Dapper Day Wendy Darling

Oh lord. This dress. This dress nearly killed me.

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So for starters, my sister and a bunch of her friends were visiting for Dapper Day, and we decided to do a big Dapper Day Peter Pan squad. I was unanimously chosen as Wendy (because really, have you met me? I’m a Wendy.) I planned my outfit pretty quickly-  a sky blue lace dress with a blue sash. Nice and simple, right?

Wrong. I procrastinated. I waited until literally the night before. Oh, and guess what else was also the night before? My first 10k. I was running the inaugural Disney Star Wars Dark Side 10k race, and for some reason I decided to procrastinate.

I used Vogue 2960, which is a vintage reprint pattern, and I’ve used it before to make my Ellie Frederickson dress. I did the same alterations- I cut the front pieces on the fold so that the dress could zip up the back instead of button up the front. I adjusted the shoulders. I checked all my measurements. I cut the pieces from a sky blue lace and a sky blue cotton and had sky blue bias tape to hem the edges.

Yet somehow, when I sewed the skirt (a gathered dirndl), somehow the bodice was DRASTICALLY longer in the back, making the whole thing droop and making the skirt hang too low. I was devastated. I honestly could not figure out what was going wrong with this stupid thing. And by then it was around nine at night, and I needed to be up at 3 am to run the 10k.

Luckily my friend Kimberly stepped in and offered to do some work on the dress and to finish the sash. I cried my way home (did I also mention I put myself into a panic-induced asthma attack? I’m a quality human.) carboloaded with some pasta from Panera, and crashed.

Somehow, though, I dragged myself out of bed, got to the race, and did a fairly respectable job! My time wasn’t great but it wasn’t terrible, and I felt pretty good about things. When everything was over I drove to where my sister and her friends were staying at the Caribbean Beach resort, showered, and wrestled into this stupid dress. I had preemptively packed my Rapunzel Dapper Day dress from the year before and picked up a blue ribbon as a backup sash,but magically the Wendy dress was wearable! Kimberly had done some magic to raise the waistline in the back and finish the sash. It still wasn’t perfect, but it was going to work, and that’s all that really mattered.

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I clipped my beloved cheap eBay weave into my hair and my sister’s friend Torrance styled it into a nice half up-half down for me, and I added my Wendy bow from Extra Sweet Boqtique. I wore black ballet flats from the kid’s section of Target (I wasn’t even going to try with heels) and wore my thimble necklace from Whosits and Whatsits.

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Somehow I survived the entire day walking around. I don’t know how. My friends were like “do you want a wheelchair? We can totally push you in a wheelchair” and I was like “I AM STUBBORN I WILL WALK.” I ended up walking 38,000+ steps that day between the race, Epcot, and Magic Kingdom.

And then I crashed. I crashed so hard.

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At least I looked cute, right?

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Makeup Review: Wet ‘n’ Wild Liquid Catsuit

I’ve heard a lot about the Wet ‘n’ Wild Liquid Catsuit liquid lipsticks over the past couple of months, and when they popped up on sale at Target I decided to bite the bullet and try them out. Truth be told, I’m not a huge fan of liquid lipsticks, but they’re incredibly practical for work. When I’m in characters, I sweat like crazy, plus I’m constantly chugging water. When I’m in gangster, I have interference from my Britney Spears mic, and in bandit I wear a bandana over my mouth that gets tugged down. So you can see why I have to have lip colors that won’t smear on me.

 

I picked up two shades, Give Me Mocha (a warm brown with a hint of rose) and Missy and Fierce (a bright true red). The more neutral color is for bandit, and the vampy red for gangster- I like matching my makeup to my costume.

 

The tubes are a good size- not too big, not too small- and hold a good amount of product. The applicator feels like a doefoot, but with a little more give to it. Definitely easy to apply (for a liquid lipstick) and easy to control.

 

The first color I tried was Give Me Mocha. It needed a few swipes before my lips were fully filled in- the color was patchy with just one layer- but with a second it was perfect. The texture was a little tacky for the first few minutes, but dried down pretty quickly and was surprisingly comfortable. I did notice a little flaking throughout the day, but I was able to wear the lip color from the time work started at 9:30 all the way until I got home around seven. Ordinarily I probably would have touched up my color after work, but since this was a test run, I left it alone and still wasn’t completely embarrassed to leave it on my face! I was really impressed that there was absolutely no color transfer onto my bandana, even though it was dragged over my mouth at least twenty times during the day.

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I tried Missy and Fierce for my next gangster shift. (I’ve also decided that Missy and Fierce will be the name of my next bluegrass duo band). This time the color went on in a single layer with no patchiness- and most notably, no bleeding around my mouth. However, it did wear off more than Give Me Mocha did. After lunch, the inner corners of my mouth were completely colorless. At least no one could see that unless I opened my mouth really wide!

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All in all I would give the Wet ‘n’ Wild Liquid Catsuit lipsticks a 5/5! The formula is incredibly comfortable, the wear is good enough (I personally don’t mind reapplying after a meal), and the colors are beautiful. Plus, at $5 and easy to find in most stores, it’s a steal!

(also, if anyone has a suggestion for an eyeliner that won’t smudge, I will give you my first born child in exchange.)

Wait, I’m confused. I get jealous of your hair when you post pictures, it has such a pretty wave and volume to it so that it looks playful and fun. You are very pretty and spunky so following your blog and seeing pictures of you is a joy. <3

Anonymous said:

I’ve always really liked your hair… Why do you hate it? 😦
It’s just real thin and frizzy. And I don’t know of anybody who can cut it so it looks better, so the ends are real ratty. And I drastically prefer having long hair, but I feel like it’ll look healthier shorter, but I hate how my face looks with short hair.
But yeah. Y’all are just too sweet. ❤

I Heart Spring!

What is your favorite spring nail polish?
Probably Essie’s First Timer- a light minty green shade. I just wish I could wear nail polish to work!

What is your must-have lip color this spring?
I’ve been loving the Maybelline Color Whispers- super lightweight but still pigmented. Pin-Up Peach is my favorite, tied with Rose of Attraction which is my perfect my lips but better shade.

Show us your favorite spring dress!

(source)

This is the Air of Adorable dress from Modcloth. I got it for Christmas but wore for the first time for Dapper Day. It’s super cute, super comfortable, and it has all the right colors for springtime!

What’s your favorite flower?
Right now I’m really feeling blush pink peonies. They’re so soft and lush and fragrant! Like baby clouds.

What’s your favorite spring scarf/accessory?
I own a grand total of 0 scarves and I’m horrible at accessories, so I guess I’ll say my green flower hair clip? Full disclosure- I found it at work at the bridal shop in the discard pile and sewed it onto a clip. I think it fell off a bridesmaid’s dress in a former life.

What spring trend(s) are you most excited about this year?
I’m really bad with trends, but I actually like the crop top look when the top is kind of flowy and shows just a small bit of midriff. I think it’s cute, even for someone like me with a rather squishy build!

Favorite spring candle?
I’ve been burning my watermelon lemonade mini from Bath and Body Works the most. It’s small, but smells so delicious.

Favorite body spray/perfume for spring?
This spring it’s B&BW’s Beautiful Day!

What is spring like where you live?
It’s Florida, so it’s hot. Well, mornings are a bit cooler, about upper 60s, and then warm and humid with afternoon rain. The rain’s actually kind of pleasant though. I love the smell.

What’s your favorite thing about spring?
Everything is new and fresh and bright again! It’s such a relief after a gray winter.

Are you a spring cleaner?
YES. I love marathon spring cleaning sessions…and getting super disorganized in between each one.

Any plans for spring break or an upcoming vacation?
P and I are hoping to go home to Nashville for a week. Fingers crossed we get the time off!