Plen+y: Get Cozy

posted on: Thursday, November 28, 2013

A few weeks back I was asked to participate in the Plenty "Get Cozy" blogger challenge. I choose to style this super soft and comfy ombre sweater, and I am absolutely loving it.  It has quickly become one of my favourite sweaters for winter, and I love how it looks with my leather jacket. As soon as the cold weather hits I bundle up in my biggest scarves, boots, and sweaters.  How do you get cozy for winter?

Outfit Details
Monk & Lou Dipdye Leita pullover ℅ Plenty
Gap coated jeans
Joe Fresh boots
Wilfred Coquette scarf via Aritzia
Mackage Kenya jacket via Aritzia

Photos by Colleen

H&M at Chinook

posted on: Friday, November 22, 2013

H&M recently opened at Chinook Centre Mall in Calgary, and I was lucky enough to set foot in the store before the doors officially opened. The store is beautifully designed with an eye catching two story high feature wall and a skylight. I found the lay out was easy to navigate. While checking out the store I immediately set my eyes on a sweater that I loved and stopped looking around because I didn't want to be tempted into spending everything in my bank account. 

Below are a few photos from the event. 

Fall Knits and Suede

I'm so obsessed with the boots I'm wearing in this outfit, but shortly after I bought them it snowed and I haven't had very many chances to wear them. I'm also totally obsessed with this sweater and I have been wearing it constantly. A couple years ago I went through a cardigan phase, and now I'm loving all kinds of knitted sweaters. 

Well, I don't have too much to say. It's been snowing a lot and I have mostly been staying indoors, drinking a lot of coffee and working away on papers for school. JP and I have some friends visiting from Austrailia for the next few weeks are we are so excited that they are here! 

xo Ashley

Outfit Details
Sweater and necklace ℅ H&M
Rag & Bone ombre jeans
Gap suede ankle boots

Photos by my little sister

Autumn Chill

posted on: Friday, November 8, 2013

I'm sitting at home procrastinating going for a run and working on homework. I have been drinking my coffee as slowly as possible and savouring the morning. I don't want to start my homework yet because if I get in a writing mood I will definitely bail on my run. My exercise goal for this fall/winter was to run outdoors as often as I can, but I'm having a hard time actually sticking to this goal. It's already snowed here and it's making me want to just sit indoor everyday.  To give me some more motivation, yesterday I checked out a running path close to my house that I haven't been on before. I definitely want to test it out. Well, enough procrastinating for today. I'm off for my run. 

Outfit Details
Talula Trooper Jacket via Aritzia (similar)
studded sweatshirt ℅ Joe Fresh
Joe Fresh ankle boots
Gap coated denim (gift from Karolina's Style)
Willow Earrings ℅ Adorie

Photos by my little sister

Revlon By Marchesa Nail Art 3D Jewel Appliques

posted on: Friday, November 1, 2013

A few weeks ago I was sent the some of the limited edition Revlon By Marchesa Nail Art 3D Jewel Appliques to test out. The nail appliqués are designed to translate red carpet couture gowns into something any woman can wear everyday. The appliqués feature metallics, bold colours, beading, and intricate prints. So far I've only tried out Gilded Mosaic. They are so beautiful I'm afraid to ruin them! I also want to save a few for some special occasions. I think a fun way to wear them ( and save them!) would be to paint your nails a complimentary colour and use only one nail appliqué on an accent nail. I think this is what I'm going to try next. If you want to see a photo of how Gilded Mosaic turned out I put a photo up on my Instagram and Facebook page

When I applied the Gilded Mosaic appliqué, I used a base coat underneath and I'm not sure that this was the best method. Maybe it was because I didn't let the base coat dry fully, but the first hand that I did turned out a little wrinkled. I removed the base coat from my other hand and started out with clean nails and they turned out much better. I also took the time to smooth out my second hand so that may have helped as well. The thing I like most about the nail appliqués is that there is no wait or drying time. It's quick and easy. They can also last for quite a while, but you can also remove them with no fuss. 

Click here for a video I found with some really great application tips and tricks. 

Crown Jewels, Gilded Mosaic, Royal Burgundy

Evening Garnet, Jeweled Noir, 24K Brocade

24K Brocade, Beaded Couture, Crown Jewels, Evening Garnet, Gilded Mosaic, Silk Rosette, Jeweled Noir, Royal Burgundy
Photos courtesy of Revlon and Marchesa
Photos courtesy of Revlon and Marchesa

Photos courtesy of Revlon and Marchesa

House of Bloggers Shopping Bazzar

For anyone who is from Calgary and area, come stop by Eau Claire Market on Sunday, November 3 from 12-5, for the chance to shop my closet at the  House of Bloggers Shopping Bazaar. Myself and a few other local bloggers will be selling our clothes with proceeds going towards Kids Cancer Care. This poster is a sneak peek at some of the items that will be for sale at the event. 

Along with shopping local bloggers closets, you will also have the chance to shop from local retailers, there will be hourly giveaways, and a silent auction. 

Check out the Facebook event for more information and check out House of Bloggers Facebook page to be the first to hear about future events. 

You can also keep up to date and help spread the word through twitter by following and tweeting #HOByyc and @kidscancercare

See you there!