A holiday treat for YOU.

A holiday treat for YOU.

You guys, it’s the holidays!  Here is a little holiday treat, served up hot and fresh from Family Affairs!  These way-too-perfect, all-too-flattering Bolshoi Overalls are an additional $40 off with code “ashersholiday”!  Hope on over and snag yourself a pair.  DO IT. :)))) Overalls: Family Affairs // Top: Urban Outfitters // Sneakers:...
Styling a vintage dress with sneakers.

Styling a vintage dress with sneakers.

Off all of the vintage dresses I own, this is definitely one of my favorites.  It’s like the best 80s-space-suit-retro-pop-fusion dress that ever existed!  I feel like I could do anything in it, which is why I paired it with my trusty Converse to frolic around Los Angeles on a warm (and I’m not going to lie, uncomfortably humid) Saturday.  A dress I can throw on with sneakers is a dress that will stay near to my heart for many a Saturday to come.   Button up, light weight dresses with cool patterns rival jumpsuits for me.  They are just as easy to put on and just as comfortable as long as you aren’t tryna karate kick anyone.  Don’t get me wrong, it could definitely still be accomplished in a dress like this, you just might have to sacrifice your dignity while everyone sees your underpants. Let’s just stick with punches for the day, alright? Dress: Fiery Finish Vintage // Shoes: Converse // Bag: Urban Outfitters  Photography by Eli...
Moody Summer

Moody Summer

Although it’s summer, the weather has been kind of up and down around here.  When I say up and down, I mean one week it was almost 90 degrees (summer) and now it’s like 75 degrees (winter. Ha.  You can only say winter to 75 in LA.).  That’s pretty up and down, as it usually stays a pretty solid temperature, well, all the time.  So along with moody temps come moody dressing.  This outfit is perfect for the solid 75 we’re at right now.  Light and airy on top, summery florals in the skirt, but with a bit of grounded dark leather in the black boots and bag.   Thinking about small elements like “grounded shoes” or “light and airy tops” can help you pull your outfit together when you aren’t quite sure what kind of weather you should be dressing for.  It also kind of makes you feel like you are in yoga or something right?  Feeling grounded or light as air?  No?  Well anyway, thinking about things like that while getting dress can help you decide what kind of shoes to pair with a gauzy dress, say if it’s a cool 60-70, and you don’t want to go full on summer.  Or it can go the other way, putting airy tops with pieces like this skirt that are pretty angular and hold their ground pretty firmly, balance everything out.   Speaking of angles, remember this skirt and this dress?  The skirt above, in all of it’s floraly-angular-goodness, is from the same designer as the aforementioned skirt and dress, Echo + Air.  The mastermind behind the whole collection, Jordana,...
Purple Leather.

Purple Leather.

I love the idea of long shirts over knee length skirts!  I think it adds something new and refreshing to a button up and pencil skirt.  Speaking of the skirt, how awesome is this vintage purple leather skirt?  I found it at a thrift store and it came with an equally as purple, but not equally as awesome, puffy sleeved bolero jacket.  I had to buy them both in order to bring home the skirt, but it was well worth it!   As for the shoes, well that’s a whole thing in and of itself!  I always talk about this piece pulling this other piece into the outfit through the color, but the black of the shoes and socks was nowhere to be found in the rest of the outfit!  I thought I was going to wear a black purse with this, but when I put it all together it was just too heavy and overwhelming to have something black in my hand.  I decided to go with this purple and red clutch from Anthropologie (check out the little fruit man, it’s awesome), to add a little interest to a color blocked outfit.  But alas, there still was no black to be found and that’s when I realized I didn’t have sunglasses!   As everyone knows, LA is sunny.  It’s almost ALWAYS sunny!  I love it, don’t get me wrong, but if you want the kind of light I like in my shoots, you are definitely going to have to wear sunglasses.  What a perfect way to bring in the black than with some black rimmed sunglasses?  Don’t forget...
Layers + Leather Shoppers + Pulpits

Layers + Leather Shoppers + Pulpits

Normally I don’t go for dark backgrounds, but this one seemed to fit the outfit so well.  Maybe it’s because of the neon in the shirt, or maybe it’s just because I’m crazy, but I’m liking it!  Don’t worry, I’m not going to go on an all black backgrounds kick, you’ll still get your usual dosage of all-too-much-color-in-one-picture walls.  It’s always good to change it up a little though right?  Of course I’m right!   Want to know what else I’m right about? Layers.  I’ve been doing layers a lot more this spring, as seen here and here, and it’s adding an entirely new dimension to my wardrobe.  It’s fun to play with not only the colors of layers, but also the shapes.  Larger boxy pieces over more form fitting (an obvious choice), but there are even some glorious layered outfits to be made that are tight over loose!  WHAT? Tight over loose?  That doesn’t make any sense!  You’re imagining the awkwardness of the bunched up bottom layer under a small top layer right?  Well, sometimes it works!  Take the cream colored top above that fits a little more snug along the top half of the piece, but has an open back.  This is the perfect piece to throw something loose under!  Just wait, I’ll show you and prove wrong the little voice in your head that’s huffing and puffing over the mere thought of this combo.   For now though my friends,  you have plenty of springtime shape layering to feast your eyes on in this and the other layerful (awesome new word), posts of late.  The outfit...