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Weekend Wears

Hello again, old friend! I've only been blogging when the mood strikes, and while it hasn't for a while, I'm starting to get the bug again. I miss the writing aspect, and while I share all of my outfits on Instagram now, it sometimes feels like too small of a platform for the amount of effort I put into photos. This might be my only post this month, or maybe it'll motivate me to do it more often, but I'm happy to be here for the time being. 

I did already share these outfits on Insta, but I thought it might be fun to do a little roundup of all of the outfits I wore in San Diego with links to the items. I was there for my brother's wedding, and it was the BEST weekend. My whole family was there, including on of my brothers and kids from Illinois, and because my brother married one of my friends from high school, some of my best friends were there as well. It was just so wonderful to see both families get along so well all weekend and see how loved they are, and the night of the actual wedding could not have been better. Everyone was having so much fun that the wedding was over before anyone realized because we were all having too much fun. Jon and I stayed until Monday so that we could spend some extra time with my brother from out of state and my nieces and nephew, which was the best, but the rest of this week has been tough. Going back to work after a weekend of partying and relaxing in San Diego is not easy!

But anyway, the outfits. The last dress in this post is what I wore to the rehearsal lunch (definitely overdressed, but whatever) and the other two were a couple of your typical "getting food with family in San Diego" looks. You know the ones. I was a bridesmaid, and while the dress was really pretty, it felt good to be in my own retro clothes after the wedding. Also, I should stress that this post is in no way sponsored by Unique Vintage. I just happened to place an order that came in right before we left and couldn't help but bring all of my new pieces with me.

Top: vintage (similarsimilar) | Skirt: Hell Bunny via Unique Vintage | Purse: Thrifted | Shoes: BAIT Footwear (similar)

Top: Voodoo Vixen via Unique Vintage | Skirt: Vintage via Elsewhere Vintage  (similar)| Cardigan: MAK Sweater (similar) | Shoes: BAIT Footwear

Dress: Unique Vintage | Shoes: BAIT Footwear (similar)

Welcoming Spring with Lindy Bop

I am very aware that I will regret saying this in a few months, but man am I glad that it's warm again. I'm tired of wearing tights, and I'm ready to break out the spring dresses. Speaking of which....this dress. It's incredible. Last week, Lindy Bop reached out to me about reviewing a couple of items, and I may or may not have freaked out about it. Lindy Bop is one of my favorite brands, and I have yet to be disappointed with an item from them. 

I debated a lot about this dress. It's certainly not an average neckline for me, and I was worried that I wouldn't wear it much. I finally decided that this was exactly the opportunity to try something new, and it was worth it. This dress is a dream. The neckline ended up being far more flattering than I was expecting, and the retro girls on bikes is the cutest print I could ever hope for. Not only do most Lindy Bop dresses have pockets (like this one!), they're all amazing quality as well. 

If my dazzling recommendation has convinced you that you too need this dress in your life, size down. I'm usually a large, but I've found that most Lindy Bop dresses generally have a decent amount of stretch and fit best when I order a medium. Just another reason so love this brand.

Early V-Day

I can't say that I really care that much about Valentine's Day, but I also can't pass up the opportunity to dress for the occasion. My anniversary with Jon was last week, so we usually spend more time celebrating that the week before everything gets super crowded. This year, we celebrated a bit early so I could take a day off from work, and we went to Balboa Island, as we do every year. And as it is every year, it was a perfect day. It's crazy to think that we've been together three years, but it's also crazy that it's only been three years. I'm so excited for even more anniversaries and Valentine's Day to come with him. (I usually hate writing anything cheesy, but he's made me soft. Damn him!)

While we aren't doing anything big on V-Day this year, I still had use it as an excuse to break out a little red dress. I got this one off of Amazon before Dapper Day last year, and it has to be one of my most comfortable, stretchiest dresses. A true score in my book. I know that I accidentally over-saturated it while editing, but it's late and I'm too tired to re-do them. So enjoy my overly saturated photos and 10 p.m. ramblings. It's past my bedtime, okay?

In Movie Pass news, we also saw Coco the day we celebrated our anniversary and cried our eyes out (not really, but I did tear up). Last weekend was The Post, and while it wasn't my favorite of all of the movies I've seen lately, I still enjoyed it. 

In non-movie pop culture news, I started watching Altered Carbon with my friend and I hate that I have to wait for him to watch more. I also have been binge watching Psych lately, and my latest podcast obsession is Atlanta Monster, just like everyone else. 

Dress: Amazon (similar and similar)
Cardigan: Thrifted
Clutch: Alice Nightingale (exact)
Shoes: B.A.I.T. (exact)

Flat Tires and Thrifted Gems

Not only am I finally back with another post, I'm also finally back with an entirely thrifted look. It had been a little bit since I had been thrifting, so I decided to go on Saturday and it turned into quite the trip. On my way there, a car pull up next to me at a red light and honked their horn to get my attention. I thought I hadn't left them enough room to turn right so I started moving, and they motioned for me to roll down my window. It was a middle aged couple, and they let me know that they noticed that one of my tires was flat. I hadn't noticed anything, so how lucky was that they took the time to let me know? Luckily, I was about a block away from the store I was going to, and yes, I still went inside and shopped. No regrets. 

I apparently don't know how to take care of myself (or at least I'm clueless with cars) so I called my dad, who was with my brother. My brother came to my rescue with my dad's AAA card, and even though there was a nail in the tire, the tire shop we took it to was super nice and patched up for free. Phew. I've had the worst luck with my car - in the past year my battery died, someone backed into me, my brakes wore out, and someone hit it in a parking lot. I'm thankful that I'm at least safe AND still got to go thrifting. On the bright side, I had one of the best thrift trips I've had in ages. This top is actually a dress that I hated the skirt on, but I seriously adore the top of it, which means that I obviously had to get it just to wear as a top. The best find though? These red heels in perfect condition that I scored for $7. Hell. Yes. 

Let's Chat With: Posh Park Creative + Enter to Win a Pair of Ears

I'm so excited to share one of my new favorite Etsy shops! I've been pretty clear about how much I've gotten into Disney again ever since I got my Disneyland pass this past year, and I've been obsessively looking at ears on Etsy. One of the best shops I've found by far has been Posh Park Creative. Stephanie, the maker behind the store, creates such magical, intricate pieces that each feel special. Plus, she was kind enough to answer a few questions and offer a pair of her ears to one lucky winner. Get to know more about the shop and keep reading until the bottom to enter to win a pair of ears of your own! 

Q: How and when did you start your shop?
A: I opened my shop in 2015, but didn’t really start selling merchandise until June of 2017. I thought about selling holiday wreaths, but I wasn’t totally passionate about it. Then one day a fellow Disneyland annual pass holder gave me an idea.

Q: How did you learn how to create Disney ears?
A: One day I saw a girl at Disneyland with a pair of autumn ears, kind of Dia de los Muertos-inspired ears. I went crazy looking for them and when I realized the parks don’t sell them, I decided to make my own. I didn’t know how but I bought a glue gun and went to town. Several burns later, I had a cute pair of ears!

Q: What is it about handmade ears that you think attract Disney lovers over ears from the the parks? 
A: I think handmade ears are more specific to the characters we love. I really like some obscure characters like Brer Fox or Gus Gus from Cinderella. Try finding those in the Park! 

Q: How would you describe the Posh Park Creative customer?
A: I think Posh Park Creative customers are looking for the same thing: specific characters, something a bit unique and very feminine. I can’t speak for all of my customers, but I feel like the flowers and the vines on the Aurora Ears for example, are very fairy tale-ish. Very Disney. Not so commercial.

Q: Why do you think it's important for people to support small businesses such as yours?
A: In such a fast-paced world like we live in, with a lot of devices we are constantly tuned into, it’s nice to pause and connect with our creative sides. That could be anything from creating something yourself, to crafting your own special style. Small businesses keep something special alive.

Q: What is your favorite ride (or rides) at Disneyland?
A: My favorite ride at Disneyland is Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride! Fantasyland is my favorite land, but it’s a close race with Haunted Mansion and New Orleans Square!

Q: Do you have any favorite pieces in particular in your shop?
A: My favorite piece in my shop is the Cinderella pair. It’s the first Disney movie I ever saw and fell in love with!

Enter through the Rafflecopter widget below for your chance to win your choice of ears from Posh Park Creative! Giveaway is open until midnight on 01/24. U.S. entries only. Good luck!

Dressing Professionally with Vintage Inspired Style

In case you're not aware, I work for an eCommerce consultancy. My office is small and extremely laid back, but about once or twice a week, I'm attending client meetings at large clothing brands and retailers' offices. All of this begs the question: what's a gal with vintage-inspired style supposed to wear? I've seen plenty of how "to dress professionally in your 20s" articles, but I've seriously been struggling with having a creative job and maintaining my personal style. I'm in a position where I don't have to wear typical professional clothes like blazers, but it also doesn't feel appropriate to wear puppy dresses and ice cream skirts. To make matters more complicated, I'm pretty young for the position I'm in and often meeting with way more experienced people, which means that I don't want to go out of my way to look younger.

I've been thinking a lot about this lately, and I feel like I've started to do a better job of buying items that feel like "me," but still make me feel like I can be taken seriously if an eComm executive stops by our office (which honestly could happen any day). I have a feeling others might be in a similar position, so I've put together a few tips I've picked up anyone else in that very specific niche of "dressing professionally in a creative job as a modern vintage girl":

Puppy Dress Addict

What's up, first post of 2018? I'm running on a new year high of new motivation and new clothes. I hadn't purchased anything new in a couple of months to prepare for Christmas...and then I immediately bought a ton of items during sales the day after Christmas. I have no self control, but I'm stoked about the new items I got so I'm not even that mad at myself. My favorite item by far is this puppy dress for obvious dress. You may remember that I have another puppy dress so it should come as no surprise that this one is also from Dangerfield Clothing. Have you ever seen a dress more perfect? I'm so happy with how this one fits, although if you're considering buying it, I'd add that it's runs a little large, particularly in the chest. I highly recommend it.

Of course, if you follow me on social or caught the end of my last post then you already know my biggest news of the year so far. I launched a pin shop! It's called We Said Shop, and I'm running it with my brother, Lucas. After being so into pins, I had the idea to create my own sometime last year. I wanted to make ones that I'd like wearing - pins with quotes from my favorite TV shows - but work got hectic, and I never made it happen. Fast forward to a few months ago, Lucas had started getting into pins as well, and he asked if I still wanted to start a shop. We decided to do it together, and it's been such a blast coming up with designs and working on all of the business aspects. We just launched last week with three designs based on our favorite shows: The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Arrested Development. I'm so excited to see our store grow! If you haven't already, please check out the shop and follow us on social!