Blue Velvet: California Dreamin’

If there is one trend I’m absolutely loving right now, it’s velvet. This beautiful blue velvet maxi dress is from the brand AU & Co. I have fallen in love with this dress for many reasons: it’s unique, the amazing color, the luxurious fabric, and the fact that it was made in Los Angeles, California. This dress is extremely well made and while I was putting it on it felt like it was custom-fitted for me. That is the glory of this brand, each piece is sewn in the USA, consciously using deadstock fabric when possible and building small runs to avoid waste. In addition to being morally and environmentally conscious, AU & Co’s tagline is, “Made with love for badass babes” if you fit that description then you definitely need to check their brand out!

I styled my blue velvet dress with a dazzling necklace and a pair of glittery heels. This dress will make the PERFECT New Year’s Eve head-turner, or even the perfect dress something more formal like a military ball or gala. Tell me, have you EVER seen a maxi dress made from velvet?! I am so impressed by this dress and brand. Not to mention this fabulous maxi comes in a variety of beautiful colors: Smokin’ Silver (what I’m wearing), Prairie Gold, Beshk Burgundy, and Midnight.

If there is one thing you may know about me, it’s that I love my classic rock. Lately I’ve been listening to The Mama’s And The Papa’s and can’t stop listing to their song California Dreamin’. It is only fitting to this shoot. The lyrics are so haunting and beautiful – just like the scenery of this shoot and the California vibes of this brand. Here are some of my favorite lyrics to the song, which you can listen to here:

All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey.
I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day.
I’d be safe and warm if I was in L.A.
California dreaming on such a winter’s day.

Thank you AU & Co for sponsoring this post!



  1. December 22, 2016 / 3:08 PM

    Loving the velvet trend too!! And love those sparkly heels!

    • tayloraube
      December 22, 2016 / 6:46 PM

      Thanks so much Areli!

  2. Christina
    December 22, 2016 / 4:35 PM

    That color is STUNNING!!!

    • tayloraube
      December 22, 2016 / 6:46 PM

      I love the color so much too 🙂

  3. December 23, 2016 / 2:17 PM

    I am LOVING velvet too! This blue dress looks so amazing on you and that necklace is so beautiful!

    • tayloraube
      December 23, 2016 / 2:40 PM

      Thank you! I snagged it at H&M for $3!! Such a steal, I knew it would go perfect with this stunning dress 🙂

  4. December 23, 2016 / 2:31 PM

    You look stunning in blue velvet! A perfect holiday look. I love those sparkly shoes too!

    • tayloraube
      December 23, 2016 / 2:39 PM

      Thanks so much babe!

  5. December 23, 2016 / 2:53 PM

    These details are everything! I love this blue velvet dress the color on you is perfect. I swear every photo I see of you I think to myself you NEED TO MODEL!!!!! Have a good weekend babe! XX, Donna

    • tayloraube
      December 23, 2016 / 2:54 PM

      Thank you so much Donna! I’d like to thank my IG husband for taking such pretty pictures of me, hehe 🙂 Have a great holiday season!

  6. December 23, 2016 / 3:10 PM

    This looks like it was made for you! It’s beautiful and I love your shoes. I have a similar pair and love getting to wear them at the holidays

    Cheers, J

    • tayloraube
      December 23, 2016 / 3:18 PM

      Thanks so much! I’m all for the sparkles this holiday season!

  7. December 23, 2016 / 3:15 PM

    You look like Cinderella!!!!

    • tayloraube
      December 23, 2016 / 3:18 PM

      Thank you! That was actually my first thought when I tried it on 🙂

  8. December 23, 2016 / 3:28 PM

    This dress is out of this world!!! Love the color and style!!

    • tayloraube
      December 23, 2016 / 3:55 PM

      Thanks so much Ruthie, you’re so nice!

  9. December 23, 2016 / 3:32 PM

    this dress is stunning Taylor! So chic and elegant! I love the jewellery you’e accessorized it with and your hair is fabulous, very Hollywood Icon Glam!


    • tayloraube
      December 23, 2016 / 3:53 PM

      You are too kind! Thank you for your sweet comment 🙂

    • tayloraube
      December 23, 2016 / 3:53 PM

      Isn’t it just so perfect and unique!?

    • tayloraube
      December 23, 2016 / 3:53 PM

      Thank you so much Michele!

    December 23, 2016 / 3:57 PM

    beautifully cut gown and such a stunning color … you look AMAZING !!! <3

    • tayloraube
      December 23, 2016 / 3:58 PM

      Thank you! This is my new favorite dress 🙂

    • tayloraube
      December 23, 2016 / 4:07 PM

      Thank you so much Tiffani, the color is definitely my favorite part! This dress is so well made!!!

    • tayloraube
      December 23, 2016 / 6:09 PM

      Thank you Vanessa!

    • tayloraube
      December 23, 2016 / 6:09 PM

      It is so comfy, when I fist opened the package it was in I was just lounging around the house in it!! HAHA!

  11. December 23, 2016 / 6:17 PM

    Oh my goodness this dress is absolutely stunning, as are you in it!!

    • tayloraube
      December 23, 2016 / 6:22 PM

      Thank you so much! you should check out the rest of Au & Co’s dresses, they are so beautiful.

    • tayloraube
      December 23, 2016 / 6:33 PM

      Thank you Amanda and Merry Christmas to you as well!

    • tayloraube
      December 23, 2016 / 8:42 PM

      Thank you Linda! The perfect NYE look right here 🙂

  12. Ashley
    December 23, 2016 / 8:13 PM

    This is absolutely stunning! I’ve been obsessed with velvet lately, and I can’t get over how beautiful this dress is! The back is fabulous!

    xo Ashley

    • tayloraube
      December 23, 2016 / 8:42 PM

      I want this dress in every color!! Thanks so much for your comment!

  13. December 24, 2016 / 12:20 AM

    I love the soft blue of this dress! It compliments your hair and skin perfectly! Happy Holidays

    SC Sister

    • tayloraube
      December 24, 2016 / 2:43 PM

      Thank you so much Madeeha! Happy holidays 🙂

  14. December 24, 2016 / 1:17 AM

    The pale pink on this dress is so gorgeous! What an amazing piece for the holidays! Would totally pair it with some faux fur 😉

    • tayloraube
      December 24, 2016 / 2:43 PM

      I love the color when it reflects of warm light, this dress is so dynamic.

    • tayloraube
      December 24, 2016 / 2:43 PM

      Thank you so muhc Greta! This dress makes me feel so fabulous!

    • tayloraube
      December 26, 2016 / 1:04 PM

      Thank you! These heels are so fun for winter!

  15. December 26, 2016 / 4:05 AM

    Velvet is also my favorite trend this year! That blue dress is just stunning on you!!

    • tayloraube
      December 26, 2016 / 1:03 PM

      Thank you so much babe 🙂

  16. Anna English
    December 26, 2016 / 3:28 PM

    What a gorgeous color on you!

    • tayloraube
      December 26, 2016 / 4:58 PM

      Thanks so much 🙂

  17. Nina
    December 26, 2016 / 6:43 PM

    This color is just perfect on you! This dress is gorgeous and that brand sound so wonderful – checking them out now!

    • tayloraube
      December 26, 2016 / 7:02 PM

      You will fall in love with their entire collection!

  18. December 27, 2016 / 5:42 PM

    OMG Taylor! you look absolutely stunning! and those glitter pumps caught my eyes:)

    • tayloraube
      December 29, 2016 / 1:10 PM

      This dress would look phenomenal on you, especially in a darker color! You should def check them out 🙂

  19. Diana
    December 30, 2016 / 4:14 PM

    So so beautiful. Everything is so perfect together. I love the classic style of this dress. You look amazing in it too. You will be the most beautiful girl in the room celebrating in this dress. Have a Happy New Year.

  20. January 6, 2017 / 9:54 PM

    BEYOND stunning! That colour and that silhouette is incredible. I LOVE it with the glitter heels! It looks phenomenal with the statement necklace. Love it babe! Def checking out this brand.. xx Shannon

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