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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Transitioning With the Seasons

One of the most common question I get asked is: How do you wear the Pin Up look year round? Well I am about to learn with all of you! In previous years, I locked all my beautiful dresses away in the closet during the cold winter months and simply succumbed to wearing pants. This year, I have vowed to transition my retro wardrobe into winter and not give in to taking the easy way out. If some of you don’t already know, I reside in Canada; known to be very cold, with lots of snow during our winter months. With this new mission in place, the first item on the agenda was finding Outerwear. Not just any coat, it has to be designed to flatter our swing dresses and not cost a small fortune. The H & R London Brocade Coat from JBR Clothing fit both of those requirements perfectly.

Available in sizes XS to 2XL ~ MSRP $60USD

IMG_1923It is no secret that H & R London designs run rather small compared to the size charts therefore I always consult with the team at JBR Clothing for direction. To my surprise, they stated the Brocade Coat was running about two sizes small which would mean ordering a XL. With caution, I ordered a size Large since I have rather narrow shoulders and the XL would have been too wide for sure. Outerwear shopping has always been difficult because I have to be cautious of the shoulders being too wide but find a cut that will fit my hourglass shape (aka wide hips). That being said, if you have broad shoulders or are quite busty definitely order up by two sizes. The size Large JUST fits and I would not be able to wear too many layers underneath. I have to say, the photos do not do this coat justice, the brocade fabric is simply stunning in person and no one would guess it was so affordable. The Brocade Coat has a slight Goth inspired design with the corset laced back detail, flared sleeves and rounded hemline detail. Although the corset back is lovely, I found cinching the laces too much was not very flattering. With the flared sleeves, there is ample room for those with large arms like myself. The Brocade Coat is fully lined and ideal for the Fall or Spring like temperatures.

IMG_1934IMG_1938First, I must apologize for not ironing the creases before taking the review photos as I had no idea until we were already out shooting. As I mentioned earlier, the corset laced back is more for looks than function. Mine still requires some minor adjustments; it was in “test mode” as you can see in the photos. The Brocade Coat works fabulously with the fullest swing skirts since the rounded hemline has enough flare and length not to crush your dress. How did it fair on a cool Fall day? Well the answer is…it blocked the cool wind and is perfect for those days where you just need an extra layer or two to keep the chill out. This is by no means a winter warmth type coat, it is perfect for Fall and Spring.

IMG_1931There’s not much to note about accessorizing the Brocade Coat since it is an accessory in itself. The solid black brocade fabric pairs wonderfully with any color and I would even fancy pairing it with jeans for a more casual look.

IMG_1929The H & R London Brocade Coat is not only a great price but a win when it comes to converting your pin up wardrobe for the Fall and Spring months. Be sure to follow the sizing guidelines so you won’t be disappointed!

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Evolving Into a New Decade of Fashion

Recently several vintage reproduction brands have moved into a new decade and started recreating the fabulous fashions from the 1960’s. Although you may instantly think go-go boots and psychedelic flower prints, you couldn’t be more wrong. Women’s fashion from the early 1960’s slowly evolved into shorter hemlines and classic curve hugging silhouettes. When Heartbreaker Fashion released the Marleen in their Haute Collection, I knew it was perfect for the office and without hesitation scooped one up from JBR Clothing.

Available in sizes XS to 2X in Black, Red & Blue ~ MSRP $116USD (Sale @ $69)

IMG_0419Often times I mention when a brand is known to be consistent in sizing as this definitely helps us to find the right fit. In my experience, Heartbreaker is one to stay true to their size charts for the most part. Originally when I purchased the Marleen my measurements were 36-29-42 and I ordered a size Medium. Since the dress is made from a high quality double knit, there is a generous amount a stretch and forms beautifully to your curves. The fabric is so very soft and hugs you in all the right places but thick enough to conceal the trouble areas. Now that I am a bit smaller (36-28-40), I could easily fit in a size Small but much prefer it being a bit loose in order to avoid wearing any shapewear. The Marleen features a round Peter Pan collar in contrasting white knit with a matching belt to cinch the waist. The 1960’s straight pencil skirt bottom falls just above the knee but still modest for those like me who don’t like to show off too much leg. The wide round neckline poses a small issue with slipping off my petite shoulders but not unmanageably so.

IMG_0416For the first time last week, I wore the Marleen to work now that the cooler fall temperatures are here. The double knit fabric is quite warm and would pair well with fun colored tights. The Marleen is so comfortable and doesn’t lose it’s shape after hours of sitting behind the desk. With 1960’s fashion featuring shorter hemlines, it took some time to get comfortable with the skirt falling above the knees. All my other dresses show much less leg and I have become rather accustomed to that as part of my comfort zone. As I mentioned earlier, there was no need to wear shapewear even with the form fitting silhouette. Even a simple pair of tights would nip you in wonderfully and give you a break from the hardcore undergarments. Lately I have been trying to stay away from wiggle dresses simply because I don’t want to be required to wear shapewear 24/7 to feel confident in my clothes.

IMG_0418The simple clean lines of the design pairs beautifully with many accessories, the choices are a plenty. I love to wear the Marleen with my black patent leather round toe pumps and my favorite black & white cameo necklace. If your like me, tie you’re hair back in a high ponytail and you’re ready to go! 1960’s fashion is about simplicity and women on the move. A word of caution, the knit fabric must be hand washed in cold water and lie flat to dry in order to keep its shape. Beware – keep it away from the dryer unless you want it to shrink dramatically.

IMG_0417It’s quite exciting to see the recent trend of 1960’s fashions hitting the scene as I am very keen on the new styles being redesigned for the modern day pin up. The Marleen is fabulous for everyday and a great staple to add to your wardrobe as a grab and go type of outfit.

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Understated Beauty

Often times we see a particular item and we instantly all gravitate towards it’s beauty but what about those with an understated beauty? Maybe it’s simply due to the fact of being created by a lesser known brand or lack of marketing that lets these diamonds in the rough slip by unnoticed. The buyers at JBR Clothing seems to have a knack to finding these hidden beauties and allow us the chance to be the first to give these gems the recognition they deserve. So far H & R London has not disappointed and I couldn’t be more smitten with the Vintage Navy Floral 50’s Swing Dress.

Available in sizes XS to XXL ~ MSRP $46USD

IMG_0411The one small downfall with the H & R London dresses, sizing seems to be inconsistent and varies with each style. Thankfully I always have the lovely Rachel at JBR Clothing to give helpful advice and she has never steered me wrong. Upon her recommendation, I ordered the Vintage Navy Floral Dress in a size Large as it seemed to run small in the bust. As soon as it arrived I fell head over heels for the breathtaking floral print and it’s classic feel. The size Large fit well throughout with enough room in the waist for comfort. The design features a soft sweetheart neckline that gathers to the bust with cap sleeves and flared swing skirt. The cap sleeves allow for ample arm movement and do not restrict or cut into your underarms. In my humble opinion, I find the built in bottom hemmed tulle underskirt cheapens the design and choose to remove them from all my H & R London dresses. Don’t let the price point fool you, the Vintage Navy Floral Dress is made from a thick soft cotton material with a slight stretch. As mentioned earlier, the bust runs small and would recommend sizing up based on the size charts. For those of you who do not fancy side zippers, this is the only feature I dislike on this particular design. It appears the bust does pull very slightly to one side and believe it is due to the side zipper. Regardless, it’s quite minor and a quick tug puts everything back into place perfectly.

IMG_0403Quite often I find dresses with sleeves to be too long in the torso and require alterations every time. To my surprise, the Vintage Navy Floral Dress fit perfectly off the rack and so happy to avoid those pesky costs associated with custom fitting garments. I have to admit, this is one dress I’ve worn a lot to work as it’s so comfortable and suitable for both summer and winter due to the contrasting navy background with bold floral print.  If you choose to keep the tulle underskirt trim be weary that it is quite irritating on the skin when sitting if you’re not wearing any tights or stockings. Since I work at a desk job during the day, this was the main reason why it had to be removed.

IMG_0408The Vintage Navy Floral Dress is missing only one thing, a thin white belt to cinch the waist. Luckily I snagged one in my closet from another dress that works wonderfully. The classic feel to the dress pairs perfectly with a single strand pearl necklace. Often times I wear it with white flats for work and my high heel Mary-Janes for more festive occasions. Less is more with this style and wouldn’t suggest too bold of accessories to not take away from the lovely floral print. For a little added volume, a light petticoat or crinoline will do the trick but it’s definitely not necessary.

IMG_0406Marketing can be a great tool for many brands but more importantly are the retailers with a keen buying staff to know what their customers will love. I give big kudos to JBR Clothing for seeking out these new brands and giving their customers something they will truly enjoy. The extra bonus is the fact H & R London is affordable for almost any budget.

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Without Risk There is No Reward

Today’s post is going to be a bit different from the rest as I wanted to take the time to share with all of you how Pin Up Persuasion came to be. In a few short months, it will be two years since I began the greatest adventure of my life and I haven’t looked back! There was never a time that I could have imagined how this little labour of love could have flourished to what it has today. From day one I chose to start blogging in order to help others and that has remained the core of what Pin Up Persuasion is about.

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November 2011

Believe it or not, Pin Up Persuasion began long before the blog launched. Going back a few years now, after placing my first order with PUG I became truly passionate about my love of pinup fashion. I enjoyed being active with fellow fans on PUG’s fanpage and offered assistance wherever possible. Soon I had random fans messaging me for fit advice and recommendations based on the items I had purchased myself. The most rewarding comments came from ladies who said they were hesitant to take the plunge for fear it wouldn’t suit them until they saw the photos I shared wearing my PUG clothes. I was an average gal that inspired them to rock the look they coveted so much! How could this not make me giddy? I simply liked knowing they would not regret their decision one bit. From there, a group of us ladies became friends and wanted a place where we could not only discuss one brand but all the pinup styles that we loved so much while providing honest feedback to one another. With the help of some amazing gals, we formed Pin Up Persuasion; a private group created for open discussion about our passion of the pinup lifestyle. These ladies are who inspired me to begin blogging as they encouraged me to help others alike on a much larger scale.

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January 2012

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March 2012

I was terrified and clueless on where to begin. Until that very moment, I had never really read a “blog” and knew absolutely nothing about starting one of my own. If I was going to do this, I was going to do it right! Quickly I seeked out fellow bloggers that could provide important information on how they got started and if this was something I could do. To this day, I give sole credit to my fairy blog mother Georgina from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust for giving me the courage to take the plunge. Her words of wisdom “Just do it!” was what I needed to hear and I haven’t looked back! It was a crap shoot learning the in’s and out’s of WordPress but I think I made out quite well being self taught. The toughest part was writing the “About me” page as I was terrified no one would even care about what I had to say. Simply put, I am no model nor do I inspire to be; I’m an average gal sharing her passion for pinup in order to help others alike.

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April 2012

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August 2012

With the support of my fiance (now husband) we started taking pictures and haven’t stopped. Don’t be fooled, I loathed having my photo taken and was utterly terrified of posting them for all to see. Always battling with low self esteem has been a challenge and I was very apprehensive of opening myself up to a world of criticism. These fears quickly vanished when I received such positive feedback from the few readers I had and it only encouraged me to keep going. As you can see in my early review photos, I had zero hair & makeup skills and began learning along the way. Slowly the Pin Up Persuasion fan base grew and grew…even my own spouse could not believe how much it flourished. Having his support means more than words can express and he too enjoys being a part of the team. Yes, he is the camera man behind all the review photos you see…even giving me new posing tips after looking through my pinup magazines. lol

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October 2012

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December 2012

The blog has allowed me to discover some truly amazing brands, retailers and most importantly, make some incredible friendships. This is not a job for me, it has and will always be a labour of love. I have a regular 9/5 job working in an office where I’m fortunate enough to wear the clothing I love so much and funds my obsession. Many of you don’t know, but more than 95% of the clothing reviewed are my own purchases and not gifted items. For the small percentage that are gifted, I will not provide a favorable critique if it’s not something I personal love. Blogging is a lot of work and I do not shy away from generous offers to review products since often times they are items I get to select myself. I am truly grateful to the sponsors that regard the integrity that I insist on maintaining for my readers. Even if I don’t like something, that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be a good fit for someone else. Often times I hear from my readers saying they have similar body types or measurements, so if they think it looks good on me they know it will work for them.

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March 2013

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May 2013

I love hearing from my readers! If you ever have questions about an item reviewed or needs sizing advice before making a purchase, please feel free to message me. I’m here to help, this is why I do what I do. One of the great perks about blogging is throwing incredible giveaways for my readers. Yes, I’m often jealous of the amazing prizes and wish I could enter myself. Make sure to spread the word with your friends and family as we definitely want to have many more in the future. If you’re starting a new business and would like to be featured on the blog, do not be shy to contact me. I always welcome guest posts with open arms, you don’t have to be an experienced blogger or expert by any means.

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July 2013

Somewhere along the way I finally overcame my lifelong struggle with self esteem issues and have you all to thank. Pin Up Persuasion has been a journey of self discovery and have found a personal self confidence never felt before. I no longer fear putting myself out there and actually do it with pride. Sharing my story about my personal struggle with weight issues was a real eye opener as I was overwhelmed with love and support from all of you. Blogging has been a major source of motivation for me and I could not have come this far without it.

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September 2013

Well I think that’s enough rambling about how Pin Up Persuasion came to be. I can say from the bottom of my heart, it’s the best decision I ever made and cannot say thank you enough to everyone who made this all possible. You the readers are why I choose to do this and I want to thank each and everyone of you.

xo Jessica

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