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I literally can’t leave my house until I’ve spritzed myself with one of the below fragrances. I wear perfume every single day and I usually stick to my signature scents until I feel like trying something new. I’ve always been drawn to the smokier scents like Jo Malone’s ‘Wood Sage and Sea Salt’ and I usually stay away from florals. As for candles, I can’t live without my Diptyque and Voluspa. My two favorites are ‘Baies’ and ‘Baltic Amber’ which I burn regularly at my house. I love that something as simple as a fancy perfume or candle can make me feel so luxurious. Not to mention they are great decor pieces!

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Voluspa Japonica Baltic Amber Large Glass Jar Candle • Voluspa • $28

Diptyque Baies Scented Candle • Diptyque • $34–64

Gucci Guilty Eau De Toilette • Gucci • $78–99

Bvlgari Mon Jasmin Noir By Bvlgari For Women. • Bvlgari • $50.99

Jo Malone London(TM) Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne • Jo Malone • $65

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I can’t believe it’s already January 2018. So many fun things to look forward to this month such as my 27th birthday! I love January. It always reminds me of new beginnings and fresh starts, yet I’ve never really loved making resolutions. When I did make resolutions in the past I would put so much pressure on myself and would feel like a failure if I didn’t accomplish everything. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized life is more about intentions than resolutions.

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Stop Being Afraid of Saying ‘No’

Why are we so afraid of this word? I think we constantly feel like we have to say ‘yes’ to everything because if we don’t then we are letting people down. At the end of the day, the only person that matters is you and if you’re not taking care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally then there’s going to be a burn out. I’m vowing to say ‘no’ to the things I hate, ‘no’ to my friends when I just need a night in and ‘no’ to life experiences that don’t serve me. 2018 is all about being more selective with what makes me happy.

Celebrate the Small Wins

Sometimes I get so caught up in the big picture that I forget to celebrate small wins in my life. I forget that Rome wasn’t built in a day and it takes a lot to be successful and have everything that you want. This year I really want to create small goals for myself and celebrate when I accomplish them. These can be anything from eating healthy an entire day or writing on my blog once a week. Instead of feeling bad about not having everything at once, I want to be able to be happy with where I’m at.

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Live Simply

I want to clean out the clutter from my life and live simply. I mean this in a literal and metaphorical way. There’s always material items I can be donating and routines I can be making shorter (aka getting ready in the morning.) I believe that life is so beautiful if you stop, relax and take a look around instead of constantly wanting more.

Accept the Things I Cannot Change

There are so many things in my life that I can’t control. It’s taken me many years to realize that I can’t predict the outcome of life and that everything happens the way it’s supposed to happen. I can only control the things I can control and I have to have faith that everything else will work out on it’s own.

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Intentions are so great because they are lifestyle changes we can always implement in our lives. I truly believe 2018 will be an amazing year and I’m so excited for what’s to come.

xx,

Ashley

 

Tory Burch Stacked-T Square Sunglasses • Tory Burch • $210

Marc by Marc Jacobs Leather Crossbody Bag • Marc by Marc Jacobs • $125

dv Women’s dv Cayla Over the Knee Boots • dv • $42.48

Who What Wear Women’s Flowy Maxi Dress – Who What Wear • Who What Wear • $34.99

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I went to 29rooms by Refinery29 and it was SO COOL. Yes, there were literally 29 different rooms decorated with a unique theme and message pertaining to female empowerment, creativity, style and culture. My absolute favorite room was the ‘Silent Disco’ because it was filled with sparkling disco balls and headphones so you can dance and listen to music! I painted paper lanterns, heard stories of gender neutrality and ran around in confetti falling from the ceiling. There was so much to look at I was overwhelmed and wanted to immediately run into every room. I highly recommend going as it felt like a huge adult playground, but with really inspiring messages through each door.

 
Equipment Garner Vest • Equipment • $409
Urban Outfitters Baker Boy Cap • Urban Outfitters • $22

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I am a total sucker for a good watch. For me, a large watch face and fun colors always catch my eye. I believe a watch should be a statement piece that can elevate any outfit no matter what I’m wearing. It’s always the last accessory I put on when I want to feel sleek and sophisticated. I recently found this really special watch company called JORD Watches that makes beautiful wood watches with intricate details. I immediately fell in love with their products and had to get the ‘Frankie Series – Dark Sandalwood & Emerald.’ The most special part about their watches is that they do personal engraving and I was able to have my name engraved on the back of my watch. I can’t wait to get these watches engraved for all of my friends, hello holiday gifting! Also, when I received this watch I was blown away by the packaging! It came in a beautiful wood box that contained cleaning supplies and extra links so I can change the size if needed. This box not only contains everything I need, but it’s also a great décor piece!

I’m currently partnering with JORD Watches for the holidays! These watches are a perfect gift for anyone on your list and they offer both Mens’ and Womens’ watches. I’m offering a 25% discount to all of my followers on any JORD Watch through December 19th. Click the link below for your 25% discount coupon code!

Ashley in Oxfords JORD Watches 25% Coupon

 

xo,

Ashley

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I am an absolute sucker for vintage clothes, flea markets and street fairs. Basically anything that is from another era of life that I wish I was apart of. The majority of my home consists of furniture, little trinkets, clothing and jewelry from markets that I’ve collected from all over the world. So obviously when I saw this jumpsuit I HAD to have it. It screams vintage 70’s chic with perfect floral detail and a wide leg silhouette. When I wear this outfit I feel like I’ve been transported back in time when the clothes were flowy and fun.

xx,

Ash

Missguided Cropped Floral Jumpsuit • Missguided • $48
nastygal Hope It Grows Well Floral Jumpsuit • Nasty Gal • $29
FeatherBone Nara Floral Jumpsuit • $158
Rachel Pally Women’s Christie Floral Jumpsuit • Rachel Pally • $94.99
NICHOLAS Lucile Floral Jumpsuit • Nicholas • $750

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IT’S FINALLY FALL! I can’t even put into words how excited I am. Yes I grew up in California, but everyone has always told me I belong on the East Coast because of how much I love cold weather and snuggling up in my winter clothes. Now that it’s getting a little chilly I can finally throw on my favorite pants and long sleeve tops. And yes, they are usually all black.

Bel Air Aviator by Free People • Free People • $20
Material Girl Cambrie Block-Heel Booties, Created for Macy’s Women’s Shoes • Material Girl • $35.93
Steven Lieve Block Heel Ankle Booties • Steven • $129
Lace and Beads Lace & Beads Crop Top With Fluted Sleeve In 3D Embellishment • $51.50
Lace Flutter Sleeve Top • Dorothy Perkins • $27
Kate Spade New York Quilted Leather Shoulder Bag • Kate Spade • $125
Etro Polka-dotted high-rise trousers • Etro • $448
dress forum Polka Dot Pants • $34.99

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I’m not a beauty blogger or a product aficionado, but I have grown to love certain brands over the years. Through lots of trial and tribulation, I’ve found a few things that have become a part of my daily routine.

Jo Malone ‘Wood Sage and Sea Salt’ is one of my favorite scents and I wear it 90% of the time. I even carry samples of it with me when I’m traveling to make sure I can always spritz it on.

French Girl ‘Rose Lip Polish’ has become super important in my beauty routine. I always put this scrub on my lips before I apply lipstick so everything goes on super smooth.

YSL makes the best lipstick, ever. My favorite color is ‘Le Rouge’ in the Kiss and Love Collection.

Chanel make-up has been a long time love of mine ever since I had my face done by them for a high school dance. So long ago! Most days I don’t wear eyeshadow, but when I want a darker eye I use my Les 4 Ombres pallet in ‘Tisse Essentiel.’

Aveda has just recently come into my life. I was gifted the ‘Chakra 7 Balancing Body Mist Wisdom’ and I use it every single night before bed. I pray the mist on my pillow and on my face for a relaxing scent that puts me to sleep instantly.

 

xx,

Ashley