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

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

August Haul!

Fashion

Hi everyone! So usually I make blog posts whenever I haul, but this time I decided to make another YouTube video! If you like this way better, give me a big thumbs up and subscribe to my channel for more! Enjoy!

-A.A

Travel Diaries: Oasis of the Seas!

Lifestyle

Hello everyone! Sooo this month I went on a family vacation on a cruise and it was Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas! I put together a little video composed of clips from my trip. I figured this would be much nicer as opposed to writing everything out! If you enjoyed my video be sure to give it a big thumbs up and subscribe to my channel if you please!

Thanks!

-A.A

Some photos from the trip!