Monday, October 15, 2018

Effortless Elegance! My Review of the Kiyonna Sunset Stroll Bellini

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 Today, I am reviewing the Sunset Stroll Bellini from Kiyonna.  The Sunset Stroll Bellini is a lightweight wrap style cardigan with a hidden drawstring at the waist that allow you to adjust it to fit your personal style.  Wear it cinched closed as a comfortable gathered sweater or layer it as a cardigan over a tee shirt for warmth and style.  This lightweight cardigan is stylishly versatile, style it simply for cute and casual days or dress it up for effortless elegance at work or on a date.  The Sunset Stroll Bellini comes in a variety of seasonal colors so you can add just the right touch to your wardrobe.  I am wearing the Sunset Stroll Bellini in Black Noir, a staple piece in my wardrobe, this flattering cardigan is a must have to top off cool weather outfits.  I love the Sunset Stroll Bellini for fall in Michigan!

Outfit Details:
Top: Sunset Stroll Bellini in Black Noir size 1X from Kiyonna
Tee: Cabinet of Curiosities Tee from Blue Platypus
Jeans: Boot Cut Jeans from ANA via J.C. Penney
Earrings: Bad Girls Hoops in 24K Gold from Vixen by Micheline Pitt
Bangle: Leilani Bangle in White/Ivory from The Moby Duck
Makeup: Tarte
Lipstick: Red Velvet from Besame Cosmetics

 I am wearing the Kiyonna Sunset Stroll Bellini in size 1x.  The cardigan is very generously sized and since it is made of soft stretchy Jersey, it has a lot of give.  This top is comfortable, cozy and easily adjustable so it always gives you the perfect fit.  I love the 3/4 length sleeve, they cover the arm but can be pushed up if it gets warmer.  The length is also great, the bellini comes just below my bottom, this gives me the desired coverage to hide my tummy which I am a little self conscious of in jeans.

 The Kiyonna Sunset Stroll Bellini looks adorable over maxi dresses or my vintage outfits but I decided to take a leap into the modern day with this look.  I rarely wear jeans, but this adorable cardigan was perfect for layering over jeans and a tee shirt for a busy day of meetings followed by a romantic fall walk in the woods with my husband.  I wore it with a Halloween printed long sleeve tee, fitted boot cut jeans, gold hoops and leopard print accessories to give it a stylish edge, I love the casual elegance of this outfit.  I wore my Sunset Stroll Bellini cinched closed for the day and later I adjusted the drawstring and transformed it into a cute cardi that gave me just the right amount of warmth for a walk in the autumn chill.  It was a fun and welcome step away from my normal ultra feminine vintage style.

The Kiyonna Sunset Stroll Bellini is a versatile wardrobe must have that is sure to get tons of wear.  Dressed up or down it's the perfect topping for every outfit.  I love that I can get both figure flattering dresses and fashionable separates from Kiyonna, they have something to fit every style!

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Happy Hour Beauty! My review of the Karina Dresses Margaret Dress in Happy Hour Print

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Today, I am reviewing the Karina Dresses Margaret Dress in their newest signature print, Happy Hour. Margaret is a v-neck dress with 3/4 sleeves, a sash tie waist and midi length skirt.  Margaret is perfect for this time of year when summer is giving way to cooler fall temperatures and winter is on the way soon enough.  Margaret provides excellent coverage but is also very figure flattering.  I am always afraid longer dresses will overwhelm my petite frame, this midi style is perfect for those of us who are on the shorter side.  This dress is fantastic, I look and feel like a million bucks!

This is my favorite Karina Dress design yet!  I love the style, shape and print of this beautiful Margaret Dress.  The Happy Hour print is a lovely black and white floral with a bold red backdrop.  Sophisticated yet whimsical I love the bold red with the soft floral.  This dress is the quintessential fall double duty dress, appropriate for work but easily transitioned for enjoying the evening.  Whether it's a night out with friends, a romantic dinner date or a trip to the pumpkin patch with the family, Margaret is stylish and versatile.  I styled my Margaret Dress with black accessories for a look that could be worn at work or at play.  A wide brimmed hat, large statement rose and gold hoop earrings, a vintage purse and suede peep toe wedges give Margaret a sophisticated yet fun style vibe that I just love!  I adore my normal pinup style but sometimes it is a nice change of pace to wear something a bit more laid back, this Margaret Dress is an awesome addition to my wardrobe because looks just as gorgeous plain as it does with a petticoat and retro accessories.  Karina Dresses are timeless so you get to chose what style you are in the mood for!

Outfit Details:
Dress: Margaret Dress in Happy Hour Print size XXL C/O Karina Dresses
Rose and Gold Hoop Statement Earrings from Walmart
Hat, Purse and Shoes are Vintage
Makeup: Tarte
Lipstick: Victory Red from Besame Cosmetics
Glasses from Zenni Optical

  I am wearing the Margaret Dress in Happy Hour Print in my normal Karina size XXL.  Fit is awesome, comfortable and adjustable thanks to the sash tie at the waist.  I love dresses that tie at the waist because it really emphasizes my shape and allows me to decide how tight or loose the fit will be that day.  The bodice is ample and provides nice, modest coverage.  The 3/4 sleeve is great because it provides a nice amount of arm coverage for cooler fall days.  I adore the midi length of this dress and the flow of the skirt, it is very generous and makes this dress look gorgeous and billowy.  Karina is very consistent on sizing, the fit of each of my Karina Dresses is the same which makes ordering easy.

I could go on and on about how much I love this Margaret Dress from Karina Dresses.  It is definitely a fast favorite for me, great for lounging at home but easy to accessorize for a perfectly put together fall look in a flash.  Karina Dresses always hit it out of the park with quality, price and style to fit everyone!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Plum Perfect! My review of the Kiyonna Helena Ruched Skirt in Plum

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 Hi there everyone!  Today,  I am reviewing the Helena Ruched Skirt from Kiyonna.  This soft and comfortable pencil skirt is sure to become a staple piece in your wardrobe.  The Helena Ruched Skirt is a versatile midi length skirt made of ultra soft and stretchy microfiber jersey for perfect fit and featuring figure flattering ruching.  This skirt is definitely unexpected for me.  I tend to shy away from form fitting bottoms, but every woman's wardrobe must have a pencil skirt so when Kiyonna added the Helena Ruched Skirt in this pretty plum shade, I had to try it!

Outfit Details:
Top: Kelsey Flounce Top in Black Noir c/o Kiyonna
Skirt: Helena Ruched Skirt in Plum c/o Kiyonna
Clutch: Coffin Clutch from Sweet Midnight
Makeup: Tarte Cosmetics
Lipstick: Red Velvet from Besame Cosmetics

The Helena Ruched Skirt is absolutely figure flattering!  The ruching hides my belly outline creating a smooth silhouette and showing off my curves perfectly.  I felt comfortable and the Helena Skirt is so flattering that I was not self conscious even though this outfit was a huge step outside my normal style.  I am wearing the Kiyonna Helena Ruched Skirt in a size 3x, I sized up in this skirt because although my waist fits in the size chart for a 1x, I am much larger in the hip and butt area.  Fit is a little large in the waist but perfect in the hip/bottom area, the ruching is adjustable for a perfectly flattering look.  This skirt is a midi length, this hits me a few inches below the knee and the design of this skirt makes it stay in place so I am not constantly having to tug it down as I have had to do with other pencil styles I have tried.  Helena is the first pencil skirt I have truly felt comfortable in!

 This Kiyonna outfit is retro inspired but more of a step into the modern day, it was fun to get out of my routine and I felt fabulous!  I was inspired by fall and the coming Halloween holiday.  Dark colors are another change for me, I tend to wear brights but I felt these subdued tones were very flattering. I love the pairing of the Kelsey Flounce Top with the Helena Ruched Skirt, it is smoldering.  I added simple silver jewelry, a matching purple flower to add a pinup vibe and a cute glittery Coffin Clutch for a touch of spooky style that fits the season perfectly.  I am loving the Helena Ruched Skirt, comfortable, flattering and versatile, this pretty pencil skirt is sure to become one of your favorite Kiyonna pieces!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Beautiful Brocade! My Review of the Lindy Bop Tiana Twin Set

 Today, I am reviewing the Lindy Bop Tiana Twin Set in Burgundy.  The Tiana Twin Set consists of an off the shoulder dress with a flare skirt and matching bolero jacket.  The Tiana Twin Set is made of  luxuriant burgundy floral brocade, brocade is a heavy fabric with very little stretch.  This beautiful set is practical and perfect for the seasonal transition from summer into fall.  I love the vintage style of this set!  The best thing about the Tiana Twin Set to me is how versatile it is.  Michigan weather varies wildly in the fall months, some days it is 60 degrees and other days it is 80, this makes dressing for the day a bit difficult, Tiana solves this problem for me!  I can wear the jacket and dress together when the day starts out chilly but if the temperatures warm up the dress looks lovely on it's own. 
Outfit Details:
Dress: Tiana Twin Set in Burgundy Size UK22 Care of Lindy Bop
Earrings: Mystic Drop Earrings in Ivory From Ceci Punch Designs
Makeup: Tarte Cosmetics
Lipstick: Red Velvet from Besame Cosmetics
Shoes: Steve Madded-Thrifted
Hair Flower: Handmade by Me
Hairstyling by Alyx Halsey

 The Lindy Bop Tiana Twin Set flatters my curves and makes me feel like I just stepped out of a retro movie.  The dress is an off the shoulder style with bow detailing on the shoulders, a nipped in waist and full flared skirt.  I am wearing a petticoat under my skirt for fullness.  The jacket is a 3/4 sleeve bolero style with a rounded neckline that hits just at the waist.  Comfortable and classy for day wear or dressed up, this set can be accessorized to be appropriate for almost any occasion.  The floral brocade material is so luxurious and really feels like it is a true vintage piece.   It is a poly/spandex blend with very little stretch so be sure to look closely at the measurements on the size chart before you order, I generally check these because each Lindy Bop garment has a unique fit according to its style.  I am wearing The Tiana Twin Set in a size UK20.  Fit is just right, the bodice is snug with a bit of stretch, the waist nips in to flatter and the skirt can fit a full petticoat but also lays nicely without due to pleating at the waistline.  This shade of burgundy is just right for the coming fall colors but will also be lovely for the Christmas season.

This is my first Lindy Bop Twin Set but it makes me want to go snap up their other sets because these make a great addition to my wardrobe!  Lindy Bop consistently releases beautiful new designs, I cannot wait to see what else they have in store for the Autumn/Winter season.  The Lindy Bop Tiana Twin Set will give me a ton of wear for the upcoming holiday season, it is classy, timeless and versatile.  I adore Lindy Bop, they give me beautiful vintage style clothing with a huge variety of styles to choose from, great quality and an affordable price so I can refresh my wardrobe for each season without breaking the bank!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Patriotic Pinup featuring the Karina Dresses Megan Dress in Milky Way Print

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Today, I am featuring the Megan Dress in Milky Way Print by Karina Dresses.  The Megan Dress is my favorite style from Karina Dresses.  Megan is a lovely retro styled dress with a cross over bodice, long sleeves, banded waistline and full gathered skirt.  Megan is a great dress for everyday wear, comfortable for running errands but pretty enough to dress up for any occasion. 

As soon as I saw the Megan Dress in the new Milky Way signature print, I knew that I had the perfect opportunity to shoot some amazing patriotic themed pinup styled photos.  My friend David, who is a veteran of the Vietnam War was kind enough to allow me to shoot these fun photos with his WWII era Jeep.  The Milky Way signature print is a gorgeous blue backdrop with cream colored stars scattered throughout.  Pretty and bright I loved dressing this Karina Dresses Megan Dress up with a red white and blue theme.  My gal pal Alyx gave me the perfect 40s style hair, we added a red and white striped scarf, white hair flower, a vintage American flag pin, Besame 1941 Victory Red Lipstick and red wedges.

Outfit Details:
Dress: Megan Dress in Milky Way Print size XXL c/o Karina Dresses
Shoes from Steve Madden
Glasses from Zenni
Scarf and Flag Pin are Vintage
Lipstick is Victory Red from Besame Cosmetics
Makeup from Tarte
Karina Dresses fit like a dream and are perfect for everyday wear.  This Megan Dress in Milky Way Print is perfect for my volunteer work with The Do Good Gals as many of our events are for veterans and I love dressing up in patriotic style for our veterans.  This dress is also lovely because is looks great for modern looks but also works for vintage styling.  I love having dresses in my wardrobe that can work for many different styles.

I am wearing the Megan Dress in size XXL.  This is my regular Karina size, fit is perfect and I love this style with long sleeves, they are going to be a blessing in the coming cooler weather seasons here in Michigan.  All of Karina's dresses are made of microfiber material that is maintenance free.  No wrinkles, no ironing, no problems, more time for you!  This makes Karina Dresses perfect for travel.  Karina Dresses are everyday wearable, beautifully styled, trouble free and classic.

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Seasonal Style: Transitioning your wardrobe from summer to fall featuring the Kiyonna Phoebe Flounce Wrap Dress

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Today, I am teaming up with Kiyonna to show you how to take your wardrobe from summer to fall with simple changes.  I am featuring the Phoebe Flounce Wrap Dress, a lightweight piece that is easily styled to wear for warmer months into the chillier season.  August is still warm here in Michigan but it is a month when the weather can be unpredictable, summer weather one day can change to chilly fall temperatures the next making it tough to plan around the weather.  This crazy weather makes it necessary for me to have pieces in my closet that take my dresses from season to season easily and with a minimal expenditure.  Another great reason to add a variety of accessories to your wardrobe is to take an outfit from one occasion to another and it also allows you to use fewer items so packing for trips is a breeze.  Because we were shooting for these blog photos while waiting on promised rain, time was in short supply and I made my transition from summer style to fall style in less than five minutes because I had planned my outfit in advance, this is how I look fab without tons of time.  Style does not have to be complicated or take up all your time!

First, I have to talk about how gorgeous this Phoebe Flounce Wrap Dress is, made of a soft poly\spandex blend, this wrap style dress is adjustable for perfect fit and feels like a dream on.  The flounce detailing and beautiful peony print floral are feminine and pretty with a sexy sophistication that made me feel confident and gorgeous.  I am wearing a 2x, this is my normal Kiyonna size and fit is adjustable so it feels like it was made just for me.  I felt amazing in this dress, I am self conscious about wearing more fitted styles but I love the retro feel, flounce details add flirty flair and the print is irresistible, I had to have her!

Summertime style:
Outfit Details
Dress: Phoebe Flounce Wrap Dress in size 2x from Kiyonna
Shoes: Baby Pink Peep Toe Platform Heels from Just Fab
Hair Flower: Delightfully Dainty Double Pink from Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Earrings and Bracelet are Vintage
Makeup from Tarte
Lipstick is American Beauty from Besame Cosmetics
For summer, I prefer to keep accessories to a minimum for comfort sake.  I have extreme issues with the summer heat so less is more when it comes to styling a summer outfit for me.  This is my date night style.  I wore my Kiyonna Phoebe Flounce Wrap Dress off the shoulder, I love off shoulder styles, it is a way to feel sexy without being overly exposed and it feels fantastic in the warm weather.  I styled Phoebe in a simple yet sophisticated way with pearl drop earrings, a pearl bracelet, a coordinating pink hair flower and baby pink peep toe heels.  I felt like a bombshell in a classic movie, I thought of Sophia Loren, the ruffled decolletage reminded me of her smoldering and exotic retro style.  This dress moves like the wind so it would be fabulous for weddings and any occasion that called for dancing!

Fall and Cold Weather Styling:

Outfit Details
Dress: Phoebe Flounce Wrap Dress in size 2x from KiyonnaCardigan: Long Sleeve Cardigan in Bright Pink from MAK Sweater
Shoes: Tan Ruffle Accent Booties from Just Fab
Purse: Pink Vintage Style Wicker Purse from Pinup Girl Clothing
Earrings: Royal Blue Vintage Style Hoops from Pinup Girl Clothing
Makeup from Tarte
Lipstick is American Beauty from Besame Cosmetics
For Fall and colder months, I do not put my dresses away, I prefer wearing dresses so I have built a wardrobe of items that I can add to my dresses to make warm and stylish outfits.  My top accessory is a good cardigan, I own a variety of different styles of cardigans in a rainbow of colors.  I love the cardigans from MAK Sweater, they are a wholesale company that makes a huge variety of styles in an incredible rainbow of colors so you can always find the perfect match for your outfit or occasion.  I transitioned my Phoebe Flounce Wrap Dress for cooler weather by adding a long sleeve coordinating pink cardigan, royal blue hoop earrings, a baby pink wicker purse and tan ruffle accent booties.  This outfit is perfect for church or work and really shows the versatility of the Kiyonna Phoebe Flounce Wrap Dress, since it can be worn on or off shoulder and the wrap style allows for adjustment of fit you can take this dress from day to night or season to season easily.  Kiyonna makes so many amazing dresses with unlimited styling potential, I really enjoy taking my wardrobe from season to season, styling each dress in a multitude of different ways is a ton of fun and fuels my creativity!

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Flirty Floral! My review of the Kiyonna Flirty Flounce Wrap Dress

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Today, I am reviewing the Kiyonna Flirty Flounce Wrap Dress in Navy Rose Print.  This lovely lightweight wrap dress is perfect for summer weddings, date nights, open houses and garden parties.  Gorgeous with cascading ruffles, fully adjustable fit and a pretty retro floral print make this a stand out in my wardrobe.  The Kiyonna Flirty Flounce Wrap Dress is a full wrap dress featuring 3/4 sleeves, long adjustable ties and ruffled detailing.  Made of a soft poly/spandex blend material, this dress is great for summer because it is a breathable, stretchy and lightweight material.  Wrap dresses are great for summer wear because you can get the most comfortable fit and adjust as needed, the heat makes me retain water so the tie waist allow easy loosening just in case.

  I am wearing a size 2x here, fit is just right with lots of stretch, fabric to cover me modestly and room to adjust toe fit to my body.  I generally size up in wrap dresses so I have a little more fabric to play with in the skirt area as I am sized to much larger on the bottom half of my body. The length hits my petite frame a few inches below the knees and 3/4 sleeves give nice arm coverage to protect against the sun on a hot summer day. The Flirty Flounce Wrap Dress fits just right thanks to the versatility of the wrap dress style.  I love that I can play with the fit to get it just right for me.  I love how the Flirty Flounce Wrap Dress defines my waist, enhances my curves and the flippy ruffles at the bottom give it so much movement, this dress flatters the curvy figure to perfection!

 The Flirty Flounce Wrap Dress is available in a variety of prints which gives you tons of choices to suit your personal taste.  I chose this Navy Rose Floral print, because it is very summery featuring pink roses and fleur de lis on a navy background plus I also love the vintage look of the roses on the dress.  Wrap dresses are great because they can be worn simply or dressed up as much as you like.  I am wearing a bright pink flower crown to match the pink roses on the dress, vintage blue hoop earrings that pick up on the lighter blue color in the fleur de lis on the dress, retro styled heels and carrying the cutest faceted white bead vintage purse to top it off.  I love to mix vintage with modern to create interest and because it is wonderful to give new life to old pieces!  This dress is also great to throw on for errands when you want to look put together with minimal effort.  Take your Flirty Flounce Wrap Dress, add cute accessories and ballet flats for a casual cute look that's perfect for busy summer days.  This Flirty Flounce Wrap Dress is so comfortable it feels light as a feather on making it a must have for summer weddings and occasions.  The Kiyonna Flirty Flounce Wrap Dress will keep you cool while looking scorching hot!