Tuesday, August 25, 2015

French Riviera & Fancy Feathers

This Pink Collar Day was filled with palatial palaces, pom poms, opulent oceanfront views and of course...Jools Couture! Like it were a day in 1936, we strolled old California as though we were in Capri or Cannes, dressed to impress and ready for a cold French 75 and some serious fanning <3 

Our Parisian Palais visit would not be complete without our Pom Pom Riviera Capri tops from Jools Couture. Pure white in color, this soft cotton blouse is the epitome of old glamour, with just the right mixture of fancy and fun. With a classic tie front center, a style made popular by old starlets, this top gently drapes across the shoulder with the most delicate and dainty puffs featured along the bust-line and sleeves. Not only is she comfortable and classic, but she can be styled in many different ways! 

Today, we opted for a 1930's French Riviera summer look, in all blanc - with a few accents of gold as a nod to the Golden Age of Hollywood. We accessorized our European Holiday look with 1930's turbans and head wraps of champagne and gold, alongside white bangles and gold earrings. Tara wears her Pom Poms with the Jools Couture Bardot Coco wiggle skirt in white, and Ashlyn wears a white wide leg trouser. As you know with the climate here, we can't leave the house without our feathered fans!

Visit Jools Couture to see more from The Riviera Collection <3

x T & A x

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Blue Hawaii in Tara Starlet

Tara Starlet is a totally unique label out of the UK, with an aesthetic that somehow captures every aspect of historic costume that we adore. From fun fiesta, to tropical tiki, and wicked western wear - rest assured you can find it at Tara Starlet! Tara actually comes from a background of costume design, which is evident in her vintage inspired patterns and prints. With a passion for Film, Art & Theater (just like us Pink Collar Girls) she has somehow infused all of these elements into her designs, resulting in completely distinctive designs for us dames with discriminating taste!

Ashlyn: I especially resonate with her unique story and beginnings, as it reminds me so much of mine. Tara started as a mother-daughter duo, and she continues her heroic efforts to carry on her mother's vision after losing her to cancer, creating a successful and thriving label. I was reminded of when I started my label as a father-daughter duo, and he too lost his battle with cancer, so I commend Tara Starlet for her passion, perseverance, and strength! <3

Another wonderful thing about Tara Starlet is that all garments are made locally in London, and price points are very fair, with great quality garments. We were so thrilled with our Hawaiian Playsuit sets, and could definitely see the true-to-vintage, historic costuming details in the sewing and construction. The darting in the bust, and side zip with button closure on the shorts, made us feel us though we were wearing an original Koret of California from the 1940's!  

The skies and the Pacific Ocean were brilliantly blue, and we were instantly taken back in time, to Blue Hawaii. Sometimes it's fun to let our pincurls down, and enjoy our California beaches in all their glory, frizzy hair or not! We took a stroll to the historic Dory Fleet, which has been a fish market since 1891. Tucked along the Newport Beach Pier, this little fish market is a charmer, eliciting nostalgia and simpler times of eras passed. 

We couldn't forget the 8mm camera, and some vintage accessories to pair with our Tara Starlet

1950's yellow raffia clutch and sunnies, with handy dandy 1940's vintage camera

Tara wears 1950's Pink cateyes to go with her pink brooch candy 

Ashlyn wears her 1950's Blue rhinestone cateyes with pops of yellow

Always documenting our adventures!

Doing the Hula in some Heavenly Hibiscus print, thanks to Ms. Starlet..

This one-of-a-kind print by Tara Starlet has us swooning by the sea! Complete with all our favorite summer colors: blues, mints, pinks, lemon with an authentic pretty Polynesian print.

Tara wears a Miu Miu Begonia Bag and bangles, the perfect accessory for this Tikitastic ensemble.

Showing off the gams, Grable style! The high waist shorts and 1940's cut are very flattering as well as super comfy and cute. Cotton is soft and crisp, creating a tailored silhouette. 

Tara loves Tara <3

It's all in the details! bangles & a moon manicure match perfect with our Tara Starlet 1940's beach look. We love the tie tops because they are fully adjustable, and can you tie as tight or loose as you wish. Shorts can be rolled up or down, depending on your mood.

Beach essentials for a Blue Hawaii afternoon 

Ashlyn with a rainbow of original buoys at The Dory Fleet

There you have it, the two piece Hawaiian set in all it's glamour and glory. The tie top and shorts are purchased separately, but having both pieces makes for endless ensembles and combinations, and we're all for that! 

We'll leave you with the ultimate Pink Collar Casanova, Elvis <3

x T & A x

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Sweet on See's

Tara here! Many ask, "Whats in the name?" Tara MiSioux, that is. I didn't start going by that name just because it rolled off the tongue so well, but my addiction to chocolate is more than most. Being that my given name is Tara, a fancy spelling of "misu" only seemed appropriate.  Lucky for me, I ended up marrying a man who is supportive of my intake of calories and monetary output on this delicious habit, since he shares in the same addiction as well.

Like a trip to the market, each week I pick up my household supply of chocolate at none other than See's Candies.  The company has maintained it's original roots of 1920s decor with it's classic porcelain storefronts being recognizable for almost a century! I love tradition and class, and See's Candies is a fabulous example of it.  Started in 1921 by Charles See, he opened his first location in Los Angeles with his wife and mother.  His goal was to produce high quality, handmade chocolate, made and sold in a store built to resemble his mothers home.  See's Candies was a success, and even through the Great Depression was opening new stores throughout California, while others were closing their doors for good. 

Although I have many to choose from locally, my store of choice is the one below in Corona del Mar.  Surrounded by palm trees and only a block from the beach, I'm surprised there's not a line out the door! Come on inside with me as I pick out my favorites...

The classic, porcelain storefront, 1950s built, location in Corona del Mar, CA
A happy habit indeed!

Did you know you get a full size sample of any piece of chocolate just for visiting a See's store?

A well known favorite of I Love Lucy, first aired in 1952, based on a See's Candies factory.  The episode, "Job Switching," shows the double trouble duo, Lucy and Ethel, trying their hand at the confection business.  I Love Lucy featured See's Candies employees on screen, alongside the beloved pair. 

How cute are those little boxes?  See's Candies still makes many of their chocolates by hand and by long time employees at their Los Angeles and San Francisco factories.  Most ingredients are also directly from California and contain no added preservatives.  My favorites? Milk Bordeaux, Scotchmallow, and California Brittle…. Mmmmm…..

Can't leave without a box to go….

And that's it as far as Chocolate goes! You didn't think I was going to leave you hanging without mentioning my outfit details did you? My summer favorite has been this high waist, below the knee V2 skirt by Lady K Loves, in wintermint.  It has become a weekly wearer with me.  Ashlyn and I also featured Lady K Loves for our 4th of July article, one of my favorite sets we've done yet! Their items fit just like they were custom made. They accentuate your curves naturally, with all that classic 50's flare.  Paired with my skirt is a vintage, lemon-yellow gingham blouse, a vintage neck scarf, and topped with a two minute poodle-do. 

“What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate.” 

<3 Tara

Friday, August 7, 2015

Peachy in Powderpuff

A Pink Collar road-trip wouldn't be complete without our Polly Picnic Playsuits from Powderpuff Boutique. Based in Australia, Powderpuff Boutique's designer Paula-Jane creates the label's sassy separates and dreamy dresses while drawing inspiration from the 40's - 60's, which just happens to be our favorite. 

Maraschino Cherry Red and Lemon Meringue were the perfect colors to pair with our peachy pink accessories, and of course the 57' Caddy! Besides the summery sweet colors, these rompers were perfect for a hot summer day in California, with retro ric-rac and gorgeous gingham combined into the ultimate 1950's Pink Collar Playsuit. 

Polly Picnic has so many design elements that we adore, but let's just start at the beginning....


We never leave on holiday without our vintage 1950's luggage, built for precious cargo! Ashlyn's Patent "Pin-ups" (appropriately named) by Christian Louboutin were just peachy for this retro rendezvous..

Tara and those taillights! 

The Polly Picnic Playsuit may look like a skirt, but it actually has little shorties underneath...we can't tell you how much we love this feature! There were a few gusts of wind that day, causing a Marilyn Moment, but our panties were safe with the shorties <3

Another feature we love is the shoulder ties. This makes adjusting easy, and who wouldn't love bow ties at the shoulders? We certainly do, as this is typical of a 1950's garment. (Tan lines courtesy of the Fair)

A bow at the bust is what every Bombshell needs! We're happy to say that Polly Picnic has a big beautiful bow, creating the sweetest heart-shaped bustline you've seen.

Ashlyn wears a Peachy Pink Floppy Hat, and Tara wears a vintage 1940's/1950's Peachy Pink Puff hat

..Pink Collar Girls need Pink Shoes..

Ashlyn showing off the Canary Yellow Polly Picnic Playsuit, with it's petit circle skirt in all it's glory

Tara looking like candy in the Red Polly Picnic Playsuit !

Sparkling Summer Day

Powderpuff Boutique's Pussybow Lola top was our choice while primping in a pink Powderroom. Lola comes in a sparkling Gold Lurex (which screams Diana Dors & Jayne Mansfield) and Rose Garden (perfect for holiday at The Madonna Inn! )

Tara in the Rose Garden Lola Top. Lola is stretchy and very fitted, complete with adorable puff sleeves. She can be dressed up or down, making for great versatility.

The keyhole decollete is perfect for that Bombshell look, busty or not - and the beautiful, bold bow-tie is such a glamorous statement! 

Right now, Powderpuff Boutique is having a special Pink Collar Coupon Code with %20 off everything in store. Good for the next 7 days, when you're purchasing, just enter code: PINKCOLLAR at checkout. 

If you reside in Australia, shipping is a flat rate of $15, and worldwide is a flat rate of $25.

x T & A x