Theme Layout

[Rightsidebar]

Boxed or Wide or Framed

[Boxed]

Theme Translation

Display Featured Slider

Featured Slider Styles

[Center]

Display Grid Slider

No

Grid Slider Styles

[style2]

Display Trending Posts

Display Author Bio

No

Display Instagram Footer

5/recent posts
Big Changes Ahead!

Big Changes Ahead!



I don't know about you, but I have a love/hate relationship with change. On the one hand, I crave it. I love new places, new people, and new challenges. These keep me inspired and motivated. But on the other hand, too much change, too quickly can overwhelm me.

Over the past few weeks there has been a lot of change in my life, leaving me feeling excited, inspired, and totally scared!

Let me back up for a second. Over the summer while abroad I began applying for full-time positions in global education and international studies departments. I felt like a sent out a ton of cover letters and resumes and heard absolutely nothing for weeks. Slowly despair set in. My PhD funding ended in the spring and I was facing unemployment! Then, seemingly out of know where, I heard back from several schools. Three wanted phone/Skype interviews within the week. It is amazing how quickly things change sometimes. I went from no prospects to a couple very good prospects in a matter of days. Just before I left Italy, I was notified that two of these universities wanted to bring me to campus for on-site interviews.

Suddenly the ball was rolling. I didn't have much time to think. I focused on the task at hand and before I knew it I was excepting a great job offer in another state! The following day it hit me -- everything in my life is about to change. Don't get me wrong, I am so excited about landing such an amazing position, especially given the current state of the academic/university job market. Yet, at the same time, I truly enjoy my life in Tampa -- great friends, a home I love, close to the ocean, delicious food scene, my favorite gym classes, and the comfort of my routine and what is familiar. Yet, I also felt like I was beginning to stagnate in Tampa. I am nearing the end of writing my dissertation, but I am feeling very uninspired and I am laboring to finish. There also isn't any opportunity for me in Tampa, nothing to challenge me or push my career forward. So as anxious as I am to leave my happy life in Tampa behind, I am also ready for a new adventure.

In many ways landing this job was nothing short of a miracle. It is at a great university doing exactly what I love -- teaching and researching history and working on developing study abroad programs (for privacy reasons, I don't want to broadcast the name of the university). If you are familiar with the university/academic job market, you understand what a coup landing this job was. It is like the Hunger Games out there for young scholars. After watching so many friends get screwed over by the war on tenure or being exploited as adjuncts for years, I knew I wanted to take my career in a different direction. So from the start, I had my eye on more administrative positions. Over the next couple of weeks I hope to share what I learned about applying for and transitioning to the administrative side of academia. While PhDs acquire incredible skill sets over their (sometimes) decade-long education, we are rarely taught how to transition and market ourselves outside of academia.

And don't worry, I fully plan on completing my PhD. But, the reality is that a dissertation comprised of original archival research on early modern Italy simply cannot be completed in 4.5 years.

I plan on spending my last couple weeks in Tampa/Florida enjoying all of my favorite things, in between packing of course. Follow me on Instastories (@historyinhighheels) to see what I am up to and how I plan on decorating my new place!

Read more »
Ashley B
3 Comments
The Color of Fall -- Saffron

The Color of Fall -- Saffron









I don't usually wear a lot of yellow, unless of course it's in a great lemon print. But I have seen a lot of saffron hued items for fall and I am loving all of them! Fall is usually all about the warm neutrals and jewel tones. That's why I am so excited to see this unexpected dose of color.

I stumbled on this little Topshop dress while strolling through Nordstrom last week. I was immediately drawn to the color, but I also loved the slip look. Slip dresses are the perfect 90s throw back when layered with a blouse (or t-shirt on more casual days) underneath. Instead of a 90's choker, however, I opted for an over-sized pussy bow.

Did you notice the shoes? These glitter platforms are so fun! And, they are from my favorite shoe company -- Melissa Shoes. If you read here regularly, then you have definitely heard me sing the praises of Melissa Shoes. They are a special PVC plastic making them the most durable and comfortable shoes I have found for travel (seen here and here this summer). Seriously, disregard everything you think you know about plastic shoes.

While I was abroad this summer Melissa reached out to me and said they wanted to send me some shoes from their fall line. Obviously, I was very excited about this! I expected a pair or two and could not believe my eyes when two giant boxes showed up on my door step. They have some really great styles for fall and I can't wait to share more. Honestly, these glitter platforms are not something I would wear often, but I think they are so fun for styling a look like this or a night out. I love the height they give while still being comfortable.

But back to my favorite color for this fall. I definitely want to add a couple more saffron pieces to my fall wardrobe. I have rounded up some of my current favorites below.

dress // blouse (similar) // c/o shoes // bag 

Do you dare to wear saffron this fall?


SHOP THE SAFFRON TREND:



Read more »
Ashley B
1 Comments
Green With Envy

Green With Envy








I am a huge fan of the shirt dress. They are classic, chic, and perfect for a hot summer day in the city.

The only thing better than a great shirt dress is a bright kelly green shirt dress. In addition to the vibrant color, I also love the updated square neck and flutter cap sleeve. If you are looking for something more classic, this dress also comes in navy.

This easy, flattering shape was perfect for a summer day exploring NYC with friends. And you can add a little summer sex appeal but unbuttoning a few strategic buttons.


SHOP THE POST:

Read more »
Ashley B
0 Comments
Return of the Wrap

Return of the Wrap








Much to my delight, the wrap dress is back, and in a big way! Long overdue if you ask me. Not that this universally flattering silhouette has ever gone out of style, but it does fall in and out of favor.

I have always loved a great wrap dress, because nothing is sexier and more feminine. I found this perfect navy number while abroad. It is by a new-to-me French brand, RĂ©alisation. This brand has certainly mastered the sexy sundress. Each dress also has a tongue in cheek description. This dress, the Alexandra, reads "Here’s what we know. Men love sundresses. We also know this point is actually pointless because we women dress for ourselves and ourselves only. But sometimes... just sometimes you need a get-out-of-jail-free card."

A perfect fitting wrap dress highlights and yet subtly reveals all of the right places. I personally love the balance of a long-sleeve mini dress. If your curvy or busty, wrap dresses are great becuase you can simply size up for added coverage, but the wrap style can still be cinched to highlight your curves. The long sleeve silhouette will also seamlessly transition into fall with over-the-knee boots or tights and booties.

While this dress is French, I have found so many great wrap dresses this season state-side. I recently picked up this Madewell number, which I love because it can be dressed up or down. Shop more of my favorite wrap dress below!

What are your thoughts on the wrap dress?


SHOP THE POST:

Read more »
Ashley B
1 Comments
For the Frill of It

For the Frill of It








Sadly, my summer in Italy came to an end at the beginning of August. Fortunately, my disspointment in having to return state-side was assuaged by a quick trip to my favorite US city, New York. My trans-Atlantic flight was to and from JFK, so I decided to make the most of it and visit Emily on the front and back end of my summer abroad. This turned out to be a great decision!

I never get enough of NYC, and Emily and I always have a great time trying new restaurants, exploring new streets, and scouting new photo locations. Not to mention the amazing shopping, which was so nice after my 3-month shopping hiatus. Emily, the great friend that she is, even let me order some items online while I was away so they could be waiting for me at her apartment when I got home. This was especially great during the Nordstrom anniversary sale -- can't miss those discount Hanky Pankies!

A couple weeks before returning home I was doing a little online retail therapy and I spotted this frilly pink For Love & Lemons Dress. I was so happy with my For Love & Lemons top I had ordered in the spring before departing, that I decided to go for it and order this dress. I loved the shape and the color, and hoped it would work with my favorite Lack of Color Hat. Spoiler, it did!

I am always a sucker for an easy, sweet summer dress (also available in this color combo). When the temperature heats up, I always reach for light weight dresses. I especially love dresses like this one that are comfortable and easy to wear, but still figure flattering. Despite having a looser, flowy fit, the deep cut of the bust and empire waist gives it a flattering shape. You can also further cinch the waist with the tie in the back. I was so happy to return and find that this dress lived up to my expectations. Plus, I had no clean clothes left and needed something to throw on and explore the city with Em!


SHOP THE POST:

Read more »
Ashley B
0 Comments
[name=Ashley] [img=https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bTA6uO0YNf0/WEooiL2h2DI/AAAAAAAA-4A/4lNwqyMNFRAW7yUynRd5IRlAJVdXzWkrgCLcB/s1600/Blog_Pic_2.jpg] [description=Thanks for stopping by! Please feel free to leave a comment, I would love to hear from you.] (facebook=https://www.facebook.com/historyinhighheels/) (instagram=Ihttps://www.instagram.com/historyinhighheels/) (pinterest=https://www.pinterest.com/HistoryinHH/)