How much do we love fabulous shopping experiences? How often do we find all the right things in one place? And how sad are we when it’s a flight or two away? Reno, as some of you know, is a crazy mix of things. Low life, high cowboy style, hot cars and fast airplanes, great horseflesh, world class entertainment and no-class suburbs that fade off into the Northern Nevada sagebrush. Did I mention outdoor sports? Anyway, the last thing I expected to find was a dress shop worth the trip. “Dressed Like That!” on Virginia Street is huge fun. Proprietor Cynthia Lewis has gathered up a few lines of girly girl dresses, pants, tops and accessories and opened her doors in midtown Reno, in the same couple of blocks with happening new restaurant Midtown Eats, not far from Sup.

Why do we love these retro styles so much? They’re fun. They acknowledge and enhance curves. Got boobs? March those girls out in something worthy of them. No apologies! Got a waist? Cinch it in and put a skirt around it. Strut your stuff, girls. Enjoy. That’s the message.

Plus, Cynthia is fun and encouraging, in her blondie blonde curls and red red lipstick. We totally love a bad girl with a sweet smile and a great idea.

Miss B rocks this gingham number, in which she left the store. Who wouldn’t stuff their sorry cutoffs into a bag and go with this?
Miss H helps mom into a fabulous sailer girl stretchy thing, while Miss B imagines the effect of the gingham plus Texas Big Hair and some makeup.
Hawaiian prints! Put some capris under this and hit it out of the park.
 
Miss Cynthia shows us how it’s done.
Can you see why we just had to go in?
And that one! no, that one! Those, too!
Yep, that’s Auntie L shooting the Inspiration Mirror
Mizz K wore this great top out the door, and bagged a polka dot, full-skirted, lowcut sundress for an upcoming event.
Happy girls.
-L


92 Comments

  1. Chanda says:

    Adorable stuff. Love Miss B’s dress. Where are you? Did you leave the shop with a new sundress?

  2. michelle says:

    Looks like you ladies had a blast!!!

  3. mcater12 says:

    Love that pink number!!!!

  4. TinaFunez says:

    Oh fun!! Love shopping! B, you look amazing on that dress. I would so wear that. Also l

  5. Awesome. So fun! Love it. Great find. Thanks for sharing!

  6. TinaFunez says:

    Oh fun!! Love shopping! B, you look amazing in that dress. I would so wear that. Also love the red polka dot the floral and gingham!!! Pretty. Sounds like you all had a great time. Thank you Auntie Lynne for sharing. Cant wait to see the vids!

  7. TinaFunez says:

    Wasn’t finished on the first post eeekk lol sorry

  8. andrya_s says:

    OMG!! I totally need that red & white polka dot dress!! Would totally rock it on my upcoming cruise!!

  9. stephl says:

    Gotta love a successful shopping trip. B & H look great in their new purchases. Where is yours, Auntie L? Looks like you all had a great time.

  10. Toni says:

    So adorable! I love fabulous finds like these!

  11. Kara says:

    Great post. Girls look wonderful and happy! I have a feeling I would have a ball in that boutique! Fun! Thanks for sharing, Lynne.

  12. Lynne says:

    There was no way I could pick out stuff for B and K, take pix AND yak AND try on stuff! Plus, this was right before I needed to race across town to take vids of Jay, the Duke of Cake, so I couldn’t be all totally mashed the way you get when you try clothes on. I guess next time I’ll have to have a video crew along so I can be in the pix!

  13. ClaudiaM says:

    So pretty!! Love that dress on B and the top on K. I spy something in solid coral hanging up I would like to try on. And the dress that B has on..I like. Would be so much fun! But agree Lynne, you have to be ready to not look the same as you did when you walked into the store, if you commit to trying things on. Not to add being the stylist and camera person….video crew is a must next time!

  14. Ms. Jenny says:

    So fun!! Love the dress on B and K’s top is so cute. I’m so wanting Miss Cynthia’s top! Adorable! 🙂 Thanks so much Lynne for sharing this.

  15. Kacy says:

    Call me crazy, or not ‘girly” enough, but I dislike shopping! Not because I can’t find anything, just flat out don’t like it! =) But, the dress is cute, love the top too!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lynne says:

      I’m not crazy about shopping, either, Kacy, but when I see stuff that’s really fun and different, and the shop is well done, and the people make it a sweet time, I have to talk about it! Someone has to wear these dresses, and it might as well be US, right?

  16. Rose says:

    Really love the dresses in the boutique! Miss B looks great in her little number. No dresses for you, Mizz Lynne? Agree with the camera crew. You gotta be in pictures next time.

  17. ellie says:

    I love how the entire store – and the proprietor – all have this unified image! That’s great! And I bet it helps her sell more dresses, too, if people walk in and say “I want to look like THAT.” Love B’s choice! Thanks for sharing all of these parts of your trip!

  18. amandahawking says:

    What fabulous dresses. I must admit I Flove a bit of retro style…high waisted jeans, Wayfarer sun glasses, Vintage dresses… Great way to spend a few hours. I bet Miss H was having a ball too. Looked like a fab little trip xxx

  19. amandahawking says:

    Ps.. Love the Marilyn print

  20. Colleen says:

    Love the pink dress hanging by the mirror!

  21. Kelley Marie says:

    Wow you two ladies look lovely. I really like the red polka dot dress. I have been working hard at shopping for an upcoming cruise and have bought some dresses this past week. My mother-in-law says I need to stop buying black things, she is right. That red dress would be fab!

    • Lynne says:

      Red is always fab! Do you have anything like this where you are? A Betty Paige shop or somebody who carries that line? Or can you buy online? You can also send Cynthia your measurements if you have time and get her to send you a couple of things.

      • Kelley Marie says:

        I actually tried a red dress the other day, didn’t like it. So far my cruise attire consists of a black halter dress, a black off the shoulder dress (both short and somewhat sassy), a long black spagetti straps dress, a cute strapless mostly black dress with a little white in it, and a black short skirt with a sparkle halter top (not sure about the halter top, it is a lot revealing). So there you have it. I am a mess with all this black. I will have to search around more, have until January. Does Cynthia sell online? There is got to be some cute little dress shops around, I will start bugging some of my friends for info.

  22. Diana says:

    Ohh..everything looks cute! I love finding little treasures like these when I travel and I love it when shop owners are so hospitable! How fun! Thanks for sharing!!

  23. klduck says:

    Ummmmm…I need the black gingham with the red trim!! I’m thinking that dress could be fun with some super cute CFM heels. Of course, I’d have to borrow some boobs to wear it, but who cares! LOL!!

  24. Larissa says:

    Ok, I will take one of each ! Such a cute store. So glad y’all had fun ! Thanks for sharing the pics.

  25. stephanieb says:

    I love unique boutiques! I think Cynthia has a winner on her hands–she’s adorable, too. Mizzez B & K made lovely choices. I have a couple of friends I’m definitely passing this little jewel along to. (and I know better than to end a sentence with a preposition, but oh well.) 🙂 Thanks for sharing this great find, Lynne!

    • Lynne says:

      That whole “don’t end a sentence with a preposition” thing is totally out! Just too 1993! Forget about it!

  26. mcater12 says:

    Oooh those high waist short-shorts were too cute!!!!

  27. Dancifest Mestiny says:

    That is absolutely the last time I go out with my mom without wearing makeup or doing my hair. Still not used to her blogging 🙂 Thanks for all the compliments, ladies. If you want anything in the shop, I encourage you to get a hold of Cynthia. My hot little picnic table number was under $100, and I wear it everywhere. The Innocent Sundress is the wardrobe equivalent of a concealed weapon. It will stop them in their tracks and they’ll never know what hit them. My intentions were not pure when I bought this dress. I’ll admit I bought it with the express purpose of stunning a man who has only ever seen me in denim or gortex (see how I am? jeez). Much like that evil little jellyfish in Australia- the Irinkanji, I was out for the kill. Only the Irikanji doesn’t have to spend an hour on it’s hair. Or load up on bronzer to look “natural.” But the effect was the same: he stopped in his tracks, mumbled something that didn’t make any sense, fumbled with something and looked at his feet, then tried to cough and swallow at the same time. He tried very hard to look me in the eyes for the next hour, and was finally able to say a word: “Yum.” Mwa ha ha. Behold the power of the Pinup Sundress. Good thing you don’t need a permit in NV.

    • Destiny says:

      Lol, love everything about this post, Brynja!:) Totally hawt, knock ’em dead! Wish we had something like this where I am, I’d totally shop it up. 🙂

  28. amandahawking says:

    Thanks B x

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