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Pug Love

PugLuna Lu

As some of you may know, I have a snorting snuffling sneezing little pug sidekick named Luna that makes my days so much brighter and more entertaining since she came along. She’s a rascal, for sure, but she’s also the best snuggler ever and always makes me laugh with her antics. If you have pugs, you know what strong, goofy—but totally endearing—personalities they have. After I got Luna five years ago, suddenly people started giving me “pug-themed” gifts. I swear, this is a thing. People that have pugs, oftentimes, are big pug people. I am a huge dog person in general, so I always found it amusing that now that I had a pug, I must all of a sudden want pug themed gifts. I fought it for a long time, but I will admit it, I have run across some pretty cute pug themed gifts recently…

Maybe I will become one of those crazy pug people after all. Like a crazy cat lady but with 15 pugs instead.


Gucci|C Wonder|C Wonder|Bobby Berk Home|Z Gallerie|Etsy

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Posted: 24th September 2012 | by: ashley | in: My Life, Pretty Things, Retail Therapy | Leave a comment

My Favorite Drugstore Finds

Great, Favorite Drugstore Brands

I am a little bit of a product junkie—I love to find and try new beauty products and I may or may not hoard them in the cabinets in my bathroom. This is why services like Birchbox are so perfect for me. I get samples of beauty products once a month and the hoarding can be contained easier since everything is sample size. It also satisfies my need to try the latest and greatest.

Now, I love my fancy products (see YSL Touche Eclat) as much as the next girly girl, but I also have a lineup of great go-to products from the drugstore that I love as well. They are just as great as the more expensive versions, but allow me to leave a little cushion in my bank account for those months when I choose to spend my rent money on a pair of boots or heels instead.

1. Maybelline Volume Express The Falsies in Very Black – This gives me long, lustrous lashes and it doesn’t flake off during the day. Plus, it grabs every lash and leaves me clump free. I am a huge fan of mascaras like DiorShow and YSL Faux Cils, and this one is just as amazing!

2. L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Lotion in Deep Natural – I can’t help it or deny it, I just feel better with a little sun-kissed glow. This has yet to turn me orange, and I like that. Just don’t apply it after an evening of one too many adult beverages, it may come out wonky and a bit patchy the next day. Just trust me on this one.

3. Johnson’s Baby Powder – I will use this as a substitute for hair powder whenever I am on the go and don’t have time to wash my hair. It gives it texture to style and soaks up the oil at your roots.

4. Clean and Clear Makeup Dissolving Face Wipes – These are fantastic for getting eye makeup off quick and easy with just one swipe, and the cloth is so soft, its gentle on the eye area.

5. John Frieda Sheer Blonde Color Renew Tone Correcting Shampoo – This does a great job of keeping my highlights bright and non-brassy in between foils.

6. Beauty Fixation Pre-Filled Portable Swabs, Nail Polish Touchup – Because I always get some nail polish on my skin and around my cuticles. Especially when I have to paint my right hand. These make cleaning up around the edges fast and easy. Especially great when you are using a dark or red nail polish.

7. Cutex Twist and Scrub Sponge –  The easiest and cleanest way I’ve found yet to take my nail polish off. This is crucial when you change your polish color multiple times a week like I tend to do. Just stick your finger in the sponge inside the tub, swirl it around, and off it comes!

8. Goody Spin Pins – These help me make perfect top knots. Just twist the pins into your bun and it stays put and there are no pins or rubber bands to see. You don’t even need the rubber bands, actually. Not to mention, they are easy on your hair.

Do you have any favorite drugstore beauty finds?


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Posted: 20th September 2012 | by: ashley | in: Hair & Beauty, My Life | 5 Comments

Boots for Fall

Boots for Fall

I get so excited for boots when the fall arrives. Booties in particular are one of my favorite fall dress up shoes. They look so cute with skirts, tights and dresses when its cold out. These are three of my favorite booties for the season—a sexy little red pair for a little black dress, a chunky casual pair for pairing with a little floral skirt and sweater tights, and an ultra-high burgundy pair that would look killer with a black pencil skirt or skinny black cigarette leg pants.

Which pair is your favorite?


Casadei|See by Chloe|Yves Saint Laurent

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Posted: 18th September 2012 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, Pretty Things, Retail Therapy | Leave a comment

A. Barclay Scarves

A. barclay Scarves

I love scarves. I think they just may be my favorite accessory. They can change an outfit, make an outfit, even be the outfit. I just came across these scarves from A. Barclay today and I am head over heels. True, it’s rare that I find a scarf I don’t like, but these ones are so bright and beautiful, and big! I love an oversized scarf—it gives you so many more options on how to wear it.

Not to mention, for every scarf that is purchased, they buy an item of need from a Tanzanian for a Tanzanian, supplying multiple orphanages in the country with day to day necessities and stimulating local markets.  Depending on what the orphanages need, the items they donate vary from season to season. Love it when I can give back and get something stylish and pretty at the same time.

A Barclay Scarf

Aren’t they gorgeous? I pick the elephant one–which one is your favorite?


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Posted: 12th September 2012 | by: ashley | in: Designer Spotlight, Retail Therapy | Leave a comment

Fashion Inspiration: Brooches


J. Crew

As you can see from my past few blog posts, I have been carefully going over all of the fall trends and picking and choosing which ones I love and which ones I might let just slip by me this season. Add to the list of trends that I am wild and crazy about this fall: Brooches. Pins. Whatever you want to call them, I think this throwback to old-fashioned accessories from my grandmother’s age is darling.


My Little Fashion Diary, Atlantic Pacific Blog 

Pin them on jackets, scarves, shorts, gowns, skirts—its a great way to add a little extra sparkle to an outfit. I have a few vintage pins from my grandmothers and great-grandmothers that I think I will be bringing out the jewelry box this season. And one of these days, I think I might just have to add one of those pins with the interlocking “C’s”—they just look so chic pinned on a jacket. Or anything, really.


Are you going to pin one on this fall?


Lizzie Fortunato|Charm and Chain|Alexis Bittar|Miu Miu|Tory Burch|Valentino|Ben-Amun|Vintage

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Posted: 11th September 2012 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, Now Trending, Pretty Things | Leave a comment

Emerson Fry Fall Coats

Emerson Fry Coats

All images via Emerson Fry

One of my favorite things about fall is picking out a new coat. I get it from my grandmother—she loved beautiful stylish coats and had dozens. I can’t pass a good one up, either. Emerson Fry has some stunning options in her fall collection—I can’t quite decide which one is my favorite, but I am feeling strongly drawn to leopard print this fall. Then again, with the popular military trend, maybe the green Italian Army coat. Whichever coat you pick from this collection, they are all wonderfully crafted with classic silhouettes and simple elegance. Just what you’d expect from Emerson Fry.

Emerson Fry Coats

Which one would you pick?


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Posted: 11th September 2012 | by: ashley | in: Designer Spotlight, Fashion Inspiration, Retail Therapy | Leave a comment

Fashion Inspiration: Navy Blue and Black

Navy Blue and Black Outfit, Natalia Vodianova

I am not one for playing by all the old-fashioned style rules. I wear white after Labor Day because winter whites are so elegant and beautiful. I wear brown and black together, and I l-o-v-e navy blue and black. Growing up, I learned from my mom and grandmother that white was never worn after September, brown and black didn’t match, and neither did navy and black.

Navy Blue and Black Outfit

Clearly, that old rule is outdated. Navy blue and black were showing up all over the fall runways, and I think its an impossibly chic combination. I mean, if Olivia Palermo and the Duchess rock this combination, you know it can’t be wrong. Also, its  great for  getting dressed up!

Navy Blue and Black Outfit

Miu Miu|Preen|Tomas Maier|Roberto Cavalli

I think I will wear it for a few of my dressy (and not so dressy) events this fall and winter! What about you?


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Posted: 9th September 2012 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration | 4 Comments

Pretty Things I’m Currently Loving…

Things I'm Currently Loving

Just a few things that have my heart beating a little bit faster this week…

1. A gold and tortoise bracelet from C.Wonder that will go perfectly with all of the camel, cream and black tops I plan on wearing this fall.

2. This cute lightweight scarf with pretty purple pom-poms. I love this shade of purply-gray and the little poms give it a little something extra.

3. The entire new cosmetics line from Aerin Lauder—the colors are beautiful and warm and I love that she chose a set for both the week and weekend. The packaging is perfection too!

4. I am no artist, but I love art supplies. I just love the look of all these colored pencils together in neat little rows. Even if I am just doodling my name on a pad of paper while I’m on the phone. These colors are all so vibrant and pretty.

5. The Things We Love pencil set from Design Darling—because I really do love Arnold Palmers, polka dots, ballet flats, monograms, snail mail and cocktail rings. What girl doesn’t?

6. A beautifully designed planner/to do list jotter from Russell and Hazel. I adore the way it allots time too—today, tomorrow and someday. Perfect for me.


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Posted: 6th September 2012 | by: ashley | in: Pretty Things, Retail Therapy | Leave a comment

Fun Graphic Sweaters for Fall

Graphic Moschino Sweater for Fall

Moschino Cheap and Chic

Ok, so I have been fighting the end of summer for the past few weeks, but maybe, just maybe, I am coming to terms with it and getting just a wee bit excited for fall fashion. Today I started thinking about fall things like colorful leaves, hot cider and cocoa, pumpkins and of course, sweaters, boots and coats. I’ve been noticing a lot of fun, quirky graphic sweaters out there for fall, and I am totally into it. Especially ones with animals and funny sayings—maybe its the silly, dorky kid in me still, but I think they are totes amaze.

Graphic Sweater for Fall

 Would you rock any of these sweaters? Which one is catching your eye?

Clockwise from top left: Burberry Prorsum|Banjo & Matilda|Marcus Lupfer|Mulberry|Burberry Prorsum|Chinti and Parker

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Posted: 5th September 2012 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, Retail Therapy | Leave a comment

Camo Pants for Fall

Camo Skinny Pants/Jeans

Alright, I think I may have found my most “out there” style trend I want to try this fall. Skinny camo pants! This is a little outside of my usual style wardrobe, but there is something about it that I just love. As girly as I can be, I love an edgy look once in awhile. It may have also been this post from Atlantic Pacific that just made them look so damn cool and easy to pull off. I am officially on the lookout for camo pants!

What do you think of skinny camo jeans? Yay or nay?

Atlantic Pacific|Textile Elizabeth and James via Refinery 29|Lookbook|Current Elliott

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Posted: 5th September 2012 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, Now Trending | Leave a comment
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