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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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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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Who’s Ready For My BEST Online Shopping Tips?

People have been asking me a lot lately why I decided to start my blog back in November.

One of the (many) reasons I started All About Ashli is because I absolutely LOVE TO SHOP… and I really wanted to share the things that I buy, the products I’m interested in and everything I’m loving in the moment with you all!

I’ve always loved to shop- there’s no hiding that– and after my (many) years of online shopping, I really wanted a place to share my best tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way, especially because I know there are still people out there that hate online shopping.

For those that just prefer to go out and look for things- that’s totally fine and understandable… but for those of you that hesitate at times about buying things online (but have always wanted to) here are some of the tips that I live by when shopping online… and hopefully they will help you feel better about it too!

Know Your Sizes + Measurements
Knowing your size will really help when searching online for a piece of clothing because you will be able to reference the “size guide” tool on each website. Of all the different measurements we can take, you should typically know your bust size, waist, and hips. Knowing mine makes it really easy to find my size at any place I’m shopping even though most stores have different sizing options. I know, it can get a bit confusing… the good news? If you know those sizes beforehand it makes it a lot easier to find the perfect pair of jeans or top from any store!

Subscribe to Your Favorite Store’s Email List
When you do this, you’re officially on the inside! Now you’ll get discount codes and coupons before anyone else! I quickly jump on to see what I can grab before those items sell out, but another perk is that when you are on their email list, you usually know before other shoppers do about all sales and discounts… #winning!

Know Where Your Items Are Coming From
Like I’ve said already, I have learned A LOT from online shopping… and one of those things is to really know where your items and clothes are coming from. IT’S ALL ABOUT QUALITY! You may think something looks great on Instagram so you go to the random boutique and buy it… but after you get it (many weeks later because it might be coming from overseas) it looks absolutely nothing like what the model had on! Now don’t get me wrong, there are some really great overseas stores that I DO shop at… but I know (from trial + error) that these are quality pieces. In the end, you really just have to do your research on stores + remember you almost always get what you pay for!

Know What You’re Going Online to Shop for in the First Place
If you don’t know exactly what you’re going online to shop for you’ll likely end up a little overwhelmed… or you may go crazy and end up buying things you don’t even need- and then, of course, never wear any of it! To stop this, I always have a list of things I feel that I want to add to my wardrobe and then take the time to look for that specific thing. Otherwise, I know for sure I would waste tons of time looking at everything there is online!

Consider All of Your Options
You never know if another store is going to have the same style for a better deal. Once you find something you like, take the time to compare + shop around. It may take a few extra clicks, but it’s always good to do your research before settling for something you could get a better deal on somewhere else!

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The BEST Chili You’ll EVER Make!

On Tuesday, we were stuck in the house all day due to the terribly freezing weather and icy roads, so I decided it was the *perfect time* to make my favorite chili!

I’m always looking for a good excuse to stay home, cozy up on a cold day and make this delicious recipe!

For a while now I’ve gotten lots of questions from friends and family members about the recipe… because everyone LOVES IT!!!

I found this chili recipe over a year ago from another blogger that I love, Pink Peonies by Rachel Parcell and she swore by it so I knew I had to try it!

She actually found the recipe on Pinterest (of course… because it’s awesome) and I quickly searched for it and ran to the grocery store to get the ingredients to make it myself! Plus, it’s a crockpot recipe so I was all about it!!

Over time I’ve made my own tweaks and have switched it up to finally get it perfect! Now I’ve made it my own go-to recipe- perfect for these chilly cold months!!

The flavor is just amazing and I hope you all enjoy it just as much as we do!

Let me know in the comments below or on my Instagram what you think… and if you’ll be making this recipe for your friends and family soon- I would love to hear about it!

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Winter Wardrobe Essentials

Today I’m sharing all of my favorite winter essentials! I feel that every lady needs a closet full of these comfy and warming pieces just for the cold months! We’re back in Texas for the off-season and already it’s *way* colder here than it was in Tampa so these will definitely be part of my wardrobe this month… and I hope yours too!

So what are my favorites to choose from?

First thing’s first… we all need one AMAZING  jacket! Next, invest in a few chunky sweaters, boots and leggings… and in no time you’ll be warm + fashionable for months to come!

Shop this outfit…

Shop more of my favorite winter-ready pieces below!

Sweaters

Jackets

Boots

Jeans

Leggings

Hats, Scarves + Belts

      

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Christmas Cookie Bars For the Win!

You can practically smell Christmas in the air by now!

Between the Christmas trees, peppermint candy canes- and of course, holiday cookies- there really isn’t a better time of year!

As for those cookies…

A couple of years ago I found a recipe online that seemed too good not to try- but I had to put my own spin on it. Eventually, the cookies came out absolutely perfect… and we’ve been making them ever since.

Get out your apron and prepare to fall in love… these Christmas cookie bars look + taste amazing!

The perfect holiday treat to get the kids involved!

Is your mouth watering yet???

Baking Hack: Line the pan with extra foil that hangs over so it’s easier to pull out when it’s done!

 

These can’t cool fast enough!!!

Try it yourself!!!

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An Early Birthday Gift to Myself: Sharing My Fav Things With You

It’s my birthday and I can share my wishlist if I want to!

That’s right, my birthday is (quickly) approaching so I decided to put together a list of all of my current
*o b s e s s i o n s* right now… like this outfit below!

A gorgeous Floral Embroidered Moto Jacket

With these jeans <<—- Check out the details (gah!)

A simple cami

 

And always the must-have accessories like the boots, Yves Saint Laurent Bag…

and these killer sunglasses!

 

At all times I keep a “wishlist” of things I’m excited about so I’m not spending my money on random things… but instead, on things I’m really loving.

These are things I know I’ll truly wear or use- and as for the expensive items… I make sure they’re items that would be classic staples in my closet for years to come.

Oh, and PS: someone send this to my husband please (LOL)

Here Are My Splurge-Worthy Favorites:

 

Fashion Favorites

Lifestyle Favorites

Beauty Favorites

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The Best Beauty Gift Sets of 2017

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a GREAT Thanksgiving with family + friends… and now it’s officially time to deck the halls and finish (or maybe start) your Christmas shopping!

I put together a list of all of my favorite beauty related gift sets! <<— And I’m obsessed with them all!

I already have a lot of these products myself… and they’re a m a z i n g… so I’m excited to try a few more- while crossing a few gifts off my list for some of my favorite ladies.

Psstt… Want to shop this style?! Take a look here:

Gift sets are great because it’s always feels like you’re getting more than just one item when you recieve them!

With lots of different items they’ll love all in one, they’re easy to wrap + you definitely get the value for your buck!

 

Everything here is under $100 and will be a great gift for just about any girl in your life!

Skincare Gift Sets

Makeup Gift Sets

Haircare Gift Sets

 

Fragrance Gift Sets

 

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Wedding Day Details Pt 1: Our Amazing Vendors

 

First comes L O V E, then comes M A R R I A G E…

The story of planning our wedding, all the way up to our actual wedding day is something I have wanted to share for SO LONG! For those nearest and dearest to us, you might have already seen the photos, but I promise this is still chockfull of behind the scenes and unseen pics.

As you all know from the From the Beginning post, we got engaged December 19th (2 days after my birthday!) and from there I took off with the planning process. With football coming to an end- and us headed back to Houston- I knew this was it… FULL BLOWN WEDDING MODE.

I was sooo excited, but first things first… I had to find a wedding planner.

There was so much to do… and I mean, SO much: meet vendors, pick a venue, + of course, find my DREAM wedding dress.

But we weren’t about to do all of that without the most important people in our lives by our side…

26 bridesmaids and groomsmen later we were set!

If you don’t know by now how amazing Pinterest is, then this is officially your introduction… it.is.the.best!

I quickly began ‘pinning’ things on Pinterest: dress inspo, décor, flowers + wedding gifts to give our wedding party. I don’t think you ever realize just how much planning goes into planning your dream wedding until you’re right in the thick of it… but with so many decisions- and so little time- I was on it!

I still remember choosing Todd Events to design + plan our special day. I had heard + seen the amazing events that Todd and his team had planned in the past and they were all absolutely S T U N N I N G!

Of course, first I sent them my favorite Pinterest inspirations…

Then we met to discuss color schemes, floral arrangements, centerpieces + so much more…

And with that I left completely satisfied that they not only understood my vision… but that they would make it even that much better!

The actual ceremony and reception venue turned out to be the second place that we looked at. We needed something that WOW’d us… while also fitting our list of 500 people!!! From the second I walked into The Corinthian, I knew it was the one… and funny enough, it was even on my Pinterest Inspo board : ) It was enormous… it was grand… and it was the perfect place to celebrate our big day!

Next we had to pick out the ever so important Save the Dates + Invites.

Wedding Paper Divas designed EVERYTHING from the save the dates to the invites to even the napkins at the bridal shower and wedding. They knew exactly what I was looking for and perfectly coordinated the tones and fonts to fit our wedding scheme. They were truly a great team to work with!

Next we had to pick photographer(s), caterers, and all of the entertainment!

From the moment I spoke to Martha (of Unique Design Studio) I knew I was going to love her! Known for photographing other NFL weddings, I easily found her beautiful work on social media. As soon as I found my wedding dress, I scheduled my bridal shoot in Miami at a beautiful location she had found.

On the day of our wedding she captured every.single.detail- and I mean everything! The thought and care she put into each moment will help us to treasure those memories for the rest of our lives! Thank you soooo much Martha!

We also knew we wanted to have a videographer, and so for that we went with Alex + Whitney from Sculpting With Time. We first met them at Kyle Field (Texas A + M’s home field) where they perfectly captured us running crazy with Mackenzie around the stadium… as well as on my Grandparents’ beautiful ranch another time. If they could capture those moments- especially, in the place where we fell in love- we knew they could capture our wedding day too… and WOW did they deliver! Not only are they an inspirational couple to be around and work with in general, but they produced a gorgeous 15-minute wedding film that we will always have to relive that incredible day… hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Ashli + Mike Evans | Feature Film from Sculpting With Time Productions

For our cakes… yes cakes… we went with Nadine Moon from Who Made the Cake (what a great name btw!) in Houston. Nadine effortlessly took my “want list” of cream colors, pearls and lace detailing and turned it into a masterpiece.

While she whipped up her design, my mom, grandma and best friend, Breanna, + I tasted all the different flavors she had to offer. When I say it was hard to choose… I MEAN IT! Everything was so delicious, but eventually we knew the one that was right for us!

As a surprise, I had a custom Groom’s Cake made but the initial design part was a bit…. challenging. Mike has so many hobbies and likes, but in the end we went with a Harry Potter Groom’s Cake with each tier designated to a different house at Hogwart’s!

If you know Mike then you know that Harry Potter is his absolute favorite movie series of all time- and yes he knows ALL 8 word for word! Forget going toe to toe with him over sports, he likes a good Harry Potter challenge and usually wins every time! Needless to say… the cake was a major hit!

Knowing we would want endless memories of the night, we hired a photo booth company to capture all of the fun + excitement with our family and friends.

 

Entertainment was a whole other ball game. We needed the party to start… and never stop! We ended up going with 3 different forms of entertainment: Our orchestra, Divisi Strings welcomed our guests before the ceremony. Next, our incredible wedding singer Trace Kennedey, a well-known singer from the X Factor, sang the most perfect rendition of our wedding song ‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran.

And finally, to keep the dance floor hot all night, we had DJ Steve Nice, from the popular Houston radio station 97.9 The Box. From start to finish, it was literally music to our ears!

With only a few things left, we quickly found our rehearsal dinner spot and caterers.

As soon as Mike heard caterers, he was all about it! I mean what kind of guy wouldn’t want to go try all kinds of amazing food, right? With so many guests and different food preferences, it was SO hard to narrow it down. In the end, we went with Jackson and Company Catering and chose 4 different food stations so there was something for everyone! From the freshest seafood bar to beef and potatoes to a pasta station… NO ONE went home hungry that night!

Finally, it was about where to hold the rehearsal dinner the night before. JW Marriot Houston Downtown Hotel was more than gracious to host our sit down dinner, where we spent the night telling stories, laughing and friends and family sending us wishes for love + happiness.

Later that night, we extended the invitation to our other out of town guests to enjoy a casino and open bar with us, also at JW Marriot. That evening- and the following day after the wedding (which was also Valentine’s Day)- we stayed in the Presidential Suite at the JW. They also gifted us blushing newlyweds with a complimentary couple’s massage… it was the BEST way to start our first day being married.

I even pulled off a few surprises throughout the night…

Such as a video game truck for Mike and his groomsmen for the morning of the wedding! They LOVE video games so I knew this would be the perfect gift for them… and I have to say, IT WAS A HIT!

Then for added entertainment for our guests, we hired a caricature artist from Best Entertainers to sketch pictures of our guests all night long.


Not only was it fun… but it was the perfect souvenir for them to remember the night.

Finally, if you grew up in Texas, then you would know (and I mean… if you know, YOU KNOW) that Whataburger was always one of the go-to fast food spots- especially for late nights after Northgate!

Whenever we head home to Texas, Whataburger is usually one of our first stops, so it was only right that we brought something we love so much to all of our guests after a late night of partying and dancing!

The surprises may have been fun for everyone to see, eat and experience… but I loved being able to watch them all enjoy it even more I think. There’s no better way to thank your loved ones for the continuous support and love than injecting some added fun into the night!

Well, that’s that… everything from start to finish.

My next post will be ALL things wedding style and chic… and yes… that means the dress!