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

Thursday, January 15, 2015

No Bake Energy Bites

Happy Thursday everyone!

I wanted to share a no bake energy bite recipe I made awhile ago. I have a huge weakness for anything chocolate, so when I found this recipe I was beyond excited because 1. It's a healthy way to satisfy my sweet tooth and 2. I don't particularly enjoy baking but this recipe is beyond easy. 

Ingredients 
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup almond butter or peanut butter
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/3 honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/3 coconut (optional, I didn't use it)
- dried fruits or nuts (optional, I used walnuts)

- Combine all dry ingredients in bowl, add in wet ingredients and mix it all together. Roll into small balls & refrigerate for an hour.






Quick and easy for those on the go. Enjoy!

XO,
Ash 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

24 Acts of Kindness

I thought i'd post the 24 acts of kindness I performed back in October for my birthday. I think this is something i'll definitely continue to do every year from now on. Its amazing how one small, thoughtful gesture can make someone else's day...

1. Opened the door for someone at Starbucks
2. Let two drivers into my lane
3. Left a coffee paid for at Starbucks
4. Donated a bunch of old stuff to the American Cancer Society's Discovery Shop
5. Put change in a snack vending machine
6. Donated old books to my local library
7. Participated in a 5k breast cancer walk
8. Picked up litter
9. Left quarters on a washing machine
10. Donated old magazines to a local hospital
11. Was generous with compliments
12. Let someone cut in line at the grocery store
13. Made a $10 donation towards my pledge for the 5k
14. Gave someone a hug
15. Payed toll for the car behind me
16. Made a donation to breast cancer research at the grocery store
17. Bought and mailed my best friend a packet of thank you cards
18. Donated canned food to the Salvation Army
19. Donated old board games to a local hospital
20. Offered to baby-sit for my best friend
21. Spent a few minutes on Freerice.com  
22. Wrote a letter to a deployed or wounded member of the military through operation gratitude  
23.  Returned a few shopping carts back to the cart rack
24. Spread the goodness - I let anyone who asked what I did for my birthday know about my acts of kindness pledge. I had a coworker tell me I had inspired her to do it for her own birthday. What made it even sweeter was her mom decided to do it for her birthday as well.

Giving of ourselves is infectious :)

-Ash

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone! I'm linking up with Meet @ the Barre  and Lauren Elizabeth for some Friday Favorites.

Men, Women & Children
I became a huge Ansel Elgort fan after watching The Fault In Our Stars so I was really excited when I found out he was in this movie. I'm personally fascinated by the way we "interact" with people nowadays. Before I go on some long rant on my love hate relationship with technology, I'll just say the movie has no new groundbreaking message. It's about the pitfalls of the internet, specifically social media. It's a little on the depressing side but I still recommend it. And Jennifer Garner did such a great job in it! I love her.

Mushroom Pizza
I recently had this for the first time and I am dying to have it again. It tastes exactly like pizza and its sooo healthy!!! Here is a recipe I found on Pinterest if anyone wants to try it.



Nothing Bunt Cakes
Apparently this franchise is extremely popular in the bay area. Or maybe my family is just obsessed with them. Bottom line, they are AMAZING!!!! Their cakes are always super moist and fluffy and the frosting has just the right amount of sweetness. There is a picture of the two mini bunt cakes my mom got me for my birthday down below...red velvet and chocolate!

Speaking of birthdays...I turned 24 on Monday! I decided to celebrate my birthday this year by doing a Pay It Forward Birthday Pledge. Basically, for however old you're turning you do that many acts of kindness. My last act of kindness is going to be tomorrow. I'm participating in a breast cancer walk. I left fundraising for the last minute (oops)help me reach my goal of $100! if anyone is interested in donating here is the donation link:

http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/MakingStridesAgainstBreastCancer/MSABCCY14CA?px=38804441&pg=personal&fr_id=62748
I'll be sure and post my 24 acts of kindness. Have a wonderful weekend!

xox,
Ash


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