Posts Tagged With: Vintage

Curlettes vs Foam Rollers

It has been a little under two years now since I learned how to wet set my hair with foam rollers by my best friend Amber. Evidently, I am far from an expert but with the basics in hand I have slowly improved over time. The one thing that has remained the same, foam rollers are very uncomfortable to sleep in overnight. We suck it up in the name of beauty but what if we did not have to? Several months ago I heard one of my online friends Celeste had started her own business, Curlettes: The Comfy Curls for Vintage Girls. Immediately I reached out to her asking if I could give them a try and write about them on the blog. The wonderful gal that she is, Celeste was super excited to share her handmade curlers with the readers of Pin Up Persuasion. Now I must apologize to her and all of you for taking so darn long to write about Curlettes, I waited until I was feeling well again to experiment with a new product to make sure I got it just right.

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Medium Curlettes & Jane Carter’s Wrap & Roll foam.

To be completely honest, I was a little skeptical of trying a new technique to setting my hair as I had only ever worked with foam rollers and I was petrified it was going to be a complete failure. When I use foam rollers, I always find that they not only pinch when you sleep on them but the smaller ones towards the bottom tend to flatten out. But, they allowed my hair to dry completely overnight and created a tight overall curl that held up through a tough brush out. Since I have a lot of hair, I knew the pack of 14 Medium Curlettes wouldn’t be quite enough so I had to use a couple large foam rollers on the top and small ones at the end.

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Curlettes wet set complete.

With my Jane Carter Wrap & Roll setting foam in hand, I grabbed my custom red Curlettes and proceeded to start rolling exactly how I did with the foam ones. The first thing I noticed was that the Curlettes held their shape well and did not compress down nearly like the foam rollers when rolling each section tightly. Secondly they were surprisingly easy to fasten by pushing the one end through the loop, unlike the foam rollers plastic clips that often fall off…totally frustrating. If anyone is like me, I just want to get the rollers in quickly and go relax before bedtime. I was initially concerned the Curlettes might not hold securely like the foam rollers but was pleasantly surprised they stayed firmly in place after each section. Once all sections were rolled, I secured my set with a silk scarf to sleep on overnight.

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Curlettes freshly removed.

Now here’s the thing, when you are sleeping with rollers…no matter which ones they are, you are going to feel them. The difference with Curlettes vs foam rollers, Curlettes do not pinch or pull uncomfortably since they are made from 100% knitted yarn. Also, unlike the foam rollers none of my rolls flattened out overnight whatsoever. That was definitely a positive sign already. When I unrolled each section, they were completely dry and resulted in the most lovely soft tight perfectly rounded curls. Remember, this was my very first time using anything other than foam rollers and I was immediately blown away at how much better my wet set turned out.

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Added a little Suavecita pomade.

I broke up the curls with my fingers while applying some Suavecita pomade to the ends. Through the brush out, I found it took much less effort for a nice smooth style. Normally I have to work through twice as long with the foam sets. Needless to say, Curlettes instantly won me over and I’ll be retiring the foam rollers effective immediately! Since I need some more Curlettes for my thick hair, I think I’ll look into their new size large to use on my bangs along with a few additional mediums to ensure there are always enough.

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Brush out complete.

Everyone has their own favorite products, tools and ways to set their hair so I cannot guarantee what I use will work for everyone but I can confidently say that Curlettes beat foam rollers hands down in comfort, ease of use and performance. Use code PinupPersuasion10 to get 10% off everything except multi-buys and seconds (they’re already discounted). Valid till April 30, 2017.

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Magic For Tall & Petite

The past few months, my fascination with trousers has grown into an obsession with each new addition. Since their release, I have heard everyone raving and looking phenomenal in their Pinup Girl Clothing Doris Trousers. The tall gals were all thrilled to find trousers that worked for their height so I was convinced there was no way they would work for us petite ladies. Instead, I just longed for these beauties from the sidelines and hoped someday for a petite version. Fortunately one faithful day, I reached out in the Pinup Girl Customer Lounge to see if any petites ladies had successfully tried the Doris Trousers? After receiving glowing recommendations from my fellow shorties, I took the plunge in ordering the Doris Trouser in Chocolate Brown Crepe along with the fabulous Malia Top in Dark Green.

Available in sizes XS-4X ~ MSRP Doris Trousers $128; Malia Top $80

img_8983Being a long time Pinup Girl Clothing customer, I am always grateful for their custom size charts for each garment. It truly helps take so much of the guess work out of shopping online. With my waist (28″) and hips (42″) being a little larger post surgery, I followed the size chart and ordered a Medium in the Doris Trousers. Despite my bust (36″) and waist (28″) being larger than the recommended measurements for the Malia Top, I opted to stay with a size Small since there’s quite a bit of stretch to the fabric. Never was there more anticipation and fear of complete disappointment. Low and behold, the Doris Trousers fit surprisingly well even with my short torso thanks to the elasticized back. Of course they are quite long for me at 5′-4″ tall but I can easily get them hemmed or wear higher heels. Although I already own the Malia Top in two other colours, the Dark Green appears to run a bit smaller with less stretch to the fabric. I definitely recommend to size up for this particular colourway. These 40’s inspired Doris Trousers are made from pebble crepe and fully lined with a soft knit fabric. They feature a high waistband with back elastic for a nipped in waist, with gorgeous pleated wide legs and back zipper closure. The Malia Top is also 40s inspired featuring a striking keyhole design with underbust gathers, 3/4 length sleeves and back zipper closure.

img_8981 img_8987Although I am a diehard 50s’ fashion gal, I have come to also love the 40’s over the last few years. The slimmer silhouettes really lends well to my professional work attire and still has a strong feminine appeal. The Doris Trouser and Malia Top are a powerhouse when paired together and equally as fabulous when worn apart. The fabulous crepe fabric feels like you are wearing pyjamas; draping beautifully off the body and is like walking on a cloud. Thanks to the super innovative elasticized back waistband, there is no waist gaping and it actually cinches in your waist without constricting. There is a reason why I now have the Malia Top in three colourways, they are magnificent! Initially I thought they were a little pricey for a top but after purchasing one during a sale, I immediately saw how much detail went into this design. They are super figure flattering, really comfortable and versatile to match with almost any bottom.

img_8980 img_8985When it comes to accessorizing this fabulous pairing, I opted to keep with the 40’s inspiration by adding some vintage Bakelite bangles in earth tones. For us petite ladies, wearing higher heels creates the illusion of longer and slimmer silhouette.

img_8995 img_8993The love affair with swing trousers is stronger than ever…and the Doris Trousers possess some kind of magic in them for both tall and petite ladies. Just as I have with the Malia Tops, I will be scooping up more colourways in the Doris Trousers. When you find something that fits so well, you fill up your closet with fabulous staples.

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Tweed Never Goes Out of Style

There is nothing more timeless than a gorgeous tweed fabric with its endless variations of textures and colours. It gives a true classic elegance to any design, ideal for the fall and winter months. This season, Collectif released their own spin on the traditional tweed by combining a classic charcoal and black with a hint of sparkle. Luckily for all of us, they created a variety of styles in this fabulous sparkle tweed. Since I am a sucker for the classic 1950s circle skirts, I simply could not pass up the Rosie Sparkle Tweed Skirt paired with the Teal Tessa Knitted Top.

Available in sizes 6-22UK ~ On Sale Now Skirt £31.25 & Top £19.25

img_8914Time after time, I find Collectif’s sizing to remain very consistent to their size guides as I haven’t had any sizing mishaps to date. Based on my current measurements (bust 36″, waist 28″), I fit right in line with their size 10 (Small). From the moment my parcel arrived, I was immediately smitten with the charcoal and black woven lurex sparkle tweed…it is such a magnificent combination! The Tessa Knitted Top has ample stretch to hug your figure flawlessly. The fit was spot on for the Rosie Sparkle Tweed Skirt and has ample breathing room since my waist tends to fluctuate. Although this might look like your average 1950s vintage circle skirt, the Rosie Sparkle Tweed Skirt features POCKETS, is fully lined and comes with a leather look thin belt. The Tessa Knitted Top features a classic off the shoulder fold over collar, with three-quarter sleeves and cropped body. At 5′-4″ tall, the skirt hemline measures 30.5 inches in length.

img_8907 img_8908This Collectif duo is sure to become a staple in any wardrobe, the options to mix and match are boundless. I personally find I gravitate more towards separates through the fall and winter months, allowing me to create new looks for every occasion. The heavy fabric of the Rosie Sparkle Tweed Skirt really gives this design lots of body and structure, very reminiscent of vintage Dior. If you love the look of vintage two piece suits, I highly recommend pairing it with the matching Heather Jacket or Diana Blazer. Since I often shy away from the colour black, the Tessa Knitted Top in teal is a wonderful pop of colour and still classic together. The subtle lurex sparkle tweed is charming and not in your face shimmer.

img_8904 img_8894When pairing the Teal Tessa Knitted Top and Rosie Sparkle Tweed Skirt together, I opted to play up the sparkle with my Splendette Starburst Bangles in clear and teal. I wavered between knee high boots or classic pumps, both looked fabulous with the ensemble. For a more glam feel, I felt the pumps were the right choice but I’ll be wearing stiletto boots for work attire. To maintain an authentic vintage touch, I would not recommend adding a petticoat.

img_8910 img_8901If you come across a fabulous tweed fabric, it is difficult not to want more than just one design. Seeing as I loved the Rosie Skirt so much…I recently picked up the Rita Sparkle Tweed Trousers during Collectif’s annual end of season sale. Luckily for all of you, these pieces are now on clearance and you can score great clothing for a bargain! Make sure to enter to win a £75 Collectif Gift Voucher in our 5th Anniversary Giveaway by clicking HERE!

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Life Behind the Mask

Everyone knows Pin Up Persuasion is centered around fabulous vintage inspired fashion and the “pinup” lifestyle but occasionally we switch gears to talk about the hard stuff as well. It is no secret that 2016 was one of the toughest years of my life battling severe health issues, making major life changes and I struggled…I struggled HARD! This is not easy to admit as I am a very proud person but we must acknowledge when we need help and support of those around us. A few months ago, I honestly had no idea if Pin Up Persuasion would see its 5th Anniversary. I was in a dark place, not able to find the spirit in me to continue on with the one thing that has brought me so much joy over the years. It pained me terribly but I just could not bring myself to write, let alone genuinely smile in front of the camera. The blog was quieter than it has ever been but I made it a personal mission to not abandon my readers as this was not something I was prepared to do.

My husband asked me one day “have you lost interest in your passions?” referring to loving vintage clothing and blogging. I knew the answer was wholeheartedly HELL NO! But his outside observation made me realize I had lost a part of myself along the way. The last few months I have felt like a shell of myself just going through the motions of life, not knowing where I would end up. It felt like a black hole of a funk that was never ending; putting on a little makeup and nice clothes for work was a struggle most days. At no time would I ever be seen in public wearing jogging pants or looking like a slob but I had become that person. Maybe that sounds overly dramatic but my pride and self-confidence had clearly gone astray.

Retail therapy was not exactly helping with the true nature of my depression but it gave me a little pick-me-up to buy something nice at that moment. All my pretties sat dormant in the closet along with the new ones just got tossed in a pile, not even tried on. Still, I hadn’t loss my love of vintage clothing but I retreated from regular social media interactions on most days. I was emotionally, mentally and physically exhausted…the thought of having to get caught up on what happened that day online brought on an overwhelming feeling of anxiety. Seriously I was dumbfounded, what the hell is wrong with me…this was so trivial! This only caused me to retreat further and distance myself from even my close online friends as I didn’t want to burden them with my life problems. It took me a long while to confide in one of my closest friends as I felt this surely sounded so petty to someone else. Thankfully she listened and made me understand that after all that I had been through this past year…anyone would have reached their breaking point. I guess I had never looked at it that way, life finally caught up with me and I crashed landed hard.

Day after day, I went through the motions and kept on the best I could. In early November, I was lucky to go on a trip of a lifetime to Disneyland thanks to my friend Mae and I made sure to enjoy every moment together. We visited with a few old friends and made some new ones as well. You all know how much I love Disney, being in one of the most magical places on earth with one of my closest friends was a dream come true. This vacation came at time that I needed it the most. Being around friends helped change my frame of mind and feel “normal” again…lifting my morale tremendously. Saying goodbye was one of the hardest things though, it would be at least 6 months or more before I would see them again. Distance sucks! Once I returned home, I went back to my old routine with the mindset of pushing through and organizing the blog’s next anniversary giveaway. There was a long while that I doubted that I could muster the energy and time to do so, but I finally realized I wasn’t done with blogging.

Although I was still battling with the funk, I saw a pile of beautiful new clothes that I really wanted to feature on the blog. Ok, this was a good sign right? One Saturday evening I put in some foam rollers before bedtime and planned to do my first blog photoshoot in months the following day. While I prepped outfits, did my makeup and setup the studio downstairs, I was cautiously excited. The first ensemble I had been really looking forward to from my recent purchases and is by far the furthest thing out of my comfort zone…a jumpsuit! The cynic in me was out in full force but I didn’t let that stop me from going in front of the camera, I CAN DO THIS! My husband remarked on how much he liked this outfit and he thought it really looked nice on me (for those of you who don’t know my hubby, he doesn’t shy away in telling me when he dislikes something I wear). After that session, I felt something inside me really light up…I was feeling energized with a massive boost in self-confidence. This overwhelming feeling truly caught me by surprise and for the first time, I shared a bit about my day and struggles with all of you on social media. This was the pivotal moment where I realized I had found my “spirit” again. How cheesy it may sound, it is how I can define the black hole that I had been lost in for so long. You become a shell of yourself battling depression, not knowing when or if you’ll come out on the other side.

Some people may say that I don’t owe anyone an explanation for the last few months but I feel people need to see how life is not perfect behind mask we often wear. So many of us struggle with depression and no one should have to suffer alone. I have poured my heart in soul into Pin Up Persuasion and my readers are some of the most incredible people I tell ya! Whenever you take the time to comment on a blog post or social media, it warms my heart tremendously. It may sound silly but those are the things that helped me push through along with my hubby, friends and family. Thank you all so much for sticking by me these past 5 years and hopefully there will be many more to come! xo

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