Sorority Socks

kite socksWhen I was doing a recent impromptu shopping spree at Target, I found myself in the sock aisle making a mad grab for knee socks! Why? They had kites on them. Target has a wide variety of patterned socks for spring, and some of the patterns coincidentally are the symbols or mascots for several sororities so I’m posting them here in case you or a friend need to pick up a pair. Anchors and owls on retail merchandise may be ubiquitous (you lucky girls!), but the symbol of my sorority, a kite, is so hard to find! This is the first kite item I’ve seen since Forever21 had kite socks several years ago (and those were snapped up immediately once word got out!). I don’t even wear knee socks and I was compelled to buy a pair, that’s how serious the situation is.

So for your convenience Tri Sigmas, Zetas, Alpha Sigma Alphas, Delta Gammas and Thetas, here’s a peek at Target’s sock aisle. Cause don’t lie, you know you’re going to end up at Target anyway sometime in the next 0-5 days. No special trip required.

Sorority Mascot socks

Target Spring Style Snags: Dresses under $25

Target styles

Easy Spring Style Awaits

Who hasn’t gotten that Snapchat from a BFF with a picture of a Target store and the message “Pray for me. I’m going in.”? Turns out, I should have sent that Snapchat out last Wednesday. It started innocently enough, as trips to Target always do. I was buying socks for my dance competition. Seriously. Socks. That’s all I went in for. Well, one end cap led to another and soon I’m checking out and forking over a way bigger fraction of my paycheck than just socks would have cost. Honestly, the abundance of cute, wearable, style-forward spring fashions is really what did it and I have no regrets.

How to find the best styles for less

I found several spring dresses that were under $25. I immediately saw the potential to style these frocks to transition from early spring all the way into fall. They’re versatile enough that I can imagine wearing them to a wedding, to work or for random other fun occasions. I feel a responsibility to impart the tricks to buying clothes at Target which are 1. check the fabric content and buy only pieces that have a high-quality look to the fabric (viscose and rayon are two fabrics the retailer does well), and 2. ask yourself if it’s a unique piece that’s not just a copy of other designers. But in real life the process of buying at Target goes more like this: step 1: see cute item. 2. check price tag and see ridiculously affordable number. 3. buy.

Accessorize and Go!

After I got my shopping scores home I tried styling them and was pretty pleased that they could be accessorized into versatile outfits that looked nicer than they should for the price I’d paid.

I just want to note that the shoes and accessories in the photos are not from Target or sponsors, they’re just things I pulled from my closet on whim for a spur-of-the-moment style shoot. If you want to know where I got something in a photo, comment below or message me.

So there you go–you don’t need to spend a lot to look great for spring. Happy spring shopping!

Minneapolis Pop Up Sale

There’s something so exciting about a pop up sale–it’s a limited-time opportunity to score some shopping finds at great prices and support local businesses. Seven amazing local boutiques are teaming up for a pop up sale in the North Loop hosted at D.Nolo for four days only. The sale goes through Sunday but the earlier in the weekend you go the better the selection will be. Prices are 50-90 percent off, but plan ahead ’cause it’s cash only.

Know of an upcoming sale? Contact The Pink Paperdoll so I can share it with blog readers.

Feis Fashion

Updated February 2017 Anyone who’s been even slightly exposed to the world of competitive Irish dance knows how important feis fashion is–especially the solo dress styles. From really fancy to simple and traditional, each dress is unique and beloved to the dancer who wears it. Just like runway fashion, Irish dance dresses are constantly evolving in style.

Take a look at feis fashions through the decades, as told by what Etsy sellers have to offer in the way of vintage Irish dance dresses. All the dresses in the photo are for sale as of February 2017–just click the photo to go to the seller’s page.

Mid-century Irish Dance fashion

This is being sold on Etsy as a 50s-era child’s Irish dance dress. I’m not totally sure if it’s really from the 50s, but if it is we can say that it was a simple style with generally “Irish” motifs.

60s Irish Dance Dress Styles

Very traditional embroidery motifs and a sleeveless design. It almost looks like you could wear it as an every day dress, don’t you think? I definitely would. Here’s another (more recent style) solo dress someone is wearing as street clothes!

1980s Irish dance costumes

The 80s and 90s were full of lace collars, full skirts and traditional knotwork. And the fabric: velvet. As anyone who remembers dancing in a velvet dress will tell you, this was hot and sweaty.

2000s Irish dance style

This was a decade when the traditional styles of knotwork were replaced with a stylized, geometric pattern. Glitterball fabric was huge, and colors like hazard cone orange became popular. Waists were still high and three panel skirts were the thing.

Current Irish dance dress trends and styles

Irish dance costumes had a resurgence of traditional motifs and knotwork since 2010, followed by a trend of extreme intricacy of embroidery that’s still seen today. Waists dropped, skirts softened, and mandarin collars became popular. Lace has seen a resurgence, but it’s used in different ways than the traditional crochet collar of the 1980s. Hairstyles have changed too over the years but that’s an entirely different post! The biggest change since the 2000s is Swarovski crystals! Hundreds of dollars of crystals can cover a single solo dress (and shoe buckles). Here’s an example of a more modern dress style. I took this pic at a feis, on the used sale dress rack so it’s not the most current style but still a good representation of recent trends:

Irish dance dressHave a favorite decade of Irish dance style? I want to hear your opinion in the comments section!

Help Make Prom Dreams Come True

Ever After GownsIf you’ve read my about me section, you’ll know that I love raising awareness on causes I care about. I’ve been a volunteer for Ever After Gowns for the past four years and am still so honored to be part of this great organization. And guess what time of year it is? It’s prom season! I’ve put together a post on how you can get involved in helping prom dreams come true.

Minneapolis Volunteer Opportunity

What really sets this organization apart is that it’s entirely run by volunteers with no paid staff members. The biggest volunteer opportunity is at the annual boutique event taking place this weekend. Right now volunteers are needed for set up on April 11th for the following set up shifts: 12:30-2 at The Lock Up Storage in Bloomington, 3-6 at Richfield High School and 6-9 at Richfield High School. Interested volunteers should follow the instructions on the sign-up PDF. (You can ignore the listed deadline since shifts are still open.)

And if you’ve volunteered with an organization like this in the past, I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments section below or on Facebook.

Donate a Formal Dress

Maybe you read about the 40 hanger closet or are just doing some spring cleaning and you’ve realized how much space that beaded ballgown is taking up. Congratulations, making the decision to donate is the first step toward helping others and clearing your closet clutter! Donations can be brought to a number of locations around the metro area year round. The drop spots are local businesses who contribute their own space and time to be a convenient collection point for donations so make sure to give them a big thank you! Not from the Twin Cities? will connect you with another deserving organization in your area.

What to Donate

Dresses that are of current style (bought within the last 5 years) and in good shape make the best candidates for donation and underrepresented sizes (0-6 and 14+) are especially in demand. Shoes and jewelry are also really needed! Last year I volunteered in the shoe station during the boutique event and there was an astonishing demand for pretty, glitzy flats. Some of the young women Ever After Gowns serves either can’t wear heels for medical reasons or opt for a comfy dancing shoe (I can’t blame them. I love flats!).

Donate Your Prom Shoes

If you know a student who could benefit from the organization’s services, Ever After Gowns takes referrals from the students’ school guidance counselors based on financial need. Boutique guests are treated like royalty and get lots of one-on-one personal shopping and styling. Now go take a look in your closet and see if you can make a difference!

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