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This look is all about comfort! Between the cozy sweater and my favorite jeans, I could wear this all fall + winter. Something about this outfit makes me crave a warm apple cider! I love everything about this time of year and want my outfits to reflect it. I’ll take all the comfy sweaters + fall boots! I wore this outfit for brunch and other birthday festivities this past Saturday. If you want to follow along with my daily life, outfits, and pictures of my dog, be sure to follow me on Instagram(more…)

There’s so many things that I love about fall but by far my favorite is putting together fall outfits! What’s great about this one is you can easily adjust it as the temperature cools- layering it with a cardigan and throwing on some ankle boots. If you follow me on Instagram then you know I styled this outfit for work, but it can easily be for everyday wear. (more…)

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. (more…)

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!

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Offer to Babysit– Do some of your friends have kids? Offer to watch their babies so they can enjoy a valentine’s date!
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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!
  13. 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!
  14. 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
  15. 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.

What are your Valentine’s plans?

Love Always,

Ashley J.

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. (more…)

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.