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Spring Trend: Lilac


One of my all time favorite things about spring is lilacs. I wish they bloomed year round – their fragrance is intoxicating to me. I can’t get enough. I’ve even been known to take long walks around my neighborhood with scissors trimming the ones that happen to encroach over the borders of the sidewalk. Fair game, right?! I hope someday I have a dozen lilac bushes in my yard. Anyway, it clearly delights me that this spring, the shades of lilacs are trending across all areas – from eyeshadow and nail polish to clothing and accessories. And you better believe Lilac Path from Aerin is on my list of fragrances to add to my ever-growing collection.

How are you wearing lilac this season?


Scarf|Nail Polish|Clutch|Perfume

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Posted: 5th May 2014 | by: ashley | in: Now Trending, Pretty Things | 4 Comments

Fashion Inspiration: Beanies



Beanies were all over the fall and winter runways and I for one, am delighted. They’ve finally got some street style cred. I’ve always loved beanies for bad hair days during the colder months and often rock the slouched look with messy wavy hair. But after seeing them on the runways for this season, I’ve realized they’re now being dressed up as a stylishly acceptable accessory with outfits of every kind — day to night, with heels, with skirts, with feminine coats. They’re not just for skaters, snowboarders, fishermen and grungy college boys anymore! I’ve got to get out and add to my collection because they are going to be one of my top staples for the wintery weather on the way.


Brookyln Blonde|Style Zen|Chi-HagiHara|The Native Fox|Unknown

Would you wear a beanie to work?


Madewell|Eugenia Kim|Warm-Me|Isabel Marant

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Posted: 14th October 2013 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, Now Trending | 1 Comment

Of the Moment Mint


Brooklyn Blonde|For the Love of Pretty

Mint is having a moment—have you noticed? I for one, couldn’t be happier. Mainly because I happen to look quite lovely in mint. I’m always a big fan of the pastel shades—the girly girl in me loves them—but I am happy to pick just one this coming spring. More mint in 2013!


I love the flats especially! I can just picture them with cropped white or dark denim skinny jeans this spring. The perfect pop of color for when the weather finally turns warm again.


Necklace|Eye Shadow Duo|Earrings|Flats|Belt|Nail Polish|Dress|Skirt

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Posted: 1st February 2013 | by: ashley | in: Now Trending, Retail Therapy | 4 Comments

Pantone Color of 2013: Emerald Green


Doutzen Kroes in Elie Saab

The gurus of color at Pantone announced the Color of 2013 this past week and the winner is emerald. Think: the grand make-believe city of Oz, Elizabeth Taylor’s gems, and all the shades of green in a deep forest and four leaf clovers. It’s lush, vivid, deep and said to be a balancing, harmonizing color.


Caroline’s Mode|J’Adore Fashion|Stockholm Street Style

 The easiest way to incorporate emerald into your wardrobe is easy—with jewelry like earrings and rings. You could also try it out with the colored denim trend and get a pair of deep green jeans. Emerald is a great shade for when you need to dress up as well—silk blouses, gowns, and skirts all look luxurious in this rich hue. If you feel bold, try an emerald green eyeshadow or dyed emerald green fur. Coincidentally, its also a great shade to use to dress up for the holidays—just don’t do the whole red and green combo together. It’s a little too One-of-Santa’s-Elves.



How are you going to rock emerald in 2013?


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Posted: 11th December 2012 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, Now Trending | 2 Comments

Fashion Inspiration: Baroque Black and Gold

Brocade Baroque Black and Gold

Dolce and Gabbana, Fall 2012 

This fall and winter, ornate details and extravagant brocade details are super hot! The sumptuous look of baroque style is back with rich golds, plums, blacks—and all of it, over the top. It’s all about going overboard with the details to get that ultra-luxe royalty look. My favorite way to do this trend is with a black and gold color scheme. It seems to make it look that much more regal and royal.

Brocade Baroque Black and Gold

Leighton Meester on Gossip Girl|Caroline’s Mode|Vanessa White|21 Arrondisement

The look is popping up all over the place—from dresses and skirts to pants and tops. I think a baroque-looking brocade pant would be a great piece for the holiday season and all of the events and cocktail parties that come with it. Something a little different but equally dressy and luxurious to boot!

black and gold baroque, brocade

Blazer|Clutch|Hair Comb|Heels|Tank|Pencil Skirt|Earrings

I am dying over the black blazer from Rag and Bone with the gold collar. And the brocade pencil skirt from Gucci? To. Die. For. Sexy.

Which piece is your favorite?

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Posted: 29th October 2012 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, Now Trending | 17 Comments

Fall Sweater Styles

Gwyneth Paltrow

As hard as I fight the end of summer and the onslaught of wintery wet weather, if I admit it, I am a little excited for the coziness that comes with fall and winter weather. I am a sucker for a roaring fire, a hot cup of tea, a warm blanket and a good book. Big, comfy, cozy sweaters are a part of that too. I hate being cold, so bundling up is necessary during this time of year when even my office gets cold and drafty.

There are two sweater styles I am loving for this season.

The first is the Fisherman Sweater. This style is a classic that has been around for ages. It’s usually a bulky and heavy knit with cable patterns and it usually comes in a cream color, but there are a lot of variations on the old classic these days. To keep it looking stylish and not too frumpy, pair it with skinny jeans or even a sparkly sequined skirt. I love the unexpected combination of a chunky sweater with a sparkly skirt. You could even do a cropped one with a fuller skirt. Point is, either way, I am loving sweaters with skirts this fall.

Fisherman Sweater

All the Pretty Birds|A Well Traveled Woman|The Sartorialist 

I think I would get a cream one for its versatility and classic look, but the pink one, below, from Acne, is pretty amazing. It would be such a bright pop of color and light in the gray winter months.

Fisherman Sweaters

Acne|A.P.C.|Isabel Marant

The other sweater style I am all about right now is the Navajo print sweater. This one caught me by surprise because in the past, I haven’t been a big fan of the print and found it too loud for my tastes. This fall it’s different—in the right amounts and colors, it’s fab.

Navajo Sweaters

Rouge Fox|The Street Styled|Cupcakes and Cashmere

 I really love the sweater coats, or blanket coats, in the Navajo print, but I have yet to find a version I really love. There are some really cute pullover versions though. And maybe, I might have my eye on my grandmother’s vintage navajo sweater coat that currently lives at my mom’s house. 

Navajo Sweaters

Joie|Etoile Isabel Marant|Haute Hippie

 What is your favorite sweater style for fall and winter?

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Posted: 25th October 2012 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, Now Trending | 1 Comment
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