Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spring Forward: Life Update

Hello friends! It seems as though I've been away from the blog for a couple of forevers.  I remember just mere months ago I was setting a New Years goal to be more consistent here in my little corner of the world. Even with best intentions, life doesn't always happen they way we intend, life is messy, and is truly "like a box of chocolates".  in all of my time blogging I don't believe that I've dedicated an entire post to a life update but I felt it was the best way to touch on all that has been happening in my Wells Dressed life.

Just about two months ago, I was in a car accident on my way to work.  I was turning across a intersection and was struck by an SUV running the red light.  I can close my eyes and remember watching the vehicle keep coming, screaming aloud and in an instant so many thoughts ran through my mind.  I said prayers and wondered if I would make it.  My car was totaled, my body bruised, but I am here.  Here to rejoice in the beauty of another day,  here to cherish my friends and family, and here with purpose.  Purpose.  Over the last 2 months I've been searching for just that, purpose.  "What is your purpose?" I've asked myself that question countless times and while I don't think I've yet reached a definitive answer, my thoughts have brought me to a place of peace.

I hear people talk about living a purpose driven life.  What does that mean? How do I get there?...  valid questions. My answer to these questions, it all starts with me.  It's been so hard to remember that sometimes!  So much of my life and routines were what I thought defined me. I truly love what I do in my buying career, but that alone isn't who am I.  Even with the blog I found myself playing the ago old comparison game to other bloggers out there with more followers, fancy clothes, seemingly perfect lives, and wondered if I should even bother to continue.

But you know what?  I learned through the process of simply asking myself those structured questions that purpose is first finding of you are and being confident in that.  Who we are as individuals is what makes us special and unique.  So my purpose? To use this blog, my experiences, my weaknesses, and my strengths to be the most authentic me.  Even if my questions go fully unanswered a bit longer I'm happy being unapologetically Ashlei.  I thank you for your support each step along the way so stay with me friends, there's so much more to come!




Monday, January 8, 2018

Travel Guide: Glamping in Asheville

Welcome! The first week of the 2018 New Year and this year is starting off on a good note. 2017 had some amazing happenings I haven't yet shared with you also!.  If you been following for awhile you know that my travels are what I look forward to most! Every destination or adventure is an experience that I am truly blessed to enjoy.  I'll admit that every few months or so, the travel bug really bites me hard! Anyone else?  Out of all the adventures last year that I mentioned in my reflections post here,  I think the most unique was glamping in Asheville at the end of the year!

I'm a city girl through and through so the idea of camping has never really been to high up on my list.  I really enjoy the comforts of modern civilization and there are just some must-haves missing from traditional camping that I just can't get down with.  That being said, hence GLAMPING! By some definition I found, glamping is simply camping with added amenities.  And believe me these amenities are important! For years I've been wanting to visit Asheville, NC for more than just a day trip seeing the Biltmore Estate and I finally planned it out.  A part of the planning included the accommodations of course and I wanted something outside of the box.  Luckily I knew about Asheville Glamping from pure coincidence and boom a plan was born!

Planned to drive up on Friday afternoon but ran a little behind leaving Charlotte arriving at the campsite far after the sunset and let me tell you trying to find something in the dark in the mountains is scary! Luckily the hosts from Asheville Glamping provided very detailed directions and without them I might still be trying to find my way. I selected the #SilverBettie for the duration of the stay and it was the best decision!  A sleek vintage camper complete with heat, wi-fi, stove, indoor bathroom, and a hot tub.  Believe me when I saw it with my own eyes I let out a shriek because it was so dang CUTE! This site is just about 10 minutes from downtown Asheville and a short drive to everything you need.  I enjoyed getting to explore the city and eat my way across town but this spot is an undeniable treasure.  Even on the cold December nights I shimmed by bikini wearing tush outside to get inn the hot tub.  It was so relaxing and magical to look up at a clear starry sky. Check out pics of the chicest vintage getaway and some Asheville spots.  I simply couldn't recommend Asheville glamping enough to everyone and I cannot wait to plan my next adventure glamping with them! I'm thinking I'll be back come Spring.

*Check Asheville Glamping: Here


Over Easy Cafe
Biscuit Head
The Admiral


French Broad Chocolate Lounge
Vortex Donuts




Thursday, January 4, 2018

2017 Reflections and 2018 New Year!

We are officially in the new year, 2018 and I cannot believe it! It literally feels like time flies by but one thing is for sure, in this past year of 2017 and the next I'm not letting life pass me by! Every second counts and we are just 3 days in is the start of a fresh new year. Did you loves make any resolutions this year? As in previous years I've scribbled out a little bucket list for myself going into 2018 and to be honest there are some things that are still open from 2017, but I think thats ok! Here's why:

2017 in a simple statement was one of the most magical years of my life. I traveled to some of the most wonderful places on earth. I've continued my career in retail buying for a department store. I've cherished some special moments with family and friends. Last but certainly not least I've enjoyed this blog, Wells Dressed my own little corner of the world to share life and inspiration with you loves. I am truly thankful for it all!

Travel: I thought 2016 was a hard year to top but 2017.. 2017 literally took my breath away! Started the year off with a road trip to Savannah, GA and on this trip I had the flu (definitely a do over needed in 2018). Took a slight traveling hiatus til May when I got to travel to the city of my dreams, Paris! Can't even say how grateful I am to have seen the beautiful City of Lights. I rang in my 29th birthday witnessing the beauty of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Seine River! As part of my European excursion was the darling city of London! I ran into countless phone booths for the perfect photo op, shopping on Oxford Street, and the breathtaking views of Tower Bridge. In Summer, I frolicked on the beaches of Charleston and dined in wonderful restaurants with historic charm at each corner. Locally spent a day in Belmont, NC and then later a full day floating around Badin Lake. In Fall I traveled solo to Seattle for a glimpse the gorgeous Pacific Northwest, space needle and a cause trip to market. Lastly just before the holidays I got to experience a first #glamping in Asheville, NC along with all the hot chocolate you can imagine. Of all the adventures and there are plenty, I won't forget any! 

Career: Buying Mens clothing for the masses is so exciting, like it really is! I love my job and the work of analyzing and strategizing apparel buys is what I would do even if I wasn't getting paid for it! Is that crazy? Ok yea that's crazy but you get it. I've been at it now for 5 years and while satisfying I know that things do and must change. So in 2018 I'm working on the answer to "What's next for Ashlei?".

Family and Friends: My Family is everything to me! I talk to my mommy only about 4 times a day, truly believe my daddy is voice in the back of my mind constantly pushing me to be better, and my sister is the one person I still tell all my secrets to. I can't imagine a single day without them. Friends are the family that will totally have your back, ya know like when you shouldn't have another drink or 2 slices of pizza and they don't judge you #winning.

Wells Dressed Blog: Just a couple years ago this blog started out as mere hobby to use as a creative outlet from the corporate world. Today and over the course of time it has truly grown into an important part of my life. It's what I wish I could be focused on daily. In the new year I'm committed to be more consistent with content and really pushing the envelope on content! Let me know what you loves want to see more in this year!

As for 2018, I'm ready for ya! New adventures await! What are some of your resolutions this year? I want to say thank you for following my adventures and supporting each step of the way. I'll continue pursue my passions from traveling, to sharing content, inspiring and I hope you'll be there reaching new heights in this new year. I hope you all have a wonderful start to your New Year!



Friday, December 29, 2017

New Year Eve in Glitter Dress

New Years Eve is nearly here! I cannot believe that we are about to ring in 2018! New Years is a night of reflections, resolutions and fun. I still haven't yet settled on my NYE plans and I am still considering a night out on the town in Charlotte or hosting a small soiree at my house. No matter what I choose I'm looking forward to wearing the dress that literally glitters like gold!

 To be honest I'm leaning towards a at home soiree and I'll for sure be strutting around in this dress. I totally believe in dressing up just because, any excuse to get all glam and I am in! This dress has all the bells and whistles, and by bells I mean the most adorable bell sleeves that are nearly sheer. The length is perfect to dance the night away and there's a party at the back too with a peep hole. Looking forward to all that 2018 will bring!


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