LEATHER and LACE for a modern twist!

Hello you all! I'm excited to share this look today. Biker sweet and chic? Is there such a thing?! Sometimes it's nice to switch things up style wise. I've already mentioned how I feel in this dress.  I love it. I wrote about wearing it in THIS POST (and other outings recently). Since we just moved, I'm wearing the same couple of items over and over until I get more organized. However, I wanted to give the dress a different look and edge it up a bit.  I found this tailored biker-babe jacket and I like the dress even more now. I think it's kinda obvious in these pictures I enjoy wearing this outfit. I have a feeling it won't stay in stock too long, so I wanted to share asap. 

What pieces have you added to your wardrobe to complete or change several outfits? I've never really thought about it, but now I'm excited to play with items in my own closet to give pieces from seasons past a new, modern twist. 

The jacket (one of the best faux leather ones I've found for the price- under $100) will edge up any outfit- dress or jeans or pants or even shorts! I'm a big believer in finding the best for the least amount of money, but you also get what you pay for! The material, the zipper detail and slightly structured fit are flattering and give off a bit of attitude! It adds just enough "biker girl" to balance out my sweet & flirty dress. It was hard to decide between the black or brown optionBrown would have been a different feel, but equally cool. 

I wore some heels from a few seasons back, but like these more modern, affordable heels so much, I think I'll order them. The clean lines will work with nearly everything. They aren't too high, which works well for me these days with the baby;)

What doesn't always work with the baby are my $12 hoops, but I sneak them on sometimes. They are a fun and delicately make a statement, plus the $12 price tag makes them even more awesome. I wear the studs my husband gave me for Valentine's Day all the time, but when I'm heading sans Hayden, I switch them out sometimes for a different feel. Right now, I feel so unorganized with the move, I keep wearing the same jewelry and clothes over and over again. Until I get a system going...Hello, container store... (that will be another post!).  

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You guys- thanks for your comments. I love reading them and try to respond to as many as I can.  I'm making a list of ideas you add here (and send via email). I'm a bit backed up on it all, but will get there slowly but surely. Stay tuned! 

xox ashley

WHITE AND LACE: sweet, playful and party ready!

I am slightly obsessed with THIS DRESS. First of all, I'm really into white right now. Secondly, I love dresses that fit well. This one has adjustable straps so that it can fit your body perfectly. I like the A-line. And I love the lace. The peek-a-boo aspect is a fun, demure addition. Plus, how cute would this look with a t-shirt underneath and white converse?

1. LACE DRESS 2. SUNGLASSES 3. NUDE HEELS 

4. SPLIT RING 5. CROSS BODY PURSE 6. DELICATE HOOPS

From Sunday best at church (yesterday with a sweater) to Lennox's birthday party in the afternoon (Amy Davidson's son just turned one!), to a evening party coming up (I'm wearing it with this faux leather jacket), this dress is versatile. I'm also pretty proud of these price points. Everything is under $90, starting with the sweet and sexy lace dress. For a dress I'll wear over and over and fits so well, it's worth it. Ring is on sale for under $16, hoops are $12, pale pink sunglasses are $24 and  the cross body purse is $35

So, happy first day of spring. Enjoy your Monday. I'm off to the races for a packed week. Trying to pace myself! xo Ashley

Baby Blues!

I mentioned a while back I was wearing more blue lately. Kinda funny, I know my friends pregnant with girls have been wearing more in the pink family. For a recent family picture (for the blog I'm writing on People.com), I wore- yes, blue. Non-maternity & comfortable and under $100, this is a great summer style. I love the solid lace back (comes in other colors, too). It shows just enough skin, but still keeps plenty to the imagination. For added fun, I threw on my new favorite heart sunnies (at $16, who can resist!).

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Totally SHEER and totally ELEGANT!

LACE HAS REINVENTED HERSELF. NO OLD LADY CONNOTATIONS HERE. NO COUNTRY, HILLBILLY VIBES.  JUST ON TREND ELEGANCE WITH A SIDE OF SEXY. THE KEY IS TO LEAVE MORE TO THE IMAGINATION THAN YOU THINK YOU SHOULD. 

Lace Tops featured in INSTYLE Oct 2015

“...lace is formed from the absence of substance; it is imagined in the spaces between the threads. Lace is a thing like hope. It lived, it survived, and it was desired for what it was not. If faith, as the nuns said, was the substance of things hoped for, then lace was the outline - the suggestion - of things not seen.” 
― Iris AnthonyThe Ruins of Lace

I keep seeing these fantastic tops on the streets, on celebrities, on friends, even on B&B.  So, I had to located a few for y'all (or...errr....for myself!). How elegant does Cate Blanchett look in the sheer black top with the leather peaking over her shoulders for an added edge? Also loving wearing top like THIS ONE with distressed denim on bottom (see pictures below).

Steffy Forrester on B&B sporting the trend.

 

I found some of my favorite similar items below... send me any pictures via the contact page if you are finding yourself enjoying this trend! xo

WINTER WHITE?

I've always been a fan of white in winter.  Living in LA, I have to make myself feel like there's a winter (today it's below 80, we're excited!). So, snow white colors read clean, fresh and wintery to me.  This particular layering blouse comes in three colors, all of which I would wear. And scroll down to see pictures below--- this top covers my tush! Which can be nice sometimes!!

NOT SHOWN IN PICTURE, THE SIDE SLEEVES ALSO HAVE LACE CUT-OUTS DOWN THEM. I LOVE THE ELEGANT TOUCH.

NOT SHOWN IN PICTURE, THE SIDE SLEEVES ALSO HAVE LACE CUT-OUTS DOWN THEM. I LOVE THE ELEGANT TOUCH.