Sponge roller wet set for vintage/pinup hair (heat free curls)

In this tutorial I show you how I set me hair using sponge rollers to create my everyday vintage hair look.
I’ve been setting my hair with sponge rollers for a couple years now as I find it is easiest for me and works best for my hair. I’ve done a lot of trial and error and have had a lot of practice and have improved a lot!
My first ever set was done on WET hair.
Surprise surprise, by morning it was still damp and the after a mild freak out, it went up in a pony tail. Not to worry, mistakes serve their purpose. Now I start on dry hair and use my setting spray (vegan & cruelty free DeLorenzo Mudslide styling paste which I dilute with water and put in an old spray bottle) to add the moisture to set the curls.

I had filmed the brush out video….or so I thought! It turns out, I didn’t hit the record button. I shall film this again and post it when I can.

If you’re new to pinup/vintage hair styling, or like me you just like to see how other people do things, feel free to watch!
Hopefully this is helpful to you!

xo
Miss Dottie DeMure

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Lola Von Rose Precious Purses

Before entering the wonderful world of pinup I never fancied myself as a “bag girl”, there wasn’t much of a focus on matching bags to outfits so I was all about shoes! Fast forward a couple years and my oh my, how things do change!

You see, pinup/vintage fashion for me is all about being bold and making a statement about who you are.
Obviously fashion is a great way to do this, so while finding the perfect outfit used to stop at clothes and shoes, as a pinup it now continues onto the perfect accessories and purse too!
For me, the perfect vintage purse isn’t vintage at all!
If you’re an unlucky ducky like me, you either always miss out on vintage lucite purses or find that they are just out of your budget. Finding a brand that could bring your vintage lucite dreams to life would be a wonderful alternative, wouldn’t it?
A scroll through on Instagram provided just that in the form of Lola Von Rose.
A relatively new company, Lola Von Rose is baseD in America and launched their gorgeous range of  vintage inspired purses in July last year.

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The purses feature a large handle in that curved iconic vintage purse style that is attached to the base with sturdy hinges. Depending on what colour you choose, the purse locks with either a silver or a glamorous gold buckle closure.
As for colours, I assure you, you won’t be short on options!
The Lola Von Rose purses are available in a gorgeous high gloss opaque acrylic in 6 colours!
Black, red, white, pink, lilac, and launching in April, seafoam green.

I had the pleasure of being able to choose my favourites to take home, and while I am a pink girl at heart, but I seem to have more purple in my wardrobe so I chose the lilac along with classic red and elegant white.

The opaque colour is something that appeals to me much more than true vintage lucite which tends to be clear. The contents of my purse are very much at odds with the glamour of pinup so the Lola Von Rose purse is perfect since I really don’t want the contents to be on display to the world. And while they may look small for a modern day woman who needs a bag big enough to fit all her secrets in, I had no problem fitting all the bits and pieces I need to survive the day.

Something else I love about these classic styled purses is their versatility.
These purses can be styled to suit you, what ever style you may call your own. Whether you’re a rockabilly chick, pinup doll or elegant dame, Lola Von Rose purses can be styled for a casual feel or more formal affair and still be the perfect eye catching accessory to complete your look.

The range of vintage inspired purses retails $64USD and offers worldwide shipping!
Shipping prices start at $12 for US dolls, $23 for Canada and $25 for the rest of the world.

With such an affordable and accessible way to add a bit of silver screen glamour to my outfits, I think it is safe to say I am well and truly a “bag girl” now and for ever!

Thank you so much JRM Photography for the amazing summery shots! 

XO
Miss Dottie DeMure

A note to my dear readers.
These purses were gifted to me so that I may share my views of the product and the brand. I do not accept any item from brands I do not admire and products I personally wouldn’t use or wear. This is important to me as I believe it is in keeping with my integrity as a person and my love of sharing my pinup lifestyle with others.

A chat with Vivien of Holloway

Earlier this year, Christine’s (the Australian retailer of iconic brand Vivien Of Holloway) hosted a ‘Meet The Maker’ event for a few special guests.
I’ve chatted about the event here, so if you’d like to see more about how the day went, pop on over.
Once we fare-welled all our wonderful guests, I had a chance to sit down with Vivien for a Q & A.
Happy reading!
xo

Dottie: We’ve seen from the amazing photos you share on social media that you’ve always dressed in the vintage aesthetic, what drew you to this style and has inspired you to be true to your style?
Vivien: I think it was the old movies that drew me towards it initially and finding unique items of clothing, and the classic silhouette of the woman elegantly dressed clicking down the street in their heels.

Dottie: Did you make your own clothes and did this inspire you to create VOH?
Vivien: I did make my own clothes, but they were always 50’s style clothes. The first dress I ever made, my father helped me make a new dress to go dancing in.
Dottie: Was he a tailor?
Vivien: No he just liked to have a go at everything and so he helped me in the early stages to develop and run VOH when I was abroad. I taught him to use the patterns and because he was colour blind he created some very…interesting pieces that’s for sure. That was back when things were a little simpler of course.

Dottie: What was your aim for VOH in the beginning? Did you ever imagine it would become so big?
Vivien: I wanted some new clothes, really, that was it! I wanted new clothes. As a child my favourite game to play was dress shop so I knew I always wanted a shop, but I always said “one day”. I never expected it to be the way it is now, because we had no idea the world wide web was going to happen and it made all the difference because it now allows you to sell all over the world. So it’s been really wonderful.

Dottie: Your designs are vintage reproductions not vintage inspired. How do you source and decide what patterns to make?
Vivien: I make the clothes I always wanted, it’s that simple. So there’s still loads of styles of dresses in my mind that I want to wear. I have hundreds of vintage fashion magazines that I’ve collected over the years as well as pattern catalogs and knitting books as inspiration that I refer back to that I’ve been collecting since I was 10. I used to knit and embroider and I was always experimenting. I was saying to my sister (Christine) just the other day, if you love sewing you always want the next piece you create to be a little more intricate than the last. So it was quite obvious at school that that’s where I was going and by the time I was 14 my teachers would actually let me give sewing lessons at school in the sewing room.

Dottie: You’ve dressed celebrities like Paloma Faith, if you could choose, which Hollywood starlet would you like to dress?
Vivien: Well when I was 15 I got a job as a costume maker, I made dance wear and so at 15, I’d get home and the stuff I’d make would be on television. We did things for major theater shows like Cats and the most famous people in dance. As for today I really don’t know.  I just love dressing Paloma, she’s a great friend and has such a classic look. I actually met her before she became famous and I think she should be way more famous than she is because she’s a star, so I really like dressing her. Hollywood today just isn’t like the old days. There’s no glamour anymore which is sad.

Dottie: Going back to Paloma, and the gorgeous Jezebel gown you created for her, do you see VOH releasing a line of gowns in the future?
Vivien: Yes I’ll hopefully be doing more ball gowns, I created Paloma’s and I’ve done another for a friend and that’s all…so far. We’re just thinking you know, how many ball gowns would we sell, but we’ll give it a go.

Dottie: You have become mine and so many others “go to” for 40s fashion, is this something we can expect to see more of?
Vivien: Oh, most definitely! It’s funny really, for years I’d style my hair more 40s but was making more 50s fashion. Now I style my hair more 50s and I feel I suit more 50s a lot now because it’s much more flattering for a fuller figure, but I love both. So there will be more 40s coming.

Dottie: I’ve heard a lot of plus size pinups loving your designs but are unable to wear them because they only go up to a size 20. Is this something you will consider expanding on in the future?
Vivien: I would love to, but without the finances, we’re just not able to do it. We do 8 sizes but unfortunately grading patterns makes it harder to know how to grade a pattern to suit plus size figures. One girl may have a bigger bust or tummy, so knowing where to put the extra on the pattern to make the garment the most flattering is really difficult. I don’t want to make clothes that won’t be the most flattering, I want to make women feel beautiful so I need my clothes to have the best fit to create a gorgeous shape.

Dottie: What can we expect to see coming up from VOH?
Vivien: Knitwear, knitwear, knitwear!
We’ve got a range of new cardigans coming out, we’ve already seen the red and black Jenny Cardigan, there will be a load of new colours and designs coming out like Marilyn sweater girl knitwear.

Dottie: And finally, as someone who has embraced this style your whole life, what advice would you give anyone wanting to try dressing this pinup themselves?
Vivien: Come in here! Come in and try things on and see what suits you. I’m never going to tell a woman something looks good if it didn’t, I would just pass you something that I know will look better. I would never want to do that to someone’s confidence, so you can rely on our sales assistants to help you dress and you can really trust them to find you the best accessories. We’re trying to bring this to the Australian store to make sure Christine has the best European made accessories like bangles for her Australian customers.

Vivien was such a joy to chat to and I’m glad I got the chance to speak with her. She truly is such an interesting person and for me having an interest in sewing, she is such an inspiration.

So what do you think? Did I get the scoop? There’s lots of new and exciting things coming our way from Vivien OF Holloway and my Australian readers can find a great range of VOH goodies currently on sale with a huge 30% off everything at Christine’s in Fitzroy, Victoria.

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Thanks so much for reading.

xo
Miss Dottie DeMure

Tiki Time in Vivien of Holloway

Something I had decided for myself this past Summer was to step out of my clothing comfort zone and get myself a pair of shorts. Australian Summers can be pretty brutal and although skirts and dresses are pretty great for warm weather, sometimes you just feel like wearing shorts, something that since gaining weight, I had been sorely missing.

For my body shape, being narrow hipped with a round belly, I need shorts that fit my waist and have enough fabric to accommodate my tummy without being too loose around my hips. Being able to try something on before buying is pretty much a must.
Buying shorts online without being able to try them on first had proved to be disastrous in the past so I just assumed that all brands would be like this and gave up the idea of wearing shorts.

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Luckily I found myself at  Christine’s around Christmas time and while combing the wracks of amazing Vivien Of Holloway clothes in search of something to wear on Christmas eve which was going to be ridiculously hot, I found the most perfect Summer Christmas outfit ever. Christmas coloured tiki print shorts? Yes please! The Red Palm Shorts and the Halterneck Top in Red Cotton were the perfect summer staples.

Normally I tend to steer clear of halterneck style tops and dresses because I find they pull on my neck too much resulting in a sore neck and shoulders. BUT since I have previous experience with VOH halternecks I knew this wouldn’t be an issue because they are fully boned for extra support.
I’m wearing my usual VOH size 16 which suits a 42″ bust and 34″ waist.
The halter straps aren’t actually straps that you need to tie, they are a loop that goes around the neck, so having a full back zip  makes putting it on without ruing your hair a breeze. As I mentioned, the top is fully boned, not only in the bust but at the sized and back too, so you could wear it without a bra if you wanted but I’m wearing a simple strapless bra underneath.

The sizing on the shorts took a couple attempts to get right. We first went with a size 14 which best suits a 32″ waist and 42″ hips. While these did fit and were super curve hugging, I just didn’t feel like I could wear them with confidence. So I sized up to the 16 (34″,46″) and knew I made the right decision. If you’re familiar with VOH swing trouser sizing you’ll have no problem finding your size in the shorts. If you’re not sure you can always consult the size chart or customer service.
The shorts close at the back with a button and zip fastening and feature two deep pockets on the front. Like the swing trousers, the shorts also feature an upturned cuff which adds to the vintage look. The shorts a true vintage waist and sit perfectly on my natural waist which is quite high up if you’re used to modern day “high waist” *bah! what a joke!*.
Because my hips aren’t as wide as the size chart caters for (for reference my hips are 42″) they do fit a little loose around my hips and thighs but that’s exactly the way I like them.

If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere and are gearing up for summer, I highly recommend adding a pair of VOH shorts to your summer essential list. With an array of colours, you are bound to find something you love. And with all the options for tops and an abundance of prints and colours, you’ll be co-ordinated and ready to hit the ice cream parlour and cool off this summer.
Souther Hemisphere gals, I know summer here is drawing to a close but don’t worry, becayse that means it’s time to snap up some bargains!
For a limited time, Christine’s is offering 30% off EVERYTHING in store only at 362 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy in Melbourne.

The plain cotton Halterneck Tops retail for £35.00
The shorts retail for £45.00
If you’re looking to snap yourself a bargain, I recommend joining the official Facbook group ‘I have a Vivien of Holloway dress and love to wear it’ and seeing what’s listed.

Xo
Miss Dottie DeMure

March Outfit Roundup

Goodness me! Is it April already? Here’s my outfits for the month of March
xo

Top (modified by me, tutorial here) & skirt- Pinup Girl Clothing
Shoes- B.a.i.t. Footwear
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Dress- Lindy Bop
Shoes- Target
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Top- made by me
Skirt- Pinup Girl Clothing
Shoes- B.a.i.t. Footwear
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Top & trousers- Pinup Girl Clothing
Shoes (modified by me)- B.a.i.t. Footwear
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Dress- Vivien of Holloway
Shoes (Modified by me)– B.a.i.t. Footwear
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Top- made by me
Trousers- Pinup Girl Clothing
Shoes- Kmart
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Brooch- Dottie DeLite Jewellery
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Top & skirt- Collectif Clothing
Shoes- B.a.i.t. Footwear
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Top- Pinup Girl Clothing
Hell Bunny Trousers- Gwynnies
Shoes- B.a.i.t. Footwear
Turban- Ebay
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Top- Collectif Clothing
Skirt- made by me
Shoes- B.a.i.t. Footwear
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Hell Bunny dress- Velvet Vixens
Shoes- Dolce Nome
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Dress- made by me
Shoes- B.a.i.t. Footwear17458364_1361830577210806_2610247411770735282_n.jpg


Top, capris & belt- Pinup Girl Clothing
Shoes- B.a.i.t. Footwear
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Earrings- Daisy Jean Floral Designs

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Top- Collectif Clothing
Hell Bunny Trousers- Gwynnies
Shoes- B.a.i.t. Footwear
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xo
Miss Dottie DeMure

The Makeup Free Diaries- Issue 1

I started wearing makeup to work when I got my first job at age 15 at McDonald’s.
I have naturally rosy cheeks and I wanted to cover them so people wouldn’t think I’m constantly blushing and to cover how red my face would get in a warm environment.
I first started out wearing just a bit of foundation and mascara.

Fast forwarded 12 years and the amount of makeup, products, steps, techniques… *phew!* has all increased. So to go work without all these products that society has convinced us will make us look professional was SCARY! In my mind I was like “girl, we have worn makeup 5 days a week for the last 12 years, have you lost your me?!”
Well I didn’t lose my mind, I was just tired. Physically tired and therefore time poor, and mentally tired of having to go through this routine every day to make myself look “presentable”. Bah! My bare face is presentable enough.

So on that thought I confidently went off to work and anxiously walked into my office.
It was a strange feeling to suddenly be nervous to sit at the same desk I’d occupied for 7 years, but now that it was just all me that clients and colleagues were going to see, was kind of nerve wracking in a “that’s just stupid” sort of way. But I thought surely I’m making a mountain out of a mole hill in my own mind, no one is going to say anything. Why should they?

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The first person to walk in for the day was a female colleague who wears very light makeup. She faltered once she looked at me as if her mind was playing tricks on her and the receptionist was replaced with a troll (I can forgive her this because even though I was dressed pinup, it was somewhat toned down and perhaps that was cause for shock in itself) but she didn’t comment.
Ok so far so good, we can deal with a double take, today will be fine.

The next was another female colleague who again wears very light makeup and rightly so, she has beautiful skin and doesn’t really have any blemishes and such that “need” to be covered.
She didn’t comment until much later in the day whilst we were chatting over an afternoon coffee. I had been sunburned weeks before and so she asked if I had been out in the sun again. I told her that no I hadn’t and it was just my natural skin. This then lead to a quick chat about what foundation I use since it must be a great product to cover my face so well.
*sigh*
As I right this I sort of feel like this whole post is petty but at the same time I know it’s useful.
Her asking me what foundation I used was no biggie, but asking because it must be heavy duty kind of sucked a little.

Whilst speaking with me boss he stopped what he was saying to ask if I was blushing.
I promptly said that I wasn’t and tried to steer the conversation back on topic.

Throughout the work day we didn’t have any clients in so that helped to ease my anxiety.
Believe it or not but I get uncomfortable when people comment on my appearance because I never know if I’m going to have to defend my existence of not, so my hackles are always raised.

The next stop after work was the local shopping centre (mall).
As someone who is used to getting stared out because lets face it, pinup stand out, it was strange and wonderful to just be another face in the crowd. That’s how I felt. It’s strange how as a society filled with contradictions like making women feel like we have to wear makeup and then shaming them for it because “natural” is nicer, a natural bare face doesn’t get noticed. I’m not saying I wanted to, I didn’t do this whole thing for attention. I’m an introvert, I don’t really like attention in the real world lol but it was a strange feeling to feel invisible.

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So after my first professional day spent makeup free I felt a mix of emotions. I was feeling anxious all day without my security blanket, I was feeling exposed to people’s criticisms although the reactions I received were blissfully mild and despite all that I felt good about myself. The world didn’t stop because one woman didn’t wear makeup that day. My professionalism wasn’t called into question because I didn’t wear makeup and after it all, my skin felt great having an extra day without makeup.

Do you wear makeup every day? Do you never leave the house without it?
Or do you rarely wear makeup?
Either of these is completely fine and more women need to be told that.
Chat with my in the comments below on your thoughts on the topic.

xo
Miss Dottie DeMure

What Katie Did Glamour Seams

I’ve been wearing stockings on and off for two years. When I put my first pair on, I was hooked. I loved the glamour, the style, how they made me feel and the significant comfort of them as opposed to pantyhose. I’ve tried different styles and brands, I’ve found ones that I loved and ones that didn’t quite meet the mark.

The main things I was looking for in stockings were:
– Colour, I preferred pale nude. I am quite pale so some nude stockings make my legs look oddly tanned compared to my upper body
-Seams. They must have seams to add to the vintage feel. They must be black and have black welts.
-Comfort. This is important. My thighs are 24.5″ so I need something that will fit them comfortably.

Not too much to ask for, right?
Despite my preference for classic black welts, I fell in love immediately with the new colourful range of Glamour Seam stockings from What Katie Did. However with my previous disappointing sizing experience with their stockings (the welt was very tight fitting which created unsightly thigh muffin top…yeah that’s a thing, who’da thought! which eventually met their demise when I tried to adjust them into a more comfortable position and jabbed my nail through them) I thought that I’d have to miss out on all the fun.
But then one day while scrolling around on Instagram I saw on their page that the welts are newly improved to accommodate fuller thighs. *hooray!* So I  jumped online straight away and ordered two pairs in size M/L from Australian stockist, The Nylon Swish, in the green and blue and will be grabbing the claret too!

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Immediately after opening the stockings I could tell that these were a huge improvement from the last pair I’d purchased with the smaller welt. The new welts are much thicker, they feel like a cosy pair of stretchy tights and the 15 denier stockings themselves feel much more durable. This word here, durable is also very important to me because with my claws I am the mortal enemy of the stocking. I’m serious. I get 2, maybe 3 wears out of them before I punch a hole in them with my nails. Although I have learned to be much more careful now when putting my stockings on, the most common cause of me punching holes in my stockings was when I was adjusting halfway through the day because they would dig into my thighs. So it’s safe to say I feel much more confident now that these gorgeous Glamour Seams will withstand the torture I put them through.

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So we know the quality has greatly improved (not that it was ever lacking before but I feel that even the large size just couldn’t meet the requirements of a fuller thigh), how do they fit?! As I mentioned above, my thighs measure 24.5″ at the fullest which is where I like my stockings to sit. I cannot stand it when stockings pull down because the welt is too narrow or the thigh opening too small, who wants thigh muffin top, really? And I also feel they look quite strange sitting midway up the thigh. Thankfully neither of these things are a problem with the updated Glamour Seams. The wider welt means they sit nice and high on my thigh without digging in or sliding down. Since I do have an office job and am sitting down most of the day, I did notice that they shift a little on my inner thighs but not uncomfortably to the point where I need to readjust constantly.

I like that WKD seamed stockings feature matching coloured welts, seams, toes and point heels, (which are my favourite heel style) with nude legs. Something I’m very pleased about because pinup is for everyone, is the range of shades that are currently available to cater to different skin tones. To add to the excitement of seeing a company be more inclusive, along with the reveal of the new purple, powder blue and soft pink glamour seams from the upcoming Spring/Summer collection, Katie also announced the glamour seams will be made in more skin tone colour ways. YAY!
Currently, the brightly coloured glamour seams are only available in the champagne leg, but the classic glamour seams are also available in coffee, grey tone, and latte.
At the moment they are only available in sizes S/M and M/L which caters to a body weight of 110-145lbs and 120-175lbs. Something I would love to see, even though the new welts fit curvy thighs is to perhaps broaden the size chart a little more to include Queen size for all the curvy Queens out there. This along with a more diverse range of skin tones in the bright coloured Glamour Seam range would be absolutely fantastic and would ensure no one misses out on adding a little glamour to their wardrobe.

The wider welts are now a standard feature in the entire range of WKD Glamour Seamed stockings and retail for $14.50AUD, making them much more affordable than some other brands I have tried. Although What Katie Did is a UK based company, shipping is very reasonable for us Aussie gals, starting at just $9.50AUD.

Lingerie details
Custom dyed Green set from Ebay.
(Click here to see how I custom dyed this gorgeous emarld green bran and girdle set)
Black set from Target Aus
WKD Stockings from The Nylon Swish

Thank you so much to Jill Kerswill Photography for these amazing shots which still make me feel like such a babe every time I see them!

Xo
Miss Dottie DeMure