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July 26, 2015

Let's Talk Fall

Can it be? Fall is just around the corner. I know you're probably thinking to yourself "Ashley shut up, I'm thoroughly enjoying my summer!" Don't get me wrong, I'm definitely still in summer mode but now that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale  is in full swing it's hard not to think of autumn leaves, layers, and booties. If you've shopped the #Nsale then you may be excited start wearing your new goodies now (it's possible!) and if you haven't shopped, I'm going to share my top picks and how to wear them now + in the fall.  (ps: don't miss my  9 shoe picks from the Anniversary Sale)

This season I opted for classic silk pieces, think Equipment + Joie, and a few trendier items that weren't too pricey to begin with. Obsessed with this skirt and top combo to wear now and later...

{summer}

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Switch out heeled sandals for booties then add a cape for the perfect autumn look:

{fall}

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{suede skirt // joie silk tank // hinge cape // justfab booties // zara heels // chloe bag // super sunnies}

How good is the cape? I die! Between the cape and this fringe jacket I'm already feeling super prepped for fall. Happy #Nsale shopping - remember prices go back up August 3rd!

{pursuing summer to fall #Nsale finds}



July 23, 2015

#TargetStyle: Cocktails + Nails

This post is sponsored by Target.





As noted by last week’s post, I’m really into the summer cocktails. As a matter of fact I’m just really into summer in general; it’s a totally different state of mind. 

Anywho, I’m continuing my beauty partnership with Target and this month we’re spotlighting nails and cocktails. What do they have in common you ask? When summer comes around all of a sudden I cannot get enough color in my life i.e. pretty cocktails, colorful manis, and everything in between. True life, every other time of the year I’ll take a regular vodka soda and nude mani but something about summer says give me all the bright, colorful things (that just so happen to make for great Instagram pics). 

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This gorge pinkish-purple from Essie has been my go-to lately. The name is Coacha’bella… so cute! In another life I want to be on the team that names nail polishes. #justsaying And the pink cocktail? Something that’s super easy and can work for the beach, pool, or outdoor movie in the park:

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Prep time: 7 minutes | Yields: 12 servings

Ingredients:
  • 20 oz of quality Vodka
  • 16 oz of Simply Lemonade with Raspberry 
  • 2- 12 oz cans of Diet Cherry 7 Up
Mix everything together and serve over ice for a refreshing pink cocktail. Of course, a pretty garnish always helps spice up that instagrammable moment. You can also opt for regular 7-up if you’re not a fan of the cherry flavor, either way, the 7-up adds just the right amount of fizz that makes the drink super refreshing. Cheers!

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Btw, I’m prepping for my bff’s bachelorette party and am totally stressing over fun games and party ideas. Any tips? Thinking this drink could make for a delicious pool day cocktail but other than that I have some serious pinterest browsing to do. #help



July 22, 2015

A Never Ending Wardrobe

Wouldn't we all love Cher Horowitz's closet? You know, that rotating "dry cleaner" contraption that delivers a new garment at the touch of a remote?! Well the real life solution is LE TOTE, a subscription service that gives you access to unlimited clothing options. I like to think of them as the daily answer to "I have nothing to wear." Also, it's kind of a great way to dabble in trends that you may not be SO comfortable in without breaking the bank (are you seeing a trend here?)

Anywho, I took my new BB Dakota vest (c/o LE TOTE) and Michael Jackson flats out for a spin and this is what happened: 

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Typical Pursuit uniform but how good are these new pieces? That's what it's all about - sticking to your basics and adding a few great, on-trend styles to spice it up.  Btw, you can sign up for LE TOTE and get 20% off with the code: PURSUITOFSHOES. On top of that I'm giving you a chance to win a year's worth of goodies from them: 


Win UNLIMITED clothing & accessories for a year from LE TOTE!

{pursuing this look}



July 17, 2015

Summer Work Vibes

Truth be told I rarely have to get dressed up in "office" attire and yes, I know that's pretty awesome but sometimes I do miss looking and feeling really put together... you know what I mean? Back in the day when I did have to buy work clothes it was always such a struggle buying things a) that could be worn out of the office and/or b) items that weren't too pricey. This look checks both boxes:

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{justfab skirt // justfab vest // justfab heels // sole society sunnies}

This neutral palette makes for the perfect office uniform. Sometimes it's easy to get bored with black + white but if you infuse a great olive or army green, it seems like a WHOLE new world. Btw, this head-to-shoe look is under $100. #winning

Hope you're having a great Friday and happy happy weekend! 

July 15, 2015

Give me ALL the Sangria!

It's hump day and it's hot outside... give me ALL the Sangria!  For reals though, maybe I'm just getting old but this summer heat is no fun when you have to be an adult all day. Take me to the beach ASAP!  

Super excited to share that I've partnered with Kroger for the next few months to become what I like to call... a younger, Latina version of Martha Stewart (remember these on Insta?) Most of my recipes will go on their blog but a few will make their way to my blog like this delicious Sangria situation. I know you love to drink as much as I do! 

 No party is complete without a festive drink, however, time is not always on my side, especially when it’s a last-minute engagement. That being said, I’m trying to step up my hostess game. Instead of the typical “just ran to the store” to grab some beer and wine, I’ve fallen in love with what I like to call my 7-minute summer sangria. With a handful of ingredients and 7 minutes, you can create a delicious drink.

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Prep time: 7 minutes | Cook time: 15 minutes | Yields: 12 servings

Ingredients:
  • 1 bag Simple Truth frozen mangos
  • 1 bag Simple Truth mixed berries
  • 2 bottles of white wine -- a sauvignon blanc or chardonnay that isn’t too dry
  • 2 peaches
  • 2 apples
  • 2 cups of Kroger Club Soda

Directions:
  • Cut frozen mangoes, peaches and apples
  • Place all cut fruit and berries in pitcher(s)
  • Add wine and let sit in fridge for 15 minutes
  • Add club soda (1 cup of club soda for every 1 bottle of wine)
  • Garnish with peach slice and serve

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The frozen fruit acts as ice, so there’s no need to add additional ice, which could potentially dilute the flavor. My trick for making the most of the 15 minutes is that I make the sangria first before putting out the rest of the party food and then use that 15 minutes of “soak” time to finalize all the rest of the party food, decor, etc. Before you know it the guests have arrived and you’re ready to party! 


This content was created in partnership with Kroger Family Stores using free products provided by Kroger.