Chelsea Crew, Fluevogs, Bettie Page Shoes, and B.A.I.T. Footwear: A Pinup Shoe Review

“A shoe is not only a design, but it’s part of your body language, the way you walk. The way you’re going to move is quite dictated by your shoes.” – Christian Louboutin

There are a lot of things I’m picky about; a good fried egg, the perfect red lipstick, the fabric, cut, and design of a dress (it is a huge pet peeve of mine when patterns don’t match up), but shoes are damn near the top of my list of the things I demand quality and excellent presentation on. As Cinderella taught many of us; a good shoe can change your life.

There are a few pinup-related brands out there and few reviews on them, so I thought I would take the time to share my thoughts on a few brands of shoes that I regularly wear and advise what is worth the coin and what isn’t.

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Pinup Anti-Haul #2

As mentioned previously, I had another one of these planned down the pike. Now that we’re out of the Halloween collections and right before the holiday season, I wanted to put out something to also keep my pinup anti-haul game strong, because there’s a lot of temptation coming out this time a year with Black Friday and other sales, and I want you all to keep your bank accounts as strong as your spirits should be.

If you are not familiar with the concept of an anti-haul, please use this post for reference. As a reminder: this is not intended to be mean-spirited, it’s supposed to encourage smart purchasing habits and minimizing unnecessary consumerism. There are always better ways to spend your hard-earned money (be it paying off debt, savings, whatever), and while I believe moderation in all things, I also believe it’s OK to be spending on things with the caveat of being smart about it and really knowing yourself instead of buying aimlessly.

Without any more delay, let’s get into this holly jolly not buying shit discussion.

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Pincurl MVPs: Curlettes

Hair is not my strong suit. Part of it is that my hair is feral and does whatever it wants. The other part is that, while I have a lot of it, my hair is also very thin, fine, and prone to frizziness and tangling. Pincurls, however, are one of the few vintage hairstyles I can moderately work with.

I have done pincurls several ways, but the easiest, bar none, is by using Curlettes. It also is the most comfortable for me when I’m trying to sleep, compared to having a bobbi pin driving into my ear or scalp because it’s know rather than metal or plastic.

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Pinup Anti-Haul #1

If you are a big fan of Kimberly Clark (and you should be!), you are probably familiar with the concept of anti-hauls. However, on the off chance you are not, the point of an anti-haul is to discourage empty consumerism and encourage empowered, thoughtful purchases. In the current pinup culture fueled by social media, it can feel very pushy to buy more and more so you can fit into that perfect aesthetic. I, for one, am not the type to buy mindlessly. Because I don’t get sent things for free (though, I would not mind if I did!) and money is a finite resource, it’s important to know I’ll be able to use what I buy.

The purpose of an anti-haul isn’t to be mean to brands and businesses (there are some I don’t like and won’t purchase from and there are plenty which I do like, but will not be buying because I’m going to be smart about what I do spend on!), but to be smart about what you do choose to spend your money on. Unlike a wishlist of things to pine over, these are things I know I will not be purchasing and why I will not be spending my money on it. While Kimberly Clark focuses on makeup and skincare, I’m choosing to focus on pinup related purchases.

For me, this also feels more like a “genuine” attempt to be reliving the pinup life of the 1940’s. Purchases were often tactical, and as such, it’s a nice way to be reliving that kind of culture. So, without further ado–here’s what (sung in Kimberly Clark voice) I’m not gonna buy~

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Putting the Blue in Bluegrass

Inspired by Rachel Ann Jensen’s Brooklyn Bridge Betty shoot, I knew I wanted to do something that was a cross between that and Cinderella. Fortunately, I found myself in the right hands with Janna Michelle Photography, who loved the idea as much as I did and we decided to run with it.

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Outfit Details:

True Vintage Longline Bra from MzJonesBoudoir

Cardigan from Amazon

Pearls were from eBay

Pants were from Silken Twine Australia

Shoes were Bettie Page Shoes

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Hair and Makeup was done by yours truly. It was not until after this shoot, I learned that the difference between a ton and a buttload of pomade is what helps you keep your bumper bang in shape all day.

Makeup of the Day:

  • Foundation Primer: Make Up For Ever Nourishing Primer
  • Foundation: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation Stick (Y215)
  • Under-Eye Concealer: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch (1)
  • Setting Powder: Kat Von D Loose Setting Powder in Translucent
  • Eye Primer: Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eye Primer
  • Eyeshadow: Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow (M500 (Ivory)) for base, MAC Cosmetics Eyeshadow (Omega) in the crease
  • Eyeliner: Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Pencil (Blacquer), Physician’s Formula 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum (Blackest Black)
  • Mascara: Too Faced Better than Sex Waterproof
  • Blush: MAC Cosmetics Sheertone Blush (Blushbaby)
  • Contour: Kat Von D Contour Refill Powder (Sombre)
  • Lipstick: MAC Cosmetics Lipstick (Kinda Sexy)

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The photos themselves were taken outside of the famous Galt House Hotel, a Louisville institution. It’s a hotel that overlooks the Ohio River and is one of the most glamorous spots in Louisville. The original Galt House was opened in 1835, later destroyed in a fire in 1865. It eventually reopened in a slightly different spot down the road, being rebuilt in 1869 and tore down in 1921.

The Galt House was eventually reopened in 1972 as part of a revitalization project and is the Galt House we know it as today. It hosts two towers along with a restaurant and is to this day the only riverfront hotel in the city.

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The photography was done for this shoot by the masterful, Janna Michelle Photography. Highly recommend her work for all Louisville-based shoots!

 

Yours ’til Niagara Falls,

Jupiter Gimlet