Off the Runway and Down the Street: An Easy Way to be on Trend this Spring

(Image Credit: Urban Outfitters, Free People)

(Image Credit: Urban Outfitters, Free People)

Spring has finally sprung in most of the country; time to peel off the heavy layers and defrost our look.  We saw some killer looks for Spring 2016 on the runway and in the top fashion mags—here are some easy, wearable looks that will keep you right on trend without breaking the bank.

 

The Cold Shoulder

We’re seeing a lot of cool, off the shoulder looks this season.  It’s a subtle way to show a little skin all while creating major interest in a piece that instantly wows.

(Image Credit: Urban Outfitters)

(Image Credit: Urban Outfitters)

(Image Credit: ASOS)

(Image Credit: ASOS)

 

(Image Credit: Free People)

(Image Credit: Free People)

 

 

All White Everything

White is a big color this season from head to toe.  We’re seeing a total revamp of the basic white shirt; textiles and designs that make it current and closet-worthy.

And “Damn, Daniel!” wasn’t wrong either!  He most definitely is ‘back at it again with the white Vans”… and you can be too!  White sneakers – especially white throwback sneakers and slip-on sneakers, are having a moment this season.

(Image Credit: H&M)

(Image Credit: H&M)

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(Image Credit: Vans)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#TBT Sneaks

Speaking of all white sneakers, throwbacks are making a huge comeback for spring/summer 2016. Sneakers and slip-ons haven’t left the fashion scene; they just keep getting better.  It’s back to basics with the styles we lived for in the 90’s and the top brands are all over this—and nailing it! Not to mention, our feet have been comfortable for about 3 seasons straight now—we SO want this to keep going!

(Image Credit: Sketchers)

(Image Credit: Sketchers)

(Image Credit: Sketchers)

(Image Credit: Sketchers)

 

 

Mixed Media

A total mash-up of fabrics, textiles, and textures has entered the mix.   It’s not just leather and lace, it’s unique blends and creative looks that guarantee to stun.  Add interesting hemlines, ruffles, and/or stripes to the mix and you’ve hit the trifecta.

(Image Credit: Nordstrom)

(Image Credit: Nordstrom)

(Image Credit: TJ Maxx)

(Image Credit: TJ Maxx)

 

 

(Image Credit: Urban Outfitters)

(Image Credit: Urban Outfitters)

 

 

Come Suede with Me

Suede is another hot look for spring 2016.  Whether done in a slinky dress or a cool top, It’s one way to add texture to your wardrobe.  Find suede, or faux suede pieces done in a simple way that stretch your closet—wearable, mixable, and flattering.

(Image Credit: TJ Maxx)

(Image Credit: TJ Maxx)

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(Image Credit: Urban Outfitters)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Little Slinky Dress

This will become your go-to this season for a dressed up look or even a basic layering piece.  It skims the body so delicately, making it figure flattering and creating a beautiful neckline that will elongate the body.  Wear it as is with a cute sandal, or make it casual with a retro sneaker, OR throw a chambray shirt or denim jacket over for a daytime vibe.

(Image Credit: TJ Maxx)

(Image Credit: TJ Maxx)

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(Image Credit: Urban Outfitters)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Backpacks on Backpacks

It’s settled! The backpack stays for spring/summer 2016 as women everywhere love this easy, fresh look.  Look for fun colors and feminine silhouettes to spark some interest in this easy to wear must have.

(Image Credit: Urban Outfitters)

(Image Credit: Urban Outfitters)

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(Image Credit: TJ Maxx)

 

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Fashionable Coats that Won’t Break the Bank

(Image Credit: Topshop)

(Image Credit: Topshop)

We can all finally stop with the “winter is coming” puns, because guess what? Winter is finally here! Although it might not feel like it with all the abnormally warm weather, the season is upon us. This means it’s time to ready your cold-weather gear. Not prepared? No problem! Check out these coats for something trendy that won’t break the bank, all coming in under $200.

1. Bomber

Bomber jackets are everywhere this season. This green one from ASOS will add warmth while still keeping your outfit looking sporty.

2. Wrap

Wrap coats are a super easy way to dress up an outfit and look put together when you might not be underneath. Throw it on, tie, and you’re set! Check out this versatile wrap coat from H&M.

3. Parka

There’s no reason you should have to sacrifice warmth for fashion. Parkas that cinch in at the waist are a great option if you don’t want to completely lose your figure! This parka from American Eagle has an extra cozy faux fur collar.

4. Faux Fur

Speaking of faux fur: it’s warm and fuzzy and feels like you’re wearing a blanket out in public. What’s not to love? Get full-on faux fur for a less than full-on price from TJ Maxx.

5. Cape

Capes are very on trend at the moment. They might seem tricky to pull off at first, but stick to one with neutral colors and a basic pattern, like this one from ASOS, and you’ll have no problem.

6. Faux Suede

Faux suede jackets look luxurious and can be worn in a ton of different ways. This one from Nordstrom in a charcoal brown is perfect to throw over any outfit.

7. Trench

You can never go wrong with a classic trench coat. They can be dressed up or down and look great with just about anything. This Calvin Klein trench is a small investment for a coat that will never go out of style.

8. Duster

If you’re a fan of menswear-inspired styles, a duster coat is the choice for you. The structured, boxy silhouette of this one from Topshop is balanced out by a softer wool fabric.

9. Biker

A good [p]leather biker jacket never goes out of style. The quilted material on this Topshop biker jacket adds interest while still keeping an edgy vibe.

10. Fringe

Feeling more western-inspired? A fringe jacket like this on-trend suede jacket from Forever 21 might be for you. It’s not the warmest option on the list, but it will definitely add a whole new dimension to a look.

Let us know which of these styles are must-have items for you, and hurry up and grab a new winter coat (or maybe a few) before it gets too cold out!

Ashleeeybash: My reaction to Hollaback! Collaborating with ModCloth

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

We’ve all, in one way or another, experienced street harassment, and it’s so annoying. Enough is enough. When I found this little email in my inbox, I jumped at the thought of it and figured this would be great to really talk openly about because I’ve experienced it and it’s not fun. At all. Let me hear your stories down below! Continue reading

FASHION FRIDAY: Get Ready with Me [Concert Edition]

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

Woooohoooooo. Filmed my first “Get ready with me video!” I hope you enjoy. These are ten times easier to make so I get why I see so many of these traveling around the YouTube-sphere. For this one, I get ready for the NKOTB/Nelly/TLC concert that I attended on May 3. Hope you enjoy!

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FASHION FRIDAY: Past Fashion Trends

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

Shooting my last video led to me cleaning out my closet which led to me cleaning my whole room which then led me to find a whole bunch of forgotten photos. After looking at the photos, I couldn’t help but think about all my outfits in the past. Ever had that situation? Don’t you cringe just thinking about it? Or… Am I the only one…?

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FASHION FRIDAY: Closet Tour

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo)

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo)

I figured since I’ll be talking about my clothes and fashion, why not show you my actual closet? Funny thing is… After I made this video, I realized how much I need to rearrange and do a deep Spring cleaning. Stay tuned for that! Hope you enjoy!

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FASHION FRIDAY: What to Wear to… Coachella

FASHION FINDS (Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

FASHION FINDS (Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

If you’re like me who celebrated #nochella or #couchella then you are not alone. Since I couldn’t be there this year, I created five outfits for those of you who ARE heading to weekend two of the popular music festival down in Southern California. I love love love making outfits (most of the time) and I hope I made Coachella Queen Vanessa Hudgens proud. Let me know what you guys think!

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FASHION FINDS: Brandy Melville Pink Fuzzy Jacket

FASHION FINDS (Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

FASHION FINDS (Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

It’s still a tad chilly even though it’s Spring so this is a great addition to your closet. Allow me to introduce to you the Brandy Melville Fuzzy Coat. I put together three outfits for you to help you gain some inspiration in case you’re considering on purchasing one! Let me know what you think!

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FASHION FINDS: Vodi Shorts

FASHION FINDS (Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

FASHION FINDS (Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

I’ve been obsessed with vodi shorts since I purchased my first pair. And now that it’s finally spring, I thought this would be perfect for those of you getting your closet prepped for the season! Let me know if you own a pair already or if you’re inspired to run to the mall after watching this!

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FASHION FINDS: Mom Jeans

FASHION FINDS (Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

FASHION FINDS (Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

Say hello to Mom Jeans. Yes, these are really a thing and they’re hard to style. Check out the video to see how I styled my own pair of mom jeans and maybe this will convince you to grab a pair of your own!

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FASHION FINDS: The Midi Skirt

FASHION FINDS (Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

FASHION FINDS (Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

Very excited to introduce my very first Fashion Finds video! Each week I’ll be talking about an article of clothing I recently discovered and want to share with the internet! I’ll give you tips on how to style it since, as you already know, some clothes are harder to style than others! For this video, I talk about the midi skirt which can sometimes be a dreaded thing to wear. Let me know below if there’s a hidden treasure you think I should know about for my future videos! Continue reading

Jamie Joseph Jewelry: A Hidden Gem

(Image Credit: Jamie Joseph Jewelry)

(Image Credit: Jamie Joseph Jewelry)

I hesitated for awhile on writing a feature discussing Jamie Joseph Jewelry—not because I have any kind of issue with their designs, but rather because I feel like I discovered a hidden gem, and I wasn’t sure I was ready to share my secret. Continue reading

An Open Letter to Crop Tops

(Image Credit: Maria Morri)

(Image Credit: Maria Morri)

Dear Crop Tops,

I honestly don’t know how to feel about you. I love you and hate you at the same time. As weird as it sounds, I’m pretty sure there are numerous love songs that can channel what I feel about you. Here’s the thing. You magically reappeared last year and now just about every retail store has you for sale. You were HUGE in the 90s but being that I was only a child back then, crop tops were not in my closet at the time.

But here I am. 22 years old and I have a cluster of you hidden somewhere in the heaps of my clothing. Sometimes I regret it. Sometimes I love it. It’s the worst when you want to wear a pair of jeans but all you have are clean crop tops in the mix of your clothes. No, no, no, no. That’s not going to work. Unlike Kylie Jenner, I cannot rock crop tops the way she does.

Then I found a new way to wear you: either with high-waisted shorts or maxi skirts that hike up just above the belly button. I’m fine with that, but crop tops, from time to time, you make it so hard to style. There are so many moments where I wish I could sew the other half of the shirt to complete my outfit. Believe me, if that were possible, I would. I’m stuck going crazy in my room wishing I had a bod like Kylie.

Crop tops, you make me self-conscious. Right when I figure out a cute outfit to put together and realize the shirt doesn’t cover me all the way, I go right back reevaluating my closet and my body. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who hates it. I have tons of friends who shun crop tops to the darkest place on earth since they also know they’re next to impossible to wear. I honestly give a huge round of applause to anyone and everyone who can rock a crop top with pure confidence. I envy that.

Look, I’m not asking you to disappear. I just needed to express my frustration with you. I do have to give you thanks, however, for when you do happen to work out the way I want it to. For that, I thank you for allowing me to feel good about myself when I do get positive comments pertaining to my outfits. So, I guess I kind of love you. Sometimes.

With love (and hate),

Ash

 


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An Exclusive Interview with Nykhor Paul: Model, Photograher and IRC Voice

Nykhor Paul (Image Credit: Lauren Gambino / The Daily Quirk)

Nykhor Paul (Image Credit: Lauren Gambino / The Daily Quirk)

Nykhor Paul grew up as a refugee in Ethiopia before moving to the United States in 1998. As a supermodel and acting voice for the International Rescue Committee, Paul normally finds herself in front of the camera. But on a recent trip back to Ethiopia, where she was reunited with her parents for the first time in 16 years while visiting a refugee camp in the Gambella region of Ethiopia for South Sudanese refugees, she spent a significant amount of time behind the lens.

International Rescue Committee New York Fashion Week Pop Up Event (Image Credit: Lauren Gambino / The Daily Quirk)

International Rescue Committee New York Fashion Week Pop Up Event (Image Credit: Lauren Gambino / The Daily Quirk)

We caught up with Nykhor Paul at a New York Fashion Week pop up event hosted by the International Rescue Committee, where Paul’s touching photos were on exhibition, to discuss her experience in Ethopia, her partnership with IRC and what inspires her to give back.

“I always knew that I wanted to help people,” Paul explained. “It started when I was little. I sing, so when my father would go pray for people, I would go along and sing to them.”

Even at university, she studied biology as a way for her to help others. “Then I thought, I don’t need to study this, I just need to pick up and do it! So when Hurricane Katrina hit, that was my first experience going down and helping others. All you need is that passion and going after it”

Paul teamed up with the IRC in 2014 after joining them on a trip to Africa. “Everything I’m hoping for, for my country, is everything they’re doing, so I thought, ‘Let me go to Africa and see how this works, this 81 years of helping people,’” Paul said. “And it was amazing. So when I came back, I said ‘Listen, I would love to be on board and collaborate with you and see what we can do to bring more help.’”

And to be back at the same refugee camp she left 16 years ago, seeing her family again, the feelings Paul had were unlike anything she’s ever felt before. “It was the most emotional trip of my life. I have never cried so much. I came here when I was ten, so to go back at 25, I’m an adult now. It’s so different.”

But even with time and distance keeping her and her family apart, Paul said they really connected again in the two weeks they spent together. “They’re so supportive of me working for the refugees of South Sudan and what the IRC is doing.”

“It’s helping the refugees help themselves. That’s what it’s all about.” Paul explained exactly what the IRC is doing to help the South Sudanese. “You don’t go into a situation to keep that person neutral. That’s not helping. But with the IRC, they encourage the refugees. They help them get jobs and get on their feet. We have to be the example and I respect that so much.”

When asked what it was like to be behind the lens, Paul said, “I have a love for taking pictures. To be able to photograph real faces and real stories, drew me to the people of South Sudan even more.”

Nykhor Paul with her parents in Ethiopia (Image Credit: Original Photography by Nykhor Paul | Lauren Gambino / The Daily Quirk)

Nykhor Paul with her parents in Ethiopia (Image Credit: Original Photography by Nykhor Paul | Lauren Gambino / The Daily Quirk)

The photos of her old refugee camp lined the walls at the IRCxNYFW pop up event.  Even a special photo of the reunion with her and her family. “It was great for me,” Paul explained about her what it was like to be back at the camp. “The one thing I really picked up on is how it’s all the same. The refugees and their constant struggle is no different from when I left in 1998, but the resilience they have and the hope– I wanted to capture that.  Every day when I visited the spots, I had to grab the shots. They all tell a story of what they’re going through.”

Paul also told us what she hopes people will take away from her photo exhibition. “I hope people take away what the IRC really does. They put a voice to the people all around the world who are suffering. So this showcase is really everything behind what I want to do with refugees, which is put their stories forth so people can see it, relate to it.  We are in a visual, technical world so for the IRC putting this up- we hope to raise more awareness by putting a face to what is going on”

As for managing her charity work and her busy modeling career, Paul says it now feels like one in the same. “It’s not just me anymore. It’s not just Nykhor posing. This pose will now be able to bring a voice to every person in my country, so it makes it easy and it makes it one.”

Paul plans on continuing her collaborative efforts with the IRC and hopes to one day travel back to Africa. “I would love to be able to capture the 64 tribes of South Sudan, the more indigenous side of it, even with all the corruption and the war, to just be able to put a voice to it.  To find beauty in all that trauma. That’s what I call my career– the beauty and the peace.”

Visit the International Rescue Committee Official Site to find out more about the organization and IRC Voice Nykhor Paul.

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