Let me lead you down the rabbit hole of Hospitals, Regained Confidence, and Becoming a PUG Hoarder.

My discovery and subsequent love of Pinup Girl Clothing did not have a wonderful beginning.

From September 2009 to April 2011, I was in and out of hospitals for High Blood Pressure and Menorrhagia. I had approximately 25 E.R. visits and at least 10 three to five day stays. I can’t describe the level of misery I felt of having my body feel like it was someone else’. I was never a person that was used to remaining at one size. I’ve been a size 2 and a size 12. I enjoy food and alcohol WAY too much to restrict myself. However, I’ve always been a workout nut and with my health being in as bad shape as it was – I could not exercise without passing out. I blew up. I was not happy nor comfortable being a size 26. I weighed about 270 lbs and I was fucking miserable. I used to dance. I used to run. Now, I couldn’t even make it up the stairs of my apartment without being out of breath.

I was lucky to have found friendship and love with my next door neighbor (yes, I fell for the boy next door) and He supported me throughout this horrid time in my life. It was he that introduced me to Pinup Girl Clothing. He knew I had a love affair with skulls due to my affiliation with my college sorority (Go Chi-O!) and wanted to get me something that would cheer me up. He apparently typed in “Skull + Dress” and Pinup Girl Clothing’s “Lizbeth” Dress popped up within the search. He ordered it along with the Hot Pink Jessica dress and kept his fingers crossed that I would like it.

I was waking up from surgery when I saw the boy sitting in the hospital corner chair. He had a bouquet of roses and a package in his hands. Even in my drugged induced haze, I saw that I had presents and gurgled out in exclamation “For Me?!” I tugged at the package until I could get it open and inside was a red dress with skulls. I fell in love instantly with the material and the design and I wanted to know where he obtained such a gorgeous dress from. He stated Pinupgirlclothing.com and I knew I had to check this website out.

PIC OF RED LIZBETH https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10100665688227302&set=a...

PIC of hot pink Jessica
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It didn’t take long for the pounds to drop after the surgery and it sure didn’t take long for me to start ordering clothes for myself from Pinupgirlclothing.com Here was a website that had models of different shapes, sizes,and ethnicities. Here was a website that went into plus sizes and the clothes didn’t look like tents. Here was a website that my mom wouldn’t yell at me for showing off all my goods. It was win/win situation. Soon my collection grew and as it did, my confidence soared. Yea, I may not be a size *blank* anymore but I was happy with the way that I looked. I felt sexy and lady-like wearing Pinup Couture or Deadly Dames even when downing shots and cussing up a storm in a bar. I felt like the baddest bitch on the block. From being a recluse to regaining my former confidence and wanting to take over the world; PinupGirlclothing did that for me. I’ll be forever grateful to my boy for the introduction and to PUG for the production of their line.

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Comment by Jessica Maria Montalvo-Anderson on November 21, 2012 at 7:12pm

I am so happy that you are doing better today! I can't wait to party with you one day soon!!! We should celebrate these obstacles we've all been through and faced head on, but are still able to stand tall and overcome them with PUG style and grace!! XOXOXO

Comment by Ann Downs on November 21, 2012 at 10:09pm

What an amazing story! You've landed yourself a good guy...he's a keeper! :)

Comment by Kirsti Salmi on November 23, 2012 at 2:00am

Erica... I don't even know what to say. Thank you for your story! I've heard a few stories of PUG coming through for ladies after health problems and they're all very inspiring and touching. I can relate - I was recently sick and one of the things that depressed me most was watching my body waste away and the prospect of not being able to fit the 20+ PUG dresses sitting in my closet. This clothing helped me love my body and my body was turning on me. :( After I got better I've done my best to be thankful for my health and enjoy returning to a normal weight, so that I could wear my dresses and separates again. Now I wear them almost every day! I'm glad PUG was able to get you through a rough spot, and your partner is a keeper for having introduced you to it. He's a lucky guy and I'm glad he treats you well :) Thank you for sharing, truly! xo

Comment by Lisa Skaug on November 23, 2012 at 3:12am

You are gorgeous on the inside and out. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

Comment by Jellie Rocketeer on November 25, 2012 at 4:46pm

Erica, you're such a badass chick you deserve the best! Im glad you're feeling better :)

Comment by Kristina on November 26, 2012 at 11:09pm
What a beautiful story! And I love, love, LOVE those 2 dresses on you! I'm so happy your man introduced you to PUG. :)
Comment by Jen Overbye on November 27, 2012 at 12:49pm

great story!!!! looking forward to doing a shot with you at viva! :)

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