Where is the time going? It was just Christmas, then New Years, and now it will be Valentines Day. How sweet are these vintage Valentines? These are all camera / photography themed. A while back I did a post about all the cute vintage anthropomorphic Valentine cards and this year I came across these adorable cards of little cuties taking pictures. March will be here soon too and I am super excited as I will be heading up to Portland, Oregon for the Christine Palmer antiques and collectibles show where there will be 1,000 booths. I usually attend this show in July for the summer show and once in October for the Christmas show but this will be my first Spring show and I am really looking forward to it. I usually go to the show with my twin sister and we have the best time. I can’t wait to see what treasures we find. As has become my ‘norm’ I will be live tweeting and doing Vine video posts and fingers crossed the internet connection is better than it was at the summer show so please stay tuned, lots of great footage to come.
2016 has been a truly incredible year and I have so much to be thankful for. I have been doing Pinup for about one year now and have made so many friendships because of it. Pinup has given me the confidence to really put myself out there as a curve model and I hear from so many of my wonderful followers that they receive so much inspiration from my photos and how it makes their day. My style tends to be classic, elegant cheesecake with a hint of tease. If you follow me you know that I am all about the smile and facial expressions. I have been having so much fun doing Pinup and I am over-the-moon happy that I get to do so much of it with my photographer hubby Gary. We get to share in so many collaborations and adventures!!
Highlights for me personally on the Pinup front in 2016 was I was fortunate to have opportunities to model for some of the leading brands in Pinup, Rockabilly and retro, vintage fashion and I learned so much from each photo shoot. Also, most of these brands are run by very strong women and it is so motivating to see just how hard they all work and what incredible work ethics they have. My pictures have been published internationally more than a dozen times this year and I am extremely proud of the hard work that went into each and every photo shoot and getting to work with the amazing photographers, hair and makeup teams and of course the magazines/publications.
Dreams really do come true thanks to my hubby!! We added a 1956 Nash Metropolitan to our family in 2016. The car needed a lot of love but hubby rescued it from a field and had it restored. Our Nash Metropolitan is a daily driver for us and we drive it to and from the office. Our Metro has also been featured in many of my photoshoots (some of my favorite pics are below). Many of you have told me how much you look forward to seeing Luna (our fluffy Bichon Frise puppy dog in the opening to this post) in my pics and here are some my favorites from 2016. I promise we will have many more pics with Luna in 2017…. she has a short attention span so sometimes we have a good chuckle because when she is done, she is done!
2016 was also full of classic car shows. We made it to all the big shows in our area this year and boy were the summer ones scorching hot!! It was so great getting to meet so many fans and posing with you all. We look forward to the 2017 classic car shows and seeing you all again!!
Many of you ask about the props and sets we use for photoshoots and all the items you see are ours. We really do live the vintage / Mid-Century Modern lifestyle and get a thrill when hunting for goodies to add to our collections, home and can be used in my pics. The red Philco Predicta TV in some December pics was a great find for us and it works!! We have some more neat and out-of-this-world treasures that will be featured in upcoming photoshoots.
Wishing you all an incredible 2017 filled with lots of love, good health, wealth and joy!!
Merry Christmas to you all!! Hoping you are spending the day with family and loved ones having lots of smiles, laughs and making merry memories….. and enjoying yummy foods and treats too!!
Sharing my Christmas Day pinup rockabilly outfit (polkadot skirt and Pinup Girl Clothing green Doris top) my sidekick Luna has had enough holiday cheer and needs her nap. Also I am sharing my Christmas Eve outfit and I am wearing the light-up Unique Vintage Christmas Tree skirt and Steady Clothing ruby red Sophia top, paired with my favorite Miss L. Fire shows) Below is a collage of all my holiday outfits for December featuring Heart of Haute, Pigtails and Pirates, Pinup Girl Clothing and Hell Bunny Christmas jumpers)
Be safe and enjoy the magical day!!
All pis by my hubby: Gary Greco
Do you have your tree up? How about cookies baked? Are you ready to wrap those gifts you scooped up Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Or, have you put a wreath up on your door? If you’ve answered ‘No’ to most of these then have no fear, Yasmina is here. I’ve assembled some tips and resources to help you have the vintage Pinup Girl style Christmas you’ve dreamed of.
Vintage 1950s Tinsel Christmas Tree
To have that vintage Christmas you’ve been dreaming about, you really need a tinsel Christmas tree from the 1950s. These trees really add so much vintage charm and can ‘make’ your room. Aluminum trees come in large and tabletop sizes and some even have tinsel pompoms on the tips of their branches. You can find these vintage tinsel trees at antique shops and online at eBay and many might even come with their original boxes. Pricing on these can range from $75 – $175. If your tree comes with its original box you can store at after the holidays by removing the branches and placing them in their cartons and then folding up the tree base. If your tree does not come with a box and you have room, I suggest putting a large bag over it, covering it well to protect from dust, dirt and the general elements and it can stay stored upright till next Christmas. (Pics from Pinterest)
Vintage Shinybrite Ornaments
The prettiest way to decorate your vintage aluminum tree is with 1950s Shinybrite Christmas ornaments. Shinybrites comes in many colors and styles and have that fabulous iridescence that glows beautifully hanging from the tree. The vintage boxes these ornaments come in have a lot of character and can even be used as decorations on shelves and under your tree. (Pics from Pinterest)
Pinup Girl Wrapping Paper
Now that your tree is up and you are feeling festive, you’ll need to add some wrapped packages to the bottom of your tree as the days start getting closer to Christmas. There actually are options if you want to go 100% vintage 1950s. eBay, has a nice selection of 1950s wrapping paper. I actually purchased several rolls this year and can tell you that when the paper arrived it was much duller in color than I was expecting so, please keep in mind that the colors might not be as bright and vivid as they are online. If you want fun gift wrap with the same vintage mid-century modern print then try Zazzle as this site has a bunch of options and I ordered some rolls from them and was really happy at the quality and bright colors. Ok, if you want to give your packages that ‘Pinup Girl Flare’ then you’ll want to wrap using paper that has Pinups on it. I found these fabulous Pinup Girl wrapping paper selections on Pinterest and you can find the websites there.
Now for one of the tastiest parts of Christmas…. the cookies! You can find traditional, vintage 1950s cookie recipes here her ‘1950s Christmas Cookies‘. We’ll be starting our holiday baking this weekend so I will do a post on the cookies we baked. Also, why not add some fun shapes to your cookies with some neat cookie cutters in the shape of a Pinup Girl, flamingo, anchor and skull-cross bones. With these cookie cutters, your cookies will certainly stand out at your cookie exchange!! Etsy has some great selections for cookie cutters.
I have a special Christmas photo shoot I am wrapping up so stay tuned as I will post pics shortly. Hope you are all doing great are ready for Christmas!!
I can’t believe how quickly December is flying by!! When I first set out to do a ’12 Days of Pinup Christmas’ theme, truth be told, I wasn’t quite sure what I would be sharing for 12 days with you all but, turns out my hubby Gary and I did a pretty good job at planning out the photo shoots and I can’t believe how many pretty holiday outfits I’ve received to share with you all in my posts. We were able to find a fabulous 1950s Philco Predicta TV that works and is now part of our living room!! Also, our tabletop vintage aluminum Christmas tree is never too far this time of year as we love vintage Christmas and these elements add so much mid-century modern charm. Here are the latest pics from my 12 days theme featuring lovely outfits from Pigtails and Pirates, Heart of Haute, Hell Bunny and The Oblong Box Shop . You can see more and keep up with me on Instagram and Facebook