Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Parade

pastel plaid dress

I don't normally post here on the weekends, but I had to make an egg-ception for Easter (and this perfectly pastel ensemble)! Before I head over to my parents' for Easter brunch, I decided to show off these photos from a rather enchanted visit to one of my favorite photo locales here in Rochester.

pastel easter dress
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pastel dress

Although Aly from Sewcial Dee originally made this dreamy dress for herself, I knew it had to come live with me when I saw that she listed it for sale. I can never say no to a pastel plaid – just like I can never say no to Reese's eggs. I paired this frock with a bunny necklace, one of my favorite vintage hats, and my version of an Easter basket to make it extra springy. Since everything is finally starting to bloom, it seemed fitting that I look like the harbinger of the season.

pastel plaid
bunny rabbit rochester ny
george eastman museum grounds
vintage basket purse
pastel vintage dress

One last important detail that also seemed fitting: the sweet bunny I met while taking these photos. She actually came hopping towards me and she got so close! I was truly in awe. I'm so happy I was able to capture some of it in photos and on video. I think she might have been practicing her route for this morning, don't you?

bunny necklace lauren conrad kohl's
cute bunny
pastel easter dress
Outfit Details
Pastel dress: purchased from Sewcial Dee's Poshmark
Hat: vintage (similar)  ||  Basket: vintage (similar)
Gold bunny necklace: similar
Shoes: B.A.I.T. (similar)

pastel blogger

Last Easter was... kind of the worst. I won't go into detail, but it was really intense and not at all how I'd ever envision spending this holiday. Although I may not always be happy about the ways in which my life has changed in recent months, I have to admit that I'm glad that the most dramatic part of the day this year will likely be locating my Easter basket's secret hiding spot.

brown rabbit
I hope your holiday is a truly hoppy one!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Prickly Pear

tara starlet cactus dress
All images by Emma Rizzo Photo
Rochester is just starting to show signs that it's officially spring... though I don't want to say that too loudly because you just never know when the weather could turn wintery again. But the crocuses and snow drops are definitely popping up and the light really does look like the seasons have changed. So I'm hoping that it's safe to say that we'll soon be enjoying balmier temperatures and more flowers will be blooming before we know it.

The timing is apt because I'm starting to feel more like myself again. I'm eating healthier, have a more positive outlook (though I struggle at times), and am working on an exciting new venture that will soon be ready to emerge. I don't feel quite ready to truly blossom quite yet... but I'm getting there.

desert photos blogger
lamberton conservatory rochester ny
cactus print dress

Before spring really sprung, Emma and I decided to head to the Lamberton Conservatory for some much-needed warmth and signs of life. We had a delightful morning smelling the flowers and seeing the adorable animals that live there. I decided to wear this Tara Starlet cactus print dress (which I finally tracked down thanks to Miss Amy May!) since I can't resist a good theme. It wasn't necessarily nice enough outside to wear sandals, but I braved the elements so we could create a real desert oasis feel. We almost forgot that there was still a bit of snow on the ground outside.

novelty print cactus succulent dress
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sammi cohen the soubrette brunette
cactuses ny
tara starlet dress
Outfit Details
Cactus dress: similar here
Belt: similar  ||  Necklace: similar
Wedge sandals: DSW

cactus dress
Have a great rest of your week!

Friday, April 5, 2019

Friday Favorites #159

Happy Friday, friends! I finally had time to put together a Friday Favorites post this week – and of course, it's filled with springy things. Check out what I'm swooning over lately below.

Unique Vintage has some adorable pieces out right now, including these two dresses.
unique vintage dresses
a   ||   b

This little trinket dish is just peachy!
peach trinket tray

And I love these adorable dishcloths:
fruit dishcloths

How perfect is this plaid dress?
jcrew plaid dress

I think I need to find a place in my house for this Anthropologie planter:
anthropologie flower pot

I'm all abuzz over this bee bag.
bee purse modcloth

I was already a fan of Rifle Paper Co. before... but now I'm obsessed. This wrapping paper could take my Mother's Day gifts to the next level.
rifle paper co wrapping paper

These Bettie Page heels are  e v e r y t h i n g.  This is me as a pair of shoes. So I guess I need to own myself in footwear form, right?
bettie page vintage mint t-strap heels scallops

This Gal Meets Glam dress is so dreamy!
gal meets glam anthropologie

This ASOS swimsuit top and bottom set has so many elements I love!
gingham check high waist swimsuit asos

Calling all mermaids! Shell I buy this cute bathmat for myself?
mermaid shell bath mat

And finally... I'm in the middle of reading this Brené Brown book right now. I highly recommend it if you're a sensitive person, a perfectionist, or a people pleaser... but I think that anyone can benefit from it. It looks like a hokey self-help book, but I promise: it's great.
brene brown gifts of imperfection

Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, March 4, 2019


stephanie buscema magic show skirt

There was a time when I courageously posed in the snow (sometimes in heels!) and braved subzero temperatures to take outfit photos... but those days are definitely behind me, I'm afraid. It's been so difficult to find the motivation to venture out of the house this winter. To be honest, the only reason I did for these was because we had an unseasonably warm day and I took advantage of the fact that I didn't need to wear a coat. Until spring actually arrives, you're probably going to be seeing mostly interior shots from me.

warner castle sunken gardens rochester ny
kitschy witch designs
retro pinup goth

I'm just glad I had the chance to take some photos at the Warner Castle again. It makes for an enchanting backdrop for this incredible magic-themed skirt by Stephanie Buscema. I'd been patiently waiting for this design to drop for months and snagged it as soon as it went live on her site. It should come as a surprise to no one that I love anything having to do with circuses, carnivals, and magic shows. (What can I say – I basically just wish I were an old vaudeville star.) When I saw previews of this novelty print, I knew I needed to add it to my collection. I love that this skirt feels really special but isn't too fancy to wear all the time. It's not as poofy and dressy as some of my other novelty print pieces, which means I'll probably get a lot of wear out of it. Plus, it has pockets. What more could a girl want?

novelty print skirt
erstwilder trixie bunny honey brooch
kitschy witch magic show skirt
Outfit Details:
Magic Show Print Spellbound Skirt: Kitschy Witch Designs
Marilyn Tee: Heart of Haute
Brooch: Erstwilder (similar)
Black hat: similar
Flats: Sketchers

rochester ny castle gardens

I sure am glad it's finally March, even though it'll probably be a while before spring actually shows up here. Until then, I'll be dreaming of blooming flowers... 
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