With the debut and success of Pinup Bootcamp last year in Auckland, we’ve recently taken it on tour!
On the 12th of September, Michelle aka Lady Kittyhawk (Miss Vintage 2012) and Brigette aka Honey L’Amour (Miss Pinup New Zealand 2013) and I flew down to Christchurch to hold the first pinup bootcamp in the South Island.
It was a early start for me after deciding to just fly down for the day. So up I was at 4am to get to the airport in time for my 6am flight. It only takes 1.5 hours to get from Auckland to Christchurch so I got there in good time and did my makeup on the plane to ensure I was ready to go when I hit the ground.
The lovely Ange aka Nancy Nightshade kindly picked me up from the airport and after a coffee stop, we made our way to the venue. We had use of a dance studio which worked out perfectly as we could line the tables up along the mirror for them to do hair and makeup.
Whilst the attendees arrived, I prepped my demonstration model Sarah. You might recognise her as the winner of my blogs first giveaway competition back in January. She won a makeover and photoshoot with Elizabeth J Photography!
We started off doing makeup, I taught the girls basic pinup look covering eye, brows, lips and face. I think it’s great to have the opportunity for them to do their hair and makeup at the same time as me so that I can help with any problems they might face.
We had a break for morning tea and then had the gorgeous Honey L’Amour do her fashion styling session. Honey talked about the history of fashion, how to dress for your shape and has some fun cards, each one with different dresses, shoes and accessories where groups would create outfits and talk through different ways of styling each item.
Next up, the wonderful Lady Kittyhawk! She did a great session called Curve Confidence which covered poise and grace and finding confidence within yourself to hold your head up high, stand tall, smile and be present.
Finally, the girls all got to get dressed up and had a mini shoot with Ange.
It was a wonderful day, ended with hours of chatting to Michelle at the airport while we waited for our plane… we’ve known each other for years now but those few hours were so lovely to just sit and chat. We even came up with a collaborative idea that we are both super excited about!
Two weeks after Christchurch, it was time to bring Pinup Bootcamp to Wellington! Thankfully, I didn’t need to fly in and out on the same day as I have a friend Cara and her husband Sam that I could stay with! They picked me up on the airport on Saturday afternoon and Sam dropped us off on Cuba Street so we could have a look around the shops. Cuba Street is known for its alternative and Vintage shops in Wellington and I did find a few things I loved but felt a lot of it as quite expensive… So the only thing I bought was a pair of black patent heels from Farmers that Cara found in the sale rack for just $20! Bargain!
We stopped for coffee and then walked back to Cara’s place which is about 15mjns from Cuba Street but in true Wellington style, had to buy Umbrellas on the way- the weather got super nasty!
That night we went for dinner at a Italian restaurant called Nicolini’s before going to The Menagerie at Fringe Bar. The Menagerie is monthly variety and burlesque show and it was SO entertaining. There was music, comedy, drag, crazy weird acts that left us in squeals of laughter and burlesque. If you can get to one of these shows, I highly recommend it, I wish I could attend the Halloween edition next month as the line-up looks awesome.
The next morning it was Bootcamp time! I made my way to the venue and prepped my demonstration model Rachel. Thankfully Michelle made a dash to the coffee shop as I hadn’t had time to eat breakfast or have my morning coffee- she’s a lifesaver that one!
Once again I started off with makeup and hair and all the girls picked up on things really quickly. We had a mixture of complete newbies to those with a little more experience and it was wonderful to see the girls helping eachother out!
Brigette and Michelle were up next with their awesome sessions.
Ngahuia of Aatahua Pinups was our host and photographer for the day as had lovingly homebaked cupcakes, scones, shortbread and filled rolls for morning tea and lunch. We were all blown away and appreciative of the effort she put in.
Luckily Michelle, Brigette and I were all flying out at a similar time so one of the lovely bootcamp attendees Sera, dropped us off at the airport and we got to enjoy a glass of wine and natter away for a hour before our flights departed. I have a new found appreciation for airports for giving us the opportunity to really just sit and chat!
We’ve got a Mini Pinup Bootcamp at Atomic Festival on Nov 7th which Michelle and Brigette are taking and then a full day in Auckland on Nov 8th which I’m back on board with.
I’ve had TONS of enquiries about if we would come to Australia and the USA. Australia is potentially a possibility, we have discussed it but the costs involved when taking something like this overseas is very high, especially if we were to go Stateside so it’s not easy.
A big thank you to Talia of The Very Vintage Day Out for organising all the bootcamps and putting it all together! If you want to book or are interested in hosting Pinup Bootcamp in your town, please email [email protected]
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