The B√©same Cosmetics Series: Cashmere Foundation Sticks

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For those who have been longtime followers (and even those who’ve recently joined me for the ride), it has been no secret that my love for a certain vintage-inspired makeup brand is rampant. As such, I’ve been trying to find the time to put together proper review and how-to videos using their products showing off the one company who has earned my brand loyalty. Well…now is the time!

B√©same Cosmetics, founded by the stunning Gabriela Hernandez, is a makeup brand that constantly strives to recreate shades and formulations from the 1920s-1960s, all in the most beautiful, retro packaging. Although I can’t remember how I first discovered the brand, it was certainly years ago, and it began with their lipstick Red Velvet –¬†a beautiful, incredibly wearable neutral red shade based on a 1946 color. Since then, I’ve collected (almost) the entirety of their lipstick range, cake mascara, cream and powder rouges, perfumes, powders, makeup brushes, and most recently, their new Cashmere Stick Foundations.

As their most recent product release, I wanted to start with a review of their Cashmere Stick Foundations as well as a mini how-to to show off how the foundation applies. Of their 8 shades, I tried 5 to find the perfect shade, and settled on my three favorites for concealer, foundation, and contour. You can catch the full review on my youtube channel:

I’m excited to get the first video of my B√©same Cosmetics series up and running and can’t wait to play with the video lights on their way to me so I can stop relying on ever-changing natural light! Stay tuned for more videos reviewing, swatching, and gabbing about this unique brand.

P.S., any other Bésame Cosmetics fans geeking out over their announcement of the new Snow White and Agent Carter range?

Best,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

 

Spotlight Saturday: Call My Baby Lollipop with Doll Me Up

Could anything be sweeter than apple pie? Debatably, and my newest outfit from Doll Me Up might certainly take the cake. All puns aside, in the good ol’ summertime it’s a constant struggle to find items that capture the bright cheeriness of summer while being comfortable in the heat and offering functional pockets. Doll Me Up is certainly the place to cast one’s eyes in this search as their collection of garments not only features cute prints, heat-friendly designs AND pockets, but also clocks in at a wide range of prices to appeal to those shopping on a budget as well as those with the means to afford more. Doll Me Up is a one stop shop with all any pinup or vintage-fashion lover could possibly want.

When putting an outfit together for myself, I knew I had to tick off a few necessities, first being pockets, second being separates that I could mix and match with my preexisting wardrobe while bringing something new to the closet, third, being some sort of a novelty print that doesn’t resemble anything I already have. The most difficult decision was definitely choosing between their amazing and absolutely adorable range of novelty prints. Although the watermelon print dress was tempting (particularly considering how summery watermelon is,) I decided to opt for the Unique Vintage Candy Shop High Waist Circle Swing Skirt.

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With the pinks, reds, mints, and checkerboard floor pattern, I knew this would be a smart investment that would easily fit into my closet, and anyway, who am I to pass up a skirt with a candy shop on it??? I can’t resist anything that would look good in Honeydukes. And besides, the smallest size exactly fit my waist according to the size chart (which clocked it in at 24″), and it had pockets.

To pair with the skirt, I decided to try out the Vixen by Micheline Pitt Powder Puff Top in Baby Pink since I’m lacking pink tops in my wardrobe and I’ve been dying to try the style since they were released. To finish off the look, I opted for Doll Me Up’s Scalloped Edge Square Scarf in Pink to give it that extra something.

When I received the items, a few things quickly stood out to me. The Powder Puff top is made of a soft but VERY stretchy material, meaning a cone or bullet bra might actually work! Another was that the skirt was made of a lighter weight material than most of my modern novelty print skirts, making it cooler for summer and puffier due to the lack of weight.

When I tried the outfit on, I naturally gave it a go with a cone bra and my petticoats. I noticed that my cone bra worked perfectly under the Powder Puff top, but the top’s stretchiness also made it hug the figure in a way that showed off where my bra squeezes me in the back. I would definitely wear it with a longline bra next time to eliminate the back fold. Otherwise, the shirt was cut with a beautiful, nipped in waist that fit me perfectly, the large puffy sleeves (the best part of the top) fit without squeezing me even the tiniest bit, and the seaming lined up exactly with my cone bra.

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For the Unique Vintage skirt, at 26″, it was a bit too short for my Malco Modes Cosette petticoat and I’m not a huge fan of my pettis showing, so next time, I will definitely shorten them to avoid petti-peek. I also noticed that the sweep was a bit smaller than what I’m used to, but I was still able to fit my two petticoats in easily. I would say that the bell shape of the gathered skirt probably wouldn’t fit a petticoat much more voluminous at the bottom than the ones I wear.

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To complete the outfit, I threw in my pink seemed stockings from What Katie Did, pink earrings from Daisy Jean Floral Designs, and pink satin heels that I thrifted for $0.25. I challenge you to find a cuter outfit!

Although I anticipate many photoshoots in the future in candy shops, Honeydukes, ice cream shops, etc., for now, I took a stroll around the garden to show everything off.

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Since the true test of any top in the summertime is how it fairs when you sweat buckets, I would say this top faired extremely well. It remained breathable and comfortable despite having sleeves, and I didn’t have a problem with sweat stains.

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You can see in the closeups that there’s absolutely no digging in of the top (my bra’s another story……), and it moves easily with me. It’s nice having a blouse that doesn’t restrict my movement as vintage and reproduction tops are wont to do.

All in all, I absolutely adore this outfit and know it’ll see the light of day often. All of the pieces are versatile, and the scalloped edge on the scarf makes it a special addition to my growing scarf collection. I can’t wait to mix and match all of these items and create new looks!

If you would like to follow Doll Me Up and/or purchase one of their wonderful items for yourself, you can head to these medias:

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Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

All Was Well: A Very Potter Review of Bettie Page Stockings from Playful Promises

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To say that I’ve become an avid stocking fan in the past few months would be a a gross understatement. I’ve come to the point where I’m wearing stockings more often than not for going about town (also known as working) despite the 110¬ļ+ weather Arizona’s been experiencing lately. I truly find that they complete an outfit, and help give a look that special something extra in a uniquely vintage way. When Playful Promises asked me to feature their new stockings from their collaboration with Bettie Page lingerie, I happily agreed, eager for a pair of fully-fashioned nylons with proper seams. While I only have limited experience with fully-fashioned stockings (as the stockings I wear these days outside of photoshoots are a modern interpretation), I’ve been in love with the feel of them since I first donned a pair – no matter how much more delicate they are.

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While modern, stretchier stockings are shapeless until pulled onto the leg, fully-fashioneds are shaped so you can see the curves of ones legs and feet even when off the leg. This makes them fit and wrap around one’s body like a dream, and the silky, slinky material is unbeatable. Playful Promises’ recent collaboration with Bettie Page lingerie has led to stockings that are no exception to these tendencies. The black ones that I received are particularly flattering as the material used really slims my leg.

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As someone who’s always been self-conscious about having thicker ankles, calves, and thighs, I love what these do for me. However, the pros of this style of stocking also lead me to the cons. As someone with larger thighs specifically, having some stretch to the welt of a stocking is much needed. Although I adore the foot and leg fit of fully-fashioneds, I do wish that the style was more comfortable in the thigh. I also found that Playful Promises’ style featured narrower welts that couldn’t help but squeeze my thighs when walking around. I would love to see a design that was friendlier to curves comfort-wise. Nothing worse than walking around tugging up one’s welts (or feeling like one has to)! Although I instinctually try to pose to camouflage spill-over, you can still see it a bit in the image below. The welt is pulled tight around my 24″ thighs and so, not terribly comfortable.

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But goodness, look at that beautiful pointed heel! And the reinforced heel detailing. Truly dreamy. One must choose one’s battles!

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Since the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone happened recently, I wanted to pay a little homage to one of my favorite book and movie series by shooting these perfect black seamed stockings against the backdrop of the Gryffindor common room (which I decided to crash despite being a Ravenclaw…because it’s my living room and I can do that). Although the bookshelf you see on the left is permanently set up as our “Harry Potter” corner, as is our bathroom, my roommate pulled most of it together for a mini Potter-themed shoot.¬†I also paired my navy vintage silk skirt ft. silver triangle detailing with my Cinderella heels ft. glittery rhinestones to rep my (movie) house. My Reed wand naturally also made an appearance.

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And it really, really made me miss the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I also tried my hand at a few Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans.

And we all know how that goes……..(cue blurry candid).

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And, of course, with the book that started it all: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone.

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Although my earliest memory of Harry Potter is sitting in an orthodontist’s office waiting to get myself fitted for a retainer as my mother read the Chamber of Secrets to me, this first novel will always be nearest and dearest to my heart, and it’s given me happiness in the darkest of times. Nothing can beat the magical innocence of those early years and Harry’s wonder at his brand new world always echoes mine. Since that first book, I’ve often found myself glancing at flickering street lights wistfully, or dreaming of getting a piece of mail that will never come and how very much my life would change (even if I’d stick out like a sore thumb as a 25 year old at Hogwarts). I’ve grown up with Harry Potter as most my age have and I’m so happy that I’ve been able to.

Playful Promises’ fully fashioned stockings certainly help give a bit of witchy pizzazz to my Potter-inspired look, and are the perfect pairing to any vintage or vintage-inspired outfit. This Ravenclaw gives them a definite thumbs up. Now, to start my Harry Potter movie marathon, eat licorice wands, and play with some polyjuice potion!

To purchase these stockings and take a look at the rest Playful Promises has to offer, you can head to their website. I’m personally eyeing the Bettie Page overwire longline bra and can’t wait to try more items from the brand!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

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Put on a Happy Face! Featuring Dick Van Dyke and Disneyland

As anyone who follows me on my various other social medias is aware, this past week I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet one of my idols and have been unable to stop talking about it since. What originally began¬†as a¬†simple plan to take a much needed trip to Disneyland for a few days was upended by Phoenix Comicon’s announcement about a month ago that an astonishing guest was joining the line up: the incredibly talented, dashing icon of a man, Dick Van Dyke.

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While I’ve always had a great appreciation and love for the man since I grew up with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins, it wasn’t until I first began watching the Dick Van Dyke Show a few years ago that¬†my appreciation began to grow exponentially. Of all of the actors and actresses out there, he’s been my favorite of the lot. With his gracefully goofy ability to execute all ranges of comedy, and his perfect family of costars¬†Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, and Morey Amsterdam, the Dick Van Dyke Show has gotten me through the many ups and downs of my life the last few years. Upon reading his book, “My Lucky Life in and Out of Show Business” and the discovery of his vocal quartet¬†group, Dick Van Dyke & the Vantastix, I came to realize that he is one of my few idols who’s still alive and kicking – and boy is he kicking!

When the stars aligned and we realized we could pull off meeting Dick Van Dyke, we immediately went to work on last minute outfits for Comicon and could think of much little else.

While I debated for awhile whether I ought to create this blog post since I think I’ve worn the topic to death, I decided to write it up as a memento and diary entry of sorts for future me! So, apologies for the gushing and rambling that will inevitably happen. The excitement is something I don’t ever want to lose!

Part 1: Disneyland!

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Since I never managed to take a graduation trip for myself (being jobless and all for a few months after getting my Masters,) my lil sis Julide (who just graduated from high school) decided to combine our trips and take a Disneyland weekend for ourselves. As always, we simply HAD to Disneybound!

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My roommate Lauren and I had planned a Pinocchio bound awhile ago for a cancelled trip that was going to take place on a hot summer day, so my sister hopped on the bandwagon and we opted for the group bound that would help keep us coolest in steamy weather. Ironically, it was freezing! While my roomie and I had something to throw on over our looks, poor Julide was shivering all day long.

We drove up to Anaheim after Lauren and I got off of work and got into our hotel around midnight. Excitement kept us awake longer than intended, but we soon crashed and woke a few hours later to prepare for our outing.

My look was composed of a Pinocchio Mickey ear hat that I’d seen in the parks for ages before deciding to make use of it, a¬†black shrug sold by Pinup Girl Clothing awhile ago, a 50s¬†bustier/bikini top that I strung a blue piece of fabric through, an apple brooch (to represent the apple he has when beginning his journey), a 60s overskirt from the Instagram shop Far From Here Vintage, 50s shorts from Etsy, and old character shoes that I cut the strap off years ago. The whole outfit was then topped with the perfect vintage cottage purse:

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My sister’s dress was from Forever 21, and my roommate’s Jiminy Cricket look was made up of an old cardigan, mustard scarf, and sandals paired with an infinity wrap top from Le Bomb Shop, shorts from Pinup Girl Clothing, a hat from Amazon with the ribbon changed, and a handmade Official Conscience pin.

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Although just a one day trip, we managed to meet many characters we’ve never met before including Pocahontas and (now one of my favorite characters to meet), the Shadow Man!

We also met some old favorites like Peter Pan (my sister’s absolute favorite character of all time), and, because we simply¬†had to considering our impending meet and greet, Mary and Bert.

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Bert was perfectly goofy and charming and only raised our excitement levels.

One of the most exciting parts of the trip was getting to FINALLY head to the Red Rose Taverne. While ironic that the time we pulled together a Pinocchio group bound was when his Village Haus was made over for Beauty and the Beast, I still couldn’t really argue with the change! I’m a sucker for anything Beauty and the Beast.

I naturally tried the grey stuff (despite maybe technically being allergic to it kinda) and it was DELICIOUS. I’m hoping we can head back before the Taverne changes back because the menu options sounded absolutely mouthwatering, and we had to opt¬†out of food since we had reservations at Cafe Orleans.

The day was overall incredibly successful. We watched both parades currently running in the parks (I wish the Electrical Parade would never leave again!), met new characters, and even went on rides we rarely go on. While we missed out on a few key things, Jungle Cruise, Indiana Jones, and Storybook, and were freezing most of the day, we had a wonderfully relaxed, happy, and successful trip with our friends Pinocchio, Jiminy, and the Blue Fairy.

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Part 2: Phoenix Comicon!

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As mentioned above, the preparations for Comicon began as soon as we realized we were attending. Since this was Lauren and my first Comicon (as well as Dick Van Dyke’s!), we knew little of what to expect. While we’ve both attended Broadwaycon, we assumed it would operate a bit differently, and hadn’t been able to get together outfits for that anyway. This time, we KNEW we had to do something despite huge budget and time restrictions.

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Since we had previously put together a Mary Poppins themed bound, my sister decided to simply add to that outfit to make it into more of a costume, while Lauren wanted to put together a better Bert than what she’d done before with a pair of Pinup Girl Clothing’s 1940s Doris pants that properly matched Julide’s Jolly Holiday Mary. While I had personally loved my Mrs. Banks bound (despite nobody recognizing me in the parks), I knew I couldn’t in any way afford recreating her actual outfit and decided to go with something that I could both pull off more easily and represented someone even closer to my heart: Mary Tyler Moore’s Laura Petrie from The Dick Van Dyke Show.

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While I knew going as Laura to a Con was a risk, and that I wouldn’t get noticed in a sea of Mary Poppinses I crossed my fingers that hopefully Dick Van Dyke would realize who I was trying to represent if no one else. I tried two trial run bouffants in the time I had and perfected her hairdo, found some vintage capris with my measurements, purchased Pinup Girl Clothing’s Jane top in white, and desperately tried to repair my pointed-toe flats to pull off Laura’s perfectly casual 60s look. I was so happy with the whole thing that I think I might try to expand my wardrobe forward to the 60s (even if my curves aren’t as easily shown off by the styles).

The night before heading to Comicon, we¬†had heard about the prop weapon ban in reaction to a man who had managed to get in loaded with weapons, and anticipated long lines to get in, but our sole worry was getting to Dick Van Dyke’s panel early enough to get a decent seat. Once we made our way in, we managed to get better seats than we’d imagined and proceeded to stock up on the snacks and coffee we’d had to forego in favor of arriving early.

Lauren and I also took the time to take a few photos for our Instagrams, quickly realizing that the lighting was absolutely atrocious and we probably wouldn’t manage to get anything in passable quality.

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But in the end, I was too excited to care or experience my usual frustration at bad lighting. After all, we only had an hour or so left before getting to hear and see Dick Van Dyke LIVE!

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Seeing Dick Van Dyke walking on stage might be one of the happiest moments of my life. As he’s 91, we were all a bit anxious to see him in person and unsure how he would handle such a big panel – after all, you never can tell how a person’s really getting along when your only exposure is through media; yet he walked on with the biggest grin I’ve ever seen someone give in real life with a spring in his step. And that smile never left his face.

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His panel was a breath of fresh air. At a time when negativity¬†and discontentedness seems to be celebrated, particularly among actors and artists, Dick Van Dyke’s only negative comment was an opening joke about Trump. Every question asked or story told was tied to statements of how lucky his life has been, how much he loved filming, how much he loved his costars. When asked what his favorite song from “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” was, he answered with “You Two,” surprising the audience who had been muttering “Hushabye Mountain” expectantly, and resulting in a chorus of “awws.” He¬†talked¬†about living in New York with a family and being jobless, and how that had pushed him to audition for anything and everything even without any experience in song and dance, which then led to him landing his role in “Bye Bye Birdie” alongside Chita Rivera, which then led Chita to suggesting he be given a song since he wasn’t doing anything, which then led to his casting in the Dick Van Dyke Show. He mentioned “Me Ol’ Bamboo” being the hardest dance he ever had to do – unsurprisingly! And his amusing story about begging to be the old banker in Mary Poppins. Perhaps the funniest moment was his story about asking a girl to prom where he walked up and her response was “Your fly’s open!” to which his response was to promptly laugh and blow snot all over her. The only moment his smile fell was when he spoke of the beautiful Mary Tyler Moore’s recent passing, a moment when the sadness was palpable in the room, but he also spoke of the best laugh the show ever got: the episode where Rob thinks they were given the wrong baby after Ritchie’s birth, only to find out that that couple their child was supposedly given to is black at the end.

My favorite moment, however, of all of these wonderful moments, was when he sang us the Dick Van Dyke Show theme song all the way through. Although he sang pieces of many other songs during the panel, this is the one that really got me. I wish I had a video to share of that spur of the moment rendition, but if you didn’t realize the song had words to it, you can hear him singing it here with his quartet:

He left the stage to a standing ovation and, of course, threw in a signature trip on his way out. I don’t think I’ve ever clapped so hard in my life!

Next on the agenda was to try to book it to our photo op with him, something scheduled for only 15 minutes after the end of his panel, and upon finally finding our way there, we realized that half of the giant auditorium was taken up by people waiting for their photo op with him as well. Phoenix Comicon had grossly overestimated the number of people that could go through within one hour, and they were understaffed. After 4 hours, we finally made it in for our photo, an experience that lasted under a minute including time to walk up and out. I was one of the few who retained her excitement for the opportunity as I had hoped that the delay was due to Dick Van Dyke being able to take a smidgen more time with fans, and was sad to find that this was far from the case. It was rumored that they had forgotten to book him a lunch, and nobody could believe that they had so crammed his schedule (autograph session, 15 minutes later a panel, 15 minutes later a photo op, 15 minutes later another autograph session, 15 minutes later another photo op). He did end up having to take a break, but was constantly having to jump between photo op and autograph sessions, and all other photo ops were postponed to try to get his line down. I am amazed that a 91 year old could keep up with this kind of pace with the smile he retained. Astonishing.

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When we got our photo, he complimented Lauren and Julide’s outfits and asked if they were handmade basically as the picture was being taken, but he sadly didn’t get to see me since I was behind them and obviously less eye catching, and he wasn’t even given the time to glance over. It all happened so quickly that when someone was trying to let him know that “Laura” was standing there, he only had time to ask for clarification as I awkwardly hovered for a split second, hoping he’d realize what was happening, before being yelled at to leave. I was admittedly quite heartbroken, and the high from the panel left as I left the room. Everyone could tell that he was a gentleman who seemed to want to take the time to talk with fans a bit more instead of just stringing everyone through in an inhumane chain as fast as possible. Those first few moments, even the physical photo that helped serve as proof that I’d been near him, felt like a sad reminder of not even having the time to meet his gaze after more than a hundred dollars and 4 hours in line holding spots.

Luckily, this feeling was soon to change. After receiving our photo, we quickly headed to the autograph area, unsure of what was going to happen. After all, while we were a part of the second autograph group, our time had passed two hours ago. We were told it would be at least an hour before he could get to us, but he would be there, so we decided to head over and take a seat in the surprisingly sparse line. After the line of thousands we’d left, the line of around 10 seemed too good to be true. As we waited, I worked on trying to readjust my thinking and be positive again knowing that I had still experienced something unimaginable, yet before we knew it, no more than half an hour later, Dick Van Dyke was walking up to the signing table! Disappointment immediately forgotten, we all jumped up and tried to brush ourselves off and look halfway presentable again as he took his seat. We were standing right in front of him in the line, and I couldn’t believe he was truly up close. There sat an icon, yet he looked more approachable than anyone I’ve ever seen. Big grin stretching across his face, he started to greet fellow fans and sign their items.

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There was a table set up with photographs to get signed if needed, and upon seeing my favorite photo of Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore, I packed away the little “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” booklet I’d brought in favor of the new image (if you follow me on Twitter, this sweet image has been my header photo…basically since I first got Twitter). It was made all the sweeter when he told me that this is his favorite photo. Who knew such a little comment could warm a heart so?

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When I finally got to walk up to him, he greeted me with a, “Hello, Laura!” and I honestly can’t believe I retained my calm demeanor as much as I did. He had recognized me! No explanations necessary. His wife (who was sitting beside him) asked if my hair was a wig or really my hair and I mentioned it’s easy for me since I have a lot of it, and it was nice to see Arlene involved instead of just sitting off to the side and looking bored as is often the case in such circumstances. As I had hoped (and feared), DVD asked me if I could do Laura’s iconic, “Oh, Rob!” and in the moment, while I instinctually began to oblige him, I panicked and bashfully¬†backed out. Luckily, a chorus of “Oh, Robs” followed – including from Dick Van Dyke and Arlene – and I joined¬†in quickly, laughing at my foolishness as I walked away.

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There’s a part of me that’s avidly against all fangirling from years of holding it back in the music scene, but it certainly happened with DVD. After we walked out with our autographs, the three of us¬†stood nearby, gabbing excitedly with a fellow fan and gushing about how astonishing a man he is while¬†we watched him give each new person the same kind of rapt attention. Talk about a smile that can light up a room! He’s definitely that rare kind of charismatic person who feels approachable and friendly despite his successful career and fame. And heaven, he has more energy in him now than I do! And I’m 25.

After about 8 hours devoted purely to Dick Van Dyke, we finally had the chance to walk around a bit more. Perhaps if our time had been taken up by anyone else, we would’ve been disappointed that we hadn’t been able to actually enjoy Comicon, but we had nothing but joy. We did some light shopping and entered the Doctor Who world momentarily. There, I met Cassandra, and 10 (who needed a little motherly comforting from Laura – one of my favorite photos of the night!).

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We took a few more photos where I did my best to emulate Laura (despite how different our body types are):

And Lauren and Julide finally got the chance to pose together as Mary and Bert:

Then we decided we were a bit too exhausted to stay at Comicon, had already missed all of the other panels we’d been interested in, and had a two hour drive home, so we took off. I realized I didn’t have any photos with Bert and Mary, so we snapped a few of those outside:

Along the way, Lauren happened to open the door for a Phoenix Comicon worker who had been on Dick Van Dyke’s team, and he told us that we’d been the standouts at the photo op which immediately made all remaining grievances about it disappear. Plus, I’ve had his wife and another Comicon worker find me on Instagram and tell me they appreciated my Laura Petrie, so you could say I am pretty content with my choice to emulate this marvelous woman. I was certainly the only Laura Petrie, and I was amazed at how many people knew exactly who I was and were excited by it. Of course, outside of the Dick Van Dyke universe happening, Elizabeth Taylor was the most common assumption I got, and even within it, there were a few who didn’t know Laura Petrie at all and couldn’t give more than a dismissive shrug when they were told who I was, but hell, I’m not sure if I can top my Laura Petrie considering the circumstances. I hope that I paid her a proper homage (even if I was having a bad hair day and froze up when asked to say “Oh, Rob!”), and managed to show that Dick Van Dyke did something other than Mary Poppins.

All in all, it was probably the best weekend of my life. It’s bittersweet knowing that I will never get to see his brilliant smile in person again, but I wouldn’t change the weekend for anything in the world. I definitely plan on ordering his other books next paycheck, and I haven’t¬†wanted to watch anything but the Dick Van Dyke Show or listen to anything but his music. There’s just no-one like him around and I’m still on cloud 9. The only thing keeping me going is knowing I have a trip to New York City coming up!

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To think, this year I’ve gotten to see my musical theatre idol perform (Bernadette Peters), met my biggest idol of all time (Dick Van Dyke), and now I get to see the singer who started my love for pop rock music finally perform on the Broadway stage as I’ve always wanted him to (Brendon Urie). I can’t truly can’t imagine a better year for myself.

Have any of you met Dick Van Dyke? I’d love to hear some personal anecdotes! Also, kudos to you, if you made it through this whole post ‚̧ԳŹ

I have a few exciting things lined up for my blog and my Youtube, including a how-to video on getting a bouffant flip, and a huge review of Besame Cosmetics’ products, so keep an eye out! And thank you, as always, for reading.

Best,

Miss Lark Bahar

Spotlight Saturday: Sun-Soaked in Miss Nouvelle

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Hello all!

Today’s Spotlight Saturday features an up-and-coming clothing company¬†since I’ve lately been featuring brands that are already established. I’m always on the lookout for new retro clothing brands to support as I like to balance my wardrobe with new, sturdy items that I don’t have to worry about deteriorating (particularly at work). Upon being contacted by Miss Nouvelle¬†for a collaboration, I was happy to find a growing collection full of fun prints and desirable cuts perfect for any pinup wardrobe. From playsuits to pom pom tops, Miss Nouvelle features¬†a variety of summery items that can help add a little playful glamour during this steaming time of year.

Style our Twirl Skirt with your favorite accessories! ūüéÄ

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I chose the Twirl Skirt in the Sunsoaked print to review since I absolutely fell in love with the print for featuring summery objects like sunglasses and magazines. I went for the smallest size – a small – knowing that it might be a bit large since the measurement is listed as 25″-26″. Luckily, upon receiving it, although the waist WAS large, the belt that arrived with it had holes down to a size plenty small enough for my 24″ waist!

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Which brings me to my favorite aspects of the skirt. A matching belt!!! I don’t have any other reproduction skirts that come with a matching belt (and belt loops) and I absolutely love this feature. AND the skirt has pockets. Can you really argue with that? Although the skirt clocks in at $115 and isn’t the cheapest option out there, these features alone make the skirt worth it in my opinion. The pockets mean I can wear it to work so I can carry around my phone, and the belt helps keep the skirt in place and flattering even when petticoats are thrown under and add to one’s waist measurement. The material is obviously sturdy, and I could easily fit my petticoats under since it’s such a full skirt. Definitely a thumbs up from me on all accounts.

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And the fact that this skirt matches so many of my tops was definitely a huge seller. So many possibilities! I paired the look with one of my sweater tops today since I’m wearing it to work and need a little warmth inside, but I already have a thousand looks planned that I can’t wait to put together.

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And you can see how full the skirt is in action in a little video I filmed for Instagram:

Coming to my blog today! This marvelous skirt from @missnouvelle ūüėė

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Since this skirt is so useful for work, I definitely hope to add more to my collection as well as branch out into their other styles since they’re all so gorgeous. This two-piece seersucker playsuit’s particularly caught my eye:

And the pom pom tops are to die for!

If you’d like to take a look at some of Miss Nouvelle’s other designs or treat yourself with¬†a fabulous garment, you can head to their various social medias:

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Facebook

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Best,

Miss Lark Bahar

Spotlight Saturday: Revisiting The Ambrosia Bowl

Upon quick review of my blog, I was genuinely astonished to find that it’s been so insanely long since I brought you guys a review of anything Disney related! With my impending one day trip to Disneyland and Phoenix Comicon to meet Dick Van Dyke next week, my life has been a flurry of planning bounds and outfits to wear. When my favorite Disney brooch maker, The Ambrosia Bowl (whom I reviewed here about a year ago), released two new designs featuring Smee and Rafiki, I knew I had to add them to my collection, and bring her shop back into the light.

Since acquiring her fearless Jasmine brooch for that first review, I’ve added her Ariel, Mulan, and Belle brooches to my¬†collection; and now, Rafiki, Smee, and Madam Mim (the brooch that first led me to her shop) join their ranks. Erin’s¬†unique character and expression choices continuously astound me, and the execution of her little wooden designs is impeccable in every single brooch I receive. I’m so impressed, in fact, that I am reaching the point where her designs might need their own special brooch board! Since I plan on adding her Gaston and her Ursula brooches as well,¬†and goodness knows I fall in love with each new design she reveals, it might be time to get out the foam board!

Since Rafiki, Smee, and Madam Mim each have such distinct color schemes, I put together individual outfits to show each one off properly.

Madam Mim, the zany witch from “The Sword in the Stone,” gave me the chance to pull out my vintage skirt/capri set and a pink Marilyn top to play homage to her wardrobe and the feel of her character:

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Madam Mim is the first brooch from Erin in my collection that doesn’t feature a painted border, and up close, the wood definitely looked a bit burnt. I had thought this was a fluke¬†since she kindly decided to send me this gal when she discovered her at the bottom of a drawer (they’re currently only up for pre-order as she sold out), but upon closer inspection of other designs without the painted border, this is just the way they look. Luckily, it’s something that’s not noticeable except upon close inspection.

Mr. Smee, one of her two newest designs, features the lovable, familiar character dancing with glee. Since the border color she chose reminds me so much of water and rain, I decided to pair him with a dress in a print with a similar feel:

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I was amused to realize that Mr. Smee’s belly button doesn’t show! I’d thought this a fluke in the design as well until I googled it and realized his pants actually cover his belly button.¬†Who knew? Learning new things every day.

Rafiki, the second of her two new designs, is perhaps my favorite of this batch. There always seems to be a lack of Lion King merchandise despite how incredibly popular it is, and Rafiki feels like the perfect subject for an Ambrosia Bowl design. With his coloring, he also matches a large quantity of my wardrobe that often gets overlooked by Disney brooches, and wearing him to work reminds me to take a deep breath in times of trial:

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If you’re in the market for unique Disney designs, then my first suggestion is hands down Erin’s work. Her painted brooches are identical to the original artwork in the films (a huge bonus), and I love seeing characters caught in moments that feature¬†more than the generic pleasant smile.

If you would like to follow The Ambrosia Bowl in her endeavors (as I would highly suggest given her consistently wonderful releases), you can head to these social medias:

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Spotlight Saturday: The Importance of Foundation Wear (and What Works & Doesn’t for a Curvy Shape) featuring What Katie Did

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For the longest time, I’ve found one of the big factors¬†involved in an¬†outfit looking authentically vintage versus¬†looking like a modern interpretation to be the underpinnings involved. Items like garter belts and bullet bras primarily remain in pop culture as symbols of sex and boudoir.¬†I see them as a necessity for the creation of a truly vintage look. Something as simple as a bullet bra and a petticoat change the entire feel of an outfit, help true vintage items fit correctly, and show¬†you’re willing to go the extra distance – which many are not willing to do or are not interested in doing.

Until recently, my collection of foundation wear was composed of a thrifted Maidenform cone bra (which is sadly coming apart and I can’t seem to find again), two of Malco Modes’ Cosette petticoats (which I gushed about¬†awhile ago here), a bullet bra, a few modern high-waisted panties that fit poorly, the odd pair of fully fashioned stockings that don’t quite fit, and a garter belt that rarely gets worn given my lack of stockings. This hodgepodge collection of undergarments were luckily recently filled out by two cohesive sets and a rainbow of stockings from THE leading lingerie and hosiery reproduction company out there: What Katie Did. Although I’ve been showing off my stockings on Instagram over the past few weeks, I wanted to bring you all a fully flushed review and hopefully shed some light on how much of a difference having items like these in your wardrobe can make while highlighting item comparisons with discussions of comfort.

To get the discussion started, My measurements are currently 36″-24/25″-39/40″ with thighs clocking in at about 24″ around each, a general bra size of 32DD, and I clock in at 5’5 when it comes to height. Since my waist to hip and leg proportions are so extreme, I tend to avoid high-waisted panties, girdles, stockings, and other similar items that cut off at¬†the thighs for fear of discomfort and bulging.¬†With this batch of What Katie Did items (the breakdown of which I will provide below), I was able to mix and match to find what combinations decreased leg discomfort as well as finding wonderful alternatives to certain items! To show off the items and their fit, I worked with the wonderful photographer Fenix.Fox, and I felt it important that he didn’t edit or smooth out my body in any way. I wanted to show exactly how these items fit with zero pretenses.

I’ll begin by discussing the peach set I can now call my own. Here’s a breakdown of the items I received (excluding the color ways of stockings I’ve already been showing off on my Instagram):
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I chose the CC09 bra and set because I knew I needed something to help show off the¬†1940s vintage I’ve been donning for work. The bra caught my eye for having gorgeous detailing and providing a bust shape that’s a bit harder to find these days. As with What Katie Did’s bullet bras and true vintage bras from the earlier decades of the 20th century, this one features no underwire, making it much more comfortable. Its smooth, soft, satiny feel is incredibly luxurious and supportive despite how thin the bra is.
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You can easily see the beautiful detailing on the bra, and I appreciate the wider band along the bottom. Proportionally, this bra fits my shape a bit less naturally. My breasts are decently round and while I fill the cups fully in this size, I found that the point tended to droop down and could only be fixed by tightening the straps to an uncomfortable point.18254204_754797620657_915842804_n

It should also be noted that I didn’t have the space for bullet bra pads with this style, something I often rely on to fill out the tips of vintage bras¬†since my breasts are too round. You can tell in these images that this bra is plenty stuffed and fits me snugly. It’s nice on one level, not having to worry about crushed bra tips under clothes, but I’m hoping that, as the bra eases with use, I can tighten the straps to help pull up that point so it feels a bit less saggy.

(PS If you’re looking for bullet bra pads, an add-on I would highly recommend, I suggest¬†Lucy B‘s which run around $15. What Katie Did also makes them, but I use bullet bra pads to accentuate the point versus just making my breasts larger, so I prefer Lucy B’s as they’re solid and firm instead of soft, relatively round, and malleable.)

Luckily, when actually worn under clothing, that droopiness isn’t quite so noticeable, so I consider this bra a win!

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When it comes to the bottom half of the look, the combination of panties, tap panties, and garter belt was completely new to me. The tap panties were suggested as a solution for concealing panty lines while feeling luxurious. They certainly did the job and the fact that their waist size is about 26″ and so too large on me was not a negative. I was actually glad to have a bit of extra space since they have no stretch and I’ve been popping a lot of buttons lately!

The high waisted panties fit shockingly well. My legs are squeezed a bit, but not in the uncomfortable way they usually are with other modern high-waisted underwear, and the waist actually fits! Hallelujah! I feel like I’ve been waiting for panties like these for too¬†long and I definitely want my underwear supply to fully change over to What Katie Did’s high-waisted styles instead of the selection of modern-day styles it’s currently composed of.

The garter belt fit well and features 6 metal straps, which is the minimum requirement if you want actual functionality with your foundation-wear. I did find, when comparing this item to the girdle in the other set I’ll discuss, that the garter belt actually ends up making my stockings squeeze my legs more. I find myself having to tug my stockings up throughout the day on the insides resulting in some rubbing in the thighs that I don’t experience with the girdle. Although the belt¬†fits beautifully, it starts getting more uncomfortable throughout the day. It might be that my larger thighs simply need extra straps to try to keep the stockings up comfortably, but you can see the problem in the image below (and this was with constant tugging for the sake of photos).

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Black Set

Overall, I would say I probably prefer the black set if only because of the bra. I opted for this longline bra because I’ve been on the lookout for as long as I can remember for a bra that would eliminate back lines and the discomfort caused by the skin¬†pinching between shorter bras and the belts I wear with my outfits. I have looked around at brands like Maidenform which offer similar styles, but the waist never ran small enough to fit me. I also wanted something that could provide a little cinching power for those pieces of vintage¬†my waist is too big¬†for. What Katie Did’s longline bra is everything I could ask for – and more.

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The boning combined with mesh panels makes it flexible yet firm, while the fact that it closes in the front is unbelievably convenient. Fit-wise, it cinches my waist in gloriously without being uncomfortable, the length falls almost exactly at my natural waist and never threatens to roll, and the cup-shape is soft and wearable. The cups run large, I would say, as my breasts are the perfect shape for filling out cone bras normally, but this one had a bit of extra space as you can see in this image:

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I don’t see this as a problem as it leaves room to use my bullet bra pads if I desire. My one problem with the bra is that I found the sides tended to rub against the skin of my armpits, but they’ve already softened up from wear enough that it’s substantially less noticeable. Either way, I LOVE this bra!! Definitely my favorite item from the lot, and look how teeny my waist looks in this 40s gown!

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When it comes to the bottoms of this set, the high-waisted panties fit just as beautifully. The main difference was that these feature a subtle point in the front that the peach version do not – a design choice I adore that makes them even more flattering in person. I wouldn’t say that either of these provide much tummy control – although my body shape doesn’t carry much weight in the tummy so it’s hard to say. They’re also very breathable and don’t feel constricting like my modern high-waisted underwear. You can see in the image I linked above for the bra that my legs are barely squeezed and fit quite comfortably.

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I also mentioned above that I preferred the girdle method of keeping stockings up to the suspender belt method. This was something that greatly surprised me as I’d always been too afraid to try girdles since they cut off at the leg. This was my first time trying one, and I was pleasantly surprised. While a piece of shape wear, I wouldn’t say that this is a particularly extreme example – which I personally prefer. It smooths out the bump of hip created by the longline bra (which I appreciate), and as there’s less space between the stockings and the undergarment, it leaves less room for the stockings to slide around and down, so I prefer wearing this to the suspender¬†belt. I tend to lean toward the suspender¬†belt on hotter days, or when I need light colored lingerie, and the girdle when I have a full day of moving around and want to wear my longline. I know it sounds backward, but it’s what’s worked best for me.

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So that brings me to my rainbow of stockings. Up to receiving my slew of What Katie Did Glamour Seamed Stockings, I had only tried vintage stockings (both full-fashioned, and not). All have squeezed my thighs even when freshly pulled up. I was nervous to try the Glamour Seams because they had stretch and I prefer the look of the beautiful vintage nylons and silks that feature little to no stretch – even in the welt. I realize now that I should’ve gotten over this preference ages ago, because these stockings are astounding!¬†While their material renders them warmer than my alternative, the stretch makes them fit absolutely PERFECTLY. The fact that my legs aren’t in pain because they’re spilling over stockings so much is astounding. Although I do miss the form-fitting styles of fully-fashioneds, I’m a convert!

I now hope to stock my wardrobe with a full rainbow of these seams. And they’re perfect when one’s work garments must be black and/or white but can be accessorized with color. They’re a great way to add a little element of surprise. That little extra something more!

Hopefully, this review can help if you’ve been thinking of springing for a What Katie Did or vintage/vintage-inspired foundation-wear item. Having a pointy bust line and showing off a stocking seam can enhance any retro outfit with ease. I’m happy to finally be expanding my undergarment collection, and would love to hear if you’ve tried anything by What Katie Did!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

I Love Lucy and She Loves Me: Savannah Alexandra’s Starlet Lucy Brooch

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Everyone has that one show, that one artist, that one…thing that really pushed them down that rabbit hole of obsession. I Love Lucy and Lucille Ball herself are certainly top of the list of things that led me to where I am today as a vintage fashion, film, decor, and music lover. With a name synonymous with comedy, Lucy continues to grace the homes of many and bring a little lighthearted joy to our lives. I can hardly count the number of times I watch I Love Lucy straight through each year, and the appreciation is so strong, that I even have little tattoos of their animated images on the backs of my legs:

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Though most of my¬†tattoos represent a different era of my life, these Lucy and Ricky proudly show off my current loves. And besides, what’s more inspiring to have on the backs of your legs than Lucille Ball? So, when the wonderful Savannah Alexandra contacted me via Instagram in search of a collaboration, I jumped on the chance to add a little Lucy to my closet.

If you are someone who follows my Instagram, you’ll have seen this absolutely adorable sketch of me that Savannah¬†drew recently:

The lovely @misslarkbahar~ I had a lot of fun drawing this! #artwork #retro #illustration

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Her bubbly cartoon style is immediately recognizable and perfectly translates to her three brooch designs featuring Lucy, Marilyn, and the incomparable Betty Grable.

While I love all three women¬†in her collection of brooches, and their caricatures perfectly capture who they are,¬†I simply can’t say no to Lucy – especially when likenesses of Lucy in accessory form are quite¬†rare.

To wear her out and about, I decided to put together my best Lucy look¬†to show her off to the best of her ability! Plus, I’ll take any excuse to reference my favorite comedy gal.

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I knew this look couldn’t be wasted, so donned it for a full day of shopping (for work clothes for my roomie and I, and prom shoes for my lil sis) as well as a celebratory lunch for my roomie’s promotion at my favorite local restaurant.

We first stopped by the best vintage shop in Tucson, How Sweet It Was Vintage.

As they¬†recently received a huge supply of¬†dead-stock¬†lingerie, I’d been dying to head over to see if there was anything in my budget.

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What could be more like a 1950s housewife than spending the day shopping so glamorously? The unusually windy weather certainly contributed to the feel.

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Sadly, I only picked up a belt despite having my eye on a three-piece set, and left with a vow to go back when I finally start getting regular paychecks again. We then headed to lunch where I ordered one of Baja Cafe’s famous Eggs Benedict dishes and topped the whole thing off with, of course, a Bloody Mary (because do I ever drink anything else?)

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Our¬†final destination was the local thrift store 1st-Rate 2-Hand where I purchase probably 85% of my shoes. As¬†a friend had sent me image of a brand new collection of vintage shoes resting in the shop, I knew I had to go – we don’t often see huge piles of vintage shoes all in one place like this here!

True to form, however, most of the shoes were too small (despite half being marked my size), so I only returned home with two pairs of shoes to add to my closet.

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All-in-all, it was a successful, enjoyable day, and serving a little Lucy with my little Lucy made it all the better.

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All three of Savannah’s brooches can be found on her Etsy, and you can purchase Lucy and Marilyn¬†either individually for $9.95 each, or add Betty in and go for the¬†trio for $30. My Lucy is a 1.5,” sturdy gal who’s sure to last, and I love how vibrant her hair and eyes are. I can’t wait to see Savannah expand her collection and make more of her art into wearable accessories. Savannah¬†also recently started an Instagram exclusively for her art as well as her own personal account, and I would definitely give them a follow if her art style tickles your fancy. You won’t be disappointed!

Until next time, friends and followers!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

Weekly Outfit Roundup: (03/20/2017-03/26/2017)

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Hello all!

So much has happened since my last post. I’ve been feeling out a variety of jobs ranging from a full-time position at a call center to a part time position working for Ulta as I try to balance my interests with the need to make a living, leaving me little time for my blog. I’m hoping this hectic time in my life will soon straighten itself out so I can really plunge back into my blog and commit to it like I was able to when a student.

That said, as I’ve wholeheartedly committed to my position with Ulta, my wardrobe is going to be undergoing a bit of a change. With a wardrobe that must be black (or black and white) for the role, I’m hoping to switch my wardrobe to one with a more 1940s focus so I can properly play up the colorful accessories – aka hats – I plan to don for my shifts. While I’ll wear my normal, colorful garb on off days, you can bet that I’m using this opportunity as a little push to start truly experimenting with ’40s hair and fashions as I’ve been debating doing for ages. I’m almost as excited for this as I am for the actual job!

Anyway, without further ado, here’s my last week of full, slap-you-in-the-face, brightly colored wardrobe images.

Enjoy!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

Tuesday’s¬†Look

This was the day I decided to quit my full-time position in order to join the Ulta team, and wanted to go out with a bang in one of my favorite outfits that includes Vance Clothing’s marvelous hand-painted Hercules skirt she made for me.

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Noir Red
Holly’s Hoop Earrings in Purple Glitter: Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Purple Striped Top with Scarf: Etsy shop MissSarahBelle
Purple Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Hand-Painted Custom Hercules Skirt: Vance Clothing
Purple Heels with Gold Embellishment: Thrifted

Wednesday’s¬†Look

I realized upon accepting the Ulta position that I have…very little plain black in my wardrobe, so my roomie and I quickly went thrifting downtown to look for clothes for me to wear. Walking around outside naturally meant bringing out the summer clothes for our warm weather. I was honestly surprised I still fit into this set, considering my weight gain the last few months. Thank goodness I did! One of my favorite looks. Casual ’50s is so underrated in the vintage and pinup community these days, if you ask me.

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Wild Orchid
Peter Rabbit Brooch: Etsy shop LaviniasTeaParty
1950s Top & Shorts: Thrifted
Olive Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Yellow, Green, & Light Brown Bangles: Buffalo Exchange
Brown Straw Purse: Thrifted
Green, Blue, & White Heels: Nine West

Saturday’s¬†Look

I volunteered to help a local shop vend at our local¬†Street Fair, so once again, had to prepare for lots of heat and sweat. I certainly stood out in a shop that primarily sells black clothes! But I’ve been DYING to wear this custom made dress since I received it months ago and couldn’t pass up the opportunity…particularly knowing my upcoming wardrobe color restrictions.

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Red Velvet with just a touch of Cherry Red to darken the shade
Ebony Earrings in Pearlescent Dark Blue: Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Black Horse Brooch: Gifted
Custom Penelope Dress: Etsy shop HeartsandFound
Black Olive Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Yellow, Green, & Light Brown Bangles: Buffalo Exchange
Teal Bangle: Gifted
Cosette Petticoat (x1): Malco Modes
Black Heels with Gold Embellishment: Thrifted

Sunday’s¬†Look

Another day with the Street Fair as my destination, so broke out my Marilyn tops “officially.”

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Wild Orchid
Fuoco Nelle Vene Passion Hair Flower: Belle Blossoms
Hoop Earrings: Etsy shop ilovetobuildhoops
Red Marilyn Top: Le Bomb Shop
Custom Hand-Embroidered Esmeralda Brooch: Etsy shop 221Broderie
Jenny Skirt in Lavender Lips & Roses: Pinup Girl Clothing
Gold Bangle: Poshmark
Red Heels: Thrifted

Fly Me to the Moon: 25th Birthday

As many of you have most likely seen on my Instagram, I turned 25 this week! Quarter of a century. I can earnestly say that nothing in my life is what I thought it would be when I hit this age, yet I have so much hope for my future. There are so many things in my life that I love and I’m so much more confident in myself than I ever thought I could be, yet my professional life¬†is at a standstill. I never had delusions that I’d be a millionaire, but I’d also seen myself traveling around the world by now even if such journeys made me a bit tight on money. One’s 20s are supposed to be a time for adventure, and the last few years have simultaneously been some of the best in my life because of the vintage community I’ve fallen into, and some of the most tedious as I solely worked on getting degrees and found myself limited to traveling to California for the occasional Disney trip at most.

Focusing on my Masters also seriously stunted my growth in arenas that I found joy in previously (dance, song, etc.), but¬†I have hope for the future that I’ll be able to move away from Tucson again and find the time for all the things that have been missing in my life. With a Masters under my belt and a job with steady hours, a decent apartment and a passion, I’m hoping I’ve hit the stage in my life where I can start working toward¬†making the things I love my career instead of focusing on achieving what I am expected to achieve. There’s a reason La La Land resonated with me so much!

On that note, one of the reasons I was feeling down as this birthday approached was that it would be the first birthday in half a decade that I didn’t spend in Disneyland, and my roomie and I didn’t have funds to really go out to celebrate either. This was a downer for both of us and inspired Lauren to do a little something extra this birthday.¬†Her next few¬†weeks were spent putting together a birthday party (with a surprise theme) for a small get together.

When I walked out, I was greeted with a moon and stars theme with everything covered in deep blues and golds.

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She not only made a hanging moon and star for a little photoshoot section, put together a marvelous spread of cheese, meats, candy and chips (as any ideal meal would be composed), but she even made me my very own pi√Īata! Oh, and this gorgeous teal chiffon dress was the perfect gift from her for the theme.

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And the perfect birthday crown completed my look.

Since¬†I wasn’t allowed out of my room until around 3pm, we figured “photoshoots” should be taken care of sooner rather than later¬†¬†while there was still light outside

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The star, which was left unattached, was surprisingly heavy, so posing with it proved quite the¬†challenge…

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…but we still ALL¬†wanted to play with the star, anyway.

Of course, as the birthday girl, I remained victorious! Despite the good fight my best friend, Sisa, put up. But we somehow found it in our hearts to kiss and make up.

And of course, any proper birthday needs some good confetti action!

My lil sis arrived in the perfect blue velvet dress for the theme.

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And Lauren donned my blue Marilyn top to fit into the theme after starting with my black Marilyn.

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I HAD to get snapshots with the two best friends since there’re so few of all three of us out there. What a trio! I love the way the¬†teal of my¬†dress really pops.

Funny that my sis and Sisa showed up in dark blue completely coincidentally. Everything really fell into place when Lauren changed her top. Everything was so brilliantly cohesive and put together!

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I’m so grateful to Lauren for planning and making everything, and for my sis and Sisa for helping set everything up and dressing up just for me. And who else would be willing to dawn three of your custom personalized brooches for you? Definitely made me feel special, Disneyland or no! Plus, the theme goes along with so many things I love, La La Land, Beauty & the Beast….nothing could be more “Lark.” The moon, at least, is definitely going to have a permanent place in my¬†apartment now.

After taking pictures for awhile, we ventured to our food, which included some tasty organic cotton candy on a stick.

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Aka, the perfect fodder for a sword fight!

With full tummies, we realized the sun was setting, so quickly decided on a park to take the pi√Īata to and drove over before it became too dark to see anything. Naturally, we completely forgot the blindfold, so ended up digging through my car and found a pair of trousers destined for the thrift store to use. While not ideal…it was definitely amusing, and did the trick. To a degree.

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I was amazed at how solid Lauren’s pi√Īata was! Really held its own as we pummeled it to death.

After the pi√Īata (which was filled with everything from Slim Jim’s to Fun Dip), we headed back to the apartment, changed into pajamas, and put on the Live at Albert Hall version of Phantom of the Opera (since no-one will watch it with me normally), and then dove into my cake (which was a fruit tart), and opened presents.

All in all, it was a wonderful birthday party! Made turning 25 at home feel so much less daunting and dull. I’m looking forward to what life has to throw my way now that I’ve hit this milestone!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar