Sunday, July 26, 2015

Blue Rose Swimsuit by Lucy B

This Lucy B x Pink Collar campaign is dear to our hearts for a number of reasons. To begin, Lucy B's designer Michelle Jouvence founded the brand in order to fulfill a unique niche in the swimwear and lingerie industry, based on her love of old glamour and the lack of such in the industry. Ashlyn, has a very similar tale, as she once founded a lingerie inspired swimwear line for the very same reasons. As you know, there is some rich history behind our name "The Pink Collar Life" and Lucy B is founded on the same notions. 

In the days of I Love Lucy and WW2, things were made to last and clothing elegantly highlighted a woman’s feminine beauty. Michelle’s excitement for vintage fashion came from the endearing memories of her grandmother, who never went out without wearing her red lipstick. Us Pink Collar girls can relate, as our grandmothers have greatly influenced us, too! 

Fixated in the classic nostalgia of yesteryear, where a woman’s curves were decorated to perfection, Michelle founded Lucy B’s signature, vintage-inspired style in 1999. Sixteen years later, Lucy B is still growing strong with a flagship store in California. Lucy B is located in Long Beach, a city Tara & Ashlyn know very well <3

We were feeling very inspired by one of our favorite shades, powder blue, and had been brainstorming with our friend Susana of Vestige Photography about a special "blue collar" shoot for her upcoming book - Kittens and Kulture! We knew instantly that the Blue Rose Swimsuit by Lucy B would be the perfect star to steal the show...

We cannot gush enough over the aesthetic and fit of this beautiful blue suit. It is extremely comfortable and soft, but yet hugs in all of the right places without feeling too constricted. Tara also has a hard time finding fashionable one pieces that fit her torso length, and this design by Lucy B has earned an A ++.

Not only is it comfortable, but Oh-so-flattering and swoon worthy with its pretty petal detail blooming along your curves! You can opt for a strapless look (straps are removable) or stay with support. This piece is not only good for a beachside bather, but we would totally wear it out, possibly styled under a skirt. Versatility and Va Va Voom! 

Once again, our friend Amber Foxx's time capsule home was the perfect set for our campaign, with beautiful baby blues present in her all-original couches, lamps, and trinkets. 

As you know, we are in love with the Dolly Sisters and our powder blue marabou is reminiscent of the robes worn by Betty Grable & June Haver  

Betty Grable in "The Dolly Sisters" (1945)

Another one of our glamour icons, Miss Mamie Van Doren, powdered to perfection in blue

To complete the look, we were adorned in our mystic teardrop earrings from Oblong Box Shop. These have a gorgeous sleek mid-century design in a classic ivory tone with sparkling stones! Of course, our look isn't complete with our 1950's lucite spring-o-lators <3

There is just one of these beautiful suits in a size large left in the Lucy B etsy shop, so hurry here before it's gone for good! Lucy B is in the midst of launching new styles of high waist swimsuits and retro one-pieces. They also will be offering more stylish options for women who want more coverage during swimsuit seasons. 

Be sure to visit or!

x T & A x

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tearose in Tuscany

Corona Del Mar is a beautiful beach city with gorgeous Oceanfront properties of French, Tuscan and Mid-century architecture. Reminiscent of St. Tropez or The Amalfi Coast, we just had to bring out our Jools Couture for an afternoon of Champagne sipping and petit fours by this dazzling California Coast! This is Part one of our Holiday avec Jools Couture <3

The Tearose Bustiere Top from Jools Couture is a gorgeous and classic piece, that can be worn with a tailored pant or a fitted pencil skirt, as we've styled below. Luckily at Jools Couture, you can find all of the above! The Tearose is such a demure, but beautifully bold, bustiere that can be used to create a bevy of bombshell looks. This bodice is boned with cup support and features the loveliest lemon-creme tearose lace pleating around the bustline. The brooch in the center steals the show, with sheer delicate pastel petals creating a fabulous floral corsage.

Tara pairs the Tearose with the Riviera Capri Pant, which is another classic piece from Jools Couture's Riviera Collection. This pant is made of the most comfortable black Ponti, with a high waist and fitted leg, perfect for achieving a 1940's/1950's look. The Betty Grable poodle-do was the perfect choice, to showcase the decollete and black bow-tie.  

Ashlyn pairs the Tearose with the New York Vintage Skirt, which is the epitome of pencil skirts. Hugging all of your curves, the pattern tapers in at the knee, falling mid-calf in true vintage fashion, which is a must for us. A large, pink, wide-brim hat completes any fancy french ensemble - Mansfield style!

Simple vintage accessories such as scarves, gloves, and hats, complete our Tearose Tuscan look  - and as you can see, the versatility in these staple pieces from Jools Couture <3

Stay tuned for even more of our Jools Couture X Pink Collar Life Collaboration!

x T & A x

125 Years at the OC Fair

It's opening day of the 125th year at the Orange County Fair, and it shows no signs of slowing down.  Starting in 1890 of just a few exhibits and some horse races, the OC Fair has exploded into a month long amusement park, concert hall, and extreme sports arena.  It's a tradition for most locals, like myself, to visit at least once a year to binge on fried food, get a sunburn, and spend more money than you'd expect….But after it all, its the nostalgia and memories that matter here.

Figuring out what to do in what order seems to be the most difficult task when coming to the Fair.  You can run straight to the Giant Wheel, stuff your face with BBQ, fried twinkies, & funnel cakes, get inspired in the arts and crafts hall, cool down at the beer and wine garden, ponder the idea of a pet pig after watching the pig races, go with your man to the demolition derby, and enjoy live music and entertainment throughout the fair all day long. 

If you plan on visiting the OC Fair you can click here to find daily schedules, ticket prices, and discounts!  

I made this visit somewhat short, knowing it wouldn't be my only time going this summer.  Since it was opening day I received free parking and free admission, wow! But the line to get in was easily an hour wait, boo! There was no way my two year would be able to stand in a line that long, so I walked over to stroller rentals, and was directed to walk right in! Yay!  I took my kids through the Centennial Barn first, but we were soon distracted by the smell of fair food.   Funnel cakes, ice cream, street tacos, chili, burgers, hot dogs, and everything BBQ.  We weren't hungry, but had to get something, so funnel cake it was!  

From there we had to catch one of the most popular events at the fair, the All Alaskan Pig Races.  These pigs are not only cute, but they really are fast.  The best part is you have the opportunity to get a picture with the winning pig at the end of the race, and you just might want to have one to keep after this.  To get out of the sun we made a quick run through the air conditioned art halls, which pushed us right out to the carnival games and rides.  It was only a few spins on the swings and several rides down the popsicle colored slide, that we were ready to cool down with some ice cream.  By this time it was mid afternoon (nap time for Max), we had seen and smelled enough of the fair for our first trip.  

Memories made and time to head home…. 

~ Tara ~

Bacon wrapped hot dogs and turkey legs

Yes, please!

Off to the pig races...

The Giant Wheel I can see this from my street

Flashback posters were up throughout the fair with old images from fair goers, loved this one from 1951. 

One more snack, a bag of kettle corn to take home!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Double Trouble Mischief

It's Double Trouble Mischief today as we meet in the Breezeway and sip away the summer sun in this tropical tiki paradise.  Although we typically opt for the wiggle dress and jewels, there is plenty our lipstick and heels can be paired with. We love 1940's & 1950's Island fashion, with leading lady Carmen Miranda as a huge inspiration. On a day like today, these novelty tees and capris are not only great for comfort, but make for a great opportunity to show off our complimenting accessories.  

In the "Anchors Aweigh" design, Tara wears gold lurex capris, accessorized with wicker and carved bangles,  a gold neck scarf, and gold shell earrings also by Mischief Made.  In the "Queen of the Jungle" design, Ashlyn wears leopard print capris, also accessorized with wicker and carved bangles, a complimenting green neck scarf, and gold shell earrings by Mischief Made.  Reminding us of our gal Carmen Miranda we showed off the "Birds of Paradise" tee by the palms, kept the same capris and accessories, but swapped out our neck scarves.... chica chica boom! 

Originally from Tokyo, Yuri of Mischief Made, creates and manufactures her feminine designs with the vintage gal in mind out of Los Angeles, CA.  Printed on soft cotton, these are comfortable enough to wear to bed, but why do that when you can show them off in style! You can shop directly from her Etsy shop, but she can also be spotted at Southern California vintage flea markets and rockabilly events.   

Shop  her designs here:

xo Tara & Ashlyn

Mischief Made has perfectly captured our personalities in her newest designs.  
Coupes to match? Yes, please!

Blonde Bombshell riding a Black Panther
Gold Artdeco Shell earrings by Mischief Made, get yours by clicking on the link above. 

and one more please….

and never forget to add sparkle to your outfit!

Another new design, "Birds of Paradise" has so many great colors to pair with it!