Fashion Friday: Costumes You Can Wear Again.

Well its almost that time of year again folks, time for pumpkin flavored and scented everything, bulk bags of candy being put on every end cap of your local markets, and terrible expensive prepackaged costumes. Honestly I have no idea why Halloween costumes are so expensive, because lets get real the quality of fabric choices and over all construction is sorely lacking, and if that wasn’t enough you’re only going to wear this outfit once! This is why for the next couple of weeks I am going to be posting Halloween costume ideas made from pieces that you can wear again and might even have in your own closet.

This week’s look is Belle from Beauty and Beast…Belle has always been my favorite Disney princess so pulling this look together was quite  a bit of fun for me. 1390141914651405

White Blouse: Cold Water Creek/Similar 

Dress: Pollypop Yes my dress isn’t quite the right color but I was working with what I already had…However the link I provided is to the same cut of dress but its a better shade of blue.

Apron: Vintage/Similar and honestly a waist apron would be easy to make on your own.

Book: Carry around your favorite book, hey it could make a great ice breaker!

Flats: Payless/Similar 

I really hope you all enjoyed this post! What are your thoughts on it? Who is your favorite Disney Princess? What was the best costume you ever wore? I’d love to hear from you. Have a happy Friday!

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Fashion Friday Queen of Heartz Summer Line Pt 1.

You guys never have I had such a hard time narrowing down shots for a blog post, if that isn’t a testament to how beautiful this Queen of Heartz dress is I don’t know what is. Last Sunday I decided it’d be fun to brave the heat (107 degrees) and stroll the Ft Worth botanical gardens to do a shoot for this divinely feminine number. Well despite the brutal heat I had a marvelous time, there were so many gorgeous photo ops, and this dress is just wow from every angle. This is why Letty Tennant has got to be one of my all time favorite designers, everything she creates is gloriously feminine on every figure, the finishing touches put her clothes above any one else’s, and the historical accuracy of her pieces is so spot on!
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Dress: Queen of Heartz my measurements are 36″ 27.5″ 36″ and the medium fits like a glove, which felt nothing short of a miracle, not because of the previously mentioned measurements, but because I have rather broad shoulders. I kind of panic when I see sleeves (I’ve done my fair share of busting the shoulders on some of my favorite blouses gosh that sucks) but this dress fit wonderfully, I didn’t feel the least bit constricted. Because of the 40’s styled structure of this dress there is ample bust and shoulder room, but if you’re on the smaller side it will still look good on you too. I tell you if designers would just go back to the golden years of fashion shopping would be a lot less stressful. Clothes were meant to flatter every shape and that is something Queen of Heartz not only understands but absolutely delivers! This peachy chiffon checkered dress is so perfect for summer its light weight, super feminine, can easily transition from casual to formal, and is surprisingly comfortable…don’t be surprised to see me wearing it quite often.

Vintage Purse: Gift from a friend, but you can find purses just like it on ebay and etsy

Shoes: Payless these I bought years back but I think this dress would look even better with a pair of oxfords (more historically accurate too) here’s a pair from payless that would work beautifully or even these from mod cloth 

I hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I did, and I hope you all check out Queen of Heartz also be on the look out for Pt 2 as I have another stellar piece to show you all. Have a wonderful Friday and look out for those photobombing bumble bees 😉

 

Fashion Friday Featuring Piyuspret

Hooray we made it to the weekend! Happy Fashion Friday everyone. This week I am featuring the etsy site Piyuspret. Piyuspret is based out of India, ships worldwide, and is made up of a mother daughter team and a tailor assistant, gotta love the personal touch that brings.

Piyuspret sells ultra light weight cotton vintage style dresses, so they’re perfect for those hot summer days, plus these dresses are quite the bargain!

Look 1.

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Hair Flower: Claires

Dress: Piyuspret I couldn’t find this exact dress on their site but should you decide you want it, I’m sure you could let the ladies know and they could whip one up for you. I loved how light this dress was, and that it was quite roomy in the waist but ties in the back so you don’t look like you’re wearing a bag, plus it has pockets!!! I did run into one issue in the dresses with 3/4 length sleeves I have really wide shoulders and a rather broad back so when I would raise my arms the back zipper would unzip a little. So if you have a similar build to me keep that in mind, other than the zipper I had no issues with this dress in a size large.

Shoes: DSW

Look 2.

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Dress: Piyuspret You guys know how much I love polka dots so you can only imagine my delight in this little number, unfortunately I ran into the same zipper issue with this dress, but I think I might look into altering them to prevent any zipper slippage, cause seriously how cute is this print?

Shoes: Payless

Look 3.

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Shoes: Payless bought them years ago but they have some lovely alternatives

Look 4. My absolute favorite!

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Dress: Piyuspret All of the dresses I got are pretty, but this little yellow ray of sunshine is my all time favorite! the fit is superb and it is the prettiest shade of yellow I have ever seen, normally I avoid yellow cause I find it doesn’t look good on my skin tone but this dress compliments me so well. I have found my official summer dress guys!

Shoes: DSW

I hope you all enjoyed this post and that you have a very happy Friday! Love you all!

Fashion Friday Featuring Desi Roo Clothing

Hey guys I am rather excited to share a fabulous find with you all this week. Whilst surfing through etsy (like one does) I came across the fabulous Desi Roo Clothing, not only are there beautiful accessories to choose from, but all of the blouses offered are so incredibly lovely!

What I especially loved is that a lot of the tops are made from vintage fabric but the blouse itself is new, so there won’t be the hassles that come along with pure vintage pieces like rips, fragility, and mysterious smells/stains. There are a few variations of blouse structure offered: cotton tie shoulder top,  flirty puff sleeve wrap back blouse, and the 1940’s puff sleeve wrap back, plus all the prints and fabrics offered are too numerous and outrageously beautiful to name, if there is a particular color or print you happen to be fond of I bet you can find it. I could honestly buy one in every print and have the most perfect wardrobe that ever was. Oh and another great thing about Desi Roo is that if there is a top you like that just happens to be too large it can be altered for a better fit for only $15!

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Earrings: Desi Roo Clothing  all the beauty of actual Bakelite but none of the potential lead poisoning. I mean who wouldn’t want to don a pair of pastel chrysanthemum earrings?

Blouse: Desi Roo Clothing  I love love LOOOVE this blouse! Its just as comfortable as a T-shirt but worlds more stylish. Whether your personal style is that of a vintage inspiration or you’re simply a woman who appreciate a well made spectacular fitting top that can be worn from errands, to the office, and then to a night on the town, then this little number is for you! The fabric is sturdy, doesn’t wrinkle easily, and the fit is superb! Just follow the size chart and you’re good as gold. My measurments are 36″ 27.5″ 36″ and the medium is a perfect fit yay! It can be difficult to look stylish during the warmer months but this blouse was made for spring and summer! The sleeves sit just off the shoulders for a feminine and stylish look that will keep you cool but won’t sacrifice on style!

Pencil Skirt: H&M

Flats: Payless 

I hope you all enjoyed this post and that you check Desi Roo Clothing out! Happy Friday love you all.

Fashion Friday Poodle Hair

Yes I know, guilty yet again of outfit repeating. But can you blame me? I am absolutely in  love with this chambray shirt. It’s super cute and quite functional. A lot of the time button downs can be a bit constricting, but I wore this outfit while working the merch table at a Keith Harkin performance last week, and let me tell you nothing will put a shirt’s comfort level to the test like the diving through mountains of merch at the beginning of a gig, and I am pleased to report my new shirt passed the test with flying colors. So ya I will continue outfit repeating without shame!

This shoot was a good bit of fun cause I was having a pretty fun poodle hair day, my little sister’s pug decided he would join in on the “modeling”, and turns out apartment complexes have quite a few photo ops. So a good time was had by all.

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Frank is the real model clearly.

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Bandana: Cavenders I think but I cannot find them on their site :/ I did find some at REI though.

Earrings: I borrowed them from my mom but you can purchase some from Claires

Shirt: Target

Jeans: Old Navy

Flats: Payless

Hope you all enjoyed this post and that you have a great weekend. Happy Friday!

Fashion Friday Featuring Queen of Heartz Pt 2

Hooray finally time for Pt 2 of my Queen of Heartz feature! If you missed Pt 1 here’s the link to it https://sarahforshaw.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/fashion-friday-featuring-queen-of-heartz-pt-1/  I had been sick with bronchitis since New Years, and I am just now starting to feel human again, all that to say sorry it took a while to get around to shooting this magnificent dress.

I am madly in love with the New Brenda dress from http://www.queenofheartz.com/ From the scalloped edging to the peplum detailing this dress exudes glamour, making it perfect for any special event. Valentines is right around the corner guys 😉 and it’s about to be Wedding season, so whether you’re a bride looking for the perfect bridesmaid dress, or you’re going to be a guest at a wedding the New Brenda is the best choice you could possibly make!6235629762636372638063696400

Ignore my ugly yogi feet 😉

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I feel like this shot showcases just how beautiful a shade of purple this dress is.

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Earrings: Sam Moons a forever ago purchase so of course I cannot find them but Icing has a lovely alternative http://www.icing.com/icing/us/goods/icing+commerce+root/cat1800040/earrings/p82423/crystal+and+rhinestone+chandelier+drop+earrings/

Dress: Queen of Heartz http://www.queenofheartz.com/dresses/brenda-new-look.html  This dress is a spotlight on your figure, it emphasizes your beautiful feminine curves but hides those er um “curves” we as women are not thrilled about. My measurements are 36″ 27 1/2″ 36″ and the size medium fits wonderfully! You can really tell Letty Tennant is a woman who understands quality, from fabric to construction this dress knocks it out of the park. If you’re searching for the perfect dress look no further than the New Brenda from Queen of Heartz.

Shoes: Payless I bought them years ago but target has a similar pair http://www.target.com/p/women-s-de-blossom-nissa-heeled-slide-sandal-assorted-colors/-/A-14702127#prodSlot=medium_1_3

I hope you all enjoyed this post and that you check http://www.queenofheartz.com/ out. You guys are the greatest have a wonderful weekend!

Fashion Friday Featuring Punkabilly

This week’s Fashion Friday will be featuring Punkabilly Clothing. Punkabilly is the result of Tom, a man with a passion for punk rock and rockabilly, meeting Naomi,  a highly rated model scout who had always dreamt of becoming a fashion designer. Someone who understands the punk/rockabilly culture and someone who truly understands fashion? A match made in heaven if you ask me. They’re based out of Bangkok Thailand and ship their products worldwide, in fact you get free shipping when you purchase $100 worth of pieces, and let me tell you $100 will get you pretty far. One of the problems I run into with dressing the way I do is that the pinup/rockabilly style can get very expensive! Punkabilly has fabulous prices but doesn’t skimp on quality. My dress is 95% cotton 5% spandex making it sturdy, but comfortable enough to wear for everyday occasions. I actually wore this for Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve, so comfort was pretty important. My measurements are 36″ 27 1/2″ 36″ so I got a size large, and it is a perfect fit, so I’d say they remain true to size. I know how that can always be a bit of a gamble when purchasing items online, so no need for worry here.

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Flower Hair Clip Got it at a craft fair but Claires has a great option  http://www.claires.com/store/us/goods/hair/cat1260200/barrettes+%26+clips/p65480/glitter+edge+flower+clip/

Dress: Punkabilly http://www.punkabillyclothing.com/pin-up-rockabilly-dress-p-163

Flats: Payless http://www.payless.com/store/product/detail.jsp?catId=cat10088&subCatId=cat10276&skuId=132564120&productId=69922&lotId=132564&category=&catdisplayName=Womens

I hope you all enjoyed this post and that you check out Punkabilly Clothing http://www.punkabillyclothing.com/ I love you guys, happy Friday!