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Smile while posing

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Photo by Victor Devilbliss. MUAH by Making Faces Professional Makeup

When I see this picture, it always makes me smile. I know it is partly because of how much fun I had that day, but I think it is because I love my smile in this. I got the face spot on! One thing that I have learned through modeling is that your smile is really important.
Pin up is fun and while it can be sensual, it is also whimsical. I forget that sometimes and do not focus on my smile. I notice that I have this problem in photos in general. I forget to smile. I am so focused on how I look that I forget to have fun too.
If you are new to pin up or maybe just need a reminder in this, don’t forget to smile! It lights up the picture!
*Outfit details: Dress and Shoes by Torrid. Pin was handmade.
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Creating a Pin Up Look For You

Lindy Bop Wiggle Dress and Unique Vintage Blouse
The past few weeks have been absolutely insanely busy for me and my family. We had a conference, followed by dance rehearsals, and an unexpected plumbing issue. Specifically, our main bathroom’s sink sorta exploded leaving a watery mess. Luckily, we have been already working on remodeling that bathroom or it could have been way worse than me losing my precious vintage makeup case to the incident. (I am still a little sad about that but happy that my makeup is still intact.) At any rate, I found myself sorta slacking in the making time for me department.
I figured since we were going to be in an a beautiful old theater that maybe I should look the part. Also, pin up hair, makeup, and style all helps me relax a little and feel more feminine. Plus, I had a little one that was performing for the first time, and I thought if I looked a bit extra, then she could find me in the audience easier. As I am still sorting inventory for my new pinup clothing business, I thought I would see if there was anything that might fit my mood. There was this Lindy Bop wiggle dress. I tried it on with no intention of actually keeping it. However, the girl who stared in the mirror back at me was curvy and gorgeous. How have I missed not seeing how amazing I look in something like this? While I am very body positive, I think I sometimes fail to expand past the usual dress. If you are like this, I encourage you to try something on outside of your comfort zone, damn what social media says!
I found a cute hat. It has two clips inside of it, so it fits on my head without sliding off. It is perfect for the pin up that has hair struggles. Then I finished it off with a blouse from Unique Vintage. I felt sophisticated the whole night. It must have shown because I got so many compliments on it.
When creating a pin up look for you, think of ways to accentuate your curves. While I love flouncy swing dresses, this particular look allowed me to show off my body in a different light. Also, work with your comfort zone and level of expertise. I have been learning how to do my own pin up makeup better. I pay special attention to my eyes and must have about a dozen different red lipsticks. However, hair is not my strong suit. My hair drives me nuts and does not want to work with me. That is where a hat like the one I wore works. I curled my hair and let the hat do the rest.
Lindy Bop Wiggle Dress
Also…don’t forget the shoes. While you should have gorgeous shoes (that will probably hurt like heck) for pin up pageants, I always have a pair of less pageanty shoes for before the pageant or to wear for events where I will be on my feet a bit. As much as I love looking the part, I am miserable if my feet hurt. I found these shoes a while back at a consignment store, and they are my absolute faves!
Creating a pin up look you love should be about your personality and should also be fun. What is your favorite pin up look? Also, if you found this interesting or educational, don’t forget to share!