Napoleon Bunaparte: A Brooch & a Kickstarter

Hello all!

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

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

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Emma’s drawing of Napoleon under imminent bunny attack

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

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

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

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

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

Happy holidays, my friends!

Best,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

A Week with TGIllustration: Brooches

Hello all!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy holidays everyone,

Miss Lark Bahar

WEEKLY OUTFIT ROUNDUP (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:

Etsy
Instagram
Facebook
Pinterest

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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Shop

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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

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