Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Is It Spring Yet?

heart of haute amanda dress

It may technically be spring here in the Northern Hemisphere, but you wouldn't know it from the weather forecast. We've had cold temperatures, ice storms, and even snow in the past couple of weeks. It's really a bummer because I'm dying for everything to be in bloom. Until it starts to warm up, I'm trying to wear as many springy prints as possible.

heart of haute blue skies dress
floral print dress
spring pinup dress

This Heart of Haute dress is undeniably springy and cheerful. This "Amanda" style is one I'd never tried before and it's great for layering. It also comes with a matching fabric tie belt, which is always a nice feature. I went all out for Easter with the styling on this, but it's really a versatile piece that'll be light and breezy for the months ahead. 

heart of haute dress blue flower print
Outfit Details
Amanda Dress in Blue Skies print: c/o Heart of Haute
Vintage hat: similar  ||  Wedge sandals: Chase and Chloe
Cropped yellow cardigan: available here

vintage floral dress
Fingers crossed it gets nice this weekend!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Spring Cleaning: Shop My Closet Update!

It's finally spring and my closet is overflowing with dresses that simply aren't getting enough love... so I thought it was high time I did another massive update to my Shop My Closet store! I've got a bunch of new pieces up for grabs in sizes M-XL, many of them barely worn! I've also reduced the prices of everything else that's been sitting around for a while. At this point, I'd really like to get the clutter out (and give you all a bargain in the process)! Here's just a small sampling of what you'll find...


Sadly, I can't offer discounts anymore because Storenvy doesn't allow them unless I pay a monthly fee. I tried to make up for it by pricing everything really reasonably. I'm sure there will be more to come soon, but this was all I could get through in a short amount of time. :) So get to shopping and snag yourself some pretties! Head on over to my shop here.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Hoppy Easter!

plaid pastel vintage dress

Wowza, it's been WAY too long since I posted here on my blog. To be honest, things have been kind of tough lately and I haven't even had the energy to edit photos. But since Easter is almost here, I had *hop by* and highlight this pastel perfection from Pastello Dresses.

easter outfit

I'd been a long-time fan of Victoria's since I found her on Instagram (her own vintage dress collection is one for the books!) and was super excited when she started selling vintage pieces a while back. Now, she actually makes a lot of her own dresses out of vintage fabrics. It can be really tough to find the style of dresses I like in larger sizes, which is why I'm so glad she has been making an effort to create them. I thought I'd have no chance of finding a pastel plaid beauty in my size that I could actually afford, so I was thrilled when this one popped up. I've purchased three dresses from her now and have been delighted with every one. Of course, I had to pair this with a cropped lavender cardigan and my adorable chocolate bunny brooch by Kate Gabrielle!

bunny brooch kate gabrielle

Passover and Easter actually bookend this weekend, so I'll be eating lotsa matzah on tonight and chowing down on jelly beans and chocolate on Sunday. Since Saturday is supposed to be nice, I hope I can spend some time outside! The snow is FINALLY melting and I can feel spring is in the air... I just wish it would hurry up and get here!

vintage pastel dress
Outfit Details
Cardigan: available here
Bunny brooch: Kate Gabrielle
Shoes: B.A.I.T. Footwear (similar)

easter bunny dress

Have a hoppy Holiday!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Jack and Sally

nightmare before christmas dress

It may be March 1st, but snow is in the forecast for tonight (after a couple of very spring-like days!). Winter isn't over quite yet, which I'm not so thrilled about – but it does give me the chance to wear this Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired dress! Then again, I can wear this fantastic frock at virtually any time of year. With amazing artwork by John Varvir, this halter-style number will be getting tons of wear. I decided to style it in a wintery way for these photos, but I can't wait to wear it TONS next Halloween and Christmas.

vintage inspired by jackie
nightmare before christmas
The Soubrette Brunette: Jack and Sally

This dress has convertible straps, so it can be worn in the traditional halter style or in a criss-cross pattern around the front. It's also boned to hold its shape and fits like a glove. I'm always excited by Jackie's designs, but I cannot wait to wear this to Disney World next year for my birthday! (Did I mention my mom and I are going right before Halloween?)

jack skellington dress
faux fur shawl
vintage inspired by jackie dress
nightmare before xmas
The Soubrette Brunette: Jack and Sally
Outfit Details
Halter dress: c/o Vintage Inspired By Jackie
Faux fur shawl: similar

snowflake hair clip
Have a great rest of your week!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Love Is All Around

pinup girl clothing pink harlequin dress

Happy Valentine's Day! It's supposed to be a sunny, slightly warmer day today and I'm excited to be taking some time for myself. I'm working only a few hours today (one of the perks of having a flexible, full-time job) and am going to spend some time outside. I'm not doing anything super romantic tonight or anything -- I'm just planning on hanging out with my boyfriend and taking his niece to her dance class -- but that's alright by me. I'm supposedly going to be doing something more Valentine-y this weekend instead. I'm not usually a big fan of surprises, but I definitely could use some time away from stress... so I'm kind of up for anything.

pink valentine dress
pinup girl clothing gena dress
pink harlequin

Is it possible to have too many pink, lovey-dovey outfits in one's closet? And is it wrong that you'd still want more if given the opportunity? I think I may have too many dresses I can wear for this holiday. I actually don't even know what to wear today (or this weekend). I definitely need to do another closet clean-out in the near future... if for nothing else than to afford all of the amazing spring dresses that are on my wish list.

pinup girl clothing dress
Outfit Details
Gena Dress in Pink Harlequin: Pinup Girl Clothing
Hair flower: similar  ||  Shoes: B.A.I.T. Footwear

valentine dress

The winner of my 5-year blogiversary giveaway has been chosen, just in time for Valentine's Day! Congratulations to Maren and thanks so much to everyone who entered! 


Have a sweet holiday!

Monday, February 12, 2018

L-O-V-E

pinup girl clothing cherie dress

I throw the word "love" around a lot. I never say it when I don't mean it, but I mean it frequently. I've always felt it was important to love freely and deeply. I have never shied away from being vulnerable; even when it might have been smarter to put walls up, I've given my whole heart in many situations. I have always believed it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. That, of course, means my heart has been broken many times. But even when it hurts most, I still feel it's worth it.

valentine pinup outfit
pinup girl clothing valentine
valentine outfit retro

I find myself in a situation now wherein my heart breaks a little bit on a daily basis. Tiny little breaks and cracks, imperceptible to anyone but me. I cover up those little breaks with bandages in the form of distractions -- friends, food, laughter, other comforts -- and try to heal myself. That's difficult to do, though, when the heartbreak in question is because the person you love is in so much pain and you end up taking on some of that pain yourself. I guess I didn't realize at first how much it was hurting my own heart. When the heartbreak doesn't come from a breakup and it happens just a smidgeon every day, it's hard to notice until it starts to be too much. And still, you solider on -- battle wounds and all.

valentine outfit

I realize this sounds kind of cryptic and probably a bit dramatic. The point is that I'm struggling right now. All I really want to do is talk about cute clothes and chocolate and other things I really like about Valentine's Day. But I've been thinking a lot about love and relationships and having those two things with someone else relies on having love for and a healthy relationship with yourself. That's definitely easier said than done for me. But even though I will be spending this holiday with the guy I love, I'm vowing not to forget about me.

valentine's dress
Outfit Details
Dress: Pinup Girl Clothing
Heels: B.A.I.T. Footwear (others)
Hat: vintage (similar)  ||  Necklace: similar

red pink white dress

Friday, February 9, 2018

Friday Favorites #152: Valentine's Day Wish List

Holy cannoli, it's been a while since I put together a Friday Favorites post... I hate going on hiatus like that! I didn't have the energy to put together a normal-sized one for today, but I did create a little wish list filled with some lovey-dovey items I've been swooning over! Even though Valentine's Day is less than a week away, I think any of these items will spread the love year-round. I'd be thrilled to receive any of these from my special someone.

The Soubrette Brunette: Valentine's Day Wishlist
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I do have a couple of Valentine's Day posts in the works for next week (I know, I'm cutting it close), and I can't wait to share those outfits with you. Do you have any romantic or fun plans for the holiday? I've been told my plans are a surprise, so we shall see what happens. Even if it's nothing exciting, I'm still planning on getting dressed up and putting on a red lip -- because that's what *I* love.

Speaking of things to love... if you haven't entered my fifth blogiversary giveaway, don't dawdle! You have until Sunday night at 11:59 PM EST to enter! There are some really fun prizes this year, so you won't want to miss out. Get all the details and enter here.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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