Back in October, I went on a two week vacation to Europe. I visited Spain, France and Italy for the first time and it was amazing. The best part was that it was on a cruise which made it a lot more fun because I love cruising! I was aboard the current biggest ship in the world, Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas.  

We're approaching the dog days of summer when the hot, sticky and humid air (especially here in the northeast) will rule and we'll all be longing for the Fall. But during the heat, there can be no better way to cool down than a cold drink!
A few weeks ago, I visited Harbes Family Farm & Vineyard with a bunch of friends. The sun was shining and the weather was absolutely perfect. It was a great getaway for a few hours. Harbes Family Farm is located in Mattituck on Long Island and is about two hours outside of New York City.

FIRST post of 2018!! So exciting, lol. I'm most definitely looking forward to a full year of lots of blog posts to come on Ashley in August!

I've been watching beauty vloggers for a super long time on YouTube and one of my favorite types of videos to watch were always "What's In My Bag" videos. There's something so interesting to me to see what other girls carry around in their purses and what their daily essentials are.

Though it amounts to the same thing, I wanted to make this a bit more interesting and share not only items that I carry around on a daily basis but these are also items that I can't leave home without.

On a daily basis, I use my black Longchamp Le Pliage Tote in the large size for work.When I'm not working I transfer everything from that bag into my medium sized Longchamp or a cross-body bag which works well for me and actually everything from my bigger bag fits into both smaller bags. I mainly use the larger bag for work because I also carry food for the day and a thick wool blanket scarf because for some reason office buildings must be 60 degrees or below... :/

Here's what I can't leave the house without and what's always in my bag. I carry these around with me wherever I go:

I use Pinterest for a lot of things: From fashion inspirations, celebrity style, hairstyles, food, iPhone wallpapers, nail design inspirations and many more.

Another thing that I have recently loved using Pinterest for is music. I love music and I'm sure everyone else does as well. But many times, I find myself getting bored of my current music catalog on Apple Music, not knowing what to listen to next. And this is where Pinterest comes in. I've discovered that you could look up hundreds of pre-made playlists on Pinterest! Did anyone else already know about this?? There are playlists curated for everything from working out, songs to make you happy and there's even a playlist dedicated to songs that will help you fall asleep!

I've compiled a list of my top favorite playlists I've come across and love listening to that I've added to my music library:

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There are only FOUR days left of 2017!! To help end the year right, some of my favorite fashion, beauty and lifestyle sites are offering amazing end of year deals ensuring that you're 2018 ready!

J.Crew - Extra 30% Off Final Sale Styles ENDS 12/28

J.Crew Factory - Extra 60% OFF Clearance CODE: SIXTY

DSW - Up to 70% Off Clearance

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Free People - Additional 40% Off Sale Styles

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The Body Shop - 50% Off Sale

Pura Vida Bracelets - 10% Off Entire Order When You Purchase $25 Or More CODE: PURAVIDA10


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Whenever a special occasion comes up, whether it be a baby shower, wedding, graduation or anything else, that time calls for searching for the perfect gift card to give. For me, I would always just run to the closest store and pick out what I liked the best. Those cards worked well and were nice and all, but what I really was looking for was originality which I was never satisfied with. Guys.... I'm completely obsessed with the gifts cards on Minted! When I say they have gift cards for everything, they have gift cards for EVERYTHING and then some, including home decor, art prints (which you could customize), stationary, and even digital invitations! My favorites are the foil pressed cards that add the perfect amount of glam without overdoing it. This sprinkling foiled pressed stationary paper is a great addition to any desk. A plus is that its real gold foil! I love anything monogrammed and personalized and these personalized stationeries are super chic. 

Here are some of the best Minted has to offer!: 

1. See the next total eclipse (April 8, 2024).
2. Move into my own apartment.
3. Travel to Iceland to see the Northern Lights.
4. Go to the top of the Empire State Building.
5. Road trip the West Coast.
6. CMA Fest in Nashville, TN.
7. Travel to an exotic location. 
8. Attend the Stagecoach Music Festival.
9. Go camping.
10. Attend the World Series.
11. Attend the Super Bowl.
12. Take a cooking class.
13. Move abroad.
14. Travel to the Grand Canyon.
15. Pay off student debt.


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