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This month's Ahead of the Curve blogger's collective theme is Love and Lace. We decided we wanted to add a little something special for February and share how we love ourselves just the way we are. When I started thinking about this post I literally quoted Mama Ru out loud. She is one of my idols; she is full of wisdom and I totally live for her inspiration. If you never listen to the videos I attach to my posts that is totally cool, but this one really has an amazing message and goes along with this post, so please do click and listen. You won't regret it, I promise.
So it's no secret that I love my Hell Bunny and Spin Doctor clothing, I recently picked up this stunning Spin Doctor Zylphia mini lace dress from Sweet Echo Plus. If you're a regular reader of mine you know Sweet Echo is my go-to place for Hell Bunny clothing. I love that they are local so I don't have to spend a fortune on currency exchange. The exchange rate is totes brutal right now! I guess it also means if you're American then their stuff is 15-20% cheaper. Bonus!
I wore this dress for Christmas dinner and fell in love with it. If it looks a little different than you've seen it before it's because I decided to remove the beautiful chains that come on the font of the dress for a more dressed down look. I think the chains are a lovely detail and being able to dress this piece up or down is just perfect. I wanted to wear my new HB Ouija varsity jacket with this dress and the beaded chain just would have looked silly with it as well. Most of the time I wear a 4X in Spin Doctor and Hell Bunny dresses and this one is no exception. This dress does not have much stretch nor the stretch panel in the back, but it still fits quite perfect. I have a large bust at 53". The hips are free flowing and very full. I'm very fond of how full the bottom of the dress is without having to wear a petticoat with it.
Some might find my choice to wear a casual jacket and boots odd with this dress. I'm actually very fond of mixing more casual and dressy items together. This look is sort of girl who dressed up for the prom enough to make her mama happy, but ditched it to go smoke cigs and hang with her BF at the park. Yep! That's right, I'm forty, but #effyouragestandards and #effyourbeautystandards!!
I am totes in love with my new Ouija Letterman jacket, too. I was a little afraid it might not work for me because I've had HB coats be hit or miss in the past but this one fits like a dream. It is not a super warm coat, but it is nicer than a hoodie. It has a similar type of material on the outside, but it is lined inside. If you want to purchase it, keep in mind the sleeves don't have any stretch with the lining. I do not find them tight at all around my 16" arms and have some room to spare. The jacket hits me at the perfect length when done up since I prefer a shorter crop jacket. If you love all things ouija, spooky, and witchy, this is the coat for you! I am wearing a size 4X in this jacket and it's available for pre-order for $60 Canadian by messaging Michelle at Sweet Echo Plus FB. This item will not be listed on her webpage until next week so get a jump on it with the pre-order if you want to secure your size.
To complete my look I added a few ouija and witchy accessories as well as a pair of combat boots. All the jewelry was made by myself for EILH. My sunglasses came from Forever 21 last season and unfortunatly are currently unavailable. If you need them I'm sure you could glue gun some cross charms on any pair you pick up; they can't be to hard to make. Lastly my go-to combat boots, maybe its an 80's/90's girl thang, but I just love big boots with dresses. I guess it's just how I roll.
Happy Love Day!!! <3 <3 <3
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