A Downtown Excursion in Stop Staring Clothing

As a girl with curves that don’t often fit into tight fitting modern or vintage gowns, I’ve long given up on finding true curve hugging styles. I have exactly one wiggle dress in my wardrobe that fits me in the bust, waist, AND hip. When Stop Staring Clothing, a brand specializing in 40s and 50s inspired styles, suggested a collaboration, I jumped on the chance to try some wiggles from a new brand in hopes of expanding my wardrobe.

The “Clover” Dress in Green

The first gown I tried, the Clover dress in a pretty Kelly green shade, features a soft bust-line and a fishtail hem that I personally felt were wonderfully reminiscent of a 1930s dress.

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When choosing the dresses I liked from the site, I provided a range of options and my measurements so that Stop Staring Clothing could send me the options they felt would fit my difficult measurements best. The Clover arrived in XS. Although the website claims it has less stretch than many of their other alternatives, I felt it had plenty of stretch (and definitely more than the other dress I received). It fit to my 36″-24″-38″ size perfectly without fear of splitting a seam (as generally induced by wiggles that have to stretch to fit my hips). The armholes WERE in danger of being too small, but luckily, didn’t quite make it there.

As you can see in the photos, it hugged my curves insanely well, and showed off my waist without having to belt (another problem I often have with dresses that fit my hips).

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An important note about this dress: it does show EVERYthing. I was wearing tights with it (not stockings), and the seam to the tights showed at the waist no matter what I did. I certainly couldn’t fit panties under either, so one has to be confident in having every little thing show when shimmying around, and confident in not wearing shape wear unless willing to have it be obvious. It might work if one’s managed to put together full body shaping that goes together seamlessly and extends far down the leg, but for most, no shape wear would be the way to go, particularly if sized down to fit.

 

The “Ninnett” Fitted Dress in Blue & Brown Plaid

The second gown is the beautiful Ninnett which shows off a larger draped collar, sleeves to make it more appropriate in a work setting, and is a less curve hugging look than the Clover, coming off as a bit more of a pencil than a wiggle.

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This number arrived in a size S for me instead of XS, and the difference in size was obvious when I put it on. This one most definitely has less stretch than the Clover (although it still has a bit), so getting the S was a good choice. It fit a bit large in the waist, but not so large that it looked baggy when wearing with a belt. I would have liked this style to fit my waist as well as the above, but I’m content as long as I can belt.

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Like the Clover, I stayed in my tights with no underwear to shoot this dress, but I think that this one is thick enough and loose enough styling-wise that one could get by with some shape wear if one desired. Particularly with the strong pattern, it is a much more forgiving dress. There was also ample room for me to fit in a bullet bra with bullet bra pads to firm the shape without feeling restricted in the chest or the arms because of it. The Clover, while it had space for me to fit in the bullet bra pads, felt too tight when I did and looked strange anyway. It simply fits better without the pads.

Since I find wiggles are important to see in action, my photographer and I put together a little video showing the two off as we traipsed around downtown looking for places to shoot.

Although costly, I do think that these gowns are worth the cost considering how safe I felt in them despite my curvier shape. Splitting seams is a big fear (as it has happened once and often felt like it’s going to happen again), so paying for higher quality is definitely worth it in my opinion.

If you would like to find a great gown for yourself, you can head to these sites and look around:

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Best,

Miss Lark Bahar

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

 

 

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

Spectrespects, Esmeralda, and Pineapples: 221 Broderie Accessories + Discount Code

My quest for small shops to feature has led me to find many a talented artists and creators, but the shop I’m bringing to you offers accessories featuring the themes I love with a more unusual twist. Instead of the wood, acrylic, or plastic materials all of my other handmade brooches showcase, 221 Broderie offers accessories and artwork that uses embroidery. I absolutely loved the look of her minimalist character designs…

…but the design that captured my heart (and originally led me to finding 221 Broderie) was  her embroidered brooch depicting Luna Lovegood’s Spectrespects.

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I knew I would be proud to show off her work and wanted my readers to have the chance to fall in love with her unique work, so I was happy when she accepted my request for a collaboration. Although the price point is a bit higher than some shops, the amount of detail and extra work that goes into making embroidered, unique pieces is definitely worth the cost, and she happily offers custom pieces as well. In fact, she insisted on it! And we ended up deciding on a variety of items to show off her range: the spectrespect brooch, a pair of beaded pineapple earrings

…and a custom rendition of one of my favorite Disney dames (another one of those ladies who gets lost in official Disney merchandise), Esmeralda. I have a deep, deep love for her, and knew that Laureen, the artist behind the shop, would do her justice. Since her minimalist style was clear cut, I knew what Esmeralda would look like even before she arrived with her friends at my house, and I’m happy to say what I received did not disappoint.

I was unsure how the hand-embroidered pieces would feel and look in person since I don’t have any other accessories using this medium, and I was surprised to find that each item felt so different. Since Laureen makes use of additions like sequins and beads, the three items were of varying thicknesses and feels.

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Similarly, the backs of the items were lined differently. The earrings and spectrespects were lined with felt, whereas Esmeralda was lined with a thin, leathery material. The brooches have the fascinator simply glued onto the back. While I think this is fine with the Esmeralda brooch, I’m curious to see how the glue holds up with the felt. Hopefully well! They seem solidly in place for both at the moment.

I was so excited about these new accessories (that would fill out my Harry Potter and Disney brooch collections nicely as well as my growing earrings collection), that I donned them the next day so that I could show them off to my lovely readers as soon as possible.

I put together a summery outfit (still a necessity here in the desert) that I felt matched all of my items perfectly. Honestly, these shorts might be the most versatile items I own! The pineapple earrings and spectrespects brooch were the items I actually wore around that day.

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I will say that the spectrespects specifically were smaller in person than I had anticipated when looking at her photos online, but I ended up not minding this when actually putting them to use. I think they’re more versatile when they’re not…well….glasses-sized. In retrospect, the size Laureen made them is actually perfect.

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I am honestly so ecstatic about my Esmeralda brooch. I think that her wardrobe perfectly lends her to Laureen’s minimalist style as she retains recognizability even when details are softened. Of all the items, Esmeralda is the thinnest as she has no embellishment, so I anticipate having to take extra care with her to make sure she doesn’t bend, but my handy dandy brooch holders should keep her nice and safe when I’m not wearing her.

If you’d like to order one of 221Broderie’s pieces for yourself, you can enter the code “LARK221B” until October 31st for free shipping! She may be from France, but you won’t have to worry about insane international shipping costs.

To follow her work, you can head to these social medias:

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Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

A Day in Lady K Loves

Although I’m a huge fan of brands like Pinup Girl Clothing and Tatyana, there will always be a special place in my heart for vintage reproduction companies that feature styles and silhouettes that lean towards a more era-accurate fit instead of the pin up styles that have become so popular nowadays. This is why brands like Vivien of Holloway and Freddies of Pinewood have always appealed to me. Although I have no problems with showing off a little cleavage and featuring loud patterns and colors, there’s something so beautiful about the curvy cut of a pair of 1950s styled peddle pushers and other casual wear that seems to be less popular in the current pin up scene. I immediately feel more authentically ’50s or ’60s when I can don a high-necked cashmere sweater and a pair of high-waisted jeans than I do when I throw on a low-cut dress with a big gathered skirt, and for me, this is a good thing.

When Lady K Loves contacted me suggesting a collaboration, I was over-the-moon jumping-out-of-my-seat excited. Their range of clothes fit perfectly into what I deem to be casual 40s-60s reproduction clothing (with an additional range of more modern skin tight, true high-waisted jeans sewn specifically for curvy gals). While choosing my wishlist was tough, I ended up with such a great range of items that I knew I had to spend a day showing them all off!

These are the four items I ended up with:

This past Saturday, as I had a full day with no solid plans, I decided to snatch up the opportunity and finally have my “Lady K Loves Day” with the help of my roomie photographer.

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The Lydia Patio Top and Darling Skirt in Turquoise are a lightweight wardrobe option perfect for lounging about during the only endurable time of day in the desert heat. I wore it for my morning coffee with Louisa May Alcott at my side. As everything but the waist of the skirt fits loosely given the styling of the two pieces (and even then, the 25″ waist fits my 24″-25″ measurement more perfectly than any other repro company I’ve encountered), it was perfectly comfortable curling up in one of our patio chairs with my book.

The flare of the sleeves is helpful with cutting back the heat as the large armholes aid the breathe-ability of the top, and the shirt, when untucked, is cut with tails in a way that the wearer can tie the waist if desired without it being too short when tucked in. My one qualm with these two pieces is that the ric-rac design on the blouse is incredibly scratchy as there’s no barrier between the skin and the coarse, metallic stitching. Fortunately, as the top isn’t tight fitting, this isn’t as much of a problem as it could be for someone with sensitive skin like me.

After starting the morning with some coffee and a good read, we decided to go spend some time by the pool, enjoying the slight drop in heat due to the overcast skies (yay monsoon season!). Since I try to avoid wearing my expensive vintage bathing suit, I decided to don my Emma Playsuit for some more relaxation time by the pool with drink in hand.

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This was the number that Lady K Loves originally asked me to feature and I admit I was hesitant. Given my long torso, large legs and hips, and small waist, proportionally, I usually can’t comfortably wear a one-piece unless it’s a custom number. To my complete and utter shock, it fit me more perfectly than ANY playsuit, swimsuit, or even short set I own. As I feel the fit is incredibly important for a number like this, I figured I would provide my measurements. I clock in at 36″-24/25″-38″ and my legs are about 23″ around. I unfortunately don’t have my torso measurement, but as you can see from the photos, the XS fits me, a 5’5″gal with short legs and a long torso with the above measurements, seamlessly.

The torso is the perfect length as it doesn’t result in the dreaded camel-toe or sag at the crotch, and the length and diameter of the legs are cut so that when standing, they follow my curves effortlessly without digging in uncomfortably when sitting. I do have to wear a strapless bra with this number as there’s no support sewn in in the bust, but I don’t really mind. Gives me room to throw in a bullet or cone bra!

My only qualm with this number is that they don’t have more prints available! I need MOAR. I know summer’s ending but……………………..gosh darnit, it’s perfect!

But anyway…after lounging around and being lazy for most of the day, we decided to head out and use one of our Groupons for a wine night. Since the Splendid Top has the longer sleeves with the classic wrap-top cut, I figured it would be a great staple that could be dressed up or down given the situation. I ended up opting for a simple, but elegant look for going out, and my roomie snapped a few images of me in the process of getting ready.

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I would say that this is undoubtedly the most elegant top I own. As it’s a wrap top, it opens up completely, and so sizing wasn’t something I was worried about in the least. The fabric is, again, completely breathable and lightweight – perfect for a desert dweller – and the sleeves are cut to be loose and comfortable. I’ve always adored wrap tops since they let me cinch my waist in as few tops are small enough to do, and this top does not disappoint. On occasion, I become worried that I might be pulling a wrap top too tight, but the fabric of Lady K Loves’ version feels sturdy enough to handle pulling me in about an inch or two extra.

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The most interesting trait of this top is the collar, which can be worn up or flattened out seamlessly. The photos from Saturday night show the collar flattened, but in my Instagram image below, you can see what it looks like when “popped.” I love the styling both ways, and figure being able to pop the collar will help keep my neck warm in colder weather.

I opted for pairing this top with various shades of soft pink and my brooch with the two dancers as it reminds me so much of the shrugs I used to don as a ballerina; what better way to pay homage to a time in my life I still dearly regret letting go?

All in all, Lady K Loves has a range of items that can fulfill any wardrobe desire from 1950s casual looks, to 1950s party looks. I’m so glad to feature Lady K Loves on my blog and am so relieved that I can finally start wearing these items! The wrap top and the playsuit are perfect for planning fall-themed looks around and I can’t wait. All of these items have added to my wardrobe so much while giving me comfortable wardrobe staples.

I’m personally DYING to add this set to my closet, and now consider Lady K Loves my staple reproduction brand despite being international.

If you’re a curvy gal like me and looking for a brand that will hug your shape beautifully, then look no further! This is a rare brand indeed. If you have a straighter figure, then I have no doubt that these items would look just as perfect on you – just take a look at their Instagram to show all the gorgeous gals modeling the clothes. Although their size range doesn’t extend into plus-size, hopefully this is a step they can take as their business grows.

If you’d like to keep tabs on this most-wonderful of shops, you can head to these sites:

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Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

The Tale of Peter Rabbit & More: My Collection of Lavinia’s Tea Party Brooches

With my brooch collection now nicely hung in my room, I recently came to the realization that I have two primary categories: vintage and Disney – with Harry Potter sprinkled in there a wee bit. As a huge bookworm, I decided to go on the hunt for shops that featured book and story themed designs to create an all new category to fill out. One of the first (and my favorite to date) that I came across was the Etsy shop Lavinia’s Tea Party, a shop that primarily focuses on “tea essentials and vintage China,” but happens to feature over 350 brooches! This shop, alongside its vintage fashion silhouettes, kitschy cacti, and sassy kittens, just happened to feature brooches showcasing the artwork of one of my most beloved writers: Beatrix Potter.

As I know I’m not alone in my love for Beatrix Potter, I knew Lavinia’s brooches would be absolutely perfect to feature on my blog, so contacted her about a collaboration. As I wanted to showcase the range of what she features, I opted for 3 brooches of Beatrix Potter’s art work of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, and Mrs. Rabbit, an elegant terrarium and a sleek flapper.

I was curious what the quality of these would be like in person as Beatrix’s artwork has such a recognizable yet soft color palette that could too easily be messed with. From Lavinia’s online images, I hoped that they would be as true to the original feel of the drawings as possible without looking washed out. As they were listed as wood brooches, I knew they would at least lack any unnecessary shine and gleam that would take away from the homey feel of the items, and was pleased to see that I was not only correct about this, but the colors in person are actually more vibrant than the photographs on her Etsy and look extremely accurate! If only I had access to the set of Beatrix Potter books I grew up with to provide a true comparison.

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The sun was washing out the brooches as it was too bright, but it was impossible to pass up such a cute picture! They all look like they’re in their natural habitat. But I took some photos at a desk to show them off a bit better so you can see how clearly the detail reads.

I would love to eventually have her whole collection of Beatrix Potter brooches, and at $8.16 a brooch, this is absolutely doable! I love having something to collect that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg yet adds to the feel of my looks so much.

Take a gander at them in action today:

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How perfectly did Jemima (my personal favorite) match my outfit??

To purchase the brooches I received, you can head to the following links: Plant Terrarium, 1920s Flapper in Green, Peter Rabbit Eating CarrotsMrs. Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck.

I’m honestly so excited to style the colors featured on these brooches as I don’t have many pastels or greens in general. Particularly excited for working them into my fall wardrobe that’s dying to see the light of day again!

If you’d like to follow Lavinia’s shop, she has the following social medias where you’ll find the most beautiful assortment of china and accessories:

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My brooches are more than worth the cost, and I’d highly suggest the shop for any fellow bookworms (she also has a whole slew of Wizard of Oz themed brooches) or kitsch, vintage, and novelty lovers out there!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

Like Vines We Intertwine: 1950s Glam’s Marianne Floral Party Gown + Discount Code

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Remember how I teased of things to come a few weeks back on my blog? Well here we are! 1950s Glam does it again! I’m excited to bring to my blog a gorgeous, custom-fitted, floral chiffon party gown from the amazing company that sent me the gorgeous Salmon Polka-Dot Swing Dress you might have caught on my blog not too long ago. It’s extremely rare to find a full-scale company that provides both ready-to-wear styles (like said polka-dot dress) as well as customizable options (like the gown I’m featuring today), and as someone whose measurements only fit into garments perfectly if a garment happens to have stretch in the right places (or simply doesn’t fit true to the size chart), having the option of customizing a dress is an absolute treat.

When perusing the site to choose a gown that caught my eye, my heart immediately fell on the Marianne. With it’s stunning floral pattern, fitted waist, and soft chiffon skirt, I knew this would be an item I would love to wear that would fit right into my wardrobe. When discussing the customizations of the skirt, I was asked the following three measurements: bust, waist, hips, hollow to hem, waist to hem, and height, and was assured that the hemline could easily be dropped down to give me a more mid-century length. Since the dress was strapless, I also expressed worry about the dress staying up without squeezing me given my bust-to-waist ratio, and the lovely Isabella suggested we switch the zipper to a tie back to make it even more customizable. As I haven’t had the fortune to receive many custom-fitted clothes (and oft-times the fit was off on these garments despite my careful measurements), I was much more nervous to receive this dress than its fellow ready-made piece.

The two dresses came to me separately (since customizing a dress extends arrival time for obvious reasons), and I can honestly say that I was thrilled when I pulled this dress out of its package.

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I immediately noticed that, even lying flat on the floor, the silhouette would be absolutely perfect for my measurements/body type. The soft chiffon of the skirt felt like a soft breeze beneath my fingers and was layered over a smooth satin slip while the bodice felt nice and sturdy with solid boning and padding in the bust to give the body the proper support without needing any sort of bra. As discussed, my dress had the tie in the back instead of a zipper, and a solid amount of extra fabric was stitched inside so that if the ties couldn’t be closed completely in the back, more dress would be exposed instead of skin.
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The tie provided was obviously cut from the same bolt of fabric as the gown, so it didn’t feel terribly sturdy, but since the gown was still cut to my measurements, I wasn’t worried about having to strain the ties to try to cinch myself in. The little tabs attached from the top of the back of the bodice to about a third of the way down the back felt very sturdily sewn on and served as a nice, thick foundation.
When I went to slip the gown on, I immediately had to undo the ribbon I’d prematurely laced up as there is no stretch to this gown (something I appreciate in a custom gown), and I couldn’t fit the waist over my shoulders or my hips. So I undid all but the top and slid it on and then proceeded to lace it up again from the front before turning it around. When laced up fully, I ended up having so much excess ribbon (since I easily closed the gown completely), that I had to weave it back up half-way and then tied it in the middle. This is useful if your size fluctuates as it means you will always have enough fabric to lace yourself up, but since I always stay at a relatively steady weight, I plan to cut it so that I can let the ribbon fall flat and smoothly to add to the softness of the skirt instead of having a bow at the waist.
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As had seemed when I first held up and laid the dress out, the cut and shape of the bodice was absolutely perfect for my shape. While I wouldn’t do bridges or extreme backbends in the dress, I was able to shift around and lean back a bit without having my breasts pop out and exposing themselves to the world. The cup shape was just the perfect size and shape to cover me and give me support. The flare of the slip was more of an A-line flare than a full circle skirt, but the patterned chiffon layer was cut with a wider circumference so that my hands caught the light material with every sway and made it float around me in a pleasant way. The gown fit beautifully without a petticoat, but I opted for one anyway (my trusted Cosette from Malco Modes) since I felt it gave it the SLIGHTEST bit more of a 1950s feel.
With the beautiful pattern, I knew I had to find the rare green area in Tucson, so walked around campus a bit to find a place that would do this dress justice. My original plan was shot since the sun interfered, but I found this gorgeous corner behind one of our libraries covered in vines, and knew it would be the perfect place to take photos.
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You can see what I mean about the bow at the waist in that last image. I personally think it’s much more flattering to have it softly fall straight down without the loops disrupting the overall look.
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The construction of the bust is honestly to die for. It fit my 32DD size perfectly without any need for support since the top essentially served as a very comfortable bra – and all without squeezing me! Plus, it has a slight cone shape instead of being perfectly rounded, something I quite obviously appreciate.
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While I know this gown is technically listed as a “party gown,” the moment I put it on and styled it, I knew that I would feel zero qualms wearing this as normal day-wear. After all, people already think I dress up, so why not really take the plunge? The soft floral pattern renders the design quite easy to dress up or down, and the sheen of the slip that shines through when coupled with the chiffon skirt just adds to the versatility of the gown. Plus, turns out I have the perfect shoes for this dress! Who knew these shoes would serve as anything but a neutral for me?
I’m terribly happy with this dress and more than ecstatic to FINALLY have a strapless gown in my rotation (a god-send in the desert climate) that I don’t have to spend all day tugging up to keep it in place. It’s comfortable, chic, and perfectly mid-century.
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Love,
Miss Lark Bahar