Sunday, November 10, 2019

All Wrapped Up

Are you feeling the holiday spirit yet?  Erstwilder just released their new holiday collection, All Wrapped Up, and I'm so excited to show you the pieces I've chosen from this range!  This collection is filled with Christmas cheer: sixteen brooches, two sets of earrings, and two necklaces.  It was seriously so hard to pick just a few (and thanks to Bianca loving this collection so much, I'm going to pick up a few more) but here are my favorites from All Wrapped Up.

Erstwilder The Night Before Pink-Mas Brooch

Erstwilder The Night Before Pink-Mas Brooch
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Dress- c/o The Pretty Dress Company
Coat- ASOS (similar styles here)
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red
Eyes- Urban Decay Naked Cherry

Is there anything more perfect than a pink tree?  This super festive and super sparkly Christmas tree brooch is basically everything I've ever wanted.  It's actually quite small so it can easily be a part of any holiday ensembles.  This one is by far my favorite!


Erstwilder

Erstwilder Little Red The Puppy Sled Brooch
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Dress- c/o The Pretty Dress Company
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red
Eyes- Urban Decay Naked Cherry

As someone with five dogs, little red had to be a part of my collection!  I love that he's not directly holiday related: I can wear him all winter!  His resin is so pretty and I love how it looks like the wind is carrying his ears back while he sleds.  Such a great design!


Erstwilder

Erstwilder Past Midnight Brooch
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Dress- c/o The Pretty Dress Company
Coat- ASOS (similar styles here)
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red
Eyes- Urban Decay Naked Cherry

I love that Erstwilder gave this brooch from a previous holiday collection a pastel recolor!  I much prefer these colors and I think it's works perfectly with my "white Christmas" motif this year (everything is pink, blue, and white).  Bianca has already stolen this brooch from me though so maybe I need to get a backup!


Erstwilder

Erstwilder Doe Eyed Deary Brooch
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Dress- c/o The Pretty Dress Company
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red
Eyes- Urban Decay Naked Cherry

If you can't already tell I love: animals and brooches that can be worn for many seasons.  The All Wrapped Up collection has a good amount of both blatant holiday pieces and holiday-related pieces.  Doe-Eyed Deary is such a cute little winter piece but I can easily wear her all year if I want!  Also, her resin is seriously amazing!


You can check out the entire All Wrapped Up collection HERE!  I would definitely get your favorites while you can, pieces always seem to sell out right away.  Also, if you purchase any three pieces from All Wrapped up, you'll receive a free gift brooch!  Looks like I'm scooting over to the Erstwilder site now to get my holiday shopping on!

xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Vacation

Vixen By Micheline Pitt Vacation Dress in Black

Enjoying these last few *official* spooky days in one of the comfiest dresses I own!  The vacation dress from Vixen by Micheline Pitt is one of those basic black dresses that can take you from the office to the coven with ease.  But for reals, I've used this dress for everyday wear, work, and even date night.  It really is that versatile!  Read more about the vacation dress below.

Vixen By Micheline Pitt Vacation Dress in Black

Vixen By Micheline Pitt Vacation Dress in Black

Vixen By Micheline Pitt Vacation Dress in Black

Vixen By Micheline Pitt Vacation Dress in Black

Dress- c/o Vixen by Micheline Pitt
Boots- YRU
Hat- (similar)
Brooch- Kirbee Lawler
Lipstick- c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Sad Girl

The vacation dress is made from a thick stretch synthetic fabric and features a deep neckline, romantic bishop sleeves, a gathered bust, slightly gathered skirt with deep pockets, back zippered closure, and a matching grommet belt.  I love that the skirt isn't too gathered; it's enough to be flattering but not overwhelming.  And let me tell you, these pockets are huge!  I can fit about three iPhones in each one!

This 1960's silhouette has all the modern features you want, including inclusive sizing.  Like all of Vixen's clothing, this dress is offered in sizes XS-4X.  While I'm wearing a size small, I could have definitely taken an XS.  I prefer to have more room for the shoulders (since the neckline is wide) so I ended up with my usual small and made sure to use the included belt for that perfect fit.  If you're not into black, the vacation dress is also available in navy, olive, and burgundy.  It's made in the USA and priced at $132 (but they offer AfterPay so you can pay for it in four payments and get the dress right away).  I'm trying to be good and happy with the black but that burgundy is calling my name!

xoxo

Ashley

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
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