Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Viva Show Stopper

Even with two suitcases overflowing with retro clothing for Viva, there was one dress I was anxiously awaiting and terrified it would arrive too late. I was thrilled to hear the Stop Staring Watercolor Winter Floral Dress was finally restocked, just in time for Viva! The fabulous Rachel at JBR Clothing offered to ship it to the hotel and have the parcel waiting for us upon our arrival. Everything worked out perfectly, I had the most fabulous dress to wear for the soiree at Franki’s Tiki Room.

One thing is certain, Stop Staring has very consistent sizing with all their clothing. The Large fit perfectly all over, such a relief getting it so last minute. The Winter Floral features cap sleeves and a well constructed wrap twist bust area to allow for ample room for the bustier ladies. The tapered skirt has the famous side rushing to flatter and conceal any tummy issues. It is the true definition of a classic wiggle silhouette. Pair it with your favorite shapewear, the fabric conceals all levels from Spanx to Rago.

The fabric on the Watercolor Floral Dress is breathtaking in so many ways…I would compare the look and feel to red carpet glam, it will turn heads wherever you go. The print is truly unique and not like any other I have seen, photos do not do it justice. Make sure to pair this with your highest heels to give you elongated sexy legs. For all nighter on your feet, a pair of white flats will also do the trick.

Never in my life have I received so many compliments from complete strangers and asked dozens of times where did I get my dress. I honestly felt like a superstar that night at Franki’s, the Watercolor Winter Floral was the biggest hit of the evening! Thankfully, no one else was wearing the same outfit although I did see many of the Watercolor Summer Floral at Viva. Alicia said she had so many requests for this dress at the Stop Staring booth but they did not have any available.

I lucked out with JBR coming to my rescue, always going above and beyond with their customer service. The Watercolor Winter Floral was the show stopper of all dresses for Viva…I’m very thankful to have so many incredible photos of that evening with tons of beautiful ladies. Check out the Pin Up Persuasion Facebook page for Viva 15 photos.

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High Tea Anyone?

Miss Bernie Dexter is not only a famous rockabilly pin up model, but a very successful clothing designer to boot! With Bernie’s extensive repertoire of vintage clothing, she designed a line with a selection of her favorite 1940’s and 1950’s styles. Bernie Dexter Clothing features pin up dresses, high waist pencil skirts, swing dresses, high waist dungaree jeans. and classic high waist capri pants. Believe it or not, Bernie wears every piece that she designs! The Ruby Dress in Dark Tea Room was my first BD purchase, currently on sale at JBR Clothing for $99.

Available in Sizes XS – 2XL: MSRP $156
Since the Ruby dress is made from 100% Cotton, I knew it was definitely not going to have any stretch and needed to size up to a Large to allow for ample room in the hips (bust 36, waist 29, hips 41-42). To my surprise it fill very well all over and only requires a minor alteration in the shoulders ( I am very narrow in the shoulders & often have to get dresses altered in this area). The long back zipper allows plenty of ease to get in and out with no hassle. Featuring a key hole detail and small gathers flattering to the tummy area. Although I was a bit apprehensive with the key hole due to bra visibility issues, I found it rather conservative and able to pair it with a simple plunge bra. The skirt is very form fitting and shows off your curves in the best of ways. The thick cotton holds it shape impeccably and conceals all levels of shapewear.

The most breathtaking feature of the Ruby dress is the Dark Tea Room print featuring lush cabbage roses with a contrasting black background. Sure to turns heads where ever you go, this is truly a classic elegance to add to your wardrobe. I would be so thrilled if Bernie made a pencil skirt in this print, I cannot get enough of it! The Ruby Dress is proven to be Hollywood worthy; recently worn by Brooke Bundy at the World Premier of The Hunger Games. I personally love seeing so many famous women embracing the vintage/retro culture by wearing the designs that we all know and love.

For a more conservative look, pair the Ruby Dress with your favorite round toe pumps or Mary Janes. For a formal affair, throw on some strappy sandals with your favorite vintage earrings. The Rago 1294 girdle creates a flawless silhouette with the Ruby. The light cotton is perfect for those hot summer nights, even for dinner on the beach tested by yours truly.

The quality and fit of Bernie’s clothing is fabulous, I look forward to purchasing more of her designs and definitely recommend them to all my readers. I have been eyeing her capri pants for some time now…maybe that will be my next purchase?

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~ Part One ~ Sweet DIY Retro Cupcake Halloween Costume

The one season I love most is Fall, not only being an October baby but because I adore everything about Halloween. My favorite color is orange, pumpkins make me giddy and all the ghoulish creatures are just plain kick ass! In preparation for this epic holiday, I will be taking you through the creation of my costume step by step in partnership with Orchard Corset. The OC is throwing a wonderful contest where YOU can win a corset & chronicle your own Halloween costume design process.

I was convinced my costume would be some deathly goddess with tons of skulls and spiders as this was my first thought when the idea came to be. Oddly enough, as soon as I laid eyes on this inspiration photo I knew I had to make it! Some of you may already know but for those of you that don’t…I have an HUGE obsession with everything retro cupcakes!

No, this is not to be mistaken to be a Katy Perry costume…please! As some of you may have guessed already, the foundation of this costume will be a corset from Orchard Corset. While searching their site, I found the most perfect turquoise and white overbust corset on sale at $49. For the corset newbies (like me), OC offers three levels silhouettes based on your bust to waist & waist to hip ratio. Based on my measurements Bust 36, Waist 29, Hips 41, my silhouette would be between a Level 2 or Level 3 – Extreme Curves.

As I searched for the other key element of the costume, I was excited to see the OC also offered custom dyed opera length gloves in a variety of colors. The fuchsia pink were perfect and only $12. They will soon be carrying a line of custom dyed petticoats which I cannot wait to see. Making a tutu is not the easiest of tasks so a good base will be necessary to ensure the costume is perfect.

With the base of my costume on its way…the next step is a trip to Michaels to bling it out! Stay tuned for the next step of my Halloween Costume Chronicles coming soon…

Click Here for your chance to win a corset from Orchard Corset!

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Summer Blossoms

After this review I will be all caught up on my purchases from the Viva Rockabilly Weekender and moving onto a bunch of new goodies for you ladies. It’s Friday and I’m enjoying a day off from the office with the most perfect summer weather to boot! I’ll try to keep this post short & sweet so you can start your weekend now. The Stop Staring Vintage Floral Swing Dress was another fabulous selection by the lovely Alicia Estrada, a refreshing switch from all their wiggle dresses.

Once again, I fit in the Large perfectly with no need for any alterations. At first glance, I was hesitant on this very pink floral print as this was definitely not my usual cup of tea )since it is ultra girly) but Alicia insisted on giving it a try. Let’s just say, she knows her clients better than they know themselves at times. As soon as I tried it on, I was smitten. The bust area is super well constructed to give the busty ladies great support even while wearing a strapless bra. The rushing is perfect to hide those trouble tummy areas with a delicately flared swing skirt, no petticoat required. If you are inbetween sizes in the bust area, definitely order up as there is no extra room to squeeze them in.

The Vintage Floral Dress has become one of my go-to outfits this summer…it works for pretty much every occasion. To make it work appropriate, just add a cropped cardi or shrug with a pair of wedges. For those of you that shy away from halter dresses, you can easily convert this to regular straps with the length provided. The Vintage Floral is also available in a wiggle style as well. I believe this print has been discontinued but there are still some online retailers that have them in stock.

A valuable lesson learned from Alicia, do not overlook any garment regardless of what you may think…give it a try as you never know how incredible it will look on you!

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