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


Patriotic Pinup Fashion - Made in America by Heart of Haute

Pin up or pinup images got their name from the way that they were "pinned up" on the walls of barracks, bunkers, office walls, ships, and even planes during war time. These alluring photos and illustrations were created to help raise the "morale" of the many young men serving long, dangerous tours away from friends, family, and love. 1940s era pinups were a part of a long history of soldiers customizing their gear and living quarters - a tradition that continues today. 

From Rita Hayworth in her nightgown to Betty Grable in her bathing suit, patriotic pin up girls were everywhere, even in Yank - the unfortunately (or appropriately) named weekly magazine published by the US Army.  Winston Churchill jokingly dubbed Jane, a blonde cartoon pin up drawn in the Daily Mirror Newspaper 'Britain's secret weapon.' War time pin ups even moved out of photos and postcards to be painted on jackets, the side of tanks and bombers, and tattooed on many bodies. Pin ups were depicted in dresses, lingerie, bathing suits, sometimes even less. 

1940s USO girls wearing pinup bomber jackets

 

Pin ups in modified military uniforms were created to show sexy support for the war effort. The sailor or Navy pinup has always been popular, appearing even in early Sailor Jerry tattoo designs. This iconographic look is patriotic, retro, and above all sexy. Nautical style is always fresh and classic, and Heart of Haute can help you use the best of this venerable vintage American look to create a memorable modern pin up figure. We have curated an amazing Patriotic pinup style collection - red, white and blue looks good on you! Perfect for 4th of July parties, parades, and the many summer festivals that we all enjoy.

Our Sailor dress is a classic - based on the pattern of a vintage dress, it has nautical pin up style without looking too much like a costume. Available in a patriotic palette of red, white and blue! In cool, crisp 100% high quality cotton, this dress is versatile and flattering with side ties for a perfect fit. Our sweet anchor print in pale blue can be found on our Matey Dress and Ella Top. Add a matching headband for a Rosie the Riveter inspired vintage look. You can even get the Baby Beverly Dress in Blue Anchors for the perfect mother daughter photo look! 

 As we celebrate the unique country that we live in, why not do it in a unique outfit that was made in America by Heart of Haute? A special thank you and an extra kiss from Heart of Haute to all of those who have served in the U.S. Military - past, present, and future! 

Heart of Haute has MOVED....again...but this time for the better and for good!

Hello My Haute Honeys,

So...here's the thing. We made the good  decision to move Heart of Haute to a new shopping platform
and that we think it will work MUCH better for us and for you, honeys! You may notice things look a little bit the same....and a little different around here.

SO HOW ABOUT A CONTEST ABOUT IT!?!?!?


All you have to do is register an account at the new HeartofHaute.com and you'll be automatically entered to WIN a $250 gift certificate!  
Winner will be contacted via e-mail on July 1st, 2015 and we'll make a fuss about you, too ;)

 


 

So What does this mean if I have an open order with HoH?
The truth is you wont be able to check status on your order
without our assistance. Your old account at HeartofHaute.com will no longer be available to you to check on.
If you have an open order or questions, just send an e-mail to orders@heartofhaute.com and either Alisa or Mandie will help you out with status/tracking information.

 

So here's a little bit of information if you care to read on:

So here's the news....We've been having a number of issues with our old shopping platform and finally decided to make the switch to something much more user friendly- for us AND for our customers. We've been making some changes around here about the way we conduct business as well.

To make things awesome for all of us, we are keeping inventory of the items we actually have in stock.

Heart of Haute has always been a "just-in-time" manufacturing type. Yes. We make everything here. If the item you want isn't in stock, WE MAKE IT FOR YOU! What other company does that?  Irma, Irene, and Juana are our in-house seamstresses. Liza is one of our production and sample cutters. These are the MAIN people that put your dream dress into reality and we value you them greatly here at HoH.  Our manufacturing type is NOT typical in this industry.  We do not mass produce items overseas and pack them in a warehouse. Our inventory changes on a daily basis as we are supplying boutiques around the world as well as individual customers that order directly from our website. 

All NEW items (especially new prints/designs)  will still be subject to the 7-10 business day ordering process, as we will be making items to order to keep everyone happy. But instead of offering our entire line this way, as we have since day 1, we will be keeping our basics and best sellers in stock. All fashion/seasonal items will be phasing out as they sell out.    If we have new items in stock- we'll mention it in our promotions.  And if you have a question about the ETA on a certain item, you can always call or e-mail to ask about it. We're happy to help.

So What else can you tell me?

If you've made it this far into reading, you'll be happy to find that I've set up a coupon for you
to use for 15% off, valid today  June 15-June 17, 2015.  Thank you for being a loyal customer and avid reader! I appreciate it, truly.
Use coupon Code:  ForTheLoveofHaute
With Love & No Regrets,
Mandie Bee
HeartofHaute.com

 

 

Annual Holiday Boutique!

It's time for our annual Holiday Boutique!

holiday boutique

We know you'll be out and about Thanksgiving Weekend- make a point to stop by our 2nd Annual Holiday Boutique Sale!!! Support Small Business onSmall Business Saturday

We are teaming up with 2 of our employee's lines for the day.
Check out Lily Duenas' Lil' Lou Lou , classy hand made hair accessories, children's clothing & more!  Also featuring Linda Heredia's special custom geeky chic and comic book girly looks from 1138 Clothing!!!

10am - 4pm There will be snacks!!!

949 N Cataract, Unit M San Dimas CA 91773

Everyone that walks in the door will be entered to win a goodie bag full of accessories, a HOH gift card, and more!!!

Yes, we KNOW so many of you wont be able to make it because you don't live here, so we will be offering the Haute Honey Happy Hour throughout the day for all of our Instagram followers to get in on the deals AND ALSO be entered to win another goodie bag full of great stuff you don't wanna miss out on!!!

It's going to be a fun day of shopping, sipping & snacking!  See you there!

1138

Win a Dress from Heart of Haute * Junebugs & Georgia Peaches Contest

  We've teamed up with the Darling Two-some behind Junebugs & Georgia Peaches for a very special Contest!!! You can read all about the details by clicking the image below or on their blog, here. HB_home_Junebugs The Contest ends on September 14th, 2014 so be sure to enter this week! And be sure to follow them for adorable updates on their adventures, fashion tips, and outfit reviews. Be sure to check out their recent Designer Spotlight on our Amanda Dress, too! -Mandie Bee

OOTD - Coral Dot

An adorable retro Outfit of the Day featuring vintage inspired pieces that's perfect for spring and summer. Daytime to Date Night Outfit.