Live Well: A Day in the Life

Target dress, J. Crew necklace

This post brought to you by my husband and I goofing around with our camera while prepping for the dinner party we hosted this past Saturday. My apologies if the pictures seem a bit random.

We were so excited to host a few friends this past weekend for a little get-together over at our apartment. Because our common tie was Rice, my husband and I decided that it would only be appropriate to serve Tex-Mex. We whipped up some guacamole, queso, pico de gallo, refried beans, fajitas, and (of course) some margaritas. We only managed to capture a few of those things on film (well, digital), though. Here's what we got:

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So what was everyone up to this weekend? We squeezed in a long walk on Saturday morning then spent the rest of the time watching football and prepping for the dinner party (and watching football at the dinner party). Sunday was low-key as well: home-cooked, brunch, a walk around the neighborhood, reading on the roof, nail appointment with a friend (hi Troy!!!), and then Breaking Bad - do you guys watch it? This last season is killing me. It's the least enjoyable enjoyable show ever. I can't explain it.

However you spent your weekend, I hope you had as much fun as I did. Happy Monday!

Dress Well: Blue Friday

Target dress, Rag & Bone booties, J. Crew necklace (similar), Rebecca Minkoff bag, Coach sunglasses (old)

It's a happy coincidence that I happen to be posting about my favorite blue dress on the day that the startup I work for, shopkick, is celebrating Blue Friday. Blue Friday is a shopping extravaganza hosted four times a year for users of our app. I love my job and I love shopping, so I figured sporting my blue pride today was only appropriate.

Also - I'm completely depressed about how pale I look compared to the last time you saw me wear this dress.

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Do you guys have fun plans for the weekend? I certainly do. My brother is in town and the party has already started - we went to a Giants game last night, are headed out for Indian food tonight, are going to be San Francisco tourists tomorrow and are going to cap off the trip with a return visit to Flour & Water, our favorite restaurant in the city. It doesn't get much better than that. Happy weekend!

Name's Not Ashley Turns 200

Madewell sweater (sold out, last seen here), Citizens of Humanity jeans, Kendra Scott necklace, Kendra Scott ring (old, love this one), Steve Madden flats (very similar), Coach sunglasses

...And I feel like my 100th post was only yesterday.

Yes, you read that right - Name's Not Ashley turns 200 posts old today! Can you believe it? It still feels like yesterday that the thought of starting a blog was a giant joke...and here I am, 200 posts and many, many hours of effort later.

I took my 100th post as an opportunity to rehash my thesis. It was the Magna Carta of Name's Not Ashley, if you will. This time around, let's just enjoy throwing back to some pictures from posts 101-199.

Despite the fact that I'm not regaling you guys with another essay at this milestone, one of the things that I have loved about the past 100 posts is getting to take a chance on writing some essay-style posts. Based on the comments and the readership statistics it seems like you guys enjoyed them as well, a fact that makes my heart happy.

Today, as always, writing for you guys makes the time it takes to create this blog so, so worth it. Once again, thank you to every person who has ever gone out of their way to tell me that they enjoy reading what I write here. I never get tired of hearing it, and hearing it never fails to make me smile.

Now, the pictures!

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J. Crew top (old), Madewell jeans, Ivanka Trump heels, Birds on a Wire Childress necklace (c/o), J. Crew bracelet (love this one), J. Crew bracelet, Rebecca Minkoff bag

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J. Crew tee, J. Crew skirt (old), Rocket Dog boots, Madewell necklace, J. Crew bracelet, J. Crew bangles, Anthropologie bag (similar), Coach sunglasses (similar)

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DSC_4849Happy Friday. See you back here on Monday for post #201 :)

Dress Well: Happy Fourth

Target dress, J. Crew necklace

New. Favorite. Dress. Love the color, love the twirly-ness, love that it was $25. I also love that it looks equally good on the beach as it does with my favorite pair of black booties. Basically, you haven't seen the end of this outfit.

In other news, happy Fourth of July! We'll be spending the day down on the beach, tanning, swimming, and grilling burgers. Does it get better than that? We might even round out the night by watching a Friday Night Lights episode or two...now that's how you celebrate America.

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I make twirling look smooth...not.

Enjoy your holiday!