Thursday, April 2, 2020

KINDNESS ISN'T CANCELED: $50 PayPal Giveaway

visa gift card giveaway

I know it's been a while since I updated my blog – and there have been a lot of changes in the world since I last posted. Most of us have had to make major adjustments in our lives due to the spread of COVID-19. In addition to the health threat posed by the virus itself (which is scary enough), many people have lost their jobs or their businesses may be hanging in the balance. We have to separate ourselves from our loved ones, put off vacations, and be careful about every move we make. Simply put, there's a lot that's uncertain right now. 

But there's one thing I do know: that kindness isn't canceled. Although I'm very anxious about the state of the world and feel overwhelmed with all of these new changes, I'm simultaneously inspired by those I love and by perfect strangers. While this pandemic has certainly brought out some of the worst in people, it's also highlighted some of the best of humanity.

I know it isn't much, but I wanted to find a way to do something nice for one of you in a way that's safe. So I'm hosting a little giveaway for a $50 to be paid via PayPal. I wish I could swing a higher amount, but I hope it will provide a little relief or bring a smile to someone's face! Here's what you need to know.

$50 PayPal Giveaway Rules

One (1) follower will receive a $50 friends and family payment via PayPal. Enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter widget below and follow all instructions to be eligible. This giveaway is U.S.-only and will run from now until 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. The giveaway winner will be contacted via email and will be announced via the widget once confirmed. The winner must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is not sponsored or endorsed by PayPal. Thanks for entering and best of luck!



Thursday, February 13, 2020

Galentine's Day

galentine's day

Friends, waffles, work. Only the first two are really important on Galentine's Day, when we celebrate our relationships with other women (and our relationship with delicious breakfast food). I've wanted to throw a Galentine's get-together for a few years now, but the scheduling has never really worked out. But I was determined to have a little celebration with my mom – who is both my best gal pal and the one who helped bring my vision to life! – and enjoy some homemade waffles together.

galentines day menu food
valentine heart flower wreath
valentine bouquet
waffles galentines day
Items Used
Waffle tray: Target  ||  Heart straws: Target
Heart wreath: made by my mom (similar)
Galentine's Day banner: Amazon
Other items: Joann's, vintage
Dress: Bernie Dexter  ||  Brooch: Femme de Bloom

galentine's tablescape flatlay
valentine waffles
galentine's day outfit
valentine straws
waffles galentines day
brunch decor

Of course, it doesn't need to be February 13 for you to publicly appreciate the incredible ladies in your life. But it's certainly a good excuse to get together, share some laughs, and stuff your face. :) 


valentine's day party ideas
valentine table decor
bernie dexter lipstick chelsea dress

Do you have anything planned for this Galentine's Day or for this lovey-dovey weekend? Whatever you do (or don't do!), I hope you enjoy yourself!

PS: Congratulations to Amber, the winner of my recent giveaway! 
Thanks so much to everyone who entered and stay tuned for more giveaways coming soon!







Monday, February 3, 2020

The Soubrette Brunette's 7th Blogiversary Giveaway!

blog giveaway

I can't believe that my blog is seven years old! When I started The Soubrette Brunette, I really just wanted a place to document the fun clothes in my closet. I didn't imagine that it would turn into such an important part of my life. Thanks to my blog, I've made so many friends and was lucky enough to have a consistent creative outlet. I've never made much money from blogging, but it's meant a lot more to me than a source of income (and it was at least part of the reason I was able to do the full-time work I'm doing now). Blogging isn't as popular as it once was, but I'm really glad I have this little corner of the internet for my fashion and for my musings – and I'm really glad you're here, too!


If you've been following my blog for a while, you probably know what's coming: a giveaway! I always like to give something back during this time of year. One follower will win a really fun prize package that I've put together just for the occasion:
the soubrette brunette giveaway

You can win...

  • $25 gift card to BoxLunch
  • Colourpop "Truly Madly Deeply" eyeshadow palette
  • copy of The Great British Baking Show: The Big Book of Amazing Cakes
  • Pusheen travel mug
  • 14-ounce bag of pink Starbursts
  • pink heart sunglasses
  • and other assorted goodies!

Now that I've piqued your interest, you'll need to know how to enter and win! 
Read the rules below carefully (and be sure to follow them exactly!) to ensure you're eligible to win.  

Giveaway Rules


Enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter widget below. FYI, you must be a follower of my blog and my Instagram to win. This giveaway is open worldwide and will run from now until 11:59 PM EST on Saturday, February 8, 2010. The giveaway winner will be contacted via email and announced via the widget once confirmed. The winner must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. Please note that in the event of product unavailability, comparable substitutions may be made. Best of luck and thank you for supporting my blog!



Friday, January 31, 2020

Friday Favorites #162: Valentine Wish List

Today's the last day of January (finally!!!), which means that Valentine's Day is just two weeks away. I may not have a sweetheart this year, but I'm taking that as an excuse to treat myself instead. I thought it was high time I put together a new Friday Favorites post – and this one is Valentine-themed! See what I'm swooning over below.

Please note that this post contains some affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on one of those links, I may receive a small commission that helps to run my blog. Thank you for supporting The Soubrette Brunette!

valentine's wish list friday favorites
a   ||   b   ||   c   ||   d   ||   e 
f   ||   g   ||   h   ||   i


Have a LOVE-ly weekend!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

2019 Recap

It's hard to believe that 2019 is coming to a close. This year was incredibly difficult and came with a lot of (very necessary) changes. But I feel emotionally stronger and more optimistic than I have in a while. And while I don't post on my blog as frequently as I once did, I think it's a really good exercise to look back on the last 12 months and appreciate how far I've really come in such a short time... and appreciate all of the outfits I've worn!

outfit roundup

In January, I was still reeling from my recent breakup and contracted food poisoning from one of my all-time favorite restaurants. Talk about betrayal. I didn't post a whole lot. But I did celebrate my blog's sixth birthday in February and my mom made breakfast for dinner for us on Valentine's Day. Emma and I did a couple of fun shoots and I savored the flowers at the Dutch Connection exhibit. I spent a lot of time yearning for warm weather. Emma and I also made a big decision to rent a studio for our photography projects (though we didn't tell many people until months later)!

the soubrette brunette

By April, I started to feel reinvigorated. Spring blossoms started to emerge. I saw Hamilton and started posting more frequently again. In May, my mom and I had Mother's Day tea at Sonnenberg Gardens. In June, we saw Waitress. Emma and I started creating content to promote the studio and I started feeling more confident again. I also came to terms with a really painful end. My mom and I spent a weekend in Skaneateles, followed by many excursions to different orchards and farms.

retro vintage pastel blogger

In July, I went to the NY Lavender Festival with friends and hunted for antiques. I found my collection of bathing suits that I thought I had lost three years prior. I didn't want summer to end. In August, Emma and I officially launched Dear Blossom Studios. We picked a lot of fruit, made our annual excursion to the sunflower fields, and went on a picnic. By the time September rolled around, I signed up for a flower share, pushed myself to take photos in public places, and took in the wonderful wackiness of the Fringe.

retro blog

October was filled with spooky outfits, boudoir sessions, and birthday fun. I officially lost 50 pounds just in time to turn 31. November was slightly somber and nostalgic, but I also started rehearsals for "Winnie the Pooh." I received a promotion at work for a position I helped to develop and started feeling a lot more positive about my professional aspirations. And in December, I felt joyful in partaking in activities (aside from being involved in a car accident, that is) and putting together seasonal outfits.

vintage girl blogger

This year might not have turned out the way I thought it would – and I still have a long way to go – but I am glad to be where I am now. What are you proud of accomplishing in the past year? Be sure to check out my post on Instagram later today to see my last outfit photo of 2019!

See you next year!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Let it Snow

bernie dexter winter wonderland dress
All images by Emma Rizzo Photo

It's exactly one week until Christmas, so I thought it was high time to post at least one holiday outfit here on my blog. I've been posting more frequently on Instagram than on my blog lately, but I still love this space and think it's important to document things here... especially during one of my favorite times of the year!

bernie dexter
bernie dexter dress
christmas dress
vintage christmas dress
bettie bangs

This dress is an old one – I actually styled it five(!) years ago in this blog post. But it's probably my favorite dress that I've ever owned and I can finally fit into it again, which is a thrill. I convinced Emma to venture out to a Christmas tree farm with me to take some photos on a freezing-cold and icy day. She worked her magic like always, though!

bernie dexter clothing
christmas the soubrette brunette
christmas tree farm rochester ny
Outfit Details
Dress: Bernie Dexter (other styles here)
Necklace: similar  ||  Hair flower: Stardust Dames
emma rizzo photo

Things have been really busy this season, but they've been generally good. My life has changed a lot in the last year and I feel grateful to be where I am now. I'm looking forward to having a relaxing and special Christmas with my parents. We'll be doing our traditional hors-d'oeuvres-and-present-opening on Christmas Eve and we'll be seeing a movie and going out for Chinese on Christmas Day. What are your annual holiday traditions?


Make sure to follow me on Instagram so you don't miss any of my other holiday outfits that I don't end up posting here! And if I don't get a chance to update again before the 25th, have a very happy holiday!

Friday, December 13, 2019

The Soubrette Brunette's 2019 Holiday Gift Guides

holiday gift guide christmas gifts

Are you gearing up for the holidays? My little place is all decorated and most of my shopping is done. But I had such a great time putting together this gift guide for highly sensitive people last year that I decided I wanted to create a few more this season! If you're stuck on what to give your loved ones or you need one last present to stuff someone's stocking, take a look at these fun gift guides below!

Please note that this post contains some affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on one of these links, I may receive a small commission that helps to run my blog. Thank you for supporting The Soubrette Brunette!
long distance bff gift guide

gift guide for pet lovers
astrology gift guide
gifts for millennials
gifts for creative people


Did you find any inspiration from these guides? 
Happy Shopping!
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