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Rompers = Retro Sexay

What’s a romper, you say?

In short, a skimpy curve-hugging playsuit. This adorable ultra-short item was introduced around 1900 as lingerie and became extremely popular in the 1950s as leisurewear.

Today there are two basic versions: day and night.  The cotton daytime styles make a perfect retro 50s outfit for summer days; while silk, satin, lace, and velvet styles invite slinky boudoir lounging.

Do your part to bring back an adorable and long-forgotten style! Just feast your eyes on some of these cuties. Read the rest of this entry

Get These Nails: The Perfect Red Polish For Pin-ups!

A true pin-up wears red nails 24/7. In fact, with the possible exception of  red lipstick, it’s the one thing she simply can’t live without.

Why?

Bright red nails make a statement. They go with everything. They stand out. They’re incredibly bold and bright and they absolutely shout sex appeal. This magical hue is simultaneously traditional enough for an office meeting, flirty enough for a picnic, casual enough for lounging poolside with an oversized pair of vintage sunglasses, and vampy enough for the most show-stopping bombshell of an evening gown.

However, finding the perfect red can be difficult. Read the rest of this entry

Patent Leather, Sparkles, and Bows: Rockin’ Vintage Purses From Lux De Ville!

Pin-up flair: the playful "High Seas Collection" from Lux De Ville

Looking for some dazzling arm candy? Lux De Ville fits the bill!

This modern company produces purses with true rockabilly flair. With gorgeous old-school details like kiss closures, leopard-print, roses, tattoo patterns and bows, these bags are where it’s at!

Available in a huge array of styles and colors. Feast your eyes:

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Hair Flowers!

Blue Orchid Hair Flower Clip

Hair flowers are an over-the-top and utterly beautiful style accent! They pack a retro punch and are very very versatile.

Unfortunately, these accesories are not used often in the modern day; but you can change all that by making them part of your new wardrobe!

The rule of thumb for retro hair accessories is: the bigger the better. Try out a big red rose with your favorite vintage dress. Dress up an elegant nighttime ensemble with several large gardenias Billie-Holiday-style. Or sex up that breezy summer dress (or even bathingsuit!) with a brightly-colored tropical flower!

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Awesome Retro Lunchboxes!

"Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" lunchbox featuring Tura Satana

If you’re a vintage-loving gal faithfully sporting pencil skirts, pin curls, red nail polish, and wiggle dresses on a daily basis, then why spoil the look by toting a boring litttle lunch bag?

Here are 8 lunchboxes with a real kick, sporting stles of the ’60s, ’50s, and even ’30s! From Tura Satana to Bettie Page, Coca Cola pin-ups to Bettie Boop, bathing beauties, and more, these lunchboxes have what it takes! Go on. Grab one of these eye-catching designs and express your style!

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Prepping For Your Pin-Up Photo Shoot: 5 Tips From A Pro!

Cardinal Cyn photographed by Shoshana of Through The Looking Glass Studio

When it comes to modern pin-up photography, Shoshana is one of the best!

As Editor and Chief Photographer of Pin Curl Magazine, this gal is on top of all the trends. She has produced stunning potraits of countless well-known burlesque stars and models (including Cardinal Cyn, Coco Lectric, Bondi Holly, Angi B. LovelyFemme Vivre La Rouge, and Ruby Joule)! She also helms Through The Looking Glass photography studio in Dallas which currently accepts both private and themed bookings.

The following  post at The Dirty Blonde Blog was contributed by none other than Shoshana herself! If you’ve ever thought about booking your own pin-up photography session then this post will give you the inside scoop on making the most of it. Just sit back and soak up these 5 steps to a perfect photo shoot, courtesy of a woman who really knows her stuff:

Much more (including photos!) after the jump.

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Grocery Shopping? These Reusable Bags Have Real Retro Style!

These days, everyone needs a reusable shopping bag (or two) for grocery trips. But why shouldn’t your shopping bag match the rest of your vintage style?

The answer is: it should! So take a moment to look through some of these cuties and find the one that fits. Ranging from polka dots to hula girls to cherries to Wonder Woman to Marilyn herself, these bags are real keepers that won’t clash with your carefully cultivated retro flair.

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Sexy Photoshoots: Celebrities Embrace Pin-Up Poses


Mary Louise Parker in a promo shot for her hit show "Weeds"

Over the past few years more and more celebrities have been photographed in classic pin-up poses.

Whether sporting retro sunglasses and polka dot bathing suits like Marilyn, kicking their heels up in an oversized martini glass Dita style, or having their swing skirt and seamed stockings reveal a little too much (a la Gil Elvgren), dozens of stars have given playful nods to classic cheesecake and pin-up poses.

Many more photos after the jump:

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Summer Shoes With Real Flair

Honey Pie Wedge Shoes by Jeffrey Campbell

The wedge is the ultimate summer shoe!

These stylish treats have sky-high heels to show off your legs, but their solid base makes them comfortable enough for a whole day of walking.

They’ll look perfect with your vintage look! Pair them with anything from a swing dress to a retro swimsuit to a pair of capris today and you’l be channeling your inner pin-up in no time.

Many more pairs (with photos) after the jump:

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Ditch That Boring Wallet: These Retro Cigarette Cases Are Much More Fun!

Forget that old boring wallet you’ve been clinging to. It’s high time for a change!

Retro cigarette cases are the way to go. They’re slimmer, sleeker, and more eye-catching than that tired leather wallet. Think of this as the more organized more streamlined new you.

Much more after the jump:

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