Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Haunting

Lil Lou Lou Jivin' Skirt in Haunting Wallpaper Unique Vintage Voodoo Vixen Black Dita Teese Keyhole Stretch Top

This Lil' Lou Lou skirt has been hiding in my closet for quite some time.  Not only have I been waiting for the perfect location for this blog post, but I want to use it for a Disneybound as well.  The subtle print is perfect for a Haunted Mansion outfit (it resembles the wallpaper in the famous attraction) but is also great for everyday wear.  It felt especially spooky on this gloomy day and my skirt really complimented my mood.  You can get all the details on Lil' Lou Lou and Lily's creations in my review below!

Lil Lou Lou Jivin' Skirt in Haunting Wallpaper Unique Vintage Voodoo Vixen Black Dita Teese Keyhole Stretch Top

Lil Lou Lou Jivin' Skirt in Haunting Wallpaper Unique Vintage Voodoo Vixen Black Dita Teese Keyhole Stretch Top

Lil Lou Lou Jivin' Skirt in Haunting Wallpaper Unique Vintage Voodoo Vixen Black Dita Teese Keyhole Stretch Top

Lil Lou Lou Jivin' Skirt in Haunting Wallpaper Unique Vintage Voodoo Vixen Black Dita Teese Keyhole Stretch Top

Lil Lou Lou Jivin' Skirt in Haunting Wallpaper Unique Vintage Voodoo Vixen Black Dita Teese Keyhole Stretch Top

Top- c/o Unique Vintage
Skirt- Lil' Lou Lou
Shoes- Pinup Girl Clothing
Belt- From another dress
Petticoat- Malco Modes
Bracelet- Swarovski

Lily, the lovely lady behind Lil' Lou Lou, really knows her way around a swing skirt.  Her Jivin' skirt features a wide waistband, a gratuitous gathered circle skirt, massive pockets, and belt loops.  It's finished with a side zip and a hidden two button closure.  Her skirts measure at 27.5" in length, but I altered mine to 25".  Her skirts range from XXS-3X and they come in a bunch of solid colors and prints.  She also has a great kid's line (Bianca has a small collection) that matches her skirts!  Because we all know how much I love matching mommy and me outfits...

This week I'm concentrating on being home with Bianca and my dogs.  I was extremely busy last week and I feel like I need to spend some quality time with my favorites.  That may or may not include getting dressed, so don't be surprised if I don't have an outfit post for the rest of the week!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, January 13, 2017

What's On My Radar: Current Loves

I've been trying to be more conscious with my spending lately, but there are just way too many cute things out there to tempt me!  Whether you're into fun novelty prints, classic accessories, or workwear flair, I've got you covered.  See all my picks for this month below!

Kate Spade
  1. Cameron Street Mini Candace
  2. Kate Spade New York For Minnie Mouse Mini Maise
  3. That's A Wrap Tassel Necklace
  4. Dress the Part Mask Lacey
  5. Dress the Part Fan Clutch
  6. Kate Spade New York For Minnie Mouse Minnie Coin Purse
I wish I had an infinite amount of money to spend on Kate Spade.  I love their Minnie Mouse collaboration and can't wait to bring that Mini Maise home!  And in case you didn't know, there's a huge sale going on until Monday.  You can get an extra 25% off all sale items with code "CLINK"!


Modcloth
  1. Find Your Flourish Cardigan
  2. Along the Bright Lines Striped Cardigan in Berry
  3. Epitome of Proper Floral Dress
  4. Shades of Sweetness Peep Toe Heel
  5. You Mermaid My Day Vegan Flat in Ocean
  6. Fall Into Shine Heel
In case you didn't notice, I can never have enough cardigans or shoes!  Modcloth always has an amazing selection of both so I'm constantly checking their New Arrivals for the next tempting goodie.  I'm really loving those Shades of Sweetness heels, they might be in my cart already.  I mean, they're prefect for Valentine's Day...


Tangerine Menagerie
  1. Sweet Little Seahorse Vintage-Inspired Novelty Brooch
  2. Red Riding Hood Vintage Inspired Novelty Brooch
  3. Magical Unicorn Vintage Inspired Novelty Brooch
  4. Toucan Vintage Inspired Novelty Brooch
  5. Painting the Roses Red Queen of Hearts Rose Tree Vintage-Inspired Novelty Brooch
  6. Rita Hayworth Vintage Inspired Novelty Brooch
It's been some time since I've featured Tangerine Menagerie on my blog!  Her brooches are (by far) the best quality I've come across and the detail she's able to put into them is truly dumbfounding.  I love her Red Riding Hood brooch and I can't wait to see what the inspiration is for her newest portrait!


Bernie Dexter
  1. Kelly Dress in Ticket to Ride
  2. Kelly Dress in Pretty Palette
  3. Ebury Dress in Let Me Entertain You
  4. Jodi Dress in Technicolor Honeycomb
  5. Kelly Dress in Turquoise Kittens
Bernie has some super cute prints out right now!  I recently tried her Jodi dress and I am obsessed with how perfect the fit is.  I can't wait to get my hands on this honeycomb version, the colors are so beautiful!


Sephora
Sephora
  1. Kat Von D Pastel Goth Eyeshadow Palette
  2. Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection
  3. Caudalie Vinoperfect Glow & Go Set
  4. Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain
  5. The Original Beauty Blender
  6. Sephora Collection Tools Of The Trade Brush Set
Okay, so I only really want to try the first two because I already own the rest!  I finally understand why everyone loves the Beauty Blender, I seriously can't do my makeup without it.  I'm also very impressed with Sephora's Cream Lip Stain collection.  It's an all-day wear lipstick that actually lasts all day!  Now to try and restrain myself from buying them all...

What's on your list this month?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Seville

Unique Vintage The Pretty Dress Company Vintage Deep Green Seville Floral Half Sleeve Hepburn Wiggle Dress

It's not everyday that I'm inspired to put on a wiggle, but I couldn't help myself with this The Pretty Dress Company number!  Thanks to Unique Vintage, it's now super easy for us ladies in the USA to get these dresses without having to pay high shipping costs.  I'm a huge fan of the Hepburn swing dress so I decided to give the wiggle version a try.  You can read my review of this floral frock below!

Unique Vintage The Pretty Dress Company Vintage Deep Green Seville Floral Half Sleeve Hepburn Wiggle Dress

Unique Vintage The Pretty Dress Company Vintage Deep Green Seville Floral Half Sleeve Hepburn Wiggle Dress

Unique Vintage The Pretty Dress Company Vintage Deep Green Seville Floral Half Sleeve Hepburn Wiggle Dress

Unique Vintage The Pretty Dress Company Vintage Deep Green Seville Floral Half Sleeve Hepburn Wiggle Dress

Unique Vintage The Pretty Dress Company Vintage Deep Green Seville Floral Half Sleeve Hepburn Wiggle Dress

Dress- c/o Unique Vintage
Shoes- Bettie Page Shoes
Hat- Vintage (similar)

The Hepburn wiggle dress is made from sturdy cotton with just a hint of stretch.  It's lined in a soft, silky fabric so it's super comfortable to wear.  This dress also features a v-neckline in the back, half sleeves, and a slit in the back of the skirt so you can move with ease.  Much like the swing version, I do find it hard to zip myself.  Because it's so structured and has sleeves, getting to the back zip can be tough when I'm alone.  But it's worth the struggle (or making sure my husband is home to zip me up) because this dress fits beautifully.  I went with a UK8 and it was nothing short of perfect.  I was surprised it accommodated my hips so easily!  I'm planning on bringing this beauty out for my husband's birthday dinner next month, it really is the perfect occasion dress!

I'm still recovering from Bianca's birthday madness, but I'm taking the day to rest because I have a fun photoshoot scheduled for tomorrow.  I can't really say much yet, but make sure to keep up with me on Instagram for all the details!  All I can say is: I really shouldn't have binged on birthday cake these last two days...

xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Lovebirds

Trashy Diva Hopscotch Dress in Lovebirds Print

I can't help that I've fallen head over heels for this Trashy Diva dress!  The Lovebirds print was originally released in silk in 2004, but thanks to the ever so popular March Madness contest, fans voted this one for a comeback.  This re-release was printed in my favorite fabric: stretch rayon.  It's buttery soft, stretchy, and is the perfect match for the first return of a heritage print.  Read more about my choice, the Hopscotch dress, below!

Trashy Diva Hopscotch Dress in Lovebirds Print

Trashy Diva Hopscotch Dress in Lovebirds Print

Trashy Diva Hopscotch Dress in Lovebirds Print

Trashy Diva Hopscotch Dress in Lovebirds Print

Trashy Diva Hopscotch Dress in Lovebirds Print

Trashy Diva Hopscotch Dress in Lovebirds Print

Dress- Trashy Diva
Shoes- Chelsea Crew
Bracelet- Swarovski
Lipstick- c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Soft Lilac topped with Dusty Lilac Lip Gloss

This is my second Hopscotch dress (you can read about my first one HERE) and it's quite different from the Hourglass version.  Because of the fabric, I feel like the Lovebirds version has more give and has a less structured look in the skirt.  The Hopscotch dress has a Peter Pan collar, rhinestone covered buttons down the front, full skirt with pockets, and the cutest back cutout detail ever.  Trashy Diva also added a hook and eye at the top of the collar, in case you want a little more coverage in the front.  I took a size 2 in this dress and I feel like I could have sized down for a more snug fit.  But I'm happy with the 2 and can't wait to fill out the waist with lots of tacos!  Apparently I'm not the only one who loves this dress; it's been available for just eight days and almost sold out on their site!  Thankfully, there are five other dress styles to choose in the Lovebirds print and plenty of stockists who carry the Hopscotch (in case your heart is set on it).

I'm thinking about taking Bianca back to Disneyland today.  As I type this I'm still undecided, only because I know it's going to be crazy.  Today is the first time in weeks that our annual pass isn't blocked out, which means there are many other pass holders with the same idea.  Bianca really wants to meet Darth Vader but I also have to plan her 3rd birthday party.  I can take one day off to do something fun with her, right?

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, January 2, 2017

Best of 2016

I think I can say with confidence that most of us were excited to say goodbye to 2016.  While there were lots of highs, it felt like a stagnant year for me.  I will admit that I had a great time this year here on my blog.  I changed my hair color, ventured out of my style comfort zone, and made so many new friends!  I'm going to focus on the positives and bring you the best of 2016!  Here's your top four posts:

PicMonkey Collage
  1. Crimson Clover
  2. Beyond the Sea
  3. Daffodil
  4. White Christmas
I think broadening my horizons and dabbling in 40's inspired styles paid off.  My Crimson Clover outfit from Trashy Diva was your favorite!  I wanted to get in some more accessories in 2016, and while I didn't necessarily succeed, I feel like I did a lot better than the previous year.  I'm still big on novelty prints and swing skirts.  I'm assuming that will never change!

Here are a few of my favorites:

PicMonkey Collage2
  1. Forget Me Not Floral
  2. Open Book
  3. Lucy Dots
  4. Red Jenny
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  1. Hepburn
  2. Hansel & Gretel
  3. Snow White
  4. Wine Dots
In 2016 I fell hard for Trashy Diva, Hearts and Found and Atomic Jax, while keeping my love affair with Unique Vintage, Bernie Dexter, and Pinup Girl Clothing going.  I've invested in a lot of smaller, ethical companies and continue to search for the next new brand with those same standards.  I've noticed my blogging has slowed down a bit (I decided to be more present in the real world) and I'm proud of that.  Sometimes blogging can be stressful and even stop feeling fun.  To maintain a healthy balance I've decided to cut back a lot.  As I go into my sixth year of blogging, I want to still feel that passion like I had in the beginning.  If it means I blog only 1-2 times a week to keep that love alive, then so be it!  I want to continue to show you my closet, find you the best new online goodies, and even get a little more in-depth with makeup and hair reviews/tutorials.  2017 is looking really great and I can't wait for another year here on my blog!

What would you like to see more/less of here?  Let me know in the comments below!
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