Styling On A Budget

Hey Dolls! How's it going? I've been super busy lately. My 9-5 life consumed me during the last month because of the Presidential election, I'm so glad it's OVER! It felt like everywhere I went the topic of discuss was the election. I had to hide from the internet so I didn't go election crazy lol. Anyways, let's move away from the election and get to why we're here STYLING ON A BUDGET! 

Recently, I've been focusing on my personal financial discipline and I've been trying not to break my bank with my expensive shopping habits *yes I had an intervention with myself*. At one point I was spending nearly 3x over the amount I budgeted out for shopping, at this point shopping had truly become a compulsive obsession...now you see why the intervention was needed lol.  

My "intervention" made me start to look at alternatives ways to shop outside of the traditional mall run or 3 hours online shopping spree. I tried thrifting, and while there are some women who can kill the thrifted looks..thrifting is not for me! When I tell every thrift store I went into was an epic fail...it was an #EPICFAIL. I tried to shop via Facebook sale groups and let's just say I'll never pay a Paypal invoice again without having my product first. I swear I was about to give up but then an ad for Gwynnie Bee came across my Facebook news feed. I figured this was my last option and the good thing was the first 30 days was 100% free!

Thank Sweet Baby Jesus I decided to try Gwynnie Bee! My wardrobe and bank account are both thanking me. This subscription service is seriously like having a never ending wardrobe, there's over 3,000 items to add to your closet! I wore a new dress to work everyday last month. But there's so much more to chose from other than dresses; there's skirts, pants, jeans, cropped tops, formal wear, weekend wear, coats, and it's all on trend! GB even provides a prepaid laundry bag to return your items in!

I'm not going to lie there's been a few items I've loved so much that I couldn't return, thankfully Gwynnie Bee gives you the option to buy your items for a discounted rate! I brought this Isabel + Alice dress I'm wearing in the pictures for $27 and it retails for $60!!!! GB for the win!!!!

Gwynnie Bee offers size options 10-32 and includes designers like TOCCA, Melissa McCarthy, Eloquii, ALFANI, Rachel Roy, City Chic, and so many more! They offer packages that range from 1-7 garments at a time! As my gift to you, you can try Gwynnie Bee 30 days FREE by clicking here. Your closet and wallet will thank you later!+
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Sweater Dress Weather



*Burr, burr it's cold in here...it's feeling like Fall in the atmosphere* This weather has been super unpredictable lately but I think Fall has finally made its grand appearance. This 50 degree weather came out of no where and I'm totally here for it! Bring out the over-the-knee boots, faux leather jackets, and SWEATER DRESSES! These dresses come in a variety of styles, colors, shapes, and cuts..there's a sweater dress from everyone. This dress from Forever 21 has been sitting in my closet since last year, tbh last Fall/Winter didn't really get cold....global warming? None the less I was able to pull it out last weekend for a girls night out, I serving sexy, curvy realness! I've posted many sweater dress options for you below!

Trends



 Fall is my favorite time of year not only is the weather amazing (with the exception of aggressive hurricanes like Matthew lol) but the fashion during Fall is always oh so good! This Fall's trends are living up to the reason why I love Fall fashion; layers, thigh high boots, wine colors, mauve's, nudes, dark makeup and did I mention thigh high boots?!?! This look embodies all of my favorite trends this Fall: all black, a skintight jumpsuit, maroon thigh high boots, 90's chic choker and leather jacket, and my favorite dark lippie.

*sidenote: this is one of the trendiest looks I've worn in a while my personal style is more classic. Remember to not fill your closet with trendy clothes because trends come and go. Make sure you stock up on the staples and timeless pieces.*

What are your favorite Fall trends? Do you like this look? Talk to me in the comment section!
xoxo,
Ashley

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6 Reasons Why I Hired A Personal Trainer #SimplyCurvyGetsFit

Well I'm 3 weeks into my #SimplyCurvyGetsFit campaign and God knows it's been rough but I'm definitely glad I made the decision the to get serious about my health. Not that I'm having any major health issues this is simply a preventative measure and I can still have my sexy curves that I love so much weighing a few pounds less. One major component of my #SimplyCurvyGetsFit movement is my daily workout routine. My workouts wouldn't be nearly as effective if I hadn't started working my personal trainer Gene of S.T.R.O.N.G Temple Fitness and Personal Training. Here's 6  Reasons Why I Hired a Personal Trainer:

1. Accountability and Motivation
Trainers are experts at holding you accountable. My gym is underneath my apartment and when I start slacking or  decide to skip a day, It kills me to go downstairs and walk past Gene lol. Seeing him everyday is true motivation that my behind needs to get a workout in that day before he leaves. 

2. CAN'T
Can't isn't a word in a trainers vocabulary. When working out on my own previously I always used the word can't and never did exercises I made up in my mind that I "couldn't" do. Now because of Gene I feel guilty about using the word can't, never say can't always try! Trainers can see the best in you even when you feeling low and don't believe in yourself.

3. Proper Form and Technique
Even after reading tons of fitness magazines and watching workout videos on YouTube, my form is horrible. That's partially because I'm uncoordinated anyway lol. In all seriousness, what's the point of working out if you're doing the exercises wrong and not getting the full benefits. Trainers will ensure you have proper body form and help prevent you from injuring yourself!

4.  Real Routines
We all know and love the basic workout routine stretch, treadmill, elliptical, drink water, go home. With a long term goal this routine can get very boring. Trainers help with diversifying workout routines. Switching things up can maximize your results!

   5.  Personalized Fitness Plan
Every body is different and personal trainers understand this. They know which diet plans and workouts work best for you and your personal fitness goals. 

6. Results
Working with a trainer will allow you to achieve the results that you cannot achieve on your own. Each person’s goals are extremely personal.  A trainer is going to develop goals that will lead you down a path to success. 

Good Luck with your health\ journey's! Join me in our private #SimplyCurvyGetsFit Facebook group for recipes, motivation, and health tips and tricks!