Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Flowers and Houseplants

2019 seems like it's going to be a great year for Erstwilder!  Their first collection of the year, Flowers and Houseplants, is filled with floral goodness that I'm sure you're going to love.  Starting off with a bang, this massive collection has fifteen brooches, three pairs of earrings, and seven necklaces to choose from.  You can check out my favorites below!

Soothing Sprigs
Erstwilder Soothing Sprigs Brooch

Erstwilder Soothing Sprigs Brooch
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Jacket- vintage
Hat- Amazon

Without a doubt, Soothing Sprigs is my favorite in the houseplants bunch!  I love the bright greens and the textured resins.  It's also the perfect size: big enough to see from afar but not so big that it takes away from the outfit.  I've already worn it several times, I can't get enough!


Botanical Abode
Erstwilder Botanical Abode Brooch

Erstwilder Botanical Abode Brooch
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- old
Pants- Tara Starlet

Terrariums are all the rage right now... Who wouldn't want to wear one?  This layered brooch has a 3D effect and looks amazing with any outfit.  I have a feeling this one might be the first in the houseplants collection to sell out!


A Budding Romance Rose
Erstwilder Budding Romance Rose Brooch

Erstwilder Budding Romance Rose Brooch
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Jumpsuit- Sister Jane

One of the most iconic flowers in brooch form!  This rose is simply perfect.  Vibrant yet understated, it really is the perfect finishing touch to your outfit.


My Little Peony
Erstwilder My Little Peony Brooch

Erstwilder My Little Peony Brooch
Brooch- c/o Erstwilder
Top- Vixen by Micheline Pitt

This peony brooch has so many wonderful aspects to it, where do I start?  I love the size, the different resins, and the bright colors.  I feel like this one will be perfect for the spring season ahead!


To see the entire collection, you can visit Erstwilder's website HERE!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, January 3, 2019

The Plant Whisperer

Hearts and Found Amelia Dress in The Plant Whisperer Floral Print

Happy New Year!  2019 has been great to me so far and I wanted my first outfit of the year to be a good one.  As you probably already know, Hearts and Found has been one of my favorite woman-owned small businesses to shop from for years.  I love their massive selections of styles and fabrics and the fact that you can customize the measurements for freeHearts and Found recently released this Amelia dress and I knew I had to have it in this Plant Whisperer fabric.  It's an easy dress to wear, great for layering in the cooler months, and it's under $100.  Who could ask for more?

Hearts and Found Amelia Dress in The Plant Whisperer Floral Print

Hearts and Found Amelia Dress in The Plant Whisperer Floral Print

Hearts and Found Amelia Dress in The Plant Whisperer Floral Print

Hearts and Found Amelia Dress in The Plant Whisperer Floral Print

Dress- c/o Hearts and Found
Shoes- A New Day
Belt- from another dress
Hair bow- Free People
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

The Amelia is a fully lined sleeveless dress and features a high neckline, accordion pleats down the front of the bodice, a full gathered skirt with big hidden side pockets, and a full back zippered closure.  As always, I gave Hearts and Found my measurements and they produced this perfect fit.  Honestly, I can't think of a company who offers such a service and delivers every time.  I chose the Plant Whisperer fabric, which is 100% cotton with a navy background.  I feel like it's a great match for the Amelia dress and I can't wait to wear this beautiful dress again!

I'm gearing up for a couple of big events: Bianca's birthday and ACE Comic Con in Arizona!  I'm really excited to celebrate Bianca's birthday at Disneyland.  Unfortunately, this will be our last trip for a while.  Now that I'm working and she's in school, our time for Disney is nearly gone.  But we're going to live it up next week and I can't wait to share our favorite moments!  I'll also be taking my first of many trips this year.  ACE Comic Con is near Phoenix and I'll be taking the weekend off to road trip with two of my favorite friends.  Did I mention that we'll also be meeting Tom Hiddleston?!  I can't freaking wait!

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, December 31, 2018

Best of 2018

We're at the end of 2018 and honestly, I couldn't be happier.  While this year had tons of ups, it definitely felt like I was dealing with a lot of growing pains as well.  I recognize that tomorrow won't actually be any different... but feeling like you have a fresh start is definitely the motivation I need to make 2019 the best year yet!  Today's post is dedicated to looking back at the high points of my personal style this past year.  Lots of Disneybounds, more small business features, and some style changes are all featured below!

Southern California Belle Best of 2018

Southern California Belle Best of 2018

Southern California Belle Best of 2018

Southern California Belle Best of 2018

Southern California Belle Best of 2018

Southern California Belle Best of 2018

I'm looking forward to a more casual style with a vintage flair in 2019.  As much as I love all things vintage, I now have a job and wearing big skirts and anything with boning just doesn't work for me anymore!  I'd like to get back into makeup tutorials, more creative photography, and more features on my dogs and family.  Is there anything you'd like to see from me next year?  Let me know in the comments below!

I hope you have an amazing and safe New Year's Eve and look forward to whatever is in store for 2019!

xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Jolly Holiday

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Poppins Carousel Disneybound  Dress

I feel like it's been much too long since I've featured a Disneybound outfit on this blog.  Now that I'm working and Bianca is in school, our Disney trips have come to a complete halt.  Let's be real though: you don't need to be at the park to Disneybound!  Vintage Inspired by Jackie has been my one and only source for Disneybound outfits and she really outdid herself with this one.  As a child, I was obsessed with the Jolly Holiday scene from Mary Poppins and I can't tell you how excited I am that I now own a dress to commemorate that scene!

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Poppins Carousel Disneybound  Dress

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Poppins Carousel Disneybound  Dress

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Poppins Carousel Disneybound  Dress

Vintage Inspired by Jackie Poppins Carousel Disneybound  Dress

Dress- c/o Vintage Inspired by Jackie
Shoes- Remix Vintage Shoes
Belt- from another dress
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

This new dress style features a sweetheart neckline, lined bodice with boning, adjustable spaghetti straps, off the shoulder sleeves, a full gathered skirt with a hidden side pocket, and a back zippered closure.  I love how I can wear the straps up or down and I appreciate that they're adjustable as well.  This dress was made to my measurements and (as always) it's spot on.  The bodice is really supportive that I didn't even need to wear a bra!  I chose to skip the petticoat for these pictures, I wanted to show you how full this skirt is on its own.  I'm counting the days until I can wear this again, hopefully when I visit Mary Poppins in the park in a few weeks!

Jackie is currently running a birthday sale (she's a fellow Capricorn like me) so this dress and everything else on her site is currently 20% off!  Now is the time to take the plunge and order the dress of your dreams at a fantastic price!

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, December 24, 2018

Winter Plaid

Unique Vintage 1950s Style Grey Plaid Button Up Swing Dress

Today is Christmas Eve and I'm kind of sad about it.  I feel like I didn't do enough "Christmas-inspired" activities this year.  Because of my new job and Bianca starting school, we didn't have time to see Disneyland during their holiday time, visit Santa, or send out Christmas cards.  This year kind of feels like a massive fail.  Luckily, we still have today and tomorrow to jam in as much as we can!  This Unique Vintage dress feels really festive without being holiday restrictive and I can't get enough of it.  It really matched well with the holiday decor at my local historical society, which I happen to visit about once or twice a month.  The old homes (and this church) have a super creepy aura around them and I love it.

Unique Vintage 1950s Style Grey Plaid Button Up Swing Dress

Unique Vintage 1950s Style Grey Plaid Button Up Swing Dress

Unique Vintage 1950s Style Grey Plaid Button Up Swing Dress

Unique Vintage 1950s Style Grey Plaid Button Up Swing Dress

Dress- c/o Unique Vintage
Shoes- Amazon
Belt- Vixen by Micheline Pitt
Hat- Amazon
Lipstick- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

This plaid dress is made from a lightweight woven cotton and features a large tie at the neckline, button front closure, short sleeves, and a full gathered skirt with hidden side pockets.  I'm wearing my usual Unique Vintage size small and it definitely fits perfect in the bust.  The waist is quite big, but it's not noticeable when I add a belt.  I can't lift my arms all the way up when I wear this dress, but the sleeves are otherwise pretty functional.  I really love this dress and I hope they make more versions (especially solids and stripes) in the new year!

Tomorrow is my birthday and unlike other people in their 30's, I'm quite excited!  While aging isn't the most fun thing in the world, the confidence I've gained in myself is worth the ridiculous skincare regimens I now have to follow.  I'm looking forward to spending it with my family and enjoying a nice dinner with the people I love.  Not gonna lie, I'm also excited to open my presents from Kevin.  I didn't give him a list this year and I'm dying to know what he got me!

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

xoxo

Ashley
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