Sprinkles Nail Polish: A Sweet Treat for Your Nails!

July 29, 2012

Helloooooo gorgeous readers!!!!!

Is it just me or has anyone else ever dreamed that a nail polish existed that looks as beautiful as this….


I just love cupcakes (almost as much as I love cotton candy haha)…not only do they taste delicious but they are SOOO pretty!! 

Anyway, I digress. Last week at Sephora was my lucky day! When I was in the checkout line a few nail polishes by Nails Inc. caught my eye. Upon closer inspection I noticed they were inspired by CUPCAKES and called “Special Effects Sprinkle Nail Polish” (and also they are named after these cute little streets in London. I die!). There are 4 absolutely beautiful colors available including pink, white, teal and pastel grey all with different colors of sparkles. 

GORGEOUS pink called "Topping Lane." Totally looks like the Princess cupcake no?

This is what I bought "Sweets Away"...white with pink, silver & blue sparkles! 

"Pudding Lane"...teal with gold and navy sparkles.  


"Sugar House Lane" is a pretty grey shade! I love the metallic look of this polish.


I know it’s shocking that I was able to resist the pink but I wanted something a little different. The shade I bought is called “Sweets Away” and is a fresh white color with blue, pink and silver "sprinkles" (aka sparkles). Here are how my nails turned out:




I am super happy with this polish. It's perfect for the summer and I will probably wear it into the fall and winter too!! Definitely be sure to check it out HERE and for $9.50 you can have your own sweet treat for your nails too!

I hope y'all are having a GREAT weekend and thanks SO much for reading dolls!!!


XOXO,
Ashley

Blogger Award! :)

July 24, 2012



Hi dolls!!

I was SO excited and absolutely flattered to get an e-mail that I was nominated for the Liebster Award by another sweet blogger Sara over at Sincerely, SK (be sure to check out her blog by clicking HERE y’all! She’s beautiful and has great style!).The award is intended for bloggers with under 200 followers (which I’m so excited that the numbers have increased every day) to help increase awareness of their blog throughout the blogging community. Ever since I started my blog in September of 2011 I have been so pleased with all the support and encouragement I have received from the online blogging community!

Anyway along with the award are a few questions to answer….so I am going to answer those and then nominate 5 other bloggers!

1. Which blogger inspires you or you simply just love and cannot get enough of?

My hands-down favorite, check every day when I wake up in the mornings (and have for the past few years) blog is by Megan over at Pretty in Pink Megan. This blog is full of not only fashion but also great humor and wit. I love it and encourage you to check it out HERE. Her blog definitely inspired me to start my own!!!

2. What is your horoscope sign?

I was born September 1st which makes me a Virgo. I NEVER read my horoscope so honestly I cannot tell you what that even means in terms of “personality traits” or whatever but I’m pretty impressed I even know what sign I am! Haha

3. What are two quotes you love?

One of my absolute FAVORITE quotes is the Bible verse Jeremiah 29:11 which states “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plansto give you hope and a future.” This verse has always brought me SO much comfort throughout my life knowing that my life is in God’s hands and he has a purpose for my life that is beyond anything I could imagine!


Another one of my favorite quotes is a lighthearted quote that comes from the one and only Dolly Parton. She is one of my favorite celebrities because she is absolutely HYSTERICAL and knows how to make fun of herself! My favorite quote by her is “I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb... and I also know that I'm not blonde.” So y’all I guess the secret is out: I’m not a natural blonde but rather more of a dirty blonde. But like Dolly, I’ve never been offended when people have called me a “dumb blonde” because my little secret is I’m not really blonde!!! 

4. What is one thing this summer you must do, no ifs or buts about it?

I just bought a few new bathing suits this weekend at Target so I MUST find time to wear them and hang out at the pool AND at the beach!!!!

5. What are 3 words your friends would use to describe you?

My friends usually always say I’m in a good mood so I would first say positive. Girly is also an adjective that they would definitely use to describe me….everyone knows how much I love PINK and fashion. Third….I would say friendly. I LOVE talking to and making new friends!!! J

6. What is one dream you hope to achieve in your life journey?

One dream I have (besides my absolute number one dream which is to marry the love of my life and have a family one day) is to be able to find a place in the world of fashion (in particularly and hopefully through my blog) and inspire others through fashion!!!!

7. What is your favorite dish to eat?

Being that I was born and raised south of the Mason-Dixon Line, I would have to say that my ultimate favorite dish to eat is fried chicken!!! Whether it’s on a salad, or with a side of French fries…I love me a big ole plate of fried chicken! J

8. Who is one person that inspires you in your life?

My sweet Momma definitely inspires me and always has. When I was a senior in high school we had to do what are called “Chapel Talks” in front of my whole school and I wrote mine about my sweet Mom and all the many lessons I’ve learned from her. She is AMAZING …not only as a mother but just a wonderful person in general. She has ALWAYS been there for me no matter what and I willbe one lucky girl if I’m half the woman she is one day!!!!!

9.  What is one thing you are looking forward to this fall?

FALL FASHION!!!! Oh yeah. I can’t wait to break out my skinny jeans and riding boots and blog about all the new trends that will surely emerge.

Oh and UT football games. I graduated from the University of Tennessee and I still LOOOOVE attending football games….which I confess it’s mostly for the fashion (did you ever read my post HERE about UT football fashion?)….but still YAY FOR FOOTBALL!!!

10.   Favorite television shows that start up in the fall or now summer?

My absolute FAVE TV show that is on in the summer is Big Brother. I have watched every.single.season. since I was 10 years old. I LOVVVEEE it!!!! I also really like the Bachelorette/Bachelor (season finale Sunday night---who else watched/?!). This fall I am SUPER excited about the new series called “Nashville." Who else has seen the commercials?! It looks gooooooooood. Oh and of course all the Real Housewives on Bravo which I know will continue on in the fall. YAY! My fave though is OC which just ended.

11. What are the top 5 places you want to travel?

1.   Italy
2.   Hawaii (again, I’ve already been once!)
3.   New York City (again I’ve already been once but I want to go again!)
4.   Tahiti
5.  London (my boyfriend recently returned from a trip there and LOVED it! I want to go!)
   

Now for the fabulous blogs I nominate:

Confessionsof a Southern Belle (http://southernbellehope.blogspot.com/)
Same Shoes, Different Day (http://sameshoesdifferentday.blogspot.com/)


I hope you enjoyed this post and again I'm so honored that Sara nominated me. Thank you SO much as always for reading dolls!

XOXO,
Ashley

Recent OOTDs: A little bit of this and that!

July 19, 2012

Hello beauties!

So I thought I would do a composite post of a few different outfits I've worn lately this month. 

The first outfit I've loved wearing is the following brown dress from Express. A couple of weeks ago they were having a huge sale & I scored this baby for around $30. I hadn't shopped at Express for quite some time but I was super impressed & will definitely be back (Besides the brown dress I bought 2 other sundresses and 2 pairs of shorts: basic black and white---the white ones pictured below!). Anyway there is NOTHING better in the summer to me than a sundress. Not only are sundresses CUTE but they are EASY because voila with ONE article of clothing it's an instant outfit!!! I have worn this a couple of ways but belted is definitely my favorite since the only dress left in the store was a size too big.



Dress: Express
Sandals: Forever 21




Remember the post I did HERE about how I LOOOOOVE sheer tops for the summer?! Well I have been loving this red sheer top I bought at Forever 21 (rather inexpensive I might add). I layered it over a white tank top and paired it with white shorts from Express (half off!). 



Top: Forever 21
Shorts: Express
Sandals: Stein Mart



And last but not least I wanted to show y'all my OOTD for celebrating the grand ol U.S. of A on July 4th. I spent the day in Nashville with my boyfriend....a cookout and fireworks...so I knew I needed an outfit to match my American spirit! Enter: white sundress from Forever 21, red accessories and my cowgirl boots (oh and an American flag tossed in for good measure)  



Dress: Forever 21
Cowgirl boots: Durango


The back of the dress is my fave part!

With my handsome boyfriend, who by the way is VERY stylish in his red Brooks Brothers polo!



Also who says you’re ever too old to play dress up!? Some of my best girlfriends from college & I got together a couple of weekends ago to celebrate two of my friends b-days and we had some fun dressing up. That would be yours truly in a purple wig….makes a fashion statement, no?


Leave me a comment & tell me, what have you been wearing to stay cool & fashionable this summer?!

Thank you SO much for reading dolls!!!

Until next time,
XOXO
Ashley

Minnie Mouse Collection by OPI!

July 9, 2012

Hello beauties!

Confession: I love Disney. You may have gathered that in my Disney World post HERE, but it is one of my childhood obsessions that has carried over into adulthood. There’s nothing wrong with being young at heart right?! SO as you can imagine my inner little girl was jumping up and down when I found out that OPI was releasing a Minnie Mouse collection. 


It includes 4 colors in all my favorite nail polish shades: pinks and reds with AH-dorable names. From top to bottom in the picture below: "Color of Minnie," "Nothin' Mousie 'Bout It,", "I'm All Ears," and "If You Moust you Moust." 


While all these colors are pretty fab I went with the classic red "Color of Minnie" as you can see in my nail photo below. It's a pretty vibrant red, perfect for summer. 


So all-in-all the Minnie Mouse collection is VERY cute & you should def check it out. However I’m still waiting for OPI to release a Barbie collection. Then my life would be complete.

AND I have another confession to make while we are on the topic of me liking childish things…I’ve been playing this song by the Biebs on repeat...



Please tell me I'm not alone in loooooving this song. 

Anyway thanks so much for reading loves and I hope you have a fabulous Monday! 

XOXO,
Ashley

July 4th Outfit Inspiration!

July 3, 2012

Happy Tuesday dolls!!!

So today is July the 3rd, which makes tomorrow one of my absolute FAVORITE days of summer....July 4th! Whether you're going to a cookout, parade, or to see fireworks, don't be afraid to take this day to celebrate YOUR freedom to dress how you please! Of course red, white, or blue is definitely a fashion DO on the 4th. Liven up a white dress with bright jewelry or play down some bright red shorts with a white top. I hope the Polyvore below inspires you in creating a patriotic outfit for tomorrow...




Happy July 4th!


Corset dress
topshop.com
Hollister Co stripe shirt
hollisterco.com
Alice Olivia bustier shirt
aliceandolivia.com
High waisted shorts
$51 - forevernew.com.au
Organic by John Patrick short shorts
organicbyjohnpatrick.com
Carvela jelly shoes
$45 - harrods.com
Charlotte Russe peep toe wedge
charlotterusse.com
Carolee LUX bib necklace
bloomingdales.com
zazzle.com 



I hope everyone has a safe, happy, and FASHIONABLE July 4th!!! God bless the USA!!!!



XOXO

Ashley

OOTN: Sheer Luck!

July 1, 2012

Happy JULY dolls!

I hope you can forgive my blogging absence…my boyfriend who was studying abroad a whole month in Paris just returned home last week so I’ve been catching up on lost time with him! However I have some really fun posts I’ve been working on for July so get ready for some great summer fashion ideas.

One of my favorite trends this summer is the sheer look. My outfit pictured below is going to be the beginning of many sheer outfits I will be posting about this summer. I recently went to Forever 21 and they have TONS of cute sheer tops right now so DEFINITELY be sure to check it out. I bought these long sleeve button down sheer tops (each for $13, in black and green) that are great paired with shorts (as I wore in my OOTN pictured below) or with long pants. They are also on the longer side so they would also look great untucked and belted. Of course I prefer to keep it classy and wear a shell underneath my sheer top (contrary to what Lady Gaga may think, there IS such a thing as showing too much skin)…..

Top: Forever 21
Shorts: Forever 21 (These shorts are a dressy material which makes them TOTALLY appropriate for a night out)
Wedges: Madden Girl (remember when I bought them HERE?)
Bag: Longchamp Paris


Here are some of my favorite sheer tops at Forever 21 right now....


$19.80
Buy here
Buy here
$19.90
Buy here
$17.80
I absolutely LOOOOOOOVE this shirt! I bought it along with my green and black button down sheer shirts. Definitely expect an OOTD/OOTN post soon.



Also my sweet boyfriend got me the Longchamp bag pictured above. I have always wanted one of these handbags and my sweet boyfriend surprised me with one that came all the way from Paris. The history behind the Longchamp brand is really interesting (thanks to THIS Wikipedia article)! They were founded in 1948 and began as a company creating products for smokers (such as leather coverings for pipes) but by 1980 they had expanded to produce scarves, clothes and various other accessories. 

The bag I have (check it out HERE) is part of the very popular "Le Pliage" line which Longchamp has to thank for expanding to new markets such as those in the US. It comes in a few different colors (I love the white, a nice summer bag!) and styles/sizes. 





I hope everyone is having a great weekend! Thanks for reading dolls!



XOXO
Ashley
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