Pinup of the Month: Introducing Miss Valerie Voiture!

Photographer: David Rocha
Miss Valerie Voiture is the extraordinary pinup for February! Due to the shortness of this month and her extraordinariness (yes, that is a word now) her reign as Pinup of the Month shall be extended to the first week of March! What makes this gal so extraordinary? I can't dish too much or I'll ruin the surprise but her vision of pinup is a glamorous dream that includes everyone! Valerie is a host of many pinup events throughout the year welcoming and inviting all pinups to create a group of confident and empowered pinups through camaraderie. Read on to see this gal's visionary impact on the pinup community!


Photographer: Dynamite Dames MUAH: Valerie
Tell us about yourself. How long have you been into pinup and/or pinup modeling?

I grew up with cars and a love for vintage so it was a natural progression to become involved in pin up.  I met my ginger hubs in 2009 and he introduced me to scene.  I loved it and all the girls immediately.  I started getting invited to events and made many friends easily.  I know some girls struggle with "cattiness" of the scene but I have always felt you get out what you put into any given situation.  For me that meant discovering a whole world of like-minded ladies with whom I became fast friends and am still to this day.

Photographer: Motley Cat Studio MUAH: Valerie
Do you participate in a vintage or pinup lifestyle?


We own and operate a hot rod and custom shop so we live and breathe the lifestyle everyday. Additionally, I like to organize and host pin up social events in the West Michigan area to boost morale and camaraderie among the local ladies and strengthen our friendships.  Occasionally I organize events statewide but being a busy graduate student, that gets challenging.

Photographer: Dynamite Dames MUAH: Valerie
What is your favorite band or musician?

Music tastes are all over the board.  I grew up in the punk era so I'll always be a little punk rocker inside.  That said, I have been to numerous operas ( a GREAT excuse to get fancy!) and I love live jazz.

Photographer: Trish Huhtala MUAH: Valerie
Your favorite classic car (owned or not)?

I own my own 49 Ford Shoebox.  I've been approached to sell but there is no way.  She was my first and I cant part with her.  I do hope to add to my collection, however.  I'm looking at a '59 Impala convertible.

Photographer: Dynamite Dames MUAH: Valerie
Who is your inspiration?

My greatest inspirations are the models who first and foremost are nice people.  There are some bullies out there unfortunately, though, luckily they're few and far between.  Boycott their businesses, avoid them socially, whatever you need to do to not get into their drama.  No one needs that in their lives!  

I do appreciate the models who are able to be very diverse in their work.  Models that bring it in so many different ways than just the traditional cheesecake pin up style like Mia Campbell, Riskay Business, and Leena Allure drive me to do better each time I work.  These girls will bring you whatever you need to your sets.  Their versatility is inspiring.


Photographer: Roy Varga MUAH: Valerie
What makes you an extraordinary pinup?


I've been around a while so I'm proud of being able to continually work and producing great images.  I'm proud of surrounding myself with great pin up friends and being allowed in their lives.  Lastly, I'm proud of being a voice for those who get bullied or taken advantage of who may not be able to stick up for themselves.  I'm an extraordinary pin up because I do the right thing even when it's not a popular choice.  At the end of the day I can go to bed knowing I used my place in the community to influence and help protect, encourage, and empower other pin ups to love themselves and be kind to each other.

I think it can be agreed we all need more gals like Valerie within the community! I'm so glad to have met her last year and worked with her for a photo shoot. Excited for more events, car shows, and photo shoots to come!


Fashion Friday: Support Your Local Car Club


This week's look is a casual, rockabilly style - great for running errands and looking fabulous in dismal winter weather. I recently acquired a Gasoline Dames CC supporter tee and couldn't wait to wear it! Likewise, I really can't wait to pair it with a skirt or capris but jeans will have to do as the temperature is plummeting, again. Boo. Pardon my roots showing in the pictures. I'm getting my hair done next Wednesday - just in time for the Dita Von Teese show on Friday! Just one more week!

Outfit details:

Tee - Gasoline Dames CC supporter (if your local car club has support merchandise show your love!)

Jeans - Levis High Rise 

Leopard Skate shoes - Vans

Bandanna - Had this one for ages but usually around $1 or so at Walmart, JoAnn, and Michael's.

Lip Stain - "Pucker Up" by Tattoo Junkee

What is your favorite outfit for running errands? Why? Let me know in the comments!


Fashion Friday: Pinup at Work #1


Some of you may or may not know that I'm currently working as a page at a local library. Which is to say I'm the person putting away all the returned and misplaced library materials along with any other projects that come my way. This March I'll be taking *gah* the GRE so I can pursue my Master's in Library Science this fall to become a librarian with a specialization in technical services! I'm so excited! Here's my winter pinup work attire to inspire you on dreary cold mornings - unless it's subzero out winter pinup is possible! 






Outfit details:

Pants - Banned Apparel Party On Wide Leg Trousers

Top - Sourpuss Sugar Sweater

Necklace - Classic Hardware Retrolite Swallow

Shoes - CL by Laundry Suzie Flat

What are your favorite winter pinup outfits? Let me know in the comments! See you next week!


Fashion Friday: Miss Victory Show Pinup Contest *Exclusive*

Photographer: Dennis Schroader
This Fashion Friday is a throwback to a previous photo shoot taken at Fort Knox, which is one of my favorite shoots as I always wanted to and finally did shoot there. Unless you know someone, it's extremely difficult to get clearance to shoot on base. Glad I can cross that off my modeling bucket list! 

Photographer: Dennis Schroader
 
Photographer: Dennis Schroader

Photographer: Dennis Schroader
Please use these photos as inspiration for your outfit at the Miss Victory Show/Miss Jalopy Fest '17 contest! That's right, darlins! Miss Jalopy Fest has teamed up with a military charity, allowing each participant to help raise money, for a spectacular contest! Submissions will be accepted starting in July - don't delay as there are only 15 spots available! Start planning now!


Fashion Friday: Golden NYE Outfit


Welcome back dolls! I took a little break to get my career going and to reformat this blog to its original purpose of featuring awesome pinups and equally awesome, affordable pinup styles. I'm back on track and pleased to show you my spectacular NYE ensemble. It came together better than I could have imagined!


I'm not often very lucky finding vintage clothing scores at Goodwill but every so often I do and it's *amazing*. This was one such occasion. Before heading down to Kentucky to visit my family for Christmas, I got the notion to stop by Goodwill as we headed out of town. Thank goodness! Inside was my gold lurex 60's dream dress for $5! Wowee! This outfit was stunning and perfect for running around Chicago - from the train station to Reggie's was a bit more than the 4 blocks google promised us and I was so glad to be wearing not quite flats but not full on wedges either. Not to mention my dress was stretchy, not binding, so great for dancing! I danced the night away through the Krank Daddies and Slim Jim Phantom - I was exhausted but had a great time!








The last photo is just for giggles - silliness! I had no idea a giant poster of Tom Jones was behind me on the wall. I'm really observant sometimes. 

 Outfit info:

Dress - Vintage but similar ones available
 
Shoes - Suzie flat by CL by Laundry  

Hat - Vintage and borrowed from my friend for the evening. This one is almost exact!

Bracelets - A plastic black bamboo bangle, a black wood bangle, and a gold flecked lucite bangle made by Splendette! 

 Belt - Purchased some time ago from a vintage shop. This black belt from Micheline Pitt's Vixen line is reasonably priced. 

Simple yet stunning! I love this outfit! What will I wear next? Find out next Friday!


Pinup of the Month: Meet Joyce A la Choice!

Photographer: Varga Photography
I recently had a chance to catch up with Miss Joyce A la Choice the current Miss Jalopy Fest! She is ah-mazing! I don't want to let too much out of the bag but I'm really wowed by the answers in this interview - I'm definitely inspired and encouraged to achieve even more than I thought was possible. Read on to let Joyce A la Choice inspire  and encourage you! Check out her interview to get to know this amazing pinup, learn about her awesome adventures, and see why she is a pinup extraordinaire!

Tell us about yourself 
Hey-yea, my name is Diane Joyce Mack. Pinup name is Joyce A La Choice ;). I am a self-proclaimed, “Pin-up Princess from the South Side of Chicago with style and grace.”  I have been doing pin up contests for around 3 years and learn something new in each contest. Along with pinup contests, I enjoy swing dancing at all of the amazing venues in Chicago. I just did my first photo shoot with Roy Varga last summer and loved it. I currently sling drinks at one of the oldest Lithuanian bars on the Southside, Bernice’s Tavern. Also, alongside my handsome husband and my talented jazz musician brother-in-law, we are remodeling our 1892 “workingman cottage” home in Bridgeport and running an AIRBNB out of it. When we are not traveling, working on the house, or receiving guests, my husband and I love riding our bikes around the city, swimming in Lake Michigan, trying new foods, reading, and spending time with friends and fam.  I also have the two cutest cats this side of the Mississippi and can make a blueberry pie that you can write home about.


Is this your first contest and if not, what was different or unique compared to other contests? What was your favorite part?
The Jalopy Fest pin-up contest is now the 8th contest that I have been a part of, whew! The Jalopy Fest was unique because of the prizes awarded to the contestants and since it was close to Chicago; I usually have to go out of state for contests.  The prizes were amazing, the best that I have ever received.  Since the contest was so close, my favorite part was having my husband and friends be able to come support me and to be able to celebrate with them afterwards, it was a lot of fun.


 
What is your favorite band or musician?
I feel like I should say a rockabilly or swing band, and I do really love that music and have seen the Fat Babies play all over the city (so I was super excited that they were playing at Jalopy Fest). However, on the daily, my inner teenage dreamer comes out and I listen to Death Cab for Cutie, She and Him, Belle and Sebastian, Mates of State, etc. Also, to help be exposed to different kinds of music, I listen to 8 tracks, a music app where you select your mood and it cultivates a playlist for you.

 
What is your favorite classic car?
I must say that one of my favorite parts of pin-up contests are all the vintage cars at the shows. I love the style, the colors, the work that so many people put into them, they are pieces of art, really. If I had the money and a garage, I would buy a 1957 Chevy Bel Air in sky blue to cruise the streets of Chicago in.

 
Who is your inspiration?
My inspiration is my grandma on my father’s side. My other grandparents passed away before I was born so my grandma was very important to me and I was close to her.  My grandma had five children and always wanted to name one of them Diane. After having 4 boys, she finally had a girl but named her Michelle after a nurse that helped her, so 20 years later, my father gave my grandma her wish and named me Diane, so I always feel connected to her. I have this picture of her and my grandpa on the sidewalk and they are all dressed up and they just look so classic and stylish, I think that is the picture that inspired me to do pinup. After she passed away when I was 18, I received some of her accessories that I still wear to pinup contest, to carry her with me.

Photographer: Matt Driscoll Photography
What makes you an extraordinary pinup?
Extraordinary sounds so magnificent and sometimes intimidating, but I feel that anyone can do it by just being themselves; really listening to your heart and your gut.  It’s not easy all the time, it can be frightening and sometimes lonely, but the experience is worth more than one can imagine.  At 21 I left my family, friends and everything I knew to travel the world, something I knew I wanted to do since I was 17. I went to a school in Australia for a year then 2 years in a small town in Central China learning Chinese (I can now speak mandarin). I have visited 15 countries including Egypt, India, Romania, Denmark, Thailand, Germany, Mexico and most recently Honduras. I have traveled all over the States form the East coast to the West. I moved back home to Chicago at 25 and wanted to finish my bachelors degree, so I moved down to the south side, got a job and worked my tail off to finish my degree from UIC. 

I feel like it is really important to challenge yourself with things that may frighten you, to stand on a ledge of unknown, be scared and jump anyways. To find out who you are and what you are made of; and have the courage to change. I have seen the red sun rising on mornings in China, rode with a moped gang on Lower Wacker drive in Chicago, been stung by a school of jellyfish in the ocean off of Australia.  When I moved to Chicago I started swing dancing for fun and then decided that I would try participating in a pinup contest to see if I could. Robert Frost got it right, take the road less traveled-it WILL make all the difference.  One more thing, ladies, let’s get to know each other, we are all in this together, I have learned something new at every contest that I have been in and have met some awesome women along the way. The world is tough enough, let’s not tear each other down, but be there for each other. 

Wow! What an inspiring pinup! Check out her fanpage for more updates and awesomeness!




Fashion Friday: Bangles and Bracelets at Mela Mela Vintage



Pin-up Dressing Guide: Bangles and Bracelets
Pin-up dressing is all in the detail, the little touches that make a good outfit into a great one. No great Pin-up Girl outfit is complete without accessories and one great way to add some vintage oomph is with bangles and bracelets. From kitsch Bakelite designs to blingworthy cocktail bracelets there is a look for every occasion. Whether you’re searching for Rockability cool, Tiki fun or Classic Hollywood, Mela Mela have the bracelet for you. We are always hunting down the most gorgeous vintage accessories out there to help you achieve Pin-up perfection!
 

This 1940’s Mazer design features paste stones in a stunning star burst pattern. With contrasting red and white stones and a ‘look at me design’ this is an accessory to be noticed in. Team with a vintage evening dress for a classic cocktail party look. Perfect for a Pin-up shoot.   

 

Bangles are a great way to add a pop of colour to your outfit as well as adding that sense of fun that is central to a great Pin-up look. This French 1950’s cuff bangle is all the bright you could ask for with a chunky bright pink design that is studded with diamantes. Pair with a Rockability look for kitsch glamour. 

 

Tropical prints and styling are a classic Pin-up look inspired by 1950’s style. This chocolate brown carved bangle just shouts tropical and is the perfect partner for a Tiki print dress or two piece. Add in a bright flower decoration for your hair to complete the look.

 

There is a reason that pearls are a classic, they look great with pretty much anything. Pearls provide a shot of vintage gloss whatever your Pin-up look. This two strand bracelet features a gorgeous diamante and gilt clasp. It may have been born in the 80’s but it has serious 50’s sensibilities and will look amazing with a classic Hollywood look. 


One of the most fun things about 40’s and 50’s jewellery is discovering the creative ways paste was used to make amazing designs. This rainbow coloured example turns up the glitz factor to the max. Combining gilt, multi-coloured stones and pearls it’s definitely a statement piece of jewellery. This is such a fabulous piece, we’re not sure you will ever want to take it off!

 

Uncovering a vintage charm bracelet is a little like uncovering someone’s past. Each charm has a meaning and a beauty that is unique. Not only do charm bracelets add individuality and texture to an outfit they also allow you to tell your own story by adding to the mix. This pretty example from the 1950’s is a really sweet way to accessorise.
What’s your favourite Pin-up arm candy? With so much choice it can be hard to know just which beautiful bracelet or bangle to turn to first! But whatever you choose be sure not to forget this must have Pin-up accessory when styling your next look. 
Check out our full range of vintage bracelets and bangles here.

Thanks again, Nick! Be sure to check out Mela Mela vintage for the best vintage finds!