Saturday, May 20, 2017

Outfit of the Day: Novelty for Life!

Being busy with the sail club most weekends means I just haven't had as much occasion as I'd like to wear my pretty dresses


But I do have two new Outfit of the Days to share today. It's an unusual kind of OOTD post too in that I'm mixing it up a bit and went out in dresses that weren't Trashy Diva! :O In any case, here we go!


Outfit of the Day:

I wore this outfit a couple weekends ago out running errands

Dress: Bernie Dexter Sundae print- bought a few years ago from Bernie Dexter
Cardigan: Heart of Haute Sweet Sweater- bought about a year ago from Heart of Haute's sales rack
Shoes: Ecco red flats- old, ebay

Bernie Dexter Sundae print dress- Front View

Bernie Dexter Sundae print dress- Front View

Bernie Dexter Sundae print dress- Side View

Bernie Dexter Sundae print dress- Front View

Bernie Dexter Sundae print dress- Front View

Bernie Dexter Sundae print dress- Side View





Outfit of the Day:

On this day a friend and I went to the Northern California Ukulele Festival in Hayward. It was awesome to see so many performers. My favorite was seeing Ukulenny of you tube fame performing Hotel California. Hopefully we will get to go again next year!

Dress: Lindy Bop Nadia Cream Guitar dress- bought a few months ago from Lindy Bop
Sweater: Heart of Haute Sweet cardigan- bought a few months ago from Trashy Diva
Shoes: Mia flats- old
Earrings: Floral studs- old, Forever 21

Lindy Bop Nadia dress in Cream Guitar- Front View

Lindy Bop Nadia dress in Cream Guitar- Front View

Lindy Bop Nadia dress in Cream Guitar- Side View

Lindy Bop Nadia dress in Cream Guitar- Front View

Lindy Bop Nadia dress in Cream Guitar- Front View

Lindy Bop Nadia dress in Cream Guitar- Side View

Lindy Bop Nadia dress in Cream Guitar with floral stud earrings- Close Up

With my Ukulele Dot :D







Sunday, May 14, 2017

Dress Review: Strawberry Crush

Hello Kittens!


Last week I posted a Perfect Pairing post featuring a dynamic duo of strawberries (if you missed it you can check out my post Matching Your Dress to Your Teaware Part 31: Sweet Strawberries for Spring and Summer here). Today, I wanted to post the full review of the dress I featured in that post.

Back in early March Trashy Diva released their Berry Chantilly collection, the second collection they released for 2017. This spring ready design features a dainty all over print of ripe strawberries on and off the vine, as well as an assemblage of green leaves, white flowers, whimsical white ribbons, and fun black outlined parasols all set against a sunshiney background of soft buttery yellow. This collection was released as a full collection with many cuts including the Hopscotch dress, the 1940's dress, the Trixie dress, the Camilla dress, a romper, as well as several separates, the Alexa tie top, the Hottie top, the classic skirt, and high waisted shorts. This collection even has a dress for the littles (children that is) with the Baby Posey dress. With so many cuts and options to chose from it makes it both hard and fun trying to pick which cut is right for you.

I immediately fell in love with the feminine flutter sleeves of the Camilla dress! I just adore ruffles and all things super girly on my dresses. I imagined pretending I was a 1930's debutante feeling the flutter sleeves gently brushing my arms in the wind. However, it appears that Trashy Diva knows me better than I know myself. When my package arrived shortly after launch date (yes, it has taken me that long to write this review!) instead of the Camilla dress it was the Hopscotch dress that was staring back at me! Since it was in my size and since it was there I decided to try it on anyway just to see it on before sending it back. Lo and behold it was love at first try on. Why did I ever turn my back on the gloriousness that is the fun and beautiful Hopscotch dress?!

The Hopscotch dress is one of my favorite cuts by Trashy Diva. This 1950's style cut features a full skirt, and modest bodice (two things I most prefer in dresses), the bodice is darted to give a nipped in look and has a cute peter pan collar that buttons with a hook and eye closure at the collar. To shy away from being too modest and buttoned up though, this dress has a front slit down the neckline which gives it a little daring without being too cleavagey. This dress also features small sparkling decorative white and rhinestone buttons along the front of the bodice, cap style sleeves, and for a fun little bit of pizazz, a cutout in the back. For full functionality, this dress has an invisible size zip and comes with pockets. This print came in a soft stretch rayon. It took me a bit of get on board with this kind of fabric as I have my reservations on how period appropriate it is and in a way it is so comfortable it almost feels wrong, but I have learned to embrace it and love that if feels almost like wearing pajamas or being wrapped up in a favorite blanket. For size reference I took my usual size in this dress. Even though the fabric has a lot of stretch and I know a lot of ladies like to size down in the stretch rayon, I like how my usual size in this dress keeps me from getting pull at the bust.

Needless to say, I decided to keep the dress. Though it wasn't the one I originally ordered, it ended up being the perfect one for me. I had a joke with my husband that I might as well join a Trashy Diva dress of the month club where I just give them my money and they send me anything they wanted as I would probably end up loving it all. In full reality, there are indeed still some cuts I have yet to try which I would love to. I'm hoping that for those cuts the right prints will come along one day. Another day Camilla, another day...


Trashy Diva Hopscotch dress in Berry Chantilly- Front View

Trashy Diva Hopscotch dress in Berry Chantilly- Front View

Trashy Diva Hopscotch dress in Berry Chantilly- Side View

Trashy Diva Hopscotch dress in Berry Chantilly- Back View

Trashy Diva Berry Chantilly- Close Up







Saturday, May 6, 2017

Matching Your Dress to Your Teaware Part 31: Sweet Strawberries for Spring and Summer

Hello Kittens!


It's been a while since I've done one of these perfect pairing posts so I believe it is more than due time for one! When I first saw the new Berry Chantilly print from Trashy Diva released a couple months ago I knew it would be the perfect print to go with my strawberry tea cozy. <3

I bought this tea cozy from Stash Tea about a year ago (unfortunately though it's long sold out now). This adorable knit tea cozy is made in the form of a ripe strawberry and features a mound of leaves and daisies at the top and three cute decorative strawberries dangling down the side. It has a hole at the bottom as well as two holes on the side to be able to pop over any standard sized brown betty shaped teapot. Putting on a tea cozy is like popping a little sweater over your teapot to keep your fresh brew nice and warm as you leisurely relax and sip away.






Trashy Diva Hopscotch dress in Berry Chantilly


This tea cozy is the cutest thing to go with Trashy Diva's new Berry Chantilly print. Launched in early March, the Berry Chantilly print is a welcome sight and reminder that spring has sprung and the warm weather will be upon us soon. This print features ripe red strawberries on and off the vine with green leaves and white blooming spring flowers against a buttery yellow background. White ribbons and dainty parasols whimsically pervades the print leaving one with the feeling of dancing a waltz to the sound of spring and summer approaching.

How perfect a match made all the more perfect accompanied by a cup of strawberry herbal tea or for those on the wilder side, a strawberry infused black tea blend!



*Stay tuned for my full review of this gorgeous print from Trashy Diva coming soonish!


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Outfit of the Day: Putting a Spring in My Step

Hello Kittens!


Wow time really has flown by. I didn't mean to take such a long break from the blog but I blinked and before I knew it, it's been nearly a month since my last blog post.

Well, here are some Outfit of the Days to catch up on....


Outfit of the Day (Saturday):

A couple weeks ago on a Saturday some friends were throwing a Rex Manning Party (to celebrate Rex Manning day-- a throwback to the 90's movie, Empire Records). While I love any excuse to dress in theme and 90's would have been a fun theme to play with I really really wanted to wear this skirt that I had just got a few days prior from Trashy Diva so all 90's was off and Trashy Diva it was! :D

Skirt: Trashy Diva Gathered Skirt in Carnival print (bought from Trashy Diva)
Top: Trashy Diva Trixie Top in Citron (bought from Trashy Diva)
Cardigan: Heart of Haute Sweetie Wrap Cardigan (bought from Trashy Diva)
Shoes: Basic Black Flats (old- bought from Nordstrom Rack)

Trashy Diva Gathered skirt in Carnival print and Trashy Diva Trixie top in Citron- Front View

Trashy Diva Gathered skirt in Carnival print and Trashy Diva Trixie top in Citron- Front View

Trashy Diva Gathered skirt in Carnival print and Trashy Diva Trixie top in Citron- Side View

Trashy Diva Gathered skirt in Carnival print and Trashy Diva Trixie top in Citron- Front View

Trashy Diva Gathered skirt in Carnival print and Trashy Diva Trixie top in Citron- Front View

Trashy Diva Gathered skirt in Carnival print and Trashy Diva Trixie top in Citron- Side View


Outfit of the Day (Saturday):

The next weekend, after my usual sailing class with hair still wet after a shower, I went out with some friends for a casual dinner and a stop at our local 80's arcade, High Scores. 

Dress: Trashy Diva Trixie dress in Ruffled Feathers (bought from ebay)
Cardigan: Cherokee Cardigan in light blue (old- bought from Target)
Shoes: Basic Black Flats (old- bought from Nordstrom Rack)

Trashy Diva Trixie dress in Ruffled Feathers- Front View

Trashy Diva Trixie dress in Ruffled Feathers- Front View

Trashy Diva Trixie dress in Ruffled Feathers- Side View

Trashy Diva Trixie dress in Ruffled Feathers- Front View

Trashy Diva Trixie dress in Ruffled Feathers- Front View

Trashy Diva Trixie dress in Ruffled Feathers- Side View


Outfit of the Day (Easter Sunday):

I was hoping to re-wear my Easter outfit from last year but it was such a dreary grey cold day, I just wasn't really feeling it this year. Instead I decided to wear my Trashy Diva Maria dress out to Easter brunch.

Dress: Trashy Diva Maria dress in Yellow Mums (old- originally bought from ebay size traded in a dress swap group)
Cardigan: Vintage white beaded Cardigan (old- bought from Etsy)
Shoes: Gabriella Rocha (old- bought from Zappos)


Trashy Diva Yellow Maria with vintage beaded cardigan- Front View

Trashy Diva Yellow Maria with vintage beaded cardigan- Front View

Trashy Diva Yellow Maria with vintage beaded cardigan- Side View

Trashy Diva Yellow Maria- Front View
Trashy Diva Yellow Maria- Front View

Trashy Diva Yellow Maria- Side View



Well, hope you all liked this Outfit of the Day catch up! Stay tuned for some dress reviews coming up!





Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Random Post of a Good Outing

I usually like to try and post my most recent Outfit of the Day posts on Tuesday...


However, I've been busy the last couple weekends (last weekend with my Saturday sailing class, then helping out all day Sunday volunteering for the sailing club's open house, and then the weekend before last, with my Saturday sailing class again, and a good long hike on Sunday). I really have no Outfit of the Days to post.

But since I didn't want this blog to go blank too long, and because I do like to use this blog as a record of sorts to keep track of my happenings, I wanted to post pics of the beautiful hike I took the Sunday before last along the Point Reyes National Seashore.

While I've always loved running around in nature, the last couple years I've been trying to get more into hiking and getting out more. It brings me such a great feeling being out and about, especially outside, and especially away from people and their usual hustle and bustle. It's like a detox that quiets all the random trivial things that usually go running around in my head.

Anyhow, just wanted to share these photos of this gorgeous place I got to go to.


Estero Trail to Sunset beach, Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin, California:










Jackrabbit!







Gopher

So many animals this trip including a snake along the path but I was too busy running away from it to take pictures :p