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March 24, 2015

Weekend Vibes

I think we can all agree that weekend vibes are the best kind of vibes; there's really no better feeling than not setting an alarm for the next day. Am I right?!

Over the weekend I slept in until 11am and tried my best to stay off the computer - went almost 36 hours - talk about pure magic. There may have been some binge watching of Keeping Up With the Kardashians season 9 in there as well. YIKES, that was kind of scary to type out. #dontjudgeme

This trench has been giving me weekend vibes for months (as worn here and here) and I just can't stop:

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weekend outfit, chloe drew bag, jcrew flats, how to wear leopard shoes, spring outfit
weekend outfit, chloe drew bag, jcrew flats, how to wear leopard shoes, spring outfit
weekend outfit, chloe drew bag, jcrew flats, how to wear leopard shoes, spring outfit
weekend outfit, chloe drew bag, jcrew flats, how to wear leopard shoes, spring outfit
weekend outfit, chloe drew bag, jcrew flats, how to wear leopard shoes, spring outfit
{zara top + skirt // azalea trench // j. crew shoes - similar from senso // chloe bag // photos by taylor cole}

You guys have been loving these J. crew loafers but  sadly they don't make them anymore. I did some pursuing shoes and found an incredible alternatives: these Senso Booties. The price point is a bit on the high side, however, it's pretty on par with how much the J. Crew pair were. I guarantee your closet (and feet) will LOVE 'em!  


{pursuing weekend vibes}




March 20, 2015

#TargetStyle: Get Ready With Me + 5 Minute Face

Compensation was provided by Target via Mode Media. All thoughts and opinions are my own.




It's been about 3 years since I last shared my morning beauty regimen (time flies!), so today I'm partnering with Target to give you my fool proof 5 minute face including some of my favorite "potions" and spring beauty essentials. My everyday look is super natural and light, so this is a good formula for you gals on the go just looking to enhance your best features. 

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{step one: start with a clean face!} 

I've been using Simple Foaming Facial Cleanser for a few years now - it's very gentle but definitely gets the dirt and makeup off. When I'm stressed I tend to break out and that's when Clearasil Ultra pads come in handy. Over the past year I've noticed I don't need them every day but I still alternate using them every few days to ensure that salicylic acid is getting through the pores and really cleaning them out. 

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Oh hello, tired Ashley!

{step two: the "potions" aka serums & moisturizers}

 I recently started using No. 7 Protect & Perfect serum and love the light-weight consistency; I'm already noticing my late 20's lines smoothing out too. Hurray! In the AM I've been alternating between the No. 7 and my go-to Neutrogena anti-aging moisturizer. Btw, I'm currently pursuing good eye potions so if you have any suggestions... holler! 

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{step three: all about the base, 'bout the base}

I've never been one to do foundation as I've always found it too thick. Back in the day I was obsessed with Smashbox's tinted moisturizer but then they went and discontinued it (so rude!), so I hopped on the BB train with their Camera Ready BB Cream. It's a tad thicker than the tinted moisturizer but still a lot more breathable than foundation + it has SPF. I just found out Smashbox discontinued my concealer and now need to pursue a new one once mine runs out! #thestruggleisreal 

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{step four: blush + bronzer}

3 words: Vitality Face Disc - this baby is your all-in-one palette for highlighter, blush, and bronzer. For a regular day I just add a little blush on the apple of my cheeks and sweep some bronzer across my forehead, down my nose, and to contour my cheek bones a bit. 

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{step five: eyes + brows}

This is probably the most important step because it's basically the difference of looking like I've had two cups of coffee or none at all. Two products I love: 1) Rimmel London eye liner because it's the only liquid liner I've found that doesn't bleed and 2) Rimmel's Lash Accelerator Mascara because it's easy to layer on and helps my lashes grow. Not to mention my brows need some lovin' from my NYX brow kit to get the fuller look. Brow game is so the thing right now! 

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{step 6: top it off}

I've been adventuring into lip color lately (time to grow up, Ashley) and this Sunset Shine Lipcolor from Sonia Kashuk is perfectly warm and adds a hint of coral and bronze without being too overpowering. 

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It may seem like a lot but I promise this is truly a 5 minute face including washing. Believe me, I love the snooze-button so I only use just the essentials to ensure I don't look like a hot mess when I walk out the door in the morning! 

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Find your style @Targetstyle.





March 19, 2015

March Faves

Happy almost Spring! Hopefully for my east coast friends that means warmer temps and lots of sun. Apparently in LA we're totally bypassing spring and headed straight for summer which I'm not against! Anywho, this month I'm all about an accessory refresh and have my eye on a few pairs of shoes (surprise!) and other little trinkets:
{j. crew heels // janessa leone hat // sugar paper notebook // sole society flats + sunnies // clare v coin pouch}

Btw, did you know you can click on each product in the image and shop it? Magical, huh?  How amazing are the J. Crew heels?  I'm SO happy they finally started making heels in 4" for us shorties. No joke, I've been waiting for this day for about 5 years. #happydance

With spring, I'm ready to trade in my black sunnies for some new colors and prints; recently bought these fun sunglasses from Madewell.  What fun accessories are you looking to try out for spring?


March 17, 2015

Medallion Stamped

Every few months I get on a "shopping-in-person" kick because there's really nothing like touching product and trying it on before you buy it. I also love to see how the stores are merchandised as it provides style inspo for future looks! Currently my go-to spots are J. Crew, Madewell, and Nordstrom. (the usual suspects!) Madewell's spring collection has a great mix of neutrals, fab denim, and lovely boho prints like this medallion stamped top:

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j brand jeans, janessa leone lucy hat, spring style, aquazzura lace up heels, how to wear hats
j brand jeans, janessa leone lucy hat, spring style, aquazzura lace up heels, how to wear hats
j brand jeans, janessa leone lucy hat, spring style, aquazzura lace up heels, how to wear hats
{madewell top // j brand jeans // zara cardigan // janessa leone hat // aquazzura heels}

I'm typically one for solid colored tops for the pure sake of easy mixing and matching, but the colors of this top lend themselves to a ton of different outfits and the print ads a bit of pizzazz. We all want a bit of spring pizzazz, don't we?

Speaking of kicks, I'm on a hat kick right now. Honestly, they make all bad hair days good ones.

Happy Tuesday, shoe lovers!

{pursuing hats}



March 12, 2015

Spring, is that you?

Sometimes there's just not enough time in the day. Lately I find myself barely getting halfway through my daily to-do list which just makes the next day's even longer. #snowballeffect I've started staying off the computer and email on Saturdays which I hoped would give me a moment to disconnect every week, but it may be biting me in the bum. Any suggestions? How do you guys stay organized and on top of your sh*t without melting your brain my starring at the computer 24/7? #thestruggleisreal

That being said, I'm pumped for the weekend. Apparently we're getting a heat wave and I'm ready for it! Last weekend I borrowed this romper from The Stylist LA for a few outdoor adventures and I heart it so much I may need to buy it for myself:

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jetset diaries romper, how to style romper, romper for spring, warm weather outfit, los angeles style
jetset diaries romper, how to style romper, romper for spring, warm weather outfit, los angeles style
{jetset diaries romper - rent for $40 // madewell sunnies // j. crew sandals (old)}

Isn't it the cutest? I'm already dreaming about a weekend filled with sun, friends, rompers, and cold beer. Weekend are you here yet?

Ooh btw, my friends Jessica from The Steele Madden did a little feature on me; I reveal where I would live other than LA (if I had to move!). Check it out!

{pursuing spring rompers}