Friday, April 6, 2018

Unapologetically Original - The Urban Pinup!

I love interviewing pinups who follow the beat of their own drummer and Elora, The Urban Pinup, is no exception to that! This amazing gal embodies pinup and makes it her own style. Her unique mix of traditional and modern is a force to be reckoned with!

Tell us about yourself. How long have you been into pinup?

Hiya all! My name is Elora but I go by "theurbanpinup" or TuPu for short. I'm a pinup from north London and have been in love with vintage/retro style for as long as I can remember. It all kicked off with music (if I remember right it was "Mr. Lee" by The Bobbettes and "Everyday" by Buddy Holly). I was in primary school when I first heard those tunes and as soon as I did, everything made sense hehe. While I listened to music, wore corsets and watched old-timey movies, I didn't fully incorporate the style element until a year or two ago! (seems like I've been doing it forever though).

Do you participate in a vintage lifestyle?

I would say I participate in a "part-time vintage lifestyle". At first, it was difficult to adopt a typical vintage style because a) I was an introvert who had no clue on where to start and b) I was still just a student so I could only afford to buy little things every now and then e.g. record players and circle skirts. 
In my late teens, I got into corsets and started waist training and experimenting with pincurls taking my inspiration from stars like Jane Russell, however, I still couldn't afford or find so-called "proper vintage" clothes. So instead I would mix elements of the pinup style with my love for 90's streetwear and Japanese Lolita style which I still do up until now. My style is forever changing as I'm still trying to find what works for me. I have a passion for the late 40's and early 50's (not just clothing but etiquette, culture, lifestyle etc- I'm a huge history lover). 
So in short when it comes to a vintage lifestyle, I just go with the flow and do it my own way.

What is your favorite beauty advice or routine?

Ooo this one is hard one haha! I think my favourite routine would have to be styling my hair only because it's what gives me my look. I actually don't follow a crazy strict beauty routine as I spend most of my time in puffy- tied up pincurls screaming into my gaming headphones while I play video games like Overwatch (I'm a bit of a tomboy in that sense). However, I do like to experiment with pinup hairstyles when I find the time as I'm trying to perfect my ability to replicate some of my faves. 

My favourite beauty advice (well to be honest it's something I came up with a few years back): if you want a super cute bang, curl your hair in the opposite direction you want it to flip (so towards your parting rather than away)- oh and experiment with different methods of rolling your hair to see what works best for you :)

Who is your inspiration?

It really inspires me seeing people following their purpose and doing what they came here to do. My inspirations change literally every month but that's only because I'm lucky enough to see, talk to, and meet so many amazing peeps <3 div="" nbsp="">

These are all what I like to call Boss Women (Yasss!)

What advice or inspiration would you like to impart to others?

a) Just do you. If you were not made to fit in a box, it's most likely 'coz you're gonna be the creator of a new box. Your vibe will attract your tribe!

b) Don't let fear hold you back, if you wanna try out a new style - go for it. Wanna start up a Youtube- do it! The only thing to fear is fear itself.

c) Don't be so serious, life is fleeting and Instagram/ Snapchat is an illusion. I think we all get to wrapped up in an image and trying to be "perfect" we forget to be perfectly imperfect ( as cliche as it sounds lol). 

All this is advice even I need to start following more, we're all growing ^_^

What makes you an extraordinary pinup?

What makes me an extraordinary the fact that I'm a cross between an anime/ Disney-loving, gangsta rap listening, video game playing pinup (that is always wearing a snapback!)  

Photographer: Sheyman McLuving
Who isn't inspired by someone full of joie de vivre? Follow Elora on Instagram for more sunshine and inspiration in your feed! 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Grab Your Gear from Greaser Gals Garage!

Who doesn't love pinups helping pinups? Am I right?! Greaser Gals Garage creates fabulous handmade hair accessories, GGG logo tee shirts, and creates unity within their pinup/rockabilly community. How awesome is that? Check these ladies out!

Where are you located?

Clarksville, Tennessee. Visit us online at

When did you start your business?

In 2014, we began designing our logo and discovering the best branding.

What inspired you to create your business?

I, Kimberly aka Pearle De Lux, had a small handcrafted hair accessory line I had been doing for a few years and then decided to put on an event in Indianapolis, IN where I am from. So I hooked up with an old friend Devon since she had a classic car and was involved in one of the Indy car clubs. We held the event at her friend's garage and had lots of ladies show up with their daughters and we did their MUAH. Then they had the option to select hair accessories I had premade or handpick their own design and I created them onsite. Once everyone was all dolled up we gave the ladies a mini photo shoot. Basically, from that point, Devon and I decided to team up and branch into apparel and add a handcrafted jewelry line in addition to my hair accessories. I love creating something that gives another person feel beautiful. Devon had an old Chevelle SS so I had purchased a '53 Belair project in 2016, some of my local gals came and helped with metal fabrication, body work, paint prep, interior, etc. which was a blessing for me to learn car stuff from other ladies. Its funny Greaser Gals Garage has kind of turned into a social club for ladies from all walks of life. My amazing Greaser Gals have newer show Camaro’s, lifted Jeeps, motorcycles, hotrods, etc. Some are models, burlesque queens, nurses, veterans, wives, mothers, College students, and they are always there to help with either car stuff or be a part of my merchandise photo shoots, or even lend a hand and help me at my events.

Did you see a need or a void to fill when creating your business?

Yes, between new and old school Rockabilly/Pinup/Greaser Girls. I saw so many ladies doing their own amazing thing and it inspired me to step up and see what kind of impact we could have on bringing the amazing older hotrod ladies who may not be into dressing up but love to be out with their husband and hotrod or out showing off their own hotrod/classic car to have fun with accessories or something fun to check out while strolling through swap meets. In addition, provide the cutie pie Pinups with new fun items who step out looking amazing from head to toe and all the ladies in between that enjoy vintage style and nostalgia that is the rockabilly culture. I wanted to make something special for all women in the different walks of life to express their individuality.

How does your business impact and empower, women/individuals?

Greaser Gals Garage is all about showing every generation of ladies that you don’t have to fit into any mold. We all have the power to create our own style and to embrace self-confidence. 

We are fully supportive of the Pinup pageants whether it be little girls or grown women we are always giving free merchandise out to the winners. I love being able to help out anyone with tips I have learned, from other ladies and pass it down by either creating accessories and/or apparel that boosts their confidence to go and try that photo shoot they always wanted or encourage them to get dolled up and come out to shows and make new friends, or helping with make-up and hair. Literally, anything I can do to give back, I am open to doing. 

Myself personally, I like being dressed down more often now and helping my husband work on my new '48 Ford panel truck, but on the flip side, I do love getting all dressed up and meeting up with all my friends at car shows and watching bands. My forever favorite motto is: “Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today”- James Dean…

These gals make the rockabilly/pinup community a brighter place! Be sure to check out Greaser Gals online or at the next car show! See you there!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Shimmy, Shake, and Shine with Shannon Million!

Photographer: Sweet Wink Photography
Behold Miss Shannon Million, a spectacular lady of pinup and burlesque to uplift and encourage! I've been having a bit of the "winter blues", so to speak. As I'm working through it, I'm very pleased to have had the pleasure of this interview. Miss Million is a delight! A beautiful soul inside and out. Scroll down to be delighted and inspired!

Photographer: Sweet Wink Photography
Tell us about yourself. How long have you been into pinup?

Hello beautiful people! My name is Shannon Million (also known as Lady Million in some burlesque circles). I have been "into pinup" for as long as I can remember. I was hooked from the first moment I admired the winged-eyeliner of Marilyn Monroe when I was a fledging pre-teen. Then a few years later, I recall browsing at vintage book shops and feeling my heart completely over-taken with the stunning art of Vargas, Elvgren, and later Olivia. I found it to be so mesmerizing. I remembered thinking that I wished people still dressed and painted like that. Never in a million years would I have imagined that I would be tapped on the shoulder and told that I should be a professional pin-up.

Photographer: And How! Imaging
Do you participate in a vintage lifestyle?

I love the vintage life style. I love old Hollywood movies. My burlesque bestie, Esoteric Eryk and I like to watch Marilyn and Hepburn movies to emulate their Transatlantic accents. But I also love how very creatively so many people have incorporated a Vintage Style into their Modern Lives. I've seen some friends' homes that are full vintage in postmodern design and it's simply astounding. Other friends have created entire tiki-themed modern bars in their homes. In my house I try to capture more of a vintage "Hollywood-Glam" style. So I am drawn to the sparkliest chandeliers, the whitest leather couches, and bright Sherpa rugs. But I also love the greaser style, leather pants, crop tops, and I also have to give a huge shout out to the pointy-bra tops that my award-winning vintage bestie, Chantel Hilton, wears. You've got to check her out.

Photographer: And How! Imaging
What is your favorite beauty advice or routine?

I like to tell ladies to slow down and take care of themselves first. No matter what your beauty regimen is, if you aren't making some rest and relaxation time for yourself in today's hectic world, you aren't doing right by yourself. I am such a busy-bee that I am often the guiltiest when it comes to failing to rest and relax. Find something and someone you love...spend as much time as you can doing that. It's going to keep you young, healthy, and vibrant...more than any night cream or makeup line will. So give your heart the time and the people it deserves. You'll be smiling all the time...and there's nothing more beautiful on a person than a smile.

Photographer: UVUDU? Imaging Nashville
Who is your inspiration?

I have so many inspirations it's impossible to list them all. But one of my greatest inspirations over the last 5 years has been Burlesque goddess, Audrey Deluxe. She is my boss for Burlesque Bingo at Tom Ingram's Viva Las Vegas festival. She is a beauty icon and simply the nicest, classiest lady to work for. I feel blessed to spend a week working for her every year. She produces so many shows at the VLV festival every year, it's simply astounding...all with a huge smile on her face and a champagne giggle in her voice. I admire her very much.

Photographer: Missy Neely Photographer

What advice or inspiration would you like to impart to others?

Be true to yourself. We are all unique creatures. No two of us are exactly alike...even twins have differences. Follow your heart. Create the best "you" that you can during the time you have on this planet. Always love yourself for who you are in the current moment. Pamper yourself occassionally. Respect yourself for the amazing one-of-a-kind being that you are. Be unapologetically whoever you want to be, whenever you want.

Photographer: Bruce Raven Jones Photography
What makes you an extraordinary pinup?

I love the true old-school, classic style of pinup art. I think my focus on the original, unadulterated art form has helped my image and has amplified my success in the pinup community.

Photographer: Sweet Wink Photography
I hope this gal brightened your day, week, or month as she has mine. It's always reaffirming to be reminded by those around us to just be ourselves. Celebrate yourself! Appreciate the qualities you have that are different from others - it's what makes you awesome! Have a great month ladies and be sure to check out  a real sweetheart, Miss Shannon Million! You won't be disappointed!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Be Stunning. Be Daring. Be a Bombshell!

Hair: Melanie Saso Model: Casey "Red"
It is with great honor I introduce to you Miss Bombshell Mel of Bombshell Beauty Boutique.  This retro hairstylin' gal is a go-getter force to be reckoned with! Her passion for accomplishing her goals and dreams is not only inspiring but empowering as well! This gal is gonna knock 'em dead. Scroll down for amazing retro hairstyling!

Hair: Melanie Saso Model: Casey "Red"

Where are you located?

Bombshell Beauty Boutique is in Mendota, Il.

Hair: Melanie Saso

When did you start your business?

Opening day was July 7th, 2014.

Makeup and Photography: Mandi Linder Hair: Melanie Saso

What inspired you to create your business?

Honestly, it kind of fell into my lap. A local salon was closing. She was selling the contents of her business. I had always dreamed of owning my own salon.  So when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped at the chance. Our styles were completely different so I had my work cut out for me in creating Bombshell but the equipment and space provided the foundation for me to creatively expand upon. 

Hair: Melanie Saso
Did you see a need for your business when starting out?

There isn't much of a Rockabilly Culture out here in the sticks. So I decided to create some. I wanted to create a unique environment that people would enjoy, from the decor to the music you hear when you open the door. Pin Up is my passion so I created an environment where I can wear my swing dresses and a bit of the 50's can be found. My community really seems to enjoy the atmosphere here. 

Melanie at Jalopy Fest! 

How does you business impact and empower women?

As a salon owner and stylist, I feel like I am in the "self esteem" industry. People come to hairstylist to be able to look and feel better about themselves. Not only do I provide a full range of hair care services, I also offer make up and specialize in Vintage Hairstyling. Transforming a woman into a Pin Up girl is beyond empowering. I strive to create timeless looks for modern women.

Hair: Melanie Saso
While her shop is about an hour and twenty minutes to an hour and forty-five minutes away from Chicago - don't despair - this gal is comin' for you Chicago! Melanie is quickly working on becoming well known for her vintage hair artistry. She has started working on advancing her career to include styling for publications, film, and television as she recently teamed up with Chicago Pinup both as a stylist and model! Way to go! That's crazy awesome! This leading lady was also a judge and stylist for for the 2017 "Miss Jalopy Fest" pinup contest. 

Until she hits Chicago make it out to Mendota - it's well worth your time! What better way to spend the time getting dolled up than to spend it with someone so full of positivity and awesome energy? Thanks for being a doll, Mel! I can't wait to get my hair done!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Sweeten Your New Year with a little Sugar!

Photographer: Paul Millinchuk Hair: @chisa_sakurai
I'm so wonderfully pleased to present to y'all Miss Sugar Moon! This total babe epitomizes EVERYTHING pinup - pinup perfection, if you will. An embodiment of glamour and comfort in herself, exuding true confidence. This. is. pinup.

Photographer: Paul Millinchuk
Tell us about yourself. How long have you been into pinup and pinup modeling?

I was born in Nagasaki, Japan and I found a Play Boy stationary from the 50's at a local grocery store when I was 12 years old. I fell in love and began dreaming to become like the models. Later, after fashion college, I discovered "Pinup Girl" and I realized that's exactly what I wanted to be. I first visited Viva Las Vegas in 2014. It inspired me to move to the United States. Two years and six months ago, I moved to NY and started doing pinup modeling.

Do you participate in a vintage lifestyle?

Yes, I do. It's my life.

What is your favorite beauty tip or routine?

Drink hot water with lemon every morning.

Photographer: Lucy La Riot
Who is your inspiration?

Marilyn Monroe.

What advice or inspiration do you wish to pass on to other pinups?

Smile is the best accessory for ladies :)

Photographer: Lucy La Riot
What makes you extraordinary?


There you have it ladies 'n' gents, Miss Sugar Moon! See more of this stunning pinup in this awesome feature video by RACKED. Follow her on instagram for more loveliness in your feed!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Delightfully Decadent Miss Sweet Alice Sin!

Last but not least for this amazing year of extraordinary pinups is Miss Sweet Alice Sin! Learn all about this charming and confident gal with aspirations to be extraordinary to future generations! Scroll down now!

Photographer: Silver and Soul Photography MUAH: Rockabilly Ruby Wardrobe: Pinup Girl Clothing and Grandmother's Vintage Blouse

Tell us about yourself. How long have you been into pinup and/or pinup modeling?

Educator by day, confectioner/cake artist by night, and pinup model all over and in between everything else. My pinup lifestyle evolved from being raised with a deep appreciation for the 50's era by my Babcia ("grandmother" in Polish). The era has been infused for decades, but my participation and association with the pinup lifestyle is of more recent years. My first pinup shoot was a bucket list item checked off over 5 years ago, that later was a part of me mistakenly falling into the pinup contest circuit and modeling almost 2 years ago. Since then, I've met some beautiful and inspiring ladies that have helped me get to where I am today. I'm blessed to call them "friends" and "sisters".

Photographer: Chicago Doll Photography MUAH: Glam Hard Beauty

Do you participate in a vintage and/or pinup lifestyle? 

My daily wardrobe is influenced by the 50s era. It varies to which degree, every single day depending on what I'm doing, and where I'm going. Not a day goes by, that I'm not donning a pair of clip earrings, a brooch, or an entire outfit that has a touch of or is vintage. 

Photographer: Mic.B.Photography Wardrobe: Pinup Girl Clothing
What is your favorite band or musician? 

In all honesty, I cannot tell you that ONE band or musician I can call my favorite. Depends on my mood, my environment, what I'm mentally or emotionally going through in that moment. I consider myself a heavy concert goer. This past year alone I attended over 30 various performances and that doesn't even cover the free concerts! In no specific order or priority,  you could find me in front of a stage watching Krank Daddies, Shooter Jennings, the Lacs, Jimmy Buffett, Zakk Wylde, Chris Stapleton or Black Sabbath. Then again, you can be lounging with me at the pad chilling to Lana Del Ray, Frank Sinatra, Postmodern Jukebox or Todrick Hall. I can't even begin to tell you, how stretched my musical palette is. I'll never define myself to one type of music, because all types have shaped me and my mindset during difficult times as well as memorable and happy ones. 

Photographer: Chicago Doll Photography MUAH: Glam Hard Beauty

Your favorite classic car? 

1955 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible in beach blue.

Photographer: Silver and Soul Photography MUAH: Rockabilly Ruby

Who is your inspiration? 

Every woman I have met, encountered, crossed paths with that has shared something with me has left me with an imprint of who they are. Every woman has a story, a past that has morphed them into the super human they are today. Either it be a skill or a struggle. A dream or a nightmare they lived through. These pieces have tested the will of so many, that leave the rest of us with lessons. I have learned from others how to make a mistake and how to avoid one. I've learned from others how to be brave, for yourself. I've learned to be confident and courageous because of others females' success. THAT is my inspiration. Each and every woman before me, behind me, and next to me that has made her mark in this world. 

Photographer: Michael Ballard Wardrobe: Vintage

What makes you an extraordinary pinup?

The toughest question is left to the end, and of course a mind stopper. Being true to myself without hesitation is a trait I've had to work on for many years. I've finally gotten to the point that my confidence can't be shattered and my strength to oppose negativity is what keeps me moving forward, maintains my creativity, and allows me to flourish into the woman I've always wanted to be. In the past year, I've had a significant amount of time I've spent with my Ciocia ("aunt" in Polish). One day when we were just strolling around in the city, she stopped me dead in my tracks to tell me that I emulate my Babcia in every way possible. I broke down in tears. Tears because all I've ever done since I was a little girl, was follow her foot steps and wish that I can be half the woman she ever was. Does this make me extraordinary? Probably not. In fact, it doesn't. It's a word that describes the legacy my grandmother has left behind for me and many others like me who recognize what women did in that era to change the path for our future. So, I'll leave that word to describe my Babcia, and let that word maybe cross the lips of someone else who may one day look up to me as their matriarch and describe me in the same way. 

Photographer: Matthew Driscoll Wardrobe: Collectif and Niccoco Creations Hair: Tigerlilie Salon
It's been an amazing year of extraordinary gals each with their own outlook to answer this question - as there are no right or wrong answers ever. I truly enjoy understanding each of my gals and their directions for life based on their answers. I love this answer especially as a legacy to leave for others. Indeed, I believe my Sweet Alice Sin is extraordinary as all of my pinups are! I am in awe of this gorgeous gal!