Monday, November 20, 2017

Magenta Floral

Trashy Diva Bianca Long Dress in Magenta Floral Southern California Belle

I mean, is there even a dress more dreamy than the Trashy Diva Bianca Long?!  Not only does it carry the name of my child (by coincidence, of course), but this new longer, fancier version of the original is a dream come true.  Made from a lush rayon crepe de chine, this dress brings all the drama but feels like you're wearing a cloud.  Debuting in Magenta Floral, aka the 2017 March Madness winner, this luxurious print was a match made in heaven for this dress!

Trashy Diva Bianca Long Dress in Magenta Floral Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva Bianca Long Dress in Magenta Floral Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva Bianca Long Dress in Magenta Floral Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva Bianca Long Dress in Magenta Floral Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva Bianca Long Dress in Magenta Floral Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva Bianca Long Dress in Magenta Floral Southern California Belle

Dress- Trashy Diva
Shoes- Remix Vintage Shoes
Longline bra- Amazon
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Pink Souffle

Not a far cry from the original (you can see my post in the shorter Bianca HERE), the Bianca Long features a deep sexy notched neckline, long sleeves with buttoned cuffs, banded waist, side zipper closure, and massive 8-panel circle skirt complete with pockets.  While the notched neckline is gorgeous, I'm not a huge fan of cleavage.  Thankfully, this dress was designed to be worn reversed!  As you can see, the "back" has a crossover neckline that very much suits my more modest needs.  Plus, I love a great plunge in the back! 

As for sizing, I normally hover between a 2 and a 4.  I decided on a 4 and I've found that the size chart is accurate.  While I think I could have sized down to a 2 (rayon crepe de chine does relax over time), I was happy with how it fit.  The banded waist provides almost no stretch and (when worn backwards) I need a bit of room to fit my low-back longline bra in there!  The length of the skirt is very long, so tall girls rejoice!  I'm a bit over 5'6" and I'm wearing 4" heels and the dress still touches the floor.  Just for the record, this is the first full-length Trashy Diva dress I've been "short enough" to wear and I couldn't be happier!

The Magenta Floral collection has four other styles (three dresses with a shorter hemline and a jumpsuit) and come in varying sizes of 0-24.  Because this is a Heritage Print, I wouldn't hesitate on adding one of these beauties to your closet!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Polka Parlour

Smak Parlour Black Polka Dot Long Sleeve Dress With Collar

I love pushing the boundaries of my personal style.  This year I've incorporated more shorter hems to my wardrobe and I couldn't be happier!  Smak Parlour has a great selection of vintage-inspired dresses and this polka dot number is the perfect piece to dress up or down.  Although it's been cooling down a bit here, I can't wait to throw on a pair of tights and some cute booties with this dress.  I keep fantasizing about layering and "winterizing" my wardrobe in hopes that one day it will be cool enough for the occasion!

Smak Parlour Black Polka Dot Long Sleeve Dress With Collar

Smak Parlour Black Polka Dot Long Sleeve Dress With Collar

Smak Parlour Black Polka Dot Long Sleeve Dress With Collar

Smak Parlour Black Polka Dot Long Sleeve Dress With Collar

Smak Parlour Black Polka Dot Long Sleeve Dress With Collar

Dress- c/o Smak Parlour
Shoes- Chelsea Crew
Brooch- Erstwilder
Belt- Vixen by Micheline Pitt
Lipstick-c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills in Blush

This super stretchy dress is made from a woven poly blend and very comfortable to wear.  It honestly feels like I'm wearing comfy pajamas!  It features a contrast Peter Pan collar, long sleeves, pleated skirt with side pockets, and a back zippered closure.  I went with a size small and it was perfect for my frame.  I chose to add a belt to accentuate my waist but it looks just as cute without one.  Considering this dress is just $74, I feel like it's a great price for such a fun fall/winter staple.

For the first time in forever I'm wearing my hair without any extensions.  While my hair has grown long enough for me to feel comfortable without them, I still suffer from thin, fine hair.  It became much worse after I had Bianca: I lost most of my hair and eyelashes.  So these days, I like to use extensions to give my hair a little volume.  While I'm not 100% comfortable going without them all the time, I'm starting to embrace my thin hair.  It might sound stupid but I'm pretty proud of myself!  While I don't think I'll give up extensions forever, I'd like to keep featuring looks without them once in awhile.  Here's to hoping I get the courage to keep doing it!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Evergreen

Collectif Mainline Barbara Pom Pom Jumper Collectif Vintage Jasmine Evergreen Check Swing Skirt

Seasons are finally changing here which means I get to wear warm, comfy outfits.  Thankfully, Collectif does a great job keeping you warm and looking fabulous!  I can't say no to a fun plaid and pairing it with this ridiculously warm pom pom jumper seemed like a match made in heaven.

Collectif Vintage Jasmine Evergreen Check Swing Skirt

Collectif Mainline Barbara Pom Pom Jumper Collectif Vintage Jasmine Evergreen Check Swing Skirt

Collectif Mainline Barbara Pom Pom Jumper Collectif Vintage Jasmine Evergreen Check Swing Skirt

Collectif Mainline Barbara Pom Pom Jumper Collectif Vintage Jasmine Evergreen Check Swing Skirt

Collectif Mainline Barbara Pom Pom Jumper Collectif Vintage Jasmine Evergreen Check Swing Skirt

Top- c/o Collectif
Skirt- c/o Collectif
Shoes- c/o Restricted Shoes
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Lipstick- c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills in Craft

The Barbara jumper is made from thick, soft nylon blend and has a slightly cropped length, pom poms around the bust and shoulders, and a high round neckline.  I went with a size UK6 and it ended up being a nice, fitted size.  This jumper also comes in three other colors and I kind of want to collect them all!

The Jasmine skirt is made from a poly blend that feels soft to the touch.  It features a fitted waistband, gathered knee-length skirt, and a side zippered closure.  The waistband provides little to no stretch, so if you're between sizes I would recommend ordering a size up.  I went with a size UK8 and while it fits, I was unable to tuck in this super thick jumper and feel/look comfortable.

Last weekend I went to Designer Con and had so much fun!  I also brought my husband and Bianca along, which was exciting because it was their first con experience.  I had the chance to run into some friends, discover new artists, and buy a few things to add to my collection of quirky enamel pins.  It also reminded me how much I love going to cons and how I'm looking forward to Wonder Con next year.  I have quite an obsession with Funko Pops and they always have a massive booth!  I think I'll need to start putting some money aside of that trip like, right now!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Senorita

Hearts and Found Bonnie Dress Black Si Senorita Large Red Rose Floral Print

This.  Dress.  I can't properly explain my love for this new Bonnie dress from Hearts and Found.  Made to order and fitted to your measurements, Marjorie makes sure every piece is exactly what you want (and more).  This Si Senorita red rose fabric was the perfect print for this new style and I'm so excited I get to review it for you!

Hearts and Found Bonnie Dress Black Si Senorita Large Red Rose Floral Print

Hearts and Found Bonnie Dress Black Si Senorita Large Red Rose Floral Print

Hearts and Found Bonnie Dress Black Si Senorita Large Red Rose Floral Print

Hearts and Found Bonnie Dress Black Si Senorita Large Red Rose Floral Print

Hearts and Found Bonnie Dress Black Si Senorita Large Red Rose Floral Print

Hearts and Found Bonnie Dress Black Si Senorita Large Red Rose Floral Print

Dress- c/o Hearts and Found
Shoes- Remix Vintage Shoes
Petticoat- Malco Modes
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

Made from a light cotton fabric, the Bonnie dress features a fully lined button-front bodice, short capped sleeves, attached necktie, lined gathered swing skirt, and hidden side pockets.  The button front also has hidden snaps in between so there is no gaping at and under your bust.  While Hearts and Found does have standard sizes, all the items in store are available for custom sizing.  I love this dress because it reminds me of one of my favorite Trashy Diva styles: the Streetcar dress.  I love that Hearts and Found has many styles and even more fabrics to choose from.  I'm not going to lie, I already have three Bonnie dresses in my cart right now!

For the first time in over a month I have absolutely nothing on my weekend calendar!  I can't even tell you how exciting that is!  Even though October was full of fun activities, I'm ready to take it down a few notches and relax.  My DVR at home is bursting with tv that I need to catch up on.  Does that give anyone else anxiety or is that just me?

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A Very Kitschy Christmas

Erstwilder A Kitschy Christmas

It might be the beginning of November, but it's never too early to be thinking about gifts (for your loved ones and to treat yourself)!  Erstwilder's new "A Very Kitschy Christmas" collection is perfect for the holidays and just so happen to be wonderful small gifts.  I've teamed up with Erstwilder this season to show you my personal favorites and how I'm wearing them during the most wonderful time of the year!

Past Midnight
Erstwilder Past Midnight

Erstwilder Past Midnight

Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- Target
Headband- Homemade

My personal favorite, Past Midnight is a Christmas-inspired cuckoo clock.  With its snow-capped roof and sparkly, colorful details, this brooch is better than the real thing!  Because of the hanging winding chains this brooch does feel a bit bigger than the rest, but it's definitely my favorite feature.

The Christmas Cardinal
Erstwilder The Christmas Cardinal

Erstwilder The Christmas Cardinal

Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- c/o Heart of Haute
Headband- Homemade

In case you didn't know: I have a funny obsession with birds.  So the moment I saw The Christmas Cardinal I knew he was meant for me!  Carefully nested in holiday foliage, this bright and sparkly cardinal is ready to bring cheer to any of your ensembles.

Heidi's Heavenly Treat
Erstwilder Heidi's Heavenly Treat

Heidi's Heavenly Treat

Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- c/o Heart of Haute
Headband- Handmade

Known as a German holiday dessert, Heidi's Heavenly Treat is great for the Christmas season but can easily be worn year-round.  Pretty in pink and covered in colorful sprinkles, this brooch is definitely too good to eat!

A Very Kitschy Christmas was designed by Donna Mizzi and features fifteen brooches and one necklace.  To view their whole collection and get a few of your own, you can visit their website HERE!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, November 2, 2017

One Golden Sun

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Atomic Jax Clock Face Halter Dress

Can one have too many pieces from Vintage Inspired by Jackie?  I'm going to say no!  From her tailor-made dresses to her one-of-a-kind prints, Jackie's creations are flattering, wearable works of art that just so happen to be converation starters.  While her Clock Face print has been a breakout hit, it really shines on this new halter dress.  As someone who doesn't wear halter dresses, this is a really big deal.  Thanks to the impeccable construction, I survived a full day at Disneyland bra-free and as comfortable as ever!

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Atomic Jax Clock Face Halter Dress

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Atomic Jax Clock Face Halter Dress

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Atomic Jax Clock Face Halter Dress

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Atomic Jax Clock Face Halter Dress

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Atomic Jax Clock Face Halter Dress

Dress- c/o Vintage Inspired by Jackie
Shoes- Remix Vintage Shoes
Earrings- Pink Collar Life
Petticoat- Malco Modes

Made just like her bunny suits, Jackie's halter dress is lined in the bodice with boning for a supportive fit.  While the halter straps do tie around your neck, they don't actually function for support.  If you're a lady with a larger bust, halters tend to dig into your neck and even give you headaches.  Thanks to the intricate construction of the bodice, these ties can be wrapped delicately around your neck without sacrificing comfort.  This dress also features a full gathered skirt, a hidden side pocket, and a back zippered closure.  I gave Jackie my measurements and she delivered yet another perfectly fitting dress.  If you're not into this dress style, the Clock Face print (a collaboration with the incredibly talented John Varvir) also comes in a skirt, swing dress, keyhole dress, and sweetheart dress.  Oh, and it also comes in four different color ways!  I'll make sure to show off a different "season" in a skirt style very soon!

This week has felt like a wirlwind and it's not stopping until well into next week!  Luckily, I'll be attending the Dapper Day Expo at Disneyland Hotel on Saturday and taking my family holiday pictures on Sunday.  If my weekend must be jam-packed with events, at least it's fun ones!  Anyone else going to Dapper Day?  I have yet to pick my outfit for the event and I'm really feeling the pressure to get it together soon!

xoxo

Ashley
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