Mimosas + My Favorite People = Team ABD Brunch

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Brunching With The Best!

Today I am so excited to share with you a peek at our Team ABD Brunch from last week. To say it was one of my favorite days would be a complete understatement. I love these girls so much, how hard they work, and how much they believe in the heart behind ABD. It was so amazing to have them all in our home to shower them with love and champagne.

On top of the brunch I spill all the details on Draper James’ new Brunch Collection, where to get wholesale Flowers in Central Florida, & more. Enjoy!

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Lovely Finds: Recipes and Meal Planning Talk

Recipe ingredients on the countertop

 

Let’s get cookin’! 

Okay, real talk for a minute… I have been totally slacking in the kitchen lately. Like reallllllly slacking. I love to cook (usually) but recently I haven’t gotten around to it. I could give you all of my excuses for not cooking, which are good ones… like working from 7am – 9pm, traveling, and lack of inspiration. But let’s be honest, that never stopped me before!
 
So in efforts to fix this problem I’ve been doing some Pinteresting…  here are a few new recipes I’ve pinned that are on my Summer Dinner list…Let me know what you think!
 
P.S. I’ve got several Pinterest boards dedicated to all things in the kitchen, so check ’em out inside!
 

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WHAT’S NEW IN MY CLOSET: Blush Peplum Top

Ashley Brooke Styling a Peplum Top

 

Styling this Blush Peplum Blouse

Let’s take a peak!

A couple weeks ago I showed you a peek in my closet and a few new things that I had recently added and couldn’t wait to wear! So, today I am doing it again. I love going in my sister’s and girlfriend’s closets to see what all they have in there and how they are making their pieces “work”! It’s kind of like looking in a friend’s refrigerator and panty and discovering new snacks that you never thought to buy (… just me?! okay I digress…)! Anyway, consider this kind of like that, a peek at something new I just bought and how I am planning on dressing it up and down! 

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My ABD: Rolling Coffee Party {featuring} Pizzazzerie!

Bar or Coffee Cart Styled with Ashley Brooke Designs Mugs

 

The Rolling Coffee Party

(Featuring Courtney from Pizzazzerie!)

Friends, I am so excited to introduce you to our 3rd feature in our new series called “My ABD” today. We are going to be interviewing a few of our favorite gal pals to see how they are using their ABD! And today we have Courtney from Pizzazzerie!

Courtney is not only a good friend of mine, but she is INCREDIBLY talented! I’m going to be real with you, I think Pinterest was invented just so it could house Courtney’s work. Her food/party styling is just magical… and not to mention the tiny tea parties she throws for her little girl, Blakely!  

Courtney is like Martha Stewart on crack and today, she’s taking over ABD! Read on, friends!

 

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WEEKEND LOOKBOOK: Aruba, June 16-19, 2016

Ashley Brooke standing in ocean in Aruba

Cuyana Hat //Kate Spade Bathing Suit

 

The Prettiest Place We’ve Ever Been…

On Thursday morning we packed our bags and caught a flight to Aruba! To be completely honest with you, I had no idea what to expect, other than the beach. And for a person who lives in Florida, the beach can sometimes be, you know, just the beach… but I’m going to be real with you, this place was unlike anything I have ever seen! We’ve been to the Caribbean before, but never this far South, and friends, it was heaven.
 
Click through to see all the details on our itinerary, links, and SnapChat outfit re-cap of what I wore during our 3 night stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba Spa and Resort.
 
Ashley Brooke Outfits Featured on Snapchat
 

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Tips & Tricks: The Busy Girl Manicure!

Ashley Painting her Nails with Revlon "Card Shark"

Happy Plugs headphones // Revlon Nailpolish in “Card Shark”
ABD Busy Busy Buys Coffee Mug

 

Type and Dry!

A couple weeks ago I Snap-chatted an image of my “busy girl manicure” and got quite few questions about it so I thought I would do a little blog post on one of my very favorite life hacks!

To be honest with you, I feel like there is pretty much NEVER a good time to paint your nails. I mean, when do you ever have an idle hour to have them sit and dry? NEVER. 

Which leads me to my lightbulb moment….

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Dress The Sofa with Society Social!

Ashley sitting on blue Society Social Velvet Couch

Society Social Gramercy Sofa in Navy Velvet // Chic Wish skirt (on SALE!) 
Ann Taylor top (on SALE) // Pottery Barn Frames // Turkish Rug

 

Pillow Talk 

I’m super excited to share with you a little living room update! As you know, we are in the middle of a home make over project… we are working on pretty much every room (including the back yard!), but our main focus right now is the living room. Our first BIG piece came in about 2 weeks ago and I have been dying to show you. Back in December, Roxy, from Society Social, and I started dreaming up our living room and this DROP DEAD GORGEOUS velvet couch is what we landed on first. I’m going to be real with you, it is what our entire living room is based upon.

Roxy is amazing for so many reasons, but her design skills and expertise on this project have been SO helpful! Honestly, when it’s your own home, sometimes it seems a bit overwhelming to tackle a makeover like this, so having Roxy’s there has been invaluable! We have so many other pieces coming in and Ryan and I are working on hopefully what will be a DIY built in situation for the wall opposite of the couch…. but I’ll fill you all in when we get there, in the mean time, you should pray for us… DIY anything terrifies me. 

Since this has and is a large project, we’ve been taking it really slow and finding pieces we actually love, and not just throwing things together fast because “I needed something to sit on” like I’ve done in the past. So our project for the next couple of weeks is pillows! Finding the perfect pillows that will pop in the room but also accent our new rug and furniture is intense! I haven’t landed on any yet, but below are a few options that I love. To honest with you the top two pillows are my FAVE. 

What do you think? What kind of pillows do you have on your couch?! Spill it, I’m dying to know!

 

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watermelon & petal velvet //multicolored peony 

 

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Keyla Pillow // Pool & Gold Rope Linen

 

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Orangerie Rose // Watermelon & Petal 

 

Photography: Danielle Nichol Photography 

 

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Get It Together: Packing Tips & Tricks!

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Pack It Up!

Tomorrow Ryan and I are headed to Aruba for the weekend, and we are so excited that we can’t stand it! So I thought it would be fun to share this post I recently did for Style Me Pretty Living on my 5 tips on packing for a weekend getaway! Hopefully this will also serve as a refresher for me too…  I need to start packing my weekend bag ASAP!

Packing is my least favorite thing. I most definitely would put mopping our floors and washing a car a head of packaging, it’s just the absolute worst. I, like most women, like options… ALL the options in fact. If I could I would just like to bring everything that way I won’t have any anxiety that I have forgotten something extra important, like a ball gown. It’s a horrifically bad habit that I have. Seriously friends, I needed an intervention after I left for a 3 day trip with three bags (we are talking rolling luggage… not tote bags here), and one of those bags was filled with shoes. And yes, if you are wondering, I pretty much only wore the same lululemon pants and tennis shoes the whole trip, so that was embarrassing.

After said packing mishap I vowed to get my packing life together, because it was making everyone uncomfortable, especially the Bell Men. I thought I couldn’t do it, but I’ve got to tell you the last few trips I have taken I’ve completely outfit planned every single day and I can not tell you how much of a difference it makes. It may have taken me a full day of packing the first few times (with tears, not joking), but now, I’ve got it down to a science. Friends, if there is one thing this Summer you can do, it’s fit a long weekend’s worth of outfits in that weekender bag of yours! It’s time to dust it off and pack like a professional.

 

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Father’s Day Sweets: Ice Cream Cake + 20% off!

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Cold Stone Creamery Father’s Day “Tall Dark & Delicious” Cake

Cake Stand (similar here) // Vintage Napkins & Plates (similar here & here)  // ABD Mr. Handsome Coffee Mugs // ABD Wrapping Paper // Gold Flatware

 

We All Scream For Ice Cream!

So, if you didn’t already know… Father’s Day is THIS weekend. I can’t right now with June. It’s literally FLYING by! Father’s Day always takes me by surprise each year because its sandwiched between my mom’s, sister’s, and my birthday! In the mist of the girl’s only celebration in the month of June I always have to remember to stop and get into Father’s Day mode…

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