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

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Erstwilder Fan Favourites

It's that time again!  Erstwilder just released not one, but two new collections and I'm here to promote one of them!  I love their Fan Favourite ranges, simply because they listen to their customers and compile a collection of newly colored old favorites.  This smaller collection features seven favorites and I'm here to show you my three picks.  Check them out below!

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Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- c/o Chicwish
Sunglasses- La Femme En Noir

I have Sacha in a few colors and I was excited to add another to my collection!  This Sacha features a pink floral motif with gold accents.  She just feels so fancy!


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Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- c/o Chicwish
Sunglasses- La Femme En Noir

Hummingbirds are actually one of my favorite kinds of animals so I needed to add her to my collection!  I love her pearly-pink resin and the glittery flower she's getting her lunch from.  She's also the perfect size, I think she's my favorite of the collection!


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Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- c/o Chicwish
Sunglasses- La Femme En Noir

Olive looks so gorgeous in her new color way!  I love her pearly-purple head and her psychedelic floral print body.  As someone who loves anything purple, Olive is definitely going to get some wear!


You can check out the rest of the Fan Favourites collection HERE.  As always, don't hesitate to purchase...  These brooches are favorites for a reason and won't be around forever!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, April 19, 2019

Pixie

Kitschy Witch Designs Sleepy Hollow Print Pixie Dress

Is there anything more perfect than a Stephanie Buscema print?  I was obviously psyched when she opened Kitschy Witch Designs and started making textiles from her amazing artwork.  Her Sleepy Hollow print is one of my favorites and I was so excited to try out her new Pixie dress!  Made from a nice stretch cotton in a classic cut, this dress is great for everyday wear (or when you want a subtle spooky twist)!

Kitschy Witch Designs Sleepy Hollow Print Pixie Dress

Kitschy Witch Designs Sleepy Hollow Print Pixie Dress

Kitschy Witch Designs Sleepy Hollow Print Pixie Dress

Dress- c/o Kitschy Witch Designs
Shoes- c/o Charlie Stone Shoes
Belt- from another dress
Sunglasses- Amazon

The Pixie dress is a classic 1950's inspired dress and features a wide boat neckline, short sleeves, pleated a-line skirt, hidden side pockets, and a back zippered closure.  While the cotton is stretchy, the waist on the Pixie is very firm.  I wear an XS in Kitschy Witch skirts and this dress is a small (although I could have sized up to a medium for taco room).  I love this dress so much and the print is definitely the star!  Not into Sleepy Hollow for some reason?  The Pixie dress is also offered in her Magic Show print!  You can find Stephanie's wonderful dresses and skirts in sizes XS-3X and she offers matching accessories, jewelry, and more on her website!

I paired the Pixie dress in my newest Charlie Stone shoes and (as usual) I am in love!  As someone who doesn't really wear heels anymore, I love that Charlie Stone offers vintage-inspired shoes without the uncomfortable heel.  These are the Roma in Black Croc and they're super comfortable and vegan.  I ordered my usual size 40 and they're the perfect fit!  They're definitely my new go-to black shoes.

Is it wrong that I'm already counting down the days until Halloween?  I just want to wear all the spooky things without getting the weird looks.  You know, because I wear them year round and apparently that's considered odd.  Let's just skip summer and go right to Halloween!  Who's with me?!

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, April 8, 2019

Poker For Puppies 2019

Dawg Squad Poker For Puppies
It feels like a lifetime ago, but at one point my blog wasn't all fashion/personal style centered.  I talked about things like my everyday life and things that really meant a lot to me.  While fashion is definitely one of those things, it doesn't compare to my love for animals in need.  Over eight years ago, I adopted my first dog from Dawg Squad.  My little boy Punchy, or Fendi as he was originally named, was a young little chihuahua who was literally discarded by someone and then taken in by Dawg Squad.  Like all their dogs, Dawg Squad kept him with a wonderful foster, took care of all his medical needs, and didn't let him go until they found the right family for him.  Since then, I've adopted three more dogs from them and have tried to stay active with the organization ever since.

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On Sunday, April 14th, Dawg Squad is hosting their 7th annual Poker For Puppies event.  The event is exactly as it sounds: you get to play poker and contribute to Dawg Squad's amazing cause!  Not only will an epic poker tournament take place, there will also be a casino lounge, silent auction, lots of adorable adoptable dogs to love on, celebrity players, a DJ, appetizers, dinner, and Sub Zero ice cream!  There are thousands of dollars worth of prizes this year, including:

  • Universal Studios passes
  • Southwest Airlines tickets
  • A trip to South Africa
  • Electronics
  • Gift Baskets
  • Gift Cards
  • And so much more!

The event is taking place at the Sportsman's Lodge Hotel in Studio City, California.  I used to live down the street from this hotel and I love this event space!  The doors open at 2pm and the poker tournament will start at 3pm.  You can purchase tickets HERE but here's a quick overview:

  • $100 for entry fee for the poker tournament
  • $50 general admission entry

You have to be at least 21 to attend and the parking is free.  Not in California or busy the day of the event?  You can still sponsor Poker For Puppies; whether it's a cash or prize donation, sponsoring a casino game, the bar, or even the presenting sponsor at the event!  You can email Carole, the event coordinator and woman behind Dawg Squad, at DawgSquad@rocketmail.com.

Check out some pictures from last year's event below!

Poker For Puppies 2018

Poker For Puppies 2018

Poker For Puppies 2018

Poker For Puppies 2018

Poker For Puppies 2018

Poker For Puppies 2018

Poker For Puppies 2018

Poker For Puppies 2018

Poker For Puppies 2018

Poker For Puppies 2018

For more information on Dawg Squad, the non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation established according to California laws for public benefit, or to adopt one of their amazing dogs, please visit www.DawgSquad.org.
xoxo

Ashley

Monday, April 1, 2019

Hollywood Glamour

At this exact moment, Erstwilder has just released their newest range: Hollywood Glamour.  I love that this Australian brand has designed a range that's so close to my heart (literally) and I'm really excited to show you what I've picked!  Hollywood Glamour was designed by the ever-so-lovely Sally Land and features eleven brooches, one pair of earrings, and two necklaces.  Let's dig in to my picks!

Erstwilder Holly Wood Brooch

Erstwilder Holly Wood Brooch
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Dress- Vixen by Micheline Pitt
Hat- Amazon

Is there anything more iconic than Marilyn Monroe?  Holly Wood is a stunning portrait featuring pearly and sparkly resins that really make this brooch pop.  Blondes might have the most fun, so I'll just wear miss Holly Wood to live vicariously!


Erstwilder Lady Astaire Brooch

Erstwilder Lady Astaire Brooch
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Dress- Vixen by Micheline Pitt

Lady Astaire is perfectly dressed and awaiting a night of dancing.  I love her classic look and beautiful, vibrant resins.  Also, look at that detail on her rose!  She truly is a special brooch.


Erstwilder Bronze Venus Brooch

Erstwilder Bronze Venus Brooch
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Dress- Vixen by Micheline Pitt
Hat- Amazon

Bronze Venus is an absolute stunner.  I love her feminine look and her gorgeous sparkly headpiece.  I think the mix of classic and stunning resins really works well with Bronze Venus and she's definitely my favorite of the entire collection!


You can check out the entire Hollywod Glamour range on Erstwilder HERE.  I wouldn't hesitate too long, I don't think these beauties will be around for too long!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Blueberry Dream

Collectif Mainline Eliza Blueberries Swing Dress

Spring is in the air and I'm ready to dress the part!  Collectif Clothing has definitely expanded beyond their pinup style and while this is still vintage inspired, I feel like it borders into contemporary as well.  This blueberry print was too cute to pass up so I had to try out this Eliza dress.  Read my full review below!

Collectif Mainline Eliza Blueberries Swing Dress

Collectif Mainline Eliza Blueberries Swing Dress

Collectif Mainline Eliza Blueberries Swing Dress

Collectif Mainline Eliza Blueberries Swing Dress

Dress- c/o Collectif
Shoes- Swedish Hasbeens
Hat- c/o Collectif
Sunglasses- Hello Holiday (sold out in red but available HERE)
Lipstick- c/o Julie Hewett in Biba

The Eliza dress is made from a sturdy stretch fabric and features a sweetheart neckline, adjustable spaghetti straps, elasticized ruffles along the shoulder, slim a-line skirt with two slits up the front, hidden side pockets, and a back zippered closure.  I usually wear a size UK8 in Collectif and I ordered the UK8 in this dress.  While it definitely fits, I think I would have sized up for some extra hip room (I'm very curvy there).  Overall, the dress is quite wonderful!  I will mention: the slits end up exposing more than my modest self is comfortable with when I walk.  If the slits weren't so high or if they weren't there at all I'd consider this dress perfect!  But I think the Eliza is a great dress and I hope to see more in the future.

I just wanted to thank everyone who commented or reached out about my last post.  You made me feel so much better about my decision to explore my personal style and I can't wait to show you more of what I'm loving these days.  While vintage style definitely won't disappear, I'm super excited to show you how I've branched out of that niche style.  Stay tuned!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Pleated Heart

Sister Jane midi dress with pussybow in heart print color block

I know I haven't been blogging as much as I used to but it feels like there's been a huge shift in my life.  My style is different, my daily life is different, my outlook on life feels different too.  We just mourned the loss of our golden retriever, Lucy, as she lost a battle with cancer we didn't even know about.  Everything just feels so far away from the person I used to know so well.  That doesn't mean that I don't welcome this new version of myself.  She's stronger, happier, and more confident than ever.  I know this me doesn't get as much attention as the "pinup" version of myself but I feel much more comfortable in this skin.

That being said, the new me is every bit in love with the UK brand Sister Jane.  It feels so delicate, whimsical, and free.  Since I've banned myself from wearing uncomfortable shapewear, I've been loving a less restricted waistline and have welcomed their shift dresses with open arms.  This color block dress is an absolute dream!  It's funky but feminine and I feel so pretty in it.  I actually own this dress in two color ways, that's how much I love it!

Sister Jane midi dress with pussybow in heart print color block

Sister Jane midi dress with pussybow in heart print color block

Sister Jane midi dress with pussybow in heart print color block

Dress- Sister Jane
Shoes- Old Navy
Sunglasses- c/o Modcloth
Lipstick- c/o Julie Hewett in Biba

This color block midi dress is made from a lush fabric and features a pussy bow neckline, 3/4 sleeves with a button closure on the cuffs, pleated skirt, and a zippered closure in the front.  I range between and small and medium in all Sister Jane styles and I comfortably take a medium in this dress.  I feel like I could probably take a small but I like to be able to move my arms comfortably.  I can wear this dress all day without fussing with it at all.  My only problem with this dress is that it doesn't have pockets.  As someone who likes to wander without a purse, pockets are key!

While I haven't given up all my pinup-style clothing (my closet is still mostly dedicated to my favorite brand: Trashy Diva), I'm really excited to showcase my ever-evolving style with you here.  I'm hoping you'll stick around and enjoy this journey with me!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Aurora

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The weather has been rainy and dreary for weeks and it's hard not to have all the sad feelings about it.  Thankfully, this Aurora dress from Wax Poetic Clothing makes me feel like sunshine is closer than it seems!  Made right here in the USA, this veteran-owned small business carries lots of dreamy and well-fitting pieces with a vintage twist.  You can read my thoughts and detailed review on the Aurora dress below!

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Dress- c/o Wax Poetic Clothing
Shoes- c/o Restricted Shoes
Lipstick- c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Blush

The Aurora dress in Pink Bouquet print is made from a super soft and stretchy brushed knit fabric.  Honestly, it feels like I'm wearing my favorite t-shirt (but I obviously look way better in this dress).  The Aurora is a true wrap dress, so you can make the waist as fitted or as loose as you please.  The Aurora also features ethereal flutter sleeves, a crossover bust, and a below-the-knee skirt.  I'm 5'6" and wearing a size small and I feel so happy in this dress.  Not even the rain could bring down my excitement!

The Aurora is offered in sizes XS-3X and also comes in an Edelweiss floral print.  It's also under $100, which is an absolute steal for an ethically made garment!  To read more about the people behind the Wax Poetic brand, click HERE.

xoxo

Ashley

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Peter Rabbit

Erstwilder Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit Jemima Puddle Duck Brooch

I'm incredibly excited to tell you about Erstwilder's newest release: Peter Rabbit!  That's right, your favorite Beatrix Potter tales are now in jewelry form!  This whimsical collection features eleven brooches, one set of earrings, and one necklace.  They're available right now but I wouldn't hesitate... I feel like this collection won't be around for long!  Check out my favorites in this range below:


Erstwilder Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit Jemima Puddle Duck Brooch

Erstwilder Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit Jemima Puddle Duck Brooch

Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Dress- Sister Jane

My absolute favorite of the bunch, Jemima Puddle Duck personifies my childhood.  I love her bright colors and soft marbled resin.  My prediction is that she will be the first of the range to sell out!


Erstwilder Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit Jeremy Fisher Brooch

Erstwilder Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit Jeremy Fisher Brooch

Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Dress- Stela 9

Jeremy comes in at a close second, he's just the most dapper little frog!  I love the mixture of prints and textures within the resins they chose for him, I feel like it's such a great match.  He's also the perfect size and a great way to finish your outfit.


Erstwilder Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit Mr Tod Brooch

Erstwilder Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit Mr Tod Brooch

Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- Unique Vintage

I can't help but love Mr. Tod!  I adore his pouty stance and (like the others in the range) his resins are just so lovely.


You can view and purchase the entire range on Erstwilder's website HERE.  Happy shopping!

xoxo

Ashley
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