Weekly Outfit Roundup (02/13/2017-02/19/2017)

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Hello all!

Another week of outfits for your viewing pleasure. Put together some exciting new looks this week!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Tuesday’s Look

Since Tuesday was Valentine’s Day, I naturally pulled out this Vivien of Holloway dress that rarely gets worn since it’s a bit too tight in the hips and loose in the waist. Oddly enough, I’ve somehow never paired it with all red! I’m not much of a Valentine’s Day gal (pretty neutral about it, really), so I decided to pair it with my sassy Ariel brooch to give the themed look a bit of that skepticism. My wet set was also quite tight for some reason, so my hair looks a lot shorter than it usually does.

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Pale Pink Round Earrings: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Cherry Red
Ariel Brooch: Etsy shop TheAmbrosiaBowl
Jezebel Red Sweetheart Bust Dress: Vivien of Holloway
Vintage Red Purse: Buffalo Exchange
Tights: Target
Red Heels: Thrifted

Thursday’s Look

Decided to take my brown suit out for a run before spring and summer hit full time, and was amazed when I actually looked at my closet and realized I had the pieces to a perfectly matching ensemble! The dress actually fits me awfully, very tight in the neck, tight in the bust, very loose in the hips and stomach, and the blazer fits loose in the waist and is a bit short (I have a suspicion this set was made for a petite size), but I love the ensemble enough that I might very well save it to get it tailored. I’d primarily bought the set for the blazer, so it’s a happy coincidence finding I can actually do something with the whole thing.

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1960s Brown Hat w/ Feathers: Polished Raven
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Dusty Rose
1960s Brown Suit Set w/ Brown Velvet Detailing: Thrifted
Meg & Hercules Brooch: Disney Pin
Brown Gloves: Flash in the Past
Seamed Tights: Transparenze brand from Amazon 
Brown & Black Heels: Thrifted

Friday’s Look

Wanted a quick and easy outfit, so decided to separate my Christmas harlequin set again to create a new outfit, this time with the top. Pardon the poor quality photos. Had to use my phone for these! And pardon the half painted nails! Didn’t have time to fix em up before going about my errands.

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Hoop Earrings: Etsy shop ilovetobuildhoops
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Victory Red
Holiday Harlequin Dolly Top: Custom from Etsy shop VioletsinMay1945
Customized Pinup Brooch: Lillian Madison Designs
Cloudy Yellow, Green, & Light Brown Bangles: Buffalo Exchange
Bright Leaf Green Bangle: Splendette
Gold Bangles: Poshmark
Gold Belt: Thrifted
Green Pencil Skirt: Thrifted
1950s Gold Heels: Thrifted

A Sunday Trip to the Reid Park Zoo

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To break the monotony of sitting at home and applying to jobs, I’ve been working to find free (or close to free) activities to do and events to attend locally. As someone who’s not a huge fan of the city she lives in landscape and weather-wise, I will admit that I generally avoid going outside – particularly in our hotter months (which are most months) – but upon passing the zoo on our Galentine’s Day celebration, agreed with my roomie that a trip to the zoo was long overdue. Particularly when considering the fact that the last time I’d been to our local zoo might very well have been over a decade ago when I was in middle school went to sketch animals for an art program I’d joined. Insane considering it’s such a cute zoo! PLUS, we have our own little baby elephant!

While the Reid Park Zoo is on the modest side of zoos, it still had plenty to see. Including……..greenery!

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Look at all that green grass! And TREES! And in the background, beneath the “thatch” roof, is our little merry-go-round that I opted out of to save money.

We met many a bird along the way, as one tends to do at a zoo.

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Lauren hatched from an egg Indiana Jones style.

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…and I came across this incredibly chill bear:

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…and then met the backside of cactus (and of course, partook in Dippin’ Dots for the first time in…god knows how long):

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But my favorite parts of the trip were definitely getting to see the elephants, and getting to feed the giraffes!

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Elephants have been my favorite animal for several years now. Funnily enough, it developed not because of exposure to the actual animal, but after I bought a Dumbo pillow pet at Disneyland and he became my dear companion on many a road trip and sleepless night. Needless to say, this was before I had my handsome kitty Fiyero, but nonetheless, Dumbo inspired a love for elephants that’s still going strong, and getting to see them interact, play, and show so much companionship to each other really solidified that love.

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And the baby elephant! Nandi’s such a cutie, I couldn’t help completely gushing over her.

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Then it was time to feed the giraffes. While my roommate Lauren’s done this before, I never have (as far as I recall), so I was a BIT nervous, but mostly just excited. Seeing how friendly they were as we waited in line to get our carrots eased any worry I’d had left, and soon enough, we reached the handsome fellows and it was our turn.

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The only disappointing part of the experience was that I didn’t actually get to feel the giraffes tongue since s/he was, of course, quite skilled at grabbing the food without having to touch the hand providing it. But I would definitely do it again and was tempted to get back in line and give it another go. They just make the cutest faces!

Though none of my photos can compete with this AMAZING snapshot of Lauren with her giraffe:

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Definitely new besties.

We closed the trip by walking into the gift shop to see what was available, and I was attacked by a swarm of monkeys! A day in the life.

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All in all it was an incredibly enjoyable trip. The weather was overcast but a perfect temperature for an outing like this one. Next up on our list of local must-dos…our famous Desert Museum!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

WEEKLY OUTFIT ROUNDUP (02/06/2017-02/12/2017)

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Although I was home applying to jobs most of the week, I still forced myself into a few outings to keep myself out of the laziness that comes from having to lie around at home the majority of the time. Luckily, I had an early Galentine’s Day celebration and a trip to the zoo to give me a reason for enjoying getting dressed.

Hope you enjoy this week’s looks!

Best,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

Friday’s Look

My best friend, lil sis, and I all celebrated Galentine’s Day together, so the outfit was naturally composed of hearts, reds, and pinks. I went with a casual look for my review of these FABULOUS jeans from Lady K Loves (which you can read here).

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Red Scarf: Thrifted
Sunglasses: Retro Sunnies “Ava” sunglasses in black
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ American Beauty
Pink Earrings: Etsy shop CRUZVINTAGE
Light Pink Cropped Peasant Top: Tatyana
Red & White Heart Brooch: Gifted
Red Bangle: Splendette
Hug Me Baby Jeans: Lady K Loves
Vintage Black Flats: Thrifted

Saturday’s Look

Yesterday’s look featured a rare combination, a summer top paired with a winter skirt. Since it’s generally either too hot or too cold here, I can rarely combine outfits, but since we decided to do some window shopping at a local downtown event, and the weather forecast featured the rare cloudy sky, I opted for a combo outfit to cover my bases. I was actually quite pleased with the color combination!

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1950s Silver Straw Hat by Noreen’s Fashions: Etsy shop VeryOaklandVintage
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Noir Red
Flapper Brooch: Gifted
Teal & Blue Catalina Top: Thrifted
Black Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Large Clear Starburst Bangle: Splendette
1950s Silver Purse: Etsy shop FromTheVanity
1940s Wool Skirt: Gifted
Black Seamed Tights: Transparenze brand from Amazon 
Clear Embellished Heels: Poshmark

Sunday’s Look

Decided to head to the zoo for the first time in at LEAST half a decade! Opted to wear my new-to-me vintage yellow top I found Saturday downtown by pairing it with a holiday skirt I won in a giveaway to make it less seasonal.

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Holly’s Resin Hoop Earrings in Red Glitter: Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Besame Red
Jiminy Cricket Brooch: Disney pin
1950s Yellow Western Top: Thrifted
Yellow, Green, & Light Brown Bangles: Buffalo Exchange
Red Bangle: Splendette
Red Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Holiday Harlequin Skirt: Custom from Etsy shop VioletsinMay1945
Cosette Petticoat (x2): Malco Modes
Gold Flats: Poshmark

 

Spotlight Saturday: Lady K Loves’ Says Hug Me Baby

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If you’ve been following my blog a decent amount of time, you’ll know that I’ve reviewed a whole slew of items in the past from the wonderful brand Lady K Loves (you can find the posts here and here), but this is the first time I’m venturing into the territory that Lady K Loves is famous for: jeans!

With my 24″-38″ waist and hip measurements, I’m definitely a gal who needs a jean cut for curves, and Lady K Loves’ Hug Me Baby style is specifically designed for dames with a 12+ difference between waist and hip. Jeans are something that I’d completely given up since committing to being all vintage all the time (with the exception of a pair of Vivien of Holloway capris), but my eye has been on the Hug Me Baby style as long as I’ve known the brand. So few brands cater to larger legs and hips, even in the repro world! And finding vintage that fits is certainly almost as difficult. Seeing gals like Diablo Rose rocking the Hug Me Babys gave me hope that perhaps…just perhaps, a jean that would fit my curves was out there.

#preach #hellyes #shutthefudgeup #respect @diablorose – 🚫 NO CATCALLING ZONE 🚫 Dear random ass guy stood outside the penny arcade at 10.45am on a Thursday spitting on the ground. You were on the phone and as I walked past you, you said "man… that's a fat ass" I don't know if you meant that as a compliment or insult but you have ZERO right to comment on my body, I have ZERO interest in whether you like it or not, and now I'm getting to point of ZERO tolerance for this catcalling bullshit. I get commented on all the time in the street and it is not okay, my body is not here for anyone else, it is not up for public discussion by idiotic guys in the street. So guys, just stop it! Urgh! Are you with me ladies?!! . . . PS Catcalls have no affect on my own body positivity, I actually love my figure! Especially in these jeans!! . #nocatcalling #nocatcallingzone #catcalling #mybody #mybodymyrules #beatitcreep . #Regrann

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Knowing I would be receiving a pair of the Hug Me Babys to review, I was admittedly a bit nervous. While the playsuit I first reviewed fit PERFECTLY in the legs and hips, the May trousers that I reviewed were larger in the waist, so I was hoping that the measurements listed online were accurate. When they arrived in their package, I did the usual “hold up to guess whether it’ll fit” test, and quickly knew it would. I’ve gotten pretty good at judging waist sizes that’ll fit me with a glance, and the legs were obviously sizable enough to fit my 23″ thighs, so I felt immediate relief. When I actually tried them on, I had trouble getting them over my hips (as all clothes that fit my waist AND hips generally won’t fit over my hips easily). Luckily, the material of these pants is EXTREMELY sturdy. No lightweight denim here! So, I wasn’t in the least worried that anything would rip. They were certainly long on me, but these jeans are made to be cuffed (and also come in two lengths, 32″ and 36″), and otherwise, the fit was as if they were made for me!

I ended up taking photos in one of our (almost green) parks after going out to acquire donuts for an early Galentine’s Day with the bestie and my lil sis. Naturally, I went for pinks and reds in celebration.

The first batch of photos show me sitting in the jeans. Since they’re very high-waisted (in other words, fit for one’s natural waist instead of the high-rise pants modern clothing designers claim to be “high-waisted”), they do squeeze the waist when sitting…but I don’t see this as a problem. Everybody’s got skin, it’s just a side effect of high-quality, high-waisted jeans! So worth it. And most importantly, my legs NEVER felt squeezed, no matter what position I sat in.

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The next batch, featuring my sister wandering around in the back, is a front view where you can see how long the rise is and exactly how much I had to cuff proportionally. I will note that I only rolled the pants up once instead of creating a prettier cuff, but there’s certainly enough material there to cut some off if desired. The cut of the leg is quite obviously perfect as it fits my proportions as if tailored for me, and they taper in at the end just enough to feel flattering AND vintage. As someone who lived in skinny jeans for many years, it was admittedly a bit odd at first, wearing denim that didn’t squeeze my ankles to death, but by the time I’d stepped out of the house, I’d acclimated to the aesthetic.

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And the final angle, undeniably my favorite angle, is the back view. Not to toot my own horn, but…..DAMN they look good from the back! I can honestly say that I’ve never liked the way jeans have looked from the back on me. Ever. The Hug Me Babys are a true miracle jean!

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Am I right, or am I right? Now I just need a pair of saddle shoes to pair with these babies!

As Lady K Loves’ jeans are so popular, most sizes are sold out in all three of their styles, the Hug Me Baby, the Classic, and the Le Wild  (all designed for different body types so there’s something for everyone); however, they’re currently holding a fundraiser over on Kickstarter to bring their jeans back!

Already halfway past the goal they’re seeking to hit in April, they have a variety of pledge options available, with a nice range of prize packages (many of which include a preorder for the actual jeans). The largest prize package includes all of these items (and is available for the Hug Me Baby and Le Wilde styles):

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If enough is raised, Lady K Loves plans on returning the Classic as well as introducing a new style called the Polly – designed exclusively for petite gals! As a company that so obviously works to cater to all body types (and is always actively working to expand their styles), AND is focused on ethical production, it’s a great company to support.

If you’d like to donate to the kickstarter, you can head here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ladykloves/high-waist-vintage-style-jeans-from-lady-k-loves

If you’d like to follow Lady K Loves on their social medias, you can follow these links:

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Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

 

WEEKLY OUTFIT ROUNDUP (01/30/2017-02/05/2017)

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Hello readers!

You might have noticed how long it’s been since I posted an outfit roundup. Having graduated with my Masters in December (and subsequently lost my student job), I’ve been spending most of my time at home, applying to jobs. Turns out, life is actually busier when you don’t have a job! Who knew? Anyway, I’ve decided to bring the blog back full force as it really gives me something to look forward to.

That means…I’m back with Weekly Outfit Roundups, Spotlight Saturdays, Music Mondays, and more! And I’m being given some lights that will HOPEFULLY make filming tutorials easier, so I can get back to bringing you those, as well. I’d love to hear in the comments if there’s any kind of content you guys would like to see as I start my blog back up full force. Excited to plunge back into the blog life!

And without further ado, I bring you this year’s first outfit roundup.

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

Thursday’s Look

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I felt pulling my pink wool skirt out to play felt appropriate. As a summer color appearing on a winter material, I generally find it difficult to find a time when wearing it feels right, but this all-pink look is undeniably appropriate for this month!

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Victory Red
Pink Floral Earrings: Gifted from Hawaii
1950s Hot Pink Cashmere Sweater: : Etsy shop Vintage5677
Belle on Teacups Brooch: Etsy shop Hungry Designs
1960s Pink Gingham Wiggle Skirt: Thrifted
Pink Satin Heels: Thrifted

Saturday’s Look

This outfit was primarily put together to properly show off my new sunnies from Retro Sunnies that I reviewed yesterday on my blog. I wanted something simpler and a bit more retro than vintage, so ended up with this great pairing.

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Victory Red mixed with Cherry Red
Sunglasses: Retro Sunnies “Ava” sunglasses in black
Red Peasant Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Hermione Brooch: Etsy shop Fox Paradox
Western Belt in Brown Floral: Vivien of Holloway
Brown Straw Purse: Thrifted
Red Bangle: Splendette
Gold Bangles: Poshmark
Black Denim Capris: Vivien of Holloway
Leopard Print Kitten Heels: Thrifted

Sunday’s Look

Just a few shopping trips today before heading to my parents’, so figured I’d get a quick wear out of my lil sis’ lavender dress before returning it to her. And what better color to pair with lavender than pink? Got to wear my new-to-me belt, too! Found this baby at a local thrift store, and I ALWAYS geek out when I find a waist belt that fits me. Such a rare occurrence. And of course, since this is my birthday month, I donned my Rapunzel February Disney pin.

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Exotic Pink
Pink Floral Earrings: Gifted from Hawaii
Rapunzel Birthstone Brooch: Disney Pin
Lavender Jenny Dress: Pinup Girl Clothing
1960s Pink Pleather Belt: Thrifted
Cosette Petticoat (x1): Malco Modes
White Canvas Underskirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Pink Satin Heels: Thrifted

Spotlight Saturday: Retro Sunnies, Glamour in the Sun

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As a gal who lives in the Arizona desert, sunglasses are an accessory MUST if you want to protect your gaze from the sun’s harsh rays. In the vintage reproduction community, brands exist that sell retro-inspired items ranging from shoes to bras to make-up, but no prominent brands revealed themselves whenever I went on the look-out for some sunnies. When Retro Sunnies contacted me through Instagram for a collaboration, I was completely surprised and excited to see a shop producing (and specializing in) something that often gets overlooked as a marketable accessory in the repro world.

Scrolling through their Instagram, my interest was sparked as I absorbed a feed full of gorgeous midcentury gals showing off their sunglasses, and happy customers showing off their Retro Sunnies. While a whole slew of styles are available on their website, I naturally gravitated toward styles replicating the true vintage cat eye that’s surprisingly difficult to come by in modern sunnies, and one of their statement sunnies.

The Vicky

The Vicky Sunnies, priced at $45 and available 4 color ways, had the roundest shape of the 3 I chose, but something about the flow of the band on top with the metal bar running parallel below gave a very butterfly-y, almost art deco-y feeling to them that immediately appealed.

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As the highest priced sunnies I received (and one of the highest on the site,) it was interesting to feel the difference in quality from the lower priced Ava sunnies I received. While looks-wise, there is no perceptible difference in quality between the pricier sunnies and the cheaper ones, these felt much sturdier when wearing them. Luckily, Retro Sunnies provides a handy little measurement chart to ensure the glasses will fit before committing to the bill:

Lens Width: 60 mm
Bridge Width: 17 mm
Height: 46 mm
Temple Length: 132 mm

On my rounder, fuller face shape, these probably flattered me the most. The metal striping through towards the top helped give just enough of that cat eye feel that they fit into my wardrobe, while flattering me like modern, larger shapes tend to do. Plus, the detail, while simple, is absolutely stunning. Perfect for statement glasses that can double as a neutral staple.

 

The Maria

The Maria, clocking in at $35, is a bit cheaper than the Vicky, while retaining the same sturdiness and quality level. She is available in 3 colorways, but I opted for tortoiseshell to break up the black I generally lean toward. 

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Unlike the other two sunnies I chose, these were the only ones featuring metal instead of plastic, and I generally tend to prefer this as I find they’re a bit more malleable and can be shaped to head size more because of it; however, like the Vicky, Retro Sunnies did provide the chart to double-check and make sure they’ll fit:

Lens Width: 51 mm
Bridge Width: 21 mm
Height: 48 mm
Temple Length: 132 mm

Shape-wise, these are a nice in between cat eye. These are definitely more angled with that lovely point on each side, but they’re large enough that someone who’s not necessarily into dressing vintage or retro all the time could still wear them without seeming out of place.

The Ava

The Ava, which clocks in at $24 but is on sale for half off at the moment, is the most affordable pair of the three, but definitely my favorite. While available in only 2 colors on their website, I did notice scrolling through images of customers that they were once available in white as well as black and tortoiseshell. For these, I opted for black as the colors in my wardrobe match it best, and I knew these would be my new staples sunnies.

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These sunnies are definitely my favorite, and for obvious reason. I tend to lean toward repro items that echo styles that have gone out of fashion or are simply harder to find easily. A truly thin cat eye pair of sunglasses is hard to come by unless shelling out the big bucks for a vintage pair (something I have never felt comfortable doing). The Ava perfectly satisfies this desire of mine with it’s slanted, long shape. Of the three, it’s a style that will perhaps not flatter everyone’s face shape, but I find they actually accentuate the fact that my face is oval instead of making it rounder by hiding my cheeks.

With Retro Sunnies’ wide range of styles and prices, there’s definitely something for everyone! Whatever your wardrobe (or your features), they’re sure to have something that’ll fit into your look while flattering you. You can head to their sites here to take a look at other styles, and they’re currently holding an Instagram contest that’ll win you the chance to get a few pairs for yourself for free should you win!:

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Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Lady K Loves Giveaway & Review

Hello friends!

If you’ve been a follower of my blog for awhile, you’ve no doubt seen my post reviewing (and gushing) over some gorgeous items from Lady K Loves. As still some of my favorite items (can’t wait for spring time when I can bring out the playsuit again!), I jumped at the chance to review items from the wonderful new collection, and to spread the love by bringing YOU all a giveaway of your own!

I first started to hear word of Lady K Loves when pinup after pinup started posting themselves donning the marvelous jeans featured on the site, so was so happy to see that the new collection featured more trousers as well as a wide array of new tops perfect for the fall and holiday seasons.

My own little package of items to review included the May Trousers in Grey Abstract, the Becki Top in Mustard, and the Jess Top in Mustard. As someone who doesn’t have any mustard in her wardrobe (or come to think of it, any pants!), I was happy to expand my collection with these new items, and bring you all a review.

While the Becki and the Jess come in the exact shade of mustard and the same type of material, their cuts make them incredibly different tops. The Becki, with its bat wings and black trim, is friendlier for a colder climate due to the heaviness of a trim that stops the cold from seeping in. The neck is very tight, but only noticeably so when trying to get it on (my advice: just be sure to put it on BEFORE you style your hair and put your lipstick on, and you’re good to go). The arms and waist are comfortably loose, and there was plenty of room to accommodate my 36″ bust through the chest area.

The Jess, on the other hand, is so lightweight overall that it could be worn throughout the seasons with various levels of layering. While I avoid sleeves in the summer time here, this material seems thin enough to make it wearable even in 120º weather. Just as with the Becki, the arms and waist of this are comfortably loose, and while I generally prefer a really tight waist, the casual appearance of this top particularly lends itself to the relaxed fit, and it’s nice having an option that’s not holding me in at my smallest all day long.

While the lightweight nature of the mustard material is a HUGE bonus for someone who lives in my climate, I did notice that these tops both show absolutely everything. This became a problem in the sense that I can’t really wear most of my vintage or repro bullet bras because the stitching shows through the top. A simple modern bra solves the problem, however, and I’m now on the lookout for a bullet bra with hidden seaming. After all, these are both great cuts to get that marvelously casual “sweater girl” look that I’m so fond of.

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The May pants, my first pair of trousers in over a year since I sold my last pair, have been a relieving addition to my wardrobe in so many ways. First, because it’s nice being able to throw on an outfit without shaving, second, because these are as comfortable as leggings, and third, because they’re a marvelous neutral with just enough detail to make them an interesting piece. I was a bit worried about sizing as I clock in at 24″ in the waist, 38″ in the hip, and about 23″ around for each leg. The sizing on the site lists the XS as measuring 25,” 35,” but having experience with Lady K Loves’ AMAZING Emma Playsuit that fit me like a glove and had the same sizing suggestion, I was pleased when I was told that there’s plenty of stretch in the trousers. Upon receiving my package, my first move was to try to test how stretchy these trousers are, and from rest, they could stretch several additional inches. Because of this, they could without a doubt fit a wide range of sizes easily. The waist clocked in large for me, particularly with the stretch, and would probably be a better fit for a waist size of 26″-27″ inches. I had to pin it so it fit me properly, so if possible, I would personally size down if you’re worried about the waist being too large. These have enough stretch that it wouldn’t be a risky move. Once pinned, however, they had the comfiest fit and I could sit in all myriad of positions without worrying about cutting off circulation, and they retained their shape, keeping enough looseness for that vintage feel, while remaining form-fitting.

By the time I could shoot photos for you guys, these pants were on their fourth wear! And as you can see, they’re in perfect condition. Here I am pairing them with the Becki top:

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And here they are in action with the Jess top!

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If you’d like to get your own May Trouser, Becki Top, or Jess Top, you can now enter my giveaway for a chance to win a £50 shopping voucher with Lady K Loves! The winner will be chosen on the second of January at midnight, PST, and you can enter here on my blog via the link below, and/or head over to my Instagram for instructions on how to enter there. Good luck, everyone!

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Lady K Loves Giveaway

They’re also having an end of the year sale that includes reductions on a whole slew of items, so head on over if anything strikes your fancy:

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Happy holidays!

Miss Lark Bahar

Napoleon Bunaparte: A Brooch & a Kickstarter

Hello all!

While I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus lately with the impending completion of my Masters (by the end of today, I’ll have everything turned in and officially finished! Ahh!), I decided to throw in a brooch review for a great cause.

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Emma, the owner of TEEhasashop on Etsy, contacted me recently wondering if I would like to review one of her items. What enthralled me was that this item came with a tale (AND a tail!). Not just an adorable little bunny brooch available in her shop, this brooch is also available as a prize in support of her Kickstarter campaign I’m excited to bring to light. This special Kickstarter exists to fund the wonderful idea of a picture book that tells the story of a horde of raging bunnies…and Napoleon Bonaparte.

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Emma’s drawing of Napoleon under imminent bunny attack

You can head over to their Kickstarter page to find out more and donate to help this charming tale come to life, but hurry! It’s only running until December 18th. To quote Emma, this book “is aimed at curious people of all ages who love the theme of bunnies gone a bit vengeful, and unusual historical events, and also possessing lovely little books.” What more can one ask for from a picture book?

You can see me rocking Falafel the Bunny, as inspired from Emma’s own dalmation rex bunny, in today’s look. The perfect touch to an all black and white outfit.

Falafel is made of laser cut cherry wood with Emma’s cute illustration printed on top, and she’s perfectly affordable at only $7.83. I WILL say that the brooch arrived with the backing having popped off, but I blame international shipping. Easy fix with a little bit of glue, and no harm done, as you can see:

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Falafel is the perfect little brooch for those rabbit-lovers out there, or really, anyone looking to expand their collection of animals. I finally have a rabbit to add to my brooch board, and she’s wonderfully versatile due to her coloring.

If you’d like to take a gander at her other illustrations and accessories, you can head over to her Etsy, Teehasashop, (she has a wonderful Fantastic Mr. Fox piece!) , and if you’d like to participate in Emma and and Tabi’s “‘Bunaparte’ – A Picture Book Based on a True Story” Kickstarter, you’d be helping spread the joy of reading in a unique, wonderful way.

Happy holidays, my friends!

Best,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

A Week with TGIllustration: Brooches

Hello all!

Long time no see. Been bogged down with classwork as I dive into the last month of school before completing my Masters, so pardon my absence. I decided to take a brief respite from my papers to showcase a wonderful shop that I discovered while perusing Etsy for Harry Potter brooches: TG Illustration. I was quickly charmed by his artwork that was so beautifully painted on various wooden accessories, and happy when he agreed to collaborate with me. If you’ve been following my Instagram, I’ve spent the last 7 days featuring his wonderful designs on outfits put together specifically to showcase the brooches he sent me. I wanted to create a comprehensive blog post to show off his variety of designs and also give you guys a coupon code to use (scroll to the bottom of the post)!

The first of his designs I created an outfit for was this quirky, fun little octopus that I look forward to wearing particularly around Halloween-time next year!

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I paired the little guy with my custom playsuit from Ains & Elke Style Haus on Etsy since I loved both the play of the colors together, and the way the octopus tied into the water scene. Who knows what’s lurking in that peaceful scene?

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The second brooch of his that I showcased was this adorable Russian doll. While I chose to don a summery-er outfit for this look, she matches an insanely wide range of my clothes!

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For this look, I primarily focused on the color matching since I don’t have much in the way of Russian doll novelty prints (though I know they’re out there!), but it gave me the perfect excuse to wear one of my favorite vintage cashmere sweaters!

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The third brooch I styled is the brooch that led me to Tom’s Etsy in the first place. I appreciated that the color scheme of this Ravenclaw crest matched the books instead of the films, and loved the fierce expression of our beloved mascot!

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I naturally wore this brooch to the Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them premiere, and it went with my Ravenclaw look beautifully.

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The fourth brooch I featured was another near and dear to my heart, the rose from Beauty & the Beast. I love the affect of the paint on this number! Really gets the the look of glass across.

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This look, I paired with my new burgundy top from Devil Inspired as I loved the way the shade of the petals popped with the deep burgundy shade.

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The second to last brooch I styled was a drawing of his featuring the magic mirror from Snow White, and again, the way he emulated the glass with his painting is truly beautiful! I adore the affect.

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This brooch was surprisingly more difficult to style, but then my eye caught the skirt I was gifted last Christmas and I knew it was a match made in heaven! The trim matched the mirror’s frame perfectly, and the dark, almost faded fabric emulated the red tones along the frame, while the black made the actual mirror area really pop.

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My final brooch was this adorable, mustard-colored telephone. As I don’t have any other brooches that feature this shade, I was excited to play with the color! Plus, it reads very clearly.

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I naturally decided to pair my telephone with fall colors and immediately went to my abstract ballerina printed skirt that has so many shades to play with – including the mustard that previously never had a chance. I wanted to go with the autumn color scheme, and ended up with this sweater gifted to me by my roomie’s grandmother that also hasn’t gotten a chance to play yet. Finally, the weather permitted it!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed the looks I created with Tom’s designs and I’m excited to work with them more.With all of his brooches clocking in at less than $6, they’re perfectly affordable without having to give up quality.

These cuties would make great gifts for fellow accessory enthusiasts, and he also offers a range of earrings, prints, badges and necklaces in his shops. Until November 28th, you can enter in the code LARK11 at checkout on his Etsy to receive 10% off on your purchase, making them even more affordable! (And for those fellow bloggers and ootd-ers out there, they’re VERY easy to photograph – a HUGE bonus, in my opinion.)

If you’d like to follow his designs, you can head to these various outlets:

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My blog will probably remain a bit slow for awhile as I finish up my degree, so you can keep checking my Instagram to make sure you don’t miss anything!

Happy holidays everyone,

Miss Lark Bahar

WEEKLY OUTFIT ROUNDUP (10/17/2016-10/23/2016)

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Hey everyone!

Welcome back to another outfit roundup. Had some exciting new things show up in my wardrobe this week.

Enjoy!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

Monday’s Look

I was incredibly excited about the outfit I put together today as it was a gift from an amazing gal that’s been sitting in my closet waiting for the appropriate season. I even avoided trying it on to give myself something to look forward to and was shocked when the fit looked so perfect! Although the waists are a bit large, the jacket renders the skirt waist invisible anyway, and the belt the set comes with helps synch the waist of the jacket in. Just marvelous. My first ever suit set! Ah how I wish I could fill my wardrobe with numbers like this……(Side note, I look Snow White levels of pale in the close-ups! So strange.)

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Victory Red
1940s Vintage Floral Hat: Gifted
Gold Earrings: Thrifted
Vintage Mask Brooch: Thrifted
1950s Blue Suit Set with Gold Flecks: Instagram shop FarFromHereVintage
Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Umbrellas: Pinup Girl Clothing
Black Seamed Tights: Transparenze brand from Amazon 
Navy Blue Slingback Heels with Gold Embellishment: Thrifted

Thursday’s Look

Getting as much use out of this amazing skirt as possible before Halloween passes and I go unapologetically into full-on Christmas mode. First time wearing my gorgeous new  Barn Owl brooch (whom I’ve named Madam Mimsy-Porpington) won in a recent Instagram giveaway from Small Victories Handmade. Perfect Halloween-y accessory!

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Blood Red
Purple Chiffon Hair Scarf: Thrifted
Holly’s Hoop Earrings in Purple Glitter: Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Barn Owl Brooch: Etsy shop SmallVictoriesHandmade
Purple Marilyn Top: Le Bomb Shop
Purple Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Custom Purple Halloween Pin-Up Skirt: Etsy shop HollyDaiBoutique
Cosette Petticoat (x2): Malco Modes
Black Heels with Gold Embellishment: Thrifted

Friday’s Look

Hadn’t worn this skirt in awhile, so decided to throw together an outfit using it. Ended up matching my ghost brooch beautifully! Gotta bring the spooky into every look, after all….even if it’s not an autumn-y color-scheme.

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Red Velvet
Lavender Bebe Earrings: Revere Folie
Ghost Brooch: Gifted
Red Peasant Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Lavender Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Jenny Skirt in Lavender Lips & Roses: Pinup Girl Clothing
Cosette Petticoat (x2): Malco Modes
Red Heels: Thrifted