Have what it takes to be a pin-up model

Do you have what it takes to be a pin-up model

Have what it takes to be a pin-up model

Many girls today are asking themselves that very same question, “Do they have what it takes to be a pin-up model” Personally I never thought that I had what it takes to be a model, I was like Velma of Scooby-doo, not Daphne, even if I have the red hair. I also believed that you had to get started at 14 and be able to wear clothes that I’d outgrew before I reached middleschool. But I recently discoved that I’m just the sort of thing Pin-up photographers look for in a model.I’ve got long legs and an infectious smile, and just enough curve that I prefer the vintage swimsuits to the modern ride up your you-know-whats-it, anyday.

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What’s more when I’m handed a prop of yarn, thread or cooking supplies, I can actually start knitting, sewing or baking while the photographer adjusts his lighting and decides on the most appropriate angle to take his shot.

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As a pin-up model you get to play dress up, not only in beautiful dresses that lift in a breeze and swing when I dance about, but also with corsets and garters and bullet bras. Even hidden beneath the outer garments, your shoulders are pulled back, your waist is cinched and a girl can’t help but feel pretty, oh so very pretty. It makes a girl wonder what she’ll be wearing next time ? Something to consider the next time you ask yourself if you have what it takes to be a pin-up model.

The pin-up’s make up is amazing, with its bright red lipstick…

I never dared wear before. And the hair, wow !!! So many styles, victory rolls, waves, and flowers, so fun and creative. The whole experience of being a pin-up model was delightfully uplifting. I can hardly wait for next-time, where will I be, what will I be wearing, what will I be doing ??? Stay tuned, and I’ll be sure to share with you my experiences.

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Almost any charming lady can have what it takes to be a pin-up model

Everyone has to start someplace so if you too are a pin-up model or photographer don’t hesitate to write about your experiences, favorite shoots, favorite clothes / styles or whatever, everyone would love to hear from all of you. And hopfully that answers the question concerning if you have what it takes to be a pin-up model

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scalloped corn and celery

It’s time to try this vintage recipe called Scalloped Corn and celery !

Scalloped Corn and celery

Scalloped Corn and celery

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Ingredients needed to make Scalloped Corn and celery

A single 17oz can of Cream Corn
A single 17oz can of Whole Kernel Corn
1 ½ cups of chopped celery

½ teaspoon of salt or to taste
Pinch of black pepper
2 Tablespoons of butter
1 cup of hot milk
15 soda crackers

  1. Put a layer of corn in a buttered vintage casserole.
  2. Crush and crumble the crackers and spread them on the bottom of your vintage casserole.
  3. Next add a layer of the chopped celery
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

Repeat the layers

    Add the 2 tablespoons of butter to the hot milk

  1. Pour the mixture over the corn.
  2. Dot with some more butter
  3. Bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes.

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Becoming a Vintie and living the vintage lifestyle

Becoming a Vintie and living the vintage lifestyle more or less starts with the clothes and progresses quite quickly into researching past eras.

becoming a vintie and living the vintage lifestyle

Becoming a vintie and living the vintage lifestyle

There’s some debate as to what constitutes a “true vintie” with some people arguing that the Kustom Kulture/hotrod culture, that’s firmly rooted mostly the 1950s to 1970s, is part of the Vintage Lifestyle. But for the most part the common consensus is that to be a “True Vintie” you need to identify with one of the epochs that fall somewhere between the late Victorian age and the late 1940s.

Many of us turn our homes into what are often considered by non-vinties as museums. I know of one couple that built a separate garage on the far side of their property where they park their car and change their clothes when they come home from their jobs. Neither one of them wants to know that the “ugly machine,” of the modern world even exist. For them they view their jobs as forced labour and their home is their quiet refuge. Going over to visit this couple is a wonderful experience of stepping back into the 1920s for afternoon tea. And of course I’m always beaming with joy as the gentleman of the home pushes in my chair and excuses himself to join his friends in the parlor to discuss Ernest Hemingway or perhaps Picasso.

There are Vintie communities all over the world but we’re often quite difficult to find. Because by our very nature of our lifestyle and habits we’re not overly attached to present day society. Online there’s some sporadic blogs and the occasional announcement about a reenactment or vintage soirée. For the most part the Internet is considered by most of us as dreaded but necessary tool. A tool that’s needed to help us do things like buy clothes, old sewing patterns and fabrics, furniture or parts to repair our dying old radios, etc. 10 years ago most of us had laptops because they could be folded up and hidden when not in use but today they’ve been replaced by tablets. My tablet sits in the bathroom hidden in the magazine rack far away from disrupting the ambiance of my home.

becoming a vintie and living the vintage lifestyle

Becoming a vintie and living the vintage lifestyle

So how does someone thinking about becoming a vintie and living the vintage lifestyle go about locating others?

Well as I said it starts with the clothing and being visible in public. The first time I went out shopping with faux bangs and wearing a wiggle dress I was expecting everyone to be looking at me. But much to my surprise most people didn’t even take notice as most people are too wrapped up in their own lives to care. However one gentleman and his young daughter immediately spotted me and said hello. They both looked like they stepped out of the Edwardian era and after 10 minutes of polite conversation we exchanged contact information. It was 3 days later that his wife contacted me and invited me over for a vintage soirée and that was when I officially was a member of the local vintage community.

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Admittedly I got lucky in stumbling across a group of Vinties rather quickly. Sadly I’ve heard several stories of Vinties dressing and living the lifestyle for several months, even more than a year in at least one case, before making contact with someone that can take them around to their friends. But patience it will happen eventually and when it does it’s fantastic! So here’s my advice for becoming a Vintie and living the vintage lifestyle

Steps to becoming a Vintie and living the vintage lifestyle

1. It’s all about getting inspired

Old films, magazines, photos and antique markets are the best place to start. Take a good hard look at the way people dressed, what they did and what was important to them. The last part is the most important because it’s one thing to wear the clothes it’s entirely another to make the commitment to sit down at the table for dinner each night instead of eating microwaved rubbish in front of the television.

2. Break in slowly

It’s that old saying that Rome wasn’t built in a day well you can’t become a Vintie over night. Trying to do so will just leave with a certain culture shock and ultimately you’ll burn out. Vintage should grow on you so that it becomes natural.

3. Look for excuses to dress up

We all have to worry about jobs, etc. It might not always be an option to dress and be Vintie. But any afternoon you have free is an acceptable time to have a nice vintage style picnic or to go visiting friends dressed in full Vintie.

4. Stop listening to the stupid modern trend pushes.

The modern day trend pushers are no better than fear mongers. Their entire objective is to sell you a false dream of becoming popular and loved by making you feel worthless for not wearing their junk. Remember your body is perfect as it is and only by being comfortable with yourself will you find people that love you for you.

5. Start the learning process

Each vintie becomes a type of academic about the epoch they identify with. You need to not only learn to quickly spot quality vintage clothing but also learn about the music, films, politics and most importantly the behaviorism of the past.

7. Look for other Vinties

Dress up and start regularly visiting vintage events and shops. This is the best way to find a circle of vintie friends by going where they’re likely to be. Vintage events might be a bit awkward at first but relax no one will laugh at you. Also at the shops you can talk to the shopkeepers and they might be able to point you in the right direction on how to dress and what local events are going to take place.

8. Get ready for the attention

Although most people are too busy being busy with their own lives just the same you should ready yourself for comments/compliments/attention. After all unless you’re really wanting to go back to being like the everyday masses, you just have to accept the fact that you stick out of the crowd. And trust me that’s a good thing to not be like everyone else.

So there you have it my history and advice about becoming a Vintie and living the Vintage Lifestyle.

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Bing Crosby (1903-1977)

Bing Crosby (1903-1977) – The Great Voice !

Born in Tacoma, Harry Lillis “Bing” Crosby (1903-1977) moved to Spokane in 1906 where — even though he was the fourth of seven children in a poverty-level family — his mother would recognize his love of music and somehow eventually scrape together enough funds to pay for some private vocal instruction. In 1917 — after seeing his own singing idol, Al Jolson, perform at Spokane’s Auditorium Theater — Crosby realized that he wanted to be a professional musician.

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A multimedia star, from 1934 to 1954 Bing Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses. In the early day his career coincided with technical recording innovations; this allowed him to develop a very laid-back, very intimate singing style that influenced many of the popular male singers who came after, including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, and of course Dean Martin. Yank magazine recognized Crosby as the person who had done the most for American G.I. morale during World War II and, during his peak years, around 1948, polls declared him the “most admired man alive”, ahead of Jackie Robinson and Pope Pius XII. Additionally in 1948, the Music Digest estimated that Crosby recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours allocated to recorded radio music

The nickname “Bing” came at an early age and is really short for “Bingo,” a character in the comic strip “The Bingville Bugle” which he loved to read as a child. Crosby never studied music seriously. He was blessed with a naturally warm, deep, resonant, and appealing voice and learned how to phrase with it almost by osmosis.

Bing Crosby (1903-1977)

The summer of 1945 was a turning point in this standard. Bing decided that doing a live show every week was too demanding, and it did not permit him to pursue his other interests and to be with his family. During one period the show had to be done live twice, once for the east coast and once for the west coast, which also added to the work load. It also was confining, since it all had to be done within a certain regime that took away Bing’s casual side. The adlibs and jokes had to be done according to the script; there was no editing to remove mistakes.

Bing Crosby (1903-1977)

One of the most memorable duets in recent history paired an aging Bing Crosby and David Bowie, suited up at the peak of his Berlin years, for a classic holiday mash-up. The unusual coupling comes with a rich backstory: Crosby’s 1977 “Merrie Olde Christmas” special was filmed in England, and British stars like Twiggy and Bowie were enlisted to appear—mainly due to physical proximity. Show producer Ian Fraser says Bowie balked at singing “Little Drummer Boy,” so the show’s producers wrote the original tune “Peace on Earth” for the duo in just 75 minutes. The duo bantered about Christmas and family for a few minutes before joining forces for what has become a Christmas staple. The track became even more poignant when Crosby passed away a mere month after the special aired.

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Life was good in 1934

In 1934 you could take a glass milk bottle (there was no plastic back then) to the store and with the .05 cents you got for the bottle, you could add another .04 cents and get a loaf of bread.

In September 1934 Ruth and Walter got married and the 16ct wedding ring cost $6 with the engraving.  They rented a flat in New York for $22 a month – two rooms and a bath, utilities included.  They had no icebox but kept their perishables in a window box.  Ruth used a neighbour’s washer for laundry.  They visited Ruth’s parents in a nearby city at least twice a month, more to get two or three meals plus take-homme goodies than because they were homesick.

They had a child in October 1935.  Ruth went home to her mother’s before he was born.  In those days the hospital charged $25 for delivery and a week’s stay.  The doctor also chareged $25 but that included care “before, during and after.”

In 1935 Walter found a $17-a-week job and he and Ruth found a new apartment for $15-a-month.  On Saturday nights they would have Opal and Frank Slate over and play bridge.  Roasted peanuts from Tracey’s were three pounds for a quarter and few pennies more also bought a quart of beer; Ruth would make a 10-cent spice cake to go with the coffee later.

Things were cheap then,  If you could not afford cigarettes at a dime a pack, you bought a sack of tobacco and rolled your own.  “Taking a girl out on a date” ment you walked to somebody’s house and later down to the corner Coke place, where a fountain Coke with lots of ice was fice cents.  So you might only be out ten cents for the evening.

Movies in the 1930s were only 20 cents.  For a dance date the admission was one to two dollars per couple.  you could afford this once in a while and generally borrow your Dad’s car or double with someone would could get one.

Everyone needed a laugh in the ’30s, and fortunately almost every American home had a magic laughing bx called radio.  It was an age of great comedians – Amos ‘n’ Andy, Jack benny, Fred Allen, George Burn and Gracie Allen, Fibber McGee and Molly.  Walter was a kid that had his mouth washed out with soap (an experience that obviously lasts a lifetime) for being too sassy, so he reveled in the sass of Charlie McCarthy.

He found radio’s Little Orphan Annie a bore, but he choked down Wheaties in order to send away for jack Armstrong’s Shooting-Disc-Gun, and the Whistle Ring that enabled you to send code message to beleaguerred friends.  However if your family had no radio, Walter gleefully points out that there was still lots of fun to be had, most of it mercifully free from the supervision of adults and responsibilty.  Fortunately almost no one was mean or “evil” back then.

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The Vintage lifestyler

The Vintage lifestyler the social craftsman.

The Vintage lifestyler

The Vintage lifestyler and society

The vintage lifestyle in society can be likened to a craftsman in comparison to the factory like output of social media. Like the craftsman working on a timeless treasure, the vintage lifestyler puts time and passion into his / her social interactions, because positive relationships, superceed money in importance to vintage lifestylers. Whereas social media monetises popularity, counting likes and linked up accounts, the vintage lifestyle strives for quality over quanity.

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Like a woodworker hand selecting a durable hardwood, friends in the vintage lifestyle are chosen for their fidelity and empathy. Real people with whom one shares fundamental values, not simply those who happen to think the same video clip is cool.

The Vintage lifestyler demonstrates a certain pride

Like the craftsman taking pride in his handiwork; the vintage lifestyler shows both respect for him / herself and others (even animals and the environment). This respect is projected in politeness and looking out for others. Self respect is the ability to be oneself, even if it seems strange to and is misunderstood or mocked by those not in the Vintage lifestyle.

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Like the craftsman takes care of and organizes his tools, the vintage lifestyler is self disaplined. We understand that financial independance can also come from spending less, and that requires doing many things for oneself. In the Vintage lifestyle, the easy or fastest way, is not always the best or healthiest way.

The Vintage lifestyler listens to their heart

Like the woodworker understands not to sand against the grain, the vintage lifestyler lives with compassion for others. We share our ideas, but we don’t impose them on others. We show the positive influence the choices we make in our lives have made in improving the quality of our lives, and invite others to do what they can to make changes for themselves. We choose to ignore and separate ourselves from the mocking, spitefulness which popularize social media pages and we recognise it’s the suttle differences in nature that give it it’s beauty.

The Vintage lifestyler can see positive results

The result of the craftsman’s efforts is a beautiful durable priceless heirloom. The result of a vintage lifestyler’s efforts is a life polished with a healthy psyche, supported by enduring relationships, and decorated with happy memories.

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Fruit Nog Desert

The Fruit Nog Dessert is vintage food at its best !

Fruit Nog Desert

Frut nog desert


  • One packet of unflavored gelatine
  • Two 14 oz. Cans of fruit cocktail
  • 1 ½ cups of commercially prepared eggnog
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of almond flavoring
  • One cup of whipping cream

How to make the fruit nog desert

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  • Drain fruit cocktail well and measure ½ cup of the syrup.
  • Stir the gelatine into syrup.
  • Set over boiling water and stir until dissolved.
  • Remove from heat and stir into eggnog
  • Add sugar and flavorings
  • Chill until mixture mounds when dropped from a spoon
  • Whip cream
  • Fold into gelatine mixture with 1 ½ cups well-drained fruit cocktail.
  • Chill again until mixture mounds

With the fruit nog desert mixture you can do the following !

Fruit Nog Desert

Fruit Nog Desert

Fruit-nog parfait

Lovely like a rainbow ! Layer frut-not mix and drained fruit cocktail in a parfait or sherbet glass. Top with extra fruit cocktail for a colorful desert

Fruit-nog pie

Heap fruit-nog mix into baked 9-inch pie shell. Decorate with remaining fruit. Chill 2 to 4 hours before serving

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Living the Vintage lifestyle

Living the Vintage lifestyle is more than wearing vintage clothing

Living the Vintage lifestyle

Living the Vintage lifestyle

It reflects a choice to live with the same simplicity of generations past.  It’s not the belief that everything was better, but taking from the past the values that our grandparents and great grandparents held dear.

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Living the vintage lifestyle is about keeping one’s word, and limiting business dealings to companies and persons who also have ethical practices. It’s about avoiding credit, not only financially, but in how much we ingratiate ourselves to others. It’s about making do with what we have, or creating for ourselves opportunities and / or work-around solutions.

Living the Vintage lifestyle

Living the Vintage lifestyle

Living the vintage lifestyle is about putting the family first. In the past, mothers knew how to cook from scratch, fathers knew how to keep small engines and bicycles running smoothly, and older siblings kept a watchful eye on their younger brothers and sisters.  Also, every large family had a garden and hand-me-downs to economize.

Living the Vintage lifestyle

Living the Vintage lifestyle

In living the vintage lifestyle, being respectful is as important as being clean. A lack of respect shown to others, was once intolerable because it also disrespected one’s parents parents by reflecting poorly on them. Ageism wasn’t practiced, as there was much to learn from our elders, who to their credit, weren’t afraid to tell us, when they didn’t understand something. Unfortuneately, this started a trend of mockery in the 80s when the elderly resisted the expensive technology that they had always managed without, while the “movers and shakers” embrased it as their hope for the future. Like a planned obselesence for humanity, with each generation we become more and more dependant on our technological devices, sacraficing personal know-how.

Living the Vintage lifestyle

Living the Vintage lifestyle

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male virgin Retro respect is social success

The male virgin Retro respect is social success for today

The male virgin Retro respect is social success for today

The male virgin Retro respect is social success for today

“what’s good for the goose is good for the gander”

No one would argue that the double standard predates our grandparent’s era. But for all the male bravado, most young men, weren’t likely to go all the way. Vintage values meant social propriety, and as a generation, they had more respect for themselves and others. Appropriate behavior was part of school curriculum and being associated with “that kind of girl”, was also risking some “social disease”, known today as an STD.

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One might remain a virgin to get an education and secure his future, because the risk of pregnancy was very real, and you married the girl you “got into trouble”. And some, like today, were simply shy, didn’t know what to say and took a very long time to get to know his future wife.

The greatest difference between retro virgins and today’s male is the attitude towards masturbation.

The vintage virgin would have died from embarrassment, before admitting to pleasuring himself. Which was rumored to make you go blind, or grow hair on your palms. Today, with unlimited free pornography, masturbation is taken for granted.

But the only present day “dirty little secret” is what visual stimulation is used, and frequency. Ironically, the more often its done, the more stimulation is needed, and the further away from real sexual intimacy and social success the male finds himself.

The male virgin Retro respect is social success for today

The male virgin Retro respect is social success for today

With social media replacing real socializing, Today’s male virgin could really benefit from adopting a vintage lifestyle and finding himself in a community where respect means something, where he can find the real social interactions, best of all learn the social skills to foster success in his relationships. And who knows ?…probably his future wife.

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