ashley’s picks: acrylic earrings for fall

ashley’s picks: acrylic earrings for fall

acrylic earrings started becoming popular this summer, in rainbow brights to add a splash of color to any outfit. now that fall is coming, they have transitioned into neutrals perfect to pair with the warm toned reds, yellows, and browns that are trending this fall. keep reading below for some of my fave pairs that i’ve seen!

goes with anything

tortoise shell is the perfect print to go with any outfit or style. by picking up a pair in a classic shape you can truly find an everyday statement earring.

amazon | j. crew | cult gaia

unusual shapes 

one of my favorite things about this trend is all of the fun shapes that have emerged. i especially love interesting shapes that can add personality to an all black outfit (my go to!).

bauble bar | amazon | bauble bar

subtle + understated

if you’re looking for a simple and understated way to wear this trend, clear is definitely the way to go. i love wearing a sleek ponytail or bun to show off these earrings!

amazon | urban outfitters | shopbop

muted blush tones 

blush is basically a neutral at this point. i love this color but it’s not very flattering on my skintone, so small splashes like these earrings are a great way for someone like me to incorporate the color.

madewell | amazon | cult gaia

that’s all my acrylic earring picks for this fall! this trend is so affordable that i plan on picking up multiple pairs in different styles to mix and match throughout my wardrobe. plus, they’re so lightweight they don’t hurt my ears like other statement earrings have in the past! which style is your favorite?

disclaimer: this post is not sponsored. all opinions are my own. all pieces in stock at time of publication.
forever21 sale picks

forever21 sale picks

i haven’t been doing a lot of shopping this summer, but when i saw that forever21 was having an up to 75% off sale, i knew i had to check it out! i’ve been hearing that forever21 has had really cute stuff lately, plus i thought my closet could use a little revamp before the fall. i only picked out a handful of items, but i really tried to focus on pieces that could be worn to a variety of places, and throughout the year.

ribbed flare dress – $6.45

i love basic dresses like this one because they can go with almost anything! i picked up this dress in black but also love all of the other colors it comes in.

ruffle cami dress – $10.99

while similar to the previous dress, the little ruffles on this dress takes it up just a notch and makes it great for work events throughout the year. i also picked this dress up in black, but i’m really considering purchasing the dress in yellow as well!

crepe cropped cami – $6.93

tops like this have been really popular, and at this price there is no reason for me not to try it! i loved the yellow color but was sold out in my size, so i also ended up with this piece in black (still in stock in blush too!)

zip front mini skirt – $10.99 

i used to love skirts, but all of them have been cleaned out of my closet and not replaced over the past few years, and i’m not sure why! this skirt is a perfect introduction back into the garment, and i love how the zipper detailing adds a bit of an edge.

striped box pleat skirt – $11.99

this skirt is an ultimate versatile piece to have in my closet. i could pair it with a plain tee  and sandals for a casual outfit, a blouse and mules to wear to work, and could probably even dress it up with a satin cami and some heels for a night time event.

that’s all i’ve picked up during forever21’s sale! i haven’t received the items yet, but wanted to make a post immediately as i noticed a lot of cute items were selling out quickly. let me know below if you’d want me to review these pieces once received!

disclaimer: this post is not sponsored. all opinions are my own. all items in stock and prices accurate at time of posting.
favorite spring trends

favorite spring trends

hey there! it’s been a while, but i’m back and ready to talk about spring fashion. the rain still doesn’t seem to want to leave the bay area any time soon, but that hasn’t stopped me from preparing my wardrobe for the warmer days ahead. keep reading below to see which trends i am loving this season!

mustard yellow 

i started picking up pieces in this shade during the fall, but have loved seeing this muted tone making its way into spring styles. it feels fresh when included with white stripes or in a gingham print, but also looks amazing in a classic floral.

striped top: forever21                         
gingham dress:  forever21                         
floral dress: forever21

celestial patterns 

star prints creeped into stores towards the end of winter, but they are transitioning for spring in lighter shades. i love anything with suns, stars or moons all over it because it adds an instant bit of effortless cool into any outfit. as a bonus – this trend is super easy to diy on a pair of booties, an old denim jacket, or a thicker canvas shirt.

dress: forever21                               
booties: nordstrom                           
romper: riffraff

fruit prints 

i’m a sucker for all things kitchsy, so of course i’ve been loving the fruit prints! my favorites are lemon and strawberry, but i’ve also been into cherry prints for a bit of a retro vibe. with the variety in prints like these, you are sure to find pieces you can wear to work, to the beach, and even for a night out.

romper: forever21                           
tee: shein                           
dress:  topshop

lavender 

with ultraviolet being named pantone’s color of the year, it’s no surprise that a lighter hue of purple has made its way into spring fashion. this color is so universally flattering and fitting for so many occasions. it’s also my favorite color and i’m finding ways to incorporate it more and more into my closet this season.

shoes:  urban outfitters                                 
dress: shopbop                             
cami: h+m
disclaimer: all opinions are my own. i do not own any photos used in this article. original location of photos linked. all items linked are in stock at the time of publishing.
july favorites.

july favorites.

check out what i’ve been loving this past month! 

funk wave bounces vol. 1 by calvin harris 

this album is everything i have ever wanted my summer playlist to be and more. considering it was the only album i had on my phone for my entire trip to LA, it got a lot of listens, and it’s still the music i want playing while i’m in the shower. if you’re looking to get the most out of your summer vibes, the best road trip album, or simply something to just dance to, this is the album for you!

aveda damage remedy daily hair repair 

i have been travelling so much this month, and that means that my hair hasn’t always been getting the proper care it needs. this product makes my hair look and feel great, even when i’ve been using hotel shampoo, and really keeps me from getting split ends! i haven’t gotten a haircut since may and my hair is still completely split-end free!

depop 

i used to work at a buy-sell-trade clothing store, so i definitely have an interest in buying clothing secondhand. i love depop because it takes out the middle man, and allows the buyer and seller to interact together! i have gotten some amazing pieces that i can’t wait to wear this fall — including a denim jacket and a vintage coach belt — for really great prices (the belt was $10!). i love knowing that i am getting such a good deal and that i am helping the environment by putting new life back into the clothes i’ve purchased! psst — i’ve started selling some of my own clothing on depop! click the link to check out my profile!! 

tarte tarteist quick dry matte lip paint in ‘swamp family’ 

with all of the travelling i’ve been doing, i’ve been going to a few more formal events than i would get to in my everyday life. i swooped this liquid lipstick during tarte’s black friday sale, and i am so happy to finally have opportunities to wear it more! it is the perfect true red color for super pale girls like me, stays on all night long (through dinner, drinks, and dancing!) and isn’t super drying like a lot of liquid lipsticks on the market are. i’m not a red lip everyday kind of girl, but if you are, i would definitely recommend trying out this one. in my opinion, it’s worth every penny.

shop riffraff ‘glow up’ metallic dress

i bought this dress for one of the aforementioned formal events i had been going to — and i love it so much, it’s coming with me to washington in a few weeks for my cousin’s wedding. it has the perfect amount of sparkle without being too much of a statement, and the cut of the dress is so comfortable, i almost forgot i wasn’t in one of my typical tee-shirt dresses. the biggest plus — it’s currently on sale and they have lightning-quick free shipping! they ship from arkansas and i’m located in california, and i typically receive my orders within 3 business days!

harry potter and the methods of rationality 

okay, this definitely isn’t for everyone, but i was so glad to find out about it because i love it. basically a parallel universe fan-fiction, where harry has a very different backstory and ends up in ravenclaw. i’m less than 20 chapters in and i’m completely hooked! if you. like me, have always disliked harry’s character most out of everything in the franchise, i completely recommend this to you. we basically skip all of the angsty teen emotions and the problems are tackled in a much more logical and rational manner, all while still having childlike innocence of a young ‘muggleborn’ at hogwarts. i’m a ravenclaw, can you tell? 

 

what have you been loving? let me know in the comments below!! 

 

fall fashion inspo.

fall fashion inspo.

most people i know are clinging onto these last 6 weeks of summer with all of their might. i, on the other hand, cannot wait for the fall season to finally start. i love the foggy bay area days, bath & body works fall scented candles, and pulling all of my knits out from the back of my dresser. plus, fall fashion is my absolute favorite of any season.  not too hot and not too cold, it creates the perfect backdrop for intricately layered outfits (plus, the changing leaves can make quite the instagram backdrop). since fall clothing will be all we’re seeing in stores in just a few short weeks, here’s what i can’t wait to get my hands on this fall!

western style belt 

personally, i love the southwestern trends that have popped up over the past year. i recently shopped a double buckle western style belt online and can’t wait to style it. they look great as a statement piece for an otherwise basic outfit and i hope it will become a staple in my closet this fall! my tip: most of these you will find will only come in a silver color, but i went out of my way to find one with gold colored detailing so it will match my jewelry collection better! 

plaid dresses

plaid is one of my favorite things about fall, but i love taking the traditional masculine print and putting a feminine twist on it in the form of a dress. i’m partial to the babydoll style, but any style checked in plaid will get you in the mood for fall. my tip: shop secondhand! when i was working at a secondhand clothing store last fall, we saw a myriad of plaid dresses hit our shelves every week. i totally regret not picking one up when i had the chance, but i’m hoping the shelves will be stocked with these this fall as well! 

classic sneakers 

as a lazy girl, i’ve been a huge proponent of athleisure since the beginning. but i have also been loving the more classic style of sneakers that can be well incorporated into outfits that don’t include leggings and sports bras. just in time —  pretty soon we’ll all need to trade in our sandals for something that will keep our toes warm. my tip: hit up your local discount shoe stores (think DSW, TJ Maxx, and any outlet malls in your area)! i was able to find a pair of adidas for $50, and i’ve been wearing them every day since. 

structured handbags 

no matter your style, there is a great structured handbag out there for you. with cleaner lines and more space, it’s a great choice that can take you from the office to dinner and encourage you to save your slouchy crossbody for nights out at the bar. my tip: don’t splurge if you’re not sure! if you can’t get away from your mini backpack, there’s a lot of great options to get this look for much, much less than a birkin bag. my suggestions for saving some pennies? H&M, target, and try Ross or TJ Maxx if you’re looking for a better quality bag at a lower cost! 

jeans slashed at the knees 

i’m not ready to get rid of the super distressed jeans that have been seen everywhere this summer, so the slashed knee jean is great for the colder weather. it covers most of your leg while still giving a bit of the grungy distressed look that has been so popular — perfect for those sunny fall afternoons. my tip: DIY! this look can be easily achieved with an old pair of jeans you are looking to upcycle, an x-acto knife, a piece of chalk, and some cardboard to protect the other side of the jeans. 

what pieces are you looking forward to wearing around this fall?

note: i do not own any photos used for this post. all photos have been sourced from pinterest. please contact me directly if you own one of the photos and wish for it to be removed. 
april favorites.

april favorites.

Check out what I’ve been loving in the month of april! IMG_2847.JPG

dl1961 denim. 

I bought two pairs of these and they have been a total game changer! I practically live in leggings, but these are so stretchy I never felt uncomfortable like I do when I wear other jeans. They also run a little larger than the other denim brands I had been purchasing before, which meant that they never got too tight after a large meal!

mr kate on youtube. 

Not even gonna lie, I have been an avid HGTV fan since high school. So I was thrilled to find Mr Kate on YouTube! They have a couple of different series, some of them redoing the house that they bought and some where they makeover spaces of other social media influencers, and I have been hooked on both! I really like that they are younger, so a lot of their content matches my style, and they show you how to do really great DIYs for really cheap! I also bought Kate’s book, featured above, where she talks about different experiences she’s had as an interior designer and gives even more DIY tips than the show does!

tarte sex kitten palette 

I bought this palette on a whim and loved it so much it has become my new everyday eye palette! It pairs unexpected neutral eyeshadows with a peachy rose gold highlight color and allows you to create so many different looks. I especially like it because some of the colors are a little more unconventional than what you’d find in something like a naked palette, so even in a sea of nude eyes you can create a look thats different than everyone else.

tule fog candles.

I bought the Fig + Vine scent this month, and it is the most delicious thing I have ever smelled. I seriously would wear it as a perfume if they made it! But what I love most is that they are a Bay Area based company that uses only ethical and sustainably sourced materials, and give many tips on how to be kind to mother earth, including posting different ways to recycle the jars on instagram! I’ll likely be planting a succulent in mine once the candle runs out (and heading out to repurchase my fave scent!).

e.l.f. hydrating primer

The weather in the bay has been all over the place, which made my skin even dryer than it usually is. I picked up this primer at target and love how soft it makes my skin feel, even when I use a ton of drying lotion every night! Plus it’s so inexpensive, it can easily fit into anyone’s makeup budget.

glossier cloud paints.

I haven’t had great luck with cream blush in the past, but when I saw these were on sale I couldn’t resist. I picked up two shades – dusk and haze – and they are both so pigmented and look great on any skintone! You only need the tiniest bit to give you a nice flush, and I’ve found they work best when applied over foundation with a very damp sponge (I use the same one that I use for my foundation and don’t rinse off in between for an even softer look). They also stay on for forever — as in, I forgot to take off my face makeup before running forever — but come off easily with a face wash or makeup remover! I also love how the packaging looks like a little acrylic paint tube, it was a really cute touch to a great product!

heatstroke by calvin harris ft. young thug, pharell, and ariana grande  

I saw Ariana Grande on her dangerous woman tour at the end of march, and was so excited when this song came out about a week later! I have been listening to it nonstop because it was the best balance between my post-concert obsessing and wanting new songs from Ariana. Plus, it has the perfect vibes to get you in the mood for warmer weather!

*all opinions in this post are my own, and i paid for all products with my own money. this is not sponsored by any of the above brands.* 
february favorites.

february favorites.

I’ve been loving a lot of things this month! Check them out below:

forever21 high rise skinnies

i bought a few pairs of these in black when my local store was having a sale, and i became obsessed! they are a very flattering fit (on me, the rise hits right below my navel and the leg hits right above the ankle), they have the perfect amount of stretch, and they are lightweight enough that I am sure I will get a ton of use from them even in the summer. 

pacsun

i realize this is a broad category, but the sales have been great at pacsun this month! first they had buy one get two free for all sale, so i went with my boyfriend to split the cost and scored a kendall and kylie bomber jacket and black ribbed turtleneck, while he picked up a black brixton hoodie. then we went back after i had a job interview at the same mall and noticed they had 70% off all sale items, so we had to take another look! this time i picked up a boxy, oversize pink sweater and he got a black hooded windbreaker. they have had a lot of great brands on sale each time i’ve looked, so i would definitely recommend going to your nearest store and checking it out! 

nyx bright idea illuminating stick in lavender lust 

lavender is my favorite color, so i love finding ways to incorporate it into my everyday look. this highlighting stick gives such a nice wash of color and natural highlight, and makes me look super awake when i’m tired in the morning! my favorite way to use it is to swipe it on my cheekbones and blend in with a damp sponge. 

gardening (kind of?)  

I have been trying to add more plants into my living space because they can purify the air, and I love the touch of green it adds to the room. However, I am terrible at keeping plants alive so I asked a friend who works at a nursery to help me pick out some plants that would be low maintenance for me. We ended up deciding on some sansiveria plants, which are a part of the cactus family so they are as low maintenance as it gets!  I currently have two variations of them and can’t wait to pick out a few more! 

watercoloring 

My high school art teacher was really hard on me and my artistic abilities, and pushed me away from painting for years. I decided to order some watercolors this month as a hobby to do in my free time, and I have been loving it! At first it was just for fun but I have actually been getting pretty good at it for some basic designs like fruit and birds. I picked up this watercolor set that came with a decent set of brushes and this pad of watercolor paper on amazon for under $30 all together! 

coffee with chrachel 

I have been obsessed with this podcast for months now, but i had to include it in my first favorites post. Chris and Rachel sit down twice a week and record a podcast discussing everything under the rainbow, from politics to harry potter to video games to their cats, and they also answer listener questions. I can always count on this podcast to put me in a good mood, and it makes for a fun listen if you have a commute a little under an hour! I should warn that the topics and language are not always safe for work, so take precaution and bring headphones if you like to listen to podcasts in your office environment. 

qapital

I am honestly terrible at saving money, but this app makes it so easy! It basically just rounds up to the nearest dollar (or two, or three – you get to decide) every time you make a purchase with your debit card, and once you reach your goal you can transfer it into your savings account. They also have a feature where you can create a goal with multiple people, which I haven’t tried out, but would be great for saving up for a trip you plan on doing with your friends! Click here to download the app and get $5 free just for signing up! 

blue calcite 

I have been really drawn to this crystal this month. Blue calcite is known to boost creativity, which is something that I’ve always felt like I’ve needed more of this month. It is also connected to the throat chakra which is great because my allergies have really been acting up with how drastically the weather has been changing in the Bay Area (it was around 70 degrees on Valentine’s Day and then pouring rain two days later!)