Spotlight Saturday: Review of Tatyana’s Havana Top and Annette Skirt

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As an Arizonan of 15 or so years, the burning heat of the desert causes a familiar struggle. My eczema flares up, and even such simple tasks as walking from my apartment to my car results in pain. Finding positives in my city can prove to be challenging, but I do have to admit that I’ve developed a type of grudging kinship with the atmosphere.

While other places might still be happy in their springtime temperatures (like in San Diego where I just managed to get the worst sunburn of my life in 60°)…

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…sometimes it takes a little bit of desert fashion to make your 9 months of summer seem acceptable. So today, up for review, is a gloriously summer friendly outfit from Tatyana, a reproduction clothing store I’ve yet to feature on my blog.

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The Havana Top and Annette Skirt from the shop are a classic retro pairing that’s a great start for anyone looking to start expanding their Western-wear closet.

The top itself is made from a swimsuit-like material that breathes and expands with the body, making sizing quite versatile, and eliminating any sweat stain problems that the heat could cause. As a lover of Le Bomb Shop’s Marilyn Tops, which have a similar design, I figured a comparison would be helpful.

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When comparing the Havana Top and Marilyn Top (pictured in purple right above) in photos, a few differences are obvious: the Marilyn is cut lower on the sides and the middle, and the Havana ties at the neck while the Marilyn ties around the waist. In person, a few more differences are apparent: the Havana is made of a much thicker spandex-y material, and features gathering at the sides on the waist.

These differences mean a few things in practice: the Marilyn is MUCH more revealing, but it’s also more curve-hugging. I never fear I’ll fall out of my Marilyn tops, but the Havana lays less like a second skin since it’s made of a thicker material, and so I had keep an eye on my bust to make sure I was staying fully covered. However, the flip side of the coin is that if you’re self-conscious of your nipples showing, the Havana will help smooth things out the way that Marilyn will not, and the fabric really does cover more surface area when in place.

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When it comes to the gathering at the side, my waist size hasn’t changed much since I wore the purple Marilyn in the image above, but it looks slimmer simply because there’s nothing bunching up and adding weight to my waist. And, the ties at the neck mean you really could have any length of torso and bust size with the Havana as long as your under-bust falls within a few inches of the measurements listed on Tatyana’s site. You also have the ability to choose how to tie the neck which adds versatility to the table that the Marilyn doesn’t have. I do wish that the ties weren’t made of the same thick material as the rest of the top because it bunched up at my neck so much, but I’ll probably just wear my hair up when wearing the Havana in the future so it doesn’t tangle everything up so much.

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The Annette Skirt, obviously the star of the show, is a 24″ circle skirt in a bright, olive-y chartreuse decorated with black, desert-themed line work along the bottom. It has plenty of fabric to fit a petticoat underneath (a requirement for most skirts in my book), but is incredibly lightweight. Again, a great option for hot weather. Although I do generally prefer my skirts a wee bit longer to properly fit my Malco Modes Cosette petticoats beneath, I don’t mind it in this case, and would’ve paired a black petticoat with it if I had one. Fit-wise, Tatyana’s smallest waist size is only a 26″ (while I’m a 24″,) so I definitely had to belt this guy, but I happened to have a belt that matched perfectly! Obviously meant to be.

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All in all, the pairing of the Havana Top and the Annette Skirt is perfect for summer time, whether you live in the desert or not. Heat-friendly styles are few and far between when it comes to true vintage, so I always turn my gaze to reproduction vintage instead when it gets too hot to bare. The Havana with its versatility and the Annette with its thematic novelty print are a perfect addition to the wardrobe of this Arizona gal.

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To purchase either of these items, you can head to the links below:

Havana Top: $56

Annette Skirt: $115

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

 

 

 

The Bésame Cosmetics Series: The Snow White Collection

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Hello, lovelies!

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

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

 

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

The Eyes

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

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

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

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

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

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“Keep Singing” Palette

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“I’m Wishing” Palette

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

The Face

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

At the End of the Day

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

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

What are YOUR must haves from this collection?

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

How to Brush Out a Wet Set (2.0), ft. a Baby Middy Haircut

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Welcome to the second half of my tutorial on creating the quintessential late ’50s, early ’60s hair do that’s my personal go-to. You’ll see gals like Elizabeth Taylor and Ava Gardner rocking a similar look.

 

Make sure you caught my tutorial on wet setting the hair and what pattern to use, as you’ll need to follow it pretty exactly (though a heat set will work just as well, depending on preference):

…if you did, then you’re ready to finally style your hair!

The products you’ll need are:

  1. Hair Pins and/or Duckbill Clips
  2. Hair Brush
  3. Teasing Comb
  4. Teasing Brush
  5. Hair Spray (or Pomade)

…and get ready to rumble!

I would love to see photos if anybody tried this wet set + brush out, so tag me on Instagram, Facebook, etc.! This is how mine looked out in the wild later that day:

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Stay tuned for a post showing the evolution of my wet set through the week!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

How to Wet Set (2.0), ft. a Baby Middy Haircut

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I’ve been promising a brand new hair styling/wet set tutorial for some time, so here it is! A few of you will have been following me long enough to have caught my original post and videos (head here for the original wet set tutorial and here for the original brush out tutorial), but I wanted to film it with more controlled light and, more importantly, I wanted to show you all how much faster and easier, and more controlled, the process is when one has the proper vintage haircut.

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Since the middy haircut is a crucial part of getting the proper 1950s look, I’ll save the truly in-depth discussion it warrants for another post. For now, I will simply say that I have the “Baby Middy,” and while the basic principles I use are applicable to all hair lengths and cuts, the process I’m going to demonstrate in the below youtube tutorial is very specific to that haircut. If you’d like an in-depth discussion of basic pincurling and wet setting, and are working with longer hair, or less of a “u” shape framing your head, I would suggest watching the “How I Wet Set My Hair” video previously filmed. The most important differences in the process are direction and size of the pin curls. But, if you have committed to the Baby Middy or something similar and are wondering how to achieve the hair do shown in my Instagram video here…

…then look no further!

Before you get started, you’ll need three or four basic things:

  1. Hair pins
  2. Setting lotion (I personally use Garnier Fructis Spray Gel as I find it holds best on this length of hair)
  3. Spray bottle full of water
  4. Comb (optional)

…and now, you’re ready to go! 

If you have any questions about wet setting, feel free to ask away, and stay tuned for part 2, how to brush out your wet set!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Disneyland After Dark: Throwback Nite

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What better way to start off my blog than with a post about the Happiest Place on Earth? My vacations to Disneyland are something I look forward to year around (no matter if one’s planned for the future or not), so when Disney announced that they would be hosting (aka capitalizing on) their very own version of Dapper Day, I was over the moon. As the first in what is supposedly to be a series of events that take place after park closing, we all knew little of what to expect – only that we knew we had to go; and since the first date fell only a week after my little sister’s birthday, my roommate and I took the opportunity to give her the proper Disney bash she’s never had because we always go a month later on my birthday.

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Disneyland’s first After Dark event was described as a “Step back in time to the ‘50s and ‘60s for a taste of the classic after-dark experience at Disneyland,” and so we approached the event as a replication of their 1950s “Date Nite” events where guys and dolls would dress their best to experience the park at night with swing dancing and bands adding that little extra something.

With excitement, anticipation, and a dash of worry, the three of us planned our outfits (opting out of in-your-face Disneybounds for the first time in years in favor of being era-accurate), and made the drive from Arizona to California. Morning of, I woke up at 4:30 am to brush out my roommate and sister’s hair to give them updos I had yet to practice on their hair, but came out beautifully: a poodle on on Lauren’s once stick-straight hair, and a half-poodle on Julide’s a la Annette in “Babes in Toyland.”

After a 30 minute standstill at the parking lot to get in, we walked up to the parks only to realize that it opened two hours after we had assumed (shame on us!). We decided it wasn’t such a tragedy (and I willfully ignored that I had just woken up at 4:30 am when we were going to be in the parks until 1:30 am) and took the opportunity to snap some photos.

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My roommate, Lauren, who’s fashion sense is modern (and generally leans toward ’40s when she goes vintage for an event,) ended up opting for the most beautiful silk taffeta 1980s does 1940s/50s gown that I still envy her for. While I’m not generally a fan of ’80s-does, this one won my heart and flattered her tall frame perfectly. It also easily made for the best photographs because of its long, full skirt, and reflective material. We topped her look off with a new 3-strand pearl necklace, gold heels, red lips, and a pair of my purple rhinestone earrings to give her that red carpet glow.

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My sister, Julide, who tends to lean towards 1950s found a perfectly fitting (and fitted) dress of black with pink embroidered flowers, and topped off the look with a pink satin 1960s hat, pink lips, pink 1950s gloves, a shrug from Pinup Girl Clothing, and the cutest flats around. While Lauren was the glamour gal in the group, Julide was definitely the epitome of the cute party girl who would’ve attended Date Nite.

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In my search for an outfit, I landed on a 1950s party gown in this stunning shade of green. Since I wanted it to feel more special than my usual Disney attire given the event at night, I added some perfectly matching green gloves to the equation, my own 3-strand pearl necklace, gold heels, and a little frog brooch to my glove to give a nod to Tiana.

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Of course, the direct sunlight proved too intense for the pale shade of green I was wearing, but that didn’t stop me from snapping more images!

After a good amount of time spent taking photos, we finally made our way into the Happiest Place on Earth.

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The day went swimmingly and aside from not going on Space Mountain (a definite first), it was the perfect day.

We met some of our favorite characters…

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…and even played hide and seek with Peter Pan (the love of my sister’s life) before she was swept away by Hook in a waltz (the new love of her life):

I threw in a fast outfit change (since the under bust of my dress was too tight, making the bodice shove my shoulders down painfully):

Saw the elusive Belle in her town gown rush by without being able to talk to her (as usual…how do I meet her, dammit??), so settled for second best and posed with her statuary and ate in her restaurant:

We went on Small World which was still decked out for Christmas and none of us had ever experienced it as such – and it was MARVELOUS. We, of course, rode the teacups – a feat my sister and I quickly realized was much more difficult when only two people were turning the wheel and one was practically useless due to gloves:

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And before we knew it, it was time to pick up our event passes and exclusive park maps, and reign in the normal operating hours by watching Fantasmic! (the first time we’ve seen the show since it was revamped). Side note: the map was absolutely adorable, and in retrospect, we missed out on a lot of things due to exhaustion.

I quickly changed back to my original outfit when I realized that my beautiful Belle gown had a large hole starting by the zipper in the hour between park close and the official start of the event, and off we went for a night time of fun.

Although we were exhausted after 12 hours already spent in the parks, being greeted by the peppy ’60s party tunes coming from a stage set up by Walt’s statue and seeing the decade-specific wardrobe put that bit of spring back in our steps. After wandering around Mainstreet for awhile greeting new chums and generally taking in our surroundings, we quickly shuffled through the huge crowd gathered in front of the castle to find a spot for Disney’s “Fantasy in the Sky,” a replica of the firework show that first started playing in Disneyland in 1958. It was a happy moment, being surrounded by fellow ’50s lovers, and although plenty of guests weren’t dressed up for the event, enough were to make it feel truly special. From Hairspray-inspired ’60s looks, to poodle skirts, to true vintage, all interpretations of the decades ran rampant and it felt like home.

After the fireworks spectacular, we branched out into other areas of the parks (primarily Fantasyland), and were greeted by the swing band playing near Small World. While we waited in line to ride the Storybook Land Canal Boats, we watched as varying levels of couples took to the dance floor, and then spotted an incredibly rare character greeting guests just off to the side – the Blue Fairy! Since we had picked up our wristbands and event brochures earlier in the day, we had known that the “classic” characters we were promised ahead of time would include people from “Sleeping Beauty,” “Pinocchio,” and “Sword in the Stone.” Although we were shocked that Snow White and Cinderella weren’t represented in the lot, seeing the Blue Fairy almost made it better. Once we’d made our way around a bit more, we finally found the Blue Fairy again and waited to meet her.

Her gown was absolutely stunning and I fell in love with her 60s bouffant and elegant hands. She was definitely one of the most beautiful characters in the parks, and waiting for the PhotoPass photographer to show up didn’t seem such a trial when we could watch Merlin wandering around giving sage advice to park guests.

Although we didn’t manage to meet Merlin (so little time!), we did manage to find Aurora again…and this time, with her Prince! I was bemused but happy to discover that in order to walk up to the pair, one had to ask permission for a photograph. With difficulty, I mustered up the will to do so, and we got our images. We’ll ignore how far away I was standing from Phillip because my nerves got the best of me! What can I say? I’ve never met a character wielding a sword before.

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After meeting characters, we decided to take advantage of the photo ops set up all around the park depicting original attractions:

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Even if we were absolutely exhausted by the time 1 am rolled around, we felt the usual sadness sink in as we had to make our way to the exit. The music still playing was difficult to leave behind – even more so than usual knowing that official 1950s events in Disneyland would be few and far between. We felt that the extra $90 spent on a mere 4 hour event was easily worth it, with the fireworks show, the rare characters, the dancing, and just seeing everyone wandering around.

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Next time, we plan on trying to find a way to go two days so that the previous day can be spent at the parks, leaving the day of the event free so we can recharge and move a bit faster when the event was actually happening, but this was a lesson we learned at Mickey’s Halloween Party and failed to follow through with already, so who knows? If you were unsure about investing in this event due to cost, I would say that it’s definitely worth it. While Dapper Day brings out more cosplayers and eras of vintage, being able to experience the 1950s IN the parks feels completely different. I doubt anyone would argue with a few extra hours tacked on at the end, a few more characters, and maybe even a mini parade (something closer to what the Halloween party does, and who knows, perhaps they’ll develop the event as time goes on,) but the immersive feeling was certainly unique and made it worth every penny.

Did you attend Disney’s Throwback Nite?  Let me know your thoughts!

Best,

Miss Lark Bahar

The Re-Launch of Miss Lark Bahar

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Welcome one and all!

It has been approximately HALF a year since I posted on my blog! Lots of changes have been happening in my life and without realizing it, my blog fell by the wayside. Since I work full time now in a position that doesn’t allow me to wear anything but black, white, and the odd pop of magenta or orange, it was difficult to find the energy to get dressed up just for a blog post on my days off, not to mention juggling setting my hair for images since my weekly set usually happens on said day off; however, I miss you all terribly and with nothing to look forward to vacation-wise since I’m now officially in “save up for beauty school mode,” I figure re-launching my blog might give me a little something to plan out.

With that said, first, let me send out a request for requests! Feel free to comment here or on my Instagram if you would like to see anything specific from my blog or my youtube channel as (per New Years Resolution,) they’re both back, baby! I have a brand new how-to-wet-set a baby midi haircut video coming next week, a blog review of a darling new brand, and a few other things on the schedule, but would love to hear from YOU.  Any questions you’ve always wanted to shoot my way? Hair styles you’d like to see replicated? It’s your call!

In the words of Frasier Crane, I’m listening.

Until next time,

Miss Lark Bahar

The Bésame Cosmetics Series: Cashmere Foundation Sticks

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

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

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

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

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

Best,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

 

Spotlight Saturday: Call My Baby Lollipop with Doll Me Up

Could anything be sweeter than apple pie? Debatably, and my newest outfit from Doll Me Up might certainly take the cake. All puns aside, in the good ol’ summertime it’s a constant struggle to find items that capture the bright cheeriness of summer while being comfortable in the heat and offering functional pockets. Doll Me Up is certainly the place to cast one’s eyes in this search as their collection of garments not only features cute prints, heat-friendly designs AND pockets, but also clocks in at a wide range of prices to appeal to those shopping on a budget as well as those with the means to afford more. Doll Me Up is a one stop shop with all any pinup or vintage-fashion lover could possibly want.

When putting an outfit together for myself, I knew I had to tick off a few necessities, first being pockets, second being separates that I could mix and match with my preexisting wardrobe while bringing something new to the closet, third, being some sort of a novelty print that doesn’t resemble anything I already have. The most difficult decision was definitely choosing between their amazing and absolutely adorable range of novelty prints. Although the watermelon print dress was tempting (particularly considering how summery watermelon is,) I decided to opt for the Unique Vintage Candy Shop High Waist Circle Swing Skirt.

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With the pinks, reds, mints, and checkerboard floor pattern, I knew this would be a smart investment that would easily fit into my closet, and anyway, who am I to pass up a skirt with a candy shop on it??? I can’t resist anything that would look good in Honeydukes. And besides, the smallest size exactly fit my waist according to the size chart (which clocked it in at 24″), and it had pockets.

To pair with the skirt, I decided to try out the Vixen by Micheline Pitt Powder Puff Top in Baby Pink since I’m lacking pink tops in my wardrobe and I’ve been dying to try the style since they were released. To finish off the look, I opted for Doll Me Up’s Scalloped Edge Square Scarf in Pink to give it that extra something.

When I received the items, a few things quickly stood out to me. The Powder Puff top is made of a soft but VERY stretchy material, meaning a cone or bullet bra might actually work! Another was that the skirt was made of a lighter weight material than most of my modern novelty print skirts, making it cooler for summer and puffier due to the lack of weight.

When I tried the outfit on, I naturally gave it a go with a cone bra and my petticoats. I noticed that my cone bra worked perfectly under the Powder Puff top, but the top’s stretchiness also made it hug the figure in a way that showed off where my bra squeezes me in the back. I would definitely wear it with a longline bra next time to eliminate the back fold. Otherwise, the shirt was cut with a beautiful, nipped in waist that fit me perfectly, the large puffy sleeves (the best part of the top) fit without squeezing me even the tiniest bit, and the seaming lined up exactly with my cone bra.

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For the Unique Vintage skirt, at 26″, it was a bit too short for my Malco Modes Cosette petticoat and I’m not a huge fan of my pettis showing, so next time, I will definitely shorten them to avoid petti-peek. I also noticed that the sweep was a bit smaller than what I’m used to, but I was still able to fit my two petticoats in easily. I would say that the bell shape of the gathered skirt probably wouldn’t fit a petticoat much more voluminous at the bottom than the ones I wear.

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To complete the outfit, I threw in my pink seemed stockings from What Katie Did, pink earrings from Daisy Jean Floral Designs, and pink satin heels that I thrifted for $0.25. I challenge you to find a cuter outfit!

Although I anticipate many photoshoots in the future in candy shops, Honeydukes, ice cream shops, etc., for now, I took a stroll around the garden to show everything off.

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Since the true test of any top in the summertime is how it fairs when you sweat buckets, I would say this top faired extremely well. It remained breathable and comfortable despite having sleeves, and I didn’t have a problem with sweat stains.

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You can see in the closeups that there’s absolutely no digging in of the top (my bra’s another story……), and it moves easily with me. It’s nice having a blouse that doesn’t restrict my movement as vintage and reproduction tops are wont to do.

All in all, I absolutely adore this outfit and know it’ll see the light of day often. All of the pieces are versatile, and the scalloped edge on the scarf makes it a special addition to my growing scarf collection. I can’t wait to mix and match all of these items and create new looks!

If you would like to follow Doll Me Up and/or purchase one of their wonderful items for yourself, you can head to these medias:

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Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

All Was Well: A Very Potter Review of Bettie Page Stockings from Playful Promises

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To say that I’ve become an avid stocking fan in the past few months would be a a gross understatement. I’ve come to the point where I’m wearing stockings more often than not for going about town (also known as working) despite the 110º+ weather Arizona’s been experiencing lately. I truly find that they complete an outfit, and help give a look that special something extra in a uniquely vintage way. When Playful Promises asked me to feature their new stockings from their collaboration with Bettie Page lingerie, I happily agreed, eager for a pair of fully-fashioned nylons with proper seams. While I only have limited experience with fully-fashioned stockings (as the stockings I wear these days outside of photoshoots are a modern interpretation), I’ve been in love with the feel of them since I first donned a pair – no matter how much more delicate they are.

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While modern, stretchier stockings are shapeless until pulled onto the leg, fully-fashioneds are shaped so you can see the curves of ones legs and feet even when off the leg. This makes them fit and wrap around one’s body like a dream, and the silky, slinky material is unbeatable. Playful Promises’ recent collaboration with Bettie Page lingerie has led to stockings that are no exception to these tendencies. The black ones that I received are particularly flattering as the material used really slims my leg.

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As someone who’s always been self-conscious about having thicker ankles, calves, and thighs, I love what these do for me. However, the pros of this style of stocking also lead me to the cons. As someone with larger thighs specifically, having some stretch to the welt of a stocking is much needed. Although I adore the foot and leg fit of fully-fashioneds, I do wish that the style was more comfortable in the thigh. I also found that Playful Promises’ style featured narrower welts that couldn’t help but squeeze my thighs when walking around. I would love to see a design that was friendlier to curves comfort-wise. Nothing worse than walking around tugging up one’s welts (or feeling like one has to)! Although I instinctually try to pose to camouflage spill-over, you can still see it a bit in the image below. The welt is pulled tight around my 24″ thighs and so, not terribly comfortable.

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But goodness, look at that beautiful pointed heel! And the reinforced heel detailing. Truly dreamy. One must choose one’s battles!

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Since the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone happened recently, I wanted to pay a little homage to one of my favorite book and movie series by shooting these perfect black seamed stockings against the backdrop of the Gryffindor common room (which I decided to crash despite being a Ravenclaw…because it’s my living room and I can do that). Although the bookshelf you see on the left is permanently set up as our “Harry Potter” corner, as is our bathroom, my roommate pulled most of it together for a mini Potter-themed shoot. I also paired my navy vintage silk skirt ft. silver triangle detailing with my Cinderella heels ft. glittery rhinestones to rep my (movie) house. My Reed wand naturally also made an appearance.

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And it really, really made me miss the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I also tried my hand at a few Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans.

And we all know how that goes……..(cue blurry candid).

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And, of course, with the book that started it all: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone.

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Although my earliest memory of Harry Potter is sitting in an orthodontist’s office waiting to get myself fitted for a retainer as my mother read the Chamber of Secrets to me, this first novel will always be nearest and dearest to my heart, and it’s given me happiness in the darkest of times. Nothing can beat the magical innocence of those early years and Harry’s wonder at his brand new world always echoes mine. Since that first book, I’ve often found myself glancing at flickering street lights wistfully, or dreaming of getting a piece of mail that will never come and how very much my life would change (even if I’d stick out like a sore thumb as a 25 year old at Hogwarts). I’ve grown up with Harry Potter as most my age have and I’m so happy that I’ve been able to.

Playful Promises’ fully fashioned stockings certainly help give a bit of witchy pizzazz to my Potter-inspired look, and are the perfect pairing to any vintage or vintage-inspired outfit. This Ravenclaw gives them a definite thumbs up. Now, to start my Harry Potter movie marathon, eat licorice wands, and play with some polyjuice potion!

To purchase these stockings and take a look at the rest Playful Promises has to offer, you can head to their website. I’m personally eyeing the Bettie Page overwire longline bra and can’t wait to try more items from the brand!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

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