It’s no secret that fall is my favorite season, so I’m ∼super excited∼ to be putting together a fall mood board. For context, these aren’t items that I actually own, but they are totally fitting my vibe and my aesthetic for the fall season! And maybe once I have some disposable income this fall, I can treat myself to a few new sweaters and neutral staple pieces.

First off, I’ve never owned a pair of dark-wash jeans, but my boyfriend wears them quite often and I think they look so vintage and stylish. Particularly with the cuffs rolled up like in the picture, I think some high-waisted dark jeans would be super flattering and essential for the fall. They’re also a great transition piece into the winter, and would pair well with an ugly holiday sweater or a leather jacket. 

I found a couple of pairs of shoes that I liked while I was browsing Pinterest, particularly these chunky, super-high mini boots. I love a good heel with a funky twist, and these shoes look absolutely perfect for fall. They also look pretty comfortable to me; I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve always found booties with a thick platform to be easy to wear, compared to something like a stiletto or a pump. And of course, black is a great universal neutral color, particularly for the colder months, too.

I’ve mentioned in my “least favorite trends” article that I’m not crazy about hats, but I do think they can be pulled off with the right styling and hat shape. I really love this hat and I’ve seen a lot of indie girls wearing it on Instagram with fall sweaters- particularly gothic girls in the darker subcultures. I could see myself wearing a hat like this with a chunky sweater and some knee-high boots, sipping my pumpkin spice latte as I listen to The Smiths. Again, I think choosing a neutral color like black or beige would be the way to go with a statement piece like this. 

So, do these super-high boots scream Ariana Grande or what? I would have never gone for something like these in the past, but I just think they would look so sexy and cozy with a loose, baggy sweater dress (like the one in the middle row on the far right.) Particularly for curvier girls like myself, I think this shape of boot is a great way to extend my figure and make my legs look longer and slinkier than they actually are. I’m not sure how well these boots actually stay up in practical application, but I’d be willing to give it a try. Unfortunately, every pair of boots I’ve found online in this style have been really expensive. 

I LOVE a good baggy sweater, particularly one that’s a warm shade of beige, yellow, or brown. I like to stay within a particular color scheme when I am making mood boards, and I felt like these two burnt orange/yellow sweaters really complimented the neutral accessories nicely. Also, can we talk about this star-patterned sweater on the bottom left? I was drawn to it immediately because it makes me think of Coraline– one of my favorite movies to watch around Halloween. I also think stars are a safe way to incorporate patterns into a stylish outfit, particularly if you’re someone like me who’s generally afraid of prints or how to use them. 

Those are all of the clothing elements that stood out to me this season. As you can see, the clothes I’m interested in are very heavy on neutrals and warm-toned shades, such as burnt oranges, mustard yellows, and browns. I’m excited to corporate some of these elements into my closet on my next clothing excursion, which will probably be via TJ Maxx or ThredUp, and combine these new pieces with clothes I already have in my closet, too! You guys know I’m the queen of burnt oranges and yellows, so that shouldn’t be too hard. Keep an eye out for my fall lookbook, which should be coming out some time in early October!

I’ve always been so fascinated in clothes, makeup, and the general idea of how style evolves over time. For that reason, today I want to review all of the fashion/beauty trends thus far in 2020. I want to cover everything from what color palettes are “in” to what textures and prints people are loving right now. Without further adieu, let’s get into it!


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Of all the trends I’ve come across online, this has to be one of my favorites. I’m a huge lover of all things vintage, especially elements that are particularly feminine. Fashion in the 60s was such a time of creativity, freshness, and truly, so much joy and freedom within the newfound wave of clothing. Back when I was studying fashion in college, I remember absolutely loving learning about clothes in the 60s and how paramount this entire movement of art really was. I can’t really afford any new clothes right now, but I’d totally love to pick up some vibrantly-patterned, colorful clothes for this summer. I also love the blocky shapes of the dresses as well!


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This trend is particularly popular among the younger generations, as it draws a lot of inspiration from the early 2000s and the nostalgic, cartoonish feel of that era. I personally have been utilizing this trend myself in my own personal style: tons of blush, fake freckles, shaggy hair, and lots of pink eye makeup. I think it’s a really unique adaptation of the punk/emo movement combined with traditional Japanese fashion, and I think the elements with the look are so universally flattering as well. What do you think about this wild trend?


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According to the Pantone website, top colors for the Spring/Summer 2020 are going to be bold reds, cool blues, army greens, and of course, a couple of pastels. I have to say, I actually think that this is a really gorgeous combination of colors, and totally unexpected in the best way. You normally don’t see such rich, primary colors associated with the warmer months, so I think it’s a really interesting twist on what to expect from NYFW. I’m personally loving the saffron, the coral pink, the biscay green, and the flame scarlet. In case you haven’t put two-and-two together, these colors also truly complement the 60s wallpaper trend!


Crochet

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To be honest, just looking at these pictures is making me itchy! I think crochet is absolutely beautiful to admire from afar, but I’m also pretty sure I’m mildly allergic to wool. Anyway, this is yet another totally unexpected trend that I didn’t see coming for 2020. I suppose it makes sense to use a warmer yet breathable fabric in the warmer transitional months, particularly since these crochet designs can be layered up or layered down easily. I also really love the intricate, boho designs of these pieces, and I see quite a bit of 60s influence as well. 


Hot Pants

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You can judge me all you want, but I think this recurring hot pants trend is absolutely fabulous. For someone such as myself with a curvy profile, high-waisted shorts tend to look much more flattering than anything super low-cut. You’re definitely not going to see me sporting anything cheeky, but those black high-waisted hot pants right there? I want them on my body right now. I love these looks from 2020 runways as well, particularly since they highlight so many fun textures and intricate patterns. 2020 has really taken hot pants up a notch and transformed them from trashy to chic. 


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Bermuda Shorts

For me personally, I think Bermuda shorts are kinda hit-or-miss. Depending on the cut, fabric, and size you choose, they can either look super momish or very high-fashion. I personally love the way looser, belted Bermuda shorts look, such as in the pictures I included above. I also totally love the way the shorts look when paired with a graphic tee- it’s so sleek and casual at the same time! Just like with the crochet trend, Bermuda shorts can be a great transitional garment to incorporate into your wardrobe as the months slowly warm up. 


Two-Toned Hair

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This style certainly isn’t for everybody, but I personally think it looks absolutely gorgeous when the right person pulls it off. For example, I could NEVER pull off Dua Lipa’s blonde and black streaks, but I think it looks absolutely stunning and so interesting on her. Definitely very 90s! I’ve also been seeing this trend pop up on my instagram feed quite a bit, particularly with colorful dye instead of traditional colors. I think it’s very youthful and creative, and I’m very curious to see how this hair trend changes over time. 


Anywho, that’s going to be it for today! What did you guys think about these trends? Would you try any of these? Let me know in the comments!

It feels like a hot minute since I’ve posted anything fashion related, let alone a lookbook. Part of the reason for that is because my style didn’t really change much from April 2018 to about March 2019. Then, I started to get interested in the psychobilly aesthetic, which blended very well with the vintage theme I had going on at the time. Alas, ever the chameleon, my style is still changing. As I’ve continued to develop my creativity and passion for art, my personal style is changing as well. I also believe that the emergence of my homosexuality has impacted my fashion- artists such as k.d. lang have strengthened my appreciation for touches of “butch.” On the flip side, more feminine lesbian artists such as King Princess and Zheani have played into my more girlish, pastel inspiration.

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The clothes that I am showcasing today are from Shein- an online shop which I have purchased from before. The quality is comparative to Forever 21 (not terrible, but not the best), and in general, I’d say shopping here is pretty hit or miss. I’m actually really happy with the size and quality of all the things I bought, with the exception of a pair of light-wash jeans I’m not pictured wearing. You have to remember that you’re shopping from an Asian size chart, so it’s always ideal to go one or two sizes up. So, with the exception of the super-tight jeans, I am actually really impressed with everything else!

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Like I said, my style is mostly soft and feminine with a few touches of lesbian “butch” energy. I love to have these touches of butch, because in regards to my romantic relationships and sexuality, I do enjoy taking on a more dominant, loud personality. When I think of lesbian icons like k.d. lang, I especially get a sense of this dominance that speaks to me in her music. The feminine touches are a bit more edgy than usual, which fits my chaotic energy nicely. As I said, I am also inspired by Zheani’s music, who has a similar edgy, “thotty” feminine style. 

Rather than going over every item piece-by-piece, I am going to instead lay out this lookbook as a gallery of portraits I took. I remember the day I took these as being extremely humid and stuffy, so although I look cool and collected, I was actually a sweaty mess. I’m really happy with how these pictures came out after I edited them to have a retro filter, and I hope you enjoy looking at them! As I said, all of these clothes are from Shein, but I am not sponsored by them, nor did I get any of these clothes for free. 

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I consider myself to be pretty careful when it comes to browsing the terrifying void that is the interwebs. I always ensure that my phone searching is set to “private”, so my history and personal information cannot be saved when I visit sites that might try to loot me of my data. Nothing detrimental has happened to me before, but you can never be too safe, right?

Actually, there was a situation where I almost got myself tied up in a fraudulent internet extortion. And that’s what I’m here to talk about today, the time I almost metaphorically threw $200 into a burning trash can. Like I said, I tend to be pretty careful when I use the internet, so the fact that I almost got tricked by this shady website is marginally concerning.

Basically, here’s the story from start to finish. I was browsing on Google or Amazon, as I so often am, and a clothing store advertisement popped up on the sidebar of my screen. I was used to seeing advertisements like this before- that is how companies track our spending habits and sell to us, after all- but I’d seen this exact company advertising to me at least 5-6 times in the past. In my naive stupidity, which I have subsequently learned from, I decided that it was unlikely a powerful company like Google would let a blatant scam slide through as one of its advertisers. They have to have some control as to who they let advertise, right?

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That was pretty much the primary catalyst for me to just look at the site, which is called BerryLook. I wasn’t going in with the intention of purchasing anything, I just wanted to see what this advertisement Google was shoving down my throat was all about. And if it looked reliable enough, well, I could go from there and decide if it was worth it.

There are red flags to look for when determining if a site is fraudulent, but unfortunately, BerryLook is cunningly smart in covering their tracks. First and foremost, the site itself is arranged and laid out to look extremely professional and high-end. You have to really look hard to find any spelling errors or discrepancies, the photographs are all professionally shot, and even the site reviews are all extremely positive. On the evening I was contemplating ordering some clothes, the site was having a huge blowout sale, and I’m not surprised to see that (yet again!) the site is holding another sale on all clothing. It’s just another marketing technique to make the clothes look more expensive than they actually are, so you really think you’re getting a great deal when you shop. And, like I said, each and every product I looked at on the site had at least a four star review. Fantastic!

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I think I started dropping items into my cart (it might have been my payday), and whilst I was in the middle of punching in my card, I started to feel…a little off. And that was when I decided to look at some external reviews from other websites, causing me to gasp loudly and essentially save my $200 from being thrown into the abyss.

YIKES.

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Probably goes without saying, I emptied that damn cart and deleted all my card information faster than you could say “scam”. And, immediately afterwards, I found myself kicking myself in the midst of my relief. How the hell could I have almost let that happen? Why is this legal? WHY WOULD GOOGLE HARASS ME WITH THESE ADS?!

There’s way too many fingers we can point in this situation, but from a consumer perspective, I’m just here to warn other ladies and gents from similar situations. Because BerryLook is actually a Chinese company (not from the US, like they claim on the website), there’s nothing the FTC can actually do to stop this scam. Trust me, I’ve tried reaching out before, in my ravenous outrage after realizing I almost got scammed out of two hundred hard-earned bucks.

I can’t explain to you how these fraudulent advertisements made their way to me (and tens of thousands of other poor suckers), but I’m happy to show you some actual, authentic reviews! (In case you hadn’t figured it out by now, the reviews on the actual BerryLook site are generated by computer bots. Another crafty marketing tactic, might I add).

Hilariously, the paid accounts and bots that we see on the BerryLook app have also tried to peep up on actual authentic review sites, like TrustPilot and Sitejabber. Trust me, I could spend HOURS just watching these bots get attacked by the angry scammed customers. It’s live entertainment at its finest.

On several of these negative reviews, BerryLook responds with the same old automatic message with irrelevant links to nonexistent tracking numbers. Even if you didn’t order anything, and you’re just posting a review to shit all over the company (like I did), you’ll still get an automated bot message asking you for your tracking number. It’s actually hysterical.

I’m very happy to report that BerryLook is getting the negative exposure it deserves through these negative reviews and Facebook pages dedicated to denouncing the brand, but BerryLook is just one of many fraudulent companies. Because these companies are overseas, there isn’t much we can do as consumers besides just continue to expose them. The legal action we can take is just not really up-to-par yet, even though Google is the one referring us to these fraudulent companies…

What I can do, however, is offer some tips and advice on how you can avoid a similar situation. First and foremost, the reviews you read on the site are not always reliable, and you should take them with a grain of salt. My personal favorite sites for reliable reviews are TrustPilot and Sitejabber, like I said, but I also visit Scam Finance and Knoji. Read up on the company as much as possible so you know your money and card information is safe, especially if it’s a brand you’ve never heard of. Keep a sharp eye out for grammar mistakes and constant sitewide sales, as these can usually be signs of fraudulent foreign sites. And, above all, listen to your gut. If something doesn’t feel right, especially when it comes to spending your money, it probably isn’t.

If you’ve experienced a similar situation, of if you’ve actually been scammed by BerryLook yourself, let me know in the comments! I’m quite shocked at the lack of media coverage this issue is getting, considering the fact that thousands of people have been ripped off by this company alone.

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I, like many others, have a strong admiration and fascination with Princess Diana. I remember my mom giving me a library book about Diana when I was in elementary school, probably around the age ten of eleven. I’d never heard of her before, but the more I read, the more I looked up to her and loved her. She was clearly such a sensitive, compassionate person, and her death in 1997 caused an overwhelming wave of grief and shock across the world.

Though her life was short, her global impact has forever preserved her memory. Diana was involved in dozens of charities, and was even elected the president of the Great Ormond Street Hospital in 1989. Furthermore, Diana raised substantial awareness about HIV/AIDS, cancer, and mental illness- which she personally struggled with throughout her marriage to Charles.

Diana’s contributions to the world, of course, are much more important than her clothes, but I wanted to dedicate an article to her style anyway. She constantly carried herself in elegance and style, even at the times she was struggling the most. Below, I’ve compiled some of my favorite looks that Lady Di has worn over the years.


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I’m not sure of the exact year that this picture was published, but it was definitely some time before her marriage to Charles. To me, she looks genuinely happy here- a glint in her eyes is hidden behind her shy smile. Unfortunately, as her marriage to Charles progressed throughout the years, the light in Diana’s eyes became a sort of melancholy sadness. She remains as beautiful as ever, but the lax youthfulness we see here doesn’t last long. I love Diana’s color-coordination in her outfits, which is something she continues to do even after marrying into the royal family. That might have just been a common 80s thing, but nonetheless, I think Diana looks adorable here.


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Of course, we can’t forget Diana’s iconic wedding dress. It really is the epitome of the 80s- puffy, lacy, swimming in a sea of off-white fabric, but Diana really makes it timeless. The wedding of Diana and Charles was viewed by 750 million people on television, effectively making it the wedding of the century. She married Charles when she was only twenty years old- about the same age of me. It’s absolutely mind blowing to me, how young she was when she became engaged and ultimately married into the royal family. There is a meekness about her here, but still a definite maturity. Since Diana, wedding gowns in the royal family seem to have tamed down, with Meghan Markle being the latest example.


This picture of Diana was taken at President Reagan’s White House Gala in 1985, and that strapping young man twirling her around is none other than John Travolta. Diana looks regal and elegant as ever in this black off-the-shoulder gown, which I personally think looked modern beyond its time. Diana was well known, albeit notorious, for pushing the envelope in both her personal choices and her wardrobe. Elizabeth II might not have loved the amount of skin Diana was showing, but she looks absolutely beautiful, and this photograph in particular captures an iconic moment in time.


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Not many people can pull off a square-shaped, fringed red coat, but somehow, Diana manages to. This is one of her more-casual looks, and by that, I pretty much just mean not a ball gown. Diana always looks high-fashion and put together, even when out on charity events or visiting patients in hospitals. She’s matched her shoes to her hat and handbag, which, again, is one of my favorite 80s fashion trends. There’s a lot going on in this outfit, but somehow, she manages to pull it all together and make it look timelessly posh.


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How can we leave out the iconic “revenge dress?” After her divorce from Charles, who had been having an affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, Diana really pushed the limits with this super sexy gown. The dress certainly broke all royal protocol, but she looks absolutely gorgeous. It’s kind of like a grown-up version of the Reagan Gala dress, isn’t it? This gown was dubbed the “revenge dress” because Charles admitted to being unfaithful on the night Diana stepped out wearing it. While some would have expected Diana to hide from the crowds after Charles dropped a bomb like that, Diana shocked the world by stepping out proudly and elegantly, and in a huge statement piece that actually drew attention to her. It was a bold move, of course, but it absolutely paid off. You go, Diana!


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On the topic of daring dresses, this little blue number is one that Lady Di wore to the English National Ballet in 1997, just weeks before her tragic death in a car accident. Her sparkly blue dress is stunning here, but the real show stopper of the night was the Swan Lake Suite jewelry set she wore. The jewelry set alone cost 9.5 million dollars, with the necklace being crafted out of 187 diamonds and five south sea pearls. It’s one of my personal favorite Princess Diana looks, partly because she does look so truly happy here. It was at this time Diana was dating her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, whom she referred to as “the love of [her] life.”


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A woman of remarkable style and grace, Diana will never be forgotten as the “People’s Princess.” Despite the fact that she spent much of her life under the constant watch and scrutiny of the paparazzi, Diana chose to carry herself with poise, refinement, and dignity. She chose not to shy away from her weaknesses, and instead, was brave enough to show her vulnerability to the world. Although she died before I was even born, I still feel her importance to the world linger. People today still smile when they remember the image of Diana, and feel a bittersweet loss that she was taken so soon.


Picture Credits: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/g4493/princess-diana-childhood-photos/

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The True Story Behind Princess Diana’s Revenge Dress

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The chances are, you’ve probably seen a picture of a corset at some point in your life. They were an integral part in women’s fashion, for both aesthetic and “medical” purposes, and have remained relevant for four hundred years. That being said, most modern-corset wearers aren’t using the corset for medical purposes; instead, it’s most often used to give its wearer a desired, hourglass shape.

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The widespread use of the corset started in the 1550s, when the wife of King Henry II of France enforced a ban on thick waists. After that, for better or for worse, corsets essentially became part of the woman anatomy. It was the primary means of support for a woman, serving similar benefits to that of a medieval…bra? Slouching wasn’t an option when you had a whalebone laced against your spine, that’s for sure. Some women’s corsets were bound so tightly, they could only breathe through the top of their lungs, causing the bottom part to fill with mucus. How lovely!

As the corset evolved throughout the 17th and 18th century, subtle changes started to develop in the structure of the corset. What started out as a simple bodice became a cylinder-shaped, laced-up corset with extra boning and support added to the bust. It sounds absolutely painful, and that’s because it was. Women in the 19th century were even expected to wear “maternity corsets,” which hid the appearance of pregnancy. Tragically, this often lead to miscarriage, as the restrictive nature of the corset could easily damage the growing fetus.

While the corset has been celebrated for embracing the womanly figure and offering support for the torso and bust, I think it also offers a darker look into society’s outlook on femininity. The womanly figure, especially during the natural and unavoidable changes during pregnancy, were essentially scorned and nervously hidden, as if there was something wrong with going through motherly changes as a woman.

By the time the 1920s hit, corsets quickly fell from fashion and were replaced with girdles and elastic brassieres. This new style offered more comfort and flexibility to women, and also gave ladies a new silhouette that had not been widely seen before in the US. Though there was a brief revival of the corset in the 1940s and 1950s, girdles had forever taken over the scene. I mean, who doesn’t love that pointy-breast glory?

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The greatest movement of corset/undergarment liberation came in 1968, when at the feminist Miss America protest, women threw their bras into a “Freedom Trash Can.” Corsets were included in this protest, which ladies referred to as “instruments of female torture.”

Periodically, corsets continue to make comebacks in modern times, though mostly they are used for historical costumes, fetishes, and in the gothic subculture. Whatever your view on corsetry may be, it’s undeniable that the garment has created a long-lasting impact on culture, fashion, and feminism.

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corset#History

Picture sources: Wikipedia, Flashbak.com 

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I’ve always been fascinated by clothes, especially from the 30s, 40s, and 50s. There’s something about slipping into a poodle skirt that makes you feel like you’re walking through history, and proudly wearing it on your body. For me, it has always been truly magical.

That being said, acquiring real vintage clothing and artifacts can be both tricky and expensive. I am lucky enough to have some lovely items passed down to me from friends and family, and, of course, access to the internet so I can shop for vintage items online! Today, I’ll be showing you some of my favorite items I have picked up over the years. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoy sharing them with you.

First, I want to give a huge shoutout to my good friend, Adam Pajkowski. He, like me, is a vintage fanatic who enjoys dressing in the 30s-40s era. Many of my favorite vintage items are actually gifts from him, so thank you, Adam! (He is also a fantastic fashion designer, and I am honored to be modeling for his Spring 2019 collection next year.)


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This hat is an authentic vintage item, perhaps from the 40s. I have about four other vintage hats, but I unfortunately left them in my dorm while I’m home for vintage break. This particular hat has some lovely jewels attached on the side, along with some fake feather action going on. It’s a perfect hat to pair with holiday outfits, if I do say so myself, and it’s still in remarkably great condition. I’m not quite sure what the material is; Adam didn’t mention it to me, so the fibers could either be natural or synthetic. Although the hat is definitely a statement piece, I do wear it quite often. Black does match everything, after all!


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This watch and locket were also gifted to me from Adam. The locket, he says, is at least 100 years old, but I’m not sure about the watch. Although the watch no longer tell the correct time, I do feel quite fancy when wearing these beautiful pieces out. The delicate detailing on both the watch and locket are absolutely lovely, and the fact that they’re still in such great condition is such a bonus. It feels very special to be able to wear history on one’s body, especially history that is so well-preserved.


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Next, I have another necklace, but this one was gifted to me by my great-grandmother. When she was alive, she showed me her prized jewelry box (it was actually more of a closet), and even let me keep some of her favorite pieces from the 40s and 50s. Now that she has passed, this necklace holds an even deeper place in my heart. The pearls aren’t real, but it’s still a dainty, gorgeous piece of jewelry. Of all the items I own, this is probably my favorite, and the one I wear most often. It’s elegant and simplistic, and absolutely timeless (on top of having sentimental significance).


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This stunning red dress is actually one that I picked up fairly recently in a vintage shop. The tag on the dress appears very modern, so I am assuming this dress was manufactured in the 70s to replicate a 40s dress. Needless to say, it’s still a fantastic dress, and I was even able to purchase it on sale! Can’t you picture this paired with some bumper bangs and a pair of Oxford’s on Christmas eve? Another great thing about this dress is that it doesn’t carry that old, dusty smell some vintage items pick up over time. When I slipped into it for the first time, it truly felt like a brand-new item.


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I’m not really sure what era this dress is trying to achieve. The silhouette reads to me as seventies, but I feel like the print is screaming…early eighties? Nonetheless, it’s a very unique dress, and one that I feel lucky to have come across in the first place. I purchased it from a giant thrift store in Boston called The Garment District, which is famous for its phenomenal vintage pieces and truly retro vibe. Seriously, if you’re ever in the Boston area, GO TO THE GARMENT DISTRICT. I promise you will not be disappointed, especially with dresses like these lining the shelves.


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