Monday, April 14, 2014

Here Is Where I Want To Be

Happy Monday!  It's been a little while but I'm happy to be posting here on Flock Together again.  Today I'm styling Lisa of Lalafauxbois' pretty mint dress.  I don't own very many pieces (if any) with a Peter Pan collar so I was ready to try something new.  Lisa has such a pretty wardrobe and I couldn't wait to lose enough baby weight so I could borrow something of hers!

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Dress- Swap with Lisa
Shoes- Forever 21
Headband- Etsy
Bracelet- Gift
Belt- Forever 21

Not going to lie, the dress was a little tight in the bust but I still had fun wearing it.  The weather out here in southern California has been in the 90's so this dress was a perfect pair with minimal accessories.  I chose a pink belt because everything goes well with pink ;)


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Lisa looks so cute with her printed tights and cardigan!  I'm also pretty sure we have the same boots.  To see the details on her outfit, click on her picture above.  I love how she styled this particular dress and I look forward to "shopping" in her closet in the future.

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Paper Hero



I've been looking forward to posting this! The photos are from a while ago and I've since chopped off my hair, but I'm happy I finally get to share it with you. It's one of my all-time favorite Flock Together dresses. A huge thanks goes out to the lovely Sammi for lending it to us.

One of my co-workers at my last job actually had this dress, and I was so jealous because I just loved the fun print. It has a retro comic book inspired design featuring a woman sewing (one of my hobbies, actually) and accompanying cheeky captions. It also has an open back and a great silhouette. It's sold out (aww), but the designer, Folter, has a few newer styles with similar prints (here and here).

I styled it with a tan belt, a bright coral red lipstick (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in "Harlot"--seriously amazing; opaque and long-lasting!), black tights, red ballet flats, and of course, my crazy 2D Jump From Paper bag. It only seemed fitting.

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Outfit Details:
Comic print fit-and-flare dress (Folter; borrowed from Sammi | similar here and here)
Tan elastic belt (came with another dress)
Orange 2D comic cartoon crossbody "Cheese" bag (c/o Jump from Paper)
Black tights
Red leather ballet flats (Le Bunny Bleu)
Bright coral red Lip Tar in "Harlot" (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics)


 
Sammi | Hannah


I like how Sammi's bold cobalt blue shoes go with the bright colors in the dress, as well as Hannah's classic take with black tights, Jenna's styling for winter, and Katie's vintage-inspired look. Be sure to visit their posts (links are under their respective photos) for more photos and details of what their wearing.

You can visit my blog for more style and beauty posts.
How would you style Sammi's awesome comic book dress?


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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hold onto your hat

Hi there!  It's Sammi from The Soubrette Brunette -- long time, no post!  Since I don't have any swapped items from the other girls right now, I thought it would be fun to do a post that highlights one of my favorite accessories: the hat!  I was originally going to do this post just about my own collection, but then I realized that there are so many other great examples of Flock Together gals wearing their own amazing hats that I thought it'd be fun to highlight some of my favorite picks from all of us!  From Marisa's berets to Jessica's beanies -- and I couldn't forget about Katie's gorgeous vintage pieces! -- I love all the different ways we've found to incorporate the chapeau into our daily wardrobes.

I'm starting off this post with a few of my favorite finds from my own hat collection.  I tend to gravitate towards retro-inspired reproduction hats, like the lavender and red ones shown here, but I also have a few vintage pieces from various stores on Etsy (which is truly a wonderful source, if you're looking to expand your own collection!), like the light blue one on the far right.  I also love to wear my trusty boater hat in the warmer months -- it's the perfect compliment to so many of my dresses!  I actually used to be a little intimidated by wearing hats, but it just took me a while to figure out what types of hats look good on me.  I've found that the daintier, jauntier ones that I can pin to my hair work the best!
Marisa is always a style inspiration for me; she always comes up with such great, unexpected pairings, and she is rarely seen without some kind of adornment atop her head.  I think she wears berets especially well (like in the first photo), but I've loved so many of her other choices, too!  I decided to include one of my all-time favorite looks of hers: the last photo with the flower crown.  I couldn't leave out the hair garland trend, since it's a beautiful way to top off an outfit.
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Lisa manages to look adorably put-together and yet totally effortless.  I especially love her brown brimmed hat (on the far right) and her cat-eared black bowler!  She utilizes accessories so well, and I think these hats complete their respective outfits perfectly!
Erica is never one to shy away from a good hat -- and she has several of those!  I love when she adds a pop of color or a dash of class to an outfit with one of her toppers.  Erica recently got a fantastic hair cut, and I'm eager to see her sport her rolled-brim bowler hat with her new hair!
Speaking of new hair, yet another Cali lady just spruced up her locks!  Ashley's hair is a gorgeous shade of light pink these days, and I'd love to see how she would wear some adornments with her new hue!  I vote for a flower crown for the summer, for something extra ethereal.  :)
I adore Kristian's little red beret, and I admire any lady who can pull off so many different styles of chapeaus!  She doesn't wear hats too often on her blog, but I really dig these looks on her!
Dus of Cuddly Cacti
Dus's style perfectly encompasses her desert surroundings, and I always look forward to seeing her bohemian-influenced ensembles.  I'm especially captivated by the the first photo of her, in that black, wide-brimmed hat, but I love when she wears berets and straw hats, as well!
No stranger to hair accessories, Amy looks perfectly chic in her hair scarves and hats.  She also rocks a turban better than anyone I know!  She manages to seamlessly mix retro with modern, and I always look forward to seeing her head-to-toe ensembles (and the fact that she never skimps on what she wears on her head or on her feet!).
Hannah has such a great collection of hats (and I didn't even get to include her adorable winter hats -- which I can never personally make look fashionable, but she sure does!), and I love that she has such a wide variety!  My favorite is probably the one on the left, with its darling red ribbon, but the red bowler hat looks super adorable, too!  
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Jessica always astounds me with her ability to combine soft, feminine details with edgy, dark ones.  The addition of accessories is a great way to do this, and I always adore when she adds a slouchy beanie to make a dress look more casual.  Her pink beanie might be my favorite -- it makes for such a relaxed, girly look.
I had to save the best hat collection for last!  Katie's collection has a ton of vintage beauties, and she wears them all with flair and glamour.  She has far more hats than I could show here, but I often live vicariously through how well she wears her vast assortment.  I especially love the entire first ensemble, but it's such a treat to see her wear any of her pieces!

What about you?  Which one of these is your favorite?  Do you have a go-to hat that you use to top off an outfit?  Are you still searching for style of hat that's perfectly suited to you?  Let us know in the comments! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Of stripes & umbrella's

Hello! Jessica from Midwest Muse here! When Elana offered up this lovely printed dress, I jumped at the opportunity to borrow it. In the spirit of remixing I decided to wear this as a skirt. I totally love the way this turned out. I was very sad to return this, but I can't wait to see how everyone else wears it.

There's nothing quite like a novelty printed dress. Plus a dress with umbrella's? In April? The month of non-stop rain. Seriously, it's rained every day since April started. Oh, Ohio weather this print is for you. But hey, I got to go bare legged for the first time in six months.

See how Elana wore it

Outfit Details:
Dress: Swapped from Elana
Top: Thrifted
Headband: Self-made
Belt/Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Space Invader

 

Hello, hello! Lisa here from Lala Faux Bois styling up Jessica's out of this world galaxy skirt. I borrowed this before our hiatus and I'm happy to be back, styling it up, and feeling refreshed.

Before we go any further, I feel like I need to make a confession. I'm not a sci-fi fan and I've never seen a single Star Wars movie. There. Feels good to get that off my chest. But... I do think space is pretty darn interesting (duh), and I always love a good print.

 

skirt: borrowed from Jessica // top: TJ Maxx // hat & shoes: vintage





I really love getting to remix clothes with these ladies, and it's always fun to see how everyone puts there own spin on a piece. It definitely is a challenge to come up with new looks for something and I'm constantly inspired by everyone's unique personal style. Take a look a look at some of the ways the galaxy skirt has made it's way around the group!

 




Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Strangers You Know...

One of the truly strange things about blogging (or reading blogs, more accurately) is you know a lot about- and sometimes become friends with- people you've never actually met.  At least not in person, face to face. But the community of bloggers and of readers is real and vibrant. Which is why it is even more special when you get to meet other bloggers.

Yeah, guess what I did this weekend?

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She is just as vibrant, fun, and candid and intelligent as she is on her blog. We met up in Boulder, Colorado where she lives (my blog Never Fully Dressed is based in Cody, Wyoming; we were visiting friends near by), downtown near her apartment. If you haven't seen her recent apartment tour- do. It is even cuter in person, believe it or not. I also met her most recent foster kitties before we headed back downtown to take advantage of beautiful spring weather that had all the locals out and about.


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Living so far from other bloggers, one of the things I'd never realized was how nice it was to talk to someone who knows. They understand the press of time to take photos right before sunset or talking to your real life friends still aren't quite sure what blogging is. You "know" mutual online acquaintances. In short, the conversation was easy and fun- this from an "internet stranger!"
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Being bloggers, we of course had a photoshoot (thanks Amos, for taking photos). Is it weird to say that it was kind of intriguing to be watching the blogger photo shoot process from an outside perspective? Hannah also had a furry neighbor come to say "hi!" mid-shoot.

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Thanks Hannah for a lovely time, and we both hope all of your liked this peek in at our afternoon together <3

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Is it fall yet?






Hi everyone, it's Dus of Cuddly Cacti here! It's not that I really want time to flash forward to fall, there are so many things that I'm looking forward to in the next few months, specifically moving to Austin, but I sure wouldn't mind for some fall weather. You see, while some of the country is grumpily looking over snow-covered buildings, I'm trying to remember how to not be grumpy in 89 degree weather. So for now, I'm trying to get some use of boots while I still can, and while I know this look is quite "fall-ish," I wanted to remix Lisa's amazing cacti skirt once more before I sent it back to her. But anyway, I hear this time of the year can be quite lovely many other places, what are you looking forward to this spring? I'd love to hear!


Lisa // Jen // Dus // Lisa

Outfit details: Leotard (American Made): c/o We Love Colors // Skirt: Vintage, borrowed from Lisa // Combat Boots: Prickly Pear Vintage here // Woven belt: Mitla Moda here // Necklace - Teal Annie.


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