29 Dec

10 Beauty Trend’s That Can Stay in 2016!

As the year dwindles down, I start to think; what do I need to get rid of before the New Year? If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat you’ve noticed that this year I bought more beauty products than ever. With hundreds of new trends and products, we see from the top bloggers and influencers, we think we can do it all. Ummm… NOPE, think again! Check out my list of top beauty trends we need to leave in 2016 and never look back!

Boxy Eyebrows

This is the most important trend of all. Now, I unfortunately haven’t been blessed with thick eye-brows, so filling them in is a MUST! But, these boxy, super dark, Oscar the Grouch eye brows are not attractive.  We need to do better ladies, and focus on a more subtle soft brow. Eyebrows are the focal point of our face, and this needs to stop now!

Over Concealed Eyebrows

This piggy backs off the boxy eyebrows epidemic. But, concealing your eyebrows is crucial to making your eye-brows pop and look neat. However, it is important to blend the concealer! Concealing around your eye brows without properly blending defeats the purpose. When you don’t blend you look like you have outlined your eyebrows in chalk. Blending is your friend ladies.

Double Buns

The top knot, and high bun have been popular for a couple years now. But, specifically I am talking about these pigtail buns. It really makes you look like a ten year old. Now, don’t get me wrong some people can pull this look off without a doubt. But on the other hand, the majority of us look ridiculous. #takethosebunsout

Horribly Glued Lashes

Have you ever seen a girl with lashes on, and at the base of the lash its thick and clumpy. Yeah…. we are leaving that in 2016. Personally, I am not the best at applying my own lashes, which is why I rarely wear them. If you can NOT apply lashes properly, then you should not be wearing them. Nothing is worse than a woman with some caked on lash glue, it looks so dirty.

Over Highlighting

2016 opened my eyes to highlighting. I love my Anastasia Glow Kit more than all my other highlighters I’ve tried this year. But, its soooooooo easy to over do it. That lit from within glow, has a strict LESS is MORE policy.  Over highlighting your lip and nose looks like you have a sparkly mustache. Highlighting is key for the perfect look, remember everything in moderation.

Fake Freckles

Now, if the Lord didn’t bless you with freckles… why on earth are you using eye liner to achieve this? There isn’t much that needs to be said about this, but if you don’t have freckles in real life, don’t draw them on. You look ridiculous. #wipeoffyourfreckles

White Setting Powder

Setting powder is necessary to reduce fine lines, set your concealer/ foundation which gives that photo finish look. But, setting powder is NOT for every day because it is best when photographed. Too much setting powder gives your face a chalky over tone, which looks horrible. If you MUST use setting powder on a  daily basis, invest in one that is slightly pigmented to reduce that ashy look. If you are a woman of color, think twice before you slather your face in this powder. Because 90% of the time when you go out side you will look like a ghost.

Waist Trainers

I personally, don’t see why the CDC has’t banned these contraptions. For the past few years women have been squishing their organs to get a small waist, and a big butt. But, it just isn’t cute. First off, you can see it under your clothes so you look lumpy. Secondly, the longterm effects of wearing the waist trainer makes you look unnatural and unhealthy. Go to the gym, cut out carbs, and do some squats like the rest of us.

Too Light/Dark Foundation

As a woman of color, all my life I have struggled to find the perfect foundation. Nothing is worse than your face being a different color than your neck. But, I have noticed it’s not just women of color that are struggling to find the right foundation, its EVERYONE. With there being so many types of foundation and resources, to find the perfect shade, there is no reason to have that two tone thing going on. Do your research, consult with a beauty expert and find your shade.

Over Contouring

Last, but DEFINITELY not least; 2016 has been the year of the contour. Pretty much any makeup lover has bought a contour kit and has played around in it. But, we all are NOT experts and many of us need to have to a seat. Contouring is meant to shape your face using lighter or darker shades of foundation/concealer. But, the issue is that people are OVER contouring. If your face looks like a box, or your jaw looks sharp enough to cut someone…. you might of contoured too much. Blending is key, and understanding what areas of your face to contour is important too. Im tired of seeing these skinny noses and boxy chins. Put, the contour kit down if you don’t know what you’re doing.

2016 has been one hell of year. We are all guilty of one or more of these trends; so don’t take it personally. Leave it in 2016 and let’s do better in 2017 ladies!

Thanks for reading and happy New Year!

Love you mean it!

Ashlie

23 Sep

Top Trends From New York Fashion Week – Spring 2016

Hey loves!

I know fall has arrived, but spring just hit the runway. New York Fashion Week just ended and all the trends for Spring 2016 are out.Many of the trends for fall are being revamped for a lighter spring look, but there are a ton of new looks to start planning for. Check out my list below of new trends that ripped the runway last week at New York Fashion Week.

Vertical Stripes

This might be my favorite trend from the week. Vertical stripes make you look taller and skinner, is there any other reason to not love this?! LOL

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The Baggy Pajama Look

The oversized trouser look has been inching its way on the scene for a while. But, now we are going for oversized pant suits and in silk! This look is definitely for a risk taker, but slouchy black trousers with a simple blouse can be a safer approach to rock this NYFW trend.

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Fringe Hem

Fringe was big last fall, and has moved over to spring.  The fringe look can be a bit overwhleming if over done, but I am loving the subtle fringe at the hem of a skirt or shirt.

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Off The Shoulder

Bare shoulders were a reoccurring theme throughout the week.  I love how this look elongates your neck and just makes you look regal. I can’t wait to shop for some off the shoulder dresses this season and let my shoulder’s loose!

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Crochet Everywhere

You can’t have fringe without crochet! Crochet bathing suits, dresses, blouses, and even pants. Crochet anything works this spring.

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Multi Print Outfits

 This spring block printing is huge, which compliments the hippie chic theme that is dominating the runway. Block printing is more than one intricate print in one piece of clothing. I don’t think I will be rocking this trend, its just not my style. But, if you love that fun eccentric look will love all of the new dresses coming out in spring; ESPECIALLY Diane Von Furstenburg’s collection.

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Orange Galore

It seems like orange will be the color of the year. Orange accents were all over the runway last week, and I like it. Orange is a color that can be worn every season, and goes well with fair and dark skin tones.

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Ruffles

Ruffled hems, ruffled sleeves, ruffles, ruffles, and more ruffles.  Just like fringe, I like this in moderation. Too much ruffle can make you look like a loofah, and no one wants to look like a loofah. I am obsessed with this dress by Jason Wu, its the perfect combination of ruffle and the leather adds some masculinity to the look. LOVE IT! Someone buy me this dress please!

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Thanks for checking out my blog!

Love you mean it <3

Ashlie

15 Jun

10 Fashion & Nail Blogs You Must Follow!

Hi there!

So, today is June 15th.. and it’s my BIRTHDAY! Twenty-five was a year full of many ups and downs, but it was one of the best years of my life and I hope 26 is just as great!

One of my favorite things to do is just, chill with a cup of my favorite tea, and catch up on all my favorite blogs. I wouldn’t have taken a leap of faith into blogging, with out some insipiration. I want to share with you all a list of my favorite nail and fashion bloggers that inspire me daily.

Nailed It

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Katy is extremly talented with free hand ! And she is always on point when keeping me up to date on all the new swatches of my favorite nail polish brands. But can we just talk about how amazing her nail art is. I love the super intricate hand designs she does. I wish I had the patience and steady hands to try half of her art work.

Chelsea Queen

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Image from Chelsea Queen

Chelsea King is a nail artist from Southern California and she great at “inspired nails”. Meaning she can see anything and recreate it as nail art, and it’s simply amazing. She pays so much attention to detail and I am always so excited to see what she does next . Chelsea also keeps me up to date with indie brand polishes too.

Fashion Bomb Daily

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I love everything about Fashion Bomb Daily! Claire Sulmers created this site to curate everything there is to know about celebrities and fashion. It’s like my TMZ of fashion, and I read it daily. I love getting the latest of what the celebrities are wearing and exactly where to buy it. This blog always has so much content , so there is always something to catch up on. And don’t worry this is not just a fashion blog, there is a section with latest on hair, beauty and men’s style.

All Lacquered Up

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Image from All Lacquered Up

All Lacquered Up is my go to for swatches. I really consider this blog to be the swatch bible! Michelle doesn’t just review high end brands, no brand is off limits and that’s my favorite thing about this blog. I also learn a lot about unique indie nail brands I wouldn’t normally come across .

RacheletNicole

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Rachel and Nicole are sisters with an eclectic, quirky, not-afraid-to-take-risks type of style. I love how their style is never predictable, yet always FUN! These New York based sisters give me the courage to take risks in my outfit choices.

Song of Style

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You probably have heard of Aimee Song..  and if you haven’t now your going to be obsessed with her life. Aimee is a California based fashion blogger with a classic/ modern sense of style. To this day, I have never seen her in an outfit I wouldnt wear. Not only is she a brand ambassador for a number of huge brands. She is an avid traveler, and always documents her vacays. So, I stalk her instagram on a daily to keep up with her fabulousness.

Miss Ellarie

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Ellarie is a beauty blogger and makeup artist who gives the best tips and tricks through her makeup videos. I wish I was as good at doing my make up as Ellarie, and sometimes I even think I am, but I come out of the bathroom looking like a clown. But, HEY a  girl can dream LOL! Ellarie also reviews most of the new products from the popular brands, so I always check her blog out before trying something new because her reviews are dead on!

The Blonde Salad

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Chiara Ferragani is just so fabulously fashionable, as she travels the world attending the most elite fashion events and modeling for prestigous brands. She also has her own shoe line, that is flirty and fun. She is another celebrity blogger that I just love to live vicariously through. She is an inspiration as to what kind of fashion blogger I  would love to be one day, and reading her blog definitley pushes me.

Chalkboard Nails

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Image from Chalkboard Nails

Chalkboard Nails is a blog for every nail addict out there. She has a seperate section just for nail tutorials that will keep you occupied for hours. If you are looking for a one stop shop to find out the latest on every single polish and trend out there, Chalkboard Nails is the place to go. Not only are her tutorials unique, there’s so much content on her site that it’s  organized into many different categories to find exactly what you are looking for.

Penny Pincher

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Kimberly is a fashion blogger who focuses on making affordable pieces look expensive. I love the idea of having  a blog that taylors to all types of people. Let’s be real, the majority of people don’t own a Celine Bag or Guiseppe heels so it’s great that she styles items from mainstream afforadable stores. I check out Penny Pincher for her outfit ideas most of the time, but you can find out about beauty products, travel and gift ideas too.

So, those are some of my favorite blogs I check out on the daily now a days. If you don’t have Blog Lovin, you should download it (and follow me too! ) . It is a great app and website to follow your favorite blogs in one place, and get notifications when new content is available. It just makes blog reading SO much easier.

Thanks for checking out my blog!

Love you mean it !

Ashlie

19 May

The Best Day of My Life..

You don’t understand how time consuming planning a wedding is; until your.. well PLANNING A WEDDING! I can remember the first day I got engaged and now I have been married for a month. Time truly flies, and the best advice I can give to any new bride is to soak up EVERY SECOND of this time in your life, because getting married is such an indescribeable feeling.

They tell you that as soon as you say ” I do” things instantly change. That sounded crazy to me, because I couldn’t understand how saying two simple words could change EVERYTHING! Especially when I felt things were pretty great in my relationship already.

But, it did! Something happens when you express to your close family and friends your unconditional love for someone, it changes you. I never knew I could feel so connected to another person in my entire life. This man isn’t my boyfriend, or fiance, he is my HUSBAND forever.

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Our wedding day was April 23, 2015 and we chose The Rockleigh Country Club as our wedding venue in New Jersey. As soon as we visited The Rockleigh we knew we had to get married there. We previously saw about 30 wedding venues and we were just in awe as soon as we walked in. The premises were so pristine and elegant that it just seemed like the perfect choice for our simple, elegant, wedding.

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Now, just for the record I didn’t hire a wedding planner for two reasons. First, I thought it was a waste of my money. I know wedding planners work hard to bring your  ideas to life, but I just didn’t want to spend the money when I knew I could do it my self. Secondly, I have trust issues, and would have been micromanaging whoever I hired! In hindsight, I should have hired a wedding coordinator just to alleviate some stress while planning all the little details. But, for the most part if you are newly engaged you can really save money by planning on your own.

The color’s of our wedding were gold and emerald green.

The flowers we used throughout the wedding were white roses and white lisianthus.

I made all of the place cards, and frames my selves. I am not really the best at DIY projects, but I love how everything came out.

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My bouquet consisted of white roses, white lisianthus, white freesia, white dendrobium orchids, eucalyptus, and green berries.

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For the reception area we wanted to keep the room romantic and dim so we opted for;  hundred of candles, tall glass stem vases combined with floating candles, white roses, and lisianthus.

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Now, let’s get to the dress! I tried on a bunch of dresses, all different styles because I really had no clue what I wanted. I thought I needed to try on everything because I didn’t want to miss out on the dress of my dreams! But as soon as this Vera Wang gown touched my skin I knew it was the one. What really stood out to me most with this gown, was the halter top and the flower details. It was pretty hard to find a dress that wasn’t  strapless, so that really caught my eye.

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It kills me that I will never be able to wear my Vera Wang dress again. Ultimately, I want to have my dress framed and hung in my closet. But, until then I’ll continue to hug it every morning!

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My maid of honor had these Converse made for me to change into during the reception.

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I wore a 130 inch cathedral drop veil. I loved how delicate and grand it looked with my gown.

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Mommy daughter moment!

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My bridesmaids wore lux chiffon gowns by Dessy in hunter green.

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For my wedding nails, I decided to do a lace detailed manicure that I tried before in the past and loved. I had my fellow nail guru Cassandra do my nails, and they came out perfectly! The color is Brigette by Zoya.

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Most brides see their groom for the first time when they walk down the aisle. But, my husband and I decided we wanted to do a first look before the ceremony to get rid of any jitters. This really was one of the most memorable moments of my wedding day, and I recommend this to any future bride who wants to get the bulk of their pictures done prior to the ceremony. I am so grateful we decided to do this because I would have been even more of a nervous wreck walking down the aisle, then I already was.

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The entertainment at my wedding was amazing. Absolute Celebrations had my guests ready to turn up as soon as the reception started. Everyone knows good music makes a party, and I was so worried about that. But I really had nothing to worry about, everything was on point! I still have people telling me how great the DJ and MC were.

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Advice to future brides

1. Don’t worry about the little details. On your big day your not going to worry about if your flower girl basket and ring barrier pillow match. In the grand scheme of things, NO ONE cares or notices these things.

2. Make sure you pick the right wedding party! I cant stress this point enough . You want to have a wedding party that will help alleviate stress not cause it. I was very lucky to have such great bridesmaids to share this time with.

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3. Make sure you cut corners and budget in the right places. For instance, don’t get a cheap inexperienced photographer and splurge on flowers. Remember it is only one night , so think of what you are actually going to keep from that day. Flowers die, pictures are forever.

I am beyond thankful and blessed to have had such a beautiful wedding. Thank you to my gorgeous mother, mother in law, bridesmaids, family, friends and my husband for helping make this day perfect.

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Getting married was like adding a period to the sentence which was our love. I just feel so complete, and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect, more beautiful, more honest wedding day. It was the best day of my life.

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Love you mean it.

Ashlie

A special thanks to all of my vendors who made this day perfect!

Photography – Kristina Traficante Photography

DJ – Absolute Celebrations

Florist – Jardiniere Fine Flowers

Nails – Cassandra from On Wednesday’s We Wear Polish

Hair – Debbie Dazulme @abcdebbie

Makeup – Sumayyah Cathcart @makeupbymaymay

16 Apr

10 Thing’s You Need In Your Closet For Spring!

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Hey loves!

So, ummmmmmm… I am getting married in a week! Like where did time go! AHHH!! Well, I will definitely blog about my wedding day experience when the day comes! I have learned SO much during this wedding planning experience, I can’t wait to share it with you guys.

ANYWHO! Living in New York, it hasn’t consistently felt like spring yet which is why I have been holding out on this post. I think this is actually the first week where everyday is above 60 degrees! So, it’s finally time to put those heavy boots away and bring out those spring looks.

I don’t know about you guys, but every season I make a list of spring essentials, then I go through my closet and see what I have. Sometimes,you’ll be surprised at what you have tucked away in the back of your closet. So, before you go spring shopping make a list! You’ll save your self time and money by checking to see what you really need.

Here is a list of MY Spring must-haves, and what I will be buying in the next few weeks. I love to stay on trend, but I also love to stay true to my style.

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I usually gravitate towards a larger bag when I go out. So, I am loving that bucket bags have made a come back.  I personally won’t splurge on a bucket bag because it is pretty trendy, and I am not sure how much wear I would get out of it. Here are a few of my favorite bucket bags this season in the low to mid price range.

1. Woven Faux Leather Bucket Bag by Neiman Marcus – $75

2. Bucket Bag by H&M – $29

3. Small Bucket Bag by H&M – $13

4. Suede Bucket Bag by H&M – $44 (my favorite!)

Splurge – Saint Laurent Medium Fringe Bucket Bag $1,565

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I love heels even though I am tall, and stacked heels are my go to SOLELY for comfort. Who said a chunky stacked heel couldn’t be cute. Rock them with jeans, shorts, maxi dresses or pretty much anything and your in for the long haul!

1. Nakita by Dolce Vita $190

2. Cymbal by Dolce Vita $75 (my favorite! I own them in black and taupe!)

3. Opening Ceremony Jindo Sandal $115

4. Ava and Aiden Poppy Sandal $99

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Mensware is big this season, and I guess that means loafers too. So, whats the difference between loafers and flats? Loafers have that little lapel detail that flats usually don’t. You can pair loafers with dress pants, skirts, or even a romper for a more polished comfortable look. I don’t own a pair of loafers, so this is definitely on my BUY list!

1.  Tickled Tourist Loafer by Mod Cloth $17

2.  Mocassin with bow by Zara $60 (I NEED THESE!)

3. Loafers by H&M $15

4. Lipstick Glitter Loafers by Chiara Ferragni $295

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Chokers and open ended necklaces are everywhere. Whether your wearing a metal choker or one of those 90’s plastic tattoo chokers you will be “on trend”. I personally won’t splurge on this trend because its usually uncomfortable for me. But, I do love all of the MOD open ended jewelry out in stores now too. It’s more edgy then statement necklaces, and I hope this look is here to stay!

1. Open Stone Torque Necklace by Top Shop $20

2. Pearl Collar Necklace by Rachel Zoe $195

3. 90’s Choker Necklace by Asos $7

4. Layered Choker Necklace by Jeweliq $32 (my favorite!)

white

Am I the only person that gets high anxiety when I wear white!?! White is a spring and summer staple that you need in your closet. Skinny jeans, a crisp button up shirt, and a white jean jacket can really go a long way in giving you extra outfit choices.  If your a serial black wearer like me, try swapping one of your favorite black go-to items for something white. You will be surprised at how much it brightens up your look! TIP: To keep your whites super bright, ALWAYS wash them separately in hot water with hydrogen peroxide.

1.  Le Tunic Shirt by Frame Denim $208

2. Petite Moto White Wash Jean by Top Shop $65

3. White Lies Denim Dress by Oh My Love London $56 (SPRING MUST HAVE!)

4.  Bleached Jean Jacket by J Brand $142

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Just like white, it is important to have denim separates in your wardrobe. Mixing denim used to be a huge fashion faux pas, and now everyone is doing it! So, feel free to wear your jean items how ever you want. Denim/chambray was pretty popular last season, so I have a bunch of stuff to bring me into spring. But, I definitely need to snag a denim pencil skirt!

1. Shredded Denim Skirt by Rag and Bone $265 (my favorite!)

2. Classic Denim Vest by Fossil $118

3. Denim Dress by Black Orchid $167

4. Women Denim Shirt by Uniqlo $13

mules

Mules are so 90’s and I LOVE, LOVE ,LOVE them! First off they are so comfortable, and I love they way they look with ripped boyfriend jeans. There are so many styles of mules, and I think the ones with less fabric covering your foot look at lot more modern. I’ve literally seen these shoes everywhere so if your on a budget don’t worry, every store is making a version of the mule!

1. Navy Snake Mule by Guiseppe Zanotti $675 (MUST HAVE!)

2. Black Snake Skin Mule by Akira Black Label $45

3. Romy Two Piece Mule by Jessica Simpson $89

4. Virginia Black Leather Mule by De Siena $505

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Wearing fringe is so much fun! If your afraid to wear fringe rock it in your accessories. I personally love fringe, but I wouldn’t describe my style as being bohemian at all. So, when I wear this trend this spring, I will make sure to stay away from the neutral tones and buy it in black. Just to give my fringe look an edgier touch.

1. Leather Fringe Mini Skirt by SCOOP NYC $398 (I NEED THIS UGH!)

2. Carlene Fringe Heel by Guess $120 

3. Gloss Fringe Tank by Line and Dot $124

4. Fringe Messenger by JJ Winters $190

midi

The midi skirt is all about looking super feminine. Midi skirts are A lined and usually end around the calf. Pair this skirt with a tank, fun sandals/heels and a jean jacket and you are spring ready! If you feel a little too covered in this mid calf skirt, pair it with a cute crop top to show a little skin. I definitely need to add the midi skirt to my BUY list!

1. Black Leather Skirt by Belle Heart $37

2. Swan Print Midi Skirt by Sheinside $21

3. Monochromic Mesh Midi by Chicwish $42 (LOVE THIS!)

4. Lavender Romance Pleated Midi by Chichwish $46

sneakers

You always need a fresh pair of sneakers in your closet. Whether your a sneaker head, or like slip on’s, there are a pair of sneakers out there for you. My go to sneakers are always converse, just because they match with everything. Pair your kicks with pretty much anything for a stylish, yet comfy look.

1. Low Top Converse Chuck Taylor $50  (my favorites!)

2. Ecentric by Steve Madden $80

3. Superstar Up Sneakers by Adidas $90 ( I WANT THESE TOO!)

4. Air Jordan 11 XI Bred $300

I hope I was able to help you decide what you need for your spring wardrobe!

 Remember to always get things you feel comfortable in, no matter if its trendy or not. If you don’t feel confident in an outfit, then its not for you (which is why I will not be joining this Birkenstock craze LOL)!

Thanks for checking out my blog! Don’t forget to check me out on Polyvore too HERE!

Love you mean it!

Ashlie

19 Mar

The Devine Lips of Destiny – Review

I had the pleasure of meeting Dennis Williams, the creator and owner of The Devine Lips of Destiny last week over coffee. As soon as  I met him I knew why he has had so much success with his new line and career. He has a joyous spirit that radiates when he walks into a room. Dennis has a strong background in the performing arts and is a highly sought after impersonator of the stars.  His stage name is Destiny Devine and he is known to bring down the house with his killer impersonations of Beyonce, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, and Janet Jackson, just to name a few.  As an entertainer, it is important to always look your best and a killer face is a MUST!  Dennis taught him self how to apply his own makeup for his shows, and he really found that he had a love for makeup. This lead to the creation of his new inspirtational lip stick line, The Devine Lips of Destiny.

The Devine Lips of Destiny isn’t just a lipstick line. This product has a strong inspirational aspect to it, and each color represents a form of empowerment. It also has a philanthropic side as part of each purchase is donated to a specific cause. Dennis wanted to connect each color of his lipstick line to a specific experience that molded him into the person he is today.

“Through DLD I am hoping to change lives by bringing out the innate confidence we all have within.” -Dennis Williams

RED = LOVE ($19.99)

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A portion will be donated to a HIV/Aids organization.

PINK = LOYALTY ($19.99)

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A portion will be donated to a Breast Cancer organization.

NUDE= COURAGE ($19.99)

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A portion will be donated to a homeless gay youth organization.

PURPLE = STRENGTH ($19.99)

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A portion will be donated to an organization against domestic violence of women, men and children.

In addition, to these beautiful shades of lip stick, the line offers The “Empowerment Glitter” ($10). This loose silver glitter is great to add to your eye shadow or brush it over your lips for that WOW factor!

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Each lipstick comes in a mesh bag, and is wrapped in a meaningful quote that reiterates the importance of empowerment.

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As you all know, I love a purple lip! So, it was a no brainer for me to try out Purple=Strength first. I really enjoyed the consistency of the lip stick, especially since it is a matte color.

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Most matte lip colors make my lips feel dry, but this lip stick is SUPER creamy and hydrating. I really love the way this color compliments my skin, being a woman of color it is hard to find the right shade of lipstick, and I can definitely see my self rockin this shade all summer!

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And did I mention, this lipstick barely transfers!!! I kissed this sheet of paper a thousand times, and barely any came off.

There are so many makeup lines out there, and a product that gives back to it’s community is very important. Not only would I recommend this line to anyone because of quality; but, I love the message behind it.

If your in the New York area tonight stop by Kenig + Alcone for the official welcome/launch party of The Devine Lips of Destiny. Kenig and Alcone is a beauty and cosmetic store created by The founder of Ricky’s NYC and the founder of Alcone Co.

Location: 538 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10011

Stop by from 5:30 – 7:30 pm for drinks, music, performances,  and LIPSTICK! RSVP HERE!

Thanks for checking out my blog!

Love you mean it!

Ashlie

** this review is not sponsored**

17 Mar

With Style and Lace

I have been seeing lace everywhere lately. I started to think it was because I have bridal brain lol ( I am getting married in a month! AHHHHHHHHHH!). But, just like the 70’s, lace has made a huge comeback for the spring/ summer season.

Lace seems like it is easy to wear, but no one wants to look like a 5 year old. So… it is important to pair your lace outfits with the right accessories, to give it a more mature look. I personally love to pair lace with leather for an edgy look, or  with nude/natural tones to be fun and flirty. Check out some of my favorite ways to add lace to your look this spring!

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First off I love, love, love, LOVE this Convertible Trench Moto Jacket by Lovers + Friends! It is a trench coat, and the bottom zips off to give you a cute moto-leather jacket. I’ve gotten so much wear out of this coat that it was worth every penny.

Jacket – Convertible Moto by Lovers +Friends ($500) similar style HERE!

Dress – Lace Dress by Forever 21 ($39.99) similar style HERE!

Cluth – Stud Clutch By Deux Lux ($50) similar style  HERE!

Heels – Gold & Black Heeled Sandal by Zara ($59.90) similar style  HERE!

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Top –  Crochet Lace Top by Lovemarks Collection ($50) similar style HERE!

Jeans – Signature Rose Drainpipe Skinny Jeans by Siwy ($180) find them HERE!

Bag – Fringe Crossbody found in my grandma’s closet lol (Priceless) similar style HERE!

Boots – Fabia Over the Knee Boot by Lucky Brand ($216) similar style HERE!

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Like I said, I love lace and leather! It is easy to throw on some leather shorts with a cute lace detailed top for a more feminine look!

Top : Rococo Lace Back detail top by Sugar Lips ($60) on sale HERE!

( I wear this top all the time, the intricate lace detail just turns head.  GET THIS TOP ladies! )

Top: Heartbreaker Lace Top by Lovers + Friends ($86) on sale HERE!

Shorts: Vegan Leather Shorts by Blu Pepper ($40) similar style HERE!

Shoes: Maarla Heel by Steve Madden ($89.95) find them HERE!

If you don’t want to actually wear lace, why not put it on your nails!? Check out my fun lace manicure done by Cassandra from On Wednesday’s We Wear Polish.

She always brings my vision to life!

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Polishes Used : Brigette by Zoya and White Stamping Polish by Konad

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The stamping plate used for this mani is from Moyou London , which achieved the lace print. My fellow nail guru Cassie (On Wednesday’s We Wear Polish) informed me that many stamping plates are narrow, and Moyou London plates come in different sizes. I personally have pretty wide nail beds so these transfer perfectly for me.

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Thanks for checking out my blog and I hope you got some great lace-inspiration!

Love you mean it!

Ashlie

11 Mar

I Love Rocksbox – Review

I just got my first Rocksbox package in the mail and I am so excited to share my newest obsession!

When Rocksbox reached out to me to try their jewelry service I said, “HECK YEA!”

I personally have never used a product subscription service before, but I think I am hooked now. Who doesn’t love getting surprise packages in the mail?

So how does it work??

Take a quick style survey online to determine the type of jewelry you like and add them to your Wish List.

 Get 3 new pieces on loan to you (for as long as you want!) You can either send it back and get another set of 3 new pieces, or buy any of the items for 20% off of the retail price.

All shipping costs are included; they send you the postage to send back with a reusable envelope.

Get all of this for just $19 a month!!

(use my promo code: aaashhliexoxo and get your first month free!)
Let’s check out my first Rocksbox!

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It comes in this reusable packaging, and fits right in your mailbox so you dont have to sign for it. Which is a huge plus!

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It comes neatly packaged in this cute box, and all pieces are individually wrapped in mesh baggies.

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Inside there is a personalized letter  that explains all of your new pieces, and leaves room for you to comment. So your stylist can pick better set’s for you the next time!

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Perry Street Laurel Necklace via Rocksbox $64

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Ashiana London One Stone Drop Earring in Blue via Rocksbox $65

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Gorjana Taner Charm Bracelt in Gold via Rocksbox $45

I love all of the items that were chosen for me. I think this is truly a great service, for $19 a month you can’t beat getting new jewelry all the time. Rocksbox allows you take fashion risks by not having to commit to any jewelry piece for too long, if you don’t like it just send it back!  So… I say give this service a try, and if you use my promo code you get your first month FREEEEEEEEE!

Use code: aaashhliexoxo at Rocksbox.com

I’ll be sure to post some pictures soon of how I styled my new Rocksbox pieces!!

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Thanks for checking out my blog.

Love you mean it!

Ashlie