Summer Essentials ft. AUrate New York!

Fashion, Lifestyle

Hello everyone! The start of May signals the rapid approach of summer. With events like Coachella and other music festivals in season, it’s hard not to get excited about summer! Today I wanted to share with you my personal summer essentials. I have been lucky enough to partner up with AUrate New York, a direct-to-consumer fine jewelry brand.

Here’s a little bit about the company; they provide conflict free gold to consumers like you and me at honest prices. It’s the best of both worlds, high quality jewelry at the best possible prices. Everything they make is absolutely gorgeous! Even better, for every piece sold, a book is donated to an economically underprivileged child in need. As someone who loves reading with a passion, I cannot help but support AUrate.

Enough about that! Let’s jump right into my summer essentials!

Alluring Aviators 

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Absolutely, hands-down we all need sunglasses. Might as well have fun with it! Reflective sunnies are totally in right now and I’m loving it. I choose this picture in particular because the look really frames and draws attention to the face. A messy bun to keep the sweat off out necks, simple earrings, and a fun pair of aviators. What a look!

Now I did mention earrings which leads me into my next essential.

Dainty Earrings

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I literally live for a nice delicate pair of earrings! I’ve been squealing over this pair from AUrate. Pearls are a forever classic that every young lady should treasure in her closet and something about gold draws attention. Not to mention, it goes with every outfit. That being said, I guess you can say that dainty earrings are a closet staple. But with summer quickly approaching, now’s the perfect time to tie back you hair and show off a pair!

Silky Slides

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When Rihanna came out with those pink slides, it felt as if the whole world was watching. As sure enough, they were because in the following weeks they were everywhere! I picked out this pair of navy Zara slides because they are so elegant yet effortless. I love slides for the fact that I can just throw them on and go. They are perfect from going shopping to walking to the mailbox! Honestly they are so comfortable, I feel 100% safe inwrapping these to the beach or an amusement park where I’ll be doing a lot of walking.

Ruffles, Embroidery, and Print (Oh my)!

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Oh my is right, there is just so much to say. First off, summer dresses are a must have, a closet staple, a basic. This season I’ve been seeing a lot of ruffles and I’m happy to say, they’re here to stay. They are just so fun and perfect for summer. I can’t wait to wear one to the beach and watch the wind blow through them.  Now I’m also going to hop on the bandwagon and throw embroidery in here. I think it’s the little details that matter and a little embroidery here and there is perfect. Finally we have prints. I chose this Zara dress (btw the rest are also Zara) because it takes a spin on the classic tropical floral print and turns it into something fresh.

Imagine wearing one of these pieces. To balance out the top I suggest pairing them with simple necklaces such as a long dainty chain with a simple pendant.

It’s all about the details- Necklaces

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This Circle Necklace by AUrate is perfect to pair. It is 14K gold plated over sterling silver. I just love the way it looks with a v-neck. It’s light, yet makes a bold statement. During summer months, you wan to wear as little clothing as possible, thus every piece has to add something to the outfit. This is perfect!

Totes Totally

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While traveling in the Caribbean I’ve always seen these woven bags on the Islands and though they were such a look. This Zara bag, decorated with pompoms is probably the cutest thing I’ve seen. I think this bag is a good size to carry sunscreen, water bottles, and other essentials for the summer. Might as well as do it in style!

Which essential was your favorite? Let me know in the comments down below! Be sure to also check out AUrate at auratenewyork.com ! Thanks for everything!

-A.A

Ashley Antoinette

Life in Grey

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My Skincare Routine

Lifestyle

Hello everyone! Sorry for taking such a long break, I have been struggling a lot with finding inspiration 😦 But I have finally returned ! I’m also very proud to announce I have reached over 50 followers!!!! It may seem like such a small number but to me, it’s like the entire wolrld!

Anyways, here is my skincare routine!

Step 1: Removing Makeup

Now there are three ways I like to remove my makeup. When I’m super tired and lazy I just use a plain old makeup wipe. Preferably neutrogena wipes. If I have a little more time and energy, I turn to my trusted bio makeup remover from Paris. This stuff has the strength to power through stubborn mascara! However it doesn’t remove all makeup so you will have to go in with something else. Finally, my coveted coconut oil. Coconut oil has soo many uses and makeup removing is just one. I can’t say enough good things about it. Another alternative to coconut oil is olive oil, which everyone tends to have in their pantry!

Step 2: Cleansing

 Next step is cleansing! First I always turn to African Black Soap. Black soap has anti-bacterial properties and gets rid of dark spots and acne. Many people have said this is a game changer in the skincare world. Then I might create a scrub out of baking soda and water to get my pores clean. Baking soda is known to treat blackheads.

Step 3: Toning

I know this technically isn’t a toner but I’ve been using oxy-pads as a “toner”. Can’t really say too much about them. I don’t feel like they make a difference. *shrugs* Then I use witch hazel. I use Humphreys Lilac Skin Softening Witch Hazel. Like the title says, it makes my skin super soft. In terms of my hyper pigmentation, I would say yes, I have seen improvements since introducing this product into my routine.

Step 4: Moisturizing

To wrap things up I like to use 99% Aloe Vera gel for my dark spots. You can find this at any organic store. Tip: put this on any pimple for an overnight cure! Next I spray Lush’s Tea Tree Water all over my face. This is a really light moisturizer with the benefits of tea tree oil. Finally I top it off with all natural tea tree oil! And that’s my skincare routine!

Hope you guys found this somewhat helpful! Stay tuned for more!

-A.A

My Christmas Wishlist!

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Christmas is only 17 days away (at least it is as I’m writing this)! I’m definitely excited about this year. It’s my first year with a job, so it’ll be the first time I can actually get everyone on my list  decent gifts. I really can’t wait to see their reactions! I personally think I’m a great gift giver! However, I do have my own list, so without further ado, here it is!

A Shiba Inu!

I have loved Shibas for soo long now! They’re so cute and I’m ready to love one and be loved back! I want to go on long walks and have lots of snuggle time! I don’t necessarily want someone to get me one but it would be nice to have some money to help with the adoption process.

A Gold Macbook 12″

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As I currently type this, I’m working on my mother’s computer. I basically want something that I’m free to call my own and have my own setup without worrying about other people’s stuff. Plus, not having to share is a big bonus for when I have to pull 5 hour essay writing sessions!

New DSLR

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I already own a Canon 300D, but unfortunately mine doesn’t record video! I think the next step in my my blogging and Instagram career would be to take more professional photos. So I’m crossing my fingers that I get a new camera! Hopefully either a Canon Powershot or a Canon Rebel!

Zara’s Little Red Bag 8712104020_2_1_1I first saw this bag on Youtube and I’ve literally been dreaming of it since! I think it’s so cute and so unique. I absolutely love the bees as the metal detailing. Bees are kinda like my personal symbol. I have an Alex and Ani bracelet with a bee on it so this would be the perfect addition to my collection.

Colourpop Makeup

Just Peachy Lip Bundle

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Love peachy tones. They’re especially lovely on dark skin tones!

Quarters Blush

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Banks- The Altar (Vinyl)

I believe I’ve mentioned Banks in a favorites post before. If not, just go listen to her, she’s an actual queen! Her must is pretty much about girl power and forget about all the boy trouble you may be having. Absolutely love jamming to this album in my car, now it’s time to have it only vinyl! This can be found at urban outfitters 🙂

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Faux Patent Leather Boots

I’ve been wanting to experiment with my shoes forever! These are a step above my comfort zone and I think they’re so badass. These can be found at Forever 21.

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So that’s it for the specifics. Other much appreciated gifts include money, gift cards, anything and everything from Zara’s, plants, clothing, etc.

Thanks for Reading!

-A.A

Fall Favorites 2016!

Miscellaneous

Fashion & Acessories

1. Berets

So, my first favorite is a cult classic! Berets are so fun to style, they make any outfit adorable! Imagine this paired with a cute pair of stockings and boots. They’re literally a perfect hat for fall.

2. Knee High Boots

Hands down, these are my most worn item this season! I’m wearing at least four times a week. I feel like cinderella in these. Paired with a beret, you’re unstoppable!

3. Brown leather jacket

Usually I always lean towards black. But this fall, I’ve been experimenting with warm tones as you can see by my instagram(@ash.leey). I really love this jacket on warmer days. Plus, I really love the style of this one. I wish it came in black or grey!

4. Sock Ankle Boots

For the past couple of weeks, it’s seemed like everyone had these except me. Now that I’ve a proud owner, I definitely don’t regret this purchase. My pair is from Aldo amd they were around $60. Lately I’ve been making a point to invest in good shoes! These fit the bill perfectly!

5. Band Tees

Such an easy piece to style! They’re cool and make me feel so hardcore. ‘Nuff said!

Makeup & Skincare

1. Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Palette

I have a newfound love for this palette! I absolutely adore rose gold and this palette is basically a dupe for the naked 3 one!

2. Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation

All month I’ve been reaching for this. It keeps me matte for most of the day and provides full to medium coverage! I’ve also been using a lighter shade as concealer.

 I definitely have more skincare favorites, however I plan on saving them for a skincare routine post!

Music

1. Childish Gambino

Recently Childish Gambino came out with two new songs and I love relaxing, jamming out to them! Check him out!

Thanks for reading! I’ll have a November haul coming out soon! Also happy 20th post to me!

-A.A

September 26, 2016 OOTD

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Hello everyone! It’s officially fall and I’m so excited for Halloween and warm, fuzzy sweaters! Here is a quick ootd to start off the season!

Jeans: F21

Sweater: Marshalls

Jacket: F21

Choker: F21

Shoes: Delias

Thanks for reading! 

 

July & August Favorites!

Miscellaneous

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Hello everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve made a traditional blog post. August has been a super busy month for me. I was on vacation for two weeks (check out my travel diary video) and I started a new job at my local music store. I really love my new job, I would be there everyday if I could. My coworkers are really funny and there’s a really cute boy there who looks like a combination of a young Leonardo DiCaprio and Cole Sprouse ( I’m in love). I’ve also been busy with my new YouTube channel which you should definitely check out if you haven’t already! Anyways enough about me, let’s jump into this month’s favorites!

Movies
Coco Avant Chanel

Fashion films have to be my absolute favorite! So of course it was only a matter of time before I stumbled upon this gem. Coco Avant Chanel is basically about Coco Chanel’s history and how the House of Chanel got its start. It’s a beautiful, emotional film that really makes you appreciate Chanel so much more. If you’re a fan of the Devil Wears Prada or fashion in general, this is a film for you.

Youtubers

The LineUp
I have admired these ladies for a long time, but latey they’ve been absolutely killing it. Their editing is on point, I just love watching their videos. Watch one of their videos and you’ll see why they’re on my favorites list.

Emily Lee
I have been watching this girl for over a year now and she has come such a long way! She’s very interesting to watch, her videos are never dull! She makes the best lookbooks and lately she’s been doing a video series in which she does makeup looks inspired by album covers. Emily has been uploading almost twice a week lately and I’m obsessed!

Clothing and Accessories

Vogue Glasses
So I got new glasses in August and they are these vogue brand, dark brown glasses. They’re really cute and I think they really suite my face! That’s pretty much all I can say.

           Band Shirts For this one I’ve been inspired by Maddi Bragg. She recently styled a band shirt with a flames skirt and I’ve been obsessed with the look! They’re really casual and laid back and super comfy!

Makeup

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

I’ve loved this palette since I got it last Christmas. It really is such a versitile palette. You can create glam looks and natural looks. It also suites a wide variety of skin tones. It’s definitely an investment that’s worth the money. I know a lot of names like KathleenLights absolutely adore this palette and so do I! Check it out.

Elf Dark Blush Palette

If you have a dark to medium skin tone and are looking for blushes, this is for you. I’m so surprised that these are so pigmented and unlike my Sephora blush, it lasts all day. So awesome!

Music

Lost in the Light by Bahamas

I absolutely love this song! It’s so catchy and reminds me of beaches and slow dances!

BORNS

My final favorite is Borns! I have had their album on repeat all month! My favorite song on their album is Holy Ghost. Give them a listen!

That’s all for my favorites! So sorry this was so delayed. Hope you all enjoyed!

Thanks!

-A.A

Try On Haul: June 16, 2016

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Hello everyone. It’s me again and today I’m bringing you a mini try-on haul! Let’s get right into it!

Shirt: Zara

This shirt was on sale at Zara. It’s very versatile and made of a very breathable fabric. I love it for a casual day out.

Hat: Nyc

I just picked this up at some random tourist store I passed by. I’ve been really into baseball hats and I thought this would be perfect.

 

Shirt: Zara

This was just too cute to pass up!

Romper: Marshalls (One Clothing)

I love rompers for summer looks! Especially ones with long sleeves!

Romper: Marshalls (Sienna Sky)

Once again, I’ve been loving rompers.

Bomber Jacket: Necessary Clothing

I talked about bombers in my June favorites and I’m still loving them. This is perfect for cooler nights during the summer.

Bomber: Zara

I’ve been eyeing this one for awhile and It was finally on sale, so of course I had to get it.

Pouch: Chelsea Market Nyc

Found this really inspirational pouch at the market’s bookstore. I can’t wait to use it with my bags.

Off the shoulder dress: Necessary Clothing

This reminds me so much of the dresses at Zara but it was only half the cost! I’m definitely going to get a lot of wear out of this because it’s so cute!

That’s all for my mini haul! Hope you all enjoyed and suscribe to me!

-A.A

 

My Summer Essentials: Part One

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 Since summer is here I decided it was only fair I share with you my summer essentials. This is of list of items I cannot imagine going without this summer. I have decided to make this a two part post. The first half is kinda starting while the second one will come possibly mid-August. This way you guys can get a sense of what changed and what stayed the same. Anyways, let’s jump right into it.

1. Journal

If you are a fellow blogger, I’m sure you don’t go anywhere without your trusted journal, planner, or notepad. Personally, I love having something to write in on hand. Throughout the day I find new sources of inspiration and new ideas. I love being able to pull out a small book to write things down. The next thing I know, I’ve written a new blog post. This summer, I’ll be doing a lot of traveling, which means I’ll constantly have a lot of down time to write. 

 

2. T-shirt Dresses

I absolutely love these! They’re so easy and practical. They can create a look that is either casual or dressed up. For a sporty look, I pair them with converses, but when I want to look more put togethher, I’ll pair them with some heels or wedges. T-shirt dresses are so versatile you can even use them as a swimsuit coverup. Here in New York, it can get very hot which makes it even harder to squeeze into jeans. Thus, dresses provide a more breathable solution. Definitely pick up a t-shirt dress on your next trip to the mall.

 

 

3. NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray

On a recent trip to Ulta, I asked for the best drugstore setting spray, which led me to the NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray. This is the most effective setting spray at a drugstore price. I have oily skin and this truly does help my foundation stay matte all day long. It’s perfect for hot and humid days. Of course this is a summer must have.

 

4. DSLR Camera 

For the past year, I’ve been taking a photography class. I started with traditional and took an introductory to digital photography in my second semester. However, summer means I have no place to develop my negatives and what not. Thus, my trusted Canon 300D comes in hand. The quality of my photos is really nice and this camera is beginner friendly. The only downside is it doesn’t record videos. This camer is perfect for capturing summer memories.

 

 

5. Backpacks

Ever since my trip to Europe two years ago, I’ve been obsessed with backpacks. I rather have a backpack on than a bulky purs. I love the amount of movement they allow and the space. I think they can make an outfit 10x cuter!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more!

-A.A

 

 

June Favorites: Fashion, Beauty, Music & More

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With the end of June comes a new favorites post! Like many youtubers and bloggers, at the end of every month I’ll be putting together a list of things I really enjoyed throughout the month. I personally really enjoy seeing what has inspired others, so I hope you guys do too! Let’s jump right into it!

Fashion

1. Uniqlo Shirt

Number one on my list is this long tank top from Uniqlo that I’ve kinda been wearing as a dress. You guys know it’s a favorite since I’ve shown myself wearing two different colors in OOTDs. My mother defined it perfectly: Pratical. It’s so easy to transform this shirt from a casual morning to a night out. I’ve worn it with both heals and sneakers and rocked them both! No matter what I usually pair it with various chokers. It is on the short side, so if you’re tall you won’t be able to wear this has a dress, but it’ll still make a cute top. 

2. Bomber Jacket

  Next is a bomber jacket from Zara. It’s supposed to be cropped but I sized up for a looser fit. It’s made of a satin material so it’s very lightweight and perfect for the summer. I just love the rose gold zipper. Details are everything and it will add something special to any outfit. It’s currently on sale so if you can, pick it up. You won’t regret it!