My New Favorite Swimsuit

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YOU GUYS. I’ve done it. I’ve found the swimmy to end all swimmies. This. is. not. a. drill. And before you roll your eyes, let me explain myself.

I hate swimsuit shopping more than I hate anything else on this planet. I have approximately 3 swimsuits that fit me properly and that I think can sort of pass as cute. Never have I found a swimsuit that I actually love.

I’m not a huge fan of bikinis because I prefer to be a little more covered-up (No shade to you ladies who can rock a bikini, just a personal thang). I like one-pieces, but I have a very long torso, so most of them look downright scandalous on me. It doesn’t help that I also have a flat chest and a wide booty, so most of the suits I try on result in weird gapping, riding up, and/or awkward tightness.

TMI I know, but stay with me! Surely I can’t be the only one who has these problems?! I feel like swimsuits are just tough for everyone, no matter what size or shape you are.

But have no fear! The search is over! I have discovered the cutest, most flattering, best-fitting, trendiest swimwear out there! Behold: Albion Fit!

I’ve had my eye on this brand for about a year now, but I just wasn’t willing to pull the trigger on the $100+ price tag. Finally, I ordered the Island Fever one-piece for my recent trip to Gulf Shores, and now there’s no turning back. This suit is worth every penny and will last summer after summer!

XOXO,

Ashley

(P.S. In case you were wondering, no, I was not sponsored by Albion Fit for this post. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way. As much as I would love to be sponsored, I am a baby blogger, after all!)

Madewell Sale Round-Up

 

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(items linked from left to right)

central shirt | ruffle sleeve tank topstriped ruffle-sleeve dresspackable mesa straw hat |boardwalk crossover sandal | silk skinny bandana | pink fleur bow-back dress | studio ruffle-hem top | cali demi-boot jeans

One of my favorite brands, Madewell, is having an awesome sale right now, so I thought I’d put together my favorites for y’all! The sale is 20% off any purchase or 30% off $200+ in stores and online. They rarely put things on sale like this, so I suggest you run out and grab your favorites before it ends on April 9th! Let me know which items you’re eyeing and which ones you’d like to see me style!

XO,

Ashley

Off the Shoulder Gingham Dress for Spring

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DRESS smocked off the shoulder dress | SHOES block heel sandal | EARRINGS emmett drop earrings | BAG west 57th square crossbody (henri bendel last season, similar linked) | FLOWERS bloom flower truck tuscaloosa

Spring has officially begun, and I am so excited! Yesterday, I visited the cutest flower truck in downtown Tuscaloosa, so of course I had to have a photo shoot for the blog!

I have been dying to wear this adorable gingham dress, and I thought this was the perfect occasion. It’s so comfortable and so dang flattering with ruffled bell sleeves and an off the shoulder cut. I’ve been so into gingham lately.. I just can’t get enough! I paired it with my go-to nude heels and my new favorite Kendra Scott earrings.

This particular dress is unfortunately only available in a couple sizes, so I linked a few similar options here, here, and here. I’m so excited for all the fun spring trends, and I can’t wait to share them with y’all!

XO,

Ashley

 

5 Fall Runway Trends Made Wearable

If you’re anything like me, you probably drool over the high-fashion photos of Gigi and Kendall walking the runway draped in Balmain and Versace. What I wouldn’t give to stroll into my 11am economics class wearing sky-high heels, head-to-toe metallic, and gold glitter up to my eyebrows without everyone staring at me like I have three heads. Alas, I suppose I’ll settle for my favorite pair of skinnies and a more subtle take on the fall makeup trends. Keep reading to see how I turn these daring trends into everyday looks to make the crosswalk feel like the catwalk. Continue reading

Sorority Recruitment Makeup 101

Screen Shot 2017-07-24 at 8.11.42 PMWhile going through the largest sorority recruitment in the nation last year as a PNM, I learned a few things about makeup (and life in general, but that’s a story for another day). Now I’m about to go through rush on the other side, and I thought I’d share some of the products and tips that saved my life last year and that I plan to use this year. Whether you’re a PNM or an Active, it’s essential to look your best all day through whatever weather and/or emotions may come your way. Here’s a full face of long-wearing, budge-proof makeup that will last through 100 degree weather, 98% humidity, and a good cry sesh (trust me it happens). Continue reading

finding joy in the little things

just over a month ago, i told y’all that i’d be taking a break from social media. for one whole month (except for one day to post for a friend’s birthday) i deleted all social media apps from my phone and avoided scrolling, liking, and posting. i expected this to be a life-changing, earth-shattering event. i expected to end the month as a newer and freer person, one with no desire whatsoever to post anything again. i expected all my insecurities and fears to miraculously disappear. imagine my surprise when i ended the month feeling exactly the same as i had before. imagine my disappointment when i realized i was still anxious and insecure and feeling inadequate. Continue reading