Fashion Friday Holiday Dresses Wishlist

Hello my loves, I thought I might change things up a little bit this week and share my Wish List of the dresses I happen to think would be perfect for fancy party season, AKA December.

Queen of Heartz  Now you guys know how much I love Letty, her designs are historically accurate and artfully crafted, and her new fall/winter collection takes those qualities to another level. Can you just feast your eyes on this glam perfection? I have a feeling these bad boys will be so well loved you’ll skip the buying a second dress for new years and just wear one of these beauties again! Letty you are an absolute treasure, thank you for your brilliance!queen of heartz

O’Hara $160  Orbit $150  Rita $170

 

Pollypop with their affordable prices and adorable designs. What’s not to love?

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Eloise Dress $45  Serena $63  Rena $58

 

Vivien of Holloway Holy circumference Batman. Would you just look at those skirts? So puffy so glam, so perfectly reminiscent of the costumes in White Christmas. These dresses are sure to get you a kiss under the mistletoe 😉

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Champagne Black Lace $188.35  Red Duchess $139.69  Burgundy With BlackSilver Lace $124.00

 

Unique Vintage  is one of my favorite sites to just peruse, no matter the time of year they are on top of what designs us ladies want, and winter is no exception.

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Plaid Dorothy $174  Cherry Dollface Wiggle Dress $82  Emilie Swing Dress $90

 

Pinup Girl Clothing Laura Byrnes has done is again. Is this not the single most glamorous gown you’ve ever beheld? I know most people don’t really have the right occasions to wear something like this, but sometimes people really go over the top with their holiday shindigs and well for a dress like this you learn to make fancy occasions happen ya?

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Olive Gilda $190  Black Gilda $190  Burgundy Gilda $190

So what were some of your favorite holiday looks? What are you hoping Santa brings you this year? I’d love to hear from you, so drop me a line! Have a very happy Friday.

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Fashion Friday Featuring Kenley Collins

Hello my darlings. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are slowly but surely coming out of your turkey induced coma’s. Or if you’re one of those people who go Black Friday shopping I hope you got away without being trampled or having a panic attack. But I have to inform you there is one more thing that needs to be put on your Christmas list. You need to get yourself some Kenley Collins goodness.  Kenley is a prime example of why buying from a designer is such an excellent idea. All the cuts, lines, and silhouettes are carefully and artfully executed, because true designers understand that a fun print isn’t enough to carry a dress. But Kenley definitely likes her fun prints too, so if you like classic and flattering silhouettes but still want fun and unique prints and patterns look no further than Mrs Collins. Her new line an American Geisha is especially fun and unique, but is still classic enough to not look kooky. So do yourself a favor and check it out, odds are you need a new holiday party dress and while everyone else is wearing the bland LBD’s you can be rocking a colorful and lovely Kenley Collins original. 599460756234details6399silly fall photosHaving a light snack of foliage…as one does.616360616123

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Dress: Kenley Collins Oh this dress though! As any woman knows getting a strapless dress that stays put and looks good is damn near impossible. But this dress flies in the face of reason and says ‘no I will stay put, I wont look like a towel wrapped around you post shower, I will be elegant and lovely, because I have wonderfully supportive boning in the bodice’. I could not be more in love with this dress, the construction is nothing short of miraculous, the print is BEAUTIFUL, size chart is totally on the money accurate, and the material 100% cotton so its machine washable!!! I know that may not seem like a big deal to some people but since I’m still a child I hate having to go to the drycleaners 😉 Thank you Kenley. I love you and your gorgeous (yet practical) designs!

Shoes: Miz Mooz

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and that you check out Kenley’s beautiful new line. Happy Friday my loves!

Fashion Friday Featuring PUG’s Dames Dress

Hooray! Oh I am absolutely ecstatic to finally be sharing this Fashion Friday with you all. Back in the summer I had the pleasure of modeling for a photographer meetup which was a blast (and seriously intimidating too). Being as I was chosen for my pinup style I figured this shoot was the perfect opportunity to “treat myself” and buy the phenomenal Dames dress from Pinup Girl Clothing.IMG_4243Web4280WebIMG_4314WebIMG_4320Web

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Hair flower: Gift from the lovely Miss Amy who just happens to have an etsy selling these bad boys.

Dress: Pinup Girl Clothing Hands down one of the most wonderful dresses I own. I’ve never put this dress on and felt disappointed. I like to call this my confidence dress, every time I wear it I feel so beautiful. The rich red hue is even more beautiful in person and the stretch bengaline material hugs every curve beautifully. It really is PUG’s immaculate construction techniques that set them apart from run of the mill vintage repro companies. When I ordered this dress I was a little worried the size chart was wrong, my measurements are 36″ 27.5″ 36″, which in turn meant I needed a small. A small? I hadn’t been a small ever, but I trusted PUG and ordered according to their size chart and this dress fits like a dream! I love it so much I’m determined to buy it in different colourways now, its just that good. So if you’re on the hunt for the perfect sexy little wiggle dress might I suggest you treat yo self to The Dames Dress.

Shoes: Gift/Similar

I love you guys and hope you enjoyed this post and give PUG a gander for all your wiggle dress needs 😉 Happy Friday!

 

The Brit & The Belle: Our Pinup Transformations

Sarah Forshaw (@Forshawsarah) and Miss Amy May  (@miss_amy_may) are southern belle and southern brit pinups, respectively, who found one another on Instagram part way through their pinup transformations in mid 2013, at which point they tentatively, then all of a sudden, become devoted and divine friends. Bonding over their urge to bring full on glamour to their every day lives, their shared opinions on cake, and their fierce nerd hearts, the two quickly began to look upon one another as fabulous sisters–who simply hadn’t met yet outside the confines of the interwebs. Due to finally meet IRL to share many squishy hugs and swing-skirted spins in fall 2015, they’re opening up their friendship and their closets to you in this shared blog post while they eagerly await their meeting.

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Amy: I’ve always adored the glamour and style of the 1950s and the elegance of those Old Hollywood screen sirens, an admiration that Sarah shares. It was not at all unusual for us both to yearn for 50s style dresses we spotted in movies set in that era, wanting the shelf busts, the full circle skirts, the juxtaposition of both structure and fullness. But it almost never occurred to either of us that we could ever adopt that style in real life in our modern world. Given that our admiration for the decade revolved most intensely around the clothes, it may come as a surprise to learn that our pinup journeys both began with our hair, almost by accident.

Sarah and I had both done some damage to our hair in recent years: Sarah with extended use of straighteners, and myself with a one off use of wet-2-straight straigheners that damaged my hair so fully that my natural curl was unable to form from then on out, my ‘lion’s mane’ as I called it, a full head of wild ringlets, instead hanging limp, lank and stringy. Unbeknownst to one another, strangers on different continents, we both did a little research into non-heat methods of setting our hair and found pincurls.

Personally I can say it took me a while to get the knack of pincurls, and longer still to find a setting lotion that worked best for me, but I kept practicing and began to look into retro hairstyles more and more. I attempted victory rolls, as did Sarah, but while Sarah is much better at them than I we both find we tend to get one perfect pert roll and one sad limp roll that won’t stay up in place even with a dozen hair grips. Pincurls are our true loves, and we’re both fine with that.

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With our pincurled tresses continuing to improve, we next changed our makeup because a wonderful retro hair do on a fully modern canvas can look a bit out of place. Learning the art of winged liner was a scary next step, but over time our flicks became measured and we learned which wing angles were flattering on us and which were not. For me, red lipstick still seemed too dramatic a statement, almost as though that alone declared ‘Yes, I am very fancy, I cannot deny it!’ So it was with an almost pinned-up face that we each updated our wardrobes–with a throwback.

I began with circle skirts, cheap, thin ones created by dancewear companies, a step above costume circle skirts but far below the PUG beauties I sport today. I paired them with ‘normal’ tops I found on the high street, and for a long time my number one concern was in finding my clothing inside a narrow budget because I couldn’t commit to the more expensive repro wares that I was worried I would buy and then cast aside if the pinup look didn’t stick. But it did. I should have known it would. Because along every step of my journey, through the hair to the makeup, and finally to the clothes, my confidence began to grow. I eventually added in that red lipstick, and when I made my first purchase from Pinup Girl Clothing–that was it. That was the moment I became a pinup. Not because I’d splurged on a reproduction brand name skirt for the first time, but because the feeling it gave me was the feeling I was searching  for–the sensation that I had found my style, my niche, the look that made me feel polished and elegant and glamorous whether I dressed it up or down. I stopped making small concessions to certain situations by tampering down my style, I wore the red lipstick whenever I wanted to, even when it was over the top, even when it meant I drew a dozen pairs of eyes as I walked down the supermarket aisle in full retro glamour while surrounded by people in jeans and sweats and yoga pants. I was finally transformed, my style metamorphosis complete. I had arrived as the leading lady in my own life.

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Sarah: Well lo and behold, mine and Amy’s stories are practically the same yet again, much like many other things about us. Both of us lost weight and gained confidence, and nothing gave us more confidence than dressing pinup. But here’s the thing: I don’t really think it was the physical change of style that made the difference, not completely anyway–I think it was because of what was going on in our heads and our hearts. We finally had the courage to dress the way we wanted to dress, and were worlds happier because of it. Think of it as exercise for the soul. The end product you want is beautiful but getting there is difficult. Yes the process requires practise, research, money, and enduring a lot of attention. But isn’t doing what’s right by you the most important thing?

At the beginning the stares made us both uncomfortable and maybe even a little embarrassed at times. I couldn’t help but wonder if maybe my hair reminded people of their grandma’s but not in a good way, or perhaps if I had lipstick on my teeth, or something else equally dreadful. But as we continued on our paths to pinup we learned to no longer feel judged and self conscious. Instead we learned to take the stares and whispers to mean maybe, just maybe, people liked what they saw, but even if they didn’t it didn’t matter, because being different isn’t something to be ashamed of. The moment you stop caring about how people perceive you is the same exact moment you learn that your own opinion is the one that matters the most. So if a swing dress and petticoat make you feel like the goddess you are then by all means wear it to pick up your groceries; if a wiggle dress makes you feel unstoppable then stop waiting for “the right occasion” and just wear it!

Society is so incredibly rule-centric, it dictates everything from what we should eat, to what we should weigh, what we should earn, and how many magazines have you seen with taglines like “How To Dress For Your Shape” or “What Hair Color Is Right For Your Skintone”? Hundreds, if not thousands. Well guess what? I don’t care about those rules and neither should you. You’d never let a stranger come into your home and tell you how to live, so why should you let media, peers, or anyone else have a say in your life? Because that’s the thing, it’s “yours” and no one else’s. Life is too short and there are too few “appropriate” occasions to dress the way you want to dress. One of my favorite things Queen Dita has ever said is when people would snarkily ask her what she was dressed up for, she’d respond with a simple statement that encapsulates everything I feel on this matter, “I’m dressed up for life”. So the next time you feel judged or insecure about your style choices just ask yourself What Would Dita Do? That is mine and Amy’s new mantra in life as pinups, and we feel it’s opened us up to endless joys, both big and small.

I swear you’ll be a much happier person when you start living your life for you. The pincurls and pearls make me feel like the me I always wanted to be, I look forward to getting ready for the day, I’ve reverted back to the joy I felt as a child playing dress up! And I have made some of the greatest friends of my life because of it, Amy is undoubtedly my soul sister and it genuinely upsets me to think about a life without pinup in it, because if I hadn’t found pinup I wouldn’t have found Amy, I wouldn’t have found my old child like happiness, and I wouldn’t have found my true self. The pinup style is so much more than the pretty dresses and glitzy jewels, it’s inner beauty shining through to the outside, it’s the boldness to not care about standing out, and it’s a community of women who love and support each other.

If you’ve been entertaining the idea of joining the “Pinup World” consider this your formal (we like things to be fancy after all) invitation.

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little about how we become the little pinups we are, and we’d love to hear about you. Let us know in the comments about you and your pinup journey, whether it be beginning, in full flow or complete. We so look forward to hearing from all of you lovelies ❤

Fashion Friday Featuring Desi Roo Clothing

Hey guys I am rather excited to share a fabulous find with you all this week. Whilst surfing through etsy (like one does) I came across the fabulous Desi Roo Clothing, not only are there beautiful accessories to choose from, but all of the blouses offered are so incredibly lovely!

What I especially loved is that a lot of the tops are made from vintage fabric but the blouse itself is new, so there won’t be the hassles that come along with pure vintage pieces like rips, fragility, and mysterious smells/stains. There are a few variations of blouse structure offered: cotton tie shoulder top,  flirty puff sleeve wrap back blouse, and the 1940’s puff sleeve wrap back, plus all the prints and fabrics offered are too numerous and outrageously beautiful to name, if there is a particular color or print you happen to be fond of I bet you can find it. I could honestly buy one in every print and have the most perfect wardrobe that ever was. Oh and another great thing about Desi Roo is that if there is a top you like that just happens to be too large it can be altered for a better fit for only $15!

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Earrings: Desi Roo Clothing  all the beauty of actual Bakelite but none of the potential lead poisoning. I mean who wouldn’t want to don a pair of pastel chrysanthemum earrings?

Blouse: Desi Roo Clothing  I love love LOOOVE this blouse! Its just as comfortable as a T-shirt but worlds more stylish. Whether your personal style is that of a vintage inspiration or you’re simply a woman who appreciate a well made spectacular fitting top that can be worn from errands, to the office, and then to a night on the town, then this little number is for you! The fabric is sturdy, doesn’t wrinkle easily, and the fit is superb! Just follow the size chart and you’re good as gold. My measurments are 36″ 27.5″ 36″ and the medium is a perfect fit yay! It can be difficult to look stylish during the warmer months but this blouse was made for spring and summer! The sleeves sit just off the shoulders for a feminine and stylish look that will keep you cool but won’t sacrifice on style!

Pencil Skirt: H&M

Flats: Payless 

I hope you all enjoyed this post and that you check Desi Roo Clothing out! Happy Friday love you all.

Fashion Friday Featuring Sculpture Pin Curler

This week’s Fashion Friday is featuring the Sculpture Pin Curler from http://www.vintagehair.com/ I absolutely love how this site and pincurler were created. In the “about” section of this site I read the exact sentiments I feel about modern day hair styles and standards of beauty. So much of today’s fashion is about convenience and less is more, don’t get me wrong rocking the natural look is totally great too, but somewhere along the way we lost the knowledge and tools to create the glamorous and feminine looks from the 20’s-60’s. That is where the Sculpture Pin Curler comes in, this tool is absolutely brilliant! I’ve used similar products but they were too large and tore my hair up. This tool however is perfect for creating the most authentically beautiful hairstyles.

This blog feature is based on my very first impression, usually I’ll give a hair tool a few go’s before I give up on it (like most curling irons I’ve ever used) but I can honestly say I immediately fell in love with this product, and cannot ever see myself giving it up, it keeps your hair in place while you’re rolling it up, but when it comes time to slip your curl off of it and pin it, its a breeze!

IMG_5041 How great is this? Not only do you get two fantastic curlers, but they come in the cutest box, plus there is a booklet of several different setting patterns!

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I tried my best to make the directions for doing pincurls as clear as possible, but I understand type and pictures isn’t always enough, so I’d recommend you check out Ashley Westmoreland’s tutorials on youtube they are absolutely genius! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PBwSXHWvA8

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Scultpure Pin Curler Box Set: Vintage Hair My hair and I are in love. If you’re looking to do a historically accurate hair do this is the greatest hair tool you could ever purchase!

Motions Foaming Wrap Lotion: Sallys

Denman Brush: Sallys

Top: Charlotte Russe bout it years ago but they have a similar top that works.

Jeans: Old Navy

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and that you get yourself a sculpture pincurler and start trying out some vintage hair styles! Happy Friday.

Fashion Friday Featuring Dream Hats

I had a whole shoot planned with a good location…however the weather made that impossible, seriously weather you couldn’t have waited til night to start pouring down rain? Anyway this week’s Fashion Friday is featuring my gorgeous fascinator from http://www.dreamhats.com/ I love all things glamorous and vintage and boy does Dream Hats deliver! Never have I seen such a beautiful fascinator, I squealed with delight when I first saw it! Not only does Dream Hats carry pinup style and Renaissances pieces but they will also do custom orders for special occasions like weddings, how great is that? Also if you live in the Dallas region or are planning a visit to our fair city you can find Dream Hat pieces at http://www.dallaspinup.com/

68506928688868656853692369316940I really hope you all enjoyed this post and that you check out the amazingness that is Dream Hats.

Fascinator: Is of course from Dream Hats and this is the one I am wearing http://www.dreamhats.com/p/124/arabesque

Earrings: Charlotte Russe but I cannot find the pair I bought but these from Forever 21 have a similar feel http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=acc_earrings_drop&ProductID=1076098241&VariantID=

Dress: I bought this from Charlotte Russe a year or so ago but they have one similar http://www.charlotterusse.com/product/entity/240335.uts

Shoes: Sorry didn’t get a pick but they’re just plain black ballet flats from Payless not dissimilar to these http://www.payless.com/store/product/detail.jsp?catId=cat10088&subCatId=cat10276&skuId=094284050&productId=69922&lotId=094284&category=&catdisplayName=Womens

Have a fabulous weekend!