More Nordstrom favorites...

It's the LAST day to shop the NSALE for cardholders and at 12AM EST it will be open to EVERYONE! Yay! 

I have put together about 30 items which are still in stock and that I think will sell out quickly! My recent purchases can be found here and also, I bought this Lush v-neck tee in "heather gray" today (only $15!) because a friend of mine said it was amazing! Anyway, here are some of the best things from the sale that are still available - so get them while you can! 

xx, Ashley 

My Favorites From The Nordstrom Sale...

Best Of: Sweaters

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 5 || 6 || 7


Best Of: Jeans

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Best Of: Shoes

1 || 2 || 3 || 4 || 5 || 6


Best Of: Jackets

1 || 2 || 3 || 4 || 5


Best Of: Beauty

1 || 2 || 3 || 4 || 5 || 6


Best Of: Activewear

1 || 2 || 3 || 4

5 || 6 || 7


Best Of: Sleepwear

1 || 2 || 3 || 4 || 5


Best Of: Handbags

1 || 2 || 3 || 4 || 5


Thank you for stopping by! 

xx, Ashley 

Best Of Shoes: NSale...

Happy Monday!

The NSALE is still going strong - with SO many deals and sales it's actually quite overwhelming for a blogger like myself ;) I'm trying to focus on expanding my Fall wardrobe for the upcoming season, since Summer (in my world) is basically a month from being over! I've been on the lookout for black closed-toe booties and found the cutest ones from BP for under $100! I also have my eye on another pair of tall boots, like these from Vince Camuto - and also looking for some that are flat so I can wear them even when I'm out running errands with Lo and feel like being stylish (I really like these!) I'm trying to pace myself, but I think it's just a matter of time before I cave and buy them :) 

There are lots of great deals on shoes so I wanted to round-up my favorites for you...to save you some "digging" time! 

xx, Ashley 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: First Round Of Purchases...

I'm so excited that the NSALE is here, I was up at 6AM to make sure I could get the items at the top of my wish list! I feel like they're all so well priced and discounted, that they'll sell out fast - so I wanted to snag them up as quickly as I could! 

I am still on the lookout for jeans...I can't seem to pull the trigger! It's so hard for me to find the ones that fit really well, mostly because I'm picky. I've heard such amazing things about these AG Jeans (which were the top-seller in last year's NSALE), but I also love these from Madewell. Maybe I'll just have to splurge and get both! Here are my first round of purchases, clearly I'm focusing on some Fall finds :) 

1. BP Lightweight Rib Stitch Cardigan in Green Timber. Price: $31.90, marked down from $49.00

I discovered this past winter that all I wear for the most part are cardigans ... so I'm trying to stock up during this sale! I have had SUCH good luck with BP as a brand...I love their stuff - and it's so affordable. This one is marked down so much, you can get two! I also have my eye on the "beige oatmeal" color as well! 


2. Vince Camuto Fileana Split Shaft Bootie, GREY STONE. Price: $99, marked down from $149.50.

I LOVE these. I went back and forth on the colors, but ultimately chose this stone color because I don't have a pair like this in my closet yet! These are going to go FAST because they're on everyone's hot list ... I also loved these from 1.state, and they're actually cheaper (under $80!) ... just didn't have the color I liked!


3. BP. Plaid Cotton Blend Shirt, in Red Scooter Alce Plaid. Price: $31.90, marked down from $49.00

I CAN'T WAIT TO TRY THIS ON! I love plaid ... and it never goes out of style for Fall! I am excited to pair it with the booties that I bought...I think it'll be adorable. 


4. Calson Long Sleeve Crewneck Tee, in Ivory-Black Julia Stripe. Price: $19.90, marked down from $29.00

Crewneck tee's are my favorite and I've been looking for a slouchy striped one for layering! I can even layer this underneath my plaid shirt or cardigan that I purchased....repurposing outfits :) 


5. Dreamers by Debut sweater, in Olive. Price: $29.90, marked down from $45.00

I love the relaxed look of this sweater that you can either tuck in or wear untucked! The color is amazing for Fall ... and with my ultimately pale winter skin ;) There are also 4 other colors to choose from! 

xx, Ashley 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: My Wishlist...

 

It's officially the BEST shopping time of the year ... the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here from now (if you're a Nordstrom cardholder) until the 20th!

I have been saving things to my wish-list like a mad woman the past few weeks, leading up to the sale, in hopes that my favorites will be marked down! Things sell out quickly during the first week, when cardholders have early access and I've got my eye on a few Fall "must haves." Below, you can see shop some popular items and I also wanted to share my favorite, affordable brands so you can check out what they have on sale now!

Some of my favorite #NSale brands:

Lush

Halogen

BP

Gibson

Hinge

Madewell

Jeremy Campbell

Steve Madden

Sole Society

xx, Ashley 

xx, Ashley 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: What To Look For...

Tomorrow is the beginning of the #NSale! 

This is one of my favorite times of the year (well, since becoming a blogger) because of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Since becoming a cardholder, I can shop the sale before everyone else and before my favorites sell out! The deals are INSANE! I try to focus on some key Fall items - because with summer half way gone, now is not the time to stock up on warm weather apparel! 

Here are some of the top things on my list that I'll be looking for...

Cardigans:

I'm on the lookout for some classic cardigans that I can wrap up in this Fall. I have a few, but am in dire need of more to complete my outfits. I have my eye on this one from Madewell:

Tops:

I always need new tops and right now I think I need to brighten up my wardrobe. I tend to lean toward the neutrals, but I've got my eye on a cute red blouse from Gibson. BP is also one of my favorite brands for cute tops that are super affordable. Keep an eye out on Hinge, Pleione, and Halogen as well - more of my faves! How cute is this eyelet Pleione top? I love the color!

Booties:

Last year, shoes were the highest selling category in the NSale, so you may want to complete your "shoe wishlist" first! I'll be looking for a pair of classic black booties, closed-toe! I've got a suede pair but they're peep-toe and I also just want a leather option. This pair below from Pour la Victoire is INCREDIBLE (left), but also more than $300 - I'm going to see how discounted they are! I have my eye on these from Sole Society too pictured to the right (which are already under $100!)...I love the little cutouts!

 

Skinny Jeans:

Last year, the AG Legging Jeans were the best-selling product of the ENTIRE sale! I don't own a pair, but I may have to invest considering I keep my jeans for YEARS - and they're always a good place to spend your money. 

Umm...how cute is this pair? Same brand, but love the wash!

Outerwear:

Another area of focus for me this year is outerwear! I feel like I need some cute cropped jackets for Fall and also on the lookout for a long beige jacket with more of a dressy feel, for date nights! I love this BLANKNYC moto jacket - the color is amazing, and it's a bigger ticket item (for me, anyway) so it's on my wish list. I hope to get it at half price! The jacket on the right is another from BLANKNYC and I absolutely LOVE the fit. It's already under $100, so I'm definitely going to snag it when it goes on sale!


A few other things to keep an eye on...

Hunter boots were on sale last year - HUGE! Check those out and you may be able to get them on sale, which I find is really hard to do! Also, the brand LUSH is another favorite because they're stuff is cute AND super affordable. Their tees are incredibly soft and comfortable! If you're looking for a specific handbag, now might be the time to snag it up! I love the bags from Madewell

xx, Ashley 

Instagram Round-Up...

Happy Monday! 

I thought I'd share my recent Instagram looks all in one place today! It's easier for you to shop and also, you don't need to be signed up for LiketoKnowit! I've provided the outfit details for each look below the photo! I hope you all have a great Monday! We're heading to Maine to pamper my Mom for her birthday (which is next week!) 

Happy shopping! Thanks for stopping by!

Outfit details: Top: L.A. Hearts, similar here ($18!) and here | Shorts: Free People, similar here | Hat: Gap, similar here and here

 

Outfit Details: Swimsuit: RoseGal (only $16!) and also love this one from J.Crew!

 

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Outfit details: Dress: H&M, similar here and love this one! | Sandals: Gap, similar here and here

 

Outfit details: Dress: Shein | Denim jacket: Abercrombie & Fitch (old), similar here | Hat: Gap, similar here | Sandals: Gap, similar here (under $60!) and here

My Outfit: Swimsuit: J.Crew (old), similar here and here | Shorts: Forever21 | Sandals: Nine West, similar here | Sunglasses: Target (dollar bin hehe!) similar red frames here for $12!

Lo's swimsuit: Target (Cat & Jack)

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Outfit details (Left): Dress: Shein ($18!)| Shoes: Nike, similar here and here | Bag: Skip Hop | Hat: BP | Sunglasses: RayBan

Outfit details (Right): Dress: Shein | Heels: Target (under $30!) | Purse: Kate Spade (33% off!), similar here (under $40!) | Sunglasses: RayBan

 

xx, Ashley 

Nordstrom: Top Sale Picks...

There are so many great sales going on currently, not to mention the annual Nordstrom sale coming up in just a week or so! I went through and chose some of my favorites that are currently on sale (some up to 50% off!) Shop them now, because they're selling out quickly! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

xx, Ashley 

Summer Outfits Under $100...

Happy Wednesday! 

Here are a few outfits I put together for you that are all under $100! I don't like spending $100 on one item, but if I can put an entire outfit together for that price - then that's more my speed :) The last outfit features a grapefruit straw clutch which is so adorable (& under $20) and I paired it with an off-shoulder chambray dress; you'll love it! Thank you for stopping by and happy shopping!







July 4th Sales...

Ok, so I meant to share this on Saturday - but with London's birthday I was a bit preoccupied! I guess it's not too late though, because these sales will last through today! It's a good time to grab some cute summer items at a discounted price and I'm sharing some of my favorite pieces below plus my sales round-up! Enjoy!

J.Crew: 30% off your purchase with the code: HOORAY

Nordstrom: SO MANY THINGS on sale...some up to 50% off!

Topshop: Up to 50% off

Anthropologie: Extra 30% off summer tag sale

Urban Outfitters: Extra 30% off sale items

Here are some of my favorites from the sales above:

xx, Ashley 

London Turns Two...

 
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Over the weekend we celebrated London's 2nd birthday with a flamingo-themed party! She LOVES flamingos and since they're so popular right now - it seemed like the perfect thing to play up! Of course, it helps that they're pink and we added little pops of golds and some tropical colors which made for a cute combo! Target has such adorable decorations and I was able to get a little bit at a time, since we are there at least once a week :) 

I found London's romper at Baby Gap - and of course I can't find it ANYWHERE - but I linked her "runner-up" outfit choice below, which was only $7.99 and equally as adorable! The first outfit just matched her crown better :) We celebrated with a BBQ and had hamburgers, hotdogs, potato salad, watermelon and lemonade! I made chocolate and vanilla cupcakes - chocolate with green frosting for the flamingo toppers and vanilla with yellow frosting for the pineapple toppers! (I suppose blue frosting would be cute on the flamingo ones to simulate water, but I went with green ;) The toddler table is from KidKraft and was actually one of London's gifts. The past week we've been using it inside to do arts + crafts, but it can easily be taken outside for use there as well! 

Yesterday we continued London's birthday by going on a duck boat tour around Boston (thanks to Chris's boss, who rented one for the whole Northeastern Basketball team, and for letting us tag along :) Lo was so happy and absolutely loved it...so did I! I've been wanting to do one since we moved here three years ago and I'm already planning the next time we can go again!

Anyway, I've linked some of the things below like decorations, Lo's table, etc...so you can shop those there! Thanks for stopping by! 

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London's Romper: Gap (I couldn't find it, but we also bought her this one as another option!)

London's "2" crown: Similar here (I literally bought this last year at Marshall's - so I can't find the exact one!) 

Tables & Chairs: KidKraft

London's Red Car: Step2 Easy Steer Sportster

Flamingo cupcake toppers: Etsy

Pineapple cupcake toppers: Etsy

Flamingo inflatable drink holder: Target, also here

Pineapple inflatable drink holder: Target, also here

Hanging paper lanterns: Target

Tablecloth: Target

Desserts: Me :) 

xx, Ashley

On Your 2nd Birthday...

 

My beautiful, sweet London girl...

You have graced this Earth with your presence for two amazing years today. I am so full of love for you and all that you bring to our lives. You are kind, caring, sensitive, loving, curious, just a tad sassy (which I secretly love), and a ball full of energy! You have SO much personality, which has completely blossomed this past year. I absolutely LOVE having conversations with you...the meaningful ones (which you probably can't quite grasp just yet) and the silly ones - especially the silly ones :)

I fact that I get to spend every day with you is an absolute honor and privilege that I will never take for granted. I will always be thankful that your Daddy supports this whole stay-at-home-Mom gig, because these are the absolute best days of my life.

Here are a few things you do that make me smile and that I never want to forget...

When we "pretend sleep" + you wake us up by kissing our noses

When you say "can we go outside or somethin', maybe?" (I just think it's the cutest!)

How obsessed you are with your "blankie" ..and how even though you have two of the exact same, you prefer one over the other

How before nap/bedtime you ask, "Can you rock me, mumma?"

How excited you get when you ask to watch one of your favorite shows or movies, and we ACTUALLY say yes :)

That you love to play hide + seek...which means mostly just telling us where you're hiding and saying "Have you seen London?

When you have memorized a book and recite the whole thing back to us

Anytime you're singing and dancing (which is basically all of the time), it makes my heart so happy!

When you say your own prayers ... which usually means thanking God for the playground and for pizza ;) 

When you ask for heart or triangle-shaped toast in the morning

I love how excited you get to see your little buddies ... you want to give them all the hugs and kisses

You LOVE to eat ... and always want either Mommy or Daddy sitting with you at the table

How you pretend to rock your baby doll, change her diaper, and push her in the stroller...you're going to be the best big sister one day!

How helpful you are! You love to help me with the laundry, putting the dishes away, and sweeping the floor; Mummy's big helper!

 

I love all of these things and so much more! You're incredible in every way and I'm so honored to be your Mom!

I love you to the moon & back baby,

Mumma xo

Favorite Sandals Under $50...

It's sandal season ... and I'm sharing my favorites for under $50 today! Sandals or shoes in general can really change up an outfit. I like to buy neutrals normally (tan, white, black, etc) because they go with so much ... but it's definitely fun to own a pair that can really be the star of your outfit, like these colorful sandals or these platform ones! I weirdly LOVE the platform sandals...and I say "weirdly" because they aren't something I would typically go for, but I think they're super cute and look very comfortable! I really love them in white

Anyway, you can shop some of my favorites above! Happy shopping and thanks for stopping by!

xx, Ashley 

 

Chambray...

 
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This chambray dress is a go-to for summer because of how easy and comfortable it is. I could literally live in this soft cotton. I found a lookalike from H&M which I think is even cuter because of the ruffle detail at the bottom, and it's only $35! 

I also linked some other cute chambray dresses below for you to shop! I hope you have a great week!

xx, Ashley 

July Fourth Inspiration...

In honor of July 4th coming up in just a few weeks, I thought I'd share some super adorable AND patriotic pieces! The tops and dresses are perfect for any bbq or parade ... and if you're heading to a pool party, how cute is this red, white + blue one-piece?! I'm a real sucker for white, so when I found this maxi skirt under $100 I had to share - I love the eyelet details at the bottom! 

Which items are your favorite?! Also - any fun plans for the Fourth?

xx, Ashley 

Summer Dresses Under $100...

 

One: Tie front dress // Two: Cold shoulder gingham (super trendy!) // Three: Lilac shift dress // Four: Midi floral (perfect for a bbq or brunch!) // Five: Embroidered dress (under $50!)




One: Casual v-neck sundress (on sale, $40!) // Two: T-shirt dress (I doubled up, I know - oops!) :) // Three: Lace trim shift // Four: Classic chambray // Five: Fluttery tie dress (so cute!)


One: Front tie dress (under $30!) // Two: Cotton neck-tie dress // Three: Little black dress // Four: Midi slip dress (perfect for date night + under $50!)

I've rounded up some adorable summer dresses under $100! Perfect for bbq's, brunch, and even wedding guest dresses or shower dresses - something for everyone + some are as low as $30, plus free shipping! 

Have a great Wednesday - Thank you for stopping by!

xx, Ashley 

Palm Print...

 

My Outfit: Dress: Shein | Lace-up heels: Hinge, sold out by similar here and here // Sandals: Gap, similar here | Denim Jacket: old, similar here and here | Purse: BP (under $20!)| Sunglasses: Urban Outfitter, similar here

I love this "palm print" slip dress so much - it's the perfect look for summer! The plunging neckline gives it a sexy feel and you can dress it down with flat sandals and a hat or up with heels for date night. Tropical prints are super trendy so I wanted to share a few more of my favorites that you can shop below! Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

xx, Ashley 

Summer Wishlist...

Anyone else love (online) window shopping? I really enjoy filling up my cart at Nordstrom with all of the things I WISH I could buy ... then closing out of the site before I can do any real damage ;) It kind of kills my craving to purchase clothes! I'm just so inspired by all of the summer styles particularly stripes, embroidered pieces, gingham, and everything off the shoulder (like this classic black one-piece! or this mint green tie dress, which is under $50!)

I wanted to share what's on my "summer wishlist" right now, so you can shop my favorite pieces too! 

Shop below by clicking on any item! Have a wonderful weekend!

xx, Ashley 

 

 

What To Pack for an overnight Trip with Your Toddler...

 

Honestly, going anywhere with your toddler in tow can seem like a daunting task...but somewhere overnight? Yikes! It can be enough to deter you from wanting to go at all! Given the nature of my husband's job, he travels quite a bit and since most of our family and friends live in Maine, London and I head North as much as possible. She is a little road warrior and I've got packing her overnight bag down to a science! Here are a few tips to help make the whole process easier :)

Designate a separate bag for your kiddo.

When Lo was born I thought I would just pack her things in my suitcase with my own stuff but I quickly realized that wouldn't work. I needed to have a bag specifically for Lo, and thankfully I found Wildkin, which has the most perfect travel duffles and matching backpacks by Olive Kids! They're the perfect size for an overnight trip or weekend away - and the best part, they won't break your bank! (You can snag a matching duffle + backpack for just $60!) They even monogram and personalize them for your kiddos! The print we chose is a mermaid print because she's so obsessed with The Little Mermaid! 

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Make a list.

I'm a lady that needs a list because it keeps me on task and organized; not to mention, it keeps me from forgetting any of the "essentials." A few days before any trip, I make sure I do two things: 1. Check the weather forecast and lay out London's outfits on her floor ready to be packed and, 2. Make a list of all the things I need the remember like her video monitors, sound spa, toothbrush, inhaler, pack n' play, etc. (We use the 4Moms pack n'play and it takes under 5 seconds to open and close! So clutch!)

Actually packing.

Here's what you'll find in London's duffle...

1. Clothes/Shoes already separated into outfits

2. Pajamas with overnight diapers (plus a few extra in case of emergencies)

3. Sound Machine (This is a must! We love this one which is just $20)

4. Music/Lullaby (Another must! It's the same lullaby we have played at bedtime every night since Lo was a newborn)

5. London's "blankie" ... she sleeps with it every night!

6. Other Necessities: children's Ibuprofen/Tylenol (just in case), baby thermometer, body wash/lotion, diaper cream, regular diapers, wipes, toothpaste and toothbrush.

Here's what you'll find in her backpack...

1. A few of her favorite books

2. Snacks/water (The Olive Kids backpack has a little side holder for the water bottle/sippy cup!)

3. Some favorite "stuffies" and other small toys

4. Diaper, travel wipes, an extra onesie and pair of socks

I think the more you travel, the less intimidating it becomes! You kind of get into the habit of packing the same things, the same way -and it totally helps when your kids have their own bags so you know where everything is! London loves to experience new places, and I never wanted the overwhelming feeling of traveling or packing to take away from any memories we could be making! I hope this little guide gives you new ideas or insights into how to make it easier :)

Have a great day and thank you for stopping by!

xx, Ashley

Three Years...

 

Today marks 3 years that Chris and I have been husband and wife. It's so easy to love someone that's patient, compassionate, kind, humble, and steadfast...not to mention, easy on the eyes! I'm really proud of how much we have grown in the past three years and I feel an ever deeper love for him than I did on our wedding day (which I didn't think was possible!) Nothing makes me more excited than growing old together and getting to spend my whole life loving him. I'm so lucky!

Our photographer Patti Takacs (Kivalo Photography), who I still collaborate with 3 years later for my blog, captured our day so perfectly. I wanted to share some of my favorite photos that she took that day and a few days later in on our mini-moon :)

xx, Ashley