manhattan recipes

ManhattanShipping: Vermouth & Bourbon (½)

“You will abide by the promise you made to me, right? Bourbon?”

Vermouth and her private chauffeur (there are four instances of Vermouth getting a ride from Bourbon so far and I doubt we’ve seen the last of it).

casually making late night phone calls

casually chatting you up while in the bath tub

casually hanging out in your car on the roadside

Impossibly Imperfect

Meet the fashion and lifestyle blogger who embraces imperfections

Ashley Nelson’s blog Impossibly Imperfect has a fashion focus, but it’s much more than just a platform for sharing her style. Between her outfit photos, the Texas-native-turned-Manhattan-resident shares recipes and inspiring links, and writes about lifestyle, travel and cool, lesser-known brands. In true city style form, she mixes high and low pieces in rich colors and modern styles, and balances current trends with simple staples. We love seeing how she gives her own personal touch to must-have pieces like the bucket bag backpack and cropped top, adding an interesting necklace or statement shoe for a truly individual look.

Ashley wearing an Ann Taylor sweater and Jason Wu booties

Ashley wearing a sleeveless blanket coat, Weston top and Zara booties

As with everything Ashley does, perfection is never part of the plan. Like she says on her blog, “Impossibly Imperfect is about celebrating a beautiful life … flaws, imperfections, laughter and all.” Read our Q&A with Ashley below for the scoop on her blogging routine, best advice, ultimate style icon and more.

1. What inspired you to start your own blog?

I have a deep rooted background in fashion, and starting this blog gave me the opportunity to use it as a creative outlet and form of self expression. It’s my passion project!

2. Who or what influences your style?

As cliché as it might be, my mother has had a role in influencing my style from day one. She has a background in fashion and has always encouraged me to wear what I feel most confident in and what reflects who I am.

Ashley wearing a Sandro skirt and Tibi heels at rStyle’s NYFW party

Ashley wearing a Red Valentino dress

3. What’s your daily blogging routine?

I have another day job that keeps me quite busy, so I really try to give myself an hour a night to catch up on blogging, but I also try to dedicate Sunday evenings to it as well!

4. What’s the greatest advice you’ve ever been given?

Never give up. It’s that simple.

5. What are your go-to brands?

I love staple brands such as Rag & Bone, Tibi and 3.1 Phillip Lim, but I also have a love of up-and-coming designers, including Misha Nonoo and Kaelen.

6. What 3 things are on your wish list this season?

This black and white oversized sweater that will go with everything! 

Motel Check Me Out Sweater- Black/White

This Red Valentino leather moto jacket is perfection. I want it in my closet right now!

Leather jacket

These Chloe boots are the ideal height for all of my fall outfits, not to mention I love a great stacked heel!

Over-the-knee leather boots

7. Do you have any exciting projects coming up?

I have some fun things in the works, you’ll just have to keep reading to find out what they are!

8. Do you have any tips for aspiring bloggers?

Network, network, network! You never know who might be a blogger or have a connection to a brand that you want to work with!

For more about Ashley, check out her blog Impossibly Imperfect and make sure to follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Bloglovin’, Twitter and Pinterest.

© Con Poulos

Travel Tuesday: For her Manhattan restaurant, Salvation Taco, F&W Best New Chef 2007 April Bloomfield worked with chef Roberto Santibañez to develop a menu of admittedly inauthentic, but very delicious and creative Mexican-inspired dishes like this amazing skirt steak taco.

Recipe: Marinated Skirt Steak Tacos with Pecan-Chipotle Salsa