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Guest Post: Pinup Hair 101 by Miss Lark Bahar

Hey guys and dolls!

Miss Lark Bahar here! I’m a Turkish-American gal who loves all things vintage, from the fashion to the culture. I recently created my own blog where I like to post hair tutorials, product reviews, outfits, music, and anything else I can think of. As someone who adores everything vintage but doesn’t really have anyone to talk about it with in person, blogging and Instagramming has been an amazing way to connect with like-minded people.

While I’ve been at it with the Instagram game for quite awhile, I’m so new to the blogosphere that I was terribly excited and flattered when Jessica contacted me asking for guest posts! As someone who’s self-taught in every aspect of vintage fashion who particularly enjoys playing with hair and gets questions on the topic all the time, we quickly agreed on my post involving hair tutorials.

So without further ado, I present to you two video tutorials and a pictorial that I hope will help you with achieving that authentic vintage look and give you ideas for ways to play with your hair.

The Wet Set

I’m a firm believer in the power of a good set. Any 1940s-1960s do you want to execute is going to require the right kind of set, and I personally find that this is the one that both lasts the longest and is the most versatile.

As someone with naturally curly, coarse, and very thick hair, I find that wet setting my hair with a combination of standing and flat pin curls works best and gives me a softer, fluffy look while still producing nicely formed curls that don’t frizz. While I’ll occasionally use foam rollers if I want a ’60s look, these sets never last as long and give me more of a heat set look which is a bit too smooth for my tastes. I’ve also found that wet sets work on the widest range of hair types, so if you have the time and are looking to leave behind the damage of heat styling or just looking to try something new, I highly suggest wet setting with pin curls!

Products You’ll Need:

1. Setting lotion (I personally alternate between Lottabody and Garnier Fructis Spray Gel – the latter having a firmer hold)

2. Plenty of bobby pins

3. Spray bottle full of water to spray hair when it dries out too much

Collage_FotorStart with damp hair and make sure the ends are saturated or they’ll

frizz when you brush your hair out. Follow the pattern shown below these photos by creating two rows of two standing pin curls on the top of your head facing away from your part, and then one on each temple, facing down, and secure them with at least one bobby pin. These curls should be rolled as close to your scalp as possible. The larger you make them, the larger your wave will be! The standing pin curls help give volume.

Collage_Fotor2Start to create flat pin curls in alternating rows around the head (see diagrams below), making sure not to roll the top row of curls all the way to the base – you want a flat area along the crown of your head where the hair is pulled taught, and making sure not to twist the hair around as you roll it. You can either criss-cross two hair pins over each pin curl, or just do one, whichever secures your curls the best, and the number of rows you incorporate just depends on how much hair you have! If your hair is shorter, you’ll want to create larger pin curls with a higher density of hair (as shown in the first photos), and if your hair is longer and so heavier, needs help forming a true curl, or if it’s an area that you know droops faster (as I know my bottom two layers do), form much smaller, thinner pin curls to compensate.

Once you’ve finished your rows, go around the crown of your hair and place hair pins framing the pin curl row on top in order to pull the hair as taught and flat as possible to keep it smooth when you take your set out to brush.

Collage_Fotor4Lastly, feel around your head and find any loose curls or un-tucked ends, secure them in place, and voila! A wet set that’ll do you good. My hair, being quite welcoming to curls, can last up to 10 days (though I generally only go for 7 days). This same set will last about 2-3 days on someone with thick stick straight hair.

Here are some pencil drawings I created a month or so ago of my set so you can see direction more clearly:

IMG_1430_Fotor2 IMG_1429_Fotor1 IMG_1426_FotorIf you’d like to see how I brush out my wet set, you can take a peak here.

And the end result looks something like this:

Collage_FotorWhile this set lasts a long while, it does start to droop after awhile, so I personally spend about 3-4 days with my hair down before starting to opt for some kind of up-do.

I recorded two of my easiest go-tos for you guys to take a peak at. Sadly, the sun was not cooperating with me, so the lighting’s a bit funky and difficult to work with with my black hair, but hopefully you’ll be able to see well enough to get the idea!

The 1940s Snow-White Do

The first of the two is my casual 1940s up-do that’s very reminiscent of Snow White and gives a fun, youthful feel to my look! I prefer to accessorize this look with a scarf, but also love throwing a hat on the back if I want a little something extra.


The 1940s Lucille Ball/Betty Grable Do

The second is a fun poodle half up-do that emulates 1940s Lucille Ball and Betty Grable that looks a little something like this (hat optional):


Getting a pin-up, retro, or vintage look involves many little steps that lead to an overall put together look. While I love collecting vintage and reproduction clothes and accessories, I found that hair was what tied everything together for me. While I’d dabbled in wearing retro skirts and dresses before, it wasn’t until I began wet setting every week and playing with my hair for fun that vintage truly became an all-encompassing lifestyle for me. While the wet set I showed you definitely takes time, I personally think it’s worth it; however, the two videos I linked can be executed with any kind of set, whether heat, foam, or pin curl! And they’re incredibly fast and easy when you can see what you’re doing.

I hope this has all been helpful for you all and gives you some ideas for new ways to play with your hair.

Thanks again to Jessica for inviting me to write for her blog! It’s been a pleasure working with you to write for one of my favorite blogs out there.


Miss Lark Bahar


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Thrifting Pin-Up Style by Jen from Betties N Brimstone

***Guest Post by Jen from Betties N Brimstone***

Hi, I’m Jen from the Betties N Brimstone ( blog! I’m so excited to guest post today about one of my most favorite hobbies – thrifting! So many people tell me that they never find anything when they go thrifting… but you have to know WHERE and HOW to look! It also doesn’t hurt to go regularly. Some days I score big time, and other times I may walk out with nothing. Here’s a typical trip through the thrift store with me:

I start at housewares.

housewaresI collect Pyrex, so I buzz past there first, just in case…on this particular day, there were two pieces of Pyrex, but they were so dishwasher-damaged that it wasn’t worth it. Pass.

Then, I head over to pictures and frames.

framesI collect religious art, so I sometimes find an awesome gaudy piece for my collection. No such luck today, but there are always a bunch of chunky frames (you can buy these and just pop out the artwork and glass!) that are super cool for brooch display boards and other DIY projects.

Speaking of brooches, I like to wander by the jewelry display case to see what kind of cute brooches or other accessories are available:

broochesCurrently, there are a ton of cute holiday brooches available. I do dream of spotting a Bakelite bangle one day…but it hasn’t happened yet!

Next, I wander through the other housewares and decorative items. Today I found an awesome black cat sculptural ceramic piece that I think I’ll use to hold business cards at art fairs. Score!

Next, I stroll past the skirts, just in case.

skirtsSavers organizes all of their clothing by size, so I’ve developed a pretty good scanning eye for specific fabrics (I once snagged a Hell Bunny dress for $9.99!), and I seem to have most success at finding pencil skirts in vintage-y wool plaid fabrics. I’m always looking for swing or circle skirts, too.

One of my favorite sections as of late is cardigans! I have discovered that it is best not to put yourself in just one size. I’ve found awesome sweaters tagged large, medium, AND small, so you never know. If you have the patience, flip through all of them, and pull out anything that catches your eye. You can try them on later and weed out your faves. It’s amazing how many designer brands you can find on the rack!

bananarepublicI always look for pin-up-ish cardigans with a slightly fitted style to them, which usually means sizing down. Lately, I’ve been scouring for cropped cardigans, as I’m only 5’1” and the cropped style works really great over my vintage repro dresses. Be open minded! I’m always surprised at what works and what doesn’t prior to trying them on! Today I found four possible options that I threw in my cart:

cardigan-choicesI tried them on, and ended up keeping the black cropped cardigan (always a staple piece that one can use!) and the striped tie-style cardigan:

tryonNormally, I don’t go for tie-style cardigans, but I do love me some black and white stripes! I have a black Jenny dress from Pinup Girl Clothing that would be so cute with this! Score!

I have actually built up quite a collection of cardigans from thrifting, both cropped and longer length:

cardigansI actually keep a list of what colors I have, so that when I’m out, I can look specifically for colors that I don’t have, and don’t accidentally re-buy a piece I already have! The best part about thrifting for cardigans is that I typically spend $5-$10 per sweater, sometimes less if there’s a sale or I have a coupon!

Next, I head across the aisle to long-sleeve knits. This section is newer for me. I used to skip over it, until I realized how many awesome boat-neck-style tops I could find for my circle skirts for awesome prices!

boatneck1 boatneck2On the way to the next section, I pass by coats and skim the options. Today there was a super cool faux fur coat that’d be great for a pinup style! I don’t currently need a winter coat, so I passed, but how cool is this?

coatMy new favorite section is the lingerie and nightgowns. I’m on the hunt for awesome vintage nighties and glamorous robes!

lingerieSo far my collection is quite small. Only two vintage nightgowns. But today I found this awesome long sheer black robe/dressing gown that I am so psyched about! I think I’m going to start lounging around the house in this and pretend I’m Dita Von Teese. 🙂 All I need now are some maribou slippers.

My final stop on the thrifting rounds is belts and accessories. This is a great place to find vintage hair scarves! I have a ridiculous collection right now though, so I instead focus on belts.

belt-shoppingI’m kind of collecting a whole rainbow of options at the moment. The best part about thrifted belts is that I typically pay $1-2 dollars each, so if they don’t hold up, I’m not too sad about it. Today I spotted three options:

belt-ideasBut when I tried them on, one was too worn out, and the other two were too big. Whomp whomp. Even though I didn’t get any belts today, I have actually had a LOT of luck finding them. Check out this collection:

beltsEvery single belt in this photo was thrifted!

In the end, I purchased six items: two cardigans (one black cropped, one striped tie-style cropped), a vintage Tupperware canister in green, a ceramic black cat sculpture, the long black sheer robe, and a pale pink nightie. My total was $21. Seriously! Awesome!

whatIpurchasedThis was just one trip on one week to the thrift store. Every week is different from the rest. You just have to keep going and looking, and you never know what treasures you’ll end up with! I hope that this post helped you form a strategy for your next thrifting trip, pin-up style – and feel free to drop by my blog ( and let me know what awesome items you’ve scored while thrifting!

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Accessorizing 101 by Kara Shaw from The Dressed Aesthetic

***Guest Post by Kara Shaw from The Dressed Aesthetic***

TheDressedAesthetic_FEATUREDHello Jessica’s readers! I’m Kara and I blog over at my little corner of the internet, The Dressed Aesthetic. I’m a marine biologist with equal parts love for science, vintage, and coffee and pretty much live my life in vintage dresses. Yep, even in the lab.

One of my favorite things about blogging has been the incredible community of similarly minded vintage loving gal’s I’ve met and had the chance to collaborate with. So, when Jessica asked for guest bloggers for Pinup Persuasion, I naturally jumped at the chance to work together. Is she the cutest or what?

So, as a bona-fide Professor, I was asked to take you all to school today, for a lesson on Accessorizing 101. It’s a topic I get asked about a lot, primarily from women who love the finished look but have no idea how to get there themselves. It’s definitely something to experiment with, because accessorizing can take you from just fashion to developing your own personal style. I’m here to help you navigate the waters! (yeah, sorry, I should warn you of my nerdiness and the fact that I tend to have a lot of marine-related analogies)

One of the best tools I have for mixing and matching and experimenting with different looks is our wardrobe organization app Dressed – which basically let’s you import your own clothing, shoes and accessories and mix and match to create and plan outfits. Think Cher a la Clueless (if you’re interested, you can read all about it on my blog). Being able to try on clothing form the comfort of my sofa, with a glass of wine in hand, is a major win in my book.

TheDressedAesthetic_DressedAappFor me, accessorizing a look is broken down into four categories (in the immortal words of Stacey & Clinton (// Color, Texture, Pattern, and Shine. And any outfit I have can have varying levels of these four things, but they’re almost always present to some capacity.

All right, let’s dive in!


Before I layer anything on, the key is to start with a good foundation. Whether you love dresses and skirts or denim and heels, the key is and will forever be fit. So, start with a garment that fits you well and that you feel fabulous in.

For this, I started with a base blue dress I bought from Modcloth years ago. The vibrant royal blue ticks off the color box pretty quickly, and the pleating at the bust actually already gives the dress a bit of texture (I was clearly an overachiever in School).

For me, the best kind of silhouette is a fit and flare style – the love a cinched waist and a flared skirt. Though I stray from this occasionally, we’re in a committed relationship and I’m nothing if not loyal.

TheDressedAesthetic_01 TheDressedAesthetic_02Next, I tend to add a complimentary color – I’m not a big fan of matchy-matchy, so I’ll usually choose a color on the opposite side of the color wheel. You can also play with different tones of the same color, which sit next to each other on the color wheel.

Color_Wheel (photo credit: HGTV)

In this case, I went with a gorgeous golden orange shoe. It can be intimidating to try to work out what color “goes” versus matches – but following a standard color wheel is a good place to start. The best thing you can do is play around with it and try a bunch of different things. What’s the worst that can happen? Maybe you’ll even start a new color trend…

TheDressedAesthetic_03 TheDressedAesthetic_04Texture

I always like to make sure there’s texture in my look. If you’ve ever taken an art class, you’ll know some artwork has what is called ‘relief’ – which is where parts of the piece has been raised above the background. Texture helps to give relief in an outfit, which creates depth and gives a bit of visual interest.

I already had a bit of texture in the bodice of the dress. But, I wanted to add just a bit more (I’m a ‘more is more’ kinda gal. Sensing a theme yet?). For those of you who are running headlong into autumn, this is a great opportunity to burst forth with those fun tights! For this, I went with some sheer patterned tights I bought on Modcloth:

TheDressedAesthetic_05 TheDressedAesthetic_06 TheDressedAesthetic_07They’re cute, add a bit of texture without too much, with the added bonus of a bit of extra warmth when cooler weather starts to tighten her grip.


Next up – add in a print. Whether there’s a print on my shoe or on an item of clothing, I always think prints really give an outfit and a bit more character, particularly if everything else in my outfit is a solid. This is always an opportunity to play with layers.

The tights were serving double duty as both a print and a texture (gold star for me!), but I also opted to layer a beautiful floral vintage jacket I’ve had for years – the orange flowers tied in perfectly with the orange of the shoe, and it breaks up the solid monotony of the dress. Plus, it has the most beautiful rhinestone buttons (if you’re me, there is always room for more sparkle).

TheDressedAesthetic_08 TheDressedAesthetic_09 TheDressedAesthetic_10A quick note on mixing prints – putting prints together can be an art form in and of itself. If you’re just starting to play with them, a good rule of thumb is to mix up the scale of your print. So, try a big bold floral print with some small pinstripes. Or a polka dot crop top with a scenic print skirt. It also helps to repeat colors – prints that you think would have no business going together can if they share a color story.


Next up is BLING! This is the opportunity to add a little (or a lot) of sparkle. You can usually add in splashes of sparkle with your jewelry choices.

I tend to be more minimal with jewelry – it’s very rare you’ll find me wearing earrings, a necklace, and a bracelet. I usually opt for one or two, and ensure that they compliment the rest of the look or provide a bit of contrast. For my first element of bling, I wore a necklace that belonged to my grandmother, who we lost early last year. Not only is beautifully sparkly, but the sentimental value kind of makes me shine from within (and isn’t that really the point after all?)

TheDressedAesthetic_11 TheDressedAesthetic_12I also added a bit of extra shimmer with my handbag – nothing over the top, but this stunning vintage basket bag has the most beautiful resin squares on the front, that catch the light just so, which always reminds me of a sunset. You’ll notice I kept to the golden/orange color theme, but mixed up texture, print and shine.

TheDressedAesthetic_13 TheDressedAesthetic_14The Finished Product!

From there, I get to burst forth into the day and feel fabulously accessorized. Clothing speaks so loudly to who we are – why not have it really represent our personality? For me, is the ideal work look that still keeps a bit of Kara-esque pizazz intact, which puts a bit of spring in my step as I skip off to the lab. After which, I usually dance around the garden like a fool, while my superpup Willie looks on in amusement…

TheDressedAesthetic_15(Caption: Outfit styled using Dressed for iPhone)

TheDressedAesthetic_16 TheDressedAesthetic_17 TheDressedAesthetic_18 TheDressedAesthetic_19 TheDressedAesthetic_20 Color, Texture, Pattern, & Shine – None of these are hard and fast rules, because the best way to develop your own style sometimes is to just break the rules, try new things, swim upstream. Truthfully, the most important element of any outfit is going to be your confidence – Rock the body you have, rock the style you want. Because feeling good in what you’re wearing is the best accessory there is.

Thanks again to Jessica for letting me meet you all. Feel free to check out my vintage-wearing shenanigans over at The Dressed Aesthetic. If you have any questions on accessorizing, I hope you message me!


Outfit Details:

Dress: Chocolate Martini via Modcloth

Jacket: Vintage Handbag: Beleza Vintage

Necklace: Vintage, belonged to my grandmother Tights: Achilles’ Zeal Tights, Modcloth

Wedges: Jeffrey Campbell

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Ray of Sunshine by Lauren The Homemade Pinup

Guest Post by Lauren the Homemade Pinup


Hello dolls! I’m pleased as a peach to be contributing for Pinup Persuasion – this is almost the Holy Grail of vintage and pinup blogs, wouldn’t you agree? Over at my own blog, The Homemade Pinup, I frequently write about me-made vintage pieces or re-dos and I thought I’d share one of those with y’all today.

Environmental responsibility is a big priority for me, and that is part of what makes vintage so appealing. Rather than creating a higher demand for newly made products, I prefer to find a unique piece from decades ago that saves resources to boot.

While vintage is clearly about a certain aesthetic, I also feel that it can be about a certain mindset or way of living. As I’m sure many of you know, during World War II women were encouraged to refashion or repair their old, worn clothing rather than buying completely new garments. For our own time, I’ve interpreted that to mean that while I may not be able to realistically have a brand new clothing item each week, I can find inventive ways to repurpose or mix-and-match what I already have. I’d love a larger vintage wardrobe, but right now, it just ain’t gonna happen! In true forties fashion, however, the Make Do and Mend movement is still alive and well today – or at least I hope to encourage its resurgence!

Grand Ways photoRemaking or refashioning thrifted garments – or even better, ones already in my own wardrobe – is my easy contribution to helping both the environment and my budget, and be perfectly forties to boot! I recently remade a dress of mine that I originally completed back in 2011, which I had named the “Sunshine Dress.” It was certainly not my best work, as I was still learning then, and was showing its age as well as its lack of style. I always felt the dress lacked a certain panache or detail; additionally, it had too short a skirt for my current taste, so apart it came! Here’s how it used to look…

HS photo glove photoIt was originally sleeveless, though even then I covered the bodice with a sweater since the neckline didn’t turn out how I intended. (Also, I couldn’t resist including the latter photo! I’m wearing a pair of gloves my grandmother gave me, which were gifted to her by her father in the forties. Aren’t they divine?)

My newly refashioned dress is constructed from Simplicity 1459, a delightful reprint from a late fifties/early sixties original. This dress was supposed to be the one I graduated in, as yellow is one of my university’s colors, but my sewing machine chose to revolt and conk out when I was about halfway through. Oh, well. Sometimes the sewing fates decide things for you. It was finally finished about a month behind schedule, but better late than never!

Disney photo 1 Disney photo 2 Disney photo 3 Disney photo 4The white collar and skirt panel were done by necessity – I simply didn’t have enough fabric leftover from the last dress to do otherwise – but I think they added so much more charm to this number! And isn’t that just “Make Do and Mend” to a T? Additionally, gingham skirts with a thick white border are quite authentic and I think the effect is darling. (As a side note, there’s some GREAT inspiration here for Mommy/Daughter outfits! Miss Betty Doll, I’m lookin’ at you 😉

Florida Fashions 1951 photoI was overjoyed to find the below image from Montgomery Ward 1959 and realize how similar it is to my own dress! Finding a period photo like that really solidified how suitable my design is for the era I’m emulating.

Montgomery Ward 1959The reception of vintage is unlike anything else, I’ve noticed. People respond incredibly well to these classic fashions, from young children to mothers and fathers and grandparents alike. I think there is something wonderfully relatable to vintage era ensembles, as they can be demure, sweet, sexy, adorable, and more all within the same outfit – a very hard thing to achieve, particularly within the limits of modern fashion. What’s your favorite adjective for how dressing vintage makes you feel?

Disney photo 5 Disney photo 6 Disney photo 7Do you, like me, have any specific reasons for dressing vintage besides how it looks? My passion for saving resources and time through my vintage and re-do lifestyle has led me to coin the term #WomensFashionArmy – modeled after the Women’s Land Army of WWII – for those of us who creatively rework our wardrobes to better make use of its infinite possibilities. I’d love to have y’all jump along my bandwagon!

Stop on by my blog for more inspiration and be sure to drop me a line if you do. Thanks for having me!

Until next time,

Lauren || The Homemade Pinup

P.S. Watch out for Part Two of this post, filled with ideas to eek out more outfits from your current vintage wardrobe!

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