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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Viva Las Vegas 20: Day 4

When we attended VLV18, we didn’t realize what we were missing that Sunday and final day of the Rockabilly Weekender. In our minds it was, “we should get back to work” and “it’s just a pool party?! What is the big whoop?” Little did we know that we were missing out on one of the funnest days around!

The VLV pool party on Sunday is the perfect place to wind down your weekend. There are bands, swimsuit competitions, fashion & people watching galore! All the while, you sit in the sunshine and soak your sore dancing feet in the pool. This year, we made sure not to miss it!

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My suit was a vintage eBay find for $20 and my husband is wearing another $20 vintage score from Etsy. My suit is so structured, I hang it in my closet! Haha. His shorts on the other hand are just fine in a drawer.

The view behind us is just a tiny portion of the crowd. We arrived a little after 10am and stood in line for about 40min before getting into the pool area. While it was a long wait, it was totally worth it!

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As you can see my love Courtney forgot sunscreen the previous day! Ooops! haha. After getting our fill of sunshine, we changed and headed back to the Orleans for dinner, bands and the jiving contest!

The lighting was so horrible in this photo, I had to make it black and white! Don’t worry, you will be able to see this amazing vintage copper star print dress in all her glory a little later on! (Etsy find for $50)

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Through out the night, we ran into some amazingly talented people! One, Miss Rockabilly Ruby who is known for her incredible hair styling. I was fortunate enough to be one of her hair models at a Portland class she held a while back. She is so sweet and has such a great style! Just look at this amazing zebra print jumpsuit!?!

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The second person we got the chance to chat with was Lance Lipinsky from Lance Lipinsky & the Lovers. We saw them play the night of Burlesque Bingo, and hot damn! That man has stage presence!

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It was such a great way to end the weekend! Now, you will have to excuse me while I go plan for VLV21…

Stay pennywise!

-Penny La Pêche

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Viva Las Vegas 20: Day 1

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. For me, Christmas comes in April.

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! We arrived the night before the festivities to make sure we were well rested and ready for the amazing long weekend ahead…or at least sort of 😉

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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 a few of us 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)

A 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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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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