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Summer Blue Jewelry – Review 2

I stand by it… Summer Blue Jewelry makes the best reproduction fakelite necklaces. Hands down, no debate, this stuff reminds me exactly of the vintage pieces I covet but am too scared to buy. Vintage bakelite, especially pieces on a solid bakelite chain with charms, can get so expensive. And let’s be real, these things…… Continue reading Summer Blue Jewelry – Review 2

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Chicken, Waffles, and Cocktails With My Pals – a Dinner to Remember

One of my favorite things to make is chicken and waffles. I realize it’s not a very well known dish, especially outside of America. Its origins aren’t quite agreed upon, but the popular belief is that it was devised in a soul food kitchen in Harlem, NY. It became more popular in restaurants across California,…… Continue reading Chicken, Waffles, and Cocktails With My Pals – a Dinner to Remember

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Pushing Through – a Mental Health Post

I have a really hard time gaining the motivation to get important things done in my life. You could call it procrastination, but I genuinely feel a mental and physical block, resulting in nothing getting addressed properly. I worry about what will happen during the process, and my biggest fear is failure, so I obsess…… Continue reading Pushing Through – a Mental Health Post

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Starette by Nasco – Installment 2 of Shit I Collect

I collect starburst things such as casserole dishes, wine glasses, and china. Really anything with a good starburst pattern becomes an obsession. I found my Bavaria Starburst china almost the moment I moved to Louisville 4 years ago. I went on the hunt for anything that would match it, and I came across a few…… Continue reading Starette by Nasco – Installment 2 of Shit I Collect

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Obsession – a Mental Health Post

I obsess about everything. Literally everything. I obsess about my health, my weight, my appearance. I obsess about my career and my marriage. I obsess about things that have happened, things that are going to happen, and things that have no chance of ever happening. I obsess hard, all day and every day, and its…… Continue reading Obsession – a Mental Health Post

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Favorite Outfits – August Edition

August was by far a better month than the last. It was full of breakthroughs and achievements, and I managed to have a little bit of fun along the way. Here are my favorite outfits of the month! Fakelite by Bow and Crossbones. Dress by Heart of Haute, cardi by Sourpuss Clothing, boots by Justin,…… Continue reading Favorite Outfits – August Edition

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Ladies of the High Tea Party – Summer Gathering

We’ve been planning this for months. Its been delayed several times due to scheduling conflicts but today is the day of our asian themed tea party. I woke up super excited, I already tested my recipes and picked out my outfit. I made spicy Thai style cucumber salad days before and planned to serve it…… Continue reading Ladies of the High Tea Party – Summer Gathering

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The wrong way to cope – a Post About Mental Health

I’ve always had negative coping methods, I was never taught the right way to deal with a stressful situation. In the past I would turn to drugs and prescription pills. These days, I still have my vices, but they aren’t as radical. I still find myself leaning on the wrong things to get through the…… Continue reading The wrong way to cope – a Post About Mental Health

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The Fallout – a Post About Mental Health

I saw my psychologist again this evening. After touching on my current feelings, we picked up where we left off, the drama surrounding my wedding. I’m not going to divulge every detail here to protect my family and friends. To make a really long story short, a couple members of my husbands family had an…… Continue reading The Fallout – a Post About Mental Health

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Table for One Please – a Post About Mental Health

I woke up this morning and checked my phone as I always do. I scrolled through Instagram and replied to my comments and messages. I then checked my email and had several notifications from WordPress. I’m not sure why, but since I started posting about my mental health struggle my site has been poppin. I…… Continue reading Table for One Please – a Post About Mental Health

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Obstacles on the Road to Recovery – a Post about Mental Health

I was what you call a bad kid. I lied, stole, and cheated. But I want you to understand, these were learned behaviors, and the only way I received attention. I remember getting in trouble for the first time when I was in second grade. Up until that point I was an honor roll student…… Continue reading Obstacles on the Road to Recovery – a Post about Mental Health

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Over Medicated or Liberated – A Post About Mental Health

I retrieved my new medications from the pharmacy last night. They have changed several times in the last 2 weeks and I feel uncontrollably depressed. I’m coming up and going down at the same time, yet I feel ‘stable’, for what that’s worth. I woke up this morning very fuzzy but ready to start this…… Continue reading Over Medicated or Liberated – A Post About Mental Health

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Favorite Outfits – July Edition

Back to fashion! July was one of the hardest months I’ve endured in a while, but I stayed cute af. Here are my favorite outfits. Dress by Sourpuss Clothing. Accessories by Mirror Mirror Bijoux. Top by Banned Clothing. Pinafore by Collectif Clothing. Shoes by Bait Footwear. Custom dress made by Retro Honey Clothing. Top by…… Continue reading Favorite Outfits – July Edition

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2 Stays in 7 Days – A Post About Mental Health

I was admitted to my local inpatient mental health facility on the 29th of July and was released on the 1st of August. I returned that Friday and was released yet again the following Monday. Its Tuesday now and I’m at home trying to recover. Not just from the numerous psychotic episodes I’ve experienced in…… Continue reading 2 Stays in 7 Days – A Post About Mental Health

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The First Steps Forward – A Post About Mental Health

I was released from an inpatient mental facility for the second time in a week yesterday. I took an Uber home, the first time I walked to enjoy the weather after being locked up for days, but this time I was admitted wearing shoes that would have been difficult to walk a mile in. And…… Continue reading The First Steps Forward – A Post About Mental Health

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Favorite Outfits – June Edition

June was a fun month. My husbands birthday falls in the middle of it and we celebrated pretty much every weekend. We went and saw one of our favorite bands, Pond, in Nashville and did some toy and vintage shopping. We also went to the St. Louis Comic Con, where I didn’t cosplay for once…… Continue reading Favorite Outfits – June Edition

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Summer Blue Jewelry – a Review

While at the vintage market at Nashville Boogie, I came across some of the best reproduction vintage necklaces I’ve ever seen. The company is called Summer Blue Jeweley and they are located in Pennsylvania. Their designs remind me of the 40s and 50s bakelite I covet, and they add their own little flair to each…… Continue reading Summer Blue Jewelry – a Review

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Favorite Outfits – May Edition

May was fun, I went to Nashville and worked a car show. You can check out my post “I went to Nashville, but I didn’t Boogie” if you want to see all the amazing things I bought on vacation. Beatersville was rained out so I unfortunately don’t have anything special to post about it. I…… Continue reading Favorite Outfits – May Edition

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I went to Nashville but I didn’t Boogie

I attended Nashville Boogie with a couple of friends. Well, kind of. We drove down to Nashville on Wednesday evening and had to leave Saturday morning in order for me to get back to Louisville in time for a car show my boutique was sponsoring. Events like the fashion show and pinup pageant were on…… Continue reading I went to Nashville but I didn’t Boogie

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The Vintage Fashion Challenge 2018

I’ve participated in #thevintagefashionchallenge for the last two years on Instagram and it’s a lot of fun. It forces me to either get creative every day or reflect on past outfits, as each day has a theme. Some days are outfit related, some of them are more of a ‘getting to know you’ post. This…… Continue reading The Vintage Fashion Challenge 2018

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Favorite Outfits – April Edition

I only have one photo to share from the studio, so here are some selfies from April! The perfect outfit for running errands on a windy day. Foundations by What Katie Did and Rago. Outfit by Vivien of Holloway. Shoes by Bait Footwear. I might be over dressed for a trip to the Drs office.…… Continue reading Favorite Outfits – April Edition

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The Swung vase – an installment of shit I collect

During my recent trip to Austin, I picked up 3 new vintage vases, the kind with the ‘melty’ tops. I figured it was time to thoroughly research these vases, as I have amassed a small collection and had no idea what they were actually called. There isn’t a lot of info on these vases, but…… Continue reading The Swung vase – an installment of shit I collect

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Favorite outfits and junk – special March edition

I took not one photo in the studio this month. Not a single one. I’ve been lazy and unmotivated.. but I drug myself out of bed as often as I could to get dolled up, even if it only provided a few moments of serenity while I got ready. I figure this month, since I…… Continue reading Favorite outfits and junk – special March edition

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First meeting of the Ladies of the High Tea Party

My Mother in law took some friends of mine and I to a tea parlor for my bridal shower and I’ve been dying to host a party myself. We’ve been talking about it since October, and finally got around to throwing one! What to wear wasn’t even a question… I had the perfect dress, the…… Continue reading First meeting of the Ladies of the High Tea Party

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Favorite Outfits – February Edition

February was a pretty chill month for me. I’ve mostly been planning for all of the upcoming trips I’m taking and doing some self care. I didn’t get dressed up too often this month, but these are my favorite outfits. Date night outfit. Dress by Tatyana Boutique, shoes by Bait Footwear, hat and lucite purse…… Continue reading Favorite Outfits – February Edition

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What Katie Did – a Review

What Katie Did is my go to for vintage style bras and is very popular within the pinup community. I recently purchased a couple more bras along with a garter belt, tap panties, and new stockings. This first set includes the glamour bra and tap panties. The glamour bra is very comfortable even with underwire.…… Continue reading What Katie Did – a Review

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Any of my fellow bloggers or artists want to collaborate? I’m always interested in working with like-minded folks, let’s make something special! Message me on Instagram, Facebook, or shoot me an email to kara@8-bitpinup.net.

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Jenny Cardi by VOH – a Review

I’ve looked high and low for a quality 40s or 50s style cardigan for winter. It seemed as though they simply didn’t exist. All of the cardigans I’ve purchased from retro sites, namely Mak brand, are very thin, making them useless for truly cold days. Don’t get me wrong, I own several of their cardigans…… Continue reading Jenny Cardi by VOH – a Review

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Tea Time by Vivien of Holloway

Vivien of Holloway is one of my favorite companies. They pay great attention to detail, the prices are fair, and the quality can’t be beat. Here is one of my favorite outfits by them. The detail on the bust and sleeves, the cute pink buttons, and pockets make this dress special. I paired it with…… Continue reading Tea Time by Vivien of Holloway

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Covering up with Collectif

Collectif is one of my favorite companies, I find their items to be of high quality and reasonably priced. I own several articles of clothing from each of their lines and I haven’t been disappointed once. I purchased a pair of denim dungarees last winter which I reviewed here. They practically became that seasons uniform.…… Continue reading Covering up with Collectif

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Favorite Outfits – January Edition

Once again I didnt use the photo studio much this month. Honestly I haven’t felt well enough to even take outfit photos lately but here are my favorites. Dress by Hellbunny Clothing, shoes by Bait Footwear, hat is vintage. Trousers by Collectif, shoes by Bait Footwear, top was thrifted, bakelite earrings are vintage. Trousers by…… Continue reading Favorite Outfits – January Edition

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Bow and Crossbones – a review

My husband and I share wishlists for occasions in which gifts are exchanged. It just makes things easier. I recently came across the etsy shop Bow and Crossbones, they do reproduction vintage jewelry that mimic old bakelite and Lucite gems. My husband has great taste and ordered me this set for Christmas. The quality of…… Continue reading Bow and Crossbones – a review

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Favorite outfits – December edition

December was a great month. It’s the first Christmas my husband and I have celebrated since we moved in together. There have been some changes and family drama, but we’ve decided to make the best of it and start our own traditions. We hosted our first dinner with my father and mother in law. We…… Continue reading Favorite outfits – December edition

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Favorite outfits November Edition 

I didn’t take as many photos as I usually do this past month, let’s just say the stress didn’t end with the wedding! Here are a few of my favorite outfits of the month. Outfit by Hellbunny Clothing. Shoes by Bait Footwear. Outfit by Pinup Girl Clothing, shoes by Bait Footwear, purse is vintage. Dress…… Continue reading Favorite outfits November Edition 

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Favorite outfits – October edition 

October was busy. My birthday, my wedding, Halloween.. all the good stuff! I haven’t taken nearly as many photos as I normally do in this past month, as you can tell, life really got in the way! Here are a few of my most recent outfits. Here’s a little story, I’ve owned this dress for…… Continue reading Favorite outfits – October edition 

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Favorite outfits – September edition 

Hope y’all enjoyed your summer! Dress by Pinup Girl Clothing. Shoes by Bait Footwear Top by Pinup Girl Clothing. Dress by Sourpuss Clothing. Shoes by Bait Footwear Top by Vivien of Holloway. Shoes by Bait Footwear Dress by Pinup Girl Clothing. Shoes by Bait Footwear Dress by Pinup Girl Clothing. Shoes by Bait Footwear Dress…… Continue reading Favorite outfits – September edition 

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Favorite outfits of the month – August

I’m super late on this one, life has been… interesting?! But I’ve put together a post including all of my favorite outfits from last month. I hope to make this a monthly thing. So… here we go! Top by Pinup Girl Clothing. Pants by Collectif. Dress from Hellbunny. Scarf is vintage.  Outfit from Pinup Girl…… Continue reading Favorite outfits of the month – August

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Bésame Cosmetics – A Review of Modern Vintage Makeup

I see photos all over Instagram of Bésame cosmetics fans raving over their products. If you haven’t heard of them, Bésame makes vintage inspired makeup including lipsticks in classic colors and cake mascara. I decided to try both. I opted for their lipstick in Red Hot Red, a bold warm red with yellow tones reminiscent of a…… Continue reading Bésame Cosmetics – A Review of Modern Vintage Makeup

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Putting Myself Out There – SIL Review

I’ve been in need of a good strapless bra for a while now, but its become impossible to find anything functional in my size. This need grew stronger when I received my custom wedding dress, an off the shoulder number of golden yellow and burgundy tolie. I wanted something with support and a little bit…… Continue reading Putting Myself Out There – SIL Review

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I Wear Short Shorts!

Pinup Girl Clothing makes the best high-waisted shorts I’ve ever worn. The quality cant be beat, they are the perfect length and very flattering. Details like an elastic back, seams along the front, and a wide waist band make these shorts very slimming while remaining extremely comfortable. Each pair also includes pockets and cuffed legs…… Continue reading I Wear Short Shorts!

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Best styles of June 2017

I finally have my boudoir set up and all of my items organized. And thanks to an Instagram challenge #thevintagefashionchallenge I’ve been more motivated than ever to get dressed for the day and document my outfits on social media. So, here are my favorite styles of June. Dress by Sourpuss Clothing, shoes by BAIT Footware,…… Continue reading Best styles of June 2017

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A Stroll Through the Derby City Antique Mall

Today I visited the Derby City Antique Mall. I was able to snap plenty of pics for The Metro Retro and found a few treasures of my own. I started off the day in one of my favorite and most comfy combos. Top by Trashy Diva, skirt and shoes from Modcloth. Purse, bakelite, and hat are…… Continue reading A Stroll Through the Derby City Antique Mall

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Office Chic by Vivien of Holloway

I purchased the Swagger jacket by Vivien of Holloway a few weeks ago. I was intrigued by the jackets, but not enough to purchase them on their own. No… I bought it after I saw their ‘coming soon’ section, I snatched up two as soon as I could. That’s right, they released lined skirts that…… Continue reading Office Chic by Vivien of Holloway

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I got dat swagger

I’ve been stalking Vivien of Holloways website for some time now. I’m in love with just about everything they have. But that love got deeper, real quick, once I saw the swagger jackets. Jacket by Vivien of Holloway, top by Pinup Girl Clothing. Trousers from Modcloth, shoes by Bait.  Comfortable, cozy, and high quality material make these…… Continue reading I got dat swagger

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Have yourself a spooky little Christmas…

I really really wish I would have sprung for these pieces before the holidays. This would have been the perfect outfit for our family Christmas eve party. outfit by Hellbunny Clothing. Boots from Pinup Girl Clothing. Hellbunny is one of my favorite companies. I haven’t bought directly from them, but I find their items on…… Continue reading Have yourself a spooky little Christmas…

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Swinging outside my comfort zone… 

I’ve avoided swing pants since I began this retro life style. I felt like I would be digressing in to my teenage-skater-girl -wanna-be self (Jinkos anyone?!). Or sadly rehashing the unmentionable time in my early twenties where I’d kill for a good pair of bellbottoms. Wide leg pants?! Sounds like a step in the wrong…… Continue reading Swinging outside my comfort zone… 

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Why I own the same skirt in 7 different colors

Hello! It’s been a while! The last two years have been insane. I moved from San Antonio, TX to Louisville, KY, got engaged, and started a business… just a few life events that have made it hard to focus on my passion of writing and fashion. I’ll touch more on that at a later date,…… Continue reading Why I own the same skirt in 7 different colors