Friday, October 18, 2019

Salem Nights

Made 590 Every Body Valentina Skirt in Salem Nights

Is it weird that I'm already mourning the idea of Halloween being over?  It's far too close and I feel like I just haven't enjoyed the season nearly as much as I wanted to.  After my volunteering duties yesterday I took myself on a date.  If you know me, that means visiting spooky places to take photos.  I just received this skirt from Made 590 (all the way from Australia!) and I couldn't imagine wearing anything else to visit these old historic buildings.  This was my first Made 590 purchase and let me tell you, this won't be my last!  Scroll down to read more about this ethical, inclusive small business!

Made 590 Every Body Valentina Skirt in Salem Nights

Made 590 Every Body Valentina Skirt in Salem Nights

Made 590 Every Body Valentina Skirt in Salem Nights

Made 590 Every Body Valentina Skirt in Salem Nights

Made 590 Every Body Valentina Skirt in Salem Nights

Top- c/o Unique Vintage
Skirt- Made 590
Shoes- Chelsea Crew
Brooch- Kirbee Lawler

The Valentina skirt from Made 590 is a true wrap skirt.  It buttons at the waistband in the front and wraps around to a self tie closure in the back.  This skirt is a midi length and features pockets and belt loops (to keep your wrap closure nice and stable).  Its a nice, sturdy cotton linen that doesn't wrinkle easily.  I knew it was going to be a good product but this skirt really exceeded my expectations!  The skirt (and my brooch!) was illustrated by the very talented Australian artist Kirbee Lawler.  Kirbee's Salem Nights print is absolutely adorable and really captures that vintage Halloween feel.  This skirt is unfortunately sold out, but there are a few other Salem Nights pieces still available (which you can find HERE).

Made 590 offers sizes UK8-26 and they make their clothing right in Australia.  They are very open about who makes their clothing (they can literally give you names) and you can read more about their ethical policies HERE.

I get so much joy buying from small and ethical businesses and Made 590 is definitely on my short list of favorite shops!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, October 11, 2019

Skeleton Dance

1138 Clothing Glow In The Dark Skeleton Wrap Top and Dress

I love talking about small, woman-owned businesses and 1138 Clothing is one of my favorites!  Linda, the amazing lady behind the brand, runs her adorable shop while also taking on her newest adventure: motherhood.  While she is mostly inspired by her favorite fandoms (which I love), she always brings her A-game to the Halloween season.  I am obsessed with this skeleton print dress and matching wrap top and I couldn't wait to wear them together!

1138 Clothing Glow In The Dark Skeleton Wrap Top and Dress

1138 Clothing Glow In The Dark Skeleton Wrap Top and Dress

1138 Clothing Glow In The Dark Skeleton Wrap Top and Dress

1138 Clothing Glow In The Dark Skeleton Wrap Top and Dress

Top- c/o 1138 Clothing
Dress- c/o 1138 Clothing
Boots- YRU
Tights- Target
Hair bow- Free People
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

Both of these pieces are made from a comfy stretch knit that's perfect for warmer or cooler weather.  The top is a true wrap so you can wear it as tight or as loose as you want.  I love the flutter sleeve so much!  The dress is a classic tank dress with no buttons or zippers.  You just pull it over and go!  It was a little rainy and very windy when I wore this outfit so I opted to wear these pieces together and I love how they look.  Their best feature?  They glow in the dark!  So you can look hauntingly festive day or night, it really is the perfect spooky outfit.

Make sure to check out the rest of 1138 Clothing's offerings on her Etsy page.  You'll be especially happy if you love everything Harry Potter, there's so much good stuff!  Look cute and support a small business with a small family while you're at it!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Bats!

Unique Vintage Smak Parlour Black and White Stripe Bat Print Fit and Flare Dress

Fall is officially here and I've been ready since... well, the beginning of summer!  As someone who lives that spooky life year round, I get extra excited when the Halloween goodies start rolling into the stores.  Unique Vintage has outdone themselves this year and given us the best selection of Halloween clothing and accessories, including this Smak Parlour dress.  It's stretchy, spooky, and perfect for all the Halloween activities I have coming up!

Unique Vintage Smak Parlour Black and White Stripe Bat Print Fit and Flare Dress

Unique Vintage Smak Parlour Black and White Stripe Bat Print Fit and Flare Dress

Unique Vintage Smak Parlour Black and White Stripe Bat Print Fit and Flare Dress

Unique Vintage Smak Parlour Black and White Stripe Bat Print Fit and Flare Dress

Dress- c/o Unique Vintage
Shoes- YRU
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

This amazing bat print striped dress is made from a soft stretch poly fabric and features long sleeves with a contrast bat cuff, contrast bat Peter Pan collar, a-line skirt with pockets, and a back zippered closure.  This dress is so comfortable, for reals!  Usually dresses with long sleeves really bother me but this one is so nice.  I'm wearing my usual size small in Smak Parlour and I would say it's right on point.  Their dress bodices are usually short on me, so I'm used to their dresses being more of an empire waist.  So if you have a short or average sized torso, this one will fit you right at the waist.

While this may technically be a "Halloween" inspired dress, I will definitely be rocking this cutie all fall and winter long!  If you haven't tried a Smak Parlour dress yet, you can shop the wide selection from sizes XS-4X on Unique Vintage right now!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, September 13, 2019

Willow

Restricted Shoes Jester Boot and Willow Boot

What a week!  Honestly, Fridays are my favorite because I feel that pure joy of the weekend creeping in.  Our weekdays are hectic and we so look forward to enjoying our family time.  Fridays are known as "family nights" and we usually let Bianca choose what we end up doing.  Nine times out of ten she wants to go out (she's way more social than Kevin and me). 

Bianca has been wearing these heeled booties from Restricted Shoes on the daily and I don't blame her!  They're comfy and she totally feels like a big girl in her heeled but very easy to wear boots.  Me, being the comfy one, prefers less of a heel and Restricted hooked me up with these lovely booties.  You can read our review and find out more about Restricted below!

Restricted Shoes Jester Boot and Willow Boot

Restricted Shoes Jester Boot and Willow Boot

Restricted Shoes Willow Boot

Restricted Shoes Jester Boot and Willow Boot

Restricted Shoes Jester Boot

Top- Sister Jane
Jeans- Old Navy
Boots- c/o Restricted Shoes
Hat- Unique Vintage (similar)

Bianca's dress- Old Navy
Bianca's shoes- c/o Restricted Shoes

I'm wearing the new Jester bootie, which features a small heel and slips right on.  I actually had to do a double take to see if they actually had a heel at all because I don't feel it one bit.  They come in three colors: black, whiskey, and taupe (which is what I'm wearing).  I feel like this is the perfect transitional boot because it has a summer feel but can totally handle the fall elements.  I'm wearing a size 9, which is my usual size, and they fit true to size.

Bianca is wearing the Willow boot, which features and embroidered detail on the sides and a wedged heel.  Her boots have functional laces but also have side zippers on the inside of the foot, which is great because she doesn't know how to tie her shoes yet!  My little witchy baby is seriously obsessed with these shoes, I think I need to get a backup pair!  Bianca is wearing a size 1 in girls and they run true to size as well.

Want to get you and/or your little one their own Restriced Shoes at a discount?  Use the code ATHOMSON25 for 25% off all regular priced styles!

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, September 9, 2019

Out of the Shadows

Erstwilder Raven Mad Brooch
The day has come: the Erstwilder Out of the Shadows Halloween range is finally here!  As I'm sure you already know, Halloween is my favorite and I look forward to their Halloween brooches every year.  I'm not trying to be dramatic but this year is seriously the best Halloween range they've ever put out.  I love the vintage feel and the dark, deep colors they used.  This range has eleven brooches, three sets of earrings, and two necklaces.  Honestly, I wanted them all but I've highlighted my favorites below!

Erstwilder Lil Boo Brooch

Erstwilder Lil Boo Brooch
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- c/o Heart of Haute
Skirt- Vixen by Micheline Pitt
Hat- Target
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

Lil Boo is just the cutest and he's really big!  He comes in the big box, y'all!  I love his cute little face and his marbled resin.  I know he's technically a Halloween brooch but I will be rocking him all year around.


Erstwilder Itsy Bitsy Brooch

Erstwilder Itsy Bitsy Brooch
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- c/o Heart of Haute
Skirt- Vixen by Micheline Pitt
Hat- Target
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

I can't get over how beautiful and detailed Itsy Bitsy is.  While I might be terrified of spiders in real life, I'm over the moon with this brooch!  I can't get enough of these subtle colors and the wonderful detail in this one.  It's even better in person too!


Erstwilder Raven Mad Brooch

Erstwilder Raven Mad Brooch
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- c/o Heart of Haute
Skirt- Vixen by Micheline Pitt
Hat- Target
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

Give me all the raven brooches!  As someone who has a mild obsession with crows and ravens, I obviously needed Raven Mad.  Again, I'm in love with these colors!  They work so well with the marbled resin.  I know these brooches are supposedly for Halloween but Raven Mad will also get wear all year around.


You can view and shop the entire collection right now on the Erstwilder site.  I would check it out ASAP, I know this range is going to be super popular!

xoxo

Ashley
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