Monday, August 10, 2020

Hexing Heart

Unique Vintage Molly Swing Dress in Orange and Black Stripe

I hope you're not tired of seeing Halloween outfits in August because I have so many to get through!  This year I'm paying extra-special attention to Halloween because it's honestly getting me through this awful pandemic.  Fall and everything cute and spooky is always in my heart (and wardrobe) so it's nice to have shops like Unique Vintage releasing their collections early.  Their offerings are as vast as they are cute and my jaw dropped when I saw this Molly swing dress!  This dress was absolutely made for my little black heart and I love that you can also get a matching face mask.  Because let's be real: we all want to be that extra while we're being safe!

The Molly dress features ruffled spaghetti straps, a faux button down bodice, super full gathered skirt with hidden side pockets, and a back zippered closure.  The fabric is a nice crisp cotton that maintains its shape and can easily be worn with or without a petticoat.  I'm not a petticoat kind of girl anymore, but I know it would look absolutely gorgeous with some added fullness.  I'm wearing my usual size small in their Unique Vintage brand and the fit is great!  I considered cinching in the waist with a black belt but I didn't feel like I *needed* it.  This style is available in sizes XS-4X and is priced at $88.  I'm hoping the Molly makes a return again because I really do love this silhouette!

You can shop this dress and the rest of the Halloween collection on the Unique Vintage site right now!  They curated an amazing range of clothing, shoes, accessories, home goods and more.  They've also collaborated with the Beetlejuice estate and are offering some wonderful spooky goodies, which you can find HERE.  It's one of my favorite movies and I can't wait to show you some of the pieces I've picked up.  Stay tuned!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, August 7, 2020

Gone Haunting

Samantha Pleet Haunting Dress

If you've been a reader here for more than a year, you'll be very familiar with my love for Halloween and my months-long preparation of the big event.  While we know Halloween will certainly be a bit different this year, I'll be making the most of it and celebrating the most wonderful time of the year the best way I know how.  My spooky wardrobe is ever-growing and worn all year long, so when I received this amazing Samantha Pleet dress for my birthday last year I was over the moon!  My husband surely knows the way to my heart and this dress is one of the prized items in my closet.

Samantha Pleet Haunting Dress

Samantha Pleet Haunting Dress

Samantha Pleet Haunting Dress
Shoes- Target

The Haunting dress is a gorgeous vintage inspired silhouette with custom artwork by NYC artist Jenna Gribbon.  It's made with a super soft rayon blend and features buttons down the front of the bodice, statement balloon sleeves with button cuffs, a tiered prairie-style skirt, and attached waist ties.  I'm wearing a size 2, which means this dress does run larger (I'm usually a 4 in most brands).  The waist is meant to be slouchy because the waist ties really cinch you in.  Since I did get this dress last year, it's no longer available online.  But there is a similar dress with the same print HERE.

I highly recommend shopping with Samantha Pleet.  This woman owned small business puts out high quality garments that are produced in small batches and made to last.  I also have to say that their customer service is top notch.  Samantha herself has taken care of my inquiries in the past and she is absolutely lovely!  These garments are priced on the higher side, but I tend to go for higher quality/less garments than have a bunch of things that won't last after a few washes.

You can check out all of Samantha Pleet's offerings (including kids clothing and face masks) HERE!

xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Halloween 2020 Style

August is here which means I'm officially getting ready for Halloween!  While I might have to coax my husband to bring in the decorations, my outfits are here and ready to go.  As always, my outfits have a vintage twist and this first installment of Halloween 2020 style showcases some of my favorite vintage inspired brands.  You can find links to all each of pieces below and if you love all things Halloween from me, make sure to follow the #scbheartshalloween hashtag on Instagram!

Halloween2020
Outfit 1:

Outfit 2:

Outfit 3:
Boots- YRU

Outfit 4:
Shoes- Target

You can check out the video version of my outfits to see them in motion!



Are you excited for Halloween this year?  Which outfit is your favorite?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, August 3, 2020

Woodlands

Erstwilder just released one of my favorite collections to date: Woodlands!  It's been about three years since they last did a woodland-inspired collection and I was overjoyed to hear that they were bringing all new designs this time.  The newest Woodlands collection is quite big: nineteen brooches, six pairs of earrings, two necklaces, and six scarves.  You can check out both my and Bianca's picks from this collection below!

Erstwilder Woodlands Collection

Ducks In A Row Necklace and Mallard Ballard Earrings
Erstwilder Ducks In A Row Necklace

Erstwilder Mallard Ballard Earrings
Necklace- c/o Erstwilder
Earrings- c/o Erstwilder
Dress- mo:vint

One of our favorite parts of visiting Disneyland is watching the ducks, so obviously we needed to add this Ducks In A Row necklace and Mallard Ballard earrings to our collection!  The colors are so beautiful on these cuties and the earrings are incredibly detailed for being so small.  Bianca has worn this necklace almost everyday since she received it.  I didn't think anything would top her Care Bears necklace but I was wrong!


The Spore The Merrier Scarf, Well Spotted Brooch, and Twinning Toadstools Earrings
Erstwilder The Spore The Merrier Head Scarf

Erstwilder Well Spotted Brooch

Erstwilder Well Spotted Brooch
Scarf- c/o Erstwilder
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Earrings- c/o Erstwilder
Top- c/o Unique Vintage

The toadstools in this range are my personal favorites.  I love that I was able to get a brooch, earrings, and a head scarf all in the same motif.  The marbled resins in the brooch are gorgeous and (again) the stud earrings are so detailed!  Gimme all the cute match-matchy jewelry sets!

You can shop the entire Woodlands collection on the Erstwilder website right now.  Make sure to grab your favorites while you can, these pieces won't last very long!  Which pieces are you favorites?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Jungle Cruise

Emmy Design Sea Breeze Sundress Harvey's Jungle Cruise Little Tote

Being at home all the time has its perks (mainly my dogs and my air conditioner) but a couple of times a week I need to just get out and recharge.  I like to get dressed up and go to an open, socially distanced area and just enjoy the outdoors.  I recently received this gorgeous sundress from Emmy Design and it sparked a fun Disneybound idea: a vintage inspired Jungle Cruise outfit!  While I don't go on the ride every time I'm at the parks, I have vivid memories of the experience as a child and then taking Bianca on the cruise (before she was tall enough to go on the "big girl" rides).  I feel like this would be a perfect summer Disneyland outfit and while I can't actually be there right now, I'm still going to enjoy it!

Emmy Design Sea Breeze Sundress Harvey's Jungle Cruise Little Tote

Emmy Design Sea Breeze Sundress Harvey's Jungle Cruise Little Tote

Emmy Design Sea Breeze Sundress Harvey's Jungle Cruise Little Tote

Emmy Design Sea Breeze Sundress Harvey's Jungle Cruise Little Tote

Emmy Design Sea Breeze Sundress Harvey's Jungle Cruise Little Tote
Hat- Amazon

The Sea Breeze sundress is a crepe material (it feels like rayon) that features a button shoulder detail that allows you to adjust the length of the bodice.  I'm quite long in the waist and I definitely did not need any more length but I appreciate the detail!  The bodice has a flattering neckline, underbust gathers, and a v-shaped drop waist.  The skirt is a flowy a-line with deep exposed side pockets and also features an attached waist tie.  This is actually my very first Emmy dress and I was blown away with the quality and incredible fit.  I'm wearing a 38, which translates to a UK10 or US6, and it's a little loose but comfortable.  The waist tie helps cinch in the waist, which I really appreciate.  I will probably order a 36 the next time I buy an Emmy dress, and let's be honest, I am absolutely going to add more Emmy to my closet!

I paired my dress with my new Jungle Cruise tote, some cute booties, and my favorite pink straw hat for the perfect Disney-inspired vintage look!  I haven't done much Disneybounding here on my blog lately but I definitely feel more inspired these days.  What kind of Disneybound would you like to see from me next?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Blue Hawaii

The Pretty Dress Company Priscilla Dress in Blue Hawaii

I'm currently sweating out this summer because it has been hot!  When I'm forced to leave my air conditioned home, I look to throw on my coolest pieces and this Priscilla dress is one of my favorites.  The Pretty Dress Company has everything from wedding-ready pieces to everyday wear and this dress is the perfect hot weather companion.  I actually have a few Priscillas but this new Blue Hawaii print is so dreamy!  Read more about this dress below!

The Pretty Dress Company Priscilla Dress in Blue Hawaii

The Pretty Dress Company Priscilla Dress in Blue Hawaii

The Pretty Dress Company Priscilla Dress in Blue Hawaii

The Pretty Dress Company Priscilla Dress in Blue Hawaii

The Priscilla dress is a stretch cotton number that features adjustable spaghetti straps, a lined bodice, super full skirt with large hidden side pockets, and a back zippered closure.  Like all items made from The Pretty Dress Company, this dress is made beautifully.  It's so high quality and and lush, I'm always impressed with their dresses.  The Blue Hawaii print is a nod to vintage Hawaiian prints and has me longing for another Kona sunset (one day I'll be back).  I'm wearing my usual size UK8 and it's a pretty good fit.  The waist is always a little large for me, but I usually fix that with a belt.  Overall, I'm really happy with this dress and I'm happy to add this Priscilla to collection.

This dress is available in sizes UK8 to UK18 and their shipping is incredibly fast!  You can also find the Priscilla in over twenty other prints and colors, in case Hawaiian prints aren't your thing.  This UK based small business is a lovely place to shop and I'm always overjoyed with my purchases.

Have you shopped with The Pretty Dress Company before?  What's your favorite style?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, July 27, 2020

Disney Inspired Style: Whosits & Whatsits

I haven't been to the Disney parks much this year (because of the closure here in California) so I'm rocking my Disney-inspired outfits to keep that magic alive!  While I love a great Disneybound, I tend to go for a more subtle everyday look and Whosits & Whatsits has everything you need to keep your Disney spirit alive!  Their products range from unisex tees to accessories and pins and they all have a lovely nod to your favorite characters.  Everything they make is great for everyday wear and I'm going to show you a few of my favorite products below!

Whosits and Whatsits French Kitty Beret

Whosits and Whatsits French Kitty Beret

As a massive Marie fan, I knew I needed this beret!  I love how it looks like a normal beret in the front but has the cutest little ears in the back.  Perfect for a Marie Disneybound or a great addition to your everyday outfit.  If Marie isn't your thing, this beret also comes in black and orange as well!  You can shop this adorable piece HERE.

Whosits and Whatsits Cauldron Born Tee

If you're an 80's spooky kid like me, you probably loved The Black Cauldron.  It's seriously so hard to find great merchandise for this movie so I jumped on this tee as soon as I saw it!  I love the vibrant colors and the totally 80's feel to this print.  This tee is unisex and is available in sizes XS-4XL (I'm wearing a size small for reference).  You can grab this tee on their website HERE.

Whosits and Whatsits Lost Princess Neck Buff

Who doesn't love a new face covering now that they're required (especially here in California)?  This neck buff is a great way to cover your face but it can be used in so many ways!  You can also wear it as a headband, neck warmer, wrist band, and more.  While it doesn't take the place of PPE, this neck buff is perfect for your trip to the grocery store.  I've worn mine already and have received so many socially distanced compliments!  You can shop this neck buff HERE.

Whosits and Whatsits Apprentice Neck Buff

If Rapunzel isn't your thing, you can also show off your Disney spirit with this classic neck buff!  This print was inspired by Sorcerer Mickey and I love it so much!  It has a perfect subtle hint of Disney so only those true fans will know where the inspiration came from.  You can shop for this neck buff HERE.

Make sure to check out all the offerings from Whosits & Whatsits on their website!  They have so many different fandoms and they're inclusive too.  Support a small business and keep that magic going in your everyday life!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, July 24, 2020

Twenty Thousand Leagues

Kitschy Witch Designs by Stephanie Buscema Twenty Thousands Leagues Gillian Skirt

As a massive Stephanie Buscema fan, I'm always excited when she releases new clothing from her brand, Kitschy Witch Designs.  Steph produces a new print just about every season, and this Twenty Thousand Leagues summer print is absolutely everything!  This year is the 150th anniversary of Jules Verne's book Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and this print is such a great homage to this amazing story.  You can read more about this Gillian skirt and the rest of this collection below!

Kitschy Witch Designs by Stephanie Buscema Twenty Thousands Leagues Gillian Skirt

Kitschy Witch Designs by Stephanie Buscema Twenty Thousands Leagues Gillian Skirt

Kitschy Witch Designs by Stephanie Buscema Twenty Thousands Leagues Gillian Skirt

Kitschy Witch Designs by Stephanie Buscema Twenty Thousands Leagues Gillian Skirt

The Gillian skirt is made from a thick cotton sateen with a good amount of stretch.  It's a gathered skirt with a two inch waistband, hidden side pockets, and finished with a side zipper and two button closure.  These skirts run quite generously, I'm wearing the XS and it is pretty roomy.  I'm planning on moving the buttons to nip in the waist a little but I can comfortably wear this as is.  The print features a gorgeous deep sea landscape with divers, submarines, a giant squid, and so much more!  Every time I look at it I find something new.  It's such a beautiful print that really works all year around!

You can find this skirt online now in sizes XS-4X and there is also a matching scarf (which is unfortunately sold out) and a button-up unisex shirt.  If you're looking for a dress version in this print, you're in luck!  Stephanie is releasing the Rosaleen dress today at noon PST.  All her products are made right here in the USA and you're supporting a wonderful artist and keeping a lovely woman-owned small business.... in business!

Have you purchased anything from the Twenty Thousand Leagues collection?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, July 20, 2020

Zelda

Vintage Vandalizm Zelda Dress in Yellow Floral

If you can't tell, I'm already dreaming of cooler autumn evenings and the outfits to match.  Just like every year, I am over this heat and I'm anxiously anticipating wearing, decorating, and living that fall-inspired life!  The Zelda dress from Vintage Vandalizm is a gorgeous, twirl-worthy new addition to their collection and I am head over heels!  The sleeves are what initially won me over but there are so many more great details to the Zelda.  Scroll down to read more about this dress!

Vintage Vandalizm Zelda Dress in Yellow Floral

Vintage Vandalizm Zelda Dress in Yellow Floral

Vintage Vandalizm Zelda Dress in Yellow Floral

Vintage Vandalizm Zelda Dress in Yellow Floral

The Zelda dress is a 1940's style silhouette and is made from a light chiffon fabric.  It's fully lined and features gorgeous bishop sleeves with pearl buttoned cuffs, a deep v-neckline, full knee-length skirt, a matching fabric waist sash, and a back zippered closure.  There is also smocking on the back of the bodice so the bust and waist provides a lot of stretch.  I'm a pretty straight size small but after talking to Jasmin, the owner/designer, I went with the XS.  While I do love the fit, the waist is a little short for my long torso.  Thankfully, the waist sash can easily hide that!

The Zelda is available in sizes XS-4X and also comes in a gorgeous pink floral, because this yellow floral is out of stock.  It actually sold out in one day!  Jasmin is a one-woman show who just started Vintage Vandalizm and is doing some amazing things.  You can shop all of her beautiful designs on her website HERE.  Shop a small, WOC-owned business and support a wonderful woman at the same time!

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, July 13, 2020

A-OK

Nooworks Frida Dress in A-OK Print

Well, it's been a good four months since my family and I have been home and we don't really see an end in sight!  Kevin is working from home, I lost my job a few weeks ago, and we signed Bianca up for full-time distance learning for her first grade year in the fall.  While I don't wear makeup and do my hair every single day, I do dress the part (mostly for my mental health).  I've been obsessed with Nooworks for quite a while but their styles have been a lifesaver during a time of quarantine.  Their pieces are comfy and breezy, which is ideal for my time at home.  This Frida dress is a new style of theirs and let me say: I am obsessed!  You can read more about the Frida and this woman-owned inclusive small business below!

Nooworks Frida Dress in A-OK Print

Nooworks Frida Dress in A-OK Print

Nooworks Frida Dress in A-OK Print

Nooworks Frida Dress in A-OK Print
Dress- Nooworks (via Edge of Urge)
Sunglasses- Modcloth

The Frida is made from cotton poplin (which allows a bit of stretch) and features adorable ruffled sleeves, a loose fitting empire bodice, longer length tiered skirt with hidden side pockets, and a back zippered closure.  This dress is meant to be nice and roomy so I took my usual size small and it fits great!  I suppose you could size down but I like having the length in the bodice.  The print was designed by Katie Benn, who also designed their snacks and ever-so-popular knives print.

If you're not familiar with Nooworks, they're a woman-owned and woman run business.  They also work with women to source their amazing artwork for textile prints!  I love that they produce everything right here in California and they offer inclusive sizing as well.  If you take a look at their website, their models represent all kinds of women and they also have a section where you can see what sizes their employees wear in several styles aka The Selfie Fit Guide.  Their customer service is top notch and I've never had a bad experience with them.

As someone who has decided to really consider where to put my dollar these days, I feel confident that my dollar is well-spent at Nooworks.  An ethical, inclusive company that cares about their employees as well as their customers.  You can shop with Nooworks online or, if you're local to Los Angeles or San Francisco, you can shop in store.  I've been to their LA location a few times and it's always a super fun experience!

Have you shopped with Nooworks before?  What's your favorite style?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Charmed

Made590 Saski Dress in Charmed

I know it's summertime but let's be real: I'm already preparing for the spooky season!  Made590 is one of my favorite brands based in Australia and their new Charmed range is everything a spooky witch could want.  Illustrated by Kirbee Lawler and available in a bunch of fun styles, this range truly has something for everyone!

Made590 Saski Dress in Charmed

Made590 Saski Dress in Charmed

Made590 Saski Dress in Charmed
Dress- Made590
Shoes- Diegos
Belt- from another dress
Sunglasses- Unique Vintage

While I wanted to order a few things, I had to limit myself to one piece so I chose the Saski dress.  The Saski is a new style for me (I almost always order a Valentina skirt when it's available) so I was a little nervous about fit.  Thankfully Chris, the woman behind the brand, is always happy to answer my questions.  She assured me that the XS would be the size for me and she was right!  

The Saski is made from linen fabric and has the most gorgeous print of vintage charms.  There are several buttons down the bodice so there is no gaping on the bust whatsoever.  This dress features short sleeves, a pleated skirt, and deep hidden side pockets.  It was just a little short waisted for me but I added a belt to even out the proportions.  Overall, I really love this dress and I'm really looking forward to wearing this during spooky season!

You can find the Saski dress and the rest of the Charmed collection in sizes XS-5XL on the Made590 website.  Support a wonderful small business and look great while doing it!

xoxo

Ashley
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