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Friday, October 7, 2016

A Fresh Start with a New Design


Rejuvenation is exactly what my blog needed and I’m so happy I was able to finally do that. It took way longer than I would have liked it to, but I’m slowly trying to take steps to get back in the swing of things. By updating my design, I now not only feel inspired to blog and be consistent with it, but I also want to put up fresh content.
A few things have changed since I wrote my last entry. I’ve started a new job, got a boyfriend (who will hopefully help with taking some of my blog images), made new friendships and I now have a goddaughter who I’m absolutely obsessed with. One thing that has stayed constant with all of my life changes is my passion for all things related the beauty.

I can’t wait to start sharing my life journey again, as well as my love for makeup, fashion and everything in-between!
XO,
Ashley

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Things I WILL Say in 2015

Good morning beauties,

I know I'm 13 days too late, but Happy New Year! It's been some time since I've blogged anything, especially after I said I was done with my break. I guess life happened and I really wasn't ready to start back up again. Needless to say, I'm officially back and I'm hoping to get back on a blogging schedule.

I know that with a new year, for many of us, that means having new resolutions and goals set. Right before the new year hit, I made a list of all my new years resolutions in my planner and I kid you not, I had almost 20 of them.

When NYE approached, some of my best friends and I took a trip to Austin. On our way there, naturally we talked about what we wanted out of 2015 and what everyone's resolutions were.
My sorority sister, Stacy, and I 
My best friend and I on NYE
Instead of doing the traditional New Years resolution goals, one of my best friends decided she was going to write down the things she will say in 2015. It's like you're speaking your goals into existence, which I love! With that being said, you know I had to hop on the bandwagon and rewrite my resolutions into my own list of things I will say in 2015.

I won't share all 20 of them with you, but I will share the top ones that are extremely important to me.

1. I do NOT have any credit card debt.
2. I have my car all fixed up.
3. I live a healthier lifestyle.
4. I'm officially in my career and I am out of the mail room.
5. I go to church consistently and pray more.
6. I have worked on meaningful relationships and friendships.
7. I have saved money for my future.
8. I am physically active.
9. I am a better blogger.
10. I started my YouTube channel.
11. I have decluttered my life.
12. I learn something new everyday.
13. I journal daily.

I know it's already mid January and I haven't even begun working on many of the things on my list, but I'm still optimistic and I'm far from discouraged. It's never to late to put your mind in a positive mindset. I know a have a large list of things I will say in 2015, but I intend on saying every single one of them within the year.

I hope that 2015 is filled with nothing but the best for you all and I'm hoping I've inspired some of you to write your own list of things you will say in 2015.

What are some things you want to say in 2015?

Love and desserts,

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Julian Michaels Water Detox Review

Happy Hump Day Y'all!

Today I decided to write about something a little bit different. I'm going to be completely honest here, before I took my break from blogging, I wasn't too happy with my weight. Even now, I'm still not completely happy yet. For the most part, I have always been relatively thin and I have always been able to eat what I want.

In high school I was on the drill/dance team, so no matter what kind of junk I ate, I was always fit physically. (I even had abs.) During my freshman year of college, I was really good about keeping off the weight. Sophomore and junior year, I did gain some weight, but it wasn't too horrible and I was still content with the way I looked. Senior year just took a plummet for the worst.

First semester I didn't really see much of a difference, but my second semester was a mess. I don't know if it was relationship weight or from all the partying/drinking alcohol, but I could definitely see a change in my body. My face got fuller, my arms got bigger, my legs got thicker and the abs I once had were just a faint memory.

By no means do I think I am overweight, but I do see a difference in my body that I do not like. I'm not as comfortable as I used to be in my own skin. I made a resolution at the beginning of the year to work on my weight, and it hasn't been until recently that I have done something to work on my goal.

I'll be honest with you, unless I am dancing, I don't like to work out. When I first packed on my weight, I was trying to find ways to lose it through cleanses and one of my friends told me about the Master Cleanse. I don't know why I thought I was disciplined enough to not eat for 7 days, but I attempted to give it a whirl and failed miserably. I think I had made my first batch of the spicy lemonade too spicy and it was hard to drink. Also, living at home and not eating is really not an option. My father would never let me not eat anything.

Before I started walking/running at my local park, one of my sorority sisters told me about the Water Detox by Jillian Michaels and how you could lose up to five pounds of water weight, while still being able to eat. I immediately thought I had to try this detox. Well on my break from blogging, I finished up my detox and I wanted to share some thoughts and my results with you all.

Thoughts
1. The detox was fairly easy. I thought drinking 61 oz of the mixture would be a problem, because I don't drink the daily recommended amount of water. I drank a glass of it before I went to work, took a liter of it to work to drink throughout the day, and by the time I got home all I had was a little glass of it left to drink.

2. I loved how you could eat with this detox.

3.The taste wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. From steeping the tea, the smell of it turned me completely off. It's not a tea I would think about drinking on it's own, but I guess diluting it with water, cranberry and lemon juice made it much more bearable. In my opinion I'd rather drink this than regular water.

4. It was simple. It didn't call for a lot of ingredients and the process of making the water was fairly easy. I'm all about simple things. This is exactly why the Master Cleanse didn't work for me. I thought it was too strenuous to make.

Results
Unfortunately, I only lost 1.5 pounds with this detox. I'm sure a major factor as to why I didn't lose as much weight as I could have was because I wasn't necessarily eating the cleanest. I ate decently, but I could have done better. Also I have to keep in mind that the detox was meant to loose water weight. If you don't have much water weight, it's understandable if you don't lose up to 5 pounds.

Overall, I'm not sure I would do the detox again. I think it's great that I got the daily amount of water suggested in my system, but other than that, I don't know if it's actually worth it.

Have you ever done a detox before? Did it work for you?

Let Your Light Shine

Love and desserts,

Thursday, September 25, 2014

My Unexpected Break From Blogging

Hello, you beautiful people! I know you have not heard from me in a while, but I'm sure you can guess from the title that I took an unexpected break from blogging.

I honestly had no idea I was going to take one. It kind of just happened. I don't know if I necessarily have a good reason for taking a break, but I feel like it was most definitely needed. Lately, I have been feeling completely overwhelmed by my schedule and I guess I just needed some "me time" to get my ish together.

I didn't really mean for this to be a life update, but I guess this kind of is. Although work isn't stressful, I've been questioning my current path and asking myself, "Is this going to help me get to where I want to be in the future?" To be honest, I don't really know, but what I do know is that God has placed me where he wants me to be right now. In the meantime, I'm trying to focus on smaller issues, so I can eventually work my way up to the big ones, like my career path.

As of this month, all of my school loans have kicked in and they have been hitting me hard. I'm realizing it's hard to save money, which has been very discouraging. The joys of being an adult.

Recently I've been trying to workout and get my body back into a shape that I am happy with. I had been walking outside at a local park after work and I really enjoyed it. It gave me piece of mind and that was something that I desperately needed.

I did take a break from walking two weeks ago. I honestly just wasn't feeling it. I would be exhausted from work and the last thing I wanted to do at 5:00 was go in the heat to walk/run at a park. Although those two weeks off from walking was nice, that's when I realized I was slacking on goals I had set for myself.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel though! This week I am back to walking/running at the park and I am back to blogging. 

Blogging is a passion of mine and although I do think I needed a little time off from it, I do feel like it shouldn't have been this long. I was in a little slump and I felt uninspired, but I hope that I can go hard and create content about the things I love.

Besides the boring stuff, I did have a lot of good times on my break from blogging. Here are a few fun updates that I'd like to share!

1. My birthday was at the end of July. Yay for being 23!

Me on my birthday in Austin
Birthday dessert, which was delicious

2. I ended up making my sorority's Alumnae Board.
 
Some of the alumnae board with the current executive board
  
On 6th with one of my sorority sisters, Sheila
3. I've dropped a few pounds.

4. I kind of have a new crush. (Who knows how that will go though.)


5. My best friend Ashley came home from grad school this past weekend to spend time with her family, and of course, ME. I hadn't seen her since May, so it was a breath of fresh air being able to spend time with her.
My girls from high school
My girls from college
I'm making a promise to myself and to y'all that I will do better with posting consistently! I already have a post in mind that I'm so excited to share with y'all later this upcoming weekend :)
P.S. I'm participating in a Link Up called Let Your Light Shine Thursday! Go check it out.
Love and desserts,

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Good Girls Don't Have to Finish Last

I'm usually not one to write a post on this specific subject, but I just HAD to. I'm no relationship expert by far, but I had to get my pent up emotions out and write about something that was effecting my life.

Many of us have had that one guy that we have been hung up on, can't get over and keep running back to, even though we know the relationship is more toxic than not. Mine was my first boyfriend. 7+ years later, we have continued to do the same song and dance.

One day he wants to work on a relationship with me, the next month he'll say he knows we'll never be together and that we are better off as friends.

Well, not too long ago we did the bath and forth dance. He claimed he wanted to truly give us a chance, and of course I became a glob of silly putty and fell for the same thing he has told me time and time again.

I should know by now doing the same actions only results in the same outcome, and of course, the same outcome occurred.

I have been a second choice more often times than not with my ex and I have always made excuses for him. I literally drove myself crazy thinking about our current situation, but I honestly feel like God works in mysterious ways.

The next day I happened to stumble across an AMAZING blog post my friend shared on Facebook that I NEEDED to hear entitled, "You're Not a "Plan B" Kind of Girl."

There's not many posts about single girls finding Mr. Right that speak to me. THIS ONE DID. It was everything I needed to hear and then some.

I know this blog post won't make me magically change my ways about how I handle my ex. It's a long history that I have to want to stop for myself, but this is a push towards the right direction,

I am making a vow to myself that I will not be treated any less than I deserve to be. Every girl is worth more than that. I will no longer make excuse for him or any other guy for that matter. As Kenya Moore magically put it, "Don't come for me unless I send for you."

If any of you girls have had a similar situation, let me know!

Love and desserts,

Monday, June 30, 2014

June Favorites

Happy Monday everyone! I'm back with my monthly favorites and I can't wait to share with you all what I've been loving for the month of June.













1. Lilly Pulitzer Tops
It is no secret that I love me some Lilly Pulitzer. I've said it a million times and I will say it again. If I could have a closet full of Lilly Pulitzer and nothing else, it would make me the happiest girl in the world.

Lately I have been on a Lilly Pulitzer shopping kick. I'm trying to build up my collection of Lilly pieces and there's so many cute new things out for the summer. It's hard not to want to buy everything in site.

As you know, I've been loving my Elsa in First Impression and now I have another Elsa in Tusk in Sun and an Iona Shell in Multi Behind the Gates Engineered that I have been wearing nonstop.

2. Shiseido Accentuating Cream Eyeliner in 2
OH MY GOODNESS! I don't know what I was doing my whole life without this thing. I've literally had this little pot for over five years and it hadn't been touched since I first bought it.

I had my makeup done for a high school dance, and this eyeliner was one of the products the Shiseido lady used on my face, so my mom bought it for me.

I'm pretty sure I never pulled it out because I never knew how to apply gel liner. I don't really know what made me want to pull it out recently, but since I do have a brush kit with an eyeliner brush, I decided to give this a try.
Regardless of having this eyeliner for over five years, I'm so impressed with the quality. I'm enjoying wearing this instead of my harsh black eyeliner. The dark brown makes my eyes look softer for the summer and it's definitely work appropriate.

3. Too Faced Natural Eye Palette
I decided to shop my makeup stash and use some of the products I've forgot about. I ended up bringing this palette back out and fell in love with it all over again.
I don't care what anyone says, this is a great neutral palette. The colors are so buttery! I think my favorite look in this palette is the "Day" look, which uses all matte colors.

The "Day" look makes you look so put together, without being over the top. I even hit pan on Velvet Revolver this month!

4. MAC Lipstick in Enchanted One
Girls, girls, girls! I think I have found one of my top favorite nude lipsticks! Although I have plenty of lippies in bright pinks, corals and reds, I honestly never wear them.

I always wear nudes because I feel the most comfortable in them. I am always on the search for the next best nude color, and this one is it for me.
Ever since I received this from an online order I placed on Nordstrom, I cannot stop wearing it. I think it looks flattering for my skin tone and how cute is this limited edition packaging?

I'm so sad this is a limited edition product, but I hear Kinda Sexy from MAC is also pretty similar to this. I'll probably have to pick that one up soon and switch back and forth between the two colors.

5. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
I had a baby sized sample of this mascara from my A Few of my Favorite Things gift set I had bought around Christmas time, so I decided to bust it out since I was running out of my Maybelline Big Eyes mascara.
You can tell the mascara is drying out quite fast
The first couple of days I used it, I loved it! It made my lashes look so lush! It doesn't quite have the same effect as it first did, but nonetheless I still really do enjoy the mascara.

6. Orly's Oh Cabana Boy
It's rare for me to want to use a nail color continuously. I want to wear this color all the time. I think it's so flattering and the perfect pink for summer. It's bright and fun.

I feel like this color is literally made from unicorn tears. It's that amazing. Orly's formulation is one of the best I have ever used! Love, love, LOVE!

7. Tory Burch Holly Bookbag

You knew I had to add my new crossbody in my favorites for the month! I love this bag so much. It's small enough to where I don't feel weighed down by my bag, yet big enough to fit all of my necessities (and I have a lot of necessities). It's such a gorgeous bag and I love the emblem detail on the front.
The Sweetest Thing
I've been following Emily Gemma's blog since the end of March. I am absolutely in love with everything about her. Not only do I want her closet, but she's absolutely gorgeous. I swear every time she posts her OOTD, I want to buy everything she has on!

Kelly in the City
Much like Emily Gemma's blog, I am absolutely obsessed with the blog, Kelly in the City. I love reading about her life and I swoon every single time she posts an OOTD. I would love to have a wardrobe like Kelly's. Her style is preppy and classy! I LOVE it!

That's it for my monthly favorites! I'm so excited June is over because July is my birthday month! Yay! Tell me what you've been loving for the month of June!

Love and desserts,

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tory Burch Holly Bookbag Review

Happy Hump Day everyone!

I wanted to do a haul/mini review over my new purse, the Holly Bookbag from Tory Burch. If you look back at an older post of mine, I had this bag on my wishlist. I told myself after I found a job, I would treat myself to a new crossbody since my other ones were basically falling apart.

Months go by and I finally get a job, but then I decide to wait and treat myself for my birthday in July since I have other important expenses to take care of.

Well, I didn't expect the bag to go on sale. By the time I even noticed the sale, the color I wanted was completely sold out. I was so devestated, but I refused to buy the bag in a different color. I knew what I wanted and I didn't want to settle, especially since the bag was going to be an expensive purchase.

On my search for the perfect crossbody, I decided on a Kate Spade one. A few weeks ago I found one that I was ready to purchase on Ebay, but before I was about to buy it, something told me to check the Tory Burch website to see if anything had popped up in the sale section.

I swear the purse gods must have been looking out for me because what did I find? My Tory Burch Holly Bookbag I've been wanting in the Vanilla Cream color. I don't think I could have entered my credit card information in the system any faster.

What did this lesson teach me? To wait. Patience is key. Do not settle for something you're not crazy about, especially when you're paying a high price.
HOLY MOLEY girls! I am in love with this bag!
When I recieved my bag in the mail, I was so in love with it. From the reviews online I was expecting the bag to be small. To my surprise, It was a lot bigger than I had expected.

I can fit my chunky car keys, house key, some feminine products, a full sized wallet, gum and mints, a snack and essential lippies without stuffing my bag to where the magnet doesn't close.
Most of the contents in my purse. Missing the lady products and a snack.
Originally, I bought this bag as a replacement for all my other crossbodys. I wanted this to be my go-to purse when I didn't want to carry anything big, like when I got out for a night on the town. I feel like I can't do that with this purse because I feel like it is too nice.

If someone ever happened to spill a sticky cocktail on my cream bag, I would probably have a fit. I was planning on getting a black monogramed crossbody that's a heck of a lot cheaper, so I guess that will eventually be my going out bag.

Another thing I'm not really fond of with this bag is the fact that if you're wearing jeans, the dye WILL rub on the white leather. I mean I know this is expected with any light colored bag, but I'm pretty OCD whenever I have a new bag.

I wore my bag this past Friday and I ended up getting little stains on it. From ONE day! I used a makeup wipe to get the little stain I had occuring out and I think it worked, but I know this won't be a perminent fix. I'm sure there's leather cleaner I'll be able to use when dye runs on it, so I'll just have to invest in some.

Other than the bag not being practical for going out and dye from jeans transferring onto the leather, I am completely obsessed with the bag. Also, the fact that it was on sale and I got an extra 10 percent off makes it that much better.

I feel like this purse is about to get a lot of love from me!

What is your favorite go-to purse of the moment?

Love and desserts,