My “POP CULTURE” 21st

Since the dawning of time (and since I realised costume parties were my calling in life) I’ve been contemplating a great enough theme to have at my 21st. I’ve had/attended some great themes already; Harry Potter, Emo, Doppleganger, The Last Day on Earth, Circus, 80s, Black & White, Tarantino .

In all honesty, I just wanted a theme that was better than my family’s previous parties. Mel had a Bling Party where you wore a nice dress and covered yourself in jewellery whereas Kylie did a 21 Countries theme. On her invite there were 21 different countries and you had to choose one to dress as. I went as an Afrian Slave bought by the Romans and forced into being a Gladiator. I had to tell this back story to most all of the guests but I wanted to be historically accurate. Mum had a Casino themed 50th with actual Casino tables and people tending them while Dad held a crazy hat theme at Tharen’s in King Cross.

I wanted something that allowed me to go as something fun, easy to dance in but that was relatively sexy but not skanky. That was the criteria.

As you know, back in January I bought two Wheels and Dollbaby dresses – The Classic Corset Dress in Leopard & Black Satin Suppa Club Dress. I went in only to buy the plain black one, but after trying on the leopard print one I fell in love with it. The price tag wasn’t as lovely so I needed an excuse to buy it. “I’ll just wear it as my 21st dress! I can go as Amy Winehouse!”. Boom. Sold. Amy Winehouse it was. It was a sexy dress, I could dance in it and it would be ironic if I was drunk because I’d actually be channelling Amy. “Rehab” would be played and everyone would circle me and all have a laugh.

4 months later I decided the theme is “Iconic Celebrities/Characters” and I told a few close friends my Amy idea. Errbody loved it and I started researching wigs (because let’s be honest, the wig was going to make or break that costume). One day I was telling another friend about my costume and who my other friends were thinking of going as. Now, here’s where I start feeling guilty as I type this… I told my bestfriend Jo that my friend Kasia was going as Katy Perry. Jo then goes “But you love Katy Perry! Why wouldn’t you go as Katy?! Don’t you want to be her?!” and at first I replied “Nah nah it’s all good. Seriously the Winehouse costume will be awesome.” Then, for the whole day at work I was thinking about all the endless costume ideas and possibilities if I was going to be Katy Perry and it was as if I lost all interest in Wino. That night I was googling like a mofo pictures of Katy online where she looked perfect, glam and just generally what I would choose to look like if I was allowed to magically remodel my face. If I typed in Amy Winehouse there was a ratio of 1 nice looking photo to every 40 of her looking trashy and in a gutter somewhere.

Katy vs Amy

Yeah.. I think a combination of all that googling/the Katy Perry Teenage Dream album playing in the background made me love her even more than I already did. However, finding a costume was going to be my biggest issue. It was possible to buy “candy” looking ones on the internet from party shops but I just felt like i’d look like I was 5 at my 21st. I didn’t want to go as Katy with her long black hair or when she wore a light pink wig because I was afraid either no one one know who I was or that people would think I was Nicki Minaj (yuck). Whilst google imaging, I saw Katy in her 100 different cute latex dresses and I thought to myself – that’s perfect! No other celeb is known for these dresses and it’s a combination of cute, sexy and iconic!

Boy, was I delusion to think it would be that easy! I quickly found out that there really aren’t that many cute latex dresses in the universe. Latex is generally used and worn by the fetish community meaning when I typed in “latex dress” all I saw were really sexy women in tight revealing black or red dresses that don’t cover their asses or there was beautiful Katy posing in a pastel Gumball print dress smiling. Opposite universes I tell ya. I tried EVERY SINGLE TYPE OF SEARCH. cute+latex+dress, pretty+latex+dress, pink+latex, katy+perry+latex+dress+buy, katy+perry+latex+costume, candy+latex+skirt, pastel+latex.

If I did find a latex dress that was “cute”, it just.. wasn’t Katy Perry enough to spend $300+ on. Like, I found this website called Pandora Deluxe but it just wasn’t good enough. Here were a few options I was contemplating.

Pandora Deluxe

I liked the aqua & pink dress, but I felt like it needed a picture of a cupcake or lollypop on it to make it Katy Perry rather than pastel latex. Same dealio with the light blue hatler top & pink skirt. The most KP of them all was the “Bang!” dress.. but then again Katy is KNOWN for sugar, candy and rainbows and not necessarily onomatopoeia. 

I did find a dress on Etsy by a shop owner called Abigail Greydanus. I could choose whatever colours I wanted and they had a cute doughnut design on it. But at $395, I would have to *love* it before I bought it.

dougnutdress
I thought I’d send her a message asking her 100 questions about the dress before I bought it. I told her that I was contemplating going as Katy to my 21st and I needed to know shipping costs/expected shipping time, would my body type look okay in latex? how long would it take to make? etc etc.. and that if it was going to be too hard, I had a cool Winehouse outfit anyway.

She replied in no time and I was rolling around on the floor with sheer excitement when I read one of the sentences in the first paragraph.
” I’ve actually worked on Katy’s appliqued latex dresses so you can rest assured that you’ll be getting the genuine article with this dress 🙂 “

EXCUSE ME. WHAT.
“If you have any other item you’d like to get appliqued onto a dress instead of donuts feel free to let me know what it is and I can send you the pricing information”. 
I sent her a photo of two of my favourite Katy latex dresses
KatyFaves
and she replied with
“Not a problem, I could do either of those design styles for you (I have the same applique patterns on hand and everything).”

I pretty much died straight on the spot right then and there. From that second, I had no interest what so ever about Amy Winehouse. All I wanted was to be a California Gurl, wear a blue wig and prance around with cupcakes.

My FAVOURITE one is the aqua with pink palm trees she wore during a performance once.KatyPalmTree
However, I just felt like it wasn’t “iconic” Katy enough. I chose this baby blue dress with fairy floss (or icecream!) in the end because it’s on her Sims expansion pack cover which I quite frequently play.
KatyPerrySweetTreats
The diet began on the 4th of April when I paid for the dress. I had exactly one month to lose any type of “comfortable relationship” fat I had on my body.  All the ladies who have had a boyfriend for 1 year & a half + know what I’m talking about. It’s when you’re not “overweight” but you’ve definitely put on a bit of weight since you were single and ready to mingle. I’m happy to report that whenever I did break my “healthy” diet regime that I gave $2 to whoever was eating with me as a punishment for giving in. I only had a McDonalds cheeseburger twice during this diet and that was because I was having huuuuuge mood swings at work because I wasn’t getting my junk food fix. Kinda like that Snickers AD but with McDonalds cheeseburgers.I did the Cardio Twister workout for half an hour roughly like 5 times in the last two weeks before the party. I advanced to the Rip & Ride workout pretty quickly.cardiotwister-cardiotwist
and I did try the Cabbage Soup Diet in the last week. It’s kinda a diet where you lose up to 5kg in 1 week (lol) because you eat limited food and they’re all vegetable type things. Long story short, I learnt how to cook soup from DivasCanCook on youtube and it actually was delicious but I need variety in my food. I couldn’t do it for 7 days – I lasted 3 and a half, then bought Lasanga.On the day of my party, Lauren from MAC Castle Towers did my makeup absolutely perfectly. I couldn’t have asked for anything better! Here’s a gorgeous photo of my eyes alongside my not so pretty slick back hair.Eye Makeup

aaaanyways, in the end I decided that instead of Iconic Celebrities/Characters that I’d make it Pop Culture instead. It had more of a ring to it and I remembered it from my friend Natasha’s 18th a few years ago. Here are a few of my favourite photos of the night;

BellaCupcakesSashBellaSash as Dr Who ❤MeKaylaChrissyEliciaDavid Bowie, Amy Winehouse & Minnie Mouse!GoldieLocksSallyGoldilocks & Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas
BellaLeaMe, shakin’ my thang
BeyonceSalvadoreRainbowFishBjork Beyonce (Single Ladies), Salvador Dali, The Rainbow Fish, BjorkVelmaGangsterAn American Gangster & Velma from ChicagobestieeeesEdie Sedgwick, Britney Spears from Circus, Scary Spice & Katy Perry (excuse the bra!)

SPECIAL MENTIONS:
Superman,  Olive Oil & Popeye, Finn & Jake from Adventure Time, Fry from Futurama, Lady Gaga, Elle Woods from Legally Blonde, Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffanys, Wally, LMFAO, Morticia Addams… and especially to Jenna Pres who was “The Morning After”. Here she is with Cam as Shaggy from Scooby Doo. Jenna had the messy hair, men’s shirt and last night’s makeup on which is featured in almost all popular culture films- a costume I never thought of! My hat is off to you!

jennaandcam

It was an aaaamazing night. I was seriously on the DF the whole night and surprisingly wasn’t drunk until the last hour. My fondest memory of the night was when California Gurls was playing. I was in the middle of the dance floor, swishing my blue hair around and Snoop Dog/everyone went “Katy my lady” and I yelled “YEAH” (in time with Katy) – BECAUSE WE WERE ONE.

Maybe in Summer/when I have more money I’ll ask Abigail to make the Palm Tree dress!

Ok I’m too obssessed. I’ll stop writing now.

CYA AT THE NEXT DRESS UP EVENT

Miss Pinup Australia 2013!

Remember in March how I posted about that awkward moment when I got all dolled up with my mum and went to the Grand Finals of the Miss Pin Up Australia competition without a ticket? and how I said if I was confident enough next year that I’d enter?

Well…. I entered last night with 17 minutes to spare until the deadline! Phew!

I entered these two photos taken by Benjamin Fraser back in March

and then this one I took (actually, also in March). Wow, March was the time to take photos, huh?

To vote for me in the Miss Perfect Pinup category in the Miss Pinup Australia 2013 competition

  Click here!

It takes two minutes! Just your name and your email address 😉

Please vote for me 🙂

A Purrfect Match

After the Fifties Frocks photoshoot back on May 27th, Stella (the photographer) and Tara (the make up artist) and I went and had lunch at Market City. After eating a giant kebab and looking at a few shops I had to pop into Dangerfield. As I stated in one of my previous posts, I’m  wanting to head down the Rockabilly/Femme Fatale route of vintage and retro fashion. One of my fashion idols is the beautiful Micheline Pitt of Deadly Dames. I’ve noticed her love of tiger and leopard print and I’ve been keeping an eye out for any pieces similar to her range.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I managed to find a tight red and black Leopard print off the shoulder top by Revival for $30. You can still buy this “Hungry Heart” top (but in tan) online at Dangerfield’s website.

 FAST FORWARD TO THIS THURSDAY!
I had a bit of time to kill before I went to college so I popped into David Jones in Hornsby to check out their sales. I found a pair of Guess heels with the EXACT leopard print fabric of the Revival top on sale for $50. Unfortunately I couldn’t fit my 8 1/2 size foot into the size 5 heel but I asked if there were any of my size available in another store. I didn’t really care where I’d have to drive because how often do you find heels that match a top that aren’t even the same brand??!!
Apparently there was only one size 8 1/2 left in Australia and it was in Bondi Junction. Two marvellous things happened: Firstly, they fit- I didn’t drive an hour to be extremely dissapointed. Secondly, when they scanned up at the register they were TWENTY DOLLARS rather than $159.

 Last night was my friend Tess’s 20th birthday part-ay. I decided it was the perfect time to debut these matching items. I originally planned to wear it with my black Review skirt with the split up the side with some backseam stockings but it was far too cold. Here’s a photo of my outfit taken by the lovely Krystal!
Top: ‘Hungry Heart’ top by Revival from Dangerfield
Jeans: JayJays
Belt: Myer
Heels: Guess

I hope you find excellent stocktake sales like I have 🙂

-Bella

Miss Pin Up Australia 2012

It was Saturday morning when my store manager Michelle and I were getting breakfast (before we opened the store) that we saw a beautiful blonde from head to toe in vintage. Her hair had too many Victory Rolls to count, her waist was cinched, the hemlight was past her knee and she had ruby red lips. I couldn’t stop staring at her.
I’m just putting it out there- it was 8:40am when this happened. I just had to ask her why she was so glamourous at such an early time of the morning, where she bought her dress… and why she was in Hornsby. Seriously guys I never see anyone who is 100% into vintage fashion where I live.

She said she was going to the Miss Pin Up Australia Finals tonight, the dress was from That Shop (in QLD) and that is was being held at the Hornsby RSL. The Blonde Lady (I didn’t catch her name!) said that it started at 6pm and that I should attend.

Later on in the day I called my mum and asked her if she wanted to go with me. I finished work at 5:15 and came home to my mum in a cute black and white polka dot A-Line dress and pearls. I quickly put on my backseam stockings, red lippy and made a few curls and we jumped back in the car to Hornsby. We arrived half an hour late but rushed up to the Showroom nonetheless. I was a bit skeptical about the pageant being held at the RSL. The only 3 times I’ve been there it has been filled by either 60 year old bogans or 18 year olds in short and tight clothing with insane heels. I didn’t think that it was very wise to host something as special as Miss Pin Up 2012, you know?  I opened the giant doors and peeped inside- it was magnificent.

The stage was humongous. There were dinner tables with allocated seating (even the chairs had satin coverings with giant bows on the backs), waiters in suits carrying food up high over their heads and a VIP table (I wonder who was on there!!). It looked like a really swanky wedding. Every single guest that was sitting at the table looked perfect. I didn’t see one person who wasn’t dressed up for the occasion.

After realising that you quite obviously needed to have booked tickets in advance my mum and I felt ever so deflated. My mum never wears red lipstick and I even had convinced her to wear it for the night. In the end we went out to Darling Harbour and had dinner at an Italian restaurant called Baia.

I think that if I’m confident enough next year I’ll try out for the competition. I think I’d meet and befriend heaps of other retro gals. I don’t really have anyone that is super passionate to share it with at the moment.

I wore the dress that I received at Christmas. Saturday was the first time I’ve worn it with my black hair!
PS I totally forgot to get a photo with my mum. Next time we’re dolled up I’ll be sure to take one and post it up here 🙂

Dress: Revival
Belt: Myer