Palm Beach Fancy May Fashion Roundup

by Ashley Lauren Smith

“When Altima offered me a fashion column in Palm Beach’s top PR newsletter, I channeled my inner Carrie Bradshaw, donned a pink tutu, twirled around my living room, and got to work.” — Ashley Lauren Smith

Hi there! I’m Ashley Lauren Smith, thrilled to collaborate with Altima. You might know me from my Instagram, @palmbeachfancy, or my unique dresses. I’m here to spotlight Palm Beach, my distinctive wardrobe, and most importantly, fun. Check out my Instagram series, Fashion Fridays, with Altima Palm Beach, and our upcoming live series, Caviar Conversations.

My goal is to share Palm Beach’s joy and charm. Unlike typical fashion influencers, I aim to make you smile, take risks, dress up, and feel comfortable in your own skin. I want to inspire you to host theme parties, try new activities, wear sparkly tops in the daytime, and have fun. Let’s make Instagram a place to grow and be social.

May was monumental for me, making it perfect to debut my collaboration with Altima as we head into summer. Connecting with Francesca, Gabriella, and Alexis completed my Palm Beach circle. I’m excited to explore my newfound freedom of expression with you each month. Let’s recap May’s highlights.

Fashion Round-Up: May Moments

May has been an extraordinary month filled with memorable events, glamorous parties, and international travels. From attending the launch of a new caftan brand to hosting a grand finale screening party for Palm Royale, and exploring the fashion capitals of London and Paris, my Instagram, and real life, has been a whirlwind of excitement. Below is a recap of my favorite fashion moments.

Semsem Palm Beach Début: 

At the end of April, I had the honor of attending the Palm Beach début of Semsem, an exquisite luxury clothing brand founded by Egyptian-born Abeer Al Otaiba. Inspired by the bond between herself and her daughter, Abeer,  formerly a civil engineer, turned her sites to her passions: Fashion and Social Responsibility. Every piece of clothing is entirely hand-made and incorporates two recurring Egyptian motifs:  a triangle and a lotus flower.   Building off her dedication to advancing women’s rights, each seasonal collection features a partnership with an organization dedicated to a cause surrounding SemSem’s philanthropic priorities.  I chose a beautiful very light pink pleated caftan with varying shades depending on the light, which  I never wanted to take off!

Palm Royale Finale Screening:

Hosting over 300 guests for the Palm Royale series finale was a glamorous success. Local icons donned couture, vintage, and caftans. I was lucky to wear a pink Carolina Herrera dress that hadn’t even hit the stores yet!  Stay tuned for more local events!

London and Paris:

End of May, ,I experienced two of the world’s most iconic fashion cities:  London and Paris. From the historic streets of London to the romantic boulevards of Paris, I left our little pink paradise and took to the streets of fashionable cities wearing Nina Ricci and tons of Norma Kamali. Kamali’s pieces are perfect to travel with and layer. I mixed and matched about 8 pieces during my 10-day trip, including a leather coat I used everyday.

I’m grateful for all the memories made along the way as I build my new life in Palm Beach. I also am thrilled to join the Altima Family and share my love for all things fancy, with a little caviar on the side! As we step into June, I look forward to more exciting fashion moments and sharing them with you all on Instagram and out and about in real life. Stay tuned for next month’s round-up and remember to celebrate the beauty of fashion and creativity everyday. Keep it fancy!