Stockings + Spots

Friday, November 7, 2014

We were stoked when Nicole Katherine, whose brand was featured in some of the first Viva Las Vegas fashion shows, contacted us to let us take her brand out for a spin.  She has a great array of staple items that appeal to "both sides of pinup" as I like to call it.  The Betty Draper and the Joan Holloway, if you will.  This can also sort of be considered in terms of items that can be styled as "day vs. night" looks. This is one of those posts that features both.

Outfit Details
Gwen Dress in Gray c/o Nicole Katherine Design (also in green + pink)
Cherry Tapestry Purse  |  Vintage
 Persia Heels c/o Miss L Fire
Bow Backseam Stockings  |  Leg Avenue
 Dolce & Gabbana Glasses c/o Coastal.com 
Red Double Roses c/o Your One Stop Pinup Shop


Y'all! This is my first corset-free post I've written in a LONG TIME.  Of course, I'm still wearing shapewear because... how else would I keep my stockings up... but I always like coming out of my comfort zone a bit.  I've been waiting for a chance to break out these awesome stockings I picked up for $8 and the Gwen Dress gave me the perfect opportunity.  I felt like I was channeling my inner-Joan Holloway.

This dress has a little bit of give to it, but the fabric is a little unforgiving in the line department.  If you look up the Glamour Girdle I'm wearing, you'll see it has a cute little satin panel in the front, which you can see in a few of my photos.  That was no deterrent for my though, I went out and about anyways haha.  If you need a great wiggle dress with a little something fun, I loved the 3/4 sleeves, ascot + cut.  And if you need awesome beginners shapewear, the piece above is a great place to start!

Outfit Details
Brigitte Skirt c/o Nicole Katherine Designs
Va Va Voluminous Petticoat  |  Modcloth
Kam Dhillon Glasses c/o Coastal.com
Yellow Heels  |  Modcloth
Melanie Striped Top c/o Collectif
Mustard Purse  |  Modcloth


I go through phases where I either wear mostly dresses or mostly separates, and lately I've really been favoring separates.  The Brigitte Skirt by Nicole Katherine is quickly making its way into my rotation of favorites.  The structured high waist really set this skirt apart from most other skirts in my wardrobe.  Not to mention, I'm in love with this print.  Its subtle from far away, but up close you can tell that it's a dot print.

This print is actually one of a very limited run so if you're interested, act quick (Nicole Katherine is actually having a flash sale right now so instead of the normal $80, you can snatch it up for $48)!  My favorite aspect of this skirt is a toss up between the cute red front pocket detail or the fact that the high waist accommodates my long torso great!  Also, I can't remember, are you not supposed to pair stripes with dots?  If so..oops.  This outfit really defines my style, which is what I often call '1950s art  teacher'.  

Nicole Katherine carries a wide array of clothing inspired by the traditional look of the 1940s & 1950s.  If June is Joan in her wiggle dress than I'm definitely Betty in my full skirt.  

Are you more of a Betty Draper or a Joan Holloway?  
Have you ever purchased anything from Nicole Katherine? 

24 comments:

  1. Beautiful looks, ladies! I adore Amanda's dress and couldn't believe it when you said you had no corset on with this - your waist still looks so cinched! I really need to invest in some good shapewear. I've spent so long looking at What Katie Did shapewear but never taken the plunge, although I do have one of the overbust corsets (which wreaks havoc with my larger chest!!). And Katie's skirt is so cute, I love the detailing on the pockets - you can definitely wear spots and stripes too ;)

    Sian xx Rebel Angel

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  2. Such cute pieces (and gosh, I love those bow tights!). I'll have to go check out her shop!

    xox Sammi

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  3. I love all the brands I've been learning about from you. Someday when I have a job that pays me more than my bills I will get myself a wonderful new wardrobe!
    Thanks for posting a from the back picture, I often wonder what the dresses like like from the back.

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  4. I purchased something from NKD a while back and I was disappointed. I had heard rave reviews on how flattering, but I felt like, at least her dungarees, weren't at all flattering. And I'm petite at only 5'2 so the legs were extremely long on me. I think a double cuff was 4". I did receive a dress in her giveaway, apparently I won it from purchasing something from her...but I digress. The dress is beautiful and I thought I'd try it anyway. I was sad because the sizing said it was a 3x and instead it was more of a xl.

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  5. You both look fantastic... also, though this may seem random, I really like both of the full body shots you guys post. I love how you two are always learning more about clothes or more about blogging and photography and all that. It shows because this is always such a fun blog to come to!

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  6. I'm loving that skirt! I'm definitely more of a Betty, but I have been trying to embrace my curves and channel Joan a little more lately ;).


    Tamara
    www.trulytamara.com

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  7. RockabellaqueenElsaNovember 7, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    I guess with me it depends on what mood I'm in. Sometimes I want to wear a really full skirt, sometimes I want to wear a wiggle skirt. If I'm rushing around I find a wiggle skirt or dress a little restrictive. Tomorrow I'm working at a vintage fair and I'm going for a 50s inspired black and red spotty circle dress with 3/4 sleeves and a boat neckline paired with a red bow belt, a black cardigan with Grandma's Butlins 1952 pin badge, and a couple of inherited rings. Shoe wise I will probably go for black flats and black tights- it's cold in the UK right now so I will change from boots at the fair.

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  8. Both of you girls look fabulous! I seriously wish I owned your closet, haha

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  9. Adore her clothing but I'm thrown off by her sizing chart. I'm sorry but a 34 inch waist is now a double XL :| sad day for this curvy gal. However you both looking amazing!

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  10. Whats the definition of a psycho with no life? Someone who goes above and beyond to search out blogs and reviews about a person who could not please you. I'm a friend and a fan of Nicole Katherine's and it angers me that over the past several years YOU have posted the same goddamned rant on several other blogs. give it a rest! Nicole Katherine refunds or does exchanges. IF these jeans sucked so bad why didn't you take advantage of this? You also received something free and still complained? The only person who is looking bad here is YOU! I find it infuriating when selfish individuals go out of their way to make hard working people look bad. Especially hard working single moms who choose to make a way for themselves in spite of the odds.

    Instead of spewing out all of this negative energy for more years to come on a pair of jeans why don't you do something positive for yourself. If it bothers you that bad still, resolve it! If you don't want to resolve it then drop it!

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  11. You both look AMAZING, but those bow stockings are perfect.

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  12. love
    accessories! - visit www.robecart.com they have nice handbags, shoes, and dresses
    too!

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  13. I have a NKD I haven't worn in ages but you are so super cute in yours that I think I need to pull it out to wear again. I have this dress in purple/cream and a plaid dress with a bow in the back that I've never worn.

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  14. Aw these ladies are both beautiful and have adorable, quirky style! I don't know if I could ever pull off either look, but I think they certainly do!

    <(') Hoda | JooJoo Azad

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  15. She really is incredibly sweet. I'd actually not heard of her and then looked at her shop and wondered how I hadn't! So much cuteness!

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  16. Aww, I'm so happy to hear that! And I always try to remember to snap a photo from the back if the back of the dress is worth photographing! This was definitely one that was, especially with the stockings. <3

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  17. Thank you so much! And aww well we're glad someone notices that we're always learning and trying to improve! We are DEFINITELY not photographers so we always just take 454576547 photos and pick our favorites haha

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  18. I love the skirt too - so cute! I'm also more of a Betty... most definitely but I try to force myself into Joan zone haha.

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  19. Awww thank you so much! And I seriously need to clean my closet.

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  20. Thank you so much! And yes, totally the most worthwhile $8 ever spent!

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  21. Aww thank you so much, and you totally should! Purple + cream plaid?! That sounds like I missed out on a great print!


    She actually had another going on today. She's been doing them a lot lately, you should hunt her down on IG and ask her, she's been sharing promo codes with ladies. ; )

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  22. Aww thank you so much for saying so. I think anyone who feels good dressed a certain way can definitely pull it off. <3

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  23. Thank you so much. I quite looking at sizes a long time ago, I just look at the measurements and go with it. My closet holds things from S to L... totally doesn't make sense. lol

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  24. Aww thank you so much! I am definitely naturally hourglass shaped which is why my corset makes my shape look SO dramatic, but shapewear sort of just gives me a smoother version of my natural shape. And I promise when you finally take the plunge, it's totally worthwhile! I also love Rago Shapewear. I've never been brave enough to try an overbust corset because I'm a 34DD and I don't want my boobs in my chin. haha.

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