Bright and Beautiful Summer Days

Lately, I’ve been re-evaluating my wardrobe and collecting pieces that have more wearability in the hot, humid weather of central Florida. Though I cherish all of my novelty pieces, I wanted something a little more casual.

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I’ve found that Collectif has some of the prints I find a little less garish when I’m attempting to be a little more muted and casual. The Paint Pot print is one of those prints and I snagged the Dolores dress in this print on Ebay for a steal.

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The dress is very comfortable. I wore my Rago shapewear underneath to smooth out my lines, but I chose to forgo my corset this time as the weather would have made wearing it unbearable.

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I paired the dress with my Chase & Chloe Kimmy pumps, which matched the yellow perfectly. I love these pumps and I have several of this brand’s pinup styles because they are easy to walk in and they can take a beating.

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I’ve found in these past few months that my style is changing again. Although I only started this vintage journey a year ago, I am constantly evolving and that’s ok. It only means I am continuing to learn more about myself as time goes on.


Items Featured:

Dolores Dress in Paint Pot in Yellow by Collectif Clothing

Kimmy Round Toe Heel in Lemon By Chase & Chloe from Amazon

Seamed Stockings in Latte/Champagne by What Katie Did

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A special thanks to the photographer for the wonderful photos:

Heart Shaped Dreams Photography

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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

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

She Wore Blue Spandex

In terms of vintage style, I try to not be too busty. But when you get into the vintage world, you get mixed up in the pinup/rockabilly style as well. So it never hurts to try something a little different. That’s why I purchased this light blue cross top from Doll Me Up.

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At the time of purchase, my bust measurement was way off. I was going by my previous bra sizing and not actually measuring myself, so I purchased a size 2X when an XL or 1X would have been a better size.

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The top slips on, no zipper, so the silhouette is very nice. The spandex blend used gives the top a lot of stretch which is why this size was too big on me. I’m able to sew so I might do some alterations of my own in order to keep this top.

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Though the top is rather busty, I was able to wear a strapless bra to keep myself up and confidently covered. If I had gotten my correct size, the built-in bra may have been enough to keep the girls in check but alas, I wouldn’t know.

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For my first purchase from the site, I had an extremely pleasant experience. I would have exchanged the top but in my personal opinion, its better to not spend money to send something back when you can adjust it yourself. The shop is absolutely wonderful and has amazing deals on a lot of vintage/pinup/rockabilly styles.


Items featured:

Handmade skirt by me with fabric from Joann Fabrics

Vixen Vondetta Top in Light Blue from Doll Me Up

Not Today Satan lapel pin from Vixen by Micheline Pitt

Birthday, Pride, Dapper Day. Oh my!

Hurricane Matthew blew through Orlando early October right around when Orlando Pride was supposed to take place so it was moved to the weekend of my birthday. Also that weekend, Dapper Day. For the first time, the event was to take place in Epcot, where my husband and I used to work.

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It was also my first time attending. I was always nervous about going because the caliber of fashion I had seen from previous Dapper Days in both Orlando and Anaheim. I never thought I would even match something as authentic or beautiful as the women I had seen.

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I took a vacation day from work to spend my actual birthday, November 11, with my husband. We went to dinner at Better Than Sex, a romantic dessert restaurant with chocolate cocktails and mood lighting. My mom had gotten me this Addicted Coffin Bat Handbag offered by Dysfunctional Doll. It is now my favorite purse.

20161111_182442My dress was another Amazon purchase. A purple wiggle dress from a company named Newdow. The dress is actually made well, I bought a Vassarette lace slip to wear under it and it fit like a dream and hugged all my curves. My shoes, Dolce by Mojo Moxy, also came from Amazon. I found the 4″ heel to be far too high but I don’t wear heels often.

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Pride being on the same day as Dapper Day gave me the idea to wear a Lindy Bop dress I had seen in the new arrival section. A space unicorn pattern with rainbows! I needed it but my size was sold out on the U.S. and the U.K. site was very pricey. I found Didi’s Boutique through a search online and ordered the Audrina Space Unicorn dress immediately. With international shipping, the dress cost me under $50.

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Customs held the dress for a little over a week and the dress was set to arrive on the day I needed it! Marie, the shop owner, was remarkably helpful and checked up on me the whole time. Thankfully, it all worked out and I wore my Lindy Bop bright pink petticoat under the dress to really make the rainbows pop. Marie even threw in a pair of unicorn shoe clips from Atomic Mollie that I used as a makeshift brooch.

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The dress did double duty at Pride. The parade folks pointed me out, I collected compliments all around the park, and I even enjoyed a wonderful conversation with a young girl in love with my dress and considering taking on the vintage look with a little Lolita flair. I told her “go for it, you might be nervous at first but in the end, be yourself”.

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Items featured:

Audrina Space Unicorn dress by Lindy Bop

Pink Petticoat by Lindy Bop

Vintage V-neck Capsleeve Pencil dress in Purple by Newdow

Tracy D’orsay Pump in Cobalt Floral by Dolce by Mojo Moxy

Coffin Bat Handbag by Addicted from Dysfunctional Doll

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)