Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Enchantment Under the Sea

vintage sea dress

I'm so glad to be surrounded by balloons (40,000 of them, in fact!) instead of snow for today's post!  Every year, the Rochester-based balloon folding artists known as Airigami put together an amazing exhibition called Balloon Manor, and this year, it's all ocean-themed!  They're even holding an event on Friday that's based off of the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance from Back to the Future.  Since I can't attend the dance (which is a shame, since there's even going to be a vintage costume contest!), I was able to convince my friend Henry to take some prom-inspired photos with me during the day, when Balloon Manor is open to the public. 

balloon manor
under the sea
balloon manor enchantment under the sea
nishe dress
vintage style
pirate ship

The artistry of Airgami's work is truly astounding.  They make everything from epic scale sculptures to wearable balloon dresses!  I don't have a balloon print dress (shocking, I know), so I opted to wear my Nishe seashell dress and add some vintage accessories.  Henry is a vintage fiend, so I knew he would be the perfect partner for these shots (and he kindly did my hair for the occasion, too!).  

bettie page hair
shell dress
vintage inspired
 Outfit Details
Dress: ModCloth (old)
Hat: vintage (Etsy)
Pearls: similar
Clutch: old
Shoes: ModCloth

enchantment under the sea dance
 Have a wonderful Wednesday!
xox Sammi

Sunday, March 1, 2015


tatyana iced coffee circle dress

Guys.  I finally figured out how to do victory rolls!  They're definitely not the best, but this was the first time I was able to create something that looked passable (every other time I've tried, I can get the first one and fail miserably at the second).  I was bummed when I realized it was raining outside, and I thought my chances of documenting this feat were ruined... but then the sun miraculously came out for the last bit of daylight!  I suppose it just goes to show that things have a way of working out in the end.

bettie page iced coffee circle dress
teapot brooch
tatyana dress

I don't wear this gorgeous dress from Tatyana very much (it's such a special piece), but one of the only good things about winter is that I can pull this out of my closet again.  The neckline is probably my favorite part.  I wore this dress last year on the blog, but my favorite styling of this dress has to be Ashley's recent post of the wiggle version!

tatyana bettie page
Outfit Details
Dress: Tatyana (no longer available)
Petticoat: eBay (similar)
Tights: ModCloth (similar)
Brooch: ModCloth (similar)
Shoes: ModCloth

best of times heel modcloth
retro polka dot dress

I spent this past weekend in New York City with my mom, and we're coming back home today.  I was glad to get out of town, even for just a few days, and we did lots of fun things!  We saw A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder with my college roommate on Friday, went shopping and saw John Cameron Mitchell in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (the whole reason for the trip) on Saturday, and we're meeting up with some family to have tea at Alice's Tea Cup today before we leave for the airport.  I'll have a post devoted to the trip soon, but suffice it to say that I've had a very nice last few days.  :)

Hope your weekend was wonderful, too!
xox Sammi

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Favorites #84

Today's Friday Favorites is a bit of a quick one, because I'm currently on a plane for a little weekend getaway to NYC!  I'll tell you all about it once I'm back, but in the meantime, here are a few things that caught my eye this week, starting with the most darling + springy Kate Spade purses:

kate spade spring
a   //   b   //   c   //   d   //   e

These dresses are pretty springy, too!
modcloth mint dress

1   //   2   //   3

I love this carousel horse brooch from Tatty Devine!
tatty devine carousel brooch
And this unicorn purse is quite magical:
unicorn bag

I'm fawning over these dresses from Kitten D'Amour!
kitten d'amour
a   //   b

This swimsuit from Unique Vintage is so sweet:
uv swim

As a true '90s girl, I can't turn down a good jelly shoe, and these two pairs from Mel by Melissa are adorable!
melissa shoes
a   //   b

And finally, I love Emma Munger's drawing of the ladies of Twin Peaks as pin-up girls!  See more here.
twin peaks pinup
Have a great Friday!
xox Sammi

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015


lady v london
orange flower
orange floral print

This endless winter has really been getting me down, but I came up with a fun little way to escape the 0° weather!  I knew I didn't want to take photos of this beautiful Lady Vintage dress in my frozen tundra of a backyard, so I was racking my brain trying to come up with an alternative... and then I remembered this little conservatory in one of Rochester's larger parks!  My best friend Wayne came with me for this little adventure, and it was so rejuvenating to spend an hour in a faux tropical oasis!  Hopefully it'll be enough to tide me over until spring arrives.

lady vintage orange eliza dress
orange floral
vintage floral dress

I'm ecstatic that the timing finally worked out to collaborate with Lady Vintage on this post!  Their beautiful spring line recently arrived on their website, and they allowed me to choose this gorgeous dress to review.  I'd never been particularly drawn to orange before, but when I saw this dress, I fell in love!  The colors are so saturated and scrumptious.  I really love this particular cut, and though I opted to wear it with a thinner pettislip, it also looks great with a fuller petticoat.  I found this dress to run true to size (though buyers should note that it contains no stretch), and I love the addition of the sash tie in the back -- it's a feature that definitely flatters my figure!  The fabric is fantastic quality (it feels far more expensive than it is!), and I can't wait to style this in the summer.  This particular style is a limited edition, so if you have your eye on it, I'd act fast!  

flower necklace
pink flower
lady v london
Outfit Details
Orange Floral Eliza Swing Dress: c/o Lady Vintage
Cropped Cardigan: Trashy Diva
Pettislip: Amazon (on sale!)
Heels: similar
Necklace: old

red tropical flower
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
xox Sammi

Sunday, February 22, 2015


oasis romantic print dress

I had been on the hunt for this dress for a long time.  I had seen it on a couple of bloggers when I first started taking a real interest in fashion, but by then, it was gone from the ASOS website.  I had searched for it on eBay and through closet sales with no luck.  And then back in the fall, Kate sent me a huge and unexpected box of clothes she didn't want anymore.  As I sorted through all of the pieces, I gasped out loud when I realized that this dress (which had eluded me for so long!) was among what she sent me.  It's such a romantic and unique piece, and I'm so happy it's found its way into my life.  I guess it was closet kismet!

asos rococo dress
placement print dress
romance dress

It's been unbearably cold and incredibly snowy here over the past couple of weeks, so it's fortunate that I have a backlog of outfit photos to post.  The temperatures have hovered anywhere from 0-20 degrees, and the snow in my backyard is knee-height!  I'll eventually have to brave the frigid weather, but goodness, I'm already desperate for spring to arrive.

artistic dress

The show I'm in closes today.  I've really had a lot of fun (and I honestly wasn't really expecting to), and though it's not a show I'd want to do forever, I'll be a little sad when it's over.  I won't be in another show until May, so I'm hoping to tackle some of the items on my resolutions list (like learning to sew and starting to exercise again) in March.  The Oscars are on tonight, but I'm probably going to continue the tradition of watching The Great British Baking Show and Downton Abbey.  I love Sunday evenings these days.

asos dresses
Outfit Details
Dress: gift from Kate (Oasis brand from ASOS)
Cardigan: Trashy Diva
Heels: similar

rococo print
Have a great day!
xox Sammi

Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday Favorites #83

Good morning, friends!  I'm very glad it's Friday, and I'm also very sick of the snow.  There's a ton of it here, and I am so ready for spring.  Here are some of the springy things I've been loving this week (hopefully, they'll tide me over until the snow melts and spring arrives again)...

Novelty brooches are my favorite.  The chalkboard one from Sugar + Vice is customizable(!), the Bae(thoven) brooch by Kate Gabrielle is hysterical, and the Tatty Devine lamb brooch is one of the sweetest things I have ever seen in my life.
novelty brooches

1   //   2   //   3

I love these pretty spring dresses from Ruche!
spring dresses, ruche
a   //   b   //   c   //   d

Voodoo Vixen has released some of their spring line, and I'm swooning over these pastel gingham pieces:
spring dress, voodoo vixen, pastel gingham
a   //   b   //   c

These Irregular Choice shoes are EVERYTHING.
irregular choice pastel
I've kind of been indifferent to orange in the past, but these three floral beauties have made me change my mind -- I'm now a fan!  I'll be reviewing the middle one in a post next week, so stay tuned.
spring floral dress orange
a   //   b   //   c

I like all of's wordy headbands, but this one is especially cute:
shop headband
Pinup Girl Clothing just released previews of their Magic of Mary Blair Collection.  All of the pieces are pretty extraordinary, but these are two of my favorites:
pinup girl clothing mary blair
a   //   b

Coco Fennell's spring line is now available for preorder.  I love her embellished collars!
coco fennell dress

a   //   b   //   c

I adore these new Betsey Johnson purses (especially the alarm clock one!):
betsey johnson purses
1     //     2

This delicate balloon necklace is so darling!
balloon necklace

Give me all the novelty prints!!
umbrella dress, cloud dress
1   //   2

I'm so bummed this Katy Perry cake case isn't compatible with the iPhone 6!  But at least I could have a hair brush that looks like an ice cream treat.
katy perry cake iphone case
a   //   b

I'm obsessed with this Hell Bunny dress.  It's coming out in another style too (which doesn't seem to be available for purchase yet).  Hell Bunny's entire spring line is the dreamiest!
hell bunny bloomsbury dress

This peach purse isn't available yet either, but you'd better believe that I'll be ordering it the second it is!  If you're anything like me, you'll click the "Notify Me" button so you'll know when it arrives!
peach fruit purse

Birdman was one of the best films I've seen in a long time (GO SEE IT!), and I love this segment of Michael Keaton and Jimmy Fallon reading scripts written by children:

And finally, I would like to have a domesticated fox, please:

Have a fantastic Friday!
xox Sammi

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