Ashley Brooke // Florida and Los Angeles Beauty and Fashion Blog by Ashley Nicholas

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Labor Day Sales

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone! I hope you're enjoying a relaxing weekend with your families  filled with sunshine, laughter, and good food. Don't forget to check out the amazing deals going on this weekend! I've included a few of my shopping list picks below along with all of my favorite sales. Don't forget to use the coupon codes and shop through Ebates to save the most money!

Happy Shopping!

adidas // Extra 25% off all sale items   DATE: Ends 9.1   CODE: EXTRASUMMER   EBATES: 3.5% cash back
Alice + Olivia // Enjoy up to 60% off   EBATES: 4% cash back
Anthropologie // EXTRA 20% off sale items.   DATE: Ends 9.1
B-Glowing // 20% off orders of $50+   DATE: 8.29 – 9.1   CODE: BGSAVE20   EBATES: 7% cash back
Barney’s Warehouse // Up to an extra 30% off select styles.   EBATES: 2.5% cash back
Baublebar // Jewelry styles starting at 50% off   DATE: Now – 9.1   EBATES: 4% cash back
BCBG // Extra 20% off markdowns at   DATE: 8.28-9.2   EBATES: 3.5% cash back
BCBG Generation // 40% off sitewide   DATE: Ends 9.1   EBATES: 3.5% cash back
bebe // Additional 50% off already reduced prices   DATE: Ends 9.14   EBATES: 2.5% cash back
Birchbox // 50 extra Birchbox Points with $35+ purchase   DATE: Ends 9.2   CODE: WEEKEND50
Blank NYC // 20% off sitewide   DATE: Ends 9.2   CODE: SEEYA   EBATES: 5% cash back
Bluefly // 10% off order   DATE9.1 – 9.2 3:00AM   CODE: LABORDAY10   EBATES: 3.5% cash back
boohoo // Free shipping on all US orders   DATE: Ends 9.1   CODE: LABORDAY14   EBATES: 3.5% cash back
Brooks Brothers // Save up to 60%   DATE: 8.29 – 9.1   EBATES: 2.5% cash back
C. Wonder // 30% off full price items. Take an additional 50% off sale   EBATES: 5% cash back
Calvin Klein // Extra 25% Off   DATE: 8/28 – 9/1   CODE: LABOR2014   EBATES: 3.5% cash back
Cynthia Vincent // 20% off full priced items & up to 70% off sale   DATE: 8.29 – 9.2   CODE: HELLOFALL
DSW // So many sandals up to 50% off at   EBATES: 1.5% cash back
DVF // 30% off Wear Now Styles at   DATE: Ends 9.1   EBATES: 3.5% cash back
Fossil // Free 2-Day shipping on orders $100+   DATE: Ends 9.4   EBATES: 5% cash back
French Connection // All sale dresses $69.99 + Free US ground shipping on orders $150+   CODE: W14SHIP   EBATES: 3% cash back
Furbish Studio // 15% off everything   DATE: 8.29 – 9.1   CODE: ENDOFSUMMER   
Gap // Up to 40% off   DATE: Ends 9.1   EBATES: 4% cash back
GiGi New York // Enjoy free personalization sitewide & free shipping on orders $75+   DATE: Ends 9.2
Glam Boutique // 20% off sitewide   DATE: Ends 9.2   CODE: LABDAYSALE
Goodnight Macaroon // 25% off sitewide   DATE: 9.1 – 9.3   CODE: LABORDAY
Gymboree // 40% off everything   EBATES: 1% cash back
Halston Heritage // Take an additional 20% off all sale styles   DATE: Ends 9.1   CODE: LABORDAY20
J.Crew // 40% off final sale with free shipping on orders over $100 + Free Shipping on all orders on Labor Day   DATE: 8.29 – 8.31   EBATES: 2% cash back
Joe’s // 30% off your entire purchase   CODE: LABORDAY   EBATES: 4.5% cash back
Joie // New items added to sale   EBATES: 3.5% cash back
Juicy Couture // Take $15 off orders of $100+   DATE: Ends 9.1   CODE: JCLABORDAY   EBATES: 5% cash back
Kate Spade //  Up TO 50% off sale items + free shipping & returns EBATES: 3.5% cash back
Kendra Scott // 15% off sitewide. New markdowns + free shipping   DATE: Ends 9.1 midnight   CODE: 2014LDW
LOFT // 50% off sale and select full price styles   DATE: Ends 9.1 11:59 PM EST   EBATES: 3% cash back
Lord and Taylor // Extra 20% off + 10% off with L&T Credit Card   DATE: Ends 9.2   CODE: LABORDAY 
lulu and georgia // 25% off   CODE: laborday25
Michael Stars // Save 5% off sitewide   DATE: 9.15   CODE: FALL5
Nasty Gal // 30% off   EBATES: 2% cash back
Nordstrom // Clearance sale: 40% off Mens, Womens, Juniors, Kids, Home & Gifts   DATE: Ends 9.7   EBATES: 3% cash back
NuMe // Save 50% off all NuMe styling sets and tools plus free shipping   DATE: Ends 8.31   CODE: 50RUSH
Old Navy // 40% off the entire store   DATE: 8.29 – 9.1   EBATES: 2% cash back
Pottery Barn: Extra 25% clearance   CODE: EXTRA25 
Pottery Barn Teen // Extra 25% clearance    CODE: EXTRA25  
Rag and Bone // Save 30% off pre-fall styles
Rent the Runway // 30% off orders of $100+ with a delivery date before 9.14   DATE: Ends 9.1   CODE: LDW2014   EBATES: 3.5% cash back
Romwe // Up to 70% off   DATE: Ends 9.1
Rue21 // up to 50% off   EBATES: 2.5% cash back
Sally Beauty Supply // Save 25% on orders of $50 at   DATE: Ends 8.30   EBATES: 6% cash back
Sephora // Get up to 75% off summer favorites   EBATES: 4% cash back
Sole Society // Select styles up to 70% off: Footwear, Bags & Accessories   EBATES: 3.5% cash back
Stella and Dot // Extra 25% off all sales items   DATE: Ends 9.2 at 9pm PT
Sunglass Hut // Additional 33% off sale items   DATE: Ends 9.1   EBATES: 8% cash back
Sweaty Betty // Get free shipping on any order   DATE: Ends 9.1   CODE: FREESHIP
Target // Save up to 25% off select Home, Outdoor and more   DATE: 8.31 – 9.1  EBATES: up to 2.5% cash back
Tkees // 15% off select styles   DATE: Ends 9.1
Too Faced // Up to 70% off   DATE: Ends 9.3   EBATES: 4% cash back
Zhush // 20% off everything   DATE: Ends 9.1   CODE: LABORDAY2014  
Zulily // Blowout sale   DATE: 9.1   EBATES: 1% cash back

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

How to Transition Your Makeup from Summer to Fall {Easy Step-by-Step Makeup Tutorial}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WalgreensBeauty #CollectiveBias

After a summer filled with beach days, sun tans, and strawberry daiquiris, it's officially time to start thinking about packing up the bikinis and breaking out our fall wardrobe. While I'm excited for the beginning of Pumpkin Spice Lattes and sweater shopping, I don't want to give up my summer beauty essentials! Thankfully, it's easy to create a beautiful look suitable for summer and fall with a few easy steps. I recently went a little wild in the beauty section of Walgreens, so today I'm sharing my best makeup tips and a step-by-step makeup tutorial for my favorite summer to fall look! 

The first step in this look is to even out your skin tone. Today I'm using one of my favorite summer foundations: the Neutrogena Healthy Skin liquid foundation. This foundation helps to conceal my discolorations, and the added SPF shields my skin from the sun's harmful rays. Maybelline's Fit Me concealer helps my undereye circles disappear, and Revlon's Nearly Naked powder creates a flawless satin finish.

My skin has a mind of its own and likes to break out at the most inconvenient times. Applying your foundation with a blush will help keep the bacteria on your hands off your face, which means less breakouts! Plus, it creates an airbrushed, smooth finish. To conceal your undereye circles and highlight the middle of your face, draw your conceal in a triangular shape underneath your eyes. It may cause you to look an alien for a few seconds, but Kim Kardashian's makeup artist does I do it!

Now that are face is flawless, let's add a little color and dimension. The NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer in Sunny bronzer will help give your face a summer glow, but the matte finish is sophisticated enough for the colder months. To create the perfect rosy cheek, I like to apply Essence's Silky Touch Blush in Adorable with the Studio 35 Angle Blush Brush! These are seriously three of my favorite face products, and they're all under $5 each!

Contouring is a classic fall makeup look that will define your bone structure. It may seem like a fancy maneuver, but it's really simple. Suck in your cheeks like you're making a fish face, and use a small brush to apply a matte bronzer underneath your cheekbone. A little bit of conturing can even create the illusion that you've lost weight. Yep, it's a miracle technique! Blend a matte rosy blush into the apples of your cheeks, and your face will look naturally beautiful.

Up to this point, this look is fairly summery and natural. To add a bit of fall drama, add deep neutral eyeshadows and black eyeliner and mascara. The dark colors will really make your eyes pop! To complete the look, I'm using three shades from Milani's new eyeshadow range, and they rival eyeshadows that 10x more. Do yourself a favor and pick up a few shades next time you're at Walgreens! As always, I'm using Jordana's Best Lash Extreme mascara and Fabuliner liquid liner to complete the look.

Today's eye look couldn't be simpler. The first step in the look is to use a flat eyeshadow brush or your finger to apply a matte ivory eyeshadow (Milani Bella Ivory) to your entire eyelid up to your browbone. Next, use a fluffy crease brush to blend a shimmery bronze eyeshadow (Milani Bella Bronze) into the crease of your eye. Use a windshield wiper-like motion (left and right in a slight arc) to blend the deep shade and remove any harsh lines. To finish the look, use a shimmery champagne eyeshadow (Milani Bella Champagne) to highlight underneath your browbone and on the inner tearduct of your eye with a small, flat eyeshadow brush or your finger.

Now that your eyeshadow is blended to perfection, use a black felt-tip liquid eyeliner (Jordana Fabuliner) to draw a thin line along your lash line. Flick the eyeliner out at the end of the line to make your eyes appear bigger. Next, add two coats of black mascara (Jordana Best Lash Extreme) to amp up the drama!

The finishing touch of any makeup look is a fabulous mascara. This Essence lipstick in Dare to Be Nude is the perfect transitional shade from summer to fall. It's a medium-toned nude that complements every skintone, and the formula is smooth, creamy, and glossy. I literally can't believe this lipstick retails for under $3 at Walgreens!

And that's it! This easy summer-to-fall makeup look works for day or night, and it takes less than 10 minutes to finish. If you decide to recreate this look, be sure to tag me in your pictures on social media! I'd love to see your take on the tutorial!

I always find the latest makeup releases at Walgreens. I couldn't be more excited that my local Walgreens is now carrying the Essence line! Until August 30th, Walgreens is offering their customers a coupon for a FREE travel-size make-up brush set! Simply text the code code or visit to get a coupon for a free gift with any $20 beauty/personal care purchase (excluding baby category)! Be sure to use this coupon if you purchase any of the items featured in this post or any other summer staples like skincare from Banana Boat or Hawaiian Tropic.

What was your favorite makeup product this summer? How do you transition your makeup from summer to fall?

Friday, August 22, 2014

My Favorite Back to School Outfit {Under $100 Total!}

I love the back to school season. I may not be a student anymore, but I still view the end of August as a fresh start and a chance to refocus on my goals for the year. If I'm being honest, I also use it as an excuse to justify a little shopping spree. This week, I picked up a pretty new planner, pens in every color, a few shiny binders, and an adorable outfit from Sears that is perfect for the end of summer/early fall. Whether you're headed to school this week or just completely another week at the office, I think you'll want to pick up this outfit! It's versatile, comfortable, and outrageously affordable.

I paired a slightly sheer cream lace top from the Seventeen collection at Sears (nude camisole underneath) with cushioned light brown flats, my new favorite floral skirt, a brown leather backpack, and simple gold jewelry for a girly look that's comfortable enough to wear throughout a day of classes, work, or errands.

This Paper + Tee skirt from Sears couldn't be more adorable, and the muted floral print adds color to the outfit without being overwhelming. The fitted waist of the skirt helps create an hourglass figure, and the loose fit hides any problem areas without making your hips look bigger. I fully intend on buying this skirt in every color/pattern available at Sears, and I won't have to feel guilty because it only costs $19.99! I'd also highly recommended picking up these brown flats. The soles have gel cushioning, and it feels like you're walking around in slippers! I might have to pick these up in black for fall!

 I don't like wearing too much jewelry when I'm at school or work, so I kept the look simple with a gold cuff and Love script necklace from the Seventeen collection at Sears. After rummaging through my nail polish collection, I decided to pair this look with Essie's Bikini So Teeny nail polish. The light cornflower blue polish perfectly accents the pastel floral design of the skirt! I finished the look with loose waves, a little bit of mascara, and nude lip gloss.

Every back to school look has to include a great backpack, and I've found one that is perfect for school or travel. This brown faux leather backpack from the Bongo collection at Sears features incredibly soft material and a modern look without being too expensive. I like to use backpacks for overnight trips, and I also use them as a carry-on bag for flights. 

Even though I won't be hearing any school bells this week or worrying about homework, this outfit might be my favorite back to school look of all time! It's comfortable, flattering, and I was able to pick up all of the items featured for less than $100 total during my latest trip to Sears! Don't forget to share your back to school outfits with me on social media. Tag me (@ashleybrookenicholas on Instagram and @ashleybrooke71 on Twitter) so that I can see your posts and use the hashtag #SearsStyleFind if you decide to pick up any of these items from Sears! 

What are your back to school fashion essentials? 

The hottest trends, celebrity style and fashion tips you can afford to try.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Sears via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sears. #SearsStyleFind

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Quick and Easy Thai Meals at Home!

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for InnovAsian Cuisine. I received coupons for Lemon Grass Kitchen frozen meals to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #mc 

I love to cook, but I honestly just don't have time to make gourmet meals from scratch on a daily basis. In order to avoid having sandwiches or cereal for dinner every night, I rely on easy frozen meals to help me create delicious and healthy meals in minutes. My current favorite line is InnovAsian Cuisine’s Lemon Grass Kitchen. They come in a variety of delicious flavors to make Thai style cooking easy.
The line was created by Chef Mai Pham, and it makes creating delicious Thai meals easy and afforable.

 My local Walmart had so many varieties of InnovAsian products including: Beef and
Broccoli Noodles, Chicken Pad Thai, Shrimp Pad Thai, Red Curry Chicken, Lemongrass
 Chicken Stir Fry, and Thai-Style Chicken Fried Rice! These items are also available at Safeway stores. Since I had a digital coupon good for $1.50 off a Lemon Grass Kitchen product, I decided to pick up two varieties: Shrimp Pad Thai and Beef and Broccoli Noodles. While I was at Walmart, I picked out a few bell peppers and a fresh lime to add a bit of extra flavor and nutrition to my Shrimp Pad Thai! That's the great thing about frozen meals: they're great on their own, but you can easily spruce them up with a few simple additions!

My husband and I decided to make the Shrimp Pad Thai for dinner, and the preparation couldn't have been easier. Simply pour the frozen noodles and vegetables in a dish and microwave for 4-5 minutes or until warm. While the noodles/vegetables are cooking in the microwave, chop up a few of your favorite vegetables to add to the dish. We decided that red, orange, and yellow bell peppers along with lime wedges would add fresh flavor to our noodles!

 Next, quickly saute your vegetables in a bit of oil and add the sauce from the InnovAsian kit to the pan. Heat the mixture until it's warm and bubbling.

To finish the dish, simply combine the ingredients together and top with your desired garnishes. We added a few lime wedges, but the Shrimp Pad Thai would be delicious with chopped peanuts and fresh bean sprouts too! In less than ten minutes, we were able to have a delicious and unique dinner ready to eat!Unlike other frozen meals, the Lemon Grass Kitchen Line features only high quality ingredients that are individually packaged for to maintain freshness. The meals don't have MSG or trans fat, and they can be prepared in the microwave in less than 6 minutes or on the stove in less than 12 minutes.

As I mentioned earlier, it's easy to customize your meal by adding a few fresh ingredients! Here are a few ideas that I'm hoping to try out this month:

Beef and Broccoli Noodles: Add fresh chilis and a splash of vinegar to bring a kick to this dish!
Red Curry Chicken: Serve with basmati rice and Thai basil for an authentic experience. You can also add chili garlic sauce for an added kick!
Lemongrass Chicken Stir Fry: Add fresh vegetables- such as peppers, chilis, and sugar snap peas- for added flavor and nutrition!
Thai Style Chicken Fried Rice: Supplement the frozen mix with chilis, fish sauce and lime wedges for authentic Thai flavor. 

After eating our Shrimp Pad Thai, my husband and I became instant fans of the Innovasian Lemon Grass Kitchen line. We both love Thai food, and now we can spend less money on Thai takeout orders and simply prepare our favorites at home. I love preparing these meals on busy evenings when we'd normally resort to eating unhealthy junk foods. The Lemon Grass Kitchen line is quicker and more nutritious than picking up burgers, and the flavor is so much better! If you're a fan of quick, easy food and Asian flavors, you might want to try this line out during your next trip to Walmart or Safeway.

For more information, be sure to visit the Lemon Grass Kitchen website as well as the InnovAsian Cuisine Facebook and Twitter pages. You can also print out a Lemon Grass Kitchen Discount Coupon to save money on your purchase!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

how to throw the ultimate outlander viewing party!

As if you couldn't tell I was an Outlander fangirl from my first post about the new TV show, I'm back for round two. Now that the first two episodes have officially aired, I know that there will be even more Outlander addicts out there. If you haven't caught the first few episodes, check out the Outlander sneak preview here! It's available on three devices, and you will love every second of it! Starz obviously knows what they're doing because the show is flawless, and the show already been renewed for a second season! This weekend, I'll be throwing an Outlander viewing party for the third episode, and I've got a few party ideas that I think are going to be a big hit with my guests. Keep reading to see how you can throw an Outlander party like a real Sassenach wench and learn how you can enter to win the amazing Outlander Sweepstakes from Time Warner Cable!

Scottish Snacks
The foundation of every good party is a variety of delicious and unique snacks and beverages. Most guests aren't going to appreciate mid-18th century Scottish food, so celebrate the setting of Outlander with tasty modern snacks with some connection to Scotland. Tunnock's Tea Cakes are a tasty treat made in Scotland featuring a cookie topped with marshmallow and coated and chocolate, and they're guaranteed to disappear quickly! Shortbread cookies are another classic dessert that everyone will love, especially when they're paired with bowls of Nutella and fresh fruit! Maybe it's not Scottish, but it's definitely delicious and easy to prepare! Challenge your guests with a few Scottish flavors in a less threatening format, with fun items like Mackie's of Scotland potato chips. They make a variety of potato chips in fun Scottish flavors, like Haggis and cracked black pepper. For drinks, create a fun Outlander themed cocktail for the evening or serve scotch whiskey from Scotland! It would also be an adorable party favor to give away mini bottles of Glennfiddich scotch to each guest at the end of the evening.

The Perfect Decor
To set the mood for the party, dim the lighting and add touches of plaid everywhere. Add a plaid throw to each end of your sofas and down your table where the food will be served. Add cream candles and stacks of Diana Gabaldon's classic Outlander books, and you've created a magical setting! You can also embrace the Outlander TV show's #putakiltonit campaign and add a cute mini-kilt to all of your bowls, glasses, wine bottles, and straws!

Dress Code and Games
Theme parties are so much fun when all of the guests get into the spirit of the party. Encourage your guests to don their best plaid outfits, especially kilts! If you're not sure that your guests will arrive in Scottish garb, create a little Outlander wardrobe- complete with kilts, plaid fabric and clothes, corsets, dresses with full skirts, and redhead wigs- and hold a dress up contest. All of the guests have 10 minutes to create the best outfit, and you can hold a mini runway show and photoshoot for all the guests. This game si guaranteed to garner quite a few laughs, and you can even give out funny awards with great prizes! You could also hold a contest to see who can correctly the guess the number of times common Outlander phrases like "Sassenach" will be said throughout the show. It will force the guests to listen to the show and get a few giggles from your friends!
Now that the party details are all set, can we discuss some of the best moments from the first two episodes of Outlander?

I'm completely blown away by the beauty of the show's setting. Every set is just flawless.

The first time I saw Claire next to the standing stones, I nearly squealed with excitement. It's all just the way I'd imagined it.

And umm...this scene might have been the best moment of my life. As if I wasn't already in love with Jamie from the books, seeing him shirtless next to Claire absolutely sealed the deal. I'm sure this picture might convince a few of you to watch the show!

Don't forget to head over to the Outlander Facebook page to enter the Outlander Scotland Sweepstakes presented by TWC, which runs from August 1-30! It's available to TWC customers (18 years or older), and the prizes are absolutely incredible!

Airfare for two to Scotland
Country Roads of Scotland Tour (6 days, 7 nights including hotel)
Private Outlander Tour
$1000 Spending Money
1 Year Starz Subscription

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Time Warner Cable. The opinions and text are all mine.

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

It's that wonderful time of the year again...Lilly Pulitzer sale time! RUN over to the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale right now and check out the phenomenal deals before they sell out! There are so many adorable items marked down to 75% off, but don't wait because Lilly sale items sell out quickly! Here are a few of my favorites from each category in the sale. Good luck and Happy Shopping!