The Girl Behind the Lens

I owe great thanks to Annie, the one who helps make this blog and Gameday Belles Boutique possible.

She’s the one who not only takes all my pictures, but also comes up with the ideas for the pictures.

She is more than patient when I’m being sassy or start to get annoyed from needing to take so many pictures.

She accepts the mediocre pictures I take of her when she has a really cool idea and she wants some pictures too. Like the glitter pictures from July 4th.

Today Annie turns 25!

Annie, I hope you have a wonderful birthday and feel very celebrated, loved and young 🙂

I am so thankful for you as my photographer, stylist, brainstorm-er, classy to my sassy, roommate and friend.

Here to the next 25! (and all the adventures #classyandsassy will have and the pictures that will be taken)

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xoxo ashley

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Why Hello There

I’m jumping back on this blogging train.

This fall was absolutely insane, but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Except some more time for blogging. In all honesty, I missed blogging. I had at least my Thursday Huddle posts and maybe a few other thrown in along the way, but I missed sitting down and planning, writing, scheduling and posting. There are a few posts that are sitting in drafts waiting to be finalized.

One of the reasons this blog was started was to be able to go back 10 years from now and remember that fun, adventurous, exhausting, crazy time in my life. So I will be going back through the fall and posting highlights as well as what is currently happening. There were some good things that happened and some great things coming up.

Happy 2016 friends! Here’s to the good, the bad and the ugly and everything thrown in between.

xoxo ashley

Tailgate Thursday : Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving
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Sarah: Blog / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
Jasmine: Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram
Lexi: Blog/Twitter/Instagram/Bloglovin
Ashley: Blog/Instagram/Twitter/Pinterest

Are you ready for some football? It’s that time of year again. Time to break out your favorite, jersey, munch on some wings, crack open a cold one, cheer for your favorite football team, and spend time with family and friends. What better way to bring on football season than sharing your favorite things about football with everyone! So I bring you the #ThursdayHuddleParty with Lexi from A Blissful Haven where everyone can see how you celebrate football! Be sure to link up every Thursday through football season. I would love to have you and can’t wait to read about your favorite things about football!

What You Can Link Up:
*Anything Football Related such as, recipes to make for Game Day, fashion posts that relate to sportswear/Game Day/what to wear to games, memories relating to football, DIY Football Crafts, updates on your kids’ football games, etc.

Linkup Rules (Guidelines):

    1. Follow your host and co-hosts in some way
    2. Link up your Thursday Huddle post, NOT your blog URL
    3. Use the hashtag #ThursdayHuddleParty when you share on social media
    4. Grab the button and display it on your blog so others can join the party

A Blissful Haven

A Blissful Haven

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you enjoy a wonderful time with family and friends today and that your team wins rivalry week!
xoxo ashley

Tailgate Thursday : Ole Miss

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Sarah: Blog / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
Jasmine: Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram
Lexi: Blog/Twitter/Instagram/Bloglovin
Ashley: Blog/Instagram/Twitter/Pinterest

Are you ready for some football? It’s that time of year again. Time to break out your favorite, jersey, munch on some wings, crack open a cold one, cheer for your favorite football team, and spend time with family and friends. What better way to bring on football season than sharing your favorite things about football with everyone! So I bring you the #ThursdayHuddleParty with Lexi from A Blissful Haven where everyone can see how you celebrate football! Be sure to link up every Thursday through football season. I would love to have you and can’t wait to read about your favorite things about football!

What You Can Link Up:
*Anything Football Related such as, recipes to make for Game Day, fashion posts that relate to sportswear/Game Day/what to wear to games, memories relating to football, DIY Football Crafts, updates on your kids’ football games, etc.

Linkup Rules (Guidelines):

    1. Follow your host and co-hosts in some way
    2. Link up your Thursday Huddle post, NOT your blog URL
    3. Use the hashtag #ThursdayHuddleParty when you share on social media
    4. Grab the button and display it on your blog so others can join the party

A Blissful Haven

A Blissful Haven

Week 2 of being sick means Ole Miss vs Arkansas (WHICH WAS AWESOME ENDING IN OT BTW) in the form of pictures from the game. So crazy to think football season is almost over!! 
  
  
  

xoxo ashley

Tailgate Thursday : SEC West Fashion

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Sarah: Blog / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
Jasmine: Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram
Lexi: Blog/Twitter/Instagram/Bloglovin
Ashley: Blog/Instagram/Twitter/Pinterest

Are you ready for some football? It’s that time of year again. Time to break out your favorite, jersey, munch on some wings, crack open a cold one, cheer for your favorite football team, and spend time with family and friends. What better way to bring on football season than sharing your favorite things about football with everyone! So I bring you the #ThursdayHuddleParty with Lexi from A Blissful Haven where everyone can see how you celebrate football! Be sure to link up every Thursday through football season. I would love to have you and can’t wait to read about your favorite things about football!

What You Can Link Up:
*Anything Football Related such as, recipes to make for Game Day, fashion posts that relate to sportswear/Game Day/what to wear to games, memories relating to football, DIY Football Crafts, updates on your kids’ football games, etc.

Linkup Rules (Guidelines):

    1. Follow your host and co-hosts in some way
    2. Link up your Thursday Huddle post, NOT your blog URL
    3. Use the hashtag #ThursdayHuddleParty when you share on social media
    4. Grab the button and display it on your blog so others can join the party

A Blissful Haven

A Blissful Haven

 I’m talking SEC West fashion today. Everything mentioned can be found at gamedaybellesboutique.com AND if you use code CL15 you can get 15% off your order!!!

-Alabama-

The Crimson Tide love their houndstooth. This headband is the perfect addition to add some houndstooth to your gameday look. And the bracelet, perfect to add to a gameday stack.

-Arkansas-  

This long sleeve tee shirt is perfect for a rainy game with leggings and boots and transitions well into basketball season!

-Auburn-

This big orange bow lets everyone know who you are cheering for!

-LSU-

Adorable tank top to yell Geaux Tigers!

-Ole Miss-

These pants are the perfect option when yelling “Hotty Toddy” while walking The Grove.

-Mississippi State-

Unique tunic with fun zippers at the bottom of the sleeves.

 -Texas A&M-  

The year round dress. Wear by itself during the summer and with boots, tights and a sweater during the fall/winter.

What is your favorite thing to wear on gameday?xoxo ashley

Tailgate Thursday : Tailgate Hostess Gift

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Sarah: Blog / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
Jasmine: Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram
Lexi: Blog/Twitter/Instagram/Bloglovin
Ashley: Blog/Instagram/Twitter/Pinterest

Meet Your New Co-Host:

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What You Can Link Up:
Are you ready for some football? It’s that time of year again. Time to break out your favorite, jersey, munch on some wings, crack open a cold one, cheer for your favorite football team, and spend time with family and friends. What better way to bring on football season than sharing your favorite things about football with everyone! So I bring you the #ThursdayHuddleParty with Lexi from A Blissful Haven where everyone can see how you celebrate football! Be sure to link up every Thursday through football season. I would love to have you and can’t wait to read about your favorite things about football!

What You Can Link Up:
*Anything Football Related such as, recipes to make for Game Day, fashion posts that relate to sportswear/Game Day/what to wear to games, memories relating to football, DIY Football Crafts, updates on your kids’ football games, etc.

Linkup Rules (Guidelines):

    1. Follow your host and co-hosts in some way
    2. Link up your Thursday Huddle post, NOT your blog URL
    3. Use the hashtag #ThursdayHuddleParty when you share on social media
    4. Grab the button and display it on your blog so others can join the party

A Blissful Haven

A Blissful Haven

An InLinkz Link-up

So as I went to write this a few weeks ago, my phone rang. My dad was calling to see if I had seen the news on Twitter. I said no. He said that Spurrier was retiring. So then my farewell post to Steve had to be written first.

When you get invited to a tailgate, if they are providing everything for you, it is nice to give a gift to thank them for inviting you. I’ve round up a list of some fun and creative gifts for your tailgate host.

 These cute trays from Kaileys Monogram are a great tailgate addition or home decorate for a big fan.

Wine. These Ray Tanner bottles of wine were fun when they were released after Back to Back National Championships. Check to see if there is wine for your team that you can bring pop open during a tailgate.

Everyone loves a great coffee table book. I know they are currently working on the 2nd Edition on this book! Gridiron Belles goes over tailgating, traditions and information of each SEC school and football knowledge.

Everyone always needs another tote or basket to carry more tailgating items in. Kailey’s Monogram has so many colors and styles to choose from. Go check out their Etsy shop to see!

You know that you are going to snap a great picture during the tailgate, so give your host a frame to put it in so they can think about tailgating all week long, instead of just on Saturdays 🙂 And of course you will need something for yourself 🙂

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Happy Tailgating Ladies!

xoxo ashley

Tailgate Thursday : Spurrier’s Goodbye

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Lorey: Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram
Jasmine: Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram
Lexi: Blog/Twitter/Instagram/Bloglovin
Ashley: Blog/Instagram/Twitter/Pinterest

What You Can Link Up:
Are you ready for some football? It’s that time of year again. Time to break out your favorite, jersey, munch on some wings, crack open a cold one, cheer for your favorite football team, and spend time with family and friends. What better way to bring on football season than sharing your favorite things about football with everyone! So I bring you the #ThursdayHuddleParty with Lexi from A Blissful Haven where everyone can see how you celebrate football! Be sure to link up every Thursday through football season. I would love to have you and can’t wait to read about your favorite things about football!

What You Can Link Up:
*Anything Football Related such as, recipes to make for Game Day, fashion posts that relate to sportswear/Game Day/what to wear to games, memories relating to football, DIY Football Crafts, updates on your kids’ football games, etc.

Linkup Rules (Guidelines):

    1. Follow your host and co-hosts in some way
    2. Link up your Thursday Huddle post, NOT your blog URL
    3. Use the hashtag #ThursdayHuddleParty when you share on social media
    4. Grab the button and display it on your blog so others can join the party
A Blissful Haven

A Blissful Haven

The Ole Ball Coach has hung up his visor.

There will never be another like him. He is smart on the field, witty to the media and took South Carolina to a new level.

Steve Spurrier taught me how to be a football fan. He brought us to the top, a place we have never been. He taught me loyalty and passion for my team. He helped root the love of the Gamecocks into my heart.

He gave us 3 back to back to back seasons of just incredible wins. Wins I will never forget, the excitement, the emotion. Alabama. Ole Miss. Georgia. Clemson. He brought some of my favorite players to this city. He did kick one of my favorite plays off the team, but I’ll forgive him for that one 🙂

This video is from one of my favorite wins against Georgia.

 

The night it was announced, I put on my Best.Season.Ever t-shirt to honor Coach Spurrier and of course was sad.

Happy Retirement HBC! 

#forevertothee #forevertosteve

xoxo ashley