I Love Lucy and She Loves Me: Savannah Alexandra’s Starlet Lucy Brooch

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Everyone has that one show, that one artist, that one…thing that really pushed them down that rabbit hole of obsession. I Love Lucy and Lucille Ball herself are certainly top of the list of things that led me to where I am today as a vintage fashion, film, decor, and music lover. With a name synonymous with comedy, Lucy continues to grace the homes of many and bring a little lighthearted joy to our lives. I can hardly count the number of times I watch I Love Lucy straight through each year, and the appreciation is so strong, that I even have little tattoos of their animated images on the backs of my legs:

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Though most of my tattoos represent a different era of my life, these Lucy and Ricky proudly show off my current loves. And besides, what’s more inspiring to have on the backs of your legs than Lucille Ball? So, when the wonderful Savannah Alexandra contacted me via Instagram in search of a collaboration, I jumped on the chance to add a little Lucy to my closet.

If you are someone who follows my Instagram, you’ll have seen this absolutely adorable sketch of me that Savannah drew recently:

Her bubbly cartoon style is immediately recognizable and perfectly translates to her three brooch designs featuring Lucy, Marilyn, and the incomparable Betty Grable.

While I love all three women in her collection of brooches, and their caricatures perfectly capture who they are, I simply can’t say no to Lucy – especially when likenesses of Lucy in accessory form are quite rare.

To wear her out and about, I decided to put together my best Lucy look to show her off to the best of her ability! Plus, I’ll take any excuse to reference my favorite comedy gal.

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I knew this look couldn’t be wasted, so donned it for a full day of shopping (for work clothes for my roomie and I, and prom shoes for my lil sis) as well as a celebratory lunch for my roomie’s promotion at my favorite local restaurant.

We first stopped by the best vintage shop in Tucson, How Sweet It Was Vintage.

As they recently received a huge supply of dead-stock lingerie, I’d been dying to head over to see if there was anything in my budget.

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What could be more like a 1950s housewife than spending the day shopping so glamorously? The unusually windy weather certainly contributed to the feel.

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Sadly, I only picked up a belt despite having my eye on a three-piece set, and left with a vow to go back when I finally start getting regular paychecks again. We then headed to lunch where I ordered one of Baja Cafe’s famous Eggs Benedict dishes and topped the whole thing off with, of course, a Bloody Mary (because do I ever drink anything else?)

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Our final destination was the local thrift store 1st-Rate 2-Hand where I purchase probably 85% of my shoes. As a friend had sent me image of a brand new collection of vintage shoes resting in the shop, I knew I had to go – we don’t often see huge piles of vintage shoes all in one place like this here!

True to form, however, most of the shoes were too small (despite half being marked my size), so I only returned home with two pairs of shoes to add to my closet.

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All-in-all, it was a successful, enjoyable day, and serving a little Lucy with my little Lucy made it all the better.

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All three of Savannah’s brooches can be found on her Etsy, and you can purchase Lucy and Marilyn either individually for $9.95 each, or add Betty in and go for the trio for $30. My Lucy is a 1.5,” sturdy gal who’s sure to last, and I love how vibrant her hair and eyes are. I can’t wait to see Savannah expand her collection and make more of her art into wearable accessories. Savannah also recently started an Instagram exclusively for her art as well as her own personal account, and I would definitely give them a follow if her art style tickles your fancy. You won’t be disappointed!

Until next time, friends and followers!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

Napoleon Bunaparte: A Brooch & a Kickstarter

Hello all!

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

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

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Emma’s drawing of Napoleon under imminent bunny attack

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

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

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

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

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

Happy holidays, my friends!

Best,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

A Week with TGIllustration: Brooches

Hello all!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy holidays everyone,

Miss Lark Bahar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take a gander at them in action today:

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

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

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

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

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

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

Spotlight Saturday: Deer Arrow & Revere Folie Giveaway Winnings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar