Pin-Up Hair Hacks

Pinterest and YouTube make hair look deceptively easy. Anyone who has ever dared to follow along with a hair tutorial knows there’s a little more to it than “Ten Easy Steps!” The babes of yore were able to get flawless victory rolls with nothing but sugar water and a bobby pin, but these days we have a wealth of tools and product technology to get picture perfect results every time.

Bernie Dexter rockin' perfect retro victory rollsBernie Dexter rockin’ perfect retro victory rolls

1. Get Nasty
Clean hair isn’t going to do you any favors because it’s simply too slippery. Plan on not washing your hair for 2-3 days prior to when you plan on having it set. Starting with wet hair is not ideal but it isn’t impossible; just “dirty” it up with gel, mousse or sea salt before blow-drying to 100% dry. Test the dryness of your hair by blasting it with a cool setting on the blow dryer. If your hair feels cold after cooling it means you need to keep at it.

2. Clip ‘n Cool
Whether you’re using hot rollers or a curling wand, always coil up the curl and use a hair pin or single prong clip to hold it in place while the curl cools. After your whole head is curled and clipped give it a liberal misting of hairspray and wait patiently.

3. The Big Tease
Two common backcombing mistakes are sectioning and placement. Sturdy backcombing will provide a strong foundation for any style by preventing any shifting or flat spots. Sections should be parted and backcombed in increments of ¼” to ½” Backcombing for up-dos and most pin-up looks should be applied over the entire head and then smoothed and shaped appropriately. If you start to look like The Bride of Frankenstein, don’t fret – it means you’re doing it right!

4. The Rat
Perfect backcombing is something you can aspire to, but it’s unrealistic to expect perfect results every time. Luckily, there are a few tricks to save your wrists and sanity while you fake it – get yourself a Rat. A Rat can be purchased from beauty supply houses like Sally Beauty, or you can make one yourself out of pantyhose and cotton batting. Fill the pantyhose with small pieces of batting, making a sausage shape, then pin underneath whatever part of your hair needs the most dramatic volume. Smooth hair over it and BAM: Fake it ‘til you make it!

Miss Mosh models a perfect pinup look with hair roses - Photographer: Marla RutherfordMiss Mosh models a perfect pinup look with hair roses
Photographer: Marla Rutherford

5. Other forms of deception
Your hair looks great save for one goofy spot? That’s what bows, barrettes and hair flowers are for. Cover it up and no one will notice! Something else to keep in mind is unless it’s going to stay put, your hard work will be all for nothing. Save your sanity and a million bobby pins by going to your local drugstore and grabbing a set of “As Seen on TV” Spin Pins. Your hair will survive the apocalypse.

6. Finishing
You know how a professional manicure is finished by polishing on a top coat? Your hair is no exception. After your hair has been set, pinned and hair sprayed into submission, applying a shine spray will give your style a finished professional result.

Best of luck!
– Karaté

Boudoir Memoir: The Reluctant Model

One of the best gifts I have ever given myself was permission to be sexy. In college, I agreed to help one of my friends expand the reaches of her photography business by posing for her boudoir and pin-up portfolio. It was understood we would spend the afternoon shooting several looks and scenes working up to a nude photo set. As I sat in the makeup artist’s chair having a shimmering baby oil concoction applied to my collarbones and arms, I ran over all of the requisite anxiety any average gal would have before peeling down: What about my scars and stretch marks? What if I look stupid? Oh God! What if my mom finds out!

woman in fishnets photo by Fernand Fonssagrives

Plus, another unique problem- I’m terrible at being photographed.

I am one of those people who takes the phrase “Say cheese!” as a challenge to cross my eyes/flip the bird/stick my tongue out. None of this was lost on the first photo set. I slinked down into position wearing a flouncy (mostly sheer) babydoll nightie with a deck of cards as a prop. My deep seated mechanism to combat nervousness by turning into a 10 year old class clown swung into full motion. I threw the cards in the air and pretended to swim through them. I stuck cards between my teeth then sneezed them everywhere. I licked the back of the Queen of Hearts and stuck it to my butt. Yep. The day was off to an amazing start.

My exercises in jackassery ended up playing an unexpected part in the rest of the shoot. Like a kid dragged out the hallway in the middle of church service and commanded to “Shake the sillies out!”, I had noticeably collected myself, which was great because my next costume was exponentially more revealing. Because of my bang-up job I had just done of embarrassing myself, I barely batted an eye when I learned my next outfit would be a pair of black panties and huge black angel wings. I fully attribute my cavalier attitude to the fact that even being half naked was going to be better than the dorkshow I had just performed.

By the end of the day all of my slapsticky moves had faded away. The last set of the day was a giant, supple pile of silk and a full length mirror. My costume was a large deco necklace with a long hairpiece… and that was it. By this point the false eyelashes I was wearing had irritated my eyes. I popped out my contacts and entered the soft focus of astigmatism. Posing became so much easier as soon as I couldn’t see clearly enough to scrutinize my appearance. By the last shots of the day, I was over being the funny girl or worrying about my freckles showing. I felt sexy and empowered by adopting this new devil-may-care attitude.

boudoir photo of Karaté

The most intimate part of the finished photos turned out to surprisingly have little to do with my body and more of how startlingly accurately the different facets of my personality showed through. The earlier shots showed my quirky, goofy side and the final photos portrayed me as calm and self-assured. It’s been several years since the pictures were taken and I have yet to have a single moment of regret about the experience. The entire process was very revealing (heyo!). I keep my favorite picture framed to remember the moment I decided I was confident enough to bare it all – and to remind me how incredible my ass looked when I was 22 years old.

– Karaté

Retro Lingerie in Bright, Juicy, Summery Colors!

Can’t get enough summery lingerie in mouth-watering colors like tangerine, fuchsia, lime green, and sunny yellow! We have some beauties in the boutique right now, including these adorable pinup style panties from Honeydew:

And I can’t stop pinning beautiful lingerie, clothing and shoes in these delicious shades! See my juicy, sunny summery color board on Pinterest for more eye-popping goodies.

Are you a pinner? Share your favorite board in the comments – I’d love to take a peek!

Adding classic retro glamour lingerie separates to our boutique!

Excited to reveal the first of many gorgeous new retro glam lines we’re going to stock that have true bra sizing (rather than S, M, L), and are sold as separates so you can get your perfect fit! 

Affinitas black satin and lace retro bra and garter set

Affinitas black satin and lace bra detail

Just received this shipment of beautiful black satin and lace bras and garter belts from Affinitas from their Bridal line, and they’ll be available in our boutique very soon. These classics are a must-have! They have that perfect vintage boudoir look, spiced up with cute little rhinestone accents, and the prettiest eyelash lace.

More glamtastic goodies coming soon – stay tuned…

Pinup Friday: Gardening Gals by Gil Elvgren

I just love vintage pinups, don’t you? So cute! I thought I’d start sharing some of my faves here on our blog every Friday. Here are two from Gil Elvgren, a very prolific American pinup artist who produced a plethora of cutesy images from the late 1930′s through the 1970′s. 

The first is a wonderful pinup painting I came across on Pinterest, and unfortunately I can’t find the title or year it was made. Judging by that gorgeous little dress and the shoes though, I’d say it was from the mid to late 50′s. I particularly like this one because of the lovely agave plants in the scene. Also known as Century Plants, they’re very common here in Austin. We have several large ones in our front yard, and boy are those points sharp! This is a totally plausible scene!

Here’s another fun one with a gardening theme from Gil Elvgren: Hose to Blame, from 1960, found at http://elvgrenpinup.com.

Hope you’ve enjoyed these pinups and that you have a wonderful weekend, whether you’re out there gardening in your garters and stockings or not. ; ) If you’d like to check out more of my favorite pinups by Gil Elvgren and a host of others, peruse my vintage pin ups board on Pinterest.

Let us know: Who’s your favorite pinup artist?

Beth Interviewed by Newest Blog Crush: Peaches Magazine

Just in case you missed it, I wanted to share my recent interview in Peaches Magazine. Peaches Louise, the publisher of this delightful online magazine, does an amazing job of providing “straight talk and scintillating stories about sex.” The blog ranges in topic from dating quandaries and straightforward sex tips to an enlightened category called Inspiration, with wonderful body-positive articles such as Sexy is Timeless, a favorite of mine. I simply adore this blog, and encourage you to check it out for some great sex-positive reads and tons of resources and great information.

Peaches and I talked about my take on the Austin burlesque scene, how to look super sexy and fabulous in your retro lingerie, and more! Here’s an excerpt from my interview:

Peaches: What is your advice to a woman shopping for a sexy piece of lingerie to wear in the bedroom? 

Beth: My advice is to try a lot of different styles of lingerie (try a retro garter dress with backseam stockings! try the classic frilly babydoll with ruffle panties! try an athletic-inspired boyshort paired with cute thigh high socks! try a corset or waist cincher! try it all!) until you find the lingerie that makes YOU feel sexy and beautiful. Each woman is different and has her own personal style, but no matter what she’s wearing, she’s at her sexiest and most irresistible when she FEELS sexy. The increased confidence that comes from feeling good about yourself is what makes you attractive. If your partner encourages you to wear a certain style, but you aren’t excited by it, or worse, you feel unattractive or unhappy with your body when you wear it, neither of you will enjoy the experience. But if you take the time to figure out what types of lingerie make you feel amazing, you will BOTH enjoy it soooo much more! 

Check out my full interview at Peaches Magazine. I was super excited and honored to be featured, and I hope you love it, too! xo, Beth

Rock This Look: Retro Pinup Swimwear

Here at Kuhmillion, we love love love all things vintage & retro, so of course our favorite kind of swimwear is the vintage-inspired kind! Now that summer’s in full swing, make sure you’ve got a gorgeous suit that makes you look pinup perfect! Here’s a roundup of our faves:

Turquoise Deluxe Swimsuit from Kiss Me Deadly

Marilyn Swimsuit by Pinup Couture

Bathing Beauty one piece by Esther Williams, available at ModCloth

Norwood Swim Top & Bara Swim Mini Bottoms, Taryn Gerber for Shabby Apple 

Black & Cream Bow Bikini by What Katie Did

Fabulous, no? Grab your cat eye shades, a pretty parasol, & hit the beach! Let us know: do you have a retro swimsuit? If so, where’d ya get it?

Rock This Look: The Lacey Eye

Maybe I’m a little late to the party, but I’m totally loving this lace around the eyes thing! I saw a few pics in my Pinterest feed, then had to search for more. This dramatic and fanciful look would be so perfect for a glam party, or divine for a burlesque stage look. Or what about rocking this gorgeous and dreamy eye in a boudoir photo shoot? Smashing. Look at all of these beautiful eyes!

There are many ways to achieve this fantastic look:
- adhering actual lace around the eye
- using lace as a stencil to paint eye makeup through
- using a temporary tattoo with a lace design
- going super DIY and drawing your own lace design with eyeliner

Chanel made a big splash with the look on the Spring 2013 runway. Check out some of Chanel’s lacey eye pics on chicprofile.com

Most of the photos above are recent, but one is a surprisingly vintage pic from Vogue magazine. Can you spot it?

To get a better look at all of these gorgeous pics, check out my Lacey Eye Pinterest board! To those unfamiliar with Pinterest (if there’s anyone out there who hasn’t been completely pulled in by Pinterest’s delicious eye candy yet), clicking on the individual photos will take you to their original sources, some of which are tutorials. A cursory YouTube search for “lace eye tutorial” yields many video tuts as well.

I’d love to know: Have you tried this look? Let us know in the comments. Which technique did you use? Share a pic if you have one!

Happy Retro Spring from Austin Texas!

Wow! We sure took a break from Lingerie Unlaced. Well, that’s because we were so busy during Valentine’s Day that we took a little time to catch our breath and focus on our boutique. And the web site has not even slowed down. People from all over the world have been finding us and we’re doing our level best to make their shopping experience the best.

One thing we’re doing is expanding our line and direction into Retro Lingerie. Burlesque and retro just fit so neatly together and we love so many of the retro styles that are available now. In fact, some of them like this black and pink number from Leg Avenue, and this retro black floral girdle from Bernie Dexter are amazingly popular.

Retro blush pink mesh set

Bernie Dexter retro girdle
And we’re paying attention! Look for more wonderful retro lingerie like this as we shift in this direction.

If you’re way into the retro look, be on the lookout for some higher-end girdles, corsets and corselettes in the shop soon!

Toodles!

Sexy retro lingerie adds some heat to Valentine’s day

Retro lingerie can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. We like to think of retro as a throwback to the 1940s and 1950s. The lingerie back then were simply considered foundation garments which molded and sculpted women’s bodies into ideal forms. Today, retro lingerie is making a huge comeback, and it’s no wonder, this stuff is flattering and very sexy. This Valentine’s Day, add a little heat to your festivities with some retro styles from Kuhmillion Lingerie.

Let’s start off with one of our newest matching sets. This blush pink girdle and lace bra has been selling like hot cakes, and it’s no accident. The girdle design and pink color are straight out of the 1950s and the high contrast black garter bows on the girdle and bra are like the fancy decorations on a cake! The garters, as in the past are functional and go perfectly with nylon stockings.

The complete retro outfit here includes opera length gloves and a pair of stockings that you can match with your favorite pair of heels. If you’re picking this one out for yourself to wear, think about how much fun you can have playing around with retro makeup and hair! You’ll definitely want to check out that link for some great video tutorials.

This retro burlesque set is seriously skimpy and cute! Not actually a retro style per se, but perfect for Valentine’s Day. The red and black striped design is very burlesque and the chiffon ruffle trim is a nice finishing touch too. You can pair this little set with a fabulous pair of retro thigh highs and of course some elegant black gloves. This hot little number was made for Valentine’s Day.

And because hosiery today mostly means tights and pantyhose, we like to consider thigh highs and stockings as retro lingerie. We have tons of unique styles from simple classic black back seam stockings to ones with fancy welts and patterns. You can just make up your own retro Valentine’s Day look with some of these and a pair of cute knickers. Just look around and find something that tickles your fancy.

If you’re putting together a retro Valentine’s Day outfit, don’t forget about accessories. If you take a look at the models that we used in this post, you’ll notice that they all have some cute accessories going on. Retro lingerie is so much about the elegance of those past decades and the accessories really make it work. Take a look at our accessories page for some inspiration!|

We hope you have someone very special to spend with on this Valentine’s Day, that your day is fun and your night is full of romance and passion.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

- Beth

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