Fashion

A Haunting We Will Go…. Erstwilder – Halloween 2018

The countdown is on and there’s only 51 days until Halloween. Are you ready? Because I am, thanks to Erstwilder‘s latest launch; A Haunting We Will Go.. I’ve already got outfits planned for the week of Halloween and my costume because I like Halloween almost as much as I like Christmas!! Us Australasian folk grew up watching all of you Americans with your fall leaves, apple bobbing, trick-or-treating and last but not certainly least carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns business and quite frankly I was jealous and to this day I still am. Erstwilder has brought my childhood fantasy of the whimsy & nostalgia of Halloween into accessory form and I’m living for it – pumpkins (YES THE ORANGE ONES NOT THE ANEMIC GREEN ONES WE GET IN NZ), skeletons, potions, beasts and freaking candy corn!! It’s everything you could want in the weeks leading up to one of spookiest nights of the year…

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Fashion

Tutorial: Quick Pin-up Bumper Bangs

Back by popular demand I am here today with a new hair tutorial! After my last hair tutorial being such a success I thought I’d put out to you, the people of the internet, with a poll on my Instagram stories! And I had an overwhelming amount of people after a new tutorial – 99% to 1%. I am absolutely delighted that so many of you enjoyed it and although it was a bit of work I really enjoyed creating something new for my blog space!
If you have any special requests for a tutorial please let me know below whether it’s a hairstyle, make-up look or how I put an outfit together; I want to hear what YOU want!
Anyway, I’ll stop with my mindless chitter-chatter and get started!

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Fashion

The Annie Flared Dress in Summer Fern – Lady V London

Well, well, well… I’m back with another Lady V London dress because once again they have kicked it out of the park! If you haven’t been keeping up with me (for the past TWO years) you won’t know that I absolutely love Lady V London. I could go on and on about my love for them (and I will) but to get more of an idea of what Lady V London brings to the table you can check out my previous reviews of the Lyra Dress, Eloise Dress & the Butterfly Border Tea Dress. Lady V London is a brand I love working with but also a brand I actually shop with and wholeheartedly believe in the product, that’s why I get super excited when that dress arrives at my house – I know it’s going to be fantastic.

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Fashion

Tutorial: My Go-to Pin-up Hair-do! Setting & Brush Out.

I often get asked “How long does it take to you to get ready in the morning?”, “How long does it take you to do your hair? It must take ages!” Well honey, I’m here to tell you it doesn’t take long at all! I’ve been dressing pin-up for about three years now and have really been through the ups and downs of vintage styling; clothes, make-up and have had so many hair fails!! And one thing I have learned is that no hair is the same; what might work for one person might not necessarily work for you and that’s okay because you’re eventually going to find something that does work for you. I’m here today to provide you with some tips and tricks or possibly just to show you that there are other ways of achieve pin-up hair! I know the way I do my hair probably isn’t the best way to do my hair but you know what? It works for me and it might work for you too!

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Since taking my hair from the 10 years of supermarket black hair-dye to this amazing copper colour, my hair has been incredibly different to my black hair. I am only washing my hair once a week and my hair sets are a million times better than they used to be and I haven’t changed a thing. So if you’re feeling down about your hair not curling as well as most of the brightly coloured hair pinups in the community it’s probably because it hasn’t been bleached recently! I set my hair every night; it takes around 15 minutes and I only use bobby pins, water in a spray bottle, a section comb and a hair-scarf. It’s super basic and super easy. Plastic pieces in foam rollers or even foam rollers themselves drive me crazy when I’m trying to sleep and with pin-curls there are no issues for me and they’re a real time saver for the next day. I literally roll out of bed un-pin – brush out and I’m ready to go in 5 to 10 minutes.

If you would like to see a video tutorial please let me know in the comments section below. If I get enough requests I will do one!! And if you would like me to post any other kind of tutorials let me know – this one was super fun to do.

P.S – New game alert; drink (water) every time I write the words; pin-curl, hairspray & bobby-pin! Yikes!
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Fashion

The Vintage Pearl Textured Coat – Collectif Clothing – REVIEW

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Where do I even begin? The Pearl coat has got to be one of my favourite reproduction pieces I have ever come across. I lusted over it for 3 years and last year on Valentine’s Day my boyfriend surprised me with one (all of the boyfriend points to him) – I was in D-I-S-B-E-L-I-E-F. The pearl coat for a long time was this unattainable thing; a. I’m pretty sure there wasn’t anything like it on the market e.g the Hell Bunny coats that are very similar but more affordable didn’t exist, b. no one in New Zealand stocked it – like no one and lastly c. it was over $300 so if you got it you would be pinged with a customs fine! I genuinely believed I would never own one.
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Food

Quick & Easy Spicy Udon Noodles – VEGAN RECIPE

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Seeing as last week it was all about fashion I thought I’d share a recipe this week – a recipe I love and make quite often too! If you follow me on Instagram (@missflossypots #shamelessplug) you will have seen these noodles all of the time. They’re super easy to make, you only need a few base ingredients (& you can add tons of things to change it up) & it’s vegan! I’ve never been a huge fan of noodles but these honestly have so much flavour; using fresh ginger and adding tons of sriracha really gives it another dimension! These noodles are 100% inspired by Tastemade they have an awesome video tutorial too, if you would like to check it out – click here.

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Fashion

Cry Cry Cry Clothing

Welcome back to this week’s blogpost, grab a cuppa and a snack because it’s going to be a long one! This week’s inspiration is all about ethically sourced AND I will be sharing unseen photos of my outfits from Miss Pinup New Zealand! I just want to start with: this isn’t sponsored I just really love Cry Cry Cry Clothing and I know the quality to be outstanding (I would know, I have 6 garments)! + I only want to share the best with you!

If you don’t know already know I’m a pretty big fan of Cry Cry Cry Clothing made in New Zealand by the lovely Fran and this is the brand I have picked for my ethically sourced theme. Many of you will remember the clothing Swonderful which was created by Fran and her daughter Ginny, it was a super sweet & edgy vintage inspired clothing line that caught the attention of many including me, I bought my first Swonderful piece at Rita Sue in 2015 and I wore it to DEATH (Rip gingham dress). On my next trip to Auckland I visited Rita Sue again in search of Swonderful and the lovely Alicia told me that Fran had launched a new line called Cry Cry Cry Clothing and I was genuinely delighted! I couldn’t find anything until one day I noticed a follow notification from Cry Cry Cry Clothing and I pounced on that follow back button. The rest is history!

From there Fran and I got talking and next thing I knew I was trying on the most beautiful pink swing dress with a scalloped collar and the cutest little black bows placed all around it. This was the dress I was going to wear for the Miss Pinup New Zealand entry video. When I got through to the MPUNZ finales I knew Fran would be making my outfits and we came up with some magical stuff.

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Evening dress:
I think this was probably the hardest one for both of us… I had no idea what I wanted as usual and we had to find something that I would feel comfortable in. This was the end result – inspired by Elizabeth Taylor we went for this striking blue fabric and I’m so glad we did! I love the romantic vibe to the dress; the wrap around mesh takes it to another level of sophistication.

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Talent dress:
Well this was all Fran! I decided to do my talent to a song from the Musical Hairspray! I absolutely love the sixties, hairspray and purple so this dress was perfect for me! I love the fact this dress is mistaken for true vintage all of the time; it just shows the workmanship in Fran’s work. Its skirt is a proper swing/circle skirt (I must wear two petticoats in this and I’m sure I could get a third in there too!) which really helped with the twirling in my act.

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About Cry Cry Cry Clothing:

Are you inspired by the elegance of the 1950s and 1960s? So are we!

Here at Cry Cry Cry we want to help you look as chic as Audrey Hepburn, as sassy as Marilyn Monroe and as sexy as Brigitte Bardot. We have pinup basics and feature pieces to suit your vintage look.

All Cry Cry Cry clothing is made with love in New Zealand to our own original designs.


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Beachwear:
This is my favourite piece from Cry Cry Cry Clothing. I’m the gal who hadn’t worn anything sleeveless in 13 years, the girl that didn’t want to show leg – I could go on. But in this number I feel fabulous; which I never thought I could in beachwear. I fell in love with a similar piece a couple years back and pinned on my Pinterest board and that’s what inspired this!

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Getting something custom made for your body isn’t always a priority but my god is it worth it! I had never had  (or dreamed of having) a custom made dress before I met Fran but I’m so glad I own a few pieces that are made just for me and that I can treasure forever. Even the made to order/standard sizing from Cry Cry Cry is amazing and really reasonably priced for all the love and care that goes into it all. My goal for 2017 is to cut down on buying dresses that aren’t made with love and fill my closet with one of kind pieces that are.

Pros of buying ethically made/custom made:
You know where it’s coming from
It will be good quality
You’re helping someone get paid what they should! And that’s how it should be.
If custom; you can get it tailored to your body – so it fits in all the right places.
Made to order offer unique styles that aren’t mass produced – so you can stand out!

Recommendations – ethically/NZ made:
Cry Cry Cry Clothing 😉 (Ships worldwide)
Devel Men & Women
Honey L’amour
Curvy Couture by Judy Dee

What are some of your favourite lines that are ethically made? Please let me know ❤
If you have any questions at all – feel free to email me at; missflossypots@gmail.com