Polka Dots

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Polka dot is one of the most popular patterns used in fashion. It exudes the simplicity needed to make something versatile and classic. Smaller polka dots look elegant, while bigger ones look modern and trendy.

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Although we’re not sure when polka dots first appeared, they became very popular in the late nineteenth century in the UK. It wasn’t until 1926, when Miss America was photographed wearing a polka dot swimsuit that they became common in clothing in the US. They began popping up everywhere during the late 40s and early 50s, when the pinup girl was in. I believe they’ll never go out of style and they look great on anyone. Even some modern brides search for a polka dot bridal gown.

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My closet is full of polka dot clothes, this dress being one of favorites. I got it at Walmart for $12 and I’ve had it for years. I’m able to wear different colors with it because it’s black. You can never go wrong with black or white polka dots. On the other hand, colored polka dots can be hard to wear often not just because of the limited number of matching articles of clothing, but also because they draw more attention and people are likely to remember you wearing that orange on yellow polka dot skirt two months ago at your sister’s baby shower. Or you know, wherever.

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Are you a fan of polka dots? Do you find them cute or corny?

Photos by Da.Art Photograpy

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Recent OOTDs

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I was 14 years old when I started taking pictures of myself.  I remember MySpace was big back then and posting at least a pic a day was crucial.  MySpace is no longer what it used to be and it was replaced by the oh so public Facebook.  Playing silly games like Candy Crush and making the transition from high school student to college freshman made me loose my style a bit.  Looking great wasn’t so important to me anymore.  Stained jeans, stretched t-shirts and Converse that were falling apart was my go to outfit.  It still is, but I can honestly say I do my best to dress up a bit on the weekends.  Having to walk 20 minutes to a classroom under the Puerto Rican sun doesn’t really motivate me to put an effort into dressing myself.  Who wants to see a sweaty dress anyway?

I’ve been trying to document my “good” outfits lately.  I figured if I have such cool stuff, why not show people?  I like using Instagram because I can tag the brands and stores where I got my clothes or accessories, making it easier for you guys to find them.  It’s how I discover new brands and fun bloggers.  I can’t really write much on Instagram and I doubt people would want to read a lot there.  I know I get antsy when I see a long paragraph underneath a pic so I decided to talk a bit more about my OOTDs here.  Hopefully you’ll fall in love with some of these brands.

Tropical Bliss

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I got this super cute floral top by La Cabana on eBay.  I searched vintage pin up top and this popped up!  I don’t think you can get these anywhere else.  I’ve searched everywhere.  If you love the island flair, you can start looking here.  I got mine for $16.

The Joys are back Jeans in capri by Fervour I got on ModCloth.  They looked odd on me so I cut them.  They look more flattering on me like this and are super comfortable.  Unfortunately, they’re sold out on the ModCloth website.  You can check out other Fervour items here.

This outfit is perfect for hot summer days or every single day if you live on an island!

Snack Attack

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This dress screams fun!  The brand is Folter.  They recently changed their name to Retrolicious.  I got this dress on ModCloth for around $70 and it was worn by AnnaSophia Robb on The Carrie Diaries!  The belt does not come with the dress but at least it has pockets, right?  Dresses with pockets are the best.

The ice cream wristlet is by Betsey Johnson and it comes in several colors.  Blue, like mine, pink and glitter fuschia.  I got mine on eBay for $60 (I think).  I thought it was going to be much smaller and was totally surprised when I got it.  I wish it came with a long strap because I’d rather not have my purse dangling off my wrist, but I guess I can make one.

Now for the shoes.  These were a DIY project.  After checking out several shoe stores looking for the perfect flats to paint, I got these at Payless for $20 and the brand is Lower East Side.  They were a darker brown when I got them.  I got inspired by Shoe Bakery.  Knowing I couldn’t afford a pair of their delicious shoes, I decided to try and make my very own.  It took me two days to make these and I’m completely happy with how they turned out!  Shoes + materials: around $35.

Berry Fruity

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away!  Let’s start off with my favorite purse.  I was lucky enough to get the very last Pomme Sweet Home bag on ModCloth.  I remember asking myself if I would ever use this purse.  It wasn’t until I realized there was only one left that I swore I’d use it at least twice a month.  It’s perfect for a tiny little picnic or for a dose of cuteness.  It’s pretty big on the inside and it comes with a long strap.  The brand is Ollie & Nic and I got it for $65.  Please be aware that Ollie & Nic sell the cutest purses.  Click at your own risk.

I got the Strawberry Fields dress… where else?  On the ModCloth website, of course!  The brand is Bea & Dot, a ModCloth brand.  I got this $100 dress for $30!  The quality is very nice and the fabric is thick.  A bit too thick to wear in Puerto Rico, but hey, cooler months are coming and I’ll surely wear this around.

Calling Dotty

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Minnie Mouse, anyone?  This Hell Bunny polka dot skirt was my first ModCloth purchase almost three years ago.  It’s way too big on me now, but I’ll never let it go!  It has comfty pockets and it came with a detachable bow.  I now hold it up with my Pin Up Girl Clothing belt.

The retro crop top was a Go Jane purchase.  I don’t think they’re selling them anymore but a decent crop top shouldn’t be too hard to find.

The phone purse is by Betsey Johnson and it’s the bag that started my novelty purse collection.  You can plug your phone and actually talk through the handset (is that how it’s called?).  I got the bag on eBay for $80 and it went to Paris with me.

The saddle shoes?  Another DIY!  I got $5 sneakers at Walmart and some black acrylic paint.  Sneakers + materials: $12.

I hope you enjoyed reading about these outfits I like to call treasures and that you found a new favorite brand or designer along the way.  Keep your eyes peeled for these posts or follow me on Instagram for more #ootds!

Ever wonder what a vintage-loving gal trying to be gangsta’ looks like?

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You’re welcome.

Overalls are back!

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Back to talking about fashion!

A few months back I saw a girl in one of my classes wearing overalls.  I thought: “Well, she’s trying really hard to be hipster,” but as time went by, I noticed more and more guys and girls wearing them.  The last time I remember overalls being on trend was in the 1990s.  Twenty-something years have already passed, so it’s about time they’re back.  Overalls are comfortable because you don’t have to think so much about what to pair them with.  They’re an easy piece of clothing to wear.  I’ve noticed that, like all trends, it came back with a twist.  Trends never come back exactly the same, just with the original idea.

Although some overalls are showing up with the same concept but with bold prints, they are also popping up as dresses.  Yes, overall-dresses.  Forever 21 has a variety of them on their website for a good price.  (I already ordered a pair and can’t wait to get home to try them on!)

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L’histoire!

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Up for a little history lesson?

Overalls emerged centuries ago and were meant for workers to protect their clothing.  Here are the different definitions it was given at different eras:

  • 1792 “overalls” or “overall trousers” = “trousers worn outside the normal trousers to protect them.”
  • 1815 “overall” = “any outermost coat or cloak.”

It is said they arrived to the US sometime between 1890s-1990s and were worn by mechanics during the first decade of the century.  Women also wore them during World War I in factories in England.

They became fashionable during the late 1960s-1970s and made a comeback during the 1990s.  (I remember).

For those ladies wanting to look as retro or vintage-y as possible, these are a great option for you:

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Not in your budget?  I find that these are the most versatile and pretty inexpensive.  Add a red bandana or some heels to look like your retro loving self!

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I remember wearing jeans with suspenders during my junior high days and being looked at as a total freak of nature.  I’m always ahead of time 😉

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