Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Beyond The Veil

La Femme En Noir Corpse Bride Beyond The Veil Dress
 
Any Tim Burton fans read my blog?  As someone who grew up with Tim Burton films, I tend to have a deep feeling of nostalgia when I rewatch them.  Corpse Bride is a hauntingly beautiful tale and my daughter was *obsessed* when she first watched it when she was 3 years old.  I hunted down very old (and sometimes expensive) Corpse Bride merchandise for her because she loved Emily so much.  Luckily, La Femme En Noir has teamed up with Tim Burton's Corpse Bride and created a beautiful collection of clothing and accessories, some of which I now own (and Bianca borrows).

La Femme En Noir Corpse Bride Beyond The Veil Dress

La Femme En Noir Corpse Bride Beyond The Veil Dress

La Femme En Noir Corpse Bride Beyond The Veil Dress

La Femme En Noir Corpse Bride Emily Bag

La Femme En Noir Corpse Bride Beyond The Veil Dress

The Beyond the Veil dress is made from a thicker stretch poly blend material and features a v-neckline, billowy sleeves with Victorian cuffs, fitted bodice, an a-line skirt with hidden side pockets, and finished with a matching grommet belt and a back zippered closure.  I'm wearing my usual size small in La Femme En Noir and the small is a perfect fit.  I know lots of customers like to size down when the fabric is stretchy but I would *highly* recommend you take your actual size because the print will distort if it's stretched too much.  The print is my favorite part and I love how they took their time to make sure it looks good on every piece.

I finished my look with the Emily bag and I seriously fell in love with it!  It's so detailed and surprisingly fits everything I need.  Bianca immediately took the Emily bag to her closet so I'm pretty sure that means I need to buy another one.  I'm definitely not going to see it again!

You can shop the entire Corpse Bride collection on the La Femme En Noir website HERE.  Available in sizes XS-4X and featuring everything from a take on Emily's wedding dress to Victor's three piece suit.  You can also add the perfect hair accessories to your Corpse Bride outfit that you won't find anywhere else!  I've already added a few more pieces to my collection which I'll share on my blog later this summer.

xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Lover Not A Fighter

Sarsparilly Lover Not A Fighter Skirt
 
In my opinion, there are never enough heart prints and the ones I have get wear throughout the entire year!  Sarsparilly's True Love collection is everything a vintage-loving novelty print hoarding person could want.  The Lover Not A Fighter skirt is probably one of my most favorite silhouettes in my skirt collection... and I have a *vast* skirt collection.  It has the perfect amount of volume, doesn't require a crinoline and has a fantastic fit.  Basically, it's perfect!

Sarsparilly Lover Not A Fighter Skirt

Sarsparilly Lover Not A Fighter Skirt

Sarsparilly Lover Not A Fighter Skirt

Sarsparilly Lover Not A Fighter Skirt
Brooch- vintage

This amazing skirt is made from a crisp mid-weight cotton sateen and features a full gathered silhouette, deep hidden side pockets, a matching grommet belt with belt loops, and a back zippered closure.  I'm wearing my usual Sarsparilly size XS, which is a size below my usual size small in most other clothing brands.  It's the perfect fit and honestly, it feels like this piece was made for my body.  I love it so much!

The True Love collection has four pieces (two dresses, one skirt and one playsuit) and they're all available in sizes XXS-4X.  This Australian small business ships worldwide and they have some of the best made vintage inspired products out there!  If you have any questions about Sarsparilly leave them in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, April 28, 2022

The Gift

Sarsparilly The Gift Dress
 
When you live that spooky life but also love wearing pink!  Sarsparilly just dropped their True Love collection and every piece is a slice of happiness.  This dress is definitely a star in that collection and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it!  If you're new to Sarsparilly, you'll definitely be impressed with the quality of every piece.  Keep scrolling to find out more!

Sarsparilly The Gift Dress

Sarsparilly The Gift Dress

Sarsparilly The Gift Dress

Sarsparilly The Gift Dress

Sarsparilly The Gift Dress
Shoes- Seychelles
Earrings- c/o Erstwilder

The Gift dress is made from a sturdy, crisp cotton sateen and features a high keyhole neckline with a bow, sleeveless fitted bodice, gathered swing skirt with deep pockets, back zippered closure with a button at the top, and a removable matching grommet belt.  I'm wearing my usual size XS in Sarsparilly and the fit is great!  If you're not a regular customer, I would mention that sizing tends to be a whole size larger that your usual.  For example, I'm a pretty straight size small in most clothing lines but I'm an XS in Sarsparilly.  The bodice is quite short so I wasn't able to wear the belt on the loops but I have a long torso so that's a pretty common issue for me.  I wore this dress out while running errands the other day and I received so many compliments!  It's truly a statement piece.

You can shop the entire True Love collection on the Sarsparilly website HERE!  They offer every piece in sizes XXS-4X and ship worldwide.  If you have any questions about this outfit, let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, April 22, 2022

Angelica

Sister Jane The Angelica Jacquard Maxi Dress
 
I'm gearing up for a hot weekend, which means wearing all the comfy dresses!  If you've been reading this blog for some time, you know that I have a serious love for Sister Jane.  Their silhouettes are romantic, the details are intricate, and the fabrics are always top notch.  My only issue was that they didn't offer extended sizing.  Thanks to some progress on their part, they have extended their sizing on their new collections!  This dress is one of many offered in their new size range and I can't express how much I love wearing this absolute showstopper.

Sister Jane The Angelica Jacquard Maxi Dress

Sister Jane The Angelica Jacquard Maxi Dress

Sister Jane The Angelica Jacquard Maxi Dress

Sister Jane The Angelica Jacquard Maxi Dress
Shoes- Diego's

The Angelica dress is made from a jacquard fabric with a springy print and features puff sleeves, bust cups, a black bow detail at the bust and an ankle length skirt with a front slit and a peplum hem.  I'm wearing my usual dress size, which is a medium, and it fits great.  As someone with a large bust, I wish the cups were fuller but I also understand that not everyone has the same issues as I do.  Sister Jane ships from the UK but I tend to shop their collections on Ivory Sheep, which is an amazing small Canadian business.  They carry many of my favorite brands and their customer service can't be beat!

You can read more about the Sister Jane extended sizing HERE.  They've opened up their sizing to a UK18/US14, which is progress but still needs a way to go.  Here's to hoping they realize that *all* bodies want to wear their clothes and that they continue to extend their size range!

xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Amanita Muscaria

The Beheaded Amanita Muscaria Witch Hat in Red
 
I've been living in all the cotton dresses lately!  Whether I'm working or on the go, I prefer to be comfortable while maintaining my style.  Since the sun is out longer (and let's be real, it's much hotter too) I've finally been able to pull out my vast selection of sun hats.  I love every single piece The Beheaded puts out and this Amanita Muscaria hat is perfect for spring!  Cute, spooky and keeps the sun away... It's the perfect witchy accessory!

The Beheaded Amanita Muscaria Witch Hat in Red

The Beheaded Amanita Muscaria Witch Hat in Red

The Beheaded Amanita Muscaria Witch Hat in Red

The Beheaded Amanita Muscaria Witch Hat in Red
Dress- Amazon

Handmade and totally unique, this hat is made from recycled paper and features a wired brim to keep its shape.  The hat is hand painted and is finished with an attached red ribbon.  If red isn't your color, you can also snag one in brown HERE!

Easter is this weekend and we have absolutely nothing planned.  We've been so busy with work that we nearly forgot about it all together!  I haven't decided if I'm going to cook or not, especially since Bianca is a vegetarian, but there's one thing I absolutely cannot forget... The Easter Bunny must show up and bring Bianca lots of treats!  Fingers crossed I can get something memorable together in time!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Mucha

Selkie Cottage Puff Dress in Mucha Print
 
When fashion merges with Art Nouveau I can't help but become utterly obsessed!  Alphonse Mucha has created some of the most famous Art Nouveau paintings and I'm just so excited that his work is portrayed on this Selkie dress.  This particular puff dress is in cotton, which is just so much more comfortable and wearable than their classic organza silhouettes.  It's fancy enough for an event but can easily be worn as an everyday outfit.

Selkie Cottage Puff Dress in Mucha Print

Selkie Cottage Puff Dress in Mucha Print

Selkie Cottage Puff Dress in Mucha Print

Selkie Cottage Puff Dress in Mucha Print
Bow- Shein

The cottage puff is a cotton puff dress with two layers of organza underneath the skirt to give it the perfect amount of volume.  It's otherwise the same as any other Selkie puff dress but I'm pretty sure the cotton puff is the most flattering *and* comfortable to wear.  I'm wearing a size small, which is a size smaller than my organza puff size.  I always size down for cotton because there is more give in the bust area.  I love the fit of this dress but I feel like I need all the things in this print!

The Mucha print is a part of their 2022 spring collection but has yet to be released on the Selkie site.  I got this dress on Free People but it sold out pretty fast!  You can expect this dress to drop on the Selkie website later this month though, so keep those eyes peeled!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Renaissance Girl

Selkie Tea Rose Dress in Renaissance Girl
 
It's officially spring and I had to debut one of my favorite dresses for the occasion!  I love this season because the blooms literally make me feel alive and my spirit feels invigorated after the grind of winter and the endless holidays we have to celebrate during that time.  Selkie has a new collection dropping this week and this Renaissance Girl tea rose dress is one of the stars.  Made from a light, crisp cotton that's perfect for the warmer months ahead with a romantic floral print that makes me almost as happy as the blooms in my garden.

Selkie Tea Rose Dress in Renaissance Girl

Selkie Tea Rose Dress in Renaissance Girl

Selkie Tea Rose Dress in Renaissance Girl

Selkie Tea Rose Dress in Renaissance Girl
Hat- Amazon

The tea rose dress is a classic retro silhouette with ruffled puff sleeves, a fitted bodice with bust cups and underwire, a full skirt, and y'all: it has pockets!  This is my very first Selkie dress with pockets and I am so happy about it!  This style is super easy to wear and I love absolutely everything about it.  I typically wear a size small in cotton styles and this dress fits perfectly in a small.  I have a very large bust so if I had to be picky, I would wish the cups were just a bit bigger.  But I'm totally okay with the fit and I can't wait to wear this dress to all the spring functions this season.

The rest of the Spring 2022 Out of the Tower collection is absolutely stunning and I'm planning on grabbing another piece or two as soon as possible.  It's full of gorgeous prints and new styles that are perfect for spring and beyond!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Stay Puft

Vixen by Micheline Pitt Ghostbusters Argyle Plaid Bardot Beauty Swing Dress
 
As usual, spring has sprung a little early here in Southern California and I'm enjoying every minute of it!  It's still a little chilly (aka not in the 90's) and the blooms are on their way.  I try to be a little more present around this time of year because it's just the smallest slice of perfection that will disappear within a blink of an eye.  This Vixen by Micheline Pitt x Ghostbusters dress feels like a representation of me: a little bit cottage core and a little bit spooky.  I wore it to a Halloween event last year but I feel like it needed a little spring remix!

Vixen by Micheline Pitt Ghostbusters Argyle Plaid Bardot Beauty Swing Dress

Vixen by Micheline Pitt Ghostbusters Argyle Plaid Bardot Beauty Swing Dress

Vixen by Micheline Pitt Ghostbusters Argyle Plaid Bardot Beauty Swing Dress

Vixen by Micheline Pitt Ghostbusters Argyle Plaid Bardot Beauty Swing Dress

Vixen by Micheline Pitt Ghostbusters Stay Puft Crossbody Bag
Shoes- Amazon

This dress is the classic Bardot Beauty with a Ghostbusters spin!  I've talked in length about this dress before, which you can read HERE, but long story short: it's one of my favorite Vixen styles.  I like that you can wear the dress on or off the shoulders and it's just so flattering!  The argyle print looks innocent from afar but when you get close you can see it has Slimer, Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, terror dogs, and the No Ghost logo all over it.  I paired it with the matching Stay Puft novelty bag because honestly, I've never met a novelty purse I didn't like.  This dress is available in sizes XS-4X and I wear my usual size small with ease.

This week has been a little hectic with a work deadline, helping with Bianca's homework, and also getting her to her theater rehearsals.  I was lucky enough to have a morning to myself earlier in the week to kind of balance the chaos!  I'll be retreating to my office for the foreseeable future but I'll make sure to take some breaks and actually enjoy the blooms before they leave and bring on the eternal summer heat.

xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Patchouli

Selkie The Patchouli Puff Dress
 
With spring on the horizon, I'm being forced to get ready for those warmer temperatures that last until October.  That means packing away my statement coats, cozy cardigans, and all my boots. I wanted to make sure I got a few more wears out of my favorite over the knee boots so I paired them with a gorgeous Selkie puff dress.  Selkie just released their Electric Ladies collection and this vintage inspired patchwork print was my favorite of the bunch!

Selkie The Patchouli Puff Dress

Selkie The Patchouli Puff Dress

Selkie The Patchouli Puff Dress

Selkie The Patchouli Puff Dress
Shoes- Target

The Patchouli Puff is made from several layers of organza and features a bandeau bust, empire waist, statement puff sleeves, and a back zippered closure.  I vary in size with Selkie dresses, but I usually order up when it's made from organza.  I can fit in either a small or medium in the puff but I chose a medium so I could get a little extra length in the skirt.  I know this print isn't like their usual pastels but I welcome the change!

The upcoming season has me feeling like I need to do some spring cleaning!  As a surprise to nobody, my closet is currently busting at the seams and I really need to go through it and let some things go.  While I love dressing up, I don't do it nearly as much anymore and I could probably do away with some things that haven't been worn in awhile.  Here's to hoping I get a free day to clean so I can free up some closet space for my husband!

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, February 14, 2022

Valentine's Day

Sister Jane Dream Midi Wrap Dress
 
Happy Valentine's Day!  While we all know this holiday is about celebrating love, my favorite part of this day is putting on a cute outfit, preparing a themed lunch for Bianca and giving her all the cute gifts.  My husband and I choose not to celebrate each other because we *just* celebrated our anniversary and his birthday is later this week.  It's a lot!  But I like to make it a big deal with Bianca and we always have the best time.  This year, my outfit is all about pink!  You know I love all things black and spooky but there's a large part of my heart that enjoys pastel colors and cute themed outfits too.  There's always room for both!

Sister Jane Dream Midi Wrap Dress

Sister Jane Dream Midi Wrap Dress

Sister Jane Dream Midi Wrap Dress

Sister Jane Dream Midi Wrap Dress

Sister Jane Dream Midi Wrap Dress
Coat- ASOS
Hat- vintage
Backpack- Hot Topic

Everything I'm wearing here, with the exception of the brooch and backpack, are staples in my closet that I've worn for years.  I know it mostly feels like I share new things here and it's probably because I'm excited about wearing them!  But when I first started this blog I was obsessed with remixing outfits and showing you how to get the most wear from the pieces you already have.  In everyday life, I still remix my favorite pieces and this wrap dress is one of my absolute favorites.  Perfect for a day at Disneyland or a Galentine's Day brunch!  I topped it off with one of my favorite vintage hats and pink coats and instantly felt like a princess!

What's on the schedule for your Valentine's Day?  Bianca is going to school and my husband and I will be working, but tonight I'm going to cook a special filet mignon dinner (and a tofu steak for Bianca).  We will probably get something fancy for dessert and eat it in our pajamas on the couch.  Can you really ask for a better night?!

xoxo

Ashley
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