Thursday, December 20, 2018

Holiday Gift Guide - 2018 Wishlist

It's been a while since I've blogged...over a year! Wow. I put this passion project on a hiatus over the last year, but I'm excited to share I've been working on a redesign, content, and will be relaunching this passion project in 2019! Although the redesign clearly isn't ready, I've decided to do a few holiday guides this week. To start off, I'll be sharing some items on my own wish list! Hope this helps you find the perfect (last minute) gift for your loved ones :)

1. Trinket Tray - I found this trinket tray via one of my favorite bloggers M loves M and completely fell in love. I've been on the hunt for the perfect one and this is a winner! Monogrammed, a gold rim, and flowers?! Perfection! Sadly, it looks like most letters are sold out. I'll be keeping a close eye on these and may have to snag one for myself once more letters are restocked!

2. PJ's - I have become OBSESSED with matching PJ sets. And let's be real, it's one of those gifts you can't really go wrong with. These are also really cute and a great price point for someone who may prefer shorts! They have great reviews...I actually featured them on my blog before.

3. Robe - There's nothing better than staying in and being all wrapped up and cozy with an Xmas movie playing during this time of year! This is also a great gift for the friend in your life who is always cold! We all know we have one. Amazon has a lot of highly rated and affordable options you can still get before Xmas. My favorite find was this soft plush robe in light pink and flower. How gorgeous is that print?! Perfect for any girly girl! You could also change it up and go for an after the shower terry cloth robe. To make it more personal consider getting a monogrammed robe.

4. Jade roller - I've heard amazing things about jade rollers and have been dying to try one. They're supposed to help with skin circulation, tightening pores and absorbing negative energy. Gimme gimme! This one has great reviews and is a little more affordable and here is an amazon prime option.

5. A Thing Created - My favorite Etsy shop! The owner, Erisha, is a Seattle based fashion and lifestyle illustrator. All of the items she carries are just to die for. Anything from her shop would be perfect for the stationary obsessed, personalize everything friend in your life. Some of my favorites are her personalized luggage tagstrays, and art prints

6. Lap desk - One of my best friends has a cute, affordable one and a lap desk has been on my wishlist ever since I used hers. Sofia + Sam have some great options like this one or this one. I always love thinking of items that someone never thinks to buy for themselves but would find it really useful and I think this is one of those items.

7. Tech tool roll-up - I've been on the hunt for something to help me keep my cords (computer cord, phone charger, earbuds, etc.) more organized in my work bag and when traveling. I haven't found anything I absolutely love but this leather roll-up organizer from Mark and Graham just might just be a winner! It's a great price point for the quality and FREE monogramming option. Though keep in mind you'll have to choose rush shipping at this point if you want to personalize it. They have so many color options that make it easy to gift to any sex! I personally love the blush, sky blue, and green options.

8. Aux cord - Again, just one of those items someone may never think to get for themselves but would find useful! Unless they have a high tech car :-)


9. Personalized passport holder/luggage tag - Can you tell I am a fan of personalized gifts?! LOL. Mark and Graham have so many great options.

Whats on your wishlist this holiday season? I'd love to hear!


XX,
Ashield



Monday, November 20, 2017

Target Holiday Gift Guide For Her: Under $25


Who says you have to break the bank to gift someone something cute, useful and thoughtful?! After all, it's the thought that counts, right? :) Anyways, I've seen so many gift guides but none of which are at actual budget friendly price points. That said, I've searched high and low on Target to bring you under $25 finds. I focused on versatile and classic items that you can never go wrong gifting your best friend, mom, sister, coworker, you get the idea!

1. Wine Glass Set - Who doesn't love a cute wine glass set?! And you can't go wrong with holiday themed glasses. It's such an easy way to add a decorative element to a gathering.

2. Coffee Mug - This is probably an even safer bet to gift than wine glasses. The best thing is you can always find such cute and affordable ones! My aunt gave me one last year with pictures of my niece and I. It's one of the best gifts I've ever received - thoughtful and I use it all the time. I can't not include this Christmas themed one as well.

3. Statement Earrings - If you didn't know, Baublebar has an affordable line at Target called Sugarfix. How cute are these! They also come in this black and red combo as well. Maybe she's not a statement earring kind of gal? Go with some classic studs.

4. Cozy Cardigan - A cardigan in a classic color is always a great versatile grab-and-go item especially when it's super soft. Note! It does run long but it's seriously so soft that I don't care if it runs a little long on me. It is that cozy.

5. Trinket Tray - This is such a versatile piece that can be used for nicknacks on a desk, next to your sink or vanity for jewelry. Does she have a lot of jewelry? Go for a tiered tray.

6. Oh So Soft Robe - Okay, disclaimer...I know I said under $25 but I tried this on in-stores and couldn't leave it out as a featured item. I'm not sure how I didn't leave the store wearing it.  The fabric is so warm and soft AND it's a great alternative to the pricier Barefoot Dreams robes. Trust me, she'll love it but to stay true to the under $25 theme, here is a robe at a $15 price point :)

7. Candle - I mean can you ever go wrong with gifting someone a candle?! The reviews on the scent are what sold me. Notes of lavendar, rose, white amber, vanilla and musk?! Gimme gimme. It also comes in a larger size.

8. Blanket Scarf - Not only is there versatility with how many ways you can wear a scarf but I love the classic colors of this one. Here is one that's even more classic and one in richer holiday tones

9. Matching PJ Set - As I've gotten older, I've gradually began to trade in old college t-shirts for actual matching sets but still don't want to break the bank doing so. These are such great quality for the price point! Think she'll love a more festive holiday one? Check these out.

10. Face Masks - I can assure you there are better quality masks out there but I love the idea of a small gift to remind someone to make time for themselves. There's also this set that includes a few different masks


Hope some of these items bring you some inspiration for your holiday shopping!


XO,
Ashield 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Easy Spiked Hot Cider Recipe

Happy Saturday!

I made this recipe ages ago for brunch with a friend and thought i'd share! I was assigned beverage duty and decided on this spiced apple cider. I wanted something that paired well with chilly fall weather and this was perfect! Better than your typical brunch mimosa :)

I looked around online at recipes for inspiration but winged it for the most part.

Spiked Hot Apple Cider

Ingredients:
-64 FL ounces of Trader Joe's Spiced Cider
-Jack Daniel's Honey Whiskey
-2 pear
-Cinnamon 
-Nutmeg

Directions:
-Place spiced cider in microwave safe container
-Cut and add a pears into the container
-Warm the cider for ~5 minutes (or heat on the stove on low)
-Add whiskey (we may or may not have poured in a lot. Don't judge me. Adjust the amount to your liking)
-Add cinnamon and nutmeg (adjust the amount to your liking)
-Serve and garnish with a pear slice

              







I've also linked a few tasty looking cider recipes here, here and here!

Let me know if you try any of them :)

Happy sipping!

XO,
Ash


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Off The Shoulder Trend - affordable options under $25

Anyone else loving the off the shoulder trend? One thing I love about this trend is that it's such an easy way to show a little skin without being overexposed.  As the saying goes....less is more!! It's the right amount of fun and flirty! It's also a style that can flatter a wide range of body types. This is a winner in my book.

I bought this shirt back in the Spring from Old Navy. I bought a small and it's still a little too long on me so I tucked the front into my jeans for a more fitted look. FYI Old Navy sizing runs big so size down if you ever buy from there. The shirt i'm wearing is no longer available online (sorry, friends) but I've shared some affordable options below - all under $25!!








How cute is that off the shoulder bow top or the cut out on the back of the gingham top?! It also comes in pink. Happy shopping! 

xo,
Ash




Sunday, June 18, 2017

Loft Summer Dresses On Sale

Happy Sunday!

With temperatures heating up, I am living in my all-time favorite clothing item...DRESSES! I found this adorable summer dress at Loft a few weeks ago and had to share it. It's so comfortable and lightweight (perfect for the summer heat), has polka dots (!!), and a super flattering top overlay. It can easily be dressed up or down. I've already worn mine twice! Once with sandals for a casual summer look and once with wedges for a more polished look for brunch! I bought mine in stores and paid about $30 for it, but it's currently 40% off - still such a steal for less than $40! For reference, I'm 5'3 and bought an XS Petite. Also linked a few other 40% off Loft summer dresses below!










SHOP THIS POST
1. Lace shift dress / 2. Sunflower dress / 3. Cold Shoulder
4. Gingham dress / 5. Striped halter / 6. Chambray dress
Which one is your fave from my picks?! I have my eye on that yellow cutie! ;) Happy shopping and happy Father's Day to all of you celebrating!

xo,
Ash




Monday, February 9, 2015

Weekending (one week later)

Okay I am a week late but I wanted to share some pictures from my weekend in Long Beach. I've been super duper cautious with my new iPhone ( no case yet) so I didn't take as many pictures as I would have liked. Linking up with Meghan and Biana

Weekending

It was my first time flying Southwest and I have to say, still a fan of Jetblue. I found it very odd and chaotic that they don't have assigned seating. My girlfriend who picked me up from the airport decided to take off to Vegas for the night. I was on my own until another friend got off work. Luckily she lives within walking distance from a popular (and yummy) breakfast spot in Long Beach.
Yummy apple sausage egg scramble at Eggs Etc 

I went out that night with some friends to the "hipster" bars on 4th street


Saturday started off on a good note! My best friend and I went kayaking in the Naples Canals.  This is seriously one of my favorite things to do in Long Beach.We may or may not have parked our kayak by a dock to have a little photo shoot.

Saturday evening was my sorority big sisters baby shower no picture :(  

Later into the night, my best friend & drove over to LA for a friends 24th birthday. 

The sad part is on Sunday, a little after the superbowl ended, my new iPhone committed suicide. He fell right out of my back pocket and into a toilet. Let me just tell you, rice does not work. I got veryyy lucky and the apple representative that helped me out let me sign up for apple care with an already damaged phone. We love Louis! Hope you all had a great weekend!

Happy Monday!
Ash

Monday, January 26, 2015

Floral Madness

Happy Monday everyone!

The weather is starting to warm up a bit..I got  little too excited and went for a "spring" like outfit this weekend for a family brunch. I don't know about you but I cannot wait for this week to be over...I am flying to Long Beach Friday morning. Haven't been back since I officially moved out back in August. The getaway is much needed & to say I am excited is an understatement!!! Be sure to connect with me on pinterest & instagram. Thanks for stopping by. 





Cardigan- BB Dakota / Shirt- Nordstrom Rack / Jeans- American Eagle / Shoes- Cosmopolitan / Satchel- Forever 21 

XO,
Ash