what’s beautiful, soft, luxurious and not at all harmful to any animals?
…besides me, guys…
let me introduce you to the brand you need to know: Fauxgerty (psstt. there may be a special surprise for you guys at the bottom of this post. WINK). Now, i’ve been in NYC in the fashion industry coming up on 7 years (i cannot believe that!) and in my time here have worked for major leather companies like Gucci Group, Prada, Rebecca Minkoff, etc. and exposed to the unfortunate process of using real leathers. of course, one could argue that it’s softer and nicer and longer lasting and I believed those people…until I was introduced to Fauxgerty.
what was started as a line of leather alternative motorcycle jackets (that looked and felt and kept up just as well as leather) has expanded into multi category to include tee shirts, crop tops, tanks, skirts, etc. etc. while remaining true to their jacket roots and including trenches, bombers and vests. the result? a swoon worthy closet of items that are as vegan as your bone broth soup (a trend i still don’t understand).
it gets better.
YA LIKE FOR REAL.
on top of all of that morality that helps you sleep at night, it’s also all handcrafted in St Louis MO or Los Angeles, keeping it all in the family…or at least in the country. MAGA? ew no. but making your closet great again for sure.
AND THEN EVEN COOLER THAN THAT.
this beautiful company is led by female entrepreneur Chrissy Fogerty (thus the name of the line – get it?) and her partner/husband out of St Louis. so ya, let me break this down for you. by buying something from Fauxgerty, you’d be supporting a small business, a female entrepreneur, an American made line, a cruelty free vegan product AND enjoying a BEAUTIFUL new addition to your wardrobe. YA. IIIII KNOW. everyone wins except for your friends who haven’t yet bought it and will be super jealous until they buy one too.
WHICH THEY WILL. CAUSE FREE SHIPPING. because, duh. talk about perfection.
speaking of your friends being jealous, i’ve had my red Fauxgerty jacket for years and everytime i wear it, i’m stopped on the street or harassed by my friends about where i got it. i was even photographed by a street style photographer here in NYC once when i had it on! talk about feeling stylish!
Chrissy recently had an event in NYC that i obviously had to attend out of my sheer love for them. i paired my red Fauxgerty jacket with a Guns N Roses tee shirt i’ve been wearing for weeks straight and maybe yes at this moment and some black jeans + booties + newsboy cap.
the event was adorable and fitting in with the aesthetic of the brand, they had a woman selling plants she grows herself as well as adorable succulents. she’s the sweetest ever and we chatted for so long about the brand, sustainability and the future of fashion into this new wave of non-leather. you can follow her on instagram @homegrownbk (and i urge you to! total plant envy)
what better way to finish up the night then cheersing with my friend and admiring my new ivy leaf tattoo? talk about being plant friendly! <3
TIME TO SHOP (tis the season!) USE CODE “ASHLI” FOR 15% OFF YOUR PURCHASE!!! DID I MENTION FREE SHIPPING?! WHAT?! YEA. YOU’RE WELCOME. take a look at some of my favorite picks from their site – i’m personally obsessed with the embroidered tees + sweaters or anything they have in faux suede. YAAAAAS. PS. do one of the models look familiar to you? yes that’s Danielle Maltby from Nick Vialls season of the Bachelor… she was the coolest ever on that show so OF COURSE she’s the model!! Click HERE to check out the Fauxgerty site and get you some lovin yourself.
anyway, let’s make better choices about what we purchase and how we can reduce our carbon footprint together. i know i definitely can improve here! xx Ashli
HOLA HAPPY MONDAY MY LOVES AND FRIENDS. if you follow me on Instagram (@Ashli_P) you know that I spent thanksgiving in the Outer Banks islands off of North Carolina. My family is all over the place (literally and figuratively!) so to be with my mom, my sister and her husband and his extended family that has become our extended family really meant so much to me. I’ve never spent Thanksgiving on a beach, by the ocean, with such nice weather but mannnn was it PERFECT! especially in a place so normally crowded, it felt like we had the place to ourselves <3
my mom is strangely obsessed with trees so this view made her freak out more times than I can count on both hands. this is my mom ANYWHERE we go: “LOOK AT THOSE TREES! AND THAT TREE! AND THIS TREE!”
the woman. the myth. the legend.
LIKE COME ON GUYS LOOK AT THIS. talk about being thankful!
every morning at the beach is now my new heaven and i’d like to retire now please thanks.
my seester! we’re polar opposites, but she’s super cool.
three best friends that anyone could have. (no but really our group chat is my favorite part of life lol)
we spent 5 days in OBX then back to Raleigh where my mom lives to hang w her and visit all her spots. it was so fun to hang together and laugh and play and be silly and “us” which we hardly ever get to do all together. such a great trip! plus my mom bought me this awesome Guns N Roses tee-shirt that I’ve pretty much worn every day since (even on a date! couldn’t bear to take it off. don’t judge me)
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving also and are enjoying the holiday season, planning all your wonderful family times and friendsmas gatherings and cookies and decorations and sparkly things etc.
love you guys, truly xoxo
YOU GUYS HOW MUCH ARE WE LOVING THIS WEATHER THIS WEEK. pretttyyyyyyy pretttyyyyyy pretty good. ps. if you get this reference i love you and would like to be your friend for life.
i’m back in the city (womp womp) after one of my favorite thanksgivings (yay!) and after a time of gratitude comes a moment of reflection, for me at least, to think back on what i may have learned or what i can do to continue growing and learning and being better all the time. and failing consistently 🙂
WITH THAT, i decided to start a new portion of the blog similar to what i had on the original AwaE that i’ll be titling “Lessons I’ve Learned So You Don’t Have To” – sharing small or large lessons in life that ive come to realize are worth sharing to the general public. let me know if YOUUU have any recent lessons learned as well, we can all be better together. or fail consistently 🙂
LESSON 1: It’s not up to you to decide what some else needs or wants.
LET”S SAY FOR INSTANCE THAT YOU ARE FULL ON THANKSGIVING OKAY? and lets ALSO say that you still feel like having a slice of blueberry pie because yolo, idgaf, or any other acronym you feel is appropriate. THEN LETS SAY YOUR MOM doesn’t feel its best for you to keep eating after a full plate of food and you say “WOMAN you don’t know my life!”
I realize this is an isolated incident but we can all learn from this in some way.
my point is this: in many different times in life someone will tell you what they need from you – be it an employer, a friend, a mother who is vastly underrating your need for decadent berry pies, or even a loved one/partner. You may, like I have in the past, dismissed these requests or decided that things can happen in your own timeline because maybe you know better. however, what if you were the one stating your needs? Would you appreciate it if someone heard your calm fair request and dismissed it all together? Probably not. Thus, if someone wants hypothetical pie – listen to them, and allow them to make their own decisions because they know better than you do MOM.
LESSON 2: Details. Matter.
i’ll cut to the chase. if you send an important email to someone that you’re copy and pasting from a different email, remember to change the person’s name. not a good move. read your emails twice.
LESSON 3: Follow your gut.
Me: this guy just sent me a DM saying “you are by far the most beautiful girl on the planet in my eyes and I had to be honest and tell you” but i feel like thats a little creepy so i’m going to ignore it.
Friend: no say something! DMs are the new dating app!!
Me: that sounds incorrect…
Friend: don’t say nothing. just say “that’s so nice, thank you!”
Me: …ugh fine… *sends message*
DM Bro: Listen i think we could have a good time together. look, i’m not some overweight 400 lb guy *proceeds to send me gym selfies of muscles larger than my thigh and a selfie of him driving in his car*
i knew i didnt want to say anything and open up the flood gates, especially after RICKKK, but i listened and acquiesced and realized, oh wait! i knew deep down this was going to happen anyway, i shouldve just listened to myself.
this also applies when exes continue telling you they miss you and they want to get back together and you’re like ugh i really dont feel like it but should i? and then you hang out and you’re like ew gross how did i like you and you regret meeting up and knew better but anyway thats unrelated.
or is it?
Lesson 4: Don’t look back – you’re not going that way…
(but do it for the shot if your booty looks good in your jeans hehe lolz)
let’s say you quit your job. you get fired. you break up with someone. you get dumped. you move to a new city. you make the (totally masochistic) decision to be vegan. YOU MAKE A CHOICE. what kinda time do you want to waste sitting back wondering if you made the right one? it’s a silly yet totally natural thing to dwell, to wonder. but it just makes. no. sense. friends. you’re smart. you know yourself. you weighed the pros and cons. so trust that you did whats best!
for instance – recently, i’ve considered going back to someone that was just…wrong. for many reasons. he made an enticing argument that sure, i considered for a second, but the thing is that – it’s one thing to give someone (or something or a place or a job) another chance if you feel it’s right. i’m a large proponent of “fighting for something” or making a good thing that’s worth it work. it’s quite another, though, to give 6 second chances. if something just doesn’t work, don’t waste your time going back to it. move forward – better things lie ahead, i assure you. i promise you. i know from experience.
Lesson 5: Most of what you worry about won’t happen anyway.
guys, i’ve spent the past month with many sleepless nights, a few breakdowns, a couple freakouts, an embarrassing amount of starting arguments (cute!) et. al. super concerned about some test results i was waiting to receive from the doctor…news that could’ve been scary. BUT i found out today that ALL IS WELL and i can carry on with life as usual and come back to see them in June and i’m GOOOOD SON. WOO. thank the LAWDD!! PARTY ON WAYNE.
BUT I COULDVE BEEN SLEEPING WELL AND EATING NORMALLY AND NOT HAVING PANIC ATTACKS LIKE A PSYCHO. so next time i have something weighing on me, making me nervous, NOTED. let’s wait to see if the “bad” even comes. most of the time, it wont. K GUYS?
generally, life is good. great, even. FaLL DoWn 7 TiMeS, GeT Up 8. i know, annoying. but true! learn from mistakes! bounce back! be nice to yourself, like speak to yourself like you’d speak to a best friend.
you is smart. you is kind. you is important.
i came up with that on my own, don’t google it, it’s not from a movie.
again – super curious of your own life lessons recently! share them with me here, or on IG, or in my DMs. just don’t send me your gym selfies 🙂 *wink*
loveyoumeanitBYE xx AP