Author: Ashley

Sail to Sable

Sail to Sable

Hi Friends, Happy Tuesday! Gosh, did we even have a weekend?! I feel like it just flew by. We have been playing catch up ever since we redid our kitchen and are finally done as of today! Can I get a hip hip hooray! Today […]

New Skincare Routine

New Skincare Routine

Hi Friends, Happy Wednesday! Goodness, it has been a crazy few weeks and I am so glad to be getting back into the swing of things. I know without a doubt, God has a sense of humor because the stuff that has been thrown at […]

B. Speckled

B. Speckled

Hi friends,

Happy Monday! Who else had a case of the Sunday scaries!? I know I did. We have had a busy weekend, we started our Saturday by walking the greenway, going to the Farmer’s market, eating some brunch, and then browsed the new shops and restaurants in downtown Alpharetta, followed by a quiet afternoon and dinner with friends. Sunday, we had a late breakfast, ran some errands, caught up on some TV time while Henry napped, I worked out while Henry and daddy got some alone time, and then we are decided what we should get for dinner. If you have been following along, we are re-doing our kitchen, so our house has been a bit of a hot mess. We do not have a running sink at the moment, so no washing dishes for us. Therefore, I may (more like HAVE TO) put in some extra Pure Barre workouts with all the take-out we have been consuming morning, noon, and night. At least the countertops will be in on Tuesday, sink on Wednesday, so we should be back into business by late this week. I can’t wait to share with ya’ll the final product.

Today, I wanted to share a new favorite of mine in downtown Alpharetta. If you are familiar with Alpharetta, the growth happening downtown is incredible. It is becoming a work, eat, play destination. Between the Avalon and now downtown, I don’t think we will ever have to go to Buckhead again πŸ˜‰ As much as I love Buckhead, the traffic is no joke and I don’t have time like I used to, to spend driving to and from Atlanta, so this mama is thrilled. As a business owner myself, I am thrilled with the growth/expansion and am so excited to support many local businesses moving into this area.

One store in particular that I am so excited about is B. Spectacled. B. Spectacled is an upscale eyeglass boutique with luxury and unique eyewear, comprehensive exams, and individual styling. Immediately when you walk in the doors, you are greeted by professional staff that create a personalized experience catering to your styling needs. I came in for a new pair of eyeglasses and sunglasses, and with the help of Brittany and Val I felt completely at home. Before I knew it, I was trying on frames and found two great pairs. I walked out feeling confident and was completely satisfied from start to finish. They took time to get to know me and picked out several frames based on my face shape and likes and boom, there I was feeling stylish and trendy. I loved that I ended up with frames I normally would not have picked out, but with their individual styling they really took the time to help find the perfect pairs.

Want some history on how they got started?! I never thought you would ask πŸ™‚ The business owner in me loves hearing peoples stories. We can choose to get busy and not care to ask or engage, because lets be honest, life is always going to be busy and continues to get busier and more stressful each day, or we can slow down and ask questions and really communicate with the people we are interacting with. That is what I loved in particular about this family owned eyeglass boutique. Yep, they are family-owned and operated and a mother-daughter duo, to say the least. You know, I love those mother-daughter duos and think there is nothing stronger than some girl power. Brittany grew up surrounded by her parents owning and operating eyeglass boutiques and never really wanted to explore anything different. She found a passion from a young age and frankly has an incredible gift in this industry and gives every customer nothing but exceptional customer service. Brittany and her family have been fixtures in the Alpharetta community for 8 years and cannot wait to continue to serve as they become a big assest in the downtown market. It was her mother and herself that decided to expand their business venture and thought no better than to bring their boutique to downtown Alpharetta. Brittany even designed the space herself and let me tell ya’ll it is gorgeous!! The sleek and modern space with a side of feminine flair is the perfect destination to make you feel comfortable while receiving the best experience possible. Whether you come in for an exam or individual styling, you will not leave disappointed. They are open Monday-Friday 9AM-6PM and Saturdays from 9AM-1PM.

Some brands they carry:
Cartier
Chanel
Anne & Valentin
Dita
Gucci
Tom Ford
Chloe
Oliver Peoples
Costa del Mar
Ray Ban
Oakley
Salt

Be sure to join them for their Grand Opening Party, July 27th! It will be a day filled with fun, treats, and prizes! A little birdie told me, some free Pure Barre classes may be one of the prizes πŸ˜‰

You can also check them out by heading to their website here.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and a huge thank you to the lovely ladies at B. Spectacled for allowing me to share their wonderful business! If you are local, I hope you find time to go in and meet these wonderful people and welcome them to the neighborhood! You can find my sunglasses there, along with, my new eyeglasses which you will be seeing soon on several other posts!

Henry and I have a long check list today. We are preparing for a lot of Pop-up classes for Pure Barre in Roswell and Alpharetta and get to welcome my sweet Grandpa back home from the hospital. It has been a rough few weeks, as my Grandpa underwent quadruple bypass surgery, but we cannot wait to welcome him back home. We bought him this for a welcome home gift and cannot wait to give it to him. It is a picture frame that I can automatically sync pictures via an app and they automatically show up on the frame. We thought it would be a fun way to share memories and allow him to have a quiet time of reflecting, smiling, and laughing as he recovers over the next 6 months. Well, we have so much to do and so little time, so us crazies are signing off. Until next time, sweet friends!

Xo,
Ashley + sidekick Henry

Bows + Stars

Bows + Stars

Happy Thursday pretty friends, I hope everyone has had a wonderful week! Gosh, this may have been the quickest week ever. Henry’s birthday was Monday and I think that through me for a loop. I still cannot believe we have a ONE year old! He […]

Willow Park Boutique

Willow Park Boutique

Happy Wednesday, sweets! Hip Hip Hooray for making it halfway through the week. I know I need to celebrate small victories, especially when we are undergoing a new (TODDLER!) schedule over here, so happy day. I know, the world toddler is just scary in itself. […]

Father’s Day with Peach State Pride

Father’s Day with Peach State Pride

Hi friends!

Happy Friday! Gosh, what a week it has been! It is so hard getting back into the groove after Charleston. I can’t believe I am admitting this, but I was just able to unpack our suitcases yesterday and just started the laundry today! Yes, I know….ultimate struggle bus over here. Thankfully I am slowly checking off my to do list since I had the afternoon open. Henry took a nice long nap so that helped too πŸ˜‰ He was worn out because we had a fun morning together. Fridays are Henry and I’s day together where I do not teach Pure Barre and we run our errands and do something fun out of the house. This morning we obviously started the day off with some Chick fila, duh! Henry loves eggs and biscuits so we had a little mommy and son breakfast date and Henry enjoyed every bite πŸ™‚ He just recently learned to clap, so after every bite he was just clapping away LOL. After breakfast, we went to Target because we obviously needed our weekly fix! Henry is obsessed with Target and loves when he gets to pick out a toy. (Ive started something bad haven’t I?! Oops!) If Henry is a good boy, I allow him to get a new small toy a week. Today he picked out this and has been hooked ever since. All my mama’s you need this for the car seat! Henry was entertained the whole ride home and even sat and played with it when we got home. We then stopped at Petco before coming home for a nap. Henry absolutely loves the Pet store and visiting all of the animals. Today, we got to see a baby ferret. He kept talking and squealing to the little guy and even got to pet him. Safe to say, it was a fun and eventful morning and day!

Now, for Father’s Day! Okay, so little story here, Father’s Day is extremely special in our family! Any guesses as to why?! I’ll just go ahead and tell you! Henry was born last year on Father’s Day! It is safe to say I will never be able to top that present and/ timing again most likely πŸ˜‰

However, I found some great options for your dad or husband that I can’t wait to share! Thanks to Peach State Pride, they are a one stop shop for all of your Father’s Day needs! William absolutely loves all of their polos, button downs, and t-shirts. He can go from work look, to date night, to lounging around the house all thanks to Peach State Pride. I do not think he could pick a favorite if he tried. My personal favorite are the polos and button downs because they are wrinkle free. Since I do the wash, anything to help a mama out, is a winner in my book. They also have collegiate clothing available for UGA, GA Southern, West Georgia, Georgia College, Kennesaw, Mercer, and Valdosta State. If clothing isn’t your dad or husbands thing, they also have hats, belts, wallets, drink wear, flasks, and sunglasses. Like I said before, one stop shop ya’ll! I can’t wait to place another order for William. I figured it would be nice if I help Henry out with the shopping for the next couple of years, you know?! πŸ˜‰

Outfit Details
Polo
Jeans
Loafers

Henry’s Polo
Henry’s Shortall

We are off to eat some dinner! We are pretty predictable when it comes to food. My husband is obsessed (no, seriously!) with BBQ. I am pretty sure he could eat it every night for dinner! So on Friday’s we usually treat ourselves to some good ole BBQ. We have our favorite local spots, but tonight we are having Smokejacks. If you are in the Alpharetta area, you must try it! It is located in downtown Alpharetta and is so yummy!

I hope ya’ll have a fun night and happy weekend!!

Xo,
Ashley + William + Henry

Birthday Blessings

Birthday Blessings

Go Shawty, It’s My Birthday πŸ˜‰ Ya’ll, I cannot believe I am 26 today! Funny story, I have been telling people all year when they asked how old I was, that I was 26! It wasn’t until my husband was with me one of these […]

Off the Shoulder Tasseled Dress

Off the Shoulder Tasseled Dress

Hi friends, Happy Tuesday! Who else loves long weekends as much as I do?! It is just SO nice getting a “jump-start” to the NEXT weekend πŸ˜‰ However, I am not going to lie, it makes you question what day it is. Totally okay with […]

Life is better in LJ + Marleylilly

Life is better in LJ + Marleylilly

Happy Friday lovelies,

We are up at our mountain house in North Carolina for the long weekend and I am so excited to soak up some much needed family time. Our favorite things to do is go on the boat, shop in downtown Highlands, and sit by the fire in the evening with wine and S’mores πŸ™‚ How are ya’ll spending the long weekend? I hope you enjoy every minute of it!

I can’t believe I can finally announce to ya’ll the best collaboration ever! Two of my favorites: Marley Lilly and Lauren James came together for the absolute cutest monogram T-shirt collection. Charleston, SC has a big piece of my heart so naturally my favorite was the Rainbow Row design. This collaboration is only for a limited time, so be sure to snag your favorite or favorites ;)….before they are gone. Anyone say #addtocart?! Don’t worry I won’t tell your husband, boyfriend, or parents…hehe thats what friends are for right?!

Be sure to follow this link here to grab my cute shirt!

Check out the other two styles here!

Outfit details
Shirt
Shorts
Hat (On sale for only 13.99!)
Sandals

I am signing off for the weekend, sweet friends! I think it is so important to enjoy special time together and this weekend my family deserves all of it πŸ˜‰ Ya’ll do the same!

xo,
Ashley

Sailing into Summer

Sailing into Summer

|Outfit Details| Sailboat Dress Bow Wedges Watch Sunglasses (My favorite!) Earringsο»Ώ Hi friends, Summer is around the corner and I found the perfect T-shirt dress for the season! Not only is it the cutest little thing ever, but it is only $34.99! When I say […]