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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Spring Shoe Review

Finally Spring is here and here to stay! Without fail I seem to update my shoes each Spring season and honestly I'm not too mad about it. I love my shoes and I love them hard, anyone else? I have some tried and true favorites that are consistent year after year but spicing up the mix with new finds is my favorite. Honestly I considered doing a post on just the top few but my obsession with them all is SO real! Sneakers, sandals, oxfords, and platform wedges I've got all of my bases covered. Not only do all these shoes look pretty many of them are so versatile. When I travel I'm limited to carrying just a couple pairs of shoes to compliment my outfits. Take a peek into my closet and all the shoes I'll be wearing this season.

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Travel Guide: Tulum, Mexico













Just about a month ago I traveled to destination that actually wasn't on my list! Tulum, Mexico is literally more beautiful than words.  I'll tell you know at the start of this post that it is a place you'll definitely want to visit.  Some things you absolutely must experience for yourself.  Until you get there, let me help you start the journey!

Most of my travels up until this point have been the kind that are jammed packed with activities, tours and the general hustle getting around a city requires.  When I had some vacation days roll over from 2018 I thought what better time to take a more laid back vacation, and I'm so glad I did.  I love to sightsee but on this trip my absolute favorite activity was laying in the beach cabana with a margarita. Simple.


How To: Tulum is a darling beach town but there is no direct access here.  To get to Tulum you fly into Cancun International Airport.  From there you'll need to take a shuttle or car service which will drive you the approximately 1.5 hours to your destination.  Book a head of time to have your ride scheduled according to your flight arrival.  There are many services to choose from so don't fret.


When To Go:  Like I said Tulum was never really on my list so it was really a spontaneous kind of trip booked just 3 weeks out.  I found that really what many consider the "off season" is the best time to travel.  From January-April are some of the most mild months with temperatures in hoovering around the low 80's.  After this I'm told that the heat of the area can be quite intense.  It rained upon arrival but otherwise was such beautiful weather and just a slight chill at night.

Where To Stay: There are so many amazing resorts and hotels in the Tulum area.  You can even stay downtown Tulum if that's your thing but in my opinion you'll want to be as close to the beach as possible.  It is such a treat!  I enjoyed the stay at Villa Pescadores so much so that if I'm headed back at any point I for sure will be staying here.  The oceanview villa, the atmosphere, the staff, the food...everything was excellent.  Honestly there are some pretty bougie hotels in the area if that's your vibe but I felt like this place was somewhere in the middle. Also check our AIRBNB there are some darling options for lodging too!

Where To Eat:  Honestly pretty much all of the breakfasts, lunches, and dinners of the trip were at the hotel.  The dining there was so good with tons and options and obviously very convenient!  One night we ventured to a little restaurant down the road and it was amazing.  The restaurant, Kitchen Table  was so special with an atompshere to swoon over.  Nestled right among the trees its a short walk from many of the resorts in the hotel zone.

What To Do:  I think it pretty much goes without saying that the beach is the single best thing to do in Tulum!  The water is clear and the most beautiful shades of turquoise.  Pictures truly don't do it justice.  If you're not interested in being a beach bum all, of course there are many shops to visit along the main roads.  For sure take some time to check out the Tulum ruins, you'll learn some history of the area.  The ruins sit atop a hill and the overlook is breathtaking.  Our hotel rented bikes for just a few dollars a day and the ruins were a short ride away.  Lastly, the cenotes! Just google this word for pictures.  The cenotes are sinkholes that you can swim and snorkel in.  You'll be blown away!

Tulum is definitely a laid back vibe kind of place and truly what my soul needed.  A little leisure, relaxation, and a chance to recharge.  If I haven't convinced you yet check out this my video to see a little bit of this paradise for yourself.  Add this destination to you list, it's definitely a favorite of mine!


Always,

Ashlei 


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Monday, January 21, 2019

45 TOP Beach Travel Essentials from Amazon



So much excitement around today's post because travel is definitely my love language.  Before my recent travel adventures to Tulum I literally spent hours scouring Amazon for the best of the best items.  I personally ordered and took many of these items on my travels with me and I know they are going to be so amazing for your upcoming plans!  Warmer days are ahead so if you're looking in preparation for a quickly approaching trip or one in the near future be sure to see this post to reference later! Happy shopping my friends, I hope you love these selections as much as I have and will share your feedback! You'll be seeing many of these items styled here on the blog or on Instagram as I continue sharing my Tulum travel adventures. Be sure you're following along with me!


*As always, I appreciate you shopping through my links if you decide to purchase something you love from my picks.  Your support means the world to me and I make a small commission which helps keeps this blog going as I buy items with my own money.  I enjoy sharing with you loves so I THANK YOU in advance!  Please always reach out with any questions you may have.


Always,

Ashlei




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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Dear 2018 Year In Review





Even now on the very first day of the new year 2019 its hard to believe that 2018 happened and that it is over already! I shared a thought on one of my recent Instagram posts stating that 2018 was just about the best year of my life....and I whole heartedly stand by that statement. I don't really do resolutions per se but I appreciate reflecting and looking forward to all the things coming. I've said it before and I'll say it again, THE BEST IS YET TO COME! 

 Gosh where do I even start with 2018? There were so many highlights and even some lows but today I know there is meaning and purpose behind everything. Started off the year working hard as per usual. In January I celebrated 6 years at my job and if you know anything about the corporate retail world I truly consider this an accomplish. Just two months later in March I was promoted to an Associate Buyer, like HELLO new challenge! This role means that I have buying responsibility over a particular area of business reporting to a Buyer as I work towards being a Buyer myself. I moved from buying Mens clothing to Boys activewear. Talk about a change! Believe me I've yet to take my foot off the gas and working harder than ever! 

 If you you've been around awhile you know that my entire family lives in Columbia, South Carolina. I'm in Charlotte so we aren't far away at all but I miss them so much everyday! It really pulls on the heart strings wanting to be with them but also building a life of my own. My sweet niece Kennedy turned 10 this past year and Garrison, my nephew turned 6. I never understood when my aunts and uncles would like at me and say " time flies" but now I can really appreciate it. Truly watching them grow is one of my life's greatest joys. In the Summer of 2018 my grandfather turned 90 years old and we had a huge party to celebrate! Every day with him so so special even if he dials your number 10 times a night on his jitterbug cell phone, haha. Mommy still calls every morning for a wake up and in the evenings to make sure the doors are locked. She has had some amazing adventures this year traveling to South Africa, turning 65 with a dashiki party and know you "retiring" from teaching for like the 23rd time. Daddy per usual spent the year working on an antique car remodel and helped me find a new car. Oh my sister, Kaaren and I have some things cooking! Sadly our family dog, Sasha crossed the rainbow bridge after 13 years with us. She is truly missed! 







 I freaking turned 30 YEARS OLD! Honestly so much anxiety leading up to this. What was I so afraid of? Seriously ever since I turned 30 its cheesy to say but I have so much clarity.  Clarity around what I want and what I don't want.  Its truly a blessing to be another year older and now I know this milestone year was the jolt I needed to remember that life is too special to be fearful of growing older. So yea 2018 was AMAZING! Have I said that enough yet? I spent my birthday on a adventure of my dreams in Italy. Visited Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Rome, and Positano. I can close my eyes sometimes and wish I could teleport there. It was pure magic and SO special. When I returned home to Charlotte a surprise party of my closest friends and family awaited me. I thought it was a date night and ugly cried when I rounded the corner to see everyone there. Truly surpassed my wildest dreams and if you really know me I've got some wild things up my sleeves. I had some amazing travel in the United States this year, something I put on y bucket list. Here's a recap: Took a weekend trip to Charleston in June, headed out to California in July to is it Sacramento for the first time and back to San Francisco to the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. Spent a day out in Napa and Sonoma visiting many wineries. In September stopped over in Salt Lake City, Utah and Park City for some insane views as the Fall season set it. Took a 6 hour drive for a whirlwind trip to Las Vegas! I hit the strip, gambled, dined out, shopped til I dropped, and partied the night away. Nola Baby! Hit the city of New Orleans in October for Halloween weekend and had the time of my life on Bourbon Street and eating way too many beignets at Cafe Du Monde. So many adventures I am beyond thankful for! 

















 On a personal level this year took its toll on me. I was in a car accident in January, constantly doubted myself, tried some things and failed, had insecurities about my weight, started working out then quit but through it all I found joy. I figured out what I want out of life and what brings my JOY. I really focused on that word, JOY in 2018 because really life is too short to be unhappy. I'll say it again, LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO BE UNHAPPY. Wherever you are I hope you know that you too deserve joy. Life is not perfection, it is ever changing and each experience changes us. 

 Thank you for following along on my journey and being a part of my life story! You're support is truly appreciated. Going into 2019 I'm carrying forward the lessons I learned. I'm looking forward to new adventures, growth, joy, love and conquering in 2019. 

One more time for the people in the back, THE BEST IS YET TO COME! 





 Always, 
 Ashlei
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Monday, November 26, 2018

THE BEST CYBER DEALS!

I think the phrase shop to you drop is an understatement for all the shopping I've done over this past holiday weekend!  With it today dubbed as Cyber Monday by most retailers the sales have continued.  I've rounded up some curated favorites from several sites and I assure you the deals are AMAZING!


Old Navy: 50% off everything




J.Crew: 50% off everything. Use Code, CYBER



H&M: 30% off everything.



Nordstrom Sale



Madewell: 25% off everything

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Travel Guide: Las Vegas








If there's one thing you should know about me, its that I've been bitten HARD by the travel bug! Sorry, not sorry my friends because the adventures are on just beginning. My love of travel didn't kick in until just a few years ago believe it or not but its the one thing in my life that has been beyond my wildest dreams! If you want to go somewhere, make it happen! I just hope that my travel guide posts give you some inspiration to get there and a little guidance once you've dashed off to the destination. I spent a whirlwind 24 hours in Vegas, let me tell you how that went because as they say..."A little bit of this town goes a long way"!

A little backstory, I was initially spending a little vacation time in Salt Lake City, Utah ( I also did a travel guide on this too!) and after a couple of days decided I wanted to experience a little more excitement and less outdoor activities.  At that moment the Vegas idea was born! From SLC proper Vegas is a quick flight away but with the last minute itch driving was more economical.  Don't get me wrong the 6 hour drive is not something I do on the regular but journey had to be one of the most beautiful drives of my life.  The mountains, wide open farms,  red rocks, and the bluest sky you've ever seen all took my breath away.

This was my first time to Vegas and honestly think its a must at least once!


Things to Do

Shop: I think it goes without saying that the shopping in Vegas in some of the best you'll find. Definitely all the luxury high end retailers are must whether you're buying or windows shopping.  I'd recommend the Forum at Ceasar's Palace!  I picked up a special treat from the Gucci store here.. swoon!

Entertainment: Vegas has all the shows! Headlining singers, performers, comedians the list is endless.  Endless and also frequently sold out.  Unfortunately I couldn't catch a show during my one night but you catch my drift.  Definitely see one if you can and next time I go I will too!

The Strip:  I've seen it in the movies but literally walked a straight line and that is THE strip!  Seems like a strange concept to just walk back and forth but that's what happens.  There is so much to see on either side from people watching, amazing architecture, and street entertainment.  I spent hours back and forth ducking in and out of casinos along the way.  Stop and wait for the Bellagio fountains show, you'll thank me later!

Casinos: Aside from the entertainment and obvious party environment the biggest draw to Vegas is the gambling.  "Go big or go home", right?  Let me caution you!  Don't go sooo big that you can't go home.  There are so many if you want to hop around but I enjoyed the Palms, Ceasar's Place, and the Bellagio.

Eat

Looking back now I think I ate one real meal in my time in Vegas...not my best idea but it was delicious!  Dined at the in-house restaurant, Scotch 80 Prime and it did not disappoint.  In the selection process I've hear some good things about these too:

Le Cirque
Carbonne
Cornerstone

Stay

Had a great stay at Palms Casino Resort! It is technically just off the strip but there is a free transport that will drop you off and pick you up right in the middle of it all.  Love the updated decor, the casino, restaurants, and the nightlife!


Nightlife

Vegas literally lights up the night! I mean with the right beats and a little liquid spirits this city is a really good time.  Apex Social Club had all the good vibes for me and I'm pretty sure if the walls could talk they would've said "Quit singing every word girlfriend!"


What happens in Vegas.......stays in Vegas!



Always,

Ashlei 






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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Amazon Haul: October Favorites

I've been searching the far reaches of the internet to bring you loves the best of Amazon! This is only the beginning and the first installment of what I hope will be a reoccurring post to share with you on a monthly basis. I've curated my picks for this launch as a nod to the start of Fall.  As this new season is upon us I'm excited to add new pieces to my wardrobe that are functional but most importantly affordable!  I've ordered and tried on all the selections to provide real fit and quality reviews.  These items are Prime eligible meaning they'll pop to you door in just a few days.  The thrill is unreal!  Let me know what you what you think!

Tie Front Knit Thermal Top

~ I love the slouchy fit of this top and how absolutely cozy it is!  It comes in a number of colors and I'm just about ready to pull the trigger on ordering them all, definitely snagging in black and white for sure.  I'm wearing a large in this $18.99 top, so I'd order true to size.




Polka Dot Collar Top

~ Ok this top far exceeding my expectations! If you caught it in my recent instagram you can already tell it's a piece I love.  I'd been in need of a polka dot top and the standing collar on this makes it even more divine.  I'm wearing a large in this $13.99 top so, order true to your size.




Peplum Textured LS Top

~Absolutely loving the color of this top! I mean the mustard yellow is so on trend for Fall.  It's a peplum fit so that combined with the textured detailed are so darling. I'm wearing an XL in this one but you could totally go true to size.  Just $18.99




Off Shoulder Dress

~Amazon calls this $17.99 gem a sweater dress but I would call the fabric more of a terrycloth.  Nonetheless it is so cozy and I really love it! You can wear it off one shoulder or off both.  I'm wearing unbelted but I think perhaps a cute leopard bow belt would look amazing with it.  I'm wearing an XL so would order one size up.




Snap Pullover

~ Y'all seriously dying over this one! Found this scouring Amazon and it's so similar to one from another retailer and a steal of a price. I love how cozy it is with a quilted detail panel.  The coziest thing you'll buy! Comes 6 colors, $25.99




Halter Off Shoulder Blouse

~ I would certainly consider this top to be the most sophisticated of the group but it is amazing.  Its a light chiffon material but is lined.  Would be so cute layered with a leather jacket for those special Fall date nights. At just $18.99 I call it perfection.



Trim Detail Cardigan

~Love love this cardigan! It is perfectly lightweight but all the details are the magic.  It has pom moms, embroidery, fringe, and ruffles.  I mean what else could you want, right?  I have the blush color and this $17.99 beaut is available in 2 additional colors.  Im thinking of orders the grey as well.  Just can't have too many!




*I've been loving finding all the things on Amazon recently!  Please note that these things are possible because you of guys! I thank you for entrusting me to help you friends.  I buy all things my own and my opinions are always genuine.  I appreciate you all shopping my links, as I make a small commission through affiliate links.  Thank you for your support and please let me know if you have feedback for future content here on Wells Dressed!

Always,

Ashlei 




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