Friday, May 27, 2016

Shop My Closet Update 3.0!

It's that time again... I'm cleaning out my wardrobe and I've done a HUGE update to my Shop My Closet store! Lots of awesome brands (including Bernie Dexter, ModCloth, the Pretty Dress Company, Nishe, Tatyana and more) and a variety of sizes! I've also slashed the prices on a bunch of what's still in my shop. Below is just a small sample of what I've added... head on over to my store to see everything! And don't forget: my readers can save 10% on their total purchase with the code SOUBRETTE10. Happy Friday & happy shopping!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


hamilton dress

The last few days have been absolutely gorgeous, so I've been spending as much time as possible outside. Since I live right near the Erie Canal (which is always a nice perk during the spring and summer months), I decided to head into the village and snap some photos in this adorable dress from Unique Vintage.

unique vintage hamilton
vintage striped dress

The Hamilton Dress – which has proven to be almost as popular as the hit musical that shares its name – definitely lives up to the hype. This lightweight cotton dress is perfect for summertime adventures, and I love all the unique little features: the asymmetrical buttons, the large right-side pocket, the shoulder and waist ties all make this dress truly special. I found the fit to be spot-on, and it's pretty rare to find a dress that's as cute as it is comfortable. It's the sort of dress that can instantly transport you to another time and place; it feels so classic and yet totally current. It's certainly going to be a summertime staple for me!

hamilton dress unique vintage
green vintage dress
Outfit Details
Hamilton Swing Dress: c/o Unique Vintage
Boater hat: similar  ||  Flats: similar

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, May 23, 2016


the soubrette brunette: smokin'

If something is even slightly kooky or kitschy, there's a good chance it'll pique my interest. In the case of this cigarette-themed skirt from Shawna Lay Designs... I immediately became obsessed. I'm not a smoker (nor do I condone it... even though I'm currently dating one), but this design beautifully captures the 1950's Hollywood glamour of it all. Shawna makes some really incredible pieces and does a lot of custom work, and this skirt has quickly become one of my absolute favorite pieces. 

smoking skirt
shawna lay designs
cigarette print skirt
pinup girl clothing peasant top

Although Shawna initially displayed this skirt in a beautiful cyan, I opted to go for black, as I think it makes it a bit more versatile. The skirt itself is made of cotton sateen, which is a really nice choice in terms of quality and isn't too heavy for the hotter months. I love the little pops of red and butter yellow in the design, so though I could easily wear this skirt with another neutral, I have more colorful options for separates as well. Shawna offers custom waist and length measurements as well, so this skirt is perfectly suited for me. She'll also work with you on a totally custom idea, so be sure to message her if you're feeling creative!

1950s skirt
cigarette brooch
matchstick skirt
Outfit Details
Matchstick & Cigarette Skirt: Shawna Lay Designs
Peasant Top in Red: Pinup Girl Clothing
Brooch: vintage (get it here)  ||  Hair flower: similar

retro hair

I'm currently recovering from my show (we had a sold out closing weekend, which was great) – I'll miss doing Heathers, but my body needs a break! Hope you have a great start to your week!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Life is a circus

circus shirt

There's no truer statement to sum up my existences as of late than "life is a circus." I feel like it's hard for me not to get a little bit overwhelmed by what I'm doing and what I have to cross off my checklist. I have four performances left of Heathers, the Musical (we got a really nice review in one of the local papers, which you can read here if you're interested), and I've been nursing one of a few injuries sustained during the show on my off days. I dealt with a slight MacBook emergency earlier in the week (which luckily did not result in losing any of my data, thank goodness!), and once the show closes, I need to focus on making some pretty big changes in my life  – namely, finding a new job, getting a car of my own and moving to my own place. It's scary, but exciting... and definitely necessary. I've never been great at juggling several big tasks, but for now, I've got to keep all the balls in the air.

miss ladybug circus tee
life is a circus tee
le bomb shop skirt

I'm still catching up on editing some newer sets of photos, so I'm finally getting a chance to post these ones I snapped a few months ago. Since I've started wearing separates more, I've tried to amp up my collections of basics, which include adorable t-shirts and plainer skirts. This red skirt from Le Bomb Shop has gotten a ton of wear; I love the stretchy scuba material, and it's an easy grab-and-go piece that retains its shape. It comes in a bunch of other colors, too! I thought this vibrant red went perfectly with this adorable, cozy tee from Miss Ladybug. I've featured a couple of other tops from Miss Ladybug, and the quality is always great – plus, I'm a sucker for anything carnival or circus themed! This outfit was incredibly comfortable, but still allowed me to feel totally put-together (which is an A+ in my book!).

red circle skirt
Outfit Details
Life is a Circus tee: c/o Miss Ladybug
Twirl in a Circle Skirt in True Red: c/o Le Bomb Shop

miss ladybug
Have a great day!

Monday, May 16, 2016


bernie dexter skirt

Although I've always been fond of this cottage print, I felt like it was a bit too busy in the dress versions I've seen. I love a loud print more than almost anyone, but sometimes, too much is simply too much. I think it's perfect in this skirt version though, since you can easily break it up with a solid-colored top, and it's a great casual piece. It's not available on her site anymore, but I was able to nab it during one of Bernie Dexter's Zulily sales (keep an eye out for them!). 

cottage print skirt
cottage print
pinup girl clothing peasant top
boater hat

I'm finally feeling somewhat normal again, after dealing with some injuries from my show. I woke up on opening night with pretty severe back/neck pains and, after an emergency appointment with a massage therapist, I'm finally feeling a bit better. I also fell during our final dress rehearsal, which resulted in a huge gash in my knee, and on opening night, there was a mishap with a bench that caused a few of us to take a tumble (and I have a big bruise on my bum to prove it). Apparently, I'm cursed! I'm feeling a lot better, but it's made me realize that I do need to take better care of my body. Getting in shape is definitely a goal of mine for the summer!

novelty print skirt
Outfit Details
Bernie Dexter skirt: Zulily
White peasant top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Belt: from another dress  ||  Boater hat: similar
Shoes: B.A.I.T. Footwear (similar)

Have a splendid start to your week!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday Favorites #131

I've been super busy with my show, so Friday Favorites took a small hiatus... but I'm back today to highlight some things I've been obsessing over as of late:

Anyone else excited for the finale of Rupaul's Drag Race? Gimme all the merch.

rupaul's drag race shirts

1   ||   2   ||   3   ||   4

You can be "painted for the gods" in this cosmetic print dress!
cosmetic dress

I need this Minnie Mouse lipstick!
minnie mouse lipstick
This perfume print dress is so cute, too.
perfume dress

This Alice in Wonderland Urban Decay palette is everything.
alice in wonderland makeup
This dress from Unique Vintage is so pretty!
unique vintage hamilton dress

I might need these shoes from Loly in the Sky...
loly in the sky

I'm loving everything off-the-shoulder right now, and these bodysuits would be awesome under some of my busier skirts!

asos bodysuits
a   //   b

Everyone's obsessed with this Bardot dress from Target's WhoWhatWear line... I actually bought one for myself and it's definitely a cute & comfy dress for summertime. The striped version is finally online (and it's available in solid black, too) here.
target bardot dress

I can't wait to read Mara Wilson's book!
mara wilson book
Skinnydip has the cutest bags, like this rainbow one!
rainbow purse

And finally... this dress is STUNNING and I need to own it.
the soubrette brunette: friday favorites #131

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016


banned apparel skirt

I'll start out by saying that this ended up being one of my favorite outfit posts in a while. This rockabilly record skirt by Banned Apprel really encapsulates my kitschy, retro sense of style, and I'm obsessed with the vamp tops from Pinup Girl Clothing. Even though I love my pastels, for some reason, my red-and-black ensembles end up being the ones I like the most – maybe because they're still fun but have a slight sexiness to them.

rockabilly skirt
pinup girl vamp top
record music print skirt

Because the Banned website is for wholesale retailers only, I had to search a little bit until I found a site that was carrying this adorable skirt. Viva Dulce Marina (or VDM) carries a bunch of brands I really like, including Banned. I ordered according to the size chart that VDM provided (which was spot-on), and it's safe to say that this skirt runs big. I ordered the medium in both this and another Banned skirt, and they fit perfectly. The material is a lightweight cotton – which is great for summer! – but it's stiff enough that it holds a nice shape with a petticoat underneath. Although this skirt will pair nicely with a number of tops I own, I absolutely love the vamp tops because they have great structure (I'm able to wear them without a bra if I need to) and they give a great silhouette. I know I'll get a ton of wear out of both pieces, and I can't wait to style them in different ways!

1950s skirt
rockabilly skirt banned
retro skirt
Outfit Details
Banned Record Hop Skirt: ShopVDM
Vamp Top in Black: Pinup Girl Clothing
Name necklace: c/o oNecklace
Flats: similar

Have a great day!
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