$23.99 Pinup Swimsuit Review

2 girls, 1 suit….

Today I am going to review the “Cocoship Flora Polka Vintage High Waisted Bikini Swimsuits Swimwear(FBA)” (absurd name, right?), which I recently purchased from Amazon for a whopping $23.99! Now the suit was awarded 4 Stars by 836 customers so I was pretty hopeful that it would be at least wearable. With prime, I received it in 2 business days. The suit was shipped in a clear poly bag with a simple sticker and sanitation liner intact. No frills, no tags, just a suit in a bag. Once I tried it on I was in love. I immediately sent a picture to one of my girlfriend’s and told her to order one ASAP and this last Thursday we reviewed the suit together. Let me preface this by saying that we are both in the apparel industry so we are pretty picky when it comes to clothing fit and construction. I am 5’9″, a 33in bust, 26in waist, 38in hip and around 132lbs. My friend is 5’5″, a 33in bust, 26in waist, 37in hip and 125lbs. We both ordered a size Small.

Here we are…

Let’s start with the top. While the cups are a nice shape and thickness, they are spaced much too wide. If you take notice of my top vs. Ashley’s, her’s is post alteration. She has sewn a tiny seam between the cups underneath the decorative tie to bring the cups closer together. I am planning to do the same but thought it would be wise to give you a true “before & after”. This 1 alteration does wonders for the girls if you know what I mean ; )

The bottoms. They are WONDERFUL! During the photo shoot Ashley made a comment that it feels like you are wearing sweatpants! The ruching is very flattering and the full booty and front coverage makes you feel free to dance, do cartwheels or jump off a high-dive without worrying that it will find it’s way up your bum. These bottoms are also truly “High Waist”. It is so high in fact that I even needed to scrunch it down a little to hit at my natural waistline.

The construction can be seen below and looks fairly decent. The seams are surged with little to no seam grin or loose threads.

All in all, this is a smokin’ deal! Here is the link again….go buy it. You won’t regret it. Now for a few more fun shots from Thursday…

Happy Saturday!

-Pennywise

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Viva Las Vegas 18: The Packing Edition

Oh my gosh. There are only 15 more days until VLV 18! I am so stinking excited I can’t even handle it. What is VLV 18 you might be wondering? Well, as far as I have figured out… it is heaven. 4 Days of Vintage, Burlesque, Kustom Kulture bliss that draws around 20,000 to Las Vegas. At this rockabilly retreat you will find car shows, jive classes, burlesque showcases, pinup competitions, hair & makeup classes, endless concerts, bowling tournaments, a tattoo lounge and the list goes on! I discovered this event myself last year right after it ended and I knew as soon as I saw those sky-high do’s and chrome beauties that this next year I would not be missing it.

As the style obsessed person that I am, I began mulling over my closet to find just the perfect outfit for each event and this past weekend my man and I planned it aaaallllll out. I figured that each day needed at least 1 daytime outfit that was cool and comfortable and could withstand the day’s festivities as well as a sultry night piece to end the evening. Now I am going to save those planned bits for a later post but I will let you in on the steals and deals I walked away with this weekend while shopping for “the gaps” in my wardrobe…

Gap #1) Comfortable heels

Requirements:

  • Cute.
  • 3″ or shorter heel.
  • Under $30.
  • Neutral color.
  • Nice cushion for lengthy walks.

Score: Ross Dress For Less $14.99.

Gap #2) Comfortable Flats

Requirements:

  • Cute.
  • Will stay on my feet.
  • Under $20.
  • Neutral color.
  • Nice cushion or cheap enough to warrant buying inserts.

Score: Payless Shoesource $9.00 on clearance.

Gap #3) Flashy Purse

Requirements:

  • Cute & Flashy.
  • Under $20.
  • Metallic.
  • Vintage.

Score: Garage Sale Warehouse $3.00.

Gap #4) Nude Tights w/ Seams.

Requirements:

  • Cute.
  • Will work with my very fair skin tone and not make me look like I have carrot sticks for legs.
  • Under $20.
  • Can buy in store. (Proof that color will work).

Score: Target $10.00

Gap #5) Cateye Sunglasses…sat on my favorite pair last week : (

Requirements:

  • Cute
  • Larger frame to flatter a larger face.
  • Under $20.
  • Unique features such as color or embellishment.

Score: Amazon, red pair & black pair $9.99 each w/ free shipping.

Gap #6) High Waist Bikini

Requirements:

  • Cute.
  • Figure flattering.
  • Under $50.
  • Unique prints or styling.

Score: Amazon $23.99 w/ free shipping! Top AND Bottom. Great reviews and many consumer photos to support.

2 Pairs of Shoes

+ 1 Purse

+ 1 Pair of Tights

+ 2 Pairs of Sunglasses

+ 1 Swimsuit

Total: $80.96 Hot Damn.

Happy Saving!

-Pennywise

Captivating & Curious Hair Flowers for Less!

One of my all time favorite accessories are hair flowers because of their endless colors, shapes, sizes and combinations. There are many companies offering beautiful assortments of “hair flowers” but if you are creative, resourceful and have a handful of bobby pins you can up your hair game in seconds.

Check out your local craft stores. They have entire aisles of flowers! Any color or shape you can imagine. While fake flowers can get expensive, most craft stores have email lists you can sign up for which will send you coupons. These can easily save you 50% per bunch. The average flower bunch at my local store costs around $7.99 regular price. Each stem has anywhere from 3-7 blooms depending on the flower size. Having many blooms of the same flower can come in handy as you can choose among the different sizes. Also, this makes flower stacking a snap!

Next you will need bobby pins. You can find 50-100 count cards of them for $1-$3 each. Just pop off a bloom. No need to cut off the small tip at the bottom of the bloom, as it will not show once you pin the blooms in place. Another reason not to cut that off is doing so can cause the bloom to fall apart. Petals may be nice in the bedroom but realizing you only have 1 measly green leaf left in your hair at the end of the day can be quite a turn off! Now let’s look at how to store…

In order to keep your faux florals looking fresh you will need to store them in a place they will not get squashed. I bought a 1.5″ ribbon at my local craft store, tied it in a bow with really long tails and hung it up in my bathroom next to my mirror. I then just bobby pin my blooms to the bow tails. Its easy, quick, and efficient and looks lovely!

Until next time,

– Pennywise