Hello 90s

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Chokers, jelly shoes and Tamagotchi are back but can we talk about things that won’t make 20-30 year-olds look like they’re suffering from nostalgia?

Slip Dress

Let’s start with the best example of a 90s babe, Jennifer Aniston. Who doesn’t remember Rachel from Friends? And who could forget the hair trend she started? In the 90s, Jen Aniston was considered a fashion icon and slip dress mania began.

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Forever 21 has a nice variety of slip dresses. Whether you like the nightgown look or want for something more sophisticated, they have the perfect slip dress for you.

Mom Jeans

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Ditch flared pants and bell-bottoms. Our Cindy Crawford / Pepsi dreams came true! Look relaxed but put together in your old Levi’s. If you didn’t keep your mom jeans 20-something years ago, do a little thrift shop tour. Relaxed fit jeans that sit at the natural waist paired with a belt and guitar-shaped belt buckle are a classic combo. Check out Topshop’s collection.

Chunky Heels / Box Heels

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We can be comfy again as chunky heels are making a comeback! For a more modern take on this trend, click through GoJane’s site.

Now that your closet is updated, (it was so 2015) Rugrats marathon, maybe?

No Hat: The Story Behind the Pink Suit

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Evoking a powerful image of an intelligent, sophisticated and independent woman, the Chanel suit was one of the strongest and sought after fashion items during the late 1950s and early 1960s. The famous pink suit with navy trim was shown in the Autumn/Winter 1969 Coco Chanel collection and it was known to be one of John F. Kennedy’s favorites. Some say the dress worn by Jacqueline is a knockoff created by a New York dress shop called Chez Ninon so she could indulge her French tastes and still buy American to appear patriotic. Most Americans didn’t know the suit was pink given that color TV began to take over our living rooms in the mid 1960’s, after the assassination.

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Chanel Suits, 1961. Time Magazine.

The presidential limousine was passing a grassy knoll on the north side of Elm Street at the moment of the fatal head shot on November 22, 1963 in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas. Immediately after President John F. Kennedy was shot in the head, the suit became spattered with his blood.

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President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and Texas Governor John Connally ride in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. Moments later the President and Governor were shot by an assassin. (Walt Sisco / Copyright Bettmann/Corbis / AP Images)

“I cast one last look over my shoulder and saw in the President’s car a bundle of pink, just like a drift of blossoms, lying in the back seat. It was Mrs. Kennedy lying over the President’s body.” -Lady Bird Johnson

The pillbox hat was secured by a hatpin. Jacqueline took it off somewhere inside the hospital.

“While standing there I was handed Jackie’s pillbox hat and couldn’t help noticing the strands of her hair beneath the hat pin. I could almost visualize her yanking it from her head.” -Mary Gallagher, the first lady’s personal secretary.

Nobody knows where the famous pillbox hat is but Mary Gallagher is the last known person to have had it.

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Mrs. Kennedy was asked to change her clothes but she refused saying, “Let them see what they’ve done.”  She was still wearing the blood-stained suit when Vice President Johnson was sworn in as the 36th President of the United States. It is said she regretted having washed her husband’s blood off her face before President Johnson was sworn in. A composed Mrs. Kennedy let her pink suit do the talking, symbolizing her incredible strength and giving meaning to the feminist slogan, “Behind every great man, there’s a great woman.”

Jackie finally took off her suit the following morning. Her maid, Providencia Paredes took it out of her sight, placed it in a box and sent it to Mrs. Kennedy’s mother. Months later, the box was sent to the National Archives with a note saying “Jackie’s suit and bag worn Nov. 22, 1963.” The hat was not in the box and the suit was never cleaned. It remains out of public view and the precise location is kept secret.

In 2003, a deed of gift was secured from by then the sole surviving heir, Caroline Kennedy . She stipulated that the suit not be displayed for the life of the deed — 100 years. When it runs out in 2103, the right to display it can be renegotiated by the family. The temperature hovers between 65 and 68 °F the humidity is 40 percent; the air is changed six times an hour in the suit’s vault.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died in May, 1994. She was 64 years old. Among the First Ladies of the United States, she remains one of the most popular.

Though the years, Mary Gallagher and Providencia Paredes have posted online several items that belonged to Mrs. Kennedy up for auction but not the pillbox hat.

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OOTD: Sourpus Clothing Kitchen

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After learning Sourpuss Clothing was seeking models around New Jersey, I had to send some of my photos. I was thrilled when I got the e-mail saying I had been chosen to pose for their Spring / Summer 2015 Catalog. Everything was super adorable but this little outfit, perfect for looking all cute while baking, took the cake!

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Outfit Deets

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Songbird Rosie Dress

$50

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Lovely Anchors Apron

$27

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Kitsch Betsey’s Cooking Crossbody

$88

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Red White Patent Platform Shoes

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Or any pair of simple turquoise pumps!

I hope you like this sweet outfit!

OOTD: Floats your Note

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My love for themed outfits reached an all time high when I received a purse that remained on my wish list for the longest time. Originally, I wanted the Betsey Johnson Gold Camera bag but it’s nowhere to be found. It is now one of my unicorns. For those that still aren’t active in the swapping world, a unicorn is a very hard to find item.  I swapped one of my Sourpuss Clothing dresses with a nice girl living in New York for one of her skirts. I realized I’d rather have more skirts and less dresses. The outfit possibilities increase by 50%. Smart choice, bold move.

My style, which consists of classic cuts combined with bold prints, showed with this 50s-inspired outfit worn at South Fashion Week:

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Interested in these pieces? Shop here:

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Floats Your Note Skirt

$60

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I couldn’t find a link to my crop top but any black sweetheart top would’ve worked. This is from Miss Selfridge.

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Black Sweetheart Bandeau Top

$8

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Peep Toes in White

$215

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Audio Thrilled the Radio Bag

$88

This purse is sold out everywhere! One must be determined to search everyday to find one. I got mine at Poshmark for less than retail price.

May your outfit creations be as sweet as apple pie! (Seriously, can Thanksgiving get here already?)

Wearing Vintage: Blue Fennel

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Scrolling down #vintagedress on Instagram, I found Blue Fennel Vintage, a vintage clothing and accessories store on Etsy owned by Stephanie. I fell in love with a skirt from the 60s and I made the purchase without giving it much thought. The listing said the waist was 28″ minimum, two inches bigger than my natural waist but I knew I’d alter it. Not really having an occassion to wear it, she has been hanging safely in my closet, unfortunately.

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About a month later, Stephanie posted what I like to call a “skirt teaser” and I adored the lavender flowers thinking they would pop with my hair color. She told me I could pay in installments and I took advantage of her offer. A week and a half later, I was the happy owner of this amazing dress.

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Blue Fennel often has great sales and that’s how I got this beauty:

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The fabric is a little warmer than what I usually wear, so I’m waiting for cooler weather to show it off. What do I mean by cooler weather? 70°-80°. Ah, the joys of living on a tropical island.

Here are some hashtags to check out:

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#truevintage
#vintageetsy

Follow BlueFennel on Instagram and Etsy!

I hope you find the vintage dress[es] of your dreams! What are your favorite vintage shops?

Photos by Da.Art Photography

Outfit of the Day: Modern 60’s

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After seeing so many vintage-inspired looks at New York Fashion Week, I decided to give 60’s Mod my own little twist. People know how obsessed I am with themed outfits. If I’m wearing my favorite fruit print Lazy Oaf top, check out my ears. I’ll be sporting fruit earrings. Cupcake shoes? Cupcake earrings! Strawberry dress? Strawberry purse! It’s a problem. A good one to have.

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I began looking for the perfect modern shift dress and found this pastel Valentino one. It reminded me of Neapolitan ice-cream so I went from there! I knew I wanted to pair it with knee high camel boots and an ice cream purse. Round sunglasses were a must and these ModCloth earrings go perfectly with them.

Interested in these pieces? Shop here:

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My Theresa

Valentino Linen Dress

$2,443

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Style Bop

Ralph Lauren Collection Suede Knee Boots

$1,140

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The Label Monster

Semilla Patent Leather Pumps

$310

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Nila Anthony Ice Cream Bag

$68

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Tildon 60mm White Sunglasses

These are sold out. Click here for similar ones.

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ModCloth

These Are Just White Earrings

These are sold out. Click here for similar ones.

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Hermès Vintage Logo Enamel Bracelet

$599

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Potion Cosmetics on Etsy

Tonic Vegan Opaque Bright Pink Lipstick

$9

I know some of these items are on the expensive side but I think similar items can easily be found. Can’t afford the Hermès bracelet? I’m sure you can find a teal bangle at Claire’s. The dress can be made with basic sewing skills and a Simplicity pattern. Click here to see it.

What do you think about today’s outfit? Would you rock it?

NYFW: Modern 60’s at Jeremy Scott’s Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

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Crop tops, bikinis, retro separates and shift dresses. Need I say more? This pop-art inspired collection featured psychedelic patterns and vibrant colors. Models like Gigi and Bella Hadid strutted down the runway with teased wigs, orange lips and glued-on nails. This groovy collection is an electrifying blast to the past with a modern twist.

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Jeremy Scott is one of today’s trendiest designers. Remember the retro stewardess costume worn by Britney Spears in her “Toxic” music video? It’s by Jeremy Scott. Who could forget Katy Perry’s multiple costumes at her Super Bowl XLIX Half Time show performance? They were all created by him.

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Jeremy Scott, the current creative director of Moschino, is often compared to Betsey Johnson and I can tell why. Both love working with bold, extravagant looks and aren’t afraid of odd prints. What’s the difference? Betsey Johnson is leaning more towards impractical. I love her accessories, but I’d rather wear Jeremy Scott. Oh, and have you seen how fun his website is?

NYFW: 70’s Flair in Diane Von Furstenberg’s Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

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DVF’s collection was inspired by a painting of the Roman goddess of justice, Fortuna. It had a touch of the 70s with elegant draping and lose silhouettes. Her pieces had pink tones, metallic touches and featured some whimsical prints.

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The designer also debuted her first footwear collection with Caleres, formerly known as Brown Shoe Company. It included strappy sandals, chunky heels and flats with floral prints and gold tones.

Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid are some of the models that walked her runway. Karlie Kloss opened the show with a version of the now iconic wrap dress.

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The second season of House of DVF premiered last night on E! Who are you rooting for?

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

Outfit of the Day: Second-hand Finds

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Skirts are a must for summer in Puerto Rico and I love to wear my fruit print shirts and dresses during this time. This season was made to wear cotton clothing with bright, bold colors. I’m also a firm believer in thrifting and upcycleing. I love being able to put on something that used to be in someone else’s closet. It makes me wonder how the person styled it and where they wore it to. That’s why I enjoy searching for used clothes on eBay and even Instagram! I save a few bucks as well, so that’s a plus!

I found this watermelon tank top on eBay for $10.. The quality is not so great but it looked perfect paired with my Bea and Dot green skirt. I got it in a swap and sell group for about $12. The shoes? Got them for $10!

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This “Grass is Greenest” skirt has become my favorite. It’s fullness gives it just the right amount of retro flair. I’ve become addicted to low heels. I find them incredibly versatile and they can dress up the most casual outfit.

I wore a plain white top with the skirt just to be able to wear a polka dot head scarf for a shoot. If the scarf didn’t have a print, I would’ve worn the exact same outfit again because I love the quirkiness fruit prints have. I was, however, able to use my watermelon purse, which I found on eBay for $25. ModCloth is currently selling a similar one called Forever Fruitful Bag

I found the red scarf at a thrift shop in San Juan called Electroshock. I believe it cost just a buck.

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You don’t need to go broke in order to look great! Just be patient and search, search, search! I bet you’ll have fun in the process and discover online thrift shops! You may make friends as well!

Photos by Da.Art Photography