Nearly Famous ~ Pinup Wednesday!

Name: Harlean Carpenter

Age: 41

Occupation: Writer, Model

Where are you from: San Jose, CA

Favorite photographer to work with: Jerry Seeger

Tell me about your featured photo(s). When were they taken? Why are they your favorite?

Photo 1 – Photography by JM.  MUAH by Harlean Carpenter

This is one of my favorite shots from the first “official” Poetic Pinup shoot, in 2007.  I had just started the website, and wanted images that captured the naked nerd essence that would become the foundation for pretty much everything we did from that point forward.  JM had done primarily landscape photography in Paris before moving to the States, but he’s a good friend and an agreeable sort, so when I said “hey, want to do pinup?” he was willing to give it a shot.  Pun most certainly intended.

Photo 2 – Photography by Jerry Seeger.  MUAH by Harlean Carpenter

I love doing holiday photos, and approaching traditional themes from different angles.  This is a shot from my 2011 Easter gallery, and was inspired largely by the work of my friend Peter Schmideg, the artist behind, and particularly by the pieces he has created using my poetry and photos.

Top Photo – Photography by Jerry Seeger.  MUAH by Harlean Carpenter

Much as I thoroughly enjoy 50’s-style pinup, my greatest love as far as scantily-clad female imagery is turn-of-the-century vintage erotica, old French postcards, I have a great weakness for anything sepia.  This shot is from a set of that style that we did back in spring of 2009.  I could give a thousand reasons why I love this shot, but that would be impolite and probably very boring for the reader, so I’ll just give one; the way the veil and my hands and the light decided to play so well together is something I doubt we could ever recreate.

Photo 4 – Photography by Hollowpoint Productions.  MUAH by Harlean Carpenter.  Guest Pinup Liz Markus

We had an absolute blast with this shoot.  The goal of the afternoon was to get this shot, for a contest at back in May 2010.  Working with Liz was great, the photographer was great, the car was great, the whole experience was so wonderful that having such good photos at the end of it almost seemed an embarrassment of riches.  So this shot is a favorite half on its own merit and half as a reminder of the day it was taken and the people involved.

How long have you been modeling/enjoying photography?  I started posing for figure studies and artistic nudes back in 1988, and have modeled on and off ever since.  It’s become more of a full-time endeavor since I began my website in 2007.

Who are your favorite Pinup Models? Past or present inspiration?  If I had to pick only one, I would say my favorite model and greatest inspiration is Miss Fernande, the Queen of Vintage Erotica.  I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to not love Bettie Page; you can try, but it will probably give you hives or something equally bumpy and unpleasant.  There are a number of lovely modern day pinups whose work I enjoy, but if I’m naming a favorite it’s Masuimi Max, hands down.  There is no hint of dilution or half-assery in any of her work, she absolutely owns everything she does and that is a quality I admire tremendously in any profession, but particularly in a model.  The fact that she’s ridiculously beautiful doesn’t hurt either.

What is some of your favorite clothing lines? Favorite Designers?  For clothes, I am a die-hard thrift shop rat.  I’m fortunate to live in an area where the secondhand clothing is abundant and of high quality, so I can invest more of my wardrobe budget in lingerie and shoes.  Which I do.  A lot.  I’m pretty sure the tech support guys at the Frederick’s website recognize my ISP address on sight.  For shoes, Anne Michelle is guaranteed to get me in trouble.

If you could shoot with any photographer, who would it be?  I hope to someday have a chance to work with Miss Missy.  Her love of what she does and ability/willingness to have fun with her work is so abundantly clear in every shot, and the results are beautiful.

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Daily Candy

A bit of Boho for you. This is the look that I am constantly drawn too, but never let myself get. I splurged this once!  I really love and try to stick to the 40-60's decades for inspiration, but every now and then a tunic with find its way into the mix.
Dress: Hawk/Jovovich For Target
Belt: Levi's
Bracelets: Target
Gypsy Head Crown: Moorea Seal

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Makeout Mondays~ Things I love this week!  I have a Kindle, and I love it, however it is a bummer to not be able to exchange books with friends.  But this is where that all changes! This site allows you to "fling" your ebooks from Kindle and Nook with others for 14 days! I am in BOOK HEAVEN!

M-Edge Designs has GREAT Kindle covers.  Mine is solid Mossy Green Leather.  I love it! Make sure to check out all the cute covers that they have!

I can't wait to start breaking out the sweaters, jeans, big boots and lot of layers!  I am going to be playing around with layering patterns and textures, along with colors, this year.  (Think mustard, oranges, greens, and leopard patterns!)

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Vintage Inspirations~ Let's bring back!

This week's feature is regarding the moon.  
Laurent Laveder.

 "Our celestial satellite used to play a vital spiritual and practical role in the lives of humans, and we lovingly named and tracked its phases.  Each monthly full moon had a different name.  Here is the list of full moon names often attributed to the northeastern Native Americans."

**September and October** The Harvest Moon also called the Corn Moon, since these are the months in which this all important grain is harvested..  Two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September; in the third year, it appears in October.

**November** The Beaver Moon.  Winter is on the way; the beavers are now building dams and actively preparing for the cold.  This months full moon is also sometimes referred to as the Frosty Moon.

**December** The Long Nights Moon.  During midwinter nights, the moon hovers above the horizon for a liong time, casting light on the frozen landscape below.

**January** The Wolf Moon.  Named for the wolkf packs that holwed hungrily outside Indian villages amid deep midwinter snow.

**February** The Snow Moon.  Some tribes also referred to it as the Hunger Moon, since harsh weather confitions in their areas made hunting difficult.

**March** The Worm Moon.  March meant the thawing of the ground, the reappreaance of earthworms, the return of the robins.  This month's moon is sometimes called the Sap Moon, makring the time during which maple trees were tapped.

**April** The Fish Moon.  Becuase this was the time that shad swam upstream to spawn.  Also called the Sprouting Grass Moon.

**May** The Flower Moon.  Named for the abundance of blooms that make May so famous.

**June** The Strawberry Moon.  The season in which strawberries were harvested; in Europe, it was apparently called the Rose Moon.

**July** The Thunder Moon.  Named for the violent summer storms that rumble over the country during this month.

**August** The Red Moon.  During this month, the moon often appears reddish through the late summer, sultry nighttime haze.

c/o "Let's Bring Back"  Lesley M. M. Blume

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August's Sweet Giveaway! CLOSED

$25 Itunes Gift Card!

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  • Follow Chronicles of a Sweet Tooth on Facebook (1 entry), Google Connect (1 entry), Twitter (1 entry), or Bloglovin (1 entry)  You can follow on all these and get 4 entries.
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*You must post a comment for each entry that you do, that is the only way I can track it*

  • Contest ends at midnight on September 4th 
  • Winner will be announced September 5th
  • Grand total of 7 entries per person.

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Kem's Kandy for the Weekends

*Here are some ideas for the weekend! You can bet I am breaking out the autumnal decorations, cause I am going to wish Fall into Missouri!*

 I am going to be wearing pink this weekend!  Have fun and explore a new color and wear it all weekend.  See if anybody notices!


Paint some outdated planters with your house number, for your front porch!  I plan on using black for my base and a buttery yellow for the accent numbers.

Lastly, hit up your favorite nursery or home goods store for a beautiful pot (or 2 or 4) of mums.  I am going to splurge on the crimson red and bright yellow for my porch.  Two of my favorite autumnal tones!

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Three goal Thursday

Goals from last week:

1. Stick to new budget
2. Revive my yard
3. Lose 2 lbs. 

Goals for this week:
1.  Plant fall flowers
2.  Lose 2 lbs.
3. Start reading books that I downloaded. 

What are your goals for this week?  Also if you are from Kansas City, or really anywhere, and feel like supporting a blogger, please visit here and vote for Chronicles of a Sweet Tooth as best local blog under the People and Places Tab.

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Nearly Famous ~ Pinup Wednesday!

Miranda Maraschino // Facebook // Pinup Lifestyle

Age: 26

Radio Station Assistant

Where are you from:
Houston, Texas

Favorite photographer to work with:
Charlie Girl of Paper Moon Photography

Featured photo 1:
Photographer: Paper Moon Photography by Charlie Girl
MUAH: Charlie Girl
Featured photo 2:
Photographer: Edson Carlos
MUAH: Lauren Luck

Featured photo 3:
Photographer: Kingwood Pinups
MUAH: Miranda Maraschino

Featured photo 4:
Photographer: Paper Moon Photography by Charlie Girl
MUAH: Charlie Girl

Tell me about your featured photo(s). When were they taken? Why are they your favorite?
These are some of my favorites—but I don’t have a SINGLE favorite. I like everything—from bright and colorful, to dark and saturated. I like the personality featured in these pictures—I try to have character when I pose!

How long have you been modeling/enjoying photography?
I’ve been doing pinup for about a year now—but have wanted to do it for ten years or more! And I’ve enjoyed photography since before I can remember... I remember trying to create beautiful photos when I was young with a disposable camera!

Who are your favorite Pinup Models? Past or present inspiration?

I remember my grandmother teaching me all about Marilyn Monroe, I think, I even learned all of my alphabet. I’d learn all about her, watch Elvis movies instead of cartoons, and look at the Elvgren art on her walls. This is how I was first introduced to the vintage world and to pin-up... And it took me too long to get the guts to get into the scene and do it myself..
What is some of your favorite clothing lines? Favorite Designers?
Honestly, I don’t do much by “designer” or “clothing lines”. I love Betty Bows, and love the styles of a lot of themed vendors. However, my favorite thing to do is to go hunting for clothing in vintage shops, shop online for retro hand-me-downs, or try to create things myself.

If you could shoot with any photographer, who would it be?
I can’t think of anything better than shooting with Charlie Girl—but if I ever got to the chance, I would love to shoot with Celeste Giuliano!

Makeout Mondays~ Things I love this week!

*Cowboy edition*
Wyatt Earp

Favorite Quote from Tombstone.

All time favorite depiction of Doc Holliday

Suzi loves cowboys 
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Pioneer Sunday

 Today Mr. Elliott and I embarked upon a "once a month" cooking day.  I must say, we have never tried this, and maybe you have know idea what I am talking about, so here is the gist.  You print out, what seems like, a mile long grocery list, along with the accompanying recipes.  It seems kind of scary because you are basically shopping for food for one month, so I was really weary what our grocery bill would be.  We made it out of the store, with wallets unscathed, by using coupons and our own bags.  Did you know that most stores give you at 5 cent credit for each bag you use? 

The website that I used to score this sweet Once a Month Cooking Recipe Book from was Once A Month Mom.  Now, I am not a mom, but still, I think any family could use this.  Also, I used the vegetarian menu, and there are many others to choose from if your family is not vegetarian.  In fact some of the recipes I adapted for Mr. Elliott, since he still eats meat. 

I decided to name the day Pioneer Sunday, because this MUST be how the pioneer women felt after cooking for hours!  I am soooo very tired! But, I know that we have a lot of food to choose from for the next month, that all we have to do is heat it up and we are done!

*the onions were so potent, we had to wear my goggles from my motor cycle helmet to chop them*

Our Menu:
Fire Roasted Vegetable Pasta
Mini Quiche
Blueberry French Toast
Buffalo Chicken Strips
Roasted Vegetables and Quinoa
Breakfast Berry Quinoa
Black Bean and Corn Quesdillas
Eggplant and Mushroom Parmesan
Cheesy Broccoli and Chickpeas

I'll let you know how it turns out!

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Vintage Inspirations~ Let's bring back!

Here are a few musings that are most certainly on their way back! Hooray!

via Saucy

via Kendi Everyday
  • Wide Legged Pants ~ "Both stylish and merciful to the wearer; one of the few fashionable items of clothing that can make this claim."
  • Cloaks/Capes ~ I am so glad that this is catching on.  No one wants to look like they are yearning for the Renaissance Fair when trying to be cutting edge.  Paired with slender pants, high boots, and sleek leather gloves, one can't be wrong.
via nordstroms

via anthropologie
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Kem's Kandy for the Weekends

I wanted to share some special ideas to do this coming weekend (or any upcoming weekend)!  Some of them may be new recipes, or home improvements, or maybe just a day at the park.   I am always looking for fun projects or new ideas, so please, feel free to share!

Strawberry Mint Cooler
What better way to kick off your weekend than with a fabulous cocktail recipe?! If you’re trying to lay off the hooch, the second version is sans alcohol.

For the alcoholic version you’ll need:

  • 1 bottle Sake – any kind will do
  • 1 bottle Champagne
  • 1 pint strawberries
  • 6 meyer lemons
  • 3-4 springs of mint
  • Vanilla Stevia
Slice your strawberries into vertical slivers, tear mint leaves roughly, and add both to a large pitcher. Squeeze the juice of 6 meyer lemons and gently muddle (muddle = mash) the ingredients using a wooden spoon. Add equal parts sake & champagne, and lots of ice.  Squeeze a dropper full of vanilla stevia into each glass before serving.  Voila, you’re done!!

I’m not drinking this month so I opted for an alcohol free version by simply substituting sparkling mineral water for the sake and champagne.  It’s absolutely delicious and will make you feel like a million bucks every time you take a sip!   This recipe is great for entertaining too – your guests will be raving about it for weeks!!

 Making a map of your family travels! How cute is that?  Visit the above link to learn how it was made.  Super easy and super inexpensive!

And lastly, I think I shall use my Sunday to unwind and watch as many Harry Potter Movies as I possibly can.  

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Three goal Thursday

*This is a new feature for the change of seasons*  Autumn couldn't get here any faster! Please feel free to build your own three goal thursday.  I am setting small weekly goals every thursday to help me achieve that larger picture.  Your goals can be personal, physical, emotional, or just easy tasks to finish.


1. Stick to new budget.  If you are looking for a great way to budget, especially with the help of an app, you should check out  It is free software that can help you get or keep your finances in check. Ever wondered how much you spend at Starbucks per month?  My $ amount spent on SBUX is ridiculous.  Like, really stupid ridiculous. 

2. Revive my yard.  After the heat wave of July and early August, my yard looks sad and dead.  This might take a little time, but I know we can bring it back to beauty!

3. Lose 2 lbs.  This will be ongoing I think.

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Nearly Famous ~ Pinup Wednesday!

Name:  Victoria Dagger //Facebook fan page // Model Mayhem Portfolio  // Pop Antique Corsets & Future Vintage

Age: 24

Occupation: Grad student/fashion designer/proprietress, Pop Antique/Part-time model

Carmel, CA  Current Residence: San Francisco, CA

Favorite photographer to work with:
  How can I just choose one?  I shoot with Sam Guss, Lydia Chen, and Mask Photo regularly.  Araya Diaz is really funny to work with as well as being very adept at photography and concepts, plus she always works with a full team - fancy!  Antonio Abadia and Charles Chan Casela are a couple of young upstarts that also make shooting both very pleasant and fruitful.

Artist/Photographer/location of featured photo(s): REaD Picture, San Francisco, CA; Lydia Chen, Oakland, CA; Max Johnson, San Jose, CA; Charles Chan Casela, San Francisco, CA

Tell me about your featured photo(s). When were they taken? Why are they your favorite?
  Well, I didn't necessarily choose my most recognizable shots, but a variety of takes on the pinup theme.  I wish I got to shoot pinups more often.

The strawberry photo is from last summer, and it was one of the most fun shoots I've ever done.  REaD Picture has a series of nudes smashing fruit in his portfolio, so I made a "disposable" (if you will) corset and smashed a bunch of strawberries on it.  Miraculously, the first one I mangled turned into a heart shaped stain.  I also got to eat a lot of strawberries, which is probably why I remember it so fondly.
The other strawberry image, with the corset that looks like a strawberry, was purely because I fell in love with that corset ensemble and bought it as a sample from Electra Designs.  I just had to shoot in it.  That's actually my bedroom; normally the desk is covered with clutter.  Danielle Blanchett did the hair and Camille Ivy was our MUA.  This was February of last year, when I had been toying with my natural hair color.
As for the flamingo croquet picture, last December Lydia Chen asked me to model at a workshop she was hosting, themed "Christmas in Corsetry."  It was a spur of the moment shot, the croquet was composited in, of course.  I like it because it's silly and fun.
And lastly, a very recent shot!  Max Johnson and I were originally trying to recreate the look of a Mucha illustration, but ended up doing a test shoot of this early 20th century style gypsy pinup thing.  I'm very excited to reshoot the concept with a proper MUA and everything.

How long have you been modeling/enjoying photography? About two years.  I'm going to have to start lying about my age soon!

Who are your favorite Pinup Models? Past or present inspiration?  Though she doesn't specialize in pinup, Ulorin Vex has been my favorite model for years.  I have a great deal of respect for Mosh, naturally.  Sabina Kelley is also starting to be one of my favorites.  Past inspiration is more so from the classic pinup illustrators - Fritz Willis is one of my favorites, and of course I love Alberto Vargas.  Both illustrators tend to draw girls with a bit more dignity than some of the quintessential pinups.

What is some of your favorite clothing lines? Favorite Designers?  I have an unrelenting addiction to Betsey Johnson.  I make some of my own clothes, of course, especially corsets - my line is Pop Antique.  Other corsetmakers whose work I really admire are Dark Garden, particularly their Dollymop line, and Sparklewren.

If you could shoot with any photographer, who would it be?  Lillian Bassman, before it's too late!  Then, Ellen von Unwerth.  Can you tell I love working with female photographers?

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