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Hi there! I'm Molly Starlite!

Molly StarliteI fell in love with everything mid-century (1950-1967) a long time ago, but it was in the last 4 years that I adopted the look and feel of the fifties as a LIFESTYLE. About 5 years ago, I started curating boards on Pinterest, detailing all the things I loved about the retro, midcentury look - houses, decorating, appliances - but I hadn't delved into the "look" yet.

My self-confidence was at an all-time low, and I was looking for something to help me feel better about myself. I remembered a couple of 1950s dresses that my grandmothers had bought for me and I wanted to get something like them again. That's when I stumbled onto the pinup lifestyle - clothing, hair styles, accessories - and I dove in full force. For the first time in a long time, I felt beautiful.

To say that I have immersed myself in the pinup/retro/1950s lifestyle would be an understatment. I've decorated my entire house in the aesthetic... my entire wardrobe is pinup clothing... my hair is retro... even my work car is retro! Look:

For me, retro living has boosted my self-confidence, and while it may not be for everyone, I sure enjoy the heck out of it! Since I delved into the pinup lifestyle I've done tons of things that I never would have considered doing before, like getting photos taken and submitting them to magazines, entering pinup contests, and getting out and meeting people. I broke up my band and started over, creating Molly Starlite & The Sputniks to explore my rockabilly Fleetwood Mac sound; I started a YouTube cooking series featuring midcentury products and recipes; and I have even started a retro clothing and accessories line that you can access from my Etsy shop for now.

Thanks again for visiting my web site, and make sure to take a look around at all the things that I do! When you buy my books and CDs from me, the cost of shipping is built in to the price (for US shipping) so it's easier for everybody. Also, one quick note:

As a creator, I love it when people buy the things I make from ANY venue, but the weird thing about books and music is that the system is undeniably rigged against independent producers. When I put a book up for sale at Barnes & Noble or Amazon, those companies take a HUGE chunk. When I put my music for sale on all the major online retailers, they all take a big piece. Additionally, the pay system is set up to benefit the distributor, not the artist. It's just the way things are. But, for example:

A paperback copy of my novel costs me $4 to buy. I sell it for $10. I make $6.

That same paperback bought through Barnes & Noble costs $12.50, but I make only 65 cents.

A CD copy of my latest album costs me $2.36. I sell them for $5 each. I make $2.64 per CD.

A copy of the CD downloaded through iTunes costs $5, and I make $4 (this is the best music deal for me).

When listeners stream my album from Spotify, I make about $0.0010 (that's one-tenth of one cent) per stream. YouTube streams pay WAY less; it takes almost 50 YouTube streams to make one penny.

The math goes on and on. My point is that I'm not sure that people are aware of the disparity and I just wanted to make note of it.