Best of luck to this beauty …
I wish you all the very best Monique – you will knock their sox off!
Reppin’ the Kiwis in Vegas …
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 …
I love reading other people’s Christmas Lust Lists, so I thought I’d put together a quick little one of my own. And here it is …
Of course Dita’s new book right? Because a) we’ve been waiting for it for ages; b) just look at it and c) just look at her.
These – by B.a.i.t Footwear. Yes, all of them.
I haven’t had new sunglasses in years, and these Obsession Cat Eyes in Brown Glitter by Louis Vuitton would do the trick nicely.
And, last but not least – the Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette – I have wanted this for ages now. Come on makeup gods – hook a girl up!
For our daughter …
Our daughter loves hot air balloons so these earrings by Erstwilder would be perfect for her.
Also, this necklace by Lisa Hoskin – it’s not too grown up but it’s still pretty special.
She also LOVES Nike – and in particular Nike Pro shorts – these ones are cute.
What’s on your Christmas Lust List?
Oooooh how I love Christmas …
I am going to start off this post by saying I LOVE Louis Vuitton and I am very lucky to have a reasonable little collection – of course enough is NEVER enough! My collection has come about mainly through a very dear friend of mine who is one of the most knowledgable people I know about Louis Vuitton, and about vintage Louis Vuitton in particular.
Having said that, my collection is ALL vintage and I have never actually purchased anything directly from a Louis Vuitton store (one day people – one day!) While I am confident anything I get from my friend will be 100% guaranteed authentic, I am also quite obsessive about researching how to avoid fakes.
So herewith, Mumpty’s 10 Top Tips on how to avoid buying fake vintage Vuitton. While these tips are very Louis Vuitton specific, some of them are still applicable to other luxury brands as well.
Tip # 1: Firstly – and this may seem very obvious – make sure Louis Vuitton ACTUALLY made a version like the piece you are looking at. Several very good fakes have been caught by someone pointing out the fact that Louis Vuitton never made that style bag in that particular material! Once you have ensured the bag you are looking at actually exists, you can carry on with my other tips!
Tip # 2: Go to a reputable site (I recommend Malleries or Yoogi’s Closet; look up the item you are interested on there and compare. And compare IN DETAIL – both Malleries and Yoogi’s Closet generally supply very good images so this shouldn’t be difficult. Louis Vuitton’s quality control is very strict and so their pieces are all very uniform. Therefore, if something looks different to the pictures you see on these sites, it may flag a potential issue with the one you are looking at. These sites are perfect when buying vintage as they have a huge library of items they’ve sold and you’ll generally find the one you’re after on there. Of course you can look at the Louis Vuitton site itself, but you won’t find the vintage stuff on there.
Tip # 3: Look at the date code – all Louis Vuitton bags and leather goods have a date code somewhere on them (there are some exceptions, but these are very few.) A date code is normally two letters followed by four numbers and is generally in a pretty discrete place which can be quite hard to find. Again, look it up on the internet and find out where the date code will be on that particular piece. Make sure the date code on the piece you are looking at matches the production range for that piece (this is information you can find on the internet too.) So, if a certain colour was discontinued in 2010 for example, and your date code suggests your bag was made later than that date, you need to look into it further.
Also, if the date codes on all the ones on Malleries or Yoogis Closet are stamped into the fabric and yours is on a leather tag … that’s a big red flag. If your date code is on a leather tag, and you’ve checked that it’s meant to be for that bag, then it should be uniform and centred, not haphazardly imprinted.
Tip # 4: Don’t be fooled by a seller promising you can take it to the Louis Vuitton store for authentication. Louis Vuitton don’t do that instore – they may have done in the past, but they don’t do it any more. Having said that, there are places you can go where you can pay to have something authenticated (or otherwise.) I’ve never done it, but I know you can.
Tip # 5: Louis Vuitton items DO NOT come with authenticity cards. Genuine LV items are accompanied by little cards that identify the materials used, the product code and barcode and possibly care booklets. These are NEVER attached to the bag – they’re tucked into the pockets or box or they’re given to you in an envelope with your receipt. Often vintage bags don’t have any documentation with them at all as it has been long since lost.
Louis Vuitton bags DO NOT come with anything that states “authenticity guaranteed.” They also don’t do swing tags or little shield-shaped canvas or leather “swatches” – these are all dead giveaways of a fake item.
Tip # 6: Louis Vuitton does not discount – EVER. Nor do they sell their products as “seconds” or through outlet stores. So if you see an item that is presented as a new sale item or an outlet item; you can be sure it’s fake. End of.
Tip # 7: Don’t assume a receipt provides assurance of authenticity. Receipts can be faked just as easily, if not more easily, than the bag itself. Don’t get me wrong; a receipt is a really good thing to have if you are confident everything else about the bag is authentic; just don’t assume a receipt makes it real without doing your research.
Tip # 8: If the dust bag that accompanies your bag looks anything like this; be very wary – it doesn’t 100% mean the bag’s fake but it’s a big red flag.
Louis Vuitton’s dust bags have changed over the years, but they have never printed the logo in red, and they have never used this thin, yucky material. Cheap, fake manufacturers seem to love this one.
When you’re researching the bag you’re wanting to purchase, you will probably get an idea of what dust bag originally accompanied your bag. However, don’t be put off if it doesn’t match – particularly if you’re buying vintage, as dust bags often get lost and people substitute a different dust bag.
Tip # 9: Stitching – should be even, perfect and intact. If there are 27 stitches on one side for example, there will be 27 stitches on the other. No variations. And make sure you compare the colour of the stitching to a bag you know is genuine. Also, if you see “back and forward” stitching anywhere, that’s a good sign of a fake – Louis Vuitton has VERY high standards of workmanship and that sort of thing just wouldn’t make the cut.
Tip # 10: be aware of the pattern. Louis Vuitton very rarely cuts through its logo – although there is no way round it on some bags. If the pattern is divided over a seam, it should still align perfectly. In some cases you WILL see the Louis Vuitton logo upside down (on the Keepall and Speedy mainly) – that is because they use a continuous piece of canvas that wraps from front to back – so don’t be concerned that it is fake because of that.
Bonus tip: check the retail price for the bag and compare. While a second-hand bag is obviously going to be cheaper than a new one, it shouldn’t be MILES cheaper. For example, if it’s a reasonably current bag that is still available at Louis Vuitton for $2.5K then don’t expect to get it second-hand for $500 unless its in seriously bad condition. You need to be reasonable and think if you’d paid $2.5K for a bag and it was still in good condition, what would you be willing to sell it for?
So there you have it – Mumpty’s guide to not buying a fake vintage LV! The only way to be 100% sure of authenticity, of course, is to buy direct from a Louis Vuitton store – unfortunately not all of us can afford that!
LV love forever …
It’s been a loooong time since I published anything here on MumptyStyle as things have been super-busy lately, but I thought I’d quickly whip up this little post to celebrate frocks! Because who doesn’t love a good frock?
Frock number one: Dita von Teese in THAT frock by Zac Posen
Wow – just wow. Dita’s frock by Zac Posen was a standout at the 2014 Met Gala. And that pose? Girl knows her angles!
If your derriere looked like that in a frock, wouldn’t you just wear it all the time?
Frock number two – Marilyn Monroe in the Seven Year Itch dress
Perhaps the most iconic photo of Marilyn Monroe ever – this cinematic goldmine shot was taken on the set of The Seven Year Itch. Designed by William Travilla, the dress sold for more than $5.6 million dollars in 2011, and is regarded as one of history’s most famous frocks.
Frock number three – Grace Kelly’s wedding gown
This one has inspired THOUSANDS of wedding gowns since actress Grace Kelly wore it to marry Prince Ranier III of Monaco in 1956 (including that of Kate Middleton.) It was designed by Helen Rose of MGM and Grace wore two petticoats with it. I think it probably helped that Grace Kelly was outlandishly beautiful! Interestingly, it is rumoured that Marilyn Monroe was considered as a potential bride for Prince Ranier.
Frock number four – Liz Hurley’s black velvet “safety-pin gown”
Now I know it’s almost a crime to include this dress with the aforementioned three, but it is a very (in)famous frock! Liz wore this Versace gown in 1994 when she accompanied Hugh Grant to the premier of Four Weddings and a Funeral – it is said to be Gianni Versace’s most famous creation.
And last, but not least, to up the class level again …
Frock number five – Audrey Hepburn’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s gown
The ultimate LBD (little black dress)! Designed by Givenchy, Audrey Hepburn wore it in 1961. There were several versions made, and the original hand-stitched version is said to be in Givenchy’s private collection. One of the versions worn in the movie was auctioned in 2006 and the money raised went toward helping build a school for the poor children of Calcutta. Audrey was as famous for her philanthropy as for her acting so she would have been proud to hear the charity’s spokesperson say “I’m absolutely dumbfounded to believe that a piece of cloth which belonged to such a magical actress will now enable me to buy bricks and cement to put the most destitute children in the world into schools.”
So that is my little round-up of famous frocks on a Friday! Have a wonderful long weekend if you’re here in New Zealand!
Yours in frocks …