The Darling Nomadess: December 2013

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Blogiversary: Favorite Outfits & Posts

Darlings, guess what?! The Darling Prepster turns one year old tomorrow! I can hardly believe its already been a year since I started this blog. It has been such a blessing getting to know each of you through the emails, comments, and through social media. This week goes out to you lovely Darlings who have been with me throughout this past year and to newer readers, too! I've got lots of surprises in store so be sure to check back each day this week for a new surprise! Today, we'll be looking back on 2013's best outfits and posts, according to the statistics that Blogger and Google Analytics provided. 

Top 10: Favorite Outfits
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Top 5: Most Read Posts



Top 10: My Favorite Posts 


What was your favorite post and outfit this past year, Darling?

With Love,
Ashliegh

P.S. To prepare for a future post, if you could ask me any question, what would you ask me? Leave your question in the comments below or hit me up on Twitter or Facebook!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Holiday Baking: Jelly Doughnuts & Peppermint Bark




Hi, I'm Jenny! I blog at Sprinkles & Sundresses.

I'm a sophomore in college blogging about my life as a transfer student, and pretty much everything and anything that I feel like!

I love baking, Gilmore Girls, and anything brightly colored!

Come say hi! I'd love to meet you :)

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Like I said, I love to bake! I could say I love to cook, but mostly I love to bake. Desserts all the way!
Today, I'm going to share two holiday recipes that I made for my family over Thanksgivukkah!

The first recipe is for mini baked jelly doughnuts. Jelly doughnuts are a traditional Hanukkah dessert. Hanukah is all about celebrating the miracle of oil that burned for eight nights when it was only supposed to last for one. All of the traditional Hanukkah foods are fried in oil. I made baked doughnuts rather than fried so it may defeat the traditional purposes but they were still delicious!


You can find the recipe I used here. I followed it almost exactly except for one pretty important part- the filling. The recipe calls for 1 cup of jam mixed with 1/4 cup water. Let me tell you, unless I did something wrong that I didn't realize, that is an absolutely ridiculous amount of filling. I used straight jam and I used about 1/4 cup total. The thing about baking the doughnuts instead of frying them is when they first come out of the oven they look like muffins or cupcakes. That means, you guessed it, they aren't hollow! I still managed to pipe some filling in but it was a pretty tiny amount. If anyone figures out how to fit even close to the amount of filling this recipe calls for, please let me know! 

The second recipe was for a holiday favorite I know everyone loves- peppermint bark!


This one was a huge hit with my family! I used a recipe found here but peppermint bark just calls for melting and re-hardening chocolate. It's super simple. The thing about this recipe that I really liked was that rather than just white chocolate, it called for a layer of milk chocolate in between two layers of white! I opted for semi-sweet instead of milk but I'm sure it would be good either way. 

I didn't let the second layer harden enough before adding the top layer of white chocolate and the semi-sweet started to melt while I was spreading the layer on! That's why it's an awkward shade of brown. It didn't affect the taste at all, I promise! 

The plus side of making peppermint bark? Crushing up candy canes is actually really fun. 

Let me know if you try these recipes! I'd really love to hear from you. I hope you all have wonderful holidays!



Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Blogger Meet Up Recap

Making new friends is probably one of my favorite things about blogging. This past weekend, I was able to spend some time with a great group of Cleveland bloggers! I had a blast chatting about our favorite blogs, tips, giveaways and sponsorships, and blog life in general! It's always great to be able to chat with other people who "get" blogging! 



Bloggers who came to the Meet Up:
Jessica @ Anchored in CLE
Rachael @ Pretty in Pink

Courtney @ Permeating Purpose


Margaret @ Life After Athens


My real life blogging bestie, Rachael put together the meet up with Jessica and they did a great job! We had fun checking out the Ohio City Holiday Festival, the West Side Market and chatting over lunch! 

On our walk to lunch, we passed this giant chalkboard wall! You better believe our inner bloggers were bursting at the seams! We couldn't pass up the opportunity to take a group picture in front of something so unique!

Katie, Mike, Jessica, Rachael, myself (with Kate stealing the show), Lisa, Courtney, and Meredith

you're probably wondering, "What is Ashliegh wearing under her coat!?" Don't you worry, Darling! You bet your pretty penny I did a quick outfit of the day photo shoot! I had to use this time to show off my new Kate Spade bag that I bought on Black Friday that was 75% off the original price! That's basically free! 



Scarf: Gift! 
Vest: Old Navy
Jeans: Old
Boots: ShoeDazzle
Bracelet: c/o Armed & Readi (similar)
Bag: Kate Spade (similar)

Have you ever gone to a blogger meet up or met with a blogger in real life?

With Love,
Ashliegh

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Packing List: Cruise Vacation!

In just a few days I'll be leaving the cold winter wasteland that is Ohio and embarking on a road trip to sunny Florida! Three of my sorority sisters and I planned a cruise with Norweigian Cruise Line this past summer and it has been my light at the end of the tunnel this whole semester. This will be my very first cruise and I cannot be more excited...and nervous! I have no idea what to expect! You bet your pretty penny that I've done countless hours of research for what to wear on Pinterest!

My suitcase hidden in the depths of my closet has been beckoning to be packed. Here is my packing list for next week's trip! Did I forget anything?!


What advice do you have for a first time cruiser? 

With Love,
Ashliegh

Monday, December 9, 2013

Perfect Preppy Gifts for Under $30!


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Looking for a last minute gift for your preppy best friend? Check out my guest post (here) on Perfect Preppy Gifts for Under $30 featured on The Trendy Chick! I can't be the only girl with an Alex and Ani bracelet and Anthropolgie Monogram Mug on my wish list! 

What would you get your best friend for Christmas?



With Love,
Ashliegh


Sunday, December 8, 2013

My Skin Regimen

While the worst of my acne days are over, I still have a considerable amount of acne for a 22-year-old. I've tried everything on the market to clear up this issue, and, unfortunately, I don't think I'll ever be rid of acne as it runs in my family. 

For those of you who struggle with acne-prone skin, too, here are my tips for keeping my skin as clear as possible: 

Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water! This assists your body in flushing out toxins and other bacteria that could be causing the issue.

Don't pick! This is the toughest one for me and its such a bad habit that I'm trying to break! Do your best to not pick at any break outs. Picking at it can actually spread the bacteria to other areas causing more break outs!

Always wash your make up off at the end of each day! Don't let all that dirt and make up settle into your pores during your skins most important hours! While you're getting your beauty sleep, your skin is hard at work rejuvenating itself; don't let it battle with the makeup, too! 

Below are the products I use to keep acne away and keep my skin looking healthy!

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Aveeno makes great noncomedongenic products that won't clog your pores. Their Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser lathers well and leaves my skin feeling fresh. A good cleanser is the base of any good skincare regimen! Every morning, I look forward to applying the Smart Essentials Anti-Fatigue Eye Treatment to de-puff my sleepy eyes from the lack of sleep I get each night! The cooling roller ball feels so good on my tired eyes!

Say Yes To Tomatoes is a fantastic organic care line created specifically for acne-prone skin in mind! The Roller Ball Spot Stick offers a quick go-to product that diminishes pimples quickly. I only apply it once a day, usually at night, so it doesn't dry out my skin.

Lastly, I use Mary Kay's Botanical Effects Hydrate as my moisturizer right now. It's very light so it works well with my skin in the warmer months. Lately, it's not heavy enough for my dry winter skin as I need to apply two layers to combat the dryness. If you know of a great moisturizer, I'm on the hunt for one! 

What skincare products do you use?

With Love,
Ashliegh






Monday, December 2, 2013

Perfect Gifts for Sorority Women

Two of my favorite sorority jewelry companies are having crazy awesome sales for Cyber Monday! A-List Greek Designs offers fun and trendy customized sorority jewelry while Nava NY takes a more traditional and elegant approach to their pieces! Whichever you chose (I chose both!) you're bound to find great deals for your favorite sorority woman!

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Every sister is a gift! Keep them close to your heart this holiday season with A-List Greek DesignsUse code "CM2013" for  25% off today only for Cyber Monday on all custom sorority jewelry, including their best-selling hand stamped heart necklaces and bracelets, the perfect gift for any sorority woman in your life!

If you decide you want to purchase an item that is not custom made, you can use code "Ashliegh" for  10% off your order and receive free shipping! 

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Nava NY is having a fabulous 50% off sale through tomorrow on their gorgeous pearl bracelets and necklaces! Use code PEARL50 at checkout to receive your discount on Cyber Monday! 

Where will you shop on Cyber Monday? 

With Love,
Ashliegh

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