SPOTTED: 'Archer' star Amber Nash wearing Heart of Haute at ComicCon!

FOX's 'Archer' star Amber Nash was spotted wearing our Graduate Sweater in Spring Argyle at ComicCon this weekend!

Tiki Oasis 2014 outfit ideas

Tiki Oasis Outfit Ideas. Tiki Oasis is an entire weekend for bohemians and tiki aficionados! Featuring educational symposiums on lots of different topics, music, burlesque, a marketplace, dancing, tiki drinks - all that good stuff! It's easy to plan your Tiki Oasis Outfit with Heart of Haute's tiki style dresses and separates.

2014 Prom Picks!

Prom season is just around the corner!  Heart of Haute has a selection of styles and patterns for a perfect retro inspired prom.

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The Marseilles Dress is the perfect dance partner - with the exception of your date!  This full skirted swing dress is made from quality sateen fabric that's shiny and glamorous!  Choosing a black prom dress has it's perks - like the fact that you can pair it with any color scheme of accessories that you love!  Add the Eleanor polka dot velvet heel in black and white for a perfect pop of color.

aprilmaxineaquamystiquebp303-aglais-teal The Maxine Dress in Aqua Mystique is a lovely pick for those who want a bright color that's adorned with gold throughout the detailing.  Easily matched with gold accessories and teal shoes like the Aglais heel!

moshhhclose_2bp403-annalise-blk A more romantic look in red satin is the Juliet Dress.  This lovely sweetheart neckline dress features lace sleeves and back.  Add a classic heel like the Annalise by Bettie Page Shoes for the ultimate vintage silhouette!

amandanavydynastybpbartnettgold The Amanda Dress has a classic fit in lovely Navy Dynasty print.  Perfectly paired with the Barnet Heel by Bettie Page Shoes. Don't forget your petticoats!

<3 Ali for HoH

Shoesday Tuesday! New Arrivals

We've been adding a bunch of new styles to our line this whole year! And it's only March! :) One of the things that I, personally, am most excited about is - SHOES! I don't know about you ladies but I have a pretty huge obsession with shoes. I only have a small collection myself, but these new Bettie Page Shoes we have got in store are going to put a serious dent in my wardrobe budget! Plus they're all in versatile spring colors! How perfect. The first of the new styles is the 'Annalise' - my personal favorite! It's a t-strap mary jane with lovely little taupe detailing. This style features a cushioned sole, contrasting detailing, and a 4 inch heel. The Annalise comes in Mint, Pink, and Black.

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The 'Eleanor' is a bit more fun & funky! This peep toe pump is comfy suede with polka dot detailing on the heel and ankle strap. A perfect pair with a retro prom dress, or classic rockabilly styles.  Available in black, fuchsia, and turquoise.

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The 'Anglais' is an adorable peep toe with a 3 inch heel and butterfly detailing! These lil cuties are available in Teal, Black, and Nude.Aglais

These are just a few! Check out the entire stock of new shoes! Happy Tuesday Honeys and have a great week! :)

<3 Ali for HoH

For the Ethical Shopper - Why Buy American Made?

Hello Heart of Haute Fans, I will warn you now, this wont exactly be the most feel-good or happy post. In fact, it may be eye opening to some of you or saddening. I want to address something that we feel strongly about and that is sweatshop labor. We believe in paying people fair wages and providing a comfortable work environment for our employees. Not just because it's the law, but because we want to! We know that happy employees makes good quality products and service.

I'm sure many people are aware of the concept of what a sweatshop is. The majority of items you can buy from the mall or big box stores, often called "fast fashion," are made overseas in sweatshop factories all around the world. Check the label in the dress you're trying on, it will surely say  "Made in China" or Bangladesh or Indonesia or Vietnam or Mexico... There were two recent catastrophes in Bangladesh. These disasters occurred due to the factory owner neglecting to keep the building safe for working environments.

From the industrial revolution, to the scandals involving Nike in the 1990s, working conditions that produce consumer goods have often been questionable. In 2013, there was a fire in a garment factory, which provided items to WalMart, that left 112 dead.  On April 24th of 2013, a garment factory building collapsed, which left more than 500 people dead. The building collapsed because of power generators shaking the walls. Both of these incidents could have been avoided if upgrades were made to the buildings, and with all the money the companies are making from this cheap labor, you would hope they would at least take that responsibility.  It's just unfortunate - and issues like these continue today.

So what can you do?  There are many alternatives to fast fashion, but it requires a little extra time and creativity.  You can also make a personal effort to avoid spending money in places that you know use sweatshop labor.

  • Shop American-  As you know, Heart of Haute is all made in the US within a 20 mile radius of our main office in Los Angeles county, if not under our own roof in San Dimas.  Shopping for products made in the US means you're supporting American jobs and you'll also find  yourself with a better quality item.
  • Shop Etsy- There are tons of young entrepreneurs  who are hungry to share their  unique designs with the world! You can help them and have a good experience. There is something very special about knowing an item is one-of-a-kind or maybe even made just for you. www.etsy.com
  • Shop Vintage- I know we love shopping for vintage! These items always come with their own story and are also usually much better quality than most things you can find today. Compare a vintage dress from 1962  to a contemporary  mall-bought dress. There's a reason that Vintage dress has lasted as long as it has.
  • Shop Recycled- Sure, you have to sift through racks of random articles of clothing.  Check out places that also donate to support good causes: Buffalo Exchange, Out of the Closet, and Goodwill.

Interested in learning more?  Check out this book, Overdressed  by Elizabeth Cline. She explores the world of cheap and fast fashion. This site even includes a list of online stores and designers that follow ethical practices. So, I do apologize if this has left you feeling icky or sad about your own shopping habits- that is certainly not my goal.  Shopping and new clothing should make us feel good. I think if we become more aware of the connection we have with the maker of our items, it gives us reason to continue to make good choices for ourselves.

With Love & No Regrets, Mandie Bee