60’s hair-do

I have been playing around with my hair a bit more lately and trying out new and different retro styles. Because I have really long hair, I can’t do the soft waves most girls do – my hair never holds a curl, it would just take way too much time, and not look as nice as the gals who have shorter hair.

One morning before work I had a little extra time, so went on youtube to watch some hair tutorials. I stumbled on one by Pinup Doll Ashely Marie, which seemed simple enough, so I have it a shot!

The tutorial was for a 60s beehive bouffant, with a hair scarf. I’ve been trying to figure out a new way to wear my hair up in a scarf and this video was just the answer! I was so proud of how it turned out and got some nice compliments at work too!

10409400_10152067248090872_630799345688339080_nPinup Girl Clothing makes some great hair scarves that don’t slip and stay just where you put them. They are sturdy enough to make a nice bow that won’t flop around, which i think it oh so important. They might seem a touch pricey at 20-something bucks, but they are 100% worth every penny.

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I did my fringe different than shown in the video, just because this was easier for me.

Some of my own styling tips before the video link…

Dirty hair is always easiest to style

A good back combing comb is fairly essential

Pomade is not just for men ladies- Layrite works amazing on vintage hair styles

A good variety of sizes of bobby pins are handy

And don’t try for perfection, keep practicing, and just give it a shot!

Now, for the lovely Ashely Marie’s tutorial

She does such a great job making this style super easy and I will definitely be checking out more of her videos!

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Danger De Lux Review: The Sheila dress from Hell Bunny

Hell Bunny has been making lovely, light and flowy dresses the past couple of seasons and are back at it for spring. The Sheila dress is a sweet staple for spring and summer. With an apple and daisy motif, this 50’s style reproduction dress should definitely be considered for every gals wardrobe.

The Sheila comes in three colors- black, smokey blue, and a pale green. I decided to review the green, as green and red hair are a perfect pair ūüėČ

_DSC0237-2I paired the Sheila with a red crinoline and one of the new belts from Hell Bunny, which kind of remind me of the 80’s, but are such great belts to add on to almost any dress. The girls at work all have them and guaranteed one of them is wearing one every day!

I am wearing a medium in the Sheila and it fits quite nicely. I didn’t feel restricted or uncomfortable, but comfy, because the fabric is so light. Here are my measurements so you can compare for yourself:

Bust: 37″ Waist: 29″ Hips 40″

If I look at the size chart, my top half would fit the large and my bottom half would just squeeze into the small. I almost always wear a medium in Hell Bunny, unless it has stretch panels, then I go down a size. If you are ordering this dress, I would get your usual size or call/email the shop and ask to compare a size with your measurements.

_DSC0234-2The only issue I had with this dress was how darn staticy is was! Defiantly get a can of static guard if you’re planning on getting this lovely little frock. But for $52 this dress is a steal! I tried mine on at Rowena but you can also get it at Retroglam.com

_DSC0235-2Hell Bunny is a great brand to check out if you’re just getting into pinup and retro style, or need an outfit for a theme party or event. Their dresses are usually very flattering, on all body types, they have a great variety, and are a fantastic price. Hell Bunny is also a leader in plus size retro fashion, making beautiful dresses up to 4xxl.

Nosferatu

On Halloween night my boyfriend and I went to the symphony. They were playing Nosferatu, accompanied by the organ played by a young german composer, who actually improved the whole 90 minutes.

Because it was Halloween, I made myself up as a spooky pin up

halloween 001I  wore my new favorite skirt from Rock Steady- a pencil peplum, which is so damn flattering! I paired it with a cropped top, a spooky HellBunny cardigan, and fancy lil fasinator with a veil attached.

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I hadn’t seen Nosferatu before Halloween night, so it was quite exciting! The accompaniment was so perfect, you would never have known it was improvised.

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It was a great way to celebrate Halloween, especially because it was on a Thursday night. The movie was spooky and silly and I highly recommend watching it. Apparently, Bram Stokers wife ordered all copied been burnt due to infringement of copyright or something along that lines. One theater in England decided not to burn their copy and it remained the only existing copy; thanks to them the film is able to be seen and appreciated today!

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I hope you all had a spooky Halloween too!

Oh and I got my skirt and cardigan from Rowena.  

RetroGlam.com has all the same wicked stuff too

feature: Jubly- Umph

While I was in Vegas in August checking out the trade show for work, we found a fantastic jewelry line- Jubly-Umph. I am so in love with this line! They make  retro tattoo-flash inspired designs, which are both super cool and super cute! The gal who runs and owns the company does all the artwork her self and it is all original!

1. Can you tell me a little about the history of Jubly-Umph? How it got started?

Jubly-Umph is the name I work under as an artist here in Melbourne, Australia. My brand, Jubly-Umph Originals, started in 2009 as a way for me to get my artwork to the masses and also create some cute and shiny stainless steel jewellery…I love jewellery.

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2. What does Jubly-Umph mean? How did you come up with that name?

Jubly-Umph is completely made up but seems to accurately represent the fun and frivolous nature of my artwork.

3. Who does all the artwork?

I do! All my pieces are painted with a combination of watercolors, inks, paper and coffee and inspiration comes from my little obsessions such as books, tattoos, coffee, fairy tales and Victorian ephemera.

4. Do you have a favorite piece?

My current favorite piece is The Librarian because I am a huge bibliophile (book nerd) and am often found with dark circles under my eyes from staying up too late reading.

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5. I met you at the trade show in Las Vegas and you were there all the way from Australia! Does this mean Jubly-Umph has made its way to North America? What does that mean for you and your company?

Yes, Jubly-Umph jewellery is now stocked in over 15 stores throughout North American which is very exciting. Our jewellery and art has been very well received in the USA and we cant wait to get back there again in February.

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6. What kind of products does Jubly- Umph Originals make?

We make a range of stainless steel jewellery which comes packaged in cute gift tins, giclee art prints from my original paintings and  limited edition handbags and wallets. These are available from our online store http://www.jubly-umph.com/

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7. What makes Jubly-Umph different from everyone else?

Jubly-Umph jewellery is unique because we focus on artwork and quality. All our artwork is completely original and not available anywhere else. All our jewellery is made from solid stainless steel coated in resin which is long lasting, waterproof and hypo allergenic. The designs are produced in short runs and limited editions making each one unique and quirky and resilient enough to hand down to your kids and grandkids

8. What does the future hold for Jubly-Umph?

Next year I am planning to hold my first solo exhibition here in Melbourne, Australia and hopefully complete and publish a book that I have been working on.

mermaid_copy_grandeI already have one gorgeous piece from Jubly- Umph and I can’t wait to get more!

Please check out the Jubly-Umph website to see what other goodies they have, including handbags, wallets and prints. And keep an eye out at your favorite rockabilly and pin up shop, you know the one, for Jubly-Umph this fall!

the man eater- by pinup girl clothing

My latest and most coveted purchase from Pinup Girl Clothing is the Kinky Box Skirt in the Man Eater Plant print- it is divine! Reminisceint of Audrey 2 from The Little Shop of Horrors this skirt is every kind of right! The colour combination is absolutely perfect- the purple is not bright nor deep and goes just right with the green of the flytrap man eater plant. I am not one for colour- in fact, I’m not sure I own any purple, but this skirt truly is fantastic.

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I think all the girls at work have their eye on this skirt and I am sure we are all going to end up with one. MAN EATER 018I paired the man eater skirt with a simple black top from Rock Steady and black B.A.I.T. heels. I had a few extra minutes to spare this morning so I threw my hair up in big, fat victory rolls to complete the look.

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I got so many compliments on my outfit, mainly because of my fabulous skirt! The kinky box skirt fits quite small however- I bought a large, and while it is a touch big, there was no way I was getting into a medium, so keep that in mind when ordering ( I plan on getting mine taken in a smidge so it will be a perfect fit).

MAN EATER 006I am so in love with this skirt that I very much plan on getting it in the Fetish print as well. My fall wardrobe is going to be over flowing with Pinup Girl!

MAN EATER 025I got my kinky box skirt at Rowena and you bet you can get one there too, including the fetish print. Check out RetroGlam.com too, to see what they have in stock.

retro hair – its easy!

Lately I have been taking the extra time to style my hair. I have been practicing with pin curls, victory rolls, and retro accessories, like hair combs and snoods! Now, it only takes a few minutes to pin my hair up and have a lovely retro look. I purchased a snood at the Bettie Page store in Vegas last February and only just recently tried it out- i loved it!! So much so, that I snapped a few photos to share with you

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I also figured it was a good time to introduce you all to Cherry, my new baby!! Shes a brown and white Boston Terrier and she is the sweetest thing you will ever meet.calgary 003

I did three rolls, one in the front and two on the side, tucked the rest of my hair in the snood and pinned in on with bobby pins, and as a final touch added a light pink rose that matched my skirt. When I first started doing retro styles, it would take me forever and I would get really frustrated. I initially thought it had to be perfect…but now I know that it doesn’t have to be; most people are going to be too impressed with your hair to even notice the rolls might be slightly uneven. So now, I just work with the rolls I make to mold and pin them and be happy with the work I’ve done! So, my top advice for learning and practicing retro hair is to know it doesn’t have to be perfect and to just keep at it!

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what i wore: betsey

I am a huge fan of animal print. Some days I will wear four different prints (my boyfriend will then tell me I can’t wear so many different prints at one time, but I disagree). Leopard is, of course, my favorite. So, you bet when I saw a glimmer of leopard print as I opened the box of a new pinup girl shipment, I got just a little excited ( I already new, without having to open the bag, which dress it was). The new Betsey swing dress by Pinup Girl is absolutely ¬†darling!

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The Betsey has a huge, full skirt, so it would be amazing with a crinoline ( or two). It also has adorable little heart shaped pockets on the front. It features faux buttons down the torso, adjustable straps, a thin black belt, and a back zipper, with some stretch along the top, in the form of elastic. I purchased a medium and it just fits- it is slightly snug along the top of the chest and underarms, but not so much that I would consider going a size up.

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I didn’t accessorize this outfit too much. Just my favorite Fly London chunky kitten heels and a red flower in my hair. I had a few extra minutes to spare that morning so I did my hair extra nice, because I left my lovely new dress deserved fancy hair. I had never gotten so many compliments on my hair, as I did that day! Around these parts, you don’t see a whole heck of a lot of retro styled hair ( its more like, bleach blonde or black, crazy extensions, and big, bumpit/snookie hair- okay not everyone, but lots of girls!). Anyway, I was quite pleased with my self, so its needless to say, I had a¬†great day- its amazing what a pretty dress and a good hair day can do!

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This is by far my new favorite dress ( I know, I say that about everything). I of course got my Betsey at Rowena– they have a full size range in stock, so if you’re in town, I head there and snatch one up before they are all gone! RetroGlam.com will have them up shortly as well, just in case you don’t live in Edmonton

I hope you all have a swell day!!