Friday, June 7, 2019


instagram giveaway donut day

In case you didn't know, today is National Donut Day! And to start your Friday on an extra sweet note, I've decided to host a little giveaway over on Instagram. One lucky winner will get this donut-themed prize package, which is guaranteed to give you a sugar rush! Entering is super easy – all you have to do is follow my account, like the photo, and tag a friend (there are a couple of bonus entries, too). Click here to get all the details and enter for yourself!

pastel donut blog
Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Friday Favorites #161: Memorial Day Deals

Happy Memorial Day weekend! I don't know about you, but I'm really excited to have an extra day off – and to do a little bit of shopping. Here are just a few things that are sitting in my shopping cart (plus a bunch of promo codes for you to reference before you check out!):
memorial day deals promos 2019
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Aerie: 40-60% off Aerie collection
American Eagle: 25-60% off everything
Anthropologie: extra 40% off sale items
ASOS: 40% off new arrivals 25% off summer favorites
Bernie Dexter: 20% off site with code 20foryou, 60% off Last Chance with code BIG60
Betsey Johnson: 30% off with code HOT
Betty and Veronica: 55% off everything with code MDW55
ColourPop Cosmetics: up to 30% off sitewide
Gap: 40% off everything with code READY
Hearts and Found: 25% off dresses and skirts with code MEMDAY
J.Crew: 40% off with code SHOP40
Macy's: 20% off with code MEMDAY
ModCloth: 30% off full-price + 40% off sale
Old Navy: 50% off all tees, tanks, shorts, and swim
Sourpuss: 20% off with code MEMENTO
Steady Clothing: 20% off with code MEMORIAL 2019
Unique Vintage: 20% off everything with code FRESH
Vixen by Micheline Pitt: 25% off select styles with code MEM25

I'll keep adding to the list above as more codes become available, so be sure to check back before you confirm any orders this weekend! Do you have your eye on anything specific for summertime?

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Have a great holiday!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019


gal meets glam colleen dress

If you've followed me for a while, you'll know what a sucker I am for anything novelty. Even as I get a little older, I can't quite give up the kitschiest, campiest parts of my wardrobe. It's a good thing that there are a lot of other people who feel the same way I do – and that Vendula London keeps on making the most adorable bags for me to lust after.

vendula london sweetie caravan

I've reviewed other handbags from Vendula in the past (see those posts here) and have been a fan of their brand for the past few years, so I was thrilled when they sent me this fun box bag to review from their "Sweetie Caravan" line. The design features a retro camper filled with candies and sweets (wouldn't you like to have one of those in real life?). There's even a little corgi inside waiting to greet you! It's surprisingly roomy inside and the lining has a macaron print. The attention to detail is, as always, so impressive. While I chose to hold this purse by its handle, there's also a long, detachable shoulder strap that makes the bag a bit more practical.

peach pink polka dot dress
vendula london handbags
novelty bag dog

These vegan(!) handbags are designed in London, but I'm so glad I've been able to get a few of them across the pond to me. Even better was the fact that this bag matched one of my Gal Meets Glam dresses perfectly. Although this style is no longer available, GMG just launched its May collection yesterday and I'm eyeing at least one dress from it. If you've been waiting to try these dresses, I seriously can't recommend them enough. Some of my GMG dresses from last year are actually a bit big on me now, but they're such nice quality that I will probably try to get them altered just so I can hold onto them – that's how much I love them!

rockabilly hair flower
vegan handbags
gal meets glam vendula london
Outfit Details
Colleen Dress: Gal Meets Glam (similar)
Sweetie Caravan Box Bag: c/o Vendula London
Hair flower: similar  ||  Sandals: similar

Have a great start to your week!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Friday Favorites #160: Mother's Day Gift Guide

This month has gone by so quickly! I just realized that Mother's Day is right around the corner, so I decided to put together a little gift guide for today's Friday Favorites. I've already gotten a few things for my own mom (her birthday is only a week away, too)... but now I'm wondering whether I should add a couple more to my cart...

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mother's day gifts

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Have a great weekend!

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
daffodils rochester ny
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
emma rizzo photo rochester ny
rochester ny photo locations
photography rochester ny
cactus rochester ny
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
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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!

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