Hi, I'm Ashleigh! Just call me Ash. I'm a frugal fashionista and I'm stuck in a strict dress-code 9-5. Stick around and you'll see what I'm wearing when I'm not in uniform. Come see how you can dress chic on the cheap, and maybe hear a bit about my day-to-day life, my kids, and also my cat, kitten and puppy too. Thanks for stopping by!

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Copy Cat: Old Navy Cargo Vest with a T-shirt and Shorts

Today's OOTD is a copy cat look. I spied this on Lauren of Fizz and Frosting today and was like "Aw, cute!" I was already wearing this tee shirt and jean shorts, and I just took the added step of finding my cargo vest and poppin it on. Easy. 
Now I'm not a totally adorably preggo 20-something (thank goodness. I'm too old for that.) But I think I did this justice. I wore my cargo vest with a pink tee, denim shorts, beaded sandals, a striped straw tote, and blue beaded jewelry. 
I'll tell you something else, I almost didn't post these photos. I also considered photo-shopping them, and aside from occasional teeth whitening, I've never done that. I just hate my legs. I'm fine below the knee, but my thighs, UGH. Then, I saw a funny meme on Facebook that said "My thighs are so sexy they can't stop touching each other!" I posted it on instagram and so many people responded! I'm not the only thigh-conscious girl out there. It made me feel better, so here are my white, white, white, white, thick legs for your viewing pleasure.

         I love these earrings!

Do you ever have those moments like I did today?

Tee Shirt: JCP
Cargo Vest: Same and on sale!
Beaded Sandals: Simple and Cute
Earrings: The City Flea
Necklace: Same
Bracelets: Made by me!
Bag: Forever 21. Cannot find it online anymore :(

Forever 21 Maxi with a T-Shirt

I am elated. I adore this skirt! The colors, the silky texture, the...swishyness. It has many gorgeous colors but I paired it with a very old black tee from Target and played up the blue with this spiked necklace. Don't forget to check out the shoes! I mean, let's face it, forever 21 doesn't always carry items that fit me, but THIS! This skirt is perfection.

The shoes are great too. Another Forever 21 buy, the reviews said they run small but I got my regular size and they're fine. Can we talk about how comfortable that six inch cork heel is? Plus, the ankle strap and narrow peep toe keep my feet from sliding around. I hope thick heels stick around. They are majorly comfy.

Tee-Shirt: Similar, mine was borrowed from Elise and never returned 8 years ago.
Sequin Bag: Thrifted via Goodwill
I promise this wasn't a Forever 21 sponsored post! Usually I try to incorporate more thrifted items but sometimes when you get your new things in the mail you want to wear them all at once! I've actually had the necklace for two weeks and the earrings since February. It's just their first time on the blog.
I wear what makes me happy :) and I am VERY happy right now.

Fancy (Jogger) Pants

I have been on the jogger pants bandwagon for quite some time, however since I'm not a good blogger they've only been documented on instagram. I own three pairs of joggers, these, leopard and giraffe print ones. They are so silky and loose but the tapered leg looks great with heels. They are perfect on muggy days because they float around your body rather than cling.
I paired mine with a thrifted J.Crew tank, H&M coral clutch, gold tassal necklace, pointy toe gold flats, and coral lips and nails. I went old school. MY nails, my lips, and my bag alllllllllll match.
P.S. Miss London took my photos.I think she did a good job!

And guess who made an appearance in my photos? Miss Zoey!

Now for the news. If you follow my instagram, you would know I have a new puppy!

His name is Parker. George and Zoey are unsure about him, and Rain is SUPER excited, but I'm in LOVE. He's some kind of Shepherd mix.
 What's new with you? Puppies? Jogger pants? Discuss.

Top: Thrifted, J.Crew via Goodwill
Pants: Gift from Jessica
Shoes: Dots
Necklace: Purple Peridot
Clutch: H & M

The two things I've been living in this summer AND the winner of my giveaway!

Two things: One, I really suck at this Blogger thing! Sorry. I don't have AC, we live in a historic home in a historic neighborhood, and not only are window units costly, they are not historically accurate. When I get home from work I'm so hot I want to melt into a puddle and not have skin or bones. I wear the least amount of clothing possible. Ya'll don't wanna see that! And Two, Congrats to the winner of my Lorac Pro Give Away: Lauren of Fizz and Frosting! Lauren, I hope you have received your goodies and that you love them as much as I do!
Onto the outfit:
This dress is actually from last year and it used to look like this:
I shortened the high-low hem into one, even above the knee hem! I just wasn't feeling the train anymore, but I loved the color of the dress. (You can see the original post here.) I wore the dress to a wedding last year, and thought it was dress-y. To make it more casual I added the two pieces I've been living in this summer, my denim thrifted denim vest (it was a jacket that I scored for $3. I have enough denim jackets so I cut off the sleeves at the hem and viola: vest) AND my brown mini wedge sandals.

I think adding these two pieces make anything more casual and summery. I can always add black strappy heels, put up my hair, and wear statement earrings to dress it back up. 

What have you been living in this summer?
Vest: Thrifted Old Navy via Goodwill, formerly a jacket and DIY'd by me
Dress: Dots 2013
Mini Wedges: Catos
Necklace: Made by me
Bracelets: Made by me


I was going to do a whole, huge eye shadow palette review and giveaway. I have every major permanent palette out there, from the UD Naked palettes to the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. By far, hands down, the Lorac Pro Palette tops them all!
The Lorac Pro Palette is smooth, creamy, pigmented color. It blends like a dream, it lasts all day! MY only criticisms are minimal. I don't like the packaging. Other than that it is my go-to eye shadow palette!
And now it can be yours as well! I'm giving away one Lorac Pro OR Lorac Pro 2 (released later this month) to one lucky reader!
To qualify for this giveaway you must do the following:
Follow Me On Instagram
Follow Me On Bloglovin'
and leave a blog post comment letting me know what name you follow under (If you do not have a blog I will need your email address to contact you if you win) and what your go-to eye look is! What's your favorite eye shadow palette? Let me know!

Please know that I am not affiliated with Lorac. I am hosting this giveaway on my own, everything paid for with my own money. I just want to share the love of my favorite make up palette! This giveaway is closed one week from the date of this blogpost. I will contact the winner via email on 6/25/2014. You will receive your palette from Ulta.com using standard shipping. I just double checked, and ulta does not offer international shipping, so this giveaway is not open internationally.
This Give Away Is Now Closed.

The New and Improved Striped Old Navy Skirt!

After a brief hiatus I'm back and my skirt has been shortened!
Do you remember my striped ON skirt that I've worn a few times here and here? I was always on the fence about shortening it. When I had to have it taken in after the illness last year caused me to lose weight I decided to just shorten it too. I really, really love it now! Take a look.
I think the new length makes it younger and fresher, though my Mom still calls it the old lady skirt. I paired it with a thrifted navy J.Crew silk tank (That is VERY linty, sorry) thrifted Banana Republic wedges (NWT) my pink Kate Spade bag, a gold belt, my Target bangle, and my blingy necklace!

Do you like the shorter length?
Top: J.Crew, thrifted via Goodwill
Skirt: Old Navy, very old
Wedges: Banana Republic, Thrifted NWT via Goodwill
Bag: Kate Spade
Ncklace: Stella and Dot
Bracelet: Target
Belt: Dots