Do It Like Rosie

I’ve been watching a lot of documentaries about how women are portrayed in the media and their role in society. It’s a topic that I am extremely passionate about because I believe that women are strong and powerful, and for the most part, we are portrayed as being weak and emotional. It’s as if we aren’t good for anything but being something for men to drool over, but we are not objects, and we should be taken seriously.

These documentaries made me really think about my love for pinup modeling. Am I just contradicting my beliefs by putting on cute outfits and heavy makeup to take cute pictures? In some ways, I can understand why someone would think I’m a hypocrite, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I could use it as a way to inspire others. I’m an average woman. I’m not a stick; I have flaws. I also have curves and tattoos. I’m not anything like the women that are shown in magazines. I can’t fit the mold of what society wants me to be, and I’m not going to conform to those standards. I’m strong and I’m not afraid to voice my opinions. I want to be a powerful, successful woman.

Rosie the Riveter

Look at Rosie the Riveter. She is an icon that fully represents a real, strong woman (it is also an image that is often duplicated by pinup models). She isn’t society’s standard definition of beautiful, but she is portrayed as hard working. She isn’t frail. She’s tough, like most women. She is the image of all the women that began working in factories during WWII while their husbands were fighting. It’s proof that “we can do it.” We can do whatever we want because we are valuable, and we are more that what society tells us we are. We need to remember all of the things that have been done by women, for women. We have to keep fighting these outrageous standards.

 

 

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Christmas Cheer

It’s getting closer to Christmas, and I am so excited! I enjoy taking this time away from school to spend time with my family and sleep. However, this Christmas is going to be very different. It’ll be the first one I spend without my brother. He moved to Los Angeles during the summer to pursue his dream of becoming a photographer. I’m so incredibly proud of him for taking such a huge step in his life, but my parents and I will certainly be missing him this holiday season.
On a happier note, as I grow older, I realize how important the time I have with my family is. Sometimes they bug me (I’m sure everyone can relate) but I couldn’t ask for a better one. We have a lot of small traditions, but my favorite has to be Christmas Eve when we all go to my grandma’s house for a Mexican fiesta and dirty Santa. It’s a night filled with food, laugher and a small argument here and there. It’s nothing fancy, but we always make some great memories.
I’m sure this year’s holiday celebrations will be even better than the last, and I cannot wait! I love this time of year, not just because of the gifts and decorations, (don’t get me wrong, I love that part) but because I get to spend time creating memories with my awesome family. What’s your favorite part of the holiday season? I’d love to know!

Here’s an “awkward family photo” from
Christmas Eve a few years ago!

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5 Items Every Pin-Up Should Own

While attitude is a big part of distinguishing a pin up model from an editorial model, there are a few essential items that every pin up should own. While everyone will have a slightly different list, I’ve discovered that these things are part of what help me create my own pin up look.

1. Liquid eyeliner. Get an eyeliner that has a small brush so that you can get a really precise, cat-eye look that every pin up needs. It takes some practice to make it look just right, but once you perfect it, it will look awesome. I use Sephora brand eyeliner, and I would definitely recommend it.

2. Hair bows/flowers. This may not make it to everyone’s list, but it is a must on mine. I love hair flowers and bows. They are fun and they help to make your look a little more interesting. I usually wear them when I have a bad hair day because I can use them to hold my hair back.

3. Cat-eye sunglasses/glasses. This is a bit harder to pull off. I searched for months before I found the perfect cat-eye sunglasses, but if you can find some that look good, buy them. They’re so cute, and they really help pull that vintage look together.

4. Dresses. Not just any dress, but one (or some) that really compliment your shape and help to give you the hourglass figure. There are many pin up sites that sell adorable dresses. Berniedexter.com has some really fun and flirty dresses that look good on everyone.

One of my favorite dresses. I got this at Anthropologie, and it was on sale!

One of my favorite dresses. I got this at Anthropologie, and it was on sale!

5. Red lipstick. This is essential to anyone who wants to be a pin up. It’s glamorous, and honestly,¬†who doesn’t love lipstick? Have trouble finding the perfect red? Read my post: 3 Quick Tips for Finding the Perfect Pin-Up Lipstick. https://myvintageadventures.wordpress.com/2013/10/06/3-quick-tips-to-finding-the-perfect-pin-up-lipstick/

I hope this list will help you in your own journey to becoming a pin up. With more experience, I’m sure you’ll add more essentials to your list, but these are definitely my favorite pin up items!

So, You Want to be a Pin Up?

Sometimes, it’s not always easy to put yourself out there. Some people are just born with an insane amount of confidence, and some of us constantly have to work on it. If you want to be a pin up model, you have to get your confidence level up! It can be a bit difficult at first, but once you get your hair and makeup done, you begin to feel like a real pin up, and it gives you that little boost you need.
Second, go find a pin up book so that you can study and practice poses! It can be a bit awkward at first, but practice is never a bad idea! This way, you can perfect making pretty faces while posing (which can be pretty difficult sometimes).
Now, go book a shoot. Find a local photographer who knows about pinup. This way, they can pose you, and make you look fabulous! You’ll probably have to pay, but that’s normal. Just don’t pay too much! Some photographers will even do a trade shoot where they’ll take your pictures to beef up their portfolio and give you a disk of pictures in return.
Don’t be afraid! Once you are in front of the camera, your confidence will soar! A good photographer will make you feel extremely comfortable, and your pictures will turn out awesome!
Clearly, these aren’t things that will happen overnight! Especially that confidence thing that most of us have issues with. The more experience you get, the better you will get. Always remember to have fun! Pin up modeling is cute and flirty, so that exactly how you should act during your shoot.

Here’s the pinup book I bought earlier this year. It’s filled with pictures of classic pin up models! A book like this is great for posing ideas. I bought this at Barnes & Noble, and they have many pin up books to choose from!

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My Birthday Shenanigans

Today, I’m 22 years old. It’s almost as unimportant as turning 19. The only difference is that now, the only thing I have to look forward to is… Well, nothing really.

However, I consider myself a “do-it-upper.” Meaning, I will celebrate every birthday like its my 21st. Not the drinking part, but the idea that it’s important. Because they’re all important in my eyes. So, this small town girl decided to go live it up in Los Angeles.

I tried to go vintage shopping, but I apparently had to make an appointment to look at the good stuff. I learned this the hard, embarrassing way. I go to open the door, and lo and behold, it was locked. A sales associate with pity-filled eyes opened the door and proceeded to tell me that it is an “appointment only” store and offered me a business card so that I could make one. Well, I’m proud, so I said no. Mostly, I was just embarrassed.

So, the moral of the story? If people like Rachel Zoe shop at a place that you want to go to, call and make an appointment first so you don’t end up like the poor Oklahoma girl trying to shop like the celebs (aka, me).

On a happy note, here’s a picture of me at the beach! At least something cool was open to the public.

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Rocky, Rocky! Ra! Ra! Ra!

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is one of my favorite movies. I think I was in 8th grade the first time I ever saw it, and I instantly fell in love. It was made in 1975 and is a cult classic that gains new fans every year. So, of course I was beyond excited that the Lyric Theatre at the Plaza, located at 1725 NW 16th street in Oklahoma City, brought The Rocky Horror Show back for this Halloween season. I had never seen the stage production before, so I was determined to get tickets.

I was finally able to go see the show this past Tuesday. While I didn’t dress up for the occasion, (and I would have if I bought tickets for a later date) I bought a prop bag and was ready to throw everything out when I needed to. It’s a tradition at these shows to throw different props that relate to the story at specific times during the production. However, I didn’t get to participate.

Before the show started, characters came out to the audience to ask for volunteers. I was intrigued, but uncertain because I didn’t know what I would be doing. Then, one of my friends and classmate, Emily told me that she would volunteer with me. So we did, and let me tell you, the best way to experience The Rocky Horror Show for the first time is on stage. We were actually part of the production! I did the Time Warp on stage while wearing a clown suit, which wasn’t the most flattering, but I was having too much fun to care.

The show was obviously slightly different than the movie, but it was so much fun! It runs through November 2nd, and I think it’s a production that everyone needs to see. I mean, in what other show is it acceptable to yell profanities at the characters? It’s definitely worth your time and money.

Emily and I in our clown suits

Emily and I in our clown suits

Here’s Lyric Theatre’s website if you want to see what other shows are coming up:

http://www.lyrictheatreokc.com/

 

Nothing but Burlesque (and a couple drag queens)

The first time I had ever seen burlesque (the real thing, not the movie) was at my 21st birthday party. My brother had invited the Bang Bang Queer Punk Variety Show, a group of burlesque dancers, drag queens and drag kings, to come perform for me and my friends and family. I was completely unaware of what was going on so I was a little nervous, but I ended up having a blast! Everyone involved in the show was ridiculously entertaining, andhey are some of the nicest people I have ever met.

I’ve seen them multiple times since then at the HiLo Club located at 1221 NW 50th in Oklahoma City. There is another group, the Dustbowl Dolls that travels to different bars in the same area. They just recently performed at the HiLo, and they also frequent Speakeasy located at 1114 NW 51st St. The Dustbowl Dolls is strictly burlesque, and all the performers are very talented! It is definitely worth the time and money to go see one or both of these groups.

Keep in mind, though, that sometimes it can get a tad bit inappropriate so be sure to invite some very open minded people!blogpost