Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Some of the images so far

So I have the first batch of photos from the weekend. All photos here are by Allan King Photography.

Some images were just using what was around, so simple location shots. Which were interesting as you never know what your going to get. As well as learning the most important lesson that you may not get what you think out of the camera but its amazing what you can do with a post editing program. For instance all that was done to the shot above was soften the background.

Then we tried to recreate, in sorts, some images. Above is the image of Amanda Plamer that we tired, and the result below.Then there was the attempt at the vogue image.
I still have issues seeing some images of myself, but it was well worth the effort to get some of these images. Again a big thank you to Allan for these shots!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Scent of a man - Old Spice

Sometimes we forget that scents can be vintage. As women most of us think of 'vintage' scents as Channel no. 5, however Old Spice for men was released in 1938 which in mine mind makes it a vintage scent. Most people would think of Old Spice as a scent our grandfathers would wear, but this new ad is turning the Old Spice into the scent of a new generation.

If you don't know what I'm talking about have a watch of this link and see what i mean. I don't no why but it just works. So have a watch, a laugh and maybe rethink that old image of Old Spice you once had.

*now I'm on a horse* lol

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Oh my what a weekend

AK working on post production from day 1

Well what a long and wonderful weekend! I've spent the last two days out in the freezing cold of Ballarat being part of a photo workshop as a model. I had actually forgotten how long those days can be. As a model we start first and finish last so saturday was a start at 8am and we wrapped up about 9pm, then of course a BBQ and catch up followed. Then sunday with 8am start and wrap-up about 6pm. Which did mean I was up at 6am to start my own hair and makeup before heading to the location to help with other models hair and makeup. At least I got to practice my skills on a few different skin types to help increase my skills.

Firstly a big thanks to the great host's Peter and Rose. Next a thanks goes to the models like Ms SugarPlumFairy and Ms Midnight for great laughs as well as being able to use my makeup skills on you gals. As well as a thanks to the other models (sorry I've forgotten a lot of names) Ms Jess, Ms Sandra, Ms Taya, Rouge, Ms K. And of course thanks to the photographers for coming, sharing your visions and working with us.

Me and Ms Midnight playing with all the blankets on set

So overall after some very long days, its time to come back to Melbourne and hit fashion week. No rest for the wicked hey! I will post some images once I get them all cleaned up from the photographers so you can see some of what we got up to.

But for now I'm off to bed and dream of what fashion week may hold!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

oh my why 6.30am!

Just a quick one before i head off to my shoot. Here I am in full makeup and hair at 7am for a 8am call. Oh my....its going a long day!

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Dollhouse

A quick sneak peak for all you corset lovers and lingerie fans of the new range The Dollhouse is stocking. This new - soon to open its doors to all - Melbourne store has a fantastic range of stockings, corsets, dresses and extras.

There is a style for almost everyone. So whether you wish to channel your Inner Pinup, Gothic Goddess or cheeky gal next door you will find what your after.
Like this stunning number. A great piece for anyone wanting a 'basic' corset.

Or maybe you need a set of wings to prove your an angel, or to finish off that outfit for christmas.
Or maybe a cute retro number with just the right amount of cheek?

As soon as I have more details I will let you all know where to go and what's on offer.

Viva la Dollhouse!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Bakerella Book Launch

The wonderful Bakerella has finally released a book for all us fans of her amazing cake pops. So far its planned to be launched in the USA in september but you can find it on Amazon for all you international readers.

With great images the Cake Pops Book is a great addition to any kitchen, especially with the step by step guide. A wonderful reference for cooks like myself who like a bit of virtual hand holding when cooking something new for the first time.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Pinups of Australia

If you love pinups, burlesque or simply stunning women then book your tickets for the upcoming Miss Pinup Australia competition.

This is a great chance to get out and support the vintage gals who live a life full of pinup goodness. So come and see the excitement at the Victorian heats on Friday September 17th at 7pm at the Order of Melbourne (on Swanston street). A great venue with its divine decor this is the perfect venue for those Victorian pinup gals to showcase their love for vintage glamour.

See you there

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A bit of cross promotion

Have you ever wanted to know more about vintage fashion well one of my fellow bloggers Candaice De Ville is becoming part of the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and taking part in the lunch time series at City Square. So come on down to this free event on Tuesday 31st August to get your dose of Vintage Glamour.

Come and help support the network of wonderful vintage bloggers and lovers of fashion.

See you there

Monday, August 23, 2010

Worn Wild

Its that time again.....Melbourne Spring fashion week is upon us! So its time to see whats out there in the exciting world of fashion, make up and parties.

The first stop for me will be the Worn Wild Alternative designers market on September 5th.

Featuring designers from Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland.

Beserk Clothing
Black Sunshine Clothing
Bone Orchard
Crypt Trash
Dark Muse Corsetry
Dusk Moth Designs
Elvy Ess
Femme Fatale Magazine
Invisible Light
Lil' Smyth Trading Company
PM Leather
Purpur Fashion
Raven Clothing
Scarlet Zaphara Jewelry
Sweetly Numb Accessories
Too Cute Accesories
VnV Boutique
Za Dezign

Miss Nic
Voodoo Burlesque
Dressed by GeoMythik

What will you find there...well how long do I have. Since they will be showcasing the best of Melbourne's underground & alternative designers so you will find everything including fashion, jewelry, hair artistry, accessories & body art for rockers, ravers, queers, punks, cyberpunks, goths, hippies, metalheads, emos, lolitas, clubbers, fans of corsetry & burlesque & general street-stylin'.

It’s a chance to see the full range of products on offer from each designer, try on items you have only ever seen on the net or order a custom-made design. You’ll be amazed at the huge diversity and volume of products on show. Not to mention you’ll find plenty of individualistic & unique couture – corsets, street wear, occasion wear & club styles that can be custom ordered or off the rack, one offs and standard stock.

So where will you find all this fabulous fashion you may ask

At Mercat Cross Hotel - 456 Queen Street, Melbourne on Sunday 5th September from 1pm - 6pm and all for only $5.

Proudly Supporting

Sunday, August 22, 2010

A bit of pink

Now being a bit of a goth gal its very odd to my friends when I embrace pink. After the addition of my new Stop Staring pink and black dress I thought I'd see what cute little pink numbers could be also be lurking out there for me to find. This is what I came across.

Laura Top in Pink Stretch Jersey by Pinup Couture

Deadly Dames Capri Pants in Hot Pink

Natalie Dress in pink with black trim from Pinup Couture

Burlesque Shoes - Bordello "Violette" Rhinestone Encrusted Peep-Toe Pump in Pink

So maybe there is something in this pink thing for as vintage rockabilly girls after all.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Beauty on a budget

Now I love a good beauty product, but sometimes the budget isn't always there. However I have over the last few months discovered a good and low price company called BYS for my make up addiction. So far I've picked up and used eyeshadows, lipstick, lip gloss, eyeliner and false lashes all at bargain prices.

My lastest splurge was $14.95 on the following products. New red lipstick in crimson joy, red lip liner #9 and black magic eyeliner, as well as a new eyeliner brush. So yes you can still have what you want at a lower price.

So what is the result of these products you may ask...because we all know that cheap doesn't always mean good. I've had nothing but good luck with the BYS products so far, including their false lashes.

What do you think? I'm also wearing BYS false lashes and peach rose blush. Not bad for under $30 of make up.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Inner Pinup

Well its late on a friday night and no I'm not hitting the town. In fact I'm sitting with my hair in curlers trying to get some extra bounce for tomorrow's photo shoot.

Over the next two weeks I will find myself in a 1950's dreamland as I pose for photos in all my retro gear. First off its at the Burlesque Bar and next weekend Ballarat, so this little gal is preparing for a lot of hairspray, false lashes and pouting red lips. As soon as I get some images I will post and show you all.However the issue I'm having now is what to take with me. Its a bit hard to pack your entire wardrobe, just in case, so I've chosen a few key pieces and fingers crossed they will work. So I'm off to rest and wake up as a little pinup doll tomorrow.

Wish me luck!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

All sewn up

Sometimes you can't find what you want in the stores when you are looking at the vintage styles quiet simply because pieces get lost, damaged etc. This is when it may be time to drag out the old sewing machine or head to your nearest seamstress.

But this also brings up the issue of what to make it from and not all fabric stores have what you want. This is where Retro Age Fabrics comes in, a super cool online store that stocks great vintage material for all your sewing needs.

So next find the pattern....i have managed to pick up some great ones from op shops, markets and even the re-release of patterns by such fashion houses as Vogue from Spotlight.

As soon as I get a piece a finished I will post it up here (assuming it looks ok). So keep your eyes peeled for a gem in that old collection of papers and fabrics in stores. Happy sewing!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

If you go down to the woods today......

If you go down to the woods today your in for a big surprise....there are polar bears and dragons! Well that's what I found when I made my way to Build a Bear with a voucher in hand. For those of you who don't know Build a bear is a kids shop where you get to create your own bear from scratch so each bear that leaves is personally designed and yes a bit of fun.

Step 1. Find a furry friend that makes you smile. For me it was this super cute dragon and fluffy white polar bear. As you can see to start with they have no filling so its a great time to check out the faces and feel of these new super cute friends. They have bears, monkeys, dragons, horses, dogs and cats to choose from all with their own unique charm and cuddleness.
Step 2. Once you have chosen your animal you get to choose how soft or firm the filling is so you can get just the right amount of cuddle factor from them. You also get to give them a heart which as a microchip meaning if you do loose your new friend and they find their way back to the Build a bear stores you will be called to pick up your lost friend.

Step 3. SHOPPING! From here you can play dress ups with your new pal. I went for cute little dresses for my polar bear, but you can choose anything from sports uniforms or even Star Wars costumes.

May the force be with you

Step 4. Once dressed you get to name them, and you even get a birth certificate for them. HOW CUTE!!!!! My dragon became Firebug and the bear Snowdrop.

Step 5. Home time for your new friends. They even come with their own little cubby house (box) all ready for you to color in and make your own. So I'm now off to introduce the lastest additions to my other bears and have a much needed cup of tea.

Ok so I embraced my inner child today, but hey if you can't be a kid now and then whats the point. If you don't think you can go get your niece, nephew etc and use them as the excuse for a bit of fun.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Classic Lingerie for the Modern Gal

The modern world like to take inspiration from the past and these classic little numbers from Bendon are no exception.

"The company revolutionised the lingerie industry with a radical approach to design. Rather than force women’s bodies in the restrictive corsetry of the time, the company looked at the way the body moved and pioneered lingerie that could ‘bend on’ the body." according to Bendon team

Personally I just adore these prints that are just the right mix of woman and girl.

Not to mention TEMPTRESS! So go and check out your local lingerie stores for these great designs.

If your mind wanders let it lead you here. Design by Exotic Mommie. Illustraion By DaPino