It’s a beautiful thing …

It’s a beautiful thing …

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Firstly let’s start by mentioning that I am a HUGE Dita Von Teese fan – no surprise there!  The reason I mention this, is that I read her new book over the Christmas holidays (Your Beauty Mark – read it, you’ll love it!) – in it she advocates having a gorgeous compact to make you look glamorous whilst redoing your lipstick.  Which got me to thinking that perhaps my tacky little plain mirror wasn’t quite cutting it in the glamour stakes.

So I went to trusty old Trademe and started searching … and this is what I came up with – isn’t it GORGE?!

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This little beauty is from an English company called Kigu.  I did a bit of research (‘cos I’m a geek like that!) and found that it was made around 1957 and has the “Pas de Quatre” pose embossed into the metal.  I think this roughly translates to the fact there are four ballerinas in a pose – but anyway – I LOVE IT!

It has a lovely big mirror so is just perfect for touching up those Dita-inspired red lips …

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It also comes complete with the powder puff and powder sifter, which I believe is quite rare as these are often lost.  It even has the original felt pouch to protect it, but sadly not the box.  Although in fairness, it’s coming everywhere with me now, so it wouldn’t have been sitting round in the box anyway!

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Now as someone who possesses a very strong “collector’s gene” (aka is somewhat obsessive!) I feel there’s a strong chance I could get hooked on collecting these beautiful little vintage items … a quick search on the internet shows me there.are.so.many.beautiful.vintage.compacts.that.I.want!!!!! And so far I have found the ballet theme my favourite, followed closely by polka dots.  *Sigh*  Am still debating whether to go down that track or not … your thoughts?

Whilst I was obsessively trawling “researching” I found that for most collectors, this item below, is the “holy grail” of vintage compacts:

Bird in HandIt is the Salvador Dali “Bird in Hand” compact, designed for American company, Elgin.  In fact, there is some conjecture as to whether Dali actually designed it or not, but it certainly doesn’t seem to effect its value – which is HUGE!  Just thought you might be interested.

Anyway – thank you Dita … not only have I been all groupy-ish and purchased your limited edition M.A.C lipstick (complete with signed and kissed postcard, thank you very much!) I am now likely to become obsessed with vintage compacts as well!

Not complaining at all …

Mumpty

 

2016 Vision board

My 2016 Vision Board

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Do you have a vision board?  I LOVE mine … it’s in my dressing room and, as you do with vision boards – I love to cover it with the things that make me happy.  In fact, I’m not 100% sure it’s a vision board as such; it’s more a space that I collect things that inspire me and that I love – so I guess in one way it’s a vision board and in another, it’s a huge photo diary!  Either way, it’s great.

At the beginning of each year I take down the “old board” and add pictures and other little bits and pieces to my “new board.” As the year progresses, I add things as I go; little cards, pictures and creations from my daughter, invitations, posters/postcards of shows I’ve been to, tickets, quotes, images and photos I like … whatever catches my eye really, and whatever I want to see each morning as I get ready.

2015_Vision_Board_end_resultThe picture above shows my vision board at the end of 2015 (which seems such a long time ago already!)  (See here for pics of my 2014 Vision Board.)

Last year’s was a gorgeous vision board I thought – it started off with a shoe theme – because let’s face it, I LOVE shoes.  They’re pretty and they always fit – no matter how “gently rounded” I get!  Whilst I do get rid of most of what’s on my last year’s vision board, there are some components I especially love so I tend to reuse them – because ya’ know what?  It’s mine, and I can!  

So anyway … recently I poured myself a glass of wine and got started on updating the board.  I keep all the components of my “old vision board” in a plastic folder in the filing cabinet.

So here is my blank vision board – all ready to be filled with gorgeous new images …

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And here’s how it looks now after a lot of stapling and wine-sipping:

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As you can see, the board is pretty full already, but I can’t wait to add the little touches and treasures as they arrive throughout the year.  I am VERY much looking forward to displaying my long-awaited signed-and-kissed Dita postcard on there too.   I’m kind of looking at a “glamour theme” – having read Dita’s new book whilst camping (or should I say “glamping”!) I would like to incorporate a wee bit more glamour in my life this year – you can never have too much glamour I always say!  And yes, that is 11 pairs of Betsey Johnson earrings – what can I say, I’m a bit obsessed!

Here’s a couple of close-ups:

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Miniature Chanel perfume bottle, bejewelled fleur de lis, Dita – and more Dita, Louis Vuitton and some hand-made (by moi!) vintage-style images framed with pewter frames.

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STUNNING shoes; real glitter on the showgirl; a pastie (!); my calendar image and some of my Betsey Johnson earrings collection!

So there you have it … Mumpty’s newly-created Vision Board for 2016.  Do you have a vision board?  I’d love to see pictures if you do – I’m always so inspired by photos of vision boards – e-mail me yours – mumpty@mumptystyle.com

Pretty, inspiring and treasured things …

Mumpty

 

 

 

De-fluffing your MAK cardigans

De-fluffing your MAK cardigans ..

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Mumpty wearing the ever-popular MAK crop cardigan in mint via Pinup Girl Clothing.

Now most pinup-styled girls have at least one (if not MANY!) MAK cardigans from Pinup Girl Clothing.  After all, they come in a rainbow of colours; they’re cheap and they’re exactly the right cut for the pinup-style frocks we love so much.

However, as you will know if you’ve worn them for any length of time, you get what you pay for, and these cardigans do tend to “pill” and “fluff” quite quickly.  Pretty soon you’re left with a cardy that looks a bit “less new” than you’d like.

So when that happens, I reach for this little miracle machine, which I purchased from the $2 Shop for the princely sum of $8 including batteries.

Lint remover

This, my friends, is a lint remover.  Basically it is a little machine thing with blades inside the metal holey cover (technical term!) and a little “catcher” for all the fluff it removes.

How to …

Basically you just get your cardy on a smooth flat surface (I use the ironing board) and then GENTLY run over it – I find a circular motion works best) and watch it remove the “bobbly bits” like magic!  Unfortunately it’s not ACTUALLY magic, so it’s not going to take a worn, pilled MAK cardy and turn it into brand new again, but it will definitely “freshen it up” for you.

Lint remover

Here are some before and afters I took of my de-fluffing session with my  Fiesta Orange MAK cardy – this is my most recent one and I must admit, I’ve worn it quite a bit.  (And by the way – I know the colours look a bit different in this before and after, I swear to you it IS the same cardy!)

Before and after
Before (top) – you can see lots of pilling and rubbing. On the after (bottom) you can see that while it’s still there to some degree, it looks SO.MUCH.BETTER.

And here’s another …

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To give you some idea of how much it removes, this is the “catcher” after my little de-fluffing session.

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Hmmmm … quite a bit aye?!

Tips and tricks …

  1. Make SURE you have it on a flat surface; if there are ridges or folds you can be sure it will catch them and cut a wee hole in your cardy – take it from one who knows!
  2. Use a circular motion and don’t press down too hard – just do it really lightly and go over it twice if you need to.
  3. It is more effective on “pilling,” but it still helps with “fluffing.”
  4. Be very careful around seams and raw edges (i.e. the bottom) – don’t do circular motions on the bottom of the cardy or it will catch.  Just gently move it in a straight line down toward the bottom.
  5. It quite often stops – this seems to be normal.  Push the little “on button” again and off you go!
  6. It’s a weirdly relaxing and satisfying process!

And one last tip which I learned from the fabulous Flo Foxworthy, to “freshen” your cardy without washing it (because let’s face it – you don’t want to wash them TOO often or you’ll get pilling and fade!) … just spritz it with vodka.  Put vodka (any type will do) into a spray bottle and spritz the garment in the areas it’s likely to get sweaty (i.e. the underarms) – don’t soak it though.  Then just hang it up and leave it to dry.  The alcohol in the vodka kills the bacteria that can make them smell and doesn’t damage the fabric.  This is a really good tip for any of you burlesquers who may have delicate costumes with sequins and beading that you can’t just put through the washing machine.  Another hint: Flo says if you’re going to hand wash that kind of stuff; use a mild body wash rather than laundry detergent, as it foams less and it’s easier to rinse out.

So there you have it – Mumpty and Flo’s tips on how to de-fluff and de-smell your MAK cardigans!

Keepin’ it fresh …

Mumpty

 

Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year!!!

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Mumpty wishes you the biggest and bestest and sparkliest celebrations for the New Year!!!

I love the New Year … I love the thought of a blank slate – all ready and willing to be filled with amazing things to do; places to go; people to meet.  Simply delicious.  I’m especially looking forward to recreating my vision board for 2016.

2015 was a pretty good year for me; some fabulous parts, some – not so much.  So I’m looking forward to an even bigger and brighter 2016 full of change, love, fun and sparkle.

So go forth … drink champagne and twinkle like a star!

Mwwwwaahhhhhhh …

2016 lips

New Years love, kisses, champagne and prospects ...

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