Wednesday, April 08, 2015

4 Tips for Wedding Dress Shopping

My mom, Aunt Peggy, and cousin Hailey were my entourage as we spent a long weekend in Sacramento visiting the several boutiques and stores.

Now that the wedding is OVER (wootwoot), I thought it would be a fun post to share the variety of dresses I tried on while dream-dress-shopping, and let you in on some secrets that helped me pick "the one." 

Dresses come in all different price ranges.  It was important to me I didn't spend a fortune on a dress I'd only wear once.
It's like I'm frugal or something :-)
Your assistants first question will be about your budget - so make sure you set this prior to your first dress appointment

While I ADORED this dress, it simply didn't fit our venue and just didn't "feel" right.  Our venue was outdoors/meadow/woods/rustic/beachy-esque. 
In another life when I get married in a church or a beautiful country club, this is my go-to.

I went in to the appointments knowing I wanted a lacy form-fitting dress.  And at the end of the day I walked out with a chiffon flowy dress.  The dress in this picture I had ZERO desire to try on.
It was poofy.  There were feathers.  It screamed NO.
But I did it anyway.
While you may have an idea of what you want, keep an open mind because you'll be surprised the endless options.

Don't buy a dress because the style looked good on someone else.  Whatever the style, make sure it fits YOU.  When you put on a dress you should think, "This is so 'me'"

For me, I wanted something that was "timeless."  I wanted something where I'd look at pictures 30 years from now and not have to explain to my beautiful grandchildren "That was the style back in 2014."  I wanted something that complimented my location, and flattered my figure.

I also wanted something that made my mom cry the moment she saw me wearing the gown, but let's be honest - she cried with every dress.



Monday, April 06, 2015

Ashley's Hiking Chronicles - Rock of Ages

I probably sound like a broken record these days with my constant hiking posts, but we've been SPOILED with decent weather this spring in the PNW and we are taking FULL advantage of it.

This weekend's hike was Rock of Ages.  After looking at pictures we thought it looked like fun.

Fun:  Yes
Hard: Hell yea

This was a difficult hike.  You gain 3,000 feet in under 3 miles.  That's slightly over 1,000 ft/mile.  If you don't know what that means, it means steep.

Super duper steep.

Unfortunately we didn't get too terribly many photos of the super steep parts.  We were too busy holding onto tree roots and clinging to the mountain for dear life.  Here's the information from

  • Start point: Horsetail Falls TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End Point: Horsetail Falls Trailhead
  • Hike Type: Loop
  • Distance: 10.0 miles
  • Elevation gain: 3000 feet
  • Difficulty: Difficult (steepness, length and creek crossing)
  • Seasons: Apr-Oct
  • Family Friendly: No
  • Backpackable: Yes
  • Crowded: Only at trailhead

And for the best part - pictures!

The arch! 
Devil's backbone

Looking down
Looking up

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Things I'm Loving

When I like a product, I LOVE it.

Like …. buy-one-in-every-color type of love.

I've had a few obsessions lately so I wanted to share the products I've been crushing on :-)

Eucalyptus Spearmint (or Mint)

Candles, soap, wallflowers, car fresheners.
I've just about purchased the entire product line.  I can't get enough of this fresh/clean scent.  I even got a car freshener to keep at work.  Delish.


The hubs recently bought my a couple of headbands from Junk.  Not only have I enjoyed the extra spunk they've added to my workout/hiking outfits, they're awesome at keeping sweat from dripping down your face.

I have since purchased headbands from Hippie Runner, Skida, and Bolder Bands.

If you sense a review post coming up, your senses are spot-on my dear friends.

Fizz Sticks (Arbonne)

If we've worked together, chances are you've seen me walking around with a Rockstar energy drink with enough caffeine to keep the average person awake for at least a week (but for me… 4 hours).

Waking up at 3:45am every morning takes its toll on my energy level.  Like super hardcore.

These little tokens of energy keep. me. going.  The flavor is amazing, the fizz is addicting, and the fact that it's a natural source of energy keeps me coming back for more.

And I leave you with that my dear friends.  If you have any suggestions of new products to try I'm always looking for something new to crush on :-)  Happy Wednesday!

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Friday, March 06, 2015

January Girl Trip - Oregon Coast (Cannon Beach)

Because I went on a blogging hiatus, I thought I'd post a quick trip recap.

In January a girlfriend and I took a quick weekend trip down to the coast.  She has a friend who has a beach house and let us use it for the weekend.  Saweeeet!

There's something about the Oregon coast.  The smell.  The air.  I love it all.  LOVE.

So we packed up our hiking gear and headed to the coast for a weekend of diet-breaking, hiking, beach-exploring, and crepes.

We seriously lucked out, as the weather was gorgeous considering it was January.  No rain the entire trip and blue skies - mega win.

On Sunday we went on a hike (that I can't remember the name of…) that made us work for the views.  While the hike itself wasn't too terribly difficult, the mud factor was at an all time high.  But hey - it made for fun photos and a fun story :-)

Monday, March 02, 2015

Update + Munra Point

Bad Ashley.  Bad, bad Ashley.

I really have no excuse for my bloggy hiatus.  Really I've just been busy with work, and by the time I get home I'm lazy.  Pure lazy.  I've been clocking mad Netflix hours and cuddle time with the pups, but my poor bloggy has been neglected.

So I thought I'd make up to you all with some pictures from our Valentines Day hike!  I've been dying to do Munra Point, so I dragged that husband of mine to the gorge for a WONDERFUL hike.

If you're in the Portland area and looking for a fun hike, I most definitely recommend Munra Point.  It's extremely steep (it's listed as "strenuous" for a reason) but the viewpoint at the top is totally worth it.

What's better is, even on a clear sunny PNW day, the hike was barely crowded.  Definitely unusual for the Gorge area so we'll take it :-)  

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Do you see what I see? + GIVEAWAY!

In case you didn't notice, my beautiful bloggy got a MAKEOVER!  
Thank you to the lovely Kailyn who had to deal with my sporadic "Oh and one more thing!" emails.

To celebrate my darling bloggy, I'm doing an itsy-bitsy-mini giveaway.
Hey - good things come in small packages.

So with that I'm giving away a 1 carat diamond ring.
Just kidding just kidding.
I make funny.

Seriously - who doesn't love these babies. 

You even get to pick between two different flavors.

So with that being said, thank you for visiting my page and enter away!  And stay tuned for another super-fun giveaway coming up in the near future :-)
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Monday, December 01, 2014

Trampolines and Cold Hikes

My whine level is at an all time high today
Does it have to be Monday?

As with everyone else, I'm posting about my weekend today :-)  
Aaron and I weren't able to fly home for Thanksgiving since we took pretty much the entire month of September off to go get hitched.

So we stayed in Portland and had Thanksgiving with a friends family.  We were incredibly Thankful to have a family take us in, and had one of THE BEST dinners we've had in a while.

Aaron's brother and sister-in-law flew in the next day for the long weekend so we've spent the weekend playing in Portland.  
Not half bad huh?

We went to one of those trampoline gyms and BOY HOWDY we burned so many calories! 


Also, pretty sure we were the only adults jumping in the gym.  The rest of the adults were sitting nearby watching us their young children jump enthusiastically.  

I mean
If there's any way to act and feel like a 10 year old 
it's in an trampoline gym.
So to my fellow PDX friends out there - you should all check out the trampoline gyms and invite me so I can come get my 10-year-old-jumping on

**Side Note - We played trampoline dodgeball and guess who KILLED IT! 
This girl.
I always thought I was horrible at dodgeball....
...Turns out I just need to play with 10-year olds.

We also thought it would be a good idea to go for a hike on Sunday.
On freezing cold, super windy, Sunday.

We went to Beacon Rock where we nearly got blown off the cliff
But we survived, took photos, and ran down the hill.

And now it's Monday
And time to work.
So I'll end my blogging and continue my whining.

Happy Monday lovely schnookum friends!