Monday, September 15, 2014

Welcome to the Jungle


Welcome to the jungle darlings.  This jungle that is otherwise known as my backyard.  Living at the base of a mountain makes for having a beautiful, flat, picturesque suburbia backyard quite the challenge, yet there is also something to be said about living under an umbrella of trees...especially once the leaves begin to turn.  

Anyhow sporting Hannah's loverly leopard doused mini dress seemed the perfect piece for this setting - and for spending the evening grilling out at a friend's house.  Flats and legging, this darling dolly dress and lots of grilled goodies were the perfect recipe for capping off this sunny summer day.


I always adore Hannah's carefree Colorado style.  She truly took this dress from summer to winter with her remixes.  


That's all for now.  Wishing everyone once fantastic fall full of pumpkin spice and everything nice.

Love Bunches, 

Outfit Details:
Dress: Swapped via Hannah // Headscarf & Necklace: Vintage, thrifted // Bag: UO // Shoes: Modcloth

Friday, September 12, 2014

Baby Girl


Oh Hi there! Here I am just wearing another one of Marisa's dresses. You know Marisa... 
of The Shades of The Monet Chronicles. Well, I feel like I've borrowed Marisa's entire wardrobe already... I just love her style! I can't get enough of these baby doll dresses... it's become an obsession of mine. Ha! This is sort of a short post because I'm laking photos... we (The Husbear and I) took a bunch but I didn't like the way most of them turned out. That seems to be happening to me a lot lately.... I just feel "frumpy" or something. 


I think the humid and hot climate of Austin is starting to get to me. It's September and Autumn is upon us and there are Fall clothes being sold everywhere in all the stores yet it's still blazing hot and in the 100's. It's almost impossible to get dressed up and take pictures without melting... it's quite difficult. Austin doesn't even really get a Fall... we just go from scorching hot to cold over night. No beautiful change of colors in the trees... no falling leaves. I'll still take it over an Ohio winter any day though... those were the worst!


I decided to do the black bra and slip thingy under the sheer dress again. I think it ads a bit of "edginess" to the look. So of course I had to wear my black knee socks which are becoming more and more of a staple of mine. It's too much work and way to hot to wear tights so knee socks are the next best thing. I added some white bobble earrings and pale lipstick and "voila".... instant 60's vibe. 


I was wearing this hat at some point in the photo session... but those images ended up on the drawing room floor. Ha! I love this hat though... I bought it many moons ago from Forever 21. I do believe this was my first real hat purchase... now I have a whole slew of them. Addictions are hard to break... what can I say?


Thanks for stopping by and checking out how I styled Marisa's lovely little baby doll dress. Now you get to see how Marisa styled it! Gotta love those tights and head scarf... how adorbs! 
Baby doll dresses for ever! Weeeeee!

xoxo







Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Bernie Dexter Love

Hey there!  It's Ashley, and if you don't know me already, I blog over at Southern (California) Belle.  I wanted to do something a little different today and talk about one of my favorite brands, Bernie Dexter.  I'm the type of person who will buy something in every color and print if the fit is perfection.  I've certainly found my perfect match with Bernie and her dresses.

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I think what initially grabbed my attention was the unique prints.  They're so vibrant and unlike anything I've seen before.  While she carries lots of novelty prints, my favorite is definitely anything with a floral print.  Her dresses are also 100% cotton so they're nice and breathable.  Some styles have heavier fabric than others but every single one I own is perfect for warmer weather.

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Most of Bernie Dexter's designs have beautiful full skirts.  They can easily accommodate a petticoat underneath but look just as beautiful without one.  My favorite styles are the "bra friendly" necklines and there are many to choose from.  I love the Veronique style (pictured on the left above) because the neckline is flirty but has full coverage in the back.

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Many of her dresses come with matching belts as well.  Some have belts with the same printed fabric as the dress and others come with a shiny contrasting belt.  I don't always wear it, but it's nice to be able to mix and match with other dresses.

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Of course, like most ladies, I appreciate a dress with pockets!  Most styles come with pockets, but they're usually pretty small.  It's always a plus when you can carry your cell phone and some lip gloss without carrying a purse.

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Sizing is usually from XS-2XL.  For the most part, I'm a true to size small but I own a few in a medium and even one in an extra small.  If you're pretty large in the bust, I'd size up for styles like the Frenchie, Mariposa, and Paris.  I find that these styles don't really accommodate a larger chest so I don't own any of them.  It's a shame because I've been dying to own this dress!

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While I would definitely consider a Bernie Dexter dress an investment piece (ranging from $156-$225), there are ways to get one in your closet for cheaper!  Bernie has sales on her website quite often.  Anything discounted is final sale, but if you're confident in your size you can get one for close to half price!  She also sells discontinued styles on her eBay store and her store on Etsy which features last chance dresses from $55 and up.

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I have yet to photograph two dresses, but this is the majority of my collection.  I feel like every dress is beautiful and special in their own way.  Do you own a Bernie Dexter dress?  What other brands do you love?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, September 5, 2014

Florals and New Routines



Outfit Details:

Floral babydoll dress // borrowed from Marisa
Blue Ampersand heels // Seychelles Footwear (old -- "Clay" color available here)
Cat Eye Cutie Sunglasses // ModCloth
Floral head scarf // thrifted (Gap)
Lipstick // MAC So Chaud

Hello, friends! I'm so glad to be back here with y'all. August was a very busy month for our family -- getting the girls back to preschool, getting myself back to teaching preschoolers, ballet, Spanish class for my oldest daughter, etc. etc. Whew! What a month! We're all settling into our new routine, and I have to say, it's a nice change from the spontaneity of summer. I like summer, but the novelty of it does wear off after a couple of months -- for both me and for my girls. You can only do so many crafts and activities so many times before everyone gets bored with it all.

How about y'all? Did August bring new routines or activities for you?




Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Cutesy


Hello, hello! Katie here. How are you all now that September is officially upon us? I borrowed this fun striped dress from Taylor this summer and apparently was in a very girly mood when I wore it.  A pink hair bow? So cutesy! These photos were also taken shortly before I donated my hair, so it is much longer in these photos than it is now. It is so strange to see that!
I liked the high-lo hem of this dress, but the high part was a little...erm, high. I just added this vintage petticoat and I thought it was a fun way to make this dress a bit more appropriate-it even matched the black and white color scheme!









I absolutely love Taylor's headscarf and adorable (camera?) bag paired with this dress. Such a retro vibe that I am head over heels for! See more of her original post here. 


Hope you're having a good week! If you're interested in outfit details you can check out my blog here.
God Bless,
KJA

Friday, August 29, 2014

Lightning Seeds

Lisa from Lala Faux Bois

Hey everyone, happy Friday! Since it's still August, I'm here with a summery outfit and this super fun strawberry print top I borrowed from Sammi. I know this is blogger blasphemy, but I'm a summer and spring girl at heart so I'm one of the few people not counting down the days til fall. That's a good thing too since I live in Phoenix, because we still have about 6 weeks of "summery" days.

These polka dotted shorts reminded me of strawberry seeds when paired with this top, which led me to think of the Brit pop group Lightening Seeds. Anyone out there remember this song? They had an album cover with a giant strawberry too, so it wasn't that much of a stretch :)




top: borrowed from Sammi // shorts & scarf: thrifted // shoes: Blowfish // necklace: in my shop


Now let's take a peek at how the other ladies styled it- you can see I was inspired by Sammi's look with the shorts. Even though I only photographed this top once, I also took a cue from Taylor and Katie and styled it another time with jeans and a cardigan for the office. I just couldn't send this back without sneaking in a couple of wearings.

I hope you all have a great weekend- even better if it's a 3-day one like we have here in the States. Even if you aren't a fan of summer, get out there for one last sunny hurrah before the pumpkins take over :)





Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bicycle built for two


Good morning!  It's Sammi of The Soubrette Brunette, and today, I'm wearing this absolutely charming bicycle print dress that I borrowed from Marisa.  Although it's always a treat to get to raid all of the Flock Together girls' closets, I have to say that some of my favorite pieces are ones that belong to Marisa.  She has some of the cutest, quirkiest items (which obviously appeal to my sensibilities), and the ways in which she styles them serve as a constant inspiration for me.  This adorable bicyclette dress is by Sugarhill Boutique, which is one of my favorite go-to brands for precious prints.

Outfit Details
Dress: swap from Marisa
Boater hat: vintage
Belt: Forever 21
Ring: Ever Ours
Mary Janes: Urban Outfitters


Marisa and I both opted to style this with summery straw hats, and we each managed to work in yellow and red accents to our outfits.  I absolutely love her sweet daisy brooch, and her boating photos are so lovely!  One thing I always forget is that I'm quite a bit taller than Marisa, so her dresses are often a bit shorter on me, but I think it was a nice change of pace (and very handy for humid summer days!).  I'd also love to see it transition into cooler weather with colored tights and a cardigan!  How would you like to style this darling dress?

xox Sammi
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