Introducing... El Gato Gomez for Heart of Haute!

As a fan and collector of El Gato Gomez's  iconic mid-century inspired art work, I couldn't help but reach out and ask her to collaborate with me for Heart of Haute. What first was imagined as a line of t-shirts, soon became an entire collection of full circle skirted dresses with a Black Cat & Asterisk motif, paired perfectly with tonal cropped cardigans.

This is the first time we've collaborated with an artist and we're excited to release this first fun collection featuring all new dress designs. All dresses and skirts are full circle to accommodate the engineered print to suit the swoop of the skirt. Our new cropped cardigan is now available to order in 3 color ways, and will be coming soon in 2 more as the seasons change.

The NEW Dresses are officially availble for PRE-ORDER.  Shipments will begin on the dresses on September 15th. Cardigans are in stock and ready to ship today (if you just can't wait). We have a limited number available on each color. Be the first to rock this new collection and get your orders in early!

 

The Simone Dress in Jade        and        The Cropped Cardi in Jade with El Gato Screen Print

The Sarah Dress in Coral    and    The Cropped Cardi in Coral with El Gato Screen Print

The Serena Dress in Coral            and             The Stacy Dress in Jade

 The Haute Circle Skirt in Red                                The Cropped Cardi in White with El Gato Screen Print

 

 

El Gato Gomez has gallery representation at the WonderGround Gallery  at the Disneyland theme park in California, Creature Features in Burbank, California, The Harold Gollen Gallery in Miami, Florida, and the One-Shot Gallery in New York City.  Her art work has also been featured at the amazing modernist cultural events, Tiki Oasis  and Modernism Week in Palm Springs.

Disney enthusiasts will be glad to find her Disneyana inspired art pieces like these...

 

I've personally been collecting El Gato's  black cat paintings. Part of the reason I fell in love with this artist is because she took elements of everything I loved and put them together. I mean....who doesn't dig a hip little kitty chillin' in an atomic-age living room?

and here's just a handful of some of El Gato's other works....

 

These few paintings are such a small sampling of her entire body of work. She's always coming out with new paintings and sells original pieces directly to her fans on eBay.  You will rarely ever see prints of her paintings. If you're totally digging El Gato Gomez, head on her over to website to follow her social accounts and eBay sales.

ElGatoGomezArts.com

 

With Love & No Regrets,

-Mandie Bee

 

 

 

Tiki Photoshoot with Tara O plus a chance to win a FREE DRESS from Heart of Haute!!!

Phoenix based Pinup Photographer and long-time-darling friend, Tara O, is making her way to Sunny California yet again to capture the beauties we have in our sprawling land.  Care to take a stab at Pinup modeling? Need a fun NEW never-shot-in-before Tiki themed location? Book this shoot!  I'll be there, too ;) All bookings will also be entered in a drawing to win a Heart of Haute dress of their choice, up to a $120 value. Whoa! Yeah, I know. I wont enter the drawing, though.  

To set up an appointment, please contact Tara directly  at :  Tara@taraophotos.com   And if you're in need of some Tiki Tiki dresses, let's take a gander at some of the styles HoH has to offer!

Hope to see you there! Aloha!  

With Love and No Regrets,

Mandie Bee

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Shimmer and Shine this Holiday Season

Our Darling Ludella Hahn gracefully models our Marie dress in Shimmer Slate & Gold. This print has a subtle metallic coat in the print (which we love this time of year). All of our metallic prints are even lovlier in person and you'll LOVE how they play in the light. For something special this season, turn your attention to our Shimmer collection of dresses... Marie and Irene dresses are ALL IN STOCK now in all sizes. Ready to ship! I know you need something stunning for that Holiday party, Honey. We got you!!
Create some Holiday Magic this season in our special Shimmer Prints!     Shop the Marie Dress in Gold: http://bit.ly/1rYltFd Shop the Marie Dress in Slate Shimmer: http://bit.ly/1zSdPke Shop the Irene Dress in Gold Shimmer: http://bit.ly/12nXGHT Shop the Irene Dress in Slate Shimmer: http://bit.ly/1yPxoKt

Hello Giggles Thinks our Super Spy is Dreamy!!!

A flurry of Super Spy dress orders came in today, and while this has been one of our best selling dresses at this time of year, the amount of orders seemed to be a bit more than usual.  We can thank Hello Giggles for that as their fashion blogger, Marie Lordi,  for recognizing a Heart of Haute classic!   This dress is irresistible. Just look at it. You can't say "no" can you? As soon as you get it on your body, YOU will be irresistible. Trust us. It's no wonder this is our #1 best selling dress since 2005. This wiggle dress is simple, yet sophisticated. The material is very forgiving- not too clingy and hugs in all the right places.   click the image below to read the full article... Shop for the Super Spy Dress in a variety of colors and similar styles here

What Have We PinUp To? Making new stuff!

What Have We PinUp To?Hey there Haute Honeys! Hope you are all enjoying the first month of the year!  We've been busy bees here making tons of new products, and revamping the favorites with fresh & fun fabrics! Let's talk all about them...

It's Raining Cats   It's finally here! The long awaited 'It's Raining Cats' print has made it onto the Matey Dress, Ella Top, and Moxie Skirt by Mandie Bee.  I just can't resist these adorable topsy turvy felines. Mandie Bee's collection is form fitting for a gorgeous silhouette, and remember the Moxie Skirt & Matey Dress are slightly shorter than the rest of the Heart of Haute products!  A perfect fit for you flirty rockabilly babes to accessorize with your favorite ballet flats if you're running around all day, or a great pair of pumps for a night out! If you're not a cat lady, don't fret - we are on the lookout for a just as cute puppy print for all the dog mamas out there! Royal Blossom - Amanda Dress               The Amanda Dress is one of those timeless dresses that make a unique addition to any retro-loving gal's wardrobe.  It's a vintage inspired dress that fits like a dream, and this particular print is just gorgeous.  A striking tableau of cerulean, dark blue and bright white flowers with spectacular detailing.  This sophisticated floral print is eye-catching and flattering on all skin tones. Florance - Beverly Dress               Florance is a one of a kind print, it reminds me of picnics in the meadow, a fun, flirty date maybe? Especially when on the Beverly Dress, oh Bev is such a flirt! The fabulous Florance print is an array of teeny tiny blue and red flowers. Also available in the popular Sweetie Dress and the Amanda Dress.  I think they are best accessorized with the Pinup Couture Wicker Purse in black. I can't resist that adorable dainty fruit charm! Winter Blossom - Sweetie Dress             Winter Blossom is sure to make any lady the belle of the ball!  Stunning shimmery ice blue with golden florets that glisten as your skirt twirls.  Sound too good to be true?  It only seems like a dream, but it's the truth!  It reminds me a little of an ice fairy, but really it's a piece that can work in any season.  The fabric has a bit of a pearly sheen to it also, so if you're keen on standing out in a crowd, this dress is sure to make you shine your brightest. Also available in the Amanda Dress for those gals who don't like halters.         Just as a reminder dear Haute Honeys - join us on Facebook through the end of January as we are doing another Test Kitchen.  That's where we show you all the new prints and styles we've been working on and get your opinions on which we should keep!  As always we really appreciate your feedback! Sneaky PeekyHere's just a little sneaky peeky of what could be coming your way! It's up to you!  <3 Ali for HoH <3

Midnight Peacock ~

  [caption id="attachment_1551" align="alignleft" width="300"]The Monique Dress in Midnight Peacock The Monique Dress in Midnight Peacock[/caption] I am very excited to announce the arrival of our newest fabric print - Midnight Peacock.  As the cool sister to our famous Peacock Royale print, this one features a stunning color scheme of dark navy and light blues with the same lovely peacock surrounded by flowers.  This dress will truly stand the test of time as it is classically gorgeous.  Now available as one of our popular Monique Dresses, which has a lovely bateau neckline, a-line skirt, built in belt and side zipper.  Snag yours while supplies last! Let your inner peacock strut her stuff loudly and proudly this new year!

Holiday Gift Guide

[caption id="attachment_1532" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Holiday Gift Guide Heart of Haute Holiday Gift Guide[/caption] The holidays have snuck up on some of us again!  For those of you who have been prepared for months now - good for you!  Teach me your ways!  I however am a notorious gift shopping procrastinator.  There's so much pressure to get something creative, something they don't already have, something special that shows them how much you care.... right?  I've put together a useful little guide that's full of fun, flirty gifts for any retro loving ladies in your life.  Whether you're shopping for mom, sister, group of best buddies, girlfriend, or wifey!  Every pin up cutie could use a little Heart of Haute in their stocking this holiday! [caption id="attachment_1533" align="alignleft" width="150"]Meet the Amoeba purse! As its name suggests, the Amoeba purse adapts itself to nearly every occasion; dressed up, dressed down, it can do it all! Its uniquely curving retro shape hearkens back to the atomic age with clean, futuristic, and distinctive lines. Constructed of a Champagne glitter vinyl, black vinyl trim, bullet feet to keep your purse clean, zippered and open inner pockets, and clasp, no detail escaped our attention. This purse also boasts a two-toned handle, and chrome chain, a very important detail in preserving the longevity of a well-loved vinyl purse. And thanks to the size (14” x 4.5” x 8”) you can carry all of your necessities around with you and have room for some non-essentials as well! Designed by Micheline Pitt. Pin Up Couture - Amoeba Bag in Champagne[/caption] 1. My personal favorite - the Amoeba Bag by Pin Up Couture. Nothing says I care about you like a gorgeous sparkly vinyl handbag!  It's curvy, eye-catching, classic and basically goes with anything.  Makes a great gift because the neutral champagne color can go from Winter straight into Spring!  This bag is also available in Aqua Glitter for the adventurous spirit and Black Glitter for the classy gals.   [caption id="attachment_1534" align="alignleft" width="150"]Tres Noir Ultra Lux Sunglasses Tres Noir Ultra Lux Sunglasses[/caption] 2. Oh la la - every doll needs a perfect pair of cat eye sunglasses. No doubt about it!  The Tres Noir Ultra Lux Sunglasses are an elegant accessory and protect her beautiful eyes with 100% UVA UVB protection.  She'll feel like a diva every day!  These sunnies are available in Gold Sparkle or Black & Pearl.     [caption id="attachment_1535" align="alignleft" width="150"]Betty Bolero by Heart of Haute Betty Bolero by Heart of Haute[/caption] 3. The Betty Bolero - just enough of a sweater, not too light, not too thick!  Perfect for over our Sweetie Dress on a lovely summer night.  In red, navy, white or black, a must have in any retro-inspired wardrobe!     [caption id="attachment_1539" align="alignleft" width="150"]Mitzi and CO 2014 Pinup Calendar Mitzi and CO 2014 Pinup Calendar[/caption] 4.  What about the men in our lives?  The Mitzi and Co 2014 Pinup Calendar is full of perfect pinups and hot rods!  A great gift for all those brothers, uncles, cousins, and mechanics you have to shop for!  Besides, who doesn't love a colorful pin up girl calendar?     [caption id="attachment_1540" align="alignleft" width="150"]Fancy Rose by Heart of Haute Fancy Rose by Heart of Haute[/caption] 5.  Let's face it, every lady loves roses!  And every lady deserves roses, no matter the occasion!  The Fancy Rose comes in black, red, navypurple, and ivory - so there is one to match every one of our dresses!  They are the perfect size and make a wonderful accessory to any retro inspired or modern outfit. So sassy!  For twice the sass - Check out our extra large Viva to the Diva Rose!   [caption id="attachment_1542" align="alignleft" width="128"]Seahorse Pendant by Heart of Haute Seahorse Pendant by Heart of Haute[/caption]  6.  Stocking stuffer!  An adorable aquatic buddy on a long gold chain, is just lovely with any outfit.  This sweet little Seahorse Pendant is a great gift for any of the gals on your list!  With just the right amount of nautical charm.  This necklace is made in the U.S.A. with love!  Check out our whole collection of Jewelry.     Heart of Haute Gift Certificate   7.  Still can't decide? No worries!  If you have no idea, you can always give her the gift of shopping!  That way you can be sure she'll get something she loves!  Thanks to you! We have Gift Certificates available anywhere from $25-$2,500!  You can choose to have the Gift Certificate e-mailed directly to you so that you may print it out and give it to the lucky lady in person OR we can e-mail it to her directly!   Make this holiday shopping season easier on yourself by checking out the Gifts Section at Heart of Haute!  There are plenty of handbags, shoes, jewelry, hair bows, sweaters, and more to choose from!  A gift from Heart of Haute is sure to make her smile.

A Vintage Vanity Pays a visit...

With trusty video cam and tripod in hand, Jennifer of a Vintage Vanity was ever-so ready to interview me about Heart of Haute. In this 13 minute video, you'll learn a little bit of the history behind this company, more about myself, and how we do things around here!

Meet Miss Liza: HB Employee, Designer, and Alternative Fashion Enthusiast

Heart of Haute is proud to offer an array of clothing that anyone can add to their wardrobe, however we are often associated with the Rockabilly and Pin-up subcultures.  What many of you may not know, is that we are also happy to cater to those that might have a taste for more alternative clothing.  Riveting Gallantry features garments designed with a different aesthetic, but made with the same quality fabrics and attention to detail as your favorite Heart of Haute dresses.  Designed by our very own Liza Aravelo, whom I have the pleasure of working with here at Heart of Haute Headquarters, shares her experience working in the fashion industry, her inspiration for Riveting Gallantry and exploring new subcultures. rgbanner liza hb   What inspired you to pursue a career in fashion? Honestly, I wasn't that sure about it.  I've liked it since high school.  It was probably my sophomore or junior year.  I was in art class and we were starting to draw people.  Our teacher gave us the creative liberty to go where we wanted with it, so – I don't know why, maybe it was because I was just starting to get into anime – I would draw the model in front of us, but then I would change their outfit into something more fantasy/sci-fi.  When I started high school, I wanted to be an animator and it was through that class that I took that very seriously, but my teacher pointed out that my artistic skills lay more into creating costumes than actually learning the fundamentals of drawing.  [Our school] had just started offering a fashion ROP class, [my teacher] suggested I take it, and I did.   Was it like a lightbulb moment where everything tied in together? Actually, not at all. . . but it made me realize how much fun I had doing it.  Fast forward, I didn't get to do that at first, right out of high school.  It took some time.  I went back and forth with what I wanted to do with my life.  One of my high school teachers told me about this anime called “Paradise Kiss,” and she told me that I HAD to watch it.  So, I watched it, and it was [about] a private school in Japan, like high school, but an artistic high school, and they had a fashion program.  It followed this group of kids and their struggle to find themselves and to be artists.  The main character was sort of like me.  He was really passionate and really talented, but everyone kind kept telling him, “This is probably not the best thing for you,” “It's really hard,” “You're gonna struggle, you should probably go with something more stable.”  He went ahead and did it anyway.  I don't know, maybe it was because I was young, but I thought to myself, “Well, hey, if this character can do it, then I can do it.”  It's literally that anime that continues to inspire me.  Whenever I doubt myself, I re-watch the whole series and I have renewed vigor to keep going.   That's really awesome! Going off of that, do you find that a lot of your work, and not necessarily just for Riveting Gallantry, is influenced by that particular anime in some way or another? No, not at all, actually.  The anime was all about runway and haute couture.   So it's just more for your motivation? Yeah!   For our Fans that don't know, you cut samples and grade patterns for Heart of Haute. What does your job entail? So for our customers, they understand that everything from us is made to order.  Basically, when the order comes it, it gets put onto a “cut sheet.”  The cut sheet comes to me, and I hand cut each order, one by one.  Grading patterns means that I take a base size, which for us is a medium, and I then create individual patterns for all the other sizes from XS to 2XL. liza   What do you find the most challenging? Well, pattern making, in general, is a very detail-oriented type of work.  It's kind of stressful because even though there's sort of a formula that you follow, it never ends up working perfectly, so it's a lot of creative problem solving.  Because it's so detail-oriented, sometimes it can get really frustrating.  For most designers, when you draw things, you have an understanding of the physical capabilities of fabric and sewing.  To get a sketch and turn it into a pattern, there's obviously going to be some variance of where exactly a line should fall.   Some Heart of Haute Honeys may not know about the Riveting Gallantry line. Can you describe its aesthetic? How would you introduce the line to someone who may not be familiar with alternative sub-cultures and clothing? Riveting Gallantry started out as being intended to kind of follow the steampunk trend.  I wanted to tone it down a little bit, so I went with more of a classic, more goth-type alternative aesthetic, not necessarily in the fabric choices but in the styles.  It's definitely reminiscent of neo-victorian [fashion.]   Do you think it still incorporates the steampunk aesthetic? The silhouettes definitely do, the fabric does not. I felt like if we went with a steampunk line, it was too narrow.  Neo-Victorian and the Gothic aesthetic have so many branches, that with a few modifications, it could easily fit into many sub-genres.   What about the lolita influence on the line, if there is any? I intended it to sort of be incorporated into lolita [fashion], but the more that I spend time as a lolita myself... [lolita] doesn't really leave a lot of room for indie brands.  It's the sort of thing where it's sort of like, “It's Japanese or it's not.”   What was your inspiration for the Riveting Gallantry line and how have your other interests influenced your designs? All of my designs have been influenced by my selfish desire for people to dress better, haha!  I don't know, ever since high school, I've always had a quirky sense of style.  Growing up, and learning about different subcultures and how they just keep exploding and every year something new pops up.  Loving anime so much, it's always been my dream to have a “fantasy closet” and for EVERYBODY to have a fantasy closet.  Part of my inspiration for Riveting Gallantry was so that people could wake up and say, “You know what? I feel like a pirate today, so I'll wear this dress.”  Or, “I want to feel like a princess, I'll wear this skirt and this really cute top.”  Everything I love kind of gets jumbled together into this idea.   Is there a story behind the name “Riveting Gallantry”? When we first started [this line,] it was intended to be a steampunk line, and I didn't want to use anything really generic – anything that had to do with clockwork or something like that – the whole point of steampunk is it's literally an industrial, Victorian aesthetic.  I wanted to incorporate the hardware [aspect]. “Riveting” is a term used for striking type fashion, and it's also, obviously, rivets are metal pieces, or metal studs so I started with that.  As I started designing for the collection, my main inspiration was actually pirates, so I wanted to also incorporate that.  It's sort of the biggest sub-culture I have an appreciation for, which still follows along the Victorian line and aesthetic, so I chose “gallantry” which is a term referring to “beautiful ships.”  Well, “gallant” is the term.   Is there a particular piece from Riveting Gallantry that is your favorite? The Aldonza Dress is definitely my favorite, because it's a pretty pirate dress. rivetingpiratedress   Is there a particular piece from Riveting Gallantry that you would recommend for any Fans who might be curious about alternative clothing? Honestly, I don't think you could go wrong with the Wench Skirt.  It's a pretty standard silhouette for any type of fashion, really.  It's the most versatile, even outside of the Gothic aesthetic. rivetingpirateskirt   What advice would you give to someone who is interested in pursuing a career in fashion? My advice, which isn't necessarily specific for people in fashion.  It's for people you want to pursue something that isn't “the norm” and they feel that they don't have a lot of support.  [My advice] is to really think about how much you want it, and how bad you're willing to fight for it.  Fashion is by no means an easy thing to learn.  There are various sides.  On the one side, it requires you to be extremely creative ALL THE TIME.  It's really taxing and it gets really hard sometimes.  Or it requires you to be extremely perceptive.  You have fashion designers who are extremely creative, and they're the ones that create fashion, they create movements and sub-cultures.  Then you have, people who can say, “You know what, I know this is going to be hot, we can start this.”  Don't get me wrong, those people can make money, but you have to understand what it is you want to do to get it.     What advice would you give to someone who is curious about exploring different subcultures? For me, everything came from me looking at something and then searching for it.  All of the things I've come across, I've never found someone to tell them, “Oh, you're into this? That's cool! Tell me about it.”  So if you don't have that person that's going to explain it to you, and bring you into the fashion culture with them, then honestly you need to educate yourself.  Thank to the internet, there's a wealth of knowledge out there.  Every culture has its rules, taboos, and faux pas, so you really need to educate yourself.  When you decide to ease into [a subculture] or dive head first, make sure you're doing it the right way because once you affiliate yourself with that culture, you are representing them.  You don't want to misrepresent them.  If there's something that you really like, definitely have fun with it, but don't necessarily try to affiliate yourself with that group.  Don't let the culture stop you from doing what you want, but be respectful in the way you do it.  Facebook is sort of the bridge now to join all of these groups.  I'm still just getting into Steampunk, so I joined all these communities, and I frequently ask them, “Is this OK?” It's not that I'm asking for permission, but someone who's seasoned in the community, then can let me know, “Well, that's not usually something you would work, but maybe play with around with it a little and see what you can turn it into.”  You get plenty of advice.  All communities want to grow. Obviously no sub-culture wants to become “the masses” that's the whole point of being a sub-culture, but for the most part they're really welcoming.  Especially if you're really willing to do it right, they're more than happy to help you.     That's something that a lot of people don't realize, that it IS a culture. Yes!  It's one thing to buy a Lolita dress because you think it's pretty, but it's another thing to call yourself a Lolita.  It's something that I don't think should be taken too seriously, but you have to understand that for some people it's a lifestyle.  I wear Lolita – at least casual Lolita – on a fairly regular basis, and for people to come up to me and say, “Oh, why are you in this costume?”  It's pretty annoying.  Just because I don't dress like you means I'm in a costume?  This is an outfit.  But then, as somebody who is in a culture, you can always tell who is a first timer.  Instead of ostracizing them, you should take them aside and say, “Good effort, but let me give you some advice.”  Which is, again, why you should educate yourself first.  Especially because these type of sub-cultures are a lot of DIY.  That's another thing I wanted to do with Riveting Gallantry.  I wanted to create, not over-stylized pieces, but the basics, where you could modify them to fit into [the sub-culture.]  I don't want to pigeon-hole the line.   So, what's your favorite Heart of Haute dress? It's not really my aesthetic, but I like the Beverly Dress.  The Hillary Dress in the Chambray Anchor is my favorite, because of the colors.  There's something about this print that just fits more with my lifestyle. dinahhillarychamanch   Do you think there are styles that Heart of Haute offers that could potentially be used for other sub-cultures? I use the Beverly [Dress] a lot for Lolita, but I've cut it a little shorter for my style.  The Twirl Skirt is sort of a basic, especially since we offer it in so many prints.  I would use a Twirl Skirt for some of my Lolita outfits.  The Monte Carlo Dress, I think, is a really versatile dress.  There are a lot of possibilities with that dress. lizahb2

Twirl Skirt in Black Mystique (left,) Monte Carlo Dress in Red

  While I may not have ventured as far into the world of subcultures, I do love pretty dresses (and skirts!) and I'm excited to see what's to come from Liza and Riveting Gallantry in the future.  In the meantime, you can check out the line on our website.   With Love & No Regrets, Katrina Marie    

Body Positivity and Why Plus-size Models Are Awesome!

Hello! Katrina Marie here! (How's it going?) I don't normally like to get too serious, or post entries that can read like a novel, but I really wanted to take a moment to bring up a topic that happens to be very near and dear to my own heart: body positivity (YAY!) I know from my own experience that there seems to be a lot of confusion regarding what body positivity actually is. Some have even dared to argue that body positivity promotes unhealthy lifestyles and obesity (Nope! Keep reading, please.)   Body positivity focuses on self-love, and learning to be comfortable in your own skin, regardless of what number the scale happens to hit.  It's also about educating people (including yourself) about body autonomy by helping others realize that no one really has the right to comment on or judge someone else's body.  Unfortunately, the media has an idea of what beauty should look like, and they have no qualms constantly reminding us that we, the every day Janes of the world, do not fit their mold.  We're constantly shown images of women in their photoshopped “perfection,” and then we're told what steps to take in order to achieve said “perfection.”  This is not only damaging to women (for obvious reasons,) but men are affected as well.  We live in a society where women everywhere are kind of tricked into working to achieve some spoon-fed notion of what beauty is, and men are holding women to the same, unrealistic standards.  This doesn't just apply to overweight women of today.  Back in the 1950s, women were often criticized for being underweight, and for bodies lacking in curves (wait, what?!) vintage weight gain ad 2 vintage weight gain ad 3 vintage weight gain ad

 Vintage weight gain ads.

Let's take a moment to break down what that tells us:  The media has been dictating to women how we should look, and teaching men what they should find attractive in a woman's physical appearance for decades! Let that sink in just for a second. I don't know about you, but realizing that alone, was enough for a lightbulb to go off inside my ever-analytical brain.  I thought, “No amount of energy I spend trying to make others happy with my body image will do, because there will always be someone who will object. You can't make everyone happy. So, why not focus on making sure you're happy with yourself?” Now, I'm not saying I've managed to get to that point of ultimate and complete self-love.  In all honesty, it will likely be a lifelong fight. What I have learned so far, is that once you get to the point where you can accept your body for all its perfect imperfection (see what I did there?), then other people's opinions don't matter so much. If it doesn't bother you, other people can't use it against you. This is why I look up to the women (and men) that constantly defy and rebel against the media to remind us that beauty truly does come in all shapes and sizes.  Mindy Kaling, Tess Munster, and Christina Hendricks are just a few that come to mind.

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  While it's awesome that celebrities, and others in the public eye, make a point to take a stand for body positivity, it's just as important for us to take a stand to make a difference in our everyday lives. (This is the part where I tie everything together, I promise!) One of my favorite things about pinup culture, is that pinups are known to have voluptuous, hourglass curves.  (Of course, this may have been indicative of what the media's idea of beauty was at the time, but that's another point for a different day.) This aesthetic has managed to withstand the test of time, and is seen in modern pinup culture today. That being said, the difference is that with modern pinup culture, even women with less than hourglass curves can dip their pointed toes into the “pinup world” by picking out their favorite vintage inspired looks (Heart of Haute dresses included, of course!) and booking a pinup photo shoot with a local photographer. We've had the pleasure of working with Miss Tara of Tara O. Photos. While Tara is a talented photographer all around, she specializes in pinup photography, and always proclaims that ANY woman can try pinup modeling (and she's right!)   While plus size fashion seems to have really only adopted contemporary trends in more recent years, it's still an area of fashion that I believe is often overlooked. Luckily, it's really caught on that “the chubby girls” have as much fashion sense as anyone else. So, plus-size girls (myself included) are starting to have more options when it comes to self-expression through clothing. Heart of Haute is proud to offer several styles in our plus-sizes (1XL and 2XL.) We're also proud to feature plus-size models who are not only rocking our clothing and working it in front of a camera, but who are also doing really awesome things to makes waves in the industry and beyond it.     Miss Shana Nicole hails from Houston, Texas. In addition to the numerous pinup magazine covers on which she's been featured, she is also the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Atomic Bombshells Magazine. She's also proud to be a founding member of Benefit Betties, a Houston based, non-profit pin-up charity group.  You can even catch this bombshell as a guest performer for the Houston Burlesque Revue. shananicolediner

Shana Nicole in the Diner Dress in Black (Photo Credit: Paper Moon Photography by Charlie Girl)

shananicolesailorShana Nicole in the Sailor Dress in Navy (Photo Credit: Paper Moon Photography by Charlie Girl)

shananicolebevShana Nicole in the Beverly Dress in Black Gingham (Photo Credit: Paper Moon Photography by Charlie Girl)

    Miss Teer Wayde is a freckled beauty from down under, Melbourne, Australia. She is a fashion and editorial model signed with Bella Model Management in Australia, and she also runs the popular fashion blog Curves to Kill. You may remember her from an interview with Mandie Bee that was featured here on our blog in the past.

teerwaydehilaryblkdot Teer Wayde in the Hillary Dress in Black Dot (Photo Credit: Nic Doncon)

teerwaydemontelakeTeer Wayde in the Monte Carlo Dress in Lake (Photo Credit: Nic Doncon)

teerwaydestripeyTeer Wayde in the Marilyn Top in Stripey & the Vogue Pencil Skirt in Black (Photo Credit: Nic Doncon)

teerwaydemarleenblkTeer Wayde in the Marleen Dress in Black (Photo Credit: Tara O. Photos)

  Two different ladies on opposite ends of the globe with at least one very important thing in common (aside from their killer fashion sense, of course): they know they're beautiful (inside and out) and they know that no one's opinion of them will change that.  So the next time you look at yourself in the mirror (whether you've decided to strut your stuff in Heart of Haute that day or not,) take a moment to remember that you are wonderfully unique, and your perfectly imperfect awesome self is top notch, Heart of Haute loveliness!  You go, girl! ;)     With Love & No Regrets, Katrina Marie   **Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this blog post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Heart of Haute or any of its other employees.**