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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