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Introducing the CS-201 Mesh Corset!

I can still remember the moment when I tried a corset for the very first time; it was filled with fear, uncertainty, and thinking “what on earth am I getting myself into?” Being a complete novice and clearly not doing any research, I made all the most common corset mistakes: cinching it so tight I almost passed out, not properly seasoning it and lacing it uneven from top to bottom…just to name a few. These are obvious corset 101 basics but you must take the time to familiarize yourself with them before commencing any type of corset training. Now when I review corsets, it take me weeks and/or sometimes months before you will see them on the blog because I ensure they are properly seasoned and tested to provide the most accurate feedback. Recently, Orchard Corset introduced some of their most popular styles in a brand new unfamiliar fabric in corsets…MESH! The very first was the CS-201 Underbust Waspie Corset.

Available in sizes 18-40 in black, tan, & red/black ~ MSRP $75

IMG_4100When it comes to properly sizing your corset, you should always rely on the experienced staff at Orchard Corset to guide you. Based on my waist measurement (27”), I usually wear a size 22 corset to allow for 4-5” of cinching. In the case of the new mesh styles, there is a lot more elasticity to the fabric and it was suggested that I size down to a 20. When I received the CS-201 and compared it to my other corsets, I thought there was absolutely no way that it was going to fit…it was TINY! Once I got over the initial shock, it was time to give it a try. Low and behold, it fit like a glove and I was able to cinch my waist down to a comfortable 24”. This is a much superior amount of waist reduction in comparison to any of my other corsets to date. The mesh panels are ultra-stretchy and molds to your figure while the metal steel boning goes to work cinching your waist. The CS-201 features 16 flat & spiral steel bones, waist tape reinforcement, 4” back modesty panel, and recommended for all torso types. The waspie is designed as a shorter but practical every day corset, as the total length does not exceed 9.75”.

IMG_4092By far, I still consider myself a beginner with corsets and always learning with each new style that I sample from Orchard Corset. The CS-201 is definitely the most versatile to date, both easily worn under or over your pretty dresses to create an extreme cinched in effect without sacrificing comfort. The mesh is very breathable and lightweight in comparison to the cotton or satin alternatives but still beautifully constructed with the same quality steel boning. The CS-201 was the first corset that I didn’t fuss with any top spillage and only found it slightly so at the bottom. The mesh seems to more evenly distribute the excess flesh unlike the more rigid fabrics.

IMG_4094I chose to change the black lacing to red for a little extra pop of colour and it coordinates flawlessly with the Affinitas Parfait 6501 Leopard Print bra set. These, along with a wide variety of other colours can be purchased from Orchard Corset in varying length. Since I tend to close my corsets quite firmly, I went with the shortest length (4yds) so there wasn’t as much excess lacing when tied. If you are unsure what length to purchase, please make sure to consult directly with Orchard Corset as they can properly guide you according to each style. With my red laces in hand, I felt a slight pang of panic as I didn’t want to mess it up. I quickly remembered Cheri posted a step by step video (VIEW HERE) on how to correctly re-lace your corset…I was saved! It was super easy; don’t worry if you have to adjust them a few times to ensure they are just right before commencing the seasoning of your corset.

IMG_4105 IMG_4095With the quick success of the waspie mesh corset, Orchard Corset has now added the longer CS-411 in all three colourways. If you are a novice or veteran to corset training, I cannot recommend this style enough as it’s much less daunting and restrictive than its counterparts…ideal for daily wear.

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Elegance is Timeless

As a recovering online impulse shopper, I now force myself to really think about each purchase to know if it’s truly meant to be. Sometimes that can mean waiting several months to acquire the object of my affection but then it won’t lead to the dreaded buyer’s remorse and a closet full of unworn clothes. Patience is truly something that can pay off long-term; who doesn’t want to buy pretty things on sale and avoid paying full price? Needless to say, my patience was truly rewarded when I was presented with the opportunity to feature the dress I have coveted for ages, the magnificent Stop Staring Timeless dress in green.

Available in sizes XS to 3X in a variety of colours ~ MSRP $158

IMG_4011Being a longtime Stop Staring customer, I have always found their sizing to be consistent to the brands’ size charts throughout their various collections over the years. Depending on the material of the specific dress (which Stop Staring indicates on their website), you will want to adhere to the size chart accordingly. Based on my current measurements (36-27-39), I fit precisely within the size Medium range. When the Timeless dress arrived, I couldn’t wait to see if it lived up to my expectations after all this time. From the moment I tried it on; I didn’t want to take it off. The fit was perfection and required no alterations at all. The Timeless dress features a delicate keyhole cut-out with sash detail, cap sleeves, with matching belt and a sash off to the left side of the skirt. Made from a tropical stretch fabric, which is not quite as stretchy as their millennium bengaline. At 5’-4” tall, the skirt falls a couple inches below the knees.

IMG_4022The sheer elegance and unique design in such a stunning shade of green is a winning combination all around. The Timeless dress captures the soft femininity of the era while accentuating the female form in a classic manner; this is not your typical wiggle silhouette. I chose to pair it with my staple Rago 1294 girdle to ensure to create a sleek line as intended by the design. If green isn’t your favorite colour, the Timeless dress is also available in red, plum, baby pink, blue & more. There is no doubt that this classic beauty has won the hearts of several celebrities as well…now you can steel their look at an affordable price!

IMG_4016The Timeless dress is ideal for any occasion or in my case, perfect work attire for the office. Accessorizing all depends on the setting or the look you wish to achieve. With the lovely sash details, I would opt to keep things simple with a bracelet and round toe pumps or strappy kitten heels. To create a genuinely glamorous look, add a bold chunky layered necklace, long satin gloves and sky high heels to knock their socks off.

IMG_4014After waiting for soooooooo long, it is truly a rewarding feeling when the object of your affection turns out to be even better than you had imagined. The Timeless dress instantly became a personal favorite in my collection and I will be the first to say…DON’T WAIT!!!

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The Winner of the Pinup Tank of Your Choice from Le Bomb Shop!

 

PhotoGrid_1410825095273Another exciting giveaway has come to a close, thank you to everyone that took the time to enter! If it weren’t for all of you, we wouldn’t have such amazing prizes to be won. Let’s all take a moment to thank Le Bomb Shop for sponsoring our latest contest and showing their love for the readers of Pin Up Persuasion.

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Now the moment everyone has been anxiously awaiting, the winner is….

CHELLE BUSCH!

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*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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Add an Extra Dash of SparkleLux to Your Look

Well it’s good to be back after a much needed tropical vacation with the hubby! Time to get back into what I love the most, sharing more fabulous product reviews with my readers. Today we are showcasing the one of kind confetti jewelry by SparkleLux, all handmade in sunny Palm Springs California by Miss Tayva. By now you have probably seen her gorgeous pieces modeled by many renowned pinups like Micheline Pitt, Doris Mayday, Lisa Love, Sabina Kelley & many more!

SparkleLux jewelry is definitely one of the leaders in quality vintage reproduction confetti jewelry. Their pieces are still very affordable and should not be confused with cheap imitations. The old saying rings true, you get what you pay for when it comes to buying quality goods. When I placed my first custom order, I browsed the plethora of images on SparkleLux’s Facebook page to find which styles suited me best and staple colours to coordinate with my wardrobe. It was hard to narrow down my choices as there are so many gorgeous designs available. My final selections were:

  • Corrugated Earrings in Endless Sleep

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  • Lilli Tear Drop Earrings in White

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  • Atomic Tear Drop Earrings in Red & Gold 

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  • Round Earrings in One Mint Julep

IMG_3486 IMG_3484 IMG_3492Now that you are saying to yourself…”I need SparkleLux earrings!”…here’s your chance to win a pair for free! Miss Tayva was super kind to send these gorgeous STARLITER Round Earrings in Hi-Fi Baby for one lucky Pin Up Persuasion reader to win. Make sure to check out SparkleLux’s Etsy store for stunning ready made pieces that you can order today!

il_570xN.626978497_ms0mHow do you enter?

Simply click HERE or visit Pin Up Persuasion on Facebook.

The Giveaway starts Thursday, Oct. 9 & closes @ 12am on Friday, Oct. 24.

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

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*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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