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New Makeup Vanity Mirror with Serena and Lily

While this post is sponsored by Serena and Lily– As always, all of the comments and opinions in this post are my own. Also a special THANK YOU to Serena and Lily for gifting me the wonderful mirror featured in this post! This post contains affiliate links which help keep this site going.

Good Morning Friends,

I am so excited to share a new area of our home with you! Its been a long time coming… Way back in May I was contacted by Serena and Lily to review their beautiful Ojai Mirror. I was so excited to use it to create a small makeup vanity in the unused space between the windows in our master bedroom. I desperately needed a place to get ready in the morning because our bathroom has a tiny counter and very poor lighting. I ordered a vanity, chair and some accessories- ready to go to show you guys this new area- but life got in the way. If you read Adaline’s birth story, you’ll remember how sick I got with Cholestasis. I was in the hospital for a while and was itching my hands off… Luckily, Adaline was born a month early without a lot of complications. However, its taken me about three months to emerge from my bear den and get out of that newborn-premie-cant-sleep fog.

So, without further adieu- I am happy to finally get around to putting together my new makeup vanity space! (Just in time for finally putting makeup on and something other than sweatpants!) I designed the space around the Ojai Mirror. I loved the classic silhouette and bamboo motif. I also love how the glossy white paint makes it more modern. It was the perfect fit for our master. The space between our windows was tight, but I wanted to get the biggest vanity I could. Storage was also on my mind, and I knew I needed some drawers to organize and hide my mess. I  searched high and low for the perfect fit and finally settled for a desk. The Colton Writing Desk to be exact. Its white, small and has two drawers.. so it was perfect! I used an Acrylic Tray to corral the items I use the most to help keep the top of the vanity clean. I use q-tips and cotton balls every morning and night so I got two glass jar with lids to store them. I also got this gold makeup organizer for my makeup brushes and sponges. It works great to help organize them and motivates me to clean my brushes more! On the other side of the vanity I used a jewellery tree to display my favorites. The one I purchased was a Home Goods find but you can find a similar jewelry tree here. Inside the drawers I used drawer organizersto contain my mess and keep my makeup organized. Heres how the inside of my drawers look:What do you think? I’ve been loving my new vanity space! A huge thank you to Serena and Lily for sponsoring this post, I couldn’t love my Ojai Mirror more! Do you have a makeup vanity in your house? How do you keep it organized and pretty? Leave me a comment below, I always love to see what you’re up to!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Baby Monthly Photos- TWO

Baby Monthly Photos with Stats and Info

Did you take monthly photos with your baby?

A babies first year can be a whirlwind. I can not believe its been two months already. I know everyone says it flies by but, damn! That went super quickly! We decided to track Adaline’s first year much like I tracked my pregnancy with monthly photos. We wanted to keep things simple by using these super cute milestone stickers that my mother-in-law gave us at my baby shower. They are so easy to just toss onto a plain white onesie, and are easy to manage as she grows. I learned the hard way when I did my weekly maternity photos that doing too much for them can burn you out. It quickly became more of a chore than something fun to do… We needed to keep these baby photos simple, wink wink!

We did decide to add in some fun facts, firsts and tid-bits to the photos to help us remember what happened each month and to see how she evolves. Its fun to see a baby slowly grows into their personalities and I want to be able to remember it. When I am old and grey, who knows if I will remember the first time she ate mashed carrots- so it is a good thing I’ll have these suckers to help me out! Its funny to see how much she has already grown in just one month. Time flies! Here is a look back to last month’s photo!xBaby Monthly Photos with Stats and InfoWhat way do you track your babies milestones? Do you keep a detailed baby book? Do you do monthly baby photos like this? Or do you do something else to keep it all straight? Leave me a comment below and let me know how you kept track of your kids growth! I love hearing from you!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Oh Baby! We’re Expecting!

Wow! It has been a while since I’ve been blogging. When I did my last post back in December, I was thinking I’d be signing off for the Holidays.. little did I know what life had in store for us!

After months of trying, countless ovulation tests and a lot of emotions I found out that my body just wasn’t ovulating on a monthly cycle. Finally we made an appointment to see a fertility doctor that can give me medicines to force my body to ovulate every month as it should. At my very first appointment with the fertility doctor to start the treatments, I got some very unexpected news. They told me I was pregnant! We had gotten pregnant on our own and the baby was just a few days old. I called my husband who rushed over to the doctors office. We had a sonogram that day and saw the little bundle of cells that would become our baby.

What a whirl wind experience that day was! A few weeks later we shared our exciting news with our family on Christmas morning and couldn’t be happier. It was so exciting to see my mom and dad’s face as this will be their very first grandbaby! A few sonograms and doctors appointments later we decided to share the news with the rest of our family and friends on Valentine’s Day. My sister-in-law was amazing and came by our house to snap some photos for our announcement while I was 14 weeks along. I am so happy with the results and treasure each and every photo.

I picked up this little chalk board heart in the dollar section of Target. I loved the heart shape as a little ode to our announcement going out on Valentine’s Day! I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the little “Oh Baby!”. If you do not have a Cameo, you can order letters similar to ours from here or here. I used the Cameo again to make the t-shirt transfers of the baby’s due date and the “We can’t wait to meet you!”. It was a simple project but made for some great photos! This Etsy store has a similar pre-made one here.

I made our official announcement with Minted.com. They are so easy to use and I love their designs. I have most of my contacts in their system so they pre-address all of my envelopes for me, which is a life saver! I really am always so happy with the quality using Minted. This is the design for you to create your own!

The first trimester was hard. Harder than I expected.. and I wasn’t even that sick. the thing that got me was how TIRED I was. All of the time, everything just took it out of me. I could barely keep up with work and house chores, let alone have enough stamina to write a few blog posts. There was no creative things happening around my house, and I was in bed by 8:00pm every night.

Now that I am in my second trimester, and feeling more like myself, I am so ready to get back into things! I am so sorry for my long break. Get ready for more house posts, some maternity fashion and baby posts coming your way really soon!

Thank you so much for sticking by me and the blog. We are feeling so blessed and excited for this new journey!

Until Next time,

Ashley

 

Back at it!

Good morning!

First and foremost- I’ve missed you! I never intended to take almost two months off from blogging, but sometimes life has other plans for you.

I had all of these plans to share Christmas decor ideas and tips, to show you photos of the progress on our new(ish) house, and tons of fun winter outfit ideas… but we’ve experienced some major life changes that have gotten in the way over the last few weeks. We are not quite ready to share whats been going on but I am ready to start back at it again. While I have been absent in posting, I’ve been working some behind the scenes to fix minor issues on the blog and work towards a slightly updated look. I’ll have some new and great content for you guys soon. Thank you so much for sticking by me and being so patient with me lack of posts. It is really appreciated!

Until Next time,

Ashley

Pick Five- J Crew

Rounding up my five favorite picks from J Crew


Hey there!

I have been really enjoying my new Pick Five series. I recently wrapped up my five favorite items from Pottery Barn and Z Gallerie– and received lots of great feedback! Thank you for reaching out, it is always so great to hear from you guys! Today I want to switch gears from home goods to fashion. I am rounding up my favorite picks from J Crew. I have a quite few items from J Crew- and I am always so impressed with their quality. I have washed my favorite J Crew button down about a hundred times and it still looks brand-spanking-new. While they may be a bit more pricey than another store like it- I know the items will last. I also love how J Crew’s style seems sort of timeless. While they have some trendy items- overall I think their style looks just as great from five years ago. I’m sure I will still love their clothing in another five years. So here is the 5 items I am totally digging from J Crew right now: Actually-Ashley-Pick-Five-JCrew

 

 

1. Classic Popover Plaid Button-Down  |  2. Graphic scarf with Tassels  |  3. Gingham Linen Shorts4. Austrian Lace Pencil Skirt5. Beaded Tassel Earrings


  1. Classic Popover Paid Button Down- $78.00- I love J Crew’s plaids. They are always such great color combinations and are easy to mix and match. This one I particularly love because it it made from a gauzy-cotton material that is great for the hot summer nights!

    2. Graphic Scarf With Tassels- 59.50- This is a great layering item and so easy to pack for a weekend trip! I love the navy and kelly green colors for a preppy summer outfit.


    3. Gingham Linen Shorts- $59.50 now $39.99- I struggle to find shorts that fit properly. Its either a perfect fit on my legs and huge in my waist, or it fits my waist but are WAYYYYYY to short. I love J Crew because they have shorts that are long enough for my frame. I love this navy and white gingham pattern and they are on a super great sale right now!


    4. Austrian Lace Pencil Skirt- $198.00- This cutie comes in white or black. It is such a great staple for a work wardrobe as it seems so timeless! J Crew says: “We updated the classic pencil skirt in luxurious lace from Hämmerle & Vogel, the Austrian fabric house that’s been making beautiful textiles and embroidery since 1900. We love that our designers added a sleek, comfortable inner lining that really highlights its intricate details.”


    5. Beaded Tassel Earrings- $65.00- This is such a fun accessory! I love wearing long earrings when I pull my hair back to really show off the jewels! These come in the green color shown as well as a more classic gold! 


Thanks so much for checking in! I have been having so much fun with this “Pick Five” series, and I hope you’re loving some of my selections. Check out my previous posts: Pick Five- Pottery Barn and  Pick Five- Z Gallerie. Also be sure to follow along on my Instagram and Pinterest Pages. I try to update them as often as I can. Thanks so much for checking in. Hope to hear from you in the comments below!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Pick Five- Pottery Barn

Pick Five Mini Series with Pottery Barn


Hello There!

How is your weekend coming along? I’ve been running errand and cleaning like a mad-women today. With the weather being so nice I find myself being lazy during the week and leaving all my chores for the weekend.

Today I am sharing a part of my new series called “Pick Five” where I feature my five favorite items from a specific retailer. This has been a really fun series to work on so far, and I love taking the time to explore each stores website. The longer I search, the harder it is to find just five items to share with you! We recently got married in a very small ceremony with under 20 guests. We are planning a BBQ next week on the 4th of July to celebrate our marriage with our extended family and friends. Even though we are not expecting our guest to bring gifts, I went ahead and registered at Pottery Barn. Pottery Barn has a great registry program for events- and give you an extra 10% off any items remaining on your registry after the event. We need some new bedding, dishes and towels for our new house anyway, so it seemed like a win-win! For that reason, I am picking Pottery Barn for todays Pick Five! Hint, hint: I’m registered for most of my picks!Actually-Ashley-Pick-Five-Pottery-Barn

PB Classic Stripe Duvet  | Marbleized Dinner Plates | Monogram Soap Set | Beachcomber Basket | Scallop Embroidered Pillows


PB Classic Strip King Duvet- $95.00 I found this image on Pinterest and can’t stop dreaming of this bedroom. The simple navy stripes are so crisp and clean in this room, its perfection! I added this duvet to our wedding registry in hopes of having it one day!


Marbleized Dinner Plates (Set of 4)- $52.50 These plates are a clash of two different worlds for me. They remind me of my mothers classic blue & white china; but at the same time the marbleized pattern speaks to the way modern geode trend I’ve seen all over this last year. I love this balance of the traditional and modern with these beautiful plates!


Set of 6 Monogramed Soaps- $49.00 How perfect are these soaps displayed in these apothecary jars! I think this would be so cute and fun on the counter of the guest bathroom in our new home.


Beachcomber Basket- $129.00 I have a mild obsession with baskets lately. They are great for storing blankets, toys, and all that other unwanted clutter that happens. I especially love a large basket like this one tucked under a console table or at the foot of the bed.


Scallop Embroidered Pillows- $54.99 I think these pillows are so great and versatile! They can swing with just about any design style from country to clean lines. I shared a photo on Instagram last month where I used these beauties in multiple colors against a crisp white sofa. This home turned out so perfectly, and I adore these embroidered pillows.


Thank you guys so much for stopping by! I hope you head on over to Pottery Barn and take a look at there new goodies before they are gone! Want to see more design tips and inspiration? Be sure to check out my Instagram and Pinterest Page, I share stuff almost daily!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Pick Five- Z Gallerie

Pick Five Mini Series with Z Gallerie


Good Morning!

How is your weekend going? I can hardly believe we are into June already. I feel like this summer is going to go so quickly. Honestly, with the excitement of moving to a brand new town,  being newly married and getting ready to design a new home… I don’t know how to slow it all down. I feel like a little kid waiting for their vacation in Disney! While I patiently wait for the big move, I am trying to brainstorm new and fun posts that do not require a house. A few weeks ago we sold our home in Virginia and are living in a camper until our big move to Columbus Ohio in September. Living in a camper with two adults and two very large dogs just means we have very little space. Its going to be very hard to try DIY projects to say the least!

A while back I did a post of 5 Things I Bought This Week. It was a really fun post to write and I wanted to bring that idea back to the blog, but with a fun new take. I am calling this series “Pick Five”, where I share my favorite five items from a specific retailer. For the first post in this fun new game, I’ve decided to share my favorite Z Gallerie finds. Have you heard of them? They are known for a very glam style with bright colors and lots of metals. While they have beautiful stuff, the are not exactly my personal style for home décor. In fact, I had a gift card for them sitting in my wallet for over a year. With the excitement of the new house, I went on the quest to find beautiful items that fit the style of our new home- which I just shared my design plan for the Family Room last week! I was so pleasantly surprised by what I found. If you dig a little deeper, Z Gallerie had some really great décor items and I had no problem spending that gift card (and maybe a little bit more but don’t tell my husband!)

Actually-Ashley-Pick-Five-Z-GallerieMontclair Leaning Mirror  | Aspar Wall Sconce  | Faux Driftwood Horse

 Horn Trio Candle Holder  | Trio Beverage Dispenser


Montclair Leaning Mirror- $399.00 I have serious mirror envy from my Pinterest finds lately! I want one of these beautiful iron mirror windows so badly. This is such a great price and is a good size! Have you guys been loving this mirror style too?


Aspar Wall Sconce- $39.95  These are truly a great deal and come in gold and silver! They are super long (almost 3 feet!) and make such a great statement. I love having sconces on either side of a fireplace, or on either side of a doorway. These are perfect because they use candles and require no hardwiring! I just got two of the silver ones. I have no plans for them yet but I couldn’t pass up such a great find!


Faux Driftwood Horse- $49.95 I love the texture that driftwood brings to a space. This pretty pony is made of resin that is crafted to look like real driftwood, but is way smoother and will not splinter.


Horn Trio Candle Holder- $24.89  I have to admit, I purchased three of these babies. Each one came with a unique coloring ranging from more creamy to straight black! This might be getting way ahead of myself as it is barely summer but I am thinking they will be great as a set for a Thanksgiving or Halloween dining table! They are on a great sale right now and might not last long so act fast if you love them as much as I do!


Trio Beverage Dispenser- $69.95 I love a good drink station at a party.. How amazing would this be for a backyard BBQ?! This little gem would be great to use in your next tablescape, and is great for an outdoor party because unlike a pitcher, it is covered! No bugs here!


 What do you think of my five favorite items from Z Gallerie? Are you going to head over and scoop up any of these deals before they are gone? Let me know in the comments below. Be sure to reach out on social media too! I am always sharing new stuff on my Instagram and Pinterest Page!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Throwback Thursday: Memorial Day with Trex

Memorial Day Feature with Trex Outdoor Furniture

Hello There!

Happy Throwback Thursday!

FIRE-PIT-DIY-ACTUALLY-ASHLEY-COVERSDo you guys remember last summer when Brian and I installed our DIY outdoor fire pit? We absolutely LOVE it and use it all of the time! Well, I am happy to say that Trex Outdoor Furniture has featured my photos and DIY tutorial over on their blog while showcasing their amazing and durable outdoor furniture! Be sure to check out their blog postfor their fire pit round up and some additional tips and tricks to getting the perfect outdoor patio style just in time for Memorial Day Weekend!DIY-Fire-Pit-Roundup-Trex-Furniture-BlogTrex Outdoor Furniture

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Back on Track for 2016

Wow! Where do I start?Back on Track 2016

First of all- I’m so sorry for my unexpected month hiatus. Brian looked at me the other day and said “So, are you not going to blog anymore?” I had not really even realized a month had gone by since my last post. Life really got away from me with the holidays, travel, wedding planing and being extra busy at work. I commute 2 hours each way for my job, so on a normal day I do not get home from work until 7:00 pm. When we get crazy busy at work and I stay even a little bit later… I run into major traffic and get home around 8-8:30. that simply leaves me little to no free time during the week. On top of that, we set a wedding date! We will be married on May 11, 2016. Yes, you read that right, 2016. We have just a few short months to pull together a simple and sweet wedding. But I’ll fill you in with all the wedding stuff in a post soon. Anyway, I’m truly sorry I’ve been MIA. I never planned to take a month off but it did and I am sorry. Now I’m back on track for 2016.

I want to fill you in on what I’ve been up to in the last month! Christmas was great. Brian and I traveled to visit his family for a week over Christmas. It was the first time I didn’t go home for the Holidays in my life. It was sad to not wake up at my childhood house on Christmas morning but non-the-less we had a fantastic holiday. We stayed with his dad for a few nights then went to his brothers home for Christmas morning and watched his two nephews open gifts which was a hoot.

Actually Ashley ChristmasAfter that we went to my parents house for a short and sweet visit. We had a great family dinner and opened gifts with mimosas in hand. Brian got a new saw (to help make some awesome stuff for you guys!) and a trail camera. Brian got me a Silhouette Cameo. Which is an amazing-ly-awesome-tastic thing. Here is the official description:

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.

 

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So, like a printer you send things from your computer to the Cameo, but instead of it putting ink on something, it uses a blade to cut out the shape. So far I’ve used it to cut vinyl to make decals which have all turned out so well! I have some major DIY wedding plans that feature the cameo, so stay tuned for some future projects!


Now, do you all remember back when I shared the Daybed Guest Room Plans?

Actually Ashley Daybed Guest Bedroom Plan

I know it seems like ages ago, because it was.. Sorry! Over the break we completed the room. It turned out so great and I can’t wait to share it with you (post coming so soon!) First, I’d like to give you just a sneak peak of the feature wall. Remember I said I’d like to do some sort of subtle accent wall in the room. I decided to go with a stripe. I purchased the main color of the room, Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray Sw7019, in flat. I then got a small sample size of the same Gauntlet Gray in high gloss… After painting the entire room in the flat paint, I taped off the walls using my green frog tape. Be sure to use a level. I actually took a level with a pencil and made a faint line across the entire wall. I then carefully placed the tape to align with the pencil mark. I took a credit card to scrape the edges of the front tape to confirm they were sealed tightly.  I then used the high gloss paint in every other stripe.

Grey Stripe Bedroom Acutally Ashley

This photo was taken before I started the high gloss. I can’t wait for you guys to see how it turned out! It adds just a slight bit of detail when the light hits the room. Its nothing too forceful, but adds some much needed interest.

Okay, that should catch you up to speed. Stay tuned for the big Daybed Guest Room reveal, awesome DIY features for the wedding and so much more. I’m happy to be back for 2016!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Exciting News!

Actually Ashley Engaged

We’re engaged!

Brian and I are both very excited to announce that we are getting married! I knew early on that he was something special, like we were made for each other. My weaknesses are his strengths and his weaknesses are my strengths. We simply complement each other. I have never felt more safe, loved and cared for than when I am with him. I am truly grateful for every little thing he sacrifices to make me just a little bit happier. I’ve never been more connected to someone else. He is my best friend. I can’t wait to start the rest of my life with you, Brian.

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Until Next Time,

Ashley

 

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