Friday, November 16, 2018

Tweed & Fur Jacket

Jacket | Sweater | Jeans | Boots (similar style here) | Purse | Necklace | Earrings | Sunglasses

Happy Friday, friends! 

This week has just flown by, and it definitely was one to remember. Not only did I finish up a lot of last minute wedding details, but I picked up my wedding dress (it's been being made for nearly six months!), and finally got to see our custom made weddings bands. Eek so exciting! I am not going to lie, I'm currently a mix of nerves, excitement, name it, I'm feeling it. Everyone has told me that it's over before you know it, so I am certainly soaking it all in. After so much planning, I'm not going to take this special time for granted. 

Speaking of special, how fun is this fur and tweed jacket? With the cooler weather we've been having, it's been the perfect go-to! However, last week when I actually shot this look, it was nearly 90 degrees and OTN boots, a sweater, and jacket were the last thing I wanted to wear! The quality of the faux fur is excellent, but I was a little disappointed by the fit of both the sweater and the jacket - definitely go up a size, as they run small. 

I always get asked so many questions on this purse. It's such a statement piece, and goes with everything. It can be dressed up or down, and I love that it only looks expensive. Can you believe the price tag is $30?! My jeans are also a steal, and are currently on sale for $40! They run TTS, but I typically size down because they have a lot of give (they're made with a mix of spandex material). 

I hope you have a fantastic weekend! 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Pink Power Suit

Blazer | Pants | Cami | Shoes | Purse (more affordable version here) | Necklace | Earrings

Hello pretty pantsuit! I've long been a fan of suits, and love the fact that they're becoming more commonplace for women to wear. 

I remember growing up my dad would always wear the sharpest suits. He would look so professional, like 'he meant business.' I definitely still feel that way today, and I love when I see a woman wearing a chic and tailored suit. It is the perfect mix of masculine and feminine, and always looks effortless..

Suits are definitely associated with business professionals, but I feel like we're starting to see suits re-imagined as short sets, sport coat dresses, and in bold hues like this over-sized pink pantsuit. This blazer and pants are sold as separates, but they're both currently on sale for under $50.

I wanted to play up the girly vibe by wearing it with this lace floral printed cami. It's the perfect top to change into for date night after work, or to go grab happy hour with your girlfriends.

Friday, November 9, 2018

From Miss to Mrs - Giving You The Dish on All Our Wedding Details

Dress (similar style here & here) | Shoes | Clutch | Necklace (similar style here) | Earrings | Sunglasses 

I am so excited to finally share with you that Adam and I are getting MARRIED this month!!! That's right, I'll be a Mrs. in only a few weeks.

With all the planning and traveling that's been going on, it has been challenging to not scream it from the roof top and spill the beans. It's also been a bit overwhelming and chaotic, as well! 

We've kept it 'hush-hush' the past few months because we've really wanted to live in the moment and appreciate this time. Also, there were a lot of little details that I wanted to make sure were ironed out before I announced everything. I suppose that's the superstitious person in me - I always want everything perfect, and dotted with an "i" and crossed with a "t."

Also, as I've mentioned in the past, Adam is someone who really values his privacy, and I totally respect that. In all honesty, I'm really private as well, which I'm sure is hard to believe since I live my life on the internet. I think here's a lot to be said for maintaining a sense of privacy in a world where everyone feels like they need to blast everything all over the internet to make sure it matters. Yep, that's just not me/us. 

But, if you do follow me on Instagram, you may have had your suspicions that this news was coming (I actually was surprised how many of you messaged me asking me if I was wedding planning).  It was probably the frequent trips back and forth to San Francisco, or alluding that "big news" coming soon that gave it away! Like I said, it's been hard to keep it all in, especially considering how insanely excited I am. I really think there is going to be no day more special than this one. 

As I just mentioned, I have been going back and forth to San Francisco a lot, because that is where we are going to get married! SF is where Adam and I met, so it only seemed fitting to return to the city that we love so much, and that brought us together. There are obviously a lot more details about that date, location, flowers, and the dress that I want to share with you, so stay tuned! If there are any specific questions you have, or things you want to know about our big, be sure to send me an email or message me!

Have a great weekend:)

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

2018 Arthritis Foundation Bone Bash

I don't even know where to begin!! The 2018 Bone Bash was an absolute hit (and that's putting it mildly). Celebrating it's sixth year, the annual Halloween themed gala benefiting the Arthritis Foundation broke all records by welcoming over 500 guests, and making $340,000!! I cannot tell you how truly humbled and proud I am to be part of this organization, and what an honor to Chair this year's event.  

The theme was "Around the World," and everyone showed up in their costumed bests. From crazy tourists, to lederhosen, geisha's, saris, Cleopatra, Medusa and more, their was a little bit of ethnic flair from everywhere.  

When we started planning the gala nearly nine months ago, I could not wait to explore my options. If you've followed Ashley Nicole Style for a while, you know I love Halloween and even more, I love to go all out. The pressure is real to do it bigger and better every year. This year I knew I wanted something over the top, but I also wanted part of the "costume" to be practical to wear in the future. I quickly turned to my friend and designer extraordinaire David Peck, of Miles David to help me come up with a custom piece that would be showstopping. 

He immediately thought we should play up the theme and have me go as "Around the World in 80 Days." The fabric we chose for the dress is covered in passport stamps, which is proof of any world traveler. The balloon headpiece floated high in the sky, and even had it's own flame (aka light) which I wish you could see better in these pictures. Due to the fact that the dress was formal, yet sexy, I wanted to make it a bit more fun by adding sequin hot pants. David found this great multi-color fabric which tied in with all of the passport stamps, and even adorned my headpiece with some matching strands of the fabric. 

The night was surely one to remember. For everyone wondering how long I left me hefty headpiece on for, the answer is all night! It certainly helped my posture as I had to stand straight and needed to fully turn to talk to anyone! Not to mention I couldn't look down, so I had to drink my champs out of a straw and Adam had to cut my food for me (I fed myself though for the record)! ;)

I have been involved with the Foundation for nearly a decade, and since moving to Houston five years ago, I've part of the Bone Bash. I was previously the Youth Honoree and Co-Chair of this event, and I cannot tell you how excited I get every year to begin planning.When we started planning, I never imaged our event would have such an incredible turnout and raise so much money. We also created a lot of buzz and received coverage in several blogs, magazines, and news outlets. If any of you have ever Chaired and event before, or been a part of a committee, you know how many countless hours go into planning the event. From soliciting donors, to selling tables, organizing the silent auction, props, seating charts, decor, and so on, it's a labor of love. 

Most of the committee members, including myself, are affected from arthritis in some way. I suffered from arthritis as a child before going into remission at the age of 12, and was rediagnosed as an adult in 2013. Having a relationship with something so personal is what makes us all incredibly passionate about furthering the success and the mission of the foundation. We continue to pray that one day we'll find a cure. 

Photo credit: Priscilla Dickson & Wilson Parish 

Monday, October 8, 2018

Bell Sleeve Blouse

Top (similar style here & here) | Skirt | Purse (budget friendly version here) | Shoes (similar style here) | Necklace | Bracelet | Earrings 

Hey there, friends! I hope your October is off to a great start. 

It has been a jam packed few weeks, and it doesn't look like there's any chance of life slowing down anytime soon. From events, to travel, brand partnerships and work, we're definitely kicking it into high gear over here! 

I'm off to San Francisco and Newport Beach this week, and I am so excited to be heading back to California. Since moving from SF nearly five years ago (!!!), I haven't been back as often as I would like, so I'm thrilled to be returning to my old stomping grounds. I am doing some really fun things while I am there, and I can't wait to share them with you soon! After that I'm headed down to SoCal and staying at The Resort at Pelican Hill. I can't wait to finally stay there, as I've heard amazing things. I've already booked my spa day, and I'm definitely going to soak up some R&R while I am there.

See you soon! 


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