Why I Use Vintage Notions

Why I Use Vintage Notions

Notions are the decorative or functional trims and closings on your clothes. If you wear vintage clothing you may have noticed these tiny touches are a little different; A carved button, handwoven lace trim, that hook & eye kissing at the top of a metal zip, they’re all available new..

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It’s Art Darling | Renaissance Meets Pinup Photography

It’s Art Darling | Renaissance Meets Pinup Photography

Adendum 13.03.2016 | Since I wrote and published this post things have changed. Many members of the vintage and pinup scene I know and adore have come forward with experiences of unprofessional behaviour, outstanding debts and broken contracts in their dealing with Zandy J Photography. Zandy also..

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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..

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Pink Fur and Pouts

Pink Fur and Pouts

Pink fur
Pink beret 
Black lingerie
Imagine a Parisian cabaret performer – the type you’d find backstage at a smoky vintage nightclub, reading poetry and drinking espresso. She’s my inspiration for this shoot with Zandy J.
I had such fun styling this look…

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Green Gingham and Gardens

Green Gingham and Gardens

There’s something wholesome about gingham. Maybe it reminds us of our grandmothers red gingham tablecloths, or those little fabric covers on preserve jars. For me gingham says summer, sweetness and fresh lemonade.

This dress has not one but three sizes of gingham, decreasing in size..

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Blue Haze Marmot | A Vintage Fur with a Secret

Blue Haze Marmot | A Vintage Fur with a Secret

Vintage clothes are full of stories and secrets, it’s one of their captivating traits. This coy faux fur stole is no exception with the vestiges of a past lay-by keeping me guessing.

Hanging in an op shop, an old lay-by tag still swings from a tiny safety pin. The imitation fur is glossy..

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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..

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Who Do? Voodoo! A 1920’s Voodoo Cabaret Costume

Who Do? Voodoo! A 1920’s Voodoo Cabaret Costume

Halloween darlings …. the best holiday of the year. 
Macabre temptress Bay of Bay Stagewear hosted a spooktacular pre-halloween shindig for those of us that feel one All Hallows Eve simply isn’t enough.
I was there with bells on.

Okay maybe not bells.
Or a shirt.

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Lilac Romantic | A Burlesque Costume

Lilac Romantic | A Burlesque Costume

Lilac Romantic –  that’s what I call this costume in my head. It’s kinda classically feminine yet sexy. It’s also kinda almost finished. (Update, since I wrote this post, it’s now finished! Some parts have changed, it’s encrusted with rhinestones and on tour..

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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..

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