Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Boop oop a doop, me as Betty Boop

I've always loved Betty Boop, as a girl I remember thinking how beautiful she was, in that weird way of hers. Especially in the late eighties,early nineties when they started making t shirts and apparel with the black versions of many cartoon favorites, maybe that was the beginning of my love for pinups.

After watching. A few YouTube videos I became inspired to play in make up and have my own Betty Boop Photo shoot .Enjoy

Betty Boop, Black Betty Boop, Betty boop makeup

Betty Boop makeup, African American Betty Boop, Betty boop

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Victorian girl, Curves, Cleavage and Couture

Hello Victorian girl, bye-bye pin up

First let me start off by saying please excuse my lack of posts, I've been having some extreme technical difficulties the past few months. At this point I just have to build a bridge and work past it, I miss blogging so much :( . So after my last entry I have been obsessed with Victorian clothing, so much so that I feel like I have been cheating on pin up styles, but there are so many girls doing her (pin up I mean) I feel like she's been cheating on me too, sharing herself with every one! *shrugs shoulders* Oh well, so I've been putting all my attention and focus on all the grandness of bustles, top hats and street elegance, which is where I think my niche lies. Of course I'm still a pin up at heart, but I'd like to delve into the beginnings a lil bit.

As with anything you have to know where you've been to know where your going, and in my eyes the conception of the pin up occurred during the Gibson Girl Era. Here's aBrown girl Victorian matched with our evolved Pin Up Mrs. Dandridge, bustles, bustles bustles!

The look was all about curves, cleavage, and couture, masked with a dutiful, demure expression!

This is that vampire-esque Mortician Adams influence, notice the sIight pin-up references? Lady-like parasols, opera length gloves, still extremely ladylike but powerful.

So to build this dream I first need some inspiration, here are some of my wardrobe dreams, eye candy and where I hope to guide my "street elegant" looks.

From Galliano's for Christian Dior spring 2010 collection

Again pin-up resemblances, very much burlesque-like with a corset, gloves and a mini top-hat but still modern with the rockachola sleeve??? This look defines what I want to look like everyday!

Soon to come my first bustle skirt project...

Corset Journey

Breaking it in

Ok so it's day six of my waist training, not counting the two weeks of breaking it in. Breaking it in was definetly the hard part, basically if you lace up your new beautiful corset too tight you run the risk of warping the boning, popping threads and ruining its body shaping potential. So I wore it for about 6-8 hours a day for two weeks .Having to sit perfectly upright on the couch???ugh!

Price and features

I wanted to start out with a reasonable priced garment, afraid of jumping out the window with a corset priced at $300 and up and realizing I didn't even like it. I decided to go with a corset story, waist training corset described as having 24 spiral steel bones, 5 layers of fabric, modesty panel yada, yada,yada. After much research I felt like it would give me the most bang for my least amount of buck especially after seeing you tube videos of the "reasonable priced" $200 and up corsets misrepresenting their quality. So the instant they had a sale I jumped on it paying around $65, it normally retails for about $90.

My garment had to be constructed and took about 6 weeks after my order to arrive, even for plain black it's a simple but beautiful piece. I wear it both under and over my clothes. When under always with a seamless tank underneath to protect my skin as advised, and when wearing over your clothes, be aware and mindful of the men onlookers, they are mesmerized!

Tight lacing

So far so good, definitely a labor of love, tightening, loosing throughout the day, I purchased a garment with quite a bit difference from my own waist which is at 30" while my corset can lace down to 24". I've been taking it slow lacing down to a 29-28 on the outside while an inch smaller on the inside. After watching a few videos online I'm inspired and ready to really start going in, I think tonight I will try to expand past my 8-10hr wear and sleep in it :/ I'll keep you updated on that. My goal is a 26 inch waist maybe tightlaced to 20 but I'll have to see, with this bottom I have it may be too extreme!!!

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