Wednesday, July 1, 2015


emmy designs dress

I'm lucky to have friends who are as sweet as strawberries. Case in point, this Emmy dress used to belong to Amanda – and because she knew it was one of my "unicorns" (and it was just my size), it now hangs in my closet! This yellow color is so cheery, and I'm in love with the embroidered strawberry collar. I'm so thrilled to have both this dress and such wonderful people in my life.

strawberry dress
strawberry collar
emmy dress

I can't believe it's already July! I feel like summer has just begun, but this season always goes by so quickly, doesn't it? This month is going to be pretty busy; in addition to the show I'm in, I'm crossing my fingers that I can go down to New York for a weekend towards the end of July. As far as the Independence Day agenda, I'm hoping to watch fireworks with my best friend, Wayne, again this year (assuming he feels up to it and the weather holds out). I sort of wish we were doing a BBQ sort of thing, but since my dad has a gig, that won't be happening this year. Do you have any fun 4th of July plans?

strawberry ring
yellow dress
collared dress
Outfit Details
Dress: Emmy Designs (from Amanda)
Strawberry ring: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: BAIT Footwear
Petticoat: similar

Have a great day!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

When life gives you lemons

lemon dress

In this case, it's actually a good thing that life (or rather, one of my best friends) gave me lemons – in the form of this adorable lemon print dress! Ashley sent me this Pinup Girl Clothing dress as a gift, and for someone who's as obsessed with novelty prints and cute details as I am, I was thrilled to add it to my ever-growing PUG collection. I consider myself to be of average-to-tall height (I'm 5'7"), so I was surprised that this dress is a bit lengthy on me (both in terms of hemline and in the torso). But it's such a beautiful, summery dress that I was determined to find a way to make it work!

pinup girl clothing lemonade dress
onecklace name necklace
pinup girl clothing nancy dress in blue lemonade print
Outfit Details
Nancy Dress in Blue Lemonade: Pinup Girl Clothing (gift from Ashley)
"Sammi" necklace: c/o oNecklace
Petticoat: similar
Flats: similar

lemonade print dress
pink lemonade dress

There isn't a whole lot else to report; I've just been busy with rehearsing for the show I'm in right now. It's a 1960's revue called Beehive, and it's a lot of fun (and a lot of work)! I'm actually wearing mostly my own dresses in the show, which is kind of great because they're pieces I love and look good on me. If you're interested, you can check out our little promotional lip-sync video below (fair warning: I look like a goon most of the time!).  :)

Have a great Sunday!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Favorites #99

Happy Friday to you all! Here are some new favorite finds to kick off your weekend!

I've been a fan of Dig For Victory's incredible vintage-inspired dresses for quite some time, but this picnic print dress is currently at the top of my wish list. It's the perfect combination of classic + kitsch! Check out all of the amazing pieces for sale in their shop here.

dig for victory

I absolutely cannot take credit for finding these (that mention goes to Amanda), but I'm totally taken with the Disney-inspired brooches from Tangerine Menagerie. One of these Dapper Dans hats and the Dole Whip brooch are both sitting in my Etsy shopping cart at the moment.

tangerine menagerie brooch

I'm also obsessed with these Disney "D" brooches by Match Accessories! They offer both a classic Disneyland "D" and a more modern signature "D" in several colors. I can't choose between them, so I might have to get both. :)

This list of bizarre beauty queens from the 1950s and '60s is wonderful!

I love Aziz, and a friend reaffirmed that I need to read his book right away. His take on relationships is always one of the best parts of his live shows, so I'll definitely have to order this soon.
aziz ansari modern romance
I finally got my hands on this umbrella print dress from Pinup Girl Clothing! It's been on my wish list for months, and it finally became available this week. I can't wait to try it on!
pinup girl clothing evelyn umbrellas
Why didn't they have this mini-fridge back when I was in college?! Would it be totally crazy to get one now? ;)

igloo mini fridge

This radio (which has an iPod hook-up on the inside) is the prettiest!
sunny life retro radio

I do love a good plaid dress like this one (plus, its name is a Twin Peaks pun, soooo):
modcloth campfire walk with me

This Sims-inspired pin by Rosehound Apparel is hilarious and I might need it just because.
What kind of Friday Favorites would it be without novelty bags?
novelty purse
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I'm not usually big on separates, but I really love this dandelion top:
modcloth top

I would really, really like these lavender ballet flats, please.
lavender flats

And this gorgeous corset looks like it was made for a ballerina!
trashy diva corset
This Buzzfeed article on Bea Arthur's 10 craziest outfits on The Golden Girls is fantastic (though I definitely think a few important ones were omitted). 

I love this matching dress + cardigan! Such a perfect summer ensemble.
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This article really resonated with me. I may be 26 and not 22, but I don't want someone else to be my entire world. I've realized that I need to feel whole on my own in order to move forward, and I don't want to be the type of person who depends on a relationship to make her happy. Maybe it's because I've had my heart broken, or maybe it's because I don't want to make the same mistakes again, but I am very content right now with taking this time for myself – and only myself.

salem sabrina the teenage witch

Have a great Friday!

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Retro Swim Picks || Unique Vintage Style Society

vintage swimsuit

It's finally getting to be swimsuit weather around here, so I'm sharing my vintage-inspired swim picks (and talking about why I love this style of suit so much) over on the Unique Vintage blog today! If you love these modest-yet-sexy suits as much as I do, follow me over to UV to read more! <3

Monday, June 22, 2015

Strawberry Patch || Unique Vintage Style Society

strawberry dress

I hadn't been strawberry picking since I was a little girl (the farm we used to go to stopped offering pick-your-own strawberries years ago), but when I received this amazing strawberry print dress from Unique Vintage, I knew I'd have to find a new place to go picking! A lot of farms weren't offering picking this season – it's apparently been a particularly bad year for strawberries – but we decided to visit Gro-Moore Farms, which is about a half hour away, and we got a TON of beautiful berries... which we later enjoyed over frozen custard. ;)

unique vintage strawberry dress
berry picking
collectif strawberry dress
punky pins strawberry necklace
strawberry dress vintage

I'd been wanting this delicious dress by UK brand Collectif ever since I saw it on their site, but because I've had bad sizing luck when ordering directly from them in the past, I was delighted when I saw it at Unique Vintage. One of the things I love about UV is that they have exact size charts for every garment they sell, which is incredibly helpful when certain brands don't run true to size. For instance, Collectif is a brand that tends to run very large (for reference, another dress I own of theirs is a size small  – with room to spare – and I'm never a size small!), so I was very grateful for the size chart Unique Vintage provided. I probably could've sized down to a small in this dress as well, given the fact that the elasticized back provides a lot of stretch, but the medium works just fine. The coolest thing about this dress is that it can also be worn multiple ways! You can wear the bust wings down like I did, or wear them up for a full print dress; the straps are convertible and can be worn halter style or in a criss-cross fashion, or you can remove them completely to make a strapless dress! I think this dress needs a fuller petticoat, but that wasn't exactly a practical option for traipsing through a field, so I'm going to wear it a completely different way next time. I love pieces with built-in versatility!
berry dress
strawberry picking
collectif dress
unique vintage style society

Outfit Details
Strawberry dress: c/o Unique Vintage
Necklace: Sourpuss Clothing (available here)
Flats: Urban Outfitters (similar)
Pettiskirt: Amazon (similar)

baby strawberry
Have a sweet start to your week!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Springtime outfit round-up

Since tomorrow marks the first official day of summer, it's time for another seasonal outfit round-up! I enjoy looking back at my outfits from the past season and picking my favorites to highlight here. There were a bunch of outfits that I'd totally forgotten about (and I'd also managed to block out the fact that the wintery weather lasted into April this year)! Here are the ones that stood out this spring:

outfit round-up

In March, I ventured beyond my own (freezing cold and snowy) backyard for certain posts – and was joined by my sweet and stylish friend, Henry! I think my favorite post was my 50's diner post, wherein Henry and I visited the Strong National Museum of Play, and I wore one of my favorite Bernie Dexter dresses and brand new Erstwilder brooch.

retro fashion blogger

There was still snow on the ground throughout much of April, but not even that could dampen my spirits when I found out I'd be a part of the Unique Vintage Style Society! My term with the Style Society will be up at the end of June, and I've so enjoyed the time I've spent working with this company. My favorite post from April was probably my first Style Society post, featuring the dreamiest, mintiest dress in all of creation.

vintage fashion blogger

Thankfully, the weather finally started to warm up in May! May also features some of my favorite outfits in this whole post, which made it very hard to choose my favorite, but I think I'd have to pick my cherry blossom post in Highland Park. My best friend and I visited at precisely the right time, so all of the flowering trees were beautifully in bloom, and I thought my outfit was the epitome of spring.

Spring never lasts nearly as long as I'd like, so I enjoyed looking back through my outfit posts! Which outfit was your favorite? Let me know in the comments!
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