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The Bitter Waters Sweetened

Several months ago, we photographed my collection of vintage inspired swimsuits in hopes to start a mini series showcasing my favorite brands. With summer now in full swing, I better get moving otherwise you will be planning for fall/winter before we know it. A little over years ago, I discovered the delightful Sugar Doll Swim on Etsy and have been a loyal fan ever since. I decided to place an order in time for our first Viva since I had no retro inspired swimwear to wear to the Pool Party. With their incredible mix and match styles, I couldn’t resist getting the Strawberry Dream & Dixie Country Gingham Bikini Top and Paula Classic High Waist Bikini Bottom.

Available in sizes S-XL in a variety of colours & prints ~ MSRP $52-$78

IMG_2468 IMG_2479When I originally purchased my swimsuits from Sugar Doll Swim, my measurements were 36-29-42. Having the option to purchase different sizes in the tops and bottoms is always a blessing when you have a curvy figure and uneven proportions. Based on their size chart, I ordered the bikini tops in a Medium and high waist bikini bottom in a Large. Since Shay was making all her swimsuits to order at that time, it took a few weeks for my pieces to be ready but she kept in touch throughout the process. Needless to say, I was so pleased when they arrived as I had been drooling over them for many months before taking the plunge. As soon as I tried on the Paula bottoms, I was over the moon excited since they fit so wonderfully and had such magical powers to slim my curvy bottom. For the first time in my life I felt confident in a bikini bottom, they actually concealed my trouble tummy area and accentuated my shape. When I tried the bikini tops, they fit well but realized I needed some padding to create a rounder shape. Shay was kind enough to send me the inserts and I had my seamstress sew them in place as we were on a time crunch with Viva quickly approaching. Once the cups were added, the bikini tops were now very becoming just like the bottoms.

IMG_2474 IMG_2486What I love most about Sugar Doll Swim is the fact their designs are so versatile with the possibility to mix and match, which allows your dollar to stretch much further. I was able to create two different looks without having to buy two sets of tops and bottoms. As you can see, I chose to also order the Ruby High Waist Bikini Bottoms the following year when we were planning our wedding in the Bahamas. To date, the Sugar Doll Swim High Waist Bikini Bottoms are my ALL TIME FAVORITES among the various vintage reproduction brands I’ve tried. Their slimming powers are something quite magical, I cannot recommend them enough to all of you. Although my current measurements (36-27-39) now place me in a size Medium bottom, the Larges still fit quite well as seen in the photos. The quality and craftsmanship is impeccable, you can swim in the ocean or lounge by the pool with confidence that your suit will hold up.

IMG_2470 IMG_2482The most enjoyable part is the endless combinations to accessorizing your swimsuits. Add a long wrap sarong with your favorite wedges, finished off with a tropical hair flower. I personally love the look of multi-coloured bakelite bracelets for a day of lounging by the pool is on the agenda.

IMG_2469 IMG_2481It’s been two years since I purchased these incredible swimsuits from Sugar Doll Swim and they still look brand new after many wears. The longevity of their designs is what has propelled this one woman company into the mainstream now being carried by PUG and many other well known boutiques. Every year, Sugar Doll Swim creates incredible new designs that still coordinate with previous collections. I have been lusting over the new Blossom White Floral Retro Bikini Top which will go perfectly with my Ruby High Waist Bottoms of course.


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Add a Little Calaverita Luv to your Look

Recently Pin Up Persuasion was on the look out for fabulous independent businesses who specialize in handmade pin up inspired accessories. The response was quite overwhelming and it was quite a challenge to only select a few to feature here for all of you. When Yvette from Calaverita Luv contacted us, I knew instantly that her affordable handmade confetti lucite jewelry would be a perfect fit for the PP readers. Maybe I was living under a rock for some time, but I surprisingly just discovered these eye catching confetti earrings at Viva in April and it has quickly turned into a new obsession. Yvette was kind enough to send a few samples of her artwork to showcase here for all of you.

First up, the medium rectangular silver confetti earrings that are a wonderful compliment to several pieces in my wardrobe. Shown here paired with my cherished Stop Staring Winter Floral Water Color Dress. These silver earrings are a fabulous staple to any pinup collection as the fine glitter is subtle and adds just the right amount of sparkle to your look.

IMG_3353 IMG_3350 IMG_3356Next up are the medium teardrop orange confetti earrings that are a personal favorite since orange is my all time beloved colour of choice. Instantly I knew these would pair wonderfully with this vintage one shoulder dress along with many others in my collection. They are ideal in size as I find the larger styles to be less versatile for every day wear.

IMG_3414 IMG_3399 IMG_3415Last but not least, the x-small round blue confetti earrings that actually convinced me to hold onto the PUG Amelia dress after all (as I had it listed for sale). These little earrings are fabulous to wear to work or just add a little pop to your look when you can’t get all dolled up.

IMG_3364 IMG_3365 IMG_3370Yes, there are a lot of handmade confetti jewelry hitting the mainstream but several are not as affordable as Calaverita Luv. If you are looking for budget friendly pieces, these are a fabulous bang for your buck. Yvette was kind enough to share how she started her small business:

“I’m a mommy to 3 kids, my daughter & 2 step sons. Married to my best friend, father to my children. Love the life we have built together.
I have always loved the arts. I started painting clay figurines & on canvas for my own personal enjoyment. I was encouraged by my husband, family members & friends to show my work to others. I was a little hesitant, at first due to fear of people not liking my work.  I put a lot of heart into every piece of art I do. To my surprise I was greeted with positive response from those that viewed my art. This gave me the added confidence I needed to explore other avenues to express my art. Which now include jewelry making.
I love vintage jewelry but can not always afford to buy every piece I encounter. So I decided to teach myself how to make pieces I would wear. With that I began this venture & have been able to see my collection grow. Also share with other beautiful ladies & have it be at a reasonable price.  Which is why I have a large selection to choose from.”
Make sure to check out Calaverita Luv on Facebook and Instagram @calaverita_luv to see all her latest creations and get your hands on your very own confetti jewelry at very affordable prices.
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Venture On the Wild Side

Occasionally we find ourselves venturing outside our comfort zone as the object of desire seems too beautiful to resist. I am a true creature of habit therefore I am very predictable when it comes to knowing what I like and accepting what is better suited for others. When Collectif released their Spring/Summer 2014 previews, I saw lots of fabulous new designs and didn’t give a second glance at the ones that were simply “not me”. Fast forward several months to the release, I find myself swooning over the Kiki Jungle Cropped Top and Alana Jungle Sarong Skirt…was I crazy for even considering showing my stomach and wearing animal print, two things I steer clear from???

Available in sizes UK6-22 ~ MSRP Top £27.50/Skirt £39.50

IMG_3529When it comes to sizing, Collectif is fairly consistent with their size charts and they will add notes if the item is known to run a bit differently. Based on my measurements (36-27-39), I ordered a 10UK (Small) in both the top and skirt. When the Jungle set arrived, I could not believe how incredibly beautiful and vibrant the print was. Although I am not a fan of animal print, the tropical flowers and rich contrasting colours simply make it a stunning combination. Now the dreaded moment of truth, was I going to regret taking a gamble with showing my stomach? As soon as I tried the Kiki Cropped Top, I was blown away at the perfect fit and construction. With adjustable straps, wonderful bust support and room to wear a regular non strapless bra, it was already winning me over. Next up was the Alana Jungle skirt. At first I thought the waist was too big as it did not sit on my natural waist but I quickly saw it looked much better placed a little lower on the hips since I have short torso and it showed off the cropped top design much better. The wrap around skirt is fastened with a hidden inside button and side tie which allows you to tighten to whatever feels best. At 5’-4” tall, the skirt falls a couple inches below the knees and drapes superbly due to the fully lined interior.

IMG_3557Now the long awaited answer to the biggest question of all…was it flattering for a gal that has the furthest thing from a flat stomach? Yes! I seriously still can’t believe how incredible the Jungle 2 piece set makes me feel. Since I was able to pull the skirt down to just below my natural waist, I found it to be very becoming and still hid my lower stomach in the lovely side draping of the wrap skirt. How could two things I avoid like the plague turn out to be something I truly adore? Collectif has really outdone themselves with the Jungle Set, convincing even the biggest skeptics like myself. The Kiki Cropped Top needs to be released in more colours and prints as it would pair wonderfully with a multitude of summer looks. I truly hope to see a longer version as well which would be ideal for more everyday functionality.

IMG_3511With an upcoming trip to Jamaica, I know the Jungle Set will be one of the highlights to wear on the beach. Since the print is so vibrant and eye catching, it was simple to style by pairing it with a bamboo bangle, tropical hair flowers and Lucky Lou red wedges. Even if you’re not heading anywhere tropical, don’t let that stop you from wearing the Jungle set for an evening out as it will make you feel utterly fabulous.

IMG_3526Sometimes we creatures of habit have to look outside ourselves and try something new no matter how much it might scare us to do so. With no risk, there is no chance to be pleasantly surprised and experience something wonderful you would have otherwise missed out on. The Jungle Set has instantly found a place in my heart and wardrobe…what outfits have unexpectedly won you over?

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Win a CS-301 Waspie Corset from Orchard Corset!

Did you enjoy this weeks review on the CS-301 Waspie Corset by Orchard Corset? Do you want to get your hands on your very own Waspie? Well, here’s your opportunity to win your very own Waspie Corset! Now available in 12 different varieties from cotton, to satin and even a fabulous news print. All you have to do to enter is click on the link below and complete the tasks worth one entry each to be entered to win!



Make sure to be on your desktop as the app won’t work on a mobile device or tablet. Mobile users click HERE.
Contest runs until Friday, August 1st at 12am. The winner will be announced right here on the blog and on Facebook.
Good luck to everyone!

***The winner will have 7 days to claim their prize, if unclaimed a new winner will be selected.***

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