Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Unhappy Hour

Retrolicious Unhappy Hour Dress Heart of Haute Estelle Top in Black

Bring on those cooler temps because I'm ready for all the layering!  Retrolicious has wowed me with their Halloween collection this year and I'm quite smitten with this Unhappy Hour dress.  My favorite feature (other than pockets, of course)?  This classic cut is perfect for layering.  If you're spooky year-round like I am, this dress can easily transition into any season.  I'm showing you a "cooler" styling option, but you can wear this alone with ballerina flats and look just as creepy-cute!

Retrolicious Unhappy Hour Dress Heart of Haute Estelle Top in Black

Retrolicious Unhappy Hour Dress Betsey Johnson Going Batty Crossbody

Retrolicious Unhappy Hour Dress Heart of Haute Estelle Top in Black

Retrolicious Unhappy Hour Dress Heart of Haute Estelle Top in Black

Dress- c/o Retrolicious
Top- c/o Heart of Haute
Shoes- Target
Tights- Hue
Belt- from another dress 
Brooch- Erstwilder
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Pink Souffle
Bag- Betsey Johnson

The Unhappy Hour dress is made here in the USA from 100% cotton and features a scoop neckline, a-line skirt with side pockets, and a back zippered closure.  I took my usual Retrolicious dress size (small) and I found the fit to be spot on.  I love the print of this dress, there are so many fun monsters to find!  Bianca loves identifying them when I wear it, something tells me she's going to steal this dress from me when she gets big enough!  This dress is available from sizes S-XL and is priced at $79.99.  If monsters aren't your thing, their Halloween collection is huge!  Make sure to check out their other selections HERE.

I started my Halloween posts just a few weeks ago and I'm just so excited about it!  I have plenty of goodies to feature these next several weeks but I won't be posting all of them here.  Make sure to follow me on Instagram to catch all the spooky small businesses on my list!  On days when I'm not posting a blog, I'll be posting to my Instagram.  That way you don't miss a thing!

xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Autumn in New York

Karina Dresses Margaret Dress in Falling Leaves

I feel like I'm prepping for fall year-round (it is my favorite season) but autumn is officially on the horizon and I couldn't be more ready to transition my wardrobe!  Karina Dresses, one of my favorite woman-owned small businesses, just revealed their new fall collection and I am obsessed.  Deep hues, fun prints, and their signature wrinkle-free fabric?  I'm all in!

Karina Dresses Margaret Dress in Falling Leaves

Karina Dresses Margaret Dress in Falling Leaves

Karina Dresses Margaret Dress in Falling Leaves

Karina Dresses Margaret Dress in Falling Leaves

Dress- c/o Karina Dresses
Shoes- Lotta From Stockholm (c/o Top Vintage)
Hat- Modcloth
Brooch- Kirbee Lawler
Lipstick- c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Sunscape

The Margaret dress is a middy length dress that features a crossover bust, short sleeves, twirl-worthy skirt, and an attached sash that I've tied in the back.  I love Karina Dresses, not only because they're ethically made right here in the USA, but because they're really flattering to all body types.  The wrinkle-free micro fiber fabric is soft to the touch and 100% machine washable.  It's totally a "throw on and go" kind of dress but makes you look (and feel) like a million bucks!  I got my usual size extra small and it was the perfect fit.  Make sure you check out their entire fall collection, I'm about to get my shop on right now!

I'm currently trying to up my accessory game.  While I don't wear much jewelry (except brooches), I love to add flair through hats, hair bows, and sunglasses.  Do you have a favorite (preferably a small business) place to get accessories?  Let me know in the comments below, I've love to find some new places to shop!

xoxo

Ashley

Sunday, September 9, 2018

A Haunting We Will Go

My favorite time of the year is upon us which means: Erstwilder just released their Halloween collection!  Designed by Donna Mizzi, this frightful range features ten brooches and one necklace.  I've featured my picks in this post, scroll down to see them all (but do so at your own risk)!

Erstwilder Fright of the World Lights Brooch

Erstwilder Fright of the World Lights Brooch

Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Dress- c/o Unique Vintage
Lipstick- c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Socialite

Remember the fan-favorite Light of the World brooch from last year's Christmas range?  Well, it's made a spooktacular return for Halloween!  Bright and sparkly and perfectly colored, this brooch is for those who love Halloween but consider themselves more cute than creepy.  Thanks to these gorgeous colors, I can definitely see myself wearing this one all through fall as well!


The Witching Hour
Erstwilder The Witching Hour Brooch

Erstwilder The Witching Hour Brooch

Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- Vixen by Micheline Pitt
Lipstick- c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Peony

My personal favorite from this range, The Witching Hour is bright, sparkly, and topped off with moving parts (look at that little dangling star)!  I feel like purple isn't utilized enough when it comes to Halloween decorating and this brooch definitely scratches that itch for me.  I may be wrong but I feel like this will be the first one to sell out!


Erstwilder Will-O the Wisp Pumpkin Brooch

Erstwilder Will-O The Wisp Pumpkin Brooch

Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- c/o Lady K Loves
Skirt- Vixen by Micheline Pitt
Lipstick- c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Sad Girl

A classic homage to all things spooky, Erstwilder had to include a pumpkin in this year's collection.  Will-O is a larger size with bright, solid resin and the cutest friendly pumpkin smile.  I've been wearing him on all my spooky outfits lately, he's truly the perfect festive accessory!


Can't get enough Halloween cuteness?  You can check out and purchase the entire range HERE.  Which brooch is your favorite?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Nocturnal Bat

Retrolicious Nocturnal Swing Dress Deer Arrow Lady Death Brooch

Is there anything better than a little black dress?  I would say a spookified little black dress!  Retrolicious just released their Halloween collection and it's packed with fun novelty prints, sexy silhouettes, and everything in between!  I fell head over heels for this Nocturnal Swing Dress: velvet details, light fabrics, and a bat shaped collar.  It's pretty much everything I've ever wanted in a spooky LBD!

Retrolicious Nocturnal Swing Dress

Retrolicious Nocturnal Swing Dress Deer Arrow Lady Death Brooch

Deer Arrow Lady Death Brooch

Retrolicious Nocturnal Swing Dress Deer Arrow Lady Death Brooch

Dress- c/o Retrolicious
Shoes- Amazon
Brooch- c/o Deer Arrow
Lipstick- c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Heathers

The Nocturnal Swing Dress is made from a woven stretch fabric and features sheer swiss dot long sleeves, velvet cuffs and collar, velvet covered non functional buttons down the bodice, elastic waist, gathered skirt, matching velvet grommet belt, and full back zippered closure.  This dress has so many fine details but is also incredibly easy to wear, I am totally in love!  I took my usual size small and the fit is spot-on.  I paired this dress with my new Lady Death brooch from Deer Arrow.  I can't even explain how amazing their new Halloween collection is!  Keep your eyes peeled for their release tomorrow night, their brooches fly off their site in literal minutes!

I can't wait to take this outfit to Disneyland when the Halloween decorations come out...  Which is (thankfully) at the end of this week!  I'm planning on going the first day of their Halloween season.  I need all the fun merch and can't wait to get on the Nightmare Before Christmas/Haunted Mansion ride again!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Sleepy Hollow

Kitschy Witch Designs Sleepy Hollow Print-Spellbound Skirt

It's official: Halloween season has started here on my blog!  From spooky clothing to fun accessories and home goods, I'll be featuring all kinds of small businesses to fulfill your Halloween needs.  I'm kicking off the series strong with one of my all-time favorite companies: Kitschy Witch Designs!  Stephanie Buscema, the infinitely talented artist, has featured jewelry and prints of her artwork in her shop for quite some time.  Last year she started offering her artwork on textile designs and I couldn't be more excited to wear her art!  This Sleepy Hollow skirt is basically everything I've ever wanted in a spooky novelty print and I've been wearing it nonstop ever since.  Can you blame me?

Kitschy Witch Designs Sleepy Hollow Print-Spellbound Skirt

Kitschy Witch Designs Sleepy Hollow Print-Spellbound Skirt

Kitschy Witch Designs

Kitschy Witch Designs Sleepy Hollow Print-Spellbound Skirt

Top- Target
Skirt- c/o Kitschy Witch Designs
Shoes- Steve Madden
Brooch- Luxulite
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red
Compact- c/o Kitschy Witch Designs

The Spellbound skirt is made from a cotton sateen fabric and features a thin waistband, gathered a-line silhouette, hidden side pockets, and a side zip with hook and eye closure.  The fabric has a good amount of stretch to it, so you can definitely size down if you're between sizes.  I highly recommend reading the size charts before ordering.  In my opinion, these skirts run large.  I'm usually between an XS/S, and Kitschy Witch Designs offers sizes between S-3X.  The small comes in at 27-28 inches, which means I need to have my skirt altered to my waist.  It's absolutely worth it though, her skirts are just so perfect!

While this skirt is currently sold out, it will be restocking in a week or two.  I'd keep up with her on Instagram or on her Facebook group for all updates (and sneak peeks)!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Miss Candyfloss

Miss Candyfloss Adalaide Lou Peplum Swing Dress

Maybe it's premature but the blazing sun has finally cooled down and I am living for this weather.  Give me all the long sleeves and layering pieces, please!  Miss Candyfloss has the most dreamy fall collection this year and I am having a hard time being a responsible adult (aka I want everything).  The Adalaide- Lou is such a beautiful dress and I can't wait to tell you all about it!

Miss Candyfloss Adalaide Lou Peplum Swing Dress

Miss Candyfloss Adalaide Lou Peplum Swing Dress

Miss Candyfloss Adalaide Lou Peplum Swing Dress

Dress- c/o Miss Candyfloss
Shoes- c/o Restricted Shoes (on clearance!)
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

The Adalaide- Lou dress (although it looks like two separate pieces) is made from a soft poly/spandex blend and features a blazer-like bodice with houndstooth printed rounded collar and cuffs, button down front, peplum detail, full swing skirt, and matching removable houndstooth belt.  The skirt portion also has a hidden zipper in the front, so you can step in and out of this dress with ease.  I'm wearing my usual size XS and I feel like it's very generous in sizing.  If you're between sizes I'd definitely recommend sizing down.  This dress is seriously the perfect vintage-inspired outfit and I can't wait to wear it during these cooler months!

Starting at the end of this week my blog will mostly be dedicated to all things Halloween!  This year's Halloween series is going to be super sized, so I'm starting early to give you time to get all your spooky goodies before the big day.  I'll be featuring lots of small, woman-owned, and WOC-owned businesses, so keep your eyes peeled for some amazing Halloween swag this year!  If you'd like to read my Halloween posts from the past, you can find my Halloween tab HERE!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Modern Icon

Smak Parlour Modern Icon Satin Dress in Ivory Floral

I couldn't go too long without talking about Smak Parlour and their new fall collection!  Whether you're into mod, modern, or vintage style; they have something for everyone (regardless of the season).  I fell in love with this new Modern Icon dress immediately.  It has those namesake modern elements but can easily be styled with a vintage flair.  It's been getting a lot of wear lately and I'm not even mad about it!

Smak Parlour Modern Icon Satin Dress in Ivory Floral

Smak Parlour Modern Icon Satin Dress in Ivory Floral

Smak Parlour Modern Icon Satin Dress in Ivory Floral

Smak Parlour Modern Icon Satin Dress in Ivory Floral

Dress- c/o Smak Parlour
Shoes- Target
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

The Modern Icon dress is made right here in Los Angeles, fully lined, and produced from a silky satin material.  It feels like I'm wearing pajamas, in the best way possible!  It also features a v-neckline, puff sleeves with an elastic cuff, a-line skirt, and long back zippered closure.  I'm wearing my usual size small and while I technically could have sized down, I love the way the small drapes on my body.  It's ridiculously comfortable and makes me feel pulled together (even when I'm feeling the exact opposite).  At under $100, this dress is quite a bargain!  I've also heard this dress is coming in other prints in the near future, I can't wait to add another one to my closet!

Bianca started preschool this week and everything feels weird.  While she's loving it and doing great, I'm having a harder time adjusting to being without her on a regular basis.  I'm not going to lie, I'm getting a lot more done!  My photo editing queue has been slashed in half, I'm getting my errands done lightning fast, I'm enjoying the silence of my home... but it's still something I need to get used to.  With my big Halloween series starting on the blog next week, I need all the time I can get to post the vast amount of spooky goodies I have in store!  Keep those eyes peeled...

xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Born to Run

Smak Parlour Off-Duty Chic Jumpsuit in Maroon Floral Print Restricted Shoes Run Sandal in Taupe

Can I officially call this the season of jumpsuits?  Because I feel like that's all I want to put on my body lately.  I've been on quite a quest to curate a wardrobe of comfortable pieces that don't skimp on style and Smak Parlour really hits the nail on the head.  Paired with my new Run sandals from Restricted Shoes, I feel like I have perfect summer outfit!

Smak Parlour Off-Duty Chic Jumpsuit in Maroon Floral Print

Smak Parlour Off-Duty Chic Jumpsuit in Maroon Floral Print Restricted Shoes Run Sandal in Taupe

Smak Parlour Off-Duty Chic Jumpsuit in Maroon Floral Print Restricted Shoes Run Sandal in Taupe

Smak Parlour Off-Duty Chic Jumpsuit in Maroon Floral Print Restricted Shoes Run Sandal in Taupe

Jumpsuit- c/o Smak Parlour
Shoes- c/o Restricted Shoes
Lipstick- c/o Besame Cosmetics Sheer Lipstick in Mint Rose

The Off-Duty Chic Jumpsuit is made from a light chiffon-like fabric and features a ruched neckline, mini flutter sleeves, an elasticized waist with matching fabric sash, wide leg culottes, and a back keyhole feature with a tie detail.  The pants are lined and the back detail is cute but modest enough so you can wear a regular bra with ease.  Like all of Smak Parlour's clothing, this jumpsuit is made right here in the USA.  I'm wearing my usual Smak Parlour size (small) and it's such a great fit!  At $86, I feel like it's such a great price too.  I'm hoping we see more of these jumpsuits in other prints/colors because I will seriously buy them all!

As someone who has a collection of Restricted Shoes but has recently started wearing slide shoes, I'm really excited about these Run sandals.  They feature a super comfy padded footbed, crisscross vamp, open toe, and a half-inch heel.  These sandals are so comfy, I find myself wearing them all the time!  I'm a true to size 9, and the 9 is a perfect fit.  I chose the taupe color to match with other neutral outfits, but they also come in rose gold, olive, and yellow.  I feel like I might need those yellow ones in my closet too!  From now until September 15th, you can get 25% off all regular priced styles with the code SOCALIBELLE25.  Time to get your shop on, I know I will!

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, August 6, 2018

Revelle

Revelle Market Jumpsuit in Black and White Gingham Cotton Twill

If you haven't noticed my theme to this season's wardrobe, it absolutely has everything to do with comfort.  I've been rediscovering my personal style this year and I'd come to the realization that most of what I owned wasn't functional in my everyday life.  What's the point of a beautiful closet if you never want to wear what's inside?  Luckily, companies like Revelle exist.  Gorgeous, comfortable clothing from sustainable fabrics made to your measurements.  I've been eyeing the Market Jumpsuit ever since it was previewed on their Instagram and I'm so excited to feature it on my blog today.  Read more about this small, woman-owned business and this gorgeous everyday piece below!

Revelle Market Jumpsuit in Black and White Gingham Cotton Twill

Revelle Market Jumpsuit in Black and White Gingham Cotton Twill

Revelle Market Jumpsuit in Black and White Gingham Cotton Twill

Revelle Market Jumpsuit in Black and White Gingham Cotton Twill

Jumpsuit- c/o Revelle
Shoes- Lotta From Stockholm c/o Top Vintage
Lipstick- c/o Besame Cosmetics in Portrait Pink
Photography- Susie Delaney Photography

The Market Jumpsuit is made from 100% cotton twill and features a boatneck neckline, eight button down front closure, self tie sash, hidden side pockets, and your choice of tapered or wide leg (I chose tapered).  This jumpsuit was made to my measurements.  Lisa, the woman behind Revelle, asked for detailed measurements (which was actually really easy to take myself) and made me the perfect piece.  Seriously, the moment I put it on I knew this was going to be my new favorite.  It's super comfortable, easy to wear, and fits like a glove.  It's also machine washable so I don't have to send it to the dry cleaners like most of my wardrobe.  But the best part?  Knowing I'm supporting an extremely talented woman's dream.  Lisa is an absolute vision, inside and out, and I can't wait to add more of her creations to my closet.  Those Gentlewoman Trousers are calling my name!

Revelle is currently having an anniversary sale: get 10% off your order of $150 or more and 15% off all orders $350 or more.  There's no code needed, it will automatically apply at checkout!  The sale ends this Friday, August 10th, so don't hesitate to bring some happiness into your wardrobe!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Summer Belle

Miss Fortune Summer Belle Dress in Chevrons

Can you believe it's already August?  It feels like 2018 is rushing past me without even realizing it!  As one of the hottest months in the year, my outfit requirements are simple: light, comfortable, and cute!  Miss Fortune recently released this new Summer Belle dress and it just so happens to possess all three qualities.  Read more about this small woman-owned business and this dress below!

Miss Fortune Summer Belle Dress in Chevrons

Miss Fortune Summer Belle Dress in Chevrons

Miss Fortune Summer Belle Dress in Chevrons

Dress- c/o Miss Fortune
Shoes- Bettie Page Shoes
Belt- From another dress
Petticoat- Malco Modes
Lipstick- c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Soft Lilac

The Summer Belle is made from 100% cotton and features a gathered elasticized scoop neckline, ribbon sash straps with a long bow detail on the back, full gathered skirt with exposed pockets, and a back zippered closure.  Because Miss Fortune dresses are made to order, you can request minor tweaks like a custom skirt length.  I'm wearing a size small and it's such a great fit!  In case chevrons aren't your thing, the Summer Belle also comes in two other prints.  Laura, the woman behind the brand, is so lovely to work with.  If you ever have any questions about her garments or want to do some kind of customization, she's always there with a speedy response.  I know we're still in the thick of summer but I can't wait to see what she has in store for Halloween!  In case you don't remember, this amazing outfit is also a Miss Fortune creation.  Laura is infinitely talented and I'm always excited to share her creations here on my blog.

I have a really fun photo shoot set for tomorrow with two of my closest friends!  We don't have the opportunity to get together at the same time too often, so times like these are extra special.  We have a fun location, ridiculously cute outfits, and a blog post coming soon!  If you'd like to see some behind the scenes fun, make sure to keep an eye on my stories on Instagram tomorrow!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, July 27, 2018

Walking in Spiderwebs

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Spider Web Peter Pan Collar Dress

In case you didn't know, Halloween is only 96 days away.  While that may sound ridiculous to some, this Halloween-obsessed family likes to celebrate as long as possible!  My newest spooky dress comes from Vintage Inspired by Jackie: the queen of Disneybound dresses.  She's no one trick pony though, she creates all kinds of amazing pieces.  Whether you're in the market for a Playboy bunny suit or a Star Wars bed sheet dress, Jackie can do it all!  This spiderweb Peter Pan collar dress is perfect for the spooky season ahead and I've already thrown it into my dress rotation.  Read all about this haunting beauty below!

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Spider Web Peter Pan Collar Dress

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Spider Web Peter Pan Collar Dress

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Spider Web Peter Pan Collar Dress

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Spider Web Peter Pan Collar Dress

Dress- c/o Vintage Inspired by Jackie
Shoes- Amazon
Belt- From another dress
Petticoat- Malco Modes
Hair bow- Free People
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

This dress is made from a cotton fabric that's exclusive to Jackie.  She teamed up with John Varvir to create this one-of-a-kind print!  This dress features a contrast Peter Pan collar with spider detail, short sleeves, fully lined bodice, gathered skirt with one hidden side pocket, and a long back zippered closure.  I have a few of Jackie's dresses in this style and I love them so much.  They're comfy yet fitted in the right places.  Don't fancy this style but can't get enough the print?  She loves doing custom orders and is more than happy to make this in another dress style or skirt!

Want your new spooky goodies at a discount?  From now until Friday, August 17th, you can get 15% off all spiderweb print items (including her new Rosie's bug print) with the coupon code CABELLE15.  Now is the time to get those Halloween outfits planned and ready to go!  If you need some Halloween inspiration, I've tagged all my previous Halloween-inspired looks HERE!

xoxo

Ashley
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