Favorite Books- June 2018

This month I have gotten back into reading more. I’m more of a romance type a girl. I’m a sucker for a sappy young adult romance book.

I have always read A TON, even when I was younger. My mom used to call me a book worm. I’m pretty proud of my bookshelf but my Kindle Fire is my ultimate best friend when it comes to reading every day.

This month I have been really into Micalea Smeltzer books… my favorite author!

The Other Side of Tomorrow

I just finished reading this one, The Other Side of Tomorrow was one of the best books I have read in a long time. It was one of those books when I sat down to read it, I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. I had to keep reading it. It honestly only took me like two days to finish.

The story of Willa and Jasper was so unique and it pulled at my heart strings. I’m not going to spoil the book but Willa has been through so much in her life but somehow, some way she always had managed to keep positive and look on the bright side of life. It inspired me to want to be more like her. Jasper… Jasper was broken but with Willa, all his pieces seemed to fall back together.

This is DEFINATELY one I would recommend anyone to read, it was truly an amazing book.

Broken Hearts (Light in the Dark, #5)

Broken hearts…

I have read every other book in this series and followed all these character’s journeys, Jace and Nova pulled each other through so much.

Jace and Nova seemed to pull each other out of the darkness. Nova had a hard past… Jace helped her through the struggle of her past. This was one of those books that I almost teared up at a few points in. Their story was beautiful.

That’s all for that one, I don’t want to spoil anything!

 

My series to read for July is Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I keep seeing bits and pieces about this one and I’m intrigued. Have you read these books? Were they good reads? Do tell!

XOXO,

Ashley

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Wedding Series- Save the Dates

Welcome to part 3 of my wedding series! I’m so happy to be making these posts for you guys!

Today I’m going to be talking about my Save the Date cards.

My save the dates were actually postcards! I ordered them from Zazzle.com, I got 96 for about $0.89 a piece. Yes I only have a 60 person wedding but I knew I had to send one to certain people who I know aren’t coming to the wedding… why you ask? Good question… I don’t think I have an answer.

When I got the postcards I was super happy with them but the back was blank besides a line through the middle like a normal postcard. Sadly I had no idea how to fill out a postcard… go ahead… call me stupid. I looked it up online then started filling them out.

Once I was ready to stamp them my mom informed me that postcards have specific stamps that are less money than normal stamps, I had no idea! When I bought the postcard stamps, coincidentally they were also beach themed!

After I sent them all out, I started to get compliments on my save the dates and people were telling me how cute the cards were.

What I learned: buying your save the dates and customizing them isn’t as hard as others talk about, filling out your save the dates can be easy if you just sit down and focus on them, postcards have cheaper stamps, HOW to actually fill out a postcard, and also the design of your save the date isn’t the most important.

The save the date design doesn’t matter so much to people, they won’t remember those postcards they received in the mail 6 months before your wedding. In my opinion, what matters is your invitations. That’s what a person will remember if they even remember that at all. So if you have a budget spend less on save the dates and more on invites.

Thanks for reading! See you with my next wedding series!

XOXO,

Ashley

Wedding Series- The Disneymoon

Hello loves! Part 2 of my wedding series is going to be my Disney World/Honeymoon planning post.

Let me tell you out of all the planning I have been doing for everything in my wedding, this has probably been the hardest/most time consuming out of it all.

Let’s start off with how the place was chosen…

My fiancé and I planned on going road trip style, down the beach to Disneyland to stay a few days.

Well my soon to be mother in law called us and said “why don’t you two go to Florida to Disney World?” We had told her that was too expensive for us and that’s why we were doing something closer to home. She said no no… find a hotel and get the best room and stay for a week, I’m going to do this for you guys, it’s your wedding.

Yes. I was in shock.

So we looked and looked, it was kind of difficult because we hadn’t been to Disney World before so we had to go by pictures/distances from parks/recommendations from cast members.

We finally decided on Hotel Contemporary, this hotel is pretty great, the monorail runs right through the hotel! We have a Theme Park view room so if we’d like we can see fireworks/etc.

As a Disneyland AP holder I haven’t had any experience in half the things you have to do for Disney World, example making dining reservations 6 months in advance!

Yeah that was an experience… one of the hard things was we had never eaten at any of these places before so we had no idea if they were good or not but I can’t imagine anything being bad in Disney World. Another difficult thing was that a few things I wanted, the reservations were filled by the time I even got on! Yeah that was nuts!

But, this is our honeymoon… I’m going to go with the flow and everything is going to be amazing because I will have my Hubby with me!

My soon to be hubby is so easy going, he’s just letting me set up plans and just going with the flow and all he has to do is show up!

Let’s just say our Disneymoon is going to be perfect no matter how we spend it, no matter what the Florida weather chooses to be… because I’ll have my Husband by my side!

XOXO,

Ashley

Wedding Series- The Venue

Why helllo lovelies!

It’s been awhile since I have had the chance to sit down and actually write a blog post but I’m back!

As many of you know, I’m getting married soon- September actually… so I decided to kind of start a “wedding” series. Hopefully you all enjoy my wedding series and maybe it can help you out even at some point planning your own wedding.

The first thing we did was of course find my venue, all I knew was I wanted to be married on the beach and when I say on the beach I mean toes in the sand. Conveniently the only venue that did weddings on the beach was the hotel my family stays at every time we visit the beach.

As we were checking out from our vacation my mom and I mentioned having a wedding there and they gave us a information folder with all the information we would ever need to know about having a wedding at their hotel. As I looked through the packet I knew I wanted to be married there- my mom knew that was the place also.

We did some thinking and looking at numbers, when we settled on a date we called the Wedding Coordinator and booked the venue for September 16.

The venue included the upstairs restaurant for the reception and neither of us had seen the room so we scheduled a meeting time and made a meeting time to view the room where our reception would be held.

Oh. My. Gosh. Talk about beautiful, there’s a cute little room off to the side with hardwood floors and that’s where the DJ and the dance floor are during the reception. We are also given use of the outside deck which faces the ocean… major heart eyes guys.

My wedding is a Sunday afternoon wedding, 11-4, perfect sunlight pictures and hopefully perfect weather.

As of right now, I’m leaning to only serve mimosas and beer no hard liquor… it’s early and I want my wedding to be classy as possible… don’t get me wrong, if you serve alcohol at your wedding more power to you! It’s just a decision I’m going to have to really think about.

Along with the venue comes with the colors- linens, flowers, cake etc. As of now I’m thinking blue jean blue, burlap brown, peachy pink, and like a leafy green. More natural colors.

The linens have been a hard decision for me but I think I have finally picked which color out of those I want to use, buuutttt you’ll have to wait and see what I choose closer to the date!

The wedding coordinator has made the venue much easier. She will take my decor the night before and put it all up for me and get my whole wedding ready for me and all I have to do is show up to my wedding. That’s another selling point of my venue.

Along with my venue, on our anniversary every year we get a free nights stay at the hotel, free of charge just because we got married at the venue. Yes I’m serious- a free nights stay at the beach… I’ll take it!

Well, that’s my “Venue” post… hopefully you all enjoyed it and maybe it helped you out! If you have any questions feel free to leave them below!

XOXO,

Ashley

December Ipsy

Wow, I can’t believe December is already here and Christmas is in 7 days… 7 DAYS! Winter is coming in 3 days… this is my favorite time of the year.

Maybe I should quit blabbering and get on with this post. So this month I have to say my Ipsy bag was so-so for me. I didn’t love it and I didn’t hate it. The bag itself I think is adorable but the contents… eh.

The first thing I received was The Coffee Scrub in the scent Coconut. I’ve never really used a scrub so maybe I’ll give this one a try.

I’m kind of happy that I received the MAC Extreme Dimension Lash, MAC is a brand that is so talked up in the beauty community and I haven’t really tried much besides their lipstick and setting spray.

I received the Meech and Mia white pigment and I’m so so on this because I don’t usually wear pigments and if I do I tend to go for glittery colors.

The trestique brow pencil I received I wasn’t super excited about, I don’t usually use many brow pencils so it will probably get passed on to a friend.

Lastly I received a shader brush from Luxie beauty. I love luxie brushes they are so soft and hardy brushes.

Well that’s all that I got in my Ipsy bag this month. It wasn’t the best this month but it had a few good things so I won’t complain.

What did you get in your bag this month?

XOXO,

Ashley

New @ Colourpop

Today, November 16, Colourpop will be releasing 10 NEW Ultra Matte lips and 4 Ultra Glossy lips to add to their collection. The products launch at 10 AM PST.

The Ultra Matte lips:

  1. Soufflé
  2. Star crossed
  3. Take a pixie
  4. Snow fleek
  5. Cloudscape
  6. Lightweight
  7. Fragile things
  8. Flurries
  9. Arabesque

The Ultra Glossy Lips:

  1. Lay-z
  2. Fingers crossed
  3. Believe me
  4. Imagine

Colourpop is offering Free domestic shipping and free worldwide shipping with orders over $30, this is starting today (11/16/17) for 48 hours.

Will you be buying any new Colourpop products? I just may have to place a small order!

XOXO,

Ashley

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Thanksgiving at Disney 2017

Thanksgiving is approaching fast, next week in fact! Wow, this year is going by so fast.

Thanksgiving is usually a holiday that I spend jumping from family to family all day. It usually starts off at one of my grandmas houses then to my fiancé’s grandmas then finally my other grandmas for dinner with my parents and brother. Crazy day right? Gotta love it!

This year my mom decided to spend Thanksgiving in a totally different way than normal. She has been planning for months and now it’s finally almost here!

My Mom/Dad has decided that as a family (me, my brother, my fiancé and my parents) we are spending Thanksgiving at Disneyland! She has booked a “penthouse” suite for the five of us, we will spend Monday through Thursday there.

As a family we love going to Disney, all the people that say Disneyland is for children are completely wrong. We all are Annual Passholders.

Honestly I love being an Annual Passholder. For one, it’s so much cheaper in the end, one visit pretty much pays for the whole thing. Being an AP allows us to just plan a spur of the moment trip, all we need to do is book hotels. Yes we have blackout days but those days are the most crowded anyway!

Being an AP has other perks also- discounts in the parks, little events that are held throughout the year, being able to hop from park to park… the list goes on.

We have never spent Thanksgiving anywhere other than Home… or any other holiday for that matter! Thanksgiving to me, means spending time with your families and being thankful for their presence. I’m so excited to spend this amazing week with the ones I love the most in one of the places we all love the most!

What are you all doing for thanksgiving? Feel free to leave it in the comments, I would love to know what your plans are!

XOXO,

Ashley

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Why I Chose to Have a Wedding Coordinator…

Like I said in my last post (it’s been awhile I know!) I’m getting married September 16, 2018. We are getting married on the beach then moving into the hotel restaurant for the reception. 

What does my Wedding Coordinator do?

My Wedding Coordinator takes care of most of my wedding honestly. When we first secured the venue she sent me the list of vendors that I will be using (cake, flowers, DJ…) which all come in the price of my wedding. 

When the wedding gets closer she will help me get in contact with these vendors and make sure I have all my ducks in a row. 

For the ceremony, they set out all the chairs in white or brown (my choosing). Also, the arch which will be covered in flowers and greenery. 

On the wedding day, I hand her any decorations that I would like set up in the venue and they place them out for me. They also decorate with linens in the colors of my choosing. Of course they help get the cake set up and placed on the table with our cake server and cutting set that we have purchased. 

In other words… once my hairstylist and my makeup artist are finished and I get my dress on, all I have to do is show up to my beautiful wedding. Completely anxiety and worry free! 

Are you getting married? Would you use a Wedding Coordinator? Let me know in the comments below! 

XOXO, 

Ashley 

False Eyelash Tips & Cleaning


False eyelashes seem to be a staple in every beauty gurus beauty routine these days. I remember a few years back when falsies were only worn on special occasions, for me that is! I felt so beautiful wearing them on Prom night and during my annual dance recital. 

To be honest, Jaclyn Hill makes false eyelashes look like a breeze to apply! Watching her videos inspired me to order false lashes again because they looked so darn beautiful! 


I’ve remembered that lashes aren’t as easy as it seems… so I’m here to share some tips that I have found, maybe it will help some of you out too 🙂 

  • Use an eyelash applicator to apply false lashes.
  • Use an eyelash curler to curl your natural lashes with your falsies.
  • Apply mascara after you apply your falsies. 
  • Stick the outer corner of the false eyelash on first then apply towards the inner corner. 
  • Trim lashes to the right length for comfort. 
  • Bend lashes before applying. 
  • Leave the glue 40-50 seconds before applying lashes to your eyes. 
  • Apply a little more glue on the outer and inner corners of false lashes. 

I hope these tips can help some of you, I know they help me. Practice makes perfect when it comes to lashes! You have to apply, apply, apply! 

Many people don’t know that you can clean your falsies. I know I didn’t until a few months ago. This definitely prolongs the life of your lashes. Falsies are reusable, so cleaning them can make them last that much longer. 

What you will need:

  • A bowl/open container
  • Alcohol 
  1. Add alcohol to the bowl, you do not need much. 
  2. Submerge your lashes inside the alcohol. 
  3. Let sit for a few minutes. 
  4. Rub lashes gently until the mascara is off your falsies. The glue will also seperate in the process. 
  5. Alcohol evaporates so you do not need to dry them, you are all done… store your lashes until you are ready to use again!


Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post, feel free to give it a like and follow me if you enjoyed it 🙂 Happy Sunday! 

XOXO, 

Ashley

Giveaway!

Hi loves! 

I wanted to just write and say I plan on doing a giveaway in the near future! I’m gaining followers and I am so thankful for you all. Thank you so much to everyone who has followed me already. You have no idea what that means to me. 

As my follower amount increases I have been thinking “what can I do to show my appreciation?” 

Aha! A giveaway! 

Once I reach 175 followers I will start my giveaway 🙂 I will release details closer to then but thank you everyone! 

XOXO, 

Ashley