If I Lived in Yharnam OOTD

Hi everyone,

Today I thought I’d share a little OOTD post, something I want to try doing more regularly as they are easier to photograph and write than some of my other posts. My schedule is going to be very tight for the next few months but I really want to try and put out more content.

Today’s outfit was inspired by my Bloodborne shirt and what I would probably wear on a very casual day in Yharnam. Continue reading

Christmas Day OOTD

Hi everyone,

Welcome to this week’s post detailing my Christmas Day OOTD. Every year for the past 5 years I’ve made myself a special outfit to wear at Christmas and of course this year was no exception. First I’m going to detail my inspiration behind the dress and then there are PLENTY of pictures of me wearing it! Continue reading

Pinup Christmas Countdown Days 9-16

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Sorry I’m a bit late with this one! It’s almost Christmas now! I’ve just been super busy cleaning and getting Christmas things ready that it’s hard to keep track of the days! Continue reading

Pinup Christmas Countdown Days 1-8

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So this year I have been taking part in the lovely Miss Rouge NZ’s Pinup Christmas Countdown which is a wonderful event attempting to wear Christmas themed outfits from the 1st to the 25th of December! I’ve previously done the 12 Days of Pinup Christmas but thought this would be more of a fun challenge. Continue reading

Satin Padded Bullet Bra – What Katie Did Lingerie Review Pt. 1

Hi all,

As we all know I love vintage lingerie, be it vintage or reproduction. That’s why this year for my birthday I decided to treat myself to a large order from What Katie Did. I’ve recently changed bra size and had some weight issues due to health reasons so I wanted to get myself something that would make me feel and look good.

I actually ended up returning the Kate Longline Cone Bra and the Liz Bra because they didn’t fit me quite right. I was quite sad because they look fabulous on some people but just didn’t work for me. This feeling was quickly gone though as the stuff that did fit is PERFECT(review spoiler)!

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What I am wearing (and reviewing) is the Satin Padded Bullet Bra, Liz Suspender Knickers and the Point Heel Fully Fashioned Stockings. This post is just part 1 where I will discuss the bra, stay tuned for parts 2 and 3 where I will discuss the knickers and stockings!

Something I also have to mention before I get into it is that What Katie Did do manufacture ethically. Katie is always very transparent about manufacturing and here is one of her many posts if you would like to read up about it.

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I need to talk about this spectacular bra. I love a good bullet bra, and the more extreme the better in my opinion. I understand that this isn’t an ‘everyone’ bra but I do wish everyone could experience wearing one at least once. This is actually the bra I have found myself reaching for the most often since I received my order.

As you can see it is a very strong and striking design, the circle stitching is a lovely classic detail but the padded extreme point lends itself to the fetish stylings of the 1950’s. I also love the little peeking hole between the cups. This bra will definitely be visible with wide or scoop necks which is a small drawback, but when worn with a higher neck it will be more striking.

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Having smaller shoulders I was actually worried about how far the straps reach around the back, but as they are attached so close together at the front I haven’t had them slide off even once! The band is quite snug on me but still comfortable, it is definitely minimal stretch but true to size. This bra would be perfect to wear with wide or open backed dresses. I am very tempted to design a lush evening gown just to wear this bra under.

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The bra has no underwire but probably the best support I’ve ever had. The cups are so sturdy and structured and with the snug band and well placed straps everything just feels to secure. The full coverage also means there’s never any risk of spillage, even if you are wearing a size too small. I find that due to the lack of underwires I don’t experience any digging in toward the end of the day (when I am relaxing on the couch)  which is wonderful and means I can wear the bra right up until I go to bed.

I bought the size 32DD/E as I fit around a 10DD at the moment. This fits pretty well, but I think if I was going to buy another (as I’m considering the peach) I might size up to the 32F. This fits pretty well but I find that I have a little too much breast tissue at the top which can make the points droop a bit. But it’s just something I would consider, but I do love the fit and comfort of this one. I found What Katie Did’s Cathedral bras fit me well which you can read about here, but I’ve previously had a Marlene one which felt a little small so it might just be how the bullet styles fit on me.

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The Satin Padded Bullet Bra costs £39.50 which is about $72NZD, this is a great price. The Poesie bra by Triumph is in a similar vein but without padding and costs $60, so the What Katie Did one is great value, and it is made ethically. I find it to be super comfortable and fun to wear, it makes such a great silhouette under vintage style pieces. If you have trouble filling out the busts of true vintage dresses this style of bra will also definitely help as it has a lot of projection.

I love this so much I’m considering purchasing the peach as well and getting some of the CC09 French Knickers to match. If you have at all considered taking the plunge with this bra I say go ahead. What Katie Did also have a fantastic returns service which I discovered when I had to return some items if you don’t end up being too keen on it. Stay tuned for Part 2 where I cover the Liz Suspender Knickers!

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A New Skirt OOTD

Hi all,

Sorry I’ve missed a couple of posts, I haven’t been feeling too well recently and have had a few days off work. Anyway last week I managed to rustle up myself a new skirt out of some gorgeous fabric I found so I thought I would show it off in an OOTD post!

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The fabric is a gorgeous wool blend with a diamondish pattern in pinks, blues and purples! It really reminds me of a wet city in the evening too, as if you were looking into a puddle seeing the reflection of the buildings and cars and people all around.

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I did my eye makeup to match and I used both my Urban Decay and Smashbox palettes, both of which I’ve previously reviewed on here.

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I’m also wearing my new lipstick which is Blue Velvet by Jeffree Star Cosmetics. I had the shade Redrum and I adored the shade and formula, it’s now completely empty now. I felt like something different so I went with this beautiful bright blue. I think it’s a really wearable shade, particularly on me, it’s not too bright and I already wear a lot of blue.

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I took my photos at work today as there isn’t any sunlight left by the time I get home anymore. I’ve also reviewed the sweater I am wearing here, this is still an all time favourite and I hope to get at least one more colour of it for winter this year.

I actually made this skirt so that I could wear the pattern two ways. The above pictures show the colours going vertically, and below horizontally.

It isn’t a hug difference but I really liked how both ways looked so I wanted the option! Also I still get a pocket whichever way I wear it which is handy.

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I was rushing out of the house and I decided I wanted a bit of jewellery so I chose this amazing Jubly-Umph necklace. I bought it last year I think and it is ‘The Teardrop Lighthouse’ a limited edition necklace which I am so glad I bought. I really love lighthouses and this is such a sturdy but delicate looking piece.

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I love putting large circular pockets on my skirts! I find patch pockets much more convenient and it adds a point of difference.

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I’m wearing my recently reviewed Columbine stockings in the shade Misty. Also apologies for the thread on my leg, had I known I would have removed it! Also I love heeled boots with some fur cuffs as the weather gets colder, I’ve gone through this is my 2nd or 3rd pair and it’s just a style I am obsessed with. This pair is getting a little tattered though so I need to start looking for some more.

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Sorry it wasn’t too exciting today. I’ll try to get something up for Thursday otherwise it might just end up being next Monday. I really like this skirt and this outfit, it was perfect for a snug day as it was quite chilly finally! As an added bonus I’ll leave you with a picture of my foundations! It is May the Month of Lingerie so follow my on Instagram for daily lingerie pictures for this month. I’ll try to do a big compilation post at the end of the month too!

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Pixie Dust – Pinup Pals

Hi all,

Welcome to this post which may become a regular series, I thought I’d introduce you all to some fabulous pinup/vintage ladies who have become my friends!

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Today I want to introduce one of my ‘Pinup Pals’ from Wellington, Miss Pixie Dust! Pixie is such a gorgeous, funny and sassy babe! We see each other at almost all of the events we Wellington Pinups hold and she is also a frequent customer of my shop. I love being able to alter and make clothing for her, as it’s someone who dresses similarly to me but has her own style, and what a style! I absolutely love it when she comes in with new vintage goodies for me to adjust!

Miss Pixie Dust is also a finalist for Miss Pinup New Zealand 2016! So exciting! She’s also the only entrant from the Wellington region so we are all rooting for her. You can vote for her as Miss Publicity here.

Here are some quick questions so you can get to know her better!

Where were you born?

I was born in Germany

What do you do?

I’m a Therapist in mental health and before that I used to work as a Social Worker. One of my passions is working with adolescents.

When did you first become interested in the pinup/vintage style?/Why were you drawn to the style?

I’ve always been drawn to the 40s and 50s era, mainly because it connects me with my grandmother who lives trough World War II. I remember watching Classic movies with my nana on Sunday afternoons and listening to her telling me stories about her experiences of the war. I’m in love with the fashion of this era, too- especially the workwear and teddy girl style.

I adore Pixie in her workwear styles!

What do you like about being a Wellington Pinup?

What I love most about being a Wellington pinup are the relationships I’ve formed with the gorgeous women in our wee community. The other thing would be the freedom of self-expression it gives me.

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Why did you decide to enter Miss Pinup New Zealand?

Entering miss Pinup NZ was another way of challenging myself to do something outside of my comfort zone. I had encouragement from my friends to give it a go and I enjoy bringing my quirky personality out to play! My day job is about empowering people to live a fulfilled and content life- to do things that make them happy and feeds their souls. I guess I should practice what I preach smile emoticon

What would you tell to someone who is interested or starting out with dressing pinup/vintage?

Find out what works for you, celebrate your individuality and tag along to one of out meet-ups. Everyone is welcome!!

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So there she is! Do please remember to vote for her as Miss Publicity and check out the other contestants too!

You can (do it) follow Pixie on Facebook here

And (highly recommended) on instagram: @mspixiedust

Hope you enjoyed this, I’d like to continue this and make it fortnight or monthly so you can meet all my friends!