ASW’s Top 5 Blogger Looks of the Week!!

Good Morning lovelies!! This week has truly been a busy one for me and I am so grateful that today is Friday! Next week is I will resume my top blogger looks of the week on Thursday. So let’s take a look at my favorite looks for this week!
Jessica of Girls Off Fifth looks amazing in her street wear attire! I am really feeling the mix of prints and the leather shorts. For more information check out Janelle and Jessica’s blog!

Cortnie of Style Lust Pages killed it! I love each piece of her outfit and I could definitely picture myself re-creating this look. Check out her blog for more information.

Khatu looks stunning! I love the color of her dress and the print. She recently got married and the picture was taken in Monaco. I love her modern and trendy style. To find out more about Khatu as well as her style, click HERE.

Marche of Eye Candy 828 is wearing this beautiful snakeskin skirt and a yellow button down top which really compliments each other quite well. I could most certainly see myself wearing this outfit to work. Make sure to stop by and check out her blog!

Roni of Style and Poise is wearing a double duty of polka dots! She always nails it and I love the fact that she puts together outfits that can be worn to work as well as to other occasions. Make sure to stop by and check out her lovely blog!

Which look is your FAVORITE?

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

With Love,

Ashley

Never been worn

Good Morning ASW readers!! I hope all is well with everyone. So, last night I went out with a friend of mine to hang out and catch up at a bar/club on South Beach. I will have to admit getting me out the house to go to a bar is hard work because I am usually in bed by 9:30/10:00 each night. Yea yea yea I know…I’m such a grandma lol. Am I the only one who goes to bed that early on a regular? The club scene isn’t my thing anymore but going to a concert, dinner, movies, gatherings, etc are right up my alley!

Since I am on holiday break and I didn’t have to work in the morning I decided to go. Yay! I had a great time and I actually stayed in my heels for the majority of the time. I brought my flats with me just incase we went somewhere else and I’m glad I did. Since I knew it would be a little chilly/windy out I decided to wear my long sleeve sequin Charlotte Russe top, my new animal print scarf and new heels. I’ve had this top for about a year and last night was my first time wearing it. I received this animal print scarf  as a gift from one of my 2nd grade students. Lucky me!

Outfit Deets--> Top:Charlotte Russe//Jeans:XX21//Shoes:McGray Pumps (reg. price $39.99)//Purse:STEVEN//Scarf:Gift//Earrings:Gift//Bracelet:Purchased @ an Arts and Crafts Festival

As you can see I have on my new McGray Pumps by Call It Spring that I purchased from JcPenney this past weekend. I love them. I have a pretty good amount of heels but I didn’t have a black high heeled chic pump! I am very happy with my purchase. So my hair is up in a bun and I don’t think that I have ever done a post with my hair all the way up like this. Within the past 4 months my hair has truly grown out and it is much stronger than it was at the beginning of the year. I try my hardest not to put that much heat on it and if I do I use a great heat protector before flat ironing my hair. I do plan on doing a post in the near future about the different hair products that I use and where I get my hair done. I do plan on washing it on Friday so my hair will be down again in the next outfit posts.

Well folks, I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday and finish Christmas shopping. Remember if you need any ideas on Christmas gifts click here. More ideas on what to wear to a holiday party click here. Thanks for reading and good luck with shopping.

Happy Holidays,

Ashley

Recap: Shecky’s Girls Night Out Miami – Fall 2011

Happy Saturday my lovelies!!! I am so glad that it is Saturday. No WORK ::cheers:: What are your plans for today? My day consists of cleaning (as usual), running errands, and celebrating my friends birthday at Tatu, located at the Hard Rock. I do not have the slightest clue as to what I am going to wear yet but I’m sure something will hop out at me later when I look in my closet.

Anywho, let’s get into this recap of last night’s Shecky’s Girl’s Night Out event held at the Moore Building in the District of Miami, Florida. Let’s just say this was a ONE time event. Luckily, Schevashea of Curves and Confidence and I were able to purchase our tickets for only $11 (which included general admission + goody bag) because Shecky’s was gracious enough to discount the tickets for a couple of hours on November 11. If I had to pay $30 for this event I would have been highly upset.

First off all to valet your car was chaos. The line would barely move so we decided to park about a block down and valet through  a restaurant since metered parking was not available. Once we handled the parking situation we headed to the Moore Building. The set up was kind of cool but the event was not organized. There were separate areas where you had to check in and then you had to walk all the way to the back of the building to get your goody bag. I did not understand that concept at all but I surely did walk back there and get my bag lol. I do have to say that they had plenty of complimentary drinks for us to sip on while we shopped and took pictures. I think with a better location and more vendors the event would have been better.

There were at least 15 to 20 vendors that sold jewelry/accessories. Some of the booths were pricey and then some were reasonably priced. We found a great accessory booth that we felt had awesome jewelry at great prices. We each purchased two earrings from Nicky B’s that were very happy with. The clothing that was on sale last night was not to my liking and neither were the purses.

Take a look at the pictures below to view pictures of us and the event.

A great number of women waited in line for a mini manicure!

Outfit Deets- Top: Seven for all mankind// Jeans: Charlotte Russe// Shoes: Mona’s $49.99 Bakers (Sold Out) // Clutch: XX21//Bangles: Assortment// Earrings: Aldo// Headband: Miami Accessory Store 

My girls!! Don’t they look fabulous?? Love India’s top and Schevashea’s bag!!

QREAM is Pharrel’s alcoholic beverage! The taste was different yet yummy!

Nicky B’s accessories were a hot commodity last night! She was selling out of everything. This is where we purchased our earrings. To view more of Nicky B’s accessories click here. Enjoy!

These are the two earrings I purchased last night. I really like them and can’t wait to wear them.

My Goody Bag! I can actually say that I will be using ALL of my items. Not bad for only paying $11.

More pictures from Sheckys’ Girl’s Night Out 

                        

                                                       

Enjoy your Saturday! Thanks for stopping by ✌.

xoxo,

Ashley

Schooling Life: A New found love for Leaves


Hellllooo My Lovelies!!!! Well its Monday…Yea I know lol. I wish it was Friday! I hope your day went well. My day was pretty good. It turned a little sour when I started sneezing 80 times because my room is EXTREMELY COLD. It feels like Alaska! I’ve never been there before but I’m sure that it feels like my room lol. I didn’t have any of my allergy medicine so I just had to deal with it SMH! Tomorrow I will be prepared!!

I was very proud of myself because I picked out my outfit last night and I usually pick out my outfit when I get up each morning which leaves me running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Clothes end up everywhere. I really wanted to wear this skirt so I tried my hardest to put together an outfit so I could wear it to work. I bought this skirt at Plato’s Closet a few weeks ago. I had a ton of shoes that I FINALLY decided to part with because they were too tight and I knew I would never wear them again. While I was waiting to see what items they would take I browsed the store to see if I could find any neat items for great prices. I walked aways with this skirt for $8. I love it. The colors are pretty and I can wear it all year long. 

Ok If you are wondering why I have a band-aid on my left knee it is because I fell on Saturday coming out of Subway 😦 It was raining very hard and I had things to do so I decided to run. That was NOT a good decision. I ended up falling very hard and my left knew was bleeding badly. Luckily only a few people saw me since I was a good amount of feet from the restaurant. I’m ok now but I WILL not be running in the rain. I don’t care if I am running late.

Cardigan:NYC&Co.//Tank:XX21//Skirt:No label//Flats:Audrey Brooke//Necklace & Bracelet:Gifts//Earrings:ALDO//Rings:HS Class ring & Accessory store//Belt:Bahamas//Purse:Free w/ Purchase of Shoes

This purse that I am carrying is pretty old. I have had it for about 4 to 5 years. I was carrying my work stuff and other personal items in a USF carry bag but I decided that I could fit way more items into this bag so I switched bags. I love this bag for the fall and it is great for traveling. My MAC computer, blanket, magazines, wallet, etc. fit very comfortably in this bag. I’ll part with it one day when I find something better. Until then my DSW free bag is staying 🙂 

Since I have started wearing this necklace I am in love with leaves. I found earrings to match it and now I’m set! I will be wearing this earring and necklace set for a while. I plan on going accessory shopping Friday and I can’t wait to get more earrings. I have a massive amount of necklaces but about 10 good pair of earrings. I’ll most likely do an accessory haul next week so you all can see what I picked up! 

My kids were very good today. I had only a few problems with some of them. It is the 4th week of school so the majority of the students have caught on to the rules and regulations which is awesome. Tomorrow is Dress Down Tuesday and I’m excited because my clothing can be a little more relaxed. I have not a clue what I’m going to wear but since my room is FREEZING whatever I decide to wear it will include a JACKET! 

Well folks, thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful evening.

P.S. This is my 100th Post!!! Woot Woot 🙂 

xoxo,

Ashley 

Smile…It’s free therapy!


Hello my lovelies!!! I have missed writing on here sooooooooooo much! I looked at my last post and it was on August 16!! OMG. I don’t know what got into me. Between starting back to work and studying for the GRE…I am a busy lady!! Sometimes I get frustrated from everything that is going on but when the going gets tough..I smile…It’s free therapy! I always remind myself that this is only temporary and then I move forward with my day!

The weather hasn’t been good in South Florida lately either. It has rained for 7 days straight 😦 Which means I have not been able to get good pictures at all. I do have some stuff to share with you all but I will save that info for my upcoming posts. Well if you follow me on twitter and facebook you already knew that I was featured on the lovely Cathy’s blog called Minister of Style for Florida Bloggers Bring the Heat! Two of my blogging buddies (Curves and Confidence and Rush Our Fashion) were also featured on her blog as well. If you have not checked out the blog post please head on over to see us!

Ok, enough of my rambling and apologies lol. Let’s move on to the good stuff. Earlier tonight I went to eat dinner at Bahama Breeze! I love this restaurant and I usually order the same dish EVERY time lol. The Jerk Chicken Pasta is my FAV. This dish includes: jerk chicken breast, fresh asparagus, mushrooms tossed in a rich parmesan-herb sauce with bow tie past.  Doesn’t that sound good? Great food always puts a smile on my face. I usually clean my plate each time I have it lol. #Noshame. ↓ I felt the need to have a fruity alcoholic drink so I picked the Breezy Sangria. It was delicious!

In a couple of days I plan to add a category to my blog called “Schooling Life” where I talk about my day at work, show you neat things that my students made and of course what I wore to work that day. I want to separate my blogposts about work, my days on weekend and night life. Beyonce inspired me to start this new category from her song off her deluxe album “Schooling Life”. If you haven’t heard it then you are missing out. It’s my default ringtone. I love that song! I think I listen to it every morning on my way to work lol. I plan to start the category next week so look out for that!

Tank:XX21/Jeans:Marshalls/Shoes:Jessica Simpson/Belt:XX21/Necklace:Chico's/Earrings:Gift from Sister/Clutch:Steve Madden/Ring:XX21/Big Bracelet:Accessory Store

I wanted to go to dinner tonight very casual so I opted for a Forever 21 racer back tank. Instead of wearing my regular skinny jeans I decided to wear my wide legged denim jeans! I scored these jeans at Marshall’s for only $10. I’m #winning! lol

Since I didn’t get a good shot of my jewelry at the restaurant I decided to give you all a close up! I love all these pieces and how they flow together. The earrings and the necklace are not a set but they match so well that it could actually be one.

Well everyone I hope you all have a great Labor Day Weekend!! I hope to be back to blogging more frequently next week. Have a great night and thanks for reading! Don’t forget to SMILE…It’s Free Therapy!

xoxo,

Ashley

Feeling Nice

Dress:XX21/DIY Denim Vest:GUESS/Shoes:Steve Madden/Belt:Random/Purse:From Africa/Necklace:Thierry Accessories/Earrings:XX21/Bracelets:Assortment/Rings&Sunnies:XX21

Hello again my lovely readers! I hope you all had a great day! My day was great. This is my last week before I have to report back to work so I am going to enjoy it. So guess what? I won ANOTHER GIVEAWAY!!! The lovely blogger Lilykai did a giveaway where you could to win a $25 gift certificate to use on her online vintage boutique! Well she picked three lucky readers and I was one of them! WOOT WOOT! ::waves hands in the air like I just don’t care:: lol. So excited! I love winning giveaways.

I’ve had some of these items for such a long time! The denim vest is about 5 years old and it was originally a denim jacket. I cut off the sleeves because first of all the jacket was too tight lol. Secondly I have been searching and searching for a denim vest and I couldn’t find one so one day I was looking at blogs and I saw the post that my blog buddy CurvesandConfidence did where she gave instructions on how to create your own denim vest, click here to see how you can make your own. I followed the instructions and within 2 minutes I had a cute, chic denim vest!

The necklace that I am wearing below is a necklace that I purchased from Thierry Accessories last week. Isn’t cute? I love it. I am such a sucker for accessories. I need to make another necklace picture frame because I have too many necklaces on one frame. If you are a little confused about what I am talking about please check out one of my first posts where I gave instructions on how to create your own accessory frame for earrings and necklaces! Click here for more information.

My sister and I went to a little mexican restaurant called LIME Mexican Grill! I’ve been to this place 3 times in the past week and a half. Yea their food is that yummy! Two weeks ago I had lunch with my blog buddy CurvesandConfidence at Lime and she also enjoys eating at this restaurant. It is addicting. They sell Fajitas, Burritos, Quesadillas, salads, you name it! The restaurants accommodates everyone’s eating preferences. If you have a Lime Mexican Grill near you I would definitely suggest that you check it out. Great food with great customer service! 

Today I had the Lime Burrito which included: chicken, lettuce, cheese and sour cream. They don’t put a sauce in your burrito but they have an area where you can pick different sauces/salsa to add to your burrito. My absolute favorite salsa is the Pico De Gallo. It contains freshly chopped tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and fresh lime. It is not spicey at all. Make sure you try it if you ever visit this restaurant!
Well folks, I hope you enjoy the rest of your night and I hope that you had a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by! ✌

xoxo,

Ashley

Lunch at Sweet Tomatoes


Good Afternoon everyone ::waving:: lol. I hope you all are having a wonderful Tuesday. I know I am. This morning I woke up and ate a yummy Special K bar (I don’t eat cereal) before hitting LA Fitness! I have been working out A LOT lately and I am proud to say that I am seeing results. I’m uber excited because I hit the gym 3 to 4 times a week and I usually spend about an hour in the gym. After my workout I head to the sauna. If you work out right and you feel sore after you leave the gym, I suggest that you sit in the sauna for at least 10 minutes after your workout. Yes it is HOT but it is worth it. I walk out of the gym feeling great and not sore at all.

Photography by:Lauren Simmons

Anyways, for lunch today my sister and I went to Sweet Tomatoes. This place is awesome! It is buffet style and it serves mainly healthy foods such as soups, salads, frozen yogurt, etc. Today I had a ceaser salad, chicken noodle soup, a little serving of chicken alfredo pasta and for dessert I ate a brownie 🙂 I think I had a great meal. It was very light and nutritious. If you would like to find out if there is a Sweet Tomatoes near you click here for more information.

Top:Love Culture/Pants:Love Culture/Wedges:Steve Madden/Bracelet:Random/Earrings:XX21/Sunnies:XX21/Purse:Parents bought if for me from Africa

Photography by:Lauren Simmons

If you haven’t already checked out Thierry-Accessories please do so now! It is a new business that sells unique and reasonably priced accessories and right now you can receive 20% off your entire purchase—> Thierry-Accessories. I have already ordered a couple of things off their site and I plan to buy more and do a haul on my purchases in the near future, so stay tuned for that. Well folks, I hope you all have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by ✌.

xoxo,

Ashley

What a Day!

Tunic:XX21/Tights:Old/Cardigan:H&M/Shoes:Steve Madden/Bracelet:Parents bought it for me in Africa/Ring:XX21/Earrings:Random/Sunnies:XX21

Good afternoon my lovely readers!!! I hope all is well with you all. I’ve been having a pretty good week so far…can’t really complain! Yesterday, after work I went to the gym with one of my friends and we had a good workout. I’ve been going to the gym consistently now and I am very proud of myself. I attend the gym atleast 2 to 3 times a week! I am starting to see some results from going but I am far from where I want my body to be. I can hear some of you saying “You look fine to me”. Yes! I may appear small but I still need to stay healthy and the only way to do that is for me to exercise like I’ve said a numerous amount of times! It is also great to find a workout buddy! My friend and I motivate each other and it makes working out fun. Thanks Camille 🙂

Well after my awesome workout I came home and I was ready to announce the winner of my giveaway and then my blog had an error message every time I tried to upload pictures or save my post! I was so sad. I wanted to upload my OOTD and couldn’t do it so now I’m sharing with you all what I wore. THEN…The MIAMI HEAT lost which was not a good because now the series is tied up 2-2! I am praying that we win game 5 else we are going to be in big trouble.

I dressed down yesterday as you can see! There are only 2 more days left of work. Thank the Lord! Ready to enjoy my summer vacation!! Speaking of summer…What are your plans for summer? Well I hope you all have a fantastic Wednesday and thanks for stopping by ✌.

xoxo,

Ashley
 

What a Coincidence!

Shirt:Tina Knowles at Walmart/Pants:Mango at Jcpenney/Belt:XX21/Shoes:Aldo/Bracelet:Purchased at Arts and Crafts Festival/Earrings:Gift from sis :)/Watch:G-Shock

SoOOoOOooOOoOoO this morning I laughed SO hard! My friend/coworker had on the SAME EXACT shirt that I am wearing in this picture! She wore it to school the day of my birthday a few weeks back and I told her that I loved it. Well she ended up buying me the same shirt as a bday present. I have been dying to wear this Tina Knowles top so I decided to wear it today. Not knowing that my friend was thinking about wearing the same top lol! Oh Everyone laughed and laughed at us. We laughed as well because it is pretty funny. What a Coincidence!

This post is extremely short because I am heading to the gym and then I am going to be focused on the Heat Game!!! I pray that we win! I hope you all will be tuning in! Well folks, I hope you all had a wonderful Wednesday and thanks for stopping by. 

xoxo,

Ashley

My 25th Birthday Celebration


Good afternoon my LOVELY readers!!! Oh, how I have missed you all! I’m sorry that I went ghost on you all for a couple of days but I have been focused on making sure everything ran smoothly for my birthday festivities! Everything turned out AWESOME! This birthday was my BEST birthday thus far! I am truly blessed to have some amazing people in my life and the fact that they went out their way celebrate my birthday with me and wish me a happy birthday meant sooOOOooOo much to me! Words can’t even describe how happy I was and still am! Ok so Saturday night we all went to a nightclub called Aizia which is located in Hollywood, Fl. Above and below are some pictures of my friends and I at the club.

Dress:Kardashian dress from Bebe/Shoes:Michael Shannon/Earrings:Amuse

We had such a great time! Yesterday, was my actual birthday and I turned 25!! I had a birthday dinner at Benihana (a Japanese steakhouse) which was turned out to be another successful night! Everyone enjoyed themselves which made me happy! Below are some pictures from my birthday dinner ↓ (I had two tables full of guests but I did not think that they would like for their pictures to be shown on my blog). If you are friends with me on facebook then you can actually see all of the pictures from both events. Feel free to find me. My name is Ashley Lorraine on FB 🙂



Well folks as you can see I truly enjoyed my birthday! I had a blast and I pray that I get to see many many more! I hope you all have a wonderful day and thanks for reading ✌.

What do you all think of my birthday outfits?

xoxo,

Ashley