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.*

 

 

 

adventuring with ashley: seattle, washington

adventuring with ashley: seattle, washington

 

i travelled to washington state for my cousin’s wedding, and took the opportunity to explore the breathtaking pacific northwest for the first time. i fell in love with the city of seattle and am already looking for an opportunity to go back and visit. 

where to stay 

the arctic club seattle

we stayed at this gorgeous hotel in the heart of downtown seattle. it’s alaskan gold rush theme is super charming, and the convenience to downtown and public transit is a major plus. 

what to do 

seattle art museum 

this donation-based museum is filled with art from multiple places and periods. we loved spending the afternoon wandering around and exploring! 

seattle public library 

one of the hidden secrets of the city, the fourth floor of the public library is entirely red, from the floor to the ceiling. although it wasn’t a place we spent a ton of time at, it was only a few blocks from the hotel and gave us some really great photo opportunities. 

columbia tower observation deck 

the columbia tower is the tallest building in seattle, and has a really great enclosed observation deck for those of us with a fear of heights (like me!). i really wanted to go to an observation deck with a view of the space needle, and being up in the columbia tower really showed how small the iconic seattle building really is. 

unicorn bar 

a quick ride on the lightrail away, we visited this bar in seattle’s charming capitol hill neighborhood. i found this place on yelp and when i saw the carnival theme and fun cocktails, i knew i had to take a trip down here to see it for myself.

we ended up going on a monday afternoon, so the bar was pretty empty, but we had a great time looking at all of the colorful decor covering the entirety of the bar. be sure to go after you’ve eaten a full meal — the cocktails can be pricey but are definitely strong! 

i am so in love with the pacific northwest and have seriously been considering making the move to seattle in the next few years — after i go back and visit again of course! what are your favorite places to explore in seattle?

 

july favorites.

july favorites.

check out what i’ve been loving this past month! 

funk wave bounces vol. 1 by calvin harris 

this album is everything i have ever wanted my summer playlist to be and more. considering it was the only album i had on my phone for my entire trip to LA, it got a lot of listens, and it’s still the music i want playing while i’m in the shower. if you’re looking to get the most out of your summer vibes, the best road trip album, or simply something to just dance to, this is the album for you!

aveda damage remedy daily hair repair 

i have been travelling so much this month, and that means that my hair hasn’t always been getting the proper care it needs. this product makes my hair look and feel great, even when i’ve been using hotel shampoo, and really keeps me from getting split ends! i haven’t gotten a haircut since may and my hair is still completely split-end free!

depop 

i used to work at a buy-sell-trade clothing store, so i definitely have an interest in buying clothing secondhand. i love depop because it takes out the middle man, and allows the buyer and seller to interact together! i have gotten some amazing pieces that i can’t wait to wear this fall — including a denim jacket and a vintage coach belt — for really great prices (the belt was $10!). i love knowing that i am getting such a good deal and that i am helping the environment by putting new life back into the clothes i’ve purchased! psst — i’ve started selling some of my own clothing on depop! click the link to check out my profile!! 

tarte tarteist quick dry matte lip paint in ‘swamp family’ 

with all of the travelling i’ve been doing, i’ve been going to a few more formal events than i would get to in my everyday life. i swooped this liquid lipstick during tarte’s black friday sale, and i am so happy to finally have opportunities to wear it more! it is the perfect true red color for super pale girls like me, stays on all night long (through dinner, drinks, and dancing!) and isn’t super drying like a lot of liquid lipsticks on the market are. i’m not a red lip everyday kind of girl, but if you are, i would definitely recommend trying out this one. in my opinion, it’s worth every penny.

shop riffraff ‘glow up’ metallic dress

i bought this dress for one of the aforementioned formal events i had been going to — and i love it so much, it’s coming with me to washington in a few weeks for my cousin’s wedding. it has the perfect amount of sparkle without being too much of a statement, and the cut of the dress is so comfortable, i almost forgot i wasn’t in one of my typical tee-shirt dresses. the biggest plus — it’s currently on sale and they have lightning-quick free shipping! they ship from arkansas and i’m located in california, and i typically receive my orders within 3 business days!

harry potter and the methods of rationality 

okay, this definitely isn’t for everyone, but i was so glad to find out about it because i love it. basically a parallel universe fan-fiction, where harry has a very different backstory and ends up in ravenclaw. i’m less than 20 chapters in and i’m completely hooked! if you. like me, have always disliked harry’s character most out of everything in the franchise, i completely recommend this to you. we basically skip all of the angsty teen emotions and the problems are tackled in a much more logical and rational manner, all while still having childlike innocence of a young ‘muggleborn’ at hogwarts. i’m a ravenclaw, can you tell? 

 

what have you been loving? let me know in the comments below!! 

 

adventuring with ashley: the wizarding world of harry potter, hollywood.

adventuring with ashley: the wizarding world of harry potter, hollywood.

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for my birthday at the end of march, my parents took me to the wizarding world of harry potter at universal studios hollywood! i have been a lifelong fan of harry potter (literally – i was so young when i was introduced to the series that i wasn’t able to read them myself) and have been wanting to go since the park opened in 2016. here’s my guide to navigating the park! 

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what to ride 

there are only two rides in the wizarding world portion of the park, but they are both great! the first i went on, flight of the hippogriff is a fun little roller coaster. it wasn’t a huge thrill to go on as an adult, but all of the kids sitting around me had a great time! it is only about 90 seconds long and was a great introduction to the magic that the rest of the park brings.

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the second ride, harry potter and the forbidden journey, is a stop motion ride typical of what universal has become known for, and is the perfect ride and experience for an avid harry potter fan. we waited in line for over an hour, but it was so worth it as the ride touches on so many memorable moments of the harry potter series. even waiting in line takes you through the castle grounds and through parts of the castle, so you are never bored and there was so much thought put into all of the details! i will say to avoid this one if you get motion sick easily, it is quite a long ride and you will get nauseous (i was towards the end, but i would still go on it again if i have the opportunity to go back!)

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where to shop 

the shops were honestly my favorite part of the whole experience. they have so many places that are authentic to hogsmeade in the movies and books, and i absolutely loved it!

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if you’re feeling like a sweet treat, you can go to honeyduke’s for a chocolate frog, pumpkin pasties, or even dumbledore’s favorite lemon drops. i ended up purchasing a chocolate frog to take home with me and the box it came in is so intricately detailed, and they even come with a famous wizard or witch collectible card! i got helga hufflepuff in my box.

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if you’re looking for something fun and lighthearted, you can check out zonko’s joke shop. they had plenty of jokes and toys that would be fun for the whole family!

anyone looking for a wand should go to ollivander’s wand shop. it was the most crowded shop i went into all day, but it was absolutely magical! all of the walls are lined with shelves that have boxes upon boxes of wands from every single character you can think of. you can look at them before you purchase and you can even conjure up a little ~magic~ throughout various places in the park if you decide to purchase!

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there are also multiple gift shops with a variety of harry potter swag, like house sweatshirts and t shirts, death eater garb, home decor, and a whole lot more! i had been obsessed with these crewneck sweatshirts that have the house names in collegiate lettering, so i had to pick a ravenclaw one up. i also got my housemate a whiskey glass with the hogwarts crest on it for his birthday that was earlier in the month, and my boyfriend a huge mug that looks like the marauder’s map.

where to eat 

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if you want the whole harry potter experience, i definitely recommend staying inside wizarding world to grab a bite to eat. the only restaurant is the three broomsticks, and the wait may be long, but it is so worth it! i decided to eat whatever i felt like that day as it was my birthday and i wanted to be able to experience this magical place to the fullest. the food was so much better than theme park food! it was all traditional british dishes, so things like fish and chips, and bangers and mash. my mom and i both got the fish and chips and it was so good and filling! you can also get butter beer or pumpkin juice here, so i would skip the line for the butterbeer cart outside if you plan on getting food at the three broomsticks. i got the normal butterbeer and it was delicious but so sugary!

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and that’s it! it’s such a small portion of the park in hollywood but every little corner has so much detail that i really enjoyed spending an entire day there experiencing harry potter’s world in real life. 

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dress: lush | jacket/tights/shoes: h&m | bag: nordstrom bp