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 Review & Giveaway (CLOSED)

Hello friends!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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And here they are in action with the Jess top!

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

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Lady K Loves Giveaway

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

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Happy holidays!

Miss Lark Bahar

Napoleon Bunaparte: A Brooch & a Kickstarter

Hello all!

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

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

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Emma’s drawing of Napoleon under imminent bunny attack

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

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

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

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

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

Happy holidays, my friends!

Best,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

A Week with TGIllustration: Brooches

Hello all!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy holidays everyone,

Miss Lark Bahar

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

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Hey everyone!

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

Enjoy!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

Monday’s Look

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

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

Thursday’s Look

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

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

Friday’s Look

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

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

OUTFIT ROUNDUP CATCH-UP/MASTERPOST: (09/12/2016-10/16/2016)

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Starting to wonder if I should turn this into a monthly outfit roundup. Been really tough keeping up with it with everything happening in my life at the moment. But for now, I’ll still try to post this roundup weekly!

Hope you enjoy this past month’s collection of looks.

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Week of 09/12/2016-09/18/2016

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Can’t believe this was only the second time wearing this skirt! Insane. Most exciting part of this outfit is probably the scarf situation. As my wet set wasn’t dry, I knew I had to create an outfit that made use of one of the few scarf colors I own, so I decided to try layering my scarves for the first time. Absolutely LOVE the look it gave! And it helped show off the green of the hills and the flower stems in the skirt while nodding at the purple. Also, this is a top I purchased somewhere like Kohl’s that’s actually perfect for the bullet bra shape. I always hesitate with stretchy modern tops, but they help show off the shape of a vintage bra better than some vintage tops!

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Vintage Green Scarf: Thrifted
Vintage Purple Scarf: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Noir Red
Teal Triangle Earrings: Thrifted
Black Top: Kohl’s?
Schoolhouse Brooch: Bookman’s Used Bookstore
Lavender Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Hand-Painted Custom Hercules Skirt: Vance Clothing
Green Heels: Thrifted

09/14/2016

The best part of this outfit was definitely my kitty photobombing my photos. The worst part was that I dropped my brooch and she broke in half after this 😭 Just have to glue her back together….

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1930s/1940s Hat: Gifted
Heather’s Big Resin Tear Drop Earrings in Blue Glitter: Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Blood Red
Plastic Fantastic “Eve” Brooch: Deer Arrow
White Peasant Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Blue Belt: Forever 21
Heidi Dress in Mary Blair Cats (converted to skirt): Pinup Girl Clothing
White Canvas Underskirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Nude Heels: Bettie Page Shoes

09/15/2016

This is definitely one of my favorite outfits of all time. I originally decided on this top so I had more opportunities to make use of this most fabulous of vintage skirts. And the addition of the hat is really just the icing on the cake. Sooooo gorgeous!

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1930s/1940s Hat: Gifted
Gold Earrings: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ American Beauty
Retro TV Brooch: Martinis & Slippers
Mint Tiki Peasant Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Black Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
1950s Pink Skirt: Thrifted
Cosette Petticoat (x2): Malco Modes
Black Heels with Gold Embellishment: Thrifted

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Ever have one of those days where your camera just doesn’t want to cooperate? This was one of those days. Anyway, this outfit was put together to take my shoes for my future Disneybound out for a test run, and to play around with possible hairdos for the bound as well. This messy poodle would DEFINITELY be perfect for an Ursula bound.

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Cherry Red
Heather’s Big Resin Tear Drop Earrings in Blue Glitter: Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Poison Apple Brooch in Blue & White: Etsy shop LilSweetumsBowtique
Purple Marilyn Top: Le Bomb Shop
1950s Purple, Blue, & White Floral Capris: Thrifted
Blue Lace-Up Flats: Nine West

09/21/2016

I’m still unsure if I actually like this outfit as pink, white, gold, and brown aren’t really my ideal pairing or color schemes I’m used to, but I loved getting to think outside of (my) box to match my wonderful new Belle brooch! She’s so perfect, I knew I had to put something together that matched her perfectly.

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Merlot
Belle Brooch: Etsy shop TheAmbrosiaBowl
1950s Pink & White Sundress w/ Pink Bow Embellishment: Thrifted
1950s Gold Belt: Thrifted
Cosette Petticoat (x1): Malco Modes
Brown Heels with Black Trim: Thrifted

Week of 09/26/2016-10/03/2016

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I was having a damn good hair day this day. Sometimes wet sets just…turn out perfectly and you really wish you knew what made it happen, but there’s no rhyme or reason. Also, my camera/the lighting decided to make me super pale when shooting this outfit. Again, no rhyme or reason.

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Cherry Red
Floral Clip-On Earrings: Buffalo Exchange
Green Pencil Brooch: Thrifted
Pink Arabella Peasant Top: Tatyana
Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Boats Border Print: Pinup Girl Clothing
White Canvas Underskirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Pink Satin Heels: Thrifted

09/29/2016

Was excited to finally bring out my Halloween pin-up skirt to play! Had this custom made for me last year and it’s truly one of my favorite pieces. Also tried Besame’s Dusty Rose lipstick shade for the first time. Definitely need to get used to wearing pinks still, but I was rather fond of the contrast between the dusty shade when paired with dark eye make-up.

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Dusty Rose
Hoop Earrings: Etsy shop ilovetobuildhoops
Nimbus 2000 Broomstick Brooch: Etsy shop FemmedeBloom
Black Vamp Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
1950s Gold Belt: Thrifted
Gold Bangle: Poshmark
Custom Purple Halloween Pin-Up Skirt: Etsy shop HollyDaiBoutique
White Canvas Underskirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Black Heels with Gold Embellishment: Thrifted

09/30/2016

I’ve had this sweater top so kindly gifted to me by one of the participants in one of my last giveaways for what feels like ages and just been DYING to wear it. This rich green color is so damn hard to find, so having the chance to add it to my wardrobe in the form of a cashmere sweater is just…a dream come true. And finally I got to take it out for a drive! Ignoring the 90 degree weather as always, to do so. Love the color combination with the rich jewel tones.

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Vintage Red Hair Scarf: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Red Velvet
Peacock Earrings: From Turkey
1920s Flapper in Green & Brown: Etsy shop LaviniasTeaParty
1950s Green Cashmere Sweater: Gifted
1950s/60s Burgundy Pencil Skirt: Thrifted
Green Heels: Thrifted

Week of 10/10/2016-10/16/2016

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This Wednesday

This look was put together as I felt it matched all of my new Fox Paradox brooches (as reviewed on my blog here) best. Plus, I haven’t worn this dress in ages.

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1950s Black Platter Hat: Gifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Cherry Red
Crescent Gold & Cream Earrings: Thrifted
Graduated Champagne Pearl Necklace: Vivien of Holloway
Hermione Brooch: Etsy shop Fox Paradox
Kiki’s Delivery Service Brooch: Etsy shop Fox Paradox
1950s Navy Blue Pin-dot Dress & Matching Belt: Instagram shop FarFromHereVintage
1950s Crochet Gloves: Thrifted
Cosette Petticoat (x1): Malco Modes
Black Heels: Thrifted

This Thursday

Definitely embraced “autumn” with this look! And was happy to do so. Seems this outfit was as much of a hit with everyone else as it was with me! Couldn’t ask for more.

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Handmade Autumn Leaves Hair Flower: Made by Miss Amy May
Red Snood: Belle Blossoms
Holly’s Resin Hoop Earrings in Red Glitter: Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Victory Red
Robin Hood Brooch: Disney pin
Norma Jean Infinity Halter Top in Rust: Le Bomb Shop
Red, Orange, & Green Plaid Skirt: Instagram shop FarFromHereVintage
Cosette Petticoat (x1): Malco Modes
Leopard Print Kitten Heels: Thrifted

This Friday

This look was sort of hastily thrown together to match my snood since I’ve been working with my natural hair all week and needed to put it up.

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Green Snood: Belle Blossoms
Blue & Silver Earrings: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ American Beauty
1950s White Summer Blouse with Chicken & Flower Embroidery: Thrifted
Teal Wiggle Skirt: Thrifted
Green Heels: Thrifted

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

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Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

This is Halloween: Adventure in the Great Wide Disneyland

Hello everyone!

As those who follow my Instagram are well aware by now, this past Monday was spent at the happiest place on Earth, Disneyland! When a friend from Long Island decided to pay a visit due to a school holiday, we figured what better way to celebrate than to take our first vacation since February? A trip to Disneyland (and vacationing in general) has been long overdue, and as my roommate and I have only made it there during Halloween-time once before, we felt this would be the perfect opportunity to try out Mickey’s Halloween Party with its special new parade. And who can turn down being able to trick-or-treat as adults?

As no Disney trip is complete without Disneybounding these days, we opted to make use of the bounds my roomie and I were originally going to showcase when we visited in August: Sorcerer Mickey, and one of Madame Upanova’s dancers from Fantasia. The perfect warm-weather bounds!

To emulate the ostriches, I opted for pairing my black Marilyn top from Le Bomb Shop with a vintage skirt of mine from the Instagram shop FarFromHereVintage. With the off-white of the skirt paired with the Western pattern ringing around, I felt the representation was as close as possible with this kind of character. It was then only a matter of accessorization.

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The cornucopia brooch, velvet necktie, earrings, and large hair bow were obvious choices to emulate one of Madame Upanova’s dancers (although I debated being the pink ostrich prima ballerina, Madame Upanova herself, I decided it wouldn’t be as “me” with the color-scheme). The two difficulties rose from deciding what to do with my shoes. I knew I wanted to try walking around in a pair of my old pointe shoes, but figured this wouldn’t last long, so ordered a back-up pair of lace-up flats from Nine West with great reviews to change into when my feet gave up. Plus, this bound was a great excuse to color a pair of my pointe shoes my favorite color! Sharpie-ing them blue and sewing on new ribbons helped fill up some time waiting in line for a concert on Saturday.

#fourtittiesandapointeshoe #eighttittiesandacastle P.S. that IS my foot

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For my hair, I finally ended up settling on a large, loose poodle-do instead of a ballet bun as it would help create the space for me to pin my bow in standing up without worry that it might fall off or fall limp. The whole thing was then topped by a gorgeous hand-painted, embellished parasol specifically painted by a friend for my bound.

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We decided to spend the first half of the day in California Adventure to save money before hopping on over to Disneyland at 3 (when the special Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets allowed entry). While we probably would have stayed at Disneyland the whole day normally, the heartbreaking impending erasure of The Tower of Terror made us commit to going there. So after styling four gals’ hair in the morning (everyone opted for wet sets this trip, so I was essentially running a salon), we made our way to the parks.

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We started our adventure by immediately booking it to Tower to grab our fast passes for the ride we’d never be able to experience again, and took the chance for a few photo ops along the way. Happily enough, the marquee on the wall had Fantasia listed as the feature film!

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How adorably 20s does my roomie look as Sorcerer Mickey? And my lil sis was really rocking that Ursula bound in my black vintage dress. After a few photos with fast passes in hand, we picked up our friend from LI (who was bounding Merida and happens to hate drop rides and coasters) and we made our way over to our favorite game ride, Toy Story Mania.

Due to poor planning, we had already hit about three hours by the time we were done with the ride, and my feet were in excruciating pain. Not only could I not go on pointe, but I could barely walk because of the pain in my toes and my ankles (how did I use to do this for hours??? I blame the concrete! And…that I haven’t been en pointe in about 8 years). We stopped for one last photo op…

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I tried to bite the bullet and prepared to go up en pointe so I could have at least ONE photo showing off…

…but failed miserably and ended up just going for pretty ballet arms instead.

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Since the lockers my change of shoes were stored in were on the other side of the theme park, after about 10 minutes of teeny-tiny baby steps of pain, I gave up and my roomie and sis went to grab the shoes for me. Taking the pointe shoes and all the toe tape off and slipping into cushioned flats was a blessed relief and I was happy to walk again.

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Next step (ha!) was to go make use of our Tower of Terror passes and ride our beloved ride one last time.

It was a bittersweet experience to say the least. Particularly with the sign already off of the building and all but one of the cast members already out of character.

Our friend caught us as we walked out, and we took a quick farewell photo before moving on to explore the park a bit more and then switching over to Disneyland.

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Halloween-time….finally!

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Definitely our happy place, and it certainly shows! So happy, in fact, that I finally took my outfit out for a much needed twirl!

We took these last few photos before rushing to find one of the more deserted restrooms and changing into our “costumes” for the Halloween Party. I opted for my Belle look that’s previously made it’s appearance on my blog in my week of closet Disneybounding as some felt it to be too costumey for a normal bound (and was too hot for daytime wear in Disney anyway). My roomie went as Prince Adam (as she’s not the princess type and we couldn’t afford to buy new clothing for the event anyway), the visiting friend went as Ariel, and my lil sis went as Snow White. After the most hectic Disneyland experience of my life (why did I commit to a hair change???), we emerged as our new characters.

After the heat and stress of changing, we stopped for another photo op to try to relax and cool down, and take advantage of the light before it disappeared.

Adam woo-ed me with a kiss on my hand.

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And Snow of course needed to visit her wishing well.

But meanwhile, Adam continued to work his magic and swept me up into a dance.

Ariel, being the restless girl she is, tried to book it back to the sea while we were all preoccupied. Can’t take her anywhere!

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So we pulled her back and tried to teach her how to properly pose for a portrait.

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My hands were itching for the book I’d left back at my locker!

Then the day dissolved into darkness and we opted out of taking photos to focus on our hectic night ahead. We rushed around doing all we could do in the short amount of time we had but ended up missing almost all of our favorite rides from poor planning (a hectic trip indeed – Disneyland without teacups? Space Mountain?? Indiana Jones??? unheard of!). The one notable ride was of course the Halloween-must, Haunted Mansion. Decked out just as wonderfully as I remembered it being years ago, the experience was hauntingly enchanting. And that new Sally animatronic was absolutely stunning! My biggest regret is not being able to go through more than once.

All in all it was a wonderful, though poorly planned, experience. The new parade of villains and seeing everyone dressed up definitely makes the cost worth it and we now plan on making Mickey’s Halloween Party a must next year. I’m already antsy to head back and wishing our trip had lasted longer than it did.

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So farewell for now from Belle, Walt, Mickey, and I!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

WEEKLY OUTFIT ROUNDUP (08/29/2016-09/11/2016)

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These past two weeks have been a bit hectic for my roommate and I for various reasons, so we were able to document fewer outfits of mine. Luckily, two weeks yielded a decent enough number for a roundup post!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Last Monday’s Look

I decided to pull out one of the wiggles I won from a Vivien of Holloway giveaway around Christmas last year as I transition into fall/winter styles. Since this is a bright dress, I don’t have much of a window to wear it since it’s too warm for most months here, but I figure it’s close enough to summer to work for now. It is still in the 100s after all. Side note: I definitely have to acquire some sort of glue to seal the heels of all of my shoes. They really take a beating with all the walking I do.

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1950s White Platter Hat: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Victory Red
Graduated Champagne Pearl Necklace: Vivien of Holloway
Jezebel Red Sweetheart Bust Dress: Vivien of Holloway
White Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
1950s White Gloves: Thrifted
Tights: Can’t recall
White Heels: Thrifted

Last Friday’s Look

I’ve been dying to wear this capri skirt set for ages but the thick brocade material just made it too hot to justify. But just like the outfit above, I’ve been in the autumn mood, so I finally decided to wear em. It’s been so long that I actually forgot how poorly they fit. Really need to take them to the tailor and get the front area taken in and the seat area let out. I actually popped a button at work! And yet there’s so much loose fabric in the front…

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Green Scarf: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Merlot
1970s Leaf Top: Instagram shop FarFromHereVintage
Purple Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
1950s Purple, Green, & Red Brocade Skirt/Capri Set: Etsy shop LawrenceofBaltimore
Green Heels: Thrifted

This Tuesday’s Look

Again, this outfit was trying to work in a bit more of an autumn-friendly aspect, this time with color-scheme. I realized I’ve not been wearing all of my beloved shorts lately, so decided to plan a darker look with my striped shorts for my brooch review this week.

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Beaded Pineapple Earrings: Etsy shop 221Broderie
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Blood Red
Purple Marilyn Top: Le Bomb Shop
Spectrespects Embroidered Brooch: Etsy shop 221Broderie
Red Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
1950s Striped Shorts: Thrifted
Black Flats: Thrifted

This Thursday’s Look

Went full-on summer garb with this look, but ah well. It’s a transitional period 😉. I had fun with all the accessorization! I really need to get this dress in autumn-friendly prints.

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The Leilani Tropical Cluster Hair Flower: Belle Blossoms
Pink Snood: Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Heather’s Big Resin Tear Drop Earrings in Blue Glitter: Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ American Beauty
Customized Pinup Brooch: Lillian Madison Designs
Lydia Dress in Rose Border Print: Pinup Girl Clothing
White Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
White Canvas Underskirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Cosette Petticoat (x2): Malco Modes
Pink Satin Heels: Thrifted

This Friday’s Look

I honestly have no words for how much I am in love with this vintage dress. I got it awhile ago but didn’t want to wear the wiggle in the heat, so figured I’d save it for autumn-time to give me something to look forward to. I’m so glad I did! I have never had a wiggle that fit me so perfectly since my proportions are so curvy, but this dress is honestly a dream. It feels absolutely amazing on and even has my most coveted of necklines: the wide-set square neckline. Such a beautiful piece. I wish it photographed as beautifully as it looks in person (but prepare for spam anyway).

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Pearl & Gold Earrings: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Victory Red
1950s Olive Green Wiggle w/ Ecru Lace Overlay: Thrifted from Dorothea’s Closet Vintage
Pearl & Gold Bee Brooch: Thrifted
Cream Heels: Thrifted

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.

Details. #221broderie #embroidery #broderieluneville

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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:

Etsy
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Love,

Miss Lark Bahar