Sunday, May 9, 2021

Clone Trooper

Collectif 1950s Black & White Colorblock Enora Swing Dress
 
If you're a Star Wars fan you love this week more than most!  May the 4th be with you is a fun little pun and a great time to Disneybound as your favorite characters.  As much as I love the Resistance, I've always leaned more towards the Galactic Empire.  As soon as I saw this dress at Unique Vintage, I knew I needed to use it as a Stromtrooper dress!  While I won't get back to Disneyland until June, sporting this retro inspired version of a Stromtrooper is bringing me all the Disney magic right now.

Collectif 1950s Black & White Colorblock Enora Swing Dress

Collectif 1950s Black & White Colorblock Enora Swing Dress

Collectif 1950s Black & White Colorblock Enora Swing Dress

This dress is from the UK-based company Collectif, which I'm quite fond of.  Their quality is top notch and this Enora dress is no different.  It's made from a rayon type of fabric, so it's perfect for the extreme heat I'm used to here in Southern California (and believe me, it was *hot* when I took these photos).  As usual, I wanted to put a retro spin on this Disneybound and I added some fun heels and a wide brim hat.  I can see myself wearing this all summer and transitioning it into a spooky outfit this fall too.  I love it when I can wear a piece over several seasons, don't you?

While Star Wars week is coming to a close, you can always expect to see lots of Star Wars content on my Instagram year round.  Speaking of which, what's your favorite Star Wars movie?  Mine is Empire Strikes Back but Rogue One takes a very close second.  I want to hear your answers in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Spring Witch

Cottage Core Forest Witch Dress
 
When you're excited about warm spring weather but you still want to keep to that witch aesthetic...  I feel like I have two very different but very strong loves: sweet and ethereal and dark and witchy.  I know most people like to stick with one but I constantly go back and forth.  You can literally see it in my closet!  I have a massive black dress area and a just as massive frilly, pastel section.  Since I'm in my 30's and pretty confident in my sense of style, I refuse to pigeon-hole myself and pick one.  So before I step off my soapbox, just know that you can dress any way you want and it doesn't matter if you mix and match styles.  Personal style is just that: personal!  Now onto this amazing outfit...

Cottage Core Forest Witch Dress

Cottage Core Forest Witch Dress

Cottage Core Forest Witch Dress

Cottage Core Forest Witch Dress
Dress- Amazon
Shoes- Diego's

My BFF Sammi of The Soubrette Brunette sent me a link to this dress because she has an orange-hued version and I was totally smitten.  This dress is from Amazon, which I normally would not advocate for but couldn't resist.  I actually have the Free People original in sky blue, which is obviously much better in quality but is no longer sold online.  This dress was $30 and honestly, a great deal for such a pretty dress.  It comes in my different colors and is available in sizes XS-XL.  I find the sizing pretty generous because the entire bodice has elastic shirring, so if you're not super busty you could easily size down.  While it doesn't have pockets (boo), it's made from a very light cotton, has en empire waist and is fully lined.  I love that I can just throw this on and go about my day!  After over a year at home, I've realized I'm much more happy when I'm comfortable and not when my waist is snatched into oblivion.

This dress is now my spring witch dress because who am I if I'm not trying to live my life as the witch in Hansel and Gretel or (my favorite) the Baba Yaga?  I'm trying to resist getting it in another color but we'll see if I can control those impulses...

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, April 9, 2021

Tulle Cupcake

Unique Vintage Pastel Ombre Tulle Cupcake Swing Dress
 
As someone who lives and breathes fashion, I love it when I *feel* a certain way about a piece of clothing.  Sometimes it's about comfort, other times it's purely for the decadence.  As you can probably already tell, this dress has everything to do with the latter.  This Unique Vintage dress was the first thing I wanted to put on after I got my first vaccine yesterday because, for the first time in a long time, I was just so happy and hopeful for the future.  After a year of fear and uncertainty, this frothy cupcake dress was exactly what I needed to brighten my spirits!

Unique Vintage Pastel Ombre Tulle Cupcake Swing Dress

Unique Vintage Pastel Ombre Tulle Cupcake Swing Dress

Unique Vintage Pastel Ombre Tulle Cupcake Swing Dress
Hair bow- Free People

The cupcake dress is basically exactly what you'd expect: lots and lots of ruffles, a painted-on bodice, adjustable straps, and a back zippered closure.  As with most 1950's style vintage prom dresses, I love how form fitting it is on top and voluminous it is on the bottom.  Unfortunately, there aren't any pockets but I'll give this one a pass since it would be nearly impossible to add them into this style.  I'm wearing my usual size small and it's pretty much the perfect fit.  I *might* have sized up for bust room if I didn't like a tight fit but I think y'all know I'm more than okay with that!  This dress is perfect for a Sisu Disneybound and is pretty much the reason why I picked it.  If you haven't seen Raya and the Last Dragon yet, I highly recommend you watch it on Disney+!  The whole thing is super cute and the Asian representation in the story and the actors who play them is amazing.

This dress is available in sizes XS-4X and if you're not cool with loads of pastel colors, it's also available in emerald, navy, and a black floral.

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Islands In The Stream

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The temps are way up here which means it officially feels like spring (although it's technically hot enough to be summer in some areas)!  I can't remember the last time I was excited to peel off the layers and enjoy a sleeveless outfit but this pandemic has me feeling nostalgic for *everything*.  The new Western Collection from Unique Vintage just launched and it has me channeling my inner Dolly.  I gotta say, I'm not mad about it!

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This fringe dress is an adorable homage to western style with matching fringe on the bodice and the skirt.  It also features spaghetti straps that are adjustable and removable, as well as a back zippered closure.  I'm wearing a size small and the fit is absolutely perfect.  I love the addition of brown accessories to break up the all black outfit but it honestly looks fabulous on its own.  The only thing I wasn't too jazzed about was the lack of pockets.  As a woman in 2021, I feel like all our dresses should have them!  But like most of their clothing, this dress is available in sizes XS-4X (which is super important).  You can check out the rest of the Western Collection HERE.

I wore this outfit to a park that was the former home of a western movie star.  Until the pandemic, you could even take a tour of his home.  I've taken the tour many times and I'm a huge fan of the fact that he had a bedroom just for his dogs.  They even had their own human sized beds!  Now his property is a landmark and the farm animals that live on his land are taken care of too.  Bianca and I visit all the time and we love to spend time there with the animals.  She even helped me take these photos!  I have to say, seven is a good year (even if I don't want her to grow up... ever).

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, March 19, 2021

Sleepy Hollow

La Femme En Noir Sleepy Hollow Gothic Tales Toile Skirt in Grey
 
We're already heading towards the end of March, I've been working/teaching from home for over a year, and I still have the will to get dressed... every once in awhile.  I was all too excited when I found out that La Femme En Noir was releasing a collection inspired by Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow.  I remember watching the movie in the theater and being so inspired by the costumes.  This creepy toile print is perfect when you want to be a little more subtle with your love for the macabre, don't you think?  I'm sure nobody noticed from six feet away and I don't think I'll be getting any closer to anyone in this skirt until after I'm vaccinated!

La Femme En Noir Sleepy Hollow Gothic Tales Toile Skirt in Grey

La Femme En Noir Sleepy Hollow Gothic Tales Toile Skirt in Grey

La Femme En Noir Sleepy Hollow Gothic Tales Toile Skirt in Grey

La Femme En Noir Sleepy Hollow Gothic Tales Toile Skirt in Grey
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The Gothic Tales skirt is made in a stretch cotton jersey fabric and features a dropped waist, large hidden side pockets, and a back zippered closure.  Due to the fabric, this style definitely runs large!  I'm a true size small in almost everything and I'm comfortably wearing a size XS in this skirt.  While most sizes have sold out already, this amazing print/fabric is also available in a wiggle and swing dress.  I've had the swing dress in my cart forever but I'm unsure if I could justify two pieces in this print.  What do you think?

You can explore and shop the rest of the Sleepy Hollow collection (seriously, it's so good) on the La Femme En Noir website right now.  The entire collection, in addition to everything else they offer, is ethically made in sizes XS-4X.  Shop their fantastic pieces and support a woman-owned small business in the process!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Primrose Floral

Made590 Rayna Dress in Primrose Floral
 
Who here has been having a real hard time finding the energy to put on an outfit everyday?  As someone who works from home and assists in Bianca's home learning, I rarely have an actual reason to get out of sweatpants.  When the pandemic started almost a year ago, I was much better at putting on makeup and getting dressed.  But you know, it's been an entire year and I'm just so *tired* these days.  Sometimes I'll get a fun package and it actually motivates me to leave my cocoon as a beautiful butterfly.  I can thank Made590 and this gorgeous Rayna dress for finding that motivation for these photos!

Made590 Rayna Dress in Primrose Floral

Made590 Rayna Dress in Primrose Floral

Made590 Rayna Dress in Primrose Floral
Dress- Made590
Belt- from another dress

The Rayna dress is a brand new style for me.  I'm a sucker for their Valentina skirt but I decided to give this dress a try.  Rayna features wide straps, a fitted bodice with a shirred panel in the back, and a midi length skirt with a tiered ruffle at the bottom.  Fair warning: this dress has TONS of stretch!  I'm a pretty straightforward size small in most clothing and I take a size XXS in this dress.  The shirred elastic back has so much give and the waist is quite loose, so I would definitely recommend sizing down one from your normal size (I usually take an XS in Made590 dresses).  I love how easy it is to wear this dress, you can just throw it on and instantly feel gorgeous.  True story: my husband went out of his way to compliment this outfit before I left.  While the Rayna dress is currently sold out in Primrose Floral print, you can find the Rayna in other prints HERE and the rest of the Primrose Floral collection HERE.

While my days seem like an endless loop recently, I definitely look forward to Fridays when I get to watch a new WandaVision episode.  Who else loves this show as much as Bianca and I do?  What are you doing to get through these hard times?  Let me know in the comments if you feel inclined and I hope you're doing as best you can right now.

xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Gingham Dream

Sister Jane DREAM Roller Gingham Midi Dress
 
I know we're still in February but I'm ready for some spring outfits! The flowers are already starting to bloom here, which means that our weather will soon be ready for sleeveless ensembles (and I can get back to my vast collection of straw hats). Gingham prints are something that will forever remind me of spring and summer so I jumped on this Dream Sister Jane dress the moment they released it!  You can read more about this UK based company and this fantastic dress below.

Sister Jane DREAM Roller Gingham Midi Dress

Sister Jane DREAM Roller Gingham Midi Dress

Sister Jane DREAM Roller Gingham Midi Dress

Sister Jane DREAM Roller Gingham Midi Dress
Shoes- Diego's

Sister Jane has been an obsession of mine for quite some time.  They understand a statement collar, fine and intricate details, and a big puffy sleeve.  Basically, they produce everything I love about fashion.  They release quite a few collections a year and each collection has a DREAM edit.  The DREAM edits are usually more ethereal, have show stopping fabrics and silhouettes, and come with a higher price tag.  This gingham midi dress is a part of their newest collection, The Grand Carousel, and you can find it in the DREAM area of that collection.  I hope I'm still making sense over here!

This dress has an empire waistline, ruffly sleeves, black velvet piping on the bodice, and the most twirl-worthy tiered skirt.  I'm wearing a size small, which is the perfect fit.  Sister Jane tends to run small (I tend to fall between a small and a medium due to my bust) but I've learned that the more flowy dresses tend to have more room in the bodice.  If you're not into midi lengths, this dress also comes in a shorter version in a red gingham.  Overall, I'm super happy with this dress and I'm trying my best to be good and not order more from this collection!  While Sister Jane does ship from the UK, you can also find their clothing at ASOS, ShopBop and Ban.do here in the USA.

Are you ready for spring yet?  I know most of the country is dealing with some freezing temps so I'm going to assume that we're all ready for some sun.  I think we've all been cooped up in our homes for so long and a nice, sunny day is the least we can ask for!

xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Sweetheart Roses

Made590 Valentina Skirt in Sweetheart Roses
 
Valentine's Day is one of my favorite "holidays".  It's funny because Kevin and I don't actually celebrate it (other than maybe exchanging cards sometimes) but I love the idea of wearing Valentine's inspired looks.  Last year I had a pretty extensive series dedicated to the season of love but this year I had to scale it down a lot due to lack of time and.. you know... the pandemic. One of my favorite Aussie brands, Made590, just re-released their Sweetheart Roses collection and I was lucky enough to snag one of my favorite pieces!  The Valentina skirt is a very special piece (I have several in my closet) and I love that I finally own this skirt in one of my all-time favorite prints.

Made590 Valentina Skirt in Sweetheart Roses

Made590 Valentina Skirt in Sweetheart Roses

Made590 Valentina Skirt in Sweetheart Roses

Made590 Valentina Skirt in Sweetheart Roses

Made590 Valentina Skirt in Sweetheart Roses
Top- Target
Skirt- Made590

The Sweetheart Roses print was illustrated by the talented Kirbee Lawler and reprinted in this punchy pink hue and a dark navy.  While I chose the Valentina skirt, they also offered their fan-favorite Rayna and Saski dresses.  The Valentina is a totally adjustable wrap skirt that features front pockets and a tie closure.  While I can fit in many sizes in this skirt, I choose to order up to a medium so I have lots of hip room.  I'm closing the skirt on the smallest button and tying it to cinch my waist properly, but if you have smaller hips than I do, you can easily order your usual skirt size.  Made590 is a small woman owned business that makes their products in sizes XXS-4X.  They're inclusive, ethical, and make some super cute clothing!  While most of the Sweetheart Roses collection has sold out, you can still find some sizes in this skirt and a full size range of the Saski dress.  Click HERE to view the collection!

We decided to dedicate this Valentine's Day to showering Bianca with all the love.  She's really struggling with being at home for almost a year now and we feel like she deserves a day of recognition.  Kevin and I just celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary last week and it's Kevin's birthday next week so honestly, it's a nice break!  We ordered some of her favorite toys, I'm going to make her favorite breakfast in a heart theme, and we're going to let her make all the decisions for the day.  What are your plans for Valentine's Day?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

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
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