Spotlight Saturday: Review of Tatyana’s Havana Top and Annette Skirt

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As an Arizonan of 15 or so years, the burning heat of the desert causes a familiar struggle. My eczema flares up, and even such simple tasks as walking from my apartment to my car results in pain. Finding positives in my city can prove to be challenging, but I do have to admit that I’ve developed a type of grudging kinship with the atmosphere.

While other places might still be happy in their springtime temperatures (like in San Diego where I just managed to get the worst sunburn of my life in 60°)…

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…sometimes it takes a little bit of desert fashion to make your 9 months of summer seem acceptable. So today, up for review, is a gloriously summer friendly outfit from Tatyana, a reproduction clothing store I’ve yet to feature on my blog.

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The Havana Top and Annette Skirt from the shop are a classic retro pairing that’s a great start for anyone looking to start expanding their Western-wear closet.

The top itself is made from a swimsuit-like material that breathes and expands with the body, making sizing quite versatile, and eliminating any sweat stain problems that the heat could cause. As a lover of Le Bomb Shop’s Marilyn Tops, which have a similar design, I figured a comparison would be helpful.

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When comparing the Havana Top and Marilyn Top (pictured in purple right above) in photos, a few differences are obvious: the Marilyn is cut lower on the sides and the middle, and the Havana ties at the neck while the Marilyn ties around the waist. In person, a few more differences are apparent: the Havana is made of a much thicker spandex-y material, and features gathering at the sides on the waist.

These differences mean a few things in practice: the Marilyn is MUCH more revealing, but it’s also more curve-hugging. I never fear I’ll fall out of my Marilyn tops, but the Havana lays less like a second skin since it’s made of a thicker material, and so I had keep an eye on my bust to make sure I was staying fully covered. However, the flip side of the coin is that if you’re self-conscious of your nipples showing, the Havana will help smooth things out the way that Marilyn will not, and the fabric really does cover more surface area when in place.

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When it comes to the gathering at the side, my waist size hasn’t changed much since I wore the purple Marilyn in the image above, but it looks slimmer simply because there’s nothing bunching up and adding weight to my waist. And, the ties at the neck mean you really could have any length of torso and bust size with the Havana as long as your under-bust falls within a few inches of the measurements listed on Tatyana’s site. You also have the ability to choose how to tie the neck which adds versatility to the table that the Marilyn doesn’t have. I do wish that the ties weren’t made of the same thick material as the rest of the top because it bunched up at my neck so much, but I’ll probably just wear my hair up when wearing the Havana in the future so it doesn’t tangle everything up so much.

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The Annette Skirt, obviously the star of the show, is a 24″ circle skirt in a bright, olive-y chartreuse decorated with black, desert-themed line work along the bottom. It has plenty of fabric to fit a petticoat underneath (a requirement for most skirts in my book), but is incredibly lightweight. Again, a great option for hot weather. Although I do generally prefer my skirts a wee bit longer to properly fit my Malco Modes Cosette petticoats beneath, I don’t mind it in this case, and would’ve paired a black petticoat with it if I had one. Fit-wise, Tatyana’s smallest waist size is only a 26″ (while I’m a 24″,) so I definitely had to belt this guy, but I happened to have a belt that matched perfectly! Obviously meant to be.

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All in all, the pairing of the Havana Top and the Annette Skirt is perfect for summer time, whether you live in the desert or not. Heat-friendly styles are few and far between when it comes to true vintage, so I always turn my gaze to reproduction vintage instead when it gets too hot to bare. The Havana with its versatility and the Annette with its thematic novelty print are a perfect addition to the wardrobe of this Arizona gal.

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To purchase either of these items, you can head to the links below:

Havana Top: $56

Annette Skirt: $115

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

 

 

 

A Sunday Trip to the Reid Park Zoo

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

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

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

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

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Lauren hatched from an egg Indiana Jones style.

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…and I came across this incredibly chill bear:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Definitely new besties.

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

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

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Gates Pass Photoshoot for Le Bomb Shop with P. Bencomo Fotography

Relatively recently the wonderful Melissa from Le Bomb Shop contacted me asking to model an outfit for her (as I was given the opportunity to do last year when she found my humble little Instagram), and naturally jumped at the chance! As she had a desert landscape in mind for this range of photos to show off the Senorita Pop-Art style skirt she wanted me to model, I knew exactly where I wanted to go to show off Tucson’s desert without the obstruction of modern cars and houses: Gates Pass. My go-to photographer, the amazing Phillip from P. Bencomo Fotography, was more than happy to take the images for me, so we agreed on a trek up into the mountains to catch the rising sun before the heat waves made shooting impossible.

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While we only got one image that caught the sunrise, I love how moody it turned out! I had assumed I would be exhausted, waking up at 2am to get ready for my shoot, but my body felt surprisingly alert as I posed, and the lack of sleep didn’t catch up to me until the drive home.

Here are a few of my favorite shots from the venture:

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This one in particular is my favorite shot showing off the desert. So beautiful! Such a great composition on Phillip’s part.

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I loved getting to play around with the way this top tied itself as well. So versatile, and I warmly welcome any article of clothing that fills out my rainbow wardrobe a bit more. Rust is such a rare color to find with vintage reproduction clothing, yet it matches so much!

Since we were driving up to the desert at the crack of dawn, I figured I might as well pack a few of my own outfits to take advantage of the opportunity, and we ended up with some of my favorite close-ups and sitting images of all time in the batch (we’ll ignore that darn stray strand in my bangs that kept popping out…):

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Hope you enjoy this photoset as much as I enjoyed taking them!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Loves & Desires of the Week: Besame Cosmetics’ Decades of Fragrances

If anything’s obvious about my cosmetic tastes, it’s that Besame Cosmetics’ lipsticks and blushes are my go-to items. When I first tried one of their lipstick colors, the gorgeous 1946 Red Velvet, I was astounded by how smoothly the lipstick went on and how long it lasted! Didn’t budge in the least after a long days’ work. And the rouge? Well, their Crimson Rouge is not only the only blush I use now, but has changed the way I do my make-up completely!

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While I’ve been dying to try their brightening powders and their various mascaras, as well as branching out into their pink shades of lip color, on the top of my Besame Cosmetics wishlist is their perfumes.

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As someone who’s incredibly picky with fragrances, but is always on the look-out for the more masculine, musky scents with a decadent feel, as soon as Besame began releasing their era-appropriate perfumes, and even included a set with samples from all decades, I became extremely excited!

No longer did I have to choose between 6 $68 fragrances that all sounded gorgeous, but I could get all of them for only $45! Sadly, the rollerball set sold out (twice!) before I had a chance to order it, so I have yet to try any of them. While many are also sold out as individual perfume bottles, I hope that Besame will restock all of them soon! Take a peek at the fragrances and their inspirations:

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While the 1940s one sounds the most immediately appealing to me, I hesitate to make such a costly purchase without being able to try it when all of the other scents sound just as wonderful. Do you have a favorite Besame Cosmetics perfume? Help me choose!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar