First of Fall

Friday, September 23, 2016

Happy second day of fall, y'all!  We are so ready for pumpkin spice everything (shameless love), coffee dates and strolls in our favorite places watching the leaves change.  Not to mention all of the layers -- bring on the cardigans + tights + booties.  We've been loving all of Modcloth's fall offerings (lots of mustard yellow which is good, because we're addicted). We both chose pieces that we knew would have a permanent home in this season's wardrobe and that could be mix and matched with other outfits.

With each season change we jokingly (and not so jokingly) try and visualize what direction our style will go in.  I found that the Mod Squad Goals Dress fit absolutely perfect and was extremely comfortable.  The color palette of the dress lends itself to so many different accessories so it'll be a great staple piece for Fall to style in different ways. Mustard is my go-to color so I've actually already re-imagined this outfit with mustard tights and burgundy flats. So many options! Also, sometimes a Georgia gal just has to put on a beret and pretend to be French.  Amanda was channeling Peggy Olson and went with the accordion pleat Scene of Your Studies Skirt.

We both agreed that one of the best things about Modcloth is that they carry sizes XXS to 4X.  If you're unsure about what size you need, just like we were, we cannot recommend chatting in or emailing the Modstylists more!  The size charts with full measurements for things might not be posted but the stylists can get them for you and if they're not already taken, will have them taken for you and emailed to you later in the day.  The stylists were absolutely so helpful in ensuring that we picked the right sizes.  Shout out to Molly who helped us not once, not twice, but three times!

//  Also, how cute is our local Augusta bookstore?  Does anyone else want to try running full speed and going through the platform? It was tough to resist. 

// Get 40% off some fall favorites with promo code "CANTWAIT" shop the sale, here.

Fatale + Gigi

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Amanda:  Fatale Tartan Dress c/o The Pretty Dress Company  |  Persia Heels c/o Miss L Fire
Black Feather Fascinator - vitnage (similar)  |  Gold Poodle Brooch - vintage (similar)

KatieGigi Tartan Swing Dress c/o The Pretty Dress Company | Black Nana Heels - BAIT Footwear
1940s Style Heart Pin - MerriWeather | Sun Hat - Thrifted (Similar)

Most of the pieces we've featured from The Pretty Dress Company in the past, regardless of season, have been bright, vibrant pieces (past posts here) but, we're loving the more subtle Fall/Winter '16 pieces rolling out right now.  One of our favorite things about autumn (besides Halloween and the decrease in humidity) is the the resurgence of plaid and tartan prints so, these particular pieces were calling our names and we knew we had to try them.  The dresses are made of a heavy cotton twill fabric that has a bit of stretch, which we loved, it was really comfy.  Both dresses ran a bit on the long side so, even though the Fatale Tartan Dress has some built-in petticoat, I wore an underskirt to puff it out a bit more and take up some length until I can get some alternations done.  While we would still LOVE for a UK6 to appear on their size chart one day, the UK8's we chose fit great.

I walk past The Hermitage Hotel almost every day during my lunch break since it's only a couple of blocks from my office in Downtown Nashville.  I was excited to visit on a non-work day so I had a little more time to explore (and the perfect piece to wear while doing it).  The history of the building is really interesting and even the men's bathroom has a weird cult following.

// Don't forget you can get 20% off lots of styles at The Pretty Dress Company with promo code "BEST0916".

Pinup House

Monday, September 19, 2016

Katie:  Flamingo & Pineapple Love Skirt c/o Pinup House |  Pretty Little Thing Bow c/o Erstwilder
Dolce By Mojo Moxy Heartbreak Flat - Amazon (Similar) | Green Hair Scarf - Vintage

AmandaCircus Fun Skirt c/o Pinup House  |  The Lola Top c/o Violets in May 1945
Pink Lollipop Mickey - Femme De Bloom  |  Red Ida Heels - BAIT Footwear

We always love finding/learning about new brands so we were really stoked to find an email from Pinup House in our inbox.  Originally, we really wanted to photograph these skirts together, because they're just so bright and cheery and we thought we'd make an adventure out of it; but, with our busy day job schedules, that didn't work out.  We had lots of fun anyways finding the perfect places to wear them.  It's definitely been a summer of epic novelty prints -- both reproduction and vintage.

Since this is a newer company, we definitely want to give y'all the details about fit.  We provided both our waist measurements and ideal lengths before production since Amanda is petite and things tend to touch her ankles otherwise.  We did find them to be a bit snug in the waist regardless so, if you're in-between sizes we suggest sizing up.  Because there is a 2 inch waistband,  the thicker waistband can roll or scrunch up if it's too tight -- especially if you have a short torso.  There wasn't a lot of "give" to the fabric so we recommend erring on the side of caution.  Also, you want to make sure you always have room to eat pizza and tacos ; ) Overall the skirts are adorable and we love the light cotton fabric.

// Also, if you sign up for the newsletter you can get 15% off your first Pinup House order!

Friday Favorites #70, Halloween, Part II

Friday, September 16, 2016

We did something a little different this week and let y'all (or those of y'all up late enough to see our inquiry) choose the theme of the Friday Favorites post!  Our last post, which was also Halloween themed, was our most "loved" yet so we thought we'd see if we should continue the trend and get alllll the fun out of Halloween while we could or go back to our regularly scheduled program -- look what won out ;)  Not that I mind because it gives me an excuse to share all the spooky things I bookmark and hardly ever let myself buy with y'all!

OK so, I said it last time but so many people are bringing their A game for Halloween 2016.  Of course, I always have to throw a little Disney in there like the Tightrope Walker Skirt, Jolly Holiday Skirt, Jack Skellington Tuxedo Dress and Sally-Inspired Skirt and the other great thing about pieces like that, you now, Disney should be "celebrated" 365 days a year.  But also, I want to buy that Candy Corn Romper and celebrate Halloween 365 days a year.  Also, I don't know how how many of y'all watch Stranger Things (if you don't, it's SO GOOD) but I died over this recreation of Eleven's Pink Dress from Stranger Things which is easily the best recreation I've seen without lucking into an original vintage piece. As a final aside, Denialle from The Oblong Box Shop illustrates her skirts (the ones seen in #3 and #9) and that just totally blows my mind, go check her shop out!

So I'm reading to grab Katie and head over to the Hicksville Pines Motel in California RIGHT NOW after seeing all the amazing themed rooms they have.  In keeping with the Halloween theme, the Haunted Mansion themed room is pictured above which even has a Doom Buggy Bed!  But it would definitely be hard to choose because they also have a Dita Room (which she helped design), a Mondo Trasho Room (which was designed by John Waters) and a Great Northern Room for us all Twin Peaks lovers.... seriously... smitten.

Little Vampire Buddy Brooch  |  Good Witch Halloween Brooch  |  The Shining Twins Brooch
Wicked Witch Halloween Brooch  |  Vintage Halloween Broomstick Cat Brooch  |   Vintage Halloween Cat Brooch
We are constantly checking back into Kirbee Lawler's Shop and The Storybook Rabbit's Shop because they always have the most amazing pieces and are such amazingly artist ladies. The Vampire Bunny is by Storybook Rabbit and the Shining Twins are by Caperucita Rusa and everything else is by Kirbee.

In other, totally non-Halloween related favorite things, my favorite writer, Neil Gaiman, announced the impending release of his next book, Norse Mythology, for February 2017.  It seems like an eternity to wait but having my favorite fictional writer retell mythology from his standpoint will be SO WORTH IT.  I don't know if y'all remember when we had a little more time to do book reviews (or if you miss them) but I bought him up constantly so if you're looking for something to read... he's your guy!  Also, now I miss doing book reviews...

// Past Friday Favorites posts can be found here.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Katie: Look at the Stars Dress c/o Sarsparilly | Round the Twist Brooch c/o Erstwilder
Baby Blue Platform Wedges - Modcloth | White Scalloped Hair Scarf c/o Doll Me Up (Similar)

Amanda:  My Pretty Pony Dress c/o Sarsparilly | Green Cerelia Pumps - Bettie Page
"D" Sparkline Brooch in Gold - Match Accessories 

We've been eyeing dresses from  Sarsparilly for an eternity now and are so excited to finally have them on our bodies!   The prints on these dresses are really unique and whimsical and unlike any other reproduction novelty prints and that makes us love them even more.  In a perfect world we would live close to Disney World or Disneyland and be able to wear these dresses there, because it may be the only setting truly deserving of how beautiful they are!  Since that wasn't going to happen we knew that a fun day around town was necessary, and we KNEW we had to end up on a carousel at some point.

We headed over to a new (and now favorite) sweets store in Downtown Augusta called Sweets on Broad and grabbed some ice cream cones which we ate while we tried taking pictures with them and ended up wearing more than we got to each and then headed over the the kids section at the local putt putt place and took over the carousel for a while. ;)  As for the dresses, we loved everything about them. They have huge pockets, are made of a thick cotton that almost feels like vintage barkcloth and were customized to our measurements.  We had no issues with the zippers while putting the dresses on, but when taking them off the zippers did have a tendency to get stuck on the fabric.  Next time we will probably put some type of lubricant on the zippers so we don't have any issues.