Rockaway Beach

I somewhat accidentally found this skirt!  I was innocently browsing Etsy, not actually looking to buy anything, and after searching for "vintage novelty print skirt" I found a store called Nicole Elaine Vintage.  This store has some of the best novelty prints in one store that I've seen in a long time.  I fell head over heels in love for this skirt, as well as another one I'll be blogging about shortly.  I have never met a vintage novelty print that I don't like, but I don't necessarily "fall in love" each and every time.  This skirt made me fall in love big time.  For one, it's a vintage scene of Miami.  I used to live there, and while I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with current Miami, retro Miami was a pretty cool place.  This skirt embodies this.  The fact that it had a khaki background with black outlines in the print meant it can go with browns AND blacks, plus there's such an array of colors to choose from when styling.  I photographed this skirt almost immediately after receiving it and opted for my dark green cardigan and heels combo (Old Navy and Michale Antonio respectively) and chose to play off some of the oranges with an orange pinup top (Le Bomb Shop).  Ironically, green and orange were my school's colors (University of Miami) though I didn't really put two and two together that I did this until I started to write this post!!  (Bag is Melie Bianco and flower is Sophisticated Lady Flowers).  Typically when you think about palm trees and Miami you don't think "November", but I think the colors worked out perfectly here!  A few more of my posts coming up are all about making otherwise tropical etc prints appropriate for the colder days, so this post worked out well as a preview for that!

The background of this skirt is cool, as it's not actually a 1950s novelty print.  The shop owner said in it's description that it was likely from the late 60s or even early 70s.  I don't mind either way.  I own a lot of true vintage and vintage reproduction so I'm (rarely) a snob about these things.  I also love the 70s, and no matter what decade it's truly fun and totally beautiful skirt and print.  I don't even have to crop a close up and while shooting I quickly realized that I wouldn't need to shoot a close up because it's THAT bold; it shows up perfectly on camera.  I'm so excited about this skirt (and the other one I got) it's kind of ridiculous.

I once read a book by one of my favorite writers, AJ Jacobs (book: Drop Dead Healthy) where amongst other interesting good and bad ideas alike (that was somewhat the premise of the book; I'm not knocking him) he had some bits about doing stuff for "future AJ".  Meaning, the foods he was eating now and his work out habits, and any other health decision, were going to impact how future him was going to feel.  He even downloaded an app that aged his face and he would look at it throughout the week as a reminder that what he did now impacted his future self.  This notion has stuck with me since reading it, and not just in ways about one's physical health.  So much of how we're wired and so much of how life is is all about instant gratification.  But if you're not making choices that will make things likely easier for you in the future, then how much weight does "now" truly have?  All moments are fleeting, but the future is always looming.  This idea, whether it's about which foods I eat or how long I wallow when something doesn't go my way, has really stuck with me and saved me from myself at times.  How much do you guys live in the moment and how much do you guys make decisions for the future?  Obviously there's a balance to be struck, but this idea he presented is not something I see often so I thought I'd share it.  

This was another one I struggled with slightly coming up with a name based off a song.  There's less "Miami", "beach", "palm tree", and "ocean" named songs out there than one would think.  And a few that are out there aren't really my favorites.  And some others are guilty pleasures, which is fine, but I really wanted to name this post after a song I truly love with no sense of irony.  I thought I was saving "Rockaway Beach" for another vintage post, but I realized there was a better song out there for that skirt's post.  So I named this post "Rockaway Beach" from the Ramones, a band I consider my gateway drug into all things punk, eventually no wave and noise rock, and so many other bands and genres from the late 70s and early 80s.  I don't find Miami to be very punk, but I will say that the bold colors of this skirt make it deserving of a song called "Rockaway Beach."


I've recently added two pages to this blog, one that catalogues posts named after songs and another that catalogues all of the concert stories.  Click the links on to see for yourself!  Happy Friday!

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  1. Pretty look.

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  2. Oooooh my goodness! This whole look is absolutely beautiful! Your are a total knockout, Miss Blair! That skirt's print is fantastic, and I love every piece you paired with it. Great life advice, too! There is a balance to be struck, but you can't constantly live in the present...some thought for future you needs to be given as well. :)

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  3. Oh very cute outfit darling
    I love it your shoes
    xx

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  4. LOVING this skirt! It reminds me of the good ol' days of summer and of course of days gone past from the 50s. Retro Miami did always seem like a cool place. Not so much now unfortunately. The colors go perfectly with a fall background too!

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    1. Thank you! So happy to hear someone agree with me about Miami now versus then. XO

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  5. Your skirt is so cute, love the vintage print
    xo
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  6. Ohh I've been so behind on my blog-reading list. But I always love seeing your posts on IG! I love this outfit, you put it together so perfectly (like always) and I love the print on that skirt. There's something super special about a unique novelty print vintage skirt... I'm totally checking out that Etsy shop!

    xo, Serli
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    1. It's so nice to see you pop up! We all need breaks, so I totally get it. Thank you so much!!

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  7. Love your skirt so much!! So cute
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  8. i love your dress !you look beautiful !

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  9. Love the post, thank you for your thoughtful words!

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  10. I totally understand you why you fell in love with this skirt, as you noticed it has beautiful, vintage prints <3 What's more, you look very pretty and feminine in this outfit,Lauren :)

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  11. That is a gorgeous skirt! Doesn't matter from what decade indeed! :)

    And yeah, those shoes.. love the subtle colour. the stilettos.. everything! :)

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  12. That skirt is lovely, I can see why you wanted to wear and phtoograph it right away, such a great print! Will be so easy to wear with so many different colours you can pair with it :)

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  13. I Love this outfit and how it was accessorized too. The colours Look great on you

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  14. you look jolly great
    loving your entire outfit
    I think It has got to be my favourite
    xxx
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  15. Sooo pretty! I love the flower in the hair too. Perfect top and sweater for that gorgeous skirt. Also, my fave accessory is your smile!
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  16. Stunning photos!!! You look fabulous as always!
    Have a lovely day :-)


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  17. Love your skirt, such a lovely look xx
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  18. oh my gosh, you're looking stunning here :) Love the green :) such a perfect shade :)
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  19. That skirt is amazing!!! You have soooo many beautiful novelty skirts! I really love the green cardi and heels with the skirt. You are stunning x

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  20. You look so pretty! Love this lady outfit.
    xx

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  21. Gorgeous look!
    Have a nice evening!
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  22. Always have the best skirts! I just love the vintage print. I love the setting you choose for these photos:-)

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  23. Lauren, all those skirts you find are so beautiful. I have to visit Etsy more often, I guess:) I love the print and how it looks with your green cardigan.
    I am reading a book, which is a bit relevant to the subject you brought up. It is called "The Power of Now" and it's really amazing. I am only halfway through, but I am already seeing things differently. Have an amazing week ahead!

    Yuliannova

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    1. Thank you!! I think I've heard of it; it may even be on an Amazon wish list. Thanks for sharing!

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  24. The orange with the emerald green is such a cool combination it creates such a great vibe and that skirt girl, damn the skirt is so very pretty! I was thinking about instant gratification recently lol! I'm very much a planning for the future person, at times I can really forget about the now and making the most of it.

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  25. Wow the colour scheme is outstanding! I especially love the green against your hair colour. The skirt is an artwork!

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  26. The print of the skirt is so unique and very fun, can definitely see why you love it so much! You look very lovely in this outfit, thanks for sharing!

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  27. I am in love with this outfit! <3 <3 <3 I love Miami/Florida vintage theme. My husband and I even got married in Key West with a vintage Florida theme! :D I am totally there with you about the love the vintage miami... but not so much miami now sadly. I was there a lot as a kid in the 80s and still miss all the bright pink and turquoise buildings! Love this skirt and love everything about this outfit! <3

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    1. Oh, no way! So you totally get it! XOXO

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