Cold Weather Accessories...

Happy Monday! 

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We FINALLY decorated our tree yesterday after waiting a week! Lo had so much fun putting the ornaments on, but the highlight was when she got to add the star on top. She absolutely LOVED it :) We are fully into December now and only 21 days until Christmas! Ahhh! It's such an exciting (and COLD) time of year! Today I'm sharing cold-weather gift ideas like hats, scarves, mittens, etc.! I need to step up my scarf game...so I had fun putting this together and adding a few to my own wish list! I love this plaid reversible scarf by BP and it's only $26! I also love this one, under $25 which would look really cute with any tan, beige or brown jacket/coat or vest!

Here are more ideas for you to snag a gift for yourself or someone you love :) Enjoy! 

xx, Ashley 

Gifts For The Traveler...

Is there someone in your life (could be you!) that LOVES to travel, book staycations or fab vacations?! This post is for those with a traveling heart! I loved rounding up things for this collage - it got me excited for a few trips we have planned this Spring! A gift that could be really fun for someone who likes to travel is this life planner by Erin Condren! She also sells things like the "on the Go! travel checklist" and luggage identification tags! There's something for everyone there so I thought it was worth mentioning! 

I wanted to highlight a few things in the graphic below! This camera is currently on major sale and under $100! I really LOVE this duffle by Sole Society! We actually got a bag similar to this one for London and it's so great for 2-3 day trips or as an overnight bag! I also thought these Ugg fleece lined socks ($40) were pretty perfect for sticking in your carry on! If you're planning to book a long flight - you can get comfy in these, and of course - don't forget an eye mask! This one is adorable! There's more below! Enjoy :) 

xx, Ashley 

Cyber Monday Picks...

Here are a few of my favorite items from today's sales! Nordstrom is marking 20% off sale items, Gap/Banana Republic/Old Navy are all 50% off, Express is 50% off and J.Crew is taking 40% off with the code: SHOPFAST! 

You can shop any of my picks below by clicking directly on the item! Happy shopping and HURRY because things are selling out! 

xx, Ashley 

CYBER WEEK SALES...LET'S GO!

The week when ALL THE SALES happen is here! It's a little (ok, A LOT) overwhelming ... but don't worry - we GOT this! I'm going to round up all of the sales in ONE place so you can be on the lookout for the best deals! I recommend making a list of your "must haves" and checking those out first! I'll be posting some of my favorite items on sale all week on Instagram stories, so follow me and stay up to date! Also...check back here where I'll be updating my page as more sales pop up! 

If you need some inspiration, check out my holiday gift guides: for her, for him, winter coats + jackets, all things cozy, stocking stuffers for her, holiday dresses under $100, and more under my "Holiday Shopping" tab! 

Nordstrom: Markdowns on selected items AND they will price match! If you find something on sale elsewhere, ask them to match the price! (I love shopping here because FREE SHIPPING!)

Express: 50% off everything plus free shipping!

Madewell: 25% off your purchase with code: DONTSTRESS

Asos: 30% off everything with code: EPIC30

Urban Outfitters: Black Friday Preview (11/22), up to 40% off

H&M: 20% off everything, including sales items

J.Crew: 40% off with the code: THANKU

BaubleBar: 30% off with code YAY30

Target:  Multiple discounts on home goods, clothing and decor!

Ann Taylor: 50% off everything with code: THANKFUL (11/22-11/24)

Nike

Sephora: Up to 50% off!

Free People:

Kate Spade: 30 % off everything with code: GIVEJOY

Ugg: Up to 30% off

Vince Camuto: 40% off with the code: EARLY40

Sam Edelman: 30% off site wide with code: SAMSGIVING

The North Face: Up to 25% off

Pottery Barn: 30% off decorating items! Jazz up your home for the holidays!

Wayfair: Up to 80% off! That's INSANELY amazing! I wish I had a new home to decorate ;) 

Anthropologie: Extra 25% off new styles

Dolce Vita: Up to 60% off + an additional 25% off sale items with code: BLKFRI20

Steve Madden: Buy one, get one 70% with code: MERRY

 

xx,  Ashley

Holiday Dresses Under $100...

 

'Tis the season for holiday gatherings! Personally, the parties I go to usually start at 3pm and I'm wearing casual clothes...BUT I know a lot of you are way cooler than me so I'm sharing holiday dresses perfect for a night out, work Christmas party, family Christmas party, etc! Nordstrom is usually my go-to but Express has a lot of great dresses right now too, and on major sale! These are all under $100...but you may want to wait a few days to see if Black Friday gives you an even better discount! 

At least you can put some on your "wish list" to check out when the sales hit! Enjoy and happy shopping :)

 
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6. Cutout choker sweater dress (under $50!) // 7. Red wrap detail // 8. Sequin t-shirt dress (perfect holiday party dress!) // 9. Ruffle trim velvet (how great is this color?!) // 10. Knotted strapless (This is my personal fave!)

 

xx, Ashley 

Spreading The Love with Cuties + DIY Recipe For Kids...

 
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After getting hit with Daylight Savings Time a few weeks ago and dealing with a 4:30pm sunset...it's been a month of transitions for all of us! I tend to dread this stretch of time when it's dark early and so cold in New England we can see our breath...BUT this year, I'm looking forward to planning more indoor projects and getting creative with my little one! One thing we love to do together is bake/cook! It's fun for me to come up with tasty and healthy snack ideas...then watch her enjoy them! When thinking of two things that London loves...fruit + chocolate came to mind. I mean, you gotta have balance, right?! :) She LOVES citrus-y (is that a word?!) things...so when I saw that CUTIES were back in stores I couldn't help myself and bought a 5-lb box! We will DEFINITELY be eating madarins for days, but maybe it'll bring a little sunshine to the chilly days ahead! Either way, we are excited! 

Combining Cuties + chocolate just seemed like the BEST IDEA EVER so that's what we did...we made "chocolate covered Cuties" and Lo absolutely LOVED it! Because Cuties are small and easy to peel, she was able to help me make them too which was part of the fun! (You can find the recipe below!)

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Also, side note, they're a great "on the go" snack to grab as you're heading out the door! I like to keep one in my backpack at all times, in case Lo gets hungry and needs something quick! I mean, Moms love that they're healthy + portable...and I think the kids love that they taste sweet! Win for all :) While we're on the topic of food...It's been difficult to get Lo to sit long enough to enjoy a full meal. She loves to snack and "pick" but I really want to keep the habit of having breakfast, lunch and dinner together at the table because it's such a special time! I've started to think "outside the box" and come up with different ways to make meals FUN! The other day, I made her a special "lion" pancake using our Cuties - and her face lit up when she saw it! It's super easy to make and a creative way to start the day! She loved it!

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Easy, sharable snack that all kids love...

I'm always scheduling playdates for London with her little buddies...and there's always some sort of sharing of food that goes on. It's pretty heartwarming to watch them interact and see how they're learning about the power of giving. Cuties are such an easy, sharable snack and certainly one that Lo considers "fun" to share with her friend Zach! How adorable are these two? They totally loved having a snack together and Lo even peeled it for Z! So sweet! Grab some Cuties for your "cutie" at a location near you

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Here's what you'll need for the fun Chocolate Cuties snack...

- 6 Cuties peeled and segmented

- Melted chocolate (You can literally melt chocolate chips or a candy bar in the microwave)

- Sea salt to sprinkle (optional)

- Parchment paper

Directions: Dip half of the clementine in the melted chocolate then place on the parchment paper. Continue and line all side by side. Place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes then serve!

 

xx, Ashley

 

This post is sponsored by Cuties. As always, all thoughts, opinions are my own. 

Holiday Gift Guide: For Her...

xx, Ashley 

'Tis The Season: Holiday Gifting With Rue La La...

 
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My favorite time of year is HERE! Ahh!! Nothing gets me more excited than making my holiday shopping list and treating myself to a few goodies as well! I start jotting down gift ideas pretty early (like, September early)! As soon as I think of something I add it to the "notes" section on my phone so I don't forget. I also love to pick up little things leading up to December like candles, coffee mugs, hand cream, and other little stocking stuffers, so I'm not doing it all at once or at the last minute!

I'm shopping for SO many different people this year: my husband, London (our 2 year-old daughter), my parents, nieces/nephew, in-laws etc., so finding a one-stop-shop for EVERYTHING I need is key to my holiday shopping experience. Because trust me, It's an EXPERIENCE (but I love every second of it!) With so many people to shop for, not to mention a variety of ages and personalities to consider ... I'm always creating a holiday shopping wish list through Rue La La. I've been a member for years now and they have amazing deals, but during the holiday season you can find gifts for her, him, and for your home at up to 70% off! The brands featured on their site are some of the most-desired brands out there ... which makes me even more excited to shop for my loved ones and to also treat myself to something sparkly :) 

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Ok, so THIS YEAR...I'm super excited because Rue La La has holiday-themed boutiques popping up all season, but the first is all about PERSONALITIES! How cute is that?! You can literally curate your shopping bag to match each person on your list! Is your husband into dressing to impress? Shop gifts for the "Dapper Dude", complete with perfectly tailored suits, designer watches, dress shirts, sweaters and more! Is there a fashionista in your family (maybe it's you?!) "Fashion Fanatic" has handpicked presents perfect for a woman who likes to make a statement! This adorable A-line dress is perfect for the holidays and one of my favorites on the list! And don't worry if you're looking for something outside of the fashion categories..home decor, gifts for kids and even your pets are included as well; you can shop it all in one place! 

   You can shop the gloves here! Both of these gifts are part of "Gifts by Personality" boutique!

   You can shop the gloves here! Both of these gifts are part of "Gifts by Personality" boutique!

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I wanted to share a few more of the "personality" categories...with my favorite items from each...because they are just too good! 

Gifts For The...

Luxe Loyalist

              Ponchos are my favorite! Love this one!

              Ponchos are my favorite! Love this one!

                                  The perfect bangle!

                                  The perfect bangle!

           Treat yourself to these gorgeous leather loafers!

           Treat yourself to these gorgeous leather loafers!


Fashion Fanatic

                      Cashmere holiday sweater!

                      Cashmere holiday sweater!

              Gorgeous rose gold and under $200! 

              Gorgeous rose gold and under $200! 

                I have these leather gloves; they're amazing! 

                I have these leather gloves; they're amazing! 


Active Enthusiast

              Built in sports bra! Love the color too!

              Built in sports bra! Love the color too!

                  Running shoes make a great holiday gift!

                  Running shoes make a great holiday gift!

                                  High-rise leggings!

                                  High-rise leggings!


Home

                             Love the hammered design!

                             Love the hammered design!

                        Candles are always a great idea!

                        Candles are always a great idea!

                        The most adorable cheese knives!

                        The most adorable cheese knives!


You can check out Rue La La's holiday gifts all season long by shopping here .... All you need to do to become a member is provide an email address and password to take advantage of their amazing deals. I'm so excited to kick off my favorite time of the year with them + find some incredible gifts! 

Thank you for stopping by! Have an amazing day!

xx, Ashley

 

 

This post is sponsored by Rue La La. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Holiday Gift Guide: Winter Coats + Jackets...

I'm totally in the market for a new jacket this year! I'd love a super long one like the Cole Haan quilted coat because I like to get outside with London year round, even in the FREEZING COLD snow. I also think I want to invest in a dressier faux fur jacket for the holidays! I love this Vince Camuto coat because the color is AMAZING , but I also like this tan colored jacket by Kenneth Cole on sale for under $100! There are so many coats and jackets on sale right now and since they make for a PERFECT holiday gift...I thought I'd share some favorites from motos to parkas and peacoats...there's something for everyone! 

Make sure you check out my other gift guide, "For Your Guy" and "Comfy Cozy!"

Thank you for stopping by! 

xx, Ashley 

Holiday Gift Guide: Comfy Cozies...

Happy Monday! 

Today I'm sharing all of the comfy cozy gifts you need for the pajama lovers in your life! I LOVE pajama sets...and I especially love HOLIDAY ones :) It's hard for me to not buy every single one! I am sharing robes and slippers also! One of most popular items from last holiday season was this nightshirt from Nordstrom ... and it's currently on sale! I just got it in the mail and the material is SO soft and comfortable! I forgot to add it to my collage below...so I wanted to mention it here :) 

You can shop other "gifts for her" under the Holiday Shopping tab above! Also, keep your eyes open for my next gift guide coming later this week: Winter Coats + Jackets! Happy shopping! 

xx, Ashley 

Gifts For The Fitness Buff...

This is always one of my favorite gift guides to put together because I LOVE activewear and sneakers! Nordstrom has some of the best brands so I've rounded up these items from there! I don't have a pair, but I've heard that Zella leggings are pretty amazing! I really like this high-waisted pair and the color is different too! They're actually less expensive then most Nike or Adidas leggings too - so may be worth the try! Also, it seems like Champion is making a comeback, (I added this tangerine sweatshirt to the collage below) and I kind of love it! They have really cute sweatshirts, both crewneck and hoodies and matching joggers

If you've got someone in your life who LOVES the gym or basically considers activewear as their daily uniform (I'm raising my hand) ... then shop below for some great gift ideas! 

Thanks for stopping by!

xx, Ashley 

Holiday Gift Guide: For Your Guy...

This is my first (of many) holiday gift guide posts! I wanted to do this a little more in advance for you guys this year - so you can make your shopping lists in preparation for Black Friday! It's such a fun time of year and I LOVE shopping/spoiling my hubby, so I made this list with him in mind! There are sweaters, fitted dress shirts, jackets, accessories, boots, athletic gear and more!

 You can also click here to shop more Gifts for Him including stocking stuffer ideas! Thank you for stopping by and HAVE FUN!

xx, Ashley 

5 Brands I Love For Fall...

Happy hump day! I'm pretty pumped because my parents are visiting tomorrow for a few days! I have a blog event to attend in the evening and then my husband has his first basketball game of the season Friday night! He actually has TWO games this weekend! It's going to be busy but SO fun to be with family and kick off Chris's 4th season at Northeastern! Anyway...back to why we're really here... ;) 

There's a MAJOR Fall sale happening on Nordstrom through November 12th! I wanted to share my 5 favorite Fall brands to shop along with my 10 top items from each! I love each of these for different reasons! Click on any product to shop directly! Have fun ;) 

Madewell

 

Calson

 

BP

 

Vince Camuto

 

Halogen

xx, Ashley 

Thanksgiving: Gifts For The Host or Hostess...

Tis' the season of gift-giving! My favorite time of year and it all kicks off on Thanksgiving ... when you (hopefully) will bring a small token to show your appreciation to the host/hostess! It's never nice to show up to someone's home empty handed ... especially if you are about to feast on delicious food that they have prepared for you. 

So, today I'm sharing a few things that would make perfect host/hostess gifts! Of course, there's always the go-to - a bottle of wine - but if that's been done before, here are some gift ideas! Enjoy!

 

xx, Ashley 

Best Of Nordstrom Fall Sale...

The Nordstrom Fall sale has me like...AHHHH! There are SO many things I want (why do they always reel me in?!) I just threw this post together because some of my favorites are going fast, and I wanted to share them before they're sold out! Click on any item below to shop! Have a great Thursday! Thanks for stopping by :) 

xx, Ashley

5 Ways To Be An Organized Mom...

 
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Happy November 1st! 

Can you believe we are saying that?! This fall is just FLYING by at record speed - it's so insane. I feel like I keep our schedule pretty jam-packed so the days and weeks seem to escape us! Ugh! Anyway, speaking of schedules...today's post is all about ORGANIZATION! As a wife + mama, life can get a little hectic sometimes and even though I like to think I can "do it all" or remember every single thing on my to-do list, I've come to the realization that that's just not feasible. Between the prepping of breakfast, lunch, and dinner, planning activities for Lo, attending classes with her, squeezing in some exercise, cleaning the house (over and over again), making time for the hubby, etc. it can be slightly overwhelming. 

I consider myself "type A" and just the thought of getting organized in any facet of my life excites me. Luckily, most of my mommy friends I've met here and see on an almost daily basis are also pinterest-lovers, planners, and organizers; they inspire me :) It's actually through one of them that I discovered the AMAZING-NESS that is Erin Condren and her Life Planner.  It's basically the planner of my DREAMS and if you're looking for the ultimate way to stay organized (and make it fun!) than you need one too! You're able to customize the look and layout that you want, complete with the color scheme, coil color (mine is rose gold), and cover design. What I got REALLY jazzed up about were all the little "extras" that you can use to maximize your planner. Color-coded stickers (swoon!), colorful pens, magnetic page markers, a leather clutch to hold it all, and SO much more! (You can see my clutch here!)I also just want to mention for any mama's expecting a baby or know someone who is - this Baby Tracker is another petite planner that you can stick in your purse so you don't miss recording any of the special moments! Use it to log feedings, nap times, or write down notes as you journey through motherhood! 

                                       My new morning routine...coffee + planner fun :) 

                                       My new morning routine...coffee + planner fun :) 

When it comes to staying organized, there are some things that you can prep/plan ahead of time to make life easier! Trust me, I'm all about life-hacks and ways to simplify, so here are 5 ways to be a more organized mama:

 

1. Invest in a planner that you love. This is the first order of business! I find it quite relaxing and FUN to fill out my planner ... especially one as beautiful as Erin's. I mean, don't get me wrong, hers are SO pretty that at first I was a little nervous to actually write in it but once I got on a roll with the stickers and markers, I couldn't put it down! 

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2. Meal Prep. Sounds like a real drag (and it is) but it can be made easier if you do it ahead of time! I like to prep dinner in the morning or during nap time. I use my crock pot A LOT for "set it and forget it" type meals too. Weekly meal planning on Sundays is what I'm currently trying to be better at! Erin Condren actually makes a petite meal planner for just $12 that's portable and compact! You can plan meals weekly, make your grocery lists, and even plan larger dinner parties in it! 

3.Plan your playdates, at-home activities, and make your weekly to-do lists the week before. I really like to pencil in our playdates for the week on Sundays, at least Monday-Wednesday. It's nice to have things to look forward to heading into a brand new week. I also find that I'm more motivated to DO the activities with London if they're planned in advance. They don't have to be anything crazy. This week we started focusing on one letter of the alphabet, 'B' and are doing activities centered around that (Painting a giant 'B', using the 'B' stencil with play dough, etc.) 

                      You can see the teal clutch above; it holds my stickers, markers, etc. So cute!

                      You can see the teal clutch above; it holds my stickers, markers, etc. So cute!

4. Control the clutter. A messy house = a disorganized mind...at least for me anyway. Sometimes I literally feel like I can't think straight if my house is an eye sore. I keep quite a few toys in the basement and rotate them bi-weekly so they're fresh to London, but not ALL upstairs at once because CLUTTER. I also use clear bins for her art supplies and have a shelf for markers, crayons, pompoms, popsicle sticks, a.k.a. anything I don't want dumped out on the regular. It's always a good idea to have your kids participate in "clean up" before bedtimes too! 

5. Be able to say "no." This is a good one to remember, so you don't over-schedule! Sometimes, when you get too much in the books you end up feeling stressed out trying to check every single box on your to-do list. Go through and write the "absolute" events first ... then fill in the extras as you go! 

 

I'm hosting a giveaway on my Instagram today for a chance to win $75 to shop Erin Condren's products! Head there to enter!

What are some other things do you do to help you stay organized?

xx, Ashley 

 

 

This post was sponsored by Erin Condren. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

 

10 Fall Dresses under $50...

Happy Monday! 

I hope you all had a great weekend! London has been a little under the weather so we took it easy for the most part. Goodness knows we need her to be healthy for Halloween....mama needs some candy! ;) 

Today I'm sharing dresses perfect for Fall, that are ALL under $50! I love paired dresses with jackets and booties ... such a cute look! 

xx, Ashley 

Cute Workout Gear + 5 Favorite Sneakers...

 
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The weather is cooling off and we're about to enter a new season in New England! I haven't had a gym membership since the Spring but I'm joining next month and looking to amp up my activewear! Per usual, I'm drawn to sweatshirts because COMFORT and there are some really cute long sleeve workout shirts that I found too! I'm a fan of full-length leggings in the winter (usually I get the cotton ones by Nike) so I'm sharing some of those as well! I just got a new pair of black and white Nike Roshe's for just $90 that I LOVE! Since I need a shoe with more support and structure (like these) when I run - I like to wear my Roshe's on days when I'm lifting aka not doing any cardio. With that said, I've also shared my top 5 favorite Nike's for working out!

Shop it all below! Thank you for stopping by :) 

xx, Ashley 

Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas...

Can you believe that next week, we'll be into November already?! I feel like when you have children, the weeks and months fly by at an even quicker pace. I can't keep up! Even though it's not even Halloween yet, I've already started making plans for Thanksgiving. It's such a fun holiday centered around the spirit of giving, being thankful, and HELLO food :) I've had a few messages about outfit ideas for "Turkey Day" so I wanted to share a few. Let me know which one is your fave!

 

Outfit 1: 

This is an outfit that you can wear on repeat all Fall! I love the skirt color + especially love the booties paired with it (which are currently on sale and under $80!) The scarf ties the entire outfit together and is just $24! You'll definitely get your money's worth with just that one item alone! 


Outfit 2: 

Ponchos FOREVER, and this one is under $50! I'm a huge fan and HELLO isn't it the perfect thing to wear on a day when you're going to stuff your face and develop a "food baby?" You can basically hide under your giant blanket (poncho) all day! It's cute + comfy at the same time. WIN!


Outfit 3:

The statement item for this outfit is definitely the scarf! The double pattern is super cute. The classic white long sleeve is just $19 and long enough to cover your bum in these faux leather jeggings! I have these booties and I am obsessed with them - they go perfectly with everything. 


Outfit 4:

This may be my favorite outfit for a few reasons: 1. I LOVE this moto jacket. The color is unique and it can be worn a million different ways, 2. The SHOES. These animal print loafers bring out the exact color of the moto jacket. It's the POP needed to complete this outfit. Turtlenecks are everywhere, so I thought the pretty cream color would be a nice fit!


Outfit 5:

I wanted to include one outfit with a dress because if there are any chica's out there meeting the extended family for the first time this Thanksgiving...HELLO! Dress to impress ;) I love this simple swing dress and the cranberry color is super festive (just $39 too)! I tried to find some affordable OTK boots, and these are AWESOME; love the suede! Again, I added a colorful scarf to kind of pull the entire outfit together. 


Outfit 6:

These mules are sort of the "splurge" item of this outfit (though they're still pretty reasonable), they're super trendy right now. I like this classic look that will let you navigate around the kitchen while still looking cute! A gray cardigan is a pretty staple piece to add to your closet - the hat isn't a must, but I thought it would look good! Thoughts?!

I'm curious to know which outfit is your fave?! Thanks for stopping by!

xx, Ashley 

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