9.11.2014

twenty-three weeks

Just as my pregnancy app promised, I've been having a pretty great 2nd trimester--I generally feel good, as long as I get to take sit down {lay down} moments throughout the day and eat enough fatty foods :)
Something that I've noticed within the last week is the major increase in hunger--like I swear baby has his mouth wide open and the food I eat is going directly into his mouth and stomach instead of mine. I can eat a meal larger than I usually would and literally 20 minutes later I'm ravaged with hunger and about to kill someone if I don't get another full meal in...

I just had my first appointment with my actual doctor, rather than the nurse practitioner, and I love her. She's very to the point and doesn't talk down to me or fluff things up--that's a BIG pet peeve of mine, so when I was researching doctors, that was something I looked for. She did, however, flattery me by telling me that baby and me were scoring perfect 10's on development, which was a relief since for a long time random people were telling me I was too small and that my baby wasn't getting enough nutrients. Why do people think they get to tell you stuff like that--if you're not a doctor and I'm not asking, please, just keep it to yourself. 

Right now, my biggest pregnancy stress is baby boy clothes (i know, this is serious stuff right here)! I like really plain things that don't say things like "Daddy's Little Football Star" because, guess what, he's not daddy's football star, he's a baby, he doesn't know what a football is and he certainly would be no good at the game in his infant years anyways, so I just refuse to put that sort of stuff on my baby, but so far it's nearly impossible to find anything that doesn't cost my left kidney...woah is me! I think we'll survive.
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wearing:
boater hat//free people (similar here)
'metallica' necklace//the modboho (buy here)
black tee with leather sleeves//old (similar here)
'crop' kimono// the modboho (buy here)
bracelets//threads (buy here)
knit pencil skirt//old (similar here)
petty booties//sam edelman (buy here)

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9.10.2014

September Guest Buyer at The ModBoho!

This month I've teamed up with my sister's super cute shop, The ModBoho, as a guest buyer--I'll be adding my favorite bohemian pieces (mostly clothing and accessories) to her website for the entire month of September. I had so much fun choosing and styling the items, I hope you'll check it out and shop small this month :) Be ye warned that quantities are limited, so if you see something you love, get on it quick!

xoxo, Ashley
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wearing:
wide brim hat//sold out (similar here)
coral lip color//MAC (buy here)
'metallica' necklace//the modboho (buy here)
acid wash tee//sold out (very similar here)
black leggings//lands end (buy here)
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wearing:
'paisley' peplum top//the modboho (buy here)
'gypsy soul' coin necklace//the modboho (buy here)
high waist skinnies//asos (buy here)
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wearing:
'festival' fringe kimono//the modboho (buy here)
turquoise drop necklace//old (similar here)
lace tank//old (similar here)
light wash skinnies//nastygal (buy here)
wedge booties//old (similar here)
Find all the pieces right here!

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8.25.2014

21 Weeks + 27 Years

This Friday Marcus played hooky from work and we celebrated his 27th birthday by hitting up all our favorite "free-meal" spots and just driving around, enjoying some unusually delightful weather. I told him I ordered it just for him--me and mother nature are very close :)

The night before I was working late into the night, and on my drive home, with all the windows rolled down on the freeway, I got emotional thinking about how grateful I was that I was married to Marcus.
Neither Marcus, nor I are particularly social/extroverted people--we spend pretty much all of our free time together, and that's just the way we like it. Sometimes he'll come home from work and give me a big hug and tell me how weird and sad it is when he hears other people at work talk about how annoying their spouses are, or how they love coming to work so they can get away from their home and family and Marcus just sits there, confused about how this has happened to them. Surely it hasn't always been this way...?

Don't get me wrong--there are times when Marcus is doing something super buggy and I have to take a little break and go somewhere else {and there are surely times he feels the same about me} but I'd say about 98% of the time, it's more of a control thing or lack of communication on one of our parts and it's really not objectively something all that buggy on it's own. In reality, they're just not doing what YOU want them to do at the moment. So, separating yourself from the situation and really thinking, "Is he doing this because he's a terrible person who is striving to make me uphappy? Or am I just trying to put my agenda on him and he doesn't find 'that thing of the moment' to be as important as me, so he doesn't realize that it's bugging me?" Pretty much it's always the later of the two, and so I suck it up and talk it out and make a better plan where we both have a say on when and how we're going the accomplish 'that thing of the moment'. And then it all works out and we're happy again spending our free time being together, eating, talking, watching movies, making life plans, or just nothing at all but being near each other.

That's what works for us--it makes us happy and relaxed and maybe that's not everyone's cup of tea, but for me it is perfect and I'm so grateful to have found someone who works the same way. We have a peaceful home and it feels good. I love my Marcus and I thanked his mom for having him 27 years ago.
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wearing:
check oxford//j.crew (buy here)
navy shorts//h&m (buy similar here)
watch//skagen (buy here)
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wearing:
boater hat//free people (buy similar here)
pink lip color//ebay (buy similar here)
fringe necklace//old navy (buy similar here and here)
midi rings//etsy (buy similar here)
trapeze dress//asos (buy similar here)
striped watch//can't remember (buy here)
sandals//old navy (buy similar here)
diamond rings//c.o. fascinating diamonds (buy here and here)

*Fascinating Diamonds sent me CZ replicas of two of their rings to style, I'm more of a band kind of girl, but it's been fun to have something a little more formal to wear on special occasions. You can see their whole collection here.


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