The Vintage Addict Diary: 28 August 2015

So I’m trying something new here, a regular weekly “column”, published every Friday! I hope this can be a pick’n’mix of vintage style, beauty, home decor and current happenings, as well as featuring some stylish and inspirational people! You can think of it as Lorelei’s take on the world – the condensed version, one week at a time…

My Week
What’s been happening in my bubble …
11938900_10153156464056973_1870829960_nWho needs The Block, when you can have Laundry Week at home? I have been working hard to complete the last part in our big kitchen renovation! Still many details to finish, but oh how lovely it is to do this mundane task somewhere colourful and pretty (and non stinky!) and to have a place to put all of those household bits and bobs! Bliss!

I got together with my good friend and NZ pinup, blogger and baker Miss Charlotte Cake to share an afternoon baking my mother’s famous American style twice baked cheesecake! Lot’s of laughs, and even if it still wasn’t up to Mama’s standard, still the best ever cheesecake in my book!


Lorelei Loves

11938236_10153156597331973_1131651264_nAfter being lucky enough to attend Cherry Dollface’s hair and makeup workshop while she was in NZ (write up of all the details plus tips and tricks here!), I decided I needed a good teasing spray to get maximum hair oomph from my fine locks!

This Redken teasing spray really made a big difference in both height and stay-
ability (that’s a word, right?). My new fave hair product!

I’m sure all fellow Erstwilder fans let out squeals of delight when they announced slideshow_2their new website this week!

Check out ALL the quirky animal, vintage and rockabilly inspired resin jewellery goodness, with over 300 different designs available here!

These are a few of my favourites!

Instagram account of the week

@MissHeroHollidayMiss Hero Holliday

I met this lovely lady at the recent Pinup Honey’s social event at the Langham hotel looking very glamorous, and it turns out she looks that fab every day!

I love her colourful outfits and attention to detail and accessories. And, a woman after my own heart, she mixes and matches genuine vintage with reproduction, thrifted finds, swapped items and modern pieces!

A Flash of Fashion & Style

I am drooling over the Lena Picnic dress from Trashy Diva! I love the rockabilly/western style and the detailing… and even better there is a matching Presley Picnic dress for the little girl in your life… to die for cute! I think the Classic Hardware heart necklace also available on the Trashy Diva site would add the perfect pop of colour too.

Since it’s been a painting week, not so many pretty outfits to share but here are a couple!


11911462_10153157852946973_1950730488_nTurquoise and pink are a colour combo I am really loving at the moment, both in fashion and in home decor! I wish I had unlimited rooms to decorate, I love experimenting with different colours..



Looking forward to hanging out with these special people! Miss Charlotte Cake, Fran Hendrickson and Rose Jackson

Tonight I am looking forward to attending NZ’s 2nd Beard and Moustache Competition at the Kings Arms Tavern! With prizes for the best beard and best moustache, competition is sure to be fierce among the hairy men… And no gender discrimination here, there is also a Whiskerina category for the ladies! All proceeds go the Child Cancer, so a fun night AND easing your social conscience… win, win!

On Sunday, one of my favourite events of the year is on… The Vintage Textile Fair! So much vintage goodness… sometimes it takes me a while just to take it all in. I always find something unique and there are plenty of bargains to be had too!

Thought of the Week


This week I had to remind myself that there will always be stupid people, who will try andget you down… rise above them!
Have a fabulous weekend, Spring is in the air!

Love Lorelei Louise xx

Wrong side of the tracks . . . Photoshoot with Mike Froger


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I love vintage photographs of travellers and railway tracks, there is always a story, a mystery to wonder about! Mike Froger is a photographer I had wanted to work with since I had seen and loved the shoots he has … Continue reading

Live and lovely in NZ… The Cherry Dollface!

I was trying to explain Cherry Dollface to my husband, who was looking a bit blank at my epic excitement that she was not only coming to New Zealand for the first time… but that I was booked in for hair and makeup followed by a photoshoot AND one of Cherry’s famous workshops! It’s like hanging out with Richie McCaw and having him give you some pointers, is about as close as I got. The opportunity to meet someone who inspires you, and also have the opportunity to learn from them is pretty special!


Cherry’s visit here to the Land of the Long White Cloud came at the tail end of another action packed 3 week world tour, where she visited countries from Ireland to Australia! She is truly one very hard working lady, I admire that. Bombshell Clothing in Cambridge sponsored her trip across the ditch, much to the (literally) squealing delight of NZ fans! So Cherry based her operations in Hamilton, at the Classics Museum and Jukebox Diner (managed by Miss Pinup NZ, Miss Bettie Rage) for two busy days…

Ladies could book in for hair and makeup by Cherry, followed by a photoshoot with Katherine from The Undefined Photography on the first day. The second afternoon was set aside for personal hour long bookings with Cherry, followed by a 3 hour group workshop in the evening!

Knowing this was a once in a lifetime opportunity, I booked in with with Cherry for both the hair and makeup and photoshoot and the group workshop. I’m so glad I did!

Here are some behind the scenes shots from Day 1…


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Day 2, I was one of 10 or so lucky ladies who attended Cherry’s hair and makeup workshop. This was so much fun, and I learned so much! The first half of the class Cherry demonstrated a basic pinup makeup, and a 50s style brushed out set with front swoop from pin curls on model Miss Victory Violet.

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I love how Cherry teaches makeup to be something to enhance and make us look our best selves, rather than being a mask to look like someone else 🙂11055398_959860677390821_7497120405087526715_oThe second half of the workshop, Cherry showed us how to do Victory rolls from a pin curl set on model Miss Monique Sweet.

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If you haven’t already, go check out Cherry’s videos on pinup hair, makeup, fashion and more on her YouTube channel here!


And here are a few tips I took note of from Cherry’s class:


  • Eyebrows – Use a pomade, apply with eyebrow brush, draw a darker line at bottom to add depth
  • Eyeliner – Draw line at top of where finished line should end then fill in back to the eyelash line
  • Eyeshadow/liner – always use a primer!
  • Set with translucent powder – but not HD if for a photoshoot as will reflect light!


  • Using tongs – curl from middle of hair instead of from the end – more curl and less damage to ends
  • When taking out curls, twist forward
  • Use a lower hold working hairspray to mold styles and tame flyaways, only set the finished style with a finishing spray
  • Set a wax or pomade with hairspray
  • Anchor bobby pins into the hair part when doing rolls
  • Use a teasing spray at roots to enhance height and staying power


Thanks to Shelley Rex, Monique McClennan, Briar Engel and Danya Pavlovich for the photos!

Lorelei Louise xx

Retro Renovation: Diary of Our DIY kitchen

Around a year ago, we began the renovation of the last remaining space in our 3 bedroom, 70s something slice of West Auckland suburbia. Exciting for the designer and retro enthusiast me, relief for the side of me that can’t stand being in a space that doesn’t feel “good” … a nightmare for the part of me that hates mess, things that are unfinished and delayed gratification. Of course, my favourite part of the process was going to be planning and sourcing the design touches that would make our new kitchen not just practical and efficient, but also a beautiful and inspiring space to be in, with plenty of colour and retro personality! But first, we needed to take care of the practical stuff – as this was a real “DIY” project… so no designer, project manager, contractors or labourers for us. Just me and the hubby – and luckily for us – my amazing Dad. Builder, DIY expert, and both solver of interesting problems and voice of common sense … when faced with some of my more challenging ideas! Keeping it close to home, my brother (who is also a builder) as well as some good friends in other trades gave their advice, expertise, weekends and trade discounts!

The existing kitchen was not very old, it was a kitset that had been put in by the previous owners shortly before we bought the house 5 years ago, in 2009. Unfortunately, like many of the existing DIY “features”, it just begged the question “WHYYYY???”. But, since it was hardly decrepit, it came last on the list. As the rest of the house came along, the kitchen stuck out more and more as completely lacking a single redeeming feature – here were some of our major complaints…
problems and fixes


Design details, and some head scratching

The original plan was to retain some of the existing cabinet bases and work from there. Once I sat down and began drawing out some basic ideas, it soon became clear that there wasn’t a single part of the old kitchen that worked for us! So our “remodel” quickly became completely gutting the space and starting from scratch, with some serious rethink on budget! The good thing about this is I could really think about the best use of the space for us, without working around existing fixtures. That being said, we did have some major constraints! Budget, being a huge one. We wanted a custom kitchen, with high quality finishing and details, without the designer price tag. We wanted to strike a balance between a beautiful kitchen that we would be using for at least the next few years, and over capitalising. Size – our entire home is less than 100 square metres, maximising space is a big issue. Resale was also a consideration, which is why we decided on a modern and neutral kitchen “base” (cabinets, flooring, appliances), with our personal style brought out in less permanent features – retro wallpaper and backsplash, vintage cabinet pulls and timber open shelving and hanging pot rack to display attractive and useful pieces of vintage kitchenware! And, I was not going to be budged on my 50s diner style breakfast bar… despite the many objections and obstacles that arose! Let’s just say I am a dog with a bone when it comes to some of my ideas…

Getting Stuck In

It’s easy to watch shows like The Block, or look at awesome DIY kitchen ideas in home and interior magazines and get some serious inspiration! I’m a guilty as the next person 🙂 What is not so obvious, is that serious projects like kitchens, do not really happen in days, or even weeks – unless you have an army of contractors, a big budget, or both!


Building cabinets in the living room, outside “kitchen” facilities, washing dishes in the shower (efficiency!)… all part of the fun!

In our case, it was 3 months before we had a functioning kitchen again, 7 months until the bulk of the work was done, and 9 months on… there are just a few details left to complete, plus the laundry.

Clearly, any of the custom design kitchen places were outside our budget. We looked at many different sources of DIY flatpack kitchens and decided on U Du It [link]. For a similar price to flat pack kitchens from Bunnings and Mitre10, of far superior quality and with an excellent online ordering system that allows for many customisable cabinet sizes. Seriously can’t recommend these guys highly enough for the real DIYer!uduit

Of course, even with a name like U Du It… it didn’t quite sink in until our brand new kitchen arrived on a truck… on a pallet. And in our case, the “U-Du-It” started from the get go. With getting the pallet off the truck, which couldn’t reverse up our steep driveway. Luckily, Dad was on hand with a tow rope and his 4WD truck, and combined with some muscle power from my husband, our kitchen made it into the driveway. Which is when the fun of flat pack really began…

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It is really hard to believe this is the same space! It has been a long journey, but so rewarding to see all these bits and pieces that only existed in my mind before, come together into this wonderful and practical family centre. I am even becoming inspired once again to use my kitchen for cooking! Gasp!

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Wallpaper – Sanderson “Mobiles” (Sourced from Wallpaper Direct, UK)
Handles – Bakelite and chrome 50s deadstock – sourced from USA through Etsy
Pot rack – JK Adams – Amazon
Subway tiles – Mitre 10
Atomic clock (reproduction) – Nood
Custom formica bar counter and diner stool – American Retro

Although, at this time, there are still a few things left to do:
Floating timber open shelves above rangehood and door
Tile grouting
Broom cupboard (currently a wall concealing a dead space behind!)
Put up red gloss perspex “white board” as end panel on appliance garage
Appliance garage door

before and after

One of the biggest pieces of advice I can pass on is don’t skimp on the planning! It’s all to easy to get caught up on colour schemes, cool ideas on Pinterest, matching canisters… but hold those thoughts and sit down, visualise, brainstorm ALL the ways you are going to use your kitchen. What do you do most, or least? Where is EVERYTHING going to live? What things do you struggle to put away or store currently, and what would help? For example – my new kitchen contains almost no cupboards. Almost entirely drawers! For me, cupboards become a blackhole of junk so I love drawers. Which might drive someone else batty. Do you have a busy household? Think about ways to keep the benchtop clear of clutter and appliances so several people can use the space together. If you have lovely vintage items to display, incorporate open cupboards or shelving into your design. Consider vertical spaces – a wall mounted or small ceiling mounted pot rack can fit into almost any kitchen, above doorways are a perfect place for a narrow display shelf, Wall mounted magnetic knife racks, utensil racks and even cookbook racks make clever use of space.

Also, be prepared for everything to be harder and take longer than you expect! You might not get there the way you had planned, but you will get there!

Next project to be finished is the laundry room! Then we can start over at the beginning again!

Pinups for Dummies: A partner’s guide to decoding the pinup in their life…


So this is a post for the guys (or gals) who are lucky enough to share their home and lives10403961_10152433422266973_5894625068145545236_o with a vintage loving lady. These strong, unique and fabulous women can, however, possess a certain number of initially puzzling habits and seemingly challenging characteristics. So find here a beginner’s guide to understanding and happily co-existing with the special kind of woman known as a “pinup girl” . As the old saying going “Happy wife, happy life!”… right?

Strange Habits

Sometimes the pinup in your life may do some strange and even painful looking things… like this..


Well maybe not this scary…


Much more typical


This is normal! (Mostly)

You may also encounter this…


Don’t worry, it won’t look like this when it’s finished!
And sometimes this…


(Photo-Lucy’s Corsetry)

No, it doesn’t hurt, and yes, it would be easier if you helped!

There is a thing called a hair rat. And no, you don’t want to see it. When putting on vintage shapewear she may look like she is trying to wrestle with her inner demons (literally) but once shapewear has been installed it is quite stable. Although even though she professes it is “absolutely comfortable”, you may need to be of assistance during an outing (especially if food and beer is involved) with removing this item of ultra comfort double quick.

In Her World

  • Appreciate that hair, makeup and outfit styling is not just trying to “look fancy”, it’s an interest, skill, and hobby. Just like sports. Or playing music. Or model trains. Or whatever floats YOUR boat 🙂
  • So at a stretch, you could compare mastering a new vintage hair style to say… winning a game. There is a thrill of accomplishment there!
  • It’s natural to want to share and discuss things with people of similar interests… and you may share the vintage and rockabilly love… or not (don’t worry, she loves you anyway 😉 ) But she may enjoy connecting with others with similar interests on social media!. Unless she won’t leave her media device to eat and sleep, this probably normal!
  • There is this very real dilemma of shoes that compliment an outfit perfectly and make her pins looks ultra svelte, and shoes she can actually walk and dance in. She will almost always choose the former. And it is very unlikely that spare flats will fit in her coordinating handbag. Be patient, walk slowly, and make sure you have a taxi number on speed dial.

Do These Things to Get Extra Points

  • Offer to zip/unzip your lady’s dress (Who wants to admit they can’t pee without help?)
  • Ditto with helping clip stockings
  • Learn the difference between eyeliner and mascara. If you are REALLY brave, you could get a glimpse of the skill required to use such tools of the trade, like these guys

Accept The Things I Cannot Not Change

  • Some things will never be equal. Like closet space. And time spent getting ready.
  • Accept that she needs much much much space for her “collection” of dresses, accessories, shoes, handbags and many other items the purpose of which may confuse you. A “Ward-room” is ideal for this!

This will do… (Adrien’s Closet, Style by Gage)

  • Even the best lipstick will transfer, think of that lippy on your face and clothing as little “stamps of love”
  • No matter how many clothes she has, there will come times when she has “nothing to wear”
  • If she asks you “do like this… or this better?”… Don’t say “both” or “yes”. Just choose!
  • But of course, don’t be offended when she inevitably chooses the other. It’s not you. Sometimes making a decision is hard, and one needs a little extra data to go on. Or even just a human sounding board…
  • Such a creative person may be taken by fits of inspiration and be known to make messes of epic proportions…

It May Be A Good Idea To

  • Tell her she looks nice! Whether it’s casual and natural, or glammed up, your ladies’ style is part of her creative expression. It doesn’t matter if you have said it a million times before. It still feels just as wonderful, promise. You don’t have to be an expert in vintage fashion, just notice.
  • Get 2 bathrooms. Actually maybe just a bigger house.

I hope you enjoyed this post, I would love to hear what your advice would be! And please comment with any funny stories, those are my favourite!

Lorelei Louise xx



Manicure in a flash – Review of Loreal stick on nails!

Hi there, did you miss me!? Yes I know I have been very remiss in my blogging, but I have many many ideas in my head…  and with spring in the air I am ready to heave myself out of the winter doldrums! Since last posting, this pinup has been on a 2 week adventure in Malaysia, marked another year off the calendar, done a Hollywood glamour shoot with the wonderful photographer Kate Tovey AND caught up with the amazing Cherry Dollface on her first ever trip to New Zealand! I will definitely be sharing the once in a lifetime experience of getting my hair and makeup done by Cherry, shooting at the Classics Museum with Kate of Undefined Photography and learning many new things at Cherry’s hair and makeup workshop! Epic!


NZ Pinup beauties made over by Cherry Dollface!

But first here is a quick review I would like to share. It’s not very often you find a new product that REALLY excites you… but I bought these stick on nails on a whim and they are AMAZING. The false eyelashes of nails! nails

OK, these won’t excite you if you have lovely nails or get regular manicures. But if you are in my boat, and most of the time your fingernails look ravaged by hungry mice and nail polish starts decaying 2 minutes after application… read on! I love the look of a polished mani, but have long discovered I am too hard on my hands to practically keep this look on an everyday basis. My nails are weak, and gel polishes and nail extensions have been too damaging to get on a regular basis, so I save these for a very special occasion, like my wedding!

But, for a special occasion or a photoshoot, it’s nice to have pretty nails. These are perfect! They are literally dummy proof. There are 12 sizes and you simply fit the closest size to the nail and attached it with the matching double sided adhesive sticker. No glue!


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Adhesive stickers

They look very good, even on close up. On the second day, only one came off (my index finger which makes sense) and I re-attached it. On the third day, they are looking a little bit loose so I will probably peel them off today. They are definitely not a replacement for professional artificial nails, but an excellent alternative for someone who just wants nice nails for a day or two!


On Day 3

Here in New Zealand I purchased mine from Makeup Direct for $14.99, and I think it might be possible to get 2 sets out of one pack, or failing that, 3 sets from 2 packs. There are a few different colours and styles to choose from too!

Hope you enjoyed this review, and more to come soon!

Lorelei xx