A letter to my boobs – thanks for the mammaries

As I embark on my second breastfeeding journey, I find myself musing about my breasts, these miraculous milk making mammaries and my relationship with them. As women, for better or worse, our boobies are something we are stuck with. Be they itti bitty titties, or bountiful bosoms, our breasts can shape our self perception as women and at times can seem both a blessing, and a curse. There was once upon a time a much younger girl version of me, who wished so desperately for breasts. Breasts of course being that magical bridge between being a girl, and becoming a woman … and I wanted some, damnit! Fast forward to now – when as a 33 year old woman, I can look down at you, my boobs, where you have been hanging out (literally) for the best part of 20 years. How we have changed, and the roads we have travelled!

This is my letter to you, my tatas, boobies, titties, hooters, hoo-has, chesticles, fun bags, jugs ….

You were late to come to the party. Way later than fashionable late. Terribly, painfully late – my teenage self was utterly traumatised at her boob-less existence. Thanks genetics! At aged 12,  I had that certain awkward conversation with my mother about purchasing your first ever bras… although you didn’t even exist yet. I just wanted to fit in, and make changing for PE less fraught with pre-teen anxiety. If I couldn’t have boobs, I was determined to at least have a bra! In retrospect, knowing the lifelong sentence of expense and discomfort of said over the shoulder boulder holders, I might have rejoiced a little more in my pre-bra days of freedom. I confess, at this point I also I may have supplemented your non existence with tissues, I apologize for the misrepresentation.

When you did indeed arrive…finally… at around age 15 or so, I was so so ready. Your perky roundness I showcased under tight tops and I loved to show you off, to anyone and everyone. Look at my beautiful boobies! No really, LOOK AT THEM! I’m afraid I have never grown out of this….

Oh hey, highschool bikini boobies!

When triangle bikinis still worked

I discovered that other people liked to look at you too, and as a poor yet enterprising university student, I found a way to turn this general fascination of men with you into cash dollars . Naked, body painted, wet t-shirted, tequila covered… we had some adventures together to be sure. Although you were already a pert C cup, I yearned to surgically enhance you to be BIGGER and MORE BOOBIE. I stuffed you into ill-fitting push up bras and never truly appreciated your natural beauty.

OMG so perky!!

When bodypaint was acceptable attire for a night on the town

My first pregnancy in my mid twenties gave you a new purpose. You became functional and essential, rather than purely decorative. You grew to new (gigantic) proportions, to say the least. Your cleavage was magnificent, You nourished our daughter, until gradually she didn’t need your sustenance, warmth and soft comfort any longer. We suffered together through cracked nipples, painful blocked ducts and bouts of mastitis, If we were a cow, we would have been humanely out out of our misery but we soldiered on, for a whole two and a half years. I felt so proud of you!

Breastfeeding at polo

But then I felt sad, as I gazed at the aftermath of just doing what you were made to do. Your stretch mark battle scars horrified me, and so did your new shape, which I likened to sagging, deflated balloons.You were no longer my favourite body part and I missed and longed for your younger incarnation. I fell out of love with you.

Now, we are older still, and (somewhat) wiser…. I hope. I have seen you grow to your biggest proportions yet during our latest pregnancy. I once again have marvelled at your magnificence! As you feed our daughter, I feel thankful. What an amazing thing it is, to provide sole sustenance to a whole other human being. When our daughter gives a cheeky grin mid feed, ducking down under your rosy nipple, I feel like a life giving goddess. I look at you in the mirror – my bountiful breasts – unsupported and full, and admire you. You might not look like you did a decade ago… but who does!? I am learning to embrace and appreciate your natural shape and beauty, without always covering, lifting, disguising.

So I thank you, my boobs. I raise a glass to your awesomeness and look forward to many more breast-alicious years. Gravity might be a bitch, but there is always Thailand….

Ladies and your bosoms – be they big, small and everything in between … give your lady lumps some love. They are beautiful, and so are you! And please, check them for lumps and bumps!

My lovely friend Miss Lily Kate created this piece, which couldn’t be more perfect for boob appreciation! You can get yourself a print, click on the pic for the link!

Love Lorelei Louise xx

Inside my wardrobe – how I organise my vintage collection!

A question I notice get asked a lot is “how on earth do I organise and store my pinup collection!?” … which for many of us fashion loving ladies is a real dilemma! As well as frocks for every occasion, a pair of shoes or 100, gloves, hats, bangles, jewelry and more jewelry, petticoats …. the list goes on! For those of us not blessed with a customised dream walk in ward-room (you can just go away now please haha), clever storage and display solutions are needed! So here are my particular problems and solutions, some tips and a little video of my bedroom so you can see for yourself!

For me, having a husband and 2 kids in a small 3 bedroom house means storage for anything is difficult, let alone my huge vintage and pinup wardrobe! And no, just “getting rid of some stuff” is NOT a solution thank you very much … everything is much loved, carefully collected and necessary haha! Yes that includes at least 100 dresses, a rainbow of petticoats and oodles of accessories! So much thinking, trial and error and a little investment were needed so that we can all happily co-exist … happy wife, happy life, right!?

First problem… clearly I don’t get a separate room for my things! So everything must fit in to our medium sized bedroom with it’s king sized bed. Also, alas, my husband needs closet space too!

Solution – we decided to create a giant floor to ceiling wardrobe by expanding the old fashioned existing wardrobe and taking over the closet from the adjacent bedroom to make a 3m wide space that takes up the entire end wall of the bedroom. This was done on a budget of only around $1000, with my lovely hubby doing the renovation work, using mostly leftover building materials and paint from previous projects and ordering a flatpack modular closet system that I designed the layout for. We got ours from EzyNeezy and was much cheaper and of better quality than similar systems at Mitre10 and Bunnings. Eventually we will have sliding wardrobe doors but and interim budget friendly solution was bright curtains from the bargain bin at Spotlight!

Having this generous space (half his and hers!) meant we could free up floor space by not having an free standing drawers or cupboards. I keep all of my clothes in the wardrobe except for an industrial clothes rack on one wall where I hang all of my dresses! There is a bit of room underneath for some shoes, bags etc.

Not having a dressing table meant I had to think a little about how to store accessories! I found a few inexpensive drawer and shelving units from Kmart which work well and take up very little room.

I highly recommend this awesome jewelry organiser from Amazon also! Not very pretty but so very practical, and putting things away in the little pockets is so easy, even I will actually do it!

Gloves and hats are stored in pretty hat boxes that I stash around the room wherever they will fit. Petticoats fit well into a vertical hanging sweater organiser that hangs from my clothing rack. A sock drying rack with pegs from the $2 store is great for clipping scarves too and also hangs up on the rack. I use various hanging belt organisers to store these! Most of my shoes live on a rack I found secondhand at Surplus Traders, it was used to store industrial paper rolls! I use “S” hooks from the hardware store to hang bags off it as well!

Miscellaneous items are stored under the bed in rolling organisers!

Just a few general tips for making the most out of a small space and budget…

  • Make the most of vertical area! Use baskets, old suitcases etc underneath hanging items, hang things from hooks in the ceiling, attach high shelves above closets or racks for items like hats.
  • Use ALL the spaces! Bins under the bed, hooks behind the door, a basket or box in a gap under a table or dresser.
  • Explore the storage solutions at places like Kmart! There are tons of cheap and clever bits and bobs – over the door hooks, shelving, hanging organisers, pretty boxes and bins
  • Re-purpose what you have and look through op shops and junk stores. Old suitcases, wooden boxes, hat boxes, old shop shelving, vintage sewing boxes and storage ottomans… there are so many ways to make storing and displaying your collections interesting and pretty … and that don’t cost much or anything at all!

I hope you enjoyed this post and found some of my ideas useful!

A Very Pinup Valentines Day – Style Ideas

Love it or hate it … Valentines Day is fast approaching! Manufactured by greeting card manufacturers or not … I’m in the “love” camp! No, I don’t need a special day to spoil the ones I love or be romantic, but isn’t it fun? I’d be mortified if my husband spent money on extravagant flowers, however a thoughtful card, home baking or an excuse to grab a sitter and have a dinner out or a picnic at the beach is always welcome! I have great memories as a kid of getting out the craft supplies and making Valentines Day cards… and every year I still get one from my mama – usually with one of her awesome poems which always makes my day special!

And for ladies like me who love any excuse to dress up … Valentines Day is a perfect occasion – whatever your style. I’ve put together a few different looks below and paired them with some of my new Retro Resins jewelry pieces!
Find inspiration to look through your own wardrobe, or click on the Polyvore set for direct shopping links.

You can shop Retro Resins Valentines pieces here:

If pink, red and hearts make you cringe, a black wiggle or swing dress jazzed up with some cute black and white accessories (maybe with a splash of red!) might be just the thing …

If you love pink and red, hearts and novelty prints – Valentines Day is made for you because you can wear them all!

Hot date or a night out with friends? Get sassy in a wiggle dress red lippy and vintage glam accessories!

Why not make someone’s Valentines Day this year with a surprise! A handmade card, some home baking, flowers from the garden … there is nothing like receiving something unexpected and heartfelt!

Wishing you all a wonderful Valentines Day – however you choose to spend it!

Love Lorelei Louise xx

 

Art prints – a unique and budget friendly gift!

I love art cards and prints, and I think they make such a great gift idea too! Little cards are perfect stocking stuffers, and larger or framed prints make perfect one of a kind presents – even for that hard to buy for person in your life! A bonus is that you can support a local or small business too!

There are SO many wonderful local artists and places to find prints …here are just a few to get you started!

Amy Trouble

Amy is well known locally for her awesome tattoo art and you will probably recognize her illustrations as the Very Vintage Day Out logo each year! She has some beautiful colorful prints of sassy pinups and princesses as well as the cutest Christmas cards you ever will see … and at some special prices for Christmas too! Perfect for the pinup or Disney lover in your life!
Shop here ♥

Odd One Out NZ

Cute and quirky cards, prints and patches
How perfect are these A5 prints for the hobbyist or crafter in your life?? I definitely need the Junk Store Addict one!

I also love this pretty but fierce knuckle tattoo card which you can purchase blank or with customized letters!

♥ Shop here ♥

 

 

 

 

 

Endemic World: Art prints and graphics curated in NZ

This is a great site with a big range of art prints and originals and many different styles – from graphic to Kiwiana to animals! There is definitely something for everyone here!
Shop here ♥Flamingo art print by local artist Olivia Bezett – available on Endemic World $20

Malangeo’s Monsters

I came across local artist Micheal Kennedy at a market recently and loved his work … Creepy-cute critters, monsters, zombie vegetables – definitely something different!
Shop here ♥

 

A few more to check out…
Deisel and Her Bone
Miss Lily Kate
Flox
Society6
Red Bubble

Frame it!

Turn your art print gift into something really special by framing it! You could get really fancy and have it professionally framed … or you could go the budget friendly option by framing it yourself!

Frames of all shapes and sizes can be found at the stores like the Warehouse and Briscoes, and often on sale too. Some come with mats for a professional look, just check your print size carefully!

I also like to use pretty coloured or patterned paper as a background to complement the print, depending on what it is 🙂 If you are crafty, painting or adding embellishment to the frame can be fun … just don’t drink too much wine and get over enthusiastic or it might come out looking like a kids craft project … not speaking from personal experience or anything …

DIY Print

If you are looking for something really unique or specific, go DIY!

Search Etsy for digital prints and you’ll be sure to find almost anything under the sun 🙂  Print your digital file (you can download almost instantly after purchase) from a quality home printer, use the printing service at Warehouse Stationary or have it professionally printed on art paper at Endemic World.

OR if you really want to go DIY… have a go making your own digital art! Even a complete non artist who doesn’t know a scrap about fancy software such a Photoshop or Illustrator such as myself can do this, if you have a bit of time, creativity and patience … and something relatively simple to create – such as some custom text or a pretty design.

Draw is some free software that is part of the Open Office suite and is similar to Publisher – perfect for creating simple projects. There are loads of amazing free fonts available on the internet, and you can also find digital design components, clip art and stock photos specifically for this purpose, for very little coin. Etsy is also a good source for this!

I hope you enjoyed this post!
Love LL

All I want for Christmas is …. A NZ Pinup wishlist

Ok so this isn’t my REAL wishlist … because in our family we have decided in the last few years to keep gift giving to handmade and small gifts under $20!

But I love pretty things (and making lists!) so this is my wishful Christmas wishlist!
All festive themed and available from New Zealand businesses! I hope you can find some inspiring ideas for your own Christmas shopping … and wishing ♥

  1. BESAME COSMETICS Victory Red Lipstick and Pin Special Edition 2016

    $65 from 19 Black – shop hereBesame Victory Red

  2. Retrospec’d Dyann Flower Pot dress

    I think this may just be the perfect summer Christmas dress!
    $220 from Kabella Baby – shop here 
    Dyann Flower Pot dress

  3. Trio Soy Candle in Summer or Mistletoe

    Locally based in Matakana, these are my favourite candles. The scents are utterly divine and long lasting and I find these even nicer than many more expensive luxury brands.
    I love this large one packaged in a vintage water glass, which you can wash out and re-use – $24 shop heregreen_tumbler_vintage2

  4. What Katie Did contrast seamed stockings in Red or Green

    Oh La La! I adore seamed stockings and these are just so fun and festive in red and green!
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  5.  Woody Ellen Retro Handbag in Paris

    The whole range of these gorgeous bags in AMAZING, but I particularly love the red, white and pink of the Paris collection!
    $145 from Moxie Mama – shop here
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  6. Unicorn Petticoat

    SO floofy and colorful! Now if only this existed in bright rainbow colours… but a pastel rainbow is pretty freakin’ awesome!
    $109 from Two Lippy Ladies – shop here

    Unicorn Petticoat

  7. BAIT Robbie Red Starlet Heels

    I’ve always wanted a pair of red sparkly heels! I love the vintage look and the nice low heel of these!
    $160 from 19 Black – shop here
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  8. Honey Lamour Princess blouse in Red

    Perfect for your holiday ensemble and a beautiful wardrobe basic all year round!
    $95 from Honey Lamour – shop here
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  9. Red Mistletoe Hair flower
    Photographer and fashion blogger Katherine of The Wardrobe blog also sells on Etsy some of the beautiful handmade hair pieces she features in her posts! The delicate detail of this one is so lovely… I would wear it all year round!
    $65 from Shop the Wardrobe – shop here
    Red Mistletoe hair flower
  10. The Foodbank Project Christmas Bundles

    All of us know Christmas is a time that really stretches the budget … and for many kiwis there is sadly no budget at all. The Foodbank Project is an easy peasy way to help those in need this festive season – just add a bundle or individual most needed items to your donation “cart” – it’s as simple as online shopping!
    I really like that they have included a Feminine Hygiene bundle  – an often overlooked aspect of being in need that no woman should have to suffer!The Foodbank ProjectFeminine Hygiene Bundle $15 – shop here
    Small Christmas Bundle $29.94 – shop here
    Medium Christmas Bundle $60.02 – shop here

     

I hope you enjoyed my little list … wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!
Love Lorelei Louise xx

Home Style – things I love – October 2016

Things have been a bit quiet for me on the blog front lately! But with the warmer weather and sunshine of spring finally here, I follow my usual cycle of feeling more motivated to throw off the winter cobwebs (literally) and freshen up things around the house! With all of the major renovations in our home finally done it’s really just about having a good clean up and out, re-arranging existing bits and bobs to change it up and adding some cheap and cheerful spots of colour with soft furnishings inside and planting fresh flowers and veggies in the garden.

Picking up couple of new cushions, a duvet cover, a few colourful hand or bath towels or a new bathmat, tea towels, tablecloths and placemats or pretty cloth napkins are ways I like to add freshness, change and colour … without spending much money! Here are some things I love right now…

Orla Kiely bed and bath range:
I’ve lusted after having a wall of Orla Kiely mid century inspired wallpaper for ages … I was excited to find her retro designs also come as a range of homewares! Not the cheapest, but I have seen a few sales and discounted lines on Ebay, and there are a few stockists in NZ – worth shopping around. I just love the bold patterns and fun retro colours!

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Orla Kiely kitchen

Orla Kiely towels Clementine

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Some stockists in New Zealand to check out:
www.homeinteriors.co.nz
http://www.perchhomewares.co.nz/shop/Brands/Orla+Kiely
http://www.alliuminteriors.co.nz/Brands/Orla_Kiely.htm

I found this amazing retro style butter dish at Living and Giving on sale – it matchesLiving and Giving butter dish our Sanderson mobiles wallpaper so perfectly! When you have kids (or cats, or a husband) and like to keep your butter at room temp like I do, a covered dish is a nice way to turn a messy marmite covered eyesore into something attractive 🙂

Living and Giving Trees butter dish

 

 

 

I don’t follow seasonal “trends” but I do get rather excited when a style or colour I like becomes on trend for a time and suddenly there are so many new places to find things in my own backyard! It’s a good time to be a tropical lover because just about every retailer that does home decor has a cute and kitschy tropical range – perfect for summer. I really liked the selection at Bed Bath and Beyond… there are palm prints, flamingos and pineapples galore… all at very reasonable prices!

Tropical duvet cover set

Tropical outdoor setting

Seriously… how adorable are these little tea lights??

Bed Bath and Beyond tea lights

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And these cute flamingoand pineapple LED light sets are on sale for a steal at $12!trpoical-lights

Orange … ok and yellow and red … but bright orange really makes my heart a flutter! I’m kind of a nana and I love a cute rug in the bathroom… it makes it so colourful and cosy! Not those toilet rugs though…. ewww… haha. In such a high traffic area and with the need for frequent washing I do need to replace mine around once a year when it gets faded and ratty. But I’m fussy! A good bath rug is hard to find… so thanks Freedom! I love the pretty and retro crochet style and it’s ORANGE… yusss 🙂

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As a Mum who works from home, I spend a lot of time in it … so our home really is my castle! And it’s the little details – expressions of personal style and colour and collections of objects that are pieces us and our history as a family – that make this a happy space to live and spend time in. My husband might say my abundance of throw pillows drives him crazy (I do have a tiny obsession)… and didn’t we already have tea towels? But he loves our home too, it is something we have done and grown together. It may be bright, organised chaos … but it makes me smile 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

All about cardigan clips! The perfect winter pinup accessory…

Cardigan clips… AKA sweater clips, collar pins, collar clips… I was thrilled when I discovered a few years ago that there was a whole new category of accessory I could add to my outfits! However, much like necklaces… these delightful duos of adornment come in oh so many variations! And although the former terms are used fairly interchangeably, there are some differences to look for, depending on how you are planning on wearing yours. So, here is my low down on cardigan clips and some inspiring ways to wear them…

I tend to think about cardi clips as an alternative to a necklace, only more versatile! Especially in winter, when layering up (for me anyway) means my chest area is often hidden… and sometimes the necklace that might go with what I am wearing doesn’t sit right on top of my clothing!

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For the uninitiated… cardigan clips are basically pairs of pretty baubles attached to either small clips, small bar brooches or pin backs and connected by a chain. The length of the chain is variable, depending on the intended use of the clips. Sometimes you may also see pairs of small scatter pins or brooches sold as “collar clips” without the middle chain – this is also a nice option if you are just planning on wearing them purely decoratively – that way you can wear them separately as well and place them wherever you like!

Some Ways to Wear

On a collar – pins or clipsCollar pins

With a cardigan on the shouldersP1020694

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Dressing up a simple top or dressmonkey clips

On a jacketAtomic Sparkle sweater pins

Holding those straps togetherclips

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One thing I have noticed is that one size does not fit all! The length of chain needed to hold a cardigan nicely on the shoulders tends to be much to long to clip to the same cardigan when it is buttoned. The direction of the clips also makes a difference!

Where to get them!

From meeeee! (Shameless self advertising!!)
I have so many options for cardigan clips… I tend to make them custom because there are just so many possibilities, and that way you can get exactly what you want 🙂 cardigan clips 2Colourful and kitschy resin fruits, flowers, hearts, animals, mermaids, seashells, lips, bows and more… all colours and varieties. Pretty and simple vintage style domes and rhinestone flowers. Vintage buttons. Bronze bows and autumn leaves.

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cardigan clips 3When I started making cardigan clips I wanted to make them as versatile as deer and foxpossible! So I offer all of the following attachment options:
Pins/brooch back with chain
Pins/brooch back no chain
Small clips, facing either direction
Pins and clips with detachable chain
Clips with chain – any length, colour, beaded, pearl…

You can shop at my Etsy store here or request a custom order!

 

Vintage

Look online on Etsy or Ebay… there are many beautiful vintage cardigan clips … and they generally aren’t that expensive! Try searching for alternative terms like I’ve mentioned above “sweater clips, collar pins, collar clips”

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Vintage cardigan clips – Etsy – Steamcrunk

Vintage rhinestone cardigan clips - Etsy - Troppobella

Vintage rhinestone cardigan clips – Etsy – Troppobella

DIY

If you are the crafty type… make your own! You can often pick up interesting clip on earrings in secondhand shops… just remove the clip backing with a craft knife (and some brute force) and replace with the the findings and chain of your choice 🙂 Also check out your local craft store and make sure to browse all the aisles… some of the best things come from thinking outside the box!

Instagram

Instagram is a great source of inspiration for creative ways to wear, outfit ideas and also for finding other small handmade business like mine! Use hashtags like #sweaterpins or #cardiganclips !

The Weekly Vintage Addict Diary: 3 June 2016

Wow, how is it June already!? Where did the first half of the year go!?
Actually, hell, where did this week go… Friday is nearly over and I haven’t even finished this post! Well Happy Friday everyone… hope you all are keeping cosy and not letting the winter blues bite too hard!

♥Lorelei Loves♥download

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry – a brilliant doco about the women’s liberation movement with loads of great footage and interviews… I watched this at the Film Festival last year and now it’s on Netflix! Actually on the same theme…
♥ Netflix. I’m an addict.
That crisp cold fresh air (between leaving the house and walking to the car, it’s the perfect dosage of cold)
♥ My Kindle PaperWhite… makes making a blanket nest and reading under the covers ultra easy
♥ Vintage robes… I feel much it’s much more acceptable to wear nightwear during the day if it’s pretty and vintage, right?

Weekly Style

This week’s style collection is all about one of my favourite patterns – houndstooth! Big and bold, or small and subtle this black and white pattern adds classic vintage flair to any outfit. Keep it monochrome with black and white accessories, play it up with pops of red or even pair with other patterns! All of the items in the collection below are available from shops and sellers right here in NZ … click through to my Polyvore to find the links to each item 🙂

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My Outfits

I’m wearing a lot of 60s and 70s vintage this winter! And tights, berets and turbans!

Weekly Outfits May

Events

A few things that are on this weekend! The Rocking Roller Coasters will be playing some good old 50s rock n roll tonight from 7pm at the Portland Public House in Kingsland – if you had an awesome time dancing to these guys at the Blue Moon Ball, head along for a boogie!
13254432_1278142852214364_4199146837992623017_nBands for Blankets: From 7pm Sat 4th June at the Thirsty Dog
“It’s getting cold out on the streets, winters coming and there are more and more people finding themselves living rough.

Due to the overwhelming success of last years ‘Bands For Blankets’ event we have decided to make it an annual affair.
Please bring blankets or winter coats as a cover charge to see this years bevy of bands who are giving their time and talent kindly for this community-based charity event.”

Featuring the epic rock and rollers Labretta Suede and the Motel 6 as well as lot’s of local bands, head along for a great night out that can make you feel a little warm and fuzzy inside… and keep someone else warm too!

Parked Up Out West – Queen Birthday Monday 6th June – NorthWest Shopping Centre 10:30-2pm
A fun family day with entertainment, a bouncy castle for the kids, hot rods and classic cars! Get dressed up and make sure to bring a gold coin donation for Leukemia & Blood Cancer NZ !

Thought of the Week

Be Who you Are Dr Seuss Quote Printable

Love Lorelei Louise xx

The Weekly Vintage Addict Diary – 27 May 2016

The weekly Vintage Addict Diary is back! I’m going to try and get this out every week… even if it might be a slightly condensed version 🙂

My Week

Another earth shatteringly exciting week of doing… well… not very much. When you struggle with your mental health as I do, it’s a game of small gains! I’m gradually accepting that my efficient periods will come in bursts… and to give myself a pat on the back even in the times when I’m just doing the “minimum” – food in the cupboard, child brought to school and fed and clothed and loved, self fed and (possibly) washed and dressed, pets fed (and alive), husband… well…he’s a big boy, right?

Room by room, I’ve been slowly cleaning out, tidying and organising … and from the state of things you would think this was a one off! But as a person who loves and accumulates stuff … actually I have to do this around once a year! I think a cosy boudoir is so important in winter… so I’ve been making ours hibernation ready… and working on a blog post on bedroom beautification on a budget!

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♥ Lorelei Loves ♥ outlander-600x800

♥ Kombucha (And I’m not a hipster… or a hippy!)
♥ Outlander … the books AND the TV series
♥ Berets – my lazy winter hairstyle
♥ Reading my fave childhood chapter books to my daughter
♥ New tea towels
♥ Autumn colours
♥ Boggle

What are some of your favourite things at the moment?

Weekly Fashion & Style

The chill of winter is starting to make it’s presence felt, time to look at styling your winter wardrobe! I’m feeling inspired by 70s looks, wool skirts, long socks and opaque tights for a pop of colour and texture… and one of my favourite colours – mustard!

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Love this look from the 70s!

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A great winter look – wearing local label Vanessa Kelly clothing dress and cape and long textured socks! Check out Fran Robertson’s post here, for her post on this shoot and more winter looks from Vanessa!

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More 70s… trousers and patterned sweaters… yes please!

One way that I take my wardrobe from summer to winter, is by wearing my skirts and dresses with tights and long socks! Don’t feel limited by basic black… hosiery can be so much fun! Try textured “sweater” tights, polkadots or tartan, or a solid colour! I also like to layer long socks – either knee length or over the knee – with tights or regular stockings. There are so many options!

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Thought of the Week

Don’t feed that Drama Llama …

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Short and sweet for this week… but don’t go away… I am not going to disappear this time! Until next week,

Lorelei Louise xx

You have hair WHERE?

I’m back! I thought I’d dive back into my blogging with a little story … so you can get to know the person behind the pinup a little better!
So rewind some years… quite a few actually … to 20 year old me. On this night, I am starting my first shift as a bikini cage dancer at the Auckland institution of bland sleaze … Showgirls. I am escorted through the smoke machine fog, flashing lights, mirrors and poles to “Backstage”. In my head, I picture something like this…

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I am not prepared for the tiny, fluorescent lit space, where battered utilitarian lockers cover 2 of the walls, and one wide mirror with a bench below is shared by a horde of mostly naked women competing for space. I’m boggled by the boobs, the tans, the long and perfectly straight hair and what seems to be the dress code – teeny tiny bits of glittery lycra. My new “sexy” bikini and lingerie set suddenly seem woefully inadequate, and comprised of much too much fabric.

I am not quite sure where to stand without gawping, or getting in the way. Some kind soul takes pity on my obvious virginal status and asks what I have brought along to wear. Seeing my offerings, she directs me to a breathtakingly exotic beauty, who it seems brings bikinis back from her native Brazil to sell to other dancers. Fishing all manner of tiny slips of nothing out of one of the lockers, she tosses me something tiny and red. I am not quite sure which is the front and which is the back of the bottoms bit. Seeing my hesitation, Brazilian Beauty assists me. First, I remove my knickers.

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Which is when I realise… one of these things is not like the other. Oh god. In my sensory overload, how can I have missed that not one of these women have one iota of a lady garden?? For the first time in my life, I am mortified by my own pubic hair. I am not a very hairy person, I have never really given much consideration to landscaping the region. Brazilian Beauty eyes my now exposed bush with horror… “So… natural!!”. Natural… oh god… that’s bad, right? Because I am, at this point, all natural. No fake tan, hair extensions, fake nails, boobs and my terrible embarrassing… bush. Brazilian Beauty puts the bottoms on me. In case you ever need to wear a bikini bottom like this, here is the trick. Tie the sides and then pull the small amount of fabric at the back RIGHT UP YOUR BUM CRACK. Then you can pull it back out a little, so it looks like it’s hiding in your bum. Perfect. The matching top to this set is pretty much 2 tiny nipple sized fabric attached with bits of string.

The next day after my night of bush shaming… I book my very first Brazilian wax. At some walk up Asian beauty salon off Queen St. I am terribly eager to rid myself of my lady shame. I am willing to part with cash dollars for a stranger to inflict painful torture on my nether regions. A young and attractive Asian woman directs me to a room and a wobbly massage table and happily instructs me to take off everything from the waist down and put my knees up and apart. The room looks like a old office cubicle. I start to wonder if this was something I should have been a bit less budget conscious about. Too late now.

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Young Woman looks under the towel I have draped across my exposed parts and makes a noise. It’s not a good noise. It’s somewhere between a grunt and an exclamation. It is definitely not a noise you want to hear when someone is inspecting your lady garden. She leaves the room. I can not deny I am Worried. She returns with an Older Woman. Who proceeds to also look under my towel and begin pointing and speaking animatedly in a language that is Not English. Then the two of them start yabbering away. I am Definitely Concerned now. Young Woman smiles. Older Woman exits. Wax preparations ensue. Possibly my memory has embellished the moment… but I am certain she almost looks gleeful as she applies hot wax and announces “ONE, TWO, TREEEE!” …

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And so began 10 years of assault on my poor under valued lady garden. Shaving, plucking, waxing … ingrown hairs and itching. Putting concealer on MY DOWN THERE to hide its suffering and render it fit for wearing teeny tiny things I thought of as underpants. A few years back, I’d had enough. I asked myself WHY??? This was not even something I had questioned during my earlier hippy phase, when I used damp rocks as deodorant and didn’t eat anything that didn’t grow on a tree or have dirt on it.

Why indeed? So I reclaimed my lady garden. And I’ve never felt more comfortable. Unrelated, but around the same time, I began wearing pinup and vintage style “full time”, and discovered the bliss of big nana knickers. But that folks, is another post 🙂
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So whether you embrace a full Brazilian and love it (or a Californian, or a Texan) or enjoy having a homage to Linda Lovelace… you own it baby! Whether your carpet matches your curtains, or you prefer a bare floor. Loving yourself means loving ALL of yourself, and that includes your beautiful lady parts ♥

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Love, Lorelei Louise xx