In 2012, I decided it was time to “redefine my style” – and quite frankly, at that stage in my life, there wasn’t much style to re-define! So my quest began to define and refine something new – a style I loved; a style that worked for me; and a style that made me smile on a daily basis.
Happily around that time, I took it into my head to join a burlesque class and I truly do believe that burlesque opened a whole new world for me in so many ways. Nowadays, while I don’t perform as such, I am still quite involved in burlesque from a “behind the scenes” perspective – sometimes I do stage-kittying duties and sometimes I do stage-managing duties; sometimes I just help out in general. I love the buzz backstage and I love being involved, without the pressure of performing.
Anyway … back to “style.” The style I stumbled upon (largely through burlesque) can be loosely described as “pinup” style. Well – I’m certainly inspired by the pinup style … my hair doesn’t agree however, and since hair is an important component of the pinup look, I use the terms “loosely” and “inspired” just to be safe!
So what makes pinup style? Dresses, dresses and more dresses … swing and wiggle; in gorgeous colours and prints – and don’t forget beautiful, full skirts with “poofy” petticoats. Cardies in jewel, pastel and neutral tones; shoes (lots of them), hair flowers and gorgeous handbags accompanied by swags of jewellery (I try not to leave the house without my Betsey Johnson earrings and I have developed a bit of a Deer Arrow obsession!
Pinup style has a very defined look when it comes to makeup too (hello winged eyeliner and red lipstick, a la Dita von Teese!) and so my old obsession with makeup was revived; a revival which led to joining Makeup Obsessives and then becoming part of the admin team. Again, a whole new world opened up – who knew how much makeup I really needed?!
Extra for experts: check out this gorgeous info-graphic on how to spot a pinup.
To cut a long story short, Mumpty is the endearing name my daughter uses for me! At first I tried to put her off it as it felt alarmingly close to “Mumsy” **shudder** but then I decided to not only roll with it, but to embrace it – and so Mumpty “style” was born!
In talking with other Mums, I’ve found many of us feel we’ve “lost our way” a bit after having children and are finding it difficult to settle on a look and a lifestyle that feels good and makes us smile.
I’d like to think MumptyStyle can help with that – MumptyStyle is about defining and refining yourself – your clothes, your makeup, your accessories; your environment; your lifestyle; your leisure time … your life! Then keep refining and playing with it ‘cos that’s the fun part!
MumptyStyle can be cheeky and flirty; glamorous and sexy; casual and laid-back; or a combination of the whole lot – when you find your own version of MumptyStyle you’ll know it!
Click here for ten things that make MumptyStyle for me …
These are the things make me smile – and that’s MumptyStyle right there.
Mumpty also loves to write … so this little blog is also a spot where I can ramble and warble and burble about all the things I love – which includes Tudor history and other geeky things like that! I write about all sorts of things so get clicking on my archives and see where it leads you!
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