Spotlight Saturday: Sun-Soaked in Miss Nouvelle

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Hello all!

Today’s Spotlight Saturday features an up-and-coming clothing company since I’ve lately been featuring brands that are already established. I’m always on the lookout for new retro clothing brands to support as I like to balance my wardrobe with new, sturdy items that I don’t have to worry about deteriorating (particularly at work). Upon being contacted by Miss Nouvelle for a collaboration, I was happy to find a growing collection full of fun prints and desirable cuts perfect for any pinup wardrobe. From playsuits to pom pom tops, Miss Nouvelle features a variety of summery items that can help add a little playful glamour during this steaming time of year.

I chose the Twirl Skirt in the Sunsoaked print to review since I absolutely fell in love with the print for featuring summery objects like sunglasses and magazines. I went for the smallest size – a small – knowing that it might be a bit large since the measurement is listed as 25″-26″. Luckily, upon receiving it, although the waist WAS large, the belt that arrived with it had holes down to a size plenty small enough for my 24″ waist!

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Which brings me to my favorite aspects of the skirt. A matching belt!!! I don’t have any other reproduction skirts that come with a matching belt (and belt loops) and I absolutely love this feature. AND the skirt has pockets. Can you really argue with that? Although the skirt clocks in at $115 and isn’t the cheapest option out there, these features alone make the skirt worth it in my opinion. The pockets mean I can wear it to work so I can carry around my phone, and the belt helps keep the skirt in place and flattering even when petticoats are thrown under and add to one’s waist measurement. The material is obviously sturdy, and I could easily fit my petticoats under since it’s such a full skirt. Definitely a thumbs up from me on all accounts.

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And the fact that this skirt matches so many of my tops was definitely a huge seller. So many possibilities! I paired the look with one of my sweater tops today since I’m wearing it to work and need a little warmth inside, but I already have a thousand looks planned that I can’t wait to put together.

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And you can see how full the skirt is in action in a little video I filmed for Instagram:

Since this skirt is so useful for work, I definitely hope to add more to my collection as well as branch out into their other styles since they’re all so gorgeous. This two-piece seersucker playsuit’s particularly caught my eye:

And the pom pom tops are to die for!

If you’d like to take a look at some of Miss Nouvelle’s other designs or treat yourself with a fabulous garment, you can head to their various social medias:

Website

Instagram

Facebook

Etsy

Best,

Miss Lark Bahar

OUTFIT ROUNDUP CATCH-UP/MASTERPOST: (09/12/2016-10/16/2016)

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Starting to wonder if I should turn this into a monthly outfit roundup. Been really tough keeping up with it with everything happening in my life at the moment. But for now, I’ll still try to post this roundup weekly!

Hope you enjoy this past month’s collection of looks.

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Week of 09/12/2016-09/18/2016

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09/12/2016

Can’t believe this was only the second time wearing this skirt! Insane. Most exciting part of this outfit is probably the scarf situation. As my wet set wasn’t dry, I knew I had to create an outfit that made use of one of the few scarf colors I own, so I decided to try layering my scarves for the first time. Absolutely LOVE the look it gave! And it helped show off the green of the hills and the flower stems in the skirt while nodding at the purple. Also, this is a top I purchased somewhere like Kohl’s that’s actually perfect for the bullet bra shape. I always hesitate with stretchy modern tops, but they help show off the shape of a vintage bra better than some vintage tops!

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Vintage Green Scarf: Thrifted
Vintage Purple Scarf: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Noir Red
Teal Triangle Earrings: Thrifted
Black Top: Kohl’s?
Schoolhouse Brooch: Bookman’s Used Bookstore
Lavender Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Hand-Painted Custom Hercules Skirt: Vance Clothing
Green Heels: Thrifted

09/14/2016

The best part of this outfit was definitely my kitty photobombing my photos. The worst part was that I dropped my brooch and she broke in half after this 😭 Just have to glue her back together….

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1930s/1940s Hat: Gifted
Heather’s Big Resin Tear Drop Earrings in Blue Glitter: Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Blood Red
Plastic Fantastic “Eve” Brooch: Deer Arrow
White Peasant Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Blue Belt: Forever 21
Heidi Dress in Mary Blair Cats (converted to skirt): Pinup Girl Clothing
White Canvas Underskirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Nude Heels: Bettie Page Shoes

09/15/2016

This is definitely one of my favorite outfits of all time. I originally decided on this top so I had more opportunities to make use of this most fabulous of vintage skirts. And the addition of the hat is really just the icing on the cake. Sooooo gorgeous!

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1930s/1940s Hat: Gifted
Gold Earrings: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ American Beauty
Retro TV Brooch: Martinis & Slippers
Mint Tiki Peasant Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Black Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
1950s Pink Skirt: Thrifted
Cosette Petticoat (x2): Malco Modes
Black Heels with Gold Embellishment: Thrifted

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09/19/2016

Ever have one of those days where your camera just doesn’t want to cooperate? This was one of those days. Anyway, this outfit was put together to take my shoes for my future Disneybound out for a test run, and to play around with possible hairdos for the bound as well. This messy poodle would DEFINITELY be perfect for an Ursula bound.

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Cherry Red
Heather’s Big Resin Tear Drop Earrings in Blue Glitter: Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Poison Apple Brooch in Blue & White: Etsy shop LilSweetumsBowtique
Purple Marilyn Top: Le Bomb Shop
1950s Purple, Blue, & White Floral Capris: Thrifted
Blue Lace-Up Flats: Nine West

09/21/2016

I’m still unsure if I actually like this outfit as pink, white, gold, and brown aren’t really my ideal pairing or color schemes I’m used to, but I loved getting to think outside of (my) box to match my wonderful new Belle brooch! She’s so perfect, I knew I had to put something together that matched her perfectly.

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Merlot
Belle Brooch: Etsy shop TheAmbrosiaBowl
1950s Pink & White Sundress w/ Pink Bow Embellishment: Thrifted
1950s Gold Belt: Thrifted
Cosette Petticoat (x1): Malco Modes
Brown Heels with Black Trim: Thrifted

Week of 09/26/2016-10/03/2016

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09/26/2016

I was having a damn good hair day this day. Sometimes wet sets just…turn out perfectly and you really wish you knew what made it happen, but there’s no rhyme or reason. Also, my camera/the lighting decided to make me super pale when shooting this outfit. Again, no rhyme or reason.

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Cherry Red
Floral Clip-On Earrings: Buffalo Exchange
Green Pencil Brooch: Thrifted
Pink Arabella Peasant Top: Tatyana
Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Boats Border Print: Pinup Girl Clothing
White Canvas Underskirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Pink Satin Heels: Thrifted

09/29/2016

Was excited to finally bring out my Halloween pin-up skirt to play! Had this custom made for me last year and it’s truly one of my favorite pieces. Also tried Besame’s Dusty Rose lipstick shade for the first time. Definitely need to get used to wearing pinks still, but I was rather fond of the contrast between the dusty shade when paired with dark eye make-up.

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Dusty Rose
Hoop Earrings: Etsy shop ilovetobuildhoops
Nimbus 2000 Broomstick Brooch: Etsy shop FemmedeBloom
Black Vamp Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
1950s Gold Belt: Thrifted
Gold Bangle: Poshmark
Custom Purple Halloween Pin-Up Skirt: Etsy shop HollyDaiBoutique
White Canvas Underskirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Black Heels with Gold Embellishment: Thrifted

09/30/2016

I’ve had this sweater top so kindly gifted to me by one of the participants in one of my last giveaways for what feels like ages and just been DYING to wear it. This rich green color is so damn hard to find, so having the chance to add it to my wardrobe in the form of a cashmere sweater is just…a dream come true. And finally I got to take it out for a drive! Ignoring the 90 degree weather as always, to do so. Love the color combination with the rich jewel tones.

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Vintage Red Hair Scarf: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Red Velvet
Peacock Earrings: From Turkey
1920s Flapper in Green & Brown: Etsy shop LaviniasTeaParty
1950s Green Cashmere Sweater: Gifted
1950s/60s Burgundy Pencil Skirt: Thrifted
Green Heels: Thrifted

Week of 10/10/2016-10/16/2016

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This Wednesday

This look was put together as I felt it matched all of my new Fox Paradox brooches (as reviewed on my blog here) best. Plus, I haven’t worn this dress in ages.

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1950s Black Platter Hat: Gifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Cherry Red
Crescent Gold & Cream Earrings: Thrifted
Graduated Champagne Pearl Necklace: Vivien of Holloway
Hermione Brooch: Etsy shop Fox Paradox
Kiki’s Delivery Service Brooch: Etsy shop Fox Paradox
1950s Navy Blue Pin-dot Dress & Matching Belt: Instagram shop FarFromHereVintage
1950s Crochet Gloves: Thrifted
Cosette Petticoat (x1): Malco Modes
Black Heels: Thrifted

This Thursday

Definitely embraced “autumn” with this look! And was happy to do so. Seems this outfit was as much of a hit with everyone else as it was with me! Couldn’t ask for more.

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Handmade Autumn Leaves Hair Flower: Made by Miss Amy May
Red Snood: Belle Blossoms
Holly’s Resin Hoop Earrings in Red Glitter: Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Victory Red
Robin Hood Brooch: Disney pin
Norma Jean Infinity Halter Top in Rust: Le Bomb Shop
Red, Orange, & Green Plaid Skirt: Instagram shop FarFromHereVintage
Cosette Petticoat (x1): Malco Modes
Leopard Print Kitten Heels: Thrifted

This Friday

This look was sort of hastily thrown together to match my snood since I’ve been working with my natural hair all week and needed to put it up.

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Green Snood: Belle Blossoms
Blue & Silver Earrings: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ American Beauty
1950s White Summer Blouse with Chicken & Flower Embroidery: Thrifted
Teal Wiggle Skirt: Thrifted
Green Heels: Thrifted

SPOTLIGHT SATURDAY: An Ode to Malco Modes’ Cosette Petticoat!

This week, I wanted to dedicate my Spotlight Saturday post to a company that’s often spoken of as the primary source for petticoats and crinolines for the vintage and pinup community. I’m going to add my voice to the dialogue and gush about my personal Malco Modes wardrobe staple – the gorgeous, 30-yard chiffon beauty that is the Cosette petticoat pictured below.

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Although I knew 1950s women’s clothing was often worn with slips and petticoats, I was wary of the costume-y look, anticipating comments thrown in my direction for what I wanted to be my daily style. However, when I got my first Pinup Girl Clothing order with their Lavender Deadly Dames Capris and Lavender Birdie Dress, I knew I wanted a little more oomph for the weight of the fabrics produced by the company I hoped to fill my closet with. After much sleuthing and checking out fellow PUG enthusiasts like Miss Victory Violet and Miss Amy May, I realized that the range of petticoats and crinolines offered by Malco Modes was unbeatable and that was the route I had to go.

I spent ages perusing their site and others’, temporarily toying with the idea of starting with cheaper petticoats, but knew that my skin couldn’t handle the itchiness of a crinoline with its stiff, scratchy netting against my sensitive skin, so narrowed my down to chiffon options. I was unsure about the amount of petticoat I wanted but I did know that I didn’t want that dreaded fall-off at the end of a petticoat when skirt and petti don’t quite match up, that I preferred a gentle slope out with more of a bell-shape if anything instead of a drastic flare, and that I wanted the extra oomph without breaking up the natural line of my Birdie dress and similar wardrobe items.

I ended up with the white Cosette, assuming it would be too long as the stock images show the petti hardly hitting above the model’s ankle, but knowing it might be the best amount of fullness for everyday-wear, and their black Jennifer, a shorter petti composed of 40 yards of soft chiffon with ruffled trim along the bottom for fancier days. The difference between the two is quite apparent.

I was stunned by the quality of the petticoats when I first received them (and by how minuscule they were able to make them for shipping purposes), and immediately tried them on under my Birdie dress. The Cosette surprisingly fit perfectly – didn’t peak out at the bottom, didn’t create any sort of dent, and made a soft difference so the skirt of the heavy dress didn’t hang in quite such a damp way. It made my silhouette more authentically 1950s immediately without a hint of the costume-y look. And since the length is adjustable, I was able to shorten it plenty when needed!

With the Cosette in its longest state, I find that gathered skirts that have a smaller sweep, and longer circle skirts work best:

With the waistband moved down one level to shorten it, I find it works with any kind of gathered skirt (long or short) like The Oblong Box Shop’s skirts, as well as shorter circle skirts like on Pinup Girl Clothing’s Heidi dresses:

Then I tried on the Jennifer. This petticoat fit much less easily under my Birdie. While the length was perfectly fine without any kind of fall-off, the drastic bell shape of the skirt from the ruffles sat strangely beneath the gathered skirt. Although the Jennifer looked infinitely more impressive when twirling and swinging around my dress (and boy was it fun to walk around in!) than the Cosette, the Jennifer sat rolled up in my closet for ages as the Cosette began to get daily use.

I ended up selling my Jennifer for money reasons without ever having worn it out (though many pinup gals prefer this petti, so photos are simple to find online!), but then eventually made the purchase of a second Cosette petticoat to layer over the one I already own in order to give myself more volume without having the fluffy trim. My original Cosette petti is now permanently kept shortened on the second setting and goes beneath my newer one for most of my Pinup Girl Clothing items and some of my vintage. Layering them like this helps keep the smooth line while getting that extra oomph.

I wear this combination with all of my Pinup Girl Clothing Jenny skirts and any other heavy skirt, vintage or reproduction, as they can handle that extra sweep and do so happily:

Although I love my two Cosettes, I’m still looking for something that gives me as much sweep as the original Jennifer petticoat without the awkward shaping. I’m hoping to try their Samantha style sometime in the future in hopes that perhaps the longer length might fix the problems I had with the Jennifer, but this style still has the puffy trim along the bottom.

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Have any of you tried the Samantha? What are your petticoat go-tos?

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar