October 29, 2014

Midi Skirts for the Holidays

The holidays are upon us as confirmed by the recent Christmas Tree delivery to The Grove.  I love me some Christmas but with the festive season comes a calendar full of work parties, family events, and countless moments staring in the closet saying "I have nothing to wear." Enter the midi skirt which will cure all your Holiday outfit woes... 
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{finders keepers midi skirt c/o lulus  // crop sweater // cjg sandals c/o}

Isn't she fun? She's the perfect combination of flirty and sexy. I'm imagining different festive crop tops and shoe combinations to pair with this skirt throughout the holiday season; will definitely share some other ways to wear in the coming weeks. Can we talk about these shoes? I'm always pursuing that perfect leopard print and it's very rare to find a sandal x leopard style that doesn't give off a cheesy vibe, so when these hit my inbox I knew they needed to be mine - gems like these don't come around every day! 

Happy hump day, shoe lovers! 

October 28, 2014

East vs. West: Fall Beauty

We're coming to the end of our East vs. West Fall series {insert sad face} and we're closing with a spotlight on fall beauty:
{district sparkle // living after midnite // the right shoes // envision pretty // pursuit of shoes // oomph}

The girls and I all picked out our fave nail polishes and lip crayons from Laqa & Co to feature and in true Ashley form I went with a bold nail color and very neutral lip: 
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 {laqa & co nail polish in 'plonk' & lip crayon in 'fairyblood' // inpink bracelet & ring}

I've never been much of a bold lip person although sometimes I'm tempted. Nails on the other hand, I like 'em good and dark in the fall. Love the 'plonk' color because it almost looks black but is perfectly purple in the light! Can you believe it's almost November? Btw, this full outfit is coming tomorrow and the shoes are TO DIE FOR...

October 27, 2014

Fall in Manhattan Beach

That thing called fall?! Yeah, it hasn't happened yet in SoCal. I'm sure you're tired of my endless summer talk but maybe the outfit inspo will inspire you to come visit me in LA LA land!
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Wore this for a boozy hungover brunch yesterday at MB Post; this top is perfectly blousey for indulgent meals, if you know what I mean. PS: Are you guys in last minute Halloween costume freak-out mode? Check out this video I made last year that has some pretty easy but clever costumes. 

October 24, 2014

#TargetStyle: Real Talk Test Drive

Remember when you guys voted for me to style this piece? Well... besides a good black or white blazer, I’ve been out of the blazer game since I left the “corporate” world in 2009. Maybe you wear a blazer every day?! Well either way, today’s post with Target is all about taking a not-so-basic piece and test driving it for a day. Enter this plaid blazer: 

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{merona blazer // j brand jeans // sole society bag & shoes}

Looking back, one of my least favorite things about working in the corporate world was the two different wardrobes: work and play. Back in the day I always tried to challenge myself to style a pencil skirt or button-up outside of work in order to get the most of out of the thousands I spent on suits and such. Now that I’ve taken this plaid blazer for a test drive, I love that it can easily go from work to happy hour with a change of pants! Or for myself, this can just be an everyday work outfit like it was yesterday. Are you into plaid as much as I am right now? 

{pursuing casual Friday}




Compensation was provided by Target via Mode Media. As always, the opinions expressed in this post are mine and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

October 22, 2014

Perfect Fall Hats Under $60

Whether you're a hat person or not, we can all agree that hats are having a moment.  If one were to peruse the archives of Pursuit of Shoes there may or not be commentary on how "I just don't do hats, they're not my thing." Never say never! The best way to ease into the trend is buying a hat that won't break the bank a la these: 



And if for some reason you need a little hat outfit inspo there's always Pinterest or Pursuit of Shoes



October 21, 2014

East vs. West Style: Fall Boots

My favorite part about our East vs. West fall series is watching the the outfit progressions; we all start out super summery and as the weeks go on it turns into fur, coats and booties... 
{district sparkle // living after midnite // the right shoes // envision pretty // pursuit of shoes // oopmh.}

Of course, this week is my favorite because we're focusing on boots! These have been in heavy rotation this fall (as seen here and here) and this time around I paired them with a flirty skater dress and plaid coat for Sunday date night:
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Truth be told I enjoy a good coat every once in awhile (keywords: once in awhile) and this plaid lovely is a keeper. I'm imagining a very monochromatic look with a pop of plaid in the future! Another keeper is the livefashionABLE clutch which helps create sustainable business in Africa. It's great when fashion meets a good cause, especially when the product looks and feels as incredible as the Tigist clutch.

Cheers to Tuesday, shoe lovers! 

October 20, 2014

A Very Venice Fall

Today is all about casual weekend vibes... really "Venice-y" ones:
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{rag & bone jeans & steve madden booties c/o piperlime // sole society hat c/o // j. crew silk cami // banana republic cardi - similar here}

Remember the Hot Cheetos and Takis song? I currently have the same enthusiasm for hats and booties - hmm, I see a fashion blogger music video in the future. Anyway, I digress. Based on a few recent posts  (a la here)  it's safe to say that fall isn't complete without some type of hat x bootie combo. Piperlime  sent over these booties last week and at first I was a little nervous but quickly realized how different and awesome they are from the typical culprits; sometimes black and cognac booties won't do the trick when you're feeling sassy!

{pursuing a very Venice fall}