Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Real Fashion with eShakti

Today I have the privilege of working with online women's fashion company, eShakti. These wonderful people let me pick a garment from their website and customize the entire piece to my own size. When I say customize I mean inputing measurements like arm length, bust, waist, shoulders, everything! There is also the option of selecting the standard sizes if you are comfortable with a regular size 4 or so. While I could have gone that route, I jumped on the chance to input my own measurements. If you have followed me for awhile you will know the love-hate (mostly hate) relationship with a lot of clothes and how they fit/don't fit my body. This dress does the job--it fits just as I expect a dress to fit me. I was even able to customize the length of it (mini or knee length), sleeve length and whether or not I wanted pockets! It was such a simple and quick process that produced good results.

I also love the campaign that the company is running--Real Fashion for Real People. They strive to provide women with clothing that fits the way that it should. eShakti provides for a wide range of sizes from 0-36W. Going through their website I found myself obsessed with their shirtdress selection.

Make sure to check out and keep up with them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

dress || shoes (similar)

<3 Ashley

Are you an eShakti shopper? Are you as shirtdress obsessed as I am right now?! 

Monday, April 27, 2015


Home sweet home. The semester is finally over and I am back home for the summer. I still haven't heard back on this internship for which I had interviewed. So for now, I am ready to relax and take each day pretty easy this week. Most of my room has been unpacked--I had to make sure my desk was up and ready at least. All my books have found their way back onto my bookshelf and I am loving waking up in the comfiest bed. Fingers crossed that I get a call soon though; I don't know how long I can go not doing anything!

<3 Ashley

Have a great week everyone!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Lilly Pulitzer? Target? What?

Was Lilly Pulitzer's impending presence at Target a well publicized thing? Because I swear I had heard nothing until I heard the cries of thousands that the collection was sold out in their store. It is crazy how the stores opened and then bing bang boom! Sold out! People love their Lilly. While I can't say that I have been the biggest fan, there are quite a few pieces (both clothing and home) that I can appreciate in this collection.

My Fans Shift dress

Satin kimono in pineapple punch

Sea Urchin For You Halter Top

I can't wait to do something shopping through the collection for the summer!

<3 Ashley

What are your favorite pieces from the collection at Target? Did you manage to buy some up or were they sold out?

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Weekend Inspiration

Just a little weekend inspiration for you! As I head into finals week and getting down to business, I read this and remember...I'm still a fun matter how I act this week.

<3 Ashley

Have a great weekend! Keep the wild in you!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Flat isn't always bad

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After months of wearing riding boots my feet (and legs!) are itching for a bit of freedom. Since spring has officially begun, tis the season for flats and sandals. There are only certain sandals that I can actually say that I like. Maybe I will do another post on them specifically--I prefer flip flops if I am going to bare the toes. For the spring, I live for flats. I currently have a pair of black Merona ballet flats from Target that are practically glued to my feet at this point. There are so many other styles and colors out there, though. I always tend toward the safe, black flat. I feel I need to go for the safe and the cheap, however because I am a completely klutz and it is not long before the bottom of the shoe begins to split from the rest...apparently I never really learned how to walk. Above are some of my favorites!

<3 Ashley

What is your favorite flat?

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Times They Are A-Changing

Doesn't it feel that way at least? To me, whenever the weather starts getting warmer after a long, cold winter life feels fresh again. This is especially true this time around, I feel. The semester is winding down--this is the last week of classes and finals are next week! I've applied to what feels like a million summer internships; fingers crossed for one of them.

On Saturday, a friend and I went down to Bigelow Bash on campus for a bit. American Authors were performing, however they did not go on until later after we had left. We did manage to sample from all of Pittsburgh's best food trucks though! The nachos from Burgh Bites were phenomenal! After we made our rounds we walked up to the baseball game, which we lost. However, I did manage to leave with a bit of a crush on our's casual. Yesterday, my roommates and I spent the entire day sitting out in the sun and getting our work done. We expanded our food knowledge of the area and ordered some Chinese from the Asian Tea House in the Schenley Plaza, which was both affordable and incredibly delicious! I intend on getting a bit more sun today before my last class--it's over 70 here today!

I will definitely be a bit more active now that the work is hitting with less rapid force and have some great content lined up for you! Enjoy the warm weather where you are today (if it's warm...if not I am sorry!)

<3 Ashley

Are you excited for these warm days?

Friday, April 10, 2015


I have never been so happy in my life to see the end of the week. My days have been filled with paper after paper and presentation after presentation. Is the semester almost over cuz really...I couldn't tell! *sarcasm* Just a little bit longer and my summer break will be upon me; of course I will hopefully will have an internship lined up so it won't be all rest and relaxation.

It is currently storming in Pittsburgh and I all I want to do is go back to my apartment, make some lunch, curl in bed and finish the third season of Mad Men on Netflix. However, one more paper stands in my way and I need to get it done so that I can watch the Pirates game tonight. Fingers crossed I get it done fast enough so I can start my weekend!

<3 Ashley

Any fun plans for the weekend? A lot of cleaning on this end!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Recipe Box: Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo

It's been awhile since I've posted a recipe for something that isn't a breakfast food; I can't help it! I identify with Ron Swanson in that way I guess. This recipe has been a long time coming. I made it when I was home for spring break and just have not found the right time to post it. Now is that time. I made this for my mother and I one night with my fingers crossed that it would be good. I will tell you that it did not disappoint. I honestly did not know how this would taste with the roasted red pepper and cream cheese together but it was pure perfection. With some spinach stirred in--which is what we were actually trying to get out of our fridge--and a bit of baguette on the side it made for the perfect meal. This recipe comes from the aptly named, Damn Delicious. I concur.

What you need (makes four servings):
- Pasta
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 c. milk (the original recipe had 1/2 c milk and 1/2 c. heavy cream...I didn't have cream)
- 4 oz. crumbled goat cheese
- 1/2 c. grated Parmesan
- 1 (12 oz.) jar roasted red peppers
- salt + pepper

What to do:
- In large pot boil water, cook pasta, drain well.
- Heat olive oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and onion. Cook, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent (2-3 minutes).
- Stir in milk (and cream if you follow the original recipe) and cheeses until cheese is melted (1-2 minutes)
- Add red peppers and puree with immersion blender or pour into a standing blender--return to heat when done.
- Salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately and enjoy! :)

<3 Ashley

Will you try this yummy sauce? 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Sunday

Feeling beautiful in my Easter dress and floral heels!

Hello friends! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend, and for those who celebrate, Easter Sunday. Despite being away at school and not getting to go home for the holiday, I did have a wonderful day. My roommates and I got ourselves up for the 10 AM mass, which was standing room only. We stood. I made the good choice to not wear my heels to church! Then we spent the day with my one roommate's family since they live close by. We had a beautiful meal and was topped off by macarons, cookies, brownies and cake. If I didn't gain weight, I clearly didn't do it right. Now that all of that is out of the way, it's back to work for me. Next week is our last week of classes and the amount of work definitely reflects that. I have three papers and one presentation this week alone; so don't mind the silence from this corner of the Internet!

While they may be 4 hours away, my parents still know how to take care of me

<3 Ashley

How did you celebrate your Easter Sunday?