Many of you will have seen this “un-Photoshopped/untouched” image of Cindy Crawford that’s been making it’s way around the internet lately. Whilst I applaud Cindy for this, let’s not forget she is a supermodel who has made exorbitant amounts of money from her face and body FOR YEARS, so even without retouching, her “look” is quite unobtainable for most women.
When I originally planned this post, it was going to be a sneaky little share of some apps that you can use to de-wrinkle, brighten and smooth yourself out! When I came across them I squealed with delight; used them on a couple of photos (see below) and then realised that actually, I didn’t really want to do that any more, because that isn’t me – I do have wrinkles, blemishes and teeth that aren’t glaringly white, but you know what? I don’t hate those things. And I’m 46 – and I’m not embarrassed about that – so they are pretty much a fact of life.
Anyway … this post is actually going to contradict itself a bit! Firstly I’m going to mention three little apps you can use if you want to enhance yourself a bit for your photos – and why not? That’s your decision. But the other part of the post is going to talk about whether or not these apps (and Photoshop) are actually destroying your self-esteem without you even knowing it.
Ok … so the first app is called FaceTune – you can get it for free in the App Store. See how my skin is so much smoother on the right? The blemishes are minimised; the dark shadows under my eyes aren’t nearly as apparent and my neck looks miraculously younger and less lined? So that’s FaceTune for you! I did try to suggest the two images weren’t that different, but my daughter rapidly assured me they were!
Another app that does a similar job is moreBeaute (again, free from the App Store) … this one allows you to adjust brightness, smoothness, detail and tone via the use of a slider and you can view an instant “before and after” to help you make the adjustments. Kinda cool … and here’s another example (and yes, it does feel strange putting these massive pictures of myself on here!) …
So those are two apps you can use for your face shots. But … there is another, I believe, almost frightening app that allows you to “plastic surgery-ise” your body as well! Now this one I have never used – as in, I’ve never uploaded a photo having used it. However … I did download it for a play and goodness, if you knew what you were doing with that particular app, you really can edit the hell out of yourself! This app is called Plastic Surgery Simulator, and I just got the free “lite” version which only allows you to shrink or expand things – and I’ll leave it to your imagination as to which bits you’d want to expand! Anyway – bearing in mind this is the lite version and I don’t really know how to use it, here is a before and after of what you can do with this type of app:
OK, this photo is embarrassing – I took it to show off that I was in Auckland in a swanky hotel, however can you see how much I’ve managed to shrink my waist? And I don’t even really know how to use that app! Now I know it’s kind of obvious if you know what you’re looking for and you have the “before” to compare with, but if you didn’t … I could just about get away with that right? And imagine if I’d FaceTuned my face as well? I’d be barely recognisable from the original! Of course there are all sorts of filters and things on Instagram too, and artful ways of cropping things to maybe get rid of that squashed arm that makes you look obese, or cropping your photos off at the forehead so those pesky wrinkles don’t show etc – they’re all tricks of the trade and are fair and reasonable things to do I suppose!
So – as you can see, these apps can do pretty good, and relatively subtle (or not!) things to your photos. But as I said earlier, I am also going to look at whether or not these apps and Photoshop are ruining your self-esteem without you even knowing it.
Have you ever looked at a girl you admire and marvelled at her tiny waist or her flawless skin or the fact she doesn’t have any wrinkles and there’s never a hair out of place? Sometimes, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is! And all power to her if that’s what she wants to do – but you wonder how she feels about meeting people in real life (IRL) knowing full well she doesn’t really look like her photos.
And as for Photoshop – you only have to look at these images below to see that even the girls who are a) genetically blessed; b) have had their hair and makeup done by professionals and c) are shot by professional photographers, with the most sophisticated equipment under the right lighting and with all the other tricks of the trade – they STILL get Photoshopped at the end. So realistically, even THEY don’t look like them! I mean just look at this shot!
So where do you sit on this issue? Do you think “why not, each to their own” or “oh my gosh – we have to stop this for our daughter’s sakes?”
My thoughts are that it’s been going on for years now and I don’t know that we can ever stop it. So I’m trying to act “locally” by sitting my ten-year-old daughter down and showing her these “before-and-afters” so that she knows that what you see, is not necessarily reality. And I will keep doing that. The other thing I try really hard not to do, is to moan about my weight, or if I’m having a bad hair day or whatever, in front of her. Sometimes I slip up, and in those cases I try to make a joke about it and flounce off saying “oh well – it could be a lot worse!”
I believe the pinup and burlesque “scenes” have a pretty good attitude to body acceptance and that’s one of the reasons I love them so much. They celebrate curves and angles and everything in between. And don’t forget – lean girls can have their feelings hurt just as easily as bigger girls. We’re all beautiful and whatever the body you have, it’s yours and you need to love it and treat it right.
Let me know what you think about all this – either by leaving a comment, or by e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Love, laughter lines and generous waists …
Extra for experts: check out this video – amazing and frightening all in one go!
Hello bloggy-verse! So I haven’t done a “taking stock tag” for a while now – in fact the last one was here – and I do so enjoy them, so here goes – please enjoying reading along to see what’s happening in Mumpty’s little world!
Making: 9 page weekly newsletters for my daughter’s netball team. She has a super-coach who is taking our team ahead in leaps and bounds and the newsletter is my little contribution.
Cooking: peanut butter banana chocolate brownies (shhhhh … it was one of those endless video recipes off Facebook that I save and then never make – but today I did, and oh.so.good!)
Drinking: if only! Actually, I am rather enjoying long blacks with full cream – they are ketogenic too!
Reading: “The Shadow Year” by Hannah Richell. I have just finished it and it is one of the BEST books I’ve read – ever. Read it – you’ll love it! So twisty-turny and full of promise!
Wanting: someone I love to get better quickly. And I’m always wanting more frocks and more Louis of course – that’s the shallow, frivolous part of me. The serious part of me wants the world to be a safer, happier place for my daughter and her generation to grow up in.
Looking: for opportunities.
Playing: on Facebook and Instagram before I go to sleep. Pretty sure it’s bad for my circadian rhythms, but oh-so-good for my social little soul!
Wishing: the person alluded to above a speedy recovery.
Enjoying: my weekly coffee/catchup with some beautiful people I love. I’m also enjoying the way our front door looks – we painted the white door navy and doesn’t it look great!
Waiting: why wait? Just go out and do it!
Liking: the way my fat little tummy is shrinking as a result of my ketogenic diet (well, mostly anyway!) … and also the way this eating plan makes me feel in general.
Wondering: how we best ensure our daughter has an amazing life.
Loving: soooo many things. Mainly my family, my friends and my home.
Pondering: processes. I find it fascinating how once you embark on a process, it takes over, everyone does their little bit and amazing things get achieved.
Considering: whether or not I should take up pistol shooting, thus revoking my status as a Pistol Club widow?!
Watching: Facebook Lives with Deborah Murtagh of The Ketogenic Switch; so much passion.
Hoping: it’s a secret – I’ll tell ya later!
Marvelling: at just how cool having a daughter really is!
Needing: a money tree!
Wearing: frocks, frocks and more frocks!
Following: my dreams.
Noticing: that as much as I love pretty and expensive things, they’re becoming less and less important as I get older. Instead experiences are important; time with family, coffee with friends – that sort of stuff. Although don’t get me wrong … I still want a massive collection of Louis Vuitton and Christian Louboutin – I’m not fully evolved yet!
Knowing: that self-confidence is not the same as confidence, and although I am self-confident, sometimes that doesn’t translate into confidence, meaning I don’t always “sell myself” when I should. Oh so convoluted!
Thinking: that I should be doing more of what I love.
Admiring: the many and varied talents of my family and friends.
Sorting: ways to turn my dreams into plans.
Buying: a new school uniform for our baby because she got into the school we wanted her to get into … whoop, whoop!
Getting: good vibes about new directions.
Bookmarking: ketogenic recipes.
Disliking: running a wee bit behind on some life goals.
Opening: my heart and mind.
Giggling: at three-way text messages with my daughter and my partner.
Feeling: anxious about one situation and excited about another.
Snacking: on two squares of 90% cocoa dark chocolate. So lush.
Coveting: this BEAUTIFUL handbag. The Louis Vuitton Speedy in Monogram Empreinte.
Helping: by doing my small part to help good netballers become great netballers!
Hearing: when I should be listening!
What have you been up to? Feel free to do your own version – tag me in if you do – I’d love to have a read!
Love and (probably) over-sharing …
I wish you all the very best Monique – you will knock their sox off!
Reppin’ the Kiwis in Vegas …
OK … so if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know I LOVE Louis Vuitton. And if you are new to my blog – hi!!!! By the way – I LOVE Louis Vuitton!
Now Christmas is a time for gifts right? And what girl wouldn’t LOVE a gift or two from Louis Vuitton? A while ago I did a series of posts about what I would buy if I had $800 to spend at various places like Pinup Girl Clothing, LUSH, Shoes of Prey etc. I also did one at Louis Vuitton – but I upped my faux-shopping budget to $8K because $800 is just not enough!
Anywho … I’ve decided to revisit that original post and do a Christmas version. Ya know – just in case I win Lotto!
So the first thing I would suggest is that you pop along to this link right now and enjoy the little Gift Workshop the folks at Louis Vuitton have put together to help you choose your gifts … so cool.
Did you love it?
Anyway, without further rabbiting on … here are my top five Christmas picks from Louis Vuitton.
Number one: the Fluo Bubble BB bag charm and key holder
These beauties are made from luxurious mink and would make such a bright, happy addition to any handbag! They would be a perfect match for the uniform of my girl Miss Monique Sweet and The Beauty School Dropouts! I will let her know …
(Click here to see it on the site).
Number two: the Pochette Felicie Monogram Canvas I have a bit of a love affair with pochettes – they’re so handy and cute and I really do LOVE this new line by Nicholas Ghesquière. It’s inspired by the classic hotel stickers and I think the flamingos are very appealing for any pinup-inspired chic right?! Click here to see it on the site.
Number three: Tambour Bijou Secret 22 Timepiece
What a beauty right? I love the pink theme and the stylish and modern strap. It’s also quite a delicate watch which makes it perfect for wearing with summery dresses. And so versatile too – the iconic LV flower slides across to make a stunning bracelet with the timepiece sitting underneath. Love, love, love. Click here to see it on the site.
Number four: Colour Blossom Sun Pendant and Star Pendant
The Louis Vuitton monogram quatrefoils and flowers have long been a favourite of mine – I love the simplicity of the icons. These stunning necklaces are fashioned from pink gold and lustrous mother of pearl. See the sun pendant here on the site.
See the star pendant here on the site.
Number five: Luna in epi leather
Good God, I am LOVING this! The Luna – new from Louis Vuitton in stunning hot pink epi leather, which is very durable and functional. And sooooo feminine. See it on the site here.
And finally, Mumpty’s top pick for the man in your life …
The Keepall Bandouliere in Damier graphite canvas
Perfect for weekends away. I absolutely LOVE the graphite colour of this bag and the structured, masculine feel it has. My partner wouldn’t be seen dead carrying a bag like this, but God I wish he would!! See it here on the site.
Now I know most of us can’t afford high-end brands like Louis Vuitton, and that’s totally OK. But to be honest, every now and then I pop onto the site and trawl around just to get a little hit of luxury! Do you have any websites you do that with? Do share!
(All images via the official Louis Vuitton website)
Lovin’ the Louis …
Back in February last year, I wrote this post about three things I’d buy a million times over, and two I wouldn’t bother with again. So, back then I was thinking about some of the products I’ve purchased as a result of online “hype” and whether or not that “hype” was actually justified in the product itself. I’ve decided to do an updated version, but I only really had one that was just not worth buying again.
So – here are three things I would definitely buy over and over again …
Maybelline FIT Me foundation
I love this stuff …
a) It’s cheap – $24 odd in New Zealand – I got mine on sale for $16.
b) It’s readily available – I bought it in the supermarket.
c) It applies like a dream and leaves you with a gorgeous, dewy, medium-coverage finish – apply more and you’ll get full coverage.
d) It lasts super well.
e) It has a sunscreen in it – SPF18.
f) Did I mention it’s cheap and works just as well as its more expensive counterparts?
The drawbacks (don’t worry – they’re minor) …
a) It can get a bit shiny, but I believe they have a very good (and again, cheap) powder to finish it with.
b) It doesn’t have a dispenser which is a bit annoying.
c) There weren’t any testers at the supermarket *wink* – I’m sure department stores would have them though!
So go get it!
The Balm “The Manizer Sisters” palette
I reviewed it here (and wow, a LOT of people have read that post!) and I STILL love it to bits. I have all but run out of the Cindy-Lou Manizer so am going to be buying the full size version of that one very soon. Buy it – you won’t regret it.
And having said that … I know this is a sneaky fourth thing, but The Balm Instain Blushers are GORGEOUS. Amazingly pigmented and such pretty colours. I currently have two – Pinstripe and Argyle – but I WILL be collecting more.
I LOVE the packaging by The Balm too. So retro and pretty.
GlamEyes Liquid Eyeliner by Rimmel
This is an everlasting love of mine … the brush is fine, so it’s easy to apply and gives a lovely “flick” for those of us who love cat eyes (which in my case have to be bat eyes); it’s a lovely opaque black; it’s cheap, readily available and stays on super-well. And despite staying put so well, it’s easy to remove at the end of the day – *bonus*.
And here is the product I’ve bought lately that I definitely wouldn’t bother purchasing again.
Chi Chi Eye Brightener
Honestly, just don’t bother. I know I’m old and my eyes are probably not easily brightened, but I found this product basically useless. Which is sad, because I really wanted to like it. It didn’t apply easily; it didn’t make any discernible difference to how bright my eyes appeared and it didn’t last very long either. Now possibly I was expecting a miracle, but it sure ‘aint that – I’m just thankful it was under $20, so not a greatly expensive waste of money, although a waste of money all the same. Anyone reading have better results?
Have you ever given in to the hype, purchased something and then wondered what all the fuss was about? I’d love to hear about it!
Miracles (and mistakes) do happen …
Well thank you for asking …
Actually before you get too impatient, I have a couple of things to say …
Firstly I would just like to thank everyone who liked, shared and just generally enjoyed The Pinup Platoon in March. I was so excited to see how much involvement there was!
Of course, I’d also like to thank the ten gorgeous finalists for Miss Pinup NZ 2016;
Best of luck ladies.
OK, OK … so the lucky, lucky winners are:
The winner of the spectacular Voodoo Vixen cocktail dress in emerald green from Esme at Moxie Mama Wear is …
Whoop! Congratulations Miss Lola … please message Esme via her Facebook page and she will organise getting your dress to you.
The winner of the gorgeous sparkly Deer Arrow Happily Ever After brooch from Adele at Pinned on You is …
Congratulations Miss Honey Bee … please message Adele via her Facebook page and she will organise getting your brooch to you.
And lucky last … the winner of the Erstwilder Pinup Picnic brooch from Adele at Pinned on You is …
Congratulations Danya … please message Adele via her Facebook page and she will organise getting your brooch to you.
So that’s it for this year’s Pinup Platoon! Hopefully we will do it all again next year! In the meantime, I’d like to once again thank the delightful Esme at Moxie Mama Wear for the gorgeous dress. And if you’d like one for yourself, or something equally delish, visit her website: www.moxiemamawear.co.nz
And I’d also like to thank the sassy Adele at Pinned on You for the funky brooches. Again, if you don’t want to miss out on all the quirky, fabulous designs, visit her website: www.pinnedonyou.co.nz
Thanks for reading and I look forward to see you all at The Very Vintage Day Out …
Yours in glamorous, emerald cocktail dresses and sparkly, quirky brooches …
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?!
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 …
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!
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:
It 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 …
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.
The 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 …
And here’s how it looks now after a lot of stapling and wine-sipping:
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:
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.
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 – email@example.com
Pretty, inspiring and treasured things …
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.
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.
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!)
And here’s another …
To give you some idea of how much it removes, this is the “catcher” after my little de-fluffing session.
Hmmmm … quite a bit aye?!
Tips and tricks …
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 …