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Vintage Long Stem Roses Dress by Roy H. Bjorkman

One thing that I know for certain, my adoration for all things floral came at a very early age. My mom dubbed me a natural green thumb as she always knew where to find me when I was a kid…out in her gardens planting and watering the flowers. Every year I would find new species that I would fall in love with, they are all so beautiful in their own special way. The memory that I will never forget is the anticipation her only rose bush to be in full bloom; it had the most beautiful rich deep pink roses I have ever seen. It should come as no surprise that my love of floral prints has only grown over the last few decades and can easily be seen in my vintage wardrobe collection.

  • Dress โ€“ Vintage Long Stem Roses Dress by Roy H. Bjorkman
  • Shoes โ€“ B.A.I.T Tessa Wedges in Cornflower Blue
  • Jewelry โ€“ Vintage rhinestone bangles

The greatest thing about collecting vintage floral prints, is that there are endless possibilities out there to discover. It is no surprise that the classic rose was very common in the 1950’s. Fashion designers captured their beauty by making them center stage in their designs. Often we will see the same prints being used by different designers, each one utilizing their creativity to make theirs unique.

In recent years, I have come across the Vintage Long Stem Roses print in red and yellow in a variety of styles but they always eluded me as they were much too small in size or WAY over my budget. This past May, I stumbled upon an IG sneak preview photo from Swanee Grace of the most elegant Vintage Long Stem Roses Dress but this time in purple, blue and yellow roses! I was even more excited when I saw the size was my exact measurements but expected a very hefty price tag. Luckily the shop owner posted the exact time it would be listed on Etsy so I was refreshing every 10 seconds in anticipation. Needles to say, I didn’t hesitate when I saw it was withing my budget and sped through the checkout process like a madwoman.

Never before had I seen this stunning colourway and I truly adore it more than the red/yellow version. The Vintage Long Stem Roses Dress by Roy H. Bjorkman is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. I didn’t even realize the background colour is a soft powder blue, usually you only see it in white. This definitely made the dress even more unique and extra special. The bodice features gorgeous diamond rhinestones scattered throughout. Miraculously, the dress is in pristine condition…barely worn over the past 6 decades.

When it comes to collecting vintage, the best piece of advice that I can pass along is to be patient. Vintage can be an incredibly frustrating passion at the best of times but those who are patient, often find the most amazing treasures when they least expect it. Do not lose hope…those special treasures will find you when the time is right.

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Viva Rockabilly Weekend 20 Outfits Round Up!

As many of you know, the one thing I truly look forward to when attending the Viva Rockabilly Weekend is getting all dolled up. The guarantee of beautiful hot and sunny weather always makes it the best place to step up my game and really go for it especially at the car show. This year, I chose to shop my closet rather than spending a lot of unnecessary money outfits just for Viva. I am the first to admit that in years’ past, I went way overboard with how much money I spent on outfits just for Viva. Luckily over the years, I have curated a lovely collection of vintage pieces and learned to be way more budget savvy along the way. To complete a few ensembles, I sourced inexpensive staple accessories from Etsy and Ebay that I can wear again. In addition to showcasing each outfit in the round up, I will detail what was from my closet vs purchased.

Wednesday

We flew in that morning from Detroit and I chose to arrive already dressed for a day of exploring Vegas. This entire look was put together from items in my wardrobe.

  • Top: Peasant Top in Mint by Pinup Girl Clothing
  • Skirt: Vintage Novelty Print from Ooh La La Vintage
  • Jewelry: Vintage white beaded necklace from Etsy & bangles thrifted
  • Purse: Vintage wicker handbag from Etsy
  • Shoes: Ballet flats white from Payless

    Thursday

This was the “official” first day of the Viva Rockabilly Weekend but many people were still arriving throughout the day. I was quite excited about this outfit to be quite honest as it is my all time favorite vintage skirt! That said, I opted to custom order this golden yellow top from Violets in May to complete the ensemble beautifully for only $52.

  • Top: Brittany Top in golden yellow by Violets in May
  • Skirt: Vintage Rose Print from The Vintage Mistress
  • Jewelry: Vintage Bakelite thrifted
  • Purse: Vintage wicker handbag from Etsy
  • Shoes: Malaga in brown by Remix

Mid afternoon, I changed into one of my favorite vintage Hawaiian dresses by Alfred Shaheen. All items were curated from my closet, including this amazing wicker fish handbag that I found on Ebay for under $40.

  • Dress: Vintage Alfred Shaheen from Hidden River Finds Co
  • Jewelry: Vintage wood bangles thrifted
  • Purse: Vintage wicker fish handbag from Ebay
  • Shoes: Malaga in brown by Remix

In the evening, we went to dinner at The Golden Steer with friends and thus commencing the parade of gorgeous formal attire. I searched high and low on the interwebs for this exact vintage gold atomic necklace that the original seller of this dress had paired it with and luckily found one on Etsy for under $30. Although you cannot see them in my photo, I purchased a staple pair of gold t-strap heels from Royal Vintage Shoes as soon as they were restocked for only $68.

Friday

It is no secret that I have a profound adoration for vintage 1950’s Hawaiian clothing, especially by designer Alfred Shaheen. I recently acquire this red and orange dress from Ooh La La Vintage from an old friend and knew it had to make its debut at Viva. Since I often wear a lot of red, I purchased this gorgeous marbled flame red beaded necklace on Etsy for under $50.

  • Dress: Vintage Alfred Shaheen from Ooh La La Vintage
  • Jewelry: Vintage red beaded necklace from Etsy & wooden bangles thrifted
  • Purse: Coconut handbag from Ebay
  • Hairflower: Custom tropical by Miss Sneaky Tiki
  • Shoes: Malaga in brown by Remix

Friday afternoon, we were fortunate to have a cabana by the pool to lounge with friends. This vintage playsuit was another very recent acquisition from Ooh La La Vintage that I had the elastic shirring restored just in time for Viva.

  • Playsuit: Vintage Kamehamaha from Ooh La La Vintage
  • Jewelry: Wooden bangles thrifted
  • Hairflower: Glitter orchids handmade by a friend
  • Shoes: Malaga in brown by Remix

Now here I must confess, I searched for a vintage prom dress for almost 2 years in anticipation of wearing it at Viva. It was the one thing I desperately wanted but was not willing to spend an insane amount of money. Fate must have been on my side as I only just found the most perfect one a couple months before for under $200. With little vintage evening jewelry in collection, I picked up a classic rhinestone set from Etsy for under $40 along with this timeless Vintage Silver evening bag for $25 on Ebay.

  • Dress: Vintage blue prom dress from Xatabay Vintage
  • Jewelry: Vintage Rhinestone set from Etsy
  • Purse: Vintage Duramesh silver handbag from Ebay
  • Petticoat: Vintage long petticoat borrowed

Saturday

One of my favorite events at Viva is the Car Show and I always save my most favorite outfit for that day. As many of you know, I spent many hours restoring this vintage dress in recent weeks and could not wait to wear it for the first time at the Car Show. The morning started off with getting glammed up by two of the most talented ladies in the community, Erika Reno and Madame Pomp. To complete the look, I found this amazing vintage hat on Ebay for under $20 and added a pink millinery rose to coordinate with my dress.

With the hot afternoon sun, I opted to switch into an unplanned outfit for the afternoon in hopes of staying a little cooler. Not only did I receive tons of compliments, the lightweight rayon fabric was so refreshing while we perused the classic cars and vendors. This lovely reproduction 40s loungewear set was custom made using vintage fabric by the incredibly talented Alexandra of California. All pieces were sourced from my closet.

  • Playsuit: 40’s Beach Pajama Set by Alexandra of CA
  • Jewelry: Wooden bangles thrifted
  • Purse: Coconut handbag from Ebay
  • Hairflower: Pineapple by Andy’s Eye Candy
  • Shoes: Malaga in brown by Remix

Saturday night is when everyone pulls out all the stops and wears their most glamorous evening attire…it is truly a sight to see right out of an old Hollywood movie. In the past, I have splurged on expensive gowns for this occasion but this year I got incredibly lucky when I happened upon this floor length gown with train on Ebay for a insane STEAL!!!! The breathtaking scalloped beaded bodice and beautifully cascading train made me feel like the belle of the ball. Luckily I had my sewing kit for any vintage emergencies as the zipper seams started to let go as soon as I put it on. You just never know what can go wrong with vintage!

  • Dress: Vintage evening gown from Ebay
  • Jewelry: Vintage 20-30’s borrowed
  • Purse: Vintage Lucite gold confetti handbag from Curiosity Shop
  • Shoes: Sergi gold Chelsea Crew T-straps from Royal Vintage Shoes

Sunday

With Viva winding down, we enjoy spending the day lounging by the pool at the infamous Sunday Pool Party. This year I wanted to be comfortable rather than all gussied up. Since the walk from our room is quite far on top of waiting in line for a while, I couldn’t believe my luck when these green playsuit shorts matched my novelty fish print swimsuit perfectly (yes, completely unplanned). The whole look was created in my closet and so comfy!

Enjoying a relaxing afternoon, I decided to switch up my planned evening look for something a little more comfy. Originally I had planned to wear this Vintage Alfred Shaheen Sarong the afternoon before at the car show. Knowing it could not sit hidden in my suitcase, it made a great evening look for a casual dinner with the hubby.

  • Dress: Vintage Alfred Shaheen Sarong from Ebay
  • Jewelry: Wooden bangles thrifted
  • Purse: Coconut handbag from Ebay
  • Shoes: Malaga in brown by Remix

To finish off our Viva festivities low-key, we enjoyed a couple games of bowling with friends. This was a spare outfit I had packed as this vintage novelty skirt was too darling to not show off. I picked it up recently at The Toronto Vintage Clothing Show last month for under $75.

  • Top: Peasant Top in Orange by Pinup Girl Clothing
  • Skirt: Vintage Novelty Print from Retrouverbiz
  • Jewelry: Vintage Bakelite & plastic bangles thrifted
  • Purse: Vintage wicker handbag from Etsy
  • Shoes: Pleated toe in black by Remix

Normally, Viva is known for a parade of spectacular vintage clothing from around the world but this year felt quite different than years past. There appeared to be very little vintage during the daytime festivities, replaced by a sea of low end reproduction attire (think $20 Ebay knock offs from China). Yes there is something for everyone of course and reproduction clothing can be done extremely well as we all know. Overall, the atmosphere at the 20th Anniversary was really not the same for seasoned attendees. Of course we did not let that ruin our spirits…we did as we always do…HAVE FUN!

Viva has wholeheartedly allowed me to showcase my true love of genuine vintage clothing and I think it is time to bring that to the readers of Pin Up Persuasion. Until now, the blog was primarily focused on vintage reproduction reviews with small snippets of vintage here and there. That is definitely going to change from this moment forward, now with a greater focus on vintage mixed with repro. I would like to ask all of you…what would you like to read in vintage outfit posts? Your recommendations and requests are always welcome! โค

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A Kitschy Christmas

It is mind boggling to think Christmas is less than a week away, where did the year go? Whether you celebrate the holidays surrounded by large families or a few of your closest loved ones, tis’ the season to cherish those special moments together. The tree is up, presents wrapped, lots of white fluffy snow on the ground, classic festive melodies fill the air, and now it is time to plan our holiday outfits! Of course, no retro Christmas would be complete without lots of vintage kitsch themed decor. Mix that with a little pinup and you will be looking splendid in the Limited Edition Kitschy Christmas Novelty Print Circle Skirt by The Oblong Box Shop.

Available in sizes S-3x ~ MSRP $120.00

img_88162We are no strangers to the fabulousness and originality of The Oblong Box Shop novelty circle skirts. Each season we can count on spectacular new themes and designs to capture our hearts. This holiday season, The Oblong Box Shop went to Grandma’s house for a visit and brought back oodles of vintage charm with the Kitschy Christmas Novelty Print Circle Skirt. Who doesn’t remember the tacky-cute ceramic light up trees and ornaments that looked like they had been around since the 1950’s? We probably never realized how those simple festive traditions would be cherished years later when those loved ones are no longer with us.

img_8809 img_8778The Oblong Box Shop circle skirts are made from 4 yards of 100% Polyester Fabric, known to showcase the vibrant novelty prints beautifully and prevent wrinkling. Since there is no stretch, make sure to follow the size charts carefully and you can easily move the button on the waistband if you need it to fit a little smaller. I opted to go with a size Medium this time with my 28″ waist and simply adjusted the button. All sizes measure 26″ in length and come with a very handy hidden right side pocket.

img_8789 img_8807What I love the most is the array of colours in the kitschy Christmas print allowing one to create a multitude of looks to suit their personal style. It was really hard to choose what ensemble to showcase as I spent a solid half hour mixing and matching with various tops in my wardrobe. In the end, I felt the mustard cropped cardigan paired with the Erstwilder Gingerbread Man brooch and teal belt captured the kitschy Christmas spirit wonderfully. Plus it would work well for our more casual family gathering.

img_8784 img_8812The Kitschy Christmas Novelty Print Circle Skirt brings us back in time with loved ones gathering for the holidays’ at Grandma’s house and unbeknownst to them creating memories to cherish for years to come. Now we can bring back old traditions to reminiscence with the new generations. Make sure to join the TOBS Boudoir Group on Facebook to share your photos wearings the Kitschy Christmas Novelty Print Circle Skirt and all The Oblong Box Shop designs! There you will receive exclusive sneak peeks of upcoming new designs and special sales just for members. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Be A Flamingo in A Flock of Pigeons

Each year we all get super excited when our favorite vintage reproduction brands show us sneak previews of their upcoming collections at the bi-annual tradeshows such as MAGIC and London Edge. The anticipation is profound but also torturous. We are seeing new sample designs that are not due to be released for several months since designers are always planning two seasons in advance. Last winter, Collectif Clothing showcased a show stopping dress that made many of us swoon with delight. To make the wait even more gut wrenching, this dress was delayed in production until the end of the summer season. Although she will have to stay tucked away in my closet until spring, the Vanessa Striped Flamingo Dress deserves to take center stage for all to see!

Available in sizes 6-22UK ~ MSRP ยฃ129.00

img_8754Luckily Collectif sizing remains very consistent to their size chart and it is easy to find the right size every time. Lately my waist measures 28โ€ so I opted to go with the size 10UK (Small) seeing as there is no stretch to the fabric. When my parcel arrived, I was very surprised at how heavy it was for one summer dress but I had no idea how special the Vanessa Dress truly is. The fit was phenomenal, ample room for comfort and zero gaping around the straps which is such a relief for us petite ladies. The Vanessa Dress features a boat neck with scooped back, full box-pleated skirt with….get this…a built in petticoat and contrasting white satin sash. Made from a luxurious satin fabric, featuring the most gorgeous flamingo border print and accented by the light blue/white stripes. At 5โ€™-4โ€ tall, the hemline falls several inches below the knees.

img_8752 img_8770There is no doubt that the Vanessa Striped Flamingo Dress is for those of us who love to make a statement when walking into a room. Now I know many customers were very put off by the high price tag in comparison to Collectifโ€™s usual designs but I can attest that the investment can be clearly seen in the gorgeous satin fabric and detailed construction which was used to create the Vanessa Dress. Bespoke prints like the magnificent flamingo floral border take extreme precision for proper placement to ensure the design looks flawless. Another point to make mention, the satin will be quite wrinkled out of the package due to how delicate the fabric is and requires a bit of patience to steam it to be silky smooth again. The Vanessa Dress is not your basic everyday basic summer dress; it deserves to be worn for special occasions and appreciated for its unique charm.

img_8759Sometimes I find less is more when it comes to accessorizing especially with the gorgeous flamingo print that deserves to take center stage. I simply paired the Vanessa Dress with complimentary plastic bangles and the Pleated Toe Wedges in white by Remix. Since there is a built in petticoat, there is no need to add one unless you wish to create a more voluminous look.

img_8757 img_8756The old saying โ€œgood things are worth waiting forโ€ rings true with the spectacular Vanessa Dress. Although I hate to tuck her away for the cold winter months, I know it will be one of the first dresses I reach for once summer arrives. Now we can start counting down the days until the upcoming London Edge Expo to see Collectifโ€™s Collection for Spring/Summer 2017.

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