The Penny-Wise Fashionistas

With how tough the economy is these days, it’s a no brainer that we want our hard earned dollar to stretch as far as possible while not sacrificing our luxuries like gorgeous pinup clothing. We all love a good sale but sometimes timing can be a little of the essence. Luckily for us, there are great online retailers like Daddy O’s that offer fabulous named brand clothing like Stop Staring at unremarkably low prices. The gorgeous Blue Nova Dress retails for $197, and is now available at Daddy O’s for an everyday bargain of $119.95!

Available in sizes XS-1X ~ MSRP $119.95 (Daddy O’s)

IMG_6394With Stop Staring sizing, I find it usually comes down to whether or not there’s any stretch to the fabric since they are designed to be figure hugging. Seeing as the Nova Dress is made from a non-stretch material, I chose to size up to a Medium to accommodate my larger hips (my measurements are 36-26-39). Not surprising, the waist was a little big since it’s designed to fit up to 28” and will need to be taken in but I did find the hips to be cut a little more generously than usual. In hindsight, I think the size Small would have fit after all but I still feel the Medium looks wonderful. The Nova Dress features the signature Stop Staring wrap twist bust, small cap sleeves, figure flattering side pleating, a sexy rear kick pleat and back zipper. The gorgeous deep blue with contrasting red and light blue floral print is opulent and absolutely breathtaking. At 5’-4” tall, the skirt falls a few inches below the knees.

IMG_6388 IMG_6409The Nova Dress was one of those beauties that grew on me the more I saw it on others. The richness of the deep blue with bold floral print is much more elegant in person; it seems various lighting doesn’t quite capture its beauty adequately. Luckily the well placed side pleating helps conceal those trouble areas perfectly. I was impressed with the thickness and weight of the fabric, perfect to accent your curves and conceal any undergarments that may lie beneath. The cap sleeves seemed to be cut a little on the larger side than usual; I might tack them in a little to fit more snugly. The Nova Dress is without question a classic style ideal for almost any occasion and versatile to transition from day to evening.

IMG_6406 IMG_6396As a big fan of large bold prints, I often choose to keep my accessories basic in order to let the dress do all of the talking. With the Nova Dress, I did just that…pairing it with my Cherry red Madden Girl Pumps and nothing else. It was pure coincidence that my bright red hair happened to compliment it as well. If you need a little help with faking a flawless hourglass silhouette, I highly recommend the Rago 1294 Girdle or High Waist shorts.

IMG_6402Stop Staring is known for delivering classic bombshell designs sure to knock them dead and the Nova Dress is no exception! Fortunately for us fashionistas’ on a budget, there are wonderful retailers like Daddy O’s that offer a great selection of name brand designs at affordable regular low prices. Make sure to follow them on social media as they also offer site wide sales for bonus savings to make your dollar stretch even further!

Discover Your Inner Cover Girl

There are moments when we just know something was truly meant to be…there’s no denying the desire in your mind that you have to have it! Seeing as I am a recovering closet hoarder, if I truly want something that badly…I force myself to wait several weeks (or months) before indulging to ensure its love and not just lust. For what seems like forever, I pinned over the jaw dropping Stop Staring Cover Girl in blush floral and anxiously awaited for it to become available at Modern Pinup. From the moment the Stop Staring Spring/Summer 2015 collection sneak previews were released, I knew this was a quintessential for summer.

Available in sizes XS-2X ~ MSRP $158USD

IMG_5629 IMG_5640With Stop Staring sizing, I always gauge based on if the material has stretch (bengaline) or not (cotton). In this case, the Cover Girl Dress is made of a cotton/polyester mix therefore I knew it was best to stick with my normal size Medium based on my measurements (bust 36”, waist 27”, hips 38”). If you are unsure, definitely touch base with Rachel at Modern Pinup as she is super helpful with sizing advice when you need it. The Medium fit perfectly, with the right amount of wiggle room to sit comfortably. Although invisible to the naked eye, there is a second layer under the white pleated neckline which I assume is designed as a modesty panel. This under layer did gape on me enough so, that I safety pinned it down in the corners to provide the coverage needed and allowed for the pleating to sit nicely. If you are more well-endowed than me, this likely won’t be an issue. The Cover Girl Dress features a halter neck (expandable elastic) sweetheart neckline with contrasting white dot accent bust detail, underbust pleating, pencil skirt with rear slit and back zipper closure. At 5’-4” tall, the skirt falls a few inches below the knees.

IMG_5618The Cover Girl Dress is truly spectacular with such a soft blush coloured background in combination with the classic rose print. Normally I shy away from pinks altogether but there was something that pulled me in from the moment I saw it. This is definitely a classic style that can be transitioned from day to evening giving more versatility to your look. At first I was worried the non-tie halter strap would be too long for my short torso but with the expandable elastic, the length was impeccable and it was actually very comfortable due to the wider band design. With all wiggle skirts, I achieve the illusion of a flawless silhouette with my trusted Rago Shapewear essentials like the 1294 Open Bottom Girdle. The thickness of the fabric is great for concealing any shapewear; I can attest that no one will know. Since the material is almost 50% cotton, the wiggle skirt will crease when sitting for extended periods of time. It’s nothing major to be quite honest but I do have to iron it with each wear.

IMG_5621 IMG_5630Whether you’re attending an afternoon summer gathering or headed on a hot date night, your accessories can be easily transitioned from day to night. By adding a cropped cardigan, the Cover Girl Blush Dress becomes a little more conservative when the occasion calls for it. I really liked playing up the contrasting bust detail by pairing it with these cute white wedges, finished off with some lovely pink rose stud earrings. For a more defined nipped in waist, try adding a skinny belt in white or complimentary pink hues.

IMG_5626 IMG_5637There wasn’t a more perfect occasion than our 2 year wedding anniversary to wear the Cover Girl Dress. I felt like a total bombshell that evening and of course very excited for summer that was only a month away at the time. Stop Staring truly created a winning combination with this figure flattering design and exquisite rose floral print. If you prefer a less formal design in this gorgeous fabric, make sure to check out the Cora Blush Floral Swing Dress.