Monday, November 19, 2018

Black Pearls

Karina Dresses Margaret Dress in Black Pearls

It's already a holiday in my mind (I've been trying to plan my Thanksgiving outfit for over a week now) and I'm super excited about Karina Dresses' new Holiday Collection!  Filled with gorgeous new prints in their famously flattering dress styles, this collection definitely has everything you need for the season ahead.  I immediately fell in love with their black pearl print and I couldn't keep away from my favorite dress style: the Margaret.  With their signature wrinkle free fabric and all their clothing made here in the USA, I can't help but fall head over heels with this woman-owned small business!

Karina Dresses Margaret Dress in Black Pearls

Karina Dresses Margaret Dress in Black Pearls

Karina Dresses Margaret Dress in Black Pearls

Karina Dresses Margaret Dress in Black Pearls

Dress- c/o Karina Dresses
Shoes- c/o Bettie Page Shoes
Brooch- vintage
Hair bow- Free People
Lipstick- c/o Urban Decay Cosmetics Born to Run Lipstick in 66

The Margaret dress is made from a stretchy and wrinkle free micro-fiber fabric and features a crossover bust, 3/4 sleeves, midi length skirt, and an attached matching sash.  This new black pearl print is exclusive to Karina Dresses: you won't find it anywhere else!  I find myself drawn to the Margaret (I have a short sleeved version as well) because it's universally flattering and really easy to dress up or down.  This staple dress is made right here in the USA and is available in sizes XS-3X.  Because of the stretch fabric, I take an XS and I really like the fit.  I feel like I might have to wear this one to Thanksgiving...  Pretty sure it will handle all the sweet potatoes and and pumpkin pie I'm getting ready to eat!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Savvy Scene

Smak Parlour Savvy Scene Dress

Continuing my obsession with Smak Parlour and this Savvy Scene dress!  Owned by two best friends, Abby and Katie make all their amazing dresses right here in the USA.  Whether you're looking for something work appropriate, a date night outfit, or something in between; Smak Parlour has it all.  Read more about the stylish and super comfy Savvy Scene dress below!

Smak Parlour Savvy Scene Dress

Smak Parlour Savvy Scene Dress

Smak Parlour Savvy Scene Dress

Dress- c/o Smak Parlour
Shoes- Universal Thread
Tights- A New Day
Hat- Modcloth
Lipstick- c/o Besame Cosmetics Sheer Lipstick in Chocolate Kiss

Made from a light chiffon fabric, the Savvy Scene features a surplice neckline, long sleeves with elastic cuffs, ruched elastic waist detail, and fully lined ruffle hemmed skirt.  As always, I took my usual size small and I felt like it was just a tiny bit smaller than my other Smak Parlour dresses.  While I might have sized up, it was only because of my height (I feel like I would have more room in the bodice for my 5'6" frame).  I ultimately settled for the small because I love how it accentuated my waist.  I love how you can layer this for the cooler weather with tights, boots, and a cute peacoat but can also wear it as is for spring.  Needless to say, this dress is going to get a lot of wear!  If you voted in the midterm election, you can get 15% off your next order!  Just DM them a picture of your "I Voted" sticker and they will personally send you a coupon code.  How amazing is that?

For the first time in weeks I am completely free this weekend!  It's been such a busy season for me (Halloween events, Bianca's school stuff, Dapper Day) and I'm ready to take a few days to myself and spend them at home with my family.  I foresee makeup-free, pajama days in the near future!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Festive Splendour

It's never too early to get ready for the holidays, right?  Erstwilder just released their new holiday collection and I cannot get enough!  With nine different brooches (including one brooch set), a set of earrings, and two necklaces; this range has something for everyone.  Check out my top three picks below!

Erstwilder Trinket Trio Brooch Set

Erstwilder Trinket Trio Brooch Set
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- c/o Collectif
Hair bow- Free People
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

The Trinket Trio set is definitely my favorite of the bunch!  Three tiny but impeccably detailed brooches add the perfect amount of sparkle to your outfit.  I love how you can split them up (I'm imagining using two of them as collar clips) or keep them all together.  The styling options are endless!  I have a feeling this set will be the first to sell out...


Erstwilder Winter Wonderland Brooch

Erstwilder Winter Wonderland Brooch
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- c/o Collectif
Hair bow- Free People
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

A new and sparkly take on a classic, this Winter Wonderland brooch is such a great addition to my collection.  I love the detail in the resin and because it's a snowflake, you can wear it all winter long!  If you really love a good snowflake motif, you can also purchase the matching necklace and earrings too!


Erstwilder Noel the Festive Feline Brooch

Erstwilder Noel the Festive Feline Brooch
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- c/o Collectif
Hair bow- Free People
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

Noel pretty much sums up my feelings about the holidays: festive but hesitant about the commitments ahead.  I love his expression and his cute sparkly Christmas hat.  I can't wait to wear him Black Friday shopping (I'm pretty sure we'll both be donning the same expression)!


Make sure to check out the full range on Erstwilder's website!  Which piece is your favorite?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Great Day

Southern California Belle Restricted Footwear Good Day Flats

The big day is finally here!  Halloween is such a big deal in my home and we are so ready for the festivities!  While I love to dress super spooky, sometimes it's just not the right environment to go all out.  I've decided to do something different this year and showcase a subliminally spooky version of an everyday outfit.  I've got some great colors, a blink-and-you'll-miss-it spooky brooch, and these new amazing floral flats from Restricted Shoes!

Southern California Belle Restricted Footwear Good Day Flats

Southern California Belle Restricted Footwear Good Day Flats

Southern California Belle Restricted Footwear Good Day Flats

Southern California Belle

Sweater- Forever 21
Skirt- Forever 21
Shoes- c/o Restricted Shoes
Tights- Target
Brooch- Kirbee Lawler

I've been working with a more casual closet these days, so I've been living in chunky sweaters this season.  While you can easily dress one down, I decided to pair mine with a cute mini skirt, tights, and my new favorite Great Day flats.  These t-strap flats have a pointed toe, micro heel, and a floral velvet body.  They're super comfy and can easily be worn all day.  I took my usual size 9 and I found these flats to be very true to size.  I feel like they were the perfect addition to my everyday spooky outfit and will get so much wear through fall and winter too!  Want a pair of your own (at a discount)?  From now until November 30th, get 25% off all regular priced styles with the code SOCALIBELLE25.  I'm about to add cute booties to my cart right now!

What are your plans for Halloween?  Bianca is having a carnival at her school during the day and we will be having a party and trick-or-treating with the neighborhood kids in the evening.  I can't wait to see my little Spiderman in her costume, she's been waiting to dress up for about two months now!  You can catch up on my Halloween through updates on my Instagram.  Happy Halloween!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Love Cats

Smak Parlour Modern Icon Cat Print Dress

Since Halloween is so close I've been giving all my outfits a spooky flair, even if they're not technically Halloween themed.  The Modern Icon dress from Smak Parlour is my all-time favorite style from this woman-owned small business and I'm really excited about this new cat print version!  This fully-lined buttery chiffon number is great for the spooky season and beyond!

Smak Parlour Modern Icon Cat Print Dress

Smak Parlour Modern Icon Cat Print Dress

Smak Parlour Modern Icon Cat Print Dress

Smak Parlour Modern Icon Cat Print Dress

Dress- c/o Smak Parlour
Shoes- Modcloth
Hat- Forever 21
Brooch- c/o Baublesaurus
Lipstick- c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Kathryn

The Modern Icon dress is made right here in the USA (specifically in LA!) and features a v-neckline with ruffle detail, delicate puffed sleeves with an elastic cuff, an a-line skirt, and a full back zippered closure.  I took my usual size small in this dress and I really love the fit.  It's form-fitting but not too tight.  Since I've banned shapewear from my life, I definitely gravitate towards dresses with a more relaxed cut.  Like my other Modern Icon dress (which you can read about HERE), this dress is ridiculously easy to wear and accessorize.  Since I wanted to make this outfit a little bit festive, I added a pumpkin colored beret and flats.  You can purchase this dress in sizes XS-XL and is reasonably priced under $100.  I have a feeling this dress is going to go quickly so don't hesitate!

Today I'm off to Disneyland with Susie and Bianca.  We're going to enjoy all the Halloween decor one last time!  I'm a bit sad because I love Halloween more than anything and I feel like it's going quicker than I'd like.  I know I've mentioned it before but I get extreme anxiety around the holidays (the gifts, the parties, the planning, my birthday!) and once Halloween is over we are basically knee-deep in the end of the year craziness.  So I'm taking it one last day at a time and going to enjoy all things spooky until then.  You can follow along on today's adventure on my Instagram!

xoxo

Ashley
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