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All About Athleisure!

An emerging trend that is quickly becoming a fashion staple in everyone’s closet is Athleisure. What started out as a trend in the 80’s with tracksuits has evolved from season to season to more sophisticated pieces that aren't just for working out. Women today are always on the go. From work to yoga class to picking up the kids and school functions, the to do list is endless. As women today we need versatile pieces that we can wear with anything and to any occasion. What’s great about athleisure pieces is they have the comfort of workout attire with soft breathable fabrics that are easy to move in. Athleisure is re-imagining clothing to resemble more tailored looks for the office or leggings that can be paired with any top just like your favorite pair of denim. There are a lot of brands out there which offer athleisure but one of the brands I think does it the best happens to be a local brand found right here in the CLE called Grace & Ricci. I was first introduced to Grace &…

The Perfect Pop of Color!

Photos by: Ashley Shaw

I consider myself more of a shoe girl than a purse girl but, as I looked through my closet for a fun summer handbag I came up short. I realized my handbag collection consists of five bags that come in a range of colors featuring black, brown, and a heather gray one where I was trying to go outside the box. Just like my wardrobe it seems I lack color in the handbag department. So I have decided to give my handbag collection a little pick me up with a colorful new addition for the summer. I was looking for either a satchel or a clutch because during the warmer months I like to keep it simple and lightweight with my bag choice. I began my search at all my favorite retailers. I actually found the perfect clutch at World Market. I love World Market, it's where I go for unique cooking supplies and spices and fun jewelry pieces to add to my collection. Imagine my surprise when I came across handbags in all shapes and colors while perusing the aisles. When I saw this…

The Cold Shoulder!

Photo's by Ashley Shaw
Last spring and summer we saw the cold shoulder trend, it has returned this year in full force. I was a little hesitant last year with this trend I kept it simple with a basic dress but, this season I fully embraced the trend. I love the cold shoulder look from dresses to flirty tops. The look is the perfect trend to help you stay cool during the warm weather months. I recently purchased two tops feature above which I’m obsessed with.
When shopping for items, to add to my ever growing wardrobe, I want pieces to be unique and different from what everyone else’s wardrobe. As I searched some of my favorite retailers online I just wasn't finding what I was looking for. Luckily I remembered a great retail spot my friend told me about when she moved to Texas.
The retailer is A’Gaci, it's a southern brand, only found down south. It is very similar to Forever 21 in price and fit. It’s hard to gage your size from online. A good way to figure out your size when o…

Hi! Lo

Photos by Ashley Shaw
I’m of porcelain skin tone and I burn easier than I tan. The beginning of summer when my legs first make their appearance and are not quiet sun kissed I love to sport the perfect maxi dress. For all my tall girls out there you know my struggle with finding a maxi with the perfect length. Many times when searching for a maxi I find most hit my ankles. I mean is it too much to ask to find one that skims the floor at a perfect length? Sure, I could always special order online in a “tall” but at many local boutiques and retailers it's not always an option. About two summers ago I found the solution to my “tall girl in a short maxi skirt” problem. It came in the form of a Hi-lo hemline. The hi-lo is the tall girl’s maxi. It covers just enough to hide the not yet tan legs and because of the hi-lo hemline you are never in danger of having too short of a skirt. I’ve fully embraced the hi-lo trend and I hope it stays around for seasons to come. I’ve found some really gr…


photos by: Ashley Shaw

It’s officially dress shopping season! I work at Old Navy and we have a huge Up to 50% off Dresses Sale going on and it's making me excited for dress weather. It would be great if Mother Nature would cooperate and give us some nicer weather. Because of my dress obsession, I feel the need to buy new summer dresses every year. I’m always on the lookout for new ones to add to my wardrobe. Last year with my trip to Mexico I went beach chic and tropical with my dress picks. This year I’ll be staying in the states and heading down to Texas for my best friends 30th Birthday. I’m feeling a floral vibe for this summer. Here are five floral dresses I’m loving right now including this midi swing dress!
xo, Anastasia
Asos : I love the vibrant 70's inspired floral print and tailored look Nordstroms : I love the gauzy floral and the strapless look is perfect when basking in the sun Francesca's : I love the wrap dress look its an easy spring look H&M : This navy flo…

Local Love: The Direction!

If you know me you know how much I love shopping local. I’m always meeting new designers/retailers through social media and one I recently encountered is The Direction. The company sells hand printed state pride apparel. They have locations all over Ohio including their recent store front in the Great Lakes Mall in Mentor, OH. The Direction had their grand opening on April 1st at the Mentor location and I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the new store and all their goods before the Grand Opening! What makes this brand even more amazing is they not only carry their own designs, they also feature some other local makers such as ApeMade, who I've featured on my blog this past Christmas. If you live in the local CLE area you need to check out this store for all your local fashion needs! Above are a few pieces I loved, plus a glimpse at the new location! Find them on Instagram @shopthedirection or @thedirectioncle!

Photos by Ashley Shaw

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