Valentine’s Day OOTD

Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with your honey or Galentine’s Day with your besties, I’ve gathered some of my favorite looks that are sure to keep you looking & feeling your best.

You can never go wrong with a little black dress! This romantic-inspired style is from The Loft is under $100 and is perfect for dinner & drinks. I paired it with a statement heel & fringe earrings but you can easily rock it with a bold red pump or heeled ankle bootie. Click on the link below for purchasing details ūüôā

When I think of Valentine’s day I think of red & pink hues which makes this flutter sleeve dress perfect for a night out on Feb. 14th. I purchased this dress from Versona for under $50 but I’ve also linked some similar styles below.

Black on black is always in style & my go-to for a girls night out. Not only are the vertical pinstripes on these pants super slimming but they elongate this 5 ft nothing frame. Pants like these can easily be paired with a bodysuit or a crop top like I did here. Though I wasn’t able to link these exact items I’ve included similar styles; just follow the link!

As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

Vacation Vibes

“Life was meant for good friends & great adventures”¬†

My husband & I recently¬†went on a¬†much needed, adults-only vacation with two other couples to Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa.¬† Getting back to our daily routine took a minute which is why this post has taken me 2 weeks to finally complete… ūüôā

We love traveling to Punta Cana!¬† It’s fairly inexpensive, an easy flight from Pittsburgh and always a good time.¬† This was¬†our 4th time traveling there together, but our first time at Breathless.¬† Overall, we had a great experience!¬† Between the sunny days, the attentive poolside service, the swim-up bar, 11 restaurant options and the late night casino, how could we not have a good time?!

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The¬†resort had 11 restaurants to chose from as well as¬†a handful from the sister resort next door Now Onyx.¬† We only stayed 4 nights & 5 days so unfortunately we weren’t able to try each one.¬† However, the restaurants we did try were amazing!¬†¬† Each one started the table with a selection of appetizers & house wine, then we were able to choose from a soup or salad,¬†main course &¬†side¬†dishes.¬†¬†Our favorite restaurant by far was¬†Coquette¬†which served¬†French cuisine.¬† ¬†

Rather than share every outfit I wore on our vacation, I’ve decided to feature my favorite look which is this Off-The-Shoulder Shift Dress from TJ Maxx.¬† I paired it with an Urban Expressions Crossbody Bag¬†that I¬†purchased through¬†Stitch Fix, strappy cork-heel wedges & a shell necklace from a previous Punta Cana trip.¬† I am excited to share that I’ve listed this dress on Poshmark for $10.¬† I only wore it the one time, so it’s in like-new condition.¬† If you’re interested in this dress or any other on-trend, lightly worn styles be sure to¬†follow me @luraashli

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Lastly, the only thing I would change¬†about this trip was the lack of organization.¬† The resorts we’ve¬†stayed at¬†in the past gave us a quick tour of the resort upon arrival before escorting us to our room, shared a daily itinerary of activities¬†as well as nightly entertainment.¬† However, this resort was kind of a free-for-all.¬† We never knew what was actually going on until we came across it i.e. beach volleyball, water biking, dance parties by the pool etc.¬† Don’t get me wrong, we had an amazing time, but that was the only thing that stood out as being somewhat negative.

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Looking at those drinks makes me want to go back!!!!

As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

Wannabe Model

I am by no means a model.¬† Let’s be honest, my age is starting to show, you can see the toddler-influenced bags under my eyes, I don’t know where to place my hands or how to tilt my head properly.¬† But, with that being said, I love playing dress up & taking pictures.¬† Being apart of the Pittsburgh Blogger Babes has given me the opportunity to network with photographers and bloggers that I otherwise wouldn’t have met.¬† I’ve made some quick friendships & shared some laughs with some fantastic women!

My most recent shoot was with¬†Lisha Lee Photography at the Mansions on Fifth.¬† Working with Alicia was amazing!¬† She is a mommy, just like me, so right away we hit it off.¬† She made me laugh & feel comfortable in front of the camera, giving me simple directions on where to look & how to pose.¬† If you’re in the Pittsburgh area I would definitely recommend working with her.

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For this shoot, I decided to wear this new Lace Detail Shift Dress from Francesca’s.¬†¬†It’s currently sold out online, but I’ve linked a similar dress that’s on sale for under $20.¬† To play down the romantic detailing I layered my Old Navy Denim Jacket on top and¬†added black patent leather pointed toe pumps.¬† I picked up these pumps from Forever21 for next to nothing, and they’ve quickly become my go-to heels for any look.

As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx