Updated: Aug 5, 2019
With Miss Kitt "n" Kaboodle she is jam packed with everything including the kitchen sink, even her personality is full of fun, passion and energy. She is a doll who goes out of her way to uplift her pinup sisters.
When did your passion for the pinup scene start?
My passion for Pinup began 4 years ago when I pursued my interest in the fashion of the 1950’s. I remember walking into a shop called ‘Elsie George’ in the Hunter Valley and declaring proudly, “I’ve made a decision! I need to dress like this!” Truth be told, I remember dressing up in my Nanna's clothes as a child and watching old movies from the 1940's and 50's with her. Those beautiful Hollywood Starlets; Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Vivien Leigh and Doris Day. The passion was always there, buried deep in the eclectic styling of a Gal who never thought that I fit in anywhere.
What kind of style are you influenced by?
I love to explore different styles from Rockabilly, Tiki to Vintage inspired. I am a modern day Pinup so the majority of my wardrobe is reproduction but I adore the many true vintage accessories; hats, gloves, bags and jewellery that I am able to finish off my outfit with.
Who is most influential to your style?
Most influential to my style would be Marilyn Monroe. I love her iconic look. As a plus size Pinup, I draw inspiration from the curvaceous Miss Osiria Rose, Teer Stevens, Fran Robertson and Tess Holliday. Other influences include Ida Van Munster, Miss Victory Violet and the beautiful Pinup Women I have met during my journey.
What is your favourite era?
My favourite era is definitely the 1940's. I love the fashion, footwear, hair and makeup styles from that period. I believe the Women were brave and empowered as they stepped outside the home into roles traditionally performed by men, and smashed it. With that said, my interest ranges from the 1920's to the 1960's.
What are your Top 5 must have items for being the pinup you are?
1 - Black velvet bodycon dress
2 - A classic fit and flare dress
3 - Black bolero - Check out Mis Konduct Klothing
4 - Besame Red lipstick
Tell us about your makeup routine and how long it takes you?
My makeup routine starts with cleanser, toner and moisturiser.... and a super good eye cream. It’s a crime not to prime so a primer is essential. I then apply a concealer and maximum coverage foundation. If it is extra hot and humid, I pop an oil mattefier under that. I contour using a powder bronzer and highlighter.
Eyes involves a natural eye-shadow (matte), eye liner in black or brown (sometimes winged or not depending on my outfit style) and mascara in black or brown. I use a lash extension mascara as I don’t wear false lashes (I react to the glue).
Lips involves a lip primer or foundation on the lips, a neutral coloured lip liner and a red lipstick. I love the Besame range but often use Lipsense lip stains which have great staying power.
Cheeks involves a pink blush to highlight the apple of my cheeks. I finish everything off with a translucent powder and setting spray. This usually takes approximately 20 to 25 minutes.
How do you set and style your hair?
I will usually do a dry set using a small amount of Suavacita setting spray and foam rollers. I sleep overnight in the rollers and take them out just prior to leaving the house. I use a basic setting pattern. After removing the rollers, I will usually separate the curls with my fingers and then style using a teasing brush, on the roots to give body, and a Denman brush and a small amount of Pomade to sculpt the hair the way I want it to go. I use MUK brand: slick muk as it is a light weight but strong hold, high gloss finish. I finish of with CEDEL extra firm hair spray and any styling accessories, e.g. hair flower or head scarf/bandana. If I am doing any kind of bangs or rolls, I will use a hair rat or hair doughnut (cut to size and stitched) to give body and the appearance of extra hair as my hair is very fine and all the teasing in the world often doesn’t give me the body that I need.
What's your best kept secret?
My best kept secret is how I came to be Miss Kitt ‘n' Kaboodle. My Pinup name ultimately reflects a part of me that often makes people laugh, get frustrated or sometimes angry.... My anxiety. I am an all or nothing Gal, highly disorganised, pack for 2 weeks when I’m going away for 2 days (cause you never know what you might need, even the kitchen sink lol). A friend lifted my suitcase and told me, “bloody hell, you’ve packed the whole kit and caboodle haven’t you? You won’t need all this.” My reply, “you don’t know that!” Embrace who you are, celebrate it and even name yourself after it, it has given me a whole new outlook on life, and people always remember my Pinup name.