Rent the Runway

Back in October I rented this dress from Rent the Runway for a work event that ended up getting cancelled due to the flood. So I decided that have a photo shoot so the dress wasn’t a complete waste. I did get cash back through Ebates when renting the dress. It also happened to be around the time of my birthday, so it became a birthday photo shoot as well 🙂

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And who doesn’t love sparklers?

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xoxo ashley

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26

Y’all. Let’s be real for a minute. Last year when I turned 25, I absolutely lost my mind. I started having a quarter life crisis MONTHS in advanced. Turns out, 25 has been one of the best years. There was a lot of change, some heartache, a lot of growth, big life decisions and a lot of fun. I’m in awe of what he brought this past year. I’m excited for 26. I’m excited to see what The Lord has in store for this year of my life. Here’s to 26 and a relaxing, low key evening, before a crazy, fun, filled weekend!

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What is your best advice for 26?

xoxo ashley

Gameday Belles Boutique

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I am so excited about this new venture of mine, Gameday Belles Boutique, an online gameday boutique.

Saturdays in the South are meant for sitting around a tailgate with a cocktail in your hand, good food on your plate and the best of friends surrounding you. Gameday Belles Boutique is here to help you look your best on Saturdays at your tailgate and once you make your way into the stadium.

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It’s been fun and challenging and I can’t wait to see where it goes.

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I love every aspect of college football, including looking your gameday best.

So hop on over to the shop, www.gamedaybellesboutique.com or follow along on Instagram @gamedaybellesboutique

xoxo ashley

Travel Tuesday : A Wish List

I wish I could have an actual Travel Tuesday post every Tuesday of some cool place I’ve recently been, but money doesn’t grow on trees and paid time off isn’t offered every day. So today, I’m going to share part of my travel wish list with you.

 

As a neighboring country to the US, I would like to travel to Canada at some point. Last fall when I was in Seattle, we looked at going up to Canada while we were there, but the timing of it all didn’t work out. I’m not a huge cold person, so I wouldn’t want to stay for very long but I would love to go.

 

Chicago has been on my list for a long time, but it hasn’t happened yet. I want to go during the spring/early summer so I can go to a Cubs game while I am there. My parents went last fall, LOVED it and can’t wait to go back. Maybe they will invite me next time 😉

 

Other than to Aruba and Mexico, I have never been out of the country. I don’t think I would like to go to the touristy places in Europe, but the places full of culture off the beaten path. I also would want to do it fancy and travel to many different countries while I was over there. Maybe one day it will happen.
 Hawaii has ALWAYS been on the list, even as a child. We never vacationed there because coming from the east coast, the flight was just too long and my mom doesn’t like to fly. And with 2 kids to entertain for that long, I can understand why we never went. We once heard the advice to fly out to California, stay for a day and see the city and then fly out to Hawaii and then do the same thing coming back to help split up the flying time. I just recently saw the movie Aloha (great cast, awful story) but it re-sparked my desire to go to Hawaii.

What else should be on my list? Where was the best vacation you have gone one?

xoxo ashley

What I Learned During 2 Weeks Of Pure Barre

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So my two weeks of Pure Barre are over and I’m actually kind of sad, which is surprising based on thoughts from night one. I did come to enjoy it and look forward to classes.

What I Learned During 2 Weeks Of Pure Barre:

1. I am stronger than I thought I was. I was able to push through and get through intense workouts and do workouts I did not know I was capable of doing.

2. During one class I was at the barre and facing the mirror, I had a moment of this is your time. Not just in this class, but in life. I’ve got great friends, an amazing job, a family I wouldn’t trade for anything and plans to make the most out of right now. Sure there are moments I long to be in the next stage but I’ve got to live in the present. I won’t always have those days where I can drop everything a drive to a city for a weekend on a whim or binge watch Netflix a few nights a week or open my home for friends on friends on friends.

3. Patience is key. There were many times I would get frustrated and want to give up. I would focus and breathe and jump back into the exercise and give it my all.

4. Never give up. I could have not gone back after night one. But I decided to push through and keep going to see what would happen. I am oh so glad that I did.

5. I feel so much better when working out consistently. I did 8 classes in a 13 day period. Yes, it was exhausting but gave me energy that only comes from working out and living a healthier lifestyle.

I have barre3 DVD’s that I ordered from Living Social that I am going to start doing in place of Pure Barre and going (back? start going?) to Gold’s. Please help hold me to this. I want to use the motivation from these two weeks at Pure Barre to jump back into working out and getting back into that routine. I want working out to be a normal part of my day, not a shocking part of my day. I’m doing a 6K Gamecock Fun Run at the end of the month, I would like to be able to run part of it, but also frolic around campus taking fun pictures in my monogrammed outfit my momma made me. Yes, I am that girl.

 If you’ve been thinking about starting a work out of any type, go for it. be patient, be persistent, it’ll be worth it. Know, I’m also saying these words to myself. Help keep me accountable to continue this journey of being consistent and making exercise the normal part of my day verses the shocking part of my day. I’d love to help keep you accountable too. Let me know if you’d like to join me on this journey to a healthier you.

xoxo ashley