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March 5, 2015

On Repeat

You know you've made a good purchase when you find yourself reaching for the same piece day after day. Then there comes the time where you find yourself at dinner with the same friend, one week later, wearing the exact jacket you wore the week before. True story: I'm a repeat offender. #sorrynotsorry

This Azalea jacket is one of those pieces (last seen here) - literally wear it almost every other day. I'm anticipating that my new distressed white jeans will soon follow suit: 

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how to wear white denim, chloe drew bag, Venice casual outfit, lightweight trench
how to wear white denim, chloe drew bag, Venice casual outfit, lightweight trench
how to wear white denim, chloe drew bag, Venice casual outfit, lightweight trench
how to wear white denim, chloe drew bag, Venice casual outfit, lightweight trench
how to wear white denim, chloe drew bag, Venice casual outfit, lightweight trench
how to wear white denim, chloe drew bag, Venice casual outfit, lightweight trench
how to wear white denim, chloe drew bag, Venice casual outfit, lightweight trench
{a gold e jeans // azalea jacket - similar here // j crew leopard loafers // chloe drew bag  // karen walker sunnies}

I've been pursuing distressed white jeans for awhile now. For us short gals it's hard to find the perfect ankle length and this cropped style takes the cake. I also love that they aren't TOO tight; no one wants white sausage legs. Now that we're headed into spring, operation brighten up my wardrobe is in full effect and these babies are just the start. 

{pursuing distressed white denim}






March 3, 2015

So, you Airbnb'd...

The idea of renting out a stranger's home is a bit odd and at the same time absolutely genius. My mind set as of late is just do it, so that's what I did for last week's Palm Desert getaway and boy did it work out:

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She was a desert gem, just like the pictures showcased on the Airbnb listing. To be fair it wasn't the first time I've stayed at an Airbnb but it was the first time I booked the place and went through the whole process myself. Here are a few of my takeaways in case you've been thinking about taking the plunge:

- The second you click book the funds are withdrawn from your account or charged via your payment method. I know you're probably thinking "duh Ashley, what else did you think was going to happen?" There was some mention of confirming the dates with the owner along the process, so naturally (maybe I'm an idiot) I was under the impression book was the formal communication to the owner for my rental inquiry.

- How do I get the keys? Every owner is different. I've stayed at places before where the key is left under the planter and the owner emails all the deets ahead of time or in this case, the owner mailed me the house keys along with a list of to-dos, restaurants in the area, and helpful phone numbers in case of emergencies.

- But Ashley, what about the sheets? What about them? (Get your mind out of the gutter!) There's washers and dryers - no different than a normal hotel room.

- The best part is that the owner and I started texting (via Airbnb) as soon as everything was booked which made us both super comfortable with communicating - it came in handy during our stay when we couldn't figure out how to turn the gas fireplace on!

- As soon as you get settled into the place the uneasy feeling of staying in a stranger's house quickly fades and it almost feel likes a bungalow hotel experience. That's more or less true assuming their aren't tons of pictures of the owners placed around the house (it happens!). If anything, a good stay at an Airbnb is a great education on how to be an A+ Airbnb rental provider if you ever decide to open up your place!

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Things to remember:

 If there's a pool, ask about pool heaters and any extra charges associated with them

Just because you have it in your house, doesn't mean they will. ie: specific cooking or grilling utensils, blenders, etc.

Extra toilet paper is always a good idea

Over communicate with the owner to make them feel comfortable especially when checking in and out


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I'm sure every Airbnb experience is differnt but all in all I would say it's something everyone should try at least once! Have any other Airbnb Qs? You know you can always find me on Twitter

March 2, 2015

Rainy Day Shopping

It rarely rains in LA but when it does you can find me hiding inside pulling out a fab hat for any outdoor activity. Yesterday's shopping trip was no different:

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zara leather pants, rainy day shopping, chloe drew bag, what to wear shopping, how to wear hat, floppy hat
zara leather pants, rainy day shopping, chloe drew bag, what to wear shopping, how to wear hat, floppy hat
zara leather pants, rainy day shopping, chloe drew bag, what to wear shopping, how to wear hat, floppy hat
zara leather pants, rainy day shopping, chloe drew bag, what to wear shopping, how to wear hat, floppy hat
zara leather pants, rainy day shopping, chloe drew bag, what to wear shopping, how to wear hat, floppy hat

{meredith m sweater & hat - hat also on azalea // zara leather pants - similar here // sole society loafers // chloe bag}

Guys, I'm so obsessed with my new bag I cannot even tell you. I've never considered myself a bag person but she is definitely changing my mind. Back to hats... This one is a great floppy option that I picked up on a recent trip to the Meredith M boutique and spotted again on Azalea. There are so many amazing hat shapes these days that I find it easier to try them on in-store than order online; you never know what's going to look just right with your face shape.

Btw, if you're pursuing great black flats these loafers from Sole Society are so comfy and under $70. They've become my go-to for quick errands and dinner dates.

True Story: I ordered SugarFish delivery through Postmates for dinner last night because I didn't want to go out in the rain drizzle. #LAproblems Rain rain go away! I'm so ready for sunny spring and based on my recent purchases, my closet is too. 


{pursuing rainy day hats}







February 27, 2015

Palms on Palms

Who's ready for the weekend? ME! Hope your week was amazing. Over the week I've been dreaming about our Palm Desert vacay and counting down the days until I head back for Coachella. Speaking of, I've never been to Coachella before and would love any tips or thoughts from you about navigating the weekend!

One trend that I'm excited for come spring and festival is palm prints a la this cute Corey Lynn Calter top:

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palm print top, palm desert outfit, loeffler randall sandals, vacation outfit,
palm print top, palm desert outfit, loeffler randall sandals, vacation outfit,
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{corey lynn calter top - available in March  - shop other clc here // joes denim shorts - diy'd // jcrew hat // loaffler randall sandals}

 There's something very Beverly Hills hotel about palm prints that makes me think of sunny days of old Hollywood.  Sometimes I wish I was in an episode of I Love Lucy when they come to Beverly Hills. Anywho, there are just a handful of palm print styles out right now but I'm certain in the next couple of weeks we'll start to see a bunch hit the stores. Happy weekend!

{pursuing palm prints}



February 25, 2015

The Instant Outfit: Jumpsuits

I read in last month's J. Crew catalog some catchy line about jumpsuits being an instant outfit. Apparently the J.Crew copywriters have been reading Pursuit of Shoes because I've been saying that for years! #sorrynotsorry

Because of the above, jumpsuits make for the perfect travel buddy which is why I opted for a silky paint splattered one for my recent Palm Desert trip:

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This is the best kind of jumpsuit... a "lounger" as I like to call it. Are you gals planning any sunny trips soon? For the sake of winter, I hope all of you East Coasters have something warm to look forward to. 



{pursuing resort jumpsuits}