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The Story of The Shining Pinup

Posted Julie Ann Davis Cats Fashion Lifestyle Makeup Style

The Shining Pinup Photo Shoot with cats

My friend Shannon is a talented seamstress and tailor who owns Krampus Cuties hair ties. (Cats Like Us sells a lot of them and you can see exclusive designs here). She chooses really fun prints for her hair adornments, including cats and horror! I've collected several and what's nice is that they are reversible and adjustable. (I mentioned her before in a past personal blog.)

I'm wearing the "You've got to be kitten" me hair tie
in this picture, but on the solid side.

Krampus Cuties Hair Ties

Here's my small collection... so far.

Locally made hair bandanas


The Shining

When Shannon started making The Shining carpet design hair ties (bottom most pictured above) I knew I needed a dress in that print, and it really lends itself to a 1960s dress design! I just so happen to have a collection of vintage sewing patterns. I always thought I would learn to sew. But even though my mom tried to teach me and I took sewing classes, I have zero percent sewing skills. I asked Shannon -- if I gave her the pattern -- if she could make me a dress out of The Shining print? She said, "Yes!". (I made the buttons. At least I'm good for something. lol.)

For reference, here's what the carpet looks like in the movie...

The Shinig 1960s pattern rug

Here's the fabric and my dress pattern.

1960s Dress pattern and The Shining Design fabric

Buttons with The Shining rug design

Finished The Shining Print 1960s dress

So now I have this amazing reproduction 1960s dress and matching hair tie made of The Shining print rug. What's the best way to show it off? A photo shoot of course! I asked Destiny, my friend and neighbor from Sweet Heart Pin Up, if she could help me. If you ever want a full pinup experience she is the person to see! She made me feel like a queen on a throne while she applied my makeup. It was so relaxing. I just told her I wanted it to be heavy 1960s makeup and boy did she deliver! Eyelashes here, eyelashes there, eyelashes everywhere!

1960s Eyelasses and makeup

We watched the movie for inspiration beforehand and Destiny was able to pull props from other sets to fit the theme of The Shining. She has lots of sets in the basement of her studio already set up for pinup shoots. She put a room together just for me! I have to say I was impressed. I'm so lucky to have such talented friends.

Behind The Scenes

Here are some quick behind the scene shots she took with attention to detail.

1960s Photo Shoot Behind The Scenes The Shining

1960s The Shining room key photoshoot behind the scenes

1960s Photo Shoot Behind The Scenes The Shining

1960s Photo Shoot Behind The Scenes The Shining

1960s Photo Shoot Behind The Scenes The Shining Axe and Room Key


The Photo Shoot

It begins with a little light reading...

The shining dress with ginger kitty

My cat Ginger and I.

The shining 1960s photoshoot with cat

My cat Vicktor and I.

1960s photo shoot the shining rug print

Kitty paw prints.

The Shining Bathroom with cats

Twin kitties.

1960s photo shoot the shining rug print bathroom and cat

Mirror kitty.

I wanted to keep it kitschy with a 1960s Shining theme and she made my vision a reality. I'm so happy I could make the photo shoot my own. I highly recommend booking with Sweet Heart Pin Up if you are near Buffalo, NY. Destiny is empowering, and fun and real. She made me feel like a million bucks. I'm flattered she said I have the skin of a twenty something. (Little does she know I have the skin of a twenty something in a box on my dresser....muhahahaha....just kidding....or am I?)

Thanks for reading!

~Julie Ann



Photos: Sweet Heart Pin Up
Makeup: Sweet Heart Pin Up
Hair provided by: Sheila "She-Devil" Hellinski
Dress: Krampus Cuties/ Kramp Kouture
Accessories: Cats Like Us
Cats added by: Miranda Knight Creative




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