Glam Girl – Lauren Ashley

Glam Girl – Lauren Ashley: We are over-the-moon excited to be introducing you to one of our newest closet owners, 20-something year old Lauren Ashley from The Fashionista’s Diary!  Lauren Ashley hails from Miami, Florida and shares a daily dose of fashion and style with her loyal following of readers. We adore Lauren Ashley’s classic yet playful style and never tire of browsing through her fabulously chic ensembles!  Make sure you visit the closet of The Fashionista’s Diary to shop the gorgeous items listed and read on to discover all about Lauren Ashley, her style inspirations and what motivated her to enter the wonderful world of fashion blogging.

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What motivated you to start your blog?
I started my blog because I’ve always wanted to inspire others. I know, that sounds cliche. But it’s true! I also always dreamt of having my own little creative space where I could share with anyone and everyone the evolution of my sense of style, as well as my own personal growth! Ever since I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by all things fashion and beauty. I started when I was younger. I no longer let my mom pick out my outfits in the morning (this was at age three!) and I started dressing myself. I love how everyone has a different sense of style and how that represents who you are and what kind of person you are.

How does the city you live in inspire your day-to-day fashion?
Miami is a melting pot. It’s definitely a bit crazy and overwhelming at times, but I’ve grown up here so I’m used to it. It’s definitely influenced my style because I’ve tested the limits, tried out different trends and have really pushed my boundaries because of Miami. It’s also always (almost) hot in Miami. So definitely preparing outfits based on the weather, whether it’s winter or summer, has been a huge factor in my day-to-day fashion.

 
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Who are your style icons?
My style icons would have to be Olivia Palermo and Jessica Alba. I love their classic yet feminine style and wish I could take a few things from each of their wardrobes!

Name one piece every woman should have in her wardrobe and why?
Every woman should have a LBD. But, besides that, I think every woman should have one nice purse. Why? Because it’s an investment. I started saving and buying purses when I was young. It was my thing and still is. I love purses but I especially appreciate those purses that I saved up for. Purses are something you can keep forever. So why not save up, whether it be in a piggy bank or savings account, for the purse of your dreams?

What items do you always carry in your handbag?
I always have a lipgloss. My favorite is Dior Addict Lip Glow. It really just enhances your own lip color but is moisturizes at the same time. I have a business card holder from Vera Bradley that holds my business cards (you never know when you’re going to need them). I also have my big wallet, my little keychain wallet, a small perfume bottle to freshen up after a long day, an umbrella to prevent a potential wardrobe and hair disaster, a notebook to jot down any ideas for the blog and my powder. Oh, and I also always carry gum! You never know when you’re going to be craving that garlic bread roll…

 
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What is the best beauty trick you’ve ever learned?
Not to wear makeup everyday! I know, as girls, it’s hard. But if you let your skin breathe every now and then, you’ll see a huge difference.

Tell us…what is something not many people know about you?
One thing not many people know about me is that I am extremely (and I mean extremely) sensitive. I take everything to heart and it kills me when someone is unhappy with me or doesn’t like me. My family always tells me that not everyone is always going to like me, but it still kills me. I also used to be bullied all throughout middle school and high school. In a way, my blog is a way to show those who hurt me that I’m not knocked down, but instead standing up taller than ever.

What are your favourite prints or colors to mix? Do you have any tips?
I love mixing leopard and plaid! It’s my latest favorite. I also love leopard and stripes. Basically, anything leopard. If I could give one tip to anyone mixing prints, I would say to just go for it. Ask a friend or two before heading out the door (trust me, this will only benefit you!) and feel brave and confident in your decision to really just go for it.

 
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When you need a little pick-me-up, how do you add sparkle to your life and feel good?
When I’m feeling down and want to feel better, I buy fresh flowers. There’s something so great and uplifting about a fresh bouquet and it’s really something I enjoy. I also love getting manicures. Not for anyone else, but for myself. It’s a great feeling looking put-together even if you don’t feel your best. Dress to impress no matter how up or down you’re feeling!

How do you start your day? Do you have a morning routine?
I start my day by getting woken up by my chihuahua, Iggy. I then wash my face, brush my teeth, eat some breakfast and the rest of the day depends on what my plans are. Sometimes I’ll work on some posts and answer emails before I head out the door, while other days I’ll be catching up on Scandal.

 
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Shop ‘The Fashionista’s Diary’ Closet

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Preppy Piperlime Sweater ($35) | Long Magnolia Necklace ($20) | Cute Denim Joggers ($23)

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AUTHOR: Jessica Derrick

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Monday Edit – 5 Fab Favorites

Monday Edit – 5 Fab Favorites: Welcome to another week! Our favorite part of Monday has become browsing the blogosphere to select five of our favorite looks to share with you. Today does not disappoint. We begin with Hello Fashion in a cute and preppy ensemble with a gorgeous plaid blazer followed by Seams For A Desire in a soft, feminine combination of salmon, black and leopard that is a little bit pretty and a little bit glam. Next, we have Sequins and Stripes proving that black is in fact, the new black in a head to toe black ensemble that is totally classic and totally chic.  This Time Tomorrow is stunning in a jaw-dropping green dress that has us dreaming of somewhere to wear it and finally, Devon Rachel proves that Fall is fabulous in an outfit that manages to be casual, cool and an ideal style for this time of year. We hope you’ve enjoyed today’s showcase! Tell us, which would you pick as ‘Outfit of the Week’?

Monday Edit - 5 Fab Favorites - Hello Fashion
Hello Fashion

 
 

Monday Edit - 5 Fab Favorites - Seams for a Desire
Seams for a Desire

 
 

Monday Edit - 5 Fab Favorites - Sequins & Stripes
Sequins & Stripes

 
 

Monday Edit - 5 Fab Favorites - This Time Tomorrow
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Monday Edit - 5 Fab Favorites - Devon Rachel
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Must Have – Messenger Bag

Must Have – Messenger Bag: You know how much we love an accessory that is as practical as it is chic.  That is why we are pausing for a moment to consider all that is brilliant about the messenger bag.  Great for travelling to other countries as your valuables remain safely out of reach, and the different compartments ensure the contents of your bag always remain in order. This is one piece of arm candy that is wise to invest in!  A messenger bag looks fantastic in classic black, however we also adore a bold color or pattern for an instant statement maker. We’ve been on the lookout for our favorite versions of this practical and stylish accessory. Tell us, which color messenger would you most like to have in your bag collection?

Must Have - Messenger Bag - Native Fox
Native Fox

 
 

Must Have - Messenger Bag - The Fashionista's Diary
The Fashionista’s Diary

 
 

Must Have - Messenger Bag - Wendy's Lookbook
Wendy’s Lookbook

 
 

Must Have - Messenger Bag - Happily Grey
Happily Grey

 
 

Must Have - Messenger Bag - Always Judging  Always Judging

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Feeling – Frilly

Feeling – Frilly: Sometimes we find ourselves in the mood to be frilly. You know the days, when you feel like drinking tea from a pretty china tea cup for no reason whatsoever.  These are the best days! When you are feeling frilly, it’s no surprise you want to dress the part. We’re talking dainty lace frilled skirts, a wide frill blouse or and off the shoulder dress. So next time you want to embrace everything frilly, take a peek at the fabulous inspiration we’ve collected for you below. Tell us, what is your favorite thing to do when you’re feeling frilly?

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Margo & Me

 
 

Feeling - Frilly - Viva Luxury
Viva Luxury

 
 

Feeling - Frilly - Lovely Pepa
Lovely Pepa

 
 

Feeling - Frilly - A Piece of Toast
A Piece of Toast

 
 

Feeling - Frilly - Gal Meets Glam
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Iconic Item – The Tulle Skirt

Iconic Item – The Tulle Skirt: Ever since Carrie Bradshaw graced our screens in the opening credits of Sex and The City, the tulle skirt has become somewhat immortalised into fashion history.  Impossibly feminine, a tulle skirt has us dreaming of ballerinas and everything girly.  Allow the tutu to be the star of your ensemble by pairing it with a basic tee or turtleneck.  We also adore the contrast of a leather jacket if the weather calls for it.  One thing is for certain, whichever way you style it, you can be sure you’ll be making a memorable statement.  We’ve been searching high and low for our favorite tutu looks for inspiration.  Tell us, which is your favorite combination?

Iconic Item - The Tulle Skirt - Lovely Pepa
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Iconic Item - The Tulle Skirt - Walk in Wonderland
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Iconic Item - The Tulle Skirt - Seams For A Desire
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Iconic Item - The Tulle Skirt - Cotton & Curls
Cotton & Curls

 
 

Iconic Item - The Tulle Skirt - Make Life Easier
Make Life Easier

 
 

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If you’re needing a little tutu inspiration without breaking the bank, shop Bloggers Closet…

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J.Crew Embellished Top ($25) |  Emerald Tulle Skirt ($20) | Gold capped Black Flats ($10)

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AUTHOR: Jessica Derrick

Color Me – Burgundy

Color Me – Burgundy: The deep wine color that is perfect for this time of year, a burgundy shade is dark, mysterious and elegant all in one.  This classic color is warming and regal and looks gorgeous as a statement piece – a felt fedora, a feathered jacket or a pair of suede heels. We particularly adore this color when showcased in a feminine dress or billowing blouse. We have been collecting some burgundy beauties for inspiration. Tell us, do you have a favorite burgundy item you love to wear in Fall?

Color Me - Burgundy - Southern Curls & Pearls
Southern Curls & Pearls

 
 

Color Me - Burgundy - Always Judging
Always Judging

 
 

Color Me - Burgundy - Native Fox
The Native Fox

 
 

Color Me - Burgundy - Wendy's Lookbook
Wendy’s Lookbook

 
 

Color Me - Burgundy - Brooklyn Blonde
Brooklyn Blonde

 
 

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Bloggers Closet has a selection of stunning burgundy items to shop…

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J.Crew Chiffon Dress ($52) | Burgundy Felt Fedora ($9.99) | Burgundy Oversized Clutch ($6)

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Monday Edit - 5 Fab Favorites - Tuula
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Monday Edit - 5 Fab Favorites -Corals & Cognacs
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Monday Edit - 5 Fab Favorites - Queen of Jet Lags
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Monday Edit - 5 Fab Favorites - Atlantic Pacific
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Outfit Inspiration – Office Chic: We understand that the daily grind of working in an office can leave you feeling uninspired stylistically.  But think of it in the way that working in an office as another opportunity to develop a different side of your style.  A corporate, or casual business style is an important look to have in your repertoire.  Investing in a few quality basics such as a pencil skirt, a pair of comfortable pumps and a coat is wise, these are the items that form the base of your office ensemble. Then, by having a range of mix-and-match separates you can intersperse these with your basics to ensure your look remains on-trend without breaking the bank.We’ve been on the search for some superbly chic office wear to share.  Tell us, do you work in an office? What is your favorite corporate inspired item?

Outfit Inspiration - Office Chic - The Classy Cubicle
The Classy Cubicle

 
 

Outfit Inspiration - Office Chic - Cupcakes & Cashmere
Cupcakes & Cashmere

 
 

Outfit Inspiration - Office Chic - Wendy's Lookbook
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Outfit Inspiration - Office Chic - Pink Peonies
Pink Peonies

 
 

Outfit Inspiration - Office Chic - The Teacher Diva
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Bloggers Closet have some beautiful office-worthy pieces that won’t break the bank…

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Blush Lasercut Midi Skirt ($17) | Black Elie Tahari Pumps ($35) | Ivory Cap Sleeve Blouse ($6)

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Fall Trend - Chunky Knit Sweater - Camille Over The Rainbow
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Fall Trend - Chunky Knit Sweater - With Love From Kat
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Fall Trend - Chunky Knit Sweater - Atlantic Pacific
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Fall Trend - Chunky Knit Sweater - Sugar & Chiffon
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Fall Trend - Chunky Knit Sweater - M Loves M
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Calypso St. Barth Grey Cardigan ($50) | Colorblocked Knit Sweater ($40) | Cream Cable Knit Cardigan ($40)

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Feeling - Fancy - Hello Fashion
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Feeling - Fancy - Who What Wear
Who What Wear

 
 

Feeling - Fancy - Gal Meets Glam
Gal Meets Glam

 
 

Feeling - Fancy - Song of Style
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Feeling - Fancy - Pink Peonies
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Feeling fancy and need to update your wardrobe to suit?
Visit Bloggers Closet for beautifully fancy items…

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Tory Burch Jewelled Ballet Flats ($135) | Pleated Sea-Foam Maxi Skirt ($20) | Coach Cross-Body Bag ($60)

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