Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Hello! :)

Hi Friends!! Sorry I haven't written much lately!  Just got back from vacation on Sunday and I have been under the weather since. But... I am feeling better now and ready to get the week started - loving that it is going to be a short week though (4 day weekend - wohoo)! My vacation was absolutely wonderful... 8 days of relaxation by the beach and visiting with family and then a couple of days in Savannah for a wedding!  I was sad to come home.  Here is my absolute favorite snapshot from our trip... 

A big thank you again to the girls who filled in for me while I was gone! Scroll down to check out their fabulous fall fashion favorites! I'll be back next week! xx.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Guest Post: {Long Distance Loving}

A very happy Friday to you! It's {av} from {long distance loving}, filling in for Ashley while she enjoys some well-deserved R&R :) Every week, I host a little link-up called Friday's Fancies which gives me free reign to create outfits without worrying about a budget. I'm thrilled to be filling in again for Ashley today with a road trip-themed #FridaysFancies!

I die for this gorgeous Myne Silk Minidress. Maybe it's the print, maybe it's the cut--whatever it is, I'd love to have it hanging in my closet for a sunny day on the road.

This House of Harlow 1960 Triangle Collar Necklace beautifully plays up the triangles in the minidress. It is also a super versatile piece to rock all fall long...

To give this outfit an extra dose of sass, these Oliver Peoples Polarized Cat's Eye Sunglasses were the no-brainer choice. Hello, happiness!

How fun are these Ash Western Suede Ankle Boots? As the weather cools down again, this pair would be perfect to take your sundresses right into autumn.

Ideal for holding all your road trip essentials, this Marc by Marc Jacobs Revolution Messenger Bag won't disappoint. With its lovely ivory color, it blends with any outfit in your weekend wardrobe.
Hop on over to {long distance loving} to see other road trip worthy options! If you'd like to join in the fun down the line, I'd be so happy to have you :) Click here to get all the info you need in your inbox!

Enjoy every ounce of your vacay, Ashley! Thanks again for having me :)
 xoxo {av} | {long distance loving}

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Guest Post: {Julip Made}

Hello A {little} Dash of Ash readers, Julie from Julip Made here!  Fall is hands down my favorite season for many reasons with fall fashions being one of the big reasons.  There is something exciting about the first boots and sweater day that I absolutely love.  Some of essentials I am also looking forward to either pulling out or continuing to don as the temperatures dropped are below.
JulipMade for DashofAsh
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Thank you again Ashley for having me and I hope you are having a fantastic vacation!  If you are in need of some more style inspiration, recipes, party ideas, and more, stop by Julip Made!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Guest Post: {TomorrowTODAY}

hi guys! i'm rita from tomorrow today and i'm thrilled to be sharing some of my current fall obsessions with a {little} dash of ash readers today! after a spring and summer of neon, crazy patterns, and distorted proportions, i'm finding myself craving tailored fits, neutral, moody colors, and honestly, comfort. fall is absolutely my favorite season... crisp air, the feeling of starting something new, beautiful colors, and layers. i live for layering! 

i love how chic, natural, and real these girls look... unlike the majority of my pins, i feel as if i could maybe actually channel their style and rock some of these outfits this fall.

here's what i'll be looking out for as i begin my fall shopping:

1. distressed skinnies lately, i've been reaching for my c/e boyfriend jeans more ever, so i think it's time to update with skinnies that i can pair with booties. {similar}
2. a fabulous contrast sleeve jacket i typically do not go for khaki, but haven't been able to get this jacket out of my mind. it just feels effortless. {similar}
3. striped longsleeve tee let's be honest, striped tops are always in season. love the slight boat neck on this one. {similar}
4. comfortable booties i find a new pair of booties to love every week, but i think this may finally be the pair. black & brown, not horribly expensive for real leather, and a comfortable heel height. done and done. {very similar}
5. matte lipstick in the perfect plummy red. i'm not totally anti-color! {similar}

i'm confident that mixing some version of these 5 pieces in with my current wardrobe will lead to an effortless transition, leaving me with even more time to enjoy farmers market visits, long walks, and all the things i love about fall...

ashley is a big part of the reason i finally started blogging so it means a lot of me to be here helping her out today... she is the best! thanks again ashley, i hope you are enjoying your vacation!

{inspiration clockwise from top left via pinterest 123456}

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Guest Post: {The Zhush}

Hi everyone! I'm Sue from The Zhush! Like most of you, I love contemplating what my fall wardrobe is going to look like, even if I'm never really ready for summer to end. While putting this post together, I couldn't help stop myself from thinking of that traditional wedding rhyme for brides..."something old, something new"...  Except, my five fall essentials are more like this:

1. Something borrowed (from the boys!):  Jackets and blazers in all shapes and sizes are a big trend for fall.  I usually feel like I look too corporate or stiff when I try to wear this look, but this blazer by Tibi looks so fashion forward with its' unique tailored shape and textures that I really want to give it a try.

2. Something old (relatively) My Rag & Bone Classic Newbury booties will no doubt be a major wardrobe staple for me again. I wore them all the time last year and felt super stylish, (they are crazy comfortable too!) A bit of an investment, but worth the splurge!

3. Also old: My jaguar earrings (from my shop, zhush.com) will also be playing a major role in my fall wardrobe.  All the magazines are showing feline inspired looks, and these just make me smile.

4. Something spotted: Leopard is still such a strong trend, and I couldn't be happier about that.  I have several leopard accessories in my wardrobe already, but I'm so drawn to this clutch for it's updated snow leopard vibe.

5. Something gold: By the time this post publishes I'll probably already own this Kate Spade gold polka dotted iPhone case.  It really reminds me of that sweet gold dotted vase that Kate Spade discontinued and that I really still covet!

So there you have it, my five fashion fall essentials!  What's on the top of your fall shopping list?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Guest Post: {a simple affair}

Happy Monday, all! Carly here from a simple affair.  I was so excited when Ashley asked me to share my fall inspiration on her beautiful blog, especially since it's my favorite season.  Why oh why does it have to be the shortest of them all? 

{images via one, two, three, four, five, six}
I am currently dreaming of the days that I can be wrapped up in a cozy cardigan or an oversized sweater sitting by the fire.  Don't get me wrong, while I love sitting next to a pool, the fall days and nights are just perfection. I predict lots of leather accent pieces, metallics, and booties in my near future.  I am also seeing some burgundy and navy. Yep, really enjoying those predictions.

Here are my picks for fall.

What picks are on your radar for the fall?

Friday, August 17, 2012

Hello + Goodbye

...but not for real goodbye - just for 10 days! I am officially signing off of all means of life... and by that I mean, no email, no blogs, no pinterest, no instragram, no facebook, no twitter, and most definitely no work! That's right... 10 days of my boyfriend, my family and most importantly, my beach chair! :) So basically if anything really important happens in this world, you will need to hire a plane and fly over the beach in South Carolina to tell me! :) Good thing I found out yesterday that one of my dearest friends from collage got engaged to the love of her life and that my boyfriend got a job offer from his internship at GS for when he graduates business school this year! It was a happy, happy day... and a lot of celebrating to come!

images {via}

Alejandro and I are taking a road trip down to South Carolina. My family has a place at the beach that I call my second home.... and I am lucky enough to see my mom and sister down there as well! Then we will be heading to Hilton Head for a few days to see Alejandro's brother and then capping off the trip with a wedding in Savannah, GA!  I've never been there before, so I am super excited! Overall, just a relaxing vacation with some of my most favorite people!

While I am gone, I have some fabulous ladies filling in for me! Check back next week for guest posts from: {a simple affair}, {The Zhush}, {tomorrowtoday}, {Julip Made} and {long distance loving}!  Thanks so much girls!! :) Also, if you missed my guest post over at {A Diary of Lovely}, hop on over to check out one of my most favorite holidays (vacations) to date!

See you when I get back!!! xxoo.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


I've gone a little crazy... a little crazy on the fall clothes this year! Probably because I didn't update my wardrobe too much last fall, so I feel like I have a lot of making up to do... or maybe because I am pretty much obsessed with all of the trends out there right now. One of my favorites being over-sized, boxy + chunky sweaters -- especially in creams and neutrals! Check out a few sweaters that I have already bought for fall... {here}, {here}, and {here}! After looking at the inspiration below, aren't you in the mood for some nubby sweaters? I might need to get a few more! :) oops.

images {via}

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Happy Weekend!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! My weekend started a little late after hours of flight delays in Boston! Fortunately, I was able to get to Newark before midnight on Friday and have an amazing boyfriend who drove all the way up there to pick me up! :) This weekend we celebrated our one year anniversary. Which is kind of crazy because I feel like we have been together forever! Over the summer, I made him a scrapbook of our first year together... well, I call it a "blogbook" because there are just as many words as there are photos! I used the program {blurb}, but would only recommend it to you if you want to completely own the customization of the book. For a quicker and easier way to showcase photos, I would recommend {shutterfly} books! I originally wanted to share the book that I made with all of you, but we decided this morning that we want to keep it for us (and our close friends and family)... but here is a quick snippet of what the 60+ page book looks like! PS. if you haven't read the story of how we met, click {here}.... it's still my favorite meeting story ever!

For more Sunday reading, here are a few links I love this week:

It's no secret that I absolutely love paper goods... and these items from {Tokketok} are no exception! Thank you {Camille Styles} for introducing me! 

A big congrats to my favorite blogger + friend, {Rachel}, for making {Top 20 Fashion Accounts to follow on Pinterest}! You deserve this... to follow her, click {here} and make sure you check out the other fabulous ladies as well! xo.

Did you see my {guest post} at A Creative Day? If not, check out some of my style inspiration for fall! I'm ready for cooler days, Mother Nature, is not!

The BEST new series has popped up on one of my most favorite blogs! Victoria from {vmac and cheese} nailed it with her {Man Behind the Blog} series! Not sure why it was so interesting to see a guy's perspective, maybe because I know my guy can 100% relate to all of his answers! :)

Thank you to {Grace} and instagram, I learned about a craft box that you can order (very similar to birchbox)... umm, signing up for {whimsybox} right now! Can't wait for my first craft night! 

Have a great Sunday! xo.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Friday's Fancies: {Gingham Gorg}

I have to admit... I haven't always been a huge gingham fan! I think this dates back to when I was a little girl and had these awful light blue gingham pants! A year ago, I would have said that small gingham checks were for guys only and I'd take a {buffalo plaid} instead! But recently, these small little checks are growing on me... but in a small way, like a tiny hint of them:

both images via {atlantic-pacific}
While Blair Eadie can pull off {gingham} and {gingham} and more {gingham}, I don't think I will ever own anything more than possibly a navy gingham button down from {J.Crew}... to be layered under something fabulous - like sequins or cashmere! :) 

...the green is kind of cute too!!

PS. Blair's instagram post from Wednesday night! Did she know that {av} chose gingham as this week's {Friday's Fancies} theme?? ;)  xxoo.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Leopard Loafers

There is one thing that I am definitely not sick of yet... {leopard}! And I can prove that to you with a few of my recent purchases. This {sweater} in peach and cream leopard is among the few, but my favorite new item is my {leopard loafers}! Everyone is making them... and everyone is wearing them... but that's ok with me, I'm pretty sure they are the new "basic"! Get your pair today! :)

images {via}
There are so many fabulous pairs out there... from Christian Louboutin to Target (wait, can those two words go in the same sentence?? ;) Check out some of my favorites from all price ranges. 

4. The Gap // 5. Target // 6. Charles Philip

Monday, August 6, 2012

Coffee Table Styling

I am secretly obsessed with an amazingly styled coffee table. I say 'secretly' because I don't want to admit that until I have a place big enough to have a non-function table... I won't be able to have one of these perfectly styled coffee tables myself.  Currently, I have a few items styled on my coffee table {PB trunk}, but the second my boyfriend comes over, everything is moved... and replaced with feet and pizza boxes! :) Since I know that is not going to change anytime soon (and I am ok with that), I've been thinking about other ways I can display some of the fabulous books I own / are on my wishlist. Bedside table? Console table? Maybe even the bottom of my bar cart? We'll see... but here is some of my inspiration:

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And here is a little glimpse at the books that are styled together on these tables. See a common theme? Hello, {Domino} and {Design Sponge}!! 

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And here is my "coffee table" book wish list.... Mom - feel free to bookmark this post! ;) xxoo.

PS. Happy Half-Birthday to me!! Have a happy Monday! :)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Friday's Fancies: {Tee Time}

I love that the t-shirt is having a major fashion moment! I feel like there is nothing more simple and effortless than the tried-and-true basic... definitely makes getting ready in the morning that much quicker! Check out a few of my favorite tees that I have been wearing lately {here}, {here}, and {here}! And, for this week's {Friday's Fancies}, I have created 3 quick, but polished looks with only one {tee}. Which look is your favorite?  I can't decided... 

Outfit #1 {for the weekend}
tee // shorts // shoes // sunnies // hairbands

Outfit #2 {for work}
tee // leopard cords // necklace // oxford shoes

Outfit #3 {for dinner}
tee // skirt // pumps // earrings // envelope clutch

Hope you all have a very happy weekend! I'll be in NYC for the last weekend this summer! Hopefully I can make it to {Coney Island}! xxoo.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

When a Man loves a Woman...

It is no secret that I am in love with "love"! And the images below make me so happy, even though they have nothing to do with me! I just love how you can feel the emotion and happiness through each of these photos! Oh, and my favorite thing about the roundup below... the man loving the woman! :) Makes me feel blessed that I have a wonderful guy who shows me how much he cares every single day - even from afar, on his busiest days! ♥  -xxoo.

images {via}

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Currently Loving ♥

Hello + Happy August! Seriously, August? How?! But I'll take it because it means that I only have one more week of traveling to NYC on the weekends and in just a couple weeks I will be heading on a very, very, very much needed vacation to the beach for 10 days!! :) Yes, while most summers are coming to an end, my summer is just beginning!! Since I haven't been around as much lately (these past couple of weeks were insanely busy), I thought I would share some items that I am currently loving. My favorite item on my "wishlist" are the J Brand skinnies that are coated with a sheen that looks like leather, but are really denim! Love. Need. Check out the rest of my favorites below...

shop my wishlist:
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