Friday, January 15, 2021

California Winter

Unique Vintage 1950s Red & Black Plaid Nicole Swing Dress
 
Welcome to 2021! My blog has been a bit of a ghost town due to lots of things (distance learning with Bianca, working part time, and general Covid-19 restrictions) but I can assure you that my love for this space has not wavered.  Next month is my blog's ten year anniversary and I'm just so proud of how far it's come! This Unique Vintage dress was the perfect way to kick off this momentous year.  I've been shopping with UV for over a decade and I even worked for them briefly after I gave birth to Bianca.  They always have an unlimited amount of cute vintage inspired outfits and they've just launched their huge Valentine's Day collection.  I'm starting to feel the love too, if you couldn't tell from my outfit!

Unique Vintage 1950s Red & Black Plaid Nicole Swing Dress

Unique Vintage 1950s Red & Black Plaid Nicole Swing Dress

Unique Vintage 1950s Red & Black Plaid Nicole Swing Dress
Tights- Target

This classic cut plaid dress is made from a super soft, slightly stretchy material.  It's definitely on the warmer side, but let's remember that I live in a hot climate so take that with a grain of salt.  It's super light and perfect for twirling!  I love the long zipper in back, it's super easy to just put on and go.  I only wish it had pockets.  Can we all agree that every swing dress needs pockets?  Right now it's on sale for under $50 and it comes in a few colors, so make sure to grab yours while you can!

While we had a few cool weeks here (and even one day of rain!), we're back to the warm 80 degree temps and I am ready to "enjoy" that from home.  As many of you know, Los Angeles is a hot spot for the Coronavirus so going out is really frowned upon right now.  My family and I have managed to stay healthy this far, hopefully we can maintain that until everything is finally under control.  Until then, I'll be working on fun Valentine's Day content from home.  Make sure to follow me on Instagram to get all my updates (I'm much more active there).

xoxo

Ashley

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Winter Jasmine

Selkie Winter Jasmine French Puff Dress
 
Christmas is almost here and I'm pretty excited!  I know 2020 has been nothing short of a dumpster fire, but I've done my best to make sure that my family enjoys the end of this tumultuous year.  Presents are secured, Santa gifts are hiding in our closet, and Christmas dinner is (mostly) planned.  I even treated myself to a gorgeous Christmas dress!  I've been coveting something from Selkie for some time and I finally snagged the dress of my dreams: the Winter Jasmine French Puff dress.  It's luxurious, twirl worthy, and a little bit spooky.  Basically, everything I want in a dress.

Selkie Winter Jasmine French Puff Dress

Selkie Winter Jasmine French Puff Dress

Selkie Winter Jasmine French Puff Dress

Selkie Winter Jasmine French Puff Dress
Dress- Selkie
Shoes- Amazon

Selkie is a woman-owned startup that specializes in etherial, romantic designs.  The size range for their products is XXS-5X and they produce their garments with an ethical Chinese manufacturer. The French Puff is a longer version of their original Puff dress, which is perfect for me.  While many of their puff dresses are made in organza, this dress is a soft cotton fabric.  I love the puff sleeves and the massive skirt sweep!  I'm wearing a size small in this dress, but I'm usually a size medium in their organza dresses. This one definitely runs large due to the cotton fabric, so size down one from the size chart if you're looking into a cotton puff dress.  I love this dress so much and I can't wait to add more Selkie dresses to my collection!

I know it's been such an odd year but hope you have a wonderful holiday season!  This year has been challenging for me and honestly, I'm still looking to get some solid ground under my feet.  But I'm really thankful for all the time I've had with my family and I'm looking forward to some normalcy in 2021!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Lazy Bones

Lazy Oaf Feel It In My Bones Knit Dress
 
I know today is Thanksgiving but I am forever living that spooky life!  It's finally starting to get cool here and the weather was perfect for my new sweater dress from Lazy Oaf.  It's super comfy and I can't get enough of the skeleton print!  I rarely wear dresses this short but I was feeling it with cute tights and booties.  It was the most amazing fall day and I gotta say, this was the most amazing fall outfit.

Lazy Oaf Feel It In My Bones Knit Dress

Lazy Oaf Feel It In My Bones Knit Dress

Lazy Oaf Feel It In My Bones Knit Dress
Dress- Lazy Oaf
Tights- c/o Modcloth

Lazy Oaf is a UK based company that specializes in unique streetwear for men and women.  I love their small collections, it makes you feel like you truly own something that nobody else has.  While I usually order their puff sleeve dresses (they're my favorite), I'm glad I took my chances on this new-to-me style.  I'm wearing a size small and it has a nice oversized feel.  While this knit is no longer in stock, you can find tons of great things on their website!

Today is our Thanksgiving at home and thankfully, I'm not as stressed as I thought I would be.  I cooked about three of the dishes yesterday so I won't have too much to cook today.  This is the first time we're spending Thanksgiving away from family which means it's also my very first time cooking everything.  I'm hoping it all tastes great, I'm super hard on myself and this will definitely test my ego as a good cook (LOL).  I hope you have a wonderful day, a great long weekend, and enjoy this holiday as best as you can during this very weird year.

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Fantasia

Stitch Shoppe by Loungefly Sorcerer's Apprentice Dress

It's been some time but I'm so glad to be back!  I've been pretty busy working from home and assisting Bianca's distance learning so I haven't had much time to blog.  I'm getting a better grasp on my new, busier schedule and I'm here with a new dress from Stitch Shoppe by Loungefly!  They're releasing a Fantasia collection tomorrow and I'm honored to show you a sneak peek of this brand new dress.

Stitch Shoppe by Loungefly Sorcerer's Apprentice Dress

Stitch Shoppe by Loungefly Sorcerer's Apprentice Dress

Stitch Shoppe by Loungefly Sorcerer's Apprentice Dress

The Sorcerer's Apprentice dress is a cotton number with a Peter Pan collar, poly sleeves with a celestial print and star buttoned sleeves, a pleated skirt with side pockets, and an attached gold self tie bow at the neckline.  It also comes with an exclusive enamel pin, which I've attached to the gold bow for an added touch.  I'm wearing a size small, which is perfect in the bust but a little large in the waist for me.  While I could have sized down, I appreciate more bust room and having the option to belt it for a more fitted look. This dress and an equally cute top and skirt will be available tomorrow to purchase on the Loungefly website.  All pieces will be available in sizes XS-4X!

I'm gearing up for a my first Thanksgiving here at home.  Due to the rising COVID cases, we have chosen not to see any friends or family (we actually haven't seen anyone since March).  That means instead of making a wonderful dessert, I have to make the whole dinner!  Bianca is a vegetarian now so I'm mostly focused on sides but I am planning on buying a mini Honeybaked Ham for Kevin.  That brings me to the question: what's your favorite Thanksgiving side?  What can you not live without?  Let me know in the comments, I'm trying to finalize my menu by the end of the week.

xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Morticia

Samantha Pleet Morticia Dress

Halloween is just three days away and I'm bringing out my absolute favorite spooky-inspired outfits before the big day.  I'm such a big fan of Samantha Pleet and I love that she's brought back some of her most popular designs from 2016, including this Morticia dress.  With floating black candles and a gorgeous vintage-inspired silhouette, this dress brings me all the joy during the most wonderful time of the year.

Samantha Pleet Morticia Dress

Samantha Pleet Morticia Dress

Samantha Pleet Morticia Dress
Shoes- Target
Lipstick- c/o Besame Cosmetics in Portrait Peach (similar)

The Morticia dress is made from a silky cupro fabric and features a high neck with a collar, half sleeves, a button down bodice, tiered skirt, and a side zippered closure.  I'm wearing a size 4 and I find the fit to be perfect!  There's even a hook and eye closure between the buttons so you don't have any gaping.  This dress is sustainably made in India and was illustrated by Jenna Gribbon.  While this dress is definitely an investment piece, I love it so much and I know it will be a part of my closet for many years to come.

While we still haven't decided what we're going to do on Halloween, we're doing our best to find something safe, outside, and fun.  Maybe go to the pumpkin patch and carve pumpkins?  We haven't even picked our pumpkins yet (it's just been such a weird year).  What's your plan for Halloween?  Let me know in the comments!

xoxo

Ashley
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