NYC: rosé wine mansion

NYC: rosé wine mansion

when i was in new york, i went to the rosé wine mansion in midtown. when i first heard about it, i was instantly sold. endless rosé, cute theme, and no kids allowed? sign me up.

i had originally bought tickets for the last night they were going to be open, but they have extended through the end of the month. check out my pics and decide for yourself if you want to stop by!

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dress | jacket | tee (sold out, similar)| shoes | earrings

*disclaimer: this post is not sponsored. all opinions are my own and all items featured purchased by me*
adventuring with ashley: NYC

adventuring with ashley: NYC

this fall, i have been lucky enough to travel to NYC twice – once for work and once for play. i absolutely love exploring the big apple and all of its diverse neighborhoods, and there is truly something for everyone in new york! 

where to eat 

aunt jake’s – little italy 

this place has the best pasta i’ve had lately, or maybe ever. if the weather is nice definitely ask to sit on the patio out back – it is a great little oasis to get you away from the hustle and bustle of manhattan.

my order: black kale salad, farfalle with garlic pecorino

vida verde – midtown 

a trendy mexican restaurant and bar with three levels and rooftop seating. come here for a delicious margarita – but keep in mind that it is 21+ and they check IDs at the door.

my order: charred brussel sprout tacos

the little cupcake bakeshop nolita

a bakery and creamery with indoor seating and adorable decor. they have vegan and gluten free options so there is truly something for everyone.

my order: black and white cupcake 

morgenstern’s – lower east side 

the cutest little creamery in the lower east side. they have such unique flavors and the texture of their ice cream is incredible.

my order: salted caramel pretzel ice cream with hot fudge

what to do 

central park – upper manhattan

you could honestly spend a week exploring the park alone, it is that huge. definitely check it out online before you go, pick out the places you definitely want to stop by, and spend an afternoon wandering through the beautiful park.

my must-see: the bethesda fountain and terrace 

top of the rock – midtown

even as afraid of heights as i am, this is definitely a must for anyone visiting new york. one of the most iconic buildings in the city itself, the upper decks showcase beautiful 360 degree views of the city from both indoors and outdoors.

the metropolitan museum of art – upper east side 

the site of the iconic met gala each year, i knew i had to check out the 5th ave location. although the heavenly bodies exhibit has just ended, there is still so much art to see. plus, you will get free admission at the other two locations the following two consecutive days.

brooklyn botanic garden – prospect park

we took the train out to brooklyn on a sleepy weekday morning and enjoyed walking through the beautiful gardens and conservatory. i’m sure it’s even more gorgeous in the spring when the cherry blossom trees are blooming.

my must-see: the lily pool terrace 

where to shop

 

bulletin – nolita 

probably my favorite store ever, bulletin is a rad feminist store with a bunch of items made and designed by local artists. this is a great place to find unique gifts and home decor. over my trips i picked up an art print, a necklace, and a tee from the shop. my favorite part? they donate about 10% of all proceeds to planned parenthood of new york.

artists & fleas – soho 

this is the coolest little shop amidst all of the corporate stores lining the streets of soho. it’s almost like a permanent flea market, with a bunch of little booths carrying items ranging from used books to handcrafted jewelry to vintage apparel.

nintendo world store – midtown 

the only nintendo store in the world, it’s definitely worth stopping here if you are a video game fan. they have all of the nintendo merch you could ever want, from games and consoles themselves to apparel, plushes, and anything else nintendo you could imagine.

glossier showroom – soho

one of only 3 stores worldwide, you have to stop by if you love glossier. it is the perfect place to test out new products that you’ve been thinking about buying as well as stock up on products you already love. my recent purchases include boy brow in brown, generation g lipstick in jam, balm dot com in birthday, and solution.

where to drink 

watermark – pier 15 

all the way downtown on the east side, this is a waterfront bar with amazing views of the brooklyn and williamsburg bridges, and the dumbo neighborhood of brooklyn. the drinks are a little pricey but they are strong!

my order: frozen strawberry margarita

tanner smith’s – midtown 

a trendy speakeasy hidden in midtown. i went on a weeknight and the crowd was eclectic, people going out for the night and the after-work crowd mingling in the dark old school ambience. i thought the cocktails were a little pricey (even compared to san francisco) but they were delicious and the presentation was stunning.

my order: summer 75, a gin cocktail

aaand these are all of my recommendations for NYC! in a city so large, i’m sure there are so many more things to do. let me know your recommendations below!

*disclaimer: this post is not sponsored. all opinions mentioned are my own.*

 

 

 

ashley’s picks: acrylic earrings for fall

ashley’s picks: acrylic earrings for fall

acrylic earrings started becoming popular this summer, in rainbow brights to add a splash of color to any outfit. now that fall is coming, they have transitioned into neutrals perfect to pair with the warm toned reds, yellows, and browns that are trending this fall. keep reading below for some of my fave pairs that i’ve seen!

goes with anything

tortoise shell is the perfect print to go with any outfit or style. by picking up a pair in a classic shape you can truly find an everyday statement earring.

amazon | j. crew | cult gaia

unusual shapes 

one of my favorite things about this trend is all of the fun shapes that have emerged. i especially love interesting shapes that can add personality to an all black outfit (my go to!).

bauble bar | amazon | bauble bar

subtle + understated

if you’re looking for a simple and understated way to wear this trend, clear is definitely the way to go. i love wearing a sleek ponytail or bun to show off these earrings!

amazon | urban outfitters | shopbop

muted blush tones 

blush is basically a neutral at this point. i love this color but it’s not very flattering on my skintone, so small splashes like these earrings are a great way for someone like me to incorporate the color.

madewell | amazon | cult gaia

that’s all my acrylic earring picks for this fall! this trend is so affordable that i plan on picking up multiple pairs in different styles to mix and match throughout my wardrobe. plus, they’re so lightweight they don’t hurt my ears like other statement earrings have in the past! which style is your favorite?

disclaimer: this post is not sponsored. all opinions are my own. all pieces in stock at time of publication.
updated skincare essentials – summer 2018

updated skincare essentials – summer 2018

i was looking through my skincare + haircare essentials post i made last year, and realized how much my skincare routine has changed! my skin itself has changed a lot over the past year, going from combination/acne prone to very very dry but i still get hormonal breakouts. i’ve had to find a lot of new products to suit my skin’s current needs. keep reading to find out what i have been using!

cetaphil gentle cleanser for all skin types 

this is just a basic, gentle cleanser that i use morning and night to leave my skin feeling squeaky clean. i love that it is super affordable and can be found just about anywhere – drugstores, grocery stores, even readily available on amazon.

garnier skinactive micellar cleansing water for waterproof makeup

this is the only makeup remover i have tried that gets my waterproof eyeliner and mascara off with not a lot of effort! i mainly use this at night to remove makeup and oil from the day, but will also use it if i’m running really late in the morning and don’t have time to use a traditional cleanser.

thayer’s witch hazel toner

this alcohol free toner is not drying at all, but still helps to calm any breakouts and inflammation. it comes in a ton of scents but my personal favorite is the rose petal!

skinfood black sugar strawberry wash off mask 

this wash-off mask/exfoliator combo makes my skin feel amazing! it smells so good and really helps to slough off any of my dry skin and clear up any breakouts i might have.

organic rosehip oil serum 

i use this every night right before bed. it really helps to clear up any redness or hyperpigmentation on my face, and it also suck all of the oil plugs out of my nose and makes my pores appear smaller. it does look and feel very greasy on the face though, so i wouldn’t recommend for daytime use.

murad skin perfecting lotion

this is my favorite daily moisturizer to use in the summertime. its super lightweight and wears well under makeup, but also provides all the moisture i need throughout the day.

mario badescu facial sprays

i pick one of these up everytime i go to ulta. i love to use them to refresh my makeup in the middle of the day, and they feel especially great on hot summer days!

i also use masks 3-4 times a week but i’m constantly switching up what i use so i did not include any products! and thats basically my skincare routine! let me know if you want to know more about any products and i can do a whole post all about it!!

disclaimer: this post is not sponsored. all opinions are my own. all products in stock at the time of publication.

 

 

 

forever21 sale picks

forever21 sale picks

i haven’t been doing a lot of shopping this summer, but when i saw that forever21 was having an up to 75% off sale, i knew i had to check it out! i’ve been hearing that forever21 has had really cute stuff lately, plus i thought my closet could use a little revamp before the fall. i only picked out a handful of items, but i really tried to focus on pieces that could be worn to a variety of places, and throughout the year.

ribbed flare dress – $6.45

i love basic dresses like this one because they can go with almost anything! i picked up this dress in black but also love all of the other colors it comes in.

ruffle cami dress – $10.99

while similar to the previous dress, the little ruffles on this dress takes it up just a notch and makes it great for work events throughout the year. i also picked this dress up in black, but i’m really considering purchasing the dress in yellow as well!

crepe cropped cami – $6.93

tops like this have been really popular, and at this price there is no reason for me not to try it! i loved the yellow color but was sold out in my size, so i also ended up with this piece in black (still in stock in blush too!)

zip front mini skirt – $10.99 

i used to love skirts, but all of them have been cleaned out of my closet and not replaced over the past few years, and i’m not sure why! this skirt is a perfect introduction back into the garment, and i love how the zipper detailing adds a bit of an edge.

striped box pleat skirt – $11.99

this skirt is an ultimate versatile piece to have in my closet. i could pair it with a plain tee  and sandals for a casual outfit, a blouse and mules to wear to work, and could probably even dress it up with a satin cami and some heels for a night time event.

that’s all i’ve picked up during forever21’s sale! i haven’t received the items yet, but wanted to make a post immediately as i noticed a lot of cute items were selling out quickly. let me know below if you’d want me to review these pieces once received!

disclaimer: this post is not sponsored. all opinions are my own. all items in stock and prices accurate at time of posting.
favorite spring trends

favorite spring trends

hey there! it’s been a while, but i’m back and ready to talk about spring fashion. the rain still doesn’t seem to want to leave the bay area any time soon, but that hasn’t stopped me from preparing my wardrobe for the warmer days ahead. keep reading below to see which trends i am loving this season!

mustard yellow 

i started picking up pieces in this shade during the fall, but have loved seeing this muted tone making its way into spring styles. it feels fresh when included with white stripes or in a gingham print, but also looks amazing in a classic floral.

striped top: forever21                         
gingham dress:  forever21                         
floral dress: forever21

celestial patterns 

star prints creeped into stores towards the end of winter, but they are transitioning for spring in lighter shades. i love anything with suns, stars or moons all over it because it adds an instant bit of effortless cool into any outfit. as a bonus – this trend is super easy to diy on a pair of booties, an old denim jacket, or a thicker canvas shirt.

dress: forever21                               
booties: nordstrom                           
romper: riffraff

fruit prints 

i’m a sucker for all things kitchsy, so of course i’ve been loving the fruit prints! my favorites are lemon and strawberry, but i’ve also been into cherry prints for a bit of a retro vibe. with the variety in prints like these, you are sure to find pieces you can wear to work, to the beach, and even for a night out.

romper: forever21                           
tee: shein                           
dress:  topshop

lavender 

with ultraviolet being named pantone’s color of the year, it’s no surprise that a lighter hue of purple has made its way into spring fashion. this color is so universally flattering and fitting for so many occasions. it’s also my favorite color and i’m finding ways to incorporate it more and more into my closet this season.

shoes:  urban outfitters                                 
dress: shopbop                             
cami: h+m
disclaimer: all opinions are my own. i do not own any photos used in this article. original location of photos linked. all items linked are in stock at the time of publishing.
my go-to healthy breakfast

my go-to healthy breakfast

i am not a morning person. i tend to hit snooze more times in a row than i should, and i usually end up rushing around trying to get ready as fast as possible so i’m not late for work. unfortunately, this means i also skip breakfast most days of the week.

thankfully i’m usually not too hungry in the morning, but i also see the bad side effects of skipping my morning meal. i usually do not feel as productive, and end up crashing much earlier than the days i do give myself time to eat breakfast (not to mention, i usually end up having a cup of coffee – or a few – before i even eat lunch).

i’ve been searching online and trying out different recipes in the morning whenever i can, but my mind kept going back to a pb + banana green smoothie i would order on campus before my 9am when i was in college. i thought it would be the perfect thing for me to try since it doesn’t leave me feeling too full in the morning, but also has a good amount of protein and a ton of vitamins to start my day. i can’t really taste anything other than the peanut butter in it, which i like because i don’t love to eat a ton of vegetables in the morning. although, i will warn you – the color is very green once it’s blended. (tip – you can add in a few berries to change the color to more of a pink/red/purple shade! just be careful to not add too many – personally i don’t think berries taste great with pb.)

since it’s winter i’ve been making it as more of a juice consistency, but once the weather warms up i’m excited to play around with the recipe and make it more of a smoothie! my favorite part is that it’s very easy to take with you on the go – and since i make it in my magic bullet, it’s as easy as popping on a travel lid to the cup i blended it in.

pb + banana green juice 

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ingredients

  • 1.25 cups of greens (i use a mix of baby spinach and baby kale) 
  • 1 fresh banana 
  • 1 tb of creamy peanut butter 
  • unsweetened almond milk – enough to cover the above ingredients 
  • dash of tumeric powder (optional) 

how to make it 

  1. add fresh greens, banana, and peanut butter to blender
  2. cover dry ingredients with almond milk
  3. add a dash of tumeric powder (optional)
  4. blend until smooth

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let me know your thoughts if you try out my recipe!