Saturday, July 26, 2014

Trying The Look: Boho

So I usually dress in a mixture of what I'd call classic, feminine and casual. On occasion I like to try different looks. One of these looks is the Boho Look.
One of the main reasons I love this look is it's easy and comfortable. As much fun as it is to dress up there are times when I just want to put together an easy bohemian outfit.
There are two reasons why I don't fully embrace the boho look. One I'm short, only 5'2" and the majority of bohemian clothes are oversized and they can swallow my small frame. I know what you are thinking Mary-Kate and Ashley are about your height and they rock the boho look. And very well I might add. Back in the early to mid 2000s those girls and Nicole Richie pulled off the look perfect. Nowadays most celebs who try to rock the look, look like a mess. On the flip side they don't have my body type I do, I'm about average size but I have full hips and thighs (shopping for jeans is a nightmare!) I'm what you call pear-shaped. The classic look has always looked best on me. I tend to stick to boot-cut jeans, a-line skirts and dark colors. That being said I do own a few items like flowy peasant blouses, kimonos and a fringe purse which on occasion I'll add to an outfit.

If you're interested in trying the boho look here are some key pieces to add to your wardrobe.

- A Denim Vest and/or Denim Jacket
- A flowy maxi dress or skirt
- Slight flare or bootcut jeans
- Peasant Blouse
- Kimono (obviously not the costume kind but the kind you can wear over an outfit)
- Robe Coat (Polyester and belted, also get one that doesn't have such a round collar more of one that looks like an actual robe- remember you are trying to go for the bohemian look nothing lady-like)
- Fringe Cardigan

- A Floppy Hat
- A Gauzy Scarf with Frayed Edges
- A Fringe Bag
- Suede Boots
- Moccasins

- Feather Earrings
- Turquoise Anything (from rings to necklaces)
- Long Beaded Necklaces
- Leather Wrap Bracelets

So these are just a few items to start you out with. If I left something out you are welcome to try it with your own outfit. By no means do you have to buy this entire list of clothing and accessories. It's only meant if you are interested in trying this look out. Get a couple of items and add to an outfit, if you like the look you are welcome to add more just remember less is better, you don't need to dress like a hippie unless you are going to a costume party. If you need some more inspiration google Mary-Kate and Ashley or Nicole Richie fashion and you'll get plenty of fashion pics.

Until Next Time,
Ashley Ann

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wise Words Wednesday

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Until Next Time,
Ashley Ann

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

What To Pack: In-Flight Essentials

I will be completely honest I don't travel much by plane, in fact it's been years since I've been on a plane. That being said I still decided to make a post on what to carry-on while you are on a plane.
P.S. All of this stuff can be used if you travel by car, bus or train as well.

- Headphones - If you are able to splurge and buy a pair of noise canceling ones do so. I own a pair of $25 Sony headphones from Target and they work just fine.

- Magazines and/or Books - If carrying a stack on the plane isn't your thing you can opt for the digital or audio versions for your iPod/iPad.

- iPod/iPad/iPhone - Obviously for what I just wrote above. Maybe you own all three, maybe you own just one. Either way this helps time go by quickly.

- A cardigan or wrap and a pair of socks. So you won't get too chilly on the flight.

- Lip balm, face cream or spray. So your face doesn't dry out. I've never actually used face creams or sprays on flights but I've heard others religiously use them and it makes a huge difference.

- Snack - Pamela Keough, author of What Would Audrey Do?, suggests you pack a turkey sandwich on whole wheat, some almonds, an apple or an orange.
Note: If you order a drink on the flight order it with no ice. I've heard horror stories where the ice is stored. So if you get a drink get it ice-free.

Before you leave for your flight:

- Make sure all your electronics are charged and don't forget your chargers/cords.

- Make sure you have your tickets, license/I.D., credit cards, ect. Put these in a wallet the night before you leave.

- Wear slip-ons to the airport and bring a pair of socks to wear unless you want to go barefoot through security.

- Check the weather, Lauren Conrad recommends to check the forecast of your destination the night before you leave to make sure there aren't any surprises.

Until Next Time,
Ashley Ann

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Saturday, July 5, 2014

What To Pack: Summer Vacation Edition

Maybe you've already taken a vacation, after all it is July. However there are about 8 weeks until Labor Day. And Yes I know sometimes school starts in August however there's always the weekend. With the help of a few beauty/self-improvement books I've come up with a list of what you pack if you were to go on vacation for a few days to a week.
*This is just a list to go by, you don't have to pack everything I put here.

Let's begin with necessities:
- Underwear
- Socks
- Pajamas

Next Wardrobe:
- Pack at least 2 nice outfits, i.e. a dressy dress and a blouse and dressy pants or shorts (depending on the weather). This is if you go out to dinner one night or have a night on the town.

- A couple of casual dresses
- A couple pairs of shorts or cotton skirts (if you'd rather wear skirts)
- T-shirts and/or tank tops. - Make sure these are too casual, it should be nothing you would sleep in. Polos are fine too.

Now on to shoes:
- A pair of heels or flats for your dressier outfits
- A pair of sneakers (I'd suggest Keds or Vans)- If sneakers aren't your thing you can take casual flats or even boat shoes. These are for your casual outfits and days spent exploring town.
- A pair of sandals
- A pair of flip-flops for the beach or pool

- Swimsuit
- Cover-Up - This can be whatever you are comfortable in.
- Sweater/Cardigan - For those chilly nights depending on where you vacation.
- Hat - Wear it to the beach or if you happen to be spending the day at an amusement park.
- Sunglasses
- Jewelry - Place your jewelry in plastic baggies so it doesn't get tangled up in your suitcase.
- Purses- Take a clutch for those evenings out and a regular purse, i.e. satchel for your daytime outings.
- Beach Bag with necessities  (I made a post about this weeks ago if you want to go back and read).

If you have room pack a couple of trash bags or even a duffel bag and put your dirty clothes in it. There's nothing worse than having dirty clothes in the same bag as clean clothes.

So for the most part that's what to pack on a summer vacation. I might have left out a couple of things but I think this will give you the general idea of how to pack.

Until Next Time,
Ashley Ann