Tuesday, May 30, 2017

romantic off-the-shoulder dresses

Long time, no see as they say! I decided to write a blog post today even though it has been a long time. Today's topic: off-the-shoulder.

If I'm being honest, I hate jumping on board with trends. Maybe it's my inner pretentious hipster (I'm joking), but I like to make a statement when I wear something. I don't want my statement to say, "I buy all the trends," but my feminine and ultra-girly personality couldn't resist. There's something absolutely romantic about off-the-shoulder, and I'm a romantic-at-heart. I was recently watching Alexandria Morgan on YouTube and she modeled a red, polka-dot, off-the-shoulder H&M dress. I absolutely loved it on her and bought it right after watching her video. PSA: Everyone needs to subscribe and watch her videos! She's funny and super down-to-earth. Now back to the dress. This dress is light, comfortable, and perfect for hot, summer days. I decided to pair it with a straw boater hat because it's not an outfit without a hat (plus hats help protect your face from the sun)! I hope you all enjoyed this post and look forward to creating more.

Dress: H&M (it went out of stock really fast but here's one that is red & off the shoulder http://www.hm.com/us/product/67671?article=67671-B)
Hat: Forever 21 -this went out of stock really fast too :-( 

Monday, August 29, 2016

70s Inspired Fashion | Boho Babes

Hello everyone! This week I finally got to meet up with my good friend, Lindsay, and we decided to create a video together focused on 70s fashion! I'm so excited to collaborate with someone who shares the passion of fashion and all things bohemian with me! She's also super creative and artsy so making a video together was a MUST! We had a blast filming this (besides drowning in our own sweat in the hot sun). We hope you enjoy the video we created which is linked here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbIDmIp-aaw
The gold, button up blouse you see in the video and pictured here is an authentic 70s top I will be selling in my Etsy vintage shop soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Vintage Outfit of the Day: 1960s quirky daisy print dress

I love this dress with every bit of my beating heart. I know that sounds dramatic, but it's true. It has everything I want in a dress. It's vintage and from the 1960s. It has my favorite flower printed on it. It has colors I love. It's comfortable and fun. I find the best vintage pieces, and they are so much more appealing than today's clothing in my opinion. This dress is made out of linen and it's a nice dress for summer because the material isn't heavy. It's very cooling and breezy! The shop I bought it from online sent me a brooch with a vintage postcard. I thought the vintage brooch went perfect with the dress especially with the contrast of the cobalt blue center piece and the bright, yellow of my dress (my boyfriend actually pointed that out and told me to wear it with the dress). I walked around downtown and found a perfect little alley way to snap some shots of this new beaut! I don't know why but this dress gets me so excited to start a vintage shop one day. It's pieces like this that make my heart happy. You can watch my YouTube video of me modeling it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hww5O_GqytY

Also, can you believe it's the end of summer?! I am SO excited for fall, but I don't want summer to leave either. It's bittersweet. I can't wait to make fall fashion videos for my YouTube channel and post some autumn outfits on here! I have SO many awesome video ideas and posts coming your way!

Dress: Vintage, 1960s
Brooch: Vintage
Shoes: Ruche (older)

Red lipstick: Nars, Dragon Girl

Monday, August 15, 2016

How I Rock Mom Jeans

I have always loved and cherished high waisted jeans in all it's high-waisted, mom-tastic glory. Most people deem these jeans as unattractive and cringe-worthy; all the more reason to wear them if you like rocking them! I think they go super awesome with graphic or band tees and a simple black 90s inspired top as the one you see here. I'm not a huge 90s fashion fan but I love whatever Cher & Dionne wore in Clueless. I decided to go for something casual, because they are mom jeans after all. I think the top gives it a 90s edge, and the ballet flats make it cool and relaxed. I recommend popping into a thrift store and you'll find some mom jeans in no time, or take a trip down memory lane by shopping in your mom's closet. These are vintage Ralph Lauren ones my mom use to wear back before I was in the womb! I made a video modeling my mom jeans if any of you want to see it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECPVXXEGPeQ

Top: Monki Cross Over Jersey --sold out on ASOS :((
Jeans: Vintage Ralph Lauren

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Vintage Outfit of the Day | 1960s gingham girl

This year I have been obsessed with the 1960s and all things mod and quirky. I've bought at least 3 vintage 1960 dresses on Etsy because of this growing obsession. I created a YouTube video modeling one of my dresses I bought in June. I decided to get crafty and created a "mod" inspired background with my favorite flowers, daisies. Here are a few outtakes of the look.  Here is a link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPdJMT1uZ1I

Dress: 1960s vintage, Etsy
Sunglasses: 1960s mod, Etsy

Monday, July 25, 2016

How to Create a Fashion Mood Board | My Summer Mood Board 2016

I discovered the idea of making collages a few years ago in my high school art class. To this day, making a collage is one of my favorite artistic things to do. I love imagery and anything that deals with using my conceptual skills. Combine collage and fashion, and you get a fashion mood board. I think creating a mood board is great for spiking creativity and inspiration. and if you are like me, creating a mood board is fun and inspires you daily. I think it's especially great to have displayed in your room as a decor piece or to serve as inspiration when you choose what to wear in the mornings. If you're not sure how to go about creating a collage, let me guide the way!

I typically grab some magazines or pictures. In my case, I felt inspired by my Free People catalogs, so I grabbed those and tore out some pictures. Basically any pictures you really like or feel drawn to, put them in a pile.

Once I'm finished, I like to finalize what pictures I love the most. I like to think about the theme or central idea I'm wanting to express. When I made this board, I felt many bohemian vibes. I wanted to express the effortlessly chic woman. She always looks cool, not fussy. I had Jane Birkin and the 90s on my mind. So I took these thoughts and looked at what pictures I felt drawn to and what made me excited to look at visually. The ideas in my head became my theme for the board.

I honestly just start pinning pictures in different places. I play around with it until I figure out what I like. I use thumbtacks to pin them.

My best advice for doing this successfully is jamming to some really cool tunes that inspire you. Just have fun with it and get lost in the process of creating something inspiring and awesome!

Here is the link to my YouTube video that shows me creating the board! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJRTTMC3r2c

-The Girl in the Vintage Dress

Friday, July 22, 2016

My Style Story | How to Develop Personal Style

Personal style is something that is so important to me. It's a way of expression and art. I don't know what I would do if everyone had to dress the same. What's the fun in that?

My personal style story starts in my family and has made it's way down to me. I think people in your family can influence your style. My mamaw dressed my mom, and then my mom dressed me when I was young. Both of their fashion choices have rubbed off on me too. I like looking at older pictures of my mamaw and mom and seeing what they wore. My mamaw had a cool, quirky 60s style. My mom was a 70s girl. I love both of these styles and express them daily in my fashion choices.

First picture on the left (my mom is on the left). Second picture on the right (my mom is on the right)

I was born in the 90s; the decade of Britney Spears and Clueless. My hobbies were ballet and dress-up; where I learned about lace, pearls, tulle, sequins, and cat-eye sunglasses-- all things that I still wear and adore today.

Besides my family and 90s past, there are many other factors that play into my personal style and the person I am today. My love for fashion grew when I subscribed to my first fashion magazine, Teen Vogue, in middle school. I discovered that girls shopped at flea markets, thrift shops, and VINTAGE shops! It was my first time ever hearing about vintage. I thought the young women dressed so unique and cool. It was different from anything I had ever seen. I wanted to develop my own individual style, and I wanted to be different. After discovering the world of fashion and vintage, I bought fashion-related books and read them. I still read them today! I am always looking for inspiration. I look at pictures all the time. I am always keeping my eyes open. I keep a fashion blog on Tumblr and create mood boards at home with pictures that inspire me. I think it's important to always look at different imagery because you'll never know when something will inspire you.

Today I'd classify my style as vintage, classic, boho, quirky, cool, and effortless. I can't exactly pinpoint one thing that has influenced the style I've created. There are endless amounts of photographs, movies, books, and music that have inspired me over time. I think if you're struggling with developing your personal style, you should start keeping a folder of pictures you love or start a Tumblr. Save anything that is visually appealing to you and look back it when making decisions of the style you want to create. It's not about what's in style or what everyone else is wearing. I honestly think it's about being yourself and wearing what makes you happy, something that took me a while to realize.

If you want to watch my YouTube video on my style story, here is the link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhKwDRXJfFg

-The Girl in the Vintage Dress