December 2015

Getting My Fix: Stitch Fix Review 5


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

StitchFix Review Cover-Stich Fix review on Actually Ashley BlogsWelcome Back!

Have said it before, and I’ll say it again.. I love getting a Stitch Fix Shipment in the mail. I swear I must look like I am a five year old on Christmas morning when I pull up to the house and see that pretty box on the steps… Its the little things, right? If you’re new to the blog, welcome! I am always so excited to hear from new faces and get to know everyone! I’ve written about my Stitch Fix shipments before. You can catch up with the action here, here, here and here. If you haven’t heard of stitch fix:

“For busy women on the go, Stitch Fix is the personal styling service tailored to your taste, budget and lifestyle that helps you look and feel your best every day. Our goal is to make shopping fun, effortless and empowering for busy women on the go. We believe that if you feel confident in how you look, it affects your life in positive ways. From leading a meeting to laughing with loved ones, confidence has a way of boosting everything and everyone around you. At Stitch Fix, we’re here to make getting dressed simple and rewarding, so you can focus on being your best self.”

1: Absolutely Elberta Pointelle Detail Cowl Neck Sweater- Returned

Absolutely Elberta Pointelle Detail Cowl Neck-Stich Fix review on Actually Ashley BlogsAbsolutlely Elberta Pointelle Detail Cowl Neck Sweater- Stich Fix review on Actually Ashley BlogsThis was a cute white sweater that I paired with a gold and black drop gem necklace and skinny jeans. It is a perfect look for the holidays if paired with bright colored skinny jeans! To be honest, I am not a huge fan of cowl necks. Some people can really pull them off, but I feel like I am constantly adjusting them. I was also not a huge fan of the fit, it was a tad too snug so I had to return it.

2: Liverpool Anita Skinny Pants- Returned

Liverpool Anita Skinny Pant-Stich Fix review on Actually Ashley Blogs

These army green pants were so fun, but simply did not fit too well. I had bunching and pulling of the fabric in my *front* area. It they were a better fit I would have totally kept them! I paired the pants with sexy “biker” black heels, a black shirt and a vest like this one. 

3. Gorjana Teresa Mini Bar Studs- KeptGorjana Teresa Mini Bar Studs-Stich Fix review on Actually Ashley Blogs

I have been really into gold lately. From using it in my interior design work, to wearing it non stop.. I’ve been REALLY into gold. Needless to say these simple gold studs will fit perfectly in with my new favorite trend 😉

4: 41 Hawthorn Folbert 3/4 Sleeve Popover Blouse- Returned41Hawthorn Filbert 34 Sleeve popover blouse-Stich Fix review on Actually Ashley Blogs41hawthorn filbert popover blouse back-Stich Fix review on Actually Ashley Blogs

This was a hard one for me. On one hand the fit was great and t had this fun detail on the back of the sleeve! Love that! On the other hand, look at how easily wrinkled it became. Lord knows I don’t have time to iron before work so I knew I’d never be able to wear it… Back it went. I paired it with dark skinny jeans and fun camel colored boots.

5. Skies Are Blue Emira Faux Fur Collar Knit Vest- KeptSkies are Blue Emira Faux Fur Knit Vest-Stich Fix review on Actually Ashley BlogsOkay, this was hands down my favorite item of the bunch! It fit like a glove, and was right on trend with the faux fur that is everywhere right now. I went with dark jeans, my previous Stitch Fix necklace, my Blowfish Booties and a White Sweater I had on hand. This would also be so cute with a jewel toned long sleeved dress and pumps for a office holiday party!

Thanks so much for checking in! I hope you stop by again 🙂  If your’e interested, check out Stitch Fix and give it a try! I’ve loved it so far!

Until next Time,



Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Women’s Gifts under $199

Good Morning Friends!

I feel like the Christmas bug has finally bitten me. I am full swing into my Holiday buying for everyone on my list. How are you on yours? If you need some help check back to my favorite Holiday Hostess Gifts and my Favorite Gifts for Men Under $199!

Its time for another post in the Holiday Gift Giving Guide! This time I am wrapping up some of my favorite items for the ladies! Here are my favorite gift ideas for women that are priced under $199… Hint: Most of the items are under $50! What a steal!!Holiday Gift Guide Women


ONE: Birch Box’s 6-12 Month Subscription $60.00-$110.00

What I love about this gift is that you get something for several months… The gift that keeps on giving! You can sign a friend, mom or girlfriend up for a monthly shipment of name brand beauty products! It is a great way for them to try out some new items and see what they love!

TWO: Nest’s Birtchwood Pine Scented Candle $ 38.00

A simple, yet pretty candle is the perfect gift for a teacher, friend, or even a co-worker! It is a great neutral option for someone you maybe don’t have a super personal relationship with. I love the Nest brand products, and I have not found a sent I do not love yet.

THREE: Nimbus Intelligent Watering System Pot $39.99

Don’t have a ‘green thumb’? Don’t worry about killing off every plant you own with Nimbus. No more over watering, No more underwatering, No more guessing. The pot holds 1 gallon of water (up to 4 months of no worry) and releases the water as the plant needs it.. Perfect.


FOUR: Hunter Women’s Original Refined Back Strap Rain Boots $195.00

Boy, do I want a pair of these bad boys bad… HINT HINT. You see them all over adorable Pinterest photos and yes, every women now needs a pair too.

FIVE: Day Designer 2016 Calendar $59.00

I have been using a Day Designer for about 2 years now. Life Changing. They have thought of ever planning need and allowed a spot for everything including a weekly & monthly calendar as well as helpful daily agenda items! I can not go a day without mine now!

SIX:  Street Level’s Reversible Faux Leather Tote  $48.00

I love this simple tote bag! It is reversible and flips from black to tan. It also includes a small wallet that attaches to the strap! It is a perfect bag for a day on the go!

SEVEN:  Pinch Provision SHEMERGENCY – Metallic Kit $35.00

What a fantastic stocking stuffer! This tiny kit includes beauty essentials like hair spray, folding hair brush, clear elastics, two bobby pins, earring backs, hand lotion, nail clipper, emery board, clear nail polish, nail-polish-remover pads, mending kit, safety pin, double-sided tape strips, lint remover, stain-removing towelettes, static remover, breath freshener, lip balm, single-use dental floss, pain reliever, deodorant, tampon, adhesive bandages, facial tissues, blotting tissues, tweezers, ANNDDD blister balm.

EIGHT: Stila’s Eye Swag Set $58.00

I recommend any man raiding their girls makeup bag and ordering her some of her favorites for any occasion. It shows that you pay attention to her and what she likes! If you’re looking into my makeup bad you’d find all kinds of Stila eye products. Sephoria is offering this great kit with eyeliner, shadows and mascara.

NINE: Restoration Hardware’s Luxe Faux Fur Scuff Slippers $24.00

Two words: Fuzzy. Silppers…. Am I the only one with perpetually cold feet in the winter? I have all types of fuzzy socks and slippers for the cold winter evenings, but these are real stand outs. They come in so many cute colors!

What have the women in your life put on their wish list? Leave a comment and let me know!

Until Next Time,


Its my Birthday!

Hello Friends!

I am happy to say that I turn 26 years old today! I am blessed in so many different ways and haven’t been this happy in a long time. Brian and I got engaged a few months ago, work is going well, my family is in good health, my friends are amazing… I have no complaints and I am so very grateful for that.

Brian was very good to me this year, and surprised me with an AMAZING birthday gift. I am excited to say I got the Silhouette Cameo! The Silhouette CAMEO® is your standard in electronic cutting. Like a home printer, it plugs into your PC or Mac® with a simple USB cable. However, instead of printing it uses a small blade to cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric, and other material up to 12 inches wide and 10 feet long. Oh the possibilities!! For years I’ve been ordering vinyl decals from Etsy vendors. I can not wait to crank out my own! Brian is also excited to try it for some t-shirt designs. I’ve already started a Silhouette Cameo Projects Pinterest Page of fun ideas that I can not wait to try! Pinterest Silhouette Cameo ProjectsI am so excited to get crafting! I can picture the Christmas gifts now…

Until Next Time,


Getting My Fix: Stitch Fix Review 4

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

Hello Everyone!

I am so excited that the Holiday season is in full swing! We are working on getting out all of our decorations and setting up the tree! I am also so excited to have gotten another Stitch Fix shipment from my stylist! I always get so excited to open them to see what fun goodies are hiding inside. Stitch Fix is an amazing “personal stylist” service that sends you five items when you request it! You only pay for what you keep, if you don’t like anything you simply pay a $25.00 styling fee. If you keep all five items they give you an extra 25%!  Here is what I got:

1: Pixley Klamath Mixed Material Top- KeptTeal and Navy Mixed Material Top

I loved the bright colors and pattern of this tank top. I never really pick put these types of colors for myself so it is nice to have a little “push” from my stylist! I paired this top with a teal cardigan (similar) I already owned, black pumps (similar) and simple skinny jeans.

2: Fun2Fun Ritten Henley Top- KeptRed and White Ritten Henley Top

This is again, a pattern I wouldn’t normally pick while out shopping for myself. The fit is okay, but I wish it was a tad bit longer in my torso. Either way it was cute and different so I decided to keep it. I paired with with dark skinny jeans and some tan boots (similar or similar).

3. Kensie Rebekah Blazer- Keptkensie navy blazer

This is the most versatile item I got in this shipment! It is a simple navy blazer that is pretty structured. It is perfect to dress up or down at work. The sleeves show off a white and navy polkadot print when you cuff them! I paired it with these jeans and tan flats, this stripped top and floral printed scarf.

4. Pixley Martina Slub Knit Open Cardigan- Keptred open cardigan This is such a fun cardigan! The sides gather to create a faux pocket. It is perfect to hide cold hands on a crisp fall day! I paired this cardigan with a white blouse (similar), plaid scarf and these boots (similar or similar). Perfect holiday outfit if you ask me!

2 and 4 together

Here I paired the Fun2Fun Ritten Henley top and the Pixley Martina Slub Knit Open Cardigan! They look very cute together!

5: Moni Abstract Chevron Stud Detail Blouse- Kept
stud detail blouseThis was my favorite item in this shipment! The fit was dead on (x-small). I love the stud details both around the chest and sleeves. I love the dark chevron pattern. It almost comes off as a herringbone! Love, love love! I paired it with black riding boots and dark jeans. 

Thats my last fix! As always, I can not wait for the next one! If you don’t know about Stitch Fix yet, you can go back and read about my first few reviews here, here and here!

Until Next Time,


Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Men’s Gifts Under $199

Hello Friends!

Have you all started your lists yet? I always try to find something personal and meaningful making my list making the hardest part. Earlier this month I gave you some great ideas for a Hostess Gift Under $50.00. With them checked off, I’m onto showing you my favorite gift ideas for the men in your life. I’ve upped the price point to $199 (but still have some great options for well under $50!). Take a look!Mens Holiday Guide


ONE: The Mug Hermit’s Sarcastic Mug $10.84

I love this! A little office humor is great for the holidays with this great coffee mug.

TWO: Cabela’s Men’s Flannel Lounge Pants $ 29.00

Who doesn’t love getting warm and snuggly pajamas on the holidays? This is a great look with the red plaid and would be the perfect pair to wear on Christmas morning!

THREE: Mr. Beer’s Premium Home Beer Brewing Kit $54.99

Do you have a beer lover in your life? Why not spark and awesome new hobby where you get to reap the benefits as a taste tester?! This kit has everything he will need to make 4 gallons of homemade brew. Have fun!

FOUR: Yeti’s Rambler Tumbler’s $29.99

Have you guys hear all the rage about the Yeti coolers? Brian wants to get one really bad, but who wants to shell out $300 on a cooler… Maybe he will get this awesome mini cup version in his stocking. They are made with stainless steel and wont sweat. Not bad..

FIVE: Cards Against Humanity Game $25.00

This is an amazing game to break the ice with Holiday Guests. Their tag line is “A Party Game for Horrible People”. It is hilarious, corky and makes you really get to know your long lost Uncle Ted.

SIX: Sonos Play One $199.00

I got a Sonos system for Brian almost two years ago, and it has by far been the best gift I’ve ever gotten him. Since then I’ve also gotten some for my brother and dad. Its a music system that can be played wirelessly throughout your home simply with an app on your phone. It can link to Pandora, iTunes, or really any music playing system. FANTASTIC.

SEVEN:  Netexchange’s Personalized Wine Bottle Opener $13.95

This is a simple yet personal gift for any wine lover. Get their monogram or name engraved and pair with your favorite bottle of wine for a great easy gift!

EIGHT: GoPro’s Hero HD $129.95

This is another gift I got Brian last year. He takes it out hiking, hunting and fishing (and has also strapped it to the dogs on several occasions..) It is great for anyone who wants to record things that might not be easily captured with their phones!

NINE: Bodum’s Brazil 8 Cup French Press $29.99

Everyone in my house loves a great cup of coffee. On the weekend’s we especially enjoy lazy mornings with French Press Coffee. This is a great gift for anyone who shares the same love as us!

What have the men in your life put on their wish list? Leave a comment and let me know!

Until Next Time,