Thursday, July 20, 2017

Black and White Hamilton

Unique Vintage 1950s Style Black & White Stripe Hamilton Swing Dress Southern California Belle

Black and white stripes are my weakness, so I guess it's no surprise that this Unique Vintage dress found its way to my closet.  While this dress can easily be styled for cooler weather, it really strikes me as a fun summer dress.  I've been wearing it non-stop ever since it arrived and I'm sure you can see why!

Unique Vintage 1950s Style Black & White Stripe Hamilton Swing Dress Southern California Belle

Unique Vintage 1950s Style Black & White Stripe Hamilton Swing Dress Southern California Belle

Unique Vintage 1950s Style Black & White Stripe Hamilton Swing Dress Southern California Belle

Unique Vintage 1950s Style Black & White Stripe Hamilton Swing Dress Southern California Belle

Unique Vintage 1950s Style Black & White Stripe Hamilton Swing Dress Southern California Belle

Unique Vintage 1950s Style Black & White Stripe Hamilton Swing Dress Southern California Belle

Dress- c/o Unique Vintage
Shoes- c/o Bettie Page Shoes
Petticoat- Malco Modes
Bangles- Trashy Diva
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

The Hamilton dress features self-tie straps, covered buttons across the bodice, a full gathered skirt with one exposed side pocket, a rope belt, and a side zip closure.  Because it's made from cotton, it's perfect for withstanding those hot summer days.  I decided to size up to a S in this dress (my pink one is an XS) and I'm happier with the larger size.  While the waist is a bit big, the bust is just right.  If you tend to be between sizes (or have a larger bust) I would definitely recommend sizing up.  I wish this dress came in all colors of the rainbow, it really is one of my favorite styles!

I'll be taking it easy today because I unexpectedly ended up at a Nine Inch Nails show last night.  I hadn't seen them since I was almost nine months pregnant with Bianca, so it was one of those must-see shows!  Unfortunately, I'm also in my 30's and have a toddler/dogs who don't let me sleep so I can't hang like I used to.  I have a feeling my couch is going to get a lot of love today!

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, July 17, 2017

Robo-Love

Kitschy Witch Designs by Stephanie Buscema Mystery Action Robo-Love Skirt

When one of your favorite artists (and amazing friends) branches off on her own to create her first line of textiles, you jump at the chance to own her goodies!  Stephanie Buscema is the lovely lady behind Kitschy Witch Designs; which up until now, showcased custom jewelry, accessories, prints, and handbags.  She's now dabbled into skirts and her first release was this gorgeous Robo-Love print.  It's basically everything I've ever wanted in a fun retro-style novelty print and I can't wait to see what else she has up her sleeve!

Kitschy Witch Designs by Stephanie Buscema Mystery Action Robo-Love Skirt

Kitschy Witch Designs by Stephanie Buscema Mystery Action Robo-Love Skirt

Kitschy Witch Designs by Stephanie Buscema Mystery Action Robo-Love Skirt

Kitschy Witch Designs by Stephanie Buscema Mystery Action Robo-Love Skirt

Kitschy Witch Designs by Stephanie Buscema Mystery Action Robo-Love Skirt

Kitschy Witch Designs by Stephanie Buscema Mystery Action Robo-Love Skirt

Top- No longer available (similar style)
Skirt- Kitschy Witch Designs
Shoes- Remix Vintage Shoes
Lipstick- c/o Besame Cosmetics in Portrait Pink

The Mystery Action skirt features a gathered a-line silhouette, one-inch waistband, and a side zip closure.  I chose the size XS, which the size chart says is a 26-inch waist.  I knew it was going to be a little large, so I was prepared to have it taken in when I got it.  Once I had it altered it was perfect.  While this skirt is now sold out, Stephanie is planning another release of a new print very soon!  If you follow her on Instagram, she will keep you updated with all the important details.

I'm gearing up for a fun girl's trip with my BFF Sammi.  In three weeks we'll be having fun in New Orleans!  I haven't seen her in two years and this trip is long overdue.  This is going to be the first time I'll be away from Bianca for longer than an overnight trip and I'm kind of freaking out.  But I know she will be well taken care of and this mommy definitely could use a break.  Now I have to iron out the hardest decisions: what the heck am I going to wear while I'm there?!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Hair Scarves Four Different Ways

Hair scarves are very much a part of my outfits.  Whether I'm adding a finishing touch, covering my sponge rollers, or (let's be honest) hiding dirty hair; using a pretty hair scarf is the easiest way to get it done!  Thanks to Doll Me Up, I'm showing you a few ways I use hair scarves in my everyday routine.  They're surprisingly versatile!
Doll Me Up Vintage Inspired Hair Scarf

Classic Headband:
Doll Me Up Vintage Inspired Hair Scarf
I would consider this the way I use my hair scarves the most.  It's perfect for adding a little bit of color to your outfit.  If you need a tutorial on how to tie a hair scarf like this, you can read my tutorial HERE.

Hair scarf: c/o Doll Me Up in Dusty Mint
Dress- c/o Vixen by Micheline Pitt

Hide Your Hair:
Doll Me Up Vintage Inspired Hair Scarf
This style is for those days where I don't want to style my hair/my hair is too dirty for public/I still have rollers in my hair.  It hides my lack of styling without compromising my outfit.  Nobody will never know what little effort you put into your hairstyle, it really is the perfect distraction!

Hair scarf- c/o Doll Me Up in Royal Blue
Dress- J. Crew

Faux Turban:
Doll Me Up Vintage Inspired Hair Scarf
This is basically the Hide Your Hair but with your hair down.  Don't like wearing your hair up but want to hide those roots?  This is certainly the most stylish way to do it.

Hair scarf- c/o Doll Me Up in Royal Blue
Bustier- Fab 208 NYC

The In-Betweener
Doll Me Up Vintage Inspired Hair Scarf
This is like the Classic Headband, but I purposely leave the back of the scarf wider so it covers most of the back of my head.  This is ideal for when your hair is up.  In my opinion, wearing your hair in a bun is pretty boring.  But adding this hair scarf totally changes that!

Hair scarf- c/o Doll Me Up Darling in Blue Sky
Dress- Trashy Diva

I was going to add a few other ways (necktie, belt) but I decided to keep it to hairstyles only.  What's your favorite way to wear your hair scarves?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Summer Daisy

Vintage Chic for TopVintage 50s Judith Checked Swing Dress in Pink and White Miss L-Fire 50s Cute Gelato Sandals in Pink

When the temperatures hit those triple digits (they've been up here for a week now), it's time to break out those light summer dresses!  Top Vintage has a wonderful selection of cute dresses that will help you keep cool (and look the part) throughout these hot and humid days.  This fun gigham and daisy printed dress is a wonderful companion for my new Miss L Fire Gelato sandals.  Because when the heat makes you cranky, we all know cute outfits and gelato is the perfect remedy!

Vintage Chic for TopVintage 50s Judith Checked Swing Dress in Pink and White Miss L-Fire 50s Cute Gelato Sandals in Pink

Vintage Chic for TopVintage 50s Judith Checked Swing Dress in Pink and White Miss L-Fire 50s Cute Gelato Sandals in Pink

Vintage Chic for TopVintage 50s Judith Checked Swing Dress in Pink and White Miss L-Fire 50s Cute Gelato Sandals in Pink

Vintage Chic for TopVintage 50s Judith Checked Swing Dress in Pink and White Miss L-Fire 50s Cute Gelato Sandals in Pink

Vintage Chic for TopVintage 50s Judith Checked Swing Dress in Pink and White Miss L-Fire 50s Cute Gelato Sandals in Pink

Dress- c/o Top Vintage
Shoes- c/o Top Vintage
Longline bra- Dominique
Lipstick- c/o Besame Cosmetics in Portrait Pink

Exclusive to Top Vintage, the Judith dress features adjustable straps that can be worn as a halter, crossed, or straight back.  I wore them crossed but I love that you have the ability to chose!  It also boasts a sweetheart neckline, fitted bodice, full circle skirt, deep side pockets, and a back zippered closure.  The fabric is super soft and stretchy so if you're between sizes, you can easily size down.  The Gelato sandals are basically my new favorite shoes.  In addition to the cute ice cream cone on the vamp, the pink see-through mini heel is my favorite feature.  I'm a true size 9 in most shoes and the size 40 was a perfect fit.  I'm just going to let you know ahead of time: you'll probably be seeing these shoes with my outfits a lot this summer!

I went to an interview for a full-time job in the medical field yesterday.  This is the first time I've had to look for full-time work in over nine years!  Before I had Bianca, I had a wonderful job at a hospital for many years.  Once I became a mom, I focused more on raising her and put my career on the back burner.  Now that Bianca is ready for preschool, I'm really excited (but also scared) to jump back into the grind.  The interview went really well and I'll find out on Friday if I get an offer.  Keep those positive thoughts and fingers crossed for me, this job would really be the perfect fit for me!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, July 7, 2017

Terrarium

Tara Starlet Brigitte Dress in Tara's Terrarium Remix Vintage Shoes Picasso Sandal in Brown Suede

I know I wasn't gone for too long but: I'm back!!!  It's not really a frequent thing, but sometimes an unplanned/unexpected outfit blogging break is exactly what I need.  It's when I find myself excited to pick up my camera again that I know it's time to get back to the grind.  And I'm pretty sure this gorgeous dress was the inspiration behind it!

Tara Starlet Brigitte Dress in Tara's Terrarium Remix Vintage Shoes Picasso Sandal in Brown Suede

Tara Starlet Brigitte Dress in Tara's Terrarium Remix Vintage Shoes Picasso Sandal in Brown Suede

Tara Starlet Brigitte Dress in Tara's Terrarium Remix Vintage Shoes Picasso Sandal in Brown Suede

Tara Starlet Brigitte Dress in Tara's Terrarium Remix Vintage Shoes Picasso Sandal in Brown Suede

Tara Starlet Brigitte Dress in Tara's Terrarium Remix Vintage Shoes Picasso Sandal in Brown Suede

Dress- Tara Starlet (no longer available)
Shoes- Remix Vintage Shoes
Lipstick- c/o Besame Cosmetics in Portrait Pink

I hate to be a tease but this Tara Starlet dress is no longer in production.  In fact, Tara Starlet closed up shop for good last year.  It's such a shame because their clothing was adorable and impeccably made.  This Brigitte dress features a stretchy ruffle neckline that can be worn on or off the shoulder, spaghetti straps for added support, fitted bodice, a-line skirt with a ruffle hem, and a long side zippered closure.  This terrarium print is my absolute favorite and I feel like it's perfect for summer.  While you won't be able to find this dress in store anymore, I have seen them pop up on eBay from time to time.  It took me a little while to find mine but it was worth the wait!

I think one of the reasons for my brief blogging break is not feeling inspired by my closet.  It may or may not be totally obvious, but I feel like the "pinup" style is becoming less and less of my everyday routine.  Don't get me wrong, I still love my circle skirts and my vintage treasures!  I just don't feel as attached to the aesthetic as I once was.  To be honest: having a face full of makeup and hair perfectly set to go along with my outfit everyday is exhausting!  So I've been experimenting with different hairstyles and outfits that just aren't as "fussy" as my usual (like the one I've featured today).  There will still be days where I want to be totally done, but I'm not chaining myself to the aesthetic.  After all, this is a personal style blog and I've gone through many changes since I started almost seven years ago!

xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Into the Woods

As you probably already know, Erstwilder just released their Into the Woods collection and I am all about it!  Filled with cute woodland creatures and fairy tale fantasies, this collection was basically conjured from my dreams.  I'm here to share my picks from this collection and let me tell you, it was hard not to take them all!

Erstwilder Into the Woods Brooches

Erstwilder Into the Woods Bear With Me Brooch

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I love this dapper little bear!  Donning a black top hat and a red bow tie, he's ready to class up any outfit.  He's probably the largest of the bunch, big enough to be noticed but small enough to pin to your outfit.  I have a feeling he's going on a lot of trips with me this summer!

Erstwilder Into the Woods Young Archimedes Brooch

Erstwilder Into the Woods Young Archimedes Brooch
I'm obsessed with all kinds of birds so of course I had to add Young Archimedes to my collection.  I love his deep wine color with pops of chestnut and goldenrod.  I think he looks lovely with a bright colored top (you can find this one HERE), but I'm quite sure he looks great on any outfit.

Erstwilder Into the Woods Naveen the Romancer Brooch

Erstwilder Into the Woods Naveen the Romancer Brooch
Who wouldn't want to kiss this prince?!  Naveen the Romancer is the perfect finishing touch for my Tiana Disneybound (that I have yet to debut).  His crown and his cute little puckered-up lips won me over instantly!  I can't wait to show him around Disneyland later this summer...

Erstwilder Into the Woods Tom's Tormentor Brooch

Erstwilder Into the Woods Tom's Tormentor Brooch
This little mini-mouse is pretty much the cutest thing I've pinned to an outfit.  With a textured body and a super sparkly tail, he's the perfect way to incorporate some cute bling!  He's definitely the smallest of my picks, but I appreciate a smaller brooch (especially when I don't have much space to add a brooch to my outfit).

While these were my favorites of the bunch, you can view the entire Into the Woods collection HERE.  Which are your favorites?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley
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