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Glitter Crash | Surviving the Post-Con Blues

Glitter Crash | Surviving the Post-Con Blues

It’s Monday morning. You’ve had less than 10 hours sleep since last Thursday, there’s still glitter in your hair and every part of your body hurts. You feel like the real world hates you and you don’t understand why you have to wear pants.

You’ve got Glitter Crash. The Post Con Blues – Burlesque Edition.

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By definition, post con blues is the downer following a big convention. Glitter crash is the downer following a burlesque show, workshop retreat or festival. The high of performing, partying and looking fucking fabulous wears off and you’re left feeling drained, empty, and fighting the post con crud.

In the wake of the New Zealand Burlesque Festival 2017 many of my rhinestoned friends will be feeling this. But not all is lost. You can fight this. You can. So shake the glitter out of your suit pants, put some plasters on your stiletto blisters and get back to owning life like the creative genius you are.

Acknowledge it

I came home last night, put on my dino onesie, cleared my email inbox and had a cry because life was too hard. Not because it actually was, but because I was emotionally and physically drained and incapable of logical thought. I didn’t even perform last weekend, but four days of screaming at shows, workshops, partying and boundless love for my burlesque family have me crashing hard.
Be aware of Glitter Crash. Know the signs, know it’s okay and that you’re not crazy.

Rest Up

Take a hot shower and get some goddamn sleep. While the temptation is high to spend the next 48 hours online tracking down EVERY. SINGLE. PHOTO this won’t actually change the fact you’re crying because half your biscuit fell off in your tea. Go to bed and get some proper sleep.
If you can’t sleep, at least make yourself into a blanket burrito and read a book. Just get some actual rest mkay?

Eat actual food

You survived the last four days on VIP nibbles, liquor and energy drink. I get it, there was no time for lunch, and no way was I risking a makeup disaster to eat dinner. Unfortunately, cheese and vodka aren’t high in vitamins.
To avoid the post con plague you need to eat some healthy food, take some vitamins and drink plenty of water. Healthy food doesn’t mean lots of work either, a google search turns up tons of fast recipes, or if you can’t face cooking pick up a premade salad, fresh packet soup or salad filled kebab for a vege rich quick fix.

Leave the House

Strangely enough, becoming a hermit won’t make you feel less isolated. Go see your friends, skype your sparkle fam or get out in the sun for some mood boosting rays. Physical contact helps release happy juice in your brain, so if you’ve got a snuggle buddy, snuggle ’em.
Social contact and sunlight are a huge part of surviving Glitter Crash and making sure it doesn’t drag on longer than it should. We’re all feeling it and you are not alone.

Look Forward

You’ve been looking forward to that festival, con or show for months. Every waking moment has been prepping for it. And now it’s done, leaving a gaping hole in your life. What are you supposed to do with your time?
Claw back your sense of purpose by creating things to look forward to. Rehearse one of your acts. Work on a costume. Plan for upcoming shows. Make a fricken mind map of all the amazing inspiration that rained down upon you over the last few days, and start using it!
Self motivation is hard, but creating a schedule or to-do list can get you moving and help kick that aimless feeling.

Practice Self Care

Take time out for yourself. While you can’t avoid going back to work you can make the real world a little more tolerable by making yourself feel nice. Read a book, treat your over-makeuped skin to a DIY facemask, or make a point of getting out in nature. Schedule time for the things that make you feel happy and centered and reclaim your shine.
( Self care is a pretty good habit to get into, so if you need some daily ideas these ones are pretty good.)

While Glitter Crash is awful, it’s not permanent. Acknowledge it, plan for it, implement some coping strategies for your body and mind and you’ll be back on track in no time!

With Style and Sass,

             Velvet DeCollete

 

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Jilted Brides and Moldy Cake | Miss Havisham’s Day Out

Jilted Brides and Moldy Cake | Miss Havisham’s Day Out

What do you call a group of jilted brides? A Flock? A Murder?
Let’s go with a Murder, because hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

Last weekend a murder of brides descended upon Newmarket’s historic Highwic House for Miss Havisham’s Day Out. Part of the Til Death Do Us Part exhibition currently housed at Highwic,  it was a day of cobwebby cakes, vintage games and wedding gowns themed around the eccentric spinster from Great Expectations!

Dressed in wedding gowns from all eras guests competed in ring finger races and White Wedding lipsyncs ( yes that’s me jamming air guitar in the middle, any excuse really! ), created centrepieces and sand saucers before dining on sandwiches, scones and an incredibly moldy, spider infested wedding cake created by Miss Charlotte Cake. ( I can vouch for it being as delicious as it was spooky!)

Miss Havisham's Day Out | Velvet DeCollete

Miss Havisham's Day Out | Velvet DeCollete

Clementine joined me to model the most feminine of lace foundation garments from House of Satin. Strolling around the manicured grounds in lingerie has never been more glamorous! They’re even giving away a glorious set of lingerie, so visit the exhibition before it closes this weekend to be in the draw!

I had quite a conundrum over which wedding dress to wear ( I have four vintage gowns, plus the gown I was actually married in!) but finally settled on this Edwardian inspired lacy number. Made in the late 60’s or early 70’s this confection of swiss dot tulle and satin was just begging to be worn with a dramatically long veil. The rumpled satin flowers in my hair are made from off cuts of bridal gowns I’ve made and altered over the years.

Miss Havisham's Day Out | Velvet DeCollete

An enormous thanks to Rose and Glory Days for putting such a wonderful afternoon of high jinks! All the vintage gowns on display at Til Death Us Do Part are available in a silent auction ending this Sunday, with proceeds going to The Aunties, a group supporting victims of domestic violence. Make sure you hop online here, place a bid and hopefully take home a beautiful piece of history while supporting a more than worthy cause.

Photos by
David Watson
Peter Jennings
Charlotte Cake
 Velvet DeCollete
 Sarah Tallentire

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The Great Unkillable Felt Cactus Zen Garden

This is an Unkillable, Mess Free, Child Safe, Felt Cactus Zen Garden.
( Yes, it may be the perfect gift for just about anyone.)

felt cactus zen garden | Velvet DeCollete

Terrible with plants? These can’t die.
Love plants but have kids? These can be chewed, squished or knocked over and there’s no messy sand or soil involved.
Work in a dingy office? These are cheerily bright, and require no sunlight!
Indecisive? Velcro bases mean you can easily and constantly re-position your plants.

With tiny cacti, miniature water features and teensy little stones, The only way to make this felt zen garden cuter would be adding kawaii happy faces to all the cacti. Which I would totally do.

felt cactus zen garden | Velvet DeCollete

felt cactus zen garden | Velvet DeCollete

I designed this adorable box of zen inducing desert flora for my older sister. She is both death to plants and mother of a small child. She thought it was pretty cool.
I can make one for your sister, brother, parent, life partner or rad friend too, just send me a message on Facebook or here on my contact page! Oh, and it doesn’t stop at Cacti, between photoshoots and making couture gowns I also whipped up a felt cake for my niece and a bag of vegetables for my nephew. I’m a one stop cute felt stuff shop!

If you’re feeling inspired you can try stitching your own felt garden. Feel free to use mine for inspiration or hit up felt plants on pinterest for some cute ideas, then surprise someone with their own kill-proof calm-garden. (Or keep it for yourself, you need some zen too).

With style and sass,

                   Velvet

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What Your Legs Say About You | Beauty Parade 1950

What do your legs say about you?
According to the January 1950 issue of  Beauty Parade they’re sending coded messages to every man around! This vintage guide to body language is such a giggle I just had to share.

Beauty Parade January 1950 ladies legs | Velvet DeCollete
Beauty Parade January 1950 ladies legs | Velvet DeCollete

Thank goodness the helpful men of 1950 are here to enlighten us! Without them, I might have carried on blissfully unaware that my sitting habits were leading on that guy across the bar.

Do you have any priceless lad’s mag advice tucked away? Share it here or on my facebook page and we’ll make a whole post of it!

With style and sass,

                      Velvet

 

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12 Days of Vintage Christmas | Light ‘Em Up

12 Days of Vintage Christmas | Light ‘Em Up

 

On the twelfth day of Christmas

Today’s weird vintage ad was a toss up between kids with lighters and kids with shotguns.

Now I don’t know what it’s like elsewhere in the world, but in NZ both are considered kinda unsafe. Kids are nuts.  When I was that girl’s age I set all kinds of things on fire. That little boy probably just tried to light the Christmas tree so he could try out his new toy fire truck.

 

Maybe I should have gone with the “grinning children holding guns” ad.

With style and sass,

                 Velvet

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12 Days of Vintage Christmas | Suck it This Christmas

12 Days of Vintage Christmas | Suck it This Christmas

On the eleventh day of Christmas

You got to clean the house! Lucky you!
Okay okay, I know that vacuum cleaners were super fancy luxury items, and that sweeping the house is hard work, but as a Christmas gift?!
I guess at least it wasn’t for Valentines Day.

Seriously though the tiny vacuum cleaner model designed as a subtle hint for your husband is just hilarious. It’s so cute!

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Just be grateful we got through this post without me making jokes about things that suck… well apart from that one in the title.

With style and sass,

                   Velvet

Hey! If this wasn’t enough festive cheer for you there’s a link to all twelve days on this post!

 

 

 

 

 

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12 Days of Vintage Christmas | Weighing In on the Subject

12 Days of Vintage Christmas | Weighing In on the Subject

On the ninth day of Christmas

Someone thought bathroom scales were an appropriate gift…
At Christmas…
When we all eat too much and lie around like beached whales…

Either it’s a hint to lay off the pavlova or someone just doesn’t have a clue. They’re bound to be receiving a festive slap after this ( or end up cooking their own Christmas dinner! )

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However if you are down for weight watching and healthy choices this festive season, don’t worry, Green Giant Peas has your back! Look how cute that pea pod wreath is. Mmmm veges from a tin.
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With style and sass,

                   Velvet

Hey! If this wasn’t enough festive cheer for you, there’s a link to all 12 days on this post.

 

 

 

 

 

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12 Days of Vintage Christmas | Stocking Seams and Santa

12 Days of Vintage Christmas | Stocking Seams and Santa

On the eighth day of Christmas

Mojud provided stockings with Magic-Motion and spring back knit! We all love stockings, but with that tree apparently being a bit grabby, I wouldn’t want my new back seams anywhere near it!
She seems blissfully unaware that pervy santa can see straight up her skirt… which is odd, considering she’s reaching past it to grab her presents. Maybe it was all part of her cunning plan to get two?

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Hey Santa, stop being a perv. It’s weird enough that you’re breaking into people’s houses as it is.
Not that I’d say no to a couple of pairs of stockings, I like Pretty Polly’s, how about you?

With style and sass,

                   Velvet DeCollete

Hey! If this wasn’t enough festive cheer for you, there’s a link to all 12 days on this post.

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12 Days of Vintage Christmas | A Sticky Situation

12 Days of Vintage Christmas | A Sticky Situation

On the seventh day of Christmas

Don’t forget you can use Scotch Tape for anything! Taping cards to walls, trimming kids fringes, or spelling ‘DICK’ in big letters on gifts. Just in case you didn’t know who it’s for, it’s for the dick, I mean for Dick. Yup.

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Don’t tape things to your walls this Christmas. Unless you’re redecorating next year, in which case go crazy – you don’t need that paint anyway.

With Style and Sass,

                   Velvet

Hey! If this wasn’t enough festive cheer for you, there’s a link to all 12 days on this post.

 

 

 

 

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