Guest Junebug Ashley: Bernie Dexter On A Budget

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hello there, fellow Junebugs!  My name is Ashley and I blog over at Southern (California) Belle.  I was more than honored when June and Amelia asked me to post for them today.  I think I speak for everyone when I say congratulations to June, she's now a married woman!

Bernie Dexter has been discussed on Junebugs and Georgia Peaches before.  Their informative post on her dresses can be seen HERE.  As a superfan (and a mommy with a small clothing budget), I decided to talk about how to add these gorgeous frocks to your closet without emptying out your wallet.  Bernie's dresses can range from $156-$225 at full price but here's a few tips and tricks to get one for a steal!


Bernie Dexter Sale Section

Bernie has a Last Chance Sale section on her website.  These dresses are either discontinued or don't have all sizes available.  She sells these dress anywhere from $55-$108.  I like this option because it's coming directly from Bernie and in perfect condition.  If you like to gamble and possibly get an even bigger discount, this next option might suit you...



For those of you who love a good auction, there are tons of Bernie dresses on eBay.  Bernie herself sells some dresses at amazing prices on her eBay account.  The bids usually start at around $55.  If that's a little too pricey, many people sell their gently used Bernie dresses as well.  The dress above on the right was an eBay find from someone who never wore this dress.  I had been looking for this discontinued style for a long time so I was overjoyed when I won the auction.


Online Sales

There are a few online stores that stock Bernie dresses in their sale section.  Modcloth sells Bernie Dexter, but not for much longer so keep a lookout for a discount!  Right now Unique Vintage has a bunch of her dresses on sale.  For you Canadian Junebugs, C Style Fashions has a few discontinued styles on sale as well.


Clothing Swap Groups

This is a bit more of an unconventional option, but because I acquire so many of them this way, I had to mention it.  Both of the dresses above were swapped with other members of a group I belong to on Facebook.  Basically, we all have swap boards on Pinterest and trade with one another.  I'm constantly trying to purge my dress collection but I usually end up swapping which doesn't really help my overstuffed closet!  If you have any questions about this, feel free to ask in the comments below :)


Bernie Dexter has an Etsy store with quite a bit of goodies in it!  Here you can find one of a kind samples, vintage goodies, and pieces from her very own wardrobe all at a discount.

I hope I've given a few options to you fellow pinups on a budget!  If you have any questions, please let me know.  I'd be happy to help with your quest for a Bernie at a discount.  Thanks so much for reading and I hope so see you over at Southern (California) Belle in the future!



Guest Junebug Sammi: What I'd Wear For June's Big Day

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hello, Junebug readers!  Sammi from The Soubrette Brunette here.  Longtime fans of this blog might remember my kitschy accessories guest post that I did back in February.  I'm so glad to be back on Junebugs and Georgia Peaches for the day!  You might have noticed that June and Amelia are absent from today's post.  As most of you know, June has been incredibly busy with planning her wedding, and she asked if I wouldn't mind stepping in with a post this week.  These two ladies are so near and dear to my heart that I didn't even hesitate in saying yes!  Since June was sweet enough to actually invite me to her wedding (weren't her invitations the cutest?!), I thought it might be fun to showcase what I would wear to her big day -- if I'd been able to sneak away to Georgia for the weekend -- with an outfit post!

Retro hair flower
Green cropped cardigan

I always associate the color peach with the South, and this peach rose dress seemed so fitting for June's wedding.  The style of the dress reminds me of her, and it's really a high-quality frock (with plenty of room for a petticoat!).  I managed to snag this dress for a steal during one of ModCloth's 70% off sales; it's no longer available there, but fortunately, it is still available for purchase directly through the manufacturer -- a brand called The Pretty Dress Company.  I think the label name suits this dress perfectly!  The dress comes in a couple of styles and colors, but the one I have is definitely my favorite.  You can find this dress here, if you're interested.

Retro dress
Peach roses

I'm not sure what the weather is like in Georgia this time of year, but in Upstate New York, it certainly feels like fall.  I opted to style this dress with a cardigan, and though I'd love to not have to wear one, this dress is actually quite bare on top and I was glad for a little extra fabric.  I didn't think this outfit needed a ton of accessories, so I paired the dress with a pair of pink heels and a matching hair flower -- I wanted to feel at least a little festive!

The Pretty Dress Company
Outfit Details:
Dress  |  ModCloth (available here)
Cardigan  |  H&M (old, similar here)
Hair flower  |  Forever 21
Heels  |  TJ Maxx (similar here)

Hand hearts

I know that June's wedding is going to be beautiful, and I cannot wait to see all the photos from her big day.  I only wish that I could be there to celebrate with her in person!  She and Amelia have become such dear friends, and sometimes I forget that we've never actually met in "real life."  I'm wishing June and her fiancĂ©e Collin all the love and happiness in the world!

Thanks so much for checking out my post, and I hope to see you around The Soubrette Brunette!
xox Sammi

Our 8 Most Influential Albums Growing Up

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

We've seen a lot of posts on other blogs + social media with people listing their favorite or most influential albums.  We thought this would be a fun way to get to know us a little bit more!  We were talking about what albums we would each include, and we realized that our two lists were going to be EXTREMELY similar so we decided to create a consolidated list of the top 8 albums that affected our lives.  Also, our music taste hasn't changed in forever so these are still the albums that we listen to the most.  We love Wanda Jackson and the Carter Kids as much as the next person, but our "default" will forever be pop punk.

1. Deja Entendu - Brand New (2003):

Amelia: Before June loved me I knew I loved her, because I had never met someone so passionately in love with Brand New like I was before.  Their first album, Your Favorite Weapon, is great, but   Deja Entendu is a masterpiece from start to finish.  There was so much progression between the two albums that the first listen of Deja caught me off guard (the progression between all of their albums is pretty amazing to listen to).  The last time I saw Brand New live, I drove 10 hours to Ohio and they  played this album in full...and I sobbed uncontrollably.  I get to see them in less than a month in Atlanta, which is something that I've been looking forward to for a while now.

2. Dude Ranch - Blink 182 (1997):

June:  From the days before people knew who Travis Barker was and they had a drummer named "Scott", this Blink album is amazing enough that during the first listen, you can tell they were bringing something all their own to the punk rock table.  Approachable enough that anyone can pick it up and listen, but impressive enough that you know you're getting something special.  It's fast-paced, crude... and completely amazing.

3. ...Is a Real Boy - Say Anything (2004):

Amelia:  There is so much to be said about ...Is a Real Boy, because it's an album filled with a lot of angst, but beyond that angst are some pretty interesting themes.  From a song about relationships during the Holocaust to a song about not having sex with a girl because of the subject of the songs.  Say Anything created a fun album that still developed a ton of emotion and some great, catchy lyrics.

4. More Adventurous - Rilo Kiley (2004):

June: We had a really hard time choosing a Rilo Kiley album because their whole discography is amazing.  From as early as Take Offs and Landings to as recent as Under the Blacklight (or even the new album Knives), lead singer + songwriter, Jenny Lewis, always produces amazing music.  Her voice is folky enough for country +  her lyrics are often cynical and "fuck you" enough for punk rock so of course... they're an indie band. 

5. Say It Like You Mean It - The Starting Line (2002):

June:  When I was in my sophomore year of high school Economics class, I remember the ability to burn CD's was becoming more and more prevalent and the girl that sat next to me asked me to burn her a copy of the CD above and Midtown's "Living Well is the Best Revenge." I popped this CD in for the first time and I hardly took it out... for about 6 months.  Kenny Vasoli, their lead singer, has the voice of an angel.  I saw their last show (well technically, they occasionally still play but they announced that as their last) at Bamboozle in 2008.... it was May and it SNOWED.  It was perfect. I cried.

6. So Wrong, It's Right - All Time Low (2007):

Amelia:  All Time Low was pretty much the soundtrack of my High School experience.  From their first EP on I was hooked that one time I made them cookies and they signed my stomach. So even though they clearly thought I was weird I couldn't get enough of their catchy pop songs.  The long car rides home screaming All Time Low are perhaps one of the reasons why I love them so much, but at the end of the day this album is amazing.  It's one of the catchiest albums I've ever heard, and I dare you to not listen to it and nod a long.  Plus, they have a song about a stripper on the album.

7. Sticks and Stones - New Found Glory (2002):

Amelia:  I remember my brother buying this cd for my sister and me, and we thought he was absolutely the best!  This was the first album that I had heard from New Found Glory, but after I heard it I knew I was hooked.  Eventually I went back and listened to their first two albums, but for my 11 year old self "My Friends Over You" and "Head on Collision" were enough to peak my interest.  This album really influenced me to stray from the super poppy music that I was used to, and led me to listen to more and more pop-punk.

8. Take This to Your Grave - Fall Out Boy (2003):

June:  Back before Pete Wentz was a d-bag (ok wait, he was always a d-bag but he hadn't published a book yet), this album could've stood alone as a work of art... and they could've stopped making music and I could've musically died happy (sorry, not sorry).  I've heard this album called pop punk before but I'd definitely put an emphasis on the pop, it's upbeat even if the lyrics aren't.  Someone once said that the lyrics to this album are like entries out of a "broken-hearted boy's diary" and that makes me giggle because it couldn't be more true.

Bonus Picks:

June:  I think an album I go back around to time + time again is Bring Me Your Love by City and Colour.  The singer, Dallas Green (get it... City and Colour...) has seriously.... the most magical and hypnotic voice of all time.  This album is mostly acoustic (which is actually a far cry from what I usually listen to) but it's beautiful and timeless, and the lyrics are thought provoking and beautiful.

Amelia:  When I tried to think of one other album that impacted my life and that I still love I had a few ideas in mind.  I was born and bred on country music, and I've loved King George Strait since I was 5 so on instinct I thought about including one of his many amazing albums.  But I can't hide the truth from y'all, my FAVORITE band (aside from Brand New) is O-Town.  I wish I was joking, but I'm not. haha their self-titled album is one of my favorite albums, and I still listen to it constantly.  No shame for my love for boy bands.

Here is a list of a few of the songs from each album listed above, place it on shuffle and have a listen!

Who is your favorite band?  What would your top 8 be?

June's Wedding Invitations + Prep

Saturday, September 20, 2014

One week until the wedding!  Collin and I got engaged over a year and and I've felt like I've gotten off fairly easy in the stress department on this wedding planning business... until the last month or so.  There was a huge mix-up with the paper for our invitations getting back ordered and a bunch of the envelopes being misprinted.  So, while everyone knew our wedding date, I felt awful sending them out less than a month before the wedding and also having a handful returned because the addresses were printed wrong.  Regardless, everyone has them now so I thought I would share them with you! 

I'd seen designs from ElloThere floating around online and was so excited to have them create something for Collin + I.  They were so communicative and great, even when we had a couple of last minute requests (I'll share those later ;) ).  I love that they gave my dress detail so it wouldn't just be printed white and that they even gave Collin a little plaid bow tie and striped socks.  I'd had high hopes for ordering vintage stamps and using them on all the envelopes, but when you start running out of time, you're like... f*ck it, birds + flowers will work JUST FINE.

I picked up a few different ribbons to tie up the invitations, mainly because I knew I'd get tired of staring at the same one.  While I was freaking out about getting all our invitations stuffed and mailed out in one night, Collin made sure to 1) keep the mood ligthhearted and 2) get invitations out to the REALLY important people... and make sure their invites were properly doodled upon.  Then, I left for Georgia to beg Katie to help me with more wedding crafts, do another fitting with my dress and do another run through with my hair.

If anyone has been wondering what we've been doing with allllll thattttt ribbon from last wedding post, our venue had a lot of restrictions as to what we could have during our "exit" so after deciding bubbles weren't really our thing, Amelia and I started frantically googling trying to figure out other options.  I was so happy to find these ribbon wands!  I honestly can't wait to see all the men in my family waving these things... the photos will be the perfect mixture of genuine happiness and reluctance.

Macarons from Harvest & Honey
Last but not least, I arrived home to Tennessee this week to meet up with my friend Jenny, who runs her own little private baking business, Harvest & Honey, so we could talk macarons, hang out and so she could (amazingly) send me home with an armful of her baking displays to use for our dessert table. She'll be baking about 60 macarons for the wedding... so excited. She sent me home with samples. My last act of "stuff to do in Tennessee before going back to Georgia next week" was to FINALLY get our engagement photos done with our friends + wedding photographers, Ulmer Studios. Here's a sneak peak.

photo credit: Ulmer Studios
What was the last week or so before your wedding like?
What did your invitations (or what will your future invitations) look like?

Minnie Mouse + Luna Lovegood

Thursday, September 18, 2014

When we met, we bonded over our shared love of excessive reading, Harry Potter, video games and Doctor Who and we both consider ourselves pretty nerdy.... lets call it Geek Chic! Our everyday style generally doesn't show much of our nerd pride, but from time to time we find pieces that are retro inspired + geek chic... and that's our equivalent to finally not being told that our princess in in another castle. 1138 Clothing is a California company that specializes in custom skirts and corsets but even better, they cater towards nerd + pop culture and you can find anything from Star Trek to Pokemon.

Outfit Details:
Minnie Mouse Ears  |  AForestBoutique Etsy
Off Shoulder White Tee  |  eBay (similar)
Minnnie Polka Dot Skirt c/o 1138 Clothing
Va Va Voluminous Petticoat | Modcloth
Hansel Yellow Heels c/o BAIT Footwear
Snow White Tattoo Ben Ritchie at Icon Tattoo in Murfreesboro, TN

When I found out about the 1138 Clothing Etsy store, I was about as excited as I was when I met my Doctor for the first time.  I immediately found myself searching for Harry Potter or Doctor Who wares (Amelia, you bitch, I really want a Luna skirt of my own haha).  But, I also loved the Marvel Heros prints but eventually decided to choose something a little on the neutral side for once... or as neutral as a Minnie Mouse skirt can be!  I really loved the shape of the skirt but also found that even with selecting my measurements, it was a bit on the snug side in the waist.  Best of all, this outfit gave me an excuse to share a tattoo no one ever sees, my Snow White!  Getting my other leg done is on my post-wedding agenda, I wonder who will be on the other side! Any guesses?

Outfit Details:
Honeydukes Pin | Hogsmeade <3 
Deathly Hallows Bracelet | Similar Here
Luna Lovegood Skirt c/o 1138 Clothing
Shoes | Goodwill

Initially when Linda of 1138 Clothing contacted me, I'd picked out another fabric for my skirt-- then she sent me a sample of what she was working on!  Knowing I was a HUGE Harry Potter fan, Linda showed me this skirt, which is inspired by Luna's skirt in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.  I instantly knew that I had to style this skirt in my best Luna impersonation, but since it's SO hot in Georgia, it's more like Luna Lovegood minus all of those warm layers.  It's not every day that I get to wear my Honeydukes pin or walk around with my Luna Lovegood wand, so wearing this skirt was especially fun.  The skirt was a little tight on me, so I would suggest ordering a half inch up if you decide that a nerdy novelty print skirt is in your future!  If you go to the shop and don't see this skirt don't worry- this skirt was designed by Linda and her graphic designer (Dustin Rhodes) and it is available by special request!  Also, you can purchase the fabric through Spoonflower if you want to make your own Luna inspired goodies!  

Well, now we've shared our Harry Potter, Doctor Who (ok... so we bring them up all the time) + Disney mania with you... and sprinkled a little Zelda + Mario in there. So, that begs the question:

What do you like to nerd out over?!

Dollys at The Dock

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

We received these swimsuits from Red Dolly Swimwear coincidentally right before June came home for her last visit before the wedding.  We decided to spoil ourselves and have a lake day... but our day definitely didn't go as planned.  After driving 30 minutes to the lake, we were greeted by a barrier blocking us from driving to the 'beach' area.  Being the rebels we are, we decided to walk to the area, which was not the best idea because after walking 2 miles in swimsuits and heels with our arms full of lake day supplies, we realized that our destination was much farther than we thought.. SO. MUCH. FARTHER.  We ended up on the dock, sticking out feet in the water.

I've been telling Amelia since day one of blogging that if we were EVER contacted about swimsuits... she was in it alone.  I'll be the first one to admit that I'm not entirely comfortable with my body and also yeah, I wear my corset most days and it's my security blanket but I sucked it up an wore a swimsuit anyways because 1) they were too cute to pass up and 2) I'd never make Amelia do this alone... even if I told her I was.  My suit was The Noir Maillot and  it was the perfect black one piece.  I really loved the quality and fabric of the suit.  However, because I'm only 4'11" and I have an incredibly short torso, I had quite a bit of excess fabric in my medium and my bust didn't fit in a small (Amelia's suit is a small and shes a smaller cup size than I am, but we tried it on me anyways... it was hilarious).  Also, Amelia was confidently rocking the shit out of her swimsuit and I told her I felt like an insecure little raincloud, which made me feel like the photo below:


I've always said that I have the longest torso in the entire world. That may be a slight exaggeration, but it is super long, which is why I've never bought a swimsuit online before.  This Red Dolly, "The Bella" in red and white polka dots surprisingly fit me pretty well!  I will admit that I could have definitely benefited from having an extra inch or two, but that's only because I'm not used to my boobs being out so much. ;)  Not to mention that I loved the print on the swimsuit, because we all know I rock a lot of polka dots.  

Red Dolly Swimwear offers a variety of one pieces and two pieces for women, girls and babies.  Now if only they had swimwear for cats so we could buy our fur daughters a matching swimsuit...

Where is your favorite swimsuit from?
What are you doing with your last warm days?