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

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

twice handbag ootd + 50% off twice coupon

Every trip to the mall is a dangerous expedition for a young girl. If you're anything like me, the the beautiful window displays make it tempting to throw caution to the wind and deplete your savings account. Thankfully, I've discovered a way to buy the designer clothes and handbags that I love for up to 90% off. Yep, that's right. I know a magical place that sells my favorite items (think Lilly Pulitzer, J.Crew, Madewell, Coach, Tory Burch, Kate Spade) for next to nothing! Twice lets you buy and sell your lightly used designer clothes at great prices, and the shipping is free both ways...and it gets better! Today, Twice is launching their handbag division, PLUS Twice is offering Ashley Brooke readers 50% off their first order! Keep reading to find out more about one of my favorite online stores and to see how I styled my new purchases!

To celebrate their new handbag division, Twice sent me this gorgeous mint green leather Coach bag. The bag arrived in perfect condition with absolutely no signs of wear. Honestly, I'm not sure that I'll ever pay full price for a handbag again. I mean, how can you resist picking up 2-4 designer handbags for the price of one? 

My new Coach bag is just so pretty, so I had to pair it with this navy floral Lilly Pulitzer dress. I love the way the bright green leather contrasts with the navy, purple, and blues in the Lilly floral print. Can you believe that I picked up my Lilly dress for nearly 75% off at Twice? It fits perfectly, and the ruffles and cinched waist are extremely forgiving! 

Twice is completely different from a traditional consignment or re-sale store. Twice has really high standards for the items they buy. Even though the prices are over half off retail prices, you're getting high-quality merchandise. All of the items I've bought from Twice are in immaculate condition and look/feel as if they're brand new. In fact, some of my purchases have even come with the original store tags! If you're a shopping addict like myself, I'm sure you have quite a few items in your closet that don't get the love they deserve. Simply head over to Twice, print out a free shipping label, and trade your lightly-worn extra clothing and handbags into cash or store credit! 

Don't forget to use the 50% off coupon for your first order to get an even better deal! If you purchase a handbag from September 2-8, you'll also receive a coupon for 15% off your next Twice purchase. This offer is such a great deal, so definitely don't miss out on the opportunity to save!

Monday, September 1, 2014

gray stripes + mialisia giveaway

Now that Labor Day is over, kids are back at school, and the store shelves are already being stocked with holiday decorations, I'm officially beginning to transition into my fall wardrobe. Now, don't get too excited. There's no way you'll catch me rocking my fall cardigans and boots in the 90 degree Florida weather, but I am attempting to move away from the light fabrics and bright colors of summer and to move toward fall neutrals. A light neutral palette is perfect for early fall, and it couldn't be easier to style. Lately, I've been pairing pale khakis with different shades of gray and gunmetal to create a subdued look that's feminine and professional.

Top: Sears  //  Skirt: J.Crew from Twice  //  Shoes: Forever 21  //  Jewelry: Mialisia

This adorable fall outfit couldn't be easier to put together. The pale khaki skirt looks so delicate paired with the light gray striped tee, and the lace shoulder details adds a feminine touch. While this outfit looks great with ballet flats, black pumps make this look perfect for casual business meetings or social events.

To add a glam touch to this neutral outfit, I added my favorite gunmetal jewelry from Mialisia. The Central Park Ring is absolutely gorgeous paired with any fall outfit, and it's appropriate for work or play! I converted my Mialisia Zefra Versastyle Necklace into a bracelet using the signature Mialisia Versastyle hooks, and the gunmetal chain design adds a bit of edge to this otherwise girly outfit.  

I can already tell that my Mialisia Lush Necklace is going to be one of my most-worn fall pieces. The combination of the different shades of silver helps this necklace work with any outfit, and the mix of textures automatically makes any look a little more interesting!

To finish the outfit, I added my Mialisia Broadway Earrings. These earrings are beautiful, but more importantly they're light and will not tug on your ears. If you're looking for the perfect birthday gift for a friend or family member, I'd suggest buying them these earrings and the matching Broadway ring! Both pieces are classic designs that will work with any look!

Neutrals may seem a little plain on their own, but this look is so fun when all of the pieces are put together! The mix of solid and patterned neutrals along with the lace accents and gunmetal accessories really bring personality to the look. 

If you're looking for new pieces to add to your jewelry collection, stop by the Mialisia website and browse the VersaStyle collection. These classic pieces are easy to style, and they can be worn in a variety of ways: necklace, bracelet, headband, belt, and more! Next month, I'll be sharing a "Get Ready With Me" video where I'll show how I style my Mialisia jewelry and how easy it is to convert each piece into different types of jewelry!

And now onto the giveaway! If you'd like to win the Mialisia jewelry that was featured in this post, simply enter the Rafflecopter below.
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Busy Girl Secrets: How to Get #LifeProofSkin

Over the past 8 days, Vichy Idealia has helped me live my life to the fullest as part of a sponsored post for SocialStars #LifeProofSkin

I'm your typical twenty-something woman. My days are a constant battle to meet deadlines, attend as many events as possible, network my little heart out, and be the best wife/daughter/sister/friend I can be. That means most of my time is spent crossing things off my to-do list instead of getting 8 hours of sleep each night. All week long I dream about naps and luxurious lazy mornings, but lately I haven't had time to sleep- let alone sleep in! Even though I'm still young, my skin doesn't respond well to lack of sleep. My undereye circles are constantly out of control, and my tired skin is constantly breaking out. Thankfully, my secret weapon allows me to life my life to the fullest without looking like a tired mess.

Say hello to my new best friend: Vichy Idealia. This wonder duo and I have become inseparable over the past eight days, and my skin has loved every single second of our friendship. The Vichy Idealia Life Serum helps to refine your pores, illuminate your skin tone, and moisturize your complexion to keep your skin looking young and bright no matter how late your nights may be. The Vichy Idealia Eye Cream helps to reduce dark circles and fine lines while leaving a beautiful illuminated finish. After applying these two products every morning and night for the past eight days, I've noticed that my skin is calm, moisturized (but not greasy), and fresh-looking no matter how little sleep I've had in the past few days. If you're a busy girl like me, you'll want to add these two miracle workers to your shopping bag ASAP.
Now that I don't have to worry about my skin each morning, I can live life to the fullest without thinking about how my face will react. I do still have to bribe myself to get out of bed each morning, so I have a few treats hidden in my fridge for especially bad mornings. Knowing that I can roll out of bed to fresh flowers, pretty fruit tartes, and fancy lemonade always seems to perk me up in the morning.

While I'm enjoying my breakfast, it's time to plan the day. This week, my life is revolving around packing for our big move and finishing up a few business deadlines. I always schedule in mini-breaks throughout the day to keep myself sane! Whether it's a mini manicure or a dinner date with my husband, knowing that I have a few fun things planned always helps me push through boring business stuff!

I've also learned that I absolutely must get dressed for the work day no matter when my first appointment starts. The longer I sit around in my pajamas, the less I'll get done. Lately I've been obsessed with business basics in light neutrals like pale khaki and gray to transition from summer to fall. It's hard not to act like a businesswoman when you're dressed in a power ensemble and killer heels.

The last part of my morning routine is always applying makeup, but thanks to my beloved Vichy Idealia serum and eye cream, it's been drastically reduced over the past week. My skin has stayed clear despite changes in the weather, my sleep schedule, and natural hormonal shifts, so I've been saying bye-bye to extra concealer and hello to light and fresh makeup! I've had four people compliment me on my skin this week, so I will not be changing my skincare routine anytime soon! Vichy products help me to have lifeproof skin that works with my schedule, and I couldn't be happier with the results. If you're looking for a new serum or eye cream to add to your daily routine, check out the Vichy Idealia line. These products will help you smooth and moisturize your skin texture, while brightening your skin tone and providing a more youthful-looking complexion!

What's your skincare secret for busy days?

pizza party 101

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Pizza and ice cream are two universally-loved types of food. I don't care what age you are, what country you're in, or what your food allergies/restrictions/preferences may be- you probably love pizza and ice cream. That's why pizza and ice cream are always my first idea when I think about throwing a party. My husband and I are a moving in a little over a week, so we wanted to get together with a few of our family and friends for a little going away party before we moved an hour away. I knew that I'd be busy packing all week, so I headed over to my local Walmart and picked up a few party staples that would require minimal preparation and cooking time. Since we'd only have a short time available for the party, I wanted to spend every second with my guests instead of slaving away in the kitchen cooking and cleaning. After browsing the aisles, I selected the Digiorno Design a Pizza Kit and a 12-count box of Nestle Drumstick Lil' Drums cones. Both packages looked fun and delicious, and they both required no pre-party preparation. SOLD! After only a few minutes in the store, I was ready to head back home and get my last minute pizza party going! 

As soon as my guests arrived, I started my party prep. By party prep, I mean I simply removed the Digiorno Design a Pizza Kit from the freezer and watched my guests take over the pizza-making process. The Digiorno Design a Pizza Kit is such a brilliant addition to any pizza party. This kit allows you to do ZERO prep work before the party because your guests will have the time of their life customizing the pizza themselves. If you're planning a pizza party with kids or fun-loving adults, this kit is a must-have! The Nestle Drumstick Lil' Drums were another no-brainer for the party because they're perfectly portioned frozen treats that are just the right size. Each mini cone is super delicious and only 120 calories! 

The Digiorno Design A Pizza Kit comes with a pre-made cheese pizza and a plastic container filled with fresh ingredients. Out kit came with peppers, onions, Italian sausage, pepperoni, Italian seasoning, and extra cheese. Each guest filled their section of the pizza with their preferred toppings, and we had such a fun time creating our pizza masterpiece! 

My husband and I got a chance to chat with our family while the pizza cooked, and the conversation inevitably ended up revolving around how amazing the pizza smelled. When the pizza came out of the oven, I basically had to restrain everyone from tearing it apart!

The pizza looked this pretty for only a few minutes because we ate it all within a few minutes! The pizza was the perfect size for our small crowd, and everyone agreed it was really delicious. 

Everyone was all smiles while we ate our pizza. We may have had a little debate on whose pizza slice was the most expertly made, but we all agreed that the Digiorno Make A Pizza Kit would be a regular addition to any and all pizza parties. The pizza received a unanimous two thumbs up from the crowd!

After the pizza disappeared, I moved onto to part two of my party prep: removing the Nestle Drumstick Lil' Drums from the freezer! The cones were the perfect cool after-dinner snacks- just the right amount of sweetness! We'll definitely be adding the Lil' Drums to our weekly shopping list because they're the perfect size for a mid-day snack. 

Your party is guaranteed to be a success when you combine good food, good conversation, and good friends. If you're thinking about throwing a party soon, don't forget to stop by Walmart and pick up a Digiorno Design a Pizza Kit and a package of Nestle Drumstick Lil' Drums! Both products require minimal preparation/cooking/clean-up time, so you'll be able to spend all of your time with your guests instead of in the kitchen!

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?