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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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Pin up and Mustangs

One of the advantages to doing pin up is the opportunity to shoot with some really beautiful old cars and hot rods! A while back, I got the opportunity to do that with Ivory Rose Photography. Some of the photos ended up in Tantalize Magazine too! Today, I am going to tell you all about what it is like to work outdoors and some of the other issues you may come across while working in a public space.
Prissy Missy Pin Up with Mustang

One of the difficult things about working outside that day was that it was a bit muddy, and the sun was not super cooperative. This particular shoot took place in the fall, and as the time progressed, the angles became more difficult! However, we got plenty of great shots, and working with Ivory Rose is always a pleasure!
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While doing this is a lot of fun, the weather can sometimes play a factor on how great something is going to turn out. The sun was a bit of a problem, but Ivory Rose combated it with ease. I did one car shoot sometime back where the camera overheated. It was wretchedly hot that day, and it was probably for the best. We had fun though.
If you are shooting in a public space, be forewarned that you will have people staring. During the shoot where the camera overheated, I actually had a group of kids that followed me around that day like an entourage, completely starstruck. I cannot tell you how much that did for my ego! I loved it. However, not everyone is as nice. After this particular photo shoot, we had a guy who approached us and got a little handsy with one of the models. He was touching her leg while saying he was admiring her tattoo. That is just not cool. If you are in that kind of situation, make sure you are firm with creepers and also try to make yourself known to others for help. For the most part, people are usually great, but in all things, just know your surroundings and be careful.
Modeling with cars is one of my favorite things about pin up modeling. Make sure if you do a shoot at a car show that you try to get permission first before posing and shooting. Also, do not touch someone’s vehicle without permission. That is just a huge no no.
I hope you found these tips helpful, and if so, make sure you share this post and my other posts with your friends! Don’t forget to follow me here and on my social media channels for more fun, tips, stories, and giveaways!
All photos by Ivory Rose Photography. May not be used without permission. Hair and Makeup by Prissy Missy. Dress by Torrid.

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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.
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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!

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Why you should not be ashamed to love yourself

 
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When this photo showed up in my feed a few days ago, it made me smile…not because of my expression, but because of seeing how far I have come since then.
I like to think of myself as a body positive activist. However, even I have times where I doubt myself and pick myself apart. It feels like society is set up for self-hate. With summer upon us, my Facebook feed has been flooded by self-hate memes for not having a “beach ready” body and having arms that are too fat to be seen in public. There are so many women that are going to spend this summer either miserable and sweating because they are wearing layers because they are afraid someone is going to make fun of their bodies. There are women that will not go to the pool because they have been programmed by society to feel that they need to be able to present the “perfect body” in order to enjoy some sun and splash time.

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Sadly, two years ago, I could not see how awesome I looked in this picture!

Why do we do this to ourselves? No matter what size we are, we are not going to be everyone’s cup of tea! Even if I wake up tomorrow magically skinny, there will be something else about me that I am supposed to hate, according to haters on the internet. I don’t feel that I owe it to the internet to not enjoy the summer because of ridiculous standards. I spent years not wearing tank tops or cute dresses. I refrained from wearing a swimsuit in public because I was afraid of what some ignoramus might say. Do I know that I am fat? Yes, yes I do. Does it make me worth less as a person? No. No it does not.
I know I have said it before, and I am going to say it again. Whether or not, we get down to the perfect size, it is okay to love ourselves as we are right now. It is okay to be you. It is okay to enjoy life, and honestly, it will make you feel better about yourself. The more we bash ourselves and put ourselves down, the more we are just feeding into other people’s expectations. If you want to lose weight, that is fine. I am not saying you should not. I am saying that you should not think less of yourself because your weight, your butt, your boobs, your arms, your tummy, or (insert anything here) does not fit the mold.
This summer, I challenge you to be bold. I challenge you to hold your head high. I challenge you to hold yourself to different standards than what we are being brainwashed to believe. Wear what you want. Do what you want. Be what you want, but above all…LOVE YOURSELF WHILE DOING IT!
*All photos were taken by Victor Devilbliss with MUAH by Making Faces Professional Make Up
 
 

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Pin Up At the Diner!

Last weekend, I had an awesome photo shoot at a diner with Ivory Rose Photography. It was a blast! Also, the food was delicious!

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Behind the scene selfie with Ivory Rose

I love doing photo shoots. I have been getting published more, and that is great as well. However, there is something therapeutic for me when I do them. While I cannot show a lot of pictures right now, I thought I would show you this one. The dress was perfect for this, and if you want a pin up dress that is inexpensive and well-made, I do like this one from Amazon. They come in a variety of colors as well!
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Photo by Ivory Rose Photography. MUAH by Prissy Missy

Well, what do you think? I think this is one of my favorite sets so far! I also think I want more of these dresses in more colors for car shows this summer!

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Hot Day at the Car Show

I have this uncanny ability to only be able to attend car shows when it is blazing hot! This particular day, we actually had to shorten the shoot because the camera was getting too hot. However, despite the heat, we got some amazing shots that day! This is one of my favorites taken by Victor Devilbliss. MUAH was by Making Faces Professional Makeup.

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dress and shoes by Torrid.

Just a word of advice to any of my followers who may be doing a pin up shoot outdoors in the summer: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! For the event, I was dressed in shapers, a pettiskirt, and a thick dress. I wanted to melt! However, drinking lots of water helped me have lots of fun that day, so remember to drink lots of water. Also, keep oil blotters handy if you have them and some extra powder foundation for touch ups. Keep your hair simple. The humidity can wreak havoc on your look, and you will end up looking like a wilted flower. Also, do NOT touch someone else’s vehicle without asking. Be mindful that someone worked hard to keep that vehicle in that condition or get it looking nice again!
I cannot wait to go to car shows this summer! It is one of my favorite things to do! I hope you found my tips helpful and feel free to add yours in the comments below!

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Sometimes, you just gotta put on a dress

Yesterday, of course, was the first day of Spring. Anyone who knows me knows I loathe Winter. I hate being cold. I love wearing my fun coats and sweaters and such. However, I long to wear my pretty dresses without feeling a draft on my legs.
I decided that the first day of spring meant it was time to break out the fun dresses again. I went with my favorite red polka dot dress. The dress came from a small company that went out of business not too long ago. Also, the company featured me as their Facebook cover girl for a bit. This was after I first started getting involved in the pin up community, so I was super excited.
To be honest, I have been in a bit of a funk lately. Those of you who have followed me for a while know that I try to keep a schedule for posting but sometimes have time lapses. The past few weeks have been fairly regular. However, it comes at a bit of a cost to me as in it tires me out to work for long periods of time. I write here and another place. Plus, I sell leggings and accessories. Then there is the whole matter that I am taking the burlesque course. It is all fun. To be honest, it does not seem like a lot. However, my brain does not always want to cooperate with me. It has been over a year and a half since my brain injury relapse, and I still struggle at times.
That being said, I am not giving up on any of it. I have this determination to get my brain back into shape. I also recently found a new doctor and am slightly optimistic that I might get some answers. In the meantime, I will keep plugging along.
The big thing about wearing one of my favorite dresses yesterday was that it put me in a better mood. Granted, all the compliments that I got while I was out and about rocking my style totally went to my head and puffed up my ego more. (Not really. I seriously don’t have THAT big of an ego. Okay, I think I am hot. However, we all should think that way, dontcha think?) Wearing the dress got me out of my slump too. I woke up in a better mood today and actually got more accomplished. Sometimes, dressing up can be a form of therapy. We need to take good care of ourselves, and what better way than getting dressed up just because we want to do it. So if you find yourself in a funk that seems to not want to go away, maybe it is time to put on a dress, a cute pair of shoes, and get your strut on!

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Cardigan by Torrid. Belt by Lane Bryant. Handbag by Luv Betsey Betsey Johnson

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Pink Sofa Photo Shoot

A while back I did a shoot with Victor Devilbliss on a Pink Sofa. I swear, I love every picture from that set. However, this one here is one of my favorites because the expression was absolutely genuine! We were joking around, and I could not stop laughing! Sometimes the best pics require no coaching, just real life!

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Photo by Victor Devilbliss. MUAH by Making Faces Professional Makeup