Entering a Pinup Contest

It’s been a while since I updated but so much has been going on! I entered and won my first pinup contest over this past weekend and it was a fantastic experience.

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There was quite a bit of anxiety before the contest happened. I initially heard about the contest through a photographer I met in Jacksonville during a photoshoot. The requirements were only that the contestants wear era appropriate clothing (nothing vulgar) and answer a random question.

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All the beautiful contestants and judges

Since I had never done a contest based on beauty before, I felt I needed to test out everything before the day of. I decided to go with a poodle hairstyle so that I could pin my hair and hopefully combat the Florida humidity.

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Practice run

Next, was the dress. I decided on a sarong wiggle dress and found the Collectif Mainline Mahina Tropical Hibiscus Sarong Dress. I tested it on with all of my shapewear and accessories to finalize a silhouette and make sure I would be comfortable.

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After alterations

The only issue I had with the dress was the hips. I had to do a quick alteration to fit my 47″ hips (my hips are 14″ difference from my waist size, so I typically have issues with wiggles for this reason), but the dress is made in a way to allow for an easy seam alteration.

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In the end, all my tedious attention to detail and effort paid off. I had a wonderful time competing, meeting other pinup gals, and gaining confidence all at the same time. This was a great first time out and it definitely will not be my last!

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Items Featured:

Collectif Mainline Mahina Tropical Hibiscus Sarong Dress from Collectif

Tropical Hair Flower from Fancy Fruits on Etsy

Chloe & Chase Kimmy T-Strap Heel in Beige from Amazon

A big thank you to Shadow Rose Photography, Red Velvet Photography, and AMP Creative Media for the photos

Stocking Lessons

I love garter belts and I love stockings. I find the look of retro seamed stockings can really tie an entire look together. However, its been a struggle trying to find the right stocking for my large thighs. I wanted to spend the least amount of money while also trying to match my skin tone.

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The first pair I purchased were Leg Avenue Cuban Heel Plus Size Stockings. They cost me less than $10 on Amazon. Unfortunately, I found that the cheaper stockings were always a very light shade that stood out against my brown skin.

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These stockings were also very easy to snag and rip. In fact, when I first removed this pair from its packaging, the glue caught on the nylon and snagged it before I had a chance to put them on. I recently bought this pair again, to replace the ripped ones, only this time I opted for regular size, not plus size. This was a huge mistake! Its then I decided to go for What Katie Did Seamed Stockings in Latte/Champagne.

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What Katie Did’s sizing doesn’t specify “Plus” size so I ordered the M/L, the largest size for these stockings. I chose the Latte color for a more casual look and to match my skin tone better. I love these stockings.

They come with a strong welt for garter belt clasps. The Rago garter belt I have held onto it very well and I didn’t find myself constantly checking if I had ripped them like I had with the Leg Avenue stockings. I also loved that the champagne color was a close match to my natural skin color.

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My plan is to grab these stockings in every color as they come in red, green, black, even some pastel colors for the spring. Even for my large thighs the M/L size fit great and I didn’t feel like a sausage. I definitely recommend these for any retro gal.


Items Featured:

Strongman Thrill pencil skirt by RockSteady

Black ankle oxfords from Goodwill

Plus Size Cuban Heel Stockings by Leg Avenue from Amazon

Seamed Stockings in Latte/Champagne by What Katie Did

Black Gathered Skirt Handmade by me with fabric from Joann Fabrics

Kimmy T-Strap Heel in Nude by Chase & Chloe from Amazon

Six Strap Garter Belt by Rago from Amazon

Red sweater from Goodwill

The Importance of Foundation

One of the most important things I learned in my transformation into the pinup style is that the traditional “pinup” look isn’t just about the clothes everyone sees. It’s what’s underneath that can truly make or break a look.

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Same dress, different foundations

One of my first purchases for foundation garments was a longline bra from Exquisite Form on Amazon. I wanted a sturdy, affordable bra that I could wear practically everyday. Along with this, I purchased a GREAT strapless bra from a local shop in my area. Strapless bras are vitally important for tops with low necklines like peasant tops so its important to have one that will fit comfortably and securely.

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A look like this requires a good strapless bra.

Next, I invested in a well made corset. This is a personal decision. I find that my look is accentuated by wearing a steel boned corset, however, that doesn’t necessarily mean everyone should wear one. I purchased a waspie cincher from Orchard Corset and a longer underbust corset from Mystic City Corsets.

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Fully closed in my Mystic City Corset (30″)

I have found that purchasing a well made corset and seasoning it well will actually act as a better cincher than the latex waist cinchers you can find in many stores now. There are several misconceptions about wearing corsets so be sure to do research before you jump into the tightlacing pool!

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My look with my Mystic City Corset underneath

When I first started dressing in the pinup style, I wore bicycle shorts underneath my skirts to prevent chafing and to give a smooth look. The best upgrade to this is to purchase a pair of high waist shaper shorts (I use Flexees by Maidenform) or a full body shaper to smooth out any problem areas and to just give a more streamlined look underneath your garments.

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Under and Over

I think I invested the most money into the garments that no one but me and my husband see, but I’ve found that the pay off from them is well worth it. There are so many brands to purchase from in terms of foundation garments (Rago, Maidenform…) but really it depends on your comfort level. After all, it will be you who knows exactly what is hidden under all those pretties.


Items Featured:

Coral Polka Dot dress by Sara USA from Amazon

Black Velvet Belt by Pinup Girl Clothing

Valerie Dress in Black Satin by Pinup Girl Clothing

MCC-75 Corset in Black Cotton/Sport Mesh by Mystic City Corsets

Lightweight High-Waist Thigh Slimmer by Flexees by Madienform

Longline Bra in Black by Exquisite Form from Amazon

Powderpuff Top in Red from Vixen by Micheline Pitt

Galentine’s Day

I had the absolute pleasure of spending the pre-Valentine’s Day weekend with a group of lovely ladies in Tampa for a Galentine’s tea date at the Oxford Exchange. I don’t normally celebrate Valentine’s day but this gave me the perfect chance to wear my newest purchase from Sara USA.

This lovely dress was on Amazon for only $12 and my vintage love letter clutch (also from Amazon) was only $10. I wore a corset as part of my foundation to keep my waist cinched and I felt absolutely lovely in it.

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The gals brought gifts to participate in a White Elephant exchange and I came home with a lovely tea set. I am an enormous fan of tea and I’ve always admired fancy china like my grandmother has in her home so this was the perfect gift for me.

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I had a wonderful time despite the traffic I encountered on the way back home. The icing on the cake was the surprise on my husband’s face when he saw the look of the day. Though I normally don’t celebrate Valentine’s day, it was a great day and a perfect way to celebrate with a group of lovely ladies that share the same love for all things vintage.


Items Featured:

Coral Polka Dot dress by Sara USA from Amazon

Vintage Love Letter Clutch by Shagwear from Amazon

Black Velvet Belt by Pinup Girl Clothing

Winter Spiffy

Early this month, Spiffy Saturday came again, giving me another opportunity to create another look for the event. This time, I wanted to make sure that I fit the winter theme. I snagged a perfect winter fabric deal from Joann’s and started sketching.

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I recently became infatuated with peasant tops and I sought to reproduce the neckline and sleeve shape of the peasant tops using left over elastic I had from a previous project. The design came out perfectly, despite the fact that I forgot to use interfacing to maintain the shape of the button holes down the back.

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A few days before Spiffy Saturday, I found out it would be cold and rainy, so a quick purchase of a compact umbrella and fur stole from Amazon was in order.

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The look was fantastic and there were several wonderful photos of everyone at the event. Since my first time at the event, there has been a spike in interest for the event, showing that vintage lovers exist, they just need an outlet.

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I’m absolutely excited for the next Spiffy event, coming in May, and I plan on making another original design. My sewing techniques have improved so I’m looking forward to creating something even better next time!

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Items Featured:

All fabrics were purchased from Joann Fabrics

Faux Fur Collar by Soul Young from Amazon

Micro-suede Wedge Heels in Brown from Target

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A special thanks to the photographers for the wonderful photos:

Jose Silva of JNSilva Photography

Dustin Elkins of Defotography

Black Friday Snags

In addition to my Catch of the Day purchases, I also ordered some tops and accessories from Doll Me Up on Black Friday. Normally, Doll Me Up’s prices are perfect for my budget anyway but on Black Friday, everything was 60%. I could not pass it up.

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I ordered this beautiful pink top that, truly, goes with everything in my closet. The fit is perfect and I love the fabric. I purchased the mermaid brooch as well and love the glittery black against the pink.

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My only issue was the sheerness, I tend to wear camisoles under my tops anyway but it still bothered me to have my skin show through.

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I also purchased a white peasant top (my first!). I was concerned about the fit because they only had a 2X available at this price (I paid $4.99 for this) but it fit just right.

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I paired it with my Sky Blue Jenny skirt from Pinup Girl Clothing and immediately felt like a Disney princess.

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My husband was gone when I tried this on so I took full advantage of walking around and enjoying the feel of this outfit with no one to judge me!

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The cat pin really gives me a laugh because you can see the star for his bottom. I absolutely love pins and this is a great addition to my collection.

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By far, these were my favorite purchases and I now have a complete top collection to go with my skirts and trousers. It has only been a few months and already my wardrobe is completely changed!


Items featured:

Pleasant Peasant Top in White from Doll Me Up

Easy as Pie Top in Light Pink from Doll Me Up

Purr-fect Catch Brooch from Doll Me Up

Mermaid Brooch in Black from Doll Me Up

Black Net Skirt from Torrid

Jenny Skirt by Pinup Couture from Pinup Girl Clothing

Pointed ballet flats in Beige by Ann Taylor Loft

Brea Cross Strap ballet flats in Black by Top Moda from Amazon

The Circus Has Come to Town

In another Swap & Sell purchase, I picked up a skirt I had been eyeing for months. My husband used to be a huge unicycle enthusiast (even taught a few lessons because he was so good) and loved penny farthings. When I spotted the Strongman Skirt from RockSteady, I wanted it, but it was a little out of my budget.

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Thankfully, someone on a Swap & Sell was selling it for less so I bought it right away. It was my first item from Rock Steady and the quality is about the same as I would expect from Hell Bunny or Sourpuss, etc.

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The skirt has a bit of stretch to it. I’ve found that with this polyester/rayon/spandex blend, it hugs the curves but also allows for a bit of movement without fear of ripping anything.

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I love the pattern and the kick pleats added around the skirt. I paired it with my favorite short sleeve turtle neck and some seamed stockings to really vintage the look up.

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Overall, I think this skirt was a great purchase but I’m not sure where I’d wear this skirt yet. Hopefully, my husband and I will find ourselves at a circus or La Nouba and I’ll have a reason to wear this beauty out.


Items featured:

Plus Size Cuban Heel Stockings by Leg Avenue from Amazon

Strongman Thrill pencil skirt by RockSteady

Black turtleneck (long sleeved version turned short sleeve by me) by Faded Glory

Black ankle oxfords from Goodwill