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 Christmas Wishlist!

Miscellaneous

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

Room Tour!

Lifestyle

Hello everyone! I’m very excited to share with you my room tour today! I’ve been working to perfect my room for a couple of months now and finally, I’m satisfied with everything!

So the first thing you see when you enter my room is the vanity. This is where I keep all my makeup and stuff. This one in particular is from Ikea as well as 99% percent of my room. On the chair I keep my Zara backpack. Underneath is just a waste bin and my school bag.

On top you can see my camera on a little display thing from Marshalls. I’m a big plant lover so I have a couple of plants, mostly from Ikea as well as the metal planters. On the left you can see my marquee “A” from Target! Next to that I have a storage unit where I keep jewelry and whatnot as well as a planner and my iPad.

Now this shelf is my pride and joy! The circle shelf is from Target and yes, they still sell it. On the bottom I have my watches, a fake plant from Marshalls, a photo of my city, and some glasses hanging off. On the middle shelf I have another fake plant from Marshalls, a Paris street Style Coloring book also from Marshalls, a copper geometric ball from Marshalls, and a couple essie nail polishes.  Finally on the top is a candle, mini succulent, and another photo of NYC.

Moving on is my closet and mirror. The mirror is from Target. Behind me you can see my desk and my viola case.  Next to my mirror I keep a spider plant, a record player, and a golden pathos.

Above my windows I have some prints that I dry mounted in photography class.

On the next wall is a set of drawers from Ikea. The little copper lamp is also from Ikea. I have an aloe vera and another unknown plant.

I have a little diy marble board as well as my journal and sketch book on top. Next to that is a geometric diamond from HomeGoods. Behind that I have another candle and almost dead cactus.

Next is my bed! It’s from, you guessed it, Ikea. My duvet is also from Ikea. The two black square pillows are from Bed Bath and Beyond. The furry pillow and furry blanket are from Marshalls!

Above my bed, I have this pendant lamp that I ordered off of amazon with one of those cool lightbulbs from Home Depot.

Next to my bed is my little bookshelf. I have two cacti, a fake succulent bowl, and a picture that I diy’d for about $2. In the black bins from Amazon, I store my books, colored pencils, and wires.

Finally, my door. I have a collection of bags hanging from it as well as my laundry bin in the corner. 

At last, we have come full circle! That’s it for my room tour. If you have any questions or comments, be sure to leave them down below and I’ll do my best to answer! 

Thanks for reading,

-A.A