Spotlight Saturday: Revisiting The Ambrosia Bowl

Upon quick review of my blog, I was genuinely astonished to find that it’s been so insanely long since I brought you guys a review of anything Disney related! With my impending one day trip to Disneyland and Phoenix Comicon to meet Dick Van Dyke next week, my life has been a flurry of planning bounds and outfits to wear. When my favorite Disney brooch maker, The Ambrosia Bowl (whom I reviewed here about a year ago), released two new designs featuring Smee and Rafiki, I knew I had to add them to my collection, and bring her shop back into the light.

Since acquiring her fearless Jasmine brooch for that first review, I’ve added her Ariel, Mulan, and Belle brooches to my¬†collection; and now, Rafiki, Smee, and Madam Mim (the brooch that first led me to her shop) join their ranks. Erin’s¬†unique character and expression choices continuously astound me, and the execution of her little wooden designs is impeccable in every single brooch I receive. I’m so impressed, in fact, that I am reaching the point where her designs might need their own special brooch board! Since I plan on adding her Gaston and her Ursula brooches as well,¬†and goodness knows I fall in love with each new design she reveals, it might be time to get out the foam board!

Since Rafiki, Smee, and Madam Mim each have such distinct color schemes, I put together individual outfits to show each one off properly.

Madam Mim, the zany witch from “The Sword in the Stone,” gave me the chance to pull out my vintage skirt/capri set and a pink Marilyn top to play homage to her wardrobe and the feel of her character:

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Madam Mim is the first brooch from Erin in my collection that doesn’t feature a painted border, and up close, the wood definitely looked a bit burnt. I had thought this was a fluke¬†since she kindly decided to send me this gal when she discovered her at the bottom of a drawer (they’re currently only up for pre-order as she sold out), but upon closer inspection of other designs without the painted border, this is just the way they look. Luckily, it’s something that’s not noticeable except upon close inspection.

Mr. Smee, one of her two newest designs, features the lovable, familiar character dancing with glee. Since the border color she chose reminds me so much of water and rain, I decided to pair him with a dress in a print with a similar feel:

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I was amused to realize that Mr. Smee’s belly button doesn’t show! I’d thought this a fluke in the design as well until I googled it and realized his pants actually cover his belly button.¬†Who knew? Learning new things every day.

Rafiki, the second of her two new designs, is perhaps my favorite of this batch. There always seems to be a lack of Lion King merchandise despite how incredibly popular it is, and Rafiki feels like the perfect subject for an Ambrosia Bowl design. With his coloring, he also matches a large quantity of my wardrobe that often gets overlooked by Disney brooches, and wearing him to work reminds me to take a deep breath in times of trial:

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If you’re in the market for unique Disney designs, then my first suggestion is hands down Erin’s work. Her painted brooches are identical to the original artwork in the films (a huge bonus), and I love seeing characters caught in moments that feature¬†more than the generic pleasant smile.

If you would like to follow The Ambrosia Bowl in her endeavors (as I would highly suggest given her consistently wonderful releases), you can head to these social medias:

Etsy

Instagram

Weekly Outfit Roundup: (03/20/2017-03/26/2017)

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Hello all!

So much has happened since my last post. I’ve been feeling out a variety of jobs ranging from a full-time position at a call center to a part time position working for Ulta as I try to balance my interests with the need to make a living, leaving me little time for my blog. I’m hoping this hectic time in my life will soon straighten itself out so I can really plunge back into my blog and commit to it like I was able to when a student.

That said, as I’ve wholeheartedly committed to my position with Ulta, my wardrobe is going to be undergoing a bit of a change. With a wardrobe that must be black (or black and white) for the role, I’m hoping to switch my wardrobe to one with a more 1940s focus so I can properly play up the colorful accessories – aka hats – I plan to don for my shifts. While I’ll wear my normal, colorful garb on off days, you can bet that I’m using this opportunity as a little push to start truly experimenting with ’40s hair and fashions as I’ve been debating doing for ages. I’m almost as excited for this as I am for the actual job!

Anyway, without further ado, here’s my last week of full, slap-you-in-the-face, brightly colored wardrobe images.

Enjoy!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

Tuesday’s¬†Look

This was the day I decided to quit my full-time position in order to join the Ulta team, and wanted to go out with a bang in one of my favorite outfits that includes Vance Clothing’s marvelous hand-painted Hercules skirt she made for me.

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Noir Red
Holly’s Hoop Earrings in Purple Glitter: Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Purple Striped Top with Scarf: Etsy shop MissSarahBelle
Purple Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Hand-Painted Custom Hercules Skirt: Vance Clothing
Purple Heels with Gold Embellishment: Thrifted

Wednesday’s¬†Look

I realized upon accepting the Ulta position that I have…very little plain black in my wardrobe, so my roomie and I quickly went thrifting downtown to look for clothes for me to wear. Walking around outside naturally meant bringing out the summer clothes for our warm weather. I was honestly surprised I still fit into this set, considering my weight gain the last few months. Thank goodness I did! One of my favorite looks. Casual ’50s is so underrated in the vintage and pinup community these days, if you ask me.

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Wild Orchid
Peter Rabbit Brooch: Etsy shop LaviniasTeaParty
1950s Top & Shorts: Thrifted
Olive Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Yellow, Green, & Light Brown Bangles: Buffalo Exchange
Brown Straw Purse: Thrifted
Green, Blue, & White Heels: Nine West

Saturday’s¬†Look

I volunteered to help a local shop vend at our local¬†Street Fair, so once again, had to prepare for lots of heat and sweat. I certainly stood out in a shop that primarily sells black clothes! But I’ve been DYING to wear this custom made dress since I received it months ago and couldn’t pass up the opportunity…particularly knowing my upcoming wardrobe color restrictions.

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Red Velvet with just a touch of Cherry Red to darken the shade
Ebony Earrings in Pearlescent Dark Blue: Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Black Horse Brooch: Gifted
Custom Penelope Dress: Etsy shop HeartsandFound
Black Olive Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Yellow, Green, & Light Brown Bangles: Buffalo Exchange
Teal Bangle: Gifted
Cosette Petticoat (x1): Malco Modes
Black Heels with Gold Embellishment: Thrifted

Sunday’s¬†Look

Another day with the Street Fair as my destination, so broke out my Marilyn tops “officially.”

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Wild Orchid
Fuoco Nelle Vene Passion Hair Flower: Belle Blossoms
Hoop Earrings: Etsy shop ilovetobuildhoops
Red Marilyn Top: Le Bomb Shop
Custom Hand-Embroidered Esmeralda Brooch: Etsy shop 221Broderie
Jenny Skirt in Lavender Lips & Roses: Pinup Girl Clothing
Gold Bangle: Poshmark
Red Heels: Thrifted

Weekly Outfit Roundup: (02/19/2017-02/26/2017)

 

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Hey all!

Busy busy week preparing for my first week back to having a job in two months (and also my birthday). Hope you enjoy my looks!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

Monday’s¬†Look

Had to put together an interview look that covered (almost) all of my tattoos and decided to skip the generic, quasi-modern outfit I’ve been opting for in favor of being myself. And what’s more me than wearing all blue?

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Marie’s Oval Earrings in Antique Bronze:¬†Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Dusty Rose
Belle Brooch: Disney Pin
Blue Blouse: Thrifted
1950s Blue Corduroy Suit Set: Thrifted
Black Heels w/ Gold Embellishment: Thrifted

Tuesday’s¬†Look

I wanted something comfortable for a day full of sitting in movie theaters, so of course went with the most comfortable gown in my wardrobe.

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Blue Hat: Thrifted
Gold & Purple Earrings: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Cherry Red
Mother Gothel Brooch: Disney Pin
1940s Blue Dress: Instagram shop FarFromHereVintage
Black Heels: Ballroom Dance Shoes

Thursday’s¬†Look

The weather was a bit wishy washy, so I decided to go with another outfit combination I normally couldn’t pull off because of our weather: sweater top with shorts.

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Red Hair Scarf: Thrifted
Holly’s Resin Hoop Earrings in Red Glitter: Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Wild Orchid
Custom Mickey Mouse Club Brooch: Etsy shop HousewifeChicbyRuby
1950s Hot Pink Cashmere Sweater: : Etsy shop Vintage5677
Red Bangle: Splendette
Cloudy Yellow Bangle: Buffalo Exchange
Gold Bangle: Poshmark
1950s Striped Shorts: Thrifted
Red Heels: Thrifted

Saturday’s¬†Look

Had my birthday party with my friends Saturday, and my best friend (who put everything together and made it all), gave me the gorgeous gown as a gift to wear, too! Post coming soon with all the great photos from the day.

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Gold & Pearl Earrings: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Red Velvet mixed with Victory Red
Wall-E Brooch: I honestly can’t recall
1960s Chiffon Teal Gown: Gifted
Gold Belt: Thrifted
Gold Bangle: Poshmark
Cosette Petticoat (x1): Malco Modes
White Canvas Underskirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
1950s Gold Heels: Thrifted

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

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

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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09/12/2016

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 ūüė≠ 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 ‚ÄúEve‚ÄĚ 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

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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 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

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.

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 РDisneyland 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

 

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:

Etsy
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Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Weekly Outfit Roundup (08/14/2016-08/21/2016)

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I told you guys I’d be better about my weekly roundups! I’m back, baby!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Last Sunday’s¬†Look

Yes, I cheated and am including last Sunday’s outfit since it didn’t get to show up on my blog due to it’s appearance at the end of my Week of Disneybounding. I just couldn’t wait to wear my first new Pinup Girl Clothing skirt in…god knows how long! Not a big¬†fan of the shorter skirt (I sold all of my old PUG skirts that hit at my knee), but I love the print too much to return it. Just have to roll my petticoats up three times so they don’t show and it’s not a huge deal.

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Hoop Earrings: Etsy shop ilovetobuildhoops
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Victory Red
Striped Top: Purchased in San Diego somewhere
Ariel Brooch: Disney pin
Red Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Boats Border Print: Pinup Girl Clothing
Cosette Petticoat (x2): Malco Modes
Red Heels: Thrifted

Monday’s Look

Another new PUG item featured today! I’ve been completely in love with the new printed PUG peasant tops, but couldn’t afford any when they were released. So happy when this Tiki printed one dropped with it’s gorgeous colors when I could afford it. I’m not huge on tiki themed prints, but this one reads in a less cliche way so I knew I had to have it! Plus, it featured the new bust design, so I was curious to see the fit (blog post coming). Also my first time trying out my new shade of Besame lipstick. Totally in love (also blog coming on all my Besame <3).

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Blood Red
Mint Tiki Peasant Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Black Horse Brooch: Thrifted
Black Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
1950s Black & White Skirt: Instagram shop FarFromHereVintage
Cosette Petticoat (x1): Malco Modes
Black & Mesh Heels: Thrifted

Tuesday’s Look

This is a look I featured on my blog, so you can head over there to see details!

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Vintage Straw Hat w/ Black Ribbon and Flowers: Gifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’¬†Blood Red
Pearl Earrings: Thrifted
Graduated Champagne Pearl Necklace: Vivien of Holloway
Marianne Floral Chiffon Party Dress: 1950sglam.com
Cosette Petticoat (x1): Malco Modes
Taupe/Mauve Heels: Thrifted

Thursday’s Look

I realized this week that somehow my roomie’s phone takes better images in our apartment than the camera. Does it make sense? Nope. Am I glad to have realized it? Yep. The intense shadows are so much softer! And you can actually see all of the featured colors. Yay! First time wearing my other new Besame shade, Carmine, an orange-y red that’s still a bit scary for me to wear.

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Purple Hair Scarf: Thrifted
Holly Glitter Hoops in Mint Green: Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Carmine
Purple Striped Top: Etsy shop MissSarahBelle
Haunted Mansion Brooch ft. Disney Villains: Disney pin
Gold Bangle: Poshmark
Purple Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Jenny Skirt in Lavender Lips & Roses: Pinup Girl Clothing
Cosette Petticoat (x2): Malco Modes
Gold Flats: Thrifted

My Week of Closet Disneybounding (08/08/16-08/12/16)

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With my latest plans to head to Disneyland cancelled due to the “big move,” I decided to finally take the plunge on recording a week of Disneybounding at home for my blog to bring a little bit of that magic into my daily routine. The bounds you’ll find featured¬†this week are bounds that I would, for various reasons, not wear to Disneyland – whether it be because a certain clothing item is too tight to execute the bound at a theme park, or it’s a character whose outfit I wouldn’t normally choose to bound. I wanted to, for the first time, work purely from my closet without purchasing additional items to solidify any of the bounds – a surprisingly difficult, yet enjoyable task! I adore being able to look at what I have to¬†try to come up with¬†silhouettes and color combinations that would sufficiently and (to a degree) recognizably represent Disney characters. For those of you who don’t know, Disneybounding is the process of choosing clothing items from your closet or in your personal style that in some way or other represent specific Disney characters and themes, and it’s a great way to pull in some magic to your wardrobe if you’re feeling a little stuck.

So without further ado, I present to you My Week of Closet Disneybounding!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Day 1: Ariel

While Ariel was my favorite princess as a child, I’ve always been partial to her human wardrobe rather than her mermaid look.¬†I’m not a huge one for color blocking since I generally either choose to feature all one color, or some kind of print on top and bottom to break looks up, so I knew that mermaid Ariel would never be a Disneybound look I’d wear to Disneyland itself¬†(unless I ended up moving to California¬†and was able to go to Disney often enough to change this). Since Ariel’s still one of my favorite princesses, and I knew I had the colors required to bound as Ariel, I knew she’d be a perfect start to my week! The earrings – really the best addition to any Ariel bound – are actually from my very first bound which happened to be Kiss the Girl Ariel. The skirt was originally used for a Buzz Lightyear Disneybound in the parks but everyone kept guessing Ariel, so I figured….well, I know it works! I was going to wear a circle skirt but then realized that a pencil skirt would emulate her tail much better anyway. The large hat I ended up wearing to emulate Ariel’s hair was actually my roommate’s idea, so shout out to her!

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Oversized Red Hat: Buffalo Exchange
Fork Earrings: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Besame Red
Vintage Fish Brooch: Thrifted
Purple Marilyn Top: Le Bomb Shop
Green/Teal Pencil Skirt: Thrifted
Green Heels: Thrifted

Day 2: Genie

I knew this bound wouldn’t be the most recognizable one, so not a bound I would choose to wear to the parks unless going in a group, but I’m quite happy with the look anyway. Love that pop of red paired with the blues! If I wasn’t working purely from items already in my wardrobe, I would definitely have found a blue for the bottom lighter than the navy skirt I used, but then that would defeat the purpose of this week. Also, my roomie came to the rescue again by suggesting I take my photo with my Turkish carpet today to fit in with the whole look. This look was put together more for the colors than a silhouette.

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Single Gold Hoop Earring: Borrowed from roommate
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Cherry Red
Blue Peasant Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Gold Rope Brooch: Thrifted
Bangles: Poshmark
Red Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
1950s Blue Silk Skirt w/ Silver Triangles: Instagram shop FarFromHereVintage
Cosette Petticoat (x1): Malco Modes
Gold Flats: Poshmark

Day 3: Snow White

This is actually a Disneybound that I WOULD consider wearing to the parks…if my little sister hadn’t already worn the same yellow skirt for the same bound in Disneyland. It’s just too perfect! Also decided to whip out one of my warmer tops for this since I liked the idea of really playing up the 1950s look and what better way to do that than with a slash neck top? This is actually the first time I’ve tried to pin my hair up into a shorter bob, so that was a fun endeavor. Looked pretty cute! Though a bit too…well-coiffed for the way I’d want my short hair to look, probably, if I actually got it cut that way. I even donned purple eyeshadow for this bound!

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Red Hair Scarf: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Victory Red
Graduated Champagne Pearl Necklace: Vivien of Holloway
Gold & Red Apple Brooch: Thrifted
Navy Slashneck Top: Vivien of Holloway
Red Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
1950s Yellow Skirt: Borrowed from sister
Gold & Navy Heels: Thrifted

Day 4: Mushu

This is another character I chose knowing I would probably never bound him in Disneyland since he’s not terribly recognizable being…well…mostly red. I was debating between wearing a felt skirt and peasant top combo and this velvet dress and finally opted for the latter feeling the texture of the material gave the same depth fire gives. I threw on a hair scarf and earrings to emulate the color in his horns, and voila! Mushu. Plus, I threw on the gold pin thinking maybe it looked sorta sword-ish?

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Purple Hair Scarf: Thrifted
Purple Earrings: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Merlot
Red Velvet Dress: From Etsy shop RetroRedRocket
Gold Pin: Thrifted
Mustard Scarf: Gifted
Seamed Fishnet Tights: Not sure
Red Heels: Thrifted

Day 5: Belle

Honestly, I have never been so excited for or happy with a Disneybound in my life. Belle, my main girl, has been a bound I’ve wanted to throw together for AGES, but never quite had the right pieces for. I recently purchased a beautiful blue and silver gown to wear for a fancier Belle bound, but for the casual look, I knew I wanted to use the Pinup Girl Clothing underskirt as an overskirt to emulate Belle’s apron, and I already had a proper white top and black flats to use, so it was only a matter of finding the blue gown to pull everything together. I found the dress months ago and was ECSTATIC when I did. Plus, how adorable is the handmade book brooch?? The only reason I didn’t save this bound for Disney itself is because the dress is MUCH too small in the bust for me to be able to wear to a theme park. Doesn’t really allow for much movement at all. But you can bet I’ll be using the rest of the look to bound Belle at the parks some time in the future ūüėČ Will just have to play around with the hair a bit more to get the bow to show properly…and acquire the right lipstick! Definitely would’ve gone with a dusty rose shade if I’d had it. And then hope that I’d actually be let in!

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Blue Hair Bow: Forever 21
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Besame Red
White Lauren Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Handmade Book Brooch: Etsy shop RedThreadBindery
1950s Blue Dress: Etsy shop izorasflashback
White Canvas Underskirt:Pinup Girl Clothing
Nude Fishnet Tights w/ Black Seam: Not sure
Black Flats: Thrifted