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Black Friday with Jord Wood Watches

Thank you to Jord Wood Watch for sponsoring this post. 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!

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: Sushi Roll

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!

Hi there!

Thanks for all of the love for yesterday’s little Strawberry Costume! I am so happy with how it turned out, and excited that you love it too! As I said yesterday, I can’t believe it, but one of my favorite holidays is next week! Every year my mom would make us our Halloween costumes. It was great and she was amazing at it. I really want to keep this hand-made Halloween costume tradition alive now that I have a little one of my own. I had so many ideas for what I want Adaline to be, but quickly realized I only have a year or two before she will be telling me what she wants to be. I couldn’t decide on just one costume, so I opted to make a full weeks worth for your baby-viewing-pleasure!

My goal was for these costumes was to be inexpensive and easy to do- think no-sewing for $20 or less!  I had a million and one costumes I wanted to make for my little nugget, but settled on having a full weeks worth. For day #2 I present to you: BABY SUSHI ROLL I want to squish those fat legs while I chow down some sashimi now.. This costume might look a little intimidating, but trust me, you can do it! I started with a plain-old white onesie. This will act as the “rice” to your sushi. I went to Hobby Lobby and got my felt for 33 cents each sheet. You’ll need 1 cream color, 1 orange, 1 grass green, 1 lime green, 1 salmon and 1 black. Using a pencil I sketched the fish shape onto the cream felt. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be a work of art. Once I had the cream background cut out, I sketched the other fish parts onto the orange felt. I cut these out and used hot glue to attach them directly to the cream. Next I used the sheet of grass green felt to cut a zig-zag shape that will become the faux plastic grass that always comes with your sushi! Once I had the zig-zag shape, I trimmed three to four lines in each “peak”. Next using the black felt, cut out a long rectangle to mimic the seaweed on the sushi roll. Place your “fish” onto the center of your onesie. Using a small amount of hot glue (while the baby is NOT in it!) attach the fish. Next, line up the black rectangle to cross over your fish and end at the side seams of the onesie. Once it is trimmed and lined up, use the hot glue to attach. Now, line up the faux grass to the side seams and attach to the onesie. Lastly, I used the lime green and salmon colored felt to create the wasabi and ginger. Using the hot glue, I slowly balled up a small square of the flt in each color. I attached them to the black seaweed band on the sushi. They would also be really cute attached to a headband!

Well, that’s a wrap on this sushi costume…. pun intended. The total cost of this little gem was $3.98! Can you believe that! What costume is your little one going to wear this year? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Shopping List:

 

White Onesie: $1.98 each

Assorted Felt: $6.99 (6 sheets used out of 50 sheets)

Cheap and Easy DIY Baby Halloween Costumes: Strawberry

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!

Hi there!

I can’t believe it, but one of my favorite holidays is next week! One of my fondest memories growing up is my mom hand making my Halloween costumes every year. I’d tell her what I wanted to be, then BAM! She’d whip up an amazing costume. She was like magic. I look back now so impressed with what she came up with. I really want to keep this hand-made Halloween costume tradition alive now that I have a little one of my own. I had so many ideas for what I want Adaline to be, but quickly realized I only have a year or two before she will be telling me what she wants to be. I couldn’t decide on just one costume, so I opted to make a full weeks worth for your baby-viewing-pleasure!

I wanted to keep these costumes simple, and almost more importantly CHEAP. No one wants to spend $50 on a infant Halloween costume. My goal was for each costume to fall under $20 or hopefully way less. The first costume I want to share with yo guys is this little squishy strawberry!

I started with a red baby onesie. The cheaper the better for this, because you will not be able to reuse it. Next, I rounded up some colored felt. Check out your local craft store for this one. I got mine from Hobby Lobby for 33 cents a sheet! You’ll need two sheets of green and one sheet of pink. Using very sharp scissors, cut long leaf like shapes out of the green felt. Hold them up to the onesie to check the scale of the leaf.  I aimed for the leaf to reach 1/3 the way down the onesie. Once I had one leaf just right, I traced the rest. I ended up needing 7 leaf cut outs for the shirt and 7 for the hat. I carefully lined up the leaves along the neckline of the onesie. I made sure to curve the leaves to fall along the shirt sleeves so it did not get awkward when she was wearing it. It is easiest to line them up while the baby is wearing it to get good spacing. Next, I used a hot glue gun to carefully glue the top of the leaves to the neckline. HOWEVER, do not glue while the onesie is on the baby! Hot glue is no joke and you don’t want to burn your little squish! After my onesie leaves were glued down, I turned my attention to the top of the strawberry. I used a white baby hat as the base. I carefully lined up the leaves at the top of the hat and overlapped them slightly. Once all the leaves were on, I created the stem by rolling a long piece of the left over green felt into a cylinder. Using the hot glue, I attached the felt to the hat at an angle. Once the hat was done, I started to cut out the “seeds” of the berry. I used the pink felt (white would work great too!). I imagined cutting tear drop shapes for this. You’ll only need a few depending on the size you pick. 8 worked great for my little strawberry! Carefully hot glue them randomly around the onesie while it is not on the baby. Once all of the hot glue is cool, get your little berry dressed and see how it looks! My entire DIY Strawberry Costume cost me $16.14! So what do you think, will your little one be dressed as a little berry this year? Give it a go!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Supply Shopping List:

 

Red Baby Onesie: $7.48
Green Felt: $.33/sheet (try a craft store too!)Pink Felt:$.33/sheet

White Baby Hat: $7.99

Getting My Fix: Stitch Fix Review 12

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

Hello Friends!

As you may know, I’ve been getting Stitch Fix shipments for a little over a year now. I have had a pretty wonderful experience overall with them and love being surprised every month with cute clothing that they think would look great on me! I found out I was pregnant earlier this year and we are so excited to welcome a baby girl into the world this summer. I am excited to keep getting Stitch Fix shipments while I’m expecting! Did you guys know that Stitch Fix offers Maternity gear? I reviewed my first maternity fix a few weeks ago. I love that they allow me to try on different sizes as my bump grows bigger and bigger without the commitment of purchasing something!  Stitch Fix Maternity  is perfect for getting a few hand selected items to match your style and body type. Take a look at the goods they sent me this month:


1: Just Black- Fleur Maternity Frayed Hem Denim Shorts- ReturnedActually Ashley Blogs: Stitch Fix Maternity Review of the Just Black Fleur Frayed Hem Denim Jean Shorts I asked my stylist to send me some modest short options. My due date is in August so I know I am in for some hot months to come… I really liked the style of these shorts and the length was great. Unfortunately, they were just too snug in the waist area even with the elastic maternity band. It was so tight when I sat down. I know I would end up not wearing them because comfort has become my #1 priority lately!


2: Mismu Maternity- Prisca Maternity Cold Shoulder Knit Top- ReturnedActually Ashley Blogs: Stitch Fix Maternity Review of the Misimu Maternity Cold Shoulder Knit Top with Black and White StripesTo be completely honest with you guys- I hated this top.. I don’t know if it was the material being slightly ribbed and itchy.. the way the stripes accentuated the growing bump (in all the bad ways).. or if it was the fact that I really don’t love cold shoulder tops… either way this one was a firm no from me.


3: Berry Jewelry- Jacoby Fringe Pendant Necklace- ReturnedActually Ashley Blogs: Stitch Fix Maternity Review of the Berry Jewelry Jacoby Fringe Tassel NecklaceI also asked my stylist for some tassel inspired jewelry. I have a few earrings and bracelets with fringe tassels on them, and I have been really loving this trend! I liked the length of this necklace but I wasn’t a huge fan of the pearl center above the fringe. I knew I wouldn’t get that much use out of this one for the price so I sent it back hoping to find something a little more my style next time!


4: Gilli- Gabbiey Knit Maternity Maxi Dress- ReturnedActually Ashley Blogs: Stitch Fix Maternity Review of the Gilli Gabbiey KNit Maternity Maxi DressI love a good maxi dress in the summer, don’t you? They are perfect to combat the summer heat (without having to shave your legs, score!) This dress is a beautiful deep navy color and had a nice detailing on the shoulder and back. I opted to return this baby because the lenght was iffy.. if my bump got any bigger (which it will) it would no longer cover my sandals. Also, it had a cute crochet detail on the back but it did not cover my maternity bras which is a no-go right now.


5: Full Moon- Kassey Pocket Maternity Knit Top- ReturnedI really love most items I get from Full Moon. I feel like you become somewhat attached to certain brands when you use Stitch Fix frequently. Full Moon has been a good brand for me, and I honestly love most items they send from them! I liked this top a lot. It was stretchy and have a ton of give with the elastic sides. It would be great if only it wasn’t summer… I have no need for long sleeves right now. Cooking this baby makes me sweat just thinking about wearing this top in July! 


Are you expecting a little bundle of joy soon? Check out Stitch Fix Maternity to get some tailor made looks for your growing bump! Not expecting? Stitch fix also offers tons of other services including plus sizes and Stitch Fix for men! Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Facebook to see other maternity fashion looks!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Shop Pink Blush + $75 Gift Card Giveaway

While this post is sponsored by Pink Blush Maternity– As always, all of the comments and opinions in this post are my own. Also a special THANK YOU to White Elm Photography for the wonderful photographs featured in this post!

Good Morning Lovies!

I am so excited to share a wonderful company with you today. Pink Blush offers some of the most adorable maternity clothes. I ordered a beautiful floral print maxi dress to wear for Easter, and when it arrived, I was head-over-heels in love with it! One of my biggest things lately have been maternity clothes that can grow with my bump, then transition into non-maternity later on. Versatility is key in the land of motherhood and Pink Blush has made it easier than ever to create a staple wardrobe with styles that can be worn during pregnancy into motherhood. I love that this dress has a wrapped waist. It allows for easy breast feeding once our little one arrives, but also is great for later down the road too!

After swooning over my new dress in a Monday Morning Coffee Post, Pink Blush reached out to me asking if I’d like to try out another beautiful dress. I really like the products they sell and shopped there on my own first- so I could not say “yes!” fast enough. Pink Blush sent me this cute maternity dress. I love how it is fitted to show off the baby bump in all the right ways. It is such a beautiful shade of saturated pink. I am planning on wearing it to my baby shower coming up next month in May.

White Elm Photography did such a great job with these maternity photos, don’t you agree? If you’re in the Central Ohio area give Natalie a call and tell her I said “Hi!”. She is also helping me with some fresh 48 hospital photos and our newborn shoot once baby arrives. You’ll be seeing some more of her amazing work soon enough!

Now for the GIVEAWAY! Pink Blush was also so nice to offer a $75.00 gift card to one of my readers to try out some amazing clothing for themselves! Here are a few of my favorite items they have in their shop right now as inspiration on how to spend that gift card! Scroll down to enter the contest!

Mint Green Maternity Dress // Navy Blue and Lace Delivery Robe // White Floral Maternity Dress

Blue Distressed Skinny Jeans // Peach Chiffon Kimono // Pink Draped Front Nursing Top

They have a little something for everyone with plenty of styles and colors to pick from. What items would you buy with $75?! Let me know and enter below to win a $75.00 gift card to Shop Pink Blush.

Win a $75 gift card to Pink Blush

Thanks so much for tuning in! I can’t wait to see what items you love too! Be sure to follow along on my Instagram and Facebook to get more chances to win!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Thanks again to PinkBlush and White Elm Photography for their help bringing you this post! Please be sure to note some of the contest rules:  If you’ve already won a PinkBlush giveaway with 6 months, you will not be eligible to win. Winners must wait 3 months before they are eligible to enter to win another PinkBlush giveaway again. Good Luck!

Great Expectations Maternity + Giveaway!

While this post is sponsored by Great Expectations Maternity– As always, all of the comments and opinions in this post are my own. Also a special THANK YOU to White Elm Photography for the wonderful photographs featured in this post!

The bigger my baby bump gets, the more I value my more comfortable maternity essentials. While it is nice to get all dolled up and go out for a date night my the hubby- its not how I’m living day-by-day. Working from home my sofa means I can get away with some yoga pants and a t-shirt almost any day of the week. But with my bump getting larger every week, my old staples are not fitting the bill- literally. I needed some super comfortable maternity clothing.

I found this amazing company called Great Expectations Maternity. You might know them for their helpful book series that has helped thousands of expecting moms-to-be from all of the world get information about babies development, nutrition and what to expect while carrying your bundle of joy.

Great Expectations has teamed up with Walmart to help even more expectant mothers. They are offering seriously comfortable maternity wear at seriously affordable prices. I’m talking jeans for under twenty dollars here people!

Chambray Top // White Maternity Pants // Similar White Wedges

Can you believe this cute chambray maternity top is less than $15.00?! Like seriously, its only $15.00. I love how it fits on my body, with a more modest neckline. The tie waist defines my baby bump so I’m not drowning in fabric. This top has been great to toss on with leggings and run to the grocery store. It has become a quick staple in my maternity closet this spring!Black Maternity Yoga Pants // Similar Maternity T-shirt

I have been living in these maternity yoga pants. They are made of sturdy but stretchy fabric that doesn’t become see-through when you bend over. Nobody likes that! I love that they have a large roll down waist band so you can adjust the fit as the baby grows. While they suggest buying your “pre-pregnancy” size; I wish I went up a size. I am wearing a small, but with my long legs and frequent washing (not kidding about living in these pants)- I want them to be a smidge longer. But, for just $14.00 I’m going to scoop up a few more pairs of these. I imagine they will be great in the first few months after the baby is born too!Black Maternity Tank Top Dress // Similar Jean Jacket

This is an amazing deal. This black maternity tank dress has the sweetest keyhole detail on the back and fits like a dream. Did I mention it is $12.79… RIGHT? This dress is so simple that it makes it super easy to style in so many different ways. Toss on a jean jacket and sneakers one day- layer on a printed t-shirt and sandals the next to create a completely different look! I am planning on wearing this dress through most of the summer! Check out some more amazing items from GE Maternity:

Grey T-Shirt Maternity Dress // Salmon Lace Detail Cap Sleeve Blouse // Short Sleeve Graphic T-Shirt

Now, without further adieu… a giveaway! Enter below to win a custom GE Maternity Book package featuring their Great Expectations: Pregnancy & Childbirth guide and Great Expectations: Pregnancy Journal & Planner, Revised Edition! These books have been such a great resource for me while I expect my first baby. They have detailed week-by-week development guides, food safety information, tips for the gear you’ll really need, and even help with getting genetic testing.  The pregnancy journal has a cute week to week note section to write down your crazy pregnancy dreams, track babies activity and also a space to keep up with your medical records while pregnant.

GE Maternity Book Giveaway

I have to give some major love to White Elm Photography. She is so amazing.  If you’re in the Central Ohio area give Natalie a call and tell her I said “Hi!”. She does some amazing newborn photography too, so check her out! Thanks so much for tuning in! Be sure to follow along on my Instagram and Facebook to get more chances to win!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Thanks again to GE Maternity and White Elm Photography for their help bringing you this post! Please be sure to note some of the contest rules: You must have a valid address within the United States or Canada to enter. Winner will be contacted via email to have the book set sent directly to them. Please enter a valid email address to win. Good luck!

 

Getting My Fix- Stitch Fix Review 11

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

Hello Friends!

I am so excited to share with you some amazing items I received in my very first last Stitch Fix Maternity shipment! I have been getting a much bigger bump the last few weeks and regular clothing is out of the picture these days. I am so happy Stitch Fix has started having maternity gear- and a huge selection of brands too! I requested some every day clothing and a dress to wear to my baby shower. The stylist Lindsey said they didn’t have a lot of dress selection right now so she sent me a maxi and some more casual wear. Let me show you what I got:


1: Loveapella- Carlita Knit Maternity Maxi Dress- ReturnedI really like Loveapella, and tend to get and keep a lot of items from them. However, I just was not feeling this dress. I don’t like purple all that much, and the print seemed very bright to me. It also was a tad short and could only be worn with flat sandals. I opted to return this one because I wouldn’t be wearing it too much, and who needs maternity dressed you’ll never wear taking up space?


2: Le Lis- Alston Cowl Neck Pullover Maternity Knit Top- ReturnedThis top was very very big. I mean, you can’t even see a hint of my bump in this top… The stylist Lindsey said it was getting great reviews for the postpartum  fit and suggested it with leggings. It was very soft and comfortable but the baby is due in August, and there is no way I’ll be needing a cowl neck sweater then so I sent this one back.


3: Full Moon- Peppy 3/4 Sleeve Maternity Knit Top- KeptThis cute, fun and soft top was just the ticket. I loved how it was fitted so it showed off the bump (don’t want people to have to guess, right?). It has gathered sides so it will stretch and grow over the upcoming weeks, but will also be great to toss on after baby arrives. I also love this one with white jeans for the summer! I kept this one for sure!


4: Market & Spruce- Cindra Crochet Cargo Vest- ReturnedI wanted to love this vest so badly. I have been searching for a great army green vest for a while now and never really find anything. I loved that this had little crochet details around the pockets and neck. This one was just a little too big and I worried it would be really too big after the baby arrives. I wish it had a cinch at the waist or something to accommodate, but it didn’t so I returned it.


5: Romolo- Genevieve Stacked Chevron Pendant Necklace- Returned

Man-oh-man. I had pinned this necklace on my Pinterest Page a few times and I really love it. I was so excited when I saw it in this shipment. Unfortunately, when I opened the adorable paper they had it wrapped in, I saw that the chain was broken. Stitch Fix has a great return policy and I could easily get a replacement- but now I am worried another one would break too. I am rough on my necklaces, ya’ll. I sent this one back, and it hurts.


Thats it folks! I was so excited to get my first maternity fix! Even if I only kept one item, it still was nice to try stuff on and see what was working or not working for my ever changing body. I was able to give some pretty specific feedback for my next one, so hopefully I get some more stuff to love! Happy to share with you guys- check in again soon- or follow along on Instagram and Facebook!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Getting My Fix: Stitch Fix Review 10

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

Hello Friends!

I am so excited to share with you some amazing items I received in my last Stitch Fix shipment! Last week my husband and I finally announced our very exciting news that we will be expecting our first child this summer! We are so excited for this big change in our lives. Speaking of big changes… my belly is steadily growing each week. While I forgot to change my profile before this shipment arrived, I made sure to update and notify my stylist for next month to receive their new Stitch Fix Maternity gear! They have also recently launched Stitch Fix for Men and Stitch Fix Plus Sizes! They seriously have something for just about everyone now! Some of you have been asking my how exactly Stitch Fix works… Well, I got you covered! First create an account here. Fill out the style profile and sizing information. The more specific you are the better! You can even add a link to a style or fashion Pinterest board to show them what you love.  Once you complete your profile, set up a date you’d like to receive your fix. A personal stylist will review all of that information and select five items they think you’ll love. If you download the Stitch Fix App, you can edit your profile and track shipments right from your smart phone. I love seeing this beautiful box on my door step! Your first fix will arrive right on schedule. Open up your fix and take a look! They provide you with detailed outfit ideas and a personalized note from your stylist. You’ll have time to try everything on and decide which items you’re going to keep. There is a $20 styling fee which will be deducted from your total if you purchase anything! In your package will be an invoice which lays out the price of each item. You only pay for what you’re going to keep. If you want to return anything, just package up the items in the prepaid packaging and leave it for the post man to pick up! Go onto your app or the Stitch Fix website to check out, give feedback and schedule your next fix. Easy as that!

Another question I get a lot, is what is the average price per item in my shipments? It honestly depends on the brands they send and the item. A nicer jacket or amazing denim will run around $60, while a cute top might be closer to $30. You can also give them a price point in your style profile! Now, onto my fix from this month!


1: 41Hawthorn- Ayesha Textured Button Detail Pullover- ReturnedLook at that little bump! This sweater was cute, and comfortable. I opted to return it because I have so many white sweaters already, but it was a good one! I paired it with dark denim jeans an camel colored boots.


2: Pixley- Abriella Waffle Knit Cardigan- KeptHoly cow, this sucker is so comfortable. Like, really really comfortable. Its a great neutral dark grey and has become a great item to throw on over a plain t-shirt to run to the store this winter. I kept the same dark jeans and camel boots for this look.


3: Loveappella- Evie Draw String Funnel Neck Sweatshirt- Kept

I was on the fence about this one, but my husband convinced me to keep it. Boy, he was right! This simple purple sweatshirt has become a weekly part of my new “comfort-is-key” pregnancy looks. It is soft, light weight and easy to throw on with jeans. I am so happy I decided to keep this one!


4: Mystree- Kotor Plaid Front Knit Top- ReturnedI really wanted to love this one when I saw it in my box. I really did. I like plaid, and the material was great! There was just something weird about the fit on me. I’m not sure if it was my growing baby bump or these weirdly large armpits.. but I had to return this one.


5: Toms- Classic Slip-On Flats- ReturnedMy stylist sent me this pair of red Toms. I love the idea of Toms, and the amazing things the company does. I know most people swear they are so comfortable and love theirs. They just seem to no have enough support for my taste. The canvas sides seem to rub slightly weird, and I do not like it. I sent this pair back because I knew I was not going to be wearing them too much.

Thats a wrap! Be sure to check out Stitch Fix if you’re interested! I love their services and would highly recommend it for anyone interested! Let me know what you thought of this shipment in the comments below. I love hearing from you!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

How to style a blanket scarf

 How to style a blanket scarf four different ways plus coupon code to buy one for yourself!


This post was sponsored by Kelsey’s Kloset Boutique, but as always, all opinions are completely my own. As a thank you for reading, we are happy to offer you 10% off of your Kelsey’s Kloset Boutique purchase using coupon code AshleyLovesKKB

Good Morning Lovies!

It has been getting colder and colder here in Ohio. I’ve finally caved in and pulled out all of my winter clothing. I always try to hold onto my summer goods until the absolute last minute, but man, it been so chilly that I finally caved. While I hate giving up on my short sleeves and dresses, I must admit I am excited to get layering!

 I’ve recently found an amazing boutique clothing store in Baltimore, Maryland that has such great pieces called Kelsey’s Kloset. If you’re not in the Baltimore area, have no fear! They have an amazing online store too! Winter clothing is so great because in my opinion the more layers you add, the better the look. One easy layer to add to just about any outfit is a good scarf. Kelsey’s Kloset Boutique sent me one of their brand new blanket scarfs and I am head of heels in love with it. I wanted to share it with you and show you four simple ways I’ve been incorporating it into my winter wardrobe!actually-ashley-blanket-scarft-style-four-ways-coverLook Number One: actually-ashley-blanket-scarf-style-drape-shawMy first look is a blanket scarf draped over my shoulders like a shawl.  This is by-far the easiest style, and is so simple to do! Simply fold the blanket scarf in half into a large triangle. Drape the triangle over your shoulders for a casual look. Another great style tip- try tying the ends in front of your body for a slightly more polished version (this also helps to prevent the scarf from slipping or moving!)

Look Number Two:actually-ashley-blanket-scarf-style-traditional-wrapThis second look is a timeless classic. Like the shawl style, fold your blanket scarf in half into a large triangle. Place the center of the triangle at the nape of your neck. Wrap the ends around your neck, and allow them to fall towards the front. I like to “Fluff” my scarf so it lays in a nicer shape. I like to separate the center of the triangle after wrapping it to show more layers.

Look Number Three:actually-ashley-blanket-scarf-style-traditional-tuck-ends Like the traditional style before, wrap your large folded triangle around your neck just like look number two. Instead of allowing the ends to flow freely, tuck them under for a more tailored look! You can also loosely tie the ends underneath to prevent them from becoming visible.

Look Number Four:actually-ashley-blanket-scarf-infinity-styleI am a sucker for a good infinity scarf- and you can transform any normal scarf into one! Start this one with the large triangle. Slowly start at the tip and loosely roll until you get to the end. Wrap the scarf around your neck twice. Tie the ends into a small knot to secure. Tuck the knot under the other layers to hide it! Voila- Infinity Scarf!

What do you think! All four ways are so simple but create different looks. Don’t have a blanket scarf? No worries, Kelsey’s Kloset Boutique is offering all of my readers 10% off of their entire purchase. Yes, that is your ENTIRE purchase- not just blanket scarfs! Use the code AshleyLovesKKB at check out! Be sure to check out their other goodies!actually-ashley-kelsey-kloset-coupon-code-bannerHow do you style your blanket scarf? Be sure to share photos of yourself in your scarf on Instagram and tag @actuallyashleyblogs and @kelseysklosetboutique for a chance to be featured this upcoming week!  I can’t wait to see the fun styles you guys come up with!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Getting My Fix: Stitch Fix Review 9

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

Every August my family takes a trip down to the shore. I love being on the beach and taking a moment to unwind and enjoy time with my loved ones. Its not too often that I get to spend multiple days in a row with my parents and brother, so it is always something I look forward to. This family vacation is also always something I look back on, as we create so many great memories. Last year we ventured out to Assateague Island.  Have you heard of it? It is a National Seashore Park where wild ponies roam free on the beaches. I know, cool right?! You can also drive your car right out on the sand and drive down the beaches for miles. We drove until we couldn’t see anyone else and set up our little “camp”. We saw a few ponies swimming in the ocean and walking the beaches. The island is such fun memory for my family. We are heading out for our family trip this week and I look forward to new adventures this time. My friends over at Stitch Fix are sharing a super fun summer bucket list challenge with 50 ways to create your own great summer memories! I know I will be checking a few of these off on our trip next week!

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While you’re checking things off your bucket list, be sure to hashtag #StitchFixSummerStory and #contest with your Instagram photos all summer long to be entered to win a free Fix! How awesome is that?! Stay in touch over on my Instagram to see photos from our beach vacation, and see what items I am crossing off from the bucket list! Now onto my latest box from Stitch Fix! I was so excited to open this box!Actually-Ashley-Stitch-Fix


1: Loveappella- Zola Knit Dress- Returned
Actually-Ashley-Stitch-Fix-Zola-Knit-DressActually-Ashley-Zola-Knit-DressThis is a cute dress, and was so super soft and comfy! I ended up returning it because it felt a hair too short for me, but overall I loved the look! I paired this striped dress with a red bubble necklace that I got as a gift from my dear friend, Michelle and red pointed toe flats for a nautical look!


2: Mia- Britta Bow Ballet Flats- Returned
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Did you guys know Stitch Fix added shoes?! How exciting! I got a pair in my last fix that I wear all of the time. I requested some nude flats a few fixes ago, and my stylist remembered! Unfortunately, I already found a pair on my own that I love so I returned these babies.


3: Kut from the Kloth- Jansen Linen Shorts- Returned
Actually-Ashley-Stitch-Fix-Jansen-Printed-ShortActually-Ashley-Jansen-Printed-Linen-ShortTruth be told, I have never felt more pale than I did wearing those shorts. Insert the ghost emoji here… I did love the cut and shape of these, and they had a elastic waist band which made them fit perfectly.. but I could’t get past the highlighter-lime-green-yellow color. I paired these with my Papermoon Stanford Mixed Material Top which made the color a little less jarring.


4: Crescent- Romee Scallop trim Chambray Top- Kept
Actually-Ashley-Stitch-Fix-Romee-Scallop-TopActually-Ashley-Romee-Scallop-Trim-TopThis is such a perfect summer BBQ top! I packed it for the beach trip so be on the look out for it on Instagram! It is a tad too big in the sides, but I am hoping a quick trip to the tailor will make it perfect. The scallop detail on the neckline was just too cute to pass up. I paired it with Target White Sandals and White Skinny Jeans with gold zipper detail.


5: Creative Concepts- Kaeli Eyelet Dress- ReturnedActually-Ashley-Stitch-Fix-Kaeli-Eyelet-DressActually-Ashley-Kaeli-Eyelet-DressLooking back at these photos, I am wondering if I made a mistake returning this dress. It was a great color and a nice shape. I love the detail in the neckline. I just already own a dozen coral dresses. With us moving in a few weeks, I am in a constant “purge” mode right now and sent this one back.


Have you signed up for Stitch Fix yet? Please share photos of your shipments with me, I love to see what everyone gets! Please feel free to follow along on my summer adventures as I check off bucket list items on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest! Talk soon!

Until Next Time,

Ashley


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