Q & A with Ruby Roxx

I am so excited for todays post, which  features the stunning Ruby Roxx – an internationally published bombshell of a model.

Not only is she going to share with us what is in her makeup bag, she also so kindly answered a few questions for us. I was going to put it all in one post, but Ruby’s answers to my questions were so well thought out, I am splitting it into two posts.

Before we get to the Q & A, I just want to say a big ‘thank-you’ to Ruby for taking the time to share with us not only her makeup, but some great tips on getting into pinup modelling, how to get a perfect pin-up leg, and a few interesting facts about herself.

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  1. How did you get into pinup modelling? Where did Ruby Roxx begin?

7 years ago, I was asked by a friend to be a model for her hair salon. I had never modeled before, but agreed to do it in exchange for a free cut and colour. When I was at the shoot, I just fell in love with being in front of the camera. I had always had a passion for vintage and retro. I loved the classic looks of movie stars and pinups from the 40’s and 50’s. I asked the photographer if he would be interested in shooting me as a pinup. He agreed. I spent a month practicing my poses in the mirror, and buying just the right outfits. When the day of my shoot came along, I was ready. I had so much fun, and that was the start of Ruby the pinup.

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2.What advice can you give to gals looking to break into the pinup world?

Do your research. Practice your faces and posing in the mirror. Hire a PROFESSIONAL pinup photographer. You will likely get hair and makeup, pose coaching, and even sometimes, wardrobe included. This is the best way to beef up your portfolio. It is an investment in your career. I spend a lot of time online, networking, updating my facebook and other social media, planning shoots etc. It’s a great hobby for someone to do for fun, and its also an amazing career. But as with any career, it takes time, patience, motivation, skill and hard work. Most of all, have fun! That is the most important part.

  1. What are your wardrobe staples? Your favorite brands and favorite place to shop?

 For pinup, my wardrobe staples are what goes on underneath. My support wear and stockings. Proper support wear will give you the flawless shape that is so important when it comes to pinup. Whenever I shoot, I wear support wear (my favourite are from Rago or Orchard Corset), full pantyhose to make my legs look flawless, and thigh high, back seam nylons on top (my favourites are from Kix’ies and Secrets in Lace). Not only does it even out your skin tone and curves but it gives you a true vintage look.

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  1. As a curvy model, whats your take on all the body positive and shaming happening in the pinup community right now?

I can not stand body shaming, but a lot of people have it mixed up. They think by telling me that I am “a real woman” that is a compliment. ALL women are real women, regardless of size, shape, age, or anything else. It’s just as offensive to tell a slim person to eat a cheese burger as it is to tell me to lose weight. Some people seem to think that by telling me I’m better than someone who is slim, that they are being body positive, but I find that terribly offensive. Body positivity is not tearing one body type down to bring up another. In fact, that is body shaming in its truest form.

I am very confident in my own skin, but just like everyone else, I have bad days. It’s upsetting when someone calls me a “pig” or “unhealthy”. I am a very healthy person. My health has nothing to do with my size, just as my beauty doesn’t depend on a dress size. I just try to remember however on those bad days that most of the people that comment those things are just trolls looking for a reaction from me. Its easily fixed with “block and delete” combo.

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  1. When you are not being fabulous in front of the camera, what else might you up to?

I just had a wonderful summer traveling down the west coast. I love to travel. I got a beautiful camera for my birthday, so im trying to figure out how to use it. When I’m at home, I love to relax with my boyfriend, or friends, with a glass of wine and some good food. Maybe go listen to live music or visit a tiki bar.

I also just started a brand new magazine called “Beauty Mark Magazine”, so that has been keeping me busy. I wanted to create a magazine that was a different kind of fashion/beauty publication. I wanted to challenge people to see their true beauty in all their imperfections and uniqueness, instead of the idealized version of beauty we see in so many magazines right now. It will also include stories, interviews, product reviews and more. It is scheduled to release in November 2014, so that has been keeping me very busy. I’m very excited to see where this new adventure will lead me!

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6.Do you have any quirks or hidden talents we should know about?

I used to be a professional chef, so I love to cook. I don’t do it professionally anymore, but I love to cook whenever I get the chance. I also can make a mean cocktail. I have my own mini web series “Retro Recipes with Ruby Roxx” that I am hoping to film more of in the next few months. You can find them on my website at www.rubyroxxmodel.com

My goodness, doesn’t Ruby sound like one fun gal?! If I’m ever in Vancouver, I’m definitely going to have to see how ‘mean’ your cocktails actually are! Make sure you all check out Ruby Roxx on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rubyroxxmodel.

I just had to look up some of her videos, because I love retro cocktails… And of course, I had to share with you… Learn from Ruby how to make a classic Mai Tai below. And stay tuned for part 2 with Ruby Roxx and her makeup bag

Steady Clothing: Pretty in Polka Dots – The Heather Dress

It was love at first sight- the Heather dress by Steady Clothing caught my eye on the rack and I just loved the way it looked and fit when on. The Heather is a lovely bouncy swing dress- the base fabric has stretch in it, which has an overlay of polka dot chiffon. It is perfect without a crinoline, but ever so perfect with one. The fabric hangs beautifully on its own, but to give it the look of a 50’s prom dress, a crinoline is required.

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I wore my Heather to work paired with vintage hair and a killer cat eye. I have been thinking lately how so many people dress down and how sad I think it is that people feel they need an occasion to get all dolled up. I love getting dressed up nice to go to work…or to go out to dinner or the park or wherever. A dress is as fancy as you make it and every day life is as fancy as you make it. I loved the Heather so much I couldn’t wait to wear it and I did just that- wear it the very next day after I bought it.

_DSC2316-EditSteady Clothing is made in the U.S.A which means it is good quality so worth the price. You can get this beauty at Rowena in Edmonton or online at RetroGlam.com

I sized up in this dress to a large. I could have squeezed into a medium but I felt the large looked and felt good. My measurements are 36-29-40. The Heather has adjustable straps as well to help ensure a perfect fit at the shoulders and bust. The ruching along the bust/torso is very feminine, made complete with a white bow.

_DSC2314-EditI imagine this dress being worn to parties, weddings, even a prom. This sweet swing dress is not one to pass by. While I have many dresses that cannot be worn just anywhere, this beauty will definitely get many wears to many different places.

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New Hair Tutorial: faux victory rolls, pin curls, & clip in hair, oh my!

I finally got a chance to make another hair tutorial. I’ve been playing around with my hair a lot lately and trying out new things, which I wanted to share! I have also been getting tired of my hair lately too… its pretty bland, if you will… long and red… I oh so badly want to dye it… but wont. I have this thing about dying my natural hair colour… I haven’t dyed it in four years and its finally healthy. So, instead I’ve been playing around with clip in coloured hair and lots of pin curls and victory rolls.

I got some great clip in hair strips by Manic Panic at Rowena and they have been doing the trick! I can change the colour lickity split and not damage my hair. Every time I wear them at work, I get compliments, which makes me happy, in hopes I’m tricking some people into thinking I’m being adventurous with my hair.

I hope you like this tutorial… I had a few technical difficulties, but made it through! There will be a few more following this one too! If there is anything you’d like to see, please let me know…any other styles, makeup trips, fashion tips, etc.

Pinup Girl Clothing: New Blue Heidi

I am naturally drawn to dark colours… black, olive green, purple, burgundy…. But when I saw the new blue Heidi from Pinup Girl Clothing, something deep inside of me sqeeued with joy and told me I had to try it on. The colour is such a unqiue, striking blue… its not baby blue, its not royal blue, its not sky blue…it’s a fun, girly, whimsical blue…its a little warm, but bright. It’s a rich and creamy blue.

_DSC2341-EditThe Heidi is an amazing cut – it is figure flattering and the perfect swing dress. I hope by know we all own at least one. Shown here with a white crinoline to create a contrast with the colour of the dress; crinolines are the perfect accessory to any swing dress.

I love the way the new blue looks with my red hair and oh so slightly sun kissed and very freckled skin. A few of the girls at the shop have blonde hair and I can’t wait to see it on them too. I think this colour is going to look great on so many gals- the typical blue eyes and blonde hair, black hair and pale skin, redheads like me, rich brunettes, and those with fun pink, blue, and purple hair.

_DSC2347-EditThis Heidi, like every other Heidi I have or have tried on, is a medium. My measurements are 36-29-40. This fits perfect, no alterations needed! I know some ladies find the Heidi big in the shoulders, that’s an easy fix at the tailors. The Heidi hits be just below my knee and gives me a great feminine shape.

_DSC2348-EditThe Heidi rings in around $113 which is a great deal. Did you know Pinup Girl Clothing is actaully made in the U.S.A, which is a rarity in todays fast-fashion world. And if you take care of your clothes, they will last you through the years. I am a firm believer in buying quality goods and without a doubt Pinup Girl Clothing produces quality dresses, at very reasonable prices. The Heidi is a great addition to your pinup wardrobe and if you can only afford one or two dresses now and again, I would highly recommend making this one one of them.

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I got this Heidi, along with all my others, from Rowena. This heidi, with all its friends can also be found on RetroGlam.com. 

I’d hurry up and snag one of these blues ones quick though, as I don’t imagine they will linger around long. For real, the colour is amazing.

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Feeling Vampy in Steady Clothing

I love a good peplum and finding one that I can pull off is easier said than done. The first peplum I bought was a skirt from Steady Clothing. The second and most recent peplum I bought, is also from Steady Clothing. I think its safe to say, Steady knows what they are doing.

The Emma dress from Steady Clothing is divine. I feel absolutely fabulous in it- like a total vamp, if you will. It fits me great and is a completely different cut from anything in my closet.

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The Emma hits me just above the knee, and features a 3/4 peplum, stopping at the hip on each side. The sweet heart neckline and playful cut-out only amp up the sass of this dress. The Emma has a fair bit of stretch, so it hugs nicely to the body.

_DSC2335-EditI purchased this dress in a medium and it fits great. I measure in at 36-29-40 and the Emma hugs me in all the right ways.

I am crossing my fingers Steady makes this dress in a ton more colours, because this is a new favorite- I feel so good in it. It is currently available in black and coral ( coral is sadly not my colour) and I highly recommend getting this before it’s gone. I believe this dress has a lot of versatility to it- I wore it to work with kitten heels and nude fishnets; it can be wore on a date, to a wedding, to a party, to a bridal shower….well, the options really are endless. And at $94 this dress is a steal if you ask me!

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In these photos I paired the Emma with T.U.K creeper wedges and a RAGO cincher to get an amplified hourglass shape.

Head down to Rowena and check out the Emma and all the other amazing dresses from Steady Clothing.

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Mighty Minty in Pinup Girls Dames Dress

I must admit I was wary of this dress when I first saw it… the light colour, the tight fit- I was certain it would be a disaster. But it wasnt! In fact, the Dames dress in mint is quite dreamy.

_DSC2367-EditThe Dames dress is made of Pinup Girls signature bengaline, so it hugs and molds to the body in all the best ways. This cut is so classic and oh so pinup…it is a blank canvas, making it an absolute staple. Add some killer heels and sparkly jewelry and off to the ball with you! Add a shrug and come cute ballerina flats and you’re ready for a day at the office or strolling around town.

_DSC2377-EditI sized up to a large in the Dames dress. My measurements, to compare, are 36-29-40. I might have been able to squeeze into a medium, but in this colour and cut, I don’t think that would be advisable.

I got this Dames dress at Rowena.  This dress can also be found on RetroGlam.com, along with the black and red one if you’d like something a bit more traditional. If you think you can’t pull the Dames dress off, you are wrong, just like I was. The moment I put it on, I knew  I had to have it. I do not own anything in this colour or anything this light even, so there was no question about it, it would be mine.

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The colour of this dress makes me think of milkshakes, ponies, carnivals, and cotton candy. It is both sweet and sultry. And I think it suites my Flamingo tattoo quite nicely ;)

I am head over heels in love with the Dames dress!

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whats in your makeup bag: danger de lux

I have a fun new series for all you Kittens- whats in your makeup bag?! Well, it is exactly what it sounds like, featuring the gals from Rowena, fellow bloggers, and, fingers crossed, some of your favorite pin-ups.

To start things off, I’m going to share my makeup bag and my most favorite products. I have recently switched out a few products and am working on switching out more, as I am trying my darnedest to only use cruelty free products.

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This is me in my every day makeup, with my best friend, Cherry ( she doesn’t need any makeup, she’s a natural beauty)

And here is what is in my makeup bag

MAKEUP KIT 010Makeup Bag by Fluff

Too Faced Chocolate Bar eye shadow palette

Sephora In the Heat Moonshadow baked palette,

Makeup Forever Brow Seal

Anastasia Eye Brow Pencil and Brow Powder Duo in Auburn

Gosh Velvet Touch Eyeliner in Black Ink

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

Sephora Illuminator in Light Beam

Bare Essentials Foundation

Eco Tools Kabuki Brush

lipstick 001And my favorite red lipsticks

Mac Ruby Woo

Maybelline Super Stay 14 Hour Lipstick in Continuous Cranberry

Beseme in Red Velvet

Makeup Forever Aqua Lipliner in 8C

These are all the products I use on a daily basis, as well as if I do a photo shoot ( I just spend a lot more time and detail on my makeup if it is for something other than every day). I use two eyeliners to do my wing tip- the gosh pencil for across my lid, and the Kat Von D liquid liner for the ‘flick'; I’ve found this works best for me to get the look I like. I usually use a variety of shades of brown, as I find brown goes best with my skin tone, eyes, and hair colour. I didn’t show a mascara as I don’t have a favorite- I often use something from Maybelline, or try something new from Sephora when I run out of what I am using. Maybe if you have a favorite mascara, you can leave it in the comments for me to try out. I just switched my eyebrow products from MAC to Anastasia, as MAC now tests on animals, which makes me sad, but Anastasia is cruelty free. I also use a bronzer every day, because I love how it looks with my freckles – I didnt show it, because I need a new one right now, but I usually use one from Rimmel; you have to use caution with bronzer though, as its not for everyone.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what is in my makeup bag and enjoy the rest to come!

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