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Birthday Snaps | A Retro Luau Party

Birthday Snaps | A Retro Luau Party

Remember that lost weekend between Christmas and New Years Eve? The one when everyone (hospo staff included) are on holiday and nothing opens. Nothing.

That’s my birthday weekend.

So this year I celebrated in true pinup style with a vintage inspired Luau at home!

It started with cool drinks on a hot day and ended with burlesque dancers lip syncing the Chicago soundtrack under disco lights. Lei’s and fruity cocktails for all!

Here’s some candid poolside snaps so you can see how it went down. Plus a bonus picture of my not-quite-one-year-old niece dressed like the island princess she is. Because she’s a cutie patootie.

(I forgot to take pictures of the idyllic decorations my awesome lover set up, but trust me, they were amazing )

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A Classics Museum Carnival

A Classics Museum Carnival

The Classics Museum 3rd Birthday Carnival fell on a sweltering New Zealand summer day.
Normally I’d be happy to swap my petticoats for sarongs in the heat – but after setting up the Vintage Amusements carnival in the midday sun I threw on a cute carnival outfit.

(I managed to win Best Dressed from the lovely ladies at Glory Days Magazine too!)

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Photos | Tiffany Curtis Photography

Outfit breakdown

Top | Forever New
Skirt | Custom made by me – Beckon Couture
Petticoat | Bought online somewhere
Shoes | Number One Shoe Warehouse
Bangles | Thrifted
Flowers | Equip
Parasol | Gift

Scroll down to see some sassy best dressed contestants and me being a cheese while receiving my prize!

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Photo | Tiffany Curtis Photography

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Photo | Tiffany Curtis Photography

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Photo | Tiffany Curtis Photgraphy

Velvets Tips for Summer Pinup Dressing

  1. Keep your fabrics light and try to avoid too many synthetics – They’ll make you sweat!
  2. Keep your hair off your neck. a beehive, cute ponytail or poodle ‘do is a lifesaver.
  3. Deodorant and spray on sun screen. Lots of both! I find spray on sunscreen less sticky and less staining on my clothes.
  4. (a very personal tip) tuck a cotton pad – like you use for toner or makeup – into the front of your bra to catch any chest sweat and prevent unsightly patches on the front of your top or dress!
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At the Kissing Booth with pinup babes Monique Sweet and Betty Rage

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James and I cooling off with a well deserved cold Coke

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The Jukebox Diner | Tiffancy Curtis Photography

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The Pinup Honeys: Congrats to Miss Victory Violet

The Pinup Honeys: Congrats to Miss Victory Violet

For those of you in the pinup world, you’ll know the glorious Miss Victory Violet took out Miss Pinup at Viva Las Vegas this year. For those of you not in the pinup world – that’s a super big deal and we’re all very proud of her here in little old NZ. Pinup or not you should check out her blog and show her some love! She’s an ocean of knowledge in all things hair, makeup and retro fashion related.

Anywho, The Pinup Honeys Social Club decided to have a wee shindig at the luxurious Langham Hotel Auckland to congratulate her on all her hard work. We dressed nice, we drank fancy cocktails, we posed. Alot. (you would too, don’t deny it).
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I didn’t have a gown quite formal enough so I whipped up a classy black iridescent ballgown from fabric left over from my bridesmaids dresses! I just knew it would come in handy, even if it’s 5 years later haha!

Outfit Breakdown 
Dress | Beckon Couture
Gloves | Vintage – Salvation Army Op Shop
Pearls | Vintage – Op shop
Shoes | Wild Pair
Stockings | Pretty Pins from Farmers
Hair Flower | Borrowed from my mama <3 

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Posing with some of my favourite dames Soda Fontaine, Miss Charlotte Cake and Miss Rouge. I love how we look like a sassy pinup Girl Gang.

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Couldn’t resist sharing this snap I took of the effervescent Soda Fontaine. She’s such a starlet!

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The Pinup Honeys Social CLub – we’re a well dressed bunch dontcha think?

Photos | Velvet DeCollete, Duke De Bonair + David Watson

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A Very Vintage Day Out | Pt. 2

Very Vintage Day Out Part two (read part one here)! The part where I bombard you with photos from all the rad Photo Safari photographers I posed for at VVDO. Two of the photos were even judged Runner Ups in the VVDO photo comp – Proof that hard work pays off ya know.

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Photo | Byard James

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Photo | Jeff Yu – Awarded Runner Up in the VVDO photo competition

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Photo | Froger

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Photo | Reese Waters – Awarded Runner Up in the VVDO photo comp

 

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Photo | Photo by Alyssa

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Photo | Jeff Yo

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Photo | Diana Vollmerhausen

Photos | As credited
Model | Velvet DeCollete
Wardrobe | Bespoke Design by Velvet DeCollete

As always, I’d love to know how you spent the day if you attended, there was so much on that I missed!

With style & sass,

                Velvet x






 

 

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A Very Vintage Day Out 2015 | Pt. 1

One day I will die of hairspray inhalation. No joke.

Yesterday was the amazing vintage wonderment that is the Very Vintage Day Out, and it saw my hair soar to new heights of backcombing and hairspray. SO MUCH HAIRSPRAY. Totally worth it though to finish my purple 1960’s inspired ensemble with a suitable bouffant beehive! After finishing my dress some time in the darkness of Friday evening, I was up bright and early Saturday morning to backcomb and makeup before the Photo Safari. Cue an hour of madness with pretty girls and giant cameras swarming around a bevy of brilliant classic cars. Even that early in the day the NZ sun was determined to send us home somewhat pinker than we had arrived.

I spent the rest of the day gushing over vintage wares, listening to rockabilly bands and yelling my heart out in support of the four friends I had competing for the Miss Pinup New Zealand title. What a show!

Making it to the final five of the VVDO Best dressed competition before winning Best Dressed at the Wildcat Shakeout was the cherry on top of a lovely day – how lucky can a girl be?

The Outfit

Dress | 1960’s style wiggle dress with option reversible overskirt made by me (See my work here!)
Stockings | Pretty Polly backseam nylons
Gloves | Vintage satin opera gloves with pearl buttons
Jewellery | Vintage faux pearl 3 strand necklace and earrings – Thrifted
Fabric hair flowers | Borrowed from my fabulously stylish Mama
Shoes | Delicious Shoes  – Mercy in black satin

Photos are starting to roll in, please share yours if you went – I’d love to see them!

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Yoohoo! Check out part two of my VVDO coverage here and the 2016 event here!

With style & sass,

          Velvet DeCollete

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The Day We Ran Away with the Circus

The Day We Ran Away with the Circus

As a slightly crazy, fabulously attired performer sometimes you get to do really neat stuff. Like spend an afternoon ringmaster-ing fairground games for the Vintage Amusements Co. at a summer circus wedding.

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The Ever Patient Husband actually had this gig fall in his lap so I was stoked to go along for the ride. Obviously a suitable carnie costume was needed for such a theatrical a wedding (besides, I can’t be out dressed by my own husband now can I?). Luckily I had enough fabric left from the Joker cosplay to make myself a matching suit!

Costume Rundown:
I decided to line my suit in bright teal instead of the Joker orange, the teal/purple colour combo just sings to me! It means the two costumes look like a pair but aren’t “matchy matchy”.

The skirt: A double circle skirt for spectacular swirling with a waistcoat front. The buttons are huge mother of pearl beauties that belonged to my great grandmother – so they’re pretty special. I’m making a quick turquoise net petticoat for the skirt before I wear it again this weekend.
The jacket: Acropped tailcoat with a pussycat bow closure. I looooove tailcoats and have one amazing pattern that I use as a block to create all my tailcoat patterns! I might add a bit of gold braid to it in the future, but life is keeping me too busy right now.
The purple bra: A lucky find from the sale section at Farmers.
The shoes:white embroidered Doc Martens from my collection.

The Duke: We changed the Joker cosplay shirt out for a classic white one, and added some purple suspenders and a bow tie for vintage flair. Oh, and a silly hat.

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Mad Love : The Joker & Harley Cosplay

Mad Love : The Joker & Harley Cosplay

I can’t believe I never wrote a full blog on our Joker and Harley Quinn cosplay! Well, actually I can, it’s been a crazy few months.
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So without further ado, I give you The Joker (amalgamation of my favourites) and Harley Quinn (Arkham Asylum). Both costumes made by me for Auckland Armageddon Expo 2014. Amazing super-fantastic uber prop mallet made by the Ever Patient Husband – although I did tape it up for the paint job – you might be able to tell I’m in love with this prop, it’s my baby!

The hardest thing about the whole wardrobe?The wig. That thing was a nightmare of hairspray, bobby pins and swearing. What did I learn? Never trust Ebay to get your pigtail wig to you on time. Never think it will be easy to make a regular wig into pigtails.Hairspray is a magical thing.

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Photos | Myself and two amazing photographers at Armageddon Expo 2015 (as labelled on photos).

The Ever Patient Husband made this rad Deathstroke cosplay for my 11 year old cousin,who came with us. He looked so badass! Just on the side the Husband is becoming pretty swish with the hardware and costumes himself.
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Kumeu Classic Car Show 2015 | A Hot Day of Hot Cars

Kumeu Classic Car Show 2015 | A Hot Day of Hot Cars

It’s been a scorching summer here in godzone, perfect for BBQ’s, beaches and beautiful cars.

The Ever Patient Husband and I hit up the Kumeu Classic Car Show in January, on a day so hot the sun bounced off those polished cars so brightly you couldn’t look straight at ’em.

I met up with my favourite camera wielding gal Zandy J for some quick shots while checking out some absolute dream cars. Eventually we escaped the sun at Charcoal Chicken for a less than healthy but more than delicious lunch. (It’s our little secret, but if you love slow spitroasted chicken you can’t beat ’em! Just make sure you leave some for me.)

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Photo | Zandy J photography “Help a gal push?”

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Photo | Zandy J Photography

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Hard at work with Zandy J | Photo by James Beck

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Look honey, twins!

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Love those colours! Photo by James Beck

Photo by James Beck

Photo by James Beck

Om nom nom, the best chicken and potatoes around!

Om nom nom, the best chicken and potatoes around!

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The Vintage Textiles Fair (or ‘How to Test Your Willpower’)

Visited a gorgeous vintage textiles fair today! A plethora of fabrics, fashion and miscellany to make any second hand store trawler weak at the knees.

I must say I was the epitome of restraint, leaving with only a few bags of metal stampings and a top secret purchase (Christmas gift) for my Mother. My companions Annie and Natalie were similarly well behaved, although we were all sorely tempted by the lush vintage vanity sets and 1950’s headgear!

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Aethercon 2013 | The Pretty Persuader Costume

So Aethercon 2013 was last weekend! Such a busy weekend with so many amazing costumes to see and people to meet. A lot of you stopped by our stand to say hi which was fantastic!

James and I debuted the full “Pretty Persuader” costume which went down a treat (we won first prize in the fashion contest!), but I can tell you, that sucker gets heavy after a while!

Here’s some of my favourite shots of the completed costume…
(These photos by Directive Photography and Darkroom Photography, they rock!)
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You can see a whole album of  this costume here, or see about a million photos from the Auckland Aethercon event here. I’ll be posting more of my personal favourites from the day soon!

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