Heart of Haute and the Pantone Color of the Year for 2014

Pantone began as an American printing company in the 1950s. The developed the Pantone Color Matching System, which is used to standardize colors for designers and producers in nearly every industry.  Referring to this named and numbered index allows exact matches, from digital to print to clothing to makeup. Each year, Pantone selects a "Color of the Year." This choice reflects both current trends and predictions for the future. Fashion, cosmetics, weddings, and interior design are all often influenced by the "Color of the Year" selection. The Pantone Color of the Year for 2014 is Radiant Orchid - a bright purple with fuchsia and pink elements. It has both cool and warm undertones, so it is flattering on almost everyone. It matches well with bright colors like aqua and coral, and neutrals like grey and beige. The brightness and versatility of Radiant Orchid has lead it to be named as the official wedding color of 2014. Are you looking for Radiant Orchid bridesmaid dresses, or just want to stay ahead of the inevitable trend (remember how ubiquitous Emerald was by the end of last year)? Heart of Haute has both solid and patterned dress featuring this modern prominent purple. The rayon/linen Lynette fabric in our Sweetie halter dress has a refined texture and great drape. You can also find in our more modest sleeved Beverly dress. Both have a vintage style full skirt - together they make great choices for those who want to give bridesmaids various options while still matching. Our Sugar Stripe Purple fabric has Radiant Orchid striped with complimentary shades of pink and purple. You can find it in our Regina, Maybeline and Vee Dresses. Both have pockets, waist ties for a perfect fit, and the Vee and Maybeline sun dresses have adjustable shoulder straps. All of these three great retro dresses are under $100. Stay ahead of the trend, and catch the eye of a designer or two! -Allison V  
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Unique New Year's Eve 2013 Dresses from Heart of Haute

Are you searching for the perfect vintage inspired New Year's Eve dresses? Whether you are hosting a cocktail party at home or dancing on a hotel rooftop, Heart of Haute has you covered with cocktail, semi-formal and even more casual dresses, with great options under $100. Pick up a festive dress from Heart of Haute that you will be again happy to have when the spring 2014 wedding invitations start rolling in! Our gold accented Mystique fabric quickly sold out in its darker versions (this is the only dress left!), and the aqua and ivory will soon be gone as well.  The Amanda and the Maxine dresses both feature unique necklines that frame your face in a beautiful way.  For a festive look and retro full skirt shape, try a petticoat. Heart of Haute will help you get plenty of attention without showing plenty of skin. Pick up the cropped Sweetie Sweater to stay warm on the way in and out of any party hopping. Now that you have the dress, we can help with the rest! The Barnett from Bettie Page Shoes in gold is the perfect match for our Mystique prints, and the perfect heel height to keep you comfortable all night. Try a gold or aqua pedicure for the finishing touch! The Matilda in Black Patent is a match for our black satin Estelle dress (also under $100). Grab the sparkly Bow Handbag from Pinup Couture to hold the essentials. If you are staying in for New Year's Eve 2013, we still love you. Get cozy but still cute in our Knotty Dress and the Perfect Cardigan! -Allison  
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Midnight Peacock ~

  [caption id="attachment_1551" align="alignleft" width="300"]The Monique Dress in Midnight Peacock The Monique Dress in Midnight Peacock[/caption] I am very excited to announce the arrival of our newest fabric print - Midnight Peacock.  As the cool sister to our famous Peacock Royale print, this one features a stunning color scheme of dark navy and light blues with the same lovely peacock surrounded by flowers.  This dress will truly stand the test of time as it is classically gorgeous.  Now available as one of our popular Monique Dresses, which has a lovely bateau neckline, a-line skirt, built in belt and side zipper.  Snag yours while supplies last! Let your inner peacock strut her stuff loudly and proudly this new year!

Holiday Gift Guide

[caption id="attachment_1532" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Holiday Gift Guide Heart of Haute Holiday Gift Guide[/caption] The holidays have snuck up on some of us again!  For those of you who have been prepared for months now - good for you!  Teach me your ways!  I however am a notorious gift shopping procrastinator.  There's so much pressure to get something creative, something they don't already have, something special that shows them how much you care.... right?  I've put together a useful little guide that's full of fun, flirty gifts for any retro loving ladies in your life.  Whether you're shopping for mom, sister, group of best buddies, girlfriend, or wifey!  Every pin up cutie could use a little Heart of Haute in their stocking this holiday! [caption id="attachment_1533" align="alignleft" width="150"]Meet the Amoeba purse! As its name suggests, the Amoeba purse adapts itself to nearly every occasion; dressed up, dressed down, it can do it all! Its uniquely curving retro shape hearkens back to the atomic age with clean, futuristic, and distinctive lines. Constructed of a Champagne glitter vinyl, black vinyl trim, bullet feet to keep your purse clean, zippered and open inner pockets, and clasp, no detail escaped our attention. This purse also boasts a two-toned handle, and chrome chain, a very important detail in preserving the longevity of a well-loved vinyl purse. And thanks to the size (14” x 4.5” x 8”) you can carry all of your necessities around with you and have room for some non-essentials as well! Designed by Micheline Pitt. Pin Up Couture - Amoeba Bag in Champagne[/caption] 1. My personal favorite - the Amoeba Bag by Pin Up Couture. Nothing says I care about you like a gorgeous sparkly vinyl handbag!  It's curvy, eye-catching, classic and basically goes with anything.  Makes a great gift because the neutral champagne color can go from Winter straight into Spring!  This bag is also available in Aqua Glitter for the adventurous spirit and Black Glitter for the classy gals.   [caption id="attachment_1534" align="alignleft" width="150"]Tres Noir Ultra Lux Sunglasses Tres Noir Ultra Lux Sunglasses[/caption] 2. Oh la la - every doll needs a perfect pair of cat eye sunglasses. No doubt about it!  The Tres Noir Ultra Lux Sunglasses are an elegant accessory and protect her beautiful eyes with 100% UVA UVB protection.  She'll feel like a diva every day!  These sunnies are available in Gold Sparkle or Black & Pearl.     [caption id="attachment_1535" align="alignleft" width="150"]Betty Bolero by Heart of Haute Betty Bolero by Heart of Haute[/caption] 3. The Betty Bolero - just enough of a sweater, not too light, not too thick!  Perfect for over our Sweetie Dress on a lovely summer night.  In red, navy, white or black, a must have in any retro-inspired wardrobe!     [caption id="attachment_1539" align="alignleft" width="150"]Mitzi and CO 2014 Pinup Calendar Mitzi and CO 2014 Pinup Calendar[/caption] 4.  What about the men in our lives?  The Mitzi and Co 2014 Pinup Calendar is full of perfect pinups and hot rods!  A great gift for all those brothers, uncles, cousins, and mechanics you have to shop for!  Besides, who doesn't love a colorful pin up girl calendar?     [caption id="attachment_1540" align="alignleft" width="150"]Fancy Rose by Heart of Haute Fancy Rose by Heart of Haute[/caption] 5.  Let's face it, every lady loves roses!  And every lady deserves roses, no matter the occasion!  The Fancy Rose comes in black, red, navypurple, and ivory - so there is one to match every one of our dresses!  They are the perfect size and make a wonderful accessory to any retro inspired or modern outfit. So sassy!  For twice the sass - Check out our extra large Viva to the Diva Rose!   [caption id="attachment_1542" align="alignleft" width="128"]Seahorse Pendant by Heart of Haute Seahorse Pendant by Heart of Haute[/caption]  6.  Stocking stuffer!  An adorable aquatic buddy on a long gold chain, is just lovely with any outfit.  This sweet little Seahorse Pendant is a great gift for any of the gals on your list!  With just the right amount of nautical charm.  This necklace is made in the U.S.A. with love!  Check out our whole collection of Jewelry.     Heart of Haute Gift Certificate   7.  Still can't decide? No worries!  If you have no idea, you can always give her the gift of shopping!  That way you can be sure she'll get something she loves!  Thanks to you! We have Gift Certificates available anywhere from $25-$2,500!  You can choose to have the Gift Certificate e-mailed directly to you so that you may print it out and give it to the lucky lady in person OR we can e-mail it to her directly!   Make this holiday shopping season easier on yourself by checking out the Gifts Section at Heart of Haute!  There are plenty of handbags, shoes, jewelry, hair bows, sweaters, and more to choose from!  A gift from Heart of Haute is sure to make her smile.

Cocktail Dresses and drinks with Heart of Haute

The party invitation says "cocktail attire." What makes  a dress a cocktail dress? It is a dress typically worn for evening events, whether it is a work party or a night out on the town. They tend to be bolder and a bit more attention getting -  think metallic accents, and unique shapes or prints.  It can be comparable to semi-formal attire, but a little sexier and brighter - more fun. Semi formal for women typically means skirts at or below the knee (but not long gowns). Cocktail dresses tend to be knee length or shorter. Formal attire calls for a floor length gown (and tuxedos on men) - not very common for most women today outside of military balls. Heart of Haute has a great selection of cocktail dresses. Our vintage inspired styles will help you stand out from the crowd while staying classy. Cocktail parties have a strong association with the 1950s and 1960s - a dress inspired by these eras will fit right in. Our cocktail dresses can be styled to look retro or modern - look for shoes and jewelry that make a bold statement. With our many shapes, there is one to flatter you - A line, full skirts, or fitted (pencil or wiggle) shapes, sleeves or bare. For patterns, try some of our gold accented metallic Mystique prints, or the striking Peacock Royale. Our popular Beverly and Monique styles come in evening fabrics, and our Milan and Vanessa Dresses are made from a smooth, refined sateen fabric. For a business event, try our dramatic yet full coverage Heart of Haute Monte Carlo dress. Mai Kai Drink Menu from 1959 Looking for some drink inspiration? Check out the Mad Men Cocktail Guide. A couple of my favorites  are the French 75 (gin, champagne and lemon), and the Sazerac (rye whiskey and bitters). Don't let anyone give you a hard time about being a woman who likes whiskey! Planning a cocktail party at home? Try some retro appetizer recipes. Going out for drinks? A few of my favorite places for a wonderful mixed drink experience are Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco, Arnaud's in New Orleans, Violet Hour and Sable in Chicago, Bryant's and Foundation in Milwaukee, the Molokai Bar at the Mai Kai in Ft. Lauderdale, and the House Without a Key in Honolulu. A real martini is made with gin, AllisonV    
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Meet Miss Liza: HB Employee, Designer, and Alternative Fashion Enthusiast

Heart of Haute is proud to offer an array of clothing that anyone can add to their wardrobe, however we are often associated with the Rockabilly and Pin-up subcultures.  What many of you may not know, is that we are also happy to cater to those that might have a taste for more alternative clothing.  Riveting Gallantry features garments designed with a different aesthetic, but made with the same quality fabrics and attention to detail as your favorite Heart of Haute dresses.  Designed by our very own Liza Aravelo, whom I have the pleasure of working with here at Heart of Haute Headquarters, shares her experience working in the fashion industry, her inspiration for Riveting Gallantry and exploring new subcultures. rgbanner liza hb   What inspired you to pursue a career in fashion? Honestly, I wasn't that sure about it.  I've liked it since high school.  It was probably my sophomore or junior year.  I was in art class and we were starting to draw people.  Our teacher gave us the creative liberty to go where we wanted with it, so – I don't know why, maybe it was because I was just starting to get into anime – I would draw the model in front of us, but then I would change their outfit into something more fantasy/sci-fi.  When I started high school, I wanted to be an animator and it was through that class that I took that very seriously, but my teacher pointed out that my artistic skills lay more into creating costumes than actually learning the fundamentals of drawing.  [Our school] had just started offering a fashion ROP class, [my teacher] suggested I take it, and I did.   Was it like a lightbulb moment where everything tied in together? Actually, not at all. . . but it made me realize how much fun I had doing it.  Fast forward, I didn't get to do that at first, right out of high school.  It took some time.  I went back and forth with what I wanted to do with my life.  One of my high school teachers told me about this anime called “Paradise Kiss,” and she told me that I HAD to watch it.  So, I watched it, and it was [about] a private school in Japan, like high school, but an artistic high school, and they had a fashion program.  It followed this group of kids and their struggle to find themselves and to be artists.  The main character was sort of like me.  He was really passionate and really talented, but everyone kind kept telling him, “This is probably not the best thing for you,” “It's really hard,” “You're gonna struggle, you should probably go with something more stable.”  He went ahead and did it anyway.  I don't know, maybe it was because I was young, but I thought to myself, “Well, hey, if this character can do it, then I can do it.”  It's literally that anime that continues to inspire me.  Whenever I doubt myself, I re-watch the whole series and I have renewed vigor to keep going.   That's really awesome! Going off of that, do you find that a lot of your work, and not necessarily just for Riveting Gallantry, is influenced by that particular anime in some way or another? No, not at all, actually.  The anime was all about runway and haute couture.   So it's just more for your motivation? Yeah!   For our Fans that don't know, you cut samples and grade patterns for Heart of Haute. What does your job entail? So for our customers, they understand that everything from us is made to order.  Basically, when the order comes it, it gets put onto a “cut sheet.”  The cut sheet comes to me, and I hand cut each order, one by one.  Grading patterns means that I take a base size, which for us is a medium, and I then create individual patterns for all the other sizes from XS to 2XL. liza   What do you find the most challenging? Well, pattern making, in general, is a very detail-oriented type of work.  It's kind of stressful because even though there's sort of a formula that you follow, it never ends up working perfectly, so it's a lot of creative problem solving.  Because it's so detail-oriented, sometimes it can get really frustrating.  For most designers, when you draw things, you have an understanding of the physical capabilities of fabric and sewing.  To get a sketch and turn it into a pattern, there's obviously going to be some variance of where exactly a line should fall.   Some Heart of Haute Honeys may not know about the Riveting Gallantry line. Can you describe its aesthetic? How would you introduce the line to someone who may not be familiar with alternative sub-cultures and clothing? Riveting Gallantry started out as being intended to kind of follow the steampunk trend.  I wanted to tone it down a little bit, so I went with more of a classic, more goth-type alternative aesthetic, not necessarily in the fabric choices but in the styles.  It's definitely reminiscent of neo-victorian [fashion.]   Do you think it still incorporates the steampunk aesthetic? The silhouettes definitely do, the fabric does not. I felt like if we went with a steampunk line, it was too narrow.  Neo-Victorian and the Gothic aesthetic have so many branches, that with a few modifications, it could easily fit into many sub-genres.   What about the lolita influence on the line, if there is any? I intended it to sort of be incorporated into lolita [fashion], but the more that I spend time as a lolita myself... [lolita] doesn't really leave a lot of room for indie brands.  It's the sort of thing where it's sort of like, “It's Japanese or it's not.”   What was your inspiration for the Riveting Gallantry line and how have your other interests influenced your designs? All of my designs have been influenced by my selfish desire for people to dress better, haha!  I don't know, ever since high school, I've always had a quirky sense of style.  Growing up, and learning about different subcultures and how they just keep exploding and every year something new pops up.  Loving anime so much, it's always been my dream to have a “fantasy closet” and for EVERYBODY to have a fantasy closet.  Part of my inspiration for Riveting Gallantry was so that people could wake up and say, “You know what? I feel like a pirate today, so I'll wear this dress.”  Or, “I want to feel like a princess, I'll wear this skirt and this really cute top.”  Everything I love kind of gets jumbled together into this idea.   Is there a story behind the name “Riveting Gallantry”? When we first started [this line,] it was intended to be a steampunk line, and I didn't want to use anything really generic – anything that had to do with clockwork or something like that – the whole point of steampunk is it's literally an industrial, Victorian aesthetic.  I wanted to incorporate the hardware [aspect]. “Riveting” is a term used for striking type fashion, and it's also, obviously, rivets are metal pieces, or metal studs so I started with that.  As I started designing for the collection, my main inspiration was actually pirates, so I wanted to also incorporate that.  It's sort of the biggest sub-culture I have an appreciation for, which still follows along the Victorian line and aesthetic, so I chose “gallantry” which is a term referring to “beautiful ships.”  Well, “gallant” is the term.   Is there a particular piece from Riveting Gallantry that is your favorite? The Aldonza Dress is definitely my favorite, because it's a pretty pirate dress. rivetingpiratedress   Is there a particular piece from Riveting Gallantry that you would recommend for any Fans who might be curious about alternative clothing? Honestly, I don't think you could go wrong with the Wench Skirt.  It's a pretty standard silhouette for any type of fashion, really.  It's the most versatile, even outside of the Gothic aesthetic. rivetingpirateskirt   What advice would you give to someone who is interested in pursuing a career in fashion? My advice, which isn't necessarily specific for people in fashion.  It's for people you want to pursue something that isn't “the norm” and they feel that they don't have a lot of support.  [My advice] is to really think about how much you want it, and how bad you're willing to fight for it.  Fashion is by no means an easy thing to learn.  There are various sides.  On the one side, it requires you to be extremely creative ALL THE TIME.  It's really taxing and it gets really hard sometimes.  Or it requires you to be extremely perceptive.  You have fashion designers who are extremely creative, and they're the ones that create fashion, they create movements and sub-cultures.  Then you have, people who can say, “You know what, I know this is going to be hot, we can start this.”  Don't get me wrong, those people can make money, but you have to understand what it is you want to do to get it.     What advice would you give to someone who is curious about exploring different subcultures? For me, everything came from me looking at something and then searching for it.  All of the things I've come across, I've never found someone to tell them, “Oh, you're into this? That's cool! Tell me about it.”  So if you don't have that person that's going to explain it to you, and bring you into the fashion culture with them, then honestly you need to educate yourself.  Thank to the internet, there's a wealth of knowledge out there.  Every culture has its rules, taboos, and faux pas, so you really need to educate yourself.  When you decide to ease into [a subculture] or dive head first, make sure you're doing it the right way because once you affiliate yourself with that culture, you are representing them.  You don't want to misrepresent them.  If there's something that you really like, definitely have fun with it, but don't necessarily try to affiliate yourself with that group.  Don't let the culture stop you from doing what you want, but be respectful in the way you do it.  Facebook is sort of the bridge now to join all of these groups.  I'm still just getting into Steampunk, so I joined all these communities, and I frequently ask them, “Is this OK?” It's not that I'm asking for permission, but someone who's seasoned in the community, then can let me know, “Well, that's not usually something you would work, but maybe play with around with it a little and see what you can turn it into.”  You get plenty of advice.  All communities want to grow. Obviously no sub-culture wants to become “the masses” that's the whole point of being a sub-culture, but for the most part they're really welcoming.  Especially if you're really willing to do it right, they're more than happy to help you.     That's something that a lot of people don't realize, that it IS a culture. Yes!  It's one thing to buy a Lolita dress because you think it's pretty, but it's another thing to call yourself a Lolita.  It's something that I don't think should be taken too seriously, but you have to understand that for some people it's a lifestyle.  I wear Lolita – at least casual Lolita – on a fairly regular basis, and for people to come up to me and say, “Oh, why are you in this costume?”  It's pretty annoying.  Just because I don't dress like you means I'm in a costume?  This is an outfit.  But then, as somebody who is in a culture, you can always tell who is a first timer.  Instead of ostracizing them, you should take them aside and say, “Good effort, but let me give you some advice.”  Which is, again, why you should educate yourself first.  Especially because these type of sub-cultures are a lot of DIY.  That's another thing I wanted to do with Riveting Gallantry.  I wanted to create, not over-stylized pieces, but the basics, where you could modify them to fit into [the sub-culture.]  I don't want to pigeon-hole the line.   So, what's your favorite Heart of Haute dress? It's not really my aesthetic, but I like the Beverly Dress.  The Hillary Dress in the Chambray Anchor is my favorite, because of the colors.  There's something about this print that just fits more with my lifestyle. dinahhillarychamanch   Do you think there are styles that Heart of Haute offers that could potentially be used for other sub-cultures? I use the Beverly [Dress] a lot for Lolita, but I've cut it a little shorter for my style.  The Twirl Skirt is sort of a basic, especially since we offer it in so many prints.  I would use a Twirl Skirt for some of my Lolita outfits.  The Monte Carlo Dress, I think, is a really versatile dress.  There are a lot of possibilities with that dress. lizahb2

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  While I may not have ventured as far into the world of subcultures, I do love pretty dresses (and skirts!) and I'm excited to see what's to come from Liza and Riveting Gallantry in the future.  In the meantime, you can check out the line on our website.   With Love & No Regrets, Katrina Marie    

Winter Wedding Ideas and Bridesmaid Dresses from Heart of Haute

Are you planning a winter wedding for 2014?  The amount of inspiration online can be overwhelming. Check out this beautiful snowy vintage style winter wedding. Or how about a stylish retro wedding with a black and white theme? Or are you looking for a darker, more dramatic twist for your winter wedding inspiration? Check out these amazing vintage brooch bouquets, or try your hand at making your own. Heart of Haute can help you make at least one decision - the perfect dress - whether you are the bride, bridesmaid, or a guest. Winter weddings often feature metallics, like silver and gold. These luminous accents can evoke both cold weather and the holidays. They reflect light, making the most of decor like candles or even a fireplace. Heart of Haute has always been a great source for retro bridesmaid dresses. Our new Fall/Winter 2014 Holiday dresses combine many of our most popular bridesmaid styles (Sweetie, Beverly, Monique) with rich metallic patterned fabrics - perfect for your winter wedding bridesmaids! Our Mystique print is an elegant gold botanical, with a base of ivory, aqua, royal blue, black, or multi. Aqua or mint and gold is a unique and modern wedding color combination. These prints are so easy to accessorize, with all of the gold options for shoes, jewelry, and even nail polish. Your bridesmaids will love you for choosing these 100% cotton high quality dresses - no itching in polyester, and they can all be worn again and again, as very flexible cocktail party dresses. Throw a structured jacket over the Monique or Maxine dresses, and you are ready for a work dinner. The Amanda Dress has a full swing skirt, an empire waist, and a dimensional gathered bodice - sexy, flattering, and unique. The Mallory Dress has a full skirt,  3/4 sleeves and our waist ties that ensure a perfect fit. For the complete 1950s pinup silhouette with our full swing skirts, add a petticoat or crinoline. We like the ones from My Baby Jo. They have Red, Pink, White, and Black in stock, but can special order many other colors and sizes.  -AllisonV  
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Retro Bridesmaid Dress Ideas from Heart of Haute

My sister Sara and I share many things; our height, our crazy hair, and a love of bright, non-traditional style. When my sister asked me to be in her wedding party, I knew that I would not have to suffer any awful dresses. As you can see by her engagement photo, she likes to have fun.

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Weddings have thankfully become a lot more flexible and personal than they were expected to be in the past. Bridesmaid (and Bridal) style can be more informal, and matching dresses (with those strange dyed shoes -is anyone else old enough to remember those?) are no longer the law. A wedding is a time that you can express your own unique style. Vintage style weddings that borrow elements from past eras are very popular; a great way for you to celebrate you and your partner's interests, or pay tribute to elements of you or your families' past. A retro style that honors a specific era or event such as the 1940s or 1950s is a popular theme, as is general mid century pinup style. Pin up wedding looks are popular as the elements are flattering, classic, and very feminine. Heart of Haute Boss Lady Mandie Bee says that the Milan Dress, the Sweetie Dress, and the Monique Dress tend to be our most popular retro bridesmaid dress choices. The styles are flattering, and the many available colors and patterns make them easy to customize. The Beverly Dress has more coverage with a small sleeve, and also comes in many colors, including mint. Another tip is to look for our more formal textured Lynette fabric- it is a rayon/linen blend with a beautiful drape. All of these dresses are very ready to be worn again and again after the ceremony is over. For a rockabilly wedding look, Mandie says that the black and red Diner Dress is a popular choice, and she remembers one nautical retro wedding that had the bridesmaids in our Sailor Dresses. Casual or not, a wedding is still a unique celebration, and a lot of photos are to be expected. With that in mind, many people still want a unified style, theme, color, or even pattern for their bridal party - even if they are not requesting matching dresses.Check out this adorable - but not exactly matching - bridal party in retro polka dots.

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For her wedding, my sister requested that we all wear the bold combination of blue dress and orange shoes - both were our choice with no matching needed. My choice for my sister's wedding is the Stefanie dress in Slate. I like the formal shape with the all day (and all night) comfort of a knit. I can also see myself wearing it again, to work with a jacket, or to dinner any time of the year. The Marseilles dress in Lake is the choice for another one of my sister's bridesmaids. I know that this winter wedding will be gorgeous and full of personality - just like my sister! I can't wait to celebrate the beginning of her life with Matt! -Allison V
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The Buzz About Mandie Bee and Heart of Haute

Heart of Haute owner and designer Amanda has long had the nickname Mandie Bee. The origins of this name are simple, she says "Mandie Bee is just a play on my real name,  Amanda Becker.  Mandie  B(ee)." In addition to the Heart of Haute retro pin up style classics, Amanda also designs the Mandie Bee line. She says that her goal with the Mandie Bee collection was to have "a section for all my designs that didn't quite fit in Heart of Haute. I was racking my brain for weeks trying to think up the right name, but then I thought, since this was a reflection of my own creative ideas, I would just name it after myself.  I think the sound of the name is symbolic of something youthful and fun. "

The Mandie Bee Collection from Heart of Haute

 

 

The  Mandie Bee line is different from the overall Heart of Haute line in that "Mandie Bee was meant to reach out to a different crowd with a younger vibe. It was also an avenue for me to make some mod girl styles." Aside from her nickname, why the love for bees? To Amanda,  "bees are the pollinators of the world!  Without bees, we wouldn't have flowers or fruits, which of course we know are lovely things in the natural world.  So, like bees, I can relay this same idea to fashion.  Myself and other fashion-forward thinking 'bees' out there are pollinating and inspiring the creative minds of others to keep our fashion world beautiful."

Bees make an appearance in the Mandie Bee line on the Ella top and Etta dress - both available in yellow or blue bee print. I love the blue bees print in particular accessorized with a pop of yellow. Try yellow shoes or a headband with our Gypsy Skirt in Yellow Mariposa - butterflies are also pollinators! Actual bees are essential to our world and much of the food that we eat. There has been a lot of recent news on their decline. This article offers easy ways that anyone can help the bee population. Buy some local honey (and maybe mix up a whiskey lemonade with honey) and leave those dandelions alone! 

Mod Polka Dots Inspired by Miu Miu Fall 2013 RTW

The Miu Miu Fall 2013 Ready to Wear collection managed to combine exaggerated retro elements with bold modern shapes. The pop art polka dots and stripes borrowed from both the 1950s housewife and the 1960s mod girl, perhaps on a jet set vacation to Paris together. Playful colors like bright yellow, orange and pink accented stark black silhouettes, with a peek of stripes underneath. If you loved these looks as much as I did, Heartbreaker Fashion has the pieces that can help you emulate them. Our black Super Spy Dress is the perfect base piece to accent with scarves or tights in bold spots and stripes. This mod dress is available with or without sleeves. The accent color in this Miu Miu collection that stood out the most to me was the orange - try our Ella top in black and orange Cosmic Dot and our dresses and skirts in the Bee Bop Sunshine print. The Turquoise Cosmic Dot print on our Flirt Skirt and Doreen Dress capture the elements that I like so much in this collection; confident shapes and patterns, with contrasting black trim -  right out of a pop art painting. Our gray, black and white On The Dot print is more complex than a typical polka dot pattern, and can be found on dresses, skirts, tops, and even the perfect headband to match. Don't be afraid to mix up a few patterns to create your most inspired outfits for this fall!   -Allison  
Fall 2013 RTW Trends

Dress heartofhaute.com

Bee dress heartofhaute.com

Bee dress heartofhaute.com

Spy optic heartofhaute.com

Bee dress heartofhaute.com

Dress heartofhaute.com

Spandex top heartofhaute.com

Trench coat modcloth.com

On the Dot heartofhaute.com

Ked keds.com

Charlotte Russe wedge sandals charlotterusse.com

Report shoes piperlime.gap.com

Seychelles wedge sandals piperlime.gap.com

Flower hair accessory heartofhaute.com

Hair bow etsy.com

Heart heartofhaute.com

Bee Bop Sunshine heartofhaute.com

Lauren Merkin Eve piperlime.gap.com