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

fringe

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

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

17 Nov

Drink Wine, Wear Wine

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The holiday’s are here and its time to drink wine, eat and celebrate with friends and family. But, I’m sure you’ve noticed that wine isn’t  just in your glasses.  It’s all over the runway and should be your go to color this fall/ winter season!

This time of year is all about deep tones, and I see shades of wine everywhere! It’s really becoming my favorite color this season, I find my self wearing it ALL the time. From nail polish, clothing, and accessories, wearing plum tones this season will keep you on trend.

So Zoya’s New Winter Collection came out and I’m obsessed with all of the colors! I really liked the colors Haven and Thea, so I had to try them first.

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Haven is the perfect winter plum with a hint of shimmer that gives it a little metallic shine. Thea is a Pixie Dust polish by Zoya that complimented this plum color perfectly. I never have  all my nails the same color and I am also a glitter addict, so this seemed like the perfect pop for my plum mani. Since, the Pixie Dust color’s are textured I always make sure to add a double layer of my Seche Vite top coat for a super shiny look!

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 Wine colored jeans with any neutral top, sweater, or jacket is an easy way to wear this trend. Pair your skinnies with some combat boots and you’re good to go!

Jeans – Siwy Leona Drainpipe Skinny

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 I really like adding gold accessories when I wear deep purple. It just gives your outfit a much brighter look. And since it is fall, I threw on some thigh high socks (well knee high for me since I’m so tall) , and it pulled my entire look together.

Dress – H & M

Knee High Socks – Steve Madden

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This is by far one of my favorite dresses. I stumbled upon a store that was going out of business, and snagged this cute fall dress on super sale! I love how simple it is with a little bit of color, and not to mention the horizontal and vertical stripes are very slimming!

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A violet lip honestly is my new neutral because it goes with any outfit. My favorite violet lip stick and lip liner are by Smashbox.  Be Legendary Lipstick in Vivid Violet with the Always Sharp Lip Liner in Violet are my go to colors for my  lips!

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 This wine shift dress from Blu Pepper is so easy to wear. Pair it with opaque stocking and some pumps, and you have a simple dressy outfit. 030Or pair this dress with a fur vest, some knee high boots and a killer statement necklace!

Necklace – Hopper Necklace by Jenny Bird

Vest –Long Fur Vest by Love Token

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love you mean it!

Ashlie

13 Oct

A Girl and Her Prints


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I currently live Uptown but there is nothing like a photo shoot in the Village. The cobble stone streets, the exposed brick buildings, and little boutiques just set the tone. When my photographer told me the location, I already knew the look I wanted to go with.

Am I the only one who tends to gravitate towards a print? Whether it is an animal print, stripes, floral or a fun geometric design my eye always wanders to a print. If I don’t know what to wear, a dress with a killer print always wins!

So, it was a no brainer for me to pick this awesome printed dress by L*Space for my photoshoot with Rogerio! It screams afro-centric and I knew my Rogerio would do wonders with this look.

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It was only right that I paired some temporary metallic tattoos by Tribe of Jewel’s to give my outfit a little extra umph! I literally have been wearing these tattoo’s all summer long, and now that it is fall I don’t plan on stopping. It is completely safe to say I am OBSESSED with these things.  It is not as fun to wear them through fall and winter, since we are showing less skin. But, I WILL be tatt-ing up my hand’s and any inch of exposed skin I can find! Since, this was my last hoorah before summer ended,  I felt like it was ONLY right.

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Arm stack: Titan Bracelets by Vita Fede , Mixed Leather and Metal Chain  Bracelet by Sara Designs,  Labradorite Stone Bracelet  by Chan Luu, Tribal Cuff by Fada NYC (Similar Here by House of Harlow)

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Sunglasses by Wildfox Sun

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Wild & Free Dress by L*Space

Cut Out Heel Sandal by Steve Madden (Similar Steal by Dolce Vita!)

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This shoot was the perfect way to end the summer and this tribal print dress made me feel like an urban goddess.

My motto is: If what you wear doesn’t make you feel special; then change your outfit!

Thank you for checking out my personal style blog, and keep an eye out for more outfit ideas, style tips, product reviews, nail art, wedding stuff and MORE!

Love you mean it!

Ashlie

** special thanks to photographer Rogerio Bussad! Check out his work HERE! **