The Bésame Cosmetics Series: The Snow White Collection

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Hello, lovelies!

Remember that blog post I teased a little while ago? Well, it’s finally time! Many of you already know that I’ve been planning an in depth review of Bésame Cosmetics’ Snow White inspired line of cosmetics and artifacts, and here it is! From the first “Storybook” eyeshadow palette released, to their cosmetic travel bag, I’ve acquired (almost) the entirety of the collection thanks in part to Bésame for sending me free products to review, and to my pocket book because some items I just HAD to have right away. That being said, despite being a Bésame Cosmetics lover for many years, I wanted to give an in-depth review talking about the ins-and-outs of this collection. What you absolutely NEED, what you can do without, and let’s be honest, what looks prettiest sitting on the shelf.

For those who aren’t entrenched in the world of Bésame and all the beauty it brings, their Snow White collection was created in official collaboration with Disney for Snow White’s 80th anniversary. This meant that they could combine their stunning vintage aesthetic with Snow White’s 1930s color palette. After looking through and researching the original artwork and colors used for the animation by the Disney Ink & Paint Department, Bésame carefully chose colors to recreate, and proceeded to make the most beautiful Disney-inspired makeup line in existence.  

 

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Since this is such an extensive line of cosmetics and I don’t wish to overwhelm you, I’m going to take it one batch of products at the time.

The Eyes

While Bésame is famous for their lipsticks (this collection boasts 11 shades alone!), I want to start my review by focusing on their eyeshadow palettes since this is a realm less explored by the brand. I’ll start out with a caveat: I am personally not much of an eyeshadow wearer. My general routine is a soft, subtle brown on the lids, and white along the lashes and brows to brighten them. As such, my opinions might differ a bit from the gals who regularly experiment with shadow and take a more current approach with their makeup. I’m all about doing my best to recreate vintage images!

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The first item released from the line was the “Storybook” palette (which is sadly no longer available, and I’m lucky to have snagged to start my collection). Of all of the cosmetics featured in the Snow White collection, this item is by far the most beautifully packaged – easily the purest jewel in the mine. From start to finish, this palette is pure Snow White. Not only is the whole thing packaged in the book that opens the original movie, but inside houses a small mirror, a detailed diagram of where each of the 20 shades presented were used on Snow White for her original artwork, and suggestions on how to recreate her face with their products. 

The colors themselves range from nudes to bright blues, reds, and yellows, making this quite the versatile palette. As is my preference, all shades are matte. Since my palette has gotten quite a bit of use since I bought it and is no longer pristine, I linked an image from their Instagram showing off the colors. It’s an accurate depiction of the shades, albeit the tiniest bit more muted than they are in real life. The pigmentation on these, when applied, is on the softer side and very blendable. They can be built up if desired, but I personally stay away from extreme shadows. 

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My current go-to shades for daily use (and what I’m wearing in the picture above) are Pastel 105, a white with just a hint of warmth to blend out under the brow bone and line the eye, Saddle 104, a light nude brown for the lids and to blend out to the brow, and Saddle 106, a soft brown with the slightest red undertone for the crease. I also find myself reaching for this palette when I want a 1960s look. The blues work wonderfully for the era, and I find the formula never settles into my creases, so I don’t have to worry about the brighter colors becoming a problem. Of the 20 shades, the bright red is the only one I haven’t found a use for (although this might be a deeply intrenched aversion from the one time I tried red shadow in my mid-teen emo days and was told I looked injured).

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On the flip side of this first palette, is Bésame’s recent release of two new eyeshadow palettes (which were shown in the original sneak peeks of the collection, but didn’t drop until last month). Unlike the “Storybook” shadows, the “Keep Singing” and “I’m Wishing” shadows are presented like traditional palettes and simply decorated with a color snapshot of the moment that inspired each one. As such, they’re a bit sturdier, hold more shadow, and are easier to keep clean. Luckily, the wear seems to be the same as the first palette, so I never have to worry about crease problems or fall out.

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“Keep Singing” Palette

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“I’m Wishing” Palette

Of the two, I have found the “I’m Wishing” palette to be much more useful than its sister. Although I’ll dip into one color for a look, I don’t find that the primary colors found in “Keep Singing” lend themselves to a single, cohesive eyeshadow look. The only exception to this is that when I run out of my every day shades from the “Storybook” palette, I plan to use this one. The White as Snow and The Fairest shades from “Keep Singing” work nicely for a similar nude look. That being said, this is a great supplemental palette to “I’m Wishing” because it helps add depth to dark 20s and 30s looks, and the only unwearable color for me is the bright yellow Destiny shade.

 

 

 

 

 

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“I’m Wishing” easily features my favorite collection of colors of the lot. The stunning rosey hues and pigmented blues are great for anything from 20s to 60s (and beyond!) I used this palette to create my dramatic, 1930s look pictured straight above, and was incredibly happy with the blending of colors (we ignore the brows – too thick to be tamed without going the glue route!).  A few days before that, I was able to use the palette for a soft pink version of my normal 50s/60s look.

 

 

 

 

 

If the packaging is irrelevant to your decision, and you can only afford one palette, I would say “I’m Wishing” is the way to go for a makeup user like myself. At $38, it’s about half the price the “Storybook” palette was, and I would say just as useful (and a bit more unique) in the shades it offers. The “Keep Singing” palette can probably be skipped as a base palette, but helps serve as a supplemental palette and technically completes the eyeshadow collection. And, of course, if you can get your hands on the “Storybook” palette, just do it. Don’t even think about it.

To purchase the “I’m Wishing” palette, head here.
To purchase the “Keep Singing” palette, head here.

The Face

Two items were released in this category: the “Ever After” translucent pearl powder, and the “With a Smile and a Song” cream rouge.

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The “Ever After” translucent pearl powder comes in a pretty little compact showing an image of Snow White on top that was taken from an original Snow White trading card, a mirror inside framed by a pretty little bird and bunny (a frame style echoed on the mirrors in their two newer eyeshadow palettes), and a small puff to apply.

As someone who’s never opted for a pressed powder for setting due to her dry skin, I was nervous to try it when it arrived in my selection of items to review. I needn’t have been worried as this is a very soft powder and goes on smoothly. I can’t seem to discern much of the boasted “pearl” feature – on my face or in the compact, so this is a subtle addition at best, and shouldn’t be used as a reason to purchase. I do appreciate that it’s a tinted translucent, but it’s a very pale tint, and I wouldn’t suggest this product for those with darker skin. The puff, while cute, is quite thin and flimsy. Although I do use it in a pinch, I would suggest using something sturdier to apply.

It definitely mattifies my face, evens it more overall, and helps set makeup more than the loose powders I have from Bésame; however, I find the affects of the brightening powders to be more my taste for my skin type overall. I’ve been using “Ever After” regularly since receiving it, and I’m still undecided on whether I would purchase this for myself again at $35.

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The “With a Smile and a Song” cream rouge is one of my favorite Snow White items. I’m a sucker for Bésame’s cream rouges, so I was over the moon when I saw that they planned to include one in the collection. This one also has the best story of the lot. Before Bésame’s release, I had had no idea that actual blush was used for Snow White’s cheeks in the film. Since Bésame’s goal was to recreate real shades from the movie, using the “With a Smile and a Song” blush is essentially using the same blush that Snow did. Not that I’m a sucker for that type of thing, but…I definitely am.

This formula goes on just as smoothly as their previous two shades (Apricot and Crimson), and is just as easy to apply. I personally prefer applying it with my fingers and then blending it out with a blush brush as I find when the brush is used directly in the tin, it leaves it streaky in the jar and on the face. Bésame’s blush brush specifically works better with their powder blushes than their cream as it’s too soft. Color-wise, this shade is like the Apricot rouge’s lighter, pinker cousin. At $20, it’s more expensive than their current other two rouges, but “With a Smile and a Song” also comes in a much smaller container. As this formula of blush lasts for ages, I don’t really have a problem with it and would certainly repurchase if the need ever arose.

To purchase the “Ever After” translucent pearl powder, head here.
To purchase the “With a Smile and a Song” cream rouge, head here.

The Lips

And now, without further ado, we come to the lips. A whopping total of 11 shades of lipstick were released in the Snow White collection: the “7 Dwarfs” Mini Lipstick Set, “Snow White Red,” “Make A Wish,” “Love’s First Kiss,” and “One Bite,” as well as a trio of lip balms (the only item I’ve yet to acquire).

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Since I’m going to be releasing more youtube videos specifically reviewing and comparing their formulas like this one…

…I’m actually not going to go as in depth with the lipsticks, but more talking about the highlights of the products overall.

As a series of lipsticks, the Snow White shades generally lean toward pinks and peaches. Of the 11, only one is a red, two are darker brownish purples, and one is a shimmery top coat. My favorite of the lot is, of course, “Snow White Red.” I bought this one to add to my collection because I’m a red lipstick kinda gal, and I knew I had to have it soon as it dropped. It is also one of four full-sized shades sold individually, while the other 7 were released in miniature form as a set. It’s what I’m wearing in the images where I’m in my purple dress, and in my blue, and has become my go to shade along with their “Victory Red,” and “Bésame Red.” Its formula is comparable to the ones I reviewed in the video I just linked, so it comfortably lasts for ages without budging.

The same can be said about the formulas for their “Make a Wish” and “Love’s First Kiss” full-size shades. “Love’s First Kiss” (as worn right above) has fast become my favorite pink shade as it’s bright without being quite as…neon as shades like their “Exotic Pink.” I adore the subtle purple worked into the shade, and love the way it looks with my skin tone. “Make a Wish” (as worn right below) is a coral color with just the barest hint of rose to keep it from being a true orange shade. It’s softness makes it a very wearable coral, and would be a good option for those wishing to branch out from reds (or those who distinguish between day and night shades).

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“One Bite,” on the other hand, the final of the full-sized lipsticks released, wears closer to their medium-darkness shades (think “Merlot” and “Red Velvet”). Its formula leans toward the watery side making it easier to smudge, fade, and sink into lines than its sister lipsticks. Lipliner worn all over the lips is a must for this shade in order to keep an even look throughout the day. Although it looks thoroughly purple in the image below, it definitely has more of a brown tint to it, which is something new for me. I’m not 100% sold on how it looks, but I have a suspicion that when I get my hair touched up to pure black, I’ll like it better.

The “7 Dwarfs” minis are a perfect option for those looking to expand their lip color wardrobe without investing in a bunch of shades they might not use. For $35, you get to try 6 shades plus a top coat. The only negative with Bésame’s lipstick minis is that it’s QUITE easy for the lipstick to just…slip right out of their containers. They’re not housed in a particularly sturdy way, so one has to be a bit careful when applying. This is the case with all of their minis – not just the “7 Dwarfs.”

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Each color represents one of the dwarves, and each tube is decorated with the silhouette of the relevant dwarf. Of these shades, my favorite is Grumpy’s. It’s a beautiful color that doesn’t resemble any of Bésame’s other lipsticks, and is incredibly flattering on my skin tone. Sleepy, Bashful, and Happy work wonderfully for my brighter 50s and 60s looks, and I love Sneezy for 30s and cold-weather looks. My least favorites are Doc’s (I ain’t about that nude lip) and Dopey’s (I have difficulty actually using it as a top coat and never have a need for a pearly sheen by itself). I will say that it can be trying to remember which shade goes with which dwarf when trying to find the color I have in mind, but dang is the packaging idea adorable, making the slight inconvenience totally forgivable. Like the “Storybook” palette, I think these lipsticks show how this collection goes that extra mile in theming, and is a must-have for Snow White and Bésame collectors alike.

To purchase the “7 Dwarfs” mini lipstick set, head here.
To purchase the “Snow White Red” lipstick, head here.
To purchase the “Make a Wish” lipstick, head here.
To purchase the “Love’s First Kiss” lipstick, head here.
To purchase the “One Bite” lipstick, head here.

At the End of the Day

If you’re reading this review, you’re most likely one of three things: an avid Bésame Cosmetics fan (such as myself), an avid Snow White fan (such as myself), or a vintage cosmetics lover (such as myself). I can wholeheartedly say that this collection will satisfy all of the above.

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For those hoping to expand their cosmetics range, I would suggest the “7 Dwarfs” mini lipstick set, and the “I’m Wishing” eyeshadow palette. For those looking for key Snow White themed items, I would suggest finding the “Storybook” eyeshadow palette, the “7 Dwarfs” lipsticks, and the Snow White cosmetic travel bag (which you can find here for $35). And for those just joining the vintage-inspired cosmetics train, I would suggest the “Snow White Red” lipstick, the “7 Dwarfs” lipsticks, and the “With a Smile and a Song” cream rouge.

What are YOUR must haves from this collection?

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

The Bésame Cosmetics Series: A 1950s Makeover

Welcome to the next installment in my Bésame Cosmetics series!

Having recently gained access to a higher quality camera, I knew I wanted to film my next video in my series focusing on my favorite vintage-inspired makeup brand as soon as possible. For this video, I made over my little sister by tossing her hair up in its first poodle hairdo, throwing her in a close-fitting wiggle, and making her face over exclusively with Bésame Cosmetics products. With the authentic product range that Bésame offers, its easy to create looks from any era, but I wanted to start with the routine that most closely resembles my daily routine.

List of products used:

Cashmere Foundation Stick in Bisque

1920 Black Cake Mascara

Mascara Brush Set

1915 Rose Delicate Rouge

1930 Raspberry Delicate Rouge

Violet Brightening Powder

Rose Brightening Powder

Vanilla Brightening Powder

Short Hair Contour Brush

1946 Red Velvet Lipstick

Travel Lip Brush

With the new camera at my disposal, I can finally really work on videos, so expect many more installments in this series as well as new hair tutorials! And I’m always open to suggestions.

Best,

Miss Lark Bahar

The Bésame Cosmetics Series: Cashmere Foundation Sticks

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

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

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

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

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

Best,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

 

Weekly Outfit Roundup (02/13/2017-02/19/2017)

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Hello all!

Another week of outfits for your viewing pleasure. Put together some exciting new looks this week!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Tuesday’s Look

Since Tuesday was Valentine’s Day, I naturally pulled out this Vivien of Holloway dress that rarely gets worn since it’s a bit too tight in the hips and loose in the waist. Oddly enough, I’ve somehow never paired it with all red! I’m not much of a Valentine’s Day gal (pretty neutral about it, really), so I decided to pair it with my sassy Ariel brooch to give the themed look a bit of that skepticism. My wet set was also quite tight for some reason, so my hair looks a lot shorter than it usually does.

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Pale Pink Round Earrings: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Cherry Red
Ariel Brooch: Etsy shop TheAmbrosiaBowl
Jezebel Red Sweetheart Bust Dress: Vivien of Holloway
Vintage Red Purse: Buffalo Exchange
Tights: Target
Red Heels: Thrifted

Thursday’s Look

Decided to take my brown suit out for a run before spring and summer hit full time, and was amazed when I actually looked at my closet and realized I had the pieces to a perfectly matching ensemble! The dress actually fits me awfully, very tight in the neck, tight in the bust, very loose in the hips and stomach, and the blazer fits loose in the waist and is a bit short (I have a suspicion this set was made for a petite size), but I love the ensemble enough that I might very well save it to get it tailored. I’d primarily bought the set for the blazer, so it’s a happy coincidence finding I can actually do something with the whole thing.

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1960s Brown Hat w/ Feathers: Polished Raven
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Dusty Rose
1960s Brown Suit Set w/ Brown Velvet Detailing: Thrifted
Meg & Hercules Brooch: Disney Pin
Brown Gloves: Flash in the Past
Seamed Tights: Transparenze brand from Amazon 
Brown & Black Heels: Thrifted

Friday’s Look

Wanted a quick and easy outfit, so decided to separate my Christmas harlequin set again to create a new outfit, this time with the top. Pardon the poor quality photos. Had to use my phone for these! And pardon the half painted nails! Didn’t have time to fix em up before going about my errands.

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Hoop Earrings: Etsy shop ilovetobuildhoops
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Victory Red
Holiday Harlequin Dolly Top: Custom from Etsy shop VioletsinMay1945
Customized Pinup Brooch: Lillian Madison Designs
Cloudy Yellow, Green, & Light Brown Bangles: Buffalo Exchange
Bright Leaf Green Bangle: Splendette
Gold Bangles: Poshmark
Gold Belt: Thrifted
Green Pencil Skirt: Thrifted
1950s Gold Heels: Thrifted

WEEKLY OUTFIT ROUNDUP (02/06/2017-02/12/2017)

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Although I was home applying to jobs most of the week, I still forced myself into a few outings to keep myself out of the laziness that comes from having to lie around at home the majority of the time. Luckily, I had an early Galentine’s Day celebration and a trip to the zoo to give me a reason for enjoying getting dressed.

Hope you enjoy this week’s looks!

Best,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

Friday’s Look

My best friend, lil sis, and I all celebrated Galentine’s Day together, so the outfit was naturally composed of hearts, reds, and pinks. I went with a casual look for my review of these FABULOUS jeans from Lady K Loves (which you can read here).

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Red Scarf: Thrifted
Sunglasses: Retro Sunnies “Ava” sunglasses in black
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ American Beauty
Pink Earrings: Etsy shop CRUZVINTAGE
Light Pink Cropped Peasant Top: Tatyana
Red & White Heart Brooch: Gifted
Red Bangle: Splendette
Hug Me Baby Jeans: Lady K Loves
Vintage Black Flats: Thrifted

Saturday’s Look

Yesterday’s look featured a rare combination, a summer top paired with a winter skirt. Since it’s generally either too hot or too cold here, I can rarely combine outfits, but since we decided to do some window shopping at a local downtown event, and the weather forecast featured the rare cloudy sky, I opted for a combo outfit to cover my bases. I was actually quite pleased with the color combination!

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1950s Silver Straw Hat by Noreen’s Fashions: Etsy shop VeryOaklandVintage
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Noir Red
Flapper Brooch: Gifted
Teal & Blue Catalina Top: Thrifted
Black Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Large Clear Starburst Bangle: Splendette
1950s Silver Purse: Etsy shop FromTheVanity
1940s Wool Skirt: Gifted
Black Seamed Tights: Transparenze brand from Amazon 
Clear Embellished Heels: Poshmark

Sunday’s Look

Decided to head to the zoo for the first time in at LEAST half a decade! Opted to wear my new-to-me vintage yellow top I found Saturday downtown by pairing it with a holiday skirt I won in a giveaway to make it less seasonal.

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Holly’s Resin Hoop Earrings in Red Glitter: Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Besame Red
Jiminy Cricket Brooch: Disney pin
1950s Yellow Western Top: Thrifted
Yellow, Green, & Light Brown Bangles: Buffalo Exchange
Red Bangle: Splendette
Red Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Holiday Harlequin Skirt: Custom from Etsy shop VioletsinMay1945
Cosette Petticoat (x2): Malco Modes
Gold Flats: Poshmark

 

WEEKLY OUTFIT ROUNDUP (01/30/2017-02/05/2017)

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Hello readers!

You might have noticed how long it’s been since I posted an outfit roundup. Having graduated with my Masters in December (and subsequently lost my student job), I’ve been spending most of my time at home, applying to jobs. Turns out, life is actually busier when you don’t have a job! Who knew? Anyway, I’ve decided to bring the blog back full force as it really gives me something to look forward to.

That means…I’m back with Weekly Outfit Roundups, Spotlight Saturdays, Music Mondays, and more! And I’m being given some lights that will HOPEFULLY make filming tutorials easier, so I can get back to bringing you those, as well. I’d love to hear in the comments if there’s any kind of content you guys would like to see as I start my blog back up full force. Excited to plunge back into the blog life!

And without further ado, I bring you this year’s first outfit roundup.

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

Thursday’s Look

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I felt pulling my pink wool skirt out to play felt appropriate. As a summer color appearing on a winter material, I generally find it difficult to find a time when wearing it feels right, but this all-pink look is undeniably appropriate for this month!

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Victory Red
Pink Floral Earrings: Gifted from Hawaii
1950s Hot Pink Cashmere Sweater: : Etsy shop Vintage5677
Belle on Teacups Brooch: Etsy shop Hungry Designs
1960s Pink Gingham Wiggle Skirt: Thrifted
Pink Satin Heels: Thrifted

Saturday’s Look

This outfit was primarily put together to properly show off my new sunnies from Retro Sunnies that I reviewed yesterday on my blog. I wanted something simpler and a bit more retro than vintage, so ended up with this great pairing.

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Victory Red mixed with Cherry Red
Sunglasses: Retro Sunnies “Ava” sunglasses in black
Red Peasant Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Hermione Brooch: Etsy shop Fox Paradox
Western Belt in Brown Floral: Vivien of Holloway
Brown Straw Purse: Thrifted
Red Bangle: Splendette
Gold Bangles: Poshmark
Black Denim Capris: Vivien of Holloway
Leopard Print Kitten Heels: Thrifted

Sunday’s Look

Just a few shopping trips today before heading to my parents’, so figured I’d get a quick wear out of my lil sis’ lavender dress before returning it to her. And what better color to pair with lavender than pink? Got to wear my new-to-me belt, too! Found this baby at a local thrift store, and I ALWAYS geek out when I find a waist belt that fits me. Such a rare occurrence. And of course, since this is my birthday month, I donned my Rapunzel February Disney pin.

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Exotic Pink
Pink Floral Earrings: Gifted from Hawaii
Rapunzel Birthstone Brooch: Disney Pin
Lavender Jenny Dress: Pinup Girl Clothing
1960s Pink Pleather Belt: Thrifted
Cosette Petticoat (x1): Malco Modes
White Canvas Underskirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Pink Satin Heels: Thrifted

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

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

WEEKLY OUTFIT ROUNDUP (08/22/2016-08/28/2016)

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Hello everyone!

Today was the first week of my last semester of classes before I graduate with my Masters degree, and it was a rather hectic week. I went to a handful of classes as I wasn’t sure what single class to take in conjunction with Independent Study for my paper, so everything was a bit up in the air till the last minute. Luckily, I settled on one with a Turkish professor focusing on Urbanization and Cities in the Middle East, and I absolutely adore it! So much speculation about the future and talk of how perceptions of the future in the 1960s still color our design aesthetics and decisions. Plus, she loves detective novels and has assigned us one as required reading for the course. Can a gal really argue with that?

But anyway, no more talk about me! Without further ado, I bring you this week’s looks!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Tuesday’s Look

First day I personally had class to attend, so I opted for my favorite vintage top and a custom skirt of mine to try to bring some joy into an otherwise somber day. Even opted for a little brooch that looks a bit like a schoolhouse!

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Lavender Bebe Earrings: Revere Folie
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Blood Red
Teal & Blue Catalina Top: Thrifted
Schoolhouse Brooch: Thrifted
Lavender Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Custom Swan Print Skirt: Etsy shop Ains & Elke Stylehaus
White Canvas Underskirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Nude Heels: Bettie Page Shoes

Wednesday’s Look

Today’s look was thrown together to try to match to the five new brooches I featured on my blog that day. I wanted to wear a Marilyn since it was such a hot day, so that was a bit limiting, but I ended up trying out my new red Marilyn and I’m amazed at how much brighter this red is than my old one! Makes me wonder if my old one has just been worn so much it’s gotten darker, but…I suspect not! I believe the fabric is actually brighter this run (more of a maraschino red than a darker cherry red).

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Victory Red
Red Marilyn Top: Le Bomb Shop
Peter Rabbit Brooch: Etsy shop LaviniasTeaParty
Light Blue Scarf Used as Belt: Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Umbrellas: Pinup Girl Clothing
Cosette Petticoat (x2): Malco Modes
White Heels: Thrifted

Friday’s Look

Completely in love with this look. First time taking this Marilyn top out for play (as it DEFINITELY requires pasties and I couldn’t find mine…), but I felt it was the perfect shade to match with my new-to-me vintage abstract ballerina printed skirt. While I’m over-the-moon excited to create outfits with this skirt (all those colors!), I think this was an appropriate start.

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Hoop Earrings: Etsy shop ilovetobuildhoops
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Red Velvet
Vintage Blue, Silver-Gold, & Pink Brooch: Thrifted
Dusty Pink Marilyn Top: Le Bomb Shop
1950s Abstract Ballerina Print Skirt: Thrifted
White Canvas Underskirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Pink Satin Heels: Thrifted