Spring Break Style {Sneak Peak}

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Shirt: Target. Shorts: 7 for all Mankind (similar). Bag: Marc Jacobs (similar). Shoes: Rebecca Minkoff
Sunglasses: Elly's Couture. Jewelry: J.Crew, Michael Kors, Alex Monroe, Jennifer Zeuner, Max & Chloe, Nordstrom.
 Nail Polish: Essie Tour de Finance.

I have been on vacation in Florida this week, which is why I haven't been doing my usual outfit posts. I documented all of my vacation looks and will post them when I get back to Missouri : ) In the meantime here is my outfit that I wore to the airport, just because you're traveling doesn't mean you can't still look stylish! I love these Rebecca Minkoff sandals I am wearing, they are the perfect pop of neon. 

xo SideSmile,

On My Radar: The Great Gatsby

One of my all time favorite books is The Great Gatsby. Even though the movie isn't coming out until Christmas time, I am already so excited! I love the style of the roaring twenties, and have been majorly inspired by the promo pictures of the movie. I'm sure the costumes will be phenomenal and a huge fashion influence. Until then here are some of my favorite Gatsby inspired pieces. 

xo SideSmile,

Pieces, Botkier, Forever 21, AllSaints, Jane Tran
Kenneth Jay Lane, Lanvin, Jan Marini Skin Research

11.Lanvin Jeweled Evening Minaudiere 

On My Radar: PEPLUM

Saturday, March 24, 2012
Peplum, Peplum everywhere you look! I absolutely love this ladylike trend. The best part is about this classic style is it works for so many different figures! What do you guys think of Peplum?
xo SideSmile,

Sandro, Cut25, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Mason

Alice + Olivia, Alexander McQueen, Marc by Marc Jacobs


Thursday, March 22, 2012

aslkjfMelissa Joy Manning, Emily and Ashley, BaubleBar
1.West Avenue 2.Danielle Stevens 3.Mellisa Joy Manning
4.Emily & Ashley 5.West Avenue 6.BaubleBar 7.West Avenue


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Shorts: Elly's Couture (similar) Shirt: T by Alexander Wang. Shoes: Topshop. Sunglasses: Target. 
Jewelry: Nordstrom, Lily Dawson, Alex Monroe, David Yurman.

Photographed by: Michelle Chase.


Dress: Elly's Couture (similar). Shoes: Lauren Conrad (similar). Bag: Kate Spade. Sunglasses: RayBan
Jewelry: Ann Taylor, David Yurman, Alex Monroe, J.Crew, Nordstrom.

If these pictures look rushed...it's because they were! There were some very ominous clouds hanging over us the entire time we were shooting, so we had to kick it into high gear!  I got this dress from the Boutique I work at, and the moment it came into the store I fell in love. It was the perfect yellow ray of sunshine to combat these rainy skies we've been having.

xo SideSmile,

Photographed by: Michelle Chase


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Shirt: Asos. Short: 7 for all mankind (similar). Shoes: BCBG. Bag: American Apparel
Sunglasses: Tory Burch. Jewelry: J.Crew, BCBG, Alex Monroe, H&M, Juicy Couture, Nordstrom.
Photographed by: Michelle Chase


Monday, March 19, 2012

Dress: Ralph Lauren. Shoes: Sperry. Bag: Marc Jacobs (similar). Sunglasses: Target. Nails: Essie.
Jewelry: Anthropologie, Michael Kors, David Yurman, Nordstrom, Vintage, Alex Monroe, Tiffanys, Max & Chloe.

Photographed by: Michelle Chase. 


Sunday, March 18, 2012
Fiona Paxton, Delfina Delettrez, Marc by Marc Jacobs
1.Dannijo 2.Lanvin 3.Marc by Marc Jacobs 4.Delfina Delettrez 5.Fiona Paxton

Lately I have been obsessed with all of these "Shirt Collar" necklaces that are starting to pop up everywhere. I think they'd be the perfect way to dress up a t-shirt! What do you guys think? 

xo SideSmile,


Tory Burch

Sick of teetering around in sky high platforms? Slip on a pair of these deliciously comfortable Tory Burch flats. As chic as they are comfortable, these flats are definitely one of my wardrobe staples. Find your perfect pair at Bergdorf Goodman.



Friday, March 16, 2012

Dress: Anthropologie. Belt: Vintage (last seen here and here). Bag: Tory Burch (similar). Shoes: Alexander Wang. Sunglasses: RayBan. Jewelry: J.Crew, Lily Dawson, Juicy Couture, Alex Monroe, Nordstrom.

Photographs by: Michelle Chase


Thursday, March 15, 2012
Patterson J. Kincaid, Alexander Wang, DKNY

Alice + Olivia, Theyskens' Theory, Free People

1.DKNY 2.Patterson J. Kincaid 3.Alexander Wang 4.Alice+Olivia 5.Free People 6.Theysken's Theory

I am always on the hunt for the perfect white dress! My favorites are number 1 and 6, what do you guys think? For even more white summer dresses check out Shopbop.com!


 Top: J.Crew (similar). Shorts: J.Crew (similar). Bag: American Apparel. Shoes: Alexander Wang
Sunglasses: RayBan. Jewelry: Madewell, Tory Burch, Alex Monroe, NordstromKate Spade.

Photographs by: Michelle Chase


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

This past week I had the pleasure of getting to interview my friend and fellow Pi Phi Allison Blase. Sitting in the Pi Phi TV room sophomore year, usually included watching Allison meticulously work on her beaded wrap bracelets.  It became very rare to find someone in our house that wasn't wearing one of Allison's bracelets. I've been wearing the same brown and gold one (my namesake the Ashley Irene) almost everyday for 2 years! Here is a closer look at the girl behind Mizzou's favorite wrap bracelets:

What got you started designing bracelets?
I started making jewelry when I was very young. My mom and uncle had this competition for buying the most annoying Christmas present for the nieces and nephews. My Uncle bought me a bead set with about 1,000 beads. So it really all started there. Then in High School I worked at small bead store in St. Charles, Missouri. Through working there I started learning new techniques, and ultimately started teaching classes. 

Where do you get inspiration?
You know how clothing designers see something in nature and are like,  "oh that’s so inspiring!" I’m not like that. I’m online all the time looking at Etsy.com or Pinterest, pulling different colors and different materials. I have a big reference of photos on my computer that I go to when I get mentally blocked. Honestly, my best way to get inspiration is to just pull all of my materials out and start letting stuff get mashed together. It is one of the only ways that being unorganized is helpful.


Who are your best clients?
Definitely my family and close friends. I have a big amount of recurring customers, and I definitely get the most new business by word of mouth. It’s the best feeling seeing a friend of a friend wearing one of my bracelets.

Do you have a favorite bracelet you've made?
Whenever I make a new one, I’m like oh this is my favorite. I really like the Meghan, just the simple black with silver beads.

How would you describe your personal style?
Pretty simple. I don’t do a lot of patterns. A lot of solid colors, dresses, and I have a weakness for jeans. I’m always looking for the perfect fit. Now that I’m older, I’m looking for mixable separates. My style has changed a lot over the years.


What is your current favorite item in your closet?
For winter, I would definitely have to say my fur vest. Also lot of simple blouses that I feel like I can wear with anything. And a million pairs on boots. So many boots.

Name three of your favorite places in Columbia?
Rock Quarry Trail, Harpos, and Picklemans.

Favorite accessory trend of the moment?
A big gold Michael Kors watch, my boyfriend go it for me for Christmas and he picked it out himself.

Best-kept fashion secret?
Always wear jewelry. I feel naked without it; it actually puts me in a bad mood when I don’t have any on. Also, always make sure your jewelry is easily accessible and displayed out in the open.

Allison's Spring Picks:

Marc by Marc Jacobs, True Religion, Michael Kors

1.Turquoise Earrings 2.Polka Dot Top 3.Gold and Tortoise Watch 4.White Jeans 5.Boyfriend Blazer

^Ashley Irene^

What are your plans after graduation?
I’ll hopefully be in Chicago. I have a job offer out there designing jewelry. I think she wants to do kind of like a store within a store, like a custom jewelry consultation experience. I would love for that to work out.

To see more of Allison's designs check out her blog here: allisonblase.blogspot.com

xo SideSmile,

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