Thursday, April 24, 2014

What I Wore: Just Whistle

vegan leather, skirt, popbasic, to have and have not, bogart, becall, never fully dressed, withoutastyle, wyoming,
vegan leather, skirt, popbasic, to have and have not, bogart, becall, never fully dressed, withoutastyle, wyoming, vegan leather, skirt, popbasic, to have and have not, bogart, becall, never fully dressed, withoutastyle, wyoming,
vegan leather, skirt, popbasic, to have and have not, bogart, becall, never fully dressed, withoutastyle, wyoming,

What I Wore: Sweater (Similar Here), Necklace (Similar Here), Bracelet (Popbasic; Similar Here), Skirt (Popbasic), Shoes (Minnitonka)

You know you don't have to act with me, Steve. You don't have to say anything, and you don't have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and... 


Lauren Becall says that to Bogart in their first film together and it blows me away every time. In real life, though they would later marry, it was their very first scene together, and Becall was so nervous, she kept her chin to her chest in order to hide any shaking. 

Anyway. That's how I am with Popbasic (as is probably obvious with this unintentionally Popbasic heavy week on my blog). But.. it's what I really wear and love. This skirt was part of the collection I reviewed yesterday. 

As for the real Bogart to my Becall, it was The Boy's birthday this past weekend! My family and his all met at his favorite pub. The doors were open and the breeze was fine in what was the first truly nice weekend of the year. Low key but fun, and, Boy, if you are reading this, know all you have to do is whistle. 

You know how to whistle, don't you? 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Popbasic Ashbury Collection Review

Popbasic is a company that mails  monthly micro collections; a micro collection consists of three women's wardrobe items. Each box will cost between fifty and one hundred dollars. April's Ashbury Collection contains the Gwyn Collar Necklace,  a Vegan Leather Skirt, and a Black Tank Top, costing seventy dollars. Now, I'm gonna level with you- I really wavered over whether to purchase this collection or not.

Here's real reason I had been hesitant about this box. Skater skirts or pencil skirts in leathers? Those are a-okay in my book, A knee-length, paneled one? It was a combination I'd never seen before. Would it be too heavy? Too wrinkly? I had two other black, midi skirts, did I really need another?

If you've worried about any of the above, put those worries to rest. The skirt is cute- and comfortable. Using panels instead of pleats added visual interest with no additional weight. The skirt is lined, so none of the vegan leather rubs. The collection also includes a card sharing how to care for your skirt to get any wrinkles out (and yes, the instructions work fine). This was an especially nice touch, since this skirt was not the first tricky-to-care for item Popbasic has released. Hopefully, future boxes will also send care instructions when needed! And, okay, I probably, in the strictest sense of the word, didn't need another black midi skirt, but it is fun to style. The different texture adds an unexpected element, juxtaposing the feminine shape of a midi skirt with the tough persona of leather. Plus, it is often the items I was initially the least sure about that I end up liking the best! I'm already getting the idea that's happened this time too.

The Gwyn Collar Necklace is actually a reprisal from a much earlier collection (The Sherwood Collection to be exact). When the Sherwood was for sale, I'd written the necklace off as something that might look a little too much as if it was purchased from Marie Claire. Au contraire- after later seeing a friend's Gwyn Collar Necklace, I realized that the weight and quality of the piece shone through, giving a playful, even decadent air; it was exciting to see this beauty back again. (by the by, if you purchased the Sherwood collection and want to avoid a duplicate necklace, contact Popbasic co-founder Madeline Veenstra. You can work to get it sans necklace).

The basic black tank top that rounds out the collection is just that- a basic no one should be without. In fact, you might already have a black top (or seven) in your closet. Why one more? Well, you can never have too many for one thing. For another, though a hundred percent cotton, it feels silky-smooth, and follows the lines of your body without being clingy. And if you were worried about plunging necklines, well, this one is a pretty typical neckline, so if most tanks are too low cut for you, proceed with caution, but for most this will not be too immodest.

This collection was the first to be released on the company's new schedule (new collections will be released the first or second of every month now). It also saw the return of the lifestyle surprise item, a small beauty product or sample that's also sent in the box, along with a postcard from Madeline, a styling guide, and the collection itself. This month we got two surprise items. A coupon for Wade and Belle Not too Tights (especially nice for those in the Southern Hemisphere entering fall), and a sample packet from Pinrose Scents. Pinrose Scents creates scents change after certain amounts of time pass (and psst- here's a hint. If you haven't tried this company before, they will send you three free samples, so check them out!)

Popbasic didn't fail to deliver with their Ashbury Collection. You can still purchase it too; plus Popbasic will be putting the first of their permanent collection up sometime soon!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What I Wore: Stories to Tell

Hell bunny, circle skirt, red, roses, popbasic, wyoming, never fully dressed, withoutastyle, Hell bunny, circle skirt, red, roses, popbasic, wyoming, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,
Hell bunny, circle skirt, red, roses, popbasic, wyoming, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,
Hell bunny, circle skirt, red, roses, popbasic, wyoming, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,
Hell bunny, circle skirt, red, roses, popbasic, wyoming, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,

What I Wore: Skirt (Hell Bunny), Bracelet (Popbasic; Similar Here), Petticoat (Similar Here), Sweater (Similar Here), Shoes (Old Navy)

So, this is what I wore over Easter. To be fair though, it was also what I wore the weekend before with nothing more special than a visit to a bookstore on the slate that day. Another blogger, the vintage-inspired Katie of Butterflies love Snapdragons, writes occasionally of people who ask her "where goes to dress like that?" As if one must have an occasion to dress in vintage or vintage inspired clothing, or, well... to dress any way. She dresses for her life because she enjoys it, and though I'm not the same kind of committed (to the vintage look) as she is, I really empathize with that sentiment. Dress to make yourself happy.

That said, as a blogger, I find sometimes find myself putting off photographing this outfit or that one looking for a backdrop to suit the clothes, to tell a story. So while I might wear both this and an outfit with moccasins and cut-offs to the grocery store, I like them for the different stories they tell and strive to communicate that through the backdrop as well as the clothing. A bit hypocritical, and yet... Oh, how could I not wait for the right location with such an outfit? My new favorite! This backdrop, ironically, felt pretty perfect with it's brick and gorgeous black ironwork, but you see so little of it! It is actually a local hotel, The Chamberlin Inn; we stayed here for our honeymoon night, and it really is like no other place in Cody.

Do you ever feel insecure about the clothing you wear not fitting in with your community or have you been asked about it if your wardrobe does make you stand out? What about when it comes to the photos- do you like ones that tell a bit of a story or photo locations that are more revealing of the blogger's everyday activities?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Popbasic Interview

Let's start off the week by talking about how much we love the weekend, okay? Yesterday, I got to sit down on at a "virtual brunch" with Popbasic Co-founder Madeline Veenstra to talk about the perfect Sunday; thanks Maddie. Click here to read the interview! 
Popbasic blog interview

What does the perfect Sunday weekend look like for you?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Cinema Style: Rear Window

Rear Window (read the full review here), among other things, is a story about the tension of love- the give and take of the indivdual. Can this person fit into my life? Grace Kelly stars alongside James Stewart in this thriller as a glamourous socialite and her adventure-seeking photographer boyfriend. Though Kelly wears only seven costumes thoughout the movie each one is a stunner, as is hinted at early in the film when Stewart's character quips that she never wears the same dress twice.
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Shirt (Popbasic), Skirt (Similar Here), Necklace (Debenham), Bracelet (J. Crew), Purse (Amazon), Shoes (Old Navy), Belt (Similar Here)

Such glamour can be hard to pull off in the every day, especially the decant glamour of 1950s couture. But you can marry the elegant with the everyday when emulating Kelly's first costume, a New Look dress with a full tulle skirt. Making it two separate pieces instead of a dress, and using simple flats in the place of heels help make the ensemble more casual. Add pearls- larger and more statement-making than  Kelly's discreet ones- to keep it feminine, but modern. Now, you're ready for anything: murders, adventure- or a night in reading fashion magazines, which ever you prefer!

With it's sleek lines emphasized with a pencil skirt (another of Doir's New Look creations), this light green suit gives Grace Kelly a whole other type of glamour. You could wear this out- or into the office. Use mint green to give it a more modern flair, but don't be afraid to include some playful retro elements too. Some fun shoes and an outerwear jacket that matches the skirt gives a cheeky nod to the 50s time period that inspired the outfit.
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Jacket (She Inside), Skirt (Jane Norman London), Shirt (White House | Black Market), Shoes (Modcloth), Belt (Debenham), Earrings (Oliver Bonas)

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