Add a Little Punch To Your Accessories!

One of the greatest pleasures of blogging is discovering new independent retailers and sharing them with all of you. This time around, they found me! A few months back I received a very sweet email from the creator of Ceci Punch Designs. Of course I did my homework to see what her company was all about and most importantly, was this something my readers would enjoy. I was immediately smitten with the various styles of Ceci’s designs and the affordability of her creations. Being an admirer of beautiful costume jewelry all these years, I was ecstatic when Ceci sent a few pieces to review.

logoCeci Punch Designs has five distinct styles; Fancy Fangirl, Vintage Vixen, Cholita Bonita, Cabana Babe and Bridal Punch. My personal favorite is the Cholita Bonita as it features bold colors, sugar skulls, roses…all perfect for rockabilly girl in me. Of all the beautiful pieces I received, the Skull and Rose necklace is the one I covet the most. Each design is handmade by Ceci and the quality is incredible. I dabbled in jewelry making a few years back and I could not even compare them with hers. They are not only durable but look and feel top quality like high end boutiques sell.

IMG_1375For those true Vintage lovers, the classic timeless designs will be right up your alley. The Tear Drops Noir earrings will pair well with your retro wardrobe going from day to evening. I must admit, I usually shy away from any kind of earrings and stick with necklaces simply because I dislike how they look on me personally. For the first time in ages, I am excited to wear them! You can’t go wrong with silver and black. The copper with pearl and black is another fabulous versatile accessory.

IMG_1390If you prefer to make a statement with your accessories, the Cholita Bonita is the way to go. Ceci sent me a variety of pieces which featured traditional sugar skulls, a personal favorite. Your basic jewelry just doesn’t cut it when you’re wearing the original Deadly Dames designs as they are meant to stand out in a crowd. Often times, I’ll add a skull necklace to liven up (the irony) an outfit needing some extra pizazz. These are the pieces that get the most wear out of all my costume jewelry.

IMG_1384And for the brides to be…Ceci Punch offers custom bridal accessories for you and your bridesmaids. If you are looking for something unique and compliment your dresses, I would definitely recommend getting a custom creation made. Take it from someone who knows, you can spend tireless hours on Etsy searching and come up empty handed.

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IMG_1387Where can you buy beautifully handcrafted jewelry for $15-$50 these days? If you walk into a store at the mall, be ready to pay $30+ for something that will most likely fall apart after a few wears or simply looks like it cost $5. I’ve been there one too many times and now only buy from independent artists like Ceci as I know the quality is MUCH better at a fraction of the cost. It’s wonderful to see something new and refreshing out there as the market is so over saturated with cheap, mass produced junk from overseas. Plus I love knowing we’re supporting a fellow vintage lover like Ceci, who has a passion for pinup and rockabilly just like you and I.

A Perfect Pair ~ Wardrobe Staples

Today’s review was going to be another edition of “what I wore” but suddenly realized we have yet to take pictures of that particular outfit. Thus onto plan B! Something we can always use more of in our retro wardrobe…separates to mix and match! I am a hard core dress hoarder who needs to break out of the habit and actually buy more separates. Luckily this season Bettie Page Clothing released some uber cute pieces that caught my eye. With a love for polka dot, I was smitten with the Kiki Skirt and Serene Blouse from JBR Clothing.

Available in sizes XXS to 4X ~ MSRP Blouse $40/Skirt $52USD

BPKikiIn my experience with Bettie Page, sizing is always a bit of a gamble depending on the particular style itself. Since these are separates, it was nice to have the option of different sizes to accommodate my body’s uneven proportions. I ordered the Serene Blouse in a Medium and the Kiki Skirt in a Large. Ironically enough, a little shipping mistake was actually a blessing in disguise. I was sent both the Medium and Large Kiki Skirt which allowed me to compare the fit more accurately. To my surprise, the Large was considerably too big all over and the Medium was a much better fit in the waist while a tad snug in the hips; something I run into all the time unfortunately. Pencil skirts have been an epic fail in every brand of vintage repro as my hips to waist ratio is a whopping 13 inch difference. The Kiki skirt zips up the back with white button closure and modest back slit. Made from stretch twill, which is rather misleading since there is very minimal give to the fabric.

BPKiki2The Serene Blouse in Medium was a perfect fit and is made from the same stretch twill as the Kiki skirt. The high round neckline is classic and quite modest, perfect for the office! A word of caution, the side zipper is a bit tricky to manoeover over your head due to the seam at the top of the peplum, so it’s best to get dressed BEFORE doing your hair and makeup. The back cutout does not call for any specialty bra which is definitely a huge plus. The flirty peplum works perfectly to conceal any tummy issues you may have, I personally need this when wearing high waist pencil skirt!

BPKiki3One of the best things about the Kiki Skirt and Serene Blouse is the fact you can mix and match with other separates to create a variety of outfits. The obvious choices would be solids in white, red, navy, yellow…the possibilities are a plenty! Search your closet for fun combinations that you might not of considered before. Serene would look lovely with a pair of capri pants, or a full circle skirt. If you are like me, wearing a pencil skirt without shapewear is a huge no no. The Rago 1294 Girdle or 6201 Leg Shaper would be ideal with the Kiki skirt.

BPKiki4While my search for the perfect pencil skirt continues, the Bettie Page Kiki was acceptable in overall fit compared to past blunders. Serene and Kiki are a wonderful pair but quite versatile to hold their own when worn separately. What fashion item is your arch nemesis when it comes to a good fit?