I’m a drawing now!

I have a bucket list. One of the things on my bucket list is to become a cartoon/illustration/painting. This is the true story of how I finally crossed that off my bucket list with the help of an amazingly talented friend.

I follow a bunch of talented individuals on Instagram because I love to stay updated with all the new work that they’re doing. Seeing creative people produce beautiful work always encourages me to try harder in my own creative ventures. As much as people like to view technology through a dystopian lens, it’s through the use of social media and technology that individuals from diverse geographic locations are able to connect and establish relationships.

Through the online pinup community, I had the opportunity to meet the lovely Miss Christine, who happens to be a talented illustrator as well. Her overall style and aura is simply amazing. She has one of my favorite vintage styles, a very kind heart, and some serious talent.

I’ve seen many of her works before and her illustrations of pinup girls are one of my personal favorites.  The girls she draws are delicate, sultry, curvy, and just plain perfect. She first posted that she’s accepting ideas and commissions and I thought I should just take a chance and ask her to do an illustration of me.

IMG_8765.JPGI wanted something that will reflect my personality. I love dressing pinup and being all cute and showing off curves, but I do also have a dark side. Immediately, I thought I drew inspiration from my first photoshoot with Keith at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery. When I brought this up to Christine, she also loved the idea of a spooky pinup illustration! Settling on the idea and theme was pretty easy because we immediately understood one another. I was so confident in this project! I really appreciated that she also shared with me each step of creative process, up to the final result. At each step, I thought, “okay, it can’t get any better than this.” But it did!

She also gave me the option of choosing what color background I’d like and if I’d like to add some glitter for just a touch of sparkle. I really liked the idea of doing a darker shade of red for the background, which worked really well with the overall spookiness of the drawing. The touch of glitter gave the drawing some more dimension and worked perfectly with the overall look.

Out of excitement, I already shared the illustration on Instagram, so you may or may not have seen it. However, every amazing artwork deserves an amazing frame. And now that I’ve found one, I’m so happy to share with you the final artwork on display in my room!

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I just love how she captured exactly what I wanted and who I was in a single portrait. Many can be great painters, but not all can be great artists who can capture exactly what their client wants. Christine is most definitely the latter!

Check out the piece it was inspired by, taken by the amazingly talented photographer, Keith:

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The dress and the shoes in the photo that inspired the portrait are from Pinup Girl Clothing, and my hair was done by Missy Firestone and makeup by Erika Reno.

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Lavender Dreams

When purchasing a peasant top – or any top, actually – I ask the most important question, exemplified in the flowchart below.

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You’d think a flow chart is a bit redundant, but it’s not. I like flowcharts and any top I purchase must pass Ani’s Ultimate Spiderweb Jenny Test (patent pending).

Luckily, the new lavender peasant top from Pinup Girl Clothing perfectly matched the spiderweb jenny!

The lavender peasant top is the newly redesigned version of the fan-favorite top. My two lovely friends over at The Hepburn Movement wrote an amazing blogpost featuring the one and only peasant top. You’ll notice in their reviews and a few of my previous posts, the peasant tops were cut with a lower bust and a straight line underneath.

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The new peasant top features a very flattering curve below the bust and more room for bustier gals, resulting in a much more modest neckline. As much as I love my old peasant tops and will continue wearing them, I am extremely happy with this new look. It’s so flattering and I feel much more comfortable stepping out of the house. Also, it’s now work appropriate, which is always a plus!

 

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Once I paired it with the spiderweb Jenny, I immediately thought of Damien Hirst’s Butterfly paintings and prints.

Side note: This now makes me want the Pinup Girl Butterfly Dress in Moth Print even more than I’ve ever wanted.

Another side note: You’ll have to excuse my thought process lately –  for this blog I prefer to write my train of thoughts and now my mind’s running a mile a minute and I am pulling myself (and now you, fellow readers) in a million directions. Bear with me!

Damien Hirst is a British artist, whose fascination with life, death, and taxidermy is so relatable. He is considering one of the wealthiest living artists and is well known for his diamond-encrusted platinum skull, For the Love of God.

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Damien Hirst, For the Love of God, 2007.

 

He is also well known for his use of animal carcasses, butterfly paintings and prints. What more can a girl ask for?!

The lavender of the peasant top really reminded me of the lavender Hirst used in The Souls IV

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Damien Hirst, The Souls IV – Oriental Gold – Gunmetal – Silver Gloss, 2010.

While it took me a while to get used to butterflies (they were my least favorite insect), thanks to Insect Diva and cute yellow butterflies that always fly around my front porch, I started appreciating them.

In addition to the redesign, the thing that keeps me going back to peasant tops is the fact that it comes in such a great variety of colors. I probably have about 10 or more! I can easily say that the lavender is definitely in my top favorite colors I own. Whether it’s because it is so similar to the lavender used in Damien Hirst’s piece above, or I’m totally swayed by the new bust, I can’t tell. All I know is I can’t wait to see all the new beautiful peasant tops with this cut!

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To go with the spooky theme of the skirt, I also wore one of my favorite vintage brooches – a witch and a little ghost on a broomstick. I feel so lucky I came across this piece. I love vintage brooches so I’m so glad I was able to add it to my collection.

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I also wore my BAIT shoes and matched it with a Pinup Couture purse which I got for free at the previous yardsale (score!)

Also, since I had my hair done the day before by the amazing Missy Firestone, all I had to do was my makeup. Seriously, you guys – check her out! Her updos last for days and I am ALWAYS satisfied with my haircuts and colors!

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Outfit Details:
Peasant Top, Skirt, Purse: Pinup Girl Clothing
Shoes: BAIT Footwear
Brooch: Vintage

 

Emily: History of the World, Part I

[I’m really honored to feature Emily as my first guest writer. She first asked me to guest write for her blog, which prompted me to begin my own blog. Without her, the Museum Pinup wouldn’t exist.]

Hi everyone, I’m Emily from Thoroughly Modern Emily, and I’m over-the-moon excited to be here on Ani’s fabulous blog! Ani is one of my fave pinup pals – she’s as kind as she is smart and gorgeous! – and I was so delighted when she decided to start a style blog to showcase her amazing art-inspired outfits and share her incredible art-history knowledge with the world!

Like Ani, I’m also a museum pinup: I work at a natural history museum in Chicago. For this post, I decided to embrace the theme of this blog and take you inside the incredible world of life in a natural history museum.

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Ani could tell you what type of columns these are, but I can’t ;). I love where I work so much that I sometimes visit on the weekends!

Many people are surprised to learn that what they see in a museum is often only a small fraction of all the items in that museum’s collections. This is definitely true at the Field Museum: of the approximately 27 million specimens in our collections, less than 1% are on display at any given time! You might be wondering: what on earth do they do with the other 26,730,000 specimens?

The answer, folks, is research! The museum I work at is essentially a Cave of Wonders for scientists, many of whom travel from all over the world to do research there. The people who finally figured out what type of animal Illinois’ state fossil actually was? Museum scientists! The people who figured out that DDT was killing off peregrine falcons in the 1950s and 1960s? Collections of peregrine falcon eggs in natural-history museums helped them to unravel the mystery!

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These two signs are on either side of the door to the herbarium. Science humor is the best humor!

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I learn something new at work almost every single day, and it’s awesome. My other favorite perk of the job is being able to wear whatever I want to work. It’s basically the only workplace I’ve ever encountered where my Deadly Dames Venus flytrap dress is the most work-appropriate item in my wardrobe (owing to the massive botany collection, of course! Everyone on the bus made ‘Feed me, Seymour’ comments; my coworkers complimented my Dionaea muscipula print.)

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In putting together a natural history museum-themed outfit for this post, I decided to make reference to the four overarching scientific disciplines housed inside the museum: botany, anthropology, zoology, and geology. Botany was the easiest to represent, since hair flowers and pinup dresses go together like grilled and cheese. I chose my all-time favorite hair flower, the orange rose double from Daisy Jean Floral Designs.

The Nancy dress from Pinup Girl Clothing is one of my favorite silhouettes that they make; I have it in three difference colors! It was a challenge to choose between this peach Mary Blair butterfly print and my pink lemonade version, but in the end, I went with the butterfly print to represent zoology and pay homage to the enormous insects collection.

Fun fact: There are over 8 million specimens in the insects collection alone. The insects collection includes 19,000 of what’s called ‘bulk samples:’ jars that contain a variety of species collected in a single place at a single time. Bulk samples are incredibly valuable to scientists, who can learn a great deal about a particular ecosystem and the relations between species by studying them. I’ve been told that scientists frequently discover new species when they pop open a bulk sample to study something else, and it blows my mind to think about how many species we still know nothing about.

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Geology was a difficult choice, since the Museum has the largest collection of meteorites in a private institution and I have a soft spot in my heart for the many space-themed garments in my closet. I went back and forth on whether to swap the Nancy for one of my space skirts, but ultimately decided to honor the Museum’s most famous exhibit, Sue the Tyrannosaurus Rex, with my Atomic Lucite brooch.

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Dinosaur brooches are among my most work-appropriate accessories.

Finding an anthropology-related piece was the hardest of them all. I racked my brain for ages, wondering if it was cheating to say that my engagement ring was a reference to anthropology, since I’m fascinated in cultural practices around courtship, before remembering my stroll through the Hall of the Pacific a few weeks ago. Many of the garments and artifacts on display were made out of plants, so I chose this vintage wicker purse as a nod to the woven bags used by many women all over the world.

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The next time you visit a natural history museum, I hope you will think a little about all the hard work that scientists put in to gather and study those specimens so that all of us can learn a little more about the 4 billion year-long story of Planet Earth. Where else in the world can you see rocks from the Moon, 8-carat diamonds, actual dinosaurs, long-extinct birds, plants from all over the planet, and an entire room of ceremonial malaggans, all under one roof?

It’s been an honor to share two of my favorite things with all of you, and I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek into my world. Stop by on my Instagram (I’m @emily.hallock), Facebook, Twitter, or over on my blog and say hi!

Palm Springs Art Museum

Happy Monday, lovely readers!

I’m so excited to finally publish this post on the Palm Springs Art Museum and the most perfect outfit for it by Le Bomb Shop!

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For those of you who know me, you know that I love Palm Springs. If I could choose someplace to live in the US aside from Los Angeles and a ghost town (yes, ghost towns are options for me), it would be Palm Springs. Sure, the heat can be unbearable, but I love the atmosphere! No trip to Palm Springs can be complete without a trip to the Palm Springs Art Museum.

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They have a wonderful collection of contemporary and modern art, Mesoamerican, Native American, and Arts of the West. Alongside the permanent collection, they also feature temporary and rotating exhibitions. The space itself is absolutely wonderful and includes some great contrasting  walls of natural stone, similar to that outside of the museum. They provide a very interesting blend of contemporary architecture and raw materials, reminiscent of the rocky mountains behind the beautiful museum.

During our trip, they were displaying Contemporary Glass and A Passionate Eye: The Weiner Family Collection. I am not too familiar with contemporary glass art, so I was thankful I had the opportunity to experience and learn more about glassmaking techniques through the exhibition.

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I was also very thrilled to experience artworks by so many modern artists I adore, including Alexander Calder, Jean Arp, Amedeo Modigliani, and numerous others. If I ever had the money to purchase artworks by art legends, this would be the collection I’d want to own.

The truth is, I can see works by these artists at other museums as well. They may not be the same artworks, but I can experience their works elsewhere. But what makes each of these exhibitions so special, aside from experiencing other works by these artists, is the curatorial choices behind them. In the case of the Weiner Family Collection, we must also pay attention to their collection methods as well, and the way that the artworks coexist with one another within the collection.

Every experience at a museum is unique to the individual and how you choose to experience the artworks.

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Louise Bourgeois, Spider II, 1995Bronze, Wall Piece, Edition 4/6

For my trip to the Palm Springs Art Museum, I chose to wear my Marilyn Monroe Pop Art skirt and the Norma Jean top from Le Bomb Shop. I was very inspired to wear something honoring Marilyn Monroe because she is such an important figure in Palm Springs. For the longest time, Palm Springs was home to a larger-than-life statue of Marilyn Monroe, by artist Seward Johnson, in her infamous white dress from the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch.

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John Seward Johnson II, Forever Marilyn, 2011.

In addition, since we were going to an art museum, it was also perfect that the skirt was inspired by the famous Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol.

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Andy Warhol, Untited from Marilyn Monroe, 1967.

The skirt is super comfortable and includes a very thin lining underneath, which makes it perfect to wear in the Palm Springs heat. The material of the skirt is very lightweight and structured enough to wear without a petticoat. I knew I wouldn’t be able to wear layers of petticoats underneath my skirts at Palm Springs, so this was perfect to give me the fullness I desire in skirts without the layers of petticoats.

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The skirt is rather short. I’m 5’2″ with short legs but the skirt hits me at my knee. This is usually a little bit out of my comfort zone, but the style of the skirt gave the illusion of long legs. So, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU LE BOMB SHOP! To be honest, I actually loved this skirt so much I even got the comic book print, which reminded me of Roy Lichtenstein’s works.

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Now, the Norma Jean top is seriously out of my comfort zone. I don’t feel fully comfortable exposing my back because of my birthmark. However, when I saw it on Miss Lark Bahar, I was tempted to try it out! I purchased the black and I was hesitant to put it on at first. However, after experimenting with the millions of ways to wear it, I fell in love. I used my bullet bra pads with the top in order to feel a little more comfortable going out without a bra. It worked out perfectly and the style of the top helped give the illusion of a narrower waist. It’s a wonderful piece and I’m so glad I took the risk and bought it! You can always change the way you wear it, which means you pretty much get 5 or so different tops for the price of one! I keep experimenting with it and always finding new ways of wearing it. I really need this in so many more colors!

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I also paired the outfit with my Bettie Page heels and the 1922 Blood Red lipstick by Besame Cosmetics. You can’t ever go wrong with these two brands!

Outfit Details:
Top and skirt: Le Bomb Shop
Shoes: Bettie Page
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics

Poisonous Pinups

Happy Hump Day!

I’m so excited and honored to be published in Poisonous Pinups Issue #8. This is my second magazine publication, the first being Hell on Heels Issue #3.

Just a few months ago I wouldn’t have ever thought I’d be published in not just one, but two magazines.

This publication is very near and dear to my heart because it features an image from my cemetery photoshoot with Keith, who is an absolutely amazing photographer. I love the cemetery and when we first collaborated on this photoshoot, we both were just admiring our surroundings, trying to create art that would respectfully honor the deceased but still reveal the haunting beauty of the cemetery.

Working with Keith was such a pleasure. He was great at helping give direction, and he has a keen eye for which poses work and which don’t. He’s a great communicator which results in some amazing work.

Make sure to check out Poisonous Pinups. There’s even an interview with Tempest Storm, who is one of my favorite ladies ever.

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Stay tuned on my blog and Instagram for more images from this photoshoot, but in the mean time, make sure to follow Keith and purchase an issue of your own!

Photographer: kwf_photography
You can purchase Hell on Heels Issue #3 here.
Purchase Poisonous Pinups Issue #8 featuring an interview with Tempest Storm here.

The Beauty Who Created the Beast

A few months ago, a friend of mine came across a photo on the Universal Monsters Instagram page of Millicent Patrick in the process of creating the Creature for the Black Lagoon.

Immediately we thought of recreating a few of her imagine with the creature’s mask because she just looks so great posing with her beloved monster.

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I already had the Lolita top from Pinup Girl Clothing, which was basically identical to the one in Millicent’s photos. I also had black suede heels, a vintage pearl necklace passed down to me, and earrings from one of my favorite jewelry designers, Insect Diva. Although the earrings aren’t identical, the general shape and color of the earrings worked just fine.

Now, I just had to find the perfect black skirt to recreate it. When I first saw the skirt in the photo, I thought it was be impossible to come across something similar. After all, I search through Etsy like its my job. After a lot of searching, I finally came across a black tiered skirt with four velvet strips, made of an unusually thick (and horribly itchy) taffeta-like material. The waist was 2 inches too big but I was not going to pass on this skirt!
Once it arrived and I started carefully examining the skirt, I realized it’s nearly identical to the skirt that she was wearing in her photos. Both our skirts have 4 velvet tiers and a thin velvet waistband, the skirts seem to have the same circumference, and they both seem to be made of this unusual material.

Call me crazy, but after a while I truly started believing that this may be her skirt!

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The hardest part (yes, harder than finding the skirt) was purchasing the mask. We went back and forth with various different types of masks. Firstly, these things cost a fortune! So it was a serious investment. Second, some latex masks are poor quality.

Luckily, our beloved Halloween Town in Magnolia Park had the mask we were looking for – somewhat affordable yet not completely lackluster in quality. When I went to purchase, this was actually the last mask they had left. It was definitely meant to be!

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The day of the photoshoot I also had a hair cut by the amazing Missy Firestone so I didn’t even have to do my hair. While I usually don’t like updos, we decided to try out a poodle just to see how I’d like it. And to be honest, I absolutely loved it!! It worked with my outfit for Tiki Night and it worked for the photoshoot since Millicent’s hair wasn’t down. She didn’t have a poodle, but a slight variation in image reproductions never hurt anyone!

Of course, the photoshoot itself was all fun and games, however, when you take a step back and realize the history behind the photos, you can’t help but get a little serious.

Millicent Patrick was a talented woman who’s involvement spanned multiple areas of the industry, including music, acting, animation, modeling, and makeup. She was also one of Disney’s first female animators.

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Patrick created Dr. Hyde’s look for the 1953 film Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In 1954, she worked on the Gill-Man and created the final approved version of the creature. In order to promote the film, she was sent on a nationwide tour, where she was presented as “The Beauty Who Created the Beast.” The Creature was rightfully her design, but George “Bud” Hamilton Westmore was irritated that he was not credited with the character’s creation. The PR heading was eventually changed to “The Beauty Who Lives with Beasts,” as a way to encompass all the other works she’s done, and to calm the hotheaded Westmore. He started spreading rumors that the creature was completely his own creation, not mentioning her and trying his hardest to discredit her. He went so far that she was essentially exiled from the makeup department at Universal.

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As a result of this mess, Patrick essentially disappeared from entirely from the Industry. Very little is known about what else she did afterwards, although people are certain she starred in 21 roles as an actress within two decades. She passed away in February of 1998, with little awareness of her true talent and contributions to the horror genre.

This photoshoot was very significant because I had the opportunity to honor a talented woman whose contributions were swept under the rug simply not to risk irritating a male counterpart. She is the creator, and truly deserves the title of “The Beauty Who Created the Beast.”

Outfit Details:
Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Skirt: Vintage
Earrings: Insect Diva
Necklace: Vintage
Shoes: Steve Madden