Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

There is no denying it, vintage inspired novelty prints are truly hit the mainstream in recent years. Sourcing vintage pieces is getting increasingly more difficult and the prices are literally skyrocketing every day. It is wonderful to see designers like Trashy Diva taking inspiration from some of the most beautiful vintage prints and recreating them in a range of designs to suit various body types. When Trashy Diva released their “Carnival” Mardi Gras themed print, everyone was going wild with excitement! With limited styles and sizes available, they sold out lightning fast. Fortunately I was able to acquire the Trashy Diva Carnival Gathered Skirt from Retroglam before it was too late.

Available in sizes 2-24 ~ MSRP $99

As I slowly amass more pieces from Trashy Diva, I find their sizing to usually be on par with the individual size charts for each style/print. Consistently I wear a size 6 (Small) in most of their designs unless the fabric is stretchy. In this case, the Carnival Gathered Skirt was rumored to be running small and had zero give in the waist so I was unsure what size to order. After chatting with the owner at Retroglam, I decided to risk ordering the size 6 knowing the larger size would have to be taken in a bit. The gamble luckily paid off, the waistband fit snuggly on my waist (27”) but it would have definitely been too small if my waist was the recommended 28” on the chart. I personally prefer skirts to be quite fitted, especially with such a wide band to create a cinched waistline silhouette. The Carnival Gathered Skirt features a curved extra wide waistband, 8 panels of gathering for a very full skirt, has hidden pockets, is completely lined and has a back invisible zipper closure. Made from a rich cotton voile, the vibrant Mardi Grad print features “Masked revelers parade through French Quarter streets in a whirl of vibrant color that embodies the true spirit of New Orleans.” At 5’-4” tall, the hemline falls a couple inches below the knees.

Trashy Diva has really built a massive cult following over the years; die hard collectors that relish in all the gorgeous one of a kind prints they release in their signature designs. As their price points are a bit more of an investment especially with the weak Canadian dollar, I have to be more selective on my purchases. Although I initially coveted the Annette Dress in the fun Carnival print, I am thrilled to have chosen the Gathered Skirt as the vibrant colours go with an endless array of tops. The wide curved waistband is unique and very flattering even for us petite ladies. This is definitely a very voluminous gathered skirt, hence why I prefer the waist to be fitted and it also prevents the band from rolling down. Since the skirt is made with voile cotton, a good pressing will be required after each wear if you are sitting for any length of time. The whimsical Mardi Gras print is sure to garner tons of attention and be a conversation piece wherever you go.

Vibrant colour schemes are the most fun to accessorize. I had a difficult time choosing the colour of top to pair with the Carnival Skirt as there were several that would match beautifully. In the end, I wanted to showcase the rich purple in the motif by pairing it with the PUG Peasant top in Plum. I completed the ensemble with a vintage green marbled Bakelite beaded necklace, multi-coloured bangles and finished off by the Jenny Pumps in green by B.A.I.T. All accessories were selected to accent the vivacious Mardi Gras print.

Trashy Diva has enchanted our hearts by capturing the whimsy of the New Orleans spirit with their Carnival novelty print. These one of a kind prints are sure to become treasured pieces for years to come just like those from the 1950’s. There is a small selection of sizes that remain online and you can also join the “Desperately Seeking Trashy Diva” group on Facebook to acquire them second hand from fellow Trashy Diva fans.

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Fluttering From The Autumn Tree

Do you ever find yourself being drawn to certain elements or motifs that subconsciously bring back fond memories? For as long as I can remember, I always adored things which symbolized Autumn…my most favorite time of year. One of those elements is the classic maple leaf; it not only reminds me of Autumn but also an iconic symbol for us Canadians. Slowly, I have collected some lovely vintage maple leaf accessories but felt there was a void that needed to be filled when it came to my wardrobe. For ages I lusted over the Pinup Girl Clothing Butterfly Dress in Leaves Print but never took the plunge until just recently.

Available in sizes XS-4X ~ MSRP $180

img_8939Although my measurements (b36/w27-28/hips40-41) have fluctuated over the last little while, I still fall within PUG’s size Small in their dresses. The Butterfly Dress is super stretchy but it is strongly recommend to size up if you are in between sizes to not to distort the nature of the print. As an added bonus, you will receive the matching turban which previously was sold separately for $64. Thankfully the fit and sizing was right on par with the size chart, the size Small fit wonderfully. The Butterfly Dress features a flirty keyhole opening with elasticized gathered neckline, wide fluttering sleeves, a soft curve hugging and flared skirt, is fully lined in knit crepe, includes a thin black faux-leather belt and finished off with a back zipper closure. Made from a luscious silky smooth knit crepe fabric, adorned with classic autumn leaves on a rich teal background. At 5′-4″ tall, the hemline falls several inches below the knees.

img_8932 img_8930It is refreshing to see more designers like PUG branching out into different styles and allowing us to diversify our wardrobes. Lately I find myself wandering into an earlier era and really loving the sleeker 1940s silhouettes. What kept me on the fence for so long with the Butterfly Dress was the fear that the draping would overwhelm my petite frame and look like I was wearing a sack of potatoes. Thankfully those fears quickly diminished when I finally gave it a whirl. I was more taken aback by the substantial weight of the crepe fabric, this is definitely not meant to be worn on those hot summer days. If you are looking for a little more versatility, the Butterfly Dress neckline can be worn both on and off the shoulders…all depending on the occasion. With the fabric being so clingy to the body, I do think some ladies would prefer to wear a little shapewear to help create a smooth sleek silhouette.

img_8949 img_8943Being a collector of vintage leaf print motifs, it was so much fun to accessorize the Butterfly Dress. I immediately knew my vintage maple leaf celluloid necklace would match perfectly with the colours in falling leaves print along with the Remix It Girl Heels in mustard. Of course not everyone has this necklace so an easy and inexpensive alternative are colourful plastic bangles from local thrift stores or check out Splendette and Bow & Crossbones for wonderful reproduction fakelite bangles.

img_8937 img_8936There is nothing more special than finding gorgeous designs with motifs that one holds close to their heart. The lovely Butterfly Dress also comes in solid colours and two more fabulous prints. If that isn’t enough, PUG recently released this flirty style in the Butterfly Top!

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