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May 22, 2015

#hangry


Hangry /ˈhæŋgrɪ/ adjective: When you are so hungry that your lack of food causes you to become angry, frustrated or both.

We've all experienced bouts of hangry.  Lately, since I've been traveling so much and running around to and fro, my bouts of hangry have exponentially increased. We're talking 2pm "Omg all I've had today is coffee... need something instantly... will punch someone" hangry.  Then comes the Taco Bell burrito supremes and the post "I hate myself for eating that" feeling. Don't get me started on my tummy's true feelings. Needless to say the struggle was definitely real!

Things have gotten a bunch better since the team at Nourish Snacks sent me some goodies last month. Have you guys ever heard of them? They make portioned size snacks - think granolas,  peanuts, and trail mixes - that are really healthy (like REALLY healthy) but super delicious. Not typically two adjectives you see in the same sentence... let's just say they're kind of magical. 

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Besides the gluten free, diary free, less than 200 calories aspects, my two favorite things are the bite-sized portions and the fact that there are sweet and savory options. So often snacks like this come in ginormous bags that have to be portioned out - sorry, 'aint nobody got time for that. These "packets" allow for quick fuel on the go. I've literally stuffed them in every purse, travel tote, and my car's center console. The sweet and savory options are just that: options. Sometimes I don't want vanilla flavored granola at 3pm so I'll reach for the citrus roasted corn nuts. 

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Coco'nilla is def one of my fave flavors so far, followed by monkey love. Btw, Nourish Snacks is offering you guys 10% off through the end of May with the code PURSUITOFSHOES. Do it! Your hangry tummy will thank you. 

Happy 3 day weekend, guys! I'm spending the next 5 days up in Oregon at Cannon Beach with the boy and his fam. Hoping to get some real r&r and disconnect. Let's see how this goes... 

May 21, 2015

Back to Basics

Back from SF and heading to Oregon tomorrow for the long weekend! It's been quite a week, I mean mercury is in retrograde after all. Don't you feel like mercury in retrograde should be some type of get out of jail free card? Either that or we should be able to stay home snuggled in our PJs until it's over. Speaking of PJ's, these shorts are pretty much PJs in the best way possible (no pajama jeans here):


This is a quintessential Ashley outfit (it's not pretty pretty princesses all the time); love me a casual Venice beach look. The game changer for me the past few seasons has been the lightweight "trench"- it's one of those pieces that adds instant style to ANY outfit as seen here, here, here, here, and here. And these are only the looks that made it to the blog! Guys, you need one in your life. #justsaying

{pursing lightweight trenches}




May 18, 2015

But First, Coffee...

Top o' the mornin' to ya! Hope you had a fab fab weekend. I'm currently en route to SF on a very early flight. And by very early I mean 'I should've just stayed up all night' early. Needless to say I'm going to need a cup of coffee or two. 

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When I'm not traveling I'm working from home (eek! more on that soon) and I'm proud to say that I've become a coffee maker instead of just a coffee pick-er-up-er. Starbucks and I go way back, gold card and all, and it feels good to finally bring my so called bff home. Coffee has this way of bringing people together, whether it's chit chatting at an actual store front or just the smell of a delicious house blend enticing the fam down the stairs in the AM - I love it! That and it's pretty much a daily essential for 99% of us. 

Call me a barista (or not), but here are few things I've been doing to spice up my in-home brewing sessions: 

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* add a dash of cinnamon: cinnamon just feels fancy + tastes delicious! 
* swap out creamer with Juice Served Here's 'Cream Party' for ultimate healthy goodness
* make coffee ice cubes to create the perfect iced coffee 

Truth be told my patience is growing thinner as I get older (how can this be?!) and the idea of waiting to make/drink my iced coffee is not even an option. Enter coffee ice cubes: let your recent brew cool down a bit and than add coffee ice cubes. Cold undiluted coffee right at home? Sign me up! Don't even get me stared on the 'cream party'. Four words: heaven in your mouth! 

Hope you have a fantastic week! Countdown to the three day weekend has official begun... 

May 14, 2015

Pretty Pretty Princess

You know those times when you feel like a princess? It seems to happen less and less as we get older and I'm about to invent some pretend proms and homecoming dances just to get dolled up. Prom without the high school drama? Yes, please. My BF often calls me a pretty pretty princess -typically when I'm looking like a hot mess - but this outfit is truly one of those pretty pretty princess moments: 

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{elizabeth + james skirt // keepsake crop top c/o // c. wonder clutch - similar here // j. crew heels - similar here & here} photos by Megan Weaver

This skirt called my name during a recent Nordstrom trip and initially I balked at the price but the sales girl convinced me to try it on. She knew what she was doing! Typically my deciding factor for these types of purchases is the cost per wear; how many times can I actually wear this? Stay tuned to see a few more ways to style this baby... maybe I'll convince you to buy it, too. Btw this skirt fits a bit small , I'm wearing a 2 and typically I'm a 0.

Editors note: I try to keep it real with you guys, I'm not dressing up like this on a daily basis. This is truly my everyday style (and here) - my goal with the blog is to inspire but also create attainable looks that we can all wear for date night, casual weekends activities, and all the real life events we're attending. Just wanted to let you know that! #truth

May 11, 2015

Crop Toppin' It

In case you haven't noticed, I'm all about looking put together in the least stressful way possible. Enter: crop top x skirt combos. They're one step fancier than a romper but still qualify as an "instant oufit." Let's all take a minute to digital high five!

 I wore this fun floral combo during my last trip to Dallas for #rStheCon:

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{finders keeper top + skirt c/o // sole society heels // chloe drew bag}
photos by Megan Weaver

The best part is that you can pair the skirt with a casual white tee and get an entirely different look! I wore this the night we had torrential rains and tornado warnings (did you see on snapchat?); let's just say this LA girl was a bit out of her element. I will say that these shoes are perfect for big puddles. Not sure about you, but I come from the train of thought that sandals are better in the rain than closed-toe anything.  Anyone else?

Fun fact: I once walked barefoot from my office to the car (in downtown LA!) just so I didn't get my brand new suede Manolo Blahnik's wet. Priorities! (This is when the emoji of the monkey with his hands on his face is totally necessary,)

{pursuing crop top + skirt combos}