"Don't worry darling, people throw rocks at things that shine."
I can still hear my first grade teacher in my head saying, "if you don't have anything nice to say, do not say anything at all." And yet it applies even more to me today in my twenties, than it did to me then. We live in a society where being mean, or "savage", is encouraged...it is sad, but the truth. As a blogger and young woman, I know that bullying is still very prevalent. And now with social media, it is easier to attack people than ever before. It is a coward move to attack people through social media, probably because you do not have to be in front of their face, instead you just have a screen in front of you. But even though the person is not saying it to your face, it still hurts, especially when it is on social media for other eyes to see, read, and interpret.
It breaks my heart to see, how many individuals a year are bullied whether it be in school, over social media accounts and/or text message, or even in your own family. It is NEVER acceptable to make a person feel less about themselves. Each and every person on this earth is unique and important in their very own way and deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. No one, and I mean no one, deserves to be put down for any reason. What people fail to realize is that their words and their actions do hurt. It literally cost $0 to be nice to someone.
To those that have been bullied (because that is what being mean to someone is!) know that you are worth it and that what they say about you or to you is out of spite, jealousy, and negativity. Like I began this post, "people throw rocks at things that shine." If someone tries to bring you down, it is because you are already above them. Don't fall to their level, and always take the high road (which I know is easier said than done). Just remember that God created you the way you are and that is amazing! Also keep in mind, you are never alone.
I wanted to write this post today because I want all my readers to realize that they are incredible, special, and deserve all the happiness life has to offer. A lot of times being a blogger, I get a lot of criticism because I am open to the world, and with that comes to the positives and the negatives. People tend to not understand how much work and dedication goes in to being a blogger or vlogger. It takes a lot of time and effort to make sure that we produce the best content for our readers/viewers, all while being true ourselves and our styles. I absolutely love sharing my life, style, and perspective with each and every one of you. I love that I have this platform to be 100% myself with the world. There are a lot of people who think that my blog isn't a "job" and is just a hobby, but I am ready to be back in the blogging game and dedicate my heart and soul into it. Blogging makes me so happy and is such a beautiful part of my life. God honestly has blessed me with this amazing platform where I get to connect with you all and it honestly brings so much joy to my life.
Please feel free to reach out and share with me. I love receive your messages on Instagram, e-mails, and comments! You all are absolutely amazing! Always remember, it costs nothing to be nice so always treat others the way you would want to be treated and never let anyone make you question your worth because you are priceless.
Thank you for stopping by the blog today! I hope you have an incredible week and stay tuned because I will be sharing my favorite moments from #SwimWeek very soon. XO
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Happy Tuesday! Today I wanted to share with you all this off the shoulder top I am living for. To be 100% honest I was not a fan of this trend when it first started. I still am not a huge fan of the traditional off the shoulder top that are just the elastic band basically because they are so hard to function in. Like can I bend? No. Can I give hugs? No. It just isn't a practical top, so I only own one.
But that's why I am obsessed with this one from MittoShop becaue it has sleeves. So I can move around and live life without fear that my top is going to scrunch up. What I love about it too is that you can dress it up or dress it down. I dressed it down here, with ripped jeans and sandals. But you can dress it up with dress pants or a skirt and heels. It honestly is a closet need!
To all my fellow college students, I wish you a new semester filled with caffeine and minimal stress. I know that we will all kick butt this semester, haha! Well, as always thanks for stopping by the blog today and if you haven't subscribe make sure you do so you do not miss out! XO
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Hey lovely readers! I am so excited to be sharing my favorite skincare item in my bathroom--my Clarisonic. In case you haven't discovered Clarisonic yet, let me fill you in...Clarisonic is a renowed beauty company that specializes in facial brushes that have the power to transform your skin (literally!) In fact, using a Clarisonic brush on your skin is six times more effective than using your hands alone! And trust me when I say the difference you'll see in your skin is incredible.
Ever since I was a little girl, I have struggled with sensitive skin. I sunburn easily, rash easily, and most beauty products tend to agitate my skin. Close friends and family began to rave about Clarisonic so I knew I had to find out what all the buzz was about. I am obsessed! I typically use my Clarisonic, mine is the Deep Pore Mia 2, 1-2 time a day. What I love about the Deep Pore Mia 2 is that it times out how long you should stay on each portion of your face and really cleans out your pores. Ever since I began using Clarisonic products my skin has been glowing and clears out fast.
With Christmas around the corner (so excited!) you'll want to add Clarisonic products to your wish list and pick some out for your BFF's--because your girl gang should all have flawless skin. To make Clarisonic even more irresistable, use my coupon code HERCAMPUS now through Novemeber 20 at checkout and you will receive 15% off your order. So shop quickly! XO
PS: Before I wrap up this blog post, I want to toss in a little request...as most of you know I am a proud sister of the sorority Phi Mu, and I am happy to announce one of my sisters is running for Beta's (a fraternity) Miss Shooting Star Pagaent. The Miss Shooting Star pagaent is a week of events, leading to the main event--the pagaent--all in efforts to not only bring awareness, but also fundraise for the Make a Wish foundation, which is an incredible philanthropy! My sister Haley needs your help to win! Please click HERE and like this photo. It will literally take you seconds and is for an amazing cause. Thanks babes!
*This post is sponsored by Clarisonic. As per always, all opinions/writings are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make It's a PAshion possible!
*This post is sponsored by European Wax Center®. As per always, all opinions/writings are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make It's a PAshion possible!
Hello gorgeous readers. I am so excited about today’s blog post for you all. It is all about how to get your eyebrows on fleek from my favorites at European Wax Center®. It is back to school season and nothing is more on trend then gorgeous eyebrows. Not only is European Wax Center® the place to get your eyebrows done, but they also sell amazing products to keep your eyebrows looking fly every single day. If you have never been to one of their stunning centers, you will have to head over now for your complimentary brow, underarm or bikini line wax for women (book your appointment here!). And for a limited time, get a free tote when you spend $49 on products or services. Talk about some fabulous deals!
I love visiting European Wax Center® because their locations are stylish and sanitary (the two most important ‘S’). Not to mention, I feel like a new woman every time I leave there, thanks to their incredible services. But what I love even more are their products. I tried the Strut Line™ and could not be more in love! The one thing I do every day, no matter what is put on foundation and fill in my eyebrows. I truly believe that filling in your eyebrows just gives your face a more polished look even if you are makeup free. I use the ‘Brow Pals Dual-Ended Brow Brush first brush out my eyebrows with the thicker end and then apply the Browfection™ Brow Powder Duo with the other to give myself thicker-appearing brows. I also love the Ready. Set. Brow™ Perfect Brow Groomer for long days, where you are going to want your brows to stay in place, plus I love that the texture is not too thick so it applies evenly. And of course, when you want to add an extra POP to your brow game you have to try the Oh My Brow!™ Highlighter it is the perfect brow highlighter ever.
If you are ready to conquer the world, two brows at a time, make sure you head over to your local European Wax Center® to get started. When you mention my name and show this post (or one of my EWC social media posts) at your local European Wax Center®, you will receive $5 off Strut Boldly, until December 31st, 2016 (trust me they’re beauty essentials!) Book your reservation and get ready to be beautified! XO
Hello lovelies! I am so sorry I have been out of the blogging game (again!) I am working full time this summer so adjusting to 9:00 to 5:00 has been my priority. Anyways, I am so excited to share with you all images from my first #SwimWeek fashion show as a blogger. To say that Miami Swim Week was magical would be an understatement. From the stunning views, to the gorgeous designs, to all the amazing people attending, there is never a dull moment. This weekend was definitely one for the books!
I was so excited to attend the Revel Rey "Funk N Sol" fashion show at the 1 Hotel South Beach. What made this show really special was the fact that it was their debut at swim week. The bikinis were not only stunning, but also original. Any kind of girl, from girly to sporty, can find a swimsuit that will have her feeling confident. I especially love that each swimsuit is hand designed. The high energy show paired perfectly with the fun, colorful swimsuits. Make sure you check out Revel Rey to see all the amazing pieces!
I cannot wait to share the rest of my #SwimWeek adventures with you this week on the blog so stay tuned. As always thanks for reading! Have a happy hump day!!
PS: If you have been following me on SnapChat (ashmsondon), you saw the amazing pieces at the show that I adored, but if not here is a teaser: https://vimeo.com/175160798
Hello lovelies! To kick off the official start to summer (yesterday), I wanted to share some of my summer-time favorites. As you all know, I am a summer-time kinda girl, being from Miami and all, so I absolutely love this time of year. I am so excited for this summer especially because I have a lot of blessings and projects. So enough of my blabbing...let's start summer shopping!
The first item I am in love with is this bikini top from Target. Believe it or not, Target is home to some of the cutest swimwear ever! They have great selections for all body types as well which is great. I purchased this top to match with a black bottom I had previously purchased because it is not only very flattering, but also fun with its bright pops of color. Another item that I actually have in my closet that is a total summer essential are theseespadrilles by Splendid. They come in three colors: tan, red, and blue. They are surprisingly comfy too!
The next two items are perfect for those of us who love to lounge...Pool floats are all the rage on Instagram lately, so you don't want to miss out on this photo-op! I am obsessed withthis one because it is a pineapple and this one because nothing quite says diva like floating around on a swan. I wanted to share with you all my latest makeup find as well that won't hurt your wallet, Vivid Matte Liquid lipstick by Maybelline. I am not going to share too many details other than I love it because I have a post on it coming soon (stay tuned!)
You can shop these and my other summer essentials below. Which items are you craving this summer? Share with me below...I hearing from you all. FYI, sadly, when the blog was updated all comments on previous posts were deleted *cue tears* so if you go back to previous posts and don't see your comments, I apologize. As always thank you for stopping by the blog and make sure to use lots of SPF! ? XO
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Happy Monday! I hope you are sipping on plenty of coffee after your fun weekend. Today on the blog I am excited to share a new workout place I tried along with some of my blogger friends. Ever since I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, in March it has been my goal to maintain a healthy lifestyle (with a few sweets here and there, of course! Haha) So to say I was excited to try pilates would be an understatement. My mom actually takes pilates so I was familiar with it but didn't understand the hype until I attended a Pilates ProWorks class.
Pilates ProWorks is a modern twist on working out with classes like pilates and boxing. My pilates class was definitely challenging, but it was great. I am the queen of complaining about working out, so you could bet that I struggled and wished I was taking a "power nap" versus "powering" through the workout. But I have to say it was an empowering experience! By doing the class I realized I am a lot stronger than I thought. Truth is, I am my toughest critic.
What I love about Pilates ProWorks, other than their amazing Miami-native owner, Summer Christen, is that the classes are fun. Summer taught the class and it was a great workout! It was fun to blow off steam after a long day of classes. Are you ready to work, work work, work (*read that in Rihanna's voice*)? Then take a pilates or boxing class and get your summer body ready! The address and information is below, make sure you let them know I sent you!
I hope you all have an amazing week! And by the way, you deserve that second cup of coffee. Haha! XO
25 Merrick Way, Coral Gables, Florida 33134 (Miracle Mile)
*The class was complimentary courtesy of Pilates ProWorks. Like always, all opinions are my own. Thank you to the companies and brands that make It's a PAshion possible!
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Hello my dedicated readers! I want to first and foremost thank everyone for amazing support throughout this process. It's a PAshion (IAP) has been shut down for four months now (February to May) being renovated, updated, and giving me time to focus on my health. In February I was diagnosed with type one diabetes. To say my world was turned upside down would be an understatement. I am so blessed to be surrounded by such amazing family and friends who have been with me every step of the way and continue to stand by me. While there is currently no cure for type one diabetes, there are medicines and lifestyle habits that help me stay healthy and stable each and every day.
I am excited to share this new journey with you all. Since day one I have always said IAP is "more than just a fashion blog". I will now be introducing more lifestyle posts about being healthy overall: body and mind, as well as the usual fashion/beauty posts. So make sure you hit the subscribe button under Follow!
Today I am excited to share my new favorite necklace from Purple Karma Accessories. I love Purple Karma Accessories because they create personalized, high quality jewelry that is perfect for any look. I am in love with thisPetite Nameplate Necklace they designed for me with my blog hashtag! I cannot even begin to tell you how many compliments I have gotten on it! It is the perfect dainty, every day piece that your accessory collection is screaming for. With a price tag of $42.00, it is hard to resist. In fact, you are going to want to stay tuned because Purple Karma Accessories and I are working on a top secret project coming soon...Shh!
I am happy to be back to doing what I love, blogging! I want to thank you all again for being dedicated to the blog during my hiatus. A lot of you personally reached out letting me know you missed the blog and that made me so happy and grateful. I love you all! XO
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Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a blessed Easter with you family and loved ones. I know I had a very special Easter Sunday myself. As most of you know, I was recently diagnosed with type one diabetes and it has had a large impact on me, so being able to spend a day filled with my loving family was a true gift. While I am already sharing what I am grateful for, I want you to know I am grateful for each and every one of you, my readers. You all are incredible and It's a PAshion would not be possible without you. On that note, I know you all are also dedicated not only to the blog, but to our Instagram page.
As you all know (if you have been on the app today, haha!) Instagram is in the process of mixing up its algorithm, I wanted to share with you how you can prevent missing out on posts from me. Simply click on one of my Instagram posts and in the top right corner click the three dots and click "Turn on Notifications." Another way is to make sure you stay active with IAP...meaning like, comment, and make sure you're following--being a dedicated follower will keep me on your feed!
Now that my laundry list is all checked off, on to today's post! I am excited to be sharing one of my favorite beauty brands, Not Your Mother's. Don't be fooled by its silly name, this brand means serious business when it comes to hair care. My favorite line? Clean Freak. Clean Freak is the line I use on a daily basis via Not Your Mother's. One of the things I love about this line is that it is an all natural line. Meaning it is environment friendly, not tested on animals, and won't clog your drain. I also love the smell and how it last in my hair unlike most shampoos/conditioners. Trust me ladies, you need NYM's Clean Freak line in your beauty routine! I was introduced to NYM's when I was looking for hair products that would actually clean my hair, especially with Miami's humidity!
NYM's Clean Freak and their other lines are available on Ulta, as well as other retailers near you! Do you use NYM's Clean Freak and love it too? Let me know below! Thank you all again for being such amazing readers! Have a great day! XO
I received these products complimentary from Influenster and Not Your Mother's for testing purposes. All opinions are my own. Thank you to all the brands that make It's a PAshion a reality
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Happy Tuesday! I just got off of the most hectic spring break ever (so much for relaxing!) But I am OK with going back to school because that means I am just a few weeks away from summer. Ah! So I am going to try my best to keep that thought in my head in order to keep a positive perspective and push hard through the end of the semester.
Living in Miami has made me a summer lover, probably because it is practically summer here every day of the year. Summer is the perfect season for boating, tanning, and of course relaxing. Today I am sharing with you my new favorite accessory for the summer, my anchor bracelet by Elegance Redefined. I mean, what says summer better than an anchor?
What I love about this bracelet is that the anchor is that it is a high quality bracelet and stylish. I also love that it goes great with almost any summer look. I love wearing mine to the beach! Not to mention, the bracelet is the perfect accessory to kick off summer 2017 with! Elegance Redefined and I want you to get into summer mode, so we are offering you an exclusive discount that you won't want to miss. Head over to Elegance Redefined and at checkout use the code ASHLEY to receive your discount. How is that for a sweet summer kickoff?
As always, thank you for coming by the blog and I hope that I got you excited for summer 2017! Anchors away loves! XO
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I have some exciting news...it is a new week! Oh and I am back to blogging! PS: did you all see the new changes to IAP? I am absolutely loving my new look and the new services I offer (take a peek by scrolling over Meet Ashley). The blog makeover is not 100% complete, but I just couldn't leave you all hanging without a new post for another minute! For those of you who follow me on social media, you know I have had a rough time recently and that is why I have not been blogging...I was diagnosed with type one diabetes and took some time off to spend with my family and dear friends as I adjusted to my new lifestyle. There are so many people with type one diabetes and other autoimmune diseases so I will be sharing my story and lifestyle changes on the blog. Just think about it as my diabetic diary...I will be sharing my personal experiences, healthy foods and workouts, and hopefully inspiring you along the way! What are you interested in seeing first? Let me know in the comments below!
Today's post is a fun one because I am not only sharing some outfit inspiration, but also a hidden gem in Miami. I am definitely feeling the blues. My mom's favorite color is blue, so naturally I grew up loving the color blue. In fact, the blue wrap (I linked similar ones I also love) I am wearing I borrowed from my mom's closet, haha! My mom and I tend to share a lot, especially when it comes to accessories. I actually purchased the blue Taudrey horseshoe bracelet for my mom's birthday and love to borrow them. They are a fun accessory to brighten any outfit you have.
Now onto my fun find today...for those of you in the Kendall area you probably are familiar with Town and Country. Town and Country has a "little piece of Paris" in it--its own Love Lock bridge! While I don't live in Kendall, I am familiar with Town and Country because they have a Nordstrom Rack there and a just opened Forever 21 Red (which is like an even more discounted Forever 21) and never knew about this bridge!!! It shares the same concept with the now taken down Love Lock Bridge in Paris, France...you come with your loved one(s) and leave a lock marked with your names and/or significant date (i.e. anniversary) on the bridge. I find this place to be such a cute place in Miami that is hidden. I asked my family and friends after discovering it if they knew about it and only one or two did. It is such a gem! Hint to all guys out there, take your ladies and you will get brownie points, haha!
Are you all feeling the blues? Oh and how many of you already knew about this Miami gem? Share with me in the comments below. Have a fabulous week and thank you for reading the blog lovelies! XO
Photograph Credits: Camilla Carrillo (the newest edition to IAP, show her some love! haha)
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Is it me or is 2016 flying by already? I cannot believe it is already March! Today I am kicking off March in the best way--with a SALE! ShopBop.com is a fabulous site that offers a one-stop shop for women to purchase almost any style items. I love that ShopBop has some of my favorite brands like Rebecca Minkoff and Kate Spade. They are currently having one of the biggest sales of the year...their spring sale! I have split up this post into three categories: clothes, shoes, and accessories. You can shop my favorite picks from each category, right here. Use the code BIGEVENT16 at the checkout for your discount.
I have chosen some fabulous picks for spring. First off I want to introduce these wide-legged pants that are show-stoppers. These pants are perfect for the working gal or any formal event you have this season. The second item I am OBSESSED with is this tassel dress. Those of you who follow me on Instagram and keep up with my blog posts here know that I am tassel-obsessed! This dress is light, flirty is ideal for the spring time. What item here do you want to add to your closet?
Shoes-day Tuesday! Every girl loves adding to her shoe closet (thanks SJP!) I am loving these studded espadrilles by Rebecca Minkoff. I love their coral color and the studs make them edgy! The second pair I adore are these blush Splendid espadrilles. They are on the top of my spring wish list! Not to mention, espadrilles are the it-shoe this spring. The third pair of shoes are perfect for the girl with some spice!
What girl doesn't love a good accessory? I am sharing today some fabulous accessories for spring! First item of business, this fringe purse by Rebecca Minkoff. This purse has me all heart eyes. This purse is ideal for spring and summer and is a fun piece for any closet! I also love this Madewell circle, fringe necklace. I actually styled this piece at the Madewell Blogger Brunch a few months ago (ICYMI, check it out here). It is a staple item for any gal! The final item, I will be raving about is this tassel scarf. It is a sweet yet fun accessory for spring. Plus, it comes in different colors!
What item are you adding to your ShopBop cart? Don't forget the code (BIGEVENT16) to receive your discount at checkout. Always remember to comment below and share with me! Thank you for coming by the blog today. Happy March!
Hello readers! I am so sorry I have been MIA the past two days. I have not been able to have pictures done this week because besides it being a chaotic week, I also have crazy back pain. )-: I am excited to share with you all my February wish list. With February being a month away, I wanted to share some fun items I adore. For the ladies out there, you should totally snap a picture or share the link to this post for your man if you know he is having a bit of trouble shopping for the perfect gift for you this Valentine's Day.
The first item I am crushing over is this tassel purse by Rebecca Minkoff. It is my two favorite things: tassels and Rebecca Minkoff. I like the purse in the camel color better, personally, but this red version is totally growing on me. Another favorite of mine has to be these fun fringe heels by Ivanka Trump. They are the perfect pair for a V-Day date that will be an adventure. If you are more interested in some baubles then you have to check out both these pieces from BaubleBar. I adore these earrings because they are an elegant touch to any look and the necklace is lots of fun!
Those of you who know me, know I am the biggest fan Peace Love World. I adore this Peace Love World pink, long-sleeve because it is super soft and comfy! Not to mention it is perfect for the weekends, haha! Turning back to the bags, I love this pretty pink envelope clutch by Rebecca Minkoff. It is edgy and perfect for a night on the town. Oh and it is my favorite brand--Rebecca Minkoff!
What are you craving this February? Let me know what you want this month of love! Thanks for coming by the blog today. XO
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Happy Hump Day readers! I am so sorry this blog post is coming to you in the evening and not during the morning like usual. I had to catch up the blog and schoolwork. But I am back and happy to be sharing one of the Valentine looks I have put together.
Cupid is feeling causal this Valentine's day. I am not a huge fan of red but I adore these red harem pants from Tommy Hilfiger. They part of a gift to me last Valentine's day from my parents. I am loving the harem pant trend because they are loose and comfy. Since mine are sold out I listed two other pairs of red harlem pant you all will adore. I also linked some similar black tops for you to pair. As you all know, I love my TAudrey trio, but what I really love is how versatile it is! I took out the initial bracelet and just left the two tassel bracelets for a simpler arm party. Nothing wins my heart over more than tassels!
I hope you all are getting in the spirit of love! Thank you for coming by the blog this evening. I hope you all have an amazing second half of you week! XO
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Looking at the calendar yesterday, I realized that Valentine's Day is only a few weeks away. While I have not always been a fan of the cupid-themed holiday, I do love the true meaning behind Valentine's day: L-O-V-E. Against popular belief, Valentine's day is not just a day for lovers, but also a day for besties. It is like the quote from Sex and the City says: “We made a deal ages ago… men, babies, it doesn’t matter. We’re soulmates.” Your first soul mate(s) in life are your BFF. So why not treat her to some lovely goodies this Valentine's Day? I have hand-picked some of the chicest gifts to spoil your girls with this February 14th.
One of my absolute favorites on this gift guide is this Rebecca Minkoff x REVOLVE edition purse. Besides it having one of my all time favorite metals, rose gold, it is the perfect touch to any outfit. The second purse on this guide happens to be Rebecca Minkoff as well, and it is HOT! This red, quilted handbag has a classy, modern look. Looking to buy another kind of bag for your sporty friend? This Kate Spade reusable bag is perfect as a gym bag. Plus, it is super cute!
If your friend likes a personal touch to her gifts, get her this monogram acrylic keychain by BaubleBar. Besides it being electric and fun, it is also a one-of-a-kind, personalized gift. I also love this sleeping mask/gel mask by Henri Bendel. It is perfect for your girl friend that goes all day long and deserves a little TLC. Another item that is perfect to treat your friend is this yummy-smelling vanilla candle. Because let's face it what girl does not love a candle?
So what item on the list will you be treating you girl friends (or even yourself) to this V-Day? You can shop my Galentine's Day guide below in 'SHOP THE POST'. Have a happy Tuesday loves! Thank you for coming by the blog today and reading. I hit 800 followers on Instagram and want to get to 1K by Valentine's Day--so make sure you go and follow now and thank you to all my lovelies who are already following! XO
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Happy Thursday! I have to admit I am kinda loving this cold weather Miami has to offer. My friends from up north are totally making fun of me because I am wearing the same warm clothing as them and it is under 20 degrees there and only 50 here, haha! But hey if a girl is cold, she is cold! I wanted to share this go-to look of mine today for when the weather isn't always sunny in Miami.
For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you know I have been living in my Articles of Society dark wash jeans. I love skinny jeans and these are no exception, on top of being super comfy, they also match with almost anything. I paired the look with a black tank under and jean button-down on top so I don't freeze. I also topped it off with this amazing scarf I got last Black Friday for my trip to Washington DC. It is super soft and keeps my neck warm from the cold wind. And of course, Tory Burch flats never need a reason to be worn! I love my black ones!
I also love my TAudrey trio. I love that it incorporates my favorite colors and it the perfect neutral set to wear almost every day. The white beads are stunning and they have a marble-esque look to them which is really beautiful. I'm currently figuring out what trio I want next..Hmm. Maybe for Valentine's Day?
I hope you all stay warm today! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog. Oh and by the way, tomorrow is FRIYAY! Woohoo!! XO
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Happy Hump Day! I got this gorgeous Kipling bag to act as my school bag for Christmas. I absolutely love it! It has so many compartments and holds so much so it is perfect for me. I tend to carry a lot while in school my wallet, pencil pouch, etc. so it is important for me to have a sturdy, good-sized bag to get me through the day. My favorite feature about this bag is that it has two straps, a long shoulder strap as well as purse straps. Another feature I love about my Kipling is that it is neutral colors: black straps on a beige body. I love that it is neutral because it matches to any outfit I choose to wear to my classes.
Another Christmas gift I adore is my Rebecca Minkoff pouch. I am obsessed! I love that it has an 'S' for my last name and that it is the perfect size. When I went to Disney Springs (AKA Downtown Disney) I used it as a clutch at night, but normally I keep my necessities in it like gum, a backup charger, etc. and toss it in whatever purse I am using. It is the perfect place to store the items you'll need throughout the day without having to dig in your bag. The leather is super soft too, which I adore! Both of these items help me stay chic and organized during classes!
For my look I paired my grey Socialite racerback dress with my oldie, but goodie jean button down shirt. I love this combo because it is a cute look for school that is still comfortable. Seriously, there is nothing more important to a college student than be comfortable! Trust me! I also paired my latest obsession these sneakers from 14th and Union that I found at Nordstrom Rack (aka Heaven!) I was really into this high-top sneaker trend, but wanted a pair that was neutral and that I can dress up a bit or keep it casual--these were the perfect pair!
By the way, a lot of my Miami readers/friends have been asking what is the "cool gym I go to" and it is called Sensory. If you live in the Pinecrest/Falls/Palmetto Bay area, this is one gym you need to try. I love it!! (I know shocker- I actually like working out now thanks to Sensory!) There is no harm in trying it because your first class is complimentary! Ever since I was diagnosed with PCOS, diet and exercise have been very important to me. Thanks to Sensory I have found a way to workout consistently and with a smile on my face.
Thank you as always for stopping by the blog. Make sure if you are not subscribed that you do so you don't miss out on anything! Also make sure you are following me on Instagram because I post a lot of #OOTD's and fun BTS stuff you'll love. XO
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Dress: Socialite (I also shared similar ones I love above!) | Jean: Max Azira (similar listed above!)
Shoes:14th and Union | Necklace: Etsy | Purse: Kipling (two others I love here & here!) |
Pouch: Rebecca Minkoff | Rings: Nordstrom (similar here) | Earrings: They were a gift! (similar here) | Agenda:Ban.do (very few left!!) | Nail Polish: Essie 'Fiji'
First and foremost I want to give a shoutout to my fellow college students, we did! We are officially on winter break (where's the confetti cannon emoji?) Enjoy your winter break--trust me we deserve it!
Today's blog post is one of my favorites because I am excited to share with you all my most important travel necessity...my Vera Bradley travel bag. I love to travel. I may not have traveled very far yet, but trust me it is on the list! I have gone on cruises, road-trips, trains...you name it, so you can say I am a pretty "experienced" traveler. I have never found a bag that has as many compartments, great quality, and cute all at the same time until I discovered my Vera Bradley travel bag. As you all know (and my friends and family will account for) I am a p̶i̶c̶k̶y̶ selective person, especially when it comes to how I travel. I am not a light-packer under any circumstances but my friends/family always give me a limit, so I end up shoving things in, but now I don't with my Vera Bradley bag--it fits everything and more neatly! I also love all the compartments it has--everything has a place in it.
The travel bags are also very comfy! My bag is versatile. I can carry it in three ways. The first way (not pictured) is by using the opening on the backside to slip onto my suitcase handle for easy traveling, the second one is by the handles which a sturdy so it is easy to carry even with a heavy load, and the third way is by the adjustable shoulder strap which makes lugging your bag through a crowded airport easier than ever! (I know can this bag get any better!?) One of the things I love not only about this Vera Bradley overall is their vibrant prints. The colors are just pop off the bag and really make a statement. There designs just bring a smile to your face! Not to mention, their bright prints make identifying your bag at baggage claim way easier! Which in itself is a blessing, since no one ever can find their bag in a timely manner at the baggage claim...we've all been there.
Vera Bradley is all about being a "girl's best friend" and they certainly are. Not to mention their travel-bags certainly make traveling more fun. Now, with the holidays coming up, and winter break just beginning, now is the time to get a travel-bag from Vera Bradley. Thanks for reading, I wish you merry and safe travels this holiday season! XO
*This post is sponsored by Vera Bradley and Her Campus Media. As per always, all opinions/writings are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make It's a PAshion possible!
c/o Vera Bradley Travel Bag (other prints here & here) |
Jeans: Sneak Peek (similar here & here) | T-Shirt: Oldie (similar white tees I love here & here) |
Shoes: 14th and Union |
Necklace: Etsy via Junk Jewelry--she's currently on vacation (similar here)
Bracelets: David Yurman, Cartier, and Taudrey (it's on SALE!) |
Rings: My high-school Class Ring- OLLA and my daily trio (similar here)
It is almost Christmas time! My family has many Christmas time traditions, but the annual Christmas card is one of my absolute favorites. I love receiving and sharing Christmas cards with friends and family. I am always on the go and busy with everything that it is nice during the holidays to receive cards and images of all my loved ones to see how everyone is doing. It is the best way to keep in-touch with those who we may not be as close with as well. I love being able to see my long-distance cousins too and how much my family is growing/changing since I don't always get to see them.
Today on the blog I wanted to share with you a beautiful Christmas card designed by one of my all-time favorite stationary designers- Simply Ashley Nicole! On top of being such a sweet person, she is also an incredible designer. Oh, and she has a pretty cool name too (haha!) Ashley produces custom-made cards that will satisfy any of your holiday/event needs. From Christmas cards to birth announcements, Ashley does it all! One thing I can honestly say is that Ashley is very easy to work with. When it comes to this industry there are a lot of mass-production companies and small businesses (like Simply Ashley Nicole) that are not focused on adding the personal touch and just look at it like another card. That is why I loved working with Ashley! Ashley is focused on creating a creative, exciting card while at the same time adding your personal touch to it. Every card of hers is designed to meet the customer. Whether it is changing the colors or the message, Ashley is willing to make your card a one-of-a-kind and leave you 100% satisfied. I shared my card that she designed with me and my family above (isn't it beautiful?)
I recommend Ashley to everyone in search of a card. Whether the card be for a birth announcement, invitation, or a holiday card Simply Ashley Nicole is the way to go. It's simple: get personal cards, with great customer care, and 100% satisfaction....Just go Simply Ashley Nicole.
To visit/shop Simply Ashley Nicole Website click here |
To visit Simply Ashley Nicole Instagram click here
Thank you for coming by the blog on this beautiful Thursday. XO
Well hello Tuesday! I am very excited to share today's blog post with you all. Today on the blog I am sharing an inside look at the Blogger Brunch that I attended this Sunday at Madewell in Merrick Park. I had an amazing morning sipping, eating, and of course, styling with my fellow fashion bloggers. Before I continue I want to give a quick shoutout to Paola/South Florida Bloggers for helping make this brunch lots of fun and a major success. While at the brunch, my fellow bloggers and I put together our own looks using the pieces found in Madewell. There are so many amazing pieces from clothes to shoes that it was hard to just create one outfit.
I am a new fan of Madewell (well actually I am a new MEGA fan). I love that Madewell has such simple, clean, and classic items. All of Madewell's items are created with love and quality. One of my favorite parts about Madewell is how comfy everything is. Their shirts are so soft and cozy--even the jean ones which as we all know is very rare. I loved every item I picked up or tried on. On top of having comfy, classic clothing, they also have an amazing line of shoes. From fringe sneakers to the cutest booties, any shoe you can dream of they have. Not to mention the shoes are excellent quality and comfortable. I also love the accessories from Madewell. They have retro sunnies and jewelry that you'll drool over (I'm especially obsessed with the necklace I styled). One of my favorite features? They monogram! You can get one of their amazing leather bags with your monogram (how great is that!?)
I deeply encourage you to follow me on the Madewell bandwagon (you surely won't regret it!) Below in 'SHOP THE POST', you can shop the look I styled as well as some other favorites of mine via Madewell. Have I sold you yet on Madewell? Make sure you shop the blog now for these Madewell items! If you visit the store in Merrick Park (it is beautiful!) make sure you tell them Ashley from It's a PAshion sent you! Thank you for stopping by the blog this morning and have an incredible Tuesday. XO
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