Hot Cross Bun

 Dress: Forever 21 – Find HERE

Jean Jacket: Abercrombie – SO old

Boots: Delia’s – Want THESE Steve Madden “Troopa’s”

Necklace: Forever 21 – Find HERE

Bracelet: Target

Every girl needs a few comfy dresses in her wardrobe. They are the perfect pieces for days when you don’t feel like thinking about what you are wearing, but you want to look cute. They are easy to accessorize and can be made into a million different outfits by simply changing up shoes, jackets, and jewelry.
This recent Forever 21 purchase of mine is one of my favorites. I love that it is super comfortable, has a flattering fit, and a high-low hemline which allows me to spend time outside without the worry of the wind blowing up my skirt (you all know what I’m talking about!). I paired it with my favorite combat boots, a jean jacket, and a pretty necklace for a night out with friends. We actually ended up bowling, which had I known, I probably would have worn something else, but this dress was easy enough to move around in (and looked super fantastic with bowling shoes).

As for my hair, I love rocking a top knot. It’s not always super flattering, but it’s a quick fix for when I’m in a hurry and is perfect for keeping my hair out of my face. I actually end up wearing it like this to work often, which has caused for some very fantastic comments from students. One of my favorites? “You look like a Disney Princess!” Probably not…but I’ll take it!
The best comparison yet, happened in a second grade classroom, while I was teaching a lesson on sea life and oil spills.

Me: “So, when oil spills happen in the ocean, it makes sea creatures very sick. Whales and dolphins often die because the oil gets in their blow holes so they cannot breathe.”

Student: “HEY!”

Me: “Yes?!” (Waiting for an insightful comment about this dire situation).

Student: “Your hot cross bun looks like a blow hole today!!!!!!!!!!” (Ridiculously excited by this observation/comparison).


Rest of class: “Yeah!!!” “It DOES!!!” “Sometimes my cousin wears her hair in two hot cross buns like that!!”

Me: “Well…thank you! That’s a great comparison! Now moving on…”

(All the while trying desperately not to explode with laughter).

Yes. Thats right. My bun, or my “hot cross bun” was compared to a blow hole. Your pretty jealous, aren’t you?



  1. June 16, 2013 / 11:35 pm

    hahahah your hot cross buns, eh? I think you're a pretty hot cross bun, Ashley, if you get what I'm sayin' wink wink ;D but seriously, comparing your hair to blowholes, that's hilarious. Your students are a riot!

    I'm seriously loving this whole outfit though from head to toe. Those boots, your dress, that really rad necklace that reminds me of the Egyptians for whatever reason… all so awesome!!

    PS) omg omg I feel the same way WE ARE TOTALLY INTERNET BESTIES and it's a shame teleporters don't exist so I can't just poof up there and see you ๐Ÿ™ shame shame! but at least we have blogging, and that is better than nothing. <3 YOU ARE SO SWEET AND I ADORE YOU OK

  2. June 16, 2013 / 11:47 pm

    Love this outfit and love your style!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€


  3. June 17, 2013 / 2:49 am

    Haha hot cross bun!! Love it. I think you look super pretty with a bun! That's my go-to lazy hairstyle too ๐Ÿ™‚ I love that dress too! Its so easy and perfect for summer. I totally want one now! Love the necklace too ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. June 17, 2013 / 6:48 am

    Hahah, the bun is awesome, kids don't know nothing about quality hairdos ๐Ÿ˜€
    I love the dress, this is probably my favorite outfit of yours, rocking those boots as well!!!!

  5. June 17, 2013 / 10:07 am

    Haha, such a funny story! Students have the best humour, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ And love this look! Such a pretty dress! And your figure is just perfect, wow!

    XO Imke

  6. June 17, 2013 / 10:18 am

    I love love love comfy dresses! And this one seriously looks perfect! And you have a hot bod girl, share your workout routine!

  7. June 17, 2013 / 12:55 pm

    hahahahaha!! kids are always funny! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I love this outfit! You look great!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Have a nice day!


  8. June 17, 2013 / 4:43 pm

    I always loved your blog. After days of being MIA i still love it
    xo sabbi

  9. June 17, 2013 / 6:24 pm

    I hopped over from the lovely Ali's blog. Ooooh… You are a teacher. Your students must have love you a lot. I used to teach too and I love all the darn and cute things that my students say. How cute of them to comment about your bun as a blowhole. They were obviously enthralled by your hair instead of whales being sick. Hehehe.

    The dress is really versatile. It is plain yet with texture and flow in the skirt part. It could definitely be a basic dress jazzed up with denim, lace etc for different styles.

  10. June 17, 2013 / 6:57 pm

    A blowhole…omgsh, I cannot stop laughing right now! xD BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Those kids were so cute. How observant of them.
    I wear my hair up in a topknot a lot for work too, although most of the time people ignore that hairstyle. Instead, they comment on my jewelry half the time. ๐Ÿ˜›
    Anyway, this dress is definitely a perfect option to just toss on and style up however you want. I love how Cali-cool you are with your combat boots, denim jacket, and beautiful necklace.

    Trendy Teal

  11. June 17, 2013 / 7:15 pm

    wow this is such a cute dress. I dont really like the color grey but you look awesome in that color …


  12. June 17, 2013 / 7:30 pm

    ABSOLUTELY LOVE this outfit on you SO MUCH!!!

  13. June 17, 2013 / 7:56 pm

    I love all your outfits. I can't stop scrolling through your blog!!

    I invite you to check out my blog.

  14. June 17, 2013 / 10:15 pm

    HAHAH omg how old were these kids?! That is TOO funny! And i love how your paired those boots with your comfy dress. I have a pair like that but I forgot them in Chicago- I'm dying over that fact.

    And speaking of which, I've been to Pike Place!! It was so, so cool. I literally wanted to go and buy everything, haha! And aww come back to Seattle so we can haaang out. Forget being responsible and living with your parents ๐Ÿ˜‰

    xo Marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

  15. June 18, 2013 / 1:11 am

    I'm loving that last image! The whole outfit with the turquoise necklace comes together perfectly!

  16. June 18, 2013 / 3:50 am

    Love how easy that Forever21 dress is – and most importantly I love that it's not see-through, as so many of those inexpensive Forever dresses are!


  17. June 18, 2013 / 6:28 am

    You look so pretty in this high-low dress! Very cute look. Great bun on your head

  18. June 18, 2013 / 3:00 pm

    Love it! Kids really are the best fashion critics sometimes haha. I really like this dress too, the hi-lo is just perfect and not too over the top ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. June 19, 2013 / 9:33 am

    iยดm in love with your shoes<333
    new follower:)
    greatings from germany:)

  20. June 20, 2013 / 6:56 am

    bahahaha kids are pretty awesome. You and your hot cross bun are just too cute! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Seriously looooving that dress with the boots! love love love


  21. June 21, 2013 / 1:54 pm

    I own the Steve Madden "Troopas" in black and I love them – so comfy!

  22. June 21, 2013 / 10:11 pm

    Love this outfit, so simple yet perfect. And your "hot cross bun" looks fab.
    xo Annie

  23. June 22, 2013 / 6:04 am

    Cool Style! Stylish outfit with awesome pair of casual footwear.. Loved your Looks..! ๐Ÿ™‚ XoXo

  24. June 22, 2013 / 10:56 pm

    bahaha i totally want to observe your class one day! lucky kids!
    and you look soooo cute as usual! i decided that my bangs have helped me to like doing top knots more. before that i just looked weird haha

  25. June 23, 2013 / 7:39 am

    Hey loving this casual look and your top bun! hehe, you have really cute and imaginative students!
    Love your blog and will definitely be hanging around!

    Fang Ting

  26. June 23, 2013 / 10:45 pm

    Your students are so cute! haha. I enjoyed reading your post. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Anyhow, I really like your look.
    I think it's nice to wear this outfit for a casual date with my girlfriends.
    Nothing too fancy but just perfection ๐Ÿ™‚

    I'm your new follower! ๐Ÿ™‚

    -xoxo, FRANCES

  27. June 24, 2013 / 2:04 am

    Those boots! They're perfect! The chocolate brown color and rugged look makes the combat style look divine. This whole look is adorable. You are gorgeous! Following you now. (:

    May the Force be with you.

  28. June 24, 2013 / 8:48 pm

    I'm wearing my Steve Madden Troopa boots RIGHT NOW!!!
    So clearly I need to run to Forever 21 and pick up that dress!

    It seriously looks so comfortable. I love the idea of a high-low comfy dress…I usually only see fancier chiffon high-low dresses. You found the perfect combination!!

    So glad I discovered your blog….just followed you on Bloglovin!

    <3 Kelly | The Patch Diaries

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