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I decided to make a couple of collages for my retro summer floral inspiration! Often times clothing with floral designs tend to look too girly or cutesie, cheesy, and a bit annoying. These prints however give me a different feeling, which I am not ashamed to wear at all!


 1. SWIMSUITS I’m really glad that I can pretty much go anywhere to find one piece swimsuits with a retro flare. It used to be hard to find cute styles in a one piece that was not a monokini. Of course I prefer shopping actual vintage when I have the choice to, because the treasure you find is unique. Joules is a store you may or may not have heard of, but oh boy… their retro-style womens swimwear are to die for! I put up a few of my favorites on the collage above— Bluposy, Ditsy, and Navlor.

The models above are from vintage swimwear catalogs from Catalina. I think these swimsuits would’ve been enjoyed by women then as much as we do now, don’t you think?



Unbeknownst to me, I realized that a lot of my favorite past outfits on this blog involve floral designs.  I wouldn’t normally admit that, because as much as I don’t like girly things, I tend to dress up that way! So for the more non-girly girls who secretly like florals, here is more eye candy inspiration for floral dresses from Joules. I was inspired to make paper dolls as the theme of this collage, and I found these two Doris Day paper dolls online to top it all off! Isn’t she de-lovely (*ahem* Cole Porter)?

We don’t really go on web portals nowadays, do we? For the kids (I mean adults) who were born in the 90s, you probably don’t have a clue what I’m talking about unless you’re an I.T. major or something (which I was but was born before the 90s). Before Google was used as a search engine, there was Yahoo as the top search engine provider, along with AOL and MSN (which my mom still uses). Although Yahoo did have a search engine (which was actually from Google… hah!), it was mostly an online portal with categories to different websites. These portals were hot in the 90s but died down during the dot com boom in the early 2000s.

Online portals that a lot of people think of now aren’t technically portals but are retailers or distributors of brands. For instance, Amazon is the giant online retailer for virtually any brand I can think of. In the online fashion retail arena, there is Net-a-Porter and Shopbop (which also happens to be under Amazon).


Because web portals are a thing of the past, I decided to see if there were any fashion web portals around.  So far and sadly, I found only two— Fashion Net and Layla’s Look. These two sites fall in the category of a vertical online portal, or a vortal. As opposed to the more boring horizontal kind, which lists companies of the same manufacturers, this type of portal targets specific niches or interests, which in this case is fashion. Fashion Net and Layla’s Look may not have the look and feel other well known but washed up web portals with directories and such, but they do have the same basic structure. They are online hubs that go to an outside website completely without forcing you to stay on their site.

It was nice when we didn’t have to always come up with the search words on our own to find a website that was interesting (Google) or to be forced to only recognize the heavily sponsored websites with their ads or presence popping up everywhere (Google ads, social media status, etc.). That’s just like payola, literally “bribing” to get you on top of the search listings. Web portals let me just browse my category of choice freely and discover the interesting underdogs of the WWW.

Although web portals may have died down because they aren’t really needed much now, I kind of miss it. Do you?


Shopping at Nottevera

May 29th, 2013

nottevera Here are things from the Italian store Nottevera you wouldn’t think of pairing together, but I think this outfit looks subtly modern (in the futuristic sense, not in the 60s sense!). I’ve been trying to find a lot of high neck sleeveless tops for this summer, and it’s hard to find ones that aren’t full blown turtle necks. I like them, because I think they look more sophisticated than low cut tops which you see every other girl wearing. High neck tops in my opinion look sexier in a way, because they support the phrase giving ” more room for the imagination,” if you’re into that kind of thing? I like high neck tops because of the previous reason—because they are not very common and look more sophisticated (Steve Jobs?). This sleeveless top I’m featuring has a nice blue grunge texture print on it, too.

That black bag is so creepy, I love it.  The belt I like for its checkerboard-like buckle with pizzaz!

Metal Mouth

May 27th, 2013

It’s… Music Monday! Well, not really. As much as I’d rather talk about metal music, I literally am going to talk about metal in your mouth. Let’s walk down memory lane and talk about BRACES. Although this may be an ad for teeth correcting, this is all based on personal (and thank God, historical) info.


This was taken sometime in the mid-90s with family. Look at all the happy faces. Then look at mine. Check out that giant bow on my head, too.


So who had metal mouth when they were kids? I certainly did. A lot of my friends from middle school did too. According to a statistic in 2008, 78% of the people who wore braces then were either children or teens. Before I actually had braces, I used to think they were so cool. There were these “candy braces” I used to get at my elementary school cafeteria. They were thin layers of translucent candy that you could stick to your front teeth, and they looked more like retainers. What was I thinking? Braces were unattractive—and all that sugar sitting on your teeth like that till it melts? Gross me out the door (Square Pegs reference)!


Amy Linker without a bow but with braces (Sarah Jessica Parker with a bow and happily without braces) from the 80s show Square Pegs


Lisa Simpson with a bow (and braces). Source: Simpsonix


Anyway, when I finally got my braces around middle school, they were nothing like I thought they were. I really did need braces, and my dentist told me I had to wear them for at least two straight years (hehe). Those things were not sweet (both literally and figuratively). They were abrasive and annoying. It was a bit difficult to close my mouth, to eat without getting food stuck between the metal, to smile without reflecting light at the camera, and not to worry about having rubber bands pop out. Oh, and they did all of that and more.

Sure, braces in your teens might be the best time to have them because of the timing as your teeth settle, but that is also the time of your life when you’re most insecure about changes (or lack thereof) in your body. To introduce these unsightly slabs of shiny railroad tracks to your already hormonal dotted face does not fare well in popularity contests.


Me with a smaller bow on my head in 2010


The godsend alternative to this monstrosity is Invisalign. As a lot of you probably already know, these are clear braces—virtually invisible. I would’ve been more confident and carefree if I’d had them. I’d have invisible teeth straighteners that were easy to eat with, easy to clean, and easy to do activities with. Although the cost is not too far off from orthodontic braces, you get to enjoy the added benefits of having shorter and fewer office visits (as well as less accidents from rubber bands, hoorah)!  Oh, I wish I had had them then!

To ask more about this wonderful alternative, you can look up qualified dentists and orthodontists via the Invisalign Doctor Locator. Not every medical professional is certified to give you a valid opinion. Before you go, you may want to see if you, your kids, or anyone you know is a good candidate for this treatment by taking the smile assessment.

Knowing they are both for kids and adults (just like traditional braces), I really want them even now. I never actually finished my orthodontics, because I moved to the U.S. and was supposed to redo my treatment and start fresh. It never happened, probably because money was tight and most especially because I did not want to have them on ever again. I even “lost” my retainers en route on a plane, because I just didn’t care for them!


who’re glad to be done with braces, I’m sure.


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

P.S. The silly mention of bows were all unintentional until I saw the pattern after writing the post.

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Femini Shoes (Giveaway)

May 23rd, 2013


The vest I’m wearing was sort of musty when I picked it up at a thrift store, but I really wanted it for myself. I could’ve gone to the dry cleaners to have it cleaned, but because I didn’t feel like waiting to have to do that, I just used rubbing alcohol to clean it! I’m a sucker for quick solutions. Probably in some cases pouring alcohol all over the fabric would’ve ruined it, but this vest looked and smelled very clean…and in a jiffy. alamodest

For mother’s day, I had my mother-in-law pick out any shoe she wanted (within some limits), and she ended up choosing these yellow wedged flip flops by Femini Shoes that I’m wearing in these photos. They’re sturdy and very affordable ($17.99)! I personally haven’t worn flip flops in forever, but I wanted to show how I would style these if worn in an outfit. I liked the contrast of casual flip flops paired with a collared shirt and a vest. alamodest

Looking at these photos, I realize I look somewhat p.o.! It was bright out, and I was squinty. I could’ve at least smiled once!

My 26th birthday is coming up next week, and what better way to celebrate it than to give away more things? :) My mom loved her new flops from Femini Shoes, and likewise you will get a chance to pick ANY shoe you want from their store! Just follow the prompts in the widget below to earn entry points. The more points you earn (and the earlier you do it), the greater the chances of winning. This is open to both US and international readers. Contest ends on Sunday June 9, 11:59 pm EST.

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Aren’t these so eye-catching? T-shirts with accessories printed on them. What an awesome idea! The mind behind this company called Eluxl combined her background in graphic design with fashion to make “luxury” t-shirts that won’t break the bank. I have featured some of my favorites: The Abta Belt, Bandik, Bracca, and Necca.

All of the shirts come in both black and white (switching the foreground and background colors) to create a completely different feel. I’ve seen similar shirts (unlike those Japanese fake “see through” skirts), but these are very minimalist (two colors with basic shapes) and quite classy compared to their counterparts!

This is for all of you on the other side of the world enjoying the beginning of winter! There’s something retro about bomber jackets, and adding (faux) fur makes them have a touch of Hollywood class. You can easily incorporate a modern piece like these leather jackets into a 40s-inspired outfit.

Some fur can look tacky, but I’ve been really into it, especially when it creates a certain old timey mood. How about you—yay or nay?

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