April Showers Bring May Flowers and 1950s Summer Dresses

It’s finally starting to feel like spring here in Boston and nothing means spring more than florals. I’ve been slowly building my botanical wardrobe in preparation and couldn’t pass up this gorgeous vibrant floral ‘Audrey’ swing dress from Lindy Bop.

I’ve featured Lindy Bop in several of my previous posts (you can find the most recent one here) and there’s a very simple reason: they’re fabulous! Lindy Bop offers one of the widest arrays of vintage reproductions for budget-conscious pinups. Their collection includes flattering 40s frocks, eye-catching 50s novelty prints, and sophisticated 60s suits, making it the perfect one-stop shop for all of your midcentury needs.

My favorite style from Lindy Bop is called the ‘Audrey’ Swing Dress, which closely mimics the classic 1950s summer dress. One of the defining features of the summer dress was bare shoulders, exposing more arm than ever before. Patterns consisted of Hawaiian prints, or images of sunny vacations, solidifying the “tiki print” as a 1950s design staple.

The ‘Audrey’ showcases the boatneck neckline, figure hugging bodice and full circle skirt of the original 50s summer dress. The skirt comes down just below the knee, even with a thin petticoat underneath, making it work appropriate (as are most, if not all of Lindy Bop’s garments). The belt is thinner than what you would find on a vintage summer dress, which would probably measure about 2″ in width, but I prefer thinner belts.

The Audrey comes in several fabrics, but the vibrant floral swing dress is made from a  stretchy, light-weight cotton that’s machine washable on cold. The dress is fully lined, which is typical of a Lindy Bop gown- a small detail, but one that goes a long way in my book.

Being extremely size inclusive, Lindy Bop garments come in US sizes XS-6XL and UK sizes 8-26. For reference, I’m wearing a US S, which is my typical size for Lindy Bop dresses, although I’m generally a M in other brands (my measurements are 36-28-38). Their clothing tends to range in size, and they’ve recently begun adding measurements specific to each garment, so I highly recommend checking the size chart before ordering.

I just so happened to grab this floral beauty on sale for $16, but Lindy Bop’s Audrey swing dresses generally range in price from $39 to $46 (insert shocked emoji here). Like I said, they’re perfect for the pinup gal on a budget. Shipping within the U.S. is $7 and free when you spend over $125. For those of you across the pond, Lindy Bop has a U.K. site that offers £3 shipping within the U.K. and free shipping when you spend over £70.

Over the past year and a half I have purchased at least 10 dresses from Lindy Bop, and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. They offer the most wallet-friendly pinup clothes on the market and consistently impress with their unique patterns. Be on the look out for their sales, which they hold quite often, because when they have a sale it’s even more of a bargain than you could imagine. They offer up to 70% off of their already affordable pieces, so be sure to snag all of your favorites before someone else does (trust me, their dresses go fast). As for me, I’ll be stalking their site on a regular basis.

Dress: ‘Audrey” Vibrant Floral Print 50’s Style Swing Dress- Lindy Bop | Shoes: Swing Along Heel in Noir- Modcloth

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A Tea Dress, Orchids, and Modern Art Deco

If you’ve been following my blog, then you know that I’m enamored by the 1940s, but another one of my favorite eras is that in which Art Deco thrived: the 1920s through the 1930s.

Art Deco is a visually enticing style that originated in France during the 1920s and was inspired by Cubism. It was incorporated into various mediums, such as architecture, interior design, fashion, transportation, and my favorite: jewelry.

Art Deco lost it’s popularity at the end of World War II and was replaced by modernism, but today there are classic examples of this stunning style, such as this Art Deco Vintage Tea Dress from Lady V London.

The Tea Dress imitates the most iconic 1950s dress style: the “New Look” full-skirted dress with a signature fitted bodice and voluminous skirt flaring out from the waistline. The skirt is designed to come down to the knee even when wearing a petticoat- a classic staple of the conservative nature of fashion during the 50s.

The neckline of the “New Look” dress could be v-neck, sweetheart, boat-neck, or curved, such as those on Lady V London’s Tea Dresses. The back of the dress dips down into a deep v-shape and the waist can be adjusted using two straps that can be tied in a bow. But the best part about the design is that it has pockets! What is it about having pockets that automatically makes a dress infinitely more enticing?

The Tea Dress is made from stretchable cotton, so not only does it breathe, it also gives which adds to it’s comfort. It’s not lined, which I love because spring and summer can get quite hot here in Boston. Because of the material, its machine washable, on a delicate cycle, and should be air dried (how I’d love to have an actual clothing line to dry gorgeous dresses like this one on).

All of Lady V London’s Tea Dresses come in UK sizes 8-22. Each size chart provides measurements for the exact dress you’re looking at, so be sure to check even if you’ve ordered from them before.

I’m wearing a UK 12, despite normally being a UK 10. My waist is exactly between the two sizes, so I chose the larger just to be safe. Upon retrospect, I probably would have fit the UK 10 considering the way the garment stretches. Fortunately, the ties in the back allowed me to fit the waist perfectly to my body.

The Art Deco Vintage Tea Dress is priced at £50 (about $63 USD), as are all of Lady V London’s Tea Dresses, which is fabulous for the quality.  Shipping starts at £3.95 within the U.K., they ship to over 100 countries worldwide, and offer free shipping to orders over £150.

While I wouldn’t say that this is a true Art Deco print, it certainly captures the more abstract designs of that era with a modern twist, and that’s exactly what I love about it. So if you’re on the hunt for a vintage meets modern dress, look no further than the Art Deco Vintage Tea Dress from Lady V London. And if you want a similar style with a longer skirt, check out their Hepburn collection, you can catch me there staring at the Teal Cupcake print.

Dress: Tea Dress – Art Deco Vintage c/o Lady V London | Hair flower: Double Cymbidium Orchid in Deep Red and Black – Sophisticated Lady Hair Flowers | Shoes: Swing Along Heel in Noir – ModCloth
Special thanks to Georgia from Lady V London for this fantastic opportunity.

A Cabbage Rose, Vintage Houndstooth, and the Beginning of Spring

It looks like winter is finally coming to an end and what could be more symbolic of the coming of spring than flowers?

My boyfriend, Anthony, bought me this jaw-dropping hair flower for Christmas from Sophisticated Lady Hair Flowers, and I can already tell its opened the door to a quick obsession with hair accessories.

That being said, I generally stay away from large accessories, as I’m a bit shy and don’t like drawing too much attention to myself (this coming from someone who dresses like she’s living in a different century is ironic, I know).

But the second I placed this cabbage rose in my hair, I was hooked.

In addition to the eye-catching rose is a white hydrangea, blue millinery berries, and a dark blue rhododendron. This unique mix of berries and flowers, some of which I had never heard of, makes this a stand-out piece that’s sure to draw attention.

This floral masterpiece sits securely in your hair with the help of a large alligator clip attached to it’s base, which only adds to the quality of Sophisticated Lady’s pieces. These are some of the most realistic hair flowers I’ve seen in production, some of which are even made with real silk.

So if you’re looking for ways to welcome in spring, look no further than Sophisticated Lady Hair Flowers. The shop contains over 100 different arrangements ranging from orchids to lilies, all of which are drop dead gorgeous.

Prices range from $7 to $22 USD and each item is shipped from Germany.

Blouse: Pinup Girl Clothing Voodoo Vixen Top in White | Skirt: Vintage 1960s Black & White Houndstooth Pencil Skirt from Coldfish Vintage | Shoes: Modcloth Swing Along Heel in Noir | Brooch: Luxulite Blue Baubles 1940s/50s Lucite Christmas Ornament Brooch

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A Little Rain, Some Polka Dots, and Hometown Pride

I knew I had a hectic weekend ahead of me, so I anticipated a one hour block of time to take photos for this post. Low and behold it rained only during that hour. I’m the kind of girl who would normally bolt back home at the first sight of rain, but I knew this was my only shot at taking these pictures. Surprisingly, these are some of my best photos yet, if I do say so myself.

My weekend started off by taking my mom to her monthly doctors appointments. She’s there for at least five hours getting blood tests, bone marrow extractions and receiving her medication. Her blood is analyzed for any returning signs of Leukemia, which is the part I fear the most, but so far, so good.

In addition to my mom staying with us, one of Anthony’s best friends was in town for his 30th birthday. So here I was, trying to balance playing host, helping my mom move into her new home, and throwing a surprise party for Anthony.

I don’t think I’ve ever been so efficient in my life.

Initially, my mom was told that the Pod housing all of her belongings would arrive on Saturday. We then received a phone call informing us that it was being delayed until Monday.

Now, here is my mom, sitting in my car in the Homegoods parking lot, still feeling the effects of the pain killers she received before her bone marrow extraction, yelling at the Pods representative about how she took additional days off from work to move into this house and how her daughter only has one day in which she can help.

Something to note about my mom and I: we have anxiety, and I don’t mean that we get easily nervous. I mean we have clinically diagnosed anxiety in which we automatically jump to the worst conclusion possible whenever something goes wrong. Needless to say, both of us becoming anxious was the last thing she needed.

Despite this hiccup, we drove out to Greenfield, which is about two hours from Boston, and were met with surprise by the Pod firmly planted in her snowy driveway. The path leading up to her garage was covered in ice and, of course, that is where we wanted most of her items to be stored. I’ve never had to chip at/scrape ice off of a driveway before, but let me tell you, it’s hard work. Within the first two minutes my heart rate was elevated.

As the day wore on, we gradually made it halfway through the Pod and decided it was time to head over to my cousins house for dinner. Fortunately, they and my mom are extremely close and live only 20 minutes away.

It’s never dull with my cousins. What could be boring about a gay couple from Brooklyn in their 70’s with the most incredible artistic and culinary skills I’ve ever encountered? We ended up heading home around 11:30, blew up our air mattresses, and slept for a good eight hours.

The next morning the movers came and emptied the remnants of the Pod within two hours. We headed to a local coffee shop, had breakfast, and parted ways as I began my trek back to Boston.

Being on a strict schedule always makes me nervous. As a classically trained singer I’ve had it drilled into my head that if you’re on time, you’re late. Anthony’s family was arriving at our apartment at 2:30 and I needed time to put up the decorations, put myself together, and finish preparing the food.

I arrived home at 1:00, mostly because I was going 80 mph the entire time (oops). Fortunately, the party was a complete success and Anthony had no idea his family was coming.

Ok, so now that you know what my weekend consisted of, can you see why I only had one hour to take these pictures? It was a very specific hour that I chose, too, due to it’s optimal temperature.

Regardless of the rain, I had a lot of fun during this shoot, and by some miracle my hair didn’t turn into Hermione Granger’s in The Sorcerer’s Stone.

All in all, last weekend was exhausting, but so rewarding. I’m looking forward to relaxing at least somewhat this weekend, but with the Patriots playing in the Superbowl, I can’t promise that I won’t be screaming at the television on Sunday.

Did I forget to mention that I’m a sports fan? It may not seem like it, but I love baseball and football. Going to Fenway Park is one of my favorite summer activities. I guess that’s what living in Boston will do to you.

In support of the Patriots, I chose to wear one of my favorite skirts from Modcloth, the Streak of Success Midi Skirt in Navy with one of my favorite polka dot tops: the Hosting for the Weekend Tunic in Merlot. What could be better than looking your best while representing your team?

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