Models | Velvet Decollete
Monique Sweet
Miss Charlotte Cake
Lucy Luxxe
With style and sass,

              Velvet Decollete

Psssst! Just so you know, I wasn’t paid or sponsored to write this post. I got to experience these clothes first hand, and wear Honey L’Amour skirts on the regular, so I can 100% honestly recommend them!

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Play Your Cards Right | Lingerie Review + Pinup Photoshoot

Play Your Cards Right | Lingerie Review + Pinup Photoshoot

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Password please?

If you’re going to run illicit poker games, a derelict 1960’s camper van is the least suspicious location. And I’m all about subtlety…obviously…

The Shoot

This once cheery caravan was the quintessential backdrop to a 1960’s beach holiday. Froger and I made it anything but.
You see, photography locations aren’t about the hand you’re dealt, they’re about what you do with it. We do retro lingerie and grungy interiors, which means we make magic in locations others wouldn’t touch! I love that our shoots don’t use stereotypical pin up ‘pretty’ backdrops and studios.

The playing cards were among the scattered debris, covered in a layer of dust. Feeling nostalgic for the rainy day card games we put them to use. Playing in my knickers is the only way I’ll ever win at poker!

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Pip & Pantalaimon Lingerie Review

Can we talk about this Pip & Pantalaimon bodysuit for a sec? IT’S. SO.CUTE.

Froger calls it the Bubblegum outfit, It’s custom made to match those glossy white and pink heels. While the shoes in his kit are always too big for my teensy feet, this bodysuit was made to fit me ( and any other model he shoots my size, so get in there ladies! ). Made in white stretch mesh and satin, it sports hot pink trim – straps, garters and contrast stitching.

Soft cup bras are more comfortable on augmented breasts than underwires, and this is no exception. No digging or pinching here! The bodysuit feels soft and snug, like a firm hug, giving less compression than serious shapewear while still smoothing the silhouette.  As a seamstress I’m telling you the pink spiral stitching on the cups and front panel is PERFECT. I wish I had a close up to show you but the sun washed out the detail in these shots.

Basically, I’ll be spending some of my hard earned cash on their lingerie. Because it’s niiiiiiiiiiice. Because I believe in supporting small businesses. Because Froger won’t appreciate me stealing this from his kit. And because twelve clip garter belts. TWELVE CLIPS ladies, you have no idea of the comfort.

*As usual, I didn’t get paid or sponsored to gush about this. I just get excited about sharing stuff I love with you guys!*

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 If this taster left you wanting more I’d love you to check out the entire set here!

Photos | Froger Photo
Bodysuit | Pip & Pantalaimon
Shoes | Unknown
Stockings | Thrifted
Clip on Ponytail | Hairquip

If you’re into alternative pinup and offbeat locations read these posts…

Tribute to John Willie
Gartersnap Girl

New Problems in Medical Ethics

 

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Make Do & Mend | Pinup Style with Vintage Fabric

Make Do & Mend | Pinup Style with Vintage Fabric

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Make Do and Mend.

That’s what my Nana always tells me, usually as she’s unpicking old curtains, making overalls for the grandkids tearing around her garden. Vintage philosophies can be the best inspiration for vintage style, especially as a pinup on a budget!

I’m incredibly lucky to have a network of old ladies – friends of my Nana – who hand me down vintage fabric they no longer use. I design my clothes to make the most of the gifted yardage. This fifties floral two piece was cut around age stains on a length of 1950’s printed fabric.

Photographed on two different days at two locations, this post shows how lighting can change a photo from bright and crisp to soft and dreamy!

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The Outfit

Printed with rustic baskets overflowing with fruit and flowers, this fabric was made for sweet summer style. I chose a wide necked, fitted top ( which I personally find very flattering ) because there wasn’t enough fabric for sleeves! The simple silhouette displays the print nicely, so I made sure the basket motif would match up when the blouse was closed. Press studs and a tie front finish the blouse.

The circle skirt is cut in two panels and hemmed with synthetic horsehair braid for extra volume. A side zip and tap with novelty pink flower button allow for a tidy nipped in waist – my preferred silhouette for almost any occasion!

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The Styling

Matching accessories to a colour in the fabric makes choosing an outfit easy . I love the pink roses in this print, so that means all pink everything!

The sugar pink gloves have the cutest pleated trim, I think they’re from the 1950’s or 1960’s. The pink petticoat, cat eye sunglasses, hair flower and shoes are all modern made but worked so well with the colours and style of the outfit nonetheless!

Due to shooting forties style outfits on the same days, hair and makeup on both days were a mix of 1940’s and 1950’s. The half up – half down hairstyle was more successful, with fuller and better shaped rolls. No matter how hard I tried I just couldn’t recreate them for the updo when we re-shot! I find victory rolls in any style tricky due to my baby-fine, thin hair. There never seems to be enough of it.  ( I’m envious of all you thick haired ladies who can do multiple rolls and poodle ‘dos! )

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Top & Skirt | Velvet DeCollete
Gloves | Tock Tick Vintage
Flower | Coin Save
Shoes | Number One Shoe Warehouse
Petticoat | Online through a Facebook sale page

With Style & Sass,

            Velvet DeCollete

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Secret Garden | A 1950’s Inspired Cocktail Suit

Secret Garden | A 1950’s Inspired Cocktail Suit

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Power dressing is nothing new. From the Phoenician purple robes of the Romans to 80’s power suits, we’ve been using clothes to boost our confidence and social standing for thousands of years. Which got me thinking; what does power dressing look like to a vintage loving gal?

For me the answer was a well cut suit. The suit worn by a film noir vixen perched on a detective’s desk, knowing he’ll do whatever she asks. A suit that says you’re 100% business, and 100% woman. A suit you’d wear to the funeral of your fifth wealthy husband mysteriously dies.

Obviously I needed to make this suit.

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The Suit

Drawing inspiration from 1950’s clothing company Lilli Ann, I sketched a figure enhancing peplum silhouette. The wide neckline, fitted waist and flared hip accentuate my hourglass figure, while the slimline pencil skirt puts a wiggle in my walk – I’m known for walking quite fast and this skirt definitely hobbles my stride a bit!  A textured black fabric with a woven pattern of golden roses balances the hyper feminine cut with dark glamour.

This is my first ladies suit ( I’ve made one trouser suit before ). Delayed for months due to costume commissions I finally finished it in time for the Duke and I’s seven year wedding anniversary. ( We stayed at Hotel Debrett and watched Horror at the Civic Theatre. ) There’s a tiny area of fit I’m not quite happy with in the jacket, but considering I had to fit it on myself I’m very happy with the result!

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The Outfit

Two statement collars are better than one and the PUG Lauren top creates a striking inky black layered neckline.

No well dressed dame would be caught without gloves and hat.  The beaded gloves were a serendipitous find at Tock Tick Vintage long before I started the suit. Their glossy floral beading was too pretty to pass up!  The velvet tilt hat is from the Auckland Textile Fair. A band and bow of woven black straw circle the hat, and I added the veiling for extra sass.

My earrings are green and gold vintage clip ons . The frosted glass matches my eyes (a rarity) , and seems to glow from within . Classic back seam stockings, black leather Alonso Andretti shoes and a gold beaded clutch finished my 50’s power dressing dream.

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We shot these photos in the picturesque Hamilton Gardens while filming my entry video for Miss Pin Up New Zealand 2017. Subscribe to my blog to follow my progress in the competition!

See more outfits from my entry video below!
1940’s summer style

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         Velvet x

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Roman Holiday | A 1940’s Summer Outfit

Roman Holiday | A 1940’s Summer Outfit

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It’s 6 degrees Celsius and I’m tottering around Hamilton Gardens, filming my Miss Pin Up NZ entry video and freezing my butt off. Gaggles of tourists point and take supposedly sneaky photos of me. But can you blame them? This 1940’s sundress is gorgeous!

Photographed in the perfectly dreamy Italian Garden  this summer outfit is what I’d wear on an idyllic Italian holiday. The kind where I stroll around iconic sites in chic vintage clothes ( a pinup can dream right? ).  I chose 1940’s inspired victory rolls and a chignon for my hairstyle, as updo’s are elegant pinup perfection and having my hair down makes me far too hot and sticky in the summer!

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The Outfit

The dusty mauve dress features a floral pattern in black, white and blue, with a self covered belt.  The most darling strap & button detail adorns the upper arm. I’m not going to lie, when I saw that shoulder detail at Rose’s Decadia Vintage clothing sale I snatched it right off the rack, even if it is a little too big! Like my mama always says ” you’ll grow into it one day”.
To complete my dream Roman holiday outfit I accessorized with a black vintage Yvette Tresor straw hat, 1950s crotchet gloves, Pretty Polly backseam nylon stockings and Alonso Andretti leather shoes. Apart from the hosiery all my accessories were thrifted by myself or my mother, an undisputed op shop queen and my first stop for shoot accessories!

Fashion fact: Milliner Yvette Tresor was based in Christchurch from the 1950’s to the 1970’s. Collections of her hats are owned by the Auckland War Memorial Museum and Te Papa Museum!

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Photos courtesy of James Beck

with style & sass

        Velvet x

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