Kind of a Big Steal

MKAY WHO CHANGED TUMBLR I HAVEN’T BEEN GONE THAT LONG HELLOOOooOOooOOOOO!

—Getting Old

"Is it possible for an electronic device to have sex appeal? Because I’m there."—-I say crazy shit on the regular. This was Christmas morning, and this may be one of the better deals I snagged in 2011.
I subscribe Groupon emails, and just got on the Living Social bandwagon. These are marvelous because they offer products, services like spas, workout classes or home cleaning and restaurants 50% off and more, for so many major cities. It sucks when I’m broke because I’m a foodie, and I love trying new places. So I was scanning my emails a couple days before Christmas, sitting around with my parents. 
"DAD. 12.2 megapixels. $60. Can this be my Christmas present?"Dad: “Yes, that’s a deal. Buy it now!”
So we did, with a couple days left on the Groupon deal. AND it came before Christmas.
It’s a nifty little device, a simple point-and-shoot with video capabilities, with 2GB of internal memory. Oh, and did I mention that there is a USB port at the bottom that charges it AND makes for easy upload?! Don’t even get me started on the “blink detector”. It doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, but that’s fine with me. It’s classy. And I’m in love I missed having a camera for life’s funny little memories.
GE Digital Camera, CREATE by Jason Wu price: $129.99 (plus shipping)Groupon price: $59 (plus shipping) 
THANKS MOM AND DAD!
Cheers y’all,Ashley 

"Is it possible for an electronic device to have sex appeal? Because I’m there."—-I say crazy shit on the regular. This was Christmas morning, and this may be one of the better deals I snagged in 2011.

I subscribe Groupon emails, and just got on the Living Social bandwagon. These are marvelous because they offer products, services like spas, workout classes or home cleaning and restaurants 50% off and more, for so many major cities. It sucks when I’m broke because I’m a foodie, and I love trying new places. So I was scanning my emails a couple days before Christmas, sitting around with my parents. 

"DAD. 12.2 megapixels. $60. Can this be my Christmas present?"
Dad: “Yes, that’s a deal. Buy it now!”

So we did, with a couple days left on the Groupon deal. AND it came before Christmas.

It’s a nifty little device, a simple point-and-shoot with video capabilities, with 2GB of internal memory. Oh, and did I mention that there is a USB port at the bottom that charges it AND makes for easy upload?! Don’t even get me started on the “blink detector”. It doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, but that’s fine with me. It’s classy. And I’m in love I missed having a camera for life’s funny little memories.

GE Digital Camera, CREATE by Jason Wu price: $129.99 (plus shipping)
Groupon price: $59 (plus shipping) 

THANKS MOM AND DAD!

Cheers y’all,
Ashley 

That moment when you find a wardrobe staple that you’ve been scouring God’s green earth for…

I got a lot of “I-told-you-so”s after I went to Becky’s Shoes in Rome for the first time. I think it’s like a consignment shop, they sell very gently used, name brand and designer shoes for an absolute bargain. Yup. Straight up my alley.

I saw these one Friday afternoon and before I knew it, was talking myself out of it because I had other expenses to take care of. Things like food, gas, bills. I would have extra money after taking care of these things. But I couldn’t stop thinking about them. So I went back again. And again. And again. On the fourth visit I decided these shoes and I were destined to be together. I had done everything short of naming them. But, I was in a financial position to get them because I had carved out money in my budget for guilt-free happiness. (Which wasn’t easy. Moscato is one of my biggest weaknesses.) These are taupe-colored, 4.5 inches including the 1 inch platform and suede. DONE.

The second and fourth time I went into the store I had two different ladies tell me I should buy them. They really do go with everything, and I can’t wait to buy floral dresses for spring; I’ll probably walk at graduation in these. I always love getting fashion approval from elderly black ladies, it validates me somehow. Don’t ask. But an even greater source of fashion approval comes from the glossy pages of Instyle magazine. I’ve been reading that magazine since my aunt bought me a subscription in 2005, and I’ve always dreamed of being one of their interns; they don’t take very many.

SEPTEMBER 2011, PAGE 286 BABY!

Remember those word association exercises from elementary school, the ones that tried to use standardized testing to evaluate your brilliance even though standardized testing is a rigid, inflexible, impossible and inaccurate assessment of a child’s potential for greatness and creativity? (I got screwed by the SAT, can you tell? :) )

Carrie Bradshaw is to ‘Vogue’, what Ashley McIntyre is to ‘_____’.”

Congratulations, you’ve made it through public school.

Original price at stevemadden.com- $70
Ashley’s price at Becky’s Shoe’s- $25

I think I win.

5. Thou shalt not rule out thrift stores, consignment shops or a good tailor. It will take more of your time, but you’ve got to make your style work for you. Who else will?

Cheers y’all,
Ashley 

The best part about Christmas retail? AFTER CHRISTMAS SHOPPING! Tomorrow, I strive for greatness.

Merry Christmas all! A festive post for the occasion…
This picture was the first day of “Heel Week” with the aforementioned lovely and talented Rachel Greene. I had a date at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens for their Holiday in Lights display, and if you haven’t been, you need to go. They really did a fabulous job marrying the lights and plants.
This is one of my new favorite outfits, a chambray shirt from Gap (which I practically live in), a ruffled, embellished cardigan from Loehmann’s and the first pair of jeggings I’m ok with wearing (which I practically live in), from Nine West. And I couldn’t even tell you where the belt came from, I’ve had it for years. Details are a little hard to tell here, but it’s super comfortable, yet chic. The taupe shoes (Steve Madden) are my new pride and joy, they’ll get their own post once I charge the camera my folks bought me for Christmas (GROUPON DEAL!).
4 and a half inches of AWESOME.
Just to give an idea of how massive this tree is, normally, I’m 5’ 8” but in these shoes and my hair, I’m scraping 6’. (I think that height is a lot like money and mascara; you can never have too much.) This tree of poinsettias is at least 12 feet tall.
The unwritten rule of the day: Make sure you enjoy yourself in your clothes. Life is too short.

Merry Christmas all! A festive post for the occasion…

This picture was the first day of “Heel Week” with the aforementioned lovely and talented Rachel Greene. I had a date at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens for their Holiday in Lights display, and if you haven’t been, you need to go. They really did a fabulous job marrying the lights and plants.

This is one of my new favorite outfits, a chambray shirt from Gap (which I practically live in), a ruffled, embellished cardigan from Loehmann’s and the first pair of jeggings I’m ok with wearing (which I practically live in), from Nine West. And I couldn’t even tell you where the belt came from, I’ve had it for years. Details are a little hard to tell here, but it’s super comfortable, yet chic. The taupe shoes (Steve Madden) are my new pride and joy, they’ll get their own post once I charge the camera my folks bought me for Christmas (GROUPON DEAL!).

4 and a half inches of AWESOME.

Just to give an idea of how massive this tree is, normally, I’m 5’ 8” but in these shoes and my hair, I’m scraping 6’. (I think that height is a lot like money and mascara; you can never have too much.) This tree of poinsettias is at least 12 feet tall.

The unwritten rule of the day: Make sure you enjoy yourself in your clothes. Life is too short.

If you train yourself to ACCEPT crap, you have trained yourself to EXPECT crap.

Which is bullshit, because each and every one of us deserves better.

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about where I find my clothes lately. I think this is mostly due to the fact that towards the end of the semester, I am left with little choice but to wear the fancier things, because the yoga pants and jeans passed their prime days before. I appreciate the compliments and comments, I really do. But it lead me to thinking about the beautiful friends, family and people I am surrounded by. 

So many spectacular people in my life have trained themselves to accept less than the best. And I hate it. Maybe it’s the cheer of the holiday season. And maybe it’s because I just trained myself to expect better things from life, and am in the process of re-programming my own heart and brain. But it’s infuriating. And I think this is why I take such pride in my wardrobe and my clothes. It’s a sign to myself that I am taking care of me. My closet tells me that no matter how hard I have to hunt for it, no matter how long I have to wait, no matter how high the dry cleaning bill, no matter how much time I spend in the clearance section and no matter how crazy people think I am, I AM worth it. I CAN do for myself.

It’s a trait, a vibe, swag that I have always found attractive in other people. Nothing is sexier than someone who has enough pride in themselves to package themselves together EVERY SINGLE DAY. It shows that life, time, experiences are important to you, and that you aren’t willing to waste a moment looking like a slob. Life is too good for that.

If you train yourself to accept crap, you have trained yourself to expect crap. And I’m sorry, if most of your closet does not flatter you, you have trained yourself to accept crap. Because subconsciously, you are telling yourself that you are not worth it. You have convinced yourself that you are not worth the work it takes to give yourself the best advantage, day in and day out. Regardless of your price point or time you have to spend on yourself, it is possible to project your best self. Trust me, I’ve struggled with both.

When you take time to tend to yourself and nurture your own needs, people can tell. People around you will see that you are someone to be reckoned with, respected, loved. And I don’t know a whole lot, but I know we all deserve that.

Food for thought.

Cheers y’all,
Ashley 

Created a “Heel Week” challenge with the lovely and talented Rachel Greene on Sunday. We’re wearing nothing but heels whenever we leave our dorms this week, just to see if we can do it. Finals week means there isn’t nearly as much walking as usual, and special occasions (LIKE GRADUATION!!!) warrant special shoes. So far, not bad. We’re on Day Four, but this is the outfit from Day Two. More pics to come later.
So here, I’m wearing the shoes from the Nov. 23 post, the dress from May 21 and the “Times Square NYE Ball” earrings from Jan. 25. Further proof that quality items at a good price are possible, especially if you take care of them. (P.S. If you see me wearing this at graduation, don’t judge. I’m running out of clean clothes.)
Cheers y’all,Ashley 

Created a “Heel Week” challenge with the lovely and talented Rachel Greene on Sunday. We’re wearing nothing but heels whenever we leave our dorms this week, just to see if we can do it. Finals week means there isn’t nearly as much walking as usual, and special occasions (LIKE GRADUATION!!!) warrant special shoes. So far, not bad. We’re on Day Four, but this is the outfit from Day Two. More pics to come later.

So here, I’m wearing the shoes from the Nov. 23 post, the dress from May 21 and the “Times Square NYE Ball” earrings from Jan. 25. Further proof that quality items at a good price are possible, especially if you take care of them. (P.S. If you see me wearing this at graduation, don’t judge. I’m running out of clean clothes.)

Cheers y’all,
Ashley