11.29.2014

Petunia Picks: Chic Shades of Plaid

11.27.2014

Thankful


"Be kind, be thoughtful, be genuine...but most of all, be thankful."

11.24.2014

Petunia Picks: Colors of Thanksgiving

11.22.2014

The Young, The Beautiful, The Stylish


I have always had a profound love for CBS daytime dramas The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. Many people watch these shows as an escape from reality--but I find them fascinating because they can teach us so much about life and love. 

There are several amazing actresses that have taken their passions beyond the television screen--and I think it's important to recognize some of my favorites here at The Yellow Petunia.

Amelia Heinle recently launched the most fabulous blog called Dear March--which focuses on fashion, beauty and travel. So far, she and her friend/business partner Annie Wonderlich have created excellent content--from interviews to videos--breathtaking photography, and even an online shop! I love her collaborations with Pretty In Ink Stamps and SS Print Shop. They also sell beautiful accessories, my favorites being the Open Heart Ring and Love Letter Necklace. Shop Dear March today and 5% of the proceeds will go to believebig.org--supporting brave men and women battling cancer.

Kelly Kruger also has a new blog, Madison Charles, and I love how she has combined classic beauty with a modern edge. She shares bits and pieces of her personal life, along with her favorite fashion finds and the super-cool glam glow mask!

Jessica Collins may play a lawyer on television, but her true calling is the culinary arts. Her website Jessica Collins shares with us the beauty of food. Honestly, I think she gives Giada a run for her money! Her photos and recipes exude her passion for all things delectable. I especially love her    Key Lime Pie and 1-2-3 Peanut Butter Cookies recipes.





La Petite is the brainchild of the uber-talented Elizabeth Hendrickson. This beautiful website is a girls-only shopping social meets love of all things vintage. Think personal stylist, creative artist, glamour girl, best friend.



Sole9 is a brilliant company founded by Gina Tognoni (the fabulous new Phyllis on Y&R.) Sole9 is the epitome of fashion giving back to society. With each purchase, you are helping support regional and national organizations that shelter, clothe and educate women in need. I love the Angel Ballerina Collection

Sharon Case, along with jewelry designer Elif Inanc, created the Pomp brand--classic and luxurious pieces of elegance that will give an extra hint of style to your favorite outfit. I love the Mesh Cuff and Starfish Pendant.



Katherine Kelly Lang, the iconic and beautiful Brooke Logan, is one of my favorite businesswomen! Her line of one-of-a-kind Katherine Kelly Lang Kaftans are perfection. Wearable artwork! They are colorful, stylish, comfortable, feminine and sexy. The kaftan is a very versatile piece--perfect over pants, shorts, a bathing suit and even as loungewear. Two that stand out to me are the Celeste and the Bindi. Katherine photographs so well in each one of her distinct styles. 

 ....and my own fashion find--after a lot of hard work?! My favorite dress of all-time. I call it the "Hope For The Future" dress, worn so well by Hope Logan (Kimberly Matula.) It's actually an Ella Moss--and I'm forever in love with this pink and white wonder!














11.17.2014

Petunia Picks: Autumn Leaves

11.12.2014

Tone It Up


Once upon a time, in sunny Southern California, two best friends--Karena Dawn and Katrina Hodgson--came up with an idea that would change the world as we know it. That idea was Tone It Up, and words cannot even begin to express my depths of appreciation for these beautiful women. The concept was based around fitness and nutrition--but the end result lead to a greater purpose--a brand that inspires integrity, compassion, confidence and sisterhood. Tone It Up is a lifestyle--where you are encouraged to shine bright in all ways--promoting overall health and well-being--physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.


Karena and Katrina may be in fabulous shape--but they are not intimidating. They are real woman who have had real struggles. They incorporate their life lessons and experiences into all they do-- ready to reach out a loving hand to each and every devoted follower and friend. They aren't a "quick fix." Their approach to fitness and nutrition is a process--one that you can be proud of because the end result is always of quality.



Their Beach Babe DVDs and the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan are easy to follow and teach us that we can make working out and eating right fun. I wake up each morning actually looking forward to my "booty call," Perfect Fit Protein Pancake or Bombshell Spell. Their tricks and tips are bound to bring out a glow--directly from your soul. And when you're happy from the inside out--it has such a positive effect on your relationships, dreams, goals, values and lifestyle choices.

The Tone It Up community is a fabulous environment to share your story with others. It's an amazing place of encouragement and support. In fact, I have met several new lifelong friends through Tone It Up (Georgia from Diary of an Aspiring Beach Babe and Kristyn from Creative with Kristyn to name a few!)


Karena and Katrina's products are also top-notch. I never go anywhere without a Perfect Fit Bar (Perfect Fit Protein is the BEST Organic Plant-Based Protein on the market!) and I love their collaboration with Oakley and Maaji. Wearing something with the Tone It Up logo makes me an ambassador for the most exclusive--yet welcoming--club out there!




Visit Tone It Up today and experience all that Karena and Katrina have to offer. Share, Love, Inspire, Sweat. Live happy and healthy. Ride the wave. Savor a sunrise and a beautiful new day. Always have a warm heart, and feel confident to express your unique and amazing self! Be creative. Be adventurous. Be healthy. Stay blessed.


Thank you, K + K, for being my sisters, role models, trainers, wonder women, and beach babes! 






11.10.2014

Petunia Picks: Ashley's Favorites

Here are some of my favorite style finds for this week. Leave a comment below and let me know what is currently inspiring you.


11.08.2014

On The Agenda








Today is fashion legend Lilly Pulitzer's birthday--so pop open a bottle of champagne, wear something fabulous and honor her legacy with love and sunshine. If you are like me, I think of Lilly all year long by using this colorful agenda book. I came across these back in 2010, and have purchased one ever since--not only as a planner, but as a mini diary. I take it with me on vacation, record special milestones and events, good quotes--and memories. They come in various sizes and I have used all of them--but my favorite is the large because it holds the right amount of room for everything. 

Sure, you can "save the date" on your iPhone or tablet, but there is something very special about an actual physical book with blank pages (and your own handwriting) that cannot be matched by technology. Tradition is chic and never goes out of style. This book even comes with stickers (how fun!) and every month has a beautiful print and delightful saying.

Now through November 10th, head on over to Lilly Pulitzer and celebrate! They are even giving gifts to us--so depending on what you purchase, you could end up with anything from a new bangle to a travel blanket. 

"live everyday like it's a celebration, and make every hour happy hour."




11.05.2014

Lumière





I am very excited to share with you Chloe + Isabel's newest collection--just in time for the holiday season! Inspired by the lights of winter, Lumière is delightful...glamour and sparkle at its finest!

One of my favorites is the Midnight Reverie Statement Necklace. The icy crystal clusters arranged in frost-like patterns gleam in teal, tanzanite, and aqua--a luxurious combination! I also love everything about the Celestial Frost Stud Earrings and Bracelet. The subtle, yet feminine, color palette is breathtaking for any special occasion (especially a wedding!)

This time of the year, it's truly okay to "Let It Go" and channel your inner Anna & Elsa with these exceptionally-crafted jewels (how can you not think of Disney Princesses and Frozen when looking at these regal pieces!) Stop by my Chloe + Isabel Online Boutique this month, and give the gift of light...today, tomorrow and always!

11.03.2014

I ♥ Lilly



Lilly Pulitzer is one of my favorite fashion designers of all time. I admire her so much that each time I am driving down the A1A, I have to stop by her house for inspiration. I have always loved the story of how it all started with a juice stand in Palm Beach--and with patience and determination, she made her classic shift dress the talk of the town--from Key West to Cape Cod, the Hamptons to the White House (Jacqueline Kennedy was a big fan!) Her whimsical patterns and fun-loving spirit made her the go-to brand for the stylish housewife--leisurely luxury--and quintessential Florida. 










I am so happy that Lilly's legacy lives on in the brand today, and I always look forward to the next style, collection, and print. (I am also very fortunate to have an original Lilly dress from the 60s--one with a label that says "The Lilly" and features beautiful floral patterns and latticework at the hem.) And you might have guessed, but most of my favorites are nautical-inspired (Get Nauti, Fresh Catch, You Gotta Regatta, Docksider) Visit My Lilly to see these beautiful prints!

The Resort Collection just came out November 1st, and this season, I am loving the blue tones, and casual but classy pieces. The Devina Lace Tunic Dress is perfect for a romantic dinner at The Breakers. The Allie Packable Quilted Vest is delightful for walking the beach on a cool Florida night. The Marielle Boatneck Intarsia Sweater is ideal for a lunch date at Hamburger Heaven, and the Bryn Cashmere Cardigan is my go-to look for setting sail aboard another Royal Caribbean cruise.


"Style isn't just about what you wear...style is about how you live."

Lilly Pulitzer

11.02.2014

Autumn Tiles





top: J. Crew || denim: Chico's || purse: J. Crew Factory || flip-flops, earrings + bracelet: Tory Burch || Love Knot Ring: Ariel Gordon Jewelry || Heart Ring (similar): c/o Poshmark || watch: Walt Disney World || sunglasses: Ray-Ban


I may have worn this outfit in the summer, but I couldn't resist posting about it now because I think these colors blend well with a sunny "November in Florida" day. This J. Crew Linen Tile T-Shirt is extremely comfortable and exotic--reminiscent of the tiled designs found in many North African cities! It brightens any day with its coral, blue, mint and soft peach hues. I paired it with my go-to Chico's denim capri pants. My coral J. Crew Factory Crossbody Purse also adds an extra burst of color. I am very impressed with the quality of this exceptional handbag and wish I could get it in black, green, yellow, blue, purple, pink (well, you get the idea!) 

(side note: This t-shirt is listed in my Poshmark closet!)

11.01.2014

Happy November


“If you are waiting for anything in order to live and love without holding back, then you suffer. Every moment is the most important moment of your life. No future time is better than now to let down your guard and love.”