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2013 January 8
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On to bigger and better platforms, fashion darlings.

So I’m leaving on jet plane… But don’t worry, you can find me here.

Tell Me About It, Stud.

2013 January 8

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New year, new shoes.

(Any excuse.)

Found these incredibly cute (and dangerous!) studded black suede pumps at Forever21. Under $30, a cushy platform, and killer studs? Yep, coming home with me.

Blazer and denim: Express; tee: Victorias Secret; pumps: Forever21; necklace: Glint & Gleam


Detail shot... Plus a peak of the other F21 gems I bought: glitter booties!

Have a great week, everyone! Stay warm!

Home for Christmas.

2013 January 3

Bright cherry red is the perfect color for Christmas Eve, don’t you think? I resisted the urge to go full-on elf with a green sweater; instead layering the blazer over a pair of leggings, sheer striped button-down and fun patent booties.

Blazer and leggings: Express; blouse: Victoria's Secret; booties: Boutique 9: bracelet: Amrita Singh

And cheers to 2013! What are your resolutions for the new year? I’m vowing to declutter and properly organize the house (room by room, closet by closet, shelf by shelf) and read more (to offset the amount of delicious trash TV I consume).

All-year Blue.

2012 December 27

Cobalt blue in a slouchy shawl collar blazer sounds like perfection, no? Super saturated colors aren’t limited to any particular season– this bright blue will work equally well with a white sundress in July as it does with all-black in December. (This is how I justify my purchases, okay? But it doesn’t make it any less true.)

Blazer: Truth & Pride; tee: Express; trousers: New York & Company; slipper flats: Sam Edelman; bubble necklace: JCrew

How was everyone’s holiday? I’m feeling quite spoiled (more jackets, shoes and other assorted goodies!) and well-rested. Definitely ready to tackle a new year– in every sense. My birthday is New Year’s Eve, so I’ll be ushering in 2013 and my 28th birthday. Cheers!


2012 December 20

My blazer obsession has bled out to cover jackets, or so this blog would have you believe. There’s just something about a jacket that finishes an outfit for me. This black quilted leather and wool version has an asymmetrical zip, which I’ve left open to give the jacket some movement. I kept everything else simple: basic black tee, vampy velvet cords, and a pair of tweed flats.

Jacket: Trouve, tee: Express; corduroys: Gap; flats: Matisse

First snow in the KC area today… Maybe more on the way for a white Christmas? Hope everyone has a happy holiday!

Oh My Chic.

2012 December 18

It’s easy to fall into the jeans-and-a-sweater routine as temperatures drop.  I was thisclose to pairing my new super chic sweatshirt with a pair of boyfriend jeans, when my favorite red maxi skirt caught my eye. It’s normally a summer/early fall piece, but I think it works with black slipper flats and a deep berry lip (more on that later). Fun, right? Definitely a bright, quirky holiday outfit.

Sweatshirt: ily couture; skirt: ASOS; flats: Sam Edelman; necklace: Amrita Singh

The better to see your flats, my dear.

Was drooling at the makeup counter a few weeks back when Dan the NARS Guru taught me how to create what he called “the prettiest red lip ever.” Go over the entire lip lightly with a black eyeliner pencil (I. Am. Not. Kidding.), follow with NARS Cruella lip pencil, and finish up with a coat of NARS Risky Business lip gloss. The result? A super saturated deep berry lip. Loving this!

Gettin' lippy.

Last few days for Christmas! Can’t wait for a break, time with family, and some festive mulled wine. Happy Holidays!

Punched-up Black.

2012 December 13

A basic black wrap dress (which I got for a steal several seasons ago at Old Navy) is punched up with fun accessories. In this case, a pair of tartan tights, navy suede booties (seriously glued to my feet lately), and a statement necklace big enough to qualify as a breastplate.

Dress: Old Navy; booties: NineWest; tights: Hue; necklace: Charming Charlie; watch: Invicta

Wrap dresses are easy and flattering; simply cinch and go. And how much fun are these tartan tights? Perfect now that winter is settling in, and I love the cool-toned color palette.

Attractive armor.

 How do you jazz up a simple black dress?

Can You Fall in Love with Leather Goods?

2012 December 11

I have been hunting for the perfect lightweight leather jacket with an over-sized draped collar for ages and ages now. Something with a bit of slouch through the front and a touch cropped, but snug through the arms and shoulder. Above all, the leather needed to be super soft and buttery– absolutely no stiffness or anything too structured.

Look. What. I. Found.

Leather Jacket: Veda; turtleneck: Gap; denim: Express; booties: NineWest

There’s a bit of a back story to this jacket. On a shopping excursion last month (complete with champagne at lunch, so there’s that), I spotted this jacket’s olive green cousin on a mannequin at Nordstrom. I tried it on, fell in love, but couldn’t at the time justify shelling out the cash (no matter how beautiful and perfect and how incredible the jacket looked).

Cut to last weekend, when the Nordstrom holiday shopping event paired all the same players together: me, champagne, and the infamous leather jacket. Only this time, they had it in navy. NAVY. It was like fashion kismet.

My friend’s mother put it best, “Ashley, you’re not going to stop obsessing about this jacket until you buy it.”

Done. Sold.

It had been awhile since Muffin had photobombed a shot.

What do you think? Is love at first sight possible with leather goods? I’m thinking yes. Be prepared to see this navy stunner constantly– I’ve hardly taken it off since I bought it!

Leather Sleeves.

2012 December 6

Leather accents are everywhere– leather-trimmed lapels, hemlines, and collars are adding some edge to classic fall and winter pieces. One of my favorite ways to work in the leather trim trend is with a contrast jacket. They’re a bit rugged and a definitely up the cool-factor.

For a night out with a girlfriend, I threw this military-inspired jacket on over a sheer black lace top, black skinny jeans, and a pair of navy suede booties. A mixture of aesthetics going on, but the dark color palette keeps the style ship from capsizing.

Jacket: Staring at Stras; lace top: Victoria's Secret; black denim: Express; booties: NineWest

In other news, this week Hunter at navy & orange did a feature on my wedding. Go check it out! Thank you, Hunter!

Tartan Spirit.

2012 December 4

I love a good tartan print. Classic, fun and bright. And keeps well with the holiday spirit (without being a full-stop Christmas tree sweater), don’t you think?

Blazer: Topshop; tee: Gap; trousers: Mikkat Market; pumps: Aldo; necklace: gifted.

This blazer is a great statement piece; I kept everything else in the outfit simple and let the print shine on its own. But this isn’t the only way to wear it- later on in the season I plan on pairing it with party dresses and tights for nights on the town and slouchy tees and boyfriend jeans for weekends. Wardrobe stretch!