Black Friday Tips & Tricks

so-haute-black-fridayLadies it’s time to get down to business…let’s talk Black Friday! Most of you already know that this is the one day of the year where American based retailers have to MOST INSANE sales to kick off the holiday shopping season. The great thing is a lot of retailers outside the US now take part which means even more great savings from many of our favorite online shops and avoiding long lines or dealing with the madness of other shoppers. Now here’s the thing, don’t go crazy with spending…you will really regret it when that credit card bill comes next month. To help prevent overspending or buyer’s remorse, we’ll go over some helpful tips on how to maximize your savings and not break the bank.

wish-list1) Make a wishlist at each online retailer and narrow down your choices in the days leading up to Black Friday. It’s time to practice tough love…do you really need that skirt in every colour? Do you have an event to wear that evening gown? Be practical! Buy the items that you’ve wanted for months but may have not had the funds to pay full price. It’s easy to like all the pretty pinup dresses but do you really love it and see yourself wearing it often? Don’t be afraid to add things to your wishlist and remove them as you narrow down your choices.

budget calculation2) Be mindful of your budget. Make a tally of your wishlists at ALL the online retailers to see how much you’ll be spending pre-sale pricing. Factor in the approximate discount offered by the retailer in previous years and know that it’s likely to be around that same mark. It is SO easy to get carried away with all the great deals and it will leave you regretting your impulse buys when the excitement is over. Most of us have a budget to follow, be sure to maintain that and not go over just because it was “on sale”.

image043) Prioritize. Which items are most important on your wishlist? The majority of online retailers are in different time zones so this will allow you to effectively manage your time. Organize your schedule based on the sale start times for each one. There’s nothing wrong with having your game plan written out in detail, this will help you keep everything on track.

Crossing out Plan A and writing Plan B on a blackboard.4) Have a backup plan. Often websites will crash when the sales commence and might require you to use another web browser or mobile device to not miss out on your coveted items. This means, BE PATIENT! Retailers know when the website crashes and have their IT teams on standby to get them back up and running ASAP! They too don’t want this to happen and usually have a backup plan in the wings just in case. Getting snippy or complaining is not necessary; it just fuels the masses of hysteria.

havefun-15) Have fun! Who doesn’t love saving money and buying gorgeous clothing? Don’t forget to relish in the hunt and share your purchases with me on Facebook! For the first time in years I have decided to forego Black Friday shopping and save my pennies so I will be living vicariously through all of you!

If this is your first Black Friday or a seasoned BF shopper, I hope these tips will enable you to effectively manage your money saving skills on the biggest shopping day of the year! I will be posting as many sales on my Facebook page as possible, please feel free to send them over my way & I’ll repost for all to enjoy. :)

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A Hint of Lavender

Buying your first corset can be a very daunting experience but it certainly does not have to be. Orchard Corset has truly become a leading source for educational videos, impeccable customer service and really makes the whole experience so much fun! Since I began blogging almost 3 years ago now, I have watched them grow leaps and bounds to establish themselves as a household name in corsetry among people from all walks of life. Orchard Corset listens to their customers’ feedback and introduces exciting new products to the corset market that we never thought possible. A perfect example is the fabulous CS-411 Underbust Cotton Corsets!

Available in sizes 16-46 in tan & black cotton ~ MSRP $76

IMG_4084After some trial and error with sizing, I have found that the size 22 in the CS-411 is right for me. It is recommended that you order 5-7 inches below your natural waist measurements and for plus sizes (38″ or more) 7-10 inches to allow for cinching. If you are really unsure, please contact with the team at Orchard Corset and they will help guide you to select the right size. Once my new corset arrived, I switched out the black laces with satin ribbons in lavender before beginning the seasoning process. This was super easy to do after watching the instructional video by Cheri (VIEW HERE). The CS-411 is one of their medium length underbust corsets, ideal for a short to average torso. The primary features include 16 flat & spiral steel bones, a 5″ modesty panel, waist tape reinforcement and made from 100% premium cotton.

IMG_4090In my mind, I thought lacing with the satin ribbons would be easier to close than the nylon laces due to the silkiness of the ribbon but I was wrong. The ribbons seem to provide a slight friction since they are wider than the grommet holes and takes a little more effort to close snugly. I personally love the look of the satin ribbons and find them much less bulky. Make sure to keep the old laces in a safe place as you make want to switch them back at a later time. The CS-411 works wonderfully with my short torso, sadly I can’t wear the CS-426 as its much too long. There is minimal coverage over the hips but I don’t find it cuts in at all thankfully. If you want to avoid the dreaded flesh spillage make sure leave a slight gap at the top and bottom of the corset, enough to place two fingers while cinching close. This was a marvelous trick I learned recently by a corset designer and it works every time.

IMG_4086The cotton fabric makes this corset great for warmer climates and more comfortable when having to layer with other shapewear under your outfits. I have been asked if you can wear just a corset under a dress and the honest answer is no. Why? The busk closure hooks risk to damage your clothing and should be paired with a Spanx like shaper over-top to prevent this from occurring. There may be other options available but this method seems to be the most commonly recommended by fellow corset wearers.

IMG_4082 IMG_4087It has been a great pleasure to witness first hand how much Orchard Corset has grown these past few years, just as I have since I began my blogging journey. I look forward to seeing what the future holds with all of their new corset creations and continue showcasing them for my readers to discover as well. As an extra special treat today, we will be giving away this very corset in a size 22 (brand new) to one lucky reader.

Want to win this corset???

Simply click HERE or visit Pin Up Persuasion on Facebook.

The Giveaway starts Wednesday, Nov. 12 & closes @ 12am on Wednesday, Nov. 26.

The Winner will be announced right here on the blog & on Facebook.


*The winner has 7 days to claim their prize, otherwise it will be forfeited and redrawn from the existing pool of entries*.

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It’s Cha Cha Time!

What seems like many moons ago now, I was introduced to Uptown Atomic when the lovely creator Ginger donated one of her spectacular handmade playsuits for a giveaway. Little did I know, I had some incredibly talented blog readers right under my nose. As I began following her work, I quickly saw that Ginger’s designs were coveted by fellow pinup lovers and is a total sweetheart too. For months I lusted after the 1950s Style Pinup Senorita Dress and I finally managed to scoop it up during a 50% Flash Sale event.

Available in custom sizes ~ MSRP $175

IMG_4190At the time I placed my order, the sizes were predetermined by the bust and waist measurements listed (ie: bust 36″, waist 26″). I placed a special request to adjust the waist from 26″ to 27″ since all Rockabillybettie’s designs were made to order. Now came the hard part, waiting patiently for my dress to fabricated and shipped. Several weeks later…that day finally came and it was more than worth the wait. The rich vibrant colours in the Mexican print fabric just screamed gorgeousness! All the attention to detail, especially the bottom pom-pom trim just made the dress such a statement piece. Once I was done drooling over the design, I was excited to finally try it on to see if I could pull off such a bold colourful look. Needless to say, I am so glad that I ventured outside of my comfort zone as this dress added some much needed spice to my wardrobe. The overall fit was very good, I do need to have the bust area taken in slightly as I prefer dresses to be snug around my bust and ribcage. The hemline is a bit on the longer side but I am only 5′-4″ and I would not want to remove any the magnificence of the pattern whatsoever.

IMG_4194 IMG_4191In my experience, all handmade clothing is definitely not created equal. There are many people who simply learn to sew and there are those who really have a talent for it. I can honestly say with pure confidence, Ginger is the real deal! Her attention to detail and impeccable craftsmanship shows that she has a genuine gift for what she does. The Senorita Dress really stands out from the crowd; my favorite part is the pom-pom trim because it brings a new dimension to what we normally see in vintage reproduction designs.

IMG_4195The best part was accessorizing! I spent a massive amount of time choosing the right colour combination in bakelite bracelets, this was a tough task since there are so many gorgeous colours to work with in the spectacular print. Although I normally shy away from wearing a petticoat, one was essential with the Senorita dress to show off it’s brilliance. I finished it off with a pair of cherry red Madden Girl pumps to tie the ensemble together from head to toe.

IMG_4197The Senorita Dress is a limited edition print and will be re-released in limited run of sizes in the coming weeks. Make sure to keep an eye on Uptown Atomic’s Etsy shop to snag one up before they are gone forever! Stay tuned for more reviews featuring their incredible handmade creations…


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The Changing Seasons

As I left the house early Monday morning for work, I was met with the harsh reality winter is not far away as the temperature was hovering just above the freezing point (34℉/1℃). I have refused to give up on wearing pretty dress just yet and I knew it was time to bring out the big guns with my warmest outerwear to prolong dress season a little while longer. There are very few vintage reproduction clothing brands that manufacture winter outerwear but luckily, Hell Bunny Clothing is one that we can always count on to bring warmth in fashionable designs. When JBR Clothing brought in the latest styles and colours for the 2014/2015 Collection, I was instantly taken with the Angeline in Teal.

Available in sizes XS-3XL in a variety of colours ~ MSRP $179

IMG_4140When it comes to sizing with outerwear, I would recommend you consult with the JBR team to ensure you’ll find the right fit. Since coats are made to wear over layers, you want to ensure to have enough room in the shoulders and to comfortably button/zip without any pulling whatsoever. Based on Rachel’s recommendation, I went with the size Medium for a comfortable fit. When the Angeline arrived, the first thing I noticed was the substantial weight of the coat. This made me quite excited as I knew it was going to be fitting for our cold Canadian winters. The intricate details like the crochet detail with decorative bow, thick faux-fur trim, front & back box pleats, and ornamental oversize buttons are what make the Angeline so unique. It is fully lined in black satin look polyester and the outer shell made from a thick polyester/viscose mix. Even though there is no wool in the fabric, that doesn’t deter from the weight of the composition.

IMG_4122 IMG_4129The Angeline provides the versatility to wear the collar buttoned up for added warmth on the coldest days or folder down when it’s not quite so brisk. With the box pleat design, it’s perfect to wear over your circle skirts or swing dresses including crinoline with zero fuss (as seen in my photos). Since the fabric is 100% synthetic, I would venture to say you will be required to add some layering underneath on the coldest of days. In comparison to the Hell Bunny Sarah Jane Coat (which I also own), I find the Angeline to be warmer due to the ample weight of the design. I also prefer the longer length of the Angeline compared to the Sarah Jane as it prevents your skirts from getting caught in the wind on those blustery occasions.

IMG_4121Since not all of my readers live in cold Canadian climates, I wanted to make note that Hell Bunny offers a variety of designs suitable for fall like temps to fierce winters. JBR Clothing also carries the Millie (lightweight) which perfect for early fall or spring, it does run large and is recommend to size down; the Amazon (lightweight) is a lovely tweed with roomier sleeves & runs generous in sizing; the Coleen (medium weight) is a sure staple piece & runs true to size; the Sarah Jane (medium weight) has quilted lining & runs true to size; the Vivien (medium warmth) with a 1940s feel & is recommended to size up for layering like the Angeline. I find adding one style each year to my collection will provide the versatility needed for the changing seasons.

IMG_4133 IMG_4135It is exciting to have such a stunning selection of outerwear that pairs beautifully with our pinup wardrobes and allows us to wear our fabulous frocks year round. Hell Bunny has embraced the needs of those who live in colder climates and has truly outdone themselves with the versatility and functionality of all of their designs at affordable prices. Make sure to check out JBR Clothing’s selection of coats (SHOP HERE) during their 15% off Halloween sale that ends 11/02. (code HALLOWEEN15)

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