Thursday, September 21, 2017

Objects of Desire

Folter Objects of Desire Skirt Vixen by Micheline Pitt Bad Girl Long Sleeved Top in Black

I know I've mentioned it in the last few posts but I'll say it again: It's going to get pretty spooky here in the next six weeks!  Halloween is one of my family's favorite holidays and I get inspired to wear that excitement from late August until early November.  Luckily, finding Halloween-inspired clothing gets easier every year.  Folter Clothing has been making spooky collections year-round for ages and I'm really impressed with their 2017 collection.  This Objects of Desire skirt is proof!

Folter Objects of Desire Skirt Vixen by Micheline Pitt Bad Girl Long Sleeved Top in Black

Folter Objects of Desire Skirt Vixen by Micheline Pitt Bad Girl Long Sleeved Top in Black

Folter Objects of Desire Skirt Vixen by Micheline Pitt Bad Girl Long Sleeved Top in Black

Folter Objects of Desire Skirt Vixen by Micheline Pitt Bad Girl Long Sleeved Top in Black

Folter Objects of Desire Skirt

Folter Objects of Desire Skirt Vixen by Micheline Pitt Bad Girl Long Sleeved Top in Black

Top- Vixen by Micheline Pitt
Skirt- c/o Folter Clothing
Shoes- c/o Restricted Shoes
Brooch- Luxulite
Lipstick- c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Seraphine

Made right here in the USA, this 100% cotton skirt features a wide waistband, full pleated skirt, hidden side pockets, and a back zippered closure.  I love the subtly creepy vintage print that doesn't scream Halloween until you're up close.  This is a longer length than most of Folter's skirts and it's definitely a welcomed change!  I'm a true to size small in Folter/Retrolicious clothing and I'm comfortably wearing a size small in this skirt.  If you haven't peeked already, you can check out their entire spooky collection HERE!

Considering how busy this week has been, I'm planning on laying low this weekend.  I'm definitely guilty of trying to jam-pack too many fun activities on weekdays, which leaves me exhausted by Friday.  I would say I'm going to sleep it off, but my five 7am alarm clocks (aka dogs) will never let that happen.  I think I'm going to settle for makeup-free pajama days instead!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Pumpkin King

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Jack Skellington Petet Pan Collar Blouse Vixen by Micheline Pitt Vixen Swing Skirt in Raven Black

I'm forever impressed with Vintage Inspired by Jackie's creations.  Commonly referred to as my dream dress fairy, Jackie is an expert at turning your childhood favorites into wearable treasures.  When she released this Nightmare Before Christmas Peter Pan collar blouse I knew I needed it on my body!  As always, her work is impeccable and did not disappoint.  While this is perfect for the spooky season upon us, I can see myself wearing this all year around!

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Jack Skellington Petet Pan Collar Blouse Vixen by Micheline Pitt Vixen Swing Skirt in Raven Black

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Jack Skellington Petet Pan Collar Blouse Vixen by Micheline Pitt Vixen Swing Skirt in Raven Black

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Jack Skellington Petet Pan Collar Blouse Vixen by Micheline Pitt Vixen Swing Skirt in Raven Black

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Jack Skellington Petet Pan Collar Blouse Vixen by Micheline Pitt Vixen Swing Skirt in Raven Black

Vixen by Micheline Pitt Vixen Swing Skirt in Raven Black

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Jack Skellington Petet Pan Collar Blouse Vixen by Micheline Pitt Vixen Swing Skirt in Raven Black

Top- c/o Vintage Inspired by Jackie
Skirt- Vixen by Micheline Pitt
Shoes- Amazon
Petticoat- Malco Modes
Lipstick- Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Sugar Plum on top of Besame Lipstick in Wild Orchid

Made from vintage bed sheets, this exclusive piece features a white contrasting Peter Pan collar, half sleeves, and a side zippered closure.  As always, Jackie makes sure the print placement is perfect.  I love how Jack and Sally are front and center on the front and back!  Initially the sleeves were a little tight when I first tried it on (my arms are big for my body), but it definitely eased with wear.  If you're interested in this exact top, I wouldn't hesitate.  From what I understand, she has a limited amount of this fabric.  And if Jack Skellington isn't your thing, she's always open to making something custom for you.  I've had lots of crazy ideas and she somehow makes them all come true!

This week I'm gearing up for some Halloween time at Disney, doing a little work, and dusting off the holiday home decor box in the garage.  I'm ready to fill my house with pumpkins, ghosts, and vintage decorations!  My husband thinks it's way too early to start decorating, but I've been itching to do it since the beginning of the month!  Anyone else crazy about Halloween like me?  I hope you are because I have lots of spooky posts ready for the next several weeks!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Arana

Stop Staring Arana Swing Dress

I feel like I'm in this limbo where everyone in the northern hemisphere is preparing for fall weather... Except me.  I love cozy cardigans, layering, and feeling the crisp air of autumn, yet I won't be participating in any of those things for at least another month.  This Arana dress from Stop Staring is the perfect way to dress for this lingering summer but showcase a beautiful fall floral print.  Finding ways to extend your wardrobe through seasons can be hard, but Stop Staring makes that task so much easier!

Stop Staring Arana Swing Dress

Stop Staring Arana Swing Dress

Stop Staring Arana Swing Dress

Stop Staring Arana Swing Dress

Stop Staring Arana Swing Dress

Stop Staring Arana Swing Dress

Stop Staring Arana Swing Dress

Dress- c/o Stop Staring
Shoes- Remix Vintage Shoes
Hat- Jeanne Simmons
Earrings- Pink Collar Life
Belt- From another dress
Lipstick- c/o Vinyl Cosmetics

The Arana swing dress is made from a stretchy but structured cotton and features a gathered crossover bust, sweetheart neckline, three strap detail, full gathered skirt, and a back zippered closure.  While the straps are not adjustable, they definitely accommodate someone with a longer torso like myself.  I went with my usual size small in Stop Staring dresses and it was a very comfortable fit.  The Arana is definitely one of my favorite styles they offer and I hope to see this swing dress in other prints in the near future!

Well, it's official: I finally found Bianca the perfect daycare!  While she will only be going once a week, that's one day I'll get for "adulting" and one day she'll get to spend with kids her age.  Sometimes I feel slightly guilty that she's going to be an only child, so having her interact with other kids on a regular basis kind of feels like a compromise.  Her first day is next week, so here's to hoping she enjoys it as much as I think she will!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Trick R Treat

Vixen by Micheline Pitt Ben Cooper Trick R Treat Print Vixen Swing Skirt

It's September, which means one very important thing: it's more than acceptable to wear my Halloween-inspired wardrobe!  Over the years I've accumulated quite the spooky clothing collection, yet nothing compares to Vixen by Micheline Pitt's collaboration with Ben Cooper.  Ben Cooper has been creating Halloween masks and costumes for 55 years and Micheline's eye for well-fitting and well-made clothing makes this festive line a match made in heaven.  Today I'm talking about the Trick R Treat Vixen swing skirt, but beware, I'll be featuring more of this line closer to Halloween!

Vixen by Micheline Pitt Ben Cooper Trick R Treat Print Vixen Swing Skirt

Vixen by Micheline Pitt Ben Cooper Trick R Treat Print Vixen Swing Skirt

Vixen by Micheline Pitt Ben Cooper Trick R Treat Print Vixen Swing Skirt

Vixen by Micheline Pitt Ben Cooper Trick R Treat Print Vixen Swing Skirt

Vixen by Micheline Pitt Ben Cooper Trick R Treat Print Vixen Swing Skirt

Vixen by Micheline Pitt Ben Cooper Trick R Treat Print Vixen Swing Skirt

Top- Vixen by Micheline Pitt
Skirt- Vixen by Micheline Pitt (also available at Unique Vintage)
Shoes- Chelsea Crew
Petticoat- Malco Modes
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

This Trick R Treat skirt is exactly like the other Vixen swings: a nice, full skirt made with high-quality cotton sateen.  It features a wide waistband, back zippered closure, and massive hidden side pockets.  The Trick R Treat print was based off the box of one of Ben Cooper's costumes and it's simply perfect!  The size chart is very accurate; I went with my usual skirt size of XS and it's just right.  While this skirt is almost sold out on the Vixen website, you can find it almost completely stocked at Unique Vintage or you can check out the stock available at Son of Monsterpalooza this weekend!

Today Bianca, my friend Bridgett, and I are enjoying a day at Disneyland/California Adventure.  The weather has kind of cooled down to a livable 89 degrees, so we're taking advantage while we can!  We're going to stay until closing so we can enjoy the shows and the fireworks.  I'll make sure to post all the best moments on my Instagram in case you'd like to follow!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, September 8, 2017

Shopping Small: My Favorites!

I do my best to shop small because it's important to support more budding businesses and less major ones.  Throughout the years, I've found some wonderful shops with gorgeous products for your everyday needs.  Today I'm sharing my favorites and I hope you love them as much as I do!

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Ebone is a sweet and ridiculously talented dress maker.  Tailored to the ultra-femme and Disney-obsessed (have you seen that Toy Story dress?!), her skirts and dresses are perfect for a day at the park or for some everyday sweetness.  I've already ordered a few of her creations and I can't wait to have a closet full of her dresses (pending infinite income, of course).  She's always open to tweaks on her dresses and she's also willing to make garments to your actual measurements.  I've enjoyed every minute of my communications with her and I'm very proud to be one of her customers.


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Talk about ultimate fandom jewelry!  This amazing Australian-based shop features fun and quirky pieces for your everyday needs.  Featuring Sailor Moon, My Little Pony, Adventure Time, Pokemon, and more; these pieces are ridiculously cute and very reasonably priced.  I'm having a hard time picking what I want without going too crazy!


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Alixis, the wonderful woman behind Ains & Elke StyleHaus, is obviously incredibly talented.  While she features a lot of dresses and skirts, she also has incredible knit sweaters, menswear, and children's clothing.  If you don't see the exact piece you're looking for, she's ready and willing to do something completely custom for you.  From one mom to another, I have lots of respect and admiration for her!

 
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While Besame has made some big moves this year, it's still very much a small business.  Known for their attention to vintage detail, Besame enhances your beauty with cruelty-free products and comes in the most gorgeous packaging.  I wear Besame every single day and I cannot wait for their Snow White and Agent Carter products to release!


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Known for her attention to detail and her vintage bed sheet dresses, Jackie is the queen of all things cute (and creepy)!  She's collaborated with a few very talented and fun artists to create one-of-a-kind pieces that have me swooning!  It's a rare day when I'm not wearing one of Jackie's creations to Disneyland and I'm sure you can see why.  I can't wait to debut a very special set she's made for me over at Disney California Adventure... Stay tuned!


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My lovely friend Lisa is the woman behind Color Theory Shop and she has so many cute goodies in there!  From cute and witty enamel pins, lady ties, patches, and vintage clothing and shoes; you're bound to find something you need to add to your shopping cart.  You can also get free US shipping on orders over $40 with the code "FREESHIP"!

What are your favorite small businesses to shop from?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

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