Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Accessories Ahoy!! The Moby Duck Review

I am a fool for accessories.  I love the personality and unique spin they put on an outfit.  I have looked far and wide in my search for as many quirky vintage reproduction accessories as I can.  I was lucky enough to have some of my Grandmother's jewelry but I remembered other pieces I had played with as a child.  Lovely molded or sculpted resin and plastic jewelry in fanciful animal, flower and novelty shapes.  I remember Grandma had a pair of earrings in the shape of hibiscus flowers, they were bright and beautiful looking, so lifelike, these memories are the reason that I love interesting accessories.

My Brooch Board!

I discovered The Moby Duck on Instagram.  I was immediately drawn to their lovely selection of glorious Handmade Resin Jewelry.  The Moby Duck is the vision of artist and crafter Amy Marshall who resides in Melbourne, Australia.  I am thrilled to have been sent a selection of their lovely jewelry to review.  I was instantly struck by the beauty of these pieces.  The resin is bright and smooth, the details are amazing, right down to the tops of the acorns being the perfect texture, it is obvious that a lot of love and care has gone into the making of these pieces.  The variety of pieces is fantastic with something available to enhance every outfit and perfect touches for even the changing seasons.  I have found that my Moby Duck pieces have become a staple in my wardrobe, they always invite remark and add a pretty finishing touch to so many of my outfits.  I just cannot stop wearing my Moby Duck pieces, so I'm sure you'll fall in love too!!

  I had a beautiful day enjoying the fall sunshine at Anderson & Girls Orchard with Jessica from Horvath Photo shooting for my blog! 

Oak Leaves and Acorns Brooch in Rose Gold courtesy of The Moby Duck.  Dress: Kiyonna Ravishing Lace Wrap Dress in Rich Garnet.

Oak Leaves and Acorns in Rose Gold.  Lovely oak leaves on the branch of rose gold adorned with acorns and sparkling golden glitter detail.  This brooch is the perfect fall piece for a Michigan gal, our yard is surrounded by oak trees.  I love wearing it on dark red as it stands out and really shows the loveliness of this design.  October is the perfect month in Michigan to wear this brooch and I have worn it with several outfits for a touch of autumn spirit.

The Orange Goldfish Resin Brooch is a cute detailed goldfish made of two shades of orange resin.  Beautifully detailed and graceful with gently fanned fins and gleaming scales.  He is an adorable companion for cute summertime outfits, beachy days and lakeside strolls.  I paired my Goldfish Brooch with my Mermaid dress for a match made in heaven!
Brooch: Orange Goldfish courtesy of The Moby Duck.  Dress: Ella in Mermaid by Carolina Dress Company.
 I have named my Goldfish, Gary, because he was a hit with the little girls at church when I wore him they all had to come touch him and look at him so he really took on his own personality.  I love how cute little accessories can lead to conversations!

Brooch: Seahorse courtesy of The Moby Duck.  Dress: Ella in Mermaid by Carolina Dress Room.  Crinoline: Malco Modes
 The Seahorse Brooch was an adorable addition to my mermaid dress as well, I love how these cute little guys seems to swim along happily perched on my shoulder.  They are such fun little companions and everyone who notices them has to look and admire the detail on The Moby Duck pieces! 

Red Rose Brooch and Red Floral Bangle courtesy of The Moby Duck.  Dress: Pinup Girl Clothing Ella in lavender Mary Blair Lips and Roses.  Petticoat: Malco Modes

Cherry Red Large Vintage Rose Brooch is a beautiful blooming red rose with green leaf detail.  I love how bright and bold this brooch is, a good size to draw attention amd as luscious as a real bloom. 

 The Large Vintage Rose Brooch is available in many colors so you can coordinate it with other Moby Duck accessories (such as I have with the Red Floral Bangle) and with the selection of colors you are sure to find just the right piece to accent your outfits perfectly.

Red Resin Floral Bangle.  I love The Moby Duck's selection of resin floral bangles.  This lovely floral bangle is available in a huge variety of colors.  Roses, lily of the valley, zinnias, mums and leaves dance around this beautiful bangle.  I am a fool for flowers so I would love to ladder tons of these floral fantasies up my arms!

Tweetheart is an adorable red heart brooch with a swooping white sparrow.  I love birds and this brooch is perfect for me because of that.  It looks lovely on coordinating fabric or standing out in a darker dress.

  I love the simplicity of the design but the beauty is in the detail of the bird with the delicate feather details.  I am smitten with these lovely red accessories worn with my Pinup Girl Clothing Mary Blair Ella dress!

The Moby Duck offers high quality, beautifully detailed accessories in a huge variety of styles and colors.  Which are your favorite styles, because I know you cannot possibly chose just one!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Lovely in Lace: Kiyonna Ravishing Wrap Lace Dress Review

Good day my lovelies!!  I'm so thrilled!!  Today marks my 1 year Blog-i-versary!!  I never imagined how many amazing things would happen when I started my blog last year and I cannot thank everyone who have helped me in this journey enough.  All of the companies who have given me a chance, all of the amazing photographers, makeup artists and hairstylists I've worked with; and my fantastic, supportive readers.  Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, you are all truly such a special part of my life and I could never do this without you!!  I cannot wait to keep going into the future, there are infinite adventures awaiting!!!  I have tons more great reviews, new photos and another great giveaway coming very soon.  Stay tuned to Instagram or Facebook for more Sassy Scarlet news!  

I'm so pleased to announce that I have been accepted to be a part of the Kiyonna Blogger Brigade.  I have admired Kiyonna for many years for their lovely high quality, beautifully designed plus garments that are made in the USA.  I've owned a few Kiyonna dresses over the years and they were always among my favorites in my wardrobe for their lovely attention to detail.  Choosing was the hardest part as Kiyonna has so many gorgeous dresses available but the new Ravishing Wrap Lace Dress stood out and quickly topped my list because I fell completely in love with the metallic lace detail.  I also enjoy wrap dresses because they can adjust to get the perfect fit for my figure.

What I am wearing:
Dress: Kiyonna Ravishing Wrap Lace Dress in Rich Garnet, $136.00, I am wearing size 1.  
Makeup and Hair: Alyx Wiltse 

The Ravishing Wrap Lace Dress is a gorgeous full wrap dress made of a soft ponte knit.  Ponte knits are versatile and slightly warmer than woven fabrics, so they are perfect fabric for the fall and winter months.  The dress is available in  Rich Garnet and Glistening Jade, which are both trendy at the moment but also classic.  I love the contrast of the smooth ponte knit with the metallic lace sleeve and detailing, lace adds femininity and a hint of glamour.

 The fit is lovely, measurements were spot on and the dress hugs me just right.  I felt lovely as we enjoyed a day visiting my favorite orchard, the dress drew many compliments and I had a few gals had to ask where it was from.  I adore the Rich Garnet color, it is lovely against the skin and trendy for the cooler months.  

I had fun accessorizing my Kiyonna Ravishing Lace Wrap Dress with fun fall touches.  I chose the Rose Gold Oak Leaves and Acorns Brooch because the color stood out on the Rich Garnet but echoes the metallic on the sleeves, a bright, golden autumn bloom in my hair, golden leaf dangle earrings and brown vintage heels finish the look.  This dress will be my basis for tons of cute outfits.  I've styled it vintage in my photos but it would be just as adorable with a cute fall scarf and a pair of tall leather boots; or with a contrasting blazer, tights and fuzzy boots in winter.  I think wrap dresses pair perfectly with cute boots!

I love the length on the sleeve, which hit me at the elbow, this covers my upper arms for warmth, yet elongates.  The lace pattern is gorgeous, floral scallop and stripe detail with a golden metallic shine, which shows a hint of skin but is patterned enough to camouflage your bra straps.  The lace also decorates the bust of the dress and the tie belt.  The sheer lace sleeve, bust detailing and contour around the sides of the bust lend shape and a lovely feminine touch.  The dress hits me just below the knee, a great length for my height, at 5'3", longer dresses can be a bit overwhelming on my frame.  I am extremely pleased with the quality, construction and fit, Kiyonna knows how to create stylish garments that really flatter the plus figure.  Style has no size! 

Picking pumpkins at Anderson & Girls Orchard in Stanton, Michigan.

The Ravishing Lace Wrap Dress is comfortable, flattering and indeed ravishing.  Great for casual or dressy occasions, the Ravishing Lace Wrap Dress is a gorgeous addition to any wardrobe!!  Tell me what you think!  Which color Ravishing Wrap Lace Dress is your fave?  

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Fabulous, fanciful Fluff! Fluff Limited Edition Suzy Sailor Bowler Bag Review

It is beautiful outside as fall is arriving here in Michigan.  The colors are a little late this years, so they're just beginning to blush across the face of the trees and soon the entire world will be an enchanted wonderland filled with color.  I enjoy this time of year because I love the crisp weather but the colors all around me are the best part, I truly love my Michigan home the most during fall.  I enjoy being outside and I was thrilled for the chance to shoot some blog photos in one of my favorite places, Anderson and Girl's Orchard.  Anderson and Girl's has animals to pet and enjoy, ice cream, apples, pumpkins, a fun shop full of fabulous items, tasty treats and the best cider and donuts this girl has ever tasted.  I love my local area because we have family businesses like Anderson and Girl's to enjoy.  Jessica from Horvath Photo and I, shot beautiful photos for upcoming reviews.  I have fond memories of our adventures at Anderson and Girl's, I cannot wait to share the magic!

Photography: Horvath Photo
Bag: Suzy Sailor Limited Edition Bowler Bag courtesy of Fluff
Dress: Clarence and Alabama
MUAH: Alyx Wiltse

I fell in love with the fanciful frippery that is Fluff last summer.  Created and designed by Claudette Barjoud, an L.A. based artist, Fluff are a line of ultra cute, glamorous accessories and apparel; inspired by a variety of mid-century and vintage styles.  Glamour girls, tasty treats, adorable animals and tons of fun, Fluff appeals to my girly nature.  I was lucky to win a pinup sailor girl makeup bag in a contest last year and it is the absolute cutest!  Fluff fast became one of my favorite brands for quality and whimsical design.   I recently contacted Claudette about collaborating and she was kind enough to send me the Suzy Sailor Bowler Bag for review.

The Suzy Sailor Bowler Bag is a limited edition of just 300.  Each bowler comes in a lovely pink Fluff storage box, for use when your purse is not and it is wrapped in twinkly custom designed Fluff logo paper.  I love having a storage box that is custom made for my bag, keeping it stored neatly when I am not using it  will preserve it for years of use!

 Each comes with sweet message on a postcard that is also a numbered certificate of authenticity so you can be sure your Fluff purse is a unique piece of art that will draw the envious stares of other pinup ladies.  It is great to be a girl when you're carrying Fluff on your arm!

  Suzy Sailor is shore is cute!!  Made of Vegan friendly materials, I adore the fact that this purse is also as kind as it is cute!  Suzy poses prettily amid a color soaked, tattoo flash background filled with flowers and fun nautical motifs including the S.S. Fluff, anchors, a pirate pussycat, a sweet sailor puppy and swooping swallows.

 The Bowler Bag is a generous size, 11 inches wide x 8 inches high x 4.5 inches deep, making it great for someone like me who tends to carry her life on her shoulder.  I love the black sparkle vinyl body and handles, I am a fool for sparkle vinyl because it is sturdy but super shiny!  The bag is richly detailed, right down to the heart shaped zipper pull sporting Miss Fluff's signature, each bag is signed with love testifying to the thought and care put into the design of her merchandise.  The inside is lined in gorgeous hot pink Fluff signature print satin material and has a side compartment with velcro closure to keep important items handy or store those small things that you do not want running wild in your purse.

  I love my Suzy Sailor Bowler because it is roomy enough to carry all of the necessities but also large enough for a bit extra when I am at an event and need a few more bells and whistles.

  This bag is adorable and stylish enough to carry when dressed in full vintage finery, but is begging to be carried by any gal who loves unique and quirky accessories that are sure to draw admiration.  I love the high quality and attention to detail put into the Fluff Bowler Bags, I have been carrying mine for a little over a month now and the quality is fantastic, no issues with sticky zippers or staining.  I even managed to splatter it with ranch dressing, but this wiped right off with a slightly damp cloth.  I had lots of fun shopping at Anderson and Girls gift shop with my Suzy Sailor Bowler on my arm, she's a great companion for long days spent shopping!

  I cannot tell you how many compliments Suzy Sailor has received, from young and old alike, she's a huge hit with the ladies and I even had a gal pal show me that she had a tattoo on her leg that matched my purse!  The Fluff Bowler Bags are Limited Edition so hurry up and get your favorite now!!  Tell me, Which Fluff Bowler Bag design is your favorite?

Monday, October 5, 2015

Fall in love with Erstwilder!!

Monday morning!!  Coffee's on and I'm hard at work starting out a fabulous new week, the possibilities are endless!! 

Today, I am going to share with you about my Erstwilder obsession.  Last winter, I discovered the quirky Erstwilder through one of my favorite blogs, Junebugs and Georgia Peaches and I was entirely intrigued.  I kept seeing their glorious outfits perfectly accessorized with a seemingly never-ending cast of adorable characters.  Like any fashion fanatic, I had to seek them out and get myself a brooch!! 

Erstwilder is a Melbourne, Australia based company that design collectable, limited edition layered resin adornments.  Their cast of eclectic characters contains a plethora of creative and colorful friends.  I was lucky enough to win my first Erstwilder brooch in a contest.  My review of the She's so Foxy brooch.  I fell in love with my She's so Foxy brooch but retailers in the US were few and far between until recently when Erstwilder began selling direct, before that, I contacted Erstwilder and they were kind enough to send me a few of their lovely pieces for review and to shoot with.  I had a glorious time shooting my Erstwilder feature photos with Renee Ricket Photography

I chose the Oscar Wildenfox and Thomas Taffy Cat brooches; and the Betty and Bo Sparrow Necklace.  I had a tough time choosing from their huge selection.  There are so many conbinations that can be made so I took a look in my closet and the choices I made were to match as much of my wardrobe as possible.  One of the most fab things about Erstwilder is the variety which makes it easy to find just the right accessory!

Erstwilder's pieces come packaged in cute round boxes, each containing a collectable card with a blurb about your new pal.  Each character in the Erstwilder universe has their own story and personality just like the people who wear them!  The quality is obvious.  Each character is fully three dimensional and completely unique.  The resin is bright and lovely however the brooches should be handled with care because they can break, I have had no issues with this myself with normal wear.

You can do a lot worse than follow the wisdow of our Oscar: "Be yourself everyone else is already taken." 

Oscar Wildenfox is a bespectacled Fox with a studious expression.  He has been available in a few different colorways but my favorite is this lovely turquoise floral version.  He looks adorable perched on the shoulder of my dresses or pinned to a shirt with jeans.  I love wearing him when I volunteer at the Lakeview Museum.  In my photos I am frollicking around my Mother-in-law's lovely garden and reclining in a friend's apple orchard, I love how much beauty there is in Michigan!

 Being bespectacled myself Oscar and I have a kinship because of the glasses perched on our face.  He has accompanied me on many adventures and I recieve a slew of compliments whenever I wear any of my Erstwilder pieces, but his glasses always get the most remarks.

Dress: Lindy Bop Lana

 Betty and Bo Sparrow Necklace.

Betty and Bo show us that true love is never narrow.  It's rather alive and free.  How it is meant to be.

Love is in the air with Betty and Bo Sparrow.  Lovebirds smooch midair suspended from your neck.  Adorable with a variety of pinup or rockabilly styles.  I have worn them with my Unique Vintage cherry dress print and with jeans and a tee. This particular Erstwilder piece is sold out but the have several other adorable bird necklaces.  I enjoyed having summertime fun cooling off in the pool wearing my Torrid swimsuit and my Betty and Bo Sparrow Necklace.

Swimsuit: Torrid
Shoes: Bearpaw

Just like the candy he is named for, our Thomas is colourful, light and fluffy.  A bit of a stretch?  Surely not.

Thomas sits with his tail curled looking at you in the typical indifferent cat fashion.  I have always had cats so as a cat lover, Thomas was the perfect addition to my wardrobe and my husband helped me chose him so he's a special friend!  I am wearing him here with my Voodoo Vixen Kitty Dress.  I love the contrast of his bold shiny blue body sitting still, tail curled around him. Thomas seems to watch the black cats on my dress slink by as he calmly contemplates his day.

Dress: Voodoo Vixen Kitty 

Once upon a time, you had to find a retailer for Erstwilder but now thank goodness, there is the new Erstwilder shop so you can find all of their designs in one place and order direct from them.  They are constantly releasing new and interesting collections with something for everyone!  Which Erstwilder design is your favorite??