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

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Bésame and Victorian Stripes

Yesterday, I was ecstatic to receive two items (technically three) that I had lusted over for months. Bésame Cosmetics lip colors I purchased from an Ipsy sale and Laura Byrnes Cigarette Pants in Victorian Stripes purchased from a Swap & Sell.

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I couldn’t have been happier with the fit of the pants. I was a little worried about the size. I grabbed these, size 2X, instead of the size I thought I would be, XL. Thankfully, they fit just perfect around my hips which are the hardest area for me to fit in pants.

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These trousers give me a wonderful shape and silhouette without feeling like a sausage. With some cigarette pants, I find myself having to hide my extra poof with a flowy top, but I could actually tuck in my shirt with these.

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The lip colors were just as satisfying. I received the Tango Red (Reproduction from 1939) and American Beauty (Reproduction from 1945) colors and they are perfectly vintage.

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My favorite of the two is the American Beauty. I find that I prefer red lipcolors with bluer undertones and darker tints as opposed to orange undertones. The texture is quite nice on the lips and the color stayed on through eating and drinking.

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Tango Red
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American Beauty

The trousers originally retail for $92.00 but I got them on the Swap & Sell for almost half the price and in fantastic condition. The lip colors normally retail for $25.00 each and I received them both at a price of $19.00 from Ipsy. They are definitely worth the price but I’m so glad I was able to get them within my budget!

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Items featured:

Cigarette Pants in Victorian Stripe by Laura Byrnes from Pinup Girl Clothing

Tango Red and American Beauty Lip Colors by Bésame Cosmetics

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

Zulily Surprise Sale

I have a rule when I online shop: if I have to pay for shipping, I don’t buy it. This steadfast rule has kept me from spending all my money on one singular item. Websites like Pinup Girl Clothing typically offer free shipping, but only if you spend over $100. That’s why I was excited when Zulily had their PUG sale.

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All the pieces offered were at least 50% off, and though I had to pay for shipping, the price was still a steal compared to what I’d normally pay. I jumped at the Mary Blair Jenny Skirt in Pink Trains and ordered an XL right away.

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Normally, I wear 2X in PUG, but the size chart had me convinced that an XL would fit. Unfortunately, it only fit if I was wearing my waist cincher corset underneath. The skirt is absolutely beautiful so I didn’t want to get rid of it.

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PUG Jenny skirts are now one of my favorites, I had purchased a light blue Jenny skirt on a Swap and Sell after my first purchase (Blue Ice Harlequin Circle Skirt reviewed here!) because I needed to have more.

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The Jenny’s hit right at my mid-calf, which is where I love all my skirts to land. It allows me to wear petticoats without showing them underneath and lets me walk around without worrying if anyone can see my bottom.

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Though the skirt is absolutely wonderful, I have to swap it for a larger size. I also purchased a pair of Steven Ella criss cross flats in Beige to pair with the skirt. They fit wonderfully and criss cross flats are now my favorite shoes.

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My experience with Zulily was just “ok”. The issue with the size chart really turned me off to using them again, also, the shipping took ages to reach me. The deal was pretty worth it though, so despite my reservations, I would probably shop there again.

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UPDATE 12/5/16: I swapped with a fellow PUG enthusiast for a 2X and it fits wonderfully!


Items featured:

Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Pink Train Border Print by Pinup Couture from Pinup Girl Clothing

Steven Ella criss cross flats in Beige from Zulily

Pink Petticoat by Lindy Bop

Becoming a PUG owner

Ever since I really started learning about vintage clothing and pinup style, I have pined over every clothing piece offered by Pinup Girl Clothing (PUG). My obsession stared around 2004 when I first graduated from high school. However, being a student meant I would never be able to own a piece from them until I got a real job.

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After my second raise (yay!), I decided I needed a skirt from PUG. The Holiday Capsule Collection for 2016 was about to be released and I couldn’t wait for the blue and white Blue Ice Harlequin Skirt from Pinup Couture.

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My husband and I are Jewish and I wanted to make sure I’d have something to wear at holiday parties where 90% of people will be wearing terrible Christmas sweaters and red/green dresses.

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The skirt arrived and I was pleasantly surprised to find it had silver within the pattern, that made the skirt even more beautiful in person. The quality of PUG is unmatched by anything I could have made myself for the holidays.

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I handmade a top for this skirt a week before it arrived using a sparkly blue fabric I got at Joann’s on clearance. The color didn’t quite match so I decided to go with a Bob Mackie Collection blue top I had found at a local Goodwill.

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Items featured:

Blue Ice Harlequin Circle Skirt by Pinup Couture from Pinup Girl Clothing

Blue Tie Blouse by Bob Mackie Collection

Blue Sparkle Top handmade by me with Fabric from Joann’s

Fashion at HHN

I started my vintage journey during the perfect season, Fall. Every year, my husband and I go to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando and this year, I got the chance to wear vintage all season. I started by making two skirts using Halloween fabrics I found at Joann Fabrics.

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I love the selection they carry and usually I have at least one coupon worth 40% off. I made a pleated 2″ waisted skirt and a gathered, elastic waistband skirt.

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The pleated skirt is my all time favorite. The combination of the fabric and the pleats just gives that vintage feel I wanted. I thought of doing it gathered but the price of the additional fabric would have put me out of budget. Instead, I used only 2 yards and still had at least a yard left for additional projects. The skirt even has POCKETS!!

I wore the gathered skirt more often just due to comfort. I love bats and the color allowed the print to glow in black lights which is a staple in many haunted house attractions. I loved it, however, in one of the scarezones (Vamp ’55) featuring 1950s vampires, the principal always seemed to take issue with my allegiance to the Bats.

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The Vamp ’55 scarezone really was meant for me since I was just going into the vintage side of life. I even met a Spiffy Saturday friend there on multiple occasions wearing all the Pinup Girl Clothing pieces I could ever want.

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My husband and I attended the event so often, the scareactors began to learn our names, and, on more than one occasion, compliment my attire. It became my happy place, especially since derby was no longer doing that for me. I had lost some friends but HHN helped me through that.

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I even had the chance (pun intended) to re-wear my Chance skirt piece again. This time, I paired it with a Jaws t-shirt in honor of the fallen attraction. This HHN was probably my favorite HHN simply because I got to do it as myself and have the confidence to look the way I wanted to. And confidence can really get you anywhere.


Items featured:

All fabrics from Joann Fabrics

Sourpuss Bats Spooksville Dress in Pink by Sourpuss

Pinup Couture Jenny Dress in Halloween Harlequin Print by Pinup Girl Clothing

Featured photo credit: Ian Suarez (see his Instagram! – @haveyoumetian)

The California Trip

What a surprise we got this year when my husband was told he was being sent to cover Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood, California for HHN Unofficial! I was beyond excited since I’ve never traveled that far west before and I had always dreamed of going to Hollywood.

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It was perfect timing for my vintage journey. It gave me the chance to purchase and pack up for the first time for an event. This meant I had to make sure I had the right outfits planned, the right shoes, the right accessories.snapchat-8960388577540576486

I bought my first items from Lindy Bop. A pair of Kendra trousers to wear at the parks and throughout the day in order to remain comfortable in the changing temperatures. Also, a Lindy Bop Thea tea dress for the last day so I could be free of leg prisons (aka pants).

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We only spent 3 days there and we had a wonderful time. We walked and Ubered all around Los Angeles. We saw the Walk of Fame, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, Grauman’s Chinese Theater, and of course, Universal Studios Hollywood.

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I got alot of wear from the trousers and they are still my favorite comfy pants. I tend to wear alot of black and muted colors but with vintage, it always helps to have a little pop of color every once in a while.

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Walking around Hollywood, I got alot of compliments on my hair (which was straight up until the heat hit) and my style in general. It was a great confidence boost. I didn’t visit mecca (PUG Boutique located in Burbank) because we were short on time due to my husband’s work, but there’s always next time! Read about our time at Universal Hollywood on HHN Unofficial here.

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Items featured:

Kendra Cropped Capri Trousers in Vibrant Hawaiian Flower Print by Lindy Bop

Off Shoulder Ruffle Blouse in Pink by BLDO from Amazon

Thea Vintage Flower Tea Dress by Lindy Bop