Monday, March 18, 2019

What's the Meaning of an Old Soul? Top 10 Traits of an Old/Vintage Soul

You've probably heard the social term "old soul" but haven't given it much thought of what it really means. Old souls are thoughtful, misunderstood, very much in tune with the vintage times, and have profound wisdom to share. I've always considered myself an old soul - or vintage soul. Fitting in was never on my agenda. 

Over the years I've experienced and observed interesting traits among true old souls. Not all old souls are the same, but they do share very strong, apparent characteristics that are easily identifiable. 

In this post I'm going to share with you the top 10 traits of an old soul. 

The biggest sign of an old soul is that they can't relate to people their own age. This is may be due to echoing the life of someone older - with wisdom and a different viewpoint of life. An old soul is someone who approaches life differently with a method of the olden days.

If you feel you have a plethora of wisdom that you find difficult to explain to people or they misunderstand you - perhaps you are an old soul. In the spiritual world an old soul is someone who may have reincarnated. 

In the video below I describe ten traits of an old. I sometimes use the term "vintage soul" interchangeably. Of course there are many traits that can be found in an old soul. These are the top ten that can best describe one.

Be sure to leave a comment via the video on YouTube on some other traits you notice with old souls.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

7 Tips on How to Prepare and Win a Pin Up Contest! | THE PIN UP SCHOOL

Miss Lady Liberty Pin Up Contest - July 2018

Participating in a pin up contest can be an exciting, fabulous but yet nervous event! Over the years of working as a pin up model, I've competed in several pin up contests where I observed and learned tips on how to increase your chance of winning the title!

Miss Throwback Pin Up Contest - September 2018

I surprisingly made it to Top 5 for the 2018 Lady Liberty Pin Up Contest in Oak Creek, Wisconsin last summer. I was shocked when my contestant number was called! I'm pretty sure my talent portion helped my score. Yes - some contests have talent portions! Don't worry, I'll create a video on fun, creative talent ideas to do for a pin up contest.

In the video below I discuss seven wonderful tips on how to increase your chances to successfully win your next pin up contest. If this is your first pin up contest - this information is definitely crucial for understanding what judges look for. It takes a great deal to get up on stage, show your poses and talk about yourself. It feels intimidating at first but once you experience the process it feels better and you catch on. Another helpful hint is to do more than one contest to get familiar with the process.

Remember - the judges critique on mainly on stage presence, authenticity, showmanship and vintage style.

Thanks for watching! Good luck and have lots of fun!

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Miss World of Wheels 2019 Pin Up Contest - Milwaukee WI

I'm beyond excited to share the time I spent as a contestant for the Miss World of Wheels 2019 Pin Up Contest! This was my second opportunity participating in the pin up contest.  I met so many wonderful pin up girls and vintage souls. I also learned much more information on pin up contests and classic cars. I can say I had fulfilling evening that day in Milwaukee!

Miss World of Wheels Pin Up Contest

I was contestant #7. I usually like to remember the number as most contests don't allow contestants to
keep competition pins. After driving through chilly, rainy-snow I arrived safely to Milwaukee from Illinois. It wasn't too far - just an hour across the state border. The contest was held on Saturday, February 23rd 2019.

My theme for the contest was 1950's and I wore my 1950's reproduction diner dress for the first time along with my new red t-strap heels I received for my birthday. We were judged on vintage style, authenticity, vocal/speech, poses and overall stage presence.

I will be creating a video on how to prepare and participate and win in a pin up contest. Look out for this upcoming blog post. Below you will find a brief video of the show as well as a few photos from the contest. This is a brief edit of the show - which originally ran 50 minutes to an hour. Be sure to follow via Instagram and my Facebook page for more exciting videos and photos!

Photos by Paul Zeien, BubbleHead Photography & Nikki Moulesong

Show video by Kat Hollister

Offcial Photos by BubbleHead Photography:




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Friday, February 15, 2019

Rosa Parks Vintage Inspired Hairstyle Tutorial

In my time of doing vintage hair styling of historical figures and celebrities, I have always had a deep interest in doing a vintage style inspired by Rosa Parks! This is a perfect tutorial for those who are cast as Rosa Parks for a stage play, movie or reenactment show - or if you just love Rosa Parks.

Rosa Parks Vintage Inspired Hairstyle

Well....before I dive into a brief history lesson about Rosa Parks, let's learn more about this vintage inspired hair style...

Instead of doing a traditional 1950's pageboy, I decided to roll the the backwards instead to give it a strong rolled look. If you have a rolling tool that would be helpful too!

As I mentioned in the video below, I'm not a huge fan of veil netting that is attached to vintage hats. I don't mind them peeking from the top area, just not over the face. The items needed are mentioned in the video. Go ahead and click play below to learn how to do this hairstyle step-by-step.

You don't necessarily need a vintage hat - it's okay if you don't have one. But it does give the hairstyle the perfect 1950's look. You can easily find a homemade vintage cocktail hat at a vintage flea market or expo event or even online. Be sure it's 1950's style if possible.

I hope you enjoy this vintage inspired hairstyle! Thanks for watching.

What You'll Need:

- Sponge rollers or curling iron (for creating random curls)
- Pomade or hair oil
- Small and large bobby pins
- Rat tail comb
- Vintage cocktail style hat (preferably 1950's style)
- Curl holding spray
- Gel for edges (if applicable) 

Who Was Rosa Parks?

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks - born February 4th 1913 in Tuskagee, Alabama - was an activist in the
Civil Rights Movement best known in the role of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. She's known as "the first lady of civil rights". After refusing to give up her seat for a White passenger on the bus, Rosa Parks was charged with a violation of Chapter 6, Section 11 segregation law of the Montgomery City  code, although she was in the "colored" section.

Although Rosa Parks was a champion in the Civil Rights Movement, not many Americans learn the other side of history that was hidden - nine months earlier, Claudette Colvin did the same exact thing. She refused to give up her seat to a White passenger. She was only fifteen years old. She was also pregnant. Because she was a pregnant teen, the media and Black leaders decided not to cover her story as much, as teen pregnancy was looked down upon during this time period.

Claudette Colvin's contribution to the Civil Rights Movement was largely forgotten. She usually sites the reasons as Parks was an adult and she was a minor. Parks was light-skinned and Colvin was darker toned. Colvin was from a poor neighborhood and Parks was from a middle class family (Women's History). 

Claudette Colvin as a teenager

Both Parks and Colvin can teach us the hidden side of history. Many people acknowledge this part of Black History, without fully understanding how Black history prior to the Civil Rights Movement still impacts Black economics and family structure today. This includes Jim Crow era and the Segregation Laws. I'm aware how the Civil Rights Movement was suitable for Blacks during this time period for the need of equality, but it still has some remaining holes to fill on how Black economics is still absent today.

Works Cited (Women's History) Blattman, Elissa. "The Girl Who Acted Before Rosa Parks." National Women's History Museum, 17 Feb. 2017,

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

5 Effective Business Ideas to 
Start in the Pin Up Community 

Welcome to this lesson of The Pin Up School!

Are you looking to start a business in the pin up community? Do you want to make extra cash while pursuing your pin up modeling? In this lesson of Pin Up School I discuss 5 smart business ideas to start in the pin up modeling industry. 

Be sure to leave a comment via the YouTube video with your business (if you have one!)

Thanks for attending this session of the Pin Up School.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Anne Frank Vintage Hairstyle Tutorial

This is a great tutorial for theatre productions and reenactment shows that feature the story of Anne Frank. May this tutorial help you learn the basics of vintage hair styling for accurate portrayal!

Anne Frank Vintage Inspired Hairstyle:

I created this vintage inspired hairstyle in dedication to remembering Anne Frank. There are countless performances including theatre productions, stage plays, reenactment shows that exhibits the life of Anne Frank.

Properly portraying a character is an important factor in the performance industry. Vintage hair styling can take a moment of practice for those who are unfamiliar with it. In the video below, I demonstrate how to do a vintage hairstyle closely resembling Anne Frank's style. This is perfect for those who are cast as her character. I mention what is needed to create this style in the video. 

Also be aware that the style can vary due to different hair textures, length and curl type.

Thanks for watching!

What You'll Need:

- Sponge rollers
- Bobby pins
- Bobby pin with charm or small bow
- Rat tail comb
- Curl holding spray
- Pomade

Who Was Anne Frank?

Annalies Marie Frank was born on June 12th 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany. Among the highly discussed victims of the Holocaust, Anne Frank was a writer and diarist in which she documented her and her family's hiding from German occupied Netherlands from 1942 to 1944.

Anne Frank was an outspoken, dedicated writer who wrote candidly about her personal life including her hiding with her family, sexuality, family members and dreams of becoming a writer as an adult. Her diary was published in 1947 in the Netherlands and in the early 1950's in the U.S. and Germany by her father, Otto Frank.

Anne Frank passed away around February-March 1945 at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Countless memorials including museums, stage plays and reenactment shows honor her memory and legacy.

To learn more about Anne Frank and the Holocaust, please click here to visit the official Anne Frank website.

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

How to Prepare for a Pin Up or Vintage Style Photo Shoot | THE PIN UP SCHOOL

How to Prepare for a Pin Up or Vintage Photo Shoot 

Welcome to this lesson of The Pin Up School!

A photo shoot is like capturing your best moment. You want to stand out and capture your best side as much as possible! Having the correct props and items can help immensely. Over the years of doing photo shoots, I developed a personal system to help my shoots run more smoothly. I would always forget to bring something or would later regret not bringing something. It's a dreadful feeling! Preparation is key to making sure the day runs flawlessly. Click here to learn more about my "Polka Dot Parade" photo shoot (pictured). 

Below are a few tips on how to prepare for a pin up or vintage style photo shoot:

1. Envision the style that you are going for and conduct research on other photos to get an idea. Brainstorm and research the location. Don’t forget to save photos for reference. 

2. If you can, scout the location of the shoot. This means to either tour the studio or visit the actual location if it’s outdoors or at a building, home, office, etc. If you are unable to it’s okay. If it’s possible to obtain photos of the facility that would be better. This will help give you a mental visionAt this point, you also want to research outfits and purchase them if needed.

3. Secure and schedule the shoot date with your photographer. If you’re taking photos alone be sure to get all your gear together and make sure it’s in working condition. Be sure you have enough storage on your phone or camera for lots of photos and videos.

4. I usually lay out my outfits and prepare my accessories the night before so I don’t forget. Below I have a list of accessories and items you may find helpful to bring with you to a photo shoot.

5. I always bring lots of props, hair accessories, brushes, combs, sprays – just everything! You may run thru different ideas while shooting. Below I have a list of accessories and items you may find helpful to bring with you to a photo shoot.

6. It’s best to wake up earlier and get ready. Getting ready at your normal time may cause you to rush and forget items. Plus you need a good night’s sleep!

7. I like to practice poses either the night before or after I get ready the day of the shoot – that way the poses are fresh in my mind. 

8. Have fun! Be sure to capture as many photos as you can! 

Accessories & Items to Bring:

It’s always best to bring as much as you can. Even if you feel you may not need it – bring it! I always find myself regretting or forgetting to bring something. As cliché as it sounds – it’s better safe than sorry. Below is a list of items to bring...

1. Makeup:
Lipstick, concealer, lip gloss, false eyelashes and glue, mascara, eyeliner, lip liner, eye shadow, blush, setting spray and eyebrow pencil.

2. Jewelry:
Earrings (and backs), bracelets, necklaces and rings.

3. Hair:
Curling iron, curl holding spray, brush, comb, bobby pins (of course!), gel or pomade. I bring a curling iron in place of sponge rollers in case a curl falls out.

4. Props & Personal Items:
I always be sure to bring extra personal items in regards to the weather. I pack props the night before. Jacket, umbrella, snacks, water, cell phone charger, extra storage chip / flash drive.

Good luck and have fun!

1950's Inspired Makeup Tutorial | Featuring Revlon Creme Shadow Palette

1950's Revlon ad in Vogue
Makeup in the 1950's was all about subtle glamour, style, coordinating colors and feminine touch. Unlike the previous time period of the 1940's when it was all about minimum use of makeup, the 1950's woman used makeup to her full advantage that resembled full femininity and accentuated her natural beauty.

A 1950's woman's makeup would match her clothes, gloves, handbag, shoes and even appliances! It was all about class and coordination. Makeup wasn't only used to attract a husband, but it was also used to maintain her feminine looks after marriage as well. Who says makeup is for men anyway?!

Quick Breakdown of 1950's Makeup:

Red and pink were the essential colors of the 1950's. Maintaining femininity was important in daily life. As pictured above, the face can be contoured. I added foundation for a seamless look. Eyebrows were highly arched and darkened. Eyeshadow colors consisted of pinks, blues, purples, greens, browns and gold. Eyeliner is applied to the top lash line with a "tick" or "wing" at the end. Extra coats of mascara was used for extra glamour and lash extension. False lashes were used if needed. Facial powder is used to blend in the overall tone of the face. Loose facial powder helps settles in the foundation and blush. Blush wasn't used for a rosy, girly look but instead used to contour the cheeks. Blush can be added on with light-to-medium strokes. As pictured, I blended two blushes together for a light, natural look. Red or dark red lipstick ties the look together. Don't forget to do your nails with pink, red or dark red polish!

In the video below, I demonstrate a step-by-step tutorial with more details on how to create a 1950's inspired makeup look using the Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow palette. The shade I'm using is "Not Just Nudes".

Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow Palette - Not Just Nudes

I will be creating other vintage makeup tutorials including how to create the biggest makeup trend of the 1950's: the wing tip liner! Be sure to subscribe to stay informed. 

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Watermelon Fit & Flare Vintage Rockabilly Inspired Dress | R-Wish

In this blog post I bring you the Watermelon Fit & Flare Vintage Rockabilly Inspired Dress by R-Wish. 

This is the type of dress I would've loved to wear during my high school days. Being so afraid to express my vintage side, I tended to wear what was acceptable with a little twist of my own personality. I can attest this is not the way to go! If you feel dressing up vintage style, by all means do so! Never hold back based on other people's thoughts.

Anyway . . .

The look and feel of this dress is absolutely vintage and rockabilly inspired. It makes the perfect spring and summer dress and also appropriate for work, class or shopping. If styled correctly, it can even be worn on a date.

The dress features a light mesh petticoat-like underskirt beneath that gives it a flare look and feel. It isn't entirely a petticoat, but it sure works like one. The dress has no sleeves and features a see-thru patterned opening in the back. This is why it's perfect for the summer. It can be worn with a black or brown belt. The original belt is hiding, so I wear a black belt instead, as pictured. The belt helps with that fit and flare feel and look.

Now you're probably wondering why I call it "watermelon". In person, the color reminds me of watermelon - for some reason. (I won't go into details about my imagination). The dress is the perfect medium shade of pink. Not too bright, not too dark. I've always been hesitant of wearing pink dresses but with this dress I feel confident and I don't feel youthful.

Admirers become surprised when I tell them I brought this dress from Burlington department store. The brand, R-Wish, designs rockabilly and vintage inspired clothing. This dress and other styles can be found on sites such as Amazon, eBay or Poshmark. Just search the key words: R-Wish Rockabilly Dress. 

Dress this up with black or brown heels, a black or brown belt and a black or white cardigan. I love wearing it with my Steve Madden floral heels or black flats.

Dress: R-Wish
Heels: Steve Madden

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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!