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Hey everyone!! I haven’t really done blog posts in a while except for my giveaway. I decided to share with you all what I have been up to. So a few weeks ago my friends and I went to Happy Hour at Benihana (My Favorite restaurant). Its the BEST place to get incredible and quality Sushi at reasonable prices. The sushi rolls are originally priced at $8 but since it is happy hour, Sunday through Thursday, select sushi rolls are half-off!! You still get 8 rolls just for a cheaper price. I LOVE IT! Well this time when we went we decided to do Saki bombs. That went great at first except for the fact that the beer went everywhere lol. Since we had Saki left over we decided to take Saki shots…If you look at the pics above you can see how that went!

My sis and I at the Family Reunion Banquet

A few weeks ago my family had our annual family reunion! We try and do reunions every 2 years. This year was a BLAST! We had a cookout on a Friday night, BBQ/Game day at a park on Saturday and a banquet later on that night. It was great seeing my family, especially those who I only get to see every couple of years. Each time we have a reunion it is in a different city or state. Our next family reunion will be in Tennessee 2013.

My cousin Antonia and I. Check out Passionsontopofpassions.blogspot.com

Demetria @ Essence Festival

My friend is the FIRST one in line to get her book signed 🙂

Last month I did a post about Demetria Lucas‘ first book called A Belle in Brooklyn! Well I finished it a few weeks ago and I have to say that it was a good read. I’d give it an 8 out of 10. I love the fact that she gave real life stories and great advice that many women need to read and put to use…including myself! Never stop learning. Lucas was at the Essence Festival two weeks ago and my friend actually had the pleasure of meeting her and getting her book signed. I am hoping that she comes to the South Florida area so I can have that same experience lol. We’ll see what happens. If you haven’t already purchased your book then I suggest you look into it. Borders, Amazon and Barnes and Noble always have sales so check your nearest bookstore to see who has the best deal.

Tyrese has a new book that has been out for a couple of months now. I heard great things about this book from others that were reading it but I hadn’t gotten around to purchasing it. After watching him speak on the Monique Show two weeks ago I was Sold! The next day I went and bought the book. I started the book but I haven’t been reading it like I should be so I can’t tell you what I think so far lol. I’ll keep you posted though. Check your local bookstores for his book.

Speaking of books. At the beginning of the June I entered a contest on my friend’s blog—> Racquelshenry.blogspot.com. Her blog’s main focus is on books and writing! She picked two winners, I was one of them and my prize was a book. Recently I decided on which book I wanted to read and once I receive it I will let you know more about it. Thanks again Racquel!!!

Next order of business! Who run’s the world…BEYONCE!

Beyonce has been ghost for a while but now she is BACK! Her new cd titled 4 is in stores now. If you haven’t purchased it yet then you are missing OUT!! OMG! Every song is awesome. My top 5 songs on the CD would have to be End of Time (the beat is catchy), I care, 1+1, Best thing I never hadand I miss you. Those songs are in heavy rotation.

I can’t wait until she goes on tour again. I am such a huge fan of Beyonce. I’ve seen her 5 times…YES! 5 times! I first saw her in 2001 when she was with Destiny’s Child and they headlined the TRL tour which featured Nelly and the St.Lunatics, Eve, City High, 3LWand a few others that I forgot lol. It was my very first concert and I had a blast. The second time I saw her was in 2004 where she did a tour with Missy Elliot, Tamia and Alicia Keys. This was basically her first concert where she was solo. The best part was that she kicked off the concert in Miami and Jay-z was her special guest. That was the first time I saw him in concert (I saw him later that year when he went on tour). He came out at the VERY end and I remember screaming because we thought the concert was over because she said bye lol. I will never forget that. The next time I saw her was in 2005 when she reunited with Destiny’s Child to do their last group tour. The 4th time was in 2007 in Tampa for the B-day tour or whatever it was called lol. My sis flew down from Boston and my mom came up from Miami to see Beyonce perform. Robin Thicke was there as well. Which made it an incredible concert! B-day was such a great album! The 5th time I saw her was in 2009 in Miami for the I AM tour! That concert was very futuristic and you can tell she put in a lot of work and time into making this tour great. If you have never seen Beyonce in concert I suggest you get your ticket when they go on sale. You will not regret it 🙂

The last thing I want to talk about it is the giveaway that my friend Linique (Diary of A Random Girl) and I are doing right now with Queen B’s Accessories!!! Click on the picture above and it will take you to the giveaway post. The last day to enter is this FRIDAY! I hope you all have a great night and thanks for reading!

xoxo,

Ashley

I have arrived…

Sweater:XX21/Cargo pants:Urban Outfitters/Bomber Jacket:Bebe/Boots:Charlotte Russe/Scarf:Love Culture/Purse:STEVEN/Necklace:mom bought it for me in Africa/Earrings:Gift/Bracelet:random

As you all know, I headed out to the Maryland/DC area today!! I had a great flight. Let me take that back lol My flight was kind of uncomfortable…I had the window seat and the lady who sat next to me decided that she was going to take up ALL the space. I couldn’t even rest my elbows on the armrest of the seat which meant that it was hard for me to even read my magazine! That is not even the worst of it. The lady decides that she is going to SNORE for the entire 2 hour flight! I was too excited when the pilot said we would be landing in 10 minutes because hearing that lady snore was awful. All in all I thank God for getting me to DC safely!

After my sister and I got settled in we changed clothes so that we could head out to my sister’s favorite DC restaurant called Nando’s Peri-Peri, which serves Portuguese food! The food was DELICIOUS! If I lived here I would eat there at least once a month! This restaurant had impeccable service. If you are ever in the DC/Maryland area I would definitely recommend that you eat at this restaurant!

Doesn't this look delicious? It tastes even better with the different sauces below!

Wild Herb...Hot...Garlic..Extra Hot

Headed to Nando's!

Outfit details-->Top:Wet Seal/Jeans:XX21/Tights:Idk where I bought them/Shoes:purchased at JcPenney/Bracelet:Charlotte Russe/Earrings:Miami accessory store

My sister and I outside of the restaurant!

Well I just wanted to tell you all about my day! Thanks for reading ✌.

xoxo,

Ashley

 

 

My plans for Spring Break

One of the perks of being a teacher is that we get plenty of days off…including a whole week off better known as Spring BREAK!..Key word BREAK! lol Well I have been planning my break out for the last month and a half and I am extremely excited about my plans. Here are the 10 things that I plan on doing during my Spring BREAK!

10. Family Feud- This show is one of my favorite game shows to watch! Especially now that one of my favorite comedians is now the host the show…Steve Harvey! He is hilarious and he makes the show way more entertaining than before! I can’t wait to catch some of the episodes during Spring Break! Here is a clip from one of my favorite episodes!

9. Arts and Crafts Festival- This Saturday and Sunday, March 12th &13th, the City of Pembroke Pines, Fl will be hosting their annual Arts and Crafts Festival!! I am so excited because I’ve never been to one before but I’ve heard so many neat things about it! I plan to purchase some items and materials that I could later use to create different things. I go to Joann’s fabrics and Michaels often but to actually attend an Arts and Crafts Festival is going to be amazing!! I will definitely takes pics and tell you how that goes.

8. Accessory shopping- I haven’t been accessory shopping in a few weeks and since I am going out of town I need some new stuff! I would love to get some new earrings and bracelets!! I haven’t started packing yet so I’m not sure what I need so hopefully I will have time to do that today or tomorrow just so I know what to look for when I get to the store! I love going accessory shopping with my girls because we get to share ideas and just have a great time picking up new items. After accessory shopping we plan on grabbing drinks at Chilis! 🙂 #can’twait!

7. Aizia- This Saturday, March 12th after the Arts and Crafts Festival, I am attending Aizia restaurant and nightclub!! It is a restaurant in the day time and turns into a nightclub at night! I love going to this club because it has a grown and sexy atmosphere! All the men and women are dressed up and we just have a great time! My good friend is getting us all together for this night and it just so happens to fall on the weekend when I start my Spring break. I will try and take pictures and share them with you all.

6. Beach– I do plan on going to the beach. If I don’t end up going to the beach then I will probably just go hang out by the pool. I just want relax, sip on wine and enjoy the nice sunny weather!

5. Washington D.C– I am heading to DC on Tuesday, March 15! My sister lives in the Maryland/DC area so I am going up there to spend time with her. This will probably be my 4th or 5th time visiting the city. When I was in Elementary and Middle school I remember going on school trips to Washington D.C.,Virginia, etc. I had a great time. I have also been with my family before I went with my school. My dad used to go on business trips and my mom, sister and I would tag along. Those were fun times! While I’m in Washington D.C I plan to visit some of the Smithsonian museums that the city has to offer. When I was there last time I went to a science museum which was pretty cool and my sister told me that there are a couple of more smithsonians that I may find interesting. Of course I am going to shop while I’m there because every time I go on vacation I shop! lol My sister goes to work in the day time so I have to find things to occupy my time while she is working.

4. H & M– This is one of my FAV stores! The only problem is that there isn’t a store that is near me. They have recently put one in a mall in West Palm Beach but I live about an hour away and there isn’t any way that I am going to drive an hour for a store lol. There is talk about an H & M store coming to Miami but it’s not here right now so I am going through withdrawal! I always get excited about going up north because I know that there is a store in each state! 🙂 That is on my to do list once I arrive!

3. New York City– Since I am meeting up with my sister in DC we are going to head over to NYC! I am UBER excited about going to NYC during my Spring break!!! It’s been about 3 years since I’ve visited so I am really looking forward to going. I plan to relax and hang out with my sister and her friends in New York. I hope to see one of my friends who lives there as well. I want to go sightseeing, eat at different restaurants, go to a club or two and SHOP! lol I want to go to the African American Wax Museum in Harlem and take pictures while I’m up there also since I’ve never been. Can you believe that? I’ve been to NYC twice and have never been to Harlem. I’ve been to all the other Burough’s except for that one!!

2. Century 21– This particular store carries high end brands at a lower price. From what I hear it’s like a Marshalls or TJ Maxx but this store carries better items! I’ve never been so I will be in for a treat! Hopefully I can find some cute jeans or a top! We’ll see what I walk out of the store with! You never know with me lol.

1. SLEEP– I get enough of sleep on a regular basis but I just want to get as much rest as I can because there won’t be any big breaks from work for a while! I want to just relax and enjoy my break, watch television and not worry about having to wake up at 6 in the morning like I usually do during the week.

Well folks, these are the 10 things that I plan on doing during my Spring break! If you are as blessed as I am to have a Spring break make sure you make it a good one! I hope you all had a wonderful Wednesday! Thanks for reading ✌.

xoxo,

Ashley

1 Month Anniversary!

Today is such a special day for me! I have had my blog for ONE MONTH! It went by extremely fast! I’ve had so much fun blogging about my life, giving fashion tips, answering style questions, etc. I plan to do even more in the upcoming months! Since today is my 1 month anniversary I would like for those of you who read my blog regularly but have not subscribed to my blog to SUBSCRIBE today!!! This means that you will receive emails when I update my blog! You can click on the link on the right hand side and then it will ask you to fill out some information first then the last step is to check your email address and activate the subscription by clicking on the link that is given! I would really appreciate it! ALSO, I am on BLOGLOVIN’ and I need more followers! It would be greatly appreciated if you would follow me on BLOGLOVIN’ ! You can LIKE the posts that I have done as well.

One last thing I would like to know which post this past month was your favorite! So please do the poll below 🙂 Since I have done about 28 blog posts you may have forgotten exactly what I talked about so if you click on this link BLOGLOVIN‘ it lists all of my blog posts. Don’t forget to follow me! Thanks again for all of you support! Have a FABULOUS FRIDAY!!! ✌

My OOTD

Blazer:Mandee/Brooch:an actual hair clip made into a brooch/Shirt:Old Navy (old)/Pants:Charlotte Russe/Shoes:Steve Madden/Earrings:XX21/Watch:D&G/Bracelet:XX21/Belt:came with pants

xoxo,

Ashley


HP Envy Spectre Ultrabook

HP’s latest and greatest ultrabook is certainly no slouch when it comes to performance, but it’s definitely a looker to boot. You probably already know all about the thing (and here’s a quick refresher in case you don’t), so I’ll just shut up and let you look at this beauty.

But before that, let’s talk about how the Spectre feels. It’s a very slim computer, and while it’s lightweight, it has a definitively study feel to it thanks to its glossy Gorilla Glass back. Definitely the kind of thing you won’t need to treat with kid gloves 24/7, although I’d resist the temptation to hurl it around just because it’s so light.

 

 

Its full complement of ports (think HDMI out, Ethernet, USB 3.0, and mini DisplayPort) make it a worthy computing companion, as do the Core i5 or 17 processor.

The world’s 1st multi-surface glass Ultrabook™. HP Envy¹⁴ Spectre. In a word, Extraordinary!

By A Sassy Woman Posted in Just Me