Afternoon Espresso Cures my Blogging Slump

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I feel like I am finally back into the the living world! I’ve had the flu the last few days and today is the first day I am starting to feel human again and it feels SO great! Although I must admit its been a pretty good diet if I say so myself! Hahaha!  My husband has been amazing the last few days being Mommy, Daddy, the cook, the maid, my nurse! 

Let’s talk blogging slumps- I am sure we have all had them. I guess this could be similar to writer’s block? Yes? Well, it seems as though I have been in somewhat of a blogging slump lately. I’ve got anything and everything going on now just in general and the holidays on top of that so maybe that is contributing to the slump? Who knows! But I will say I am thankful for Christmas and New Years over the next few weeks as I plan to take a couple of days off here and there to recharge! 

You know what else I am thankful for? I am thankful that Ashley from Afternoon Espresso is taking over for me today! She is a nice little shining light in the dark, no-man’s-land that is “the slump!” Whether its rocking the ever so coveted J Crew vest or planning a baby shower she does it in style! I also wish I had her drive and will power when it comes to working out. This girls got a gameplan- one that I should most definitely do!

Plus, she is so sweet, kind, and not to mention gorgeous! From the very first email, we instantly hit it off, chatting as if we’ve been friends for a long time! I genuinely enjoy reading her blog, and I know you will too 🙂 Add to that the fact that she lives in one of my favorite places in the world (Pittsburgh)! So jealous she lives in a city that holds such a special place in my heart! Hope you enjoy as much as I do! 

 Sweater:  Target | Tee: Target | Leggings: TJ Maxx (similar Here) | Boots:  Bon Ton (Similar Here) | Socks:  American Eagle (old) Similar Here | Purse:  Emma Fox from TJ Maxx ( Similar Here) | Scarf:   Forever 21 (old) Similar Here | Sunnies:  Loft (recent on sale) Similar Here or Splurge here | Gloves: J.Crew

Helllooo everyone! I’m Ashley, the voice behind Afternoon Espresso, a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blog.  It’s so nice to meet you!  My main focus is, where my heart lies, in fashion, but I also like to mix things up a bit with a cupcake of the month, recipes, my travels, and beauty.  Today, I’m going to share with you a few of my favorite winter essentials.  I hope you enjoy!

1.  Scarves, scarves, and more scarves… These are an absolute must for me starting in the Fall all the way through Spring ( and even sometimes in the summer I toss one on with a tank).  It’s a great way to keep warm and also add a pop of print or color to a simple outfit.

2.  Oversized sweaters- Completely versatile and comfortable (especially when traveling). Make it casual for the road with some leggings and boots like I did or throw on some heels, lipstick, and a belt to dress this sweater up.  This is definitely a go-to pick in the winter time for me to stay cozy and warm.

3.  Leggings- How excited were you when leggings came back in style? I love my leggings! Another versatile piece of clothing.  Now that stores are making fleece lined leggings, these can easily be transitioned into colder months and are a must for me in the winter.  I love how leggings, a sweater, and boots make such an effortless, chic look.

4.  Boots- Ladies, say goodbye to those open toed heels (just for a few months).  I can’t brave the open toes in the winter living in Pittsburgh.  I’ll stick with my boots.. and why not?  With so many fab boots (dressy and casual) you are sure to keep those tootsies nice and warm and still be trendy.  I’m currently craving these gorgeous booties here and here.

Thank you for taking the time to read my guest post today! If you would like to read more, feel free to stop by Afternoon Espresso or you can connect with me me via Twitter,  Facebook, or Instagram!  Have a wonderful day and Happy Holidays!

Linking up today with Shanna today for Random Wednesday!




  1. Falak Hussein
    December 18, 2013 / 11:51 am

    OMG! You are surely the coolest mum ever! Love your outfit!It'll be my pleasure if you follow me on

    • Rebecca @ Mommy in Heels
      December 18, 2013 / 1:05 pm

      That's actually not me- its my guest blogger for today (the one I talked about in my intro above the pictures), but yes, she does have an awesome outfit on.

  2. Because of Jackie
    December 18, 2013 / 2:51 pm

    Ugh, glad you are feeling better (and had the amazing sick weight loss, ha ha:) I can agree with writing slumps, I go through them every once in awhile and just try to power through. And welcome Ashley! Heading over to say hello!

  3. Crumbs and Curls
    December 19, 2013 / 12:29 am

    I hope you feel better! Also I love Ashley's look & am now following her :)!

  4. Merrie K.
    December 19, 2013 / 12:41 am

    Hi Rebecca,I just found your blog through the linkup. Since I've only been blogging for a few months, everything feels like an onslaught right now, so I'm looking forward to the times when I can feel comfortable enough to be in a slump. 🙂 Ashley's outfits look super cute and I definitely agree that coffee is the most important meal of the day. 🙂 (On a side note, when I tried to leave her a comment…i got a page not found error…not sure how to let her know and I would hate for her to miss out on all the action.) Keep up the good work!Merrie @

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