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Congratulations Miss Viva Las Vegas 20

She freakin’ did it!  
Congratulations to the new, pinup perfect,
Miss Viva Las Vegas 20 …

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… Miss Monique Sweet!

Congratulations to Monique – I am so, so, so proud of her!  What an incredible couple of weeks she’s had – first her long-awaited wedding to Sam (she is now Mrs Kimber-Bell) and now, winning the highly-coveted international title of Miss Viva Las Vegas 20.  And let’s  just talk about that frock for a second – so spectacular – it was her wedding gown.  TDF. Made by Judy at Curvy Couture by Judy Dee.
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Here is her spider-inspired “Meet n Greet” outfit by Devel Branded.
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And her Car Show outfit …

Anyway .. well done Monique – you ROCK!  And congratulations to Sam too – what a fantastic way to celebrate your honeymoon.  (Which seems to be a bit of a tradition with Kiwi pinups – remember when Miss Victory Violet won Miss Viva Las Vegas 18 back in 2015?

Looking forward to borrowing the crown …

Mumpty

 

 

 

Happy birthday little blog!

Happy 1st Birthday little bloggy!Birthday

Wow … so it’s been a year since I finally got my act together, stopped procrastinating and started a little blog called MumptyStyle.com.

Having MumptyStyle has bought some fabulous people and lots of new knowledge and experiences into my life and I’m very grateful for that.  Having a blog is a lot more work than I expected, but also a lot more fun!

So for this little Happy Birthday post I’ve decided to do a quick prize-giving.  A prize-giving you ask?  Yes – a prize-giving.  So, without further ado, here goes:

Most read post EVER
Goes to: A week in the life of The Danger Doll

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Most popular series
Goes to: Pinup December (followed closely by the Pinup Platoon interviews)

Person I’ve interviewed who has the most Instagram followers
Goes to: The Cherry Dollface

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Most honest and raw interview ever
Goes to: Scarring, seams & self love: the life & times of Willow Noir

Post I think is the most ridiculous but that had a lot of readers
Goes to: Fifty makeup-py-like things to do with a cotton bud

The person who put the most INCREDIBLE amount of time and effort into our interview 
Goes to: Joanne Gair

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Joanne Gair – body painter to the stars

Mumpty’s favourite piece of fiction
Goes to: The story of the china doll

Interview with a super-model
Goes to: Kylie Bax

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Most linked-to person on my blog
Goes to: Miss Victory Violet

Photographer whose images have featured most
Goes to: David Rowe (see below – with Dirty Martini!)

Funniest burlesque performer to meet in real life
Goes to: Dirty Martini

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David Rowe doing who-knows-what with Dirty Martini!


Most supportive and active contributor to ideas for my blog

Goes to: Miss Monique Sweet

Person who inadvertently gave me the kick in the butt I needed to start my blog
Goes to: Kirsty Leigh of Makeup Obsessives

An interview I absolutely love
Goes to: The Grand Dame of New Zealand burlesque

MumptyStyle Miss Chevious Cinders
Blog post I’m most proud of (other than some of my interviews)
Goes to: Are apps and Photoshop ruining your self-esteem without you even knowing it?

Post that revived an old friendship
Goes to: Inspirational women: Carissa Ludlow

Person always willing to help out/feature/contribute
Goes to: Nat Hugill/Lilly Loca

Lilly Loca

Weirdest interview
Goes to: My (faux) interview with Marilyn Monroe

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First (and only!) bachelorette party I’ve reviewed
Goes to: A burlesquin’ bachelorette bash (Miss Bettsy Rose Lee)

Best photo
Goes to: Ginger Watson – because that red dress, babe and infectious smile:

Ginger Watson

Person who (I think!) reads every post:
Goes to: my Mum!  And if anyone else does, let me know – I’d be very excited!

And really I could go on and on (and so often do!) … so I will end this post by saying thank you so much to all of those who read my little MumptyStyle.

I hope you enjoy it even half as much as I do!

Marilyn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love and birthday candles  …

Mumpty

 

Mumpty’s pinup wishlist

Mumpty’s (ever-so-current)
“Pinup Wishlist” …

‘Ya know right back when I started my blog, I posted this graphic – “How to Spot a Pinup Girl”?

How to spot a pinup.
Image via unique-vintage.com

Well … I thought I’d go through each of these individual components of the Pinup Girl, and tell you Mumpty’s current wish list from that “genre” shall we say.

So – I’m starting at the top:

Dita doRetro hairstyle – still can’t do this. I have continual disasters and a cupboard full of heated rollers (both velcro and plain); Lock’n’Roll curlers, curling irons, hooded hairdryers, sponge rollers, pin curl clips – you name it, I have it … still can’t do it!!! Therefore, I have made the decision that I am a “modern pinup” so to hell with all of that!  I will use my GHD and hope for the best.  Some of Dita’s do’s (and this one in particular) do still make me sigh with envy. Although in fairness, ALL of Dita makes me sigh with envy.

Cat eyes – can you believe it … over the last week or so I feel I have suddenly mastered these!  I use the Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner which comes in a teeny tiny black cylinder-thing with a really fine brush.  It goes on super-well and stays on, which is a good thing.  Sadly, at 46, I won’t be getting the perfect cat eye any more, but I feel like I’m doing OK lately!

Classy cleavage – I have a lot of Pinup Girl Clothing dresses and the slightly lower-cut tops on their dresses do need to be kept in check sometimes!  Particuarly when wearing them to work – crop cardies that fasten at the front are excellent for this.

Wiggle dress – now I have a tummy, and it’s not a shy tummy – it likes to be seen (and not in a cool, midriff-baring kind of way.)  Annoyingly.  So the wiggle is not always my friend, however when it does come under my control again (she says confidently!) I will be heading straight to Pinup Girl Clothing to purchase the Gilda gown – and quite possibly in leopard-print – cos I feel this is an understated one and very pretty.

PUG Gilda

It’s not really a problem I know, but it is a slight problem in that when you wear pretty dresses, heels and petticoats to work every day and a dress-up occasion occurs, you really want something with that bit of extra vavoom!  The Gilda gown does it for me I think.

Hair flower – I do have a few of these, but next time I need something a little special for my head attire, I will pop on over to Pop That Cassette – she does some gorgeous ones and I do like to support local NZ talent!

Red lipstick – I have LOTS of these. My current favourite though is Redrum by Jeffree Star.  Have you tried it?  You should – you’ll love it!  I did a comparison here between Lime Crime Velvetines and Redrum.  Spoiler alert if you can’t be bothered – it’s just better.  I’d like to try a Kat Von D one some time soon too.

Retro bag – I am very fussy as to which bags I like, so while I don’t have any retro-styled bags as such, I do have vintage bags and that’s kinda the same right?  I have wanted one of these limited edition Louis Vuitton Murakami collaboration bags for a while now. The cherries appeal to me.

LV Cherry

Killer pumps – Mumpty LOVES shoes.  I have decided I would LOVE a pair of BAIT‘s – and this is the pair I have decided I want the most (currently.)

BAIT Lola

The Lola – in electric blue.  It would go with LOTS of my wardrobe.

Circle skirt – I am HANGING OUT (HANGING OUT, I TELL YOU!) for the black Jenny skirt from Pinup Girl Clothing.   I have twelve billion things in my wardrobe it would go with (including my new Dita cardigan in emerald – squeeee, yes I got it!)

Petticoat/crinoline – as per Miss Victory Violet’s recommendation, I would like to try a Malco Modes petticoat – probably in purple I think.

Unicorn dress – I am adding this – it’s not actually in the “How to Spot a Pinup Girl” image!  A unicorn dress is called that, not because it has unicorns on it (although it might!), but because it is that elusive dress you missed out on and now you can’t bloody well get.  And here is my unicorn dress.

PUG Jenny PurpleThe Jenny dress in dark purple by Pinup Girl Clothing.  But I have a plan, and that plan is underway …

So that is my ever-so-current pinup wish list!  What’s yours?

Unicorns and crinolines …

Mumpty

 

Behind the scenes at Viva: Ginger Watson

Behind the scenes at Viva … with Ginger Watson

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I know, I know, I know!  So Mumpty managed to get herself an interview with this babe;  the one, the only – Ginger Watson. This tiny little redhead holds the 2014 title of Miss Viva Las Vegas 17 and I’m totally thrilled to bits she’s here on my blog sharing “Ginger – behind the scenes at Viva 17.”

This interview is based on Ginger’s sartorial choices for her wining entry at the Miss Viva Las Vegas 17 Pinup competition and features “that dress” up there ^^ – which is SUCH a stunning colour on a redhead right?!  Ginger has also been kind enough to share with us the “back stories” behind her accessories and how she got into pinup.

So let’s get started (and I hope you enjoy the “behind the scenes” images of Ginger – she tells me some of them have never been published until now!)

1) Where did you source your items? (Including shoes, handbags, accessories etc)
Ginger: When I was competing to be Miss VLV17 I bought my dress from my favorite vintage shop back home, Talk of the Town in Reading, Ohio.  

I have been shopping there for special occasions since I was a teenager. The owner (Nancy) actually picked out my dress – we searched through her best collection of 50’s prom dresses.

I tend to have trouble finding the perfect size and I had never thought red would have been my colour – I’m continuously drawn to blacks and greens just because of my hair color.  Nancy wipped out this gorgeous sequined, red prom dress. I wasn’t too sure, but I slipped it on to oblige her.

The dress
“The dress”

I came out of the fitting room and she said: “that’s it – that’s the winner!” I thought she meant it was the right dress and I agreed.  She then corrected me and said: “no honey – YOU are the winner in that dress. If you wear that dress you will win – I can feel it!”

She was right!  It’s so awesome to have such a great relationship with her.Fitting 1_Ginger

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2) What accessories did you wear and how/why did you choose them?
Ginger: Finding shoes to match the dress was pretty difficult.  I bought several pairs of modern pinup-style shoes, but all of them took away from the dress.  I really wanted to wear vintage shoes but they were all far too narrow for my dancing feet. I went to Macy’s and sought out the “little old lady attending a wedding” shoe section!  Believe it or not, they have an amazing selection of heels that look just like they did in the 50’s.  Everyone thought my shoes were authentic … NOPE!

I didn’t mean to carry my Atomic Lucite purse on stage to be quite honest – I was nervous and I didn’t know what to do with my hands!  I didn’t want to look like I was fidgeting – I have a ton of energy … like a shaking puppy!

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The purse was a birthday gift that I had been lusting after for quite some time from the Duck Creek Antique Mall in Cincinnati, Ohio. Well worth the price and I carry it still.

For luck, I wore my Pearl Shift Knob necklace that I had received on my winter indoor show season travels. I wore it every day throughout the conventions. I was lucky enough to work with car legend Gene Winfield. For quite some time I was the only gal in town with that necklace – it symbolized my feminine strength in a male-centered industry.

I wore a pearl bracelet that was my grandmother’s. I also have a vintage watch that I swapped out the clock mechanism for a photo of her. I wear it every single day – I even sleep in it! She was, and is, one of the most influential people in my life.  She had both strength and grace.  She taught me how to be a lady but also how to be heard in a polite way.  I also keep a photo of her as my background on my phone. She keeps an eye on me. Most people say “hey is that Betty White?” NO!!! It is Edith. She’s lovely.

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Edith/Mimi

I carried an awesome parasol from Retro-A-Go-Go!  Whenever I am at a car-centred event I try to dress to a car standard.  The show should be about how awesome the cars are, not how amazing this ball gown is.

I have a parasol that features the V8 symbol with red, green, and black designs – I adore it!  I think it sets me apart at shows because it doesn’t have flowers or girly things on it.  I always tease that I am a boy in a dress!  My original love was for car shows – I fell into pinup because of that love. I had always had a love of vintage, cars, engines, and a man who was handy with a wrench or two! Both my necklace and parasol serve as a conversation-starter with the show attendees. It lets them know that I’m interested in the car culture and not just the pageant.

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3) Did your outfits require shapewear?
Ginger: My outfits always require shapewear  … just not the kind that squeezes! I look to create a shape in my outfits.  I am a very petite person – a pocket model – that’s what they say! (Note from Mumpty – Ginger has a 24″ waist!)  

Viva17 Trophy

I wore three crinolines under my gown – if I hadn’t put them under there, my dress would not have been as full. I knew the stage was large and that I would have gotten lost amongst the other contestants if I didn’t “bulk up.” I even spent the time before Viva trying to put on weight for the top portion of my dress! The crinolines were rather warm, but rather worth it – at one point I thought I was going to faint from the heat of the fabric though!

I am always honest about padding my clothing for pageants – I don’t have any shame about that at all.  To me, it is the same thing for me to stuff my top as it is for another girl to cinch her waist.  I even own a padded bum, although I didn’t wear that at all in Vegas. Now I plan on doing squats!

Everyone always asks why I don’t just opt for surgery if it bothers me that I don’t have the curves.  At this point in my life and with the work I do with young ladies, I look at it this way: I would never want to make it seem like I don’t like my body or myself so much that I would surgically alter it just to feel better in a dress.

Trust me … I love curves.  Real or fake … all of them!  I grew up admiring Pamela Anderson and Carmen Electra. I just haven’t gotten to that point where I feel it is necessary to permanently alter my silhouette. Padding is cheaper too!

I have many ads from the 50’s talking about padding and altering silhouette shapes, but I’m just not ready to go under the knife. I don’t wish to make adolescent girls think they need surgery in order to feel beautiful. That is a very personal choice that should be made much later in life, rather than straight out of high school.

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Ginger and Gigi Fair

4) Who makes/made your custom outfits?
Ginger: There is nothing I love more than my custom wardrobe!  I made sure that whenever I was not wearing pure vintage, that I was wearing at least one thing I custom-made myself.

My other grandmother was a seamstress and taught me well. I enjoy recreating the looks for myself and others and I especially love the bullet tops I create, along with the traditional felt novelty skirts.  I try to stick to traditional patterns and prints unless I can find actual vintage fabric.

I love having different outfits from everyone else – my clothing is usually my conversation piece. I get really excited when I see other gals in their own custom creations too. I have made great friendships with gals who share the same interest in vintage reproduction.  One of my favorite designers is Miss Lily White.  She was also a contestant in the VLV17 pageant. We hit it off for sure and keep in touch still. I hope to wear one of her designs to a major event one day.

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Ginger and Miss Lily White

For VLV18 I made my own pageant dress. I didn’t want to wear a floor-length ball gown as I was not to be the main course – just a side dish or garnish!

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Ginger with Pinup Little Bit

I stuck with red because I felt like people would remember me from my big red hair and big red dress from last year. I wore Pinup Couture heels and created my own flowers to match my dress perfectly.  I tend to stick to poppies – they have always made me smile and I wore them when I won the VLV17 title. I remember my mother always buying them in rememberance of veterans (a huge place in my life and my heart).

I also love Judy Garland – in seventh grade I did a report on her life basing the foreshadowing of the poppies in The Wizard of Oz in conjunction with her sad passing, involving a barbiturate overdose. It sounds morbid, but the flowers still make me happy. For VLV18 I jazzed them up with rhinestones and matching trim from my dress. This year I only wore one crinoline! My belt, of course, was from Talk of the Town, with loads of rhinestones.

5) Is there anything about your hair and makeup you would like to mention?
Ginger: As far as hair and makeup goes, I try to always keep it simple and classic.  My clothing is usually pretty loud along with my hair!

I am a licensed cosmetologist. I love to not only do my hair, but the hair of others as well.  The day I competed in Miss VLV17 I did another contestant’s hair – people thought it was odd, but I didn’t.  I thought everyone should get a chance to look amazing up on that stage.  It is such a big deal to be nominated.

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I befriended Sophie Sassafras from Kansas City. She had purple hair at the time. I gave her a traditional rockabilly bouffant and let her borrow one of my pearl headpieces. I thought even if she gets best hair and I leave with nothing, I will be satisfied. I really admired how Dixie Delight gave her best hair award to her actual hairdresser. I loved that about her.  Genuine. Real.  I think we often forget to give our gratitude to those who have helped us along the way.

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Ginger and Sophie Sassafrass

6) What did you love about the Miss Viva Las Vegas competition?My family, friends, and clients played a huge role in getting me into the contest. I had all of my city backing me, pushing my votes, and campaigning. I had to get votes from the public to get into the contest – I think that made me hungrier for the title. It really was hard work getting people to vote for you just to be a contestant!  

I come from a highly conservative community that doesn’t quite grasp the concept of Rockabilly or Pinup – they always thought I was in costume! Getting them to wrap their minds around an entire crowd of over 20,000 people dressing the part blew their minds.

I loved the competition – being on the stage with the other girls was the highest honour.  It really didn’t matter to me if I won because I already thought that I was doing just fine by being there. I never thought the outcome would have came out like it did and I am forever thankful to Viva Las Vegas, Tom Ingram, Rockwell De’Vil, Lisa Love, and Cherry Dollface for giving me such a high honour.  

Winning the title has definitely made me step my vintage life up. I look forward to future wardrobe choices and hopefully a career in the vintage fashion world.

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Ginger was back for the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 18 earlier this year as reigning queen!  Here’s a gorgeous photo below of Ginger with Gigi Fair on the left, and our very own Miss Viva Las Vegas 18, Miss Victory Violet on the right.  What a bevy of beauties huh!

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Gigi Fair, Ginger Watson and Miss Victory Violet

So there you have it … behind the scenes at Viva with the effervescent Ginger Watson.  I’d like to thank Ginger for being so generous with her time and her beautiful photos and I do hope one day we can tempt her to visit little ol’ New Zealand for some workshops!

To spend more time with Ginger, you can check her out at the following spots:

Facebook: click here.
Instagram: click here.
YouTube: click here.
Website: www.letsgetdolledup.com

And one last image of this beautiful lady  … (just because I love this one!)

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Love and Ginger Kisses …

Mumpty

 

 

 

Top Tips Thursday … red lipstick survival kit

Top Tips Thursday:
Mumpty’s “red lipstick survival kit”

Red lipstick

Those of us who are avid red lipstick wearers know that really, no matter what product you use, or what you do, red lipstick is a pretty high maintenance look to wear.  But we’re not willing to give it up are we – no way!

Sooooo … I thought I’d share with you what I call my “Red Lipstick Survival Kit.”  And look, there was no way to pretty it up – it is what it is, and here it is:

Red lipstick survival kitSo basically the “survival kit” is a zip-lock bag containing:

a wet wipe
foundation
a foundation brush (or whatever you use to apply your foundation)
red lipstick – in this case the Lime Crime Velvetine in Red Velvet.

If you’re anything like me, your red lipstick can be “refreshed” up until about lunchtime by a quick “swipe-over,” but once I’ve had lunch, it really needs a complete overhaul.

So … what I do is this:
Step one: get the wet wipe and a mirror and rub like crazy to get the whole lot off – don’t worry about scrubbing off some of your foundation – that’s why you bought it with you!  And if you’re trying to get the Velvetine off, you’ll probably remove half your face makeup doing it!
Step two: once you’ve got all the red lipstick remnants removed, re-apply your foundation around the areas that you’ve had to scrub to get the lipstick off.
Step three: reapply your red lippy and voila!  All fresh and pinup-worthy again!

What are your red lipstick maintenance tips?  I was interested to read Miss Victory Violet’s post about how she applies her red lippies for best results – you can read it here.

Kisses from pinup-perfect lips …

Mumpty

 

Congratulations Miss Viva Las Vegas

She did it!  
Congratulations to the new
Miss Viva Las Vegas 2015 …

Miss VLV
Image via Miss Victory Violet’s Instagram page

… Miss Victory Violet!

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Image via Bombshells & Dollies

Congratulations to Ella – what a fabulous feat and such an amazing title to be able to bring home to little old New Zealand!

Didn’t she look gorgeous – such hair!  And that frock – divine – I look forward to hearing all about it in future posts from Miss Victory Violet.  Here she is pictured with her husband, Matt, who I assume is very proud right about now!

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Speaking of frocks … I especially loved the outfit below that Miss Victory Violet wore before the competition – so pretty. And the Erstwilder flamingos suited it perfectly!

Miss VV
Image via Miss Victory Violet’s Instagram page

Anyway .. well done Ella – awesome work!  And what a fantastic way to celebrate your honeymoon.

I imagine she might be feeling like this for the next little while!

Underwear and crown

Love and sparkly crowns and sashes …

Mumpty

 

 

 

Pinup Platoon Flipagram …

The Pinup Platoon – in Flipagram! 

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Click Miss Victory Violet to be taken to the Flipagram!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the beautiful and sassy pinups who featured in The Pinup Platoon for March.  As you know, The Pinup Platoon was presented in association with Erstwilder and the opportunity to win one of two fabulous Flamboyant Flamingo Fair necklaces ends today – at midnight, so get in quick!  We’ll announce the two lucky winners soon!

I’d also like to wish all the contestants the very best of luck for the Miss Pinup NZ competition being held at The Very Vintage Day Out on the 11th of April.  You all deserve to win, so “break a leg/pop a pastie” to all of you!  And also, good luck to Miss Victory Violet who is competing in the Miss Viva Las Vegas Pinup competition this weekend.

And because you all deserve a sparkly crown …

Crown

In the meantime, if you haven’t already, click the picture of the beautiful Miss Victory Violet up there (^^) to check out the Flipagram … you’re welcome!

Yours in Erstwilder and stunning pinups …

Mumpty

Pinup Platoon: Miss Victory Violet

The Pinup Platoon:
Miss Victory Violet

Miss VV1

MumptyStyle Erswilder logo

In association with Erstwilder, Mumpty has run a feature entitled “The Pinup Platoon” throughout the month of March, featuring interviews with all ten Miss Pinup NZ 2015 finalists.

Now is the time to interview the reigning Miss Pinup NZ 2014, Miss Victory Violet!  Ella (Miss Victory Violet) is a finalist in the upcoming Miss Viva Las Vegas Pinup Competition and so she has kindly answered the same questions as the Miss Pinup girls, but they relate to the Miss Viva Las Vegas competition.

AND don’t forget, there are only a couple more days to be in to win one of two highly-sought-after and now sold out, Erstwilder Flamboyant Flamingo Fair necklaces – to find out all about it, see the details at the end of this interview with the fabulous Miss Victory Violet.

Soooo … without further ado; meet the reigning Miss Pinup NZ 2014 and finalist in the upcoming Miss Viva Las Vegas Pinup Contest at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend ..

Miss Victory Violet …

Miss VV2Question one:
Tell me something interesting about yourself most people won’t already know.
A:  I did Spanish Flamenco dancing for four years as a teenager!

Question two:
Think about your favourite outfit; your favourite pair of shoes; your favourite suspender belt … whatever!  If that particular item in your pinup kit could talk, what story do you think it would be most likely to tell?
A: The first things that come to mind are the ones that have real sentimental value.  When my Nana died, I inherited all her gloves as I was the only one with hands small enough to fit them!  I love wearing them and knowing they were hers … she was teeny tiny – I think about 5′ 1″ – so I would never have fitted anything else of hers!

Another item is my Bettie Page Captains Swing Dress which I bought at the Bettie Page store in Las Vegas the day we arrived there two years ago.  I wore it that night when Matt and I went for dinner and a show and that was the night Matt popped the big question!

Question three:
How is your preparation for the Viva Las Vegas competition coming along?
A:  Preparation is going well … I am just gathering up the last few accessories for my outfit on stage and getting some flyers designed and printed for the day.  There’s not as much preparation needed as the Miss Pinup NZ competition which is a bit of a blessing!

Question four:
If  you were to win Miss Viva Las Vegas 2015, how would you most likely celebrate your win from the options below:

a) I’d guzzle champagne through a gold-plated straw and get lightheaded and dizzy with all my friends.
b) Crank up the music and dance like crazy.
c) Enlist a flashmob and dance through the streets wearing your Miss Pinup NZ crown.
d) Take your crown on a road trip, Instagramming your antics all the way!
e) Go to a karaoke bar and sing your own praises.
f) Other (please specify!)
A:  (f) I’ll be in Vegas so who knows what the night could bring! Maybe a limo ride, definitely some celebratory champagne and of course a lot of Instagramming!

Question six:
What is your most favourite item in your pinup kit, and why?
A:  I love primers … I feel like they make or break my makeup application!  At the moment I’m loving the Benefit Porefessional Primer.

And last, but certainly not least …

Question seven:
What are you most hoping to get out of the Miss Viva Las Vegas 2015 experience?
A:  Just to have fun, meet some fabulous people and get up on stage feeling confident!  I said to myself last year that if I won Miss Pinup New Zealand, I would enter Miss Viva Las Vegas.

I don’t know if there has ever been a finalist from New Zealand before but I’d love to bring the crown home to our little country!

Miss VV3Thank you so much Miss Victory Violet – I hope you’re having an amazing time on your long-awaited honeymoon – best of luck with your aspirations to bring home the Miss Viva Las Vegas 2015 crown to NZ!

Soooo … if you are reading this and you just happen to be attending the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend, be sure to vote for Miss Victory Violet … votes can be cast at the car show.


COMPETITION DETAILS:
Erstwilder have very generously given Mumpty not one, but TWO, highly-sought-after and sold out Flamboyant Flamingo Fair necklaces. So get in quick – this will be your last chance to secure one of these gorgeous creations!

MumptyStyle Erstwilder necklace

To enter, complete the following steps:

1) Like MumptyStyle’s Facebook page here and share this post (make sure it’s public.)
2) Like the Erstwilder Facebook page here.
3) Sign up to Erstwilder’s newsletter here to be the first to learn about competitions and new designs.

To see Erstwilder’s existing designs, visit their website here. There’s a list of stockists too, just in case you don’t win one of the Flamboyant Flamingo Fair necklaces – you need an Erstwilder in your life one way or another, right?!  And if you just can’t find the piece you’re after, e-mail hello@erstwilder.com and they’ll see what they can do!

To read Mumpty’s interviews with the Miss Pinup NZ 2015 finalists, click here.


Don’t forget to visit The Very Vintage Day Out 2015 website here and Facebook page here to find out about all the vintage and retro festivities over two fabulous days.

Cin cin darlings …

MumptyStyle Pink Champagne

Mumpty

 

 

 

The Pinup Platoon: Miss Charlotte Cake

The Pinup Platoon:
Miss Charlotte Cake

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Miss Charlotte Cake – image by Handcrafted Stories

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In association with Erstwilder, Mumpty is running a feature entitled The Pinup Platoon during the month of March. The Pinup Platoon features interviews with all ten Miss Pinup NZ 2015 finalists, together with some other exciting content on the off-days. AND … we have a fabulous competition where you can win one of two highly-sought-after and now sold out, Erstwilder Flamboyant Flamingo Fair necklaces – to find out all about it, see the details at the end of this interview with the fabulous Miss Charlotte Cake.


Soooo … without further ado; meet the lucky last, gorgeous pinup in our Pinup Platoon – Miss Pinup NZ Finalist for 2015:

Miss Charlotte Cake …

Miss Charlotte Cake
Image by Anupam

Question one:
Tell me something interesting about yourself most people won’t already know.
A:  I have a real morbid curiosity when it comes to death and dark, gloomy things. I know, I know … it’s something I rarely talk about with others because you do get the odd strange look, but I am who I am!  I love watching documentaries on eerie Queen Victoria (the OG Goth), eating a whole packet of biscuits while glued to the CI channel, searching for mourning jewellery on Ebay, looking at tragic images from crime scenes, or reading about odd fetishes. I’m not sure where the fascination comes from, but the darker side definitely has some beauty to it.  Goodness, that’s an interesting way to start off a Q n’ A!  Hehe 🙂

Question two:
Think about your favourite outfit; your favourite pair of shoes; your favourite suspender belt … whatever!  If that particular item in your pinup kit could talk, what story do you think it would be most likely to tell?
A:  My favourite item of clothing is probably the ‘Havana’ dress from Pinup Girl Clothing.  I’m constantly raving about it and want it in every colour (I’m a block colours kind of gal, rather than prints).

I think if this dress could talk it would constantly be sharing the story of how the moment you pop that beauty on, everything changes … your mood, your confidence, your sassiness levels … everything! That dress is pure confidence and once it’s on I am ready to take whatever life throws at me that day! 

Question three:
How is your preparation for the Miss Pinup NZ competition coming along?  Would you like to offer our readers any “teasers” with regard to your particular talent or your outfits for Miss Pinup NZ?
A:  My preparations are actually coming along rather nicely.  I’m a big lists person, so everything is written down and being ticked off. What can the VVDO crowd expect on the day? Well I’m reluctant to give TOO much away, but if you can imagine a sweet hybrid of Katy Perry, Dita Von Teese, Lucille Ball, the colour black and all vintage films – then you’ll basically have Miss Charlotte Cake’s favourite things wrapped into all four stages of the comp.

Question four:
If you could pick a theme song to walk onto the Miss Pinup stage to, what would it be?
A:  It would totally be Rockin’ Robin – by Bobby Day.

Question five:
If  you were to win Miss Pinup NZ 2015, how would you most likely celebrate your win from the options below:

a) I’d guzzle champagne through a gold-plated straw and get lightheaded and dizzy with all my friends.
b) Crank up the music and dance like crazy.
c) Enlist a flashmob and dance through the streets wearing your Miss Pinup NZ crown.
d) Take your crown on a road trip, Instagramming your antics all the way!
e) Go to a karaoke bar and sing your own praises.
f) Other (please specify!)
A:  While the above all sound pretty exciting, I would most likely bake a cake and eat the entire thing in celebration!  Mmmmm cake!

Question six:
What is your most favourite item in your pinup kit, and why?
A:  Red lipstick – instant class and confidence booster.

And last, but certainly not least …

Question seven:
What are you most hoping to get out of the Miss Pinup NZ 2015 experience?
A:  To show my younger self that you can overcome the most crippling anxiety if you just hold on and take each day at a time. I  would never, in a million years, have expected to be up on that stage showcasing myself, because my anxiety used to possess my entire body and stop me doing the things I love.  I would never have let myself do it for being too afraid.

Now is the time that feels right, so bring it on!

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Image of Miss Charlotte Cake by Zandy J Photography

Thank you so much Miss Charlotte Cake – it’s been fantastic chatting with you – best of luck with your aspirations for Miss Pinup NZ 2015.

Don’t forget, if you want to vote for Miss Charlotte Cake for Miss Publicity – you can do so by clicking here.


COMPETITION DETAILS:
Erstwilder have very generously given Mumpty not one, but TWO, highly-sought-after and sold out Flamboyant Flamingo Fair necklaces. So get in quick – this will be your last chance to secure one of these gorgeous creations!

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To enter, complete the following steps:

1) Like MumptyStyle’s Facebook page here and share this post (don’t forget to make it public)
2) Like the Erstwilder Facebook page here.
3) Sign up to Erstwilder’s newsletter here to be the first to learn about competitions and new designs.

To see Erstwilder’s existing designs, visit their website here. There’s a list of stockists too, just in case you don’t win one of the Flamboyant Flamingo Fair necklaces – you need an Erstwilder in your life one way or another, right?!  Alternatively, if you can’t find the piece you want you can email hello@erstwilder.com and they’ll see what they can do to help.

To read the interviews with the other Miss Pinup NZ 2015 finalists, click here.


And don’t forget to visit The Very Vintage Day Out 2015 website here and Facebook page here to find out about all the vintage and retro festivities over two fabulous days.

Cin cin darlings …

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Pinup Platoon: Miss Rouge

The Pinup Platoon:
Miss Rouge

MumptyStyle Miss Rouge

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In association with Erstwilder, Mumpty is running a feature entitled The Pinup Platoon during the month of March. The Pinup Platoon features interviews with all ten Miss Pinup NZ 2015 finalists, together with some other exciting content on the off-days. AND … we have a fabulous competition where you can win one of two highly-sought-after and now sold out, Erstwilder Flamboyant Flamingo Fair necklaces – to find out all about it, see the details at the end of this interview with the fabulous Miss Rouge.

Soooo … without further ado; meet the ninth gorgeous pinup in our Pinup Platoon – Miss Pinup NZ Finalist for 2015:

Miss Rouge …

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Question one:
Tell me something interesting about yourself most people won’t already know.
A:  Well most people do know that I am candy-obsessed, but I’m not sure they know I’m also so “flip-my-lid” over the delicious taste of an ice cold Coca-cola!  There is nothing like a picnic in the summer and an ice cold Coca-cola in my hand!  I love it so much that when I’m travelling the world I always get a photo of me with a Coca-cola in each country!

Question two:
Think about your favourite outfit; your favourite pair of shoes; your favourite suspender belt … whatever!  If that particular item in your pinup kit could talk, what story do you think it would be most likely to tell?
A: Well, I am the lucky owner of a dress that was formerly Micheline Pitt’s but it is also vintage!  I dream of the glamorous evening and events it went to.  Isn’t that the fun of a vintage dress?  The mystery behind it, who wore you? Where did you go? You really can let your imagination run wild! I’m sure besides Micheline, someone else very glamorous wore my dress!

Question three:
How is your preparation for the Miss Pinup NZ competition coming along?  Would you like to offer our readers any “teasers” with regard to your particular talent or your outfits for Miss Pinup NZ?
A:  Well darling I’d love to share it all with you because I’m so excited!  But oh, I do love a surprise don’t you?

I can say that I think the lovely items I have chosen are a real reflection of me and my personality.  I have a rule about what I wear and it’s that I have to LOVE it and I can honestly say everything I will be wearing I looooooooveeee !

Question four:
If you could pick a theme song to walk onto the Miss Pinup stage to, what would it be?
A:  This is kind of a funny one, also not really vintage!  But nevertheless, you don’t choose what music moves you!  I feel like this song empowers me at moments when I need a little pick-me-up or motivation to do something I want to but am terrified to do … it is: “It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi.

Question five:
If  you were to win Miss Pinup NZ 2015, how would you most likely celebrate your win from the options below:

a) I’d guzzle champagne through a gold-plated straw and get lightheaded and dizzy with all my friends.
b) Crank up the music and dance like crazy.
c) Enlist a flashmob and dance through the streets wearing your Miss Pinup NZ crown.
d) Take your crown on a road trip, Instagramming your antics all the way!
e) Go to a karaoke bar and sing your own praises.
f) Other (please specify!)
A:  Well golly Mumpty – all of these ideas sound great!  Oh dear – you are giving me ideas!  I think besides a few tears, a kiss for my dapper Gent, and of course hugging all of the lovely ladies, it’s hard to say.  I’m a gal of mystery and I love that I don’t know! So I guess I’m looking forward to the mystery of it all!

Question six:
What is your most favourite item in your pinup kit, and why?
A:  Well now, I think most pinups would say their lipstick and well, I’m inclined to agree whole-heartedly with them!  There is nothing like that perfect shade of lipstick that just somehow makes you feel complete.  I’m going to add to that, a vintage compact, because a gal needs a mirror to apply that lippy and I don’t go anywhere without mine!

And last, but certainly not least …

Question seven:
What are you most hoping to get out of the Miss Pinup NZ 2015 experience?
A:  Well now this is easy!  A chance to meet other like-minded people and to make friends!  It feels like our scene here is growing quickly and there are always new and exciting people to meet and go on adventures with!

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Thank you so much Miss Rouge – it’s been fantastic chatting with you – best of luck with your aspirations for Miss Pinup NZ 2015.

Don’t forget – if you want to vote for Miss Rouge for Miss Publicity, you can do so by clicking here.


COMPETITION DETAILS:
Erstwilder have very generously given Mumpty not one, but TWO, highly-sought-after and sold out Flamboyant Flamingo Fair necklaces. So get in quick – this will be your last chance to secure one of these gorgeous creations!

MumptyStyle Erstwilder necklace

To enter, complete the following steps:

1) Like MumptyStyle’s Facebook page here and share this post (make sure it’s public.)
2) Like the Erstwilder Facebook page here.
3) Sign up to Erstwilder’s newsletter here to be the first to learn about competitions and new designs.

To see Erstwilder’s existing designs, visit their website here. There’s a list of stockists too, just in case you don’t win one of the Flamboyant Flamingo Fair necklaces – you need an Erstwilder in your life one way or another, right?!  And if you just can’t find the piece you’re after, e-mail hello@erstwilder.com and they’ll see what they can do!

To read Mumpty’s interviews with the other Miss Pinup NZ 2015 finalists, click here.


Don’t forget to visit The Very Vintage Day Out 2015 website here and Facebook page here to find out about all the vintage and retro festivities over two fabulous days.

Cin cin darlings …

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