New Zealand has a new Erstwilder stockist and I was very pleased to be one of her first purchasers. This little guy, known as Oscar Wildenfox, has been on Mumpty’s Erstwilder wishlist for a while so I was pretty excited to see that a post bag had arrived for me in the letterbox today!
Like most of us, I love supporting local businesses wherever possible, so when I heard Adele had started up a little business stocking exclusively Erstwilder pieces, I was very keen to have a look. Pinned on You promises “quirky adornments to keep your day dandy” – and I think Oscar fits the bill perfectly! Oscar is part of Erstwilder’s Winter 2015 collection and I personally think he’s the star of the show.
Anyway … I was pretty impressed with the customer service and the obvious care taken with my new Erstwilder friend by Adele at Pinned on You. This is what you can expect when you purchase from Pinned on You …
Impressively wrapped with a Flamingo-themed Pinned on You sticker.
Mini hat box-style Erstwilder packaging.
First peek …
Oscar comes with his own story and quote by the truly fabulous Oscar Wilde.
Crafty as a fox Adele, the Head Flamingo at Pinned on You, includes a business card to make it even easier to purchase from her again!
And here he is – finally in Mumpty’s hot little hand! Can’t wait to take him for a spin!
So thank you Adele – you have one very happy customer!
If you are keen to contact Pinned on You, here are the details:
‘Ya know right back when I started my blog, I posted this graphic – “How to Spot a Pinup Girl”?
Well … I thought I’d go through each of these individual components of the Pinup Girl, and tell you Mumpty’s current wish list from that “genre” shall we say.
So – I’m starting at the top:
Retro hairstyle – still can’t do this. I have continual disasters and a cupboard full of heated rollers (both velcro and plain); Lock’n’Roll curlers, curling irons, hooded hairdryers, sponge rollers, pin curl clips – you name it, I have it … still can’t do it!!! Therefore, I have made the decision that I am a “modern pinup” so to hell with all of that! I will use my GHD and hope for the best. Some of Dita’s do’s (and this one in particular) do still make me sigh with envy. Although in fairness, ALL of Dita makes me sigh with envy.
Cat eyes – can you believe it … over the last week or so I feel I have suddenly mastered these! I use the Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner which comes in a teeny tiny black cylinder-thing with a really fine brush. It goes on super-well and stays on, which is a good thing. Sadly, at 46, I won’t be getting the perfect cat eye any more, but I feel like I’m doing OK lately!
Classy cleavage – I have a lot of Pinup Girl Clothing dresses and the slightly lower-cut tops on their dresses do need to be kept in check sometimes! Particuarly when wearing them to work – crop cardies that fasten at the front are excellent for this.
Wiggle dress – now I have a tummy, and it’s not a shy tummy – it likes to be seen (and not in a cool, midriff-baring kind of way.) Annoyingly. So the wiggle is not always my friend, however when it does come under my control again (she says confidently!) I will be heading straight to Pinup Girl Clothing to purchase the Gilda gown – and quite possibly in leopard-print – cos I feel this is an understated one and very pretty.
It’s not really a problem I know, but it is a slight problem in that when you wear pretty dresses, heels and petticoats to work every day and a dress-up occasion occurs, you really want something with that bit of extra vavoom! The Gilda gown does it for me I think.
Hair flower– I do have a few of these, but next time I need something a little special for my head attire, I will pop on over to Pop That Cassette – she does some gorgeous ones and I do like to support local NZ talent!
Red lipstick – I have LOTS of these. My current favourite though is Redrum by Jeffree Star. Have you tried it? You should – you’ll love it! I did a comparison here between Lime Crime Velvetines and Redrum. Spoiler alert if you can’t be bothered – it’s just better. I’d like to try a Kat Von D one some time soon too.
Retro bag – I am very fussy as to which bags I like, so while I don’t have any retro-styled bags as such, I do have vintage bags and that’s kinda the same right? I have wanted one of these limited edition Louis Vuitton Murakami collaboration bags for a while now. The cherries appeal to me.
Killer pumps – Mumpty LOVES shoes. I have decided I would LOVE a pair of BAIT‘s – and this is the pair I have decided I want the most (currently.)
The Lola – in electric blue. It would go with LOTS of my wardrobe.
Unicorn dress – I am adding this – it’s not actually in the “How to Spot a Pinup Girl” image! A unicorn dress is called that, not because it has unicorns on it (although it might!), but because it is that elusive dress you missed out on and now you can’t bloody well get. And here is my unicorn dress.
The Jenny dress in dark purple by Pinup Girl Clothing. But I have a plan, and that plan is underway …
So that is my ever-so-current pinup wish list! What’s yours?
Many of you who read MumptyStyle on the regular will know, or know of, the incomparable Bonita Danger Doll. And if you do know her, you will also likely know that she is a very, very busy and entrepreneurial woman! What you may not have known is the extent of her busy lifestyle! So I decided to ask Bonita to outline a typical week in her life.
Sit down, grab a coffee and prepare to rest, because this will exhaust you!
Monday, 13th July Alarm: 5:45am
Shower, breakfast, makeup on and off to the gym for HIIT (high intensity interval training) – this is a workout with lots of sweat that feels good! Finish up at the gym, then off to work at my day job as an Events & Marketing Manager (9-5, Monday to Friday.)
Straight to boxing – 1 More Round Boxing Fitness – for Mixed Box, a 1 hour boxing and circuit class.
Cooked dinner, caught up on social media and then early to bed by 9.30pm.
Tuesday, 14th July Alarm: 5am
Shower, breakfast, face on and off to the gym!
Cardio – a 30 minute date with the treadmill. Walk, run, interval sprints and the last 10 mins is full incline power walking. Stretch, then off to work by 8am.
Work, work, work.
After work …
Finish at 4pm, straight into the city to teach back-to-back Burlesquercise classes at 5pm and 6pm.
Love it … man my legs are sore now!
I have 35 mins before my next student arrives. Express dinner – repeat of the night before – zucchini spaghetti and salmon.
My student arrives at 8pm for a private striptease lesson – a special present for her husband! Her song choice tonight was “Poison” by Alice Cooper – such an epic track and loads of fun to dance to!
Finished teaching just before 10pm. Time for bed 😋
Wednesday, 15th July Alarm: 5:30am
Shower, cook breakfast, have vitamins, then makeup and hair.
Rest day from the gym this morning.
Off to work early as I have a TV appearance on Friday and need a few hours off, so I was at work at 7:45am and worked through till 7pm today!
After work …
Straight to Burlesquercise for my 8pm class. From there I headed to Gemma Clare, my nail technician, to get my three-weekly nail appointment for the claws!
It’s now 10:15pm and I need to prep lunch for the next few days so I make a low-carb frittata; spinach, broccoli, red onion, tuna (in spring water), cherry tomatoes, feta, eggs and topped with mozzarella cheese, into the oven for 35/40 mins.
(Follow the #dangerdollkitchen hashtag on Instagram or visit my Facebook page for more food ideas.)
While its cooking, I check my e-mails and get the music away to Canterbury TV for Friday’s appearance.
And then it’s bedtime – a bit later than what I needed, but I had to get the food done. In bed at 11:40pm … must sleep, early start again.
Thursday, 16th July Alarm: 5:45am – snooze for 15 mins today while I checked into the online world, then shower, breakfast, vitamins, face, hair, dress and off to the gym!
HIIT workout – feeling great, then off to work.
Busy day at the office today – I am an events and marketing manager at a large venue. We have five bars, four function areas, a restaurant, sports grounds etc. I manage all the sales, bookings and planning for the different rooms, book entertainment, manage events and am responsible for all the marketing, as well as being the daytime duty manager and performing other general tasks. I have a mixture of functions that I look after; weddings, corporates, birthdays, funerals, memorials, community events, sporting events etc. It’s a busy and varied role and I’ve been with this company for three years now.
Finished up work at 4:45pm, then drove straight to the city to teach Burlesquercise; my fourth class for the week. I just love teaching these classes; I look around the room and see such a diverse group of ladies who are all having a great time! There’s lots of smiles and energy and they are being challenged physically, experiencing personal growth and developing confidence. It makes me so happy and I just smile from seeing them all so happy. It’s wonderful to watch how the ladies all grow over time, like butterflies! The age range goes from late teens through to grandmas; all shapes, body types, fitness levels and abilities! Everyone is super-supportive of each other and the girls have made some lovely friendships – as have I.
After class I zoom straight home – it’s now almost 7pm and I have my next group of students arriving at 7:30! So I cook one of my super express meals! (I always cook my own food – I don’t go for convenience, I need good nutrition to sustain my busy lifestyle – food is top priory for me, and I love it!)
So with 10 mins to spare, I let the food settle just for a second, and then my burlesque beginners start to arrive. Tonight we work on a chair routine – the girls learnt the whole routine in one night. Glove peels and hair flicks, influenced by 80’s rock tonight – a tonne of fierce sexiness! We are into week three and the girls are starting to get their own vibe.
The class finished up about 8:45pm, then I packed for my TV appearance in the morning, showered, washed my hair and went to bed! Phew! Time for sleep – it’s an early start again tomorrow and I’m singing early. I have a slight sore throat from not quite enough sleep so must rest!
Friday, 17th July 2015 Alarm: 5:30am
Have appearance on Canterbury TV this morning so have to get my hustle on! Shower, breakfast, makeup and hair, then start to warm up the voice.
Out the door and off to the studio. I arrive early so stay in my car for a bit and keep warming up my voice.
I get settled into the green room and get changed into my outfit – skirt by Pretty Things (a boutique in Christchurch) and as always, makeup cosmetics by Beauty For You.
9am – I head into the studio and sound check my song “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” All the crew were very friendly and welcoming, which made things nice and stress-free. We laid down the track three times to get the best camera angles and mix from the two cameras.
After that was done I went back to the green room and waited for the live show to start. I was up first for an interview with host Andrea Allen – the interview went well – it was easy flow and I enjoyed it!!
I finished up, headed to my car for a quick catch-up on social media as it had just aired and lots of people saw it … it was nice to see all the lovely comments.
Worked the rest of the day, then supermarket (I swear I go there like four times a week!) and home. Cooked dinner then spent the evening catching up on some marketing – updating my business cards and online talent directories.
I finally finished up on the computer at 1am and took myself off to bed!
Saturday, 18th July Alarm: was set for 9, but I woke up at 7.30. Lay in bed a while and caught up on social media. Out of bed, made breakfast (omelette today,) then shower, face, hair and start to pack for show tonight.
I headed out the door at 11am and popped in to see the crew at Gymeez (I’m a Gymeez brand ambassador.) Then I head to 1 More Round (where I do boxing classes), for a special session today. They were interviewing a new instructor from overseas, so she ran an “insanity class” for us. It was high intensity and got my heart pumping – I really enjoyed it!
After class it was straight back home to get ready for my Burlesquercise Open Day at 3:30pm.
I headed back into town and the girls started to arrive – fantastic turnout – 65 ladies! It made me feel so proud to look around the room and know that something Ruby and I have created brings so much enjoyment and value to so many women – it was a fantastic class!
After that it was straight home to put on my stage makeup, style my hair and get ready as quickly as possible. I smashed some of my frittata down and headed out the door to Sumner for the “Blues in the Night” concert. Tonight I did my “Belle” and “Bright Lights” acts.
It was a fab night – always a pleasure to share the stage with such talented musicians.
Post-show it’s straight home for me to wind down and then into bed at 1:15am.
Sunday, 19th July Alarm: set for 8am, but I woke up at 7am – it’s hard to sleep in even when I want to! Breakfast, shower, face and hair – today I’m off to Akaroa for a #dangerdollstreetteam day trip.
The weather has been pretty miserable the last couple of days, and it did turn people away today, but there were nine of us which was a nice wee group.
We hit the road out of Christchurch, stopping at Little River for coffee. Then it was up over the hill where we found some snow, the kids liked playing in it (myself included!)
Then we headed on to Akaroa where we went to a local restaurant for lunch. The weather was pretty darn cold so we decided against a trek as we had little ones, and wandered around the township instead. We almost got blown off the jetty, it was so windy!
After an explore around the shops we started on the trip back to Christchurch.
After that I headed to Riccarton Mall in search of a new sports bra to contain my girls. Success! And I managed to buy another couple of bras for upcoming shoots, and a pair of wet-look jeans.
Off home and had some time to prep some food for lunches and make my low-carb frittata. Then I made some dinner and sat down to enjoy that – smoked salmon and veges.
After dinner I did a bit of marketing work and reclined on the couch and watched “That Sugar Film” which I brought on DVD. I highly recommend watching it. It was nice to chill on the couch – I’m feeling a bit tired tonight, after a few late nights.
Now I’m climbing into bed; the alarm is set for 5:30am and I’ll be off to the gym in the morning.
I’m having a cuddle with Baxter before lights out. Hazel and Sapphire are both in their spots on the end of the bed – not much room left in here for me to be fair!
So that rounds out the week. What will next week hold?
Plenty I’m sure!
Mumpty: So … as you can see, Bonita is an incredibly motivated woman. I always thought she was fabulous. Now, after this week, I am totally in awe of her. Bonita Danger Doll – you motivate the hell out of me! Mmmm – let’s recap shall we:
♥ Burlesque performer ♥ Singer ♥ Dedicated and disciplined gym goer ♥ Clean eater ♥ Princess Bonita (for parties, not in general!) ♥ Producer ♥ Burlesquercise instructor ♥ Stage coach/mentor ♥ DangerDollStreetTeam mentor ♥ Hair stylist ♥ Makeup artist ♥ Gymeez brand ambassador ♥ Face of Beauty for You
Incredible right? Bonita Danger Doll is one of the most inspirational women I know. To follow her hectic and beautiful life, click away!
Another FaceLip-off: Lime Crime Velvetines -v- Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks
OK … so waaaaay back in September last year, I did a FaceLip-off between Lime Crime Velvetines and the OCC Lip Tars. You can read about it here. In that particular Clash of the Titans, the Lime Crime Velvetine emerged as the firm favourite.
So here I am, ten months later, pitting my old favourite Lime Crime Red Velvet Velvetine against a heavyweight newcomer; Jeffree Star’s Velour Liquid Lipstick in Redrum.
So what did I think? Well for those of you who are impatient and can’t be bothered reading my review, I’ll let you off the hook now by saying that the Velvetine has been knocked out cold by Jeffree’s Velour Liquid Lipstick. (Are you loving the boxing references as much as I am? I know – I’m just cool that way!)
The reasons for the Velvetine’s fall from grace? (Or should I just say, why Jeffree scored the title?) ♥ Jeffree’s version is a brighter, more vibrant, truer red. Having said that, the Red Velvet is gorgeous too; I just found the new formula slightly darker than the original and I liked the original more. ♥ The formula is easier to use. It has a veerrrrry slightly waxy feel to it and the applicator is just that little bit better. It delivers more product and is just a wee bit easier to fix any little mistakes you may have made before it dries – and with a colour as bright as this one, you need a bit of wiggle room! ♥ It’s not as drying as the Velvetine. It doesn’t leave your lips parched to all hell after five minutes and the formula doesn’t “ball” like the Velvetine can sometimes do. ♥ You can moisten and smoosh your lips (technical makeup term) a little bit and it will redistribute the colour if it’s moved a bit after eating (which it doesn’t very much at all.) ♥ IT.BLOODY.WELL.STAYS.ON – like, seriously! You ‘aint getting that baby off without some effort! Meaning, that Mumpty’s Red Lipstick Survival Kit may not be necessary with this one. ♥ It’s just MORE LUSH, MORE BETTERER and MORE SUPERIOR!
I guess it also doesn’t hurt that it’s 100% cruelty free, vegan, paraben free and gluten free.
So there you have it; as much as I have loved the Lime Crime Velvetine, I’ve simply had to slide it to the back of my makeup storage in favour of Jeffree’s offering.
Five heart rating? Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Redrum ♥♥♥♥½
Lime Crime Velvetines in Red Velvet (revised score) ♥♥♥½
(To read Mumpty’s other makeup reviews, makeup-related top tips and chit chat, click the Makeup/Skincare category on the right at the top of the page.)
So Mumpty is a shoe-fanatic; there’s no getting around it – and there’s no reason to either, ‘cos there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that right?!
So because shoes are of interest to moi, I decided to do a post on the five most iconic shoes that I can think of.
And this is it. Number one is …
Cinderella’s glass slipper
One of the most famous fairy tales ever – and probably Mumpty’s favourite – is based partly on a pair of shoes. How apt! Anyway … Cinderella’s crystal slippers are most certainly amongst the most iconic shoes in the world. For the 2015 Cinderella movie, Swarovski created the above glass slipper for actress Lily James to wear when she snared her prince. Here’s a more detailed shot:
Disney fulfilled many a shoe lover’s dreams by commissioning several of the world’s leading shoe designers to create their version of the Cinderella slipper. Here are the versions by Nicholas Kirkwood and Christian Louboutin.
And would you just LOOK at the heels on the Ferragamo version?
I think my pick of them though, would have to be the Jimmy Choo version. And obviously Lily James agreed with me as she wore them to the film’s premiere.
Next .. Dorothy’s ruby slippersThese shoes became famous when they appeared in the 1939 MGM movie, The Wizard of Oz. They are now amongst the most valuable and coveted pieces of movie memorabilia ever, with one pair selling in 2011 for $510,000!
As with all important movie props, there were several pairs made – the exact number is not known, but five pairs are known to have survived; one of those pairs was stolen and has never been recovered.
Ironically, in the original Wizard of Oz novel, Dorothy’s slippers were silver, but MGM changed them to red to take advantage of the new Technicolour film process.
Does anyone know of a local Glamilton gal who would most likely KILL for these shoes? I’m looking at you Miss Bettsy Rose Lee!
Then … YSL’s Tribute sandals First released in October 2007, the Tribute sandal has been wildly popular among fashionista and celebrities alike and are released in new colour ways every season.
I’m very much liking the bubble-gum pink patent, and the olive with studs. Not really suitable for work though are they?!
Then we have Louboutin’s classic black, red-soled pump …
As modelled here by the ridiculously gorgeous, Dita Von Teese. If that’s what these shoes do for you, mortgage the damm house!
Louboutin has done several versions of the classic black pump; but probably the most well-known and the most sexy (and the most-wanted in Mumpty’s shoe wardrobe!) is the Pigalle in black patent leather. How smokin’ hot are these?!
So how did Louboutin’s iconic red soles come about? It is believed the red sole was born more out of accident than design. One afternoon, a prototype Louboutin was working on just didn’t “pop.” An assistant was painting her nails at the time, so Louboutin grabbed her nail polish and painted the sole of the prototype red – and this became his trademark. Louboutin says “Red means love, passion, blood.”
And lastly, the Mary-Jane …
The Mary-Jane is an American term used to describe a closed, low-cut shoe with one or more straps across the instep. Originally they were worn by both sexes!
Although they were initially associated with younger girls, Mary-Janes these days are worn by thousands of women the world over. Mumpty loves them because they’re cute, sexy and most of all, easy to walk on! The ankle strap makes them secure; believe me, there’s nothing less sexy and more worrying than wearing shoes that just aren’t easy to walk on!
These Mary Jane Chocolitas are for big and little girls alike!
So that is Mumpty’s list of what I consider, the top five iconic shoes.
Shoes, shoes, shoes. No matter how chubby (or otherwise!) I might be feeling; my shoes always fit and they I love them for that!
By the way, Mumpty is also a handbag fanatic – click here to read her pick of the five iconic handbags.
So … Mumpty is PRETTYDAMM PROUD to have this gorgeous, and ever-so-slightly famous (!) lady here on my blog – ladies and gentlemen … The Cherry Dollface!
When I first saw the picture up there of the awesome Tudor Christmas ornament set Cherry’s friend got her, and how thrilled she was by it, I just knew I wanted to talk to her about our shared love of the Tudor historical period and all its weird and wonderful characters!
I figured there was only a sliiiight chance she’d agree, simply because she gets hundreds of requests a day, but obviously my light-hearted, Tudor-geek request struck a chord, and she said yes! Wahooo!
So clearly, this is not the normal interview you would expect from The Cherry Dollface, who is, after all, a well-respected pinup, makeup and hair phenomenon. Instead, Cherry has answered some slightly silly, Tudor-inspired questions for me. We hope you enjoy …
1) What sparked your interest in Tudor history?
Cherry Dollface: “I saw the movie “Elizabeth” when I was in high school and I just found her life really interesting, so I started reading about her and then that got me reading about Henry VIII and the rest of the Tudors.
That era in general is really interesting to me because so much of modern life came from then and it was a really marked change in history.”
2) If you could travel back in time; pick up King Henry VIII and take him on a date in the modern world, where would you take him and what would you do?
Cherry Dollface: “I would take him to a doctor to get some medicine for his syphilis and then to a nutritionist and then to a psychologist.
Unless it was younger Henry. Then I might take him to a nice dinner and a long walk on the beach.”3) Which of Henry’s six wives would you most have liked to have been besties with?
Cherry Dollface: “I think there is the most written about Anne Boleyn, so most women have an affinity towards her and her tragic story.
But I think Anne of Cleves was really interesting and it was also interesting that she stayed friends with Henry for much of their lives after their marriage was annulled.”
(Mumpty: I find it AMAZING that a 16th century queen like Anne of Cleves has a Facebook page!)
4) What’s your favourite part of a Tudor woman’s ensemble? And do you have any Tudor-inspired tattoos?
Cherry Dollface: “All of it! I just think the care they took to dress was so interesting. And the amount of clothing they wore daily … having now been to England I can understand that it probably helped to keep them warm … but holy cow, dressing was quite an affair!
I can’t imagine having hand maidens just to help me get in and out of all of those layers and dresses! And how heavy it all must have been!
I also think all of the hair styles and wigs were really interesting. I wonder how difficult it must have been to style real hair since they bathed so infrequently.
No Tudor inspired tattoos yet.” 🙂
5) I know you’ve travelled extensively and have no doubt visited the “Tudor haunts” as such. Which was your favourite and how did it make you feel? For example, when I went to the Tower of London, I literally got chills when I saw the tower green; and how small and innocent it looked when you think of the horror that occurred there.
Cherry Dollface: “Hampton Court Palace was by far one of the most powerful, overwhelming, beautiful places I have ever seen. Standing in Henry VIII’s great hall and touring his apartments and kitchens, I kept having to tell myself that it was real and not just a set!
We took the guided tour so we learned so many little secret things about Henry and his palace.
Just the enormity of that palace and the gardens. It was definitely one of the top 5 most amazing places I have ever been.”
6) Do you have a favourite Tudor?
Cherry Dollface: “Elizabeth. Always Elizabeth. I think she was one of the world’s first feminists without even knowing or meaning to be.
I think there is a lot of mystery that surrounds her which makes her really interesting to me. And a lot of her quotes make me laugh. She was a sassy broad!”
And I think The Cherry Dollface is a sassy broad too, don’t you?!
Thank you ever so, Cherry Dollface, for coming on my blog – it’s been fabulous getting to know your geeky Tudor-loving self – we here in New Zealand cannot wait to meet you next month!
If you’re not already following The Cherry Dollface’s antics on social media (and you probably are!) – check her out:
Two years today, the world lost an incredible man – he was a father, a son, a brother, a fiancee, a friend, a family member and a mate. And he was special. And we miss him. And life was just better when he was here.