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December 8, 2016

Say YES to Velvet

I'm all about red and crimson dresses for holiday. Make it a velvet one and then we're really talking! I'm not going to say I told you so but this time last year THIS was happening. Anywho, in true Ashley fashion, I opted for a velvet number for my annual holiday party and ended up getting this Reformation 'gemma' dress. Obsessed is an understatement. Scroll through to see a handful of similar dresses and other color options.

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how to wear velvet dress, velvet reformation dress, holiday party outfit ideas
how to wear velvet dress, velvet reformation dress, holiday party outfit ideas
how to wear velvet dress, velvet reformation dress, holiday party outfit ideas
how to wear velvet dress, velvet reformation dress, holiday party outfit ideas
how to wear velvet dress, velvet reformation dress, holiday party outfit ideas
how to wear velvet dress, velvet reformation dress, holiday party outfit ideas
{reformation gemma dress - similar at revolve // target coat (old) - similar at nordstrom // steve madden 'slithur' sandal // capwell necklace // ahlem concorde sunnies //  nars lipstick in 'scarlett empress'}

Reformation has become my go-to for dresses over the past year. To be honest, it's not really about the sustainability story for me, it's about the fit. Their styles just really compliment my body type, specifically my long torso. I know I can always turn to them for special occasion dresses! Sadly, this dress is out of stock but there are tons of similar versions out there like this one on Lulus and this one from Revolve! In general, I feel like wrap dresses are super flattering on all body types and the fact that they're adjustable allows for a better fit!

Our annual holiday party is this Saturday and the fact that I have my dress and submitted our snapchat geo-filter makes me pretty proud of myself because I'm a huge procrastinator. Just need to finalize the booze, food, and decor and we're ready go to. It's going to be a fun one. Stay tuned for a few party planning posts coming next week!

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December 5, 2016

Holiday Like a Boss

Two holiday parties down, four to go! How did you fair this weekend? This is literally my fave time of the year, so I'm like bring on ALL the Christmas music, wine, gingerbread cookies, parties, and presents. To be honest, just give me free booze and a cheese platter and I'm all in. #lush 

When it comes to holiday party attire, the spectrum is pretty large.  Your besties holiday bar hop requires a totally different look then your husband's company holiday party... you know what I mean? I always find the more corporate the holiday party, especially when it's not deemed black tie, the harder it is to figure out what to wear. The goal is festive and fun without being too tight, too short, or just overall too much. Enter this Kate Spade number

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how to wear polka dots, holiday metallic dress, kate spade dress, christian louboutin so kate
how to wear polka dots, holiday metallic dress, kate spade dress, christian louboutin so kate


I wore this to Andy's work holiday party on Friday night and it worked out perfectly! Tip: a wrap dress with long sleeves and a flared skirt is a great style for corporate/work holiday parties.  I even brought out the Loubs and gave you guys the 411 on Snapchat. True story: these heels are NOT comfortable. They are beautiful and oh so sexy, but they are high AF and not meant to be worn for a long period of time. Just being honest with you! Here are a few other work appropriate dresses that I'm loving:

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December 1, 2016

Gift Guide: Under $50 + a Giveaway!

When I was younger I always thought that the more expensive the gift the better. ie: I spent SO much money on you... that means I really care! As I've gotten older and reflected on J. Lo's "Love Don't Cost a Thing" (hah!) I've realized it's truly the thought that counts. That being said, I've rounded up a few of my favorite gifts under $50 all of which can be meaningful in their own way. PLUS I'm GIVING AWAY ALL. THE. THINGS!

Not going to lie I ordered the Chrissy Teigen cookbook for myself with the hope that it's going to make me cook more in 2017... one can wish!

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Okay, so here's the fun stuff. I'm giving away the Sonix iPhone case,  Clinique Temptations collection, Stila eyeshadow palette, plus a handful of other goodies to ONE lucky winner. Enter to WIN the goodies below:

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November 28, 2016

10 Festive Tops for the Holiday Party Circuit

Well, we're officially in the thick of holiday season. If you have any ounce of sale shopping left in you, don't forget to check out my Cyber Monday post. If you've moved on to all of the upcoming holiday parties, meet-ups, and family events you have to dress for then today will be a helpful post. Real talk: sometimes I don't want to buy a new holiday dress  or the event is so casual it doesn't call for one. Enter festive tops; dress 'em down with jeans or get fancy with a skirt and heels. We can all use a festive top or two in the holiday arsenal, so I've rounded up 10 of my faves:

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how to wear festive holiday top, holiday outfit ideas, gold polka dot top
how to wear festive holiday top, holiday outfit ideas, gold polka dot top

I love this top because you don't need to wear a bra with it, it's full coverage on the front. I've worn it a few times in the past couple weeks both with jeans and a black skirt, so it's extremely versatile.

Also this Frame blouse with a bow is almost identical to the top I wore in this holiday look.  All you need is a black skirt and blazer to pull off... keeping it easy for you guys! 

Btw, if you're loving the polka dot print as much as I am, it comes in two dress versions:











November 23, 2016

The Perfect Red Holiday Dress

The only time I wear red is Holiday. It's a bold color that doesn't really work with my neutral closet, but something about this time of year gets me super pumped to find the perfect red/maroon/crimson number for holiday parties and events. This Ref dress just arrived today for my 9th annual Holiday party - can't wait to get it on.

If you're on the fence about such a bold color, I guarantee that when you put on a red dress you're going to feel like a million bucks. Add a bold lip and neutral heels or go with neutral makeup and metallic accessories and tah-dah... stunna! There's so many fab options out there plus pretty much EVERYONE is giving stuff away this week with all the Black Friday/Cyber Monday promos, so why not pull the trigger? #treatyoself

Scroll down to see a roundup of my fave red holiday dresses!

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{see more snaps of this senorita dress}




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{more snaps of this velvet dress}

Obvi, I'm a big fan of the red lace and velvet right now. Because velvet is more of a trendier style at the moment you can find velvet EVERYTHING on sites like F21, Revolve, and ASOS. For lace options my go-tos are Shopbop and Nordstrom! Btw, Shopbop is doing 25% off all the things right now. Just saying...