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  1. Becoming A Bunny Girl

    October 18, 2013 by Lally

    I will be going to NYC for the 11th (!) time next week. I have been in the fabulous city for Thanksgiving, 4th July & New years eve, but this will be my first Halloween stateside. I am very excited! Halloween is a big deal over there with people going all out with their costumes and spending hours hand making and perfecting amazing disguises.

    I have always envied my NYC friend’s costumes seen on Facebook albums with perfect snakes, cave women, fallen angels etc all hand made to perfection with make up to match. And now I get the chance to show off my creativity too. With a plethora of parties on my event list, I decided on 2 costumes.

    1. 1960’s playboy bunny (i.e the brave costume)

    2. 1970’s flight attendant (i.e the easy costume)

    Let’s start with the 1970’s flight attendant.

    How gorgeous are these images? What is there not to like? Beautiful clothes, the glamour of travel, the cute hats!

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    My favourite vintage flight attendant is Zooey Deschanel in Almost Famous. How much cuter can you get?

    Zooey Deschanel

    Zooey Deschanel

    My outfit started with my vintage British Airways flight bag, funnily enough purchased in Las Vegas (I am jet set like a real flight attendant). And then for the dress. This was pretty easy to find. With a wardrobe of its own just to house my vintage dresses I just had to look for one most suitable. And jackpot! A white shift dress with blue and turquoise stripes. I already own a white pair of go-go boots and a turquoise pair or tights. The peaked turquoise hat was a complete and utterly lucky coincidence. I found it randomly in H&M in the sale for 7€. Super happy about that! To complete the accessories are a scarf from my vast collection and a pair of white gloves bought in a vintage store. The final details will be the still to be sourced airplane themed pin for the hat and a plastic tray for drinks (cups to be super glued on).

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    I am also thinking about adding some blood/gore for a more Halloween feel – flight attendant survived crash perhaps?

     

    And now for the pièce de résistance.

    There is something so gorgeous, so sexy and so glamorous about a 1960’s Playboy Bunny.

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    The more modern re-invention is just a bit tacky and slutty, but back in the day, they were the height of glamour. Many famous people worked as Playboy Bunnies early in their careers including Debbie Harry & Patricia Quinn, Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show.

    It all started with a brilliantly doctored image by a friend of mine and posted on my Facebook wall for my birthday.

    fox bunny

    It just so happens that the girl with the added on fox tail is wearing a suit very similar to one I own. My paisley, boned vintage swimsuit is arguably one of my best finds. Not only for its beauty but also for the fact that it fits me perfectly! So I had the basis for my costume and the rest let me release some creative juices.

    First the tail. I had found some ideas for a homemade tail made like a pompom. Easy, yes but it did not have the look I required. I wanted a furry tail. I had the idea to find a 2nd hand baby’s furry coat to cut up and recycle but the trip to my local kiddy charity shop did not end up as expected. After finding nothing suitable on the rails, my eyes glanced over to the soft toys and to a particularly perfect polar bear – very cute, but it needed to be sacrificed to make the perfect tail. A bit of cutting, resewing and stuffing and the bear is transformed into my wiggle perfect tail.

    bearbear tail

    Next the ears.  I bought some blue satin and a matching head band and with a little bit of google inspiration, wire, left over polar bear stuffing and mostly ‘making it us as I go along, I managed to create some lovely ears.

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    The last touches are cuffs and collar (made simply from a second hand white shirt and changing the buttons), second hand bow tie, blue heels and a hand made name rosette.

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    Final outfits will be revealed on Halloween and all I need to do now is practice my bunny dip.

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  2. Brussels Vintage Market

    September 11, 2013 by Lally

    On Sunday 1st September, I participated in my first vintage market as a trader.

    As a collector of vintage wares, over the last years I have accumulated many, many dresses and objects which I either never wore, never fit or I actually just purchased to sell on eventually. So putting together a nice collection of items to sell was easy. I was also very brave and did a personal wardrobe clear out: 15 hardly worn dresses sacrificed to give much needed space in my closet.

    It was a long day. Set-up at 10, market open at 12 and pack up at 7pm. Luckily, the whole day was spent with my friend Leila, who is also a vintage junkie. Between us, with our own once owned items, we managed to fill an 8 square meter space.

     

    Overall it was a good day. I got to practice my French a little bit and it was fun to have some banter and be on the other side of the bartering for a change. I didn’t sell a lot (I still had to drag 4 heavy, huge bags back up the stairs to my apartment), but I did sell some of my more expensive items which was nice.

    The day was somewhat hampered by the discovery of 4 empty hangers (utter disbelief that people would steal from independents selling at a vintage market!) as well as learning that at some point, a party of moths had partaken in an eat-all-you-want buffet on my silk Marc by Marc Jacobs dress that I was hoping to get 60 Euros for.  Pesky moths!!! The first thing I did when I got home was check my other silk items, but luckily they were all still intact.

    To balance out these bad feelings, Leila had an amazing idea to go together through our rails and take out items to donate to charity. This was a great exercise. 2 big bags each to Les Petits Riens.

    We will be joining the market again in December, hopefully making the most of the Festive spenders and keeping a watchful eye on sticky fingers.