Monday, June 27, 2016

La Dolce Vita Part II

It's La Dolce Vita Part II, with a lighter summer version of the Fatale Embroidered Prom Dress, by The Pretty Dress Co. Now available in ivory, you can get that same saucy, signorina look as the black, only in this season's hue. It would only be right to take this silhouette for a stroll in some vineyards, with beds of red & white roses, reminiscent of the Italian countryside. To add some extra glamour, I wore my favorite red velvet Tom Ford x YSL heels, from 2003 - complete with lucite and gold heel accents. 

To play off some peasant style, I wore some red carved hoops, and a vintage wicker floral handbag. The last touch of glam was my great grandmother's vintage, baroque style, ruby brooch, with dangling pearls from Italy. 

<3 Ashlyn

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Plants on Pink

It wouldn't be summer without the ever popular fabric that screams vintage charm, broderie anglaise! Vivien of Holloway offers the ultimate 1950s bombshell halter top in every color and fabric under the sun. Simply a must for any summer wardrobe, the Halter top in broderie anglaise fabric, is your staple. It is cut very shapely to enhance your waist, and showcase your decolletage. 

Paired with virtually anything, this top looks exceptionally lovely with a fitted silhouette, enter VOH's perfect pencil skirt! The Pink Donegal Pencil Skirt seen here is probably the best fitting skirt we've ever had. It's one of those things that's so good, you really just need to try for yourself! Although this fabric is more of a fall/winter one, it's color makes it easily doable for breezy days in the Spring and Summer. The color is a beautiful blend of pink and muted lavender, for a unique and authentic look.

Of course, pastel pink hair is always a fun look, and we opted for accessories from our own line, The Pink Collar Life

Handbags: "Million Dollar Mermaid Clutch." In ivory & pink.
Earrings: "Lucite Star Earrings." (back in stock shortly) 

We aren't the only ones who love the sight of plants on pink. Check out: @plantsonpink !!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Ladies of the Land

A Mid Century mansion & Maggie were a match made in heaven, and a perfect pink collar pairing. The Maggie dress by Glamour Bunny is a lovely 1940s shapely silhouette, filled with pleats and peach blossoms. It's rare that a company succeeds making a true to 40s style dress (mostly gravitating towards 50s shapes) and Glamour Bunny's Maggie.... is magnifique!  

Reminiscent of a land girl during WWII, this dress captures the nostalgia of our favorite era, all with believable colors and a delicate & darling print. Made of a soft periwinkle blue, peach blossoms cover the dress, with harmonious matching peachy lapel and sleeve accents. The tailoring is fabulous, giving just enough V for a touch of cleavage, and sharp, elegant, lines making for crisp cuffs. The added bonus to Maggie is her perfectly placed pleats, and contrasting belt.

A frock fancy enough for a frolic in the garden of our favorite pink palace in Los Feliz, Maggie was just the thing to pick some roses, and go barefoot. Lovely enough, this dress has subtle pastel tones that pair perfectly with some pastel pink hair. To add another pop of color, a pair of bright 1940s inspired sunnies are always our go to.

 La vie en rose! <3

<3 T & A

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Santa Barbara Bombshell

"Queen of the Missions" is what Mission Santa Barbara is known for, mainly for her graceful beauty. Established in 1786 as the tenth of the California missions to be founded by the Spanish Franciscans, this beauty stands strong today, beaming with Old California nostalgia, picturesque in pink, surrounded by cactus and palms. Between Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo, I had to make a pit stop from a coastal road trip to see this Santa Barbara beauty, and the heavenly heritage that is represents, extolling the virtues of past and present!

Sitting between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, the Mission is a monument to the cultural diversity of California's heritage. Indian tribes of Mexico, as well as Spaniards, are all integral parts of ancestry and history of California's early settlers. The original purpose of the Mission was the "christianazation" of the Chumash Indians, which was considered accomplished by the 1930's.

The Mission in 1955
Located on Laguna Street, the view is a mix of majestic mountains, palms, and the sparkling California Coast, as it is nestled on 10 acres of beautifully manicured gardens.

The outside building is mainly of neo-classical style, representing the greatest engineering achievement and the combined efforts of the Indian, Spanish and Mexican artisans here in Santa Barbara. Since this church is dedicated to St. Barbara, the designers utilized these "female" architectural attributes, which would probably explain the use of bold and beautiful salmon pink. A Pink Collar Gal of the 3rd century, i'm sure! A martyred church figure of the time, Saint Barabara was supposedly beheaded by her father for following the Christian Faith.

The building in all its glory seen behind. The towers were considerably damaged in a detrimental earthquake that hit, June 29, 1925, but were slowly rebuilt in 1927.

The beautiful fountain in front of the Mission was built in 1808. The large basin next to the fountain is a lavanderia that was used by Indian women to wash clothes.

A beautiful view, and a true representation of California's wide range of terrain
Six bells hang within the two church towers.

Today, was pink meets pueblo, with one of my favorite vintage themes. With cowboys and Indians on my mind, I wore a 1950s vintage western skirt with arrow embroidery detail, in a sand and chocolate color combo. I added a 1950s ric-rac belt, featuring pink and gold embroidery, to bring out my pink gingham bustier top - a classic from Wheels & Dollbaby. If i'm doing lots of walking, I usually always go for my trusted 1950s gold wedges. My pink 1950s raffia purse was just the handbag for a Santa Barbara stroll <3

<3 Ashlyn