Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Bluest Light

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For once it was cold enough to wear a coat!  I look forward to these days because they're so few and far between.  My coat selection is small and I think this one had been hidden away for years.  I love the pretty tiers on the bottom, I think it compliments the full skirt of this Hell Bunny dress quite well.

I also have to mention that some creepy farmer guy watched me take these pictures from his truck the entire time.  I was a little freaked out at first, but I just wanted to get the heck out of there with some decent pictures.  I'm still getting used to taking pictures in public.  People are always interested in watching some weird girl in heels with a baby and a tripod...

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Inspiration: Layering

Now that the weather has cooled down it's time to start thinking about layers.  As someone who can wear short sleeves most months out of the year, I don't spend much time putting intricate outfits together.  When I do need to layer up I'm mostly clueless.  I'm really weird about proportions and I think everything looks kind of crazy on me, hence the dress and cardigan winter staples.  Here are a few of my favorite bloggers and their much better takes on layering.

Marlen of Messages on a Napkin
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All hail to the layering queen!  I've been inspired by Marlen for years.  To be honest, I had a hard time picking just one picture for this post.  She can take everything from an evening gown to a summer sundress and make it work for winter.  She always has lots of tips and tricks to maximize your wardrobe, so I'd highly recommend adding her to your reader if you're clueless like me.

Jessica of Midwest Muse
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Jessica is quite knowledgeable when it comes to layering, probably because she would die in an Ohio winter if she weren't.  She doesn't own a pair of pants and she creates the prettiest outfits to accompany her winter wonderland posts.  It doesn't hurt that all her photos are gorgeous, too.  I've got serious camera/photographer envy over here.

CiCi of CiCi Marie
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I love Cici's vintage inspired style.  I feel like with the exception of tights and a cardigan, it's somewhat hard to stay true to that style without freezing during winter.  Cici somehow took an outfit, with jeans no less, and made it hers.  I don't usually like wearing jeans, but this outfit might need to be recreated in the future.

Olivia of Her Name Was Celebration
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I love that Olivia doesn't have an explicit style, so it's fun to see her play in her wardrobe.  This grunge inspired outfit is gorgeous and perfect for a southern California winter.  I really wish I could pull off a beanie like she does!

Lisa of LaLa Faux Bois
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I feel like Lisa and I deal with similar climates.  We both don't stock up much warm clothes for the winter but need to have staple pieces for those cooler days.  Lisa is another layering queen and I have so much love for her quirky cute style.  She's also a thrifting maven so her wardrobe is truly one of a kind.  Basically, I love her.

What blogs are inspiration to you?  I think there are too many to mention as a whole so I like to categorize them into groups.  Maybe it's my OCD getting the best of me, but I can always take away a little something from everyone.  I'd love to hear your suggestions and maybe add a few new blogs to my reader too!

xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

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Okay, so I know Christmas is actually tomorrow.  But as us Argentinians do, we celebrate tonight!  Our whole family is meeting up at our grandmother's house for some homemade empanadas and Argentinian desserts.  I know I don't look South American, but my mother immigrated here with her family as a young girl.  My dad is also Argentinian but was born here in the states.  Anyway, we like to eat, open presents, and stay up until midnight to celebrate Christmas.  I can't remember the last time I actually stayed up to celebrate, but at least I have Bianca as an excuse to go to bed early.  I have to be nice and rested for my 31st birthday tomorrow ;).

Monday, December 22, 2014

Favorite Outfits of 2014

I love doing this post every year!  I've certainly noticed a change in my style in 2014, mostly because I've been doing my best to buy less but higher quality products.  My obsession with Bernie Dexter and my love for longer lengths went full swing and it certainly shows in my outfit choices.  Here are a few of my favorites, as well as some of yours.

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1. A Certain Romance
2. Ethereal Kind of Thing
3. When the Sun Goes Down

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1. Unintended
2. From the Back Bayou
3. Dinner Party Darling

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1. Scene and Believed
2. Pretty Plum
3. Desert Rose

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1. Forever Changing
2. Nothing Like a Saturday Night
3. Garden Sketch

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1. Three Roses
2. Hooved on a Feeling
3. Pretty Picnic

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1. Crystal Heart
2. Red Rhapsody
3. Winter Wonderland

I'm looking forward to a wonderful 2015!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, December 19, 2014

Nine to Fine

Modcloth Nine to Fine dress

I always feel guilty when we have a perfectly beautiful day and I don't go out to enjoy it.  These pictures almost never happened.  I had been out running errands all week and this was my only day to relax.  I figured I could go to a local hiking trail and take Bianca out while also getting some pictures for this post.  It worked out great, but people were looking at me kind of funny.  I guess I was overdressed to scale the mountain!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

What's On My Radar: Current Loves

Since my birthday is on Christmas, I only get gifts once a year (not to mention, people think combining birthday and Christmas is okay.... Not okay at all!).  Kevin and the rest of my family have always done their best to keep my birthday separate from the holiday.  I think one of the best parts about it is getting that extra attention.  Who doesn't love that?  Here is my "I hope I get some of these" wishlist:

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1. Saturday Night dress in Lilac
2. Antonella dress in Red Gingham
3. Foxy Print Pinup dress
4. Veronique dress in Serenity Bridge print

Like I'd have a birthday wishlist without a few Bernie dresses on it!  I tried my hardest and I narrowed it down to these four.  I can't imagine having to pick between them but I really love that fox print.  What's your favorite?


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1. Peppy Personality dress
2. And Many More dress
3. Day at the Ballet coat
4. Delectable Detour dress

No surprise that three of my four picks have polka dots on them!  I think my favorite is the coat, the few that I own are solid colors and I'd love to have something bright and fun.  Since I'm just a few weeks away from finishing my breastfeeding journey, I'm looking forward to wearing higher necklines again, much like the Peppy Personality dress.  I just love that bow!


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1. Let It Snow dress
2. Red Dog Cardigan
3. Christmas Kitties Lizzie dress
4. Nautical Mermaid Flare dress

Rebel Circus is one of my new favorite places to shop.  They carry so many great brands!  Not to mention, their selection of cute novelty printed clothing is endless.  I'm especially smitten with the Voodoo Vixen mermaid dress, that print is just gorgeous.  FYI: They are having a HUGE sale right now too!


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1. Premium Prom dress with lace applique
2. Jack Wills Plaid V-Neck dress
3. Frock and Frill Embellished Skater dress
4. Closet Skater dress in botanical print

ASOS has an infinite amount of adorable dresses!  The plaid dress definitely has my heart though, probably because it has pockets.  The Closet floral dress is also a favorite.  If you don't own a Closet dress, I'd highly suggest it.  I love their fabrics and their beautiful cuts.

I'm very curious to see what Kevin gets me for Christmas/my birthday.  He's been ridiculously secretive about the whole thing so I'm sure it's going to be something good!  What's on your holiday wishlist this year?

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, December 15, 2014

Winter Wonderland

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I think it's going to be very hard to top this outfit here.  I love every little thing about it!  Bernie Dexter has the greatest cuts with the most fabulous prints.  The minute I saw her winter print I knew it had to be mine.  I had been waiting until the day after Thanksgiving to break it out and I've been wearing it constantly ever since.  Here in southern California we don't have very many cold days, but that doesn't mean I can't dress the part (and without the crazy layers)!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Wouldn't You Gnome

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You wouldn't know it from first glance, but I live in a pretty beautiful city.  Unfortunately, it's the epitome of suburbia (Pleasantville the movie was filmed in my neighborhood) but there are still nooks and crannies of untouched land.  You can find everything from vast mountains, desert terrain, even a forest if you feel like driving ten or so minutes north.  My problem is mainly laziness (and a baby as an excuse) so I never show it off.  These days I'm determined to make pictures just as interesting as my outfits.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Dotted Gold

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Who knew black and gold was a match made in heaven?  This Heart of Haute ensemble has been a go-to outfit lately.  I don't usually venture outside of a basic circle skirt (or a skirt at all) but I really love the fit of this princess seamed beauty.  It hugs the right areas but flares out perfectly.  These pictures truly do it no justice!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Eleven Months

This past month has been pretty big.  Bianca went from walking a few steps here and there to full on walking.  I'm such a proud mommy!  It seems like she's gained a lot of confidence because she's testing her abilities constantly.  It keeps me busier than ever but I enjoy every minute.

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Just like last month, her vocabulary is getting stronger.  You can tell she tries to communicate with Kevin and myself but just hasn't figured out how.  If I repeat a word over and over she stares at my mouth and tries to emulate the sounds.  I love how interested she is when it comes to learning new things.

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Bianca has regressed a little bit when it comes to eating.  She's starting to get picky!  She now refuses to eat butternut squash, which is crazy because it's so good.  She also doesn't like to eat her food if she knows I'm eating something different.  She actually compares our plates and starts yelling for my food if it's not identical.

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Her sleeping hasn't improved much.  I think it's mostly because I'm still breastfeeding (I'm going to make it to a year!) so she still wakes up for feedings.  Because I only work on weekends I don't really mind the nighttime interruptions.  Once she hits the twelve month mark, I can start giving her whole milk and maybe it will keep her fuller for longer.  Let's hope that will finally be the answer...

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Writing this post is a little bittersweet.  I only have one more to go!  It's been such a great experience sharing Bianca's first year so far and I'll miss these monthly posts.  I know it's been said a million times, but time just flies and babies grow way too fast.  I just wish I could put her on pause and enjoy this time a little longer!

xoxo

Ashley

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Flock Together: Rad to the Bone

Well, it's been awhile but Flock Together is officially off hiatus!  Check out how I channeled my inner Jessica with her super cute skeleton dress.  P.S. It also glows in the dark!  Click HERE to see the whole post.

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xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Red Rhapsody

Unique Vintage Red Rhapsody dress

This is, by far, my favorite Unique Vintage purchase.  The day this dress showed up in store I knew I wanted to wear it for my Christmas card photos.  I love the sweetheart neckline, the off the shoulder sleeves, and the built in crinoline.  While I don't mind wearing a crinoline under most of my dresses, I find it especially convenient when I don't have to layer up.  It's the perfect addition to my closet and I've already worn it multiple times.  It also comes in navy and I had a serious conversation with my impulsive side to stop myself from buying that one too.  I'm just that type of person, if I like the fit of something I must have it in every color!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Crystal Heart

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The holiday season is officially upon us and I couldn't be happier to dress the part.  The wonderful Mandie Bee over at Heart of Haute sent me this beautiful tartan dress which happens to be perfect for the cooler weather.  While I'm no stranger to cardigans, it's nice to have a dress with long sleeves which eliminates the need for layering.  The fabric is also fuzzy and warm, an ideal combination for someone who is perpetually cold.  I added a bit of sparkle to this outfit with my new Touchstone Crystal jewelry. I rarely wear anything besides my wedding ring, but these Swarovski crystals are the perfect compliment pieces.  Make sure you keep on reading, you'll have the chance to add some sparkle to your holidays too!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Holiday Party Dresses

Yes, it's Black Friday but my claustrophobic self will be staying right at home.  At this moment I'm more concerned with Bianca's birthday party than I am with Christmas shopping so I've been steering clear of the sales (if I know about it, I will be tempted!).  My last purchase was a dress for a holiday party and this year I have several to attend.  Here is a list of party dresses I think would work, from the casual party to the formal affair.

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This dress is ridiculously cute!  I love the sequined collar and the sleeves.  It's perfect for a more casual party and could also be worn for New Year's Eve.

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This dress is so flirty and fun!  It's from Lauren Conrad's Paper Crown line and it's gorgeous.  As you can tell, I love sequins and think they work perfect for holiday party attire.

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My obsession with red continues...  This dress is romantic and equally fun.  This would look amazing with some black pumps and a matching black (faux) fur stole.

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There's something very glam about this dress.  I love the sweetheart neckline with the more conservative overlay.  Of course, I love the bow at the waist!

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I've been obsessed with this dress forever!  While the color isn't really holiday appropriate, it comes in a bunch of different colors.  I just so happen to love pink.  It's also on mega sale, like 38 dollars if I recall correctly!

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I.  Need.  This!  It's utter perfection.  I love the delicate lace and the full skirt.  It's just beautiful.  I have no other words!

Have you picked out your holiday party dress?  I can't wait to show you mine later this month!

I've also picked a winner for the Sourpuss Clothing dress giveaway!  Click HERE to see if you're the lucky one!

xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pretty Picnic

Lindy Bop Audrey dress in Red Gingham 003

I'm just going to say this now: Expect to see a lot of red dresses in the next few weeks!  I used to think red was a terrible color on me but I'm coming around.  Maybe it's because I'm feeling the holiday spirit?  I'm just happy to see more than a sea of blue in my closet!

I've always wanted a Lindy Bop Audrey dress and thanks to Amanda I now have one!  I had been eying this dress for a long time, it just so happened that Amanda was ready to let hers go.  I love that the fabric is lightweight and the skirt has lining.  Considering the great price, I think you get a lot for your money.  Now I want this dress in a few other prints...

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Merriest Ever

I just wanted to post a little preview of our Christmas card shoot yesterday.  We rarely ever take family pictures so I was overjoyed to have some new ones!  Can't wait to send out our cards this season, this will be our fist year.  There have been lots of firsts lately, and now that the holiday season is approaching I'm getting more excited about sharing these milestones with Bianca.

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My dress- Unique Vintage
Bianca's dress- Carter's

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, November 21, 2014

Posed to Death

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I couldn't be more happy to bring more black into my closet.  Yes, it's a black dress with zombie pinups on it, but black nonetheless. I've been really happy with my last few Hell Bunny purchases.  While the brand does run a little large, once I figured out my correct size I realized how much I love them.  It's also pretty dangerous that we carry Hell Bunny at work.  Pretty dresses + employee discount = huge dent in paycheck!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hooved on a Feeling

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I'm sure you know I have a wishlist a mile long.  This dress had been at the top for over six months and now it's finally mine!  I love the cut of this dress: the deep v in the back, the cap sleeves with the little peekaboo slits, and the longer length.  Of course, the print is amazing and an absolute showstopper.  When Kevin first saw the dress he didn't even realize there were unicorns on it!  Your eye doesn't know where to land first which means it's the perfect addition to my closet of novelty prints.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sourpuss Clothing Giveaway!

I'm so excited to announce that I've teamed up with Sourpuss Clothing for an awesome giveaway! I'm sure you're familiar with the brand, but if not, they make the cutest dresses with the most amazing novelty prints.  Sourpuss was gracious enough to let me pick a dress of my own and I couldn't wait to get my hands on the Lizzie dress in sputnik print.

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I love the cut of this dress.  The cap sleeves are adorable and the Peter Pan collar gives it an extra girly flair.  Of course, it has pockets and a bow detail on the waist so I knew right away this dress was for me.  The fabric is stretchy and fully lined with a silky material.  It also comes in a range of sizes, from S-2X.  Basically, it's perfect.  And guess what?  You can have one too!  You can enter this international giveaway after the jump!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Finding Neverland

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The novelty print that trumps all novelty prints.  That's how I feel about this skirt.  I've been obsessed with this Peter Pan themed print for the last year and I'm so happy it's finally been added to my closet.  If you can't already tell, I'm not the biggest advocate of separates.  Wearing dresses is my thing mostly because it requires less thought.  While this skirt is also offered in a dress version, I felt like it was a little overbearing on my frame.  So I challenge myself every time I wear this skirt because it requires me to actually put a more elaborate outfit together.

Friday, November 14, 2014

What's On My Radar: Current Loves

This month I'm focusing on sale items, mostly because during the holidays money is tight.  Any of these items would be great for me or as a Christmas gift for someone else.  I always get super stressed during the holidays because I have a lot of family to shop for, but I think the only person getting gifts this year is Bianca.  It's her first Christmas!  Anyway, here are my picks this month.  Almost everything is under fifty dollars!

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Have you been holiday shopping yet?  Are you feeling the pressure too?

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Belle Blossom

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Yep, I know we're in the middle of November.  Unfortunately, the heat is very much still here.  It isn't miserable but it does mean I'll still be wearing summer worthy clothing.  That doesn't bother me at all though.  I love me some floral prints!  Even if it were snowing, I'd probably just add more layers to this ensemble.

Sammi was nice enough to let me borrow this dress and I couldn't possibly love it more.  It's a halter dress and I usually hate the way that cut looks on me.  I can overlook a halter if the print is to die for.  And guess what?  This pink blossom print is one of my favorites!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Madame Butterfly

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Here it is, another pretty blue dress.  I can't even explain why I'm so drawn to this color, but my closet is filled with hue after hue of blue (that's hard to say out loud!).  This is my first Eva Franco dress and I'm pleasantly surprised with the quality.  It's lined with really soft fabric and the dress itself is thick and sturdy.  I can see more of her dresses in my closet in the future...

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Ten Months

Is it weird to say that I'm almost too tired to even write this post?  That's what it feels like being a mommy to a now ten month old Bianca.  As of Thursday, she is officially starting to walk!  She's been "cruising" around the house for several weeks now but she's gone from hugging the walls to not needing any assistance at all.  I'm happy and proud, but I also know that things get a lot harder from here.  The more mobile they are, the more mess they get into!

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Speaking of mess, Bianca has been making it her mission to scare the heck out of me on the regular.  She ingested some shampoo during bath time, on my watch and while I was bathing with her.  Needless to say, I had to call poison control to make sure she would be okay, and she was.  I was freaking out though!  She loves to go through the bathroom cabinets and play with things like shaving cream, hair spray, and lotion.  I'm counting the days until we get those baby proof locks on everything.

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She pretty much eats everything I eat (with exceptions to nuts, popcorn, and candy).  She has so many teeth now she can chew almost anything.  She's also cutting four teeth right now which would bring the grand total to twelve.  She hasn't been sleeping much at all and she's either insanely happy or absolutely miserable.  It's been a roller coaster with her for the last week or so, I can't wait until they pop through and she starts to feel better.

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Bianca's personality really shines through these days.  She's really bubbly and I'm pretty sure she's going to be a little comedian, I can see it already!  She loves to sing and especially dance, it's the cutest thing ever!  Her vocabulary hasn't really progressed in the last month, but her ability to understand what we are saying has.  She is starting to know what "no" means, and she knows how to give a kiss when I ask her.  I've also been teaching her Spanish words so she can get used to vocabulary in both languages.

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While I feel like it's getting harder, it's also getting much more fun.  She's such a gift and I couldn't ask for a more perfect little girl :).

xoxo

Ashley
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