The Darling Nomadess: 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Favorite Outfits & Posts of 2014

Happy New Year, Darlings! Can you believe today is The Darling Daily's second blogiversary!? It's been an incredible two years. When I started this little blog two years ago, I had no idea how important it would be to me and how many blessings it would bring into my life!

2014 was one wild ride with graduation and a rebrand in May, getting a DSLR, my sisters weddings,  deciding to travel, working 80 hours a week to afford that travel, and now actually experiencing that travel. Though I have gone off the radar a bit the past few months, I have been thinking a lot about all the posts that I want to write and the future direction of this little corner of the universe. 

I want to give a HUGE thank you to you darlings who continue to inspire me with your comments, emails, and shout outs on social media. I love watching each of your blogs grow and getting to know you. Over the past two years in Blogland, I feel like I haven't shared enough stories about who I am and my experiences so in 2015, I truly hope to give an even more authentic idea of who I am outside of the pretty photos and advice posts. With that said, here were the favorite outfits and posts of 2014 here on The Darling Daily!

Top 5: Favorite Outfits
1 // 2 // 3 // (forgot to blog about this one but it was a favorite, haha…whoops…) // 5

Top 5: Most Read Posts
*You guys seemed to have really enjoyed the college posts this year! 

Top 5: My Favorite Posts

Happy New Year!

With Love,
Ashliegh


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Stocking Stuffers for the Fashionista

Thanks to Boden for sponsoring today's discussion! All opinions are 100% my own. 

The Holiday season is in full swing back in the states and I am definitely missing it! While European countries do celebrate Christmas, there isn't as much of an emphasis put on the holiday…or at least yet anyways. Christmas is still 15 days away!

Finding the perfect gifts for your girlfriends can be a bit difficult, but especially finding the perfect stocking stuffers for the stylish lady in your life! I found that Boden has helped me with some ideas to fill a stocking to open on Christmas morning. I even ordered a few items for myself and can't wait til they make their way into my arms here in Europe (that means some fashion posts will be coming soon, yay!!). 

Scarf // Card holder // Belt // Necklace // Cozy Socks 

Scarves -  While it's not too cold in Rome yet, I know it is freezing back home. A big cozy blanket scarf is the perfectly cozy and stylish way to stay warm this winter! I actually just ordered this exact scarf and CANNOT wait for it to make it's way to me in Europe!

Skinny Belts - Another versatile and stylish item, skinny belts would be an easy item to place in a stocking! One in a fun leopard pattern would definitely be a hit!

Card Holder - A practical and cute gift is another must for any stocking! Perhaps a card holder with a gift card to your fashionista's favorite place to shop would be appropriate?

Jewelry - What true fashionista doesn't love jewelry? A few statement necklaces, bracelets, or rings would definitely do the trick!

Cozy Socks - You know those thick cozy socks with the grips on the bottom that kids wear? I always loved getting them for Christmas as a child. Well, for a more adult upgrade, a pair of fair isle patterned sweater socks would feel ultra lux and so cozy!


From Sunday, December 14th, 2014 to Sunday, January 4th, 2015, Boden will be offering up to 50% off EVERYTHING with code 9E3A! Can't wait til Sunday to start shopping? Tonight you can use code HC25 to get 25% off everything and get free premium shipping! Click here to start shopping! 

What would you put in a stocking?

With Love,
Ashliegh

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Date in Columbus: Bear's Den Concert

Sometimes dating can get monotonous. The guy picks you up. You go to some chain restaurant like Olive Garden or Outback Steakhouse. You watch a recently released movie at the theater. You might go out for drinks after or you may end up just going home. Repeat. 

Every once in a great while you'll get an excellent date that has a little more thought put into it. Maybe he'll do some serious research to find a hidden gem of a restaurant that will totally blow your mind with their delicious butternut squash soup and ginger beer. Maybe he'll introduce you to an awesome indie rock band weeks in advance that you find your self listening to on repeat and then take you to their concert. Maybe he'll do both and then some.

About a month ago, Alex took me on the best first date a girl could ask for. At the time, we had been cooped up in Sandusky for far too long and working far too many hours at Cedar Point. We needed a break and so Alex planned an awesome first date for us in Ohio's capital city. 


Of course, like any girl when invited on a date, I instantly began to think of what I would wear for such an occasion. Typically I would wear skinny jeans with a nice blouse and heels for a dinner and movie date; however, for a nice dinner and concert date, I would need something that was a balance between dressy enough for a trendy restaurant and cool enough to fit in with an indie concert crowd. Also, with the unpredictable Ohio weather, I would need an outfit with layers.

A little black dress with a chambray and scarf thrown over it was perfect. It was great to have the extra layers while walking around town and having the ability to take the chambray off when I was warmed up by the crowd in Columbus's Basement venue.

After a few hour road trip to Columbus, our first stop was to the Till Dynamic Fare Restaurant, a trendy and hip little restaurant near The Ohio State University.  The restaurant features unique selections that are made from organic and local produce and offered a wonderful vegan menu, too (Alex is a vegetarian). We were treated to delicious butternut squash soup and ginger beers that I still dream about to this day. The decor resembled that of a NYC find and I loved the small edgy details such as the bar menu written on the wall covered in chalkboard paint. Since I was on a date, I wasn't going to break out the camera so you'll have to go check out the restaurant next time you're in Columbus. ;)



After a relaxing and filling dinner, we headed to The Basement to see a band called Bear's Den. The opening acts were exceptionally good as well! Christof, a Dutch alternative folk singer, kicked off the concert. He left everyone's hearts melted and feeling left in a daze with his distinctive voice and inspiring lyrics. His music is truly beautiful. I would recommend you listen to "Cuckoo" on his Springtime EP (2010).

Vancouver natives Dan Mangan + Blacksmith took the stage next (pictured above). I have to be honest, Alex had me listen to Dan Mangan long before the concert and I wasn't a fan. After hearing him at the concert, my mind was quickly changed. Another unique voice, it's a bit on the rough side but I enjoy the folksy whimsical music that accompanies his newer music. I enjoy his 2007 album, Postcards and Daydreaming, and find the music to be relaxing and thoughtfully done. I really enjoy "Sold" (2010) and "Journal of a Narcoleptic" (2007).

After a long intermission, the headlining band finally crawled out of the den. Bear's Den is one of the few bands that I can listen to on repeat. All.Day.Long. I enjoyed their music before the concert and after hearing them live, I enjoy it even more. There are so many great songs I recommend you just download their new album "Islands" (2014) now. Go. Do it now. You won't regret it. The easiest way for me to describe this band is just simply adorable. Their lyrics, their music, their whole look. Just adorable. Dancing with Alex to our favorite songs was definitely the highlight of the whole night (my goodness, when did I become a romantic?). My favorite songs include "Agape," "The Love We Stole," and "Bad Blood."

After going out for a few drinks and some food, we ended the night at The Wayfaring Buckeye Hostel. I was a bit nervous about staying at a hostel at first but this was so nice! It was a gorgeous and trendy hostel that offered everything you may need - bikes to ride around town, free wifi, towels and sheets, breakfast, the whole works. For my first hostel experience, I hope this doesn't ruin me for all the hostels I'll be staying in during my time in Europe, haha!

It was definitely a wonderful evening. I'm so grateful to Alex for showing that he cares in such a unique way and introducing me to excellent music (guys, right before I left for Italy he downloaded Bear's Den's newest album to my laptop without me even knowing! You can be sure I was so surprised and one happy girl when I found it later!).

What's the best date you've ever been on? What bands do you recommend?

With Love,
Ashliegh


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Where in the World Wednesday: Roman Forum




I wasn't planning on touring the Roman Forum quite yet but when you stumble into an area that is so rich with history and beauty, it stops you dead in your tracks. 

I needed to escape from the house and was feeling mighty adventurous so I decided to go to the Piazza di Popolo alone for the first time. I didn't really want to see any big tourist traps on this particular day, rather I just wanted to explore the side streets, get a little lost, find the most perfect gelato, take some photos, and find my way home. Instead, I found myself wandering some side streets and stumbling into the Roman Forum. All hopes of finding gelato was forgotten.

I started wandering deeper and deeper into this historic district. I found it amazing to look around and see that Rome truly is an Eternal City. Among its preserved monuments are also more modern buildings in the not-so-far distance and street food vendors, sites I'm sure the ancient Romans would be just as much in awe in as we modern people are over the ancient ruins. 




At the same moment the Colosseum came into my view for the first time, a torrential downpour began at the same time. Of course, I was caught without an umbrella and was immediately swarmed by scammers trying to sell me a cheaply made umbrella for $20. Haha, yeahhhno. So I just tied my scarf over my head and continued my onward walk to the Colosseum being drenched to my bones on the way.

My first view of the Colosseum. I had to promptly put my camera away after this photo, unfortunately. I hope to go back soon for more photos and exploring.

What historic sites have you seen, if even from your hometown?!

With Love,
Ashliegh

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Inside My Mind: Thoughts In an Airport

In all my previous travels, I never experienced travel anxiety. That is until I took my first transatlantic flight last week. I may or may not have had a minor meltdown in the airport parking lot. It wasn't even nerves from thinking scenarios like "Taken" would happen or that my plane would crash or anything like that. Below are some of the thoughts I had while in the airport. Please, just embrace the cursing. We've all been there. I literally wrote this post while in the terminals for authenticity.


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HOLY S*** I'M MOVING TO EUROPE. WHAT THE F*** AM I DOING.

I can't wait to see awesome historical sights.

Only 18 days until I see Alex!

*Side note: I'm now dating a German named Alex. Surprise!

Wow, I made it through security pretty quickly…I can't believe they let me take this giant a** backpack as a carry on…

*Side note: This backpack gave me a lot of trouble in London. Silly Brits, they travel with hardly any carry on baggage at all!

Yes dude, this backpack is bigger than me but don't you worry, I may be small but I am strong!

OMFG I'M GOING TO EUROPE.

What if the kids hate me? What if I don't make any friends? Am I friendly?!

What if I can't figure out the public transportation?

What if I'm robbed by a gypsy on public transportation?

HOLY F*** I'M MOVING TO EUROPE!!! THIS IS GOING TO BE SO AWESOME! Who cares if I'm almost robbed, maybe I'll have the guts to tell them off and then that would be an awesome story to tell!

Do I know enough Italian to tell someone off in Italy? Maybe I should practice more…nah, let's practice German.

*Side note: Alex has been teaching me German and I have completely rediscovered my love for language learning. In high school I studied both French and Spanish. In college I just about lost that language-learning passion after an awful experience with my Spanish professor. If you're causing students to hate your class and a language all together, you're obviously doing something wrong.

I can't wait to see Amsterdam during New Year's!

OMFG I'M MOVING TO EUROPE. Am I sure I want to do this? Ashliegh, it's not too late. You can always leave the airport and go home.

Why the hell would I do that? Let's make Europe home!

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Have you ever experienced travel anxiety? How did you deal with it? 

Make sure to link up your travel photos on Instagram to be featured in my new weekly series - Where In The World Wednesdays! Use the hashtag #DarlingTravels and your photo could be featured on the blog! Not on Instagram? Just email me the photo with a short description! Photos can be as old or new as you want! Can't wait to see where you darlings have been!

With Love,
Ashliegh


Monday, November 17, 2014

My 5 Favorite Inspirational Travel Quotes





Flickr: london / Creative Commons



Thank you everyone for your continuous support on this journey! I have safely arrived in Italy and am loving the great city of Rome! Make sure to follow along on my European adventure on Instagram and Facebook. Join in on the travel fun with the #DarlingTravels!

With Love,
Ashliegh



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Home

Home has always been a difficult term for me to describe to others. For me, I call any place I'm currently living in home. At the end of my senior year, my sorority sister's had given me a senior superlative - the Nomad Award, obviously very fitting. Everywhere I have travelled and lived have been places where I left my heart. I leave my heart time and time again in NYC every time I visit. I left my heart at Chicago's Navy Pier when I visited in the 7th grade. I left my heart in Costa Rica when I studied abroad 2 summers ago. I left my heart at Ashland University, where I met many of my lifelong friends. As I move to Europe, I am sure that I will find another home as well. 

While all of these places I may consider home, there is the one home that is the standard "this is home." You know what I mean. It's the physical building that you may have grown up in. You may still have a bedroom there filled with your childhood sentiments that bring back a serious case of nostalgia. For the past week, I've revisited this home. 

It's weird to go back to the place of all those memories I try to remember and other memories to not remember. It sounds cliche but the best way for me to sum up home is in a quote from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - 

“It’s a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You realize what’s changed, is you.” 

While here I made a point to eat lunch at the two restaurants I waitressed at in high school - Oser's Dairy & Deli and Sister's Century House Restaurant. Not a single thing had changed since 2010 (the year I went away to college). Same menus, same decor, same hours, same customers and workers. While at Oser's, I heard a young boy's voice yell "Ashliegh!" from behind me. Startled, I turned around. When I realized it was the voice of  a much older gentleman, I was instantly humbled and saddened. My former boss's once deep voice had left him during a stroke. 

Announcing my great European adventure was a whole other story. Many expressed concern for my travels and asked many questions to ensure that I had done my research. Other's told scary stories that they probably got from movies like "Taken." Those who expressed their own desires to travel were far and few. I guess I should expect something like that from a small town. Sometimes home sucks you in and releases so much nostalgia within you, it can be hard to let go. 

It's ok to stay if it's something that makes you genuinely happy and allows you to reach your highest potential. For me, I know there is more out there to explore, to experience, and to enjoy. 

With Love,
Ashliegh

Monday, October 20, 2014

2-Minute Microwave Quiche

Living in a dorm situation always proves to be an interesting experience that often forces one to be creative. From organization and storage to cleaning and cooking, you definitely learn to maximize your resources. 

While I was spoiled with a full kitchen in the college dorms, the employee dorms where I'm currently located are much more rustic. Supplied with only a microwave, eating healthy has never been more difficult. Thankfully, I'm all for experimenting and and have made a few different versions of this 2-minute microwave quiche in a mug. 

Whether you're staying in a college dorm or hostel, or just need something in a pinch, this recipe is for you! 


Needs:
Microwaveable Mug
Egg Beaters (Egg Whites)
Salt
Pepper
Bread
Milk
Cheese (I prefer swiss cheese)
Other mix ins such as cherry tomatoes, avocado, zucchini, peppers, etc.

Instructions:
1. Fill the mug 1/4 full with the egg beaters.
2. Stir in a tablespoon of milk and add a little bit of salt and pepper. 
3. Tear bread into small pieces. 
4. Add in bread, cheese, and and mix ins. Stir.
5. Place in microwave for 1.5-2 minutes. Make sure to watch the mug because the quiche will grow out of the mug. If this happens, just open the door to the microwave, allow the quiche to fall back into the cup and finish cooking. 

The great thing about this recipe is that you can be flexible with the mix ins. You can add in what you want or have on hand. I enjoy my quiche with avocado and zucchini. 



Have you ever made a microwaveable meal in a mug? I would love to hear your suggestions!

With Love,
Ashliegh

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

She Believed She Could...

Today's post really hits home for me. Zoe from La Vie en Zoe is such an inspiration as she blogs about her study abroad travels and I'm honored to have her write this piece on The Darling Daily. While I was able to study abroad in Costa Rica for a month, I always dreamed of studying in Europe. Preparing for my upcoming 3 month trip to Italy is terrifying and exhilarating all at once. I've been working my tail end off to save up some money for the trip (80 hours, darlings. No wonder I've been M.I.A. lately!). While the hours can get overwhelming I just keep in mind that all the hard work will be worth it when I'm living my dream in Italia. Doubts be gone as they have no time or place here! 

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I wear this bracelet every day, and on it I have my mantra stamped.


“She believed she could, so she did.”


If a year ago you had told me that I would be living in a different country, speaking a different language, away from my parents and my beloved university, away from my sorority, my friends, and everything I knew, I would have laughed politely and called you crazy.


Here I am, friends. That crazy dream, that crazy fantasy, the nights I would lay awake thinking about France and baguettes, about traveling and seeing the world, those things are no longer dreams. They are very, very real.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Traveling Jeans

Hello October! This is going to be an incredibly busy month for me as I prepare for my one-way trip to Rome, Italy in November! Yep, you read that right, darling! In 6 weeks, I'll be packing my life into a backpack and uprooting to Rome where I'll be an au pair. I'm so excited for this next chapter of my life to begin and also extremely nervous! I feel like this is kind of spontaneous as I don't have much time to plan every last detail of the trip. It's an exhilarating feeling!

While I've been working excessively to save up every last penny for the trip, days off can be relaxing and also hectic. During the day I try to get as much done as possible in regards to researching Europe, any travel paperwork, and of course, trying to keep up with this beloved blog (evenings are saved for time with friends and at the beach). With Cedar Point so close, why not stage some fun photo shoots with the coasters and rides as a backdrop?! Halloween is right around the corner so the park is decked out for the spooky holiday. Hopefully, I'll be able to show you ore of the scenery in the coming weeks! For now, here's the carousel and a coaster called the "Corkscrew."


Vest: BooHoo (sold out) // Tee: Old // Jeans: ℅ J.Leer Brand // Boots: Old // Scarf: Old // Necklace: Old


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Drink Pink!

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for mike's hard lemonade. I received product samples to facilitate my review. This post is designed for a 21+ audience. Please drink responsibly. 

Relaxing is something I've never been good at doing. I'm always on the go and always doing something whether it's blogging, cleaning, working…you know...everything but relaxing. Every once in a while, I'll take some time to enjoy beautiful weather at the beach. With a good book. And pretty pink alcohol as an added bonus. 


Mike's hard pink lemonade is the perfect lakeside (oceanside, poolside…wherever) drink. Using real lemons, both the zest and juice, Mikes Hard Lemonade Co. has been providing some of the best tasting beverages for 15 years. 

October may bring chillier weather but these chilly drinks remind us that it's also a month to spread awareness of breast cancer. With the pretty pink color, mike's hard pink lemonade has been a seasonal flavor since 2009 in support of breast cancer research and has contributed more than $1 million is support of the cause. Cheers to that!


This pretty drink also makes the best drink for #MyMikesMoment with girlfriends! Just pour it into a few goblets (or these adorable DIY striped glasses) and add some fruit! Supporting a great cause while enjoying girlfriend time? What could be better?

Where would you have your #MyMikesMoment?

With Love,
Ashliegh

Friday, September 26, 2014

Relaxing at the Beach

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Ame & Lulu. I received product samples to facilitate my review.”

The weather has started to cool down significantly the past few weeks so when we had a "heat wave" come through earlier this week, I knew I wanted to spend some time at the local beach one last time. While it's no Caribbean Sea, Lake Erie is gorgeous and offers a nice place to just relax (though I'm not sure how chemically stable the water is, haha). While it's almost time to pack up the Jacks, this Ame & Lulu tote will definitely have it's fair share of appearances this season. 

Dress: Old // Crochet Top: Old // Sandals: Jack Rogers // Necklace: Gift // Bag: ℅ Ame & Lulu


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Summer 2014 Beauty Favorites


With yesterday marking the first official day of fall, it's time to say adios to summer 2014! Summer 2014 was one of my favorites with attending HerConference, meeting my favorite bloggers, hanging out with friends, traveling to Boston, and my sisters' weddings! Among all the excitement, my makeup collection has nearly tripled and I've gained some new favorites.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

How To: Rockstar Ponytail

This post is sponsored by Global Influence Network on behalf of Tresemme. 

Ever since I purchased this utility vest, I feel like my sense of style has gotten a little more edgy. This includes my overall look, too. i've been rocking a smokey eye more often and transform my hair from wearing it in its usual style. Typically, I either leave it down straight or use hot curlers to give it lots of volume and curl. Lately, I've been keeping the volume, but wearing my hair in a ponytail that parallels popular hairstyles on the red carpet. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

My Rules for Life (+giveaway)

Cheers, Darlings!

// Dessert is always an option. What is dinner without it? Or why not just have dessert instead of dinner?

// If you want something, do whatever it takes to make it happen. Even if it means selling your beloved Kate Spade handbag. Thank you, future European Adventure.

// Be nice and do nice things for people.

// Write thank you notes. To everyone. For everything. For Anything. This one is important: write them to your professors at the end of every semester. Students rarely do this and professors appreciate it. Do this especially if you feel like you need a grade boost. I'm just sayin'. Works like a charm ;D

// #NoDrama. Consider the other person's perspective before arguing/blowing up on them. Lately, there's been too much drama going on in my life. Chill out or get out.

// Challenge yourself. Currently, I'm challenging myself to learn as much Italian as possible in the next 6 weeks. It's incredible what we can do when we set our minds to it!

// Make Wine Wednesdays a thing. You won't regret it. It's always nice to take time to relax and enjoy good company.

// Don't wait around for things to happen. Go out and make them happen.

// Get involved in something you're passionate about! Whether it's an organization, hobby, or profession, be fueled by passion!

// Make up hashtags for formal and informal events.

// I have 12 hours to mope around after a breakup. After those 12 hours, I better find something else to focus my attention on. Why waste time moping around when I could be happy?

// Always dress up. I tend to be over dressed 99% of the time.

// If people don't like you that's their problem, not yours. Be you and be authentic. Don't let them bring you down.

// Never drunk text boys. Just don't. I always text my girlfriends (or my little brother for some reason…) if I feel the desire to text.

// Make your bed every morning. Odd, I know, but since I've started doing this, my days are more productive and my mood is boosted!

// Take a chance and travel. Even if you can't afford it.

// High heels. High Standards. Pearls Everyday.

Now it's your turn to add on! What are your rules for life?

With Love,
Ashliegh

*Disclaimer: for rules dealing with alcohol, please drink responsibly.

P.S. Here's an awesome giveaway in honor of Erica's blogiversary! Happy 1-year Blogiversary to Coming Up Roses


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What's in my Bag? Fall 2014 Edition

Today's discussion is sponsored by Affinitas. 



With the long hours I work this season, my purse has become a black hole for anything and everything so I can make it through the day.  You can often find an extra set of clothes, various snacks (and their empty wrappers), a bathing suit and probably a kitchen sink and lost kitten, too. Only kidding on the last two. Though I wish I had a kitten to carry around…

While the outfit changes daily and the bathing suit may be removed from the bag as the weather cools down (my workplace is right on a beach so I sometimes go hangout on the beach after hours), most of the base items in my purse stay the same. The main items are:

//Reading Book: Currently I'm reading Creativity, Inc. I actually got this book in my swag bag from HerConference. I've been reading it while on my lunch break.
//Wallet: Duh. 
//Tic Tacs or gum: I'm all about that fresh breath. Especially if I'm talking to customers all.day.long. 
//Umbrella: You never know when a storm may come rolling through off the lake! I was actually caught in a monsoon after work and forgot to pack my umbrella. I will never let that happen again! 
//Phone: Again, duh. 
//Makeup:  Rrecognize my current favorites from Younique and Neutrogena? While I don't have to worry about touching up my makeup most of the time, sometimes it's just nice to have for just incase or if I want to reapply while I'm running to happy hour. 
//Notebook & Planner: I write everything down. You never know when a blog idea will hit ya or you remember something for the to do list. 
//Affinitas Cupcake Panty: With long hours at work, sometimes I just want a complete change when I change out of my uniform and into street clothes. The adorable cupcake packaging hides underwear inside. It's great for when my bag accidentally tips and spills at the office; no one knows what's hidden inside! The underwear comes in hipster or thongs and they're perfect for on the go. 




Affinitas is currently holding a scholarship sweepstakes and giving away a $1000 scholarship and a "Super Bakers Dozen" (16 cupcake panties)! To enter, simply go to www.wearacupcake.com to complete the registration form and complete the instructions.
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 //Post a pic of your acceptance letter next to your congratulatory cupcake!
 //Tag Affinitas and hashtag #wearacupcake

What's in your bag this season, darlings?

With Love,
Ashliegh

Friday, September 12, 2014

Healthy Snacking: Popcorn Recipes

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SkinnyGirlSnacks #CollectiveBias

Throughout college, popcorn was always a go to snacking option. I kept it well stocked in my dorm room and now that I'm in the post-grad world, it continues to appear in my cabinet. One thing about popcorn is that the bags are large enough to share with friends, but way too much for just one person to eat.  Thankfully, Skinnygirl just released their new mini bag popcorn!

With the transition from college to post-grad life also comes the loss of the Rec Center and dining hall. I lucked out at Ashland University because our dining hall always had healthy options and a state-of-the-art rec center. I want to maintain my weight (post-grad 15 exists, too, people!) by snacking healthy. I love that the new Skinnygirl popcorn allows me to indulge in a favorite snack but without the guilt!

These snack size bags of popcorn are only 25 calories each, contains no artificial colors, sweeteners, flavors or high fructose corn syrup. These found-at-Walmart mini bags of popcorn come in interesting flavor options like Lime & Salt and a classic Butter & Sea Salt blend, too! I recently had some fun trying to remix my popcorn to prevent a rutt in my health options and created two fun popcorn recipes: Lime-Taco flavored popcorn and Pumpkin Spice flavored popcorn, just in time for the fall season. 


If you're looking for something zesty with a little bit of heat this will be perfect for you. I placed a bag of Skinnygirl Popcorn in Lime & Salt in the microwave for the recommended time on the bag. Once the popcorn was popped, I poured 1/2 tablespoon of taco mix and 1/2 tablespoon of chili mix into the bag. Shake it all up until popcorn is covered and enjoy! Easy peasy! 




With the recent release of Starbuck's popular Pumpkin Spice Latte, I was inspired to create a spin off on the popcorn. I just placed a bag of the popcorn in the microwave for the recommended time. Once it was all popped, I but 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of pumpkin spice mix into the bag. Again, I shook it all up until the popcorn was covered! Enjoy!



I found the new Skinnygirl popcorn in the popcorn and soda aisle at my local Walmart! 



How do you remix your popcorn?

With Love,
Ashliegh

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Younique Beauty Review


Earlier this week I reviewed Younique's 3D Fiber Lash Mascara and loved it. My consultant, Jamie, also sent me a wide variety of their products to review, too! What I love about Younique is that their products are made cruelty free and many are all natural. 

I loved the cosmetic bag that they arrived in and the timing couldn't have been more perfect because I needed a larger cosmetic bag like this one. She also sent me two Mineral Touch cream foundations in Organza and Taffeta, two mineral eyeshadow pigments in Sassy and Regal, Mineral Blusher in Stunning, and Lucrative Lip Gloss in Luxe. 


I'll start with the mineral touch foundations. Jamie sent me two in shades Organza and Taffeta. Tafetta is a touch too dark for my porcelain skin but Organza is perfect. This is a lightweight formula that has a medium coverage and leaves a dewy (not oily) finish. I love that my skin can skill breathe when I wear this foundation! Lately, I've been wearing it a lot to work. With the long hours, I want something that lasts a long time while also not feeling caked on. I like that the compact has a plastic separator so I can keep the sponge separate from the makeup. It also keeps the cream laying flat so I can get an even coverage on the sponge and applied to my face. For the $32 price tag, I will probably be reordering this foundation simply because I haven't found a drugstore foundation that has this sort of finish and formula!


The eyeshadow pigments are very colorful and pigmented. Jamie sent me shades Sassy (left) and Regal (right). These weren't my favorite simply because I'm more of a matte brown eyeshadow kind of girl rather than a colorful and shimmery type. I do like how pigmented and blendable these shadows are. I'm going to give these a try while I'm out with friends this weekend and see if I'll be more into trying out colorful looks. These are $10 each. 


I love love love this shade of blush (Stunning). The pigmentation is beautiful and the formula is blendable and leaves a pretty flush. I really wish this came in a pressed powder rather than a loose powder though. There is a lot of blush included and a little bit goes a long way. I know this will last me a long time! The blushes are $29 each.


Along with the foundation and mascara, this lipgloss is one of my favorite products from Younique! It has a non-greasy formula that stays put and lasts for HOURS. I received this in the beautiful Luxe shade which is a pink-nude color. It's gorgeous and great for going out or even a daytime look. I love that the packaging includes a mirror on the product. Makes application so easy when you don't want to wait in line at the ladies room. These are $15 each and I'll probably order another one soon!

Currently, Jamie is looking for ladies to join her Younique Team! They are currently signing presenters in the USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. This would be a great way to make some extra cash while you're in school or as a fun job! You can contact Jamie by messaging her on her Facebook page or join her Facebook group, where you'll also find lots of great deals and promotions!

Feel free to also follow Jamie on Instagram and Twitter! Want to order the mascara for yourself? CLICK HERE and order from any open party on her website!


Have you tried any of these products from Younique? What are your thoughts?

With Love,
Ashliegh

Life Update

Life has been pretty crazy lately and I'm really missing blog time! In the past two weeks, I moved a few hours from home and took a job in the hospitality industry. I am absolutely loving my job thus far! I love that I am able to interact with people all the time and ensure that their vacation is the vacation of their dreams.

While I love my job, the hours are CRAZY. I work 40-60 hours on the weekends and then have a few weekdays off. This causes a dilemma for me. I want to keep up with my blog but I want to just relax and sleep on my days off. Mind you, it's only been two weeks  but I'm finally getting the hang of it and hope to be back to blogging 5 days a week next week.


Hanging out with new friends after hours 
I've also made lots of new friends, especially my co-workers. They're some of the most interesting people I've ever met. Many of them are international workers so I love hearing about their stories abroad and experiences from their homelands. It just deepens my wanderlust desires!

Speaking of wanderlust, I think I have created my "plan." My contract is up with my current place of employment in November (it's just a temporary job). I'm currently in contact with a few families to be an au pair (fingers crossed for Italy!). Once I complete my term as an au pair, I hope to backpack through Europe, solo.

This whole plan is completely terrifying but so completely exciting! I'm ecstatic for all the adventures to come. The other good thing about my job and befriending international workers is knowing I'll have a place to stay when I visit certain regions!

Well enough about me, tell me what's been going on in your life! I miss you darlings!


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Meet Mary from Eat, Drink & Be Mary!




What is your favorite thing about blogging? I love the friends I have made.  The blogging community is something else.  
Why do you blog? I originally started my blog to document memories, and since then it has become a space for all that and more.  My blog is a place for me to share what I've learned about long distance relationships, share the word of God to help others, and share recipes with friends I've never met.
Besides blogging, what are your favorite hobbies? Clogging, baking & taking pictures.
Fun fact about yourself: I am not a chocolate fan (am I even human?!); for 7 other facts you may (or may not) want to know about me check outthis post.
With Love,
Ashliegh

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Younique 3D Fiber Lash Mascara Review


Darlings, you should know by now that I am a sucker for mascara. I've been seeing Younique's 3D Fiber Lashes all over Instagram and Pinterst lately so when my new friend Jamie reached out to me about reviewing some Younique products, you better believed I jumped at the opportunity! Jamie was kind enough to send me a whole goody bag of fun products to review but today, I'm going to focus on my favorite - the 3D Lash Mascara! 

Firstly, the packaging is gorgeous! I love that Younique spoils it's customers with beautiful, quality packaging. I don't know of any other mascaras that come with a case, especially one that reminds me of the classic Chanel quilting. The transplanting gel brush is very much a regular mascara wand that has a slight hourglass shape. The fiber wand is like a fuzzy mascara wand. 



Younique 3D Fiber Lash Mascara is applied in three steps. First apply the transplanting gel to lashes, then apply the fibers, and then again the transplanting gel to seal the deal. My first application was a bit messy but once I got the hang out how to use this power duo, magic happened, as you can see below. 


When just the transplanting gel and fibers are used, it gives a great everyday look, but if I want even more vavavoom, I use another mascara first, then place the transplanting gel and fibers on top. I recently wore this mascara out on the town (say hello to this SnapChat beaut, haha)!


Overall, I L.O.V.E. this mascara and will definitely be ordering again. It's 100% worth the $29 price tag. It gave my lashes tons of volume and beautiful length and I wish I had this mascara back in the spring when I was competing in Miss Ohio preliminaries!

Currently, Jamie is looking for ladies to join her Younique Team! They are currently signing presenters in the USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. This would be a great way to make some extra cash while you're in school or as a fun job! You can contact Jamie by messaging her on her Facebook page or join her Facebook group, where you'll also find lots of great deals and promotions!

Feel free to also follow Jamie on Instagram and Twitter! Want to order the mascara for yourself? CLICK HERE and order from any open party on her website!

Have you tried Younique's 3D Fiber Lash Mascara yet? 

With Love,
Ashliegh