Links I Love: Mad Men Edition

With one episode left, I found it fitting to dedicate this week's Links I Love to Mad Men, a show that has helped redefine the quality of television. I was lucky enough to nab tickets to hear the cast reminice about their favorite scenes. It was a honor to get some insight on what the creator and the actors were thinking. 

This link is especially great since they transcribed all the most interesting bits of the event. 23 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About “Mad Men,” According To The Cast And Creator. I definitely learned a few new things about Mad Men and the amazing people behind it. Here are some shots I was able to sneak while there, along with a video of Christina Hendricks talking about the first episode

Now for artistic fun...

Morgane creates the loveliest illustrations. Inspired by a recent episode of Mad Men, she created this illustration of Joan's amazing dress. Check Morgane's etsy for more!

She Wore an Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini...

Ok, it's actually pink polka dots, but that's besides the point! This is my first time wearing a bikini and it went a lot better than expected. I've had this sort of chubby, curvy body for as long as I remember, but my self-confidence has wavered with it. Fast diets, apathy and begrudging acceptance have all happened at one point or another. This was always me and I was never ashamed...but I wasn't proud either. It's only now,  in my late-twenties, I've become comfortable in this body, just as it is. That's not to say I don't want to exercise more or eat healthier, but I feel good and I feel like I look good, curves, rolls and all. I've officially become less self-conscious about drawing attention to my body and being afraid to look less than what society deems "perfect."

There's one photo I included that is less than a "perfect pin-up." My face is frozen mid-laugh and the side of my belly rolls in multiple places. It happens to be one of my favorites because I look so darn happy. This has been a crazy year and getting back out there after a break-up has helped me examine my confidence and self-worth. I realized I don't need anyone to tell me they like the way I look. I like the way I look and that's what matters. I've also taken great leaps in conquering anxiety that flared up this past year. It feels good to be mentally healthier in more ways than one.

The bikini itself is by Unique Vintage, who has become a site pretty close to my heart. They treat bloggers well and have a positive message to their brand. This particular suit fits perfectly on bottom, but a little off on top. None the less, I feel wonderfully confident in it. They have a ton of adorable suits for the summer season. 

What I Wore
Bikini: c/o Unique Vintage
Bag: c/o Unique Vintage
Sunglasses: Modcloth

Photos by Jason Hood

What I Wore to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Featuring Voodoo Vixen)

This polka dot dress was perfect for my trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It's one of my favorite places in Brooklyn. You're immediately transported to a wondrous world of nature. The colorful surroundings can't help but brighten your day as you stroll along the walkway. 

My hair was doing something weird that day, but the dress fit like a glove. It felt comfortable with just the right amount of whimsy. I added a petticoat for extra fluff. Although I was apprehensive about the color, it turned out great and I fielded compliments from strangers all day!

The day was filled with magical spring moments and I'm glad to have worn something special. My adorable tote is from one of my favorite etsy shops. It suits my style to a T!

Twee Valley High // Brooklyn Botanic Garden // Voodoo Vixen
Twee Valley High // Brooklyn Botanic Garden // Voodoo Vixen
Twee Valley High // Brooklyn Botanic Garden // Voodoo Vixen
Twee Valley High // Brooklyn Botanic Garden // Voodoo Vixen
Twee Valley High // Brooklyn Botanic Garden // Voodoo Vixen
Twee Valley High // Brooklyn Botanic Garden // Voodoo Vixen
Twee Valley High // Brooklyn Botanic Garden // Voodoo Vixen
Twee Valley High // Brooklyn Botanic Garden // Voodoo Vixen

What i Wore
Dress: c/o Voodoo Vixen
Sunglasses: Ray Ban
Tote: YouWereSwell

Links I Love

This photo shoot of Kailey is phenomenal. What a beauty!

This is an old story, but true love is this man buying his wife over 55,000 dresses. Wow!

Some of these gifs are priceless: 29 Badass Dating Lessons From Classic Hollywood Women

I Tried Skin Laundry, the "Drybar of Skincare" That Gives You Great Skin in Just 10 MinutesThis seems less painful than extractions, which some of my friends do.

A true work of shoe art.

The history of pink and how the color became associated with girls.

A strangely touching story: I Followed My Stolen iPhone Across The World, Became A Celebrity In China, And Found A Friend For Life

IMPORTANT: Greenpeace Exposes Toxic Chemicals in Zara, Other Fast-Fashion BrandsFast fashion is not worth it. 

My favorite media writers, Tom and Lorenzo, issued their take on this classic film.

I looove piglets: This Piglet Dressed As A Unicorn Is Making Everyone Cry Rainbows

Seriously animals are amazing: 14 Stories That Prove Animals Have Souls

Super informative and useful: 17 Ways You’re Drinking Your Tea Wrong

Inspiring: Loving Life at 90

Spunky 89-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Will Keep Telling Her Story Until Bullying, Discrimination Stops

DREAM HOMES: Meet the women who've turned their homes into authentic shrines to their favourite decades

Gorgeous vintage wedding photos: Nuptial Nostalgia

I'm not sure how I feel about the Time Warp Wives in the video below. Obviously I like the aesthetic and am striving for similar home decor. Also, if someone wants to be a housewife, more power to them, that's the idea of feminism. However...when these folks had tea with their "similar friends," they seemed so judge-y. They kept talking about the morals of a better time..which seems super naive. Maybe manners were better, but I would never want to live in an era that had 10x more misogyny and racism than it does now..

This is one of my top five favorite movies.

Thanks so much to Sara for including me in her March Fashion Favorites! There are definitely some bloggers I will soon be following. Sara's own style is SERIOUSLY amazing.

Also, website Shiny Shiny called me one of the 9 most stylish women on the internet, which was a crazy honor. Thank you!

I'll leave you with this hilarious/adorable video about umbrella fashion back in the day.