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Dapper Day – Disneyland

14 Feb

Hey West Coast Gals, this year the women from JBR Clothing are going to be hitting the mean streets of Anaheim and stepping out for Dapper Day at the Disneyland Resort!

Dapper Day is an unofficial event where people from all over the country visit Disneyland, Walt Disney World, or the Disney Resort in Paris dressed in their Sunday best. According to Dapper Day’s website they say this “DAPPER DAY Events at Disney Parks are your chance enjoy your favorite rides and attractions while looking your best. All sophisticated fashions, from vintage-inspired to contemporary chic, are encouraged. Active or retired military please consider wearing your dress uniform if you like.”

The dates for events vary depending on which resort you are visiting. For us West Coasters, Dapper Day will be happening the weekend of February 22 and 23. This is the first time JBR Clothing is going to the park, just as participants, not as a vendor, but we could not be any more excited then we are now!!

Since we decided this was an event we wanted to be a part of, we have been going through our look books seeing some of the styles we may want to bring out.

Haunted Mansion inspired outfit

This first look is one that I have worn to Disneyland on two different occasions. Both times I wore this dress, I was stopped by guests and cast members asking me if this was purchased in the park near the Haunted Mansion. I didn’t realize it until I was asked the first time, but the Folter Art Gallery dress does look like the hall of portraits in the Haunted Mansion. If you want to wear this out to Dapper Day, you can dress up the dress with fancier shoes and well coiffed hair. This is on the more casual side of the spectrum in terms of dressing up.

This next look is getting closer to the stepping out in style motto of Dapper Day. Taking the Hell Bunny Noreen Black Dress and adding accessories make this a great outfit to wear for Dapper Day. I liked this dress as a Dapper Day option because the skirt is a swing, allowing for you to feel a little cooler if the temperature is warm. It also does not lead to being restricted when you get on and off the rides, and the style totally captures that nostalgic feeling of Disneyland on opening day. I think adding a pair of wrist length gloves and swapping out a cigarette holder in place of a purse is a perfect option for the weekend.

The last option for Dapper Day is a more sophisticated look is the Stop Staring! Viola Dress. This is one of my favorite looks from Stop Staring in their most recent collection. The colors on the dress are so rich and vibrant it will make for wonderful photos in front of the castle. To make the look more comfortable for you while you run around the park, pair the dress with a cute pair of lace flats. I am in love with parasols and would suggest having one with you if the day is projected to be 80 or above.

Rachel and I have yet to nail down what looks we will be wearing while we are at Dapper Day next weekend, so we will try and keep you posted via Instagram what we decide on.

What are you planning on wearing? Will you be there? What events are rides are you most looking forward to? Share a comment with us or tag us in your Instagram photos, we love seeing where you are wearing JBR!

Love,

Your Team at JBR Clothing

Valentine’s Day Dates – Reloaded

8 Feb

We are one week away from Valentine’s Day!

When I started thinking about posts we could do about the big day I started thinking about date nights. It can be hard sometimes to come up with places to go that you don’t already frequent. So I started to think of places my husband and I enjoy going to when we want to do something out of the ordinary. Here is a list of places we enjoy and you might want to try out for your Valentine’s Day date.

Fondue

Okay, this may totally seem cliché, but I am not talking the Melting Pot fondue (although there is nothing wrong with that) I am talking kitschy hole-in-the-wall type of places. Being based in Southern California, we are blessed with having tons of little eateries. If you do some digging, you may just find a fondue place that is not owned by a chain. Fondue is fun because you are basically eating cheese and dessert. Yes, you can go for the meat broth pots, but the cheese alone is amazing!

The reason my husband and I like doing this on occasion is because a restaurant like this is very intimate. You are in charge of preparing your food and can go at your own pace. Again, a great fondue place is normally filled with retro items, furniture and eclectic people.

Jazz Lounge

Find your local jazz lounge. Whether it is a hipster watering hole or an underground dive, it is sure to be a great way to spend your evening. Again, this is one of those places that normally affords you with interesting people watching, people are dressed up in their best attire, and you can wear your retro/repro best and not be out-of-place. My personal favorite lounge bar is the Hip Kitty in Claremont, California. It is not only a jazz lounge, but a fondue restaurant! We have celebrate many of my friends birthdays there.

Not only are you guaranteed to have some amazing music to listen to, lounges like these will usually have great bartenders! Ask what their house speciality cocktail is and try it, I am sure it will impress!

Go Dancing

If you are a normal person, your weekdays are jam-packed with work, friends, significant others, the gym, etc. How often do you get to slow down and enjoy the moment? This year for Valentine’s Day, take the chance to embrace the moment and dance. Sometimes when life is getting crazy, my husband and I go out on a Saturday and go dancing. Dancing is a great way to feel intimate and connected with your partner and you are also exercising and moving. We love finding a place with great music and other swing dancers. It is all about the environment and the crowd.

Try a local brewery or wine bar

Again, we are pretty lucky to live close to a college area where there are several streets of bars and night clubs. While we don’t especially love the crowds associated with college kids, it does allow us to be exposed to some boutique bars. For Valentine’s Day, you should take the risk and try that one bar that looks enticing with the weird name. Find out if the specialize in beer, wine, or whiskey. Normally if a place has a speciality you should be able to get an idea of what kind of clients it will attract.

The above picture is from a bar in Downtown Fullerton, California. Its speciality is Hops and Scotch – hence the name. Every time my husband and I have gone we are never disappointed in their choice of food and alcohol. The best part is that normally most of the crowd that frequents this place are older and more subdued.

What are you planning for Valentine’s Day? Are you going big and all out, or will you be spending the evening doing something more low-key. Share with us how you are planning on celebrating!

Love,

Your Team at JBR Clothing

Dresses to Knock Your Valentine’s Breath Away

5 Feb

Can you believe it ladies, Valentine’s Day is bearing down on us! With just a little over a week away, we wanted to give you our favorite dresses to wear for your special dates. Whether you are going out with your main squeeze, or celebrating with your girls, these looks are meant to make everyone drool over you.

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Stop Staring! Love (Red)

The fun of this dress is in the details that Stop Staring! has added to this design! I cannot tell you how much I adore the bow in the back! There have been several women that have come into our store and are turned off by the bow detail in the back, thinking that it is too “young” and intended for women in their early twenties. I dare to disagree. This dress has a wonderful silhouette and can be worn by anyone. The dress is made from Stop Staring’s millennium fabric, which has a lot of stretch to it – read: it is very forgiving! The dress is ruched at the waist helping you look more defined if you are not a slim person.  And then there is the bow, the bow helps to draw attention to your back. It is placed at the waist and falls on the top part of your butt and hips. I honestly think that this bow helps give a reason for that special someone to be staring at you from behind. It is done in a way that makes the dress more sweet than slut.

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H&R London Hearts and Roses Swing

H&R London has quickly become one of our best sellers for JBR! Our fans love the brand, the price point, and the designs of the dresses. For Valentine’s Day what could be better than the Hearts and Roses dress? Even if you don’t have a special Valentine’s this year, this is a perfect gift to give yourselves. I clearly love to find the dresses with the details, and this one changes up a traditional boat neckline by adding the fold down in the front with the buttons. The buttons are what get me on this dress. They are so cute and feminine along with the print.

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Hell Bunny Arcadia Red 50’s Dress

Hell Bunny is all about the details when it comes to the print on their dresses. This year for Valentine’s Day try something with a little more edge with this dress! The print on this dress has hearts, flowers, skulls, keys, and bones! To me, this dress would be great for your girls dinner to celebrate not needing a man. The sweetheart neckline is done in black to contrast against the predominant red print on the dress. Hell Bunny has also added three small buttons down the front to make it look like a faux blouse. The banding around the waist helps to give the illusion of a corset and creates more definition in the waist line.

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Hell Bunny Judy Red 50’s Dress

This last look is definitely the sweetest and more demure of the looks we like for Valentine’s Day. The dress is made from a stretch cotton and has a tiny white polka dot print on it. The neckline is different with a square cut, and Hell Bunny has added a lace piece to the front to make the dress more dainty. I love the way they accessorized their model with the little hat pinned on and the white petticoat. I think that if you are going to choose a dress like this, it is all about playing it up with the accessories. You could add pearls and flats. This would be a fun pick if you want to go swing dancing for the night.

These are our top picks for Valentine’s Day, what are the looks you are planning on wearing? Leave us a comment or tag us in your photos on Instagram. As always, we love to see what you are wearing from our store and how you are accessorizing!

Love,

Your Team at JBR Clothing

New Years Eve Dresses

30 Dec
Wondering what to wear for New Year’s Eve? We have the short-list of looks that will have you ready to celebrate the closing of 2013 and look forward to 2014!
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We tried to come up with the top four looks that will make heads turn and jaw drop. Each of these dresses is in a hue that will be sure to have people asking you were you purchased your dress. For 2014 we envision gold, black, with jewel tones. There is something timeless about the black and gold look. Of course, if there is a shimmer to it, even better! The alternative for the gold and black is the jewel tones of a sapphire blue. With any of these dresses you can add statement necklaces and sky high heels.

What do you plan on wearing? Be sure to Tweet us photos or tag us on Instagram so we can see how you are rocking these classic looks!
Love,
Your Team at JBR Clothing

Christmas Stocking Stuffer Guide

17 Dec
We are just one week away from Christmas Eve and the time is ticking down to get all those last minute gifts purchased! We wanted to give you all just a few ideas of what you can stuff in your favorite pin-up girl’s stocking this year!
We talked about what our favorite beauty items were from this last year, and what we would want to see stuffed in our stocking to help up ring in the New Year to come up with this list for you!
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Above are the links to purchasing the items online, but let us break down each item and why we love them and think you will too!
**In order of the list above**
1)Eos Lip Balm: These round lip balms are perfect for winter and keeping your lips moist in the harsh dry climate. We love these because you simply twist off and rub the round form to your lips. We find that we don’t have to reapply as often as with other lip balms. The other wonderful thing about Eos is that they are not overpowering in their scents and flavors, something we hate. The best part of this, right now at Target you can buy them in super cute present sets!
2)Stress Relief Body Lotion in Lavender and Eucalyptus: During a road trip in November, one of our friends brought this lotion with her. When she put it on, it made the car smell like a day spa – of course we had to try it! The lotion keeps your hands wonderfully moisturized throughout the day while making you feel clam and relaxed. We keep a bottle handy in the office for when our hands get dry.
3) Clinique Chubby Sticks: All right, we had our doubts when we were offered this product. We received these as free promotion items and thought they would be a regular lipstick, what we found instead was a hybrid lip balm/lipstick. The Chubby Stick has the color of a nice lipstick but goes on like a lip balm with the long lasting wear! We also like that this is a twist up, so you don’t have to sharpen it or use your fingers!
4)L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara: A few months back I saw a review for this mascara on a beauty blog on Youtube and was obsessed with trying it. I don’t like spending a lot of money on mascara, I feel most dry out quickly or the wand does not apply the way I like it to. This mascara is affordable and the application wand is great. The wand fans out at the edge catching your eyelashes and extending them out. It gives you wonderful length and it doesn’t clump. I usually apply one coat to lengthen and then an additional one to add volume.
5) Naked3 Palette by Urban Decay: This is the most pricey item on our list, but we can’t live without it. This palette has all the neutral colors you can ask for. You can mix and match them to make your eyes light or add color to make it bold and smokey. This palette really is a go-to for any and all occasions.
These are just a few of our favorite things, what are you looking forward to see stuffed in your stocking Christmas morning? Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season as it quickly winds down.
Love,
Your Team at JBR Clothing

Fast Tip Wednesday: Headband Up-Do

11 Dec

Happy Wednesday Dolls!

With the holiday season in full swing, we are looking for ways to make the most of our time and our looks! We are currently in the process of putting together a look book for must-have Christmas presents to give or get! But until we share that little joy with you, we wanted to bring you another set of fast tips!

It has been a while since I have really thought about what is something that a vintage loving woman may need to know. We have done quick victory rolls, and how to wrap a bandana in your hair, today I decided to bring you the headband up-do.

While this style may seem more bo-ho chic, it really is just a throwback to the 1920’s and 1930’s. What this hairstyle really reminds me of is the lovely ladies of Downton Abbey.

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It is not my goal to look as stylized as the above, but to complete the look you really only need a headband, a few bobby pins and your hair! What really can be any better than that?

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The above photo I found on Pinterest, and it looked simple enough, but if you are anything like me, I wanted someone to talk me through it. I found the following Youtube video that is a mere 3 minutes on how to recreate this hairstyle.

I was so excited to try this out, the first attempt was not as perfect as a I hoped for, but by the third attempt I seemed to have it down. The day I attempted this hairstyle I wore my FAVORITE Stop Staring! Flawless Fitted Dress, can I just say I got so many compliments in the office!

This really is an easy and fast way to make your hair look great without having to spend too much time on it.

Love,

Your Team at JBR Clothing

 

Mondays are for Manicures!

9 Dec

Happy Monday Dolls!

As we head into the new week, and the realization that Christmas is just 15 days away, we wanted to give you a few ideas of how you can wear your nails for the holiday season!

We wanted to mix a little of the new styles with something of the old.

1) Reverse French Tip Manicure:

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Clearly you do you need to stick to white for this look, and we love the idea of using red as the primary color. For this look, you are emphasizing the half circle shape that naturally occurs on your nail bed. If you are doing this at home, instead of taping off the top of your nails, you will tape off the bottom portion. You can do two-toned or one color. We of course love using red!

2) Talking about Red…..ANYTHING RED!

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This is Chauncer from Butter London. This color is one of our absolute FAVORITES to use during the holidays. This color is a ruby slipper red with all the shine! It has glitter to it that makes your nails stand out against anything you are wearing. When you wear red, it really is a show stopper.

We also like the following:

Myrtle by Julep

Scarlett by Julep

3) Designs!

If you are part of the nail trend, then you know that nail art is all the rage. The holidays is the perfect time to experiment with something different. You can do something as simple as a snowflake or a Christmas tree. I really love adding something extra to my manicures to break it up. You can also add an accent nail.

Tis the season! Enjoy and go crazy with your manicures! If you post a photo to Instagram of your new manicure, tag us so we can see all your wonderful ideas!

Love,

Your Team at JBR Clothing