Spotlight Saturday: Fox Paradox + Discount Code!

Spotlight Saturday is back! At least for now….busy busy weeks coming up for me as the end of my final semester as a student looms ever closer.

Today I wanted to showcase a little shop I found when perusing Etsy for Harry Potter brooches. When I stumbled upon FoxParadox‘s little digital storefront, I almost fell over with excitement at the featured items. While it was her Hermione brooch that led me to her shop originally…

…it was her amazing range of Studio Ghibli inspired brooches that made me hastily contact her for a collaboration. With Disney and Harry Potter making up the majority of themed brooches inspired by fandoms, I was amazed at how many wonderful, neglected films Laura, the owner of Fox Paradox, showcased. From Hiccup and Toothless to Princess Mononoke, Fox Paradox has a small, but perfectly curated and chosen range of items that look and feel sturdy.

When making my own choices, I decided on her Hermione piece, a character who will always be near and dear to me for obvious reasons, her Kiki’s Delivery Service piece, a film I used to watch over and over and over again in my youth, and her Frozen-inspired piece, a brooch whose clear and etched detailing was incredibly appealing.

All of her jewelry is extremely affordable (the Kiki one clocking in at the highest price at only $16), and the detailing is absolutely more than worth Laura’s price points. Although she is based in France, shipping is only about $4 to the US, adding to the affordability (and you can scroll down for a code for free shipping!). When I received my three brooches in the mail, the Kiki arrived cracked from having traveled such a long distance – and the crack ran right across her throat in a rather macabre manner!

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So I contacted Laura about my beheaded Kiki, and she immediately offered to send me another for free without making me return the cracked one. My next Kiki brooch arrived quickly, safe and sound, with additional packaging to keep her safe on the long journey.

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With the complications of life, it took much longer than I would have liked to get these beauties on my blog, so I’m happy to finally showcase some of the highest quality, prettiest brooches around. One of my favorite things about these brooches is that they’re round, making them easy to pair with any outfit, and the perfect items to match together on a large collar.

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If you look above my (irritatingly cheap) bookshelf, you might even catch a glimpse of my little Harry Potter corner – an appropriate setting for obvious reason. The two wooden laser-cut brooches (Kiki and Hermione) mirrored each other perfectly in this outfit, and being able to carry around two of my favorite heroines all day was an absolute pleasure.

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The Frozen-inspired laser-cut acrylic brooch, (which is only available as a necklace on her website now), unlike its wooden sisters with their grainy feel, gave a cleaner look to my outfit, and in retrospect, I probably wouldn’t pair it with this look as I feel it doesn’t do the brooch justice. The dress is just a bit too drab for such striking colors and lines.

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Because of the affordability of these items, I already have another order placed (can’t wait to add the My Neighbor Totoro brooch to my collection!), and with this special code, you can order some items of your own with free shipping worldwide that will expire December 15th: MISSLARKBAHAR.

If you’d like to keep tabs on Laura and her wonderful shop (and I would certainly suggest you do, whether you’re on a budget or not!), you can find her on these sites:

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Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

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

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

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Last Monday’s Look

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

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

Last Friday’s Look

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

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

This Tuesday’s Look

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

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

This Thursday’s Look

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

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

This Friday’s Look

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

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

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

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

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

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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

I am NOT a prize to be won! The Ambrosia Bowl’s Jasmine Brooch

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If anyone knows how very much Disney merchandise can flood one’s life, it’s me. And if you’re like me, you know that so much of the merch that Disney actually produces and sells in its shops are marketed  towards children and so made as flashy as possible. Although I love me some glitter and I adore the Disney princesses, I am frustrated every single time I head to Disneyland and peruse the pins in hopes for a princess who hasn’t had glitter thrown onto her mass produced artwork. While one reason I love acquiring custom Disney merch (like my recently reviewed Hercules-themed skirt from Vance Clothing) is that you can pick and choose your favorite scenes from any film you could desire, the primary reason is that my favorites simply don’t make their way onto merchandise as they should.

Jasmine, the only Middle Eastern princess who’s made it into the franchise, is one princess whose products are particularly disappointing. She primarily appears in one position when alone (though there’s a common pin of her with Aladdin that I plan to get my hands on), with the same passive expression all the princesses wear, and her wardrobe is glitzed up in a way that I find particularly unappealing – just doesn’t flow with the softness of her outfit.

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What a collection! I'm super proud of the designs I have so far, and am even more excited for what's coming down the pipeline! New releases will be arriving in the next few weeks ☺ All current designs are available for purchase in my shop at www.etsy.com/shop/theambrosiabowl and future releases will be announced here first, so be sure to follow me for updates! 😚 Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! ❤ #brooch #brooches #noveltybrooch #disney #theambrosiabowl #disneyvillain #madammim #swordinthestone #ursula #thelittlemermaid #democrat #republican #berniesanders #hillaryclinton #donaldtrump #johnkasich #donkey #elephant #usa #ruok #ruokday #suicide #depression #eeyore #piglet #winniethepooh #stopthestigma #mentalhealth #inmemoriam #pinupstyle

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When I discovered The Ambrosia Bowl on Instagram, I was delighted by her existent wood brooches featuring Madam Mim (the first piece of merchandise I’ve actually seen for her!), Ursula with Flotsam/Jetsam, Piglet hugging Eeyore, and even Ralph Wiggum from Simpsons! Such wonderful characters who were being shown off by her work in cute, easy to wear ways. When she told me she was going to be releasing a new line of brooches and then later saw them, I couldn’t contain my excitement when I saw that she was creating three Disney princesses and Alice showing off what I feel to be definitive expressions that represent key moments in their films.

She kindly agreed to send me a brooch in exchange for a review on my blog, and, while I had trouble choosing between the Mulan, Jasmine, and Ariel, I ended up opting for Jasmine knowing I would NEVER find another brooch or pin showing off the fiery strength Jasmine shows in that moment. Plus, as a Middle Eastern gal, I have been trying (in vain) for quite a long while to acquire a Jasmine brooch for my collection.

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At around $20-$25, The Ambrosia Bowl‘s hand-painted wooden brooches are worth every penny. The artwork is absolute perfection on everything I’ve seen and my brooch is no exception. Every detail seamlessly matches up to Jasmine’s inspiration image from the original artwork. Not only do I get a brooch showing off Jasmine’s passionate moment of feminism, but I feel as if I’m wearing something that came directly from the original artists – much preferable to the mass-produced look she’s been given through the years. I do wish she was a bit less pale in the brooch version (though the discrepancy is much less obvious in person since my photograph of the brooch definitely washes out some of the intensity of the colors overall), but I wouldn’t change a single thing otherwise!

She matches a large chunk of my wardrobe brilliantly, the matte paint keeping it from clashing with prominent prints and bright colors while the metallic glitter of her jewelry makes it easy to match with my own gold accessories and helps her pop. I paired her with my simplest dress for this review in order to show her off as clearly as possible. I wanted Jasmine to be the focal point today!

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As I’m sure is quite obvious, I was only available to take quick photos at the worst time of day light-wise, so it was a tricky business capturing these for you without splotches of sunshine washing different parts of my body out, but you can easily see what an impactful brooch Jasmine makes! I feel empowered wearing her on my breast, and she helps remind me that there’s nothing wrong with the fiery passion and intense rage that so often courses through me. Just like Jasmine says, I am not a prize to be won.

If you would like to follow The Ambrosia Bowl in her endeavors, you can head to these social medias:

Etsy

Instagram

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

 

 

 

 

Read our lips – you’re in love! My New Vance Clothing Hercules Skirt

Though my love for Belle is limitless, I have to say that Meg has always been the gal who struck me as the most relatable. I’m more than convinced that we are – as Anne of Green Gables would say – kindred spirits. From her sharp, sarcastic wit, to her initial refusal to give Hercules the time of day, to her weak ankles, I’ve always identified with her most of the Disney girls and always felt it a grave mistake that the whole film is so underrepresented when it comes to merchandising. Although I had a whole slew of ideas when the lovely Zoe from Vance Clothing agreed to paint me a skirt, I finally settled on one of my favorite scenes of all time, Meg’s definitive “I Won’t Say I’m in Love.”

I’ve always loved that she’s quite obviously a romantic – just a romantic who respects her own well-being more than any sort damaging relationship that might get in her way. I love seeing the turmoil raging inside her during this song, and the brilliant muses (talk about underrepresented!) are the icing on the cake and the  cherry on top. Plus, I asked Zoe to feature the muses when they’re shown as busts instead of full-body – a nod from the film toward the Haunted Mansion statues and an opportunity I couldn’t pass up!

So without further ado, I present to you her wonderful skirt in action!

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And of course, I had to pair my skirt with my Hercules & Meg Disney pin 😉

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Just check out those details on the skirt!

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Aside from the adorable paint job, I was pleasantly surprised by what a full skirt Zoe sewed for me. Although I could have worn one, I opted out of any sort of petticoat today as I felt the voluminous material already had enough structure to give the same illusion. The skirt was sewn well and I have no worries that it will fall apart on me (as some custom items have made me feel). I will note that, as the design is painted on the fabric by hand, it’s definitely much stiffer than if it was a preconceived textile. It wrinkles much easier than plain fabrics, but that’s also part of what eliminates the need for a petti!

If you’d like to contact Zoe about a hand-painted skirt of your own, you can get in touch with her via her Instagram!

I can definitely feel an addiction coming on and have even contemplated painting some of my own skirts since there’s no way I could afford the whole slew of ideas I have!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

 

 

 

Review: Hungry Designs Brooches & Postcards

With the debut of my new logo (as created by the wonderful Christine Geasey)…

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…I felt it only appropriate that I review one of my favorite art/accessory shops (previously featured on my blog in a Loves & Desires of the Week post) who recently sent me a care package. Though subtly done, my icon features elements of Disney (Belle’s blue dress, Meg’s white flower, Mickey brooch), and the care package so kindly sent by the wonderfully talented Hungry Designs beautifully fits into this aesthetic. Although I had no idea what she planned to send me, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I opened the package all the way from Australia and found not one, but 3 brooches and a handful of her beautiful postcards!

Her postcards are absolutely stunning – I’m already trying to think of ways to display them in my room – and her brooches are absolutely perfect! Right up my alley. Her brooches are made by printing her artwork on wood, and then cutting them out with lasers. As such, they’re probably more susceptible to getting wet and less sturdy than a resin covered brooch, but this isn’t exactly a problem for a gal who lives in the desert!

My only note would be that the brooch backings she uses aren’t the kind that latches closed, but the kind that is simply pushed into place to hold. These are more difficult to manipulate for me when I’m trying to use them with a thicker material as they tend to pop open, but this is a rare occurrence and so not much of a worry.

Although I wore my Belle with teacups brooch with my outfit today, my other two brooches matched as well. Here they are in action!

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I’m so happy to have another Belle to add to my collection! As my favorite Disney character (and one I greatly identify with), I collect Belle brooches (particularly Belle in her blue gown) and I’m so happy that Hungry Designs sent me this interpretation of the character. The teacup design is to DIE for, and I love the little Chip shout out.

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Bambi

Bambi is one of those classic Disney films that I feel lacks the representation it deserves from the Disney-loving community. Bambi is a beloved character, and I’m glad to have a way to represent him in my wardrobe now.

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Chip

The fact that I’m a huge Beauty & the Beast fan was obviously not lost! My casual Belle Disneybound is now complete with this gorgeous Chip artwork now at my disposal.

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Selection of Postcards

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Hungry Designs definitely offers the widest range of Disney and other fandom pins without needing to dive into the territory of custom orders (though if she ever made customs an option, I’d immediately jump on that opportunity!) while still presenting unique artwork. This is what drew me to her shop originally, and seeing everything in person only solidified my love for what she does! Although she’s currently on vacation, I still have a large number of her designs saved in my Etsy cart for purchase later, and I can’t wait to see the new designs she returns with when the time comes! Her artwork is truly beautiful and a joy to own.

If you’d like to follow Hungry Designs to keep tabs on her creations, new and old, you can head to these links:

Etsy

Facebook

Instagram

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Review: My New Martinis & Slippers Brooch

While I love me some Disney brooches and other fandom brooches, sometimes I like to bring a little 60s kitsch into my accessorizing. One of the best shops to get this sort of look is Martinis & Slippers, a sweet gal named Alex who runs a wonderful blog of her own.

 

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The lovely mastermind behind Martinis & Slippers

Prior to my foray into the give-away world, I hadn’t known of her shop OR her blog, so I was pretty excited when she offered to send some stuff for the give-away. I always love finding new blogs and shops to swoon over. Perusing her shop showed that she had a wonderfully cohesive selection of goodies that would perfectly fit the bill for someone looking to hearken back to mid-century kitsch and novelty. The items you’ll find in her shop range from classic drink brooches to toy television brooches to bead necklaces to lime slice earrings – anything a retro-loving guy or doll could desire.

When she offered me a choice of a brooch for myself as well as the one for my give-away, I had trouble choosing between the two television brooches available, as both were incredibly adorable but gave off very different vibes.

She offered to send them both to me and said I could throw the extra in for the give-away. So sweet of her! I ended up opting for the first as it reminded me so much of what one sees in 50s and 60s television shows, and the static-y area is just so sparkly and pretty!

I love that this television brooch acts as a neutral while serving that novelty feel I find a necessity in my wardrobe. It goes wonderfully with so many outfits! But today’s look is probably my favorite to pair it with.

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To purchase this brooch, you can head over here.

Made from a sturdy, hand-cut bamboo sealed with resin, I can tell that this retro TV brooch will be able to handle regular wear, and I love the sheen and feel the resin provides!

If you’d like to follow Alex and her shop, head over to these links:

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I hope to add a few of her drink brooches to my collection as well as the citrus earrings she’s added to her shop! They’re all just so cute, and perfect for summer-time and any other celebratory holiday. Her items average at about $20-25 and shipping clocks in at $7.40, a decent price for international shipping, and you know you’re getting quality when you order some of her accessories, so the cost is more than worth it.

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Review of Belle Blossoms’ Hair Flowers + Coupon Code

Though I often review brooches (as they’re quite obviously my favorite accessory), I wanted to branch out and review a more 1940s-reminiscent accessory today: hair flowers.

With my hair growing out to unmanageable lengths, I find myself reverting to longer 1940s dos more than 1950s out of necessity (as always happens. The perfect way to camouflage a limp or overgrown do is with hair flowers! When Belle Blossoms responded positively to my hopeful request that she participate in my giveaway, I was ecstatic! Her shop has always been one of my favorite hair accessory/flower shops, and to top it off, she carries grip-tuths! The only hair combs that hold in my thick, thick hair.

For my giveaway which you can enter here, she donated these beautiful accessories:

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White hair scarf, white snood, Erica’s Irish Wedding Clip

For my review, she sent along three gorgeous hair clips of my own! I love the variety of shapes and sizes, and they all work perfectly with the half poodle look, victory rolls, really, any ’40s do! And they all coincidentally happen to match my Paris Jenny 😉

Took a slight field trip to find the rare selection of flowers available here in the desert to show off their beauty! Enjoy 💚💜💛

The Leilani Tropical Cluster

 

Belle’s Purple Hydrangea Side Comb

 

The Fuoco Nelle Vene Passion Flower
(My personal favorite)

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for some hair flowers and accessories of your own! And go ahead and visit her on her website, her Facebook or her Instagram to see more of her work. And if you really love what she creates, you can even join her Blossom of the Month Club where she’ll send you surprise flowers each month – a great way to try something new and quickly build your collection!

And to get 20% off, just enter MissLark! ❤

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Review of LFN Creations’ Jewelry

Although most of my time has been preoccupied with bringing you guys my giveaway in celebration of reaching 10K Instagram followers on my Instagram and my blog, I’ve also been working behind the scenes to bring you reviews of items from shops I’ve discovered. LFN Creations, a small, new business run by a fellow Disney fan named Nikki, contacted me when I sent out my request for collaborations on Instagram.

I quickly glanced at her shop, found on Instagram, and saw a cute variety of jewelry that could fit into a nice range of styles at great, affordable prices. Although her work tends to lean towards a more modern look, quite a few pieces caught my eye that I absolutely loved and knew I could work into my vintage-inspired look.

She quickly had my items shipped to me and they were packaged beautifully in these adorable bags with her shop’s card slipped inside.

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She sent me the three items I’d loved most from her Instagram – the bird necklace to match my name, the neon triangle bracelet to fill a gap in colors I have in my accessory collection, and the Disneyland 60th anniversary friendship bracelet because…well….Disney! – as well as a gorgeous surprise of rose patterned earrings!

Upon taking the jewelry out of their bags, I noticed that the pieces felt nice and durable and quickly started planning outfits around them. I wore the earrings first as they happened to match the outfit I wore for last week’s Spotlight Saturday review.

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I then decided to pair my Disneyland-themed bracelet with an adorable red, white, and blue ensemble since I knew the blue and silver-y white of the bracelet would match well. I also loved that the friendship bracelet style looks similar to a watch and I’m a sucker for the look of a watch paired with a casual ’50s outfit.

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The bird necklace I decided to pair with my Paris Jenny since the thematic idea appealed to me.

(PS – if you’d like a hair flower and other hair accessories by the company who made the one I’m wearing, go ahead and enter my giveaway! And stay tuned for a review 💖)

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And the final outfit is perhaps my favorite of the lot considering how well my bracelet matched the look! Still amazes me that I had this whole outfit planned before I knew I would be getting the bracelet – such a perfect ensemble. Not to mention how well it matches my tattoo 😉

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Head on over to Nikki’s Instagram to check out her wide range of jewelry! There’s a little something for everyone, and it’s so fun to work with something other than the brooches I generally find myself limited to.

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

My 10K Giveaway, Pt. 2: Custom Hand-painted Skirt from Vance Clothing, Belle Blossoms Hair Accessories, and My Premier Amour Custom Blouse

Hello friends and followers!

As I’m sure many of you have seen on my Instagram, I recently hit 10K followers! 🎉🎈💥

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This is something that I had never imagined was a possibility! After all, it wasn’t THAT long ago that I was reeling over hitting just 1K. I’m so appreciative to all of my followers, old and new, and particularly appreciative of all those friends who stuck by my Instagram even when I started flooding it with photos of my vintage clothing.

Having seen this impending momentous occasion, I wanted to give a little something back to everyone, so sent out a call asking shops to collaborate with me. I was so pleasantly surprised at the wide range and quantity of responses, that I decided to split my giveaway into two parts, accessories, and bigger ticket items!

For this portion of my giveaway, 3 separate winners will be chosen for my three separate prizes. Here’s a break down of all three items and the contest widgets where you can enter. The contest ends June 12th – same date as the corresponding Instagram portion of my giveaway.

Prize 1:

The first item on my list is perhaps my favorite of the donated items as the possibilities are endless! Although I had known Miss Lillian Vance previously, it was upon seeing her photographs with Miss Victory Violet in Disneyland that I realized she is one of those talented people who can hand-make and hand-paint skirts! I immediately contacted her asking if we could work something out, and I am officially in her queue to get a skirt painted with Meg’s “Won’t Say I’m in Love” scene in Hercules.

I’m thrilled to announce that she’s also offering up a skirt for my contest! The skirt can be of cotton or felt material (your choice), and she’ll paint one image on it of your choice, as well. This is such a huge prize, and I’m so happy to give you all a chance to win one of her gorgeous works of art.

(A note, since this is a custom item, it’ll be at least a month before you receive it so Vance Clothing has time to discuss options with you, then sew and hand-paint it.)

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Enter Vance Clothing Custom Skirt Giveaway

 

Prize 2: The second item on my list is a selection of hair accessories from Belle Blossoms, one of my all-time favorite hair flower designers out there, and my go-to shop for hair snoods and the holy grail brand of hair combs, Grip-Tuth. Though I haven’t been using flowers lately as the selection I had reached an untimely demise over the past year, I’m eagerly awaiting some hair flowers from Belle Blossoms myself and was so happy when she agreed to donate items for the giveaway.  She created a hair flower she calls “Erica’s Irish Wedding Clip” for my giveaway as well as sending along a white snood and a white scarf, perfect for wedding or daily wear in the hot summer time (pictured below)!

Enter Belle Blossoms’ Hair Accessory Giveaway

 

Prize 3:

If you saw my last post on my blog, you’ve seen my review of my custom My Premier Amour Charm & Eloquence blouse made for me with the gorgeous Paris print.

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The final item in the blog portion of my giveaway is this same blouse in an adorably kitschy cat print customized to your size! Perfect for warmer or cooler weather, and to add that little extra bit of interest into your wardrobe with the peplum cut (pictured below).

(Note: Since this item is also made just for the winner, it will take around 2 weeks to get the top made from the time the winner is chosen.)

My Premier Amour’s Charm & Eloquence Blouse Giveaway

If smaller accessories float your boat, you can also head over to my Instagram for Part 1 of my giveaway and the chance to win all of these adorable items:

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All you have to do is repost this image with the hashtag #misslarkbahar10kgiveaway on Instagram and follow the involved shops in the loop. For further details, head on over to my post about it.

Good luck everyone, and thanks for sticking around!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar