Sunday, October 30, 2016

Ghostly Glam

Today i'm turning garish ghouls into glitz & glamour, for some festive fashion in honor of All Hallows Eve! This ghostly ensemble is witchy in white, with crystal and gold accents, perfect for a spooky, but sophisticated style. Fallen white rose petals add a nice touch of creepiness to the crisp air, for this bewitching bridal look.


Accessories include a vintage spider brooch, with a feminine twist of an opalescent gem, surrounded by rhinestones. Also paired alongside this dazzling deco arachnid, are my 1950s ivory spiderweb heels. These beauties have a babydoll shape, featuring intricately woven webs on the vamp. One of my favorite items from The Pink Collar Life, was our spiderweb scarves, in which the one above is "antique creme." Each fabric in this outfit is its own variation of a white or beige, with ivories and cremes in between, leaving for an extra elegant, and classic look. 




I say this about so many dresses, but this one really is a favorite. I would say its either late 40s, or early 50s, with an extra long hemline, and a bevy of buttons. Made of thick linen, with lace inset accents, it was probably used as a wedding dress (making it more perfect for a Halloween theme). This dress can go so many different ways, from bombshell bride, to sweet in the spring, and can be worn in any season, at anytime. I dressed it up a bit with some vintage white leather gloves, to add some drama and decadence.





Happy Halloween!

x Ashlyn

Thursday, October 27, 2016

OOTD: Tweed & Alligator


- Outfit of the Day -


" Tweed & Alligator "


Today's look is fall in the fifties, and for me, autumn always requires alligator, and additional rich fabrics! The trend of tweed is nothing new, as this fabulous fabric became especially popular by Coco Chanel, from the 1920s-1960s. A heavenly herringbone weave, is renowned as the most classic fabric - and this won't be stopping anytime soon. 


 Mid Century Modern at its finest, I could see Mad Men's Joan Holloway rocking this one <3


This 1950s jumper dress designed by Jo Collins, really has my heart, with an amazing woven texture of different browns, and a sexier decolletage, finished with mother of pearl buttons that follow to the floor. It also has functional, hidden pockets, and exaggerated darts on the bust for an extra pointy pinup look. The pattern & structure is truly incredible, and definitely reminds me of something Marilyn would have owned.



I love accessorizing with browns, and so I've added some maroon leather gloves, alongside a vintage, chocolate, mink, poodle brooch, finished with some alligator heels. These particular heels are especially my favorite, as they capture the late 40s as well as the early 50s shoe style. Earlier babydoll pumps had a rounded toe with a chunkier high heel, and later pumps had a sexy, skyscraper cut, and slightly thinner heel. These seem to be right in the middle!






Dress: Vintage, 1950s "Jo Collins"
Shoes: Vintage, 1940s "Danette's, La Patti Exclusives"
Purse: Vintage, 1950s
Gloves: Vintage
Sunglasses: Fendi "blink" Havana style

♡ Ashlyn

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Cobweb Cardigan

Now that we've reached cooler temperatures, lets bring out this season's go-to cardigan... or how about a cobweb cardigan?  Always inspired by this long time novelty trend of spiders and webs, it's a must that, like polka dots, it is designed in a way that it does not look like a piece picked up from the costume store.  Our friend at Mischief Made has released the Spider Web Cardigan done in our signature colors of pink and blue, as well as a black option.  

As a mom I am frequently rushing out of the house.  This soft and cozy 3/4 sleeve cardigan can be slipped on with jeans or a cotton skirt, and I still feel like I am wearing something special.  Below you can see me slightly toned down (than what is usually here at The Pink Collar Life) in braids, a red lip, along with a black and white gingham skirt on the bottom.  On this day I visited one of my favorite neighborhoods in Orange County.  This 1940 built, black and white colonial had large trees  that had already lost much of their leaves that were casting a fitting spooky shadow on the face of the home.  








Happy Halloween! 
xo, Tara
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Saturday, October 22, 2016

OOTD: Pink Powersuit

- Outfit of the Day -


" Pink Powersuit "

Continuing the 60s Mod theme, featuring leopard accents, is this jaunty Jayne Mansfield pink power suit - extra feline, extra femme! This suit was obviously made for the buxom bombshells of the 50s & 60s, with its impeccably tailored nipped waist, and soft, yet sharp lines. This suit also features lovely mother of pearl buttons, a notched collar, and vertical darts down the midriff, creating a curve over the hips. With a shorter hemline, and a beret alongside a box purse, this look is sixties sex kitten - all the way. 


Pastel pink is all year round for me, and nothing says fall, quite like a nice tailored suit, and some warm, fuzzy, accessories. Keeping with the exotic animal accents, i'm wearing a pink alligator purse, furry 1950s leopard belt & scarf combo, paired with some fuzzy leopard Spring-o-lator heels. (Jayne's favorite)



Also a favorite of Jayne's, were sparkling sunnies featuring a fierce cat eye, as well as iconic gold hoop earrings, adored by all the greats.




Suit: Vintage, 1950s "Fashioned by Towns Sportwear"
Sunglasses: Vintage, 1950s
Shoes: Vintage, 1950s "springolators"
Belt / Scarf: Vintage, 1950s
Purse: modern, faux alligator 

♡ Ashlyn

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

OOTD : Jungle Red

- Outfit of the day -

" Jungle Red "

This week's outfits touch on an early 60s Mod theme, with a shorter hemline seen in the 60s, and leopard fur accents. This little, late, 50s number, is a bright red / orange tone in honor of Halloween, by designer Bobbie Brooks. It is a classic fitted shape, with 3/4 sleeves, and made of wool.

The leopard print is a great addition, blending harmoniously the camel colored coat's cocoa fur trim, with some nude platform pumps. I picked a deep chocolate alligator clutch to keep it exotic, and of course, my favorite vintage inspired Miu Miu shades in "Havana."

Jungle Red comes to mind when describing this outfit, reminding me of the mistress Joan Crawford plays in "The Women" (1939). With "Jungle Red" polish on her nails, the color was described as  wicked, vivid, brighter–"willingly able to make you into the most disarmingly dangerous dame this side of the south seas." (Especially when accompanied by leopard print!)











Dress: Vintage 1950s "Bobbie Brooks"
Leopard scarf & belt: Vintage 1950s "Fashioned by Connie Felts"
Coat: Vintage 1950s
Nude Heels: YSL "Tribtoo" 
Clutch: Vintage 1950s
Sunglasses: Miu Miu "Sand Havana" 
Lipstick: Besame "American Beauty"

x Ashlyn

Monday, October 17, 2016

Leopard & Leaves

Leopard & leaves is a lovely combination, especially when channeled into a smart, satin, suit from the 1950s. . .


This two piece ensemble is one of my favorites, since it captures Autumn aesthetic perfectly, with its rusty amber shade, and elaborate gold beading under the lapels. 


This color looks amazing paired beside rich chocolate browns, and contrasting black, therefore a matching leopard purse & belt combo, topped off with a classic fuzzy black beret, is the way to go. 


Leopard comes in all different shades and prints, but is especially beautiful from the 40s-50s. I can be very particular about the ones I choose, though mostly all prints from these eras are gorgeous. On my feet, are Vogue House Originals satin leopard pumps from the 1950s, with a great silhouette.  

Lounging in the leaves <3
Clashing leopard prints can be a disaster, but somehow this combination works wonders!




I use this vintage 1950s belt/purse combo often, and I'm huge on creating endless looks with standout pieces! Stay tuned for more styling with leopard print accents. 

<3 Ashlyn

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

So long, Summer!


See you next year, Summer! 

Saying sayonara, as we sign off from summer senorita style, with Tara Starlet's "Carmen" sets, completely filled with the fun, festive spirit of its namesake - Carmen Miranda.


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Pink polka dots or blue hues, 
Carmen can go tropical tiki, or fancy fiesta with this vintage 1940s inspired set! Until next year, Carmen <3


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Tara wears The Carmen Skirt & Carmen top in Turquoise.
Ashlyn wears The Carmen Skirt & Carmen top in Pink.

Visit Tara Starlet for more <3

x T & A x

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Roses & Ruby Rae

As a farewell to summer, we are enjoying the last of the fresh florals, before the golden state indeed turns to gold. A rendezvous made extra retro with Ruby Rae is always a pink collar plus, and we wanted to share with you this perfect, pretty in pink set, with a personalized touch.

Ruby Rae hand sews all of her designs out of Los Angeles, as a one woman team - Now that's one pink collared girl! Ruby Rae is a fashion design student, and vintage enthusiast, which is how we crossed paths at this past Dapper Day Event. 


We absolutely love and admire Ruby Rae's dedication to her craft and aesthetic, paired with her entrepreneurial, creative spirit - as well as her nostalgic ninteen fifties style. The "Beach Babe" set was something we knew we had to share with you. We love unique touches, and nothing could be more special than a monogrammed blouse featuring your name, in 1950s screen siren script!


What's most impressive about Ruby's handmade designs is her attention to detail and quality. The Beach Babe skirt is flawlessly executed with so many great lines and folds, creating the ultimate buttoned-up bombshell staple skirt. Ruby made us each outfits in different shades of cotton candy pink for an individual touch, as well as different shades in the embroidery of our names. Ruby can make a set special, just for you, per your request.


The Beach Babe top is what every pinup longs for - a vintage 1950s bra/sun top! Constructed from an actual vintage pattern, this top is the perfect compliment to the matching skirt, or any skirt, capri, or shorts you may have. The cherry on top is of course, the custom embroidery.










Support Ruby Rae & check out her shop here, and contact her for any of your handmade vintage needs!


<3 T & A