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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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Ditch the dark color rule

 
When you are plus-size, you may hear how you should wear dark colors. “They are slimming,” people say. Well…I say, “Screw that!”
Put some light and fun color into your life!
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It is that time of year, where we are just on the cusp of summer, meaning that I start out in a cardi, and I want a tank top by the end of the day. I found these cute boot cut jeans at Torrid on clearance a while back. I always wear darker colors for jeans, but at $15, I could not pass these up! I am glad I did not because these jeans are seriously cute, and I like how they look on me.
Speaking of things I do not usually try, I found the BMO cardigan on clearance at Hot Topic. I almost did not get it, but it is super cute, and I love having something lightweight like this for the beginning of summer. Also, who doesn’t like Adventure Time?
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The babydoll tank came from Rue 21. You may have heard they are restructuring. I am so glad that none of my local stores are closing. They have seriously cute clothes! Also, the quality has vastly improved since my teenage years. They have a great selection of plus-size clothing now, up to a size 24 and could seriously be a contender in the plus size market. Also, they have Rue bucks going on now, and well you can use them on pretty much anything during redemption. Let’s just say that I love this store!
I even have a bag to match the ensemble, thanks to Thirty-One Gifts. The “All About the Benjamins” wallet is like the TARDIS of wallets! I own an LG V20 because I tend to use it as a tablet more than a phone. I read on this thing! It is freaking huge! It also fits in this wallet, along with my cards and even my checkbook (and currently crayons. Don’t ask!) It is pretty awesome.
While the tank is a bit of a darker blue, it is a bit out of my usual style because it has white on it, and I am a bit of a mess at times. I love the lighter jeans and the cardigan. It inspired me to get a few more lighter colors for summer. I am even shooting with a lighter colored dress in a few weeks!
My point of all of this today is this: don’t get stuck in a rut of staying within the norms, especially if you are plus size! There are so many fun colors out there, and you will look fabulous!
What is something you have done that is out of the norm with fashion recently? I would love to hear about it! Don’t forget to share and follow my blog for more plus size fashion, beauty, and pin-up adventures!

Photo Shoots

A Throwback to my First Shoot

This is the shoot that started it all for me. It is the shoot that gave me life again! When I look back on this, I see this as a major turning point in my life.

My first shoot was with Relentless Photography, and my makeup artist was Nicole from Making Faces Professional Make Up. That day changed my life, and through meeting Nicole, I met Victor Devilbliss. I did not want to go that day and am so glad I did. I love myself more…more than that, I love myself as I am. So here is one of my favorite shots!

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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