Style: Forage Collection LA

Thank you to Forage Collection for sponsoring this post. They sent me this dress to review for you all. All opinions of this product are 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links. What is an affiliate link? If you purchase an item through a link on my website, I will receive a small compensation at no additional cost to you. This helps keep Actually Ashley up and running to share more posts with you!

Welcome back!

I’ve been wanting to share some more fashion inspired posts with you all but this dreary, cold, wet, nasty weather has been making it hard to get some outfits photographed. We had a small break in the rain today, so I jumped at the chance to finally share this cute little sweater dress from Forage Collection based out of LA. They were so sweet and sent me this dress to give it a try! The material is nice and thick, and very soft. I also really love the little tie detail at the sleeves, revealing a cream color inside. I paired the sweater dress with these simple black wedge booties and a Similar Back Statement Necklace. I also threw on a gold watch and little gold band bracelet to finish off the look! ( The rain creeped back in before we got a good shot outside, so we had to move inside! Don’t mind those cords- yikes! I need some tips to hid those suckers! )

A huge thank you to Forage Collection for sending this sweater dress for me to review. They have some really great sort of hipster, sort of  boho inspired pieces, and I am excited to put my own style twist on their items! Be sure to check out their other style staples for a relaxed and comfortable look!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

 

Garden Floral Nursery for Adaline

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Hello there!

I am really excited to finally share Adaline’s nursery with you all! We started her room almost a year ago when she was just a wee-nugget in my belly. We converted one of our guest bedrooms into the nursery. I shared the design plans last spring when I started to order items for her room. She had a pretty unexpected arrival, a month early, so her room was not 100% completed when we finally came home from the hospital. I tossed stuff together to get us by at first. Over the last seven months, I’ve changed a few things as she has grown into the space to make it work better for us.

I wanted to wait a little bit before sharing to be able to share the ‘final’ version with you all! I’ve finally had time to really style her room and make it fit her personality. My husband Brian worked really hard to put up our faux shiplap. I really love the crisp white on the walls. He wasn’t too happy with me adding a project just a few weeks before the baby was due, but it got done and looks amazing. We used plywood cut into strips to create the look.  We painted them and used a nail gun to tack them up on the wall leaving small gaps for the seams. Overall it was a pretty simple project and something I would (make my husband) do again.

Pom Pom Basket // Similar Hospital Keepsake Frame// Bookcase

The first thing that really changed was how I styled her bookcase. I ended up using way more blankets than I had planned this winter, so her entire bottom shelf became their home. I moved her toys and her favorite books onto the middle shelves where it is easier to grab when we are snuggled up in the rocking chair before bedtime. She has really started to love reading before bedtime and this spot in her room is perfect for it! Lastly I switched out the artwork on her top shelf to this amazing watercolor my Cousin did for her. She is really talented and is thinking of starting up an Etsy store to sell her watercolors!

DIY Floral from Hobby Lobby // Pink Polka Dot Bunny Bank // BookcaseDIY floral from Hobby Lobby // Fairy Baby Doll // Bunny Watercolor by Erin HellmannUnicorn // Faux Fur Sheepskin Rug //Jute Pouf Ottoman // Similar Rocking ChairMy mom handmade these drapes for her room the week after she was born. We thought we had time to finish them up before she arrived, but she had her own plans! We used simple blush pink fabric for the panels, and used blackout liner to help with nap times later down the road. My mom added the little white pom pom trim to them, which I think is the perfect little detail. We also switched out the light fixture for this white beaded one. I love how the white beaded look is repeated on the mirror above her crib and the drapery. I think it adds a little bit of cohesive detail to the space. We decided to buy a neutral crib hoping to be able to use it in the future for other kiddos. My husband loved the idea of grey, so I scooped up this gender neutral one from target. I really love that it will convert to a toddler bed, and then to a regular full size bed when this room goes back to being a guest room in a few years! Grey Crib // Scalloped Crib Skirt // Mirror  // Whale MobileFloral Crib Sheets // Unicorn // Pillows from Hobby Lobby Ikea White Dresser // Grey Flower Detail Dress // Floral Changing Pad Cover // Wood Name Sign Wood Name Sign // Art from Hobby Lobby //Similar Galvanized TrayI  like to keep the stuff we use daily right on hand. This tiered tray is a great way to organize all of the not-so-pretty items like lotions and diapers. I also grabbed a simple glass jar to hold all of her pacifiers so they are also easy to grab! Lastly, we always keep a little toy on hand here as it is getting harder to keep her still while we change diapers. This little wood whale is one of her favorites right now. My talented cousin Erin painted this watercolor bunny just for Adalin’s room. She used the nursery for inspiration, and I think it fits perfectly with the space! Erin used so much detail and I would highly recommend her for any watercolors you may need. You can message her on Facebook until she gets her Etsy shop up and running! Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out our little floral/garden theme nursery. Its been a lot of fun to put together and I love being able to share it all with you!  Thanks to White Elm Photography for taking the shots with me and Adaline in them! Look how itty-bitty that nugget was! Time has already flown by!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Stitch Fix Style

While this post is sponsored by Stitch Fix – As always, all of the comments and opinions in this post are my own.

 


Happy Sunday!

Today was spent running errands and some much needed grocery shopping. This @stitchfix t-shirt top and 41 Hawthorn vest are perfect layers for this time of year going in and out of the stores. I am also so in love with these @roxy slip on sneakers. They are so easy to grab and go with the baby!

On a completely unrelated note- what do you guys put in your pots this time of year?! My dead plants left over from summer are bumming me out, but it’s too early to plant yet. What do you guys do?? Send help!

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Until Next Time,

Ashley

MB Krauss Diaper Bag Giveaway!

Thank you to MB Krauss for sponsoring this post. They sent me a diaper bag to review for you all. All opinions of this product are 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links. What is an affiliate link? If you purchase an item through a link on my website, I will receive a small compensation at no additional cost to you. This helps keep Actually Ashley up and running to share more posts with you!

Hey there friends!

Its giveaway time! Its hard work being a new mama, and staying organized has helped me not go off of the deep end lately. One way I try to stay organized while on-the-go is this super adorable diaper bag from MB Krauss. This puppy can seriously hold it all. Diapers… check! Wipes… check! Insulated bottle holder… check!  Half of your entire house… check! The MB Krauss diaper bag collection has a ton of compartments and pockets that make organizing the billions of baby things we truck around easy.

They have a few different colors and designs, but this black and white stripe is super cute. It comes with grey leather accents (the leather is actually shiny, but you can’t tell in the photos). I also love the matching clutch style changing pad that also has little pockets for some wipes and diapers.

 MB Krauss is a new label from New York that carries functional and stylish handbags for the modern mom. You can really tell that a mom designed these bags and has thought of everything! I’m happy to announce you can use code MBKASHLY to get 20% off of your own MB Krauss diaper bag!

Head on over to my INSTAGRAM  to enter to win your own diaper bag just like this one!
All you have to do to enter to win:
1. Follow @actuallyashleyblogs on Instagram
2.Find the photo of this bag and like it
3. Tag a mama that could use this diaper bag!
The more tags, the more entries!
I am so excited for this giveaway, and the 20% off coupon code MBKASHLY for you to get one for yourself! Pop on over to Instagram to enter to win!
Until Next Time,
Ashley
Contest Rules: Open to all residents of the United States. giveaway to close on Feb 18, 2018. Winner mut give address in direct messages on instagram to recieve bag.

Living Room Refresh and Stitch Fix Style

While this post is sponsored by Stitch Fix – As always, all of the comments and opinions in this post are my own.

If you follow my insta stories, you might remember my struggle with this corner of our living room feeling empty after we took down the Christmas tree. I normally have our barcart here, but I wanted a change. I stole the reclining chair from our family room and grabbed a old side table from storage to fill in the space. It’s growing on me! The accessories still need some “fluffing” but I like where it is going! What do you think?

Clothing:

-Navy and Red Plaid Button Down Top is @papermoon from @stitchfix

-Jeans are from New York and Company

-Faux Suede Lace Up Flats are Report Footwear from @stitchfix

 

Home:

-Recliner @homegoods -Silver Side Table is a antique find

-Blue Glass Jar @hobbylobby

-Faux Eucalyptus Leaf @ikeausa

-Navy Suede Pillow @ikeausa 

-Black & White Art @wendover_art_group

-Geode Art @leftbankart

-Deer Skull via @graveljaw

Guest Bedroom Refresh with Downlite Bedding

Thank you to Downlite Bedding for sponsoring this post. I was sent two pillows to review. The opinions are all my own!

My husband and I are tossing around the idea of renovating our home and adding an addition 😳. While I try to wrap my head around living in a construction site with a baby, I’m going to stick to some simple home upgrades for the time being. @downlitebedding is helping me upgrade our guest bedroom with these Tommy Bahama hypoallergenic pillows. They are faux down so they are cozy and fluffy without those pesky feathers poking you. Perfect! Do you want to upgrade your own bedding? Use coupon code DYGEN15 to take 15% off everything at Downlite Bedding Company.

Home:
-New Hypoallergenic Pillows @downlitebedding
-Plaid Duvet Cover @ikeausa
-White Ruffle Pillow Case from Pine Cone Hill
-Tufted Headboard @wayfair 

Baby Outfit:
-White Lace Onesie @carters
-Infant Jeans @target 

-Wood Whale Rattle @thelandofnod 

Thanksgiving Tips for Pet Lovers

Thank you to PuppySpot for collaborating on this post and providing all statistics below. All opinions are my own.

Hi Friends! Thanksgiving is just a few days away! I love stuffing my face with pie and mashed potatoes.. who doesn’t, right? While the people in your lives enjoy the Holiday, the folks over at PuppySpot and I just wanted to take a minute or two to remind you of some important pet safety tips to keep your little fur balls safe on Thanksgiving and the rest of the Holiday season! PuppySpot made this really great infographic to help remind us of the stress and food dangers that our little loves might come across on Thursday: Remember to keep the table scraps to a minimum. Keep in mind that everyone at your house is trying to sneak that cute pup a little bit of something, and it adds up quickly! Always avoid hazardous foods like onions, garlic and chocolate.

Looking for a new fur ball? While I always recommend adopting over shopping, its still fun to look at those puppy photos! Head over to PuppySpot’s puppy page to take a look at these nuggets!

Keep those babies safe everyone!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Holiday Home Tour- Living Room

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Welcome back!

I think my husband hates the fact that the blogging world forces me to put at least one of the rooms in our house into full-blown Christmas mode before we are done with Halloween. By the time I’m able to drag down the boxes, set it all up, photograph it all and throw a post together.. it takes me about 3 weeks. I have a new baby, so I tell myself that’s why it takes so long.. but like it or not, in order to have some fancy Christmas photos ready to share with you guys before you’re out to decorate for yourselves, we are doing Christmas in our living room a little early this year!

For the Holidays, we typically have two trees. One faux tree that I can set up earlier, and one real tree that kind of has to wait or risk being dead before December even gets here. Our living room is the most formal spot in our house, and its normally where I like to start when we begin to decorate for the season. Our living room has beautiful millwork and a gas fireplace that is my favorite to style for Christmas. I wanted to keep the space light and bright. I decided to keep to lots of whites and layer in navy, blush and a sage green. I’m really happy with how it looks with the space!Similar Mirror  // Fur Stocking // Knit Stocking

Pick a Color Scheme:

Our living room is painted in a soft blue green color against white trim work. I’ve added dashes of navy and blush throughout the room over the last year. I wanted to keep the Christmas decor in the same color scheme. I think it helps the space seem more together when it is all said and done. In decorating, it doesn’t really matter what color scheme you select- just that you stick to it! I picked up three flocked garlands from Hobby Lobby. I used some floral wire to string them together to make it long enough to go all the way down to the floor, which I think looks dreamy! I picked up some white stockings (affiliate links above!) in different textures to add some interest against the white paint of the fireplace.I’ve been collecting carved wood trees for a few years now. I really love the texture they add to the holiday mantel. I also love how they match our mirror. On the other side of the fireplace mantel I decided to also echo the iron work on the mirror with these three slender iron candlesticks. 

Curate Your Ornaments:

One of my favorite tips for the holidays is to curate what goes onto your tree. I know you love that macaroni ornament your sister made when she was six- but if its not in your ever important color scheme, it can st out a year. I’m not saying that you can not use sentimental ornaments, I’m just saying you can select ones that fit within your theme.  Glass Ball Ornament // Tree Bark Wood Slices

I start the tree with colored ball ornaments in my exact color scheme. I then layer in greenery and ribbons to give some dimension. Last, I finish the tree with the curated decorative ornaments. In the photos above I selected sentimental ornaments that fit withing this years color scheme. The top is an ornament we have made ever year. It is a sliver from the stump of that years Christmas tree that my sister-in-law carves for us. The bottom one is just a glass ball that I inserted a wedding invitation all cut up. Sweet and simple.

Don’t Forget the Wrapping!

Another way to get a cohesive holiday look for your space is with your wrapping. I like to select one to three papers that all go with the color scheme. I also love if the papers have slightly different textures. This year I selected a blush and white paper, a plain brown craft paper and a brown paper with a burlap print. I also selected ribbon with blush, navy or natural fibers. I love to pull a few ornaments from the tree and tie them onto the packages with the name tags. It really helps to pull it all together!Flamingo Stuffed Animal // Kraft Wrapping Paper

I also love the idea of leaving gifts that work with the theme unwrapped. This little flamingo fits my colors and looks great with just a bow. Which is great because what a pain in the butt that thing would be to wrap!Thanks for stopping by to see how I decorated my living room for the holidays! Stay tuned for other areas of my house decorated for Christmas! Have you put up your tree yet? Leave me a comment below!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Black Friday with Jord Wood Watches

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Good Morning!

I can hardly believe that it is already November! This fall has flown by, and now I am already thinking ahead to Thanksgiving and Christmas.. Seems crazy that it is already that time of year, right? I love everything about the holiday season. I enjoy the crisp cool weather, hot chocolate, winter layers, and tons of family and friends. Like most Americans, I look forward to stuffing my face with way too much food on Thanksgiving, followed by a whirl wind of shopping the next day to get ready for Christmas. Black Friday is known for some awesome deals, and this year I am excited to share with you Jord Watches.

Read to the end to see how you can get a 25% off coupon mailed to you!Jord is known for creating unique hand-crafted wood timepieces. Yes, these watches are made of 100% natural wood. They are seriously stunning. I was lucky enough that Jord offered to send my husband their Hyde watch in Ebony and Iron. He really loved the look and size of this watch. The dark wood is perfect for his manly-man style. My husband loves anything burly like hunting, fishing and a good DIY project. A wood watch fits his look perfectly. I showed this watch to my mom, who could not get over the fact that it was made from wood. She was stunned with out nice this watch is!Jord is offering some really great deals on a wide range of their watches for Black Friday this year. The Sawyer, Meridian, and Dover collections will be anywhere from $50-$100 off. The Cora and Conway and Delmar will be discounted to around $40 off and Hyde, Cassia, Frankie, Frankie 35, Fieldcrest $20-$30 off! Not only that, but Jord is offering my readers an additional discount! Each person who enters their information will instantly be emailed an exclusive holiday coupon code for 25% off their purchase! This is an exclusive offer and the  link will close on December 19th, 2017 at 11:59 PM. Be sure to get your coupon before its gone! I know my husband was sad when I made him put his watch back under the tree until Christmas!Wouldn’t these watches make the perfect gift!? Fathers, husbands, sons.. who would like one of these amazing wood watches in your household? Leave me a comment below and let me know! Remember to grab your coupon code before it expires!

Until Next Time,

Ashley
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Cheap and Easy DIY Baby Costume: Scuba Diver

Hello There!

I love doing these baby Halloween costumes! It is so fun to dress my little squish up everyday! Have you been following this full week of cheap and easy DIY baby costumes? Check out the strawberry, sushi roll, little old lady, pineapple, and a little spider. I got a big kick out of today’s costume: Baby Scuba Diver! How stinkin’ funny is this!? I know this one might not be practical to actually go trick or treating in, but boy did it make for some funny photos. Stay tuned to the end to see some funnier bloopers too!

To start this super easy costume, I cleaned and dried a plastic soda bottle to become the “air tank”. I grabbed some black spray paint and gave te entire thing a nice thick coat. Once it dried, I used painters tape to create bands around the bottle. I grabbed some yellow craft paint and gave this air tank some stripes! I got crazy and decided to throw on some glitter too for good measure. Once the paint is almost dry- remove the painters tape.

Next, I got some black baby tights and a long sleeve black onesie. I used a black headband around her waist to hold the “air tank” into place. I decided to use a binky as her mask. This would have worked perfectly if she hadn’t decided to start to hate binkys this week… oh well! You’ll see in the outtakes below I had to hold the binky in place to get a photo! Insert eye roll emoji! I also used the tub from my Nose Frida to connect the binky and the air tank. Lastly I grabbed some kids goggles for the top of her head. How is that action shot? I love the line of drool coming out! Oh boy! Nothing some cheek pinching can’t fix! We had a lot of fun with this one! She was a really great sport holding her head up and having those goggles on her head! Just ignore my hand with the binky!

What do you think of this scuba diver costume? What is your little wearing this Halloween? Leave me a comment below 🙂

Until Next Time,

Ashley

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