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Pin Up Persuasion 5th Anniversary Giveaway Bash…WINNERS!!!

bannerfinalAnother exciting Anniversary Giveaway has come to a close and I want to thank you all for participating. It warms my heart to share such fabulous prizes from all of our sponsors with the readers of Pin Up Persuasion. You are the reason why the blog continues and I would not be here five years later without your continued support.

Without further adieu, let’s find out who are winners are…

theoblongboxshop1The Oblong Box Shop $100 Gift Certificate: Kimberley Mersman

lolavonrose1Lola Von Rose Vintage-Inspired Handbag of Your Choice: Chelle Busch

atomicswag1TWO Atomic Swag Sweaters: Nikki Slifka

cecipunch1Ceci Punch Lucite Drops Trio: Mandy Calaway

retroglam1Rowena/Retroglam $75 Gift Card: Marisa Simpson

matchaccessories1Match Accessories Mystery Prize: Tracy Hill

nicoleelainevintage1Nicole Elaine Vintage $50 Gift Card: Ellie DeMilt

milushka1Milushka Hot Red Chili Peppers Charm Necklace: Jasmine Clark

heartofhaute1Heart of Haute Dress of Your Choice: Kelly Pollock-Clemett

theambrosiabowl1The Ambrosia Bowl Not Your Babe Brooch Collection: Melissa Cilliers

missfortune1Miss Fortune £35 Voucher: Andrea W.

niccoco1NicCoco Creations Lorelei Fascinator: Melissa

collectif1Collectif £75 Voucher: Vybuian Bui

punkupbettie1Punk Up Bettie Flamingo Sparkly Delight Mini Dots Hair Bow & Flamingo Hearts Delight Earrings: Carlyn Parker

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Let’s not forget to say a HUGE thank you to our sponsors who made this all possible!!!

All winners will be contacted via email and/or Facebook by Wed. Feb 8. Please keep an eye on your inbox & be sure to respond to claim your prize.

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

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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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Passion for Peonies

There is nothing more magnificent than the blooming of the lovely peony bushes as spring turns to summer. Peonies are one of my most favorite flowers with the opulent blossoms and craftiness of busy little ants opening each petal. How does one capture the beauty and essence of the peony flower to admire all year round? Well Heart of Haute seems to have found the answer to that very question with the release of their Elizabeth Dress in Bethany Floral.

Available in sizes XS-2X ~ $140.00USD

IMG_8447 As a longtime customer of Heart of Haute, I generally find that their sizing is cut more generously overall from their size charts. Although my measurements (bust 36″, waist 27″) fall in between two sizes, I always size down to a Small successfully. The Elizabeth Dress was no exception, the fit was impeccable and with the adjustable criss-cross straps there was no need to shorten them to fit my petite torso. The Elizabeth Dress features a lined bodice with darting, a straight neckline with back criss-cross adjustable straps, full pleated skirt with a matching tie belt, and side zip closure. The lush border print Bethany Floral is set on a rich deep blue background with gorgeous pink peonies and scattered small blossoms throughout. At 5′-4″ tall, the hemline falls just below the knees.

IMG_8435 IMG_8441The Elizabeth Dress in Bethany Floral is another wonderful classic addition to the great Heart of Haute line up of designs. I personally find their dresses to be very practical for every day wear and no fuss when you are short on time. The strategically placed darting in the bodice creates a flattering fit and allows ample room for comfort in the waist. Now lets talk about the gorgeous border print Bethany Floral; the striking pink peonies and scattered little blossoms took a classic design and made it marvelous! It is not very often that we see floral prints set on a lovely deep blue background and I feel that makes the Elizabeth dress even more fabulous.

IMG_8440 IMG_8461From the moment I saw the lush colours in the peonies, I knew exactly how to accessorize the Elizabeth Dress. One can never go wrong with a timeless vintage pearl necklace as the most versatile accessory of them all. To complete the ensemble, I complimented with plastic bangles in shades of pink, the Ida Fair Pink wedges by BAIT and the picture perfect Lilac Side Comb by Belle Blossoms.

IMG_8443 IMG_8445Heart of Haute has become a household name in our pinup community, delivering classic design staples with the most striking selection of prints season after season. The Elizabeth Dress is no exception and perfect for the busy modern day pinup that is always on the go.

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A Fusion of Two Eras

It is quite exciting to bring you the first review for 2016…something a little different from our customary era of the 1950’s. Lately I have been heavily influenced by my best friend Amber’s love of 1940’s fashion and finding myself gravitating towards dresses of this timeless period. Designs were heavily impacted by the material restrictions in the production of clothing imposed by the government; hemlines rose, less fabric meant lean styles, with narrow hip lines and slim all over appearance. Although we are not faced with the same struggles in this generation, we can truly appreciate the men and women who created a new age in fashion trends by the hardships they endured. More and more we are seeing vintage reproduction designers like Heart of Haute embracing diverse decades and bringing us fabulous yet functional designs like the Manhattan Dress.

Available in sizes XS-3X in burgundy, navy & black ~ MSRP $120

IMG_6857With Heart of Haute sizing, you can generally follow the size chart to find the proper fit. If you are like me and in between sizes, it is best to decide by how fitted you prefer your clothing to be; in my case I prefer mine to be snug all over therefore I go with a size Small since my bust measurement 36″ is only slightly larger than the max 35″. To my surprise, the waist is quite roomy but thankfully the Manhattan Dress has built in back ties to nip in the waist seamlessly. The Manhattan Dress features elegant pleated collar than transitions into an empire waistline with matching front button detail, puffed cap sleeves, and flared skirt. The material is one of my favorite fabrics often used by HOH, it drapes beautifully and accentuates the body flawlessly. Since the material is 100% polyester, it doesn’t crease nearly as much as cotton and easy to freshen up with a quick pass of a steamer. At 5′-4″ tall, the skirt falls just below the knees.

IMG_6870 IMG_6861When I first tried the Manhattan Dress, I wasn’t quite sure if this style was right for me. We all know Doris Mayday can rock any dress like nobody’s business but I didn’t feel the same excitement about it on me since this style was much different than what I normally wear. Sometimes it is best to put the item aside and go back to it later with an open mind. This is exactly what I did with the Manhattan Dress and all those doubts quickly dissipated. Normally I shy away from styles with puffed cap sleeves as they seem to overwhelm my petite frame but the intricate pleated collar really pulls everything together. The back ties are great to adjust how much to nip in the waste yet not constricting like a belt. I do love the functional button front detail, sometimes we just want to get away from bulky zippers and benefit from a seamless look in the back as well.

IMG_6862There is definitely something about the Manhattan Dress that makes it stand alone therefore I wouldn’t accessorize very much or at all for that matter. A simple bracelet or small vintage earrings would pair nicely for a more formal classic look. By pure coincidence, I had the perfect pair of matching shoes in my closet…the Pompeii from Miss L Fire. Although I am very guilty of wearing my hair up on a daily basis, I found that a vintage hairstyle with waves was necessary to create a polished look.

IMG_6866 IMG_6878The Manhattan Dress is a graceful fusion of two classic eras of fashion and perfect for the modern day pinup. Going out of your comfort zone might not always be a smooth process initially but I can honestly say that you won’t regret expanding your wardrobe to include a little versatility. With a new year before us, I hope to bring you more exciting styles, eras, brands and more!signature2

 

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