The secret language of fans …

Did you know that during Victorian times, when fans were a much more frequently used accessory than they are today, the way they were positioned and used to accentuate gestures actually conveyed emotions and represented hidden meanings? It's a fascinating and kind of romantic thing really - in fact, the language of fans has been … Continue reading The secret language of fans …

In the audience at Dirty Martini …

Wow ... for once, Mumpty is nearly speechless!  ** Warning** pic-heavy post - but when it comes to burlesque, those are the best posts right?!  For the record, all images in this post were taken by the truly marvellous, burlesque photographer extraordinaire, David Rowe from David Rowe Photography - just book him! I have been to … Continue reading In the audience at Dirty Martini …

Sartorial secrets: Fancifora Foxglove

Behind the scenes at Miss Pinup NZ 2015 ... Fancifora Foxglove Now that the Big Day (aka the Miss Pinup NZ 2015 competition!) has been and gone, I thought it would be really nice for some of the contestants to tell us the stories behind their clothing and accessory choices.  I don't know about you, … Continue reading Sartorial secrets: Fancifora Foxglove

The Sartorial Secrets interviews …

Click the names of the ten finalists for Miss Pinup NZ 2015 below to be taken to their individual "Sartorial Secrets" interviews.  To find out the story behind the Sartorial Secrets series, click here. Fancifora Foxglove Bettie Rage Madam Rou Enjoy ...    

Numpty’s (slightly fictitious) evening out … in pictures

Recently Mumpty had an epic evening out ... because she is so tired after such a busy night, she decided to show you what happened in pictures. It went a little like this: She wore ... the Pinup Girl Clothing Gilda gown in burgundy, with ... the Pinup Girl Clothing Gothic Lace Bolero to keep … Continue reading Numpty’s (slightly fictitious) evening out … in pictures

When Mumpty met Dirty

It's not often that an international burlesque performer of Dirty Martini's calibre shimmies her way into town, so when I heard she was coming to Glamilton I signed up for the "Meet'n 'Greet" with a squeal!  And whilst I was there, I must admit, I behaved much like a groupie - I took endless selfies … Continue reading When Mumpty met Dirty

Mumpty’s VVDO experience …

Wow - what a blast!  This year was the first time I had attended the Very Vintage Day Out - you could say I was a VVDO Virgin!  Anyway ... I will most certainly be back next year - I had a brilliant time! I met some incredible people whom I've only "met" online before; … Continue reading Mumpty’s VVDO experience …

Congratulations to Miss Pinup NZ 2015

Bettie Rage Congratulations Anjel - awesome effort and soooo incredibly well-deserved! Miss Pinup NZ 2015 was the first pinup pageant I have attended in person, and OMG - it was so exciting!  I am going to do a post about it later in the week (including the whole Very Vintage Day Out experience) but I … Continue reading Congratulations to Miss Pinup NZ 2015

One the eve of Miss Pinup NZ 2015

Well ... here we are on the eve of the Miss Pinup NZ 2015 Pinup Competition ... a much-anticipated event for many, many vintage and pinup fans in New Zealand.  I, for one, CANNOT WAIT until tomorrow at 4.30pm when the pageant kicks off.  It's the first pinup pageant I've watched, and I think it's … Continue reading One the eve of Miss Pinup NZ 2015

When Mumpty finally met Kiwi Jo (Joanne Gair)

Joanne Gair is an uuber-talented, fabulous woman whom I feel doesn't get NEARLY enough credit in New Zealand for her incredible career.  She is a world-renowned makeup artist; she's acknowledged as the world's leading body paint artist and she's also a fine artist who dabbles successfully in painting, sculpting and etching - amongst a million other … Continue reading When Mumpty finally met Kiwi Jo (Joanne Gair)