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
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
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
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
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
NOTE: If you are new to this space, I would suggest you go back a couple posts to catch up as I have this aversion to repeating myself. If you are a long time reader and wondering what’s up with the new direction, I suggest you do the same. I assure you, fashion is still…… Continue reading Day 1 of Treatment – 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
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
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
Lately I’ve been splurging on jewelry. It began when I purchased a lot of bakelite for super cheap at an estate sale a few months ago. I fell in love with the idea of accessorizing, and started scouring the internet and vintage stores. I also took out my plugs and the holes closed up enough…… Continue reading Splendette – 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
I’ve decided to open up an Etsy account for some of my vintage goods I no longer want. Check me out! Kara’s Kitsch. I’m also contemplating designing vintage inspired jewelry and stepping up my hair flower game enough to sell them. Stay tuned!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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My husband thinks I look good in red so I bought this dress from Tatyana Boutique a while ago. I think I’ve worn it the past 3 years in a row on Valentine’s day. I love the details… the netted shoulders, the little bow at the waist, and the fabric is soft and a little…… Continue reading Valentine’s by Tatyana Boutique
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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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
Which do you prefer for the blog? I initially set up my studio for stock photos of Kara’s Atomic Boutique, but I really enjoy the clean lines on my review posts. What do you think?
I’ve been in dire need of warmer clothes that fit my style, for the last 5 or so years I’ve lived in layers of yoga gear and thick hoodies during winter. Vivien of Holloway has many styles to choose from, I decided to invest in a few slash neck tops. Top and pinafore by Vivien…… Continue reading Slash Neck Tops by VOH – a review
Bra and stockings by What Katie Did. Girdle, panties, and garter by Rago Shapewear.
You guys, there’s a tiki bar in Louisville now! The Limbo Bar will be my new home. Dress by Hellbunny, shoes by Bait Footwear. Hair flower by me. Cardigan by Vivien of Holloway.
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
Last year I wrote a blog post called Where You At – 2017 edition. I figure I’ll keep it going and take some time off from pretty things to talk about life. Because boy, did life happen last year. I began the year enthusiastic to continue my business at Kara’s Atomic Boutique. However, when I…… Continue reading Where you at – 2018 edition
I’ve been inspired by my friend Juniper Gimlet to do a makeup post. She posts frequently about her favorite products and different makeup challenges she is involved in. I highly suggest you check out her blog for vintage inspiration. I don’t often attend events in which a full face of makeup is needed, but I…… Continue reading All Made Up
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
I’ll apologize for the mirror selfies in advance, I’ve been bed ridden for about a week and finally feel well enough to at least put on clothes but didn’t want to exert the effort on photo shoots in the chilly basement. I took advantage of Collectifs recent 50% off sale and purchased some overalls and…… Continue reading Delores – a new staple
I love a good harlrquin, or any diamond pattern really. I purchased the Jenny dress in red and chocolate brown from Pinup Girl Clothing a couple years ago, but sadly it just didn’t work for me, it’s way too tight on my chest. I love the print though, so I found a dress in a…… Continue reading Harley in Harlequin
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
I’m more prepared for winter than in past years, but I’ll admit, I missed a staple. I have no idea how I went so long without a black winter coat but when I realized it, I went on the hunt. Of course I looked at my local vintage and thrift shops but couldn’t find anything…… Continue reading The perfect coat – a review
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
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
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
So I’ve been practising taking photos of myself for the last couple weeks, since I got the equipment to set up a little photo studio in my basement. The point is to take stock photos for my boutique and blog posts. Thanks to some very helpful people who provided some tips and the internet, I…… Continue reading Photo studio update #2
I’m so happy to say my photo studio is serving me quite well! I am, however, ordering yet another white backdrop because I still have to edit my photos to rectangles and if I ever photograph someone taller than me, cropping will be impossible. Regardless, here are some new photos in the studio. I hope…… Continue reading Photo studio update
I finally got everything to take photos for my boutique and blog! The backdrop isn’t perfect but I’m so happy foe clean photos! Take a look at my very first #OOTD with my studio setup. Dress by Hellbunny shoes by Bait Footwear. Check out my previous entry for setting up a home photo studio. <3…… Continue reading First photo studio post
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
I’ve wanted to take photos for my business on a white screen to make them seem a little more professional for a long time. My old apartment just didn’t have the space. My fiancee and I moved in with each other about 4 months ago, I took the upstairs for my boudoir, and my fiancee…… Continue reading Easy Home Photo Studio Setup
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
I’ve been collecting Rago shapewear for a few years now. The very first piece I bought was at Viva when I came across their booth. It was this piece, and I’ve been in love ever since. This body shaper is comfortable and flattering. It comes in several colors to suit your taste. This is virtually…… Continue reading Rago – A Review
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
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
Bait Footwear makes the best vintage reproduction shoes, hands down. All shoes are made of vegan leather. Great attention to detail has been paid to each pair, and the designs resemble the era while providing a little bit of unique flair. The quality is amazing; I have a pair I’ve worn almost daily for the…… Continue reading But Another Innocent Tale
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!
As you may have heard by now, I’ve been ordering things from across the pond quite a bit lately. I find some of the quality to be better, the styles more intriguing, and the prices to be about the same.. although customs can sometimes be a hassle. One of my current favorite companies is Vivien…… Continue reading Tea Time
I purchased a couple of Vivien of Holloway halterneck sarong dresses last year, so I mostly knew what to expect when I bought a couple tops earlier this month. These are the two I started with, the red gingham daisy and satin white ones. Tops by Vivien of Holloway, shorts by Pinup Girl Clothing. Like…… Continue reading Halterneck Heaven
There is a joke between my fiancee and I that I’m his Barbie doll and he’s my GI Joe. It’s funny though, because I wasn’t much in to barbies as a child, I was far more interested in my teenage mutant ninja turtles. But you can’t deny the charm of an original Barbie. And along…… Continue reading Barbie Sass
I don’t care about actual diamonds but I do love a good diamond pattern. This one from Sourpuss Clothing comes in several prints and styles! Dress in red by Sourpuss Clothing, purse by Tatyana Boutique, shoes by Bait Footwear. Dress in mint by Sourpuss Clothing, shoes by Bait Footwear. Bathing suit in blue by Sourpuss…… Continue reading Diamonds are Foeva
Pinup Girl Clothing has had these parrot cropped trousers for a while now. I thought they were cute, but maybe not quite the print for me. Until I started paying attention to my closet and what have available to style each item with. I noticed a large gap in my wardrobe, patterned pants. These specific ones go…… Continue reading A Tropical Twist
Another one if my favorite Pinup Girl Clothing dresses is the Havana Nights in warm red tones. This specific pattern is no longer available but there are a few other colors and patterns to choose from. I also own the long sleeve version in olive and it’s one of my fall staples. Dress by Pinup Girl Clothing,…… Continue reading Havana Nights
I think I’m clever… Outfit by Sourpuss Clothing.
I’m not complaining about the heat, its actually cooler here than back home in central Texas. I will say this though, its shorts from here on out. And my favorite company for highwaisted shorts??? Pinup Girl Clothing. Today I am wearing their Pink Lemonade highwaisted shorts. They are comfortable and very flattering, and just the…… Continue reading Pink Lemonade
You can miss me with that mermaid shit… I’ve always been an intergalactic space queen. Dress by Sourpuss, shoes are TOMs, petticoat from Hellbunny.
Yesterday morning I work up early to give this estate sale thing another whirl. I tried a few weeks ago and it was a complete bust! But this time I was organized, I researched the local paper and Craigslist to find places and times, and some of them provided little descriptions of what was available.…… Continue reading Estate Sale Redo…
Dress and petticoat by Hellbunny, purse is vintage Whitting Davis, shoes and scarf are also vintage.
I’ve been sick all week… so this is the first day I’ve actually gotten dressed in a while. We are going to my mother in laws house and hopefully I can talk my fiancee in to taking me to an antique shop or two 🙂 Outfit of the day Details.. Skirt by Sourpuss Clothing, top…… Continue reading Cherries on Cherries
My brother tried to introduce me to this band almost a decade ago. I didn’t bother listening to them, because I wasn’t in high school anymore and my death metal days were over. Clearly I didn’t recognize the irony in their name. Once I found out they were associated with two of my favorite bands…… Continue reading The Eagles of Death Metal Show
Outfit of the day Dress is vintage, shoes are by Bait Footwear.
Dress by Heart of Haute, bolero by Steady, shoes from Unique Vintage, hat is vintage.
Hat, purse, and patio dress are vintage. Shoes from Modcloth.
Beaded purse and brooch are vintage, dress from Modcloth.
Cardi by Sourpuss, dress by Steady, purse by Pinup Girl Clothing, shoes by Bait Footwear, bakelite was thrifted.
Outfit of the day Shoes by Bait Footwear, petticoat was thrifted, dress by Hellbunny Official, belt from Vivien of Holloway, and the purse is from Pinup Girl Clothing. Seahorse brooch by Small Victories Handmade.
I wrote a blog post a couple years ago more personal than others entitled “Where you at”. It summed up my life since I moved to Louisville 4 years ago, the ups and downs and the plan forward. I found it this morning while scrolling through old posts and thought it was a good time…… Continue reading Where you at – 2017 edition
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
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
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
As I’ve said several times at this point, I finally placed an order with Vivien of Holloway, and I’ve found one of my new favorite brands. I wanted some tops that would work with business casual outfits, while still suiting my style. I needed some tops for colder weather, so I ordered some Raglan blouses. I…… Continue reading Button Down Heaven
I finally placed an order with Vivien of Holloway. I placed a huge order because I didn’t want to pay a bunch in shipping later, so I pretty much bought everything on their website I wanted. My packages have slowly been trickling in all week, here is what I got today. I purchased this Sarong dress…… Continue reading Vivien of Holloway Haul 2-16
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
So, I have no idea what the difference between tartan and plaid is, maybe its a regional thing. Whatever the reason, I absolutely love this print. I got a pair of these green wide legged trousers a couple months ago from Unique Vintage, and fell in love with the color and style. And thanks to…… Continue reading Tartan by Voodoo Vixen
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…
I.Love.Tolie. I love all color combos of it. I love it so much, my wedding dress will be made of tolie. Speaking of having dresses made, I purchased two dress ‘vouchers’ a couple years ago, two months after I got engaged. I purchased the vouchers because I saw the most amazing fabric from Retro Honey…… Continue reading Lusting for Tolie
I recently placed my first order with Collectif during their massive 50% off sale. Too bad if you missed out on it, because I made out like a bandit. I have a few Collectif pieces, but I think I got most of them from Unique Vintage or Modcloth. Now, I was finally browsing their entire…… Continue reading Dream Jeans
I’ve wanted a Harley top from Pinup Girl Clothing for a while. I bought one way back when I was a size medium, and the large was way too tight on my bust and way to baggy in the waist. Now that I’m a size XL, it fits perfectly. I really needed an orange top, and…… Continue reading Harley and friends
Paris is jut one of those places I have no desire to ever visit. I may end up there one day for the sake of going, but when I think of traveling the world, it’s never on my list. I consider myself a foodie and I’ve never been interested in French cuisine. I’m not a big…… Continue reading Pas de plans pour paris
I love any dress I can wear my favorite square toe cowboy boots with!!! I’ve wanted this dress for so long, but it wasn’t available for a while. Now its on Heart of Hautes sale rack, so I snagged it this weekend. Dress by Heart of Haute, boots are Justin
Its been a while since I’ve gotten to go to an antique or peddlers mall. I finally talked the fiancee in to it, reminding him that we go to toy and music stores alllll the time 🙂 I’ve been looking for a pill case (I lose them all the time and I’m too scared to…… Continue reading On the hunt for pretty things…
If you need me, I’ll be in your kitchen eating all your food and drinking all your beer. Happy super bowl! Pants by Collectif, top thrifted.
I never thought I’d wear dungarees or overalls ever again in my life. The last time I wore them was when my mother dressed me as a child, lol! But I’ve been checking these ones out for a while since I saw them on a woman I follow on Instagram. I wanted to pull off…… Continue reading First Pair of Dungarees Since the 80s
I picked up the Hot Rod Honey dress from Pinup Girl Clothing last year during a sale. I had no idea how comfortable it would be, I didn’t even read the description, I just knew I needed a dress wit Venus Fly Traps on it… Dress by Pinup Girl Clothing. Hat vintage. Boots from pinup…… Continue reading A little creepy, a lot comfortable.
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…
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
I began this blog to give myself an outlet during this chaotic time in my life... but between preparing for a cross-country move and trying to spin up my second career as a fitness instructor, I'm struggling to find time to upload the tons of food, yoga, and outfit pics I've taken over the past… Continue reading