Mumpty Stories

Mumpty Stories is the place where I get to write about whatever I want!  And that, for me, is a very cool thing.  Please … read on!

The curious creatures of Auckland burlesque: revisited


A piece of Mumpty Fiction.

Updated “taking stock” tag 

Mumpty loves a good tag!  Click here to find out more.

Things Mumpty wants in July 


To read all about Mumpty’s current “wants” click here.

The curious creatures of Auckland burlesque

Curious Creatures

A piece of Mumpty Fiction.

Sophie Elliott: how her death could just as easily have been your own – or your daughter’s 

Sophie Elliott

I think this is probably the most important post I’ve ever written.

Sentinel & the Galleon: Mumpty Fiction


Check out my latest entry into a writing competition here!

It’s a beautiful thing!


And I don’t mean me – I mean my new vintage powder compact!  Click here to read about it.

My 2016 Vision board


Have you made yours yet?  Click here to read about mine.

Defluffing your MAK cardigan 

Lint remover

Cos’ who doesn’t wanna get rid of that fluff right?  Click here to find out how!

Get Ready With Me: the Bettie Rage edition

Finishing powder

Check out Mumpty’s GRWM with this stunner here.

A short and sweet Christmas lust list


Everyone else is doing it, so why not Mumpty?  Right?!

How NOT to buy fake Louis Vuitton


Check out Mumpty’s tips here.

Five fabulous frocks on Friday 

Dita in THAT frock

Check out Mumpty’s pic of five fabulous frocks on a Friday.

Five iconic shoes 


Click here to read Mumpty’s pick of the five most iconic shoes around.

Two years 

TearsIt’s been two years since a beloved friend died.  This is my very short tribute to him – there are no words really, so I didn’t use many.

My week in coffee 

MumptyCoffee3A light-hearted look at Mumpty’s week in coffee – starring my favourite local cafe, Punnet.

Taking stock tag


I love doing these types of posts … hope you enjoy this one.

Pinup shoes: the good, the bad and the ugly 


Click here for Mumpty’s picks!

Top Tips Thursday: how to revive your eyebrow kit!

Used Natio

Read all about it here!

If I had $800 to spend at Shoes of Prey 


Another instalment in my “if I had $800 … series”, check out the GORGEOUS shoes I’ve found/designed at the awesome Shoes of Prey – click here.

The incredibly beautiful art of Alexia Sinclair


It really is stunning – check it out.

Mother’s Day for pinups 


A quick roundup of what every pinup wants for Mother’s Day!

Mumpty’s (fictitious) evening out … in pics!

Night night

A slightly silly little piece – click here to check it out!

When Mumpty met Dirty 

Mumpty and Dirty

Check out this link to find out all about when Mumpty met the FABULOUS Dirty Martini!

Top Tips Thursday: Red lipstick survival kit 

Red lipstick

A life-saver for pinups, if I do say so myself!

Mumpty Fiction: The Story of the China Doll


Here’s a little story I entered into my very first writing competition.  I didn’t get anywhere in the competition, but I really enjoyed writing it all the same!  Click here to read it.

When Mumpty met Joanne Gair 

Joanne Gair

Mumpty finally got to meet the amazing body painter and artist extraordinaire (and all-around fabulous woman!), Joanne Gair.  Click here to find out all about it.

Miss Moonshine’s “Three Top Tips” for winning a pinup competition 

Monique Sweet

Check them out here.

Mumpty’s Erstwilder styling sets

MumptyStyle Erstwilder lineup

Mumpty loves Erstwilder and has been spending a bit of time with the new catalogue!  Check out my “styling sets” here!

Doing, wanting, reading, eating, loving 

Hands up

Another little roundup!  Read about it here.

Are apps and Photoshop ruining your self-esteem without you even knowing it?

Before and afterClick here to read all about it.

Happy Valentine’s Day (and a quote from Mrs Jolie-Pitt)

MumptyStyle Pink Hearts

Read here.

Valentine’s Day for the new mum   

MumptyStyle Nat

I spoke to the fabulous Lilly Loca about her ideas for what would make a special Valentine’s Day for a new mum.  Read her ideas here.

A Valentine’s Day Gift/Experience Guide for Pinups (and their men, and for single pinups too!) 

Monique & Sam

Check out some fun ideas here.

Three things I’d buy a million times over, and two I wouldn’t bother with again

MumptyStyle Hair

Click here!

Five quick facts about body painting  

MumptyStyle Joanne Gair Pink and Gold

Things I learned when I interviewed the incredible Joanne Gair (Kiwi Jo) – check it out here.

If I had $800 to spend at Lush  

Lush Cupcake

The latest in my “If I had $800” series!  Check it out here.

The magic of the Faberge egg 

MumptyStyle Faberge Hen Egg

I have loved the Fabergéeggs ever since I first heard about them when I was around ten.  Click here to read all about them.

Summer essentials tag 

MumptyStyle Summer Essentials Tag

My first “tag” post … my summer essentials – check it out here!

Moonshine dreamin’ 

MumptyStyle Miss Monique Sweet Miss Moonshine

In the lead-up to the very first Miss Moonshine competition in Wellington on the 1st of February 2015, I thought I would take this opportunity to do a little profile on my very good friend, Miss Monique Sweet, who is entering the competition. Click here for the full story about this gorgeous babe and the competition!

Billion Dollar Baby Face  

MumptyStyle Makeup Eyes

Think you spend a lot of money on makeup?  You have no idea!!!   Check out some of the prices on these SUPER-LUXE makeup items Mumpty has unearthed!  Click here for the full story.

Five iconic handbags 

MumptyStyle LV Noe Epi

Mumpty is a handbag fanatic, so it was very, very much fun for her to write this post!  $375K for a handbag anyone?!  Read all about them here.

Burlesque at The Nivara Lounge

MumptyStyle Nivara Lounge

Before Christmas I attended the most wonderful burlesque show produced by Ms Tittle Tattle at Bombshell Burlesque.  Check it out here.

Weird, wonderful and historic jewellery   

MumptyStyle Kyle Lambert Anne Boleyn

I LOVE jewellery and I love history, so it was really just a matter of time before this post became a reality!  Check it out here … special thanks to the amazing Facebook page known as The Fly on the Wall.

My 2015 Vision Board 

MumptyStyle 2015 Vision Board

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.  Click here to read all about it.

Happy New Year!

MumptyStyle Marilyn New Year

Click here for my New Year’s message!  Oooh errr … a bit like the Queen (but kinda not!).

November roundup: the top five most popular posts

So … it’s the last day of November which means it’s time for the monthly roundup!  Read all about it here.

MumptyStyle BBB

I have two very exciting announcements to make: 

MumptyStyle Excited

Read all about them here

Five facts you may not have known about … Coco Chanel

MumptyStyle Coco Chanel

Click here to read some facts you may not have known about style icon, Coco Chanel.

One of my favourite images … oh, and how to care for your feather fans!


Click here to read all about it!

Splurge or Save … daily makeup

MumptyStyle Splurge or Save

Right, so today I thought I would do a “splurge or save” rundown on the standard makeup I use to make up “de ole face.”  Click here for all the details.

A Pinup Advent Calendar

MumptyStyle Pinup Christmas

Now you may or may not know, I am a HUGE fan of Christmas, and am always keen to string it out as long as humanly possible! So the other day, a little lightbulb went off in my head and I decided to put together some ideas for a Pinup Advent Calendar! What could be more fun than having something like this to wake up to every day of December?! Bliss!  Read here for all the details!

I had 8,000 to spend at Louis Vuitton

Part three of my “If I had $800 to spend” series – unfortunately $800 won’t cut it at Louis Vuitton, so I’ve upped my faux-shopping budget to $8,000 ‘cos what’s another zero between friends right?!  Click here to read all about it!

MumptyStyle Alma BB light pink

Five iconic fragrances  

Fragrance is such an essential part of a woman’s allure; to me it feels like the absolute finishing touch of my “getting ready” routine.  Nowadays we tend to have a number of fragrances that we pick and choose from, but I actually love the idea of having a signature fragrance.  While there have been many classic fragrances released over the years, I think these five are probably the most famous and the most enduring.  I love the heritage and history associated with them and any and all of them would be very welcome additions to Mumpty’s perfume wardrobe (which is sadly a little bare at the moment!)  Click here to read more.

MumptyStyle Chanel No. 5

 A burlesquin’ bachelorette bash!

MumptyStyle BBBA couple of weekends ago I was lucky enough to attend the Bountiful Bachelorette Bash of Glamilton diva and Miss Burlesque NZ 2012, Miss Bettsy Rose Lee. And I’m jolly pleased I did, because it was a show that not only honoured the gorgeous bride-to-be in the most glamourous and exuberant way, but gave us, the audience, a damm good night out!  Click here to read all about it.

Fifty make-uppy-like things to do with a cotton bud!

MumtpyStyle Cotton Buds

I’ve had this on my “very important posts to write” list (!) for quite a while now.  I had thought it would be really tricky to find 50 uses that were pretty much makeup and beauty-related, but actually when I sat down and did it late one Friday night, it was suprisingly easy … they’re magical little things those cotton buds!  Actually, if I were more “on trend”, I would called these 50 uses “beauty hacks” but I’m not, so I’ve just called them 50 uses!  Click here to read all about them!

The A to Z of burlesque (part two)  

I thought it might be kinda fun to put together an “A to Z” of burlesque in New Zealand.  Today is part two!  Read here for more.

MumptyStyle Willow Noir pasties

The A to Z of burlesque (part one)  

I thought it might be kinda fun to put together an “A to Z” of burlesque in New Zealand.  It’s become a two-part series over two days because 26 letters is A LOT!  Read here for more.

MumptyStyle Burlesque Fest

Check out this gorgeous lineup of talent – this is the curtain call at the King & Queen of the Festival Show at the 2014 NZ Burlesque Festival in Palmerston North this year.   

The mystery of why six girls ended up on a beach together in the middle of nowhere  

MumptyStyle Six Girls on a BeachOn a warm, yet blustery summer’s day on one of New Zealand’s remote beaches, a very strange thing occurred …  six girls, from entirely separate worlds and entirely separate periods of time, ended up together on that beach – and none of them knew why they were there.  So to try and solve the mystery, they discussed with each other where they’d been and what they’d been doing prior to their unexpected meetup.   Click here to read more.

If I had $800 to spend at Sephora

The second instalment in my series of “if I had $800 to spend” is at Sephora – an online mecca for makeup-obsessed boys and girls!  Since joining the Facebook group known as Makeup Obsessives, (website/blog here)I have been exposed to SO MANY exciting products that I need (well, want actually!) and now I’m an admin it’s even worse better (those babes are truly obsessed!)  Click here to check out my picks!

MumptyStyle Guerlain Kiss Kiss

“It Girls” through the ages (part two) 

Part two of my iconic “It Girls” – click here to read it – featuring Farah and Kate!  Click here to read part one.

MumptyStyle Kate Middleton

“It Girls” through the ages (part one) 

I’ve always found the concept of the “It Girl” an interesting one.   Iconic during their era, and most of them well beyond, these women helped shape the fashion and popular culture of the time and in many cases, had scandalous and interesting lives.  Read on for part one in a two-part series of my picks of the “It Girl” for each age.  Of course there were others who were equally famous in that era, and you may not agree with my choices, but these are the ones that seem the most iconic to me.

MumptyStyle Clara Bow

Monthly roundup: October

Herewith the top five most popular posts for October (in no particular order) …

MumptyStyle Miss Pinup NZ 2014
Miss Pinup NZ 2014 – Miss Victory Violet

Five quotes that inspire me  

Nowadays your Facebook page and any internet access you may have seems to be flooded with inspirational quotes, e-cards and the like. Mostly they just pass you by, but every now and then one strikes a chord with you; something clicks; something seems familiar, whatever.  Here are five I love that motivate and inspire me, and why …

MumptyStyle Dancing in the rain


Top Tips Tuesday: does your foundation not stay the distance?

MumptyStyle Top Tips

Do you find your foundation just doesn’t have the staying power you need?  It looks fabulous when you put it on, but by mid-morning it’s kind of separated and gone patchy, or even kind of slipped off your face?  Click here for the full story.

 What if … you could buy customised “makeup-infused tearsheets”?

MumptyStyle Makeup Look Books

You know how you have different makeup looks to suit different outfits and occasions?  Or sometimes your makeup look is decided by factors like speed of application; available time or even your mood; be it romantic, natural, sporty, dramatic – whatever really.  Well what if you could buy tear sheets of makeup and build up a physical library of makeup looks?  How cool would that be?  Click here for the story.

Why I love my car  

Meet Milly – my 2004 turbo Volkswagen Beetle. She’s my dream car and has been for as long as I can remember.  Click here to find out why I love her!

MumptyStyle Milly boot

My friends are ridiculously interesting women  

I am so privileged to have the most amazing group of female friends and family. I saw the picture below on Facebook last week and it made me realise that, oh-my-gosh, that is SO true of the women I know and hang out with!  Click here to find out all about them.  

MumptyStyle Friends

If I had $800 to spend at Pinup Girl Clothing  

I have decided to do a little series of posts on what I’d buy if I had $800 to spend in certain places, ‘cos I’m shallow like that! Sadly, I don’t actually have $800 to randomly spend on unnecessary things, but I’m not going to let the facts get in the way of a good story!

So .. I’m kicking off with Pinup Girl Clothing because why not? Click here for my picks!

MumptyStyle Molly yellow

What to do when you hate your photos  

We’ve all had those times when you’ve been to a party or some other event; you dressed up for it; you made a real effort with your makeup and you thought you looked great.  And then the photos start popping up on your newsfeed … and you absolutely HATE them!  You think you look terrible and you wonder what you were thinking when you left the house!  Click here for what to do!

A history lesson … MumptyStyle!

Shhhh … I have a confession to make … I’m a history geek – now you know!

As is the usual manner of my obsessions though, rather than being broad-minded about it, I focus on one narrow historical period – that period being the colourful reign of the Tudor King Henry the VIIIth. Click here for the full story!

MumptyStyle Henry VIII

Lovetober … let’s do it!

Have you heard about the Lovetober Instagram challenge for October?  It’s fun, it’s positive and it’s a great way to start or finish your day!  Click here to read more.

MumptyStyle Lovetober

Why I “TiLT” … and why you should too!

TiLT is an acronym for Things I Love Thursday … click here to find out what it is and why you should do it!

MumptyStyle TiLT folder

Backstage at a burlesque show  

Have you ever wondered what goes on backstage at a burlesque show?  You have?  Great … ‘cos I just happen to know and with the approval of some of my gorgeous showgirl friends, I’m sharing their secrets with you – well, some of them anyway! Click here to read all about it!

MumptyStyle Bombshells and Cocktails lineup

Should you have a personal styling session?  

Spoiler alert: the answer is yes!  Click here to find out why!

MumptyStyle Leap

The 2015 Classics Museum Pinup Calendar launch party  

What a glamorous and exciting evening we all had – click here to find out all about it!

MumptyStyle calendars

That frock 

MumptyStyle The Ava

Truly deserving of a post all of her own, she is reverently referred to by me as “The Ava” and she makes my little heart flutter!  Click here to read all about her.

Doing, wanting, eating, reading, loving  

A round-up of what’s happening!  Click here for all the details!

A view to scheme by  

A random, fictional story inspired by this picture below – click here to read.

MumptyStyle Paris

 Top Top Tips Tuesday 

Joanne Gair MumptyStyle

Today’s tip via Joanne Gair – read here.

Six good reasons you should join a Book Club  

Click here to find out why!

MumptyStyle Book Club

The big, amazing, sparkly world of burlesque

and how I joined it …

Ms Tittle Tattle

Three years ago I spotted an ad for an evening class run by Bombshell Burlesque in Glamilton called “An intro to the Art of the Tease.” The description of the course intruiged me … “a dip into the amazingly sparkly, gorgeous world of glamour that is burlesque” and “we’ll soon have you shimmying and strutting like a glamorous showgirl.” Now three years ago this struck me as an outrageous thing for me to think about doing, so I decided I should shake my life up, get outside my comfort zone and give it a try!  Click here for the full story.

That time I was in a calendar 

Once upon a time (in February this year!) I was asked if I’d like to model in the 2015 calendar for the Classics Museum in Glamilton, New Zealand.  And you know what? I did it!  And this is my photo (click here to read more.)

Miss March - Classics Car Musuem

Million dollar baby face   

If like me, all your makeup products seem to run out at once, you’ll know that sinking feeling you get when you have to shell out the big bucks for replacements! Makeup’s not cheap, but whoa … did you know there are false eyelashes out there that retail at $1,350? I mean, seriously?! When I read about those lashes, it prompted me to investigate further into super-luxe makeup products … and OMG, check out what I found – these prices will make your eyes water! (Click here to find out more.)MumptyStyle


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