Saturday, August 18, 2018

The Teal Paper Box You Never Knew You Needed In Your Life

On this blog, I encourage women from all walks of life to find their inner pin-up girl. And when you dress in pin-up style fashion headwear, is one of the most important parts of your look. But when traditional authentic vintage headwear so expensive, I see why a lot of women choose to leave it out of their look. So when I found s little shop called "Teal paper box" I just had to write an article about it. The headwear may not be authentic vintage but it closely resembles it for less than half the price. I asked the owner a few questions to find out more about her designs.

Here's how it went:
How did you Start Teal Paper Box?

Interview with Leigh Gill owner of the brow paper box Vintage turbans and hair accessories,
Teal Paper Box started as a hobby it was just me wrapping up gifts for friends and family. It was my way to make gifts what I could give special.

Why did you Start The Teal Paper Box?
Interview with Leigh Gill owner of the brow paper box Vintage turbans and hair accessories,
The reason I started the shop is actually a little painful literally and figuratively. In short, I have an illness called Ehlers Danlos that causes chronic pain. I needed flexibility a standard job does have. So I fell back on skills from floral arrangements/gift boxes and applied them to hair accessories. I soon after opened an Etsy shop.

Why did you choose to make hair accessories?
Interview with Leigh Gill owner of the brow paper box Vintage turbans and hair accessories,
The decision to make hair accessories is because I was having trouble finding items I liked in person. They would look great online but I get them home and it just wasn’t me. So I’m looking at my idea to start a business selling custom gift boxes, I’ve got all these flowers already I couldn’t help but think why not try hair accessories too. She may not know it but will now the current reigning Miss Viva Las Vegas Pinup Fran Robertson buying one of my first pieces was a big confidence boost to open shop.

What's your favorite design so-far?
I have two of the first design is the Dusty Rose Spiked Flower Crown, I actually almost pulled it from the shop page to keep for myself. In the end, I’m glad I didn’t as the photo was featured in an article by Refinery29. The second is a Spiked Rose Crown I made for the beautiful soul and disability advocate Ace.

What made you want to recreate different eras of head-wear?
Interview with Leigh Gill owner of the brow paper box Vintage turbans and hair accessories,
Its not something that I intended to do they were the shapes I was drawn to, and wanted to recreate with modern convenience.

I see that you also make earrings are any other accessories you plan on making we can look forward to buying in the future?
Interview with Leigh Gill owner of the brow paper box Vintage turbans and hair accessories,
I have experimented with resin in the past and I hope to master the skill at some point. You’ll have to check back to see how that works out.

You Can buy Leigh's designs on Esty Here.
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Friday, August 17, 2018

Why Wasn't Barbara Payton As Successful As Marilyn Monroe?

Barbra Payton dated Black football player Willie Payton
Barbara Paton Was a successful actress who would have been as successful as Marilyn Monroe if it wasn't for her 21st-century like love life. Barbra Is famous for her notorious love-life. She dated two Billionaires, Howard Hughes and Bob Neil. She's also rumored to have a short fling with fellow actress Ava Gardner. Her list of rumored lovers goes on Marlon Brando to Gregory Peck. She was rumored to sleep with successful men and movie moguls to boost her fame and career.

She was also supposedly Black ballad because of the affair she had with Tom Neal while she was engaged to Franchot Tone (Who was previously married to John Crawford) But for me this wasn't really reason enough for her to be blackballed, I mean, Marilyn Monroe allegedly had an affair with the president and she still wasn't blackballed. So why was Barbara?
Well, I did a little research and I found this post on Tumblr stating that Barbra Had a relationship with a black Football player and actor Willie Strode (Pictured beside her above ) that is conveniently left out of all her Life's story.

When the interracial rumors surfaced she allegedly said:

"So what If I'm seeing Willie? I love black people! and you can quote me!"
After she uttered that single sentence her career ended. She started to get into trouble with the law trying to pass fake checks, she started to suffer from mental illness, drug, and alcohol abuse and resorted to prostitution to get by. Her 9-year old son was also taken away and she never saw him again.

Later she was so scarped for money that she accepted 2,000 dollars to publish a tell-all titled:

"I Am Not Ashamed."

In the end, her mindset proved to be too modern for her time.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

"Let The Poor Girl Go! My Friend Did Not Kill Herself!" Jane Russell Says About Marilyn Monroe's Death

Jane Russell tells all about her experience with Marilyn Monroe on the set of gentlemen prefer blondes,
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In an interview with Jane expresses how she feels about tabloids contently discussing Her co-star in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Tragic death. Stating “Let the poor girl go” and also stating how she would feel if she were dead and the same thing happened to her when she dies.

Watch this 20-minute video compilation of interviews she's done with the press about the subject:
Despite a rumored fued, the tabloids struck up between the two. Jane had nothing but kind things to say about Marilyn as she reminisced about their time on set together stating that:

"She was a very shy and sensitive girl."

"You've just kissed Marilyn Monroe. What was it like?"

he replied:

"It felt like I was being swallowed alive!"

(Sorry fellas I guess your dreams about kissin' Marilyn Monroe are smashed...)
Apparently, Marilyn overheard it and ran into her dressing room crying.

She also did not think that Marilyn Killed herself stating that "Someone did it for her. There were dirty tricks somewhere" her reasoning behind not believing she killed herself was that she was planning on marrying again sand that she had a new movie contract. When the interviewer suggested that Jack and Bobby Kennedy were involved she nodded her head in agreement. Stating:

"Soon after Marilyn died, I met Bobby Kennedy and he looked at me as if to say "I am your enemy."

Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her hotel room on August 5, 1962.
She was found nude on her bed with her hand on her phone she had taken 40 pills. She had died of a drug overdose. But some still to this day think she didn't kill herself and that her death was a homicide.

What do you think?
Did Marilyn really kill herself or was it a cover-up?

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Hidden Brazilian Side Of The Pin-up Community

As you all know, I am on a mission to help women find their inner pin-up girl. No matter what race, shape, or size they may be. It's no secret that when people think about pinup girls they think it's only an American thing, Do to how White-Washed it was in the past and its where the pinup girl originated. But you be surprised how many countries celebrate pin-up culture as well. When I found a site called Universo Retro
I wanted to talk to the owner - well, in this case, owners.Mirella Fonzar and Daise Alves
. To get to know what it's like being a pinup girl in Brazil and get more insight into this somewhat hidden part of the pin-up community.

How did you two get into pinup fashion and lifestyle?
Brazilian pinup girls and owners of universo retro Mirella Fonzar and Dasie Alves talk about their experiences being pinup girls,
I used to like history, alternative style and old music, especially rock and roll. I've always searched for bands, musical genres, vintage fashion style and important events in the world, mainly of the 20th century. All this always seemed fascinating to me, so after that, I've been increasingly dedicated to vintage style.

I think it's the same with Mirella. She has always liked music like rock'n roll, jazz and blues and old musical movies too. She's a real music library. The first thing that came was the music, after the style.

Today we breathe the pin-up, retro and vintage style. Not just fashion, but also at work, with Universo Retrô website; at home, with a retro decor; parties, that we usually attend and many things around us... It's a real lifestyle.
What made you two want to start Universo Retro?
Brazilian pinup girls and owners of universo retro Mirella Fonzar and Dasie Alves talk about their experiences being pinup girls,
We have worked with the internet and social media in other jobs, but we would like to unite the useful to the pleasant, working with what we like. And the most important thing, we wanted to professionalize the retro subject in Brazil. There were a lot of blogs about pin-ups and retro style a few years ago, but we wanted something bigger and we think we're getting there. This month Universo Retrô is 3 years old.

How did your friends and family react to you dressing in pinup fashion?
Brazilian pinup girls and owners of universo retro Mirella Fonzar and Dasie Alves talk about their experiences being pinup girls,

Not too bad. The people know us, so they understand our style. In general, they think it's beautiful and we get a lot of compliments. But many people say that they think is beautiful, but do not have the courage to wear it.
What’s it like being Brazilian pinup girls?
Brazilian pinup girls and owners of universo retro Mirella Fonzar and Dasie Alves talk about their experiences being pinup girls,
The style is old for us, but new for others. So, if you're a pinup girl in Brazil, you're different, but much admired, because the girls tend to be more elegant and dress well.

How has the pinup community treated you two so far?
Brazilian pinup girls and owners of universo retro Mirella Fonzar and Dasie Alves talk about their experiences being pinup girls,
We're so happy the pin-up style is growing in Brazil. A few years ago the community was very small and now there are many girls in the style in different ways: rockabilly girls, western girls, tiki style... Recently the pin-up horror style is what's grows the most here.

What’s your advice for aspiring Brazilian pin-ups?
Brazilian pinup girls and owners of universo retro Mirella Fonzar and Dasie Alves talk about their experiences being pinup girls,
Don't be afraid to invest in the vintage style. The pinup style is very versatile, for all bodies and does very well for self-esteem. And research a lot about the subject. The style is so beautiful, but to know their origins is very valuable.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

What To Expect At Your First Pin-up Shoot (Interview With Autumn Luciano)

I started this blog to encourage women to find their inner pin-up girl. No matter their race, shape, or size. I find that it's a common fear when women first get into the pinup community and lifestyle of having their first pin-up shoot. Because they think they have to look or be a certain way or that it's going to be awkward. I decided to talk to the owner and photographer of Decadencedolls (a pinup photography studio) Autumn Luciano about how she makes sure every woman that comes into her studio look and most importantly feel glamorous.

How and why did you start Decadencedolls?
What to expect when going to your first pin up photography session or pinup photo shoot,
I was just starting out my own portrait business when I inherited a bunch of vintage clothes, for fun I styled my friends as vintage pin-ups and took their photos. I put them online and got some requests for pin-up shoots, after that it just took over my life.
Do you get a lot of women who are nervous or camera shy that come into your studio? If so, how do you make them feel comfortable?
What to expect when going to your first pin up photography session or pinup photo shoot,
All the time, usually just talking with them about the process helps, once they have hair and makeup done and we are going through the wardrobe to pick something out at their shoot they're already more at ease, just having spent some time with myself and the stylist. Also, I always assure them that they don't need to know anything about modeling, I handle all the posing from head to toe. By the time they've seen the first pose on the back
of the camera, they are usually completely warmed up.
What can women expect when they come into your studio?
What to expect when going to your first pin up photography session or pinup photo shoot,
To have a fun day being glammed up, feeling like a bombshell, and leaving ready to tackle their next challenge. When they return for their portrait reveal most ladies get to see their
themselves in a way they never thought they would, and that's really the best part of my job.

What do you have to say to women who think they have to look a certain way to have a pinup shoot?
What to expect when going to your first pin up photography session or pinup photo shoot,
I hear all the time that women believe they are not photogenic, and I've yet to photograph anyone who was right about that. There is no such thing as being photogenic. It's all about having the right photographer, stylist, and just enough self-confidence to get yourself in front of a camera, let your creative team handle the rest. Pin-ups come in all shapes, sizes, ages. It doesn't matter if you're covered in tattoos if you don't believe you're tan enough, thin enough, or young enough, There is only one person in existence keeping you from feeling gorgeous, and that's you. Get out of your own way and go make magic happen.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Meet The Titanic Survivor Who Changed Your Sex Life

Lucy Cristina a titanic survivor who invented changed your sex life for the better,
Ah, lingerie. One of the most important parts of your outfit and one of the most exciting to put on (and for your lover to take off) Most women have worn it at some point of their life either to spice things up in the bedroom or they just simply want to feel sexy for themselves. Some can't even wait until they're of-age to start wearing it, Burlesque star Dita Von Teese recalled when she would sneak in her mom's lingerie drawer (and her grandmother's too!) But who invented such a revolutionary garment?

Well, Meet Lucy Christiana:
Lucy Cristina a titanic survivor who invented changed your sex life for the better,

Back in the ninetieth-century women wore heavy corsets with several laces for two reasons, one to get an hourglass shape. And two so on their wedding night their husband would have to undo every lace to show self-control and constraint. But when women started to play sports ride bikes and work after world war one they needed more practical undergarments to wear. Lucy wanted to make lingerie that freed women from wearing such from such a restrictive garment. So she started making corsets smaller but still visually appealing. She also popularized silt skirts and other risque lingerie.

Well, now you can tell people that a titanic survivor changed your sex life.

Now that's what I call a conversation starter!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Russian Teacher FIRED After Posing As A Pin-up Girl

Apparently, THIS is the picture that started it all...
Russian pinup girl

This Russian teacher was fired after some angry parents found the picture and complained to the school. This plus size teacher was just trying to boost her confidence by wearing this swimsuit. But according to the school, the picture caused "Irreversible damage to the reputation of the teacher" (I'd hate to see what they'd do if she was wearing a bikini) the school also stated that by spreading such "frivolous" images online to promote a commercial project, she hurt the image of the school. Apparently, she broke a school code that supports "morals and ethics"

A Russian teacher fired for posing as a pinup girl.

For obvious reasons The 26-year-old teacher didn't understand why she got fired Stating things such as "I do not understand why I'm getting blamed. And "It's not like I was posing in underwear or stockings" apparently she didn't even want the pictures posted on the internet but the pictures were posted on to the shop's website.

But even If she did post them online herself, who cares? I mean have these people never seen a gal in a swimsuit before? Anyways, this whole thing started a massive uproar on the internet with teachers from all over the world starting the hashtag #TheachersArePeopleToo where teachers post pictures of themselves in swimsuits to show their support for the 26-year-old teacher.
What do you all think? Was the picture too risque? or was the school overreacting?

Thursday, June 14, 2018

A Taste Of Summer: Comfortable Pinup Style Beach Wear For The Everyday Women

As you all know, I love it whenever I find designers who infused their designs with vintage/pinup style fashion So when I found Summer's store I just had to find out more about it so I decided to talk to the owner of Summer Wildes:
I love your pinup name, how did you come up with it?
Summer wildes retro lingerie
Wildes is actually my middle name and I think of Summer as being this cheerful, fresh-faced All-American beach girl with a retro flair – very much a pinup!

How and why did you start your online store and what inspired you to Start it?
Summer wildes retro lingerie
I created Summer Wildes because I couldn’t find what I was looking for – an attractive, good-fitting, high-quality bra, sexy but not trashy. I took a course in bra development at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and worked with a specialist consultant figuring out how to construct bras (and swimwear) and source components to my specifications. From the lingerie and bikinis, it made sense to add in other essentials such as tees, lounge pants, leggings, beach cover-up, and sweatshirts, all very much in Summer’s style.

How did you get into the pinup community? And what’s your advice for people who want to as well?
Summer wildes retro lingerie
Having spent 18 years in the magazine advertising world, I came up with the idea to invent a character who would be the face of the brand. I was inspired by images of bathing suit models from the 1940s, ‘50s, and ‘60s, and commissioned a famous British pin-up artist to create Summer’s look. For anyone thinking about joining the pinup community, I’d say follow your dreams and go for it.

How do you want women to feel when they wear your products?

Summer wildes retro lingerie
First and foremost, women should feel sexy and confident in everything from Summer Wildes. Superior fit, high-quality fabrics and stylish fashion (made in the USA) is the trifecta at Summer Wildes.

What product do you most recommend buying on your store?
Summer wildes retro lingerie
Since it all started with the bra, that’s most certainly my favorite item to recommend. But, hey, now it’s summer beach season and a luxurious terry cloth bikini along with the accompanying goodies such as beach cover-up, lounge pants, hoodies, and tees are fabulous too.
Any up and coming products we can look forward to?
Summer wildes retro lingerie
Soft cups bras are arriving in a few weeks and there is golf/tennis attire on its way too. You can sign up for our newsletter here to get the latest happenings at Summer Wildes.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

How to Look Retro AND Stay Comfortable

By: Adrienne Luther

It’s Sunday morning, last night’s makeup is still caked on your cheeks, you’ve got a splitting headache, and your feet hurt. Fashion is pain, and you’ve got the blisters and bruises to prove it. (The Instagram pic was totally worth it, though!)

Nothing sounds better than staying in your pajamas, but alas, you’ve made brunch plans. Your vintage wear isn't quite hitting the mark when it comes to comfort levels, and you already know Ashley is going to show up hangover-less and glitzy.

If only there was a way you could don something cozy, vintage, and fashionable...

There is! Grab some Advil and a cup of coffee and check out these simple ways to add a hip, retro spin to your comfy clothes.

 The Go-To: A Sloppy Updo And Scarf
How to be comfortable wearing vintage clothing, becoming a pinup girl

This look can be a little tricky at first, but for experienced pin-up gals, it can be a great go-to for some easy styling and accessible classiness. If you’re needing some help with the bandana, check out this great tutorial. There are many awesome ways you can tie up your hair with your little scarf, but if you can’t quite get the hang of it, opting for a little neckerchief can also be a solid bet. This look is great for a retro vibe with any outfit.

80’s Style

becoming a pinup girl, how to be a pinup girl,

For this look, break out your slouchiest sweater, leggings, and ballerina slippers (otherwise referred to as flats these days). Bonus points if you have some of your mom’s old stirrup pants. The 80s is your best bet for comfy clothing on the fly – these are the true origins of athleisure thanks to the era’s generous use of polyester and spandex.

60’s Spirit

This outfit is great if you’re feeling like a breezy look on a spring morning. The trick to achieving a 60s essence is accessorizing carefully and owning drapey natural fibers like some light cotton. Donning some inexpensive costume jewelry is an easy way to add to the look. If you’re really shooting for authenticity, stick to neutral colors that occur in nature – browns, tans, and whites are your best bet.

Worn Graphic Tees
Pin up girl look, becoming a pinup girl,
This look is especially easy to pull off – all you need is a worn vintage graphic t-shirt and some comfy pants of your choice. In this case, it’s some good ole jorts (super easy to make, by the way!) Ask your ‘rents if they have some good tees from their youth laying around – you’d be surprised! If you have a shirt that’s not quite cozy enough, there are several ways to wear down the cotton fabric to give it that true “vintage” feel. Pair your look with some adorable little saddle shoes to create a retro look that mix-n-matches vintage fashion (always fun in the 21st century!)

5)  Palazzo Pants
Becoming a pinup girl, 1950s pin up girl
Step aside leggings, these are THE comfy pants. With lots of regal fabric, this bohemian look can be styled however you please. Pair these beauties with a crop-top or a slouchy sweater. Some styles may require hemming, so be wary of length if you snag a pair! These pants are especially great if you’re bloated, too.

So there you have it – fashion doesn’t always have to be painful. Achieving a retro look can be as easy as a headscarf on a Sunday morning, or as involved as a full get-up for a night out on the town!

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