Friday, January 21, 2022

Red & Pink

Unique Vintage Pink & Red Hearts Open Long Cardigan
 
Can you believe I'm wearing pants here on the blog?!  To be honest, I wear pants *a lot* when I'm working from home and I've learned that they don't have to be sweatpants to be cute and comfy.  Unique Vintage has the most amazing Valentine's Day collection (like they do every year) and I was excited to feature a more casual, everyday outfit with a sweet twist.

Unique Vintage Pink & Red Hearts Open Long Cardigan

Unique Vintage Pink & Red Hearts Open Long Cardigan

Unique Vintage Pink & Red Hearts Open Long Cardigan

Unique Vintage Pink & Red Hearts Open Long Cardigan
Boots- Target
Earrings- c/o Erstwilder
Beret- ASOS

I actually have quite a few pairs of these Rizzo cigarette pants because they're so comfortable and come in all the colors.  They're made in a super stretchy bengaline fabric and have a side zippered closure.  While they don't have pockets, they're basically the perfect pair of pants that makes you feel like you're wearing activewear but look super chic.  But for reals, let's talk about this sweater!  I have quite a few of these as well because Unique Vintage produces them in all the fun prints!  I adore this mix of pink and red and this sweater is very thick and warm.  The great thing about this entire outfit?  It's also available in plus sizes!  I try my hardest to shop from size inclusive companies because I think it's very important that every body feels beautiful in their clothes.

Confession: my husband and I don't really celebrate Valentine's Day!  Not because we're cynical, but because our wedding anniversary is on the 1st and his birthday is just a few days after Valentine's.  To be honest, this month is *overwhelming* on its own!  Since we had Bianca we decided to make it all about our love for her, which is actually really fun.  Do you have any Valentine's Day traditions?  Let me know in the comments!

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Boleyn

Selkie Boleyn Dress in Black
 
Winter here in Southern California is such a treat because essentially, it's just another round of fall.  I've been enjoying some alone time in nature because it's actually cool enough to walk around without worrying about heat stroke!  I gifted this gorgeous Selkie dress to myself for my birthday last month and it's absolutely everything I could have dreamed of and more.  I intend to wear it for my birthday dinner, if things ever go back to normal and we can finally celebrate!

Selkie Boleyn Dress in Black

Selkie Boleyn Dress in Black

Selkie Boleyn Dress in Black

Selkie Boleyn Dress in Black

Selkie Boleyn Dress in Black

Selkie Boleyn Dress in Black
Tights- Target

The Boleyn dress is made from a thick and stretchy ponte and features molded bust cups, puffy statement sleeves, a high-low skirt for a fun silhouette, and finished with a back zippered closure.  I'm wearing a size medium, but only because the bust cups are too small in a size small and I need the extra room.  If you have a smaller bust, definitely go with your usual size because the dress is quite stretchy!

While I absolutely love this dress and it's my favorite Selkie style, I do have to mention some points I'm not too happy about.  First off, the sleeves are much too long!  I have to cuff them a full two inches and I have longer arms.  Also, the point where the sleeve meets the bodice is too low.  So when you lift up your arms the sleeve is restrictive.  If the bodice were cut just a little bit higher, this wouldn't be an issue at all.  While I do have my issues with this style, it's just so beautiful and comfortable to wear.  I'm hoping Selkie will revise this pattern and make it in more colors!

The Boleyn is made in sizes XXS-5X and was produced in black and pink.  It's also a top, in case you like the bodice and not the skirt!  While most sizes are now sold out, Selkie is sold through online shops and boutiques (which is how I got mine) so you can always start searching that way if your size is sold out!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Ichabod

Kitschy Witch Designs Doreen Dress in Sleepy Hollow
 
Happy 2022!  While I've been pretty busy lately with life, I've had a few moments here and there to enjoy the things that make me happy.  Kitschy Witch Designs is releasing this gorgeous new Doreen dress tomorrow and I felt like it was the perfect time to dress up, get out, and give you all the details on their first drop of the year!

Kitschy Witch Designs Doreen Dress in Sleepy Hollow

Kitschy Witch Designs Doreen Dress in Sleepy Hollow

Kitschy Witch Designs Doreen Dress in Sleepy Hollow

Kitschy Witch Designs Doreen Dress in Sleepy Hollow
Shoes- YRU
Tights- Target
Hat- vintage

First off, there are lots of new and nostalgic elements to the Doreen dress.  This dress has a square neck with a short sleeve, gathered a-line skirt, exposed front pockets, and a back zippered closure.  Stephanie has brought back one of her favorite prints, Sleepy Hollow, but has given it new life in a purple hue!  The fabric is the same as her other clothing options, a stretchy cotton sateen.  I usually wear an XS or a small in Kitschy Witch clothing and I'm currently wearing a size small in the Doreen.  As someone with a large bust and a small waist, I feel comfortable in the bust and belted the waist.  I feel like I could have taken an XS, but I much prefer my bust have the room it needs.

This dress will be available tomorrow for purchase!  Kitschy Witch Designs offers their clothing in plus sizes as well (definitely a 3X, maybe a 4X) and the size XS Doreen will be available in a few weeks!  If you're looking for the XS size, just make sure to follow Kitschy Witch on Instagram for updates.

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, December 17, 2021

Pearl

Collectif Pearl Coat
 
It's a holiday miracle: it's finally cold enough to wear this amazing pearl coat from Collectif Clothing!  I purchased this coat literally years ago in hopes that one day our perpetual summery weather would change.  I'm glad I kept it because it was the perfect piece for a stroll in one of my favorite historic parks.  It's by far the warmest coat I own and worth every single penny!

Collectif Pearl Coat

Collectif Pearl Coat

Collectif Pearl Coat

The pearl coat features a fitted waist with seams, faux fur trim, a gorgeous swing skirt with deep pockets, and a button down closure.  This coat is available in a bunch of different colors and prints but I love the deep gorgeous burgundy color.  I'm wearing a size XXS (UK6), which is very fitted for my frame.  Since I do live in Southern California and don't need to layer up, I felt comfortable sizing down from my usual Collectif size XS.  If you're in a colder climate, I suggest getting your usual size for room!  Collectif offers the pearl coat and all their other coats in sizes UK6 to UK22.

Christmas is just a few days away and for once I'm totally ready!  I was stressed for a good amount of time but I got everything done with a few days to actually enjoy the season.  Now I need to focus on two important things: what I'm going to bake and what I'm going to wear!  Have you decided what you're going to wear during the holidays?  Let me know in the comments!

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, December 6, 2021

Green Garden

Samantha Pleet Garden Jumpsuit in Green Wallpaper
 
I know Christmas is right around the corner but I live in Southern California so you might not see many cold weather outfits here!  With temperatures perpetually in the 80's, this jumpsuit from Samantha Pleet is a great choice for a festive but warm outfit.  Samantha is one of my favorite designers and this is my first jumpsuit from her line.  Needless to say, this won't be my last!

Samantha Pleet Garden Jumpsuit in Green Wallpaper

Samantha Pleet Garden Jumpsuit in Green Wallpaper

Samantha Pleet Garden Jumpsuit in Green Wallpaper

Samantha Pleet Garden Jumpsuit in Green Wallpaper
Jumpsuit- Samantha Pleet
Shoes- Target

The garden jumpsuit is made from a light cotton fabric and features a round neckline, puffy short sleeves, princess seams, wide leg pants and front pockets.  The love that the print is a beautiful recreation of a wallpaper in Samantha's grandmother's home.  I appreciate the contoured but comfortable fit:  I wore this jumpsuit from photos to work to school pickup and was perfectly comfortable all day!  Samantha makes all her designs in straight and plus sizes and she's incredible with customer service.  I tend to be in between sizes and she's always so responsive to my questions.  I've purchased from other small brands who literally don't even respond to emails/questions so I feel like this is a very important aspect to me when I'm supporting a business.  I'm wearing a size 6, which is a size larger than my normal because I have a very long torso and muscular thighs... I need the extra room!

Samantha Pleet just released their new winter collection which you can find HERE!  What are you wearing for the holidays this year?  Let me know in the comments!

xoxo

Ashley
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