Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Top 5 Best Authentic & Affordable Online Pin Up & Vintage Inspired Stores

Do you love to search endlessly online for wonderful deals on vintage, vintage inspired or pin up style clothes and accessories? Do you find it difficult to discover the perfect vintage inspired or pin up style store that has the perfect reproduction and the price to match?

Search no more! I’m here to help. Over the years I’ve been searching and purchasing from many vintage inspired online stores. My favorite go-to online store is eBay and then Amazon. I tend to find what I’m looking for on eBay with only a few searches with the perfect price. You can even search your favorite vintage inspired and pin up brands via eBay. Besides eBay, I compiled a list of popular and affordable vintage inspired and pin up style online stores to check out.

I will be posting reviews about outfits and accessories that I’ve purchased from some stores listed. Be sure to follow the blog to stay updated for when these reviews are posted.

Below are the Top 5 vintage inspired online stores that you may fall in love with. There’s no particular order - they're all great. Please leave a comment on your favorite store that you recognize!

Lindy Bop has the most closest authentic vintage reproduction clothes and accessories. I adore their patterned dresses. There is also a UK (England) version of the website. I love love love that they have sales often.

2. Heartbreaker Fashion (
Formerly known as “Heartbreaker Fashion” Heart of Haute sells classic, beautiful, authentic style vintage inspired fashion. Being true to the respected decade, you’re bound to find a dress, skirt or pair of shoes that fits what you’re looking for. I just love browsing through Heart of Haute. I can’t wait to showcase the items I have from the store. Also, each item is made with love in every stitch.

Modcloth appears to have a 1960’s theme – although they have lots of other styles from other decades. The vintage inspired apparel tends to have a more modern appearance to it, so it’s perfect for those who are hesitant to wear a full vintage reproduction style and don’t want to look “too vintage”. The prices are moderate – not too pricey on selected items.

4. Le Bomb Shop (
Le Bomb Shop is a personal favorite online store I like to visit when I wanting a pin up style dress. I first discovered the site through eBay. They offer cute, affordable pin up style fashion and accessories. And when I say affordable – I mean it! Most prices are in the $30 ranges, if not lower. Despite having inexpensive prices, the quality of the clothes are excellent and long lasting.

5. Unique Vintage (
I admit Unique Vintage is more on the pricier side, but it’s a good investment if you are a vintage blogger or model. The quality is durable. The style is very authentic and true to the decade. 

I will be posting the next Top 5 vintage inspired and pin up online clothing store in the future. Be sure to follow for more!

Friday, December 21, 2018

My Polka Dot Parade Vintage Inspired Photo Shoot Details | Forever 21

Do you get excited to do a new photo shoot but feel confused and anxious? Did you know that thoroughly planning your photo shoot will lead to a successful photo shoot? Many people do not realize the importance of thoroughly planning a photo shoot, especially if it’s “on location”. Winging (or improvising) the poses and backgrounds can work, but it may waste time and you may not get the results intended. 

In this post, I discuss helpful tips to prepare for your next photo shoot as well as explain one of my favorite photo shoots where I was happy to plan out. Below is also a video I posted via my YouTube channel that explains in more depth about how to properly plan for a shoot. The tips can also work for regular (non pin up) shoots as well!

Now…more about the shoot…

I like to call this photo shoot “The Polka Dot Parade”. I just love polka dots! They add a simple feminine touch to any vintage garment. I like how polka dots changed over the vintage decades. I did this shoot back in 2015 in downtown Chicago. A photographer friend of mine helped with the shooting. This is very much a one of a kind dress from Forever 21. I was surprised it was made by F21. I sold it off on my eBay store a while ago. I figured I would pass it on to another pin up girl. I loved how it has a sweetie neck with a halter. The red belt adds a perfect classic touch among the black/white polka dots. Because of my petite frame it’s easy to pull off styles with short dresses. I didn’t have to worry about it riding up too short as it falls perfectly above the knees. I admit, the belt was a little too tight! But overall, I was very pleased with this shoot. I’m glad I had the opportunity of planning it out.

The worse feeling you could have is regretting doing something wrong in your photo shoot. As a pin up model you work hard to keep vintage glamour alive! This post will definitely help you with your next shoot. 

Full Outfit Details:
Dress = Forever 21
Shoes = M.P.S
Belt = Forever 21
Umbrella = Handmade

And now … click here for tips on planning & preparing for an upcoming shoot.

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Coco Chanel 1920's - 1930's Vintage Inspired Hairstyle Tutorial

Coco Chanel: "A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous". Do you love dressing up 1920's or 1930's style? Do you also adore Coco Chanel products? Why not try doing a Coco Chanel vintage inspired hairstyle? It'll be perfect for a Halloween costume look or party. 

Coco Chanel Vintage Inspired Hairstyle

As I research my vintage styles I can't help but notice Chanel's actual hairstyles and how she kept her own appearance; very chic and unique.

In the video below I demonstrate how to do a vintage inspired by the beloved boss-lady. I of course wanted to keep it authentic with a 1920's / 1930's touch so I used tighter, smaller curls since my hair is longer.

This tutorial is perfect for doing a Coco Chanel look for Halloween or a vintage themed party.

Thanks for watching!

Who Was Coco Chanel?

Coco Chanel (1883 - 1971) born Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel was a French fashion designer, dress
maker and business woman. Most of us can recognize her life story of going from riches to rags and building a successful brand. An interesting fact about Chanel was that she aspired to have a stage career and would sing in cabaret shows while not working as a seamstress.

Chanel propelled a more casual, chic look for women's fashion from the "tight corset" look during the post-World War I era.

Most women love the styles and fashion that Chanel created from the little black dress, handbags and suit sets. I admit I yearn for a Chanel handbag and dress once in a while!

View more vintage inspired photos via Instagram!

Saturday, December 01, 2018

My 1950's Vintage Hairstyle Recreation (My Favorite!)

As many people may or may not know, my favorite time period is the 1940’s and the 1950’s. I just love, love, love the classic, feminine fashion and hairstyles that the 40’s and 50’s contain. Of course other vintage time periods are classic, but being raised in an old-fashioned home that was primarily 50’s style contributed to this admiration!

I always found myself mimicking 1950’s hairstyles in high school unknowingly. This is how my love for vintage hair styling started to develop without me even knowing! It all came together and it all makes sense now. Unfortunately, my hair became short throughout junior high and high school due to damage. (My hair damages very easily). Since it was shorter the curls created a vintage-style look. I didn’t like that it was short; but yet I loved styling it girly-style with curls and hair pieces. It was a love-hate situation. Over the years, this has become one of my favorite go-to vintage hairstyles. I love to dress it up with different style side combs.

In the video below, I demonstrate how to do a basic 1950’s hairstyle that can be easily worn every day. I first did this demonstration in my early days of YouTube, and I decided to revamp (remake/update) the video to make it more current. Either way, I hope it helps! Thanks for watching!