Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday Favorites #7: Retro and Romantic

After spending a few days trying to think of what I wanted to feature, I decided that this week's Friday Favorites would be a lot of retro, sentimental pieces that harken back to another time, with a few romantic finds thrown in.  Actually, this combination is a good description of my personal style!

If you regularly follow my blog, you are probably aware that I love pieces with a retro flare.  This holds true not just in my closet, but in my sense of interior design as well.  I am determined to one day have a retro-style, colored refrigerator (in addition to other appliances), for one thing!  

I love white with pops of pastel color!
A perfectly pastel kitchen!
I love this retro stove (which looks like it's authentic to me, rather than a remake, but I could be wrong), and the scalloped hood is too amazing for words!

Super retro, but I love the combination of the floor/fridge/pink accents!
I actually like the shabby chic feel paired with the retro appliances, though this is a little too country for my taste.
This, however, is nearly perfect!

A thousand times YES.
And of course, this just made me look for other pastel inspirations for decorating...

I also love Kitchen Aid's line of colored mixers (if only they weren't so expensive!):

And these retro stoves are great, too:

This one, made by Big Chill, comes in 8 standard colors and 200 custom colors! This is true of all the retro remake appliances they sell, I believe, which is amazing!

I know these design inspirations won't be a favorite for everyone, and I'm not sure I'd ever go to these extremes in my own place.  But these pictures make me smile when I look at them, and I think that's a necessity in creating spaces in which you plan to spend a lot of time.  These quirky, unique ideas make me happy, so even if they're a little "out there," who cares?

Outside of interior design, I really love the retro pin-up look.  It's kind of my not-so-secret dream to be a pin-up girl.  I think the silhouettes of this style are incredibly flattering, for one thing, and of course, everyday clothes that slightly (or not-so-slightly) evoke costume pieces are the ones I'm drawn to.  I particularly love this springy, retro dress from Pinup Girl Clothing:

Lavender is such a beautiful color, and it's popping up everywhere this season!
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But getting back to retro silhouettes... Some of my favorite retro pieces are swimsuits, of course!  Here are some recent finds that have caught my eye:

via Ruche
via Net-A-Porter
via ASOS
via Betsey Johnson
In a similar retro vein, I really love this playsuit from Lashes of London: 

This vintage playsuit is 1970s/1980s retro, rather than 1950s, but I looove the bright colors and design!  It has sold already (I would have wanted to scoop it up, had it been a larger size), but I still wanted to post a picture of its greatness:

via Little Light Vintage
I will also forever be obsessed with this gorgeous beach set from Trashy Diva:

I've seen this adorable dress before (in several different styles), but I wanted to take a moment to express my love for Le Bomb Shop -- a wonderful eBay store that focuses on providing retro pieces at great prices.  This dress is one of MANY that the shop has to offer!

And of course, I can't talk about retro dresses without mentioning pin up queen Bernie Dexter, who has several new items available on her website for spring.  I love nearly all of her designs, but these two new dresses are especially lovely:

Bernie Dexter Foxy Print Pin-Up Dress
Bernie Dexter Victoria Dress in Blush Floral

I will actually be attending a retro-themed event this weekend!  It's a theatre gala that showcases a ton of local theatre companies in the Rochester area, and this year, the party is Mad Men-themed!  I've actually never watched the show (I know, I know -- this should be a crime for someone as retro-inclined as myself), but I do have the perfect dress hanging in my closet for it (and it's really vintage!):
via Sam and Milly Vintage
I cannot wait to finally wear this dress - and snap some pictures during the evening's festivities!  Now I just need to figure out how to do my hair like this and I'll be all set:

And finally (this one was a long one!), I'll end this Friday's favorites with a few strictly-romantic picks:
via ASOS

I think we need to start wearing gloves like these again on a regular basis.

via Go Jane
via ASOS

Have a beautiful Friday!
xox Sammi


  1. That pink-and-white fridge!!!! Oh. My. GOSH! It's too precious!!!
    I am also loving the mint lacey bodysuit...

    Have fun at your retro event! If you do figure out how to put your hair up like that, you'd better post a tutorial! ;)


  2. I love these!! Especially the mint appliances. And that desk in a closet.

    -Emma from

  3. I enjoyed this post so much. Have you ever seen Dita von Teese's kitchen? I saw it featured in a show and it is retro awesomeness with lots of pink.

    1. No, I've never seen it! But I'm sure I would love it... I'll have to look it up now!

  4. I love the pastel appliances! I think I would love to have a sweet kitchen like that! Wonderful inspiration! I adore vintage gloves too! I liked you post on bloglovin!


  5. Everything in this post is just adorable! But now I don't know how to explain to my fiancè that I want a pink fridge. Any suggestion? :D
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  6. All of them are so cute, i love this kind of clothes!
    Retro is amazing

    Kiss, Nati

  7. Omg I LOVE retro appliances!!! So, I nominated you for the Liebster Award! Check out the rules here:

  8. So many greay retro pictures, I like your selection.

    And I like your blog. What do you think about, following each other with GFC and bloglovin? Let me know, I follow back

  9. Pretty pretty photos!!! Love the polka dot swimwear and the pastel fridges!!! :))
    Following you now :)
    I also made a page on fb, check it if you like it!

  10. Loving all of this-the fridges, the swimsuits and the gloves especially!

    Sophisticated Lace

  11. Great vintage kitchens! I love all the pastels.

  12. I love these vintage kitchens! So pretty and awesome!

  13. Those appliances are so cute!!

    Also, I nominated you for the Liebster award in my most recent post. You can see it here!

    Have a great day!!

  14. I really wish I could have a pink retro fridge! Although I think my husband would kill me haha! Our (hopefully) new kitchen has a lot of retro flair and I plan on highlighting that through the decor. These are great inspiration pictures!



    Southern (California) Belle

  15. I love those pastel colors, and those dresses are gorgeous! I love this retro, throwback post!


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