Friday, June 24, 2016

What's On My Radar: Current Loves

Is it just me or is there constant retail temptation at the moment?  I feel like this month's wish list was a mile long!  While I've given in here and there, I've highlighted some (but not all) of my recent purchases along with things I can't wait to get my hands on.  You know, when I win the lottery or something.

Unique Vintage Bernie Dexter
1. Paris Dress in Cherry Print
5. Kelly Dress in Kitchen Print

I've been buying Bernie Dexter Dresses through Unique Vintage for years!  They even carry exclusive designs by Bernie, so I'm always stalking their website for a new pretty dress.  While the Paris has been a longtime favorite, the Kelly has me completely smitten!  I may or may not have ordered one... (I did).


Tangerine Menagerie
Tangerine Menagerie
5. Painting the Roses Red - the Queen of Hearts Rose Tree from Alice in Wonderland

Julia has the best brooches, I seriously can't get enough of her!  While her regulars are adorable (the mermaid is a favorite), I'm dying over her new portrait series.  How she gets so much detail into something so small is beyond me.


Retrospec'd
5.Laura Lots of Knots

Retrospec'd is a new favorite of mine.  I recently acquired one of their Sun Dress styles and I love it so much!  There's an endless variety of beautiful florals and kitschy prints in figure flattering cuts.  I have a feeling I'll be adding more to my closet soon!


Shop House of Mouse
Shop House Of Mouse
5. Polka Dot Mouse Ear

As a southern California native and a Disney Annual Pass Holder, custom Mickey ears are a must!  There are more choices than you can possibly fathom and custom orders are always available.  You can go down a serious rabbit hole visiting this store!


Hearts and Found
Hearts and Found
5. “Lobster Season” in a Hawaiian Tiki Lobster Print

I've been a Hearts and Found fan for awhile and I love all the fabric options!  Their styles are adorable and you can request a custom order if needed.  I seriously can't get over that lobster skirt, I need it in my life!


Lease A Penny
Lease A Penny
5. Submarine Voyage Poster Hand Painted Brooch

Be still my heart, this shop has my name written all over it!  Lisa is a ridiculously talented artist and her items are to die for!  I happen to own one of her Disney ticket holders, but I'm gearing up to ask her for a custom painting very soon.


What's on your list this month?  Did you purchase something you love recently?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

P.S. There's less than three more days to enter my giveaway!  Get all the details by clicking HERE!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Fish Bones

Unique Vintage 1950s White & Black Fish Bone Golightly Bow Swing Dress

I'm a sucker for a good novelty print and Unique Vintage has really come through with them this summer.  I went to their flagship store looking to try on Bernie Dexter dresses, but I ended up stopped in my tracks with this fish bones print.  Their Golightly dress is easily one of my favorites, so I was excited to see it in a new print!  They've also added new features to this dress, so I'll highlight them below:

Unique Vintage 1950s White & Black Fish Bone Golightly Bow Swing Dress

Unique Vintage 1950s White & Black Fish Bone Golightly Bow Swing Dress

Unique Vintage 1950s White & Black Fish Bone Golightly Bow Swing Dress

Unique Vintage 1950s White & Black Fish Bone Golightly Bow Swing Dress

Unique Vintage 1950s White & Black Fish Bone Golightly Bow Swing Dress

Dress- Unique Vintage
Shoes- c/o Unique Vintage
Belt- Old
Petticoat- Malco Modes
Lipstick- c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Socialite

My favorite new feature would have to be the removable and adjustable straps.  Not only can you wear the straps straight or crossed in the back (like I did), you can remove them all together.  Elastic shirring on the sides of the bodice have also been added.  While this may excite a lot of people, I'm not a fan at all.  I'm a pretty true XS, but because of the elastic the bodice ends up being loose.  I love a nice fitted bodice with a big puffy skirt, but I can't get that look with this dress anymore.  Thankfully, I have other old run Golightly dresses to achieve that silhouette.  As always, the large side pockets and super full skirt make the Golightly a favorite of mine.  Let's just hope it comes in lots of fun prints in the future!

If you don't already know, I'm hosting a great giveaway at the moment.  There's only four more days to enter, so make sure to get all the details HERE!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, June 17, 2016

GIVEAWAY: Pinup Girl Clothing and Bettie Page Shoes!

Pinup Girl Clothing Pinup Couture Peasant Top in Dark Green Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Yellow Umbrellas Print

There's never a bad day for Mary Blair!  The pink umbrella skirt that released last summer is easily one of my favorites, so there's no surprise that I sprung on this year's color way: butter yellow.  I love how it matches the dark green peasant top perfectly, but also looks great with a black and white striped top.  I took these pictures on a June gloom morning and the weather matched my skirt flawlessly.

Pinup Girl Clothing Pinup Couture Peasant Top in Dark Green Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Yellow Umbrellas Print

Pinup Girl Clothing Pinup Couture Peasant Top in Dark Green Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Yellow Umbrellas Print

Pinup Girl Clothing Pinup Couture Peasant Top in Dark Green Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Yellow Umbrellas Print

Pinup Girl Clothing Pinup Couture Peasant Top in Dark Green Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Yellow Umbrellas Print

Pinup Girl Clothing Pinup Couture Peasant Top in Dark Green Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Yellow Umbrellas Print

Top- Pinup Girl Clothing
Skirt- Pinup Girl Clothing
Shoes- c/o Bettie Page Shoes
Petticoat- Malco Modes
Belt- Old
Bracelet- c/o Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski
Lipstick- Besame in Cherry Red

As I mentioned earlier this week, I wanted to host a very special "20K Giveaway" as a thank you to everyone for supporting me and this blog.  With a big thanks to Pinup Girl Clothing and Bettie Page Shoes, you'll have the chance to win a head to toe outfit (much like the one I've featured here)!

a Rafflecopter giveaway To enter the giveaway, use the widget above and participate in as many (or all) of the possible entries I've provided.  Up for grabs is a $200 online store credit from Pinup Girl Clothing and your choice of shoes from Bettie Page Shoes by Ellie.  You'll get a brand new outfit from two of my favorite brands!  I've also added an Instagram entry option, which you can share the image (provided on my Instagram to repost) once per day.  You don't need to use the widget for the Instagram option, I'll end up inputting those entries manually once the giveaway ends.  Here's how you enter via Instagram:

giveaway3
1. Repost the giveaway image on Instagram
2. Follow and tag @southerncaliforniabelle, @pinupgirlclothing and @bettiepageshoes
3. Use the hashtag #socalibellegiveaway

If your profile is private, I won't be able to see (and therefore input) your Instagram entries.  So make sure your profile is public if you'd like to participate!  Unlike the widget entries, you can share via Instagram once per day.

Good luck and thank you so much for your support!

xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Mahjong

Trashy Diva Annette Dress in Mahjong Print

Remember when I was head over heels over the newly released Trashy Diva Mahjong print last week?  Well here it is, in all its kitschy glory!  While I gravitate more towards Trashy Diva's 40's inspired styles (the Ashley dress is my favorite), this 50's inspired Annette dress has rapidly taken my heart.  As a novelty print enthusiast, this new collection has my name written all over it.  I'm sure you can see why I rushed to put this one in my closet!

Trashy Diva Annette Dress in Mahjong Print

Trashy Diva Annette Dress in Mahjong Print

Trashy Diva Annette Dress in Mahjong Print

Trashy Diva Annette Dress in Mahjong Print

Trashy Diva Annette Dress in Mahjong Print

Dress- Trashy Diva
Shoes- c/o Bettie Page
Underskirt- Pinup Girl Clothing

I'm glad I didn't hesitate to snag this dress because my size sold out in one day!  I'm a pretty true size 4 in Trashy Diva, but at the suggestion of the size chart I went with a 2.  It was the perfect fit!  Because it's made from a lightweight and summer friendly cotton voile, there isn't much stretch.  I'd recommend checking the chart before you purchase just in case.  The straps are adjustable, which means it can accommodate my long torso.  The skirt is lined and extremely full, complete with deep side pockets.  While I chose to wear an underskirt for some extra volume for these pictures, it does quite well without one.  Overall, this may be one of my favorite Trashy Diva purchases of all time!  Which kind of says a lot, because I have quite a collection...

I can't remember if I mentioned this before, but this past February marked my fifth year with my blog.  I consider that quite a milestone!  There have been times of frustration, disappointment, and thoughts of giving it all up, but the good outweighs the bad ten fold.  I love the documented journey this blog has allowed me to reflect upon and, most importantly, the friendships that have come from it.  I also just hit 20,000 followers on Instagram last week, which prompted me to host a VERY BIG giveaway as a thank you to everyone for supporting me.  You're definitely going to want to get in on this and I'm super excited to announce everything on Friday.  Keep those eyes peeled!!!

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, June 13, 2016

Miami

The Pretty Dress Company Unique Vintage Retro White & Multi Diamond Priscilla Miami Midi Swing Dress

Thanks to Unique Vintage my summer wardrobe is in full swing!  As you may already know, Unique Vintage is the official US retailer for The Pretty Dress Company.  I've lusted after their gorgeous dresses for years, but those UK shipping fees always prevented me from purchasing.  Now I can order or (if you're in southern California like me) walk into the store to try them on worry free!  First dress on my list: the Priscilla Miami Midi Dress!

The Pretty Dress Company Unique Vintage Retro White & Multi Diamond Priscilla Miami Midi Swing Dress

The Pretty Dress Company Unique Vintage Retro White & Multi Diamond Priscilla Miami Midi Swing Dress

The Pretty Dress Company Unique Vintage Retro White & Multi Diamond Priscilla Miami Midi Swing Dress

The Pretty Dress Company Unique Vintage Retro White & Multi Diamond Priscilla Miami Midi Swing Dress

The Pretty Dress Company Unique Vintage Retro White & Multi Diamond Priscilla Miami Midi Swing Dress

Dress- c/o Unique Vintage
Shoes- c/o Unique Vintage
Belt- from another dress
Petticoat- Malco Modes
Ring- Old

The first thing I noticed about this dress was the weight of the fabric.  It's a stiff (but smooth) fabric that really holds its shape.  The bodice is lined, there are deep side pockets, and the skirt is perfectly pleated and very full.  I went with their UK8 but I found the dress to be a bit on the large side, especially in the waist.  Nothing a belt couldn't fix!  The straps aren't adjustable but I have a very long torso, so the fit of the bodice was perfect for me.  Overall I'm really happy with this dress.  I can't wait to see what this new Unique Vintage/Pretty Dress Company partnership has to offer in the future!

I'm looking forward to a less stressful week, fingers crossed.  Last week was a doozy, but it ended really well.  I met up with my sister and one of my brothers for a mutual friend's housewarming/birthday party.  We had way too much fun!  I stopped drinking alcohol about eight months ago and I'm always worried that I won't have as much fun sober.  I was obviously wrong because I had the best time!  I don't get to see my siblings or friends very often so it really was a special night for me.  Now I just need to catch up on some sleep!

xoxo

Ashley
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