It is always a nice treat when you have casual Fridays to look forward to after a long busy week at the office. As a gal that loves to dress up every day for work, I do really enjoy a little casual break once in a while. This also goes for busy weekends running errands or a casual night out, but those times do not mean we must sacrifice our pinup sense of style. When I first came across Miss Ladybug California on Instagram, I was smitten with all the adorableness of their designs. Who wouldn’t delight in charming graphic tee shirts with vintage inspired themes to brighten any casual ensemble? With so much cuteness to choose from, the Miss Ladybug CA Retro Fishy Tee and the Please Don’t Scare Me Tee quickly captured my heart.
Available in sizes S-3X ~ MSRP $26USD
Seeing as this was my first time ordering from Miss Ladybug CA, I was a bit confused with the tee shirt sizing as they only list chest and length measurements. Normally I wear a size Small in most brands and I didn’t want them to be overly loose in fit. After providing my measurements to Nana (the super sweet lady behind Miss Ladybug CA), she thought it best to stick with my usual size Small since there is ample stretch in the fabric. When my order arrived super quickly, I was eager to try them on as they were so bloody cute. The size Small fit quite well overall, a little snug around the bust (36”) and with ample room in the waist (27”) for comfort. I was happy to see they were quite long in length as I prefer to wear tee shirts untucked. Since they fit just right, I will be sure to let them hang dry and avoid placing them in the dryer to prevent any shrinkage.
Miss Ladybug CA allows us to celebrate the inner child in all of us with such fanciful characters. The Retro Fishy design is very reminiscent of the vintage 1950’s chalk wares that we all know and adore. Those two cuties are the reason I discovered Miss Ladybug CA and immediately sought out where I could get my hands on them. The Please Don’t Scare Me Tee was equally as adorable and I am a little partial to redhead pinups. 😉 Both are screen printed on a light cream tee shirt made from 80% Acrylic, 18% Nylon and 2% Spandex fabric. With all screen printing, the images have a tendency to crack when stretched and over time from washing which is completely unavoidable. To prolong the life of these types of tee shirts, wash them inside out and hang to dry.
On most casual Fridays at work, I often wear my favorite pair of skinny jeans or bright coloured pedal pushers when it’s a little warmer out. Since these are both my go-to staples, they paired wonderfully with the Miss Ladybug CA tee shirts. I really love how the red pedal pushers accent the design so perfectly and add a little pizazz to such a fun casual ensemble. These versatile tees can be paired with shorts, skirts, and capris just as easily. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box by adding a little twist to make them your own.
Miss Ladybug CA has really given us even more reason to look forward to casual days to show off our style with such charming vintage inspired characters. With new designs being released regularly, make sure to follow them on Instagram for upcoming sneak peeks.
This past December, I was contacted by a lovely artist from Zagreb, Croatia looking to sponsor our 4th Anniversary Giveaway Bash. Upon seeing some of her delectable creations, I knew instantly that she would be a big hit with the readers of Pin Up Persuasion. Some of your may recall seeing her adorable dessert charm bracelet in our “Fabulous Last Minute Pinup Stocking Stuffers” recently. It is with great pleasure I introduce you all to Milushka; creator of the most realistic handmade mini pastries to adorn the body.
As I discovered Milushka’s incredible talent for making lifelike miniature sculptures, I was in awe of the amount of detail in each tiny design. They were all so realistic and definitely looked utterly delicious. My heart quickly melted when I saw the endless varieties of delightful cupcakes Milushka has created; her imagination is limitless and so is my love of all things cupcake. One of my favorite designs is the unique dessert themed charm bracelets. The combination of tasty treats with a cup of tea and mini utensils is perfect for an afternoon tea party. With each design being handmade, you can customize the selection of miniature charms along with your choice of colour combinations.
Milushka must have great creative intuition as she unexpectedly created a new charm bracelet design that was exactly what I had envisioned. From the moment I saw the “Retro Tea Party Cupcake Donut Charm Bracelet”, I knew it had to be mine. Needless to day, I was completely blown away when my bracelet arrived as the photos do not truly capture all the craftsmanship put into every element. Each charm is handcrafted down to the smallest detail, they are genuine lifelike miniatures. Get ready to enjoy two savory cupcakes while pouring some fresh tea from the green polka dot teapot into the pink polka dot teacup and a sprinkle donut to dunk but don’t forget the utensils as there’s a fork and spoon to complete the tea party affair. The charm bracelet features handmade polymer clay charms, beautiful glass pearls, a lightweight silver tone chain (lead & nickle free), and toggle clasp closure. Although the sculptures may “appear” delicate and fragile in nature, they are very solid and durable.
As you can imagine, these delightful charm bracelets pair magically with any ensemble. I could not resist continuing the tea party theme and paired it with my Pinup Girl Clothing Paris Jenny Dress. The bracelet colours all tie in beautifully with the vibrant Paris motif. To balance the busyness of the print and not take away from the Retro Tea Party Cupcake Donut Charm Bracelet, I added a solid MAK cropped cardigan with matching Hillary pumps by B.A.I.T.
When an artist finds their true passion, they pour their heart and soul into every masterpiece. Milushka’s talent can be seen in each savory miniature sculpture she imagines and creates. If you are looking for unique accessories sure to garner lots of attention, make sure to check out her Etsy Shop and Instagram for more delectable designs!
I won’t be the first blogger to admit that on occasion we suffer from “writers block” or feel uninspired to adequately express ourselves. These times usually happen when life gets hectic and we feel the pressure to not disappoint our readers. This week I was definitely experiencing that angst and decided to take the weekend to relax to get back to my happy bloggers place. Late Sunday night as I was searching for a particular photo on my laptop, I stumbled on a set of images we had taken this past fall and had completely forgotten about. From the moment I saw the rich autumn colours of that day, I quickly felt inspired and excited all over again. I am certain you will agree that the Bernie Dexter Scallop Pin Up Dress in Black with Luscious Rose deserves to be revered.
Available in sizes XS-1X ~ MSRP $156USD
When it comes to Bernie Dexter sizing, it is known that each particular style runs very different to the suggested size chart. This means we must rely on online reviews and customer feedback in our fabulous pinup forums to ensure we find the right fit. After consulting with a few seasoned BD experts, I decided to order a size Small despite my measurements (bust 36”, waist 26/27”) exceeding the size chart since this style was known to run more generously. This was indeed very true, the size Small fit me with room to spare in the waist and the bust was quite flattering, not snug whatsoever. The Scallop Pin Up Dress features the most delicate scalloped sweetheart décolletage with matching hem detail, adjustable thin straps, full swing skirt, with back zipper closure and black vinyl belt. Fabricated from a quality printed cotton which features opulent red and pink roses accented by lush green foliage. At 5’-4” tall, the scalloped hemline falls slightly below the knees.
The Scallop Pin Up Dress was one of those distinct designs that simply resonated with my love of vintage rose prints. They are truly timeless and capture the beauty of an era that is never ending. The scalloped design simply embodies the essence of the delicate nature of a rose. I found that the neckline needed a little extra pressing and proper undergarments to ensure the edges lied flat against the body as it has a tendency to curl outward. A more permanent solution would definitely be to add some spray starch to stiffen the fabric. Although the fabric is lightweight cotton perfect for the hot summer months, the solid black background makes it ideal for all seasons.
The luxury of the Scallop Pin Up Dress is that it can be dressed up or down for any occasion just by changing your accessories and shoes. In addition to being very appropriate to wear to the office, simply by adding a cropped cardigan in any of the accenting colours: pink, red, green or black. To create a quick polished look: tie your hair back in a high bun, throw on your favorite pair of round toe pumps finished off with a pair of red rose cabochon earrings. To show off the delightful scalloped hem, pair it with a contrasting red petticoat and allow it to peek through.
Sometimes it only takes the beauty of a classic rose to rekindle the creative mind of a writer. Although the Scallop Pin Up Dress is no longer available on Bernie Dexter’s main website, there are still some online shops with stock remaining and most definitely keep an eye on Bernie’s Ebay store for end of line clear outs at incredible prices.