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Pinup Girl Clothing, Part One: The Monica

There's this dress...

Have you every seen a dress that just made your breath catch in your chest? A dress so beautiful that you coveted it from afar, afraid to even try it on for fear of ruining the illusion?

The Monica is that dress, but I assure you ladies, it is no illusion. The Monica dress from Pinup Girl Clothing is a thing of magic! 

I stalked it online for a year, wondering if my short, chubby body could pull it off. Would I look like a sausage bursting out of it's casing? Surely there was no way that I could look even as remotely stunning as the model in the pictures.

So I watched it and looked at pictures of it for a while... And then it sold out.

I was so sad.

But still I went and looked at the picture of it online... drooling and wondering. And as I perused instagram I saw pictures of other women in it: women who weren't as curvy as the model, women who were curvier than the model, women who were bigger, thinner, taller, shorter, rounder, straighter, and everything but the same size & shape as the beautiful model wearing that dress.

And they all looked absolutely fucking stunning!! It made me believe that maybe, just maybe, I too could look beautiful in that dress. 

So I signed up for an email alert telling me when it would be back in stock. 

We were broke, so very broke, with my husband taking a leave of absence from work to finish up school. Living off of our savings and prayers I knew it would be selfish to ask him to buy it for me. So I sold dresses I loved to get enough to afford it. Then low and behold, one day it came back in stock.... and I still needed $30 to have enough to afford it.

"Dear husband, there is this dress I really love, but I'm $30 short. I hate to ask this but...."

He cut me off, "I know how much you want it, Pumpkin. It would look beautiful on you! I was going to surprise you and buy it for you." With that he handed me his credit card.

I bought my Monica.

It arrived soon after and I was so nervous to try it on. Yes, I had seen it on so many different bodies and it looked so beautiful on literally every single one of them... But would it look as beautiful on me? 

As I shimmied it over my hips a wave of confidence washed over me... The soft ruby red fabric clung in all the right places! As I pulled it over my chest and worked my arms through the sleeves I let out a sigh of amazement... Although the dress gives the appearance of being painted on, it was one of the most comfortable dresses I'd ever worn!

I caught my husband at our bedroom door staring at me. I turned around with hopeful eyes, wondering what he thought of me. 

"Oh honey... You look so good...." he murmured as his arms took on the appearance of an octopus wrapping all over and around me.

"You've got class to get to!" I giggle like a school girl as I reluctantly pushed him away... and he even more reluctantly let me go. 

I looked down over myself and ran my hands hands over my hips, enamoured with what I saw.... So far so good. No sausage busting out of it's casing! I made my way into our bathroom to get a look at myself in our full length mirror and my breath caught again, the same way it did the first time I saw that dress.

I looked beautiful. 
I felt beautiful. 
I am beautiful.

Every girl needs that one dress, that dress that makes you feel like a million dollars. I've found mine in the red Monica.

Now for the nitty, gritty details: the Monica comes in an array of gorgeous jewel tone, monochrome, and bright pastel colors to suit every skin tone. It features an internal built-in bengaline shaper that lifts and hugs your body in all the right places... You don't even need to wear a bra with this dress!! I know some dresses say you don't need a bra, but then you find that you do in fact need one. This is not one of those dresses. You really DON'T need a bra!!

The Monica is constructed of the absolute softest knit imaginable and resists the dreaded pilling that some knits tend to do. The rusching along the sides runs the entire length of the dress which helps to further accentuate (and camouflage) your figure. Not only is the cross over bust an aesthetically lovely feature, it also lifts and defines that area. And the neckline of the dress can be worn on or off the shoulders, depending on your level of comfort. The Monica also features a hidden side zipper, but I didn't use it. I found it's much easier to just wiggle into the dress. On an average height person the dress would hit mid-calf, a tall person right below the knee, and on a 5 ft tall person like myself it is a full length dress. I honestly think it looks fantastic at any length.   

But I think the absolute best feature of this dress is the fact that it is available in sizes XS through 4XL... Pinup Girl Clothing truly does believe in making couture of EVERY body!! 

As I stated before it does have an internal shaper, though for this photo I opted to vamp it up with the CS-511 from Orchard Corset. And in case you're curious, the rusching on the Monica does a wonderful job of hiding corset (and other shapewear) lines.

If you are looking for "the dress" head on over to Pinup Girl Clothing; they cater to literally every size, height, shape, color, etc woman. The bottom love is this: If you're a woman, they've got something gorgeous for YOU! 

Photography by: Justin Lingle of 6 Romeo Studios 


Orchard Corset Part Two: The CS-511

I never cared for overbust corsets... That is until I met the CS-511 by Orchard Corset. Of course the only kind I had ever worn before the CS-511 were the cheapo tube-shaped "fashion corsets" that you get from eBay and the like. But Orchard Corset has yet to make a corset that I didn't like love freaking adore, so I thought I'd give one of their overbust corsets a try. 

I went for the CS-511 in satin because I prefer a longer line and the heavy satin on it is ridiculously elegant. I've yet to venture beyond black as far as corsets go because, well, I really like black. But the CS-511 corset comes in a variety of gorgeous jewel tone colors, (for all of you colorful ladies out there), and even a dyable white (for all of you who want a truly custom color). Since this corset does not have built-in garter tabs I opted to purchase a garter belt from OC. The lack of tabs doesn't bother me because I love how a garter belt looks when worn with a corset. It's like icing on a cake to me. This particular garter belt from OC also has shaping properties, further smoothing and defining the hip area. I added a pair of thigh high Cuban heel stockings, a vintage black robe (for a bit of class), and 4 inch zebra platform heels (for a bit of sass).

To be honest I had initial worries that maybe my boobs wouldn't fill up the cups of the CS-511, or that it would flatten out my chest, or, even worse, that my cups would runneth over (think a can of poppin' fresh biscuits). You must remember that all I had tried before the CS-511 were those crappy fashion corsets which are horribly flimsy and tube shaped. 

Well Imagine my delight when I got the sucker on and it fit my figure like a glove! No flattened tatas, no poppin' fresh biscuits, and no boobies swimming around in super large cups! It molded to my body perfectly!! 

In my last post I mentioned that I didn't get the corset as tight as I'd have liked, which lead to not having as drastic of a change in my figure (I like a dramatic silhouette). Well this time my friend knew what she was doing and she laced me up good and tight! The hourglass this corset creates is simply unreal... In fact another friend of mine said to me, "You look like a cartoon - in a good way!!" 

The corset itself is quite comfortable and didn't dig into me anywhere (I'm very "fluffy" and as such am prone to issues with bras and such biting into me). And as I mentioned before it cradled my chest perfectly, defining that area without any squish or spill-over. My waist was smoothed to glorious coke bottle proportions. And though I've not mastered the art of lacing myself up, the front busk makes dress and undress very easy and didn't show through when I wore it under a skin tight dress - (dress in next blog post).  

As with all of Orchard Corset products, the CS-511 is extremely well made and heavy duty, featuring double steel boning with 24 flat and spiral bones. It's also lined in 100% cotton for extra durability, and comes with super strength nylon laces.

This is absolutely not a "fashion corset" - the CS-511 is made for serious waist training and/or reduction. I buy my corsets 9 inches smaller than my natural waistline and I've achieved a very comfortable 4 & 1/2 inch reduction here.  

If you've ever considered an overbust corset, whether for sexy time or as a foundation garment to wear when you don't want bra/whatever straps showing, this is the perfect option. It gives a classic coke bottle shape, and it's classy & comfortable - a winning combo in my opinion!! 

Happy shopping!!! 

Photography: Justin Lingle of 6 Romeo Studios
Corset & Garter Belt: Orchard Corset
Stockings: Secrets in Lace
Robe: a lucky vintage find
Panties: Victoria Secret 
Heels: Jessica Simpson  


Orchard Corset Part One: The CS-426

You all know how much I love a good corset... The way it hugs your body and molds your waist into waspy proportions is nothing short of silhouette perfection (in my opinion). 

I've had my eye on the CS-426 long line corset with hip-ties from Orchard Corset for a while now and recently had the opportunity to give it a try. One of this corsets unique features are the hip ties. Not only are they a lovely aesthetic feature, but they can add up to eight inches on the hip spring of your corset, allowing your figure to take on a much more dramatic hourglass shape. 

Being a fluffier gal I wondered how the hip ties would work for me... My waistline is quite smooshy, so I figured on being able to produce a bigger difference between my waist and my hips than I normally would. I also thought this corset was much too striking to be hidden away under clothing (stealthing) or to only be worn for sexy-time, so I opted to style it up over my clothes. 

Now I'm not one of those talented people who has learned the art of lacing up my corset myself. I definitely still need (much) assistance. This can sometimes present a problem of not getting laced as tight as you'd like, or even getting laced incorrectly, if the person lacing you has never done it before. I had a girl friend assist me on the day of these photos and she was pulling laces in all different directions trying to tighten it but she just ended up loosening it and making it all wonky... until I figured out what she was doing. I finally got her going in the right direction, but it never got laced as tightly as I would have liked... "Is that tight enough?" "How bout now?" "Are you sure you want me to pull tighter?" Eventually you just say, "Yes that's fine" and go with it haha! 

Though I didn't get the waist reduction I was looking for that day (again, not the fault of the corset), it was still a pretty big difference and I absolutely LOVE how it looks on! Next time I will have my husband, my corset lacing connoisseur, tie me up. That's much more fun anyway... Ha! 

To overbust or underbust? I personally prefer an underbust corset because it keeps the girls free... and this bust line is contoured to fit exactly under your breasts. This provides quite a bit of "OOMPH!" to the ladies, (if you catch me), which I love! The CS-426 features a longer line, which is wonderful for ladies with longer torsos... But don't let that scare you away if you have an average length torso! I don't possess long, graceful swan-like features and it worked just beautifully for me. In fact I think I like the longer line of this corset because it sits a little lower, helping to conceal more of my belly. However if this corset just absolutely won't work for you, you can take comfort in the fact that Orchard Corset makes a shorter version of this exact corset: the CS-426 Short. Hooray!

And as always if you have any questions as to fit or whether a particular corset will work for you or not, you can always contact OC's customer care department... They have an amazing customer service team who will help you to determine which corset you need for your perfect fit!

Now onto the specifics: The CS-426 is constructed of sturdy black cotton, and is also lined in cotton, making it quite comfortable for year round wear (it's heavyduty, but it breathes). 

It features a split-front steel busk and, as with all OC's, has authentic steel boning throughout (in this case 24 flat and spiral steel bones). You have an option for the nylon laces that come with it, or you can purchase satin ribbon laces. I prefer the nylon laces simply because I pull hard hehe... But the satin laces are beautiful and functional as well. 

The CS-426 corset also features a 5 inch modesty panel in the back (which I opted to fold back on this day), along with 6 attached garter tabs (perfect for sexy wear).

All in all I would give this corset 7 stars out of 5. Seriously, it's one of my new favorites! The construction is of the highest quality, the fit is suburb, and it's one of the most aesthetically pleasing corsets I've ever laid eyes on! I've seen photos of this corset on other ladies and I anticipate that once it's fully seasoned (broken in) I too will see the dramatic waist to hip ratio this stunning corset is known for!

Next week is Part Two of my OC review. I will review my very first overbust corset, the CS-511 from Orchard Corset... I was extremely (and pleasantly) surprised and I believe you will be too! Until next time...  

Photography by: Justin Lingle of 6 Romeo Studios