Sunday, May 31, 2020

Power Print

Love Ur Look Power Print Shirt Dress

The hot weather is here to stay and there's nothing better than wearing an easy but fun cotton dress!  Love Ur Look, a sustainable and ethical small business, makes some of the most beautiful yet wearable dresses on the market.  Ronke (the woman behind the brand) designs most of her fabric as well.  I love the mix of this power print with their classic shirt dress style, it feels like a match made in heaven!

Love Ur Look Power Print Shirt Dress

Love Ur Look Power Print Shirt Dress

Love Ur Look Power Print Shirt Dress
Dress- c/o Love Ur Look
Shoes- c/o Charlie Stone Shoes
Brooch- Tangerine Menagerie
Lipstick- Maybelline Super Stay Ink Crayon in Lead the Way

The Power Print Shirt Dress is fully lined and made from a soft 100% cotton and features a statement collar, functioning buttons down the bodice, short sleeves with cuffs, a longer length a-line skirt with exposed front pockets, a matching fabric sash belt, and a side zipped closure.  This is a definite "throw on and go" dress.  You can pair it with any color accessories or wear it alone and you instantly look fabulous!  Since I've been stuck at home for the past few months, this dress has been such a great piece in my closet.  Dressing like myself has been a huge part of keeping me sane during difficult times and the Power Print has been in regular rotation.  I went with my usual size small in this dress and I found the fit to be great!  The fabric sash allows you to cinch your waist and gives that perfect vintage vibe.

This dress was just restocked and is available in sizes S-6XL.  You can also find this print in several styles if this silhouette isn't your jam.  And if it is, you can also find this shirt dress in several cute prints as well!  Make sure to check out all of Love Ur Look's offerings, they have a great product and you'd be supporting a wonderful small, woman owned, ethical, sustainable business (whew... those are lots of great things)!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, May 29, 2020

Hollywood

Trashy Diva Butterflies and Begonias Hollywod Circle Dress

Happy Friday!  Even though this week was short because of the holiday, it felt so long.  The weather is hot, the days are long, and (for the most part) we're stuck inside.  My family and I make sure we get some outside time every weekend and I was pleasantly surprised to find one of my favorite parks has now reopened!  I made sure to wear one of my favorite Trashy Diva pieces, the Butterflies and Begonias Hollywood circle dress, to compliment the gorgeous outdoor surroundings.  My BFF Sammi from The Soubrette Brunette also styled the same dress for our posts today!  We may be on opposite coasts, but our style is always on the same wavelength :).

Trashy Diva Butterflies and Begonias Hollywod Circle Dress

Trashy Diva Butterflies and Begonias Hollywod Circle Dress

Trashy Diva Butterflies and Begonias Hollywod Circle Dress

Sammi Trashy Diva Hollywood Circle Dress

Sammi Trashy Diva Hollywood Circle Dress

Sammi Trashy Diva Hollywood Circle Dress
Dress- Trashy Diva
Earrings- c/o Erstwilder

Trashy Diva has been making many versions of the Hollywood dress for years now but the Hollywood circle is my absolute favorite.  What sets it apart?  The longer length full circle skirt!  I'm 5'6" and can't wear minis so the length is perfect for me.  As someone with very wide hips, I appreciate the full skirt too.  Every Hollywood dress has the ruffle sleeves that can be worn on or off the shoulder.  As you can see, Sammi wore hers off the shoulder and I wore them up.  While I usually wear them off the shoulder, I wanted to showcase how different the dress looks when you keep them on.  It's like having two dresses in one!

The fabric of the Butterflies and Begonias collection is flat rayon, which means it has no stretch.  The bodice of this dress has shirred panels on the bodice which allows some stretch, but the waist will remain firm.  I went ahead and got my larger of my usual Trashy Diva sizes (4) and I found this dress to be the perfect fit.  I've heard from others that the dress seems to run small so I would recommend taking your larger size or sizing up for a comfortable fit.  You can find this dress in sizes 0-24 online right now!  If you're not a fan of the dress but love the print, there are many different pieces (including shorts and separates) to choose from.  Oh, and they offer AfterPay too so you can shop now and pay it off later!

Have you shopped with Trashy Diva lately?  What are your favorite pieces? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Primrose Blooms

Miss Candyfloss Tamara Mint Top MIss Candyfloss Primrose Skirt in Silver

Spring has surely passed the baton to summer here and I am living in all the warm weather clothing!  Luckily, Miss Candyfloss has all the cutest vintage summer styles that focus on comfort.  This is my first time trying their separates (I'm more of a dress/jumpsuit girl) and I was so happy with the quality and comfort of both pieces.  Check out a more detailed review below!

Miss Candyfloss Tamara Mint Kitschy Witch Designs Cleoptera Pins

Miss Candyfloss Tamara Mint Top MIss Candyfloss Primrose Skirt in Silver

The Tamara-Mint top is made in a textured cotton and features bust gathers, removable bows at the shoulders, and a side zippered closure.  I love the versatility of this top with the bows!  It would be easy to layer with a cardigan if you took them off.  I'm wearing a size XS (my usual Miss Candyfloss size) and it just fits.  I think in the future I will order up to a small for a little more room.  The Primrose skirt is made from a mid weight fabric and features a high waist with delicate curvature at the band, below the knee length swing skirt, and deep exposed size pockets.  I also took this skirt in my usual XS and I found it to be tighter than usual but wearable.  This skirt is so versatile and absolutely gorgeous, I can see myself wearing it no matter what season we're in!

Miss Candyfloss proudly makes their designs in sizes XS-5X and designs them with the modern vintage-loving woman in mind.  I'm never disappointed with the quality and I love checking out their new arrivals every week (my wishlist is always miles long)!  Have you shopped with this woman-owned small business before?  What's your favorite piece?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Butterflies and Begonias

Trashy Diva Butterflies and Begonias Carmen Midi Dress Penny Dress

I can't remember the last time I posted a mommy and me blog and I've missed them so much!  Now that we're in the days of Instagram (aka instant gratification) I usually post these kind of pictures over there.  But Bianca, now six, indulged me in some Mother's Day pictures in our matching Trashy Diva sets.  Trashy Diva released their newest print, Butterflies and Begonias, last week and I have to admit: I am obsessed.  I haven't loved a print this much in quite some time and they've included a little girls dress version so I went nuts!  You can read all about the Butterflies and Begonias collection below!

Trashy Diva Butterflies and Begonias Carmen Midi Dress Penny Dress

Trashy Diva Butterflies and Begonias Penny Dress

Trashy Diva Butterflies and Begonias Carmen Midi Dress Penny Dress

Bianca's dress- Trashy Diva
Bianca's shoes- c/o Restricted Shoes

Butterflies and Begonias is a beautiful floral print that features royal blue, grey, mint, and teal colors with yellow butterflies on a very warm red (close to orange) background.  This collection is printed on a flat rayon, which means it has no stretch.  I chose the 1930's inspired Carmen midi dress, which is a newer style that features half sleeves with open slits on the side and elastic cuffs, a crossover bust, banded waistband, and a midi length gathered skirt with hidden side pockets.  The back of the dress plunges down pretty low so I was unable to wear my normal bra, but I think I could have hidden it if I tried.  In Trashy Diva dresses I'm always between a 2 and a 4 and because of the non-stretch flat rayon, I went with a 4.  The 4 is the perfect fit!  It's nice and fitted but not tight enough to make me feel uncomfortable.  I also purchased the Hollywood dress in this print, but I'll save that review for another day.

Bianca is wearing the Penny dress, which she initially had in the fan-favorite Steel Magnolias print when she was a baby.  I'm super happy to see this style return because I love the ruffles and the tie-back waist.  She's six and usually wears a 6 or 7 in girl's clothing.  She's wearing the 7/8 in this dress and while it fits, it's definitely quite short on her.  I'm wondering if I should get the 9/10 for length?  Either way, she loves it and I'm so happy she still lets me twin with her!

Butterflies and Begonias is available in several styles (including separates!) in sizes 0-24.  Make sure to shop while you can, this print is very popular and you'll be supporting a woman-owned small business too!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Fan Faves: Part 2

Anyone else pleasantly surprised by the second wave of the Fan Favorites collection from Erstwilder?  This wave is full of great recolored designs: eleven brooches, two sets of earrings, and and three necklaces.  They've also included five matching design scarves, all available in head or neck lengths.  Take a look at what I've picked (and believe me, it was hard to choose) by scrolling down below!

God of Time

I love this new color of the God of Time brooch!  That marbled and sparkly blue resin is just perfect for this galactic themed piece.  Plus, the dangling starbursts add an extra dose of cuteness.  Bianca fell for this brooch immediately, it's her new favorite!  You can also coordinate with the matching neck scarf, which I've done here.


Peak-A-Saurus Rex
Erstwilder Peak-a-saurus Rex Brooch

Erstwilder Peak-a-saurus Rex Brooch

Arguably one of the most sought after brooches, Peak-A-Saurus Rex is back and in a vibrant new hue!  This bright orange cutie is hiding among the sparkly and marbled leaves.  I love the size of this brooch and I'm so happy he's back (because I missed him the first time around).


Scotty Stegosaurus
Erstwilder Scotty Stegasaurus Brooch

Erstwilder Scotty Stegasaurus Brooch

Another dinosaur has been resurrected and I am so glad Scotty is back!  I have Scotty in the original red color and I love this new pink version.  I love the addition of the sparkly spikes on his back, it gives him a bit of extra shine.  You better believe that both Bianca and I will be sporting our Scotty brooches together on the regular!


Balthazar
Erstwilder Balthazar Brooch

Erstwilder Balthazar Brooch

Erstwilder Balthazar Scarf

A symbol of good luck, I love all things elephants so Balthazar was a must!  Balthazar has been recolored a few times and this new blue marbled version is just so pretty.  He is very petite and I love how he adds just a bit of flare to my outfit.  If you're not a broochie or just feel like being extra matchy, you can get the scarf too!


Hyacinth Hummingbird
Erstwilder Hyacinth Hummingbird Scarf

Hummingbirds are my absolute favorite kind of birds.  They live in my backyard and I think they're just the cutest!  I've fashioned this Hyacinth Hummingbird hair scarf as a neck scarf and I just love it so much!  There's also a matching brooch if you're looking for a joint ensemble.

You can shop the entire Fan Faves collection on the Erstwilder website right now.  These pieces tend to go quick so make sure to grab your favorites while you can!  Which designs are you looking to add to your collection?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, April 27, 2020

Cambri Lee

Miss Candyfloss Cambri Lee Dress

Spring is off to quite a weird start, right?  While I've been living most of my quarantine life in comfy (but stylish) clothes, I look forward to the days when I get dressed up and enjoy being out in the world for some brief moments.  Thankfully, I live in an area where I can enjoy nature without other people around me so I broke out my new dress from Miss Candyfloss for a mini adventure.  A wonderful small business run by two sisters, Miss Candyfloss offers whimsical and well-made pieces made in Transylvania.  You can read more about this amazing company and this brand new Cambri-Lee dress below!

Miss Candyfloss Cambri Lee Dress

Miss Candyfloss Cambri Lee Dress

Miss Candyfloss Cambri Lee Dress
Dress- c/o Miss Candyfloss
Shoes- c/o Charlie Stone Shoes
Hat- Unique Vintage (similar)
Lisptick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

The Cambri-Lee is a 100% cotton dress that features a flattering gathered bustline, fitted bodice, full swing skirt with hidden pockets, and a full back zippered closure.  My usual Miss Candyfloss size is XS, but I'm a pretty solid S in most other brands.  I'm wearing a size XS here but because this dress is cotton, it's more fitted than my Miss Candyfloss dresses made with stretch fabric.  It's a great fit for me so I'd recommend you take your normal size or size up if you're between sizes.

I decided to pair this gorgeous dress with my favorite Charlie Stone flats and a classic straw hat for that perfect pinup springy look!  Like all of Miss Candyfloss pieces, this dress is offered in sizes XS-5X.  If you're not familiar with the brand yet, their new releases tend to sell out quickly so if you love something jump on it ASAP!

Are you a Miss Candyfloss fan?  What's your favorite style?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Small Business Style: Kitchy Witch Designs

Life has been crazy lately (as I'm sure you understand) so my blogging has been a little slower than normal.  After six weeks in quarentine, I'm finally starting to feel like myself again!  I decided to reboot my small business style series with one of my favorites: Kitschy Witch Designs.  Stephanie Buscema is the brains and the artist behind the business and she is literally one of the most talented people I know.  Her spooky cute style speaks to my soul and you may have even seen her work in comic books or on clothing at all the Disney parks.

Stephanie decided to start her own little business and you can find her work on clothing, jewelry, and home decor.  Everything she sells is ethically made here in the USA and is made in smaller batches.  I feel like everything I own is a wearable piece of rare art!  I've highlighted some of my favorite pieces from her line, which you can see below.  I couldn't feature them all, but you can always check my archives under the Kitschy Witch Designs tag at the bottom of this post.

Kitschy Witch Designs
Outfit 1:
Dress- c/o Kitschy Witch Designs
Shoes- Remix Vintage Shoes
Cardigan- vintage
Belt- from another dress

Outfit 2:
Tee- Bun in the Coven
Skirt- c/o Kitschy Witch Designs
Shoes- Strange Cvlt
Hat- Amazon
Belt- from another dress

Outfit 3:
Top- Nordstrom
Skirt- c/o Kitschy Witch Designs
Shoes- Chelsea Crew (similar)
Headband- Nordstrom

Outfit 4:
Dress- c/o Kitschy Witch Designs
Shoes- Restricted Shoes
Hat- vintage
Belt- from another dress

I wear somewhere between an XS and S in Kitschy Witch.  Definitely an XS in the skirts and depending on the dress, I'll size up to a S for bust room.  Kitschy Witch Designs offers sizes XS-3X and you can expect a lot of great new goodies coming later this year!

I've also composed a fun style video for these outfits, which you can check out below!

 
Which outfit is your favorite?  Do you own any Kitschy Witch Designs?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Fan Faves

I love it when Erstwilder releases new colors of old favorites.  Their newest Fan Favorites collection, which just released right now, is full of so many great pieces!  This range has seven brooches, two necklaces, and three pairs of earrings.  They've also included five scarves so there are lots of mix and match options.  Check out what I picked from their newest range below!

Heartfelt Hydrangea Necklace and Brooch
Erstwilder Heartfelt Hydrangea Brooch and Necklace

Erstwilder Heartfelt Hydrangea Brooch and Necklace
Necklace- c/o Erstwilder
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Dress- Target
Hat- vintage

Heartfelt Hydrangea is one of my all-time favorite Erstwilder designs and this time around they've included a necklace and added a new brooch color: purple!  Purple is my favorite color so you can imagine my surprise when I saw this beautiful piece.  I love that they took all three colors of this brooch and turned it into a necklace.  That way you can mix and match with the previous colors too!  Heartfelt Hydrangea also comes in matching earrings if you want to complete the set!


Woven Wattle Brooch
Erstwilder Woven Wattle Brooch

Erstwilder Woven Wattle Brooch
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- Old Navy
Skirt- Made 590
Hat- c/o Collectif

I never had the chance to own the original Woven Wattle brooch and I'm so happy they decided to bring it back!  If you follow me on Instagram, I recently posted a wattle skirt from Made 590.  Wattle doesn't exist here in the USA and those trees are just *so* gorgeous.  I'm glad I can now wear this brooch with my skirt and show my love from afar!


Treasure Within Brooch
Erstwilder Treasure Within Brooch

Erstwilder Treasure Within Brooch
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Dress- Claire Heinui
Headband- Nordstrom

This brooch makes me feel like the mermaid that I truly am on the inside!  With it's pink pearly resin (and a pearl right in the center), this design is just everything I could ever want in a brooch.  It's a smaller size so it feels light and dainty when worn.  It looks great with a pink outfit like I've styled it, but adds a pop of color when you wear it with a basic top.

You can shop these pieces and the rest of the Fan Faves collection on the Erstwilder site right now!  Which designs are your favorite?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Exuberant Easter Parade

Erstwilder Easter

Are you ready for spring and more importantly, Easter?  Erstwilder just released their newest springy Easter collection: Exuberant Easter Parade.  This collection is just as pretty as it is large!  You can find sixteen different brooches, two pairs of earrings, and one necklace.  I'm sharing my picks from this range below!

Erstwilder Happy Hatchling Brooch

Erstwilder Charming Chicks Earrings

Erstwilder Happy Hatchling Brooch Charming Chicks Earrings
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Earrings- c/o Erstwilder
Top- Sister Jane
Skirt- SHEIN
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Pink Souffle

Without a doubt, this pairing is my favorite of the bunch!  Happy Hatchling is perfectly Easter-inspired and a nice, larger size.  He looks so great when paired with the Charming Chicks earrings.  They look cute as a button on their own but I'm just head over heels in love with all these chicks together!


Erstwilder Chocolate the Chipmunk Brooch

Erstwilder Chocolate the Chipmunk Brooch
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- Sister Jane
Skirt- SHEIN
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Pink Souffle

I have the biggest soft spot for all the woodland critters so Chocolate the Chipmunk was a must-have!  Chocolate has the most gorgeous marbled resin and she carrying the cutest little flower in her mouth.  While this one can definitely be worn on Easter, you can incorporate Chocolate to your outfit any time of year!


Erstwilder Dolly the Dainty Brooh

Erstwilder Dolly the Dainty Brooh
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- Sister Jane
Skirt- SHEIN
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Pink Souffle

The most perfect little lamb you ever did see!  Dolly is a total fashionista with her little pink bow.  She has a beautiful white marbled resin and she's a great larger size too.  Just like Chocolate, she can be worn all year around as well!

You can shop the entire Easter collection on the Erstwilder website right now!  Which cutie is your favorite?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, March 6, 2020

Small Business Style: Nooworks

I've been adding more content to my YouTube channel and I've decided to start something that's close to my heart: a small business style series!  As you may know, I love supporting small, woman-owned, and POC-owned businesses.  Since I don't blog as much as I used to, some of those amazing businesses never get any love here.  I wanted to start this series with one of my favorites, NooworksNooworks is a woman-owned business that not only produces their ethical clothing here in the USA, they also hire woman to design the textiles too!  You can read more about Nooworks and check out my style video below!

Nooworks Style
Outfit 1:
Jumpsuit- Nooworks
Belt- Vixen by Micheline Pitt
Shoes- Target

Outfit 2:
Top- Nooworks
Pants- Target
Shoes- Old Navy

Outfit 3:
Dress- Nooworks
Shoes- T.U.K. Shoes
Headband- ASOS

Outfit 4:
Overalls- Nooworks
Shoes- Swedish Hasbeens
Hat- Amazon

Nooworks is a small team of women who strive to make fun, funky clothing.  They produce all their garments right here in California and offer everyone who works with them a living wage.  They've also extended their sizing!  You can find most of their garments in sizes XXS-3X.  They release a few prints each season, usually featuring an artist or two.  They offer those prints in a variety of styles and fabrics.  I usually stick with their stretch poplin (which is everything I'm wearing here) but I also love their rayons and stretch jersey.  I only featured four styles in this video but I have so much more than that!  My current favorite styles are the Eliza dress and the overalls.

Nooworks is very popular with their fan base, which means that things can sell out pretty quickly!  They're very active on Instagram and always give you a heads up what and when they release items (usually on Wednesdays).  I've learned the hard way, so if I end up loving something I always order it ASAP!

I wear a size small comfortably in pretty much everything.  I could size down to an XS in some items (especially if they're in the jersey fabric), but I tend to take the larger of my two sizes.  Their sizing is usually spot-on with their size charts and I've never had a fit issue.

Check out my style video below!


You can shop their styles online or check out their stores in Los Angeles and San Fransisco!  Have you ordered from Nooworks before?  What's your favorite style?  Let me know in the comments!

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, March 2, 2020

Psychic Powers Social Club

Psychic Vampires Social Club Psychic Vampires II Tee

Spring is on the horizon but my wardrobe lives in the Halloween section all year around!  I was super excited to receive the newest t-shirt design from Psychic Powers Social Club.  All their designs are amazing (I have a collection of them) but this Psychic Vampire II tee just speaks to my spooky soul.  Read more about this outfit and get more info on this fantastic small business below!

Psychic Vampires Social Club Psychic Vampires II Tee

Psychic Vampires Social Club Psychic Vampires II Tee

Psychic Vampires Social Club Psychic Vampires II Tee
Top- c/o Psychic Powers Social Club
Skirt- Vixen by Micheline Pitt
Boots- Steve Madden
Hat- Target
Earrings- c/o Betsey Johnson
Lipstick- c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Sad Girl

This unisex tee is made from a very soft cotton/poly blend and has a great tailor-made fit.  I love the slight amount of stretch it has, it really is one of the softest tees in my wardrobe.  Thankfully, this tee has no tag... it's printed on the inside so it's super comfortable.  The design on this tee is absolutely perfect!  I love the artwork and the large size of it.  This tee is available in sizes S-XXL.  I'm comfortably wearing a small, which is my usual unisex size.  You can find this design and many more creepy-cool tees on their website right now!

xoxo

Ashley
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