The Best of 2017

I love new beginnings. The main reason why Monday is actually my favorite day of the week. A fresh start. A new opportunity to get things done or started. A lot of people can be afraid of change or new beginnings, but I truly welcome them with both arms wide open! I will say, I understand why some people hate New Year’s resolutions. They seem very “surface-y” and a lot of people tend to fall off their resolution wagon by February. I do like to think about resolutions though and reflect on the past year… where I went wrong, where

Benefits of Collagen

There are so many health fads today that it can be hard to decipher which are worth it and which are a hoax. A huge health fad today is adding collagen to anything and everything… and it is a fad I am 100% in support of. I’ve been taking collagen for about 2 years and have noticed numerous benefits from it. But… what exactly is collagen? Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It makes up 1/3 of the human body to be exact. It is the protein that holds the body together more or less. As

Leather + Suede

Andrea and I had quite the dramatic shoot the other day! It was a little cloudy outside, but the air was warming up, so we took advantage of it. We got to the top of one of our favorite parking structures and to our surprise, a tornado was passing through! Not really… but it sure as heck felt like one! We started our shoot by chasing Andrea’s hat around for about 5 minutes. Frustrated and cold, we eventually just said forget it and went to our usual spot- Governor Snyder’s parking garage (LOL). I’ll be honest, all I want to

The BEST Carrot Cake Cupcakes

I’ve been on a little baking kick this week. Carrot cake is my favorite dessert of all time. It is so rich, moist, and I love the different textures. The 7-layer carrot cake from Mitchell’s is to-die-for. Sam and I always get it whenever we go there or when we are celebrating something. Considering that that cake is 7-layers of straight sugar, I decided to recreate it and ohhhh man… I think I nailed it. Sam took a bite, looked at me, and said, “These are way better than Mitchell’s, I promise.” SUCCESS. The mixture of carrot, coconut, and cinnamon is

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

I honestly don’t even know where to begin with these. I haven’t baked in awhile and I absolutely love it, so I thought these sounded easy and yummy. My expectations were not high at all, but oh. my. gosh. I think this is my best recipe I’ve ever created (other than the carrot cake cupcakes I also just made. I am on a ROLL today!). These muffins are moist, but crunchy on the outside. The warm raspberries literally explode in your mouth. And then there is the decadent dark chocolate. Like, dayyyum. I’ve been eating them alllllll day. They taste

Roasted Chestnut Hot Chocolate

It is January, which means the #Whole30January is in full swing! This is something that I like to do every year. The Whole30 has seen some controversy recently, but coming from someone who has done 3 times now – I love it. It is described as a ‘nutritional reset’ and that is exactly what I need after the holidays. I feel so good after completing it. My skin glows, my hair is shiny, my energy is through the roof, and it has helped me keep my sweet tooth in check (big win for me!). I am also quite the wine

Western Vibes

I’ve always been intrigued by bohemian style, but I never gravitate towards it. If someone were to style me in a boho outfit, I would love it and rock it, but I would never style myself in it. I was playing in Andrea’s closet (my favorite hobby) and saw this hat and loved it. The color is brilliant, the wide brim gives it a curious side, and the belt gives it a western vibe. And this is the closest I come to creating a “boho” look… and I kinda love it. Wearing my Current Elliott jeans yet again. The chunkiest sweater

Indian Summer

Leonardo is probably having a heyday right now. How on earth is it mid-November and the high tomorrow is 69?! I looked up what the weather was a year ago today and there was a complete whiteout. But hey, I’m not complaining because I know what is coming. Winter is coming. In the meantime, I plan on taking full advantage of these beautiful days by going for lots of walks/hikes and keeping my Fall wardrobe alive and well. I got these jeans this past August while out in Santa Barbara and have yet to wash them. Gross, maybe, but they wear

Supercharged Pumpkin Spice Latte

As we head deeper into November, the weather still has me craving all things pumpkin. This has been one of the hottest Falls I have ever experienced in the Michigan. It is already the second week of November and every day has been in the 60s and sunny! It is absolutely gorgeous. Fall in Michigan is my favorite time of year. If you follow along on my Instagram (@ashleyellenhoward), I’m sure you’ve already seen my 20,347,203 pictures of the leaves 😉 #sorrynotsorry I got home from my workout this morning (at FLEXcity Fitness!) and was starving. I whipped up a