Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Label Love: Nishe

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  I'm making an attempt to brighten up the start of the week with this post -- my second (and probably my favorite) in this little "Label Love" series.  Today's installment focuses on one of my all-time favorite brands, and it's one that manages to encompass almost everything I love in terms of style.  It's none other than Nishe!

Nishe dresses
My three favorite Nishe dresses!
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For those not overly-familiar with this dreamy brand, Nishe was founded by Polly Siu, an Australian designer based in Hong Kong, back in 2008.  Since then, her pieces have been carried by online retailers like ModCloth and ASOS (and are also available through Nishe's own website).  Polly's designs are undoubtedly girly and a little quirky (the best combination!), and there are definitive elements of sweet lolita and kawaii culture thrown in.  According to the brand's philosophy, Nishe is for anyone who is a lover, a dreamer, or young at heart.  All in all, Polly's pieces always make me feel like I'm a character in my very own storybook, and they never fail to make me feel beautiful and special.

Nishe dress, mermaid dress
I even pretended to be a mermaid last summer in this Nishe dress!
Almost all of the Nishe pieces I own are characterized by the distinctive (and totally charming) embroidery.  Though some of Polly's more recent pieces utilize printed fabrics, I'd say that the embroidery is thought to be Nishe's calling card, and it absolutely sets her line apart.  In addition, her pieces are of very high quality, and are usually fully-lined.  Even though many of her pieces contain synthetic fabrics, these dresses feel quite expensive.  Nishe pieces can be on the pricier side (they run anywhere from $65-$250, depending on the retailer), but in my opinion, that's a testament to the craftsmanship.  These pieces are unique and eye-catching, and I'd rather pay a little more for something distinctive and well-made.  In addition, you can find good deals on Nishe pieces all the time; ASOS and ModCloth put Nishe on sale regularly, and pieces are often available on eBay.

Nishe winter dresses
I also love that my Nishe dresses can be worn all year long!
My favorite Nishe dresses have a fit-and-flare silhouette with an organza-like skirt (like the three in the first photo of this post), but I own a few pieces made in other styles.  Most of her dresses contain hidden back or side zippers, and many have fun details like detachable or eye-catching collars.  I've found that Nishe's sizing is quite consistent across the board, and it runs very true-to-size for me.  Nishe pieces are usually listed with UK sizing, and the general rule is that your UK numbered size is two sizes up from your normal US size (i.e., for me, I wear a UK 12/US 8).  The fabrics do not usually provide stretch, so you should keep that in mind when ordering.  But you can expect a healthy dose of charm, fantasy and sweetness -- which is just how I like my clothes!

Nishe clothing
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Nishe dresses
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What about you?  Are you enamored by Nishe, or are the designs just a little too much for you?  How would you style these fantastical frocks?  Let me know in the comments!

Have a terrific Tuesday!
xox Sammi

Sunday, July 20, 2014

You're the cat's meow

Outfit Details
Hooked on a Feline Dress: ModCloth
Black flats: jc penney (old)
Belt: from another dress
Wicker purse: yard sale




Kudos to June for the title of this post!  This dress doesn't get enough love from me.  I recently lent this dress to sweet Lauren, who styled it in a few different ways on her blog (here, here and here), and it definitely renewed my love for it and inspired me to wear it more often.  It's sort of a loud print, and the dresses I own by Folter Clothing tend to fit me a little snugly in the arm region, so that might be why I don't wear it a ton.  But it's a really cool dress, and I really do love this length.  I'm becoming increasingly more uncomfortable with shorter dresses these days, and I love that this can work with or without a crinoline.  Plus, when it's windy, I don't have to worry so much about flashing anyone!  




I don't really wear my hair up very much on the blog (or all that much in general, really).  My hair absolutely provides a sense of both security and femininity for me.  I always end up feeling sort of masculine/unattractive when I wear my hair up.  This hair style was sort of an accident, but I ended up liking it a lot.  I was wearing it half up, half down with a lot of extra volume to create a more 1960's look, and then it got too hot, so I ended up pulling up the rest of it.  I think the extra height does wonders on me, so I'll have to remember this for the future.




Have a great Sunday!
xox Sammi

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Favorites #56

Happy Friday, kids!  Here are some of the looks I've been loving this week:

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I've been obsessed with Cry-Baby for years (I mean, what's not to love??  A John Waters 1950's musical with Johnny Depp?  Come on!), so I'm obviously gushing over these Cry-Baby inspired tees and matching clutch from Candy Strike.  They also have a ton of Hairspray-inspired merch!

If you're a little more Square than Drape, you'll probably love these adorable polka dot swing dresses from Lindy Bop!  The pink one reminds me of a 1950's Barbie!
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This gorgeous frock is very Mrs. Vernon-Williams:
You could definitely wear either of these beautiful swimsuits down at Turkey Point:
a  //  b

This lovely dress seems like a modern twist on something that Allison might've worn:
And this one has Wanda Woodward written all over it (though perhaps it isn't tight enough):

In the spirit of the '50s, this lemon pie milkshake looks just swell:
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Speaking of sweets... these sneakers take the cake!

And these two-piece sets from Dahlia are as sweet as can be:
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These pastel flats are just darling!
Links I loved this week:

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Have a great weekend!
xox Sammi

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Watercolor

watercolor vintage dress
Outfit Details
Flats & white camisole: Target

watercolor vintage dress

watercolor vintage dress

watercolor vintage dress

This dress isn't exactly something that I'd typically go for.  The color scheme is definitely up my alley, and I like the fit-and-flare shape, but it definitely has more of a modern vibe.  I'm glad I took a chance on it though, especially because it's incredibly lightweight (and it has pockets!), so I think I'll get a lot of use out of it this summer.  It's good for more casual occasions, and even though it's actually a tiny bit too big, it's breezy and fun and completely comfy!

watercolor vintage dress

watercolor vintage dress


watercolor vintage dress

Not much else to say today.  I hope you're having a nice Thursday!
xox Sammi

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Shutterbug

camera dress and bag
Outfit Details
Poise and Click Dress: ModCloth
Camera novelty purse: ALDO
Boater hat: River Island (similar)
Belt: from another dress

camera dress and bag

camera bag

camera dress and bag

How fun is this purse?!  ALDO has serious game in the novelty purse department, and most importantly, their purses are way less expensive than some other well-known options (like Betsey Johnson or Kate Spade).  I now have a few different novelty bags from ALDO (see how I styled one for Valentine's Day here), but the one I'm *really* searching for can be found only in ALDO Accessories stores... and the closest one to me is in Albany!  It's a mint green rotary dial phone clutch, and if anyone who reads this happens to find one, please let me know!!  I need it for my collection!

camera dress and bag

camera print dress

camera dress and bag

When I received this purse in the mail, I knew I kind of wanted to pair it with this camera print dress from ModCloth.  Just as I'm a sucker for novelty purses, I can never say no to a novelty print, and this dress had been on my wish list for quite some time.  Unfortunately, I'm not nearly as thrilled with it in person.  The print is lovely, and the quality is fairly good, but sadly, the fit is really underwhelming on me.  I had to add a belt to create some waist definition, but the top of the dress (especially in the bust/underarm area) has a really wonky fit to it on me.  The only way I can really see it working is to layer a red sweater over it in the fall (and let the cute collar peek out) to remix it, but I wish it worked better on its own!  I have a feeling it would work better on someone who is a little less-endowed in that area.  I'm thinking that I will probably end up putting it up in my shop my closet store; as wonderful as the print is, I'm not sure I can justify keeping it.    

camera print dress

camera print dress

camera print dress and camera bag

Have a great Tuesday!
xox Sammi

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Pink flamingo

Outfit Details
Flamingo dress: Sourpuss Clothing
Name necklace: c/o Onecklace
BAIT Footwear spectators: ModCloth




Happy Sunday!  I meant to post these photos yesterday, but this weekend ended up being a little busier than I'd anticipated, and I didn't have time!  Isn't this dress adorable?  It's my first dress from Sourpuss Clothing, and I love so much about it -- the mint & pink color combination, the ric-rac trim, and of course, the little flamingo embroidery!  The material of this dress is quite thin (and unlined), which can be a plus on hot summer days, but I usually like a little more structure in my dresses.  I was left wishing that I had a wide pink belt for some waist emphasis, but I was thrilled that my pink spectators match perfectly!


Have a great rest of your weekend!
xox Sammi
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