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Garter Snap Girl | A Bardot + Bellucci Inspired Pinup Shoot

Garter Snap Girl | A Bardot + Bellucci Inspired Pinup Shoot

Brigitte Bardot and Monica Belluci; two great style icons who inspired the style of this shoot. Part 1960’s ingenue, part bombshell, part Hitchcock heroine.

As always Froger captured the mood perfectly. Strategic lighting turned the lounge of a rundown historic hotel into the set of a retro thriller movie. (not that it was far off to begin with!).

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Outfit Breakdown

Skirt | Mirrou
Top & Sunglasses | Boohoo
Stockings | Vintage nylons
Shoes | Pulp Noir

Love,

      Velvet

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The Classics Museum Calendar | Behind the Scenes

The Classics Museum Calendar | Behind the Scenes

Classic cars, classic dames and classic film noir vibes; the 2017 Classics Museum Calendar is the most glamorous way to organise your year. I’m so chuffed to be featured in it ( Check out March!) so I’m taking you behind the scenes of the massive undertaking that is shooting twelve months worth of moody noir goodness.

There’s a hard working team behind the calendar. Photographer Tiffany Curtis, Glory Days Magazine, The Beauty School Dropouts , Tony McKay Commercial, Debonair Do’s , Honey L’Amour  and of course the models and the team at the Classics Museum and Jukebox Diner. It takes a lot of hands and six days to get fifteen models through hair and makeup, wardrobe and finally in front of the camera! Tony made these beautiful videos to give you an idea of what goes on behind the photos…

The day starts early with hair and makeup (contrary to popular belief we don’t wake up looking that glam!). Inspired by noir film The Dark Mirror Debonair Do’s and The Beauty School Dropouts gave Lola and I mirror image 1940’s hairstyles and classic vintage makeup. That’s Lady Kittyhawk below applying my false eyelashes while the rollers cool.

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Classics Museum Calendar 2017 | Velvet DeCollete

Photo | Tiffany Curtis

Then it was off to Rose from Glory Days for wardrobe. Those adorable retro play-suits are from Vivien of Holloway! Things don’t always fit perfectly but there’s always tips and tricks to make it look great on camera. My belt was a little loose so it’s pinned and bulldog clipped in at the back!

Time for a quick test shot before heading downstairs to the cars.

As a model shooting something like this means early morning travel ( some people came from as far as Christchurch!) and cold locations. The darling Jukebox Diner staff kept us warm with delicious hot chocolates as we snuggled into our coats between makeup and shooting. If you’ve been to the Classics Museum you  can imagine that high ceiling and concrete floor are perfect for displaying cars, and perfect for chilling models haha!

 

We shot several different poses, some in this gorgeous old car and some next to it, trying to channel the tension and atmosphere of The Dark Mirror. I won’t give away too much, but it’s a thriller about two twins, one of whom acts with evil intent.

One of the things that surprises people is how many people are actually at a photoshoot like this! It certainly puts the pressure on when everyone is staring at you making sure the hair, makeup, lighting and pose are just right. That attention to detail is what makes the end result so excellent.

And that’s a wrap!

A few quick portraits and we’re done. Of course we couldn’t resist a wander around the museum to see the other cars and pose with the old petrol pumps…

I loved working with such a professional and talented team, and I love seeing the stunning cars up on my wall. I just wish my hair could look this good every day haha!

2017 Classics Museum Calendar | Velvet DeCollete

This really is a beautiful calendar, with people from every age and walk of life within it. You can grab your own online or from me directly by commenting below or sending me a message on Facebook. If you’re in the Waikato pop in to the Museum or the Waikino Tavern and pick one up in person!

With style and sass,

                Velvet

PS: Lady Kittyhawk is a brow wizard, just look how sharp and defined they are!

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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.

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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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See You Under The Mistletoe | A Christmas Pin Up

See You Under The Mistletoe | A Christmas Pin Up

Merry Christmas Darling!

If you celebrate Christmas I hope you’re with those you love, doing things you love. In my case that’s family time with waaaaaay to much food, and cuddles with my niece and nephews. (Good thing we took these photos before the eating began!).

Please drive safely this festive season, have or be a sober driver and look after yourselves. If you have extra please think of those who aren’t so lucky. Christmas and the New Year can be a very tough or lonely time and it doesn’t take much to make a big difference in someone’s life. We donated a big box of food to a charity that organises Christmas dinners for the elderly and those in need, so trust me it gives you the warm fuzzies.

On a lighter note – here’s me channeling Ms Claus! Should I put you on the naughty or the nice list this year ?

Vintage Christmas Pinup | Velvet DeCollete

Is this what you wanted for Christmas? ( That little box sounds like diamonds, must be for me …)

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Photos | Bay Glamour
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See you in the new year!
With style and sass,

          Velvet

PS: I post sneak previews and behind the scenes on my Instagram if you’d like to follow the fun!

 

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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

Need more festive cheer?
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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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