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Introducing The Ambrosia Bowl!

Over the years, Pin Up Persuasion has had the pleasure of featuring a number of very talented independent artists within our wonderful community. Today be ready to instantly become enamored with this lovely gal’s creativity…I know I have! Now who here loves all things Disney? Mix an iconic muse with the awesomeness of vintage inspired novelty brooches made of recycled materials and you have The Ambrosia Bowl!

IMG_8382The Ambrosia Bowl is the brainchild of the super lovely and talented Canadian artist Erin, who is currently residing in Stockholm Sweden. Although her Etsy shop recently launched in May 2016, her incredible hand-painted vintage inspired brooches are already making a real splash in the pinup community. Seeing as I am a deep Disney fan at heart, it was almost impossible to choose between Alice, Mulan, Ariel, Princess Jasmine, and Eeyore but my adoration of Alice always wins in the end. Plus, how can I resist such a unique portrayal of Alice wearing living glasses that is sure to garner lots of attention?

IMG_8384Each brooch is laser cut from recycled wood, meticulously hand-painted and numbered by Erin herself. These are not your mass produced counterparts; this allows us to further appreciate the time invested in each masterpiece at such a great price point with low International Shipping rates. I was thrilled to see my brooch arrive safely in less than two weeks all the way from Sweden!

IMG_8431I am truly looking forward to seeing Erin’s creativity flourish into more fabulous designs! Make sure to check out The Ambrosia Bowl on Instagram for their latest releases and sale announcements! Shop them now on Etsy at: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/TheAmbrosiaBowl

PS. The Ambrosia Bowls is currently offering Free Worldwide Shipping until August 31, 2016 with code FREESHIP.

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Vintage Blossoms

For as long as I have been a part of the pinup community, I uphold deep admiration for the pioneers that started it all. They are the ones who took the risks of doing something “different” and in turn paved the way for what has now become the mainstream lifestyle for women around the globe. One of these incredible pioneers, Lisa Freemont Street was the motivating force to inspiring her lifelong friend from 7th grade Heather to launch a vintage inspired hair accessory line. In 2009, Belle Blossoms was born!

With a wide variety of vintage inspired hair accessories, Belle Blossoms is able to satisfy all your styling needs at very affordable prices. Choose from fascinators, hair flowers of all sorts, fruity accents, and more. Blossom of The Month is a fabulous monthly subscription service limited to 20 customers, with various packages to choose from to suit your budget. Great attention can be found in the smallest details; the end of the clips are covered with a leaf to tie in the entire design and more importantly, prevent your hair from getting caught when repositioning the piece. All the delightful designs I received are incredibly well made, versatile to coordinate with a multitude of ensembles and stay securely for all day wear.

Sophia Citrus Orchid Cluster ~ $17.99

This trio of vibrant citrus orchids is the essence of tiki charm that we love from the tropical islands. Even if you don’t travel to the Caribbean, we can always find plenty of Hawaiian inspiration in vintage fashion. With a budding collection of vintage Hawaiian dresses in my closet, the Sophia Citrus Orchid Cluster was the picture-perfect accessory.

IMG_8402 IMG_8397Gene’s Gin & Tonic ~ $14.99

The delicious lime slices accented with a cluster of little lime blossoms is hands down one of my favorite designs as it’s so easy to pair with any outfit or hairstyle. I have a serious weakness for vintage inspired fruity novelty prints and these little limes are perfect for summer!

IMG_8368 IMG_8370Lilac Side Comb ~ $19.99

These little lilac blossoms are so classic and delicate in comparison to what we normally see in vintage inspired hair accessories. Now I must admit, I had no idea how to fasten the hair comb into my hair as I am always accustomed to the prong or alligator clips. I was completely surprised on how much I loved the placement right off to the side and that the comb really secures the piece firmly in place.

IMG_8461 IMG_8464Fuoco Nelle Vene Passion Flower ~ $14.99

The simple yet bold violet passion flower is very lightweight and lifelike with the lush leaves with spiral sprig that surround the magnificent bloom. Although I don’t wear purples too often, I found this fabulous hue to be in a lot of fabulous novelty prints and a great accent piece.

IMG_8393 IMG_8390Belle Blossoms truly captures the essence of vintage style by creating fabulous hair accessories that compliment rather than overpower your ensemble. With such affordable prices for quality handmade accessories, you can now justify buying more to adorn your look effortlessly and know they will last you for years to come.

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Indulge, Life Is Sweet.

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.

IMG_7177As 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.

IMG_7185 IMG_7180Milushka 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.

IMG_7206 IMG_7205As 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.

Milushka Milushka2When 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!

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A Sprinkle of Holiday Joy

With Christmas only being less than a week away, it is time for all of us to get into some holidays spirit whether we are ready for it or not. This is the busiest time of year for everyone and it is so easy to become a Scrooge if you don’t embrace the essence of what makes the holidays so very special. Knowing that my schedule was going to be flipped upside down working long hours and filled with last minute shopping, I found the perfect way to bring a little extra Christmas cheer to my wardrobe…novelty brooches! Erstwilder did it again; their Christmas Collection 2015 was just what we all needed to carry a little holiday spirit with us wherever we go! To top it all off, Erstwilder released a Limited Edition Dear Rudolph Brooch free gift with $100 purchase for their loyal customers…I simply had to have one!

From the moment I laid eyes on the new Erstwilder Christmas Collection 2015, I had an instant crush on Ginger the Christmas Cookie Brooch. He looked absolutely darling with his stylish red striped scarf, it was impossible not to take a little bite out of him since he is full of sugar and spice. Ginger’s rich cinnamon marbled colour makes him versatile to pair with any look; whether it be a casual or formal…he will add the perfect amount of holiday spice to your life. In the essence of Ginger’s creation, I thought I would bake him some companions.

*Outfit Details*
  • Erstwilder Ginger the Christmas Cookie Brooch
  • PUG Peasant Top in red
  • Nicole Katherine Skirt
  • Madden Girl red pumps.

IMG_6849 IMG_6831 IMG_6841 IMG_6839 IMG_6843It is unmistakable, the fact that Erstwilder thought to create the Limited Edition Dear Rudolph Brooch free gift for their clients says so very much about the heartfelt people behind the brand. Seeing as they chose Rudolph as the pioneer to spread their message of thanks, I believe they know us all too well. Although we might be seen as different for our passions of eras past…doesn’t mean what makes us unique can’t be celebrated just like Rudolph’s adorable little red nose. Dear Rudolph got a chance to frolic in the snow covered forest before his big night leading Santa’s sleigh.

*Outfit Details*
  • Erstwilder Dear Rudolph Brooch
  • PUG Peasant Top in white
  • Vintage Winter Forest skirt
  • BAIT Tessa blue wedges

IMG_6797 IMG_6821 IMG_6811 IMG_6814 IMG_6812Whether your family is ultra casual or fancy, you can easily add a little extra holiday cheer to any outfit with these festive novelty brooches. The Erstwilder Christmas Collection 2015 also includes the adorable yellow duck Merry Quack-Mas Brooch, a classic holly wreath Deck The Halls Brooch, the austere owl Senor Santa Hat Brooch and the time-honored Christmas tree Tis The Season Brooch. All these limited edition designs are now sold out at Erstwilder but don’t fret if you didn’t get yours yet…there are tons of authorized Erstwilder Stockists that still have them available. I immediately went to my favorite gal Vintage Pip to nab the Tis The Season Brooch before it was too late and it should be arriving any day now just in time for Christmas. To locate designs at the closest Erstwilder stockist nearest you, email: hello@erstwilder.com. Don’t forgot to follow them on Facebook and Instagram for a daily dose of Erstwilder and to tag #erstwilder to be featured on their Instagram feed!

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xoxo Jessica

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