The ATLRetro Holiday Gift Guide Part 1: Eight Pretty Present Ideas to Please Your Precious Pin-Up Girl

By Shellie Schmals
Contributing Blogger

Winter holidays make me happy. It means spending time with family, friends, loved ones and shopping for my family, friends and loved ones. Shopping? Did someone mention shopping? Why yes, I think I did! Holiday shopping can be overwhelming, so with a little inspiration by vintage artistic stylings of Alberto Vargashere’s a quick and easy shopping guide to dress your pin-up girl in swanky threads from head to toe. BONUS: All those mentioned below, are from our hometown pals in Atlanta.

HOTSY TOTSY HATS: Vanessa Bonnen of Bonen Bonnets Originals recycles the sounds of CDS, 45s and LPs into adorable retro hats. Your girl will give you double-love for knowing her style and being environmentally friendly.

Frock of Ages.

MWAH to the MUAH: She’ll give you kisses with glitter lips from PinUp Girl! Cosmetics. Let PG! Owner Kellyn Willey and her talented staff treat your lady to a day of vintage pampering. Hair, make-up, the whole sha-bang!!

ALL DOLLED UP: Frock of Ages is nestled in At the Collective at Inman Park and features multiple decades of cocktail dresses and casual outfits. She’ll feel like Audrey Hepburn in ROMAN HOLIDAY when you take her out on the town.

Vintage Opulence.


CLASSY CHASSIS: Of course your lady is the bees knees, give her a gift from Vintage Opulence and let her show them to you!! Vintage Opulence indulges in ruffle daydreams and lacey fantasies, she’ll swoon over the handmade lingerie re-worked from antique outfits.

BLING THIS!: Rhinestones galore can be found at Faro’s Oh Faro Etsy site. Antique and re-designed  gems are what makes her collections stand out amongst the rest. Dazzle your dame to a sparkling gift that she’ll wear with love and think of you.

Jezebel Blue.

CAMEO CUTIES: A popular favorite among Atlanta’s pinup girls, Jezebel Blue‘s cameos and accessories are familiar faces in photoshoots!! They offer everything from: necklaces, earrings, bracelets, belt buckles and other assorted knick knacks that capture a bobby soxer’s heart.

PEEPTOE PEEPSHOW: Atlanta’s Value Village is a hidden gold mine for vintage shoes. Unique finds of pumps, wedges, t-straps and booties will tickle her toes and leave a big smile on her face. While you’re there, pick up a vintage pocketbook for her too!!


Lucky Pinup Photography.

PRETTY AS A PICTURE: Now that your girlie looks glamorous from head-to-toe, send her off with a trip to Lucky Pinup Photography. Photographer Brent Walker will capture her happiness in a classic pinup or boudoir shoot and highlight all the new additions to her wardrobe. She’ll be smiling from ear-to-ear.

And remember it’s Really Retro to buy your gifts from Your Local Independent Artists, Crafters and Vendors. This weekend’s arts and craft markets and other independent vendor sales events include:

Project Pop UP Atl, Sen. Dec. 11, 5 to 10 p.m., Sauced Atlanta.  First of an ongoing series of ALL local arts and crafts sales.

Swedish Christmas Fair, Sun. Dec. 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Inman Park Trolley Barn. Crafts vendors, Swedish food and holiday treats, traditional St. Lucia ceremony at 2:30 p.m.

The TARA Project’s First Annual Jingle Bell Jubilee, Sun. Dec. 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Solarium (Oakhurst). Proceeds benefit The TARA Project’s education programming in its flagship community in rural Kenya where there is no electricity or running water and little access to the basic needs.

Kudzu Antique Market Holiday Shopping Parties, Every Sat. and Sun until Christmas.  Live music, free refreshments and beverages, door prizes, and vendor discounts at the Decatur antique and gift gallery.

Terrific Thursdays in Decatur, evenings of Dec. 8 and 15. Shopping specials, refreshments and wine in participating Decatur shops, as well as special events on the Square.

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