We All Love Cherry Dollface

Recently, you the readers were asked who you would love to see interviewed on Pin Up Persuasion and the overwhelming response was the lovely Cherry Dollface! Many of you may know Cherry from her incredibly informative YouTube Pin Up tutorials. It is with great pleasure we have this opportunity to get to know a little bit more about the gal behind the camera…

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-Tell us a about the gal “Cherry Dollface”, what do you enjoy outside of your work…

  • Work takes up so much of my time! But my work is also my hobby so it goes hand in hand. I love doing hair! I also love spending time with my new husband. We have a pretty mellow life. We love movies and making dinner and going for walks and visiting museums. I am a pretty normal gal.
– When did “Cherry Dollface” begin, how did it come to be?
  • In 2004 I was at a car show and a photographer snapped a photo of me that later ended up on the cover of a magazine. From there it just kind of took off!
– What is the meaning behind the name Cherry Dollface?
  • My real name is Cherokee so Cherry was a nickname growing up. And my email forever was CherryDollface– so it just kind of stuck.
– What/who inspires you as an artist/model?
  • I find inspiration everywhere. But mostly what inspires me is happiness. I love feeling whole and happy when I go to sleep at night so I am always searching for the things in my life that make me feel that way. I love when I get emails and messages from people saying that my videos have somehow changed or improved their lives. That gives me motivation to keep going on the days when things get tough.
– When did you get your first tattoo and what was it? Which one(s) is(are) your favorite?
  • I was 19 and I got the cherries on my chest. And it is hard to pick a favorite but right now it is my back piece because it took so long and was so painful and I am just glad it is done!
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– Have you always loved the pinup/rockabilly lifestyle? When did you start embracing your love of the culture?
  • When I was 14 I learned how to swing dance and that started my obsession with vintage culture.

– If you could meet anyone living or deceased, who would it be and why?

  • I would meet Homer Simpson and share a donut and a mug of Duff beer.
– What vintage look would you like to see make a comeback with women today?

  • I think a lot of vintage looks are already making a comeback. But I would love to see modesty come back. The trend of butt cheeks hanging out all over the place is appalling.
– Have you taken any formal beauty or hair stylist training? 
  • Nope! Self taught. 🙂
– Did you ever imagine that Cherry Dollface would become what it has today? 
  • Absolutely not. It started as a fun hobby when I was in college working on a business degree. But now that degree has helped me turn my hobby into my career. I thank my lucky stars every day that I get to live the life that I do.
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– Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • Perhaps pregnant! Oh man I am going to look ridiculous. Ha! I hope that in 5 years I am dominating the world and living a happy life with my husband and loved ones
– Do you have any new and exciting projects coming up that you can share?
  • I just designed the “Cherry Dollface” dress with Steady Clothing- it should be available by the end of the year. I am also working on doing a tour of my pinup hair and makeup classes next year. So far I am doing the mid west but I am open to other cities that want to sponsor me. And I have a really big announcement coming at the end of the year but I can’t talk about it yet!
– As a role model for women and girls around the world, what would like to share with them?
  • Just be yourself. Don’t cave to the pressures of what society tells you is beautiful or “normal.” It’s ok to feel a bit weird and out of place, especially when you are a teenager. But the more true to yourself you stay when you are young, the happier you will be as you get older.
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Now let’s go with some randoms questions totally not related to switch things up…

– If you could only choose one species to save on Noah’s Ark…what would it be?
  • Koala bears. They’re so darn cute!
– Would you rather trade some intelligence for looks or looks for intelligence?
  • Looks for intelligence for sure. There is nothing less attractive than an airhead.
– What is the most unusual conversation you’ve ever had?
  • Oh man– I don’t think I can answer this one without incriminating people. My two best friends are the biggest weirdos I know, so we have lots of really random all-over-the-map conversations.
– If snakes could talk, what would they say?
  • More mice.
– What is your biggest pet peeve (what do would wish you could do to retaliate)?
  • CALIFORNIA DRIVERS!!! I wish I could teach them all how to merge. Zipper method, people!
– If you could select one person to give a million dollars but it couldn’t be someone you know…who would you choose?
  • I would go into a fire station and randomly pick a fireman. Those guys deserve it.
– Who would be more beneficial during a Zombie apocalypse – Batman or Superman? Why?
  • I have always had an insane crush on Batman, but I think Superman would take the cake. He can fly!
– If you were a vintage car, what would you be and why?
  • A 1953 Buick Skylark. Convertible. Because I look good all sparkly and topless. 🙂
– What is your favorite Barry Manilow song?
  • Mandy? Is that Barry Manilow? I’ll go with that one.

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A very big thank you to Cherry Dollface for everything & I hope you all enjoyed getting to know her as much as I did! xo

Introducing ~ Vintage Box 1947

It is always a great pleasure to discover fabulous independent boutiques and sharing them with my readers. About a year ago I came across Vintage Box 1947 on Facebook during one of their massive hair flower blowout sales and scooped up one of the most beautiful red orchid pieces for a steal of price. It was incredibly well made and looked very real for silk flowers. Recently I contacted Nina Barton, the gal behind Vintage Box 1947 and happy to share her interview with all of you!

When did Vintage Box 1947 begin, how did it come to be? 

It started just after the economy started its down turn. I was working at a mortgage company in the Bankruptcy and Foreclosure department. I was fired due to “ethical differences” and happy I was given “the boot”; never looked back!! Vintage Box 1947 started on my living room floor with odds and ends of jewelry and feathers. I booked a booth at a local show displayed my creations and it took off from there. That was over 5 years ago!

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Custom Carmen Miranda Fascinator
Model/MUAH: Cherry Dollface
Photography: Michel Muerte
Custom Cherry Dollface Lipsticks/Glosses by Bomber Betty Cosmetics: http://www.bomberbetty.com

Can you tell us more about the gal behind Vintage Box 1947? What do you enjoy outside of work? 

Being a wife and mother my ultimate joy are my two beautiful girls, Memphis who is 3 ½ and London who is almost 18 months. Watching my girls grow and learn new things is a treasure. Taking them on bike rides, the zoo, jumping on the trampoline, and playing dress-up…my girls are perfect models for my creations with honest opinions!

Doing a fulltime business with less than full time hours is tricky. But when I do have a few extra hours for myself my other joy is my garden. I love buying plants. I get to dig in the dirt! I have also taken to MMA Kickboxing, what a work out! After working on intricate designs it’s great to balance out!

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Black Widow Triple Orchid Set and Veil
Model/MUAH: Cherry Dollface
Photography: Michel Muerte
Custom Cherry Dollface Lipsticks/Glosses by Bomber Betty Cosmetics: http://www.bomberbetty.com

What is the meaning behind the name Vintage Box 1947? 

I wanted the name Vintage Box but unfortunately that name was already taken by a wine company (go figure) So, I decided to add on 1947. It is the year of a Chevy pickup truck I hope to own one day.

Do you plan to expand in the future, where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

I’m thinking big to have big. Presently, I single-hand my business and find the more Vintage Box 1947 catches on the process from customer orders to completions and shipments takes a bit longer than it did in the past. So I see hiring in the future…this is a process in itself. But, thanks to my loyal, amazing customers and fans, they are always so patient. I try to provide quality, well thought out products which take time.

I plan on taking some millinery workshops. I feel I have the design sense, and ideas to create something amazing and have a need to expand my skills and knowledge in this field.

Finally, I would love to have a storefront. My mom and I have talked about opening up a shop in northern California… Think big and get big!

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Great Gatsby Flapper Headdress
Model/MUAH: Cherry Dollface
Photography: Michel Muerte
Custom Cherry Dollface Lipsticks/Glosses by Bomber Betty Cosmetics: http://www.bomberbetty.com

What are the inspirations behind your designs, what/who inspires you as an artist? 

Inspirations come from everything. I get the most inspiration when I take a few days off with my two beautiful girls; clears my head; I get creative. Gardening; is another one of my inspirations, painting; really anything that has color inspires me. A large area of inspiration is Deco, 1920’s – 1930’s. Everything about this era is just amazing!!! The shapes and play with color.

Where do you find ideas for new designs? 

I search the web to see what is new as far as play on color. I see an outfit and think “what would work with that?”  The tricky part is finding ways to make it different, make it my own, give it my original twist.  My view about “Fashion” is that it is always changing. You can’t stick with one concept for long; have to keep yourself “on-the-move”, be innovative and going for that future look.

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Femme Fetal Spider Fascinator
Le Mew Photography
Model: Marci Horror

You definitely have a retro/rockabilly vibe to your designs and style, who are your favorite pinups models? Do you incorporate the rockabilly/pinup style into your personal life? 

I do like the retro look. I have been trying to open up new ideas to my customers as I have a huge passion for flapper, bridal etc. I have recently teamed up with Cherry Dollface who I totally adore and appreciate as a person and artist.

It is hard to say who my favorite pinup model is as the gals that I have worked with in the scene are all amazing! I try to surround myself with women who are motivated, honest, and ethical and down-to-earth.

As far as myself, I do dress slightly retro. Not heavy into the dressing up as I wear my mom hat 100 hours a day!

What is your all time favorite design you have created and why? 

The “Abigail” hat is probably one of my favorites. I was inspired by a 1900’s movie where a gal was wearing eggshell blue and mustard. Fell in love with it instantly.

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Custom Bridal hat by Vintage Box 1947.
Model Lily Cummings
Styling by Reah Norman
MUA: Johanna Javier
Hair: Alicia Fajardo

What vintage look/accessory would you like to see make a comeback with women today? 

I would say wearing items with a 1920s influence. I just love them all! “The Great Gatsby” sums it up for me. I’m waiting to see more ladies and gents strut their 1920s look!

What can we expect to see “coming soon” from Vintage Box 1947? 

I am very excited to announce that I have teamed up with Cherry Dollface to create a hair accessory line for her. They will be sold on both our sites and will be strictly branded with her name. I am flattered.

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Martini Time Bow
Model: Cherie D’Amour
Photography: GlamourPuss Pinup Studio

Where can customers buy Vintage Box 1947? Do you offer custom orders? 

You can buy directly from my website, www.vintagebox1947.com and my Etsy store but Etsy does have slightly higher pricing.

I live for custom orders! When you log onto www.vintagebox1947.com wanting a custom piece you’ll find my custom form—easy to fill out and send in. I have so much fun creating custom pieces. Some customers give me free license to create them a themed piece…rave results and repeat business!

Which famous personality do you hope to someday see wear your designs?  

So far on my list of those I would love to see wearing my designs are Dita Von Teese, Kelly Osborne and Lady Gaga.

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Allie Bombay Tiki Hat
Model: Cherie D’Amour
Photography: GlamourPuss Pinup Studio

What do you feel your customers should know about Vintage Box 1947? Or is there anything you would like to add? 

You are investing into quality, created design you will have for years. I am not a “shop” that is “whipping” out items to make a “quick buck”. I am in this for the long haul and having happy customs is something that is very important to me. I pride myself in knowing that when I send my design to a customer, I will back it up. If an issue comes up with one of my pieces, I will correct it without question (but within reason of course.) I am always working on ways to educate my customers and fans. I am constantly surveying what my customers need and want and what is worth creating. I listen to what is needed and wanted from my customers and don’t claim to know everything.

I am not a fly- by- night operation; I am a woman who loves to create and appreciates quality products. I stand behind my products and want to continue doing so for a long time.

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A very big thank you to Nina for taking the time to answer all of my questions and being featured on Pin Up Persuasion. Please check out her website to see more of her beautiful handmade creations. www.vintagebox1947.com

Stay tuned for Nina’s “How To Guide” on flower & fascinator placement!!!