Monday, August 3, 2015

You had me at Brunch...

Sarah from Wake Me Up Designs sent me this adorable tee a little while ago and I love the playful calligraphy print (who doesn't love brunch, right?!).  I had planned to photograph this outfit three separate times over the past two weeks, but each time, we ended up getting rained out.  Finally, we found a sunny day to shoot... but the wind was insanely strong!  So to hide from the wind I ended up climbing into a ravine... in 4 inch stilettos!  Somehow, I managed to stay on my feet while posing on the steep bank, but I'm pretty sure people walking by thought I was crazy! Haha! Anyways, thanks for reading, and make sure to check out Sarah's boutique if you are looking for some cute printed tee's!

Tee: c/o Wake Me Up Designs.   Shorts: Forever 21.  Clutch: Cole Haan

Monday, July 27, 2015

Vintage Modern

When styling outfits, I love to wear pieces that are a bit contradictory.  My favourite outfits tend to mix feminine styles with masculine ones, heavy textures with light and soft colours with bright.  This dress from C.A.K.E Boutique is the perfect mixture of two distinct styles in one adorable piece.  The vintage silhouette and midi length of this dress is reminiscent of the 1950's but the window pane pattern is so on trend for 2015.

Do you like to mix different styles together when picking outfits too?  Let me know in the comments what your favourite pieces to mix and match are!

Window pane checkered dress with red purse and samoyed dog. Window pane dress from Cake Boutique Blogger dogs - Pretty Little Details' Samoyed puppy "Nova". Lauren dress from Cake Boutique Lauren dress from Cake Boutique.  Window Pane checks

Lauren dress: c/o C.A.K.E. Boutique.  Red bag: Le Chateau.  Heels: J.Lo

Friday, July 24, 2015

Local Loves - Winnipeg Summer To-Do List

- This post was sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Inc. -

Summer always flies by way too fast, so to help you make the most of the fleeting sunshine, I thought I would share a special summer "to do" list for all my local readers (and everyone else who has ever considered visiting our little prairie city!).  Here are 50 things to do in Winnipeg this summer!

Ps. Make sure to bookmark this list so you can have it handy next time you want to plan a date night, or for when a friend asks you that dreaded "What do you want to do tonight?" question!

Don't know what to do in Winnipeg in Summer? Here's 50 ideas of fun things to do in Winnipeg before fall hits!
- Free Activities -
Watch the horse races at Assiniboine Downs (whether you bet is up to you!)
Walk through the english gardens at Assiniboine Park
Splash in the water at Grand Beach
Watch show jumping at the Heart of the Continent Horse Show
Cuddle up with a blanket and watch Movies in the Park
Learn to dance during Salsa Sundays at the Forks
Walk through the St. Norbert farmer's market
Enjoy a picnic at Kildonan Park
Watch the Royal Winnipeg Ballet perform at the Lyric Theatre (July 29th-31st)
Visit the walk-through aquarium at the Club Regent Casino
Enjoy a free outdoor yoga class downtown
Or a Zumba class if that's your thing
Listen to Jazz music at the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden
Enjoy the outdoor concert series downtown during your lunch break

- Fun experiences -
Meet the zoo animals at Assiniboine Park Zoo (tickets are 1/2 price first Tuesday of the month!)
Paint your own pottery at Brushfire Studios
Race go-carts at SpeedWorld indoor race track
Test your skills on the Adrenaline Adventures Ropes Course
Zip Line across the Pembina Valley
Watch car racing at Red River Co-op Speedway
Spend a weekend camping at Birds Hill Park
Go for a trail ride at Miracle Ranch
Enjoy perusing the Winnipeg Art Gallery
Spend a day water sliding at Fun Mountain
Pick locally grown berries at Boonstra Farms
Jump for hours at Skyzone Trampoline Park
Check out the exhibits at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Watch a live theatre show at Rainbow Stage
Play a round of mini-golf at Grand Prix Amusements
Or a round of real golf at Bridges
Rent a tandem bike and ride through the Forks
Race through mud during the Dirty Donkey Run
Enjoy summer camp as an adult at the Great Escape (August 6th)

- Ticketed Events -
Enjoy Marvel Universe Live (July 23rd-26th)
Rock out to One Direction at the MTS Centre (July 24th)
Listen to 5 Seconds of Summer perform live (July 29th)
Watch a Blue Bombers Football Game

- Local Festivals -
Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival (July 15th-26th)
Gimli Film Festival (July 22nd-25th)
Folklorama  (August 7th-15th)
Interstellar Rodeo (August 14th-15th)
Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival (August 21st-23rd)
Manyfest (September 11-13th)
Femfest (September 12th-19th)
Culture Days (September 25th-27th)

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Flipped Launch & a Little Black Dress

Last week, I attended a launch party for the new drink Flipped and this sparkly dress from BLH Fashion was absolutely perfect for the occasion.  The sheer panels are a bit sexier than what I normally go for, but soft blush accessories keep the outfit looking classy.  I must also say that this dress is much more sparkly in person than it looks in photos, and at only $20 it is an absolute steal!

BLH fashion x Winnipeg style blogger Jennifer Ashley
BLH fashion x Winnipeg style blogger Jennifer Ashley
BLH fashion x Winnipeg style blogger Jennifer Ashley
BLH fashion x Winnipeg style blogger Jennifer Ashley
BLH fashion x Winnipeg style blogger Jennifer Ashley
BLH fashion x Winnipeg style blogger Jennifer Ashley

Sparkly Dress - c/o BLH Fashion.  Blush trench - Dynamite.  Heels - Le Chateau.  Silver necklace - Forever 21.  Gold necklace - Stella & Dot c/o Jilliane M.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Date night with Stella & Dot

Hi everyone!  Today I'm sharing part two of my Stella & Dot collaboration with stylist Jilliane.  Like most people, I don't have an unlimited budget when it comes to my wardrobe so I think it is super important to spend money on pieces that will be worn often and can be styled multiple different ways.  That's why today's post (and Monday's!) have been all about finding different ways to style one item, the "Sutton" necklace from Stella & Dot.

For a date night outfit, I dressed up the necklace by pairing it with a long wrap dress.  I wanted to keep the rest of the jewelry very simple and elegant, but I just couldn't resist adding this amazing gold lace cuff... it definitely makes me feel like an ancient greek goddess.

Do you have any pieces in your wardrobe, like the "Sutton" necklace, that you can literally wear with anything!  Let me know in the comments ;)