Get the Look: Vertigo

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In Vertigo, Kim Novak is pure elegance. I'm sure I didn't get close, but Havana's Heyday, an online jewelry boutique helped me out. Havana's Heyday sells unique jewelry vintage, the set I have on is from the site! Go visit their website for the perfect Mother's Day gift! 

I got the suit from Macy's. It feels super prim and proper, but super unique, so I don't feel stuffy. I paired it with velvet pumps and netted tights. 

All photos were captured by one of my all time favorite people to work with, Alex Corrie. Check out his website here

Get The Look: The Philadelphia Story

Wear Liz. Look Tracy.

Three Rivers Vintage helped me select this gorgeous 1940s two piece suit. The color was a major draw for me. The suit is practical, but makes a huge statement. This suit reminded me of something Liz would wear in the film. Stylish, simple, feminine, and fuss free. 

I paired the blazer with jeans for a more chill vibe, perfect for going out after work. For the look as a whole, I did my makeup and hair more like Tracy Lord (played by Katherine Hepburn) in the film, but I kept my outfit simple and practical like Liz Imbrie (played by Ruth Hussey). Tracy is often described as a "far away goddess" and she wears elaborate outfits in each scene, but Liz is a wise, down to earth working woman whose style is anything, but frivolous.

 

Shake, Rattle, Roll

(Steak?) shake, rattle and roll

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I love late 50s-early 60s style. The silhouettes flatter most shapes, and the aesthetics are so feminine with a rebel edge. I'm also obsessed with vintage midi-skirts. I have at least five in my closet, and they can achieve all kinds of vibes. When I saw this classic, black, satin one in a shop in Baltimore called Hunting Ground, I had to get it. I can't wait to wear it all spring. When I'm not in this outfit, during the day for picnics, I'll pair it with espadrilles and tied button downs and then at night for shows, I'll wear it with a turtleneck and pumps. 

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All photographs were taken by Ryan Shimko! He's seriously talented; check out him out on his website here. 

Shop my top at Express! It's available in petite and regular sizing! 

Black, white, and red all over

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I can't begin to describe how on board I am with the bell sleeve/bell bottom trend. I dig 70s fashion, and I love incorporating elements of it into my outfits (a-line minis, bell bottoms, center parts!). What fashion trends from other eras do you love incorporating into your looks? Let me know in the comments! 

Avec les filles top, The Trend PGH skirt, H&M tights (not online), Sabika choker

How I'm Ditching My Winter Blues

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I love summer, but hate winter. That's my six word memoir. Nothing about winter appeals to me, and I could spend the Christmas season in Hawaii. Sure white Christmases are pretty, but so is eighty-degree weather and sunshine. Here's a list of things I do to beat my winter blues and look ahead to spring! 

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1. Essential oils

Aromatherapy is powerful. Scents can trigger memories and emotions in a way nothing else can. At this point, I've ditched the wintry scents like peppermint and cinnamon in favor of tangerine and lime. dōTERRA has some of the best stuff on the market in my opinion. 

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2. Get away

I know that it is easier said than done with work and other obligations. However, traveling doesn't always have to break the bank. Book an Airbnb in a town you can drive to, and do some touristy things.  I've been fortunate to do a bunch of traveling this winter, and it has made a world of difference. A change of scenery is sometimes all I need to really get my mind off the mundane.

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3. Make your morning routine more fun.

I'm guilty of waking up at the last minute for everything. Especially in the winter. Getting ready early just doesn't appeal to me. However, giving yourself a little more time, and including something you're going to look forward to can improve your mood for the rest of the day. Grab coffee on the way in to work. Watch music videos while you eat your breakfast (high school throwback I know). Listen to music in the shower. Call that family member you know is always up early. My pap is my morning person. 

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4. Take advantage of that odd fifty degree day. 

When I had a convertible, on the first day it broke 55 degrees, I'd put my top down and crank the heat. I never cared about the dirty looks and eye-rolls from other people. Even pretending that it was warmer than it was, and enjoying the outside air for once, made me so happy. So next time it breaks 55 this February, grill dinner outside, take an outside walk on your lunch break, and roll those windows down (or soft top if you're lucky!). 

 

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5. Initiate plans with your friends.

Doing so isn't always easy. I know. When you choose the venue or you are the host, you tend to feel responsible for everyone's good time. Less than 10% of the people you invite actually make it. The list goes on, but the more you initiate plans, the more you realize it's not personal. Also, you are actually only responsible for your good time, and initiating plans is yet another way to take agency of your happiness. 

 Three Rivers Vintage Bell Bottom Jeans, Frye   boots  ,   Fame and Rebel Boutique   sweater

Three Rivers Vintage Bell Bottom Jeans, Frye boots, Fame and Rebel Boutique sweater

Let me know what you do to improve your mood during winter! I hope you give one these tips a try. Check out how I implement them in my Instagram stories. Here's hoping for sunny skies ahead! 

Outdoor photos are by Victoria Miller Photography, and indoor photos are by Elise Michaux. It was awesome to work with more amazing photographers at the last Pgh Blogger Babes meet-up! 

Vintage Valentine Nightwear

Happy Valentine's Day!

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I don’t own a pair of sweatpants. I’m one of those people who feel more comfortable in jeans. Some evenings, I don’t take off my jeans and boots until I’m ready to go to bed. My friends in high school and college used to tease me when I showed up to movie nights in jeans. That being said, if I am lounging at home for a long period of time before going to bed, I like feeling put together. I can’t even help it. I have several full-on outfits just for lounging.

When I saw this vintage nightgown with the matching robe at a vintage flea market, I wasn’t able to pass it up. The piece is so effeminate and luxurious. The layers of material are sheer and soft to the touch. Vintage nightwear is incredible, because it’s modest and ladylike without being matronly.

All photos by Allie Stewart.

Vintage Valentine Date Night

I've never been a homebody. Sitting around the house on a Friday gives me more anxiety than going out and trying something new. I'm the first to admit that I have serious FOMO issues. Here are seven options for getting out on the town if you're anything like me, or if you're looking to step outside your comfort zone. 

  1. Visit a wine bar.  This is my favorite thing to do with my best friend. We get a large cheese plate, some glasses of wine, and talk to one another and the bartender if it's not too crowded. My favorite places in Pittsburgh are   The Wine Room at Market St. Grocery   and   Allegheny Wine Mixer  . 

1. Visit a wine bar. This is my favorite thing to do with my best friend. We get a large cheese plate, some glasses of wine, and talk to one another and the bartender if it's not too crowded. My favorite places in Pittsburgh are The Wine Room at Market St. Grocery and Allegheny Wine Mixer

  2. Do something extra touristy.  Pittsburgh is an especially beautiful city, so the view from Mount Washington is something to behold. Taking the incline up the mountain is touristy, but it's actually a neat experience that most Pittsburghers forgo, because they think it's a cliché. 

2. Do something extra touristy. Pittsburgh is an especially beautiful city, so the view from Mount Washington is something to behold. Taking the incline up the mountain is touristy, but it's actually a neat experience that most Pittsburghers forgo, because they think it's a cliché. 

  3. Go swing dancing.  There are a lot of places in Pittsburgh to take a swing dancing lesson and then go dancing for the night. I've been going to   Swing City   in Pittsburgh for years, and I always have a great time. The lessons are super helpful, and they also allow you to meet the other dancers out there before the actual dance begins. 

3. Go swing dancing. There are a lot of places in Pittsburgh to take a swing dancing lesson and then go dancing for the night. I've been going to Swing City in Pittsburgh for years, and I always have a great time. The lessons are super helpful, and they also allow you to meet the other dancers out there before the actual dance begins. 

  4. Gallery crawl.  Pittsburgh has readily scheduled gallery crawls in the city, but there are so many art museums here that you can even make your own. Hop from a traditional art museum to a modern art museum to get some variety! 

4. Gallery crawl. Pittsburgh has readily scheduled gallery crawls in the city, but there are so many art museums here that you can even make your own. Hop from a traditional art museum to a modern art museum to get some variety! 

  5. Late night bowling.  I'm definitely more of a bumpers-up kind of girl, but it's fun to do something physical and moderately challenging while having some beers with friends.   Arsenal Bowl   in Lawrenceville is a fun spot, especially on Thursdays!  

5. Late night bowling. I'm definitely more of a bumpers-up kind of girl, but it's fun to do something physical and moderately challenging while having some beers with friends. Arsenal Bowl in Lawrenceville is a fun spot, especially on Thursdays! 

  6. Go out and follow up with a late night diner run.  After a night of celebrating, I'm always hungry, so thank goodness for 24 hr diners. Ritters   in Bloomfield is my all time fav, and their pancakes are to-die-for. 

6. Go out and follow up with a late night diner run. After a night of celebrating, I'm always hungry, so thank goodness for 24 hr diners. Ritters in Bloomfield is my all time fav, and their pancakes are to-die-for. 

  7. See a show.  See a national tour. See some local theater. Whatever it is, I  promise  you, it will be more entertaining than that netflix series.   Outfit details:   Highway Robbery Vintage   Dress, Flea market earrings

7. See a show. See a national tour. See some local theater. Whatever it is, I promise you, it will be more entertaining than that netflix series. 

Outfit details: Highway Robbery Vintage Dress, Flea market earrings

Rips and Ruffles at Adda Coffee and Tea House

I love coffee shops. I think more than the average person. I was a barista at Anchor and Anvil Coffee Bar during high school. (Check them out if you haven't. Super high quality coffee.) My friends and I would grab coffee nearly everyday after class in high school. Then I carried that routine to college with new friends, and I made countless memories. I wrote my first feature article for our school newspaper there, met best friends for the first time, and even told someone I loved them for the first time. So, coffee shops...sacred ground. Not all shops are treated equal, however. I like high quality coffee and places that have honey for my tea. (I earned the nickname Pooh Bear in college, because I would bring honey to our campus Starbucks.) Corny as it sounds, you have to vibe there. A few weeks ago, when I walked into Adda Coffee and Tea House in the outfit pictured below, the vibe felt right. I ordered a Ginger Tumeric Latte, because as a singer I'm all about ingredients that boost immunity. The food was super good too! They have vegan and gluten free options that are actually delicious. Hit this place up. They are located in Shadyside on South Highland Ave. 

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 Avec les filles blouse (Sold out, but similar   here  ),   STS blue jeans  , vintage earrings, Kmart shoes (old) 

Avec les filles blouse (Sold out, but similar here), STS blue jeans, vintage earrings, Kmart shoes (old) 

Photos by Stone Weiss. Check him out here

Edgy Prep

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Edgy Prep

Everyone has a signature wardrobe staple...

For me, that staple is a black turtleneck. I probably have five in my closet right now. Simple as they are, they always make me feel put together and unique. They pair perfectly with just about anything. Jeans jackets, motorcycle jackets, skirts, jeans, and in this case, an oversize blazer.

I've been coveting a pair of penny loafers all fall and winter, and I finally splurged at the Bass store while I was in Williamsburg over New Years. Of course I put a penny in one, because I'm just corny enough to do that. 

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 Turtleneck (old),   Avec les filles blazer ,  STS blue jeans ,  Bass loafers ,  vintage earrings

Turtleneck (old), Avec les filles blazer, STS blue jeans, Bass loafersvintage earrings

All photos by M Phillip Photo. Check him out here.

Over the Knee Boots

This past week has been hectic to say the least. Working nine hour days and trying to get more things accomplished on the days off has been rough, but I'm looking ahead to a vacation this upcoming week. Hopefully it will help me find some peace before auditions start up! That being said, when I'm heading out in the evening after a long day at work, no pair of shoes makes me feel as powerful as these over-the-knee boots. (Plus I got them on sale for under $40 at target, and they are linked below!)

 Photo by Stone Weiss. Check him out   here

Photo by Stone Weiss. Check him out here

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   Target boots ,  STS Blue jeans ,  H&M Top ,  Gorjana   Necklace (similar options available) ,  Vintage earrings  Other photos by Robert Whalen. Check him out   here.

Target boots, STS Blue jeans, H&M Top, Gorjana Necklace (similar options available), Vintage earrings

Other photos by Robert Whalen. Check him out here.

Satin Set

Photographs by @jakefrom412 
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Be Bold

I had to answer the typical "describe your style" question recently, and I was at a loss for words...

I ended up answering the question with a bunch of adjectives that don't go together (something like "edgy, classic, and retro"...huh?). Later this week, however, I was looking through the photographs that were taken of me by the extremely talented photographers at last Saturday's Pittsburgh Blogger Babe Meet-Up, and I realized that my outfits had something in common. They were bold. Like this one. I didn't bother breaking up the set or pairing them with neutrals. I wore them together. I took a risk, and they photographed great together. Of course my style is all those things I described it as (edgy, classic, and retro), but whatever part of that I'm feeling, it's always going to be bold, loud, and committed. I was reading from one of my biggest inspirations Alina Gonzalez, @thehyperbalist (get with her insta story if you haven't already), and something she said that resonated with me was "you like what you like.” Damn straight. So simple and so true. My style may be a lot of different things, but I commit to whatever it is I like---no refining. 

Special thank you to Ash & Tiff of @pittsburghbloggerbabes for hosting the meet-up. I'm still so grateful to have met so many inspiring and talented bloggers and photographers. Being a part of this community is a personal and professional game-changer for me. Visit their blogs! Ash does the prettiest flat-lays (ashliehipp.com) and I can't get enough of Tiff's outfits (breakfastattiffanymaries.com)

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Ann Taylor Skirt and Blouse (not on sale online anymore, you may be able to find it in store!), Vintage Flea Market Earrings, Kmart shoes (sold out)

A lot changes in a year...

Indeed. Just in this last year I've become a college graduate, held two different jobs, began teaching voice privately, covered my dream role in the operatic repertoire, started this blog, and performed two full recitals with dream programs. Not to mention a whole host of other experiences that left me feeling renewed. I learned a lot this year. Like how to put myself first. I've always understood the essential life fact of taking care of yourself before you take care of others, but it's not always easy to put that into practice. It's something I get better at with each decision. It's not about staying at home in a bubble bath, because you want to avoid putting yourself out there. It's also not about going out every night, because you're afraid of missing out. (Guess which problem I have.) It's about the wisdom to know what's best for yourself in each individual situation. I don't always innately want to do what's best for myself, but with the experiences of this year, I've found that I always know what's best for myself. It's about honesty. Honesty with others and honesty with yourself. So here's to more of that this year. 

   Abercrombie sweater  , Frye   boots  , Free people jeans (very similar   here  )  P.S. The sweater and boots are now on sale!!

Abercrombie sweater, Frye boots, Free people jeans (very similar here)

P.S. The sweater and boots are now on sale!!

Holiday Looks 2017

The past few years of college, Christmas has snuck up on me. This year however, while I've had a lot of work and commitments on my plate, I've been aware of the approach of the season. It doesn't hurt that I'm working retail, of course. I've rounded up the looks I can't wait to show off at the festivities this year! 

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   Hey Betty   vintage skirt,   Three Rivers Vintage   top,   Comfort Plus   heels, vintage gloves at yard sale, Cape at yard sale

Hey Betty vintage skirt, Three Rivers Vintage top, Comfort Plus heels, vintage gloves at yard sale, Cape at yard sale

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 Dress is old (don't even remember where I purchased!)

Dress is old (don't even remember where I purchased!)

 Goodwill skirt, Body central crop sweater (old), Justin boots (old) 

Goodwill skirt, Body central crop sweater (old), Justin boots (old) 

Rare Vintage

Wearing vintage is rewarding in so many ways. It's affordable, often more durable than clothes these days, and it's unique. When you wear vintage, you never have to worry about someone showing up with the exact same piece. Of course there've been times when I've been uncomfortable, because people are staring at my outfit. Sometimes nearly two seconds later, though, I get a genuine compliment.

Finding rare pieces of vintage in unexpected places is a huge thrill for me. I got this dress in an antique store that hardly carried any clothing at all. The dress and vest I'm wearing here were a set. The shoes are a $2.99 Goodwill find (I also got an identical pair in pink satin!) 

P.S. I shot this outfit on the last wooden street in Pittsburgh. Mhmm, that's right...wood. The street is made of wooden pavers, and it has landmark status. If you're in Shadyside, it's a must-see. It's called Roslyn Place and is only 5 minute walk off Walnut Street. 

Summer Vacation

Now that I'm home from New York, I've been taking it a lot more slowly. I've been spending the majority of my time with my best friend. It's starting to feel like a "summer vacation" to me in truest sense of the phrase. Our time and days off have been occupied with pool days and sleeping over one another's place.  And just like best friends & sisters... we share clothes. In fact, almost my entire outfit here belongs to her. She took some pics, and I thought the dress was too pretty not to share! 

P.S. A full travel journal of my last two weeks in New York is to come! 

 

 

  Altar'd State  dress, Altar'd State shoes, Coach purse (not available anymore), Kate Spade watch,  Claire's  Earrings

Altar'd State dress, Altar'd State shoes, Coach purse (not available anymore), Kate Spade watch, Claire's Earrings

Weekender

 Fill-a-Bag sale vintage dress and jacket,  Ray Ban  suglasses, Coach purse (sold out), Kmart shoes (similar  here )     I've never been Black Friday shopping in my life, and I honestly don't ever plan on it. Traffic stresses me out, and I don't have trouble finding deals regularly. That being said, I think the Fill-a-Bag sale that I mentioned last week is the closest I will come to Black Friday. The event was even bigger than last year, because Highway Robbery, Three Rivers, Clothes Minded, Black Lodge, Royal Pittsburgh, and Kitschtopia collaborated to put it on. Early Bird was at 10 am on Friday, and there was a $10 cover charge. I decided that with all the other stores collaborating as well, the cover was likely worth it. My mom and I got up early, and headed down to Southside to meet two of my other friends. We arrived at 9:45 and the line was already super long! Thankfully, they got us in quickly, but it was crazy! There were huge piles of clothes to root through, and people were nearly running at first. All of the excitement was well worth it. Between my mom and I, we came away with three full bags ($10) of dresses, leather jackets, tops, and skirts. I was so excited about all of the finds that I washed one of the dresses and wore it with one of the jackets that night. I wore the jacket again that Sunday. It's perfect for late spring nights and dreary 60 degree days that you're hiding in a coffee shop.       

Fill-a-Bag sale vintage dress and jacket, Ray Ban suglasses, Coach purse (sold out), Kmart shoes (similar here)

 

I've never been Black Friday shopping in my life, and I honestly don't ever plan on it. Traffic stresses me out, and I don't have trouble finding deals regularly. That being said, I think the Fill-a-Bag sale that I mentioned last week is the closest I will come to Black Friday. The event was even bigger than last year, because Highway Robbery, Three Rivers, Clothes Minded, Black Lodge, Royal Pittsburgh, and Kitschtopia collaborated to put it on. Early Bird was at 10 am on Friday, and there was a $10 cover charge. I decided that with all the other stores collaborating as well, the cover was likely worth it. My mom and I got up early, and headed down to Southside to meet two of my other friends. We arrived at 9:45 and the line was already super long! Thankfully, they got us in quickly, but it was crazy! There were huge piles of clothes to root through, and people were nearly running at first. All of the excitement was well worth it. Between my mom and I, we came away with three full bags ($10) of dresses, leather jackets, tops, and skirts. I was so excited about all of the finds that I washed one of the dresses and wore it with one of the jackets that night. I wore the jacket again that Sunday. It's perfect for late spring nights and dreary 60 degree days that you're hiding in a coffee shop. 

 

 

 Gap top (sold out), American Eagle jeans (similar  here ), Altar'd State shoes (similar  here )

Gap top (sold out), American Eagle jeans (similar here), Altar'd State shoes (similar here)

Southwest Reminiscences

  Highway Robbery Vintage  Top, American Eagle Jeans (similar  here ),  Justin  boots (out of stock),  Claire's  earrings     Last year, I had the amazing opportunity to study voice in Gallup, New Mexico in a summer program. I had the time of my life there and truly grew as an artist and a person. This outfit includes two pieces that were staples in my wardrobe while there (the shirt and the boots)! I found the shirt at Highway Robbery Vintage's annual "Fill a Bag" sale which is coming up this weekend, and if you're in Pittsburgh, I highly recommend checking it out! You get to fill a shopping bag with items of your choice for only $10. While I couldn't find the exact boots on Justin anymore, I will attest to their quality, as I've had them for at least seven years. 

Highway Robbery Vintage Top, American Eagle Jeans (similar here), Justin boots (out of stock), Claire's earrings

 

Last year, I had the amazing opportunity to study voice in Gallup, New Mexico in a summer program. I had the time of my life there and truly grew as an artist and a person. This outfit includes two pieces that were staples in my wardrobe while there (the shirt and the boots)! I found the shirt at Highway Robbery Vintage's annual "Fill a Bag" sale which is coming up this weekend, and if you're in Pittsburgh, I highly recommend checking it out! You get to fill a shopping bag with items of your choice for only $10. While I couldn't find the exact boots on Justin anymore, I will attest to their quality, as I've had them for at least seven years.