Miss Flossypots goes to Auckland!

As promised (maybe a little late) here is a little recap all about my trip to Auckland at the end of May. I am not a fan of travelling, I don’t know what it is but I just get so anxious and make myself sick so unfortunately I wasn’t feeling my best – just letting you know why I look so pained in my photos!! Anyway, the trip begun with a 10.45am plane trip from Wellington we got there at least one hour early (#anxiety) and bumped in Mrs Greatnews who just so happened to be on the same flight as us – what a coincidence!
The reason why Sam & I went up to Auckland was so I could attend The Pin Up Honeys Social Club’s Soiree celebrating Miss Monique Sweet & Dariel Dearlove great wins at the American Rockabilly convention Viva Las Vegas! And what a night it was, but I’ll get on to that a little later.

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On the day of the soiree I wasn’t too sure about the dress I had packed so Sam & I decided to hike up the hill to the infamous K-Rd (Karangahape Road) to visit the lovely Cathy from Rita Sue Clothing. Not only did we find Cathy but we also found Kaye (from Kabella Baby) in there which was so lovely – it’s nice being able to chat in REAL LIFE. From there I tried on a couple of dresses, first up was the gorgeous Ava dress from PUG which was the most beautiful shade of silver – I adored it but I wasn’t 100% sure. Then Cathy pulled out the most amazing dress ( I, myself would never have picked it up) but as soon as I tried it on I felt a million bucks and that dress was from The Pretty Dress Company. A company I have heard so much about and now I know why, the material is gorgeous (amazing quality with stretch) and the design just flatters every inch of your body – I could not recommend them enough! And if you’re in Auckland head to Rita Sue Clothing – the customer service is amazing and they will really help you find the right dress for any occasion.

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The Pretty Dress Company dress from Rita Sue Clothing

I had also been super excited to try baked goods from The Pie Piper & Doornuts on K-Rd they recently opened up a store front and I am so glad I got to try some of their marvelous treats. I went for Awhi’s strawberry sprinkled doughnut and Sam went with the angelic angel food cake. My doughnut was a life changing experience, I’ve never had a doughnut so soft and delicate as the one I got from The Pie Piper/Doornuts and I totally regret not buying the S’mores doughnut whilst I was there.. We went back on the Monday only to find out that they weren’t opened, we were so gutted! I will definitely be returning next time I’m up that way but if you’re lucky enough to live in Auckland DO CHECK THEM OUT! You will not regret it.

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Another place we went to whilst on K-Rd was Lord of the Fries and oh.. my.. GOSH. Why don’t we have this chain in Wellington?! It’s amazing, we went back two times I think.. On the first visit we didn’t realise until we had left that all the food is vegetarian? Then on the next two visits we really went to town! If you’re vegetarian and you’re into that American styled food I highly recommend Lord of the Fries if you have it in your area!
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After eating our weight in junk food we decided to chill at our hotel, I set my hair again because the Auckland humidity had destroyed my curls. And then I got ready for the soiree, I bought these super flashy earrings from Lovisa and brought my vintage costume necklace and paired it with the amazing Pretty Dress Company dress I had bought earlier in the day.  Then I made my way to Hotel Debrett where the soiree was being held.
I was beyond nervous, it’s so hard meeting people in real life but all of the Pin Up Honeys were SO lovely, I got to meet so many beauties that I have been following online for the LONGEST time and a whole lot of new faces too – shout out to; Miss Honey Bee, Ginger is a NZ Pinup, Danielle from Devel Branded, Miss Lily Grace, Miss RougeMiss Rouge, Miss Monique Sweet, Dariel Dearlove, Miss Estelle Belle, Miss Daphne Delov and Dolly Duet (+ so many more). It was a fab night and I feel so excited to see everyone at the Very Vintage Day Out.

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The next two days were a blur, I felt so unwell – does anyone else get this when travelling or am I the only one? I took it easy and explored Auckland city with my beautiful boyfriend, we took blog photos, ate junk food, went to the infamous Daiso store (my Mum loves it so much) and then we went to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2. The Guardians of the Galaxy films are so freaking good they really have something for EVERYBODY. I absolutely LOVED this film, I wasn’t sure if it would live up to the first movie but it did not disappoint!

I had such a great time in Auckland and I can’t wait to go back up later this year for the Very Vintage Day Out. After a lot thought I have decided to enter the Miss Pin Up New Zealand competition so please cross your fingers & toes for me! I hope you are all having a lovely week and I should be back to posting weekly soon enough!

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How to: Cleaning Petticoats

Petticoats – they are a way of life for me. I purchased my first petticoat in 2014 at the Glory Days Winter Vintage event and I haven’t looked back since! I bought an amazing vintage petticoat that has pastel rainbow all over the edges; it’s the softest petticoat I own and it is by FAR my favourite. Petticoats are great but how do you wash them? I had absolutely no idea when I first bought mine but I have now come up with a way that keeps my petticoats clean, soft and smelling fresh even in the middle of winter.

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1. First select your petticoats – I like to clean mine two at a time so I have at last two clean on rotation.
2. Begin by filling a bathtub a couple on inches high with lukewarm water – you don’t want hot water. I then press my petticoats into the warm water until they are completely saturated.
3. I use Rocking Green laundry powder ( 2 tbsp) as a cleaner as I suffer from dermatitis and it’s free from SLS- and Parabens which helps me greatly. When washing petticoats you SHOULD hand wash them as they are super delicate!
4. Swirl your petticoats in the warm water with the laundry powder. You want to make sure they are really soaking up all of the cleaning goodness!
5. Leave to soak for a good 10-15 minutes then drain the bathtub and rinse the petticoats under a cold tap until they no longer feel  soapy.
6. Now this is the hard part; you want to squeeze as much water out of your petticoats as you can. I usually give a full ten minutes for this process as you don’t want your petticoats to drag from all of the water weight.
7. I then leave to drip dry in my shower or alternatively outside with a washing tub underneath to catch all of the drips!

And that is how I clean my petticoats – let me know how you clean yours below! ❤

Afghan (biscuit) Tray Bake

The Afghan biscuit is a traditional New Zealand bake and has been around for yonks! I remember my Mum baking these throughout my childhood and I still adore them to this day, you can’t beat a homemade Afghan bikkie! This week there was a bake-a-long event in the group Miss Charlotte’s Caker’s created by NZ Pinup Miss Charlotte Cake and the bake was Afghan biscuits; you could go the traditional root or mix it up and I decided to do something a little different as did others. Bare in mind I made this recipe up – I used the Edmond’s Cookbook recipe as my guide but added a few different ingredients so it would hold up – it’s very light and buttery but it’s more cake-y than slice-y.  I think you could use my brownie recipe for a firmer bake – just add cornflakes and it should be fine!

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Afghan Tray Bake

Makes 12 

Ingredients:
200g margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 + 2 tsp cocoa
Pinch of salt
1 egg
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 cups cornflakes

Icing:
1 1/2 cup icing sugar
2 tbsp cocoa
1 1/2 tsp milk
60g softened marg

Topping:
70g Whittaker’s dark chocolate – chopped
3/4 cup toasted walnuts – chopped

Method:
Begin by preheating your oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a baking tray with baking paper – set aside.
In a medium/large bowl cream together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy – next add the egg and mix until combined.
Sift the cocoa, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into the bowl and fold into the mixture.
Once the dry ingredients are thoroughly incorporated fold in the cornflakes.
Spoon into the baking tray; be sure to spread the mixture evenly that will improve your bake.
Bake for 20 minutes and allow to cool before icing.

Icing:
Sift together the dry ingredients and then add butter and milk – stir until smooth.
Spread the icing over the tray bake and sprinkle the dark chocolate and walnuts.
Cut into twelve slices.

Enjoy!

What is one of your favourite bakes from your childhood?

The Katherine Dress by Dolly and Dotty

I.Love.Flowers. And do you know what I love more? Floral print dresses. This beautiful piece from Dolly and Dotty is called the Katherine dress and I am absolutely in love with it. My pinup wardrobe has been missing winter essentials – I think I have one dress with long sleeves and the rest are sleeveless so when I saw the Katherine dress I knew I had to have it. The delicate floral print is perfect year round – bright for those dull winter days and you can match your surroundings in the spring. The Katherine dress is made from 95% Cotton, 5% Elasthan making it a lightweight fabric with a bit of stretch – although I 100% agree with Dolly and Dotty’s advice, you will need to size up as this is very tight fitting on me. In my excitement I didn’t read that and got my usual size but it still fits!!

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AMERICAN VEHICLE DAY 2017

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Well I’m not going to pretend like I’m some car aficionado but I do try to make it to the American Vehicle day every year even if it’s just to “ooh” and “aah” at all of the pretty cars. This year I went with my boyfriend and we thoroughly enjoyed it and as I blogged it last year I thought I would blog it this year just to keep the tradition alive! When you live in Karori getting to Trentham is quite the mission ESPECIALLY if you don’t own a car so in the early hours of the morning on Sunday (10.30) we took our first form of public transport for the day – the first of many. After the first bus we set out on our journey – the Upper Hutt line (train) it was a forty + minute ride but it was pretty stunning, the first half of the trip overlooked the Wellington harbour and on a sunny day it looks incredible (by chance it was sunny for the first time this summer). Continue reading “AMERICAN VEHICLE DAY 2017”

Pinup Christmas #3

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I absolutely adore my new Retrospec’d dress so I thought I would put together a little #pinupchristmas outfit just to show it off! I absolutely adore the brand Retrospec’d and I have  A LOT of their dresses on my wishlist, I highly recommend checking them out if you’re a fan of tradition 1950’s fashion. This outfit is simple but effective; the hardest part was the updo! What are you wearing today? Remember to hashtag #pinupchristmas – I love seeing everyone’s outfits! Continue reading “Pinup Christmas #3”

Peppermint & Chocolate Cupcakes – Best Chocolate Cupcake Recipe EVER!

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I have finally come up with my favourite chocolate cupcake base and I am super excited to share it with you! I reworked my favourite chocolate cake recipe so now my chocolate cupcakes taste just as good as my cakes – what a relief! And seeing as it’s Blogmas I thought I would put a festive spin on it by making it minty; I personally cannot stand mint but my boyfriend absolutely loved them. I love the base of this recipe with all of my heart; it’s dense but light with a strong chocolate taste and it also rises evenly – it.is.the.BEST. What are you baking at the moment? Have you made Christmas mince pies yet? I haven’t even eaten one of the supermarket ones yet – blasphemy!

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Pinup Christmas #2

I am so sorry for the lack #pinupchristmas outfits! This is only my second one and it’s already the ninth of December; how horrid! This cute outfit embodies the festive spirit from my vibrant red Lindy Bop dress to my Elf hat – it’s the whole shabang. I know A LOT of you enjoyed my cupcake decorating photos from earlier in the year so I thought I would recreate it but make it more CHRISTMASSY (honestly, I have never said that word as much as I have been in the month of Blogmas). The cupcakes I’m baking here are using my favourite chocolate cupcake base with mint icing and minty chocolate from Whittakers – there will be a recipe post up later this week so stay tuned. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as my boyfriend and I enjoyed taking them!

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The ULTIMATE Mini Ginger Cake!

This is my go-to ginger cake recipe; it’s literally the BEST ginger cake I have ever tried. I’ve been using this recipe from BBC Good Food for at least five years and it has always been a winner. I have omitted the caramel icing just to keep it simple but if you’re going all out I HIGHLY recommend making it because it’s magical. I’ve also quartered the recipe to fit in two 10cm mini cake tins because I live with my boyfriend and there is no way we can eat an entire cake! Well we could but we shouldn’t.

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Miss Flossypots’ Top Five Festive Brooches!

I am all about accessorizing this year and I feel like I’ve really let myself down in terms festive accessorizing but my loss is your gain! Here are some of my favourite Christmassy brooches out there at the moment featuring quite a few cat themed brooches.

1. Deer Arrow’s Kitten in Mittens can be worn two ways as a double brooch or as a SUPER cute cardigan clip just to make your outfits ten times cuter and festive; a win-win!!! I would honestly wear this all year round as it’s not too kitsch if you know what I mean.

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1.Kitten in Mittens – Deer Arrow
2.Season’s Greeting Brooch – Erstwilder
3.Christmas Cocktail – Retro Resins
4.Crystal Snowflake Christmas Brooch – Luck Trader 
5.Cat Brooch – Pink Fox Findings

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