Swimsuits under $50!

My family and I are going on vacation soon which has me eyeing some cute swimsuit styles! I wanted to post some favorites, that are super trendy, but won't break the bank. Who's sick and tired of seeing bathing suits for $100+? It's semi-ridiculous...and I don't wanna take out a second mortgage just to buy something THAT small...can I get an Amen? Shop this list - and you'll find every swimsuit to be under $50 ... in some cases,  you can get TWO for under $50 - now THAT'S a steal :) ...Enjoy my loves!

xx,

Ashley

in the nude...

Excuse the title ... kinda had to right? Since it's spring - the obsession with nude EVERYTHING is in full force. I wanted to share some of my seasonal favorites with you! Hope everyone has a great weekend! Happy FriYAY!

xx,

Ashley

Just Keep Swimming...Just Keep Swimming...

Our first vacation as a family of three is fast approaching and naturally, we are so anxious and excited! Anxious (frightened) to see how London does on the plane, and excited to be together for seven straight days! We will be staying near the ocean and also at a spot with a pool...so this past Sunday we decided it would be a good idea to acclimate London to the water a bit! She was first introduced to a pool at 7 weeks, and loved it, but I didn't know how she would do now that she's 9 months old! Our gym has "family swim," so we tried it out and well, we have a little fishy on our hands! She was skeptical at first, for maaaaybe 5 minutes, but then she was splashing around, smacking the water and kicking her little legs! We had so much fun with her and can't wait to go again! I don't think we will have any trouble on vacation ... London and the water seem to get along just fine! Here are a few pictures from our family swim!

My swimsuit: Marc by Marc Jacobs

London's swimsuit: Little Me

Spring Sandals!

I'm totally ready to bring out my sandals and store away the boots ... just waiting on this weather to cooperate! One day its in the 60's, the next day it's snowing, seriously, mother nature MAKE UP YOUR MIND! Regardless, my sandal game needs a reboot (see what I did there?) and I can't wait to get my hands on some of my personal faves below!

1. Topshop "Holly" Lace-up Sandals - Love the color & only $35!

2. BC Footwear 'Wee' Slide Sandal - Because let's be honest...sometimes we don't have 25 minutes to spend lacing up our gladiators. Ok? We just DON'T.

3. Forever 21 Faux Leather Sandals - Two-for-one deal...these are both cute & comfortable!

4. ASOS FOR LOVE Leather Lace Up Sandals - Major favorite of mine for Spring.

5. ASOS FLORENCE Embellished Leather Sandals - So dainty and sweet ... and can go with most anything (added bonus)

6. Braided Leather Flat Sandals by Zara - Yes. SO MUCH YES.

7. H&M Sandals with Fringe - A little pop of color for Spring!

8. H&M Flats with Ankle Strap - Another color that I just love ... not to mention the style!

9. Black Laced Sandals H&M - Suede with long lacing around the ankle...LOVE.

 

 

 

Easter With The Markwood's!

Yesterday was a great day ... busy & hectic ... but GREAT! We loved celebrating London's first Easter right here at our little Massachusetts apartment. It was nice not to have to travel anywhere, but to wake up in our own beds and lounge. We did a little food prep the night before, so we could enjoy Sunday for the most part. We got London all dolled up for Easter service and had a little pre-church photo shoot (which was totally my husband's idea) Haha! We hosted Chris's mom and stepdad for dinner which included: Ham w/a brown sugar glaze, green bean casserole, mac n' cheese, mashed potatoes, peas, homemade rolls, and deviled eggs! For dessert I made carrot cake cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting ... I must say - these were a big hit! London sat at the table with us, tried ham for the first time, and absolutely loved it! By "loved it" I mean, she wouldn't eat anything else but ham...probably should have given her veggies beforehand, but ehh - it was a holiday so I let it slide :)

 

Spring Looks For Less!

Spring is (almost) here! We've had a few amazing weather days - but now we are in the "tweener" stage when you wanna make the wardrobe transition from winter to spring - but everything is just so unpredictable!  The best thing to do is to daydream / salivate over the "new arrivals" section of your favorite online shops. I've been doing my fair share of perusing, and wanted to share some of the more adorable and affordable (key word) looks from my two top stores: H&M and Zara! Enjoy, shoppers! 

Feature: Natalie Tenerelli ... Star of "LA Clippers Dance Squad" & Survivor

NT2 My Survivor bestie, Natalie Tenerelli is not only beautiful, smart & an amazing friend ... but she's also INCREDIBLY talented! She has worked SO hard as a dancer her entire life and that dedication has led her to amazing experiences! I'm so excited to share that she will be returning to the big screen TONIGHT, starring in a new reality show, "LA Clippers Dance Squad!" on E! I had a chance to do a little Q&A with Natalie so her fans can get to know her even better!

I'll also share a few photos from our experience on season 22 of Survivor ... Lord knows we have LOTS of them, since we were basically attached at the hip ;)

Tune in TONIGHT, 10/9c pm on E!

1. What can we expect to see on the first season of “LA Clippers Dance Squad?"

Blood, sweat and tears! The show chronicles the lives of seven of us dancers on and off the court.

2. Should we prepare ourselves to see you involved in any girl drama?

There are 20 of us so we are like sisters. We don't all agree on everything, but at the end of the day we have each others back.

3. As we both know, it’s a gamble putting yourself out there on reality tv – what do you hope the audience learns about you?

I would hope that the audience will see that I'm resilient. I never give up even when things get tough.

4. What are some of your beauty “must haves?”

Psst, dry hair shampoo: We sweat so much on game days and it really helps to keep my hair looking fresh all throughout the day. Lorac Tantalizer: I don't have time to get a professional spray tan and I'm not the biggest fan of tanning in a bed so this product keeps me looking bronzed! Beauty Blender: The little spongy piece of heaven is key in setting my foundation. It makes your skin look dewy and blended to perfection!

5. What do you do to stay in such amazing shape? (Besides dancing of course?)

I love taking classes! Yoga, pilates, barre...i love it all. I don't get much done in the gym by myself. I also love hiking!

6. Lastly, you have an incredible sense of style - where are some of your favorite places to shop so your fans can dress like you? 

Free people and urban outfitters are two of my favs!

NT1

Click on the photos below to see Natalie & I on Survivor!

 

Oh, Miss Shirley...

During my recent trip to Baltimore, I had my heart set on being super "touristy." I wanted to explore the inner harbor ... try lots of great restaurants ... visit the aquarium, you know, be THAT person. First on my list was to check out "Miss Shirleys Cafe" ... a famous spot that was featured on the Food Network show "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives." It was my intention to eat here ONCE you guys .... just once. Well, Miss Shirley and I became besties by the end of my 3-day stay in Baltimore because I went there EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I don't regret it one bit. When I step on the scale I might ... but I don't plan on doing that for awhile so for now, I'm going to just dream about every last bite. I'll be a gem jerk and share some photos with you ... so you can salivate a little, but mostly so you can understand (and not judge) my decision.

(**The last two photos are from Miss Shirley's site! But they are true to the photo - served up just beautifully!)
Miss Shirleys

Miss Shirleys

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fried green tomatoes

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