Friday, October 22, 2021

Racing Hearts

Sarsparilly x Peanuts Best Friends Forever Jumpsuit and Racing Hearts Jacket
 
October in Southern California is definitely my favorite.  The weather is still pretty warm but you can layer up if needed.  As someone who is always cold, I tend to have a sweater or jacket with me at all times.  I love the combination of this jumpsuit with the faux leather jacket from the Sarsparilly x Peanuts collection.  The jumpsuit is cute and comfortable and the jacket is for those sparse chilly breezes.  You can read more about this adorable outfit below!

Sarsparilly x Peanuts Best Friends Forever Jumpsuit

Sarsparilly x Peanuts Best Friends Forever Jumpsuit and Racing Hearts Jacket

Sarsparilly x Peanuts Best Friends Forever Jumpsuit and Racing Hearts Jacket

Sarsparilly x Peanuts Best Friends Forever Jumpsuit
Jumpsuit- c/o Sarsparilly
Shoes- Target
Hair bow- Free People

The Best Friends Forever jumpsuit is a slightly stretchy cotton sateen and features a square neckline, thick straps, below the knee capri style pants, velvet covered buttons, pockets, a removable grommet belt, and a zippered closure.  I love the cute Snoopy print, which is perfect for my next trip to Knott's Berry Farm.  I usually take a size XS in Sarsparilly items but I sized up to a small because I have a long torso and wide hips.  I'm so glad I did because the fit is fantastic!

The Racing Hearts jacket is a great classic piece with a Peanuts twist.  I love the red contrast zippers, heart shaped elbow patches, heart print lining, and the adorable Snoopy image on the back.  The jacket is heavy enough to keep you warm but light enough to wear on a not-so-chilly day.  I stuck with my usual XS in this jacket and it was perfect.

You can find this collection on the Sarsparilly website right now!  In addition to these pieces, you can also find a skirt, dress, and a cardigan.  Everything is mix and match so it's really cute to be able to create your own Peanuts outfit depending on your silhouette preferences.  Make sure to shop your favorites now, everything is currently 50% off and selling fast!  Make sure to grab what you want because the sale ends on Saturday!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, October 15, 2021

Happy Meowlloween

BlackMilk Clothing Meowlloween Black Toastie Long Sleeve Skater Dress
 
Last week my family and I drove up north to the mountains to enjoy Yosemite National Park and the cooler weather.  I don't get many opportunities to wear anything with long sleeves so I grabbed my new skater dress from BlackMilk Clothing to enjoy a chilly and spooky day in nature.  I love their new Halloween collection (seriously, it has everything you could ever want) and I'm so excited to partner with them to show off this adorable dress!

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Shoes- T.U.K.

The Meowlloween long sleeve skater dress is made from a fleece lined toasty fabric that's super stretchy and comfortable.  This dress has full long sleeves, a scoop neck, above the knee skirt and hidden side pockets.  I'm wearing a size small (my usual size) and I find it to be comfortable.  I think I may have gone up a size for extra bust room but I'm quite happy in the small.  This super cute Halloween cat print was illustrated by Caley Hicks, who is known for her amazing art (some of which you can find at Disney).  I'm so happy with this dress and I'll be rocking it during the Halloween season and the winter ahead!

You can shop the entire BlackMilk Halloween collection HERE right now!  Find everything from Beetlejuice to Corpse Bride and anything in between in sizes XXS-XXL.  While BlackMilk is located in Australia, their shipping is faster than most US-based companies!  Do you enjoy a good Halloween novelty print?  Let me know in the comments!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Blooms and Birds

Deer Arrow Blooms and Birds
 
Feeling like the perfect pastel witch with the help of the new Birds and Blooms collection from Deer Arrow!  This collection has two releases: one that was a few hours ago and the other that will be here in a few hours!  I'm showing you some of the new pieces in this collection, along with matching earrings (like this Retro Bunch Brooch and Retro Stud Earrings).  Scroll down to check them all out!

Deer Arrow Blooms and Birds
Daisy Bouquet Brooch
Deer Arrow Blooms and Birds
Pansies Brooch and Stud Earrings
Deer Arrow Blooms and Birds
Deadly Bunch Brooch
Deer Arrow Blooms and Birds
Rosie Posy Brooch and Rose Stud Earrings
Deer Arrow Blooms and Birds

Brooches and earrings- c/o Deer Arrow

Every piece from Deer Arrow is handmade in house in Queensland, Australia.  Deer Arrow is a family business, which means that their designs are very special and very limited.  Due to their limited numbers and increased popularity over the years, most sell out within hours!  If you're looking to add some Deer Arrow to your accessories collection, make sure to follow them on social media and join their mailing list to be the first to know when their next range launches!

Which brooch is your favorite?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, September 17, 2021

Gothic Tales

La Femme En Noir Sleepy Hollow Gothic Tales Toile Swing Dress in Grey
 
Spooky season is here and I can't think of a better collection to feature this time of year than Sleepy Hollow from La Femme En Noir.  This officially licensed collection is back again this year, with restocks of your favorites and new additions too!  The Gothic Tales dress is my favorite (I also have it in black velour) so I obviously needed to grab it in this toile print as well.

La Femme En Noir Sleepy Hollow Gothic Tales Toile Swing Dress in Grey

La Femme En Noir Sleepy Hollow Gothic Tales Toile Swing Dress in Grey

La Femme En Noir Sleepy Hollow Gothic Tales Toile Swing Dress in Grey

La Femme En Noir Sleepy Hollow Gothic Tales Toile Swing Dress in Grey
Boots- Target
Tights- Modcloth

The Gothic Tales dress in grey toile is made from a thick and sturdy but stretchy cotton spandex and features a sexy lace up front bodice, breathtaking leg-of-mutton sleeves, a pointed drop waist, gathered below the knee skirt with hidden side pockets, and a back zippered closure.  This dress holds you in all the right places!  It's structured enough to be worn without shape wear, which is so nice because post-pandemic me *hates* wearing any kind of shaping garments.  The toile print was hand drawn and features some of the most iconic images from the Tim Burton movie.  I'm wearing a size XS, which is actually a size below from my regular Le Femme size.  I have a size small in the velour version and while it's comfortable, I knew I could size down when I ordered this one.  I paired this dress with my favorite over the knee boots and the matching Headless Horseman purse to complete this spooky cute look!

This dress and the rest of the Sleepy Hollow collection is available in sizes XS-4X.  If you see your size is sold out, that just means this year's collection hasn't released yet!  You can purchase both restocks and new items from this collection today at 4pm PST.  Keep your eyes peeled for all the new stuff too, they've definitely come with their A-game and I suspect it will sell out quickly.  Let me know what you think of the Sleepy Hollow collection in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Skull of a Skeleton

Selkie The Skull of a Skeleton Puff Dress
 
When you find a dress that's spooky, etherial and uses artwork from Van Gogh, you throw it in your cart and run!  As an avid Selkie fan, I was very curious about this print from their sneak peeks a few months back.  I awaited patiently for the release and when it arrived at my home I couldn't believe how perfect it was in real life.  This dress is everything a witchy woman could want and I'm so happy it's now a part of my wardrobe.

Selkie The Skull of a Skeleton Puff Dress

Selkie The Skull of a Skeleton Puff Dress

Selkie The Skull of a Skeleton Puff Dress

Selkie The Skull of a Skeleton Puff Dress
Dress- Selkie
Shoes- Target
Tights- Modcloth

The Skull of a Skeleton print is perfect for the classic Selkie Puff dress.  This triple layered organza dress features massive puff sleeves, a bandeau bodice, and a very short gathered skirt.  The sleeves are somewhat see-through but the bust and skirt are not.  While I'm a usual size small in organza Selkie dresses, I decided to size up to a medium in this dress.  I have another dark colored Selkie puff and it ran a full size smaller so I was worried!  The medium is a great fit, especially because I have a big bust.  I will also take as much length as I can get because the skirt is quite short!  Overall I really do love this dress, especially because they rarely make dresses in dark colors and I need them all!

The Starry Night collection has other wonderful Van Gogh prints in a few other lengths and styles, in case skeletons aren't your thing.  Make sure to shop your favorites now because these dresses sell out quick!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Black and Orange

Black and Orange Halloween Looks
 
It's been a minute since I've featured a style video here on the blog and I'm so excited to bring you this orange and black series!  As you may know, I have lots of Halloween things to wear so there is an abundance of black and orange in my closet.  I've put together just a few of my favorites, make sure to check out the video below to see them all!

Outfit 1:

Outfit 2:
Skirt- H&M
Cardigan- Hot Topic

Outfit 3:

Outfit 4:
Top- vintage

Outfit 5:

Outfit 6:
Overalls- Hot Topic

Shoes for all outfits- Strange Cvlt

I wish I could have added a few more outfits but it was quite a mess getting all these on for the video.  Which outfit is your favorite?  Are you wearing your Halloween inspired outfits yet?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, September 10, 2021

Squad Ghouls

Snag Tights Skele-Fun
 
Feeling those Halloween vibes and Snag Tights just released the cutest collection of tights for the spooky season!  Snag Tights is a European company that believes in inclusivity over everything.  All their tights are available in sizes 2-32 and they strive to create ethical and affordable products for everyone.  Snag was kind enough to send me a couple pairs from their new Halloween collection and I styled them with some of my favorite outfits below!

Snag Tights Skele-Fun

Snag Tights Skele-Fun

Snag Tights Halloween Collection

Snag Tights Squad Ghouls

Snag Tights Squad Ghouls

Snag Tights Squad Ghouls
Hair Clips- c/o Unique Vintage

Shoes- YRU

I chose both the Skele-Fun and Squad Ghouls tights because who doesn't love dead things?  The Skele-Fun tights are a perfect addition to any little black dress when you want a spooky twist.  The Squad Ghouls tights are more vibrant and fun, great for when you want to make an entrance.  Both these tights are thick and sturdy but also comfy to wear.  They're pretty high waisted so they sit nicely and don't ride down.  I can see myself wearing these all through the spooky season (and every other season if you know me well).  You can shop the entire Halloween collection HERE and the rest of their amazing products HERE!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, September 3, 2021

Handkerchief

Sister Jane Handkerchief Check Midi Dress
 
Gloomy days call for quiet walks in nature.  Now that Bianca is in school I get a few hours to myself... which has been more therapeutic than I ever realized.  I'm an introvert and this pandemic has stifled my alone time to basically nothing.  Some days after I drop her off I just wander aimlessly in some of my favorite places.  I love this Sister Jane dress, which is perfect for wandering, foraging, or just looking cute without trying too hard.  As usual, the small details are absolutely everything and this dress makes me feel like a true cottagecore princess.

Sister Jane Handkerchief Check Midi Dress

Sister Jane Handkerchief Check Midi Dress

Sister Jane Handkerchief Check Midi Dress

Sister Jane Handkerchief Check Midi Dress

This beautiful dress is a very small plaid print with teeny tiny sparkles all over it.  I tried to photograph it but it was just too hard!  When I opened this package I was pleasantly surprised by them.  The dress features an oversized collar with ruffles, a slouchy elastic waist, puff sleeves with shirred cuffs, a midi skirt, and a side zippered closure.  I usually take a medium in Sister Jane dresses and I found this dress to fit comfortably.  The fit is supposed to be oversized and I appreciate the extra room.  This dress is perfect for fall and I can't wait to do some more exploring in it!

My husband and I took the day off to go to the movies for the first time since the pandemic.  We're going to see Shang Chi and I absolutely cannot wait!  We have to take advantage of the morning hours because Bianca is only in school until the early afternoon.  It's not very often that we get to spend time alone together so we take whatever we can get!

Hope you have a great holiday weekend!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Falling Into Autumn

Miss Candyfloss Pheobe-Amber Tartan Swing Dress
 
Today is the last day of August which means it's basically fall which means it's basically Halloween... right?  While the temps here are always reflecting summer I have a great love for fall.  The sounds of leaves crunching while you walk, drinking pumpkin spiced lattes, and all the cool weather clothing.  This plaid dress from Miss Candyfloss is everything I could ever want in an autumnal outfit and I'm so happy I snagged one in my size when it released last week.  I'm pretty sure if I dress the part I can bring all those fall vibes to fruition!

Miss Candyfloss Pheobe-Amber Tartan Swing Dress

Miss Candyfloss Pheobe-Amber Tartan Swing Dress

Miss Candyfloss Pheobe-Amber Tartan Swing Dress

Miss Candyfloss Pheobe-Amber Tartan Swing Dress
Hair bow- Free People

The Phoebe-Amber dress is made from a warm poly blend fabric and features a sweetheart neckline with gathers under the bust, short sleeves, a below the knee swing skirt with side pockets, a back zippered closure, and a matching grommet belt.  I usually wear between an XS-Small in Miss Candyfloss but tend to take my larger size in non-stretch fabrics.  I took a size small and while this dress is large in the waist, the bust is perfect and the belt makes it look tailor-made.  This dress sold out almost immediately on the Miss Candyfloss website but Modern Mille has just a few left!  Here's to hoping this dress makes a return in some other fun tartan fabrics this year!

I'm currently fighting quite a cold right now.  Bianca went back to school three weeks ago and almost immediately contracted her first cold in a year and a half.  Feeling the beginning of normalcy (like going back to school) reminds us that there are also some cons to mingling with people again.  I totally forgot about the constant cycle of minor sicknesses this time of year!  We're both okay but I could use about 8 more hours of sleep.  Maybe when Bianca is in college I'll find time for those extra hours...

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, August 20, 2021

Bride of Frankenstein

Stitch Shoppe by Loungefly Universal Monsters Bride of Frankenstein Alicia Dress
 
As I write this blog I am enjoying my very first pumpkin spice coffee of the year.... I guess that means spooky season is finally here!  While I'm taking some time before I start decorating, my wardrobe has switched over to all things Halloween.  As a huge fan of Loungefly and their clothing line Stitch Shoppe, I was so excited when they released a Universal Monsters collection.  This velvet Alicia dress is everything a monster girl could want!  Both cute and spooky, it's the perfect dress to add to my collection.

Stitch Shoppe by Loungefly Universal Monsters Bride of Frankenstein Alicia Dress

Stitch Shoppe by Loungefly Universal Monsters Bride of Frankenstein Alicia Dress

Stitch Shoppe by Loungefly Universal Monsters Bride of Frankenstein Alicia Dress

Stitch Shoppe by Loungefly Universal Monsters Bride of Frankenstein Alicia Dress

The Alicia dress is made from a soft and very stretchy embossed velvet.  It features an all-over print of stitched hearts and a contrast Peter Pan collar with Frankenstein's monster and the Bride of Frankenstein embroidered on each side.  A removable self neck tie finishes the neckline to create a vintage inspired look.  There are also puff sleeves, an above the knee length skirt with hidden side pockets, and a sturdy back zippered closure.  I'm wearing a size XS, which is a size down from my usual Stitch Shoppe size.  Since the velvet is so stretchy, I was easily able to size down.  Their size charts are accurate and are individualized for each piece.  Definitely go with the size chart if you're having a hard time picking a size!

The Universal Monsters collection also features another dress style, a matching cardigan, and an adorable bag.  Sizing is inclusive, from XS to 4X.  You can find the entire collection HERE!

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, August 9, 2021

Cutest Berry

Sarsparilly x Strawberry Shortcake The Cutest Berry In The Patch Dress
 
Summer is coming to a close so I figured I would take one last go at a fun, summery outfit.  As you probably already know, Sarsparilly collaborated with Strawberry Shortcake on a ridiculously sweet apparel collection.  The Cutest Berry in the Patch dress is a vintage inspired dream that's incredibly well made and available in inclusive sizing.  Find a full review on this dress below!

Sarsparilly x Strawberry Shortcake The Cutest Berry In The Patch Dress

Sarsparilly x Strawberry Shortcake The Cutest Berry In The Patch Dress

Sarsparilly x Strawberry Shortcake The Cutest Berry In The Patch Dress

Sarsparilly x Strawberry Shortcake The Cutest Berry In The Patch Dress
Hat- Amazon

The Cutest Berry in the Patch dress is made from a stretch cotton sateen that's great for summer weather.  It features a scoop neckline, puff sleeves with a button closure, a super full skirt with deep pockets, and a back zippered closure.  The thin red grommet belt is included and is removable if you'd prefer it without one.  The border print features Strawberry Shortcake, Custard, and Cupcake frolicking in a strawberry garden.  I love the 1980's artwork with the 1950's dress style, it's the perfect match!  I'm wearing my usual Sarsparilly size XS (which is a US size small) and it's a perfect fit.  This amazing dress is available in sizes XXS-4X.  Some sizes are sold out right now but they will be restocking so make sure to join the mailing list for updates!

Are you ready to move into your fall wardrobe or are you clinging onto the last few weeks of summer?  As you're probably already aware, I'm well into my fall wardrobe (even if it's still 100+ degrees).  When you work from home all seasons are the same, right?

xoxo

Ashley
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