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

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Black Friday: Deals and Steals!

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Want to find all the Black Friday Deals in one spot?  I've done my best to search the internet and feature all my favorite shops (and their sales!).  This post will update as more sales go live, so keep checking back for more shops with their sale codes.  Happy shopping!

Trashy Diva: 30% off everything including sale items (excluding the Magenta Floral collection) with code GOBBLEITUP

Modcloth: 30% off sitewide and free shipping with code CYBER

Unique Vintage: 30% off everything including sale items with code YAY30

Mischief Made: 20% off sitewide with code BLACKMM

Vintage Inspired by Jackie: 20% off select items, no code required

Hearts and Found: 30% off all dresses and skirts with code BLACKFRIDAY30

When Decades Collide Vintage: 20% off sitewide, no code needed

ASOS: 30% off sitewide with code EPIC30

Folter/Retrolicious: 40% off sitewide with code thanks40

Betsey Johnson: 40% off sitewide and free shipping with code CYBERBABE

BAIT Footwear: up to 40% off starting midnight tonight

Voodoo Vixen: select items from 50-75% off, no code required

Vixen by Micheline Pitt: 25% off everything in stock with code BACKTOBLACK and 15% off new pre-orders, no code needed

La Femme En Noir: 15% off everything in stock with code BACKTOBLACK

Tuesday Rose Vintage: 30% off sitewide, no code needed

Loco Lindo: 30% off sitewide and free US shipping with code BLACKFRIDAY30

Unicorn Crafts: 20% off all orders with code PINKUNICORN, all orders will include a free button, and free mystery gift on orders over $25 starting Friday 10AM

Remix Vintage Shoes:10% off regularly priced styles and free shipping with code HOLIDAY2017

MAC Cosmetics: 25% off with code MAC25

Heart of Haute: 50% off select items with code CYBERMON 

Bernie Dexter: Last chance items 65% off with code CM55 and 25% off the rest of the website with code CM25

Target: Take an extra 15% off all orders, no code needed

The Pretty Dress Company: 25% off with code BLACKFRIDAY

Miss Fortune: up to 70% off, no code necessary

Doll Me Up: up to 50% off and free US shipping, no code needed


xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Elsa

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Clock Face Border Print Full Skirt in Winter Heart of Haute Elsa Blouse

Is there anything prettier than pastels?  This ever-so-popular Vintage Inspired by Jackie Clock Face skirt (with artwork from John Varvir) was transformed into a winter wonderland color way and I'm in love!  Much like all the items in her shop, this skirt was made impeccably and the quality is top notch.  Would it be weird to own this skirt in all four colors?  Because I feel like I'm headed in that direction anyway!

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Clock Face Border Print Full Skirt in Winter Heart of Haute Elsa Blouse

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Clock Face Border Print Full Skirt in Winter Heart of Haute Elsa Blouse

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Clock Face Border Print Full Skirt in Winter Heart of Haute Elsa Blouse

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Clock Face Border Print Full Skirt in Winter Heart of Haute Elsa Blouse

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Clock Face Border Print Full Skirt in Winter

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Clock Face Border Print Full Skirt in Winter Heart of Haute Elsa Blouse

Top- c/o Heart of Haute
Skirt- c/o Vintage Inspired by Jackie
Shoes- c/o Bettie Page Shoes
Petticoat- Malco Modes
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Pink Souffle

Perfect for a day in the park (or any other day really), this 100% cotton skirt features a thin fitted waistband, gathered skirt, side pocket, and side zip with a top button closure.  Jackie made this piece to my waist measurement and it was perfect!  Just so you know, this skirt is currently 20% off for Black Friday!  There's no code needed and this sale won't last long so don't hesitate to order one for yourself!

Are you ready for Thankgiving and Black Friday?  I'm loving all these early sales, I feel like it takes some pressure off the Friday madness (plus I'm working that day).  Today I'm going to tackle a pecan pie cheesecake for Thanksgiving and I'm totally nervous about it!  Fingers crossed it turns out to be somewhat edible!

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, November 20, 2017

Magenta Floral

Trashy Diva Bianca Long Dress in Magenta Floral Southern California Belle

I mean, is there even a dress more dreamy than the Trashy Diva Bianca Long?!  Not only does it carry the name of my child (by coincidence, of course), but this new longer, fancier version of the original is a dream come true.  Made from a lush rayon crepe de chine, this dress brings all the drama but feels like you're wearing a cloud.  Debuting in Magenta Floral, aka the 2017 March Madness winner, this luxurious print was a match made in heaven for this dress!

Trashy Diva Bianca Long Dress in Magenta Floral Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva Bianca Long Dress in Magenta Floral Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva Bianca Long Dress in Magenta Floral Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva Bianca Long Dress in Magenta Floral Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva Bianca Long Dress in Magenta Floral Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva Bianca Long Dress in Magenta Floral Southern California Belle

Dress- Trashy Diva
Shoes- Remix Vintage Shoes
Longline bra- Amazon
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Pink Souffle

Not a far cry from the original (you can see my post in the shorter Bianca HERE), the Bianca Long features a deep sexy notched neckline, long sleeves with buttoned cuffs, banded waist, side zipper closure, and massive 8-panel circle skirt complete with pockets.  While the notched neckline is gorgeous, I'm not a huge fan of cleavage.  Thankfully, this dress was designed to be worn reversed!  As you can see, the "back" has a crossover neckline that very much suits my more modest needs.  Plus, I love a great plunge in the back! 

As for sizing, I normally hover between a 2 and a 4.  I decided on a 4 and I've found that the size chart is accurate.  While I think I could have sized down to a 2 (rayon crepe de chine does relax over time), I was happy with how it fit.  The banded waist provides almost no stretch and (when worn backwards) I need a bit of room to fit my low-back longline bra in there!  The length of the skirt is very long, so tall girls rejoice!  I'm a bit over 5'6" and I'm wearing 4" heels and the dress still touches the floor.  Just for the record, this is the first full-length Trashy Diva dress I've been "short enough" to wear and I couldn't be happier!

The Magenta Floral collection has four other styles (three dresses with a shorter hemline and a jumpsuit) and come in varying sizes of 0-24.  Because this is a Heritage Print, I wouldn't hesitate on adding one of these beauties to your closet!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Polka Parlour

Smak Parlour Black Polka Dot Long Sleeve Dress With Collar

I love pushing the boundaries of my personal style.  This year I've incorporated more shorter hems to my wardrobe and I couldn't be happier!  Smak Parlour has a great selection of vintage-inspired dresses and this polka dot number is the perfect piece to dress up or down.  Although it's been cooling down a bit here, I can't wait to throw on a pair of tights and some cute booties with this dress.  I keep fantasizing about layering and "winterizing" my wardrobe in hopes that one day it will be cool enough for the occasion!

Smak Parlour Black Polka Dot Long Sleeve Dress With Collar

Smak Parlour Black Polka Dot Long Sleeve Dress With Collar

Smak Parlour Black Polka Dot Long Sleeve Dress With Collar

Smak Parlour Black Polka Dot Long Sleeve Dress With Collar

Smak Parlour Black Polka Dot Long Sleeve Dress With Collar

Dress- c/o Smak Parlour
Shoes- Chelsea Crew
Brooch- Erstwilder
Belt- Vixen by Micheline Pitt
Lipstick-c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills in Blush

This super stretchy dress is made from a woven poly blend and very comfortable to wear.  It honestly feels like I'm wearing comfy pajamas!  It features a contrast Peter Pan collar, long sleeves, pleated skirt with side pockets, and a back zippered closure.  I went with a size small and it was perfect for my frame.  I chose to add a belt to accentuate my waist but it looks just as cute without one.  Considering this dress is just $74, I feel like it's a great price for such a fun fall/winter staple.

For the first time in forever I'm wearing my hair without any extensions.  While my hair has grown long enough for me to feel comfortable without them, I still suffer from thin, fine hair.  It became much worse after I had Bianca: I lost most of my hair and eyelashes.  So these days, I like to use extensions to give my hair a little volume.  While I'm not 100% comfortable going without them all the time, I'm starting to embrace my thin hair.  It might sound stupid but I'm pretty proud of myself!  While I don't think I'll give up extensions forever, I'd like to keep featuring looks without them once in awhile.  Here's to hoping I get the courage to keep doing it!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Evergreen

Collectif Mainline Barbara Pom Pom Jumper Collectif Vintage Jasmine Evergreen Check Swing Skirt

Seasons are finally changing here which means I get to wear warm, comfy outfits.  Thankfully, Collectif does a great job keeping you warm and looking fabulous!  I can't say no to a fun plaid and pairing it with this ridiculously warm pom pom jumper seemed like a match made in heaven.

Collectif Vintage Jasmine Evergreen Check Swing Skirt

Collectif Mainline Barbara Pom Pom Jumper Collectif Vintage Jasmine Evergreen Check Swing Skirt

Collectif Mainline Barbara Pom Pom Jumper Collectif Vintage Jasmine Evergreen Check Swing Skirt

Collectif Mainline Barbara Pom Pom Jumper Collectif Vintage Jasmine Evergreen Check Swing Skirt

Collectif Mainline Barbara Pom Pom Jumper Collectif Vintage Jasmine Evergreen Check Swing Skirt

Top- c/o Collectif
Skirt- c/o Collectif
Shoes- c/o Restricted Shoes
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Lipstick- c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills in Craft

The Barbara jumper is made from thick, soft nylon blend and has a slightly cropped length, pom poms around the bust and shoulders, and a high round neckline.  I went with a size UK6 and it ended up being a nice, fitted size.  This jumper also comes in three other colors and I kind of want to collect them all!

The Jasmine skirt is made from a poly blend that feels soft to the touch.  It features a fitted waistband, gathered knee-length skirt, and a side zippered closure.  The waistband provides little to no stretch, so if you're between sizes I would recommend ordering a size up.  I went with a size UK8 and while it fits, I was unable to tuck in this super thick jumper and feel/look comfortable.

Last weekend I went to Designer Con and had so much fun!  I also brought my husband and Bianca along, which was exciting because it was their first con experience.  I had the chance to run into some friends, discover new artists, and buy a few things to add to my collection of quirky enamel pins.  It also reminded me how much I love going to cons and how I'm looking forward to Wonder Con next year.  I have quite an obsession with Funko Pops and they always have a massive booth!  I think I'll need to start putting some money aside of that trip like, right now!

xoxo

Ashley
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