I’ve always felt that I grew up in the wrong era, and most of you who know me would probably attest that I should probably be sent back to the late 1950’s to early 1960’s. One of my biggest challenges in life has always been my battle with accepting technology. I hate my iPhone, don’t respond to text messages for like four days at a time, use a day calendar, and still have a rolodex on my desk. (Although just for the record, I was born in 1992.) My favorite novel of all time is On the Road by Jack Kerouac, and I think the Etta James station on my Pandora is consistently most played- partially because I can never figure out how to work the darn thing to switch the station, but also because I just love everything that comes out of that time. But I think my favorite part about that time was the style. Necklines were higher, swing dresses were more feminine than ever, and dressing like a lady wasn’t a weird thing. I’d be more than content if I got to dress like a late 1950’s housewife all the time, and my wardrobe was brimming with cigarette pants, pearls, full circle dresses, and kitten heels a lá June Cleaver. For me, watching Mad Men was mostly a self-realization. If I could just look like/be/steal the closet of Betty Draper, that’d be just dandy.
So naturally, when it came time to choose an Easter dress, the Joan Holloway in me knew I had to have something swingy and retro this year.
Fresh baked cookies, anyone?
I recently found the sweetest little boutique in Sioux Falls, South Dakota called Chelsea’s Boutique. Not only do they have some of the cutest and most affordable pieces, but they ship! Like, everywhere! But I was so excited when I learned more about what they stand for. Chelsea’s mission is to make every woman feel as beautiful as they are, and to empower women through the clothes they wear. How ladylike is that? And I have to say… I feel especially beautiful in this silk frock from Chelsea’s. It’s called the Whitney Dress, and I’m in so in love with the silhouette. All of my pieces that came from Chelsea’s look exactly the way they do online and fit so true to size. Chelsea’s has the best selection of dresses, shoes, and accessories, and I am SO excited to tell you guys that I have officially partnered with them for you all to have 15% off your entire order of $50 or more with the code ‘COTTON+CAB’ at checkout!
This pillbox-style handbag was obligatory to carry with my retro easter dress. It called the Heather crossbody bag, and it’s from Lou Lou Boutiques. Lou Lou is an east-coast boutique chain, with stores in D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and Connecticut. But being a west-coaster for most of my life, I didn’t have Lou Lou… until recently, when I found their online store. LIFE. CHANGED. They have so many cute handbags and jewelry, and of course you guys know I wouldn’t tell you all about it unless it was fabulous AND budget-friendly. Like, statement necklaces for under $20… can you not?! The Heather bag comes in a variety of pastels, like mint green, periwinkle, yellow, and even black. It looks like a little french macaron when it’s zipped up, and has so many pockets and storage room inside. It also comes with a detachable strap, so you have the option to wear it as a crossbody or carry it as a handbag. And the best part? It retails for only $35.00… AND enter the code ‘CANDC10’ at checkout, and Cotton and Cabernet readers will receive 10% off any purchase from Lou Lou. (You’re welcome, loves!)
Shop this Look:
Dress: Chelsea’s Boutique (Enter code ‘COTTON+CAB’ at checkout for 15% off your purchase of $50+)
Handbag: Lou Lou Boutiques (Enter ‘CANDC10’ at checkout for 10% off)