Happy Friday! Anyone have any fun weekend plans coming up? Mine will be pretty low-key, but that's my kind of weekend!

I wanted today's post to mainly be about blogging and my thoughts on why I think it's okay to write about whatever you want to on your blog.

Ashley in August has been live for exactly 3 weeks now! You guys that have stopped by and read my posts so far (thanks!!) may have noticed (as if its not obvious), there is no niche to be found on my site.

Before I officially started my blog, I read up on helpful tips and advice (mainly from other bloggers). A recurring theme that I came across was to "make sure you know what you want the focus of your blog to be" and "make sure you know your niche because that is the only way that you could attract and keep readers interested"... Well, that was on my mind for a while and I thought about it quite frequently. I knew I liked fashion and beauty, but I don't love talking about it all the time. I do love traveling and photography but I also knew that I didn't want that to be the complete focus of my blog. I will admit, before starting out, I personally felt like I had to commit to one topic but I really, really didn't want to.

In the past, I had created a blog that was all about baseball and my favorite team, the New York Mets.  Don't get me wrong, I love baseball and the Mets and had enough knowledge of both to sustain a blog, but wasn't compelled or motivated to write about either 24/7 and because of the blog name and solidified niche it already had, I just simply couldn't write about anything else on it! Because of that, the blog ceased after only a few months.

This time around, when thinking of starting up a blog again, I 100% knew I shouldn't limit myself just to fall into a particular category of being a "fashion blogger", "travel blogger" or "photography blogger" etc., not that there's anything wrong with that. I knew I wanted to create a more personal blog and talk about a range of topics. However, my main worry was having a blog that seemed all over the place. I decided to streamline and compile my top five topics that I do like talking about the most: lifestyle, fashion, beauty, photography, & travel. I figured that this could be a starting point where I could branch out to other closely related topics if I wanted to.

I'm pretty new to the blogging block, so I don't have a lot of advice to give when it comes to blogging at this moment, being that I'm still searching for advice myself! But what I can say, to anyone out there that thinks they need to have one objective and focus for their blog or to start one, don't think that because then you're only limiting yourself and your creativity! Just because you're not putting out one style of content all the time doesn't mean you won't hold interest. I'd like to think that people want to see versatility and someone who just doesn't talk about one thing. Again, there's nothing at all wrong with that! To make a long story short, let your blog be whatever it is you want it to be and work hard at it. People will keep coming back for that reason.

Let me know your thoughts! Have a great weekend!!
Another mascara review... lol. I absolutely LOVE mascara(s). By far, it's my favorite in terms of makeup. You know those quizzes where there are questions like, "If you could only use one makeup product for the rest of your life, what would it be?" Well, my answer, hands down, no questions asked (have I affirmed that enough?) would be mascara.



A few weeks ago I did a review on the Rimmel Shake It Fresh mascara, (you could read it here), but I wasn't sold on the formula. To me, the consistency was a bit too watery, not my typical preference for mascara. (I also low-key rant in that review on how picky I am when it comes to mascara formulas). They have to be PERFECT. Call my weird or crazy if you want. I know I can't be the only girl who thinks mascara formulas are a sensitive subject, ha! 



After trying the Almay One Coat Multi-Benefit a few months ago, it immediately became one of my faves so of course I needed to try the lengthening version. I'm all for lengthening mascaras since I don't wear fake eye lashes. When using One Coat Extreme Length the first time with only 'one coat', I saw an immediate difference. My lashes seemed to "pop" more. I usually pack on the coats (probably around 6-7, I'm not kidding) but I achieved the same thick/voluminous/lengthy lash look I go for with only 2-3 coats of this one. Also I love how my lashes don't feel hard but they are still soft. I've had some experiences with certain mascaras where they made my lashes hard and I literally though they were going to snap in half! Definitely going to repurchase when this tube is done. I think I found the ultimate winner. ;)


Are you as crazy about mascara as I am? What's your favorite? Let me know!

A few years ago, I went through a preppy phrase where I had to have everything monogrammed. Marley Lilly was my obsession and I would be on the site pretty much everyday to see what was new. Recently they had a flash sale so of course I had to check it out. I didn't go crazy this time and I didn't purchase items that I normally would like clothing, monogrammed vests or shoes, but I had to take advantage of the flash sale. I purchased these rings and I had to get this pair of monogrammed (!!) bluetooth headphones:


   
What I love about these rings is that they are perfectly stackable so it makes them versatile. If I wanted to wear one or all of the rings, there are so many different looks to create.

  

Why am I just getting on the bluetooth headphone train? To not have to deal with annoying cords is life changing, haha! Big bonus that they are also monogrammed in pepto pink! 


I've also been loving a few other items for the fall season currently on Marley Lilly:







   








Do you guys shop Marley Lilly, or have you been or are obsessed with monograms like me?














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