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Hong Kong Garden

It's official: Trashy Diva has won me over!  For those who don't know the brand, they're a vintage repo brand that makes high quality pieces ranging from fun novelty prints to beautiful floral ones.  I own a few skirts from them, but I had yet to be officially won over by them.  Other bloggers and fashionistas would rave and rave about Trashy Diva, and while I was a fan, they weren't necessarily my favorite either.

Now I get it!  I took advantage of their sale on sale (50% off already marked down items...which is basically the only way I own any of their stuff as it's kind of pricey) and for the first time ever got some dresses from them.  Ordering them made me nervous.  In part I'm such a skirt queen because I love to style things differently each time I wear something and skirts make that easier (plus skirts tend to be cheaper than dresses, duh).  But skirts are also easier to figure out.  All you mostly need to know is the waist measurements and voila.  That said, the prints I liked from Trashy Diva's sale didn't come in skirts I liked, so I took a chance on dresses.  Now I'm not sure I'll ever own a Trashy Diva skirt again, minus one of my unicorns centaurs (I'm sorry...I don't like how everyone in vintage world calls their missed out clothing items "unicorns".  I'm choosing to be difficult and I call them centaurs) that is the French Quarter skirt because it's arguably one of the prettiest pieces of clothing ever made!  (If you have a lead on that skirt in likely size 4 or 6...message me PLEASE!)

It's funny because my favorite vintage repo designer, Bernie Dexter, has me on the dress train too.  I own two of her skirts and tens of her dresses.  Granted, she makes more dresses than skirts but I genuinely just love the dresses more.  When I got my Trashy Diva package, I tried on this Chinese Opera dress and was tempted to do the Dumb and Dumber orange and blue tuxedo tap dance.  Some dresses are just made to fit you right, and when you find them it's a beautiful experience.  I got another dress from them in a totally different style that I'll share with you all closer to summer, and I had trouble taking it off because I loved it so much.

I took off my cardigan for a few shots to give a full feel of the dress.  I'd say "you're welcome", but it was fairly warm out so it was no big deal ;)

Style details: A link to this print and all other styles it comes in, Chinese Opera, that's still currently on sale (though not as reduced as I got it, as 50% off sale sadly ended two weeks ago) can be found here.  My glasses are Forever 21, the hair flower is Unique Vintage, my earrings are Old Navy, the cardigan is J Crew Factory, the brooch is Erstwilder and the my shoes are Nine West. 

Since this post was a little bit longer than most, I'll save the motivational stuff for tomorrow's post!  XO

Music:  This print is full of costume designs of Chinese operas.  From afar it looks like a floral print. Since Hong Kong is within the confines of China and the dress looks floral, I chose "Hong Kong Garden" by Siouxsie and the Banshees.  It's a pseudo stretch, but a fun play on print one at that.   Plus, what's not to like about this song?!  If you haven't heard it before you're about to fall in love!

I've recently added two pages to this blog, one that catalogues posts named after songs and another that catalogues all of the concert stories.  Click the links on to see for yourself!  Happy Friday!

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  1. you have the loveliest of dresses all the time!

    Have a great week!
    Animated Confessions

  2. Ok, you are officially the best! I passed on this dress when it was still available in my size, and now I regret it deeply. The shoes are seriously a revelation! I feel you on the French Quarter skirt -- there have to be two more out there for us!

    But Siouxsie and the Banshees! YES.

  3. super cute dress!

  4. Really striking and colorful print on print look! Love the fun vibe!


  5. I love your dress, you just like the princess


  6. This is such a neat print! I don't think I've ever seen it before. This dress does fit you perfectly! You always look like such a dream in dresses and skirts. I love the shoes and cardi too! What a lovely shade of lilac the cardi is. It makes me think of spring.

  7. Such a cute outfit.I especially love the cardigan

  8. Lovely dress ;)

  9. You find the best prints! Loving the print mixing with your heels too.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  10. You look fantastic and so cute!


  11. This dress is such a great cut on you! I love the fun print!

    Fizz and Frosting

  12. You sure know how to mix prints! Queen of mixing <3

    Laura |

  13. That lavender blue of the cardie looks perfect with the print of the dress and pumps Lauren! Very chic outfit!

  14. YES!!!! I love this Chinese Opera print on you! <3 I have this same dress in the same cut and print! <3 It is so dreamy to wear! Super congrats on your first TD dress/dresses! :D I can't wait to see what other dress you picked out! Welcome to the dark (scratch that) awesome most fun best side ;) PS. It's been noted about the FQ print! Size 4 or 6, I'm on the lookout for you!

  15. I love the print on this dress and it fits you so perfectly!!

  16. Those shoes Lauren, my eyes went straight to them! ;) They are gorgeous!!!

  17. This dress fits you perfectly! So flattering and amazing with your coloring!!



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