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

Easter Weekend at Home

Coloring Easter Eggs
Puppy
Button down shirt
Casual button down

Braids

Braids

FIRST OUTFIT: I love love love pairing button downs with casual denim. This was the perfect attire for an Easter BBQ – especially since it was 70 degrees! Ahh, perfect weather. My denim shorts are One Teaspoon, but the ones I am wearing are out of stock, but you can find similar ones here!  

SECOND OUTFIT: I am wearing my FAVORITE tee by Junk Food Clothing that I got on Amazon. It is sooo soft and looks even better once it has worn down. Unfortunately, this specific tee is out of stock on Amazon, BUT I have listed below some of my other favorite JFC tees! I always get mine a size or two bigger. 

 

Sometimes I forget how much I love being home until I finally make the trip. It’s not like Austin and San Antonio are even far from each other! Lately I have been getting super caught up in my routine in Austin and I haven’t stopped, sat back, and relaxed in a while. For the first time ever I am living by myself with no roommates (it’s great, I have to admit), so there is a TON of me-time. I know I’ve probably said it before, and it won’t be the last time, but I believe that the most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. Moving to Austin, living on my own, working with all new people, has given me a new perspective. It has allowed me to look at life differently and learn how to enjoy it alone, and I think that is incredibly important. This time away from my roots and learning how to blossom on my own has made me appreciate the times I have with my family even more. To say the least, this Easter weekend was so great and was just what I needed.

I hope everyone had a great Holiday weekend and thank you for stopping by!

xx AP

Simplicity

Hello Everyone!

Quick Update: I am back from the hospital and Donnie is doing great. It turns out it takes 8 hours to diagnose a muscle spasm. Yes, that’s right – a muscle spasm. Like I always say, I’d rather be safe than sorry! Thankfully it was nothing major.

 

The other day I went on a hunt for some good jeans. I don’t know about you, but I am INCREDIBLY picky when is comes to great-fitting jeans, and I don’t want to spend a fortune. I always gave my mom such a hard time a couple years ago for shopping at Gap, saying it was “sooo 90’s!” but it’s definitely made its comeback! I absolutely hated jeans for the longest time, but I was finally ready to invest in a couple pairs of good ones and found them at, of course, Gap.

I am a lover of simplicity and believe that less is more; natural make-up, natural hair, neutrals, and basics. Every girl should have their own mini collection of basics in their closet. The basic items I’m wearing today are the most important to me – and you can always dress them up with a pair of black heels and leather jacket! Today, I dressed it down:

  • Simple tee-shirt (white, grey, and black)
  • Jeans of your preference – I prefer high-waisted skinny (which I’m wearing in the picture) and boyfriend
  • When chilly, a blue-jean jacket
  • Black booties
  • Black hat for a little something extra (I know hats are a little intimidating, but get over the fear of looking silly – NEWS FLASH! You don’t. Wear it!)
Simplicity

White-tee: Urban Outfitters High-waisted skinnies: Gap Black booties: TopShop

 

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Jean jacket: Ralph Lauren

 

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Black hat: J-Crew

These are some of my favorite items in my closet. In my opinion, it’s so much smarter to shop good basics versus one or two expensive items that you can’t get away with wearing everyday. Granted, it’s always fun to have those stand-out pieces, but you can always mix & match neutral basics! Plus, let’s be honest, you don’t see models wearing what they wore on the runway on the daily. Let’s take note 🙂

If you’re craving more simplicity inspiration, check out this great post from one of my favorite blogs by Mary Seng, HAPPILY GREY. Enjoy!

XO Ashton Paige