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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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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!


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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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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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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

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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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Fall Trend: The Statement Ankle Boot

Fall is literally my favorite time of year <— Ironic since we spend most of that time in Florida!

Still, I absolutely love basic, simple sweaters… and I have tons of them.

But wearing something simple with a pair of jeans doesn’t have to be boring.

I love to make the outfit stand out in some way- and a statement boot (like these gorgeous beaded, velvet boots below) are definitely the way to go this time of year!

Or gorgeous accessories…

I fell in love with soo many boots this season, but here are some of my absolutely favorite statement ankle boots:

For great boots under $100, shop below!

Another way to make an outfit POP is by finding that one, special accessory that steals the show.

I got this Pearl Gray Givenchy Small Antigona from a website that I get SO many of my bags from.

Since I’m all about the PRE-LOVED pieces, this is where I shop for any luxury piece that has been gently pre-loved <<—- It’s always a great deal.

I have at least 5 bags from this site and I’m obsessed… check it out —> Here!
*All Photo Credits Belong To: Leigh Clifton*
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Newborn Essentials

What an amazing learning experience it has been this past year. As we quickly approach the one year mark with our baby girl, I can still remember all the newborn moments and firsts we experienced- every time looking for advice from friends and family.

Every mama + baby is different, so this may not be a “one shoe fits all” approach, but these are some of the best products I found when Ariah was a newborn- and I hope they help you just as much as they helped me! And since my life is a constant go go go, I really wanted to make sure that the items I was using were practical for our fast-paced life!

 

Baby Bjorn Carrier/ Solly Wrap
What a lifesaver! If it’s any indication, Ariah’s first plane ride was at 2 months old, so we had to become instant pros at maneuvering an airport with a baby on board. I used the Solly Wrap a few times while she was smaller, switching to the Baby Bjorn when she was about 4-5 months and she could support her neck. It was amazing how I could carry my baby, keep my arms free and keep the weight off my back all at the same time.

Boppy
OMGOSH, we used the Boppy since DAY 1 and never looked back! Every day I found myself more in love with the Boppy, whether I was supporting her while breastfeeding or using it to keep her still in one place for a moment or two… of course, this was all before she learned to roll and crawl, then it was game over!

Diaper Genie
Who wants to smell the stinky diapers piling up in the trashcan, right? Having the Diaper Genie right next to her changing table kept everything clean and easy- without a single dirty diaper smell!

Maxi Cost Car Seat (From Seedlings– A Tampa Baby Boutique)
Easily one of the toughest decisions to make, we researched nonstop about which car seat to get for our daughter. Safety was obviously our number one priority… but that doesn’t mean it can’t be cute! We eventually found the perfect seat at our friend’s boutique in Tampa (Seedlings) and knew it was exactly what we were looking for. 10 months later and Ariah is still enjoying the safety and comfort of this seat, though it’s almost time to start looking for another… our baby girl is getting so big!

A major plus of the seat was that our favorite stroller, the Bugaboo Chameleon 3, had adapters to connect the two together, which made moving on the go a breeze! Snapping her in or taking her out was no problem, so whether we were doing it together or playing a little 1 on 1 with Ariah for the day, we were good to go.

Gucci Diaper Bag
While I was pregnant I was on the hunt for the perfect diaper bag. I knew it was something I felt comfortable splurging on since I would be using it ALL THE TIME- and yet it had to be practical for traveling as well.

From the start I knew an over the shoulder bag wouldn’t work well for me, so I had my eye on backpack diaper bags instead. When I found this Gucci bag, I was immediately obsessed! It is hands down one of the best investments I’ve ever made as a mom and I have no plans of putting it down anytime soon. With all of the different compartments and portable changing pad, it has everything we need when on the move.

Velcro Swaddles
Our little wiggle worm never liked to stay tucked in her swaddles, so when my mom found these Velcro swaddles, they were an absolute game changer! She stayed tucked and slept SO much better… and you know what that means, right? Yep… I slept better too!

Doc A Tot
I know that sometimes things don’t seem worth the money- and honestly, I went back and forth about buying this as well- but when I heard all of the moms raving about them, I knew it was worth a shot. I gave in and ordered the Doc A Tot bassinet dock and WOW, were they right… it was amazing! I used it everywhere: in our bed while we were watching TV, on the couch, traveling or staying at Grandma’s… you name it and we used it there. With so much added cushion and comfort, this is definitely a must-have!

4Moms Mamaroo
Knowing that I had been eyeing this for a while, my Nana and Pop gifted this to us at our baby shower. I loved all of the different settings, and obviously, it was adorable, so it was a must in our house! Ariah loved hanging out in it around the house, when I took a shower (can I get an AMEN for showering in peace mamas!?) and even napped in it during the day. Now that she’s a bit older, we still get use out of it, strapping her in for her morning bottle or to play and watch a few baby cartoons.

Babocush
I actually found out about this item from my wedding makeup artist and thought it was the coolest thing! You strap your baby in while they are laying on their bellies. Then you can turn it on to any of the different settings, add music or vibrations and just let them lay there… or even sleep for a few hours! Obviously, it has to be on a safe surface… it does vibrate after all… but it’s perfect for soothing them or relieving gas in their tiny, little, bellies.

Baby Tracker App
As first-time mamas we want to make sure we’re doing everything right, and the Baby Tracker App helped me to do just that. You can keep track of how much your baby is eating, ounces they are drinking, how long their naps are, when you changed their diaper, etc. Honestly, with everything going on… and hello, #MOMBRAIN is a real thing… it just helps to stay on top of all the things you need to do for your little one.

Wubbanub
At first as a newborn, I’ll admit, we were scared to give her a pacifier with a stuffed animal attached to the back of it for fear of it being a choking hazard. But we quickly fell in love with it and the Wubbanub has been her favorite comfort item ever since. Stay tuned because I think it may be a bit hard to wean her when the time comes!

Zip Up Onesies/ Gowns
Like a typical new mama, as soon as I found out I was having a girl I immediately thought about ALL of the adorable clothes I was going to dress her up in. And then I snapped out of it, haha! I HIGHLY recommend investing in long gown or zip up onesies ONLY and nothing with buttons if you ever want to get that squirmy wormy dressed!

Gripe Water
Where would we be without all of our mommy friends, right? Thankfully one of my friends recommended Gripe Water to me because though I had never heard of it before, I quickly found out that it’s basically magic for your baby’s tummy! It helps with hiccups and works to prevent colic or tummy discomfort so babies can pass all of the milk they’re drinking without getting fussy.

If Ariah was screaming her head off and I didn’t know what to do, I immediately went down the list: Sleep? Food? Diaper change? If nothing else worked I would give her some Gripe Water and the all-natural water would soothe her belly and change her mood within moments!

Dreft
Finally, I highly recommend this laundry detergent (or another baby safe brand) to keep your baby protected- especially for those with sensitive skin like Ariah. Remember, our clothes are always in constant contact with our little ones and even other people’s detergent would irritate her soft skin. Having natural and safe products to soothe our babies in should always be at the top of our list!

 

Down below I linked a bunch of our newborn must haves that I hope helps all of you new mommies, mommies-to-be or for you to pass to your friends that are new expecting!