Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sunday Style | Easter Sunday Outfit

::What I'm Wearing::
Blazer -- Borrowed from Gaby {H&M}
Lace Blouse -- Forever 21
White Tee -- StyleMint
Braided Belt -- Secondhand
Gingham Skirt -- Made by Me
Flower Pin -- c/o Sugar Pie Girl
Burgundy Wedges -- Payless Shoes
Watch -- Betseyville @ JCP
Bow Earrings -- Forever 21
Red Lipstick -- NYC in Sheer Red
Happy Easter everyone! I hope y'all had a wonderful Lord's day today, or yesterday (when ever you are reading this). I had a wonderful day! I don't know about you, but ever since I was a little girl I've loved wearing a new fancy dress (and sometimes gloves, hat, and new shoes) on Easter Sunday to church. Of course, now that I'm older I still like to carry on that lovely tradition. My something new this year was the gingham skirt (which I just sewed this past week); burgundy wedges that I bought on clearance for $7 last week; and the adorable flower that is pinned to the blazer was recently sent to me from Sugar Pie Girl to review (which will be up later this week, or next depending on how busy I am).

Linking up with: Sunday Style.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sew For Victory! A 40s Sewing Challenge -- Finished Skirt

Well, remember back on March 16th when I talked about joining the Sew for Victory! 1940s Sewing Challenge? Well, yesterday I finally decided which photo I was going to copy, and which piece of fabric from my stash that I was going to use. If you follow me on Instagram, you may already have an idea of which picture I ended up picking for my inspiration.

Are you curious to know which photo I ended up picking? Well, without further ado, let me share with y'all the finished project. Oh, wait! I have one more thing to share with y'all, at either the end of this week, or sometime next week there will be a video tutorial showing how to make this project yourself. Alright, now the big reveal with no more rabbit trails, I promise. *smile*
Yes, I went with the basic gathered skirt for the challenge. True, it isn't that hard to make, but it was something I've been wanting in my wardrobe for awhile now. This skirt is one of those basics that you will always turn to when you don't have a clue on what to wear. Another great thing about this skirt, is that it can be styled vintage, vintage inspired, modern, or purely country with a jean jacket & cowgirl boots. Yes, I'm going to have lots of fun styling this skirt in the coming days!
  • Pattern -- No, pattern. Just measured out lengths of fabric to create the skirt. Tutorial coming soon!
  • Pattern Description -- Simple gathered skirt.
  • Pattern Sizing -- What ever you want!
  • What inspired you to make this? -- This 1940s photo & the Sew for Victory! sewing challenge.
  • Fabric Used -- Apple Green Gingham Fabric (it is 100% cotton) from my stash (bought on last year).
  • Supplies Used -- 9" Zipper, thread, sewing machine, cording, zipper foot, tape measure, scissors, and fabric, of course.   
  • Would you sew it again? -- Yes, it is a simple skirt that would look amazing made up in a bunch of fun fabrics!  
  • Sewing Level -- Easy/Beginners. 

::What I'm Wearing::
Lace Top -- Nine & Co. via Thrift Store
Gingham Skirt -- Made by Me
Skinny Leopard Belt -- Forever 21
Heels -- Naturalizers
Pearl Earrings -- Claire's
Red Lipstick -- NYC in Sheer Red

Btw, if you are interested in learning more about 1940s makeup and beauty, you should check out this e-book. I recently download all of their makeup & beauty guides (it is a better deal that way), and they are chock full of helpful information! Definitely a great buy if you are into vintage hair & makeup, or just wanting to learn more about vintage beauty trends.  

Spring Accessories Guide

There aren’t many of us who aren’t lovers of spring. The smell of freshly cut grass, the ability to enjoy a casual walk through the streets on a warm but crisp spring evening, and of course the blessing of lighter nights and bright mornings. 

However, with the arrival of spring, forces the departure of winter, which ideally means the need for a whole new wardrobe. Don’t get me wrong, I love my winter boots and thick cardigans, but nothing beats being able to take that step out of your front door in a pair of comfortable sandals, and feel the warmth on the tops of your feet.

So, whether your ladies are ready or not, I have picked some of the  best spring looks for all of us wanting to stay fashionable, but also staying modest on those days it is slightly too warm for comfort. Nautical It would be very unlikely for a modern day girl to be able to afford to own a luxury yacht; however this doesn’t mean we can’t look like we do.  White linen trousers  and a soft cotton striped T-shirt are  the perfect spring look to keep us cool, but also shade us from those troublesome drafts that spring can sometimes bring.

As we are coming into spring, it is the perfect time to get out all of our beautiful dresses, however that doesn’t need to mean they should be short and unforgiving.  Spring can sometimes mean wearing lighter colours and bright tops; a darker patterned dress can have just the same effect as a neon pink blouse.  The beautiful thing about wearing patterns is that anyone can pull off this look. They are the best way to hide any unforgiving lumps and bumps us curvy girls want to get rid of. Patterns are the comfortable option, however also look stylish and very much in with the fashion trends for this season

I know I said that you don’t need to wear neons to look in fashion, however I couldn’t help but include this gorgeous neon outfit. Neons can sometimes have the ability to look trashy and a little too much, however these are just the right amount, with a sprinkling of subtle colour to give you that beautiful spring look.
Spring is a wonderful time for us all, so don’t be shy in your outfit choices, just remember you can still have fashion, a pair of comfortable shoes and more importantly, stay modest during the warmer months.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

How to Wear Pink When You're Not a Girly-Girl

If you’re not a girly-girl, the idea of donning pink cardigans and tulle skirts is probably the last thing you might want to wear! Pink can be a feminine and glamorous shade for even the most non girly-girl's however. Read on for a guide on how to wear pink whilst keeping your style intact:

Pick the right shades
Working pink in a subtle, and not in an overpowering way means choosing the right pink shades. You’ll want to stay away from bubblegum and baby pink and opt for corals or hot pinks with red and orange undertones.

Avoid sparkle
If you’re not too keen on pink, you’re probably not keen on sparkle; too often the two come hand in hand, so make sure you steer away from any pink garments or accessorises that have even the most subtle of girly sheens.

Add inspired menswear
A great way to work pink items is to contrast them with chunky men’s items. When you’ve found a blouse or jumper you like, team with a military jacket or a boyfriend style blazer and jean skirt/or a great pair of trouser type jeans for a winning combo. Menswear inspired shoes are another way to help tone down the girliness of pink, choose brogues and boots over heels and ballet pumps.

Source: via Ashley on Pinterest

Just a pop
If you want to branch out and wear pink, try just a pop of colour! You don’t need to don a bright pink dress, but instead use of a pop of fuchsia through your accessories – perhaps a watch, bangle, earrings or a pair of sunglasses. Patterns and prints are another easy way to work pink into your wardrobe, look out for animal prints, plaids and Aztec designs which include pink but not as an overpowering choice.

Lips and nails
The easiest and cheapest way to add pink to your look has to be with a splash of a pink lippy! Hot pink lipstick looks bold and feminine without looking too over-the-top ‘girly’ -- I find more paler shades of pink to be more girly-girl. A manicure is another nice way to add pink without overdoing it; you could go for pastel, bright pink, or an unusual pink-tip French design.

Image Source: flicker
Toughen it up
Go and toughen up your pink; choose a pink top, blouse, dress beneath an edgy black leather jacket. I've seen this done quite a bit, and I really like this look, one of my favorite's is featured above by fashion blogger & YouTube guru Dulce Candy -- the perfect mix of girliness & edginess.  

Make it casual
If the idea of glitzy pink dresses and pink heels leaves you thinking "that is totally not me," you’ll be best working pink into your wardrobe in a casual way. You needn’t change your personality to make pink work, just add it where you’d least expect it. Team your t-shirt, jeans and converse trainers with a soft salmon-pink trench coat; there are plenty of ways to add a feminine touch of pink without looking too girly-girl.

New Look are a retailer of value fashion apparel, the second largest womenswear retailer in the UK, with over 1,000 stores worldwide. New Look offers a range of dresses whether you’re looking for a formal black midi or fun pink dress.

Monday, March 25, 2013

March Sponsor | Marie-Madeline Studio

If you have never checked out, Marie-Madeline Studio you really should today, as the Long Ladies (who are dear friends of ours) sell some adorable fabrics. They alsohave a wonderful pattern line with instructions that are easy to understand. You know those ruffly skirts that I wear sometimes on the blog? I bought all of the supplies from Marie-Madeline, you can find all of the supplies you will need on this page (besides the pattern, of course).  

I also sell these ruffly skirts in my etsy shop. If you would like a knee length version of the skirt, feel free to convo me on Etsy, or shoot me an email!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sunday Style | Mint + Pink for Spring

::What I'm Wearing::
Mint Skirt -- Made by Me
Pink Polka-Dot Tee -- GAP Outlet
Jean Jacket -- Express via Thrift Store
Mini Bubble Necklace -- Charming Charlie
Leopard Print Belt -- Forever 21
Bow Post Earrings -- Forever 21
Cowgirl Boots -- Gift
Purple Handbag -- Goodwill
 Alright, so I woke up this morning and it was snowing outside (and is supposed to for the next couple of days). Hmm...I thought it was spring? Anyhow, I wasn't going to wear winter clothes, as I really want it to be spring with warmer weather right now. So I pulled out my mint a-line skirt from last year, and paired it with this adorable pink & silver polka-dot tee and my jean jacket. Because of the snow I went with boots, since I don't want to slip in the church parking lot if I did wear heels (which I have done), plus they are really comfy and add that country touch. For accessories, I picked out my skinny leopard belt & purple handbag -- which could be considered the odd balls of this outfit, but I like how they look with the rest of the outfit. Jewelry wise, I knew I really wanted to wear my new mini bubble necklace from Charming Charlie, so I kept the rest of it simple with just some bow post earrings. I really like this outfit, and I can see myself wearing it a lot this spring/summer. *smile* 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

What I Wore | Showing My Nerdy Side

::What I'm Wearing::
Jean Jacket -- Express via Thrift Store
Captain America Tee Shirt -- JCP
Circle Skirt -- Made by Me
Converse -- Gift
Hoop Earrings -- JCP
Fox Ring -- c/o OASAP
Satchel -- Elle @ Kohl's
Sometimes I like my nerdy side to really show in my outfits -- like in this outfit I wore on Monday to work and a Bible study. The converse are the 10th Doctor, the Hoop earrings are Rose, Jean Jacket is River Song, and the the tee shirt, of course, is for Captain America/ Steve Rogers. Also, I've discovered that I really like wearing this tee with high-waisted skirts & jackets/blazers. It just seams to work best for the tee. 

The red satchel featured in today's post is the latest one added to my purse collection. I found it on clearance at Kohl's this weekend, and was able to get it for $13 after a 20% coupon I had. Which is an amazing deal, since the purse is normally $80. I love finding good deals at my favorite stores, besides, I've been wanting a red purse for awhile now -- plus this one has bows too!   

Hey! Would you like to win five pieces from Dahlia's Spring/Summer collection? Go enter the contest here, but hurry as it ends March 30th. I know I wouldn't mind winning, as they have some adorable retro inspired pieces that would awesome after layering a bit to make them a bit more modest.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sunday Style // Chevron Skirt for St. Patricks Day

::What I'm Wearing::
Chevron Skirt -- Made by Me
White Blouse -- Refashioned from a '80s blouse
Cardigan -- Target
Flats -- Ruche
Earrings -- Target
Hello everyone! As you can see, I'm wearing my chevron skirt today. This is my second time wearing it within this past week, though it took some self-control to not wear it more often. *smile* Since it is St. Patricks Day today, I had to add my touches of green into my outfit (plus I have some Irish blood in me) as you can see, I added green via my shoes, cardigan, and nails. If you look carefully in the last picture, you can see the nail art I did on my ring fingers. One hand I did chevron, while on the other I did polka-dots...hehe...yes, I'm even mixing my patterns via nail art. *grin*

Btw, I haven't decided what I'll sew for the 1940s sewing challenge yet, so there is still time for you to give me your feedback. 



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