Friday, June 30, 2017

What's On My Radar: Current Loves

I can't stop thinking about fun summer outfits!  I mean, what's new?  Whether it's a cute new sundress, fun accessories, or planning out my Halloween wardrobe (that's totally a thing), this month's installment has it all!  You can see all of my picks below:

Vixen by Micheline Pitt
  1. Ben Cooper Trick R Treat Print Swing Skirt
  2. Vixen Top in Chartreuse
  3. Ben Cooper Monster Mask Print Swing Skirt
  4. Powder Puff Top in Chartreuse
  5. Bad Girl Crop Top in Orange and Black Stripes
It might be summer but Halloween never looked so good!  The pre-order section of Vixen's website is simply drool-worthy and I'm dying to get my hands on everything!  I've already pre-ordered the crop top in black and orange stripes, but I feel like that Trick R Treat swing skirt is going to be in my cart at any moment now.


JCrew
  1. Bow-Shoulder Top
  2. A-Line Button Up Skirt
  3. Off The Shoulder Ruffle Hem Dress
  4. Tie Shoulder One Piece Swimsuit
  5. High Waisted Shorts
While I'm not a regular J. Crew shopper, this postcard print has me lusting over the entire collection!  Inspired by summers in Spain, this print is the perfect summer staple and it comes in plenty of styles to choose from.  These happen to be my favorites, but the dress is the one that I took home.  Oh, and the entire site is currently 25% off with the code SUMMER.  Shop away!


Bow and Crossbones
  1. Confetti Braclet- Blue Thread
  2. Confetti Bracelet- Silver Flake
  3. Confetti Bracelet- Bubblegum and Magenta
  4. Confetti Bracelet- Chartreuse and Black
  5. Confetti Bracelet- Gold Thread
  6. Confetti Bracelet- Multi Clear
I can't help how much I love these Grace bangles from Bow & Crossbones!  I've only chosen to show a few, but there are so many different kinds of bangles to fall in love with.  Lots of these styles also have coordinating earrings so you can finish off your vintage-inspired look.  I'll just take one of everything, please.


Kate Spade
  1. Rambling Roses Monkey Mini Pendant
  2. Bayard Place Little Babe
  3. Dino Applique Folio iPhone Case
  4. Cedar Street Ice Pop Berrie
  5. Abigail Heels
I mean, who doesn't love everything from Kate Spade?  I've been eyeing their sale section all week!  These are my current favorites (that bag, OMG) and you can get and additional 30% off all sale items with the code SUNNY.  I feel like lots of fun goodies are coming home with me...


Boohoo
  1. Maddison Frill Sleeve Off Shoulder Midi Dress
  2. Sophie Pom Pom Trim Clutch
  3. Lucille Stripe Bow Front Midi Skater Dress
  4. Poppy Watermelon Fruit Crossbody Bag
  5. Yasmin Tie Back Detail Midi Skater Dress
Summer is all about fun summer dresses and cute novelty bags (at least for me it is)!  Boohoo has a wonderful selection of both, and everything is at such a great price point.  That striped Lucille dress is everything!  I need it on my body like right now!

What's on your wish list this month?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Rosewall

Hearts and Found Grace Dress "Rosewall" in Large Blue Rose Print Southern California Belle

Now that it's officially summer, all the pretty cotton sundresses are off their hangers and out in the sun!  Hearts and Found is always my go-to shop when I'm in the mood for more.  They're custom made to my measurements, have tons of pretty prints to choose from, and are constructed to last forever.  I recently fell in love with this Rosewall fabric and I knew I needed it in my favorite style: the Grace dress.

Hearts and Found Grace Dress "Rosewall" in Large Blue Rose Print Southern California Belle

Hearts and Found Grace Dress "Rosewall" in Large Blue Rose Print Southern California Belle

Hearts and Found Grace Dress "Rosewall" in Large Blue Rose Print Southern California Belle

Hearts and Found Grace Dress "Rosewall" in Large Blue Rose Print Southern California Belle

Hearts and Found Grace Dress "Rosewall" in Large Blue Rose Print Southern California Belle

Dress- c/o Hearts and Found
Shoes- c/o Bettie Page Shoes
Belt- From another dress
Bracelets- c/o Top Vintage
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

The Grace is made from 100% cotton and is fully lined, has a gathered bust, adjustable spaghetti straps, a full skirt with side pockets, and a long back zippered closure.  It's great for long waists but will accommodate anyone, thanks to the adjustable straps.  I love that the skirt is full enough on its own.  No need for a petticoat, you can just throw it on and go!  While Hearts and Found does carry sizes XS-4X, Marjorie is more than happy to accommodate any of her items to your actual measurements.  Considering the fact that you're getting a custom-made dress, it's such a phenomenal price!

This weekend Kevin and I are going to a very fancy event.  It's not very often that I get to wear a gown, so I'm really excited about getting glammed up for the occasion.  I can't wait to show you my outfit!  Make sure to follow me on Instagram to see it :).

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Birds Of A Feather

Trashy Diva The Getaway Dress in Birds of a Feather Print  Southern California Belle

As you probably already know, Trashy Diva is hands-down my favorite brand to purchase from.  I love their vintage-inspired prints, unique dress styles, and the luxurious fabrics they like to use (stretch rayon, anyone?).  Their Birds of a Feather collection released last week and I was intrigued but just not completely excited.  I purchased anyway because I couldn't stop thinking about this new Getaway dress and I'm so happy I did.  It's comfortable, fits like a dream, and I can't get enough of the features in this new dress style!

Trashy Diva The Getaway Dress in Birds of a Feather Print  Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva The Getaway Dress in Birds of a Feather Print  Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva The Getaway Dress in Birds of a Feather Print  Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva The Getaway Dress in Birds of a Feather Print  Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva The Getaway Dress in Birds of a Feather Print  Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva The Getaway Dress in Birds of a Feather Print  Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva The Getaway Dress in Birds of a Feather Print  Southern California Belle

Dress- Trashy Diva
Shoes- c/o Bettie Page Shoes (similar)
Bracelet- Betsey Johnson
Belt- From another dress
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

The Birds of a Feather collection is made from a light and breathable cotton voile.  If you're a Trashy Diva dress collector like I am, it very much feels like their Mahjong collection.  The Getaway is a beautiful new style that is fully lined and features a pleated neckline, adjustable straps, a box-pleated skirt, and finished with a long back zippered closure.  Unlike the rest of this collection, this dress is mostly black and uses the print as a contrast panel in the front.  It's probably why I was so attractred to this dress!  It also has a thin necktie that anchors at the middle of the bustline so you can tie it around your neck, but I found that this feature doesn't really suit my style (I just don't like anything wrapping around my neck, sorry halter dresses!).  It is removable though, so I'm happy you get to choose whether you want to wear it or not.  I usually wear a size 2, sometimes a 4 and I went with the 4 in this style.  I'm so happy I did because the waist runs a bit snug for a size 4.  Luckily, it worked perfectly on my frame.  My only gripes are the absence of pockets and there isn't an included belt (I added one to break up the print/get the cinched-in look at my waist); but a little birdy told me that future Getaway dresses will have pockets.  I look forward to adding more Getaway dresses to my wardrobe!

I chose to shoot this dress at one of my favorite local nature preservations.  On this particular day it was about 100 degress, which meant I was all alone.  As someone who takes their own photos, not having people staring at me and/or asking me questions while I'm trying to get my photos done is so rare and such a treat!  This cabin (and the surrounding area) is one of my favorite features of the park.  It was built in 1920 and has been preserved/restored ever since.  It's about the size of my master bathroom, yet somewhow the one-time owners raised 12 children in there!  Many older tv programs and movies were filmed here and I'm so lucky to have the opportunity to visit whenever I want.  There are also hiking trails nearby that boast gorgeous views and other old movie sets, but I just can't get to them in heels.  I'll have to save that activity for another day!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Flamingo

Unique Vintage 1940s Pink Flamingo Amelia Cap Sleeve Swing Dress

I'm pretty sure the flamingo is the official bird of summer (if that's a thing) and this dress from Unique Vintage embodies everything I love: novelty prints, the color pink, and a flattering 1940's-style cut.  I'm drawn to the "zip and go" kind of dress these days, but I don't feel like compromising my style in any way.  This dress manages to make all my dreams come true and I couldn't be more excited!

Unique Vintage 1940s Pink Flamingo Amelia Cap Sleeve Swing Dress

Unique Vintage 1940s Pink Flamingo Amelia Cap Sleeve Swing Dress

Unique Vintage 1940s Pink Flamingo Amelia Cap Sleeve Swing Dress

Unique Vintage 1940s Pink Flamingo Amelia Cap Sleeve Swing Dress

Unique Vintage 1940s Pink Flamingo Amelia Cap Sleeve Swing Dress

Unique Vintage 1940s Pink Flamingo Amelia Cap Sleeve Swing Dress

Dress- c/o Unique Vintage
Shoes- c/o Bettie Page Shoes
Glasses- c/o Bonlook
Lipstick- c/o Besame Cosmetics in Portrait Pink

The Amelia dress is made from a soft and super light polyester fabric and features figure flattering princess seams, an asymetrical neckline with a keyhole detail, cap sleeves, and and a-line skirt.  It's finished with a long back zipper that allows you to easily step in and out of the dress.  I tend to be between an XS-S in Unique Vintage's clothing and I took a size small in the Amelia.  Because there's zero stretch to the fabric, this was the right size for my frame.  If you tend to be between sizes, I would definitely recommend sizing up like I did.

This is the first time I've included my glasses into an outfit post!  I must admit, I'm not used to wearing glasses all the time.  I've also discovered that it's really hard to photograph lenses without getting some weird reflection, but I was determined to try!  I really love these Keiko glasses (I also have them in black) and I think they were the perfect touch to this outfit.  Here's to hoping I get used to putting them on my face more often!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Princess of the Forest

Lil' Lou Lou Jivin' Skirt in Princess of the Forest Gianna Dress in Princess of the Forest

I had such mixed feelings while composing this new Mommy and Me post.  Happiness because I love getting pictures of us together but sadness because I realize she's getting so big now.  Where the heck does the time go?!  We were both really excited to feature these new matching pieces from Lil' Lou Lou.  This forest critter print pleases both the animal and novelty print lover in the both of us.  We wore them together this past weekend and recieved endless compliments from strangers.  I think it was a sign that we need to match our outfits more often!

Lil' Lou Lou Jivin' Skirt in Princess of the Forest Gianna Dress in Princess of the Forest

Lil' Lou Lou Jivin' Skirt in Princess of the Forest Gianna Dress in Princess of the Forest

Lil' Lou Lou Jivin' Skirt in Princess of the Forest Gianna Dress in Princess of the Forest

Lil' Lou Lou Jivin' Skirt in Princess of the Forest Gianna Dress in Princess of the Forest

Lil' Lou Lou Jivin' Skirt in Princess of the Forest Gianna Dress in Princess of the Forest

Top- Unique Vintage
Skirt- c/o Lil' Lou Lou
Shoes- Target
Brooch- c/o Besame Cosmetics
Petticoat- Malco Modes
Belt- From another dress

Bianca's dress- c/o Lil' Lou Lou
Bianca's shoes- Payless Shoes

The Jivin' skirt is a classic vintage-inspired skirt made from 100% cotton.  It features a wide waistband with belt loops, a very full gathered skirt, deep side pockets, and finished with a side zip and double button closure.  I'm truly between an XS and S in the Jivin' skirt, but I size up and belt it for a better fit.  I'm planning on moving the buttons for that tailor-made fit, but I have a huge pile of minor alterations that I rarely get the chance to tend to.  Thanks to the belt, I can actually wear this skirt while I find the time to adjust the buttons!

Bianca is wearing the Gianna dress, which features ruffle sleeves, a waist tie, full gathered skirt, and a button down closure in the back.  The sash is meant to tie in the front, but I tied it in the back so Bianca wouldn't mess with it.  She loves wearing this dress so much, it's perfect for the hot summer ahead!

I've been feeling the itch for another hair change.  While I won't be changing the color, I really want to go back to bangs.  I feel like I'm constantly growing them out but I miss them terribly!  Have you ever tried the clip-in bangs?  Are they worth the cost?  Let me know what you think if you've ever ordered them!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Vivian

Top Vintage Dancing Days by Banned 50s Ahoi Stripes Top in Red and White Miss Candyfloss 50s Vivian Wide Leg Shorts in Navy

Can I just tell you how much I love this outfit?!  With summer creeping in at any day, having a comfortable pair of shorts (yes, these are shorts!) to pair with a classic top is literally everything.  I want to be comfortable and my outfit needs to be all kinds of functional.  Thanks to Top Vintage, I can get everything I need in one place!

Top Vintage Dancing Days by Banned 50s Ahoi Stripes Top in Red and White Miss Candyfloss 50s Vivian Wide Leg Shorts in Navy

Top Vintage Dancing Days by Banned 50s Ahoi Stripes Top in Red and White Miss Candyfloss 50s Vivian Wide Leg Shorts in Navy

Top Vintage Dancing Days by Banned 50s Ahoi Stripes Top in Red and White Miss Candyfloss 50s Vivian Wide Leg Shorts in Navy

Top Vintage Dancing Days by Banned 50s Ahoi Stripes Top in Red and White Miss Candyfloss 50s Vivian Wide Leg Shorts in Navy

Top Vintage Dancing Days by Banned 50s Ahoi Stripes Top in Red and White Miss Candyfloss 50s Vivian Wide Leg Shorts in Navy

Top Vintage Dancing Days by Banned 50s Ahoi Stripes Top in Red and White Miss Candyfloss 50s Vivian Wide Leg Shorts in Navy

Top Vintage Dancing Days by Banned 50s Ahoi Stripes Top in Red and White Miss Candyfloss 50s Vivian Wide Leg Shorts in Navy

Top- c/o Top Vintage
Shorts- c/o Top Vintage
Shoes- Remix Vintage Shoes
Bangles- c/o Top Vintage
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Lipstick- c/o Besame Cosmetics in Victory Red

The Vivian shorts are cute, functional, and super easy to wear.  Made from a stretch denim, these shorts feature a wide leg, striking pleats, huge side pockets, two back pockets, and have a side zip with a top button closure.  I love that they look like a cute mini skirt, which makes no sense because I would never wear a skirt this short.  Since they're actually shorts, I feel ridiculously confident in them.  I took a size XS and they are a great fit.  I'm usually a size S in most bottoms, so I'd say they run a little large.  I find the size chart to be very accurate, in case you're curious on what size to take.  I know that they also come in red, which I've decided that I absolutely need as well.  I think I'm going to live in them this summer!

For the first time ever I took outfit photos in my new backyard!  While it's still a work in progress, I'm so happy with the results so far.  We're also installing overhead string lights, a dining area, and a fire pit within the next two weeks.  As soon as it's finished I'll be sure to share some pictures.  I can't wait to have my own little paradise right outside my door! 

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, June 5, 2017

Cranes

Trashy Diva Jayna Dress in Cranes Print Southern California Belle

Some outfits just come together on a whim and this happens to be one of them.  After having a particularly bad hair day, I almost gave up on making this work completely.  Thankfully, I have quite a collection of vintage hats in my closet and this one saved the day!  This dress is quite lovely on its own, but I fell head over heels once I put on these finishing touches.

Trashy Diva Jayna Dress in Cranes Print Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva Jayna Dress in Cranes Print Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva Jayna Dress in Cranes Print Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva Jayna Dress in Cranes Print Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva Jayna Dress in Cranes Print Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva Jayna Dress in Cranes Print Southern California Belle

Dress- Trashy Diva
Shoes- Bettie Page Shoes
Hat- Vintage (similar)
Lipstick- c/o Besame Cosmetics in Portrait Peach

The Jayna dress from Trashy Diva is easily one of my favorite cuts.  It features a v-neckline with covered buttons down the center, cap sleeves, a wide fitted waistband, box pleated a-line skirt, and a gorgeous cutout in the back.  This dress style doesn't come around often, so when it showed up as a surpise in the cranes print I was all over it!  I'm normally between a size 2/4 in Trashy Diva and I took a size 4 in this dress.  Because of the flat rayon fabric (it has zero stretch) and the side zippered closure, taking my larger size was the right choice.  I hope this dress continues to make more appearances in the future because I will buy every single one!

Today I'm going to be in a very special, super exciting photoshoot with some dear friends of mine.  I can't really say much right now, but I'm over the moon about it!  Keep your eyes peeled on my Instagram, if I'm able to share some sneak peeks they'll be over there!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Small World

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Small World Inspired Border Print Full Skirt

Is there anything that Vintage Inspired by Jackie can't do?!  When she first previewed her Small World inspired skirt I was convinced I needed it in my life.  Perfect for Disneyland trips or just making your day a little brighter, this skirt will certainly be in heavy rotation from now on.  It's literally a dream come true!

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Small World Inspired Border Print Full Skirt

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Small World Inspired Border Print Full Skirt

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Small World Inspired Border Print Full Skirt

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Small World Inspired Border Print Full Skirt

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Small World Inspired Border Print Full Skirt

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Small World Inspired Border Print Full Skirt

Top- Vixen by Micheline Pitt
Skirt- c/o Vintage Inspired by Jackie
Shoes- c/o Bettie Page Shoes
Brooch- Match Accessories
Hat- Jeanne Simmons (similar)

Made from 100% cotton, this handmade skirt features amazing artwork from John Varvir that perfectly captures the Small World ride.  It's a very full, gathered skirt that has a long side zipper and top button closure.  You can message Jackie and customize this skirt to your exact waist measurement (like she did for me) or pick from her allocated sizes if that works for you.  This skirt also has a pastel colored option, in case you'd like something extra sweet!  As usual, Jackie's hard work and attention to detail truly shows in her beautiful garments and I'm always proud to wear her creations.

I've been itching to do another giveaway on my blog.  I want to do something kind of big, but I also need your opinion.  What do you want to see in a giveaway?  Gift cards?  Actual items?  What brands?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley
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