Vintage with a modern punch

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Don’t get me wrong I’m all about a LBD and have said it a number of times before, I’ll never be one to wear a LBD and blend in. I have to make it my own. Case in point … this outfit that I wore to a recent event at the Dallas Museum of Art. Daring? Yes. Bold? Yes. Pushing the limits? Yes. Was I taking a risk? Hells yes. I admit this look isn’t for everyone but I can honestly say that there is something so incredibly liberating yet unnerving at the same time when deciding to literally go pantless in public. It’s not a look you can pull off in 10 minutes so you need to think this through, do the proper prep work and make sure that whatever it is you’ve got on you’re owning it like a badass.

How to pull off sheer without looking like you’ve forgotten your clothes at home?

  • Find a dress silhouette that shows off your curves in a way that you feel amazing in
  • Bodysuits are your best friend. Stock up on different colors, prints and patterns, they go under everything from a sheer dress to overalls and I’m being dead serious on that.
  • Don’t wear lingerie under a sheer dress, it is overkill and you’ll likely wind up showing off a tad more than you care to.
  • Balance out the look with a cropped jacket and closed toe heels.

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The II Travel Diaries the Beauty Edition: What’s in my bag

Travel Sized, Beauty, What to Pack, Travel Living out of a suitcase and on a plane has become the norm for me over the past few years but it wasn’t until I started flying weekly that I realized I needed to re-evaluate my packing strategy. I was wasting so much time packing and unpacking and repacking that I decided to nip that and put a plan into place. Aside from the usual necessities (i.e. wardrobe) I found that packing up my toiletries was a big pain in the ass. So much so that I now keep two travel makeup bags packed at all times, one lives in my carry on weekender bag and the other lives in my suitcase for longer trips.

The Face Saver:

Stowaway cosmetics – Aside from the insanely chic packaging, this perfectly sized collection offers everything from concealer and bb cream to lipsticks and mascaras. All of which I can personally say are fab and actually work very well. What I love most is that you can curate your own kit so that you hand select your shades, colors and pieces.

The On-the Go Must-Haves:

  • Batiste Dry Shampoo – I’ve sworn by this dry shampoo for ages but now that it comes in travel size I’m basically a addict to this stuff. It literally goes into every bag I own and saves my blowouts, crucial win right here.
  • Mario Badescu Facial Spray – This was given to me in my Thailand care package months ago and I’m now on bottle #5 because I use it not only when I travel but after a good workout or just to spritz my face in the am before running out the door. It’s a delightful little pick me up!
  • Eye makeup remover for sensitive eyes – I’ve tried every type of eye makeup remover and this is by far the best that I’ve found, especially for my extremely sensitive eyes.
  • Drybar Hairspray – I learned at a young age that a good Texas girl knows not to leave home without hairspray and luckily I found that I’m a bit obsessed with the Money Maker from Dry Bar. It keeps my hair in place and plays well with others … such as my dry shampoo!
  • Glo One-Nightstand Kit – Aside from the most amazing product name ever, this kit keeps it all together for you from a mini toothbrush (that is pretty fantastic) to toothpaste, floss and mouthwash. So simple.
  • Boscia cleansing oil gel This cleansing oil is a bit on the milder side than my normal face wash but I like that it isn’t harsh and that it actually revitalizes my dehydrated face after a day of flying.

The wardrobe saver:

Downy wrinkle release – When I travel I roll my clothes to ensure as few wrinkles as possible, unfortunately, that doesn’t always work so I won’t leave town without this little life saver. Spray, tug and hang and done. Basically, I really don’t know what I did before this came in a travel size.

The LRD & My Weekend Must-Dos

Lulus, Summer Style, OOTD, NYC, West Village, Jeffrey Grocery, FaveWardrobe update for less than the cost of a Friday night out in NYC?  This LRD {little red dress!} from Lulu*s might be one of my favorite summer finds! It’s under $50, which is a steal especially as we’re heading into the dead heat of summer and the last thing I need is to make a big summer dress purchase. It’s the perfect wardrobe addition to mix up the summer dress game I’ve had going on and I’ve paired it with these wedges as well as my white converse for a much more casual look with a chambray shirt around my waist.

My West Village Weekend Must-Dos …

  • Pack a little picnic, head to the Hudson River and enjoy the breeze off the water (if you do this on Sunday, hit the tiny farmer’s market on 8th ave and Hudson to snag fresh goodies!) or pop into Murray’s Cheese Shop on Bleecker for a well curated picnic spread
  • Enjoy brunch at Jeffrey’s Grocery (or their fantastic $1 oyster happy hour!) and a post brunch cocktail at Bar Sardine
  • Do spend an afternoon catching the sunset and noshing on oysters on the water at Grand Banks
  • Get out of the heat and check out the new Whitney museum
  • Get your shop on at Otte NY or the plethora of tiny shops in the neighborhood
  • Wind down on Sunday night with dinner at Barbuto, their kale salad and carbanara are out of this world amazing, not to mention they have a delightful rose!

Impossibly awesome deal:

I have been giving these Preen sunnies a go using Ditto’s Endless Eyewear program that allows you to have unlimited designer sunnies sent to your home each month so you can switch them out just like you do with Rent the Runway outfits! That means any pair you want and as many swaps as you want for only $19/month. Do yourself a favor and sign up HERE and get your first month free.

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Finding the Motivation to Break a Sweat

Fitness, Blogger, Activewear, Peony, NYC, aveMaybe you’ve caught onto the fact that I enjoy working out (see this, this, this or this post) for me personally it’s a stress reliever, a mind clearer and so much more but most importantly? It’s that sense of accomplishment that I feel after whatever workout it is that I’ve just done … even the mediocre ones (hey, at least I went right?)

However, as with all things, even though I actually enjoy hitting the gym and doing different classes does not mean that I don’t experience the same struggles as everyone else. I’m not always motivated to go or I simply don’t have the time, most ridiculous excuse there is according to a friend of mine who happens to be a spin instructor. Per said friend who will remain anonymous, “you make time for the things that are important to you.” So I’ve pulled together the things that get me moving.

Schedule it – My schedule is all over the place so it’s rare that I can go at the same time every day but just as I do with meals, I evaluate my schedule on Sunday and mark down what class I’m going to or what time I want to go to the gym. If it’s on the schedule, I’m going.

Really struggling? I have a standing Barre Burn date with my friend every Tuesday morning, we hold each other accountable and don’t want to let the other one down, it’s a guaranteed workout and bonus is that we can catch up not over a cocktail!

Change it up – I get bored real quick with the same routine, the same run and the same class all the time so I am constantly trying new things out. For my runs I do intervals, which I became addicted to thanks to Barry’s Bootcamp! Hit the gym at different times of the day, this will give you a chance to try out new machines or take over an actual area and do a workout you’ve seen online (this has been my go to as of late). I can’t stress enough about trying new classes, I’m loving Cyc, City Row, Model Fit and my go-to for a good ass kicking is Barry’s.

Have a goal – The goal doesn’t have to be ‘get ready for bikini season’ but make a goal for yourself. For me it’s pretty simple, the end goal is to feel good.

Treat yourself – Look, I know, it might not be a rich chocolate dessert but cute active wear is a big enough treat for me. Not to mention if you feel good going to the gym imagine how great you’ll feel leaving that workout, yoga, Pilates or barre class. Which is why I’ve partnered with Peony, their newest collection of chic leggings and luxe tees, all of which allow you to express your individuality in and out of the gym. Exclusive discount for II readers: Get $25 off a $150 order from Peony using code: ASHLEYNII25 

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