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Ashley Pletcher’s fashion and lifestyle blog Afternoon Espresso, offers the perfect dose of style that is sure to satisfy any fashionista’s cravings. Get to know the beauty behind the brand!
Define your style?
My style depends so much on my mood and the day! Generally speaking, I would say my style is chic and classic. I tend to gravitate toward more feminine pieces with classic feel. Occasionally I will even throw in an edgy piece like a leather jacket.
What is your idea of a perfect date outfit (for a man and woman)?
The perfect outfit for a man is to keep it simple: A white v neck tee, nice denim, and a pair of distressed leather boots- Clean and classic always makes a swoon-worthy look! For a woman I love a classic blazer, tee shirt, distressed denim, and a cute pair of colored pumps for a pop! This look will never go out of style!
In what ways do you think that fashion is evolving in Pittsburgh?
I think Pittsburgh is such a stylish town! There are always such a variety of styles just looking around any corner. I think where Pittsburgh is evolving in fashion is certainly the fashion community. From Style Week Pittsburgh, Style Social Pittsburgh, Fashion bloggers, and boutiques, everyone seems to really be working together and building a strong fashion community and I love it!
Using one word, describe Pittsburgh style?
Who is your celebrity style crush?
I adore Blake Lively! She is so naturally beautiful and her style is always so classic and timeless.
What are your favorite places to shop in Pittsburgh?
For local shops my favorites are No. 14 Boutique and Bronze Coconut! No. 14 always has the best color palate to choose from and such unique pieces! Bronze Coconut stocks up on the cutest little tees, stationary, Free People, and plus I can get my spray tans there!
What inspired you to start a blog and what makes your blog different?
I actually started my blog because I was just in a slump of being unhappy with my career choice of accounting. I needed more creativity flowing so Afternoon Espresso became my little pick me up! Afternoon Espresso focuses on my personal style, but what makes it different is that I like to add my own spin with a cupcake of the month recipe, travel, and of course, coffee. All of these things I just simply enjoy and are very much me!
What is your favorite lipstick (color and brand)?
My all time favorite lipstick is Mac Lustre Soft Savour! I line it with Make Up Forever C22, and top it with NARS Turkish Delight lip-gloss!! It’s the perfect combination of pink for everyday wear.
What trends can fashionistas look forward to for Spring and Summer 2016?
For the Spring and Summer trends this year, I’m obsessing over bell sleeves, off the shoulder tops, midi skirts, and lots of stripes! Also anything flirty will go!
What is your favorite accessory?
My favorite accessory is definitely my two tone Michele Deco watch. The square face makes it so unique and the two tones allow me to wear it with anything!
What advice do you have for someone who is trying to discover his/her’s sense of style?
Be yourself. Choose items that match your personality. I’m most comfortable with what I’m wearing when it feels like the clothing is me!