Hi everyone! I just want to start this out by thanking all of you for your patience and support during my huge move to NYC. You guys gave so many awesome recommendations during my road trip here and after I made it to my new home, and I am so grateful. I know that we have been anticipating this post sharing my new apartment, so here is a tour of my room! I am currently living in Brooklyn and I love my neighborhood. It's quiet but still full of things to do, and I am just a few blocks away from Prospect Park. I love that my apartment is bright and has beautiful wood floors, two things that I wanted most out of my new space. You guys also voted on my IG stories for a video, so I put something together! If you are a fan of experiencing my blog in

  I've really taken time this week to reflect on the past year, both on my own in thought, and with you guys in the form of my 2017 photo diary. My two favorite holidays are Halloween and New Year's Eve, and I have my own personal rituals that come with the new year. My favorite ritual is the way I write my resolutions. Every year, I write five or six reasonable goals for the year that I want to accomplish, whether it be focused on personal growth, my well-being, my career, or my experiences. Past years have been mostly focused on accomplishing things that I would expect myself to do, such as graduating college, landing an internship, and other milestones that are more technical than pleasurable (don't get me wrong, I'm grateful for the opportunities I have, but they have come to define my lifestyle). However, this year, 2018, is more

I'm back from the dead on here! After finishing school forever and alleviating the majority of my stress, I craved a little mini trip up to Portland. My friend Cheyenne (@cheyp on instagram) was so gracious to host me for the 36 hours I was there, and we squeezed a lot of cool things into such a small sliver of time. I wanted to share some cute little spots I went to, just in case you find yourself around PDX in the near future. :) what I wore I didn't want to pack anything for such a quick trip, honestly. I wanted to just walk onto the airplane with my shoulder bag, so I planned accordingly. I wore a pair of black Levi's and a basic tank, and I packed extra socks, underwear, and a shirt in my bag with a toothbrush and other mini self-care items. I brought my teddy coat (remember

I have a bit of a ranting diary post, so I'll preface this with what I'm wearing to save y'all the grief. The denim I am wearing is from BDG at Urban Outfitters -- I love their pieces because they are designed for curvy girls like me, and I feel so confident in them! I paired it with a little polka dot shirt that I thrifted -- I've been trying to master transitional outfits for between seasons. And the best part of all are these beautiful James oxfords from Nisolo. They are one of the nicest pairs of shoes that I own, and my second pair of Nisolo's overall. They work well for anything, from my casual trips to the farmers market, to working on stories in the newsroom at school. They're comfortable, walkable, and the leather is exquisite. I've never slipped on a pair of shoes that represent me as a

(Click here to jump to the list!)School is back in session for the last time for me, and this is usually the time of year that my worst personal flaw comes out. Although I have been putting in extra effort to take better care of myself and set time aside to unwind, I have this tendency to be so self-destructive and it has shown through as of lately. I'm going to be cheesy and put it this way: My name is Ashley, and I am a workaholic. No, not in the bitches-get-shit-done, work-hard-play-hard, cliche, motivational way. I mean in the addiction way. I feel absolutely worthless when I'm not doing things to advance myself further, so I go to extremes to make sure I am always getting ahead. I panic and refuse to relax. It's a collision of passion and expectations placed on me at a young age. When I was in elementary

This week was very similar to last. In lieu of monsoon season, I find myself lusting for fall and listening to nostalgic music. I shit you not when I say that I'm currently wearing a cardigan and drinking hot coffee while listening to early Death Cab For Cutie and occasionally looking out the window at the cloudy sky. I'm a walking caricature of myself in 2009 at the moment. I'm marinating in my own embarrassment with myself while slouched in a chair writing this in the middle of my favorite coffee shop (duh). Anyways, here's a playlist of a few songs that I loved in 2009 and forgot about. Press play and scroll for inspiration for your Monday morning. My friend Megan and I have the same habit of screenshotting different places we want to check out and compiling them in folders organized by city. I like to go to the location

I don't know about all of you, but my skin is especially sensitive to changes in weather. I've told you all about how Dr. Jart Micro Milk Peel has been my saving grace in the past, and it still helps with the dry summer weather for staying exfoliated and clear. However, I found that for the summer months, I needed a light, gentle routine for my face with all-natural ingredients, as well as natural oils to keep my face and body hydrated and glowing. [show_shopthepost_widget id="2760382"] These amazing products from Peet Rivko make up their essentials kit -- with a cleanser, moisturizer, and face oil. Everything is natural with ingredients coming from sources such as green tea, aloe, and prickly pear oil. Aubrey Plaza happens to be a fan of these folks, so obviously they are doing something right. The cleanser is great for eliminating dirt and excess oil from the face

This morning was serenity in chaos. I woke up to the calamity of a monsoon, rain pouring down, clouds lingering low in the sky. It was the best way for a fresh week to start. I always feel more inspired when the weather is melancholic and rainy -- it installs a sense of self-reflection and heightened insight for me. So, today, I'm sharing some of my visual inspirations that I have found from around the internet this week, paired with a little playlist in a nice package for you.For maximum reading experience, press play and scroll :)I've been dreaming of a more historic and industrial living space as of lately. I want to move to a new city terribly, and I want to have a home that's old and brightly-lit so my plants can thrive. My favorite thing lately has been what I call "freak plants" -- houseplants that are

this summer has been an exploration of different methodologies on how to be my best self and allow myself to be in a good condition. I am the type of person who doesn't exercise even the most basic of self-care out of self-destructive busyness that I disguise in the name of "productivity" -- though I would consider myself to be ahead for my age, this is not healthy. So, every month from here on out, I will be writing a self-care guide to share with you. This will be a compilation of all of my strides and goals with how I take care of myself, which you can try too! I will also be sharing some of my favorite products. This will be something fun to share, and I will be able to hold myself accountable. 1. my self-care checklist You all may have seen this on my instagram story a couple of

Just the other week, I was walking through one of my local goodwills and came across a rattan wastebasket. Just the week before, I was scouring the internet for the perfect rattan pendant lamp for my bedroom, but to no avail -- nothing was exactly how I wanted it, not the material, not the shape. Upon picking up this wastebasket, something clicked for me: why the hell am I looking to drop nearly $100 on something that I can flip upside-down for a sliver of the price? Being the inherently crafty person I have become as I slither into a broke-bitch adulthood, I bought it for $4 and went home. The next day, hanging out with my blogger bff Megan (you have seen @meganjennifer in my stories on IG), I ordered a pendant light online to go with it. The two of us spent a Tuesday afternoon putting together the vision in