Thursday, August 17, 2017

Dahlia

Paisley Raye Dahlia Dress Southern California Belle

I've been feeling more 40's styles lately and this outfit is no exception.  The Dahlia dress from Paisley Raye is comfortable enough to wear everyday but looks amazing when it's dressed up as well.  I'm getting the most out of these summer days with this dress but I think it will be easy to transition into fall with some fun layering.  Am I the only crazy person that thinks about how to style a certain piece for every season before I buy it?  Please tell me I'm not the only one...

Paisley Raye Dahlia Dress Southern California Belle

Paisley Raye Dahlia Dress Southern California Belle

Paisley Raye Dahlia Dress Southern California Belle

Paisley Raye Dahlia Dress Southern California Belle

Paisley Raye Dahlia Dress Southern California Belle

Dress- c/o Paisley Raye
Shoes- Remix Vintage Shoes
Hat- Vintage (similar)
Lipstick- c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Candy Apple

The Dahlia dress features a surplice neckline, gathers at the shoulder, short sleeves, and a-line skirt complete with hidden side pockets.  It's made from a super stretchy and incredibly soft fabric that literally feels like you're wearing a cloud.  The Dahlia doesn't have zippers or buttons, you can just throw it on and go!  Like the rest of their collection, this dress is available in sizes XS-4X.  I've linked a Facebook shop where you can explore the Paisley Raye collection.  If you don't see the size or style you want, make sure to send a message so the shop girls can cater to your needs!

I'm gearing up for some self-care this weekend.  Two of my dogs have been sick (one recovered, the other is not doing so well) and I've been generally frustrated with the stagnant nature of my life lately.  I'm trying to be positive but I feel like I need a clean slate.  So I'm meeting up with some old friends and I'll probably make use of some Lush bath bombs and scented candles.  What do you do when you need to recharge?  Let me know in the comments!

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hidden Treasure

Trashy Diva June Blouse 1940's Skirt in Pirate Treasure Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva Hollywood Dress in Pirate Treasure The Soubrette Brunette

When Sammi and I were planning our outfits for our New Orleans trip, we decided we wanted to "twin" at least once.  While we have lots of the same outfits, Trashy Diva's Pirate Treasure print was on the top of our list.  This collection is easily in my top three favorites (I do own five pieces) and I thought it would be fun to compliment Sammi's Hollywood dress with the new June blouse.  We took our coordinating outfits to the New Orleans Botanical Garden and we were completely blown away.  Full of lush gardens, an amusement park, and even a restaurant; you can easily spend an entire day here.  If we hadn't been so time-poor we certainly would have!

Trashy Diva June Blouse 1940's Skirt in Pirate Treasure Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva Hollywood Dress in Pirate Treasure The Soubrette Brunette

Trashy Diva June Blouse 1940's Skirt in Pirate Treasure Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva Hollywood Dress in Pirate Treasure The Soubrette Brunette

Trashy Diva June Blouse 1940's Skirt in Pirate Treasure Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva Hollywood Dress in Pirate Treasure The Soubrette Brunette

Trashy Diva June Blouse 1940's Skirt in Pirate Treasure Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva Hollywood Dress in Pirate Treasure The Soubrette Brunette

Top- Trashy Diva
Skirt- Trashy Diva
Shoes- Remix Vintage Shoes
Lipstick- c/o Besame Cosmetics in Portrait Peach

Sammi's dress- Trashy Diva
Sammi's shoes- Jessica Simpson

Trashy Diva's June blouse is a 1940's lover's dream!  It features a button front with snaps in between (no bust gaping, ladies!), petal sleeves that allow you to lift your arms with ease, triangle breast pockets, peplum detail at the waist, and a matching grommet belt.  I went with a size 4 for bust room but I feel like I probably could have sized down without any issues.  I paired it with the classic 1940's skirt to give it a faux-dress feel but I love to wear it with my lounge pants too!  I'm looking forward to adding more June blouses to my closet in the future.  It really is the perfect vintage-inspired piece!

Trashy Diva is releasing a new print today and I can't wait for everyone to see it.  I had the honor of modeling some of this collection and let me tell you: I am in love!  Keep your eyes peeled, the new collection launches at 9am PST.  Let me know what you think when you see it by commenting below!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Joanie

Joanie Clothing Hermione Le Pique-Nique Slogan Knit Quinn Polka Dot Skirt

I feel like I've been pushing my personal style boundries lately and this outfit is no exception.  I rarely (and by rarely I mean never) wear skirts above my knee but this Joanie Clothing skirt was too cute to pass up!  Sturdy but stretchy, this polka dot skirt is the perfect base to any outfit.  I'm already dreaming about different ways to style it for the cooler months ahead!

Joanie Clothing Hermione Le Pique-Nique Slogan Knit Quinn Polka Dot Skirt

Joanie Clothing Hermione Le Pique-Nique Slogan Knit Quinn Polka Dot Skirt

Joanie Clothing Hermione Le Pique-Nique Slogan Knit Quinn Polka Dot Skirt

Joanie Clothing Hermione Le Pique-Nique Slogan Knit Quinn Polka Dot Skirt

Joanie Clothing Hermione Le Pique-Nique Slogan Knit Quinn Polka Dot Skirt

Top- c/o Joanie Clothing
Skirt- c/o Joanie Clothing (on sale!)
Shoes- Seychelles
Sunglasses- c/o Joanie Clothing (on sale!)
Lipstick- Besame Cosmetics Lipstick in Victory Red 

This strawberry jumper is light enough to wear in summer but will easily transition to fall with some simple layering.  This soft knit features 3/4 sleeeves, a round neck, and the cutest embroidered picnic design on the front.  I'm wearing a size small and it was the perfect fit!  My skirt is a size UK8 and I feel like it runs true to size as well.  My first experience with Joanie Clothing was nothing but positive and it definitely won't be my last!

This week has been kind of crazy and I'm just trying to keep my head above water.  Two of my dogs have had health issues, my daughter has been sick, and I literally can't get anything done.  I'm hoping for a bit of break today since all three of them seem to be on the mend.  I'm ready to act more like a fun mom and less like a live-in nurse!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tropical Flowers

Target Mossimo Women's Printed Cold Shoulder Ruffle Dress Southern California Belle

I'm still trying to get back into the swing of things because my vacation really bogged me down (in the best kind of way)!  Being away from my life as a wife, mother, and stay at home mom and jumping into endless adventures with my best friend was much needed.  Now that I'm home, I feel a new energy and appreciation for the life that I've built here with Kevin.  One thing I wasn't super excited to come home to: this ridiculously dry California heat!

Target Mossimo Women's Printed Cold Shoulder Ruffle Dress Southern California Belle

Target Mossimo Women's Printed Cold Shoulder Ruffle Dress Southern California Belle

Target Mossimo Women's Printed Cold Shoulder Ruffle Dress Southern California Belle

Target Mossimo Women's Printed Cold Shoulder Ruffle Dress Southern California Belle

Target Mossimo Women's Printed Cold Shoulder Ruffle Dress Southern California Belle

Dress- Target (on clearance now!!!)
Shoes- G.C. Shoes (similar)
Lipstick- c/o Besame Cosmetics in Portrait Peach

This is one of my few "non-vintage inspired" dresses and I must admit: I love it!  With its light, airy fabric and flowy silhouette, it's the perfect everyday dress that looks fancier than it feels.  The straps are adjustable, the fabric tie belt highlights the smallest part of your waist perfectly, and the tiered skirt is the perfect look for summer.  It's fully lined, so you don't have to worry about your undergarments showing.  It's also currently on clearance, so you can get this beauty for a steal!

Now that I'm home, I'm focusing on getting back to finding a job.  While I've gone on interviews, I haven't heard back from anyone yet.  I'm going to stay positive and keep looking.  What's meant to be will be, but I'd love to have a steady paycheck in the near future!  Keep those fingers crossed for me!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Trouble Maker

Vixen by Micheline Pitt Troublemaker Swing Dress in Leopard Print Southern California Belle

Is there ever a time where leopard print isn't appropriate?  In my world, this classic animal print is technically a solid and I love to sport it whenever I can.  As one of the stockists for Vixen by Micheline Pitt, Doll Me Up has a very large selection of their designs at fantastic prices.  So you can stock your closet with all the pretty things (and not break the bank)!

Vixen by Micheline Pitt Troublemaker Swing Dress in Leopard Print Southern California Belle

Vixen by Micheline Pitt Troublemaker Swing Dress in Leopard Print Southern California Belle

Vixen by Micheline Pitt Troublemaker Swing Dress in Leopard Print Southern California Belle

Vixen by Micheline Pitt Troublemaker Swing Dress in Leopard Print Southern California Belle

Vixen by Micheline Pitt Troublemaker Swing Dress in Leopard Print Southern California Belle

Vixen by Micheline Pitt Troublemaker Swing Dress in Leopard Print Southern California Belle

Dress- c/o Doll Me Up
Shoes- Lilian (similar)
Sunglasses- c/o Retro Sunnies
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

The Troublemaker swing dress features a deep scoop neckline, long sleeves, a full and gathered skirt, deep side pockets, matching grommet belt, and a long back zippered closure.  Unlike the solid-colored versions of this dress, the leopard version is made from super stretchy textured stretch crepe.  I tend to be between an XS/S, but I comfortably wore an extra small.  If you're between sizes, I would definitely size down!  While this dress is quite short-waisted (and I am quite long-waisted) the belt easily hides the higher waistline.  If you're new to Doll Me Up, you can recieve10% off your order if you sign up for their newsletter.  Plus, you also get first dibs on their sales!

Today Sammi and I are off to the French Quarter to enjoy the sights, eat some beignets, and shop at Trashy Diva.  I have to admit, this is probably the best way to spend a random Thursday!  If you're in the New Orleans area or happen to visit often, any kinds of recommendations are welcome.  Just leave them in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, July 31, 2017

Vixen

Vixen by Micheline Pitt Vixen Dress in Vintage Makeup and Hair Southern California Belle

I can't help but fall head over heels for a novelty print dress in pink.  Sweet yet sexy, the Vixen swing dress from Vixen by Micheline Pitt is incredibly versatile.  The elastic neckline and sleeves allow you to style it with the sleeves up for a more modest look or down for something a little more sultry.  Both the design and the artwork were created by Micheline Pitt, which is evident because this woman knows how to design gorgeous retro styles for women of all shapes and sizes!

Vixen by Micheline Pitt Vixen Dress in Vintage Makeup and Hair Southern California Belle

Vixen by Micheline Pitt Vixen Dress in Vintage Makeup and Hair Southern California Belle

Vixen by Micheline Pitt Vixen Dress in Vintage Makeup and Hair Southern California Belle

Vixen by Micheline Pitt Vixen Dress in Vintage Makeup and Hair Southern California Belle

Vixen by Micheline Pitt Vixen Dress in Vintage Makeup and Hair Southern California Belle

Dress- c/o Vixen by Micheline Pitt
Shoes- Target
Petticoat- Malco Modes
Hair scarf- c/o Doll Me Up
Bangles- Trashy Diva

Bianca's dress- Target
Bianca's shoes- Target

Made from a high quality stretch cotton sateen, this dress has enough structure to hold you in and enough stretch for comfort.  The Vixen swing dress features puff sleeves, an adjustable tie at the bust, super full gathered swing skirt, massive hidden side pockets, and a long back zippered closure.  It also comes with a black vinyl grommet belt which I absolutely love (I wear it with my Bad Girl Denim all the time).  Like all of Vixen's designs, this dress is available in sizes XS-4X.  I tend to be between an XS/S and I chose a size small.  While the extra small does fit, I definitely need a bit more room for my arms.  The Vixen swing dress in Vintage Makeup and Hair print is limited edition, so don't hesitate to add this beauty to your wardrobe!

In just a few days I'll be in New Orleans with Sammi and the excitement/anxiety has definitely set in.  I know I've been talking about this for weeks, but it's been a ridiculously long time since I've seen Sammi or gone on a vacation and I'm ready for both of these things!  I'll be posting a lot of our trip on my Instagram, so make sure to follow me if you'd like to tag along!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Wildflowers

Trashy Diva Streetcar Dress in Wildflowers Southern California Belle

I know I'm late to the game (and when I say late, I mean like two weeks) but Trashy Diva's newest print is gorgeous beyond words!  I know I rave about them a lot, but I can't help but fall for a 60's inspired floral.  Wildflowers is a special collection because it resurrected two styles I'm absolutely obsessed with: the Goldie and the Streetcar dress.  While I had a difficult time choosing, the Streetcar was the winner.  With that sleeveless style and that gorgeous neck tie, it feels like the perfect summer dress!

Trashy Diva Streetcar Dress in Wildflowers Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva Streetcar Dress in Wildflowers Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva Streetcar Dress in Wildflowers Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva Streetcar Dress in Wildflowers Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva Streetcar Dress in Wildflowers Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva Streetcar Dress in Wildflowers Southern California Belle

Dress- Trashy Diva
Shoes- c/o Bettie Page Shoes
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

The Streetcar dress is fully lined and features a sleeveless look with a high neck.  A deep slit at the neckline makes it feel sexy, but the removable sash around the neck and the hook and eye closure at the top allows you to be a little more modest (like me).  The gathered skirt is extremely full and features hidden side pockets.  While this is a side zip closure, the long zipper makes the Streetcar easy to get into.  The entire Wildflowers collection is made from a light cotton voile, so while it does loosen a bit with wear, there is no stretch.  I initially purchased this dress in a 2, but the bust and underarm area was entirely too tight for my frame.  The 4 was a much better fit.  In my opinion, the size chart is about an inch off in both the bust and waist.  If you're interested in adding this revived popular style to your closet, I'd act soon.  Some sizes have already sold out!

In less than a week I'll be in New Orleans with my best friend.  I seriously can't believe this is going to be my first flight since 2012 and my first trip without Bianca.  I think once I get there my nerves will calm and it will just be pure excitement.  I can't wait to explore this wonderful city with Sammi by my side!  It's her first time so we're going to make the most of our trip.  If you have any suggestions for us, let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, July 24, 2017

Budding Beauties

Micheline Pitt For Unique Vintage Light Blue Budding Beauties Alice Swing Dress Southern California Belle

When Unique Vintage and Micheline Pitt decide to collaborate on a dreamy collection, you not-so-secretly freak out about it!  I'm really excited to show off one of my favorite dresses in the collection: the Alice swing dress in Budding Beauties print.  Perfect for summer and beyond, this dress feels like an ethereal yet wearable piece of art.  I haven't been able to take it off, it's just so perfect!

Micheline Pitt For Unique Vintage Light Blue Budding Beauties Alice Swing Dress Southern California Belle

Micheline Pitt For Unique Vintage Light Blue Budding Beauties Alice Swing Dress Southern California Belle

Micheline Pitt For Unique Vintage Light Blue Budding Beauties Alice Swing Dress Southern California Belle

Micheline Pitt For Unique Vintage Light Blue Budding Beauties Alice Swing Dress Southern California Belle

Micheline Pitt For Unique Vintage Light Blue Budding Beauties Alice Swing Dress Southern California Belle

Micheline Pitt For Unique Vintage Light Blue Budding Beauties Alice Swing Dress Southern California Belle

Dress- c/o Unique Vintage
Shoes- Remix Vintage Shoes
Petticoat- Malco Modes
Lipstick- c/o Besame Cosmetics in Portrait Pink

The Alice swing dress was designed by Micheline Pitt and features a sweetheart neckline, double spaghetti straps (which are all fully adjustable), a fitted bodice, full swing skirt complete with deep side pockets, and a back zippered closure with a hook and eye at the top.  Two black satin bows are perched atop the neckline near the straps and the dress is finished with a black grommet belt.  Made with a high-quality cotton sateen fabric, this dream of a dress boasts the most beautiful pink rose print (which was also illustrated by Micheline).  Did you happen to see those gorgeous faces in the middle of the roses?  It's definitely my favorite part!

I'm wearing a size small and the fit is just right.  Depending on the cut, I can be between an extra small and a small in Unique Vintage clothing.  I'm very happy with both the quality of the garment and the sizing.  It really is the perfect dress for me!  If you're on the fence, I would definitely buy it before it's gone for good.  While this collaboration is an absolute match made in heaven, these pieces won't last very long!

xoxo

Ashley
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