Saturday Night Swing


Last Saturday night, my friend Elle invited a bunch of us to go to a swing dance with her, and boy did we have a blast! I’m not much of a dancer, but I thought it’d be fun to go and see her dance because I’ve heard she is fabulous, and she did not disappoint! The live band was also wonderful and played lots of great 50’s tunes, so it was worth going to hear them play too. IMG_4831IMG_4979

Elle and her dance partner did a little demonstration and we all clapped along- the music was so fast I don’t know how they moved their feet so quickly! IMG_5152IMG_5119 IMG_5060 IMG_5064-001

Later he asked me to dance… I was a bit intimidated after seeing how well he and Elle danced together, but Camille convinced me to give it a try. IMG_5155

I learned the basics so I could at least follow along- it’s easier being the follower instead of having to lead! IMG_5157 IMG_5041

Overall we had a great night, and I highly recommend checking out a swing dance sometime. The music is great even if you aren’t a dancer, and who knows? You might be lucky like me and find a nice person to dance with you anyway!

What I’m Wearing:
Dress: Clarisse Original
Bracelet: 2SistersSewCrafty on Etsy
Shoes: AG Emily’s Swimsuit

What Elle is Wearing:
Dress: Clarisse Original
Shoes: AG Ruthie’s Play Outfit


Not-so-mellow Yellow

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Today was a bright-and-cheery yellow day! Nothing like some colorful patterned pants and a bright yellow top to keep you in a good mood on a sunny day. I took a little car trip today to visit some friends, so my satchel was handy for all my day-trip needs, and it provided some contrast to the bright colors of the rest of my outfit. I also can’t get enough of these aviator glasses. I highly recommend getting a pair for practical purposes- and style of course!

What I’m Wearing:
Top: Clarisse’s Closet on Etsy 
Pants: KateLaurenDesigns on Etsy 
Shoes: AG Weekend Fun Outfit 
Bag: Battat
Sunglasses: TheCraftySewingBee on Etsy 

Sweaters and Slippers

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Who says you can’t have a comfy sweater and slipper day in the summer? I could feel the pending thunderstorm when I got up this morning, so I decided to put on a light-weight sweater and stay cooped up inside rather than risking getting caught in the storm. Everyone needs a day off from fancy shoes and accessories once in a while!

What I’m Wearing:
Sweater: ClarissesCloset on Etsy
Shorts: AG Julie’s Patchwork Outfit
Slippers: AG Butterfly Garden PJ’s
Headband: JanieJumps on Etsy


Together At Last

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This vest (actually the whole outfit that it comes with) has been on my wish list since the day it came out, but somehow it kept not coming home with me. It is one of the best potential mix-and-match outfits available from AG, so how could I keep ignoring it? At last I have added it to my wardrobe, which has never felt more complete. My necklace is another Joann Fabrics pre-made jewelry-making strand with a clasp added to the end; I have a feeling my necklace collection is going to grow significantly with this new discovery!

What I’m Wearing:
Dress: AG Lanie’s Butterfly Outfit
Vest: AG Weekend Fun Outfit 
Necklace: Joann Fabrics
Shoes: TheCraftySewingBee on Etsy 

Hats Off to Saratoga

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Although I sadly cannot attend my beloved hometown’s event, I am dressing in honor of the “Hats Off to Saratoga” celebration weekend in Saratoga Springs, NY, which kicks off the thoroughbred racing season! There are always plenty of fun events and venues to explore, but my favorite part is the ladies hat contest at the race track, where everyone wears their most extravagant summer hats! While I don’t have a hat that compares to some of the outrageous ones that have appeared in the contest, my large-brimmed straw hat with its big ruffled flower seemed appropriate. I do hope to make it to the track at some point this summer!

What I’m Wearing:
Dress: AG Flower Garden 
Shoes: AG Sweet Spring 
Hat: Clarisse Original
Necklace: EverydayDollwear on Etsy 
Clutch: DesignsbyOrvie on Etsy 

Sundress and Sunbeams

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I usually try not to overload you with too many photos of the same outfit, but with the sun gloriously beaming onto the porch this afternoon, I was having way too much fun posing for cool pictures and couldn’t choose my favorites. As for my outfit- I was in a sundress-y mood, so I started there and finally got around to wearing this snazzy fedora that has been waiting for the perfect outfit for its debut. I was very excited to see it in the AG catalog and it does not disappoint!

What I’m Wearing:
Dress: Closet4Chloe on Etsy 
Hat: AG Seaside Tote Set 
Shoes: AG Bitty- Little Hearts 
Bag: Repurposed Pouch Necklace

Red Hot Summer

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It was a steamy summer day today! I couldn’t bear to wear more than a tank and a light-weight skirt with the humidity- which I also blame for my hair’s extra volume, though I’m not necessarily complaining. Red always seems like an appropriate color for the hottest days, so I added some colorful accents with some red sandals and a red bag. Now it’s time to stay cool inside with the AC and perhaps a glass of lemonade…

What I’m Wearing:
Tank: AG Picnic Time
Skirt: Clarisse’s Closet on Etsy 
Bag: AG Saige’s Accessories(on sale now!)
Shoes: AGP Beach Set
Sunglasses: TheCraftySewingBee on Etsy
Bracelet: AG Seaside Tote Set

Questions for Clarisse: Isabelle’s Rosette Leotard

Question from Bella: I have a piece called Isabelle’s Rosette Leotard. I cannot figure out how to make it stylish or pair it with things. I really would like so advice, Clarisse. Could you make a post about it?

Isabelle’s wardrobe is great for dolls who have a passion for dance, but many of her pieces are also great for mix-and-matching in an everyday wardrobe! In my last post you may have seen that I wore one of her leotards as part of my outfit, and now you can get a few more ideas on how to work a leo into your wardorbe.

Outfit 1: Try wearing the leo with a pair of fun printed pants and a cardigan! The leo works great as a basic “tucked-in” tank so you can draw the attention of the outfit to other fun pieces.

Rosettle Leo Outfit 1
Pants: KateLaurenDesigns on Etsy 
Cardigan: AG Bitty Blossom 
Shoes: AG Flower Garden

Outfit 2: You can also use the leo as a layering tank with another top, which is a fun way to add a little interest to a simple outfit. Paired with a skirt, the layered tops create a very stylish look!

Rosette Leo Outfit 2
Top: AG Pretty Print 
Skirt: AG Sweetheart Skirt 
Shoes: Springfield Collection
Bag: Sophia’s Brand

Outfit 3: Here we are drawing the focus to a fun long skirt by keeping things simple on top with just the leo. This way your options are wide open for accessorizing, such as adding a stylish hat.

Rosette Leo Outfit 3
Skirt: AG Jess’s Meet 
Shoes: AG Ruthie’s Play Outfit 
Hat: AG Seaside Tote Set 

I hope this helps give you some ideas!

Have a question about Clarisse’s style? Have a piece in your wardrobe that you need help styling? Or are you just in a style rut and can’t seem to find your way out? Leave a comment here or send Clarisse a message via the “Contact Me” link at the top of the page, and Clarisse will answer your fashion questions here on the blog!

At the Ballet

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Last night we went to see the New York City Ballet at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and had a wonderful time! The entire performance was breathtaking from the dancing, to the music, choreography, and costumes. The weather was a little threatening on the way there, but the storm subsided in time for us to enjoy our evening in the partially outdoor amphitheater. I dressed with ballet in mind, wearing an Isabelle leotard for a top, my tutu-inspired tulle skirt, and of course my hair in a ballerina bun. I hope we can go again next year!

What I’m Wearing:
Top/leo: AG Isabelle’s Purple Leotard 
Skirt: AG Winter Magic 
Cardigan: Clarisse’s Closet on Etsy 
Shoes: AG Midnight Holly 
Bag: Designs by Orvie on Etsy 


New Vintage Pretties Tomorrow!

"Puttin' on the Ritz"

“Puttin’ on the Ritz”


"Hello Dolly"

“Hello Dolly”


"Do Wah Diddy"

“Do Wah Diddy”


"Summer Breeze"

“Summer Breeze”

These four new “Vintage Pretties” outfits will be listed on Etsy tomorrow at 8PM EST! They are all one-of-a-kind outfits, so be sure to check in on Etsy for your chance to snag one!

To view more photos and details about each outfit, click the names below:
“Puttin’ on the Ritz”
“Hello Dolly”
“Do Wah Diddy”
“Summer Breeze”