Dress: Lindy Bop
Shoes: BAIT Footwear (similar)
Mushroom brooch: ASOS (Cath Kidston)
Mushroom purse: antique co-op
Isn't the collar on this dress wonderful?? This is my second dress from Lindy Bop (I have yet to wear the first one the blog). I've featured a lot of their dresses in my Friday Favorites posts, but hadn't taken the plunge into purchasing anything until very recently. I think their pieces are fantastic for girls who want to achieve a 1950s or pin-up style look without breaking the bank. Their dresses tend to be made of a lighter weight cotton, which is a nice option for summer. Both of my dresses came quite wrinkly (God bless the portable steamer!), but I suppose that's a small price to pay for a difference in price. Sites like Pinup Girl Clothing have pieces of excellent quality, and it shows in the craftsmanship and the fabric itself (many of their dresses are made of heavyweight sateen), but even so, I can't often justify the $150 price tag when I can get a dress like this for less than $50. I will say, though, that the belt that came with it is really not of very good quality, as it's very flimsy and seems like it might rip easily. Luckily, I have other belts that will go with this dress. My guess is that I may actually get more use out of this dress than I will with my PUG dresses, simply because this is something that can be styled in a multitude of ways, for a variety of occasions. Lindy Bop carries an incredible variety of silhouettes and styles, and their pieces are perfect for a budget-friendly treat!
On a non-dress note, I had a driving lesson yesterday (my first since last year), and it went way better than I'd thought! I have a lot of anxiety about driving (it stems from high school, but has gotten worse since, after having avoided it for so long), but I have a new instructor now that has made me realize that I actually have a lot of natural ability and don't need to stress nearly as much about that as I have been. It's really amazing that a different instructor can make all the difference. Sometimes you simply click better with certain people. That's been a factor in other areas of my life (like past acting teachers and vocal coaches), but it's applicable here, too. It's a really nice feeling when someone can make you believe in your own abilities, and it's such a great motivator. I've been struggling with a lot of things lately, but finally facing my fears -- in a non-threatening way -- has done wonders for my mood! :)
Have a great Tuesday!