Thursday, April 12, 2018

Cactus

Hell Bunny 50s Cactus Swing Dress in Black Lotta from Stockholm 60s Loretta Leather Clogs in Black

Sometimes I get caught up in the whirlwind of the very selective and fake "Instagram perfection" and I literally wear myself out.  Truth is, I don't want to be made up everyday.  Don't get me wrong, I like wearing makeup, doing my hair, and dressing up for myself.  But I usually have some makeup-free, messy bun days in between.  "Spring" is in full force (and by spring I mean 90-degree heat) so I've been pulling out all my cotton dresses and putting my hair up to stay cool and comfortable.  I guess you can say this is my in-between kind of everyday look.  I definitely feel fabulous but I'm ready for whatever these almost-triple-digit days have in store for me!

Hell Bunny 50s Cactus Swing Dress in Black

Hell Bunny 50s Cactus Swing Dress in Black Lotta from Stockholm 60s Loretta Leather Clogs in Black

Hell Bunny 50s Cactus Swing Dress in Black Lotta from Stockholm 60s Loretta Leather Clogs in Black

Hell Bunny 50s Cactus Swing Dress in Black Lotta from Stockholm 60s Loretta Leather Clogs in Black

Hell Bunny 50s Cactus Swing Dress in Black Lotta from Stockholm 60s Loretta Leather Clogs in Black

Hell Bunny 50s Cactus Swing Dress in Black

Dress- c/o Top Vintage
Shoes- c/o Top Vintage
Belt- Vixen by Micheline Pitt
Lipstick- c/o Vinyl Cosmetics x Southern California Belle Lipstick in Hell's Belle

This cactus print dress from Top Vintage is great for these warmer months.  It's a super light cotton fabric and features adjustable straps, sweetheart neckline, elastic side panels on the bodice (hello taco room!), full gathered skirt with hidden side pockets, and a back zippered closure.  Thanks to those stretchy side panels, I took a size XS and it was a good fit, maybe even a little on the roomy side.  I paired this dress with my new leather clogs and I am in love!  These shoes are super comfortable and stylish.  I took my usual size 40 and it was perfect.  Definitely runs true to size.  They also come in red, yellow, and green and I feel like I need them all!

This weekend is gonna be crazy because I'll be vending at the LA Shag Festival this weekend!  My super stylish friends and I rented a booth and we'll be selling true vintage, repro, and retro clothing, shoes, accessories, and more!  Almost everything is $60 and under (we will have a very select few "fancy" items that cost a bit more) and we'll have sizes ranging from XS-2X.  The event is being held at the Burbank Marriott and the vendor room is open to the public...  No tickets needed!  You can find all the information on the event HERE.  I'd love to see you there!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Rufina

Miss Candyfloss Rufina Sleeveless Swing Dress

If you've never taken the plunge with Miss Candyfloss, I highly recommend doing so!  While I've made some separates purchases in the past, this is actually my very first Miss Candyfloss dress.  The Rufina dress is fitted in all the right places, delectably vintage looking, and light as air (perfect for spring/summer).  I feel like this is a start to a new obsession!

Miss Candyfloss Rufina Sleeveless Swing Dress

Miss Candyfloss Rufina Sleeveless Swing Dress

Charlie Stone Shoes Bellagio in Blush

Miss Candyfloss Rufina Sleeveless Swing Dress

Miss Candyfloss Rufina Sleeveless Swing Dress

Dress- c/o Miss Candyfloss
Shoes- c/o Charlie Stone Shoes
Lipstick- c/o Vinyl Cosmetics x Southern California Belle Lipstick in Hell's Belle

While it's hard to show in pictures, the Rufina dress is actually a rose print corduroy fabric.  It's a "baby cord" so it's very fine and not a thick fabric at all.  The Rufina style features their signature pleated bust, full skirt with a border hem, matching grommet belt, and a side zippered closure.  I'm wearing my usual Miss Candyfloss size (XS) and it was definitely the right choice.  I paired this dress with my new Charlie Stone Bellagio shoes.  These genuine leather flats are ridiculously comfortable, thanks to the cushioned insole.  I wore these all day and my feet were super happy!  I've been nursing a foot injury this past week so I'm extra thankful that I have supportive shoes that look pretty too.  They also come in black and tan and I feel like I'll be ordering them asap!

I've been trying to grow out my bangs these past few weeks.  When my dog Rocco died a few months ago I impulsively cut them.  While I enjoy wearing bangs, I feel like it was a huge mistake!  The grow-out process is the worst and finding ways to wear them during this transition is aggravating.  While I'm not really a "hair roll" kind of person, this is one of the best ways to get my hair out of my face!  If you've ever grown out bangs, what was your favorite way to wear them?  I'd love to get some new ideas!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, April 6, 2018

Flower Child

Karina Dresses Ruby Dress in Wildflowers Karina Dressess Cali Dress in Wildflowers

I'm always extra excited when I have a Mommy and Me post on the horizon!  While I've been a fan of Karina Dresses for years, this is the first time I've been able to dress Bianca in a matching dress of theirs.  These wrinkle free, easy to throw on and go but still mega stylish dresses are now available for kids and I'm so honored to show them off today!

Karina Dresses Ruby Dress in Wildflowers Karina Dressess Cali Dress in Wildflowers

Karina Dresses Ruby Dress in Wildflowers Karina Dressess Cali Dress in Wildflowers

Karina Dressess Cali Dress in Wildflowers

Karina Dresses Ruby Dress in Wildflowers Karina Dressess Cali Dress in Wildflowers

Karina Dresses Ruby Dress in Wildflowers Karina Dressess Cali Dress in Wildflowers

Karina Dresses Ruby Dress in Wildflowers Karina Dressess Cali Dress in Wildflowers

Dress- c/o Karina Dresses
Shoes- Chelsea Crew
Brooch- Tangerine Menagerie
Lipstick- c/o Vinyl Cosmetics Southern California Belle Lipstick in Soubrette

Bianca's Dress- c/o Karina Dresses
Bianca's Shoes- Payless

Karina Dresses are American made and constructed from soft, stretchy, wrinkle free material.  They flow beautifully and drape perfectly on their own.  I purposely chose not to wear shapewear for that reason.  We're wearing the new Wildflowers print, which boasts vibrant blue, pink, and orange hues in the cutest allover flower motif.  It's perfect for the spring season and beyond!

I'm wearing the Ruby dress, which is a faux wrap style and features a crossover v-neckline, knee length skirt, and an attached sash in matching fabric.  I took my usual size XS in Karina Dresses and it was the perfect choice!  Because the fabric is so stretchy, if you're between sizes I'd recommend going with your smaller size.  Bianca is wearing the new Cali dress, which features a scoop neckline, empire waist, and twirl-worthy skirt.  Bianca is between a 5T-6T and she's wearing the M/L.  It's just the slightest bit big, but that's also a good thing when you have an ever-growing kid!  We both love our dresses so much, I can't wait until we get to wear them out again.  Since they're machine washable, I won't have to wait too long!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Gwenn

Glamour Bunny Gwenn Swing Dress in Black

Few things make me happier than seeing all the green flourishing in my town.  It's been at least two years since I've seen one of my favorite photo spots so lush and green, I can't get enough of it!  I decided to wear my new Glamour Bunny Gwenn dress to explore the new streams and tall grass, it made me feel like a woodland princess looking for my demure cottage off the beaten path.  If only that were actually true, I'd be fulfilling one of my childhood dreams!

Glamour Bunny Gwenn Swing Dress in Black

Glamour Bunny Gwenn Swing Dress in Black

Glamour Bunny Gwenn Swing Dress in Black

Glamour Bunny Gwenn Swing Dress in Black

Glamour Bunny Gwenn Swing Dress in Black

Dress- c/o Glamour Bunny
Shoes- Chelsea Crew
Barrette- Free People (on sale!)
Lipstick- c/o Vinyl Cosmetics x Southern California Belle Lipstick in Subterfuge

The Gwenn dress is made from a stretchy bengaline material and features a structured bodice with a gorgeous black and white striped panel in the center, flattering cap sleeves, full swing skirt, detachable grommet belt, and a back zippered closure.  I love the way this material flows, I think it looks amazing on its own (no petticoat needed).  I'm wearing a size XS and it fits like a dream!  While I wish it had pockets, I still wear this dress all the time.  It's just so comfortable and easy to wear.  Sizes are already selling out, I wouldn't hesitate to add this one to your closet!

I'm currently fighting the biggest Disneyland hangover (not an alcohol-induced one, LOL).  Apparently, I've come to the age where I can't wear ballerina flats and walk several miles in them without hurting myself.  My left foot seriously feels like a broke a bone somewhere in there!  I'm trying to take it easy because I have lots of fun events planned for the rest of the week.  Can't wait to share them with you in a few days!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Citrus

Modcloth Short-Sleeved Sweater in Citrus Modcloth Stroke of Genial Pleated Midi Skirt

In my 20's I used to pride myself on my print-mixing skills.  I used to take lots of fun risks and enjoyed creating an interesting outfit.  I'm assuming my life in scrubs really forced me to push myself when I was outside the hospital.  I don't really know when that part of me "died" but the new spring collection from Modcloth had me longing for the good old days!  While these citrus-printed separates are adorable on their own, I couldn't help but bring them together for the ultimate spring ensemble!

Modcloth Short-Sleeved Sweater in Citrus Modcloth Stroke of Genial Pleated Midi Skirt

Modcloth Short-Sleeved Sweater in Citrus Modcloth Stroke of Genial Pleated Midi Skirt

Modcloth Stroke of Genial Pleated Midi Skirt

Modcloth Short-Sleeved Sweater in Citrus Modcloth Stroke of Genial Pleated Midi Skirt

Modcloth Short-Sleeved Sweater in Citrus Modcloth Stroke of Genial Pleated Midi Skirt

Modcloth Short-Sleeved Sweater in Citrus Modcloth Stroke of Genial Pleated Midi Skirt

Top- c/o Modcloth
Skirt- c/o Modcloth
Shoes- c/o Modcloth
Necklace- c/o Modcloth

This adorable short sleeved sweater boasts a nice weight knit, is incredibly soft and comfortable, and has a good amount of stretch.  I took a size small and I found it to be not too loose but not so fitted either.  I feel like I could have taken an XS but it didn't bother me enough to consider exchanging.  The Stroke of Genial skirt is fully lined and features a light chiffon-like material, structured knife pleats, and is finished with a side zippered closure.  I took a size small and I found this skirt to be a little too big.  I'm pretty sure I'm an XS in the Modcloth label but I haven't realized it until now.  I'm still super happy with this look and look forward to mixing both these pieces into other outfits in the future!

Frantically getting ready for Easter weekend because I haven't even given one thought to Bianca's Easter basket yet.  When I was a child my mom gave us the best baskets filled with fun, personalized goodies.  I don't know why I didn't inherit her crafty side and it never bothered me until I became a mom.  I think I'm going to hit up Target and give it my best shot... Maybe I'll take my mom with me too!  What are you doing this weekend?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Marie

Heart of Haute Marie Dress in Olive Floral

After two whole weeks of cold and rain, spring has finally arrived here in Southern California!  You don't realize how much the rain affects your daily life until it actually becomes part of your daily life.  I was going stir crazy at home!  To celebrate one of the first gorgeous days of the season, I took my Heart of Haute Marie dress for a spin.  Easily my new favorite style from this woman-owned business, the Marie is perfect for a day out on the town and beyond!

Heart of Haute Marie Dress in Olive Floral

Heart of Haute Marie Dress in Olive Floral

Heart of Haute Marie Dress in Olive Floral

Heart of Haute Marie Dress in Olive Floral

Heart of Haute Marie Dress in Olive Floral

Heart of Haute Marie Dress in Olive Floral

Dress- c/o Heart of Haute
Shoes- Remix Vintage Shoes
Brooch- c/o Deer Arrow
Hat- Amazon (similar)
Lipstick- c/o Vinyl Cosmetics Thunder Kiss Liquid Lipstick in Miss World

Like all of Heart of Haute's items, the Marie dress is made right here in the USA.  It features a v-neckline in the front and back, a sleeveless bodice, lightly pleated skirt with hidden side pockets, matching self tie fabric belt, and a back zippered closure.  This dress is made from 100% cotton and has a great stiffness to retain its shape but is soft to the touch.  It's incredibly comfortable to wear!  While you could probably sneak a very small petticoat underneath, I feel like this dress looks beautiful as-is.  I wear a size small in all of Heart of Haute's items and this dress in a small was the perfect fit.  I love that I don't have to worry about sizing issues with them, they're always spot on!  This exact dress is currently available in sizes M-2X (it's quite popular!) but there are eight different prints of the Marie on the site which you can find right HERE!

Due to all the poor weather lately, I'm currently playing catch up on my blogging.  I have so many fun outfits from lots of new, woman-owned small businesses on the horizon and I can't wait to share them with you!  Is there anything you'd like to see from my blog this season?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, March 23, 2018

What's On My Radar: Current Loves

Spring is here and I'm finally ready to dress the part!  I can't help but fall hard for pretty colors, fun prints, and whimsical styles for the new season.  I've dwindled down my favorites for the season (seriously, I legit had to edit my list many times) and I hope you love them as much as I do!

Miss Candyfloss
Miss Candyfloss
  1. Rufina Sleeveless Swing Dress
  2. Antonella Minty Canvas Swing Coat
  3. Valery Lee Pleated Denim Shorts
  4. Margita Sun Cross Back Swing Dress
Can we talk about how amazing the Miss Candyfloss spring collection is?  I'm not going to lie, I already own the Rufina dress (blog post coming soon!) and I'm dying to add more to my closet.  I'm really loving those Valery Lee pleated denim jumper too.  I own a similar piece from last year's spring line and I need this new jumper version!


Vintage Inspired by Jackie
  1. Guitar Border Print Bound Swing Dress
  2. Snow White Bed Sheet Dress
  3. Hitchhiking Ghosts Ruched Bust Swing Dress
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy Shirtwaist Dress
Whether you want to Disneybound as your favorite character, look like the prettiest princess in the park, or just have the best Disney-inspired outfit; Vintage Inspired by Jackie has something for everyone!  I have a closet full (and I mean full) of her designs and I honestly don't see an end to this habit.  She makes all my pieces to my measurements and they're made with the highest quality.  So many imitate but nobody can compare to Jackie!  Bianca is loving the Hitchhiking Ghosts dress so I feel like I'm going to include that in my next order.  No shame over here!


Hello Crumpet
  1. Pity The Fool Shakespeare Inspired Jester's Hat Acrylic Brooch
  2. Naughtymelon Watermelon Kawaii Glitter Acrylic Brooch
  3. Anatomical Heart Glitter Acrylic Heart Brooch
  4. Custom Titles and Colors Book Stack Brooch
If you've never heard of Hello Crumpet, be prepared to become obsessed!  Claire is such a talented artist and her brooches are to die for!  If you a bibliophile, you can get a personalized stack of books to match your favorites.  Seriously, how cool is that?  She also has some fun Harry Potter-inspired brooches too.  Basically, there's something for everyone.


Free People
  1. Nile River Set
  2. One Lissa Maxi Set
  3. New Wave Set
  4. You and Me Set
I've recently been shopping with Free People for two things: their amazing bow barrettes and their matching sets!  I already have the Nile River set and I love it to pieces and I am dying to get my hands on that One Lissa beauty.  Sometimes matching your separates can be time consuming (which is why I love dresses so much) so I love their vast section of adorable sets.  Plus, the mix and match options are endless!


The Storybook Rabbit
  1. Red and Gold Rose Brooch
  2. Lop Rosette Bunny Black Pearl with Pink Fairy Dust Rose
  3. Rex Rosette Bunny Pale Blue Fairy Dust with Pale Pink Pearlescent Rose
  4. Shy Bunny Brooch
Have you ever seen such cute, girly brooches?!  The Storybook Rabbit truly has my heart and I love how they keep most runs of their brooches limited.  I've been wanting a Shy Bunny forever but I have yet to pull the trigger!  They also do custom work so if you have a particular idea, you should contact them for the brooch of your dreams!


Trashy Diva Diva Holiday
  1. Trixie Top
  2. Alexa Tie Top
  3. 1940's Skirt
  4. High Waist Shorts
Trashy Diva's new Diva Holiday collection is so dreamy, I can't get enough of it!  I already purchased the Hollywood Long dress in this collection but I'm itching for more!  I'm forever regretting not purchasing those shorts when I was in New Orleans earlier this month, especially since they're now out of stock in my size.  Keeping my fingers crossed that I'll get another chance or someone returns them so I can snag them up!


What are you looking forward to wearing this spring season?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Sailor and Skipper

Trashy Diva Sailor Dress Rockabilly Baby Skipper Dress

I don't think I'll ever get enough of Trashy Diva's Rockabilly Baby collection.  Made to match with your very own Trashy Diva pieces, Rockabilly Baby provides a high quality and ridiculously cute option for your little ones.  At this moment (like, literally right now) Trashy Diva released this Sailor dress and matching Skipper dress.  If you're a longtime fan, you'll notice that the Sailor dress is a new colorway from their original navy version.  This red hue is a fresh way to resurrect a much loved style and I'm so happy they opted to include a Rockabilly Baby version as well!

Trashy Diva Sailor Dress Rockabilly Baby Skipper Dress

Trashy Diva Rockabilly Baby Skipper Dress

Trashy Diva Sailor Dress Rockabilly Baby Skipper Dress

Trashy Diva Sailor Dress Southern California Belle

Trashy Diva Sailor Dress Rockabilly Baby Skipper Dress

Trashy Diva Sailor Dress Rockabilly Baby Skipper Dress

Trashy Diva Sailor Dress Rockabilly Baby Skipper Dress

Dress- c/o Trashy Diva
Shoes- Swedish Hasbeens (similar)
Petticoat- Malco Modes
Barrette- Free People
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

Bianca's dress- c/o Trashy Diva
Bianca's shoes- Oshkosh

The Sailor dress is made from a stiff yet light and comfortable stretch cotton and features a collar with white trim, removable navy sash tie, fitted bodice, lightly gathered circle skirt with hidden side pockets, a cutout back feature, and a side zippered closure.  This dress drapes quite well on its own but I chose to wear a petticoat for that 50's nautical look.  While there is a cutout in the back, you can definitely wear a normal bra with it (as long as it isn't a racer back style).  I'm usually between a 2 and a 4 in Trashy Diva dresses and I tried both sizes on in this style.  The 4 was much too roomy in the bust and waist, so the 2 was the perfect fit!  If you're between sizes like myself, I'd definitely recommend taking your smaller size.

The Rockabilly Baby Skipper dress is made from the same fabric as the Sailor dress and features the same collar with white trim, removable navy sash tie, full gathered skirt with a matching white trim detail, and a side zippered closure.  In typical mommy fashion, I ordered this dress a full size larger for Bianca (she's currently a 5/6 but shes wearing a 7/8 in the Skipper dress) so she can grow into it and wear it for years.  While I do consider it big, it's still wearable as is.  She loves this dress so much, she even pulled it out of her closet to show it off to a friend not too long ago!  I guess the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree...

The Sailor and Skipper dresses are an instant hit for this matching duo and I can't wait to see what my fellow fashionable Divas think of them!

xoxo

Ashley
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