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


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

  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

The Vintage Addict Diary: 4 September 2015

Welcome to this week’s edition of Vintage Addict Diary… a new pick’n’mix vintage lifestyle, events and fashion!

My Week

It has been quite a social week for Miss Lorelei! Some fantastic events and lovely catch ups with friends – old and new. Kicking off with the NZ 2nd Beard & Moustache Competition – which was so much fun! Over 40 men vied for the coveted trophy – a creation by by Martin “Robot-Man” Horspool, and what a line up! Uniformed beards, Fisherman beards, Braided beards, 70s mo’s…  Santa himself made an appearance. Even the ladies (including me, in a very sexy pink handlebar number) got up on stage. An epic night which deserves a full write up, but alas I am forcing myself to make these snippets snappy!

NZ 2nd Beard and Moustache Competition


Left to right: Marvellously bearded entrants (Photo credit Carl Ewen), The MC Ygnacio Cervio (Photo credit Tupac), The Ladies – Fran (Whiskerinas Champion), Rose, Lorelei and Miss Charlotte Cake

A Fine Vintage

Sunday was a girls outing with my daughter to the Vintage Textile Fair. As usual it was a fantastic array of vintage goodies – from vintage fabrics and clothing to every kind of accessory you could imagine. One of my favourite stalls was “A Fine Vintage” (pictured)… absolutely beautiful things arranged artfully by colour into gorgeous tableaux. We mostly just browsed and admired but I did pick up a couple of bargains – a cute 60s baby pink peignor set (which reminds me of the sleepover scene in Grease!) and a number of pretty vintage scarves.

Me and my girl

Photo @glorydaysmagazine: Dress-ups with my mini me!

Lorelei Loves 

  Spring bloomsOur Hamilton Beach retro milkshake mixer
  Fresh white canvas sneakers and ankle socks
  New season strawberries
  Re-visiting the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder (a childhood favourite of mine) with my daughter… at 1 chapter a night, 15 chapters a book and 9 books…we should be finished before she leaves home! I love how she looks forward to the next chapter each night!
  Pickles and frozen peas… I can’t stop eating them. And no, I’m not!
  Our restored antique Hamilton Beach milkshake machine – a gift from my brother and sister-in-law for our wedding! It’s so beautiful AND goes like anything, we’ve been having fun making ALL the shakes!
  The TV series “The White Queen” based on the Cousins War series by Phillipa Gregory – gripping historical drama based on historical events and with amazing costumes!

A Flash of Fashion & Style

I’m having fun trying this Polyvore thang! Here is a nautical inspired outfit I I styled – featuring some amazing wide legged cream trousers and the navy peasant top from Pinup Girl Clothing – accessories from Pinup Girl Clothing, Erstwilder, Besame and LorettaJo (Etsy). Click on the image to Polyvore for links to each item!


Frock of the Week: Voodoo Vixen Kiera Dress

VV_kieraI adore  everything about this dress! The fruit print of strawberries and apples is divine and I love the vintage feel of the colour palette. This is a dress that is perfect for accessorizing! The details are lovely with a collar and buttoned shirt front and matching red belt.

It is available from Unique Vintage (US) or directly from Voodoo Vixen (UK).

There is also a wiggle skirt in the same fabric and a coordinating cardigan with embroidery front and back (also available in plus size)… too cute!

Here is how I would love to style this outfit…more Polyvore! I can sense that this could become very addicting… virtual dress-ups! Click on the image for links to all the items!


And here are my outfits this week…

Instagram of the Week: @vinnieboyvintage

@vinnieboyvintage InstagramAustralia based Mel and her cutie baby son Vinnie have the most AMAZING vintage home – think colour, kitsch, flamingoes, vintage furniture and homewares to die for! So much pink and I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much pretty and cute in one home, it really is fabulous. Mel also has also has an online shop launching today, which I am looking forward to checking out!

You’re welcome!






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“Don’t Be Afraid” is going to be released on vinyl!

I am super super excited about attending the album launch show of Tami Neilson’s new
album “Don’t Be Afraid” in a few weeks time! As a gal who loves good old fashioned vinyl, I am so happy Tami is making this album available as an lp. Woohoo! You can pre-order this from Tami’s site here, from September 4th! Last year I did a Q+A with Tami, you can read that article here.


Thought of the Week


I hope you have an amazing weekend and hopefully enjoy some spring sunshine!

Love Lorelei xx

Miss Pinup Outfits – Part 2!

Well here is my very long overdue post on the rest of the ensembles I wore during Miss Pinup NZ back in April! If you missed the last post – I shared the details of my custom 40s style playsuit ensemble for the Beachwear section here. Here is a short video I put together of my Very Vintage Day Out and Miss Pinup experience, thanks very much to Zandy J Photography for the footage.

During the day before the competition, and for the Photo Safari, I wore one of my absolute favourite vintage dresses!

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This stunner is a genuine vintage 50s dress I purchased a few years back from the lovely Agent Bluebelle. Dresses like these are one of the reasons I love wearing true vintage so much (when I can find something that fits!)… it really feels like a piece of art! The details and fit are just something you don’t see as often anymore!



I paired the gorgeous champagne gold of the dress with red and purple accessories – I do love my colour!











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Gloves – Vintage (my collection)
Bangles – Thrifted
Petticoats – 2 for extra fun! Red is Tatyana, purple is Hell Bunny
Necklace – Vintage, reverse carved bakelite rose pendant from 1950s, bought from a man online who’s wife inherited is from his mother… and she didn’t like it! No accounting for taste, my gain haha!
Headband – Purple and red felt delight from Made With Love NZ



As I mentioned in my last post, all of my outfits were inspired by Marilyn Monroe, both from her movie costumes, and her casual wear. My daywear section was inspired by the costumes of Gentleman Prefer Blondes (although, now of course, we know they prefer redheads right!)
Now, I’d actually die to own every single one of MM’s and Jane Russell’s outfits in that movie. One of the reasons it came to mind is that every one of the many outfits is so polished, classy, and divinely accessorised!


Those gold cuffs are amazing, and seem so era spanning… they equally could be from Cleopatra, or modern day.

I found the perfect dress at Viva La Vintage and went from there. I went for inspired rather than literal!

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Unfortunately, I didn’t get any photos of several of my outfits at the actual event. But luckily my beautiful friend Katy (and best ever makeup artist!) was happy to take these snaps for me… and got the details perfectly.



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Dress – Vintage – Viva La Vintage
Leopard scarf and brooch – own collection
Leopard muff – Linda McCarthy Costumier (custom)
Shoes – Pinup Couture
Gloves – Vintage – own collection
Gold cuffs and hoop earrings – Lovisa
Hat/fascinator with polkadot netting – Tock Tick Vintage

My talent section, being a “Transformation”, had 2 outfits! The first was overalls, Bomb Girl style with work boots and a headscarf covering my do. And of course, an embroidered name badge with “Lorelei” on it! During my skit, I whipped it off to uncover my va-va-voom red sequin number – ready for a night out dancing!




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Lastly, just quickly, here is my evening wear!


Miss T Pinups – Opera Studio

Gown – Pinup Girl Clothing
Silver fox fur, bronze satin gloves and (not pictured) brown velvet heels, brown beaded evening bag all Tock Tick Vintage
Peacock fascinator – custom by Pop That Cassette

I hope you enjoyed this post. My favourite thing is mixing up vintage, reproduction, modern and custom fashion to create my own looks, so this was the perfect opportunity to really have some fun!

If the Very Vintage Day Out seems like a long time ago, or if you missed it – here is the fabulous Monique Sweet presenting some highlights for Very Vintage TV!

Love, Lorelei xx

My Miss Pinup Outfits, the first installment!

Is it really over a month since Miss Pinup NZ 2015 and the Very Vintage Day Out!? For those of you who have checked out my Facebook page and Instagram recently, you may have noticed there has been a bit of a fashion drought! Well there is a reason for that… Miss Pinup NZ is a HUGE investment of time, effort and energy. I have bipolar disorder, and ongoing problems with managing my depression and anxiety. So it just a reality for me that after any big investment of energy there is some recovery time 🙂 Which for me is pretty much withdrawing from the world… social huh!

But don’t worry, I’ve been using my down time to catch up on some things that got a bit neglected with getting married in January, followed by the competition a few months later!
Like my daughter and husband 😉 Actually we’ve been finishing off our retro kitchen renovation and I’ve been completing some painting projects. And getting ready to start my new career in interior design. The reason there haven’t been any outfit posts… is because there haven’t any outfits! Except for truly horrible painting clothes. Fab to Drab – a reverse transformation!

I thought it’s time I shared some details of some of the amazing outfits I wore for the competition! Unfortunately, I still have very few photos of the day, and none of some of my ensembles… I am hoping to get some shots soon to share the details and inspiration behind them, but so far life has gotten in the way, as it does!

But for a start, I DO have some great shots of my outfit from the beachwear section – which was one of my favourites too!

So, stop blabbering and show us some pictures!! Here is my outfit for the beachwear section!

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All of my outfits for Miss Pinup NZ were inspired by Marilyn Monroe, and especially her costumes from one of my favourite movies Gentlemen Prefer Blondes! When I thought of beachwear, the first image in my mind was of these classic shots of a young Marilyn posing on the beach.

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Marilyn lounging

I also had a very definite idea of wanting my outfit to be  glamorous, something I imagine a Hollywood starlet from the 40s or 50s could lounge poolside in! With a cocktail in hand, of course. I knew right away that Linda McCarthy Costumier was the perfect woman for the job, who could help me develop and then expertly execute my vision! So after some consultation we decided on a 2 piece 40s style playsuit, adapted from an original vintage pattern, and in a beautiful champagne gold fabric.


Marilyn in playsuit 1951

Then of course, the accessories dah-ling! The great thing about putting together and outf to be worn on stage, is MORE IS MORE!
I found the perfect 40s reproduction cherry necklace and earrings set on Etsy from VivaLaLux.
My wedding shoes, gold with lucite heels from Irregular Choice, were perfect – with some  of my own customising with matching cherries! I added some vintage bangles, and a red and gold headscarf completed the look.

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And the finishing touch was the red and white striped pagoda style parasol! I ordered this off Ebay from a supplier in China, and although it took some time to arrive it was absolutely perfect. In fact, it was almost a reproduction of the one Marilyn is posing with in this famous image…d7d8b4cc7931cb20423443235bbe735c





I still have FIVE more fabulous outfits to share! I put together this little video, with footage from Zandy J Pinup Photographer of all of my parts from the competition…

I am feeling very excited about this year, and about sharing many more fashion, design and DIY posts with you soon!

Lorelei xx

Frugal Friday! Budget buys $15 and under

Always a bargain hunter, being in between jobs at the moment makes me even more so! Now, I loathe shopping malls, but occasionally I do find myself in one out of necessity! Here is a round up of some goodies I have found recently…

1. Sink organiser from Kmart $620150306_115506

I admit, I’ve been a little obsessed over finding one of these! The only one I could find in NZ was $25… a bit much for a caddy to put your dish essentials in, in my opinion! But Kmart, once again is all kinds of awesome.

Now, I just need to find a refillable bottle to put dish soap in!

2. Wire storage basket from Kmart $12


A great sized and brightly orange coloured basket – I could think of places this would be handy in every room in my house!








3. Cute retro canisters from Living and Giving – $12 and $15 (30% off too!)

Living and Giving have a great range of retro styled canisters and tins, from the decorative like these guys, to ones that hold garlic, onions and even a handy bread bin who’s lid is a bread board! Our completed kitchen will have plenty of open shelving to display pretty things, so I love finding interesting containers – that are useful storage too!

4. Mini retro radio from Living and Giving $15

I couldn’t resist this cute little radio! It takes a couple of AA batteries, and has a tiny little tuner and dials, I just love it!


5. Basic cropped tops from Tempt $12.99 each

Great basics to pair with your high-waisted jeans and trousers and swing skirts! I love the mustard coloured sweater, will work well with so many separates in my wardrobe. And who can resist that hot pink?


That’s all from me, Happy Friday and hope you enjoyed this week’s round up!

Lorelei Louise xx




Friday Feature: Q & A with Lady Salsa about her label Ava and Rose!

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Lady Salsa in Ava&Rose

In this first post of a series on inspirational women, I ask Melbourne based Suzanne Marambio, or Lady Salsa as her alter ego is known, to tell us more about herself, and her gorgeous line of vintage inspired playsuits! She has some great tips on how to juggle being a working Mum of 2 with running her business Ava and Rose where she designs and even models her pinup perfect creations. I happen to think her playsuits with matching wrap skirts might just be the ultimate versatile piece for the pinup wardrobe! I will leave it to the lady herself to tell you more…

1. Tell us a little about your label, Ava and Rose

I created the label in August 2013. I was frustrated at not finding vintage inspired playsuits suitable for sleepwear, I looked at all the well known mainstream labels in Aust and overseas but was frustrated at how you always had to remove the straps and unbutton when you had to go the bathroom! After days of research on my internet I decided to create a draft template of what I envisioned to be the perfect playsuits that was still fun, feminine, flirty but most importantly functional. Body suits have been around for a long time so why couldn’t it be blended so that hidden snap fasteners could be concealed and therefore worn under skirts, swing pants and used as a foundation piece. I have been very fortunate as I am also a trained Intimo stylist with Intimo Lingerie Australia therefore I had seen many body types and understood bra straps were a must as women differ in their torso length. Many straps on playsuits in store are fixed and therefore can look a disaster if you are short or too tall. I contacted a professional seamstress, Carole Herd, from Sew Happy Workshop in my area and explained what I wanted regarding the pattern and let her draft it up for me. She created my first template sample and as soon as I tried it on I knew it was almost there. Carole graded the pattern to small, medium and large and she recommended a seamstress that could assist in creating my playsuits. Our partnership is perfect as I source for all materials and trimming, cut and pin the patterns and her role is to sew the playsuits and we both double QC check them.
My first playsuits were in gingham and polka dot fabric and I asked a few of my work colleagues to be my first fit models to define what size small, medium and large. They also helped in perfecting the template as we added more length to the short for depth and widen the width of the short so it wasn’t tight and restrictive around the thighs.
They all loved the final layout and recommended I go ahead and create more as they were placing pre-orders with me. The brand name comes from my daughter (Lavinia Ava) and god daughters middle name (Tyler Rose) blended together.

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2. Your playsuits and sets have some very clever and unique features, can you tell us a bit about those?

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Miss Ruby Rabbit in Miss Ruby Loves Retro playsuit and matching bolero

The body of the playsuits are made from 100% cotton as I wanted them to breathable and comfortable for both sleepwear and daywear. Then I added the adjustable bra straps so the bodice could be adjusted to fit the body shape of ladies. I wanted it to have a vintage inspired feel and after researching lots of original patterns in Pinterest I added the slightly elasticized waist to cinch and create an hour glass shape. The attached knicker short had to have a cotton frill trimming to make the look feminine and I love all the extra details of satin bows and appliques to define the mood and character of the playsuit. They are based on fictional characters of Hollywood Starlets from the 1950s…so when I shop for fabric I am always thinking about what I will call her! They are categorised as either a Siren or Sweetheart as you can channel your inner Goddess or Hollywood sweetheart when you wear an Ava and Rose playsuit. I find 20-30s love the Sweetheart look like Miss Joanie, Miss Greta and Miss Bettie and 30s plus like the Siren look like Miss Sophia, Miss Audrey and Miss Ruby. Each playsuit has the same template but differs slightly in bow, trimming and applique detail to define the personality and mood it is suited for.

The wrap skirt was developed so you could wear it out with the playsuit and thus it would look like a dress. Plus would give a bit of modesty for those who aren’t as comfortably strutting on the street in a playsuit. I also love the fact that my playsuit is designed for mums too. I have two young children and am very comfortable with the style as the bodice doesn’t open and cause breast spillage and is a square neckline and the attached knicker looks like a short and covers up my bottom.
3. I first saw your label modelled by Australian pinup model Miss Ruby Rabbit, wearing the amazing “Ruby Loves Retro” playsuit. Do you ever do other custom pieces?

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The Pacific Belles and Lady Salsa

My favourite part of being a designer is creating new playsuits, especially custom pieces. I met the Pacific Belles, a Swing singing trio in Melbourne at the Love Vintage show and was instantly drawn to their musical talent and energy. I knew at that moment I had to dress them for future gigs. We caught up afterwards and they were keen for a new costume to take on their June trip to WCOPA (World Championships of Performing Arts) in Hollywood. It was fate and perfect timing as Miss Greta the nautical playsuit was in the Australian colours of red, white and blue and we agreed that this would be their opening ceremony outfit. I set about researching a pattern for a suitable wrap skirt and matching bolero. For added detail I organised for their initials to be sewn on the bolero to keep it personal to their roles as Betty, Dot and Mabel Belle. The best part of creating custom pieces is seeing them up on stage and photographed by other pinup artists in different settings both indoors and outdoors. I have another custom order in creation for a Perth Cabaret Act and always welcome costume designs as I love theatre and also have a tap dancing background so understand the need for stage presence and creating a costume that is not only comfortable but is a showstopper! I strive to keep the production runs low to keep the look exclusive and not mass produced like fast fashion today. We also take care to double stitch and overlock the seams so the playsuits last with wash and wear.

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Lady Lace in Miss Betty Loves Cherries Playsuit

4. Where do you find inspiration from when creating your designs?

I have always loved watching old Hollywood movies, as a teenager my room was covered in posters of Marilyn Monroe and I have always loved the fashion from the 1940s- 50s. It is only recently that I have embraced it more and made it part of my daily routine and dress sense of both retro inspired and Japanese vintage pieces. I look at my favourite actresses, Doris Day, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn and modern designers like Bernie Dexter for inspiration on how to pick suitable prints which meets the needs of the rockabilly doll. For example with the Miss Audrey playsuit it is based on the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s the colours black and white representing the character Holly dress sense and Siren persona on screen. I am keen to make a Miss Monroe and Miss Doris in 2015 so stay tuned for red and white polka dots and Daisy/ floral print.

5. Now as well as designing and creating your own clothing line and running a small business, you are also a Mum! What is your best advice for keeping all those balls in the air?

I follow Marieforleo.com for her video tutorials and advice on staying focussed on my dreams and keeping a balanced life in check with my role as mum and designer.

I also follow Franklin Covey’s lifestyle of the 5 Choices and 7 Habits of highly effective people which helps me to schedule the big rocks and begin with the end in mind and focus on the bigger goals. I am lucky to have a supportive family and friends around me who encourage and allow me to explore new opportunities and this keeps me motivated and positive too.

I do have a scatterbrain so you will see lots of scribble pads in my kitchen and on my wall calendar, vision boards and my mobile phone calendar full with tasks and dates as I do lead a busy lifestyle. After work I also do the mummy duties such as after school activities, dance every Sat morning and maintain a house just like a 50s housewife, with cherry apron and all!

But I wouldn’t want it any other way. I hate having nothing to do, setting goals and creating designs keeps life interesting and fun and has made the last 12 months so exciting with meeting new people and connecting with a global audience. I pinch myself sometimes as I did not study in fashion school but have been fortunate to surround myself with professional people who are skilled at drafting patterns and sewing. I take care of the marketing, personally shopping for fabric and trims, social media, photo shoots and designing new collections as I am passionate about connecting with women’s needs and wanting to be a leader in creating playsuits that are quirky like me!

6. What future plans and projects can we be looking out for?

2015 will be new direction as I venture into vintage inspired playsuits for Brides and Bridesmaids. I will be exhibiting at the Vintage Bride Fair in Melbourne on Sun 22 March and over Christmas will design 3-4 new white playsuits and offer Brides a perfect lingerie piece for their honeymoon and the option to create personal gifts for their Bridesmaids instead of the traditional jewellery and bathrobes.
I also welcome new costume making opportunities, custom made designs and will continue to find new stockists and new connections wtith retro loving women though online magazines, my Facebook, twitter and instagram pages @avaandrose.

7. Lastly, as I’m sure you are all wondering, ‘where can we get our hands on one of your fabulous creations?

I am best contacted via facebook at www.facebook.com/avaandrose and I like the personal discussion with my customers about what they are looking for and what I can make for them.
There is an Etsy Store set up as well at www.avaandroseboutique.etsy.com and my playsuits can be bought at Once More, With Feeling at 73 Charles Street, Seddon in Victoria.
Would be lovely to find a stockist in NZ – so hopefully your blog will make that happen!

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Miss Dorothy playsuit and wrap skirt

Gorgeous retro designs, quality, delightful details, comfort (clothes I can wear to bed, yes please), unique features such as adjustable straps and snaps to win the clothing vs toiletting battle once and for all… I want them all! Lucky for me, my very own custom playsuit and wrap skirt are on their way and I can’t wait to share. Thank you Suzanne for answering my questions, you are one inspiring lady!

I am sure we will be seeing a lot more of Ava and Rose!

Lorelei Louise xx

Some recent outfits… and an introduction!

Things have been a bit crazy around here lately with kitchen renovations at our house due to start this weekend and some rather ambitious DIY wedding invitations to make and get sent out in the next few weeks! My head is so full of kitchen design plans and wedding tasks, it will be a wonder if I don’t start confusing the two! Of course, I will tell all when these projects are completed 🙂 I can’t wait to share! Design is one of my passions, and I’ve been lucky to get to stretch myself with some very different challenges lately!

But I thought I would just take a few minutes to share a few of my recent outfits. I get asked often, do I dress like this everyday? Well, yes! But that doesn’t mean I “dress up” everyday, or have to get up early to get ready! Just like any gal in the decades past that I love and take inspiration from, I don’t just have one look! I have casual jeans days, days when I just want to be comfortable, no makeup days, bad hair days, days when I feel like being fancy, special occasion days and everything in between! The majority of my wardrobe is vintage inspired, or can be styled in that way. So whether it’s a rushed jeans and headscarf kind day, or a pretty spring dress feeling day… my style doesn’t change! Although, I have many different moods within that… from traditional “ladylike” vintage, to rockabilly and rock n roll, to vintage inspired with a modern twist, to fun and colourful pinup!

So here are a few of my looks from the last couple of weeks!

PhotoGrid_1411455504519Casual day – Kustomville jeans, yellow top from Le Bomb Shop, blue chiffon blouse pilfered from my sister’s closet, shoes and sunnies from Pinup Girl Clothing, hair lovely from Pop That Cassette, vintage lucite beaded necklace, reproduction sparkle lucite earrings from Desperate Beatnik Estsy shop!

PhotoGrid_1411113857647Another casual day! No hair and makeup, stripe top from Kmart, red shrug Lindybop, scarf Sourpuss from Rita Sue Clothing, belt and highwaisted black trousers Pinup Girl Clothing, red patent low heels Zierra

PhotoGrid_1410145399169 (2)Another comfy outfit, thrown on after a photo-shoot to go for a wedding dress fitting! My go to herringbone trousers Heyday Vintage, red sweater another borrowed item from my sisters wardrobe (She is overseas, and I have a key muah-ha-ha-ha), Lindybop red shrug, Pop That Cassette hairpiece, Pinup Girl Clothing sunnies

PhotoGrid_1410400352150Love these mustard heels from Pinup Girl Clothing, can wear them all day and they match everything! Vintage orange dress and Banned pineapple cardigan from Rita Sue Clothing.


PhotoGrid_1410478352745Vintage black wool dress with silver waist detail, polkadot stockings and Mi Piaci shoes!

PhotoGrid_1410689315517Weekend outfit – Saddle shoes from Mi Piaci, squirrel print dress Pinup Gurl Clothing, cardigan Alannah Hill, cute socks from Farmers and squirrel brooch bought off Etsy! And Bettie bangs!

PhotoGrid_1410731463478The yellow heels again! Vintage novelty print skirt I got out of a $5 thrift bin, all it needed was a new zip! Pagani yellow blouse, fox brooch Etsy

PhotoGrid_1410817239064Jumpsuits are my all time favourite clothing item! I am truly a lazy girl at heart! This is a mall cheapie from Tempt I’ve smartened up with yellow and pineapple accessories 🙂 The scarf I sewed myself!

PhotoGrid_1410992763567These trousers can be styled so many different ways! Heyday vintage trousers with Wheels and Dollbaby top and Alannah Hill jacket. Luxulite brooch, Desperate Beatnik lucite earrings and vintage faux pearls. I’ve been wearing this Mac retro matte pink lippy all the time too, it’s a great shade!

PhotoGrid_1411209635845Weekend casual again (I’m sensing a theme here… comfort lol!), another cheapie jumpsuit, PopthatCassette hair flower, Pinup Girl Clothing wedge black heels with bow and heart sunnies, vintage beads, sparkle lucite earrings Desperate Beatnik, pink lips!

PhotoGrid_1411210183191Off to meet fellow “Pinup Honeys” for dinner! I LOVE this outfit, so many gorgeous colours! Everyday pinup dress from Rita Sue Clothing, mint petticoat Hellbunny, borrowed sparkly blue heels, belt Pinup Girl Clothing, vintage beads, earrings Desperate Beatnik, vintage green gloves, Pop That Cassette hair flower

PhotoGrid_1411342142431Lindybop dress, Wheels and Dollbaby cardigan and Pop that Cassette hair flower 🙂

I try and put a photo and details of what I’m wearing most days on Instagram, so follow me there @vintageaddictdiary for more!

Last but not least… I’d like to introduce my pinup name! I have been of two minds of whether I need an “alter ego” … as I see my “pinup self” as just the regular me! What you see is what you get! On the other hand, I can see how when putting yourself out there in public, it can be important to create a “brand” – to have a name that suits your personality and image, to set yourself apart with a unique moniker, and to separate your public persona from your personal life! I am also planning on entering Miss Pinup New Zealand 2015, and I would like to have a pinup name to enter as! So, introducing….

Miss Lorelei Louise!

My absolute favourite pinup, model, celebrity, actress, of all time is Marilyn Monroe! I have loved her and had a fascination (errm obsession?) since I was very young! So I wanted my pinup name to give a nod to Marilyn 🙂 Since Gentleman Prefer Blondes is one of my favourite movies, Lorelei was perfect!

gentlemen prefer blondes

Louise is my middle name, after my Grandma and it fit well!

So there you have it!

Until next time,

Miss Lorelei Louise xx


Nautical and Nice

Well it looks like we are nearly ready to say goodbye to winter weather and welcome the coming of spring with sunshine, blossoming trees and warmer weather – which always puts in a more positive and energetic frame of mind! And with warmer weather comes my favourite – summer and spring dresses! In this post I review the nautical inspired Francesca wiggle dress from Collectif Clothing – in my view, a perfect dress for spring! I first saw the Francesca dress on one of my favourite blogs Pin Up Persuasion, the lovely Jessica looked stunning in the swing version (link here)! So when I was browsing the Collectif website during their big sale earlier in the year, I nearly squealed with excitement when I saw there was a wiggle version and my size was in stock! I have squirrelled it away until now, waiting for spring and a nice day to wear this little beauty!


My measurements are 36-29-39 and I ordered the size 10, for which my bust and hips fall into the suggested range and my waist is one inch larger. But as I usually wear my Rago waist cincher with wiggle dresses, I find ordering for a 28 inch waist size almost always fits just right. The Francesca dress fit snugly, but not overly so, with the bust fitting perfectly with no pulling on the buttons. With both a back zip and functional front buttons, this dress is nice and easy to put on! The fabric is 98% cotton and 2% elastane and is medium weight with a little stretch, a lovely comfortable fabric for warmer weather. I love the little details like the soft cream rope style waist belt and the cute buttoned up bodice. The bright red white and blue colour scheme gives the Francesca a nice nautical look without being over the top, so you could accessorise it in a variety of ways!



Really, this dress deserves to be taken out on a luxury yacht… but seeing that is unlikely to happen in my world, I will settle for taking her out to beachside lunches in the sunshine, maybe a holiday date night and definitely anytime I want to feel in a summery holiday mood! I chose to pair the Francesca with a cloche style sinamay hat, which I have trimmed with matching red ribbon and a cute Pop That Cassette hairpiece! I love this hat because it’s so versatile and can be effortlessly coordinated with any outfit simply by changing the ribbon or clipping on a flower… and keeps that harsh rays off of my face! It is also handy because it makes it unnecessary to do your hair… so my hair here is wash and wear! I have also worn an anchor earrings and necklace to add to the theme as well as some deceptively comfortable patent red Kumfs low ankle strap heels. I would probably wear a flat or wedge sandal if I was actually going to be at the beach though! One has to be able to kick off one’s shoes and feel the the sand between the toes and go wading in the waves after all!


I love my heart shaped sunglasses, I got these from Pinup Girl Clothing and they add such a cute touch to an outfit!


Yes, I’m aware these are not the right beach shoes…



That is my fur baby Oscar, who is a Shihtzu-poodle cross… A Shiht-poo!


The Francesca dress comes in red and navy and is available now at Collectif in a wiggle style. It also came in swing style (above) which doesn’t seem to be available at present, but may come back into stock or be available on buy/swap/sell sites! I am in love with that nautical bag from Collectif also! I have to say this has become on of my favourite dresses, it ticks all the boxes! I got so many compliments while wearing it! It is nicely made, especially for such a reasonable price. You do have to be a little bit careful not to snag the skirt however, as the nature of the striped cotton fabric means a pulled thread can be quite visible.

Special thanks to my beautiful friend Katy from Bella Rouge makeup for snapping these shots for me at Milford marina!

Hope you all have a great weekend, and for those in the southern hemisphere anyway – Happy Spring! (Northern Hemisphere gals… well, enjoy the warm coats, you’ve had your turn in the sun for the year 😉 )

Natalie xx




An Overload of Outfits

One of the things that gives me a reason to get up in the morning is picking out something nice to wear! Sad but true. That and a yummy hand-pressed espresso… if I’m lucky I might even not have to make it myself!  Due to a bit being a bit of a “collector” (*cough* compulsive shopper) of pretty things I can usually just quickly pull something out that suits my mood, even on the busiest mornings. Even if I don’t get a chance to spend much time on my hair and makeup, it makes me feel good! And to be honest, it doesn’t take any more time to throw on a pretty skirt and top or nice pair of trousers than trackpants or tights. And I’m a sucker for accessories. The ultimate way to exponentially expand your wardrobe… by just changing up the details, you get a whole new look… and I’m a big fan of getting bang for your buck! I love combining genuine and reproduction vintage with thrifting and chain store finds… it’s quite satisfying to find bargains and to put together outfits that are unique and DIY so to speak.

I love getting inspiration from other like minded vintage loving ladies by following fashion and outfits on social media! There are so many creative and fashionable women out there… and you certainly can be on a budget or a time strapped mama and still look great, express yourself and be comfortable everyday! So since I enjoy following other lovely ladies fashion journey’s I thought I’d like to share some of my own 🙂 Unfortunately my photographer is 4 years old. So sometimes she gets it right… and sometimes she would rather play ponies. Hubby-to-be works very long hours… so normally the outfits he sees are me  in are…still sleeping, or in one of my many robes! BUT I have recently been given a new camera for my birthday, which as a complete photography dummy I am having fun learning how to use… so I can take my own shots!

Here is a selection from the past month or so…


Putting them all together like that I am starting to see some recurring themes! Clearly, black and red are my go to colour combos! I also love leopard, and pink! And like I’ve mentioned before, hats and head scarves are the ultimate low maintenance hair style…

I’ll just describe a few of my favourites…

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I wear A LOT of Pinup Girl Clothing!

Left -This winter, the black “Buttoned Up and Ready to Go” dress has been a staple. Comfy, stylish and a nice thick stretch fabric – the perfect winter dress. The swallows scarf here is from Sourpuss Clothing, stockings What Katie Did (both purchased from Rita Sue Clothing), the beret is a vintage find from Melbourne and shoes from Mi Piaci.

Middle – Laura Byrnes black high waisted trousers, cherry print Ridley blouse and black bow belt all from Pinup Girl Clothing. Their high-waisted  trousers in this style are by far my most worn item of clothing. I have them in cropped and full length and several colours and patterns. So flattering and comfortable, and easy to co-ordinate! I am so excited about the new limited edition parrot print pair I have recently ordered. The brooch is one of my own creations.

Right – Sweater from Collectif, another favourite of mine! Yellow beaded accessories are thrifting finds, shoes are BAIT and belt and high waisted crop trousers are Pinup Girl Clothing.


I absolutely LOVE the 40s style trousers from HeyDay Vintage! I have 3 pairs so far – in brown herringbone, white and denim. They are beautiful quality and fit and made with such attention to detail – even the buttons on the side are gorgeous.

Left – Thrifted blouse, Pineapple earrings from local mall, Pineapple cardigan and handbag from Rita Sue Clothing, pants from Heyday and shoes from Mi Piaci

Right – Blue pussy bow blouse from Dangerfield, beaded necklace a gift, pants from Heyday, polka dot heels from Hannahs, sunglasses from Pinup Girl Clothing

I try and post a photo and details of my daily outfits on Instagram each day (if my photographer is cooperative)… so if you like this post check me out there 🙂 If anyone has any interest, I can post here weekly as well as on Instagram!

Natalie xx