Black & White Glamour | Pin Up Photoshoot

Black & White Glamour | Pin Up Photoshoot

What’s black and white and glam all over?
Me, with my fancy pants and giant fluffy stole.

From Coco to Audrey to Cruella De Vil, black and white fashion has always been simultaneously bold and chic.

Often employed for understated elegance or graphic mod style, black and white..

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Cadillac Dreams | Hollywood Inspired Pinup Photoshoot

Cadillac Dreams | Hollywood Inspired Pinup Photoshoot

Bad girls may have more fun, but Paramount girls get away with it.

Inspired by the elegance of classic Hollywood and it’s movie starlets this is the sister set to Start Your Engines | A bad Girl Photo Shoot. Shot in the same location with the same magnificent Cadillac this set takes style..

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Is Photoshop Harming Pinup Communities?

Is Photoshop Harming Pinup Communities?

Pin up and photoshopping. They walk hand in hand, but do we acknowledge their relationship enough?

You know I’m all about honesty, so I feel it’s time we honestly discussed the relationship between photoshopping and pinup art. How much is edited? Are we okay with it? Do you know..

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Choosing & Caring for Vintage Clothing | Secrets of a Vintage Store Owner

Choosing & Caring for Vintage Clothing | Secrets of a Vintage Store Owner

Wearing and caring for vintage clothing is immensely rewarding but also nerve wracking. Which pieces should you buy? How do you clean that delicate fabric? Where do you even start? While Google is great I’m wary of unproven cleaning methods.

Instead I turn to La Vonne ( Doyenne of the..

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Making History | Vintage Candy Butcher Costumes For A Halloween Ball

Making History | Vintage Candy Butcher Costumes For A Halloween Ball

When Matt from Glory Days first mentioned Candy Butchers I had no idea what he was talking about.

It turns out these slightly sinister sounding fellows were actually siblings of the iconic vintage cigarette girl. Working during the intermission at theaters and circuses, candy butchers sold..

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Living The Pin Up Mermaid Dream

Living The Pin Up Mermaid Dream

What did you want to be when you grew up? A princess, a fireman, a racecar driver? A mermaid?

I wanted to be a florist (until extreme hayfever came along. Universe says No.), but I still felt like a kid when my mermaid tail arrived.

That’s right, I bought a mermaid tail.
I..

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Velvet Loves | The Retro Cartoons of Sveta Shubina

Velvet Loves | The Retro Cartoons of Sveta Shubina

Sveta Shubina is a 21st century artist drawing 20th century dames.

Russian born Sveta’s bad girls, pinups and sci-fi broads are hyper feminized females with strong personalities. You might recognise their curves and sass from Flaming Mamie T-shirts, or vintage inspired sportswear brand..

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Florals for a Florist | Sam’s Custom Swing Dress

Florals for a Florist | Sam’s Custom Swing Dress

Some people put a smile on your dial in an instant. Samantha is one of those people!
She’s also a total babe.

We met at The Very Vintage Day Out 2015, in the fruit smoothie queue – as ya do- and struck up a conversation over our outfits. Samantha’s enthusiasm and humour..

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Why I’m Not Setting New Year Goals

Why I’m Not Setting New Year Goals

Are you like me? Every year I set wonderful New Year Goals, and every year I forget about them by February 1st.

This happens for a a variety of reasons. I don’t put them somewhere visible, I set goals that are too broad, too specific or my situation changes and they lose relevance. It..

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