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.
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.
(Steak?) shake, rattle and roll
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!).
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.
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!
Happy Valentine's Day!
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.
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.
I'm so excited to finally share these photographs with you all! I'm quite the romantic and an old soul, so a vintage Valentine's shoot was a dream come true. I'll be sharing three more looks before Valentine's Day, so stay tuned! All of the shots were taken at my parent's home. My dad designed and decorated much of the house, keeping within 1920s-40s design aesthetics. He has so many amazing antiques, including a phone booth and a record machine! It's no wonder I became vintage obsessed.
This vintage dress is from Three Rivers Vintage in Southside. If you haven't been there, you seriously need to go! The expansive collection is in pristine condition, and all of it is freshly dry-cleaned. The prices are also very reasonable.
This 50's dress is such a great piece. The texture is interesting, yet it still feels soft against my skin, and the cut is perfect. I love wearing this dress, because it makes me feel feminine, put together, and a bit demure! I can't wait to wear this piece to work on Valentine's Day! What are you looking forward to wearing? Tell me in the comments!
All photographs were taken by Allie Stewart. She is extremely talented and such a bright light. I'm so lucky to call her a friend and have the chance to work with her. Visit her website here to check out more of her work!
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.
Photos by Stone Weiss. Check him out here.
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.
All photos by M Phillip Photo. Check him out here.
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!)
Photographs by @jakefrom412
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)
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)
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.
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!
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.
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!