Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Just Another Pixie Grow Out: Month 2

It's been two months since my last pixie cut and there is progress being made! :D On a side note, I did try to pin curl my hair yesterday and it was a major fail. I think I've still got at least another solid month of growing to do before I can get back to pin curling.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Museum Date

This weekend, my hubby and I took a rare date day and did absolutely nothing work or photography related! It was amazing! Since we didn't take the camera, I just have a few iPhone snaps.

We went to the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. I used to go there all the time as a kid but hadn't been back in years!

The museums are located in a 1931 train station so the lobby is full of gorgeous art deco details! *swoon* There are three museums there- a natural history museum, a Cincinnati history museum and a children's museum. Plus they have an Omnimax theater and also a traveling exhibit.

We had quite a grand time in the history museum where I just had to get some snaps with this street car! They have a very nice WWII section as well as a really cool timeline of Cincinnati history.

They were actually having a 1940s beauty workshop there the day we went but it was sold out so I wasn't able to sneak in at the last minute. I did get some info on their up coming 1940s events though! They are having three more workshops on Oct. 11, Feb. 7 and May 9! And on Aug. 9 and 10 they are having a 1940s weekend with a car show, dancing and more 1940s fashion seminars! More info on their website.

We finished up the day with some (mostly) window shopping at the local outlet mall, although I did pick up a few pairs of pants for work since I'll be teaching 6 (!!) labs this fall.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Polka Dots and Photos

A few weeks ago, the hubby and I went out for dinner and a night time photo shoot. I wore a new dress from Queen of Heartz.

Back in May, I won a gift card to Queen of Heartz from Lisa Freemont Street! It took me a while to decide what to buy but I'm really glad I decided on this cute polka dot dress.

I wasn't quite sure what to pair with the blue dots but I ended up going with pops of pink. I think this outfit just needs a pink belt!

I also wore my American Duchess 23Skidoos. Despite being 20s/30s style shoes, I like pairing them with anything vintage!

 I was pretty happy with the fit of this dress. Nothing is going to fit me perfectly right of the rack but I felt the fit was good enough that I didn't need to make adjustments before wearing it out.

As it got a bit later into the evening, we pulled out some lights and really had fun!

Hair light! There's actually a flash behind me to help my dark hair pop off the dark background.

We had a lot of fun and I love any excuse to dress up.

And do some window shopping while I was at it!


Friday, July 25, 2014

Pinspiration: Gathers

Gathers are a great detail that can add pizazz to any dress!

These two 30s dresses use gathers to add interest to the bodice. Use a small print to keep from overwhelming the gathering detail.

Gathers can make a great draped skirt!

Gathers are also great for making ruffle details!

I particularly love the green view of this dress with the gathers on the sleeves and the bow!

Gathers down the sides of the dress accentuate your curves.

The gathers on this wrap front dress are so chic!

Do you like wearing dresses with gathers?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Retro Inspired Summer Makeup

Today's video is a great summery makeup tutorial! It's perfect for that touch of summer without looking too bronzed.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Changing things up

Sometimes you just need to shake things up. After being very anti war era 40s for so long, I'm diving right in to those great 40s fashions!

It's been really fun to dig into my closet and wear things that I haven't worn in a while like this great chartreuse dress.

I made this back in Summer 2012 from Butterick 5281 which is a reprint of a 1946 pattern.

The bodice came out a bit odd and it was almost on the chopping block in last October. Now I'm really glad that I kept it.

I actually really adore chartreuse! Plus this dress is so comfortable!

Speaking of changes, I dyed my hair! If you follow me on Instagram, you already saw a photo of the dye I used. It definitely didn't come out the color on the box but I really like it!

To tone down the chartreuse, I accessorized with brown. Plus I have a great brown and chartreuse hat!

Overall, I'm quite happy with this outfit!

What things have you been changing up in you look lately?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Shop My Closet: July

I'm back from my blogging break a bit early due to some unexpected developments, namely, my husband was in a car accident on Wednesday. He's fine but the 11 year old car just wasn't worth fixing and we've had to purchase a new one. To help offset some of the down payment costs, I'm doing another round of shop my closet! 

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1930s style wool skirt, cape and scarf set $50
W: 30"
H: 44"
length: 44"

This set is made in a great herringbone wool that is perfect for winter! The skirt and cape are fully lined for comfort.

The cape fastens with a cute matching scarf!

1950s style wool jumper $30
B: 38"
W: 32.5" (it's a bit of an empire style)
H: 54"
length: 27"

This cozy wool jumper is made from a wool plaid fabric with blue, black, gray and green! The bodice is fully lined.

1950s style peacock two piece dress $40
Top: B: 41"
        W: 34"
Skirt: W: 30"
          H: 42"
          length: 20.5"

The peacock print on this piece is fabulous! It features blue purple and gold feathers. Both the skirt and top are fully lined.

1960s style Novelty Print Shirtwaist Dress $45
B: 38"
W: 30"
H: free
length: 28.5"

This dress has adorable written all over it. From the cute collar to the adorable print to the dainty button placket, you'll love this dress.

 Polka Dot Circle Skirt with Matching Bolero $40
W: 30"
H: free
length: 29.5"

This darling set is made from red taffeta with black velvet polka dots.

Cherry Circle Skirt $35
W: 29" (this fabric does stretch a bit)
H: free
length: 25.5"

This circle skirt is made from an embroidered cotton twill and has great swoosh factor!

I've also lowered the prices on some of the items from earlier shop my closet posts so now's your chance to nab them. (1) (2)