g-g-g-gia | PUG review

g-g-g-gia | PUG review

(Post title is to be sung to the tune of those old Chia Pet commercials.)

I’ve talked before about my tendency to go for dresses and skirts and find myself short on tops. So when I realized that the Gia top from Pinup Girl Clothing was almost a perfect match for this fabulous blouse:


I decided to just take the leap and go for it!


The photos make the Gia look more on the teal side, but it’s definitely a lovely true forest green in person. I actually picked up this piece about a month ago, but I was waiting for the first proper fall day. The Gia is a polyester & spandex blend, so it’s not exactly warm but it’s definitely not breathable enough for summer. It’s very stretchy, and it shapes well to your body. The faux wrap in the front is super flattering! I have to admit that this type of fabric really isn’t my favorite; it always feels vaguely swimsuit-esque to me. But you definitely wouldn’t be able to get the same kind of shape otherwise, and I don’t mind it. I had a hard time deciding whether to wear the top in or out. Tucked in felt like I was covering up too much of the fun wrap detail, so I left it out, but it did ride up a lot during the day. I was tugging it down every time I stood up.


The other nice thing about the Gia is that it’s easy to adjust the bust for work or play! It just takes a little bit of shimmying to bring the girls out…or to cover them up in the office. Can you say “day to evening”?? The cut of the top also makes it great for a wide range of bust sizes.


I paired this lovely autumnal green top with my new pumpkin earrings from Summer Blue Jewelry (look for a full review of all my new Halloween accessories from there coming soon!).


I’m just so excited that it’s finally fall! There are so many new outfits to play with! And I have to say…a top like this does make me tempted to give in to the desire for some fabulous pants. It would pair so well with them, and I’m also already brainstorming some Christmas-related outfits with it. We’ll see what the future holds!

fall favorites tag

fall favorites tag


Fall is finally in the air – can you feel it? Today was the first properly cool day, and it only intensified my autumnal lust. Way back in the olden days when I first started internetting, there were these hip thing called tags. A list of questions would travel through the blogosphere as each blogger “tagged” their friends to answer it. And since this is a retro blog, I figured why not go for a retro blog post to help me celebrate the arrival of autumn? I found this “I ❤ Fall” tag in a few old blog posts – so let’s do it!

1. Favorite Fall lip product?

I love a dark, dramatic lip for fall! Black or purple if I can swing it; I’m still looking for the perfect wine lipstick for work – let me know if you have one!

2. Favorite Fall Nail Polish?

Black, of course.

3. Favorite Starbucks Fall Drink?

I don’t really have a special fall drink of choice? My heart belongs to peppermint mocha, so I mostly just wait for the holiday drinks to start, though I did really enjoy the “Frappula” last year…hopefully they’ll bring it back!

4. Favorite Fall Candle?

Yankee Candle’s Mountain Lodge AKA “The Boyfriend Candle.” I totally bought two new ones in a sale this year and I am not at all ashamed. Smelling it is like burrowing my face in the plaid-covered chest of my musky boyfriend on a weekend getaway to his folks’ cabin.

5. Favorite Fall scarf or accessory?

Do boots count as an accessory? Because definitely cute boots.

6. Haunted house, haunted hay ride, or haunted corn maze?

None of the above, thanks! I do NOT do haunted anything. I have been a hardcore wimp my whole life, and I have no intentions of changing now. My dad actually had to carry me out of my first haunted house.

7. Favorite Halloween movie?

As a kid, my number one fave was definitely Scooby Doo & the Ghoul School. Nowadays, I love movies with a macabre vibe like The Addams Family and Beetlejuice.

8. Favorite candy to eat on Halloween?


9. What are you dressing up as for Halloween?

That’s a surprise 😉

10. What is your favorite thing about Fall?

Oh man. I love the change in the weather. The crispness in the air. Everything starts to feel fresh again, but there’s also that overlay of witchy feeling, like something is about to happen. I love hot apple cider (and all apple things, really) and wearing a cute jacket and sweaters.

If you’re reading this and also have a fondness for the olden days of blogging, consider yourself tagged! Give it a shot!

weekend inspiration

weekend inspiration

It’s been a long week, and I have a pretty low-key weekend planned. So let’s just enjoy some pretty pictures together, shall we?


Finally, a pageant for me.


The Christian Dior Spring 2011 couture show remains potentially my very favorite runway collection of all time (OF ALL TIME). It’s a DREAM, and if you’re not familiar, I encourage you to look at the whole slideshow.


Perfectly coordinated in monochrome. What a way to travel!


I might be slightly obsessed with these photos of Playmates of the Year with their pink cars.


The hairstyling in the Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2014 show fulfills all my wood nymph fantasies.


Speaking of the fey…Vivien Leigh looking absolutely regal as Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

I hope that helped beautify your Saturday!

hello halloween harlequin | glam ghoul’s guide

hello halloween harlequin | glam ghoul’s guide

Welcome to Pugoween 2016.


Here’s a brief history of me and Harlequin prints:

College, just starting to get into pinup: Eh, it’s not really for me.
After getting more involved in pinup and seeing lots of cute outfits: Hmm, idk, maybe.
Upon seeing the Halloween Harlequin: OH GOD GET ON MY BODY RIGHT NOW

So the Halloween Harlequin dress is not only my first harlequin print, but also my first Jenny dress! Shocking, I know. I was always a little intimidated by this perennial favorite; all the talk of boning and de-boning spooked me a bit, I’ll admit it. But this print was too perfect to pass up, so I took a running leap off the dock of indecision and did a cannonball into the glittery black waters of fabulous spookiness.


There was a lot of sturm und drang about the sizing of this Jenny dress, which didn’t help my nerves. Based on the measurements, I ordered a size up from my usual. I don’t have other Jenny dresses to compare it to, but this was definitely the right choice for me. I’m at the upper end of the 2X, so the 3X has maaaybe just a skosh more room in it than I want, but I definitely wouldn’t have been happy in the 2X. I buy my clothes with the intention of wearing them as part of my everyday life, which means wearing them to work, out and about, sitting, leaping, skipping, etc., so the slight bit of extra ease is perfect for me.


Also, the pockets in this dress are DEEP AS HELL. Deepest pockets ever, I think…I could lose my whole forearm in there.


I honestly can’t remember the last time I got so many compliments a dress. She’s definitely a showstopper! I did worry a little bit about how much wear I’ll get from this print outside of Halloween, but even if I don’t wear it much through the rest of the year (which I do intend to do, for the record!), it will be worth it for the fun that I have during the season.20160921_080035

I’m still waiting on the delivery of some Halloween jewelry that I can’t wait to share, so I kept it low key with my Hamlet pin (it has a skull!), a cameo necklace, and some subtle spider earrings.


I also might have had too much fun practicing my “startled Halloween pinup” facial expressions while taking my detail shots!


Golly, it’s getting awful spooky!

Who else is madly in love with the Halloween harlequin print? Did you snap up this dress (apparently the most popular one in Pinup Girl Clothing history!)?


Throughout Spooktember and October, I’m sharing everything a vintage gal needs to have the perfect Halloween with costume inspiration, decor, recipes and more! Click here to find all the Glam Ghoul’s Guide posts.

how to dress pinup on a budget

how to dress pinup on a budget

Back when I was just a simple schlubby college student wearing ill-fitting jeans and hoodies and daydreaming about pretty pinup clothes, cost was definitely a major hurdle between me and the aesthetic I wanted to achieve. At that time, I didn’t think it was one that I would ever overcome, but hey – look at me now! I do wear vintage/pinup attire every day, and I didn’t win the lottery or anything. I’m totally against the predatory lending practices of our modern age, and I don’t carry any debt (apart from my student loans, boo) and pay off my credit cards every month. So here are my quick and dirty tips for achieving vintage style on a budget.


A caveat: The idea of “budget” means something different to all of us. Things that are easily achievable to me may not be to everyone, and things that are prohibitively expensive to me is nothing to someone else. These are only tips from my own experience.

  • Don’t rush. Sure, we all want to have exactly what we want right now, but you don’t get a trophy for acquiring the most stuff fastest. Be patient, save up, wait for sales. I owned ONE Pinup Girl Clothing dress for many years, and you better believe I loved that dress to death and wore it to every single special occasion. This is definitely one that’s gotten the better of me with all the limited releases lately, so it’s worth reminding myself: slow down.
  • Mix in non repro. Reproduction 40s/50s/60s clothes are a specialty style mostly made by small manufacturers. They’re always going to be expensive. Personally, I tend to buy more skirts and dresses from repro brands and mix in vintage-inspired blouses from places like Target or New York and Company (when they’re having a super good sale) to complete the outfit. We’re lucky that a lot of retro styles (especially pussy bow blouses) are pretty trendy right now. You don’t need head-to-toe repro to be legit – it actually can be more fun to mix in an unexpected piece so you don’t feel like you see yourself coming and going (as my mom would say) all over Instagram.
  • Don’t buy it if it doesn’t fit your aesthetic. If you really want to commit to a ~vintage aesthetic~, stop buying clothes that don’t go with your wardrobe. This is the one tip that I would say really made my full-time pinup/vintage look possible. Obviously you can wear whatever you want, but this keeping this in mind does so much good when I’m tempted by whatever random pretty is on the rack at Target.
  • Consider cost per wear. Yeah, stuff at Forever 21 is cheap. But that’s because stuff from Forever 21 is cheap. If you find a brand you like with quality fabric and solid construction, those pieces are going to last a lot longer. It also makes me happy to know that I’m supporting mostly women-run businesses and ethically produced clothing.
  • Work the accessories/layers. You can really transform a piece with different cardigans, scarves, brooches, etc. One dress (like the Havana Nights, perhaps?) can quickly become several outfits thanks to the power of accessories. I always make sure to add to my rainbow of cardigans when there’s a good sale!
  • Think about your monetary vices. We all have them! Personally, fashion definitely is my major vice. I don’t eat out much, I don’t smoke, I don’t even buy coffee regularly. My “fun” money goes to helping me achieve my aesthetic, because that’s what makes me happy. You certainly don’t have to make fashion your priority – but keep in mind what the other things you choose to spend money on are when you’re feeling like you don’t have the budget for new clothes!

My personal favorite “budget” brands are probably Hell Bunny and Lindy Bop. These both offer nice quality, fun pieces at a cost that’s more in line with “mainstream” fashion than the more high-end repro brands.

And finally, no clothes are ever worth going into debt over. Make good choices!

What are your favorite tips for being fiscally responsible while also looking fabulous?

8 terrifyingly awesome halloween trees

8 terrifyingly awesome halloween trees

I didn’t start this blog until May, so some of you may not know but fair warning: I love Christmas. Why am I bringing this up during spook season? Because one of my favorite parts of Christmas is the tree, and I am seriously jonesing for a Halloween tree lately! I’ve rounded up eight of the most awesome Halloween trees that I could find.


The tree that reignited my obsession. I can’t stop thinking about how this Zebra Striped Christmas Tree from Treetopia would make an absolutely amazing Beetlejuice-themed Halloween tree!

How to Decorate a Candy Corn Corn Tree for Halloween – Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins is without a doubt the reigning queen of all things holiday tree. Not only does she decorate multiple trees for Christmas and Halloween, you’ll also find inspiration for Valentine’s trees, Easter trees, and more on her blog. I could fill a whole post with just her trees, but I’m especially in love with this candy corn tree decorated with pumpkins, skulls, bats, and vintage masks.

Greg Horn’s Nightmare Before Christmas Tree

I’m gaggingggg over this incredible Nightmare Before Christmas tree! Definitely head over to the source to see the gorgeous NBC figurine ornaments in full light. It’s seriously a piece of art.

Halloween Tree – Wrinkled Chiffon

This cute little tabletop tree from Wrinkled Chiffon is much more within the realm of possibility for me. I love how much adorable Halloween charm you can get with relatively little investment on space (which, like many apartment dwellers, is something I’m always short of).

Halloween Tree – Hoosier Homemade

A witch hat as the tree topper? Genius! This basic black tree gets a major glam upgrade with colorful mesh and tulle.

Bottle Brush Trees – Holiday Sparkle

I know I’m not the only vintage gal completely obsessed with bottle brush trees. I love how these glam trees bring some classic and super femme vintage style to a holiday that’s usually all about the black and orange.

My Halloween Tree – Ella Claire Inspired

This tinsel tree Halloween-ified has so much vintage flair. I love the “Official Haunted House” sign and all the creative details throughout. It’s great to see how a “normal” Christmas tree can be transformed for Halloween!

DIY tree with pinecone critters – Good Housekeeping

If you really are short on space (and budget), even some branches from outside can be the base of a super cute Halloween-y tree. This one is definitely more on the seasonal side than the spooky side, and I love all the cute creatures made out of pinecones!

Looking at all these trees just made me more determined to figure out a way to acquire my own this year! I’m probably going to stick to the tabletop variety, but my heart has definitely been stolen by big, dramatic Halloween trees.

Do you put up a Halloween tree? Have any of these inspired you to give it a try?


Throughout Spooktember and October, I’m sharing everything a vintage gal needs to have the perfect Halloween with costume inspiration, decor, recipes and more! Click here to find all the Glam Ghoul’s Guide posts.

the myth of 12: on love, selfies, and marilyn monroe

the myth of 12: on love, selfies, and marilyn monroe


Today you can find my post “The Myth of 12: On Love, Selfies, and Marilyn Monroe” on The Pinup Professor! I was so happy to write this piece about body confidence and self love for Annie’s blog, and I hope that you’ll give her a visit and check it out!