One reproduction brand I’ve wanted to try for quite a while is Trashy Diva. They make some really phenomenal prints and some really lovely vintage-appropriate cuts, but their dresses are also phenomenally expensive. A few bloggers I’ve been reading for a while have Trashy Diva dresses, including Emma of The Fiercest Liliputian and Carli of Konadlicious / Vintage Musings of a Modern Pinup and I’ve been hoping I could give the brand a try myself. I don’t love all their prints and styles, but a few (including those incredible and impossible-to-find Sci-Fi Rockets) are right at the top of my wishlist.

Keeping cool in the shade with a summer drink and a Trashy Diva Lena Sarong in Steel Magnolias print

The Steel Magnolias collection is another one of my favorites, as it features a few of my favorite colors. Green and grey are always winners in my book, and the pops of chartreuse and pink are perfect for a mid-century look.

A rhubarb mojito and the Trashy Diva Steel Magnolias collection

Fortunately, I stumbled on an opportunity to pick up one of these fantastic dresses second-hand. After going back and forth with the seller for a bit (narrow skirts and my hips usually aren’t great friends) I decided to cross my fingers and hope it fit. And it does!!

Trashy Diva Steel Magnolias print Lena Sarong dress, grey ground with green and cream floral

BAIT "Lacey" Pumps in cream pick up warm tones in the Steel Magnolias print

Vintage chartreuse rhinestone jewelry perfectly picks up colors from the Steel Magnolias print

It’s been terribly hot and humid here so far this summer, so this dress is just perfect for the weather. The “poodle” hairdo is another summer favorite — piling all of my hair right on the top of my head does a lot to keep my neck cool. I also made myself a nice little fizzy refreshing drink to stay cool while we took these pictures.

Rhubarb Mojito with fresh mint

We picked up some rhubarb syrup at IKEA the last time we went out there, so I used some of that in place of sugar in a mojito for a twist. It was quite refreshing!

Cream BAIT "Lacey" pumps from Royal Vintage shoes are a perfect finishing touch on a summer outfit, like this look featuring Trashy Diva

Vintage chartreuse rhinestone jewelry and red lipstick make this subtle-toned summer outfit pop

Keeping cool in the shade with a summer drink and a Trashy Diva Lena Sarong in Steel Magnolias print

  • Hair flowers: Made by me and gifted from a friend
  • Chartreuse rhinestone necklace and earring set: Christmas gift “from Granddad” of my own choosing
  • Trashy Diva Lena Sarong in Steel Magnolias: Purchased on a sell/swap group
  • BAIT “Lacey” T-strap pumps: Royal Vintage Shoes I purchased these shoes at a discount in exchange for images and a review