Monday, May 25, 2015

Powder Blue || Jana Royale Design Butterflies

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I love classic jewelry that additionally imbues a bit of originality.  Jana Royale Design creates beautiful vintage-inspired pieces with the most dainty details of elegance and femininity.  Each piece is made just for you in the beautiful country of Norway, like this stunning Butterfly Set of matching brooch and hair pins.  They are crafted of exquisite silk and crystals in the loveliest shade of powder blue.  I wore this outfit for a walk to a french bakery in charming Lincoln Park.  The endless antique homes, quiet streets, and greenery make it difficult to believe we are in a big city!  I was born and raised in suburbia, so the glamour of city life was just the escape I needed.  Yet the quaint sections of craftsman homes, quiet streets and classic architecture near the bustle of the city make the neighborhoods of Chicago truly the best of both worlds.

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Butterfly Brooch & Hair Pin :: Jana Royale Design
Trousers :: Similar
Blouse :: Heart of Haute (bow tucked in)
Scarf :: Vintage
Shoes :: Poetic License
Handbag :: Unique Vintage
Earrings :: Similar

Friday, May 22, 2015

Corset Friday || OC 201 Mesh + FAQs



Kiss Me Deadly Robe from Yurei Boutique, Corset from Orchard Corset, Hair Flower from Deviously Sweet Designs

I recently reviewed the Orchard Corset CS-201 Mesh Waspie in beige here but I wanted you to see how beautiful it looks in black as well!  I love the way my skin shows through, such a unique take on the classic corset.  I paired it with this glamorous purple Kiss Me Deadly robe from Yurei Boutique.... you'll be seeing more of this robe soon, so stay tuned!  Speaking of skin peeking through, I have been receiving a lot of repeated questions lately so I thought I would spend today's post answering some of these for you!
* Are corsets comfortable to wear?  

Let me start by saying that corsets should never hurt.  I see many comments on photos of corset-wearers like, "Wow, that looks painful" or "ouch" etc.  If your corset is causing you pain, then you are doing something wrong.  I too used to think that corsets were all about excruciating pain and forcing your body into the shape you want... this could not be further from the truth.  I don't feel any pain, and in fact corsets have become almost like a second skin - especially when I'm out and about.  The key is to never cinch tighter than your body can handle, and to work very slowly toward your tightlacing goal.  Forcing your body to cinch down to a desired level too quickly will actually result in delaying your goal even longer, because your body won't be able to handle it.  Any time I feel pain or a high level of discomfort, I immediately take off my corset, adjust my corset, or even go without a corset for a little while.  Listening to your body and gradual cinching are very important when wearing corsets.

This is not to say that wearing a corset won't cause a minimal amount of discomfort, especially when you are not used to them.  I remember the very first time I wore a corset, and I had a slight aching feeling in my lower back later.  It turns out, this was actually muscle soreness due to poor posture before wearing corsets!  Wearing corsets has improved my posture greatly, even when I'm not wearing a corset - I've learned to sit or stand up straight much more.  Another way corsets provide slight discomfort is when you need to move around a lot.  I find that it's much easier to wear corsets when I'm going to be sitting at my computer for a long time, or when I'm out and standing for a long period of time.  For activities such as cleaning, picking items up, probably for taking care of children (needing to bend down a lot) corsets become less comfortable and actually are strained from such movements.  I do wear corsets for some mobile activities so that I can get in training while I'm at home, but I'm sure to wear wasps or shorter corsets to ease the strain on my body and the corset.  

So, corsets are not uncomfortable to me but they are obviously more restricting than not wearing a corset.  To me, it is completely worth it and I actually think there's something to admire about anything that takes more dedication than the average person would undertake - as the classic glamour-loving girl that I am.

* Do you wear anything under your corsets to protect your skin?

It is recommended to wear something to protect your skin as well as the oils of your skin from getting on the corset, so I usually wear camisoles under my corsets when I'm at home waist training.  I usually do not wear a camisole underneath when I go out, as I don't want to add any extra layers under my dresses.  Also, most necklines of my dresses, tops and sweaters don't agree with a camisole.      So I wear them when I can, but I don't worry about it too much when I can't.  Also, this question usually arises when I'm posting my "Corset Friday" photos on my instagram... so I do want to also point out that I usually don't wear a camisole underneath for these photos so you can grasp the full view of the corsets as well as for the aesthetic.  Additionally, I'm usually in my boudoir getting ready for the day so I'm often about to put on a dress and go out.

I hope this helps you, and I'm always watching for questions you send me or comment, so ask away!  To check out my latest outfit post, click here.

Baci xx
Rachel

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Spring Days || Unique Vintage 1940's Gingham Playsuit

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I love watching how much the city changes from season to season, from vibrant to falling leaves to a white winter wonderland.  Among the florals, greenery, and nostalgic warmth in the spring, there's always an element of glamour to being in the city.  Living here I always want to feel polished even when I'm just walking my dog around town.  One thing I love about drawing inspiration from the past, is seeing how ladies were always so 'put together.'  Even their playsuits and swimwear were glamorous and were actual outfits - from head to toe.  This is why I absolutely adore the 1940's Gingham Playsuit from Unique Vintage.... It's matching print, crisp high-waisted shorts, and breathable 100% cotton fabric make this my ideal outfit for a hot spring or summer day.  I love that the design is sexy yet modest, and the top has built-in cups for the perfect amount support.

I paired this playsuit with a favorite new pair of heels by Poetic License.  These mule-like beauties are made of genuine leather, and are extremely comfortable even with their 3.5 inch heel.  Today's setting is a Lakeshore/Gold Coast Chicago neighborhood where the streets are lined with opulent historical apartment buildings and a luxurious view of Lake Michigan.

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Gingham Top :: Unique Vintage
Gingham Shorts :: Unique Vintage
Sunglasses :: Unique Vintage
Shoes :: Poetic License {This style is available here}
Hair Bows :: Lil' Lou Lou via Heart of Haute