Grease Inspired: A Sandy Shoot

I have always wanted to do a Sandy inspired photo shoot, from the 1978, 50’s styled classic Grease, and just the other day I realized while folding my laundry, that I in fact had all the wardrobe pieces I would need in order to get the theme across! That is when I ask my husband if he would be interested in shooting some quick photos over the weekend. He was game, so that Saturday off we went to find some bleachers!

Her is my wardrobe break down:

  • Faux Leather Jacket: $12 Sears
  • Leggings: ~$10 years ago at Forever21
  • Off the shoulder Pinup Girl Clothing top: $10 Thrifted
  • Belt: Came on another dress
  • Shoes: $8 Thrifted

For a quick idea and ~45 min on a football field, I am pretty happy with how it all turned out!

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Let me know what you think & hope you’re having a happy weekend!

-Penny

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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)

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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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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DIY Victory Rolls!

 

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Alright! So here she is, my photo tutorial to Victory Roll goodness! Let’s jump right in! Below are all the supplies you will need to create the above look. (Besides bobby pins….yup I forgot to photograph those…oops!)

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  1. You will need a teasing brush, like my pink one. Here is where I got mine.
  2. You will need a Boar Bristle Brush.
  3. I really like using Suavecita Pomade to smooth my fly-aways.
  4. Some Duck Bill Clips will definitely come in handy.
  5. As will Pin Curl Clips.
  6. Your Favorite Hairspray.
  7. 1″ Curling Iron.
  8. I set mine to about 360F.
  9. Now let’s get to the real step 1! Brush out your hair.

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10. Part your hair at the highest point in your brow.

11. Make a part across your crown where a headband would sit.

12. Take a 1″ section of hair on the side with the most hair after it was parted and against the headband part.

13. Curl it, rolling the curl backward.

14. Once hair is thoroughly heated, remove it from the iron and pin in place with small pin curl clip to cool.

15.Section the hair in front of the curl you just made so that it goes from your original high eyebrow part to your other high eyebrow. Clip this section out of the way with one of your duck bill clips as we will get back to it later.

16. Curl the remaining hair in front of your headband part backwards, sectioning the hair as needed for proper curling.

17. Remember to place the pin curl clips in, once you remove the hair from the iron.

18. Repeat step 16 for the other side of your head.

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19. Getting back to that neglected center front section…

20. …separate the hair into manageable curling amounts.

21. Curl each section AWAY from your original high eyebrow part.

22. After pinning those curls in place to cool, unpin the first side you curled, as they should now be cool.

23. Take a section closest to your face and tease the hair with your teasing brush making sure you are behind the hair.

24. Keep teasing that hair together chunk after chunk.

25. It will begin to look something like this.

26. Grab your Suavecita Pomade and take a little in your hands. Run it over the front of the hair to smooth fly-aways. Brush any surface lumps with your teasing comb.

27. Roll your hair with your fingertips towards the center back of your head. Remember to keep the roll full. Think cinnamon roll, not tunnel.

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28. Pin you roll in place using hair colored bobby pins.

29. Now that those center front section curls should have cooled, lets take them out and form your center roll. Begin by teasing the underside of the hair which should be closest to the roll you just completed.

30. Smooth with teasing brush and pomade and pin in place with your bobby pins.

31. Tease your final side until it looks like this. This side will need more volume to make up for the lack of hair due to your side part.

32. Smooth with teasing brush and pomade and pin in place with your bobby pins.

33. Hairspray your rolls.

34. Now for the back! Almost done!

35. Take a section of hair directly behind your ears and curl it forward, holding the iron vertically.

36. Do the same on the other side.

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37. With the remaining hair at the back of your head, curl it all downward. Pin to cool.

38. Once cool, take out your pins and brush the underside of your hair to give it volume. Smooth the top if needed and use a very small amount of pomade at the ends of your hair. Too much at your roots will make your hair greasy and stringy looking.Yuck!

39. Give your hair a good ol’ final spray and add some hair flowers : )

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40. And you are done! Hit the town or go grocery shopping. Just go do you!

Next week we will go over Bumper Bangs. Thanks for reading, and if you try this out I would love to hear your experience with it!

Happy Rollin’!

-Pennywise

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My 1st Hair Class!

Oh my lord! It has seriously been forever since I have had a chance to blog! If it wasn’t work travel, family, friends, cleaning, cats, it was something else, but thank goodness… I got this whole last week off to catch up!

So I LOVE learning. If there is a better, smarter faster, less expensive way to do something, I want to know about it! Not only do I want to know, I want to tell everyone I come in contact with. Spread the wealth right? A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to share what I have learned so far in the way of teaching my very first “Vintage Holiday Hairstyling Class”!

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At this class I taught 3 different styles: Victory Rolls, Bumper Bangs and what I call Glamour Waves. (All of which I will blog about in more detail the up coming posts, providing picture tutorials and diagrams. ) My hair models were the following 3 lovely ladies…

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On  the left we have the adorable Jamie, the wonderful middle is Rebecca and on the end, enjoying her tropical beverage, we have Meghan. I have had the pleasure of working with Jamie’s hair before as she has modeled for me in the past, (see below… Girlfriend knows how to weerk! Yes, she is on a tractor.).

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As for Rebecca and Meghan, I have never worked with their hair, so it was a test for me as well! I put out some feelers a few weeks before the class to see if anyone would be interested in something like this and I had 10 ladies sign up! I was so excited. As for the location, the wonderful Lisa Hahn volunteered The Heart of Rock Farm to hold the event, and we were set! Until we hit our 1st bump in the road, or may I say river in the road?…..

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Yep, that is Lisa and Phil. We found out at 3pm on Friday that the rain wasn’t letting up and one of the roads to the farm had already become inaccessible due to a river forming over it! Worried that my 10 ladies would be left without a class and no good options for rescheduling due to the holiday season, Rebecca and I began brainstorming where we could hold something like this on such short notice. Then we had it… an apartment club house! Rental of a complex’s club house is normally very cheap since they include it as part of the tenant’s rents upon moving in. The only problem was we didn’t live in an apartment. 2nd bump : /

That is when we reached out to my soon-to-be mother-in-law. Her club house was beautiful and only $25 to rent as long as you put down a deposit to make sure you don’t trash the place. This sounded perfect and she called to see if we could rent it out…it was already booked. 3rd bump : /

That’s when Wendy (soon-to-be mother-in-law) jumped in and saved the day! She offered up her place for my class. I couldn’t believe it! We had a spot! Not only was it a dry spot to talk hair, it is immaculately vintage. To explain to you how lovely her place is, just imagine a giant tin coke billboard from the 1940s. It’s sorta like the one below but with only 1 gal and it fills up an entire living room wall! This place is perfect.

Image Credit: Terapeak Inc.

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Out of the 10 ladies registerd, 9 showed up! I couldn’t believe it! I figured we might get 4 if we were lucky due to the horrible weather and flooding of roads. The only lady that couldn’t make it was dealing with a flooding basement. Talk about Oregon rain.

After 3 bumps in the road we were finally doing it! The class registration fee was $25 which I used to get milk, cookies and everything (besides a 1″ barrel curling iron) that the ladies would need to start trying out these hair styles on their own.

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The bags included:

  • 1 Travel hairspray (Bead Head Hard Head Hairspray)
  • 1 Teasing brush
  • 12 Pin curl clips
  • 2 Duckbill clips
  • 30 Bobby pins
  • 2- 5 gram jars of pomade (Suavecita)
  • 1 Christmas card from me : )

Check in next week to see how I used these products in the pinup transformation!

Feeling grateful for my amazing family & friends,

-Pennywise

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The Usual Suspect; My Daily Pinup Hair

In the last post I showed you how I go about my daily makeup routine. While I was documenting it I decided to let you in on my almost daily hair routine as well! To keep things interesting and to challenge myself, I try about 2-3 times per week to mix it up with different swirls, twirls and curls. For the rest of the days when I have say an early meeting , or I’m just not wanting to put in all that effort I do this. What fascinates me is that I am continually happy with it, time and time again! I really haven’t had a bad hair day in quite a while since I figured out this set!

Now this may not work for everyone but I highly suggest you give it a try!

Step 1) Grab your teasing brush or comb, (I got this one for $2.99 at Sally’s), and give yourself a deep side part. I stay around the highest point of my brow. I feel like Morticia Addams with my au’Natural’ hair!

Step 2) Take a 1 inch barrel curling iron, (mine is a here), and turn it up fairly high. I go about 3/4 of the max setting. The higher the setting, the less time you have to have it in your hair. Remember hotter = shorter time. Also make sure not burn yourself!

Step 3) Grab the front section of your hair around 1″ deep and curl it going forward in your iron. I let mine sit for about 10-15 seconds. One the hair on your iron is hot to the touch, slowly release it keeping the curl in that single roll with your other hand.

Step 4) Grab a little double pronged clip, (I use these), and pin your curl into place right where your curling iron used to be. Next grab a section of hair 1″ deep right behind where you just placed your first curl.

Step 5) Curl that second section of hair just like you did the first one, curling towards the front and pin in place with one of your metal clips. No we move onto the sides. Just as before, take a 1″ deep section of hair over your ear and curl this towards the front. Pin in place.

Step 6) Again grab a 1″ deep section of hair right behind the area you just pinned above your ear. Curl it forward and pin it in place. Now move on to your other side. Curl the 1st & 2nd row by your ear forward and pin them in place.

Step 7) Now we start down the back! Grab a 1″ section at the top of your head and curl it down. Pin in place. Continue curling the rest of the remaining hair downward and pin it all in place. Once everything is curled and tidy, take some hairspray and give it a quick once over. I use Tresemme Two Freeze Hold Hairspray. This will help it set while it cools and if you have stick straight hair like me, anything helps!

Step 8) Once all your curls have cooled, (about 10-15 min), gently take out all your clips. This will leave you with ringlets. Grab the 1/2″ section of hair that is right next to your part on the top of your head. With your teasing comb, begin to back comb it down toward the roots on the underneath side of the hair. This is the side that will be laying down if you let go ; )

Step 9) Once that little section is teased enough to stand up a smidge on it’s own, give it a tiny spritz on the underneath side, by the teased area. Next, grab another 1/2″ section of hair directly next to that teased side and tease it at the roots. Make sure to hold the section that has already been teased so they begin to come together. Each time you add another little 1/2″ to the growing tease mound give it a little spritz.

Step 10) Stop teasing once you have reached approximately the equal distance from your ear, as your part is on the other side. You should be looking pretty foxy by this point!

Step 11) Ok so what now? Well, let’s start ramping up the flat sides a bit. Add a little teasing on the underside of the flat section, making sure to spray it each time and continue holding the previously teased sections, creating your dangerous looking mounds. Now we sculpt. Take your same teasing comb and gently brush the top of your mounds to start to smooth is all out.

Step 12) Make sure that while you are smoothing, not to lose that nice wave volume you just worked so hard to get! You can puff it back up with the tail end of your teasing brush if you find it getting flat. Smooth the other side and make sure to brush the back of your hair and the ends of your hair as well. Consistency people.

Step 13) Pick you hair accessory. This time we are going with a scarf. Even the scarf out towards the side you eventually want the bow to sit. You don’t want to have to adjust it once in place. Let’s be real, it will just fuck up your hair.

Step 14) Adjust what you need to. Grab some bobby pins and to hold you scarf in place and secure it right above your ears. Once you pull your hair forward on the sides a bit you won’t even see them.

Step 15) Give it a good one over with your hairspray, put on your lips and go take a selfie! That’s it!

Hope this was helpful! Until Next time!

-Pennywise