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Getting Thrifty with Devyn Beth

One of the questions I get asked the most from girls who are just starting out in the pinup lifestyle, is where they can find affordable pinup style fashions.   Fabulous reproduction clothes and vintage alike can become very pricey it’s true! However you can look just as fabulous on a tiny budget as well.

Girls, get your thrift on!!  I for one, would much rather go shopping at my local thrift store, than a pricey department store at the mall any day of the week.  I have found amazing vintage finds for just a few bucks!  Not every thrifting trip is successful,  but if you keep checking, you are bound to find something amazing.

Here are just a few tips to help you on your search for pinup-style -finds  on your next thrift store outing!

1-      #1  Know what you are looking for!  Have in mind the silhouettes, and styles you would like to find. A good rule of thumb for pinup is to look for dresses with full skirts, circle skirts, halter dresses,  wiggle skirts and dresses, and high waist pants, and skirts.  Keep a look out for fun prints too, a pinup can never go wrong with polka dots, leopard print, gingham or cherries!

2-      #2  If you are hunting vintage, look for key indicators of vintage like union labels, metal zippers, sturdy cotton fabric, and if you are really lucky bakelite buttons.

3-      #3 Know when to get the deals, many thrift stores have sales on certain days of the week,  my local Salvation Army, for instance has 50% of women’s clothing on Thursdays.  You can always find me there on a Thursday!!!

4-      #4 If you are looking for vintage pieces,  go to thrift stores in communities with older homes,  If I want to find stuff from the 50s, I have the best luck finding them  in stores near homes built in the 50s.

5-      #5 Don’t get discouraged if you don’t find anything!  The beauty of thrift stores is that they are constantly getting in “new” stock!  If you don’t find anything one day, that doesn’t mean you won’t find something the next day!

Here are a few examples of wonderful vintage pinup styles I have found from thrift, each outfit for  less than $20!

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Make sure to check out Devyn Beth’s Facebook Page for more helpful pinup tips and fabulous photos!

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A big thank you to Devyn Beth for guest posting on Pin Up Persuasion. Your fabulous thrifting tips are going to be so incredibly helpful to every pinup on a budget.

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MozzyDee’s How To Hair Tutorial ~ Barrel Roll

Hello everyone and welcome to Miss MozzyDee’s How To Hair Tutorial!
I am a pinup from El Paso, Texas and I am so excited to finally get to share some of my secrets and tidbits on some various vintage-inspired hairstyles and makeup techniques that I do!  I have been doing pinup for years now, and people always stop me in passing and ask how I come up with the pinup-style look I have grown accustomed to.  I am glad that I can share that with you now, thanks to Pin Up Persuasion!  Now, let’s get started!
The look I am writing about today is the classic “barrel roll” look, as seen on various famous icons such as Rosie the Riveter and Imelda May!  I do this look almost everyday of the week because it is fast and efficient for an on-the-go girl like myself!  I work at all kinds of hours during the week and this is perfect for a girl with a time-limit getting ready for a long, strenuous day!
Essentials needed in achieving this awesome and simple look are:
    1.)  A great, light weight hairspray (I highly recommend Big Sexy Hair, the Volumizing Spray)
    2.)  Suavecita Pomade (it isn’t too sticky like the regular Suavecito pomade, and you don’t need a lot of it)
    3.)  A fishtale-pick comb
    4.)  A thin teasing brush
    5.)  Pin curl clips
    6.)  Bobby pins
    7.)  A bandana or hair scarf
This hairstyle can be done on washed or un-washed hair (as long as the un-washed hair isn’t too oily).  Start off by parting a section of your hair on the front, top part of your head.  Pull the rest back in a bun or a ponytail that has not been pulled out all the way so that the ponytail doesn’t hang.
imageThen, section off that piece of hair into two sections, horizontally.  Clip back the top section to have it stay out of the way and start curling your hair, piece by piece.  With each piece you curl, hold the curl together with your finger and place a bobby pin or pin curl clips in it to hold it in place.  You can also let it just curl and hang, but you get better results if you pin curl them to your head to cool down.
image2 image3After you have each section pinned to your head, let the pin curls sit for a while.  You can do your makeup while you wait, which is what I do on a daily basis as a routine of mine!
image4 image5Then, after you are finished with the makeup process, take down the pincurls, one by one.  Gather them all up in a single section again and then brushed the curls together.  You should have a great, curled section of hair to work with!  Tease the base of your section with the fishtale-pick comb all the way to the end of the tip to that section of hair.
image6 image7Then, smooth out the outside of that section with the thin teasing brush.  Be careful not to brush through the section of hair you just teased.   If you feel like you didn’t get enough “umph” from teasing the section of hair with the comb, use this brush as an alternative to get the volume you need.
image8Flyaways are normal, so that is why I use the Suavecita Pomade!  Use a very light amount of the pomade and smooth out the outside part of the section.  Then hold the section extended out and away from your head, and spray the inside of the section with the hairspray.  Let the hairspray dry all the way before going on to the next step.
Now, roll in the tip of the section all the way to the base of your head.  You will have to hold down the section with your fingers while you use bobby pins to secure it in that roll.  I like to use two bobby pins so that it is fastened tightly.
image9Then pull down one side of the roll (the side that cooperates more) and hold it down with your fingers.  Spray this part of the roll so that it sticks to the side of your head.  If this still does not work, put a bobby pin in it to hold it against your head.  It can be left there, because your hair scarf or bandana will cover it.
image10Now spray the roll all over!  You can be generous when doing so, especially if the hairspray is lightweight.  A lightweight hairspray is preferable so the roll doesn’t fall apart from heaviness.  You can even use two fingers to smooth out the inside of the roll.  Now throw on a bandana or a hair scarf, and you are done!
image11 image12 image13I hope you enjoyed my first hair tutorial blog!  I am really honored that Pin Up Persuasion chose me to be a featured blogger and I hope I get to do so again in the future!  Stay tuned!
And remember….Rock those curves, girls!
Miss MozzyDee
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Thank you so much Miss MozzyDee for sharing her amazing hair tips with all of us. Since hair is definitely not my strength, I truly appreciate when we are fortunate to have incredible guest posts like these.
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Perfect Pin Up Style Handbags by Nick Williams

Pin-up style to our readers is nothing new; but it is fast becoming an on trend hit amongst everyday fashionistas. Glamorous, feminine style became ideals for strong, independent women exploring their sexuality and strength in a male dominated society.

Matching a beautiful handbag with your fabulous pin up style is perfect for completing your vintage outfit. There are a variety of iconic styles and designers to choose from when complimenting your chosen pin up outfit. Handbags, like many fashion accessories changed throughout the years and top pin up styles were prominent between 1920’s and 1950’s.

History of Pin up Style Handbags

1920’s – The beginnings of handbags as a fashion accessory

This era saw handbags become a fashion accessory rather than a bag for practicality and function. The handle-less clutch was introduced named ‘the pochette’ which was usually worn tucked under a ladies arm, this style bag was often embellished with motifs and geometric designs. Influential styles were also taken from the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb and glamorous jewels and striking motifs were prominent in handbag design.

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Art Deco Bag by Judith Leiber

1930’s – Celebration of Art Deco

By this time handbag design was much like it is today, the statement handbag with handles, clutch bag, satchel and shoulder bags had all been invented. This era saw the use of other materials to create designs including plastics and the first use of zips. Handbag motifs and designs celebrated the movement of the era, Art Deco embraced clean lines and abstract style, a prominent feature in handbag styles of this period.

art-deco-monocrome1940’s – A Military handbag style

During the world wars, handbag styles took a military feel and with materials in short supply, design took a rigid and more practical feel. Drawstring bags were also present in this era and were often handmade by the wearer.

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by Glamourdaze

1950’s – The rise of the fashion accessory

In this period handbags really took off as the ultimate fashion accessory. The economic boom after the war enabled ladies to accessorize and experiment with colours, materials and styles. Designer handbags were popular with iconic labels such as Hermes, Chanel and Louis Vuitton embracing the change in fashion culture.

Handbags also became smaller to represent femininity and sophistication and coordinated with outfits and looks.

GetImage.ashxBuying your vintage piece

There are so many beautiful examples of vintage handbags including designer styles & classic statement bags. Vintage designer handbags can be a stunning investment piece and match perfectly with your gorgeous pin up style.

Nowadays your options in regards to finding original pieces are pretty large. Vintage online shops and major e-commerce sites (such as Ebay) have all started to stock vintage items. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous you could always cruise car boot sales or even head to one of the many vintage markets which have popped up.

You shouldn’t be worried about breaking the bank, as vintage bags are typically less expensive than today’s examples. Whilst reproduction vintage bags are out there; for similar money you can have an original piece of fashion history. Also; wearing an original vintage piece makes you feel different, and you can’t put a price on that!

Check Mela Mela’s selection of original vintage bags and see if any will complete that pin up outfit you have been working so hard on putting together.

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A big thank you to Nick from Mela Mela Vintage for sharing some insightful vintage history about the evolution of women’s handbags.

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Spring Wardrobe Refresher by Morgan Gray

The snow may not be gone, but I have a definite case of Spring Fever! Since I can’t enjoy the outdoors yet, I have to channel all that energy into something. This week I decided to focus on cleaning out my closet and getting my wardrobe ready for spring, while also deciding what to let go of and donate.

It’s amazing what happens in winter; somehow my collection of coats, mittens and scarves always grows no matter how complete I felt it was before winter. My wardrobe also tends to run drastically darker in winter so I really need to take the time to make that closet changeover to spring colors. While browsing pin boards for inspiration, I came across this handy checklist from RedEnvelope that really got me inspired to get going.

closetpicStart by collecting coats and the accessories that match them. For example, with my deep green, down coat, I always wear a cream-colored infinity scarf and matching gloves. For my military style gray wool coat, I wear sleek black gloves, a black scarf and black winter hat. Gather each coat and place the accompanying accessories with it, place them in a garment bag, then box them in large totes for storage. Check for wear that might need to be repaired before putting them in storage.

Seasonal changes are also the time to pull out the jar of buttons. We all have one: the place where we put the extra buttons that we get with each garment. I have this handy when I’m making wardrobe changes because this is the time when you’re seeing the majority of your clothes. Even though I work hard to keep my clothing in top condition, sometimes a missing button or a seam coming unstitched makes it past me. This way, you can catch it before you start wearing it again and get all your items repaired at once.

Woman looking through closetYour basic pieces can always stay and should be appropriate for all seasons, but if it’s a heavy, warm fabric, has fleece or faux fur, or is a tightly woven sweater, it almost always gets checked for damage, folded and stored. Spring is about bright colors, warmer weather, and visually and physically removing yourself from winter. If I have two pieces that are similar, I will always place the darker color one in storage to force myself into the brighter colors of spring!

Move on to accessories. I have so many scarves that I have to really rotate them for seasons. Again, dark colors and winter fabrics get added to the storage box while I fill my scarf hanger with bright colors and light fabrics. I also check my tights and stockings at this point. I can start incorporating lighter weaves instead of the heavy winter tights I need in cold weather. I usually check out my leggings too, since they are a great way to bring some bright color to an outfit. I take measure of what colors I have and what I will need for spring.

Finally, footwear. As much as I love winter boots, by spring I can’t wait to get back in heels and cute shoes. I always am careful to clean my boots of any residual road salt and to do a leather treatment before I store them. If I keep any pairs for spring, the focus is on fashion rather than function.

Hope this helps you with your closet cleanout!

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A huge thank you to Morgan for guest posting on Pin Up Persuasion and sharing her very helpful tips on how to spring clean our cluttered wardrobes.

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