DIY Happy Hour: Jeff Bell at Manhattan’s PDT (one of the best bars in the world) freezes coconut water and a mix of fruit juices, then blends them with rum to make a terrific, superfresh version of the classic cocktail.
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?
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.