How is it already MARCH?! Does anyone else literally feel like this year is already flying by?? Sorry for the lack of posts lately… I just realized it’s been over a week since my last blog post and I hadn’t posted on Insta in FIVE days!! Taking a little Insta break was much needed and I actually left town for the first time since my shoulder surgery to drive up to Fort Worth to visit my family last weekend. It had been so long since I had visited that it was such a breath of fresh air to finally get out of the house for longer than a few hours. We got back late Saturday night just in time for me to start prepping for my first commercial job since the surgery and I can say that being scared and nervous was a major understatement. Thankfully, I have a killer assistant and crew that has really made the transition back to work such a breeze! I’m glad to be back, even if I can only move one arm!! 😜
Who thinks you can only wear little black dresses during the cooler weather? No way!! If you know me you know that I live in black, white and 100 shades of grey no matter what the weather. I also always love investing in pieces that can transition into multiple seasons so I know I’m getting my money’s worth. Investing in clothing is something that I really don’t like doing so this post is ALL about affordable LBDs. Plus, my favorite WAYF lace-up that I feature in this post is on sale for literally $50. If you love a great fitting LBD with gorgeous details I would highly recommend checking out this dress and it won’t break the bank!
Have you ever been scrolling through Instagram, spot something that you just have to have and wonder, where can I get that?? In the past, we would have to read through comments or stalk someone’s blog until we found out where that item came from. This is beyond time consuming and half the time the item is already sold out. I feel like having to hunt down items is such a turn off when people are wanting to use influencers as a shopping tool. I wanted to create a quick guide for a few ways to easily shop my Instagram posts.
Sweater weather is coming to an end here in Austin, but that doesn’t mean its the end of my sweater wearing! Mega hot temps won’t be here for months so I always love to throw on a slouchy sweater, bralette, shorts and a cute pair of booties when its a little chillier. Most people are still in full on winter-wear mode so this post also applies to all of y’all!! I’ve rounded up my favorite sweaters that are ALL under $100 and are neutral enough that they will go with any color jeans, skirts, tights, etc. you want to wear!
How is it already mid February and why does it already feel like summer in Texas?? I honestly don’t think we had more than a month of winter-like temps the entire Fall/Winter season. How can I complain though… Any opportunity to enjoy 75 degree weather is ok in my book! That means I need to step up my Spring wardrobe already and I’m not even close to being ready! I did recently score this gorgeous off-the-shoulder top from Chicwish and it has been my first, real Spring purchase! And I am SO excited about it!! Just look at that detail!
It’s been a little over three weeks since my shoulder surgery and to be completely honest, I’ve been extremely discouraged. Countless amounts of people warned me that the recovery for shoulder surgery is long and painstakingly difficult but for some reason I didn’t think it would be this hard for me. I know its only been three weeks but I thought I would be making more progress than I actually am. Not only is the pain and immobility a major issue, no one tells you about the mental effects of a surgery like this. For me, that has been one of the hardest parts. I know this is something most people don’t have to go through but I wanted to write this in hopes that it might help someone else going through the same thing.
Another amazing Target collaboration has hit stores! BaubleBar and Target have teamed up to bring you their very own SugarFix Collection. This new collection is currently being sold exclusively at Target and is being deemed as a long-term collaboration instead of a one-time deal. To me, that’s music to my ears! BaubleBar has and always will be one of my favorite jewelry companies on the market. Not only are their pieces affordable but they are great quality for costume jewelry and they have a massive selection for any occasion. So when I heard they were partnering with Target on the SugarFix collection I was extremely overjoyed!
Who else agrees that 2016 was the year for Gucci?? They are KILLING the fashion industry right now. First, it was the who’s who of blogging sporting the new GG belts, then the new leather cross-bodies and now almost every single person I follow is sporting something Gucci whether it is a bag, belt, flats or all of the above. I wasn’t going to be that blogger that was going to succumb to being like everyone else, but I literally can’t stop obsessing over EVERYTHING Gucci right now. I literally want it all. If I was mega rich, I would totally have it all! But until then I will stick to my most coveted piece from the collection; the Gucci GG Marmont.
Warmer weather is upon most of us… even though it’s already made its way to Austin and I am MORE than ready to start transitioning my wardrobe to Spring. One of my favorite warmer weather transitional looks is when the weather is nice enough to throw on a pair of booties and shorts with a cami layered under a cardigan. It’s literally a fool proof way to layer and look chic yet staying the perfect temp! Even if you’re not a shorts kinda gal, throw on a pair of jeans like I’ve shown in this blog post. The cami + cardi layered look has been one of the most popular of the season and I really don’t see it going anywhere, even into summer. Maybe it won’t be full on wool or cashmere cardigans but layering bralettes under tank tops will still be all the rage!
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and no one wants to break the bank with an outfit they might only wear a handful of times. In my latest Austin Woman Magazine column I focused on 2 identical looks, one expensive and one affordable for those who like a real steal! These Splurge or Steals have been my favorite out of all of the Ask Ashley’s I have written for this magazine over the past 4 years. I literally take so much pride in finding completely identical looks; one being on the higher end and one lower. I want readers to look at the side-by-sides and not even be able to tell the difference!