This Week in my Life: 18-24 July 2016

  • I continued with work experience

I’m currently volunteering two days a week at a State Government department involved in natural resource management.  Not only am I having the opportunity to learn a lot for learning’s sake, but it could make the difference on my resume that results in me getting a job straight after uni.  I’ve been learning to use ArcGIS, a geographic information system program, and I’ve been doing a lot to do with soil science as well.

  • I applied for post-uni jobs

Last night I applied for five jobs in my future field, based in places like Roma, Charleville, Toowoomba and Longreach, which are all in western/central Queensland.  Even applying for jobs is a big step for me, and something I never could have brought myself to do 12 months ago.  Having my depression and anxiety mostly under control for the first time in a long time has allowed me to take that step of thinking about and planning for the future, and I’m so pleased 🙂  Now I just have to wait to hear back about the jobs!

  • I achieved a 10cm reduction from my non-corseted to my corseted waist

Unfortunately, after recently starting on another medication, an anti-anxiety med, I rapidly gained about 8-9 kgs of weight in just a month or so!  This has really made me upset because I’m not at a happy weight for me and my body.  So I have started counting all my calories consumed and burned, and have so far lost 4kg in a couple of weeks.  But meanwhile, I’ve continued with my corset training and have managed to reach a waist reduction of 10cm when wearing my corset, from a natural waist of 102cm (up a little since I started corset training, due to my recent weight gain) down to 92cm measured around the outside of my corset.  I’m going to continue with my waist training because my next goal is to close the final inch and a half of my corset lacing.  I’ve got a new corset coming from Dauntless Corset Australia (the Siren in summer mesh) soon in a new, smaller size – 28inch!

  • I found out I’m a finalist in another pinup pageant

Yesterday evening, I was announced as a finalist in the Miss Rockin Maryborough Pageant, which was exciting to hear 🙂  Competing under my pageant name, Vera Vamp, I’ll be at the Rockin Maryborough Vintage Festival in September.  If you have a moment, please give my photos a LIKE on this Facebook post, to count towards my chances of taking out a placing!

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Win Ten Tickets in my Pinup Raffle!

Hello readers!  Just a quick note to let you know that if you pop over to my Facebook page right now, you can enter into the chance to win ten free tickets in my Pinup Raffle!  Entries close this Sunday night the 24th July (at 7pm Australian Eastern Standard Time), so get it quick!  Don’t forget that my pinup raffle is open to international readers too.

-Vera

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Pretty Things List #22

It’s mid winter here in Australia, and I feel like putting together an Australian-company themed Pretty Things List for you all 🙂

First, let’s look at clothes!  I love Australian company Retrospec’d for their lightweight Queensland-worthy cottons, the flattering cut of their patterns, and their beautiful fabrics, many of which are in-house designs.  I own one Retrospec’d design already and I currently have three of their dresses on layby with Ms Katt’s Kustom House (and I can’t wait to receive them and review them for you).  In the meantime, some of my favourite designs currently available are the Norma Jean in red polka dot and the Kathleen in cobalt blue, both AU$190 each and available in select sizes from AU6-18, catering for busts from 75 to 110 cms and waists from 60 to 90cm.

I currently wear a size 18 in Retrospec’d designs, for your reference.

By buying from Retrospec’d, you are buying quality Australian made products from an owner operator small company.

By now, just about everyone knows about Aussie resinware company Erstwilder.  Producing beautiful limited edition resin design brooches, earrings, cardigan clips and necklaces, this Melbourne-based company has been operating since 2011.  Erstwilder has been particularly prolific over the last six months, with many new ranges of designs coming out recently.  Some of my recent favourites that I’ve added to my collection include the Paper Moon brooch, Around the World brooch and the Gumnut Babies brooch, all AU$34.95 each from Erstwilder’s own website.

You can also buy their designs from many Aussie online pinup shops.

Some other Australian jewellery companies you may not know of include Revere Folie.  Based on the Sunshine Coast right here in Queensland, this little company began operating in January this year, inspired by the beauty of bygone eras – in particular the Art Deco and Art Nouveau movements.  I’m the lucky owner of two pairs of Revere Folie earrings, being the Revier in gold (AU$25) and the Mermaid in pink (AU$20).

They have a great deal currently, where every order receives a free pair of mermaid mini studs, or sparkle silver or gold studs, and orders over AU$50 receive a free pair of Baby Holly Hoops in black or white!

Another great Australian company producing quality jewellery is Deer Arrow.  Also based on the Sunshine Coast, this company is the brainchild of a pair of sisters who began creating their jewellery in 2015.  Working in resin and timber, Deer Arrow are the makers of my awesome custom poison apple brooch that you will see me wearing in some photos.

Some of my current favourite designs that I plan to purchase in the near future include the Ouija brooch (AU$12), the Valentine brooch (AU$35) and the Glitzy Radio brooch (AU$30).

Finally, I came across little Aussie shop Glamourlite on etsy mid last year and was instantly taken by the stylish designs.  Started in 2014 in Launceston Tasmania, Glamourlite produces items such as earrings and brooches, including my heart padlock earrings that you may see in some of my outfit photos.

I’m currently in love with the Key to my Heart brooch (AU$39) and the Love Hurts Dagger brooch (AU$22), both of which I want to get in the near future.

By purchasing from Revere Folie, Deer Arrow or Glamourlite, you’re supporting small Aussie-made businesses!

I hope this Pretty Things List has introduced you to some new favourites 🙂

Don’t forget to enter my pinup prizes raffle!  Tickets just $1, open internationally, raising funds for the Black Dog Institute!  Follow the link below here.

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Weekly Wardrobe: 4-10 July 2016

Monday

  • Dress: Voodoo Vixen
  • Brooch and Necklace: Erstwilder
  • Petticoat: Malco Modes
  • Shoes: Rivers

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Tuesday

  • Top: Vintage
  • Skirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
  • Brooch: Purchased at Cooly Rocks On
  • Shoes: Target
  • Corset (underneath): Orchard Corset

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Thursday

  • Top: Crossroads
  • Skirt: Collectif
  • Scarf: Your One Stop Pinup Shop
  • Brooch: Atomic Lucite
  • Earrings: Glamourlite
  • Bangle: Vintage
  • Shoes: Rivers

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Friday

  • Top: Target
  • Skirt: Bonsai Kitten
  • Brooches: Bok Bok Bgerk
  • Shoes: TUK

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Saturday

  • Top and Skirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
  • Brooch: Poison of Choice
  • Petticoat: Malco Modes
  • Shoes: BAIT

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Item Review: Hell Bunny Elvira Coat

I now own two long winter coats: a vintage 1950s Soviet East German police trench coat…and this beauty.SONY DSC

Let me introduce you to the Elvira.

With a wonderfully swishy full skirt, faux fur details and oversized front buttons, it is THE pinup coat for those of us who want to look glamorous even when it’s cold (that’s pretty much everyone, right?).

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The Elvira comes in dark green, burgundy, or black, all with black faux fur details.

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The Elvira fastens with five oversized buttons down the front and is single breasted, which is especially flattering on plus sized pinups like myself, as it prevents you from looking boxy.

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The hood on this coat is monstrously deep – check this out:

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Yup, I wasn’t kidding about the deepness!  It means you can snuggle into your hood and keep warm when it’s windy, but it also means you may need to bobby pin your hood to your hair to prevent it from completely enveloping your face.

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The faux fur detail on the hood, cuffs and hem add to the luxurious look and feel of the Elvira and are soft, not scratchy.

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The full skirt allows you to wear circle skirts and petticoats underneath with ease, and is great for twirling in!  The darts allow the skirt to flare out from the waist while avoiding any bulk around the torso.

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The Elvira has a button-on band across the small of the back to pull the coat in and shape it to your body.

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One word of caution if you are broad shouldered like me – this coat can be a little tight across the upper back, even when it fits perfectly everywhere else.  So if you’re planning to do a lot of driving or typing while wearing your coat (or other activities where your arms are stretched out in front), I’d advise sizing up if you are broad shouldered.

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The Elvira comes in sizes XS to 4X, catering for busts from 34 to 48 inches, and for waists from 28 to 42 inches.  I’m wearing the 2X, which has a bust measurement of 44 inches and a waist of 38 inches.  Keep in mind when purchasing that you’ll need to leave room for your other layers of clothes underneath, so you may need to size up if in between sizes.

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I purchased my Elvira from Wild Kitty Clothing for AU$245, but they currently only have size Medium left in stock.  Alternatively, you can special order the Elvira from Atomic Cherry in dark green in all sizes except Small and XLarge, or in black in all sizes except Small, Medium, Large and XLarge, for AU$235.

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For these photos, I paired my Elvira with black heels from Rivers and a vintage faux fur hat.

Thank you to Miss Milla Cherry for taking these photos.

Don’t forget you could WIN in my pinup raffle – tickets just one dollar, open internationally!  Enter by following the link here.

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Weekly Wardrobe: 27 June – 3 July 2016

Monday

  • Dress: Voodoo Vixen
  • Hair Clips: Bought at a market stall at Cooly Rocks On
  • Brooch: Deer Arrow
  • Shoes: Rivers

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Tuesday

  • Dress: Pinup Girl Clothing
  • Hair Flower: Homemade
  • Earrings: Revere Folie
  • Brooch: Your One Stop Pinup Shop
  • Petticoat: Malco Modes
  • Shoes: BAIT

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Wednesday

  • Dress: Lady V London
  • Coat: Hell Bunny
  • Hat and Necklace: Vintage
  • Shoes: Rivers

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Friday

  • Dress: Retrospec’d (borrowed from a friend)
  • Brooch: Vintage (gift from another friend)
  • Pearls: Vintage
  • Petticoat: Malco Modes
  • Shoes: BAIT

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Win a Pinup Prize!

Hello lovelies!

As part of my Pinup Doll Australia fundraising for the Black Dog Institute, I’m running a raffle where you could win a prize from one of your favourite pinup shops.

Tickets are just ONE DOLLAR EACH!  AU$1, that’s right!

To buy tickets, simply pay the desired amount into my everyday hero fundraising account, then message me or comment to let me know you have paid.  Simple!  Prizes will be drawn in early October, and entry is open internationally!

Valued contributors include (so far) Atomic Lucite, Vintage Pip, Dottie Delite Jewellery, Revere Folie, Bexterity, Creep Heart, Natasha Marie Clothing, Atomic Beauty, Bonsai Kitten and Ms Katt’s Kustom House!

 

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