Monthly Archives: August 2014

Meow Giveaway Sponsored by Vintage Pip

Ladies & gents…are you ready for another fabulous Giveaway? The incredible Vintage Pip has graciously sponsored two amazing prizes for the readers of Pin Up Persuasion. If you are unfamiliar with Vintage Pip, they are a super cool online Australian boutique that carries some of the quirkiest and fun accessories that you will ever find! I would be completely shocked if you don’t fall in love with the Erstwilder brooches, they are truly the cutest things ever!

These prizes are fricken’ amazing…check them out!

First Prize

Retail value $104

Anouk’s Lost Letter (Red) Earrings


Miss Kitty Divine scarf


Miss Kitty Divine Bag


2nd Prize

Retail value $34

Miss Kitty Divine scarf


CLICK HERE to enter on Tumblr!


CLICK HERE to enter on Facebook (Mobile users)!

The Giveaway starts Monday, Aug. 24 & closes @ 12am on Sept. 8.

The Winners will be announced right here on the blog & on Facebook.

*The winners have 7 days to claim their prize, otherwise it will be forfeited and redrawn from the existing pool of entries*.

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An Ode to Vintage Barbie

Summer has been a bit of a disappointment this year with very few hot sunny days suitable to hit the beach where I live. As it’s quickly winding down, I am getting more and more excited for our upcoming trip to Jamaica next month. Our plans include lounging by the pool and beach, in you guessed it…swimwear! My suitcase is going to be loaded with all my vintage and vintage reproduction suits which will definitely include the Fables by Barrie Vintage Barbie inspired bikini. The Caitlin Swim Bra and Amelia Bikini Bottoms are a fabulous duo when paired together, both pieces I picked up during their yearly end of season sale (currently on now).

Available in sizes XS-2X ~ MSRP $68-70USD

IMG_2491The versatility of Fables mix and match pieces bode well for those of us who have uneven proportions from top and bottom. Originally when I ordered the Caitlin and Amelia, I thought a size Large was the best way to go since I was in between sizes and my hips at the time (42”) actually exceeded that size. Let’s just say, I made a very bad decision with size selection as they were much too large all over and had to exchange them both for a size Medium. Thankfully Barrie was very kind to allow me to exchange them for the proper size with no hassle. When the replacement size arrived, I saw that the Caitlin Swim Bra was not holding in my bust very well and had some severe spillage happening. Since I already knew I had to shorten the band for my narrow underbust, I brought it to my seamstress to see if she could tweak it a little to give me more support since I truly love the set so much. She is one talented lady; she simply inserted two small darts in the cup area which are concealed by the halter straps. Tada! Perfect fit achieved!

IMG_2501The Caitlin Swim Bra features an underwire support, lightly padded, fully lined with adjustable halter straps and two little ribbon bows to add a little cuteness factor. The solid black is perfect to mix with just about any bikini bottoms you already own and of course with several styles in the Fables collection. Since I was adamant in owning a vintage Barbie inspired swimsuit, the Amelia Bikini Bottom in black & white chevron was a no brainer. The Amelia Bikini Bottoms are designed with a high waist, are fully lined and very flattering to your figure. They also can be paired with a variety of bikini tops and available in two other colourways.

IMG_2495When we were in the Bahamas last May for our wedding, I was adamant on finding a black & white wide brimmed straw hat to match my vintage Barbie bikini. Unfortunately, I never found one that was just right but I am still on a mission to get one before our trip to Jamaica. Although a solid black straw hat would pair nicely, I am holding out for the black & white. Simply pair a white tie sarong for a little more coverage while you feel like going for a stroll. Some of you may have spotted that my pinup tattoo of Stephanie Castro is actually wearing a vintage Barbie style bathing suit too!

IMG_2493I absolutely adore Fables by Barrie as a whole; their creator Barrie is such an amazing lady and listens to her customers’ feedback and makes it happen. They not only make incredible swimsuits, but have a full line of sexy Western clothing which includes the infamous Scarlett Bustier that I will review in the near future.

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A Treasure Lost but Never Forgotten

In continuation with our summer vintage reproduction swimsuit series…next up is a household name in the industry, Vintage Suits by Mary! With years of experience in the swimsuit industry, Mary began creating her own line of retro inspired pieces reminiscent of the original designs from the 1940-1950’s. Last month Mary sadly announced that she will be winding down her business due to personal health issues but fortunately, you can still find many of her designs at major retailers like Pinup Girl Clothing and on clearance in the VSBM Etsy Shop.

Available is XS-2X in a variety of colours/prints ~ MSRP $97USD

IMG_2453 IMG_2445Before making my purchase, I contacted Mary directly through her social media to discuss sizing and what she recommended as I was in between a Medium/Large. As we all know, having an ill-fitting swimsuit only leads to major disappointment and self-doubt being completely exposed on the beach. Since the 2pc Swimsuit was sold as a set, Mary recommended that I go with a size Medium and the bottoms would accommodate my hips that were slightly larger at that time (36-29-42). She was spot on as the Medium fit wonderfully and stretched just enough in the hips. Now that I have slimmed down (36-27-39), they still fit perfectly and I don’t have to invest in buying new suits thankfully. The 2pc Swimsuit is fully lined with powernet fabric to smooth your lumps & bumps, features a very delightful high waist faux skirt which is ultra-slimming due to the shirring, a lightly padded halter strap top with hook neck and back closures.

IMG_2454 IMG_2450At the time that I placed my order, VSBM was offering custom orders in a variety of prints and colours in their staple designs. As I was torn between several choices, Mary sent me little swatches of all the available fabrics to choose from so that I could see them in person before investing in her pieces. I knew right away the emerald green was a must and chose a fun summer print with the teal polka dots. When both swimsuits arrived, I was blown away at the incredible quality and construction as they are all handmade pieces. You don’t have to have a perfect body to rock the VSBM 2pc Swimsuit, the high waist faux skirt combined with the powernet lining are great to hide a trouble tummy area (like I have). The padded halter top has the right amount of support to even hold a 34DD/30F bust, there’s no reason for concern that a beach wardrobe malfunction will occur. The 2pc Swimsuit is designed to flatter a curvy figure and accentuate in all the right places.

IMG_2459 IMG_2448I purchased the 2pc Swimsuit for our wedding that took place in the Bahamas, as I knew traditional bikinis were definitely not for this gal. Accessorizing them was simple and fun. I paired them with my Rx retro sunglasses, flips flops and coordinating hair flowers to complete my beach look. If you plan to walk around in your beachwear and seeking a little more modesty, simply tie a lovely sarong wrap around your waist.

IMG_2457 IMG_2447It is with great sadness to see such an incredible business shut its doors. Vintage Suits by Mary will be talked about for years to come as their swimsuits are sure to last just as long with their impeccable craftsmanship of those from the 1940-1950’s. Make sure to grab them while you still can, there are still plenty of styles available on Etsy and at Pinup Girl Clothing. Once they are gone…you will regret that you missed out.

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A Twist on the Little Black Dress

This week we have showcased three very different designs from the fabulous Spring/Summer Collection from Glamour Bunny, in hopes to enlighten you on their incredible fit and versatility. Today, we mark the fourth and final review in the series…and of course I had to save the best for last! To much surprise, I don’t own a little black dress! What are the chances of that among a plethora of dresses in my closet? I find that I have an aversion to all black as I love bold colours and prints so much. The Marylou Rockabilly Dress is my ideal little black dress with a splash of colour. And, what is a little black dress without the quintessential heels to match…meet the Cherry Shoes in Leopard red!

Available in sizes XS-3X ~ MSRP £96
Available in sizes UK3-UK8 (5.5-10.5US) ~ MSRP £56

IMG_3614As we’ve seen with the past three reviews this week, the sizing for Glamour Bunny dresses is dependable and always spot on with the size chart. My bust and hips fit within the Medium but my waist is considered a Small. I always go by my largest measurements as it’s easier to have something taken in and impossible to make it bigger, therefore I stayed with my usual size Medium. The Marylou Dress fits wonderfully from head to toe, there is no need to even take in the waist. The most unique feature on the Marylou Dress is the ornate embroidery that scallops the top of the bodice in the front and half way down the back with a cherry red trim. It also has adjustable straps (always a blessing to have), a curve hugging skirt and kick pleat to rear.  At 5′-4″ tall, the skirt falls a couples inches below the knees.

IMG_3620 IMG_3622Almost every gal has a little black dress, one that they use as a go to for any occasion when they simply don’t know what to wear. The Marylou Dress fits the bill for those seeking a twist on the traditional LBD with a subtle pop of colour. The stretch cotton fabric is curve hugging but drapes ever so lightly for a flattering silhouette. No wiggle dress is complete without the ideal shapewear, this is why I always pair mine with the Rago 1294 girdle. The Marylou just brings out the sassy girl in me, there is definitely something about that exquisite embroidery that is so playful.

IMG_3612 IMG_3610Now accessorizing this LBD was the icing on the cake with the glorious Cherry Shoes in Leopard red. I have been lusting over the Glamour Bunny heels for ages, they are the epitome of a bombshell pinup. The Leopard red does run one size smaller than the other colourways therefore I fit perfectly in the UK5(7.5US), but would normally wear a UK4(6.5US). If you are like me, wearing sky high heels isn’t a regular occurrence but a true delight when you can pull them off. To complete the ensemble, I paired the Marylou with a thin cherry red belt to match the trim and ties in wonderfully with the Cherry Shoes as well.

IMG_3629 IMG_3630Showcasing such lovely dresses from Glamour Bunny’s current collection has been such an honor and I highly recommend you catch them before they are gone forever! You can also find old discontinued styles in their Ebay Store, they are some of the best bargains you’ll find as they are top quality and designed with women’s curves in mind. Make sure to save the 10% off loyalty coupon, good on all purchases on their website. (Code – GBLOYALTY)



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