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Mixing Prints and Layering for Fit at Puppet Improv

Hello there!  This toaster print strapless dress is an oldie but goodie from Retrolicious.  I don't even know how old it is but I know I tracked it down on eBay some two years ago, which was well after it was out of print.  Retrolicious is one of my favorite dress brands and yellow is my favorite color, so one would assume I'd wear this a lot right?  Well, this size small dress runs kind of large on my frame.  Retrolicious doesn't always make an XS (now they usually do, but historically they did not) so finding a smaller size was not an option.  I really do like this dress but I've considered selling it from time to time.  I'm glad I didn't because I finally figured out a GREAT style hack for clothing that's too large, without pricy alterations or being a genius sewer oneself!  

I realized that if i wore a shirt underneath the dress it would help me fill out the dress AND give the dress something to grip onto so it was less likely to slip.  Because I'm me and I can't help myself but mix prints, I opted for this black and white striped Heart of Haute Estelle blouse.  This is officially a new favorite hack of mine so prepare yourselves to see more of this in the future!

Rounding out the outfit I wore my Erstwilder couple under an umbrella brooch and my trusty black Converse shoes from DSW.  Keeping the accessorizing minimal was key to making this outfit work, as this is a heavy mixing prints outfit with the dress ALREADY having a mixed print with the toasters and the polka dot trim.  I was briefly wearing a belt with this but I quickly ditched it because it broke up the outfit in a way that did not work.

As per usual, puppet improv is going great.  I'm getting better at giving Raquel more life in her movements and while she's speaking.  She's getting a style upgrade this week, so stay tuned, ha!  She also got a brother this week too!  More on all of that soon!  You can see me in this outfit making her lip sync to The Waitress's "I Know What Boys Like" on my Instagram and if you follow me you'll see tons of other stuff involving puppet and comedy work (especially in my Instagram stories!).  

I hope everyone had a great weekend and an awesome start to their Monday!  I'm having a great start because I actually got sleep and a few days off over the past few days so wahoo!  Hope everyone else is as well rested as I am!
XOXO
Lauren-Blair Donovan
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