Friday, 23 September 2016

Tunneltastic Pinup Plugs - Custom 50's Style Earrings from Luxulite

Today on the blog I am going to give you the low down on the revelation that pinups with Flesh Tunnels, Plugs, Stretchers (or whatever you like to call them) can now wear earrings! I KNOW! 

About 12 years ago, I first started to dabble with stretching my ears. I had never been a girly girl growing up and my earring collection was non existent. I loved alternative fashion and knew that tunnels were the way to go for me. I had limited success with the process. To be honest, I just flat ran out of patience with the whole thing. Then I met my Husband, who has zero chill and zero patience! Around 7 years ago, sat on the floor in our dingy Redhill apartment, armed with a jug of warm water, a towel and something for me to bite on, he stretched my one go. I went from pierced ears to 4mm tunnels in the same night. Please do not try this at home kids. It is not the way to go. It was excruciatingly painful, not to mention very stupid (having said that, Spencer stretched his ears with a Biro, so I got off lightly). Luckily, my tunnels have always been perfectly formed and (touch wood) I have never had any problems with them. Until recently.

Pinup Earrings Tunnels Plugs Luxulite

I found pinup in 2014 and I have fully embraced every single part of the lifestyle. The hair, makeup, clothes, shoes, jewellery. But something has been missing - earrings. I have often put an outfit together and the dress is right, the shoes match, my accessories and hair flowers work, but my earrings (my plain stainless steel tunnels), well, they just fall a bit flat! For ages, I have been browsing the internet, lusting after pinup and 50's style lucite earrings and wishing I could wear them. For a short while I even considered taking my tunnels out. Yet the uncertainty over whether after 7 years they would close back up into perfectly formed pierced ears made me change my mind.

Then I thought, someone must make 50's style earrings for people with stretched ears...surely?! So on the off chance, I contacted they lovely Katy at Luxulite.  Luxulite produce Lucite jewellery including brooches, earrings and necklaces here in the UK and they are a massive hit among the pinup community. I noticed that she catered for people needing clip ons, so I explained my situation to her and asked if she could produce a pair of her Hollywood Golden Age Glamour hoops, with a 10mm plug on the back. Katy came back to me really quickly, telling me it was no problem. She raised a custom order on Etsy for me and made the whole process really easy. I paid the standard charge for the earrings (£6.50), plus an additional £3.40 for the plugs, then the postage charge (£3.95). Katy explained that the dispatch would take a little longer as they were custom, but this of course was not a problem. 

Hollywood Golden Age Glamour Girl drop hoop earrings handmade 1950s style by Luxulite

About 1 week later, my earrings arrived. They were perfect. They fit my ears perfectly (something which I have had trouble with in the past). Yet the best part, was the fact that the earrings were fitted with beautiful silver glitter plugs, something I was not expecting! 

Hollywood Golden Age Glamour Girl drop hoop earrings handmade 1950s style by Luxulite

Hollywood Golden Age Glamour Girl drop hoop earrings handmade 1950s style by Luxulite

Katy used a silver glitter beveled tunnel on the back of the earring, which is really comfortable ans just slides right into place. The earrings themselves are really lightweight, so no extra security is really needed, but you could add a band on the back if you so desired.

So for a grand total of just £13.85, I have joined the Luxulite club and I could not be happier. I now get the best of both worlds. For everyday looks I can wear my tunnels, yet if I want to add a bit of sparkle and glamour, I can now reach for my custom Luxulite earrings. I am under no illusions that this will be my only purchase from Luxulite, as Katy did such a fantastic job. My only concern is which pair to buy next!!!! 

If you haven't done so already, check out Luxulite's awesome collection (including loads of fun Halloween inspired pieces) on Etsy

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Friday, 2 September 2016

Asian Pacific, to be specific.

Women’s fashion in the mid to late 40’s was heavily influenced by the geographical locations of WW2. Troops would often bring home gifts and souvenirs for their loved ones from far flung lands. These styles were soon adopted back home, giving rise to Tiki and Asian Pacific fashions. 

Tiki is one of my favourite looks, but I had never considered an Asian Pacific inspired style, until I saw the Lilly May dress from Weekend Doll. I wasn’t too keen on the style from the initial pictures, but I fell in love with it when I tried it on!

Lilly May has a beautiful floral pattern with yellow, pink and blue notes on top of a black base. What I like about the colour is that it allows you to pair it with brightly coloured accessories (like I did) or tone it down with black accessories if you prefer.

The dress paired perfectly with a number of accessories that I already had in my wardrobe. I wore bamboo earrings and bangles from LadyLuck’s Boutique, as well as a green and white hair flower (also from Lady Luck’s Boutique). I wore a black patent belt from Pinup Girl Clothing, to add some definition to my boyish frame and finished the look off with my Souvenir shoes from Lucky Lou Shoes. But what really brought the dress to life was the addition of a few Asian inspired accessories; my red parasol I picked up at Viva Las Vegas and my green bamboo bag, which was a charity shop find.

In terms of sizing, this dress fit like a dream. I am wearing a size XS and my measurements are as follows (Bust: 35in, Waist: 26.5in Hips: 34in). The dress has a lot of stretch, which means I could have probably sized down for a tighter fit. There are no buttons or zips on this dress, which caught me by surprise, so the stretch is key in getting it over your head! The length was perfect on my 5ft 2in frame and the modest V neck (with green piping!) means this dress is really suitable for work or more formal functions too.

The Lilly May dress also has a matching pencil skirt, which again, carried the same beautiful floral pattern and all of the features I love about the dress. Again, the Lilly May skirt fit like a dream in Size XS and was a perfect length (something I struggle with as I am on the short size). 

The waist on the skirt is elasticated and again, there are no zips. The elasticated waist is nicely done and is not obvious, so a belt is not a requirement. I paired the skirt with the Emmy cardigan (coming soon) which was a little snug on me. I could have done with sizing up from the XS I wore. 

Emmy is a beautiful canary yellow and again, something I would usually avoid, but it looked beautiful in the flesh. The cardigan is crochet, so a modesty top underneath is required! I found this out the hard way by walking through the woods while dog walkers looked on! 

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