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No we can’t all get away with dressing like Dita von Teese and yes I know rompers are kind of old news. But that doesn’t mean I don’t love them both anyway. There’s still lots of time left in summer for cookouts and pool parties so it’s not too late to pick one up!

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from left to right: Nordstrom Urban Outfitters Nordstrom Anthropologie Armani Exchange Topshop


I got my new issue of Vogue this weekend and it seemed full of Victorian inspired looks for Fall – lots of delicate patterns, lace, ruffles, and a softer color palette with lots of lavender and mauve. It can be hard to pull off this style without looking dated and overly feminine, not to mention most of looks in Vogue are not what you would call recessionista friendly. Here are a few more budget friendly ideas I put together.


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Boyfriend blazers were all over Paris when we were there this Spring, and I definitely think they’re a great piece to pick up for Fall. They go with everything from dresses to jeans and this one adds a casual modern edge to an otherwise very girly look. Plus I’m kind of in love with these dark green boots. The whole outfit costs just over $250.


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It’s a classic look but the small touches like cut out detailing on the mary janes, cameo ring, and lace and tweed textures are antique without being fussy. This whole outfit costs $194.85 – the tweed pencil skirt is only $29!

I know this trend has been around for awhile, but I finally got around to trying one on while killing time in Target the other day. And I liked it. Especially because I’m easing into the idea of playing with my haristyle now that the wedding is over. Originally, I pledged to get a choppy bob as soon as we got back from the honeymoon but after living with long hair for a few years I’ve grown to love it. So when I went in to see my awesome stylist, we agreed to take baby steps – the first of which was leaving the length but cutting it with a razor and styling it so it has more piece-y texture. So to bring this meandering post back to the point, I think a few feather headbands would be a perfect touch to my revamped hair and fall wardrobe and I’m on the lookout. Who knows, I may even be crafty and attempt to make one myself!

Simple, neutral colors, and cute. You can find this one here for $12.99.

The tulle and button detailing are adorable, and I would buy this just for the name of the Etsy shop – “ubercake.” How cute is that?

Right, so I realize that this one doesn’t have a feather, but it has a zipper detail, is by Marc Jacobs and is 50% off. $48.90 at Nordstrom!

This is obviously a little froufrou for everyday (although I wish it wasn’t) but can you imagine how awesome this would look as part of a flapper costume or on an Offbeat Bride? You can pick this up for $38 at Deanne DiBene.

I’m reading a biography about Marilyn Monroe right now, and am surprised by how much I like it – especially because the author includes a good bit about fashion from the 1940s through 1960s. I love vintage clothes; my prom dress was a pearly green 1950s ball gown. I need to find an excuse to wear it again, but bustles aren’t too practical for everyday life. Still, all the talk of wiggle dresses, sweetheart necklines, and even gold lamé makes a girl want to go shopping!

This dress with gorgeous side draping is only $95!

Simple and classic, and I love the eggplant color.

Vintageous even has an authentic  black version of the (in)famous Travilla dress that Marilyn wore to promote The Seven Year Itch.