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Super Kawaii Varga Pin-ups

One of 2012’s highlights at Pybus PR was a famil we arranged for Maling Road in Canterbury. The Maling Road Traders Association were finding, like so many in the retail category, that attracting shoppers was getting harder. Their advertising strategies were no longer showing return on investment and they needed to try something smarter.

We suggested that we could present Maling Road to a group of hand-picked independent publishers with large readerships and wide circles of influence. These ‘Influencers’ could write about Maling Road from their own experience, highlighting things they know their readership would be interested in. Thus began our planning for the Happy Day Trip! And that is how Lady Melbourne, Ruby Slipper, Style Wilderness, Esme and the Laneway, BusiChic, Vanity Press, Estelle la ModeSeven Autumn Leaves, Sabina and I found ourselves in the luxuriously appointed Eileen Harper Beauty Therapy.


The perfect vintage red lippie from Eileen Harper Beauty Salon, by Beseme. Candice says that the woman who developed these great lipsticks is a cosmetics historian. The design, formulation and tint are true to the 1930s.

A little about our host…The beautiful Candice DeVille, known to her gigantic international following as ‘Super Kawaii Mama’ is at once both a key figure and an enigma in the Australian blogging scene (click here to read a recent overview of the fashion blogging space in Ragtrader, where Editd sites Candice in the top four most influential bloggers alongside 3 other Melbourne publishers, Lady Melbourne, Sea of Ghosts and Di$count). She voices a compelling argument for taking the extra time to be glamorous at all times. Not just a pin-up, Candice is a formidable international vintage stylist, speaker, model and blogger — and mum! Candice (who is coincidently Eileen’s niece and brow client of 15 years) consults from Eileen Harper Beauty Therapy. Part, part, part-time– of course!

So on our Happy Day Trip after brunching, browsing the shops and singing Happy Birthday to two in our party, we stepped into the salon to learn some introductory lessons in glamour from an absolute authority.




The perfect cat’s eye flick, demonstrated on Cheryl of BusiChic. Like all those things that are harder to execute than they look, it’s all in the wrist!


Iolanthe of Ruby Slipper after her make-over and vintage-style up do. She looks like a Vargas print come to life.

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Images above thanks to BusiChic – there she is behind the lens on the left!

We were each invited back to experience a cleansing facial by Eileen and a vintage style make-over by Candice. Their names are dropped by many a beauty disciple on’s forums. Now we are amongst the in-the-know types that are singing their praises.


After the treatment and vintage-style make-up, a fresh-faced and relaxed PR during the maniacal month of December. What a little time for glamour can do.. Thanks for the pic Candice!

Eileen Harper

The salon at Aprt 5 / 208 Canterbury Road. Image grabbed from Google Streetview. To book: (03) 9836 2294

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3 comments on “Super Kawaii Varga Pin-ups

  1. busichic
    December 28, 2012

    Kyra, you look stunning- I’ll have to make sure I return for a treatment! Candice’s eyebrows are always impeccable and I had been wondering what her secret was- now I know!

    Thank you again for connecting us with Maling Road retailers!

    • PybusPR
      December 28, 2012

      Thanks Cheryl! And thanks for the encouragement to not shy away from posting a photo of yourself. I had your advice and also your last post in mind when I did. Thanks to Candice for the shot!– is there anything that lady isn’t awesome at!?

  2. iolanthegabrie
    December 28, 2012

    What a marvelous day, a truly unique way to experience iconic Maling Rd. Candice made me extra glamorous on my special birthday. Thankyou so much for involving Ruby Slipper in the adventure!! X

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