Statement Stripes...

 

HAPPY THURSDAY!

How's everybody's week going? It's been so beautiful and sunny the past few days and we are LOVING IT! I can't get enough of being outside with London and she loves exploring and collecting "all the things" a.k.a. rocks, sticks, and leaves. The 10-day forecast looks amazing and seems like we might have turned the corner on spring (FINALLY!) Do you guys have anything fun planned in the next few weeks? I love to hear everybody's spring activities!

Anyway, enough rambling and back to today's post ;) ...

I really into stripes right now and it's a good thing because they're super trendy this season! You can always count on J.Crew for classic striped pieces and their swimsuits are no different! I love the one-piece I'm wearing above which is modest, but also has a low plunge front to give it a little bit of an edge.

I found a few other striped one-pieces for you guys to check out and below those, I've linked some striped tops, dresses, shoes, and another swimsuit that I think are super cute for the warm months ahead!

Thanks for stopping by!

xx, Ashley

Travel Style...

This week I'll be sharing a few travel-related posts with you all, since we are heading to Charleston, SC! I'm SO excited and I've been researching places to go like a crazy woman! My husband's basketball team will be playing in their conference tournament there so since he'll be busy, we are flying my mom down to be with us! It will be our first time to Charleston and I'm so excited to explore such an incredibly historic and beautiful place! 

I've started packing a bit (since it takes me forever to sort through what I need to bring) ... and the first order of business is planning a travel outfit! I always like to be comfy, but still fashionable. I've put together a few outfit ideas for you to check out below, and you can shop each outfit through the links below the graphic! Enjoy! 

 

Outfit One...


Outfit Two...


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Outfit Five...

1. Destroyed skinny jeans // 2. Oversized ivory sweater // 3. Retro cat eye sunnies (love the frame color!) // 4. Classic slip-ons (under $50!) // 5. Colorful woven tote (obsessed with this!) 

xx,  Ashley 

 

 

 

 

Pale Pink + Lace...

 

My Outfit: Cynthia Rowley, similar here and here | Jeans: Express | Booties: old, similar (and on sale) here  | Choker: LULO Jewelry | Purse: Nine West, couldn't find exact but love this adorable blush tote 

Happy Monday! 

How pretty is this pale pink and lace combo?! The sweater is actually all in one (sweater with an added lace layer) and I'm drawn to anything already layered so I don't have to think :) The purse was a steal from TJ Maxx ($24, Nine West) and I couldn't find the replica, but I linked a super cute blush tote with floral detailing here. I also thought I'd share some other pieces already layered for your convenience! You can shop them below!

xx,  Ashley 

Cold Weather + Christmas Essentials...

Everything is so magical this time of year! Nothing makes me happier than snuggling up in my cozy gear. Christmas is the perfect time to sport your favorite festive holiday pajamas or scuff around the house in fluffy slippers and a bathrobe. Your outerwear can not only keep you warm, but it can be cute too! These Sorel boots are the BEST and super stylish. I love this cream and tan pair from J.Crew too! I have this North Face jacket and it's SO warm! I think this color is different + I love that it comes down long to shield my legs from these cold New England days. 

You can shop more of my favorite "cold weather + Christmas" essentials below (including my favorite candle of the moment!) Also, in case you missed it, here's a holiday gift guide for the homebody, stocking stuffer ideas for her, and my style picks for your next holiday party! 

xx,  Ashley 

Back To Basics...

Hope you all had an awesome weekend! It's been busy in the Markwood household since my hubby's basketball team started their season! We love the energy that each new season brings, but it also means we will get less time together as a family which definitely makes it difficult. Thankfully, I have a little sidekick in London now and we're holding down the fort at home :) 

This basic look is one of my favorites ... mostly because I love this comfy sweater so much! Also, the nude heels literally go with EVERYTHING; jeans, skirts, dresses ... they're my current go-to!

You can shop the entire look below + if you're looking for more fall favorites, shop here for comfy sweaters, boots, jackets, and more! Head to the "Shop My Instagram" page for even MORE style choices to shop! 

xx,

Ashley

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Toddler Girl Fashion Must Haves...

It's been awhile since I shared our favorite pieces for your mini fashionista! We absolutely LOVE Cat and Jack from Target because it's so affordable - and since these babes grow so ridiculously fast, there's no need to break the bank trying to keep them stylish :) Of course, Baby Gap is another favorite place of ours and they have the cutest holiday outfits right now! I need to get London some warm weather gear, and I found this North Face hooded romper which would be perfect for walks during the colder, winter months! Here's another North Face option with thicker material. Below I've linked our favorite finds from Target, Baby Gap, and Nordstrom Baby! Click each photo to shop the item directly! Enjoy!

xx,

Ashley

How To Transition From Day To Date...

Transitioning out of "mommy mode" can be easy if you choose pieces that can be dressed up or easily dressed down. It's so important for me to be comfortable while I'm chasing London around! There's absolutely no way you'll catch me in heels during the day, but it is definitely fun to plan a date night for an excuse to dress up :) 

This sweater from Zara is super roomy and comfortable but can totally transform into the perfect evening top if paired with a embellished necklace like this one from BaubleBar and a blazer! Black jeans can always be dressed up by just changing your footwear. I love my Nike Rosche's because they're literally like wearing slippers, but my Pour la Victoire tie-heels are perfect for a night out + they're less than $65 right now! I also switched from a cross body bag (since you need both hands with a toddler!) to a dressier bag like this Kate Spade one. You can take it or leave it with the hat ... Personally I think it makes the outfit complete and I like this one from Asos which is less than $35! 

You can see my complete outfit details for each look below! 

xx,

Ashley

"Day" Outfit: Sweater: Zara, similar here and here | Jeans: HM | Crossbody: B.Makowsky, old but love this one | Sneakers: Nike Roshe, similar here

 

"Date" Outfit: Hat: Jack + Lucy, similar here | Sweater: Zara, similar here and here | Jeans: HM ,(under $20!) | Purse: Kate Spade New York, less expensive version here | Shoes: Pour la Victoire, and in gold here under $50!

All Photos: Kivalo Photography

Four Favorite Fall Colors...

I'm loving these four colors for fall and wanted to share a few of my favorite pieces for each! 

xx,

Ashley

Burgundy...

Camel...

Navy...

Black...

Weekly Style Roundup...

Happy Weekend, Everyone!

It's been a busy week for me and for SGL ... with a few fashion posts that I definitely don't want you guys to miss out on. I've consolidated them all here for your convenience, because who has time to search for anything these days ;) I'm super into the olympics right now, which is why I'm extra tired - I CAN'T STOP WATCHING! They're on so late, and even though I tape it, I always seem to get sucked in. Anyway ... I was inspired by Team USA so I chose my favorite RED, WHITE + BLUE wardrobe pieces and you can (and should) shop them here

The color black seems to take over my closet and now I'm into pairing everything with white. I just love the contrast between the two colors. I wanted to share some of my favorite things BLACK + WHITE ... shop them here

Lastly, I've discovered that I really need some new bags in my life ... (aside from the ones that are directly below my eyes!) I am usually annoyed by having to switch purses all the time - but I do appreciate a nice bag that can pull my entire outfit together. Here are some of my favorites...

Fall Booties...

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here, and for those lucky little cardholders, you can have early access to all of the amazing deals! The sale opens to ALL on July 22nd, but if you have your Nordstrom card, feel free to shop the boots/booties for fall that I'm linked above! Some of them are marked down more than 50%! Totally worth taking a peek, lovelies! Enjoy!

xx,

Ashley

Summer Footwear...Shop Below!

 

 

 

I had to do a major overhaul on my shoe game this spring/summer! My closet was filled with lots of sky-high pumps from the good old pageant days, and I am just NOT into it. Being a mom now, I need shoes that are cute, but functional! I like to mix it up with flats, sandals, wedges, and of course heels for our twice-a-month (if we're lucky) date nights ;) As you can see by my choices below, I'm slightly obsessed with Steve Madden! Hehe! You can find the classic nude shoe like this one here, or some sassy red heels that really pop! Of course, flat sandals are my jam, and I die for these lace-up sandals, also from Steve Madden! 

Below, shop some of my favorite sandals, wedges, and heels! Have an amazing Monday, loves!

xx,

Ashley

My Outfit: Dress: H&M, similar | Sandals: Steve Madden