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Ashley heads to the Big Apple


Ashley heads to the Big Apple

I am SO excited, my lifelong dream of traveling to New York City is finally coming true! Joe and I are headed east this weekend. I have been wanting to go for so long, but for whatever reason, never got around to it. The 49ers will be facing the Giants on Sunday Night Football, which was the perfect excuse to finally book our trip.

To be completely honest, I have been struggling with what to pack for weeks, but I finally narrowed it down. I was very overwhelmed since the street style there is sooooo on point. There is so much pressure to look chic and put together at all times.  I really wanted to choose outfits that would be both stylish and practical- and hopefully not make me look like a tourist. I figure we will be walking a lot, so flat and comfy shoes are key pieces. I am really trying to work sneakers into my outfits recently, so this weekend is a perfect opportunity. This is the third year I’ve had my Jimmy Choo boots and are a staple for any kind of cooler weather.
I’m taking lots of jackets- leather, army and a new piece from BB Dakota to shoot while I’m there. I am meeting up with one of my favorite bloggers, Carina of Her Open Window for a shoot; so be excited for that because I sure am!  It’s no surprise that I’m taking multiple scarves with me too. The weather is supposed to be rainy so I am bringing a few different layering options- plus a poncho to keep me warm on the plane!As for accessories, I am switching out of my Givenchy Antigona for my beloved Balenciaga City Bag.  I first bought this bag for my trip to  London a few years ago because of the convenience of it. You can wear it top handle or cross-body, so it’s great for walking around and soaking in the sights. I plan on taking my camera everywhere I go – so to not have to hold my purse is huge. I love that it zips at the top – when you are walking around a big city you can never be too safe!

I’m keeping the jewelry simple and just packing my staple pieces- Valentino & Margaret Elizabeth for the win! I don’t want to waste any cherished time trying to figure out what jewelry I’m wearing each day so I decided to just pack my favorites. I’m taking my Prada sunnies instead of my usual Ray Bans- they go with everything and add a little more glamour to each outfit.

As far as beauty goes, I want to keep it basic. If you can’t tell already, I don’t want to take a ton of time getting ready each day because I want to take full advantage of every second I have there. The Kat Von D contour kit is a lifesaver- everything you need in one place. Plus, you can build it up so the kit can be used for both day and night looks. I never go anywhere without my Tarte blush or my Tom Ford perfume– so, no surprise there. I recently switched my skin care over to Origins and have been obsessed- keep your eye out for a post on this soon.

If you have any NYC recommendations for me I would LOVE to hear them, so please comment below!


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