Friday, April 29, 2016

What's On My Radar: Current Loves

With Dapper Day this weekend here in California, I'm feeling the itch to dress up for the occasion.  I won't be attending this year (I'll be holding down the fort at the boutique), but it makes no difference because I pretty much live everyday like it's Dapper Day!  That being said, here are my picks for this month:

Pinup Girl Clothing Mary Blair
6. Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Circus Elephant Print

Just give me all the Mary Blair prints.  All.  Of.  Them.  Although these skirts haven't released yet (but they will soon!) I've already created outfits for them in my head.  They're much too bright and fun to pass up!


Modcloth
Modcloth
5. Sunshine State of Mind Dress

I feel like you can always find something you love at Modcloth.  Their endless stock can sometimes be overwhelming, but their filter function is top notch.  Even if you don't have an exact idea of what you're looking for, you'll find it with ease.  That pink floral dress is seriously calling my name!


Betsey Johnson
Betsey Johnson
5. Pinwheel Crossbody

I'll admit, I already have the taco purse I featured.  But come on, how adorable is it?  Betsey seriously has her novelty purse game down and I'm dying to add more to my collection.  I'm thinking the octopus is next...


Tangerine Menagerie
Tangerine Menagerie
5. Pinup Mermaid Brooch

Julia of Tangerine Menagerie is such an incredible artist, I seriously think her brooches are the best.  Not only are they gorgeous, they're incredibly detailed and well made.  I feel like any of her creations are perfect for Dapper Day, or if you're like me, everyday.


Trashy Diva
Trashy Diva
6. Loraine Heel

My heart skips a beat every time Trashy Diva launches a new print!  This Deco Daffodil print is perfect for the upcoming summer months and easily pairs with bright colored accessories.  My personal favorite is red with gold undertones.


Sephora
Sephora

Of course, one must top off their Dapper Day look with the perfect red lip.  Sephora offers a ton of choices so here are a few of my favorites.  If I were going, I'd probably opt for a stain so I wouldn't have to worry about reapplying all day.  Thankfully, these all offer great longevity!


Will you be attending Dapper Day on Sunday or going to the expo this weekend?  What are your outfit plans?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Marnie and Me

Tatyana Marnie Dress Lil Nesting Doll Dress

It's that time again: another Mommy and Me post!  These particular outfits were worn for a family wedding we attended last weekend.  Tatyana makes the cutest toddler dresses, along with matching mommy dresses that have their own grown up flair (here's the matching one).  While I love nesting dolls, I couldn't pass up their new Marnie dress.  I love the soft lining in the bodice, full skirt, large pockets, and the adorable print.  I'd also like to point out that this is the only halter dress in my closet.  I normally hate halter tops, but that's how much I love this dress.  I heard a toddler version of the Marnie is in the works, so you know I'm going to snatch it up for Bianca as soon as it drops!

Tatyana Marnie Dress Lil Nesting Doll Dress

Tatyana Marnie Dress Lil Nesting Doll Dress

Tatyana Marnie Dress Lil Nesting Doll Dress

Tatyana Marnie Dress Lil Nesting Doll Dress

Dress- c/o Tatyana
Shoes- Chelsea Crew
Belt- From another dress
Petticoat- Malco Modes
Bracelet- c/o Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski

Bianca's Dress- c/o Tatyana
Bianca's Shoes- H&M

I've mentioned that I switched from a Nikon to a Canon camera last Christmas.  As much as I'd love to sing praises about the experience, I've had a really hard time adjusting.  I've been working with Nikon for over five years and collected a fair amount of lenses and fancy equipment for it.  Since I switched to Canon, I've yet to even purchase the lens I like to use.  Because of my hesitance to make such a large purchase, I've often considered going back.  That is until today!  My new lens is on the way and I can't wait to play with it.  I'm hoping that this will be the start to enjoying the Canon experience.  If you're a photographer, what do you enjoy using?  Have you ever switched brands?  I'd love to hear your thoughts.

I'd also like to announce that I've officially opened up my blog to sidebar sponsors!  It's been a few years since I've offered them, but I'm ready to jump back on that bandwagon.  If you're a blog or a small business and like to advertise with me, please click on the Sponsor tab at the top of this page.

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, April 25, 2016

Watermelon

Unique Vintage 1950s High Waist Watermelon Circle Swing Skirt Collectif 1950s Style Black & White Gingham Judy Button Up Stretch Top

One of my favorite places to visit in Temecula is their wine country.  I'll admit that while I don't drink, the scenery alone is to die for.  I love to get up at dawn and take a long drive on their endless winding roads.  Normally these roads are pretty much empty in the morning, but of course, there were tons of people watching me while I took these pictures.  It was worth the stares of bewilderment!

Unique Vintage 1950s High Waist Watermelon Circle Swing Skirt Collectif 1950s Style Black & White Gingham Judy Button Up Stretch Top

Unique Vintage 1950s High Waist Watermelon Circle Swing Skirt Collectif 1950s Style Black & White Gingham Judy Button Up Stretch Top

Unique Vintage 1950s High Waist Watermelon Circle Swing Skirt Collectif 1950s Style Black & White Gingham Judy Button Up Stretch Top

Unique Vintage 1950s High Waist Watermelon Circle Swing Skirt Collectif 1950s Style Black & White Gingham Judy Button Up Stretch Top  
 
Skirt- c/o Unique Vintage
Shoes- c/o Unique Vintage
Petticoat- Malco Modes
Earrings- c/o Unique Vintage

This skirt is what all my fruit filled dreams are made of!  It's been at the top of my wish list since they first previewed it online, so you can imagine my excitement when it arrived at my door.  This skirt is not only adorable, but the fabric is stiff yet light, the perfect weight for my ideal silhouette.  It can easily be worn with or without a petticoat and the pockets are a dream!  Bianca immediately tried to claim it as her own, but she has a few years to go before she can fit into my clothes.  I both look forward to and dread that day!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, April 22, 2016

Bon Voyage

Pinup Girl Clothing Pinup Couture Peasant Top in Dark Royal Blue Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Pink Train Border Print

If it isn't broken, why try and fix it?  That's what I tell myself when I plan an outfit that contains a Jenny skirt and peasant top.  I can't help the fact that the fit, the design, and those lust-worthy prints have me begging for more.  Thankfully, Pinup Girl Clothing has given us a second round of their ever popular Mary Blair collection.  In addition to adding a few more of Mary's designs, they've reworked some of last year's favorites in new color ways.  As much as I adore my original train print skirt (seen here), this pink version appeases the girly girl in me like nothing else!

Pinup Girl Clothing Pinup Couture Peasant Top in Dark Royal Blue Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Pink Train Border Print

Pinup Girl Clothing Pinup Couture Peasant Top in Dark Royal Blue Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Pink Train Border Print

Pinup Girl Clothing Pinup Couture Peasant Top in Dark Royal Blue Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Pink Train Border Print

Pinup Girl Clothing Pinup Couture Peasant Top in Dark Royal Blue Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Pink Train Border Print

Pinup Girl Clothing Pinup Couture Peasant Top in Dark Royal Blue Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Pink Train Border Print

Pinup Girl Clothing Pinup Couture Peasant Top in Dark Royal Blue Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Pink Train Border Print

Top- Pinup Girl Clothing
Skirt- Pinup Girl Clothing
Shoes- Chelsea Crew
Petticoat- Malco Modes
Bracelet- c/o Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski

My favorite part about visiting my mom (other than seeing her of course) is exploring the beauty this town has to offer.  In addition to mind blowing scenic landscapes, there's also a quaint "old town" area that makes my heart flutter.  I originally came to old town to photograph the train mural in this outfit, but even at 6am the lighting was awful.  As perfect as the background may have been, I settled for this tiny retail location which was mostly vacant.  I love the rustic feel of the area and could have spent my entire day there.  I always feel like I need more time when I visit!

It's back to reality today and I'm settling into normal life again.  I spent most of my week antiquing and came across too many things to mention.  I'm serious, the antique scene is incredible!  I ended up taking a mid century bar cart for our living room, a dead stock pink tweed coat with matching floral brooch, a swing dress, and two chiffon nightgowns.  That's all I could fit in my car for the ride home!  I'm looking forward to finding some funky decor to decorate my new bar cart because Kevin and I don't drink.  As always, any suggestions are welcome!

xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Victory Floral

Trashy Diva Louise Dress in Victory Floral Print

I'm writing this post from my impromptu mini vacation.  Yesterday morning I packed Bianca and Rocco into the car and drove to my mom's house.  Kevin has to work this week so I had to leave him behind, along with our other two boys to keep him company.  So far we've enjoyed some time at the pool, the park, and did a bit of shopping.  We're planning on exploring old town tomorrow and I plan on taking a trip to a few of the local wineries (for the photo locations, not the wine!).  The world is our oyster this week!

Trashy Diva Louise Dress in Victory Floral Print

Trashy Diva Louise Dress in Victory Floral Print

Trashy Diva Louise Dress in Victory Floral Print

Trashy Diva Louise Dress in Victory Floral Print

Dress- Trashy Diva
Shoes- Bettie Page
Bracelet- c/o Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski
Lipstick- c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Catnip

In the midst of the packing frenzy, my tripod somehow didn't make it into my car.  I didn't realize this until much later and was overcome with frustration.  Luckily, my stepdad came to the rescue and took these pictures for me.  I think he did a wonderful job!  I've been dying to take some pictures in this Trashy Diva Louise dress and yesterday was the perfect opportunity.  While it's considered a "winter floral" to most, I feel like this dress easily translates to spring.  The gathering at the bust and the a-line skirt truly makes this dress a comfortable and flattering everyday outfit...  For all seasons!

xoxo

Ashley
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