Show Off Your True Colors!

Blogging has truly been a blessing in so many ways and allowed me to get to know my readers on a more personal level. In the early beginnings of Pin Up Persuasion I was contacted by the super sweet Jasmine, who had just started her own business – Betty Le Bonbon Cheek Boutique. A mother and daughter team, they design for women of all ages, shapes and sizes with a focus on curvier figures. BLBB is one of a kind with the most unique variety of fabrics offered in custom designs at an affordable price. As soon as I laid eyes on the breathtaking peacock print, I had to have it in my very own circle skirt!

Available in sizes 28″ – 45″+ (custom sizing as well) in a multitude of colors & prints ~ MSRP $55-$100

BLBBSkirtHaving the option of custom sizing was a bit daunting initially as I have always shopped “off the rack” with my online purchases and feared I would mess it up. Quickly I grabbed my favorite PUG Doris swing skirts as reference to see how the waistband measured compared to my natural waist. Also, keep in mind you get to pick the skirt length as well; measure your favorite skirt or dress from the waist down to get a firm idea of what looks good on you. After chatting with Jas, I decided to order the peacock circle skirt in 30″ waist and 26″ length with a 2″ deep waistband. When my package arrived, I couldn’t help but squeal with delight as the peacock print was truly breathtaking with small hints of gold. The fit was spot on and the metal hook with zipper back closure was so well constructed.

BLBBSkirt3BLBB circle skirts are fabulous for every day wear and versatile based on the tops you pair it with. I have to mention the quality of these handmade skirts are incredible and worth every penny especially since they are not being mass produced. I opted to take advantage of their Layby program in order to pay for my purchase over a period of time; their terms are VERY reasonable to say the least! Click here for more information.

BLBBSkirt2Your options are endless…pair it with a tank, a tee-shirt, a blouse, you name it! The BLBB circle skirts are great for the office, a family BBQ, engagement photos, or a soiree with a loved one. Separates are always a must in any retro wardrobe, they never get tired. The peacock print is truly spectacular and works with so many colours. A personal favorite is pairing it with the peach Deadly Dames Vamp top to bring out the eye of the feather.

BLBBSkirt1BLBB has recently announced some pretty exciting news…they will be offering vintage inspired dresses very soon! You can also find super cute retro aprons and totes as well. I am so proud of how Jasmine’s business has blossomed in such a short time and wish her continued success in her new endeavor! Check out her fabulous blog –> Here <–

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Jasmine has graciously offered a discount exclusive to Pin Up Persuasion readers until June 15th – Custom made skirts in any fabric listed here up to a 45″ waist for $82; 45″ and up waist for $92. Just email BLBB and mention Pin Up Persuasion to redeem the discount.

Get Back in the Swing of Things

After a short hiatus from blogging, I’m back! It’s been a busy two weeks with our nuptials in the Bahamas and being under the weather upon our return. Time to get back to business…

With another closet clean out complete, I have realized I instinctively gravitate towards wiggle dresses but really need to focus on more swing styles as they are way more practical for every day wear. With that in mind, it was a no-brainer to purchase the Milan Dress from Heartbreaker Haute available at JBR Clothing.

Available in sizes XS to 2X in a variety of colors & prints – MSRP $136USD

HBMilanIn my experience with Heartbreaker, their measurements are consistent with the size chart and opted to order a Medium (36-28-41). I found the Milan runs a bit generous in the Lake colorway; size down if you prefer a snug fit. The Milan is made from 100% Polyester and truly feels like silk on your skin. Hands down, it is the most glorious fabric and the full swing skirt flows beautifully. The design features a knife pleat in center back and matching belt to cinch your waist. The wide straps are perfect to conceal your favorite bra and modest criss cross front is perfect for all bust sizes. Due to having a short torso, my seamstress had to raise the shoulders considerably to achieve a proper fit.

HBMilan4The Milan is a timeless design and ideal for every occasion. Now available in a multitude of colorways and prints; I can see myself owning more than just one. At 5ft 4 inches, the length falls a couple inches below the knee and I don’t feel the need to hem it any shorter. The silkiness of the skirt will just make you want to twirl over and over…did I mention it’s heavenly?

HBMilan3Perfect for the office or an afternoon gathering, the options are endless. Pair the Milan with your sexiest heels and vintage pearls to complete the ensemble. Shapewear is not required with the comfortable relaxed fit; ideal for those days where you find yourself short on time.

HBMilan2The Milan is not only elegant but delightful in every way. Mission accomplished with the addition of this fabulous swing dress to my collection. Heartbreaker has added several new colors and prints with the 2013 Spring Collection; the Celery Sateen is exquisite.