Fashion

Comfortable Retro Style Heels

It’s no secret that I love dressing up! I use it as an outlet to express my personality, especially since I tend to be shy with new people.  I feel my best in a beautiful dress and heels, but heels never used to love me back.  They would start hurting in less than hour, and hobbling around is not a fun pastime.  With some trial and error, I’ve discovered the most comfortable heel height for me is between 2-3.25″ and if possible, has a nice padded insert.  Block heels tend to be the most comfortable, but sometimes a stiletto is just prettier.  If I will be wearing them all day, I might put band aids on my pinky toes to prevent blisters. Also, wearing hose or tights helps with sweat, blisters and irritation from swelling.

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For this post, I’m sharing some heels from few of the brands I love that are comfortable AND stylish!

 

 

 

 

 

Chase & Chloe

These are a brand I discovered on Amazon after I purchased a similar pair in Denver and wanted more.  Most of their heels are around 3.25″, the top of my heel height comfort, so I wear these for special occasions that don’t require an EXCESSIVE amount of walking, but they are still much more comfortable than other heels I wore in the past.

1. Cut Out Mary Janes (11 colors)

2. Bow Mary Janes (5 colors)

3. Cut Out T-Straps (33 colors)

4. Two Strap T-Straps (6 colors)

 

 

 

 

J. Renee

I happened upon J. Renee when I was listing over a pair of Kate Spade heels that were wayyyy out of my price range. I started looking up sparkly bow heels, and I found these beautiful gold/multi glitter heels at a fraction of the Kate Spade price that looked almost exactly the same!  Bonus, these heels have been comfortable enough to be my go-to wedding shoes that are danced approved!

1. Rhinestone Flower Block Heels (5 colors)

2. Bow Wedges (4 colors)

3. Leopard Kitten Heels (2 colors)

4. Bow Glitter Wedges (2 colors)

 

 

Lifestride

Lifestride is my favorite brand for my work shoes (#4 above) because I can go all day in them and have no blisters or pain.  They are on the simpler side of style, but still stylish and a decent price.

1. Patent Kitten Heels (2 colors)

2. Patent Heels (8 colors)

3. T-Straps

4. Mary Janes (2 colors)

 

 

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DIY, Fashion

3 Ways to Upcycle A Damaged Blouse

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One of my favorite things to do is score great finds at thrift shops, and I thought I’d hit the jackpot when I found this great, funky plaid silk blouse.  Though a little “loud,” I though it’d be a great Christmas season top.  However, when I got home from the shop, I discovered a rip along the button line.  It wasn’t a fixable problem, but there are plenty of alternative uses for great fabric!  Here are 3 ways I up-cycled this plaid blouse.

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FAUX COLLAR TOP/DICKIE

I wanted to still wear this as a blouse under cardigans, so my first project was to make a Dickie.  Most people have super dorky connotations of the Dickie (aka Christmas Vacation) but they are definitely back in style, in a much more chic way.  It gives you that button up look without the bulkiness of layering it under a sweater.  Here is an easy tutorial on how to make one.  Mine is definitelt not perfect, and it’s a bit uneven, but you don’t notice the imperfections once it’s under my cardigan.

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BOW TIE HEADBAND

Using some of the sleeve fabric I made a retro bow headband.  I’ve made them before, so I just winged it, but for a detailed tutorial, click here.

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FLOWER BROOCH

Since there were ruffles on the sleeve, I was able to make a super easy flower brooch by cutting off the ruffle, twisting it around and securing with thread.  I added a white covered button from my button box and a brooch pin on the back (secured with super glue).  For a similar concept, this link is a great option for a variety of different fabric flower brooches.

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Grab a little helper like mine, put some Netflix on, and you have yourself a great winter project!

Fashion

Dresses For The Holiday Season

Now that November is here, my favorite time of year has arrive! The parties, the festive decor, the food, and the gathering of friends and family…it’s a glorious time.  I also immensely enjoy dressing up for the holidays (shocker, right?) Twirling dresses, a touch of plaid or sparkle, and vibrant colors to contrast with the gloomy weather outside.  Here are my top picks for each occasion of this holiday season!

THANKSGIVING

 

 

I love wearing warm colors for thanksgiving, like burnt orange or wine red.  It’s also one of the rare times I like to accent with brown, since it seems very fitting for the occasion.

 

 

 

 

1. Golden Yellow Rose Dress

2. Brown Koi Dress

3. Orange Key Hole Dress

4. Plaid Hankerchief Dress

5. Yellow Bell Sleeve Dress

6. Plaid Shirt Dress 

CHRISTMAS

 

 

For Christmas I enjoy cozy velvets, bright plaid/buffalo check, polka dots, and lots of red!

 

 

 

 

1. Black Plaid Shirt Dress

2. Blue Plaid Swing Dress

3. Red Cowl Neck Dress

4. Velvet Scalloped Dress

5. Red Shiny Dress

6. Polka Dot Dress

NEW YEAR’S EVE

 

 

New Year’s Eve is a time for sparkle, and lots of it! But if glitter is not your thing, there are plenty of glamorous dresses to choose from, with pops of color or classic black.

 

 

1. Green Lace Dress

2. Teal Lace Dress

3. Black Snowflake Dress

4. Pink Velvet Dress

5. Navy Star Dress

6. Lace Bell Sleeve Dress

 

Fashion, Travel

My Packing Tips & Products

Though I’ve been an avid traveler all my life, the rate in which I travel now is exponential compared to before! Being a flight attendant, I’m afforded the opportunity to travel very cheaply, and I certainly take advantage. Flying standby though, means it’s unpredictable whether I will make it on a flight, so I don’t take chances with checked luggage. This means I need to pack as much as I can in a carry on and personal item, whether it’s for a weekend trip, or two weeks. I’ve learned a few tricks along the way, and certain products have made packing SO much easier! Packing light doesn’t mean you have to scrimp on style (which I touch upon on this previous blog post), it just means your chosen pieces should be multi-functional.

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Here are a few of my personal tips and product suggestions for traveling light (in all seasons):

TOILETRIES/MAKEUP
I’ve learned to pair down my toiletries and makeup over the years, because they were taking up way too much of my bag. For a woman, that can be pretty hard sometimes! If you need a fair amount of items like me, the trick is to make the items as small as possible, while still getting to keep them in your bag.

Here are some examples:
– Though these shaving creams are travel size, they still take up too much space in my toiletries bag. Instead, I starting using a shaving cream that comes in a small tube, like this. These single use shaving pods are also a great choice, which I think I’ll be ordering next!

 

– Face moisturizer was the same dilemma. If possible, I use samples of moisturizer (like birch box samples), but if I need more (or you need your specific moisturizer every time you travel), I squeeze my moisturizer into a smaller bottle.

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– I’m the most picky about my hair spray, I only like one type and I tend to do up dos while traveling for fuss free hair, so quality hair spray is important. Luckily, my brand of hair spray comes in a travel size, so I don’t have to resort to the cheap brands in the travel toiletry isle. Check out stores or websites like Amazon, to see if your brand comes in travel size too!

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– When we stay in hotels, my husband always brings the complimentary hotel toiletries back with him. I prefer these bottles to the store bought travel size because they are even smaller. I don’t need much shampoo and conditioner since I use dry shampoo (also in travel size) between washes, so it saves on space. If you dislike the cheap quality of the hotel shampoos, just remove what’s in there, wash, and fill with your own shampoo.

When it comes to makeup, I pair down my routine to the minimum. Sparkly neutral eye shadow, liquid eyeliner pen, mascara, BB cream, sometimes blush, lip primer, and a few lipsticks. Lipsticks is the only thing I indulge in having a few, since I like wearing bright lips that coordinate with my outfit. If you like a more subtle shade, I suggest a pinky neutral that goes with all outfits.

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I also carry a teasing comb, Bobby pins and hair flowers, headbands or barrettes. These are easy ways to change up a recycled outfit during your trip, without taking up much space in your carry on.

SHOES
Shoes are a major travel struggle for me. I don’t like scrimping on style, but with the amount of walking I do, they need to be comfortable (which I’ve learned the hard way). I haven’t found my perfect travel sandal yet (picky on what goes with retro style, that is reasonably priced) but these two shoes travel with me almost every trip!

These cap toe croc flats are super comfy, go with everything, and are rubber so they can be easily washed. I sometimes wear hose (with dresses/skirts) or hosiery socks (with pants) to reduce sweating and irritation with them. Sometimes, no matter how great the shoe, if you walk a lot and your feet are sweaty and swollen, you need an extra layer of comfort. This particular pair is discontinued on the Crocs site, but there are plenty of equally great pairs of comfy flats on the site.

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When I wear jeans while traveling, I wear these fabulous Oxford tennis shoes. I always hated wearing normal tennis shoes (too sporty), but these have a classic retro aesthetic and are VERY comfortable. Worth the investment!

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THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS OF TRAVEL
Since I fly stand by, I have to dress business casual for my flights. However, I still want to be comfortable, especially on long flights. This dress has been a life saver! It’s a stretchy cotton that hardly wrinkles, is flattering on all sizes, great length, and has pockets! I have it in black to keep it neutral, so that I can dress it up with a variety of scarves, statement necklaces, sweaters and belts. It’s worn practically every trip I take, since it’s my easiest, but super classy option.

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PACKING CUBES
Many people know that rolling vs folding your clothes saves on space, but what many belatedly realize, is that those perfect rolls don’t stay for long, when you need something at the bottom of your bag. And it’s ALWAYS at the bottom of your bag…
I use these packing cubes to contain my rolled clothes because it keeps things organized when rifling through my carry on, and it helps squish my clothing even more than just rolling.

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SHOE BAGS/DIRTY LAUNDRY BAGS
Shoes carry OODLES of dirt and germs from walking on the streets and I don’t like them to be touching my clean clothes. I prefer using these bags to keep them contained, and the same goes for my dirty undergarments (and sometimes clothes). Though I’m still packing these dirty clothes back into my cubes, I like to keep them further divided by rolling them and putting into the bags, then placing inside the cubes, separated from the clean clothes.

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“PERSONAL ITEM” BAGS
Instead of just a purse for my personal item, I use this small shoulder tote to fit any extra items (including my cross body purse), in case my carry on just won’t fit everything. It usually contains my essentials for the plane, like my iPad, snacks and any medication I may need. It still fits under the seat, while giving me plenty more space for extra items. Funny enough, my duffel is actually a diaper bag, but it’s perfect for its size, washable material, and thick carry strap! It’s Kate Spade, so usually would be quite expensive, but was actually around $100 on sale.  If you are looking for something cheaper though, here are some options.

 

 

CARRY ON BAG
Some to prefer to invest a pretty penny for quality bags that last forever, and some want the cheapest possible if they don’t travel a lot. I prefer the middle of the road. I like changing my bag every few years, so I keep my investment between $40-$100. My usual criteria is 4 wheels for ultimate mobility, a distinct pattern of color for style and easy finding (when rarely checked), and an zipper extender that can add a few more inches of packing space.

 

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I hope you find these tips and products helpful for your next trip. Happy travels!

 

Fashion

Vintage Fall Color Inspiration: Dark Purple

I don’t know what it is, but dark purple reminds me of magic.  Velvet robes swirling with twinkling stars…

I guess wizards are on my mind since I’ll be leaving for Harry Potter World today!! Or it could be this fabulous star dress I wore last weekend.  Accessorized with star earrings and glittery shoes, it was the perfect ensemble!

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My purple vintage scarf and light weight lace top were great for my travels in the mild weathered United Kingdom.

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This sweetheart busted dress, dark purple and wine red, has been a favorite in my closet for many a special occasions.  Unlike, a brighter purple, it’s deep hue is striking but understated.

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If if you are looking to add some dark purple to your wardrobe, here are my picks:

DRESSES

 

 

1. Plaid Dress

2. Bell Sleeve Dress

3. Cat Print Dress

4. Satin Dress

TOPS

 

1 Sheer Top

2. Cat Print Top

3. Cropped Cardigan

BOTTOMS

 

1. Velvet Pants

2. Pencil Skirt

3. Ombre Star Skirt

ACCESSORIES

 

1. Tri Tone Earrings

2. Peacock Sequin Clutch

3. Rhinestone Velvet Heels

Fashion

Crazy Cat Clothing

It’s no secret with my friends and family that I love cats! Their sassy, independent personalities make them kindred spirits and I’ve always loved having them as pets.  Currently I have two adorable fur babies, a grey tabby named Marble and a black tortoiseshell named Autumn.

 

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Being a crazy cat lady seems to be cool now (not that I needed a reason) and cat prints are EVERYWHERE! Here are my cat print finds to add to your wardrobe:

DRESSES

 

 

 

 

1. Navy Heart Dress              2. Black White Dress

3. Magenta Dress                   4. Multi Color Dress

5. Cheshire Cat Dress            6. Spaceship Dress

7. Moonlight Dress                8. Black Fit & Flare Dress

TOPS

 

 

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1. Slouchy Sweater                   2. Velvet Jacket

3. Teal Bodysuit                        4. Mockingbird Tee

5. Cat Face Cardigan

BOTTOMS

 

 

1. Red Embroidered Pants    2. Gray Swing Skirt

3. Embroidered Knee Jeans  4. Paw Print Swing Skirt

ACCESSORIES

 

 

 

1. Meow Cap                              2. Grey Flats

3. Black Crossbody                   4. Red Satchel

5. Leopard Phone Case           6. Bow Headband

JEWELRY

image1. Leopard Watch                      2. Post Earrings

3. Earrings & Necklace Set      4. Crescent Moon Necklace

5. Brooch

Fashion

Vintage Fall Color Inspiration: Ruby Red

This week’s vintage fall color inspiration is Ruby Red, my all time favorite color! It’s rich hue looks fantastic on my  fair skin tone, and it makes me feel like royalty (or a gryffindor, haha)! Just like MAC’s Ruby Woo though, it looks amazing on ALL skin tones because of its perfect mix of warm and cool undertones.

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This is ruby red plaid dress is from Lindy Bop and it’s great for the fall and winter (great as a holiday dress).  Here some of my other favorites to add some rich red to your wardrobe!

DRESSES

1. Tri-tone Dress

2. Satin Draped Dress

3. Plaid Dress

4. Lace Dress

TOPS

1. Off Shoulder Long Sleeve Top

2. Plaid Top

3. Velvet Top

BOTTOMS

1. Bow Skirt

2. Polka Dot High Waist Capris

3. Velvet Pencil Skirt

ACCESSORIES

1. Plaid Kitten Heel

2. Lace Purse

3. Plaid Gloves

Fashion

Vintage Fall Color Inspiration: Burnt Orange

This week’s featured jewel tone color is burnt orange, which has become a favorite color of mine the last few years.  It might have to do with it being my husband’s favorite color or the fact that I wear orange in my work uniform…but regardless, I love burnt orange, the quintessential fall color!  More sophisticated than bright orange, it’s a great color to spice up your wardrobe.  It’s an instant reminder of crisp fall leaves and pumpkin pie.

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I’ve had this dress for about 7 years and it’s still one of my favorites. (Though I consider it burnt orange, it has been a widely contested outfit color in my family…guess it’s true we all see color differently, haha).  It was part of the Banana Republic “Mad Men” Collection, which I should have bought more of when it was on sale way back when! I find it flattering for its flared skirt and shirt-dress bodice.  Here are some of my recommendations for some burnt orange to add to your wardrobe.

DRESSES

 

 

 

 

1. Lace Sleeve Dress

2. Bell Sleeve Dress

3. Swing Dress

4. Halloween Mesh Dress

SKIRTS

 

1. Rust Pencil Skirt

2. Corduroy Skirt

TOPS

 

1. Lace Top

2. Button Up Blouse

ACCESSORIES

 

1. Suede Tri Color Heels

2. Saddle Bag

3. Multi Color Earrings

DIY, Fashion

Make Your Own Harry Potter Clothing!

Along with many of my generation, I am a huge fan of Harry Potter! It was a big part of my childhood and friendships, and continues to be a creative inspiration to me.  I’ve recently been crafting a few HP onesies for friends and family, and even made a shirt for myself (I don’t know why it took this long…). If you are looking to decorate some pieces yourself, here are the (FREE!) graphics and fonts I’ve used to make some awesome HP themed outfits.  *Disclaimer, these are licensed for personal use only*

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FONTS

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Harry Potter

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Wizards Magic

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Animals Fantastic

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I Love A Ginger

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Lumos

IMAGES

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Hogwarts Vector Icons

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Hogwarts Vector

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Magic Stick Icons

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Hogwarts School Shield

Fashion

Vintage Fall Color Inspiration: Navy

Fall is my favorite time of year for many reasons…the leaves, the food, and jewel tone colors! Wearing rich colors like burnt orange, ruby red, deep purple and navy, are so cosy and vibrant.  Plus, with my fair skin tone, they really stand out! For the next few weeks, I’ll post a weekly blog post on jewel tone color inspiration.

Up this week, is the color navy, the most versatile of the jewel tone colors.  Considered a neutral, navy can be worn with a multitude of colors, which you can see in this  amazing Lindy Bop dress!  Inspired by Palm Springs, this dress is one of my favorites for its rich colors and unique print.

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Here are some other ideas for navy fall outfits:

 

 

DRESSES

1. ‘Delta’ Navy Carnaby Street Border Swing Dress

2. ‘Beatrice’ Navy Floral Dress

3. Bella Poque Garden Dress

4. Angerella Lace Dress 

 

 

SKIRTS

1. Jacquard Pleated Skirt

2. Just This Sway Midi Skirt

 

 

 

TOPS

1. Ditsy Print Peplum Top

2. Collared Pullover Sweater

3. Bow Jayne Top

 

 

ACCESSORIES

1. Mary Jane Heels

2. Patent Leather Purse

3. Polka Dot Headband