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

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 πŸ˜‰ #sorrynotsorry I got home from my workout this morning (at FLEXcity Fitness!) and was starving. I whipped up a

Goal Crusher

The minute that this line came out, it inspired me. “Goal crusher.” It just pumps me up to crush my goals! I paired it with my “free spirit” bra, which brought even more inspiration. A gypsy princess crushing her goals. Yes. I have definitely been teeter tottering with my goals lately. I am normally very disciplined at keeping my “eyes on my prize”, but recently… I haven’t cared. It is a goal of mine to workout at least 4x a week, but that hasn’t been happening. It is my goal to not eat processed foods, but yesterday I was deep into

Day-to-Night, Black & White

I am indifferent about being “trendy”. I guess it depends on what the trend is and if I like it – haha. Chokers and bodysuits are definitely back in trend and I wrestled with the idea of them. I love both, but I often associate the trend with a girl that… may not be the classiest? For lack of a better word. They aren’t always styled in a classic, elegant way. My mind changed when I grabbed coffee with Andrea and she was wearing the most chic outfit that included a choker. I love, love, loved the look! A look that screams

Mother Loves You

Gird your loins because this is about to be a lengthy post. So much has been happening (surprise, surprise) in the Howard household! Sam and I love to keep busy and we are really, really good at it. The past 3 weeks Sam and I have been in-between leases and therefore – homeless. Dun, dun, duuuunnnn! Thank goodness we have amazing friends who let us stay at their apartments and family on the weekends. We basically lived at Whole Foods for all three meals since we weren’t really able to cook. I now know every worker there by name and can