Viva Las Vegas 20: Day 1

Haha a couple days! Took a bit longer than that, but I want to make sure I documented it all because it was that fantastic! Ok here goes….Official Day 1…

We decided to start the day off with a late breakfast and walk along the strip to take in all the sights. My husband and I had only been to Las Vegas one other time, and that was for VLV of course! ;P That trip was spent mostly at the event, so taking in the endless casino’s and trying out the mobile booze was an interesting change of pace, but daaauuuummmmnn…..it was windy!

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I about had to turn my amazing $20 vintage dress into a diaper to keep from having Marilyn Monroe moments if you know what I’m saying! Besides the intense wind, it really was a beautiful day.

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After we had our fill we went back to the hotel, attended to our blisters, and got ready for the evening’s festivities. Tonight was burlesque bingo!

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You heard that right. During individual burlesque performances wherever the clothing lands decides what number gets called out! Bet ya won’t see that at your local community center!

It was such a blast and we ended the evening listening to Lance Lipinsky & The Lovers who absolutely killed it! (Make note of that name because he will be coming back later on in our VLV20 adventure.) I’ll leave you now with a quick Pennywise Outfit of the Night recap:

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  • Dress: $56 Vintage find on Etsy
  • Shoes: Steve Madden from forever ago!
  • Tiny Party Purse: $10 at ROSS Dress for Less
  • Necklace: Vintage purchase in high school. I believe it was ~$12.

See you right back here for Viva Las Vegas 20: Day 2, which will include Dita von Teese and some Cronuts. 🙂

-Penny

 

 

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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Pardon me while I adjust ; )

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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

 

Black Cadillac Eye Liner Paint

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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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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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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Vintage Trouble: Something about that sound!

A couple of weeks ago Tanner and I, along with his younger brother and his brother’s roommate went out on a Wednesday to go see my favorite live band of all time. Yup. They are fucking great.

It was Labor Day weekend around 2 or 3 years ago that a group of us went up to Seattle to attend Bumbershoot; a 3 day long music and arts festival located at the Seattle Center. When we went it was the cheapest festival around and a smokin’ deal!! As per my usual routine before a festival, I went ahead and did some research looking up every band that I had never heard of that was going to be playing there. How else do you expand your musical horizons?!

While listening to one particular band, I found myself wanting to get up and dance. They had this blues-y/rock thing going on that had me hooked! I took note of when they were going to be playing and moved on to the next artist on my list. Later that week we left on our mini-road trip up to Seattle.

Mid afternoon I pulled out my list and noticed that the “blues-y/rock-make-me-wanna dance” band was going to be playing soon. I quickly turned to the group and said that this was my one request for the trip and we needed to head to that stage NOW! They all hesitated for a second and threw out some “but I’ve never heard of them!… We could just go grab a beer… We could just go see [insert boring, popular, not that good band here]” I said I was fine if we all split up, but I WAS GOING TO SEE THIS BAND! Needless to say my determination swayed the group and everyone headed there with me ; )

Go ahead and click THIS link, then we can continue.

The lead singer Ty Taylor is reminiscent of Otis Redding, with the moves of James Brown and a contemporary vibe all his own. At our first concert he ripped is suit jacket he danced so hard! The man is a performer, hands down.

Guitarist Nalle Colt, (who may or may not remind me a tad of Viggo Mortensen, who may or may not have been a crush of mine when I was 15) is an incredible guitarist. (Tanner’s little brother and I we able to snag a photo with him at Bumbershoot later that night! Thanks dude, if you ever happen to come across this!)

Bassist Rick Barrio Dill’s style and groove is soooo good. My biggest pet peeve in most bands is when bassists stand like statues with an “F my life” look on their face. Not sure why that is? I know they are playing some mad riffs, but really? I want to see them having fun too! Dill brings it. Nuff said.

Drummer Richard Danielson is fantastic and as an added bonus a nice little old wild west eye candy too if you know what I mean. Tombstone anyone? ; ) Click on his name to checkout behind the scenes of his drum set-up!

All in all, this band is ridiculous. To check and see if they are  coming to a city near you, follow this link: Show Schedule

Happy listening!

-Pennywise