• Fashion,  Hobbies,  OOTD

    Sewing and Styling a 1950s Skirt

    Did you dream of a closet full of poodle skirts when you were little? No? Just me? Cool…. But really, a full 1950s, midi skirt is just so dreamy. Pair it with a petticoat for that new look look, or wear without, either way you’re in for some twirling! When I saw this reissue Simplicity pattern, I knew I had to make myself one. (I have a true vintage pattern for a 1950s circle skirt, but its for a size that was a few pounds ago). And I had a gift card for Mood Fabrics, talk about my fancy self! I chose a very nice black, double-faced (meaning I wouldn’t…

  • Fashion,  OOTD

    Modern Mod: Madewell, H&M, Sezane OOTD

    After what feels like forever, I’m finally back! I switched web hosts which took a lot longer than I thought it would, but I’m back at it now. So to kick things off (or on?!), I want to share a little OOTD from last weekend. I’m calling this “modern mod.” Why “modern mod,” you may ask? Well, for starters: mini skirt. For seconds and thirds, a mini skirt made of cord material in burnt orange. Does it get more 60s than that? I picked this skirt up from Madewell a few months ago. I was on the hunt for this style of skirt and finally found one (in my size!).…

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    Body care and Hydration: Body Oils

    I won’t lie, when it comes to skin hydration I’m usually a lotion person. It’s easier to work into the skin, and it absorbs better (imo). But sometimes I want to use something that feels a little more luxurious. Something I have to take my time applying. That’s when I turn to body oils. I still remember the first one I used. It was the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse (with shimmer). I’d been wanting to try it for a long time, and when Target briefly carried it, I snatched up a bottle. I bought it before a trip to Disneyworld, and the whole time we were there I used it. My…

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    Sewing Vintage Lingerie, Simplicity 8510

    Vintage Lingerie I love vintage (or is it antique at this point?) lingerie. 1920s, 30s…40s, each decade gave us beautiful lingerie. Creamy pastels, lace trimming, appliques, and delicate draping fabric in silk, rayon, and cotton. The most basic of these garments (brassiere and panties), don’t differ vastly from what we wear today. Maybe the bras didn’t have underwires, and the bottoms are closer to shorts, but their function was still the same. The problem when you’re a lover of vintage lingerie is acquiring such pieces. At this point, many of the pieces that still exist are delicate and fragile, not to mentioned expensive, if you can even find them. And…

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    Fast Fashion: One Blogger’s Thoughts

    Today, we’re going there. Fast fashion. Probably one of the most, if not the most controversial topic in fashion. Love it or hate it, fast fashion is everywhere, and has been for the last twenty years. Zara, H&M, Forever 21, Asos, Primark, Topshop…the list goes on, and is added to all the time. I shop at these retailers, you probably shop at them-you can’t walk through a mall or shopping district without spotting an H&M or Zara bag dangling on the arm of the fashion conscious. Advantages And let’s not kid ourselves, there’s big time appeal with fast fashion. For starters, you can’t beat the price. Under $20 for a…

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    Spring 2019 Fashion Trends

    Its spring fashion time again! Time to look forward to all the spring fashions we will be seeing and, perhaps, wearing in the coming months. I enjoy looking at all the trend reports and new collections this time of year and planning what trends I’ll partake in, what new pieces to add to my wardrobe, and what pieces/trends that will NOT make it into my wardrobe. This spring is a bit of a mixed-bag when it comes to an overall feel or vibe. There are the normal spring things you expects to see (florals, light gauzy fabrics, pastels), but also some random trends that have left me wondering “Where did…

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    Fall Favorites!

    Its that time again! Time for a seasonal favorites post! And since today is the Winter Solstice, the official end of fall, I’d like to share my fall fashion/beauty/read and eat favorites. Fashion   These past few months, with the weather turning chilly and rainy, I’ve turned to cozier fashion items. What does that mean? Turtlenecks, so many turtlenecks. I’ve added to my turtleneck collection. What can I say? It’s a long sleeved top and scarf all in one. Genius. The one pictured above is navy striped from Madewell. The next item is my Everlane cashmere mock-neck sweater. I’ve blogged about it already (here), so I won’t bore you be rehashing…

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    My First Pair of Aquazzuras

    Remember that post I did about my luxury wish-list a few months ago (here)? It featured several pairs of Aquazzuras. What can I say? I just love their edgy and sophisticated design. Well, a few weeks ago it was black Friday. See where this is going? Matchesfashion had these beauties on sale. And in my size! So I did it, I took the plunge. Treat yo-self. Coppery rose gold, just under 3 inch heel, and the cutest buckled straps you ever did see. I’m in love. They came in a very fancy box (not the Aquazzara box, but a fancy gift box from Matches) and included the dust bag you…

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    Winter OOTD: Keeping Warm with Cashmere

    Winter outfits. That struggle to look fashionable when all you want to do is walk around under layers of sweaters and poofy coats like a polar bear. I think I may have found the answer: cashmere. Is it expensive? Yep. Is it finicky to care for? Yep. Is it unbelievably warm and soft? Yes! Last weekend I had a bunch of black Friday returns to make (online shopping is hard!). The weather here has turned cold (as least cold as far as the Pacific Northwest goes), but I didn’t want to wear a heavy coat all day. I also wanted to be comfy. The answer? Leggings, cashmere sweater, and over-the-knee…

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  • Fashion,  Hobbies

    How I Style Vintage Trousers

    One of my greatest passions is vintage and antique fashion. So when I have time there’s not much I like better (aside from shopping!) than drooling over vintage patterns and antique fashion plates. Perhaps the only downside is that most vintage fashions/patterns are dresses/skirts. But then I saw this vintage reissue pattern (9189) from Vogue for pants! I chose a thick, stretchy rayon blend in a fine houndstooth print. The pattern was an easy one, and the pants sewed up without too many problems. I even learned how to invisible hand stitch for the hem! These pants are so comfortable. They’re just the right length, and I even took in the…

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