Black Watches

Heyyy friends!  I wanted to share  new favorite trend of mine, black watches!  I’m really going to need to invest in one.  I love that they are timeless and versatile.  I really love #5 (it also comes in grey!).  A fellow blogger frequently wears #4 and does it so well!

Black Watches

1. The everyday with a twist watch

2. The “black” tie watch

3. Classic watch

4. Everyday sport watch (and great price!)

5. I’m calling this the urban watch

6. Classic metal band watch

Which black watch is your favorite?

Happy Thursday!

xo, ash

Wardrobe Refresh

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared some new pieces I’ve added to my closet, and there’s quite a few!  Here we go!

Wardrobe Refresh

I may have had a jumpsuit and strappy sandal moment but I am OBSESSED with all four pieces.  The pink JUSTFAB heels I scored for $20!!  White linen pants and loose tees are the perfect casual summer pieces paired with ILY Couture’s beautiful layered necklace.  I just snagged the embellished chambray during the Nordstrom’s anniversary sale and it’s a stunner!  Lastly pink & yellow neon never hurt anybody!

What new pieces have you added to your wardrobe lately??

Happy Thursday!

xo ♥ ash

Outdoor Bar with Chairish

I don’t know about you but one of my favorite things to do in the summer is grill and be outside with friends.  Their really isn’t anything better.  Chairish asked me to put together a style board using some of their awesome bar stools, showing  what I would love my outdoor bar to look like.  If you haven’t heard of Chairish or don’t know what they do, you’re missing out.  They make it fun and easy for design lovers to buy and sell pre-loved decor to one another.  And they have so many unique pieces, you’re sure to find something to fit your style!

Outdoor Bar

I started with their wicker bar stools because they scream summer to me.  All it took was the bar, of course, and some fun accessories!  Oh and the drinks, can’t forget the drinks ;)   I love the green bowls because they have some color and are perfect for nuts or snacks for your guests!  I hope this gives your some inspiration go out and create your perfect bar area, where it’s in your backyard or at party!  But most of all enjoy you’re summer!

Here are a few other pieces I’m also loving – pillows, day bed, and wedding blanket.  And don’t forget to check out Chairish here and also on Instagram & Facebook.

xo, ash

I did it again…

I’m sorry.  I left for a long time again.  Please forgive me.  Sometimes life gets in the way and I don’t want to post for the sake of posting.  Here’s this week’s Friday Five.

Happy Weekend!

1. these homemade drumsticks look easy & delish!  Perfect summer dessert

2. loving this effortless summer look

3. love everything about this wedding

4. adorable DIY for your summer parties

5. loving pieces with coordinates lately!  On my wishlist

Monday I will have a fun post in collab with Chairish!

Have a great weekend!

xo, ash

Insta Life

It’s been awhile ya’ll!  I’ve been really busy because I now work as an event coordinator so my weekends are pretty busy.  If I’m not working a wedding, I have other plans and my weekdays are filled with my 9-5 and another side job.  Here are some recent Instagram posts.

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Target sweater & sandals

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It rained on the 4th here in New England.  Had to break out the Hunter boots.

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looove my major score on theses Zara heels!

Happy Monday!!

xo, ash

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Wedding Wednesday

Happy Hump Day!  Today I’m here to share some pictures from last weekend’s bachelorette festivities with 7 other lovely ladies.  We stayed at The Westin Copley Place in a Junior Suite in Boston, MA and the room and view were gorgeous!

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The super adorable bags with favors and hangover kits.  I can’t take credit for the bags, the lovely bride to be did them!

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close up of the bags and DIY glitter wine glasses.  I made all of the wine glasses and attached each girls initial and birthstone so we knew which glass was ours.  They loved them!

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Here is just some of what was in the bag.  Mini champagne, shot glass, sunglasses (of course!), light up ring pop, candy necklace, pink straw, compact mirror and the hangover kit included gum, Aleve, hair ties, chap-stick, Emergen-C, Detox tea, granola bar, and makeup wipes.  Again, the girls loved them and we actually got lots of use from them!

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no bachelorette party is complete without champagne and shots!

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once we arrived at the hotel and had a few drinks, we did our makeup and then headed over to The Dry Bar (Back Bay location).  This was my first experience and I hope not my last!  We all had so much fun and the stylists did a great job, plus the place is adorable!  I did the Cosmo-Tai (not listed above.)

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more champagne!

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done with hair and headed back to the hotel to finish getting ready!

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and the final product!  My dress is Guess via Macy’s and shoes are BCBG via DSW.

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mirror selfie before heading to dinner

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not the best picture buuut it’ll do.  We ate at The Brahmin and I HIGHLY recommend it.  They serve “small plates” but the pizza (as you can see) , salads and burgers are normal size.  Seriously everything we ordered was outstanding and the place turns into a dance club after 10pm.

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selfies with two of my girlies!

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all the girls!!  This is right before heading to the Liquor Store.  I don’t know if I would go back there.  It wasn’t the worst place ever and maybe it was just that night, but there wasn’t a ton of people.  On the plus side, they did have a mechanical bull (which I did not ride).  Overall we did have a great time though =)

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Have a great night!

xo, ash

Insta Life

Happy Tuesday!!  This past weekend we celebrated one of my bestie’s (she was the MOH in my wedding) bachelorette party in Boston.  It was so much fun and I can’t wait to share tomorrow!  Until then here has been what’s going on over on Instagram (@sparkleandsoulblog)!

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selfie!  LOVE this Stella & Dot necklace and Express blazer

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classic pearls

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this was the perfect Friday top!

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can’t get enough of this Target dress and cobalt blue!

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can’t go wrong with chambray =)

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a little edge!

Thanks for reading, have a great night!

xo, ash

Wedding Wednesday: Bachelorette Bash

I organized (with the the help of the other bridesmaids) a bachelorette party which happens to be this weekend.  I am soooo excited.  It should be an amazing time with 7 other ladies.  I felt it fitting to share some of my top choices for bachelorette attire.  More often than not, I think, the attire tends to be LBD which is fine by me.  But little black dress don’t have to be boring and there are lots of ways to spice them up with fun shoes and accessories.  Bonus, little black dresses never go out of style!

Bachelorette Bash: little black dress required

Do you have any bachelorette parties coming up?  Which dress would be your pick?

All dresses and shoes are from Lulu’s because their stuff is amazing! (this is not a sponsored post, I just like them!)

Have a great Wednesday!

xo, ash

Trending: the Espadrille

If you haven’t noticed by now, espadrilles are everywhere and I’m not mad about it.  There are so many great options and they are comfortable too!    I definitely think they can be dressed up or dressed down and I love that they provide more protection than a sandal but not quite as much as a sneaker.  I chose to showcase all flat espadrilles because that is what I wear the most but there are some adorable espadrille wedges worth checking out too!

Trending: the espadrille
And here are even more options!

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What do you think?  Are you on board with this trend?

Happy Friday Eve!

xo, ash

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Insta Life

I’m baaaaack!  I have been gone far too long and I apologize.  Things have been a bit crazy!  On the plus side, found out yesterday that my grades this semester were two A-!  Go me!!  Here’s a little peek at what’s been going on!

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safe to say I like this color combination.

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This Mindy Mae’s Market necklace is perfection!

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these sandals were an $8 Target steal!!

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red shoes

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I desperately need a shopping trip but this New England weather is confusing.

Hope you’re having a great week so far!!

xo, ash