Thursday, March 26, 2015

Favorite Etsy Shops

Much like many other people, I'm a huge fan of Etsy.  I love finding vintage and handmade goodies to add to my wardrobe.  It's also the perfect place to get a creative gift.  When it comes time to brainstorm for something original for a friend or family member, Etsy is always the first place I go.  I've decided to share a few of my favorite stores today.  Check them out below!

luxulite
I guess this doesn't come as a surprise considering I just hosted a giveaway with Luxulite.  I just can't help it, her handmade brooches are just so cute!  She's also just released an octopi brooch pair and her lobsters (my favorite) are currently available for preorder!

dethrose vintage
This Chicago based vintage shop has no shortage of beautiful garments.  From day dresses to beautiful 50's prom frocks, Dethrose Vintage appeals to my style without even knowing it!

aikawashima
Looking for a truly original gift?  Ai Kawashima is the most talented of artists and takes commissions for paintings!  I happened to have her paint Tommy, Kevin's favorite of our chihuahua crew, for Christmas this past year.  I'm hoping to have a canvas of every furry family member this year!

niccococreations
(image via Stiletto City)
Nicolle isn't just a pretty face, she's a ridiculously talented hair flower crafter!  Her pieces are well constructed, original, and are designed to fit your face and look pretty when worn.  I have to enter her store with restraint, I can spend a whole paycheck there!

Pinup Doll Wardrobe
pinupdollwardrobe
Marta makes the most wonderful pinup style dresses in the prettiest fabrics.  Most of her dresses are made to order but she carries a few styles in a few sizes as well.  I could get lost in her beautiful dress shop!

albinohare
Lee Anna is responsible for the gorgeous "Meowmaid" brooch I wear, but she also has lots of other fun trinkets for you.  I really love these kitty earrings!  Keep your eyes peeled if you're looking for a Meowmaid as well, she releases them from time to time ;).

These are just a few of my favorite stores, I'm hoping to share more in the near future.  Do you have a favorite Etsy shop?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Red Lily

Karina Dresses Megan

This week is going to be a bit crazy for me and my family.  I'm going from one job to the next, which means I'll be in training for a few days.  We will also be celebrating my mom's birthday early because this weekend is going to be busier than what Kevin and I are used to.  Luckily, this is the last weekend of what I like to call "tag team parenting".  I think we're both counting the days until our family life returns to normalcy.  It's been a lot to take on at once but it's worth it!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spring Has Sprung

Unique Vintage Vivien set

Bring on the floral prints and the pastel colors!  I love the excitement in the air when spring comes around.  Although I live in perpetual spring/summer weather, I can't help but join in on the enthusiasm.  Matching sets, especially when they're a crop top/skirt combo, are my warm weather staples.  This particular set is made with a soft satin and is extremely comfortable to wear.  The skirt has pockets and the top has removable straps so you can wear it as a halter or even a strapless top.  A girl can never have too many options!  I paired this set with my new Touchstone crystal Sea Glass necklace and matching Ice bracelet.  It's the perfect sparkly pair for spring!  I've come to realize that great things really come in twos.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

What's On My Radar: Current Loves

Spring is always the perfect time to dust off those pastels and floral prints.  While I certainly do this every year, I've been trying to expand my horizons and keep some "winter" prints around during this season as well.  I usually work them into my nighttime outfits, when it's okay to wear darker colors (FYI it's always okay) but you have the luxury of ditching your top layers.  Here are this month's spring picks, which have been separated into day and night looks:

Day
Day outfit

spring day looks

Night

spring night looks

night spring looks


I like playing with fun prints in both my day and night looks.  The sexier silhouettes come out at night (mostly date night) but I still like to have fun with with cuts and prints.  How does your personal style change between seasons and time of day?

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Harlequin

Pinup Girl Clothing Pinup Couture Jenny skirt in Harlequin Dixiefried Bustier top

Another day, another location adventure.  I've been taking advantage of the summer-like conditions to go out and explore the beautiful nature preserves in my town.  I'm no stranger to this particular area, one of my best friends was married here a few years ago.  I've also gone on countless field trips to the nature center as a child.  They had (and still have) a really fun animal show that also teaches you how to respect nature and the animals that live there.  I'm hoping to take Bianca when she's a little older.  She's already showing signs of being a crazy animal lady, just like her momma!
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