A Pinup Girls Classic 1956 Nash Metropolitan

1956 Nash Metropolitan Hardtop Berkshire Green

1956 Nash Metropolitan Hardtop Berkshire Green

It has been an incredible week, I will do a blog post shortly on all the fabulous things going on but here is one of the highlights – we got our 1956 Nash Metropolitan!! My hubby Gary and I are over the moon excited and it has taken a lot of restoration to get it to this point with still some  to go and we’ll write about it all on the blog. Gary really rescued this cutie and gave it a second chance for a new life with us!! Here is a pic of our Nash with our Bichon Frise puppy dog Luna guarding it 🙂 This is the perfect Pinup Girl car!! Stay tuned for lots and lots of pics!!
Here’s some information from Wikipedia on the Nash and you can read more here on their Nash Metropolitan page.

The Nash Metropolitan is an automobile that was sold from 1953 to 1961. Nash was positioning this new product for the emerging postwar market for “personal use” autos.These specific use vehicles were as a second car for women or an economical commuter car. On October 5, 1952, they announced that they had selected the Austin Motor Company (by then part of BMC) and Fisher & Ludlow (which also became part of BMC in September 1953, later operating under the name Pressed Steel Fisher), both English companies based in Birmingham, England and vicinity. Fisher & Ludlow would produce the bodywork, while the mechanicals would be provided, as well as final assembly undertaken, by the Austin Motor Company.

In May 1954, Nash-Kelvinator Corporation announced that it had merged with the Hudson Motor Company to form American Motors Corporation (AMC). Thus by August 1954, Metropolitans also became available from Hudson dealers. These Hudson Metropolitans carried a Hudson grille badge, hubcaps incorporating an “M” logo, a “bulls-eye” horn button design, and a plain spare wheel cover. The MSRP for Series III models was $1,527 (Hardtop) in Berkshire Green.

The Nash possesses an ageless, cuddly quality that has made it a perennial favorite of car lovers and car agnostics alike.


Review: Pinup Couture Harlequin Print Jenny by Pinup Girl Clothing

Turquoise Black Harlequin Pinup Couture Pinup Girl Yasmina Greco

It still hasn’t been a full year since I went Pinup Girl style but, I can recall the first time I saw the harlequin print in turquoise/black from Pinup Girl Clothing and longed for the day I’d stumble across a skirt or dress in that stunning pattern. Well, luckily for me, I didn’t have wait too long (although almost 1 year seems like long enough) till the pattern was re-released because of something called  ‘proposed pug’ where you can vote and tag your favorite Pinup Girl Clothing items w/ #proposedpug in the hopes than enough of you want them to be made one more time.

The harlequin print came back in the form of the classic Pinup Couture Jenny Dress in 1950’s Harlequin Print (white/multi color diamonds) and Jenny skirt as well as the Pinup Couture Jenny Skirt in Turquoise and Black Harlequin Print (my unicorn). Best part of both of these making a comeback is that there are pockets now on both!! What pinup doesn’t love a pocket?

Turquoise Black Harlequin Pinup Couture Pinup Girl Yasmina Greco Pinup

Upcycledclassics Pinup Polaroid Camera

Upcycledclassics Pinup Vintage Polaroid Camera – Matches my Outfit – get yours here, lots of colors to choose from or, order a custom creation to match your pinup outfit

The Pinup Couture harlequin print Jenny skirts are influenced by the styles from the 1950s where dolls wore their circle skirts very full and the material is a luxurious sateen that holds pleats and shape incredibly, zips up the back, has a nice wide waist band to nip in your waist and give you that lovely curvy shape making you want to twirl and twirl because of the voluminous fabric and the way you feel when you put it on. Matching cardigans and tops has never been so easy because of the color options in the pattern; each time you wear it you can have a new look!! The color pattern on the turquoise and black harlequin is so perfect with the atomic turquoise, pink and shades of teals and reds, my oh my, it is stunning!!

White Sateen Harlequin Pinup Couture Pinup Girl Yasmina Greco

The Pinup Couture harlequin Jenny dress in white sateen is one of my absolute favorites!! The dress is styled after the 1960s sundresses and made from the 1950s harlequin print. The first thing you notice when you step into the dress is that the bodice is lined, boned, and fused. The straps are adjustable so you can show as much or as little of your curves as you are comfortable with. Because of the adjustable straps and boning, the dress has incredible structure and will flatter a range of bust sizes….. even those of us blessed with lots and lots on top can comfortably wear this gorgeous dress and feel very put together and chic. The skirt on the harlequin Jenny dress is much like the Jenny skirt, a very full circle skirt and the material is a luxurious sateen that holds pleats and shape incredibly and has pockets!! Zips nicely up the back and nips in your waist. Also, matching a cardigan or shrug will not be a problem as you have so many color options. This is such a happy pattern full of bright pinks and oranges. Be prepared for lots of compliments!!

White Sateen Harlequin Pinup Couture Pinup Girl Yasmina Greco Pinupgirl

Pinup Rockabilly Vintage Camera Polaroid

Upcycledclassics Pinup Vintage Polaroid Camera – Matches my Outfit – get yours here, lots of colors to choose from or, order a custom creation to match your pinup outfit

In these pictures, taken by my sweet hubby (thank you thank you honey), I am wearing a petticoat and the Jenny harlequin skirt in a XL and it fits me spot on per the size chart on the Pinup Girl Clothing website; there is just a tad of stretch. I am wearing the Sophia top by Steady Clothing in a XL (stretchy) to match the skirt. I went all out and added my turquoise and black Mary Jane heels from Unique Vintage. The colors go so perfectly with the turquoise/black Jenny harlequin.

The Jenny harlequin dress in white sateen I am wearing in a 2XL (all my Jenny dresses are 2XL and Jenny skirts XL) to accommodate my bust, yes, it is very roomy in the waist but I love having the option of adding a belt to take in some of the excess fabric if I prefer, depending on how much waist definition I want that day. I wear the dress with my Heart of Haute Sweet Sweater in a XL and it gives such a feminine flair with the bow tie across the front. Heart of Haute has the Sweet Sweater in many colors.

Our Bichon Frise puppy dog Luna wanted to share in some pics too!! She knows I am happy when I wear my Pinup Couture Harlequins. The custom ‘harlequin’ color camera is by my hubby and he has so many color combos in his shop Upcycledclassics

I don’t know how much longer these colors and styles will be available and certain sizes are already selling out so, get yours while you can, they may not make another comeback!!


Exploring Benica Cal Antique Shops Pinup Girl Style

Yasmina Greco Pinup Benica Antiques

Gary and I headed to explore the Bay Area city of Benicia, CA. We had heard from a co-worker it was a lovely and friendly town with lots of good antique shops. The weather was gorgeous with sunshine and not too warm at all with highs around 68.

Benicia Antique Mall - Crazy4MeBenicia is about 35 miles from San Francisco so the drive was smooth and easy. Upon entering Benicia, it almost feels likes you are going a back in time as there are the cutest cottages, Mid-Century homes and lots of beach-town architecture. The city is so clean and family friendly and they have the ‘green’ with stunning gazebo and of course First Street which is like Main Street in another cute town. First Street is lined with cute shops and restaurants and I have never seen so many hair salons, spas and real estate offices on one street!! It is also incredibly family friendly and nearly everyone we passed had one or multiple dogs so it is also a very pooch friendly city. We explored 5 antique shops and there were a few more too but already closed by the time we wandered by.

Benica Antique Mall Yasmina Greco PinupMost of the antique shops are pretty small but there was a larger multi-dealer mall so we stopped there first. Benicia Antiques Mall has about 20 dealers and they sell a variety of cute collectibles and even one or two Mid-Century goodies. Lots of Depression glass, decorator items, mixed in with some collectibles. There is an upstairs also so don’t miss it as there are a couple dealer rooms located there. The pictures you see here are from this mall. Prices at this mall are on the higher side so keep that in mind.

We stopped into a couple other antique shops and they too had the usual glassware and china, some kitchen collectibles, records, books, Asian artifacts and kitchenware too. Prices are on the high side at many of the shops but there are deals to be had if you look.

What would a Pinup wear when antiquing in the town you ask? Well, I wore my Mischief Made ‘Hot Tamale’ t-shirt and paired it with my Steady Clothing swing skirt and a red cardigan w/ matching red belt. Comfy but stylish with Pinup flair. I don’t much talent for hair so; I put it up in a bun and did my winged eyeliner. I am totally obsessed with my turquoise blue Kate Spade purse hubby gave me for Valentines Day so it goes everywhere with me.

We highly recommend a day trip to Benicia, CA. It is a town that is beyond cute and you will surely enjoy yourself. You will even catch glimpses if the sea!!

Benica, CA visitor info



Mid-Century Modern, Vintage and Turquoise at the Antique Mall


It’s been at least a couple weeks since I stopped into one of my ‘regular’ local antique malls. It really is ‘hit or miss’. Larger furniture items, paintings and lamps seem to be what sellers are putting in their booths these days. I am also seeing more and more Mid-Century Modern appearing mixed in with vintage and retro collectibles (pics below). This mall always has traffic and I have come early, late, and in the middle of the day on weekdays and weekends and always a steady flow of traffic and people buying. The weekend of March 14-16 is the mall’s 25 yr. anniversary sale so I hope the dealers will stock up their booths with lots of goodies!! I can’t wait for Spring to arrive (not just because of better weather) but for all the outdoor antique shows and sales!!  Hope you are all doing great and surviving the horrible weather that has bombarded much of the country!!