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!


Lovely Things #4

Oh my gosh how time has flown by since I started this blog! It felt like yesterday when I last made a Lovely Things post! Yet here is Sunday night and I’m once again behind on everything!

It was a long day at work today, having to do double duty to cover a call out. I practically passed out as soon as I got home! Here’s to hoping I can sleep tonight.

1) Skull Girls by Jorge Monreal

Aside from my love of retro, I have a love for Hispanic culture. Growing up in the Southwest, surrounded by a culture so unlike my own has drawn me to the beautiful, colorful aspects of their celebrations, especially with El Dia de Los Muertos. Candy sugar skulls are so gorgeous to me, and I’ve always wanted to learn to make my own (maybe I’ll do that this year for El Dia de Los Muertos). Monreal’s paintings are stunning, combining the graceful, feminine form with the painted sugar skull designs. I think it’s a beautiful twist on this tradition.

2) Moonassi Drawings – Daehyun Kim

I wish Daehyun Kim had an artist statement on his website because I would love to know more about his work, but alas, he does not. It still doesn’t change the fact that I’m transfixed by his pieces. Click on the link to scroll through his work. It’s worth the time.

3) Give the Rebels Hell

What can I say? I’m a Star Wars fan. I named my cat Stormtrooper. Enough said.

4) An Element That’s Rare on Earth is Found Far, Far Away

Those close to me know that I can go off on a philosophical rant about my ideas around how the universe began, and how it all will end. It’s not really a rant, but something I’m incredibly interested in. Clay and I spent a couple hours in his truck one night discussing the stars and the origins of life and our hopes for what happens when we die. This article is kind of exciting because the discovery of this element gives us a time frame and connect the creation of three stars to a specialized supernova explosion. Kind of cool. Just saying. I’m a nerd.

5) Bike Planter

If I had a bike (and the necessary skill to keep plants alive), I would own this. I just think it’s super neat to have a traveling garden. AND it’s super Earth friendly. Plants + green transportation = awesome.

6) Self-Tie Polka Dot Dress from Forever 21

I love Forever 21 because it’s cheap, and because they carry a lot of retro inspired pieces. Adding this dress to my list of “wants.”