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Dress For Success Every Day

It feels like winter has been here forever and it is not even at the half way point yet. We are now into the treacherous days of deep cold so my dresses are safely hibernating in the closet. The only things that are getting me through are fabulous jumpers and tops paired with trousers for my daily workday attire. I take a lot of pride to look polished and professional, dressing for success every day…with the exception of casual Fridays. Here are two of my favorite staples this season, the Bobbie Jumper in Harlequin Harvest and Kitty Batwing Top in Purple by Miss Fortune UK.

Bobbie Jumper in Harlequin Harvest ~ £37.99

Available in sizes XS-2X

bobbiejumper2It is no secret that I absolutely adore everything about Autumn, it is the most beautiful time of year. What you may not know is that I have a real soft spot for vintage Harlequin prints, so to me…this is a match made in heaven! Initially I was unsure what size to order as my measurements (bust 36″, waist 28″) were right in between the Small and Medium, but I decided to stay with my usual size Small in hopes for a more fitted look. My decision was the right one as the Bobbie Jumper fit perfectly with enough stretch in the knit to accommodate my bust comfortably. For those of you wondering, it is made from a lovely soft acrylic knit and is not scratchy or irritating on sensitive skin (often seen with knit sweaters). The Bobbie Jumper is intentionally designed as a crop high waist; meant to be paired with high waisted skirts, trousers, shorts or jeans. The rich autumn harlequin print is extremely versatile, ideal to be worn dressy or casual with endless pairing options. Today I wanted to showcase a business casual ensemble, matching the Bobbie Jumper in Harlequin Harvest with the PUG Doris Trousers in Chocolate Brown Crepe accented by a vintage Bakelite bangles.

bobbiejumperKitty Batwing Top in Purple ~ £29.00

Available in sizes XS-2X

kittybatwingSomehow Miss Fortune UK has found a way to convert me from disliking purple to loving it! It all started a year ago with the Carrie Swing Dress in Black/Purple Tartan, since then the colour purple has magically started to appear in my wardrobe more and more. Luckily for all of you, the Kitty Batwing Tops are available in an array of additional colours…and trust me when I say you will want to buy them all! On a quick note, these tops are made to order therefore make sure to allow a little additional processing time when placing an order for these beauties. Once again, I opted to order mine in a size Small based on my measurements (bust 36″, waist 28″). The Kitty Batwing Tops are made from a super comfy jersey knit and feature a classic subtle batwing 3/4 length sleeves, with a high slash neck. They make a terrific wardrobe staple, perfect to mix and match with any bottoms. To switch up my looks, I wanted to showcase a more casual yet still professional ensemble by pairing the Kitty Batwing Top in Purple with cigarette capri pants accented by the Erstwilder Tulips brooch.

kittybatwing2Although we are all dreaming of dress season, aka Spring…we can find solitude in finding fantastic alternatives to help us weather the storm during the cold winter months. Versatile separates like the Bobbie Jumper and Kitty Batwing Top are sure to brighten your wardrobe year round. Also, do not miss out on a chance to win a £35.00 Gift Voucher from Miss Fortune UK in our 5th Anniversary Giveaway Bash! CLICK HERE to enter now. 😀

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Pin Up Persuasion 5th Anniversary Giveaway Bash!

There is no doubt about it, 2016 was one of the most challenging years since I began blogging but thankfully my readers stood by me through thick and thin. The overwhelming love and support while I was sick is truly humbling, I cannot thank you all enough for your kind words of encouragement. We made it to 2017….which is believe it or not, marks 5 years since Pin Up Persuasion began! How time sure does fly by when you are having a blast!

bannerfinalAs a token of my appreciation to the Pin Up Persuasion fans new and old, it’s time to kick off our annual blog anniversary giveaway bash! Let’s begin by thanking all of our incredible sponsors for donating such spectacular prizes…without them, none of this could be possible. Make sure to enter all the prize below, you are eligible to win each and everyone. If you run into any problems while trying to participate, please email me at pinup_persuasion@hotmail.com.

Contest starts at midnight January 11th & ends at midnight February 1st.

Winners will be selected and announced right here on the blog…so make sure to check back to see if you’re a winner!

theoblongboxshop1CLICK HERE to enter to win The Oblong Box Shop $100 Gift Certificate.

lolavonrose1CLICK HERE to enter to win a Lola Von Rose Vintage-Inspired Handbag of Your Choice.

atomicswag1CLICK HERE to enter to win TWO Atomic Swag Sweaters.

cecipunch1CLICK HERE to enter to win the Ceci Punch Lucite Drops Trio.

retroglam1CLICK HERE to enter to win the Rowena/Retroglam $75 Gift Card.

matchaccessories1CLICK HERE to enter to win a Match Accessories Mystery Prize.

nicoleelainevintage1CLICK HERE to enter to win a Nicole Elaine Vintage $50 Gift Card.

milushka1CLICK HERE to enter to win the Milushka Hot Red Chili Peppers Charm Necklace.

heartofhaute1CLICK HERE to enter to win a Heart of Haute Dress of Your Choice.

theambrosiabowl1CLICK HERE to enter to win The Ambrosia Bowl Not Your Babe Brooch Collection.

missfortune1CLICK HERE to enter to win the Miss Fortune £35 Voucher.

niccoco1CLICK HERE to win the NicCoco Creations Lorelei Fascinator.

collectif1CLICK HERE to enter to win a Collectif £75 Voucher.

punkupbettie1CLICK HERE to enter to win Punk Up Bettie Flamingo Sparkly Delight Mini Dots Hair Bow & Flamingo Hearts Delight Earrings.

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All prizes must be claimed within 7 days of contest end. Any unclaimed prizes will be forfeited and redrawn on the 8th day from the existing pool of entrants.

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Life Behind the Mask

Everyone knows Pin Up Persuasion is centered around fabulous vintage inspired fashion and the “pinup” lifestyle but occasionally we switch gears to talk about the hard stuff as well. It is no secret that 2016 was one of the toughest years of my life battling severe health issues, making major life changes and I struggled…I struggled HARD! This is not easy to admit as I am a very proud person but we must acknowledge when we need help and support of those around us. A few months ago, I honestly had no idea if Pin Up Persuasion would see its 5th Anniversary. I was in a dark place, not able to find the spirit in me to continue on with the one thing that has brought me so much joy over the years. It pained me terribly but I just could not bring myself to write, let alone genuinely smile in front of the camera. The blog was quieter than it has ever been but I made it a personal mission to not abandon my readers as this was not something I was prepared to do.

My husband asked me one day “have you lost interest in your passions?” referring to loving vintage clothing and blogging. I knew the answer was wholeheartedly HELL NO! But his outside observation made me realize I had lost a part of myself along the way. The last few months I have felt like a shell of myself just going through the motions of life, not knowing where I would end up. It felt like a black hole of a funk that was never ending; putting on a little makeup and nice clothes for work was a struggle most days. At no time would I ever be seen in public wearing jogging pants or looking like a slob but I had become that person. Maybe that sounds overly dramatic but my pride and self-confidence had clearly gone astray.

Retail therapy was not exactly helping with the true nature of my depression but it gave me a little pick-me-up to buy something nice at that moment. All my pretties sat dormant in the closet along with the new ones just got tossed in a pile, not even tried on. Still, I hadn’t loss my love of vintage clothing but I retreated from regular social media interactions on most days. I was emotionally, mentally and physically exhausted…the thought of having to get caught up on what happened that day online brought on an overwhelming feeling of anxiety. Seriously I was dumbfounded, what the hell is wrong with me…this was so trivial! This only caused me to retreat further and distance myself from even my close online friends as I didn’t want to burden them with my life problems. It took me a long while to confide in one of my closest friends as I felt this surely sounded so petty to someone else. Thankfully she listened and made me understand that after all that I had been through this past year…anyone would have reached their breaking point. I guess I had never looked at it that way, life finally caught up with me and I crashed landed hard.

Day after day, I went through the motions and kept on the best I could. In early November, I was lucky to go on a trip of a lifetime to Disneyland thanks to my friend Mae and I made sure to enjoy every moment together. We visited with a few old friends and made some new ones as well. You all know how much I love Disney, being in one of the most magical places on earth with one of my closest friends was a dream come true. This vacation came at time that I needed it the most. Being around friends helped change my frame of mind and feel “normal” again…lifting my morale tremendously. Saying goodbye was one of the hardest things though, it would be at least 6 months or more before I would see them again. Distance sucks! Once I returned home, I went back to my old routine with the mindset of pushing through and organizing the blog’s next anniversary giveaway. There was a long while that I doubted that I could muster the energy and time to do so, but I finally realized I wasn’t done with blogging.

Although I was still battling with the funk, I saw a pile of beautiful new clothes that I really wanted to feature on the blog. Ok, this was a good sign right? One Saturday evening I put in some foam rollers before bedtime and planned to do my first blog photoshoot in months the following day. While I prepped outfits, did my makeup and setup the studio downstairs, I was cautiously excited. The first ensemble I had been really looking forward to from my recent purchases and is by far the furthest thing out of my comfort zone…a jumpsuit! The cynic in me was out in full force but I didn’t let that stop me from going in front of the camera, I CAN DO THIS! My husband remarked on how much he liked this outfit and he thought it really looked nice on me (for those of you who don’t know my hubby, he doesn’t shy away in telling me when he dislikes something I wear). After that session, I felt something inside me really light up…I was feeling energized with a massive boost in self-confidence. This overwhelming feeling truly caught me by surprise and for the first time, I shared a bit about my day and struggles with all of you on social media. This was the pivotal moment where I realized I had found my “spirit” again. How cheesy it may sound, it is how I can define the black hole that I had been lost in for so long. You become a shell of yourself battling depression, not knowing when or if you’ll come out on the other side.

Some people may say that I don’t owe anyone an explanation for the last few months but I feel people need to see how life is not perfect behind mask we often wear. So many of us struggle with depression and no one should have to suffer alone. I have poured my heart in soul into Pin Up Persuasion and my readers are some of the most incredible people I tell ya! Whenever you take the time to comment on a blog post or social media, it warms my heart tremendously. It may sound silly but those are the things that helped me push through along with my hubby, friends and family. Thank you all so much for sticking by me these past 5 years and hopefully there will be many more to come! xo

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Pinup Fashion For All Generations ~ Part Three: Sixties

What a better way to finish off the year with the final installment of “Pinup Fashion For All Generations”. Each lovely dame has shared how they embody their love of vintage fashion everyday. They demonstrate how to transcend the pressures of the media to dress or act a certain way depending on your age. Today’s lovely dame is such an inspiration in our pinup community and I couldn’t be more honored to have her guest post for Pin Up Persuasion. We can only dream of looking this fabulous when we are in our Golden Years!

Sixties

Ingrid “Pinup Granny”

“How to pinup as a granny

As a child of the fifties PUG is memory lane for me. I still remember what a 1958 Cadillac looked like when it was brand new. I’m a 64-yo granny and live with my husband in Helsingborg, a small seaside town in Sweden. We have a house, two cats and a very happy life. Hubby works from home with tech support and I play housewife.  I totally blame Nigella Lawson for my PUG addiction. I love her; have almost all her cookery books and anyone who has seen the iconic photo of her wearing a red wiggle dress know what I’m talking about. That dress got me looking and I found a few sites on the net.

What I love most about the designs from Pinupgirl Clothing is the quality and versatility. PUG offer garments that are casual, work appropriate, elegant, edgy or outright sexy af. Whatever I want to do and wherever I plan to go there is always something fit for the occasion. As a retiree I usually do house and garden work in the morning. In summer that means casual shorts and a top. After that I shower and put on something nice like the LB high-waisted shorts or a dress. I have a few skirts, but I’m not a skirt girl. Dresses and pants feel more comfortable.

The PUG fan page on Facebook is very encouraging and a great source of inspiration. I never thought I’d dare to wear a wiggle dress or shorts in public, but now I do and feel fabulous. I was on the fence with the Jenny dress for a long time, but the Paris Jenny was a hit and is now one of my favourite summer dresses. PUG brings sunshine to my golden years.”

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There are very few fashion communities that embrace women of all ages, shapes and sizes like our pinup family. I say “family” as that is what we truly are. There is so much love, respect and support among women from around the globe, all brought together by their passion for vintage fashion. Let us end 2016 celebrating our incredible pinup family! Don’t forget the past, EMBRACE it! Thank you all for your continued support and see you in 2017!!! Happy New Year!!! ❤

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