Pinup Couture + Heart of Haute = Best Frocks Forever!

The vintage styling of Heart of Haute meets the timeless fun of Pinup Couture with this cute collaboration collection, Best Frocks Forever! Co-designed by Pinup Girl Clothing’s Laura Byrnes and Heart of Haute’s Mandie Bee and Teresa Becker, this limited edition collection is proudly made in the USA of imported goods and features some of Heart of Haute’s most popular silhouettes in petite-friendly hem lengths designed for the modern gal who appreciate retro flair and unique prints.
This is the first group in a series to be released for a limited time! Shop the Collection Here. The next release will be in December- so keep an eye out! 
Let's review the line, shall we?
For starters, we have this NEW B.F.F. Sweater Girl top in Coral  ($44, sizes: XS-4X) that matches perfectly with the print used for the story. The Sweater Girl top is something imagined up by Laura Byrnes and brought into existence by Teresa Becker. This fitted top is made of a light french terry, making it appropriate for the sweater weather season. The hem is cropped at the natural waistline, making it the perfect piece to pair with the MB Circle Skirt ($76, sizes XS-2X)  This skirt features a 2-inch waist band, zip closure, and is made of 100% cotton. 
Next Up! We took our oh-so-popular Monique Dress and attached a shorter length MB Circle Skirt to it! 
It's flattering and fun. Te Monique Dress has taken on a few variations on a theme. During our meeting with Laura Byrnes of Pinup Girl Clothing, we put together one of our best selling dress silhouettes and added the flirty shorter length circle skirt. The full circle skirt makes it comfortable enough for everyday wear and still keeps that classic twirl-able silhouette. The Monique Dress is lovely in its simplicity with a bateau neckline, side zip, 100% cotton construction, and classic a-line skirt, all of which look beyond joyful in this grey, aqua, coral, pale orange, and pale olive Midcentury bubbles print. ($114, size XS-4X)
Lastly, The Adorable Roxie Dress in MidCentury Bubble ($108, sizes XS-4X)
Dig it!!! Check out the Best Frocks Forever Collection, currently only being sold exclusively with us, Heart of Haute  and our with our friends, PinupGirlClothing.com

Blog Share - Miss Betty Doll

Miss Betty Doll has posted some gorgeous blogs reviewing some of our most classic styles!  Including an incredibly adorable Mother & Daughter dress post featuring the Irene Dress and Baby Sailor dress in 'Chambray Anchor Black'.  Now she's sharing her review of the Sweetie Dress as a maternity option! 

Gingham Style - Maternity Friendly Heart of Haute

Ages before I had even announced my pregnancy, I began putting out feelers for what retro repro companies deemed appropriate for maternity wear for at least part of pregnancy.

Heart of Haute was one of the first I reached out to. I asked the ladies which of their styles they thought would work for a bump, phrasing it as "what would you say is the most free around the waist area". I was met with the reply that, amoungst others, the Sweetie Dress would be a dream for an expanding belly due to the free waist and tie at the back.

To be brutally honest, this was originally the only thing I struggled with on Heart of Haute dresses. I was afraid anything free waisted, even tied in the back, wouldn't work for me. Not only was I terribly wrong (I loved the little ties in the back whether maternity friendly or not! Makes for a tighter, more custom waisted fit) but I am so thankful for them now that I have no idea how big I will be from one day to the next.



I have a case of the disappearing bump. I am now 18 weeks pregnant and after living off of plain pasta and bread for the first trimester, I am now craving nothing but fresh tomatoes and big salads. Thus, I have no tummy bloating to speak of and have in fact lost a bit of the weight I gained in the first couple of months of pregnancy.

The Sweetie Dress is perfect for that. Some days I don't even look pregnant (I was full of delicious noms the day I did this shoot hehe!) and being able to tie the dress nice and tight and accentuate my waist is a lovely plus.



I grabbed one in black gingham to match an outfit Selene already had (shocked?). I got a size medium, up a size from my usual small. I didn't need to and regret the decision now, as I have some fabric bunching in the back that I know I wouldn't have had with my normal size. I can safely say that even a size small would easily get me through all of pregnancy in this dress.



It's already a favourite of mine! The light and breezy fabric, the a-line skirt, the generous bust and waist, the sweetheart neckline. This is one of those kinds of dresses I would dream about wearing as a little girl.





So, the verdict - I recommend the sweetie dress regardless of pregnancy, but if you are pregnant - get this dress!! It's a steel at $90 USD, and it will last you well beyond pregnancy. The neck tie even means it's breastfeeding friendly as well - just untie, feed, and tie again!

As a personal update, I am feeling fabulous. Finally. I had a fair bit of anxiety and a whole lot of exhaustion and nausea in my first trimester, as I mentioned last time. Now, I am doing pilates with one of my girlfriends almost every day via webcam (because, mom life), my house is clean all the time (as clean as it gets with a toddler sprinkling magical messes behind me) and I can cook dinner without needed to be sick. Yay!

I have some water bloating just like last time, but my aforementioned salad cravings are helping with that anyway. I am actually less bloated than I was with Selene. I am now 64 kilos and have been for awhile now. I started at 58.

Baby is wiggling all the time and I am so thankful to be able to feel it so early. Sometimes if I'm having a bad day, I feel a little wiggle in my tummy and give myself a mental kick. There's lots to be grateful for.

I have a baby sprinkle, Selene's second birthday, a baby nursery and christmas to get through in the next few months, so I am enjoying a few weeks of calm before the (very happy!) storm. I love parties and all things homey, so all of these events are a big deal to me. I have been practicing with fondant decor so that I can do Selene's birthday cake myself this year, So excited for what the next few months will bring!

Do you own a Sweetie Dress? What's your favourite Heart of Haute design? xo, Miss Betty Doll


Blog Share - Southern (California) Belle

Blog Share!  The gorgeous Ashley of Southern (California) Belle has reviewed some of our Holiday items!  Ashley is a stay at home momma who's got a closet chock full of gorgeous frocks!  (Gotta admit, I'm envious!)  Born & raised in Southern California, this lovely lady is an expert in colorful California fashion!  Here's the lovely lady in our Mitzi Dress in 'Pendleton Plum' - a super soft flannel dress with quarter length sleeves and an impeccable fit!  It just looks too cute on Ashley with her lavender hair!  Even though sadly there aren't many cool months here in California, this little number in this deep plum tartan flannel is timeless!  There are still a few of these cozy & chic frocks available on our site, find them here!  

Retro purple plaid dress from Heart of Haute

 

Ashley also reviewed two of my personal favorite Heart of Haute pieces... the Terri Top in Black and the Twirl Skirt in Gold Dots!  The Terri Top is made from a light yet durable cotton/lycra blend that hugs every curve perfectly!  While it's available in stripes and a nautical anchor print, the classic Black is my ultimate staple piece! And this skirt-Boy does it twirl!  The Twirl Skirt in Gold Dots is just one of the versatile metallics from our Holiday 2014 Collection!  Find one for yourself, or gift it to your bestie!  Available here.

pinup top and full circle skirt from Heart of Haute

 

 

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Heart of Haute's Sailor Style for July 4th!

What better day to play Pinup Dress Up than Independence Day? Whether you'll be BBQ'ing, partying, or watching fireworks, create your perfectly patriotic outfit with Sailor style pinup dresses and accessories by Heart of Haute.

Coming Soon - Spring Prints!

We've got some treats in store for you, dolls!

The first new print that's coming soon is a lovely little fabric we call 'Peggy Plaid.' peggyPLAID ...and there may be a similar version in black and white! This new print comes in two versions - Gold and Slate.  'Shimmer Gold' is a lovely ivory background with bursts of gold.  This fabric and the dresses it's made in are subtly chic and quite lovely to behold. shimmergold

Our newest floral print, 'Isabella', is a gorgeous mixture of bright spring colors on a black background. isabella Need something new, now?  Check out our newest dress styles and fabrics >> here ! comingsoon

Stripey Seperates!

stripeyWho doesn't love stripes?  I sure do!  Our lightweight, stretchy striped fabrics come in blue and in red.  These garments are versatile, comfy, and flattering on all body types!   dinahloulou One of my favorite dresses is the Lou Lou -We’ve alternated the stripe pattern to make Lou Lou just as interesting and fun as you are! This dress features a drop skirt for that classic vintage beachy look. It’s sleeveless with a cross v neckline, and is soft to the touch with a slight stretch. teerterriecadetbluestripe The Terri Top!  A quarter length sleeved top with small rouching in the bust.  In the words of lovely retro fashion blogger Teer Wayde - "The lightweight, curve hugging and super soft Terri Top is the best stripe top I've worn in years! Usually having a curvy body you tend to fear horizontal stripes but not me, I love them. This top is beautifully constructed and works so well with my body shape." You can read her full review of the Terri Top here.   marilynGigi A new addition to the collection - we've taken the ever so popular Marilyn Tee and made it in stripes!  Red, or Blue! (Can you see we've got a theme going here?) Also, the Gigi Tee, a close cousin to the Marilyn, has a rouched elastic neckline for a peasant style feel.   BP017-EFFIE-2 We didn't forget the feetsies!  The "Effie" Stripe Sandal from Bettie Page Shoes is an adorable canvas open peep toe sandal with adorable bow design!  Available in all the versatile favorites - Red, Black, and Navy. What do you think, Haute Honeys?  Have you got enough stripes in your life? ;) Shop our whole collection! -Ali for HoH  

Pre-Viva Shopping Party at Roadkill Ranch

What a lovely weekend we had!  This past Saturday afternoon we had our Pre-Viva Shopping sale, hosted by one of our favorite stockists - Roadkill Ranch!  Roadkill ranch is am amazing store that's been catering to both rockabilly babes and boho-chic fashionistas of Fullerton since 1991!

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 We were joined by lovely Nicholle of NicCoCo Creations, one of the newest and most popular designers of pinup hair flowers.

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sangria&snacksOur wonderful host ladies at Roadkill Ranch provided sangria and treats!  YUM. 

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We got to shop and hang out with some of our customers too! 

A big thanks to everyone who came out to party with us - we had a spectacular time!  Keep your eyes peeled on our facebook for all the news on upcoming events. We unfortunately won't be having a booth at Viva Las Vegas this time around, for the first time in 7 years!  Mandie Bee will be roaming around though!  If you want to purchase our dresses at Viva, stop by the My Baby Jo booth.

 Have fun at Viva, everybody!  ;)

Get more Roadkill Ranch - Facebook / Instagram / Website

Get more NicCoCo Creations - Facebook / Instagram / Etsy 

<3 Ali for HoH

Get the Look - Taylor Swift's Vintage Vibe

Love her or hate her, Taylor Swift has some pretty spiffy vintage style these days.  She's always had a taste for Old Hollywood glamour, but has shifted into a more retro look recently. This spring style she's sporting features a gathered a-line skirt in a light spring floral, complemented with a blue darted sheer top with a front tie collar. Of course the whole outfit is tied together with a pop of red in her sunglasses and lips! We love this outfit because of the overall vintage vibe, without looking too dressed up.taylor-swift-looked-gorgeous-in-a-line-skirt-with-floral-details GetTheLookTSwift   Our version is all American made products, such as our very own Estelle Blouse.  The Estelle has the same adorable collar tie, and similar darting on the shoulders as Taylor's blouse.  We paired it with our Twirl Skirt in Adele Floral - a dainty watercolor motif in shades of green and blue on white background. Topped with Tres Noir Sunglasses in Ultra Lux Red for that color pop! GettheLook2   The next look we love on Taylor is this red empire waist dress with small floral detailing.  The Beverly Dress in Red Vines has a very similar shape and print. This look is chic, yet playful and casual at the same time.  The classic makeup look can we done with signature red lips with our favorite lipstick from NYX Cosmetics. Shoes are from Forever 21! GetTheLook3 In this next look Taylor's wearing a retro button front dress in a light blue shade.  This dress is classically adorable due to it's collar and capped sleeves, much like the Diane Dress.  This dress is a true wrap inspired by Diane Von Furstenburg, and is crafted from an Aqua checked 100% cotton fabric. The classic nude peep toe heel is the Aglais by Bettie Page Shoes, to match the ones seen on Taylor. We wanna know - who are your favorite style icons? <3 Ali for HoH