Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Favorites #102

Happy Friday! I sure am glad it's finally the weekend! Here are a few fun things that I've been loving this week:

I'm obsessed with obnoxious phone cases lately, including all of these. I'm so sad the popcorn one doesn't come in an iPhone 6 version, but I might have snagged the jukebox one for my collection.
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I might need a pair of pale pink flats in my life.

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These new arrivals from Heart of Haute are the dreamiest!
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This little mousy bag is so squeakin' cute!

I need these Golden Girls thank you cards by Kate Gabrielle!
I also might need this mug:
Even though it's not something I'd typically be drawn to, I really like this dress from ModCloth's new label.

We just bought the gray version of this futon, but I love the teal just as much!

This owl canister is so dear!
Pretty dress alert!
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I love these pins:
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And finally, one of the funniest & cutest short videos I've seen in a while:

Have a great Friday!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Painting the roses red

rose print dress

I think this dress from Unique Vintage has the best rose print I've ever seen. It's so romantic, and I love the classic silhouette. It'd make a perfect Valentine's Day dress, but since there are still some roses in bloom, I decided to take a trip to the Maplewood Rose Garden here in Rochester. It's sort of a strange place for a rose garden (it's surrounded by department stores and located near an iffy area of the city), but it does provide a sense of serenity and escape. Weirdly, I've seen at least four other bloggers who had the same rose garden post idea around the same time... but since I had a backlog of outfits, I've been sitting on these photos for about a week.
heart of haute rose dress
pink rose
unique vintage rose dress

I'm in complete denial that July is nearly over. What happened to summer?? I'm determined to get as much out of this last month as I possibly can. I have a couple of little trips planned (you'll hear more about those soon), and I still have to cram in some other things on my summer to-do list, like going to the beach, an amusement park, and the Renaissance Faire! I did manage cross one big thing off my to-do list this week – we did a big overhaul of my room and did some redecorating, with which I'm very pleased. I'm hoping that now it'll look nice enough to use as a photo backdrop for the colder months. 

rose dress
rose print
floral dress
Outfit Details
Heart of Haute Rose Garden Dress: c/o Unique Vintage (on sale!!)
B.A.I.T. Footwear Spectators: available here
Pettislip: Amazon

Do you have any plans for the rest of the summer?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Baby Blue + Book Reviews

I've always been an avid reader, though I've recently found it difficult to find the excess time or energy to dive in to a new book. I love the written word, and I'm convinced that my early love of books helped me to become a skilled writer and eloquent speaker. It's been a challenge to make reading part of my routine again (I'm usually so exhausted by the end of the day that I pass out pretty quickly!), so I realized that if I combined it with my blogging calendar, I'd be able to reach my reading goals and provide some different content for my readers – a win-win! I'm planning on making it a semi-regular feature, and first up for review is The Book of Joan by Melissa Rivers.

In general, I am very much a fan of biographies and memoirs, especially ones that chronicle those in the entertainment industry. I love being able to peer into the lives of fellow performers (even when their books aren't especially well-written), and these books usually provide a lot of sound advice. I always liked Joan Rivers, and since I also have an incredibly close bond with my mother, I was eager to learn more about Melissa's and Joan's relationship. Overall, I enjoyed the book, though I felt the humor was forced at times (Melissa has an immense appreciation for her mom's humor, to be sure, but her own execution of it often fell flat). Joan had such a big personality, and I'm impressed by how skillfully Melissa held her own and learned to thrive while working so closely with her mom.

The book felt a bit scattered, and I wish Melissa's editors had been more unwavering in their duties, as there were some cringeworthy oversights that they failed to catch (though admittedly, they were things that most likely bother me more than they would the average person, i.e., the use of "guesstimating" and incorrect usage of semi-colons). Joan wrote two memoirs of her own, and ultimately, I wish this book had relied a little less on Joan's voice and comedic bits; although I was amused by all of the Joan-isms peppered throughout, I would have been interested to read a more focused account of their unique relationship. It seemed to me that Melissa feels like she has big shoes to fill in terms of comedy and tried too hard to make her jokes land. The book would've been a more successful piece if Melissa had simply remained true to herself and let go of the desire to make everything laugh-out-loud funny. Comedy doesn't work if you're trying too hard or if you're not being honest, and I wish those facts had been among the many lessons that Joan taught her daughter. However, writing a book is no easy task, and I think Melissa is to be applauded for the heartfelt moments that she did manage to include in this book, especially when Joan's sudden passing is still so fresh. It's clear how much Joan doted on her daughter (despite any jokes made at her expense), and finding out more about their bond was certainly the highlight of the book for me.

If you're interested in reading The Book of Joan for yourself, you can find it here
Have you read any good books lately? Do you have any recommendations for my next review?

Outfit Details
Vintage dress: Geronimo Vintage
Book ring: ModCloth (similar)
Flats: Aerosoles (similar)

Have a great Monday!

I received this book from the Blogging For Books program in exchange for an honest review.  

Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Favorites #101: UncommonGoods Wish List

I'm doing something a little bit different with today's Friday Favorites post; usually, I'll find a bunch of interesting pieces from several different sources, but today, I'll be focusing on one great gifting site: UncommonGoods. I think I love making wish lists for myself just as much as I love figuring out what to give other people. There aren't any major gift-giving holidays around the corner at the moment, which means that it's a good time for me to start compiling wish lists for myself, right? ;) Since I am a girl with rather quirky sensibilities, I tend to think UncommonGoods is an excellent resource for items you can't find just anywhere. I could peruse their website for hours on end because you get the experience of going to a craft show or museum gift shop while sitting in front of your computer (and in my case, while wearing my pajamas). They carry everything from delicate jewelry to unconventional housewares – many of which are handmade from recycled and organic materials – and believe me, it was very difficult to narrow down my favorites! Here are just some of the things on my current UncommonGoods wish list:


Have you ever shopped with UncommonGoods? For even more gift ideas, click here!

Have a fantastic Friday!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

All dolled up

doll me up darling

Is there anything more darling than a pink dress? I'm powerless to resist a good one, and this one from Doll Me Up had me swooning from the moment I saw it! There are so many sweet details on this dress, from the floral border to the puff sleeves, that I knew it just had to come live in my closet. :) Each piece on the Doll Me Up website has a detailed size chart, and the size medium fits me like a glove! It's evident how much Krista (the lovely founder of Doll Me Up) cares about her customers and how much work she puts into her online store. That personal touch is one of the many reasons why I really enjoy working with smaller businesses.

pink vintage dress
deer arrow chevy brooch
pink doll me up dress

Doll Me Up aims to provide customers with items that are both adorable and affordable. With so many beautiful retro-inspired pieces available online, it can be really easy to spend more than you initially intended. Although Doll Me Up carries some of the pricier pin-up brands (like Bernie Dexter, Heart of Haute, and Lady V London), they've also made sure to have tons of options for budget-conscious shoppers. I think they carry an excellent mix of higher-end items and less expensive basics, and I love the sentiment that you don't have to spend a fortune to look amazing. They also offer free shipping within the USA and low international shipping rates, which is getting harder to come by these days! I had such a great experience working with Doll Me Up, and it's definitely become one of my go-to sites for variety of stock (and great deals).

pink dress
Outfit Details
Tea Party Dress in Baby Pink: c/o Doll Me Up
Pink Chevy Brooch: Deer Arrow (gift from Amanda + Katie)
Petticoat: Amazon
Flats: similar

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Have a great day!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Cherry Orchard

cherry dress

I have to be honest: this might just be my favorite blog post to date. I bought this Bernie Dexter cherry dress from Unique Vintage a while back, but I'd been waiting for just the right time (and the right accessories) to wear it. When I found my dream shoes on eBay – and finally took the plunge and ordered this bag from Collectif – I knew I'd have to pair them all together in one cherrytastic ensemble.

bernie dexter cherry dress
unique vintage cherry dress
cherry purse
bernie dexter

This was my first time going cherry-picking, and it was a such a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon. You might remember this poppy-themed post, where we headed to Hurd Orchards in Holley, NY for the day. They offer all kinds of pick-your-own options throughout the summer, so I knew I wanted to make a return trip for these cherry photos. We picked way too many cherries (which were absolutely delicious), and despite the humidity, I'm so happy with the way the photos turned out. I'll definitely be planning another visit during peach season – not only are peaches my favorite fruit, but I already have an outfit in mind!

cherry print dress
cherry tree
retro cherry dress
cherry print
cherries dress
pick your own cherries
vintage cherry dress

Outfit Details
Bernie Dexter cherry dress: Unique Vintage
Melissa x Vivienne Westwood cherry heels: eBay
Patent cherry handbag: Collectif
Name necklace: c/o oNecklace
Pettislip: Amazon

cherry outfit
cherry tree

In addition to my peach-picking plan, I'd love to go blueberry and raspberry picking as well, and I'm certainly going to go apple-picking in the fall. Have you done any fruit-picking this season?

vivienne westwood melissa cherry shoes

Have a marvelous Monday!
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