OOTD: The Notebook Inspired Ensemble

Hello my dears, it’s Emily Rae here!

While I am definitely not the sappy type who enjoys cheesy romantic movies, The Notebook is one of my favorites (it just never gets old!) A big part of this is due to the fact that the outfits have me swooning every single time I watch. While I am not particularly surprised, as it takes place during my favorite decade, I was inspired nonetheless to recreate my favorite look from the movie.

The iconic blue dress that Allie Hamilton wears in the movie, naturally, was a customized gown made perfectly fit for the starring actress, Rachel McAdams. Thus, I searched through clothing racks to find a lovely dupe for the ensemble!

The dress I selected was originally a long-sleeved, floor-length nightgown from the 1960’s era. Consequently, I had to chop away at the dress to create a short-sleeved, mid-thigh look, opting for a scalloped hemline to complete the outfit.

I threw a matching purse I found while thrift shopping into the mix and slipped on my favorite wedges and voila, the outfit was finished!

I absolutely adore recreating looks from the past as I certainly see it as a challenge. But remember, adding your own twist to these iconic looks makes it all the more fun.

As always, I’m Emily Rae, wishing you all a lovely day! I’ll see you soon, my dears.



OOTD: Cheery Cherry Dress

Hello my dears, it’s Emily Rae here!

Happy November to all! I can’t believe the holidays are just around the corner, can you? Time sure does fly!

With the transition into the colder months, I feel as though in most places, people start digging out their cold-weather attire right about now. However, if you reside in Southern California like me, and don’t really get the whole seasonal autumn change, sadly, then sleeveless dresses are still quite a common thing to be wearing! With over 100 degree weather last weekend, I didn’t have an option but to wear a dress with a lightweight fabric, minimal straps and one that was breathable.


To prevent blistering in the heat, I selected this cherry patterned dress with a halter-strapped closing and a fit & flare cut. With a vintage ravishing red blazer (that is a 1950’s original piece!), I felt as though just the right amount of retro was revamped for this ensemble!

My heels were a pair of floral-accessorized chunky heels that elongate the legs while still providing stability due to the thickness of the heels.  Enjoying the beautiful Old Town San Diego for the Day of the Dead festivities this past weekend was a lovely time, indeed. Old Town truly does not ever get old if you ask me 🙂


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I am off to spend my Saturday working on some fun holiday posts coming up 🙂

As always, I’m Emily Rae, wishing you all a lovely day! See you soon, my dears!

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OOTN: Retro With a Modern Twist

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Hello my dears, it’s Emily Rae here!

This past weekend, my best friend and I got all dolled up and headed out for a night in  Downtown San Diego! The evening consisted of delicious food, courtesy of the lovely restaurant Puesto, views of the San Diego Bay, an amazingly talented Beatles cover band and of course, yet another memory shared with my dearest friend.

Fashion for the night was kept classic with a modern twist. Definitely on the “daring” side, if you will, I was inspired by two lovely ladies for this look: the darling Betty Brosmer and the divine Emily Ratajkowski. Both of these icons share a similar style in that their looks are sultry and sophisticated, a combination which I love!

For this Downtown OOTN, I opted for a navy blue color scheme. The star of this outfit was this exquisite dress, that was a gift from my mom, that has minor cutout details in the front. I understand, this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, however, I felt as though the look was a healthy mixture of vintage and contemporary; a look that Brosmer would wear in her prime in the 40’s as well as an ensemble that Ratajkowski may select for a night out in modern day. Nonetheless, this has become one of my favorite curve-hugging pieces in my wardrobe!

I added a modern accessory with this mirrored belt and pinned my hair on one side for an Old Hollywood glam look. With everything that I wear, I always have one rule that I never falter from: at least one part of my look has to have some vintage flair to it. Whether that be a retro scarf added to jeans and a jacket, or a red lip added to my sweatpants and band tee look, this is one piece of advice I would suggest to any vintage lover 🙂 In this case, I selected some darling crystal-adorned earrings and kept my makeup simple yet smoky, a look that was fitting, considering my inspiration for the night.

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My wedges  were from TJ Maxx, which I have featured a few times here on the blog,  and I threw on a loose fitting blazer, as it does get quite chilly by the water in San Diego! And with that, this outfit is complete! Thanks to those tuning and keep your eyes peeled for more posts to come very soon!

Happy October to everyone, by the way 🙂 Don’t forget to follow along on my Instagram for more beauty, fashion & lifestyle posts throughout the week! 🙂

As always, I’m Emily Rae, wishing you all a lovely day.  See you soon, my dears!

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OOTN: Ravishing Rose Swing Dress


Hello, my dears, it’s Emily Rae here!

First and foremost, I decided to switch up the font on here, hope nobody minds 🙂 ‘Twas time for a little change!

As some of you know, today is actually my 20th birthday! I had such a lovely time with friends and family these past few days and am feeling inspired to write!

I am not usually one to make a huge deal about my birthday, however, my best friends and lovely family truly made it a special one that I will never forget. On the agenda for this past Saturday was swing dancing with my dears in which I HAD to share with y’all the outfit I wore!

As soon as I saw this dress on the Unique Vintage site (check it out here), I knew it would be the perfect pick for a night of swing dancing. While it fit like a glove and went perfectly with my victory rolls and red lipstick, the dress unfortunately did not survive the night! Whilst at dinner, the zipper completely broke, making it non-repairable by the end of the evening (leading to a dress change mid-night!). However, I did get a few photos of the dress in its glory which I shall share with you all now.

This 1950’s style swing dress has the perfect fit & flare style that is curve-hugging yet comfortable, or was, before it split open, should I say 😦 .

I paired my look with some black dangling earrings and strappy black wedges that were impeccably comfy to swing dance in!

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As for other festivities of the night, my friends and I went to an old-fashioned diner beforehand and danced with the loveliest folks during the swing dance. It was so nice to be able to attend an event where you share the same music taste and love for vintage things with others! Even though it may not be my friends cup of tea, I certainly appreciated their thought in taking me for my birthday.


In other news, I can’t wait to create some fun fall posts for the upcoming weeks! I have an entire list of ideas saved in my notebook that I cannot wait for y’all to see. For now, I wish everyone an amazing week ahead!

As always, I’m Emily Rae, wishing you all a lovely day!

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OOTD : Polka Dotted in Old Town

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OOTD: Classic at the Car Show

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OOTN: Old Hollywood Glamour


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OOTD: Circle Skirts & Wedges

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OOTD: Contemporary Classic


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OOTD: Rosie The Riveter Glam

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