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: At Home.

Texas Home T, Citizens of Humanity jeans, Michael Kors watch, J. Crew bracelet, Old necklace

This past week there was a theory floating around on the internet that one of the Mad Men characters might be dead because she hadn't been seen in a scene with another character for an episode or more. By that logic, my husband and I could have been presumed missing this weekend - we decided to take it easy these past couple days and had zero social engagements. We were pretty much only seen outside our apartment when we went on a walk Saturday afternoon and when we went grocery shopping Sunday morning. Other than that, we spent the entire weekend inside, catching up on sleep, cleaning our apartment and yes, playing more chess (ugh, it's just impossible to suppress the nerdiness!).

As a result, I don't really have any fun outfits to show you guys. I put on makeup and dried my hair for the first time all weekend late Sunday afternoon in order to not look like a complete slob when we took a walk to a neighborhood wine shop. I mean, I guess I could have thrown something on and taken photos in it, pretended like I wore it this weekend, but I have a strict policy against doing that - I want this blog to reflect my real life. So, here's real life for y'all - me, in my Texas Home T, lounging around my apartment on a dreary Sunday afternoon.

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We felt okay about taking this past weekend off from being social because my sister and parents land in San Francisco this upcoming Thursday! I'm counting down the minutes until their plane touches down. As always, we have lots of fun dining out on the itinerary - look for updates on that later this week and early next week. I'll be taking this upcoming Friday off for a very special outing with the group...now all I have to do is make it through the next four days of work!

Have a great Monday.