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Happy Fall!!!! EEeeeek! How weird is that to say?! It is seriously so scary how fast this year is going by! I cant believe I am a senior in college already, I don’t want to fully adult yet! hehe. Anyways, here’s a list of fun fall dates you have to do!
  1. Pumpkin Patch – Then carve those bad boys 🙂
  2. Scary Movie MarathonHere is a list of some of the favorites! (After building that blanket fort, duh.)
  3. Coffee Shop Date – It doesn’t get any cozier than a cup of coffee 😉
  4. Apple Orchard – These are so cute! If you live in Arizona there is one just north of Sedona at Slide Rock Park! I also think there’s a couple here in PHX. Just remember they won’t be as epic as other places.
  5. Day trip to a cool new place! 
  6. Hikes –  (Depending on location, it’s just cooling down in AZ so perfect time to hike Camelback!)
  7. Bake off!Here’s a link to one of my favorite fall treats! Or how could you lose making those little pumpkin cookies that are all over twitter? yum!
  8. Haunted House!
  9. Volunteer! – Tis the start of the season of giving(back), We just volunteered for Feed My Starving Children! 
  10. Cheap Fall Decorating! – Dollar Tree has so many fun little pumpkins and fall things! It really gets you in the mood of the season.
  11. Bonfire and s’mores… romantic 😉
  12. Farmers Market – Support local farmers! Also, it makes for cute insta pics!
  13. Disney! – Love going during the spooky time of year!
  14. Spa Day at home – Check out a at home spa Youtube video and do it up!
  15. Fall DIY – Try making a cute fall flower garland or a new welcome sign. It makes it so much more fun doing it together.

With Love, Elizabeth Ashley

October 3, 2017 0 comment
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  1. Have a great morning routine – Having a great morning routine can change how productive you are through out the day. I have just recently adapted a better morning routine. At first, it was hard to get used to since I wanted to wake up so much earlier (6 am) but it has made me so much more productive and even more grateful. I say grateful because I added a part in my morning routine where I write down a list of ten things I have gratitude for. It really makes me focus on the important things in life. If you are looking for a good morning routine try incorporating a activity portion to get your blood moving, a mental portion, a productive portion like making a list and a self love portion.
  2. Focus on their interests – So many times as women we often give up what we are into because we either get into a relationship or don’t have time because of work commitments. Successful, happy women truly do make time. It doesn’t make you selfish it makes you human. If you are a true yogi, for example, don’t give up on it just because it doesn’t work with your man’s schedule because honestly its his schedule that doesn’t work with your yoga time. Also, being able to make time for your interests will make you happy and happy girls are always nicer girls.
  3. Never change for a man/woman – I honestly don’t care who or what gender the person you sleep with is but I do care about how they make you feel. If you are with someone who is constantly asking you to act or dress or laugh a certain way, leave. That’s not who you are. Take solace in the fact that you two just weren’t compatible. Successful and happy girls know this isn’t ever an option, no matter how blinding the “love” sign is. (BTW-it’s not a real love sign).
  4. Don’t allow themselves to be disrespected – At work or at home or in line at Whole Foods, successful women do not take disrespect. Stand up for what you believe and even more so, stand up for yourself. If you are just starting your new dream job but your boss is explicably disrespecting you and making you feel unworthy, stand up to him and in a classy way let him know you aren’t gonna take it. Most likely he will stop but if worst comes to worst and you lose your job, did you really want to work for someone like that anyways? You’re truly amazing and any job would be lucky to have someone like you, never forget that.
  5. Take care of themselves – YES GIRL. TREAT YO SELF. Besides like general hygiene you should do things for yourself to make you look and feel good about you. Now, you don’t have to be rich to take care of yourself. For me I like to get my eyelashes done, go tanning and work out. Those are just things that make me feel good about myself. If you’re balling on a serious budget then go to the store and just buy a couple things and give yourself and at home mani/pedi. It doesn’t have to be a huge expensive spa weekend to show yourself self love.
  6. Read – Reading at night can help you get a better nights rest and even if you are reading Harry Potter or Fifty Shades for the eighth time, its better than scrolling through Facebook or GOD FORBID stalking your Ex on twitter again. If you are lost and need some reading inspo check out some of my favs right here.
  7. Time Manage – Get yourself a planner. After reading this you’re probably like “Shit now I have to make time for myself too?” Yes girl, yes you do. Planners are amazing ways to manage your time. I like to plan my day during my morning routine! It’s so great to sit down and actually go over my goals for that day while I drink some tea.

Hope these tips help you! What makes you successful or happy? 🙂

With Love, Elizabeth Ashley 

September 13, 2017 0 comment
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Hi, all! Mother’s Day is upon us! Instead of doing a gift guide I decided to do something different & post a twist on the classic mimosa! I used Prosecco instead of Champagne and used the Naked Juice Berry Blast instead of OJ. These are SO good! To make them a little more girly I added some pink food coloring to the sugar that I used on the rim. These are fun! If there is kids around just skip the Prosecco (obvi, but…more for you. 😉 ) so they still get the “fun” sugar and fancy strawberry. Hope you all have a lovely mother’s day & Happy Mother’s Day to all of you beautiful mothers!

With Love, Elizabeth Ashley

May 10, 2017 0 comment
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After studying abroad I can easily say that it was one of the best things I did in college thus far. I not only learned a lot about the world but I also learned so much about myself. I struggled with anxiety and part of my reasoning for studying abroad was proving to myself that I wasn’t going to let it get in the way of living my life. It made me stronger and more welcoming to the unknown, a trait that will help me the rest of my life. Since studying abroad was so rewarding to me, I love sharing tips and tricks for people who want to go! Here are the top ten tips I wish I knew!

  1. Research and talk to people who have done the program you want to do – There is no better way to really know about your program than to talk to someone who already has done it. Our home school was able to hook us up with a few people who had already attended Bocconi in Milan. This helped us better understand what we were getting into. It’s also important to realize that they test a lot different than we do in the USA. For example, we only had one test the entire semester and that is what our grade was based on.
  2. Make sure you know the basics of the native language – We aren’t fluent in Italian but we can hold a conversation, ask directions and other basics. It is true that a lot of people speak English in Europe but I felt like it was more respectful to at least try to speak their language. 🙂 Plus, you’ll be able to meet more people and understand the culture better.
  3. Always be prepared for something to go wrong and be okay with it – If you get super stressed out if something out of your control (or even in your control) goes wrong, change. Of course there is a level of worry that helps you, like motivates you to pack faster or something along those lines. On the flip side of the coin, over stressing can cause your study abroad experience to be NOT FUN. The bad news is flights get delayed, sometimes you’ll lock your keys in the Airbnb with you luggage inside (true story), and sometimes the bus will be late. The good news is, IT WILL BE OKAY! Even if you get sick while you are abroad it is important to know that it will be okay. This will change you as a person if you get stressed over the little things. Go with the flow!
  4. Call your mom, trust me you’ll want to… – If you are anything like me or any other normal person, you will get homesick. You are in a completely new country to you with different norms and a different language and things are hard at first. In between having fun and studying, you will get homesick. Call your mom or your family, its okay to have a breakdown but remember where you are and remember to tell them how much fun you are having as well.
  5. Make sure you actually study – Honestly, this was the hardest part about studying abroad for me! You are having so much fun and traveling so much sometimes you lose track of your studies. Don’t do this! You are mainly there for school so let it come first.
  6. Remember you don’t have to see it all – While boarding our plane home I was so upset that I didn’t get to see Greece or Morocco. Even after seeing 15+ countries I felt this way and it was totally unreasonable. I realized that I have my entire life ahead of me to see those countries! You think those 5 to 6 months are forever but they aren’t and you won’t be able to see everything on your list (if your list is the same size as mine!) and that’s okay. Be grateful for all the amazing things you will see. 🙂
  7. Check the weather – Before you go, make a list of the places you want to see and check the weather there. Pack for the coolest place and the warmest place on your list. We took a weekend in Ireland and I did not dress warm enough at all! I obviously didn’t check the weather so learn from my mistake!
  8. Don’t over pack – When packing use space bags to fit more but remember it will still weigh the same! Beware of baggage fees. You might even want to be a minimalist and try the 3-33 challenge! Looking back I wish I had done this, if you don’t know what it is check it out on Youtube.
  9. Meet new people – You won’t truly experience a culture until you meet it’s people. We met people every where we went; airports, bus stops, Airbnb hosts, bars, tours and so many other random places. When going country to country so fast you will be able to tell the difference in norms!
  10. Save VS Splurge – Know when to save and when to splurge. Looking back I think I would have saved more on where we slept and spent more on tours and experiences. These are the things you will remember more than where you slept that night. Apply this to everything, like have a nice meal in Italy but don’t make every meal nice! Also, save for this trip extensively try not to get in debt for it like me! 😉
February 16, 2017 0 comment
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Fall is the best time of year! You know, no worrying about dieting or tanning. The only real worries are “Is there any turkey leftovers?” and “Did I get Moms’ Christmas present?” I thoroughly enjoy getting chubby in winter only to hate myself a month before spring break.

In Arizona we don’t really have a fall. Okay, yeah we kind of do up north but in Phoenix not so much. Germany was so magical to us because it did have a real fall season! The photos here were taken in a park near Brandenburg Gate. We loved walking around and seeing all the leaves fall when a big gust of wind came. (Do you see now how extremely exciting this was for us?)

Before our walk thru the park we stopped at Starbucks. Braxton pointed out my drink choice saying “I would never know what to bring you from Starbucks because you drink orders are always so complex”. #Sorrynotsorry My favorite fall drink is by far the Medicine Ball also known as the Cold Buster. If you follow Jaclyn Hill on snapchat you might know what I’m talking about. I’ll put the recipe down below! I know it sounds like a lot but a lot of Starbucks workers know it already! You have to try this drink!

Medicine Ball:

  • ½ Steamed Lemonade
  • ½ Hot water
  • 1 tea bag of Jade Citrus Mint (I like Mint Majesty because its caffeine free) 🙂 
  • 1 tea bag of Peach Tranquility Tea
  • 1 pump of peppermint
  • Honey as desired

Happy Fall <3

With Love, Elizabeth Ashley

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November 1, 2016 0 comment
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What is it really like?

Just like everything in life, everyone that lives or studies abroad has a different experience. This is my experience. It is easy for me to say that studying and living abroad has changed me in so many ways. I have learned SO many things but mostly about being more patient, humble and most of all compassionate. When preparing to study abroad I felt like I was preparing to move to another universe. I thought EVERYTHING, including the people, were going to be drastically different but, that’s not true. You come to realize that as humans we all laugh, love, and cry.

I decided to write this because when we were home about two weeks ago, we got a lot of questions about just how it is living in another country. These are a few of the most asked questions.

“If you’re allergic to gluten and dairy how do you eat?”

I am not exaggerating when I say 12 people asked me this. Lol. Well, the simple answer is sometimes I do have to eat gluten and dairy. The only thing that I have a severe reaction to is cow’s milk (I get stomach cramps) so that’s what I really don’t ever drink. Gluten doesn’t make me seriously ill but it also doesn’t make me feel my best. The times I mostly eat gluten or dairy (i.e. cheese) is when it is speciality food (I’m not going to not eat a churro ice cream cone while in Prague…) OR when we are on a train or plane and there is no other choice. The hardest country to be gluten and dairy free is for sure Italy. Living there you realize 99% of what they consume is cheese on gluten (pizza), cheese in gluten (calzone) or cheese with veggies (caprese salads). Do you see my dilemma? It’s hard but not impossible. Most of the time I have meat and a side of veggies or when we go to the store I just get a lot of fruit. 🙂

“Are markets ALL open air or “farmer market” style? Do you have a fridge? How big is it?”

No. They have grocery stores just like the U.S. They are a little smaller and while having a few american staples they don’t have it all. It isn’t that they are lacking or behind it’s just that they don’t eat they same things we do. Trust me, in America we don’t have the same selection of mozzarella cheese.

Yes, we have a tiny fridge. It’s the same size of the fridge I had in my freshmen year dorm. So, yeah, we go to the store a lot.

“Are the people nice?”

In Milan, most of the people are very business driven. However, when we interact with them they are some of the nicest people we have met. We have also met some of the nicest people in Ireland. Seriously, we didn’t meet one rude person. Again, that was just our experience. There are nice and rude people everywhere in the world. 🙂

“How do you travel from place to place?”

We took trains when traveling just Italy. It was pretty fast and easy! When we were going from Milan to Paris to London… We traveled only by planes. They were pretty cheap but looking back I wish we would have taken buses from Milan to Paris. Flying is such a hassle, you have to get to the airport early, go through security then wait. You spend 3+ hours at the airport for a 1 hour flight. When taking busses, you get there and just get on. They are also much cheaper. For example, it took us about 4 hours to get from Vienna to Prague and was only 10 Euros each.

“How much do things cost?”

It seriously depends on what country you are in! Switzerland and London were extremely expensive. Places like Prague and Munich were so much cheaper. But on average per day we probably spend about $30-$40 USD. Even that depends on if we are working with a hotel or have a Airbnb or whatever is on the agenda (like tours).

“Do you and Braxton get tired of each other?”

Hahaha! I feel like if you ever want to really really want to get to know someone you should move to a foreign country, commit to the same housing and have to work together on hard situations even when you are in a fight. This trip has seriously been one of the toughest things we’ve done together. At first it was really hard but we quickly learned a lot about each other and what gets on each others nerves. I think also, once you learn to let go of the little things it gets so much easier. A lot of people told us this trip would make or break our relationship but…still together! 😉

Feel free to ask if you have any other questions about what life is like in another country!

With Love, Elizabeth Ashley

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October 23, 2016 2 comments
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I know this isn’t a usual post for my blog but I wanted to use my platform to talk about something that affects so many lives. This is obviously a very personal post but it was important to me to help spread awareness and fight the stigma of what is mental health in America.

I first started to have real anxiety problems when I was in high school. At first I didn’t know what was happening. I would go on school trips without an ounce of nervousness and all of the sudden I would become a wreck. It would be to the point that I would become physically sick from it. I didn’t understand why this was happening to me. Why me? I was 17 years old and everyone thought I was getting homesick. I was told to grow up and to get over it.

I became so depressed because I couldn’t control my body. I turned to my doctor for help. While sobbing in the doctors office over my problems she drew a diagram. She explained to me that there are “hallways” in the brain. The door that releases the “fight or flight” hormone, cortisol, is always open. They prescribed two medications that day: Prozac and Xanax. Something my parents were extremely concerned about. The first time I took Prozac I had a severe reaction. I then relied on Xanax. I found it made me sad and tired for no reason. I depended on it and that made me feel even worse about my anxiety. A few months after the doctor appointment, I knew I had to change. While these medications help and change the lives of many people for the better, they weren’t working for me. So, I looked for my answer in natural medicine. Over the past few years these are what have helped me take control of my anxiety.

  1. Kava Kava root– I put this first because of how much it has changed my life! In the South Pacific, Kava is used as a drink for quick relaxation. It comes in all types of forms including pills and tinctures. You can find Kava Kava here or in a health store near you.now-04717-4
  2. Vitamin B12– Many doctors have found that a deficiency in Vitamin B12 can cause depression and anxiety issues. When I take Vitamin B12 regularly, I find that I am much happier and have less anxiety. vitamin-b12
  3. Essential oils– Aromatherapy has helped make me in many ways. The best tip I can give is use it while doing meditations and relaxing and when you are in a stressful situation close your eyes and smell the specific scent. It will help bring you back to a moment of relaxation. One of my favorite ways to use essential oils is in a diffuser, you can get a one here or, a more affordable one here. I use tea tree and lavender oil the most to relax.Healthy Herbs
  4. Podcasts/Therapy– Before moving to Italy I started therapy to help me understand what my triggers were and how I can recognize them. Going to therapy doesn’t make you weak, it makes you strong enough to fight what is controlling you. A better understanding of your anxiety can lead to a better way to conquer it! If you are totally against therapy or don’t have time, try listening to a podcast on your way to work or school. Podcasts can be equally as helpful. This is one of my favorite podcasts, The Anxiety Coachesacp_1400x1400_logo
  5. Meditation/Deep Breathing– Do yoga or simply just take 20 minutes out of your day to meditate and center your thoughts. I know meditation may seem cheesy to so many but, clearing your mind and having control over it will help you have better control when you have an anxiety attack. truthbomb_19
  6. Explaining your Anxiety– The stigma of mental health in America makes so many afraid of talking to their loved ones about their anxiety. YOU HAVE NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF. Most people to an extent do have anxiety and a lot of your loved ones will understand. Sharing the fact that you have anxiety will give you less anxiety about the possibility of having an attack and them finding out you have anxiety. You will also be able to tell them when something they want to do might give you anxiety and they will be more understanding rather than thinking that you just don’t want to do it. The people closest to you are most often affected by your anxiety as well. That is just another reason to help yourself and do what you can to not let it rule your life. images
  7. Faith/Positive Vibes– When going through an emotional hardship it is important to keep faith. Whatever your religion or practice may be, it will help to believe in something greater than your anxiety and to have good thoughts about it becoming better. It’s amazing what a good outlook can do. 🙂

These are all things that have helped me reduce my anxiety. I know that they won’t help everyone since every case of anxiety is different. Mental health is a real problem and if you suffer from it, it’s okay to get help. If you know someone who suffers from anxiety, be understanding, loving, patient and know they can’t just “get over it”. Life is way too short to be controlled by a mental health issue. You can overcome this.

With Love, Elizabeth Ashley

 

September 30, 2016 2 comments
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Happy Fourth of July! I’m so excited to finally be feeling better after a rough few months and (what seemed like forever) recovery. A year ago Braxton and I spent the fourth in Mission Beach with some  friends. It was our first real time away from Arizona together and where we really bonded. I left that trip knowing I wanted to date him. 🙂  This year we are spending the Fourth here in Arizona. It’s hot but we wanted to save for Italy and also because we are headed to San Diego next week. We decided it will be the perfect opportunity to do our first vlog! We have some fun things planned so hopefully its not terribly boring! 😛

I also started a new page on my blog, if you look in my header it is named “Shop”. On my shop page I will be posting my “Friday Favorites”. I’ll share with you all some of my favorite clothes, bags, beauty items and a few random things. I’ll be changing the next items this Friday!

I hope you all have a safe & wonderful Fourth of July. Happy Independence Day America!

With Love, Elizabeth Ashley

July 4, 2016 0 comment
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This semester was…rough. Ok, I say that about every semester but thats ok because college is hard. We killed our finals and our so so happy it is finally summer time! After my last final yesterday Braxton took me out for dinner and a movie. The movie was Green Room and I swear it stressed me out more than finals (which is basically impossible but congrats Green Room, I’m still stressed out). When I got home I took a long amazing bath and watched The Rugrats Movie till I feel asleep. This morning I woke up so relieved that I’m finally done for a few months! It is so exciting that the next time I have to do anything school related I will be in Italy! Today will probably consist of lounging in my pajamas, Netflix and mostly sleeping. Oh, maybe some tacos! Happy Cinco de Mayo!

  • Pajamas: Lauren by Ralph Lauren (Looks like they discontinued this color) 🙁
  • Long Socks and eye mask: H&M (In stores only)
  • Snapchat: ebizybiz

With Love, Elizabeth Ashley 

 

May 5, 2016 0 comment
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Let me start this post by saying these might be the best crepes in Arizona. Crepe Bar is located in Tempe, Arizona. I personally hate eating gluten (not because I don’t like it, I’m obsessed with gluten) because it usually doesn’t make me feel well so this trip was so special to me! Crepe Bar exceeded my expectations in every way possible. The environment was friendly, the service was great and the food was amazing. What I really love about Crepe Bar is that they incorporate ingredients from local farms here in Arizona. If you’re in the area (or not in the area) this place is worth your time and dime! You’ll thank me later 😉

TIME FOR THE BIG NEWS! I am so excited to share with you that Braxton and I have the opportunity to move to Milan, Italy! We will be spending our entire Junior year of college in Milan while studying at the University of Bocconi. We chose Bocconi because it not only made sense to us financially but it also made sense to us academically. We are both business management majors and Bocconi is a top management school. While in Italy we also plan on traveling/eating our way through Europe.

A lot of our friends have asked us about studying abroad and most think the process is too hard or it will be too expensive. We did a lot of thinking and had a lot of long talks with our advisors. They were able to find us the perfect study abroad program in our budget. Don’t get me wrong we will be saving all summer for this trip but we think it will be more than worth it! If you’re a student and thinking about studying abroad talk to your advisors and see what they offer, you might be surprised with what you’ll find! You won’t always have the opportunity to move across the world for a year!

I’m so happy I’ll be able to share this experience with everyone through my blog! If you have any tips for traveling Europe let me know! We need all the help we can get! 🙂

With Love, Elizabeth Ashley

April 21, 2016 4 comments
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