Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Lilac & Eyelet || Secrets in Lace Pastel Stockings

For a soft swirl of feminine shades and textures, it was lilac and white cotton eyelet on this warm spring day.  Secrets in Lace brilliantly redesigned their iconic Reinforced Heel & Toe stocking for spring, adding two perfect shades - lilac and light blue.  These silky nylon stockings are the lightest tone of pastel, providing a very subtle and powdery pop of color.   As spring turns to summer, hot days will bring more reasons for glamorous updos to keep nice and cool.  My inspiration for today's 40's hairstyle was influenced by Lana Turner's beautifully waved pomps in one of my favorite movies, Ziegfeld Girl of 1941.

Many areas of Chicago feel exactly like stepping back in time, and the brick streets remind me so much of my years living in Rome.  A charming alley serves as our backdrop today, and the surrounding buildings are actually historic structures built as early as 1902.  We even found markings on the pathway with the name of the brick maker etched into some of the pieces!

Underneath it all, was an equally feminine combination and I couldn't wait to pair lilac with my matching Retro Bullet Bra set.   With blooms in my boudoir and spring breezing through my window, lounging in soft-hued lingerie couldn't be more fitting for the season.

All Lingerie by Secrets in Lace
Secrets in Lilac Lace Ruffle Trim Garter

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Poodles & Dots || Frenchie by Coco and Duckie

Meet Frenchie, a gold plated poodle with rouge Swarovski crystal eyes to match her dainty neck scarf... she is certainly my kind of posh pooch!  Handmade in the Parisian artist studio of designer Les Nereides, Frenchie is an exquisitely glamorous work of art.  The entire Les Nereides selection is just the same - beautifully crafted novelty pieces that simply radiate incomparable charm.  Frenchie made quite the adorable adornment to accompany a Parisian-like morning of polka dots and pastries!  She seemed the perfect pairing for my chic surroundings - I couldn't resist a stop at my favorite 50's nostalgia donut shop!  

The entire Les Nereides collection is available on the Coco and Duckie website, a gem of a boutique offering rare, fun, original jewelry and accessories by a carefully curated selection of passionate artisans.  

Les Nereides Poodle Ring via Coco and Duckie
Vintage Handbag
Vivien of Holloway Halterneck Pencil Dress
Secrets in Lace Fishnets

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Peach at the Beach || UV Ruffled Sweetheart Swimsuit

We've had some stunning Spring days and I'm reveling in all the new season has to offer.... sunshine, a colorful wardrobe, and Chicago's many parks and waterfronts.  For a bright weekend day, it was peach at the beach in my new 1950's ruffled Rosalind Halter Swimsuit by Unique Vintage.  To speak in UV's own words, "Rosalind is a charming one piece bathing suit that channels all the subtle lines and sophistication of yesteryear!"  She does just that and with the most flattering high quality design.  Rosalind features sturdy cups at the bust, adjustable straps, and an authentic lengthened cut accented by feminine ruffles - not to forget her perfect peach and cream striped design!  To highlight these subtle frills and keep my fair skin shaded, I was sure to bring along my UV Flounce Pagoda Parasol.

Rosalind comes in 3 adorable colors/patterns, and I want all of them!  Peruse the entire new Unique Vintage swimwear collection for endless adorable retro designs, sure to keep a pinup polished all summer long...

Rachel ♥

Unique Vintage Peach Halter Swimsuit
Unique Vintage Cream Ruffled Parasol
Unique Vintage Peach Peep Toe Pumps
Niccoco Creations Peach Hair Flower