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 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

Spotlight Saturday: The Importance of Foundation Wear (and What Works & Doesn’t for a Curvy Shape) featuring What Katie Did

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For the longest time, I’ve found one of the big factors involved in an outfit looking authentically vintage versus looking like a modern interpretation to be the underpinnings involved. Items like garter belts and bullet bras primarily remain in pop culture as symbols of sex and boudoir. I see them as a necessity for the creation of a truly vintage look. Something as simple as a bullet bra and a petticoat change the entire feel of an outfit, help true vintage items fit correctly, and show you’re willing to go the extra distance – which many are not willing to do or are not interested in doing.

Until recently, my collection of foundation wear was composed of a thrifted Maidenform cone bra (which is sadly coming apart and I can’t seem to find again), two of Malco Modes’ Cosette petticoats (which I gushed about awhile ago here), a bullet bra, a few modern high-waisted panties that fit poorly, the odd pair of fully fashioned stockings that don’t quite fit, and a garter belt that rarely gets worn given my lack of stockings. This hodgepodge collection of undergarments were luckily recently filled out by two cohesive sets and a rainbow of stockings from THE leading lingerie and hosiery reproduction company out there: What Katie Did. Although I’ve been showing off my stockings on Instagram over the past few weeks, I wanted to bring you all a fully flushed review and hopefully shed some light on how much of a difference having items like these in your wardrobe can make while highlighting item comparisons with discussions of comfort.

To get the discussion started, My measurements are currently 36″-24/25″-39/40″ with thighs clocking in at about 24″ around each, a general bra size of 32DD, and I clock in at 5’5 when it comes to height. Since my waist to hip and leg proportions are so extreme, I tend to avoid high-waisted panties, girdles, stockings, and other similar items that cut off at the thighs for fear of discomfort and bulging. With this batch of What Katie Did items (the breakdown of which I will provide below), I was able to mix and match to find what combinations decreased leg discomfort as well as finding wonderful alternatives to certain items! To show off the items and their fit, I worked with the wonderful photographer Fenix.Fox, and I felt it important that he didn’t edit or smooth out my body in any way. I wanted to show exactly how these items fit with zero pretenses.

I’ll begin by discussing the peach set I can now call my own. Here’s a breakdown of the items I received (excluding the color ways of stockings I’ve already been showing off on my Instagram):
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I chose the CC09 bra and set because I knew I needed something to help show off the 1940s vintage I’ve been donning for work. The bra caught my eye for having gorgeous detailing and providing a bust shape that’s a bit harder to find these days. As with What Katie Did’s bullet bras and true vintage bras from the earlier decades of the 20th century, this one features no underwire, making it much more comfortable. Its smooth, soft, satiny feel is incredibly luxurious and supportive despite how thin the bra is.
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You can easily see the beautiful detailing on the bra, and I appreciate the wider band along the bottom. Proportionally, this bra fits my shape a bit less naturally. My breasts are decently round and while I fill the cups fully in this size, I found that the point tended to droop down and could only be fixed by tightening the straps to an uncomfortable point.18254204_754797620657_915842804_n

It should also be noted that I didn’t have the space for bullet bra pads with this style, something I often rely on to fill out the tips of vintage bras since my breasts are too round. You can tell in these images that this bra is plenty stuffed and fits me snugly. It’s nice on one level, not having to worry about crushed bra tips under clothes, but I’m hoping that, as the bra eases with use, I can tighten the straps to help pull up that point so it feels a bit less saggy.

(PS If you’re looking for bullet bra pads, an add-on I would highly recommend, I suggest Lucy B‘s which run around $15. What Katie Did also makes them, but I use bullet bra pads to accentuate the point versus just making my breasts larger, so I prefer Lucy B’s as they’re solid and firm instead of soft, relatively round, and malleable.)

Luckily, when actually worn under clothing, that droopiness isn’t quite so noticeable, so I consider this bra a win!

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When it comes to the bottom half of the look, the combination of panties, tap panties, and garter belt was completely new to me. The tap panties were suggested as a solution for concealing panty lines while feeling luxurious. They certainly did the job and the fact that their waist size is about 26″ and so too large on me was not a negative. I was actually glad to have a bit of extra space since they have no stretch and I’ve been popping a lot of buttons lately!

The high waisted panties fit shockingly well. My legs are squeezed a bit, but not in the uncomfortable way they usually are with other modern high-waisted underwear, and the waist actually fits! Hallelujah! I feel like I’ve been waiting for panties like these for too long and I definitely want my underwear supply to fully change over to What Katie Did’s high-waisted styles instead of the selection of modern-day styles it’s currently composed of.

The garter belt fit well and features 6 metal straps, which is the minimum requirement if you want actual functionality with your foundation-wear. I did find, when comparing this item to the girdle in the other set I’ll discuss, that the garter belt actually ends up making my stockings squeeze my legs more. I find myself having to tug my stockings up throughout the day on the insides resulting in some rubbing in the thighs that I don’t experience with the girdle. Although the belt fits beautifully, it starts getting more uncomfortable throughout the day. It might be that my larger thighs simply need extra straps to try to keep the stockings up comfortably, but you can see the problem in the image below (and this was with constant tugging for the sake of photos).

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Black Set

Overall, I would say I probably prefer the black set if only because of the bra. I opted for this longline bra because I’ve been on the lookout for as long as I can remember for a bra that would eliminate back lines and the discomfort caused by the skin pinching between shorter bras and the belts I wear with my outfits. I have looked around at brands like Maidenform which offer similar styles, but the waist never ran small enough to fit me. I also wanted something that could provide a little cinching power for those pieces of vintage my waist is too big for. What Katie Did’s longline bra is everything I could ask for – and more.

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The boning combined with mesh panels makes it flexible yet firm, while the fact that it closes in the front is unbelievably convenient. Fit-wise, it cinches my waist in gloriously without being uncomfortable, the length falls almost exactly at my natural waist and never threatens to roll, and the cup-shape is soft and wearable. The cups run large, I would say, as my breasts are the perfect shape for filling out cone bras normally, but this one had a bit of extra space as you can see in this image:

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I don’t see this as a problem as it leaves room to use my bullet bra pads if I desire. My one problem with the bra is that I found the sides tended to rub against the skin of my armpits, but they’ve already softened up from wear enough that it’s substantially less noticeable. Either way, I LOVE this bra!! Definitely my favorite item from the lot, and look how teeny my waist looks in this 40s gown!

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When it comes to the bottoms of this set, the high-waisted panties fit just as beautifully. The main difference was that these feature a subtle point in the front that the peach version do not – a design choice I adore that makes them even more flattering in person. I wouldn’t say that either of these provide much tummy control – although my body shape doesn’t carry much weight in the tummy so it’s hard to say. They’re also very breathable and don’t feel constricting like my modern high-waisted underwear. You can see in the image I linked above for the bra that my legs are barely squeezed and fit quite comfortably.

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I also mentioned above that I preferred the girdle method of keeping stockings up to the suspender belt method. This was something that greatly surprised me as I’d always been too afraid to try girdles since they cut off at the leg. This was my first time trying one, and I was pleasantly surprised. While a piece of shape wear, I wouldn’t say that this is a particularly extreme example – which I personally prefer. It smooths out the bump of hip created by the longline bra (which I appreciate), and as there’s less space between the stockings and the undergarment, it leaves less room for the stockings to slide around and down, so I prefer wearing this to the suspender belt. I tend to lean toward the suspender belt on hotter days, or when I need light colored lingerie, and the girdle when I have a full day of moving around and want to wear my longline. I know it sounds backward, but it’s what’s worked best for me.

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So that brings me to my rainbow of stockings. Up to receiving my slew of What Katie Did Glamour Seamed Stockings, I had only tried vintage stockings (both full-fashioned, and not). All have squeezed my thighs even when freshly pulled up. I was nervous to try the Glamour Seams because they had stretch and I prefer the look of the beautiful vintage nylons and silks that feature little to no stretch – even in the welt. I realize now that I should’ve gotten over this preference ages ago, because these stockings are astounding! While their material renders them warmer than my alternative, the stretch makes them fit absolutely PERFECTLY. The fact that my legs aren’t in pain because they’re spilling over stockings so much is astounding. Although I do miss the form-fitting styles of fully-fashioneds, I’m a convert!

I now hope to stock my wardrobe with a full rainbow of these seams. And they’re perfect when one’s work garments must be black and/or white but can be accessorized with color. They’re a great way to add a little element of surprise. That little extra something more!

Hopefully, this review can help if you’ve been thinking of springing for a What Katie Did or vintage/vintage-inspired foundation-wear item. Having a pointy bust line and showing off a stocking seam can enhance any retro outfit with ease. I’m happy to finally be expanding my undergarment collection, and would love to hear if you’ve tried anything by What Katie Did!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

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

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Hello all!

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

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

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

Enjoy!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

Tuesday’s Look

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

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

Wednesday’s Look

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

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

Saturday’s Look

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

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

Sunday’s Look

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

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

Fly Me to the Moon: 25th Birthday

As many of you have most likely seen on my Instagram, I turned 25 this week! Quarter of a century. I can earnestly say that nothing in my life is what I thought it would be when I hit this age, yet I have so much hope for my future. There are so many things in my life that I love and I’m so much more confident in myself than I ever thought I could be, yet my professional life is at a standstill. I never had delusions that I’d be a millionaire, but I’d also seen myself traveling around the world by now even if such journeys made me a bit tight on money. One’s 20s are supposed to be a time for adventure, and the last few years have simultaneously been some of the best in my life because of the vintage community I’ve fallen into, and some of the most tedious as I solely worked on getting degrees and found myself limited to traveling to California for the occasional Disney trip at most.

Focusing on my Masters also seriously stunted my growth in arenas that I found joy in previously (dance, song, etc.), but I have hope for the future that I’ll be able to move away from Tucson again and find the time for all the things that have been missing in my life. With a Masters under my belt and a job with steady hours, a decent apartment and a passion, I’m hoping I’ve hit the stage in my life where I can start working toward making the things I love my career instead of focusing on achieving what I am expected to achieve. There’s a reason La La Land resonated with me so much!

On that note, one of the reasons I was feeling down as this birthday approached was that it would be the first birthday in half a decade that I didn’t spend in Disneyland, and my roomie and I didn’t have funds to really go out to celebrate either. This was a downer for both of us and inspired Lauren to do a little something extra this birthday. Her next few weeks were spent putting together a birthday party (with a surprise theme) for a small get together.

When I walked out, I was greeted with a moon and stars theme with everything covered in deep blues and golds.

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She not only made a hanging moon and star for a little photoshoot section, put together a marvelous spread of cheese, meats, candy and chips (as any ideal meal would be composed), but she even made me my very own piñata! Oh, and this gorgeous teal chiffon dress was the perfect gift from her for the theme.

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And the perfect birthday crown completed my look.

Since I wasn’t allowed out of my room until around 3pm, we figured “photoshoots” should be taken care of sooner rather than later  while there was still light outside

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The star, which was left unattached, was surprisingly heavy, so posing with it proved quite the challenge…

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…but we still ALL wanted to play with the star, anyway.

Of course, as the birthday girl, I remained victorious! Despite the good fight my best friend, Sisa, put up. But we somehow found it in our hearts to kiss and make up.

And of course, any proper birthday needs some good confetti action!

My lil sis arrived in the perfect blue velvet dress for the theme.

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And Lauren donned my blue Marilyn top to fit into the theme after starting with my black Marilyn.

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I HAD to get snapshots with the two best friends since there’re so few of all three of us out there. What a trio! I love the way the teal of my dress really pops.

Funny that my sis and Sisa showed up in dark blue completely coincidentally. Everything really fell into place when Lauren changed her top. Everything was so brilliantly cohesive and put together!

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I’m so grateful to Lauren for planning and making everything, and for my sis and Sisa for helping set everything up and dressing up just for me. And who else would be willing to dawn three of your custom personalized brooches for you? Definitely made me feel special, Disneyland or no! Plus, the theme goes along with so many things I love, La La Land, Beauty & the Beast….nothing could be more “Lark.” The moon, at least, is definitely going to have a permanent place in my apartment now.

After taking pictures for awhile, we ventured to our food, which included some tasty organic cotton candy on a stick.

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Aka, the perfect fodder for a sword fight!

With full tummies, we realized the sun was setting, so quickly decided on a park to take the piñata to and drove over before it became too dark to see anything. Naturally, we completely forgot the blindfold, so ended up digging through my car and found a pair of trousers destined for the thrift store to use. While not ideal…it was definitely amusing, and did the trick. To a degree.

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I was amazed at how solid Lauren’s piñata was! Really held its own as we pummeled it to death.

After the piñata (which was filled with everything from Slim Jim’s to Fun Dip), we headed back to the apartment, changed into pajamas, and put on the Live at Albert Hall version of Phantom of the Opera (since no-one will watch it with me normally), and then dove into my cake (which was a fruit tart), and opened presents.

All in all, it was a wonderful birthday party! Made turning 25 at home feel so much less daunting and dull. I’m looking forward to what life has to throw my way now that I’ve hit this milestone!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

A Downtown Excursion in Stop Staring Clothing

As a girl with curves that don’t often fit into tight fitting modern or vintage gowns, I’ve long given up on finding true curve hugging styles. I have exactly one wiggle dress in my wardrobe that fits me in the bust, waist, AND hip. When Stop Staring Clothing, a brand specializing in 40s and 50s inspired styles, suggested a collaboration, I jumped on the chance to try some wiggles from a new brand in hopes of expanding my wardrobe.

The “Clover” Dress in Green

The first gown I tried, the Clover dress in a pretty Kelly green shade, features a soft bust-line and a fishtail hem that I personally felt were wonderfully reminiscent of a 1930s dress.

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When choosing the dresses I liked from the site, I provided a range of options and my measurements so that Stop Staring Clothing could send me the options they felt would fit my difficult measurements best. The Clover arrived in XS. Although the website claims it has less stretch than many of their other alternatives, I felt it had plenty of stretch (and definitely more than the other dress I received). It fit to my 36″-24″-38″ size perfectly without fear of splitting a seam (as generally induced by wiggles that have to stretch to fit my hips). The armholes WERE in danger of being too small, but luckily, didn’t quite make it there.

As you can see in the photos, it hugged my curves insanely well, and showed off my waist without having to belt (another problem I often have with dresses that fit my hips).

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An important note about this dress: it does show EVERYthing. I was wearing tights with it (not stockings), and the seam to the tights showed at the waist no matter what I did. I certainly couldn’t fit panties under either, so one has to be confident in having every little thing show when shimmying around, and confident in not wearing shape wear unless willing to have it be obvious. It might work if one’s managed to put together full body shaping that goes together seamlessly and extends far down the leg, but for most, no shape wear would be the way to go, particularly if sized down to fit.

 

The “Ninnett” Fitted Dress in Blue & Brown Plaid

The second gown is the beautiful Ninnett which shows off a larger draped collar, sleeves to make it more appropriate in a work setting, and is a less curve hugging look than the Clover, coming off as a bit more of a pencil than a wiggle.

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This number arrived in a size S for me instead of XS, and the difference in size was obvious when I put it on. This one most definitely has less stretch than the Clover (although it still has a bit), so getting the S was a good choice. It fit a bit large in the waist, but not so large that it looked baggy when wearing with a belt. I would have liked this style to fit my waist as well as the above, but I’m content as long as I can belt.

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Photos by Fenix Fox

Like the Clover, I stayed in my tights with no underwear to shoot this dress, but I think that this one is thick enough and loose enough styling-wise that one could get by with some shape wear if one desired. Particularly with the strong pattern, it is a much more forgiving dress. There was also ample room for me to fit in a bullet bra with bullet bra pads to firm the shape without feeling restricted in the chest or the arms because of it. The Clover, while it had space for me to fit in the bullet bra pads, felt too tight when I did and looked strange anyway. It simply fits better without the pads.

Since I find wiggles are important to see in action, my photographer and I put together a little video showing the two off as we traipsed around downtown looking for places to shoot.

Although costly, I do think that these gowns are worth the cost considering how safe I felt in them despite my curvier shape. Splitting seams is a big fear (as it has happened once and often felt like it’s going to happen again), so paying for higher quality is definitely worth it in my opinion.

If you would like to find a great gown for yourself, you can head to these sites and look around:

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Best,

Miss Lark Bahar

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

 

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Hey all!

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

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

Monday’s Look

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

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

Tuesday’s Look

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

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

Thursday’s Look

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

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

Saturday’s Look

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

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

A Sunday Trip to the Reid Park Zoo

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To break the monotony of sitting at home and applying to jobs, I’ve been working to find free (or close to free) activities to do and events to attend locally. As someone who’s not a huge fan of the city she lives in landscape and weather-wise, I will admit that I generally avoid going outside – particularly in our hotter months (which are most months) – but upon passing the zoo on our Galentine’s Day celebration, agreed with my roomie that a trip to the zoo was long overdue. Particularly when considering the fact that the last time I’d been to our local zoo might very well have been over a decade ago when I was in middle school went to sketch animals for an art program I’d joined. Insane considering it’s such a cute zoo! PLUS, we have our own little baby elephant!

While the Reid Park Zoo is on the modest side of zoos, it still had plenty to see. Including……..greenery!

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Look at all that green grass! And TREES! And in the background, beneath the “thatch” roof, is our little merry-go-round that I opted out of to save money.

We met many a bird along the way, as one tends to do at a zoo.

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Lauren hatched from an egg Indiana Jones style.

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…and I came across this incredibly chill bear:

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…and then met the backside of cactus (and of course, partook in Dippin’ Dots for the first time in…god knows how long):

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But my favorite parts of the trip were definitely getting to see the elephants, and getting to feed the giraffes!

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Elephants have been my favorite animal for several years now. Funnily enough, it developed not because of exposure to the actual animal, but after I bought a Dumbo pillow pet at Disneyland and he became my dear companion on many a road trip and sleepless night. Needless to say, this was before I had my handsome kitty Fiyero, but nonetheless, Dumbo inspired a love for elephants that’s still going strong, and getting to see them interact, play, and show so much companionship to each other really solidified that love.

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And the baby elephant! Nandi’s such a cutie, I couldn’t help completely gushing over her.

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Then it was time to feed the giraffes. While my roommate Lauren’s done this before, I never have (as far as I recall), so I was a BIT nervous, but mostly just excited. Seeing how friendly they were as we waited in line to get our carrots eased any worry I’d had left, and soon enough, we reached the handsome fellows and it was our turn.

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The only disappointing part of the experience was that I didn’t actually get to feel the giraffes tongue since s/he was, of course, quite skilled at grabbing the food without having to touch the hand providing it. But I would definitely do it again and was tempted to get back in line and give it another go. They just make the cutest faces!

Though none of my photos can compete with this AMAZING snapshot of Lauren with her giraffe:

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Definitely new besties.

We closed the trip by walking into the gift shop to see what was available, and I was attacked by a swarm of monkeys! A day in the life.

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All in all it was an incredibly enjoyable trip. The weather was overcast but a perfect temperature for an outing like this one. Next up on our list of local must-dos…our famous Desert Museum!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

WEEKLY OUTFIT ROUNDUP (02/06/2017-02/12/2017)

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Although I was home applying to jobs most of the week, I still forced myself into a few outings to keep myself out of the laziness that comes from having to lie around at home the majority of the time. Luckily, I had an early Galentine’s Day celebration and a trip to the zoo to give me a reason for enjoying getting dressed.

Hope you enjoy this week’s looks!

Best,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

Friday’s Look

My best friend, lil sis, and I all celebrated Galentine’s Day together, so the outfit was naturally composed of hearts, reds, and pinks. I went with a casual look for my review of these FABULOUS jeans from Lady K Loves (which you can read here).

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Red Scarf: Thrifted
Sunglasses: Retro Sunnies “Ava” sunglasses in black
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ American Beauty
Pink Earrings: Etsy shop CRUZVINTAGE
Light Pink Cropped Peasant Top: Tatyana
Red & White Heart Brooch: Gifted
Red Bangle: Splendette
Hug Me Baby Jeans: Lady K Loves
Vintage Black Flats: Thrifted

Saturday’s Look

Yesterday’s look featured a rare combination, a summer top paired with a winter skirt. Since it’s generally either too hot or too cold here, I can rarely combine outfits, but since we decided to do some window shopping at a local downtown event, and the weather forecast featured the rare cloudy sky, I opted for a combo outfit to cover my bases. I was actually quite pleased with the color combination!

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1950s Silver Straw Hat by Noreen’s Fashions: Etsy shop VeryOaklandVintage
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Noir Red
Flapper Brooch: Gifted
Teal & Blue Catalina Top: Thrifted
Black Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Large Clear Starburst Bangle: Splendette
1950s Silver Purse: Etsy shop FromTheVanity
1940s Wool Skirt: Gifted
Black Seamed Tights: Transparenze brand from Amazon 
Clear Embellished Heels: Poshmark

Sunday’s Look

Decided to head to the zoo for the first time in at LEAST half a decade! Opted to wear my new-to-me vintage yellow top I found Saturday downtown by pairing it with a holiday skirt I won in a giveaway to make it less seasonal.

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Holly’s Resin Hoop Earrings in Red Glitter: Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Besame Red
Jiminy Cricket Brooch: Disney pin
1950s Yellow Western Top: Thrifted
Yellow, Green, & Light Brown Bangles: Buffalo Exchange
Red Bangle: Splendette
Red Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Holiday Harlequin Skirt: Custom from Etsy shop VioletsinMay1945
Cosette Petticoat (x2): Malco Modes
Gold Flats: Poshmark

 

Spotlight Saturday: Lady K Loves Says Hug Me Baby

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If you’ve been following my blog a decent amount of time, you’ll know that I’ve reviewed a whole slew of items in the past from the wonderful brand Lady K Loves (you can find the posts here and here), but this is the first time I’m venturing into the territory that Lady K Loves is famous for: jeans!

With my 24″-38″ waist and hip measurements, I’m definitely a gal who needs a jean cut for curves, and Lady K Loves’ Hug Me Baby style is specifically designed for dames with a 12+ difference between waist and hip. Jeans are something that I’d completely given up since committing to being all vintage all the time (with the exception of a pair of Vivien of Holloway capris), but my eye has been on the Hug Me Baby style as long as I’ve known the brand. So few brands cater to larger legs and hips, even in the repro world! And finding vintage that fits is certainly almost as difficult. Seeing gals like Diablo Rose rocking the Hug Me Babys gave me hope that perhaps…just perhaps, a jean that would fit my curves was out there.

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#preach #hellyes #shutthefudgeup #respect @diablorose – 🚫 NO CATCALLING ZONE 🚫 Dear random ass guy stood outside the penny arcade at 10.45am on a Thursday spitting on the ground. You were on the phone and as I walked past you, you said "man… that's a fat ass" I don't know if you meant that as a compliment or insult but you have ZERO right to comment on my body, I have ZERO interest in whether you like it or not, and now I'm getting to point of ZERO tolerance for this catcalling bullshit. I get commented on all the time in the street and it is not okay, my body is not here for anyone else, it is not up for public discussion by idiotic guys in the street. So guys, just stop it! Urgh! Are you with me ladies?!! . . . PS Catcalls have no affect on my own body positivity, I actually love my figure! Especially in these jeans!! . #nocatcalling #nocatcallingzone #catcalling #mybody #mybodymyrules #beatitcreep . #Regrann

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Knowing I would be receiving a pair of the Hug Me Babys to review, I was admittedly a bit nervous. While the playsuit I first reviewed fit PERFECTLY in the legs and hips, the May trousers that I reviewed were larger in the waist, so I was hoping that the measurements listed online were accurate. When they arrived in their package, I did the usual “hold up to guess whether it’ll fit” test, and quickly knew it would. I’ve gotten pretty good at judging waist sizes that’ll fit me with a glance, and the legs were obviously sizable enough to fit my 23″ thighs, so I felt immediate relief. When I actually tried them on, I had trouble getting them over my hips (as all clothes that fit my waist AND hips generally won’t fit over my hips easily). Luckily, the material of these pants is EXTREMELY sturdy. No lightweight denim here! So, I wasn’t in the least worried that anything would rip. They were certainly long on me, but these jeans are made to be cuffed (and also come in two lengths, 32″ and 36″), and otherwise, the fit was as if they were made for me!

I ended up taking photos in one of our (almost green) parks after going out to acquire donuts for an early Galentine’s Day with the bestie and my lil sis. Naturally, I went for pinks and reds in celebration.

The first batch of photos show me sitting in the jeans. Since they’re very high-waisted (in other words, fit for one’s natural waist instead of the high-rise pants modern clothing designers claim to be “high-waisted”), they do squeeze the waist when sitting…but I don’t see this as a problem. Everybody’s got skin, it’s just a side effect of high-quality, high-waisted jeans! So worth it. And most importantly, my legs NEVER felt squeezed, no matter what position I sat in.

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The next batch, featuring my sister wandering around in the back, is a front view where you can see how long the rise is and exactly how much I had to cuff proportionally. I will note that I only rolled the pants up once instead of creating a prettier cuff, but there’s certainly enough material there to cut some off if desired. The cut of the leg is quite obviously perfect as it fits my proportions as if tailored for me, and they taper in at the end just enough to feel flattering AND vintage. As someone who lived in skinny jeans for many years, it was admittedly a bit odd at first, wearing denim that didn’t squeeze my ankles to death, but by the time I’d stepped out of the house, I’d acclimated to the aesthetic.

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And the final angle, undeniably my favorite angle, is the back view. Not to toot my own horn, but…..DAMN they look good from the back! I can honestly say that I’ve never liked the way jeans have looked from the back on me. Ever. The Hug Me Babys are a true miracle jean!

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Am I right, or am I right? Now I just need a pair of saddle shoes to pair with these babies!

As Lady K Loves’ jeans are so popular, most sizes are sold out in all three of their styles, the Hug Me Baby, the Classic, and the Le Wild  (all designed for different body types so there’s something for everyone); however, they’re currently holding a fundraiser over on Kickstarter to bring their jeans back!

Already halfway past the goal they’re seeking to hit in April, they have a variety of pledge options available, with a nice range of prize packages (many of which include a preorder for the actual jeans). The largest prize package includes all of these items (and is available for the Hug Me Baby and Le Wilde styles):

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If enough is raised, Lady K Loves plans on returning the Classic as well as introducing a new style called the Polly – designed exclusively for petite gals! As a company that so obviously works to cater to all body types (and is always actively working to expand their styles), AND is focused on ethical production, it’s a great company to support.

If you’d like to donate to the kickstarter, you can head here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ladykloves/high-waist-vintage-style-jeans-from-lady-k-loves

If you’d like to follow Lady K Loves on their social medias, you can follow these links:

Website

Facebook

Instagram

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar