Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pass the popcorn

Hi, everyone!  It's Sammi from The Soubrette Brunette, and today I'm styling this lovely swapped dress from Jana!  I know most people probably associate red and white with more wintery days (like Valentine's Day or even Christmas), but I think it's also a great combination for summer!  It makes me think of carnivals, amusement parks and drive-in movies.  One thing that all those summer events have in common is the presence of a much-beloved salty & buttery treat: popcorn!  I knew I wanted to incorporate my popcorn novelty purse into this look, since I'm nothing if not thematic.
 I'm normally drawn to dresses that have an exaggerated fit and flare shape (full skirts are my favorite), and I was afraid this silhouette wouldn't be as flattering.  Much to my surprise and delight, I absolutely loved the fit and shape of this dress!  It's also a lighter fabric than I had anticipated, which means that it makes the dress that much more versatile.  I could easily see wearing tights with it in the wintertime (it'd be perfect for a holiday party!), but it was completely comfortable for our summer days, as well.  I also really loved the sweet little collar on this dress!
Outfit Details:
Dress: swap from Jana
Popcorn purse: Storenvy
Spectator heels: BAIT Footwear
Necklace, belt & hair bow: old

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I really adore how Jana remixed her dress!  The first way is so fun and whimsical with her pretty mint heels and hot air balloon necklace, and the second is practical and cozy.  How would you style Jana's wonderful white dress?

Have a great Thursday!
xox Sammi 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Smitten over mitla!

Hey all! Jana here from small town, BIG SMILE! Today I'm sporting yet another of Dus's great pieces.  For someone who loves vintage styles, especially 40s and 50s, I'm absolutely smitten over Dus's Mexican style clothing!

As I'm sure you can see from the trees in the background, I actually took these photos back in the spring. It was a pretty warm day, though, when I wore it, and it made me realize how great this top would be for those hot summer days that have one of those amazing breezes. The reason? The weave is wide enough that it lets air through! So with that, I thought it would be great for a cottage day, with jeans rolled up, a belt to taper it, and saltwaters, for, well, the salt water! 

Outfit Details: Top: borrowed from Dus, belt: target, jeans & saltwater sandals: modcloth

Dus has amazing compilation of her remixes:
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7  



Monday, July 28, 2014

Orange You Glad

Hi guys! Hannah of The Braided Bandit here stopping in to show you how I styled this little orange number I borrowed from Taylor.  I will be the first to admit that orange is actually maybe my least favorite color.  That said, the beauty of a swap group is getting to try things out that you may not normally gravitate towards, and once I slid this little orange dress on I was in love!  It has the perfect shape, was super comfortable, and added such a fun summery punch to the outfit!

Outfit Details:
Dress - Borrowed from Taylor
Vintage Blouse - for sale in my shop here!
Vintage Purse - for sale in my shop here!
Black Boots - thrifted
Sunnies - c/o Sunglass Warehouse
Pink Necklace - c/o Oasap

I ended up loving this dress so much, I had to try styling it two different ways!  You can see the original styling of it on my blog here, complete with pink hair and a flower crown.
Taylor styled her dress here, looking cute as ever with the perfect scarf updo and a bold lip!

Anyway, I highly recommend going out and trying an outfit in a color you don't usually buy or wear - I'll bet you'll be surprised how much you actually end up liking the fun change!
xo Hannah

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Group Roundup: Sunglass Style

Living in Colorado where the sun is almost always shining, I have quite the extensive collection of sunglasses!  It is pretty much my top favorite way of accessorizing summer outfits, and the added benefits of protecting my eyes doesn't hurt either.  I prefer affordable pairs in bright and fun colors!

Living in sunny Arizona I wear sunglasses every single day- so like Hannah I have a pretty extensive collection of colorful shades. I never spend very much on them because my sunglasses philosophy is the more the merrier :) These pale blue sunnies from F21 have been getting the most play so far this summer.

Although upstate New York isn't exactly known for its abundance of sunshine, I still love accessorizing with sunglasses!  I tend to gravitate towards frames with a retro or cutesy aesthetic, and I have to agree with Lisa on this one -- the cheaper, the better!  I can't justify spending very much on sunnies, since I like variety and they tend to end up buried in my bag.  My favorite frames actually came free with a purchase (they're the white ones on the left, and they have a little black bow on the side!) -- what could be better than that?

Jana of small town, BIG SMILE!

While our summers in NB are short, that doesn't mean sunglasses-season is! They're a must year-round, especially with the sun glaring on snow in the winter. For such an important accessory, I admit, I'm terrible with sunglasses. I lose them, I break them, I often sit on them in my car... not to mention they're a challenge to find a style that suits my round face. Normally, my go-to sunnies are tortoise wayfarers, but these have become an instant favourite! They were cheap ($10 on amazon!), which is practical for someone who needs to replace sunglasses often, and they automatically add a 50s style to any outfit! I'm definitely ordering these  in more colours!

Sunnies are a MUST in Austin.... even in the winter but especially in the summer time! I've been collecting various styles over the years and chose a few of my all time favorites to share with you all. I love my classic black cat eyed frames for almost every occasion (they literally go with everything) however, I like to wear my tortie rimmed sunnies when I'm sporting my nautical wear. They are another "timeless" style. The square shaped ones you see on the upper right hand corner were my most recent purchase. Sometimes I like to wear "over the top" accessories like huge gold hoop earrings and rings. These sunglasses fall in that category. I always say "the bigger, the better".  I've also been experimenting recently  with the mod look... reminiscent of the early and mid sixties which brings me to my all time favorite pair of sunglasses... my round ones. I loved them so much I bought two pair, one in tortie and the other in black. I wear them all the time and everywhere. I purchased all these sunglasses at Target for under $20 dollars. There is something about sunglasses that pull an outfit together, they are  such a glamorous addition to any wardrobe.

Though summers aren't overly long or hot here in northeast PA, there really is no better accessory than a pair of cute sunnies to lay by lake...or enjoy some r&r on my hammock in.  Like most of the gals, I do not fork over a ton of money when buying a new pair - I tend to stay under $20 to be exact.  One of my favorite pairs that I own are these apple frames from Urban Outfitters.  I just can't resist something cute, ya know?  What kind of frames are you drawn to?

Ashley of Southern (California) Belle
These House of Harlow 1960 sunglasses were definitely a splurge but worth every penny!  I have many pairs of sunglasses but none that I love as much as these.  I feel like they go with every outfit.  Considering most days in Los Angeles are bright and sunny, I feel like the weather definitely justifies the price.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Hearts on Fire

Happy Friday!  I'm excited to be back posting on Flock Together, this time with a dress from Jana of Small Town Big Smile.  Her wardrobe is filled with vintage inspired goodies and fun prints and I couldn't wait to get my hands on one of her dresses.  I didn't realize how stunning the back of this dress was until I recieved her package.  It was such a lovely surprise!  Since we are right in the middle of summer, I decided to go with minimal layers and accessories.  Sometimes less is more... At least it's more comfortable :)

flock together heart dress

flock together heart dress

flock together heart dress

flock together heart dress

flock together heart dress

Dress- swap with Jana
Belt- from another dress
Shoes- Urban Outfitters


Jana's accessories are absolutely perfect for the cooler weather.  She has me pining for the days when it's cool enough for tights.  To see the details on her look, click the photo above.
I had a hard time sending this one back, but I'm also looking forward to seeing some of the other girls style it as well.  Do you have a favorite piece that works in all seasons?  Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kit Kat

Modcloth 'Looking to Tomorrow' Red Peter Pan Collar Retro Vintage-Style Dress Outfit with Cat-Ear Beret Hat
Erica of Sweets and Hearts

Sammi really does have the best dresses. Lucky for me, she happens to own some that have been sitting on my wishlist for a very long time--including this one (edit: back in stock on ModCloth!). It totally reminds me of both Little Orphan Annie and Veruca Salt. Although my outfit was inspired by neither, I still wanted to play up the girlishness.

I wore it with a thin black belt, my black cat ear beret, sheer black tights, and my patent jazz-inspired oxfords.

Modcloth 'Looking to Tomorrow' Red Peter Pan Collar Retro Vintage-Style Dress Outfit with Cat-Ear Beret Hat IMG_2709 IMG_2671 IMG_2734
Outfit Details:
Red scalloped collar "Looking to Tomorrow" dress (Sammi's; from ModCloth)
Black cat ear beret (c/o Chicnova)
Black skinny belt (came with another dress)
Semi-sheer black tights (c/o Hanes)
Black patent bow 'York Jazz' oxfords (Me Too)

Black bow ring (Forever 21)


Doesn't Sammi look adorable with that 'Baby Biscuit' tote bag and t-strap flats? I also love how she paired the dress with a white bow belt to match the collar. Also, you can't see it in the above photo, but her tights have little red hearts on the backs of the ankles! View her post here.

Hope you're having a wonderful summer!

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