Coming Undone…

I have been digging my new frayed hemline jeans! I picked up a pair of Rag and Bone jeans about a month ago with a frayed hemline… and I have to tell you they are my new favorite pair of jeans. My favorite pairing for a more casual look is with slide loafers, and for a more dressed up look a pair of sassy pointed heels works perfectly. 

How are you feeling about this trend? Is it a hit or a miss for you? 

Xo-

Ashley 

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Keeping Warm and Looking Good


Turtlenecks are my JAM! I don’t know what it is about them, but I feel like some sort of superhero or spy. When you find a good fitting turtleneck you cannot keep that kind of information to yourself! I really like a tighter look to a turtleneck, and a nice stretch to the material. I found a perfect fitting and super comfortable turtleneck!! I like it that it has length, and the sleeves are long. It has stretch to the fabric that gives that “body suit” kind of look.  These will be perfect for all fall/winter. For the weekend they will look great paired with a pair of skinny jeans and boots. For work I can pair them with a vest or blazer to give it a more of a dressed up business look. I am super excited to add these to my wardrobe. They are very cool, and chic without having to look like you are “trying” to look cool and chic.

 I picked up two different styles: a striped turtleneck  in the olive; and a solid turtleneck  in black (I went with a size small for reference). I love all the color options and plan on picking up more!! 


I hope you stay warm this holiday season! 

Xo-

Ash 

 

Current Beauty Favs…And my daily routine

Keep it simple is my motto…I do not like a fussy make-up routine. My goal is to be DONE within 5-10 mins.

  1. Start off with a clean face. In the morning I use a water rinse. I have VERY sensitive skin, so I ONLY use cleanser once a day (I love Oxy Pads for night time… so high school teenager, right?).
  2. Moisturize!!! I have found my HG daily serum that I can use day an night. I am LIVING for this serum! I saw improvements within 3 days and it just seems to be getting BETTER. You can check it out here. It is a little on the pricy side, but it is one product that I can use day and night and be good to go…Like I said KEEP IT SIMPLE.
  3. After the serum soaks in I then apply a small about of the Pore Minimizer to my problem areas. You can check that out here.
  4. Next, I apply THE BEST FOUNDATION OF ALLLLLLLL TIME. Yes, let me say that again! THE BEST FOUNDATION OF ALLLLLLLL TIME! If you haven’t tried the Laneige BB Cushion you have not LIVED. I cannot say enough good things about it… I have gotten personal texts telling me that they could not believe how awesome this product is! So, yes, you NEED it.
  5. Conceal with the FIT ME where you need it. I use mostly to highlight under eyes and down the center of my face.
  6. Apply you favorite bronzer, blush, and mascara (I use different types/colors depending on my mood)… and you are DONE
  7. I refresh my skin with a face spray throughout the day. I love the Rose Water Spray. It can be found at any health food store.
  8. Oh, and I have a new favorite nude lippy! The Anastasia lipgloss in Butterscotch is a dream! I have fair/medium skin tone. You can check out Butterscotch and all their other colors here. They are super pigmented so I can use it as a lipstick/gloss. They are nice and creamy!

There you have it… all my current beauty favs! I hope you try them all, and love them as much as I do!

What is one item you REALLY want to try off this list?

xo-

Ash

morning routines… even for the not so morning person

Who else is familiar with the morning dance with their alarm clock? Beep, snooze, beep and snooze…

I haven’t always been a morning person, but I think that creating a morning routine has helped me re-evaluate the way I look at mornings. I use to get up and rush to get myself and everything I needed for the day. I hated it. I didn’t like always feeling a step behind. I also noticed that how I started my morning impacted the pace of the rest of my day. I was ready to make a change. I wanted to be excited to wake up every morning. I wanted to have ME TIME. Now every person has different goals for what they need to get accomplished in the morning. These are what I found have worked for me, and my lifestyle; so I wanted to share! 

1. Figure out your R.E.M. cycle (There’s and APP for that). This has been a game changer for me. I now know how much sleep I need to feel rejuvenated. It isn’t even HOW MUCH SLEEP I get. It is the PATTERN OF MY SLEEP. I totally started using this when I was traveling with my student group to the east coast. Late nights and early mornings of sightseeing can be tough. But, with using a sleep calculator I was able to get the right pace of sleep. You can read an article here about best rated sleep APPs.

 

2. Down a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Sounds silly. But having water has become a morning ritual. It helps if I am hungry and really resets the digestive track. I also try to get a cute water bottle to make getting my daily H2O that more enjoyable throughout the rest of the day. My favorite is the bkr water bottle. 


3. Take some quite time. For me that is a morning meditation and yoga follow by a warm cup of tea. I try to skip coffee as much as possible. Coffee, for me, is a weekend treat. My favorite yoga guru is here.


4. Eat breakfast. This is so important. Breakfast is such an important meal. I don’t typically feel hungry right away but it fuels my day for success. I like to keep it simple with yogurt and granola, these days. 


5. Get everything you need for the next  day ready the night before. This goes for my clothes, breakfast, lunch, water and anything else I need for the next day. Not having to pack a lunch and being able to get out the door smoothly is critical to getting me on the road faster and beating that morning traffic. 


I’m no professional, of course. I’m a normal human trying to figure this thing called life out. But, I do think I have mastered some life hacks that even the not so not so morning person can benefit from.  

Do you have any morning routines that you swear by? If so comment below! I would love to hear what you do, to give me some ideas!

Xo!

Ashley 

Fall Favorites 

Fall has to be one of my favorite times of the year. I love the smell of roasting chile, ristras, balloons flying high, pumpkins, and spice filled drinks. New Mexico has beyond perfect weather to enjoy this transitional season.  

Fall Favorites 

1. The Greek Fest 


If you love good food, sweets, music and entertainment this is a must see. The chicken dinner is delicious. I would also suggest trying the potatoes, and spanakopita. For dessert the Greek style donuts (loukoumades) are to die for. I also always have to get a Greek coffee! 

2. The Ballon Fiesta 


My favorite time to go is for the morning ascension. The sun rising and the balloons lifting off brings so much excitement! For food I like to get a famous Blakes burrito with an orange juice.  

3. Maze 


The Rio Grande Farms puts together different themes every year. This year they have the Color Maze. There are day events and night. We opted for going at night. It was a super fun! You get a lantern at the beginning and then scavenger hunt to find the different colors in the maze. It took us about 1 hour to complete. If you are interested in going for the night maze I would suggeugettinf there at 6:30/7 to enjoy the beautiful sunset.  

4. Pumpkin Everything  


Going to Trader Joe’s and getting pumpkin everything is always a good time. I am obsessed with the pumpkin cookie butter, yogurt, and the pumpkin body butter. 

5. Movies

Staying in and watching old scary movies is such a blast. On my list this year is Young Frankinstine and Bride of Frankinstine.  

What are your favorite things to do in the fall? 

Happy Fall! 
Ashley

Flats

Hello 32! What does that mean? That means that I can no longer get away with wearing heels everyday, sigh… But, on the plus I have found shopping for flats to be quite enjoyable and flats have offered a little new spice to my wardrobe. We’re headed back to school so I took this as a perfect opportunity to add a few new pairs to my collection. 

Espadrilles  
Live for the denim detailing on these. Excited to wear with jeans, skirts, and point pants. 
 

Stripes These cute pointed toe flats are so classic with that sweet stripe detail. I also like that they are padded to add extra comfort. 

Open ToeI think these are my favorite out of the three. I love the color combination because you can wear them with virtually anything. They are super comfortable while still showing off that summer pedi! 

Below you’ll see how I paired these cute flats into my looks. Happy Sunday! 

XO- Ash 


Summer Smoothies

I have been making smoothies like a mad woman this summer. I LOVE treating myself and my hubby with something that we enjoy and is good for us. I have found a perfect “base” to my smoothie and then I add whatever I’m in the mood for. Here are the things you are going to need to get your smoothie game on point. 

Base:

1 1/4 cup Water (filtered) and a handful of ice

1/2 cup Yogurt (Greek Gods in “honey” is bomb) 

1 scoop Whey Protein  (I buy the bulk from Sprouts)


Current Add-ins:

-Strawberry/ Banana: 7 strawberries and 1 1/2 banana (below)

-Peanut Butter/ Banana: 1 large scoop pb and 1 1/2 banana (below)

– Pineapple/ Banana/ Coconut: 1 cup pineapple, 1 1/2 banana, 2 spoons of coconut (below)

So, as you can see once you get the base then the magic is all yours! Be creative, have fun! With all these recipes it makes 2- one for me and one for the hubs. He loves all of them but the Peanut Butter/Banana is his fav (and I’d have to agree–it’s amazing). 


Here’s to a healthy way of life and to rocking that summer bod! 

XO-

Ash