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Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing my current favorite outfit combination. This tshirt just so happens to be my favorite from the Have Faith Mama Etsy shop! Paulina, the owner, is the sweetest, and her style is ah-mazing. At her shop, she has a few different styles to choose from including this adorable “Have Faith + Coffee” tee. She also has an option for all those mama’s out there, so be sure to check out her etsy shop! This would make the perfect staple piece to add to your closet or make an adorable gift to give to a friend. If you decide to place an order you can save 20% with ‘lovealways20’ (more…)


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?

Love Always,

Ashley J.


‘The Lily’ Top (c/o) | Faux Leather Jacket (so similar-mine sold out!)| Black Distressed Skinnies | Layered Necklace | Booties

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 😉 (more…)


Sweater (comes in several colors!) /Faux Fur Vest (similar) / Utility Vest / Distressed Denim / Black Distressed Denim / Booties / Riding Boots (similar) / Choker

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! (more…)


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!

North Face Men’s Gordon Lyons Full Zip: This jacket is amazing! Alex tried this on in store and loved the quality. Would make a great gift for someone in college that has to walk to class in the winter time!

North Face Men’s Thermoball Vest: This vest is great quality and is a perfect gift for any guy. If you aren’t sure what the guy in your life would like, this is a safe choice!

Old Navy Men’s Button Down Shirt: Alex has this shirt and loves it! For the price, you really can’t go wrong. Would make a great gift for any of the guys in your life!

Lululemon Metal Vent Tech Short Sleeve: Alex’s favorite workout shirt! Great gift for the fitness lover.

LUSH Dirty Hair Cream: Alex uses this product daily in his hair, and it would make an adorable stocking stuffer. LUSH has a whole men’s line that you can check out here.

Jack Threads Chapter Toiletry Kit: A nice travel toiletry bag always makes a great gift. This one is super inexpensive, and Alex keeps hinting to me that he wants it!

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.

Banana Republic Herringbone Crew Neck Sweater: I don’t know many guys that wouldn’t love getting a comfy sweater for Christmas. This one is a no brainer, and would also make a great gift for someone who is hard to shop for.

Jack Threads Bookham Chukkas: These shoes are so on trend for men. They come in three different colors and are made with leather. Shoes always make a great gift!

Birchbox Man Subscripton: We always get our subscription boxes in the mail each month, why not get one for your guy?! This is such a great, inexpensive gift that he will enjoy for months to come!

Nike 2016 NFL Tshirt: A perfect gift for the football lover. Do I really have to say more? They carry this shirt for all the NFL teams so we’ve got you covered!

Lululemon On The Fly Weekender: This bag is a great gift for the guy in your life that likes to work out at the gym, or travels a lot. The quality is amazing!

Banana Republic Leather Modern Belt: Another great inexpensive item to complete your Christmas gift! I don’t know about your guy, but Alex has to wear a belt every day to work so every year or so he needs to get a few new ones. Trendy and practical!

Banana Republic Rib-Knit Twead Beanie: This item would make a great stocking stuffer or if you need just one more item to gift to your guy. The price is right, and goes with so many different styles!

What are you getting your man for Christmas?

Love Always,

Ashley J.


Olive Tunic (c/o) | Dark Wash Skinny Jeans | Ankle Booties (similar) | Necklace

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!

Love Always,

Ashley J.

 


Cold Shoulder Top | Distressed Skinny Jeans | Floppy Hat (similar) | Lace Up Flats | Lipstick | Foundation

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!

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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!

Love Always,

Ashley J.

 

 


Striped Dress (use code ‘ASHLEYJ25‘ for 25% off your order!) // Wine Faux Leather Jacket (similar) // Block Heels // Red Lipstick // Curling Iron (my fav!)

Today, I’ve teamed up with XOmandysue to share with you my first holiday look of the season! This outfit would be perfect for a work Christmas party, or even a December date with your significant other. I absolutely love this striped dress, and I’m so excited to share with you how I styled it. (more…)


Lace up Floral Top / Black Distressed Skinny Jeans (similar) / Booties / Tassel Earrings (similar)

I’m back to share one of my favorite looks for the season. This lace up blouse is seriously the cutest. I can’t wait to pair it with an oversized cardigan or denim jacket this winter. Not only is it a gorgeous piece, but I also managed to snag it for 10% off! It didn’t save a ton but any discount is good in my book! This top is under $50, and such great quality. I was also super impressed with the fit, and it’s definitely TTS! The hubs and I actually went out to dinner after taking these photos, and I have to say that this top is perfect for date night. (more…)


Plaid Scarf c/o – (use code ‘ashleyj20‘ for 20% off your entire order) | Striped Long Sleeve Tee | Dark Wash Denim | Ankle Booties | Earrings

Happy Tuesday! I’ve teamed up with ILYMIX to show you how I styled this lovely plaid scarf for fall! Blanket scarves are a huge trend this season, and I can’t wait to tell you my thoughts on it. (more…)