Nearly Famous Pinup Wednesday ~

Lola Jean // Pinup Lifestyle // Facebook

Age: 26

Occupation: a mother and working in good ol' retail

Where are you from: the Village of Spring Grove, IL...once upon a time it was lovely

Favorite photographer to work with:
I have not worked with many photographers, but i love working with the lovely Jasmine Bianca Cortes. Being a new model, trying to get myself seen, i love giving photographers that same opportunity. Two birds, one stone.

Artist/Photographer/location of featured photo(s):
Hair and makeup done by yours truly :) Photography by Jasmine Bianca Cortes in a very car cluttered back yard in Beach Park, IL.

Tell me about your featured photo(s). When were they taken? Why are they your favorite?
All photography by Jasmine Bianca Cortes.
1st photo (bicycle) was take on an EXTREMELY hot day in July 2012, Beach Park, IL. With Rusty Nuts 1960's Schwinn Stingray. This is one of my favorites because, for one, my skin looks so milky yummy amazing, and also the colors that jasmine captured really enhance the photo and make it look so spectacular.
2nd photo: Taken this October 2012 in Rusty Nuts 1949 Chevy Fleetline. I love this photo because i LOVE modeling in this car!
3rd photo: Taken this October 2012 on Rusty Nuts 1949 Chevy Fleetline. This is one of my favorites because it shows a bit of the art of pinstriping and its just well done.
4th photo: Taken this October 2012.
5th photo: Taken this October 2012. i love this photo because it is sexy and sassy!!

How long have you been modeling/enjoying photography?
I have only been modeling for about a year, but have always enjoyed photography. I grew up loving photography, but once i started in front of the camera rather then behind, i realized how much fun it is and what a self esteem booster it can be. Being the mother of a 2 year old, your self esteem gets lost in the mix and getting into modeling is the potion to cure that.

Who are your favorite Pinup Models? Past or present inspiration?
I'm loving Nikki Napalms photos, she is so beautiful and so talented in her modeling. My past inspirations are Bettie Page, Jane Russell, The Bomber Girls, Lucille Ball.

What is some of your favorite clothing lines? Favorite Designers?
 Too Fast, sourpuss, Angry Young and poor

If you could shoot with any photographer, past or present, who would it be?
Honestly, i would love to give new photographers the opportunity to shoot photos and maybe find their knack in pin up photography. though, i would like to get some professional shoots under my belt, i am open to finding a great studio. i have seen so many wonderful photographers out there, especially out of Chicago, IL. i would love to shoot with Viva Van Story, something about the raunch really gets me. 

What is your favorite color and why?
Purple! i just think its a lovely color for no particular reason  

If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead who would it be?
Lucille Ball and Roseanne. I think that would be the most amazing cocktail filled, laugh our butts off, crazy knee slapping time. You can't go wrong with hilariously raunchy woman.

Sweet Taste of Freedom ~ I Sew Cute & a Holiday Giveaway #1!


Where are you from?
I'm located in the Southwestern part of Ohio. I'm sandwiched in between 2 cities & love that I'm far enough away from both so at night, the stars really stand out.

How did you get your store started?
Friends told me about etsy & that I should start up a shop to sell my crafts.

What inspires you?
I find inspiration all around me everyday. On sunny days I wake up inspired by the little rainbows created by crystals dangling in my bedroom window. Sometimes my little girl asks me to make her something & that can spark a flood of inspiration to do various things. I have a pet house bunny named Yuki, & the love I have for her has overflown into much of my work over the past year. Sometimes I'll hear a good song that just puts me in a creative mood... it could be anything really, and you never know when inspiration will strike. I keep a sketchbook with me at all times.

How long have you been open and what is some of your favorite items?
I've been crafting with resin for over a decade, but only have been on etsy since 2008. Some of my favorite items over the years have been my Halloween & Christmas/winter holiday lines. I'm always working on new designs keeping things fresh & fun! There's all my creepy cute ghostly pumpkin glitter hearts & big dome rings & then snowflake rings, little deer walking in a winter wonderland necklaces & rings.

What celebrity would you most like to wear your items?
Sharon Osbourne & Katy Perry ...I know they'd really love my sparkly & sweet-looking resin jewelry!

If you had to use only one word to describe yourself, what would it be?

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Not having enough time to do all the things I dream up. I have dozens of projects going at any given time & they're usually in various stages of being created. I go where the inspiration takes me...sometimes I'll be knitting something & then have the urge to draw, which may lead me to embroidering what I was drawing.

What are your favorite websites?
Craft related: (shopping) (music)

What is your dream job?
I'm doing it right now... having the little treasures I make right here in my home touch people's lives all over the world while I get to be a full time mom to my kids. I couldn't dream up a better job than that. I get such a kick out of making something one evening here in my little house in Ohio while the kids are asleep, & having it sell to someone halfway around the world. That's pretty cool.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
They would be surprised to find out although I have designed tattoos & do line art, that I have not yet settled on a design to have inked on my body.

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A Very Vintage Holiday Countdown

4 weeks 'til Thanksgiving

Orange Ginger Glazed Carrots


  • 1 (1-lb.) package baby carrots, thoroughly washed
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 to 3 tsp. freshly grated ginger*
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
1. Stir together all ingredients and 1 cup water in a medium saucepan over medium heat, and
bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 30 to 35 minutes or until liquid
evaporates and carrots are glazed.
*1 tsp. ground ginger may be substituted.

11 weeks 'til Christmas

                             Tumbleweeds Odd Shop

Hello! We are Tumbleweeds Odd Shop
Company Overview
We sell hand crafted goodness, wooden veneered sunglasses and collections of oddities.
We are Tumbleweeds Shop. Collectors of curios, friends to all creatures, story tellers for the inanimate, junk shop archeologists and flea market royalty. 

Style Icon ~ Olivia Newton John as Sandy

For Halloween, I am going as "bad" Sandy from Grease.  I thought it would be fun to do a little tutorial on how to make this costume, mostly out of stuff I bet you already have.  I spent $10 on this costume to get leggings.  Everything else, I had in my closet.

Iconic image deconstructed:
  • Makeup: Light Matte eyeshadows, with black winged liner, red lips.
  • Clothing: Black Jacket, black catsuit or black top and leggings, red mules.
Things you will need:
  • Hair: Curling Iron or Hot Rollers, Teasing Comb, Texture Powder, Hair Spray, Bobby Pins
  • Makeup: Foundation, white, fawn/beige eyeshadow, Eye Primer, Powder, Peach Blush, Red Lip liner, Red Lipstick, Black Eyeliner (liquid or gel), Mascara, Fake Lashes (for drama)

Week In Review

This week I got a lot done, and even had time to squeeze in a mini Christmas photo shoot with my favorite Vixen lady!  The Mr. and I have a Halloween Party, and some errands to run tomorrow!  Sunday is the Fashion A-Bull Event at Madewell to benefit Midwest Adopt-A-Bull.  I can't wait to see all the doggies in costume, plus raffle off some amazing prizes!

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Splurge vs. Steal

Today we are looking at high end lingerie corsets.  I am not talking about fashion corsets, that really can be worn once, or a couple of times, before looking shabby.  What I am referencing is steel boned, hourglass shaping, gorgeous designer corsets.  

There is really nothing different about this two corsets, besides that large label on the top one.  Sometimes, things can be so similar and the only difference is the brand.  I think this is one of those times.

What do you think?

Stay Sweet,

Secret Santa 2012 *CLOSED*

It's hard to believe that there are only 60 days until Christmas! And although we still have to get passed Halloween and Thanksgiving, it's so hard for us Christmas lovers to contain our excitement for the upcoming holiday :) 

I'm sure your list of Christmas favorites is very long. And ours too! But one thing you will see for sure on it is Secret Santa Gift Exchanges! Who doesn't love giving presents to others and receiving? And having it be a surprise!! That's what we thought..... So the four of us ladies have decided it would extra fun to host a Secret Santa Gift Exchange with our favorite bloggers, aka... YOU!

First let's meet your Secret Santa hosts!!

Here's the 411:
Sign up to participate :) Try to get a gift(s) between $10 - $15 to send to your exchange buddy. Be creative! Have your own shop? This would be a great way to promote it! Love giving handmade gifts? Go for it! Don't stress, have fun with this! Send your package on it's merry way. And then, before you know, you will be receiving your gift from your Secret Santa!

Here's a breakdown of the dates:
* Sign up between October 24th - November 9th.
* Matching will be completed by November 11th.
* All packages need to postmarked no later than December 7th.
* Receive your Secret Santa package and enjoy!!!
* Secret Santa Recap Link Up on December 30th.

Any questions? Want more information before you sign up? Don't hesitate to contact me!

Be sure to post the button on your blog because the more the merrier!!
A very (early) HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON to you all!!! 

Nearly Famous Pinup Wednesday ~ Ivory Doll

Ivory Doll// Twitter // Facebook
Age: 26
Occupation: Dog Trainer/Psychology Student 
Where are you from: Charlotte, NC (born and raised!!!!)
Favorite photographer to work with: Vixen Pin Up Photography/Brandywine Photography
Artist/Photographer/location of featured photo(s):  Vixen Pin Up Photgraphy and Brandywine Photography   (First and Second Photo: Brandywine Photgraphy MUAH: Brandywine Photography.  Third and Fourth Photo:  Vixen Pin Up Photography  Makeup: The Candy Shop, Hair: Vixen Pin Up Photography)
Tell me about your featured photo(s). When were they taken? Why are they your favorite?   The older photos were taken in April of 2011, I love them because they really capture the old school feel of the 1940s glamour era...I also feel that they really show my efforts to capture some of Judy Garland's character!! (See below! :) )   The others were shot this year (2012) in June!   I love the Colorful background and the way Vixen uses their colors to make things pop!! Very exciting pieces!!! 
How long have you been modeling/enjoying photography?  Only a year and a half and I love it.  I never knew that I could have this much fun in front of a camera.  I was always shy about how I looked and never had this kind of self esteem.  I feel that every woman should step foot in front of a camera at least once to let her inner goddess shine.  These pictures will last me a lifetime, I will be able to look back at them when I am a grandmother and show my children and grandchildren what I worked so hard for and enjoyed doing.  Women come in all different shapes, sizes and types of beauty, and I think that is very important to keep in mind when enjoying these photos.  
Who are your favorite Pinup Models? Past or present inspiration?  Dita Von Teese, Judy Garland,  and Marilyn Monroe.  I love that Dita has a darker side and does not have that cheesecake look about her.  She has a natural alluring beauty to her that draws everyone to her.  Her skin is flawless and it doesn't seem like she even has to move a muscle to take a good photo.  Her eyes speak volumes and tell stories with every shot I see of hers.  The fact that she is older and still modeling, only makes things better in my opinion.  Some of the other modeling industries can be a little age-restrictive so I love that she is still doing really well.  When taking shots, I really try to embody Judy's smile and character.  I love her energy and have really been inspired by everything that she does.  And Marilyn is just easy to look up to.  She is a classic beauty in every sense of the word.  
What is some of your favorite clothing lines? Favorite Designers?  I absolutely love Bettie Page Clothing, Starlets and Harlots and Angry, Young and Poor!
If you could shoot with any photographer, past or present, who would it be? Varga! I would give anything to shoot with Varga!!!! 
What is your favorite color and why? Red is my favorite color!!!   It is so bright and cheerful and it is absolutely impossible to be upset or sad in the presence of the color red? Did I mention that my hair is red, too?
If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead who would it be?   I really feel like this should be an intelligent or clever answer but to be quite honest, I'd love to sit down and have dinner with Robert Downey Jr, is that so bad? :) 
How did you get your model name?  My mother and Grandmother were both porcelain doll collectors growing up.  I also get made fun of a lot for the pale skin so I thought Ivory Doll would be the perfect model name! 

Nearly Famous Pinup Wednesday ~ Carmen Lee

Carmen Lee // Website // Facebook // Big Star Vintage

Age: 33

Occupation: Musician, Vintage Stylist/Clothing Sales, Model & Writer

Where are you from: small town of 1,000 people - Amherst, Wisconsin

Favorite photographer to work with: 

My favorite shoot so far has been my shoot with James Stokes especially because it has always been a dream of mine to do a ‘Rosie the Riveter’ theme & shoot with a vintage airplane (plus it was special to me that my boyfriend was included in the shoot). It was also very refreshing to work with James because this was his first ever ‘stylized/vintage’ -themed shoot, so he was just as excited about it as I was. He made us feel very comfortable and at ease. I think he has a wonderfully creative eye and I can’t wait to see more of his stylized shoots. It was an honor to be the first of hopefully many more to come;-) 

Artist/Photographer/location of featured photo(s):
All photos MUAH – Carmen Lee
Photo #1 & 2: James Stokes Photography (guy in picture is Clinton Miller) taken at Taylor County Airport in Medford, WI
Photo #3: Trent Sherrill Photography taken in Milwaukee WI with Mike O’Hara’s 1932 Chevy Coupe
Photo #4: Dan Woolf Photography taken at The Symco Shakedown, Symco WI with Timothy Heintz’ 1958 Chevy Bel Air

Tell me about your featured photo(s). When were they taken? Why are they your favorite? 
The photo by Dan Woolf was taken in 2011 and is special to me because it was my very first photo shoot. I was vending with my vintage clothing store (Big Star Vintage) & playing with my rockabilly/country band (Carmen Lee & The Tomorrow River Two) at a local hot rod fest called The Symco Shakedown. I was talked into entering my first ever pinup contest (which I was sooooo nervous about and it seems funny since I can sing in front of people with no problem, but just to ‘stand there and look pretty’ really wracked my nerves) and to my surprise I placed in the Top 12 and got to do a photo shoot the same day at the festival grounds for the Miss Symco 2012 Calendar. I had always wanted to shoot with a Chevy Bel Air and the owner was nice enough to let me sit on the hood and even take some photos inside as well. From that day on I fell in love with modeling/photography. 
The photo by Trent Sherrill was taken in 2012 and is special to me because I had always wanted to shoot with Trent. I had heard of him through Doris Mayday and saw he was coming to a city near me so was very glad I got the chance to shoot with him, plus I love shooting with vintage cars and Mike’s 1932 Chevy Coupe was awesome. Trent is a great guy and makes you feel really comfortable. Plus his motto ‘Classy never Trashy’ fits right in with my style  
The photos by James Stokes were taken just this month. I placed in the top 10 in a contest for Drive-In Magazine and got to have a military themed picture in the upcoming July issue. I had seen James’ work when he took photos for my cousin’s wedding and I really thought he did a great job and had a really creative way of approaching photography, so I asked if he’d like to do the military theme shoot. I didn’t even know until I showed up that we were going to shoot with a vintage plane. It’s funny in a small town they just left the airport gate open for us and nobody was there so we could shoot with the airplane. It was always a dream of mine to shoot with a vintage plane and do a ‘Rosie the Riveter’ theme…plus I wanted some shots in my vintage American Flag dress! Drive-In Magazine liked them so much that six of the photos will be featured in the upcoming July issue which I am really excited about!

How long have you been modeling/enjoying photography?
I’ve always loved photography and fashion ever since I was little, my mom even has photos of me at four years old ‘posing’ for the camera. I struggled a lot with my body image and suffered from anorexia during my high-school years mostly because all I saw as a standard of beauty in the media was super thin women. I starved myself down to a very unhealthy weight. I only share this because it took until this point in my life to start to accept my curves and embrace my beauty inside and out. I got into modeling just this past year after I entered the pinup contest at The Symco Shakedown. It was therapeutic in a way because it helped me to embrace my body and I hope that by modeling I can give young women a positive example so that they don’t have to go through eating disorders or have negative body images. I just really hope that every woman can love and embrace their curves and that is why I love pinup/vintage modeling…because it does embrace curves and classic beauty.

Who are your favorite Pinup Models? Past or present inspiration? I, of course, love the ever classics like Marilyn Monroe and Bettie Page. They have such wonderful curves and each has a style all her own. And my favorite modern pinup is Doris Mayday. She is so curvy and looks amazing in all her photos. And to top it all off she is a true sweetheart who is beautiful inside and out. And to me that is very important to balance your beauty on the outside with kindness and love on the inside. Doris may not know it but she inspired me to keep going when I was having a hard time dealing with some unkind people (and I only share this because I have heard so many stories of women just starting out in this business and having bad experiences, so I say this in the hopes that they will keep moving forward and not give up). I was nearly at the point of giving up pursuing modeling when Doris posted a photo of her wearing one of my band cardigans along with some really sweet and kind words. It came on the exact day that I needed it and she inspired me to keep going and pursuing my dreams!

What is some of your favorite clothing lines? Favorite Designers? Firstly, because I sell vintage clothing, I truly love anything vintage. If I can find that perfect piece that has character and fits my body well (which a lot of vintage clothing does since it seems to be made for more naturally curvy figures) then I definitely go with that, but I also love mixing vintage and modern pieces. Some of my favorite brands are Bettie Page Clothing, Stop Staring, Pinup Couture and Micheline Pitt’s line Deadly Dames. I’d also love to start making and designing my own dresses and hope to do so in the future.

If you could shoot with any photographer, who would it be? 
I have a shoot coming up in September with Dynamite Dames which I am really excited about and am also shooting with Roy Varga in July. It is also a dream of mine to shoot with Marilee Caruso. She has shot some models in some of my vintage clothing and I just love her use of color and her style, plus she is a sweetheart. I’m all the way in Wisconsin so that is quite a way from California but hopefully one day I can make it there! And I’d love to shoot with Miss Missy too because I love her style and she is a sweetheart as well. There are so many photographers I’d love to shoot with that my list is too long and I hope I get the 

chance to shoot with all of them!

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Sweet Taste of Freedom ~ Cozzie & Pea Photography

Cozzie & Pea Photography // Facebook

My friend, Carmen, introduced me to this wonderful and very unique company.  Not only do the take awesome photos, but they also hand paint a photo to add to your edits!  This is the first company that I have come across to add such a personal touch to their photography.

Stop by their facebook page, and since the are new, please be sure to share with friends and help them spread the word! I promise you won't be disappointed if you do!

Stay Sweet,

Where are you from or where is your store/brand/items based out of?
We are based out of Chicago, Illinois... but travel around the neighboring cities and have shot at hot rod/kustom car shows in the mid west.
How did you get your store started?
My father in-law gave my husband and I his two prized possessions, his canon AE1 film camera and his 1955 Rolleicord camera. My husband and I love the process of old photography methods, the film and my art background with the consideration of being as authentic as I can with post editing has brought Cozzie & Pea Photography a voice in the market of vintage and retro. We've also had the pleasure of partnering with Peek-a-boo Pinups which has also helped us actualize our dream.

What inspires you?
Vaudeville, Kodachrome film, mix media art, pulp fiction novels, hand painted photography.

How long have you been open and what is some of your favorite items?
We are a brand new company, just being launched a few months ago!

What celebrity would you most like to wear, or indorse your items?
Nick Cave

If you had to use only one word to describe your company, what would it be?
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Bad Comics.

What are your favorite websites?
I'm inspired by because I love her work. Also and

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I'm a veteran of the U.S. Navy and had top secret security clearance while serving in Japan.

Umba Box Review #3

This month Umba Box did not disappoint.  And really, could they ever? No, because you get a little box with handmade goodies!  You would have to be a grinch to not like it.  

There were two items featured this month.  Forgotten Shanghai and Hide Your Feathers.

Forgotten Shanghai provided a really amazing product! A reusable sandwich bag!  It is functional and stylish!  Two things, that when merged, create practical beauty!

Hide Your Feathers sent a crystal necklace.  I liked that the crystal is clear, and although I am not sure on what type of stone it is, it is beautiful and something that can be worn by itself, or layered.  Plus the chain that it comes on is long, and that is how I like to wear my necklaces. Long, Layered, and full of whimsy.

Have you received, or ordered, an Umba Box yet? I would love to hear what you think about it!

Stay Sweet,

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A Very Vintage Holiday Countdown

4 weeks 'til Thanksgiving

My dad has smoked and BBQ'd meat for about as long as I can remember. In fact, he built is own grill, that pulls behind his truck when I was about 5.  My brother and I thought he was legitimately building a monster, that is how big it is.

This is how my dad smokes turkey.  Usually people who have had it, ask him for it again and again.  I asked him was made it so special and he said nothing, just a long time of smoking and his cast iron pans.  So here is to your venture in smoking a turkey.  Remember no magic, just time.  If you know my dad, you know he has a no frills approach to cooking.  Just simple, straight forward flavors. No muss, no fuss.

1 turkey, guts removed
Cast Iron Pan 3 inched deep 10 inches long 6 inches wide (if you don't have a cast iron pan, I am sure an aluminum pan will work, or a roasting pan
Salt and Pepper

Get smoker or grill ready with charcoal or hickory chips.  The key is a slow low heat when smoking  Place cleaned turkey in pan add salt and pepper to turkey.  Fill pan 1/2 from top with water.   For a decent sized turkey, plan to smoke for about 6 hours.  If pan is low on water to you add throughout the smoking process.  The steam created by the water will help keep the turkey moist.

If your turkey has an internal pop up thermometer, you will know it is done, when that pops up.

Serve with BBQ sauce or simply with gravy.

11 weeks 'til Christmas

We can't forget the men in our lives, right?  Gifts for Men by Sam's Natural are always a huge hit for any holiday or occasion! 

We make our 2012 Holiday Fun Pack with Natural Ingredients -

Great Gift that's affordable with a nice variety of some of our most popular items.
This listing is for our 2012 Holiday Fun Pack
This amazing GIFT BOXED KIT Includes:

► Slick Shave Soap 4 oz
► After Shave 2 oz
► Soap for Men 3.75 oz
► XTreme Lip Balm 
► Everyday Lotion for Men 4 oz
► Original Deodorant
► Comes Gift-Boxed As Shown

Stay Sweet,
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Fall/Winter Checklist ~ Medicine Cabinet Revisited

Each Spring/Fall I clean out my medicine cabinet, and make sure that I have discarded of expired medications, taken expired prescriptions to the pharmacy to be disposed of, and make a new list of what is needed to keep the medicine box current for the season.  Nothing is worse than getting sick, and instead of going to your medicine cabinet for relief, having to drive to the store to purchase it.

Here is a list of stuff that should be housed in every one's medicine "area". Use your own discretion here.  I don't believe this to be a finite list, but a good one to get you started and useful enough to make sure you have things on hand in case of an emergency.
  • An assortment of Band-Aids. Sizes, colors, etc...
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Cough Drops
  • Throat spray for sore throats
  • Calamine Lotion
  • Pepto Bismal
  • Tums
  • Allergy Relief (Claritin, Allegra)
  • Muncinex
  • Day-Quil and Night Quil
  • Day time and Night time cold relief
  • Neosporin or AD Ointment
  • Hydrocortosone Cream
  • Tylenol
  • Excedrin
  • Ibuprofen or Aleive
  • Thermometer
  • Heating Pad
  • Muscle Wraps
  • Asper-cream of Ben Gay Muscle Rub
This is not the be all, end all list, but a good start.  If you have children in your home, you will want to adapt this list to include children's over the counter medication.  The same with seasonal issue, such a flu items, during the fall and winter when people are more susceptible to those types of illness.  

I hope this helps guide you into a direction of mending or adding to your medicine cabinet.  Remember, especially in homes with young adults, drug use can start in the medicine cabinets at home, so please make sure to account for all prescription medications and make sure to update or dispose of outdated or unused portions of prescription drugs.

Stay Sweet,

A Slice of Life

Makeout Monday ~ Things I love this week

*Two Words: Tea Wallet.  A special place to keep your tea, for when you are out and about*

*Great shoes to add a skeleton flair to any outfit*

*Knife sharpener with a ghoulish look*

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