Thursday, April 12, 2018

Cactus

Hell Bunny 50s Cactus Swing Dress in Black Lotta from Stockholm 60s Loretta Leather Clogs in Black

Sometimes I get caught up in the whirlwind of the very selective and fake "Instagram perfection" and I literally wear myself out.  Truth is, I don't want to be made up everyday.  Don't get me wrong, I like wearing makeup, doing my hair, and dressing up for myself.  But I usually have some makeup-free, messy bun days in between.  "Spring" is in full force (and by spring I mean 90-degree heat) so I've been pulling out all my cotton dresses and putting my hair up to stay cool and comfortable.  I guess you can say this is my in-between kind of everyday look.  I definitely feel fabulous but I'm ready for whatever these almost-triple-digit days have in store for me!

Hell Bunny 50s Cactus Swing Dress in Black

Hell Bunny 50s Cactus Swing Dress in Black Lotta from Stockholm 60s Loretta Leather Clogs in Black

Hell Bunny 50s Cactus Swing Dress in Black Lotta from Stockholm 60s Loretta Leather Clogs in Black

Hell Bunny 50s Cactus Swing Dress in Black Lotta from Stockholm 60s Loretta Leather Clogs in Black

Hell Bunny 50s Cactus Swing Dress in Black Lotta from Stockholm 60s Loretta Leather Clogs in Black

Hell Bunny 50s Cactus Swing Dress in Black

Dress- c/o Top Vintage
Shoes- c/o Top Vintage
Belt- Vixen by Micheline Pitt
Lipstick- c/o Vinyl Cosmetics x Southern California Belle Lipstick in Hell's Belle

This cactus print dress from Top Vintage is great for these warmer months.  It's a super light cotton fabric and features adjustable straps, sweetheart neckline, elastic side panels on the bodice (hello taco room!), full gathered skirt with hidden side pockets, and a back zippered closure.  Thanks to those stretchy side panels, I took a size XS and it was a good fit, maybe even a little on the roomy side.  I paired this dress with my new leather clogs and I am in love!  These shoes are super comfortable and stylish.  I took my usual size 40 and it was perfect.  Definitely runs true to size.  They also come in red, yellow, and green and I feel like I need them all!

This weekend is gonna be crazy because I'll be vending at the LA Shag Festival this weekend!  My super stylish friends and I rented a booth and we'll be selling true vintage, repro, and retro clothing, shoes, accessories, and more!  Almost everything is $60 and under (we will have a very select few "fancy" items that cost a bit more) and we'll have sizes ranging from XS-2X.  The event is being held at the Burbank Marriott and the vendor room is open to the public...  No tickets needed!  You can find all the information on the event HERE.  I'd love to see you there!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Rufina

Miss Candyfloss Rufina Sleeveless Swing Dress

If you've never taken the plunge with Miss Candyfloss, I highly recommend doing so!  While I've made some separates purchases in the past, this is actually my very first Miss Candyfloss dress.  The Rufina dress is fitted in all the right places, delectably vintage looking, and light as air (perfect for spring/summer).  I feel like this is a start to a new obsession!

Miss Candyfloss Rufina Sleeveless Swing Dress

Miss Candyfloss Rufina Sleeveless Swing Dress

Charlie Stone Shoes Bellagio in Blush

Miss Candyfloss Rufina Sleeveless Swing Dress

Miss Candyfloss Rufina Sleeveless Swing Dress

Dress- c/o Miss Candyfloss
Shoes- c/o Charlie Stone Shoes
Lipstick- c/o Vinyl Cosmetics x Southern California Belle Lipstick in Hell's Belle

While it's hard to show in pictures, the Rufina dress is actually a rose print corduroy fabric.  It's a "baby cord" so it's very fine and not a thick fabric at all.  The Rufina style features their signature pleated bust, full skirt with a border hem, matching grommet belt, and a side zippered closure.  I'm wearing my usual Miss Candyfloss size (XS) and it was definitely the right choice.  I paired this dress with my new Charlie Stone Bellagio shoes.  These genuine leather flats are ridiculously comfortable, thanks to the cushioned insole.  I wore these all day and my feet were super happy!  I've been nursing a foot injury this past week so I'm extra thankful that I have supportive shoes that look pretty too.  They also come in black and tan and I feel like I'll be ordering them asap!

I've been trying to grow out my bangs these past few weeks.  When my dog Rocco died a few months ago I impulsively cut them.  While I enjoy wearing bangs, I feel like it was a huge mistake!  The grow-out process is the worst and finding ways to wear them during this transition is aggravating.  While I'm not really a "hair roll" kind of person, this is one of the best ways to get my hair out of my face!  If you've ever grown out bangs, what was your favorite way to wear them?  I'd love to get some new ideas!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, April 6, 2018

Flower Child

Karina Dresses Ruby Dress in Wildflowers Karina Dressess Cali Dress in Wildflowers

I'm always extra excited when I have a Mommy and Me post on the horizon!  While I've been a fan of Karina Dresses for years, this is the first time I've been able to dress Bianca in a matching dress of theirs.  These wrinkle free, easy to throw on and go but still mega stylish dresses are now available for kids and I'm so honored to show them off today!

Karina Dresses Ruby Dress in Wildflowers Karina Dressess Cali Dress in Wildflowers

Karina Dresses Ruby Dress in Wildflowers Karina Dressess Cali Dress in Wildflowers

Karina Dressess Cali Dress in Wildflowers

Karina Dresses Ruby Dress in Wildflowers Karina Dressess Cali Dress in Wildflowers

Karina Dresses Ruby Dress in Wildflowers Karina Dressess Cali Dress in Wildflowers

Karina Dresses Ruby Dress in Wildflowers Karina Dressess Cali Dress in Wildflowers

Dress- c/o Karina Dresses
Shoes- Chelsea Crew
Brooch- Tangerine Menagerie
Lipstick- c/o Vinyl Cosmetics Southern California Belle Lipstick in Soubrette

Bianca's Dress- c/o Karina Dresses
Bianca's Shoes- Payless

Karina Dresses are American made and constructed from soft, stretchy, wrinkle free material.  They flow beautifully and drape perfectly on their own.  I purposely chose not to wear shapewear for that reason.  We're wearing the new Wildflowers print, which boasts vibrant blue, pink, and orange hues in the cutest allover flower motif.  It's perfect for the spring season and beyond!

I'm wearing the Ruby dress, which is a faux wrap style and features a crossover v-neckline, knee length skirt, and an attached sash in matching fabric.  I took my usual size XS in Karina Dresses and it was the perfect choice!  Because the fabric is so stretchy, if you're between sizes I'd recommend going with your smaller size.  Bianca is wearing the new Cali dress, which features a scoop neckline, empire waist, and twirl-worthy skirt.  Bianca is between a 5T-6T and she's wearing the M/L.  It's just the slightest bit big, but that's also a good thing when you have an ever-growing kid!  We both love our dresses so much, I can't wait until we get to wear them out again.  Since they're machine washable, I won't have to wait too long!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Gwenn

Glamour Bunny Gwenn Swing Dress in Black

Few things make me happier than seeing all the green flourishing in my town.  It's been at least two years since I've seen one of my favorite photo spots so lush and green, I can't get enough of it!  I decided to wear my new Glamour Bunny Gwenn dress to explore the new streams and tall grass, it made me feel like a woodland princess looking for my demure cottage off the beaten path.  If only that were actually true, I'd be fulfilling one of my childhood dreams!

Glamour Bunny Gwenn Swing Dress in Black

Glamour Bunny Gwenn Swing Dress in Black

Glamour Bunny Gwenn Swing Dress in Black

Glamour Bunny Gwenn Swing Dress in Black

Glamour Bunny Gwenn Swing Dress in Black

Dress- c/o Glamour Bunny
Shoes- Chelsea Crew
Barrette- Free People (on sale!)
Lipstick- c/o Vinyl Cosmetics x Southern California Belle Lipstick in Subterfuge

The Gwenn dress is made from a stretchy bengaline material and features a structured bodice with a gorgeous black and white striped panel in the center, flattering cap sleeves, full swing skirt, detachable grommet belt, and a back zippered closure.  I love the way this material flows, I think it looks amazing on its own (no petticoat needed).  I'm wearing a size XS and it fits like a dream!  While I wish it had pockets, I still wear this dress all the time.  It's just so comfortable and easy to wear.  Sizes are already selling out, I wouldn't hesitate to add this one to your closet!

I'm currently fighting the biggest Disneyland hangover (not an alcohol-induced one, LOL).  Apparently, I've come to the age where I can't wear ballerina flats and walk several miles in them without hurting myself.  My left foot seriously feels like a broke a bone somewhere in there!  I'm trying to take it easy because I have lots of fun events planned for the rest of the week.  Can't wait to share them with you in a few days!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Citrus

Modcloth Short-Sleeved Sweater in Citrus Modcloth Stroke of Genial Pleated Midi Skirt

In my 20's I used to pride myself on my print-mixing skills.  I used to take lots of fun risks and enjoyed creating an interesting outfit.  I'm assuming my life in scrubs really forced me to push myself when I was outside the hospital.  I don't really know when that part of me "died" but the new spring collection from Modcloth had me longing for the good old days!  While these citrus-printed separates are adorable on their own, I couldn't help but bring them together for the ultimate spring ensemble!

Modcloth Short-Sleeved Sweater in Citrus Modcloth Stroke of Genial Pleated Midi Skirt

Modcloth Short-Sleeved Sweater in Citrus Modcloth Stroke of Genial Pleated Midi Skirt

Modcloth Stroke of Genial Pleated Midi Skirt

Modcloth Short-Sleeved Sweater in Citrus Modcloth Stroke of Genial Pleated Midi Skirt

Modcloth Short-Sleeved Sweater in Citrus Modcloth Stroke of Genial Pleated Midi Skirt

Modcloth Short-Sleeved Sweater in Citrus Modcloth Stroke of Genial Pleated Midi Skirt

Top- c/o Modcloth
Skirt- c/o Modcloth
Shoes- c/o Modcloth
Necklace- c/o Modcloth

This adorable short sleeved sweater boasts a nice weight knit, is incredibly soft and comfortable, and has a good amount of stretch.  I took a size small and I found it to be not too loose but not so fitted either.  I feel like I could have taken an XS but it didn't bother me enough to consider exchanging.  The Stroke of Genial skirt is fully lined and features a light chiffon-like material, structured knife pleats, and is finished with a side zippered closure.  I took a size small and I found this skirt to be a little too big.  I'm pretty sure I'm an XS in the Modcloth label but I haven't realized it until now.  I'm still super happy with this look and look forward to mixing both these pieces into other outfits in the future!

Frantically getting ready for Easter weekend because I haven't even given one thought to Bianca's Easter basket yet.  When I was a child my mom gave us the best baskets filled with fun, personalized goodies.  I don't know why I didn't inherit her crafty side and it never bothered me until I became a mom.  I think I'm going to hit up Target and give it my best shot... Maybe I'll take my mom with me too!  What are you doing this weekend?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley
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