My Holiday Gift Guide For Her

It’s that time of year again! Can you believe Christmas is already here? It’s also the time of year when some of us panic because we have no idea what to buy our friends and family. This lead me to create my own holiday gift guide for her. So weather you need to shop for your better half, your best friend, sister, mom, or any lady for that matter I have you covered!

Below are some of my favorite gifts that I personally would like to receive. Gentlemen, you’re welcome because this blog post is mainly dedicated to you! LOL

1. Fragrances

I’m pretty sure I can speak for all of us ladies when it comes to smelling our best! Perfume is one thing that I can never have enough of. Pictured here are just a couple of my top favorites that I use on a daily basis. I also love a good travel size like this Coco Chanel because it fits perfect in my purse which is also great because of my crazy schedule! On the go perfume is a must!

  • My Burberry
  • Coco Chanel
  • Chole Nomade

Click here to shop what’s pictured and for my fragrances!

2. Antonio Melanie Jollee Booties

Stop what you’re doing and head to Dillard’s for these show stoppers! These Antonio Melanie leopard booties will turn any day look to a whole new level! The perfect gift for shoe lovers! I also feel it’s a fashion law that every girl should have some type of leopard print in their wardrobe! Lol

Click here for these leopard booties! Black Friday Sale: Normally $140 Now $99.99

3. Bath & Body Works Rose Everything

If you know any ladies who love the smell of roses like I do I would swing on over to Bath & Body works and grab the Rose fine fragrance mist. I use this everyday when I get out of the shower. I also apply on the Rose and Vanilla body lotion. Perfect for dry skin especially in the winter months. I would also recommend the Rose and Vanilla 3-wick candle! Bundle it all up in a nice gift box with some rose pedals and volla!

Click here for everything Rose! Black Friday Sale: Buy 3 Get 3 on Everything!

4. Saint Laurent Kate Monogram Wallet on Chain Shoulder Bag

This YSL bag is a classic! The black calfskin leather is perfectly complemented with a silver chain that can be doubled up for a short under the arm look or let the chain down for a more relaxed style. Bonus points when you have more than one option especially when it’s a premium price. Go Saint Laurent!

Click here for outfit details and that gorgeous YSL Shoulder Bag!

For my earrings head on over to The Beach Boutique and use promo code: Ashley15

5. Sephora Starlit Brush Set

How adorable is this rose gold holiday brush set! This set includes:

  • Foundation brush
  • Angled brush
  • Crease brush
  • Eyeshadow brush
  • Angled Liner brush
  • Sliding pouch

Click here for these beauties! Black Friday Sale: Normally $39.99 Now $25.00

6. Nordstrom Leith Ruched Long Sleeve Dress

A perfect dress that can go with anything! What makes this dress so flattering to the eye is the ruched stomach. Pictured below you will see that I paired it with a long sleeve Cardigan that can also be found at Nordstrom. This dress also comes in multiple colors and is 25% off!

Click here for this complete look! Black Friday Sale: Leith Ruched Long Sleeve Dress Now 25% Off!

7. Sephora Give Me Some Nude Lips

Can I just say that I appreciate that Sephora has so many cute holiday gift sets! Like this one for example. 5 different brands of nude lips!!! I was going to give this away as a gift myself, but I just don’t think I’m able too! Lol! Well I’ll buy another set, but I have to keep one for myself!

Click here for this nude lip gift set! Black Friday Sale: Normally $ 28.00 Now $19.99

8. Sephora Sugar Jetsetter- Fresh

Now this right here is my personal favorite! I’ve tried so many different colored lip balms, and this my friends tops them all! Rose, Bloom, Pedal, Fresh to name a few! This is a great stocking stuffer as well!

Use link above!

Love my earrings head on over to Teenie and Frey and use promo code: ASHLEYCASEY15 for 30% off! Today only! 11/22/18

9. Bath & Body Works 3-Wick Candles

Need I say more! With a huge variety of scents, I love Twisted Peppermint and Fresh Balsam for the holidays. Keep an eye out for cyber week deals! It’s a great time to stock up and give away as gifts. Maybe even package it up with a Christmas ornament.

Click here for 3 wick candles! Black Friday Sale: Buy 3 Get 3 on Everything!

10. Express Soft Drape Trench Coat

Light draping fabric puts a soft, elegant spin on the classic trench coat silhouette. A sash tie waist maintains an air of timeless charm, so prepare to bring this one out season after season. 

Unfortunately this is sold out 😦 but here is a link for one that is similar.

Click here ! Black Friday Sale: Normally $128.00 Now $64.00!

11. Victoria’s Secret Shine Pleat Kimono & Crop Cami

Obsessed would be the word I would use for this sassy nightwear! Not only can you wear it indoors, but paired with jeans, heels and the crop cami, you will be ready for any holiday party. The kimono would look fabulous paired with a cute dress, jeans or even a skirt! Seriously, you can’t go wrong!

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12. Brushed Woman’s Blanket Scarfs

You can find a large variety of blanket scarfs at Target. Affordable and makes the perfect gift! Gift Idea: pair a scarf with #14

Click here for this scarf!

13. Sephora Midnight Wishes EyeShadow Pallette

The perfect Smokey eye can happen with this pallette. From soft golds and creams to deep reds and chocolates, this pallette from Sephora will make any girl feel special!

Click here for this Midnight Palette. Black Friday Sale: Normally $24.00 Now $16.99!

14. Winter Knit Beanie

As if a beanie isn’t already cute to begin with, why not add some fluffy ears! I’m so in love with this one that I find myself just wearing it in my house! Lol.

Click here for this cutie!

Hey Dallas

Our recent trip to Dallas was packed with sweet moments and memories that will last a lifetime! We met with my brother and his family which was the best part of our trip! Surprising my nephew Caleb as we pulled into their driveway topped it all! His big smile and constant Auntie hugs stole my heart! ❤️

We also got to meet our newest lil nephew, Parker! He’s seriously the cutest baby ever! Of course I spoiled him so much with the cutest clothes from Old Navy. Now, if I could just get my brother and sis-in-law to move to Florida…. hahaha! I can keep dreaming right? Lol

Nothing means more to me than quality time with my family especially if I can’t see them everyday. So we ended up spending the day together at Klyde Warren Park in Dallas.

This also gave me a little time for a photoshoot sess because the lighting was perfect!

(That makes the hubby happy) lol! Here are some pics of my outfit as well as the link to purchase.

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I was loving the cooler weather, but only for a day or two! Lol. I actually ended up getting super sick on Monday and I’m wondering if it had anything to do with going from the upper 80’s to the low 30’s!

I was in bed pretty much the entire day at our hotel and couldn’t keep anything down. It was awful! Luckily, I woke up today (Tuesday) feeling 100% better!

Now I have to tell you about where we stayed! The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek was such a delight as it entertained a vintage feel that captured the art of architect, antique pieces, authentic fixtures and luxurious materials throughout!

pictures above are not mine.

We explored the hotel and had VIP treatment as the concierge gave us a full tour. Check out this beautiful wine cellar! You can hold private events here as well.

Down to the linens, stunning gold rimmed China, the ambiance here is to die for.

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek is steeped in Dallas history. Originally built as a private residence, much of the fine estate seen today was constructed in the early 1920s after a fire destroyed the first structure. The owners, inspired by worldly travels, embarked on a tour of Europe with their architect, curating antique pieces, authentic fixtures and luxurious materials.

In 1925, the opulent manor was complete, including a cantilevered staircase and the first private elevator in Dallas. The architecture is influenced by 16th century Renaissance Italy. Ornate interior décor is inspired by grand estates in Spain, Italy, England, France and elsewhere.

To read more of this story head on over to Rosewood Hotels.

So to all the staff at Rosewood, thank you for a wonderful experience and for your superb hospitality! We will definitely be coming back!

One evening, our son Ethan stayed the night at his cousin’s house, so hubby and I ventured over to Highland Park Village to do a little shopping. Again, it was freezing outside and my toes almost fell off! Lol. Can you tell I’m from Florida!?

I would absolutely recommend Highland Park Village if you’re in the area. Beautiful outside shopping with a fun, eclectic atmosphere. For a list of their stores click here.

Alright friends, that’s all I got! Much love to you all and thank you for following my journey!

❤️xoxo,

-Ash

Exciting News!

Hey Hey Hey! Goodness, I’m so excited to finally share with you all what we’ve have been up too! I have actually been wanting to post about this for quite some time now, but had to wait for the perfect moment.

For those of you that I have been following me for quite some time now on social media, I’m sure you have noticed that I’m definitely into fashion!

Getting dolled up in cute outfits with great accessories just makes me feel pretty. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that! It’s funny though because a basic trip to Target may have a lot of people staring at me because well….. I’m way overdone some may say! 😂 You know what, this is who I am and I’ve decided to embrace it.

Now don’t get me wrong, as much as I love to get dolled up from head to toe , I absolutely love my days in workout clothes and a snap back. If you find me at home, I have zero make up on and PJs all day long.

Okay, should I stop blabbing and just get to the point? Lol.

With much help from my amazing husband (instagram husband) I’m now apart of………. drum roll…..

The Like to Know It app is a cool service that lets you connect and find the outfits that bloggers are wearing! So when you see me post here on my blog or my Instagram page and you love the outfit, you can click on the link in my bio that will take you to my Like to Know It page or simply screenshot my post if you already have the app. There you can see where I picked up my look and you can purchase exactly what I’m wearing.

Do I consider myself a fashion blogger? Not necessarily. I am still a lifestyle blogger because I love to integrate everything about my life right here with you lovies. Whether it’s business tips, inspirational post, social media tips, marriage and family talk, travel, I’m still your girl! Promise!

Let’s get down to it shall we!

Click here to get this look!

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So here is the funny story behind all these pics and it’s the honest truth! Lol. It’s 90 degrees out because well, I live in Southwest Florida and I’m literally trying to suck it up and smile even though I’m dying!!! Literally! Sweat all over and I’m wearing what I call my , “stick on boob covers from Target”, and they’re pretty much falling off me on this shoot! 🤦‍♀️

Florida unfortunately doesn’t get to see Fall, So I have been begging my husband to take us up north sometime in November!

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Now I’m going to ask all of you to pray that Florida will cool down so I can actually enjoy these photoshoots! Lol. My husband was so over me by the end of the night! Haha!

Please leave me some love and let me know what your favorite outfit was! I would also love to hear from you and hear what outfits you’d like me to put together and showcase.

Thanks for all of your support!

Love ya,

Ash

Cabo San Lucas

As we have traveled to many places, Mexico has always been a destination with beautiful views of the ocean and breathtaking mountains. Now, if I could just pick up those mountains and place them here in Florida, I would be the happiest girl EVER! This trip actually marks our 5th time in Mexico and our 2nd time at this resort which I will share with you shortly.

Immediately exiting the plane, we headed to get our next stamp in our passport. Am I the only one who gets overjoyed when I here the loud stamp hitting my passport?! Lol. Now to just fill up every page! #goals

You can’t go to Mexico without ordering chips and salsa! Right outside of San Jose Airport we found a cute little bar called, Fisherman’s where the hubby and I enjoyed some refreshing margaritas and the best chips and salsa! We had to wait for our friends to arrive anyway so this was the best spot to relax and fill up our bellies.

and yes, I ate the salsa by the spoonfuls just as pictured!!!

Sunnies: Diff

We stayed at the Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort

The property is absolutely stunning and luxurious! I would say this is a great getaway for you and your other half. Staff was very friendly and always there to assist you with your needs.

Our room was gorgeous and the best part was the swim up pool right off our back patio.

Waking up to this view overlooking the Pacific Ocean was absolute heaven! It was definitely a great way to bring in my 34 years alive! This was actually our second room while we were here. Our first room looked the same except we had a balcony with a huge jacuzzi tub. Hubby upgraded to this room for a couple days for my birthday.

Since we’re on the topic of my birthday, he also surprised me to a morning at the spa for a couples massage. Check out these pictures.

Before we actually went in for our couples massage we enjoyed the little extras! The massage pool, mineral pool and hot tub were out of this world! We were both relaxed and truly enjoyed every moment in this luxurious environment.

As if it couldn’t get any better, after our massage I was guided back to the mineral pool for this sweet birthday surprise.

Flowers, champagne and my fav, Carrot cake! I am blessed with such a romantic husband!

What’s a trip without a fun excursion right? We headed out on a sailboat for gorgeous views of the Arch of Cabo, lunch and snorkeling.

seriously the best tacos we had on this trip!!! To.Die.For!!!

Can we say picture perfect spot! We actually snorkeled our way up to these rocks and made the climb for this pic! Minor cuts but I survived.

Click here for the luxury sailboat and lunch excursion

If there is one thing that I can highly recommend on this trip, is it re-applying sunblock like it’s no one’s business! I’m pretty sure the sun in Mexico is a different sun that we have here in the states. Lol! Holy Hotness! Unfortunately I fried my forehead and bottom lip. I now have a great sun block for the lips that my friend Whitney recommends that I will be ordering tomorrow! Needless to say, her lips were absolutely amazing on our trip and mine were crisp and toasty!

Here is the lip sunblock that I will always be wearing from this point on:

Supergoop SPF50 $22

All right beauties! I will do another blog post on my outfits and all of my Cabo essentials. Stay tuned in the next couple of days for that.

Love yah,

Ash

Travel Must Haves

Okay, As much as I would like to take pictures of everything in my bag, I can’t. Honestly it would take me way too long! Lol. So I took my absolute favorite beauty items that go with me everywhere!

ASHLEY’S MUST HAVES!!!

Let’s talk hairspray! Honestly, I’ve tried so many but my heart belongs to Kenra. One, it smells super yummy and second the hold is just right! Whether I wear my hair up in a pony, straight or curly, Kenra does the job! Pictured below is the volume hairspray in 25. I purchase mine on Amazon. The link is below.

Kenra Hairspray

A woman’s hair is our pride and joy right? I mean it is for me. If my hair is not on point then my entire look can just go right out the window! So that’s why I finally purchased L’ange. I noticed all the the hype going around on social media and jumped on the wagon. I also purchased their curling wand which is by far the best wand I’ve ever owned! Here is my routine with the products shown:

  1. After shower with towel dried hair I apply 2 pumps of the nourishing gloss. Makes your hair silky.
  2. I then apply the root booster all over the top of my head. After you blow dry, the results are amazing! No teasing necessary.
  3. After you blow dry, apply the heat shield to protect those pretty locks from your heating tools.
  4. Style your hair and apply the marula oil hydrating mist. Beautiful shine and softness for days!!
  5. L’ange Ondule Curling wand 25mm white Curling Wand

Click here to order all the other goodies by L’ange Hair.

As we set off to Cabo San Lucas I can’t show up looking like a ghost! Yes, I live in Florida but I don’t bake in the sun. I’m not getting any younger so making sure that I take care of my skin is a top priority.

So how do I get that perfect tan without getting kissed by the actual sun? St. Tropez baby! I have been using this product for years and it has never let me down!

No streaking and no ugly fake orange look! The bronzing mousse pictured above is my favorite. I love that it’s easily applied with the St. Tropez mitt and you can create your perfect summer glow within 3 hours! Plus, you can do it in the comfort of your own home and apply in all your lady parts for an even tan! 😂 It really makes my self confidence go up and I feel super sexy for my man!

Click here for Mousse

Click here for the MIT

No look is complete without the perfect pout! That’s why I probably pack way more lipstick and lip liners than I need! As you can see I have a variety of brands. Pictured are just a few of my favs. Right now I’m loving pinks both light and dark. It makes a great pop with my blonde hair and really accentuates my eyes.

Last but not least, my must have travel perfumes! I’m a sucker when it comes cute bottles and roll ons. It makes it so much easier to travel with and keep in my purse.

From left to right:

Chanel Gabriel by Chanel

Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede

My Burberry by Burberry

How about a giveaway of my fav sunless tanner!! Here is how to enter:

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Alright lovies! I’m off to enjoy this vacay! Blog post coming soon on my skincare regimen and all the fun here in Cabo!🌴

Love, Ash

Built on Solid Foundation

As many of you know, we’re building our very first home! To say we’re excited is an understatement!! It’s always been a dream to be able to completely customize a house that fits our personality and be able to share that space as we entertain with our closest friends and family.

We’ve owned many houses but it’s never really felt like a home with a real fresh start. Kind of like jumping into someone else’s dream design. We wanted more!

The idea of building our own home from start to finish began earlier this year. It’s always been a dream of our’s to build a brand new house and design everything exactly the way that we want it! There’s so much symbolic meaning for our family with this new home. It’s allowing us to start a fresh new chapter in a brand new home, in a brand new location and in a brand new area that will allow us to grow and expand in so many different areas of our lives!

Now that we’re building our own home, I’ve always wanted to write prayers on the wood and concrete before drywall is placed. So today as a family we did just that!

I think one of the most humbling and fulfilling moments as a parent happened today. Watching our son, Ethan, write his prayers on the walls and knowing that his prayers were about everyone else. His heart is solid in his faith and as I may be bias, I’m pretty sure we have one special young man! Below are his prayers. 🙏🏻😭

Yeah, this mama had lots of tears today!

We want our home to be a place of tranquility and peace with a sense of refuge. When you walk into our front doors, I pray that those who enter will immediately feel Gods presence. I want his love to be so consumed in our home that no harm or evil can even step foot!

Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on SOLID ROCK!

– Matthew 7:24

Our house will be exactly that! Built on solid rock! As we may have moments of sadness, hurt, anger and everything else that this world will bring our way, I know for certain that our walls will not tremble!

Some prayers in our bedroom

I’m ending this Sunday completely blessed and looking forward to starting this new chapter in our home. I hope this inspires you to do the same! Whether you’re renting a home, own a home or building a home, speak God’s word in every room and rebuke the enemy out of your house! Claim your sanctuary and destroy everything that’s not bearing fruit in your life!

God is our reward and treasure. Seek him first and make him the center of your family!

If you need strength, if you need wisdom, if you need a refreshing over your marriage or family…. sister HE IS THE WAY! Our sins are great, but his LOVE IS GREATER!

LIVE FOR MORE 🙌❤️

Ash

Xoxo

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Finding The Beauty

We all know life is a constant battle but I promise you there is beauty in every situation.

You know the saying, “Every cloud has a silver lining.” It truly means that anytime darkness comes your way, there will be a blessing or something positive to reflect on afterward. Finding the beauty.

Maybe you woke up today in a not so good mood. Your day is already off on the wrong foot and you pretty much believe the rest of your day is gonna be crap! Girl, you better find the beauty in your morning and flip that switch around!

There is always a solution in the good and the bad. It’s all in the matter of how we react and assess our situations. If you are angry, upset or depressed your outlook will play a big role on the reflection of your day.

If you’re cheerful, loving and energetic your outlook on the day will be completely different!

If there is no solution to the problem then don’t waste time worrying about it. If there is a solution to the problem then don’t waste time worrying about it.” – Dalai Lama

Have a plan of action! Positive thoughts lead to positive results! Finding the beauty in your situations will take away the negative thoughts that are doing you no good!

Also, let’s not forget that by transforming our minds and perspectives in bad situations, it’s only going to make us stronger. Sometimes you also have to sit back and reflect on that negative situation. How can we learn from it? Every experience and situation in life is something we can learn from!

Don’t let that negative situation overshadow the beauty that is there! This is probably the hardest part, but sister if we can train our minds in the bad moments we experience through life, it’s only going to mold us into the image God created us to be. We’re LOVERS and FIGHTERS!

Of course it’s completely normal to feel hurt and broken when bad things happen. It’s our human nature. It’s also a part of the healing process, but how we come out of it is what separates us.

One of the most important things that I have learned through life, is when hard times come or I am faced with a negative situation, I will immediately pray and open up God’s word. This is me Finding the beauty in the situation. God’s word is my anchor and He gives me the peace I need. I know I will overcome the situation because it’s in God’s hands. My faith is strong in HIM because I know he has my back. I then start to think of everything I’m thankful for and list it all out.

Girl, we’re all beautifully broken. We’re not perfect, but it’s up to us to find the beauty in the darkness. ❤️