there's always money in the banana stand


Outfit Details:
Blue button up: MANGO, on sale
Belt: thrifted
Shorts: BB Dakota
Socks: Target?
Suede oxfords: thrifted
Sunglasses: F21
Purse: thrifted
Bolo tie: Etsy

Today was the first day that I ventured outside since coming down with a horrendous cold/ flu hybrid of sorts. Since it was such a nice day (80 degrees what, what!) Grant and I decided to head seaside and walk around Balboa which is a small island off of Newport Beach seemingly solely populated by dogs and people over 55 years of age wearing Chicos and Cold Water Creek gear, if that paints a picture for you.

I've noticed that I've been dressing more tomboy lately. I think this happens every Fall and Winter. As the temps drop, the pants go on.  Speaking of pants going on, I've noticed that a lot of fashion bloggers that I read literally never wear pants. Ever. It's all dresses and skirts which is cool, don't get me wrong since I, too, love a good dress BUT I also loves me a good pair of pants! Maybe it's a California thing?  ~California Casual~? 

Anyway, here are a few more shots that I took today...

The great banana stand rivalry of Balboa Island! A point of pride regarding where I live (since a lot of people bash on Orange County) is the fact that Arrested Development was set in Orange County, Newport Beach to be exact. While the Bluth Banana Stand is pure fiction it is definitely based on these real banana stands which are pretty much next to each other. I think Sugar & Spice is the OG stand, though. Sorry Dad's!

PS: $75 dobbins to my store, Three Feathers Vintage, could be yours if you enter this giveaway!


  1. WOW, great post and the tie is gorgeous and simple.


  2. Ooh I love this outfit!!
    And I love me some pants too, haha, so comfy :D

  3. This is perfect.

    Also, I know what you mean about bloggers not wearing pants. I think seeing a lady in trousers is refreshing!

  4. i love Balboa Island! must have been so pretty there toady. I love the whole tomboy look. i was an actual tomboy growing up, so it always comes back to influence a bit of my style


  5. what a cute outfit! cool pictures too, sounds like you had a great day!

    Crystal Hearts Vintage

  6. Yes, I'm certainly guilty of not wearing enough pants on the blog. I love the boyish look. Cycling around Brooklyn is certainly easier with pants. Love the bolo!

  7. Sorry we missed each other this weekend! It was pretty packed on my end too. I'm glad to hear you are feeling better. I'd love to hang when you guys are on your trip, so keep in touch :)

    by.... the..... way!!!!
    Totally hungout on Balboa Island on Wednesday. The family I was with swear by dad's tho. We would never set foot in sugar and spice. (Maybe we can't be friends).

    Also...I swear I was thinking of buying that exact bolo on etsy last week, but went for this bad boy instead http://www.etsy.com/transaction/63353799. That one looks adorable, a giant bull head can be a little menacing.


  8. Is it sad that I'm not really sure what a banana stand is?
    I LOVE this look for you, you look really elegant even in California casual tomboy gear.

  9. love the bolo! you look gorgeous and are pulling off mensware so perfectly xo


  10. @ Kallie: Not sad at all! A banana stand, or should I say frozen banana stand, sells frozen bananas dipped in chocolate along with other sweet treats. It's a popular Southern California beach dessert :)

  11. I'm definitely one of those girls who rarely wears pants... mainly because I don't think they look good on me! It's been about 5 years since I've worn them regularly, even in the 0 degree weather we get here in Chicago (I wear wool tights, tall boots, long coats).

    Oddly enough I never heard of the banana stands when I lived in L.A., they look tasty!

  12. You look absolutely amazing!

  13. I'll never tire of your quirky tomboy style, Ash. :) You always look fabulous and adorable. I have also noticed very few bloggers wear pants in their outfit shots! I always notice when they do because it's like seeing a full moon. Ha!

    And SoCal really DOES have frozen banana stands?! I thought that was just a made-up thing for AD! Awesome. Sauce.

  14. why are you always so cute! you sport vintage really well!! :D:D

    The Bargain Doll

  15. I like me some pants too, though I wear them more in real life than in blog land. Probably cos I only own two pairs of pants at the moment vs. about 15 dresses!

  16. ha ha haaa! I LOVE ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT SO MUCH! It's amazing. That's all I can say. You got your hair cut!!! :) I love it!!
    love, polly

  17. aw, LOVE the bolo tie! my grandpa used to wear those all the time:)

  18. wow, when i went to uci i had absolutely no idea which frozen banana stand was legit. hopefully they all taste pretty similar? lol

  19. it is NOT just a California thing... MORE PANTS.

  20. i need new pants. i love wearing them too. and i want to wear nice pants with oxfords and lovely blouses. but i'm all long and weird shaped where skirts and dresses have become the most comfortable thing for me. but i used to ONLY wear jeans. all the time. jeans and band tees. yup.

    anyway. i love this outfit. your tomboy looks are KILLER.
    and i just convinced my mom to buy me seasons 1 - 3 of arrested development on dvd. :D

  21. winter makes me a tad more tomboy too! i love your sweet pin! you look so PUT TOGETHER all the time!!

    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

  22. I miss all my shorts so much!!! :)

    I love your style :) But you already know that :)

  23. oh my! seeing these pictures make me wish for nice enough weather for shorts here in New York.
    you look lovely and i'm lovin' this look.
    hope your having a nice day!


  24. I enjoy how Bluth-y your outfit is!

  25. Did you ever read the Babysitters Club Books when you were younger? I'm from New Zealand but pretty much read all of them. Dawn was always described as 'California casual' love it.

  26. @ Sarah: haha oh my good, GOOD bring up!! Yes I did read Babysitters Club and you're so right about Dawn! Long blonde hair, vegetarian, and so california casual! :D

  27. great outfit, i like everything about it!


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