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
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10100631441647722&set=a...

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 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 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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