Monday, June 24, 2019

Deer Arrow

If you're a brooch lover like me, you probably already know about Deer Arrow.  This super popular Australian brand was started by two sisters and still remains a homemade brand.  Everything is made in Australia in small quantities, so you truly have a special piece of jewelry.  Deer Arrow just released a new collection (literally right this minute) and I feel so honored to show you some of them!  Check out my newest additions below:

Frankie the Fox
Deer Arrow Frankie the Fox Brooch

Deer Arrow Frankie the Fox Brooch Trashy Diva Chorus Girl Top in Showgirl Royalty

Deer Arrow Frankie the Fox Brooch Trashy Diva Chorus Girl Top in Showgirl Royalty 
Top- Trashy Diva
Pants- old (similar)

Frankie is seriously such a cute little fox!  I love her sweet little face and her floral arrangement on her ear.  I feel like she's going to get lots of wear this summer, she matches with pretty much everything!


Raven the Witch
Deer Arrow Raven the Witch Brooch

Deer Arrow Raven the Witch Brooch Retrolicious Pumpkins and Cats Dress

Deer Arrow Raven the Witch Brooch Retrolicious Pumpkins and Cats Dress 
Top- Retrolicious
Dress- Retrolicious (sold out)

As a lover of all things spooky, Raven is right up my alley!  I love her dark eyes, her bright hair, and her all too fashionable hat.  She definitely has that Halloween feel but can easily be worn all year around.


Opal the Unicorn Girl
Deer Arrow Opal the Unicorn Girl Brooch

Deer Arrow Opal the Unicorn Girl Brooch Smak Parlour Babe Revolution Dress

Deer Arrow Opal the Unicorn Girl Brooch Smak Parlour Babe Revolution Dress

Brooch- c/o Deer Arrow
Dress- c/o Smak Parlour

Oh man, Opal is such a beauty!  Bianca already claimed her for her own brooch collection but I don't think I can let her go!  I love her majestic hair and (of course) her unicorn horn.  I feel like she might be the most popular of this new collection!


Wild Ruby
Deer Arrow Wild Ruby Brooch

Deer Arrow Wild Ruby Brooch Heart of Haute Estelle Top in Mushrooms

Deer Arrow Wild Ruby Brooch Heart of Haute Estelle Top in Mushrooms

Brooch- c/o Deer Arrow
Top- Heart of Haute
Pants- old (similar)

Ruby has certainly won over my heart!  This mushroom capped beauty is so bright and vibrant, I feel like she adds so much to any outfit.  Especially this mushroom shirt I already had in my closet, am I right?


You can shop these brooches (and more!) right now on the Deer Arrow site.  If your favorites are already sold out, there will be a second release in seven hours, at 7pm AEST (aka 2am PST).  Which ones are your favorites?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, June 3, 2019

Sesame Street

Can I just say how excited I am about this Erstwilder launch?  I feel like they've had the best collaborations this year and this Sesame Street collection is probably my new favorite!  Consisting of thirteen pieces (and one gift with purchase item, but we'll get to that later), this range has one statement necklace, three sets of earrings, and nine brooches.  Check out my favorites from this range below!

Cookie Monster
Sesame Street

Erstwilder Cookie Monster Brooch
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- J. Crew
Lipstick- c/o Besame Cosmetics in Chocolate Rose

I love this double brooch set!  You really can't have a Cookie Monster without a cookie so I'm glad these come together.  Cookie Monster also happens to be Bianca's favorite Sesame Street character, so I have a feeling this one won't be mine for long!


Yip Yip Earrings
Sesame Street

Erstwilder Yip Yip Earrings
Earrings- c/o Erstwilder
Top- vintage
Lipstick- c/o Besame Cosmetics in Chocolate Rose

Cookie Monster might be Bianca's favorite, but the Martians have always been mine!  I actually squealed when I saw them and I'm so happy Erstwilder included them in their range!  These are actually my very first set of Erstwilder earrings.  They're super light and don't irritate my sensitive ears.  I feel like these Yip Yips are going to add the perfect touch to all of my outfits this summer!


Oscar the Grouch
Sesame Street

Erstwilder Oscar the Grouch Brooch
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- Unique Vintage
Lipstick- c/o Besame Cosmetics in Chocolate Rose

Who doesn't love Oscar?  He's such a great character and an even better brooch!  I love the marbled resin of his home (aka the trash can) and he's a great size.  You can see him from afar but he's not annoyingly large.


Sesame Street Sign
Sesame Street

Erstwilder Sesame Street Sign Broch

Well, you can't actually purchase this brooch but you will get one with three of your Sesame Street purchases on Erstwiler's website!  I adore this classic street sign and I think it's the perfect piece to "double brooch" with your other Sesame Street pieces.  The offer will only apply until supplies last (and if I'm correct, I don't think this collection will stick around for long).  Make sure you hop on over to the Erstwilder site to see the rest of the collection and shop your favorites now!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, May 24, 2019

Haunted House

Kitschy Witch Designs Rosaleen Dress in Haunted House

Today is the day: Kitschy Witch Designs releases the brand new Rosaleen dress in the much anticipated Haunted House fabric!  Since this is a new style, I wanted to review this dress for you so you can get a good idea which size to order.  The release is at 12pm PST, so hopefully you see this beforehand.  I have a feeling this dress is going to sell like crazy!

Kitschy Witch Designs Rosaleen Dress in Haunted House

Kitschy Witch Designs Rosaleen Dress in Haunted House

Kitschy Witch Designs Rosaleen Dress in Haunted House

Kitschy Witch Designs Rosaleen Dress in Haunted House

Kitschy Witch Designs Rosaleen Dress in Haunted House

Dress- c/o Kitschy Witch Designs
Shoes- Amazon
Hair bow- Free People
Lipstick- c/o Besame Cosmetics in Chocolate Kiss

The Rosaleen dress is made from a thick, slightly stretchy and high quality cotton sateen.  It has a nice weight and it holds its shape: no need for a petticoat here!  It features a sweetheart neckline with a fold over bust and knot tie at the center, thick straps, a *very* full gathered skirt with large hidden side pockets, and a side zippered closure.  I'll be honest: this dress is a dream!  I literally gasped the first time I put it on!  The straps are technically thick enough to cover bra straps, but I opted for a strapless (I'm a stickler for any kind of bra showing and didn't want to have to worry about it).  The straps are not adjustable, which can be troublesome for someone with a longer torso like myself, but I can comfortably wear this all day.  The Rosaleen is relatively wrinkle-free, I didn't even have to steam it out of the package.  And most of all, the print is everything I could ever want in a novelty fabric.  The cute haunted house riders compliment all the monsters perfectly and my favorite monster ever is on it: the creature!

Now let's talk about sizing!  I'm wearing a size small.  If you're familiar with Kitschy Witch sizing, I wear a size XS in the Spellbound skirt and a small in the Pixie dress (although that dress ran small and I definitely could have taken a medium).  This dress runs true to size, so I would absolutely get your usual dress size.  I feel like I could have taken an XS in the waist but I definitely needed the small for the bust.  I'm a usual size small in most clothing, and as a 34/25, the small is the perfect fit for me in the Rosaleen!

The Haunted House launch will not only include the Rosaleen dress, but there will also be a Spellbound skirt, scarf, clutch, makeup bag, and tote.  There will also be pins and cardigan clips too!  Make sure you get on the site as soon as it launches, otherwise those things you were too late to buy will haunt you!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, May 17, 2019

GIVEAWAY: Kitchy Witch Deisgns!

Kitschy Witch Designs
It's been waaaaaay too long since I've hosted a giveaway and I wanted to make sure I was going to offer something good to make up for the lost time!  As an avid Stephanie Buscema fan, I really wanted to include something from her shop, Kitschy Witch Designs.  If you weren't already aware, Stephanie is one of the most giving people on the planet and she offered a whole Spooky Spring prize pack for the winner!  That's right, you'll be the first to own these yet-to-be-released goodies!  I'm hosting this giveaway here via Rafflecopter, which allows you to enter in all kinds of ways.  Check out the widget below and enter as little (or as much) as you want!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

The very lucky winner will receive:
  • Luna sunglasses in black and white.  They won't even be available to purchase until the end of the month, so you'll be the first one to wear them!
  • Haunted House clutch
  • Haunted House pin set
  • Haunted House cardigan clips
  • Kitschy Witch buttons

This giveaway is open internationally and will run until midnight, May 24th.  A winner will be randomly chosen and emailed on the 24th.  The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize by responding to the winning email, otherwise another winner will be randomly chosen.

Good luck and thank you so much for being one of my readers.  It really means the world to me!

xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Primrose

Paisley Raye Primrose Wrap Dress in White Tropical Floral Print

There's something about a late spring/early summer gloom that really makes me... happy?  This entire month has been rainy and gloomy and I'm here for it.  I've been living in this Paisley Raye Primrose dress lately and I just can't help it.  It's so good!  The super light rayon fabric is easy to wear and will make those inevitable scorching summer days that much more bearable.

Paisley Raye Primrose Wrap Dress in White Tropical Floral Print

Paisley Raye Primrose Wrap Dress in White Tropical Floral Print

Paisley Raye Primrose Wrap Dress in White Tropical Floral Print

Dress- c/o Paisley Raye
Shoes- Remix Vintage Shoes
Lipstick- c/o Besame Cosmetics in Portrait Peach

Paisley Raye is a woman-owned small business that makes all their clothing right here in the USA.  If you've been following me for some time, you know how important buying ethical is and I love that I can confidently shop for cute clothes here!  Paisley Raye has a good mix of both contemporary and vintage inspired designs and I feel like this Primrose dress is a little of both.  This dress is a true wrap style and features flutter sleeves, a surplice neckline, and a twirl-worthy high low skirt.  This is actually my third Primrose dress, I love how versatile this style is!  All of Paisley Raye's designs are manufactured in sizes XS-3X.  I'm a pretty straightforward size small, so I would say their designs run true to size.  The Primrose is also priced well under $100, so you can get one (or two!) and feel good about supporting a small business.  You can also get free US shipping with the code SOCALBELLE, so go ahead and treat yourself!

I've been going on photography adventures with my younger brother lately and I'm loving the time we get to spend together.  He's actually more of a travel/landscape photographer, so we find fun places to shoot and he gets behind my camera for my blog photos too.  He actually took these photos here and I love his keen eye for a good shot!  As someone who relies on her tripod and remote to capture 99% of her images, I'm excited that someone (and a family member, no less) actually wants to help me!  You can check out his work and follow him on Instagram HERE!

xoxo

Ashley
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