Well, yesterday I had my birthday. And the honest truth is that I turned sixty years old. I am not fooling. I guess that a combination of good genes and lots of hard work have kept me looking pretty good. I have not had any "work" done. But I do "work out" on an almost daily basis. My skin care regimen is pretty basic. I try to follow the mantra "moisturize, moisturize, moisturize". I have been primarily a vegetarian for more than 40 years. I have a profession that I love. I always try to maintain a positive outlook on things. And I try to treat those around me with respect, kindness and lots of humor. And I have a wonderful spouse, family and friends who support me.

My mother died when she was just 62 years old. The last couple of years of her life she suffered from cancer. However she seemed to only get more beautiful the older she got. Maybe I have been blessed to have some of those magic beauty genes that my mom possessed.

I think that I might be neglecting to mention one very important ingredient to what makes me the person I am today. And that was deciding that I am a glamour queen, a pinup girl, a retro loving lady. Finding Pin Up Girl helped me achieve the look that I envisioned in my mind. I lived a very long time before I arrived at my current look. And in fact it was discovering vintage clothing in thrift stores that got me started on this journey. Of course my pinup clothing is not only from PUG. I also have actual vintage clothing and I have clothing from other repro manufacturers. But PUG makes up the majority of my pinup wardrobe. I love how it looks on me. And I love how well it is made. Oh, and I love that it is manufactured here in the USA. Besides the clothing, the second most important part of PUG is PUG Style. The friends that I have made here have inspired me, helped me and supported me to become the person I am.

A couple of months ago I bought myself an early birthday present, a photoshoot. I have done a few photoshoots before. The first one that I did convinced me that I had made the right decision about choosing the glamour gal look. I am not a paid model. I guess that would be obvious when I mentioned my age. I have paid for all of my photoshoots out of my own pocketbook. And they have been worth every penny that I have spent. All of my other photoshoots were done by photographers who specialize in pin up shoots. This time I just bought a package from Amazon Local Deals. That package was quite inexpensive. But I figured that there would be more money involved, and there was. So in fact this shoot cost me around the same amount as all of my other shoots. The photo studio was at a local mall. I had a good photographer and a very good makeup artist. But I think that I will just skip the name and location of the place. They get enough business without me mentioning them.

I decided that for this shoot I would be wearing only Pin UP Girl Clothing. As I would for any shoot, I brought more changes of clothes than I would actually wear. I came with ideas and then I asked for input from the photographer and the MUAH as to which outfits to wear. Let me start off with this purple number, the Erin Dress in plum. I like how it looks. I usually wear size XL in most of my PUG clothing. But I might have been able to go down one size. Anyway, here is the dress:

Next I will present a few photos of the dress that I absolutely fell in love with, the Micheline Dress in Tiffany Blue. This was a dress I bought from a seller on eBay. I love it so much that since then I have bought another during one of PUG's online sales. I have mentioned before how I was kind of afraid of wearing figure hugging clothing in the past. I am not afraid anymore!

I love how the following two pictures taken on this elegant couch came out:

I was not sure if I should do it, but I decided that I would try to do some pics with me wearing a PUG swimsuit. And I must admit that I liked the way that these turned out. I also bought this swimsuit via eBay. I had it in my closet for about a year. I never have had the nerve to wear it in public. Oh, since I bought it via eBay I am not sure exactly which PUG swimsuit this is. It might be an early version of the Marilyn. I am sure that someone out there will know.

And finally I will show you perhaps my favorite photo from the shoot. I am wearing the Micheline but of course it is an extreme close up. I love how it captured that special feeling I had at that moment a combination of playfulness and sexiness. I am very proud of this one. I hope that I am not sounding too vain.

Of course I have more photos from this shoot but I wanted to show you the ones that I thought were the very best. I am happy that I am at the point in my life so that I can spend money on myself in order to look my best. And that money allows me to do these shoots every once in awhile. And I guess that I just wanted to show that being sixty and being sexy are two words that can go together.

Thanks so much to all of you who have been supportive of me. I have tried to be open with you about who I am. Being sixty is not the only thing that makes me rather unique here. I will not talk about those other things this time. But if any of you want to know more about me, I certainly don't mind sharing my story with you. Just write me and ask. Again, thanks to all of you wonderful PUGsters. Thanks for helping me be the glamour girl I wanted to be.

Oh, just a quick note. I don't intend to take over the blog posts here. I have been posting a lot recently but I promise to pull back a little.

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Comment by Shy Anne on October 15, 2013 at 6:38am

 I have to say that when I'm your age I hope that I'm as glamorous, beautiful, outgoing, and brave as you are. You wear what you want, do what you want, and you're happy with it and I think that is something that all of us no matter what age we are, should strive for. You may be 60 but your confidence and your attitude make you sexier than many of the 20 year olds I know. I also know that being a glamor girl doesn't just happen overnight and you've put work into it, braved being stared at, and spent a lot of money to do the things you love but at the end of the day that's what makes us happy and you maintain this amazing positive attitude about everything. You have great genes, and you know fashion, but what makes you really beautiful is your personality and your attitude. And I'm proud to know you :)  

Belated happy birthday, 

Comment by Jennifer McKeever on October 15, 2013 at 11:33am

This blog brought tears to my eyes! You are so lovely and sweet! Good for you girlfriend!!!

Comment by Sammi on October 16, 2013 at 7:37am

Aoife, you are wonderful, and I hope that if/when I get to be your age I look even just a smidgen as good as you do.  You rock your look, whether that is PUG or something else; and I am proud to be able to call you 'friend'; however I am very jealous of all these photo shoots you do, we may have to talk about it sometime ;) lol xx

Comment by Desilu on October 16, 2013 at 9:18am

Oh, Aoife... I have told you many times before, and will many times continue to do so, you are truly an inspiration!! If I can be 1/10th of the woman you are when I am 60 (which is not really that far off when you think about it!), I would die a happy woman! I understand the bittersweet of the birthday - my grandmother died when she was 62 as well (of a heart attack), and when I hit my 30s, my biggest concern was that I was (possibly) halfway through my life!! And that is what changed my perspective on how to live...

Thank you for all you do, please continue to post, and girl, YOU ROCKED THAT MARILYN!!!

Comment by Amber on October 16, 2013 at 5:11pm
60!! I don't believe it.. I think we need a pic of your license. :-) Love the photos! You look so great in all of them. Plum is a fab color on you.
Comment by VenomMiss on October 16, 2013 at 7:49pm

I can't believe you're sixty! No freakin' way! You are such a beautiful person and spirit, inside and out. I genuinely feel so lucky to know you. You look amazing, and your radiance shines through every picture you have shown. I really am jealous and I hope that I can look and feel as beautiful as you look and are as years go on. As for you blogging, I enjoy your posts, so I say, don't stop!

Comment by Aoife 24K on October 16, 2013 at 7:51pm

My dear friends, when I read your comments, and I have read them over and over, I am just so humbled. You all make me feel so good. And gol darn it, that is why I am here. Everyone here is absolutely wonderful, well at least everyone I know is absolutely wonderful. I just don't know how to thank you all. Well, I guess the only way that I can thank all of you is by giving back the love that I have received.

Comment by Andrea B on October 18, 2013 at 5:13pm
Happy Birthday and please don't slow down your postings- they always give me such pleasure. I love how well you have grown into yourself and are such an example of how life is for living.
Comment by Tahitia Belle Fille on October 20, 2013 at 2:18pm

The one thing I've always been able to tell about you Aoife when I look at you is that you're a beautiful person, inside and out. I remember reading a long while back that eventually we all end up with faces in life that most resemble the faces we've made the most over our lives, and I see such happiness when I look at you :)

I'm so glad that you the pinup look and Pinup Girl Clothing have had the influence on you that they have because they really seem to have helped bring you to an amazing place. Your photographer did an amazing job on your pics, if I had to choose one that I liked the most (I never like choosing any PUG over any other PUG) I'm going to say the Erin in Plum is the best :)

Happy Birthday Aoife and you have such a beautiful smile!

Comment by Aoife 24K on October 20, 2013 at 5:35pm

I just re-read all of the comments, both the first ones and the most recent ones. And once again, you have all made me cry. Believe me, I don't cry all the time. I am a very happy person. But I feel so much love from all of you. I can't give you all hugs, at least not at this very moment. So I guess that crying is the only physical manifestation I can give of how you make me feel.

I am just being me. But it has taken sixty years for me to become the me I am today.

I am especially glad to read the positive comments about the Marilyn swimsuit and the purple Erin. I was not sure how good I looked in them. So to get good reviews about those is wonderful indeed.

I have learned a few things in life. I have learned more than a few things. But there are a few things that are very important. One thing I've learned is that it is always good to give support, love and encouragement to others. I know that I have received those things in great abundance from all of you. And I try to give that back in increased amounts. 

One final thing, thanks about the compliment about my smile Tahitia. I really have worked on my smile the last few years. It has nothing to do with looking good in photos, although that is a good side effect. I realized that a smile is a physical manifestation of my love. And the more I smile, the more I show people how much I love them.

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