Hi, I'm Ashleigh! Just call me Ash. I'm a frugal fashionista with a very relaxed dress code, so I am all about "real wear" #ootd's. Come see how you can dress chic on the cheap, and maybe hear a bit about my day-to-day life, my kids, Lou and Logo, also my cat Zoey and my dog Parker! Thanks for stopping by!


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Thrift tips!

I, personally, have been KILLING it at Goodwill recently. I've spent about $200 total at Goodwill in the last three trips, ending up with over 60 items of summer clothes and shoes. SO MUCH CHEAPER THAN RETAIL. I found more than enough summer items for my children and myself, and so much Adidas that I ended up offering some to my cousin and selling a few pieces on Poshmark.

You too can have the same luck with some simple tips:

Hauling my ass off! Adidas+Nike+Catalina+ Lularoe+Calvin Klein+ Dolce Vita! SO MUCH athleisure #2

I have another epic athleisure haul for y'all today! I know I JUST hauled basically the same stuff for you here last week, but what can I say? I likes what I likes. And what I likes is Adidas, athleisure, Goodwill, and deals. Oh boy, did I get some DEALS.
You see, today was Goodwill's half-off day. Everything 50%, NO EXCEPTIONS! YASSSS THRIFT GODS! I took this opportunity to scout for more family-friendly/budget family finds.

Thrift flip: patio set edition.

Allow me to walk you through revamping my tired, mismatched patio set!
This is it to begin with:

EPIC ATHLEISURE THRIFT HAUL! SO MUCH Adidas+Nike+Victoria's Secret and more!

My family is an Adidas family. It's what I buy for the kids for their shoes for school, and I personally own about 4 pairs of Adidas sneakers. They're just SO well made! Their clothing is also well made, but so expensive when my kids are changing sizes and growing every time I blink. Enter: Goodwill.

Plus size boudoir photoshoot.

Time hop Tuesday, anyone?
It's the one-year anniversary of my boudoir photo shoot! (And my temporary red hair!) I have been FEELING myself since turning 30. I am currently 32, and these were taken when I was 31. Here are the photos:

Gorgeous beach sunset photo shoot in Clearwater, FL.

My niece's mother and I decided to go on a quick, mini-vacation to the Gulf of Mexico in early May. I knew I wanted to do a photoshoot at sunset on the beach, so I posted a craigslist ad seeking a local photographer, and lucky me, someone responded!
We followed each other on Pinterest and made "beach photoshoot" boards to share with each other. It went beautifully, and I love how the photos turned out. The dress was perfect to get into the water with, and I felt like a gorgeous mermaid. Here are the photos:

The Only Eye Shadow You Need!

Awhile back we talked about me adding a beauty element to this blog. Well folks, today is that day! This is the first of many future beauty posts to come. 
If you follow my Instagram you'll know I'm obsessed with make-up! I literally have an entire tower, taller than me, filled with beauty products. I own every major eye-shadow palette from the Naked ones from Urban Decay to Tarte to Too Faced to my favorite palette, the Lorac Pro, as well as cheapos like my Jacklyn Hill Favorites palette by Morphe and my custom Z-Palette filled with Make Up Geek shadows. While I'm no pro, I'm definitely an enthusiastic connoisseur! I've been comparing these for months, trying to figure out what works for what and which are the best.

My pick for most universally flattering shade is ...
AMBER RUSH from the infallible line by L'oreal! 

Amber Rush is a rose gold/copper shade. It's lightly metallic and if you apply it in a swiping motion on your lid it will be shinier. It's very creamy and pigmented, and you don't even need a primer! It looks good on every eye color with every skin tone. Plus, it's like $8. Ulta usually has bogo 1/2 off on drug store brands, so you can try it out and pick up the chubby black kohl liner from the infallible line as well to use with the Amber Rush shadow for s sexy, smoky look! 

My favorite way to wear it is to start with a vanilla color all over my lid with any brush, lash line to brow bone. I then take Make Up Geek's Frappe in my crease with a fluffy blending brush, using a heavy hand. I will also take Make Up Geek's Creme Brulee on the same fluffy brush and blend out the Frappe, for an all over warm crease color. I take Amber Rush and first use my ring finger to apply it in patting motions to pack on the color. Afterwards I will lightly sweep it in wind shield wiper motions to amp up the metallic look. I follow up with the chubby black L'Oreal Infallible Kohl pencil on my upper and lower inner rims, run Frappe on my lower lash line with a pencil brush, curl and mascara my lashes, and apply winged liner (usually either Physician's Formula 2 in 1 Eyebooster and Serum in Blackest Black OR Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner.) It all takes about 5 minutes. I wore this look to two different weddings recently, and it's my go to look whenever I want to look pretty but not over-the top! 
What do you think of L'Oreal cosmetics? Will you give this shade a try?