New Beginnings & Heels

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Hello, hello. I have written the first sentence to this post and deleted it about 20 times now; only because I am not sure where to start! I created this blog with the intentions of reaching out to others who are paving their way of life like myself, and being a true-life example of the ups and downs of this journey that not many people may talk about openly, or post all over the internet. Today we are living in a society where social media takes over (which we’re all aware of) and perfection is the new norm. When we look at other people’s Instagram or Facebook it’s so easy to compare and wish for the perfection we see in those photos. Guess what? That’s not entirely real. I’m not saying that every picture posted on social media is fake, but it’s only a glimpse into someone’s life. I could use this post to talk about the surface level stuff; that these pictures above show some of my favorite pieces in my closet – the heels, cut-offs, slouchy bag, and a white tee (aka: necessities)… and although styling is incredibly important to me and a creative outlet, I am choosing to go a little deeper with this one.

These pictures were taken a few days before a breakup and I didn’t have it all together during the shoot. I simply went through the motions of posing for these pictures all while feeling those terrible feelings of knowing a relationship is coming to an end (you know what I mean). I pushed myself to go out and take those pictures because it’s what I LOVE TO DO. Sometimes life feels like it’s never going to look up or things might never change… I know the feeling, but everything passes. EVERYTHING passes. I have experienced heartbreak, love, tragedy, loss, joy that makes me cry, and spiritual awakenings. Life is meant to surprise us – how else would we learn? How else would we grow? We wouldn’t. I seem to always thank God when things are great, but forget to thank the universe when turning my world upside down. It’s easy to be grateful when things seem perfect, but what about when things aren’t even close to perfect? Have you ever met someone who seems to have it all together, and their life looks perfect? Probably. Have you ever met someone who has experienced the ups and downs of life, but may be pessimistic? Most likely, yes. Have you met those people who go out of their comfort zone, have gone through ups and downs, have learned from those experiences, and you feel so inspired by just talking to them? I hope so! That is the person I strive to be.

It’s easy to feel sorry for yourself, mope around, and say “why me?!” But that will get you nowhere. If you’re going through one of life’s downs, allow yourself the time to grieve or be sad, but at some point (sooner rather than later) you have to put your big girl panties on, stop feeling sorry for yourself, and do what makes you happy!  That is why I will continue to do the things that I love and inspire me every day, even if I don’t feel completely up to it – Like putting on those damn high heels, styling clothes, and posing for pictures 😉

I leave you with a quote (and outfit details below) –

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.

-Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

TOP / Zara

SHORTS / Urban Outfitters

SHOES / Zara

BAG / Zara

SUNNIES / Warby Parker

Xx AP

California Outtakes.

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San Diego Sunset
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Cali Style
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Cali Style

Sweater // Target (Sold Out) – One similar, here

Black Denim Shorts // Cotton On (Sold Out)

Blue Denim Shorts // Urban Outfitters (Sold Out, but actually like the ones I have linked better!)

Tennies // ASOS (Sold Out)

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I have always been a city girl at heart, but maybe I’ve changed my mind? Totally kidding – but San Diego really is gorgeous! You can wear a Fall and Summer outfit in the SAME DAY. What girl doesn’t want that? I had so much fun playing with different outfits that I can’t wear in Texas during July.

The bag I’m carrying is everything. The details are amazing! What’s even more amazing is that I got it for 75% off (gasp). Apparently I headed to Zara at the right time when they were trying to get rid of everything to make room for the Fall collection, so everything was marked insanely down. I really had to have some self control and said no to basically a whole rack of cute clothes I definitely did not need! I was actually quite proud of myself. Although, there was a great leather bag that was originally $130 down to $35 and I passed it up! Kind of mad about that one. Moral of the story – watch out for those Zara “Let’s Get Rid of Everything” sales.

I have had a whirlwind of a month; from moving, to going out of town a bunch, and just a lot of transitioning, it’s been all over the place to say the least. With that being said, I am so happy to be home and get back to work on some exciting things to come that I can’t wait to announce to you guys. Thank you all for tuning in!

Xx AP

Boho & Feminine

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Boho Outfit
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I’m sitting at a coffee shop right now and I’m feeling like a hipster/sorority girl poser. I am guilty of wearing Chacos, an XL t-shirt, and Nike shorts, drinking a sugar-free soy vanilla latte, and listening to “indie chillout” on Spotify. You are allowed to laugh. I actually haven’t dressed like this or have written in a coffee shop (which I actually love) in so long. I’m kind of in my happy place right now, but I know I will kick myself later because I forgot to order decaf and it’s 9:00 PM. Damn it.

I have kind of been all over the place lately. I’ve been working a lot at the boutique, so I haven’t had much time to dedicate to my blog! I also left my camera at home in San Antonio, so #oops. One of the many things I love about my job is that I get to wear beautiful items every day, which is what I am mostly showing you guys in this post. There are few pieces that aren’t Rio Ritz, which I will specify for y’all from top to bottom:

I really can’t get away from the boho look. I definitely explore different styles all the time, but I always seem to come back to the boho, laid-back attire. I have really been loving anything romantic and feminine lately as well. I think the first outfit above really falls under that category. The subtle pink and neutrals make the outfit girly and delicate. My style changes from day to day, so tomorrow I could be feeling different and wear all black. That’s the fun of fashion!

I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Memorial Day! Mine will be spent in a coffee shop getting some much needed work done and then paddle boarding on Lady Bird Lake.. yippee!

xx Ashton Paige

Vintage.

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I have always been in love with the whole messy, effortless look and my adoration in only getting stronger. Vintage clothing sure pairs well with it! I purchased these pants (that I am currently obsessed with) from Rio Ritz, of course. They have a really great vintage collection since each item is handpicked by the owner, so you don’t have to rummage through a thrift store for hours to find a cute item. Since buying these pants I remembered how much I love thrift shopping. You find the BEST stuff and it’s so cheap! I like how every piece of clothing has a story behind it. I’ve been asking girls who come into our store recently where they got their shoes, shirt, blouse, etc., and it’s usually “Goodwill!”, or some thrift store. When being on a tight budget (like me as a young woman starting out) it can be hard to keep a wardrobe fresh, so thrifting is something I’ll have to try again! 

The shoes. I have been finding every excuse to wear heels lately. It’s such a new thing for me to wear a casual heel since I really didn’t think there was such a thing as a “casual heel,” but I love these nude strap heels by Aldo – they go with everything (obviously, they’re nude). I have always been a flats, tennies, and sandals kind of gal, but I am venturing out! It’s just always been easier for me to drop money on clothing rather than a pair of shoes. Is that just me??

Happy Graduation to all the new grads out there! This time of our lives is scary, but so exciting. Like I’ve said before, we don’t need to have it all figured out right now. This is our time to grow, find our passion, and build on it. I am very excited for new projects and collaborations to come; I cannot wait for you all to go on this journey with me! xx

Spring Skincare

Happy Hump Day!!

Let’s talk Spring skincare, y’all. I was going to write a post on all my favorite products right now, but figured I wouldn’t be able to give you guys a full description of each product like a video would accomplish! I’m actually loving the videos, so you’ll definitely be seeing some more (better quality ones) soon! In this video I talk about my favorite night-time items I use in the Spring, and will soon give y’all a description of my morning routine. I am obsessed with skincare products… especially the ones that smell calming and make you feel like you’re at a spa. These items all do just that for me, plus they give me that dewey glow I aim for in the warmer seasons. Skincare is SO important. Your skin will be with you FOREVER, so take care of it. Enjoy!

xo AP

Kieh's Hydrating Masque

Denim Bells

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Hello hello and happy Monday!

I have had this button down and pair of denim bell-bottoms for over a year and have never thought of putting these two items together. Blogging has given me the opportunity to go through all my clothes and put items together I had never thought of piecing together before. I think that’s because I never allowed myself enough time to get ready and now so much more detail is going into what I wear every day! I’m also realizing how many items I actually own, as well as how many other things I really NEED.

Like I mentioned in my last post where you can find here, I had a very off week last week. I am hoping to make this a better one, so I am making myself go to hot yoga every single morning… as I should be doing already, but no better time to start than now! I’ve been going to Bfree yoga in Austin, but if anyone has any other suggestions on where to go, I’d love to hear it. Have a good week you guys!

Button-down Top // The Loft

Denim Bell-bottoms // Nordstrom BP

Fedora // Rio Ritz Boutique

Lace-up Heels // Rio Ritz Boutique

Brown Leather Purse // Fossil

xx AP
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Confidence is Beauty

Spring Maxi Dress

Spring Maxi Dress

Spring Maxi DressHello loves,

I apologize for the lack of posts lately! This week has been one of those off weeks for me where everything just seems to go wrong. Does anyone ever have those? My first reaction is to relate it to astrology – like something MUST be off in the Sag world… I’m kind of obsessed with the whole Zodiac thing. Although this week has been a little rough, I really thought about the purpose of this blog. I created this fashion lifestyle blog to not only express my love for style and beauty, but for something more than that which I feel is extremely important. My intentions have always been to inspire women, give them confidence, and help them feel their best, and that is what I intend to do here through every single post.

A friend of mine told me recently that I was good at being honest in all aspects of life. She said she wished she was able to say “I really like my hair today,” or legs, butt, whatever (you get the picture). This shocked me because she was basically telling me she couldn’t give herself a compliment! Some of you may be thinking that it’s conceited or narcissistic to say out loud that you look good… and that is what is so wrong. Women should not feel like they can’t say they feel beautiful, sexy, or pretty. Confidence is so incredibly important and our generation of young women needs more of it.

I chose to wear this dress for this specific post because well, for one I think it’s a gorgeous Spring item, but more importantly because there are parts of my body I don’t like in it. I bet you don’t even know what they are because truthfully, nobody cares! Confidence is key. OWN IT. Without confidence I’m sure you would be able to find my insecurities within an instant. What I’m trying to say is that women need to be more confident. When you feel beautiful or sexy (as you should!!!) you should be able to say it without having some kind of stigma or judgement made upon you. I believe you should always feel your best in love, life, and YOUR style. Those who love you will always make you feel beautiful, and when you invest your time in the things you love, it shows. Happiness + confidence = beauty. Wear something that accentuates what you love about yourself today! Whether that’s a certain color that brings out your eyes, or a pair of shorts that shows off your legs. Help yourself feel beautiful, know you are beautiful, and do not apologize for it.

Maxi Dress // MADE Fashion Week – Macy’s

xoxo AP

Happy Birthday

Dad's Birthday

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This day is one of the most important days because it is the birthday of the man who made me, me. My father, David, is the most caring and loving human being I have ever known and I would not be the person I am today if it weren’t for him. He did everything for me – from carpools (I know my childhood friends remember that) to helping me with boy advice. He did all of it… and I’ve never known another dad as dedicated as he was. The picture above of my dad was a photo I snapped of him in NYC, with the camera he gave me that started it all. It was the first time I had ever been and he took me for my 18th birthday. It’s something I will never forget! I remember telling him, “I will live here one day,” and his response was “and I’m sure you will, sweetie.” I believe that he gave me the confidence I needed to achieve my dreams and made me feel like I was “enough.” I believe my dad instilled a confidence in me that no one could ever do, and I will forever be grateful. I love you dad, and you will forever be missed!

xx AP

Beach Waves: A How To

Beach Waves

I made my first hair tutorial!! I am super excited to share this with you guys because it’s something I have been wanting to do for a long time. This tutorial is all about how to get the perfect beach wave without going to the beach (although let’s be honest, that’d be nice). Below the video I listed the products I use for this look and the good news is that these products are ALL on Amazon! It’s seriously the best and cheapest way to shop beauty. I hope you all enjoy!

xx AP


Summer Fiesta

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Summer Outfit
Summer Outfit
Denim Shorts

 

First off, can we just stop and appreciate how great both of my brother’s photography skills are?? Jake took the photos of me in the last post, and Zach took the photos for this post. I am a very lucky sister to have such patient and supportive little brothers!

The other day I went to Forever 21 (gasp) for the first time in forever. I really hate rummaging through everything in there, but when you take the time to do so, you find a few gems. My shorts and my shirt are both from Forever 21 and they’re PERFECT for Fiesta (shout out to all my San Antonians) and for Summer in general. Which speaking of Summer, one of favorite things to do is pack away all my Winter clothes and trade them in for all my warm weather clothes! It’s like going shopping all over again because most of the time I totally forget that I had most of it. Seriously the greatest feeling EVER. My newest obsession this Spring is denim… especially denim shorts and distressed jeans. I really can’t believe I found these shorts at such a great price, but then again F21 always seems to surprise me! They have some great items right now, which made it so hard for me not to buy everything I tried on…the struggle.

Tomorrow I’ll be posting about how I get my beach waves, so stay tuned!

xo AP