Blogging Besties :: Vintage Vibe

Blogging Besties is a weekly series featuring Whitney of Whitney à la mode, Alex of The Cheerful Closet, Maricel of ::My Closet Catelogue:: and Selah of A Bibliophile’s Style.  Each week, one of the bloggers will choose one component from the previous week’s outfit to pass on in a brand new look.  This “take one, pass it on” challenge is an inspiration to stretch your closet and your imagination!


Last week Alex looked oh-so-pretty in a pencil skirt and top with feminine detailing at the sleeves.  She challenged me with the following prompts for my outfit this week: a pencil skirt, a vintage-inspired outfit or pearl jewelry.

So here you have it, ladies, my loose interpretation of a vintage-inspired outfit.  You see, I’m in the process of moving and don’t have access to most of my clothing, shoes or accessories.  While planning this outfit, I couldn’t find a single pencil skirt or pearl!  I do think the colors and floral print of this dress give-off a vintage vibe, though.  What do you think?

I also have a funny story about why I acquired this dress!  When I flew back from Belgium a few weeks ago, I flew into Washington D.C. so that I could spend the week traveling up the East Coast.  Well, the airline lost my suitcase.  On a direct flight.  I suppose my luggage just never made it on the plane?  In any case, I went straight from the airport to Target to buy everything that I needed for the next few days.  I purchased everything from running clothes for my 5k the next morning, to underwear to this dress!  And I’m quite pleased with it!  You gotta love impromptu Target shopping sprees!

Alright, Ms. Selah, your prompts for next week are as follows: mustard, floral print, or a piece purchased in a bind!

What I’m Wearing:
Dress: Target (exact)
Shoes: Bali Elf (exact)

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Blogging Besties :: Unique Sleeves

The Blogging Besties series is the brain child of Alex @ The Cheerful Closet and Whitney @ Whitney à la Mode. In 2015, the series expanded to include Maricel @ My Closet Catalogue and Selah @ A Bibliophile’s Style. It’s based on the idea of “take one, pass it on,” but we’re passing on an element from another blogger’s outfit. It’s a fun challenge that inspires us to be creative!

Last week, Maricel SLAYED in a cool vintage maxi with a statement paisley pattern. For my turn this week, I chose to pass on unique sleeves. In Maricel’s honor, I also went with a vintage vibe!
I styled a textured blouse with puffy sleeves (you can get a better view of the sleeve detailing in the last photo.) The structured sleeves give it a vintage look, so I styled it with a classic pencil skirt, polished wedges, and a multistrand pearl necklace. I love the ’60s chic aesthetic of this outfit!

Blouse: LOFT (similarsimilarsimilar)
Skirt: Target (exactsimilarsimilar)
Wedges: J. Crew Factory (exactsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: J. Crew Factory (similarsimilarsimilar)
Next week, Whitney can choose from a pencil skirt, a vintage-inspired outfit, or pearl jewelry.

Blogging Besties :: Flowing Silhouette


The Blogging Besties series is the brain child of Alex @ The Cheerful Closet and Whitney @ Whitney à la Mode. In 2015, the series expanded to include yours truly @ My Closet Catalogue and Selah @ A Bibliophile’s Style. It’s based on the idea of “take one, pass it on,” but we’re passing on an element from another blogger’s outfit. It’s a fun challenge that inspires us to be creative!

Last week, Selah stayed svelte and sassy in mint green:

This week is brought to you by: “flowing silhouette, mint green, feathers, or a throwback piece”.

And for your viewing pleasure, I give you: a flowing silhouette.

It’s been a while since I’ve rocked a maxi. My recent foray into 40s and 50s vintage didn’t really allow for the silhouette. But I continue to evolve and as my aesthetic started trending into later decades, I simply couldn’t resist this delicious dress.

It just ticked all the boxes for me: vibrant color, stunning print, an empire cut that de-emphasized all the wrong bits while emphasizing all the right ones. I especially love the fabric’s drape; whoever said polyester was a horrible textile had obviously never met this dress before.

Now, I don’t know if I have the audacity to wear this to work – it’s a bit in-your-face, even for me. My students could have a hard time focusing on my words as they become mesmerized by the raucous design. Add to that a decidedly bold ruffled neckline and butterfly sleeves, and I may just end up courting distraction disaster.

It does, however, fit this week’s prompt of “flowing silhouette”. It’s long and elegant and it’s got loads of ruffles at the hem that punctuate the overall billowy-ness. And maybe someday I can find an occasion to wear it beyond the confines of my sitting room.

For Alex’s turn next week, I challenge her to the following: ruffles, fall colors, or unique sleeves/neckline.

Vive le vendredi!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – eBay
Wedges – Dexflex @ Payless

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs ::
One Hundred Sleepless Nights by Pierce the Veil

 

Blogging Besties :: Beyond Basic Denim


The Blogging Besties series is the brain child of Alex @ The Cheerful Closet and Whitney @ Whitney à la Mode. In 2015 the series expanded to include Maricel @ My Closet Catelogue and me, Selah @ A Bibliophile’s Style. It’s based on the idea of “take one, pass it on,” but we’re passing on an element from another blogger’s outfit. It’s a fun challenge that inspires us to be creative!

Last week, Whitney looked lovely in her lace tee:

The prompts she gave me were “white top, beyond basic denim, bright lips or photo bombers”.

I decided to pull out my mint green denim shorts, since they’re anything but basic. Do y’all remember when mint green was all the rage a few years ago?

I paired my shorts with a float-y black top, my gold flip-flops, and a coordinating feather necklace.

Next week, Maricel can choose from flowing silhouette, mint green, feathers, or a throwback piece.

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