Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Grey Bats

Unique Vintage Black & Grey Bats Print Stephanie Fit & Flare Dress
 
Is there anything cuter than bats? Maybe second to crows for me but I love anything with bats on it. Unique Vintage (as usual) is killing it with the spooky cute prints this year and I love how simple yet versatile this dress is. I wanted to add a little more flair to this outfit with a harness and a matching novelty bag and I love how it turned out!

Unique Vintage Black & Grey Bats Print Stephanie Fit & Flare Dress

Unique Vintage Black & Grey Bats Print Stephanie Fit & Flare Dress

Unique Vintage Black & Grey Bats Print Stephanie Fit & Flare Dress

Unique Vintage Black & Grey Bats Print Stephanie Fit & Flare Dress

Unique Vintage Black & Grey Bats Print Stephanie Fit & Flare Dress

This is the Stephanie dress, which is your classic fit and flair silhouette. It's made from a stretchy blend fabric and features 3/4 sleeves, an above the knee skirt and a back zippered closure. It comes with a removable black belt but I switched it out for a harness. Since I have a bigger bust, I sized up to a medium and I feel quite comfortable in it. This dress is available in sizes XS-5X and priced under $100. I can see myself wearing this cutie into winter with some tights and a faux leather jacket!

I booked my first flight since 2019 earlier this week and I am so excited. Bianca has never been on a plane before and I can't wait to take her on some adventures out in the Pacific Northwest! She's old enough now where she wants to go out and explore what's out there and I'm really happy I get to experience that with her as well. I can't wait to share pictures once we go!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Dolores

Collectif Dolores All Hallows Eve Doll Dress The Beheaded Witch Hat
 
Where's my coven at? I've been enjoying this time of year because I have less than 50 days to wear all my Halloween clothing without getting weird stares from strangers. I know I rave about this every year but Unique Vintage dropped their Halloween collection over summer and there are so many cute and spooky things! This Dolores dress from Collectif is one of their most-loved silhouettes and I'm so glad UV carries this year's Halloween inspired version. Who doesn't love a novelty print with a ghoulish theme?!

Collectif Dolores All Hallows Eve Doll Dress The Beheaded Witch Hat

Collectif Dolores All Hallows Eve Doll Dress The Beheaded Witch Hat

Collectif Dolores All Hallows Eve Doll Dress The Beheaded Witch Hat

Collectif Dolores All Hallows Eve Doll Dress The Beheaded Witch Hat

Collectif Dolores All Hallows Eve Doll Dress The Beheaded Witch Hat
Shoes- YRU
Belt- from another dress

The Dolores is made from a stretch cotton fabric and features slight puff sleeves that you can wear up or down, a pleated bustline with faux buttons, sweeping swing skirt with large hidden side pockets, and a back zippered closure. I waffle between a UK8 and UK10 in Collectif and I'm wearing the UK10 here. I definitely could have sized down but I'm very comfortable in this size as well. I paired this gorgeous dress with my favorite hat and boots to complete this witchy outfit!

This spooky print is also available in a top (which you can find HERE) and both items are available in sizes UK6-UK22. Unique Vintage has an extensive Halloween collection with clothing, accessories, home items and more which you can shop HERE.

xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Fall Plaid

ModCloth x Collectif Never Mad Always Plaid Pants
 
Hello again! It's been a little while since I've posted here and honestly, it feels good to be back. Work has been busier than ever and it's been so incredibly hot that any time off has been spent keeping cool at home. I had a morning to myself last week and I wanted to wear one of my favorite new fall pieces: these suspender pants! The straps are removable so you can wear the pants without them and the fit is so good. Even though it still feels very much like summer, I'm just going to wear my favorite fall outfits and manifest the cooler weather that way. A girl can hope!

ModCloth x Collectif Never Mad Always Plaid Pants

ModCloth x Collectif Never Mad Always Plaid Pants

ModCloth x Collectif Never Mad Always Plaid Pants

ModCloth x Collectif Never Mad Always Plaid Pants

ModCloth x Collectif Never Mad Always Plaid Pants

ModCloth x Collectif Never Mad Always Plaid Pants

Pants- Modcloth

Collectif is one of my favorite places to purchase clothing and I love that they do exclusives with Modcloth. Since Modcloth is here in the USA and Collectif is in the UK, I prefer to shop closer (for that near instant gratification). Collectif, in my opinion, makes the best pants and I pretty much own every single pair of plaid pants they own. They are so good! I waffle between a UK8 and UK10 in Collectif pants and I opted for the UK10 for these. They have elastic in the back for comfort and they seriously are one of the most comfortable pants I own. Plus, they are currently 40% off! Some sizes are sold out so shop them while you can!

Last time I posted I eluded to some personal issues. At the time, Bianca had some health concerns that her doctor thought may lead to a cancer diagnosis. Thankfully, after some testing, she's totally fine and we ruled that out. I was pretty out of sorts at the time but I'm glad that we were able to move past that and get back to normal life. This year has been quite a ride so far! Now I can just focus on my favorite time of year: spooky season!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Sunflowers

Selkie Sunflowers Tea Rose Dress
 
Sunflowers really are the epitome of summer! While I don't have any in my garden (the extreme heat and drought here has kept me from planting anything new) I can wear them on this Selkie dress! The Tea Rose dress is a beautiful silhouette for this Van Gogh print and the cotton fabric is perfect for this unbearable weather.

Selkie Sunflowers Tea Rose Dress

Selkie Sunflowers Tea Rose Dress

Selkie Sunflowers Tea Rose Dress

Selkie Sunflowers Tea Rose Dress

Selkie Sunflowers Tea Rose Dress
Dress- Selkie
Shoes- Amazon

The Tea Rose dress features molded bust cups, large puff sleeves, a tea length skirt and hidden side pockets.  Because of the molded bust cups, I had to size up to a size medium and I am so glad I did.  I personally am not a fan of bust cups because we all vary and they usually don't contain what I've got. It's definitely more cleavage than I'm used to showing off but it's still comfortable enough for me to wear it and love it! While this print is almost sold out, they offer other prints in this style in sizes XXS-5X. You can check out all the other prints they have available HERE!

My life has been a little overwhelming lately and it seems like I haven't had much time for myself or for this blog. While I'm not considering shutting it down or anything, I think I have to convince myself that it's *okay* if I step away for a bit. I can't really speak much as to what's going on but I hope I have good news and can share that with you in the future. Until then, please send some good vibes my way!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Death Stung

Lively Ghosts Goth Western Death Stung Tee
 
Summer is on the horizon and that means one thing: spooky season is coming! I look forward to the Halloween season because it helps me with the summer blues. I usually start my Halloween content in summer and I love searching for new businesses to support that share my love for all things spooky. Lively Ghosts is a local small business and they have the most amazing clothing, home decor, accessories, pin boards and more! They recently released their Goth Western collection and their Death Stung tee immediately caught my attention. Since I basically live on the cusp of the desert, this tee feels like it was made for me!

Lively Ghosts Goth Western Death Stung Tee

Lively Ghosts Goth Western Death Stung Tee

Lively Ghosts Goth Western Death Stung Tee

Lively Ghosts Goth Western Death Stung Tee

Lively Ghosts Goth Western Death Stung Tee

This tee is made in unisex sizing and available in sizes S-3X. It features a mini design on the chest and a large design on the back. I typically wear a unisex size small and it fits perfectly. Lively Ghosts has lots of accessories to accentuate their tees including a jacket, veiled hat and harness that all have that goth western vibe. I went with a scalloped mini skirt and my new T.U.K. shoes for a cute but casual look. You can shop the Goth Western collection and the rest of their spooky cute items on their website HERE!

xoxo

Ashley

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
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