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February 19, 2017

How to Celebrate Your 30s

They say time flies and holy sh*t it really does;  I can't believe it's been more than a year since I celebrated my 30th birthday in Palm Springs. If you've been following me for awhile, you know I like to throw a good party, especially when it comes to birthdays. We've got to celebrate the milestones, am I right? Whether you're about to turn 30 or celebrating the 4th anniversary of your 30th birthday, I thought I'd share some of my favorite ways to make the day special. If you don't usually go all out for your birthday, I'll give you some more low key options. Either way, 30+ is not a time to sulk or feel old, it's a time to celebrate life, let loose and feel young again (insert Young AF letter balloons). Now let's talk how to celebrate:

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palm springs birthday party, 30th birthday ideas, how to celebrate your birthday


{Go Big or Go Home} 

Grab your closest friends and/or family members, rent an Airbnb or block out rooms in a hotel and PARTAY. There is nothing more amazing than having all of your loved ones together to enjoy and celebrate your day.

- themes are always a good idea 

- create a Mimosa Bar or Margarita Bar or...just a bar 

- create an Itinerary for the weekend, it will get your guests super excited and make them feel special too 

- floaties, cameras and champs are a must

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palm springs birthday party, 30th birthday ideas, how to celebrate your birthday


{Relaxing Getaway} 

Ok, so you may not want to go  that big. I actually like to switch off every other year and do  something over the top then something a little more mellow. Why not plan a relaxing getaway with your significant other or best friend to kick off another year of life? or a staycation?

- book a hotel

- plan a spa treatment (even a mani + pedi gets your access to spa amenities)

- make a dinner reservation + get dressed up

 This year I went to Catalina Island with Andy and it was so amazing. We basically played tourists, had a spa day and ate...a lot. It was perfect!

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catalina vacation, getaway, vacation ideas, 30th birthday ideas, how to celebrate your birthday

{Go Camping (or Glamping)}

More of an adventurer than pool party girl? Pick an area you've always wanted to go (I'd recommend Big Sur).

- plan a weekend of hikes, horseback riding and relaxing

- bring all of your favorite foods to cook over the fire 

- snuggle up to the people you love most 

- s'mores cannot be forgotten 
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If you're looking for some fun places to travel to celebrate your birthday, I've done a bunch of travel guides that are super helpful when planning!

LA Westside | Eastern Caribbean Cruise | Weekend in Chicago | Big Sur | New Orleans  | Weekend on Catalina Island


And for those of you gals living it up in your 30s, I hope you're enjoying my #thisis30 talk. I'm excited for a post coming later this week that's all about YOUR commentary on how awesome 30 is.

Don't forget your packing list! 😉

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February 17, 2017

Catalina Getaway

Heading into the long weekend wishing it wasn't going to rain the whole time! LA, get it together. In case you may be planning a getaway I wanted to share some more snaps from our Catalina trip:

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As you can tell, we had a few rainy days and one glorious sunny day! If you read my Travel Guide then you know we made the best of the weather and explored every part of the island.  It really is a perfect weekend getaway and just a hop, skip, and jump away from LA. (ie: boat ride).

I hope you guys have a fabulous and dry 3-day weekend!

February 14, 2017

Adventures are Better in Pairs

For the past few years one of my big goals has been to travel more; big trips, local trips, and everything in between. Slowly and slowly I'm convincing Andy to jump on the adventure train. He's either really starting to dig traveling or realized if he didn't attempt to start liking it, I would be away traveling all the time and he would never see me. I'm going to go with the former. 

A few weeks ago we took our first trip of 2017 to Catalina Island and it was better than I could've ever imagined, in part because we've both never spent any real time on the Island. There's something magical about experiencing a new place together for the first time! As we were planning our trip I was pretty adamant about a refined packing list - Andy will legit pack 2x more than I do sometimes. His excuse? "My shoes are bigger!" Anywho, we partnered with Hush Puppies on this trip to share the launch of their new spring line that is all about casual and carefree styles. They were the perfect shoes to get us through the weekend! 

During our trip I also may or may not have made Andy do a little q+a with me (on top of the one we did for Boxfox)! I know, girlfriend of the year award over here. Scroll down to see our fun little banter! 

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beach couple shots, hush puppies shoes, what to wear in Catalina, traveling with your boyfriend
beach couple shots, hush puppies shoes, what to wear in Catalina, traveling with your boyfriend

 {couples q+a}

Ash: Describe me in one word. 
Andybeautiful
Andy: Describe ME in one word!
Ashbut you're so many more words than just one 


Andy: Are flip flops ever okay?
AshYes, but NEVER in the workplace. I don't care how casual your office is... looking at you ANDY FISHER!


Ash: Favorite place to get takeout from?

AndyCentanni 
AshYASS, best Italian ever!


Andy: How do you feel about going to sleep before double digits on the clock?
AshStrictly forbidden... LIVE a little!

Ash: What is your favorite outfit I wear?
Andycasual in jeans and a tee with no makeup





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beach couple shots, hush puppies shoes, what to wear in Catalina, traveling with your boyfriend

{andy's outfit: globe chinos // polar island shirt - similar here and here // bold yahman slip-ons // ahlem sunnies}

If you follow me on IG stories or snapchat, you know Andy and I are pretty laid back. These are typical weekend outfits for us, especially since we live by the beach. The Abney Chrissie sandal  and his bold yahman slip-ons are perfect casual styles for us coastal kids! 

What are you guys doing for Valentine's day? If you still need a few ideas for tonight, check out my post from last week. I think we're probably staying and making dinner. Maybe I'll subject Andy to watching Serendipity or something!

Psst... get all the deets on our vacation via my Catalina Island Travel Guide

This post is sponsored by Hush Puppies. Per the usual, all sentiments are my own! 

February 13, 2017

it Cosmetics Giveaway!

Happy Monday everyone! This week we're giving away a ton of it cosmetics goodies, we're talking $350 worth of product. I've fallen in love with their bronzers and highlighters over the past year or so, as well as their makeup remover and confidence in a cream! This is a chance for you to try ALL. THE. THINGS. 

Make sure you follow the directions below to enter! 

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Confidence in a Cream $48 | This deeply hydrates, restores radiance and reduces the look of pores 

Bye Bye Makeup Cleansing Balm $38 | 3 in 1 cleanser purifying makeup remover and anti aging serum for better looking skin 

Bye Bye Pores Primer $38 | Good bye pores... get that perfect, smooth makeup look 

Anti-Aging Armour $38 | A game-changing, multitasking beauty fluid that protects, hydrates and evens the look of skintone 

Heavenly Skin Bye Bye Pores Powder Brush $58 | Skincare infused brush hair for flawless looking skin and makeup

Brush Set $68 |  Includes powder brush, blush brush, foundation brush, eyeshadow brush, and crease brush

Superhero Stretch Volumizing Mascara $24 | Your lashes will grow in seconds! This has superhero powers ;) 

Je Ne Sais Quoi Complexion Perfection $42 | Includes lighting luminizer, bye bye pores pressed powder, bye bye pores blush and compact bronzer



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A Very LA Valentines

Valentine's Day came early for Andy and I this year and it was a treat! On Saturday we spent the day having a very LA Valentine's Day: shopping on Rodeo and dinner at the Beverly Wilshire.  The Blvd gave us a sneak peek into their Valentine's Day menu and it was incredible; indulgent is an understatement. If you live in LA and don't have plans for tomorrow night then you may or may not want to sneakily send this post to your significant other for a little "inspo" - haha! Or just go ahead and book it for yourself and some gf's. You know my motto? Treat your self!

Scroll down to see scenes from our Vday, favorites from the special menu, and deets on our outfits.

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rodeo drive date night, beverly wilshire, valentine's day ideas, everyday pursuits boyfriend, couples outfit ideas

First thing's first: champs! The 4 course Valentine's Day menu comes with a glass of Moet & Chandon rosé, which we can all agree, is the perfect way to start out any romantic meal. You can individually pick your starter and main dish and I suggest you and your partner each get something different so you can taste ALL. THE. THINGS! The Lobster Tart is more like a pot pie of sorts and has delicious chunks of lobster in it. I've never had a Sweet Potato Bisque like the one they served... it is so flavorful, especially with the cinnamon cream on top. Andy got the Black Truffle Risotto and I got the Veal Chop for our mains. First off, presentation... I mean, you know it's going to be amazing when it looks too beautiful to eat! Both dishes really complimented each other, so Andy and I ended up switching back and forth. My mouth is watering just writing this!

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beverly wilshire dinner, the blvd, rodeo drive date night, where to eat on rodeo
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Make sure to pace yourselves because the mains are rich and decadent but just wait until you see dessert! We were lucky enough to try all the Valentine's Day desserts including the Heartbreaker. The Heartbreaker is literally an edible heart (the most insane white chocolate) filled with dozens of chocolate truffles inside. The best part is that it comes with a malot that you use to break open the heart. I mean, c'mon, sooo cute! It's hard to pick a favorite because they were all so divine. Give me chocolate truffle anything and I'm in!

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Needless to say it was an indulgent experience but holy moly so worth it. The service at Beverly Wilshire is also out of control amazing; you've never seen anything like it. It's really such a 'treat yourself' kind of experience that was so special to share with Andy. Afterward I may have also treated myself to a new Gucci belt. EEK!



It's safe to say we'll probably be spending tomorrow on the couch but this Vday experience was one for the books, plus now Andy can say he bought me flowers for Vday (thanks bouqs)! Wishing you guys a week filled with love. 


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