Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Wild Berries

Collectif Mara Wild Berries Swing Dress

It doesn't feel like the holiday season until I've wandered around a forest in a pretty dress!  Collectif recently released their Mara dress in their new Wild Berries print and I must admit: it's a great holiday dress!  A classic shirtwaist style with modern details (deep pockets, y'all!) is the perfect pairing for this vintage style-loving gal.  Topped off with with matching Lulu Hun shoes and a cheery Erstwilder snowflake brooch and this holiday outfit is complete!

Collectif Mara Wild Berries Swing Dress

Collectif Mara Wild Berries Swing Dress

Collectif Mara Wild Berries Swing Dress

Collectif Mara Wild Berries Swing Dress

Dress- c/o Collectif
Shoes- Lulu Hun (c/o Collectif)
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

The Mara dress is made from a sturdy but stretchy fabric and features a pointed collar, functioning buttons down the entire dress, long sleeves with button cuffs, a full circle skirt with pockets, and a matching fabric self tie sash.  I took my usual Collectif size (UK8) and I felt like the bodice was a little smaller than usual but not enough to size up.  Since I live in a warmer climate, I decided to roll up my sleeves a little and I really liked how the cuffs complimented the color of my shoes.  Overall, I think this is a wonderfully festive outfit that is just as comfortable as my onesie pajamas (yep, I definitely own some of those)!

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, December 3, 2018

Myths and Legends

Are you ready for another amazing Erstwilder release?  Well it's here (as of literally right now) and this range is right up my alley: Myths and Legends.  Thirteen brooches, a pair of earrings, and two necklaces round out this whimsical collection of fairies and mythical creatures.  I've shared my favorites from the collection below!

Erstwilder Fiery Fawkes Brooch

Erstwilder Fiery Fawkes Brooch
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- c/o Heart of Haute
Sweater- MAK Cardigan
Hat- 1138 Clothing

Fiery Fawkes is such a stunning addition to my collection (and outfit!).  I love the vibrant colors throughout and the resin also has a hint of sparkle.  I'm pretty sure he's Dumbledore approved!


Erstwilder Treasure Keeper Brooch

Erstwilder Treasure Keeper Brooch Heart of Haute Elsa Blouse
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- c/o Heart of Haute

Treasure Keeper is everything I've wanted out of a hippogryph brooch... Especially because he's the first one I've seen!  I love his beautiful marbled resins and that regal smirk is just everything.  He's a great size too: easy to read but not overwhelming!


Erstwilder Tess of Loch Ness Brooch

Erstwilder Tess of Loch Ness Brooch Heart of Haute Elsa Blouse
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- c/o Heart of Haute
Coat- Forever 21

My husband is Scottish so I just had to add Tess to my collection!  I love how she's somewhat submerged in the water but you can still see her entire body.  Tess is made from a vibrant resin encased a lovely iridescent marbled resin "bottle".  She's certain to get a lot of wear!


You can find the entire collection HERE!  Which ones are your favorites?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Autumn Plaid

Retrolicious Plaid High Neck Dress

Anyone else feeling that post-Thanksgiving haze?  While the long weekend was everything, I feel like I haven't really recovered from the pumpkin pie and the couch dates with Kevin.  I might not feel mentally prepared to let go of the holiday, but I switched up my sweatpants for this Retrolicious dress as soon as I could!  This perfect fall plaid dress works great with layers but totally works for people who live in perpetual hot climates (like me).  Read more about this dress and the amazing company who made it below!

Retrolicious Plaid High Neck Dress

Retrolicious Plaid High Neck Dress

Retrolicious Plaid High Neck Dress

Dress- c/o Retrolicious
Shoes- Chelsea Crew
Hat- Amazon
Belt- Vixen by Micheline Pitt
Lipstick- c/o Besame Cosmetics in Portrait Peach

This plaid dress features a high neckline, fitted bodice, gathered skirt with side pockets, and a back zippered closure.  It's 100% cotton so it's easy to wear and wash at home.  I'm wearing my usual size small in Retrolicious dresses and I feel like the fit is just right.  I love supporting Retrolicious; their clothing is made right here in the USA and your dollars are going to an amazing family-run small business.  It doesn't help that their clothes are ridiculously cute as well!

Bianca started full-time school yesterday and I'm doing my best to adjust to that change.  Not only is she getting used to a new routine, I'll also be going back to work next week too!  I feel like there's been a bunch of change in the last couple of weeks and I'm just trying to keep my head above water right now.  Don't get me wrong, I'm super excited to get out of the "stay-at-home mom" role and get back into a more independent life.  I'm just kind of surprised that everything happened so fast!  I'll keep you updated in these next few weeks, just keep those fingers crossed for me that everything unfolds smoothly!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, November 22, 2018

BLACK FRIDAY: Sales and Coupon Codes!

Black Friday 1

Looking for all the Black Friday deals in one place?  I have you covered!  From now until cyber Monday, I'll be updating this post with information and codes of some of my (and your) favorite places to shop!  Keep this post bookmarked because I'll be adding more and updating throughout the weekend!

ASOS: 25% sitewide with code EPIC25

Besame Cosmetics: buy any two items, get a free Besame Messenger Bag with code BFBAG

Bernie Dexter: 60% off Black Friday collection with code BLACK60

Betsey Johnson: 35% off sitewide and free shipping with code WOW35

Collectif: 25% off sitewide with codeBF25

Danielle Nicole Handbags: 20% off sitewide with code BFCM2018

Emmy Design: update coming soon!

Erstwilder: 30% off sitewide with code 30OFFEVENT

Eshakti: 40% off sitewide, no code needed

Folter: 50% off sitewide with code BF50

Forever 21: extra 50% off sale with code EXTRA50

H&M: 30% off sitewide with code 3238

Heart of Haute: 20% off sitewide with code BLACKFRIDAY

Hearts and Found: 35% off sitewide with code BLACKFRIDAY35

Hello Holiday: 20% off sitewide with code BRIGHT

House of Foxy: update coming soon!

Karina Dresses: 30% off sitewide with code GIVETHANKS

Kitschy Witch Designs: 20% off sitewide with code WITCHCRAFT

La Femme En Noir: 25% off sitewide with code BACKTOBLACK

Lady K Loves: 20% off shorts, 30% off sale, 25% off everything else (exclusions apply)

Lil' Lou Lou: 30% off sitewide with code SHOPSMALL

Lime Crime: 25% off sitewide and free shipping, no code needed

Loco Lindo: 30% off sitewide and free shipping with code BFSAVE30

Luxulite: with every order you get an entry to win a goody bag, no code needed

Miss Candyfloss: 20% off sitewide with code BLACKFRIDAY

Miss Fortune: up to 70% off select items, no code needed

Modcloth: 30% off $100, 40% off $200, no code needed

Palava: 20% off sitewide with code SCOTTISHHIGHLANDS

Seamstress of Bloomsbury: free blouse with when you spend over $100, no code needed

Sister Jane: 30% off sitewide with code SJBLACKOUT

Smak Parlour: 40% off sitewide and free shipping with code SMAK40

Sourpuss Clothing: 25% off sitewide with code BLACK

Sugarpill Cosmetics: up to 75% off select items, no code necessary

Top Vintage: 20% off sitewide, no code needed

Urban Decay Cosmetics: 20% off plus free shipping with code GIMME

Retro Glam: 25% off sitewide with code BLACK25

Retrolicious: 30% off sitewide with code THANKS30

The Pretty Dress Company: 25% off sitewide with code BLACK25

Trashy Diva: 30% off sitewide with code TALKTURKEY

Unique Vintage: 25% off sitewide with code BESTWEEK

Wax Poetic Clothing: 30% off sitewide with code EARLYBIRD

Vintage Inspired by Jackie: 20% off select items, no code needed

Vixen by Micheline Pitt: 30% off with code BACKTOBLACK, final sale section 50% off and new pre-orders 15% off (no code needed)

xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Shaken Not Stirred

Miss Fortune Shaken Not Stirred Circle Skirt Paisley Raye Violet Top in Black

The cool(er) weather has set in and I'm ready to dress for the holidays!  While I don't have too much Christmas-themed clothing anymore, I do enjoy a festive print that can take me to the holidays and beyond.  Miss Fortune just released this Shaken Not Stirred circle skirt and I can't get over how cute it is!  Handmade and made to order, this skirt is the perfect addition to the novelty print area of my closet.  You're also supporting a woman-owned small business when you shop with Miss Fortune, which has been an incredibly important aspect of my shopping habits these last few years.  Get all the details about this fun outfit below!

Miss Fortune Shaken Not Stirred Circle Skirt Paisley Raye Violet Top in Black

Miss Fortune Shaken Not Stirred Circle Skirt Paisley Raye Violet Top in Black

Miss Fortune Shaken Not Stirred Circle Skirt Paisley Raye Violet Top in Black

Top- c/o Paisley Raye
Skirt- c/o Miss Fortune
Shoes- Modcloth
Hat- Forever 21
Lipstick- c/o Besame Cosmetics in Portrait Peach

The Shaken Not Stirred circle skirt is made from a sturdy 100% cotton fabric and features a thin waistband, full and paneled circle skirt, side pocket, and a back zipper with top button closure.  I love the weight of the cotton, it's not super thin and it definitely holds its shape.  I chose not to wear a petticoat underneath (I've pretty much sworn them off for good) and I love how the fabric drapes on its own.  I'm wearing a size small, which is a 26-inch waist.  While it is a little loose for me, I'll be able to move the button on the waistband for the perfect fit.  Laura, the woman behind Miss Fortune, is more than happy to make custom adjustments for you (although those items will not be available for a refund).  I can't wait to wear this to a fun holiday party later next month!

Are you ready for Thanksgiving tomorrow?  I'm actually spending today making a blueberry cheesecake from scratch.  It's so time consuming but so rewarding once you get to eat it!  Do you make anything specific for the holiday?  Let me know in the comments below!  I hope you have a wonderful Thankgiving, I'll be back here soon with an amazing Black Friday post!

xoxo

Ashley
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