Pinup on a Budget: Le Bomb Shop + Polka Dots

Monday, June 30, 2014

Happy ((Early)) 4th of July!

Meet the Tie Sleeve Lucy Day Dress
 A couple weeks ago, we were trying to decide what we wanted to do on the blog for the 4th of July and completely coincidentally, Melissa from Le Bomb Shop contacted us about exactly that!  She offered us each a polka dot tie sleeve dress to try and we couldn't pass them up (they look like something Lucy + Ethel would wear!)  Le Bomb Shop is a small, family business run by Melissa and her husband, Ben.  They actually originally sold vintage under the name Bombshell Vintage so they have a great eye for truly vintage-styled reproduction pieces.  Also, we want to mention for those interested (because we like to keep everyone updated on clothes for women of ALL sizes) that they're currently expanding their line of manufacturers to include more plus size pieces in vintage styles.

Say hello to the Tie Sleeve Lucy Day Dress in Red + White Polka Dot and Blue + White Polka DotAmelia: I have always been a huge fan of shirt-dresses, because they seem so effortlessly "put together".  I'm so busy that it's nice to have pieces in my wardrobe that I know will be stylish and are still sensible for my hectic schedule.  June:  Like Amelia, I absolutely love shirt-dresses.  When I first got into buying vintage, I bought a ton because they were so easy to find and very inexpensive.  I feel like there's nothing better or more figure-flattering than a good, patterned shirt-dress.

One thing we noticed with this dress is that it is a tight fit across the bust. So depending on your bust and waist measurements you may have to size up accordingly.  We recommend measuring your bust + waist and checking the size chart!  Amelia got a small and found the bust a bit snug and June got a medium and took the waist in quite a bit (over 2 inches on each side) but the belt definitely helped as well!

We wore my shorter petticoats under this dress for a 50s style, but could definitely see rocking it without a petticoat for a more 40s vibe.  We loved the puff sleeves the tie detail on the cuff and it's awesome that you can adjust the ties to your arm size.

Amelia: Another good thing about this dress is that it can be styled in so many different ways.  Since we were celebrating the 4th of July early, it was a no-brainer to match blue accessories like my BAIT Footwear shoes, Erstwilder brooch and Luxlite earrings with the red dress.  June:  I love the versatility of this dress and the beautiful shade of cobalt blue.  I can't wait to wear it on a casual Friday with a blazer or cardigan + flats for work.

Pinup on a Budget

Le Bomb Shop is a great company for the pinup on a budget!  We put together a few of our favorite items from their shop to share with y'all!  We LOVE the wiggle dresses.  Check out the link to see the back of them, which is just as cute as the front.  Also, the top row second from the left dress has convertible straps which can be worn four different ways (which is pretty awesome.)

June: Also, just to mention, I thought my mail lady lost my dress for the post, and Melissa was incredibly sweet + accommodating about everything while I was busy being frantic over the whole thing.  Luckily my 3 houses down neighbor walked it over a day later, but they were incredibly  amazing about communication and also accept returns + exchanges.

Some other awesome things worth mentioning are that they offer free U.S. shipping on all orders (no minimum) and free international shipping on orders over $250.  And if you're looking for a way to follow restocked items or flash sales their Facebook page is the best way to keep up.  Melissa + Ben were also sweet enough to give us a promo code to share with y'all so for 10% off until July 3rd use promo code "JBGP10".

Have you shopped with Le Bomb Shop before?  What are you wearing for the 4th of July?

What's In Our Bag(s) + Our 100th Post

Saturday, June 28, 2014

We're currently together in Augusta, GA this weekend working on planning June's wedding, going to a friend's baby shower and seeing The Fault in Our Stars (we waited to see it together and it was a tough wait).  We were asked to announce at a pinup contest, which is a first for us and we're really excited about it.  Also, this is our 100th post!  We've only been blogging since January, but it seems like time has FLOWN by.  We can hardly believe it and are so thankful for y'all, all our sweet, wonderful readers.  We're planning a pretty awesome giveaway in the coming weeks, so be on the lookout!

We thought a fun post for our 100th would be a What's In Our Bag(s) because 1) we love seeing what's in other people's bags because we're nosy 2) we've never done one and we're both bag ladies who carry their lives around in their purses and 3) we have the added fun this time 'round of having packed suitcases for this weekend's adventures.

June's Suitcase + Bag

We have a few different events to attend this weekend and that, paired with my general indecision over what to bring and my fear that I'll wake up one morning and think "I feel like death and hate everything I've brought with me" tends to lead to over-packing.  Better safe than sorry, I suppose!  This trip I've brought:

My purse is admittedly as cluttered and overly packed as my suitcase.  I actually carry two bags to my office (one containing my MacBook and anything too big to fit in my normal purse) because I usually leave right for class when I get off of work.  These are the things I have with me on a normal weekday:
  • Vintage Basket Purse from Sweet Ludie's Vintage + Fruit Clip
  • Betsey Johnson Leopard Cosmetic Case - gotta bring it all for touch-ups
  • iPhone headphones - for audiobook listening on the go
  • Measuring tape -  to avoid having to actually try on vintage pieces
  • Bobby pins + case - growing my bangs out requires a limitless supply
  • Nesting doll flash drive - the last resort backup of our blog design, my wedding invitations and my entire 2L year of law school. Muey importante!
  • Blog business cards - you never know who you're going to run into
  • Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso - my hands down favorite red lipstick
  • Wonder Witch Butterbeer Chapstick - a gift from Amelia
  • Comb + Denman Brush - favorite brush + comb
  • Composition notebook - currently using it for a wedding planner, those paint swatches on the top are our wedding colors... yeah we like a lot of color
  • Always a book, this month, Lucky Bastard by S.G. Browne, a world where luck can be bought + sold on the black market, this is my 2nd time reading it.
  • Cateye sunglasses - even though I have to wear them over my normal glasses
  • Red Glitter Lux De Ville Wallet - Amelia has the gold
  • Sewing kit - you never know when your vintage is going to fall apart... while you're wearing it
  • iPhone - in dire need of a new case
  • Great Aunt Ruby's antique compact - this thing is sturdy like a lobster + it's beautiful.

Amelia's Weekend Prep + Bag

Whenever June comes into town, we always spend time at my house, so even though I have access to my closet I still like to sort of plan out my outfits.  I try to plan out at least which pieces I'm going to wear, and then accessorize based on how I'm feeling that day.  However, that doesn't always mean I wear what I pick out, because I usually end up borrowing something of Junes at least once!  This trip I'm thinking:

Unlike most things in my life, I actually try to keep my purse not too cluttered.  I think this is a habit I've developed because I love vintage purses and they're generally pretty small.  My purse contents change from season to season, but for Summer I have:
  • Vintage wicker purse - from Sweet Ludie's Vintage + Luxulite fruit brooch 
  • Mustard elastic headband - when I give up on my hair in this Georgia heat
  • Assorted hair accessories - for when I REALLY give up on my hair
  • LimeCrime Red Velvet Velvetine - I'm out of my Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick and this is my runner up
  • Revlon Matte Really Red - For days when I want a more subtle red lip
  • Babylips, Nivea and Burts Bee's Chapsticks - I hoard chapsticks.  Everytime I go to a drug store I try a new one, because I'm seriously addicted.
  • Gold Glitter Lux De Ville Wallet - June bought me this wallet for Christmas, and it fits in my purse just right
  • Mini sewing kit - This kit holds the bare essentials for fixing vintage on the go and the tape measure is for measuring vintage clothing. 
  • Modcloth pen - Not only does this pen have one of my favorite companies logos, but it has different colors of ink
  • Cinderella notepad - If I need to write a note I have the most professional notepad ever
  • Little Mermaid mirror - Sephora released a limited edition Little Mermaid collection, and I bought everything in it.  Including this lovely mirror with Ariel and Prince Eric on it.
  • Extra gum - I love gum.  Not only does it stop bad breath, but it's also just fun for me to chew.
  • Hand sanitizer - You never know when you may need to kill 99.9% of bacteria
  • Rattail comb - I don't always brush my hair, but I always comb my bangs! 

What's in your bag?  (Post a photo, link to your own WIYB post, etc.) We'd love to see!

Friday Favorites #20

Friday, June 27, 2014

With my impending travel plans to see Amelia this weekend, which will be my first vacation "home" to Augusta since January that will be longer than "get there Saturday at 1am, leave Sunday at 10pm", I'm feeling a bit scattered.

I've been relatively quiet about it, but  my wedding is officially 3 months away and my "couples shower/Tennessee pre-wedding party" is 1 month away.  Collin + I are doing two celebrations as we live in Nashville, but our families are in Augusta (where the ceremony will be) which has amounted to twice the amount of work.  I'm meeting the wedding florist, seamstress + going back out to the venue this weekend (also looking into changing our current dessert/cake plan).  I'm just excited to feel like we're getting things done!  In other news...

FF 6-27-14
one  |  two  |  three
Usually the one shoulder dress isn't a stye that appeals to me, but I love this Prettiest of All The Landscape Dress (which is made by Bernie Dexter).  Not to mention, her scenery prints are incredibly lovely to me.  This Swing Showcase Dress (which is made by Hell Bunny) has adorable rick rack details on the neckline and I can't decide if it reminds me of Christmas or watermelons... but seeing as it's June... I'm going with watermelons.  The Too Much Fun Dress in Popsicles is one of those dresses I've really been watching to see if it goes on sale.  I don't wear short dresses often, but I break them out for my lazy days of running errands in this crazy southern humidity... and who doesn't love popsicles?!

I've adored this Eve Rockabilly Dress  from Etsy maker TicciRockabilly since I happened upon it on Tumblr.  I love the contrasting winged collar + cuffs and the double breasted buttons on the front.  The little company is based in Budapest, Hungary and she has amazing Etsy feedback so maybe I'll take the plunge and try one out!

So, we'll be blogging about Lindy Bop in the future, but I haven't tried one of their skirts yet.  This little polka dot Peggy Skirt is at the top of my list; I've really enjoyed the fit of their dresses so I can only assume the same about their skirts.  I also have my eye on this black Maui Skirt by Hell Bunny and love how a lot of their summer skirts have matching crop tops.  I'm still lusting after the Pink Candy Skirt from last season.

So, I'm not a fan Katy Perry's music, but every once and a while she wears something I think is cute.  I happened upon a lot of these images separately (and there are more), but when examined as a whole, I found it incredibly interesting/hilarious.  Amelia + I both dabble in comic reading and it seems as though Ms. Perry seems to have a very intimate relationship with 40's + 50's Pinup Comic Queen, Katy Keene.  Her comics were interactive and readers were encouraged to submit original drawings of outfits and accessories for characters to wear, as well as designs for automobiles, homes, interiors, rocket ships, trailers and boats and a lot of them included paper dolls.  I suppose if you were going to mimic a comic book character, this is a damn good one!

Last but not least, the beyond amazing news that Amelia + I freaked out about Thursday night... they will be adapting one of our favorite books, Looking for Alaska, by our hands down favorite writer, John Green, (Queen Rowling doesn't count) into a film.  Alaska Young has been Amelia's fictional character spirit animal for like 8 years now and I know she's beyond excited.  I can only hope Paper Towns will follow one day!

What are your favorite things this week?

Custom Made Pieces from Pins and Needles Pinup

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Hello there.

Recently, the incredibly sweet Jade, shop owner and seamstress at Pins and Needles Pinup offered to make some sweet custom pieces for us + our guys and we couldn't pass up that opportunity!  It was our first time having custom pieces made and a really fun experience to choose our owns styles, fabrics (this took a lot of time to decide because she had a lot to offer) and have items made specifically for our measurements.  Even the guy's bowties are made specifically to their neck measurements.

Blue Hawaii

One day, I was lurking Instagram and found this adorable lady who sympathized with my plight over being a "shorter" lady (I'm 5 foot even) and we started exchanging brands + fit ideas and I found out she was a seamstress and makes a lot of her own clothing because of her frustrations over fit.  That is how I met Jade and came to be introduced to Pins and Needles Pinup.  She was kind enough to offer to sew us a little something.  When I opened the package I was so excited because 1) the fabric is lovely 2) the skirt is the PERFECT LENGTH (thank you JESUS, I think this makes 1 of maybe 3 things in my wardrobe catered to my height) and 3) it's beautifully made, lovely stitching and wonderful quality.  It also just so happened to be the perfect piece to go with my new cherry statement necklace from Your One Stop Pinup Shop

Star Wars

When Jade asked if Collin liked Star Wars, I immediately sent a photograph of his massive collection of vintage Star Wars figures.... which are currently dominating his man cave (photos here) along with his records. He was so stoked to see his bow tie once it arrived and when I asked him what he had to say about it, he simply said "It's fucking awesome!" and then he jumped in the air and I captured the photo above.  I'll definitely be sending Jade more fun fabric in the future for adorable novelty bow ties.

Pink Geometric

When Jade/Pins and Needles Pinup sent samples of her fabric I was so excited when I saw this pink geometric flannel-esque fabric.  I've been wearing a lot of lighter pink lately, and I love this skirt because it contains multiple different shades of pink and also shades of white and grey.  The entire fabric is just so kitschy and definitely a statement skirt.  I paired it with a black top, an adorable Lilyashly flamingo brooch and my vintage lace-up oxfords.  I think the overall look screams 1950s Sock Hop, which is everything I love in the world.  Since Jade custom makes skirts for your waist measurements it guarantees that the skirt fits like a glove.  I love having a skirt that perfectly fits my waist, and it helps that the skirt is so very adorable!

Green Plaid

Michael - I'll preface this by saying that not only was I sick the day I received the bow tie, but I also had two cavities filled that morning.  So, I may not look too excited, but that's only because I was having a hard time smiling!  I was completely surprised by the bow-tie, that Pins and Needles Pinup picked out this awesome green plaid fabric for me (green is my favorite color) and Jade got my measurements so it was custom made for my neck!  I wore this bow-tie (which I tied super quickly, because I was feeling so ill), with a white button-up shirt that had blue and red details.  Amelia has been rubbing off on me, and I've grown to like mixing and matching patterns and prints.

 Pins and Needles Pinup works mostly from custom orders so each buyer can provide their own waist measurement, length preference (or neck measurement in the case of bowties) and choose their own fabric, simply select the "custom order" option on her Etsy here.  She was sweet enough to provide our readers with a promo code "ILOVEJBAGP" for free shipping.

If you could have a skirt made of any fabric, what would it be?!
(feel free to link and/or upload photos)

Mid-Century Amazing: Atomic Excellence from The Crave Yard

Monday, June 23, 2014

A Touch of Mid-Century Amazing

The Crave Yard Atomic Starburst Brooches
After spotting June wearing these little pieces on our social media, the sweet people over at The Crave Yard were kind enough to send us each a few of these little scientifique atomique brooches.  We really love these because they are just the right size to wear alone or double (or triple) up and wear them all at once!

Amelia is wearing the Atomic Starburst brooch(es).  I stumbled upon these brooches one lucky day while searching on Etsy for "Atomic Brooch".  With that search phrase you'll find a ton of lovely brooches, but my favorites were from The Crave Yard!  The Crave Yard offers such a good variety of brooches including multiple different styles and colors.  Specifically, these Atomic Starbust brooches are great, because they come in so many different colors, including limited edition red and green.  I styled these brooches in a cluster, but they are equally as stunning on their own.  When paired all together it's definitely a statement piece, which is why I paired it with a solid colored top.  My skirt also contained two of the three colors represented by the brooches, which I thought was just an added touch.  This trio of colors all work so well together, and are staple in my fun-loving atomic wardrobe.  I mean, I am a Jetson after all. ;)

June is wearing the Galactique Brooch.  My first introduction to these pieces was Christmas when Amelia and Collin each coincidentally purchased one for me to add to my gift.  They're really versatile and I've received a lot of compliments on these little minimalist pieces of atomic accessory awesome.  Also, they're very reasonably priced (they run about $18 INCLUDING shipping).  I paired the Galactique Brooch with one of my favorite Bernie Dexter dresses which has rockets on it!  It's really hot here so I'm rockin' the teased 60s ponytail again but this time I added side bangs.  I actually really like them.  This entire outfit sort of made me feel like a diner waitress... but in a good way!

You can purchase these guys and other amazing wares through The Crave Yard's Etsy, their website or Pinup Girl Clothing.  We have our eye on the Atomic Tote Bag as a future purchase, they also make lovely, original barkcloth fabric...  too bad neither of us can sew.

Do you own a Crave Yard Brooch?  On a totally random note, what are you doing with you hair now that it's a million degrees outside?

Seersucker + Sweet Tea: Review of Trashy Diva's Seersucker Collection

Friday, June 20, 2014

 Hello, Divas.

Recently we were contacted by Trashy Diva to review their new Seersucker Collection of amazing dresses + separates and to say we were excited, would be putting it mildly.  We absolutely love seersucker, so we already had our eyes on this collection (must be the Southern upbringings) and were so happy to see the print on something other than a monogrammed tote bag or a man's suit at a college homecoming game.  We decided to have some fun with these photos and break out the sunhats + sweet tea.

June is wearing the Seersucker Lena Blouse + Gathered Skirt.  It was so hard for me to decide which piece to review for this post, I absolutely LOVED the Lena Dress, but this skirt + top set was too good to pass up.  When I opened the package, the pieces were even better in person.  I ended up at Target and found the perfect hat to go with them and I already had a wedding meeting planned with amazing grandma (you met her house once here) so I knew I had to snap my photos there.  Grandma + Me + the magnolia trees... might I mention it was exceptionally hot that day?  My grandma is sitting just out of view in all of these keeping me company, because she's awesome.

I LOVE this Gathered Skirt, most other Trashy Diva pieces are more on the 40's end of the style spectrum than the 50's, so the silhouette is a bit different.  There was a simple little back zip, plenty of room for a petticoat and it had pockets (always a selling point for me.)  I'd like to add that Trashy Diva let us know the skirts + shorts run a size small in this collection so check the size chart!  Also, look at the awesome cherry bag I hunted down at Gaslamp Too here in Nashville, it's so cute!

The Lena Blouse isn't something I'd usually choose for myself.  It has a gathered bust that covers a lined, structured under-bodice and provides lift + support (which in my case... usually looks absurd on my tiny frame.)  While I felt a little ridiculous with the amount of boob I had showing (I'm weird about showing cleavage haha), I loved my choice!  The bodice features elastic ruching at the sides and the skinny straps are adjustable with three button holes on the back, which again, was nice because I have a small torso.

Amelia is wearing the Seersucker Apple Tart Dress.  When I looked at the Trashy Diva blue and white Seersucker collection, I couldn't decide which piece I loved the most!  After looking at all of the pieces I finally decided that I had to have the Apple Tart Dress.  The detail that won me over was the ruffled bust.  The dress also has a full gathered circle skirt, skinny straps and, our favorite, pockets!  I'm probably the farthest thing from a Southern Belle, but oh man, I feel like one in this dress.  Trashy Diva never fails to create prints that I absolutely love, and this Seersucker print is definitely no different (I'm also currently lusting over the Crepe Myrtle pieces)!

I own a few different Trashy Diva pieces, and I'd say you should definitely follow each size chart (they're specified for each piece) and any recommendations customer service offers!  I've worn a size 2 in some pieces and a size 4 in others, and the size 4 in this style fit perfectly for my measurements!  I love that Trashy Diva's pieces seem to really accommodate large busts and smaller waists, because June and I both struggle to find clothing that compliments and fits all of our assets.  The straps on the dress are a little longer so if you're worried about showing too much cleavage I think a red camisole underneath could totally compliment this dress, but I didn't feel too exposed.

June at Grandma's House

Also, the ladies at Trashy Diva were kind enough to give us a promo code to share with y'all.  Use promo code "GEORGIAJUNE15" to get 15% off sitewide through July 31st!  If you ladies purchase something, feel free to share what you chose! We'd love to know!

Do you own a Trashy Diva piece? Feel free to post photos below! 

Friday Favorites #19

It's Friday again, which means it's time for another Friday Favorites!  This has been such a hectic work week for me, but I have so much to look forward too!  I'm going to see two of my favorite bands this weekend, Say Anything and The Front Bottoms.  I also get to see June in a week, which is always something I look forward too!

I've been looking at these three items for quite a while now, because I can't decide which direction I want my kitchen to go in.  My kitchens walls are blue and yellow, and we have an open cabinet that is red.  Color is definitely not something we lack.  I love the atomic cup and saucer, because it clearly brings a space age feel to a room, and I think it could make any cup of tea feel a little more special.  This cactus cookie jar is so perfect, because I kill everything I touch..including cacti (and the housewarming plant June bought me, this is June sneaking onto this post to mention this because the poor plant never even got a proper burial) so having a fake cactus that is filled with my cookies would definitely work for me!  The gingham lover and veggie fan in me loves these vintage inspired garden themed canisters.  They're a little more out there than what I would normally go for in my kitchen, but I'm just a sucker for their rustic look, I mean, couldn't you just imagine keeping your dry goods in these adorable containers?! 

Since college I've been a huge sucker for advertisement of all times, old and new.  All of those graphic design and advertising classes really got to me, and definitely changed my perspective.  I love vintage and vintage-inspired advertisements, and this one is one of my favorites (if you have a source let me know, it was one of those things I found randomly on Tumblr).  I love this ad for so many reasons, it brings back memories of Don Draper, and it's just so extremely asinine that I have to find it humorous.  I feel like old advertisements always presented such an obvious dubious message that todays advertisers try to hide in some way.  Perhaps there was just less shame back then?  Either way, I want a Lucky now....except I've never smoked before and I'm joking. haha 

As a forever fake redhead I've always avoided a few colors and those include orange and green. Orange, because I look HORRIBLE in's my nightmare; green because it's expected of me...and all of the leprechaun jokes.  As much as I have avoided green I have finally grown to realize that I need some green clothing, a lady can only wear pink, red and blue so much until she needs to branch out into different colors.  These two dresses totally caught my eye when I was on the hunt for green dresses. The striped dress has a full swing skirt, that adorable bow and great striped pattern.  I totally could see myself wearing this dress especially in the warmer weather. 

The wiggle dress is totally out of my comfort zone.  I just broke into wearing wiggle dresses, and I love love love this one.  I actually wore the swing dress version of this dress in white for my wedding, and I loved the details so much.  They also offer this dress in the swing dress variation (here), but since I still own the white version I think I'd much prefer this little number.  Also, both of these dresses are currently on yippee!!  

So I know I've expressed my "inner-nerd" a few times, but holy crap I'm so excited for this game!  My favorite gaming system will forever be the GameCube(judge me), and I LOVED Super Smash Bros Melee.  I cannot wait to play this game, and let it ruin all of my friendships with my loved ones, because I don't like losing.  I usually play as Link, because I'm the hero of time, but who knows I may branch out this time.  Michael and I have a few Wii U games that we need to beat before we need to buy anything else, but oh man I know this will be on our wish list.

On trend with my nerd confessions, HAS ANYONE ELSE BEEN AWAITING THIS?!?  I've been to Universal Studios Orlando more times than I can count.  It's always been a special place to me, but Michael definitely made it special when he proposed to me there in 2012.  I've been anxiously awaiting this Diagon Alley expansion for so long, and I cannot stop looking at all of the different images people are posting!  I just don't even know where to begin with my excitement.  Also, (this isn't a secret because I can't keep those) this is where we are going for June's bachelorette party, which is for sure going to be magical!  They have Butterbeer ice cream y'all, that's basically everything I've ever wanted in life...I'm super passionate about ice cream.  I cannot wait to be able to experience another aspect of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 

Are you like me and do you avoid wearing a certain color?  Excited for Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Orlando? 

Outfit Post: Something Old, Something New

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

We try to plan our posts quite a bit in advance, usually almost a month ahead of time, but two days ago, we decided we weren't in love with our post idea for today and thought "we don't really do outfit posts very often, why not!"  When trying to decide what to outfit Amelia mentioned she'd recently rediscovered a 60s vintage skirt she'd forgotten she had and June had just received her Castle Print Jenny Skirt she purchased with the help of her winnings from the #PUGChangedMyLife contest (more on that later) and Something Old, Something New was born!

Something "Old"

This skirt is something old in multiple ways, it’s vintage so it’s quite literally old, and I bought it last Summer but I think I’ve worn it about twice so it’s an older piece in my wardobe.  It was one of those pieces that I put away in storage during the winter, and I honestly forgot about it until now!  I'm so happy that I found it, and that it was not lost in the infinite abyss of lost clothing. 

 I usually stick to 1950s circle skirts, but this 1960s skirt was just too cute to pass up! The mint color paired with the pastel floral pattern matches my vintage and modern clothing, which is great! I really love that this skirt is a light easy wear, and it’s super casual compared to my normal day-to-day outfits.  Since the skirt buttons up the front it can very easily go from 1960s outdoor concert to Bible saleswoman, which is one reason I paired it with a more scandalous top.  Also, instead of focusing on jewelry and my usual brooch I kept it toned down for a super simplistic look.  I wore this out for a casual lunch, and it was nice to still keep a vintage vibe without being full 1950s housewife. I will admit that it was out of my element..I mean, petticoats should be worn everyday, right!?

I paired this high-waisted skirt with a simple white crop top with eyelet details. I don’t know if y’all have noticed..but I’m kinda the queen of crop tops. I seriously would wear them with everything if I could, and if I wouldn’t get fired. This crop top is an older one from Forever 21, but it’s lasted a while and it’s one of my favorites. I also wore my tan Ida’s from BAIT Footwear, which helped keep me in my element. Overall, I successfully paired two older pieces (one that I forgot that I owned) to create a totally new outfit!

Something New

So, I didn't want to dedicate a whole post to the contest, because I was incredibly reluctant to enter the PUG Changed My Life Contest especially because I knew if there was some itty bitty chance I placed out of the 1000+ ladies, someone would criticize that I was "too close to the company" or something (which actually did happen).  I was beyond floored to see my name mentioned in the Honorable Mentions and received so many kind words about my story, if you're one of the people who commented, thank you.

That being said, I was able to purchase this beautiful Jenny Skirt in Blue Castle Print, in part with help from my winnings.  I'd been eying this collection since before it was released, and ESPECIALLY after it was released early offline for Pinup Parade in the Park and I got to see tons of beautiful ladies wearing their pieces of choice (including my beautiful friend, Miss Mae La Roux who won first place in the costume contest for her Cinderella-inspired spin using the dress version of this.)  So, I couldn't resist purchasing one when they became available online.

It's difficult to tell, but all those little lighter colored stars are actually pink!  I was excited because last time I was visiting my family + Amelia in Augusta, GA, I stumbled upon a handful of new vintage, nylon scarves at Sweet Ludie's Vintage and I hadn't found an occasion to break out the pink one yet.  Instead of overdoing it with the accessories, I grabbed my pink scarf to bring out the subtle hits of pink in the skirt and my sparkle-y confetti lucite earrings from Oblong Box Shop (reviewed here).  The actual art on the skirt is absolutely beautiful and both the color and the art were even better in person than I'd expected.  Also, sometimes when you're wearing a skirt with castles on it, you can't help but pose like a melodramatic fairytale princess.

I know we've said it a million times, but styling separates is a great way to stretch your wardrobe whether they are old pieces you've forgotten about or long-awaited, new favorites!  It's great to buy pieces you know you'll be able to mix-n-match.

What's your favorite piece in your wardrobe, old and/or new?