The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room

Larkspur VintageLast week Meaghan and I headed to the movies to see Aloha. Because Meaghan and I are kind of nerds and like to dress to theme (sort of ) we brought with us Tiki drinks (which Meaghan purchased at Walmart, incase you want your own tiki inspired cups) and dressed in bright, Hawaiian prints. Okay, so my dress is actually a house print, but whatever, we can pretend they are Hawaiian houses…it’s the inspiration that counts here, guys.
I highly suggest next time you see a movie or play (even if it sucks), try to dress to theme. It doesn’t have to be over the top Star Wars, Harry Potter, whatever style, but just a hint of theme, however you see it. It makes getting dressed that much more fun and gets your brain thinking and working.

If you were thinking of going to see Aloha, don’t waste your money or high hopes…if you have read the negative reviews, they are right, which I was hoping was not the case but it is very much the case. This blog is definitely not a movie review blog, but I thought I would mention it because if you are like me and love almost every person in the cast, especially Bradley Cooper ❤ and Bill Murray, you will be sorely disappointed.

Tell me about a time you dressed in theme…a party you went to, a movie you saw, an event you attended…anything!

*photos by Meaghan
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Blouse: thrifted vintage
Bow tie: handmade
Boots: Samantha Pleet x Wolverine

Grammy Dress

I refer to this dress as my Grammy (like Grandma…not the music awards) dress. It’s 80s does 40s which is probably why it’s so appealing to me. I don’t much care for 80s fashion except when it’s pretending to be a different era. The reason I call it my Grammy dress is I feel like in it’s heyday it was worn –  but I suspect it wasn’t exactly a “stylish” dress – and then when 80s fashion was passe it got ignored and sent to a thrift store, not being seen for what it really was and to become just another 80s misfit. It has the characteristics of 80s awfulness -.big gaudy flowers, sort of shapeless when on a hanger, the midi length, big shoulders…a perfect mix for a big ol’ pass when browsing a shop, and most likely something most young people would ignore entirely. But I fell in love with the colours, and I love a good midi length dress in the summer that I can just slip on and go about my day, so I gave it a shot and was even more pleased when it seemed to be my size. I really believe you can make almost any article of clothing work if it is styled right. Sometimes you have to give the misfits and Grammies of the world a chance to prove themselves…they may just surprise the heck out of you.

What about you guys? Do you have any misfit or Grammy clothes?
Dress: thrifted vintage
Boots: Samantha Pleet x Wolverine

The Life of a Dress

DSC_2316I have such a hard time feeling okay about buying clothes that are not vintage or thrifted (this excludes independent designers). I’m not sure why – maybe they just don’t feel special…maybe I don’t like the idea of fast fashion – whatever it is, I actually feel like I have something against new clothes. Recently Forever 21 opened a location really close to my house and I thought, “okay, cool, I can take a peek, maybe they’ll have some cute things.” But the second I tried them on, I didn’t want any of them. It just didn’t feel like me. But say I were to find that same item in a thrift store and I liked it, I would probably buy it. Maybe hunting for clothes is part of my love for vintage and thrifting.

So it’s odd for me to say, but the only thing that is vintage in this entire look is my hat. This dress may look vintage – what with it’s 50s shape and fun novelty print – but it is indeed new. And it had me wondering…will I love this dress? Why shouldn’t I love this dress? I mean, when I saw it online, I fell for it almost immediately. But as soon as I knew a ton of others could purchase it, or that it doesn’t have an interesting past, it’s like my brain tried to sabotage my initial like for this dress, as if it was less special because it hadn’t been worn by another. But I’m glad I do own it. I am very fond of this dress. I no longer have any dresses with this silhouette in my closet – I sold all my 50s dresses with a similar silhouette long ago because I’m not really a 50s kind of girl (usually). But the length of this dress feels very 60s and it can act as a pinafore, which we all know I love. It may not have a history, but I’m the first home along it’s journey. I hope one day it will make some others girls happy. After all, all those vintage clothes I love so much now started out as new.

Hold do you feel about buying new vs old? Do you even care? I’d love to hear.

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Blouse: H&M (old)
Socks: UO
Hat: vintage via Common Sort
Boots: Samantha Pleet x Wolverine

Belle Vie / 29

DSC_1870DSC_1872DSC_1878DSC_1875DSC_1879DSC_1881DSC_1886DSC_1887DSC_1889Processed with VSCOcam with n3 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with n3 presetphoto (27)photo (28)1-2. The sparkly Christmas tree at Ryan’s dad’s place.
3-5. Ryan opening his Christmas presents from me, and Gus can obviously never live a minute of his life without sitting on someones lap.
6. My new, beautiful Samantha Pleet x Wolverine Arc Boots – they were a gift from Ryan.
7-9. I very badly would like the couch in Ryan’s dad’s office…but I mostly posted these pictures because Gus is adorable.
10. My equally beautiful clutch from Falconwright – another gift from Ryan.
11. If you are ever feeling down, put Gus in a bag.
12-13. I realized I had never shared these illustrations of me by Sara Rocha (only on my instagram), a lovely girl I met through instagram, who is super sweet and has a knack for illustrating fashion bloggers in the most adorable way. She’s so talented, so please check out her work. You may recognize these illustrations were inspired by these photographs… 1, 2.