Solving a Style Crisis

Once upon a time, a girl started fashion blogging because she hated wearing pants. She had challenged herself to wear skirts and dresses and tights for a full week in the middle of December, when it was rainy and slushy and miserable, because she knew that if she could make it through a week of December in a dress, she would never have to wear pants again. It was around that time she found two blogs: Selective Potential, and What I Wore. These bloggers inspired her in so many ways because they wore dresses and skirts most of the time, layered tights, combined colors and prints she never would have thought to combine, and were generally the exact kind of feminine, retro, quirky style mavens that she had always wanted to be.

But over time, more and more fashion blogs came into the girl’s peripheral and she saw perfect vintage bloggers, beautiful pinup styles, rockabilly fashions, Modcloth-esque mavens, and so many vintage or vintage-inspired styles that she no longer quite knew who she wanted to be. And, as her original two favorite bloggers changed, so did she.

While many of her favorite vintage or vintage-inspired fashion bloggers began to turn more modern, this girl began to delve further into the past. She chased a dream of wearing vintage every day, of looking like a perfect 1950’s housewife, of having a closet full of beautiful vintage dresses, and generally being one of those bloggers whose closet looks straight from the past.

After many years of searching and collecting and testing, she finally got there.

And something happened that she did not expect.

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Sweet as Honey

To inspire myself to get dressed through winter, I’ve started a series on YouTube of weekly maternity style. I call it thrifted maternity style because most of it IS thrifted, but each video might touch on different styles or places to find what I call “non maternity” maternity clothes. The more pregnancies I go through, the fewer maternity items I purchase, opting instead to thrift stretchy, sized-up, high-waisted, and longer items that will cover me (and my belly) through most of my pregnancy. The only thing I’ll eveer purchase full price is maternity jeans, because those things are gold!

Today, I desperately wanted to wear this new bee-embroidered cardigan I found at my favorite Goodwill for $4. I don’t have much in this color, but decided to step out of my match-all-things comfort zone and mix it with this also-thrifted gorgeous wool skirt that, if you’ll forgive me, I will probably LIVE in this winter.

I was extra delighted when my new Breckelles arrived first thing this morning, in this gorgeous taupe, and they perfectly match the grayish tone in my skirt! So my match-all-the-things soul was appeased.

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Vintage Adventures: A Trip To La Conner

This past weekend my husband and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. It blows my mind that it’s been five years already (and we’re working on baby 3!). How did time pass so quickly?

To celebrate, we went to a small town called La Conner, which is best known for its tulip fields in the spring. While the fields were bare and the weather was chilly, we still enjoyed ourselves exploring antique and thrift stores, taking in the beauty of the harbor, and going to the peak of the nearby Mount Erie.

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Lipstick Love (feat Lindy Bop)

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I bought this darling Lindy Bop dress from my fellow blogger and lovely friend Justyna, originally thinking it would be absolutely perfect for Valentine’s day. Along with the retro lipstick print, lip prints, flowers, and heart pockets, it also has a heart cutout in the back! But then, of course, I got pregnant and by the time Valentine’s Day rolls around I will likely have too big of a baby bump to rock this dress. So I had to get at least one wear out of it before putting it to the back of my closet, where it will faithfully await my post-baby, post-breastfeeding self (well, at the very least, post-baby.)

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Holidays with Karina Dresses

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Now that Halloween is past, I know many, many people have already gotten deep into the spirit of Christmas. Personally, I don’t decorate for Christmas until Thanksgiving is past — this year, my whole family is going Christmas-tree-hunting the day after Thanksgiving — but when Karina Dresses asked if I’d review a dress from their Holiday Collection, I had to say yes! You already heard me gush about the Ruby in this post, which is my go-to lazy day dress, but now let’s talk about the Tara!

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