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.

Betty Grable 1937 Valentine's Day

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)

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Big Stuff & a Pinup Tattoo

So I have really been slackin’ with my posts lately, but I have a good excuse! I’M ENGAGED! My amazing man of 8 years proposed 2 weeks ago and I’m a mess of excitement! I was originally planning on blogging about where to find the best hair flowers but with the buzz in the air I feel like I need to do something big, so I am sharing my tattoo…Let me first explain that I am not one to show a lot of skin. A little leg, a shoulder every once in a while but that is about it! I avoid bathing suits and I really just avoid the sun in general : P

I first fell in love with vintage pinup about 7 years ago when I stumbled upon artists such as Vargas, Ballantyne, and Elvgren. I was hooked. It mesmerized me. The images were not only sexy, they were cute, colorful and often very funny. I am a lingerie designer and looking at those images, I realized I found a visualization of my personal beliefs. What I saw in those images was a strong, confident, sexual woman who never took anything too seriously. Someone who was self-assured in (and out) of her clothes.

I based my tattoo off of a perfect Vargas image. I have kept that image with me for 6 years knowing that one day I hoped to get it in ink in some fashion. I searched far and wide to find a tattoo artist who understood the style I wanted as well as let me design her outfit and luckily I found Mike Toth. The color and the detail he puts into his work is AMAZING! Below you will find a close up of my pinups face. He even placed dots where her individual eyelashes came out! It took 13hrs and 3 months to complete. Totally worth it.

This will be the first time most people have seen it since I have only revealed it once briefly in the hair tutorial and this last week on Valentine’s Day when I wore a back revealing dress. So….big breath….here goes. Enjoy.

-Pennywise