Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Simplicity in Life

Ashley Udoh

Ashley Udoh

Ashley Udoh

As I grow older I'm learning to appreciate the simple things in life. I find myself unable to remember everything I did on my latest vacation but I can tell you word for word the conversation my boyfriend and I had on the couch. The uncontrollable laughter my friends and I share about nothing in particular or those special moments with my parents doing nothing in particular - these are the things that matter most to me in life and it has begun to reflect in my wardrobe. There was a time when everything I owned was printed and full of bold prints but now I find myself drawn to simple pieces with pops of color in my accessories. With only 2 months left in the year I've found myself reflecting quite a bit on all of the things I've accomplished this year and all of the things I still want to achieve, but I'm enjoying the person I'm becoming. 

With only 2 months left in the year, in what ways can you see yourself having grown?

Keep Smiling!

Monday, September 29, 2014

That Origami Skort

What better way to close out the summer than with the infamous origami skort! If it's any consolation, this skort is from Mango not Zara - yeah that probably makes no difference and I totally get it. While I'll be the first to admit that this skort is pretty much overkill in the blogger-sphere, I haven't seen it worn nearly as much "in real life", maybe because there's only 2 Zara's in the entire state of Georgia, but I digress.

All jokes aside, this skort was the perfect piece for a family gathering that called for me to be a little bit more dressier than jeans but not so dressed up that a dress was required, turns out everyone ended up in jeans and flats so I wound up looking a little over dressed (Ha!).

Have you rocked the origami skort? If so how did you style it? Let me know in the comments below.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Floral Pants


 Photographer: Richard SaikhamKong

Welcome to my redesigned blog! I can't believe it has been 5 months since my last blog post. Blogging was something that I fell in love with from the start so it feels weird to not have posted in so long. My passion never faltered, but my priorities in my personal life changed and unfortunately the blog fell to the way side. Although I wasn't posting, the blog never left my mind and I decided that if this was something that I truly loved I had to give it my all, starting with the lovely new blog design you see here. I also have a new photographer, better content coming to my YouTube channel and more frequent posting on my social media. I'm truly excited about all the hard work I've been putting in behind the scenes and can't wait to share them with you all.

Speaking of my hiatus, I have no idea who the "it" blogger are now. Let me know who your favorite bloggers are in the comments.

Kepp Smiling!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ways to Style Blue Velvet Pants

Hello all! It's been an incredibly long time since I've blogged and boy have I missed it.

My personal life has been soaring to new heights and unfortunately, my blog was sacrificed in the process. Due to my incredibly hectic new schedule, I find that making videos is a bit easier for me as I can film them in my studio any time of the day. I'm starting a new segment on my channel, entitled Ashley's Closet. During this segment I'll take one piece of clothing from my closet, in this case my blue velvet pants, and show you different ways to style them. Also scheduled on the channel are new fitness videos and other how-to style videos like this one.

Let me know what you think of the video and be sure to subscribe!

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Monday, January 6, 2014

A Final Goodbye

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I'm a bit late on this, but I thought it was important to give a proper goodbye to 2013. Above are my top 5 moments on Instagram in 2013. I'm not one to talk a lot about my personal life,because to be quite honest I don't think it's anyone's business. That being said, despite 4 of my 5 top moments on Instagram being fashion related I do share a bit more of my life than what I wore. I find it interesting that the posts that resonate the most with my followers are those related to my blog. 

There were times last year when I felt like nothing was going right in my life and this blog became my own little place to retreat and get away from the non-sense. I always say that this blog has saved my life more times than I can count. Not that I was on the brink of death, but this blog breathes life into me. When I was down I would read your lovely comments or emails. They became the sunshine in a sometimes very dark day. 

As we embark on a New Year, I want to encourage everyone who may be feeling down or feeling like nothing is going their way, to never give up. Define what your goals are and stick to them. If plan A doesn't work move on to plan B, C,D,E....the entire alphabet if you have to, but no matter what you don't give up. I never gave up on myself and I achieved much more than I ever thought I could. 

So here's a final goodbye to 2013 and a very big hello to 2014. May all your dreams and wishes come true and may we forever be the sunshine in each other's lives.

Keep Smiling!