Sweater Vest | Striped Shirt | Riding Boots

It’s fall y’all, so we can layer again. Yay! I like layering… I think cool weather outfits are much more interesting because of the layering factor. Add a sweater! Add a light jacket! Add a scarf! I bought this sweater when I was in Paris specifically because I thought it would be a great layering piece for fall. As it turns out, it is. I’ve already worn the heck out if it.

So, by the time you are reading this on Monday I will be in Graz, Austria for work. New job sent me to Europe, you guys… No big deal. I never made it to Europe until I was just 10 days shy of my 44th birthday and now I’m going again less than 2 months later. ALL BY MYSELF. I’m also renting a car and driving myself around to the hotel and office and such. Pray for me. No really. Pray for me. I’m a titch nervous.

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All Black Errrr-Thang With a Denim Jacket

Black is not whack. Black is awesome.

*Mic drop*

(Fancy Stuff OUT!!! Deuces.)

*Picks mic back up*

Layer black with denim and you’ve got a match made in heaven. You guys know that I love my denim jacket. I wear it all the time. It’s a wardrobe workhorse. This thing saved my life in Paris. When I packed the weather said it was going to be in the 80°s all week, but it ended up being in the low 60°s for five of the days. I’m wearing this thing in 90% of the pictures of me in Paris.

Hey…  It’s better than a hoodie that says “Paris” on it. Yes, I actually saw some people wearing those in Paris. I was like… Really? Really? You are in the fashion capital of the world and you can’t find anything better than a hoodie to buy? Clearly, they weren’t doing Paris right.

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Wearing: Top – Nordstrom Rack (old), Jeans – Joie (old), Denim Jacket – J. Crew Factory (similar), Shoes – Tory Burch, Necklace – Madewell, Bag – Coach (old), Sunnies – Kate Spade (old).

Thanks so much for stopping by my friends!

XOXO,

Ashley

 

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Teal Merino Pullover Sweater With Cognac Accessories

I’ve been enjoying a lot of the offerings from Madewell recently. I visited the store a week or so ago and tried on some stuff and ended up falling in love with the Northstar Pullover Sweater. First and foremost I love the color, but I also love the thin merino knit. The long sleeves and curved hem styling is a nice alternative to the J. Crew Tippi Sweater. You can’t quite tell in these photos but the hem is longer in the back, so it provides some derriere camouflage.

The only word of caution that I have for you is it that the hem split on the sides goes up pretty far. You either need to wear a bottom that is higher waisted or layer a thin tank top or camisole underneath. Otherwise your flubber will show. Live and learn.

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Thanks so much for stopping by and stay classy, my peeps!

XOXO,

Ashley

 

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Striped Midi Dress | Denim Jacket | Booties

When the hubs and I went to Paris in August (which was totally amazing by the way) I did do a little bit of shopping. I didn’t go crazy though like I thought I would. While many of the items that I saw were admittedly totally gorgeous, they just weren’t practical for my lifestyle. Plus, they were generally quite expensive, even with the favorable exchange rate.

I found a store that I really liked called Massimo Dutti and purchased several items there. As it turns out, Massimo Dutti is owned by the same company that owns Zara. This striped midi dress is one of the items that I bought. I think it will look great with black tights and a sweater over it when the weather turns cooler. Right now we are experiencing a glorious, warm fall and I can still get away with bare legs. No complaints here!

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Wearing: Denim Jacket – J. Crew Factory (similar), Dress – Massimo Dutti, Boots – Loeffler Randall, Necklace – Madewell, Bracelets – Vintage and J. Crew Factory, Bag – Coach, Sunnies – Kate Spade.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by friends!

XOXO,

Ashley

 

PS – I’m not sure that I will ever get around to doing a Paris recap, but if you interested you can check out my Instagram (link in sidebar) account. I posted a lot of pictures there as we were out and about. I want to go back. Like, right now.

 

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Navy Shirtdress | Riding Boots

Oh what a glorious weekend we had! The weather was that perfect fall weather. 70°s, slight breeze, sun. It was simply gorgeous. We headed out to a local art fair (Ferndale DIY Street Fair) on Saturday and checked out some fun art and studied hipsters in their natural environment. You know you are in hipster land when there are multiple booths selling beard and mustache accouterments and a mustache see-saw. We are so old and lame now, but at least my husband will never have to tell our grandchildren that he wore skinny jeans…  So, at least we can hold our heads high.

Anyhoo…  We are still transitioning to fall here in Michigan. So, I’m trying to look fall-ish without ending up sweating to death in the afternoon. This navy blue shirtdress that I picked up from the Gap during the spring is a good transitional piece. It’s a perfect fall color, but made of cotton, so it works well in warm weather. It does wrinkle though. Blergh.

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Wearing: Dress – Gap (old), Boots – Frye, Bag – Longchamp, Necklace – J. Crew (old), Bracelets – Vintage and J. Crew Factory, Sunnies – Dolce & Gabbana (old).

 

Thank you so much for stopping by my friends!

XOXO,

Ashley

 

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