Dress Well: 1PM Photoshoot

J. Crew blouse (old), Paige Denim jeans, Zara heels (similar), J. Crew necklace (old), Anthropologie bag (old), Ray-Ban sunglasses

It all started last week, when a shopkick engineer came up to me and asked, "do you have time for a photoshoot next week?" Much to my surprise, I had been randomly selected as the stand-in for some screens in our app. Startup responsibilities come in all shapes and sizes.

They needed a girl who looked quasi-fashionable - so I defaulted to what I always default to when trying to look like I know what I'm doing. I put on my favorite J. Crew shirt (see website sidebar for further demonstration of my love) and a pair of heels. I got fancy and curled my hair and all of a sudden I was in photoshoot business.

Don't get me wrong - this was in no way a glamorous photoshoot. If the team decides they like the pictures, you might see the back of my head in the app. Might. But you know what? I had a fun time dressing up for it anyway.

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Now, as promised, the story of my "logistical difficulties" earlier this week.

On Wednesday I flew to L.A. at 6:45AM with two of my co-workers for a business meeting. Despite the early wakeup, the trip wasn't going to be too bad - we were scheduled to fly out at 3:30, getting us home before 6PM. However, about an hour before our flight home, the radar system that covers all of Southern California went down...with no indication of when it might come back online. Airport personnel kept coming over the loudspeaker telling everyone to rebook their flights for tomorrow.

We were only there for a day trip, so we didn't have clothes, toiletries, basic essentials, etc. After a little time spent with Google Maps, we decided to ditch the uncertainty of the airport and drive back to San Francisco. Crazy, I know.

Our road trip ended up being SO much fun. We sped through gorgeous parts of California while listening to music and chatting the hours away. Even better, we didn't have to deal with the stress, anger, and claustrophobia that would have undoubtedly come from hanging around the airport.

Well, everything was great until we pulled into the Oakland airport (we made record time, I might add). We stopped in Oakland because we had to pick our cars up from where we had dropped them at 6AM that morning. While on the road that leads to the terminal, I got pulled over for the first time in my ENTIRE LIFE and given a ticket for an unfortunate run-in with a double white line. Pulled over after five hours of speeding through the California countryside, never once seeing a policeman! The policeman at the airport showed no pity, and now my perfect driving record is ruined.

But it's okay. If anything, the ticket only makes the day more memorable. I'm pretty sure my co-workers and I will be laughing about it for years to come.

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After all that, I think I deserve to have a great weekend - which is exactly what I plan on doing. I can only hope you'll do the same!

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: Meet Ms. Repeat

All Saints leather jacket, Zara blouse (old), Paige jeans, Madewell booties (old),  TEXI leather bag, Ray-Ban sunglasses

What's one of the unexpected perks of having a weekend where you only hang out with your husband? Creating the opportunity to re-wear your weekend outfits at work the next week. I wore this ensemble out when my husband and I went to Bar Crudo for dinner on Saturday night - and gladly grabbed it out of my closet again yesterday morning when I couldn't decide what to wear. After all, no one saw me in it, so who would ever notice? Well, assuming that I didn't divulge my secret to the world here on the blog - too late now, I suppose.

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Have a lovely Wednesday.