Wednesday, December 6, 2017

O Christmas Tee

christmas pinup t-shirt

It's finally December, which means it's time for holiday-themed outfits! Hooray! As pretty much anyone can guess, I love dressing thematically and there's no better time to do that than the winter holidays. I'm starting off my collection of seasonal outfit posts with this cute-'n-casual ensemble. 

gingerbread skirt
crazy4me style christmas pinup tee

Although I always feel like I *need* new Christmas items, I'm wearing a skirt from last year (ModCloth just came out with a Nutcracker version) and a pair of heels I snagged a few months ago on Zulily (which happen to be available again!). I could've gone a bit more low-key with the shoe choice, but I've been dying to try these out. Plus, they go really well with this adorable tee-shirt from Crazy4Me Style. 

crazy4me style loveliest time of the year pinup christmas
modcloth christmas skirt
pinup christmas

This tee is soft and comfy and fits true to size. Literally the only negative thing I can say (and it's about me, not the shirt) is that my chest kind of distorts the image of the girl! (#bustygirlproblems) Aside from that though, I really love this piece and it's definitely going to be a go-to for me over the next few weeks.

I guess this outfit is sort of a lot – especially since it's just three pieces – but I think it'd be really cute for a holiday celebration with friends, decorating the tree, baking cookies, or really anything that doesn't require dressing to the nines. 

christmas t-shirt
Outfit Details
Holiday Pinup Tee: c/o Crazy4Me Style
Skirt: ModCloth (similar)
Heels: Zulily

gingerbread man skirt

Have you started your holiday merriment yet? I'm hoping to get my tree up this weekend or early next week. I also enjoyed a really fun Christmas tea with my mom and grandma yesterday, which was such a nice break from the usual mundane workday. At least I have my evenings free now to get in the Christmas spirit! Plus... we're supposed to get snow today, eek!

pinup t-shirt
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Cherries and Lemons

lemon purse skinnydip

It may be December (which means holiday outfits are coming SOON!), but I'm challenging myself in today's post to style some summery items in a more wintery way. I can't turn down a novelty bag, and this lemon purse from Always Fits is so adorable. However, I was having trouble figuring out how to utilize it in an outfit. I went the fruity route and decided to wear this halter dress from Heart of Haute as a skirt. It may not be my favorite outfit of all time, but it made me realize how some pieces aren't as limited as I'd initially thought.

cherry skirt heart of haute dress
always fits lemon crossbody glitter purse
cherry print skirt

The show I'm in opens tomorrow, and it's not a moment too soon. It's been great to get back into the swing of things and sing again, but I'm absolutely exhausted. I need to start taking better care of myself and obtain a true work/life balance that I'm comfortable with. That'll definitely be a goal of mine for 2018. I'm also really excited to have a bit more free time during the week so I can get started on festive holiday things! My tree is waiting to be decorated and there are lots of cookies that need to be baked!

novelty print bag
Outfit Details
Sweetie Dress in Classic Cherry (worn as a skirt): c/o Heart of Haute
Black top: similar  ||  Black belt: similar
Glitter Lemon Purse: c/o Always Fits
Necklace: Poshmark (similar)
Shoes: similar

lemon purse cherry skirt
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Beary Cute

silly old sea dog dress

Every once in a while, I'll look back on my older blog photos to see how much my style has evolved. I've changed quite a bit physically, no doubt, and my photo quality has shifted over the years, too. Even though I've embraced that same style ethos – retro-inspired and kitschy femininity – ever since I started blogging, I've chosen to express it in many different ways. Sometimes, it's good to revisit your roots and remind yourself of why you started loving something (in this case, fashion) in the first place. 

kawaii novelty print dress

My outfit today feels a lot like the ones I wore a few years ago on my blog, with its youthful quirkiness. What's weird is that I didn't feel nearly as comfortable in this outfit as I do in other styles I currently wear, even though this is an ensemble that's so indicative of the early days of The Soubrette Brunette. Maybe it's the shorter hemline or maybe it's a reminder of older chapters in my life I'd prefer not to revisit. But after a little while, I started to loosen up and recall how much exuberance I felt with those early posts. I love my style now, and I love my style for what it was then. And I love this little Silly Old Sea Dog dress for allowing me to revisit other times in my life (as weird as that feels to write).

bear print dress

First of all, this bear print is the unbearably cute. I've worn Silly Old Sea Dog on my blog in the past (you can find my Christmas post featuring their Nutcracker print dress here), but it's been almost three years since I styled anything from this adorable, independent brand. All of their pieces are produced in the UK and they have some of the best novelty prints around. Their shipping time is quite quick for being across the pond, and they're also very size-inclusive (they stock U.S. sizes 2-20). While I do wish that their dresses were a bit longer, that really comes down to personal preference; that said, if you do plan to place an order and are on the taller side (I'm 5'7", for reference), the skirt length may be something to keep in mind. 

novelty print bear dress

Now is actually the perfect time to try out one of their dresses for yourself – not only do they have an amazing Christmas collection and tons of fun accessories, but they're also offering free worldwide shipping to all my readers with the code SOUBRETTE (valid through December 6th on orders over £30). So if you haven't gotten yourself a holiday dress yet, get on it!

silly old sea dog
Outfit Details
Yellow Bears Dress: c/o Silly Old Sea Dog
Cropped cardigan: available here
Heart brooch: Femme de Bloom
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, November 27, 2017


crazy4me style

Happy Monday! It's hard to believe it's already the end of November. The holidays are right around the corner, and the show I'm in opens this weekend. It's been really difficult to find time to take photos (especially because the weather has been pretty crummy), but I was finally able to style this adorable tee from Crazy4Me Style!

corvette t-shirt
retro t-shirt
crazy4me corvette pinup tee

You might recognize Yasmina from Instagram, but you might not know that she has her own cute clothing line! This pink corvette tee is just one of a few items I have from her shop. It's a really nice quality t-shirt and is so easy to style with skirts (one of my go-tos as of late!). If you plan to order one for yourself, note that it does fit on the tight side. Yasmina has size charts for each of her items, which is super helpful. I ended up going with the XL on this one and the fit is perfect. I went fairly simple with the styling of this top, but there are tons of other ways that you can wear it.

heart of haute sweet sweater
Outfit Details
Classic Corvette T-Shirt: c/o Crazy4Me Style
Black Sweet Sweater: Heart of Haute
Retroversible Skirt: c/o Julie Mollo
Flats: Jessica Simpson  ||  Pin: made by me


Did you buy anything fun this past weekend? There are lots of good Cyber Monday deals today too, but I'm pretty much spent (literally and figuratively). I mostly bought gifts for other people, but I still have a bit of shopping left to do. Luckily, I still have some time!

Have a great start to your week!

Friday, November 24, 2017

(Black) Friday Favorites!

Happy Black Friday, my friends! I hope you're all ready to get shopping, because I've compiled a huge list of discounts for you to reference – plus a bunch of items I'll be purchasing (or wishing for this holiday). You can find links to these items + their corresponding coupon codes below. I'll also be adding to this list throughout the day, so be sure to check back if there's something you're after but don't want to pay full price!

Here's what's on my Black Friday wish list (and what's already in my cart)...

black friday deals

...And here are all the coupon codes!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend! Let me know in the comments if you snag some great deals!

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving Traditions

hell bunny pumpkin dress

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I couldn't be more excited to eat mashed potatoes, yams, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie. I'm definitely of the mindset that while having turkey is a given, the real stars of Thanksgiving are actually the sides. This Hell Bunny dress kind of pays homage to those dishes, with its cranberries, pumpkins, apples, and squash, so it seemed like a fitting choice for this holiday.

pumpkin print dress
autumn dress hell bunny
hell bunny dress
fall print dress

To be honest, this silhouette isn't my go-to these days, but it's definitely a cute little dress. It's also pretty lightweight and comfortable, which is good for eating (but not so great for warmth during this time of year). I really like Hell Bunny's seasonal pieces a lot, but I wish the fabric quality was a bit more aligned with the price point. I think I probably will wear this dress tomorrow, maybe with a green cardigan over it to break up the pattern a bit. It also goes perfectly with my little pumpkin necklace!

thanksgiving dress
Outfit Details
Hell Bunny Pumpkin Dress: available here
Pumpkin necklace: Evelyn Mae Creations

pumpkin fall dress

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes? I love hearing what families eat on Thanksgiving. We have mostly the same spread every year, but I think my mom is adding butternut squash soup to the menu this year! We also have this strange family tradition of having green Jell-O. I'm not sure when it started, but it's been part of the holiday since I was born. Tell me the dish you can't live without (or the one that might be silly but is also a must-have) in the comments!

fall rochester ny
Have a great Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Plaid and Pies

the pretty dress company plaid hepburn swing dress

Happy Thanksgiving week! I don't know about you, but I'm really thankful for this short week. I've been burning the candle at both ends lately between work and rehearsals. I know we're just coming off a weekend, but my body and mind are still exhausted. There are lots of exciting things on the horizon though, so I'm planning to power through this week and enjoy some well-deserved rest.

unique vintage plaid dress

I also plan on enjoying some delicious food. My boyfriend's family had their Thanksgiving last night, so I'll get to stuff my face twice this year. :) This gorgeous plaid frock from The Pretty Dress Company is perfect for any and all holiday activities from Thanksgiving through Christmas Day. I feel like a character out of a book or a classic movie in this dress! I had planned on taking these photos elsewhere, but plans changed at the last minute. Instead, I headed to the Susan B. Anthony House, which felt fitting for this dress's vibe.

unique vintage pretty dress company
plaid vintage dress
plaid dress pretty dress company

Unique Vintage is the only US-based retailer for The Pretty Dress Company (I'm seriously swooning over this other TPDC dress they carry!), which makes it even easier to get your hands on their brand. PLUS, a little birdie told me that Unique Vintage will be celebrating Thanksgiving week... so you might want to check their social media today to see what's in store!

vintage retro plaid dress
pie brooch erstwilder
plaid dress
Outfit Details
Plaid Hepburn Swing Dress: c/o Unique Vintage (via The Pretty Dress Company)
Pie brooch: c/o Erstwilder
Belt: similar  ||  Heels: similar

holiday plaid dress
Have a great start to your week!
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