Outfit Ideas: Retro Flashback

So I don’t know how many of you have seen the top of this page, but I believe that somewhere in there it says something about RETRO STYLE. Yeah, I’m a retro style junkie, so obviously one of my favorite things in life is rockabilly clothing, and Modcloth is an amazing site for anyone with a flare for the past.

Here’s some outfit pairings for anyone who isn’t so familiar with the retro scene and is looking for some basics to add to their wardrobe, or maybe someone who has been around the style for awhile but needs something new.

Pencil skirts are a great intro piece, and a surefire way to get that pin up sillhouette, especially with this high waisted, pencil jumper.

Flowy skirts like these also make a great pairing for a retro inspired look.

Or maybe you’re the type of girl who prefers pants. These high waisted skinny jeans are amazing.

Tops that enhance your natural waistline are a great way to add that hourglass figure to your silhouette if you naturally lack curves (or if you want to further enhance the curves you have).

And of course, a cute tie front, collared shirt is a great match with your high waisted pants or skirts.

Now these are just a few examples of modern pieces with a hint of retro flare. Check out Modcloth’s full site for more flashback fashion, and if you have a great retro styled outfit you want to share, feel free to email pictures to lilsubmarines@gmail.com with a short description of where you got the pieces and why you love them, and maybe I’ll feature you on the blog!

Love, Mel!

Summer Essentials: Skin Care

So there are lots of fun things about summer like the clothes and the beach and bikinis and make up, but there is a foundational step that everyone should take when prepping themselves for any summer day. It’s not clothes, or makeup you should be putting on, but it’s your skin care. This post is going to be less about specific products because everyone’s bodies are different, and some need a little extra of something while some may not. So this post is just going to be those essentials you should make sure you’re stocked up on for summer.

SPF

After living in the valley of the sun for most of my life, I’ve seen my fair share (plus some more) of really bad sunburns. I’ve also come face to face with skin cancer and know that my chances of getting it in my life are greater since my dad got it pretty young. Most everyone wants that summer glow to their skin and a lot of people think that wearing some form of sunscreen is going to completely stop that change of skin tone. While it will keep you from getting as dark as you would like, SPF is my #1 summer essential for it’s health benefits, as well as preventing sunburn and skin damage. Trust me, no one looks good with even a hint of sunburnt skin. I’m still a nice shade of pink after a month since my last burn. Choosing an SPF rating or a formula is completely up to you, and while you probably don’t want to wear sunscreen everyday, especially if you’re not going outside very long, I do highly recommend investing in a face moisturizer with at least an SPF rating of 15. This will help prevent early signs of aging in your face, and possibly help fight against skin cancer since your face gets the most exposure compared to the rest of your body.

 

Moisturizing Lotion

 

A lot of people suffer from dry skin during the summer time, including myself lately, which is why I invest in a good body lotion which I use (or try to) everyday. Having moisturized skin really helps make you feel better and look better, especially in summer when you plan on showing a lot more skin. Nothing says sexy like dry crocodile skin. Just kidding. Ewww.

Pumice Stone

The same thing goes for feet when I’m talking about unwanted dry skin. Most drugstores sell some form of pumice stone/brush/file combo that you can get for super cheap which will help rid your feet of all that unwanted dry, cracked, gross foot thing that you’ve been hiding all winter. And after you finish scrubbing your feet down with whatever tool you bought, go ahead and slather them in that lotion you got, too. Extra care.

Epilator

Shaving is a pain in the butt and you get razor bumps and ingrowns hairs and you have to shave almost everyday to avoid annoying stubble. IT SUCKS. Which is why I invested in an epilator a few years back. They are a little bit pricey but they completely replace the need of constantly buying new razors. It’s worth it. I have very pale skin and my hair grows in very dark, so it always looks like I have stubble even right after I’ve shaved, which is where an epilator comes in super handy for me. Not only does it cut back on how often I have to maintain my body hair, but it also gives me flawlessly smooth looking legs, arm, underarms. Where ever. Yes it can be painful, but sometimes pain is worth it. And honestly, it’s not that bad.

And my last summer essential for skin care? Water. Yes, water. 8, 8 ounce glasses per day. Drinking lots of water keeps you hydrated, lessens bloating, can even clear your skin of blemishes, and you just feel better and more energetic. If anyone ever asks me for dieting tips, I always recommend drinking a full 8 glasses of water per day before attempting to change anything else. That one step can change a lot in a short period of time, so I recommend making that change to everyone.

What are your summer skin care favorites? Anything you think I forgot?

-Melissa