Dress Well: Taking Stock

Anthropologie blouse (SUPER old), Paige Denim jeans, Zara heels (similar), Madewell necklace, Michael Kors watch (old), J. Crew pavé bracelet, J. Crew bangles, Anthropologie bag (even older than the shirt), Ray-Ban sunglasses

I have to admit - when I was writing yesterday's blog post, I was overcome with fears of being a fraud. This happens to me from time to time - I'll be bopping along, happy with my own little corner of the internet, and then I'll spend some time on someone else's blog (usually a professional's) and spend the next week agonizing over the fact that what I wear is not nearly as interesting as what I see elsewhere on the web. And I start worrying that everyone who reads this blog thinks I'm a fraud, too.

I think I've also been in a serious clothes rut lately - for the past few months it's been jeans on jeans on jeans, usually with boots and one of about ten shirts that I reach for over and over. So when I got dressed yesterday morning, I resolved to step up my game. And you know what? I'm pretty happy with the results.

The first requirement of stepping up my game was reaching for something I hadn't worn in a long, long time - and this Anthropologie blouse fit the bill just fine. Looking at it in these pictures, I can't believe it's been so long since I've worn it - this is a great shirt! It's comfortable, surprisingly flattering, and a change of pace from my go-to pieces.

To finish stepping up my game, I opted for three things that always make me feel more fashionable: wearing heels, braiding my hair, and layering on an arm party. Stacking bracelets was one of those things that I LOVED to do back when I first started this blog - why did I stop? As a result of managing to put this all together, I felt great all day - fears of being a fraud are banished (for the time being). And you know what - why should I care what other people think about me anyway? Bucking expectations is why I started writing Name's Not Ashley in the first place. Sometimes it's hard to keep that in perspective.

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Dress Well: Wild At Heart

Anthropologie shirt, J Brand jeans, Zara shoes, Rebecca Minkoff bag

Man, I love this shirt. And I love making "wild" puns about it. I love it so much that I usually hesitate to take it out of my closet - I always feel like I need a special occasion to wear it.

Well, yesterday wasn't a special occasion, but it was one of those days where I just wanted to feel fancy. I still very much believe in dressing for the attitude you wish you had - there's something about looking sharp that just makes you feel like a more competent person, you know?

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Have an absolutely wonderful weekend.

Dress Well: Mission Critical

Madewell shirt, Paige jeans, Zara heels, Thai bracelet via The Distillery - 1, Thai bracelet via The Distillery - 2, Unknown bracelet, Rebecca Minkoff purse, Ray-Ban sunglasses

This Madewell shirt has not gotten nearly enough wear (last seen here). Maybe it's because the last time I wore it coincided with a bit of a systems meltdown at work (long story) or maybe it's because I know as soon as I put it on I'll inevitably drop food on it (which, yes, definitely happened not long after these photos were taken), but for some reason, I always seem to pass over it when I'm getting dressed in the morning. Regardless, I've made it a personal goal to pluck this sucker out of my closet more often. As you can tell, I have really inspirational goals.

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Yesterday was one of those days where everything seemed custom-designed to annoy me. Starting around 4PM, nothing went my way - from short tempers to battling with computer problems to driving in heavy rain, everything was a downer. I got home around 9PM and of course immediately started complaining to my husband about my lamentable day. And despite the fact that I was tired, and whining, and basically a total bummer to be around, my husband immediately went out and bought us red wine and chocolate ice cream to help me take the edge off.

While the ice cream and wine was nice (don't get me wrong) what actually took the edge off was being able to marvel at what an amazing husband I have. Seriously, I am steeped in good fortune. Today, I'm going to try my best to maintain a better attitude - I have no good reason to be anything but happy. I hope you feel the same way about your own situation.

Have a great day - see you back here tomorrow to close out the week!