In the tiki, tiki, tiki, tiki, tiki room

Hey everyone! I know it has been awfully quiet on the blog in the past few weeks…life has been a wee bit hectic and I am trying my best to find balance so that I don’t let my readers down. In addition, I have really slowed down on adding new pretties to my wardrobe in order to enjoy the pieces that I have collected over the years. Of course I will continue to showcase fabulous vintage reproduction clothing and genuine vintage in the coming weeks and months, possibly in a slightly different format but with the same love and dedication.

Earlier this spring, Disney announced the release of an exclusive collection called The Dress Shop featuring vintage reproduction designs inspired by Disney classics to be sold exclusively at their parks. The news delighted the pinup community, especially when sneak peeks were released showcasing designs that included: Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, “It’s a Small World”, The Haunted Mansion, The Twilight Zone of Terror, Orange Bird, Minnie Mouse, Snow White, and Alice in Wonderland. Instantly I fell head over heels for The Enchanted Tiki Room Dress and enlisted the help of a friend to nab me one on opening day at Disneyland’s The Dress Shop.

Available in sizes XS-3x ~ MSRP $118.

With The Dress Shop collection being brand new, no one had any idea how sizing would run so I relied of my friend’s feedback. Since we are similar in measurements, she recommended the size Small since the waist flat measured 26″ with ample stretch to the fabric. Many customers mentioned the fit was quite generous in the larger sizes and they were able to size down, sometimes even two sizes. For me, the size Small fit perfectly in the bust (36″) and waist (27″)…sizing down was not required. To make this collection even more special, each dress came in a lovely zippered garment bag with the boutiques logo. The Enchanted Tiki Dress features a gathered bust, thick wide straps with removable silk flower brooch, a fitted waistband, flared skirt and back zippered closure. What makes this truly spectacular is the vibrant Enchanted Tiki Room tropical motif set on a gorgeous green background. At 5′-4″ tall, the hemline falls just below the knees.

The Dress Shop Collection definitely lived up to all the anticipation and hype. I was initially keeping my expectations low since we had no idea what to expect from an unknown designer but Disney never seems to offer anything sub par. The fit and design is impeccable. The Enchanted Tiki Dress was made with excellent craftsmanship and quality fabric at a reasonable price point. They cut no corners; the skirt is super full and this dress is so utterly comfortable. I’m a sucker for the colour green and in this case, the adorable Enchanted Tiki Room birds really pop against the rich Kelly green background. I think the removable silk flower brooch is a nice finishing touch to the design. It is no surprise that The Enchanted Tiki Dress garners lots of compliments and admiration wherever you go.

When it came to accessorizing The Enchanted Tiki Dress, it was a no brainer to play up the tropical theme. One of my easy go to choices in these cases is a simple stack of bamboo wooden bangles and brown Malaga wedges by Remix. Some may like to add a petticoat for added fullness to the skirt, me I rather go without for a more relaxed look.

As lifelong Disney fan, the Dress Shop Collection is a welcomed addition to the vintage reproduction world. The new line sold out almost immediately, which we can only hope means more whimsical Disney designs are to come. There have been rumors that these designs will be available online in the future but there is no official confirmation at this time.

 

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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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