Fashion Friday featuring Norakaren

Hey guys I’m back! Sorry I’ve been slightly lapsed in my postings, I had some last minute travel on top of moving house so things have been a little hectic. But it would appear as though things are starting to calm down so I can get back to one of my favorite things…talking to you all of course, I really did miss my blogging.

This week’s fashion Friday is featuring the fantastic etsy shop Norakaren. Where do I even begin with Norakaren? Well first off Nora sells shoes, and what woman doesn’t already have an affinity for shoes? But Nora takes it a step further by dyeing, painting, and adding crytsals to what are already lovely shoes and by doing so transforms them into something more akin to art you can walk in.

I have to say I’ve always been a sucker for a pair of unique heels, they are that dash of whimsy and color that can turn even the simplest of outfits into a fashion statement. I decided to wear something I would consider office appropriate just to show you what I mean. Give a girl the right shoes and she can do anything…including change stuffy officewear into something fun and flirty.

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Blouse: Desi Roo Clothing I actually did a full feature on this blouse which can be read here

Skirt: H&M

Shoes: Norakaren I cannot even begin to describe how fun these shoes are, from the crystals on the heels to the blue soles and whimsical cow print you just know you could never find anything like them in a run of the mill shop. Artist like Nora are precisely why I love etsy so much, you’re buying a one of a kind piece that someone has poured their love and talent into. Whether you’re walking down the aisle and want a statement piece or you’re walking around the supermarket and want shoes so pretty Cinderella would trade in prince charming just to own a pair like yours Norakaren is the place to fulfill your wishes. Not only are Nora’s designs stunning but she will also work one on one with you to create a custom pair of shoes sure to please! I cannot encourage you enough to check out this wonderful ladie’s work!

I hope you all enjoyed this post and that you have a wonderful weekend. Happy Friday!

 

Fashion Friday Featuring Onzie’s Summer Line

You guy’s I have been anxiously waiting to share this post with you all! I’m so excited about Onzie’s new Summer line.

I tend to be the kind of person who samples all sorts of products and I wouldn’t really consider myself a strict brand loyalist, except when it comes to Onzie. How did they earn my loyalty you may ask? Well Onzie is a 100% made in the USA company which will always get me onboard, their clothes are stunningly beautiful, with their unique structure and effortlessly chic prints and colors, and their clothes use Free Flow Fabric Technology which means your garments move with you, breathe with you, and keep you supported. The best way I know how to describe it is like a second skin! What more could you possibly want in athletic gear? Onzie is my yoga clothing of choice, but it isn’t limited to the yoga mat, Onzie clothes can be worn while running, biking, hooping, pilates, and even during swimming and surfing because of its fast drying technology and the fact that it can be worn in both salt water and chlorine. Really you could replace your entire wardrobe with Onzie if we’re being honest ;)

I loved this company ever since I first came across them (past features on Onzie can be read here) but I have to say I’ve grown even more in love as time has gone on. While I was in California a couple months back I actually had the honor of doing a little tour of Onzie and met the people who truly makes this company great! The minute I walked through the doors I felt incandescently happy! Everyone was so incredibly kind and I’ve never seen so many smiling faces on people who were working haha. Of course it makes complete sense that their clothes are as beautiful as they are when see the beautiful souls of the people behind the scenes. I’m now more loyal than ever, give me a great quality product and wonderful people who run the show and you will earn my love and loyalty.

 

Here is look 1.

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Sun Ray Bra Top: Onzie All hail the Onzie sports bra! I’ve tried on many a sports bras and have yet to find one more comfortable and supportive than a Onzie, also can we take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous the back detailing is? Not only does this detailing give a fabulous visual but I also felt like this particular design gave even more support, so if you need a little more strength in your yoga tops you can not go wrong in picking the Sun Ray.

Full Coverage Short: Onzie Quite literally the best yoga shorts I have ever worn! They don’t roll or ride up but they manage to still move with you, the cut is incredibly figure flattering, and the Sedona print is just so lively and happy! Why can’t all shorts be as perfect as Onzie shorts? Heck maybe I’ll take my own advice and just have a wardrobe of Onzie ;)

 

Look 2.

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Pretty happy about the pockets ;)

Sun Ray Bra Top: Onzie

Pure Vida Tank: Onzie I have a feeling  this tank top is going to be worn quite a bit this summer. When the average temp during our Texas summers is usually about 105 you can bet I am going to be beyond thankful this tank is feather light, fast drying (sweat marks are not sexy), and the back detailing is more than decorative, it will help keep me cool!

Gypsy Pant: Onzie Waist band that folds over, pockets, stunning print, and the just the right touch of harem style without going full fledged MC Hammer. These pants are so cute I will not restrict them to just athletic wear! From everyday outings, hangouts with friends, to travel Onzie is always there to keep you cool and comfy but also incredibly stylish!

I hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I did and that you get yourself some Onzie! Happy Friday and Happy Independence day!

Fashion Friday Heads to PUG

Happy Friday my lovelies! Words cannot express how excited I am to share this week’s post with you all. Last month I had the great fortune to take a trip to the Los Angeles area, I got to check out Hollywood, Venice, Santa Monica, a few other surrounding areas and best of all I got to visit Burbank! Now what is so special about Burbank you may ask? Well it just so happens to be where Pinup Girl Boutique is located! I did it, I lived the dream of every girl who loves pinup style, I actually got to walk through those magical doors that transport you back to days gone by simply by surrounding you in all things beautiful. I can only compare the experience to that of being a small child who just got their allowance and walked into a candy store. When I first arrived I hardly knew where to look first, there was something I “needed” everywhere my eyes landed, dress after beautiful dress, separates that were so beautiful they could make you cry, and accessories so fantastic you finally understood what it would be like to be an actual Barbie Doll.

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Seriously Pinup Girl Clothing has something no other stores have nowadays, not only are there clothes like that of days gone by, but there window displays are witty and beautiful, and they give you the individual attention that used to be the norm in our grandparents day and age. True customer service to go along with perfect products? Yes please! As soon as I walked in I was greeted with warm smiles and hello’s, while I was going through picking out dresses to try on, one of the lovely ladies of the store said she could go ahead and put them in the dressing room that way I didn’t have to carry them around while shopping, and while trying on the dresses I was praised with the sweetest of compliments, that truly made me feel beautiful and special. The girls of PUG are beautiful, sweet, and incredibly friendly and helpful if you ever have the chance to go to the boutique BY ALL MEANS GO! Oh also they’re having a yardsale this Sunday so if you’re in the area you certainly don’t want to miss it. If however you do not live in the area you can at least buy the clothes on line, and let me tell ya never in your life are you going to be able to buy ready made clothes that will flatter and fit this well! Yes PUG is a little on the higher end but in this case you’re not paying for a brand you are paying for true quality!

Now on to the dresses. I already knew what I wanted when I walked into the boutique. I am a planner shopper ;) but I did try on a few things just for kicks, just a few things mind you. I knew if I tried on everything I would inadvertently want everything.

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Clearly happy about my purchase

Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

Dress: Pinup Girl Clothing How can words even do this dress justice? The colors are spectacular, the fabric quality is out of this world, the fit is superb and very much true to size, plus its just so pretty! The moment I walked out of the dressing room I couldn’t help but say “I feel like a princess” which is what every girl wants right? This dress is all about detail the gathered peasant bodice, grosgrain bow under the bust, wide waist band, and pockets make for such a glorious combination. I heard all sorts of incredible reviews on PUG pieces and I felt like maybe they were too good to be true. But it is absolutely true. PUG is quality and beauty wrapped up into the most perfect garments you will ever have the pleasure of wearing. Its easy to waste money on cheap pieces of clothing and make do, but wouldn’t you rather buy something that will last through trends as well as wear and tear? I say yes to investing in ourselves, our closets, and in a business that really listens to its customers, and caters to women of all shapes and sizes.

Petticoat: Malco Modes

Shoes: Payless not the exact pair I am wearing. The ones I bought were on clearance so they’re no longer available.

I really hope you all enjoyed this post and that you check out Pinup Girl Clothing. Happy Friday!

Fashion Friday Featuring Time Machine Vintage Pt 2.

Happy Fashion Friday my loves! I finally have Pt 2 of my Time Machine Vintage feature ready for you all, if you didn’t see Pt 1 it can be read here . This is quite different from my first look but I love them both equally and I think it just goes to show how vastly talented Kim is! To go from the understated almost bohemian like beachware look of the 20s/30s to the drama and glamour of the 60’s is absolutely mind blowing to me, clearly Time Machine Vintage knows their stuff, and researches extensively making sure every little detail is on point.

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As you can tell from Amanda’s face this was my last full day in Salisbury, as you can see from mine I was in complete denial. I did not want to leave and I cannot wait to get back.

 

Photography: Amanda Grace Photography Amanda is an absolute joy to be around and I don’t know if she could take a bad picture if she tried. Whatever your portrait needs Amanda is your girl.

Dress: Time Machine Vintage Where to begin with this dress? The beautiful elegant blue fabric with its slight sheen, ability to stay pretty much wrinkle free after it was packed into my luggage, and the fact that is was incredibly comfortable? Or perhaps the perfect details like the little gem on the bust, the lapels, or the glorious bow detail in the back? Or maybe just the fact that this dress is so magnificently constructed that it fit like a second skin? Time Machine Vintage surpasses all expectations and makes you feel even more beautiful than you thought possible. Kim is fabulously talented and so incredibly helpful when it comes to questions and concerns on sizing. She is even more fantastic than her garments which is saying something! Whatever the occasion a Time Machine Vintage piece will be the most glorious icing on the cake.

Shoes: Payless These have quickly become my go to summer sandal.

 

I hope you all enjoyed this post and that you check out Time Machine Vintage and Amanda Grace Photography. Happy Friday!

Fashion Friday Featuring Pollypop Boutique

As many of you like minded ladies know dressing in the pinup rockabilly style can really do a number on your bank account, many of the pinup style dresses require yards of fabric and in turn cost a good deal. I don’t mind spending a little more for these types of dresses because I understand that if I tried to make the dress myself just the fabric costs alone would be double the price of said dress. However when I find a company that sells quality pinup and rockabilly dresses at a bargain you can be certain I will be singing their praises and letting you all in on my find. Pollypop Boutique you are a godsend! Not only are they a one stop shop for all your pinup wardrobe needs: dresses, separates, accessories, and even hair products! But the highest price I could find was $73! Which is amazing considering that is usually the clearance prices of most vintage reproduction type stores.  Oh also if reproduction isn’t your thing Pollypop also sells actual vintage! How amazing is that?6131PicMonkey CollageIMG_61616152IMG_6187IMG_6230Vintage Scarf: Season’s Best in Downtown Salisbury Maryland. I absolutely loved this store! If you’re ever in the area you must check this place out! I could have spent all day there stumbling onto one treasure after the other. From Jewelry to Furniture Seasons Best has is it all!

Dress: Pollypop Boutique Absolutely adore this dress, with it’s classic boatneck neckline, waist cinching belt, and perfectly lively and fresh mint hue make it a year round staple piece. Pair it with sandals for spring and summer, and come fall and winter it is going to look positively darling with a cardigan and stockings!

Wedges: Payless bout them years ago, but I like another pair of payless wedges that are too dissimilar and the newer pair I have are worlds more comfortable.

 

I hope you all check out Pollypop and that you have a wonderful weekend. Happy Friday guys!

 

Fashion Friday Featuring Jamberry Nails

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I’ve been away travelling. But I am back and have a great post for you. If you’re anything like me you’ve probably seen a lot postings about Jamberry and figured it to be one of those flash in the pan type things but I can honestly say its amazing and will be sticking around, no pun intended.

My dear friend Katelyn McWilliams sent me a sample, and I went into this experiment without any bias or preconceived notions because I want to be 100% honest with my readers. Well here is my honest review, I absolutely love Jamberry nails! They come in several great colors and designs that would be too difficult to replicate by hand, especially hands like mine, I shake like a Chihuahua on a paint mixer, they’re easy to apply, and they are long lasting! I can make nail polish last a grand total of 3 days before chipping, 3 days of being super careful and I still mess them up. But I wasn’t careful while using the Jamberry nails because I wanted to see if they would work for someone like me, and boy did they ever. I washed dishes, my hair, cooked, cleaned, and did other hard on a manicure activities but these babies stayed put. The same cannot be said for the nail polish.

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I cut my sample in half and didn’t need to trim around the edges, as it fit my nails perfectly, but everyone’s nail beds are different so trim if you must.IMG_5730

One of my favorite things about Jamberry is that they are heat activated which means no drying time! I warmed the nail wrap with a blow dryer til pliable.

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Then hit it one last time with the blow dryer for a secure seal.IMG_57381 week challengeBefore and after 1 week. As you can see the Jamberry is still going strong and the polish has been destroyed.

I only rant and rave about something to you guys if I think it’s a quality product and I cannot begin to tell you what a godsend these nail wraps are! I like having pretty nails but waiting on paint to dry is a hassle, as is having it chip just a few days sometimes only moments later, and I don’t really like salons for manicures, they’re expensive, full of noxious fumes, harmful to your nail bed, and I’ve seen one too many new’s segments about how unsanitary they can be *shudders in horror* that is why I am so happy with Jamberry nails and highly suggest you check them out!

You can place your order or ask any questions with my dear friend Katelyn here

Happy Friday my loves!

 

Fashion Friday Featuring Time Machine Vintage Pt 1.

This week’s Fashion Friday contains quite a few photos so consider yourself warned. This shoot was done by the outlandlishly talented Amanda Grace Photography in the beautiful state of Maryland. Its so beautiful there I think I may have to leave Texas.

I have been so excited to share this post with all of you. Not only is the setting and photography positively stunning, but so are the clothes! Time Machine Vintage could not be more appropriately named. The clothes are perfect representation of the style of days gone by, just as if you went back in time and had a little shopping spree. I love vintage I really really do, but let’s face it, finding something in your size, style, and have it be in great condition is next to impossible. So what’s a girl to do? That’s where the ever talented Kim of Time Machine comes in. Not only does Kim have several patterns and pieces in her etsy shop to choose from but she is also a “seamstress for hire”. Now what does that mean for you? This means that beautiful vintage piece you love but is in poor condition or doesn’t fit, isn’t out of your grasp. Kim recreates vintage pieces from photos, sews from patterns, or simply works one on one with you to create what I can only label as fashion magic, all the while dipping into her vintage fabric, button, and zipper collection whenever she can.

Now being that Time Machine Vintage is a one woman show and very popular with museums, televisions, films, and a few choice celebrities there is a bit of a waiting period, it is usually maxed out at about 8 weeks anytime of the year. But clearly these clothes are worth waiting for, they are beautiful, one of a kind, and a perfect fit since they’re a custom piece! I am so beyond thrilled with the outfits I received and extremely impressed with the out of this world customer service Kim provides. She is not only brilliant with sewing and designing, but she is super sweet and vastly informative when it comes to measurements and fittings. I felt like a celebrity myself with all of the care and attention I received…Not to mention beautiful outfits always have a way of making one feel important.
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Photography: Amanda Grace Photography I cannot begin to tell you what a joy it was to have Amanda do my portraits! Not only is her work breathtakingly beautiful, but she was great at directing poses, and reassuring me that I looked great, one can never hear that too much ;) Whatever your photographic needs she is your girl!

Hair: Allie Wilcox dancingthrulife101@gmail.com Positively loved my hair and the ever sweet Allie. I manage to do a pretty decent job with my hair most of the time, but updo’s are kind of a hassle plus its nice to be pampered and to feel important so if you’re looking for a little pampering or need something special for an upcoming event might I suggest hiring this lovely lady to make you red carpet ready?

Blouse and Trousers: Time Machine Vintage Oh how I love this outfit, its as comfortable as pajamas but wonderfully elegant! The fit is superb (it is a custom piece afterall) and makes my short legs look miles longer. All the during this shoot I kept gushing over how pretty this outfit is, and how wonderfully it photographed, which is about the highest praise you can get from me ;)

Shoes: Payless

Happy Friday guys! I hope you all enjoyed this post and that you check out Time Machine Vintage.