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Golden Age Glamour

Golden Age Glamour: An evocative phrase, bringing to mind diamantes and satin gloves, fluffy boudoir mules and furs. Nothing makes you feel more glamorous.

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Outfit Breakdown

Bra + Suspender Belt | Pip & Pantalaimon
Knickers | The Warehouse – unsure of brand as I always cut the tags out!
Gloves + Fur | Vintage
Earrings | Diva
Stockings | Undercover back-seam stockings by Voodoo
Boudoir Mules | Thrifted

A side note on bras | This bra was too big in the band for me, but I also found the cups just weren’t the right shape for augmented breasts! Any recommendations for vintage style bras that work for ladies that have had some help?

Photos | Froger
Model + Styling | Velvet DeCollete

Glamorously yours,

                             Velvet

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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 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.

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 unkillable zen garden. (Or keep it for yourself, you need some zen too).

Craftily yours,

                     Velvet

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Devel Branded Fashion Show | 1960’s Inspired Fashion

Devel Branded Fashion Show | 1960’s Inspired Fashion

Badass boss babe is kinda my style motto right now, so it’s no surprise that Danielle from Devel Branded is one of my favourite local designers.  Not only is she freakin’ adorable, but her clothes embody the sass and vibrancy that a modern pinup needs. I had a ball strutting in her catwalk show last weekend alongside the coolest girl gang a pinup could hope for.

The show featured garments from her Freshly Squeezed, Poolside and Sprinkles & Cream collections, as well as the luxe Tuxedo Dress and the Black Widow skirt that had me swooning! ( Seriously is it not the most killer goth – meets – vintage skirt you’ve ever seen?! )

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Thanks to Glory Days and Auckland Live for putting on Summer in The Square Vintage Weekend, it was a blast!

Sassily yours,

                  Velvet

 

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My Photoshoot Survival Kit | 5 Must Haves for Models

Photoshoot essentials for models | Velvet DeCollete

Every model needs a photo shoot survival kit. Heck every pin up needs an event survival kit! You know, those absolute essentials that save your butt time and time again. Our overstuffed bags always cradle lippy and powder but here’s a few must haves from my modelling kit…

Velvet DeCollete’s Photoshoot Survival Kit

  1. Mini Hairspray.
    Obviously it holds those flyaways down, but spraying it inside your skirt prevents static cling and applying it to a run in your hosiery will help stop it running any further! I don’t bother lugging a huge can around, these mini cans are far more convenient.
  2. The Bonnit.
    Why didn’t I have one sooner?!
    The Bonnit is a cute retro style rain hood that protects your ‘do from the elements. Travelling to and from shoots and between locations gets so much easier when wind and rain aren’t destroying your hairstyle!  The super organised Miss Charlotte Cake gave me mine and she always carries one herself.
  3. Cotton Pads.
    This may seem a little odd, but cotton pads have approximately a million uses. Blotting shiny makeup, polishing fingermarks off jewellery, cleaning shoes, or my personal secret – stuffing them down the middle of your bra to stop that awkward boob sweat patch when you’re posing under the sweltering summer sun.
  4. False Eyelash Applicator.
    I am absolutely useless at applying false eyelashes. Before I found this I was sentenced to a life of sad stubby lashes. Not only do I now get to shoots on time, but it makes getting ready on location far easier and is perfect for pressing wayward falsie ends back down without messing up your eyeliner. I’ve also used it as an emergency eyeliner guide ( it is designed to follow your eyelid shape after all ), apply diamantes to my face and to clip an oversized robe in at the back!
  5. Water.
    In a sipper bottle or with a straw to be specific. Staying hydrated without ruining your lipstick is a highly underrated ability. I usually use a Bobble bottle so I can fill it up anywhere without worrying about the chemical taste of mains water supply. Otherwise grabbing bottled water ( Please choose one in a recycled bottle! ) and a straw will do the trick!

So that’s my top five photo shoot essentials, what are yours? I always love to learn new tips and tricks.

Essentially yours,

                           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!

Classically yours,

                   Velvet

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

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Reading in Lingerie | New Problems in Medical Ethics

Pin Up Fetish Model | Velvet DeCollete

You’re going to love this photo set.

A foreword on these photos |
In my vintage collection is a set of medical journals; “New Problems In Medical Ethics”. Translated from the French Cahiers Laennec, ( a set of texts from 1934) they present ‘morally problematic’ medical cases and the treatments prescribed by the Catholic medical practitioners of the time.
Topics discussed include why adultery is morally and legally abhorrent when committed by women ( but acceptable from men ), how birth control emasculates men and destroys marriages, and how homosexuality is a mental illness to be treated using electrotherapy.

As a modern woman believing in gender equality and ownership of ones own body you can imagine I strongly disagree with these views. Especially as they are still being spouted by certain groups! Apparently so does our dog Echo, who promptly destroyed one of the books when my back was turned. (That’s the book you see being torn later, I’d never damage a sasalvageable book!). Being photographed with the journals while portraying behavior they deemed unacceptable in women seemed an appropriate way to express my opinion.

So here you have it. A lingerie clad, empowered, makeup wearing woman who has no fucks left to give for outdated “moral illnesses”. Enjoy.

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Outfit Breakdown

Lingerie | Pleasure State
Stockings | Pretty Polly
Shoes | Siren
Pearl collar | Vintage from Tock Tick Vintage

I wanted to contrast 1920’s / 30’s inspired hair with modern wardrobe, creating a juxtaposition of styles reflecting the conflict of past and present. It was my first attempt at a faux bob using a wet set and I’m absurdly happy with it.

Photos | Froger
Model, HMUA, Styling | Velvet DeCollete

You can see more of this photoshoot in the December 2016 issue of Sinical Magazine, available in print or digital format.

unashamedly yours,

               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!

Hilariously yours,

                      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 …)

1950's Christmas Pinup | Velvet DeCollete

Photos | Bay Glamour
Model , HMUA | Velvet DeCollete

See you in the new year!
Love,

      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 twelth 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.

Festively yours,

                   Velvet

 

 

 

 

 

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