I’m so happy to be back in the blogging world! Instead of doing super formal outfit posts, I want to share real life outfits that I’m actually wearing. I always want to keep it real with you guys, and in my opinion, this is the best way to do it! I rummaged around in my closet this past weekend and threw this outfit together just in time for dinner and drinks! You’ll definitely be seeing these pieces again remixed in future real outfit posts. Continue reading →
Hey friends! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Today I’m sharing 15 ways to show you care. Not all these ideas have to be for a husband or significant other- some can be for a friend, galentine, or family member. I hope these ideas get you thinking outside the box to make someone’s day special. Not everyone loves Valentine’s Day, and this could be a perfect opportunity to make someone’s day for the better!
Send Flowers to a Friend- If you have a friend that’s going through a tough time or doesn’t have a significant other, send her a bouquet of her favorite flowers to let her know you’re thinking of her. If flowers are out of the budget, send her a valentine’s card in the mail!
Make a Meal For Your Spouse/Boyfriend– Guys, I don’t know about you, but Alex loves to eat and I hate cooking. Food is definitely a part of his love language.
Speaking of Love Languages– Learn the love language of your spouse, friends, etc. When you know what makes them feel most important, it really helps when trying to make a nice gesture. If your husband’s love language is quality time, going to a game of his favorite sports team or attending a cooking class might mean more to him than buying him a sweater.
Bake Some Treats– If you have the time, invite some of your friends to bake some valentine’s treats with you! Otherwise, you can make a plate of goodies to drop off at their place as a surprise.
Offer to Babysit– Do some of your friends have kids? Offer to watch their babies so they can enjoy a valentine’s date!
Surprise your Spouse with a New Experience– Maybe it’s taking a weekend trip to a city you’ve never visited, or something as simple as trying out a new local restaurant. Trying new things together is something that you should never stop doing!
Host Galentine’s Day– This one would be tough for me, because my friends live all over the place and not many are local. If you’re fortunate enough to have most of your friends live in the city, host a galentine’s get together!
Small Jar of Goodies– hit up the Target dollar spot for some cute + inexpensive gifts for your friends + coworkers! For example, you could get some fuzzy socks, nail polish, and a mug of cocoa for the perfect cozy DIY gift!
FaceTime Date– Like I said before, very few of my friends live local so sometimes you just need to utilize FaceTime. One of my friends temporarily moved across the country so we always like to set up our FaceTime chats.
Be Intentional About Your Words– This really applies to all the people in your life, but for me I’m definitely working on it with my husband. Sometimes it’s so easy to just say something without even thinking of how it might make the other person feel. Take your time to respond to situations, especially when you don’t see eye to eye.
Girl’s Day– Okay my mom and I do this all the time, but Valentine’s is the perfect time to take your mom, friend, sister, or sister-in-law, and have a girl’s day to get pedicures!
Make a List + Pray– Seriously make a list of all the important people in your life, and jot down a few notes. Maybe something is happening in their life that needs prayer at the moment. Go through the list of all your important people and pray for them. Prayer can move mountains!
Be an Intentional Gifter– If you pay close attention, you will pick up on gift ideas for your significant other. Whether they complain about their favorite shoes showing signs of wear or see a jacket they like while you’re out and about, jot it down in your phone. It’s so much easier to have a handful of gift ideas that you know they will love!
DIY it!– Maybe you don’t have a ton of money to spend on a gift and that is okay! One of my favorite gifts from my husband was a book of bible verses to help me when I’m stressed or anxious. Pinterest has a ton of DIY ideas and don’t be afraid to make it your own
Get Some Pictures Done– Maybe you have a friend that has a nice camera or is a photographer. Get some fun pictures at a coffee shop or in the snow. Pictures are priceless, and it doesn’t have to be a big occasion like your wedding just to get them done.
I hope that these 15 ideas can help every person in your life feel special and loved. It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s to use these ideas either, you can modify some of them to be used year round! I hope you all have the best weekend.
Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing some of my favorite tips I’ve learned from my journey to less. I’ve learned some great lessons so far that I’m just dying to share! If you want to learn more about building a versatile wardrobe, keep on reading! As a side note, I’m not perfect regarding this concept of “less” and I’m always open to learning. Leave me your best tips in the comments! Also be sure to follow me on Instagram for my weekly lifestyle posts. Continue reading →
Hey friends! With the new year in full swing, I wanted to share my word for this year: less. I don’t believe in resolutions, but I’m a firm believer in being intentional about the new year. To be honest, I spent most of 2016 running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I was wrapped up in so many things, and more often than not didn’t even bother to think if they lined up with what God wanted for me.
For 2017 I’ve landed on the concept of less. I spent the majority of last year chasing a “more” type of lifestyle that left me frazzled and exhausted. More plans, more hours, more clothes, more sweets, more responsibilities, more to-do lists, more of things that never truly mattered.
My husband and I spent the first few days of the new year getting rid of things we didn’t need. Together we cleaned out of closets, cabinets, and even under our bed, and came up with bags of stuff to donate to people who truly need those things. We incorporated the concept of “less” and within a few days, I was already happier than a year of “more” ever made me. We’re definitely still have more to get rid of, but overall we’re trying to embrace the less is more mentality. I’m trying to pair down and simplify my wardrobe, and it’s been such a freeing experience! I definitely plan on covering this in later posts.
So many changes are happening right now, and they are honestly for the better. I hope to provide encouragement and practical style tips for my posts in 2017. I still plan on collaborating with some companies and small businesses that I fully believe in and love. As always, I’ll never promote something that I feel doesn’t align with what I believe this blog should be about. I’m really excited for what this year has in store Love Always Ashley J, and I’m so thankful for every single person that takes the time to read my posts!
What word/intentions have you set forth for the new year?
I’ve teamed up with ÉLÉMENTS CLOTHING to share with you this edgy look that is perfect for an evening out. With the holidays being right around the corner, it’s always a time to catch up with friends while you’re home. This outfit would be perfect for the occasion! With it being so cold, layers are definitely an essential. Everything mentioned in this post is affordable, and are great staple items to add to your closet. ÉLÉMENTS CLOTHING was kind enough to provide a discount code just for my readers! You can save 10% on your order with ‘ASHLEY10’. Oh and I must add that they have free shipping! You can thank me later 😉 Continue reading →
Usually during this time of year, I find myself in somewhat of a rut, wearing the same sweaters over and over. Maybe you feel the same way, so this post is to help you break out of your routine without breaking the bank. ALL of my pieces mentioned are super affordable, and versatile for your wardrobe. I hope you find this helpful, and inspires you to style your outfits in a new way. Be sure to let me know if you’d be interested in seeing fashion how-to type posts more often! Continue reading →
Today I’m sharing my men’s gift guide. Only these items weren’t chosen by me, my husband picked them! Men can be so hard to shop for, so I thought why not ask a guy? My husband’s style is laid back, classic, and he loves neutrals (I married the right man ya’ll!) He really did a great job of mixing some higher end items with some affordable ones as well. Keep in mind these gifts aren’t just for husbands or boyfriends.. They can be for your brother, dad, or father-in-law! If you’re on a budget or looking to splurge on the man in your life this Christmas, you’ve come to the right place!
Bleu De Chanel Cologne: If you’re having your first Christmas with your boyfriend or want to get your hubby something special, this is a great option! This is a neutral, clean smell that all men would love.
Hey friends! Today I’ve partnered up with The Mint Julep Boutique to share this look with you. Stay posted until the end to learn about our giveaway!
I absolutely love this olive tunic from The Mint Julep Boutique! It is the most comfy clothing item that I own and is so easy to dress up or down. I styled this look for a casual weekend out or to wear Christmas shopping. They offer so many different colors of this tunic, and honestly I want one of each! You can view the different color options here. This would make a perfect Christmas gift for a friend, sister, or mom!
I literally had the best Thanksgiving ever. Now that we’re settled back in, we’ve attempted to put up our Christmas tree twice, only to find out lights were burnt out or we needed other misc items from the store. Hopefully the 3rd time will be a charm! Bring on the Christmas movies and hot cocoa!
I’m hosting a giveaway on my Instagram where you can win a tunic of your choice. Head over to my Instagram for the rest of the details!
A few weekends ago, I made a stop at Nordstrom to pick up some essentials. They literally had the best selection, and I couldn’t help but purchase a few things for the season. One of them being, this adorable striped cold shoulder top! This outfit would be perfect to wear for running errands, a lunch date, or a fun day with the girls!
As soon as I saw this shirt, I knew I had to pair it with my favorite floppy hat! Hats like this one are so much fun to add to an outfit. I’m not always a fan of wearing a ton of jewelry, so hats are a fun way to accessorize a look.
I also picked up this pair of distressed denim jeans. These have been on my wish list for quite some time. The associate who checked me out was so sweet, and she let me know that this brand of jeans that they carry at Nordstrom is almost identical to the Joe’s Jeans, but they are half the price!
I can’t wait to have a few days to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. My mom and I have a full day planned for Friday, and it makes me so excited! We don’t get to spend as much time together as we used to, so I’m so looking forward to it!
I hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and be on the look out for my posts later this week!
wife + dog mom residing in the midwest. providing minimalist inspired style tips + sharing tidbits on life. lover of jesus, fern plants, and a good cup of coffee. come as you are and i hope you'll say hello!