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!






tami new album

“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

She’s Dynamite! Q & A with our own Queen of Country, Tami Neilson


Singer, songwriter, musician, wife, mother, even a Glory Days covergirl… Tami Neilson is one talented lady with a few strings to her bow!


There can’t be many of you out there that aren’t yet familiar with this Canadian – who now calls NZ home, along with her Kiwi husband and two children, but just in case, here’s a bit of bio from Tami’s website:

“With a soulful voice straight from the golden age of country and rockabilly music, Tami Neilson has been described as “A red-hot honky-tonker, somewhere between Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson with perhaps just a little bit of Peggy Lee sophistication.” (-Nick Bollinger, NZ National Radio)
Singing her heart out along endless roads and stages, from her days as a young girl in Canada touring with the Neilson Family band, opening for the likes of Johnny Cash, to her full blossoming in New Zealand as a formidable talent in her own right, Tami Neilson has won the Tui Award for each of her past three albums.

Now, in 2014, Tami has been awarded the APRA Silver Scroll, New Zealand’s most prestigious music award for excellence in songwriting, for her song “Walk (Back to Your Arms)”. Tami was also awarded the “Best Female Artist” at the National Country Music Awards and APRA’s “Best Country Song” at the NZ Country Music Awards. The release of her explosive new album “Dynamite!” has been receiving rave reviews, including 5 Stars in the NZ Herald, claiming “This world-class album is a major statement from an artist at the top of her lyrical and vocal game.”, while National Radio NZ states “I don’t reckon there’ll be a better country album released this year.”

Charting #1 on the NZ Music Charts, Independent Music NZ Charts and iTunes Country Charts, the album is well on it’s way to proving them right!

While already having made a solid name for herself here in NZ, Tami’s latest album “Dynamite” and her musical talent are making reviewers jaws drop all over the world. You can check out her banging new video for third single off the album and the title track “Dynamite” below – featuring Anika Moa, Miss Victory Violet and Ria Hall. I love the Tarantino-esque vibe and the never mess with a woman attitude!

One of the things that makes such a fan of Tami’s is her incredible live performances. If you haven’t been along to one of her gigs before, DO IT! The first time I saw her live (very  pregnant, rocking a wiggle dress like nobody’s business!), I was blown away. I had to buy and listen to her album and have been hooked since! Always a huge fan of old school country legends like Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton, I felt like I was really listening to something extraordinary. Tami plays with some of NZ’s best musicians, it’s always a show not to be missed! The originals sound as polished as on the albums, and if you’re lucky you might hear Tami play a cover from one of the legends she invokes, which will send tingles up your spine….

For a lady of such formidable talent, you couldn’t have anyone further away from being a diva! On stage, Tami’s easy going manner and infectious laugh make you really LIKE her, and in person she is just as lovely and friendly, always taking time after her shows to chat, sign albums and pose for photos. In fact, after one show I approached Tami, somewhat sheepishly, with an unusual request. You see, my four year old daughter loves Tami’s music, and seeing as she couldn’t attend the concert (past her bedtime)… she asked me to bring Barbie in her stead. Dressed especially for the show, of course. Tami didn’t bat an eyelid when I pulled Barbie out of my purse, she just laughed and posed for the photo 🙂 And my daughter was thrilled!


Last year, Miss Tami was kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions for me!
With wedding chaos now over, I can get back into my blogging and am excited to share her answers with you…

Who are your biggest inspirations?
My family.

Choose three words you think best describe yourself!
It changes on a daily basis, but, today it’s: Mother. Happy. Tired!

 What book are you currently reading?
 I used to be a 1-2 books a week kinda gal (Ah, so THAT’S what I did with my time before having kid…!). Now I’m lucky to get through one every couple months! I just started “Shoot the Moon” by Billie Letts, after having heard of her passing. I’ve read all of her other books and it saddens me that there will be no more. I love her quirky humour mixed with dark and disturbing situations. Her characters are so memorable and great. (Her son, Tracy Letts, the playwright of “August: Osage County”, definitely carries on her talent!)

 Favourite piece in your wardrobe!
Too hard to choose just one- I am a dress kinda gal, so, you’ll find me wearing one- either from Rita Sue, De Vol Clothing, Pin Up Girl Clothing or, most recently, a custom dress made for me by Devel Men & Women!

What comes into your mind when you picture “happiness”?
My babies laughing.

You juggle your successful music career, which involves plenty of touring, with being a mum of two! Do you have any tips for other multi-tasking mamas for how to make things work?
The secret to making this hectic lifestyle work is the support of an amazing husband, who jumps in and takes over the solo-parenting role and always encourages me to pursue my music. Also, lots of organizing well in advance!

 Is there any one song you enjoy performing most?
I think the sad ones are my favourite! I always love singing “She’s Got You” by Patsy Cline.

What’s your favourite way to relax in your spare time?
Spare time?? Haha. Um…snuggling up to watch a movie with my hubby, reading a book uninterrupted, or a real treat these days- a massage or a pedicure!

If you had to pick your top 5 albums (or artists) of all time, what (or who) would they be?
Damn, another tough one…
Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Mavis Staples, Louis Armstrong, Loretta Lynn

What upcoming plans and projects can we look forward to seeing in the future?
I’m currently writing new material for my next album, being recorded in April 2015!

tami album

Awesome, thanks so much to Tami! I’ll be looking forward hugely to hearing what she has up her sleeve for her new album!

If you want to get along and see this talented and inspirational lady perform next, check out her latest schedule here… I know I can’t wait for the Auckland show at the Tuning Fork April 10th!

Lorelei Louise xx