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

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

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NZ Pinup beauties made over by Cherry Dollface!

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

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

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

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

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On Day 3

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

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

Lorelei xx

Which Rago will work for me? A go to guide!

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I’ve done a few posts now about Rago shapewear, it’s not secret I’m a big fan! I haven’t yet met a Rago I didn’t like, but there are A LOT of different styles and some work better than others for different body types, problem areas and depend on the outfit you are planning on wearing your shapewear under! Cinchers, girdles, level of shaping, garters, open bottom, lacette… so many options, which one do you choose?

Rather than a review, in this post I will look at some popular Rago shapewear types and styles, and summarise what their various strengths are, in my experience! In that spirit, the styles here are all ones I own and wear 🙂 From what I’ve seen, the majority  of women who wear or want to wear shapewear desire a good amount of control and shaping, I certainly do! So all of the styles I have tried and am going to mention are firm or extra firm level of shaping.

Here are 3 types of shapewear, compared to wearing none at all. The extent of overall smoothing and shaping is a bit hard to see in the photos, but all of these take 1-2 inches off various areas 🙂

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Waist Cincher (also known as a Waist Nipper)
I have Rago cinchers in 3 different styles (It’s my favourite!!) – the Rag0 21 (firm shaping with garters), Rago 821 (firm shaping) and Rago 2107 (extra firm shaping with garters).
cinchersAll 3 of these styles come in various colours and on me, there is no discernible difference between the firm and extra firm, I would just choose whichever colour you like and whether you want garters or not. The garters on these styles are removeable.
Best for:
-Defining the waist to create an enhanced hourglass figure (by a few inches, it won’t work like a corset!)
-Overall smoothing of the tummy area
-Shorter than an open bottom girdle, if you are sitting for long periods, there is nothing to dig into your bottom
-Wearing with trousers, shorts or shorter dresses
When I would wear this: Every day! My problem area is around my middle only, so I find this shapewear perfect for me, as it targets specifically my waist and really nips it in (30 inches to 28 inches) , while not having anything over my bottom and legs.

Open Bottom Girdle
The Rago 1294 is a very popular girdle! It is extra firm shaping, and has a side zip with hook and eye closures to make getting it on a little easier. It has 6  non detachable garters.
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Best for:
-Overall shaping and smoothing of the waist, tummy , bottom and hips
-A great all rounder
-Greater coverage (you won’t see your knickers)
When I would wear this: I love the look of this girdle and it is one I wear for photoshoots or when it might be seen! It doesn’t bring my waist in quite as much as the waist cincher, but does take in a good inch over the waist and hips, I would recommend this or the long leg shaper if your lower half is the area you are wanting to minimise!

High waist long leg shaper (Shaping shorts)
The Rago 6207 is an extra firm high waist long leg shaper. It has 4 detachable garters, and the stocking tuck up into the leg (they look a little like a more attractive version of bike shorts!)
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Best for:
-Overall shaping and smoothing of the waist, tummy , bottom and hips
-A smoother line than the open bottom girdle
-Another great all rounder
-Wearing with trousers
-Targetting thighs
When I would wear this: Under tight trousers or a wiggle dress where I didn’t want to see a seam showing, or I wanted a bit of bottom and thigh shaping!

Stockists and more information
In my opinion, Rago shapewear is very reasonable priced, but like any good undergarment shapewear it is an investment and you get what you pay for! So a little time spent on research and maybe asking a few questions can save you the expense of return and exchange postage.

I hope you have found this guide helpful, and I am always happy to answer questions! Contact me through my contact page, or on Facebook 🙂

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!

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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!

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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!

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

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

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

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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

 

 

 

Do my boobs look pointy in this? Exploring vintage style bras!

I have a love-hate relationship with bras. Back in pre-child days, with my carefree firm and perky still twenty-something breasts I often scorned bra wearing, even with my not insubstantial 10D or 12C bust… those babies basically defied gravity and my only real issue was whether it was a cold day or not. Fast forward to my early thirties, post pregnancy and breastfeeding my daughter for two ad half years… well, we’re not even talking about the same pair here any more! My comfort zone has become the push up and gel enhanced wonder that takes the deflated balloons and gives them lift and substance. When I’m wearing my bra armour, they still look quite impressive! But basically, I take my boobs off at the end of the night. Or, to be perfectly honest, as soon as I get home… because I’ve always found bras to be quite restricting and uncomfortable.

I love the look of vintage undergarments… AND the sound of a bra that looked pinup and sexy but was also comfortable – as many of the vintage reproduction and bullet bra styles are sans underwire. However the thought of an unpadded and not super lifting bra also terrified me somewhat… I felt a little naked just thinking about loosing my breasts in so brazen a way! So it was with some trepidation that I began my exploration into the vintage repro bra…

First up is the Rago Style 2191 Satin & Lace Fashion Bra, in red and black. I purchased mine here, from Pinup Girl Clothing. I love all of my Rago shapewear, so I was quite optimistic that this was going to be a comfortable, quality and supportive garment.

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And I was not disappointed! I really like this bra. It is very comfortable, gives good support and the black and red is very attractive. Combined with the girdle and stockings it gives a really great sexy retro look. I like how it gives a nice retro shape under clothing without being overly pointy. This is a good every day bra, however I wouldn’t wear it under anything with a lower neckline, as it is full coverage and although supportive, is hardly cleavage enhancing! And I like the girls to have a good boost under anything lower cut 🙂

Secrets and Lace has an amazing range of retro and vintage style lingerie, shapewear and of course – stockings. They also have some exclusive limited edition Rago items that aren’t available anywhere else! I was beyond excited to discover their Bettie Page collection – a glamorous range of vintage inspired lingerie, shapewear, stocking and night wear that you could see Bettie herself wearing! Of course, the collection features a lot of leopard! I decided to try the Bettie Leopard Plunge Bra and the Bettie Bullet Bra. Going by their size charts and self measuring, I would have been a 36D. However converting my size from NZ to US sizing I would go from a 10D/12C (I vary depending on the bra) to a 32D/34C. I decided to stick with the direct conversion my NZ size and ordered the Plunge Bra in a 34C and the Bullet Bra in both a 32D and 34C (in 2 different colours since they were on sale!)

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I LOVE this bra. It is very comfortable, even with the underwire and has soft, wide supportive straps. The style is very low cut, but the peek-a-boo pink covers just enough to not be indecent! Even so, I don’t get a feeling of spilling out of the cups, it feels nice and firm on. For someone not used to wearing a vintage shaped bra yet, this style is the closest looking to a modern bra, especially under clothes, so I have been wearing this almost every day. It is very uplifting (and cleavage enhancing!) and I hardly notice the absence of the extra padding I am used to.

Now, onto the bullet bras. I actually couldn’t see much of a difference in the sizes, both fit well. Which makes sense, because of how bra sizing works, the 32D and 34C are the same cup size. The 34C I had to do up on the tightest hook at the back, the 32D the midde hook. I have seen many pictures of bullet bras on, but wearing one was quite a lot different than I expected. They are really pointy! I kind of expected more of a rounded cone, these really shape the breast into… well a “bullet” shape. Hmm makes sense I guess! There was a little gap where my boob didn’t quite squish into the end… I’m thinking this is where those bullet bra pads would be used. I really like how it looks from the front, the side view from my modern indoctrinated viewpoint is going to take some getting used to. So far, this is a style I would wear for  photoshoot, but I haven’t been brave enough to wear one out under a sweater yet 🙂 I think it’s a style that will definitely grow on me, because the bras are just beautiful to look at as well as being very comfortable and supportive.

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Lastly, I will look at the Dominique 7750 Longline Low Back Bra Bustier from Orchard Corset. This isn’t quite in the same category but since I had recently purchased this I thought I’d throw the review into this post! I have a dread of strapless bras… no matter how excellent they are, they can’t defy gravity. Even if it doesn’t fall “down”… when “up” is somewhere near my waist without the holding power of straps, it’s a little disheartening. I just don’t wear anything that requires a strapless bra, or I wear a bolero to cover my straps! However after reading a review of this bustier on one of my favourite blogs, Pinup Persuasion (link here), I thought this might just be the answer to my strapless woes and decided to give it a whirl.

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I am fairly sure this is the right size for me, as it fits firmly around the back, and although there is a little extra room in the cups I think the smaller cup size would likely dig in to me. It definitely gives good lift and support, more than a strapless bra – although not as much as a bra with straps. I would wear a strapless dress with this – amazing! However I wouldn’t wear this if I had the option of wearing a bra with straps with my dress choice. There is a bit of a gap around the bottom on me, but I am used to the feeling of a firm fitting girdle now. I would wear a panty girdle underneath this for a special occasion. This would also take care of the slight “muffin” created at the bottom between the bustier and the underwear line. I like how the low back and plunge at the front mean it could be worn under a wide variety of different tops and dresses. All in all, I am very happy with this, and keen to once again get to delve into the world of strapless! Who would have thought!?

The girdle I am wearing in all of the above is the Rago longline open bottom girdle and the stocking are What Katy Did, purchased fro Rita Sue Clothing.

Hope you enjoyed this review!

Natalie xx

 

 

Superb Samorga (Taming my handbag habitat Part 2)

A few weeks ago I gave a glimpse into my slightly less than ideal organisational system which I call “organised chaos”. You can view the post here. I decided to start with something small and achievable goal that might make my life a little easier and my marbles a little less lost, and I ordered a felt handbag organiser from Samorga. They come in every conceivable size to fit any handbag (or man purse, don’t want to be sexist here!), including custom sizes and a wide range of lovely colours. I received my orange heather colour organiser today, nicely packaged and wrapped in tissue. The quality looked excellent and the felt thick and soft and I couldn’t wait to try it out!

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I guess-timated a size I thought would fit a range of my handbags and luckily it seemed to fit my favourite red Amoeba handbag from Pinup Girl Clothing as well as several others – N1(W8 H5.9 D4in) / mini. Once again I tipped out my handbag disaster… and got to work.

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And here is my new organised…erm organiser! So tidy! A pocket for everything, and best of all you can actually SEE what’s in the pockets!

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Here is the Samorga organiser in my Amoeba handbag. The size I ordered fits snugly in this handbag, I have to close it firmly due to the shape of the bag since it tapers at the top. It is an odd size bag though, and I am left with the “end bits” of dead space where it curves. But considering the space I am using is now actually useable, I am well pleased. I can also tuck things I am not going to need immediate access to down in the corner, like a pair of gloves, or an apple 😉

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I have also shown it in another handbag from Pinup Girl Clothing, I have this one in both leopard and pineapple print.

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It really makes it so easy to transfer from one bag to another!

And here it is in a larger tote like I might use on the weekend so there is extra room for things like a water bottle and sweater. Or kid crap.

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My verdict is… I love this and it’s fabulous! So practical, and for someone like me, a lifesaver! I’d like to think I won’t ever lose my keys again… but chances are I will find a way. I definitely want a tiny one now for my little handbags 🙂 I just took my new organised handbag on it’s first outing and I had to keep opening it to look at how pretty it is… I even wanted to show the man at the gas station. But I didn’t. He didn’t look like handbag fan.

Hope you enjoyed this review… get yourself a Samorga baby!

Natalie xx

Getting Lippy

I love wearing bright lipsticks, especially reds of course! However I have always had quite dry lips, which become even more so after a day of wearing lippy. I have tried all manner of lip balms, crèmes and different kinds of lipstick, but by the end of the day my lips are always dry and cracked. This of course also makes bleeding and feathering around the lip line much worse. Mostly I just re-apply and add some balm on top to disguise the dryness. I have been quite keen to try a lip primer for a while now and after doing some reading of reviews online I decided the best idea was just to try a couple! 2 brands which seem to come up again and again are Elizabeth Arden and Mac.

I decided to try the Elizabeth Arden product first, and was all set to purchase the Advanced Lip Fix. However after discussing my needs with the helpful lady at the Elizabeth Arden counter I found out about a similar product, – the Ceramide Plump Perfect Lip Moisture Cream – which might work better for me. The difference is that the Lip Fix is a product that you smooth around the outside of your lips and lip line to stop bleeding and feathering, whereas the Lip Moisture Cream is designed to be smoothed both over and around lips, to plump and smooth as well as prevent vertical lines and feathering. It also has SPF30. To me, it sounded like a more multi-purpose product, that might help improve the condition of my lips even when not wearing lipstick.

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The cream felt very smooth and velvety, and rubbed right in easily without feeling greasy. It gave a nice feeling of having a protective layer on the lip, without feeling like a lip balm. I tried it for a few days without lipstick and I’m definitely a fan, my lips definitely felt smoother and less dry overall. It does have quite a chemically lotion taste to it, so probably best not to apply right before eating! So far so good, so now for the lipstick test!

This morning I applied the Lip Crème after washing my face and putting on my face moisturiser. I chose a lipstick I know to be quite matte and drying on my lips – Lime Crime Velvetine. Here is what my lips looked like after the lip crème, lipstick and a bit of a shiny red Revlon lip crayon to make the look a little less matte. Excuse the relatively inexpert application… normally I go with the idea that viewed from a distance it looks ok… up this close it’s a little scary.

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Morning

I decided to go about my day without re-applying or touching up and see how it looked at the end! Today that included drinking several coffees and glasses of water as well as a lunch of soup and a big buttery bread roll! And this is how it looked 6 hours later…

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Afternoon

And just to make it super clear, here is a very close up shot!

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As you can see there is a small amount of feathering on the top lip and it definitely looks a little drier. But keep in mind I haven’t re-applied gloss either. All in all, on my lips, a definite improvement. Without the crème, my lips would have been very dry looking and with much more noticeable feathering.

I really like this product, to keep my lips in nice condition and protect from the drying effect of lipstick. I wouldn’t say it made my lips “plumper”, but hey it’s not botox right!? I don’t think it makes the lipstick last any longer and there was still some (minor) feathering. I think this is where the Mac lip primer’s strengths lie however, so I would be interested to try that out as well, especially with a less long wearing lipstick.

Overall, I would recommend Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lip Plumping Crème as a good handbag staple, its SPF30 content and moisturising qualities make it a good all rounder, and an excellent choice under long-wear lipsticks which have good staying power but tend to be drying!

I would love to hear and experiences you have had with lip primers or similar products!

Natalie xx

Taming my handbag habitat… Part 1

So confession time… on the outside I look like a very tidy organised person…but under lurking underneath is utter chaos.( And just to clarify, I am speaking of my physical surroundings but inside I’m probably not dissimilar! But that’s perhaps a topic for a later date…) Anyway, my handbag is somewhat of a microcosm of the rest of my home. Very pretty on the outside, but if you open it up… something might just jump out and bite you. Seriously.  I am obsessed with storage because I always need new solutions to migrate mess too. That stack of pretty boxes? Vintage suitcases? Second closet? All are really mini (or not so mini) time capsules of whatever I tossed in there at the time. Perhaps anthropologically interesting in 100 years… but currently it really is rather embarrassing…

For instance, this sums up my Tupperware cupboard perfectly. And yes, I have a whole cupboard for Tupperware in our small kitchen. The mess grew out of a drawer and earned itself a cupboard.

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Every so often I get a strange fit of enthusiasm and decided that dealing with my organised chaos will CHANGE MY LIFE. Well we will see about that, but I’m starting small. Achievable. With my handbag.

*Disclaimer* In the interest of complete honesty which is the intention of this blog I am going to show you some disturbing pictures. If you are a nice normal tidy person who files their mail upon receiving, rolls their cables and can find keys in their bag in less than 10 seconds, you should probably skip this post. You have been warned!

This is my favourite handbag of the moment, the fabulous Amoeba handbag in red glitter and black from Pinup Girl Clothing. Isn’t she pretty?! She is also quite large, and not possessed of any interior dividers which makes her very easy to fill with a large jumble of junk.

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Here’s a peek. She’s pretty deep, so you can’t quite see into the dark depths there

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SO now I’m going to tip it all out….

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I told you, pretty scary. And actually, this isn’t too bad… I was somewhat surprised by how little came out! Anything from lightbulbs and screwdrivers to underwear to a bottle of wine have been known to be found here….

Now, like any pinup worth her salt, I have a great many handbags. Although this is my go-to bag currently, I use many others depending on my outfit. And if I’ve been shopping. And when that happens, I pull out the necessaries for the day – wallet, lipstick, cell phone, diary and pop them in the bag of the day. And I get this

 

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Look at me, all organised! Had you fooled huh!

Because of course, what happens, is I repeat this process and end up with this

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Now, it’s a little hard to see, but inside nearly every one of those bags there are things lurking. And no, those aren’t all my bags!

Instead of 1 bag of junk…. I have 7 bags of junk. And it’s some law of my universe that when I’m looking for a particular lipstick it’s in the last bag. EVERY TIME. What is that!? On occasion there are benefits, like finding a $20 note you forgot about (who I am kidding, I mean a $2 coin…. yuuusss), or that eyeliner I thought I lost and already bought a new one. Now I have 2, neat!

An unintended consequence of getting those out to take that photo was that I really did find treasure! Here is some of the loot, of the non paper rubbish, non tampon or bandaid variety

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So we’ve got a sparkly garter belt, an EFTPOS card I thought was lost, 80 cents (score!), a random bag of old screws, a tape measure, 6 hair clips, an earring, a pokadot headband (been looking for that one for AGES), my Wheels and Dollbaby ring, bobby pins, my Fluff mirror compact (THERE you are!), a bracelet, a pen, a comb, a brooch, a safety pin, a SIM card and 1 Hershey’s kiss. Not a bad haul.

Clearly, I need a new system. It would be nice to not have to spend 5 minutes looking for my keys every time I need them, and having to call my cellphone to find it in my purse. To have my lipstick instantly accessible! To not find weird scary things, ever!

So… where to start? Well I got the old wheels cranking and googled “Handbag organiser”. I know right, pretty clever. And such a thing exists, loads of them! What a good plan, I can have everything in this cool compartmentalised thingymajig, all my bits can have their own home and then I just SWAP it from bag to bag! Genius! Why didn’t I think of this before! (If you have one of these and are shaking your head at me, cut me some slack… not all of us are as clued up on amazing technological innovations)

Well there are plenty of plastic looking ones around for less than $10, but I thought there must be something nicer out there for my beautiful bag! And I stumbled across this fabulous company in Korea called Samorga, who makes oodles of different organisers for every type of handbag, all out of quality felt and in all colours of the rainbow. And they make custom sizes too. They have been well reviewed on many sites and blogs, are reasonably priced and actually very cute! Needless to say, I had to get my hands on one.

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I have ordered an organiser in a size I thought would work well in a variety of my handbags, in a gorgeous orange colour and it should arrive in a week or so! I look forward to trying it out and reviewing it here on my blog… and I’ll let you know if it’s life changing.

Natalie xx

Raving about Rago… vintage shapewear Part 2

In my last post here, I shared my experience with the Rago 6207 High waist long leg panty girdle (I’m going to call them shaping shorts, as that’s a bit of a mouthful!). Which just to recap, is the best item of shapewear I’ve tried to far, vintage or otherwise! I have been wearing them most days and they really are so versatile and flattering and create such a lovely shape under vintage styles. Needless to say, I was pretty excited when my order from Orchard Corset arrived, with the Rago 6109 High waist panty girdle and the Rago 21 long line waist cincher!

Now as I mentioned in my previous post, I am trying out these garments wearing a dress I don’t wear at the moment as I find it clings around my middle – which I consider my personal “problem” area! So will this shapewear make my favourite dress perfectly wearable again like the shaping shorts did? Let’s see!

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The Rago high waist panty girdle (product details here) is the non shorts sister of the Rago shaping shorts, and also come in both black and white colours, a lace version and an option with a side zip. I decided to try a size down from a 30 to a 28 and the white colour this time. The size 30 in the shaping shorts took an inch off my waist and hips so will be interesting to see what the smaller size does! I also enlisted the help of my lovely sister as an extra guinea pig…

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This is my beautiful sister au naturel, her measurements are 36-29-38

And wearing the Rago high waisted panty girdle…

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The panty girdle took 1 inch off both hips and waist and lifted and smoothed very well, creating a nice silhouette under this very body hugging wiggle dress from PinupGirl Clothing’s Dixiefried range.

And on myself, it also took 1 inch off both hips and waist, the same as the shaping shorts. I haven’t included photos as they look just the same as the shaping shorts! They felt nice and firm at the top and still comfortable, even in the size down, I am thinking my ideal pair will be the shaping shorts in the size 28 now! However they did feel a little tight (but not cutting in) around the leg elastic, my sister noticed this also (even on her skinny pins!) So these might not be the best style if you don’t like anything snug around panty line, but would be a great option if you prefer the look of the panty over of the long leg version and don’t mind the snugness around the leg.

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Now this looked exciting! (Product details here)

Rago cincher ky First, on guinea pig one…

Kylie loved this, and said is was her favourite! She isn’t a regular wearer of vintage, but said this was a garment she would definitely wear. The cincher took 2 inches off her waist.

 

The first thing I noticed when I tried this on is that to get it to look right and not create a bulge at the top under the bra is that you need to pull it up much higher than the model on the website… right under the bra. Which is quite a different look than I expected but creates a nice seamless one piece appearance. The size 28 wasn’t too hard to do up on my 31 inch waist and felt firm but comfortable. I liked how supportive it felt, without feeling constrictive.

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It took 2 inches off my waist and made my problem tummy area completely flat! Amazing! But to get my tick of approval, I have to be able to wear it all day and not be dying to rip it off in the middle of the office…
AND… I actually found this even more comfortable than the shaping shorts! Sorry shaping shorts, I have a new favourite, was good while it lasted, I still love you though!

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So the verdict!!

If you are wanting to minimise your middle, the Rago 21 waist cincher works a dream!

Rago is a high quality, affordable brand and has quickly become my favourite! The waist cincher and girdles I have reviewed here are great – and importantly – everyday wearable options to achieve a smooth enhanced hourglass figure under vintage style dresses and even trousers.

The shaping shorts are also fantastic, they too have awesome smoothing powers and the bonus of bum boosting and thigh thinning!

Don’t be afraid of erring on the small side for sizing – in my experience these garments stretch and mould to your body wonderfully without discomfort!

What are your experiences with vintage shapewear? What are your favourites? I would love to hear about your own shapewear successes… and fails!

I have ordered this little beauty from Rita Sue Clothing, and am very excited to try it and let you all know how it erm… shapes up 😉

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Also keep an eye out for an upcoming review on the Dominique 7749 longline Push-Up Brasselette, for a girl who would not normally go near a strapless bra, this is pushing my boundaries!

Natalie xxx

 

 

My shapewear journey… raving about Rago!

There are a few little deceptions every girl is entitled to. Push up bras, concealer, mascara… and of course, shapewear. Although technically, one is just enhancing (or erm squishing) one’s own assets, so perhaps deception isn’t quite the right term. In any case, whatever your shape or size, if you are like me, there are certain parts of your body that you might feel less than confident about. That is if you are naked. When I was in my 20s, I felt great naked. I still feel good naked, but child bearing, breast feeding, time and gravity mean I like to feel good naked at home… not walking down the street. Which is why clothes, and shapewear under them, are every mother’s (and non mother’s) little helper!

I like to be comfortable, and I like my clothes to look good and well fitted on me. So shapewear and I have had a love-hate relationship. I remember being 3 months pregnant, heading out to dinner, and removing my control top pantyhose in the car and heaving them in the bin because I couldn’t stand the feeling. Not much has changed, I have a very limited tolerance for discomfort!

Before I discovered vintage shapewear, I tried a wide variety of control underwear, slips, and shorts. All kinds of wrong! The undies ride up my bum. The slips end up around my waist before I have even left the house. The shorts make me look like a lycra warrior, in beige. Still, there remained the persistent hope that the next thing I tried would work like magic…

Behold, my pile of Spanx!
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Or should I say, graveyard?

I bought my first Rago undergarment last year, from Rita Sue clothing, a high waisted open bottom girdle in black, with a side zip. It felt like a miraculous garment! Instantly slimming and smoothing, it worked wonders under my pinup dresses. However it too, was not without it’s flaws. I loved it’s vintage look, it didn’t ride up, and I’m pretty sure I did a happy dance when I saw the number it did on my waistline. BUT, the long length and non detachable stocking clips meant it couldn’t be worn under shorter dresses, or trouser of course. And I found the zip made my underwear did into me after wearing it for a few hours. So it still remained a “special occasion” item of shapewear.

Recently, I read some very good reviews on Rago shapewear from 2 of my favourite blogs and Miss Victory Violet and Pin Up Persuasion, and I became very excited about trying out a Rago 6207 long leg high waist shaper. I ordered mine from Orchard Corset. My measurements are currently 36-31-39, and I ordered the size 30, a compromise between my hips being less than the size range and my waist being greater. They were surprisingly easy to wriggle into, considering they have no zip. And…. I found my magic pants! The instantly gave me a smooth shape and sucked in my mummy tummy, I tried a few of my tight wiggle dresses that I don’t wear at the moment as they are too snug and they looked amazing! They were higher than I expected, sitting right up at my bust line, and do require a bit of adjustment to not get a roll under the bra line. I liked how the stocking clips were removable, as I was planning on wearing them under trousers at times, so no stockings necessary. Ok, so here are my brutally honest photos, they aren’t great but they tell the story! I’m wearing my favourite pink Dixiefried dress, from Pinupgirl Clothing. I used to wear this dress all the time, but after putting on some weight, this is definitely not a dress I could wear and feel comfortable in without shapewear underneath!

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I took my measurements before and after, and this garment took 1 inch off both my waist and hips, and well as overall smoothing and some lifting of the derriere! Well they looked great, but I’d been through this before – would they stand the wearing test?? The answer is, yes! I wore these during an average busy day and they were definitely wearable. After a few days of wear, I barely noticed them at all. I love these so much, I whipped them off recently at a family dinner and got my sister and sister-in-law to try them too! Nothing like a bit of enthusiasm, my family are pretty used to this! And I ordered the Rago 21 waist cincher and 6109 high waist panty girdle 🙂

Next post, I will review both my 2 new Rago shapers both on me, and my lovely sisters – who have agreed to help me share with you Rago, on real bodies!

Natalie xx