Monday, March 28, 2016

Off-The-Shoulder Tassel Top


If there is one thing I'm excited about being "in" this spring and summer, it's the off-the-shoulder trend that is popping up everywhere. There are some of the cutest tops and dresses this season with the off-the-shoulder look, I can't help but gravitate towards them in the store. When I tried on this adorable top at Target for under $25, it was one of those "dance in the dressing room" type of moments. It fit perfectly, looked adorable and had me dreaming of hopping on a plane to Mexico!






There is nothing quite like a good espadrille wedged heel for warmer weather. Can I get a heck yes?!? These adorable wedges (also from Target) are apart of the Dolce Vita line for Target that has won over my heart. I love Dolce Vita, so when I found out that they were creating another summer line for Target, I got really excited! Not to mention they knocked it out of the park again this season. These espadrilles also come in a tan/nude color and are PERFECT for any outfit you want to dress up a little bit this summer. (p.s. if you follow me on Instagram, (@ashdonielle) you know that I'm also obsessed with these boots and these open toed boots from the Dolce Vita for Target collection).



This adorable clutch from Stella & Dot's new Summer line is absolutely perfect for matching with every outfit in your summer wardrobe. I already know that this is going to be my go-to clutch for wedding events this year. The turquoise pendant on the outside of the clutch is actually the pendant that clips off of this necklace. I mean...how fun is that!? Perfect for compact traveling and style on the go. 




Here are some of my other current favorite off-the-shoulder fashion finds: this Madewell dressthis white blousethis Madewell topthis colored striped dressthis top, and this denim dress

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

My Morning Skincare Routine


A couple of weeks ago, I posted all about my new nighttime skin care routine that has really transformed my skin from dry and flaky to hydrated and fresh. My morning skin care routine is just as important in keeping my skin hydrated, smooth and protected from the sun so today I'm sharing with you the products that I'm loving to use on my face in the morning as of lately! 

When I wake up in the morning I typically don't wash my face (I usually only wash it at night), to keep it from drying out. I've come to love using these Arcona Triad Toner Pads first thing in the morning because they leave my face feeling fresh, hydrated and clean. They smell AMAZING and I actually look forward to using these first thing when I wake up.



If I have any extra time in the morning or I have a day off on the weekend, I love using this new face mask by Kiehls. I use it 1-2 times a week and leave it on my face for 10-15 minutes before wiping it off. It leaves my skin instantly brightened and smooth. There are actually cranberry seeds in the mask that act as an exfoliant when scrubbed off. It also smells so refreshing! 


After using the Arcona Toner Pads I'll apply my eye cream. Depending on the day and the way my eyes feel, I switch between two different eye creams. On days when I feel like my eyes are really puffy because of lack of sleep, I'll use 100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream. This cream is 100% natural and is infused with green tea and coffee which helps give tired eyes a little pick me up. If I feel like my eyes have dark circles and need a little brightening up, I'll use GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream. This eye cream is actually tinted and helps really brighten the under eye area while also working to improve puffiness. Both are great eye creams that I've really enjoyed using!





After applying my eye cream, I'll apply an oil-free face lotion all over my face. I tend to stick to oil-free lotions in the morning so that my face doesn't get oily under my makeup during the day. I've been loving Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free lotion because it's lightweight and extremely cooling on the face which is great for helping me wake up in the morning. (tip: if you are like me and find yourself oily sometimes during the day try this Primed & Poreless Pressed Powder - I carry this with me at all times. If I find myself oily, I'll pat this powder on my t-zone and cheeks and the oil is immediately removed. It's been a lifesaver for me!)



Lastly but MOST importantly, I apply Kiehl's Super Fluid Sunscreen. It is super lightweight, oil free and has an SPF of 50 in it. I also love that it is paraben and fragrance free which is something I look for in a sunscreen. This is by far one of my favorite and most used Kiehl's products. (Remember you can always ask them for a sample if you want to try it on your face before purchasing!) 


Taking care of my skin is so important to me and I finally feel like I've found a really good blend and balance of products.  Everyone is different and has their favorite products and I always love to hear feedback! Comment below and let me know the facial products you can't live without - I'm always interested to try newbies! 

Happy Wednesday! Have a great rest of your week and thanks for reading!


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Instagram Roundup #2


It's that time again! I had such great feedback from my last Instagram round up that I decided it was time for another one! Below each picture is the direct link to the items seen. If an item was old or sold out, I tried my best to find you similar options to choose from! 

It's that weird time of the style season where the weather is nice and sunny one day and back to being rainy and cold the other. Just when it starts getting warm and you try to pack your sweaters away, its freeeeeezing the next day. So these past couple of weeks have been a mix of tees, sweaters, dresses and jeans. I don't know about you but I'm ready to pack away my sweaters for a while and enjoy the sun! 



Dress | Sunglasses | Sandals | Hat from local boutique - similar here



Jeans | Fringe Bag | Boots | Hat | Necklace | Sweater last season from Nordstrom - Other cute striped sweater options here and here


Bar Necklace | Rosé All Day Sweater - another similar tee version here | Sunglasses




Fringe Top | Bag | Shoes | Jeans | Necklace




Floral Blouse (old) - Other cute floral options here and here | Jeans | Boots | Bag | Sunglasses


Thanks for reading!
Instagram: @ashdonielle

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Current Favorite Hair Products


When it comes to hair products, I don't mess around.  I'm always trying new hair masks, shampoos, oils and balms. My hair is naturally wavy and VERY frizzy so certain products are a necessity on the daily. Here are my current favorite hair products that help keep my hair healthy, shiny and controlled!

1.) Kerastase Oleo-Relax Serum - This hair oil/serum is a little pricey but really helps keep my hair frizz free and shiny.  I run about two small drops through my hair right before I blow dry. (As always with oils and serum only use a small amount as too much product can leave your hair looking oily). This Kerastase oil keeps my hair looking relaxed and smooth.

2.) TONI&GUY Sea Salt Spray - I love TONI&GUY products and this sea salt spray is a must have for me. I spray this on my wet hair before blow drying to add a little bit of grit to my hair. My curls hold better when I use this and it gives my hair a thicker and more textured feel.  It makes it much more easier to style when I use this.

3.) R + Co PARK AVE Blow Out Balm - Oh R + Co products you have my heart! I received a sample of this blow out balm in my Birchbox a couple of months ago and loved it so much I ordered the full size. I actually mix a dime size amount of this with the Kerastase serum and run it through my hair before drying. It smells amazing and also helps protect my hair during the blow drying process.

4.) It's A 10 Miracle Hair Mask - I've used this product for years. I feel like out of all the masks I've tried, I keep coming back to this one because it gives me the best results. I use this mask 1-2 times a week in the shower after shampooing. It keeps my hair healthy and hydrated.

5.) Fekkai Technician Color Care Shampoo & Conditioner - I'm constantly changing shampoos and right now I'm currently loving this one by Fekkai. It lathers well (which is VERY important to me) and smells AMAZING! It definitely helps keep my color treated hair looking vibrant and not faded. 

6.) R + Co Outer Space Flexible Hairspray - This is my hairspray of choice right now mostly because of the amazing smell but also because of the light and flexible hold. I usually use Big Sexy Hairspray but have currently been using this R+Co one for a bouncier look. It's also very easy to spray and restyle without too much buildup or stickiness.

7.) Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo - I've used many dry shampoos and still love this one the most because it soaks up any oil in your hair AND gives you a ton of volume. It's also very budget friendly! (As I tell everyone who says that dry shampoos don't work - you have to make sure you spray at the roots and then RUB like crazy. If you just spray it without rubbing, it won't work.)

8.) Pureology 21 Essential Benefits Spray - I spray this in my hair right after I get out of the shower and before I comb my hair. This spray is a multitasking treatment that provides 21 different benefits to your hair including protecting against heat which is SO important when you are trying to keep your hair healthy. 

9.) Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray - Oh my this product is GOOD. It's on the pricier side but a definite must have for me! I use this spray after I'm done styling my hair for a little extra volume and to give my hair a "finished" look. It also acts somewhat as a dry shampoo giving your hair so much texture making it easy to style and play with.

10.) Aquage Uplifting Foam - I have one word for this product - VOLUME. If I forget to use this product in my hair, I can instantly tell. I found out about this genius foam from my sweet friend Lauren (check out her amazing blog here) and now I can't live without it. It is a mousse-like product that I spray and rub into my roots when my hair is wet before I blow dry. My hair is given instant volume at the roots after heat is applied and makes styling so much easier. No more flat hair with this stuff!

It takes a village to tame my hair as I'm constantly working to control frizz but give sleek volume. These products have definitely made my life easier! Feel free to leave me comments below - I would love to hear about other hair products that you can't live without!

Thanks for reading! Happy Tuesday!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Coral Spring Dress


Can you believe it's March!? I can't! The weather here in California has been unbelievably sunny the last couple of weeks. (Minus the rainy weekend ahead!) This teasing Spring weather has me dreaming of poolside vacations, cute straw hats, piña coladas and wearing dresses on the daily. Speaking of dresses, I'm absolutely LOVING this super cute coral dress from The Lily James Collection. The color is gorgeous, the fit is perfect and it screams easy spring style.






I'm absolutely obsessed with these Rebecca Minkoff Georgina Studded Sandals. I got them last summer but they are still available on SHOPBOP and Nordstrom. They match with everything and add a little bit of fun to any outfit. They are also super comfortable! ( I just MIGHT need them in black!)





Have any of you jumped on the ear jacket trend craze!? I know I have! I keep pulling out these gold and marble ear jackets to wear because they are super easy, match with every outfit and you can wear them FOUR different ways. Did you catch that? FOUR. Perfect for traveling!



This pretty dress is under $40 and you get an addition 10% off your entire order with promo code "StyledbyAshley" - talk about a great start to the weekend!
Thanks for reading!

::OUTFIT DETAILS:: Coral Dress | Stella & Dot Jewels : Mondrian Ear Jackets | Turquoise Stone Cuff | Gold Cage Cuff | Gilded Double Wrap Bracelet | White Stone Bracelet | Renegade Spike Bracelet | Turquoise Stacked Ring | Gold Stackable Rings | Arc Pendant Stone Necklace | Quartz Aria Pendant Necklace | Arrow Necklace | Neutral Spring Crossbody Bag | Studded Sandals | Sunglasses | Hat from @ellajboutique - Similar hats herehere, and here

* For those inquiring about sizing, I'm wearing a small in the coral Jessica dress.

::Thank you Lily James Collection for sponsoring this post::

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

GRAZE

Oh graze! Where have you been all my life? The cutest little snacks in the cutest little box delivered to your house weekly?! I'm in love. Graze allows you to fill out a profile that aims towards sending you the snacks you will love the most based on what you've filled out in your profile.  If you receive a snack you don't like, head to your profile and fill out the information provided so that you don't get that same snack again. It's easy, convenient and delicious! I literally threw the protein nuts into my bag the other day and ate them on the run - the perfect protein snack.



I'm always about portion control when snacking. When I'm craving a salty snack I'll try and take a handful out of the bag and put them in a little bowl so that I don't eat the entire bag of pretzels or chips. I mean, we all know it's possible and SO tempting. That is one of my favorite things about graze. Portion controlled delicious snacks to take on the go or keep in your bag for emergency "hangry" situations. (You know you've had one!)


Did I mention the cute packaging!? So fun to receive in the mail!



Another amazing thing about graze is the flexibility you have with it. You choose the amount of snacks you want in your sampler - 4, 8 or a sharing bag box. You can choose to have it delivered weekly or biweekly and you can skip shipments or place your deliveries on hold at anytime. Gotta love having options!


The good mid-week news?! Sign up to try Graze with the promo code "ASHLEYGRAZE" and you will get your first subscription delivery of a 4 snack box for free! (p.s. My favorites in my first box were the protein nuts, protein granola and the popcorn. Highly recommended!) 

Sign up to try Graze here

:: Huge thanks to Graze for sponsoring this post. As always, all options are my own and I only blog about products I absolutely love and would use/try myself ::