Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Butterflies and Blossoms

voodoo vixen butterfly dress

As someone who owns a lot of fancy dresses, I sometimes feel like I have nowhere to wear my formal frocks. But I'm always reminding myself that I don't really need a special occasion to wear something pretty. Yes, I always fear the "what are you so dressed up for?" comments... but they actually don't come up as often as I'd think. And honestly, what could be better than taking in the short-lived spring blossoms in a dress that feels every bit as lovely?

voodoo vixen floral dress
cherry blossoms rochester ny
floral butterfly print dress

This dress from Voodoo Vixen features an absolutely enchanting print (featuring monarch butterflies and carnations) and a to-die-for back drape. I love dresses with interesting back details like this! The only problem with this, however, is that there's a side zipper (aka the bane of my existence). Because of this – and the fact that this fabric doesn't contain much stretch at all – I actually had to size up to the largest size Voodoo Vixen carries. Admittedly, it's not a perfect fit; it's a bit roomy in the shoulders and even in the waist, since I had to size up to accommodate my bust. But I always award bonus points for big pockets, so this dress definitely has its share of pros.

butterfly print dress
apple blossoms rochester ny
draped back dress

Since this dress truly encapsulates springtime to me, I had to take advantage of all the gorgeous cherry and apple blossoms that seemed to pop up just about everywhere this year. Flowers are fleeting, which makes me sad sometimes... but it also means we have to appreciate the sight (and smell!) while it lasts.

voodoo vixen dress
Outfit Details
Laura Butterfly Swing Dress: c/o Voodoo Vixen
Butterfly brooch: similar  ||  Heels: similar

floral print retro vintage dress
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Clowning Around

sourpuss clothing clown dress

Does anyone else feel like there simply aren't enough hours in the day... EVER? Even though the sunlight is lasting longer, I'm still feeling like I don't have nearly enough time to get everything done in a given day – hence why I've once again fallen behind with blogging. I've actually been taking a ton of photos lately, since the weather's been pretty great. It's the photo editing that I'm struggling to keep up with. I have a lot of fun things on the horizon, so thanks to you all for sticking with me!

sourpuss clothing fiesta dress
clown circus print dress

This dress from Sourpuss Clothing definitely falls under the "fun" category! I'm obsessed with anything off-the-shoulder lately, and this print appeals to my love of all things circus. I don't have a fear of clowns in the slightest (though I might think differently if I ever watched or read It), so this dress is purely an adorable novelty print in my eyes. I love the pom-pom ball trim, too! This dress style (called the Fiesta) is a bit tough for me in terms of sizing; the waist in this XL is fairly generous – to the point where I could have sized down – but I don't think my bust would have fit in the size large. I will say that this dress is extremely comfy and easy to wear, which means it'll be getting a lot of use this summer.

sourpuss clothing dress
Outfit Details
Clowning Around Fiesta Dress: c/o Sourpuss Clothing
Belt: similar  ||  Necklace: similar
Jelly flats: similar

clown dress

I'm going to try to prioritize posting on a more regular basis from now on (especially because I have such a substantial backlog of photos to get through!). I have so many summer adventures I'm planning to go on – and outfits I'm planning to wear – and I can't wait to share them all with you!

Have a great start to your week!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Garden Variety

dolly and dotty elizabeth floral dress

After one of the longest winters in recent memory, spring has finally arrived here in Rochester! I was starting to go a bit stir crazy, so I'm relieved the weather has finally warmed up and things are starting to bloom. But when the temperatures were still frigid, I paid a long-overdue visit to the Buffalo and Erie Botanical Gardens on a gross and rainy day. What a beautiful escape it was! I can't believe I had never been to these gardens before. They had a bunch of different rooms, each more lush than the next. I couldn't even pick a favorite!

floral pinup dress
day lillies rochester ny buffalo
buffalo botanical gardens

This place served as the perfect backdrop for this Dolly and Dotty floral dress. This Elizabeth style fits really nicely and due to the fabric's stretch, it was surprisingly comfortable. And the print is so pretty close up. It's currently on sale (and almost sold out!) for a steal. They also carry a beautiful long-sleeved dress in this same print. I've had such good luck with their dresses -- they're a lot better for everyday wear than some of my other pieces but are easy to dress up when needed.

dolly and dotty dress
buffalo and erie botanical garden
floral pinup dress

I'm really relieved the weather is finally nice again. But even so, I have to admit that I'm struggling a lot lately. I've been trying to make some adjustments in my personal life to prioritize self-care, but I'm still having a really hard time (and have been for a while). I'm impatient by nature, which makes it hard for me to accept that things aren't just going to magically improve overnight. And I have to remember that making significant changes is really hard and to not beat myself up over it. I guess I just keep hoping that the change in seasons will bring about a change in myself... and who knows, maybe it will.

retro floral dress
purple flowers
botanical gardens
Outfit Details
Elizabeth Floral Dress: c/o Dolly and Dotty
Hair flower: similar  ||  Flats: Amazon

Have a great rest of your week!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday Favorites #153

Hi friends! I know, I know... it's been a while (AGAIN) since I posted a Friday Favorites. I'm trying to get back in the swing of blogging, so I finally made time to put this one together. Here's what I've been lusting after lately...

Who else is OBSESSED with the Unique Vintage x Barbie collection? It was literally my childhood DREAM to have my dolls' outfits in my own size and now I actually can! These two pieces are my favorites from the range. I'm secretly hoping they come out with more in the future.

unique vintage barbie collection
a     ||     b

Do I need this Bettie Page pin?
bettie page pin

How cute are these gingham sandals?
gingham sandals modcloth

And I'm pinching myself over these little lobster purses:
lobster novelty purses

a   ||   b   ||   c

Should I get this Sebastian pool float for summertime?
little mermaid sebastian pool float

This ASOS swimsuit is right up my alley:
asos swimsuit

This might be the prettiest water bottle I've ever seen.
flower print water bottle
These peach dresses are so dreamy:
peach colored dresses
1    ||    2

This Minnie purse is the perfect shade of millennial pink!
pink minnie mouse purse loungefly

I'm dying over this pastel yellow poodle print dress:
unique vintage poodle print dress

And finally, this Kate Spade strawberry purse might be my favorite thing ever.
kate spade strawberry purse

Have a great weekend!

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!
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