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My first Comic Con

I'm sad this post is almost a month after the Wizard World Comic Con event!  At any rate, hopefully this summary of our whirlwind four days will still be entertaining.  

I was attending the event as a vendor with The Retro Pinups signing calendars and prints that we had for sale.  My pinup gal pal, Ada Atomic, was my partner in crime for the weekend and we had fun with Sadie North and Bettie Bellini when they could join us!

This was my first time attending and experiencing the "con" life and a comic con convention - and I have to say, it exceeded my expectations!

The event kicked off with a short day on Thursday.  Ada and I weren't anticipating many visitors on that opening night since it was the first day and happen to be a weekday.  We opted to dress more casually.  I wore my superman comic print skirt that I made and a print yellow sweater.  People will calling me "Comic Book Pinup".

Thursday Outfit: Skirt - made by me, crinoline - Hell Bunny, sweater - JCrew, hair flower - made by me

Thursday Outfit: Skirt - made by me, crinoline - Hell Bunny, sweater - JCrew, hair flower - made by me

Surprisingly to us, we were swamped with visitors at our booth.  We signed calendars and prints and took LOTS and LOTS of pictures.  I feel like we got a small taste of what the celebrities that attend these shows must feel like.  We joked that our cheeks hurt by the end of the evening.  We left on Thursday night feeling excited about what the next three days would hold.

Our first Comic Con selfie at our booth

Our first Comic Con selfie at our booth

Oh, Thursday night was also our first taste of the cosplayers that attend these events.  On our way out of the hall, we ran into a Ghostbuster who had a pretty amazing costume.  The '80s child in me couldn't resist a photo!

Who ya gonna call?

Who ya gonna call?

Friday was our first full day at the convention.  Sadie was able to join us and the three of us decided to dress "picnic ready".  I wore my gingham dress from Collectif and my faux bob hairstyle.  Perfect for a summery look!

Friday Outfit: Dress - Collectif, shoes - Bandolino

Friday Outfit: Dress - Collectif, shoes - Bandolino

This was the day we were able to get to know more of the vendors in our area.  We met some really lovely people - including Java from Bachelor Pad Magazine and Ruby Joule who joined him at his booth.

Sadie, myself, Ruby Joule and Ada on Day 2!

Sadie, myself, Ruby Joule and Ada on Day 2!

We stayed consistently busy on Friday - exactly what we had expected after Thursday.  We took so many pictures and had developed a few fans that returned a few times.  It was great to see how well received we were since we were pretty different from the typical vendor.

By the time the day was over, we were ready to get off of our feet! Some of our new vendor friends had told us that Saturday will be even busier than Friday, so we definitely needed to get some beauty sleep.

We were up bright and early on Saturday planning out attire for the day.  I decided to wear my new Stop Staring dress I had just received with my vintage army cap to go very traditional "pinup".  This outfit was overwhelmingly popular - I'm sure because its easily recognizable.  

Saturday Outfit: Dress- Stop Staring, hat - vintage, shoes - Nine West

Saturday Outfit: Dress- Stop Staring, hat - vintage, shoes - Nine West

If we thought that we took a lot of photos for and with people on the two days before, we were swamped on Saturday!  Some of our new fans made sure to stop by again to say hello as well!

The best part (for me) about Saturday was the fact that we finally got to see some more cosplayers.  Having our booth be so busy during the days was great, but we hadn't really gotten a chance to walk around the convention and see other folks.  Saturday was the first day we had some cosplayers walk past - and I took full advantage of taking photos with some of my favorites.

Finally found the Captain America to my Peggy Carter!  (PS - this is the same cosplayer that was the ghostbuster on Thursday)

Finally found the Captain America to my Peggy Carter!  (PS - this is the same cosplayer that was the ghostbuster on Thursday)

Ada and I found an astronaut

Ada and I found an astronaut

Saucy Jack Sparrow got a kiss from this pinup

Saucy Jack Sparrow got a kiss from this pinup

This may have been my favorite costume of the weekend - Disney's Robin Hood is my favorite Disney movie and I LOVED this reference!  PLUS, the costume was amazing.  Most creative for sure!!

This may have been my favorite costume of the weekend - Disney's Robin Hood is my favorite Disney movie and I LOVED this reference!  PLUS, the costume was amazing.  Most creative for sure!!

Saturday was also Ada's birthday so we did our best to give her a fun-filled day while she with us!  I think we all crashed into our beds on Saturday night knowing that we still had all day Sunday.

Sunday I decided to play off the success of my military outfit the day before and wear some of my Air Force gear.  It was so nice to meet a few former Airmen at the event that loved my outfit.  I borrowed the skirt from Ada (yay for gal pals that wear the same size!) to finish my look.  Admittedly, I also planned my outfit around the ability to wear sneakers - my poor feet were so tired!

Sunday Outfit: Skirt - Collectif, shirt and hat - Air Force, shoes - Keds

Sunday Outfit: Skirt - Collectif, shirt and hat - Air Force, shoes - Keds

Ada was dressed like Rosie the Riveter and we enjoyed playing up our "supporting the troops" bit for the day.  Our streak of good luck continued on Sunday with a steady stream of new visitors and many that came back from previous days to make purchases.  We also got a moment to pinup fangirl when A Vintage Vanity stopped by our booth with her nephews!

Ada, A Vintage Vanity, Bettie and myself

Ada, A Vintage Vanity, Bettie and myself

On Sunday, we had the privilege of meeting the most adorable little vintage loving lady.  She adored Ada because Ada looked like Lucy.  It was so cute to see her have a conversation with Ada about her favorite I Love Lucy episode.  (hint: she said "she couldn't pick one because there are so many good ones"!)  We had to take a photo with her doing that classic Rosie the Riveter pose.

By the time we closed our booth down on Sunday, we had met so many wonderful people - many of whom I'm thrilled to keep in contact with.  

PLUS, I think I caught the Comic Con bug - I can definitely see myself attending one just for fun.




The Retro Pinups 2016 Calendar

It's finally here!

I've mentioned the 2016 Calendar project back when the kicktstarter was going on and also shared some behind the scenes photos while waiting for the printing to be finished.  But now, I can finally share that the calendars are ready to go!

Boxes and boxes of calendars!

Boxes and boxes of calendars!

For everyone that purchased one during the kickstarter campaign, the autographed calendar will be in the mail soon!  (It takes some time to get all four ladies lovely signatures)

For those of you who haven't purchased one yet, there is still time!  Calendars will be available to purchase on The Retro Pinups' website.

BUT, if you are in the Chicago area, there are TWO opportunities in August where you can come and get your calendar signed IN PERSON with all the lovely ladies from the calendar.  Details about the dates (both in the third week of August) can be found on my Events page.  Come and get a calendar.  Take a picture with me and even pick up an autographed print.

Can't wait to share these with everyone!


Posh Pastries Posh Pops Launch Party

Over the weekend, I was pleased to be asked to help promote Posh Pastries new line of goodies - Posh Pops - at their launch party.

Posh Pops are small batch, artisan popsicles made without any artificial ingredients or preservatives.  Kris Lee, owner and master creative for Posh Pastries, is an absolute doll and her pops are delicious!!

A week or so before the party, I met with Kris and photographer extraordinaire, Angie Gargot, to shoot a few images for Posh Pastries' website.  Here is a photo from that day.

Photo by  Angie Gargot

Photo by Angie Gargot

The launch party on Saturday was terrific.  Caitlin Brown from Blush and Luxe threw together a great party for Kris.  There were hand-crafted cocktails, delicious samples of all of the pops, a makeup station, a DJ, and a photobooth!

My lovely friend, Ada Atomic, joined me at the party to help give the attendees a little pinup experience.  Of course, we were hamming it up in the photobooth.

Ada and I love a good photobooth! (Outfit: top -  Doll me Up , skirt and hair flower - made by me

Ada and I love a good photobooth! (Outfit: top - Doll me Up, skirt and hair flower - made by me

Mmmmmm, posh pops!

Mmmmmm, posh pops!

I'll post some more fun photos as they become available.  If you are in the Chicago area, be sure to check out all of these fantastic local companies - and book some Posh Pops for your next event!!



Behind the Scenes: The Retro Pinups Calendar Project

As I mentioned in my blog post earlier about the 2016 Pinup Calendar, we had a great day of shooting.  A full day later, we shot all 12 months, 4 group shots and several other individual shots that can be used for other purposes.

We had a blast shooting for the calendar and we grabbed a few behind the scenes pictures and videos.  All images are from the calendar shoot or the promo shoot for The Chicago Tribune article.  I've even included a few videos for good measure.

Wearing my Airforce uniform shirt and cap

Wearing my Airforce uniform shirt and cap

This adorable custom play suit from  Lizzy D Creations  was perfect for some action shots!

This adorable custom play suit from Lizzy D Creations was perfect for some action shots!

Everyone loves America's past time, right? 

Everyone loves America's past time, right? 

Definitely on the naughty list this year

Definitely on the naughty list this year

I can't post too many photos without giving things away.  Here's a couple videos to show you just how much fun we have on our shoots!

Our calendar is 75% on it's way to completion.  I can't wait until it's done and we start sending them out to those that ordered.  I also can't wait until we head over to Comic Con in August to sell them.  Be sure to check out my Events page to keep track on where I will be.