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Ariah Turns 2!!!

Somehow… and I can barely believe itour little Ariah turned 2 today!!! It’s been the most amazing whirlwind time of my life and every day it feels like I can love her even more. Now, we’re entering the “Terrible Two’s” so I’m preparing myself but for now we’re soaking up every minute of this cuddly, adorable little lady we love so much!

Here’s what Ariah’s life looks like these days…

Her schedule:

8:30 AM Wake Up

8:45 Cup of Milk

9:30 Breakfast

10 Brush Teeth + Get Dressed

10:30- 12:30 PM Playtime

1 Lunch

1:30 Nap

3:30 – 6:30 Play + Snack Time

7 Dinner

8 Bath

8:30-9:30 Play + Read

Milk

9:30 Bedtime

What She’s Up To:

She is now forward facing in the car seat…

Ariah really loves her all of “her babies” right now + loves to play “mommy and baby”…

She’ll pretend to cook in her little kitchen + as she says, she’s always “cooking mama”…

She’s starting to piece together the words of her favorite nursery rhymes + can finish sentences…

She’s also singing her alphabet clearer every day + counting to 10…

Our Struggles :

Pacifier

She’s still wanting her “wubba” as she calls it to sooth her but I try really hard to only give it to her when she’s getting sleepy and going to bed, so she doesn’t have it too much throughout the day.

Eating

She is beyond picky and really sticks to just a few of her favorite things. Some days she doesn’t want to eat anything at all and is just fine to drink her milk (which is not good AT ALL, so any tips on how to get your toddler to eat, PLEASE drop them in the comments below!)

Potty Training…

She is not interested at all!!! Any tips on potty training girls? Help a mama out!

I love being able to document all of these moments + milestones of our baby girl. I’m so blessed to be her mom and I can’t wait to continue sharing these moments with you all!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ARIAH, WE LOVE YOU!

TODDLER GIFT GUIDE:

 

Stay tuned for my new blog posts coming soon!!

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Everyday Jewelry I’m Loving

I bet I’m not the only one that loves a great piece of jewelry, right?

The perfect piece simply completes any outfit… and it can take anything you’re wearing from every day casual to show-stopping WOW!

Everyday I pretty much wear the same base pieces: my wedding ring (of course!), a necklace, bracelet, and watch <<— Without them I actually feel kind of naked. My absolute favorite watch is silver AND gold, so no matter what I’m wearing that day, I feel like it’s a perfect match.

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite pieces… and if you’re in the market to create your own jewelry collection, I know you’ll find a few pieces you love to get started! All of these you can wear everyday and mix and match- and a lot of them can be layered and all worn together.

I also added some super cute statement earrings on here because I think they’re essential to spice up any basic outfit every day of the week.

The silver and gold bangles I’m wearing are all from Styled Collection…

Necklaces

Bracelets

Watches

Earrings

Rings

Statement Earrings

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Summer Wedding Guest Style: Best Dresses to Wear This Season

We were so happy to attend our friends’ wedding over the weekend and to share in their special day. I also always love a great excuse to get dressed up, so I wanted to share with you all what I wore AND give you some other great wedding guest dress options, too.

It’s best to consider the time of day the wedding is and of course, the attire requested. This wedding was in the evening but the sun was still out and the ceremony was outside but covered so I wanted something not too hot but classic and timeless. After looking at many options (that I loved) I finally went with this dress for the night.

Plus, since we go to so many weddings and other events throughout the year, I know this dress will be a fantastic staple dress in my wardrobe. Most of the weddings and events we go to require cocktail attire which is absolutely perfect to me.

It’s always fun to get dressed up for a night and have a night on the town with my hubby 🙂

Shop This Dress —-> HERE!

Looking to get fancy too? Check out some of my other favorite styles (and ALL under $200!):

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Memorial Day Outfit Inspo

I know everyone is looking forward to this three day weekend up ahead… me included!

And with summer right around the corner, I thought a post today rounding up some cute summer pieces- that aren’t only perfect all summer long but especially for this memorial day- would be just what we needed!

So, whether you’re spending the day with family and friends barbecuing, swimming, or maybe enjoying a little sand between your toes at the beach, here’s a little something for everyone!

Psst… These picks are also great for Fourth of July <<— So don’t forget to save this post for later!

Ready to get your Red, White, and Blue style fix? I’ve got you covered! Click the pics to shop your favorite looks!


Loving this outfit? Shop it now!

Outfits

Swimwear

Accessories

Shoes

PS: If you love the sandals above, stay tuned for some more of my *favorite summer sandal styles* later this week!

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

With Mother’s Day quickly approaching I wanted to go ahead and start giving you all some ideas for that special mama in your life!

Whether it’s for your mom, grandma or wife, I know you have a special mother you love in your life and it’s always great to make her feel special on this day!

To let her know you’re thinking of her- and all the things she does, big or small- here are some of my top picks that I know any mama would appreciate on her day!

#1 Kate Spade Leather Smartphone Wristlet
#2 Kate Spade Crown Point Picture Frame
#3 Kate Spade iPhone Leather Wristlet
#4 Kate Spade Cropped Sateen Pajamas
#5 Kate Spade Leather Wrap iPhone X Folio Case
#6 Sailor’s Knot Bangle by Kate Spade
#7 Kate Spade Holland Leather Strap Watch
#8 Gucci Leather Cross-Body Bag
#9 ‘Bliss’ Plush Throw
#10 Mommy Fuel Mug
#11 Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Robe
#12 Marc Jacobs Decadence Fragrance
#13 Leather Belt With Double G Buckle
#14 Gucci Embellished Leather Sandals
#15 Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
#16 Nordstrom at Home Lazy Days Faux Fur Throw Blanket
#17 H&M Sleep Mask
#18 ‘In the Wild’ Throw
#19 Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair 
#20 Versace Bright Crystal 3-Piece Set
#21 Kate Spade ‘Mom Knows Best’ Heart Pendant
#22 SK-II Facial Treatment Essence Mini
#23 Jo Malone Dark Amber & Ginger Lily Candle
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My Favorite Graphic Tees + Denim

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite graphic tees… and one of many ways you can style them with the cutest pair of denim jeans.

I’m constantly grabbing these to wear with everything right now because I think they’re perfect for spring- but can definitely be worn any time of the year… and in so many different ways (So if you’re following my social, I’m sure you’ll be seeing me in these a whole lot more!)

Jeans can be a real pain when shopping. It’s so hard to find the right fit, wash, and cut with the right amount of distressing… but I promise these are those jeans!!

Shop This Outfit 👆🏽

So below I’ve linked some really cute graphic tees (all under $50) and some of my favorite denim jeans (all under $100) <— I know you’ll find something you love!

My Favorite Graphic Tees 👇🏽

 

My Favorite Denim 👇🏽

 

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Q + A… What You All Wanted to Know!

Hey everyone! I’ve been getting lots of great questions from you- and I’m so happy you want to know more! Today, I’m answering some of the most frequently asked questions below- but if you have others, drop them in the comments and I’ll be sure to answer!

Let’s get started…

HOW DID MIKE AND I MEET?

Mike and I met back in 2013 while we were both going to school in College Station, Texas. We met through our roommates who knew each other and soon introduced us… and we hit it off right away! You can read more about our love story —> HERE!


HOW WAS IT MOVING FROM TEXAS TO FLORIDA? DO YOU EVER MISS TX? WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT FL?

Moving from Texas to Florida has been quite an adventure, that’s for sure.

After Mike got drafted, our initial move to Tampa was quick and we didn’t really have time to look around for a place to live. I basically found the closest, most decent apartment I could find near the facility and shortly after we moved in.

I brought everything I could from my college apartment to help us get started and since then (in 2014) we have lived in three different places. And who knows, we may eventually buy a home there since we will be continuing our time in Tampa- which I’m so proud of my husband for! For those of you that don’t know, Mike has recently agreed to an extended 5-year contract, so we are very excited to be staying in Tampa!

It’s easy to love Florida! It’s so beautiful and you can go to the beach or be outside in the sun pretty much year round-and especially with kids, I love that. I also love the friends that we have made there and all the experiences we’ve had so far.

Florida will always have a place in our hearts… BUT TEXAS IS HOME.

We love Texas and try to shoot home whenever we get the chance. We live in Texas the entire off-season in our first home we recently purchased, so no matter where we play, we will always end up back here… and this will always be our home.


ANY GOOD SKINCARE TIPS?

I will say that I’ve been learning so much about skincare lately and have had fun trying different products and techniques. But, one of my best tips is to make sure you’re definitely drinking lots of water and watching what you’re putting into your body as far as your diet. It’s a bigger deal than most people think it is- plus, it helps to keep your stress levels down!

Another tip is to make sure you’re taking off your makeup before going to bed and exfoliating at least two times a week for fresh, glowing skin!

PS: I did give more of my favorite tips + tricks that you can read —> HERE!


TELL US ABOUT YOUR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE AND WHAT YOU MAJORED IN?

I went to Blinn Junior College for almost two years. It was the best two years of my life and I met some amazing people that are still lifelong friends to this day.

I initially majored in psychology and wanted to be a counselor because I love giving advice and helping others!

Eventually, I decided to take a break to really figure out what it is that I wanted to do and with all the transitions going on in my life- from being a wife and now a mom (and constantly being in between states)- I’m still trying to figure it all out.

I have many interests though, such as: real estate, interior design, fashion design, etc.- so we’ll have to see where that all takes me!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING A MOM? HOW DO YOU BALANCE FAMILY LIFE AND NFL LIFE?

My favorite thing about being a mom is having a bundle of joy that makes me so excited to get up every day… even if it is super early and I need all the coffee I can get to function!

I love teaching her new things + watching her explore the world as she grows up right before our eyes! It’s literally the best feeling in the world!

Luckily, in the NFL we get an off-season where we get all the free time we want for a few months to spend our time with family. Mike gets to be home and enjoy that with us, which is great because during training camp and football season it gets a little harder to get that time together.

I do most things on my own on a daily basis, like chasing around a toddler all day and getting done the many things on our to-do list. When Mike comes home, he’s clearly tired after a long day, so I have to be that supportive mom and wife throughout that time! It’s all a balancing act, but I love it and wouldn’t trade it for the world!

WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A WIFE TO AN NFL PLAYER?

So this was the number one question I received from you guys when I asked for your questions! I would really love to do a whole separate post on what it’s like to be married to a professional athlete… and all the different things that go on that no one sees.

It’s more than just football games, cool events, big houses, and fancy cars…trust me!

I won’t lie… it definitely takes a strong-minded woman to be married to someone who puts their life on the line for our entertainment or to someone who people call “famous” all the time… it’s still a crazy thing for me!

Of course, his job and our life is a blessing, but what you see on WAGS is so far from Mike & I’s lifestyle that we’re ALWAYS laughing when we watch those shows!  Seriously, it’s such a joke… but totally not hating on anyone, that’s on them!

Anyway, I would love to save this for a more in-depth post later, so stay tuned for that!

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR OWN BLOG?

I started my blog in hopes to get my voice across and talk about things that I love… like this outfit above!!  It’s a great way to document the cool things that happen in my life, plus it’s a place to watch myself grow as a wife, mama, and woman in general!

I have wanted to start one for over a year and finally decided, why not? JUST DO IT!

That was the hardest part.. getting started and putting myself out there for the world to see… because believe it or not, I AM SUCH AN INTROVERT.

BUT, now that I have… I love it and I hope it will grow into something you guys love to read as much as I love making the content for you all!

So, with that said, always leave me comments and let me know what you would love to see as well! Always ask questions… I promise I will answer 🙂

WHAT IS YOUR ETHNICITY?

I am bi-racial… my Mom is white and my Dad is black.

Crazy enough, Mike and I are actually the same ethnicities and both of our moms are white and dads are black, so of course, that was something we immediately found interesting about each other, as well!

Did I answer your Q’s? I hope so! If not, like I said earlier, please always feel free to drop a comment or question below… I’d love to hear from you! 

 

PS: Shop my black, off-the-shoulder top and skirt here:

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Our 2-Year Anniversary Trip to Paris

So if you’ve been keeping up with me, then you know we recently just went to Paris for our two year anniversary and I will say that it was absolutely the best trip I’ve ever been on in my life!

I have been so excited for this trip that I even had fun packing for it- I just couldn’t wait to get there! We left on Thursday, February 8th from Houston… but not without a minor hiccup or two. We were supposed to be on a 4 PM flight but (little did we know) the flight was actually canceled a day earlier- and we didn’t find out until we were pulling up at the airport! Thank goodness, my mom happened to be looking up the flight to try and track us!

I was DEVASTATED! I was certain that it wasn’t meant to be and, of course, this would be our luck!

Mike went to go check it out and (thankfully) it turned out they put us on a later flight that night at 10 PM and we were finally off!

We flew British Airways and WOW, the plane was amazing! It was the best first class cabin I have ever seen and the seats were perfect! They were like little pods just for you- perfect for sleeping and watching movies… which is what I did the entire way!

We finally landed in Paris and it was freezing! There was snow covering the ground and it was so pretty! Believe it or not, I’ve never in my life seen real snow before so I expected it to stay for days, but turns out the snow quickly melted within a day of us being there! But it was still freezing!

Where We Stayed

We arrived at our hotel around 5 PM the next evening. We stayed at Hotel Barriere Le Fouquet’s. It was a dream location to stay at in Paris I must say; we were in the middle of EVERYTHING: amazing food, shopping (literally right across from Louis Vuitton) and sightseeing were all within walking distance or just a 5 minute Uber ride away! We also enjoyed a couples massage at the hotel’s spa which was so relaxing after traveling for so long- safe to say, my husband definitely knows what I enjoy! All in all, everything from start to finish (including the incredible customer service) was perfect for our stay!

What We Ate

The first two meals we had were super authentic French restaurants that we thought would be a good idea to try. Turns out, not so much. I can’t even tell you the names of them because I don’t remember, but I’m a picky eater (especially when I go out of the country) and we really didn’t enjoy those meals. Thankfully, we found a Five Guys but this one was a little different. Apparently, it’s a huge tourist attraction because the lines were out the door, it was three stories tall and we had to wait for someone to get done eating to snatch a table as quickly as we could!

It tasted just like Five Guys in America though so we ate there twice! I also found a pizza spot, Pizza Vesuvio, right behind our hotel so we ate there twice and it was the best Italian food EVER! I ordered Lasagna and it was so good that we had to go again so Mike could get it the next time. We also tried another Italian restaurant, Vapiano, that Mike’s best friend (who we also visited while we were there since he’s playing basketball overseas there) told us about. This place had THE BEST PASTA I’ve ever tasted! They make it just for you, exactly how you want it, right in front of you… so that was pretty cool as well!

We also had a super romantic dinner at Le Jules Verne inside the Eiffel Tower which was quite an adventure in itself! We got to get all dressed up, making the whole night super fun.

The dinner was different than what we are used to: five small entrees and they bring them out every time you finish one with just a few bites each. For the most part, we had no clue what we were eating but we still ate it and it wasn’t THAT bad just very different. But the experience itself was just amazing getting to ride up the elevator to the restaurant, overlooking the whole city during dinner.

What We Did

Of course, we shopped till we dropped… well I did… after all, like I mentioned we were right in the middle of all the best shopping in Paris! With every shop within walking distance, I was bound to wind up in trouble there! We went to LV, Gucci, YSL, Chanel, Zara, H&M, and a few others. We had the most luck in LV and YSL where I purchased two bags: a LV Neverfull MM in the Damier Ebene material with the Rose Ballerine interior and the YSL Black Croc Nano Sac de Jour Tote which are super amazing investments in my collections that I will have for years to come!!


We visited The Louvre which is definitely something you have to see when in Paris! Even just the outside is so beautiful with the architecture of the buildings and the pyramids- it’s unbelievable! So gorgeous!

This is also where they hold the Mona Lisa and many other historic monuments in Paris! Plus, did you know it’s the largest museum in the world?

We rode The Big Wheel at Place de la Concorde at a sunset which was absolutely beautiful with views of The Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and Champs-Elysées- it was breathtaking especially at sunset!


We attached our locks on the “Love Lock Bridge” over the Seine River.


Of course, we went to the Eiffel Tower about three times during our trip because how can you not?


It’s a sight to see and it’s the one MUST that you have to experience when visiting Paris! It was truly amazing to see especially at night during the light show when it’s lit up and sparkling! WOW- It’s STUNNING!

Champs-Elysées is one of the most popular areas in Paris, which is where we stayed. SO many great places to shop, eat, great hotels, close to all the main attractions in Paris- it’s just the best location and everyone is out and about, dressed to impressed! It’s the ideal place to stay in or near when in Paris!

We even went to go see Fifty Shades FREED at the UGC Normandie Theater right across from our hotel. They showed the movie in English but with French subtitles (which was clearly fine with us being in France after all) I just couldn’t wait any longer to go see it!

My Overall Experience….

It’s one that I will never, ever forget and honestly, the only place I can say that I would LOVE to travel back to. With the fashion, scenery and romance, it was just so ME and I loved everything about it… once we found food we liked of course!  I loved the time of year that we went because the cold weather made it perfect to wear all of my super cute jackets I’ve been dying to wear. I am so happy that I got to experience it all with the love of my life because there’s no one on this planet I would have rather witnessed all that with… easily, it was one for the books for us! We will definitely… GOD willing… go back one day! 🙂

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My Daily Makeup Routine + The Products I LOVE!

Today I wanted to share my everyday quick makeup routine… which really just consists of  giving my face some color and definition, so I can look alive and fresh (hello… #momlife, right?)
I recently started using these new makeup brushes from My Makeup Brush Set and I had to come on here to talk about them because I’m actually obsessed.
It’s hard to find the right brushes for your skin and makeup combo but these brushes are so soft and give such flawless finish- I love them!
First, I start with my skincare routine (which you can find —–>> here) because this is really what helps with the texture of your skin to give you the perfect flawless finish you’re looking for you. PS: You can’t have a good makeup routine without good a skincare one too… they go hand in hand!
Next, I go in with this primer with my clean hands and apply to my whole face.
Then I go in with this foundation (Shade 240) with my new Powder Brush from My Makeup Brush and apply to my whole face and down my neck some just to make sure everything is matching. I make sure it’s all blended in smoothly and with the texture of this oval brush, it really makes it easy to blend any liquid product perfectly!
Next, I do my brows. For daytime, all I use is this Revlon brow pencil in the  Dark Brown shade and just line the bottom then fill in the ends. I like to leave the inner part natural by just brushing the hairs upward so they don’t look too drawn on.
Now its time for concealer and I’m currently using the Tarte Tape Shape/ light medium which I only apply under my eyes to cover dark circles during the day if I’m in a hurry. If I’m looking for a fuller coverage, I’ll apply a line down the middle of my nose and up to my forehead, as well as my chin, and line under my brows as I blend it all in with my Concealer Brush.
Then I go in with my cream NYX Contour Stick Deep Profound and I apply right under my cheekbones, under my jawline, and around the top of my forehead near my hairline (as well as the sides of my nose) with my Foundation Brush to really bring some color to my face. Bronzing is my favorite part because it really gives your face the definition it needs to bring out the features and structure of the face.
Now, I go in with a bronze color- which for me I usually go for the Kylie Burgandy Palette (“Penny” in the crease and a mix of “Naked” and “LA” on the lid).
Next is highlighter- and ever since it came out I’ve been using the Fenty Beauty one in shade “Hu$tla Baby”- and I love the way it applies with the Lip Brush! All you need is one swipe and blend a little and it makes for the perfect highlight. I apply this to the top of my cheekbone, down the bridge of my nose, on the tip of my nose and highlight under my brow bone.
Lastly, is my mascara and I use the Maybelline Big Shot and I swear by this mascara! I love the way my lashes look when I use this one and it really combs them out so they look super long black and spread out !
That’s pretty much it for my everyday makeup routine!
I really stick to what I know when it comes to makeup and I rarely switch it up. I just know what works for me, my face and skin- and this is what I like to do!
I highly recommend these My Makeup Brush Set brushes for a great flawless look so if you’re looking to get your own set from them I have a discount code for you all to get 10% off your order: SAVEWITHASHLI_EVANS

Let me know in the comments some of your go-to makeup tips + tricks or product recommendations. I would love to hear from you + am always on the hunt for something new!
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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For Him and Her!

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching I wanted to give you guys some great last minute gift ideas that will be good for any man or woman in your life!


(Shop these pajamas —- > HERE!)

Since our anniversary is on the 13th we usually don’t give in to giving each other gifts for both occasions. Instead, we just make this holiday about our anniversary… and then do a little date night on Valentine’s Day to top it all off.

Still, here are some of my top gift picks for him or her *xoxo*

For Her:

Fashion
Jewelry

For the Home

Beauty

For Him:

Fashion

Other Gifts For Him