The Darling Nomadess: July 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Summer Trend: How to Wear Neon


Hi everyone!  My name is Kristina and I blog over at Kristina does the Internets.  People often tell me I have a special skill for pulling off the neon trend, which is kind of odd considering my complexion and hair color.  I know neon isn't the newest of trends, but I find a lot of people are still a little scared of it.  I always say that the key to pulling off any trend is rocking it with confidence, but if you're still unsure of how to wear neon, I'm going to show you 4 ways to wear it! 

1. Pair neon with white for a fun summer look that isn't too over the top.


2. Neon jeans can be a little scary, but pairing them with your trusty chambray is an easy way to tame down the look.



3.  My natural instinct is to add color on top of color, but crystal jewelry still adds a fun pop to neon without being over the top.



4. Neon accessories are an easy way to add color to a neutral outfit.


If you try out any of these tips, I'd love to hear about it.  Stop by Kristina does the Internets and let me know how it goes and whether I've converted you into a neon lover.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Vacation Recap: Chincoteague Island, VA


Vacationing at Chincoteague Island was incredibly relaxing! We experienced near perfect weather all week and I was able to catch up on some well-needed reading. I was able to read not one, but two books while on vacation! Claudia Welch's Sorority Sisters and Anita Loos's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes were great beach reads

This was my first time to a beach since studying abroad in Costa Rica. It's interesting how the beach environments differed! Chincoteague Island is a beautiful relaxing vacation spot where you can lay out on the sand with a good read without anyone bothering you all day. The beaches in Costa Rica are some of the most beautiful places I will ever see, and while beautiful, they are a better vacation spot for the fast-paced adventure seekers. 

While on the island, we stayed at a beach house that overlooked the marsh and had a phenomenal view of the island's lighthouse! Throughout the trip, Christian and his dad kept calling the marsh "swamps" and obviously didn't see the difference between the two even after Christian's mom and I attempted to explain the difference. So the marshlands/wetlands/swamp just became a running inside joke over the course of the trip. 

Christian rep'd his American pride all week with his various Rowdy Gentleman tank tops, though it seems he was always wearing his American flag tank when the camera came out (I promise he wore other clothes...). Chincoteague Island is well-known for their Annual Pony Penning and Pony Swim. The island has a wide variety of wild life, including wild ponies. The volunteer fire department manages the wild life and the federal government dictates how many ponies the island can have at a time. In order to manage the number of ponies on the island, the fire department hosts the pony penning and pony swim (this year was the 88th annual event). 

After the pony's swim through the channel running through the island, there is a pony auction. Something I found interesting was that the first foal to make it to shore is named King or Queen Neptune. This pony is the cheapest buy. While everyone is waiting for the ponies to make it to shore, there are raffle tickets sold for $1 per ticket. The winning ticket wins King or Queen Neptune! The photo of the red smoke (below) marked the start of the pony swim.


Are you ready to hear an embarrassing story? Yeah? I thought so.

There I am just sitting in my beach chair reading Gentlemen Prefer Blondes minding my own business. Then I hear/feel a splat on my arm and leg. I look down. HOOOOOOLLLLY CRAP (quite literally). Next thing you know, I screaming and flapping my arms about. "What do I do?! what do I do?!"as I am running towards the cold ocean water. Now, if you know me, you know that I am very good at causing a scene. Everyone in the 50 foot radius (at least) is staring at me and laughing. A bird pooped all over me. So embarrassing.  

Apparently this situation means good luck though. 

Where do you vacation, Darlings?

With Love,
Ashliegh

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Friday, July 26, 2013

College Life: 5 Things To Do Your Senior Year of College

Today we have Andrea from In Business and Life visiting! Andrea is a recent graduate and is living in the big city, New York City! Her blog was recently accepted into the Her Campus Blogger Network and I love her posts about her business adventures! Definitely worth a read!


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When Ashliegh asked me to guest blog, I had no idea what to write about or where to start. Then she mentioned she would be a senior in college this fall and that made things a lot easier. As someone who graduated only a few months ago, I'm constantly reminded of things I wish I knew/did. Here are some things I wish I knew for my senior year:

1) Eat breakfast. Even better, learn how to make breakfast. Take the time to make some eggs and bacon, mix some granola and yogurt or just put some cereal in milk. A decent breakfast gives you the boost to last you til the afternoon while everyone is still in the process of waking up. They don't say it's the most important meal for nothing! :) (Oh and, a granola bar doesn't count as breakfast...) Think about it: if you can't be healthy now when it's senior year and you have time, it's only going to be more difficult to be healthy when you're busy and building the life of your dreams after graduation!

2) Always arrive early. Someone once told me that if you're early, you're on time. If you're on time, you're late. If you're late, just forget about it. Post-graduation, especially in New York, you never know what might come up- a subway comes late, traffic, etc- so you should always give yourself some cushion time. Make the habit of arriving early. Not only does it give you some time to mentally prepare yourself and get comfortable but also, you make a good impression and show that you're respecting the time of the other person. 

3) Be presentable. Did you know it takes two seconds for our appearances to be judged and interpreted? I'm sure you've also heard it takes 7 seconds to make a first impression. Even if you feel like crap or just aren't in the mood, get yourself to dress the opposite. Put on some makeup. Do your hair. You'd be surprised how that can transform your mood! If that doesn't work, apparently saying "peas and carrots" while you're getting ready is supposed to make you feel sexy. You never know who you'll meet that day. Look good and you'll look ready to conquer the day. This goes hand in hand with #1.

4) Get more sleep. If you ever find yourself at home with nothing better to do than trolling on the internet, do yourself a favor and power off and get some sleep. Being sleep deprived is something that most college students have in common but it doesn't have to be that way. Spend less time wasting time and instead catch some of those precious zzzz's. They call it beauty sleep for a reason.


5) Do more of what makes you happy, by yourself! If someone isn't free to go to a museum or coffeeshop with you, go alone! It's ok to go by yourself. In college, you're surrounded by people but once you graduate, you'll be doing a lot of things on your own. You can't always have someone to come with you. Once you graduate you'll realize that your free time is very precious. Do more of what makes you happy and learn to appreciate- no, LOVE- your own company. 

Now, these are just 5 things I wish I knew. I understand it can sound quite general. You might not even agree with some of what you just read but if there's anything you get from this post it's that it's never too late to start and it's a continual learning process. Whether you're going to be a senior or have already graduated college, there is always something new to learn! I'm still working on incorporating success habits into my daily life although I can proudly say I have the 5 I just mentioned down pretty solid (I practice what I preach).



Let me know how it's going and visit me on my blog or Facebook Page!
Thanks to Ashliegh for asking me to guest blog!
Enjoy the rest of your summer and your senior year! It flies by quickly.



Much love from New York,
AndreaM

*All photos used in this post belong to Andrea of In Business and Life, please seek her permission before using*


Thanks so much for guest posting, Andrea! I know I am going to try and use some of her tips this coming year (especially getting more sleep and eating breakfast)! 


What success habits are you going to add to your routine this year?


With Love,

Ashliegh


Thursday, July 25, 2013

College Life: Why You Should Dress Up For Class

School is quickly approaching and it's hard for me to believe that I'll be entering my senior year already! It seems just like yesterday I was moving into the dorms as a freshman! My friends know me to dress up for class and it seems I'm not the only one! Miss ALK from Southern Belle in Training enjoys dressing up for class as well. Today, she is sharing a few reasons as to why YOU should dress up for class, too, my classy collegiate Darlings!
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Hello! I'm Miss ALK, and I blog over at Southern Belle in Training. I have gotten to know Ashliegh through the Her Campus blogging network, and I adore reading her blog! So honored to be guest posting here today. :-)

I'm going to be a sophomore in college this fall, and I'm transferring to a different school. There are many good lessons that I learned during my first year of college at my former university, and not all of them were learned in the classroom! Through the experiences I've had, I learned a lot about life, and how to become the classy woman that I want to be. I think one of the key elements of being classy is to always dress to impress. Now this is different than dressing in a manner that cheapens your body or is "flashy" and distracting. When I say dressing to impress, I mean treating every school day at college like an important job, and making business casual attire the norm!

During my first semester of freshman year, I'd find that sometimes I'd want to sleep in until the last possible minute before having to get up for class, or I would wake up early but just not have the motiation to get dressed, so I'd have yoga pants and t-shirt days (I never quite got to sweatpants level, thank GOODNESS). I thought that was kind of the "college" thing to do, but I realized a few negative things about the days when I barely made any effort to look cute. I also realized a lot of positive things about the days that I would dress up! By second semester I had maybe one or two yoga pants days for the whole spring season, and those were during finals week when most of my nice clothes were already packed. ;-)


     Here is my list of the top reasons why you should dress up for your classes 
and activities in college!

Wearing very casual attire can put you in a sleepy state of mind: During my first semester there were some days where I just didn't feel like putting on a cute outfit and just threw on my yoga pants and a random t-shirt for class. But what I always found is that every day that I did this lead to me feeling tired and being in a kind of "bleh" mood for the whole day! My self confidence was certainly never very high when I did this, and I always felt less productive during the day as well. I found that on days when I would get up a little earlier to fix my hair and find a cute outfit, I would be more "woken up" by the whole getting ready process, and usually be wide awake and ready to focus by the time class came around. I'm not saying that you should wake up at the crack of dawn to do your make-up, but sometimes a few extra minutes in the morning can make the difference.

Dressing up shows respect to the college and the teachers: All colleges should be treated as prestigious schools for higher education! Whether you're at the community college, a big state school, or an Ivy League university, it is a privilege for any student to get to attend college, and a girl's manner of dress should reflect this! College isn't like public high school where you have to be there. College is a choice, and an expensive one at that. By dressing in a classy manner you can show respect for your school and higher education!

Presentations are frequent: In college you will find that many of your classes require presentations. It is an expectation that students will wear business casual attire on these days. Why not just get into the habit of making everyday seem like a presentation? :-) 

Guys will regard you differently: I found that a decent number of guys during my freshman year would compliment me on my outfits and looks. The compliments weren't anything of a sexual nature or creepy (no "Hey hot stuff!"), but more sweet comments such as "You look so nice today!" Hearing things like this was always a confidence boost for me! I think most guys really do like it when girls dress in a feminine and girly way. Again, this is very different from wearing outfits that are flashy and immodest. Classes at school are a great place to meet guys (both romantic interests and just friends), and dressing your best shows that you take both school and presenting yourself well seriously!

Dressing up is FUN: I think this is the most important reason of all- girls, we are GIRLS and part of the fun of being a girl is getting dolled up! Why only save this for special occasions?! 
    
Now when I say how much I love to dress up for every day of classes and activities at school, don't think this means that I wear an evening gown and heels everyday! That couldn't be further from the truth (although I love those, too ;-)). By dressing your best and being classy, you also have to be sensitive to your school's environment. For example, my former university had a huge, spread out campus, and I had to walk long distances to get to class. This made wearing heels of any kind to class impossible, unless I wanted foot damage. So during the warmer months, I'd usually wear a cute pair of blingy sandals, and in cooler months I sported some cute leather riding boots!

If you're a college aged gal, do you like to dress up everyday? Or are you more a fan of casual attire? Either way I'd love to hear about your school style!

Please feel free to stop by my blog, Southern Belle in Training! In addition to fashion, I write about my Christian faith, the differences between Southern and Northern life (I'm a New England girl by birth but I love going to school down in North Carolina!) and my love of 90's pop culture!

XOXO,
 Miss ALK

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What's your school style, Darlings?

With love,
Ashliegh

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

OOTD: Wearing Neon

Meet Christina, the preppy law student and blogger behind The Quarter Life Closet. I've been stalking reading Christina's blog for a long time now and I love all of her daily outfits posts as they offer a great source of inspiration! 

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Hi My name is Christina! I am the fashion blogger behind The Quarter Life ClosetI am a Florida girl born and raised, but I now live in Oxford, Mississippi pursuing my law degree at Ole Miss. I started my personal style blog during my second year of law school as a mental escape from my studies. Since that time, blogging has grown into my true passion. I am influenced daily by my beautiful Southern surroundings and I love all things classic, chic and sophisticated, often with a preppy touch. Getting dressed has always been my favorite part of my day and I have always believed that the right outfit can open doors!  

5 fun facts about me: 

1. I love football! I graduated in 2011 from the University of Florida, and I am a huge Gator fan. Like any SEC girl, getting dressed up for game day is just another element to the fun. 

2. The name 'The Quarter Life Closet' was inspired by the term 'quarter life crisis." Because who hasn't freaked out a little bit in their early to mid-twenties trying to choose their career path?

3. I am a huge skin care buff. Even though I grew up in the sunshine state, I fully support the SPF movement. My favorite sunscreen is  Matte Moisturizer SPF 30 by Image Skincare, and I wear it everyday. And I try to encourage my friends to take care of their skin and stay away from tanning beds!

4. I all love animals, especially cats. I have an all white cat named Purrlee (yes, her name is a pun).

5. I am really good at quoting movies. I consider myself fluent in the art. 


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Make sure to visit Christina's blog and say hello!



With love,

Ashliegh


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Summer Trend: How to Wear a Monochromatic Outfit

Today Medge from The Voguish Diaries will be giving us a quick lesson on how to wear a monochromatic outfit today! Medge has a really great sense of style and a killer collection of heels!  Check out her style tips below!

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I am a lover of all things pastel, especially when it comes to my wardrobe. A pastel is always a nice way to add a pop of colour to an outfit, but why not wear colour from head to toe? Since we're in the middle of summer,  I thought it would be nice to do a monochrome outfit with a minty green. When done correctly, a monochromatic look can make for a killer outfit. 




Rule #1 - Different Shades - It's important to pick different shades of the same colour. You want it to 'go' together rather than 'match' perfectly. If you are going to have 2 pieces the same shade, they must be the exact same colour. There should also be a third shade introduced. So unless it's black or white, mix up the shades. It will look much more chic. 

Rule #2 - Contrast - This rule sort of compliments Rule #1. There has to be a contrast in the outfit. That can be a shade of the same colour, but significantly lighter or darker. I'd even say it's okay for it to be a black, white or grey piece. Jewelry and accessories can definitely play into this as well - the outfit can be all one tone, but then the shoes and jewlery can be a different from the clothes, but the same as each other (like blue pumps and a statement blue necklace) 

Rule #3 - Textures - Don't be afraid to play with textures. For instance, if your colour of choice is blue, add a denim jacket. If you're colour is on the lighter side, add a white blazer (like I did). And the same applies to darker shades and black. 

So these are just some of my basic rules for a monochrome look. The most important rule above all rules: you must be confident. It always adds that extra bit of polish and style to an outfit. 

I hope you have enjoyed this post! Check out my blog for more fun fashion posts!Hi everyone! So happy to be guest posting for Ashliegh today because I love her blog!

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Thanks so much for guest posting, Medge! 

How would you rock this monochrome trend, Darlings?

With Love,
Ashliegh

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Summer Trend: How to Wear Tribal Print

Elizabeth is the adorable fashion blogger behind Emphatically Elle. We met through the Her Campus Blogger Network, of course (that seems to be where I get all my fabulous blogging friends)! Her blog just received a makeover recently, that she did herself! Make sure to go check it out!

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Hello, everyone! It's Elizabeth from Emphatically Elle. Lately, I've been noticing a spiking trend in tribal print everything, from bodycon skirts to backpacks to bathing suits. It's a great way to get in the spirit of summer with the hot days approaching (and already here for many of you). From southwestern inspired to a more native feel, the possibilities are nearly endless (and many brands have been capitalizing on this Ke$ha themed movement). 



Some styling tips:

1. Add pops here and there. As with any bold print, it is to be used sparingly to add color or texture to an outfit. Certainly don't go all over tribal at the risk of looking costumey or, well, insane. Pair a tribal skirt with a solid blouse or top, or add festive shoes to an otherwise ho-hum outfit.

2. Monotone works. Pairing a brightly colored tribal print skirt or bag with a muted color palette on the rest of your body will give you a polished, put together look for a more toned down version of the trend. 

3. Take it up a notch with allover printed pants or leggings underneath a muted tunic. This look is more difficult to pull off, the fashion equivalent to playing Guitar Hero on Expert mode. For those who are intimidated, or who prefer a more subtle approach, adding a printed purse or backpack, scarf, or shoes to an ensemble is a great way to get in on the action without worrying about looking too ridiculous. 

4. As with anything, be yourself. Find a fun and unique way to showcase the look and really play up your assets. Many have even made DIY projects out of the trend with bleach or fabric painted shorts, shirts, or shoes. Whatever inspires you, run with it, but most of all, have fun! An outfit only works if you're comfortable in it.

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How would you wear tribal print, darlings?!


With Love,

Ashliegh

Friday, July 19, 2013

College Life: How to Survive Your Summer Classes

Ahh, summer. The glorious freedom from grueling homework and slamming your face into a textbook while being hyped up on some energy drink. The beautiful season of relaxation and catching up on sleep, since we all know college kids, myself included, don't sleep during the semester.

Summer. I'm viewing it from a desk while a professor lectures me about astronomy while I stare out the window; so close to feeling the sunlight on my face, yet so far. Rather than suntanning on a beach, I find myself in a classroom. Summer school should be illegal. Thankfully, I'm not the only one in the classroom.

This morning, I am taking the final exam for my fascinating Intro to Astronomy class. (When will this ever help me in real life? Answer: never.) I didn't understand most of what the class was about as most of the math and science just went right over my head. Despite my inadequate gain of knowledge in the field of astronomy, I tried to make the best of the experience. Today, I'm giving you some tips on how to survive your summer classes because we all know they're practically unbearable.


1. Make new friends. Like me, if you're taking a summer class, you probably aren't at your home university. Chances are, you're probably at a community college. Use this opportunity to get to know people you wouldn't have met otherwise. 

2. Bring a snack and water bottle. Chances are likely this isn't your typical one hour class. No. Summer classes would never be that bearable. Intro to Astronomy averaged to be about 4 hours every Tuesday and Thursday evening. Four. Hours. You're probably going to get hungry and thirsty. Throw a granola bar in your tote and you're good to go!

3. Dress in layers. It might be 100 degrees outside but inside that building, it might as well be Antarctica. Throw on a cute light scarf and cardigan to avoid the chills. (I wouldn't recommend a cardigan if you were to visit Antarctica, however...)

4. Stay positive. Think of it this way - it's one less class to worry about during the regular school year and one step closer to graduation! It might even raise your GPA a little, too! Good news is, its only a few weeks!

With all of that said, good luck! We'll survive this summer class together. 

With Love,
Ashliegh

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Lady's Jewel Box




In just a few weeks, Christian's family will be moving. I've been helping his mom, Chris, go through all of their belongings to help downsize and pack everything. We've come across a lot of unique and antique items! They used to live on a farm so they had a spinning wheel, old chairs, and vintage farm equipment hiding in their attic along with a small fortune in collectable toys (think 60's Midge doll, original Transformers, etc.). I love looking at antique and vintage items and I often wonder what it would have been like to grow up during the 40's, 50's and 60's!

One of my favorite items that we came across was this jewelry box that belonged to Christian's great grandmother. After pulling it out of a box, Chris exclaimed, "I've never opened this box or gone through it. A lady's jewel box just seemed so sacred!" 

I love that. A lady's jewel box is a sacred place where she keeps some of her most valuable possessions as well as basic needs. A lady's jewel box, in a way, is like a purse. A man just shouldn't go through it! 

After hiding in a box for so many years, we decided to take a look at the jewelry box's contents. 



Most of the jewelry found in the box was gold. I was surprised at how, when looking at these bracelets, I could see myself and my peers wearing them around campus. I especially love the large bracelet. The clasps for many of these were interesting and difficult to figure out as they aren't like modern day hook clasps. 


Brooches found in the jewel box

A little secret about myself - my ears aren't pierced; I have a collection of clip on earrings that I wear! Surprisingly, most people would never guess! The first pieces that caught my attention after opening the box were all of the clip on earrings, especially the pair with the pearls in the middle. Chris saw them and said, "You would have loved Grandma, she was such a lady. Someone needs to wear these!" Then looks right at me. Be on the lookout for those pearl clip ons in future posts, as I'm honored to wear them.




There were quite a few baubles in the jewel box, as well. A few hairpins, a pair of reading glasses, and lots of nail files (a lady always keeps her nails in decent shape)! After doing a little research, Bob Nettle was an Ohio congressman who served in the House of Representatives and the Senate from 1977-1995. There were also a few hair wraps. Chris told me that Grandma loved to get her hair done every week at a nearby neighbor's house who was a hair stylist. After her up-do was styled, she would slide in one of her hairpins, and cover her hair with a wrap to make sure the style wouldn't be damaged on the walk home. 

After hearing many stories of Grandma, I wish I had the chance to meet her. She seemed like a very wise and classy lady. In a way, I feel like I have met a part of her. 

With Love,
Ashliegh

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Monday, July 15, 2013

What to Wear to an Engagement Party



Dress: Hand-me-down
Vest: Borrowed from my sister, Brittney
Boots: Target

Last weekend, my little sister, Amiee, asked me to be one of her bridesmaids in her wedding and this past weekend was her engagement party! There was a TON of food that my family and Marcus, Amiee's fiance, provided. As more people arrived to the celebration, more food arrived with them! Hamburgers, veggie pizza, mac n' cheese, pasta salad, potato salad, and cupcakes on cupcakes on cupcakes! Needless to say, I ate wayyyy too much! 

I received this adorable yellow dress as a hand me down from a sorority sister and I knew instantly that it would be perfect for the engagement party! I was never one to wear yellow much but I'm about to wear this dress everyday it's so cute! I love it dressed down a bit with the cowboy boots and denim vest. It gave the feminine dress a relaxed vibe. 

With Love,
Ashliegh


Thursday, July 11, 2013

The BEST Summer Beach Reads

Yesterday I introduced you to Caroline, the blogger behind The Caro Diaries! Caroline and I became friends when we both joined the Her Campus Blogger Network and she is seriously fabulous with an amazing blog! Make sure to go say hello!
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Hey y’all! I’m Caroline from The Caro Diaries  and I’m so excited to be guest posting on Ashliegh’s blog today. I love The Darling Daily. I’m a lifestyle, college and fashion blogger from the Caribbean experiencing the good ol’ USA in college in CT. I believe in the good things in life like shopping, Pinterest, curling up with a good book, the occasional glass of wine and lots and lots of laughter.


For me, nothing beats a rainy or snowy day, comfy pajamas and a great book, except for maybe a ridiculously sunny day, laying out on the beach with a great book. Being lucky enough to live in the Caribbean, I get sunshine and beaches whenever I want (a far cry from what it’s like during the school year in CT), and I’ve perfected what I consider “beach reads.”








Though some of these books are a little bit long (Molly McAdams’ especially – but SO worth it!), these are great for a little romance and heat while you’re out in the sun! These are interesting enough to keep you captivated, but carefree enough that you don’t have to think too much and can give your mind a break. I threw in Ellen’s book because I think she’s genuinely one of the funniest women and I consider her to be very empowering – a theme I continued with Katie Couric’s book, which is a compilation of some of the most inspiring lessons and speeches I’ve read.

To me, these books are the perfect companions for a beach trip or a weekend getaway, or even a Sunday morning curled in bed. I use my Kindle a little too much, and it has become a dangerous accessory for my credit card (it’s still crying from all my “gifts to myself” this semester..). These books, plus any book by Abbi Glines, are the definition of a perfect summer novel. So I hope you guys join me on my venture to read 30 books this summer!

Happy reading, guys! Don’t forget to stop by The Caro Diaries  and let me know what you think about my summer reading picks, and send some suggestions my way!
Which book would you read at the beach, Darlings?

With Love,
Ashliegh

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Barbie 2.0: A New Look for an American Icon

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Barbie has set the standard for women's physical ideals since her creation in 1959. Though her measurements are unrealistic, Barbie has been the icon for physical wellness throughout her years of being America's favorite toy for young girls. 

Artist Nickolay Lamm recreated Barbie to have the measurements of an average 19-year-old American young woman. This artist also challenged beauty standards through taking off the doll's make up. Lamm believes that, "if we criticize skinny models, we should at least be open to the possibility that Barbie may negatively influence young girls as well."   

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If Barbie were a real woman, her waist would be 18 inches. Lamm's Barbie's waist is 33 inches around.
This new Barbie is quite shocking to me. It really puts into perspective how America's role model of physical ideals is unrelatable and unrealistic for most. 

Personally, as an hourglass figure myself, I found it hard to accept this new athletic-built Barbie and never thought Barbie influenced my younger self negatively in terms of body image (if anything, that was the bullies). With the growing rate of eating disorders and body image issues, I do understand that some girls are being impacted by Barbie's influence.

"If there's even a small chance of Barbie in its present form negatively influencing girls, and if Barbie looks good as an average-sized woman in America, what's stopping Mattel from making one?" Asked Lamm. 

What are your thoughts on this new version of Barbie?

With Love,
Ashliegh

References: Read more about the recreated Barbie here, here, and here.

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Sunday, July 7, 2013

What I Wore: Independence Day & Weekend Update!

 
Tank: Old
Button Up: Marshall's
Shorts: Old
Boots: Target

Forth of July was spent how most Americans spend this special holiday, with the family and eating BBQ'd food! I spent time with Christian's lovely family camping out in celebration of his grandparents' 60th Anniversary! 60 years together, isn't that simply amazing!? I hope that one day I can be so in love and celebrating 60 years together with the man of my dreams. 

On  the note of marriages and finding true love, I'm a bridesmaid! Yay! My little sister, Amiee is getting married next August and asked me to be one of her bridesmaids! Her wedding is rustic themed and she wants us to wear cowboy boots with our dresses! How adorable! 

Alpha Phi sisters at Teri's Bridal Party
Last week, one of my sorority sisters, Teri, had her bridal shower! She's getting married in less than a month and her soon-to-be husband is our sorority sweetheart! I couldn't be more excited for her! I was missing my sisters so the bridal shower was a great time to catch up!

What did you do for the Fourth of July?

With love,
Ashliegh

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