All That Plaid

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

KatieRed Plaid Wiggle Dress c/o Unique Vintage | Family of Flasks Brooch c/o Erstwilder

AmandaRed + Navy Tartan Hepburn Swing Dress c/o Unique Vintage  |  Taupe Flats - Amazon
Funny Bones Brooch c/o Erstwilder  |  Red Flower Hat - vintage (similar)

It's blowing our minds that it's already almost Halloween!  We have a ton of plans for Halloween, which we are getting excited for! Halloween also happens to be Amanda's husband Collin's birthday so they get to celebrate that too as an added bonus! We don't generally wear a ton of spooky-themed clothing, but plaid is a constant for our autumn style and there are lots of ways to spooky it up so it's a piece you can wear through the rest of the season and into winter.

For the Red Plaid Wiggle Dress, I definitely recommend checking out their sizing chart.  The material is stretchy, but I had to size up to a medium in this one.   Also, as we've mentioned before, Unique Vintage is the exclusive US retailer of The Pretty Dress Company so we're excited to take their newest offering out for a spin, the Red + Navy Tartan Hepburn Swing Dress.  The Hepburn is Amanda's favorite TPDC style because 1) it doesn't have to be hemmed (YESSSS) and 2) it has a great shape without a petticoat.  It's also a great style for work for those of you whose offices feel like Antarctica like ours.

Thread + Mitre

Monday, October 24, 2016

Amanda: Denim Overall Flare Skirt Jumper via the TOBS Original "Thread & Mitre" Collection 
Yellow Work Blouse - Freddies of Pinewood  |  Love Letter Brooch - Merriweather
 Bangle Stack - all via Splendette  |  Brown Maryjane Heels - Modcloth (similar)

Katie:  Denim Overall Flare Skirt Jumper via the TOBS Original "Thread & Mitre" Collection
Striped Mock Turtleneck - Forever 21 (Similar) | Red Wedges - Similar | 1940s Brooch - Luxulite 

I'll start by saying this denim jumper from The Oblong Box Shop might be one of my new favorite articles of clothing.  It's the first piece in Denialle's denim collection and she definitely started with a "bang".  The jumper is inspired by the bomber girls of the 1940's and the original Teddy Girls and I've never seen a piece quite like it.  The quality of the entire piece and the denim is amazing.  We loved all the well-thought out touches like the full circle skirt (we didn't wear petticoats under ours but, one would fit), the criss-cross straps in the back and the little fold-over pockets.  If you're a first time The Oblong Box Shop shopper, this piece would be the perfect time to take advantage of the 10% off sign-up code (which is sitewide if you like something else) or follow to the bottom for a 15% off code for this specific jumper. And if you're wondering if the piece is worth the money - yes. One thousand times yes, you will not be disappointed.

Also, we hope everyone had an amazing weekend!  Katie went to a wedding and I spent the weekend studying for my Mortgages final... which might be one of the most boring law school topics ever.  Also, we both colored our hair. I have no problem admitting I get lazy with my hair because I color it myself but, Katie went lighter and I'm forever jealous of her ability to rock any color on the red spectrum.

// Use promo code "threadandmitre" for 15% off until November 1st.

Cats + Love Letters

Friday, October 21, 2016

Sending My Love Love Letter Brooch - MerriWeather | Taupe Inna Heels - BAIT Footwear

I know there are a lot of people, especially in the vintage + vintage reproduction community, who try and keep their style in one decade. I think I used to cling more to that ideal, but years of vintage collecting and blogging vintage reproduction clothing means that I have definitely broadened my horizons and I love getting to embrace each decade.  I will forever be envious of how chic and elegant Amanda looks in 1940's attire so I always try and channel her a little bit when I wear 40's style things. 

When I do gravitate towards 1940's styles it's definitely the sweaters that I lean towards.  I think this is a.) because I'm always, always, always cold and b.) they just look so effortless if worn with pants or a skirt.  When I saw the design on The Purrfect Cardigan I think I may have died and gone to heaven.  It's no secret that I'm a crazy cat to have a chic way to display that is EVERYTHING to me.  Also, right now the sweater is 10% off using the promo code puurfect10.  Emmy Design, in my opinion, is so worth the price and one of the closest things to real vintage as far as reproductions go.  The quality is beyond amazing and it feels like someones grandma made this sweater.  Which is the highest compliment ever!  

To complete my look, I've been loving this Mini Powder Set from Besame to brighten and correct my complexion.  I use the vanilla color all over and use the lavender under my eyes if my under-eye circles are a little yellow.   I love how authentic their products feel and have been using them non-stop lately.  My other current favorites are the Sweet Pink Rouge + Dusty Rose Lipstick.  Seriously, Sweet Pink has replaced all other blushes in my collection, it suits my skin that well! 

// See our other posts featuring Emmy Design, here.

Autumn Leaves + Cinnamon

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Beige Lace-Up shoes - Aldo (similar)

I'm happy it's finally cooling down here for lots of reasons but, one of the main ones is that I get to break out my autumn/winter wardrobe.  As much as I love a comfy cotton sundress and bright colors, I have a lot fun changing the pace up a bit during cooler days and exploring some 40s inspired looks.  My summer wardrobe is about a half and half split between reproduction and vintage but I'd say my autumn/winter wardrobe is mostly vintage with pieces from a few brands I really love thrown in there and one of those is emmy design.

When I'm buying for fall/wainter, I tend to pick separates over dresses so I can layer more so, I always try to select pieces I can mix and match with other pieces in my wardrobe.  As for sizing, I've been seeing lots of questions pop up lately about sizing on the Ice Skater Cardigan (pictured above) and I will say, as a petite lady, I do intentionally shrink mine a bit as even the smallest size, a 34/36, is a bit loose.  I learned an amazing trick last year though!  Take a squirt bottle with water in it, dampen the sweater (you can even pick specific areas), and dry it.  My sweater above is post-squirt bottle trick.

Last, I know some ladies are hesitant about the price but, I'm going into my third winter with some of my emmy pieces this year and they're still in amazing condition.  I personally tend to buy less during the colder seasons so I put a little bit more towards individual pieces that will become a staples.  Trust me, these pieces (especially these sweaters) are worth the investment.

// See our other posts featuring Emmy Design, here.

Apple Pickin'

Monday, October 17, 2016

Last week we made an amazing mixtape for our roadtrip and and headed off to Ellijay, Georgia for a classic Autumn activity, apple picking!  We happened to pick a weekend when the Georgia Apple Festival was happening, but luckily that didn't stop us from picking Rome Beauties and Granny Smith apples and enjoying all of the delicious apple treats in the store over at B.J. Reece Orchards.  Since we weren't sure what the weather would be like in North Georgia we packed an amalgam of things to ensure that we wouldn't be under or over-dressed.  Luckily, sweaters were all the warmth we needed.

ModCloth has really been impressing us lately with their new styles and constant rotation of new arrivals.  Usually we start to panic, because we love Spring and Summer style so much, but this year we feel totally prepared for the chillier temps.   As far as fit goes, everything I am wearing fit true to size in my opinion.  The All Tapped Out Heel in Burgundy may have been a little tight, but I can tell that they will stretch with wear so I'll just persevere on.  I've also now developed an addiction to scarfs, because how amazing is this one??  Although, the reviews on ModCloth's site say otherwise, Amanda felt like her Intern of Fate Skirt in Burgundy ran small and that the Tessellate It Be Known Top ran a little big.  However, she has a petite frame so sweaters running big is not a rare occurrence for her.  As always, we definitely suggest chatting in/emailing or calling a ModStylist to help with any sizing questions.