My Evening Outfit on Date Night

Two evenings ago my husband I had our date night. That included seeing the brand new “Stars Wars, the last Jedi,” which we lived. After the movie we went to one of our favorite sushi restaurants, “Ra.” It was a lot of fun and my husband wanted to take photos of my date outfit. I wore a black tank top with a lace heart on the back, new silver trousers, my 7 inch black sparkly heels, my fabulous tailored Calvin Klein blazer, and my sparkly rhinestone neck scarf that my husband bought years ago on the first vacation we ever went to which was New York City Manhattan. I also donned my silver flower clip in my hair. It was a fun evening and I’m so grateful my husband helps me when I need him too and that we work together in several businesses wonderfully.

  • Hope you enjoy this date night look of mine and if you have any questions about the outfit or where I got things, leave it in a comment below. Thank you.

My Favorite Clothing Brands

If you haven’t seen my article here of my favorite accessory brands that  I posted not too long ago, definitely check it out. I have so many brands that I love it’s very hard to choose my favorites. I decided to write about the labels that I wear the most. Some of them, I’ve already mentioned in my favortie accessories  and in  past articles where I did photoshoots with some of these brands, but still wanted to include them here and why they’re my favorites. After the lists of my favorite clothing designers, I will post one of my clothing pieces underneath them.

1. Sourpuss- have written and talked about Sourpuss for a long time and also photographed in their clothes plus done many photoshoots for them. There are many reasons why I love this brand. The first thing is how the clothing is sized. They are consistent with their sizing unlike other brands. For example. if you buy a dress in your size, mostly any other dresses will be the same, making it easier to buy clothing online because you already know your perfect size.

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2. Banned apparel, “Dancing Days.”- Is another vintage and rockabilly style brand, as well as they also create alternate punk clothing.

3. Hellbunny clothing brand and also Voodoo Vixen – And here are another two fabulous, retro, vintage inspired brands. 

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4. I.N.C- Stands for International Clothing.I love the brand I.N.C and first discovered  them of course at Macy’s, years ago. Their clothing is very classic, and stylish. And like Sourpuss Clothing, their sizings are the same no matter what clothing style you are looking for. They are also an inexpensive; not cheap, brand and the quality is absolutely wonderful. Another similar brand that I love which the quality is amazing is Michael Kors. Some of Kors clothing can be more expensive but again the quality is amazing and will last you for a very long time.

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My fabulous I.N.C zebra collared sweater blouse and also my fabulous Michael Kors cheetah and gold chain dress!

5. Betsey Johnson– I already mentioned Betsey in my favorite accessory blog article but I needed to add her here again because I love her clothing as well. I’ve loved Betsey Johnson for so long that I can’t pinpoint the exact time. Her stuff is so unique and she is never afraid to take risks. Her patterns and colors are always so cute and pretty. I love the cute cut of her clothing. I wish I still she had her boutique. I shopped there a lot when I lived in San Francisco. You can find her stuff online, Macy’s, Nordstroms, and other other places. Whenever I see anything  new from her, I always get so excited. Betsey’s clothing always makes me so happy.

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6. Kreepsville 666- Check out the first Kreepville photoshoot I did last year with my “BEAUTY GHOUL DROPOUT” tank with my Pink latex SKULL purse. I’m doing a Kreepville shoot next week which I’m so excited about. I KNOW YOU ALL WILL LOVE IT!!!! The best thing about Kreepsville666 is that they mix a lot of my favorite genres, rockabilly, horror, psychobilly, goth, with punk horror. For some people, shopping Kreepsville is the perfect time of the year now since we are closer to Halloween, but if you are like me, it’s ALWAYS the the perfect time of the year wear KREEPSVILLE 666. Hehe!

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Rock and Roll Fashion Essentials and Ideas

 Awhile ago, I did a post on Pinup and Rockabilly Fashion Essentials so I thought it would be fun to do a punk rock and roll version. I also love Rock and Roll, and music in general and I don’t know that I would do without it. 

   I’m all about creating your own style and look and not feeling like you need to look like anyone else or copy cat someone else’s look to feel like you belong or that you have to look a certain way. As long as you feel comfortable about yourself and what you show off and wear, that’s all that matters.

   These are just ideas and suggestions if you are trying to develop and/or expand your own rocker style. These ideas are just to inspire you to create your own rocker look. All of the items I mention are pretty easy to find and can be found in many stores as well as online.  I also wanted to mention that these “essentials,” are what I would personally start off with in creating a rocker look. You may have other things that you would consider an “essential” that differs from mine, which is absolutely great. The main purpose of this post is to get your creative juices flowing to build your own style.

   Again these are just ideas and suggestions to be used as a general guide line to inspire your own creative juices. Take whatever you like, leave the ones you don’t like, and rock your bad ass self! 

xoxo Carlie 

1. Leather Jacket- This seems like a pretty obvious rock and roll item. Depending on the brand, leather jackets can be really affordable to more designer labels that can be overly expensive. There are also a huge amount of styles. It really depends on how much you want to spend and the type of jacket cut you are looking for.

**For people who are vegan and/or against wearing leather, you still have options. Now a days, it’s very common for brands to make vegan, non-leather jackets and other clothing items. They’re very easy to find and I think it’s great that most places sell fake leather so people can enjoy wearing the “Look of Leather,” without having to wear the actual thing.

I also consider a leather jacket an essential item because not only do they give any look a rock and roll edge, from a pair of jeans and a t-shirt to fancy party dress, but leather jackets pretty much forever. I’ve had my coat for a long time and I still love wearing it. It definitely has a little wear and tear on the sleeves but very little, and for me, it looks more punk rock. 

2.  Studs and Spikes- Anything with spikes or studs  are perfect for adding some extra flair. Whether it’s a pair of shoes, a belt, a handbag, metal adornments keep you looking edgy. The same as with leather jackets, accessories or clothing, prices can vary. Again it depends on how much money you want to spend. Pieces with real metal spikes tend to be a little more pricey than dupe spike and stud items. For example, I remember buying my spiked boots (the pair in my photo below) years ago and I remember that right after I purchased them, I saw a pair of copy cat boots at Target with spikes that looked real but when you looked closely at them, you could see that they were just plastic made to look the real deal which is why they were half the price of mine. I also feel that sometimes accessories with real seem to last a lot longer than cheaper items.  With that said, I do have a piece or two with plastic decor that actually look cool and were made well. My black and gold spike and skull bra that I wear for dance aren’t real metal but looks and feels good.

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3. Fishnets Galore- If you know me at all, you know I have a nice collection of lingerie and stockings. I can’t even tell you how many pair of fishnet stockings I have.  They all have a different look to them though so I always have plenty of variety. Also fishnet gloves and clothing I definitely consider a rocker staple. Whether it’s a brand new pair with no tears, or an older pair of that have rips up and down the sides, fishnets will always be in style to me. You can find fishnet accessories almost anywhere, department stores, online, halloween and costume shops, etc.

4. Rock and Roll T-shirts-  This is absolutely one of the “TOP STAPLES,” for creating your own rocker look. I love my collection of rock and roll shirts. Some of them I had gotten rid of a long time ago and I still wish I hadn’t.  If you haven’t already, make sure to check out an older blog post I did last year titled, “GETTING CREATIVE WTH CONCERT T-SHIRTS,” which was all about wearing rock shirts in different and unique ways. Definitely go check out that blog post if you want any new ideas on how to wear your favorite musical tops.

5. Hair and Makeup- This is where you can get really creative! There is so much you can do with your hair and makeup to make you stand out from the rest of the crowd. 

For hair, they’re so many things you can do with it to make it look rocker chic. These of course are just a few out for MANY ideas for inspiration.  First, non-traditional hair color is always fun. Different and non-conventual colors, are actually more popular now than years ago where drugstores carry  alternative hair color in blue, pink, purple and a lot more. If you don’t want to  permanently commit , you can get semi-permanent hair dye. The first time I dyed my hair in high school, I used a semi-permanent color  from the famous brand, “Tish & Snooky’s MANIC PANIC,” in VAMPIRE RED, which turned out absolutely fantastic. Manic Panic is a great brand and I’m so glad it’s still around after all these years. Definitely check them out.

If you don’t want to play with hair dye, different color extensions is a great option, as well as wigs, dread falls, etc. As I”m writing this , I’m rocking my dreads today.

For Makeup, again there are no limits to the looks you can create. Glitter, dark smoky eyes, dark and/or  more “alternative ” lipsticks are always a good starting off point. You can find tons of rocker makeup images on Pinterest,  youtube, and more for ideas and tutorials. I’ll probably do a fun rock tutorial soon.

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Oh if you need any help or more inspiration on hair and makeup, I definitely would go on youtube to watch vids specifically on Rock and Roll looks.

 

 

Things to Remember when Shopping

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I love shopping, as do most people, and wanted to put down some tips, ideas, questions, and things to consider when you’re out shopping so you don’t feel overwhelmed, which can happen from time to time. These are just a few things to think about.

1.  PLANNING AHEAD: If you’re planning to go shopping for something specific, write it down on a piece of paper or in your phone to take with you. This way if you go to a huge store, you will be more focused on finding that specific item without getting side-tracked. 

2. WHAT TO INVEST IN: Depending on your style, you might want to invest more money on one piece than spending the same amount on another, depending on how often you wear or use something. Using myself as an example, I may spend more money on a vintage dress but not pay as much on a pair of jeans because I don’t wear jeans as much as my dresses.

3. DON’T BUY JUST TO BUY: This seems pretty obvious but I’ve known many people in the past that felt the need to buy something in a shop, whether they really liked it or not. Or they’ll purchase something just because it’s on sale. Do yourself and your wallet a favor, save your money and don’t buy anything unless you truly love it whether it’s on sale or not.

4. QUESTIONS: When seeing something you’re interested in, ask yourself these questions. Will you wear or use it on a daily basis and/or a lot? If you you’ll use it a lot, purchase it.

5. LUXURIOUS PIECES- I love luxury, whether it’s a fashion staple or a high end beauty product but only if it’s in my budget. I feel it’s better to buy one luxurious piece then five cheaper pieces that can possibly fall apart or if it’s a makeup product, have a cheap formula that can possibly mess up your skin.

6. ONE IN EVERY COLOR- If you find a piece of clothing that you absolutely love and you’ll know you get a lot of use out of it, get it in every color. For example, the lace gray dress that I posted on my instagram and in a previous post here, I also bought in lime green and rose. That way I have something that can be a “go to item,” and can rotate for any occasion. 

7. ONE OF A KIND- If you see something that catches your eye and you know is a one of a kind item, definitely get it. If you don’t, someone else may grab it and then you’ll regret not getting it first. Also you’ll have a fabulous stylish piece that is unique and that no one else will have.

 

*I don’t own the above photo image.

Springtime Style on a Budget

I recently had another guest blogger spot on my girlfriend Sarah’s blog, https://lifewithlilred.com/. You all remember the fun style swap her and I did, her as a pinup rockabilly chick and me as a preppy princess and I always love collaborating with her. 

This morning she posted the blog I wrote for her spring edition on her site and it had such a nice look and turn out that I wanted to put up my post here as well.  The topic of course was Spring and I decided to write a blog post entitled, “Springtime Style on a Budget.” Here it is. Hope you all enjoy and make sure to follow my blog if you aren’t already and to check out my fabulous girl Sarah’s blog as well.

SPRINGTIME STYLE ON A BUDGET:

If you are yearning for some new spring style items to add to your wardrobe but can’t afford or don’t want to buy new clothes or accessories, here are some ways to celebrate springtime without hurting your bank account:
1. Affordable Shops – If you are wanting some new floral clothes or just a new item in spring colors, check out shops like Ross or TJMaxx. They get new cute tops, bottoms, and even shoes for each season plus have designer items with prices that are a steal. Sometimes you have to scour the clothing racks for the perfect thing but you are guaranteed to always find something that you’ll love.
2. Accessorize – You can celebrate and update your spring fashion with cute little accessories such as hair flowers, floral head bands, scarves, jewelry, and more. Stores like Claire’s or similar places carry an enormous array of cute seasonal accessories for great deals.
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3. Makeup – If you don’t want to go crazy with a new wardrobe just for spring, you can celebrate the season with your makeup. This time of the year, you can find pastel and springy colored makeup like eye shadows and lipsticks in pinks, greens, and pretty shimmery colors. You don’t need to go to department stores or even Sephora if you don’t want to or are on a budget. CVS and Walgreens drugstores always have a huge selection of great quality makeup in every color that you can imagine for amazing prices.
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4. Hair – If you’re interested in trying more of a punk or rocker look for spring, you can buy clip in extensions in an array of different colors almost anywhere, including online. Or you can get hair chalk, which is temporary and can be found in drugstores and beauty supply shops. You’ll definitely have your own original look for the spring, while utilizing the “it” colors like jewel floral tones and pastels.
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5. DIY- If you’re an artistic or creative person, then your spring style ideas are pretty much endless. You can use your talent to make your own items and accessories with affordable supplies from places like Jo-Ann’s or other craft and fabric shops. Some examples include chokers made with silk ribbons in floral colors with cute charms or your own flower hair pieces, brooches, and corsages.
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These are just a few ideas to help you create your own original look and style for the upcoming season. Let these ideas and tips inspire you. Have fun with them and have a most wonderful spring.
*all pictures shot by me except photo of hair extensions.

Not Saving for a Rainy Day

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I’m not one of those people who only save their “good stuff” for special occasions only. If you do that you won’t get to fully enjoy them. The only time I do that is if I have a piece of very expensive jewelry and don’t want the risk of losing it. Besides that, I wear whatever I want at any occasion. This post kind of goes with a past post I wrote saying to mix and match fancy things with casual items to create a new look. Here are a few things that I recommend splurging on what not to splurge on. 

1. Clothing- Most people love sale and clearance items, as do I sometimes, but when I shop at them I double check the item on how it’s made and if the material feels and looks cheap. Also make sure if there is any tears, snags, and holes.  I don’t go out seeking for bargains on clothes. If I see something I really like, I’ll definitely get it but I’m not one of the those people who like to shop just to shop.

I also believe quality vs. quantity. I’d rather spend more money on something like a new handbag or a dress that I’ll know that will last me a long time, than buying a dozen cheap items that will far apart in a month  if I not sooner.

2. Jewelry, High heels, and Handbags- I feel the same way about my accessories as I do my clothing. Like I said before, if you only save certain items just for special occasions, you’ll never feel comfortable and/or that “special occasion” may never happen. So enjoy what you have now. For example, if you are wearing just a sweater and jeans, throw on some sparkly six inch heels, some diamond earrings, and a good quality handbag, and instantly your casual look will look more polished and you’ll feel a lot more confident.

After reading this post, I hope it gave you some ideas and inspired you on how to put together new looks and to enjoy everything you have.

welcome