Wednesday, 31 December 2014

What's in a name?

As I am still fairly new to blogging and the pin up scene, I thought that I would write a little mini post, explaining the roots of my name - Little Miss Doo Wop.

Since I started to adopt a pin up lifestyle, my Fiance has constantly referred to it as my 'Doo Wop Society'. We would be out shopping and he would see a girl with victory rolls and say "Hey Em, is she part of your Doo Wop Society?". Also, regardless of the genre or the artist I was listening to at the time (Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, The Andrews Sisters etc) he would always refer to me "bopping away to her doo wop again!" 

So it became a bit of a running joke, until I decided to turn his playful mocking into something useful - a new name to go with my new found identity. I decided to call myself Little Miss Doo Wop on Instagram and I think that there has been a positive response. Many famous pin up models have a pin up alter ego, so in order to take my lifestyle to the next stage, I needed one too. 

I spent ages going through vintage girls names, vintage themes and other people's pinup names, to try and piece something together which not only sounded catchy, but also reflected a bit of my personality too, but I just couldn't come up with anything. I didn't want to just pick something because it sounded good either - I wanted it to have meaning. Eventually, I decided it should contain the words Doo Wop, as this was basically already a pet name for me. I am 5ft 2in and look about 18 years old, so Little Miss seemed a perfect prefix. Little Miss Doo Wop was born! 

I like the name that I have chosen as not only is it unique (I did a Google search before I settled on it, to ensure no one else was using it!) but it also means something to me and to my Fiance, who, despite his mocking, is massively supportive of me and my new hobby! I am very grateful to Spencer for being my muse and helping me come up with it! 

So there you go. A little insight for you as to why I am called Little Miss Doo Wop. Although, if you see me on the street, you are more than welcome to call me Emily! 

Little Miss Doo Wop

Sunday, 28 December 2014

My pinup directory

So when I first decided to adopt a pinup lifestyle, I knew I had to find new places to shop! Shops that specialise in pinup fashion are few and far between on the highstreet, unless you live in London and the big cities, so I hit the world wide web and started to put together a directory of pinup fashion retailers. I have also added pound signs (£) which indicate, on a scale of 1-5, how expensive these shops are (5 £'s being the most expensive), to help those on different budgets. I will also be adding any discount codes which these retailers currently have available. I have only scratched the surface of this list, but I really want to try them all! I really hope that this list is helpful to girls starting their pinup journey. 

So, in no particular order, here goes:

#1 Collectif | | £££

Collectif is one of my favourite places to shop for reproduction 40's and 50's clothes and accessories. They have a huge range of pinup basics and occasion wear; 90% of my pinup wardrobe to date has come from Collectif. Their huge variety of separates mean that you can easily mix and match clothes from their entire range. In my opinion, their sizes come up a little small, but I am finding that this is pretty standard across pinup retailers. They are not the cheapest place to shop, but you get what you pay for. Every item that I have brought from Collectif has been of a superb quality. For those of you on a budget, Collectif do amazing sales, so add a Wishlist and wait for those Discount Codes!

Dolores dress feral from Collectif
Dolores Dress Feral

Collectif Christmas Sale Discount Code: FESTIVE50. 50% off everything, excluding Accessories, Sample Sale, Gift Vouchers and the Pearl Coat.  

#2 Vivien of Holloway | | £££

Vivien of Holloway specialise in repro 40's and 50's fashion. The have an amazing range of 40's swing trousers and other basics, as well as beautiful dresses in a range of authentic styles and shapes. 

#3 Lindy Bop | | ££

If you are looking to add to your pin up wardrobe and you are on a bit of a tight budget, then Lindy Bop is the place to shop. They sell a huge range of gorgeous dresses, many under £30. Their clothes are vintage inspired from the 40's, 50's and 60's. Their 'Ophelia' dress is possibly one of the nicest dresses that I own. Its beautifully made and at only £34.99, it's an absolute bargain. 

Ophelia dress from Lindy Bop
Ophelia Vintage 1950's Floral Beige Dress

#4 20th Century Foxy | | ££££

20th Century Foxy sell vintage clothing from a range of eras, including the 1930's, 1940's, 1950's and 1960's. They are a little more on the expensive side, but if you are looking for a show stopping dress for that special occasion, in which the only way you can arrive is looking like a movie star, then 20th Century Foxy is the place to shop. 

#5 The Seamstress of Bloomsbury | | £££

Not only does this website sell beautifully authentic reproduction vintage from 1940's patterns and designs, the website plays Glenn Miller when you arrive! What more could you want! Their Look Book contains a small selection of beautiful pieces which would provide the basis of any essential 1940's wardrobe. 

#6 Soho's | | ££

Soho's specialise in a wide range of alternative clothing, including brands such as Hell Bunny, Banned, and Voodoo Vixen.They also sell accessories, shoes and gifts.

Madden dress from Hell Bunny
Hell Bunny 'Madden' Dress in Teal

#7 Victory Parade Collection | | ££££

Formerly known as Vanity Project by Limb, Victory Parade Clothing, sell beautiful 40's and 50's inspired dresses, with a nod to Hawaiian, Mexicana and Asian Pacific fashions.

#8 Miss Bamboo | | £££

Miss Bamboo is a really fun website, selling items which are prefect for your Summer wardrobe. The website is broken down into four main styles - Americana, Hawaiian & Tropical, Mexicana & Latino and Asian Pacific. They also sell Miss L Fire shoes, handbags and accessories. I intend to buy a lot of items from this website in anticipation of my Honeymoon in Hawaii next year! 

#9 What Katie Did | | ££

For those of you who want to take your vintage outfit to the next level, What Katie Did sell vintage inspired lingerie from the 40's and 50's, including the iconic 'bullet bra'. They have a concession in the Collectif Old Spitalfields Market shop in London. 

#10 Revival Retro | | ££££

Revival Retro sell reproduction clothing and shoes from the 20's, 30's and 40's. They feature absolutely stunning 'Gatsby' inspired 1920's dresses, as well as beautifully made basics from the 40's, such as shirts and cardigans. Pair these with your 1940's swing pants from Vivien of Holloway and you are onto a winner! 

#11 Bow & Crossbones | | ££

Bow & Crossbones sell a lovely range of 1950's inspired accessories, clothing, jewellery and home wares. To date, they are the only place online (that I have found) that sell coloured chiffon head scarfs! They sell them in a rainbow of colours, at only £3.50 each! 

#12 Lady Luck's Boutique | | ££

Lady Luck's Boutique sell accessories which are perfect for any beginner pinup. For example, they sell an 'Ultimate Tiki Accessories Kit' which enables you to add instant tiki style to any outfit.They also sell a range of Bettie Page shoes to finish off your pinup outfit.  

#13 Tiger Milly | | ££

Tiger Milly sell reproduction 50's fashion, shoes and accessories. They stock well known brands such as Hell Bunny, Lindy Bop, Voodoo Vixen, Collectif, Banned, Ruby Shoo and The Seamstress of Bloomsbury to name a few. It's your one stop shop for vintage fashion.  

#14 Daisy Dapper | | £££

Daisy Dapper are based in Stockholm, yet don't let that put you off. They sell the most amazing 40's and 50's inspired clothing, shoes, bags and accessories. 

#15 Dovima | | ££££

Dovima is not like your average vintage repro store. This design house creates items inspired by the golden era of glamour and sell items which are reserved for only the most special of occasions. There is nothing too flashy about these designs; they are simply, pure class. 

#16 Born Bad Betty | | ££

Born Bad Betty sell a range of Day, Swing and Wiggle dresses, as well as a range of shoes and accessories.

#17 Emmy | | £££

Emmy are based in Sweden and sell the most beautiful vintage inspired items. The jazzy 30's, the classy 40's, the rock 'n' roll 50's or the swinging 60's. Whatever you are into, they have something to make you feel absolutely fabulous! 

#18 Pin Up Girl Clothing | | ££££

Pin Up Girl Clothing is THE name in vintage reproduction fashion in America. Worn by published pinup models in the US and the UK alike, this clothing brand has everything to make you feel like an absolute superstar, day and night. We are stopping off in California on the way to Hawaii for our Honeymoon next year and a trip to the Pin Up Girl Boutique is on the list of things that we must do! 

I hope this post has been helpful. I will continue to add to it as I go, but if there are shops and retailers that I have forgotten or you think should be on the list, please feel free to comment!