The Bésame Cosmetics Series: A 1950s Makeover

Welcome to the next installment in my Bésame Cosmetics series!

Having recently gained access to a higher quality camera, I knew I wanted to film my next video in my series focusing on my favorite vintage-inspired makeup brand as soon as possible. For this video, I made over my little sister by tossing her hair up in its first poodle hairdo, throwing her in a close-fitting wiggle, and making her face over exclusively with Bésame Cosmetics products. With the authentic product range that Bésame offers, its easy to create looks from any era, but I wanted to start with the routine that most closely resembles my daily routine.

List of products used:

Cashmere Foundation Stick in Bisque

1920 Black Cake Mascara

Mascara Brush Set

1915 Rose Delicate Rouge

1930 Raspberry Delicate Rouge

Violet Brightening Powder

Rose Brightening Powder

Vanilla Brightening Powder

Short Hair Contour Brush

1946 Red Velvet Lipstick

Travel Lip Brush

With the new camera at my disposal, I can finally really work on videos, so expect many more installments in this series as well as new hair tutorials! And I’m always open to suggestions.

Best,

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

Spotlight Saturday: Revisiting The Ambrosia Bowl

Upon quick review of my blog, I was genuinely astonished to find that it’s been so insanely long since I brought you guys a review of anything Disney related! With my impending one day trip to Disneyland and Phoenix Comicon to meet Dick Van Dyke next week, my life has been a flurry of planning bounds and outfits to wear. When my favorite Disney brooch maker, The Ambrosia Bowl (whom I reviewed here about a year ago), released two new designs featuring Smee and Rafiki, I knew I had to add them to my collection, and bring her shop back into the light.

Since acquiring her fearless Jasmine brooch for that first review, I’ve added her Ariel, Mulan, and Belle brooches to my collection; and now, Rafiki, Smee, and Madam Mim (the brooch that first led me to her shop) join their ranks. Erin’s unique character and expression choices continuously astound me, and the execution of her little wooden designs is impeccable in every single brooch I receive. I’m so impressed, in fact, that I am reaching the point where her designs might need their own special brooch board! Since I plan on adding her Gaston and her Ursula brooches as well, and goodness knows I fall in love with each new design she reveals, it might be time to get out the foam board!

Since Rafiki, Smee, and Madam Mim each have such distinct color schemes, I put together individual outfits to show each one off properly.

Madam Mim, the zany witch from “The Sword in the Stone,” gave me the chance to pull out my vintage skirt/capri set and a pink Marilyn top to play homage to her wardrobe and the feel of her character:

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Madam Mim is the first brooch from Erin in my collection that doesn’t feature a painted border, and up close, the wood definitely looked a bit burnt. I had thought this was a fluke since she kindly decided to send me this gal when she discovered her at the bottom of a drawer (they’re currently only up for pre-order as she sold out), but upon closer inspection of other designs without the painted border, this is just the way they look. Luckily, it’s something that’s not noticeable except upon close inspection.

Mr. Smee, one of her two newest designs, features the lovable, familiar character dancing with glee. Since the border color she chose reminds me so much of water and rain, I decided to pair him with a dress in a print with a similar feel:

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I was amused to realize that Mr. Smee’s belly button doesn’t show! I’d thought this a fluke in the design as well until I googled it and realized his pants actually cover his belly button. Who knew? Learning new things every day.

Rafiki, the second of her two new designs, is perhaps my favorite of this batch. There always seems to be a lack of Lion King merchandise despite how incredibly popular it is, and Rafiki feels like the perfect subject for an Ambrosia Bowl design. With his coloring, he also matches a large quantity of my wardrobe that often gets overlooked by Disney brooches, and wearing him to work reminds me to take a deep breath in times of trial:

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If you’re in the market for unique Disney designs, then my first suggestion is hands down Erin’s work. Her painted brooches are identical to the original artwork in the films (a huge bonus), and I love seeing characters caught in moments that feature more than the generic pleasant smile.

If you would like to follow The Ambrosia Bowl in her endeavors (as I would highly suggest given her consistently wonderful releases), you can head to these social medias:

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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

I Love Lucy and She Loves Me: Savannah Alexandra’s Starlet Lucy Brooch

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Everyone has that one show, that one artist, that one…thing that really pushed them down that rabbit hole of obsession. I Love Lucy and Lucille Ball herself are certainly top of the list of things that led me to where I am today as a vintage fashion, film, decor, and music lover. With a name synonymous with comedy, Lucy continues to grace the homes of many and bring a little lighthearted joy to our lives. I can hardly count the number of times I watch I Love Lucy straight through each year, and the appreciation is so strong, that I even have little tattoos of their animated images on the backs of my legs:

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Though most of my tattoos represent a different era of my life, these Lucy and Ricky proudly show off my current loves. And besides, what’s more inspiring to have on the backs of your legs than Lucille Ball? So, when the wonderful Savannah Alexandra contacted me via Instagram in search of a collaboration, I jumped on the chance to add a little Lucy to my closet.

If you are someone who follows my Instagram, you’ll have seen this absolutely adorable sketch of me that Savannah drew recently:

Her bubbly cartoon style is immediately recognizable and perfectly translates to her three brooch designs featuring Lucy, Marilyn, and the incomparable Betty Grable.

While I love all three women in her collection of brooches, and their caricatures perfectly capture who they are, I simply can’t say no to Lucy – especially when likenesses of Lucy in accessory form are quite rare.

To wear her out and about, I decided to put together my best Lucy look to show her off to the best of her ability! Plus, I’ll take any excuse to reference my favorite comedy gal.

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I knew this look couldn’t be wasted, so donned it for a full day of shopping (for work clothes for my roomie and I, and prom shoes for my lil sis) as well as a celebratory lunch for my roomie’s promotion at my favorite local restaurant.

We first stopped by the best vintage shop in Tucson, How Sweet It Was Vintage.

As they recently received a huge supply of dead-stock lingerie, I’d been dying to head over to see if there was anything in my budget.

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What could be more like a 1950s housewife than spending the day shopping so glamorously? The unusually windy weather certainly contributed to the feel.

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Sadly, I only picked up a belt despite having my eye on a three-piece set, and left with a vow to go back when I finally start getting regular paychecks again. We then headed to lunch where I ordered one of Baja Cafe’s famous Eggs Benedict dishes and topped the whole thing off with, of course, a Bloody Mary (because do I ever drink anything else?)

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Our final destination was the local thrift store 1st-Rate 2-Hand where I purchase probably 85% of my shoes. As a friend had sent me image of a brand new collection of vintage shoes resting in the shop, I knew I had to go – we don’t often see huge piles of vintage shoes all in one place like this here!

True to form, however, most of the shoes were too small (despite half being marked my size), so I only returned home with two pairs of shoes to add to my closet.

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All-in-all, it was a successful, enjoyable day, and serving a little Lucy with my little Lucy made it all the better.

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All three of Savannah’s brooches can be found on her Etsy, and you can purchase Lucy and Marilyn either individually for $9.95 each, or add Betty in and go for the trio for $30. My Lucy is a 1.5,” sturdy gal who’s sure to last, and I love how vibrant her hair and eyes are. I can’t wait to see Savannah expand her collection and make more of her art into wearable accessories. Savannah also recently started an Instagram exclusively for her art as well as her own personal account, and I would definitely give them a follow if her art style tickles your fancy. You won’t be disappointed!

Until next time, friends and followers!

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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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.

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Best,

Miss Lark Bahar