Crochet mermaid

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A little snap Rodellee of Adored Vintage captured on our walk today. I think I've worn this belt a week straight. 

1930s crochet dress-antique mall. 



Cotton candy daydream

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I've wanted cotton candy pink hair for years, long before Vixen Vintage was created, and even before I met Sam! I toy with the idea every now and again, but never follow through. Then one day I woke up, looked in the mirror, and thought "where's my pink hair?" 

Oh right, I never had it. 

And that's ridiculous to want something attainable for years but never make the jump. So I made the appointment and spent 8 hours at J. Michael Salon making my dark brown hair platinum, then pastel pink. I made it a bit more vibrant myself using Special Effects in Atomic pink and conditioner, and after setting it for the first time I really can't imagine anything else could be better. 

Watching Angelina L.B.'s hair coloring video was so helpful, because I really had no idea what to expect with coloring my hair a pastel shade. I also read hair F.A.Q.'s on Scathingly Brilliant and Mermaidens (and got completely sidetracked by their pretty posts). 

I picked up the dress today, it's something I probably wouldn't have taken home if my hair didn't match, and honestly all I want to wear right now is pink, mint, black, and baby blue. I already have some pretty colorful sweaters waiting around for fall!

I've been wearing these Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses since they first arrived at my doorstep, I love how serious the black lacquered front is, but the lining is bright and colorful. It's going to be a long summer, but some trusty sunglasses sure do help!

Dress-Urban Eccentric

Dolce & Gabbana-c/o Smart Buy Glasses

{Follow them on}

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Modern Rococo

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I got this dress at the tail end of summer last year, and didn't get a chance to wear it until now. It was one of those chance finds at Buffalo Exchange, I was in and out of the store in five minutes, and didn't even try it on, but this is too good to pass up. The stripes, the rococo bodice, and the sweep! The thing is massive. 

I feel like a modern day Marie Antoinette would be right at home in this frock, it's pretty grand when a gust of wind catches the skirt. I can imagine some silver hair piled high would accentuate it beautifully. 

Dress-Marc Jacobs via Buffalo Exchange

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Gray dress

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It's been so hot the past couple of days I only leave the hose for two things: Gym and breakfast. Otherwise leave me to hide in my dark slightly less hot house. 

I wore this to have breakfast with Julie at Broder, just before the heat set in for the day. It's one of my most frequently worn dresses, the perfect little striped shirtdress.


Loafers-Eastland Shoes 

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Princess Captain America

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Right now I'm at Disneyland! I took pictures before rather than haul my camera around, because I wanted to share my outfit. 

Now that Disney owns Marvel, I decided to combine the two and go for a super girlie take on Captain America. I found his SSR shirt in pink, and designed and printed fabric to make into a skirt. You can find the fabric here!

Skirt- Handmade by me


Astral crown-Giant Dwarf

Bakelite polished by-Brighter Bakelite

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American Threads

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A few years ago I did a post on how difficult it is to find quality women's clothing. We're bombarded with fast fashion options and throw away trends, yet finding the same options readily available to men is a task. I want the same quality, the same craftsmanship, and I want things made here, in the U.S. Originally I was going to start a feature here on American made clothing for women, but after toying with the idea I decided the concept deserved it's own platform. 

So I started a sister blog, American Threads. It'll follow my finds and reviews, as well as outfits, interviews, and whatever else is relevant to living in clothing that's made to be lived in. 

So if that's something that interests you, take a look and follow along.
{American Threads


How to apply red lipstick

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There are lots of red lipstick tutorials out there (or pink, or purple, or whatever), but this is my personal favorite method. I adapted it from a beauty book I loved when I was in my early teens. It really stays put, thanks to all the layering and a solid foundation. I can have a meal, drink, completely wipe my lips and barely need a touch up after.

Use a cream lipstick rather than a matte. Matte will just dry out, and cream offers a larger variety of reds anyway. The lipstick used here is Chanel Rouge Coco in Gabrielle.

{you will need}

foundation brush or sponge
cream lipstick
lip brush
tissue or hankie for blotting 

Before starting, you want to be sure your lips are soft, and not chapped or flaky. Apply beeswax lip balm overnight, or for flaky lips, try a sugar scrub or light brushing with a clean toothbrush. 


Blot or brush foundation on lips and let dry. This provides a solid and blank canvas for gripping. 


Line lips with lipliner, and color in a bit. Be sure to reach the corners of your mouth. 


Apply lipstick with a lip brush. A brush allows for minimum pulling (which could mess up your previous layers) and maximum control. 


Blot, making sure to blot all corners (sometimes the cupids bow get's neglected). 


Lightly dust on powder with a brush. 


Apply lipstick with a brush again as before. 


Blot as before.