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Make Her Dream Come True

When it comes to vintage style, Elyan Shotbolt (aka “Miss Lily White”) has got it down pat. This lovely lady who is known in the pin-up world as Miss Lily White, has vintage style running through her blood. Her hair is immaculately groomed and she is always dressed from head to toe in clothing that, if you ran into her, you would think that she had stepped out of a time machine!

Make sure you read on … we have a fantastic announcement in the article …

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Pin-Up Girl culture

The ‘Pin-up girl’ culture started in the late 19th century and has a cult following until this day. A pin-up girl was a model or actress who posed in provocative way for photos which were pinned to walls of those who admired them.

Betty Grable was one of the most popular pin-up actresses of her time, her poster was hugely popular with the G.I.s of World War II. The most well known pin-up lady of modern day is Dita Von Teese, the burlesque dancer, who we got to photograph during the Melbourne Cup Carnival 2013!

Today, the pin-up girl is stylish and cheeky with a sense of fun. She also likes to channel old fashioned values, morals and grace. She feels that it’s just as important to be beautiful on the inside as well!

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How Elyan got into vintage style

“I had heard about the rock’n’roll dance lessons at the local bowling club when I was 15 and begged my mum to take me! I went religiously until I learnt all they could teach me!

Mum and I caught the coach from Coffs Harbour to Coolangatta to attend Wintersun (a rock’n’roll festival) over the June long weekend in 1999. That’s when I first laid eyes on the most beautiful women I’d ever seen!  They were dolled up in their finest, not a hair out of place and had the brightest of red lips! From then, I knew that I had found where I fit!

I adore the innocence of Grace Kelly and the sauciness of Elizabeth Taylor! These ladies are a constant source of inspiration.

I have been sewing and selling at various vintage markets for 11 years and had my own very successful vintage clothing store (My Sister’s Wardrobe) for 3 years. Unfortunately I had to close it down due to personal reasons”.

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Reach for your dreams

This year, Elyan has a dream – to go to Las Vegas to compete in the Viva Las Vegas Pin-up competition! Having finished runner-up Miss Perfect in the Miss Pin-up Australia 2013 competition, Elyan will no doubt do well in Las Vegas. We want to help send this gorgeous lady there.

Having not much left after a failed marriage. Elyan’s friends are rallying to come up with funds to make this little ladies dream a reality. Elyan is a lady who steps out her house in her fabulous best every day, regardless of her circumstances or mood.


 That’s what Fabulous Femme is about! 

Inspiring others to look and feel their best as well as to reach for their dreams! 

Update: Bidding closed


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Thanks for your vote … but there is more: A Vintage Styled Photo Shoot for YOU!

To help Elyan raise some funds for her trip, she is collaborating with Fabulous Femme to help make someone feel super special. We will have on offer, an auction for a vintage style photo shoot in Melbourne (valued at $950) which will start from $1.

This will include a styled shoot for the winner, to help them create an image for them to cherish. Maybe you fancy yourself like Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face, as we recreated with Elyan, or Grace Kelly’s style is more your thing. This photo shoot is for the men too! Fancy portraying Humphrey Bogart or Fred Astaire? It’s up to you who you would like to channel.

Hair and make-up as well as styling advice is included in this package. We’ll help you source out your outfit (unfortunately you will have to purchase your outfit yourself if you don’t already have one! We will lend you one of ours for free if you like what we have to offer). You will receive between 15-20 beautifully processed photos in high resolution on a USB stick. You can print and use the pictures as you like.

So go and put a bid in for this chance to have some amazing lasting memories. You may want to give it away as a present to someone special.

How this auction works:

This photo shoot will be valid for one year from the end of the auction. Of course you can buy the shoot for someone else as a present. The shoot has to be in Melbourne, VIC within 1 year from auction end. The auction ends Sun 19th January at 8pm – in case there is a last minute bid you have another 15 minutes after the last bid to bid again.  Payment is due within 1 week after auction.

In the event that Elyan does not go to Las Vegas (due to lack of funds or votes) we will donate the full winning amount to a worthy charity in Australia.

Good Luck!



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And don’t forget … even if you don’t want to participate at the auction … vote for “Miss Lily White” (Update: voting closed – Elyan made it to Las Vegas)  Like and share this blog post and let your friends know.  Help us to make a dream come true …