Category: Clothing and Accessories

Is anything I have had the opportunity to have or try and I want to share with you..

Pin Up Persuasion ~ Contest Entry

Pin Up Persuasion was having a Contest and so I decided at the time to enter about what I know and swear by.. Here is the contest entry..

I decided to jump head first out of my comfort zone to participate in your contest, unsure of my body size and style for many years I came across Pin Up and discovered how it made the bits about me I am insecure about shine.

When I was younger my Grandmother would tell me the success of an outfit was dependent on what was underneath. Since then I have always been strict on myself by making sure I did my part in trying to slim and smooth the lumpy bumpy parts of me I could.

My insecurity of myself kept me in the shadows, I was awkward in dressing my body and I tried desperately to hide myself. Until now, wearing Pin Up has put me front and center as I stand out in a crowd. Shape wear has become an even greater asset to me, it is the one item that I could absolutely not have in my wardrobe to pull off this sexy style. I am different than the rest in my community and because of this and to be comfortable styled like this, I need to know I have made the pallet of my body primed and ready to wear my dresses as well as I can.

I am a plus sized girl and have an ample chest. I have always found it a challenge to get them to sit high and pretty. I also live in a small town which presents the challenge of retail help and because I am weary of internet shopping due to my size (wanting to try it on first) and location I have had limited options unless I get to a larger city center.

The day that I found my main piece of shape wear that I am going to share with you, was like the heavens opened and I heard angels singing. To some this may sound dramatic yet it is nothing short of the truth, this one item really changed my head space about my body and gave me the confidence to walk with my shoulders back and my girls held high.

I have two parts of my body I want to camouflage. One, when wearing a bra I want to reduce any bulge that develops under my breast line as I already have allot up top. The second is that after three children I have a flap of skin that is evident at my pelvis from a c-section scar that I want to reduce.

The Spanx open front Tank Top has done both for me.

It is a long flesh colour tank top with an open front, you wear your bra and there is a cut out that gives your bra extra lift and the side straps give a little push as well. The tank is long enough to go to my hips and cover my second problem area.

The slinky fabric is great as my dresses fall or slip off the fabric so I do not experience bunching. This product does not have allot of compression so it does not cause bunching or bulging out of other areas. The back of the tank has full coverage and also minimizes back bulging. This product is great to wear for casual wear as well, I find if I wear it with jeans it helps the waist band lay flatter and you do not get too hot with this additional layer.

I would say there is only one flaw in this product and that is the straps. Unfortunately my larger chest weighs allot putting pressure on the cut out below my bra line, this causes the straps to dig in a little and because I cannot adjust them I make do because of what it does do. I also use tape to tape the straps to my bra straps as they want to go further off my shoulder due to the extra pressure the tank is under.

I have yet to see a product that could do similar and cover my 2 problem areas until I saw your contest and looked into your shape wear Sponsor Orchard Corset and found a product I am excited to purchase, similar in design it has adjustable straps and greater compression. I had considered a corset yet not sure how I would get it on. I also found other pieces I would like to purchase as I have a wiggle dress I have yet to wear in public as I am conscious of my lumps and lines.

My photo is credit to my 13 year old daughter Hudson whom was photographer and made the collage.

Never in a million years would I imagine submitting a picture of me in shape wear yet I appreciate your contest and feel there will be others that have great pieces to share about.

Colouring the Crown of Glory..

Product review: Nice and Easy Colour foam

As I have a background in hair design I know hair colouring is one of the best money making services for a salon as the service is based exactly that, the stylist’s ability to apply product and the product (hair colour) not being costly in itself..

I am at a point where I am colouring my hair every two weeks, to go to a salon would be costly and I am not willing to put that money into my hair when I am only seen in public on average 4 times a month. So I made the choice to do this for myself, with my daughter Hudson’s help I am successfully able to maintain the illusion of my jet black hair.

I am naturally a level 06 dark blonde with slight ash.

Up to this point I settled with the colour line GOSH, purchased at Shopper’s Drug Mart. I have a fair amount of white in my front hair line due to Vitiligo a condition where the skin is absent of pigment.  These white areas are where I have a widows peak and this is the first place my re-growth becomes obvious.. My white hair seems to have become more and more resistant to colour no matter how long I let it process for..

GOSH is a gel colour that seems to last a 2 week period in my hair.

Recently a new trend in the world of home hair colouring has arrived in stores.. I guess the angle is to make hair colouring for the modern woman easier and now mess free.. I know better and that anything shown on commercials is not really as it seems..

Although I am very partial to the traditional gel type colouring systems I knew I needed to try the foam so I fully understood what it was before my choice between gel or foam was possibly taken from me..

I will be honest I was not sold at first, I know from my education as a stylist that unless you part your hair in a traditional 4 part section, dropping down quarter inch slices you cannot be sure to get even coverage.

That is why I chose Nice and Easy Colour foam by Clarol, it was on sale and not going to be a dent to my pocket book. I had to read the instructions to mix the product and they made the application process seem as easy as 123.. Simply pump the foam into your hand, apply to head and make a shampooing massage.. Ummm yeah..

My gut told me to not be so relaxed and carefree and so I did do minor parts to my hair.. As I applied the foam it was evident that combing my hair with the foam was not going to be possible as it would be with gel… I tried to do as much of the front as I could then recruited Hudson to finish the back..

I had the usual colour on my face and neck and noticed when cleaning the counters of the bathroom the foam left little black spots and if my bathroom was fancier than ours I am sure I would be ticked off with the clean up..

The real test of the foam for me would be coverage and how well it was removed from my skin.. After my shower I did have splotches in my hairline yet my eyebrows cleaned up nicely..

I would not recommend this product to change to a new colour.. I would use this product again because I am re-touching my re-growth and because of the level I am using.

When re-touching it is very important just to do the strip of re-growth because every time you over lap the colour you are causing banding. Since I am depositing to the darkest colour 01 you cannot see this and that is why I am ok using the foam once in awhile because the only mistakes you will notice is in my re-growth. I am sure I have missed patches, that are being camouflaged.

The Illusion of Self Tanner..

Product Review; Yves Rocher Express Body Mist

One of things about being a farm girl in my daily life and working around horses is that I am in full pants and boots. This means during the better weather my upper body will receive more colour than my legs..

I am naturally very fair and because of this my legs can be ghost white.. I am too far out of town and with my limited trips, tanning beds are not in the picture.. Nor is trying to sit in the sun with shorts on because I have allot to do..

So the next best thing is self-tanner.. I am not looking to be chocolate brown yet I do desire to cut the white of my legs so it does not look like I am wearing white tights in the summer.. As I have seams and bows on the backs of my legs the look is more appealing when I have a little golden kiss..

I buy the majority of my skin care products from Yves Rocher.. After being given a bottle of self tanner I found applying it to be messy by hand.. I felt there must be something better out there and I discovered a spray bottle style tanner through Yves Rocher.

I jumped on board and purchased it.. The instructions for application are simple.. Ex foliate your skin, spray on tanner and wait 1 hour for colour. The tanner smells nice and actually gives that right amount of colour and does not leave you orange.

I appreciate the spray bottle as it is more forgiving if you apply the product un-evenly and the colour does last a couple of days so I am not a slave to applying the tanner.. I usually will start applying 2 days before I know I am going to town.. ♥

Stick or Stain..?!

Stick or Stain, a little goes a long way..

 

As much as I can be a girly girl I am not a fan of constantly touching up my make up.. Maybe I don’t want to be toooo narcissistic or simply not tied to a mirror, once I apply my make up, it better be there to stay as long as I need it..

Lip stick has always appeared to me as being very high maintenance as much as I swoon at the mental imagery of a woman looking into her pocket mirror and re-applying her lippy.. It’s not my style.. My luck is that if I am not constantly monitoring my mouth lip stick has a way of ending up here there and everywhere.. That led to me simply not being a fan.. I would be insecure with looks because I always had at the back of my mind.. Where is the lippy now..?

I tell you the heavens opened and shined down on me the day lip stain was introduced to the market.. It has come along way since the first days yet it is my go to when I am requiring a strong red lip because I know the staying power of the stain will last..

I am a fan of the Cover Girl brand as it seems to be the only one I have tried that truly does not wipe away after eating.. As reds are very dramatic I find it hard also to keep the colour on my lips and not bleeding..

It is very handy to apply once and occasionally use the top coat to condition your lips if needed yet be free of the constant touch ups lip stick requires.. As for the colours I like I try to apply the desired colour to the fatty area below my thumb to see how the red looks on my skin colour and go from there..

Allot of times it is trial and error yet when I find the one that works I am known for purchasing in multiples’ regardless if it is clothing or make up..

To lash or not to lash..?!

To lash or not to lash, that’s the question..

 

I think one of the most defining looks of a Pin Up girl is the strong yet simple liner and thick lash on the eye.. This look is tweaked and personalised by each wearer, as many kustom ways to wear a lash line and lashes this look sets up the big doe eye of the Pin up girl. Accompanied by a red lip this is the fresh face, the simple yet elegant beauty that I adore of Pin Up.. ❤

When I started dressing in the Pin up style I found that doing lashes was tricky for me.. I was keenly aware that in order to get a really strong top line of liner on my lid and pronounce that with a heavy lash line would only be accommodated by the use of false lashes.. Even with my naturally thick lash no matter how much mascara I apply I was not achieving the look I wanted..

I perceive the make up look of the Pin Up girl to be quite simple yet the drama comes from the eye.. With out the false lash when I apply my make up you can see the difference between a girl wearing a retro dress and the desired Pin Up girl..

So in came the old adage “practice makes perfect” and I am still working on it..

Before I purchased my first set of lashes I did a bit of on-line research to reassure me of my new adventure.. I had never tried lashes at any other point of time simply for fun.. I had allot of questions and allot did not really apply to a false lash at the end of the day, possibly I was just making excuses..

Tips that I found to be extremely important would be to first do your make up.. The second was to make sure when you have applied the glue to the false eye lash to allow it to dry a little before apply the lash to your lid..

What I have noticed like doing my hair, one side cooperates more than the other. I also need to give myself a little time so I am not anxious and glue my lids closed which I have also done..

I can see a difference in the quality of photo’s when I am wearing lashes and I feel more committed to my look when I am lashed up.. As most false lashes are re-usable and come in different price points and styles they are a part of your look I think you cannot afford to be with out..

There is something to be said for the moment you apply the second set of lashes and you step back and admire what you now look like.. I LOVE my lashes.. ❤

Triple Kustom 7

Triple 7 Kustom

http://www.facebook.com/Triple7Kustom

It was a good day when I found Triple 7 Kustom’s FB Page.. A business that has a focus on accessories such as hair flowers, hair clips, bobby pins and ..OmG sweater chains..!

I find the best places by “like” lurking, when you go through strangers likes and check out pages.. I am always on the hunt for something new or different that I have not seen..

I especially like to purchase from small personal businesses and I prefer to purchase jewellery and the like because I do not have to worry so much if it will fit.. So finding Triple 7 Kustom was great..

A few things appealed to me about the page and what kept my interest was the layout of the page and albums.. I was really impressed with the pictures of the product, how the product is displayed and price points of product..

The best part though is the “Kustom” album, where you can participate in the creation of your own accessories..

I can tell you I had been looking for sweater chains for sometime, I like wearing cardigans and shrugs with my Pin up dresses and with my ample chest sometimes closing them up is not an easy feat or better yet does not look so pretty..

Once I hit the kustom album I was hooked for sure and even now after receiving my first order I can tell you I will be back to order more.. The kustom album clearly marks what embellishments are compatible with which fasteners. There is allot of selection and not just flowers, there is something for everyone..

I ordered a small hair flower to match a dress I have and then 2 sweater chains.. A kustom Hello Kitty and a Kustom Bat.. Knowing there could be something in the post was super exciting.. Can you imagine how happy I was when I opened my mail box and saw my pink parcel calling to me..

I could not wait as I sat in the car I was so excited to open it..! With my daughter Hudson we were giddy with anticipation and squealed when we saw the additional pieces in the parcel.. A bit of a back story, Triple 7 Kustom had a contest and my daughter did her computer magic to a couple of pictures of me making it look like I was wearing the merchandise we were now looking at.

After bouncing in our seats I said to Hudson how impressed I was with the quality of the items and the packaging, I then promptly put the Hello Kitty Sweater chain on..

It was really nice to be in town on a windy day and not worrying about adjusting my sweater all day.. Not only cute, these chains are functional.. When I was home I switched over my colours and went to town with the gifted little red bows which I will be getting in pink..

Owner/ Operator Megan Reviczky is a doll, she was quick to respond to my messages and got my order together in a timely fashion..

I highly recommend checking out her page and whether you have someone you would purchase for or if you like something for you, I know you won’t be disappointed.. ❤

Lux de Ville

If you love your retro and vintage inspired dresses the only way to complete your look is with a handbag that matches..

I first laid eyes on a Lux de Ville bag at my regular tattoo shop, there were a couple of styles for sale and at the time the bags in the shop had more of a tattoo alternative look.

I purchased a red bag with black spades and a chain across the front.. Once I was home with the bag I decided to track LDV down on the computer and I was beside myself with what I had found..

Why did I not know of these sooner..?

Since that time my collection has grown.. I also do not see an end to purchasing either..! With every season a NEW collection is offered with colours and styles this gurl cannot resist..

My second LDV was bought for me by my hubby at a Tattoo Convention.  The 1/2 moon Swallow Print Clutch that is my go to bag.  With Leo fur on the bottom, black bag with white sparrows it is versatile and easy to hold.

My collection would then grow to include the Sin city Motor Tote in Green Sparkle

Black and White Kiss Lock

The Getaway White Sparkle Kiss Lock

The most recent addition to the collection is the Femme Fatal in Black

They are one of a kind type bags and I found the quality fair and the price point is in-line with similar type retro pieces.. I remember receiving my first Pin Up looking LDV in the mail and I swore I would never buy another type of bag again..

I have always been someone that is keen on the details.. I appreciate the small things and my eye is attracted to symmetry which you get when an outfit is completed head to toe with complementary accessories..

I am committed to my Pin Up look when I am in public, I feel I cannot wear just any bag and that my LDV’s are my cherry on top..

I often get allot of comments on the bags and it is handy to have a few to coordinate with my dresses.. They clean up nicely with a quick spray of Vinegar..

I have purchased all but the one bag from Rowena’s in Edmonton..

Check them out.. ❤