Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Femme Fatale

Unique Vintage The Pretty Dress Company Vintage 1940s Style Black Crepe Off Shoulder Fatale Wiggle Dress

Everyone needs at least one "little black dress" and this Fatale dress from Unique Vintage is my number one go-to.  It's sexy, super comfortable, and has a touch of pink with the floral applique on the neckline.  I love that it has the wiggle shape, but thanks to the fishtail skirt, you can move around with ease.  If you're as crazy about range of motion as I am, this is definitely the wiggle dress for you!

Unique Vintage The Pretty Dress Company Vintage 1940s Style Black Crepe Off Shoulder Fatale Wiggle Dress

Unique Vintage The Pretty Dress Company Vintage 1940s Style Black Crepe Off Shoulder Fatale Wiggle Dress

Unique Vintage The Pretty Dress Company Vintage 1940s Style Black Crepe Off Shoulder Fatale Wiggle Dress

Unique Vintage The Pretty Dress Company Vintage 1940s Style Black Crepe Off Shoulder Fatale Wiggle Dress

Unique Vintage The Pretty Dress Company Vintage 1940s Style Black Crepe Off Shoulder Fatale Wiggle Dress

Dress- The Pretty Dress Company c/o Unique Vintage
Shoes- Chelsea Crew
Hair- Styling by Melissa
Lipstick- Sephora Collection in Sweet Raspberry

I'm no stranger to The Pretty Dress Company (they're one of my favorite brands) and the Fatale is one of my favorite styles that they offer.  This particular dress is different because it's made of a soft and stretchy black crepe material.  It provides the perfect amount of stretch and drapes beautifully.  If you're not familiar with the Fatale wiggle, it features an off the shoulder neckline that holds in place thanks to the elasticized sleeve, a faux crossover bodice with boning for support, princess seams, a flowing fishtail skirt, and a full back zippered closure.  I went with my usual UK8 and this dress feels a bit roomier than my other Fatale dresses.  Due to the fabric, there is a bit of give.  If you're between sizes, I'd suggest sizing down.  I can't wait to wear this one to a very fancy wedding this summer!

Dapper Day was last weekend and I attended the expo on Saturday.  I love meeting up with friends and visiting all the vendors I normally purchase from online.  I had a ridiculous amount of fun, but I also felt a huge sigh of relief because it marked the end of the spring events this year.  I'm not going to lie: I'm so tired!  I'm looking forward to getting back to normal life and having all my weekends with my family again.  I will make the most of them because we all know those fall events sneak up on us faster than we realize!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Belinda

Top Vintage Hell Bunny 50s Belinda Floral Dress in Blue

I'm forever looking for fun, comfy dresses for the warmer weather ahead.  This floral frock from Top Vintage gives you an effortless look that takes you from everyday errands to afternoon tea with ease.  Because it's made from a light stretch cotton, it feels just as good as it looks!  I couldn't wait to take this dress to one of my favorite local parks.  Now that everything here in California has fully bloomed, my outfit was the perfect companion to the beautiful surroundings.

Top Vintage Hell Bunny 50s Belinda Floral Dress in Blue

Top Vintage Hell Bunny 50s Belinda Floral Dress in Blue

Top Vintage Hell Bunny 50s Belinda Floral Dress in Blue

Top Vintage Hell Bunny 50s Belinda Floral Dress in Blue

Dress- c/o Top Vintage
Shoes- c/o Bettie Page Shoes
Belt- From another dress
Petticoat- Malco Modes
Bracelet- c/o Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski

The Belinda dress features a flattering boat neck with a "v" detail in the center, cap sleeves, a full circle skirt, and a back zippered closure.  I decided to add my favorite Malco Modes petticoat underneath to give the dress some extra volume, but it looks great without one as well.  I went with a size XS and it was a great fit.  I would say this dress runs slightly larger, so if you're between sizes I'd recommend sizing down.

Today I get to spend time with some of my favorite ladies.  I feel like I don't get to see my friends as often as I'd like (we're all busy adulting) so I treasure every moment I have with them!  Bianca is also quite smitten with my friends, which she claims are now hers.  I guess we can share for the time being.  I'm not looking forward to the day where she's too cool to hang out with me.  I'll be holding onto these moments forever!

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, April 17, 2017

Viva Las Vegas 20

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 20 Trashy Diva Annette Dress in Carnival Print

Every year (around Easter weekend), vintage enthusiasts scramble from all over the world to The Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas for one thing: Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend.  2017 was Viva's twentieth year and they definitely went big!  Because we couldn't pass up such a wonderful event; Kevin, Bianca, and I packed up our best outfits and spent our Saturday at the Car Show.  Thanks to Trashy Diva, we were perfectly dressed for the show and ready to hand out discounts to the many Divas who attended!  It was so much fun running into friends, making new ones, dancing to live music, and taking in the endless rows of classic cars.  I'm already itching to go back!

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 20

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 20

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 20 Trashy Diva Lens Sarong in Dogwood Print

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 20 Trashy Diva Rockabilly Baby Posey Dress in Berry Chantilly

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 20 Trashy Diva Annette Dress in Carnival Print Obi Long Dress in Retro Floral Rockabilly Baby Posey Dress in Berry Chantilly

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 20

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 20 Trashy Diva Annette Dress in Carnival Print

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 20

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 20 Trashy Diva Berry Chantilly

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 20 Trashy Diva Dolly Tie Top Bonita Skirt in Red Gingham

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 20 Trashy Diva Dolly Tie Top Bonita Skirt in Red Gingham Rockabilly Baby Posey Dress in Berry Chantilly

 Car Show Outfits:
Hat- Vintage (similar)
Belt- From another dress
Sunglasses- c/o Retro Sunnies

Bianca's dress- c/o Trashy Diva
Bianca's shoes- Payless Shoes

Vegas Strip Outfit:

Although it was quite hot, the three of us had such a wonderful time.  Bianca enjoyed meeting all of "mommy's friends" and making a friend of her own, Wynter.  There were so many vendors with both vintage and reproduction goodies, but I was good and stuck to window shopping and socializing.  There was a Trashy Diva meet up in the middle of the day and it was so great to meet all the gorgeous Divas in person!  The ladies of the Trashy Diva Facebook groups are so positive and inspiring, you almost feel like family.  Needless to say, it definitely was the best part of my day.

I wore the new Annette dress in Carnival print from Trashy Diva and it was the perfect choice for the outdoor event.  Because it's made in a cotton voile, it was light and breathable.  The Annette is fully lined and features adjustable straps, a gathered circle skirt, massive hidden side pockets, and a back zippered closure.  The Carnival print was a total eye-catcher and I had people stopping me constantly to ask if it was vintage.  The Annette is in my top three favorite cuts from Trashy Diva and I hope there are many more on the horizon (I must have them all)!

Since it was Bianca's first trip to Las Vegas (and first trip outside of California), we decided to have some family time on the strip.  She loved the Excalibur castle, I'm sure you can imagine why.  She was also intrigued by the slot machines at the casinos.  She didn't really grasp why she couldn't play with them, so I just looked like a mean mommy as I carried her away, haha!

I can't wait to go back Vegas, and more specifically, look forward to Viva Las Vegas 21!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, April 14, 2017

Lemonade Stand

Hearts and Found Grace Dress Lemonade Stand in Yellow Checkered Gingham Print

Is there anything more "spring" than a pastel gingham print?!  My love affair with Hearts and Found continues, this time in the Grace dress in Lemonade Stand print.  The Grace dress is definitely my favorite cut from Marjorie's shop and I've collected quite a few over the years.  As always, it fits like a dream and the quality is top-notch.  And let's be honest: who doesn't want to support a woman-owned small business?

Hearts and Found Grace Dress Lemonade Stand in Yellow Checkered Gingham Print

Hearts and Found Grace Dress Lemonade Stand in Yellow Checkered Gingham Print

Hearts and Found Grace Dress Lemonade Stand in Yellow Checkered Gingham Print

Hearts and Found Grace Dress Lemonade Stand in Yellow Checkered Gingham Print

Hearts and Found Grace Dress Lemonade Stand in Yellow Checkered Gingham Print

Dress- c/o Hearts and Found
Shoes- Remix Vintage Shoes
Petticoat- Malco Modes
Hat- Jeanne Simmons (similar)

The Grace dress is fully lined and features a delicately gathered bust, adjustable straps, a full gathered skirt, and large hidden side pockets.  All my dresses from Hearts and Found are custom made to my measurements and they're always spot-on.  The bodice of this dress is supportive enough to go braless, which is a total selling point for me!  And at $80USD, the price is fantastic for what you're getting.  I can't give enough praise to Marjorie and her business, she truly has me as a customer for life!

Well, I'm currently getting ready for Viva Las Vegas and I'm trying not to get too stressed out.  Packing for both Bianca and myself is a process and I always happen to forget something important.  This time I have a list and I'm checking it about a thousand times!  If you happen to be at the Viva car show tomorrow, make sure you come find me.  I'll be posting my whereabouts on my Instagram and I'll have some awesome Trashy Diva discounts for you!

xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Carnival Trixie

Trashy Diva Trixie Dress in Carnival Print

Can we just talk about Trashy Diva's new Carnival print?  I'm so excited that they decided to release another novelty print in a cotton fabric.  Much like the now elusive French Quarter print (I reviewed that skirt HERE); Carnival depicts the whimsical streets of the French Quarter, this time with vibrant colors in a parade motif.  I actually picked up all three pieces of this collection, but today I'm going to review a classic Trashy Diva style: the Trixie dress.

Trashy Diva Trixie Dress in Carnival Print

Trashy Diva Trixie Dress in Carnival Print

Trashy Diva Trixie Dress in Carnival Print

Trashy Diva Trixie Dress in Carnival Print

Trashy Diva Trixie Dress in Carnival Print

Dress- Trashy Diva
Shoes- Bettie Page Shoes
Belt- From another dress
Lipstick- Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Tango

While I own lots of Trixie tops, this is my very first Trixie dress.  I kind of have a love/hate relationship with the top version.  Because of my long torso, the Trixie top is too short to tuck into a skirt (even with adjustable straps) and too long to look like a true crop top.  The Trixie dress is the perfect match for me because I get the look I want without worrying about the length of the bodice.  This dress features a contrasting black bodice that boasts a supportive structure (real talk: I'm not wearing a bra or any shapewear here), elastic shirring on the sides for the perfect fit, and adjustable straps.  The skirt is ridiculously full, fully lined, and has massive hidden side pockets.  The long, back zippered closure allows you to step in and out of this dress with ease.  This Trixie comes in sizes XS-3X, and the XS was the perfect fit for my frame.  I literally have no idea why it took me so long to add a Trixie dress to my closet, but I feel like many more are coming my way!

Rosko, our one-eyed blind rescue chihuahua, has another eye appointment today.  While we've accepted that he won't regain his sight ever again, I've been trying really hard to save the eye he has.  His progress has been great, but only the doctor knows for sure.  Keep Rosko in your thoughts and cross your fingers that he finally gets to take his "cone of shame" off today!

xoxo

Ashley
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