VLV20! Day 0: Tiki Time

You read that right. Yes, I am starting with day zero! Haha. My husband and I, along with a couple of our good friends, flew into Las Vegas, Nevada for the 20th Anniversary of Viva Las Vegas this past week. If you are not sure what VLV is, I highly recommend checking out my posts from the last VLV we attended which was VLV18.

This year we decided to go big and arrive 1 day prior to the events and depart a day after the festivities ended. I am SO glad we did! Every day was 100% worth it! Let’s jump right into Day 0. Can you tell we were excited? : P

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We flew Southwest Airlines for 3 main reasons; 1) Good price, 2) Good flight times, 3) 2 free checked bags and when you are going to a 4 day long fashion extravaganza, honey, you are going to need them!

First order of business was Frankie’s Tiki Room! One of the best spots for strong drinks, Frankie’s is known to get pretty packed when the rockabilly crowd comes to town. We made a point to stop there the night before hoping to avoid some of the crowd!IMG_5057

His amazing vintage shirt was $20 on Etsy, and my super comfy leopard dress was $17 on Amazon! Bangles were thrifted for around $2 a piece and hair flowers were $3 for a bunch at Jo-Ann Fabrics, simply attached with bobby pins. Skull earrings were gifted to me by my love a few years back. Check out our amazing souvenir mugs from the night!

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It really was too much fun! Met some great people and left so excited for the upcoming weekender!

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Check back in a couple of days to see what trouble we got ourselves into on Thursday! Hint: There were some Marilyn moments…

The weekend is just getting started 😉

-Penny

 

 

 

Workout, Body Image & Mental Health

As we start approaching nicer, and nicer weather, the pressure to “look good” in a bikini begins crawling out of the shadows. I put “look good” in quotations, because it is all a matter of opinion and 99.99% of those opinions don’t flipping matter.

Growing up I was always active. I began dancing and conditioning at a very young age, which has continued, taking on various forms throughout the years. I always knew that physical activity was necessary for a healthy lifestyle, but it wasn’t until around 2 years ago that I realized for myself, it was just as mentally necessary.

Like many people, I suffer from depression. This depression has played a major roll in my life over the last 6 years. I searched high and low for a “cure.” I have tried therapists, prescriptions, natural remedies, books…Once in a while something would stick, but only for a month or so. 2 years ago I was beginning to give up hope so I decided to switch my focus to getting fit for our wedding. I said to myself if the mental isn’t cooperating, let’s try the physical. Here was my plan:

  • Get to the gym 3x per week. (Crunch is a great place that is completely pennywise! For $9.95/month you get access to not just the gym, but all fitness classes as well. I highly recommend.)
  • Each night, only 1 hour of TV unless you are working out during it. (for example crunches, weights, squats…)
  • No junk on the weekdays. Have fun on the weekends.

For me, this routine totally worked! If I had enough time to be a slug on the couch, I had enough time to do some bicep curls while I watched. I also learned during this Sweating for the Wedding adventure, that weighing myself was bullshit. I stopped weighing after 1 month when I realized I was more obsessed with a number than how much more in shape I had become.

To any one starting a workout plan. I highly suggest weighing yourself as little as possible, hopefully not at all. You are putting in the work. Don’t let a scale make you think you aren’t good enough.

The big day came and I was so happy! It was absolutely perfect. I married my high school sweetheart surrounded by the most wonderful friends and family. It was happily ever after…

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Or was it?

As each week past, I found my depression had taken the front seat again. I contemplated going back through my list of tried and failed “cures” to hopefully find some sort of relief. I examined my life and realized that busy work schedules and the calm after the wedding storm had completely thrown my workout routine to the wind. I needed those endorphins again. It was amazing that something so physical could effect my mental state so intensely. Now while exercise isn’t a cure for depression, it surely has helped me with mine.

If you or someone you know has depression and hasn’t tried physical activity, give it a shot. It definitely can’t hurt. Here are a few of my favorite tools and techniques for a solid home/TV binging workout. *Please consult with your doctor before engaging in any physical activity.

Supplies: 1 yoga mat & 2 5lb weights. (Target has a solid starter yoga mat for $15 & weights for $8.49 each).

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For me, motivation to exercise increases if I have a particular goal in mind. Currently I have decided on Viva las Vegas in April. No scales, no crazy diets, just exercise. Lets start with some arms…

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Core:

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Lower body:

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Total Body:

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Until next time,

-Penny la Pêche

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A Vintage Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

I absolutely love this often dreaded day. It’s the colors, the candy, and more than anything…another reason to dress up!  This year I wanted to do something fun with it. I decided to recreate this adorable photo of Betty Grable from 1937.

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I had a photographer all lined up but unfortunately timing wasn’t on our side and the shoot never came together. Luckily thanks to my forever valentine (my hubs), I was able to complete it!

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2 Tutus from Amazon ($9 each), 1 velvet leotard as well ($16), and a few bits from the craft store made this costume complete. I Photoshopped the garland, along with the bow and arrow to save a few bucks.

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We had a blast, just the two of us, and I guess that’s what Valentine’s Day is really all about… spending special moments with the ones you love.

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Hope your V-Day is filled with all the chocolates and even more love!

-Penny la Peche

(The Pennywise Pinup)

Not Selling Out: An Honest Le Keux Cosmetics Review

A couple months back I was approached by Le Keux Cosmetics asking if I would be interested in being a brand ambassador. Let me begin by saying I was completely flattered! I loved the brand that I mainly knew from the salon and Diablo Rose, so when I found out they had a makeup line I was all ears!

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Here is how it worked:

  1. If I was interested I would get a one time code for 50% off MSRP of the cosmetics to go ahead and try.
  2. I could review the ordered products through any social media channel I desired.
  3. I then could give my readers a personalized 10% off code that they could use to order products. That code would also give me 10% of the sales back.

Sounded pretty great, so I went ahead and signed up. Over the last couple of months I have thoroughly tested 3 of the adorably packaged products:

1. Black Cadillac Eye Liner Paint : ~$16 USD

 

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2. Lip Paint in shade Cherry Bomb : ~$16 USD

 

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3. Lip Paint in shade Whistle Bait : ~$16 USD

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The Tests:

I decided to really put it to the test and line one eye with the Cadillac and the other with my favorite NYX Matte Liquid Liner.

Here is what they looked like at the beginning of the day. Both photos are completely unfiltered and I do not have any mascara on at this point. (Yes, I went out like this. I hardcore test. All environmental conditions the same.) I will say that the Cadillac never gets quite as dark as my NYX liner.

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The Results: Liner

This is where I was conflicted. Of course I wanted to rave and rant about how amazing everything was! I mean that is what most pinups do right? Promote things? Well, I just couldn’t do that with the Black Cadillac Eye Liner Paint. Here it is unfiltered, (besides black and white so you can really see the wear). The Black Cadillac Eye Liner Paint has completely worn off on my lid above my lashes, but the drawn out point has stayed nicely.

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I think that this liner paint is really affected by body heat and oils in comparison to my usual NYX Matte Liquid Liner. Unfortunately this one was a no-go for me after 4 separate tries.

The Results: Lip Paints

As for the Lip Paints, I really LOVE them! They are not like a lipstick, so beware. It takes quite a bit of product to reach a deep saturation like the ones in the ads, but I have found they are a perfect winter lippy. Just as with the rest of my skin, my lips get extremely dry in the winter time and I have a hard time finding a lip color that wont dry them out even further. I also really hate straight lip glosses. It’s a texture thing. These lip paints are the perfect recipe of hydration and color for the winter. You do need to re-apply a few times a day, but I believe they are worth it. I would definitely buy the Le Keux Cosmetics Lip Paints in the future. Here are a few photos of me wearing the paints.

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If you would like to try any of these lip paints out or any of their other adorable products, feel free to use PENNYLAPECHE10. We will each get a deal out of it  😉 Until next time…

The Always Honest,

-Pennywise Pinup (Penny La Peche)

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Keeping dem Claws [Acrylic DIY]

If you know me, then you know if there is a surface or medium to get creative with, i’ll use it! No lack of funds will stop me!

Growing up I was always into having funky nails but I wouldn’t say obsessed. The polish took waaaaay too long to dry and it chipped after a day of me working on some other creative outlet. So it was really a love/hate relationship as you can see. Then about 2 years ago I was introduced to gel polish. It was love at first swipe ❤ Once I saw how quickly it cured under the lights and how forgiving it was to blunders, I knew I needed to invest in my own kit. $30 each session at a salon can add up quick! I decided on the Gelish Complete Starter Kit from Amazon. The one linked comes with 2 full size polishes while mine only had 2 small ones, so you are getting a better deal 😉

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After purchasing, I spent a time sticking to plain colors and the occasional polka-dot but soon got bored. I once again decided to make my way back to the salon and try out acrylics. I was hooked! Just check out my wedding nails by Alex at Red Carpet Nails!

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Well after a number of trips to the salon and not wanting to ever go without acrylic nails again, I realized this too was too much for my budget, so back to DIY I went! I purchased the KISS French Acrylic Starter Kit from a Fred Meyer here in town. I read through the instructions and remembered back to everything I noticed the technician at the salon doing when I was in the chair. Here is how it went down…

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  1. Trimmed my natural nails down and filed them a bit to remove any left over acrylic from previous salon application.
  2. Picked out the appropriate size nail tips and glued them to each nail.
  3. Clipped each nail down to size and to make desired points.
  4. Filed to smooth points.

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5. I then did the acrylic application as per package instructions.

Here is how it turned out after I applied my gel polish and witch inspired nail art. Not too shabby for my first attempt!

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After this first try I learned a few things. #1 I desperately need that little dremel tool the nail techs use. I couldn’t get my nails as smooth and perfectly shaped only using hand files :/ #2 I knew I couldn’t spend $100 bucks on one. That is when I began hunting and ended up with this: AGPtEK Professional Nail file Yes, most of what I purchase comes from Amazon. We have Prime and they have everything. Nuff said.

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I realized I wanted adjustable speed and good user reviews. Budget was $40 or less. This guy was only $31.99 with 4 stars out of 70 reviews. SOLD! It works very, very well. The one complaint I have is that one of the tips does not fit, but for only $32 and 5 other tips to choose from, who really cares. The foot pedal I have not used and probably wont since I never need to “leave my station” as I am my only client haha. This tool leveled up my nail game 100%! The acrylic was now smooth and with the smaller tips I could get the shaping just right. Here is my second go at acrylic nails with gel polish. They go with my Halloween costume that I am so excited to reveal this upcoming Saturday!! Follow @thepennywisepinup if you want to keep up with my shenanigans in pin-up style creativity!

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Happy almost Halloween!!!

-Penny La Pêche

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My 1st Pinup Shoot!

A few months ago, in the perfect sense of the word irony, I was contacted by one of my past models who told me she loved my look and was wondering if I was interested in modeling a pinup shoot for her. Crazy right?! It sounded fun, as I had never done a pinup shoot before, but I did have the wedding coming up so I told her I really couldn’t think about planning anything else at that point in time. We decided the best thing to do would be to get in touch after the big day.

After the wedding (and a few business trips later!), with a 2nd place win in my first ever pinup competition, I was ready to commit. Deedra of Deedra Stephens Photography gave me some inspiration photos and I went to work curating the perfect pinup outfits. I was SOOO nervous! If you have read my previous post on the pinup competition then you know that even though I have been ‘living’ pinup for years, the only pinup photos I have taken thus far were done by me (with my iPhone) for this blog and my @thepennywisepinup Instagram account!

What if I sucked?! How embarrassing would that be? “Meet Penny la Peche! the un-pinupable pinup!” Sounds like a sideshow attraction, don’t ya think? The entire night leading up to the shoot I was nauseous as all hell. I lit my favorite Yankee candle and went to work setting my curls, packing my wardrobe and digging out my falsies.

The next morning I woke bright and early. When it comes to my hair, I leave it in the curls for as long as absolutely possible! My normal primping routine goes something like this…

  1. Set Hair (Either the night before or heat set the morning of and pin.)
  2. Do Make-up (No lips! Your hair will most likely get stuck in them while styling if you do.)
  3. Do Hair
  4. Get Dressed
  5. Put on Lips (That finishing touch, ya know?)

Once I was all ready, I packed up my outfit changes, makeup and poise and headed for the location.

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The day went amazingly! We started out by warming up in her studio. I put on some music because when I work with models it makes them much more comfortable and it sure as heck helped me! After that we headed to Blue Moon Diner.

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Our final location was a special request by me, Harvey Marine. This used to be a boat dealership but now is vacant of the water vessels and deals only in boat parts. Now it’s just good ol’ Harvey. A 26′ tall rabbit statue that I have been dreaming of getting shots with! I’m really excited with how these images turned out. Shooting with Deedra Stephens Photography was casual, comfortable and I highly recommend it!

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Hope you like them!

-Penny la Pêche

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Like a Virgin; My 1st Pinup Contest

Well I did it. I entered my very first pinup competition, the Rose City Pin-up Queen Contest. It was the first year for this competition and the submission was all online.

I was very hesitant to enter, as I wasn’t sure how much I liked pitting myself against other lovely ladies. In the end I decided that it would push me out of my comfort zone, possibly introduce me to some new friends and just perhaps open some doors for future photo shoots.

Though I have being “doing” pinup style for quite some time now and taking my own photos for this blog and my Instagram, I had yet to shoot professional photos that I could use for this contest. So with just days until the submission deadline, I grabbed my iPhone, our wedding photo backdrop and 2 lights given to me by a friend and headed for my backyard. Talk about waiting until the last minute!

Luckily, in my line of work I use Photoshop frequently so I knew I could do some quick editing and adjustments just as long as the lighting was 1/2 decent. Below you will find my 2 submitted photos with their before and afters.

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For the first photo, I was inspired by the old Coca Cola ads and the often traditional plain (but vibrant) backgrounds used in many pinup imagery and photographs.

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For my second photo I went with 1940’s glamour. I had this backless, rhinestone, navy dress that was gifted to me years ago and it screamed for a black & white glamour shot! Some hair brightening, lay on the right black & white filter with some added vignette for drama and voila! 1940’s. (I was also really digging the edgy hairstyles of the time period…can ya tell?!)

With my 2 photos prepped and ready to go, I sat down to write my essay questions…

Question 1: Tell us about yourself.

Growing up in Oregon where you were more likely to find tie dye toilet paper than a pair of rhinestone earrings, I would sit and dream from the comfort of my grandmother’s sofa about a time of sculpted hairdos, ravishing red lips and even sexier cars, all the while the sounds of the man in black and the king seduced me from the background.

From then on I knew what I wanted, and I was determined to never let a lack of funds keep me from living the glamourous life I craved.

Now I preach the gospel of an affordable pinup life, to show ladies everywhere that if you have the desire, determination and a dash of creativity, you too can be the pinup girl of your dreams!

Question 2: What is your favorite pinup or vintage inspiration?

The inspiration that has had the most impact on my pinup journey has been the work of the late Alberto Vargas. The way he depicted such darling sensuality struck such a cord in me that I used his painting of the blonde pinup in pink as the inspiration for my tattoo back piece.

Question 3: How would you represent Portland as Rose City Pinup Queen?

If selected as the Rose City Pinup Queen I would use every opportunity given to me to provide encouragement, support and promotion of this utterly wonderful and underrepresented culture that I know once introduced in a welcoming and non-intimidating fashion can provide ladies with increased self-confidence, poise and daring that is at the heart of each and every pinup.

After submitting, I made sure to post a few photos on my Instagram feed and get the word out to my Facebook friends. They were all super supportive and I am very pleased to say that I received 2nd place! I was shocked! This 2nd place win gave me the courage to set up my first pinup photo shoot and really try my hand at pinup modeling. Stay tuned for my next post to see inside my first pinup photo shoot!

Until next time, don’t be afraid to stretch yourself. You never know what exciting things await you!

-Penny la Pêche (The Pennywise Pinup)

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