Paper Princess

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Have you guys heard about this 4-year-old fashionista? Affectionately dubbed “Mayhem” by her mother, Angie, this tot enjoys clothes so much that she was always playing with her mom’s scarves and sheets. Then one day, Angie suggested the two of them start making paper dresses instead so they could create to their heart’s content…and suddenly an incredible collection emerged! Proof below…

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…and then came celebrity-inspired concoctions!

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How adorable and imaginative is this mother-daughter duo?! And those last three photos…I think we all know who wore it better.

See more amazing designs on Angie’s Instagram. And thanks for letting me know about this story, Jess!

{via HuffPost}

Retro Love

ModCloth invited us to come up with our own unique look inspired by just one of its adorably retro dresses. With its pretty lace accents and pop of color, we’re thinking this would make one pretty lovely Valentine’s Day look.

What do you think? Since I’m all about retro looks but like something a little funky and incongruous to bring an outfit out of the box, I love these shoes to give this look a bit of humor. And the more feminine touches like the knotted gold earrings, bow-adorned purse and red lip stain pay homage to the more classic side of this retro-modern look.

What’s your Valentine’s Day look inspiration?

Peter Pilotto for Target

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It’s here! Peter Pilotto for Target launched on Sunday and the colorful collection already has me so excited for spring. I first heard of the British design duo after I saw Miranda Kerr wearing this adorable number last year, so it’s awesome that they have an affordable line now. How great are the patterns and unexpected cut-outs?

Below are a few of my favorite pieces…and considering I’m on a budget, I’m only allowing myself one item. Which one should I should go with? :) Or, more accurately, which one hasn’t sold out by now?

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What to Wear: Winter to Spring

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Oh, that winter to spring transition…what to wear, what to wear. As February approaches, it starts to get a little warmer but it’s still pretty chilly (although, to be fair, I know the wonderfully sunny weather here in L.A. has been making headlines everywhere). I like to think of this mid-season as a fall in reverse, a chance to layer but with breezier pieces, keeping your chest and arms warm but showing off a bit of leg, too. Madewell’s latest collection does just that, and so darn well. I love how smart and feminine the looks are, with a fresh color palette that blends light and dark tones in just the perfect amount.

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What are you excited to wear once the weather gets warmer? I can’t wait for my beloved denim shorts to make a comeback!

Summer Bucket List #5: Beach Blanket Bingo

The best ladies ever!

Me and the boy

Jimmy, Stephanie and Mason with a "vintage blur" via the Photojojo Scuba Suit for iPhone

Keith (Tony) ("Skipper")

Utterly Smitten ladies with an utterly smitten friend Mary

Jimmy and the boy with more of the "vintage blur" :)

The group!

Last weekend, for one of the first times in my life, I threw myself a proper birthday party. Generally, I have some grand idea for a party that after a couple failed attempts at organizing turns into a quiet dinner with the boy or something similar. Last year, I pawned off the planning on the boy and I must say he did a bang-up job – with a Twitter account and everything! But this year, given the theme I had in mind, I knew I had to make things happen for myself.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved the beach. And I’ve loved vintage clothing for just about as long as that. I can still remember pining for one of those silly retro swim caps adorned with brightly colored daisies throughout most of my childhood. So when I started to see retro swimwear popping up, even at pretty mainstream stores, I knew it was time. I had to throw a retro beach party.

As usual, I had grander plans in mind that what panned out (i.e., renting a beach house in Malibu with a semi-private beach), but plan B just out front of Crystal Cove’s Beachcomber Café turned out to be a good one. Equipped with some games, towels, umbrellas and, of course, vintage swimsuits, the boy, me, and some amazing friends – including our very own Celeste — frolicked on the sand all day long. We got lots of compliments on our suits and the party theme. But the best part was all the great photos we got to take (highlights above).

So that does it for Summer Bucket List item No. 5 – but not for retro beach parties altogether. I’ve still got my eye on one of those Malibu beach rentals for next summer ;)

Summer Bucket List #6: Retro Beach Fashion

I love that so many retro fashions are in right now and that finally the trend has trickled all the way down to bathing suits. Bathing suits are the one item that I’ve never felt fully comfortable taking down the retro road alone, but with high-wasted suits and boy-short one pieces taking up residence at Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, even Forever 21, it’s a lot easier to imagine sporting one on just a regular old beach day.

Here are just a few of the retro swimsuits catching my eye lately – and a couple that I’ve purchased as part of Summer Bucket List item No. 6!

Dolly Gingham Maillot from Anthropologie – It seems it’s already fall in Anthropologie land because their website says this suit is no longer available. But you can still find it on eBay — and maybe even for less money!

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Most fashions at American Apparel tend to come with the caveat of weak construction, and in the case of bathing suits, the result is often that too little is left to the imagination. However, if you’re careful about your choices, you can find some great retro styles that still have a little modesty built in. Including these two styles (in melon and lemon, respectively — actually much classier than they look in the strange American Apparel photos), which I’ve purchased for Summer Bucket List Item No. 6.

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UO Ruffle One-Piece Bathing Suit – Urban Outfitters actually has a number of retro styles in its swim collection this season, but this is my favorite. It’s so sweet and classic. And if you’re a little skittish about going full retro, this is a safe way to stay on the border between modern and vintage.

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Beach Honeycomber One Piece from Mod Cloth – This is a great pattern in another retro, but modern, swimsuit. Mod Cloth has a number of classic retro styles that are  both playful and practical at the same time.

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Of course, I’m still on the lookout for a truly vintage swimsuit. I’ve tried on a few and let me tell you, we’ve come a long way in swimsuit construction. It’s no wonder women took a little longer to jump on the surfing bandwagon. Still, I know, just like my favorite swim shorts — my dad’s from the ’70s! — I’ll find something that’s that perfect mix of vintage and modern.

A Hair-Do Day

Glamorous Swoop from Eunice & Sabrina Moyle’s Pinterest (original source not found)

Glamorous Swoop from Eunice & Sabrina Moyle’s Pinterest (original source not found) – The old-Hollywood look of this hair-do is to die for! http://pinterest.com/pin/21181060717265027/

Heidi Doody from Mr. Kate

Heidi Doody from Mr. Kate – I get the sense that Kate’s hair is very much like mine, so I think I’ll be visiting her blog often for tips and style ideas. http://www.mrkate.com/2010/06/30/heidi-doody/

Side Ponytail with a Teased Crown from Total Beauty

Side Ponytail with a Teased Crown from Total Beauty – This has Zooey Deschanel, who’s my go-to style-icon, written all over it. http://www.totalbeauty.com/content/gallery/retro-hairstyles/p112392/page3

Twist & Pin Side Chignon from Hair Romance

Twist & Pin Side Chignon from Hair Romance – Love the color, love the style. http://www.hairromance.com/2010/11/twist-pin-side-chignon-how-to.html

Chanel from Bumble and Bumble

Chanel from Bumble and Bumble – This is how I always envision my hair looking when I decide to cut it short. If only … http://www.bumbleandbumble.com/style_book/look.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CAT914

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You know how every girl has her own style obsession – something that if she doesn’t have just right, it completely ruins her entire look and maybe her entire day? Like for some girls, it’s shoes, for others, it’s purses. For me, it’s my hair. You probably wouldn’t guess that by looking at me because most of the time – so frustrated with my failed attempts at something decent-looking — I go with the default messy bun.

I’ve always been this way – probably because my hair has always caused me so much grief. It’s kinda curly, kinda straight, kinda thin and kinda thick. If I straighten it, it gets wavy when introduced to the smallest amount of moisture and if I wear it curly, it gets flat within minutes. This becomes especially troublesome during vacations when I see other women – even other travelers! – with beautiful natural locks that seem to just mold so well to whatever environment they’re in.

And then – and this is my latest hair woe — it only grows to a certain unimpressive length, starts getting even harder to control and forces me to chop it off with the unfulfilled hope of finding a haircut that will finally work just perfectly.

Now that my hair is probably its longest in history (just past my shoulders – sad, I know), I’m trying my darndest not to cut it short. But it’s killing me, you guys. I can’t do anything with it. So I’m on the hunt for hairstyles that can get me out of my messy bun funk but still won’t require much frustration. I thought I’d share some of my recent finds (links above) and hopefully help any of you suffering with the same haywire hair woes. Enjoy!