September 8, 2011

Introducing Unique Vintage’s September Pinup Girl



 Tiffany “Miss Rockett Girl” Frankenberger

From: Cranford, NJ

Bio: I have been pinup modeling five years this November. It was something I fell in love with while flipping through hot rod magazines and seeing all the pretty girls posing on the various cars. It sparked my attention and I was determined to find a photographer willing to photo shoot me. Fast-forward five years later: I have never stopped and have loved every minute of it. It has opened my eyes to people’s perception of what beauty is. I have never thought of myself as a plus size anything until I was placed in this category while modeling. I am ok with it and I embrace it. I consider myself an average sized person but in modeling standards, I am a plus size, curvy model. So I use my modeling as a way of speaking out for the plus size community and tell all the little girls who are considered “fat” that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. You don’t have to be a size 4 to be a pin up. Fifty years ago, pinups where more curvy and had some meat on their bones. I say this with confidence since I live with an 88-year-old grandmother who lived through this era, and she approves of my pictures. She says not all women where skinny or are meant to be skinny. She also says the secret to ladies trying to be thin back then was all of the corsets, girdles and waist cinchers they wore under their clothes.

Since I began pin up modeling, I have started my own styling company and a photographer and I have partner up a couple times a month to do photo shoots. It’s fun being able to transform all of the lovely ladies into beautiful pinups. I’ve been able to pull from my own experience watching the hair and make up people do the same for me.

I have also been featured in Retro Lovely magazine five times. This has been a dream for me. It proves that you don’t have to compete with the skinny gals to have a page in an amazing magazine!

I wish all the best to all my fellow aspiring plus size and regular pin up models. It is the most fun you will ever have!

Ambitions: My ambitions are to represent the plus sized pinup community the best I can. I have never considered myself plus size. I feel at a size 12/14 I am a normal size. My size fits my body shape and height. It wasn’t until I began modeling that I was put into a category. It has never stopped me from achieving my dreams of being a pinup model. One day, I hope to model for a fabulous company as yours and have little girls who are curvy and plus size look up to me for inspiration.

My second ambition would be to have my own accessories’ store. I have been designing and creating my own jewelry and hair accessories for a few years and would love to finally have my own designs featured on models and on blogs and websites.

Favorite Vintage Accessory: I have two favorite accessories, actually: Vintage purses and hair accessories; I am a sucker for vintage purses and love finding them in thrift stores, cleaning them up and wearing them out. Also, I love hats, veils, feathers and flowers. They can make any simple outfit stand out and look like you paid a lot of money for it.

Favorite Pinup Icon: I LOVE Audrey Hepburn and her classic style. It’s very clean and fresh and oh so stylish. I also love Lauren Becall. She has everlasting beauty. Not only was she stunning back in the day, but she had a very strong presence on screen, which I adore.

August 6, 2011

Marlene Dietrich Modern Pin Up Look!


Screen legend Marlene Dietrich was one of the most sensuous and powerful leading ladies during Hollywood’s Golden Age. Once nicknamed the “best dressed man in Hollywood”, she was known for her “Bedroom Eyes”, smoldering sex appeal, and distinctive voice. She was also a fashion icon who wore pants and more masculine fashions on and off screen. Her androgynous sex appeal brought on new trends of women wearing men’s tailored suits, which added to her unique allure.

These are some of my favorite Marlene Dietrich-inspired items:

Follow these next steps to transform yourself into a Marlene Dietrich femme fatale-style pinup!

1. Moisturize Use a lightweight moisturizer about five minutes before applying your base, allowing it to absorb into the skin better. Then use a makeup base primer to smooth out flaws and keep your makeup looking fresh and lasting all day. Recommended: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, or Chanel Base Lumiere

2. Apply a makeup base My favorite film quality foundations to help achieve Marlene’s velvety radiant skin are Makeup Forever HD High Definition Foundation and Chanel Pro Lumiere Foundation. Apply a small dime-sized amount all over your face with a foundation brush or sponge.

3. Translucent powder This is a must to set your foundation if you want it to last all night long! Using a powder puff, press the loose translucent powder firmly into your skin. (Just dusting it over your face with a powder brush will not set the makeup.) You must actually press it into the skin, and then sweep off any excess with a powder brush. Recommended: Makeup Forever HD Translucent Powder

4. Eyebrows Marlene’s eyebrows were very arched and dramatic. She actually used to shave them off and redraw them on higher than her natural brow line. An easy way to achieve this look without having to shave off your brows is to apply a light matte ivory shadow along the bottom of your brows. This with lightly fade them out a bit. Then using a very stiff angled lining brush, dip your brush in a tiny amount of waterproof cream and gently draw a thin line across the top following your natural brow line outward. (You are actually just accentuating the top portion of your existing eyebrows.) Remember: Use the smallest amount of the eyebrow cream…this stuff is very pigmented! Recommended: Mac Blanc Type eye shadow for the bottom portion of the brow, Makeup Forever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector in no.0 or no.2 based upon your own hair color

5. Eye shadow To achieve Marlene’s smoldering glamorous eyes, apply a medium slate grey shadow over the entire lid. You can lighten the grey in the middle of your lid by using Mac Frost (shimmery white) over it. Then apply a dark grey shadow (silver ring) to the crease of your eyelid and blend up and out to the outer area below the brow. You may also want to softly blend the lid color slate grey shadow back over the darker shade of shadow in the crease for an all over softer look so it blends better. Last, blend the light matte ivory/ soft white shade under the brow bone.  Recommended: Makeup Forever Slate Grey (lid), Mac White Frost (lid), Makeup Forever Buff (under brow), and Mac Silver Ring (in the crease blending outward)

6. Eyeliner Marlene Dietrich only applied black eyeliner and mascara to the top of her eyes. She believed that applying anything to the bottom of her eyes and lashes would cast shadows and make her eyes look droopy and small. Using a fine angled lining brush and black liquid of cake liner, draw a very narrow line going from the top inner corner of your lid at lash line and gently go outward to the end of the lid. Then with your eyes open, gently flick the liquid lining brush in an up and outward direction. This creates little cat eye effect. The Bobbi Brown gel liners are my favorite because they are completely smudge proof and long lasting. The Mac liquid eyeliner works well also. After you have applied the liquid liner to the top, you will then want to use a white kohl eye pencil to line the inside under your eyes. Use just a little bit!  This will give you a very dramatic eye-opening look. You can see in her photos, she always used white to line the inside under her eyes. Recommended: Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner Black, Mac Black liquid eyeliner, and Mac Fascinating Eye Kohl Pencil

7. Mascara Apply a coat or two of black mascara to the lashes (both real and false). Remember to apply the mascara to just the top lashes. Recommended: Dior Show Black Mascara

8. False Eyelashes Always wear black. My favorite for Marlene’s look is the 747 Mediums. Any false lashes that are longer and thinner will work for the eyes; just don’t use something too thick.

9. Blush Think high drama and contour. Using an angled blush brush, apply a darker flesh tone tan color underneath your cheekbones brushing the blush at an upward angle and out. This will help define your cheekbone area. Then using a larger blush brush, sweep a softer light rose color across your actual cheekbones, in an up and outward motion. Make sure this color is two shades lighter than the actual contour color. Recommended: Makeup Forever Matte Fawn Blush (fair under cheekbone contour) Makeup Forever Matte Sienna Blush (option for darker skin tones contour), Makeup Forever Satin Indian Pink Blush for the cheekbones

10. Lips. For this time period, women usually wore wear deeper shades of berry, wine, and red on their lips. They also always accentuated their cupid’s bow. When applying your liner, line your lips slightly on the outside of your natural lip line top and bottom, making your lips appear fuller. Remember to draw a very defined “Cupid’s Bow” on your top lip, but do not over draw the Cupid’s bow above your natural one. Choosing the color “Brick” for your lip liner, this color is bold and goes well with many different red and wine lip colors. When applying the lip liner, completely line your lip top and bottom. (The lip liner shade should be only one shade darker than your lip color.) Then with the lip liner, gently brush the liner pencil over the entire lip (top and bottom), coloring in as much as you can. After that, gently brush translucent powder over your lips to set the color. You will then proceed with your lipstick color. Using a lip brush, brush the outer edges of your lips toward the center of your mouth with the berry red color. Marlene did have a bit of shine to her lips, so to finish off your look you can apply a dab of clear gloss to the center of your pout! Recommended: Mac Brick Lip pencil, Mac Lipstick: Viva Glam 1, Chanel Lipstick: Rouge Noir, and Ballet Russe.

Marlene Dietrich’s Hair

To achieve Marlene’s hairstyle, start off with a blunt, slightly graduated shoulder length bob.

First, wash your hair and then distribute a style setting cream throughout. Let your hair dry until it’s about 90% dried. Apply medium size Velcro rollers to your entire head. Start by taking the hair from the top of the head and wrapping it down around the rollers, not up and around. Always down. Once all your hair has been put into rollers, spray some volumizing hairspray over entire head, and leave it to dry. Then when your hair feels completely dry, use a blow-dryer on the hot setting and give it a finishing heat blast for a couple of minutes, just to really set in your curls. Spray it one more time, then take the rollers out and make a side part. Brush your hair for loose, sultry curls all on one side of the head. Finish by spraying the volumizing hairspray throughout and spritz in some glimmering shine spray. Marlene loved her hair to shimmer and shine! Remember she was ultra glamorous.  Recommended: Kenra Styling Cream, CHI Magnified Volume hairspray, Moroccan Oil glimmer shine spray, Medium sized Velcro rollers, Hair pins, a round boar bristle brush for softening curls

Complete your look with some vampy dark red nails, glamorous jewelry, a fabulous vintage fur or a sexy tilted top hat. Just like these modern day Marlene Dietrich channeling ladies above, you’re now ready for a sizzling night out on the town Marlene Dietrich style!

August 4, 2011

Miss August Unique Vintage Pinup Girl!


Miss August Unique Vintage Pinup Girl

Name: Nicole Miranda Thompson

From: Lebanon, Indiana. It’s a nice, small town. No matter where life takes me it will always be home!

Ambitions: I would like to be an alternative model, the branch of modeling that mixes old school beauty with tasteful tattoos and piercings. Every single woman has a captivating beauty about her that she should embrace. I hope I can encourage girls that true beauty starts on the inside when you carry yourself with grace, dignity, and compassion. When you’re comfortable in your own skin, the beauty that radiates out is contagious. If that doesn’t work out, I plan on getting my masters in library and media sciences. I love my job as a librarian! I’m all about enjoying life and every single moment and opportunity it brings!

Favorite Vintage Accessory: An outfit isn’t complete unless I have the perfect flower pinned into my hair! High heels and a smile are up there too!

Favorite Pinup Icon: Bettie Page. No doubt about that! Her look is so iconic. All you have to do is see that smile, those bangs, and those curves once and you’ll never forget her. She is the only model from that era who has amassed a cult following behind her, yet she was so humble. I truly admire that Bettie was setting standards and then kept raising the bar. She’s a legend. Maybe I look up to her so much for being another small town girl with a dream!

July 27, 2011



Where better to shop than at Unique Vintage? I know this because I successfully choose a fabulous dress for each person in my wedding party all from this favorite girly-go-to store, which also happens to be where I work. Yes, it is a blessing and a curse to have this job! As the photographer/stylist for the site, I snag a first glimpse at all the new items. But if I’m not careful, I could get in a lot of trouble!

It just so happens to be very convenient to have this job…I am planning my wedding this November! The theme? Vintage Hawaiian. This is tricky because I want to stay away from typical Hawaiian prints, but I did want to pull elements from the actual location…which will be on the beautiful and romantic island of Kauai.

First thing first: I needed a color scheme so I decided to find the perfect bridesmaids dress and go from there. I envisioned something long and flowing in a chiffon-y material that would blow in the wind along the beach-y scenery. I finally came across the perfect dress:

It’s classy and timeless, affordable and looks amazing on all of the girls! It also has a Hawaiian feel with its delicate flowers along the empire waist. I love it and more importantly, the bridesmaids love it. WIN, WIN!

Next comes the flower girl attire. You would think it would be easy….little girls look cute in everything. The only problem is that the wedding is more on the casual side. Most flower girls dresses are much too formal for what I was going for. I wanted simple, comfortable and something that they could wear again. I decided in this adorable dress. It goes down to a size 2 and has ruching at the sides to allow for a secure fit. It has an adjustable neck that ties into the perfect bow. Pair it with one of our little girl crinolines and it’s a look to die for…the cutest thing ever!

You could also add a light pink dahlia that matches the bridesmaids’ dresses to add a Hawaiian touch like this one below:

Mother of the bride? Not a problem! With several different looks, both my mom and step mom were able to find the perfect dress. They didn’t want anything overly matronly. My mom found this fabulous navy chiffon gown, which offered just the perfect amount of coverage at the shoulders:

My step mom found something equally gorgeous. She chose this dress in the deep purple color option:

Now…I think I found my dream dress, but I’m saving that one for my next blog post. I love it and can’t wait to share it with you all!  I will also be featuring some of my favorite items for brides and bridesmaids so stay tuned!




July 27, 2011



At Unique Vintage HQ, we love browsing through magazines to scope out who’s wearing what. But even more than that, we love finding our coveted looks for less…in our own store! Check out some of our latest celeb-inspired steals below:

Mila Kunis Look

Red Havana Wiggle Dress; $150

America Ferrera Look

1920′s Bronze & Pewter Art Deco Pattern Flapper Dress; $200

Jessica Szohr Look

Ivory & Blue Abstract Print Ruffle Shorts Romper; $35

Zooey Deschanel Look

Aqua Watercolor Sweet Dreams Floral Print Swing Dress; $166

Rose Byrne Look

Black Satin Pucker Up Bow Dress; $78

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Look

Ivory Lace Gatsby Wiggle Dress; $178