Frolicking In A Winter Wonderland

I often get asked how to transition dresses to be worn year round when living in such a cold climate. Well the answer is quite simple…Collectif Winter Coats! This is the second season in a row that I add more of their designs to my regular rotation of winter outerwear and I absolutely adore them. Why? They are not only beautiful, they are so incredibly cozy and warm. Now that I already own the Pearl in green and Rachel in gray, it was time to expand to some lovely warm neutrals. From the moment I saw the Collectif Frances 40s Riding Coat, I knew she had to be mine.

Available in sizes 6-22UK ~ MSRP £153.50

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Finding the proper sizing with coats can be rather tricky since you need to ensure the shoulders width is just right and also allow for enough room to layer for a great fit. I opted to stay with my usual size 10(Small), just as I had with the Rachel Coat. The Frances Riding Coat did not disappoint. It seems to run a little snugger in the waist but there was still just enough room for layering over dresses. The 40s inspired Frances Riding Coat features a double breasted button design, a rounded collar, is fully lined and has a flared princess skirt with pleated back detail. Made from a rich brown speckled polyester and wool blend fabric.

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Now here’s the trick when shopping for warm winter coats…look at the percentage of wool content. The more wool, the warmer it will be. Here is a comparison with Collectif’s most popular styles: Pearl 50%, Rachel 60%, Frances 20%. With those facts in mind, I would rate the warmth of each one to be completely in line with the ratio of wool blend. The Frances Riding Coat is still very warm but I would definitely reach for my Rachel Coat on the blistering subzero days. The simplicity of the Frances makes it a great basic coat to wear regularly and not just on those “fancy” occasions like the Pearl.

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To show how the Frances is great for layering, underneath I chose to wear a very bulky vintage wool circle skirt. As you can see, the sweep of the coat molds and drapes beautifully to the fullness of the skirt. Often times coats tend to compress and wrinkle our dresses when there’s not enough space to expand accordingly. Since we often have a lot of snow and ice, I opt to wear winter boots while outdoors and change into my nice shoes when arriving at my destination. This also helps with keeping your legs and feet warm while the Frances Coat is long enough to keep the rest of you toasty.

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After trying numerous winter coats from various vintage reproduction brands, I can say confidently that Collectif is by far the best when it comes to style, functionality and most importantly…warmth! Do not despair if you missed out on the Frances Riding Coat on Collectif’s website, there are still some available online from their wholesale partners.

PS. All our snow melted a few days before this shoot and we got hit with a massive storm only days later. Got to love old man winter right?

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Pin Up Persuasion 5th Anniversary Giveaway Bash…WINNERS!!!

bannerfinalAnother exciting Anniversary Giveaway has come to a close and I want to thank you all for participating. It warms my heart to share such fabulous prizes from all of our sponsors with the readers of Pin Up Persuasion. You are the reason why the blog continues and I would not be here five years later without your continued support.

Without further adieu, let’s find out who are winners are…

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heartofhaute1Heart of Haute Dress of Your Choice: Kelly Pollock-Clemett

theambrosiabowl1The Ambrosia Bowl Not Your Babe Brooch Collection: Melissa Cilliers

missfortune1Miss Fortune £35 Voucher: Andrea W.

niccoco1NicCoco Creations Lorelei Fascinator: Melissa

collectif1Collectif £75 Voucher: Vybuian Bui

punkupbettie1Punk Up Bettie Flamingo Sparkly Delight Mini Dots Hair Bow & Flamingo Hearts Delight Earrings: Carlyn Parker

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Let’s not forget to say a HUGE thank you to our sponsors who made this all possible!!!

All winners will be contacted via email and/or Facebook by Wed. Feb 8. Please keep an eye on your inbox & be sure to respond to claim your prize.

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All prizes must be claimed within 7 days of the winners being announced. Any unclaimed prizes will be forfeited and redrawn on the 8th day from the existing pool of entrants.

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Curlettes vs Foam Rollers

It has been a little under two years now since I learned how to wet set my hair with foam rollers by my best friend Amber. Evidently, I am far from an expert but with the basics in hand I have slowly improved over time. The one thing that has remained the same, foam rollers are very uncomfortable to sleep in overnight. We suck it up in the name of beauty but what if we did not have to? Several months ago I heard one of my online friends Celeste had started her own business, Curlettes: The Comfy Curls for Vintage Girls. Immediately I reached out to her asking if I could give them a try and write about them on the blog. The wonderful gal that she is, Celeste was super excited to share her handmade curlers with the readers of Pin Up Persuasion. Now I must apologize to her and all of you for taking so darn long to write about Curlettes, I waited until I was feeling well again to experiment with a new product to make sure I got it just right.

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Medium Curlettes & Jane Carter’s Wrap & Roll foam.

To be completely honest, I was a little skeptical of trying a new technique to setting my hair as I had only ever worked with foam rollers and I was petrified it was going to be a complete failure. When I use foam rollers, I always find that they not only pinch when you sleep on them but the smaller ones towards the bottom tend to flatten out. But, they allowed my hair to dry completely overnight and created a tight overall curl that held up through a tough brush out. Since I have a lot of hair, I knew the pack of 14 Medium Curlettes wouldn’t be quite enough so I had to use a couple large foam rollers on the top and small ones at the end.

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Curlettes wet set complete.

With my Jane Carter Wrap & Roll setting foam in hand, I grabbed my custom red Curlettes and proceeded to start rolling exactly how I did with the foam ones. The first thing I noticed was that the Curlettes held their shape well and did not compress down nearly like the foam rollers when rolling each section tightly. Secondly they were surprisingly easy to fasten by pushing the one end through the loop, unlike the foam rollers plastic clips that often fall off…totally frustrating. If anyone is like me, I just want to get the rollers in quickly and go relax before bedtime. I was initially concerned the Curlettes might not hold securely like the foam rollers but was pleasantly surprised they stayed firmly in place after each section. Once all sections were rolled, I secured my set with a silk scarf to sleep on overnight.

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Now here’s the thing, when you are sleeping with rollers…no matter which ones they are, you are going to feel them. The difference with Curlettes vs foam rollers, Curlettes do not pinch or pull uncomfortably since they are made from 100% knitted yarn. Also, unlike the foam rollers none of my rolls flattened out overnight whatsoever. That was definitely a positive sign already. When I unrolled each section, they were completely dry and resulted in the most lovely soft tight perfectly rounded curls. Remember, this was my very first time using anything other than foam rollers and I was immediately blown away at how much better my wet set turned out.

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I broke up the curls with my fingers while applying some Suavecita pomade to the ends. Through the brush out, I found it took much less effort for a nice smooth style. Normally I have to work through twice as long with the foam sets. Needless to say, Curlettes instantly won me over and I’ll be retiring the foam rollers effective immediately! Since I need some more Curlettes for my thick hair, I think I’ll look into their new size large to use on my bangs along with a few additional mediums to ensure there are always enough.

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Everyone has their own favorite products, tools and ways to set their hair so I cannot guarantee what I use will work for everyone but I can confidently say that Curlettes beat foam rollers hands down in comfort, ease of use and performance. Use code PinupPersuasion10 to get 10% off everything except multi-buys and seconds (they’re already discounted). Valid till April 30, 2017.

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Magic For Tall & Petite

The past few months, my fascination with trousers has grown into an obsession with each new addition. Since their release, I have heard everyone raving and looking phenomenal in their Pinup Girl Clothing Doris Trousers. The tall gals were all thrilled to find trousers that worked for their height so I was convinced there was no way they would work for us petite ladies. Instead, I just longed for these beauties from the sidelines and hoped someday for a petite version. Fortunately one faithful day, I reached out in the Pinup Girl Customer Lounge to see if any petites ladies had successfully tried the Doris Trousers? After receiving glowing recommendations from my fellow shorties, I took the plunge in ordering the Doris Trouser in Chocolate Brown Crepe along with the fabulous Malia Top in Dark Green.

Available in sizes XS-4X ~ MSRP Doris Trousers $128; Malia Top $80

img_8983Being a long time Pinup Girl Clothing customer, I am always grateful for their custom size charts for each garment. It truly helps take so much of the guess work out of shopping online. With my waist (28″) and hips (42″) being a little larger post surgery, I followed the size chart and ordered a Medium in the Doris Trousers. Despite my bust (36″) and waist (28″) being larger than the recommended measurements for the Malia Top, I opted to stay with a size Small since there’s quite a bit of stretch to the fabric. Never was there more anticipation and fear of complete disappointment. Low and behold, the Doris Trousers fit surprisingly well even with my short torso thanks to the elasticized back. Of course they are quite long for me at 5′-4″ tall but I can easily get them hemmed or wear higher heels. Although I already own the Malia Top in two other colours, the Dark Green appears to run a bit smaller with less stretch to the fabric. I definitely recommend to size up for this particular colourway. These 40’s inspired Doris Trousers are made from pebble crepe and fully lined with a soft knit fabric. They feature a high waistband with back elastic for a nipped in waist, with gorgeous pleated wide legs and back zipper closure. The Malia Top is also 40s inspired featuring a striking keyhole design with underbust gathers, 3/4 length sleeves and back zipper closure.

img_8981 img_8987Although I am a diehard 50s’ fashion gal, I have come to also love the 40’s over the last few years. The slimmer silhouettes really lends well to my professional work attire and still has a strong feminine appeal. The Doris Trouser and Malia Top are a powerhouse when paired together and equally as fabulous when worn apart. The fabulous crepe fabric feels like you are wearing pyjamas; draping beautifully off the body and is like walking on a cloud. Thanks to the super innovative elasticized back waistband, there is no waist gaping and it actually cinches in your waist without constricting. There is a reason why I now have the Malia Top in three colourways, they are magnificent! Initially I thought they were a little pricey for a top but after purchasing one during a sale, I immediately saw how much detail went into this design. They are super figure flattering, really comfortable and versatile to match with almost any bottom.

img_8980 img_8985When it comes to accessorizing this fabulous pairing, I opted to keep with the 40’s inspiration by adding some vintage Bakelite bangles in earth tones. For us petite ladies, wearing higher heels creates the illusion of longer and slimmer silhouette.

img_8995 img_8993The love affair with swing trousers is stronger than ever…and the Doris Trousers possess some kind of magic in them for both tall and petite ladies. Just as I have with the Malia Tops, I will be scooping up more colourways in the Doris Trousers. When you find something that fits so well, you fill up your closet with fabulous staples.

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