Saturday, April 19, 2014

Pixie Crush: Jean Seberg

Jean Seberg was an actress who appeared in films from the late 50s to the 70s. During her film career, she sported a variety of cute pixie cuts! Also, she loved Paris and starred in many French films. Must be something about pixies and Paris!

You can't go wrong with a stripey top!

While Audrey preferred black, Jean rocks a crazy printed cigarette pant!

She looks positively adorable in glasses reading The Little Prince. Love that book! :D

Stripes again!

I love the ease and elegance of this look.

Doesn't she make the cutest bride!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Vintage Patterns of Drool

Because sometimes I have nothing better to do than troll etsy and pinterest for vintage patterns that I can't afford or have already sold.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Trying New Things

Sometimes it's good to try new things.

Non traditional Nautical

 As a seamstress, I generally prefer to sew my own clothes. They fit better than off the rack. Plus I can really customize my pieces.

Non traditional Nautical

But when eShakti contacted me to see if I'd be interested in reviewing something from their site, I said yes.

Non traditional Nautical

This great embroidered skirt jumped out at me as too cute to pass up! Especially since my summer sewing theme is non-traditional nautical.

Non traditional Nautical

Generally, I have to stick to purchasing very full skirts online since I have large hips. One of the great things about eShakti is that they do custom sizing so I was able to know that this skirt would fit my waist and my hips.

Non traditional Nautical

They also let you do other customizations like change the length, remove embellishments and opt in or out for pockets. (Although, I can't see why you wouldn't want pockets!)

Non traditional Nautical

I just adore my new skirt but they did excellent in the customer service department too. My emails were answered quickly and the shipping was super fast! In fact, my skirt arrived before they sent the email letting me know it had shipped.

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Non traditional Nautical

To style this skirt, I made up a blouse in dotted Swiss from Butterick 7641.

Non traditional Nautical

I couldn't find any nautical buttons I liked so I went with flowers instead.

Non traditional Nautical

I went pretty light with the jewelry and just stuck to these nautical earrings.

Non traditional Nautical

I also tried something else new for this post. As you all know, my husband is a professional photographer and most of my blog photos are by him or done with a tripod and a remote.

Non traditional Nautical

But these photos are by my friend Charity of Charity K Photography. She and I had an amazing photoshoot downtown.

Non traditional Nautical

It's easy to get stuck in a rut with photos for blogs. The same poses in the same locations. It was so nice to spice things up and work with someone new. We had so much fun finding cool locations and trying out new poses together.

Non traditional Nautical

Charity is a great photographer and it was quite inspiring to work with her. We were able to be so creative together and these gorgeous photos are the result!

Maybe it's time for some new things in your life! I can see more eShakti and Charity K Photography in my future!

Disclosure: The skirt was sent to me by for free in return for a review. All opinions are my own.

Photographs by Charity K Photography

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Pear-fect Outfit

We all have our vintage wardrobe wish list. One of the things that has been on my list is a hat with fruit on it!

Generally fruit bearing hats have cherries and are quite pricey due to the popularity of said cherries.

So when I spied this darling pear hat over in Poppycock Vintage's etsy store, I had to snap it up.

Originally, I had planned on saving this hat for Easter to wear with a green sweater but when I pulled out this vintage dress to wear, the pear-ing of hat and dress was too perfect to pass up!

The hat is made from a green straw type material and is decorated with some netting and the pear.

Given the extra awesomeness the pear adds to the usual fabulousness of hats in general, my husband naturally thought it was very silly. *sigh* Men.

But hats and fruits and blooming flowers have me all pumped for spring, which has mostly arrived here in Ohio.

And Easter is coming up this weekend and I now have to pick out a new hat to wear!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

In the Work Place: The Office Classic

Wearing vintage can be a challenge. It's even more challenging to find a balance between great vintage style and work appropriate outfits. This will be the first in what I hope will be an ongoing series on fashion for the work place.

Today, we're going to explore vintage in an office environment. A lot of offices tend to be more conservative and encourage blending in rather than standing out. Let's style the office classic!

Stock up on classic pieces like blouses and pencil skirts that will never go out of style.

Dresses in neutral colors rather than prints will go a lot further in your work wardrobe and also read as classy.

It's hard to go wrong with a classic print like plaid.

Matching or coordinating layers are a must for a dafty office.

Accessories can really make an outfit. Keep your outfit more conservative by sticking with basic pumps and leaving your hat and gloves for after work.

 If you are lucky enough to work somewhere with more a more flexible dress code, rock great vintage details like on this fabulous vintage dress! (Butterick 6672)

 If you have a job you'd like to see outfits for or if you have a great work place style you'd love to share, leave a comment!

Friday, April 11, 2014

A Spring Wedding

This weekend we kicked off the spring wedding season by shooting my niece's wedding. (It's my husband's niece and she's actually a bit older than me. There's crazy age difference between my family and my hubby's family.) So I opted for a great floral since it's finally decided to be spring-y.

This dress is Simplicity 8398 c. 1950 which I made last year.

It's a great full skirted dress that is ridiculously fun to wear with a crinoline.

One thing I really like about my new hair is that it really showcases earrings! Must have more confetti lucite earrings!

It was still fairly chilly outside so I did have to wear a jacket but inside this dress was great. Can't wait for late spring to arrive!

Per usual, I helped with the lighting testing. We had some new video lights (which I will be, um, borrowing for youtubes) and they helped a lot.

At the photography conference, we also bought a new lens which I love!

Overall, it was a great day. Although I did keep asking myself why I didn't put pockets in this dress!

Photos courtesy of Will Thorpe

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Denman Styling Brush

When I started out pin curling, I just used any old brush I had lying around. But I've spied Denman brushes on several other youtube channels and I decided to see what all the hype is all about.