Monday, September 28, 2015

Giddy-up Gingham!

The autumn leaves have already started to fall, and there is no prettier place than the California countryside, as the seasons transition. As you know, us Pink Collar girls absolutely love our western wear, so we ventured out to our favorite farmlands, for a nostalgic 1940's afternoon full of fun under the Californian sun. Gingham was the perfect print for our ranch rendezvous, but more importantly in our signature colors - pink & black! Once again, Tara Starlet has captured everything we adore into her darling designs, and these separates are sensational for any season...  

Today we took this look back to the 40's, with some platforms, novelty brooches, and oversized shades. However, pair the crop top with some white capris and you've got yourself a 1960's Bardot-Babydoll look! The ultimate in versatility...

The gingham crop top appropriately named "Dolly," comes in pink and black, as well as tangerine and lime. Dolly has the perfect fit, with a darted bust and classic cropped vintage silhouette.

Of course these ensembles wouldn't be complete without a 1940's inspired novelty brooch from Merriweather, and matching Miu Miu noir glitter shades

We both love horses, and what a treat to visit them on this fine fall day. Tara showed her love with her Merriweather horse shoe brooch <3

Our favorite feature of Dolly, her cute buttons along the back!

Girls for gears, we found some great signage 

The matching Dolly skirts in all their glory, in black & pink. These skirts are the perfect length for your typical 40's look, and have button side closure, really accentuating that waist. The pockets have to be our favorite feauture, making the skirt not only comfortable and cute, but functional as well.

It's said that horse shoes bring good luck - well today is your lucky day. All of these pieces are on sale at Tara Starlet, so head over before they gallop away!

<3 T & A

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Mid Century Cotton Candy

What seems like an endless summer in California, is now coming to an end and what better way to soak up some of our last summer sunshine than at the Hollywood Riviera. Built in 1954 by renowned architect Edward Fickett, this Mid-Century masterpiece in Hollywood is reminsicent of a pad that you'd find in Palm Springs, bursting with pretty pastels and plush palms! With a cotton candy color scheme of peachy-pink and minty blue, the structure surrounds a sparkling center pool complete with 1950's designed umbrellas, and lounge chairs just waiting to be enjoyed.

The original mid-century script instantly catches the eye and brings you back to the glitz and glamour  of the 1950's. I can picture the Pink Collar gals of the golden age living here while on contract with the studios. Actually, all the current residents are creative professionals working in the art and film industry - adding to it's nostalgia and charm.

This afternoon was whimsical and relaxing, as the sun began to set over this cotton candy oasis, with the pool glistening and the palms waving. Nostalgia captured by the talented Tom Stratton...

Upon entering the lobby, you are surrounded by mirrors on every wall, perfect for those moments of primping..

Today was a sweet summer look, with my hair tied to the side in a satin bow. This is a quick and easy style I do, but the result is always pretty & polished <3

I wore a 1950's cream satin summer gown with layers of tulle and chiffon, which was just right for the heat, but also fancy enough for some poolside frolicking. My favorite things about this tea length dress is the gathered bodice and darted bust. The classic string straps and low cut back also make this dress one of the most fabulous fifties frocks that I own!

The pool was pink and sparkling from the reflection and the water was so refreshing, I could have laid there forever...

A few shots I captured of some architectural details...

I don't want to say goodbye to the summer! 

xx Ashlyn

Friday, September 18, 2015

Fifties Bad Girl Part III - Space Age Schnauzers

The Pink Collar Life brings you the trilogy to our most popular post, and this time we brought some serious Space Age and Schnauzers to the set! Every bad girl's wardrobe needs some iconic lurex threads, but this staple piece isn't so easy to come upon. Leave it to original pinup queen, Bernie Dexter to create the most luscious lurex for those ladies who love to live on the edge! 

As you know, Bernie has been a featured "Pink Collar Gal," and we couldn't be happier to show off her fashion line, Bernie Dexter, in true Pink Collar fashion. Not only is she a total sweetheart and living legend, but she is one of the few modern designers who truly celebrates the female form - and you know we're all for ultra femme.  "From sophisticated starlet sirens to the Juvenile Delinquent styles from classic and B movies, Bernie Dexter makes fashion’s past come back to life!" Suffice it to say that Bernie's lovely lurex was the perfect starring role in part III of Fifties Bad Girl!

This intergalactic look is sure to have Sputnik spinning, and what better pop of color than pale plush pinks against a shimmering silver. It isn't quite fur coat weather yet, however this look is sure to make another appearance during the winter! The pant and bustier combo can create endless looks, from more casual to high glamour, depending on accessories. Today we opted for over-the-top Old Hollywood glam per usual, with silver hoops, sparkling starburst brooches, and lucite heels. If that weren't enough, we brought in some fabulous furry co-stars and mid century pups, Bentley & Brando..little pets get big baguettes! <3

Diamonds may be a girl's second best friend <3

The silver bustier top has excellent support for "the girls" and is extra fitted with added boning

Most of the time, wearing lurex can be uncomfortable, but Bernie's designs are fully lined and feel super light and comfy, gently clinging to your curves with stretch and ease. 

The capri pant is an incredible pattern, with an ultra high waist and mid calf length. The darting around the waist and zip-up back gives off the ultimate authentic vintage bombshell look that we adore so much!

Pink tongues from some happy puppies!

Bentley with his bow was the perfect addition to this faux-furry look

The boys, the girls

Like a bad girl should <3

What a way to go (1964)

Visit the Bernie Dexter store for more fabulous fifties styles and in case you missed our interview with Bernie, you can read it here <3

<3 T & A

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Pincurls, Poodles, and Pie... Oh my!

Pincurls, Poodles, and Pie….Oh my!!!  It was an afternoon of photo shoots, but now we've untied the corsets and slipped off our heels for that sweet cherry pie to end our day.

It's no secret that our casual favorite is Mischief Made's vintage inspired tshirts.  The designs have images reminiscent of the 40s and 50s, all with feminine flare, and printed on soft, light weight cotton.  For a couple of gals with vintage wardrobes, we are thrilled to have this variety added to our closets.  We each own several of Mischief Made's designs and can easily pair them with pencil skirts, capris, and high waist denim.

Designer of Mischief Made, Yuri, said she was inspired by The Pink Collar Life when she was creating one of her newest designs "Girl's Date."  Sure enough, we felt it was a perfect match for us, and boy did it go with this darling diner!  The metal flake booth, Coca-Cola ads, and even the straws and ceramic poodles were made for each other!  As the doo-wop records played, we patiently waited for our dessert, but couldn't resist snapping a few pictures...

 We paired these cuties up with pink hip-hugging capris, as well as peachy-pink scarves also by Mischief Made…. accessorizing in pink is always a great idea!

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Tara & Ashlyn