My Favorite Retro-Inspired Looks


My love for retro and vintage inspired looks started early on. In my early teens I toyed with cat-eye glasses and petticoats (well I really wanted one but I never managed so save enough allowance to afford one.) I love incorporating vintage touches into my looks whether it's just a retro silhouette or a full on pin-up look. Today I'm sharing a few of my all-time favorite retro outfits! Be sure to comment below with your favorite look of the bunch. Hope you guys are enjoying these round-ups - it's been way too cold to shoot and I've been under the weather for the past few weeks. xo
A classic pin-up look with my signature polka dots, a red scarf and a classic cola! {Original post here} {Shop dress here}
 A little bit sweet, a little bit edgy it's like good Sandy meets bad Sandy in Greese. This gorgeous pink midi is one of my absoulute favorites - would you believe it's from H&M?! {Original post here} {Shop skirt hereAn oldie from the archives - this look, shot in Prospect Park back in 2012 paired a vintage skirt with a bright blue blouse and bold accessories. {Original post here}One of my favorite and most daring looks, I am jealous for the sun just looking at this outfit. High waisted shorts a crop top and retro accessories are perfect for a hot summer day in the city. {Original post here}
A twist on a vintage look. I adore this Paris print skirt from Pin Up Couture paired with an edgy crop top from Nasty Gal and modern sandals. {Original post here}

I liked the polka dot dress from the first photo that I also got it in Pink! Another full on pin up look that was very popular (on the blog and on the streets!) I love these adorable lace-up shoes from Seychelles. If you're looking for comfortable vintage-inspired heels, Seychelles is the way to go. I adore their shoes! {Original post here}My "pin up in the desert" look was captured so elegantly by my favorite LA photog Grant Legan on our blogger roadtrip to Palm Desert for the Lacoste Pool Party! It was fun to create a whole new dimension to a business-like outfit. {Original post here}Yes, another polka dot look! This retro look created quite a splash. Easily my favorite swimsuit, this red one-piece is flattering and eye catching. Paired with high-waisted shorts & my favorite red scarf, it really completed the 'pin up on the beach' look. {Original post hereLastly, an outfit that's more vintage-inspired than pin-up, I love this floral frock from Anthropologie. It has a timeless look that's super flattering and just an all around showstopper. {Original post here

A Midi Love Affair


There doesn't seem to be a precise definition on exactly what length qualifies a 'midi' skirt, but I've decided to take some leeway and deem it anywhere below the knee and above the ankle. Being 5'3" (okay 5'2"ish) I never thought I could pull off a long skirt. I'd been told by every woman's magazine that I needed a hemline just above my knees to betray my short stature. When midi skirt became all the rage last year, I decided what the hell - I'm going to give them a try. And I've never looked back! Here are my favorite midi looks and some tips on wearing this tricky, but oh-so-lovely length. 
Keep proportions in check. Balance the volume and length of a midi skirt with a slim fitting top and round-tow pumps. Keeping the color palette more neutral with a bold skirt also helps add length to the look. {Original post here}
A crop top is the perfect way to balance a midi and keep it fresh. I also added modern heels to keep the look cool and relevant. {Original post here}
Mix it up by pairing an elegant ballerina-esque midi skirt with a crop top and a leather jacket. The touch of edge from the jacket and leopard heels adds some fun. {Original post here}
Midi isn't just for skirts - this retro floral and plaid dress has throwback feel. The leather jacket and d'orsay heels make the outfit pop. {Original post here}
This is one of my absolute favorite looks. It pairs two of my favorite elements: polka dots and yellow. The tucked in blouse keeps the waistline defined and the printed wedges add height and an unexpected pattern to the mix.{Original post here}
This romantic midi dress has lovely proportions. The waist is nipped and the v-neckline adds length to the silhouette. Pointed-toe heels extend the leg line so you're not totally enveloped in dress. {Original post here}
An easy way to create a crop top? Knot a tee! I love this casual take on the midi with a bold floral prints (with pleats!) and unique stacked heels. {Original post here}

Okay, so by now you've probably figured out my midi skirt formula. Midi + Crop Top + Leather Jacket + Pointy Heels = success! {Original post here}
For a dressed-up take on the midi skirt that's perfect for a date night (or NYFW in my case) I paired a bold floral midi, crop top, sexy t-strap sandals and a bright yellow mini purse. {Original post here}

Washable Chic for NYFW with Tide Pods!


I can't believe Fashion Week is already upon us again. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Autumn/Winter always seems to catch me by surprise among the chilly temps and quiet lull of early February. This season I'm super excited to be partnering with Tide Pods to share my fabulous, yet totally washable outfit of the day. I always prefer washing at a landromat so I'm always checking labels when I'm shopping for darling yet low maintenance pieces that can survive my best life. I was excited to hear I'm not the only one, this year Tide, a proud sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week will be encouraging the wearable & washable fashion trend with a variety of designers showing washable collections including Richard Chai, Charlotte Ronson & Erin Featherston. Here I'm wearing this retro inspired dress, a mix of plaid and floral in a midi length that's still trending strong on the runways. The fabric? Part polyester, part cotton it fares perfectly in the wash with new Tide Pods, which are conveniently sized for single-use plus twice as compacted as Tide Liquid. The formula not only cleans, it also brightens and fights stains. You simply pop on in before adding clothes for a best-in-class clean with that classic Tide scent. Share your favorite washable #ootd's using has tag #TideChic! 

My Beauty Favorites from Nordstrom!


I was so excited when Nordstrom asked me to share my beauty favorites! I picked a few of my all-time favorites from Mac, Bobbi Brown and Clinique. To start, I picked my two current favorite foundations: Clinique Acne Solutions Foundation for problematic skin and Bobbi Brown's Moisture Rich foundation for drier days. For blush, I chose my all time favorite - Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Brick in Nectar, the perfect mix of warm pinks and shimmery orange tones that gives the skin a gorgeous boost. Mac's eyeshadows have always been stand-out products for me both in color selection and pigmentation. My current favorites are Brule & Jest, two neutral tones that pair perfectly with my signature bold lip. Speaking of which I couldn't just choose one lipstick so I picked three: Bobbi Brown's perfect red, Old Hollywood, a bright pink Mac's Girl About Town and a moody purple, Mac's Rebel. I'm hoping to incorporate more beauty into this blog - let me know if you have any suggestions in the comments. 

Lip Service: A Lipstick Love Story


I think it pretty much goes without saying that I love a great lipstick. It's a relatively recent love affair that blossomed in college when I worked at an adorable local beauty store called The Cosmetic Market in Nashville. I'd loiter by the NARS and Smashbox stations, swabbing tester shades to my lips with q-tips when the shop was at a lull. In February 2012 I even tried out a 30 day lipstick challenge where I tested a new shade everyday. I'm too embarrassed to say how many lipsticks I now own - but I still have only a handful of my absolute favorites, each of which threatens to finish down to the nub. Voila my rouges à lèvres préférésMac Russian Red
 Mac Russian Red: The classic blue red shade with a very matte finish. I recommend it with a heap of lip balm underneath and a little black dress to boot. 
Mac Impassioned Lipstick
Mac Impassioned: A gorgeous warm bright pink that instantly puts a smile on my face. It's opaque and easy to apply, I love wearing it with slightly bronzed skin and neutral tones. 
 No lipstick! Just wanted to give a starting point - these are my bare lips. I always apply lip balm my favorites are Blistex Original and Fresh Sugar.
Mac Lady Danger Lipstick
Mac Lady Danger: easily my signature lip color. I discovered this shade about a year ago when I was reading an article on powerful woman and their favorite red lipstick. 2 or 3 out of the 10 women cited Lady Danger and I picked it up the same day and never looked back. The formula is matte but creamy with the perfect amount of orange undertone that brightens skin and spirits! 
Mac Girl About Town, Nars Schiap
Mac Girl About Town:  The classic ultra-bright pink lipstick that's become a staple in my lipstick collection. I go back and forth between Girl about Town and Nars' Schiap both wonderfully bright and matte shades. This lipstick looks especially good with a light eyeshadow and soft pink cheeks. 
Mac Please Me: a classic 'smokey rose' that's equal parts chic and subtle. This is a go-to shade for me when I want to define and add color to my lips. I also find that it's a perfect wear-to-work shade that pairs with literally any look. 
Mac Ruby Woo Lipstick
Mac Ruby Woo: Another infamous red by Mac, Ruby Woo is a super-matte blue red. It can be tricky to apply because it is very very matte so I recommend lots of lip balm before applying and a steady hand (I like to keep my elbow propped when I apply). Pairs perfectly with a little black dress to ripped boyfriend jeans. 
Clinique Soft Matte Lipstick in Plum
Clinique Soft Matte Lipstick in Plum: I love this ladylike yet prominent shade that's perfect in fall and winter. It's part plum, part pink and looks great with navy blue and white. 
Tom Ford Crimson Noir
Tom Ford Crimson Noir: A decadent (read: pricey) lipstick from Tom Ford, Crimson Noir is just the right blend of red and plum that makes a statement but isn't overwhelming. This makeup look got me featured in a Sephora email! This lip color looks beautiful when wearing white or light colors near the face. 
Smashbox Fuchsia Flash Lipstick
Smashbox Fuchsia Flash: Another one of my favorite fuchsia lip colors is from Smashbox. The formula is creamy yet awesomely matte. It does fade quicker than Mac Matte formulas, but it fades in a beautiful way into a more subtle, sheerer tone that can be retouched or not! 
Mac Silly
Mac Silly: Another bold pink, but with a more subtle lilac and cool tone. The name says it all with this color and it's even more fun to wear than the bright tube implies. Pigmented but easy to apply. 
Mac Girl about Town & Mac Lady Danger: This is one of my favorite custom combinations for the spring and summer. Mixing the bold pink and orange-y red creates a gorgeous watermelon shade that's sweet and sexy. It's a can't loose combination! Try adding the red or pink first to see what works best for you. The color on top will stand out slightly more.
Chanel La Favorite: For a perfectly subtle coral, I love Chanel's La Favorite. The formula is incredibly silky and it's one of those lipsticks you can apply without a mirror, it's just that easy. I prefer this shade with a tan so it's great in spring and summer (or with the help of a great bronzer)!

What are your favorite lipsticks? I'm always down to try something new! 

Schoolgirl Revisited


I went to Catholic school for Middle School and High School and wore a uniform every day. The schoolgirl aesthetic has continued to appeal to me throughout the years, especially a great pleated skirt. Not only are they flirty and fun, they're also incredibly flattering. I teamed up with Sam Edelman to create this remixed girly look. I paired the sweet navy blue skirt with a whimsical white blouse with beautiful and delicate floral detailing. To ground the look I added high black boots with a slight chunky heel. I shot this look over the weekend while visiting Philly with Alex. We loved checking out the sights and eating amazing food (especially the aptly named "Mr. Martino's Trattoria." I hope to go back in the summer for better weather!  
Special thanks to Sam Edelman & Style Coalition for sponsoring this post. 

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