Winners Announced ~ Win Some Bling From Rockabetty!

A BIG thank you to Rockabetty for sponsoring this fabulous contest for the Pin Up Persuasion readers! It was truly a treat to read what inspires all of you. The lucky winners were selected at random.

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What inspires YOU!

I am inspired by the glamor of old school pin up and burlesque. I love odd pieces and cherries. I like to use an outfit to express how I feel that day! I really love when I see a piece at a flea market or yard sale.

What inspires me? A lot inspires me. I am a recovering heroin addict with almost two years clean so i try to find inspiration and motivation in everything. My nephew and brother who are both handicapped, but you would never know it, inspire me. My family in general. There is inspiration everywhere you look you just need to have open eyes to see it. And an open mind. Fashion wise i am inspired by tempest storms burlesque costumes, minimally of course lol. Obviously i love Bettie page and i love how you are bringing back an amazing era.

Everyone faces difficulties in life and with those difficulties comes inspiration and the strength to keep going. My inspiration comes from my daughters. I’ve lost my mom to cancer, my house to a fire, was a single mother for 6 years but I’ve always stayed strong because I’m inspired by my little girls, who help me to keep my faith in humanity and my sense of humor about life. They are beautiful, unique, intelligent individuals and I’m so grateful for their love! Not a day goes by that I don’t smile, laugh, hug, and feel lucky to be alive because of my girls. Right now I’m taking college courses from home; it isn’t easy to be full time mom, homeowner, and college student but they push me to keep going. I want to finish not just for myself but so they’ll be proud of me. If they aren’t the definition of inspiration then I don’t know what is!

What inspires me is to live each day to the fullest, appreciate those in my life and and just be thankful for what I have.

Lately, the thing that inspires me the most is everything that has to do with pinup girl clothing and the social network Pinup girl style. The friendships that I have made with all of the lovely women of PUG have demonstrated to me that it is ok to be me, just the way I am. It inspires me to see such lovely women that promote such a positive message, 50’s style! I have always been a 50’s girl at heart and soul, so having clothing that rocks the 50’s is an added bonus.

What inspires me? I suppose the easy answer would be the glamor of old Hollywood, the beauty of Marilyn Monroe, but that’s not entirely true. I’m just honestly inspired by finding clothes that fit me well, and often fit me better when I’m a little bit curvier…which vintage inspired wear does! I know I’m not heavy, but I’m pretty soft around the middle, and always have been, even when I was barely 100 lbs. In my early 20’s the handkerchief top was all the rage, but I would never wear one because of my love handles, which I’m pretty sure were all in my mind! I remember doing sit-ups to flatten my belly in high school…never mind that I was only 98 lbs when I graduated! About 6 or 7 years ago my then boyfriend (now husband) bought me an outfit when he went on a business trip, the skirt is a wiggle skirt with a ruffled hem that is just fantastic…still one of my favorites! I remember thinking that it had a vintage style about it, and I felt like a WOMAN! It slowly started from there, and then I discovered, and the rest is history! So what inspires me? FEELING GREAT!

What inspires me is my kids. they are both strong independent adults.
They are respectful and good hearted. they see the humor in life
and strive to make others happy.
That’s what inspires me.

Staying inspired for me is about keeping my eyes and most importantly, my mind open. With an open mind, you can “own” any outfit! More specifically, I look to bloggers for inspiration. My friends generally don’t dress vintage, and I don’t watch many old movies or TV shows. While people accuse me of wanting to live in the past, in reality I subscribe to a particular aesthetic. I stay “current” by drooling over others’ flea market and online finds so I know what to look for.

What inspires me most is love. With Love anything is possible. Add love to any circumstance and it changes everything.

What inspires me: I planned my birthday party coming up to be a retro party of the 1920s-1950s.  What inspired my party was the type of music I most enjoy, which is music from the 1950s.  I really love that era and found a 1956 retro dress pattern and sewed my little black party dress.  I have several accessories that go with my outfit too to complete the look.  I am encouraging everyone to dress up from one of the eras and we are going to play games and dance the night away, retro style.

I am incredibly inspired by women who are proud of who they are. I am lucky to have been raised by a strong woman who taught me to never be ashamed of myself or what I believe in, and I am blessed to have 2 wonderful kids, a boy and a girl, that also are learning that very important lesson.

I am most inspired by dancing. It is such a creative exercise that it inspires not only what you do in the moment to the music, with or without a partner, but also what you do for the rest of the day. It is my greatest creativity booster!

What inspires me? Seeing people smile, hearing people laugh, helping people have a fun time. My audiences inspire me to keep doing what I’m doing and try to improve whenever necessary.  I’m an entertainer and I am influenced by such extrodinarily talented stars as Bette Midler, Tom Waits and Frank Zappa. This is an eclectic mix of wonderful show people who love or loved to entertain! Each of them has a style unlike the others. I love an entertainer who dresses the part as much as I love the fashions of bygone eras. I love entertainers that have some vaudevillian spirit in them. That motivates me as well.

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