Vacation Vibes

“Life was meant for good friends & great adventures” 

My husband & I recently went on a much needed, adults-only vacation with two other couples to Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa.  Getting back to our daily routine took a minute which is why this post has taken me 2 weeks to finally complete… 🙂

We love traveling to Punta Cana!  It’s fairly inexpensive, an easy flight from Pittsburgh and always a good time.  This was our 4th time traveling there together, but our first time at Breathless.  Overall, we had a great experience!  Between the sunny days, the attentive poolside service, the swim-up bar, 11 restaurant options and the late night casino, how could we not have a good time?!

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The resort had 11 restaurants to chose from as well as a handful from the sister resort next door Now Onyx.  We only stayed 4 nights & 5 days so unfortunately we weren’t able to try each one.  However, the restaurants we did try were amazing!   Each one started the table with a selection of appetizers & house wine, then we were able to choose from a soup or salad, main course & side dishes.  Our favorite restaurant by far was Coquette which served French cuisine.   

Rather than share every outfit I wore on our vacation, I’ve decided to feature my favorite look which is this Off-The-Shoulder Shift Dress from TJ Maxx.  I paired it with an Urban Expressions Crossbody Bag that I purchased through Stitch Fix, strappy cork-heel wedges & a shell necklace from a previous Punta Cana trip.  I am excited to share that I’ve listed this dress on Poshmark for $10.  I only wore it the one time, so it’s in like-new condition.  If you’re interested in this dress or any other on-trend, lightly worn styles be sure to follow me @luraashli

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Lastly, the only thing I would change about this trip was the lack of organization.  The resorts we’ve stayed at in the past gave us a quick tour of the resort upon arrival before escorting us to our room, shared a daily itinerary of activities as well as nightly entertainment.  However, this resort was kind of a free-for-all.  We never knew what was actually going on until we came across it i.e. beach volleyball, water biking, dance parties by the pool etc.  Don’t get me wrong, we had an amazing time, but that was the only thing that stood out as being somewhat negative.

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Looking at those drinks makes me want to go back!!!!

As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

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My 5 Décor Resolutions

It’s almost February, hopefully your resolutions are still holding strong!  This year instead of making personal resolutions I wanted to focus on our home, so when Wayfair reached out & asked if I would share my top 5 ways to update your home in 2018 I was ecstatic!  We moved into our house right after our son turned 1, which will make it 3 years this summer.  I loved turning this house into our home, but unfortunately I haven’t done much since we moved in.  It’s time for a refresh, ergo my 5 resolutions…

  • Declutter & minimalize

It’s easier said than done, but I need to periodically organize our home room by room.  This isn’t something I will do daily, but as we transition from season to season I need to decide on which items around the house need to be kept & stored, donated or thrown away.  Do we really need 7 blankets tossed behind the living room chair, or the numerous containers of Play-Doh that are starting to dry out?  That stack of outdated coupons can be recycled, but what about all of our phone chargers or my collection of food & fashion magazines?

For those items that never seem to have a place, I’ve opted for bins & baskets to keep them organized.  Large neutral baskets like the Sea Grass Basket pictured below from Wayfair.com are great for storing blankets & throw pillows, while smaller basket sets are perfect for organizing magazines & mail in the living room and toiletries in the bathroom.  Using baskets likes these is an efficient way to store items without ruining the esthetic of your home.

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  • Toys – out of sight, out of mind

The older my son gets, the more “stuff” we seem to accumulate.  Not only does he love trucks, Transformers, and Nerf guns but he’s also getting into board games and arts & crafts.  I love that he uses his imagination to play & color, but I am running out of space to store everything.  This year, rather than have his board games stacked in the corner I have decided to house them in a storage ottoman.  Storage ottomans are great for creating extra seating while also minimalizing clutter around house.  I also recently found this fantastic art table by Step2 on Wayfair that I’m hoping will be my saving grace for all things arts & crafts.  If you have any other clever suggestions for storing toys please feel free to share!

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  • Time to up my style game

As a senior stylist for Stitch Fix and a part-time blogger, I love sharing daily outfit inspiration and styling tips.  As of late, my husband & selfie-stick have been my go-to photographers.  I need to up my style game this year & put together a creative space of my own to gather my thoughts & take pictures.  In order to do this, I need a fantastic full length mirror like the one pictured below from Wayfair, as well as some chic lighting, I’m thinking maybe a mini chandelier, and a clothing rack to showcase OOTD selections.  I’d also love to add a patterned accent chair where I can sit & blog or style my clients.  Be sure to visit Wayfair’s accent chair section to see their wide variety of options.

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  • Fresh Flowers

This year, I am making an effort to have fresh flowers in our home year round.  I love having fresh flowers in every room, but I find myself only do so during the warmer months.  Not only do fresh flowers brighten a room but according to an article in The Huffington Post research shows that fresh flowers & plants can actually benefit your mental health.  Bold vibrant florals will bring energy to a room while brighter, less saturated flowers and plants will create a calming, relaxed effect.

You can’t show off fresh flowers without a beautiful vase!  I love being able to see the whole flower from stem to petal so I typically opt for a glass vase like this one pictured below.  These Latrece Glass Bottle Vases from Wayfair.com are vintage-inspired & are currently priced at only $33.99.

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  • Bathroom remodel without the construction

When we moved into our house a few years ago we knew that we wanted to remodel our master bath.  Unfortunately, we haven’t had the time nor the funds to tackle it yet, so in the meantime I am giving our bathroom a little face lift.  I am going to bring in pops of color & texture with a new shower curtain and thick, plush bath linens like the ones pictured below from Wayfair.  I am also going to incorporate cheeky, bath-influenced décor, better eco-friendly lighting and a new trash can & toothbrush holder in clean, white porcelain. Banda+3+Shower+Curtain

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I really hope that this post has inspired you to make some changes/resolutions of your own.  When in doubt, feel free to browse ideas by room on Wayfair.com.

As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

Friendships & Fashion

“The best kind of friendships are fierce lady friendships where you aggressively believe in each other, defend each other and think the other deserves the world.”

I read this quote recently and it really resonated with me.  It’s so important to surround ourselves with people that bring out the best in us, who encourage us to achieve our goals and follow our dreams, who listen to us , laugh with us and love us for who we are.  Last year I had to take a step back & reevaluate some of the relationships in my life.  It wasn’t easy but important decisions never are.

I am so grateful for the friendships I have formed throughout the years.  From my ride-or-die childhood friends who call me out on my shit, to the moms I’ve met through Moms Club who understand my daily struggles with a toddler, to the women I’ve met through Stitch Fix that have become not only style inspirations but dear friends.

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This is also one of the reasons I am so excited to get involved with my local blogging community.  From the Style Collective events I’ve attend and the communication I’ve seen online, the Pittsburgh blogging community is strong and continually growing.  I cannot wait to start attending more events and having the chance to get to know these beautiful women.

If you are interested in getting involved with your local blogging community feel free to reach out!  I’m more than willing to share the steps I took ♥

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As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx