Thursday, December 14, 2017

Nicely Festive

Wheels and Dollbaby Dita Cardigan Vixen by Micheline Pitt Vixen Swing Skirt in Black Irregular Choice Nicely Festive Heels

I can't help but feel the holiday spirit this time of year!  With only eleven days until Christmas, I've been wearing all my festive goodies before it's too late.  While my red Dita cardigan sees the light of day all year around, these Irregular Choice Nicely Festive shoes are the perfect way to tie in my love for Christmas.  Comfortable and oh so cute, I only wish there was more time to break them out!

Wheels and Dollbaby Dita Cardigan Vixen by Micheline Pitt Vixen Swing Skirt in Black

Wheels and Dollbaby Dita Cardigan Vixen by Micheline Pitt Vixen Swing Skirt in Black Irregular Choice Nicely Festive Heels

Wheels and Dollbaby Dita Cardigan Vixen by Micheline Pitt Vixen Swing Skirt in Black Irregular Choice Nicely Festive Heels

Wheels and Dollbaby Dita Cardigan Vixen by Micheline Pitt Vixen Swing Skirt in Black

Vixen by Micheline Pitt Vixen Swing Skirt in Black Irregular Choice Nicely Festive Heels

Wheels and Dollbaby Dita Cardigan Vixen by Micheline Pitt Vixen Swing Skirt in Black Irregular Choice Nicely Festive Heels

Cardigan- Wheels and Dollbaby
Skirt- Vixen by Micheline Pitt
Shoes- Irregular Choice
Hat- Vintage (similar)
Petticoat- Malco Modes
Lipstick- c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Candy Apple

Anyone else bummed that Wheels and Dollbaby closed their shop this year?  While I haven't shopped much of their clothing outside of the Dita cardigan, I'm very sad that the Dita won't be released in any more colors.  I've always looked forward to their releases and can't help but be a little disappointed that I won't be able to add more to my collection.  I mean, I have yet to find a comparable cardigan that has the quality and the delicate details that the Dita has.  I guess it just means I need to cherish the ones I already own!

I've admitted in the past that the love I have for vintage hats is pretty ridiculous.  The only problem is: I rarely ever wear them!  I've been doing my best to incorperate them into my everyday outfits because it feels like such a shame to have them collecting dust in my closet.  I broke out my favorite black straw hat for this classic yet comfortable outfit.  I feel like it really pulls everything together!  I'm trying to be persistant with accessories (I tend to forgo them all together) before I add any more to my closet.  Let's hope 2018 has a lot more interesting outfits here on my blog!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Something There

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Atomic Jax Belle Disneybound Green Dress

It's not everyday that I get to dress like my favorite Disney princess.  Thankfully, Vintage Inspired by Jackie is always there when the mood strikes!  She recently asked me who my ultimate princess was/what outfit of hers was my favorite.  So naturally, I went with Belle and her gorgeous (and often looked-over) green dress.  Not only is this dress confortable and worthy of a great Disneybound or cosplay, it's subtle enough to wear everyday!

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Atomic Jax Belle Disneybound Green Dress

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Atomic Jax Belle Disneybound Green Dress

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Atomic Jax Belle Disneybound Green Dress

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Atomic Jax Belle Disneybound Green Dress

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Atomic Jax Belle Disneybound Green Dress

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Atomic Jax Belle Disneybound Green Dress

Dress- c/o Vintage Inspired by Jackie
Stole- Amazon
Shoes- Chase & Chloe (similar)
Petticoat- Malco Modes
Hair scarf- c/o Doll Me Up
Bag- Danielle Nicole

This halter dress has a lined bodice with boning (you seriously do not need to wear a bra), gathered skirt with a hidden side pocket, and a back zippered closure.  As always, Jackie made this to my measurements and it was the perfect fit.  While the skirt is incredibly full on its own, I opted for a petticoat for a more "princessy" feel.  I love the vibrant green fabrics she used and I feel like she nailed this dress for my personal style.  Is Belle not your thing?  Jackie does some amazing Marvel-inspired dresses and is always open to collaborating and making your cosplay/bound dreams come true!  Just send her a message, tell her I sent you ;).

This already feels like the longest week ever and it's only Tuesday.  I had to take one of my dogs to the vet (which came to a very hefty vet bill), my daughter is on the tail end of a nasty cold, and I haven't been able to blog for the past week because Southern California is having crazy high winds/on fire and my backlog is stressing me out.  This is the first year I've finished my Christmas shopping early but it feels like everything else has gone haywire!  Thankfully, things shoud be winding down and I'll finally have time to take care of business.  At least I hope so!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Navy Woodland

Palava Beatrice Dress Long Sleeves in Navy Woodland Martha Dress in Navy Woodland

It's been much too long since I've posted a Mommy and Me blog, so I was really excited when I had the chance wear matching Palava dresses with my not-so-little baby girl!  With this hand illustrated navy woodland print, it's perfect for the holiday season and complimented one of my favorite photo locations beautifully.  If you've never shopped with Palava before, their responisble sourcing and use of organic cotton is just one of their many ethical practices.  It doesn't hurt that their clothes are ridicuously cute too!

Palava Beatrice Dress Long Sleeves in Navy Woodland Martha Dress in Navy Woodland

Palava Beatrice Dress Long Sleeves in Navy Woodland Martha Dress in Navy Woodland

Palava Beatrice Dress Long Sleeves in Navy Woodland Martha Dress in Navy Woodland

Palava Beatrice Dress Long Sleeves in Navy Woodland Martha Dress in Navy Woodland

Palava Martha Dress in Navy Woodland

Palava Beatrice Dress Long Sleeves in Navy Woodland Martha Dress in Navy Woodland

Palava Beatrice Dress Long Sleeves in Navy Woodland

Dress- c/o Palava
Shoes- Chelsea Crew
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain inAlways Red

Bianca's dress- c/o Palava
Bianca's shoes- Target
Bianca's hair bow- c/o Palava

The Beatrice dress is fully lined and features a rounded neckline, three-quarter sleeves, fitted bodice, a-line skirt with hidden side pockets, matching fabric self-tie belt, and a back zippered closure.  The cotton is soft yet holds it's shape.  No need for a petticoat or underskirt!  I took a size UK8 and it was perfect for me.  Bianca is wearing the matching Martha dress and her dress is also fully lined and features a sleeveless bodice, gathered skirt, button-down closure (with colored buttons), and an attached sash.  Bianca took her usual size 5-6 and it's a great fit with some room to grow.  She can't stop wearing it!  Luckily, it can be washed at home and will stand the test of time.  Every mom's dream!

Looking to add some Palava to your closet?  You can get 15% off until December 31st with coupon code SOUTHERNCALIFORNIA15.

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Carousel

Sarsparilly My Pretty Pony Dress Southern California Belle

Living in Southern California, you don't really have to worry about seasons changing and a wardrobe for the cooler months.  But wearing my summer dresses feels out of place when we're soon approaching winter.  Luckily, my cute winter accessories prolong the life on those much loved dresses.  Sarsparilly is the queen of cuteness and there was no way I was going to store this My Pretty Pony dress until spring!

Sarsparilly My Pretty Pony Dress Southern California Belle

Sarsparilly My Pretty Pony Dress Southern California Belle

Sarsparilly My Pretty Pony Dress Southern California Belle

Sarsparilly My Pretty Pony Dress Southern California Belle

Sarsparilly My Pretty Pony Dress Southern California Belle

Sarsparilly My Pretty Pony Dress Southern California Belle

Sarsparilly My Pretty Pony Dress Southern California Belle

Dress- Sarsparilly
Shoes- c/o Bettie Page Shoes
Stole- Amazon
Peticoat- Malco Modes
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Marvelous Mauve

Made from a crisp yet soft cotton; the My Pretty Pony dress features a fully lined bodice, spaghetti straps, a full, gathered skirt with hidden side pockets, and a back zippered closure.  Every one of Sarsparilly's dresses are made to order and I can tell how meticulious the construction of this dress is.  I'm wearing a size XS and both the bust and waist are perfect.  While it is a classic, this dress is slated to retire very soon.  Don't hesitate to get one for yourself before it's gone forever!

I can't believe I'm saying this but I think I'm done with my Christmas shopping!  I hustled through Black Friday weekend, both working and crossing gifts off my list.  I wanted to be done before December arrived and I hit my goal on the very last day.  A win is a win, right?  I'm going to celebrate the end of holiday shopping by gift wrapping the rest of the week and hoping our little rescue dog Rosko doesn't mark all of them once they're under the tree!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Ornament

Retrolicious Madison Skirt in Ornaments Print Voodoo Vixen Celine Top in Black

Since the Thanksgiving weekend is officially over, I have no shame when it comes to my holiday outfits!  My birthday is at the end of the year, so the Christmas season holds an extra special place in my heart.  Here at home our holiday decorations are up, trees are decorated, and lights are shining bright.  And thanks to Retrolicious, my wardrobe reflects those holiday joys too!

Retrolicious Madison Skirt in Ornaments Print Voodoo Vixen Celine Top in Black

Retrolicious Madison Skirt in Ornaments Print Voodoo Vixen Celine Top in Black

Retrolicious Madison Skirt in Ornaments Print Voodoo Vixen Celine Top in Black

Retrolicious Madison Skirt in Ornaments Print Voodoo Vixen Celine Top in Black

Retrolicious Madison Skirt in Ornaments

Retrolicious Madison Skirt in Ornaments Print Voodoo Vixen Celine Top in Black

Top- c/o Voodoo Vixen
Skirt- c/o Retrolicious
Shoes- Chelsea Crew
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

Just like my Objects of Desire skirt (you can see that post HERE), the Madison skirt features a wide waistband, full and slightly gathered skirt, hidden side pockets, and a back zippered closure.  I love the print on this skirt so much, the gold is actually sparkly!  While you can easily throw a petticoat under it, I opted to go without one.  I took my usual size small in Retrolicious and the fit was perfect!  I haven't decided on my Christmas outfit just yet, but I have a feeling this skirt will be making an appearance.  Some sizes have already sold out, so don't hesitate to add one to your wardrobe!

This week has been/will be kind of crazy, but I'm looking forward to seeing Hamilton with my sister in law on Friday!  I have been looking forward to this for what feels like most of the year and I can't wait to experience it with one of my favorite people on the planet.  I'll make sure to post some pictures of the big day on my Instagram if you'd like to follow along!  But until then: what should I wear?!

xoxo

Ashley
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