Daisy Jean Brooch Review

Recently I was contacted by Daisy Jean Floral Designs to review new items from their stellar Halloween collection. Now, I’m always on the hunt for new Halloween themed jewelry, so I was super excited to take a look at their collection. I selected the “Witch’s Flight” brooch, and the “Winged Accomplice” brooch from the collection.

With Halloween around the corner I took the “Witch’s Flight” out for a spin when we took a break from moving to grab a bite to eat.

Each brooch is a mini work of art, as they are made of laser cut acrylic, and then tediously hand painted, followed by a coat of resin, and feature a locking clasp glued to the back. It’s important to note and understand that because of the hand made nature of these brooches (and just about anything hand made) there is always the possibility for some minor imperfections, which my pieces had, but I’m always fine with that, because Daisy Jean is upfront and clear about that on their product pages, and I understand it comes with the territory of hand made items, and I believe in supporting small businesses.

The witch is classic, and reminds me so much of the paper Halloween decorations that we all know and love. It is a perfect and elegant addition to an outfit for any Halloween event.

The “Winged Accomplice” brooch (as well as other pieces from the collection) is more versatile. Like I know I can rock this brooch for Harry Potter themed ensembles, as I’m in Ravenclaw. It would also work well for Maleficent Disneybounds, or if you just love ravens! It is a gorgeous layered piece, with a white backing plus two more layers, giving the wonderful illusion that the bird is taking flight right off of you!

The “Wise Watcher” owl brooch, another from their Halloween collection, really gave me a Twin Peaks vibe, so like I said, the pieces can work outside of Halloween well. Daisy Jean also offers a wide range of other magnificent brooches, including a Wartime Women collection and spring themed designs.

Overall, I am really impressed with Daisy Jean’s brooches. They are so unique and really quite impressive. The acrylic is thick, and brooches have quite a lot of body to them without being bulky. I greatly look forward to future collections from them.

Also check out Daisy Jean on Facebook and Instagram!

Outfit
Brooch: Courtesy of Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Blouse: Elsewhere Vintage, Orange, California
Skirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Fishnets: Oroblu
Shoes: ???

Disclosure: I received these brooches free of charge from Daisy Jean Floral Designs in exchange for an honest review of their items.

Wardrobe Shop Review

Recently I collaborated with Wardrobe Shop, an on-line retailer specializing in vintage inspired clothing, but with an emphasis on older decades, such as the late 1800s, the early 1900s, and the 1920s, an area I’ve been wanting to expand upon more in my wardrobe.

Lately I’ve been feeling the whole 70s does Victorian, and putting my own unique spin on it, so I originally opted for the “Victorian Style Band Collar Blouse,” in black and in a medium, based on their size chart, however, when it became unavailable, I received a medium in the “Old Western Blouse” in black. When deciding I chose my size based off of their size chart, which, I must admit I found a little wonky, just take a look:

I have a 38 inch bust, so I went with a medium, as indicated by the chart, despite having a waist measurement much smaller than the “medium” waist. I knew the blouse was of the pullover design, and that it was likely to be billowy, straight cut, and thus the waist measurement was, for the most part, unimportant, and it was really the bust that mattered. But when the blouse arrived I was surprised by two things, first, Wardrobe Shop is simply a retailer. That is they do not design and manufacture like some other vintage inspired companies. As Wardrobe Shop says on their about page, “We have spent countless hours searching for the most elegant and beautiful era pieces in existence today.” As it turns out this blouse (as well as the “Victorian Style Band Collar Blouse”) is by Scully, a western clothing company, and one I am familiar with. I own several tops and bottoms by them, and based on that experience, I know their stuff runs rather large. In fact, every item I own by them is a size small. Which leads me to the second thing I was surprised by, the actual bust measurement. When laid flat, the bust measures 24 inches across, which translates to a bust of 48 inches; ten inches over what it says a medium bust is. I could most certainly forgive this if the bust were 40 inches, giving a two inch give zone, but this just seemed silly. But knowing that Wardrobe Shop is a retailer, they work with many different companies and manufacturers, and probably attempted to create a size chart that was happy medium between all of the different sizes and measurements between different manufacturers.

Had the website indicated that the garment was by Scully, I would have likely ordered a small, regardless of what Wardrobe Shop’s size guide said. Although, as I have been writing this post, I’ve been navigating through their site more and hovering over the tab for both blousees it does say “by Scully” as seen in this screencap, however it is not at all clearly stated on the garment’s page. But instead of contacting Wardrobe Shop to explain the sizing situation I decided to just give the blouse a go and showcase the medium, and what it looks like on a 38 inch bust.

I wore the blouse for an evening at Knott’s Scary Farm, and I received a surprising amount of compliments. But as you will see, there is a lot of fabric going on and it droops slightly at the shoulders, indicating it is indeed too big. The blouse is relatively straight cut, with no real fit, as it pulls over the head, with the four buttons for give when putting it on. The straighter cut means the blouse is gathered greatly at the waist when tucked into a skirt, and with so much extra fabric, you would be hard pressed to want to wear a tight skirt with it.

The standing collar has some eyelet lace work applied over the fabric, and continues with some along the sides of the button area. The sleeves border on leg of mutton in shape, which is a look I quite like, and come to a two button cuff at the end. With the medium however I was able to slip the top on and off without needed to undo the buttons.

The blouse is made of a wonderful thick cotton. Yes, pure 100% cotton. It’s glorious, and oh so comfortable. I enjoyed an evening of around 75, and dipping into the high 60s without getting chilly. I also rode the Timber Mountain Log Ride and got wet, but, like I said, it’s such a thick cotton, I didn’t even feel the water on me! It was crazy!

Bottomline, great blouse, but Scully is a pretty great brand. However if you take a turn about Wardrobe Shop’s site you’ll spy unique offerings that you may not find at just any ol’ vintage inspired clothing website, as they offer Victorian inspired garments, gorgeous 1910s/Downton Abbey style dresses, and stunning flapper/Great Gatsby beaded numbers. I just recommend planning ahead and ordering well in advance of any event, as you might run into a size issue, and need to exchange the garment.

Outfit
Blouse: Courtesy of Wardrobe Shop
Skirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Belt: I don’t remember…
Brooch: Found by my dad
Purse: Great American Antiques, Bakersfield, California
Shoes: Miss L Fire

Disclosure: I received this blouse free of charge from Wardrobe Shop in exchange for an honest review of their item.

Dolly and Dotty

Recently I was contacted by the UK based, retro influenced clothing company Dolly and Dotty to see if I was interested in test driving one of their items for review. For the most part Dolly and Dotty’s website is full of the classic retro staples, with fitted dresses, swing dresses, pencil skirts and striped tops, and also features its fair share of polka-dots and cherries. In flipping through their pages, I spied a navy pencil skirt (one of many shades I am lacking) and I instantly opted for it.

When the skirt arrived I was impressed by the smoothness of the fabric, and that it had great body to it, but didn’t feel bulky. The garment is made of 95% cotton (yay!) and 5% spandex, which is to be expected from almost any modern garment. The skirt is fully lined in a super soft fabric, that feels like a thin, old, cotton t-shirt (in the best way, you know the one you’ve had for ages and feels fabulous). All of the visible fabric edges are surged, and I believe the lining hem is surged prior to being folded over and hemmed, as there is a bit of extra surging thread peeking out at the hem. Speaking of hems, like most contemporary garments, this skirt features a regularly stitched hem.

The skirt features an eight and a half inch invisible zipper and hook and eye along the back. Also note the skirt features a Hollywood Waist (no separate waistband), and I have become really fond of the style. The skirt’s care tag is located along the left side lining, and recommends it gets hand washed, which I will likely do. The tag also reads that this skirt was made in China. A bit of a bummer. The skirt is 25 inches in length and you can see in the next few pictures, it hits me right below my knee cap, and I stand 5′ 6″.

At a 27 inch waist and 38 inch hip, I opted for a UK size 10 by using their size chart. And the skirt fits like a gem. It hugs just right, and feels great because of that soft lining. Patrick and I had to run a few errands today so wore the skirt for its trial run.

I will say that because it is cotton, it does wrinkle fairly easily. The visible wrinkles are from me adjusting my top when getting dressed and from our car ride. But I will also so I really do like this skirt, as it was incredibly comfortable, and the wee bit of stretch and the seven inch slit in the back made walking easy. Those familiar with older pencils will know some skirts don’t allow for a good stride. And I’m a girl with a fairly long stride. I also got a handful of compliments as we popped in and out of shops. So, I’m pretty happy!

Outfit
Two-Tone Fringe Leather Jacket & Tooled Leather Purse: Found by my dad!
Blouse: Buffalo Exchange
Skirt: Courtesy of Dolly & Dotty. Thank you!
Nude Fishnets: Oroblu
Shoes: Olvera Street, Los Angeles, California
Turquoise Bracelet: Christmas present from my mother
Turquoise Rings: One came from Expo I think…the other…not sure…

Disclaimer: I received this skirt free of charge from Dolly and Dotty in exchange for an honest review of their garment.

Tune In to Yankee Sweetheart

Recently Lexi of Yankee Sweetheart contacted me asking if I would be interested in reviewing one of her brooches from her jewelry collection. Lexi is a woman with a passion for retro and vintage fashion, and it is visible through both her adorable salon in Victoria, Australia, where she specializes in vintage hair and make-up and in her darling jewelry collection. I selected her “Topping the Charts” radio brooch in mint and pink and wore it out to lunch the other day while running a few errands.

When my brooch arrived, I instantly noticed how adorable and well packaged it was. Inside a bubble envelope was this super cute box that slid to reveal the brooch.

Measuring at two inches long, the brooch is made of smooth, lightweight, but hardy (seriously, there is hardly any give to the antenna portion) acrylic, and the front image is printed right on the acrylic. The backing is applied with a super smooth glue that is invisible, and the brooch is secured with the locking style back.

The design of the radio is fun, and looks almost like it was hand-painted, which I love. Also the little radio feels so animated to me, like I could imagine it bouncing along to my music while we were driving today.

The little radio comes in either a mint body with pink accents, or a pink body with mint accents. She also has a darling flamingo brooch, as well as a flamingo necklace with little palm tree charms. But here’s the awesome part, if you feel like you need to get one of your very own, Lexi is offering a 25% off coupon code for readers, through the end of the year that is! Just use “ATOMIC” to receive the 25% discount!! So check them out now!

Thanks again, Lexi for this opportunity! I hope to see more designs from you in the future!

Outfit
Blouse: La Bomba, Long Beach, California
Shorts: Buffalo Exchange
Purse: Lux De Ville
Bangles: Here and there…
Brooch: Courtesy of Yankee Sweetheart. Thank you!

Disclaimer: I was offered this brooch in exchange for a fair and honest review. Everything above is my own personal opinion from my experience with Lexi and Yankee Sweetheart.

That Voodoo You Do So Well

Recently I was contacted by the vintage inspired clothing company Voodoo Vixen asking if I would like to review an item from their new Spring/Summer 2015 collection. As noted in my last post I have recently felt the need to expand upon my vintage inspired/repro collection and was eager to see what was available! The Spring/Summer collection from Voodoo Vixen this year is adorable, with lots of great colors, and fun prints, including many items in a tiki print, which is what caught my eye and I selected their Constantia skirt.

After opening the package I was really pleased when I felt the fabric, as it was a heavier cotton, that felt quite sturdy. And upon inspecting the tag found that the garment was made of 97% cotton, and 3% elastane. I’m not the biggest fan of stretch fabrics, so whenever I find a garment that has over 80% cotton content, I’m pretty happy. Having a 27 inch waist, I selected the small, which is stated as a 27 inch, and and when taking a tape measure it it, is read as a solid 27 inches. The skirt fit perfectly and I was then overjoyed when I discovered the skirt had pockets! Seriously, I’m a sucker for pockets in skirts.

Another feature I love of the skirt is the faux tie belt attached to the front portion of the skirt’s band. It’s amazing what a small touch like this will add to a skirt. I feel like it give it an even greater Hawaiian flair.

When turning the garment inside out, I observed a solid stitch, followed by surging around nearly all of the edges. The areas lacking surging are where the pocket meets the skirt (visible in the below image, lower left), and where the band meets the skirt, which appears French seamed. In comparing the garment to a Pin-Up Girl Clothing skirt, I found the two very similar in construction and feel, and often PUG is hailed as one of the best made vintage inspired clothing lines. Where the two companies differ is their manufacturing, where as PUG is made in the USA, this garment was made in China.

For the majority of the week, Patrick was up in Portland, and when he returned home we decided to go out for dinner and drinks at Trader Sam’s, and I felt it was a perfect place to take my new skirt out for a spin.

I also just ordered the palm brooch from Match Accessories that I know will go swell with this skirt, and I am eagerly awaiting its arrival. I would like to thank Voodoo Vixen for this opportunity, as well as this amazing skirt that I can’t wait to wear again and again.

Outfit
Top: Buffalo Exchange, I think…
Skirt: Courtesy of  Voodoo Vixen. Thank you, very much!
Nude Fishnets: Oroblu, Nordstorm
Shoes: Re-mix
Purse: Belonged to my grandma
Earrings: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Bangles: Here and there. Though I know a few came from Retro Rejuvenation
Hair Flower: Fancy Fruits, International Tiki Marketplace

Disclaimer: I received this skirt free of charge from Voodoo Vixen in exchange for an honest review of their garment.

Cupcakes & Cowboys

Oh my, it’s been awhile hasn’t it? Well, truth be told, I really haven’t been feeling all that great. I had a recent visit to the dentist and I’ll spare you the unpleasantness, but I was in a bit of pain. Then shortly after I wrenched my neck somehow! So I just wasn’t in the mood to go out and do much, let alone take photos. But I’m feeling much better and today Patrick and I went to Wanderlust to celebrate the shop turing two!

Shop owner, Vanessa, offered tasty mini cupcakes for the celebration which I happily enjoyed while I browsed her racks of delightful pieces of vintage. Ultimately I walked out with a sheer yellow top that I can’t wait integrate into my wardrobe. Now, on to show off one of my new favorite pieces from my closet, the “Western Town” skirt!

As many of you know, I’m a western wear/motif fiend, but I’m also getting obsessed with these scenic border print skirts! This one is my latest addition to the collection of western themed border print skirts (the others being a covered wagon print, and the stagecoach print). And the added bonus is that the hem on the inside still features the selvedge edge which reads “John Wolf Textiles, Inc. ‘Western Town'”. John Wolf Textiles also printed the stagecoach design as well, among many other border prints.

Speaking of these western themed border prints, awhile ago I was on Instagram and a friend tagged me in a sale of a border print skirt featuring tipis! I was crushed to discover the skirt had already sold. I’m making a plea with all of my fellow vintage lovers (that includes you, dear readers!) that if you ever run across this skirt let me know, please!

Outfit
Blouse: Bohemian Vintage (now Yours), Portland, Oregon
Skirt: Vintagecritter
Shoes: Payless, AGES ago!
Cowboy Boot Earrings: Gift
Cowboy Brooch: Classic Hardware, via Naked City, Portland, Oregon
Bangles: Here and there
Purse: Flea market

This Old Town is Filled with Sin

When I blogged about my Flying Burrito Brothers t-shirt I mentioned I had another Gram Parsons inspired outfit on the way once I got something back from the shoe repair. Well, it’s back! And it’s not shoes. It’s a jacket.

 

On Gram’s tour with the Fallen Angels, a group of fans calling themselves the Sin City Boys (after the Burrito song, “Sin City”) bore patches reading “Sin City” and gifted patches to Gram and Emmylou Harris. Linda Ronstadt, who was also touring with Gram, requested a patch as well. Gram later requested one for his road manager Phil Kaufman. Kaufman still wears his (as seen in the Gram documentary Fallen Angel), but his vest also features a Sweetheart of the Rodeo patch. In 2003 Kaufman produced Grand Theft Parsons, the highly fictionalized account of his legendary escapade of cremating Gram’s body, where Kaufman, played by Johnny Knoxville, wore a jean vest featuring the same patches. While it’s easy to have a love/hate relationship with Kaufman, I thought this combination of the two patches was really great, and when I found out both patches were available on-line (and from Chris Hillman no less!), I instantly ordered them. So why the shoe repair? I personally didn’t have enough faith in myself or my sewing machine to sew the patches on myself. Shoe repair shops are known for doing more than just shoes. I’ve had mine do patches, as well as leather repair on jackets.

Shortly after my visit to Joshua Tree I was scrolling through Instagram and came upon the turquoise cross necklace. It reminded me so much of the back of Gram’s infamous Nudie suit, which featured a large cross with bursts radiating out of it. It is yet another one of those items I own that I have bought right off of Instagram, from Portland’s own Wanderlust.

Outfit
Jacket: Buffalo Exchange, but with patches from Chris Hillman, and sewn on by Dorian’s.
Gram Parsons and the Fallen Angels Tee: Worn Free
Skirt & Boots: Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Oregon
Tooled Leather Belt: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Necklace: Wanderlust, Portland, Oregon
Bracelet: Some antique show…
Ring: Ray’s Ragtime, Portland, Oregon