Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Sci Fi Rockets

Trashy Diva Annette Dress in Sci Fi Rockets

I'm super excited about this post for two reasons: I'm wearing my absolute favorite dress and my BFF Sammi from The Soubrette Brunette is wearing it with me!  Okay, well not literally, but we arranged this post to show you how we styled our very special dresses.  And to nobody's surprise, we styled it almost exactly the same.  I started laughing when I saw her pictures!  As Sammi says, even when we're thousands of miles apart we are still on the same wavelength.

Trashy Diva Annette Dress in Sci Fi Rockets

Trashy Diva Annette Dress in Sci Fi Rockets

Trashy Diva Annette Dress in Sci Fi Rockets

Trashy Diva Annette Dress in Sci Fi Rockets

Dress- Trashy Diva (from 2012)
Shoes- Swedish Hasbeens
Hat- c/o Collectif Clothing (sold out but here's something similar)
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

The Annette dress from Trashy Diva is one of my favorite styles.  It's super easy to wear, it's figure flattering and it has pockets!  This particular print, Sci Fi Rockets, is from 2012 and is quite elusive.  I had been searching for this dress for years before I found one in my size a few years ago.  The fabric is a stretch cotton and it's seriously so perfect for summer.  I haven't picked out my 4th of July outfit yet but I have a feeling this dress is going to make another appearance this week for the big celebration.  You can check out how Sammi styled hers below!  She also blogged about her outfit in depth, which you can read about right HERE.

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I'm hoping we get to do some more BFF style posts in the near future.  Now that I've gotten into a groove in my work schedule, I feel like I'm better equipped to plan these things with Sammi.  But let's be real, I'm more hopeful that we'll get to take outfit photos together again soon.  It's been way too long since we've spent some time together and I need another girl's trip!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Summer Lanterns

Love Ur Look London China Lantern Dress

Who's excited about summer?  I can't say I am (I basically live in the desert and I burn quite easily) but I do love a few things: Bianca is out of school so we can spend more time together, being able to enjoy my backyard at night without extra layers, and sun dresses!  I recently received this lantern dress from Love Ur Look London and I am so impressed.  It's so well made, the fabric is beautiful, and it's light enough to wear on even the hottest of days.  Covered and comfortable?  Yes please!

Love Ur Look London China Lantern Dress

Love Ur Look London China Lantern Dress

Love Ur Look London China Lantern Dress

Love Ur Look London China Lantern Dress

Dress- c/o Love Ur Look Clothing
Shoes- Swedish Hasbeens
Hat- Unique Vintage
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

Love Ur Look Clothing is a sustainable small business that produces all their products ethically in India.  They are proud to provide their employees fair wages and a humane and safe working environment.  They also donate to Tolfa, an animal sanctuary that is near their factory.  Basically, they are committed to bringing beautiful clothing and giving back to the community and I couldn't love that more.

I'm wearing the China Lantern dress, which is a lovely 50's shirtwaist dress style.  It features cap sleeves, a statement collar, functional buttons down the bodice, fully lined skirt with front pockets, and a side zippered closure.  It also comes with a matching fabric self tie belt, which really completes the look of the dress.  I love this style so much and the fabric is just so *perfect*.  The colors are amazing and are great for summer!  I'm wearing a size small and I feel like it was the right choice.  This dress is available in sizes S-6XL and is priced under $100.  I feel like this won't be my last dress from Love Ur Look!

xoxo

Ashley

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

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!

sacha_sleeping_fox

sacha_sleeping_fox_2
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!


humble_hummingbird

humble_hummingbird_2
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!


olive_owl

olive_owl_2
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
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