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What I’m Shopping for on LTKday

So many sales, so little time!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!! LTK day is here! If you’re new to and LTK day then check out below for a brief introduction to the best shopping  app! I’m also recapping all the  goodies I’m snagging during the LTKday sale!



How to use the shopping app

  1. Download the shopping app from the app store
  2. Create your profile to instantly shop all your favourite brands, influencers, trends, and looks – whatever you’re looking to shop from style to beauty to home – everything!
  3. Find and follow your favourite influencers, like me!
  4. Create collections to save your favourite looks so that you can come back and shop them. 
  5. Click on the product photo and select “Shop now” to be taken straight to the site where you can make your purchase!

shop the ltkday sale!

Now that you’re all set up in the app – it’s time to shop! There are so many great brands participating in this year’s LTKday sale. Check out the sales I’m shopping for this LTKday!

Participating LTKday brands

Tarte Cosmetics picks

I am of course stocking up on my faves: Shape Tape Concealer, Lights Camera Lashes Mascara, and Finishing Spray! But I am also taking this opportunity to try some products I’ve had my eye on like the Shape Tape Powder Foundation, Good Vibes Makeup Brushes, and this Belt Bag that I just thought was too cute!

If you’d like to know more about my makeup must-haves for a fresh-faced look check out my latest blog post!

Abercrombie Picks

I’m very much easing back in to Abercrombie after a decade hiatus. I used to think of the brand as the clothes all the popular rich kids wore at my high school. I think that stereotype is really outdated though! Abercrombie has made a lot of strides to be a much more inclusive brand and I’m super excited to try out their Curve Love denim line! Being 5’2″ and very hippy, it is SO hard to find jeans I love – but I have really high hopes for these and can’t wait to get them. I also already purchased the high rise super skinny daisy print jeans and I’m OBSESSED! They are so soft, fit perfectly (I got the 31S), and the embroidered daisy print is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

I was so pleasantly surprised by this satin subtle cheetah print dress. It’s just perfect! I paired it with an oversized denim jacket from Forever21 and also a grandpa cardi from Abercrombie, love both options!

I bought everything in the carousel below and they are all TTS (I wear size 31 in jeans and L in tops for reference).

Forever21 Picks

Forever21 has always been a little hit or miss for me as midsize gal, but when it hits it hits big! As mentioned above, this oversized bf denim jacket will be a fall staple for me – it’s so cute and goes with so many things! I can’t wait to explore different pairings 🙂 I picked up a few graphic tees and was pleasantly surprised that they do fit TTS and love the prints. I also snagged a couple pairs of shorts and unfortunately they are way too small for these hips, which is such a bummer because they’re so cute. Last, but not least, LOVING all of their jewellery  stacks especially the beaded options – perfect for summer! I say if you see things you like, definitely give them a shot, you can always return them if they don’t work out for you 🙂

murad skincare picks

When your bestie is a dermatologist you quickly learn to invest in your skin at a young age so that you stay looking young! Also, SUNSCREEN 😉 I actually got this Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion in a FabFitFun box earlier this year. I started using it at night and within a month noticed a huge difference in the look and feel of my skin. It’s much more firm and glowing and it also sort of lifted my cheeks, which is an added bonus. My bestie highly recommends this brand as well since it was created by a physician! It’s a little pricey, but well worth the investment. One bottle will last you at least 3-4 months and you’ll love the results, I promise!

Since this is a sale and now’s the time to shop (hello 25% off!) I’m going to also try the Retinol creams below. I’ll report back soon!

The styled collection picks!

Confession: The Styled Collection is new to me and I’ve never shopped their products before. I am so excited to try this adorable choker – love a good choker. I’m also loving these statement earrings. But what I’m most excited about is this little louis vuitton-ish dog keychain!!! How cute is this?! And 10% of the proceeds goes to animal rescues 🙂 Definitely keep in mind that all jewellery and accessories are final sale – so be sure you love what you add to your cart when checking out.


jockey picks

One of my all time favourite brands for undies and leisure-wear. All of these items were already in my closet, but you should definitely go shop them now! Great quality and so classic. I usually size down one.

Academy Sports & Outdoor

Last but not least are these finds on the Academy Sports & Outdoor site. I have been looking for the perfect slim can koozie for so long and finally found this YETI version – so cute! I’m also loving this YETI wine glass. If you’re like me and prone to spilling/breaking wine glasses then I think this will be perfect 😉 But I’m also obsessed with these Nike’s –  you know I’m an Adidas girl, but these are too cute so I’m branching out a bit!


Happy shopping everyone! Please let me know if you shop the sale and if you find any goodies you love. Also, always find my latest looks and favourite items by following me in the app!

xx, Ashley

Target Must-Have Styles for Spring & Summer

Scroll down for Spring and Summer style at Target!

Picture this: it’s a day ending in “-day”, you wake up, brush your teeth, maybe brush your hair, put on some tie-dye lounge-wear, do a a little bit of work, maybe a run if you’re feeling sassy, eat copious amounts of snacks, and browse the internet until you fall asleep. THEN you wake up and do the exact same thing. We are all living the same day on repeat and while many places are starting to reopen, Chicago is not one of them. Before I continue, I do want to note that I am in no way insensitive to the immense hardships many people are facing. My family has been hit both financially and physically, it’s a very difficult time and my heart goes out to all of you. I just hope this article adds a little levity to your day.

There are so many things that I miss being able to do and I know I’m not alone in this, which is actually really and strangely comforting, that we aren’t alone. [Whoever you are, wherever you are – please know you are not alone! We’re in this together. xx] I’ve realized that the things I miss most aren’t necessarily what I would have guessed, but are much more the little every day things that I take for granted. The Italian in me just wants to hug literally everyone at all times (more about me)! I really miss that human touch. I miss my family, my besties, that little Indian restaurant around the corner, and so much more…. like shopping! Yeah, yeah I know I can go online, but there’s something about browsing a store, finding hidden gems I didn’t even know I needed ;), that I really miss!


In this uncertain economic climate my brain knows that I should be saving, BUT EVERYTHING IS ON SALE!  I’ve truly found some absolute gems and amazing deals. I’m realizing that perusing the app, following influencer stories, and scrolling through  favorite store’s website has become a solid replacement for browsing in a real store. It’s definitely a welcome escape and I get so excited when the packages arrive. It’s like the opposite of instant gratification, but it makes the joy last even longer and I love that.


I ordered these affordable Spring dresses from Target during their sale about two weeks ago. I’m wearing the camo t-shirt dress in a large. The dress is extremely comfy and could definitely be dressed up with some nude/tan wedges and a tan moto jacket, cute sandals and a jean jacket, or even dressed down as a beach cover up! It runs a little large, I could have gone with a medium. For reference, I’m 5’2″, 38D, large booty!  It’s currently $20.00!

This lilac midi dress comes in blue, green, burgundy, and white. I nearly got white, but I’m really happy with this fun color. It looks pink on the Target website, but is much more lavender in person. I recommend sizing down as it’s a bit over-sized. It’s super floaty and soft, I can’t wait to wear this to a thousand places, a thousand different ways. It’s currently $34.99, but I purchased it on sale – so keep an eye out! One thing I love about Target is that you can set alerts for sales and even to get notified when your favorite styles come back into stock.


Spring and Summer style isn’t complete without the perfect white tee. I bought these daisy jeans recently from abercrombie and I knew I wanted to pair them with a plain white tee, but then I came across this gorgeous eyelit long sleeve t-shirt from Target and had to have it. The sleeves are so beautifully structured with a slight poof at the shoulder. The body of the top is light and flexible. I want one in every color! It comes in red and rust, TTS, only $19.99. I think this compliments my new, fave jeans so well and is perfect for Spring when there’s still a slight chill in the air.


Your Spring and Summer wardrobe isn’t complete without a few classic graphic tees. I cannot say this loudly enough: Target’s graphic t-shirt selection was amazing even before it was trendy. THEN they came out with this Taylor Swift Lover t-shirt. I swear I’d buy multiple just because I know I’m going to wear this one so much it’ll be tattered one day, and that day will be a very sad day. I bought this in an XL because I wanted it to be over-sized and it’s perfect. I think I’ve worn it three days this week #sorrynotsorry. Then I found this Guns N’ Roses t-shirt that I’ve seen circulating Instagram and it’s also fabulous, I’m wearing a L. Both were only $14.99, you really can’t beat it. 

The distressed shorts with the Taylor Swift T are super stretchy and have a lot of give, which is great if you overindulge at a summer bbq. I really like the longer inseam because I can’t stand when my shorts ride up between my legs. This pair is a size 12, but I would’ve preferred a 10, unfortunately they were out of stock and I needed something quickly. I’ll make them work!

Thanks for checking out my favorite recent Target purchases. So affordable, great quality, and extremely versatile which is everything I look for in my clothes. I hope this helps your future Target run! Happy shopping 🙂



Hi! It’s me, Ashley Rae!

Hi! I’m Ashley

Hi everyone!  Well, it’s a little awkward to introduce yourself virtually – but, with anything, you have to start somewhere! So here we go… I’m Ashley! I’m an Ohio transplant living in Chicago with my husband, Andrew, and our three year old golden retriever, Ruthie. By day I’m a marketer for a non-profit organisation, and by nights/weekends I’m a blogger! I have a business degree and an art history degree, random – I know! More on this later 😉 I love to shop, write, take pics of anything and everything, read, eat, and explore.

Meet my little family

My husband works for an airline so we are super blessed to be able to jetset for a long weekend every chance that we get. I’m planning to share those experiences with you in order to offer some tips for planning your itinerary, where to go, what to do do, how to avoid tourist traps, how to stick to your budget, and everything that goes along with having the perfect adventure.

When we aren’t off exploring some new and lovely place, we explore the city that we’ve called “home” for about a year now. I’m pretty sure you could live in Chicago for a decade and never repeat a restaurant twice. The food scene is phenom, which is perfect because we love wine, cocktails, all sorts of cuisine, and of course indulging every now and then. Plus, I’m super blessed to have a husband who loves to cook! He’s always trying new recipes and I’m always up for tasting them haha. Some of my favourites include his guacamole recipe, fried chicken, salmon and brussel sprout salad, just to name a few! I’ll share all of the delicious ones with you so that you can try them out too! I’ll also share the fails so that you don’t have to waste any calories on something icky.

Travel | Life | STYLE | Beauty | Health

 Always smiling!

Speaking of calories…you’ll see that I’m not a tiny girl and I’m not a plus size girl, I’m very much somewhere in the middle. So that’s the kind of styling that you’ll see from me!  I am a massive believer that EVERY BODY is beautiful. I fully embrace my curves, but I’m also on a constant battle to try to make healthier choices. Some days I’m the picture of health and others  I can’t stop/won’t stop with the snacking.  My hope is that this journey will resonate with you and that we can encourage each other and grow together. I’ll confess that my downfall is typically my diet, but my strength is exercise and I’m obsessed with my Peloton and the Peloton app as a whole. I’ll be sharing my favourite workouts, any exercise tips that might be helpful, and if any diet revelations strike me then I’ll be sure to pass those along!

So happy you're here!

I want this little corner of the Internet world to be an encouraging, positive, fun, safe, and inspiring place for all of us! I want to put a smile on your face and offer some inspiration whether it’s for your next trip, your next outfit or home decor purchase, your next DIY project, or your next diet & exercise step. This blog is 100% here to provide some sunshine and encourage us all in living our best, authentic life.

All this being said, I also want to hear from you! What do you like, where do you want to go, what do you want to learn more about, where do you shop, what do you need help and encouragement with? I’m here for you and I am listening. Never hesitate to reach out with whatever is on your mind!

I’m so excited you’re here, let the adventure begin…

xo, Ashley