The Battle is On ~ Rago 6210 vs 6201

One of the closest topics to my heart surprisingly is shapewear…who would of thought? I have so much appreciation and admiration for what an undergarment can do to truly create as an essential foundation to vintage styling. Without a doubt my all time favorite brand is Rago Shapewear! In my humble opinion, they cannot be beat. With several styles of their collection now under my belt, I really wanted to test out their 6210 Extra Firm High Waist Panty Shaper from Orchard Corset. This is the big sister to the Rago 6201, currently one of my favorite styles to date and it was time to see how the two fared in comparison.

Available in sizes 28-48 in Black/White ~ MSRP $65USD

6210dAs a seasoned veteran with Rago sizing, I know it’s essential to follow their recommendation to not to size down when your waist to hip ratio exceeds 10″. Currently my waist is 26-27″ and my hips are 38″. Considering the 6210 Panty Shaper starts at a size 28, this was the size that would be best suited for me since there is oodles of stretch in the fabric. When I first tried the shaper on, I immediately felt the difference in firming action…there was no doubt about this being classified as “extra firm”. Once I got past that, I quickly came to realize the rise was much longer than the 6201 and no amount of pulling it up to my underbust was going to make the crotch area sit ideally where it should be. For a short torso gal like me, the 6210 Panty Shaper was sadly a bit too long. That being said, I can still wear this comfortably and make it work quite well as you can see in the photos. The 6210 Panty Shaper has several magical features; a side zipper to help safely shimmy into it without breaking a nail, a rigid nylon satin front/sides to hold and firm both your stomach & thighs, a satin elastic back panel for a perfectly smooth tush, and four removable concealed garter tabs to pair with your favorite stockings.

6210bWhen it comes to smoothing out all of your lumps and bump…the Rago 6210 Panty Shaper truly does wonders. If you are looking for a shaper that will give you some serious compression without sacrificing comfort and esthetics, this is it. Since there is much for firming action from the Powernet Spandex stretch knit, I did find the legs to cause a very slight indentation to my lower thighs at the band but nothing visible from under my dress. Even with the slight fit challenge of the longer torso, I would say without a doubt that this shaper works wonders for me and I am very pleased with the flawless hourglass silhouette it creates under my wiggle dresses.

6210Here’s a quick side by side point comparison of the 6210 and 6201 to help you choose which would suit you best…

Rago6210vs6201It’s a struggle to say one is better than the other simply because they are designed for two very different needs in mind. The Rago 6210 is for uncompromising shaping with it’s extreme firming power to mold and contour the body. Meanwhile the Rago 6201 reshapes your waist, hips and thighs but with a more subtleness using the contour bands to evenly redistribute the body. In my sincere opinion, I would choose the 6210 for datenights or photoshoots where I am seeking more compression and greater definition. Meanwhile I would definitely favor the 6201 for everyday all day wear at work as it is less restrictive for ease in movement.

6210cAfter having tried almost every key category in the Rago line up, I am most pleased with their high waist panty shapers since I wear my undergarments for more than just special occasions. The fact of not having to worry about thigh chaffing in comparison to an open bottom girdle from all day wear even in the hotter months makes them ideal for comfort and versatility.

 

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Atomic ~ The Age of Radiance

The greatest facet about Spring now upon us, is all the delightful new designs that are being released by our favorite clothing brands. Some of them spoil us with sneak peeks months in advance but others keep us on the edge of our computers waiting for the new pretties to pop up for sale online. When Voodoo Vixen began releasing their latest collection, I was anxiously stalking their website to see each new addition and instantly fell for the Atomic blue harlequin Nikki Dress and matching Megan Cardigan.

Available in sizes S-XL ~ MSRP Nikki £49.99/Megan £31.99

IMG_5008 IMG_4979Since I am still fairly new to the Voodoo Vixen brand, I was really unsure on sizing since my measurements (bust 36” waist 27”) fall in between their size Small and Medium. The last dress I ordered in a size Medium was much too big in the waist since it’s designed for up to a 29”. Not wanting to invest in more alterations, I took a risk in sizing down to the Small since the bust has some pleating. The gamble truly paid off as the Nikki Dress fits like a glove and there is more than enough space to accommodate a 36” bust despite the size chart saying up to 34”. I also nabbed the Megan Cardigan in the same size as I prefer my sweaters to be quite fitted and have very narrow shoulders. Both pieces have the most beautiful Atomic print motif in combination with the rich blue harlequin print. The Nikki features a full skirt with gathered scooped bust detail with wide waist panel for a very elegant fitted bodice and 1 inch wide straps which allows you to wear any type of bra (bonus!). At 5′-4″ tall, the skirt falls just below the knees. The Megan has lovely embroidered atomic starburst on the shoulders with matching harlequin print and solid black long sleeves.

IMG_4995 IMG_4993Voodoo Vixen really wowed me with the Nikki Dress; the quality and fit are far superior in comparison to my previous purchases. Made from beautiful soft stretch cotton, which is super comfortable and wearable for every day. It’s quite rare that I wear blues but the print and motifs are so rich and truly make the design a complete package. Although I am huge fan of circle dresses normally, I truly love the full skirt on the Nikki as it makes for a great basic dress for any occasion and…it has POCKETS!!! The Megan Cardigan will be a wonderful winter staple as well; the knit is incredibly soft and comfy.

IMG_5001 IMG_4985The options for accessorizing basic dresses and cardigans like these are endless. If I wanted to tone down the print for work, I would pair the Nikki with a solid black cropped cardigan, add a cute coordinating brooch and my Remix black Vogue wedges. Since it is not a full circle skirt, I personally would choose to not wear any type of petticoat. In the colder months, I will pair the Megan Cardigan with either black slacks for work or my favorite skinny jeans for a casual look.

IMG_5004 IMG_4983Not only does Spring bring new life after a long dreary winter, but the promise of fresh creativity in the world of fashion. I am elated to see the progress companies like Voodoo Vixen make, bringing enhanced quality and designs for their customers. The Nikki Dress has become a personal favorite from the moment I tried it on and not surprisingly, received endless compliments the first time I wore my new fabulous outfit to work.

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When the Flower Blooms

One of the best things about the pinup community is that no matter how large it grows, it doesn’t lose that small quaintness of knowing all the household names. For as long as I can remember being on social media, I always saw endless pinups wearing NicCoco Creations at all of the major events and in their photoshoots. How did one small independent artist become a household name among the pinup elite? I’m not sure exactly when it happened but one faithful day, NicCoco Creations went from a brand that I admired from afar to a lovely new relationship with the creator Nicolle. For several months we discussed different ideas for a collaboration and it was a no brainer that the Viva Rockabilly Weekend was the perfect setting to showcase her creative talent.

For the moment I saw the Idda’s Tropical Storm, I knew I had to have it! Being a sucker for tropical flowers and real-look silk flowers, it was an ideal pairing. Since I didn’t have any outfits in that particular colour combination, Nicolle custom made my very own Idda in orange and green hues to coordinate with my vintage sarong dress. When she sent me photos of the piece in progress, we decided to add a little more orange to the cluster and it turned out so beautifully.

NicCoco NicCoco1 NicCoco2The next piece was a complete custom design that would take center stage with my key outfit for the car show. Nicolle suggested the rich red hibiscus flowers and I wanted to incorporate my love of starfish which pulled from the adorable sea life print in the playsuit. As the design was coming to life, we decide to add a few seashells which tied it all together marvelously. Needless to say, it was a HUGE hit with everyone as I received so many compliments that day. The icing on the cake was when I finally met Nicolle at the car show, she is just as lovely and wonderful in person. She is a TOTAL sweetheart!

NicCoco8 NicCoco7 NicCoco6For the last hair flower, I left all creative freedom to the artist and simply showed the outfit that it was to coordinate with. The dress is a vintage Alfred Shaheen Sarong, in a rich green with bold tropical flowers at the hem. Nicolle seriously hit it out of the park with her artistic flair on this one, it was love at first sight. Orchids are one of my favorite flowers and the vibrant green hues are just splendid. I have a feeling I will be wearing this one any chance I get this summer since it’s such a lovely tropical staple.

NicCoco5 NicCoco4 NicCoco3Not only does NicCoco Creations have incredible artistic talent, but they set a high standard for quality craftsmanship. Each piece is hand sewn onto durable hair comb, which stays securely in place unlike more commonly used alligator clips. For the first time I wasn’t constantly fussing with placement and slipping throughout the day. These babies stayed put! There is by all means a plethora of handmade hair flowers on the market these days but I can say from experience that very few are as wonderfully made as these and at such affordable prices. It’s no wonder she’s made herself a household name among the pinups that we all know and admire.

 

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Pinup Basics On A Budget by Miss Amy May

Hello lovelies, I’m Miss Amy May, blogger, clothes-addict and lover of cake! For those of you who know me from Instagram (on which I spend way too much of my time) or from my own blog, you’ll know I like to share any tips or tricks I have for ladies who are new to the style. For the rest of you, you should know I own way too many lipsticks, far more headscarves than I use, and approximately a gatrillion dresses. That being said I thought it would be nice for me to do a post on the pinup basics you will need as a lady who is newly looking to embrace her pinup style, with the added bonus that everything found on this list comes in at prices friendly to those lovelies on a budget.

bustier1Beauty

Long lasting lipsticks: A saucy red lip is an essential part of a polished pinup look. Personally I can’t risk a ruby pout that’s going to slip and slide all over my face, so I like my lip colour to be long-lasting. Thankfully there’s plenty of great red lipsticks that not only stay put but don’t hurt your bank balance. Here are some of my favourite budget long-lasting lip products.

pinupbasicslip1 pinupbasicslip2 pinupbasicslip3 pinupbasicslip4False lashes & Glue: For those who like a super heavy winged liner, false lashes can really round out the look. False lashes are one of those things that can be bought for $5 a pair in-store…or $3 for 10 pairs online. I tend to prefer the latter. Searching eBay for ‘false lashes’ and narrowing the price results to your budget will provide you with hundreds of results. Clear band lashes are less intimidating for beginners as they’re more flexible and the band is, you guessed it, less noticeable. A great thing about buying pairs in bulk is that you can cut the bands in half to create your own pair of corner lashes without feeling like you’ve ruined a $5 pair of lashes. Getting decent lash glue is something that helps to ensure your lashes aren’t going to ping off halfway through the day, so Revlon (under $10) and Duo (under $5) lash adhesives are both great glues which won’t bust your wallet open.

Eyeliners: Key to a pinup look is a killer cat’s eye winged liner. The kind of eye liner product you like is a very personal thing, but newbies to a winged flick shouldn’t feel intimidated into dropping heavy bucks on hyped up liner to get a decent cat’s eye. With winged liner the result is much more reliant upon practice and developed skill than it is a magic product, so it’s more important that you swap your kohl pencil for a liquid liner or a gel liner and get practicing. The Liquid Liner from E.L.F $2, Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner $9.99, Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner $5.49, Maybelline Stiletto Liquid Liner $7.25 and  L’Oreál Paris Infallible Gel Liner $9.95 are all well-reviewed liners under 10bucks. Ladies who struggle getting their flicks on point can find a plethora of video tutorials and pictorials online to help them develop their knack.

Beauty Spots: A mole is certainly not a requirement of a full pinup face, but some ladies like to add one to their look anyway and there are ladies, like me, who have a beauty spot already that they like to fill in once foundation has left it awkwardly half covered. For a beauty spot that won’t smudge off with an errant swipe as may happen with kohl pencil, use a felt brow pen to colour your mark for long-lasting wear. Barry M Brow Pen in Dark Brown $4.99 and Makeup Revolution Brow Dual Ultra Arch & Shape in Dark £3.50 both give a smudge-resistant result that looks more natural than a dab of black liquid eyeliner.

pincurls9Hair 

If you want to pincurl your hair or step up your fabulousness with retro hair styles you’ll need several things.

Clips & Grips: A ton of bobby pins almost goes without saying, but you’ll also want sectioning clips for sectioning and setting your hair as well as pincurling clips, both of which you can get very cheaply online, most notably on eBay. Otherwise these things can be found at your local hair & beauty supply store.

Combs and brushes: You’ll need a teasing brush for backcombing, bonus points if it has a rat’s tail end as this is super useful for sectioning and parting your hair. If you want to get the best out of the effort you put into setting your hair, you’ll also need a smoothing brush. My favourite is the Denman smoothing brush. Both of these can be find, you guessed it, cheaply online on eBay and Amazon, or else at your local hair supply store.

Setting Lotion: Finding the right setting lotion for your hair can add up if you try a bunch of different brands, but I personally have had great success with the Motions At Home Foaming Wrap Lotion, which not only gives my hair great hold and keeps it soft, but also goes gently on your wallet at under $10 online or under $4 from Sally’s.

Headscarves: These are as much a god send for covering up your still-damp pincurls and a bad hair day as they are for finishing up a perfect style with a pretty bow. You can buy classic paisley style bandannas online super cheaply on eBay, but if you want that vintage nylon coloured scarf look without dropping the big bucks for modern repro scarves, you’ll be thrilled to learn that large kids’ juggling scarves work as a thrifty replacement. I bought a pack of 10 colours on eBay for £10 delivered and no one has ever known these weren’t retro headscarves until I excitedly told them the real truth in a braggy-bargain reveal. Search for ‘juggling scarves’ and choose a scarf or a pack of such which measure 70cmx70cm so they’re large enough.

Hair spray: UK readers will be thrilled to learn that Tesco Maximum Hold hairspray not only does an amazing job but only costs an incredible 80p! For international readers, Samy’s Fat Hair 0 Calories Amplifying Hair Spray will keep your quiff in place in a serious way for $12.99.

Hair Flowers: Hair flowers are a key part of many pinups’ look, but getting pieces in multiple colours can really add up for someone who’s on a strict budget. If you don’t have the money to spare for several different pieces, buy yourself a cheap glue gun from a local craft store, some crocodile hair clips and some felt, then pick out your favourite artificial flowers from the craft store or on eBay to make your own handmade pieces. Apart from saving money, it means you can make the pieces in the exact colour combinations you want.

Clothing

Overhauling your closet to go full-on pinup can be an expensive endeavor, so remember to keep an eye out for separates from the mall/high street that can be made to look retro with the right styling. Crop tops, cropped pants, pencil skirts, cropped cardigans, A-line skirts and twinsets can all be styled easily to form a vintage inspired outfit. The next time you’re in Forever 21 or shopping online remember to picture all the clothing you’re seeing paired with a red lip and a killer pincurl set to see if it gives you that vintage feel.

There are also reasonably priced retro brands out there such as Hell Bunny and Lindybop which are kinder to your wallet. If you’re in love with some of the more expensive brands, such as Pinup Girl Clothing, Unique Vintage and Queen of Hearts, signing up for their email newsletters through their websites and following them on Instagram will often mean you’re the first to know when there’s a discount code available or a sale beginning. Setting up alerts on eBay for new listings under your favourite search terms of the brands you love most means you can also get lucky getting a gently used or brand new repro piece for less cash. Just search for the term you want to be notified of, such as ‘Bernie Dexter dress,’ narrow the search criteria down to whatever you want by size, type or colour if you want to get specific, and click ‘Follow This Search’ button listed shortly below the search bar. You can choose for new listings to be emailed to you daily or for the search to merely be listed in your saved searches so that you can check it manually when you log in online or on the app.

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In a £3 top from high street chain Primark, an eBay belt and eBay bangles

Jewelry

Finding bling for that perfect 50s screen siren look needn’t be an old hollywood headache. Even searching ‘Crystal fashion necklace’ on eBay will give you a wealth (ba dum cha!) of options for some gorgeous neck candy that won’t break the bank. Likewise if you want to get an arm full of bangles without paying the mall price of $8 a bracelet, heading to your nearest thrift store, vintage shop or charity shop will often give you lots of bangles to choose from at a snippet of a price.

pinuppersuasionnecklaceThere are many different facets of a pinup look that you can pick and choose from to suit you, but it’s important to remember that this style isn’t exclusive to anyone, and not least only to those with more generous budgets. If you love any aspect of the styles from eras gone by then there are ways to incorporate them into your modern life and ways to do so without overspending. I hope that whether you’re strapped for cash or happy to spend you’ve found some great tips here that you want to try.

Thank you Jessica for having me on your wonderful blog <3

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