Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Dress Review: Black Friday Haul!

I wasn't kidding when I said I have quite a backlog of blog posts to catch up on! 


This was from way back in early December, when Christmas decorations were still up and my hair was still long, but I definitely wanted to be sure to get this post out eventually.

I love Black Friday! As with most of us shopaholic vintage repro lovers, it is my favorite shopping day of the year! I look forward to it every year, planning and plotting what I will be going after during this (usually) biggest sale of the year. And so here is my haul. I'm actually surprised I stayed as good as I did this year and went after just a few things I've really been after! (and one impulse-ish buy) :)


Trashy Diva 1940's dress Psychedelic Ferns 

Trashy Diva's Psychedelic Ferns collection came out back in August of 2016 and was one I had decided on right away to skip. I was weary of the "psychedelic" component of this dress. Just how bright/neon was this green? Also, by all accounts on Trashy Diva's website, this print was also described as being a 70's inspiration print. Now, I love 70's geek and swoon over some of the looks in Mad Men's later season as well as swooned over a lot of the 70's looks Modcloth was putting together for Fall 2016, but 70's psychedelic wasn't really my cup of tea. It wasn't until Halloween started to approach that I started to see this print in a whole new light... a la Oogie Boogie from Nightmare Before Christmas. All of a sudden, this dress was starting to look like a perfect October or darker mood year round dress. And so, that is all it took for me to really want to have it! However, I still had my (slight) reservations, and bid my time until Black Friday hit in hopes of scoring this dress on sale.

When I got this dress in the mail I was happy to see that while the green ferns were bright, they weren't too insanely neon or anything. That in combination with the black background and the classic 1940's cut, and all my fears and weariness of a serious psychedelic 70's look were banished from my thoughts.

This dress is made with a thicker and sturdier feeling stretch rayon that Trashy Diva's been liking to use on their dresses this year (if you are familiar with their other collections, think Ruffled Feathers, Venice Nights, Wine Dots, and Love Birds). Honestly, it's not my favorite fabric Trashy Diva's been using (I find it just a little too comfortable perhaps which oddly makes me feel a little frumpy) but in the 1940's cut it actually works so well! Because of the stretch I feel like the structure of the dress is really staying on and fits everywhere it's supposed to. No shoulders sliding down, not too much billowiness at the bust and sides that you can often get with the regular rayon or Crepe de Chine that past 1940's have usually come out in. Taking my usual size for Trashy Diva dresses, I found this dress to fit very comfortably, fitting snug without being too tight. Oddly, I got the same exact size in the same cut in the Ruffled Feathers print (another stretch rayon) and found this one to fit slightly looser which is what I prefer.

A bit about the cut... the 1940's dress is one of my favorite cuts by Trashy Diva. I love the classic look of it. I find it's one of the easiest to wear, throw-on-and-go-and-look-fabulous dresses that Trashy Diva makes. Sure you might need to pin the cleavage closed a bit sometime or wear a cami underneath for modestly but other than that, once it's on it's a pretty non fussy dress. It has a back zip and plenty of cute tiny pleating to keep it visually interesting on top. However, no pockets on this beauty.

Overall, I'm super happy with this dress and all the more happy that I was able to bid my time and get it on a sale especially considering my reservations about it initially.


Trashy Diva 1940's dress in Psychedelic Ferns- Front View

Trashy Diva 1940's dress in Psychedelic Ferns- Front View

Trashy Diva 1940's dress in Psychedelic Ferns- Side View

Trashy Diva 1940's dress in Psychedelic Ferns- Back View

Trashy Diva 1940's dress in Psychedelic Ferns- Close Up



Candice Gwinn Fontaine Coat Dress in Dark Blue Ribbed Rayon

The Trashy Diva coat has been on my wishlist since it first hit Trashy Diva's website back in the winter of 2016. While I have a million coats already and while I know I don't usually rotate my coats too often, I still really wanted this coat. It's so great to have a dress length coat to wear with retro style dresses. All the better that this is a distinctively 1940's style coat to wear with 1940's style dresses! And so I bid my time on this one and decided to buy if I could during the sale, since I didn't really need it. I have to say though, that this coat exceeded all my expectations! And that's coming from someone who knows just how detail oriented and stunning Trashy Diva coats tend to be.

This dress is made from a heavier weight ribbed rayon fabric with lots of black velvet detail at the collar, cuffs, folded over pockets, buttons and belt. The top portion and arms of the coat are lined in a thick weight rayon/acetate material so it's not going to keep you super warm in you're in an area that snows but for most of our winters here in Northern California where the temperature doesn't get too much lower than 50-55 degrees F generally during the day and about 40 degrees F at night, this coat will keep you warm enough. As is usual with Trashy Diva's coats, there is a snap button and a hook and eye at the waist to keep everything looking polished without any button gaping. I sized up one from my usual size in this and found there was plenty of room to wear layered with my dresses.

Trashy Diva Fontaine Coat Dress in Dark Blue Ribbed Rayon- Front View

Trashy Diva Fontaine Coat Dress in Dark Blue Ribbed Rayon- Front View

Trashy Diva Fontaine Coat Dress in Dark Blue Ribbed Rayon- Side View

Trashy Diva Fontaine Coat Dress in Dark Blue Ribbed Rayon, snap button and hoop and eye detail- Close Up

Trashy Diva Fontaine Coat Dress in Dark Blue Ribbed Rayon, snap button and hoop and eye detail- Close Up


Trashy Diva Fontaine Coat Dress in Dark Blue Ribbed Rayon, Velvet detail- Close Up



Lindy Bop Gilda Swing dress in San Francisco Print

This Lindy Bop dress was a last minute spur of the moment purchase around Black Friday. I'm including it here with my Black Friday purchases even though sadly there wasn't much going on for sales at Lindy Bop at the time and I ended up paying full price for this. (Perhaps it's because they are a UK based company that they didn't participate too much in Black Friday?) Anyhow, for the price I did pay for this dress, I was extremely happy with what I ended up getting.

From my past experiences with Lindy Bop, I have found that while they have great prices on dresses, you never know what you will end up getting in terms of quality both in manufacturing and in fabric. This dress ended up being a resounding success though! The fabric on this dress is the softest cotton I've ever felt on a dress (actually 97% 3% elastane). It also has a great sturdy feel to it. The dress is fully lined, even at the skirt, which is one of my favorite things on dresses! It features front functioning buttons, cute cap sleeves, a side zip, and pockets. The skirt displays a mid century style border print of San Francisco which was the real selling point to me! I can't wait to wear this dress out to the city on the next warmish day I'm out there! I love that the skirt on this dress is pleated at the waist as well which helps showcase the print better rather than a gathered styled skirt.

I wasn't sure what size to order in this dress because I've heard that Lindy Bop's sizing can be all over the place. To add confusion of their sizing system, while all their dresses come in UK sizing and are labeled as such on their UK website, their US website labels their sizing as S, M, L, XL etc. for which the sizing doesn't completely translate... Is L a UK size 12, 14 or 16? Because I was so unsure about the sizing and because this dress has front buttons (and potential gaping problems) I opted to go with a size up from what I usually would buy from other companies. It did end up being a bit large on me. Thankfully though, it does seem a belt helps. If you are looking to get this dress I'd recommend ordering your usual size. Overall though, I am highly impressed with this dress and will definitely try Lindy Bop again if they keep impressing me with cute prints and cuts like this one!


Lindy Bop Gilda swing dress in San Francisco print- Front View

Lindy Bop Gilda swing dress in San Francisco print- Front View

Lindy Bop Gilda swing dress in San Francisco print- Side View

Lindy Bop Gilda swing dress in San Francisco print- Back View


Lindy Bop Gilda swing dress in San Francisco print with added belt- Front View

Lindy Bop Gilda swing dress in San Francisco print with added belt- Side View

Lindy Bop Gilda swing dress in San Francisco print with added belt- Back View

Lindy Bop Gilda swing dress in San Francisco print- Close Up

Lindy Bop Gilda swing dress in San Francisco print- Close Up

Lindy Bop Gilda swing dress in San Francisco print- Close Up






Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Outfit of the Day: Wide Leg Trousers Twice!

Hello Kittens!


Continuing on with catching up on my Outfit of the Days I present to you two outfits from the end of December 2016.


Outfit of the Day (Saturday late December):

It was a cold a wet day when I wore this outfit out and I just didn't feel like donning on a dress. In summary, it was the perfect day for some wide leg trousers!

I got these pants, the Conference Room Coffee pants, a couple years ago from Modcloth (still available). They are also known as the Glenda Chevron Swing Trousers by Collectif. They are worn here without the detachable suspenders. I wore this with a Trashy Diva Ashley top in Wine Dots (old from the original run of Wine Dots) which I got last year from a swap and sell group. I paired this with a burgundy beaded cardigan by Free People which I got from ebay last year. For a finishing touch I also wore a burgundy beret I got a couple years ago though I forget where I got it from.

Collectif Glenda Chevron Swing Trousers and Trashy Diva Ashley top in Wine Dots- Front View

Collectif Glenda Chevron Swing Trousers and Trashy Diva Ashley top in Wine Dots- Side View

Collectif Glenda Chevron Swing Trousers and Trashy Diva Ashley top in Wine Dots- Front View

Collectif Glenda Chevron Swing Trousers and Trashy Diva Ashley top in Wine Dots- Side View


Outfit of the Day (Day before New Years Eve):

The day before New Year's Eve Tim and I went over to a friends house for a UFC viewing party. Once again, I felt more inclined to wear pants rather than a dress this day so I donned on my Collectif Lorenza Swing Trousers which I got several years ago from Modcloth. I paired this with a custom hand knit sweater I bought last year from a gal on a swap and sell group (she also sells through her etsy shop, Ains and Elke StyleHaus). For finishing touches I wore this with a purple beret I got a couple years ago from Nordstrom Rack and a cat brooch I got last year from Miss Polly's Lucite

Collectif Lorenza Swing Trousers and custom hand knit sweater by Ains and Elke StyleHaus- Front View

Collectif Lorenza Swing Trousers and custom hand knit sweater by Ains and Elke StyleHaus- Side View

Miss Polly's Lucite Cat brooch- Close Up





Saturday, January 7, 2017

Outfit of the Day: Red Fans for Dim Sum, Red Roses for the Christmas season, and a Red Beret for Christmas

Wow, it's been a long while since I last posted! 


I hope you all are still with me. :) Sorry for the long and unexpected absence.

I have quite a bit of Outfit of the Days posts, a Black Friday haul review, a roundup of my favorite outfits from 2016, and reviews on two new dress releases from Trashy Diva all in the works and coming down the pipeline! As well as a long backlog of blog posts from people I follow that I'm looking forward to catching up on! Well, I'd better hop to it then!


Outfit of the Day (Saturday, late December):

Late one weekend in December I went out with a friend for Dim Sum. For the occasion I decided to wear my Trashy Diva Virginia Shirtwaist dress in Red Fans. It didn't even occur to me that it depicts a Japanese scene not a Chinese scene-- Whoops! Will I let that stop me next time? Probably not. It's just such a great dress for any occasion. I paired this with brown sweater tights from Target which I got last year, red Ecco flats which I found on ebay also last year, and a beige wrap coat Tim got for me from Target several years ago. For a finishing touch I paired the dress with a red belt from a Hell Bunny dress I have since this dress sadly did not come with a belt.

Trashy Diva Virginia Shirtwaist dress in Red Fans with beige wrap coat- Front View

Trashy Diva Virginia Shirtwaist dress in Red Fans with beige wrap coat- Side View

Trashy Diva Virginia Shirtwaist dress in Red Fans- Front View

Trashy Diva Virginia Shirtwaist dress in Red Fans- Front View

Trashy Diva Virginia Shirtwaist dress in Red Fans- Side View


Outfit of the Day (the day before Christmas Eve):

The day before Christmas Eve another friend and I were planning on going for a hike but it ended up being a rainy day so we scratched that and went out for indoor miniature golf and lunch instead. New plans meant a different outfit and so this day I wore my Trashy Diva Orlando dress in Red Roses. This is one of my favorite dresses for the Christmas season! I wore this with red tights from Kohl's which I got a couple years ago, red Ecco flats which I found last year on ebay, a red toggle coat I got several years ago from Target, and for a finishing touch, a red beret I got from ebay earlier this year.

Trashy Diva Orlando dress in Red Roses- Front View

Trashy Diva Orlando dress in Red Roses- Side View

Trashy Diva Orlando dress in Red Roses- Front View

Trashy Diva Orlando dress in Red Roses- Front View

Trashy Diva Orlando dress in Red Roses- Side View


Outfit of the Day (Christmas day):

On Christmas day I wore a Trashy Diva Audrey dress in black velvet paired with a Heart of Haute Estelle blouse in Cherries print which I got a couple years ago from Cats Like Us. I also paired this with a red toggle coat I got several years ago from Target, beige sweater tights which I got a few years ago from Kohl's, a red beret from ebay from earlier this year, and these awesome Miss L Fire Maraschino heels which I got from them on sale over the summer. 

Trashy Diva Audrey dress in black velvet- Front View

Trashy Diva Audrey dress in black velvet- Side View

Trashy Diva Audrey dress in black velvet- Front View

Trashy Diva Audrey dress in black velvet- Front View

Trashy Diva Audrey dress in black velvet- Side View




I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! I'm looking forward to catching up with all of you soon! <3


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Christmas Tea at Lisa's Tea Treasures

December is a fine time for tea...


Especially on a cold and rainy day. And that is exactly what I did.

The weekend before last my friend and I went out for Christmas tea at Lisa's Tea Treasures at Pruneyard in Campbell. This is a place I've been wanting to take my friend to for a while as the first (and last) time I went there it really left an impression on me. I remember the place being so quaint and cute, set up like little cozy rooms within the tea place in this upper scale shopping center. I also remember the staff being exceptional, the food as being amazing, and just the overall experience to be top notch. Going back to this tea room for the second time did not disappoint.

The tableware was set up special for Christmas and featured Royal Albert Old Country Roses Christmas china. I love it when tea rooms get out the fine china! To follow suit in the Christmas festivities my friend and I both ordered the Spirit of Christmas tea.

We started off with a pipping hot pot of tea and all the gingerbread cookies we could want. While the Spirit of Christmas tea was intended to be paired with a Victorian Noel spiced plum tea which sounded scrumptious, I opted to get a pot of decaf Earl Grey instead because I find a whole pot of caffeinated tea to be too much for me. Next up we were served cream of asparagus soup, a cranberry scone with lemon curd, cranberry curd and Devonshire cream. This was followed by chicken croissant tea sandwiches, cucumber mint tea sandwiches, and an open face Caprese tea sandwich. For savories we were served a sweet cinnamon potato puff. Finishing up the tea, we were each served a large helping of red velvet yule log cake complete with a decorative and edible mini candy cane. While the tea sandwiches didn't really have too much taste to me, I did love the presentation of everything and really loved the soup and dessert. Also, even though they seemed to be quite busy for the holiday season, I didn't feel overly rushed to get out which is always a necessity for me when going out for tea. Overall, it was another great experience at Lisa's in Campbell. It was unfortunate to learn that they will be moving location by mid February 2017. I am really hoping that which ever location they decide to move to next they will be able to keep to the same feeling, service, and experience I get at this location in Pruneyard at Campbell.


Lisa's Tea Treasures at Pruneyard, Campbell, CA







Little doily over the creamer