Studio to Street

We talk fashion all the time on Fashionably Living, but let’s talk about workout apparel fashion!  Fit and chic is no longer an oxymoron.  Have you found a brand of workout apparel that you can’t live without?  Trendy workout apparel seems to be all the rage lately.  Workout apparel once demoted to the back of the closet, are moving to the front of the closet and the fashion scene.  Having the ability to wear the same outfit to a barre class and then out to eat for lunch with your girlfriend is convenient and on trend.  It’s all about being able to run between work and play.  As women we want stylish workout apparel to wear on the weekends and to run our errands in, right?!?  There is something to be said about wearing stylish yoga wear, running attire or dance wear.  As women, we enjoy comfortable clothing, but most of us don’t like to sacrifice style for comfort.  Active has become an important part of what customers are wearing. I know I would much rather be uncomfortable and look on point, then look disheveled and unstylish!  There are so many options these days for us to choose from there is really no excuse to not look stylish in workout apparel anymore.  From printed leggings and neon sports bras to flowing ballet-inspired tops and translucent windbreakers, there are really so many options to choose from.   Fashion week in New York proved this all to be true!  All kinds of brands were strutting their new styles on the cat walks and ladies we can be comfortable these days and still look stylish!  Top designers like Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein and Alexander Wang all rolled out fitness chic clothing lines, as well as Sweaty Betty, Athleta, and Lululemon with everything from $50 leggings to $125 zip-front hoodies and $225 long john sweatpants. Plus, big nationwide retailers like Gap, Forever 21, Victoria Secret, Wal-mart, Target and Macy’s have fitness lines too.  I have had so much fun lately finding out about new workout apparel brands.  I have also enjoyed buying workout apparel more than ever.  There are so many brands and so many cute active wear outfits to wear these days.  As a fitness addict and a dance and cheer coach, I go through a lot of workout apparel outfits a week!  I know longer have to worry about sacrificing style for comfort.  I can still look cute and stylish while being active!

XO,

Rachel Ashley


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Camo Green and Gold

 Happy Monday lovelies!  Hope you all had a fabulous weekend, those of you that spent last week in NYC at Fashion Week, did you have fun?  Who was your fave designer?  I watched Oscar de la Renta’s show live online…his designs were magical and classic!

Weekends always seem to go by so fast, would you agree?  I enjoy the week days, but I enjoy spending time with friends and family on the weekends.  I have really enjoyed these summer months, but  this summer heat, the bugs and the humidity is really making me look forward to Fall.  Plus, I went shopping this weekend and all the Fall sweaters, jackets and pants are really making me look forward to the cooler months, when I can layer my clothes.  But as I continue to enjoy the warmer months, I enjoy wearing some of my favorite summer dresses.  This outfit happens to be one of my favorites, its comfortable and super stylish too!  I love Michael Kors clothes and bags, he seriously is my favorite!

XO,

Rachel Ashley

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Dress: Michael Kors/ Belt: Michael Kors/ Shoes: Payless/ Purse: From a store in South Korea (no brand)


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Fat Blasting Ab Sculpting

Happy Workout Wednesday!!! How do you blast abdominal fat, is a question so many people ask me.  The truth is, you blast the majority of fat in the kitchen. Eliminating body fat has a lot to do with what you put in your mouth, period.  I know we all want a quick fix, but it takes time and dedication to eliminate fat.   We all need to remember that it didn’t get there over night either.  But you can sculpt the abdominal muscles with exercises designed to target the entire midsection.  Try the ab sculpting routine below and let the sculpting begin!

What to do: Perform the following exercises for one minute each with little to no rest. Complete two circuit, rest 3 – 5 minutes between circuits.  You will need a yoga mat or a towel and an interval timer (you can always use the timer on your phone).

Ab Sculpting Routine:
High Plank Knee to Elbow
Leg Raise + Crunch
High Plank Knee to Elbow
Lying Leg Twist
Double Crunch + Leg Spread
Russian Twist

XO,
Rachel Ashley


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Peach and Turquoise

Hi lovelies!  Happy Monday!  Wow…my life has been crazy busy!  I haven’t had much time to devote to Fashionably Living these last two weeks, because my job has been slightly overwhelming, to say the least.   I  am currently doing two positions, as well as all the other things I do outside of my corporate job.  I don’t get overwhelmed too easily, so for me to say I am overwhelmed is saying a lot.  When I am stressed, fashion has always been one of my outlets though.  There is something about purchasing a new pair of shoes, or putting a new outfit together in  my closet that makes me smile and my day better.  Wouldn’t you agree?  I had so much fun putting this outfit together, because it is a dress with a blouse.  I have had this dress for probably over 10 years, its a simple tan linen dress and I threw over it this adorable peach blouse my mom  got me this year.  Peach and turquoise look so good together, so I raided my jewelry drawers for all things turquoise.  Like the shoes?  I love these nude sandals I found on sale at Target, by Sam & Libby.

Hope you all have a blessed and stressed free week! I know I’m praying for one! :)

XO,

Rachel Ashley

 

 

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Dress: Rampage / Blouse: E M / Shoes: Sam & Libby at Target


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The Ultimate Core Exercises


Hey lovely ladies!  Ready for your weekly Workout?!?  I haven’t posted a workout in a couple weeks.  Life has been crazy and to be honest I haven’t had a lot of time to go to the gym or do much of anything other than work!  Life gets like that sometimes, I’m sure you can relate, right?  Well these core exercises are great for the upper and lower abdominal muscles.  I would recommend doing this core workout 3 to 4 times a week.  A strong core is so important for daily movement and activities.  Core exercises train muscles in your lower back, pelvis, hips and stomach to work together.  Beyond core exercises being benficial for daily life, a strong core can help prevent so many back related injuries as well. Strong core muscles make it easier to do everything from playing with your kids to getting a glass from the top shelf or bending down to tie your shoes. Weak core muscles leave you susceptible to poor posture, lower back pain and muscle injuries.  Take care of your body, you only have one…your core is a great place to start! 

XO,

Rachel Ashley


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Reflect Your Style

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Who doesn’t love One Kings Lane?  Their style and trend setting pieces are always sure to please.  I was excited when One Kings Lane reached out to me to be a part of their Reflect You Style Campaign!  Anytime someone asks me to decorate, I’m all in!  One Kings Lane asked me to choose a mirror and come up with a style board to go with it.  I went to their site and started pulling all my favorite pieces, more than I needed, but all so beautiful!  Most of you know how much I love orange and navy…it can be fashion or design, I love the color combo!  Navy is such a classic color that never goes out of style and also what I would call my black!  Then add a pop of orange to it and it makes me so happy!  

I went to the their site and the first piece to hit me was this Barclay Butera armchair!   It is such a classy piece and totally resembles a designers devotion to beauty.  I love mixing gold and silver together, so I purposefully chose the silver framed mirror and accessories that had gold accents.  By the way, did you see those fabulous pillows?  I love  the velvet appliqué details and I always love a feather-and-down pillow.  The navy velvet forms a bold, graphic print on both these chic pillows, adding a fresh new take on any space.   When I think about this mirror hanging over a fireplace, I wanted something in my design to anchor the mirror.  I tend to be a symmetrical designer and I loved the thought of a pair of  moss topiary’s flanking each side of the mirror.  Then add some finishing touches with this beautiful deep blue and gold table lamp, a gold mirrored trey and of course my signature pop of orange came in the form of this beautiful sleek orange box topped with a chunk of gold-dipped Himalayan crystal.  This room makes me so happy, its light and airy with a few bold colors and fun graphic prints!  Would you enjoy this room?  If you didn’t use orange as your pop of color, what color would you have used?  Share your comments I would love to know how you would design the space around this beautiful mirror.

Happy Friday!!!

XO,

Rachel Ashley


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We Can Do It!

Happy Friday Lovelies!  Sorry its been a busy week and I honestly haven’t had much time to post.  I miss you all when I don’t post though!  This is one of my favorite photo-shoots, my hubby and I did.  I love the 40′s and 50′s – and this shoot made me feel like I went back in time when the We Can Do It!” poster came out in 1943.  It was an American wartime propaganda poster produced by J. Howard Miller for Westinghouse Electric as an inspirational image to boost worker morale.   Do you remember which one I am talking about?  If not you can go look here.  These heels from Steven Madden are one of my faves, and the platforms make them super comfortable.  I love my leggings from ALO, what girl doesn’t enjoy leggings, they are way too comfortable not to!  I have had this shirt dress from Rusty, for quite some time and I still love it.  Put all this with Strawberry Lips and this cute DIY headband my mom made for me and my “We Can Do It” – look is complete!

 I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and a blessed weekend!

XO,

Rachel Ashley

 

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Dress: RustyLeggings: ALOShoes: Steve MaddenHead Band: DIY by my mom/ Purse: Fendi


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