Best Of Madewell Sale...

Happy Thursday! There's an amazing sale at Madewell going on right now; an extra 30% off all sale items with the code: GOODLOOKS.

Here are some of my favorite items on sale! Hurry, they're going super fast!

xx, Ashley 

Neutrals...

Happy Tuesday! 

I'm so excited for my mom to get here and stay with us for a few days. We always LOVE when she comes and Lolo gets especially amped up to show Grammy all of her new tricks ;) I had fun putting this little collage together because I love neutrals so much. Beige, cream, tan, nude...so pretty any time of year! The pieces below are super affordable too! Click the pink icon to shop each individual item! Thanks for stopping by!

 

xx, Ashley 

Fall Fun + Mud Pie Market...

 
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October is such a fun month! I love the chilly Fall weather creeping in, pumpkin everything, hot chocolate, colorful leaves and layering up! Last week we took Lo to Wilson Farm in Lexington for a little fun in the corn maze and of course, to take some cute Fall pics :) We indulged in some apple crisp samples and mulled around the property because it's just so perfectly decorated for the season. Naturally we had to pick up some apple cider donuts to bring home because, what's more "fall" than that and we grabbed some "carving" tools! Now we just need to get the pumpkins ;)  

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I wanted to share 5 ways you can celebrate the season! Here they are...

1. Visit a pumpkin patch! Pick out the perfect one to carve; your kids will love to scoop out the pumpkin seeds/guts because...MESS!

2. Bake something homemade together! Apple crisp is always a must but you could also make pumpkin-shaped sugar cookies and decorate with frosting! 

3. Give your pumpkin a bath. We did this a few weeks ago with London and her friend and they absolutely loved it! We actually had them paint the pumpkin first with finger paints then do the bath - which worked well! 

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4. Make a pine cone bird feeder! I remember doing this in school when I was little and it was so much fun! I haven't done this with London yet but it's on our Fall "to-do" list.

5. Go on a "leaf hunt" for a fun project. Collect leaves then bring them home to paint! You could also make a "leaf wreath" by cutting the circle/middle out of a paper plate and glueing leaves around the outside!

 

Below you can see photos from our fun Friday at Wilson Farm!

Also, my entire outfit (except for the boots + purse) is from Mud Pie Market! I wanted to share it with you guys because it's super affordable and not only do they have really cute and fashionable choices for women - they also have adorable kids clothing! I snagged a few things for Lo! They have a whole "seasonal" section for each holiday which I really love. Definitely check out their home goods items - they have everything; decor, mugs, pillows, linens, frames and more! Let me just mention that the leggings I'm wearing are suede with an elastic waist (score) and super soft + comfy (under $20 on sale!) The tunic pictured, I highly recommend because the length is great for wearing with leggings also it's 60% off right now and just $14! Yes, $14 ... basically free :)

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My Outfit: Leggings / Tunic / Vest: Mud Pie Market | Boots: Hunter | Purse: The Initial Co.

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Thank you for stopping by! 

xx,  Ashley 

 

This post is brought to you by Mud Pie Market. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Apple Crisp Recipe...

 
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I love love LOVE apple crisp; it's the perfect dessert for Fall. Our friends brought us a box full of apples so I decided to put them to good use :) I use the recipe from AllRecipes.com and tweak it just a bit. It usually takes me 15 minutes to prep and 40 (ish) minutes to cook! 

Here's what you do:

- 8 apples peeled + sliced

- 2 T white sugar

- 1/2 tsp cinnamon

* Mix together 8 apples, peeled + sliced with 2 T white sugar + 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Pour into 9-inch greased pan.

- 1 cup brown sugar

- 3/4 cup oats (I use quick oats)

- 3/4 cup flour

- 1 tsp cinnamon

- 1/2 cold butter

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix brown sugar, oats, flour, cinnamon together then cut in butter with a fork. The oats mixture should be a crumble. Spread over the apples evenly and bake for 40 minutes until golden brown and sides are bubbling.

xx, Ashley 

 

 

Budget-Friendly Fall Boots...

Living in New England has so many perks and one of those is being able to enjoy all four seasons! Fall is one of my favorites. I love the coziness of it all; hot cocoa, crockpot meals, pumpkin everything, apple spiced candles, and the FASHION. Accessorizing with scarves, layering with jackets, and cuffing your jeans to go with your perfect Fall boots :) Today, I'm sharing some boots/ankle booties! Every single pair of boots I'm sharing are under $100! (Happy dance!)

I hope you enjoy ... thanks for stopping by! 

xx, Ashley 

Columbus Day Weekend Sales Roundup...

Happy Weekend! 

There are lots of amazing sales going on in honor of Columbus Day so I'm sharing some of my favorite items as well as a little roundup of each brand's discount! I hope you all have an incredible long weekend! 

Sales Happening Now...

Neiman Marcus: 25% off Fall essentials with code: CHICWEEK through Oct. 9

H&M: up to 60% off select styles

Rebecca Taylor: Extra 25% off with code: 25FAMILY 

Macys: Extra 20% off with code: STYLE

Lord & Taylor: Extra 25% off with code: COLUMBUS

Saks Fifth Avenue: Up to 25% off select items

Ann Taylor Loft: Extra 40% off sale items

Rag & Bone: Extra 25% off with code: PRIVATE25

Pottery Barn: Extra 20% off with code: FRIENDS

 

xx, Ashley 

Fall Wishlist...

I'm literally SO HAPPY it's Friday. I needed the weekend in the worst way - since I've spent half of the week battling an awesome infection on my tonsil! Yep...tonsil - just the left one decided to act out! Goodness, mamas don't have time to be sick, am I right?! 

Anyway - I haven't been able to work on a ton of new content this week but I did want to share my updated "Fall Wishlist" because I literally love EVERYTHING on the list. Some of the stuff I have actually purchased, but I think it should be on your wish list so I'm sharing it with you as well :) Happy shopping - and I hope you have a wonderful weekend! 

xx, Ashley 

Coats + Jackets Of The Season...

 
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My Outfit: Jacket: Kenneth Cole, similar here and here | Plaid top: BP | Striped Tee: BP (under $20!) | Leggings: BP (under $20 and not see through!) | Boots: HM ($24.99)

Hi all! Today I'm sharing some of my favorite coats + jackets of the season, and most are on sale! For fall, I love a good military-inspired jacket like the one I'm wearing above. (I love this one from Madewell and Levi's makes a cute one which is on sale and under $100! It's so easy to layer with. It's also the perfect time to rock your favorite denim jackets. The one I purchased from Topshop during the Nordstrom sale has been on repeat in my wardrobe. It literally goes with everything...especially leggings which I love to rock! Bright and bold colored jackets are also on trend this season! Christmas will be here before we know it so it may bode well to snag a bold red coat now that you can enjoy through the winter season as well! 

I've linked more coats + jackets below for you to shop ... I hope your week is off to a great start :) 

5-Minute Makeup Routine...

 
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Happy Monday! 

I just did a little make up re-vamp and am super excited about the new products I'm using so I wanted to share! It's always fun to purge old make up and start fresh! For me, I needed to find a new liquid foundation and under eye concealer. I ran into Sephora and in true mom fashion, told the make up specialist that I had 10 minutes to find what I needed. I was running around like a crazy person, but was able to find everything (foundation, concealer, Anastasia brow wiz, and even the make up remover) that I love!

I also wanted to let you guys know - I put on "my face" in 4 mins 36 seconds. Yes, I timed it. I just DON'T have a lot of time to spend putting on make up in the morning so I wanted to share a little routine that you can do in less than five minutes. It's the perfect amount for day time, whether you're heading to work or "momming" ... it accommodates both :)

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Here's what I do:

1. Wash face + moisturize. I use Cetaphil wash with the moisturizer, then I apply my under eye cream, which is by an all-natural line called Puristry, sold at Anthropologie. I LOVE it. 

2. Under eye concealer: Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. This is a new product I've been using and I love it! It brightens under my eye and has nice coverage for those dark circles and bags! 

3. Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion liquid foundation or my bareMinerals matte loose powder foundation, depending on the amount of coverage I want. I've been using Bare Minerals for a few years now and it's what I wear the most for a natural, every day look. If I'm going on a date night for example, I'll use my Laura Mercier liquid foundation, which is also a new product as of a month ago - that I love! It doesn't leave my skin oily and goes on smooth. (I use my Sephora Collection PRO Airbrush for application)

4. Eyeliner (optional). I don't always wear liner ... but when I do I use my brown MAC twist liner! I always line the top and the bottom lashes. 

5. Mascara. I've been using L'Oreal Paris Voluminous black mascara for years now, and that won't ever change. Not only is it inexpensive, but I think it's the best out there! I've tried Dior Black, Tarte, Sephora Collection, and a few others...only to come back to L'Oreal. It's the best! 

6. Brows. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz is amazing! It has a brush on one end and liner on the other. It's a "must-have" product in my opinion! 

7. Cheeks. Another Nars product that I use is the Nars Highlighting Blush for the apples of my cheeks. I like the color for any season. 

8. Lips. I have SO many go-to's but my favorite for day time has to be the Sephora Long-Lasting Cream Lip Stain, #40 "Pink Tea!" It's the perfect nude color that's understated yet makes your lips pop! I also just got #13 "marvelous mauve" which I love and the "Always Red" which is perfect for evening! If you're looking for a bold matte lipstick perfect for Fall, Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Color in "Devotion" is amazing. 

Please comment below if you have any questions on any of the products I use or my routine! 

xx, Ashley 

Red Fall Trend...

I really love the bold red color trend we're seeing this Fall. If you're not into the bright crimson red, a more understated maroon could be the perfect fit for you! Looking at images from NYFW, there were a lot of "head to toe" crimson looks. Personally, that's a bit much for me BUT I do love specific pieces in red like a fun, fiery blouse paired with a red lip or incorporating the color as an accessory in the form of a handbag. (Side note: my favorite long-lasting lip stain is "Always Red" by Sephora). 

If you're interested in the shirt I'm wearing below I've linked it here. It's just $10 and it's pretty perfect for fall. Loose + comfortable, but the ruffle detail at the bottom dresses it up. I'm wearing a size small for reference! 

I'm also sharing other red pieces from Nordstrom that are some of my faves right now! Happy Friday + happy shopping!

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xx, Ashley 

potty training tips + tricks...

 
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Nothing like posting about Fall fashion trends one day and potty training the next :) I mean...quintessential #momlife situation right?! So glam! Anyway, I've had a few messages about sharing our tricks and tips on potty training, so I thought I'd post them here! I'll just add a little disclaimer that I have ONE child and this is my first time ever doing this so...I AM NOT AN EXPERT. I simply want to share what worked for us in hopes that it can help you if you're currently trying to potty train or plan to in the weeks/months to come! 

We are about 3 weeks in and, dare I say out loud, we have a potty trained 26 month old (during the day!) I'm one happy mama and I think Lo is pretty proud of herself too! When we were thinking of starting the process, our friends let us borrow the book "Oh Crap! Potty Training." If you haven't heard of it - I HIGHLY recommend grabbing a copy. You can find it on Amazon here. This was our go-to resource and we followed the "blocks" pretty closely. It's a lengthy book but I loved that because it's thorough. I NEED thorough. I also loved that the whole premise of this process is to speed it up ... I did NOT want to be potty training for months, and this book definitely helps you achieve this! 

Here are a few tips that I found worked for us in conjunction with the book!

1. Leading up to potty training, start having your kids help with the "getting dressed" process. This will help immensely when they have to manipulate their clothes on and off to use the potty on their own. 

2. Don't introduce the potty until the DAY you want to start potty training. If you leave it out, it becomes "just another toy" scattered around the room. If you take it out and make a big deal about it - chances are your kid will think it's pretty cool too. 

3. If timing works out, potty train in the warmer months to avoid layers. Since the book suggests (or really, requires) your child going commando, it's a lot easier for them to be commando in shorts or a dress, then thick pants. 

4. Speaking of shorts/pants...buy a few pair with elastic waistbands that are easy to pull up and down. 

5. Carve out a long weekend where you and your spouse can tackle the first few exhausting days together. Plan fun activities to do indoors and make it exciting! 

6. At the beginning, we put a potty in the living room, dining room (where Lo's toys also are) and in the bathroom upstairs. It sounds silly but I wanted to make sure that Lo had the opportunity to go ON HER OWN when the time came. We also keep a potty in the car ... which is a LIFESAVER.

7. On the travel potty subject, BUY A POTETTE. This is seriously the best $15 I've spent all year :) It fits in your diaper bag and you can take it with you EVERYWHERE. It gives you piece of mind when it comes time to leave the house! Here is a photo of us out on a walk and nature called...thank goodness for the potette ;) 

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When we started, Lo did AMAZING the first week. She was catching on so quickly and we had very few accidents. Then for a couple of days everything went to CRAP (literally). I was getting really frustrated, but the book warns you of a little regression/push back, so we powered through. Lo started self-initiating shortly after a.k.a. using the potty on her own and by two weeks she was consistently self-initiating at home. Now, by week three, she verbally tells me when she has to go or just goes on her own. She even tells me when we are out and about ... which is when I rush her to the bathroom and we either use the potette or the regular toilet of a public restroom. At first, it seems so stressful like "how am I ever going to leave the house again?!" but just like everything else, you get the hang of it and it becomes second nature. I remember reading in the book that potty training should feel like work for the parent, but not for the child. I tried to keep that in mind and make it a fun experience! We also weren't above using m&m's as a fun reward when she self initiated...and I think that helped too :)

Overall, we are SO happy to have a potty trained babe! Please comment below if you have any questions and I'll do my best to answer with what little experience I have ;) 

xx, Ashley 

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6 Fall Trends...

1. Frills and Ruffles

Love love love all the frills and girly things. Ruffles on the shoulders, around the neckline, and even on jackets were big this spring and it's carried right into the fall. I mostly wear leggings and tank tops every day - but when I get the chance to dress up, I tend to go for feminine pieces so I'm super excited this trend is here to stay! 

2. Blazers

I feel like every photo from New York Fashion Week was a different girl wearing a blazer. This is definitely the "it" trend of the season. I'm seeing a lot of plaids and HELLO shoulder pads! The boxy shape is totally in. I do kind of love the idea of adding a blazer on top of a casual white tee for an effortless look...so I've added a few below that I think would compliment that!

3. Velvet

It's baaaccckkk! I wish I made my Mom save all of her velvet shirts and dresses from back in the day because I'm seeing it everywhere! I haven't hopped on board this train yet, but it's definitely intriguing. I like how I see some of my blogger friends styling their pieces, I'm just not sure I can get down with it - but we'll see :) Regardless, I wanted to share some that I think are cute...and yes, velvet booties are "all the rage" right now :)

4. Athleisure

Athleisure...never EVER leave me. Like, ever. Seriously though, I LOVE THIS TREND SO MUCH (yes, that's me yelling!) Any moms out there wanna give an "Amen?" Any brand that can make sweats look cute and in style - sign me up. I think Adidas kind of trumps every other brand in this category, but I've included a few others for you to check out that I think you'll like! 

5. Florals

I remember covering florals a lot in the spring and even some last fall - but I'm not mad about this trend sticking around! I think florals are super fun and flirty - I'm totally a fan. The midi dress below is one of my faves and looks so cute paired with the velvet booties!

6. Statement Sweatshirts

Let's be honest...I'm most excited about this trend and the athleisure-wear for Fall because #MOMLIFE. I love embellished sweatshirts that are comfortable but can also make you look like you tried a little bit :) That's right in my wheelhouse! I'm such a lazy dresser every day...I just am. I prefer to be comfortable chasing after London and being able to play/get messy with her without worrying about my outfit. Statement sweatshirts are perfect for every day if you want to feel like you tried :)

xx, Ashley 

Blush...

In LOVE with this color always ... but especially in the new Fall pieces for this season. A few of my faves are below ... like this mock-neck sweater with the perfect bell sleeves (which is under $40!) and this STUNNING trench coat, under $150! You can also rock this coat in the spring as well! My little "splurge" of the season, may have to be this embellished crossbody ... isn't it gorgeous? Seriously. It's under $200, which I feel is a pretty great price from a statement piece like this!

Check out my captions below each photo and click to shop directly! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

xx, Ashley 

  

Kokadjo, Maine Getaway...

A few weeks ago we snuck away to spend time at my parents camp in Kokadjo, Maine. It's such a peaceful setting and since there isn't any cell service where we are, we have no choice but to unplug and just enjoy each other's company :) As soon as we start the drive, it's like I instantly relax and take a breath. I love going through each sleepy town on our way there, sometimes stopping at our favorite spot in Monson, Spring Creek BBQ. Passing through Greenville my anticipation begins to mount as I know it's not long until we are to our destination. "Camp" (which is more like a house now since my parents have expanded it and added electricity, running water, etc) instantly makes me want to change into sweats, put on a trucker hat and "rough it" without a care in the world. We love to pile into the back of my dad's pick up and ride around to see if we can spot a moose. Of course, we're guaranteed to see lots of wildlife, but catching a moose is the real treat :) My sweet mother always has LOTS of candy and treats waiting, plus everything needed to make s'mores (which we always do). This time, we brought the Sound of Music by London's request so we could have a movie night. So fun! Now that she's getting older, she loves to explore all that nature has to offer - and there's  A LOT up there! My parents also had a swing built for her with the best view of the lake and the mountains. She's the luckiest girl in the world - so spoiled! 

I took a few photos and wanted to share them with you all! Thanks for stopping by! 

xx, Ashley 

Fall Basics...

Happy Monday! 

I hope everyone had a great weekend! My parents were here visiting so we had fun exploring the city with them. We brought them to the Public Market on Saturday morning and ate WAY too much...London was in donut heaven and I was in coffee heaven (they have my new favorite, George Howell!) 

Yesterday I worked on this post for you guys with Fall basics/staples in each category. All of the items are reasonably priced - so happy shopping! 

Tops

Bottoms

Jackets

Slides

Boots

Accessories 

Thanks for stopping by! 

xx, Ashley 

Fall Date Night Outfit Ideas...

 
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My Outfit: Poncho: BP (Under $40!)| Leggings: BP | Booties: BP (Under $90 + so comfy!)

One thing I love about Fall and the cooler weather is NOT BEING SWEATY. Just kidding. I mean, I DO love that - but I also love LAYERING. It's so fun to dress up an outfit with items like cropped jackets, cardigans, tall boots, etc. 

My husband got this poncho for me last year and I love it! It's perfect for Fall when you don't quite yet need a jacket! The best part ... it's under $40 and perfect to layer over a long sleeve (here is one under $20!) tucked in! The booties I'm wearing from BP were $99, and they've been marked down $10 since I purchased them last month! They are super comfortable but I would go a half size up (or full size if you like to wear thicker socks)! I'm normally a size 8, and I ordered an 8.5M, and they were perfect! 

Below I've linked more items that would be perfect for any Fall date, casual and dressy! Check them out and read my captions :)

Thank you for stopping by!

xx, Ashley 

Fun In The Sun...

 

We had so much fun on our vacation that I have the serious blues! We were away from home for almost 2 weeks - and just had such a wonderful time. The weather has been beautiful here - last week we had a few 80 degree days and today is going to be 85! I'll take all the warmth we can get before Fall/Winter kicks into high gear! Even though chilly weather is just around the corner, this swim cover-up is inexpensive enough to buy now for your winter vacation or even next summer's beach trips! It's just $17, and I love it so much. When London saw me wearing it she said "Mumma, you're getting married!" Too cute! 

I hope you all have a great Tuesday! Thanks for stopping by! 

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xx, Ashley 

Fall Sweaters Under $50...

Happy Monday! 

I hope everyone had an amazing weekend! We made it through week one of potty training in our house (which I'll save for a whole other post), but so far so good! We seem to be out of diapers for good - and no turning back now :) Yay! 

Today is all about sweaters because it feels like FALL officially! The chilly mornings have me pretty excited! There are some great sales on Nordstrom right now - so I wanted to share some of my favorites under $50! A lot of them are even under $40! Amazing, right?! Enjoy shopping below! I'm having a hard time not scooping them all up! Thanks for stopping by!

xx, Ashley 

"Fall-Approved" Athleisure Wear...

Last week we spent time in Maine and discovered the cutest bakery with the yummiest bagels and muffins I've ever had! They also had pretty amazing cookies that were about the size of my face! If you plan to visit the Portland area in the coming weeks, make sure Scratch Bakery Co. is on your list of "must-visits!" Thank goodness I wore my stretchy pants too - I needed all the extra room I could get :) You can shop my $12 joggers here (they run small, so size up! I'm wearing a medium!) I also shared some more "Fall-approved" athleisure wear below! Enjoy!

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My Outfit: Pants: Shein (only $12!) | Jacket: Topshop | Shirt: Lush | Sandals: Dolce Vita, similar here | Sunglasses: RayBan

 

xx, Ashley 

Cape Elizabeth, Maine...

 
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My family and I decided to spend our vacation in the place we love so much...MAINE. Chris and I have vacationed in Maine the past 7 years (could be more? Too lazy to do the math) ...but the moral of the story is, we just can't get enough of it. We typically go to Kennebunkport and stay at a hotel or bed & breakfast, but we decided to rent a house this year!

We have never used Airbnb but have always heard great things about it from friends and family who have! I started sifting through properties throughout Southern Maine everywhere from Kennebunkport to Ogunquit to York, Wells, etc. I happened upon a Cape Elizabeth beach house and immediately fell in love. The reviews showed that guests absolutely loved the home (which has been recently renovated) and that it was a perfect location in reference to the beach. It was also 3-bedrooms which was the perfect size for our little family! We were so excited it was available to book! 

When we arrived there were fresh flowers on the table, a bottle of wine chilling in the fridge and ground coffee from C Salt ready to be brewed. Such a warm welcome! The decor was very "beachy" and modern, with a big farmhouse-style sink, floating shelves, and the prettiest shade of green cabinets in the kitchen that caught my eye! We simply loved every little touch! Of course, London immediately wanted to check out the beach - which was just a short walk. Thankfully, the home owners provided us with the cutest wagon to cart everything down! It was really such a perfect set-up. I had never been to Crescent Beach so I was excited to check it out! It's pretty perfect for little ones because it's so calm, being that it's a cove. There are tons of rocks, which could have kept Lo busy for hours - she loved to throw them and also collect them in her bucket. Kettle Cove is another small beach area where we took Lo to search the seaweed for crabs! 

Not only was the location of the home so close to the beach, but it was also close to Portland, where we had planned to take the 15-minute ferry ride to Peaks Island. We rented a golf cart and were able to get around the whole island in just an hour - even making a few stops to see where my husband attended elementary school and the home that he grew up in! It was so much fun to share it with London, and she absolutely loved bombing around on the golf cart! 

We were able to have a few friends and family members over to check out our little beach home and spend quality time with us which was really special. It's definitely a place we can't wait to return to and build more memories together! I wanted to share some photos with you - and if you're interested in checking out the home further, you can click here!

Thanks for stopping by!

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xx, Ashley