Add a Little Love to Your Style

How many little black dresses should a woman have in her closet…is one really enough? As a self proclaimed dress hoarder, I am a fond believer in the more the merrier! But oddly enough, I currently don’t own a staple LBD since I always gravitate to jewel tones and/or bold prints. It’s about time that I break out of old habits and diversify my wardrobe to include more options like the infamous LBD without sacrificing my desire for sense of uniqueness. Stop Staring has created a fabulous twist on the typical LBD with the Love Dress in black; with a stunning keyhole back and back bow, sure to bring out the sexy bombshell in all of us.

Available in sizes XS-3X in a variety of colours & prints ~ MSRP $158

IMG_3691 IMG_3698It has been quite some time since I have acquired a new Stop Staring dress, none since my recent weight loss so I had to consult their size charts in order to see if I could now fit in a smaller size. Previously, I always wore a size Large and had to invest in alterations every time. Today, I find myself in their size Medium range with my current measurements of 36-27-39. When the Love Dress arrived, I was ecstatic that it fit like a glove and actually didn’t require ANY alterations. The millennium fabric is super stretchy, it hugs your curves like second skin and incredibly comfortable. As mentioned earlier, the Love Dress features a sexy keyhole back and lower back bow, a sweetheart pleated neckline, cap sleeves and side rushing at the waist which is fabulous to flatter tummy trouble areas. At 5′-4″ tall, the skirt falls a few inches below the knees.

IMG_3722The Love Dress has created a fabulous twist on the classic LBD, one that is bound to turn heads every time. I am absolutely smitten with the keyhole design, as it allows me to show up my back tattoo without sacrificing comfort of my favorite undergarments. There’s no need to worry about finding a strapless bra, the cap sleeves and strategic placement of the keyhole allows you to wear a regular bra. No wiggle dress is complete without my Rago 1294 Girdle! On the other hand, the uber flattering side rushing in combination with the dark colour and thickness of the bengaline does lend well to allow you to forgo any shapewear if you prefer. The Love Dress is a serious knock out; I felt my confidence at an all time high and I can’t wait to wear it for a date night with the hubby.

IMG_3748With the sexy details in the design, accessorizing the Love Dress should be kept simple. I paired it with my cherry red Madden Girl pumps, Lux De Ville Lady Lux Bow purse and Vintage Box 1947 red rose hair flower. My second option was to pair the Love Dress with my leopard heels, both looked fabulous. Believe it or not, normally I steer clear of anything with bows…but this time I couldn’t help but make an exception.

IMG_3732 IMG_3733The Love Dress has won a firm place in the heart of a gal who always chooses colour and bold prints over the traditional LBD. Stop Staring’s attention to detail has made this beauty into a true wardrobe staple and also available in a variety of colours for those who already own too many little black dresses.

 

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Meow Giveaway Sponsored by Vintage Pip

Ladies & gents…are you ready for another fabulous Giveaway? The incredible Vintage Pip has graciously sponsored two amazing prizes for the readers of Pin Up Persuasion. If you are unfamiliar with Vintage Pip, they are a super cool online Australian boutique that carries some of the quirkiest and fun accessories that you will ever find! I would be completely shocked if you don’t fall in love with the Erstwilder brooches, they are truly the cutest things ever!

These prizes are fricken’ amazing…check them out!

First Prize

Retail value $104

Anouk’s Lost Letter (Red) Earrings

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Miss Kitty Divine scarf

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Miss Kitty Divine Bag

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2nd Prize

Retail value $34

Miss Kitty Divine scarf

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The Giveaway starts Monday, Aug. 24 & closes @ 12am on Sept. 8.

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

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

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An Ode to Vintage Barbie

Summer has been a bit of a disappointment this year with very few hot sunny days suitable to hit the beach where I live. As it’s quickly winding down, I am getting more and more excited for our upcoming trip to Jamaica next month. Our plans include lounging by the pool and beach, in you guessed it…swimwear! My suitcase is going to be loaded with all my vintage and vintage reproduction suits which will definitely include the Fables by Barrie Vintage Barbie inspired bikini. The Caitlin Swim Bra and Amelia Bikini Bottoms are a fabulous duo when paired together, both pieces I picked up during their yearly end of season sale (currently on now).

Available in sizes XS-2X ~ MSRP $68-70USD

IMG_2491The versatility of Fables mix and match pieces bode well for those of us who have uneven proportions from top and bottom. Originally when I ordered the Caitlin and Amelia, I thought a size Large was the best way to go since I was in between sizes and my hips at the time (42”) actually exceeded that size. Let’s just say, I made a very bad decision with size selection as they were much too large all over and had to exchange them both for a size Medium. Thankfully Barrie was very kind to allow me to exchange them for the proper size with no hassle. When the replacement size arrived, I saw that the Caitlin Swim Bra was not holding in my bust very well and had some severe spillage happening. Since I already knew I had to shorten the band for my narrow underbust, I brought it to my seamstress to see if she could tweak it a little to give me more support since I truly love the set so much. She is one talented lady; she simply inserted two small darts in the cup area which are concealed by the halter straps. Tada! Perfect fit achieved!

IMG_2501The Caitlin Swim Bra features an underwire support, lightly padded, fully lined with adjustable halter straps and two little ribbon bows to add a little cuteness factor. The solid black is perfect to mix with just about any bikini bottoms you already own and of course with several styles in the Fables collection. Since I was adamant in owning a vintage Barbie inspired swimsuit, the Amelia Bikini Bottom in black & white chevron was a no brainer. The Amelia Bikini Bottoms are designed with a high waist, are fully lined and very flattering to your figure. They also can be paired with a variety of bikini tops and available in two other colourways.

IMG_2495When we were in the Bahamas last May for our wedding, I was adamant on finding a black & white wide brimmed straw hat to match my vintage Barbie bikini. Unfortunately, I never found one that was just right but I am still on a mission to get one before our trip to Jamaica. Although a solid black straw hat would pair nicely, I am holding out for the black & white. Simply pair a white tie sarong for a little more coverage while you feel like going for a stroll. Some of you may have spotted that my pinup tattoo of Stephanie Castro is actually wearing a vintage Barbie style bathing suit too!

IMG_2493I absolutely adore Fables by Barrie as a whole; their creator Barrie is such an amazing lady and listens to her customers’ feedback and makes it happen. They not only make incredible swimsuits, but have a full line of sexy Western clothing which includes the infamous Scarlett Bustier that I will review in the near future.

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A Treasure Lost but Never Forgotten

In continuation with our summer vintage reproduction swimsuit series…next up is a household name in the industry, Vintage Suits by Mary! With years of experience in the swimsuit industry, Mary began creating her own line of retro inspired pieces reminiscent of the original designs from the 1940-1950’s. Last month Mary sadly announced that she will be winding down her business due to personal health issues but fortunately, you can still find many of her designs at major retailers like Pinup Girl Clothing and on clearance in the VSBM Etsy Shop.

Available is XS-2X in a variety of colours/prints ~ MSRP $97USD

IMG_2453 IMG_2445Before making my purchase, I contacted Mary directly through her social media to discuss sizing and what she recommended as I was in between a Medium/Large. As we all know, having an ill-fitting swimsuit only leads to major disappointment and self-doubt being completely exposed on the beach. Since the 2pc Swimsuit was sold as a set, Mary recommended that I go with a size Medium and the bottoms would accommodate my hips that were slightly larger at that time (36-29-42). She was spot on as the Medium fit wonderfully and stretched just enough in the hips. Now that I have slimmed down (36-27-39), they still fit perfectly and I don’t have to invest in buying new suits thankfully. The 2pc Swimsuit is fully lined with powernet fabric to smooth your lumps & bumps, features a very delightful high waist faux skirt which is ultra-slimming due to the shirring, a lightly padded halter strap top with hook neck and back closures.

IMG_2454 IMG_2450At the time that I placed my order, VSBM was offering custom orders in a variety of prints and colours in their staple designs. As I was torn between several choices, Mary sent me little swatches of all the available fabrics to choose from so that I could see them in person before investing in her pieces. I knew right away the emerald green was a must and chose a fun summer print with the teal polka dots. When both swimsuits arrived, I was blown away at the incredible quality and construction as they are all handmade pieces. You don’t have to have a perfect body to rock the VSBM 2pc Swimsuit, the high waist faux skirt combined with the powernet lining are great to hide a trouble tummy area (like I have). The padded halter top has the right amount of support to even hold a 34DD/30F bust, there’s no reason for concern that a beach wardrobe malfunction will occur. The 2pc Swimsuit is designed to flatter a curvy figure and accentuate in all the right places.

IMG_2459 IMG_2448I purchased the 2pc Swimsuit for our wedding that took place in the Bahamas, as I knew traditional bikinis were definitely not for this gal. Accessorizing them was simple and fun. I paired them with my Rx retro sunglasses, flips flops and coordinating hair flowers to complete my beach look. If you plan to walk around in your beachwear and seeking a little more modesty, simply tie a lovely sarong wrap around your waist.

IMG_2457 IMG_2447It is with great sadness to see such an incredible business shut its doors. Vintage Suits by Mary will be talked about for years to come as their swimsuits are sure to last just as long with their impeccable craftsmanship of those from the 1940-1950’s. Make sure to grab them while you still can, there are still plenty of styles available on Etsy and at Pinup Girl Clothing. Once they are gone…you will regret that you missed out.

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