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! 🎀

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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 😘

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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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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):
Peach Set

 

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

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

Spotlight Saturday: Fox Paradox + Discount Code!

Spotlight Saturday is back! At least for now….busy busy weeks coming up for me as the end of my final semester as a student looms ever closer.

Today I wanted to showcase a little shop I found when perusing Etsy for Harry Potter brooches. When I stumbled upon FoxParadox‘s little digital storefront, I almost fell over with excitement at the featured items. While it was her Hermione brooch that led me to her shop originally…

…it was her amazing range of Studio Ghibli inspired brooches that made me hastily contact her for a collaboration. With Disney and Harry Potter making up the majority of themed brooches inspired by fandoms, I was amazed at how many wonderful, neglected films Laura, the owner of Fox Paradox, showcased. From Hiccup and Toothless to Princess Mononoke, Fox Paradox has a small, but perfectly curated and chosen range of items that look and feel sturdy.

When making my own choices, I decided on her Hermione piece, a character who will always be near and dear to me for obvious reasons, her Kiki’s Delivery Service piece, a film I used to watch over and over and over again in my youth, and her Frozen-inspired piece, a brooch whose clear and etched detailing was incredibly appealing.

All of her jewelry is extremely affordable (the Kiki one clocking in at the highest price at only $16), and the detailing is absolutely more than worth Laura’s price points. Although she is based in France, shipping is only about $4 to the US, adding to the affordability (and you can scroll down for a code for free shipping!). When I received my three brooches in the mail, the Kiki arrived cracked from having traveled such a long distance – and the crack ran right across her throat in a rather macabre manner!

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So I contacted Laura about my beheaded Kiki, and she immediately offered to send me another for free without making me return the cracked one. My next Kiki brooch arrived quickly, safe and sound, with additional packaging to keep her safe on the long journey.

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With the complications of life, it took much longer than I would have liked to get these beauties on my blog, so I’m happy to finally showcase some of the highest quality, prettiest brooches around. One of my favorite things about these brooches is that they’re round, making them easy to pair with any outfit, and the perfect items to match together on a large collar.

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If you look above my (irritatingly cheap) bookshelf, you might even catch a glimpse of my little Harry Potter corner – an appropriate setting for obvious reason. The two wooden laser-cut brooches (Kiki and Hermione) mirrored each other perfectly in this outfit, and being able to carry around two of my favorite heroines all day was an absolute pleasure.

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The Frozen-inspired laser-cut acrylic brooch, (which is only available as a necklace on her website now), unlike its wooden sisters with their grainy feel, gave a cleaner look to my outfit, and in retrospect, I probably wouldn’t pair it with this look as I feel it doesn’t do the brooch justice. The dress is just a bit too drab for such striking colors and lines.

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Because of the affordability of these items, I already have another order placed (can’t wait to add the My Neighbor Totoro brooch to my collection!), and with this special code, you can order some items of your own with free shipping worldwide that will expire December 15th: MISSLARKBAHAR.

If you’d like to keep tabs on Laura and her wonderful shop (and I would certainly suggest you do, whether you’re on a budget or not!), you can find her on these sites:

Etsy

Instagram

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

Spotlight Saturday: My New Icon – Artwork by Christine Geasey

From the moment I started contemplating creating a blog, I KNEW that I wanted to have an illustrated version of myself as my icon. I contemplated several options, but when Christine (also known as Miss Chris) offered her services to me when I first began posting on Facebook about the possible creation of a blog, she made me an offer I couldn’t refuse! As an avid fan of her artwork already, I jumped at the opportunity to work with a fellow vintage lover already familiar with my style who so obviously knows what she’s doing and understands the aesthetic.

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Her work generally focuses on burlesque dancers, vampy dames, and Disney characters when she’s not working on commissions for other bloggers, and the above are some of my favorites. I adore her use of color and appreciate that she very obviously has a clear, recognizable style to her work – something that drew me in the moment I saw one of her pieces.

With my own piece, we bandied a few ideas back and forth before I finally settled on a specific painting whose composition seemed easy to fit into social media icons. This gorgeous Elvgren piece served as the inspiration and jumping-off point:

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As we were both in the throes of schoolwork with the impending end of the semester, I decided to avoid my responsibilities (as one does) by sketching up an idea for what I wanted. I took the original position/general idea, and incorporated everything I wanted to add/alter – Meg’s flower, a Disneybound version of Belle’s look, a book, a Mickey brooch, and a Turkish tile umbrella.

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A few weeks later, when we’d both finished our semesters and had a bit of a breather, Christine started sending me progress photos of my piece and regularly checking in to make sure I liked what was happening. While most artwork has awkward stages where the incompleteness renders the whole thing a bit awkward, I can honestly say that I never had that moment as Christine sent me updates. From pencil to paint, her work was truly beautiful start to finish and I honestly couldn’t be happier with my commission!

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I adore every single detail and can’t really think of a way something could feel more “me.” I’m so glad Christine offered me her services and am excited to know that she’s branching out and starting to make headpieces as well! Wearable artwork is one of my favorite things.

 

If you would like to commission your own masterpiece or if you just want to see beautiful works of art on your feed, you can head to the below links to find her:

Facebook

Art Instagram

Personal Instagram

Email: cgeasey@hotmail.com

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Spotlight Saturday: Review of My Premier Amour’s Charm & Eloquence Blouse

Probably one of my favorite stylistic developments in the past year has been the peplum top. Whether cut to be worn as a peplum top, or a top I choose to wear over my skirts belted in a way to give the illusion of a peplum, they’re my favorite kind of top. I find that it adds variation to the oft-seen, common silhouette of the shirt tucked into the skirt/capris/shorts look one finds in most vintage and pin-up scenes while still retaining the gorgeous waist-defining look we all love.

When Daniela from My Premier Amour contacted me about a certain upcoming collaboration and offered to send me an item to review on my blog as well, I was ecstatic to visit her site and find peplums for sale!

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After giving my bust and waist measurements and a quick discussion on what fabric I would like to use based on her on-hand selection…

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…and whether I wanted a cream or black polka-dot mesh for the top, she quickly headed to the sewing room. In about 10 days, my blouse was shipped (though her website sites an average 2 week turnaround time as her items are generally custom)!

My top arrived quickly and softly packaged, with a cute little tag attached. Although I had been unsure whether the Paris print in pink would match the black mesh well enough (a decision I made solely because I’m a huge sucker for sheer black items), I was pleased to find it actually ended up matching perfectly.

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Since I knew I wasn’t planning on spending any time outside today aside from walking to and from the car (I went to see the new Jane Austen film Love & Friendship – a brilliant satire – and grabbed dinner with my family and roommate), I decided to take my custom blouse out for its first outing. Though the sleeves are a very light mesh and so endurable in the Tucson heat for short periods of time, any kind of sleeve at all quickly results in feelings of discomfort in the heat here (the primary reason Le Bomb Shop’s Marilyn Tops get so much use in my summer wardrobe), so I knew I wanted to stay safe and wear it when I’d be inside.

I decided to pair it with a deep maroon vintage skirt and a breton hat of mine to play off of the “European” feel of the top and to play up the Paris-themed print.

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The top did run a bit larger than I had anticipated as I gave my exact measurements, but as I had already fully planned on wearing it with a belt, this didn’t prove to be much of a problem. It still looked great on and was super comfortable with stitching in the right places to accommodate my strapless longline bullet bra, and plenty of room in the arms to move around (a problem I often encounter), and plenty of room in the neck despite the high cut.

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I’m particularly fond of the fact that the fabric comes up high enough in the front to hide my vintage bullet bra (which is cut higher as they often are, so can’t be worn with many of my reproduction items), so I can wear this top without any kind of bra strap showing, creating a smooth line along the back and chest that’s usually broken up by some kind of line.

At just $32 a piece, these tops are extremely affordable custom options for the pin-up or vintage-lover on a budget who’s still looking for a well-constructed piece that will easily fit into one’s wardrobe while adding interest. I’m incredibly impressed by the craftsmanship!

(PS – ignore how uneven the hemline looks in the right photo, I’d just tugged it down too far and hadn’t noticed!)

Although these tops were my favorite, she has a whole slew of affordable designs that you can find on her website or Etsy, and she even popped in a little surprise gift!

You can find her/contact her via these social medias:
Website
Etsy
Instagram
Email: mypremieramour@gmail.com

And if you like what you see, I’d definitely keep an eye on my blog 😉

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Spotlight Saturday: Deer Arrow & Revere Folie Giveaway Winnings

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As an avid Instagram user, I am not one to shy away from Instagram contests when my favorite shops decide to host them. When Deer Arrow announced theirs last month with a choice between one of their new line of brooches and a pair of earrings from the amazing shop Revere Folie, I knew I had to enter! Although I hadn’t heard of Revere Folie before the contest, the fact that Deer Arrow’s Eve Brooch was a part of the giveaway immediately cinched the deal (you might have caught my Loves & Desires of the Week where I featured Deer Arrow’s designs and particularly focused on the Eve).

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After immediately reposting, I quickly dove into Revere Folie’s Instagram and was absolutely astounded by the designs! The gorgeous art-deco inspired designs quickly caught my eye with their gorgeous gold, silver, and black ultra-glam feel, and I knew that if I won, I would have a difficult time making a choice.

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Although I reposted the giveaway image many a time, I did not anticipate winning (as one rarely does with such large giveaways); needless to say, I was completely astounded as I sat in my broken-down car (which had only minutes ago started SMOKING before my very eyes), and saw that Deer Arrow had tagged me in the cutest video showing my reposted image being chosen! It was a hectic week in my life and this was the sole highlight of it.

As soon as I managed to make my way home and my phone was charged enough, I quelled the little voice in my head making me question my Deer Arrow brooch choice (the blonde is just so gorgeous!), and quickly made my way to Revere Folie’s Etsy after confirming that I could choose any pair of earrings I wanted. As anticipated, it was a tough decision and I decided against the black and silver earrings I was originally drawn to, figuring they would disappear too much in my black hair, and opted instead for the gorgeous Bebe earrings after finding a photo of a lavender version on their Facebook page.

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I gave them my address and about a week later, the two items were on their way to me! As both shops are located outside of the US, I knew that the wait would be long and so forced myself to be patient.

A few days before the up-to-20 day shipping time was about to run out, I decided to double-check my address to make sure that I had given the correct one since it seemed odd that I hadn’t received them yet, and of course, my worries were proven correct. I had given a slightly incorrect address. To my great surprise and joy, I checked the mail this past week and there was the package!!! Waiting for me in all its solidly packaged glory. I quickly contacted Deer Arrow to assure them that I had received my items after all and then opened the package.

The two items inside were absolutely stunning and obviously of very high quality!

What caught my eye immediately after taking in the general beauty of the items, was the lovely way the Deer Arrow Eve brooch let the light shine through along details when held up to the light.

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I quickly planned my outfits around these accessories, first pairing the Revere Folie Bebe earrings with my favorite 1950s handmade dress and my silver and white straw 1950s hat, and quickly noticed how wonderfully light-weight the earrings were! Perfect for someone with extremely sensitive ears.

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….and then I created an outfit where I could show off both items!

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Although the light wasn’t cooperating anywhere my roommate photographer and I tried to take photos, we ended up with a few close-ups that showed off the two beautiful items!

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And as it seemed when I first saw the brooch online, the Eve brooch is essentially a pale version of me!  Down to the black hair, cocked brow, green eyes, and accentuated mole.

I am so ecstatic about having won this giveaway still and can’t thank Deer Arrow and Revere Folie enough! I will definitely be back for more and already have my eye on a few items that I now know are DEFINITELY worth the international shipping for.

If you’re interested in high-quality, intricately beautiful brooches, and light-weight, gorgeously glamorous earrings, I would definitely take a peek at Deer Arrow and Revere Folie‘s shops! And if you’ve been hesitating….stop hesitating and take the plunge! These items are so worth the cost, even if you’re an international customer.

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

Spotlight Saturday: Lil Sweetums Bowtique Brooches

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I recently had the pleasure of working with LilSweetumsBowtique, a cute little Etsy shop that specializes in custom and handmade accessories, to receive a handful of brooches of my own.

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I found this Etsy shop when I was perusing Etsy for Disney brooches (as I often do), specifically looking for the retro “D” brooches that are so popular nowadays. As a Disney aficionado, I knew that I needed at least one of these classic designs in my brooch collection and was ecstatic to find LilSweetumsBowtique with her enormous range of colors and glittery fun!

And, to top it off, she had a cute variety of Mickey-inspired and poison apple brooches, and a nice variety of other items from various fandoms.

With her highest-priced single item clocking in at $12, her items are extremely affordable and worth every penny! I received five brooches myself, but already have my eye on the little mermaid Mickey head, the Harry Potter pin, and would love to add a green, purple, and red “D” brooch to my collection. When choosing my five, I opted for 3 of the retro “D” brooches, an Ursula-themed Mickey head, and a poisoned apple in the most gorgeous shade of light blue with white.

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Glittery White Retro “D” Brooch

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Ursula-Inspired Mickey Mouse Brooch

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Glittery Royal Blue Retro “D” Brooch with Silver Mickey Embellishment

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Mini Poison Apple Brooch in Light Blue & White

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Dole Whip Inspired Retro “D” Brooch

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And they all came in this adorable little box!

I’m completely smitten with my items and received them well within her 5 day turnaround time, and I couldn’t wait to add them to my new DIY brooch boards I created last week!

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Check out her Etsy shop for more items, and don’t forget to follow her Instagram to see sneak peeks of up and coming brooches! She has so much to offer.

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar