Happy New Year! + Instagram Roundup

Happy Friday, friends! Wow, it’s been a while – December is my absolute busiest time of year, and I was hoping I’d have the energy to squeeze in at least a few posts but I clearly didn’t! I’ll be back to my regular posting soon; January is such a depressing month, it’s cold, and I’m enjoying *not* being busy for the first time in what feels like forever! As amazing as 2018 was, I feel like I didn’t really get to catch a break and was just going, and going, and going…and going. Going so much to the point where I wasn’t making any time for things I needed to do for me, since I was doing so much for everyone else. I’ve made a few goals for this year, which I’ll be sharing in a post next week along with how well I did on my 2018 goals (you can read those here, in my first post 🙂 ).

For now, an easy way to catch y’all up is to do an Instagram roundup of the past couple of months; buckle in, cause it’s jam-packed!

December started with a quick trip to Nashville, which was my first time in Music City! My friend (and bridesmaid!) Brittany lives just north of Nashville, so I spent the weekend with her, and Shane flew in to meet us on Sunday. We went to see Childish Gambino on his last tour – Shane has been dying to see him live since 2012, but every time he went on tour something prevented Shane from going. Let me tell you, I’ve never seen happier tears than the ones Shane cried that night (lol, don’t kill me for that 😛 ). I actually had a blast that weekend, which I wasn’t really expecting but Nashville was a good time! I’m excited to go back to visit Britt again and explore some more.

After we got back from Nashville, I made it my goal to get the house decorated for Christmas before the crazy rush from my shop got too bad. I spent about 4 hours on the tree alone, just fluffing the branches and cutting and tying the ribbon. This was my first year decorating my own tree and not my parents tree, and I’m slightly obsessed with how it turned out! I wish I could keep it up all year <3

A few days later, the Triad area was hit with a crazy snowstorm – we got over 2 feet of snow! That’s a lot for NC in general, but especially since it was before Christmas – we usually don’t see snow until mid-late January. It ended up lasting nearly a full week!

Thankfully, we were able to escape the snow a few days after it came when we went to Florida for my surprise birthday trip, planned and executed by Shane. He did such a good job planning everything! The first day, we spent the afternoon shopping at the outlets and Disney Springs, and this photo was taken on the second day at Epcot.

Our third and final day, we went to Universal Studios, where Shane was happy to get on the roller coasters – since I don’t ride them he got to utilize the single-rider line at nearly every one he went on, which was great! I was just happy to be back in Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, and to have my butterbeer too 🙂

Happy Birthday to me!!! This is probably where you’re wondering, so wait, did you stay in Florida or not? The answer is no – Shane and I had an early flight back on Sunday, and I worked literally all day to get orders done. Little (a.k.a. Sami) had flown in from Germany for the holidays, and was driving down on Monday to visit friends in Florida (and go to her favorite place, of course). So after working all day Sunday, I met her Monday morning and drove down with her, then spent Tuesday (my birthday) in Magic Kingdom. It was honestly the best birthday I’ve had in years – since opening my shop, it’s been hard to take the time so close to Christmas to really celebrate. This year, since I actually worked ahead and pre-made my most popular pieces, I was able to manage not one but two trips to Florida for my birthday! Also, Katherine managed to get us last minute dinner reservations at Be Our Guest; I’ve wanted to do the dinner service there for YEARS but it’s practically impossible to get reservations. There was also a Christmas Party that night, where special events happen in the park and they pass out seasonal treats, like hot cocoa and cookies. It was such a perfect day and I wish I could relive it!

Once back to reality, I realized very quickly that I had barely done any Christmas shopping. I’m usually one to get all my gift shopping done well ahead of time (re: Black Friday, Cyber Monday, etc.), but gift giving proved more difficult this year. I headed out the weekend before Christmas to grab some last minute gifts for everyone. This photo was taken in Reynolda Village, which had this adorable Christmas setup in the fountain that I just had to get a pic with.

Merry Christmas Eve! Shane and I took this before heading down to my parent’s for Christmas Eve dinner, which we do in lieu of Christmas Day dinner. My tree looks even better in the daylight, don’t ya think? 😍

Merry Christmas! We started the day by going to my grandpa’s house for brunch, then opening my family’s gifts to us and from us. Shane and I then left for Raleigh, to finish the day at his parents house with his family. It was the first time for both of us to not spend all of Christmas with our families, so it was an adjustment but I think it turned out well! We both got to enjoy time with those closest to us, and with one another, which was also a first for Christmas.

I spent the next few days after Christmas with Little, while she was still in the States. Her family lives outside of Raleigh, so we stayed in Raleigh for another couple of days, then we took her back to Winston to see the house and to get some extra time with her. A few of our friends came up, and we had a great time grabbing dinner and having a game night. I was so sad to take her back to Raleigh on Friday, even though I am working on another trip to go visit her later this year 🙂

January has been pretty meh, to say the least. It’s been cold and miserable, and the downtime in my shop between Christmas and Valentine’s day meant I didn’t have much to do at all. Thankfully, one of our favorite events of the year happens in January – Restaurant Week! Also known as the Queen’s Feast, where high end restaurants have discounted menus for a week. We had a double date with Anna and Sean at Del Frisco’s, which is my favorite steakhouse.

A few days ago, I celebrated half a decade of running my shop, which I shared this picture to celebrate. To think it was really that long ago is crazy – time really does fly by as you get older! I’m excited to see where the journey of being a sole proprietor goes next 🙂

Phew! That’s my last two months summed up; December was as crazy busy as ever, and January has been a slightly welcome respite from the busy, minus the literal freezing temps that I am SO over. Spring, where you at?? I am committing to posting at a normal frequency again, so make sure to check back soon for new posts, like my new goals for the year, my search for a dress for our engagement pics, and more! 🙂

XO, Ash

Transitioning from Fall to Winter

similar cable knit sweater // old navy white rockstar jeans // hat is old, almost exact here and here // similar Tory Burch crossbody // similar ankle booties // old Kendra Scott necklace and earrings, similar here and here 

Happy Thursday, friends! It’s been December for less than a week, and it’s already a madhouse over here. I’ve been getting between 20-25 orders a day since Black Friday, and I’m working as quickly as possible to keep up with my orders. I’m hoping to get at least 10 posts up this month, but I might be reaching with that – it’s taken me a full week just to get this one up, so no promises but I’ll be trying my hardest 🙂

Transitional weather periods are such a hard time to plan for, since the temperature can vary up to 20° day to day. Today I wanted to share this outfit that is great for transitioning from fall to winter. We have a cold front this week, with the possibility of snow this weekend (!!!), and it feels like NC’s 60° fall is officially over. Gone are the slightly chill days where I can just wear a cardigan to stay warm, as the expected temps for the weekend are the 30s and 40s and it doesn’t seem like we’ll get our comfortably cool weather back after that. I definitely prefer the cold over heat, and I love a good snowstorm, but I prefer it to stay in the 50s or so and don’t really enjoy the freezing cold for longer than a day or two. I mean, does anyone? Haha!

This sweater is such a great, thick knit that really holds the warmth in when you need it most. I  love burgundy for both fall and winter – it’s such a rich, beautiful color that works well in both seasons. It seems to usually be forgotten in December in favor of the more festive bright red, but I think it works perfectly when you’re not trying to be too bright or festive. Like I’ve said many times, white jeans are a year round staple for me, and they keep the burgundy from being too drab and dark. I also loved my Kendra Scott pieces from last fall with this, since they were fun without being overwhelming.

I’m hoping to get another post up tomorrow, so make sure to check back for that! I’m also working on putting together some gift guides that I’ll be posting next week, and I’m really excited about those too 🙂 Have an awesome rest of your day, y’all!

XO, Ash

3 Ways to Wear a Denim Mini This Fall, pt. 3

similar lace-up sweater // denim skirt is old, almost exact here // similar OTK brown suede boots //similar Tory Burch crossbody // hat is old, almost exact here and here // constellation pendant from zodiac necklace set // kendra scott emmet earrings

Good morning, friends! This is my third and final post on styling a denim mini skirt for the fall, and I think it’s my favorite look of the three! (If you missed either of the other posts, you can see the first one here, and the second one here). I saw this gorgeous tree from the road and knew I had to get these pics with it – and yes, we’re in a neighborhood haha! It was just the perfect backdrop for one of my final posts for this fall, since next week I’ll be going full-force into Christmas mode 🙂

In the cooler months, I feel like many of us can get in a rut of just wearing jeans over and over, and over, and over…you get the picture. I love mixing it up with skirts and dresses, which are usually considered more spring- or summer-wear, which is why I wanted to do this post on how to wear it in the fall. I think the material of the skirt is really important in making sure you don’t look like you’re dressing out of season – denim is a perfect choice since it’s a year round staple,  but I also love corduroy, velvet, and suede for the cooler months.

For my final look, I decided to pair it with a cropped sweater and over-the-knee boots for an chic look that’s easy to duplicate. This lace up sweater has been a favorite of mine for nearly two years now, and I love how it lines up with the button-up front of the skirt to create a clean line straight down the body. Vertical lines usually have a slimming effect, so having one down half your body can’t do anything but help on that front haha! Over the knee boots also help keep you warm as it cools down, and these ones are padded so they’re especially warm. I kept the accessories pretty simple, but I think if it was any colder out a scarf or vest would have looked really cute with this outfit.

Which look was your favorite of the 3? Let me know in the comments, and have an awesome day! 🙂

XO, Ash

Happy Thanksgiving! + What I’m Thankful For

color block sweater // similar skirt // similar pink felt hat // Kendra Scott Didi earrings // similar boots // old Tory Burch Harper clutch, similar here // pendant necklace from zodiac set 

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! I hope everyone is with their loved ones today, spending time with those most important to you ♡ Shane and I are hosting for our families this year, which is the first time for both of us – here’s to hoping it goes as smoothly as possible!

This year more than ever, I have so much to be thankful for. My shop is still successful enough that I can continue to be my own boss, I have good health, and I did some really ‘adult’ things like purchase my car and move out of my parents house (lol). I was able to travel both to the Caribbean and go back to Europe for the first time in 7 years, and take Shane on his first international adventure. My family has been there for me this entire year, through all of the decisions I’ve had to make, and I couldn’t be more grateful for them. Last, but certainly not least, I am so grateful for starting to really build a life with Shane – from exploring the world, to moving in together, and of course getting engaged, I couldn’t be more thankful for how our relationship has grown this year.

We have a ton to do to prepare this meal, so I don’t want to go on and on in this post, but I do want to mention that you can get my sweater on sale for 30% off and free shipping tomorrow! Also, my boots are a couple of years old, but I found a pair on Poshmark for $50 (I paid over $200, and they were on sale), so if you’re a size 8.5 I’d go snatch those up. On that note, go have a wonderful day with your families and friends! 🙂

XO, Ash

My Favorite New Jeans (from Target!)

brown turtleneck sweater // curvy skinny jeans // similar pink felt hat // similar Tory Burch crossbody // Kendra Scott Didi earrings // similar OTK brown suede boots 

Earlier this month, when the weather finally decided to be seasonally appropriate, I had a stark realization – every single pair of jeans I owned had holes in them. Yes, I purposely bought them like that, but when it’s 46° outside, you decide you may want a fully intact pair instead haha! My previous pairs had finally given out earlier this year, so it became my mission to find a great new pair of jeans. I was planning on going to Old Navy or Nordstrom soon, which is where I usually buy my jeans, but on a recent visit to Target I decided to try on a few pairs on a whim. They happened to be on sale for 25% off, so why not? I’ve found a lot of gems there over the years, but hadn’t yet bought any of their jeans, so I figured it was time to try them out!

Y’all – I was not expecting to, but I ended up loving this pair! I would not guess that Target could make such a great pair of jeans. This pair is called the “curvy skinny,” and it’s made for people who have curves, but not exclusively in plus sizes like anything marked “curvy” usually is. These jeans fit me perfectly, and have enough room in all the right places while still being skinny on the calf. After wearing them several times, I can also confirm that although they’re stretchy, they don’t stretch out after wearing them like some stretchy jeans can. I’d love to get another pair of these later this week during the Black Friday sales – I like a medium wash, but I prefer a dark wash 🙂

Speaking of Black Friday – I’ll be working on a sale post all week long to post on Friday, so make sure to come back then for a huge roundup of sales!

XO, Ash

Thanksgiving Outfit Inspiration + What I’m making for Friendsgiving

similar sweater // baker boy hat // similar scarf // curvy skinny jeans // Gigi New York Teddie Tote // taupe ankle booties are old, similar here and here

Can y’all believe we have less than a week until Thanksgiving?! It doesn’t help that it’s early this year, but it’s making this month absolutely fly by. I always love to put together a perfect Thanksgiving outfit, even though all we do is stay home, cook, and eat all day haha! I try to find an outfit that’s not only stylish, but comfortable too – nothing like eating too much AND being uncomfortable in what you’re wearing! I usually opt for things with a generous amount of stretch, or just looser fitting in general (like I’m sure most of y’all do as well). I love this sweater since it’s fitted but doesn’t cling, and hides allllll the belly area that’s about to expand haha! These jeans have a good amount of stretch, so while that top button will probably get unbuttoned at some point, I’d still be quite comfy in them. I still haven’t finalized my outfit, but I think something similar to this will be a strong contender!

Tomorrow I’m going to my friend Katie’s house for a friendsgiving, and it’s my job to bring the potatoes. I’ll be making them two ways – my not-famous-yet roasted potatoes, and of course the classic mashed potatoes. I’ve only ever made mashed potatoes once from scratch, so I turned to my trusty Pinterest to find a perfect mashed potato recipe. I picked this one to try, because not only does the recipe seems fairly simple, but they also look SO good. I love the skins in my mashed potatoes (gotta get those nutrients!), plus I’ve heard adding cream cheese makes them extra creamy. I’m excited to try these out, and I’ll report back in my next post how they turn out! Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! 🙂

XO, Ash

Fall Foliage in Tennessee 

similar sweater dress // similar check scarf // Tory Burch Britten crossbody is old, similar here and here // circle sunglasses // hat is old, almost exact here and here // Tory Burch boots are old, this year’s version here

Happy Thursday, friends! I hope everyone has had a great week so far! I’ve been slowly but surely getting my shop ready for Christmas, and also prepping for Thanksgiving next week. Shane and I are hosting for our immediate families, which will be both of our first times making an entire Thanksgiving meal so I’m pretty excited but nervous too. If anyone has any tips for successfully merging two families Thanksgiving traditions, or tips for hosting, let me know! 🙂

Shane and I took these photos last weekend at the cabin in Tennessee on the hiking trail on the property. The foliage was soooo beautiful, and the trail was so vibrant with the colorful trees and moss lining the ground. We were there at the perfect time, as the leaves were in the peak of changing colors but hadn’t started falling yet. Our drive home that day was absolutely gorgeous – the mountains were showing off and were a rainbow of fall hues, from the brightest yellows to the deepest reds, which made our 4.5 hour drive much more enjoyable. It was also thankfully sunny on the drive back, since we drove there in the dark and rain on Friday night.

This outfit was perfect for the mountains, since it was cool but not cold and that wonderful crisp feeling in the air. Everything I’m wearing is old, but I found some really close options that I’ve linked above for y’all! This scarf is one of my favorites; all of the colors made it really versatile, and I love the larger check pattern since most of my scarves are smaller patterned plaid. Sweater dresses are one of my favorite things to wear in the fall, since they keep me warm but are also a nice break from sweaters and jeans. I’ll be doing a roundup soon of my favorites, so keep a lookout for that soon!

XO, Ash

Mountain Weekend in Wears Valley

striped sweater, similar here // old navy white rockstar jeans // booties are old, similar here // hat is old, almost exact here and here // Tory Burch Britten crossbody is old, similar here and here // circle sunglasses // circle pendant from zodiac necklace set

Happy Friday, friends! This time last week, I was packing up and prepping for a weekend in the mountains with Shane and 9 of our friends (3 of whom are my bridesmaids, as I shared in my last post). I hadn’t had a trip to the mountains in a few years, so I was thrilled to go back! I grew up vacationing in Gatlinburg every year, so I’m quite familiar with the area we went. We stayed at the Wrangler’s Den cabin at the Pioneer Cabins and Guest Farm, which was located in Wears Valley and a short drive from Pigeon Forge and Sevierville.

This was the largest group trip I’ve ever gone on, so I wasn’t sure how it would go – I’m sure y’all know that the larger the group, the more complicated things can be! We only split up for about 2 hours on Saturday, and the rest of the time stayed together which was a miracle in and of itself in my opinion. We started the day cooking breakfast at the cabin, and figuring out where to go that day. Half of the group went antiquing, and the other half of us headed to Pigeon Forge. We mostly visited some shops and had lunch, then headed back to the cabin to be back before dark. On the way back, we stopped to take these pics (plus pics of Shane and myself, and Shae and Daniel) with this gorgeous mountain backdrop. This was actually an empty field right next to an Dollar General haha!

The only thing I wish could have been different about our weekend is that it could have been longer. Shane had to work some homecoming events on Friday, so we couldn’t leave Thursday like some of the group and arrived pretty late on Friday. We really only had the one full day, and while we had a blast, I wanted to show Shane some more of the area since he had never been before. I’m also happy that our group worked so well together – when you get 11 people with very different personalities together, you may expect some drama, but it was all good! We played a lot of games, including hide-and-seek; it was crazy how many hiding spots we found thought that cabin! All in all, it was an awesome trip, and I hope we make it a yearly tradition.

I also just had to mention that today is our sorority’s Founder’s Day! 144 years ago, MILFE (as we like to call them) came together to form Sigma Kappa, and I couldn’t be more grateful for them. Because of their commitment to provide a supportive group to like-minded women, I have found my best friends and soul sisters. If you had told me a decade ago when I was a senior in high school that I was going to join a sorority, I would have laughed in your face. I was not a “sorority girl” in any sense of the word – but then, I did. And I haven’t regretted my decision for a single second, in most part to the wonderful friends that went on this trip.

What are y’alls plans this weekend? I’m heading to Charlotte for the weekend and have some fun things planned, even thought I’m currently sick (or battling new allergies – I’m not entirely sure which one it is). Let me know in the comments, and have a great Friday! 🙂

XO, Ash


Wedding Wednesday, Vol. 1: Bridesmaid Proposals

twist front top // old navy white rockstar jeans // kendra scott emmet earrings // fall decor post here

I’m so excited to share today’s post – my first ever wedding planning post!!! I finally finished ‘proposing’ to my bridesmaids, who all (thankfully) said yes 🙂 I spent about a month figuring out how to do it, and then another month actually asking them, since I wanted to give them to everyone in person. Unfortunately I did not actually fly to Germany to ask Little, but I wish I could have!

I had such a fun time researching and creating these boxes for some of my best friends. I wish I could have had more bridesmaids, but I stopped at six for a few reasons. Shane is only going to have 5 groomsmen (including his best man), and I thought any more than one extra on my side would start looking pretty lopsided. I may have asked one more, but I really wanted an even number for aesthetic reasons in our photographs. I’d have to add 2 more, not just 1, and that’d leave us at 8 to 5, which just seems really uneven to me. I have several more friends that are special enough to me that I’d love to have them by my side on our special day, but I know they’ll be there to support us no matter what! 🙂

I’ll be covering how I actually put the boxes together, as well as who my bridesmaids are and why I picked them. I’ve been working on this post for about a month now, so brace yourselves, cause it’s kind of a long one!

Making the Proposal Boxes

Shown above are the simple materials I used to create these boxes – I’ll be linking them all at the end of this photo tutorial! 🙂

I chose to use white cake boxes for the proposal boxes for several reasons, the first of which is that they were easy to find! I looked several places for gift boxes, and nothing I found was either cute enough, too big or small, or really expensive (like, upwards of $7-8 per box). I thought plain white square boxes were the best bet for a nice, clean look!

After closing the box, I took the ribbon and cut it about 1.5 feet above the top of the box. I thought about doing a traditional 4-sided wrapping for the ribbon, but I thought the one line from top to bottom looked more elegant. I also only needed one roll of ribbon for all 6 boxes, which was great since I didn’t have any excess at the end.

I tied the ribbon into a tight double knot, so I could then add the embellishments without worrying about the bow coming undone. Also – awkward moment when I forgot to clip the tag on my stool! I’ve had this stool for over a year now and can’t believe I didn’t notice that before taking these pics haha! Whoops!

After tying the knot, I rolled up one side of the ribbon’s end to slide the name tag on. I had already written everyone’s names on the tags in my best attempt at calligraphy before putting them on. After getting that tag securely on the ribbon, I trimmed the edges of the ribbon to make sure they had a clean edge that wasn’t frayed.

I then clipped off a small twig from the faux eucalyptus stem to tie onto the ribbon as well. While searching for inspiration, I loved the look of one specific box I saw that included sprigs of greenery in the packaging – I thought it made the boxes look much more fresh and added a bit more color as well 🙂

Then, I tucked the stem of the eucalyptus in the knot on the opposite side of the name tag before tying the bow, just for some extra security. I thought about hot gluing it, but decided that would just make unwrapping it harder, so I scrapped that idea.

Finally, I tied just a simple bow, which secured both the twig and the name tag into place.

To finish up, I pulled to make sure the bow was nice and tight so the eucalyptus wouldn’t fall out, and checked the edges again for any fraying.

Ta-da! The finished product 🙂 They turned out so cute, in my very humble opinion haha! Although pink is not currently going to be in my color scheme, it’s still one of my favorite colors and I think was the perfect choice for these boxes. Here are all of the products I used to create the boxes:

Pink ribbon – $3.99 for 5 yards

Eucalyptus stem – $4.99 per stem

Pearlized name tags – $3.99 for 12

Gold paint pen – $3.99

White cake boxes – $7.99 for 10

My Bridesmaids

After much deliberation and hours of searching Pinterest and Etsy, I decided to keep it simple for now and save some of the better gifts for the wedding day gifts. The one thing I noticed as I was searching was that almost every box I saw was identical. As cute as they were, I just wasn’t a fan of that since all of my bridesmaids are very different and I didn’t really want to buy something that was ‘one size fits all.’ That’s when I decided to create my own and try to personalize them to fit the individual. I toyed with the idea of including a necklace or nail color for everyone to match, but since our potential date is a year and a half away, I wouldn’t expect any of them to keep track of something like that for such a long time!

Maids of Honor

Yes, that’s correct – I’ll be having two maids of honor! I honestly couldn’t choose, and after a bit of research I found out it’s not only acceptable, but encouraged to have two if there isn’t a clear cut choice. It had already been in my head as an option, and I was glad to find that nearly every site I found had something positive to say about it. I’m still not 100% sure of the exact duties of the maid of honor, since the one thing that was mentioned was that splitting them up was the only tricky part. It doesn’t seem like that will be too much of a big deal, though, so I’m just planning on tackling those when we get there!

Coco – Maid of Honor

My sister, Courtney (a.k.a. Coco) is my first maid of honor. We’ve always been extremely close growing up, and thankfully as adults have stayed that way. I’m just about a year and a half younger than her, and we always had the same friends and mostly the same interests. I couldn’t imagine having her anywhere but by my side on one of the most important days of my life. Coco loves all things lavender colored and scented, so the lavender bath bombs that almost everyone got are thanks to her. I painted everyone an initial magnet, and went with wisteria for hers since she has a faux wisteria tree in her room and loves that flower. Her individual gifts were a rose gold wine stopper with her initial, since she loves wine, and also her favorite essential oil.

Anna – Maid of Honor

Anna, also known as Anna No Dash Marie Cabeza Foster, is my second maid of honor. We’ve been best friends for 8 years now, and she’s why making a decision about who to choose as my maid of honor was so difficult. Coco is my sister by blood, but Anna is my sister by fate and choice. We joined Sigma Kappa together in Fall 2010, and it is the best, most authentic group of women I’ve had the honor to be a member of. Although in many aspects we are complete opposites, we balance each other out and most importantly, let each other be as they are without hesitation or doubt. I’m so excited to have her by my side on my wedding day 🙂 Anna also got a wine stopper, since she loves wine too, and a fall scented candle because sometimes we’re just really basic haha!


Choosing my four bridesmaids was both easy and difficult at the same time. If you’ve ever done this before, you probably know what I’m talking about! I almost wanted to cut it off at just Coco and Anna because I’d rather do that than not choose some of my close friends. I knew exactly who I wanted, but I also wanted more than I knew I could pick (as I explained earlier in this post), so deciding where to cut it off was pretty hard. However, I’m quite happy with my decision, and I think I have a wonderful bridal party that I know will support me and keep me in line if I start getting out of hand haha!

Katie – Bridesmaid

If you had told me six and a half years ago that I’d be asking Katie to be my bridesmaid, I probably would have laughed in your face. We met in a history class, and I tried to recruit her to join Sigma Kappa that spring – no luck, but as it turns out, she joined that fall! While in class together, we sat next to and studied together, and I remember thinking about just how over the top she was. She always showed up to class happy and bubbly, and once left me a note to let me know she wouldn’t be in class that day. I’m so happy for Katie’s presence in my life; she is so much fun to do anything from chill to party with, and we are alike in so many ways. Katie got a Lilly Pulitzer key fob, since she is one of my very few friends who also loves Lilly. She also is obsessed with her two dogs, Minnie and Riley, and I found these adorable little erasers that looked like them that she can put on her desk at work.

Nicole – Bridesmaid

Nicole (a.k.a Nikki) and I have been friends ever since she joined Sigma Kappa in 2011, but have become really close over the past few years after graduation. She is actually Anna’s ‘little,’ and the first of our friends to get married and start a family. Some of my favorite nights have been just chilling with her on her couch, with or without Derrick ;), and talking about everything and nothing for hours. We are also both obsessed with Taco Bell, although I think she’s on a bit of a higher level than I am haha! Nikki got a fall scented candle as well, since it’s one of her favorite things in life, and an alpaca keychain since she’s obsessed with them 🙂

Brittany – Bridesmaid

Brittany (a.k.a. Britt) joined Sigma Kappa in Spring 2012 (noticing a pattern here? haha!), and she was one of the most shy people I’ve ever met at first. It took some prodding, but we finally got her to open up and I’m so happy we did! She is so much fun and we always have a great time together. One of my favorites memories together is the cruise we went on, and we’re actually planning a trip for next May to celebrate her getting her Master’s degree so I can’t wait for that! She is very much into self-care, so I got her a nice soap and lotion to go with her other gifts 🙂

Sami – Bridesmaid

Last, but most certainly not least, is Sami (a.k.a. Little), who is currently living in Germany and I had to ship her box to her, which is why it’s a bit different than everyone else’s. Sami became my ‘little sis’ in Fall 2011, and we’ve been thick as thieves ever since. She is one of the most adventurous, fun loving, and genuine people I’ve ever met, and I’m honored to not only call her a best friend but a sister. We’ve had so many amazing times together, from countless Disney trips to our visit across the pond earlier this year to see her. I actually enlisted the help of her friend Katherine, who still works for Disney, to send me this Dole Whip plush to include in her box. Dole Whip is one of her favorite treats in the whole world, so I knew it would be the perfect sentimental touch. I also got her pretzel M&M’s, which she brought up missing about 457 times while we were with her in Paris haha!

Phew! If you’re still with me, give yourself a pat on the back cause that was quite the read. Now that I have this done, expect to see a lot more wedding content here! We’re still in the beginning stages of planning, but as we make decisions I’ll be posting all of the updates on here. The fact that we still haven’t officially booked a venue just proves how procrastinating we can be, since we’ve been engaged for over 3 months now haha! Thanks for taking the time to read this, and have an awesome day 🙂

XO, Ash

The Prettiest Embroidered Dress for Fall

free people oxford dress // similar floppy hat // taupe ankle booties are old, similar here and here // monogram necklace (custom ordered from this shop, size is 2.25″) // old Tory Burch Harper clutch, similar here // kendra scott emmet earrings

It’s no secret that one of my most used search terms while shopping online is “embroidered.” I love interesting details in easy-to-wear pieces, and embroidery adds that extra touch that really sells me! I think it elevates clothing from being boring or ordinary to something that’s refreshing and unique. This dress, as pretty as it is, would be quite basic without the intricate embroidered details, and I especially love that it’s spread over the entire dress and not focused on just the collar or sleeves. Free People excels at adding embroidery or other interesting details, and some of my favorite pieces I own are made by them! I love this dress in particular since the flow makes it flattering on any figure, and the lining underneath and long sleeves add a little extra warmth in the cooler weather.

Shane and I shot this look last weekend, and in case you don’t follow me on Instagram, we had a bit of a situation that day – my car battery died! We had just finished taking pics on this perfect tree lined side-street, and when we got in the car to leave the dreaded click-click-click sound came on instead of the engine. We ended up waiting just over an hour for Triple A to show up, and by then it was dark and about 50° so we were beyond ready to get going. It turns out my battery was completely dead, so I had to have them come out again to jump me again before I went to get a new battery. My car is only 3 years old, so I was pretty surprised it was already gone, but at least I don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the winter!

I hope everyone had a fun weekend! I was in the mountains with 10 of my friends, and I’ll have a couple posts up later this week about it. First though, I’ve finally finished ‘proposing’ to my bridesmaids, so tomorrow will be my inaugural #WeddingWednesday post alllll about that! Check back tomorrow for it, and have a great day! 🙂

XO, Ash