MINI PENNY: Beehive In Bloom 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

Beehive In Bloom 2015

Last year I had the opportunity to attend the Beehive in Bloom vintage fashion show as a spectator. This year, I was honored to not only be invited as a stylist, but as a model as well.

Last month I went into Beehive Chicago, a great coop here in the city, to pick out a spring-themed ensemble. There were so many amazing choices! It took me a couple hours of searching and trying on all of the wonderful pieces to find the right item. And trust me, when I put it on, I knew it was the one! I had shot some photos of my original run of try-ons, but it seems as though I've misplaced them. D'oh! Just imagine lots of sequins and wonderful leather goodies.

Fast forward to this past weekend when it was time for the show. On Saturday, I showed up early to get in for hair and makeup. They were a little backed up, so I took the opportunity to walk the long runway. It was leaps and bounds bigger than last year! And there were stairs. Oh dear. I was a little worried I might slip and fall on those. Not to spoil the story, but I thankfully did not.

Finally, I got through makeup and hair. The ladies gave me a great look. My hair was curled into an up do — something I didn't even think was possible with my current length. She curled my short undercut (it's been getting much longer than I realized) and pinned the rest onto my crown. It turned out fantastic! The eyes were my favorite part of the makeup — pinks and corals with really dramatic lashes!

We practiced the runway a few times and finally it was time for the show to start. We all lined up, walked, and none of us fell down. Success!

Afterwards we got to mingle with lots of folks, shop vintage, drink mimosas, and eat snacks. Overall, it was a really fantastic way to spend the Saturday. Here are some of my favorite looks from the show.

Aaron Carter of FrisqueBuisness. Jacket, Skirt, boots: Leah Onomatopoeia. 1970s Emilio Pucci shirt: Kaleidoscope Vintage + Ephemera. // Alex. 50s Shirt, 60s Coat, 50s hat: Field. // Gigi. 70s top and palazzo pants: Leah Onomatopoeia.

Meredith. 70s ensemble: Leah Onomatopoeia. // Kayla 60s floral two piece, purse, topper: Kaleidoscope Vintage + Ephemera, Shoes: Leah Onomatopoeia.

Leilani from Thriftaholic. 70s dress: Imaginary Girl Jewelry & Vintage, 40s hat: Kaleidoscope Vintage + Ephemera. Bag and necklace: Poly Golightly Vintage // Nykia. Gown: Take 2 Vintage, Brooch: Poly Golightly Vintage. // Natalie. 50s dress, bag, jewelry: Imaginary Girl Jewelry & Vintage.

Nancy. Two piece outfit, bracelet, clutch, gold platform sandals: Imaginary Girl Jewelry & Vintage. // Amela. Styled by Kaleidoscope Vintage + Ephemera. // Jordan. Maxi skirt, tank, necklaces: Leah Onomatopoeia.

And of course, my look! A Peach 70's jumpsuit and necklace from Leah Onomatopoeia. The metallic silver clutch bag, 80's black patent belt, and 80's black bow cuff bracelet are all available from Imaginary Girl Jewelry & Vintage. Shoes are from my own collection. And look how awesome my hair is! I love it.

Thanks to everyone at Beehive Chicago, all of the wonderful stylists and photographers. I can't wait until next year!

Runway photos by Cassie Scott Photography.
Makeup prep and outfit photos by Justin Benzel.
Photos Hair and portrait by Thriftaholic.

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