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12 Days of Vintage Christmas | Beer With Me

12 Days of Vintage Christmas | Beer With Me

On the sixth day of Christmas

I’m not sure what’s going on here.
She’s rubbing decorations on her face while eyeing up a beer?
She’s sick of this shit already and that beer is the best darn thing she’s seen all day?
Wait I know that look,
She’s out of setting lotion and Nana said you can use beer instead. Holiday hair saved!

 

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Don’t judge her, we’ve all been there. The vintage hair styling pain is real.

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 | Disney Aluminum for Everyone!

On the fourth day of Christmas

We all went crazy for Reynolds Aluminum. So shiny, it’s basically jewellery.
Having said that, Donald has a TV with a handle. Who needs an Ipad now? Not Donald.

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Does anyone else feel like Minnie is  a little too happy with that big pink fridge. She’s very red in the face, and she’s stroking it. Maybe I should have called this The 12 Weirdly Sexual Vintage Ads of Christmas.
Maybe I’m just filthy?

Both. it’s probably both.

 

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 | Nothing Does It Like Seven-up?

12 Days of Vintage Christmas | Nothing Does It Like Seven-up?

On the third day of Christmas

Thinly veiled sexual innuendo aside, he’s feeding her cocktail sausages without tomato sauce. No deal Casanova, no deal.
At least the Seven-Up crate is wearing protection in the form of a cute cellophane wrap with a bow, just in case you didn’t know it was Christmas.

 

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I got nothing. I’m still stuck on “nothing does it like Seven-up”. It sounds more like an ad for overly masculine body spray than a carbonated beverage.

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 | Flying Silverware Anyone?

12 Days of Vintage Christmas | Flying Silverware Anyone?

On the second day of Christmas

Let’s face it, when we’re in love we all dream about flying silverware. Apparently enough for a table of twelve, oh and preferably in the new white orchid design because that’s what Mrs Jones down the road has.

No wonder she looks like she’s about to cry.

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Don’t get me wrong, cutlery is great. Especially pretty cutlery. But if it’s a gift from my lover it better be singing ‘Be My Guest’ and dancing with a sexy feather duster.

I’ll take one of the retro mint coloured benchtop mixers though. Those are rad.
What’s your homewares unicorn? (if you say a glittery aqua benchtop mixer we’re gonna be BFF’s ).

Festively yours,

                   Velvet

Hey! If this isn’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 | Festive Sheer?

12 Days of Vintage Christmas | Festive Sheer?

Introducing *drumroll please*

12 days of Vintage Christmas!

In the form of my favourite ridiculous print ads from the 1950’s and 60’s , one every day from now til Christmas day.

Because nothing makes me feel festive like cheesily marketed Christmas beer and knowing my husband will never gift me a vacuum cleaner.
So without further ado …

On the first day of Christmas

Be his Christmas star! In sheer lingerie and silky siren gowns, because this Christmas he’s giving you the gift  he wants to unwrap later. ( also because it’s day one and you gotta werk it before those mince pies hit your thighs ).

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Seriously though, I would actually love anything from a Frederick’s of Hollywood catalogue. That gold dress is bangin’.

With style and sass,

                   Velvet DeCollete

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Ways to Buy the Right Vintage, Not Any Vintage.

5 Ways to Buy the Right Vintage, Not Any Vintage.

Do you love vintage clothes?

I love vintage clothes.

I love them with a magpie-ish, kid in a candy store fervor that has lead me to buying things that have never and will never fit, that are falling apart, or that I’ll just straight out never wear but I wanted them anyway.
To curb my dragonish hoarding tendencies I’ve developed a five point checklist to ensure I’m buying the right vintage garment, not every vintage garment. It really does help separate the investments from the impulse buys.

So if you have overflowing wardrobes, empty bank accounts and still nothing to wear, this might help! Shop wisely and dress well…

Velvet’s ‘The Right Vintage’ Shopping Checklisthow to buy the right vintage clothes

1.  Does the garment have any damage?

Vintage garments are generally preloved and made from different fabrics than the hardy synthetics popular today. Holding that dress up to a window or light will show you any holes or patches of thinning fabric. Perspiration is acidic so check under the arms for any discoloration and damage caused by sweat.

2. Are the fastenings intact?

Check the zips, buttons, hooks and eyes, eyelets or pop studs. Are they damaged or missing? Is the fabric tearing or fraying around them? There may be enough spare fabric in a hem to replace a covered button, but don’t buy anything with very damaged fastenings unless you know it can be fixed, or you’re happy to have it replaced with a modern equivalent.
( Check those belt loops and belts for damage while you’re at it. )

3. Does it fit?

Ignore size labels and try it on. Female proportions and sizing have changed a lot through the decades and you’ll find a 1950’s size 14 is around a modern NZ size 8. If you’re buying online make sure you check your measurements carefully.
Circa Vintage Clothing has a handy guide to the alpha sizing system used in some New Zealand and Australian vintage clothing.

4. Can you wear it right away?

Unless you’re a highly motivated seamstress with plenty of free time, damaged items and those needing large alterations will sit in your wardrobe forever. (Trust me, I have a whole drawer of things needing alts or repairs but I never have time!). Some vintage fabrics will be too delicate to withstand alterations and most seamstresses aren’t familiar with the era appropriate sewing techniques.

5. Does it suit you?

This is imperative. Put the garment on and be honest. Does it reflect your personal style? Is it flattering? Does it coordinate with things you already own? If not, it might be best to put it back on the rack.

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With a few alterations this checklist can be applied to vintage shoes, accessories and furniture as well as clothing. While leaving that eye catching but not-quite-right piece in the store can be gut wrenching, it’s better to leave it for someone who’ll use it or restore it and keep your valuable space for things that are perfect for you!

Happy shopping x

With style and sass,

                                Velvet DeCollete

 

 

 

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A Very Pretty Failure | Lemon Raspberry Rosemary Muffins

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“No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing. ” – Julia Child

Some of my greatest cooking achievements have been experiments. This isn’t one of them.

This one goes on the list with the moonrock microwave muffins I made when I was seven, and the dissolving cheesecake I made at the age of twenty two. (Which coined the phrase ‘failcake’ to describe anything you expect will be amazing, but really isn’t).

Recipe testing for a post Miss Charlotte Cake and I are planning I thought I’d fiddle with my favourite lemon muffin recipe by Alison Holst. Let’s just say the old “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ phrase certainly has a point.

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Because I was frosting these citrus babies I omitted the usual syrupy glaze, thinking it would make the muffins go mushy once iced.

Bad idea.
I repeat BAD IDEA.

Unless you want little rubbery missiles, douse those suckers in syrup. Or add more moisture to the batter itself.

Failed experiment aside at least they look pretty! I’m no expert cake decorator so I kept it simple with lemon buttercream icing, berries and rosemary blossoms. The resulting fragrance and colour combination was absolutely lovely. (But didn’t quite make up for the gummy texture as I found out shortly after the photos below).

Surely I can’t be the only one to make ammunition instead of nutrition – have you made hilariously bad food recently? You know you want to tell me.

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Not quite so deliciously yours,

                        Velvet

 

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Winter Dress and the Perfect Brown Boots

No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure.

To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?

On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking from toil and pain. These cases are perfectly simple and easy to distinguish.

In a free hour, when our power of choice is untrammelled and when nothing prevents our being able to do what we like best, every pleasure is to be welcomed and every pain avoided. But in certain circumstances and owing to the claims of duty or the obligations of business it will frequently occur that pleasures have to be repudiated and annoyances accepted.

The wise man therefore always holds in these matters to this principle of selection: he rejects pleasures to secure other greater pleasures, or else he endures pains to avoid worse pains. But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because

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