Monday, October 5, 2015

Cherry Red || Fatale Dress by The Pretty Dress Company

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Proposed in 1902 and constructed in 1928, La Salle Street Bridge is just another piece of history that surrounds me each day.  It is so easy to feel the excitement of yesteryear, and what better match for the glamour of Chicago's past than the sultry Fatale Red Pencil Dress by The Pretty Dress Company...  This piece is the epitome of 1950's va voom, and made me feel like walking pinup art with it's hourglass-accentuating silhouette!  Not to mention, red is the ultimate femme shade as it's just as ladylike as it is fierce, so I decided to drench myself in scarlet with a matching belt and veiled bow.  Miss Fatale actually comes with a black patent belt, so I know I'll be wearing this again with classic noir accents.  There is so much versatility with The Pretty Dress Company's chic classic designs, which is one of the reasons I love them so much.  The Fatale style I especially adore, as it's striking off-shoulder neckline elegantly accentuates a lady's shoulders and décolletage.

"Bright reds - scarlet, pillar-box red, crimson or cherry... There is certainly a red for everyone." Christian Dior, 1950

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Shoes :: Shoes of Prey
Belt :: Similar

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Early Autumn || Navy, Red & Leopard

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What is it about a chill in the air that conjures such excitement?  I'm more than ready to watch snow falling outside my 1930 apartment window as Bing, Nat & Dean records play... while holding a glamorous festive cocktail of course!  I know I'm getting ahead of myself, as early Autumn days are still young with a hint of that crisp cool air.

So, I've begun introducing dashes of my favorite Fall prints and collecting endless soft knits.  This Unique Vintage stretch wiggle dress is a Fall staple for any curve-loving pinup like myself.  It has a 50s/60s bombshell silhouette while feeling modest and simple enough to go from day into night, which is actually what I did!  For my daytime errands, a vintage nylon scarf kept my demure chignon in tact.  That evening, I tied my scarf as a hair bow and switched my accessories for an event at Alice & Olivia benefiting the Blackhawk's charity.  This dress is the epitome of versatility, especially transitioning into this cooler season.  I'll leave you with some quotes from Marilyn Monroe...

Designers want to dress me like Spring, in billowing things.  I don't feel like Spring.  I feel like a warm red Autumn...

Despite it's great vogue in California, I don't think sun-tanned skin is any more attractive than white skin, or any healthier, for that matter.  I'm personally opposed to a deep tan because I like to feel blonde all over...

Happy Happy Fall!

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Dress :: Unique Vintage
Shoes :: Unique Vintage
Sunglasses :: Marilyn Monroe Eyewear
Scarf :: Vintage
Earrings :: old but love these & these
Belt :: Similar
Brooch :: Starlet Fever

Monday, September 28, 2015

Marilyn Icon Campaign || Unique Vintage & Marilyn Eyewear

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It's officially Fall... the perfect season for some Marilyn-worthy glamour, and that's why I'm excited to have teamed up with Marilyn Eyewear and Unique Vintage on one iconic campaign.  I had the privilege of styling two beautiful UV outfits with ultra chic Marilyn sunglasses, and I was sure to keep the effortless glamour of Marilyn in mind.  Our locations included 1935-established Chicago Water Taxi dock, 1920-built Wrigley Building, and 1927 Knickerbocker Hotel under the lights of the historic Crystal Ballroom Sign.

The first outfit is a 1940's daytime look starring the Formosa Swing Dress, and my perfect idea of casual femininity.  We paired it with a laser-etched crocodile texture frame, in the pearl striated shade.  For our evening look, we added lots of glitz in a true nod to Marilyn's most iconic moments.  The Audrey Swing Dress is strewn with sparkling brocade stones, and has the loveliest bateau neckline.  To match it's gleam we paired it with the exquisitely glamorous Rose frame, featuring an elegant cat-eye and lined with stunning Swarovski crystals.

UV & Marilyn Eyewear are generously giving away a Marilyn-worthy makeover to one lucky winner!  Visit them on Instagram to find out how...


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Outfit 1
Dress :: Unique Vintage
Sunglasses :: Marilyn Monroe Eyewear
Shoes :: Unique Vintage

Outfit 2
Dress :: Unique Vintage
Sunglasses :: Marilyn Monroe Eyewear