Pin-Ups For Vets: Saluting our Veterans with Style

With Veteran’s Day quickly approaching this coming Monday, November 11, 2013, we dedicate this post to all the Veterans who served our country. Pin-Ups For Vets is one of the many nonprofit organizations that gives back to Veterans and they do it in a very special and personalized way. Every year, Pin-Ups for Vets holds a fundraiser in which nostalgic pin-up calendars are put together and sold to raise funds for our nation’s hospitalized vets. The calendars are also delivered as gifts to our ill and injured veterans with personal messages of appreciation from the donors. In addition, the calendars are mailed out to our troops to help boost morale and let them know that Americans back home are thinking of them. Proceeds from each year are donated to VA and military hospitals across the United States to help these hospitals expand their healthcare programs.

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Pin-Up For Vets’ creator, Gina Elise started her calendar project back in 2007 and was inspired to do so by reading and hearing about the uphill battles of our Wounded Warriors. As she read stories about older Vets who lay in bed all day, never receiving visitors, or the under-funded Veterans’ healthcare programs, and reports about the severely injured troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, she was convinced to produce an organization that would bring in funds to support all of our hospitalized Veterans. Gina’s grandfather served in the army for four years during World War II, which fueled her inspiration furthermore. She wanted to do something in his honor and incorporate her love for the romance of the 1940’s. She drew inspirations from the WWII pin-up girl photographs and paintings and thus, her calendar project was made.

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Pin-Ups For Vets has received numerous county community service awards and has been recognized by Oprah Winfrey, as well as deployed troops, who have flown nine U.S. flags over military bases in honor of the work that the organization has done to improve the lives of America’s service members.

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(PHOTOS COURTESY OF FACEBOOK.COM/PINUPSFORVETS & PINUPSFORVETS.COM)

Check out Pin-Ups For Vets website at http://www.pinupsforvets.com for more information and be sure to thank a veteran this coming Veteran’s Day! To all our veterans, we salute you!

xx AngelFace

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HALLOWEEN THEME: How to Prep and Dress Like a Vintage Bombshell!

Tip 1: Apparel

Wear a shirtdress; nothing says “pin up” chic like a belted shirtdress. This will add a perfect silhouette to any body type. Also, try opting towards more of a sweetheart neckline.  If you are already drawn to this, you are a vintage-queen at heart!

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Tip 2: Hair

Ladies, bust our your teasing brush and hairspray because pin curls and victory rolls will be your best friend. Curly hair is definitely a must have.  Having these curls we affixed by having a perm, but because of all the harsh chemicals put onto the hair ladies started to achieve the look with hot rollers.  Most hair colors were worn in four distinct shades such as: black, brunette, red, and blonde. Definitely add an extra flare to finish up your look with a hair flower, snood, or pin!

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Tip 3: Face

The vintage look has impeccable face features. Porcelain skin, be exact. Ensure you have clean and well-moisturized skin. Try to find really good skin products and use then daily. Find a full coverage foundation that matches your skin tone perfectly- personally, I love Kat Von D’s full coverage foundation, it works so well! Use concealer to hide blemishes and finish up the face with with translucent powder. The face should not look “cakey” at all, and should look almost perfect without flaws.

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Tip 4: Frame your face

Having perfect eyebrows will set your face.  Having great eyebrows is like having a great hair day. Constantly groom your brows. Fill your eyebrows with black pencil or powder brush- I like using Mac Cosmetics’ Fluidline in Dipdown. I mentioned black because most vintage babes had sharp arched brows. In order to keeps your eyebrows in place, apply just a little bit of hairspray on your brow brush then sweep them over for a clean look that will keep them in place.

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Tip 5: Eyes

Wing it! With black eyeliner flick the end of your outer corner eye, this will create a “cat eye” look. Apply neutral eye shadow to upper eyelids and contour with a darker neutral eye shadow, and then blend. Now, add your false eyelashes and mascara!

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 Tip 5: Lips

Get the perfect pout! RED LIPS is a must! Anything in the red family will do justice. Prep your lips by exfoliating them (A) and then priming them with light lip balm (B), this will moisturize your lips and will aid in applying color. Outline your lips with a red lip pencil (C) that matches your lipstick. Make sure to encompass your cupid bow, this “V” will make it or break it! Finally add on the lipstick (D), and don’t forget to BLOT!

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Alright my fiery bombshells! Have a fun and safe hallows eve! Stay classy with your new vintage looks!

XOXO Vixen Elaine 

PinUp Makeup Tutorial

PinUp makeup is such an essential part of the PinUp look and culture. The defined eyebrows, winged eyeliner, and sexy red lips create a look that has been claimed by beautiful PinUp girls around the world. Don’t consider yourself a PinUp or Rockabilly girl? Don’t fret! This look is great for a romantic date or a girl’s night out on the town! Also, since Halloween is around the corner, a cute PinUp look would work great as a costume!

Although winged eyeliner and red lipstick can be intimidating for some, it’s actually not too hard to do! With this tutorial, I will guide you through the essential steps to create a classic PinUp makeup look! If you don’t get it right the first time, remember that practice makes perfect! Winged eyeliner can be especially frustrating, but with the right tools and guidance, any cat eye yearning gal can do it! Winged liner and luscious red lips will definitely make any girl stand out in a crowd! Have fun with this ladies! Thank you so much for watching!

-Vanessa Vampz

Salon Pop & Barber Shop: A Local Gem!

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Salon Pop and Barber Shop is a local hair salon located on the hipster-populated Retro Row along 4th Street n Long Beach, CA. This salon offers an array of services including hair cuts and color, barber cuts and shaves, waxing, and even manicures and pedicures. Salon Pop sets themselves apart from other hair salons with their retro atmosphere– their interior includes bright walls, porcelain cats, vintage hooded hair driers that serve as lobby chairs, and a Rat Pack style chandelier.

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Salon Pop owners, Frankie Alvaro, Leslie Sundal, and Nicole Welke, opened their original location in 2007 on Redondo Avenue and 11th Street also in Long Beach, then relocated to its current location. The owners enjoyed their stay on Redondo Avenue but felt that Retro Row better suited their shop’s friendly vibe and vintage decor and they fit in better amongst the funky mom-and-pop stores that are found along that street.

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I have yet to go in to Salon Pop for a much needed hair cut, drastic hair color change, or funky manicure for myself, but Salon Pop has developed a loyal clientele over the years. Here are just a few ratings from very happy Salon Pop customers:

“I just got another great cut here at Salon Pop & Barber Shop. I usually get my hair cut by Billy the master barber, but he was out today! Thank god Matt was there to fix me up. He did a great job, knew exactly what he was doing and didn’t stop until the cut was perfect. Thanks again Matt and Salon Pop for doing an amazing job again. I will be back!”
-Robin P. 9/3/13

“Salon Pop is the place to go if you want to make friends with your stylist and build a relationship where you feel safe getting drunk on the free wine they give you as a client while letting them go to town on your hair. Hands down one of the best places to get your hair did.”
-Alex M. 7/12/13

“I have been coming to salon pop since 2009 to get my haircut by Frankie. He is far and away the best!! I get compliments everywhere I go.
I would be seriously be lost without him! He really is amazing!”
-Kathy L. 3/16/13

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(PHOTOS COURTESY OF YELP.COM & SALONPOPANDBARBERSHOP.COM)

Salon Pop and Barber Shop
2281 East 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
(714) 987-9200

xx AngelFace

FLOWER POWER

As we all saw in Vanessa Vampz’ last post, she showed a picture of many flower hair clips. This is a trend that carried through the iconic “vintage look.” I don’t know about you, but I’m a hardcore believer of DIY. With that being said, flower hair clips ranges from about $15-$25 depending on how intricate the design is. I am a very simple kind of gal, so just the singular flower is perfect. Below, I have created a simple tutorial on how to make your very own flower hair clip!

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Fake Flowers

Hair Clip Pins

Felt (ones that match your flower)

Hot Glue Gun

Scissors

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I purchased the fake flowers and hair clips at DAISO (this is a Japanese store that sells everything for only $1.50!)

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Carefully pull flowers off of stem.

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If flowers are not easily removed, you can cut them off as close as you can from the bottom of the flower

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After pulling off flowers, there will be a small end that should be cut off.

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It should look like this.

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Continue by grabbing your clip and making sure it works.

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Now place the clip onto your felt, this will help you gauge how much you should cut.

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After cutting a strip, fold over your felt and cut accordingly so that it fits perfectly on the clip.

By adding this felt to your clip, it will assist in gluing down your flowers without leaving excess glue showing.

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If felt is not accessible for you, you can also do this with the extra leaves that are left on the stem.

Follow directions from able to achieve the same outcome.

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Once you have cut out your strips of felt, you may now begin to glue down your felt to the clip. Glue on one side (please be careful with this part!) then fold over and glue the remaining end strip. Now, gently press down so that felt is secured onto clip.

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Placement is a key factor in this step. Place your flower however you would like it to look once you put it in your hair.

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Glue the part of the flower that you want to be put onto the clip.

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Firmly press on flower and clip so that they bond onto one another.

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Let flowers cool down……

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And there you have it! Your very own flower hair clips!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. Give us a shout out once you have created your own hair clip!

XOXO Vixen Elaine

Open the Doors to a PinUp’s Closet!

Let’s face it ladies, pin up clothing is incredibly fun and a great way to stand out in any crowd; however, it can be hard to find pinup clothes and accessories in physical stores. If you’re anything like me, I don’t really enjoy shopping online (gasp!). I prefer to see, feel, and try on clothes that I plan on buying, making it a bit more difficult to buy cute pinup dresses, hair pieces, and shoes! (shoes!!!!!) Well, guess what?! I found a hidden gem to supply all your pinup wants and desires right here in Orange County!

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A PinUps Closet is a store that sells pinup, rockabilly, and vintage clothing, gifts, and accessories. It caters to the needs of those who admire and emulate the fashion of past decades! I was able to stop by and check out all their cool items this weekend! They carry everything from apparel to home furnishings, jewelry to Halloween costumes, all for reasonable prices. They carry tons of PinUp and Rockabilly brands such as: Lucky 13, Sourpuss, and Luxe De Ville.

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I hope you guys are as excited as I am about this store! There are so many different item to choose from and if you can’t find something you saw on line in the store, they have a custom order form at the front counter! Make sure to check out A Pinups Closet on Yelp, Facebook, and their store website: http://www.apinupscloset.com.

You will see all the awesome comments left by their vintage and retro loving customers!

Here are a few awesome items that I saw in the store this past weekend which are also available online!

Happy shopping, ladies and gents!

(Photos courtesy of Vanessa Vampz)

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A PinUps Closet

16448 Beach Blvd
Westminster, CA 92683
(714) 848-5705
-Vanessa Vampz

Stars Vamp it up at the Emmy Awards!

On Sunday, September 22, television’s hottest celebrities walked the red carpet at the 65th Annual Emmy Awards dressed to the nines. A few starlets even donned pin-up-esque looks, dominating the red carpet with their vintage glamour.

Christina Hendricks

Mad Men star, Christina Hendricks, paired her figure-flattering Christian Siriano gown with short, retro curls and simple make-up. Her flirty eyelashes and tomato red lips add the final touch to her foxy ensemble.

  

January Jones

Mad Men actress, January Jones, wore a dusty rose Givenchy dress and brought some of that color up to her face with iridescent pink eyeshadow and  lipstick. Her deep side part and polished curls add sass and sophistication.

  

Kelly Osbourne

Fashion Police’s Kelly Osbourne looked ravishing in this full length red chiffon number from Jenny Packham’s Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection. She paired it with matching red lips and slicked back bun.

  

Claire Danes

Homeland beauty, Claire Danes, donned a faux blonde bob and a slick of red lipstick to add a pop of color to her nude, lace Armani Prive gown.

  

Sarah Silverman

Funny lady Sarah Silverman was a showstopper in this little black dress she purchased online from Stop Staring’s Deadly Dames line for only $60! This vampy number deserves an award for most budget-friendly look.

  

xx AngelFace