Thursday, July 19, 2018

Strawberry Fields

Heart of Haute Sadie Dress in Strawberry Fields

Is there anything more summery than strawberries?  Keeping my small-business series going, Heart of Haute is a made in the USA company run by Teresa Becker and her daughter, Mandie Bee.  They've recently released a new style, the Sadie dress, in their exclusive strawberry print.  Fun, flirty, and perfectly fitted; the Sadie is perfect for a picnic, a night out on the town, or a casual stroll in a redwood forest.  You can read a full review of this gorgeous dress below!

Heart of Haute Sadie Dress in Strawberry Fields

Heart of Haute Sadie Dress in Strawberry Fields

Heart of Haute Sadie Dress in Strawberry Fields

Heart of Haute Sadie Dress in Strawberry Fields

Dress- c/o Heart of Haute
Shoes- Remix Vintage Shoes
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

The Sadie dress is made from 100% cotton and features a squared sweetheart neckline with contrast piping, delicate gathering at the bust, fitted bodice, full skirt with pockets, a self tie belt, and long back zippered closure.  This dress is really light but the fabric is structured.  I've basically sworn off petticoats and this dress certainly doesn't need one!  I love how flattering the neckline is and the hidden side pockets are big enough for my phone.  I wear a size small in all Heart of Haute products and this dress was spot on.  Without a doubt, Heart of Haute is the most consistent in their sizing.  I love that I can order with confidence!  If strawberries aren't your thing, they also offer the Sadie in two different floral prints.  I'm hoping we see more Sadie dresses in the future, I'm dying for some pretty solids too!

This weekend I'm doing something that I haven't done in forever: I'm going out with my girlfriends without my daughter.  As much as I love being a stay-at-home mom, I never get any alone time.  The fact that I'll be celebrating some milestones with a few of my closest friends and not tending to a tiny version of myself is so exciting!  I can't wait to dress up, have a few mocktails, and stay out late!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Down Memory Lane

Who doesn't love a trip down memory lane?  Erstwilder just released a fun new collection that will have you reveling in nostalgia!  With fourteen brooches (one of them being a re-imagined fan favorite) and one necklace and a pair of earrings, this range is perfect for the young and the young-at-heart.  You can check out my picks below!

Erstwilder Fairy Bread Brooch

Erstwilder Fairy Bread Brooch Southern California Belle
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top and skirt- Trashy Diva (sold out)
Lipstick- c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Soft Lilac

An overwhelmingly popular fan favorite, Erstwilder took their original Fairy Bread brooch and released a new color way and style (you can also get a necklace and matching earrings!).  This version has vibrant 100's & 1,000's on the bread, which is apparently ridiculously good because this one has a bite in it!  If you don't know what fairy bread is, it's a fun, colorful treat normally served at children's birthday parties in Australia.  Question is: why doesn't it exist here in the states?  Guess I'll have to enjoy it through my brooch!


Erstwilder Nuts and Bolts Robot Brooch

Erstwilder Nuts and Bolts Robot Brooch Southern California Belle
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- Target
Lipstick- c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Vintage

Seriously, who doesn't love robots?  I'm obsessed with this new design, it's definitely my favorite in the bunch!  He's bright and a little bit sparkly and apparently has the biggest heart.  My (now adopted) foster dog Sleepy couldn't help but join in on the photo shoot fun.  They're both pretty much the cutest!


Erstwilder Trundling Tail Wagger Brooch

Erstwilder Trundling Tail Wagger Brooch Southern California Belle
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Jumpsuit- Louche
Hair bow- Free People
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

As the mom to four senior, special needs rescue dogs, this brooch was a must have for me!  I did own a trundling dog when I was a kid, but I became much more interested in the living kind as I grew up.  I love his bright features and his sparkly wheels, he's the perfect addition to my ever-growing doggy brooch collection!


To shop the entire collection, click HERE!  Which are your favorites?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, July 6, 2018

Through the Gardens

Alannah Hill Through the Gardens Dress

While keeping cool is virtually impossible at the moment (it's literally going to be 112 degrees today), wearing clothing that feels light and airy is essential to get through the day.  I'm featuring not one, but two dresses from Alannah Hill, an Australian ethical small business.  I'm so excited to talk about the sweet and sophisticated (and cool!) designs they offer and how they worked for me.  Keep reading below to get all the details!

Alannah Hill Through the Gardens Dress

Alannah Hill Through the Gardens Dress

Alannah Hill Through the Gardens Dress

Alannah Hill Night Bloom Dress Southern California Belle

Alannah Hill Night Bloom Dress Southern California Belle

Alannah Hill Night Bloom Dress Southern California Belle

Dress- c/o Alannah Hill (on sale!)
Shoes- c/o Charlie Stone Shoes

Dress- c/o Alannah Hill (on sale!)
Shoes- c/o Charlie Stone Shoes
Belt- from another dress

The first dress I'm going to talk about is the Through the Garden dress.  It's a true wrap dress style that features a lined bodice and skirt, hook and eye detail at the bust for modesty, short sleeves, and a ruffled hem.  While it's not meant to be a super fitted style, you can cinch the waist to your comfort.  I personally like the more relaxed look of this dress, it's truly a "throw on and go" kind of piece.  The floral print is absolutely divine and perfect for the season.  If pastel isn't your thing, it's also available in a wine color way.  I'm usually between a UK8 and UK10 (depending on style and fabric) and I comfortably took the UK8 in this dress.  I can't wait to wear it again!

The other piece I'm featuring is the Night Bloom dress.  It's fully lined and features a flutter sleeve, self tie keyhole neckline, fitted bodice and asymmetrical a-line skirt, and a long back zippered closure.  This dress is so lush, I love the delicate yet structured style of this dress.  It combines some of my favorite vintage details with modern ones and I absolutely love it!  I went with a UK10 in this dress and it definitely was the right decision.  While the dress technically has stretch, the overlay does not.  If you're between sizes I'd order the larger one.  I feel like this would be such a great outfit for a summer date night...  Here's to hoping I get one of those (child-free) moments soon!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Josephine

Hearts and Found Josephine Dress in Solid Red Chambray

I'm trying to keep cool in this already sweltering summer heat with light, fun sundresses.  Thankfully, Hearts and Found has an endless variety of pieces to liven up my wardrobe without breaking the bank.  If you aren't already familiar with Hearts and Found (I've been raving about them for years!), they offer custom measurements on all their items for no extra charge.  The Josephine dress is a new style in their shop so I had to try it out!  With a fun cutout back feature and a super full skirt, this dress was the perfect addition to my summer closet.

Hearts and Found Josephine Dress in Solid Red Chambray

Hearts and Found Josephine Dress in Solid Red Chambray

Hearts and Found Josephine Dress in Solid Red Chambray

Hearts and Found Josephine Dress in Solid Red Chambray

Hearts and Found Josephine Dress in Solid Red Chambray

Hearts and Found Josephine Dress in Solid Red Chambray

Dress- c/o Hearts and Found
Shoes- c/o Top Vintage (Lotta from Stockholm)
Hat- Amazon (similar)
Hair flowers- Isha's Garden
Lipstick- c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Kathryn

The Josephine features a sweetheart neckline, adjustable straps, open back with a tie feature, fully lined skirt with pockets, and a back zipper with top button closure.  I really do love this dress, it's great for summer and an easy "throw on and go" type of dress.  The bodice of my dress is a little tight (I chose custom measurements and I feel like it's a bit smaller than my other Hearts and Found dresses), but otherwise I'm very happy with this dress.  I feel like you should know that the tie back feature is pretty difficult to tie on your own.  I purposely didn't have anyone help me with it so I could show how it looks when you have to tie it alone.  There is a hook and eye closure to help, but it was still pretty hard.  Maybe I'm not as flexible as I thought!  I feel like I'm going to live in this dress all season, this cute cut mixed with this chambray fabric is a match made in heaven!

I'm really excited about this week's happenings.  Erstwilder has a fun release tomorrow night (you can keep up with my picks on Instagram once they release) and I have a super fun giveaway planned later this week.  I can't wait to share the details in these next few days, stay tuned!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, June 15, 2018

What's On My Radar: Current Loves

Now that's we're approaching summer (it very much already feels like it here), I'm thinking about all the fun outfits to accommodate the heat.  Whether it's vintage, vintage-inspired, or just plain quirky; I've featured lots of great things for your summer wardrobe.  You can check out all my picks below!

Birthday Life Vintage
  1. 50's Mediterranean Novelty Print Cotton Brown Pink Printed Full Swing Skirt
  2. 50's Pink Cotton Sundress Pintuck Floral Trim Tie Straps Full Skirt Day Dress
  3. 1970's Striped Gingham Cotton Sundress Teal Blue Full Skirt Day Dress
  4. 50's Rainbow Pom Pom Dingle Ball Cotton Navy Blue Swing Skirt
So, I recently made a purchase with Birthday Life Vintage and I can't wait to order more!  This shop is literally full of gorgeous pieces spanning through all kinds of stylish eras.  I have about twenty items in my cart right now, I have such a hard time deciding what to buy first.  I'm thinking that Mediterranean skirt will be mine (if y'all don't get to her first)!


I’m Your Present
  1. Lisa Lizard Queen Earrings
  2. Firecracker Popsicle Earrings
  3. Glitter Sushi Pins
  4. Krusty the Clown Earrings
While I love me some acrylic jewelry, I'm obsessed with Simpson's themed acrylic jewelry!  I need those Lisa earrings in my life, they're just so perfect!  My daughter loves Krusty so I'm hoping I can get him made in a brooch just for her (her ears aren't pierced).  If you're not a Simpson's fan (whyyyyyyy), there are tons of other fun, quirky things to fall in love with.


Seamstress of Bloomsbury
  1. Lauren Siren Suit in Navy Blue with White Spots
  2. Grace Blouse in Green Doggy
  3. Isabelle Skirt in Green Doggy
I featured a Seamstress of Bloomsbury outfit in a post earlier this week, but I had to show off some more of my favorites!  I'm dying over this gorgeous green doggy print and I want nothing more than to put those separates together.  I've also been super intrigued with jumpsuits, I feel like I need to try one.  This Lauren siren suit seems like such a great statement piece!


Dethrose Vintage
  1. Rose Rhumba Ruffle Dress
  2. Tropical Print Crop Top & Lavender Rayon Wide Leg Pants
  3. Roxanne Adams Plaid Dress
  4. Carlye Eyelet Party Dress
Dethrose Vintage has been one of my favorite vintage shops for years.  It's such a wonderfully curated shop and if you're local to the Chicago area, you can shop in person.  There's always a vast amount of fun colorful pieces and I pretty much want everything.  Surprising, I know!


Target Museum of Ice Cream
  1. Boys' 2pk Banana Crew Socks
  2. Girls' Ruffle Short Sleeve Cherry Print Woven Top
  3. Boys' Banana Print Woven Short Sleeve Button-Down Shirt
  4. Girls' Sprinkle Scarf
Is anyone else as obsessed with Target's Museum of Ice Cream collection as much as I am?  While it's technically a kid's collection, I've been grabbing things for my closet.  They have everything from clothing to accessories, for the kid or the kid at heart!  I'm dying for that sprinkle scarf, I keep looking for it at my local Target but I'm never lucky enough to find it.  Thankfully, you can shop the entire collection online!


Shopbop
  1. Love of My Life Dress
  2. Sleeveless Dress with Pleated Ruffle
  3. Paradise Maxi Dress
  4. Sun Valley Jumpsuit
While vintage style truly has my heart, I find myself adding more modern pieces to my closet.  I love Shopbop because they have an endless selection of stylish goodies and they're eligible with Amazon Prime (hi, I'd like my order fast... Amazon fast).  That Love of My Life dress looks like the perfect "throw on and go" kind of dress, which is basically the kind of wardrobe I need every day.  Adulting is hard, your wardrobe doesn't have to be!


What are you lusting after this month?  If you have any stores you'd like to share with me, let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

By the Seaside

Seamstress of Bloomsbury Greta Blouse in Powder Blue Thelma Skirt in Seaside Print

I feel like I have two distinct styles: all black everything and colorful princess.  This is obviously the latter of the two and I couldn't be more obsessed with these Seamstress of Bloomsbury separates!  This is actually my first outfit from this small London-based business but I'm quite certain it won't be my last.  You can read my full review for the Greta blouse and Thelma skirt below!

Seamstress of Bloomsbury Greta Blouse in Powder Blue Thelma Skirt in Seaside Print

Seamstress of Bloomsbury Greta Blouse in Powder Blue Thelma Skirt in Seaside Print

Seamstress of Bloomsbury Greta Blouse in Powder Blue Thelma Skirt in Seaside Print

Seamstress of Bloomsbury Greta Blouse in Powder Blue Thelma Skirt in Seaside Print

Seamstress of Bloomsbury Greta Blouse in Powder Blue Thelma Skirt in Seaside Print

Top- c/o Seamstress of Bloomsbury
Skirt- c/o Seamstress of Bloomsbury
Shoes- BAIT Footwear
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder

The Greta blouse is made from a light, crepe de chine rayon and features a statement collar, gathering at the shoulders on the sleeve, and a true wrap style closure.  I took a size UK10 and honestly, I could have easily sized down.  Because of the wrap feature I was able to cinch it to a desirable fit.  I love the fabric, I feel like it's perfect for the very hot summer we're already having.  I can't wait to style it with high-waist palazzo pants for an easy breezy date night with Kevin!

The Thelma skirt is made from a sturdy but soft cotton fabric and features a thick waistband with belt loops, true circle style skirt with beautiful exposed front pockets and a zippered closure.  Like the Greta blouse, I also took a UK10.  This skirt was was a great fit, considering I'm usually a UK8.  If you're in between sizes I would definitely recommend sizing up!  I love the gorgeous seaside print, it truly keeps longing for a much needed vacation at bay.  I'm also planning to use this skirt as a swim coverup, I have a swim top that's basically the perfect match for this skirt.  Since I don't actually swim in the water, I feel like this skirt will get lots of wear under a cabana with a cool, fruity drink in hand!

Have you shopped with Seamstress of Bloomsbury before?  What's your go-to piece?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Priscilla

The Pretty Dress Company Priscilla Candy Stripe Midi Dress Southern California Belle

I'm going to be honest, I've been in a bit of a funk lately.  It's not really anything in particular but sometimes you just don't feel like yourself.  I took a good week off blogging (which was much needed) and focused my energy on myself and Bianca.  Last week I took Bianca to the park and decided to shoot this gorgeous Priscilla dress from The Pretty Dress Company while she played.  She burned off some energy, pose coached me in between slide runs, and I felt like an absolute princess in this confectionery dream of a dress!

The Pretty Dress Company Priscilla Candy Stripe Midi Dress Southern California Belle

The Pretty Dress Company Priscilla Candy Stripe Midi Dress Southern California Belle

The Pretty Dress Company Priscilla Candy Stripe Midi Dress Southern California Belle

The Pretty Dress Company Priscilla Candy Stripe Midi Dress Southern California Belle

The Pretty Dress Company Priscilla Candy Stripe Midi Dress Southern California Belle

The Pretty Dress Company Priscilla Candy Stripe Midi Dress Southern California Belle

Dress- c/o The Pretty Dress Company
Shoes- Bettie Page Shoes
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Pink Souffle

The Priscilla dress is made from a soft but sturdy stretch cotton blend and features a fully lined bodice, fully adjustable spaghetti straps, deep scoop neck in the front and back, super full box pleated midi skirt with massive hidden side pockets, and an invisible back zippered closure.  I'm being 100% honest when I say this dress is a dream!  Because of its structure there's no need for a petticoat and I'm obsessed with the way the skirt moves when I walk.  This dress does tend to run large, I'm usually a size UK8 and I needed to order a custom size in the Priscilla.  Make sure you read their size charts carefully (they're incredibly accurate) and if you need something custom, you can always shoot them an email to ask!  Overall, I'm incredibly happy with this dress.  They've added pockets to all their Priscilla dresses which is a huge plus for me.  I can't wait to add more to my Pretty Dress collection (this minty striped version is calling my name)!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Favourites

When Erstwilder releases recolors of their favorite brooches, you run to see if your all-time favorites are included!  I'm super excited about their newest release (conveniently called Favourites) and I'm here to show you my picks from the collection below!

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Erstwilder Ula the Unicorn Brooch

Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- Target
Sunglasses- Betty and Veronica

Ula is definitely one of my favorites (who doesn't love unicorns?!) and I'm really smitten with this new color.  This time around she has gorgeous lilac marbled hair, a rainbow striped horn, and a white sparkly body.  She's perfect for pride month, don't you think?!


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Erstwilder From the Deep Brooch

Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- Target
Sunglasses- c/o Modcloth

This is actually my first From the Deep brooch and I am all about these amazing new hues!  Purple is my favorite color so I'm super jazzed about the giant squid.  He's wrapped around a grey marbled ship and highlighted with turquoise sparkly waves.  I also love the white to blue gradient sky, which is new for this brooch.  Basically, he's perfect!


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Erstwilder Ruby the Booby Brooch

Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- c/o Seamstress of Bloomsbury
Sunglasses- Old (similar)

I have always wanted a Ruby brooch in my life but I've never had the opportunity... until now!  This time, Ruby is sporting the same gorgeous textured body but with deep red marbled feet and brown marbled wings.  I'm in love with his cute expression and I'm so glad he's finally mine!


These are only three of the fourteen recolored brooches, and let me say, they're all amazing!  You can see which of your favorites are in the new collection HERE.  Which brooch would you like to see make a reappearance?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley
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