Sunday, July 31, 2016

Beach Barbies

The forever iconic "Barbie," was born on March 9th, 1959, forever changing the world of the doll market, and exhuding characteristics similar to that of a pink collar gal of the time. Fast forward to today, as over a billion barbies have been sold, and thousands of new styles continue to emerge and evolve. Though the Barbies of today look different than the original Barbie, we certainly have not forgotten her initial aesthetic, and her unforgettable and iconic style. 

Short for Barbara, Barbie was originally inspired after the Lilli Doll, who was "a blonde bombshell, and a working girl who knew what she wanted." Many women saw Barbie as providing an alternative to traditional 1950s gender roles, as she had a series of different jobs, from airline stewardess, doctor, pilot and astronaut, to Olympic athlete and even U.S. presidential candidate.- Sounds like the definition of the pink collar gal!

True to our ethos and way of life, we knew we had to pay homage to such a fabulous, feminine, figure of the fifties. When we saw Unique Vintage's "Barbara" suit, it was love at first sight, and also amazement upon finding such an exact recreaction! Available now, every girl's wish is answered, as you can now get Barbie's retro realness in this perfect pink collar swimsuit. Made of the classic black and white chevron stripe fabric, this suit has all the right seams in all the right places. Miraculously, the built in shelf bust and strong elastic trim adheres to the bust, and stays put making for a flawless doll-like look and fit. (We suggest ordering a size up, as this is teeny tiny, just like Barbie!)

Of course, Barbie was known for her big, blonde, waterfall ponytail and heavy cat eye. Today, we throwback to 1959 Barbie, meets the more modern Malibu Beach Barbie. We brought not only the pretty pony and killer cat eye shades, but also finished our look with some spring-o-lator mules, and some classic gold hoops - Barbie's accessories that she never went without!

Our very own "Mansfield Masquerade" in white was the most perfect handbag to complete our Beach Barbie look. This cutie is available now, and can be purchased here, and is also available in the essentials, pink & black.

<3 T & A

Monday, July 25, 2016

Marilyn's Blue Dress

It's summertime sadness in the sweetest sundress by Blueberry Hill Fashions! Marilyn's photos taken by Sam Shaw in Amagansett, New York, during her marriage to Arthur Miller, are up there with my favorite Monroe sets. With a rich setting featuring New York's countryside, Marilyn frolics in the forest looking radiant and carefree, with a touch of sadness.

A 1950s daydress is probably the most reoccurring theme in my wardrobe, with California's warm weather, as well as my preference of comfort and ease in the heat. Mid Century made sundresses were always feminine and fitted, bringing attention to the waist, and bustline. Marilyn's blue polka dot dress always had my heart, as it checked all my boxes for the perfect summertime design.

I had been searching for Marilyn's original dress style, which was also featured in a vintage catalog, so I knew there might be a possibility of finding one. I happened to stumble upon BlueBerry Hill Fashion's version, and instantly knew I had to have this reproduction! 

It is not only comfortable and light, but structured and tailored exactly like thee dress. I absolutely love shoulder ties, an accentuated waist and bust, and a darling fit and flare silhouette - in which this design has all of the above! I added a tulle skirt underneath for some added fullness, but truly the dress is a star on its own as well. 

The great thing about this dress is that it is offered in size 4-22! Blueberry Hill Fashions really knocked it out of the park with this flawless reproduction, and after paying such close attention to Marilyn's wardrobe over the years, I can honestly say this is my go-to!

<3 Ashlyn

Monday, July 18, 2016

Pink Lemonade Lolita

It's Pink Lemonade! Not only is this the perfect pink drink, but it happens to radiate retro realness, with the ever so lovely combination of pastel pink & lemon. To celebrate summer, a cold glass of Pink Lemonade is a must, and rocking its cute and colorful combination...

Inspired by Sue Lyon as 'Lolita,' in the 1962 film, we opted for a fun and flirty look, with flouncing ruffles and a flock of flamingos. Keeping to the iconic look, heart shaped glasses were a must, and scream summer season. A big, blonde, bombshell bouffant was only proper for a Lyon-look!

Enter Unique Vintage's 'Mrs. Davis' bathing suit. The pink gingham halter top & the matching high waist bottoms have instantly become a go-to bikini for us pink collar girls. From dainty details, to retro ruffles and pink gingham, this 1960s inspired bikini is the perfect thing for any beach baby. Whether you want to go Gidget, or Brigitte, this darling little number is the ultimate in sweet & sassy!

Special thanks to Susana, of Vestige Photo for capturing our summer story! <3

x T & A x

Monday, July 11, 2016

Pink & Palms

It's the height of our pink collar summer over here in California, and nothing screams summer more than some swimsuits and sunshine! As you know from previous posts, we are suckers for plants on pink. Reminiscent of our pink collar hot spot, the Beverly Hills Hotel's famous wallpaper by Don Loper, we lust for luscious palms - and movie star meets martinique!

Enter Unique Vintage, with their "Kingdom & State" Retro Palms swimsuit, boasting all of the above. Available in separates, you can find the Bombshell Balconet Swimsuit, and the Bombshell high waist bottoms to create the ultimate palm pinup look. The iconic print is truly a summer must have, and did we mention it looks fabulous paired with pink? 

Pair with Sun Jellies Atomic Totes in pink, and you are ready for some California, Beverly Hills, Old Hollywood glam! Thanks to our friend Susana of Vestige Photo, for capturing our summer fun <3

x T & A x