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!

-The Girl in the Vintage Dress

Monday, July 18, 2016

I AM BACK! 1960s mod summer

Hello again! This is probably the second time I have returned to my blog. Recently I have been investing time into my YouTube channel and it has reminded me of why I use to love blogging. While YouTube is my serious project, I would still like to post pictures of different things and keep things lighthearted and fun on here. For my return, I have a 1960s mod summer inspired outfit - as I call it. I found these 1960s gingham blue and white pants my mom bought in a vintage shop in Chicago a couple years ago. I thought they would look great with a pop of yellow. Although I'm not the biggest fan of crop tops, I quite like the idea of it with these pants. I love finding quirky clothes like this in vintage shops. It's so fun and different and that's exactly why I love them. Here is the link to my YouTube video on this look.

Top: Asos (old)
Pants: vintage shop
Bag: vintage shop

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Pressed flower wall art

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Hello again! Today I had such a busy day. I took these pictures this morning right before I headed out the door. For Valentine's Day, my love of four years got me my favorite flowers which are daisies. I hated to see them die so I decided to find a way to keep them alive (kinda). I decided to press them and put them in a pretty frame to hang in my room. I did this yesterday, before I decided to blog again, so I didn't show step-by-step pictures of how I did it. I also made the one beside it almost a year ago. It's my favorite Pablo Picasso quote. I still have more pressed flowers to work with if you'd like to see how I did it! Just comment below if you would like a step-by-step blog post of how I did this! 

-The Girl in the Vintage Dress

Sunday, September 8, 2013

9.8.13 photo diary

Hi, everyone! This weekend my mamaw came to visit us, and we had a lovely time. We went antiquing and Saturday night we had a bonfire with a couple of my family members at the lake. It was fun to eat hot dogs, s'mores, and homemade candy from a local candy shop. It was honestly fun spending the last few days of the summer doing some of my favorite things I love. I am super excited for fall to come though. Bittersweet.

Love the idea of using a seashell to hold little bracelets & earrings.

I love vintage cameras. I have no idea why.

Vintage jewelry is beautiful. So unique!

 I love to pick up some bark during Christmas time. Cherry & lemon are the best.

I loved the breeze on my neck once the sun set on the lake!

Love my milkmaid braid

I also love American Eagle's boyfriend jeans.

I hope you also had a great weekend too!

-The Girl In The Vintage Dress

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Friday, August 23, 2013

DIY: Remodeling a 70s jewelry box

Hello, everyone! So sorry I have been away! I started college for the first time this week. I am going into Business Administration so I can open up a vintage boutique one day. I have been so busy already, but I haven't forgot about the blog. Recently I discovered a thrift shop close to home and while I was shopping, I noticed this old, jewelry box. I have been redoing my room and all of my things have been moved around. I eventually ran out of places to put my jewelry. The box was almost perfect, but it was brown and the fabric inside the drawers was old and stained. I didn't buy it at first because of its condition. Later, I kept thinking about what I could do to make the box look better. I decided I could paint it. I also wanted to redo the inside of the drawers by replacing the stained, yellow fabric with floral scrapbook paper by using Modge Podge. I bought it the next day for $5! My mom thought it was from the 70s (typical of me to pick out something from the 70s, since I love that era so much). After a few painting sessions (I used all-purpose acrylic paint from a local craft store) and a little Modge Podge, it goes to show that a little TLC goes a long way.


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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Flowers in her hair

So yesterday I was at my best friend's house, Courtney, and I was reading her Seventeen magazine. I believe all kinds of magazines have so much information for new ideas so I read any kind I can get my hands on. I already read Seventeen's June/July issue but I wanted to flip through it again in-case I had missed anything. I'm glad I did because I discovered a new hair style that I really love! All you do is twist a couple sections of your hair & pin it! The fun part is pinning it with all sorts of fun hair accessories! You should definitely try this! Sweet & simple!

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Prom 2013: Vegas baby

Hope you enjoy my pictures from my last & lovely prom.

Dress: Jovani