The Very Vintage Weekend: Part One – Strawberry matching fun!

Wow what an amazing weekend, I’m still decompressing! I had SO much fun, it was a whirlwind of dress-ups, catching up with old and new friends (and making new ones!), gaping at the incredible spectacle of beautiful vendor stalls, amazing outifits, fun entertainment and of course the Miss Pinup NZ competition! There was so MUCH, I can’t fit it into one blog post (and I’m still recovering from social overload) so here is Part One … details of the outfits I put together for myself and my two gorgeous daughters on Day 2 (Sunday) and a few gorgeous shots from some of the talented photographers who captured us on the day!

My Outfit

My vintage strawberry swing dress was a lucky find at the Vintage Textile Fair a few months back, from one of my fave local shops – Retro Addiction. How this strawberry dream had not been snapped up already… AND it fit my waist AND generous bust… it must have been meant to be! I knew right away it would be perfect to style for a VVDO outfit… and that the strawberry theme pushed all my vintage kitschy theme loving buttons, so I was inspired to track down matchy outfits for my two girls! My first dress I had bought from overseas with VVDO in mind was sadly lost in the post, but que sera sera!

Serendipity Photography

David Rowe

Thanks to Lynn of Serendipity Photography and photographer David Rowe for the awesome shots!

Accessories – I could have gone all out themey (is that a word? If not, it should be!) – but I wanted to keep a classic vintage feel. I thought my vintage straw hat would be perfect, and carried that tan/brown colour throughout. I trimmed the hat with a cute strawberry ribbon and made my jewelry based on 40s and 50s bakelite designs, using true vintage bakelite and lucite pieces. My shoes were vintage espadrille style, found secondhand on Trademe.

Full outfit details:
Dress: 70s era vintage Retro Addiction
Hat and gloves, vintage
Necklace and Earrings: Handmade by me – Retro Resins – using vintage components
Bangles: Bakelite, thrifted and repro from Cobalt Heights
Petticoats: Green from Pettiskirt Style, red Tatyana
Shoes: Hush Puppies, secondhand from Trademe
Hair flower: made by me
Bag: Ebay with handle from Spotlight

Girls outfits
I LOVE Etsy! As well as being a seller, I source many vintage supplies for my jewelry, and regularly find vintage clothing and accessories for myself and my girls, it’s a treasure trove of handmade and vintage goodness from all around the world, so addicting too. As soon as I found my amazing strawberry dress, I started hunting on Etsy for vintage dresses for my girls to match! I hit the jackpot and found a perfect red gingham and strawberry dress with matching bloomers for Lila Jean. Her cute black patent baby Mary Jane shoes I found at a thrift store, and her baby headband I made myself.And with some hunting, I also found a vintage red gingham dress for Juliet which I knew would be amazing with some alterations, matching rick rack trim and strawberry embellishments. I took these to the gorgeous and talented Janette (Silver Needles) and she did an amazing job! I trimmed Juliet’s straw hat with the same ribbon as mine and also made her strawberry hair bow.

I was so lucky to have my Mum on board looking after my girls for the weekend! They arrived, looking cute as strawberry pie, on Sunday for some fun and photos with mama!

Photos – Serendipity Photography

I was so proud of my gorgeous girls – they even – strutted their stuff on stage for the Best Dressed competition … and won! I had planned to hold the baby and walk with Juliet, but right before the time came… my stubborn fiesty big girl refused to walk unless I stayed stage-side and she carried her baby sister! Thanks Ella (Miss Victory Violet) for this cute video of them taking the stage! And to Rockabilly Rose for the prize voucher they won – I can’t wait to pick out some of their gorgeous handmade kids clothes for the girls.


VVDO 2017 Best Dressed kids – YouTube

Lila Jean and Juliet Very Vintage Day Out 2017 at Shed 10 Sunday – Best dressed competition


Lila Jean with Miss VV



Brow Wow – Review of Eyebrow Henna & Shaping at Off & On

Brow goals. Whether you favour a full brow, a thin brow, a vintage brow, a delicately arched brow or anything in between  … a well groomed brow makes such a difference to your look. The great thing is that brows are something you can change if you are not natural endowed with the look you desire. Personally, I’d love to have full lips, but barring plastic surgery there’s not much I can do about them except learn to love what I have … and not let having thin lips stop me from rocking the bright and bold lipsticks I love! My thin brows however, those I can definitely do something about!

Unfortunately when it comes to brows, DIY is NOT in my DNA. After an incident with home waxing several years ago that left me sans half an eyebrow (WARNING DO NOT DRINK AND WAX), I have only entrusted my eye framing arches to the professionals. I just follow along with a bit of tweeze here and there and handle my monobrow strip!

My go to thus far has been a brow tint as well as my regular brow shape. The tint is great because it colours all those little fine hairs and gives a fuller and more defined look, even when I don’t wear makeup. I’m all about looking as good as I can when I wake up because honestly quite often that’s as good as it gets! Having pretty fair and patchy brows naturally, I’m always on the lookout for good brow ideas. I’ve been quite interested in brow microblading lately, I would love to see some of your results if any of you ladies have had this done!

I recently saw a few posts online about brow henna, and then also saw a good friend with amazing brows, who had had them done with henna. It sounded like a perfect solution to me, greater coverage that lasts twice as long as normal tinting, but not much more expensive – brilliant. I discovered Off & On brows after searching for henna brow treatments online and I was quite excited – it sounded like brow heaven! I used the handy online  system to book myself an appointment at my nearest branch – Takapuna – and was ready to go!

From Off & On’s website:


Walking in I was made to feel very welcome, even encumbered by my large pram, complete with small baby. The salon is roomy, modern and clean and seemed quite a busy, bustling place – in a good way! Lots of friendly staff, and I really liked how all the ladies who came in while I was there seemed to be regulars – a good sign!

Anyway, down to business! My friendly brow technician sat me down, efficiently measured my brows to decide how best to shape and then gave my brows a full spa treatment. Wow, my brows had never had it so good, they got a cleanse and exfoliation… a mini salon experience. There was much detailed waxing, the henna filling in and then even some tweezing to get every last determined straggler. For my first appointment, she has stuck to my natural shape but left some baby hairs so that I can start growing my brows into my desired more vintage look.

Overall I’m very pleased! My brows look well shaped and already more like I’ve filled them in (no makeup in picture). The colour is lovely and natural. I do wish they were a bit more vintage shaped but I know this is something I will have to be patient and wait for them to grow in a bit and keep using my usual brow wax and powder to shape them in the interim. I love all of the Benefit range for this!

Several days later, with brow product

Ten days on I’m really happy, they still look very defined and are a definite improvement over regular tinting. At $65, I probably won’t go every time my brows need shaping but I it will definitely be something I work into my regular beauty routine every few months! It’s a big YES from me! I would highly recommend both henna as an option for brows, and Off and On as a one stop shop for all things brows (and waxing, if I did that…)

My Photoshoot with Cherry Dollface + Tips for your pinup shoot!

Wow, it’s hard to believe been a whole two years since I had the amazing experience to meet and have my hair and makeup done by Cherry Dollface, and then have a photoshoot with the talented Katherine of Undefined Photography, at the Classics Museum in Hamilton. With Cherry about to arrive in NZ for her second trip down under, I thought it would be the perfect time to share the shots from my own photoshoot and also some tips and tricks for any newbie pinups doing their own shoots. I am definitely no professional model, but I have been behind the camera many times, over (too) many years – dabbling in vintage and pinup and before that a more glamour style.

I haven’t shared these images yet as I saved them for submission to a magazine, which unfortunately was unsuccessful! So I am quite excited to share them now!

All of you ladies that have booked in with Cherry for her hair and makeup and photoshoot packages and workshops are in for a treat – she really is a talented lady! My favourite part about my makeup was my eyebrows – wow …

You can read all about my photoshoot experience and what I learned from Cherry’s workshop in my previous post here 🙂

So here are the shots from my shoot – I was lucky to work with the multi talented Katherine from Undefined Photography. Katherine also has a fabulous style blog The Wardrobe – you can check it out here!

Some quick tips for getting great shots at your own photoshoots! 

  1. Do your research! Think about why, what, when and how much you would like to spend on your photoshoot. Look online,ask for advice on social media, get in touch with potential photographers, talk to friends. Have a clear idea what it is you want as this will help both you and the photographer. Do you want to shoot a variety of outfits in an outdoor setting? A “cheesecake” pinup shoot in a studio setting? Many shots or just a few of the best? Do you want a package with hair and makeup service included or will you do your own? Are there some particular looks or images you would like to use as inspiration? Also sometimes a photoshoot may seem a little expensive – but you are paying for a photographers expertise, time, equipment, software, business costs and so much more!
  2. Be prepared. This might seem really obvious, but many times I’ve forgotten something, and being stressed will definitely not help you get the best shots on the day! Put together, try on and pack neatly all of your outfits and any props you might need. It’s always better to throw something in just in case! Do your nails (neat and short is fine!) and eyebrows (or have them done) as these will really improve your grooming and overall look! If it makes you feel good, do a face mask or otherwise pamper yourself the night before and best of all drink lots of water and get a good nights sleep!
  3. On the day! You have your hair and makeup done, all your outfits sorted and are ready for lights, camera, action! Do what you need to do to make yourself feel comfortable and relaxed. Whether that means bringing a friend or partner, listening to music, even having a glass of wine! Don’t feel shy, just ask your photographer if it’s ok!
  4. Getting your best shot. Listen to your photographer! They have a wealth of experience and are happy to direct. No one expects you to know what to do! It’s completely ok 🙂 It may help to practice at home in front of a mirror beforehand just to get a feel of what poses and facial expressions make you feel sassy (only your cat will judge you!). When you are posing for your photos, each shot will probably be set up but vary your expression and make small adjustments to your stance or hands every few shots  – it will give you more to choose from!
  5. Most of all… have fun! A photoshoot should be a fun experience – enjoy being the star of your own show. Because you ARE beautiful, and the more you feel that, it will shine through!

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
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!
    $30 a pair from Rita Sue Clothing – shop hereseamed-stockings-green-glamour-ct_2_large_6288b3e4-339d-43ca-9be7-7c7225093f7a_1024x1024redstock_1024x1024

  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

  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

  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
    Honey Lamour princess blouse

  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

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!

atomic stars

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

With a buttoned cardiganP1020696

Dressing up a simple top or dressmonkey clips

On a jacketAtomic Sparkle sweater pins

Holding those straps togetherclips

On a bagP1020691 (2)

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.

cardigan clips 1

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!



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”

Vintage cardigan clips - Etsy - Steamcrunk

Vintage cardigan clips – Etsy – Steamcrunk

Vintage rhinestone cardigan clips - Etsy - Troppobella

Vintage rhinestone cardigan clips – Etsy – Troppobella


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 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 !

Summer is in sight … Get inspired with fruits and florals!

I am so excited about the warming weather, longer days and one of the best parts of summer… ditching the winter woolies! Bring on the cropped trousers and summery frocks … time to bring the arms out of hiding with pretty blouses and show off those (nearly) bare legs!

I put together a couple of outfits in my favourite summer combos – fruits and florals and teamed up with David Watson, an Auckland based photographer, to get these summery themed shots! The weather wasn’t entirely cooperative (for light or for my curl set!), but David is an amazing photographer and still managed to get these beautiful images out at Cornwallis Beach.

Strawberry Fields
A  perfect pinup picnic, that’s red, white and strawberry all over! I love strawberry accessories, and this Tatyana dress and petticoat pair perfectly with a gorgeous strawberry necklace from Punky Pins, a novelty brooch made by me (pinned to a cute hair bow from Made With Love NZ) and this adorable strawberry shaped purse found on Aliexpress.

David Watson - Cornwallis
David Watson - CornwallisDavid Watson - Cornwallis David Watson - Cornwallis

Outfit details:
Dress – Tatyana Boutique (purchased secondhand from Your One Stop Pinup Shop)
Petticoat – Tatyana Boutique
Strawberry novelty purse – Aliexpress
Necklace – Punky Pins
Bow headband – Made With Love NZ
Strawberry brooch (worn on headband) – LadyLuxe by Lorelei
Belt  – Deadly Dames by Pinup Girl Clothing
Shoes – Ziera

My lovely daughter Juliet came along as my “assistant” and David snapped this cute shot of her striking a pose I just had to share! Her cute gingham dress is from Pumpkin Patch, and I’ve pinned a wee vintage peach brooch on it.


Fantastically Floral
I just adore the bold watercolour floral print of this Stop Staring dress, it’s just a perfect frock for summer events and weddings! It also also comes in a swing version and an adorable skirt and top set!

David Watson - Cornwallis

David Watson - Cornwallis David Watson - Cornwallis David Watson - Cornwallis David Watson - Cornwallis David Watson - Cornwallis David Watson - Cornwallis David Watson - Cornwallis David Watson - Cornwallis

Outfit details:
Dress – Stop Staring
Necklace – Erstwilder
Hair flowers – Made With Love NZ
Sunglasses – Collectif
Headscarf – Rita Sue Clothing
Bangles – Vintage/thrifted
Earrings – Equip
Shoes – thrifted

Thank you to Punky Pins for the gorgeous necklace, if you love cute and kitschy novelty jewellery, check out their website here! Keep an eye out for my new post featuring more colourful cutness from their range too!

And thanks so much David for these colourful shots! You can contact David through FB here.

I hope these outfits gave you some inspiration and summer feels!

Lorelei Louise xx


The Weekly Vintage Addict Diary: 25 September 2015

Welcome to another week’s Vintage Addict Diary! Friday AND the start of school holidays here in NZ…. which I always look forward to, yet am quite relieved when they are over 🙂 Thank you to those of you who have been so kind as to let me know they are enjoying this column, your support means so much to me!

My Week

Do you ever have one of those weeks where suddenly it’s Friday and you can’t remember is what you did all week? That was me this week… all humdrum and nothing of note! I did however launch a wee giveaway for you lovely readers…


If you would like to win yourself the latest copy of Glory Days Magazine and a surprise accessory pack all handmade by myself, see all the details here!

♥ Lorelei Loves ♥ 

 All the awesome new jewellery designers I am discovering through social media … feeding my novelty brooch obsession! Here are just a few goodies from favourite sellers that I have my beady eye on…

Jessica Rabbit - ImLuckyCHarm

Jessica Rabbit – ImLuckyCHarm

Lipstick brooch - LULUandLIPSTICK

Lipstick brooch – LULUandLIPSTICK

Tattoo Mermaid - DollyCool

Tattoo Mermaid Necklace – DollyCool


The Gold Gretsch Hollowbody Guitar Brooch – HeidiandGretel


♥ Need I mention VINTAGE novelty brooches on Etsy!? There are some great bargains to be had too!

 Ordering things with free shipping from Asia on Ebay… I’ve discovered a whole new world of crazy cheap craft supplies and enough fake eyelashes to last a lifetime!

 The weekend lawnmower chorus… I’m sure this must drive some people who like to sleep in nuts, but I love the sound of people mowing on a weekend morning! It makes me feel all summery 🙂

A Flash of Fashion & Style

Frock of the Week: Floral print Audrey dress – Lindy Bop

This week I am featuring a lovely floral print Audrey dress from Lindy Bop. Not only does this dress have a gorgeous colourful print and classic pinup style, it is also very budget friendly! Lindy Bop has a huge range of gorgeous print swing dresses, and a rainbow of petticoats and beautiful long sleeved shrugs to match. A great way to add some colour to your wardrobe without breaking the bank!

This dress has so many colours to pull out in accessories! I have styled this dress 2 ways – first with bright bold colours…choose one to coordinate all of your accessories, or go for a rainbow of colour!

Lindy Bop bold floral set

For a more classic look, the bright floral print stands very well on it’s own and is lovely with cream and pastel colours and some classy vintage pearls!

Lindy Bop classic floral set

My Outfits

I am growing out the red in my hair to go back to blonde… as fun as being a redhead has been I miss being a blonde! Since it isn’t very pretty, I haven’t been very motivated to style it too much, and am going to be wearing many many headscarves for a while!

Instagram of the Week: @missbettydoll

This fabulous pinup mama hails from Texas but calls Melbourne home. Her posts often feature her adorable daughter… in perfectly coordinated pinup style with her beautiful mama, too cute! I love this lady’s colourful and polished style and also enjoy reading her blog! She has some great advice for other pinup mamas as well as fashion and beauty tips and reviews. Her writing is honest, witty and intelligent, you can’t help but be utterly charmed! Check out Miss Betty Doll’s blog, “a guide to everyday glamour and motherhood” here.

@missbettydoll Instagram


I am very excited about this weekend!! Tonight is I am going to Tami Neilson’s album release show for her new album Don’t Be Afraid. I can’t wait! Tami’s shows are always incredible and I have been seriously looking forward to hearing what she has put together on this new album. If you can get along to this show… do it! Tickets here.Tami Neilson

As usual when it comes to events, when it rains… it pours! Tonight is also the last curtain of the tired but still fabulous grand dame that is Las Vegas Strip Club. She is pulling out all the stops and going out with a bang… it’s sure to be an epic night with burlesque, drag shows, music and mayhem. Labretta Suede and the Motel 6 will be doing their rock n roll best and it’s sure to be a hell of a party!

Saturday is another event I have been looking forward to, the latest Rock n Roll Circus show at the Winchester, “Grind and Go Go”!

Grind and Go Go

So get your best 60s threads on and come along for some grinding good fun!

Thought of the Week

Story of my life… I seriously am addicted to naps… who else loves a good siesta??Naps...

Until next week lovelies!

Lorelei xx