Bella Ella Boutique

Bella Ella Boutique

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Except the Shoes

Happy Tuesday babes! Today I am spotlighting one of my new favorite boutiques called Bella Ella Boutique. Bella Ella is the perfect mix of trendy yet affordable pieces and they have six stores all located in the Utah area. Don’t live in the Utah area!? No worries, they have an amazing website you can shop from and it is super easy to navigate through which I love! Also, be sure to follow them on Instagram to stay up to date on all of their new arrivals!

Okay now on to the good stuff!! If you’ve been following me for awhile you know I love bringing you all very trendy yet affordable places to shop. So, before I get into the details of this amazing outfit, Bella Ella Boutique has given me a personal code (Ashley10) to share with you all to receive 10% off your total order! This outfit is by far one of my favorite everyday looks and I can’t express enough how soft this top and scarf combo is. They’re the perfect layering pieces for any outfit. Up next we have these amazing distressed skinny jeans  that are one of my favorite brands and are fully in stock in all sizes and only $59.99. Lastly, I had to throw on this stylish black buckle crossbody purse to complete the whole look, and hold my chapstick of course!

I hope you all love this outfit & boutique as much as I do! We are about to leave to head to Vero Beach for the next few days for a short little staycation for my birthday! I can’t believe it’s already been another year in the books and I feel so extremely thankful and blessed for you all and all of the amazing boutiques I’ve been able to work with this year! Now what are you waiting on ladies – go shop and let me know what all you babes find! I love hearing feedback from you all!

XOXO

-Ashley

Fall Favorites Roundup

Fall Favorites Roundup

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A girl can never have too many shoes; am I right or am I right!? I am on a huge shoe kick right now but who am I joking I’m on this kick like 10 months out of the year so… With that being said I wanted to round up a few of my favorites for you all. It is so hard to find good fall shoes for less than $100 but I have rounded up some amazing deals for you all! You know I’m always balling on a budget so I wanted to share the shoes you see in all of my posts along with others I REALLY want to purchase!

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Shop all of my favorite shoes HERE!

Shop many more below!

 

Fall Jacket Collage

Fall Jacket Collage

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Happy Tuesday Babes!

It has been a hot minute since I’ve written a blog post and I am sooo sorry about that but I am back in full force for this up coming Holiday season. With that being said I ran by target yesterday and rounded up a few of my favorite outfits for you all. Of course, naturally I gravitated to all of the super cute and trendy fall jackets they had just put out on the floor. I love sharing my favorite styles with you all but I am V – curious as to which one is your favorite – look number 1, 2 or 3!? You all know I love bringing you super affordable & stylish pieces and all of these jackets are less than $40!! I will pop a picture of each individual look along with all of the shop info below.

Enjoy babes!

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All About My Photos

All About My Photos

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Greatest Embrace Earth Red Sweater // Distressed Dark Wash Skinny Jeans // Cheetah Print Clutch // Guess Women’s Nicolo Bootie

Happy hump day babes!! I get a lot of questions from you all about who takes all of my pictures and what kind of camera I use, etc… So I figured I would write a blog post for you all. Before I get into all the details of my photos I just have to share with you all how obsessed I am with this outfit from Shop Red Dress Boutique! This earth red sweater keeps you oh so warm and cozy and these distressed skinny jeans are my favorite pair of denim in my closet right now. I paired this outfit with a clutch I purchased off of Poshmark last year but I have linked a similar one from Red Dress Boutique here! I am also wearing my favorite dark brown Guess Nicolo bootie.

Okay now on to the good stuff!

1.Who takes all of your pictures? –  MY MOM!! That’s right! No, she is not a professional photographer by any means. Yes, she has been snapping pictures of me since I was born so it is nothing new for her. HA. A lot of full time bloggers pay a professional photographer which is awesome but why not save money and enjoy a mom/daughter day date every once in awhile, am I right!?

2. What kind of camera do you use? –  I use the White Canon Eos Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera with a Canon EF 50 mm portrait lens. The portrait lens is what most bloggers or blogger photographers use so that the background of their photos are blurred out. You can see this in the pictures posted above.

3.  How do you edit your photos? – So just like my mom is no professional photographer, I am no professional editor. I have tried photoshop and lightroom and it is all just too much work and confusing for me. So, I decided to stick to simple editing apps on my phone, the main one I use is called VSCO. This app has multiple FREE presets as well as other presets you can purchase, as well as a large variety of editing tools. I haven’t bought many presets and the main 3 ones I use are free (A4, A5, & A6). After picking a color preset I like based on the photo I am editing I will then use the editing tools. I usually use multiple editing tools depending on the photo whether it needs to be lightened or darkened but one of the main editing tools I always use is sharpen because I like my photos to look sharp and crisp.

I placed two before & after photos side by side at the end of the picture list in this blog post so that you can see the difference. Both photos on the left are raw straight from the camera photos and then the pictures on the right are how I edited them. I hope this short blog posts was informative and helped answer some of you alls questions! Like I said I am no professional photographer or photo editor but this is the basic way I shoot and edit all of my photos. If you all are looking for some professional photographers in the Carolina’s I’ll list a few of my favorites that I have worked with personally here!

Jasmin Elaine Photography – Greenville (Travels all over!)  // Julia Fay Photography – Charlotte // Deeana Kourtney Photography – Charlotte // Jessica Roberts Photography – Columbia // Kailee DiMeglio Photography – Charleston

XOXO

-Ashley

 

2018 Workout Inspo

2018 Workout Inspo

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After This We’re Getting Pizza Pink Workout Bag // Active Leaf Print Workout Leggings // Active Leaf Print Sports Bra // Women’s Adidas NMD XR1 Athletic Shoes // Another Pair of Adidas Swift Run Sneakers

There’s no better motivation to get into the gym than a new workout outfit and I am obsessed with this one! On that note – let’s talk about new 2018 goals on health and wellness. For the most part I am a very athletic and energetic person but the past few months have been extremely tough for me lately. The motivation part is probably the hardest for me because I have been doing nothing but making a lot of excuses lately. First let me give you a little background info. My husband, Robert, played soccer, football and baseball all growing up and eventually went on to play baseball in college and is now a full time SWAT officer for our county police department. Therefore, he is also a very active and athletic person! With his job he receives a free gym membership which is great so we only had to pay for mine. I had a three year membership at MUV fitness (aka Golds Gym) that recently expired in November and due to the fact we have been job searching in Florida, in hopes to move soon, I didn’t renew my membership. Needless to say that has been the worse decision I’ve made in a long time.

Not renewing and not going to the gym the past few months has affected me a lot lately mentally. I know it is one of the most redundant new years resolutions out there but it’s never too late to start! I need to get back into the gym and back into a routine not only to help me physically but more so mentally! I need some of those good endorphins in my life again! That being sad, I am so incredibly thankful for my genes and all of your amazing compliments about my body but everyone has their struggles and maintaining my muscle tone has always been a difficult one for me. I just recently started lifting heavier weights about 2-3 years ago and I love it – no more chicken legs! I love the way my body looks when I commit to working out at least a minimum of 3 days a week. A few months into gradually lifting heavier, especially after leg day, I started getting severe back pains and decided to go to the doctor. Long story short, my very last vertebrae never fully formed as a child and it now has a crack in it right where my nerve feeds through which is why I was feeling so much pressure and pain. Overall I just can’t go heavy on squats or leg press or deadlifts which is fine – it could be way worse!

However, starting next week I am pushing myself and focusing on working out at least 3-4 times a week again. I am not joining the gym again due to the waiting process of possibly moving to another state but I will be going to a bootcamp class MWF every morning with my grandma. Yes, that’s right, I said my grandma – she is such a trooper and legit works out just as good as me! She can’t lift the heavy weights or run as long as I do but she has the drive, endurance and stamina and motivates me like no other! We both took this class months ago and the instructor had to stop due to work but he is back and bringing the class back and we are both so beyond excited. I also want to start eating better (if you know me you know I can eat like a 6 year old boy and be totally content). I have a huge sweet tooth and yes I LOVE carbs… shoot me. I have never had to have a strict diet and I am thankful for that but personally I want to because I do feel better and more energetic when I have a healthier diet. It will be hard and I will gradually do it slow and steady – not drastically cutting out sugar, bread and red meat from my diet because let’s be honest that’s just not realistic and a little extreme for my lifestyle. My husband did that two months before we met and he was the leanest he has ever been (he never lets me hear the end of it that I’m the reason he’s not 175 lbs anymore haha oops).

Anyway, the first thing I did was pickup some new amazing workout attire to get me ready for a familiar yet new goal I’ve set for myself. I snagged this adorable two piece palm print workout set for under $40 and this graphic pink workout bag could not describe my life any better! I could go on about this topic forever but I’ll save you from reading a book! Feel free to comment or message me with any questions you have or if you just need a little self motivation inspiration. I hope you all enjoyed this post and have a great and safe weekend ahead!

XOXO

-Ashley

Shop Matchback

Shop Matchback

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Hey there babes! I wanted to take a second to write about a little something close to my heart today. As the holiday’s grow closer I have found myself fighting the same old everyday, materialistic gift urge. My birthday is also growing closer and my husband keeps asking me what I want and I’ve found it very hard to find an answer for him. We have been through many different ups and downs this past year as I’m sure many of you have too. With the year coming to an end I keep thinking more and more about what Christmas and the holidays are all about. Yes, I could easily send my husband a list of materialistic items for him to go out and buy, but honestly that could not be further from what I want or need in my life right now. Granted, when children come into the picture, I’m sure that list will be full of toys for them! And no… I’m not pregnant… calm down Mother!

With that being said, I’m going to be real with everyone and say that what I feel like I need, along with most of society right now, is a breath of fresh air, an eye opener and most of all, to be humbled. I will be the first to admit that it is so hard not to get wrapped up in the materialistic wants and needs of everyday life. However, when it comes down to it – money can’t buy happiness and my happiness is out in nature exploring the world with this hunk of a hubby by my side! I mean just look at at those arms (insert heart eye emoji).

I spoke with one of my best friends today about all of my trials, more like vented to, but hey what are best friends for and she reminded me of the real meaning of Christmas. She just got back from a week in Ecuador where they have no electricity, clean water or even shoes. She said to me “What if you guys did a service instead of material items, for instance serve at a soup kitchen or sponsor a families Christmas dinner or get presents for a child off of a wish tree.” As soon as I heard that I had the biggest smile come across my face, I could not have heard a better response from her. I am so beyond blessed with God, family, friends, a house to live in and shoes on my feet! Okay fine… lot’s of shoes! But sometimes we forget how good we really have it and that there are many people out there who have it worse off than we do.

That’s why I’ve partnered with Matchback.org, a giving brand working to promote the self confidence of teens-in-need. With their “Buy One, We Give One” model – for every apparel bundle sold, they donate an apparel bundle to an underprivileged teen. Each month they collaborate with a new organization to design a new shirt + hat bundle but their signature collection is “Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good!” To be completely honest with you when this company reached out to me about a month ago, I thought oh well they have pretty cool apparel and it’s for a good cause so yeah why not! But after the past few weeks I have a new found appreciation for organizations, big and small, who commit all of their time and raise funds for anyone in need all year long, not just during the holiday season! That is what we, as a society, should be doing is helping each other and building each other up. Not constantly trying to compare and compete with one another with who can have the best of the best. Because let’s be honest, no matter what we perceive on the outside, everyone has their own internal struggles and tribulations.

With all of that being said I hope you all can go out this holiday season and spread a little bit of joy to one another whether it be a gift, a meal or even just a smile. It’s the little things in life that really matter and can create change in the world as we know it. I hope this touched your heart even just a little as much as it has been weighing on mine. I am so thankful for all of your constant love and support!

XOXO

-Ashley