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Showing posts from June, 2017

A Realist Does Daily Yoga: The First 30 Days

My History with Yoga:  I've been someone who has (sporadically) practiced yoga since early 2012ish.  That said, in recent years...not so much.  Once I was cleared to workout post my heart surgery in 2014, I took to lifting weights because I was angry.  I tried yoga then but it was too quiet for me and I just couldn't relax.  But when I first did yoga 5 years ago, I was skeptically openminded and ended up being astounded at how peaceful I felt after about a month of yoga practice.  I never forgot this, though I really wasn't patient enough for it in recent years aside from every few months needing a good stretch and buckling down long enough to have a yoga session.

This spring was interesting as I had a lot of nervous energy while launching Blair UncensoredJust Shair is doing a total reboot, and bigger and better blogging opportunities have been coming in.  All of this is good, but to say I haven't felt the pressure would be a lie.  My social life also went a little qu…

Yumi Pineapple Shift Dress = Perfect for Summer

I've mentioned it before, and trust me, I'll mention it again soon in upcoming blog posts, but I love shift dresses!  They're one of the only trends that I've truly been behind in recent years!  They're also one of the most comfortable pieces of clothing one can wear during the summer as they're airy and don't cling to you!  Bonus points: this will be a fun outfit come winter to wear black tights and mint or yellow shoes with, so this is a year-round functional dress!
I fell utterly in love with this pineapple shift dress from Yumi (via ASOS) and knew it had to be apart of my collection.  (This dress is nearly sold out, but the same print in a different style can be found HERE.) Yumi is a brand I've been semi-familiar with other the years and I own one or two pieces from them.  This number is surprisingly because they're somewhat catered to me in that they're both a modern brand and an homage to some vintage styles, so you would think that number…

ModCloth + Wrangler Collaboration

Being somewhat based in the vintage fashion world, I find myself often in the minority of vintage loving women who actually enjoy pants.  Yes, I prefer dresses and skirts but pants absolutely serve a practical function (especially on cold and windy days...) and I think they can be a lot of fun!
Because I love vintage I'm a sucker for high waisted denim that women from the 1970s would rock.  However, this style can be tricky as it hugs all of the parts that most of us get subconscious about!  When ModCloth debuted their collaboration with Wrangler, I got pretty excited.  I immediately wanted the Wide Leg Whim Jeans, but almost as immediately got nervous.  Finding the right size jeans is never not a battle, especially online, but upon reading there was no stretch I balked a little.  I'm not even trying to be cute when I say I cannot remember the last time I owned denim that didn't have stretch!  So getting non-stretch denim was mildly scary, to say the least!
After hemming and…

Ann Taylor Summer Lookbook

Hello, people of Internetlandia!  Today I'm doing something a little bit different!  I rarely do lookbook posts featuring one brand or designer, but today I'm going to take a stab at it.  A year ago Ann Taylor became a new favorite of mine with the discovery of their pineapple maxi skirt, realizing how quality the clothes are, and how Ann Taylor wasn't as stuffy and corporate as I had previously believed they were!  Here are some fun looks from Ann Taylor that I believe both vintage and trendy girls alike will love!
Look #1: Square Neck Shift Dress 
I give this dress 4/5 stars.  I'm obsessed with green dresses, so that's part of why I love it.  I also am borderline obsessed with shift dresses now (...wait until Friday's post...!) so this slightly fitted shift dress is an interesting take on the structure.  While the quality is good and the fabric is thick, somehow it does somewhat cling.  I originally had planned a corresponding video to go with these outfits but…

Emily and Fin Hannah Dress Review

Happy Monday, Grace Rock Kelly Rollers!  I'm oh-so pleased to bring you my review of the Hannah dress from the UK brand Emily and Fin!  I've been nothing short of completely obsessed with button down dresses for the past year, and since Emily and Fin has a few styles like that I've been blowing through them in 2017!  (See my review of their Frankie dress HERE!)  
Honestly?  I LOVE the Hannah dress!  It may be my favorite Emily and Fin style, which came as a bit of a shock to me.  Most Emily and Fin dresses have a more conventional retro fit, in that they're tighter in the waist and flare out from there and are therefore not formfitting.  The Hannah dress isn't a pencil dress, but it is a super narrow A line that could possibly show off any perceived or real "problem areas."  I was not immune to being worried about this!  I'm an hour glass figure with a slight lean on pear, so dresses like this can be tricky on me depending on how they're constructe…

Bone Structure

Mixing prints can be as subtle of a process as you'd like it to be!  It's not always about being loud or being overtly eye catching.  This Folter skull dress from ModCloth is a favorite of mine (likely last seen HERE...where I named some of the skulls after famous historical figures, ha) and now that it's summer I'm excited for it to be back in my wardrobe's heavy rotation!  (For any newbies to my blog, Folter & Retrolicious dresses tend to be my "uniform" in the summer!)  
This time around I was really inspired by the white in the dress, as it's an off white and a true bone-white color...which makes sense!  I recently got these Nine West wedges (already sold out but you can find similar ones HERE) and am obsessed with the muted neutrals and pastels on it.  Given the that wedges are in a color block style, it's borderline mixing prints with my dress but there's a very clear connective tissue so it's not "too much."  My Kate Sp…

Simplifying Bold Patterns

Hey, beautiful Internet-ers!  Apologies for last week and the sparse posting on both blogs!  My health was wacky and life was chaotic so blog world needed to be neglected.  I have some fun posts on both sites coming up so thanks for bearing with me!  And because I missed a How-To post on Friday, I'm doing a mini How-To post today as a bonus/make-up!
One of the most common comments I get on Instagram and in real life go something to the effect of, "I love your outfit but I could never pull that off!"  I'm here to tell you in this post that that is wrong!  I'm not saying you need to be the quirkiest of them all or even mix prints, but you can absolutely pull of zanier looks and still be "you", classy, low-key, or whatever adjective you feel describes your style.
Here I'm wearing the popular Retrolicious Rainbow dress (via ModCloth) in which I kept the styling very simple (I'm not even wearing make-up...thanks to Glo Minerals skincare line 👏).  Sure…