07 Feb

What Should I Get Bae For Valentine’s Day?

Hi!

Well, it looks like it’s that time of year again…Valentine’s Day. V’day is when you have to wear red, receive obnoxious teddy bears, and eat heart shaped boxes of variety chocolate. I hate giving stupid gifts, thats are essentially a waste of money. And, nothing is worse than receiving a gift you don’t really want or need. Check out this list of gift ideas to give your bae for Valentine’s Day.

Gifts For Your Man

Art of Shaving Kit

I bought this for my husband and step father 3 years ago, and they still replenish it. Art of Shaving has a line of amazing shaving products for any man in your life. The products come unscented or in three signature scents; Sandalwood is my favorite, . The great thing about Art of Shaving is that there are many price points, for you to try the product before committing to a big bottle. The kit’s start from $35 to $120 depending on the size of products.

Where to buy: Art of Shaving $30 and up

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

If your bae is like mine, he indulges in video games from time to time, and has been talking about this game since before Christmas. If your boy didn’t  spend the $60 on it himself, he will love you for this gift. And maybe… even play the game with him for 30 minutes if you really want to score extra points.

Where to buy: Gamestop.com $60

Beer Basket

Whether your significant other loves beer, whiskey or wine this is an easy gift idea to make him smile. I personally love making my own baskets because I can personalize it with all of their favorite snacks, and hobbies. Just go to any dollar store or Michaels and get all of your basket supplies and fill it up! If your feeling lazy, you can find a basket for anyone at GourmetGiftBaskets.com.

Where to buy: Gourmet Gift Basket starting $40

Rent A Luxury Car

This is more of a splurge gift for that special someone. So, when we say rent a luxury car we are not talking about a Lexus; more like a Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini or whatever your heart desires! Starting at $450 per day depending on the car, this will make your man feel like a BOSS.

Where to buy: Gotham Dream Cars starting at $450

Amazon Echo

Amazon is my life, and this gadget is my new favorite toy. Set your alarm, get personalized news and traffic reports, check the weather, listen to music or turn the lights off all with the Echo. This is perfect for office, or just next to your bed. Everyone needs one of these!

Where to buy: Amazon.com $180

Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit

The spicy lover in your life will love how original this gift is. This comes with enough ingredients to make up to 6 different kinds of hot sauce. I love gifts like this because he will be using it for months to come.

Where to buy:  UncommonGoods $35

Apology Note Pad

I love this gag gift! The apology note pad is self explanatory and is just a hilarious take on Valentine’s Day if you and your boo decide to play it low key this year.

Where to buy:  Amazon.com $6.50

Gifts For Your Girl

Roses

A beautiful bouquet of flowers is always a nice gesture on Valentine’s Day. But, let’s turn it up a notch with the Eternity de Venus by Venus ET Fleur. These beautifully packaged flowers last for at least ONE YEAR with no watering or maintenance.  They come in different quantities but in my opinion to get that wow factor you want to go with 16 or 42 roses.

Where to buy: Venus Et Fleur $299

Cosabella Lingerie

Lingerie is a V Day must have, especially if you shop at Cosabella. With ton’s of styles you can’t go wrong with a  lingerie set for your girl. This new choker style is sexy, edgy and on trend right now.

Where to buy: Cosabella $201 for all 3 pieces

Polaroid Snap

Polaroid camera’s have made a comeback. The new Polaroid’s have the precision of a digital camera and the instant  print out that is signature of the classic Polaroid. Available in different colors, this will make the special women in your life smile with nostalgia!

Where to buy: Amazon.com $90

Custom Date Necklace

Whether it is a wedding date, birth of a child, or first date this necklace will be her new every day piece of jewelry. You can find many Etsy designers who can achieve this design but since Valentine’s Day is around the corner, I found an online vendor that has guaranteed express delivery for Valentine’s Day!

Where to buy: My Name Necklace $39 and up

Sephora Anything

Seriously.. just walk into Sephora and start throwing things in the bag. This is always a great option if you both decided not to go crazy for Valentine’s Day, a little Sephora gift card will make her jump for joy without breaking the bank and making anyone feel guilty. They even have eGift Cards for my last minute people out there!

Where to buy: Sephora.com Gift Cards starting at $25

Diptyque Candles

I received a gift set of Diptyque candles a couple of years ago and I am hooked. Any candle lover would appreciate these candles. They are a little pricy if you don’t understand the appeal of candles, but they are worth it. Their famous scent “roses” would be a great spot to start, but you can’t go wrong with a sample set to give your Valentine some options.

Where to buy: Nordstrom $32 and up

Cooking Class

Recently, for my anniversary I bought the husband and I, a cooking class at Hudson Table in Hoboken, NJ. This was one of the best date nights we have had in a while, and my husband is still talking about how much fun he had. Since, we enjoyed ourselves so much , we bought our in laws cooking classes as holiday gifts and it was a hit! If your wife or girlfriend loves to cook or just is curious about a certain type of cuisine this is a unique gift idea.

Where to buy: Hudson Table $95 per person or Taste Buds Kitchen $79 per person

GIFTS FOR YOUR BESTIE

Cosabella Set

This cute thong and candle set is the perfect sexy gift to give out to our girlfriends. One size fit’s all so you don’t even have to think about it!

Where to buy: Cosabella $54

Tasty Cookbook

We are all addicted to those Tasty recipe video’s on Facebook. So, why not get your friend a cookbook and customize it based on what they like! For Valentine’s Day, you can add extra dessert and romantic dinner recipes into your book too.

Where to buy: Tastybook.com $24

Sephora Fragrance Favorites

This is my go to gift for every occasion. Sephora has different price points to choose from, but all set’s come with mini designer fragrances. I personally love getting perfume kits. They are great to throw in your purse, for traveling , or a smart way to try out a perfume before you buy the full size.

Where to buy: Sephora $20 and up

Amazon Echo Dot

Be that awesome friend that bring’s Alexa to one of your friends lives! Similar to the Amazon Echo, the Echo Dot is a smaller version of the voice controlled device. Control your music, order your Uber, shop on Amazon all through the Echo Dot.

Where to buy: Amazon.com $50

Best Friend Sweat Shirt

Sometimes, you just have to get weird with your best friend. These hoodies are self explanatory and perfect for you and your partner in crime.

Where to buy: Kkarma Love $60 each

Alex and Ani Bracelet

Alex and Ani bracelet’s are still very popular and an easy way to give a thoughtful gift. Whether its a bff bracelet, your friends initial or their favorite animal. Alex and Ani bracelet’s are affordable and the perfect quick gift.

Where to buy: Alex and Ani $28 and up

I hope this post help’s you find the perfect gift for your boo this Valentine’s Day. Remember you don’t have to break the bank to get your significant other a nice gift. But, if you got it like that… SPEND IT!

Thanks for reading!

Love you mean it!

Ashlie

 

 

05 Apr

What Beauty Subscription Box Should I Try?

Hi my loves!

Have you noticed that every where you turn there is a new subscription service? From dog treats, fresh food and hand picked outfits, every company seems to be coming out with a new service to join. Well..I have tried a bunch and I wish I did a little  more research before getting sucked in. Check out my reviews below of some subscription boxes you should try or pass on.

Birchbox

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Birchbox is one of my favorites . For only $10 a month I am always anticipating its arrival in the mail. The samples are a perfect size for you to decide if you want to buy a full version. You also get rewards for writing reviews and discounts on products. The only con I have is  when they allow you to “choose your sample” it’s always sold out, no matter how quick I am! Otherwise, this is one of the best value boxes I have tried.

Rocksbox

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I used Rocksbox for about 7 months and I really did love the jewelry. This subscription service will mail you a custom set of jewelry (usually 3 pieces) for 19 bucks a month. Then you send the jewelry back or you can buy it at a cheaper price. The problem with this for me was I wanted to keep everything , and the jewelry ranged from $20 – $100 depending on the piece. I found my self spending way more than I planned to, because I just LOVED EVERYTHING! So, if you have self control and can return amazing jewelry then this is a great subscription service for you.

Julep Maven

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Sorry to say this was my least favorite box. First off, 24.99 a month is a lot when you are doing multiple subscriptions and you don’t love the items you are receiving. I’m a huge nail polish lover but out of the 2 polishes each month, I only liked one. Now, if you are a fan of Julep polishes then this subscription is worth it since one bottle costs $14. But, I love too many brands to commit to this monthly. They also pair 2 polishes with a beauty item and I never liked the product that came in the box (you can opt for 3 polishes, instead of the beauty product). Overall, I would recommend this to someone who is trying to stock up on Julep nail polish and just loves the brand.

Ipsy

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The Ipsy beauty bag is equal to Birchbox in my opinion. For $10 a month you get a makeup bag with 5 samples. This box is similar to Birchbox, they have some of the same samples and work with similar brands. I love that the Ipsy beauty bag is a reusable little makeup case. I also feel like I receive nail polish samples more with Ipsy. I recommend trying this service, but you don’t need to subscribe to both Birchbox and Ipsy.

Allure Beauty Box

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For $15 a month you get multiple “deluxe” sized samples from the beauty editors of Allure. I tried this box for a couple of months, and had no complaints. I find both Birchbox and Ipsy  have more unique and exclusive samples. Sometimes in the Allure beauty box you receive products that you can buy at the drug store. The Allure Beauty Box also comes with a beauty magazine with tips and reviews monthly.

Color Me  Monthly

Nail-Polish-Subscriptions

This nail polish subscription is $7 a month. Every month you receive a unique nail polish that is made in the USA and is 3 -free. This is a great box if you just want a new polish every month, and you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg. The nail polish is great quality and this will help you build up your nail polish collection without doing any work.

*all of these boxes are great gifts too!

There is a subscription box for everyone out there. But, before you sign up just double check if you actually need the products on a monthly basis and it’s worth the cost. Take it from me… signing up for all these different things can add up quick!

Love you mean it!

Ashlie

28 Oct

The Best Boots For Your Shape!

Hey loves!

I can’t deny it any more,  Fall is here! As much as I’d rather wear a dress and sandals, this is one of my favorite times of year. But, it’s always a shock to my system when I have to start wearing boots again! There are so many styles of boots, and body types play a factor in what pair looks best! Not that we can’t rock any pair , but some styles look better than others.

Check out this list of the best boots to buy depending on your legs!

Petite

My ladies with a petite body type, you are going to want a shorter boot with a sky high heel. Ankle boots or mid calf boots work  as long as they have some sort of heel.This will make your legs look longer, and the heel will give you height. I know when you hear heel, you think UNCOMFORTABLE! But, a chunky stacked heel will make you feel like your walking on clouds.

Splurge

Vince ” Emerson” Ankle Bootie $495

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Steve Madden “Amanda” Platform Bootie $129

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Slim Legs

Those with slim legs can really rock any pair of boot out there. But, the best pair are over the knee boots! These styles just accentuate your legs even more and give you height even if you went with a flat style.

Splurge

Stuart Weitzman ” Lowland” Over The Knee Boot $798
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N.Y.L.A “Bethanie” Over The Knee Boot $98

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Athletic Build

If you are a women with an athletic figure you want to go for a low cut boot that is feminine. This will show off your great calfs and at the same time soften your look. Try out a boot with a little detail. And if you don’t want a heel, a flat ankle boot with a pointed toe will look great too.

Splurge

Guiseppe Zanotti “Uma” Fringe Lace Up Bootie $995

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Sbicca Wagon Fringe Lace Up Bootie $119

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Curvy Leg

For my curvy girls, ankle and mid calf boots with a heel works best for you. Over the knee boots should not be your go to. This will only make your hips look wider. A sky-high ankle boot with a rounded toe will match your curves and give you some height.

Splurge

Prada Mid Suede Boot $950

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Nine West Suede Whynot Ankle Boot $128

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Plus Sized or Pear Shape

You want to wear a full length heel boot that falls right below the knee. This is to elongate your legs. If you wear an ankle boot , you could look cut off at the leg and stumpy Also, a thick heel helps give you balance and comfort.

Splurge

Fly London “Halo” Boot $400

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Sam Edelman “Regina” Boot $170

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Thanks for checking out my blog. Hope this list helps with your shoe shopping this fall/winter season!

Love you mean it!

Ashlie

28 Jul

Stop The Car….. I See A Flea Market!

Hey loves!

A few weeks back a group of friend’s and I were heading to Atlantic City when we saw a huge flea market right in the WaWa parking lot. So, of course I screamed for my friend to stop the car! I wasn’t too sure what we would find, but I had a feeling this would be a memorable and MUCH needed pit stop.

I know alot of people who are skeeved out by flea markets and thrift shopping, and I just don’t understand it. I mean its not like we are buying used underwear.. LOL! I personally love second hand items because there is always a story behind each piece, and its great wearing something that you know is vintage and that no one else will have.

While I was walking up and down the aisles of this flea market there were tons of stuff I wasn’t intrested in like, old tools, cassettes, figurines, and a ton of other tchocke stuff. But, as I made a turn to look at another table, I saw a slew of jewelry! umm….JACKPOT!

Check out what I got!

Bam Bam Necklace – $10

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This gold necklace reminds me of something you would see on the Flinstones. It’s chunky and so unique, and did I mention 18K gold plated! I love how it lays flat, and will bring life to any plain top. I can’t WAIT to rock this necklace.

Tassel Necklace – $4

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Love this simple tassle necklace with rhinestone detail. It wasn’t the most unique of pieces, but I’ve already gotten a ton of wear out of this long gold necklace.

Stone Tassle Necklace – $5

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The opal stones really stood out to me with, and I thought the tassle detail made it a little different. This isn’t something I would normally buy, but for $5 dollars there was no reason to even think twice.

Bronze Rhinestone Ring – $2  Black & Gold Square Ring – $7

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So, I honestly got the bronze ring because it was $2 and I have been looking for a round bronze ring to go with a necklace I already own.

I think this black and gold square ring is my favorite item I got on this flea market jewelry haul. It looks way more expensive then $7, and it goes with everything. I am trying to figure out what material this ring is made out of because it doesn’t have a scratch on it, and I have worn it in the shower a couple times and it hasn’t turned. It kind of gives me a David Yurman vibe because of the braided detail around the main black stone. LOVE THIS RING!

Gold Clip On Earrings – $4

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I mean do these scream 90’s or what?! I think these are the only clip on earrings I own, and I was a little worried they would hurt, but they are extremly light weight. Can’t wait to rock these with my braids when I feel like channeling Janet Jackson from Poetic Justice.

UFO Black & Gold Earrings – $4

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Anything that is black and gold usually catches my attention, and these earrings got me! They are simple, and are 14 K gold plated!

Burgundy Beaded Hoop – $ FREE

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The lady who ran the booth threw in these earring for free for me, since I bought alot. I thought they were cute and that day I was wearing a burgundy top so it just went well with my outfit. These are going to be great in the fall with natural tones.

Tribal Cuff – $4

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I couldn’t leave this cuff there, especially for 4 bucks! Clearly I love gold jewelry so this wasn’t even something to think about. Just throw it in the bag!

Interchangeablel Minerva Watch – $10

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I saved the best for last! First off this watch was brand spanking new, so I didn’t have to worry about the battery being dead. Alot of times when you get watches at thrift shops, or flea markets they are just for fashion because the battery is dead and annoying to replace. So, when I saw that this actually worked I got so excited. Not, only is this a cute gold hinged watch , it comes with SEVEN changeable faces. Of course I had to get this! I have been wearing this every day and I keep getting compliments. Pieces like this is why I love flea markets, this is a one of a kind watch, and I love to be original.

Total Spent – $50

So, the next time your driving and you see a flea market or even a random thrift shop..STOP THE CAR! You might be surprised with what hidden gems you find, and supporting local business is always good… So, it is a win win!

Special thanks to Joanne for being so patient with my friends and I! Visit her on Saturday’s & Sunday’s in the Delaretos parking lot, 15 minutes before Atlantic City in Absecon, NJ.

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Thanks for checking out my blog!

Love you mean it,

Ashlie <3

I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned.

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

stacked

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

loafers

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

chokers

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

denim

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