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

Friday, August 30, 2019

Return to Oz

Kitschy Witch Designs Return to Oz Circle Skirt

Today is the big day!  Kitschy Witch Designs by Stephanie Buscema is releasing her much anticipated Return to Oz collection today at 12pm PST!  Not only did Stephanie illustrate this amazing print, she also created pins and some really special matching jewelry with Luxulite.  I'm so honored to debut this brand new style in the Return to Oz print: the circle skirt!  This longer length, super full skirt is an absolute dream.  For reals, I think it's my new favorite piece!  You can find a detailed fit review on this new piece below.

Kitschy Witch Designs Return to Oz Circle Skirt

Kitschy Witch Designs Return to Oz Circle Skirt

Kitschy Witch Designs Return to Oz Circle Skirt

Kitschy Witch Designs Return to Oz Circle Skirt

Kitschy Witch Designs Return to Oz Circle Skirt

Top- c/o Paisley Raye
Skirt- c/o Kitschy Witch Designs
Shoes- Amazon
Hat- Unique Vintage (similar)
Pins- c/o Kitschy Witch Designs
Lipstick- c/o Besame Cosmetics in Portrait Peach

The circle skirt features a wide two inch waistband, light gathers on the front that create beautiful pleats, huge hidden side pockets, and a side zippered closure with two hook and eye closures on the band.  I'm wearing a small in the circle skirt.  I typically wear an XS in her Spellbound skirt, but because this skirt has a wider waistband and is meant to sit higher on the waist, I chose a small instead.  I'm happy with my decision and I like that I can move the hook and eye closures if I want it to be a bit more snug.  I feel like the XS would have been too snug and the waistband would begin to fold over when worn (which is a major pet peeve of mine, fit is always more important than the size in your garment!).  I can't believe how big the sweep of this skirt is, it's truly worth every single cent.  The cotton sateen has a bit of stretch and is so comfortable to wear.  The circle skirt is priced at $100 and will be available in sizes XS-3X.

If you're not a skirt person, the Return to Oz print will also come in a scarf and a Rosaleen dress.  If you'd like to read my review on the Rosaleen, click HERE!  The Haunted House and Return to Oz dresses are running exactly the same, in case you're curious.  Make sure to set your alarm and shop the Return to Oz collection when it launches at 12pm PST, I have a feeling these gorgeous goodies are going to sell out!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Harlow

Vintage Vandalizm Harlow Set in Blush

Beating that end-of-summer heat in this Harlow set from Vintage Vandalizm.  If you're not familiar with Vintage Vandalizm, you're probably well aware of the owner/designer, Jasmin Rodriguez.  Jasmin has been a long-time inspiration of mine (I've been following her blog before I even had one of my own) and over time has become a lovely friend.  She has been showcasing her amazing style for well over a decade and now she's offering her own line of gorgeous clothing!  I love how Jasmin has her own take on vintage style.  She doesn't box herself into a corner and often shows her love for all kinds of fashion through her personal style.  I'm super excited to talk about her Harlow set and let you know what I think!

Vintage Vandalizm Harlow Set in Blush

Vintage Vandalizm Harlow Set in Blush

Vintage Vandalizm Harlow Set in Blush

Top- c/o Vintage Vandalizm
Pants- c/o Vintage Vandalizm
Shoes- Lotta From Stockholm
Hair clips- Claire's

The Harlow set is made of a light and comfortable satin fabric, which is perfect for the summer.  The top has the most romantic flowing sleeves with complete with pearl buttons on the cuffs.  There are shoulder pads but you could easily have them removed if a structured shoulder isn't your thing.  This is a traditional tie top, so you can tie it to your liking.  The pants are super wide leg with an elasticized back waistband for comfort and an invisible back zippered closure.

I took a size small in the Harlow and it was a perfect fit.  Thanks to the tie top and elasticized waistband in the pants, I didn't have much worries about this set fitting me correctly.  I have a very long torso, so there might be a little more skin showing in the midsection but that's definitely because of my frame.  I love the high rise of the pants, they truly are perfect!  While I wore both pieces together this time, I look forward to mixing and matching this set in the future.

The Harlow set is available in sizes S-XL, but will be expanding to plus sizes next season!  Consider shopping with and supporting Vintage Vandalizm, a small business owned by the sweetest woman of color.  You won't regret it!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, August 23, 2019

Scream Queen

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Can you feel the spooky season yet?  I don't know if you can tell but I'm all in over here!  The house is decorated (much to my husband's dismay) and all my spooky outfits are out.  I can never have too many Halloween/vintage inspired ensembles and Unique Vintage really brought out their best collection this year.  This pinafore is one of my favorite new pieces and it's already been worn a bunch of times... in August!  Be prepared to see this cutie a bunch this season.

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Top- c/o Unique Vintage
Pinafore- c/o Unique Vintage
Boots- Steve Madden
Socks- Target
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

The Miss Muffet Pinafore Dress is made by Hell Bunny and I was really impressed with the quality of the garment.  It's a thick stretch cotton and has spiderweb and bat embroidery throughout.  It has a bib and side pockets, adjustable straps, and a super full and flirty above the knee skirt.  While I'm typically a small in most brands, I'm a solid XS in Hell Bunny.  The fit of the XS is perfect and now I want them to make more fun pinafore dresses, my closet needs them!

I paired the pinafore with the Gracie Top, which is made by Unique Vintage.  This top is everything.  It looks like a classic top but it's soft, stretchy, and has a cute little button keyhole at the cuffs.  I love the black and orange stripe and I'm hoping they make solids in this top in the future.  I'm pretty sure it would be part of my core wardrobe!

You can find this spooky outfit and so much more at Unique Vintage's Halloween Shop.  They have a huge selection clothing and accessories, I seriously want everything!  Have you been shopping for Halloween goodies already?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, August 19, 2019

What's Your Favorite?

I know I say it all the time but I can't contain my excitement for the new Erstwilder launch!  They've asked their fans which designs we wanted to see make a return and now the newest installment of Fan Favourites is here!  This collection features fourteen brooches, three pairs of earrings, and three necklaces.  Check out my favorites from the range below:

erstwilder slippin under brooch

erstwilder slippin under brooch 2
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- Unique Vintage
Hair clip- Claire's

I have the original color way of Slippin' Under so I was pretty excited when they offered this new green version.  I love the marbled resin and the chunky glitter in the middle of the jellyfish.  He's just so bright and beautiful!  If you love this brooch design as much as I do, it also comes in earrings and a necklace.  Talk about matchy matchy!


erstwilder meeting the merfolk brooch

erstwilder meeting the merfolk brooch 2
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- Unique Vintage
Hair clip- Claire's

This brooch is so big and so perfect!  I love this newer version, which comes complete with a sparkly anchor.  The newer version is similar in color but still looks totally different, which I love.  It really is the ideal nautical inspired brooch.


erstwilder babette bee brooch

erstwilder babette bee brooch 2
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- Unique Vintage
Hair clip- Claire's

I have always wanted a Babette Bee brooch and I was so excited when they brought her back!  Babette is now better than ever, with a cute little resin butt (instead of it being painted on).  She's super cute, sparkly, and ready to give my outfits some added buzz!


erstwilder around the world brooch

erstwilder around the world brooch 2
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- Unique Vintage
Hair clip- Claire's

Around the World is another design I've wanted for a really long time.  This version is both sparkly and glittery: who could ask for more?  If you love this design, it also comes in matching earrings and a necklace.  I'm more of a brooch gal but I love that there are so many options for these designs!


You can find the entire Fan Favorites collection online HERE.  Make sure to grab what you want while you can, these designs are going to sell out quick!  Which are your favorites?  Let me know in the comments!

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, August 12, 2019

Empower Hour

Smak Parlour Empower Hour Dress in Mustard and Black Gingham

I know it's only August but I am all about fall right now!  I'm getting my cooler weather wardrobe ready and slowly sneaking in spooky goodies for what I consider the most wonderful time of the year.  This lovely dress from Smak Parlour in Philadelphia (they have an online store too) is the perfect summer to fall transitional piece.  It's easy to wear and super functional, but will be really easy to layer up for those cooler months.  Read more about the Empower Hour dress below!

Smak Parlour Empower Hour Dress in Mustard and Black Gingham

Smak Parlour Empower Hour Dress in Mustard and Black Gingham

Smak Parlour Empower Hour Dress in Mustard and Black Gingham

Smak Parlour Empower Hour Dress in Mustard and Black Gingham

Dress- c/o Smak Parlour
Shoes- Chelsea Crew (similar)
Belt- from another dress
Bag- c/o Unique Vintage
Lipstick- c/o Maybelline Superstay Ink Crayon in Stay Exceptional

The Empower Hour dress is made from a thick stretch ponte fabric and has attached cotton sleeves and neckline detail.  I love how this dress is made to look like you've layered a top underneath.  It possesses all the cuteness of layering but with the comfort of just throwing on a dress!  It has bust darts, an a-line skirt with large hidden side pockets, and a back zippered closure.  I ordered up from my usual small to a medium in this dress and I feel like I should have stuck with a small.  Because of the stretchy fabric, the bust and waist has a lot of give.  I decided to throw on a belt and rock it anyway, it was too cute not to!  You can find this dress and many other cute outfits at Smak Parlour right now.  Support their small business and get a great deal on something super fashion forward!

I don't know if you can tell, but I sneakily added in one of my favorite new spooky purses: the Book of Spells bag.  Halloween is right around the corner and I am so ready for it!  Expect lots of spooky posts from now until Halloween, I have a ton of great outfits and companies to share with you.  If you need your Halloween fix right now, make sure to follow me on Instagram.  I'm already sharing creepy goodies there and you'll get a first look at what small businesses I am supporting this year!

xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Media Darling

Smak Parlour Media Darling Red Lemon Print Dress

We are right in the middle of summer and I am feeling it!  Trying to stay cool and cute can feel like  difficult task, but when you're dressed in Smak Parlour you don't even need to think about it!  I couldn't wait to try this Media Darling dress and it's everything I could have wanted and more.  Read more about this dress and the shop it came from in my review!

Smak Parlour Media Darling Red Lemon Print Dress

Smak Parlour Media Darling Red Lemon Print Dress

Smak Parlour Media Darling Red Lemon Print Dress

Dress- c/o Smak Parlour
Shoes- Vans
Hat- Amazon
Sunglasses- Trashy Diva

The Media Darling dress is made from a light and fully lined poly crepe fabric and features a sweetheart neckline, drawstring in the middle of the bodice, ruffled short sleeves, a breezy skirt with pockets, and a back zippered closure.  I actually gasped when I put this on, I loved it so much!  I took a medium, which is a size above my normal size.  I definitely could have taken my usual small but the medium gave me that babydoll dress look and I am all about it.  The drawstring on the bodice allows you to cinch it as much as you want and I love the silhouette it creates.  The Media Darling is my new favorite Smak Parlour dress and I hope we see more prints and colors in the future!

You can find this dress, many other Smak Parlour dresses, and more over at Smak Parlour in Philadelphia.  They've been open since 2005 and they're the epitome of women empowerment in store form!  If you're not local (like me), you can shop with them online HERE.

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, July 22, 2019

Art Deco

It's another Erstwilder release day!  At this exact moment, their Art Deco range is now available to purchase.  If you love all things vintage, this collection is definitely for you.  This range is actually quite large!  They've included sixteen brooches, two sets of earrings, and three necklaces.  Check out my favorites below:

Erstwilder Modernist Motif

Erstwilder Modernist Motif Brooch
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Jumpsuit- ASOS
Lipstick- c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills in Neon Apple

This brooch is absolutely my favorite of the collection.  It's so art deco!  It really matches with everything and the marbled resin is so gorgeous in person.  I have a feeling this one is going to get a lot of use!


Erstwilder Burst of Sun

Erstwilder Burst of Sun Brooch
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Jumpsuit- ASOS
Lipstick- c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills in Neon Apple

Again, this is another super vibrant and versatile brooch.  This brooch features actual mirrored pieces mounted on the glittery sunburst.  It's seriously everything, I love it so much!


Erstwilder Autumnal Symphony Brooch

Erstwilder Autumnal Symphony Greyhound Brooch
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Jumpsuit- ASOS
Lipstick- c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills in Neon Apple

At the surprise of nobody, I had to have the dog brooch in the collection!  This greyhound is the perfect size and I love the visual interest this brooch creates, thanks to the textured resin they used.  It's definitely art deco but it can be worn really with anything.


This collection is super versatile, even if you're not the biggest art deco fan.  You can view and purchase this entire collection right now on the Erstwilder site HERE.  What are your favorites?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley
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