Between a good ol' fashion blizzard & all the celeb snaps from Sundance, I'm still really into winter apparel right now! Lucky for all of us, retailers are on to Spring, which means major markdowns for the things you want & need right now! Happy sale surfing!
Normally, I'm a nude girl. No you dirty birds, I'm not talking about my birthday suit- I'm talking about my lip color! I always gravitate towards a slightly pigmented, shiny, neutral gloss. I love makeup. I mean really love it! I'll wear bold shadows and dramatic lashes everyday of the week, but when it comes to bright lips, I've always felt like I look like I'm playing dress up. It fades, it smudges- I end up looking like the joker before I even make it to lunch time! But, ever persistent, I keep trying. After the Kylie Jenner lip-gate controversy of 2014, I decided it was time to test out a liner. I was on the right track. It helped make color last a little longer when you filled in the full-lip, but it still wasn't exactly what I was looking for. I needed more! After flipping through some magazines this weekend (thank you, snow!) I decided to try a lip crayon. A little chubbier, and user-friendly, it's like the more fun, younger sister to liner. Having done zero research, I randomly chose Sonia Kashuk lip crayon in "candy nude". I think I'm obsessed! It provides a matte, but fully pigmented pink hue that wasn't drying at all. And it has some pretty serious staying power! After a plate full of nachos, it had only worn slightly- and I'm no dainty eater! I can't think of a better way to add a little fun to an otherwise Mundane Monday in the middle of winter.
Me wearing Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip crayon in "Candy Nude". *This was after only a very light application (but before the nachos)*
The kale crush rages on! Queen Bey upped the ante on the lovable leaf with her kale sweatshirt in 7/11. And now, everybody's favorite trendsetting liar, Aria, is keeping the fire burning with her kale tank in this week's episode of PLL. You can't deny that there's a place for kale in pop culture right now, and while I prefer it on my plate, to each his own. Kale Yeah!
Awards season is underway! There were mostly safe dresses, a few stunners and a lot of bad ones at last night's Golden Globes awards! Watch the above clip from The Rhode Show to hear some of my best & worst, picks along with Rosanna Ortiz from StyleWeek Northeast and Project Runway designer Jonathan Joseph Peters. More of my faves & flops below! Do you agree?
Best: Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein
Best: Jullianne Moore in Givenchy
Best: Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad
Best: Emma Stone in Lanvin
Best: Kate Beckinsale in Elie Saab
Worst: (L to R) Kerry Washington, Amanda Peet, Claire Danes (click for full image)
Ever since the September issues came out this year I'm craving fringe. It started with that beautiful Michael Kors show that had touches of fringe throughout- the standout being the skirt. It packs such a major punch while being so effortless. Paired minimally with a chunky turtleneck, it's insta-outfit. If you don't feel brave enough for the skirt, try incorporating the look into accessories. Just be careful not to go too "costume-y"...you know what the Project Runway judges would say about that! Even so PR designer Sean Kelly went for it with his signature fringe looks during the season finale- and it payed off! The inspiration and interpretations below.
The inspiration- Michael Kors Runway Show
The inspiration: A look from Sean Kelly's show on the Project Runway season finale
Literal interpretation- H&M fringed skirt
Or, try it on top! Ivona Black Fringed Faux Suede Jacket
The air is crisp, the leaves are bright and finally I have some killer boots on- fall has arrived both in calendar & in spirit! Certainly by now you've stocked your closet with comfy sweaters, cute jeans and at least one hat that you'll likely never wear. But, it seems like every year there is that one "it" item that can't be kept on shelves or in online shopping carts. I'm here today to bring that item to you. This is the *one* accessory you need to complete your fall wardrobe. Easy to wear, goes with everything and chic as hell. I'm talking about the oversize plaid scarf. You can't tap a pic on LiketoKnow.it (sign up immediately if you haven't already) without running in to one of these babies. It started last fall with that sold-out-everywhere Zara scarf (you know the one!), but this year it's back in multiple places- at multiple price points! I've done all the work for you. Just pick your favorite one below and click purchase without reservation. I promise, you'll wear this scarf to death.
Shoppe Pioneer Oversized Plaid Scarf - for all my local readers! You can also visit this fabulous store in Providence!
Hi. My name is Ashley and I have a problem. I am addicted to shopping. Seriously! But, when I see the word "sale" I just lose my mind! Such is the case today. Like most people, I've desperately been trying to save money lately, but how can you say no to 80% off DESIGNER retail??? Well, I can't. Rent The Runway is having it's annual clearance event. I've written about it before, and have successfully bought from this even in the past. So this year, I'm doubling down. I won't tell you which ones I bought, but it's safe to say I got an amazing deal.
And the Emmy goes to...Beyonce! Wait, what? That was the VMAs? Oh. Well, I'd still give it to her, but since the VMAs are really just a mess of who can show the most boobs and booty let's skip over that and talk about The Emmys. Monday night, huh? I kinda dig it! Most people played it pretty safe. Let's face it, this red carpet is not the most exciting, but it's still fun! Lots of red and white...and a few pink ombre ruffled messes (cough, cough, Lena Dunham- we'll get to that later), and just a couple sparkled stunners. So without further adieu, let's dive in- complete with #hashtags!
One of my favorite looks from the night! Julia Roberts in Elie Saab #legsforday
Gorgeous, stunning, striking- LOVED Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan Atelier #yougoglencoco
I was surprised at how much I liked Hayden Panettiere in Lorena Szabo. Pregnancy looks good on her! #preggoperfection #suckerforsparkles
Another gorgeous Elie Saab dress from a mega movie star, but completely different from Julia Roberts #allhailhalle
Sofia Vergara in Roberto Cavalli #becauseduh
Oh and PS, there was this. Please discuss... #girlbye
OK, truth time. When I'm getting ready in the morning the last things I think about are my undergarments. Actually the last thing I think about is remembering to unplug my steamer before running out the door, but right before that, definitely my underwear. For me, it's more about functionality and much less about fashion. Until now. I was recently invited to a lingerie pop-up shop of sorts when the Journelle Airstream Boutique traveled to beautiful Castle Hill. The inn has partnered with the lingerie shop, which as you can imagine is a match made in luxury heaven! At stunning Castle Hill, you can book the "Journelle Getaway" or at Journelle, check out the Castle Hill inspired lookbook! Maybe it was the view, or more likely- maybe it was the rose', but either way I was inspired, and couldn't resist picking up a pretty little lacy thing for myself. And you may want to, too- since Journelle's semi-annual sale is going on now!
Does anyone else wake up on a Saturday morning and think style? OK, actually first I think coffee, then I think style. There are always so many events going on, especially during the summer, that I often find myself mentally going through my closet before I've even wiped the sleep out of my eyes. And, as my entire blog indicates, I take a lot of notes from things I see on TV. My spirit animal, Nicole Richie, is back on the media circuit promoting her new VH1 show "Candidly Nicole". I've been following the series since it first popped up as web short on AOL last year, so you know I'll be tuning in on July 17th (#notsponsored #justloveher ). As usual, Nic is nailing it with her high fashion looks...like the Pucci print she wore on Jimmy Fallon. While Pucci is not attainable for most of us (tip: you can find some scores if you dig through "The Runway" section of TJ Maxx) let prints be your muse for summer with some more affordable frocks.
The inspiration: Nicole Richie in Emilio Pucci Fall 2014