I’ve been feeling totally nostalgic lately and my current yearn is for the good old days of summer camp and I’m craving a big ol’ serving of the good old days with some Summer Camp Chic fashion.
Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve been in full camp binge mode with “Killer Camp”, “Addams Family Values” and “Troop Beverly Hills”. Or it could be because my husband and I have been creating mini day escapes to the mountains. We pack a lunch, fill the back of his pickup truck full of blankets and pillows and lay there all day lazily soaking up the scent of pine trees in the cool breeze. It could also be my yearning for simpler stress free days full of sunshine, laughs, adventures and fireside s’mores moments of bliss.
All I know is that I can’t stop thinking about Summer Camp- so this week I indulged my youthful spirit by creating an outfit to help fuel my summer camp passion with playful pieces that harken back to childhood summers at sleep-away camp.
This retro inspired summer camp chic look delivers a kumbaya feel-good kick to your summer style complete with a Camp Councilor-esc tee. So light that nostalgic fire, weave up a friendship bracelet and don’t forget to check out the cutie in cabin 14.
Back in the ’80s, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe totally ruled the weekday afternoon television screen.
The aisles of toy stores across the country were packed full of He-man memorabilia, making boys and girls everywhere lift their plastic power swords and yell “I Have The Power!”. And now on their 35th anniversary, He-Man, She-Ra, and all their colorful adversaries (hello Skeletor) are about to make a big comeback, with a Masters of the Universe live-action film coming to movie screens, and a new She-Ra animated series hitting Netflix, both next year.
I shared a few months ago how 80s and 90s nostalgia is a HUGE influence on the Fall 2018 Collections and that includes all those colorful cartoon heroes of your childhood!
Whether you were crushing on dreamy He-man, the anime guardians from Voltron, the real American heroes of Gi-Joe or something a little more cuddly and mysterious like the meddling kids of Scooby Doo show off your love for 80s cartoons this season with retro inspired t-shirts.
Pair these Insta-worthy tees with a cool pair of ripped jeans and leather jacket, or chic it up a little and wear one under a tailored black suit, with a sequined skirt, tucked into high-waist pants or paired with a printed maxi or midi skirt- you really can’t go wrong!
Worried about making the look cohesive and chic? Here’s the trick for wearing a Retro 80s Cartoon T-shirt: use ONE color to carry through and anchor your look. Choose one color in your t-shirt’s graphic that is also in whatever you pair it with. This will bring the look together and create something visually interesting.
It’s the unicorn we all chase. Buying something straight off the rack and having it fit like a dream. Well, today I met (or should I say wore) a unicorn and it was created by Smak Parlour.
You may not know the name but you have definitely seen their designs. Available at shops such as MODCLOTH, Unique Vintage and on thier own website, Smak Parlour has been rapidly gaining a savvy fashion following.
It all began when two fashion-loving gals met, became BFF’s and decided the world was better when they liked their outfits.
Abby and Katie were uninspired by the mall selection, so they began hunting through thrift shops to find fabrics and details they liked then cut up and reassemble their thrift shop finds to create their own looks, and an extensive joint clothing collection. After fashion school, many jobs in retail and a time in NYC’s garment district, they made the decision not to wait for opportunity, but to create it. The duo designed a line of deconstructed and embellished tees that they sold to boutiques across the country out of the trunk of their car.
Orders were fulfilled via all-nighters with the help of Katie’s mom and the use of her basement. What followed was a loyal fan base and the confidence to open their own shop featuring their designs.
With sewing machines, tailors and bolts of fabric on site, 2005 saw the launch of their pink brick and mortar Smak Parlour, in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood. They put all start-up costs on credit cards, and had them paid off within four years. The boutique achieved critical acclaim in news outlets such as BBC, the New York Times, Glamour and Vogue. From its beginnings as their in-house label, Smak Parlour has grown into an international wholesale brand that is American made in downtown LA.
Abby & Katie design what they love, it’s as simple as that. Their fits have been perfected through more than a decade of first-hand experience from their own shop utilizing women of diverse sizing as fit models and the proof it in the dress. A perfect fit every-time.
Smak Parlour aims to satisfy the need for stand-out yet wearable women’s designs that compliment vintage and cross over to contemporary. The Smak Parlour Cut & Sew Collection boasts one-of-a-kind fabrics created from original artwork popping with plenty of print play…life is too short to wear boring clothes! Everything is domestically produced in the USA and directly supports small businesses and independent artists.
What I Love about this Dress:Ummmm of course the fit! One of my favorite things to do is layer dresses with shirts and this dress has that look built right in PLUS it has pockets, a bow and its totally twirlable!